Category: vacation packages

Maui Vacation Resorts

If you want to lap up the luxury in Maui you can opt for a resort holiday. Maui has many seaside resorts where you can enjoy a wide range of facilities and take part in a number of activities. You will find that the resort is very self-contained and you may never feel the urge to step out until your date of departure.

The resorts typically have lavish grounds that are full of tropical flowers and fruits. The smells coming from these gardens set the mood for the best tropical holiday. Depending on your requirements you can book either a single or a double bedroom suite. Each room includes a private bathroom, a shower and a mini bar. Depending on the part of the island your resort is located in, you can enjoy a beautiful sunrise or a breath-taking sunset from your deck. You tariff typically includes a full American breakfast. You will have to pay for the other meals.

The resort will have other amenities like swimming pools and tennis courts, and can arrange for lessons in a wide range of water sports. Resorts sometimes have a golf course attached to them. They will also rent out bikes so that you can explore the region on your own. All suites should have high-speed internet with broadband access. You can also take in a traditional Hawaiian Luau.

If you are traveling with kids, most resorts have a day care center where you can leave them if you want to explore the island on your own. The day care center has many activities to keep your children entertained.

Source by Alison Cole


Business Traveller Flying to London? A London City Guide for Getting to the Centre

London. The vibrant, beating heart of the United Kingdom. It’s one of the world’s most popular destinations for tourists, and for business travellers too. The amount of commerce that goes through London is staggering, with a financial centre second only to New York, and service industries that cater for both the UK, European and international markets. As the world’s most multicultural city – there are over 300 languages spoken by a population of over eight million people (twelve million if you include the metropolitan area) – the opportunities for business are clear.

With the UK strategically positioned for the business traveller on the western edge of Europe, London is a global hub for air travel, providing easy access to mainland Europe, and a stepping stone to the United States. Primarily served by five airports – Heathrow, Gatwick, City, Stansted and Luton – London is easily reached from anywhere in the world. But with the exception of London City Airport – smallest of the five and located in East London, close to the business district of Canary Wharf – the other four airports are satellites evenly dispersed around the city. The most popular, Heathrow, is located to the west of London; Gatwick is situated to the south; Stansted to the north east; and Luton to the North West. Knowing this before you make your travel plans can be useful. Since the greater metropolitan area of London covers over 1,000 square miles, your final business destination may not be right in the centre. Researching which airport is closest to your destination can save you time, effort and money.

However, whether you’re a business traveller flying from within the UK or from overseas, your starting destination may often determine the airport you arrive at. Other factors, such as your chosen time of travel, budget and availability will also make a difference. For example, if you’re travelling with a major international carrier from a major city, such as New York, the chances are you’ll arrive at Heathrow or Gatwick (Stansted also receives flights from New York but is the smallest of the three). If you’re travelling locally from within the UK with a budget carrier you’re more likely to arrive at Stansted or Luton (though not exclusively). And if you’re travelling from a major European city, particularly a financial capital, such as Frankfurt, London City Airport is a likely arrival point (the airport was created specifically to cater for short haul business travellers, particularly between financial centres).

Each airport is served by comprehensive rail and road infrastructure, providing business travellers with a variety of options to enter London. All five airports offer direct rail travel into the heart of Central London, coach travel to the main Victoria terminus, and hire car, mini-bus, licensed black cab and taxi services by road. If you’re a VIP business traveller, chauffeur services are also available, and with the exception of London City Airport, each also offer direct helicopter transfer into the heart of the city.

London Heathrow Airport

The busiest of the five airports is London Heathrow. Located less than twenty miles from central London, Heathrow is situated to the west of the city within the M25 motorway metropolitan boundary. The fastest route into London is via the Heathrow Express train service, taking just 15 minutes from terminals 1, 2 and 3 to Paddington station (located on the western side of Central London). If your flight arrives at either terminal 4 or 5 it’s a further four and six minutes travel time respectively, and you’ll need to transfer on to the main London-bound service at terminals 1, 2 and 3.

The service is excellent, offering comfort and convenience, but does not always suite everyone’s travel budget. The standard ‘Express’ single journey ticket costs £21.00 (€25.00 / $35.00), but business travellers can get better value when purchasing a return ticket, priced at £34.00 (€40.00 / $56.00). The ‘Business First’ ticket is more expensive, with singles costing £29.00 (€35.00 / $48.00) and returns £52.00 (€62.00 / $86.00), but it does afford business travellers considerably more leg room, the privacy of a ‘single seating’ layout, and a fold out table. The experience is akin to that of air travel. All passengers across both pricing structures enjoy access to electrical sockets, USB ports and free Wi-Fi. The overall quality of service and passenger experience generates a ‘wow’ factor, and if your budget can afford it, is certainly the smoothest, quickest and most convenient way to travel into London from Heathrow. Trains run regularly every fifteen minutes in both directions, particularly useful for last minute dashes to the airport.

There are two further rail options available to business travellers, both considerably less expensive, though this is reflected in the quality of service. That’s not to say either is not a good solution for business travellers, just that there is a noticeable difference in convenience and comfort.

