Great Experience On First Time Cruising

CruisingFirst time cruising is exciting yet it requires patience and a lot of research to make the most out of your planned cruise. The cruise ship is packed with a lot of goodies from activities for children to the activities that old people want to engage themselves into. It is only right that when going on a cruise for the first time you should be able to make the most out of your money.

First time cruising is tricky. Here are some of the things that you need to prepare for.

Pre-cruise Studies: Always research about the cruise ship and the trip itself. Everything else that you need should have been pre-arranged from the cabins you’ll be sleeping in to the food that you’ll dine.

Don’t double tip: When paying for your trip you have already been charged about 10-15% for every meal that you will be having. It is really not that necessary to give tips.

When it rains pack right: When traveling on a cruise ship, it is always a must to be prepared with clothes and other stuff that you can wear when it rains. You can’t always be so sure that the weather forecast is right. Sometimes there are sudden splashes of rain and you don’t want your travel experience to be ruined just because you were soaked in the rain.

Stay slim amidst the all-you-can-eat buffet: Remember that all of these are paid for. If you wish to stay slim despite the huge amount that you paid for then that’s completely your discretion. In case you really want to enjoy that sumptuous feast, here’s what you can do. Instead of taking the elevator when roaming around the ship, why not try taking the stairs for a change. This is to ensure that you’ll burn those calories just right.

Design a Ship Tour for Embarkation Day: You don’t want to waste your time and energy sitting on a cabin while waiting for your ship to arrive at the pier. You can explore the ship. Take a map of the whole ship. You can use the map provided after you book for that cruise. Look at the main areas that you will be going like your cabin, the dining area, and other parts of the ship where passengers are allowed to explore.

Here is an overview of cruise vacations for first time cruisers.


Many first-timers are confused about what’s included in your cruise price. As a general rule, meals, snacks, onboard activities and entertainment are included in the stateroom prices. Here’s some great news that might surprise you: even room service is included! Beverages such as water, juice, tea and coffee are typically included, as well. Other beverages, such as those from the bar – soda, beer, wine and cocktails – are an additional cost. You’ll also have to pay extra for babysitting, salon and spa services, gambling and purchases from the gift shop. Fortunately, all these expenses are charged to your room, alleviating the worry of carrying cash everywhere onboard.

There are other activities that you’ll have to budget for, namely, shore excursions. There are many options available, from simply shopping forays to extensive guided tours. Most cruise lines have specialists that can help you book your offshore activities. It’s typically wise to utilize this service, as the cruise experts have loads of experience and know which companies are reputable, and which to avoid. Many activities book up quickly, so plan ahead. It’s also a good idea to book spa and salon appointments well in advance.


Many cruise lines factor gratuities into your final bill when the cruise ends. Others leave this amount up to you. If you’re in charge of the tip, follow this rule of thumb: $3 per person, per day for your cabin steward, busboy and cabin steward. All gratuities should be paid in cash when the cruise comes to an end. When it comes to bar beverages, you’ll have to pay at the time of service. Your servers are there for one reason: to serve you and make sure you have the best cruise experience ever. Treat them well.


Nothing says great food like a cruise. Everybody knows that cruises are notorious for exceptionally delicious cuisine and abundant dining options. Buffets, niche restaurants with high-end specialties, elegant dining rooms, cozy room service, on-the-go snack bars – they’re all yours. Try them all! Room service is usually available 24 hours a day while other options have limited hours, some serving late into the night or early in the morning. Main dining hall times frequently begin around 6:30 p.m., and permit seating through 8:30 p.m. Submit your preferred times in advance whenever possible.

Special dietary needs? No problem. Cruise lines employ top chefs who are well-versed in all kinds of dietary specialties. Vegetarian, kosher and low-fat diets being the most common special needs, these dishes are abundantly available. More specialized needs can easily be accommodated, as well. Be sure to consult your vacation cruise specialist in advance and speak to them about your dietary restrictions. That way, you can be sure to secure a perfect culinary experience.


Not sure what to pack? You’re not alone. Most cruises are seaside-casual during the day, and more formal at night. When packing formal attire, men can’t go wrong with a nice, dark suit. Ladies: pack your lovely cocktail dresses. Make sure all your fabrics are appropriate for the climate in which you’re sailing.

