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How to Make a Temporary Travel Last Will

This is an easy step for a bit of additional peace of mind. A temporary travel will before a vacation can help people know your wishes if anything should happen to you.
Make a Temporary Travel Last Will

Instructions

  1. A temporary will is not a replacement for a permanent Last Will and Testament drawn up with a qualified attorney at law. However it is usually considered legal and binding. When my wife and I travel on occasion without our kids we will always draft a temporary will in case of an auto or plane accident or something that would hospitalize or kill both of us. We don’t tell our young kids about it, we don’t want to worry them, but leave it with a parent, sibling, or close friend. Usually we leave it with whomever is watching our kids.
  2. A temporary will should be dated. It should spell out who you would like to be in charge of your children if you both should die. It should tell where important papers are and where a primary bank account is and who (by full name)should have access to those funds and documents in an emergency. It can also address your wishes as far as medical care. You can authorize someone to make medical decisions on your behalf if both you and your spouse or companion are unable. Where we had relatives of a different faith we even spelled out the church we desired our young kids to attend until they were old enough to decide that themselves. They fully understood and agreed.
  3. This type of will should be signed and dated by both of you, and ideally a witness or two as well. Once finished seal it in an envelope and leave it with instructions. It is of great use and will hold weight with a probate court if you don’t have a permanent will. A recent temporary will can actually hold some weight over a formal legally drafted will, as it would be of a more recent date. Use this if you need something clarified before a trip. If you would like to notarize your signatures that is an additional safeguard that your wishes will be followed but not necessary to make it valid.

Cheap Vacations to Yellowstone

Look for the best Yellowstone vacation deals outside of the park.
If planning a vacation to Yellowstone National Park, travelers will want to stay outside of the Park for the best deals. No matter where they choose to enter, the following budget accommodations will help ensure that a vacation to America’s first National Park is as inexpensive as possible. Not all lodging is available year-round—so it is recommended to plan ahead. All prices correct as of early 2010.

West Entrance

  • In West Yellowstone, Montana visitors will want to try The Historic Madison Hotel. Built in 1912, the Madison has a rustic Western feel and, as the oldest hotel in West Yellowstone, it harkens back to the early days of park tourism. There’s a hostel for $30 a night or rooms starting at $49 with a shared bath.

    Travelers should also check out the Lazy G Motel. It offers free Wi-Fi and satellite TV in rooms that start at $61. Guests save more by doing their own cooking in a kitchenette room for an extra $15 a day for a two-day stay or $10 a day for stays longer than three days.

    Historic Madison Hotel
    139 Yellowstone Ave.
    West Yellowstone, MT 59758
    (406) 646-7745
    madisonhotelmotel.com

    Lazy G Motel
    123 Hayden Street
    West Yellowstone, MT 59758
    (406) 646-7586
    lazygmotel.com

North Entrance

  • In Gardiner, Montana visitors will find the Hillcrest Cottages. Updated cottages are priced based on the number of guests. The cost for a couple will run between $60 and $80 a day.

    Thirty miles north of Gardiner in Pray, Montana is the Chico Hot Springs Resort and Day Spa. The resort offers accommodations for every price range but bargain rooms can be found in the Main Lodge starting at $49. This place is so nice guests may decide not to travel to Yellowstone at all.

    Hillcrest Cottages
    200 Scott Street
    Gardiner, MT. 59030
    (406) 848-7353
    hillcrestcottages.com

    Chico Hot Springs Resort and Day Spa
    Chico Hot Springs Resort & Day Spa

    1 Old Chico Road

    Pray, MT 59065
    (406) 333-4933
    chicohotsprings.com

South Entrance

  • When visitors leave the Big Sky State, prices start climbing sky high. Jackson, Wyoming is a nice place to visit but to find a good deal on a room travelers will need to get out of town. Colter Bay Village in Grand Teton National Park offers the best deals. Colter Bay offers single tent cabins for $50 a day—or pay $10 more for a semi-private cabin. If visitors can bring their own tent, they can even stay at the campground for only $20.

    Colter Bay Village
    Colter bay on Jackson Lake
    PO Box 240, WY 83013
    (307) 543-3100
    gtlc.com

East Entrance

  • Fifty miles east of Yellowstone National Park is the small town of Cody, Wyoming. Prices have been climbing there in recent years as tourists flock to the town for its Buffalo Bill heritage but bargains can still be had for patient travelers. Travelers should try to snag an Internet deal at the historic 1902 Irma Hotel or stay at the Cody Budget Host Inn for as little as $55 a day.

    1902 Irma Hotel
    1192 Sheridan Ave.
    Cody, Wyoming 82104
    (307) 587-4221

    Cody Budget Host Inn
    (800) BUD-HOST
    budgethost.com

How to Travel by Train to Florida

Beautiful beaches are one reason why people go to Florida by train.
Florida is known for its sandy white beaches, multiple theme parks and historic sites. A popular spring break destination, and place to get away from the cold weather in the north, people chose to visit Florida for a wide variety of reasons. While many people may fly or drive to Florida, for some people these are not viable options. The train can get you to Florida faster than a car would with the convenience of the plane.

Instructions

  1. Decide which city in Florida to visit. In 2010, Amtrak has 20 locations in Florida, not counting bus stops. Amtrak has stops in all of the continental 48 states for your convenience, although you may need some form of transportation to get to the station.
  2. Purchase your ticket. You may purchase the tickets online at Amtrak’s website or by calling 800-872-7245. Ticket prices will vary, depending on your travel dates, the distance from your location to Florida and any current Amtrak specials that might be running. Depending on the distance you are traveling, sleeper cars may be available. Also, different types of tickets are available for different prices, which include dining and better seating.
  3. Prepare your bags. As of 2010, Amtrak allows passengers to bring two carry-on bags and three checked bags. Each bag may not weigh more than 50 lbs. Dangerous objects like firearms, incendiaries, axes, toxic chemicals and clubs are not allowed on trains. Animals, with the exception of service animals, are also prohibited from the trains. Food and beverages are allowed.
  4. Get on the train. Your train ticket will list your local train station along with the date and time of your train. You will need to check in prior to the train leaving. If you are checking in any bags, you will need to be there at least 30 minutes early. When you order your ticket, you have the option of having it mailed to you via US mail or picking it up at the station either by a Quik-Trak kiosk or from a staff member located at your station.
  5. Dining is available on most trains. Certain tickets include the price of a meal. If yours does not, you may also purchase a meal using a credit card.

 All-Inclusive California Disneyland Vacations

All-Inclusive California Disneyland Vacations

Maybe it is time to capture a little fairy dust at Walt Disney’s original Disneyland Park and its newest addition, Disney California Adventure in Anaheim, California. The Disneyland website provides a unique cafeteria-style menu selection for booking an all-inclusive vacation package. You may want to consider all available options for your escape to the Magic Kingdom.

Types

  • The Disneyland online booking website offers two attractive all-inclusive vacation packages, the moderately priced Good Neighbor Hotel Package and the Resort Hotel Vacation Package.

Features

  • An all-inclusive California Disney vacation includes your choice of moderate to resort-type hotels, a selection of “park hopper” tickets, breakfast with Disney characters, dining in Disneyland, shuttle services, souvenirs and special performances. A “park hopper” ticket provides entrance to both Disney theme parks for the length of your stay or preferences. You choose the package and added amenities to fit your budget and interests.

Good Neighbor Hotels

  • Good Neighbor Hotels are located close to Disneyland and, although moderately priced, offer an array of amenities. The Anaheim Fairfield Inn by Marriott, Anaheim Camelot Inn & Suites and Best Western Pavilion are examples of the types of accommodations offered. Some hotels offer free breakfast microwaves, refrigerators, suites and shuttle services. All Good Neighbor Hotels offer swimming pools, Wi-Fi, cable TV and other amenities. Special discounts may apply at the time of booking that include third night free or percentage discounts

Resort Hotels

  • Disney resort hotels are the original Disneyland Hotel, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel. Each of the resorts offers the maximum in comfort and amenities near the heart of the theme parks. The Grand Californian has a Disney vintage motif. The Paradise Pier offers a Disney seaside theme with a water slide. The original Disneyland Hotel offers the world-renowned monorail ride to the entrance of Disneyland.

Alternative Booking

  • Popular online booking sites such as Orbitz, Expedia, Priceline and others offer all -inclusive California Disneyland vacation packages. Vacation packages include flight, hotel, Disneyland “park hopper” tickets, Disney character meals, rental cars, shuttle service and complimentary breakfast. You choose the travel itinerary, hotel, “park hopper” ticket and other personal choices and the website genie does the rest. All you need to do is input your credit card information and a confirmed itinerary is available for your records.

Airline and Special Hotel Packages

  • United Airlines and American Airlines offer package hotel and flight packages including the option to add “park hopper” tickets for both Disneyland’s theme parks. The Portofino Inn & Suites, across the street from Disneyland, offers a special all-inclusive Disneyland vacation. The Portofino offers kids suites, deluxe rooms with Disneyland theme park admissions in affordable two-day, three-day and four-day package deals.

How to Plan a Disney Vacation for a Large Family

             Disney theme parks are a vacation children dream of and parents want to give. There are many locations to choose from and you can personalize the trip to suit your needs and your budget. Disney package deals can be found and for less than you might think. Here are some tips on how to plan a Disney vacation for a large family, so you can enjoy as much of Disney as possible without sending you to the poor house. Disney is a wonderful place to take your family on vacation. Plan ahead and search around for the best deals.

Instructions

  1. Ask yourself if you want a relaxing getaway or do you want the excitement and thrills. It is quite possible you may want some of both.
  2. Decide who and how many are going with you. If you and your significant other are going, your itinerary will be vastly different from that of parents with a preschooler.
  3. Decide if you will use a travel agent or booking service. Many travel agents are able to secure lower airfares, hotel rates and attraction tickets at a reduced price from what the general public might play. You certainly can book all the arrangements yourself, but you may be missing out on some great packages or vacation deals.
  4. Plan your traveling arrangements. A large family will be costly, if you decide to fly. Of course, the rise in gas prices can be hard on a large family as well. Decide which means of travel is best suited for your family.
  5. Be aware that if you book a flight over 21 days in advance, you will get a substantially lower rate than if you book the week before you leave. To save some extra cash, try to find a flight that leaves on Tuesday or Wednesday. These are often the cheaper days to fly. If your children are older, you might also consider a red eye flight. Many times these flights can save you another 30 percent off a regular daytime airline ticket.
  6. Try to find a hotel located on a Disney property. There are some very substantial benefits to staying there. You will be provided transportation. The park has transportation to and from the hotels. Disney also has the Magic Express, which will take your bags from the airport to your room. It might, however, take up to four hours for you to receive them. A great bonus to a Disney property is how you can have your souvenirs delivered to your hotel room. This is a great way to keep from carrying toys and such from your children all over the park.
  7. Consider purchasing the Park Hopper Pass. You can enter all the parks, and some of the water ones, too. You can go from park to park at your leisure. If you buy the complete Disney pass, you will find your park passes, room keys, and credit card can be in one Disney card. It is a great way to keep from losing something.
  8. Check out additional special offers. Disney has many special offers. Extra Magic Hours allow a Disney hotel guest to enter the park after it is closed. This is great fun because you may not experience any lines for the rides. Dining plans are also available and usually will pay for themselves after the first meal.

Essential Uganda Travel FAQs

What Is Ugandan Accommodation Like?

Ugandan safari lodges are generally more basic than those in other African countries, but will still be comfortable and satisfactory.

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What Is the Weather Like?

You might be pleasantly surprised by the weather if you’re planning a Uganda gorilla trekking trip. The BBC reveals that the temperatures for most of the year hover around the mid-20s. The local rainy season stretches from March to May, while October and November are also very wet, so June to September is generally considered to be the most desirable time to visit. There is a further dryer period from December to February, but, as a rule, you should expect to experience some rain no matter what time of year you visit.

What Type of Food Can I Expect in Uganda?

Ugandan cuisine is heavily based around a few staple ingredients such as sweet potatoes, rice, beans and bananas. There is an abundance of incredible fresh fruit and vegetables in the region, and these make up the bulk of most meals. Many of the dishes you’ll find in Uganda are vegetarian, although meat is often on offer for those who want it.

Will the Altitude Affect Me?

It’s impossible to tell in advance how the altitude will affect an individual, as everyone reacts differently. Some people will not experience any effects at all, while others might experience mild symptoms. It’s common for visitors to Uganda to experience symptoms such as fatigue or light-headedness during the first couple of days of their trip. The NHS explains that if you experience symptoms, you should avoid going any higher for a couple of days. Severe altitude sickness is rare, and is often the result of a person having a pre-consisting condition, such as angina or high blood pressure. Established tour operators such as http://www.steppestravel.co.uk and others should be able to provide you with more specified location advice.

How Much Money Will I Need?

Uganda is relatively expensive compared to other Africa countries. Around $30-$50 dollars per day per person, you should cover your needs. The local currency is the Ugandan Shilling, and it is recommended to carry small sums of cash for purchases at road side shops you’ll encounter. You’ll find ATMs in larger urban areas, and it’s a good idea to bring a credit card in case of unexpected expenses.

