If you love to take trips then you really need to investigate Travel auctions. This is a great way to find an inexpensive, yet exotic last minute vacation.
Bid for the Best Vacation Price
A Travel auction works just like any other type of auction. You simply find a web site that features vacations up for bidding. You then place a bid on the vacation package that you are interested in. You will usually have to keep monitoring the bid (easily done through email from most sites) so you will know if you have to rebid to keep yourself in the game. Keep in mind that if you do win then you are generally obligated to pay.
Look for Distressed Holiday Packages
You might wonder how it is that so many resort packages, cruises, five star Travel destination and exotic adventures end up on the online auction block. In essence vacation companies use auction to sell holidays that might be difficult to sell at the full price because of the destination is off-season, has suffered a
Big, beautiful, bold, and breathtaking are just some of the words I would use to describe the magnificent city of Cape Town, a bustling metropolis with a small town feel.
One of those travel destinations that gets under your skin, Cape Town is a place where one immediately feels welcome, and once you start to uncover the delights that South Africa’s “Mother City” has to offer, you may well find yourself choking back the tears when the time comes to leave.
Sitting at the tip of Southern Africa between the rugged coastlines of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, Cape Town is an action packed tourist destination where can enjoy everything from a round of golf, wine tasting tours, boat trips, mountain hikes, cultural tours and some of the best dining venues in the world.
Since the 2010-World Cup highlighted the beauty of South Africa, Cape Town and its surrounding areas have become increasing popular with international travellers, and with daily flights from most large European and US airports, it is more accessible than ever before.
ear the word cruise and frequent travelers automatically picture an ocean-going vessel ready to carry thousands of passengers along the most scenic waters of the world. But those accustomed to luxury travel are well aware that some of the best cruises in the world are taken on mighty rivers like the Nile, the Danube, the Mississippi and, of course, the Amazon. The Amazon is the second longest river in the world and empties into the Atlantic Ocean along the coast of Brazil. While other rivers feature cruises on smaller vessels, the Amazon is massive enough in width and depth to support some of today’s luxury cruise ships. A number of cruise lines with five-star reputations, like Crystal, Holland America, and Silversea to name a few, provide regular itineraries that include the Amazon River.
For travelers who are looking for eco-friendly ways to visit remote areas of the planet, what better way to leave a negligible footprint than to visit pristine rainforest areas by ship? Cruise passengers experience the jungle environment with minimal disruption to native habitat, while they enjoy all the first-class accommodations and amenities
The other day I overheard a conversation between two women discussing their summer holiday plans. One was telling the other that she had gone to her local travel agent and asked for a cheap package holiday in Spain. The agent had quickly managed to find a holiday that suited and the lady booked it immediately.
The other woman said that she wished she could do the same but had been unable to find a travel agent who could help. Apparently, someone she knew recommended Northern Cyprus to her. The description of its climate, fabulous beaches, beautiful scenery and welcoming local people deeply appealed to her but she had been unable to find any travel agent offering package holidays there. The person who recommended Northern Cyprus to her explained how it was possible to book flights and accommodation online but she felt apprehensive about not going through a travel agent.
I was quite taken aback at hearing this admission of total dependency on travel agents and ignorance of Internet travel sites. After all, this was 2008 in the U.K. where traditional travel agents have long since been marginalised by online travel sites. Yet, as the conversation developed
Oman is an Arab country located south and west of Saudi Arabia, directly south of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Though Oman hasn’t been considered a tourist destination until recently, it is working to grow its appeal as a holiday spot. The capital of Oman is Muscat, and here is the best place to begin your Oman holidays.
Before You Go: Before leaving, it’s important to know that Oman is very hot, especially during the summer. So, if you’re visiting this off-the-beaten path travel destination, consider going for a winter visit, between the end October and early March to fully enjoy your Oman travel experience.
It is a Muslim nation, so pack clothes that are respectful of the people, their beliefs and their traditions. In other words, avoid tank tops and short shorts.
Languages: In Muscat, Oman, many people speak English. There’s also a British radio station. Once you’re out of the capital, very few people speak English, so knowing basic Arabic will be useful.
