Luxury Vacation With The Help of a Travel Agent

Luxury VacationIf you are planning a luxury vacation with your family, initially you will have to choose a destination. A luxury vacation is the best way to escape from the stress of everyday life. Cruising has become increasingly popular among people as the prices are becoming more affordable and the competition grows between various companies. The price of a cruise vacation includes all your meals and snacks, a cabin to sleep in every night, your transportation, special on board activities and entertainment. There are also discount cruises or vacation packages available. These packages are definitely attractive, but before choosing such a deal, it is advisable to engage the service of a licensed and experienced travel agent. These agents can offer you exclusive luxury vacation packages for both honeymoon couples and families. Travel agents are the best people to contact. Your family members and friends can help you to find an agent who has a good reputation for planning well organized and enjoyable vacations.

Nowadays you can communicate with travel agents in three ways- face to face, via telephone or through the internet. People think that they will save a lot of money if they try to get tickets and plan a journey on their own. However, people pay more when they travel on their own than when they travel with the help of an agent. With the help of a travel agent you can have a comfortable and error free journey.

A travel agent can be helpful to you in offering you several different amenities such as making reservations at hotels or resorts, arranging for car rentals, planning other travel accommodations and offering advice on foreign currency exchange. There are several other benefits if you use an agent for the purchase of tickets and other needs. Tickets will be available even when the tickets are not available at other places. The services offered by these agents also includes buying entrance tickets at various parks or heritage sites, booking places to stay and many other small issues. A travel agent knows many companies out of which they will find the best ones for you. These agents may also offer you less expensive travel packages. You can also find online packages, but make sure that the company is reputable.

The services of a travel agent will help support people and plan their luxury vacation. An agent will help you if you are stuck in a place or can help solve any other problems that might occur during your luxury vacation. A good travel agent establishes a relationship with you and knows your likes and dislikes, wants and needs. They also know your travel needs and offer unbiased information as they work for you and not for the provider. Hence, by availing the services of an experienced and professional travel agent you will be able to enjoy your luxury travel.

There is nothing better than luxury vacations. Not only will you experience the customs, culture and tastes of a foreign place but you can also get the needed rest and relaxation that you desire. If you want flawless luxury vacations, utilize the services of a travel agent to do all of your vacation planning.

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Business Travel Agents Tips

Business Travel AgentsNew York City is one of the most popular key travel destinations for corporate travellers worldwide. The city is the center of much that’s great, dynamic and profitable in America. It is home of one of the world’s principal financial centres (i.e. anchored by Wall Street), and a popular business hub for the publishing and entertainment industry at the same time. So, it’s no surprise it features three airports, Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), LaGuardia Airport (LGA) and J. F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). As a frequent corporate traveller you probably may have flown to one of the three New York airports at some point or another. With JFK being a major international gateway to the US, this city guide aims to provide some helpful travel agents tips for corporate travellers flying to or from JFK Airport.

New York JFK Facts & Figures

Located about 25km away from Manhattan in Queens, JFK Airport is the largest airport in the state of New York and one of the busiest business travel hubs (over 50 million travellers/year) in the US and internationally. It has six operating terminals (numbered 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8; terminal 6 was demolished in 2011, Terminal 3 in 2013). Currently, the 4th runway is under redevelopment to comply with the needs of Group VI aircraft (until December 2015 as planned so far), which may cause delays, but measures are in place to minimise them, so you shouldn’t be too much affected. With more than 90 airlines arriving and departing from JFK, various business travel solutions for flights to New York can be arranged. Points of origin and destinations include places within the US, Canada, Latin America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Pacific, Australia/New Zealand, basically all over the world. The airport offers corporate travellers a choice of non-stop flights to about 100 international destinations which may prove convenient for your next business trip. However, JFK is very susceptible to weather-related delays due to its position. Corporate travellers are well advised to consider and prepare for possible thunderstorms in summer, causing delays across the US, as well as snow, icing and assorted slush throughout the winter season. For the months between June and November the risk of potential hurricanes is increased.

In general, our business travel agents team advise leisure and corporate travellers to allow plenty of time for getting to and from JFK. Serious traffic incidents on the way between the city and the airport left many wondering whether they’ would be able to make it in time or miss their flight. Furthermore, don’t forget that this is America. Therefore, bear in mind that the TSA rules supreme over security checkpoints. So, take a deep breath and take maybe a book with you or something else to keep you busy. Make sure you arrive early.