Find the Best Deals for the Holidays with Great Italy Travel Packages

There are plenty of places to travel around the world, but if you have not made the trip before, deciding to take the journey to Italy can be a very important decision. It is filled with a rich history, plenty of beautiful art, and offers some of the most delicious cuisine. For those who haven’t traveled outside the country though, it can be difficult to find the time to really make the trip and even more difficult to scrape together a proper itinerary. Instead, you might want to look at premade Italy travel packages to get you started.

Who Are You Traveling With?

Before looking at packages, the next thing to consider is who you are traveling with. If you are looking to go with a big group of people, you want to make sure you look for Italy travel packages that are meant to accommodate your group. Similarly, if you want a more intimate, romantic getaway, you might want to look for arrangements that ensure you get all of the privacy you are after. Ultimately, identifying all members of your party and determining how long you wish to travel is the first essential step.

Why Get a Package?

Aside from the headache of trying to get everything planned and organized, purchasing a trip package is often much more convenient for the simple fact that it keeps costs down. There are so many different aspects that go into traveling overseas. You have to account for the flight, transportation when you arrive, the accommodations while you are there, food to eat, the sights to see, and so much more. Depending on the package you get, you can have all of this taken care of for you, or at least a good chunk of it.

Working with Bellarome

If you want to get the absolute best planning, then you have to look for the best provider to line up your Italy travel packages. Among the companies out there, Bellarome really stands out from the crowd for a variety of reasons. Perhaps most importantly, they offer luxurious vacation experiences at 20-30% less than most of their competitors, which is great for the budget-conscious. Another important factor might be the fact that all of their planners are Italian locals, which means they really understand the country and where the biggest points of interest are. This way, they can help guide you to the right choice and offer you a more unique experience.

Booking Italy Travel Packages

When it comes time to book your trip, remember that costs can quickly add up when you do things on your own and you have to work on dealing with the hassle of making sure timing works out as well. Logistically, a proper vacation can be a nightmare to plan on your own. Instead, when you work with a company like Bellarome, you can sort through the various Italy travel packages and select the one that suits your needs. Of course, if none work, you can also work to customize your trip, which really ensures you have a holiday you will remember.

Why everyone wants to travel to Paris? Travelgenio gives you the clues

We do not want to talk about the popular clichés to travel to Paris: the Eiffel Tower, the Montmartre suburb, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre Museum or the Montparnasse cemetery. No. Travelgenio wants to show us a different Paris, where the beauty and the real city emerge.

The museums city and the best place to have a walk

A walk in the Sena shores…or in the most incredible suburbs: the classical walk by the side of the Sena River is unique if you choose the sunset hour. From the Invalides to the Ille de France and Notre Dame, this beautiful path reveils a secret: the way you can discover Paris without using the Metro or any other type of transport than your legs. Another incredible walking route is the one that connects Montmartre with the Republic Square and the Champs Elysees. The truth is that this one is longer and will take you about 3 hours but…you will discover, enjoy and connect with Paris.

Not just the Louvre Museum: it is truth that all the international fame is for this museum but, the beauty of Paris is more than just this museum in terms of art. The Pompidou Contemporary Art Museum is one of the examples. With a price of about 14 euros, we are talking about one of the most fascinating museums in the world not just for the works it shows but also because of the architecture of its own building. Moreover, we can also have a look to the Orsay Museum, a unique place where you will discover many of the works of Vincent Van Gogh. 

Paris, where romanticism is not cheap…at all

Travel to Paris is not cheap. We know it. But there are some ways to save some money once you decide to plan your getaway.

Cheap flights: there are many online travel agencies like Travelgenio that will help you in finding the best rates. You can also find the best prices if you travel to the Beauvais airport, but have into account that you may have to pay the about 30€ of the bus that will take you to the capital.

Accommodation: the hostels and the B&B are the best option because you won’t be able to find a double room in Paris lower than 60€.

Transport: we recommend you to choose your lodging in the city centre in order to be able to walk to the main attractions and because the public transport in France is not really cheap, so you will loose some coins just by using the Metro.

Will holidays to Lanzarote ever die?

The once barren volcanic island of Lanzarote is home to a bit more than 142 thousand residents and each year large numbers of tourists flock around its magnificent sunny shores. The all year round good weather, fantastic all inclusive hotels and broad spectrum of activities covering any taste and pocket have significantly elevated this Spanish island in the Atlantic into one of the top contenders for summer holidays. Holidays toLanzarote however have not been the huge industry they are today some years ago.

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Beginning in 1100 BC the Phoenicians were the first to set foot on the island and as such inspired the ancient Greek writers to write about it. Fast forward a few years (1730) and the island was ravaged by a series of volcanic eruptions which lasted for 6 years, scorching the earth and giving the island its present appearance. Lanzarote after being colonised by the Portuguese and Spanish remained in its present state with its main source of income relying on fishing. However, this source of income fell out of favour too during the 1950s and Lanzarote veered on the verge of bankruptcy. In order to enhance its economic sustainability, Lanzarote was amongst the first Spanish resorts to be comprehensively developed during the 60s and 70s by the Spanish government and private investors.

Nowadays, people opting to have holidays in Lanzarote have given a new breath of life to the local economy as the well organised resorts tend to attract huge crowds each year who crave some sun. The main tourist season tends to be during the summer months, however due to the island’s proximity to the equator the weather is always pleasant. The well organised local bars, clubs and restaurants cater for large numbers of people and as a result they always have something on to satisfy even the pickiest of travellers.

Bearing all that in mind however, makes us wonder what might be next. Will holidays to Lanzarote wither as people find other places to go? Will the local economy return to fishing? Will the resorts die out?

Well, the answer might well be, no. At least not in the immediate future. With Spanish destinations being on the rise and prices climbing fast, more people tend to choose to have holidays to Lanzarote. Why so you may ask and the reasons are more than a few. Firstly, Lanzarote offers the experience of stunning beaches and clear waters most vacationers are after for less money. Secondly it has not been overdeveloped to the extent of other destinations and thirdly and most importantly, the sun will keep on shining no matter what. All those facts however are further emphasised by one more thing. The recent years have seen the decline of widely popular destinations such as Turkey and Egypt due to civil unrest and safety concerns. This however, is certainly not the case with the Canary Islands overall, as they are in the middle of the ocean and host to a friendly and quiet population. Historically at least there have never been cases of concern, making Lanzarote one of the safest destinations available.

Overall, Lanzarote holidays, at least in the island’s present state, will never die, rather than evolve and include more things to see and do. The Canary Islands seem to have gotten the recipe right and we definitely can’t wait to visit time and again in the future!

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Getting Broadway, Concert, and Also Sporting Tickets at Reasonable Prices

You’re heading to New York for your own fantasy vacation and you also wish to enjoy a minimum of one Broadway show. You’ve looked into the costs of these programs and were truly astounded at how much these shows cost so now you’ve got a couple of choices. You may either purchase off broadway tickets and see a different program or search for broadway show tickets with a more sensible price. Quite a few select the last option and usually turn to Headline Tickets (www.headlinetickets.com) every time they do so. Although they provide discount off broadway tickets, those tickets are truly for headline shows. The broadway theater tickets supplied via Headline Tickets (headlinetickets.com) arrive without service fees to help lessen the purchase price and yet you will still get to see a swanky performance. Select from a range of productions, including Broadway, Cirque Du Soleil, Ballet, and even West End. The seats are often used to check out programs like Wicked, A Bronx Tale, Lord of the Dance, and Developing Dreams and you’ll have a lot of fun while there. What’s more, you could benefit from programs inside other cities, including Toronto or Chicago and all of the seats will be guaranteed so you know you receive exactly what you are investing in. Not simply will the tickets appear on time, when the program has been terminated for whatever reason without a reschedule time, you’ll get a refund. You cannot lose in this situation. To help make your getaway perfect in every way, this company also provides access to concert and even sporting events tickets. You will find you merely need to make use of the one business to plan your personal entertainment from start to finish. Do you actually dream about witnessing the Giants play whilst in the city and have you generally dreamed of soaking up a Yankees game? Accomplishing this at a reasonable cost is now less complicated due to this business. Regardless of what kinds of seats you are looking for, whether it be to an NHL power team or anything else, get in touch with the business to find affordable sporting events seats. As the firm is BBB approved and veteran owned, you know you can depend on this firm to treat you very fairly at each and every phase of the process. Complete your vacation through taking in a concert. Pick from Classical, Rock, along with Rap amongst many more. While on this website, make sure you look into the discount code provided through the business as doing this permits you to conserve a lot more. To make sure you are obtaining the very best selling price, you should check the cost immediately after fees and also delivery have actually been included. When you do, you’ll see that this business supplies the lowest price for everyone. With many different seat tickets to pick from, including seats to Broadway productions and major sporting events, your getaway will certainly turn out to be wonderful in every single manner and also you will not spend a fortune to make certain it is the case.

Tips to Keep Your Home Safe While on Vacation

Even if your trip preparation list is a mile long, taking just a few extra minutes to go through a few extra steps to ensure that your home is well cared for can bring a lot of peace of mind while you are away. Installing a home security system may be the first thing you think of, but there are plenty of smaller steps you can take that are just as effective in deterring theft. Here are a few tips to follow to keep your home safe.

Hold Your Mail

A huge pile of mail on the front doorstep, or envelopes pouring out your mail slot is an instant tip-off that no one’s home. If you’ll be gone for more than a few days, go to the post office to place a hold on your mail. Put a hold on your daily paper too if you get one. If you don’t have the time or inclination, ask a trusted neighbor to collect the goods daily.

Lock windows and doors

This may seem like common sense, but plenty of people still forget to lock up before they leave town for vacation. Before you go, make sure all doors and windows are locked, all sliding doors are locked and have some sort of stick or dowel holding the door in place. Oftentimes people forget to check if their windows are fully functional. If you find your windows are won’t stay closed, it may be time to call some roofing contractors to get some new ones. If you have a spare key hidden outside your home, bring it inside to keep burglars from gaining easy access into your home.

Friends Checking on Your House

This is one of the best and easiest ways to keep your home safe. Persuade one of your friends or neighbors to stop by your house at least every other day to check on things. This is also great for checking on damage from a storm, any busted water lines, power surges, etc. Friends are usually eager to help. That way, they have someone to return the favor when they go out of town too.

Vacation is for fun and relaxation. Help save yourself some worry about what could be happening at home by protecting it from theft and damage while you are away.

What to Visit in Munich and How to Get There

If you plan to visit Munich, you need to know what are the main touristic attractions, a must-see for every tourist. Here are some of the places to visit in Munich no matter what time of the year you plan your holiday.

  1. Marienplatz – Marien Square and the New Town Hall of Munich

The Marienplatz is the central square right in the centre of Munich. From here you can explore many landmarks, old buildings and churches. In the Marienplatzsquare you can find the Marian Column and the Old and NewMunichTown Hall. If you come here at noonor11 am you will hear the Glockenspiel chime and watch the 32 life size figures reenact historical events.

  1. Frauenkirche – Cathedral of Our Blessed Lady

This is the largest church in the city, holding up to 20.000 people. You can also go up in the towers and admire the breathtaking view of the Bavarian Alps and the Munich’s cityscape.

  1. Dachau Concentration Camp

This where the first concentration camp was settled, the one which served as a model for the other camps during the Third Reich. You will follow the path of the prisoners and you will see the prisoner barracks, baths, the courtyards and the crematorium, besides the various memorials and extensive exhibition.

4.The EnglishGarden

Close to the Munich Residence is the beautiful EnglishGarden, the largest park in the city, surpassing the New York Central Park. It’s a perfect way to spend your afternoon, renting a boat, exploring the wooded paths or having a drink at the traditional beer gardens.

5. ResidencePalace of Munich

This is the former royal palace of the Bavarian monarchs, which today houses a magnificent museum of interior decoration. The museum has 130 rooms displaying antique art, furniture, tapestries and porcelain starting with the Renaissance until the neoclassical era.

How to get there

The most convenient way to get to the center of the city is with a Munich airport taxi. From the Munich airport to the center of the city you would pay around € 50 and it will take no more than 40 minutes to get to your destination. If you travel from the airport to the New Munich Exhibition Centre you will pay a flat fare of € 59. Before you get into a Munich airport taxi, remember to ask about any extra fees that are not included in the price (fee for luggage, pets, skis, toll fee, etc).

Tourism on Como Lake Italy

If you are looking for a vacation destination in Europe, Lake Como can be an excellent recommendation. Why?  It is because Lake Como has everything good to offer to visitors and tourists. All over Como’s town, you can find a great way to unwind, relax and enjoy with your whole family and loved ones. From kids to adults, you have a place here in Como. Since the test of time, a lot are already aware of this place’s beauty hidden somewhere in Italy. People from all over the world wish to come and visit the place’s natural beauty and unique things to offer.

