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Wake Up In a New Destination Tomorrow – Last Minute Travel Tips for Transitioning Times

Trying to make sense of the fast paced travel world can really give you a headache. Thankfully, we’re the type of people that really thrive on helping people go from place to place without breaking a sweat. What you need to do from here is to look at all of the different things that you’re going to accomplish, and then make your trip be nothing less than getting those things done. Maybe you want to lie out in the sun, but you don’t know where to go. Really, this is the time of year that the Southern Hemisphere enjoys the summer months. So if you want to get some last minute sun before winter sets in, traveling to Australia would be a great idea.

On the other hand, if you want to go skiing, there are places to do this virtually all year around. You just have to think about what type of activities interest you.

Can you really wake up tomorrow in another country? If you already have some savings built up, you can take advantage of last minute travel deals that will let you do just that. The point here though is that you need to watch out for the fine details. Just hoping that everything is going to line into place just won’t do. This is something that you have to focus on because if you overlook a detail, you’re going to be in a world of hurt. That’s the last thing you want to think about when you’re trying to be halfway across the globe.

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Do you want to take other people with you? If they’re the type of people that wouldn’t do well with a last minute trip, then you definitely need to focus on avoiding this as much as possible. Some people will be very fun on a trip, and that means that you’re going to have a good time with them. However, if they will not add to the positive energy of the trip, it’s better to just leave them home.

In the era where more and more companies are going with remote time, chances are good that you will have multiple options to leave for a little while. If you have a purely remote job, this means that you can actually leave without anyone really knowing what you’re doing.

There’s got to be a time and a place for last minute travel. Some people are looking at those deals and wishing that they could take advantage of it. But if it’s not your cup of tea, don’t worry — there are truly good travel deals for everyone. Advance planning is the key to making all of this work. Even last minute travel people looking for a good weekend deal will still want to plan a little bit. And if it’s not the right time right now, just give it a couple of weeks. The hospitality industry at large is well known for being competitive, and there’s always plenty of time to take action to get good deals.

Tourism is a year-round activity. If you know that your destination of choice is open for the off-peak season, then you’re in luck. But if things are closing down, you might want to switch destinations so you won’t be bored — or worse, locked out of things completely.

Check out all of your options today. And remember — life’s too short not to have a great time!

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Kefalonia Serves It Up Peaceful and Quiet – And We Don’t Even Mind

Let’s be clear here: the place that we’re talking about today isn’t a big nightlife mecca with big music, lights, and activities. However, it is a peaceful place, and we think that such a designation is worth it. If you’re not looking for something peaceful, then you might want to skip this one. But if you’re trying to escape the hustle and bustle of regular life, then this might be a great way for you to do that. We’re all way too stressed for our own good, and it’s something that can really mess us up over time. It would make a lot more sense to start thinking about all of the things that can really help you calm down, relax, and chill out. It’s better than just fretting about everything that’s wrong, right?

Right. That’s exactly the way that you need to think about it. It’s time to check out Kefalonia, which is an island found within the Ionian Islands of Greece.

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Kefalonia is a great holiday destination because it’s easy to navigate. You don’t have to just much more than walk around, if that’s what you really wanted to do. There’s stunning forests, which might surprise people that aren’t familiar with the islands of Greece. Given the fertile soil present, there’s plenty of great food to eat on the island. But let’s start from the top. The capital of the island is Argostoli, which has plenty of places for you to shop till you drop. And then there’s Fiskardo which is more towards the northern side of the island. You’re going to find a very expensive marketplace over on that side, so if you feel like splurging — great. If you want to try to save your money, you might to stick to just window shopping. We’re serious!

Let’s see — there’s also Assos, Agia Efimia, Sami, and Poros. You’re surrounded by water on all sides, so you can see yachts and boats along just about everywhere you look. Ferries are present to help you move through the islands with ease.

If you’re trying to travel to the island, you want to do it within the season — you’ll want to go to Kefalonia between May – October. After that, the island tends to shut down for the winter and services may be less than what you would like.

