How to Save Money When Travelling

Below are nine money saving tips you can apply at your destination next time you travel. Whether you are away for business or pleasure these tips will help you save while still enjoying all that the destination has to offer.

Tip 1: Eat breakfast at the hotel: If you get breakfast included in the price of your hotel, then take advantage of this. Eat a large breakfast and you will save money on snacks throughout the day. Take some of the breakfast away with you for eating later.

Tip 2: Buy snacks at a local grocery store: Buy fruits, chips and bars etc from a local grocery store and carry them with you during the day. This way you won’t be paying inflated prices at tourist attractions.

Tip 3: Eat at Street Vendors: Street vendors offer good quality local food, at reasonable prices. As a word of warning, we should say that most offer “good quality” food. Use your  you think that you may get sick don’t eat there. One of the best ways to judge is if you see locals eating there. If they aren’t and the sound of tourists wrenching isn’t far off, best to move along.

Tip 4: Eat where the locals eat: See how the locals live, and eat at local restaurants rather than at the hotel. You will get to experience the local culture and cuisine, and save money because you are not paying inflated hotel prices.

Tip 5: Eat lunch in your hotel room: We are not talking about using room service! We are talking about bring back food from a supermarket and eating it in a room. The break from the heat and the crowds of tourists may do you good as well!

Tip 6: Go for fast food rather than expensive restaurants: While it may not be that good for you, it still tastes good and you are unlikely get sick. So consider fast food as an alternative to restaurants. If you are staying for more than a few days it may not be feasible. Probably best in those locations where the local food is likely to cause some ‘Delhi belly’.

Tip 7: Only visit restaurants once a day: Save yourself some money and patronise restaurants once a day instead of for every meal.

Tip 8: Bottled water: Buy bottled water from the local grocery stores. If the water is safe to drink then consider tap water. Again, you are not paying inflated tourist prices if you do this.

Tip 9: Choose modest accommodation: You don’t need four or five star accommodation. Two or three stars are fine. Just make sure that the accommodation is safe and clean.… Read More

Business Travel Jobs: Defining Characteristics

There several types of position available to those with travel consulting experience; one category that many people consider is business travel jobs.  In some ways, these are very similar to commercial travel agent jobs.  For instance, typical positions require worldwide booking experience, with familiarity in systems like Sabre and Galileo, as well as domestic experience, which especially includes familiarity with rail networks.  However, there are several key differences, and those considering a career in the field should be aware of these before applying for a position.

Client Demographic

While commercial travel agents make bookings for every kind of customer imaginable, those in business travel jobs typically are dealing with certain demographics: adults, often travelling alone or in small groups.  Few business bookings involve entire families; a business travel consultant will almost never book for a very young person or a very elderly person travelling alone.  The ability to make arrangements for disabled individuals is, however, very important.

Hours

Not all business travel jobs require round-the-clock availability, but some do.  While a commercial travel agent’s job is often finished once the customer is underway, with on-holiday issues resolved by another department, consultants are more likely to be tasked with handling the entire trip from booking to successful return into the office.  If difficulties are encountered en-route, such as cancellations or delays, or plans are changed at the last-minute, the consultant must often be on hand to resolve these issues as speedily as possible.  This requires not only a willingness to receive phone calls and potentially work in the middle of the night or on weekends, but the ability to make the most effective booking on the spot.

Learning the Accounts

Travel agencies often have repeat clients, for whom remembering previous preferences is a valuable relationship-building tactic; in business travel jobs, this skill is taken up a level.  Those in business travel jobs are expected to not have to refer to their notes every time they make a travel arrangement.  They should know that one individual is vegetarian and prefers a private taxi from airports to the hotel, or that another prefers train travel where possible, and so on.  This knowledge enables them to work as quickly as possible.  This is an essential part of the process of establishing trust: the individuals in the company must be able to place a high level of trust in their consultants’ efficiency.

