Packing Smart and Traveling Light

Traveling LightThe importance of packing light cannot be overemphasized, but, for your own good, I’ll try. You’ll never meet a traveler who, after five trips, brags: “Every year I pack heavier.” The measure of a good traveler is how light he or she travels. You can’t travel heavy, happy, and cheap. Pick two.

One Bag, That’s It

My self-imposed limit is 20 pounds in a 9″ × 21″ × 14″ carry-on-size bag (it’ll fit in your airplane’s overhead bin, at least on your transatlantic flight — though many European airlines restrict hand luggage to even smaller weights and dimensions). At my company, we’ve taken tens of thousands of people of all ages and styles on tours through Europe. We allow only one carry-on bag. For many, this is a radical concept: 9″ × 21″ × 14″? That’s my cosmetics kit! But they manage, and they’re glad they did. After you enjoy that sweet mobility and freedom, you’ll never go any other way.
You’ll walk with your luggage more than you think you will. Before flying to Europe, give yourself a test. Pack up completely, go into your hometown, and practice being a tourist for an hour. Fully loaded, you should enjoy window-shopping. If you can’t, stagger home and thin things out.
When you carry your own luggage, it’s less likely to get lost, broken, or stolen. Quick, last-minute changes in flight plans become simpler. A small bag sits on your lap or under your seat on the bus, taxi, and airplane. You don’t have to worry about it, and, when you arrive, you can hit the ground running. It’s a good feeling. When I land in London, I’m on my way downtown while everyone else stares anxiously at the luggage carousel. When I fly home, I’m the first guy the dog sniffs.
These days, you can also save money by carrying your own bag. While it’s still free to check one bag on most overseas trips, you’d likely pay a fee to check two. If you’re taking a separate flight within Europe, expect to be charged to check even just one bag.

Remember, packing light isn’t just about saving time or money — it’s about your traveling lifestyle. Too much luggage marks you as a typical tourist. It slams the Back Door shut. Serendipity suffers. Changing locations becomes a major operation. Con artists figure you’re helpless. Porters are a problem only to those who need them. With only one bag, you’re mobile and in control. Take this advice seriously.

Packing 101

Spread out everything you think you might need on the living-room floor. Pick up each item one at a time and scrutinize it. Ask yourself, “Will I really use my snorkel and fins enough to justify carrying them around all summer?” Not “Will I use them?” but “Will I use them enough to feel good about hauling them over the Swiss Alps?” Frugal as I may be, I’d buy them in Greece and give them away before I’d carry that extra weight over the Alps.

Don’t pack for the worst-case scenario. Pack for the best-case scenario and simply buy yourself out of any jams. Bring layers rather than take a heavy coat. Think in terms of what you can do without — not what will be handy on your trip. When in doubt, leave it out. I’ve seen people pack a whole summer’s supply of deodorant or razors, thinking they can’t get them there. The world is getting really small: You can buy Dial soap, Colgate toothpaste, Nivea cream, and Gillette razors in Sicily and Slovakia. Tourist shops in major international hotels are a sure bet whenever you have difficulty finding a personal item. If you can’t find one of your essentials, ask yourself how half a billion Europeans can live without it. Rather than carry a whole trip’s supply of toiletries, take enough to get started and look forward to running out of toothpaste in Bulgaria. Then you have the perfect excuse to go into a Bulgarian department store, shop around, and pick up something you think might be toothpaste.

Whether you’re traveling for three weeks or three months, pack exactly the same. To keep your clothes tightly packed and well organized, zip them up in packing cubes, airless baggies, or a clothes compressor. I like specially designed folding boards (such as Eagle Creek’s Pack-It Folder) to fold and carry clothes with minimal wrinkling. For smaller items, use packing cubes or mesh bags (one for underwear and socks, another for miscellaneous stuff such as a first-aid kit, earplugs, clothesline, sewing kit, and gadgets).

Tips for Booking a Rental Car

Rental CarFor the best deal on long-term rentals, book in advance from home. If you decide to rent a car while in Europe, try calling around to local car-rental agencies, or book through a local travel agency. When renting a car, you’ll need to make a few decisions, including whom to rent from, what kind of car to get, and where to pick it up and drop it off.

