How to Plan an Adventure

The Amazon is the second longest river in the world after Nile, and its basin, which is also a marvel in itself, spans across eight countries. These include Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, and Suriname, apart from the little overseas territory of France, viz., French Guiana. The Amazon rainforest, also known as the Amazon Jungle, covers most of the area occupied by the Amazon Basin in South America, and is undeniably the largest forest on our planet. It is a dense, moist, broadleaved jungle that supports such an unparalleled and varied ecosystem and offers such countless possibilities that at times, it almost seems like a fantastical dream―a folkloric region that boasts of near mythical inhabitants and happenings. But what really holds an element of mystique is the river itself; the majestic Amazon keeps on displaying its power and might from time to time.
Welcome to the Jungle!

The Amazon rainforest, as mentioned before, is the region of countless possibilities. It has so much to offer to the adventure-seekers that there comes a point when the forest expanse just starts seeming endless; you might stumble upon something new and exciting with every single step that you may take in Amazon’s wilderness. And this is precisely what makes the rainforest one of the most sought-after destinations of adventure enthusiasts―whether it is individual/group adventure or family fun, the Amazon Jungle is a treasure trove of ample opportunities for everyone.
Best Time to Travel
◆ In general, the Amazon rainforest experiences rainy season between November (or December) to about June.

◆ This is the time when the water level in the Amazon river rises, and the low-lying areas along its banks tend to get flooded. But owing to the risen water levels, many of the smaller channels along the basin actually become accessible at this time.

◆ This is best time for river cruising/kayaking adventures.

◆ On the other hand, between the months of July to December, the forest experiences dry season.

◆ This is the time when the water levels start receding with the rise in temperature. As the water recedes, a number of submerged beaches and trails get uncovered, thus, adding more exciting possibilities for adventures.

◆ For people who wish to indulge in activities such as fishing, hiking, and watching wildlife and birds, the dry season is the best time to travel.
Basic Factors to Consider
◆ The very first factor to take into consideration while planning a trip to the Amazon rainforest is whether you want to hire a tour operator or travel on your own.

◆ While traveling independently is possible, it often comes with its own set of complications. However, if you have a lot of time at your disposal, this option might suit you.

◆ If you opt to travel on your own, you will need to conduct thorough and adequate research, and make all your bookings―transport and accommodations―well in advance, and confirm them again before embarking on your journey.

◆ On the other hand, if you have limited time at your disposal and/or are planning your Amazon adventure for the first time, it is recommended that you hire a reputed tour operator who can take care of all the details of your trip and help you manage your budget.

◆ Independent travelers, even those who have been to the Amazon rainforest before, need to note that in most cases, you will feel the need to hire local tour operators, who will be able to help you with inland transfers and other basic facilities such as food and drink.

◆ The most important thing to consider is that you will need to have a local guide with you, especially if you intend to visit certain remote areas in the forest. A local guide who is well-versed with Spanish as well as the indigenous language of the region may be provided to you by your local tour operator.

◆ It should also be remembered that the Amazon region is prone to torrential rains that occur in the region almost every day. Owing to this, problems such as delayed flights and people missing the connecting flights are quite common there.

◆ Therefore, while booking your tickets, ensure that you do not miss out on this point. See to it that there is enough interval of time between the two flights you are going to take.

◆ Independent travelers must keep in mind that booking online will give them plenty of opportunities to avail discounted offers and other benefits, especially if they are booking well ahead. So, look for them and compare prices before making the final payment.

◆ Apart from the ones mentioned above, the most important factor to be considered is your overall budget. If you choose to go on a lavish, luxury trip to the Amazon rainforest, it would mean traveling by domestic flights/private cars, staying in upscale lodges/camps, eating grand lunches and dinners, and enjoying state-of-the-art facilities. However, such a trip will perhaps cut you off from the local culture and keep you from enjoying the reality of life in the Amazon.

◆ Budget travel to the region will mean that you will probably get very basic amenities like windowless chalets, public transport, and mediocre lunches and dinners.

◆ The best way to balance your budget in the Amazon region is to choose a good package deal that will include―apart from lodging―food, excursions, and other necessary facilities.
The Easiest Routes
◆ The Amazon rainforest can be best accessed through four countries, viz., Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia.