Some things you should see and places you should go include:
Vegans and vegetarians frequently struggle when it comes to describing their dietary restrictions to the waitstaff at any local restaurant. This situation becomes even more out of hand when traveling abroad! Many travelers do not speak the language of their intended destination country. Vegans may find it extremely frustrating to attempt to describe to their international waiter, that they not only do not eat meat, but also can not eat eggs, cheese, or other animal byproducts in their vegetable plate. As a vegan myself, I have come across several, wonderful resources to alleviate this issue.
One option is to take a foreign language class at an adult education center prior to your trip. I frequently sign up for these classes before embarking on an international journey. These classes are typically about 10 weeks in length. Many of these programs are focused on the traveler in mind. They even may throw in a few local, culture lessons regarding communication skills, both verbal and non-verbal. An Arabic course, for example, includes learning to read and write the script. That is useful while looking at menu items. Common words taught in a language class for travelers
Free trips! Exotic vacations! First-class travel, everything paid for! Ah, the life of a travel writer. All you need to do is bang out a few words about it and you’re part of the besotted brotherhood of pampered travel journalists.
Oh, yeah: First you need to sign up for an pricey course that tells you how to cash in on all these free trips travel purveyors are dying to toss your way.
That was effectively the message of a pitch I recently received to sign up for a how-to-be-a-travel-writer course. The course might be okay-I didn’t fork over the $300 to find out-but the pitch offends me.
I’ve been a freelance writer for a long time, mostly in the travel arena. I feel compelled to dispel or clarify some of the myths about travel writing.
FAQs About Freelance Travel Writing
Do you get offered all sorts of free trips? Yes. But remember, I’ve been a productive writer for more than three decades. Public relations people representing travel destinations, outfitters, and adventure-travel companies know me and know that if I take a
Our tour guide kept saying “Let’s say together” These three little words made me feel like I was in elementary school, then I would remember why, and I would immediately find the core of my group and join them.
If your travel destination has shown up on the US State Department’s Travel Alert within the past 12 months, then you too may want to travel with a group. Or if you are traveling alone, or if you don’t want to spend a lot of time ‘thinking’ about your next venture while visiting far away places then, group travel would be the answer.
Travel is Education at its best, or at least that is our slogan.
When I traveled to Egypt a few years back, there had been some problems, nothing serious but Egypt was listed on the US Department of State Travel Alerts. I was traveling alone and I needed the security of a group so I sign up for a 10 day group tour and cruise to Egypt. It was one of the most memorable journeys of my life. I traveled from San Francisco to JFK,
Bordered by Laos, Thailand and Vietnam; Cambodia boasts of a magnificent heritage, untamed wild landscape and friendly people. The country has a population of 13,995,904 and 90% of this consists of the Khmer ethnicity. The terrain is mostly low, flat plains with mountains in the Southwest and North areas. Since recent times it has developed into a popular destination for many travelers and holds stories of many adventures experienced.
The glorious Khmer civilization of Cambodia is represented by the beautiful temple ruins at Angkor Wat in Siem Reap. This is now one of the most celebrated historical sites in Asia. Apart from these famous temples, there’s more to Cambodia than what meets the eye, from the lazy beaches Sihanoukville and Kep to the distinctive Boker Hill Station. Travelers with a passion for adventure will love the country’s wild north east with its spectacular scenery, wildlife and hill tribe cultures. Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, famous for its historical heritage is a seductive and impressive journey into a majestic past combined with new Asian culture.
Apart from the historical sites and travel destinations in this beautiful country, the unique Asian
Preparing For Long Term Travel
Traveling abroad is an art. It requires intellect to plan, courage to enact, and perseverance to endure. When planning your dream trip, you must walk a fine line between over- analysis and not-so-blissful ignorance (summer in Sudan, anyone?).
There are several things you should consider before booking your travel, and the most important will be deciding where and when to go.
Where to Go
After working in a cubical and day dreaming about traveling around the world, most people already have a pretty good idea where they want to go. It’s a personal choice and there are amazing places to see and experience all over the globe. If you intend for your systems to pay for your travels, the main factor in deciding where to go is your budget.
