Cheap Vacation Ideas

Posted by on Sep 16, 2017 in Travel |

Deciding on a holiday destination can be one of the hardest things to do when planning a vacation. A probable reason for this is the number of factors that come into play. The number of people involved, your budget, the time you want to spend vacationing, etc. Contrary to popular belief, you really don’t need to have an overload of cash to enjoy a nice holiday. You can have a nice getaway at a considerably low budget without having to break the bank.

The sole purpose of a vacation is to unwind, relax, let loose and have some fun. It does not have to be a costly affair. Here are some ideas on how to vacation without splurging.

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It is not surprising that people rarely transverse different parts of the countries they live in. Almost everyone is guilty of this at some point in their lives. Before you think about international travels, find some great spots in your own country that you have never visited before; you will experience so many wonders waiting to be uncovered.

If you decide to sight see, check yourself into a guest house to have a change of environment. Otherwise, staying at home may be an excuse to do any other thing than sight see. It also creates a feeling of adventure and thrill when you decide to do this. Get yourself some city tourism passes at your local tourism office to experience multiple local attractions for free or at reduced costs.

Beaches

There is nothing comparable to laying on the beach with the perfect weather. You may prefer to engage in water sporting activities such as snorkeling, sailing, paddle boarding, scuba diving, etc. A swim with the dolphins would be such a memorable experience as well.  For family vacations, you can opt for beaches with restaurants, amusement parks and arcades for the kids and yourselves too. Make sure to choose an all-inclusive resort to get value for your money.

Outdoors

The best things in life come free to us, right? Being outdoors is a great chance to experience some beautiful scenery at very little or no cost. You will admit that nature and its landmarks do have a calming effect. You can decide to drive around your region, and you will be surprised at discovering some things for the first time.

National Parks

National parks are a great vacation choice especially if you don’t want to spend a considerable amount of money. There is so much to do and see that will blow your mind away. The drives where you get see the wildlife, nature trails, mountain climbing, camping, etc. Park fees fall in the range of $15and $40. In some places, camping on public lands is free. If camping is not your thing, most parks have cabins that you can choose instead.

Cruise Ships

To get a great deal on cruise ships, make sure to book very early in advance or at the very last minute. You are likely to get a bargain as they are normally quite expensive. They go for $600 and above per person for just a small room. Booking at least a year in advance will get you a significant reduction in the fare. Last minute deals go down as far as half the normal price. Booking other types of tours also work the same way; you get up to 20% discounts at the last minute.

Other cruise ships offer ridiculously low rates of up to $30 per day. If the prices drop after you have made a booking, you may get partial refunds or vouchers for food or drinks.

Accommodation

This is one of the major stressors in vacations because of the exorbitant prices charged by decent or good hotels. It can eat into your budget and suck the fun out of your entire trip. Some people may have found a way around that, and they call it house sitting. You get to live in someone else’s house while they are away which is pretty awesome and convenient for both the house owner and yourself.

Try to be creative when seeking for vacation options and destinations. You may decide to go to totally different locations that are unheard of instead of the same old famous destinations. Deviate from the common path and reward yourself with an amazing, unprecedented experience. Combine that with an off-season visit, and you will save yourself a whole lot of money while gaining new exciting experiences. There is so much information available online on cheap deals, discounts, etc., that you can take advantage of.

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How to Choose a Great Limousine Service

Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 in Travel |

You have a special event coming up, and you want a limo service to grace your departure and arrival to your destination. With so many rental services available, you may be feeling a bit confused as to which company to use. We have had excellent service from BethRock Limo (http://www.bethrocklimo.com/) if you happen to be in the Bethesda and Rockville, MD area near Washington DC. If you aren’t near there, here are a few crucial factors that will narrow down your choices and help you get the exact service that you are looking for.

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Each company should be properly licensed. You should also find out if they have commercial vehicle insurance. Don’t take chances with companies that cannot show you their insurance and licensing credentials. Your safety should be your number one concern.

