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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

International Travel Accessory Tip: 4 Must Have Travel Accessories

Whether you are traveling for business or vacation, you want to be able to relax and enjoy the trip and even take in some sights. When it comes time to do the packing for your trip, there’s always the question of what do I need?

Of course, you’ll need to pack the right kind of clothes for the climate you’re visiting, but when it comes to travel accessories, you want to take some essential items, without packing too much. A travel accessory store is a good place to get ideas for items you can bring on a trip.

Here are four travel accessories that you’ll want to take on your trip:

Passport Holder – in today’s cautious environment, everyone needs to have a passport, even children. You’ll want to keep your passport in something that will give you easy access to it, so you don’t have to go fishing around for it in your pockets or handbag.

The best kind of passport holder are ones that hang around your neck where you are not in danger of losing it. They are usually made out of leather or nylon and come in several colors.

Money Belt/Fanny Pack – when it comes to your money, you don’t want to take any chances that thieves will be able to easily steal from you on the road. Pickpockets and purse snatchers are always on the lookout for unwary travelers. A money belt or fanny pack keeps your money close to your body where it would be hard for somebody to quickly open and steal from you without your noticing.

A money belt is thin and has secure pockets. Money belts can be worn over or underneath clothing. They usually are not waterproof so you may want to put your cash in a plastic baggie to keep it from getting wet.

Fanny packs are bulkier and usually made out of leather or nylon. These are great to carry instead of a purse or wallet. It’s best to have the pockets facing the front of your body, or wear it on the side of your hip, where you can clearly see it at all times.

Travel First Aid Kit – nobody likes to think about it, but bumps, bruises and more can happen when you’re traveling. Because you are away from home and may not know the system of medical care of the city/country you’re traveling to, you should always carry a first aid kit with you.

Keep your first aid kit in your personal travel accessory bag so you’ll have easy access to it, if necessary. The kit should have bandages, gauze, cotton swabs, mild pain relief medication, antiseptic, scissors, insect repellent, etc. Some kits contain a lot more. It’s cheaper to buy a kit than to purchase first aid items individually.

Also, if you have any kind of medical condition, make sure you take along enough medication and supplies to last the entire trip.

Travel Alarm Clock – you’ve got important things to do on your trip and you don’t want to have to rely on a wake up call from the hotel front desk - what if they forget?

When you want to make sure you get up on time, purchase a simple travel alarm clock. These are portable, very accurate, and best of all inexpensive.

By: Nikki LeRoi

Cheap Vacation Travel Packages Versus Independent Budget Travel

When traveling on a budget, one of the most often asked questions is whether it is best to travel independently, reserving your own airfare, hotel stay and sightseeing reservations, or choose a package tour where everything is set up for you in advance.

Unfortunately, there is no easy answer to this question. It is largely dependent on the location you have selected and dates of travel. For instance, travel to European destinations are often less costly to book on your own, especially when the airlines are running specials of European airfares in the off-season.

On the other hand, travel to many exotic locations, like Egypt, Morocco, Kenya, South Africa, Thailand, and India, are often much less expensive when booked through a vacation package company or travel agent. That is because these tour operators often have special deals with the national airlines of these companies, and with very nice resort hotels, to provide considerable discounts in exchange for a steady flow of business.

For instance, with a little bit of shopping, you can book a vacation package from New York to Egypt for a grand total of $1,100, including airfare, an excellent hotel, daily breakfast, airport transfers, and daily sightseeing tours, including guided tours of the pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. This is far less than you would have paid if you had booked this trip independently.

Similar deals exist for other locations, notably India, China, and Taiwan. So be sure to check on the availability of these package deals when shopping for a budget travel deal.

Of course, some great deals can be had on your own as well, and this is often a great way to go, especially if you are a solo traveler. Solo travelers often have difficulty getting those great deals on package deals, since the required single supplement can often ruin the deal.

It is also important to find out exactly what is, and what is not included, in any package you are considering. Many package deals have optional excursions built in, and these extras can add considerable cost. Be sure to ask for a detailed daily itinerary to determine if you will be left on your own if you fail to take these optional. Also ask for a detailed list of these optional excursions, including full descriptions and prices, and then carefully compare the total price to what you could find on your own.

If you are traveling on your own, be sure to start shopping early, especially if you are traveling by air. The important thing to remember is that airlines allocate only so many seats for those advertised low fares, and if you fail to act quickly, you may be out of luck. It is important to book the airfare, and the hotel, as early as possible to ensure the lowest possible prices.

Ultimately, the decision of whether to choose a vacation package deal or independent travel is up to each individual traveler. It is important to carefully compare package prices with those for independent travel to the same location. It is also important to consider your own personal travel style. Some people are more comfortable with a packaged tour, particularly to an unfamiliar location, while others relish the freedom from schedules that independent travel provides.