With a service typically running every thirty minutes, and a journey duration – depending on the time of day – of between 23 and 27 minutes from terminals 1, 2 and 3, Heathrow Connect is more than adequate for business travellers who are not in a hurry. Like the rival Express service, Connect also arrives at Paddington station, but unlike its faster rival stops at up to five other stations before reaching its terminus. The ‘inconvenience’ of this less direct journey is compensated for by a considerably less expensive ticket price. Single journey’s cost £9.90 (€12.00 / $16.00) while a return is £19.80 (€24.00 / $32.00). There is no saving to be made from purchasing a return ticket. While the convenience and comfort of the traveller experience cannot match the Express, the Connect business travel solution is an acceptable compromise that suits a greater number of travel budgets.

The third – and least expensive – rail option is the London Underground ‘tube’ network. Despite the network’s name the majority of the journey from Heathrow is overground, until the business traveller nears Central London. Starting on the Piccadilly Line, the service connects all five Heathrow terminals and provides frequent trains into London, stopping at a considerable amount of outlying stations before arriving in the capital’s centre. This continually ‘interrupted’ journey – there are seventeen stops between Heathrow terminals 1, 2 and 3 and Paddington Tube station (the nearest equivalent tube terminus for a fair comparison) – and takes approximately fifty minutes journey time on average, considerably slower than its more direct rivals. This journey comparison also requires the inconvenience of a transfer between lines.

So why would the business traveller consider using the tube from Heathrow to Central London? Simple. The frequency of service, the array of destinations, and the cost. At a cash price of just £5.70 (€6.80 / $9.50) for a single journey in either direction during peak hours (06:30am to 09:30am), financially the Underground is an attractive option. At nearly half the price of the Heathrow Connect, and at just over a quarter of the price of the Heathrow Express, this service is comparably good value for money. Further value can be found if the business traveller purchases an ‘Oyster Card’, the ‘cashless’ electronic ticketing system beloved by so many Londoners. Available to purchase at Heathrow London Underground stations, this useful option allows you to get tickets cheaper than for cash – in this case a reduction to just £5.00 (€6.00 / $8.30). Off-peak travel with an Oyster Card offers even greater value, with Heathrow to Paddington in either direction costing just £3.00 (€3.60 / $5.00) per journey. The Oyster Card can also be used for unlimited travel on buses and trains throughout London, with a maximum daily spend capped at £17.00 (€20.00 / $28.00) peak time and just £8.90 (€10.60 / $15.00) off-peak for a six zone ticket (destinations across London are divided into six main zonal rings. Travelling from Heathrow to Central London crosses all six zones).

The Underground is primarily a city-wide mass transit system, rather than a ‘train’ service. As such the level of comfort and convenience is substantially less than that of both the Heathrow Express and Connect services, and at peak hours can be considerably uncomfortable. Having endured a recent flight, business travellers who choose this option run the risk of having to stand up the entire journey if travelling during peak hours. If the carriage is full to squeezing point (as is often the case at peak time) managing your luggage can be a challenge. It should also be noted that the tube network – which, as the world’s first urban mass-transit system is over 150 years old – is often prone to signal failures and delays. If the time between your arrival at Heathrow (don’t forget to factor in clearing immigration control, luggage collection and customs) and your business appointment is tight, particularly during peak hours, it is not unfair to say that you are taking a risk if you choose to use the Underground.

Compared to using rail, travelling by road into Central London is far less convenient. Like every major city around the world, traffic congestion plagues the streets of London. The M4 and A4 route from Heathrow into London is always busy and in parts can be slow moving at times. No matter what your method of road transport, the business traveller is vulnerable to the risk of delays and accidents.

Buses and coaches are plentiful. The dominant carrier is called National Express. They operate services between Heathrow Airport and London Victoria, the main coach terminus in London. From here travellers can travel to many other destinations around the UK. The coaches run from Heathrow Airport Central Bus Station, which is located between terminals 1, 2 and 3. Its well sign posted so easily found. If you’re arriving at terminals 4 or 5 you’ll need to first take the Heathrow Connect train to the central bus station. From Victoria Station you can get to any other part of London with ease, via the Underground, plentiful buses, local trains and licensed black cabs / minicab taxi services.

A single journey tickets start from £6.00 (€7.20 / $10.00), while returns cost £11.00 (€13.20 / $18.00). Although you can purchase your ticket at Heathrow, it is advisable to do so in advance, and online. This will ensure you have a guaranteed, reserved seat on your coach of choice, and also provide you with the opportunity to select a time of departure and/or return that best suits your needs. Typically this service runs three coaches per hour to and from London Victoria coach station. The journey time can vary, dependent on the route taken, the time of day and traffic conditions, but you can typically expect your journey to take between 40 and 90 minutes.

National Express also offers business travellers a Heathrow hotel transfer service to and from the airport, known as the Heathrow Hoppa. With hundreds of services each day running around the clock, it’s a clean, comfortable and affordable way to get about, costing £4.00 (€4.80 / $6.60) for single journey and £7.00 (€8.40/ $11.50) for a return journey. This service is particularly useful if your business appointment is located close to Heathrow and you have no need to travel into Central London.

