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Category Archives: Travel

Online Hotel Reservations

The very fact that accommodation is the most important prerequisite which stands out from the rest when it comes to connotation, makes online hotel reservations the most sought after alternative. This procedure saves you loads of hassles and not to mention time. With the help of the internet, you can research any specific tour destination you have in mind, (such as you can dig up information on Cambodia Travel Guide, if you have Cambodia in mind), look up at pertaining accommodation alternatives, book reservations and save last minute hassles.

This has also eliminated the need to visit travel agents and middle men. A bit of innate research on the internet will let you find an assortment of websites specializing in online Hotel Reservations. If you have Cambodia Travel on mind, there are a lot of web portals which can proffer you precise and pertaining acquaintance with the place, even before you visit it personally. A majority of such web portals are utterly user friendly and have straight forward and unproblematic navigation options.

The best part of indulging oneself in online Hotel Reservations is that, you will be able to book specific hotels depending on your financial stamina and other unique penchants or requirements. Cambodia Travel will surely sweep you off your feet as it encompasses an affluent cultural lineage, an ambient and peaceful milieu, vibrant lifestyle and tropical climate. This south Asian destination will surely astonish you immensely as you will find its exquisite beaches and customary religious shrines immeasurably appealing.

International Airline Reservation

Earlier air travel was an option on for the elite class, or for those who worked aboard in other countries. Today with the airline fares becoming affordable, visiting any country across the globe is no more a distant wish. You can book your ticket from home with your credit card, or go through a booking agent. Be sure your booking agent is a reliable one, before you extend your money. Some of these agents charge extra sum as their fees and for other miscellaneous reasons. For those who are busy to make their ticket booking, can rely on reputed companies to make their international airline reservations.

Ticket rates changes according to the season and the days. With advanced booking techniques available, you can just within tour budget for travel, and your destination, you can avail list of flights that suit your budget. Season tickets are always costlier than off-season ones. In order to woo, more population to flying, the off seasons tickets are given at much lower price than the in-demand times. Besides, if you make your reservation well in advance you can get your air fares at much lower rate. Never the less, urgent ticket and reservation cost much more.

These days the cost of an international airline tickets even vary day to day. It could be cheaper on one day and costlier on the next. So a wise traveler, who knows he has to make a trip to a definite destination on a particular week, or day, makes his bookings well in advance.

Online ticket booking for airlines, is easier for another reason, that you get a complete itinerary charted out in details. If you wish to take a stop over in between, you can actually studying what suits your needs and which connecting flight suits your schedule and you can chose the airline accordingly.

Great Value Ski Trip Online

Booking A Ski Holiday Online: Where To Begin

At first, searching for a discounted ski holiday package online can seem like a daunting task. After all, there are literally hundreds of websites vying for your attention, and it’s easy to run into dead end after dead end. The trick to getting the ball rolling on your ski holiday deal search is using a reputable site that lets you compare and contrast several different deals. Variety is the spice of life – and the cornerstone to any effective and efficient search for great ski package deals.

Know What You Want Before Looking

Although you certainly don’t have to have every last detail nailed down before beginning your search for a cheap ski package, you should have a basic idea about what you are looking for in terms of location, price range and other specifications. For example, are you booking rather spur of the moment and need a last minute hotel, or are you planning a holiday many months in advance? Are you open about the kinds of amenities and services that you need? All of these factors – and many more – should be brought into consideration.

Save A Bundle On A Last Minute Hotel

Surprisingly enough, booking a ski holiday far in advance doesn’t always guarantee you the lowest price possible. As counter-intuitive as it may seem, planning such a holiday and looking for a package with little time to spare can sometimes shave a lot of money off its overall price. By checking out deals online, for instance, you can find budget accommodations at some of the finest ski resort areas around. The key to be successful is taking the time to sort through the possibilities; being a bit flexible helps, too.

Info Cheap Travel to Europe

There is simply so much to see and visit in Europe. It may be the beautiful landscaping of Zurich in Switzerland or the great art pieces that interest you in Paris. Also, the statues in Denmark may strike the chord within you or the ancient ruins in Rome get out the history-buff in you.

Of course for all this, money is required. But it can be done in small amounts as well. If only the minimum expenses are made, the tourists can easily see Europe by way of cheap travel so that they can save out on money. It may not be just the financial constraint for all tourists but also the will to see the maximum of places in the minimum possible.

Cheap travel to the continent of Europe can be even planned online. The tourists can just place their requirement online along with their budget and the time they have. Also, the interests should also be mentioned so that they can be considered while choosing the destinations for your travel. The bookings of flights, reservations, taxi, guides, sight-seeing, etc will be done automatically once you plan the trip online on the minimum costs possible.

Cheap travel to Europe is very much possible for the tourists who want to make the best out of their trip as well as remain within the budget. The best trips can be organised and remembered for a lifetime.