Lake Como is a lake located in Lombardy, Italy. It is the 3rd biggest lake in the country, next to Lake Maggiore and Lake Garda. It is considered one of the deepest lakes across the Europe continent as it is more than four hundred meters deep. It is being fed by the Adda River.

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The town of Como remains historical with much of its historical characters and gorgeous architectures retained. Even at the present, you can still see the walls which date back to the Bronze Age and the ancient village which was originally commissioned by Julius Caesar. This is one thing you can enjoy in Como’s town. This is one thing you shouldn’t miss for your world. You should definitely add visiting the Duomo, the basilicas of San Fedele and Sant’ Abbondi, the Olmo village and the marble Broletto in your itinerary.

While some villages are retained, other old family homes have been turned into museums, villas and luxury hotels. Villas which you should absolutely pay a visit include Villa Carlotta, Villa Melzi, Villa d’Este and Villa del Balbianella. Not only that these museums and villas offer an insight of the history, society and culture of the region but the landscaped gardens around show off some of the best designs you could ever see in the world. Such gardens are scattered all around the lake’s shores. Due to this splendor, Hollywood stars like Richard Branson, George Clooney and the Versace family in fact have private villas here.

Now aside from feeding your eyes with the beauty of Como’s villas, there are far more other things you can enjoy during your tour to Lake Como. You can have high hopes you will never run out of things to do while you’re in here. Needless to say, as the whole country of Italy is known for this after all, the town of Como offers excellent food and wine for your taste buds. Such sumptuous dishes and wine are available all over the place. Naturally, Italy’s standard for local cuisine and wine are so high which only means you can indeed expect to feel heavenly and satisfied anywhere you choose to eat around town.

The national park close to the town is also worth visiting as it has more than five hundred species of tree, plants and shrubs from across the world. Meanwhile, if you want to have a different view of the lake and all over town, why not try riding their cable car above one of the hillside towns like the town of Brunate. This is where you can get a good view of the whole town from up above. However, if you’re in for more adventure, Brunate can be a great hiking base to Alps where you can discover great wildlife, alpine flowers and of course, the panoramic views of the mountains around.

After the whole nature viewing, maybe it’s now time for some souvenir shopping. Como has shops around which you can buy gifts and souvenir items for your friends and relatives way back home. 

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The Best Time to Visit Como Lake 

All year round, you can be at peace and happy with lake Como’s beauty. However, most people prefer going to the place in between March and October as these are the summer months where you likely to enjoy more of water and land adventures like hiking, mountain climbing, sailing, windsurfing, or cycling.

Where to Stay In Como?

Worried of where to stay in Como? You have nothing to worry as you’ve got a lot of places to stay in here. Whether it is for days or weeks, your accommodation is solved as there are affordable hotels available to accommodate you. Grand Hotel Temezzo is one well-recommended hotel close to the lake. It is strategically located and built to not only give you a happy place to stay but a good place to take pleasure of the lake’s beauty outside. It is a 5-star hotel with compete amenities inside and out to ensure excellent customer service to tourists and vacationers like you. To learn more about Grand Hotel Temezzo, visit their website at http://www.grandhoteltremezzo.com/en/home/.

Save on a lot of money by booking air tickets in bulk

If you are travelling by flight with your family, then it’s obvious that you have spent a lot of money booking multiple tickets. And no matter what the airfares are, if you are planning a vacation with your family or there is an important family function organized afar that you can’t sidestep then flying along with your other family members becomes indispensable. Sometimes, there are elderly people in the family who also need to be taken along. In such a case, you can’t book tickets for just any random flight. It’s important to make sure they don’t feel discomforted during the journey. More comfort means more expenditure and this is no hidden truth. That is why when you have to book air tickets for the entire family, you really wish there were a discount.

Even people who can afford buying tickets in bulk will love the idea of getting them for a reduced price. But offers and discounts are not an everyday affair. There is no guaranty that you will get a discount every time you do bulk air ticket booking. And that is why you should keep an eye on airline portals and continue your search until you find the best deal for your family. Once you have come across such an offer, you must make no delays in grabbing it.

Generally, when such offers are run, tickets sell like hot cakes. In such a case, you must be prompt in getting the tickets or else you will lose the chance to avail the offer.

If you think, keeping track of the air fare related developments that happen over time is not an easy thing to do then you can hire the services of a travel agency. They will let you know if there are any available family flight deals. This way, you will able to save on some money. Even a penny that you save from such a deal is valuable. And that’s because going on a trip is an expensive business already. Being able to cut down even a small part of the total expenditure can offer great relief to your already burdened shoulders. If you are able to lower the expenditure even by say, five percent, it is going to be thousands of bucks as a total.

And that is why it’s never a bad idea to wait until you come across such an offer. If there is an urgency of sorts then you certainly cannot afford to wait. But if it’s a fun trip or anything else with which not much urgency is attached, you can take some time in planning it, so that the tickets can, at least, be bought cheap.

Entrusting a travel agency with this job takes half of the burden off your head. They do everything required to make sure you enjoy your trip fully and without any restraint. But you should be a little careful while choosing the travel agency. If you succeed in hiring a competent travel agency, you can be certain that your trip will be amazing.

The South African Garden Route

A vacation to South Africa would not be complete without visiting the most breathtaking part of their wonderful coast line, also known as The Garden Route.

This strip of coastline spanning from Cape Town and up to Plettenberg Bay will take approximately 6 hours by car, with many magnificent stops along the way. We recommend making this trip over 2 days to take it all in. As this is a very popular route it is advisable to book accommodation well in advance. Visit African Safari Home for an insiders guide to the hottest spots and best deals available.

The Garden Route as the name suggests is alive with natural flora and fauna, but is also home to some of the best whale watching in the world. The majestic Southern Right whales are frequent visitors to this coastline and can be easily spotted from most locations from Hermanus up to Knysna.

Knysna is a lovely little town situated near to large rock outcrops in the ocean, known as the Knysna Heads. It is also home to the very popular Oyster Festival, where you can devour the delicacy for as little as $1 each in peak season.

The Wilderness section of the Garden Route is perfect for travelers wishing to escape the tourist trail for a while. Accommodation here is super reasonable and the local beaches and lagoons make for excellent family entertainment, not to mention the sublime hiking trails.

Lastly at the top end of the Garden Route is a vibrant surf town called Plettenberg Bay. “Plett” as it is locally known is a popular destination for surfers and young party goers.

From the Garden Route you can catch a quick flight back to Cape Town or continue up the coast to Durban, where the warm Indian Ocean will find you spending long sunny days on the beach.

South Africa is a superb and diverse destination. Visit AfricanSafariHome.com for more information on the safari packages and accommodation specials.

Choose the Franchise Suiting Your Skills

So, you have decided to join a franchise business. Now, the next step is to decide on what type of franchise business you have to join. This decision is not one to joke around with and since it is one you will have to live with as long as you own the franchise, you will have to make sure you have indeed made the right choice. So what franchise do you exactly choose? In this article, we try and look at how you can choose the franchise that will best suit your skills.

Industry Experience

While it is not a necessity to buy into a franchise system industry which you have experience in, if you do have experience in a particular industry, setting up your franchise business in the same industry will be the right way to go as you may be able to succeed faster and with better rewards in a very short span of time.

Passion Matters

Maybe you have been stuck in a job for 35 years but, that may not be something you are passionate about. What you may be passionate about is music or fast food. Passion is a major component to success in anything and everything you do. If you are not passionate about your business, you may not end up becoming a success in it. You need to see yourself working in the business for a long time to be able to reach a successful position.

Involvement

If you do something without 100% involvement, the activity will lack quality. Make sure you have likeminded people working with you on your franchise business who put in their 100% to work toward achieving one common objective – success.

The Type of Business

You need to be extremely confident about the type of business you want to be in. You should know where and how you can use your skills to achieve success in your business. You need to be in the type of business that keeps your skills honed and put to full use.

Skills Used Appropriately

You may be a great chef, a great listener, a wonderful communicator with kids and customers, these skills come in handy when you are running a franchise business so keep a look out for which sort of franchise businesses offer you the opportunity to use your skills appropriately. For example, if you are pretty good at chatting with customers, owning a vending machine franchise may not be good enough as a coffee shop or restaurant.

Latest Trends

While you are quite strong with your skills, you have to keep yourself updated with the current business trends and update your knowledge on latest marketing and business strategies. If your skills are always updated, there is a higher chance of you succeeding in the franchise business you are a part of. You should be working hard toward setting trends and make others follow you.

The industry you choose to be a part of should be the one that appeals to you and ensures 100% success to you. If you are interested to be part of a growing franchise business, talk to our experts Franchise Expo today!

 

Holiday Travelling Coverage

Planning a holiday is very exciting when we think about all the fun we are going to have. Yet there can be problems arising including medical situations or emergency costs that can make it less than memorable. Sometimes, due to circumstances beyond your control, you have to cancel your travel plans.

That is disappointment enough, but you don’t want to lose your money too. Many travel plans are non-refundable, and that can be scary to think about. Most people save up to take holidays, and they don’t have the funds just to reschedule it on their own. The little bit of money it costs for travel insurance is worth what it will provide.

Travel Coverage

One of the ways to protect yourself against the unknown is single trip travel insurance. This allows you to have coverage for your particular trip. If you can’t go at the last minute due to an emergency, you can either reschedule or get your money back. Then you can use the funds to pay for a trip later on. The specifics of what iscovered and how much is covered depends on the provider. Make sure you carefully read all the terms and conditions before signing up.

In addition to cancellation coverage, look for a policy that offers you coverage for trip interruption. For example, if you are part of the way through the trip but need to return home quickly due to an illness, family emergency at home, or even the weather, you may be able to get a portion of the cost of your travels refunded.

Medical emergencies may be covered by such insurance plans. This would be coverage in addition to any health insurance you have. If you aren’t insured, you definitely want to find travel coverage with this option available to you. Should your personal items be stolen, lost, or damaged, they may be covered by your travel insurance. Not all of them do, so find out for sure if this is a type of coverage you are interested in.

Cost

The cost of such insurance for travel depends on where you are going, your age, and what activities you plan to take part in. The more coverage the plan offers, the more the cost will be. Yet it is a very reasonable amount of money and it is a wise investment. If you plan to engage in risky activities on your travels then the cost can be higher than average.

For example, if you plan to go diving and cave exploring those activities are far more dangerous than going fishing and going to play golf. Make sure you fully disclose your travel plans so the right insurance quote can be created for you. If you accept the quote and the coverage, you can get it all in motion as a way to have peace of mind for your upcoming travel plans.

Filing a Claim

The process for filing a claim depends on the provider. Make sure you know what that process includes and how to reach them. Many of these businesses provide a 24-hour toll-free phone number you can call from anywhere. They can help you to get your questions answered and to file your claim. You may have a limited amount of time to file the claim after an incident so make sure you are aware of that too.

Renting a Conference Venue in Hunter Valley

Taking your team out for a business conference poses its own unique challenges. There are plenty of things that you need to think about, such as where the conference will be held, the amenities you will offer as well as the costs of travel. Ideally, business conferences are a great way for employees to unwind and get to know each other better. However, renting a decent conference venue is often one of the biggest challenges that companies face.

Do you prefer holding a meeting at a big hotel, or would you prefer renting an outdoors location for the conference? The whole purpose of spending money in a business meeting is to get the employees to know each other and to discuss future plans. As a business owner, you need to perceive conferences as a means of investing in your employees. Here are a few tips on renting conference venues in Hunter Valley.

About the Valley

The Hunter Valley is one of the most picturesque regions in Australia. Located in New South Wales, the Hunter Valley is located at a distance of around 150 km from Sydney. It is one of the most beautiful river valleys in New South Wales, and it is famous for the numerous wineries in the region.

There are plenty of business venues in Hunter Valley that you can choose from. One of the main reasons why the Hunter Valley is such a viable option is because it is completely different from the usual business venues. Whereas conventional conferences are held in air-conditioned halls and hotels, you can choose to hold your conference in a gorgeous outdoors location, such as a farm or a winery courtyard!

Get a Package

There are plenty of different companies that offer business conference packages. Rather than planning the whole thing on your own, you should consider buying a complete package. The company will not only provide accommodation for the duration of your trip, but will also cater to your employees and set up the venue according to your requirements. Getting a conference package is more affordable and much easier to manage overall. Create a shortlist of different companies in Hunter Valley that offer conference venues to rent and then ask each of them for a quote. You should also inspect the location first before signing up.

Book in Advance

Availability is a key issue that you need to consider. It is always wise to choose a venue and make a booking in advance. This way, you will be able to get a lower rate. If you make a reservation close to the conference date, you might not get such a good rate. That’s because the booking company will have to consider availability and will also have to check whether enough resources are available to hold the meeting. Many companies also provide discounts if you make a reservation early on. These are just some of the many things that you can do to hold a productive conference in Hunter Valley.

 

Luxury Ski Hotels around the World

Luxury ski hotels offer more than just snow and ski rentals. These destinations provide first-class amenities and create vacations to remember. There are many of these hotels around the world offering the best of both worlds, rich, luxurious accommodations, and the best skiing holiday available.