Budgeting

A client often comes to a travel agent with a budget, which varies in flexibility, so the skill of keeping booking arrangements within a certain range of expenses is one required by all travel agents.  However, some business travel jobs add a new dimension: budgeting over time.  There are several ways that budgeting is handled in the field, such as the agent being given a budget per trip, but many are given a monthly or annual budget for the company, department or individual.  Managing this is a crucial skill, so that the budget is not exceeded without good reason.… Read More

Choosing the Right Venue For Our Wedding Day

Millions of brides from all over the world would be ready to testify that the happiest day of their lives wouldn’t be a perfect one without the choice of the right venue. This is never an easy decision to make and, with so many things to be taken in consideration, it can be a long and tiresome process. However, the search for the dream wedding venue can come to a quick end sooner than we would expect if we follow a few simple guidelines.

The suitability of a place is based on four key elements: capacity, location, availability and budget. The size of the place we need is determined by the number of our guests and the type of wedding we are planning. The location should be easily accessible, both for our guests and the suppliers. Now, having chosen the place, we need to consider its availability. A weekend wedding might require to be booked up very far in advance. Last, but not the least: the budget. No need to worry though as there are plenty of hotels to choose from and most certainly there will at least one to fulfill your criteria. Numerous nor at all expensive beautiful locations are ready to welcome you.

At this point we should have a shortlist of hotels as possible wedding venues. Now it’s time to visit them and think in terms of event space, service & quality, external suppliers and catering policy/menu. We will ask to see everything, from the reception area, through the function suite, toilets and other facilities, stage, dance floor and dressing rooms. At the same, we’ll pay attention to staff’s professionalism, politeness and helpfulness, and to the general appearance of the place. As for the external supplier policy, we should check it with the management and act according to that. When it comes to food, our choice of a venue shouldn’t be based on their menu selection alone, we must ask and taste the menu we like.

Finally, we still need to think of a few details such as extra facilities, regulations and table dressing. We should take a look at the facilities the place offers, for example acceptable disabled access, child friendly policy or adequate parking, and check the venue’s fire safety regulations if we wish to use candle light or haze effects in the room. As for the table dressing, it’s for us to decide whether this could be handled by our wedding planner or the venue itself. We should compare costs, expertise and only after that make a decision.

In the end, it might not be difficult at all. We can succeed in finding our the venue more quickly than we think, have there the wedding of our dreams and enjoy every minute of it. All we have to do for a successful search is ti just stay by the rules.… Read More

Spending Your Summer in the Mountains

What do you do when the heat becomes unbearable during the summer months? Ever thought of taking a break from the hot city and head to a chillier place in the mountains?

Contrary to what some people might think, the mountain continues to be as active during the summer as it is in the winter season. In addition, hotels offer various activities to their clients during the stay in order to entertain them.

Hiking is the activity that everybody enjoys in the summer. The spectacular view and the beautiful nature unfolding before the visitor As eyes are just a few rewards that a traveler gets when he decides to come to the mountainside. Hikers will not regret having hired a gondola to cover various distances throughout the mountains because contemplating the mountains from above is simply breathtaking.

The mountainside is the most adequate place for those people who want to practice various sports in the outdoor. The majority of the hotels possess bike and ATV parks that are available to everyone for little money. Hotel customers can use these facilities for free whenever they want to discover the wild sides of the mountain.

The rivers that are usually frozen during the winter come to live in the summer, thus becoming the play place of adventure lovers. Kayak canoe and boat trips give unique sensations to the more audacious travelers, while helping them escape the heat of the summer. Nothing compares, however, to the fresh air at the top of the mountain, therefore people can safely begin to practice mountaineering in the company of experts.

The mountainside is the perfect place for families with children because children can admire various types of animals such as, the squirrel, the deer, the stag, etc. On top of that, families or business partners can get together and play golf on the vast green fields that hotels put to their disposal.

People who would like to try something different in the summer, besides the usual seaside holiday, should come to the mountain. Hotels are very cheap in this period of the year and there are many more possibilities to have fun.… Read More