Check with your vacation expert to determine the level of formality aboard your ship. Some lines are far more formal than others, and require tuxedos and gowns. Don’t have a tux? Check to see if rentals are available on board. Many offer this amenity. If dressing up isn’t your thing, don’t worry; most every cruise line offers exclusively casual dining options.

If you’re a water person, don’t forget to pack plenty of swimwear. Those who bring only one or two bathing suits will likely have to buy more onboard. The same goes for basic toiletries.

Motion Sickness

Afraid you might fall prey to the dreaded motion sickness? If you’ve suffered from motion sickness before, there’s a strong chance it could happen again. Some people don’t realize they’re prone to motion sickness until the ship departs. By that time, there’s no turning back, so it’s better to be safe than sorry. Though all modern ships have top-notch stabilizers to reduce excess movement, it’s a great idea to bring along medication or other remedies if you’re concerned you might get seasick. Also, stick to the lower decks, as you’re more likely to feel motion at higher levels.

Today, cruises have Wi-Fi so Internet connection wouldn’t really be that much of a problem. Instead of wallowing yourself in your social media accounts, you can go around and look for other activities that are going on at the various stations inside the ship. It will let you see how beautiful the ship is. You will also get to experience a lot of amazing activities happening while in the cruise.

Don’t forget to enjoy and try to document every piece of that memory for keepsakes. It is always good to have something that you could look back into for years. Those memories of your first time in a cruise will be rooted in your heart and mind always.

China Travel Tips

Survival China Travel Tips and Tricks

These China Travel Tips, Survival Techniques, will help you get around and make your trip to China easier, so you will be able to experience the real China with a little less stress.

China is an odd beast that needs to be respected; the major cities, Beijing, Shanghai, and Xian, all have their own personalities.

Some complex situations that you think would be an organizational disaster turn out to be great and you wonder afterward what all the fuss and worry was about. Then the simplest of tasks can turn out to be a major calamity.

This is when you have what we call here a “China day”.

These days come and go and are part of the experience of everyday travel in China. One needs to have an open mind when travelling China. It is a place with thousands of years of history and culture that is trying overnight to adapt to Western ways of living.

You need to have a very open mind when you Travel in China.
I have listed below a few China Travel Tips that will make life that wee bit more bearable on your Travel China experience.

China Travel Tips – Be Toilet Wise

o Never expect a clean toilet 100% of the time.

o Be prepared; Carry some tissue.

o You may have to use a squat toilet, again if you know this before hand it is not a shock. If you don’t know how to use a squat toilet, try the following experiment at home.

While holding onto something for support with both hands, lower your body down into a low squat position, so that the cheeks of your bottom is almost touching your heels or the back of your calf. Now, let go with your hands. See if you stay in this position for at least 1 minute. If you fall backwards or you cannot get up, then a squat toilet could be a problem for you! Practice, you will be happy you did.

o If you see a clean toilet, Go… it may not come again for a while.

o There are many public toilets around the cities, usually the ones you pay for are OK, (RMB .5), the others best to stay away from if you can. You will soon notice them as you walk around the cities.

o Be warned that public areas like bus and train stations are usually what I class as “tough toilets”, however if gotta go you gotta go.

o Outside of the major cities, the toilet systems are old or have very narrow plumbing /pipes and get blocked easily. In these cases a small basket is usually beside the toilet, this is for your used toilet paper.

One of the best China Travel toilet Tips I can give you, is use hotel lobby toilets; these are everywhere and are always clean. Still they may not always have toilet paper. It depends on the class of hotel that you are using.

I do not wish to scare you. However, of all the China Travel Tips in all the other web sites I have read, this is a topic not often mentioned, but it is very important to us all.

So outside of the major cities conditions can be tough. But most of the time everything will be fine, especially if you book a tour; everything will have been checked out before hand. However even the best laid plans can go wrong, so be prepared, the toilets in the smaller cities, towns and villages can be scary.