Long Trip to United States

Before leaving for a long trip, it’s a neat idea to talk to people who have been involved with such trips. Online information (like this article) can also become your reliable source on information regarding long trips. The best way to deal with the trip in the best possible way is to be informative. Know about the destinations, the weather status during the entire stay. Learn about the local government, the local laws, rules and regulations. All these things are invaluable info on long trips.

A complete to-do list must be available with you before you begin your trip. This includes defining your entire trip with precision, stuff you need to pack (pack very light), your medicines, travel insurance, local contacts at the destinations etc. Also check up for if your passport needs renewal, whether the visa obtained (if required) is for long enough duration.

Another important point is to be prepared for uncomfortable trips. Jet legged, dehydrations, reduction in motivation and such like factors can dampen your spirits. Always keep your body decked up with enough proteins and nutrition for maximum energy levels. Carrying energy gels, dry fruits etc, is a very proper idea. Add excitement with indulging into activities which are not so travel specific, like, picking an alien language, getting to cook with local products. Also, you can keep writing a travel journal to collate all the memories.

World Ventures Dream Trips

World Ventures – At A Glance

As a travel company, world ventures provides vacations (called “dream trips”) to clients. They book these trips online, and by doing so, claim to have “combined the power of the Internet with network marketing”.

The company was started by Wayne Nugent and Mike Azcue, who have ties to another company called GTT. World Ventures launched December 10, 2005, and claims to generate sales of just under $150,000,000 in revenue, and it costs $400 to join the company.

World Ventures Dream Trips – A Closer Look

The first controversy starts with the connection of the owners to GTT. This company has come under significant criticism for it’s marketing practices. The executive board has some interesting titles as well, such as “Chief Strategy Officer” and “Chief Visionary Officer”. How unique.

The Bottom Line

The real issue with the company is the marketing that is advocated and taught. The old MLM model of recruiting “friends and family” is still alive and well there, and for all the lip-service, they do not encourage the use of the Internet (beyond email) to grow your business. They do have pretty graphics and fancy java-script on their website, but their marketing strategies are strongly rooted in the 1950’s.

Online Bookings on Andalusia

Booking Procedure

Booking online for any Andalusia tour is easy as many consumers are computer savvy and have at least a computer or mobile phone connected to the Internet. A consumer keen on an exciting Andalusia tour can make an online booking by getting on the Internet and browsing for their preferred Andalusia tours.

The online screen is easy to fill up with its straightforward set up. Once the information is keyed in and confirmed, the booking is considered as confirmed with the full payment made online. Payment is easy through most major credit cards and the traveler is ready to get packing for their trip.

Online Screen

When a traveler finds an online site on Andalusia, he can fill in the required information before submitting the form electronically. It would be a non-binding booking unless full payment is made.

The traveler would need to choose the Andalusia package tour from the screen where many Andalusia tour options are displayed. The price quoted on each Andalusia tour is per person on a twin sharing basis.

There will be displayed the full itinerary of any tour option chosen depending on the traveler’s choice. Travelers can also add on extra nights to the standard tour package. Travelers may also choose to add on travel insurance from the online tour package or obtain their own elsewhere.

Travelers must state their preferred dates of travel, their names, age, number of rooms, contact details and preferred payment mode with their preferred Andalusia package.

Packages Availability

The online tour operator would normally respond to an online booking very fast to confirm the booking request. It depends on the availability of spaces in the package deal. Popular packages may get filled very quickly.

Some of the more popular Andalusia packages include six-day tour of Jerez and Cadiz where not only historic monuments are viewed, wine tasting is also included. There would be guided tours of bodegas or sherry wineries.

A Ronda package is also very popular with connections to Seville and other big cities around Ronda in Andalusia. There will be appropriate guided tours to many major attractions like the renowned bullfighting and flamenco activities.

Online Multi Trip Travel Insurance

Annual multi trip insurance covers you for unlimited trips over a 12 month period with the only proviso being that each trip can be no longer than 90 days. The premiums for a multi trip annual policy are less than if you took out a single trip policy each time you traveled. It is similar to a “bulk buy” in that the insurance company obviously earns a bigger premium for greater cover but because there is less time involvement for the insurer they can average down the cost per trip for the client. Basic multi trip annual insurance will include cover for emergency hospital and medical treatment as well as some other minor risks (stolen documents, loss of income etc) whereas if you take out comprehensive cover then you will be covered for an expanded range of risks which could include death and permanent disability, emergency companion cover, family emergency and additional accommodation cover.