Which Rental Company?
These days, most of us start our search on a travel-booking site such as Kayak, Expedia, or AAA. Of course, if you have a favorite car-rental agency at home, consider using the same company in Europe.
When shopping around, don’t stop at just comparing initial price quotes. You’ll want to determine which company’s offer involves the best combination of rates (including all fees and any extras you want), service, and pickup/drop-off locations (with workable office hours) for your trip. Even with the wealth of information that’s available online, you may find that it’s easier to make a phone call to get all your questions answered.

It’s generally an advantage to go with a larger company, with a wider choice of pickup and drop-off locations. Most of the big-time US rental agencies have offices throughout Europe, as do the two major Europe-based agencies, Europcar and Sixt. With these companies, if you get into car trouble, a replacement car is likely to be close at hand. Still, it’s smart to make sure you choose a company that thoroughly covers the areas where you’ll be driving.

It’s also worth considering renting through a consolidator, such as Auto Europe (my favorite) or Europe by Car. These companies compare rates among various companies (including many of the big-name firms), find the best deal, and — because they’re wholesalers — pass the savings on to you. You pay the consolidator, and they issue you a voucher to pick up your car in Europe.

With a consolidator as a middleman, it’s especially important to ask ahead of time about add-on fees and restrictions, since you might not learn this critical information until you pick up the car. If any dispute arises when you show up at the rental desk, call the consolidator to try to resolve the issue — ask to use the rental office’s phone (the consolidator’s number is toll-free from any land line). Once you sign off on something with the vendor, it’s difficult for the consolidator (or anyone else) to reverse what you’ve agreed to. If you have a problem with the rental agency, the consolidator may not be able to intervene to your satisfaction, but at least you’ll have gotten some help in resolving the problem.

No matter whom you rent through, be sure to hang onto all your paperwork (including the checklist used by the company to check the car’s condition when you turn it in) for a few months after the rental period, in case a billing dispute arises.

Choosing a Car
Expect some differences between your typical American rental car and what you’ll likely get in Europe, where midrange cars have less passenger room, vast trunk space is unheard of, and manual transmissions are the norm. Automatics are more expensive (usually about 50 percent more) and may only be available if you upgrade to a bigger, pricier car. (Some Americans find automatics worthwhile in Great Britain and Ireland, where it can be enough of a challenge just to learn to drive on the left.) Since supplies are limited, if you must have an automatic, you’ll need to arrange it farther in advance than a manual-transmission car. Ideally, skip the automatic and brush up on your shifting skills. It’s worth doing some lurching through your hometown parking lot to save the expense (or to be prepared in case your reserved automatic doesn’t materialize).

When checking out options for budget rentals, you’ll see some familiar makes (Ford, VW) — though not always familiar models of these — as well as some less familiar ones, most commonly Opel, Fiat, Citroën, Peugeot, Renault, Škoda, and Seat (“SAY-aht”). Don’t waste time carefully choosing among models, since you’re not guaranteed to get the exact car you signed up for, just a “similar” model.
I normally rent the smallest, least-expensive model with a stick shift — not just to save money, but because larger cars are not as maneuverable on Europe’s narrow, winding roads. If you’re traveling with more than one other person, it can be worth it to move up to a larger class of car. But if you pack light and have only one other person in tow, the smallest models should have plenty of room, even if it’s a little less than what you’re used to.

Choosing a Pick-Up (and Drop-Off) Place and Time
It’s best and less stressful to begin your driving experience away from big cities, so try picking up your car away from major destinations. A pleasant scenario for a trip to England would be to start out (sans car) in the smaller city of Bath, rent a car when leaving Bath, explore Britain at your driving leisure, then drop off the car in York and take the train into London, where you can rely on the excellent public transportation system. That way you’d enjoy the three major city stops on your England itinerary — where the last thing you’d want is a car — without paying for one.