An alternative to coach travel is taking a bus. This can be particularly useful if you arrive at Heathrow late at night. Depending on the day of the week, the N9 night bus runs approximately every 20 minutes to Trafalgar Square in Central London, from 11.30pm to 5am. The journey time is approximately 75 minutes, subject to traffic delays. It’s a very affordable service, and as part of the Transport for London infrastructure a single journey can be paid for with an Oyster Card (£1.40 (€1.70/ $2.30) or by cash (£2.40 (€2.90/ $4.00).

If your journey into London requires the freedom to choose to travel whenever you want, to wherever you want, or you simply require privacy, then private hire transport is readily available at Heathrow. If you’re just interested in getting …


Beginners Running Guide – Running Techniques For Beginners – Breathing

There are many beginner running techniques that you need to learn if you want to run successfully and safely. Breathing is one of the most important parts of running. Incorrect breathing can cause pain, injury, and it can make you unable to run at all. In this article you will find the correct breathing techniques for beginner runners that will make you successful and make running enjoyable.

First of all, to achieve the best results, make sure to keep your body – back, shoulders, neck – straight. As you run, you may have a natural tendency to slouch – do not do that. Also, do not bend your head down – look ahead. What this does is it makes it easier to get air into your lungs and blood into your head, so you can run easier and, then, longer.

When you're running, your body needs all the air it can get. The faster you run, the longer you run, the more energy and oxygen your body uses. If your breathing is too shallow, you will run out of air and will not be able to run. If you breathe too deeply, you risk hyperventilating. Also, if you're breathing too deeply, you will be wasting energy and get tired faster.

Usually, taking deep breaths means expanding your chest to get more air into your lungs. However, when you do that, you are using both your chest muscles and your shoulder muscles – your shoulders naturally rise when you expand your chest to take a deep breath, and lower again when you exhale. When running, use your diaphragm for taking deep breaths – your stomach will expand, leaving room for the lungs to expand and take in more air without using the chest or shoulder muscles.

A common advice for beginner runners is to inhale through the nose and exhale through the mouth. This is a very relaxing way of breathing, used a lot in meditation, but it is quite difficult to maintain. It forces you to constantly focus on your breathing when running which might be a problem for some. Do not worry too much on keeping this up – like I said, your body will need all the air you can get, so you can use your nose or your mouth (or both) to inhale, if that gets you the air that you need.

Another technique you should learn, is to keep up breathing rhythm. When I first started running, I was taught to maintain a 3: 3 rhythm – 3 steps to inhale, 3 steps to exhale. It turns out, having a "symmetric" (2: 2, 3: 3, 4: 4) breathing rhythm is harder to maintain and can increase the risk of injury. Now, the exact count of in-out steps depends on a lot of things – speed, distance, experience, personal physiology – but for most beginner runners a 3: 2 rhythm works well (2: 1 if you're running faster, rather than longer).

Sometimes while running you'll notice that you're breathing too fast. Or that you're losing breath or you can not keep your breathing rhythm anymore. After a while, you'll begin feeling pain – mainly in your chest and shoulders. All of these are signs of incorrect breathing. When you notice them, if you want to continue running, you need to "restart" your breathing. Here is a technique that works best for me: 1) slow down a bit, 2) take a full deep breath in (as much as you can), and exhale completely (1 or 2 of these, depending on your situation), 3 ) do a number of relaxing breaths – in through the nose, out through the mouth. If you do that, your breathing will stabilize and you can continue running normally.

Source by Jim Crowlins


Searching For Cheap Hotels in Las Vegas

Not one person has discovered that once in their lifetime they would not love the chance to visit the “City of Sin.” It is human nature that prompts are person to feel a need to indulge in bright lights, striking hotels, and luxurious casinos. It gets better when a person can find cheap hotels in Las Vegas.

Most hotels in Las Vegas cost a few hundred dollars per night. Yet, you can find cheap hotels in Las Vegas by searching the Internet. Some of the web sites online are offering 75% off hotel stay, discounts, and other great deals. Right now, the elegant Stratosphere downtown on Fremont Street is offering hotel rates starting at $40. Free Buffets are offered at the hotel. You can also get the two for one buffet during lunch hour, and the two for one tickets to see the shows. You have free admission to the towers.

Sahara is offering great rates on hotel stays. Currently, you can get a room for $45 per night. The hotel is at the north end of Las Vegas’s strip. You can get credit on dining here. Monte Carlo is offer rooms for $79. This is one of Las Vegas’s three diamond hotels. Circus-Circus has a special going also. You can get rooms starting at $37.

Other cheap hotels in Las Vegas include the Palms hotel. You can get rooms for as little as $89. Each hotel has a casino, Sports Book, race, guest rooms, live poker rooms, fitness center, and so forth. One of my favorite hotels is the brilliantly designed Treasure Island. The hotel has nearly 3000 guest rooms, casino, meeting space, wedding chapel, maid service, valet parking, bellman service, outdoor pool, room service, retail shops, and plenty of other great things to enjoy. You can get rooms here for $89 per night.

The New York-New York hotel in Vegas is offering rooms for $80 per night. This is one of the favorite hotels, since it is brilliantly lit and the Statue of Liberty sets it off. The hotel has the Manhattan skyline. It also has amazing guest rooms. In addition, the hotel is designed so that you will think you are in New York.