Cheap or basic cover for annual multi trip travel insurance is obviously less costly but it is important for a company to cover risk adequately because without doing so, the company could suffer significant financial loss if a staff member is hospitalized for a lengthy period of time. By purchasing either basic or comprehensive business insurance online you will find the premiums even cheaper because the insurance company is selling directly to you rather than through an agent. Commission that would otherwise be paid to the agent is instead applied (at least to some extent) to reducing the premiums on your business travel multi trip insurance policy. There are some well established online insurance companies that can provide quality multi-trip cover at up to 50% less than the cost for the same cover through a travel agency or other insurance companies generating their business through a commission based distribution channel.

Some insurance companies will not insure the elderly or those with pre existing medical conditions. There are however online travel policy companies who do not have any age limits on their policies and will offer multi trip travel policy to those with pre existing medical conditions. Any traveler with pre existing medical conditions will obviously need to complete an online pre-existing medical condition process and should expect to pay a higher premium because of the increased risk to the travel insurance company. Similarly if you are an elderly traveler your premiums will be higher but insignificant when compared to the very high costs of hospitalization or medical treatment charged in many countries around the world.

A further way to save on premiums is to nominate the destination areas where you or your company’s employees will be traveling. While many multi trip insurance policies have a blanket world wide cover you can arrange a tailored policy through a limited number of travel insurers. If you have staff traveling in the Asia and Pacific region (where medical and hospital costs are reasonable) why pay higher premiums to cover travel in the USA where hospitalization costs are extremely high? Go direct online for your multi-trip travel insurance, obtain destination based cover and save.

Start Your Online Travel Business

The industry includes five types of online travel businesses:

Private Sale: This category includes flash sale, member-only, daily deal, and group-buying travel sites.

Tour/Trip Operators: “Trip” is the more accurate term as this category specializes in selling packaged trips to vacationers with no tour operations included.

Guides and Activity Providers: As the name states, this group does provide guided tours and other activity guidance during a trip.

Online Travel Agencies: Also called OTAs, this group sells everything general travelers need from lodging, air travel, and car rentals to full vacation packages.

Brokers: OTBs contract with travel suppliers such as airlines and hotels to represent their businesses and help them sell more of their travel products.

Each of these types of online travel businesses is discussed in detail in Module 1 of the Travel Business Academy’s Startup and Growth Program. However, the first category-Private Sale -remains the hottest business model in this space.

Private Sale – Private sale sites operate on the premise that consumers look for-and enjoy buying-“act now or lose out” deep-discount deals.

Private sale sell travel products such as hotel rooms, cruises, and tours, from big-name travel suppliers that are willing to sell excess inventory at a discount but also need to protect their brand image. Rather than offering incredible deals on their own websites, these suppliers opt to offer them through flash sale, daily deal, or group-buying travel sites.

Do private sale or member-only travel sites cater only to exclusive memberships? Not really. Most require some sort of sign-up, sometimes via another member, simply to make their site look more upscale.

Social media contributes immensely to the success of private sale online travel websites. Private offerings with exclusive daily or weekly deals, strict deadlines, and significant discounts on high-end travel services such as five-star hotels quickly become hot topics on social media networks, where people love to share the deals they’ve discovered in order to improve their standing with others in their personal circles. Such an easy and free distribution and promotional strategy contributes to sales as well as memberships on the private sale websites that initiated and communicated the offer in the first place.

Booking Discount Vacations

1. Do not overthink the fee. The principle here is simple-the cost it will incur to hire a professional is almost always less than how much it will cost if you’ll book your trips on your own. Travel agents can usually get you corporate discounts, no matter how many people are traveling for that particular trip. They are well informed about the discount vacation programs that different airlines, hotels, or even car-rental services offer.

You must also remember that travel agents have already established relationships with these companies, and are most likely enjoying personal discounts that they can gladly extend to you to further reduce the cost of your travel.

2. The web has everything to offer, but sometimes, that’s exactly the problem. Have you ever tried typing in “company trip to Thailand” and end up with sixteen million or so results? With the agenda of the trip itself already on your plate, the overwhelming task of weeding out useless and scam-like results is the last thing you need. You don’t have to go through all this when you have a travel agent in the picture.

Whether you’re looking for the cheapest rates, or trips that will allow you to book at the eleventh hour, your travel agent can easily whip up options for you. You can even simply tell them your preferences, and it will be up to them to tailor-fit a travel plan that meets your specifications.

3. Incentives, incentives, incentives. You’ll be surprised by the amount of incentives you can get by booking your trips through a travel agent. We’re not even talking about vacation discounts alone-we’ve covered that already with the first point. When we say incentives, this could be something small, like free dinner on your first night, or something as big as an upgrade in your flight from economy to business class on your next booking. It is somewhat similar to having access to a pile of coupons, thanks to your travel agent.

Always remember that travel agencies want to build relationships with as much as they want to with suppliers, so they could keep you coming back. So whether this can be done by giving you upfront perks or incentives that you can only avail when you course your next trip through them, these are still items and services that you get on top of what you paid for. At the end of the day, it is still about business, and we all know that loyal patrons always translate to revenue.