By: David Chandler

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Hawaii Vacation Deals & Hotels

Hawaii Islands are an archipelago in the Pacific Ocean that belong to the USA and make up one of its states. Beside many islets, there are a few bigger islands like Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe, Maui and Hawaii, the last one being known by everybody as The Big Island. The beauty of this archipelago attracts each year a huge number of holiday makers from the USA and many other countries, so vacation deals to Hawaii are offered by all travel agencies. Most hotels of Hawaii sell different package deals, from packages that include only accommodations in budget hotels up to all inclusive deals which feature accommodation in luxury 4 or 5 star hotels, meals, drinks, airfare, airport transfers, and some of them even different vacation activities such as luau dinners, island tours, diving or snorkel tours, sailing adventures, volcano hiking and many others.

Vacation deals offered by hotels of Hawaii belong to the best travel deals that can be found in the entire world! Most hotels are settled in splendid beach resorts, in the front of the ocean or very close to stunning beaches, surrounded by lush tropical forests and featuring a wide selection of amenities such as swimming pools or golf courses (one of the favorite activities of holiday makers). There are many 4 and 5 star hotels, especially on Maui, Oahu and the Big Island, and some of the best are Hotel Hyatt Regency Maui, Apartments Kapalua Villas, Hotel Hyatt Regency Waikiki, Hotel The Kahala Hotel & Resort, Hotel Hawaii Prince, Hotel Turtle Bay Resort, Hotel Fairmont Orchid and Hotel Hapuna Beach Prince.

Vacation activities available in Hawaii are countless. Beside swimming in pools or playing golf, as mentioned above, tourists can enjoy excellent scuba diving, snorkeling, volcano hiking in rainforests, helicopter tours of volcanoes, cruises to different islands of the archipelago, visits to Arizona Memorial and tour of Pearl Harbor, visits to the Polynesian Center, horseback riding on unbelievable beautiful beaches and the enumeration could go on very long time....

Due to the very large number of available vacation deals to Hawaii is advisable that tourists do some research work before to decide to buy a package deal or another. All hotels from the important islands of the archipelago ( Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui, and the Big Island) offer great packages, budget or all inclusive, but the amenities of resorts can vary very much, as the prices or special offers. With a little time spent browsing the list of the best hotels of Hawaii can be saved a lot of money, so this activity is strongly recommended!

By: Victor Tuszing

Experience The Difference With An Upscale World Cruise

If its glamour and luxury you want to combine in a cruise around the world, then you have the option of paying a little extra for an upscale world cruise. These cruises consist of many ports of call in as many as 27 countries on five continents of the world.

You can choose to cruise the coast of Africa and the Mediterranean, experience the culture of the Far East and relax in the ambiance of Hawaii, Australia, and the islands of Fiji all while experiencing sights that few people get to see. The aim of an upscale around the world cruise is to make the cruising experience as glamorous and luxurious as possible.

Instead of having an overnight or day-long stay in a port of call, with an upscale world cruise you could spend several days or even a week in one location so that your get to experience everything this destination has to offer. In this manner you have ample time to explore the sights and attractions as well as immerse yourself in the culture.

How does a cruise that will take you to both Alaska and Hawaii sound to you? This is one of the unique around the world cruises you can choose to take. In this manner you will get to see two different types of temperatures, which means you have to bring clothing for warm and cold climates. You can choose a cruise that departs from either Alaska or Hawaii or from a point in between at Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada.

Another unique upscale world cruise will take you to Australia and New Zealand so that you can experience the culture and attractions of the land down under. Some of these world cruises also include points in China, Thailand and other countries of Southeast Asia. Start your cruising vacation in Vancouver, B.C. and sail to the islands of the Caribbean and points in Mexico. You will sail through the Panama Canal and stop in the popular tourist vacation destinations.

There are also packages for an upscale world cruise that will take you to destinations within Europe. An example of this type of world cruise will depart from Holland, travel to London, England, Paris, France and destinations in Ireland, Wales and Belgium. The cruise will then continue down the Atlantic coast to destinations in Spain, Portugal and Morocco, giving you the experience of many different cultures rolled into one package.

Some of the upscale world cruises are quite long, spanning several months in duration. The longest upscale world cruise departs from San Francisco and visits the countries of Rarotango, the Cook Islands Mandang, Papua New Guinea,Vietnam, Kuala Lampur and back to Spain.

You then sail across the Atlantic ending the cruise in Fort Lauderdale, Florida so that you sail both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and the South China Seas. It lasts for about 115 days and is very popular with those who want to escape the cold winter months by spending them sailing in warmer waters.

The cruise ships used for upscale world cruises are smaller, which makes for a more intimate vacation. The amenities on the ships are world-class with everything designed for your ultimate comfort. The gourmet meals are prepared by famous chefs from all over the world and the minute details are considered in planning your comforts in the spacious staterooms. The cruise ship is very similar to that of a five star hotel where you have everything you need at your fingertips combined with individual pampering and attention.

By: Sarah Martin