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Category Archives: Travel

Pay Less for Luxury Lodging

1. Modify your searches for booking engines. Manually convert “one room” to “one adult”. In Europe, the good news is that such solo prices for lodging are common. Once you change from 2 to 1 adult, prices may drop 40%.

2. For short trips, vacation mid-week. When everyone else is back-to-school or back to work, you can take advantage of reduced traffic discounts.

3. Consider ways to save on meals. I found a great room rate at a 5-star Nordic hotel. However, I skipped the $110 dollar dinner on-site for a trip to a local deli for about $10.

4. Check out pre-season deals. These are most common at ski resorts. The fabled Lodge at Sun Valley (subject of a classic film) has had really reduced rates just prior to the Dec. 22 holiday influx.

5. Don’t bypass the famous names assuming they are too costly. One great such option is the 5-star Grand Hotel in Stockholm, Sweden. They now offer a solo priced room. (Always check the size to see if it is a standard/double room or a smaller single room.)

Hotel Ready for the Millennial Traveler

Technology is their life force

Technology is to Millennials what water is to fish – life itself. The perks that most of us consider good to have – Internet, Wi-fi, hi-speed mobile data – are essential to their way of living.

What this means for hotels

According to a report, almost 71% of Millennial travelers considered free Wi-fi an important factor when choosing a hotel. So hotels, pull up your socks and put the technology in place for them. Or they’re likely to walk up to your competitor and book a room with them.

Millennials love their smartphones

‘Technology at your fingertips’ is an expression that’s taken very seriously by the Millennials. He is likely to go for hours without food and water, but not without checking his smartphone. He works, plays, chats, networks, writes emails, watches videos, and stays up to date on news using his phone. Other more complicated actions like booking tickets, making hotel arrangements, and paying bills can also be competently handled by his handset.

What this means for hotels

It’s absolutely imperative that hotels invest in superior mobile technology, starting with a website that adapts to different screen sizes and resolutions. With more than half of millennial travelers using mobile devices to discover and book hotels, the hospitality industry is paying a heavy price for not investing in a mobile responsive website. You might also want to consider getting an app for your hotel, to facilitate functions like mobile check in, check out, payments, and en-cashing loyalty points.

Millennials are ‘social’ creatures

Generation Y is often criticized for shirking the forms of social interaction that their parents were fond of. They’re considered aloof, standoffish, and a little bit asocial. But the truth is that Millennials do tend to connect to each other, just not in ways that are familiar to us. The online world, especially social media, takes precedence in their social life. Facebook, Twitter, What’sApp, GChat, and Snapchat is where they hang out, check in, upload pictures, start conversations, and share details of their life.

What this means for hotels

Given that social media is one of the biggest influencing factors in the life of a Millennial, hotels must make a concerted effort to have a presence on various platforms. In fact, they must go beyond the token Facebook and Instagram page and build a community online. Reach out to your audience, engage them, solve their problems, and invite them to leave reviews. An active social media profile inspires confidence among Millennials and is likely to win you brownie points in the long run.

Amazing Honeymoon Luxury Cruises

The moment you step into the cruise, you would feel the difference. Apart from the warm welcome that you receive, you would also get plenty of assistance from the crew members. They would show you the way to your suite, which is indeed very luxurious with spacious bedrooms and washrooms along with a balcony, so that you can enjoy the real beauty of the sea. In addition to that, the range of food that you would get from these luxury cruises is also something that you would simply fall in love with here.

There are many luxury lines that would give you an option in the selection of the food. These cruises have many restaurants, bars even lounges. Therefore, while you are at the cruise, you can visit any of these in accordance to your needs. Surprisingly, you would also find theatres at night for your entertainment. It can be a beautiful night in the luxury cruises with casinos, night clubs and celebration. You can also avail the facilities of fitness centers or swimming pools in these cruises. Thus, you can spend time with your partner here as and when you want. In fact, it is true that you would get the perfect charm of relaxation when you are on a cruise honeymoon trip.