Company’s fleet size

This can give you an insight into the company’s operations and services. Generally, smaller companies are expected to offer a more personalized service than larger companies. While this may not always be the case, the chances are that larger companies give more standardized service because of the variety of services available.

Chauffeurs

You want to feel safe and secure and so due diligence is required to ensure that the chauffeurs of these companies meet all the required state mandates. Some of these mandatory requirements include; good driving history, random substance abuse tests, and criminal background checks. Medical screening and commercial driver’s license are required for larger vehicles.

Pricing

Companies differ in their pricing policies so ensure you make comparisons before arriving at a final decision. Some companies may offer a flat rate; others may choose a price per hour or an all inclusive package. There may also be instances of additional fees charged apart from the listed prices so make sure to get all the information beforehand to avoid unpleasant surprises.

Package

This is best suited for those special events and locations with specified time periods. Examples may include weddings, sporting events, concerts, proms, etc. This package will most likely incorporate the number of people, the number of hours and probably some luxury amenities for a bulk rate.

Time

Some companies will charge an hourly rate which they refer to as the travel time; from the garage to the time it returns. They may add an hour for this time to make the billing much easier. If the rate was an all exclusive package, they might give an hourly charge for the continued use of the limo during overtime. Rates may also depend on seasonal demand just like is the case with hotel rooms.

Use these guidelines to ensure you get the best limousine service for your money’s value.

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Avoiding Pickpockets When Traveling

Posted by on Aug 24, 2017 in Travel |

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The long awaited travel day is finally here. Your luggage is packed; flights booked, passport check, credit card company has been informed that you are traveling. Everything is in place. You are hoping for a fantastic trip with lots of fun, excitement and new experiences. Nobody goes for a trip bracing for the worst because you just want to unwind. But, unfortunately, sometimes you come back with not so pleasant memories that ruin the whole experience for you.

Well, the good thing is that you can also choose to be prepared and alert to avert any negative experiences that threaten to take out the fun out of your experience. We are not asking you to be paranoid, no. We simply advocate for a healthy amount of suspicion to always keep you one step ahead.

One common problem while traveling is pickpockets. It isn’t a violent crime, but it can be a great inconvenience losing money and other valuable items. Picture losing your passport; this will mean delayed travel plans, and that means you have to dig deeper into your pocket. If your credit card is lifted, the credit card agency has to be called to be warned to prevent identity fraud. After this, you have to go through the hassle of replacing the relevant documents which will create a huge cost for you in terms of money, time and worry.

Before you leave, consider the following to help you minimize the loss in case you fall victim to this petty theft.

Preparation

 

  • Make copies of important documents you plan to bring with you for the trip. Itinerary, passport, car rental voucher, rail pass, and extra passport pictures, etc.
  • For backup purposes, leave some copies with your loved ones back home in case they need to send it to you.
  • Backup digital pictures and files as well from electronic devices that you will need on your trip.
  • Consider taking theft insurance for expensive electronics. Take a picture and leave it at home in case you need to claim the insurance.
  • Leave your expensive bags, jewelry, etc., at home. Luxurious items are a great way to attract pickpocketers.
  • File a police report.

Avoiding Theft

A few other precautions are necessary to prevent finding yourself in this mess.

Use Traveler’s Checks

The best know of the traveler’s checks are the ones from American Express.  If they get stolen, you can get them replaced at little or no charge. American Express has offices in most locations so it is easy to get replacement ones. If you need some cash, just cash an American Express check at any bank.

Use a money belt.

This is an elastic zippered pouch fastened to your body worn underneath your clothes. It is a convenient way to carry your money, passport, ID and other small valuable items. Some styles of the money belts include;

  • Around the waist is the traditional money belt. It is worn under your shirt and waist.
  • Around the neck which is easier to access; even better if you wear under button-up shirts.
  • Belts with hidden in built pockets.
  • Hidden pockets tuck into your pant legs. These are quite comfortable.