Because of the island’s growing polarity, it’s much busier than it used to be in times long past. This means that if you really want to go, you’re going to have to be patient. There can be long lines and people tend to get hot and irritated. The residents that work on the island and call it home are extremely friendly, and really do want to help you with anything and everything that you need.

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You can walk around within the town of your choice, but if you want to move around the island you’ll need to go with taxis. The bus service isn’t the best. Car hire is popular, but you will need to be very careful on the roads. And if you’re going to go with taxi drivers for your entire stay, make sure that you tip them well. Tourism is a huge reason why the island’s locals can take care of themselves. It’s never hurts to tip well — you never know when you’ll need help with something.

So, what’s there to see in Kefalonia? Plenty! You have four different peninsulas along the island, which are mountainous. If you don’t bring your camera, you’ll truly regret it. There are caves on the island as well — the Drogarati caves and the Melissani cave.

The beaches here can be a bit rocky, so be careful. Sami beach is the most popular, with Myrtos beach a close second. You need to watch out for the shore breaks, they can be pretty steep. The summer heat reflects off the white stone to a greater degree than what some tourists imagine, creating a situation where burns can definitely take place. [Read more…]

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Winter Travel Can Be Pleasant – Promise!

Winter travel is a subject that’s pretty near and dear to my heart. Now, there are people out there that wouldn’t travel during the winter months if you paid them. They think that it’s too dangerous, that it’s expensive, and that it’s going to be crowded. For the holiday months, this is definitely the case. However, there are pockets of free time that aren’t dominated by the holidays, which means that you can travel for cheap. People don’t like to go out of their homes when it’s cold, and the travel industry knows that. That’s really why they try to incentivize this type of travel as much as possible. They want you to feel empowered to make this decision, even if other people don’t feel like leaving their warm comfortable homes.

So, how do you make winter travel pleasant? When most travel guides talk about traveling during this time of year, all they do is complain about the weather and the crowds. I think that there’s more to be had here than just those things.

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First and foremost, you need to make sure that you plan way ahead. There are sharp weather changes that can cancel flights and make it hard to get to a hotel room. Do you know where all of the hotels are in an area? If one hotel is going to be busy, do you have another hotel that you’re looking at? Will your loyalty points transfer, or will you have to have emergency funds set aside for this?

Same with going to the airport. You want to make sure that you never, ever try to go to the airport at the last minute. For one, you might have to deal with traffic. You even have to deal with security lines. The toughest part of the travel game is that you have to be ready for anything. With winter though, you have to be even more ready. You want to be in the airport in case they start delaying or cancelling flights. It’s not comfortable, but you can at least sleep in the terminal until your next flight. It’s not ideal, but it can work out okay.

You want to make sure that you have a little extra for more food. It’s not anything that I can link to science, but generally speaking, people like to eat a little more in the winter time. That’s something that can be difficult to imagine, but work with us here — if you’re feeling warm and you really want to get warmer, food tends to warm you up. So naturally, you might need a little more food than usual.

Sometimes winter travel is frustrating. It’s a lot of touch and go. Make sure that you still keep your spirits up. Make new friends in the airport. If you get stuck overnight, as least you have plenty of new people to talk to!

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Recapture Your Romance With a Trip to Puerto Vallarta

Are you finding that there’s a spark missing between you and your partner? Do you look at them fondly, wishing that they were more romantic? Well, why not step away from the stress? The truth is that we would love a world where we fall in love and be close to each other, but the truth is that we can’t always do that. We’re so busy running our lives that we don’t stop to think about all of the things that we would do if we could just take a breath. If you’re feeling that overscheduled, then chances are good that your partner’s feeling overwhelmed as well. It usually comes out as stress, anger, and unhappiness — definitely not things to bring into a marriage, or even keep there if you’re already married.

The solution: a trip to somewhere unexpected. A trip to somewhere that you can truly be yourselves, wild and free for a change. A trip that holds wonder and mystery.