Researching luxury ski hotels from the Oxford Ski Company is one way to find the best holiday for a skiing adventure. The company selects only the most luxurious resorts for their clients. In addition to weather-perfect locations, these hotels provide lavish accommodations, perfect service, and go the extra mile to ensure an impeccable holiday for guests.

Switzerland and Austria, France and Italy, the United States and Canada, these countries all offer beautiful, breath-taking resorts featuring lavish surroundings, priority service, and extra amenities not offered at lesser hotels.

Switzerland

Switzerland offers some of the best luxury ski hotels and resorts in the world. Verbier, Switzerland provides chalets and hotels at one of the highest peaks in the Swiss Alps, the Grand Combin, a staggering 4,314-metre ski run. People planning to take a holiday and looking for more elite locations choose St. Mortiz, Switzerland. St. Moritz is home to holidays of the rich and famous with breath-taking five-star chalets and hotels.

Austria

Austria combines the best of both worlds, luxury at affordable prices compared to similar luxury hotels in France. Ischgl, Austria is a top destination spot for skiers and holiday goers who want posh amenities and the best skiing. St. Anton, Austria provides more snow for skiing than any other skiing location in Europe. It provides luxury, charm, and natural beauty all in one breath-taking experience.

France

Chalets and hotels in Chamonix, France provide breath-taking views from the foot of Monte Blanc, while those in Meribel, France greet guests with the charm and hospitality of the Alps in the heart of the Three Valleys. Romantic holidays, family vacations, or time alone on the trails with rich accommodations await guests at any of the French luxury ski hotels available.

Italy

Holidaymakers looking for luxurious accommodations in the Italian Alps have the Italian Alps Milky Way or the Dolomites to choose from when looking for the best of the best. Discerning tastes appreciate the selection of hotels and chalets found in the Dolomites, including the Alta Badia and Plan De Corones. Specialists in luxurious ski hotels place these accommodations on their list of top choices for Italian ski holidays.

Canada and the United States

Canada and the United States have several luxury holiday skiing locations for holidaymakers. Aspen, Colorado, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and Vail, Colorado are just a few of the top U.S. locations for five-star skiing hotels and resorts.

Canada, sometimes referred to as the Great White North, boasts some of the most notable luxury hotels for skiers in the world. Banff and Lake Louise, AB are two of the most well-known and populated posh resorts in the Canadian Rockies.

From France to Switzerland, from Canada to the United States, luxury skiing hotels await holiday goers with elite service, posh amenities, breath-taking views, and unrivalled skiing. Researching and choosing the best ski holiday saves time and money by finding the best there is to find in extravagance and enjoyment.

 

5 Beautiful Beaches to Visit in Mexico

You don’t have to wait for the cold, northern winds to start blowing in winter before you plan a beach vacation in Mexico. You can enjoy the sun, sand, and surf at any time of year. But with so many gorgeous and accommodating destinations to choose from, the real difficulty may be selecting the perfect destination. Whether you’re looking for a little solitude or popular resort towns that can offer you not only beaches, but also activities and opportunities to socialize, there are plenty of locales to choose from. Here are some incredibly beautiful beach towns in Mexico that you may want to visit on your next trip.

 

  1. There are two great reasons to visit this spot on the Caribbean coast. First, you can view one of the most complete sets of Mayan ruins in existence, including the famous El Castillo. If you want to take in some old-school architecture on your trip to Mexico, this is a must. In addition, you’ll find one of the most beautiful beaches on this section of coastline, with El Castillo towering above. If white sand, warm water, and historical architecture are all on your must list when you visit the popular Riviera Maya, Tulum delivers.

 

  1. Once a popular destination, Acapulco fell out of favor when spring break favorites like Cancun took center stage. Luckily, Acapulco has undergone some serious upgrades to restore it to its former glory, and then some. Visitors will enjoy renovated resorts, stellar prices, abundant activities, and of course, the considerable beachfront that vacationers are seeking.

 

  1. Puerto Vallarta. The laid-back vibe of Puerto Vallarta will appeal to many travelers looking to avoid the hip hotspots that attract crowds of wild spring-breakers. The beaches will keep you occupied during the day, but the town itself also bears exploration, and travelers will delight in kitschy boutiques and local cuisine. Even so, this resort town boasts plenty of high-end hotels to ensure a comfortable stay.

 

  1. Cabo San Lucas. The beaches in Cabo are beautiful in and of themselves, with plenty of white sand and warm, cerulean waters that seem tailor-made for postcards. However, you’ll also get stunning views of sea cliffs and natural archways out in the water. With high-end resorts, spas, golf courses, and evening entertainments galore, this Baja destination is beautiful and accommodating enough to rival the Hawaiian Islands when it comes to beach getaways.

 

  1. Playa del Carmen. Located south of Cancun, the beaches of Playa del Carmen are just as gorgeous, but far less crowded. Once you’ve perused Hipmunk’s best hotels in Playa Del Carmen and found one that suits your needs, you can spend your days soaking up the sun and swimming in crystal clear waters. In the afternoon and evening, head to the public square to check out the shops, grab a nosh, and meet a few new friends. This quaint town attracts quite a few international travelers, especially vacationing Europeans. So you should have no shortage of scintillating conversation if you’re the outgoing type.

Travel Business, Pay Economy!

Travelling business class is indeed a luxury. Especially when you have long flights to deal with, business class is what you feel like travelling in. The comfort, convenience and service in business class is impeccable. But this luxury often comes at a very high cost and then you wonder if it is really worth it, for you would reach the destination even by travelling economy.

Now how about if you travel business class at a fraction of the original cost. Sounds tempting right! So here are a few ways to travel business class at considerably lower costs.

  1. Cash your miles

If you are a frequent flyer, ensure that you enroll into their frequent flyer program. As your travel, you go on accumulating these miles. If you travel business, you would have the business reward points added. You can cash on these miles and request an upgrade. You would be able to enjoy the business class travel at much lower costs. You may have to wait until 2-3 days before the actual departure to check if there are seats available for upgrade.

  1. Last minute check

Check for a last minute upgrade before boarding. Often if the business class is relatively empty, many airlines offer an upgrade at much lower costs. If you are a frequent flyer with the airlines, depending on the loyalty program you enrolled in, you may get preference for the upgrade as well.

  1. Deals

Keep an eye on airline sales and deals. Sign up for newsletters. You will receive timely updates on the available offers. You may just be able to strike the right deal and enjoy a business class experience.

  1. Off Peak travel

Pick up seasons or days when business travel is expected to be minimal. Especially during holidays, the economy class is generally overbooked while the business class may be empty. You have higher chances of getting an auto-upgrade and also a paid upgrade is a possibility.

  1. Be flexible

During peak travel season, the flights are generally overbooked. Airlines may have to accommodate passengers in the next flight to the destination. Offer to be flexible, but negotiate to get an upgrade in the next flight for the inconvenience of getting delayed. The wait time maybe 2-3 hours, but the travel experience would be worth the delay. You may also get to relax in their fancy lounges for the wait.

  1. Go the extra mile

Find ways and means of getting the airline miles. You can earn miles by shopping, dining, blogging, writing reviews apart from flying of course. Some airlines also offer buying of miles. By accumulating sufficient miles you may be able to travel business class for free.

Once you travel business you may want to travel in business always. Travelling business at economy cost is indeed a rewarding experience. Use our tips and have fun flying!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How an Annual Travel Policy Can Save You Money

If you travel more than twice a year, it may be beneficial to consider getting an annual travel policy. Annual travel policies are more cost-effective than single-trip policies, and they offer the same amount of coverage and benefits. To maximise your money whilst still getting the coverage you need, an annual travel policy may be the best option.

What Is an Annual Policy?

Unlike single trip travel insurance policies, an annual travel policy covers you for an unlimited amount of trips within a single year time period. Such policies are perfect for individuals and families who travel more than once a year. Annual policies also come with equivalent coverage benefits for medical care, cancellations, and personal possessions. Insureds who get an annual policy also have access to twenty-four-hour emergency care lines, which gives you peace of mind while you’re travelling.

What are the Benefits of an Annual Policy?

There are many benefits of signing up for an annual policy. One benefit is it saves money. The cost of a single-trip travel insurance policy can add up if you are purchasing more than one per year. Therefore, it is recommended that if you travel more than twice per year, that you should consider buying an annual policy. The savings will be well worth it, and you get the coverage you need for a cheaper cost.

In addition to being more cost-effective, annual travel policies allow you to go on an unlimited number of trips throughout the year. This is a huge benefit, especially for families. For families, the coverage extends to each individual, which means that individual trips are covered as part of the annual policy. Specifically, if a father wanted to go on a trip alone, he would be covered under the family’s annual policy.

Another benefit of annual travel insurance is the coverage provided. Annual policies cover expenses related to emergency medical care and repatriation. Knowing that your medical expenses will be taken care of offers peace of mind. Furthermore, knowing that you will always be able to get adequate medical care regardless of where you are in the world is another benefit. Reputable travel insurance companies provide an emergency number that you can call at any time to ensure you get the coverage you need, regardless of what time it is or where you are in the world.

Annual travel policies also cover cancellations and trip interruptions. The reality is trips get cancelled quite frequently. Travel insurance can provide the funds needed to cover such cancellations and interruptions.

Lastly, annual travel policies cover personal possessions and baggage. Damage to baggage and lost personal possessions are a reality when it comes to travelling. Knowing that your items will be covered can give you the confidence to travel without anxiety or stress.

Overall, annual travel policies are a cost-effective way to get the travel coverage you need to enjoy your trip in peace. Annual policies are affordable and easy to obtain. They offer the same benefits as single-trip policies for an unlimited number of trips, and the policy includes each individual in the family. An annual policy is a great solution for your travel insurance needs.

 

Ford EcoSport, Review India – by Autoportal

The Ford EcoSport is the most popular 5-seater SUV in the Indian market. First showcased during the 2012 Indian auto show this car has been launched in 2013. This urban SUV has given a new driving experience to the Indian customers and has risen in popularity charts. The success of the EcoSport has shown the way for many other car makers to launch mini-SUVs in the Indian market. In August 2015 the Ford India has celebrated the attainment of the sale of 2 lakh units of the EcoSport.

The Ford EcoSport comes in 6 petrol and 4 diesel variants with one variant having automatic transmission. The petrol variants are priced Rupees 6.75 to 9.73 lakh and the diesel variants Rupees 7.89 to 10.20 lakh. Two of the variants Titanium Ecoboost and Titanium Ecoboost (O) use 1 litre petrol engines. The Titanium 1.5 Ti-VCT AT has an automatic transmission. The EcoSport comes in colours of kinetic blue, panther black, sea grey, mars red, moon bust silver, chill metallic and diamond white. Also check Maruti Suzuki S Cross at Carsexpert.in

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The EcoSport has a stylish body with a normal Ford front fascia. The car built on the global B platform has an octagonal chrome grille, mounted bumpers sweeping towards the sleek head lights, body coloured electric ORVMs with turn indicators a spare wheel mounted on the tail gate and prominent wheel arches making it sportier. Bright tail lamp clusters with an integrate tail gate handle, a rear spoiler, high mounted stop lamps, a pair of reflectors and stylish roof rails are the other features of the car.

The cabin of the EcoSport with a lot of features loaded has luxurious looks. The basic features include high mounted plush seats, the foldable rear seats, a tilt steering and the power windows, a manual AC, an engine immobiliser, electric ORVMs with blinkers and a music system with Bluetooth connectivity. The top variants have 6 air bags, ABS, EBD, ESP, traction control, an automatic AC, leather wrapped steering wheel with mounted audio controls, rear parking sensors, electrical body coloured ORVMs with blinkers and touch screen controls for music system.

The two petrol versions of the EcoSport using 1 L Eco Boost engines give mileages of 18.9 kmpl. The 1.5L petrol variants give mileages of 15.8 kmpl.  The diesel ones use 1.5L engines with mileages of 22.7 kmpl. The large ground clearance of 200 mm and the large R16 wheels make this 3999 mm long SUV suitable for travels on even rural roads.

The ride quality, above average mileages and the compactness make the EcoSport an ideal city car. The rivals of the EcoSport are the likes of Renault Duster, the Mahindra Quanto and the Hyundai Creta.

For more information on new cars & bikes log on to Auto PortalBikeportal.in

 

 

6 Reasons Why We Love Singapore (And You Should Too!)

Singapore is a melting pot of cultures. People from all over the world visit the island city-state to work, play and study, and boy does it show.

The city is a hub for business and entertainment, and boasts a wide range of facilities to cater to every need. Interesting fact…the city has one of the highest density of private jet charter flights in Asia. Some find they’re hooked on Singapore after just one visit – it’s easy to see why.

With so many reasons to love the city, compiling this list wasn’t difficult in the slightest. Here’s what we love about Singapore:

The Food

From McDonald’s to gourmet eating, Singapore has it all – at least when it comes to food. The city’s reputation is far-reaching, with most across the world knowing how much locals and tourists here appreciate the food choices available. The local foods such as Bak Chor Mee and curried fish soup are exceptional, and as expected in a major city, you can find many Western dishes for sale here too if you’re craving some home comforts.