Leave valuables in your hotel room

It is safer to tuck them somewhere discreetly in your room. Some hotels have safes in the hotel room or at the front desk if that’s more comfortable for you. Any of these options is better than carrying them around.

Keep track of your items.

  • Most travelers think they have been robbed while in essence, they just lost their items.
  • Establish a habit of not setting down small items. Keep them tucked or firmly in your hand.
  • Also, avoid placing your phone on the table top while in a restaurant.
  • Stick to an unpacking routine at the hotel to avoid misplacing your items.

Firmly secure your bag

  • Theft is made easier when a thief can separate you from your valuables. If you are traveling in a bus or train or you want to take a rest, a good idea should be to tie your luggage to yourself or your chair/seat.
  • Consider sling backpacks as those stay close to your body. However, they might not be such a good idea if you plan to carry a lot of stuff with you.
  • Wear your bag backward that way it’s easier to keep an eye on it.
  • Keep the zipper on your bag locked at all times.

Avoid crowds or commotions

They provide a good distraction for thieves and an easy escape route. Be extremely vigilant if you happen to find yourself amidst a crowd.

Common Pickpocket Targets

  • Tourists
  • Flashy people
  • Friendly and trusting people
  • People with lots of luggage
  • Asians especially the Chinese. Pickpockets consider them very wealthy. Some of them don’t have access to credit and debit cards, and so it is assumed they carry large amounts of cash with them.

Don’t let pickpockets spoil your fun. Just adhere to the above guidelines, and you are bound to have a memorable trip.

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Tips for How to Prepare for a Long Overseas Holiday

Posted by on Jul 16, 2017 in Travel |

Well, everyone who plans to travel wants to have a safe and exciting holiday. So, everything has started out well and you’ve already chosen where to go for your holiday vacation. You’re already done booking your trip. You decided to travel to a destination that’s far from home to have a different experience and adventure. Probably you’ve even been planning to travel overseas for the past few years and the time has finally come.

Preparation remains one of the most important factors whenever you’re travelling for holiday. There are things that one must attend to before leaving for a trip. Here’s what you need to know as you prepare to head overseas for that holiday vacation.

Do your Research and Get Informed

Don’t just rely on a description or details outlined on a document provided by a travel and tours company online. You could be traveling to a dangerous or unsafe destination. Start by doing a research to understand everything possible in relation to where you’re headed. Visit online forums where you can get useful information and advice from other travelers who have travelled to that destination. Find out their experience and let them give you a honest opinion of how they found the place. Your aim should be to get informed about where you’re travelling to.

Make Lists

Anytime you’re travelling for holiday, you must list down the different things that need your attention before you leave. You should leave everything at home in a safe place to make your trip peaceful. Taking care of everything at home will help you not to worry about your home while on holiday. You may need to list down everything then cross them as you finish attending to them.

Pack for your Destination

Most people tend to care less when packing for holiday. They just throw things into some bag and claim to have packed. You should take time and only pack what you’re comfortable wearing during your vacation trip. Only pack what you need. During your research, you should find out the kind of weather experienced in the overseas destination. If you’re travelling to the northern Europe, you may need to layer up. If you’re travelling to the Middle East, you may need to pack light clothes. Spending time to pack will help you not forget important things. However, if you forget something, you can still get it overseas in the shops.

Don’t forget the Boring Stuff

Who enjoys photocopying those travel documents for the entire family? As much as it’s not fun, you still need your passport and other important documents ready. You also need to make arrangements how you’ll be accessing your money overseas. Also remember to get travel insurance before leaving home.

Finally, tidy up the Loose Ends

You don’t want to leave for holiday vacation before organizing where to store your furniture and other appliances. You may need to a responsible person to help with your mail. If there are any ongoing bills that need your attention, clear them as well.

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