That said, beware the possible inconveniences of picking up your car in a truly small town — a tiny regional office almost certainly has a smaller fleet on hand, and the staff may be less equipped to handle the concerns of foreign renters. Don’t plan to pick up or drop off your car in a small town on a Saturday afternoon or Sunday — or anywhere on a holiday, when offices are likely to be closed (except for train-station and airport locations).

Picking up a car at an airport usually costs more than picking it up downtown. If you don’t need a car immediately after your flight, look into a cheaper rental with a downtown pickup price. But airport pickup may still be worth it; many central car-rental locations have shorter hours (and may close at midday) or are buried in a maze of narrow streets. Also consider traffic — it may be easier to drive away from an airport than a parking garage in the heart of the city. Before choosing a rental location, find it on a map. You may find that a train-station office is handier than a downtown one (though some station pickups come with airport-like fees). Fortunately, airport/train-station fees apply only to your pickup location, not your drop off.

European cars are rented in 24-hour periods, so think carefully about selecting your pickup and drop-off times — if you pick up the car at 10 a.m. on the first day and drop it off at noon on the last day, you’ll be charged a whole day’s rental for just those two hours. Don’t book your pickup time for earlier than you really need the car. If you can, book a drop-off time that falls within that location’s office hours (rather than just leaving the keys in an after-hours drop box); it’s best to finalize and receive your paperwork in person.
Sometimes it can make a lot of sense to start and end your car rental in different cities. One-way rentals are usually free within the same country (Germany and Portugal are the main exceptions), but dropping off in another country will likely cost you a hefty extra fee. Expect fees of $100–300, but beware that this cost can top $1,000, especially if the start and end points are quite far apart, or if the drop-off point is an out-of-the-way location. Certain places seem to be especially expensive for one-way cross-border trips no matter what (Italy, Spain, Scandinavia, and far eastern Europe). The extra cost of a one-way rental can still be worth it if it saves you a very long drive back to your first country. But if the last leg of your trip isn’t too far from the border of the country you started in, a small tweak to your rental plans can save you plenty. Let’s say you’re renting a car in France for a trip that ends in Barcelona. By simply dropping the car off within France (as close to the border as possible) and hopping a train to Barcelona (roughly $25 per person), you could save hundreds in drop-off fees.

When booking, also ask about your options (and the costs involved) in case you change your plans en route and want to drop off your car at an office in another city or on a different date.

More Tips for Renting a Car
Get quotes for weekly rentals. Typically, the longer you rent, the less it’ll cost per day. You may find that renting for a full seven days costs the same as, or even less than, five or six days.
Double-check currency conversions when comparing prices. Some foreign-based rental-company sites use fudged conversion rates that make the price in dollars look cheaper than the price that’ll actually show up on your credit-card bill. Convert prices yourself on a conversion site such as Oanda.
Pay upfront. It’s almost always smarter to prepay for a rental car when you book, rather than at the agency counter in Europe. Not only are you likely to get a discount, but, assuming that your quote was in dollars, you’ll know you’re paying the exact amount you were quoted. You’ll also avoid getting dinged with an overseas transaction fee on your credit card. If you’re purchasing a collision damage waiver from the rental company, that’ll likely also be cheaper when paid upfront. But beware cancellation fees: Don’t pay until your itinerary is firm, and be clear on the company’s cancellation policy.

Read the fine print. To minimize the chance of being blindsided when you show up at the rental counter, carefully read your entire reservation voucher before you leave home. Even if you booked the rental over the phone, the agent may well have skipped over certain details. Many travelers end up overpaying (or at least worrying they might be overpaying) if they’re jetlagged or too eager to hit the road to sort through the details. By asking about fees in advance (and taking along a hard copy of your reservation voucher), you can avoid unpleasant surprises.

Tips for Healthy and Happy Travels

Healthy and Happy Travels

Take precautions on the flight. Long flights are dehydrating. I ask for “two orange juices with no ice” every chance I get. Eat lightly, stay hydrated, and have no coffee or alcohol and only minimal sugar until the flight’s almost over. Avoid the slight chance of getting a blood clot in your leg during long flights by taking short walks hourly. While seated, flex your ankles and don’t cross your legs. Some people are more prone to clots (factors include obesity, age, genetics, smoking, and use of oral contraceptives or hormone replacement therapy).