There are many special packages that are offered by the luxury cruises. You would have the freedom to make your own choice in terms of the package selection, as well as, the selection of the activity in which you will enjoy. Thus, this can give the best ever experience to you and your partner, and you would cherish this trip throughout your life. Thus, it is high time that you select the destination for your honeymoon and make planning in advance. This would be the best gift that you can give to yourself and your partner.

Galapagos Islands

For safety reasons and to enhance your cruise experience, avoid the Galapagos area in September as the waters are very rough. Not only will this increase the chance of seasickness, but it also prevents you from being able to dive.

In order to dive in the Galapagos, travelers must be certified and experienced in diving. Currents can make diving dangerous, especially the South Equatorial Current in the eastern and central islands, the North Equatorial Current in the northern islands, and the Cromwell Current in western and central islands. If you are certified and plan to dive, be sure to bring a high-quality underwater camera so you can capture the unique underwater wildlife of the Islands.

Speaking of photography, the area itself is a very casual destination and photographers of all skill levels find themselves thrilled with the extensive photo opportunities. Animals in the Galapagos area are curious and people-friendly, so it is easy to capture incredible photos.

Spanish is the primary language spoken on inhabited Galapagos Islands. While there are no indigenous people, the islands are inhabited primarily by Ecuadorian Mestizos, descendents of Spanish colonists and indigenous Native Americans from Ecuador. The population has increased from around 2,000 in the 1950’s to around 25,000 people located over five islands today.

Galapagos Islands Cruise Itineraries

Cruise itineraries to the Galapagos Islands can vary from 3 – 12 days, depending on your budget and how much you want to see. The islands that appear on your cruise itinerary may depend on the National Park Service, but a tour of the Galapagos Islands often includes:

Bartolome – Bartolome Island is a volcanic islet off the coast of Santiago and boasts mangrove forests and golden sands. This island is one of the few that is home to the Galapagos penguins, the only penguins to live on the equator and is also a great place to snorkel.

Santiago – The first island discovered in the Caribbean by Columbus, Santiago is the home of sea and land turtles, flamingos and many other birds, and sea creatures such as the Galapagos fur seals.

Santa Cruz – Hosting the largest human population, Santa Cruz is home to the Charles Darwin Research Station, and visitors are welcome to view the giant wild tortoises in the mossy highlands.

Isabela – Named in honor of Queen Isabella, this seahorse shaped island offers beautiful beaches, saltwater lagoons, and caves. The equator runs across the island and Puerto Villamil is located at the southeastern tip of the island.

Fernandina – The youngest and westernmost island in the Galapagos, this area offers an iguana haven and views of volcanoes.

Floreana – Enjoy snorkeling with sea lions in crystal waters off Champion Islet and stroll the white sands beaches to see sea turtles, flamingos, and a variety of other shore birds.

Espanola – The oldest island in the Galapagos, Espnola is very remote which means it has a large number of endemic species including the lava lizard, mockingbird, and tortoise.April through December offers the chance to see waved albatross and colorful iguanas. This island is home to Darwin’s finches, sea lions, and blue-footed boobies.

Selecting Hotel at a Tourist Place

1. The first work you will do is to filter and sort hotels on the basis of facilities they provide and the budget you can afford. First of all, put in the name of the city and the date on which you need to book a hotel.

2. After filtering date and locations wise, now you can sort resorts amenity wise. There are hotels which offer free Wi-Fi services, parking and swimming facilities to guests. I for myself will always select a hotel offering these amenities.

3. If you are travelling along with your family then you can look for a family hotel in the city and travel with a Girlfriend or wife, then you can look for a “romantic” type of hotel.

4. A good hotel is one that is located close to the airport and has decent road and rail links. Although these resorts mention these details in their description, it is not possible for a traveller to read the description of each hotel.

5. There are some hotels booking sites that show hotels on a single map. You can use their map to find a hotel that meets your travel requirements.

6. Some people intentionally look for a hotel that offers its guests free breakfast while as others don’t consider free breakfast as that much important. Similarly, some homestay have free Wi-Fi service for guests. If you really need internet then only makes it a deciding factor.