China Travel Tips – The Food

o The food is great and the variety is overwhelming. Most of the time you get to choose what you eat, or you can recognize what you’re eating, however sometimes you do not get a choice. Carry a chocolate bar or something; this will keep you going until some food that you can recognize turns up. Drink bottled or boiled water, as the tap water is NOT safe to drink, this is for the whole of China. Even boiled water, while sterilised can contain a lot of minerals and iron deposits that you probably do not want in your system. The safest bet is to drink bottle water. Tap water in most big cities is OK for brushing teeth.

o Eating habits – Most Chinese people have a great habit of being very noisy when they eat and lunch and dinner times can be a wonderfully noisy celebration, food tends to go in all directions, its just part of being in China.

o People also smoke at the table while everyone is eating, so some restaurants get very loud and smoky.

o If you get stuck what to order as most of the menu’s are in Chinese just look at the table next to you and point to the dish you fancy and ask how much it is, this system works really well and know seems to mind.

o I have a basic menu that will help you order safe food, (no Cats or Dog) this will enable you to visit a larger selection of restaurants, not just the tourist ones with high prices. You can carry it with you and use it in the local restaurants where most will be able to serve what is on it. This way you will know what you are eating.

These local places are very cheap and the food it great. Contact me if you would like me to send it to you.

China Travel Tips – Taxis

o China Travel Tips- Taxis – Taxis are an experience that can have you griping the seat and gasping for breath; however you soon get used to it, after the first few rides, you’re an old hand.

o The taxis in Shanghai are, overall, quite good. Try to get the Blue, Blue’ish Turquoise, Gold and White taxis, these are the best… these are the four major taxi companies and are generally recognised by their single colour paintwork. The others are OK, just older and a rougher ride (the others also may have faulty metres). No drivers will speak English.

o Carry your hotel or accommodation business card with you, written in Chinese, this helps if you get lost walking around town.

o In all the taxis around the country you will see the drivers name and taxi registration number in plain sight. If you have any problem, or if you think you have been over charged etc, just take this number down, make a big fuss about it, and the driver then should wake up and fix whatever problem you have. Even better is to take the receipt. This has all the trip details on it and you can ring the taxi company if you want to take things further or if you’ve left something in the taxi.

o The government takes rip-off drivers in all cities, Beijing and Xian especially, very seriously and if you complain they will lose their license. This is their livelihood. So far I have had not one driver in 3 years that has not backed down and we have then agreed a price for the trip or solved our problem.

o In Shanghai, it is common practice for taxi fare increases after 11pm. However, one can usually bargain for a 20% discount, which will get the fare back to the pre-11pm rate.
Be strong with the taxi drivers, never-the-less, keep your cool, smile and negotiate.

China Travel Tips – Shopping

o China Travel Tips – Shopping – China is a shopper’s paradise, Markets, Bargains; Top labels… anything and everything if you have the time. With clothes, the larger (Western) sizes can be quite hard to find, however in the major cities where you get a lot of tourist traffic, you can find them.

o Electrical gear, DVD’s, Cameras, stuff like this is not worth buying in China, Hong Kong is still the best place for this.

o Store hours in the major cities are from 10am to 10pm, 7 days a week.

o Visa card is still the best card to carry, with ATM’s in good supply all with PLUS access etc.
There is usually a surcharge for use of VISA, MasterCard or other forms of credit card.

o Wait on purchasing if you can, look around to get a feel for the prices. The Chinese are VERY experienced at selling and know that we halve the opening price when bargaining.
In the markets go for 25% of what they first ask; go so low that they let you walk away. This will give you an idea of the bottom price. The resulting end-price will probably be around 40% to 50% of where they started.

Whatever the market people say, they are used to pushing and haggling for best prices. Do not worry about being too hard, they are used to it and will not sell you an item unless they make a profit. Don’t be concerned with the apparently hurt body language when you go low – it is all part of the game. As soon as they have wrapped up your first purchase, they will try to sell you something more. Remember to keep smiling and having fun while bargaining.

China Travel Tips – Medical Treatment and Records

o Most hotels will have a doctor that you can see. In the major hotels English will be spoken.

o Always take a small first aid kit, cold remedy, headache tablets at the very least. WATSONS is a very large chain chemist. Most of the remedies, tablets etc, that you may require should be in these shops. These shops are all over China.

o There is a great network of pharmacy type shops; these are indicated by a Green Cross. There will always be a 24 hr Green Cross pharmacy in the city you are in. It is handy to carry a Phase book, as no one will speak English, however you will end up with something that will help.

o INPORTANT POINT – for most of the mass produced packet type medicines, the packaging will be written in Chinese on one side, English on the other. However in the shops you only see the Chinese side. Have a good look, turn the packs over, it gives you a lot more confidence knowing you can read the package.

o If you have a specific medical issue, take records, most of the Doctors will have OK written / reading English, even though their oral English will be poor.