Stumped? We’re talking about Puerto Vallarta! If you don’t get out to Mexico much, you might wonder how this place plays into anything. However, we have the scoop for you to check out.

Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta is located right on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, around the Bay. It’s a gorgeous city, and very popular with tourists all around the world. This means that you’re going to find amazing deals because everyone wants you to check it out.

You’re not going to be going to a city filled with unpleasant locals — the people that call PV home are super friendly and they love talking to tourists. They’re going to help you when you’re lost and if you’re looking for authentic food, chances are good that they know a few places.

If you’re going to come into the country, you want to do it through the airport — Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport. Be sure that you call your own cab rides, because timeshare hustlers are a virus and a curse on the airport. They are trying to make a living, so we can’t blame them, but they can be very frustrating. The bus is also a great way to get into town.

Driving in the city isn’t recommended for tourists — the traffic can be rough to navigate, especially when you don’t know your way around. There are some good roads, but there are also a lot of dirt roads to be aware of. If you’re not ready for rough terrain, you really do need to make sure that you’re using public transportation. Don’t worry, there’s plenty of it available.

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The taxis will get you around, and they’re very friendly and know their way around the area. They will have the price lists available for you, and they can even help you with tours around the city. What’s great is that they can slow down and let you take photos and they will wait for you. Make sure that you include a tip to say thank you for their time.

If you want to talk about things to see, you have to stop and look at the gorgeous Banderas Bay. This is one of the deepest bays in the world, with high hills that surround the entire area. You can relax on the beach and catch some warm sun, or you can play on the beach with your family. Keep in mind that there is a part of the beach that attracts a lot of gay attention. If this is a problem, you might want to skip this part of the trip.

There are papaya and mango plantations, along with beautiful small villages. Remember that you’re a visitor and you need to keep a small footprint. You don’t want to get caught up, do you?

If you’re going to go off to the South of the Bay, you’ll see more beautiful hills and fishing villages. Some of these villages can only be accessed via boat, they’re that enclosed.

There are plenty of things to do — you can head out to charter a sailboat, or even a yacht if you had enough money. Partygoers love taking a day trip on many boats, but other people just like to take it simple and slow. Snorkeling is a great idea, and you get to have a good time. [Read more…]

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Best Places for Short Weekend Ski Breaks All Year Round in Europe

For some people, skiing is life and waiting 6-9 months until the winter season is something they can’t do. For those who belong in this category, don’t worry. There are still a few places where you can go ski to your heart’s content every day of the year. And the great thing is you can do so on weekends or anytime you feel like it. For those who just want a place to escape to during the weekend and get a quick “jolt” pre, post and during the season, you may want to consider a short weekend ski break. This is both comfortable and affordable. That said, here are the spots that are best for short ski breaks in Europe.

Spend the Weekend in Chamonix in France

Talk about the perfect resort to spend the weekend in. Chamonix is one of France’s more popular skiing destination and offers a wide variety of skiing slopes (there are 6 of them), has many skiing chalets and hotels available for short weekend breaks. With its incredibly steep terrains, even the most experienced ski enthusiast will get his adrenaline rush from skiing down the slopes.

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If you’ll be going on Friday, be sure to book your flight ahead as there is often a high demand for flights into Chamonix on Friday evenings and out on Sunday evenings through Geneva. Getting a car for mobility’s sake is always a good idea too.

Enjoy the Weekend Skiing in Engelberg in Switzerland

Engelberg is also another perfect weekend skiing break destination. Located in Switzerland, the Titlis glacier’s slopes provide amazing skiing opportunity. What’s more, it’s available throughout the year. There are usually tour guides available to help you navigate the slopes and rocky terrains. But, if you feel that you can do it yourself, you’ll get jolts of adrenaline rush from both finding your way around the terrains and doing the ski runs all by yourself.