◆ If you wish to get into the rainforest from Brazil, the easiest and fastest route is from Manaus―the largest city of the Amazonas state in northern part of the country. You will find a good number of tour operators in Manaus, catering to all kinds of budgets.

◆ From Peru, the easiest way to access the Amazon rainforest is via the city of Iquitos in the Loreto Region of the country. Almost all the excursions to the Peruvian Amazon start from Iquitos. However, it should be noted that Iquitos can only be accessed from the rest of the country by air and water.

◆ The Ecuadorian Amazon can be accessed by means of flights and buses from various places in the country. The easiest option is to charter a small plane from the Ecuadorian capital city, Quito, or from Guayaquil, the country’s largest city. You can land on one of the regional airports on the edge of the Ecuadorian Amazon, such as that of Shell Mera. Road travel to the Ecuadorian Amazon is possible―the most common route is from Baños in central Ecuador to Puyo on the western edge of the Ecuadorian Amazon. However, it should be noted that the road journeys in this region may be dangerous owing to its rainy weather and hazards posed by landslides.

◆ The major hub for excursions into the Colombian Amazon is the country’s southernmost city, Leticia. It is surrounded by numerous paths that lead right into the Amazon rainforest, and one can take a bus or rent a car from the city. Several river cruises to the jungle can also be booked from Leticia, which take tourists to seemingly forbidden places of the Colombian Amazon, thus, making them a unique experience.
Duration of Stay
◆ Irrespective of the country through which you opt to enter the Amazon, a week is generally regarded as a good amount of time to spend in the region and enjoy it satisfactorily.

◆ Out of the week’s seven days, a maximum of two to three days are usually required for travel and transfers. This leaves out four to five days for indulging in activities and excursions, which tend to be just enough.

◆ Those who have a longer duration of time at their disposal can explore different regions of the Amazon, rather than sticking to one particular area. This will not only enable them to discover more of Amazon, but will also increase their opportunities to indulge in various adventures.
What to Expect
◆ There are a few common activities which virtually every visitor to the Amazon indulges in. These include hiking, canoeing, whitewater rafting, bird watching, camping in the wilderness at night, and fishing. Most of these activities are often included in the tour; however, confirming the same is always a good idea.

◆ If you enter from the Brazilian side, you get a very typical, textbook-type glimpse of the Amazon rainforest, but only at the surface level. If you are interested in wildlife, Brazilian Amazon may be disappointing for you. There has been large-scale deforestation in the area of late, owing to which the wildlife therein has been dwindling. However, you can indulge in adventures such as river cruising, kayaking, sport fishing, and tree climbing.

◆ Brazilian Amazon is known for the various indigenous communities that reside there, and travelers to the region get enough opportunities to visit them and interact with them.

◆ If wildlife interests you more, opt to enter the jungle either from Peru or from Ecuador. There are great spots in these areas for bird watchers and lepidopterists, and of course for wild animals like jaguars, spectacled bears, and rare species of monkeys.

◆ Those wanting to experience the best of both worlds should choose to travel from the Colombian side. Colombian Amazon boasts of both, indigenous settlements as well as great flora and fauna.
So, what are you waiting for? Head to the Amazon rainforest and experience the adventure of your lifetime. Only remember to respect the sanctity of the jungle and the privacy of the species in there. Moreover, as far as possible, avoid going in the wilderness without a local guide. Lastly, travel as light as possible, but remember to carry all the essentials including insect repellents, sunscreens, and antiseptic hand gels.

Adventure Vacation Destinations

Yellowstone National Park
A great adventure place, Yellowstone National Park offers the pleasure of hiking and long treks. Yellowstone has millions of visitors every year. Hence, it has many interesting and challenging activities that makes the visitors come back. Visitor center, Norris Geyser Basin Museum, Fishing Bridge, Grant village and Albright are some of the visitor centers build for the tourists. There is also an option of taking up a Yellowstone Park wildlife tour, which includes a guide service, vans and boats to allow you a closer look at the wildlife in Yellowstone.

Colorado River Rafting
As per the website of Adventure Women, their exciting trip is the Colorado River rafting. They offer hiking in Canyonlands and Arches National Park which is followed by five day Colorado river rafting. It’s a complete adventure trip filled with lot excitement and challenge. However, there are professionals to guide and give some safety tips, before you take on your great 5 day adventure. To make the trip more fascinating, this vacation package comes with riverside camping too.