China Travel Tips – Telephone

o Using the phone is as easy as at home. However the person picking it up will not speak English or have very broken English… the Major 4- or 5-Star Hotels will all be OK.

o What is worth doing is buying a Chinese Telecom SIM card, they are about RMB100 and with this you get RMB50 in calls, the other 50 is for the price of the SIM card; this SIM card will go into all major brand phones and work OK.

By doing this, people can reach you within and out of China if there is an emergency. If you have a couple of phones, you can short (txt) message each other (SMS). Also you are able to call your tourist guide, hotel etc if you have any major problems. It is a cheap way to keep in touch.

NB.Before you buy a Chinese SIM card, check that it will work in your Cell / Mobile phone. There are plenty of China Telecom shops that can help.

China Travel Tips on when NOT to move around China.

o Spring Festival, this would be the Chinese New Year time, around the end of January / Early February

o Early May; Labour day Holidays

o Early October; National Day Holidays

Of all the China Travel Tips National Day is the biggest one. Millions of Chinese travel at these holiday times of the year. Most are travelling back to home towns or visiting family. Hotels, trains, planes, cars, buses, and roads are all crowded to the maximum. Major congestion, everywhere.

Also travel fares are at their full price. No discounts are offered!
Stay in one place and enjoy where you are. It’s best and causes fewer hassles.

China Travel Tips – TV

o If you want to watch TV, most of the major hotels will have cable and if you are in the smaller places, the national channel, CCTV9 is in English. Over the last couple of years it has got a lot better, with some great China Travel Tips programs, news and views on people and places around China.

China Travel Tips – Airport Tax

o There is a “construction fee” at almost all airports.

Domestic flights RMB 50
International flights RMB 90 – which is to be paid in local currency.

Just recently, tickets are being tissued with the Construction Tax included; however make sure you have the Tax money with you just to make sure.

I hope some of these China Travel Tips will come in handy and will make your trip to China that little bit easier.

International Outdoor Travel

When you are preparing for your international outdoor travel, why not take some time to remember these necessary considerations. Maybe they will give you some help and make your journey go smoothly.

Prepare equipment

Before you set out, especially when you are going to travel abroad, you’d better list out what you want to bring, and then try to prepare the equipment according to your need. If you travel to Southeast Asia, according to the weather conditions, do not forget to bring some summer clothes. Sometimes, bathroom things and slippers will also come in handy.

Bring essential medicine

Travel with some essential medicines is a smart way. Who can guarantee that you will not get sick while traveling? Once you feel uncomfortable, the medicine can help you cope with an emergency.

Try to know more about the foreign folk customs and rules

You must not touch the head of a child in Thailand. You can not hug a child in India. If you spit and throw waste in the street of Singapore, the high fines will make your head ache. Therefore, you really should learn some rules of a foreign country before traveling. Otherwise, people will not stop blaming you because of your foreigner identification.

Take a hotel card

When you travel to a country with language barrier, once you reach the hotel, you should take a hotel card for yourself. Don’t look down upon this small card, it has a big use. There has the hotel’s address and telephone on it. If you can’t find the way, you can give this card to the driver and ask him to send you back.

Keep the valuables in the safe of the reception desk

When you plan to go outside, you’d better keep your valuables in the safe of the reception desk. Generally, hotels have this service which provides guests with free safe to store their valuables. By the way, many hotels have this provision that if your valuables get lost in the room, they will not responsible for compensation.

Be cautious when shopping

Fake and shoddy products can be found in any country. Especially when you buy gold and silver jewelry, gemstone products and other high-value commodities, you shouldn’t believe the commodity returning commitment from the merchants. You must be cautious to avoid cheating.

Ask about the payable commodity in your room

You should ask about what is available in your hotel room from your guide or the attendant. Some TV programs in the hotel are paid and you have to pay if you use the food in the refrigerator. What’s more, some things such as drinking water are free of charge. If you do not know, it is a waste of money.

Cheap Travel Tips

Saving money has never been more important than in today’s economy. These days, no one can afford to travel as much as we used to. We all have to find ways to lower our travel expenses and learning to travel on a budget doesn’t have to be painful if you follow these 7 cheap travel tips, you can make the most out of every mile that you go.