Please note that the do-it-yourself approach is not for beginner or amateur skiers. There’s plenty of skiing chalets and accommodation in the resort, so there’s no need to worry about where to stay. Getting to Engelberg will often include taking a flight to Zurich and then taking a 1-2 hour train ride or drive to the resort. A bit challenging maybe, but it’s totally worth it.

Skiing in Engelberg in Switzerland

Indulge Yourself in Morzine in France

Morzine offers more ski runs than you know what to do with in a weekend, and this available all year round. With ski slopes in excess of 650km, you’ll never run out of what to do during the weekend. Be sure to book for your accommodation ahead of time. There are quite a few ski apartments in Morzine but they can soon get confusing owing to the fact that the town is quite big. That said, be sure to get to the town center and ask around for gondolas going to your favourite ski runs. The nearest airport is in Geneva. And from there, you can take a 1-2 hour drive to the town.

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Make Your Next Holiday Memorable With Casino Visits

Going on holiday, when you can spare the time, is a wonderful way to recharge. Of course, if you’re used to being at home, you might not see the benefit to leaving the house. Entertainment has come a long while. There was once a time where you had to go out for everything. Now the internet has made it easy to entertain yourself. Don’t believe me? Just check out williamhill uk betting start here! Then you’ll see exactly what I mean. You don’t have to leave home to enjoy the William Hill offerings.

However, there is a time and a place to step out of your home. Going to take a holiday doesn’t have to be just lying out on the beach all week. You can indeed go out and enjoy time at a real life casino. Online players scoff at the idea, but we’ll venture that there’s a big difference between the land based casinos and the online experience. The casinos offline are the real deal. That’s where you’ll get the crazy comps, the customer service, meet actual people — the whole nine yards. If you have always wanted to rub shoulders with real time gamblers, then going on holiday is the way to go.

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On the other hand, these things might not appeal to you. But maybe you’ve always wanted to just check out your own casino experience without having to sacrifice time with your spouse to do so. There’s nothing that says you can’t just rent a room for a little while, spend time with them while enjoying the very best the casinos have to offer.

At the end of the day, it’s good hospitality that keeps people coming back to the casinos while they’re on holiday. We’re not saying that this is the only thing that you’ll want to do on holiday at all. You will probably want to take in some shopping, eat at nice places, and basically feel like you’ve been turned to a different “channel” — the channel of you!

Admit it — when’s the last time you really got a chance to stop and focus on just what you wanted to do? We live in a society where we’re constantly pushed towards the next thing, and the next thing, and guess what… the next thing after that! It’s a never-ending parade of things that need to get done, and they all feel like they need to get done right now. Is that always the reality? Not really, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t at least feel that way!

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There’s a lot of Fun To Be Had When It’s Time to Go On a Cruise!

First time cruiser? Veteran? Thrill seeker? Family man? Single with the world at your feet? Celebrating an anniversary? Honeymoon? No matter where you fit, there’s good news to be had: cruising is for everyone! Don’t think that just because you haven’t been on a cruise before means that there’s nothing interesting in it for you. There’s a cruise line and a cruise adventure for just about everyone. It’s just a matter of finding out where you honestly want to be!

There’s a lot more to a cruise than just showing up, of course. Cruises let you know what’s going on in advance, so you can make good decisions. Deciding where to go can be tricky, but there’s a cruise for everyone as we’ve said. What you need to do is find where you want to go, and figure out how to get there. You might need to take a short flight to the actual port in order to be able to leave.

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Do you have a set budget? Even though all inclusive cruises are now the norm, there are still little fees that you need to be aware of. The spa on the cruise ship might not be included in the price, and that means that you’d have to pay for those services. If they don’t accept credit cards, this means that you have to pay in cash. It’s something that you definitely need to be aware of if you’re going to really rock out on the cruise.

You also want to be able to look at what activities are going to be on the ship itself. A lot of people go on cruises thinking that they’re going to be very bored. Not only do you get to go to different ports of call quickly, but you also have a ton of activities on board. There are rock climbing walls, zip-lines, great food, great people, and there are plenty of cruise directors that really do try to give you the best of everything possible while they have your attention.