Montana Ski Trip
Ever thought of Skiing in the snow covered mountains of Montana? This large city is located in the Western United States and has a varied climate. Its snow capped mountains have given rise to many skiing resorts. Among them, Great Divide, Bridger Bowl Ski Area, Big Sky Resort and Turner Mountain Key Resort are some of the well-known and commonly visited places. These resorts have many winter activities and skiing is among the most sought after adventure activities by the tourists.

Wildlife Safari
Take a wildlife tour in different countries as they offer you some of the excellent tour packages. Encounter some of the fascinating animals as you travel through the wild jungles of Africa or please your eyes with some of the wonderful landscapes of Antarctica, South America and Arctic. There are many traveling firms that offer tailor made safaris and have professionals to escort the tour.

Dive In
Do you love to explore the life under water? If your answer is yes, then go scuba diving. The vast oceans hold many different and captivating water species which are an amazing sight to watch. Float through the deep blue waters of Cozumel, Fiji, Cayman Islands and Belize. Scuba diving is one unique water sport where one can dive into the sea and enjoy swimming along with different water species.

Take a Flight
Fly like a bird and high up in the air. Experience the height and feel the wind blow through your hair. Paragliding is an extremely adventurous and a fun activity that could turn your vacation even more exciting. There are many destinations, which have suitable climatic conditions and offer well planned escorted paragliding tours for its visitors. Basic safety precautions are taught to the customers interested in taking paragliding tours. There are professionals who escort you throughout your paragliding tour too.

Events That Led to the Invention of the Airplane

The invention of airplanes changed the way we travel and also made traveling very comfortable. Airplanes gave us the opportunity to explore different parts of the world. Tackling emergency situations like floods became easier. Airplanes are also an important part of the defense services. The aircraft that we see today can be classified into two types i.e. fixed-wing aircraft and rotatory-wind aircraft. Earlier, in the 18th century, hot air balloons were developed for flight. It was in 1783 that the Montgolfier Brothers built a hot air balloon for the first time. The lack of thrust needed to power the aircraft and absence of navigation tools were the major problems associated with hot air balloons. However, this didn’t stop people from working in the field of airplane development, and eventually, the airplane was invented.
Who Invented the Airplane?

The Wright Brothers from USA invented the first airplane. Wilbur and Orville, the Wright Brothers were born on 16th April, 1867 and 19th August, 1871 respectively. They didn’t continue their education after high school and instead decided to open a bicycle repair shop. They used to study the experiments and research taking place in the field of airplane development. Their interest and passion for airplanes led to the development of the first heavier-than-air plane.
First Airplane to Fly
The Wright Brothers, Wilbur and Orville began working on the idea of building airplanes in 1899. They finally succeeded in flying the first airplane on 17th December, 1903. It was a historic day, since many attempts to manufacture an airplane had earlier met with failure.
Aerodynamics

The period between 1799 and 1809 was important from the point of view of airplane development. The fundamental concepts of aerodynamics were laid by Sir George Cayley, an English baronet. He put forth the idea of inclined planes which were supposed to have rigid wings (for ‘lift’) and a separate propelling mechanism (for ‘thrust’). The basic idea behind developing such planes was to provide a flat surface in order to provide the necessary lift for flying.
Hang Gliders

The work of Otto Lilienthal, a German aeronautical engineer proved to be an inspiration for the Wright Brothers. The hang gliders built by Lilienthal completed many successful flights. However, they lacked a control system fuel-power facility. During these flights, Lilienthal had to swing his torso in order to guide the glider in a particular direction. Lilienthal died in a glider crash in 1896. Wright brothers took up the study of flight and airplanes seriously after this tragic incident.
Hiram Stevens Maxim’s Flying Machine
The flying machine built by Hiram Maxim had a wingspan of 34 m and a total length of 44 m. Two compound 360 hp steam engines were used to power this machine. With all the bulky parts incorporated in the design, this flying machine weighed around 3.5 tons. Tests conducted on this machine revealed that it was aerodynamically unstable and could not be properly controlled. This led to Maxim giving up on his attempts to make the flying machine.
First Airplane Invented

Wilbur and Orville Wright tried to overcome the limitations of Mr. Lilienthal’s hang glider. They also used the concept of inclined planes in their first airplane. They fitted the plane with a 12 horsepower petrol engine and two propellers. The aircraft they had developed was a biplane with two main wings, positioned one above the other. The two wings helped provide a greater lift to the plane. At last, on 17th December, 1903, the first flight of their airplane took place at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in USA; it lasted for 59 seconds. Attaining a height of 120 feet, the plane covered a distance of 852 feet. In all, four flights were taken on that day. Out of these four, the above-mentioned flight was the best. Kitty Hawk was chosen for the flight due to its windy weather and sandhills – which would have acted as cushions in case of a crash.