1) Travel light: You can avoid costly travel fees, by leaving some stuff at home. You don’t have to pack a different outfit for each day that you will be gone. Instead, pack clothing that is versatile and can be worn different ways. It’s cheaper to wash an item than it is pay luggage fees at the airport.

2) Tour Packages: Taking advantage of tour packages is a great way to travel on a budget. Research different packages online to get the best deals. Tour Packages often include things like travel, and meals and lets you see as much as possible during your trip. You can go it alone and research different packages yourself online or you can get a travel agent to do it for it. Make the most out of your vacation if you are one that likes to see the hotspots.

3) Keep track of your money: Carrying cash while on vacation is just not feasible these days. This is particularly true if you are travelling to a high tourist area. Using ATM cards, credit cards and verified travelers checks is easier and safer. Since ATM and credit cards require pins to be used for gathering cash, you are less likely to have your money stolen should you lose your card. Verified travelers checks require you to sign them at time of use. This can also protect you.

4) Understand foreign currency: This is an important rule because it will help you to pre-plan the amount of money that you will bring for your trip. Knowing how much foreign currency is worth can significantly lower your expenses because you can bring what you can afford to bring.

5) Mobility: plan ahead how you will get around once you reach your destination. Will you rent a car? Will you prefer a bike? These are important questions to ask yourself.

6) Keep track: you will want to keep track of the money you spend as you go so that you don’t go overboard.

7) Travel Documents: keep track of all of your travel documents like passports just in case you misplace one of them. Just remember to keep them separate and secure. A replacement is useless if you can’t find it.

Following these travel tips, you can afford to travel even when money is tight. Working with a budget doesn’t have to mean that you have to stay at home throughout your vacation. With these tips, you can make the most out of your vacation time, no matter how much money you have to spend and still have a great time.

Travelling Safety Tips in a Fire

In Victoria the bushfire season is between November to April. This is one of the most bushfire prone areas of the world. On hot and windy days a total fire ban is declared in Victoria as a safeguard to protect the people from bushfire. Lighting fire in the open is strictly prohibited during this time. Therefore traveling in a vehicle on days when there is total fire ban is not safe and should be avoided as far as possible. If in any case you plan to travel in a bush fire area, certain traveling safety tips should be known to you before driving interior through bush forests.

What You Can Do If You Plan Traveling?

While traveling always check the local weather by tuning to the official radio broadcaster. In Victoria the ABC local radio is the official weather broadcaster. This is important especially if you are traveling in forest area with slopes and hills. Fire will generally travel faster up a slope than it will down a slope. Also it is better not to travel deep in a bushfire area when there is extreme or catastrophic fire rating warnings declared by the government.

What Can You Do If Caught in a Vehicle?

Though it is not all safe to take shelter in your vehicle, when you are confronted with fire you can still do some tips when there is no safe place to take shelter. If possible drive away from danger by taking a u turn and speed fast to a safer place. If you see smoke or smell of fire do not proceed further. Drive the vehicle towards a clear and free area having no bushes and trees. Take the following safety tips as soon as possible.

o Turn of the engine and air conditioner.
o Turn on the headlights and hazard lights. This will be useful for emergency services after the passage of fire front.
o Close the doors and windows of the vehicle. This will not bring smoke and heat inside.
o Wear Cotton or woolen blankets to protect from heat.
o Take shelter below the window level so that radiant heat may not hit you.
o Drink plenty of water.
o Once the fire front has passed wait for the help from the emergency services.

Wheelchair Travel Ideas

No doubt there are amazing places all over the world worth traveling to but for those in a wheelchair, choosing a travel destination takes research and planning. Many countries are making accessibility related adaptations to their infrastructures; however others make completely independent travel difficult. If you talk to other disabled travelers, there are plenty of accessible destinations to enjoy, and immerse yourself in the local culture and lifestyle.

North America, and the United States in particular is a good options for the wheelchair traveler due to the passage of ADA laws a few decades back. There are many great locations in North America, and what you choose depends on the kind of experience you are looking for.

If it is the historical side of the United States you are after, then two great ideas are Boston, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C. Both have great public transportation systems and historical buildings everywhere around the city.