Changi Airport

Changi International Airport, Singapore’s main airport, is a world leader when it comes to style and efficiency. Navigating it is a breeze, and it just looks rather futuristic from where we’re standing. It’s not often an airport makes a city, but when you think about it, it is the first part of the city you get to experience, assuming you’re flying, of course!

Public Transport

Compare Singapore to many American cities and you’ll see why public transport made this list. Take Los Angeles, for example. Getting around in the City of Angels costs a fortune as you need to take a taxi everywhere. In Singapore, most locals have given up on taxis. So good is the transportation network, there’s no need to use anything else in order to get around. Oh, and did we mention it’s super cheap, too?

Safety

Singapore has a reputation for being a safe city, and it’s easy to see why. Crime rates here are low, and virtually everybody who visits praises the place for its relaxed atmosphere. There’s no point paying to go somewhere then staying put in your hotel at night. Go to a place where you can explore from dusk till dawn without the fear of running into something unsavoury.

Shopping

It wouldn’t be a vacation without a little shopping thrown in, just for good measure. Whether you want to treat yourself or just bring back a few souvenirs, the shops nearby will have you covered. Most tourists usually end up purchasing expensive clothes or electronic devices here, thanks to the low prices and international usability of said devices. But whatever your tastes, there’s guaranteed to be a shop to suit you.

So Savour Singapore

You don’t just have to take our word for how smoothly life runs in Singapore, why not visit and find out for yourself?

If you’re planning a vacation or business trip to Singapore, stop off at this iconic destination and really get a feel for what the place is all about. You might want to consider chartering a private jet to Singapore.

Best Things To See In Sudan

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Sudan is an unusual but exciting holiday destination and there is plenty to see and do. It is the perfect place for the adventurous traveller to explore and experience the unique lifestyle and culture. Here, we look at some the best things to see and do in Sudan.

Safari Trips

One of the top activities to enjoy in Sudan is a safari trip to the Dinder National Park. The ideal place for nature lovers to experience the amazing local wildlife, these excursions, which usually last three days, generally reveal such diverse species as antelopes, giraffes and leopards, and run in the season between December and April.

Khartoum

The capital city of Khartoum is an amazing place to explore. Exotic and authentic, it is packed with sights and experiences for tourists to enjoy. The Arab souk is especially popular and is a great place to haggle for a bargain. From hand crafted jewellery to striking ebony candlesticks, among other things, you can find a unique souvenir to take home as memento of your trip. Visitors can also take a trip to the National Museum to find out more about the history of Sudan and admire the ancient artifacts displayed there that are over 4,000 years old. The Omdurman camel market is another popular tourist attraction in the heart of the old national capital.

Ancient Civilisations

Sudan is home to many ancient monuments that still stand today and are well worth visiting. One of the best is the Royal Necropolis of Meroe, which offers over 40 well-preserved pyramids and the ruins of the city which was once the capital of the kingdom of Kush. Quiet and virtually unspoiled by tourists, these historical finds give a fascinating insight into a time long gone.

Port Sudan

Although Sudan’s tourist industry is still developing, Port Sudan has plenty to offer holidaymakers thanks to its beautiful Red Sea coastline. Modern hotels are being constructed in this area and the Arous Tourist Village has been established to allow visitors to explore this stunning location. Snorkelling is a wonderful free activity around the gorgeous coral reefs here and is the best way to enjoy the variety of marine life. Alternatively, simply relax on the sun drenched beaches and enjoy the pleasant ambience.

Whirling Dervishes

Every Friday, visitors to Omdurman can experience the traditional whirling dervish dancing and Sufi drumming rituals that take place as part of the Islamic prayers. This should not be missed as it is an astonishing spectacle, and the atmosphere is celebratory.

Jebel Marra Mountains

The town of Nyala is the perfect place to begin an exploration of this towering mountain range. Outdoor enthusiasts will love hiking in this area to discover waterfalls and hot springs.

When travelling in Sudan it is always wise to take out high risk travel insuranceas protection in case of any accident.

Manual for Keep Your Pizza Warm

Unless the delivery of the pizza is moderate and on the off chance that you need to keep the pizza warm until the time to eat, then it is imperative to keep the pizza warm till it is conveyed. In spite of the fact that it’s truly easy to keep up a high temperature, then keeping the pizza at the best is truly tricky. In the event that you open the pizza to an excess of warmth, it would get to be unappetizing and dry. Despite what might be expected, catching a considerable measure of dampness can really leave both the garnishes and covering wet. The best procedures stay away from both the extremes. In this article, you will discover the approaches to keep the pizza warm. This thing will likewise be truly useful for the pizza delivery Burlington business.

The no-container stove system

  • Preheat the stoneware pizza “stone” to the stove to 200°F for around 30 to 45 minutes. This thing offers a lot of time for the thick material of the stone to ingest and also store the warmth of the broiler.
  • Open the pizza box by unravelling one end of the container. At that point specifically slide the pizza onto the pizza stone.

The crate in broiler technique

  • Start by preheating the broiler to 200°F. This thing will offer you the degree for the inside of the broiler to wind up totally warmed before the delivery of the pizza.
  • Briefly open the pizza when you get it conveyed by the pizza delivery Burlington business to let the steam out, which has assembled while the pizza was held inside of the offended delivery pack, and then re-close it.
  • Then find all the set pattern vents, which are stamped into most of the pizza boxes. On the off chance that the vents are not in a matter of seconds opened, then punch out with the handle of a wooden spoon or with your thumb. This thing will counteract building up steam further.
  • Loosely cover the container with a square bit of aluminium thwart and tuck it under the stone at two corners so that the steam can get away.

The wrap technique

  • Open the crate as right on time as you get the pizza to let the steam out, which accumulates amid the delivery. The steam will house the case and this thing likewise permits the cardboard flavour to converge with the pizza
  • Close the crate and find the container. Punch those vents with thumbnail or utensil to keep the development of further steam. In the event that your case has no pre-cut vents, then cut a couple of little openings in the case corners

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Steps for a fun filled vacation

There are travelers who love to explore the historic places. They want to bathe in the sanctity of the past and witness the beauty. Then there are those who like the panoramic view like the ones beside the river or a sea. Then there are also the travelers which just love adventurous places and take love to plunge in almost every activity related with adrenaline rush. Then there are the tourists who want to visit all the sacred places. So it might be a temple bespeaking of the blessings associated, or a church which is an epitome of Venetian architecture or a mosque which attracts individual of all religion or a Gurudwara which is crowded with religious travelers. Now if you are one of those who want a bit of all of these. There is a place which is exotic, beautiful, subtle, and buzzing with energy. Yes there is one place and it is the beautiful city of London. So leave about leaving the city when you reach there. At first you will need to reach out to this city of architectural grandeur. So how to start is the first question. Well these are the steps you need to take to reach out to this enchanting travel destination:-

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  • Check out your holidays- This is the first thing which is required for your awesome holidays. The best time to go should definitely depend on the peak season. So almost every city has those best months which you can enjoy the most. In a city like London or any other there are fixed months which are the best for the travelers. So try to arrange your travel around the same time period.
  • Money needed- When you are planning to travel the finance is of immense importance. You can’t travel without money. So for a couple of months before travelling try to save a bit more. That does not mean to not do shopping. Of course you will need shopping but not at the stake of emptying your wallet.
  • Check the travel sites- you can check the many travel sites for amazing deals. You would love to find out many interesting things about the place as well with the help of the travel sites.
  • Indulge more friends in your group- You can and should involve more friends when you are travelling. The more the merrier works best when you are travelling. However make sure that the friends you are involving are like minded.
  • Find out the best hotels- There are many good hotels in london. With the help of reviews and ratings you can book the best from the many available.
  • Find the best restaurants- If you are one of those who are completely vegetarian it is imperative to look out for the best restaurants for the same. And believe it; you won’t be disheartened when browsing. There are a number of tourists who come to the city of London and hence there are choices for each of them.

Enjoy the Lively City through Some of the Fascinating Hotels in Mumbai

travela dealA luxury holiday is always designed keeping in mind to indulge in fun activities. Exploring new places often takes a long time of planning which is mostly done by a travel agent. A glamorous and expensive vacation is not just reserved for the isolated islands. While finding a fantastic holiday deal online, you will stumble across hotels in Mumbai that serve tourists with fine class services. With many excellent value deals available anyone can opt for a vacation at Mumbai.

A traveler can be anyone from a couple to a large family. Hotels are the prime element in planning a trip and there are hundreds of value-for-money hotels. From a plethora of choices, you can choose from a long list of perfect holidays. Everything is just one click away and your whole trip is fixed. Many people today have taken the online route to book their holidays. Booking has become very convenient once the destination is finalized.

Choosing a destination varies on every individual’s taste and preferences. Online deals have become so convenient that people these days can find the option of booking an entire vacation on websites. Travelling the world is just a few clicks away. My wife had never been to Mumbai, but she has been to every other state in India. We were both internet buffs and she stumbled upon this website where they had some of the best hotel deals. Overlooking the Arabian Sea, this beautiful island has attracted many tourists over the years.

The lively habitants, the food and the multi ethnicity of this place, features were what encouraged my wife to visit this place. I had set my mind on booking it through only online portals as they were much more reliable and at the same time very convenient. Deals shown on the website were completely up to the mark. We booked our first week of holiday at Taj Lands End Hotel Mumbai, one of the finest hotels in the city. I was super thrilled about this trip since it was both business as well as a leisure trip with my family.

I was here to meet some clients for a conference so I took along my wife and kids. They all were too excited to see the city of life, the city that never sleeps. The transport to the hotel was convenient as the luxury hotel was near the airport. Located in the western suburbs, it was the prime spot for viewing the bustling night life of the city. The second week was arranged at a different property, and this time it was Grand Hyatt Hotel Mumbai another leading name in the category of fine hotel services.

We were fortunate enough to sight some of the leading social life. Also my kids got to see their favorite celebrities whom we spotted in the hotel lobby. The fine butler services were extremely helpful and as a guest in this hotel I was extremely glad to be a part of this extravagant hotel. Everything about this city was magnificent which is why I have made plans to visit this place sometime again in future.

 

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Exotic Vacations for Singles

Solo travelers are a growing segment of the travel industry.

Singles looking to travel on their own have plenty of options when it comes to exotic vacations. Many travel agencies and tour companies cater to single travelers and offer itineraries with the solo explorer in mind. Some single people enjoy traveling alone, because they are free to do what they want without having to worry about the plans and desires of companion travelers.

Singles Travel International

  • Singles Travel International specializes in the “art of the single traveler,” according to its mission statement. With 25 years of travel experience, Singles Travel International offers a variety of tours, from domestic trips to exotic jaunts a world away, all while catering to the specific needs of single travelers. Planned trips for 2010 include the seven-day “Isle of Crete Rendez-Vous” and 10-day “Luxury Galapagos Cruise & Ecuador,” as well as weekend getaways like the “4th of July Party Cruise” to the Bahamas and “Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque.”

O Solo Mio Tours

  • The owner of O Solo Mio Tours started the company in 1991 because she grew “tired of traveling alone,” according to the “New York Times.” Her Los Altos-based tour company plans vacations for singles who feel the same way. O Solo Mio keeps tour groups fairly small and divides travelers into two age groups. The 18-35 tours cater to the younger crowd looking to meet new people during their travels, and the 35 and older trips feature more traditional itineraries. Upcoming jaunts in 2010 include an Alaska cruise, island hopping in Greece and a 10-day tour of Ireland.

Best Single Travel

  • Upcoming tours from Best Single Travel include the “Wonders of Turkey” tour, a singles safari in Kenya, Africa, and the “Running of the Bulls” in Spain. This tour company also features eco-adventures to Costa Rica and Machu Picchu. For the sportier set, Best Single Travel offers a “Surf School” program and skiing jaunts to California, Montana, Colorado and Wyoming, as well as multisport tours to far-flung locales such as Morocco, Thailand and Peru.

Club Med Worldwide Resorts

  • For singles who want to experience an exotic beach vacation, Club Med offers all-inclusive packages specifically for solo travelers. Club Med boasts singles resorts in the Bahamas, Martinique, Turkey, Brazil, Turks & Caicos and Italy. Whether you want some time alone on the water or the chance to meet new friends, Club Med takes care of all the details allowing guests to simply let go and enjoy their vacation. Premium Club Med trips include accommodations, all meals and snacks, a variety of entertainment and round trip airfare to the resort.

 

How to get last minute travel deals airline tickets and hotels CHEAP

Sometimes you just have to get away for some last minute travel rest and relaxation. Its easy to find last minute travel deals on the internet but where are those travel sites with the BEST last minute travel deals and super cheap airfare deals? As a last minute type of girl advance travel plans are not an option in my life, so I have spent hours searching for the best travel website with the lowest airfare available on the internet. The web sites mentioned below are the best web sites that offer the lowest airfare travel deals and discount flights that I have found. Before you jump on that great last minute international travel deal, PLEASE make sure your passport to travel is up to date!!