The wing-warping method was used by Wright Brothers in their first flight. In the wing-warping technique, the wingtips are arched slightly. It facilitates the rolling motion of airplanes and also helps maintain the balance. The plane developed by Wright Brothers had a three-axis control. It rotated along three different axes and in three motions as follows.
Pitch: This motion of the airplane helps in raising and lowering the nose.
Roll: Rotation takes place along the longest axis of the plane in this motion.
Yaw: In this motion of airplane, the horizontal axis is rotated.
The rudder attached at the tail end of the plane served the purpose of navigation. Today’s modern aircraft also follow these fundamentals that were set by the Wright Brothers.

Importance Of Travel And Tourism

Whenever we think of travel, we get images of spending our leisure time at a place, which is far from the hustle and bustle of our normal life, a place which is unique in its own way.

But today, travel and tourism is related not only to holidaying but has also emerged as one of the major industries of the world and generator of jobs.

It is the nation’s third largest retail sales industry. The economic, social and cultural benefits that tourism brings to the local community are commendable.

In India there are many places that attract tourists and hence there are some requirements to promote tourism. First and foremost, there should be a peaceful atmosphere in the country. Secondly, there should be enough facilities for accommodation, transportation and sufficient tourist attractions.

Thirdly, effective machinery is necessary to give wide publicity relating to tourist attractions and the authorities are taking steps towards the promotion of tourism for e.g. a number of star hotels have been constructed by the Indian Tourism Development Corporation and the Tourist Development Corporations in the states. The mass media are made use of, to popularize and publicize the names of various places that have tourist attractions. It should happily be noted that the Government of India has decided to run a few tourist trains on some important routes. This may mitigate the hardships of the tourists to some extent.

A nation can reap many advantages fro tourism. Thus, tourism continues to grow at a steady rate nationally, despite a few stormy clouds on an otherwise stable economic horizon. Locally, the visitor industry is poised for a continued strong year in the coming years.

Travel Abroad for Volunteer Jobs

Travelling abroad is a great way to learn and experience things you cannot find them in your own country. But traveling is hectic and needs a lot of preparations and arrangements. To make your traveling easy, fun and beneficial, consider traveling abroad as a volunteer with other volunteers. This is a great way to go to an interesting place in the world and earn experience, help others and work on sustainable projects. This offer seems to be very enticing as it comprises of many benefits. For your travel expenses and arrangements you can contact with any good NGO and register yourself as an interested volunteer. Once you are accepted, you will be sent to any of the African countries or others to join projects opened for the welfare of the locals.

How to Start Your Planning

In order to go to a place in Africa where you can join volunteer programs easily, start planning for your travel in advance. It is good that you start a few months before. First you look for charity organizations that are actively working and providing people in Africa with their services. These organizations are well-organized and can arrange groups of volunteers and dispatch them to those places where their assistance is needed.  One of these NGOs is Thrive Africa. Their packages are versatile and you have the opportunity to get yourtravel expenses funded by sponsors. While you register for the volunteer programs, check the detailed information where to go and what programs to join. Collect information about the local weather of the place you want to go and find about culture of the people as well. Advance planning saves you from wasting precious time. You can make the best use of ample time with you and choose the programs of your choice to join.

Browse the Website to Find Inspiration

Your travel abroad is a serious and purposeful program.  But if you feel anytime that you are losing faith and you need inspiration which sometime happens because of anxiety,. Thrive Africa has interesting videos of volunteer work and reviews of enthusiastic travelers on the website that can be quite inspiring. You can share these videos with friends and family to check if anyone else also wants to company you abroad. Your volunteering can be fun, rewarding and memorable with great experience of work and visiting new places in Africa.