Some cheap hotels in Las Vegas include the Planet Hollywood, Mandalay Bay, Ballys, Wynn Resort, Caesars Palace, Imperial Palace, Mirage, Harrahs Las Vegas, Palazzo, Hooters, Rio Suites, Golden Nugget, Paris, and the Las Vegas Hilton. Each hotels offer various rates.

To help you choose cheap hotels in Las Vegas, I will briefly tell you about some of the most dazzling buildings, such as the Golden Nugget. This hotel has spas, saloon, fitness center, pool, health center, business service and more. The hotel lights up at night and sheds the colors purple, gold, red, bronze, etc, which makes it one of the most liked places to stay. To learn more, go online today.

Source by Tom Houser


Magnetic Power Generator – Learn How to Generate Cheap Electricity

If you’re beginning to balk at the amount of money you have to pay in order to get energy, you may be wondering if there’s any way in which you can start generating your own electricity at home. After all, without relying on the power companies, you won’t have to pay them a thing! Thankfully, there’s an innovative and eco-friendly way in which to do it, and that’s by building your own magnetic power generator. This article outlines the advantages of having a magnetic power generator, and how it can save you immense amounts of money on power costs.

The way a magnetic power generator works is by utilizing a series of magnets in order to generate energy by providing perpetual motion of an object, this capturing that energy and allowing you to use it to power appliances and the like. With perpetual motion, you get indefinite energy, and what’s more, the energy produced is far more than what is consumed to power the device, giving you an energy surplus that your home can use. It draws power from itself, meaning it needs nothing to keep moving and producing.

When you make the decision to build your own magnetic power generator, you can trust that it:

– Can save you up to 50% or more on your electric bill, provided you use it appropriately

– Doesn’t take up much space, and the energy is compatible with your appliances

– Works around the clock and never shuts down or stops operating

– Can be made with fairly inexpensive materials

– Is extremely easy and methodical to put together

Add to that the fact that a magnetic power generator is completely safe and produces no byproducts when it operates, you can rest assured that it’s the right thing for you. You can find a nice, clean way to save money on your electric costs with the help of a homemade magnetic power generator.

Source by Gallen Ho


POEA Accredited Agencies – How to Tell If They Are Legitimate

POEA accredited agencies – How many are legitimate? This question is the first question that enters a Filipino overseas worker’s mind. With all the scam artists in the Philippines looking to fleece the unsuspecting job seeker with offers of lucrative jobs in far-away places, it is good to have an agency like the POEA to accredit and regulate recruitment agencies locally.

How does one check if the recruitment agency is legitimate or tell-tale signs they are a scam

1. POEA License, there are a number of steps that a would-be recruitment agency must go through before a license is released. First you would need to have proof that you actually have employers abroad that you will match locals with, this is hard to fake as the POEA checks extensively the background of the off-shore employers

2. Up-front fees. some “POEA Agencies” will chrage you an upfront fee – from $50 to a few thousand dollars these fees should be thoroughly perused before paying them. Many agencies are paid by the off-shore employers a finders fee for getting them the right employee. In fact this is the industry standard, if a company in Saudi needs an oil-driller, they contact the POEA and then the POEA gives a list of manpower agencies, the agencies then submit a list of workers and the companies choose the workers, when the workers are hired the agency gets paid. Beware of up-front fees

3. Migration / Immigration offices that offer jobs abroad, these fall into a gray area as these offices do not have a POEA license to disburse jobs, they are just migration experts who are sometimes(unwittingly) tied up with scam agencies

All in all just use common sense to weed out the false from the true when it comes to POEA “accredited agencies” – check their license right of the bat to see if they are legit

Source by Erie Capipe


Packing For a Ski Vacation – How Best to Pack For a Ski Vacation

When it comes to vacations, few are as fun and exciting as a ski trip. The cold air slicing against your cheeks as you rush down the hill. The hot cup of coffee or tea in the lodge after a long day on the slopes. Not to mention the cute ski instructors. And if you're getting ready to go on a ski vacation, one of the most important things to consider is this; what will you be taking with you in your suit.

The first thing to consider is where you'll be staying. Is it a high-class resort with big bathrobes, towels, and those cute little soap bars? Or is it a more rustic, down home place where you're expected to bring your own towels and toiletries? Be sure to call the resort you'll be staying at prior to your ski vacation to find out.

Another consideration is how far a walk between your cabin, and the main lodge. If it's a bit of a hike, you may want to bring an extra coat, smaller than your ski suit, for getting from your cabin to the main lodge. You do not want to have only one coat on a ski vacation.

You may want to look into what sort of attractions your resort features. For instance, if there's a hot tub, you'll want to bring your bathing suit. You'll also want to ask if any special parties or events are planned, or if there's a club nearby that you might want to visit. In that case, you'll want to bring something dressier on your ski vacation. And do not forget about exercise classes like yoga, or boxing. You may want to take part in a class if one is available, so bring along any equipment you might need.

Do not forget about any prescriptions or vitamins your might take. It's best to only take the exact number you'll need while you're gone, in case they get lost.

And, homesickness can happen, even to adults. So bring along your pillow, or your favorite mug. Just a little something from home can be a big comfort.

Finally, another important thing to consider is food. Is there a restaurant in the main lodge? Is it going to be cost effective for you to eat there every day? Is there a good place to grab snacks? Is there a kitchen in your personal cabin? It's typically a good idea to bring along a few of your favorite snacks, just in case. Few things are worse than a hunger pang when the restaurant is already closed.