Instructions

  1. If you need to be on the beach, the slopes or somewhere in between ASAP head straight for the internet and have a look at the best last minute travel and vacation website, (see the “resources section” at the end of this article for the link) http://us.lastminute.com

    This is where you will find the best travel deals for airline tickets and hotel packages to get away today, this weekend or later this month! us.lastminute.com

  2. If your idea of last minute is more like next month check out http://www.lastminutetravel.com

    If you are looking for a last minute travel deal and you are not set on any particular destination go to http://www.shermanstravel.com/top25/
    “Shermans travel” offers very impressive cheap trip and vacation packages, including last minute cruise deals and useful travel information.

  3. Travel smart! If you are not sure if you should plan a trip in advance or wait until the last minute to purchase airline tickets and hotel rooms check out http://farecast.live.com

    When you submit your search request, farecast.com will predict if the price of a flight will go up, down or stay the same. Buy now or buy later? Low fares made easy.

    Living spontaneously is fun! Save time and money with cheap last minute discount flights. Travel the world! What are you waiting for?

How to Find Cheap Vacation Packages

Cheap vacation packages are not hard to find if you know how and where to look for the best travel deals. You can even find all inclusive vacation packages that offer discount prices on flights, hotels and even car rentals. Save yourself some money by booking a cheap vacation. Read the below article to learn how to find and get cheap vacation packages.

Find Cheap Vacation Packages

Instructions

  1. DO A SEARCH ONLINE TO FIND CHEAP VACATION PACKAGES:
    Search for cheap vacation package deals by doing a search online. A lot of companies will advertise vacation deals online and you should be able to find multiple vacation deals that fit what you want. Try using keyword phrases in your search such as: “Cheap Vacation Packages” and “Discount Vacation Packages”. A list of websites offering cheap vacation packages deals will come up in the search results.
  2. COMPARE CHEAP VACATION PACKAGE DEALS:
    View a few of the package deal websites and compare deals and prices. Are the cheap packages all-inclusive, do they offer both flight and hotel, etc… Compare multiple packages before actually selecting the first one you find. Try to find a vacation package that offers an all inclusive deal. This will help you to save money. After you have compared multiple package deals, select the best one based upon price and benefits.
  3. BOOK A CHEAP VACATION:
    To book your cheap vacation, follow the directions on the vacation package website. You will either be able to book your vacation online right on the website or you may even be able to book your cheap vacation by phone. Make sure to print out any confirmation emails that are given after you book your vacation.

Cruise Travel Insurance Comparison

When planning a honeymoon or a dream family cruise vacation, consider purchasing supplemental travel insurance to provide protection and financial compensation in the event you need to reschedule or cancel plans. There are many different types of policies available. Tour operators, travel agents and cruise lines offer a diverse array of options. The Internet is an ideal tool to do a bit of comparison shopping before deciding on the coverage that best fits your cruise travel needs.

Most cruise lines offer limited insurance included in the purchase of your passage.

Lost Luggage

  • Cruise clothing, cameras, computers, sports equipment and electronics are expensive. If your luggage is misdirected or lost, travel insurance can replace your items and compensate for the financial loss. Common carriers, including airlines, cruise ships, buses, ferries and trains, include some coverage in the purchase of your ticket. This coverage is often quite limited and may not cover the value of your items. Travel insurance providers offer additional coverage to cover lost or stolen items. Compare insurance plans to make sure that you have adequate insurance to replace all high ticket items you transport.

Comprehensive Travel Insurance

  • Online insurance providers offer dozens of different policies and add-on options to provide complete comprehensive insurance for persons planning a cruise vacation. Several providers offer up to $1 million in accidental death insurance, coverage for medical emergencies, medical evacuation, lost baggage, flight interruptions and cancellations, as well as for trip disruption for business. Use their interactive tools to find a policy that offers you emotional and financial assurance. Enter the date of departure and return, destinations and the number of people traveling in your group. Special group rates are offered for parties of 10 or more. Most companies offer free coverage for children under the age of 18 traveling with an insured guardian or parent.

Restrictions

  • Compare policies by reading the fine print. Determine if there are rules or regulations that limit coverage based on previous conditions, age or gender. Travel insurance companies also offer coverage for high risk sports activities, such as rock climbing, scuba diving, skiing and white water rafting. If activities offered by your cruise line or activities on shore put you at risk, this type of coverage is a prudent purchase.

Cancellation Protection

  • An illness in the family, conflicting business obligations, inclement weather, airline strikes or political unrest can cause you to need to cancel or reschedule your cruise vacation plans. Cruise lines, both large and small, offer insurance packages that will offset the expense of events that can disrupt your travel itinerary. Be sure to read the fine print carefully and ask questions if you do not fully understand the extent and limitations of a policy.

The Best Vacations for Senior Singles

Senior singles' wanderlust is well catered to by the tourism market.
While many single seniors have both time and freedom to travel, they frequently pay way more than the odds for the privilege. Luckily, numerous niche tour operators specifically cater to the baby boomer market, offering bucket-list adventures that are imaginative, stimulating and affordable.

Worldwide Adventures

  • Smithsonian Journeys, one of Condé Nast Traveler’s top travel specialist picks, organizes adventure tours across the globe with an educational flavor. Seniors can explore the Amazon, an African safari, Antarctica or wonders closer to home such as Yellowstone National Park, the Canadian Rockies and the Lewis and Clark trail, with each tour led by an expert guide. ElderTreks also specializes in travel for the 50-plus market, taking small groups to more than 100 countries on several continents, with adventures as disparate as Ethiopian monastery tours and hiking the jungles of Borneo. The Daily Telegraph recommends Explore for the sheer breadth of its 450 worldwide tours, from an Indian Rail Odyssey to a cruise of the Norwegian fjords. One of the longest-serving tour operators for seniors, Explore promotes room-share no-supplement rates for solo travelers.

Senior Cruises

  • Even though 80 percent of cruise ship passengers are married, solo seniors are well catered to by certain cruise lines. Cruise Critic recommends Norwegian Cruise Lines, voted best cruise line for solo travelers, for its single studio cabins, while Holland America has a wide range of activities for seniors, from enrichment programs to wine tastings. The cruise line even provides dancing partners for single ladies on the longer cruises. According to CNN Travel, Silversea’s luxury Silver Spirit cruise represents the best cruise for singles, with impeccable service and cruises through the Caribbean, South Pacific and Mediterranean. If mobility is an issue, an Alaskan cruise allows passengers to enjoy stunning scenery from the deck. Princess Cruises and Holland America are both veterans of the Alaskan market and have the all-important permits to enter Glacier Bay National Park, one of the most imposing landscapes in the region.

Cultural Tours

  • Travel expert Rick Steves recommends seniors and solo travelers tour Europe in the shoulder season from April to June and September to November to avoid the crowds and secure the lowest hotel rates and air fares. Look also for senior discounts on rail travel, admission to cultural sites and hostel accommodation. Apart from its roster of river cruises, Grand Circle tours specializes in “hub and spoke” tours where guests base themselves in a handful of hotels and use them as bases to explore outward, with highlights including Tuscany, the Amalfi Coast, Eastern Europe and the cultural capitals of Spain. The Daily Telegraph also picks Andante travel’s archaeological tours among its top solo holidays, with guided group expeditions that explore the legacy of Ancient Egypt and Classical Greece and Rome, among others.

Travel Precautions

  • The bane of the solo senior traveler is paying single room supplements. Travel Weekly recommends a variety of tactics to avoid them. For a start, booking through a tour operator can usually result in supplements being waived as part of a Solo Savings Program, such as that operated by Abercrombie & Kent. Alternatively, solo travelers can sign up for a room share, usually same-sex, on cruises and itineraries. Insurance is another issue — not just travel insurance, for which seniors typically pay more, but also evacuation insurance in case of emergency. Bear in mind, too, that Medicare is not valid outside the U.S. For this reason, the Toronto Star recommends a trip to Europe for seniors, not least because of the excellent health care in case of emergency, but also because of a progressive attitude toward senior travelers.

Cheap Vacations in April

April can be an affordable time for a vacation.

Considered a “shoulder” season (i.e. between the high and the low), April is a relatively inexpensive time to travel to some destinations. Spring break is an exception to this rule, so plan your trip accordingly. Whether you are looking to escape to sunny beaches, cruise the Caribbean or hit the slopes for some late-season skiing, April may be just the time to enjoy a vacation on the cheap.

Hawaii

  • Hawaii in April can be an inexpensive vacation due to the dry season, sunshine, and summer-like weather without the summer tourists. Save hundreds on airfare by booking early and avoiding spring break crowds. With warm waters and average temperatures this time of year in the mid 70s to mid 80s, April is a great time for swimming.

Caribbean Cruise

  • April narrowly falls into the Caribbean’s drier season, and is an unlikely month for hurricanes. Most people enjoy cruises during peek vacation times such as spring break and summer months, allowing for uncrowded cruise ships, cheap deals on flights and all-inclusive cruise packages in April. Check flight and cruise itineraries early and often to secure the best deals.

Lake Tahoe

  • Spring being an “off season” in Lake Tahoe, flights and hotel accommodations can be found at great discounts. One of the few towns boasting ski-worthy conditions in April, Tahoe is an ideal vacation spot for those hoping to extend their winter sports season. With few storms and mostly sunny conditions, visitors can ski in the morning, and golf later in the day. Again, avoid the weeks during spring break in April.

The Best Disney Vacation Packages

Disney vacations are family-friendly.

Disneyland Resort in California and Walt Disney World Resort in Florida have been vacation destinations for families for many years because Disney characters come to life and engage children in activities and encourage happiness and fun. Disney resorts are very large and navigating the parks can be a challenge without careful advance planning. There are several Disney vacation packages and planning tools available to assist parents in creating the most reasonable vacation possible based on their budget and time of travel.
Disney vacation packages create an all-inclusive travel itinerary complete with accommodations, activities and attractions and even meals so families can focus on enjoying themselves.

Disneyland Vacation Package

  • Disneyland’s “Resort Hotel” vacation package includes accommodations at one of the three Disneyland hotels: Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, the Disneyland Hotel or Disney’s Grand California Adventure Hotel and Spa. The package comes with many amenities including access to on-site fitness centers and recreational facilities and access to the theme parks through an exclusive entrance. The Resort Hotel vacation package also includes a souvenir “Park-hopper” ticket which provides access into both Disneyland Park and Disney’s California Adventure park in the same day. Guests also receive admission into selected attractions at the park as well as preferred seating at select shows at the California Adventure park.

Magic Your Way Platinum Package

  • Walt Disney World’s “Magic Your Way Platinum Package” provides carefree vacation planning and a very comprehensive list of amenities for families traveling to Disney World in Orlando. With this package, guests have the option of selecting accommodations at the Disney Deluxe or Disney Deluxe Villas Resort for anywhere from one to 10 nights. Guests receive pre-arrival itinerary planning which assists with dinner reservations, golf tee times, show tickets and theme park tours to get you acquainted with the park prior to your arrival. Each day, guests can choose which of the four Disney World theme parks they would like to visit. Visitors have the option of visiting a different park every day. Other amenities included in this package include fireworks viewing, Walt Disney World Marina discounts, miniature golf and more. There is also a dining package included which provides three meals and two snacks per day.

Getaway Today Disney Package

  • Get Away Today Disney Packages offers guests flexibility in accommodations as well as the number of nights they wish to visit Disney. Hotel locations vary depending on the guest’s budget and where they would like to stay within the proximity of the Disneyland Parks in Anaheim. Vacation package includes accommodations at the hotel of the guest’s choice as well as admission to Disneyland Park and Disney’s California Adventure Park with the park-hopper bonus ticket.

    Other specialty items included in the package are collectible pins with each adult ticket, a Disney sling backpack for each child under 9, and printable discount coupons for use in and around Southern California. Travelers also have the option to add tickets for additional attractions, dining, transportation, tours and merchandise at the time they book their package.

How to Get Air Travel Insurance

Get Air Travel Insurance
Air travel causes a great deal of anxiety for many travelers. The fear of the unknown causes some passengers to consider all of the mechanical, natural and manmade errors that can occur during flight. You can ease your air travel experience by purchasing an insurance policy that covers every potential contingency.

Instructions

  1. Protect yourself from expensive hospital bills and fees by purchasing emergency medical care with your insurance. This portion of your policy reimburses you for emergency procedures due to changes in air pressure, elevation and illnesses that may develop on your flight.
  2. Prevent a ruined vacation due to postponed flights or mechanical difficulties with flight disruption coverage. This coverage allows you to transfer tickets from one airline to another or use alternative transportation methods.
  3. Keep your trip going despite the failure of travel carriers when you get business default insurance. This specialized portion of your policy will keep you on helicopters and airplanes even if the provider goes bankrupt or fails to meet their obligation to customers.
  4. Check the policy you purchase to determine how far its service stretches globally. Get a policy that has a contract with reliable air carriers in major destinations throughout the world to get the best value.
  5. Determine the level of experience your travel insurance dealer possesses before you sign your name on a policy. Many travelers may assume that a local agent provides better service than online dealers. This perception is not always accurate, as there are many insurance providers with years of experience selling policies online.
  6. Pay close attention to the life insurance aspects of air travel coverage as you determine the best policy for you. This portion of your air travel insurance pays out a certain amount of money to your next of kin in case of accidents in flight to make up for lost earnings.
  7. Review the definitions of an applicable airplane or airline in your travel insurance policy as you set up your next trip. Some insurance providers will not cover charter flights or new airlines in remote areas due to the level of risk involved.