Harbin Ice Festival Travel Tips

The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, commonly known as Harbin Ice Festival, mainly consist of four theme parks: Harbin Ice and Snow World, Sun Island International Ice and Snow Sculpture Art Expo, Harbin Ice Lantern Show, and Songhua River Ice and Snow Happy Valley. Being a tourist brand name of Harbin, the capital and largest city of Heilongjiang province, People’s Republic of China, the festival draws millions of tourists every winter.

Locations of the Theme Parks

1. Harbin Ice and Snow World Location
West side of Sun Island, Songbei District, Harbin (near Heilongjiang Science and Technology Museum)

2. Ice Lantern Fair Location
The fair is located in Zhaolin Park, at the northern end of Zhaolin Street in Daoli District. The address is No. 74 Friendship Road (Youyi Lu), Daoli District, Harbin

3. Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Are Expo Location
No.3 Jingbei Road, Sun Island Scenic Area, Songbei District, Harbin

4. Songhua River Ice and Snow Happy Valley Location
On Songhua River (near the Flood Control Monument and Tongjiang Street)

Best Time to Visit
The festival officially starts on Jan 5 and ends at Feb. 25 every year. If go to Harbin for the festival, try to avoid the weekends and Chinese New Year if possible.

Things to do
You can find many things to do during Harbin Ice Festival, including watch ice/snow sculptures and buildings, ice lanterns, winter swimming performance, go skiing/snowboarding, dog/horse sledding, ice spinning, and ice sailing, experience ice restaurants and ice bars, or have a safari-style Siberian tigers watching trip etc.

What to wear in Harbin Ice Festival
1. Belt /Pants /Socks /Underwear

2. Sweater/Gloves/Winter Hat/Winter Jacket/ Scarves

3. Silk or other long underpants, t-shirts or camisoles for carrying money and important documents

4. Fanny Pack/Purse /Money Belt /Wallet

5. Security pouch for valuable documents

How to get there
The best way to get to Harbin is by air via some China’s major cities, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjing, Nanjing and Guangzhou.

Where to ski in Harbin
Harbin and its surrounding areas have many ski resorts with excellent facilities. Tourists can go skiing in these places: Yabuli Ski Resort, Longzhu Erlongshan Ski Resort, Yabuli Sunshine Holiday Village Ski Resort, Harbin Institute Of Physical Education Skifield, Jihua Changshou Mountain Ski
Resort, Yawangsi Ski Resort, Huatian Wumiji Ski Resort, Pingshan Shenlu Ski Resort, Mingdu Ski Field, Fanqi Shangjing International Ski Resort, Window Of Eurasian Ski Field, Harbin Moon Bay Ski Field, Ice And Snow World Ski Field, Yuquan International Hunting Ground Ski Resort, Weihu Mountain National Forest Park Ski Resort, Xudong Lantian Ski Resort.

Suggested 3-day Harbin Ice Festival Tour

Day 1 Arrival in Harbin
Upon arrival at Harbin airport, you are met and transferred to the hotel (check in if room available). Free at leisure for the rest of the day.

Day 2 Harbin
Today we will start tour to visit the largest Orthodox Church in the Far East – St. Sofia Church. And then free walk through the Central Street. On the streets, you can find some facts about Harbin’s history and culture. Continue tour to visit the Sun Island Park, where the Sun Island Snow Sculpture Art Expo is held every winter and you can see various awesome snow sculptures featuring different cultures. Later transfer to the Siberian Tiger Park, where we’re caged in a specially protected bus to see the tigers and lions. In the afternoon, transfer to visit the highlights of the Harbin Ice Festival – Ice and Snow World Park where you stroll through this winter wonderland, marvel at the magnificent exquisitely-detailed, gigantic ice sculptures. View fabulous creations of notable buildings and monuments of different architectural types and styles, figures of animals, people, mythical creatures, ice slides and lanterns. When evening sets in, multicolored lights illuminate the sculptures, creating a breathtaking display of these icy works of art.

Day 3 Depart Harbin
In the morning, visit the Stalin Park. The park stands as evidence of the friendship between the world’s two most powerful communist countries at that time. At the center of Stalin Park stands the Flood Control Monument built to commemorate the tremendous feat of the Harbin people in controlling the massive flood of 1957. You will watch winter swimming performance on Songhua River. And you may choose to take part in some ice activities with own expense, such as ice sloping, dog-sled (about RMB30/pp, US$5 per time), etc. After that, transfer to the airport for the flight back to your sweet home.

