The reality of traveling is that it is quite expensive relative to most people's incomes. Unless you're fairly well-off, you won't be able to travel regularly throughout your life until you master some discount travel techniques. The art of "discount travel" is more then simply one quick trick, it is an overall approach that you can, and should, apply to every element of your trip. For example, you should explore charter flights and last minute deals, etc. to get the cheapest possible airfare. Once you arrive in a foreign country, you should meet some locals and establish where the cheap places to eat and stay are. Discount travel involves a lot of small things that when applied together result in big savings, and allow even those on moderate budgets to travel regularly and enjoyably.An important concept to get used to if you want your money to last while you are traveling in a foreign country is that of bargaining. In most foreign countries, and especially those of the second world, barging plays a big part in everyday life, and you will find yourself continually overspending if you don't participate in it.Most North Americans are terrible at bargaining, which is not at all their fault: bargaining simply does not play much of a role in our everyday transactions, and except for large purchases like buying a car, and maybe to a lesser extent a house, most of us aren't used to it - we certainly aren't used to haggling over small items.The first thing to understand - and a great discount travel technique - is that in the second world, everything is negotiable, and usually very heavily negotiable. If you start to bargaining, you'll soon see that the type of bargaining that goes on in other parts of the world is very different from the North American style: people often start with figures that are double or more their desired amount.The first step in bargaining is to not be in any kind of rush to get in a taxi, or in a hotel room, or to purchase your item. Take the time to ask around, and if you can, find some locals who will (hopefully) give you an idea of a good price. The second thing to keep in mind is you have to be willing to walk away, or at least good at pretending that you're willing to walk away. Oftentimes you'll find that by simply showing a lack of interest and willingness to avoid the transaction the price will be lowered, without any need for specific bargaining on your part.Once you get the hang of bargaining you'll find it rather easy, and in some cases fun. The main thing to keep in mind when you're in a foreign land is that your status as a North American will usually label you as rich to locals, even if it doesn't seem that way to you. If you don't want to get charged double - or more - for every single thing you do while traveling you'll have to get used to the idea of bargaining - a key component in an overall strategy towards discount travel.
Translation for the global travel industry: attention to detail paysAs the World Travel Market opens in London, with over 50,000 representatives from 190 different countries, what better time to consider how travel and tourism as a sector can best respond to the challenge of communicating internationally and growing overseas markets. Travel and tourism is an inherently international industry, and is already one of the largest online market sectors. But companies in this sector could grow their revenue significantly if they were to address the localisation of products more professionally and market themselves more effectively on the Internet.Tailoring your message to speak the buyers languageThe simple fact is that you need to address users of your service in their own language. Although English is the international business language, research has shown that even fluent English speakers are much more likely to buy from a company whose website has content in their native tongue. Producing and maintaining multi-lingual content has become even more important in the last couple of years, as Internet growth in emerging markets has reduced the market share of English online (based on page views) from over 50% in 2002 to under 30% now.As with all marketing copy, web content selling travel products must be closely tailored to the potential buyers needs and desires. This is more important when selling an intangible experience, which must be exciting, luxurious and different enough to get the prospective buyers juices flowing and to encourage him to make a purchase. The task becomes even more challenging when you are seeking to attract buyers from different countries, all of whom have different cultural backgrounds and have different which you need to push. For example, as Roy Graff, a former director of octopustravel.com in China, explains, you wouldnt market to Chinese visitors in the same way as you would to westerners:Chinese people coming to the UK are interested in the countrys history, but their real focus is on shopping. Many items considered by the Chinese to be luxurious are much cheaper here, and they enjoy trips to places like Bicester village where they can buy British products for less than they can at home. The Chinese are less interested in cultural events like theatre where the foreign words and cultural references wouldnt resonate with them.So when trying to attract Chinese (or indeed, any other) visitors to come to these shores, its worth keeping at