Eat nutritiously. The longer your trip, the more you’ll be affected by an inadequate diet. Budget travelers often eat more carbohydrates and less protein to stretch their travel dollars. This is the root of many health problems. Protein helps you resist infection and rebuilds muscles. Get the most nutritional mileage from your protein by eating it with the day’s largest meal (in the presence of all those essential amino acids). Supplemental super-vitamins, taken regularly, help me to at least feel healthy.

Use good judgment when eating out (and outside Europe). Avoid unhealthy-looking restaurants. Meat should be well cooked (unless, of course, you’re eating sushi, carpaccio, etc.) and, in some places, avoided altogether. Have “well done” written on a piece of paper in the pertinent language and use it when ordering. Pre-prepared foods gather germs (a common cause of diarrhea). Outside of Europe, be especially cautious. When in serious doubt, eat only thick-skinned fruit…peeled.

Keep clean. Wash your hands often, keep your nails clean, and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Hand sanitizers, such as Purell, can be helpful. However, since they target bacteria, not viruses, they should be used as an adjunct to, rather than a replacement for, hand washing with soap and warm water.
Practice safe sex. Sexually transmitted diseases are widespread. Obviously, the best way to prevent acquiring an STD is to avoid exposure. Condoms (readily available at pharmacies and from restroom vending machines) are fairly effective in preventing transmission. HIV is also a risk, especially among prostitutes.

Exercise. Physically, travel is great living — healthy food, lots of activity, fresh air, and all those stairs! If you’re a couch potato, try to get in shape before your trip by taking long walks. People who regularly work out have plenty of options for keeping in shape while traveling. Biking is a great way to burn some calories — and get intimate with a destination. Though running is not as widespread in Europe as it is in the US, it’s not considered weird either. Traveling runners can enjoy Europe from a special perspective — at dawn. Swimmers will find that Europe has plenty of good, inexpensive public swimming pools. Whatever your racket, if you want to badly enough, you’ll find ways to keep in practice as you travel. Most big-city private tennis and swim clubs welcome foreign guests for a small fee, which is a good way to make friends as well as stay fit.

Get enough sleep. Know how much sleep you need to stay healthy (generally 7–8 hours per night). If I go more than two nights with fewer than six hours’ sleep, I make it a priority to catch up — no matter how busy I am. Otherwise, I’m virtually guaranteed to get the sniffles.
Give yourself psychological pep talks. Europe can do to certain travelers what southern France did to Vincent van Gogh. Romantics can get the sensory bends, patriots can get their flags burned, and anyone can suffer from culture shock.

Europe is not particularly impressed by America or Americans. It will challenge givens that you always assumed were above the test of reason, and most of Europe on the street doesn’t really care that much about what you, the historical and cultural pilgrim, have waited so long to see.
Take a break from Europe, whether it’s a long, dark, air-conditioned trip back to California in a movie theater; a pleasant sit in an American embassy reading room surrounded by eagles, photos of presidents, Time magazines, and other Yankees; or a visit to the lobby of a world-class hotel, where any hint of the traditional culture has been lost under a big-business bucket of intercontinental whitewash. It can do wonders to refresh the struggling traveler’s spirit.
Basic First Aid
Be proactive to stay well. If you do get sick, take action to regain your health.

Headaches and Other Aches: Tylenol (or any other over-the-counter pain reliever) soothes headaches, sore feet, sprains, bruises, Italian traffic, hangovers, and many other minor problems. If you’re buying it overseas, Europeans may be more familiar with the term “paracetamol” (pare-ah-SEET-ah-mall).

Swelling: Often accompanying a physical injury, swelling is painful and delays healing. Ice and elevate any sprain periodically for 48 hours. A package of frozen veggies works as a cheap ice pack. If your foot or leg is swollen, buy or borrow a bucket and soak the affected area in cold water, or sit on the edge of a cool swimming pool. Take an anti-inflammatory drug like ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin). Use an Ace bandage to immobilize, reduce swelling, and provide support. It is not helpful to “work out” a sprain — instead, cut back on activities that could aggravate the injury.