About all-Inclusive Vacations for Singles

All-inclusive vacations to exotic destinations and other venues allow travelers to enjoy the trip without worrying about the cost of food, drinks and entertainment. Singles who are interested in meeting new people during their trip can take part in planned events and enjoy a gourmet dining experience for a low-stress vacation. An all-inclusive vacation package designed specifically for singles typically take place in a resort setting or on board a cruise ship.

Function

  • Singles’ vacation packages are designed to encourage singles to socialize and meet other singles, and the itinerary typically includes group activities, live entertainment and themed dinners as part of the package. Singles’ vacations are organized by several tour operators and travel companies around the world, and may include a trip aboard a cruise ship or an exotic adventure overseas. All-inclusive vacations allow singles to pay a flat fee for their entire trip; this fee covers the cost of food, accommodations and any activities listed on the itinerary.

Features

  • An all-inclusive vacation package typically includes overnight accommodations at a deluxe hotel, resort or cruise ship cabin; dining at a buffet-style restaurant or sit-down venue; free access to local activities and events; free admission to special events and nightly entertainment; and free cocktails and beverages throughout the trip.

Types

  • Some of the most popular all-inclusive vacation packages and destinations for singles include: resort vacations in St. Martin in the Caribbean; hiking and multi-sport tours to Costa Rica; Club Med vacations to ski resorts in Europe; Sandals Resort vacations in Antigua; and singles’ cruises to Jamaica and the Caribbean aboard cruise ship operators such as Celebrity Cruise Lines and Carnival.

Benefits

  • Many all-inclusive vacations for singles are offered at rates discounted from other vacation packages; this allows singles to enjoy a deluxe vacation experience without overextending their budget. An all-inclusive vacation also takes the guesswork out of trip planning and reduces the stress involved with putting together an itinerary; singles can just pay their fee and pick and choose from a list of dining options, events and activities during their stay.

Considerations

  • Singles interested in going on an all-inclusive vacation can work with a travel agent or travel coordinator to book the vacation, or book the vacation themselves through an online all-inclusive vacation website. Every all-inclusive vacation package has limitations, and some events, activities and dining experiences may not be included in the package. Many vacation packages for singles are designed in “tiers” where each level offers different amenities, services and benefits. In most cases, the tour operators or cruise ship will allow travelers to pay a fee to “upgrade” their vacation package to take advantage of benefits available in a different tier.

Why Is Travel Insurance Important?

Travel insurance is important because it protects travelers when unforeseen circumstances occur after they’ve booked and paid for their trip. The insurance helps travelers if they have to cancel their vacation plans because of personal situations or errors on the part of travel agencies and airlines. This insurance also safeguards travelers if emergencies arise once they reach their destination. Travel agencies and companies that specialize in travel insurance, such as Travel Guard, provide different policies for travelers.

Lost Medication

  • People whose baggage containing their medication is lost or stolen can fill emergency prescriptions because of travel insurance.

Identification and Cash

  • Travel insurance is important if people’s passports and wallets are lost or stolen. The insurance helps travelers replace lost identification and get emergency cash.

Medical Emergencies

  • Travel insurance covers medical emergencies, accidents and treatments that may occur on a trip to a foreign country.

Acts of Nature and Terrorism

  • Travel insurance covers money people loss if they have to evacuate their vacation location due to severe weather like hurricanes, typhoons or tsunamis. If travelers wish to cancel their trip because a terrorist attach occurred at the travel destination, travel insurance gives them a refund.

Bankruptcy

  • People with travel insurance will not lose money if cruise lines, airlines or tour operations file for bankruptcy. The insurance covers non-refundable expenses.

Flight Cancellation

  • If the airline cancels a traveler’s flight, travel insurance refunds the cost of the plane tickets.

Personal Circumstances

  • Travel insurance refunds trips that have been canceled because of personal circumstances, such as illness.

How to Travel by Train From Miami to New York City

Historic Penn Station, in Midtown Manhattan, is the destination for trains traveling from Miami to New York City.
Passengers traveling by train from Miami, Fla., to New York City will spend more than a full day riding the rails northbound along the eastern seaboard. Though Amtrak is the only passenger rail service operating between Miami and New York, travelers have choices regarding departure times, routes and service levels. Choosing the best options for your individual needs will help to make your travel as enjoyable as possible.

Instructions

  1. Decide which train service you prefer. Amtrak operates two train lines between Miami and New York. Both the Silver Star line and the Silver Meteor line depart from Miami on most days. Each train makes several stops before reaching New York. The Silver Star service routes passengers through Tampa, Fla., and takes approximately four hours longer to reach New York City than the Silver Meteor takes. Passengers also have the option of disembarking at Washington, D.C.’s Union Station and using a regional train service to reach New York City.
  2. Choose a day and time to depart Miami. Traveling between Miami and New York by train takes approximately 30 hours. Consider carefully the time of year you will be traveling. Take into account possible weather delays when choosing your departure time.
  3. Search for discounts. Amtrak offers discounts to students, seniors, members of AAA and other groups. Identification will often be required to prove your eligibility for a discount. Amtrak sometimes publishes public discounts in advertisements and on its website.
  4. Choose a fare class. Trains between Miami and New York City offer several fare classes based on the type of accommodations. Coach seats are available on both lines. First class options include Viewliner Roomettes and Bedrooms. Viewliner rooms have private bathrooms,furniture that converts between bedding and seating, and special services such as newspaper delivery. Reserving a first-class ticket gains you access to special dining options.
  5. Call Amtrak (1-800-USA-RAIL) or navigate to the Amtrak website to reserve your ticket. Amtrak requires travelers to purchase tickets in advance for both the Silver Meteor and the Silver Star. Obtain information regarding baggage requirements from the Amtrak representative or the Amtrak website.
  6. Arrive at the train station in Miami 30 minutes before your departure time or earlier. Passengers with special needs should arrive earlier.
  7. Follow the directions of Amtrak staff when boarding the train in Miami and disembarking at New York City’s Penn Station.

Cruise Travel Insurance Comparison

               When planning a honeymoon or a dream family cruise vacation, consider purchasing supplemental travel insurance to provide protection and financial compensation in the event you need to reschedule or cancel plans. There are many different types of policies available. Tour operators, travel agents and cruise lines offer a diverse array of options. The Internet is an ideal tool to do a bit of comparison shopping before deciding on the coverage that best fits your cruise travel needs.

Lost Luggage

  • Cruise clothing, cameras, computers, sports equipment and electronics are expensive. If your luggage is misdirected or lost, travel insurance can replace your items and compensate for the financial loss. Common carriers, including airlines, cruise ships, buses, ferries and trains, include some coverage in the purchase of your ticket. This coverage is often quite limited and may not cover the value of your items. Travel insurance providers offer additional coverage to cover lost or stolen items. Compare insurance plans to make sure that you have adequate insurance to replace all high ticket items you transport.

Comprehensive Travel Insurance

  • Online insurance providers offer dozens of different policies and add-on options to provide complete comprehensive insurance for persons planning a cruise vacation. Several providers offer up to $1 million in accidental death insurance, coverage for medical emergencies, medical evacuation, lost baggage, flight interruptions and cancellations, as well as for trip disruption for business. Use their interactive tools to find a policy that offers you emotional and financial assurance. Enter the date of departure and return, destinations and the number of people traveling in your group. Special group rates are offered for parties of 10 or more. Most companies offer free coverage for children under the age of 18 traveling with an insured guardian or parent.

Restrictions

  • Compare policies by reading the fine print. Determine if there are rules or regulations that limit coverage based on previous conditions, age or gender. Travel insurance companies also offer coverage for high risk sports activities, such as rock climbing, scuba diving, skiing and white water rafting. If activities offered by your cruise line or activities on shore put you at risk, this type of coverage is a prudent purchase.

Cancellation Protection

  • An illness in the family, conflicting business obligations, inclement weather, airline strikes or political unrest can cause you to need to cancel or reschedule your cruise vacation plans. Cruise lines, both large and small, offer insurance packages that will offset the expense of events that can disrupt your travel itinerary. Be sure to read the fine print carefully and ask questions if you do not fully understand the extent and limitations of a policy.

How to Travel Around Europe By Train

Europe's efficient rail network offers a scenic way to visit the continent.
Compared to flying, travel by train in Europe has the advantage of city center to city center journeys, few restrictions on luggage and a greater chance to socialize along the way. For those visitors planning to tour the summer festivals or mount a cultural campaign, a selection of rail passes simplify the process, while a little planning can reap huge savings.

Buy a Pass

  • Depending on your country of residence, two main options are available. Non-European residents can purchase the Eurail Pass, which covers 24 countries. For a sweeping itinerary, the Global Pass allows travel across all participating countries, while travelers with a narrower focus would be better off taking a Select Pass, which allows travel through four bordering countries, or the Regional Pass, for two-country combinations. European residents, however, can buy the InterRail Pass, whose Global Pass covers 30 countries, while the One Country Pass allows unlimited travel within 27 countries. For the Global Passes, passengers can either choose continuous travel for a defined period, or take a Flexi Pass which allows a certain number of travel days, making it the better option for those who want to spend a longer period of time in just a few destinations.

City to City

  • While passes are ideal for those who plan to travel on three or more consecutive days, for example, or do not have a clear itinerary in mind, train companies increasingly follow the airlines’ model in offering cut-price tickets booked in advance online. Travelers who have a clear itinerary are best served by booking city-to-city tickets at discounted rates, typically three months in advance. This applies above all in Eastern Europe where rail fares are much cheaper. As Jane E Fraser wrote in “The Sydney Morning Herald,” 80 percent of high-speed journeys in Europe require reservations in advance, so confirmed tickets are already a tacit prerequisite. The only drawback to the point-to-point ticket booked online is that it will almost certainly be nonchangeable and nonrefundable.

Travel Restrictions

  • Non-Europeans cannot buy Eurail passes in Europe, while European residents cannot use an InterRail pass for travel within their own country. Both passes must first be activated by obtaining a stamp on the first day of travel from a station official or ticket office, and pass-holders will still need to reserve seats for travel in many Western European countries. “Lonely Planet” warns that there will frequently be extra charges on long-distance trains, particularly in France, Italy and Spain, where a reservation fee is applied, but many travelers will find the charges nominal. Switzerland, Germany and Austria do not usually require compulsory reservation. For overnight journeys, passengers have the option of reclining seat, couchette — shared compartment — or a private sleeper cabin. Travelers under 26 or over 60 should also look out for some very attractive discounts.

Where to Go

  • Passengers with a Global Pass could theoretically travel from Ireland in the West to Turkey in the East, although travel on the EuroTunnel beneath the English Channel is not included. National Geographic recommends a handful of iconic journeys that are possible using a pass, among which are The Chocolate Train, which runs through the Swiss mountains from Montreux to Broc, and the Balkan Flexipass, which whistles through the former Yugoslavia, Romania, Greece and Turkey. Rick Steves, however, recommends against investing in a rail pass for southern Spain, Ireland, Croatia and Greece because the rail network is so limited. Also, be warned that high-speed services in Italy and the Thalys service, which serves Paris and Amsterdam, both charge hefty supplements.

How to Make a Temporary Travel Last Will

This is an easy step for a bit of additional peace of mind. A temporary travel will before a vacation can help people know your wishes if anything should happen to you.

Instructions

  1. A temporary will is not a replacement for a permanent Last Will and Testament drawn up with a qualified attorney at law. However it is usually considered legal and binding. When my wife and I travel on occasion without our kids we will always draft a temporary will in case of an auto or plane accident or something that would hospitalize or kill both of us. We don’t tell our young kids about it, we don’t want to worry them, but leave it with a parent, sibling, or close friend. Usually we leave it with whomever is watching our kids.
  2. A temporary will should be dated. It should spell out who you would like to be in charge of your children if you both should die. It should tell where important papers are and where a primary bank account is and who (by full name)should have access to those funds and documents in an emergency. It can also address your wishes as far as medical care. You can authorize someone to make medical decisions on your behalf if both you and your spouse or companion are unable. Where we had relatives of a different faith we even spelled out the church we desired our young kids to attend until they were old enough to decide that themselves. They fully understood and agreed.
  3. This type of will should be signed and dated by both of you, and ideally a witness or two as well. Once finished seal it in an envelope and leave it with instructions. It is of great use and will hold weight with a probate court if you don’t have a permanent will. A recent temporary will can actually hold some weight over a formal legally drafted will, as it would be of a more recent date. Use this if you need something clarified before a trip. If you would like to notarize your signatures that is an additional safeguard that your wishes will be followed but not necessary to make it valid.

