Tips for choosing the right travel agent

Posted on 03 January 2018 (0)

Planning a trip is not an easy deal. There’s plenty of factors involved, such as accommodation, airfare, food and activities, and you also need both good contacts and a little bit of luck in order to find a deal or a package that suits your needs. If you’re planning a trip by yourself, you also have to coordinate two, three or even four different things: departure and arrival time, transport to your hotel or resort, length of your stay, and other things.

Luckily for you, there are plenty of travel agents that aim to help people plan their travels, so that travelers don’t have to worry about anything but enjoying the trip. However, since there are many of these agents, you might find these tips for choosing the right one helpful!

 

 

Browse before you pick

It’s not a wise choice to pick the first travel agent you stumble upon online or on a travel guide. Make a thorough search and try to list several agents you find interesting, with their contact information and any important reviews if you can find. Make sure you also look for some of the most relevant packages on the destination you’re going to, to know whether you’re getting a good deal  or not with a particular agent and be able to choose upon that.

Pay attention to the fares

Travel agents usually charge a commission, fee or fare for organizing and planning your trip: it’s their job, after all. However, make sure the agent you pick has reasonable fees for their services, because using the services of an agent shouldn’t leave you on a hard financial situation. Ask for cancellation fees, taxes and any other hidden commission they might not be telling you about. If you feel that an agent is charging way too much, don’t hesitate to change to another one, or even try to plan the trip yourself if you decide you want to save on the expenses.

The agent should work for and with you

One relevant thing to note is that the travel agent’s job is to help you plan your trip and assist you in what you need. If you feel like you’re talking to a computer or an automated answering system, then your agent is not doing their job as they should. Look for an agent that actually goes out of their way to help you until you’re satisfied with your travel schedule, and that assists you in a honest and transparent way.

Evaluate the package you’re being offered

Your travel agent will surely offer you certain travel packages or deals that might or might not be what you require. Make sure your agent is actually working towards meeting your expectations regarding the trip, and not just trying to sell you a reduced set of options: most of the time, travel agents receive commissions from hotel chains or airlines if they send them clients, but these plans might not suit you or your trip, so be wary of these offers you might receive!

Look for a reduced response time

You might want to make last minute changes on your trip, or you might want to ask something regarding your hotel room, and it’s no good if your agent replies three days later. Strive to work with a travel agent that gets back to you in a short time to assist you in anything you need!

If you follow these simple tips, you’ll surely find a good travel agent that will make planning your next trip a piece of cake!

Best traveling destinations in Asia

Posted on 28 December 2017 (0)

Asia is a region with beautiful, millenary gems throughout its extensive surface. As the largest continent on Earth, Asia has a vast amount of different destinations, mixing dreamy natural landscapes with big, modern cities, that make the region a perfect choice if you’re planning your next vacation.

If you need help choosing your next destination in Asia, keep reading to check out our pick of traveling destinations in the region. No matter what you want to do in your trip, you’ll surely find a place that fits!

Shanghai, China

Shanghai stands out as the largest city in China, and is full of a striking contrast between tall and modern skyscrapers, and traditional temples and gardens. It’s the perfect destination if you want to experience every aspect of the traditional and modern Chinese culture in just one place.

You can walk through the large Yuyuan Garden and then pay a visit to the Oriental Pearl Tower, and if you’re traveling with your family, you can spend a whole day at the Shanghai Disney Resort, with several hotels, themed parks and other facilities to have a fun stay in the city.

Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, the capital of Japan, also embodies a balance between the country’s past history and current status as a modern beacon of the world. This busy city, home to the latest technological advances, delivers an unforgettable experience to tourists.

First of all, you can find a vast amount of places to taste the real Japanese gastronomy, such as fresh sushi, noodles  and sukiyaki. You can visit one of the many art museums and galleries in Tokyo, pay a visit to the traditional temples or go shopping on the wide and popular fashion district. There’s always something to do in this city!