On the West Coast, it is all about the beach. Head to San Diego for warm California beach and the sun. In Northern California, there are a number of great beach towns including Santa Cruz where temperatures are cool.

Other great wheelchair travel ideas would be to drive up the Highway 1 from California to Oregon and Washington, which is almost entirely on the coast. It’s been voted by many travel publications as being one of the most spectacular routes in the world. Once you are up in Washington keep going to Vancouver, B.C. which is also an incredible scenic drive and a very wheelchair friendly city.

If you are looking for more of an outdoor experience then some wheelchair travel ideas including seeing Yosemite National Park or the Grand Canyon. Yosemite National Park is located in California at the base of the Sierra Mountains. Lust forests, waterfall, valleys, and steep canyon walls carved by glaciers entertain the senses. At the Grand Canyon the desert sands and might Colorado River have carved a natural masterpiece over an estimated 17 million years. Surrounding the Grand Canyon the desert displays mother earth’s raw beauty. Even stripped away and bear, she is still magnificent.

Besides the United States and Canada, more wheelchair travel ideas can be a trip to Cancun, Mexico. It is a big tourist location and has more wheelchair access updates than anywhere else in Mexico.

In Europe, there are many wheelchair travel destinations. More and more countries and specific regions of the world are making changes to improve accessibility. However, out of all the counties the more accessible wheelchair travel destinations voiced in a recent poll are the cities of Barcelona, Berlin, Vänersborg, Montpellier, and Vienna. All great options if Europe is the region you wish to enjoy. More travel ideas would be to look at Asia and the wheelchair travel destinations to explore are Tokyo and Singapore. These two cities are modern and by far have the most accessible updates in Asia, according to some experienced wheelchair users.

There are many other destinations around the world, some smaller and less talked about than the ones mentioned and others just as well known. Wheelchair travel ideas begin with you, and the type of experience are you looking for? Unique traveling experiences await if you are open new ideas and cultures. Start from within and then start packing!

Travel Package

Whenever you travel overseas for business or pleasure, a recurring problem which you may encounter would be the rising travel costs of accommodation, meals, transport and sightseeing which could add up to an enormous total sum. To save on your hard-earned money, it is paramount that you source any means possible that could help you secure the best value deals for your entire trip.

A travel package may offer the solution to your concerns. Such packages are usually discounted and would thus make cheaper travel a reality since you would likely have to fork out less for a package than if you had purchased each travel component individually. Moreover, an incredible range of destinations is available for your selection, from world-famous theme parks such as Universal Studios to countless places in Europe, South America, Australia and Asia.

By investing just a little effort into finding out more about the different packages available online, you can stand to save big on a trip to the destination you have been longing to experience. What might a travel package be, you may ask?

In essence, packaged travel is offered by both online and offline travel agents which pre-arrange two or more components of a trip into a single package. The individual components differ from package to package, which can either be very basic or very comprehensive. For instance, there are packages that just include air transport, hotels and basic transfers, while others promise a full vacation experience which includes just about everything down to sightseeing and meals.

You can even enjoy other attractive inclusions such as extended visiting hours for some entertainment destinations, a free meal in the hotel, or discounted rates on admission to a tourist attraction.

Tour packages eliminate the hassle of planning your own itineraries for each day of your trip, as your travel agent would have pre-arranged them for you. If you are participating in a group tour, you can also gain the services of a knowledgeable tour guide who would look out for the needs of your tour members.

If you are not satisfied with pre-arranged packaged tours, you can even have your travel agent plan a customized holiday for you, thus making sure that your accommodation, touring locations and duration of trip are tailored to fit the tastes and budget of your group. You are also likely to benefit from the keen competition among travel agents by securing a quality vacation at a good deal.

What attracts many travelers to package deals is their ability to enjoy discounted prices which lead to big savings. The amount of savings that travelers stand to gain is reliant on the travel agent’s skill in negotiating for bigger discounts and which part of the year they are travelling.

Although travelers may generally enjoy the best hotel discounts from most travel agents during less busy travel seasons, they can also turn to other agents who can offer low, specially-negotiated hotel rates even during peak seasons. Travelers also enjoy attractive airfares through these agents due to having them purchased in bulk prior to obtaining them.