Samoa Tourism

Beautiful Landscape: Samoa is ranked among the most beautiful islands in the world. The cascading waterfalls falling in the natural ponds will win your heart. The beauty of tropical rainforest intact with natural flora and fauna is breathtaking and you cannot miss the beauty fringing above and below the sea level. Samoa offers beauty that is completely untouched and unspoiled.

Adventure: Samoa is a group of islands located in the center region of the pacific and with water all around, offers umpteen sports activities. You can enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling, water scooter and much more. Samoa is the only place that offers you a swim with turtles in the sapphire water. The coral reefs provide copious variety of fishes and other aquatic life that will get engrossed in your heart.

Ceremonies: Samoa is brimming with natural life and culture. You can get glimpse of the local culture and life. There are many festivals, social gatherings and rituals that you can be a part of, while your stay in Samoa. There are many hotels in Samoa that offer you a peep into the lives of locals. Samoan people are welcoming and overwhelming traditional ceremonies that highlight the culture of people. Tourists have the chance to participate in these ceremonies like fire knife dance and special game.

Spirituality: Samoans have rich culture and they love the way they live. The traditional practices that guide the way people live enrich their soul. Tourists not only appreciate the culture, but also indulge in the practices to learn a moral outlook.

Amazing Cuisine: Samoa is also known for its amazing delicacies. The sea food that you eat is all fresh and all the fishes and prawns are caught the same day only. If you want a unique meal then enjoy these native dishes in the dining hotels in Samoa. These dishes are clubbed with fresh vegetables and fruits grown in the island.

Luxury Gulet Cruises

First let’s get down to the basics- a gulet is a traditional Mediterranean ship that was used mostly by traders and sometimes by fishermen. These traditional boats were made of wood and their length was their main characteristic. The modern day gulets are in no way different in shape but what has changed is that now they are designed more like luxury cruises and are used as such. No longer are gulets the choice of fishermen and traders, but they are mostly used for luxury cruises by holiday makers for a holiday out in the beautiful waters of the Mediterranean.

But other than the Mediterranean only, Turkey also offers the uniquely European coasts of the Adriatic Sea. This side of the Turkish coasts goes by the name of Croatian Blue and the highlights of this region are the medieval European cities and coasts like Dalmatia, Dubrovnik, Korcula and Krka Waterfalls, etc.

The historic legacy of Turkey can’t be visited in a single day and for that travellers need to charter gulet cruises Turkey. These cruises come in two varieties, one in which you book one along with some other travellers which will keep you in a group. The other one is in which you charter a single cruise where you can spend some real quality time with your near and dear ones. The latter is among the most popular ones as it guarantees immense peace and quiet along with great service and facilities. Be it snorkelling in the clear waters of Turquoise Bay, hiking on some secluded Mediterranean Islands or visiting some historic town on the coasts, Luxury gulet cruises in turkey have all the ingredients for a successful and memorable holiday.

You can find a whole host of gulet holidays Turkey and tour operators on the internet who have a variety of great deals on sale. Check customer reviews and testimonials in the site to better understand the reputation of the site. Before booking any Gulet Cruises Holidays turkey prepare an itinerary for the trip and map out the places that you want to visit. Then accordingly search for the tour provider that gives the best deal on your itinerary and then book it. Have a great holiday!!

Holidaying In Wayanad

The views I get to enjoy from my accommodation facility is one of the things that I carefully consider. I love natural surroundings and considering that Wayanad has plenty of that in store; it is not that hard to find the homestay of my dreams. To enjoy he gardens and coffee plantations that are simply breathtaking, I choose estate stays. The estate Homestays not only offer stunning views, but also offer very comfortable lounging for my mornings and evenings. There is really nothing as fulfilling as sitting to relax before or after a day filled with activities.

I do make solo trips but I particularly love travelling with family and friends. Wayanad Homestays are accommodating considering that they come in different sizes to meet the needs of a travelling group. The villas here make the perfect selection for me when I am in the company of a number of people. They are not only spacious but also fully serviced ensuring that everyone enjoys the stay without any disruptions. I forget that I am away from home when in a villa; the homely feel just makes every minute enjoyable.