Siem Reap, Cambodia

The main attraction of Siem Reap is the many temples it offers to each visitor. However, there’s a plethora of interesting things to see or do in the city! You can visit the Angkor National Museum or the Cambodian Circus if you want to see local art. There’s also the War Museum, a memento of the Cambodian civil war. Don’t forget to visit Angkor Wat, the main temple of Siem Reap, a relic of its historical past. You can also visit the temples on a bike tour, if you want more activity!

Seminyak, Indonesia

If you’re looking for a more relaxed and natural experience, then know that there’s nothing like Seminyak’s beaches! This region’s features beautiful beaches, with activity during the whole day and night and top quality hotels by the coastline. You can enjoy the tasty Indonesian cuisine by the water, and experience diving in the clear waters of Seminyak. You can also go on the Bali Food Safari tour for a different and unforgettable activity.

Hanoi, Vietnam

The outstanding sights of Hanoi’s landscapes will leave you breathless. This city, Vietnam’s capital, is filled with culture, and it shows through the many museums and art galleries you can visit, like the Vietnamese Women’s Museum, the Hoa Lo Prison and the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology. There’s a vast array of temples too, including the Bach Ma Temple and the Hai Ba Trung Temple. One thing you have to visit without a doubt is the Hoan Kiem Lake. It’s a heavenly lake with clear water and a beautiful landscape!

Asia has a vast amount of different panoramas that you can enjoy, no matter what you’re looking for. Make sure you pay the region a visit on your next travel, you will not be let down!

How to plan your next vacation trip?

Posted on 17 December 2017 (0)

No matter when you decide to take a break from work and your responsibilities and set off on a vacation trip, doing so involves a series of steps in order to prepare your trip and make sure that, while you’re away from home, everything has been taken care of, so that your only concern is to relax and enjoy what you’re doing.

If you need some help in order to plan your next vacation trip, keep reading and check if you’re following these steps to have everything ready!

 

First: Decide where you’re going

The first step might sound obvious, but sometimes it’s the hardest thing to do. You have to choose your destination, because the rest of the preparation revolves around the place you’re going. Are you visiting your relatives, or are you going somewhere new? Do you want to travel to a different city, or a different country, or do you want to jump to a different continent? Is it going to be a short trip, or are you spending longer than usual?

It’s also important to know what kind of activities you can do in each place before you choose your destination: if you’re traveling by yourself, make sure there’s plenty of activities to keep you interested! If you’re taking your family, look for a place with attractions for all ages. This will depend on your budget, too, to take it in consideration as you pick where to go.

 

Now: book your trip

Now that you’ve decided where to go, it’s time to book your plane or bus tickets and find a place to stay, whether it’s a luxury hotel or a small but comfortable inn. Depending on your destination and the time of the year you have chosen, it might be easy or hard to find vacant rooms and tickets. Try browsing different websites if you’re looking for good prices, or consider booking the trip through a travel agency, because you might get a great deal if you pay for everything in a bundle.

 

Plan your activities

If you already know where you’re going, how you’re getting there and where you’re staying, the next step is to know what you’re doing! Again, this will depend on your destination and your company, if any. Make a sketch that includes the major activities that you want to do after you research the attractions, monuments, parks and other possible places to visit, but leave some wiggle room in case you find something interesting while you’re there. If you booked your trip through a travel agency, you might even have a tour or list of activities given to you!

 

Pack your things

As the trip approaches, it becomes time to pack your stuff. Make sure to include appropriate clothing, your important documents for the trip such as passport, credit cards, visas and other relevant documentation, a valid method of payment, your toiletries and medicine, and other objects depending on your destination. Make sure you don’t forget anything you might need, because it’s usually more expensive as a tourist to buy things in your destination.

 

Enjoy your vacation!

And last, but not least, make sure you enjoy your vacation! If you’ve followed these steps, then you have everything you need to forget about your work, your routine and all your worries, and enjoy some well-deserved vacations. Focus on all the fun activities you’ve prepared and make sure you have a good time before you come back!