Most importantly, booking packaged travel through a travel agent is so convenient that you can just leave all the detailed planning to your agent while you just concentrate on getting ready for your trip. Hence, you can enjoy the incredible value that comes with convenience and savings in a travel package.

Selecting The Vacation Packages


The destination of your vacation trip plays an important role in selecting the vacation package. If you are planning a vacation trip to a common popular destination you will be able to get best vacation packages according to your need as there will be hundreds of agencies providing competitive rates and packages. A very distant and difficult destination will have costly packages. So, if you are travelling with your family selects areas which are easy to reach and are affordable. When you select a popular destination there will be accommodation and food available at cheaper rates.

What The Package Includes?

When you are planning for a vacation what you will have in your mind will be a completely enjoyable place to enjoy your vacation. Only good vacation packages can increase your enjoyment. Your traveling should be comfortable, stay should be comfortable and your food should be enjoyable. There are different types of packages which will include overnight accommodations, car rentals, air fares, complimentary break- fast etc. some of the packages will not provide airfares. So, look whichever is convenient to you. Selecting these types of packages will cover all the essential things while you are on the move. Consider your needs and select packages which offer all that you need.

Budget And Cost

Different people will have different vacation trip plans with a fixed budget. It is necessary to plan the vacation and the budget needed for executing the vacation tour. Having a budget will help you in identifying the vacation package required by you without any confusion. There are packages which help you to save lot of money when you are travelling. You will have to select the right type of packages according to your budget. Make an estimate of the expenses and compare the cost o the available packages. This will help you to get good vacation packages that will stay within your budget. Get your packages from reliable and reputed agencies.

The Rules And Regulations Of The Vacation Packages

Another major factor to consider while selecting the vacation packages includes the rules and regulations of the packages given by the tour operator. Different packages come with different rules and restrictions. Sometimes the complimentary breakfast included in the package will be only for the first two days. Some of the packages include free accommodation for children etc. so, it is necessary to go through the rules and regulations of vacation packages before availing one or your need. This will help you to avoid any confusion when you are on your dream vacation. It is better to get the confirmation of booking the packages in fine print. Making the vacation packages booking earlier will help you to get some discounts. Availing the packages as a group is also suggested for getting better offers. So, keeping the above mentioned factors in your mind while selecting the tour packages will help you to have a stress free vacation at the most favorite destination.

Car Rental Tips

Traveling is a passion for many people and if the vacation destination is glamorous Santorini Island then travel charm increases with hypnotic sunset, delightful weathers, lovely beaches, Luxury spa hotels, culture, beautiful landscape, and light crowds. Few car rental tips can help you to have a comfortable and cost effective journey to Santorini Island.

Renting a car is the best way to take the charm of entire beauty of Santorini as per your convenience, which can provide you optimum travel charm with freedom and flexibility. But some times the rental cars create complications, because of your lack of understanding in car hire which, leads to put you in trouble with your car rental company. Before you go for car rentals, following tips should be taken care of:

Choosing a suitable car is one of the most vital decisions to double the charm of traveling. If you are having a trip with small children then you have to think of a specious car with all luxury arrangements that can provide you comfort during the journey. If you are looking for cost effective and cheap rental rates, you should go for small car models.

Size of the car is not the only factor, but you should try to choose the car which is environment friendly along with auto transmission system. Never forget to check whether car Rental Company is offering something extra. As there are a large number of car rental companies in Santorini, you can find all information about the cars as well as the terms and conditions online by visiting their car hire sites.

Reserve or booking your car:

Before booking your car think how long will you need a rent car? If you are looking for a long vacation more than a week then you should choose the Santorini local car hire companies, because they have a very good idea about the tourist spots based in Santorini and you will get rent cars in cheap rates.

For better rates you can search the booking engines to get an overall idea to know the availability of the competitors’ rates. You can have an internet search of car rental companies’ websites for a better price comparison rates. After a thorough comparison of the rates of various car rental companies, you can book your car online best suits to your preferences and budget. Never forget to ask for discounts and special offers to your car rental company.

Be aware of the cost of car rentals:

It is wise able to see the cost of car rentals including airport surcharges, insurances, state & local taxes, Gasoline bills, additional driver fees and drop off fees. It is essential for you to know these extra charges; otherwise your trip will be ended up paying the amount more than your expectation and budget.