the forefront of ones mind what exactly is going to sell them on the idea of making that trip. This is where the localisation of copy becomes a necessity in order to target your message appropriately. As more people the world over use the Internet to plan their trips rather than going through traditional travel agencies, it is vital that your message bridges any cultural and linguistic divides which might separate you from your target customers.Managing multi-lingual contentProfessional translation and localisation are now a necessity for travel companies and tourism organisations alike. But having all this material in foreign languages can pose its own challenges. How do you ensure that foreign character sets appear appropriately on your website? How can you avoid your staff having to copy and paste material in a language they dont know into your content management system (a recipe for disaster, if our experience is anything to go by!)? How do you ensure you are using translation technologies effectively to keep costs down? We at Lingo24 have seen companies try to manage their translated content in-house, and weve witnessed some well-intentioned but horrendously inefficient attempts to take a perfectly good website and make it multi-lingual. It is not a simple matter, and its something translation service providers are best placed to handle in consultation with client companies. As with other web projects, it is best to plan how a multi-lingual website will work well before it is actually constructed.Translate and they will come?Of course, there is little point having a slick multi-lingual website if you arent able to attract enough of the right visitors to make a good return on your investment in foreign language content. The key is to establish where you need to appear online, be it through search engine listings or on partner websites, in order to drive targeted traffic. To achieve this, you really need to have an understanding of the online scene in each of your target markets, and a partner who can help you achieve the positioning that will generate returns. Its also important to measure both your successes and failures in online marketing, as this will enable you to optimise your campaigns over time. In an online marketplace as crowded and competitive as travel and tourism, those companies that seize the initiative to build well-targeted, highly visible and manageable, multi-lingual sites will reap the rewards now and for years to come.
Luggage, how it has changed, how to choose the best kind for your needs and travel tips for packing.
How luggage has changedLuggage is any number of bags, cases and containers which hold a traveler 's articles during transit from destination to destination. The modern traveler carries packages containing a vast array of items such as clothing, business items, valuable possessions and all your trip necessities. Back in the day, luggage and the style thereof was representative of the owner's wealthLuggage has definietly changed over time. Historically the most common types of luggage were chests or trunks made of wood or other heavy materials. Normally these had to be moved by professionals due to their weight and size. Today's luggage is much smaller and more lightweight but still maintians the durability of their heavier counterparts. Even more popular is the carry-on luggage. Some individuals use this as their main form of luggage.No matter how the luggage may change over time, there will always be a need for travelers to ship their most prized possessions. What to look for in choosing luggage When choosing luggage, you should look for pieces that are lightweight and easy to carry. You should also make sure they are roomy enough to pack your items. The last thing you want is wrinkled clothing while on vacation or a business trip.Your luggage should be durable to handle wear and tear of the airlines and stand up to the weather. Most quality luggage has a good locking mechanism to secure your belongings from snooping intruders. When it comes to choosing laptop cases for your computer, you definitely want to look for durability. When it comes to transporting and protecting your computer you want to choose a top quality laptop case that's easy to access while traveling. Today's professional wants a laptop case that's not only durable but stylish as well. Savinar luggage has an array of laptop briefcases and business cases that are very durable, stylish and of top quality. Travel tips for packing your luggage Before packing your luggage it's always good to make yourself a list of everything you want to take with you. As you pack, check off each item from your list that you packed. This helps you not forget anything, which is never fun when you realize you forgot something very important while your miles away from home. Not only does your list help you pack, but it also can be a documented inventory list should your luggage become lost by the airlines. Make sure you always check ahead what the weather is like at your destination. That way you can plan accordingly. When packing your carry-on luggage, make sure you only pack items that are necessary like medicines, first-aid kits, jewelry or fragile items that you may need in hurry or that are expensive. Remember all airlines have size limits concerning carry-on luggage, so make sure you take that into consideration in your planning.