Fever: A high fever merits medical attention, particularly for children. A normal temperature of 98.6° Fahrenheit equals 37° Celsius. If your thermometer reads 40°C, you’re boiling at 104°F. You can use Tylenol to bring down a fever, along with putting cold washcloths on your forehead for relief.
Colds: It’s tempting to go, go, go while you’re in Europe — but if you push yourself to the point of getting sick, you’ve accomplished nothing. Keep yourself healthy and hygienic. If you’re feeling run-down, check into a good hotel, sleep well, and force fluids. (My trick during the hectic scramble of TV production is to suck on vitamin C with zinc tablets.) Stock each place you stay with boxes of juice upon arrival. Sudafed (pseudoephedrine) and other cold capsules are usually available, but may not come in as many varieties.

Abrasions: Clean abrasions thoroughly with soap to prevent or control infection. Bandages help keep wounds clean but are not a substitute for cleaning. A piece of clean cloth can be sterilized by boiling for 10 minutes or by scorching with a match.

Blisters: Moleskin, bandages, tape, or two pairs of socks can prevent or retard problems with your feet. Cover any irritated area before it blisters. Many walkers swear by Body Glide, a solid anti-chafing stick sold in running shops and sporting-goods stores. For many, Band-Aid’s Friction Block stick is a lifesaver for preventing blisters in spots where your shoe rubs against your foot.

Motion Sickness: To be effective, medication for motion sickness (Dramamine or Marezine) should be taken one hour before you think you’ll need it. These medications can also serve as a mild sleep aid. Bonine also treats motion sickness but causes less drowsiness.

Diarrhea: Get used to the fact that you might have diarrhea for a day. (Practice that thought in front of the mirror tonight.) If you get the runs, take it in stride. It’s simply not worth taking eight Pepto-Bismol tablets a day or brushing your teeth in Coca-Cola all summer long to avoid a day of the trots. I take my health seriously, and, for me, traveling in India or Mexico is a major health concern. But I find Europe no more threatening to my stomach than the US.

I’ve routinely taken groups of 24 Americans through Turkey for two weeks. With adequate discretion, we eat everything in sight. At the end of the trip, my loose-stool survey typically shows that five or six travelers coped with a day of the Big D and one person was stuck with an extended weeklong bout.
To help avoid getting diarrhea, eat yogurt, which has enzymes that can ease your system into the country’s cuisine.

If you get diarrhea, it will run its course. Revise your diet, don’t panic, and take it easy for 24 hours. Make your diet as bland and boring as possible for a day or so (bread, rice, boiled potatoes, clear soup, toast without butter, weak tea). Keep telling yourself that tomorrow you’ll feel much better. You will.
If loose stools persist, drink lots of water to replenish lost liquids and minerals. Bananas are effective in replacing potassium, which is lost during a bout with diarrhea.
Don’t take antidiarrheal medications if you have blood in your stools or a fever greater than 101°F (38°C) — you need a doctor’s exam and antibiotics. A child (especially an infant) who suffers a prolonged case of diarrhea also needs prompt medical attention.

I visited the Red Cross in Athens after a miserable three-week tour of the toilets of Syria, Jordan, and Israel. My intestinal commotion was finally stilled by a recommended strict diet of boiled rice and plain tea. As a matter of fact, after five days on that dull diet, I was constipated.
Constipation: With all the bread you’ll be eating, constipation, the other side of the intestinal pendulum, is (according to my surveys) as prevalent as diarrhea. Get exercise, eat lots of roughage (raw fruits, leafy vegetables, prunes, or bran tablets from home), and everything will come out all right in the end.

Finding Ways To Keep Up With Cruises

Finding the Ideal Cruise Specials for You

There are families who have a hard time choosing what place to vacation in so that is why it would be more ideal for these people to choose cruise specials provided by travel companies. You can take this awesome yearly trip because it’s something that you and your family deserve. There are so many travel companies all over the world willing to give you these opportunities so there is basically nothing to worry about in the least.