How Much the World Costs
These numbers assume a few things. Firstly, you travel slowly (no more than one out of every four days). Second, you stay in clean, basic accommodations. While it’s certainly possible to rent a $3 room in Cambodia, most people mature enough
Some travelers like to take photos, some like to write about their travels, and some only want to enjoy the moment. This article is written for the first two types of travelers; the photographers and the writers. The others will have to live off their memories without any prompts from audio-visuals.
Now, I know that you may not consider yourself either a writer or a photographer based on the results of the reporting of your personal travels. But, if you put your travel information and photos on Facebook, YouTube, MySpace, a blog, or any other social networking site, you are a writer and a photographer already — and a published one at that.
O.K, I didn’t say you were a professional writer or photographer, but in my opinion you still qualify for both terms. Keeping a travel journal is not designed as a step to becoming a professional writer. It is designed to preserve and share your travel memories. Who knows, your journal might be the first step toward becoming a professional. Stranger things have happened.
Whether you want to systematize your writing and your photographs while
As you stroll down the lanes of Bangkok, most shoppers experience firsthand a different kind of hustle and bustle while shopping. The vast canvas of Bangkok has more shopping destinations, restaurants and spas then one can count. Yet, the truth is that you can’t have too many shopping malls! Each market, shopping mall, shops and showroom add to the fun and magic of your shopping bag along with the many things that you just had to buy.
Among the many Far East travel destinations, Bangkok is the one that flaunts the culture of shopping at its best. It is a living, breathing and happening city that you just can’t get enough of! Have you visited the Central World Shopping Complex, which is the sixth largest shopping complex in world? For most shoppers, it changes the very perception of what shopping complex should have. A hotel, an office tower, gourmet restaurants and ice -skating rings are lined up along with boutique shops, branded showrooms, high-end gadget shops, designer boutiques, book shops and imported grocery stores. And Bangkok is abounding with many such shopping malls.
Yet, the pinnacle of Bangkok shopping lies
The bachelor party is a common rite of passage for most soon to be married man. Over the years the bachelor party has gone from a night out with the guys to a full blown event. The bachelor party getaway vacation is becoming increasing popular. So much so that many travel destinations and resorts have gone out of their way to attract young man looking for a wild time. With that in mind let’s count down the top five bachelor party destinations.
5. Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
Looking for something more exciting then visiting the strippers and sitting around like a wallflower while you pound a couple back. Why not hit the slopes? Whistler Mountain has some of the best skiing in the world. It also have plenty of gorgeous Canadian ski bunnies. After the lifts close you can take in a game at Buffalo Bill’s. Be sure to visit Tommy Africa’s Bar, voted the top dance club by the locals. Finally, head to the only strip joint in town, The Boot Pub. The legal drinking age is 18 in Canada.
4. New Orleans, Louisiana
Welcome to Rajasthan (Rajaon Ka Sthan, the land of kings). It is perhaps the most famous travel destination of India. What make Rajasthan the most famous travel destination of India is charming mix of its rich cultural heritage, rich flora & fauna, the charm of dazzling deserts, and hospitable Rajasthani people. Its Tourism is able to get grab the heart of its visitors. There is something for every tourist in Rajasthan, India. Wildlife, Desert, Hill Station, Fantastic Forts, Royal Palaces, Heritage Hotels, Adventure, and Sports! What a tourist can demand for spend their holiday or what more should to be the perfect destination?
The tourism in Rajasthan, India never fails to impress its visitors with its various attractions. One of the most important things you are going to meet on your Tours to Rajasthan, India is its rich cultural heritage and no doubt the best way to experience its rich cultural heritage is visiting its magnificent monuments like forts, palaces, temples, shrines, havelis, etc. In whatever the region of its, India you will travel in you will meet magnificent forts & palaces welcoming you and singing the saga of heroism and romance of
Travel Agents can become familiar with affordable, do it yourself, online marketing solutions in order to compete for more online business. The consumer has become comfortable with purchasing, searching and comparing travel prices online. To expect them to do anything different would not be wise.
Preparing for “Do It Yourself Travel Marketing”
The first task would be to develop an SEO (Search Engine Optimized) web site. It does not have to be fancy. It has to be functional and have excellent content. One page web site is OK, to start, just make sure that you provide excellent information on the selected destination and the service that you provide. Use the destination word often, make that one of your major key words.