Traveling by train, in itself, is fun. The continuous jostling of the compartments, screeching of train brakes and the loud horns make train traveling a real fun. However you need to take care of certain things while traveling, so that the journey remains hassle-free and fine.Rail travel is a lengthy journey, so you should try to relax as much as possible. Relaxation does not mean that you simply sleep as board the train or remain quite throughout your journey. It means that you should spend your time comfortably. For this purpose you can bring along a disk man or walk man to listen to your favorite music and enjoy the views via window pane. If you are traveling alone, you can seek advice from the rail crew. If you are not able to get something or you are not able to understand something, you can definitely ask the well-trained and friendly crew members.To prevent yourself from getting bored throughout the journey, try interacting with the people around. Try to strike a conversation with them. This way, you can explore them and share your opinion and rail experiences with them. You can even make the other travelers as your friends. Interaction is always good to explore the dimensions of rail travel.Always carry light luggage, while traveling via railways. You should only carry useful stuff along with you. You can carry a good book, a light blanket, a pillow, bathing items, grooming items, clothes, sunglasses, mineral water, some fruits and snacks. You should pack comfortable and light clothes, avoid carrying heavy jewelry, but you should carry enough cash to meet all the needs of the trip. Carrying a first aid kit is a must. You should include all the important medicines which you might need during the trip.You should never leave your luggage on the train or station unguarded. Always keep an eye on your luggage and keep it close to you. If the rail journey is lengthy, you should keep your baggage to the rack securely and put on a small bicycle lock to prevent any possibility of theft or stealing. As far as possible, try to keep your money concealed, dont flaunt it on the train. Do your packing in advance. Ideally you should pack your bags one day before your travel. This would give you ample time to think about all the necessary items you need to carry along. So packing should be done ideally a day before you leave. If you plan to pack your bags at the last moment, you would probably end up missing things.Before you leave your home, always confirm that you have all the necessary things required. You should check the railway ticket, your wallet and other things. You should always check that all your bags and attach are locked. Double check them and place their keys with you. Always have duplicate keys. The duplicate keys are great relief, incase you lose your original keys.Following these tips can surely make your "rail travel" hassle free and comfortable.
You want to go where? That was my familys reaction to my idea of taking a trip to Destin, Florida. Its not a trip to Disney World, but theres an abundance of things to do around Destin and you dont even have to wear a set of mouse ears.1) Henderson Beach State Park. 6,000 feet of white sand on the Gulf of Mexico. Admission is cheap, $3.00 for a vehicle with one person, $4.00 for a vehicle carrying up to 8.2) Big Kahunas Water and Adventure Park. The name explains it all. Try the Pirahanna and Humunga River. The adventure park features mini golf, arcades, a roller coaster, and many other attractions.3) Fudpuckers Gator Beach. Perhaps the only place in Florida where you can feed a gator and not worry about losing your arm. Visitors are allowed to feed the alligators in a pond using a long, cane pole, complete with bait.4) Destin Fishing Museum. With the beautiful beaches surrounding Destin it should be no surprise that Destin was once just a small fishing village. The Destin Fishing Museum illustrates what life was like before the tourists came.5) The Track Family Recreation Center. Bumper cars, bumper boats, mini-golf, go-karts, and, just perfect for the kids, bungee jumping! Some rides do have age minimums.6) Gulfarium. Down the road in Fort Walton. Everyones favorite Gulf of Mexico sea creatures are here including dolphins, otters, sharks and sea lions. Live shows several times a day.7) Destin Commons. Loads of stores so the traveling shopaholic can get a fix. For the non-shopper there is a movie theater, playground and beautiful outdoor fountains.8) "The Pancake House". Seems simple, right. There is nothing that my family looks forward to more than to head to the pancake house in Destin a few blocks west of the outlet mall. That's right. There is the beach, parks, recreation centers - and the thing we look forward to the most is the unbelieveable breakfast at The Pancake House. It might not be the highlight of your vacation to Destin...but trust me, you dont want to miss it!There seem to be more vacation home rentals in the Destin, FL area than anywhere in the country. Well, that means there are a lot of people that are there to have a great time. So, remember that it is a vacation and be sure to relax, beverage in hand, baking in the sun either poolside at the beach.