A cruise is an amazing special offer that you should not let pass you by. You have all the options in the world when it comes to these deals so you do not choose something that you think is lacking or you simply aren’t happy with. There are a lot of amazing websites out there that would provide you with everything you could ever need and more. You need to be a member of these companies in order to avail of their options so make sure you do so as soon as possible. Your vacation is something that should be planned ahead of time so see to it that the proper steps are followed. You need to do your research and see to it that you are able to spend time in the best places in the world.

Make sure to avoid peak season when availing of these special offers because it’s the worst time to do so. When you spend you vacation during this particular time then you would see how crowded the ship really is and how your travels wouldn’t be as comfortable or as great as you want. When you follow these tips for taking a cruise then you would be able to spend them in the best possible way.

One thing you need to keep in mind when it comes to these matters is that changes need to be made ahead of time otherwise you would be stuck in a place where you didn’t plan on being on your trip. The cruise that you take should be family friendly especially when you have kids around. You need to choose the best and most ideal options for your kids because you want them to be happy as well. You need to be able to rely on qualified staff to watch over your kids as well. You should also be able to spend time with your partner alone. You would be so many awesome locations which you would be able to take advantage of as well. You need to orient your family on these cruises at all times so that they would know what they want as well. You don’t have to worry about anything else when you are all settled before the ship leaves. When you follow these essential guidelines in the best possible way then you wouldn’t have to worry about anything else.

Source: http://www.travelentz.com/2016/05/5-good-reasons-to-hit-high-seas-and.html

The Beginner’s Guide to Deals

Ways to Effectively Find the Best Cruise Deals

If you ever have the plan in going on a cruise, you actually want to consider getting the best cruise deal bargain that’s offered. There are tons of ways when it comes to knowing how you could save tons of money for your first or next cruise when you have an idea about what you should do. It is actually not that hard when it comes to knowing the secrets to which travel agents know when you are looking for the best cruise deal. You could in fact save a lot when scouting on your own from the cruise line brokers or the cruise consolidators.

There are so many sites that in fact could offer clearance specials and also last minute cruise deals. Another is that there are cheaper, yet riskier cruise classified and auctions. Finding last minute cruise deals are actually not hard to locate because cruise lines actually wants to avoid leaving the port with empty cabins and also do efforts in order to fill them.

You also should be aware that the offers to which you find at some cruise line sites will not be good totally as the ones that you find anything else from cruise line brokers or consolidators. This is why you should make sure that you consider visiting other sites. The next thing that you should do would be in doing comparison with the prices of the cruise lines that comes from their website.

When you have found out what you think would be a good bargain or deal, try to contact your local cruise travel agent and try to find out whether they could meet it. You could actually find some cruise lines that doesn’t permit travel agents in giving out discounts for the cruise, yet this doesn’t mean that the agent already know about the discounted cruises.

It is actually possible to ask for a discount even when there’s already a final price on the cruise. The thing that you need would be to ask whether they have a senior discount, student discount, business discount or a health professional discount. There are even resident discounts or special offers when you are living in a certain state.

The best thing that you also could do would be to consider visiting different sites and compare them and not just to settle immediately to the first one you find. Comparisons actually helps you to know about which of them is capable of offering you with the best and lowest rate.

Consider comparing cruise lines, cruise ships and also the itineraries aside from the price they have. This is really important if you are in search for the best bargain with the cheapest possible cruise rates.

Source: http://www.lynx2travel.com/planning-a-vacation-that-is-exactly-what-you-want/

Doing Cruises The Right Way

Save Money While Cruising

There are so many people today that love cruising, some do this regularly especially if they are able to find a great deal for their next cruise. It is very wrong to think that cruising only wastes money because this is what many people believe. In fact there are so many benefits that you can get from it and the experience and enjoyment you get from it cannot be paid by how much amount of money you can acquire. A lot of people have a different strategy when it comes to cruising because they would always be on the look for the newest deals and discounts by cruise agencies and they would grab the chance to get lesser cost for their cruise. This article will be able to show you how these pros do it.

The First Step Of The Journey

We all know that cruising is only for the rich but that is all in the past now, this is because the economy that we are in right now have so much to supply for all of the people in our generation. One thing also is that people can easily pass and acquire information and this include getting to know about the latest deals and discounts travel agencies are giving out in the public.