Steps to follow at the time of returning your rent cars:

1) Before returning the car always fill the gasoline tank by yourself, so that you have to pay the amount of gas actually you have used.
2) Avoid filling the tank at near by gas station to airport, the price is expected to be very high. Feel your gasoline tank few miles away from the airport.
3) Return the rent car at the stipulated time period. It shouldn’t be too earlier and too late
4) To be agreed upon any damage, be sure the check -in attendant look over the body of the car in your presence

How to Find the Best Cruise Deals

Everyone who are going cruising wants to find the best cruise deal. They want to get the best possible vacation at the lowest possible price. We can’t offer you the best cruise deal but this article will reveal an insiders tips on how to, and where to find the best cruise deals. The odds to find the best cruise deal will increase a lot if you know where to look. There are quite a few possibilities out there.

Tip one: Use a travel agent
Even if the Internet have opened up a lot of possibilities, a travel agent can be your best shot at finding one of those great cruise deals, or at least help you save money, or give you better value, on your next cruise. An experienced travel agent have the knowledge about different types of cruises and can help you find your type of cruise at the lowest possible price. They can even give you extra discounts on your cruise or split their commission from the cruise line with you. They also have access to promotional sailings before everybody else, and know of possibilities others are unaware of.

Tip two: Use online resources
You can find your cruise deal online by using one of the online cruise sellers. The only problem is that it is a lot of them. There are definitively possibilities to find a great deal online as the competition is hard and the cost for the online companies are small. You have to know what you are doing though. You don’t get the safety a travel agent can offer, and you have to read all the fine print before you make your decision. Are port charges and additional fees including in the price, and are there any cancellation fees?

Tip three: Compare prices and shop around
Don’t jump on the first offer you get. Use several different online resources and compare the offers. Use the best offers you get online or from a travel agent to get even better prices from the competitor. Make the agents earn your business.

Tip four: Book your cruise early or outside of season
You can definitively save money on early booking savings. If you have decided to go on a specific cruise a half year before the sailing date and have the possibility to book early the cruise lines will give you a discount to make sure they get your business. If you can go on short notice there are also possible to get a great cruise deal, but you can’t exactly choose the cabin of your choice. Another possibility is to book a cruise off season. Cruises the cruise lines have a hard time to fill will offer better discounts than in season cruises. If you can travel off season you have a chance to get yourself a great cruise deal.

Cheap Flight

If you are an avid traveler, whether you are traveling within the continental United States or if you are a world traveler, you need, from time to time, to find a cheap flight to your destination. Flying all of the time, especially with today’s gas prices, can become a very expensive endeavor. Therefore, take the time to research were you can find a cheap flight to the destination of your choice and you will have much more spending cash want you arrive at your destination.

One of the first places that you can look are the major websites that sell discounted flights to a variety of destinations. As a part of customer convenience, now many travel sites like Expedia and Orbitz have made alliances with parking sites so that their clients can make parking bookings along with flight reservations. You will of course need a car and so such an alliance and mergence of companies is likely to save you time and money in the long run

One thing to consider when purchasing a flight online is that your flight may be cheaper however it may be inconvenient for you to take your flight at the times that they give you. An example of this is to choose the cheapest flight from a major flight discount website. You may be happy with the price, but you will not the happy with the inconvenience of having to show up their around the midnight hour.

Also, if you have a travel agent, typically they can take care of all of the minor necessities that come along with booking a flight. Having a travel agent is a luxury and a convenience, but sometimes travel agents cannot find the best deals available. Most people have a certain number of places that they travel to regularly. Instead of dragging kids into a travel agency where they will most certainly get bored as you look over your options with the agency, check out travel websites online.

If our modern world has brought us the age of convenience, it has also brought us, especially in the area of travel, the age of impatience. Due to new laws that have been implemented for safety reasons, your delay at an airport may happen for several hours just to get a board your flight. Today’s travel is fraught with fear, delays, and racial profiling as the authorities try to prevent a recurrence of the disasters that have happened in our past. Most travel and transport facilities have added special safeguards meant to combat terrorism, so no matter what price you get on your flight, always be aware that you will have these delays to face.

Cheap flights can be found almost everywhere. You just have to take the time to look. Go online, or call your travel agent, and find a cheap flight to the destination of your choice all from the comfort of your home. We have this luxury because we live in a digital modern age.