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World Wide Travel Insurance: Travel Without Tensions

Saturday, November 3, 2012 4 comments

Is your travel plan taking you out of Europe this holiday? Then, you definitely need a worldwide travel insurance policy for yourself and your family members.
Many people are traveling out of their country or continent to far off places. Traveling worldwide is not a new phenomenon. With the fast growing up of speedy transportation facilities, people in large numbers are traveling to distant countries; the countries you are not familiar with. What if you fall ill there? What if your flight gets cancelled due to some or other reason? You might not have any idea of the costs of treatment in that country. It may be much higher than your home country. The solution to all these problems lies in purchasing worldwide travel insurance.
Worldwide Travel insurance is of various types:
Single Trip Travel insurance: Be it visiting Ibiza or the Caribbean islands, single trip world wide insurance is the best insurance to purchase if you are planning to travel for once a year. You can buy this policy for yourself individually or for all your family members.
Multi-trip or annual travel insurance: This is the perfect policy if you and your family like to travel more than once a year.
Adventurous travel insurance: Are you planning to go for tracking in the Great Himalayas of India, or go on a trip to the Sahara desert? Whatever may be the reason, if you like adventurous travel, buy adventurous worldwide travel now.
Business travel insurance: If you have to travel frequently to different countries for your business, then business world wide travel insurance is the best policy for you.
It is good if nothing happens to you during your world wide travel, but no one can envisage what is in store in their future. Any incident can happen; so it is better to purchase world wide travel insurance than be sorry.
To search for the perfect quote you need to do a lot of research. You have to find out about the various companies that offer world wide insurance, and then you have to find out their rates, compare them, and finally purchase them. All of these require a lot of time and patience. But now with the internet facilities this work is made easier and less time consuming. Browse through the pages and purchase for yourself world wide travel insurance.

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Travel Wise: Selecting A Virtual Travel Specialist

Saturday, October 27, 2012 0 comments

Gone are the days of relying on your neighborhood travel agent or spending the first day of your vacation hunting for a local outfitter or guide. Reliable travel specialists are located in virtually every corner of the world and can now be accessed on the web.
Whether you are searching for a tour operator, travel agency or outfitter, the following tips will help you weed through the plethora of travel specialists hawking their wears online.
Websites
The design and content of a company’s website speaks volumes about the way they do business.
• A travel specialist’s website should provide information that is useful, informative and fun.
• The contact information, including a phone number and an email address, should be easy to locate.
• The site should also include all relevant information, such as the cost of an excursion, maps and directions. And, for those engaging an adventure specialist, a packing list, either directly in the content or in the form of an FAQ (frequently asked questions).
Visible track record
Great website but how do I know they can deliver? Assessing a travel specialists credentials is not as difficult as it sounds.
• Many industry associations and tourist boards list members and accredited agencies on their websites.
• Check references, read testimonials from previous clients, pose questions on a travel forum.
Knowledge and experience
Nothing can be a substitute for knowledge and experience.
• Determine the agency or outfitter’s knowledge of your travel destination as well as the type of adventure you wish to experience.
• Find out how long they have been in the business and whether they are accustomed to organizing tours for singles, families or seniors.
Location of the outfitter
If they are not located in the country you will be traveling to you may also wish to understand:
• Who will sort out any problems, accidents, or emergencies that may arise during your holiday?
• When was the last time they biked down that country road?
• Or how they will obtain a refund for the boat tour that was cancelled due to inclement weather.
Client service
If communicating with the specialist is a challenge there is a good chance your trip will turn out to be a disaster. Select a specialist that is committed to organizing quality trips and returning satisfied clients.
• How quickly does the agency or outfitter respond to your emails and telephone calls?
• Are they eager to assist you with the planning of your vacation?
• Do they go the extra mile to customize your itinerary?
• Does the proposed itinerary reflect your interests?
Cost vs. Value
Get more than one proposal and compare.
• Find out what is and what is not included in the price.
• Determine the location and quality of the accommodation.
• How many meals are included and whether they are buffet or a la carte.
• Is the trip fully guided or will you be touring on your own?
• In addition you will want to know what, if any, sightseeing is included and whether you will have any free time.
Conditions
Make sure to read the fine print before you commit. The terms and conditions should clearly spell out your responsibilities as well as those of the specialist.
• What is the company's policy on reservations, deposits and cancellations?
• Can a tour or excursion be cancelled for a lack of bookings?
• Who is responsible for additional payments in the event of a currency fluctuation?