Top 3 haunted places to visit in Tennessee

Posted on 25 November 2017 (0)

Tennesee, a place full of music, rock and roll and blues. This state offers a lot to do on a vacation trip, from blues concerts, bars, and a great nightlife, to historic buildings and museums. But if you are looking for something much more exciting and maybe even scary, you can find lots of haunted places to visit while you are in Tennessee.

Carnton Mansion

This mansion is one of the most haunted places in Tennesee, specifically in the Williamson County. Many people say that you can see the ghost of a soldier walking on the balcony while the employees of the place state that it’s closed and no one gets access to the terrace. Apparitions like the woman in white seen on the back porch, sounds of heavy boots on the fields, and kids playing tricks to visitors on the graveyard are some of the examples that you may come close to if you ever dare to enter this place.

Union Station Hotel

Originally built in 1900, the Union Station building was an engineering marvel of the days. The station became a 4 stars luxury hotel in 1986, but many tragic stories took place inside its walls and some of those memories still alive. An apparition of a man staring at the railroads on the balcony of the third floor, spooky voices and noises coming out of nowhere, and the apparition of a white shadow on the lobby and other areas give you an idea about the place that seems to have lots of friendly paranormal activity.

Tennessee State Prison

Closed in 1992, this 19th-century prison saw many riots, fires, and prison breaks. People say that the spirits of the ones who died in the place stayed to these days. Tales of unexplained sounds, footsteps in the winter and shadows moving across the rooms are some examples of the activity that happens inside of this place.

These are just some of the places that you may visit if you are a paranormal activity hunter, but there’s more! Places like Loretta Lynn Ranch in Thompsons Station TN, the Historic Tower House Inn in Manchester, TN and many others may also be of interest to you. Have a great adventure!

Best travel destinations for large families

Posted on 15 November 2017 (0)

It is important that you think where you are going on holiday at when you are a large family. This is because you need to make sure that you have all the activities that everyone likes to do, and you need to make sure that you are considering everyone’s age. These are some of the most important information and some of the best travel destinations that you can go to for large families.

Things to consider before you can choose your travel destination

Before you can know the best travel destinations for large families, you need to make sure that you know and consider all these things before you decide. This is the only way that you can make sure that you are going to choose the best possible location for your large family.

The first thing that you should consider is your budget. Just because you have a large family, it doesn’t mean that you have a large budget. There are some destinations that are more preferable to a smaller budget than other locations.

You should also consider what type of activities everyone likes. You don’t want to go to a place where only one or two-family members are going to have a great time.

Best beach destinations for families

If you are looking for a beach destination for your large family, then you might realize that there are so many places to choose from. However, not everyone is ideal for larger families. These are some of the places that you can make your booking at, that will ensure that everyone has the best time ever.

  •       San Francisco is one of the best destinations that you can choose for your whole family. This is the one place where everyone will find something to do and to keep them occupied.
  •       Hawaii is the second one that you can consider when you are looking for a tropical destination. This is a great, affordable destination where everyone will have a great time.
  •       Panama is one of those destinations that not many people know about. However, there isn’t a better place to go for a family getaway.

Best city destinations for large families

Not many people are looking for beach destinations, but they are looking for the best cities to go to. They want to have all the action and not have a relaxed holiday at all. These are the top cities in the world for larger families with different types of budgets:

  •       New York isn’t just another city. This is the most popular city of all times and really a great place where you can find a variety of activities. You will be able to find accommodation that is budget-friendly as well.
  •       Las Vegas. Especially if you have children that are on the older side.
  •       Chicago is full of activities and has some great things that you can see and do. No one will be bored when you are visiting this great city.

These are some of the destinations that you can go to when you are a large family looking for a great holiday destination that you can afford. With a bit of research, you will know for sure that you are going to be at a place where everyone can have an enjoyable holiday.