Useful JFK terminal facilities for corporate travellers

In most public areas within most terminals, corporate travellers will conveniently find that Wi-Fi is available for free for up to 30min. You can get online near the ticket counters, boarding gates, designated work stations and food courts. The Wi-Fi access is provided by Boingo Wireless Company. If you need to use the internet for longer than 30mins., consider the following options: 1) $4.95 (£3.01, €3.77) per hour (pay as you go), 2) $7.95 (£4.83,€6.05) for unlimited access throughout a 24-hour period (day pass), 3) $9.95 (£6.04,€7.58) per month (unlimited access via a monthly subscription, to be used worldwide), or 4) if you already have a user account, simply log in using your user name and password. ATMs, currency exchange options (Lenlyn or Travelex), a rental phone shop, and more than 100 shops alongside various dining options are available at the terminals.

Ground transportation services from JFK Airport to New York City

The most convenient, stress-free way for travel from and to JFK Airport is to take the AirTrain. It is a cost efficient and helps you make sure you arrive at the airport in time, whilst avoiding possible traffic jams. You can access AirTrain services via the New York City subway system, which is also connected to the Long Island Railroad (LIRR). The journey from/to the city takes just over an hour. AirTrain is operated 24 hours on 365 days a year. Within the airport area, it connects terminals and also enables you to easily access car rental services, hotel shuttle areas and parking lots. At peak times the trains depart every 7 minutes and at off-peak times they go every 15 minutes. However, be clever in choosing your business travel route, as various routes make different stops within the airport. Good news for corporate travellers is that travel within the airport is usually free of charge. However, travel outside the airport is subject to a fee. AirTrain prices generally start from $5 (£3.04, €3.81). For more details on ticket prices are provided on the JFK Airport website under costs and tickets. If you travel via New York’s public transport network, then it is a good idea to use MetroCard, which is widely accepted and is worth to purchase for travel via subway, local trains, or buses. You can find vending machines for buying a MetroCard at Howard Beach and Jamaica Station. A good alternative for corporate travellers would be to take a taxi (for up to 4 passengers). Simply wait in the cab line for a licensed and insured cab to take you to your destination (about $52, i.e. about £31.58, €39.59, flat rate between JFK and Manhattan, excluding tips and tolls). The time for this trip should be about an hour. However, it can take much longer during rush hour.

Shared-ride shuttle services are a cheaper option than taxis, but can involve a lot of waiting and being driven around New York City to drop other people off first. You can find a full list of providers on the airport authority’s website. But remember to tip appropriately, as tipping (around 20% of transfer cost) is quite common and keep in mind that bridge/tunnel tolls are not included in the shared-ride shuttle services fares. Another option is to ask your business travel company to arrange a shuttle service for your trip from and to John F. Kennedy International Airport as prices can vary greatly depending on location and number of passengers. In this way you can ensure that you are travelling with a reliable supplier.

An express bus service is also available for a nominal fee from Penn Station (reachable e.g. by AirTrain or taxi). The service operates from early morning to late night, with buses running at least every half hour.

The airport is also home to several car rental agencies. Leisure and corporate travellers can choose between a number of car major rental companies including Advantage, Thrifty, Dollar, Enterprise, Budget, Hertz, National and Avis.

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Travel Tips on Accommodation

Travel Tips on AccommodationIn all my personal travels, accommodation selection is a very important part of the planning process. I try not to travel on group packages when exploring Asia, they usually take me to cashew nut factories, gem merchants and bird’s nest restaurants, none of which appeal to me. I also often get put up in hotels which are crammed and fairly worn by groups of travelers brought in by the travel agencies.

The internet is my best source for planning a trip, I get great deals on hotels, transportation and on-the-ground arrangements and very good information such as reviews and recommendations from fellow travelers.