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Travel To Austria – Your Year-Round Travel Destination

Saturday, October 20, 2012 0 comments

So you want to travel to Austria. Well, you've made a wise choice. Austria is considered one of the top year-round travel destinations. Because of its beautiful Alps, winter sports are quite popular in Austria, providing Austria with high tourist attendance in the winter and giving you a reason to travel to Austria any time of the year.
If you want to travel to Austria, here are some quick facts you should know when you go.
Austria – The Region
A land-locked country, Austria is located in Central Europe. It is a mountainous country with an area of 83,855 km2. Austria consists of nine provinces: Vorarlberg, Tyrol, Salzburg, Carinthia, Styria, Upper Austria, Lower Austria, Burgenland, and Vienna. Approximately 99% of Austrians are of Germanic ethnic origin and 78% are Roman Catholics. As for the terrain, the Alps occupy the southern and western regions of the country, and numerous forests, valleys, lakes, and rivers can be found throughout Austria.
The Weather
When you travel to Austria, it's important to have an idea about the weather and Austria's seasons. Austria has four distinct seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter. Summers are generally warm and pleasant with cool nights. Rain does occur during the summer season but the showers are normally short. Austria's winters are sunny, with reliable and frequent snowfalls. Winters are also cold and accompanied by warm and dry winds in some parts. However the weather overall is changeable throughout the year, so when you travel to Austria, pack appropriately.
The Culture
When you travel to Austria, you'll quickly realize why Austria is widely recognized for its rich cultural past and present. Austria's affluence of artistic achievements is obvious in its architecture and structures like the Stephansdom (Saint Stephen`s Cathedral), Schönbrunn Palace, Hofburg Palace, the "Goldene Dachl" in Innsbruck, Melk Abbey, and the "Loos-Haus" or the "Hundertwasser-Haus". Austria is also the birthplace of composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, Johann Strauss Jr., Johann Strauss Sr., and Johannes Brahms. Like most European countries, Austria has a rich culture and affluence that awaits anyone who decides to visit.
The Activities
If you pre-plan your activities for your trip to Austria, here's a heads up. Because of Austria's mountainous terrain, two of the more popular activities for tourists tend to be skiing in the winter and hiking. There are a number of different resorts to fulfill your skiing desires. If you prefer flat terrain to hills, cross-country skiing opportunities are also available anywhere where there's sufficient snow and few buildings. As for hiking, there are thousands of kilometers of hiking trails that will allow you to explore the Alps and its breathtaking views. If you're looking for things to do when you travel Austria, skiing in the winter and hiking are two very popular and exciting Austrian activities for tourists.
Austria has a lot to offer travelers and those who want to travel Austria. From its rich culture to mountain activities, Austria is the answer to those who want to travel in Europe year-round.

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Pet Friendly Travel – 10 Tips For Hassle-Free Travel With Your Pet