Wayanad offers so many stay options and considering how comfortable they are made to be, it is very easy to overspend or overstay. To make sure that I get the best from my stay here, I make a point of choosing a Homestay that I can afford for the length of my holiday without necessarily compromising on the service quality. Fortunately, with so many Homestays in this place, a little comparison and searching always lands me on a facility that has everything I love enjoying during my holiday at very affordable rates. Checking out the options beforehand also helps me in packing only things I need because most are provided for in the Homestays.

Beware Solo Travelers

A gentle reminder dear travel lover – Do your research on tour operators credentials first! Choose one with a proven track record of reliability. How? Carefully read their company profile. Is the company Owner-run or is it presented through a travel agent who doesn’t want the expense nor responsibility of being the Principal? Is it a cheesy website with template blocks to cut and paste in your contact details, looking like something designed by a teenager? Be extra cautious if stock photos are inserted instead of real people who actually traveled with this company.

Ask how long the tour operator has been in business. A year or less, I’d run. Are they fully licensed and bonded? Do they have IATA license and other credentials? Any reports to the Better Business Bureau is a huge red flag. Find reviews on Google. If an emergency happens, does the company have insurance to protect you? Understand that countless tour operators go out of business each year. What protection do you have if you paid for a trip in full and they close shop a week before you depart?

Consider companies that have successfully sent groups around the world for a long time. Look for repeat travelers. Check out their website to feel the passion and integrity that comes from their information. See that they use Non-Stock Photos showing real people on their trips. Glance over hundreds of happy testimonials, each honest and trustworthy. Invest the time in researching who you’ll book with. Find a company that will deliver what they promised. After all, it is your investment in a thrilling adventure to provide you forever memories.

Caribbean Travel Agent

Since 1998, Caribbean travel agents have been sending vacationers to the islands. For the ultimate convenience, they offer you online booking for all kinds of vacation whether you want to book it yourself or have one of their Caribbean travel agents book for you. offers Last Minute Caribbean Vacation Deals, so if you’re looking to save up to 60% on your next vacation, book right here. All last minute plans are designed to fit your budget, including even round trip airfare, hotel, and taxes.

But if you’ve already picked out where you want to stay in the Caribbean, why not customize your own vacation to get the most complete package you can have? Their Caribbean travel agents will help you choose the packages offering the best deals, with round trip airfare, hotel, and taxes, as well as hotel transfers in specific islands.

Aha! Here’s one site that sounds interesting. Go nuts on Caribbean beaches by booking a vacation with any of is Caribbean travel agents. Nothing quite compares to a beach vacation, don’t you agree? makes it easy for you to find a beach vacation rental. Not only that, if you’re an owner of a rental yourself, this provides the most efficient way for owners like you to market and rent your property. The site features over 2,000 vacation rentals, private beach homes, villas, condos and luxury beachfront homes for you to choose from.

Contact this travel agent now to find and book your ideal vacation rental, all privately owned and located in various exciting beach destinations, spanning the United States, the Caribbean, the Bahamas, South Pacific, Europe is indeed, the whole world.

Eh voila! Parlez-vous Francois? Non? Oh well, me neither. Ah, but no worries because the Caribbean travel agents at the speak perfectly good English. Choose from their range of vacation packages, from Martinique travel to Guadeloupe travel and several more destinations in the French side of the West Indies.

As the first online travel agency offering travels in and from the French West Indies, offers you the best hotel rates in Guadeloupe, Marie-Galante, the Saintes, Martinique, Saint BArts, and Saint Martins. In addition to their already special offers, this Caribbean travel agent also provides flexible and affordable etailor-madeĆ­ travel service for travel enthusiasts.

This Caribbean travel agent makes it easier for you to choose which hotel to book by offering you their Most Booked Hotels and Lodgings, plus wallpapers showing you the best ocean view of the island.