Airport Travel Tips

Our journey begins at the airports and it ends there as well. Check-in, boarding, security clearance, immigration – so much happens. And long queues don’t make any of this easier. Here are some tips which will help you navigate your way through the airport:

1. Travel mid-week:

Wednesday and Thursday are great days to fly. The flights are cheaper and airports are least crowded mid-week. This is the most hassle-free flying experience you’ll ever have.

2. Know your airport:

You should know more than just the location of your airport. Is it a small airport or a bigger busier one? What food options are available there? These questions are important. If it’s a smaller airport then you don’t need to get there too early. If the food court has limited options then grabbing dinner on the way would be a better idea. Doing a little research beforehand always comes in handy.

3. Dress simply:

Don’t wear too much jewelry or strappy shoes. The more complicated your shoes are, the more time you’ll waste on them at the security checkpoint. Don’t wear too many layers as you’ll be told to take those off for security check. Keep your sweater in your bag and wear it once you have been screened.

4. Arrive later, not earlier:

I know the golden rule always seem to be to arrive earlier everywhere you go but in this case, the later the better. Most people from your flight will have already checked in so you won’t have to stand in a long queue. Plus, if your luggage is placed under the plane towards the end of check-in, it will be among the first bags to come out!

5. Use airport toilet before you get on the plane:

I hate plane toilets just like anybody else. I don’t board the plane until I’ve first used an airport restroom.

6. Get some work done:

Most airports have free wifi so you can use your time sitting in the airport lounge getting some work done. You’ll be able to enjoy your flight more afterwards.

7. Set an alarm for boarding:

As a solo traveler, I like wandering through the airport, sometimes even going from one terminal to another. And if you’re in the habit of falling asleep in some corner of the airport then an alarm for boarding time really helps.

8. Don’t stand up for boarding as soon as they announce it:

The moment the announcement is made, everybody rushes to their feet and then continues standing in line for the next thirty to forty minutes. Nobody’s gonna take your seat so what’s the rush? Once the line thins out, board the plane and you will find yourself seated in no time.

9. Meeting an Immigration officer:

Keep your passport and other documents handy so you’re not fumbling – and keeping everyone waiting – when it’s your turn. Remember, this is not the time to show some sass. Answer what you’re asked and stay quiet. Smile but not too much. Don’t act creepy and you’re sure to get done soon.

Resolving Common Questions With Airport Car Parks

Airport parking can be sometimes very confusing and can feel like a real minefield to navigate with so many different options around when most of them are very similar in concept.

The best parking deals can be found online so take advantage and keep your eye on pre – booking deals to the best place. In extenuating circumstances, there is an option to cancel your booking up to 24 hours prior to your scheduled arrival time if the event or your trip has been cancelled. You could also get a refund for your airport parking.

Same situation if your flight is delayed – you can simply pay for additional parking time while using the same parking place. If you delay unexpectedly, and you must leave your car for a longer period of time, the car park will be happy to take care after your vehicle the entire time until your return.

Not everyone has used a valet parking at some point in the past. The most common question is who will hold your keys after the vehicle has been parked? The answer of this question depends on which car park or airport parking option you have chosen. Airport parking will keep your keys if you park (off airport) and you can keep your keys if you park domestic (on airport).

Although linked by runways and aprons, airport parking is located separately from the terminal. The journey takes no longer than 10 minutes, but traveling with luggage maybe a problem but a kid often asks to transfer between the parking and the terminal. Depending on your flight details and how much time you have to arrive at the plane, you may want to have someone to assist you and get you to the terminal you are flying from. Our staff members are here to provide transport and look after your baggage.

Sometimes it may happen to park in the wrong area. Usually you will be charged the regular price for the area you parked your vehicle in. We recommend being very cautious about checking that you are in the right parking place. If you are faced with difficulties, feel free to contact our employees at the entrance to inform that you have come to a different parking area. They are happy to be of help and guide you through your parking lot where you`ve reserved a space in.

