Useful Tips When Planning a Holiday

Useful Tips When Planning a Holiday

If you want to plan a vacation this year on your own, the following tips will be perhaps helpful.

Useful Tips When Planning a Holiday

One of the most important thing is to choose destination. It must be the right choice for you and your fellow passengers. First determine what type of holiday you would like to have. Once you determine your wishes go to select destination.

Next thing is to choose hotel or hostel where you will stay. There are many forums and sites where you can look at reviews or comments of other people. In this way you will learn practical information about the hotel that you chose.

Look for your ticket at one of the sites that contain various airlines. So you can see that price of the ticket varies from one airline to another. Also, you can book your ticket online. It is sometimes cheaper to travel by boat or by train. My personal favorite is a combination of these. Simply getting there is not always the best thing to do. In this way, you can maybe visit some interesting places along the way. Try to enjoy while you are traveling.

Make inquiries about everything that interests you regard accommodations, food, sights and nightlife. It is useful to buy or get a map of destination because it will save you plenty of time and simplify the organization of sightseeing during the trip. After you have selected the places you want to visit, you can arrange in advance free time so you can do everything you planned. If you want to go from city to city, check types of transportation or rent-a-car before arrival. All countries have different regulations and laws.

At the end make a list of things that you will need and make sure that you have your passport if you are traveling abroad.…

Tips to Better Vacation Experiences

Tips to Better Vacation Experiences

If you’ve always wanted to take a fun, safe, adventurous and relatively inexpensive, but luxury packed vacation here are some tips on how you can make it happen.

Tips to Better Vacation Experiences

Before you get to the fun stuff, answer this; Are you the type that doesn’t care about the kind of hotel you stay in? If you don’t then proceed without caution!

But if love your creature comforts, magnificent views from huge balconies maybe a Jacuzzi on the balcony to watch the night go by with a Margarita in hand and a great location then you must read on!!

Expensive, Sound extravagant, must have a high end Budget? NOT AT  you know where to book and who to book with. Two of my best vacation experiences in Mexico were done for less than $1700 with a car rental, tickets to major parks, Fantastic Spa visits and yes, this was for two.

What’s the Secret?

Choose the right Travel agency. Travelocity comes to mind. You get what you pay for Period. The Hotels and rooms actually look like the pictures you viewed! Take 3-4 hours looking carefully at vacation packages, with car rentals (if you are the driving adventurer) Read all the details on the rooms offered and then look at what you can upgrade to for next to nothing!

Find out as much as you can about the local attractions. If you have included a car, don’t book the attraction online, do it when you get there for a lot less. (I recommend this way for single couples) If you’re taking the family, especially young children, book it online and relax aboard Top of the line tour buses as you venture out.

If you love to try new foods, you will save a bundle and experience some of the best food you will ever have by eating “Off the Street” as I like to call it.  Don’t worry; finding an Ice cold beverage of your choice is easier than blinking! Just stick to cooked food and getting sick need not be a worry

Safe to go out and about day and night? Catching a Cab or the bus in Cancun or Puerto Vallarta for example is safer than in any US city I know. They pride themselves on tourist safety and cops are never too far away. Midnight strolls are a must, sleeping on the beach even better.

Why go to Florida and deal with the same old stuff you can get at home on crowded not so pretty beaches when less than an hour away you could be on beaches of clear white sand, waters so blue it’s almost unbelievable and views that simply take your breath away.

Want more Tips; Check out my articles on hotels, fun flights and more.…

Travel with Friends

Travel with FriendsIf you are trying to plan a trip with friends or if you are thinking about it, traveling with friends is almost always fun. However, there is a modicum of trust that needs to exist in order for everyone to enjoy themselves and part of this has to do with how responsible each person is financially for their share of the trip as well as for their personal behavior during the trip.

At no point in our lives to we get the travel bug than when we are young and in college. Suddenly, we’re planning weekend road trips to the beach with our friends and making bigger plans to spend spring break in some place like Miami. I can still remember when I was in college and a few of my friends (myself not included) decided that they wanted to spend our spring break at Myrtle Beach. When they came back a week later, I was subjected to all of the wild stories of what went on- how they ran out of money and had to hitch hike back to their beach house as well as an even more disturbing story about how they were at a party one night and were too drunk to drive home. As they started to leave the party, a couple of guys that they had never met before offered to give the three of them a ride back in the back of their pick-up truck late at night. Needless to say, this was not their smartest idea. And while nothing happened, there is nothing to say that something couldn’t have just as easily happened.

Travel with people you trust and respect. You should never plan on being irresponsible when you are away from home. Also, make sure that wherever you are traveling to- even if it is around the block- that you have enough expendable cash as well as some other backup should you need it. Make sure that you have the contact information of all of the people that you are traveling with (if it’s a small group). In the event that something happens and an emergency contact needs to be reached on your behalf, it is always a good idea to exchange this kind of information prior to the departure for your trip.