The third task might be witting travel articles to be distributed online (free) to web content sites. This is the single most important online
When compiling a list of things to do on a luxury travel itinerary, a visit to an organic spa would come somewhere close to the top and generously interspersed throughout, depending on the length of your travel. Well, the choices are many at most luxury travel destinations. Here’s why a trip down under to Australia is worth serious consideration.
Ask anyone who has traveled to Australia and they’ll have tales to tell of the tough immigration policies that won’t even let you bring along a wad of gum from abroad. While immigration officials are not the friendliest of folks, they most certainly do not derive any perverse pleasure from denying you the right to bring along a pretty orchid from Singapore or your pet tarantula from Africa just to see the gloom flood your face. They are merely doing their job. And it is their job to protect the fragile ecosystem of this unique landmass, down under, from foreign organic matter that may disrupt or even destroy the delicate balance.
For 50,000 years or more, the aboriginals have inhabited this part of the world and lived in harmony with the
Pet air travel is growing in the US and around the world. More and more people are traveling through the skies with their pets. However, pet air travel can be tricky. There are certain things that you need to be aware of if you want your pet to travel with you. Here are guidelines for pet air travel that you need to know.
Many airlines will allow and have provisions for pet air travel. However, each airline may have their own particular requirements or guidelines. So the best advice is always check with your airline first and ask what their requirements are for pet travel.
Some airlines, if the pet is small, will allow you to bring it with you. But the pet must be transported in an airline approved pet carrier. Be sure before you buy a pet carrier that it is approved by the airline that you will be flying with.
There are also companies that specialize in transporting your pet for you. If you want your pet to come with you to your travel destination, but you do not want to be involved in
Travel guidebooks are like bibles for most travelers and sources of information salvation in a tight spot. Just try to avoid the horror section.
You’ve saved up some hard earned cash and are ready to hit the road. If you don’t have a firm destination in mind, you’ll inevitably find yourself sitting in a bookstore somewhere reading travel guides. Regardless of the brand, you usually get an overview of the destination and particular areas recommend by the author. Hotels, restaurants and so forth will also be set forth. This is particularly good for such establishments as they often can raise their prices above anyone else in the area!
Of course, you already know all of the above if you’ve so much as ventured out of your house at any point in your life. Our discussion today focuses on the fear factor of travel guides. Yes, I am talking about the warning sections.
Every travel guide contains a chapter of horrors. The chapter is typically called something like “stay safe” or “a word of caution.” In legal terms,
Stringent airport security rules, influx of finally fit baby boomers who have just retired, changing security needs, and the constant growth of niche travel are some of the trends witnessed in the travel and tourism industry in 2007. The tourism industry in the United States is booming like never before owing to better infrastructure, increasing flight availability, and lowest airfares. Some of the prominent trends in the word of tourism have been listed below:
Financially strong baby boomers: Baby boomers, who have toiled through the years and have recently retired, are using this time to explore new travel destinations. Even those who may continue to be a part of the labor force even after retirement will occasionally travel to distant places to take some time off from their busy schedules and relax.
Baby boomers are particularly flocking to spas and prominent health resorts to enjoy a quiet and rejuvenating spa vacation. Number of chain hotels these days offer spa-like amenities coupled with interesting health programs like detoxification wraps, aromatherapy, salt baths and so on to lure this segment of travelers.
Cruises: A growing number of affluent travelers
Even the most seasoned travelers seek advice before starting out for their next destination. This holds especially true with unique and under-developed travel spots. But with whole sections of bookstores dedicated to the fine art of traveling, where do you begin to find the practical information you need to make your trip a successful one? Instead of forking over a wad of cash for a number of semi-useful book guides, consider the Internet as a great resource to find the information and advice you need. Here are a few of the best Internet resources I found that provide useful travel tips for free.
1. Wicked Good Travel Tips. Seasoned travelers offer words of advice and lead an online community of travelers. The guide is most useful as a forum in which travelers can share tips and experiences to help make someone else’s trip a success. A special trip-planning guide helps future travelers plan a vacation that is catered to their interests and needs.
2. Let’s Travel Radio. This is an Internet travel radio show with an insider’s twist. It provides information on how to find the best travel bargains, what