If you have booked using the website form you need to follow the instructions according to your booking confirmation. You can find your way to the airport car parks by following the road signage and park your car in the park zone you have previously chosen. Sometimes after you locate your parking zone you may notice how someone else is using the parking space instead of you because of negligence. In a case like this it is necessary that you go to the service centre with your parking ticket so you can receive a new ticket from another parking lot.

Choosing the Right Airline Travel Agency

images-2A good and reliable airline travel agency unlocks more options and a wider range of services compared to what can be searched on the internet. Moreover, being able to converse with real people at a physical location is found to be more convenient and comforting to many flight customers. It is significant to know that in case any problems occur, there is a travel agency to help resolve the conflict.

Generally, anyone can claim to have travel agencies just by operating businesses. In the United States, it is said that the eleven states which demand business registration only call for filling out of a form and paying fees. With these, the bigger problem lies on which travel agency a customer can trust for the hassle-free experience when it comes to buying airplane tickets. This article will discuss the several factors that customers may consider in choosing the right airline travel agency.

Factors to Consider

The first factor to consider is the agency’s basic services. It is important to know about their hotline, the number of days they are open in a week, amateur or professional email addresses, as well as their internet connection. These are deciding factors so customers will know whether they can instantly reach the company after sending an e-mail or calling the company’s landline in just a minute or two.

After this, it is also recommendable to examine the size of the agency. However, bigger agencies are not necessarily better compared to the smaller ones. If the flight is intended for an individual or a family, a smaller agency might be more compatible. Conversely, if the flight being managed is for a group of a thousand people, then bigger agencies might provide better services.

Moreover, the reputation of the agency should also be noted. Being able to know what previous customers experienced with the agency and its services can build or break the trust of potential customers. Opinions of family members, relatives, co-workers, or friends who had past experiences with various agencies is a good start in choosing the right one.

The fourth factor is the agency’s speciality on a specific travel type. There are two types of travel – business and leisure. While all agencies might be willing to help, if a specific agency specializes on business travels rather than leisure travels, it is more likely that its services more corporate-focused. Customers need to keep this in mind and straightforwardly ask the agency about the primary travel type it can serve.

Lastly, the packages and promos offered by travel agencies can be a plus factor, especially to those with limited budgets. Comparing travel promos of various agencies can determine which one is the most affordable despite having the same set of services. Customers, however, should be aware that there are agencies with little or no background which are providing airfare prices which are too good to be true.

While trying to minimize costs, keep the tips and ideas stated above in mind before purchasing their airplane tickets. After deliberating, customers can then proceed to what they perceive to be the right airline travel agency for them.

How Group Travel Offers Can Save You Big Money

images-3One of the main reasons why people prefer to travel in groups is that group travel is safe and secure for all individuals involved. At the same time, if you end up in trouble in a strange land then you have all the support that you need. However, group travel is also a great way of saving money due to the many group travel offers available in the market.

Over the years there has been an increase in the popularity of group travel because it makes people feel more secure. Another phenomenon that came with the popularity of group travel was that better travel deals were being offered in different segments of the travel industry which only a few people know about. In groups every individual has some control when it comes to the choice of lodging and accommodations. First of all if you book air tickets in bulk then you will get a sizeable discount on them. This is even more so when some travel agencies are specifically offering group discount offers.

At the same time depending on the size and schedule of the activities of your group, there are many hotels who will be ready to cater to the requirements of your group. This is because hotels also know that in catering to group of guests they end up making more profits with lesser efforts. Lodges and hotels understand that in a group of travelers everyone is more likely to spend more money on refreshments, food and drink and tours. At the same time, if a group of travelers is happy with the services of a hotel then it will lead to a lot of word of mouth publicity.

Apart from offering special discounts to groups, airlines and hotels also offer discounts to senior citizens. Hence if you are an elderly person then you should take advantage of senior travel deals offered by some travel agencies, airlines and hotels. This will save you lot of money and at the same time allow you to travel in comfort and convenience.

However, whether you are a group of people or senior citizens planning on a travel trip, then it is advisable to spend good amount of time in conducting research regarding the various lucrative deals available in the market. Look for the websites of travel agencies that are known to offer such deals and short list 3-4 of them. You can then place a phone call to them and discuss your requirements. This will give you the information that you require to single out one travel agency with which you wish to do business. As a result you will be able to get the best deal in the market which will help you save considerable money while you enjoy your travel trip.