Another reason that you want to make sure that you travel with people you trust and who are responsible is to make sure that you are always looking out for each other so that no one gets left behind, lost or put in harm’s way. Too often we hear stories about young men and women disappearing while on spring break with their friends or while enjoying a brief weekend getaway. Traveling with other people doesn’t always guarantee you safety in numbers no matter what the age. Plan ahead, and somewhere in that planning phase, plan on being responsible for your actions lest you live to regret it later on. The practice that you experience with travel while you are …

Tips to Make Your Flight a Breeze

Tips to Make Your Flight a Breeze

Flying to a vacation destination can be either a great experience or a frustrating one. With the recent increase in airport security, airline travel can be a time-consuming and troublesome endeavor. Here is some useful advice that will improve your comfort level during your journey through the air.

Before you even get into the airport, try to avoid parking your car there. Parking lots at airports will charge you a high fee per day you leave your car in their possession. Either find a hotel nearby that does not charge for parking or get a friend or family member to drop you off; this will save you money and make your walk to the ticket line much shorter.

Travel light. Most airlines allow you to bring one carry-on and one personal item for free; your personal item has to be able to fit under the seat in front of you. Most backpacks or purses fit and offer you the extra space needed for things you cannot fit in your carry-on bag. This will eliminate wasted time at baggage claim at your destination and make it easier to transport your luggage to and from the airport or through customs when on an international flight. Check-in luggage can also easily be lost which can leave you without anything at your destination for the first day of your vacation.

Dress appropriately. Wear tighter fitting clothing and put as many “accessories” (belts, iPods, wallets, sunglasses, etc.) in your bags as you can. If you wear baggy clothes you have a higher chance of security patting you down (searching for drugs, weapons etc.) thus delaying your trip to the terminal. Having fewer items on you will help you avoid the anxiety of rushing everything back into your pockets after passing through security. Also, wear shoes that can easily be slipped on and off as you are required to take them off while going through security.

Choose aisle seats. Whether in first class or coach, an aisle seat is preferable to a window or middle seat. First time flyers may want a window seat because of the outstanding aerial views, however most of the time you can catch these views from the aisle seat. You will have much more leg room and freedom to move about the cabin in this seat, making your time in the sky much more comfortable. Seats by the emergency exits are also a great option for leg room, these seats usually fill up first however because frequent flyers are aware of this tip.

There are many other minor things you can do to better your plane trip. Bring something to do on the plane in your bags, whether it is an mp3 player, magazine, book, or laptop, have something that will occupy your time. If you get cold easily, wear long sleeves and pants and bring a sweater or sweatshirt. The air pressure in the cabin with fluctuate when you take off and land, chewing a piece of gum or having …

Conversions for Time, Distance, and Money on Your Argentina Trip

Conversions for Time, Distance, and Money on Your Argentina Trip

Most Americans are confronted with a few numeric challenges when traveling to South American countries, most of them related to money, time, and distance. Here are some tips for making conversions on your Argentina vacation.

Conversions for Time, Distance, and Money on Your Argentina Trip

1. Currency.

Brush up on your multiples of 4. In recent years, the exchange rate has floated around 4 Argentine Pesos to every 1 US Dollar. When figuring how much things cost in dollars, just divide by four. A whole pizza for example, would cost around 30 pesos, so between 7 and 8 USD. Four is a nice number, especially when dealing with 100s, and it makes the mental math involved in converting from pesos to dollars, or vice versa, a whole lot easier. A further note on prices: although the cost of living in Buenos Aires and other major Argentine destinations is relatively high, by American price standards you can get very good meals for prices cheaper than what you would pay in the U.S. For other purchases, such as cocktails, Americans will find that prices are pretty similar.

2. Time.

You’ll frequently find that hotels, restaurants, and other services use International Time and a 24-hour clock to indicate times for reservations, check in or check out times, etc. This does not present much of a problem from midnight to noon, but things can get a bit confusing after 1 p.m. – also known as 13:00 hours. Your 9 p.m. dinner reservation – Argentines eat late! – will be recorded as 21:00 hours. An easy way to translate is to subtract 12 from the international time. For example, if your tour is scheduled to start at 17:30 hours, subtract 12, and you get 3:30 p.m. Simple enough, no?

3. Distance.

The metric system, in use throughout South America, presents an additional mental exercise if you’re trying to keep track of distances. Ever run a 10K race? Then you know that that distance is approximately 6 miles. Another handy benchmark is 50 kilometers, which is about 31 miles. A marathon – 26.2 miles for us Americans – is commonly known around the world as 42 kilometers. When it comes to distances, rough estimations are usually sufficient, so rounding up or down is really convenient.

4. Weight.

When buying fruits or cheese or nuts in bulk at the grocery store, Americans are used to dealing with pounds. However, everything is in kilos in the Argentine market. The good thing is that this is another relatively easy conversion as there are about 2.2 pounds in a kilo. Two kilos of oranges is just over 4 lbs.

5. Temperature.

Forget the mental math and take out pencil and paper for this one. For Americans used to dealing in Fahrenheit, understanding temperatures in Celsius is a bit more difficult. When the weather channel is showing 20 degrees Celsius, first multiply by 180 divided by 100 (or 1.8) and then add 32. Alternatively, you can multiply the Celsius measurement by 2, subtract 10%, and then add 32. (I.e., 20 x …