Saturday, October 13, 2012 2 comments

In the United States alone, over 60 million households have one or more pets. Pet owners in 15 million of those households travel with their pets, and the majority stay in pet-friendly lodging. Fortunately, pet friendly hotels, condos and vacation home rentals do exist. If you will be traveling with your pet, here are some pet friendly tips to remember for safe and trouble-free travel.
1 - When you make your reservation, double-check that pets are allowed. An important advantage of reserving online is that you can see - in writing - whether or not pets are permitted and any restrictions. Online, you can print out your reservation receipt that includes the "pets allowed" information. Verbal reservations leave more room for misunderstanding and miscommunication. If reserving by telephone, ask the reservation person to mail you a confirmation receipt that includes the “pets allowed” information.
2 - Is your pet an experienced traveler? If not, you should begin getting your pet more accustomed to traveling. Begin by making your car a fun place for your pet. Get in the car with them, play with them, give them a treat – have them enjoy being there with you. Then take a short drive with them. Gradually increase the length of time and distance that you drive with them. Before making a long trip with your pet, the idea is to have them comfortable with being in the car for extended periods of time.
3 - Remember that securing your pet while traveling in the car is crucial for their safety and yours. Consider purchasing a dog safety harness for your pet to use while traveling in the car. If you have a station wagon or SUV, you can purchase a vehicle barrier that keeps your pet confined to the rear area. They are usually sold at pet stores or are available online.
4 - Be sure that your pet has an identification tag and wears it while on the trip. The tag should have your pet's name, your name and phone number. If possible, use your cell phone number, a home number and the number of where you will be staying.
5 – Carry a photograph of your pet with you on your trip. If your pet should ever become lost, you’ll be able to show others exactly what your pet looks like instead of just relying on a verbal description.
6 - Check with your vet for any recommended vaccinations appropriate for your trip - exposure to ticks while hiking, exposure to other dogs while boarding or heartworm prevention if your dog will be exposed to mosquitoes are examples of important preventative measures to take before your trip. If your pet is a dog, have an up-to-date rabies tag for your dog's collar. If you decide to day board your dog while on vacation, you may be required to show paperwork proof of the rabies vaccination.
7 - Once you arrive at the pet friendly lodging, inform the check-in person that you have your pet. You can inquire if there are any restricted areas where your pet should not be taken. Pet friendly lodging staff should be very accustomed to answering these kinds of questions and will appreciate your awareness.
8 - In your hotel room, condo, cabin rental or vacation home rental - never let your pet use the furniture or beds to sit, lay or sleep on unless you've covered the furniture or bed with your own cover. Place your pet’s food and water containers on a mat or newspaper in the bathroom, where cleanup will be easier. When staying in pet friendly accommodations, you may choose to feed your pet outdoors.
9 - If you'll be leaving your pet alone in the room or vacation rental, make sure the front desk or rental agent knows. Be sure that you leave your pet secured in their travel container or crate if housekeeping staff will be entering the room at any time to clean. You certainly don't want a housekeeper to enter and be surprised or even attacked by your pet! A pet may also run out of the room when housekeeping enters if left unsecured.
10 - Be very careful in warm or hot weather with leaving your pet in the car. Even when the outside temperature is only in the 70’s or 80’s, the interior of a vehicle can reach 100 degrees and higher, especially when parked in the sun. It doesn’t take long at these temperatures to cause serious or even fatal harm to your pet.
Traveling with pets and staying in pet friendly lodging can be lots of fun - after all, your pet is part of your family too. Just using common sense and planning ahead makes for an enjoyable and surprise-free vacation.

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Travel Writing - 4 Ways to Make Money As a Travel Writer

Saturday, October 6, 2012 3 comments

Have you ever wanted to travel the world and make money for writing about what you see? It's not as hard as you may imagine. Using a few underground techniques, you can be making a healthy income in no-time flat for writing about traveling the world!
Here are the ways you can make money as a travel writer:
1) Traditional Method: Selling Your Stories To Travel Magazines and Newspapers
This is the most common and most well-known method. Ironically, it also pays the least of all the methods.
You can take two paths when selling your article to a magazine. First you can query a magazine on their interest about a particular subject. If interested, they will agree to buy your article if it meets their standards. The second method is to write the article, then try and sell it.
To find magazines and periodicals that purchase travel stories, go to the library and check out the most recent Writers Market and you'll have over a dozen periodicals that pay anywhere from a few hundred bucks to a few thousand dollars for an article.
The risky side to this is that there are no guarantees of payment, and you must either have a great story or be a great writer to make this work. Not impossible, just tough.
2) Writing For Other People's Blogs
If you can write a 400-1500 word post on any given subject, you can sell the post to a blog at a set price. Heres why: Blogs constantly need new content. It's how they stay fresh with their readers and how they stay well-ranked in the search engines.
However, writing a new post every few days is a difficult task! If you take over that task for a blog owner, you're going to be saving them a TON of time and effort, providing their readers with great value, and making an income for a project that is relatively easy for you to complete.
You can get paid anywhere from 20 bucks to a few hundred dollars for this kind of writing... and it's a LOT easier to do that writing for a magazine.
Think of it: You spend a day writing 5 articles and sell the articles for $30 dollars each. Now you've made $150 dollars for a couple of hours of work and everyone is happy.
3) Writing for Your Own Blog
Another option is to write your own blog and use your travel stories to drive traffic to it. You'd be surprised at the number of bored, lifeless people who want to live vicariously through someone traveling the world. You can then monetize your blog by selling adspace or selling products related to your blog. This sounds basic, but it has made many-a-traveler tens and even 100's of thousands of dollars per year.
4) Completing Writing Projects on 'Project' Sites
There are literally hundreds of writing projects posted every single day on Elance, Guru, DoMyStuff, and other 'project' posting websites.
All you have to do is set up a free account as a content provider, then answer people's requests for writing projects. Once you're done, the funds will be electronically deposited into your bank account, and you can withdraw the money from any ATM in the world. You can then pick up another project... or complete several projects all at once!
Many projects go for $1000+ dollars, so it doesn't take a lot of these to be able to travel well and travel often. You can even do the work on the airplane ride to your next destination!
If you have any writing skill at all, you will be able to pick one of these methods and become a well-paid traveler.

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