When doing a personal trip on a mid-range budget, it is not as easy as business travels where I can pick a reliable hotel chain and book a room. I personally choose my accommodation based on the following:

1. Location – close by to the following, depending on purpose of the trip:

a. The skytrain/underground (for places such as Bangkok, Singapore, London and etc)

b. Shopping center(s) or point of interest, within 10-15 minutes walking distance is acceptable

c. Good hangouts, e.g. eateries or pubs/bars/clubs

d. The beach or nothing for that matter (for pure relaxation, isolation can be therapeutic. I personally like views of the paddy field when in Bali)

For location, I would try to stay away from being located on main streets, on the entertainment row (pounding music at night is no fun nor the sight of men picking up scantily clad women), brightly lit neighboring buildings (which is quite common in Hong Kong),

2. Price – a very important factor, several sites offer very good discounts, here are some I recommend, Asia Travel, Asia Hotels, Asia Best Hotel, PYO Travel. Asia Travel has been most reliable and no issue with internet payments so far. For country specific travels, there are other sites, some local, which offer better discounts. I’ll cover this in a related article. Best is to always compare offers from several sites, you can sometimes save quite a lot – extra money can always go towards the shopping budget :p

3. Traveler reviews – I use the Trip advisor site religiously, they provide rankings of hotels as rated by travelers based on several criteria. This is important as images of the rooms provided by the hotels are usually not accurate. Often I’ve passed on some hotels as travelers did mention that it was old or dirty, important facts that you cannot obtain on brochures or hotel websites.

4. Cleanliness – I’m Virgo and a clean environment is very important to me. Clean carpets, sheets, room walls and bathroom are necessary. Heaven forbid that the room or sheets smell. I can’t sleep otherwise. I’d sacrifice a small room for cleanliness anytime. Try to pick hotels which have been newly opened or recently refurbished. For the latter, make sure they put you in the new wing.

That aside, go out, explore and have fun! Accommodation is important but please don’t stay indoors and explore the room walls when traveling. It should only be a place for peaceful rest in preparation of the exciting travel ahead the next day.

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A Disney World Travel Agent

So you’re planning a vacation to Walt Disney World! Congratulations! There are few vacation destinations that are more anticipated than a family trip to the Happiest Place on Earth! Now for the planning details…and when it comes to a Disney vacation, there are many details! Do you have someone helping with the planning? If not, you should consider the services of a specialized Disney World travel agent…and here are five reasons why:

So Much to See and Do

Walt Disney World is an enormous resort property that includes 4 major theme parks, 2 water parks, dozens of hotel properties, literally hundreds of attractions, rides, shows, parades, and fireworks, as well as special events held throughout the year. There is an infinite variety of things to see and do, and for anyone visiting Disney World, it can be overwhelming trying to sort through everything. This is where a Disney World travel agent can be a huge help! From helping you choose when to go and where to stay, to suggesting the best ticket options for your family, a Disney travel specialist will be there helping you plan, every step of the way.

Itinerary Planning So You Don’t Miss a Thing

Popular with everyone who visits Walt Disney World, the many choices for dining, shows, and attractions can again, leave the visitor confused and overwhelmed. Where are the best places to eat with children? How can you dine with the characters? What time are the parade and fireworks? And will my child love…or hate…this ride? These are the types of questions that a Disney World travel agent can help you with. He or she can take the stress out of all the planning by helping you make the best choices for your family. And more importantly: if what you want to see or do requires reservations, your agent will make sure you have them.

Your Agent Knows Disney

There are many wonderful and reputable travel agents, but a Disney World travel agent knows everything there is to know about Disney, and you benefit from his/her knowledge and experience. Disney travel specialists are graduates of the College of Disney Knowledge, certifying them as experts in Disney vacation planning, and in addition have experienced many personal Disney vacations. No one knows more about how to plan a Disney vacation than a specialized Disney agent.

Saving You Money

Disney vacations can be expensive…but they don’t have to be, and having the help of a Disney World travel agent will save you money. Knowing the most current Disney savings, discounts and promotions, your agent will work with you to determine the most affordable option for your Disney vacation. Even better, he or she will watch for deals that come out after you are booked…and if it will save you money, your Disney agent will rebook to get you the savings!

There is No Charge to You!

It is evident that the services of a Disney World travel agent are invaluable. Expertise about everything related to Disney, planning and booking help, and monitoring the deals to save you money…these services can help to make your vacation a wonderful and memorable experience for your family. And the best part of having the help of a Disney specialist? It costs you nothing, as agents do not charge for their services. So how can you afford NOT to have a Disney agent on your side?

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