It's always a good idea to call your ski vacation resort with any questions you may have. They should be happy to try to help you.

Nothing can ruin a great vacation like going unprepared. But, hopefully if you follow these tips, you can have a terrific ski vacation.

Source by Holly Hall


Advantages of Shuttle Services

Airport shuttle services are really important if you're going to be away from town for a long time and you have no one to drive you to the airport because you can not leave your car parked at the airport for months even if its security is top notch.

There are plenty of different kinds of airport shuttle services and the most common of them would be the one wherein rides are shared with fellow passengers so as to keep the overall costs low. Also, there are plenty of companies that offer private service in passenger vans whereas others even give you the luxury of hiring a limousine – but, the price would vary accordingly as well.

Advantages of hiring an airport shuttle service

There are plenty of advantages of hiring an airport shuttle service rather than a city cab and some of them include:

They're affordable

Shuttle services are usually on a sharing basis as already mentioned and since they turn out to be a whole lot cheaper than renting a cab. Moreover, they're specialized in getting you to the airport and hence you reach on time.

Reliability is another factor

Most services even have an online schedule available wherein you would be able to see where the shuttle is. Also, you would be able to tell them where and when you need them to arrive and they promise to be there at least ten minutes ahead of time.

They're comfortable

Every city has different kinds of services and in some cases they could even be trains and the subway. When you're traveling via shuttle services they would take care of your luggage and hence you would be able to travel to the airport stress free rather than worrying about your luggage.

Sightseeing at the same time?

If you're in a new city you would surely enjoy a few services that offer tours while they're getting you to your hotel room or from your hotel room to the airport. These trips are amazing and you would certainly enjoy it.

You can be classy if you wish

As already mentioned, even though most of the shuttle services are on a shared basis, you have the option to hire private shuttles in vehicles of your choice. When it comes to private shuttles, the most common options would be vans, however there are plenty of services that now also offer you rides in limousines.

Source by Abhishek Kumar Khandelwal


Discount Airline Tickets – How Can You Save Money on Your Next Flight?

You may be surprised to find out that discount airline tickets are not that hard to come by at all. Whether you want to book your flight far in advance or at the last minute, you can find some good deals. Keep in mind that some deals are limited, so if you're presented with a good offer, you should take it before it expires. The only problem with last minute tickets though is that they are sold as is, meaning you can not get a refund.

The advantage of booking as far in advance as you possibly can is that you may be able to get a discount voucher later on if the price of your ticket goes down. Many people do not know this, but it does happen all the time. You can either get a voucher to use on your next flight or part of your payment refunded to you.

Another way to get discount airline tickets is to bid on them at sites such as Priceline. You can choose your own price, put it forward, and wait to see if any travel agencies and airline companies will agree to your price. Do not be too cheap, now, or your offer will end up being rejected. If it's restored, you'll have to wait a couple of days before you can try again.

You can also check out websites like Travelocity and Expedia. Many times airlines will offer cheap tickets through them. Just fill out some information, such as your location, destination, and travel dates and you'll receive some free quotes. If you're willing to take a flight that has a stop or two, you can save some money. While nonstop flights are the most convenient, you probably will not find any discount airline tickets for them.

Source by Nadav Snir


Plane Ticket Prices – Ways to Find the Best Deals

There are more people than ever traveling further afield and looking for plane ticket prices that are affordable to the average traveler. However, there are a number of ways to find good discounts when looking for flight tickets. Here are a few tips to help you.

Pre-owned Tickets .

Purchasing pre-owned tickets offers one method of getting a very good discount on plane ticket prices. Travelers often have to cancel their travel plans because of unforeseen circumstances and sometimes their tickets are non-refundable. Often they will use internet auction sites such as eBay or sometimes the classified ads in their local newspapers to recover some of their plane ticket prices by selling them quite cheap. One problem with this strategy is that you will have to transfer your name onto the ticket for which there is a small fee.

Fly Non-direct.

Most travelers prefer to fly direct to their destination for obvious reasons but this is often an expensive way to travel. However, if you are prepared to take a flight that stops at another airport en-route to yours you could find a good deal on your plane ticket prices. Airline companies offer discounts to anyone who is willing to complete both legs of the journey so that they do not have to sell a ticket for the same seat twice.

Secrets Of The Air Travel Industry.

Members of the air travel industry have, for many years, enjoyed heavily discounted plane ticket prices and very often free upgrades by using methods kept secret from the general public. If you could find someone who works in the air travel industry, sometimes a friend of a friend or relative who is willing to give up those secrets, then you too could enjoy cheap luxury air travel all over the world. But of course not many of them are willing to give up their secrets.

Source by Martin Ford


Understanding Job Roles in the Travel Industry

The travel and tourism industry is one of the largest venues to seek employment. There are umpteen numbers of occupations within this sector, and depending upon your education level or preference you can find a rewarding job. Travel and tourism is for those who like to travel themselves a lot. If you are familiar with a particular region of the world or your country, you can aspire to become a visitor information official in a travel agency. Unlike other occupations, you can find a job anywhere around the world, and that is a major advantage to those who are planning to enter this industry.