Today people are able to find whatever they are looking for and this includes the best deals for cruising with the use of the internet. You should know that there are now so many websites that is solely dedicated for cruise ship deals and tours.

One thing that you should know about these cruise deals is that most of the time, agencies would give discounts depending on the season or depending on the special events that you can come across and that would also depend on the agency that you have chosen. Never miss any information when it comes to choosing the right cruise agency because you might have to pay for additional things rather than just getting the discount and this is why you should also check their prices if it fits on what they would give for their passengers.

Comparing two or more agencies on how much discount they could give to a passenger is important so that you can be sure to get less cost of what you should be paying and this can be done easily if you are doing your search on the internet. Now you know the secret of how pros do cruising without spending so much money but enjoy so much of their travel.

Source: http://www.herztravel.com/where-to-find-the-best-vacations/

A Simple Plan For Researching Deals

Tips On How To Find The Best Cruise Deals

It is common for people to think that cruise vacations are for the rich. All inclusive cruise ship vacations are already available today. Cruise ship companies are now making their packages available for each and every one, this is because of the hard financial times that everyone experiences. In order for you to get the best cruise ship deal, juts follow these steps and for sure you will be off to your dream vacation.

The first tip is for you to know what cruise you want and you should be flexible. It is very important that you know where you want to go, the ship that you want, the dates and the price that you can afford. Remembering these details will give you a narrower option.

The second tip is to plan ahead of time. Travel guides suggest that you book your vacation between the months of January until March. It said that during these months, you can get the best deal offers from cruise ship company’s. Don’t lose hope if you were not able to book during the said months as last minute cancellation deals can still be possible.

Online deals often give out the best offer, check them often. many people can get amazing deals online, always keep a look out for it. If you can book deals online, you saved your time and effort. Just make sure that after booking, print the details of your cruise.

For you to be sure, check the cruise lines directly. For you to be always sure of the deals that you are going to get, you can directly go to the cruise lines websites and double the check the information. Some deals can only be availed through the cruise lines website only. If they offer a newsletter, don’t hesitate to sign one. It is in newsletters that some of the latest updates on great deals are seen.

If you want a helping hand, you can go ask a travel agent. Most travel agents are the ones that book your travel despite getting the deals online. The travelling industry’s updates are always on top of every experienced travel agents mind. It is the travel agent that will put together all the things to make your vacation a memorable one. In addition to that, good travel agents can also create side trips that will make you enjoy your vacation more. These side trips are something that you don’t find on bookings online.

Make it a habit of comparing prices and always look for the best deal. Take time and compare all the deals that you got. Before you make the final decision, make sure that you have already considered all the possible benefits. Don’t be afraid to haggle with prices. Most travel agencies will give in to your conditions once they now that the completion is stiff.

Source: http://www.herztravel.com/where-to-find-the-best-vacations/

The Path To Finding Better Deals

Getting The Best Out Of Your Cruise Deals with A Few Simple Methods

Cruises are known to be something that is only reserved for the rich for a long time now. Of course, this is no longer something that is observed nowadays. Because the economy now is in a state of such unpredictability, businesses in line with cruises are doing everything they can to expand their market and because of this, more people can now afford to go on cruises. Here are some of the steps you can follow if you are looking to go on a cruise.

Whether you are looking for a family cruise or you want a cruise for yourself, you will find that there are a lot of available choices for you. You should know that some factors have to be taken into account first when you are looking for a cruise to go to such as the place of your destination and of course, your budget for the cruise. The most important thing you need to do is remember these details because they will be the ones that will allow you to get the most out of your cruise deals.

You should know that are ideal times of the year when it comes to the best cruise deals search and that would be the in the early first three months. Since many people would be booking for their cruise vacation at these times of the year, the rates are at their best. This is one of the best ways to get the best out of the cruise deals that are available throughout the year. Of course, you can do it in another way if you are not available at those times. Advanced and last minute booking are also one of the great ways to get great cruise deals.