Yes, you might get seasick but there are over-the-counter medicines for that. Also, a lot of people get over the waves and rocking back and forth rather quickly. If you can handle flying, you’ll be able to handle a cruise ship.

Worried that you won’t meet anyone? The truth is that a lot of people become their most social when it come sot a cruise. They want to be liked and accepted, and they don’t want to ruin the good mood aboard the ship. The truth is that you’ll find plenty of new friends to make. Cruising attracts people from all over the world, from all different backgrounds. You just never know who you’re going to end up talking to. You just never know who you’re going to end up bonding with. You just have to branch out there and find out.

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Keep in mind that cruises have very strict deadlines. You’re going to have to put your deposit down for the cruise early. If you need to cenacle, you’ll get your deposit back if you’ve met the deadline to do so. Otherwise, you’re out of luck. Likewise with any other fees — if you don’t back out in time, those fees still get charged to you.

You also need to make sure that you have your passport. Not having the right travel documents is no excuse, because the cruise lines put this information out early. Likewise if you need any type of vaccinations to take place. You can’t just pretend that you didn’t know about it. This information should be given to you early on, and if it isn’t? Ask.

You’ll want to make sure that you’re not packing too heavy in order to get your cruise fun. You want to pack enough clothes where you’ll be comfortable, but not so many that you have four changes of clothes for every single day that you’re going to be there. There are some weekend cruises, but you are better off going with a weeklong trip. That’s where you’ll find the all-inclusive deals. [Read more…]

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Understanding the Layover Blues

In the pursuit of a cheaper plane ticket, you decided to do what a lot of people have: jump; on the multi-stop bandwagon. This is great in theory…until you realize that your ticket has a lot of layovers. It’s something that’s part of air travel. Before you envy those jet setting businesspeople, you need to stop and think about how a layover is going to affect your trip. There are a few things that you should definitely do, and a few things that you shouldn’t.

First and foremost, if you can help it — don’t get tempted to leave the airport. The only time you should want to leave the airport and wander around is when you have plenty of time to get back, and you have a fair idea of where you’re going. Getting lost in a country where you don’t have the money to really get where you need to go is very dangerous, and we would suggest that you avoid it at all costs.

Layover Blues

Staying within the airport is important, but you want to make sure that you keep your wits about you. Go to the gate even if it says that your flight is delayed. Things can change rapidly and you want to be able to have a fair idea of what’s going on around you. When the plane is ready to board, they’re not really going to hear too many excuses of why you didn’t follow instructions.

It’s important to make sure that you are going to be a team player as well. Getting angry and throwing a fit because your flight is delayed is a good way to get on a list you don’t want to be on — the rolling list of airport patrons that have a nasty attitude. Serviceworkers can immediately see that you’re a handful and they will not go out of their way to assist you. So if you fall asleep in the terminal, there’s nobody that’s going to wake you up. That would really suck to miss your flight mainly because you were worked up.

Most airports have plenty of shops for you to cruise through while you wait for your flight. You’re already past the security checkpoint, so it’s not like you have to go through it again. This wouldn’t be the case if you were trying to leave and come back later for your flight to take off.

There are plenty of quiet places to read a book, and if you already belong to a member’s only lounge, you’ll find it to be one of the quietest places.

A word about computer security — while you may have your laptop with you, this isn’t really the time that you want to check your bank account and everything else. This is because you are going to be on a public Wi-Fi network, where other people can see your computer’s traffic. This includes the ability to steal information from you, since the information isn’t transmitted over a secure network. It’s something that can really mess you up if someone where to get a hold of your banking information. Don’t even give in to that temptation.

If you’re hungry, you can sit down and have a full meal, which can help you soothe your nerves. While you’re to the only traveler in this bind, it doesn’t matter — we tend to only think of our own needs, not everyone else’s needs.

Hang in there — a layover can seem like it drags on forever, but you’ll be onward to your destination in virtually no time at all. Good luck!