Tips for Holiday Travel

Traveling during holidays can be made easier if you plan your trip carefully. Here are some tips for stress-free holiday travel.Try avoiding the main travel dates and peak travel times. For example, traveling the day before Thanksgiving, or on the last couple of days before Christmas, can be a very stressful and expensive experience. Everyone is traveling at the same time, so there will be congestion on the roads if you are driving, and most flights are fully booked weeks or even months in advance. If you can travel a few days earlier, you can often save money and find traveling easier and less crowded. Some people prefer driving or flying on Thanksgiving Day, because airfares are much cheaper than on the day before Thanksgiving and if you drive, roads can be much more peaceful.If you are traveling on a budget and are looking for cheap airfares, the best way to find them is to travel outside the peak travel times and to book ahead. The days before and after the main holidays, such as Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Thanksgiving and Easter, are the busiest days when everyone wants to travel, and prices for flights are high. If you can be flexible with your traveling schedule, try flying earlier or later than everyone else does. This works whenever you need to find low fares for flights. Weekends are always the most expensive times to fly, and if you can travel in the middle of the week, you can often be surprised at how much lower the prices are.For travel during the busiest holidays, always book flights, train tickets and accommodation as far in advance as possible. Flights as well as hotel rooms get fully booked often weeks or months ahead of a major holiday, and the closer you get to the travel date the higher the costs of traveling will be. If you need to travel during the peak travel days, make sure to make all arrangements months ahead of the time to guarantee a ticket on that flight or the hotel room you need. Try booking online: many travel companies, hotels and airlines offer discounts for Internet bookings.On the day of travel, leave early: during the main holiday season, there are often flight delays at airports and bad traffic jams on roads simply because everyone is traveling at the same time. Leave some extra time for traveling, and you will find it much easier and less stressful.

3 Steps to Help You Choose a Travel Agent

Planning an overseas holiday can be challenging, especially for the first time travellers and also many seasoned travellers. Your travel agent can be of great assistance in all facets of travel. Here are there steps and the things to do to get your travel agent on the road to creating the best value holiday possible.1. Make a list of your dream holidayWhen do I want to travel? Choose a range of dates if possible as there might be some “deals” available. Ask about the peak and off-peak times.How long do I want to travel? Flexibility may be beneficial.Where would I like to go? Be precise if you know, otherwise list the types of activities that you with to take part in.Who is going with me? List all the people, full names (as shown in the passports) and birth dates.How much am I willing to pay? (be realistic)Who do I want to fly with? (and Who do I not want to fly with?)What type of accommodation do I want? (hotel, apartment, etc.)What quality of accommodation do I want? (3, 4, 5 star)What kind of tours interest me? (adventure, culture, art, etc,)What means of in-country transport do I want? (hire car, train, bus, flight, walk)2. Choose a travel consultant either online or shop-front and share you dream holiday.In choosing a travel agent look for someone:Who you can relate to. You will be sharing personal information.Who listens and understands your needs, then meets/exceeds them, so that you get the holiday that you want.Who offers contact methods that suit you both in method and timing.Who researches your requests. No one knows everything, so find someone who will find out anything that is unusual in your request.Who answers your questions properly and clearly,so that you can understand them.Who looks for ways to give you great value. These could be add-ons, inclusions, lower prices better experiences, etc.Who explains insurance matters and encourages you to do independent research.Who will combine components for better value.Who explains travel risks and a mitigation approach, especially if you are traveling to an unfamiliar destination. It is sometimes good to ask about the consultants experiences in that country.3. Making the booking with the travel consultant:Make sure you understand the offer (and the fine-print)Check about additional services and costs on the tourClarify anything that you are not sure aboutAsk about continued availabilityAsk what to do if something goes wrongThat is it. Understand what you want, convey the information to the travel consultant and confirm that all is well.Then go and enjoy the holiday and don’t forget to thank the travel consultant when it is all over.

Easy to Find Affordable Travel for You and Your Family

What is affordable travel? Well, I guess it’s all to do with individual finances and that is as varied as the places we visit. However, the purpose of this short article is to give a few pointers on how to save on your travels whatever your personal budget is.Firstly, I have to point out that sometimes the travel agents themselves really do have some fantastic deals, especially last minute trips that they want to fill because of cancellations or unsold slots etc. But the problem with these types of bookings is that many folks are restricted with times and durations due to school and work commitments and are therefore not usually able to snap up a these late bargains.If you have the time to do a little research yourself, you will also see that many package tour holidays are extremely overpriced, as there are the agents, the middle men, and the destination vendors all taking a cut from your holiday cash. With so many of us having access to the internet these days, it really is easy to arrange your own affordable travel. In fact, such are the savings sometimes, you may find that you are able to visit places you only dreamt about or perhaps add a few extra days onto your trip with the money saved.For example, a package deal may only be able to offer you a modern 4 or 5 star hotel whereas you could find a clean smart, friendly well run place just meters away at a fraction of the cost. This way, you are still where you want to be, have clean rooms, nice food, and all the rest of it, but without the man in the corner playing a grand piano, or a saluting doorman at the front entrance. Alternatively, should you prefer the luxury of a fine hotel, check out its rates online and you may find you can still book in at a reduced cost compared to that of an agent.Another tip for affordable travel is to reduce the traveling itself. Why is it that we feel we need to go so far in order to have a great vacation? Just a few kilometers away from where we live could offer undiscovered travel treasure troves that we had no idea about. Take a look at you immediate region and you could dig out places you never knew existed right on your doorstep. We don’t have to fly or drive hundreds of miles just to get away from it all. There are places in your own back yards that are worlds apart from what you’re used to. Simply go to an online search site and type in something like ‘vacations in + state, town, or city’. Honestly, you’ll be amazed before you’re half way through.Affordable travel deals can be had using a multitude of different avenues but there are a few golden rules to arranging your own. 1. Know your budget. 2. Know where you want to go and what type of holiday i.e. outdoor, beach, countryside, city etc. 3. Know your preferred accommodation type i.e. camping, caravan, guest house, cabin, hotel etc. 4. Know your method of travel i.e. car, train, ship, flight. 5. Know your activity i.e. adventure travel, beach holidays, sightseeing trips etc. Make a simple check list, sit at the old PC, and start to price up and tot up the individual components. You may want to grab a holiday brochure too, so that you can make the comparisons. Good luck