You should also know that there are many online sites out there that can help you out when it comes to this. At present, you will be able to find a lot of cruising line websites that provide you with all the details you need make a comparison and contrast and find out which deals work best for you. When you take full advantage of this, you can get the best cruise deals out there.

Sometimes, updates happen and checking them out even after you have already gotten the deal you think is best would be ideal. You can make sure that everything goes according to plan this way. If you did find your deal over the internet, don’t forget to make a follow up. The best cruises is waiting for you out there and all you’ve got to do is find them.

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Important Facts To Know On Boat Rentals The United States is a haven for lovers of the lakeside, the seaside and resorts. You can enjoy the fantastic views offered by these lakes even better when you try renting boats. As you venture of boat rentals, you may be asked by the tourist agency on your planned activities, how long you want to rent the boat and what features you would like added along with the boat ride contract. As you avail of boat rentals, there are also questions aside from these mentioned earlier, such as the number of people who will be riding the boat. These questions and the information that will be gathered from these questions will determine the type of boat you will using on the ride. These are some of the boat rental choices that you can choose from. House boats: Families are often the patrons of the house boat which is one of the most fun ways to enjoy your ride. House boats are considered a popular boat rental type in the Mississippi River, and has been known to have transported numerous families around the river. House boats are perfect when you go through the smaller inlet rivers and around lakes in the United States. House boats have facilities that you can also find in a luxury condominium, only you are enjoying them while on water. These house boats provide facilities, should you need to mix some hot soup for the family, have a toast and dinner with your loved one or listen to classical music as you enjoy the ride around the river and lake. These facilities over maximum convenience, because these are also the things you can see inside your home. You can just imagine hearing morning insects making music with the sunrise as you prepare your breakfast, or sleeping with the sound of the waves hitting the lakeshore while you are inside your houseboat. Make your choice to get a house boat for your family and loved ones.
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There is so many different kinds of considerations and aspects that you will want to think about in regards to actually planning out your family vacation, so it is a good idea to consider how long you will want to stay because there is plenty of packages out there from just a simple day trip, to a few days stay, to a week, and you can even stay a lot longer if you wanted as well.
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These websites are simply amazing because they can really make sure you can have a blast with your entire family, so if you want to go out and have fun then it is a good idea for you to check out these websites because there is no doubt that it will be able to help you plan the best family vacation of your life. Also if money is an issue with you then you will no doubt enjoy the fact that the websites are designed in a way to help you find the very best deals and the very best packages. And that is everything you will need to know when it comes down to family vacations.

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The Benefits of Cheap Visas to Vietnam If you are a busy person, taking a vacation to relax and experience different adventures might be the last thing on your mind, as you are seeped to your neck up with problems at work, duties at home, and so on. Too much work and no play can play a huge role in damaging your health, both physically and mentally, however, and it is important that you realize this and make it your goal to set aside a little time to take a vacation and do things which you have never done before. If you wish to take time off to relax and enjoy yourself, then, it is a wonderful idea for you to plan a trip to another part of the world, a place that will change your whole perspective and grant you beautiful memories to keep for the rest of your life. If you don’t want to travel to the cliche places to which all tourists go, you can go to Vietnam and experience something entirely different, an adventure that will change you in a very wonderful way. If one enjoys looking at nature and experiencing sights which are no less than breathtaking, he or she will naturally enjoy a trip to Vietnam, as it is full of the best and most beautiful sights of earth. When you visit Vietnam, you can take a tour of all these beautiful sights, enjoying the still bays, the beautifully carved islands, and the haunting, intensely amazing caves. After seeing what nature has to offer in this country, you can also enjoy its culture, buying things at the colorful and noisy market, visiting the lush paddy farms, and even staying at a French-style villa in a pine forest. When you visit Vietnam you will also notice that the people there are different from any others in the world, as they are some of the most hospitable and friendly people that can be found across the globe. It is certainly not a good feeling to be new and visiting a strange country and to be met by strangers who are cold and distant – this can rob people of the pleasure of a vacation in more ways than one. On the other hand, it is wonderful to feel welcome in a strange land, and this is something that one visiting Vietnam is sure to get from its people.
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