A degree in geography will generally help you, but, it is not an absolute necessity. Within the visitor information section of travel profession there are many positions – Product Manager, Marketing Manager, Marketing Coordinator, Retail Travel Consultant, Reservation Sales Agent, Administrative Assistant and Receptionist, although this is not an exhaustive list. Depending on where you live, job titles may vary.

More about Product Managers job

  • They are primarily responsible for putting together a brochure for the travel agent to sell. He or sheathers the required data on destinations and other information.
  • They are responsible for negotiating rates with hotels and those who provide accommodation, transportation, cab services and other essentials services to travelers.
  • To become a successful Product Manager, you must hone your negotiation skills. The better you are at it, the better you get paid. If you are multi-lingual it can help you succeed beyond your expectations.

More about Marketing Managers job

  • Marketing managers must be strategic thinkers. They will be primarily responsible for creating awareness among travelers about the various products their company has to offer.
  • He will also be responsible for analyzing trends and customer preferences, their spending capacities and focusing the selling effort. They will be required to have an knowledge knowledge about what people from particular regions like and do not like.
  • He will be responsible for distributing brochures through a team of assistants. It helps to work as an assistant before aspiring to become a Marketing Manager. A degree of persuasive skill is a basic necessity.
  • He or she must be comfortable in speaking in more than one language. Taking a short course in some foreign language usually helps to accomplish the selling task.

More about Marketing Coordinator Job

  • Typically a Marketing Coordinator job is above that of a Marketing Manager, and their main function is to see that marketing is done seamlessly. They will usually have more than couple Marketing Managers under their control.
  • They will be required to train Marketing Managers and the team below in understanding the company's products. They will have to provide directions to the marketing team in finding customers.
  • He or she must be very creative and have a keen eye for details. They must be able to foresee changes in travelers' preferences and where they wish to travel. Usually they are also responsible for giving feedback to Product Managers for designing future travel products.

More about Retail Travel Consultants Job

  • They are responsible for dealing with customers face to face and in planning their itinerary.
  • They will also have to advice prospective traveler about the various options available to them to stay within a budget.
  • They should be fully conversant with hotel rates, availability of rooms and accommodations. They must also be able to advise travelers on the right time to travel to a particular destination.
  • They must be particularly persuasive in their approach and have good skills in managing customers. Some knowledge of travelers' psychology helps.

More about Reservation Sales Agents Job

  • The come in the scene very much after a deal is concluded by the selling team. They will be responsible for arranging and booking accommodation, rail, air and road travel tickets with the transport contractors.
  • Post booking, they will have to coordinate with tour guides to see that everything is moving seamlessly.
  • Reservation Sales Agents are also required to keep in direct touch with resort owners and hotel managements to see that everything is moving according to a plan.

A degree in tourism or geography can help to rise in the company's hierarchy. Tourism is not a 9 to 5 activity and therefore those who are planning to take their plunge into this industry must be prepared to toil it out day and night. Post retirement, workers can choose to become travel guides or choose to start a travel consultant agency.

Source by Shanmugam Ramalingam


Traveling in Your Host Country For ESL Teachers

Teaching ESL overseas is a challenge. One of the first challenges with teaching abroad is transportation in your host country. Apart from the United States and Canada most countries use public transportation or mass transit to move their population around. If you have a chance to go to New York or Chicago then use those cities' to practice in before you go. Chicago has the elevated trains for commuters as well as regular trains and buses. New York has the subway and share taxis. Theses share taxis typically follow a route and hold from six to twenty people depending on how many they can shove in.

In the Philippines they are called Jeepnease. In Turkey they are called Dolmush. They will usually take you on routes off of the standard transportation routes that buses follow but not always. Many young people will recognize you as a foreigner and want to practice their English conversation skill with you. Some of them learn English online for free and need a native speaker to practice their conversation skills. They will often be very helpful if you need it.

Buses are a common mode of transportation for between cities. Most countries buses are fantastic. Some even have stewards to serve tea and snacks during the journey. The bathroom facilities on public transportation can be pretty bad so go for you go. Also, always have the necessary hygiene products and anti-diarrhea medicine with you at all times. Door knobs, handles and other peoples' hands are a leading way that you will get sick so wash them, wash them and wash them again after traveling. Bus lines will often give you the option of buying a one way or round trip ticket. Always buy the round trip ticket. You may want to take a detour on your trip but at least you have a way home. If buses seats are not sold many times that run will be canceled potentially leaving you stranded.

Taxis are last on the list because of expense and the isolation that they create between you and the local culture. First they are expensive on an ESL teacher's salary. Even if they are affordable, it is very easy to get taken by a driver fwho didnt turn on the meter or took you for a joy ride and wants full fair. This can break your budget in one bad cab ride. However, keep enough money in your pocket to jump in one during a blizzard or other emergency. The second and more important reason to avoid taxis is that it isolates you from the local culture. The other teachers and the students will be on public transportation. Many good relationships were born and new things learned by talking in the line at the station or bus stop. It also shows them that you are not better than they are but one of them.

The only mode of transportation that you do not want to buy local are your footwear. Have at least two pairs of shoes that have good support that you can stand in all day while you teach and then walk five miles in. You will be happier and healthier for them. Learning to use and ride the local transportation is in your best financial and social interest.