How to Travel From London to France by Train

One of the easiest and least stressful ways to travel from London to France is by train. The Eurostar is a high-speed passenger train that can take you directly from London to France via the Channel Tunnel. The Eurostar is faster than flying and is often more comfortable and reliable. It will take you directly into Lille or Paris, France in about 2 to 2.5 hours. From Lille or Paris, you can then take a TGV (Train a Grande Vitesse or high speed train) to most of the other major cities in France.

The Eurostar will take you from London to France.

Instructions

  1. Create your travel itinerary. Determine the dates and time you’d like to leave London by train for France. Also, decide what your final destination city will be to determine whether or not you need to catch a connecting train. Once you have your itinerary planned you can move on to booking your trip.
  2. Decide what seat is right for you. Eurostar has three classes, ranked highest to lowest in cost: Business First Class, Leisure First Class, and Standard Class. All seats on Eurostar must be booked in advance to secure a reservation. Both types of first class seats are identical and offer meals and beverages with the main difference being ticket flexibility. Standard Class is more affordable, but does not provide meals or beverages. You can request your exact seat, based on availability, by viewing the seating plan on the Eurostar website.
  3. Book your trip on the Eurostar from London to Lille or Paris, France. The easiest and cheapest way to buy tickets is online at the Eurostar website. Your tickets can be printed off of your PC or you can pick them up at the station before your departure. Tickets can only be mailed to a United Kingdom, French or Belgian address. You can also book by calling Eurostar directly where you can speak to a travel representative. The Eurostar telephone number can be found on its website. Tickets can booked up to four months prior to departure.
  4. Book your trip from Lille or Paris to your next location, if needed. If you are going beyond Paris or Lille, it is easiest to buy your tickets in advance from Rail Europe. Type in your departure and arrival location with your requested dates and a list of options will appear. Tickets will be mailed to you or you can print them in the form of an E-ticket. You can also have a Rail Europe agent help you by calling the toll free number provided on its website. If you’re feeling more adventurous, you can also purchase tickets the day of your travel. However, seating availability is not guaranteed. If it’s imperative that you catch a specific train, it is always recommended to book a reservation in advance.

How to Plan a Cruise at the Last Minute

Booking a last minute cruise is almost identical to booking a cruise in advance.
Cruising is a favorite vacation for millions of travelers each year; the ability to stay in one room without having to worry about packing, re-packing and transportation while traveling between tropical islands or cities is the kind of stress-free travel many people enjoy. Booking a cruise at the last minute is exciting because you don’t have to wait long to depart. Fortunately, any cruise ship with vacancies will let you book a room up until the very last minute provided you pay for your cruise and have the correct travel documents.

Instructions

  1. Visit your favorite cruise line’s web site and perform a search for a cruise. Choose a departure port and destination. Since you’re searching for a last minute cruise you will likely choose the current or following month when asked for your travel dates.
  2. View the search results for all last minute cruises with available staterooms provided to you by the cruise line. Choose the one that best suits your vacation needs by clicking on the link to begin booking your cruise.
  3. Enter your passenger information for everyone in your stateroom — name, address, birth dates – choose the type of stateroom you want and provide your payment information. Last minute cruises must be paid in full at the time of booking.
  4. Print your cruise documents and start packing.

How to Get Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is a combination of trip-cancellation insurance and 24-hour emergency assistance. It helps you get your money back if, for example, you have to cancel your vacation or go home early. It’s a smart purchase if you’ve planned a major vacation well in advance, but the trick is knowing which policy to buy, if any

Instructions

Check your existing insurance policies and credit card coverage before you buy travel insurance. You may already be covered for medical expenses, canceled tickets or lost luggage.

Decide which type of travel insurance is best suited for your destination (for example, terrorism insurance for your trip to Egypt, or emergency medical transportation insurance during your ocean cruise). Keep in mind that the cost varies widely, depending on your age, your health, and the cost and length of your trip.

Determine whether the following is included in your policy: international medical insurance, emergency medical evacuation (including helicopter transport), accidental death and dismemberment, repatriation of remains and family travel benefits.

Have your travel agent purchase an insurance plan for you or shop commission-free online. You’ll find a wide selection of reputable insurance companies on the Web, including Travel Guard and Access America, that can get you a policy within 24 hours (see Resources).

Make sure your travel insurance provider offers 24-hour hotline service. Don’t buy trip-cancellation insurance from the tour operator that may be responsible for the cancellation, and don’t overbuy–you won’t be reimbursed for more than the cost of your trip.

How to Plan a Vacation on a Budget

A family vacation can be expensive these days. Gas prices are high. Air travel is not cheap. So how do you vacation on a budget? Just follow these travel planning tricks and you’ll be able to go on more trips that cost less money than what you’re paying now.

Instructions

  1. Vacation on a budget right in your home town. Unplug and turn off your phones. Visit museums and parks. Bring your own food and have a picnic. Go to a movie, or have a BBQ and invite the neighbors.
  2. Save your money and take a road trip. Be aware that food and lodging costs often can be expensive. So if you’re stressed before a vacation, you may become even more stressed after the vacation because of the big debt you’ve incurred. Only spend money you have and can afford to live without.
  3. Check the popular travel web sites on the Internet for specials on hotel rates, and for package deals involving lodging, airfare and/or car rentals.
  4. Call the hotel you want to stay at directly and see if you can get an even better deal for your vacation on a budget.
  5. Join airline frequent flyer programs to begin building up points redeemable at a later date for free airline tickets.
  6. Book with a travel agency to save time and often money. (See Tips below for more on this.)
  7. Secure lower rates by scheduling airline flights on Tuesday, Wednesdays or Thursdays; and/or late at night or early in the morning. Fly off-season; your destination will be quieter and more relaxing without the crowds.
  8. Search for books and other travel tips on the Internet where you will find eBooks, publishers on budget travel, and websites that bid and barter with major airlines for canceled seats at a discount for you. (See Resources below.)

How to Get Extremely Cheap Last Minute Flights

Extremely cheap last-minute flights are available if you’re willing to make a few compromises and search diligently. You might not get your seating preference and have to make a few plane changes, but if you are dedicated and adaptable, you shouldn’t have any problem finding those extremely cheap last-minute flights you want.

Finding great bargains on flights requires diligence and persistence.

Instructions

  1. Begin by calling the airline in question, because the operators that answer the phones have up-to-the-minute information about cancellations and seat vacancies. You won’t find the best seating arrangements or ideal conditions going straight to the airline, but when you’re coming in at the latest possible second, you’ll have to make some concessions.
  2. Check online and see what kind of deals you can find; this can often turn out to be beneficial. Print out a confirmation of your flight and ticket if you do this, especially if it’s done at the last minute. This will avoid any glitches or confusion once you get to ticketing at the airport, and provide you with proof you actually have the flight, because mistakes can easily happen when things are done with little time before departure.
  3. Be ready to leave at a moment’s notice when you’re looking for extremely cheap last minute flights, and don’t be too strict on your departure times. Sometimes vacancies pop up and you don’t want to miss an opportunity because you weren’t prepared.
  4. Keep looking constantly until you find what you need, both online and by continuing to call airlines. By adopting this attitude, and being ready to leave at the drop of a hat, you’ll be in the best position available to have success finding your flights.

How to Cancel My Travel Guard Insurance

If you decide not to take a trip in time to get your airfare back, you can also cancel your travel insurance.
Travel Guard insurance company offers various travel insurance packages which cover travelers in the event of unforeseen expenses ranging from illness, flight cancellation to even acts of terrorism. This insurance will reimburse any non-refundable travel expenses that you lose and cover medical expenses that your health care insurance does not cover. Travel Guard’s insurance costs range from five to seven percent of your total estimated travel expense but you may decide, after purchasing a policy, that you do not want travel insurance after all. You may cancel your Travel Guard insurance within fifteen days of your policy’s effective date unless you have already departed on your trip.

Instructions

  1. Gather all your policy information. You will need your policy number, name, address and phone number as well as the policy’s effective date.
  2. Write a letter requesting a policy refund. State that you would like to cancel your policy and that you are requesting a full refund. Include your policy number, name and contact information.
  3. Email your request to refund@travelguard.com or fax it to 715-345-2915. You may also mail it to Travel Guard, 3300 Business Park Drive, Stevens Point, WI, 54482.
  4. Save a copy of your request for your files.

How to Get the Cheapest Last-Minute Cruise Deals

When it comes to cruising, last-minute travel doesn’t always mean buying a ticket in the days immediately before the ship sails, since itineraries can sell out months in advance. Instead, deals often pop up a few months before the departure date when other cruisers cancel on the last day reservations can be refunded. In other cases, the cruise line may cut the rate for less-popular cruises a few weeks before sail date if rooms are unsold. In order to get the cheapest last-minute deal, you must be flexible on your accommodations and be willing to travel in months other than those in the summer.

Last-minute cruise tickets may not be fully refundable.

Popularity

  • The cruise routes considered most popular, or most booked, are the least likely to have last-minute deals because staterooms sell out well before sail day. If you want to get the cheapest deal on a cruise, look for itineraries that don’t tend to book up months before. Call the cruise lines, browse online cruise forums, and ask friends who have traveled by cruise to determine which itineraries don’t tend to be as full. Focus on less-popular cruise routes to get the cheapest fare.

Inside Scoop

  • Cruising is more than just a mode of travel for some folks — it’s a culture. As a result, many online forums exists where veteran cruisers offer seasoned advice to new cruisers. Take advantage of these forums by asking which itineraries out of your port of choice are the least popular, and if anyone has gotten a spectacularly cheap deal. While forum users can’t speak for the cruise line, they may offer a wealth of knowledge based on years of shopping around for cheap trips.

Cruise Line Communications

  • If you have previously traveled on a particular cruise line, opt in for its past-guest communications. The cruise line will email you last-minute deals when it has a particular itinerary offering slashed prices out of your port of choice. Even if you haven’t cruised before, check out any newsletters or deal notification programs. This way, the cruise lines automatically alert you, and you won’t have to scour quite so hard for the cheapest deal.

Room Flexibility

  • Be flexible when it comes to cabin class. You are unlikely to get the cheapest deal if you are dead set on traveling first class. If you’re willing to stay in a stateroom on a lower deck, you often can get a much better deal on your fare.

Seasonality

  • Look for the cheapest fares in off-peak times, like right before the December holidays, and during the months of January and February. You also will find cheaper fares during hurricane season for trips to the Caribbean and other hurricane-prone destinations.

How to Travel by Train in Canada With Kids

Comparable to Amtrak in the United States, Via is the long-distance railway in Canada. Vacationing with your family by train allows you and your children to see the changing landscape and have room to get up and walk around. There is always at least one dining car and a snack bar or two to keep your children satiated.
Since sleeping accommodations are provided on the train, you don’t have to worry about hotel nights, and since only the most severe weather can slow down a train, you don’t need to worry about delays and missed flights. Train vacations are also generally more affordable than air or cruise travel.

Instructions

  1. Narrow down your travel dates. Assuming your children are school age, plan your travel accordingly, which may limit the number of itineraries available. Look at the school calendar to determine the best dates for your family’s trip and see how many days you think are appropriate. Your budget may also determine the length of the trip you can take.

    Children get discounted tickets, at least through the end of 2011. Infants under 24 months old are free if are seated in an adult’s lap. Children ages 2 to 11 travel for half fare provided your family is traveling in economy class. If you are traveling in an upgraded class, reduced fares are available. Ages 12 to 17 pay a reduced fare in all classes.

  2. Visit the VIA Canada website and purchase an itinerary. You can begin your search for possible train vacations with your starting city, ending city or both. There are trips that are particularly suited to families, which will be mentioned in the description of the package. Many of the Via vacation packages include excursions at destinations along the route, as well as rental cars and hotel nights in the primary destination.
  3. Pack for your trip according to the railway’s requirements. Via offers a downloadable pamphlet outlining baggage guidelines on its website. You are generally limited to two pieces of carry-on luggage weighing less than 50 pounds each. You may also check three to four pieces of baggage free of charge per ticketed passenger, and an additional two to three pieces for a fee.

    Since you and your children will be treating your seats on the train like your hotel room for the time you are traveling, pack some entertainment to occupy the kids if the scenery isn’t likely to keep them amused.

  4. Arrive at least an hour early for your train trip to check baggage and find your seats. Familiarize yourself and your children with the locations of the restrooms, dining car and the Skyline car if you are in the Sleeper Touring class.
  5. Work on the Kids Activity Book with your children. This is a free activity book available on most Via trains. There are coloring pages, games and cut-and-paste activities for kids to enjoy.
  6. Attend the scheduled activities in the Skyline car, which is a panoramic viewing car with glass windows over the ceiling. Passengers traveling in the Sleeper Touring class of the Toronto-Vancouver line can attend activities and movies every morning from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.

    Inquire of your conductor about children’s activities, and take advantage of the passing scenery in the panoramic dome cars on any train.