Source by George Bellas


Discount Contemporary Furniture

When talking about contemporary furniture, most people assume it must be as expensive as be out of the reach of everyone but the wealthiest. Well, believe it or not, that is absolutely not the case. True, there may be a few collections or individual pieces, mostly imported, that are likely to burn a hole in any but the richest pockets, but this is more of an exception than a rule. Those with tighter budgets and smaller wallets will be happy to know there are plenty of options for them as well, such as discount contemporary furniture.

Many furniture stores across the country sell contemporary furniture at discounted and affordable prices. The products are aimed at people who wish to add that contemporary feel to their home without finding it necessary to rob a bank in order to do so.

Discount contemporary furniture stores sell almost all pieces of contemporary furniture, such as sofas, chairs, tables, beds, entertainment centers, cushions, nightstands, cabinets, etc. at greatly reduced prices. Many stores also sell discount contemporary furniture meant for office use, such as computer desks, chairs, file drawers, chairs, tables, etc.

In spite of what many people believe, cheaper furniture does not necessarily translate to poor quality. In fact, most of the furniture displayed at these stores is made by some well-known manufacturers such as Zocalo, Ital Art, American Drew, Wesley Allen, Fairmont Designs and Trica Furniture. It’s just that these stores choose to provide these contemporary furniture pieces at discounted rates, mostly with the hope that an increased volume of sales will offset the losses caused by offering discounts.

For those involved in the hunt for discount contemporary furniture, walking up and down numerous stores in search of affordable furniture is passé. All one has to do is turn to the Internet. At the click of a mouse, one has access to hundreds of online discount furniture “stores,” including those that sell contemporary furniture. Buying the stuff one needs can be done without having to get up from the comfort of the chair.

Source by Kent Pinkerton


Tips For Finding A Cheap Air Travel Fare

No matter where you are headed, finding a cheap air travel fare is easy to do. When it comes to cheap air travel there are certain steps you need to take to ensure you are getting the best deal for the best seat. What most people do not know is that every seat can be booked at a huge discount. Now that you know every seat is capable of being discounted let me tell you exactly how you can get them.

The first thing you need to try is simply calling the airline themselves and asking for any unsold seats. All airlines do not like to wait to see if the flight will be booked or not and therefore will book callers in seats that are open. What you need to know here is that most airlines will try to place you in middle seats since those have a very hard time filling but just tell them you will not sit in a middle seat and everything should go smoothly.

Another way you can get cheap air travel fares is by signing up for a mileage program that all airlines have. The way you need to do this is by signing up at the counter because the clerks will get commission if they sign you up and when they do this they are more likely to give you a discount on your flight if it is not already paid for. What I like to do since I fly a lot is through my air miles and make it look like if I do not get a deal that I will not fly with them. That day will come when you have enough air miles to do that, but for the time being stick to the simpler methods.

Another tip that I have is to book your air travel with a credit card company. Doing this will normally get you a higher ticket class and sometimes better seats. And best of all booking with a credit card company usually gives you cash back on the flight. When I first used this method I had an American Express card that got me a first class seat going and coming and after my cash back and the discount the flight was less than half what a coach flight would have cost if I would not have used the credit card to book the air fare.

Always remember these few tips to getting a cheap air travel fare. If you want even more tips then check out these tips to get extremely cheap airline tickets .

Source by Adam Snyder


Cheap Air Tickets – Best Tips on How to Save Some Money for Airline Fare

It is no doubt that times are not that easy now, particularly with finances and with this not-so-good condition of the economy, it is but practical that individuals become familiar on ways that can help them obtain cheap air tickets in the event that traveling is something that needs to be part of things to do. Of course, a lot of people have come to grips with the benefits of booking as early as months before their trip to enjoy the rewards of waiting for promos and other cheap offers by travel agencies and airline companies. Just like all other problems, there is always a solution in your desire to fly cheap coupled booking in advance as your first in your long list of tips to get hold of affordable travel deals.

One of the most possible ways that you can do to obtain cheap air tickets is to fly during weekdays particularly during Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Additionally, you can also opt for the first flight during the morning; however, some are not taking this chance because of the need to wake up too early in the morning when others are still snoring with pleasure on their beds. However, if you put some sensible thinking into this, you can still be able to catch up on your sleep while you head to your destination, although it is undeniable that the quality of your sleep in the airline seat is not as paramount as that in your own bed; but still you can sleep, right?

If you will need to buy last minute travel tickets during emergencies, you can also get cheap air tickets if you use the same airline going to and from your destination. If you carefully evaluate, you would notice that this doing so would turn out that you bought your air ticket cheaper than when you use different airlines.

In case you are not aware, flying out of larger airports is way cheaper than heading for small, local airports. If this means larger discounts, well, why not consider this instead? In addition to that, asking your travel agent about cheaper airlines in case you need to travel within the country only is another cheaper option to concentrate on.

Another tip is to make your itinerary flexible because the rates at odd timings are almost always way cheaper than traveling with a fixed itinerary. Also, asking for multiple connecting flights although not that convenient would help you save money for paying your airline ticket. Keep in mind that the more stop-over you have, the greater saving you will enjoy when it comes to the total cost of your ticket.

Do keep in mind that traveling is a fun and worthy experience to be for business or pleasure, which should not be bothered with the need to buy pricey airline tickets. There is a way to deal with this by means of buying cheap air tickets. It just takes time and effort as well as dedicated research for you to get the best travel deals possible. Bon Voyage!

Source by Tono Ruggeri


Getting a Ticket in a Rental Car – Are There Additional Fees Or Fines?

When driving a rental car, there is a question that looms in the mind of the renter. One of those questions is, “What happens if I get a ticket?” That is a very good question because the car is not in the renter’s name. The car is in the name of the rental car company. This means things can get a bit complicated, depending on the company that you’re using. Sure, it is simple to say that you just shouldn’t do anything to get a ticket. However, it isn’t always that easy.

Getting the ticket

So let’s say you get a parking ticket. You didn’t mean to. You just simply didn’t see a sign or parked at a parking meter and forgot to pay it. So you go home, write a check, and mail the payment for your ticket to the city. However, you find a couple weeks later that you receive a letter from the rental car company telling you the ticket has not been paid. You know you paid it, so you call the city and they tell you that they received the payment. You then call the rental car company and you find out that they will charge a fee to you for you having to pass their contact information to the city that has issued you the ticket. This is because it is then on their record that one of their cars received a parking ticket. The catch to this is the fact that the officer issuing the ticket has to take down the VIN and license plate numbers on the car, which are registered under the rental car company.

Sometimes, the only way a fee is assessed is if the car rental company pays the fee and then they pass on the cost to the customer. However, in an instance where you pay the ticket and the car rental company contacts you, chances are they have not checked to see if the ticket was paid. These companies receive thousands of tickets per day and do not have the manpower to check if each and every ticket was paid. When the municipality that issued the ticket contacts the rental car company about a citation, they automatically assume that the ticket was not paid. Sometimes you can fax a receipt from the original payment to the car rental company to have your money refunded. However, the car rental company will charge a fee.

If you receive a speeding ticket, then the penalty is against you and not the car you are driving. Your personal driver’s license is involved. The police do check the plates to ensure everything is in check, but it is you who has to pay the penalty and not the car rental company. In fact, the car rental company may not be notified that such a citation occurred in one of their cars. The only way is if something happens you do not pay your fine. If the car rental company has to get involved in that case, then you can expect some kind of additional cost.


There are no exceptions to parking tickets, but the one exception regarding a speeding ticket being against you and not the car is in the case you are caught speeding on camera. If the camera catches you speeding, the authorities use the license plate number to find out where to send the ticket. The rental car company gets the ticket. They may pay it, but will pass the cost and a fee on to you for taking care of it. Yes, it is good to be careful, but it is also good to know how you can be ticketed in a rental car just in case it happens to you.

Source by Amy Nutt


Pet Peeves of Flight Attendants

Those of you who fly frequently undoubtedly have all sorts of pet peeves: the screaming child two rows up, the toddler repeatedly kicking your chair, the in-flight magazine with the crossword already done…in pen. Yes, flying is full of things that can make you fly off the handle, but you’re not the only ones with pet peeves: stewardesses and stewards have them too. This is important to you, the traveler, as you want to remain on their good side. The following is a list of ways to anger the in-flight help and possibly be asked to leave.

Unwarranted Pushing of the Call Button: The call button isn’t something you should push frequently…if ever. Instead of pushing it for unnecessary things – such as asking for a seventh beer – reserve it for essential things, like asking for a barf bag. Remember, whenever you constantly push the stewardess call button, you are ultimately pushing the stewardess’s buttons.

Asking them to do things you can do yourself: Asking a steward to retrieve a pillow from the overhead compartment as you hold a sleeping baby in your arms is one thing, asking a steward to retrieve a pillow from the overhead compartment because you are too lazy to get up is a whole different ballgame. Stewards and stewardesses are busy people; there are only a few of them and a lot of passengers. Cut them a break and don’t expect them to do things you could more easily do yourself.

Complaining about things beyond their control: Sure, flying has its share of discomfort – the turbulence, the affect of altitude on your ear drums, the air sickness rumbling in your stomach – but the second you purchase a plane ticket, you agree to these discomforts. Complaining to the stewardesses about things that are beyond their control is completely futile. Telling the stewardess that you are angry your flight took off twenty minutes late will get you nowhere, unless that very stewardess happens to have a time machine.

Being Rude: Ah, rudeness; so prevalent yet so pointless. There are few things that will get you on the bad side of a flight attendant quicker than being rude. Chances are the stewards and stewardesses are doing things as efficiently and quickly as they can. Be patient, be polite and make “please” and “thank you” part of your vocabulary.

Ignoring Instructions: When a flight attendant explains how to put on an oxygen mask, there is a reason. When a flight attendant asks you to put your tray table up, there is a reason. When a flight attendant tells you to turn off your electronics during take off, there is a reason. Instead of ignoring the reasons, and ignoring the flight attendant, simply do what they ask and listen to what they say; they know what they are talking about: they have more experience flying than you do.

Flying can test the patience of anyone, even a monk. But it still remains the most convenient form of travel. Instead of being rude or relying on the flight attendants for far too many things, cut them some slack and do your part to keep the friendly skies just that.

Source by Jennifer Jordan