Expert Travel Reviews

Safety Tips for Ladies

May 26, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Travelling alone can be daunting enough without having to worry about valuables and security. Yet, this is a reality that every lone traveler has to face. For women, especially, security is of paramount importance. There are a few simple steps that can help towards this factor.

Always pick a hotel that is situated in a bustling neighborhood. If there are lots of restaurants, night clubs, late night stores etc it is better, because there will always be people around. Picking a smaller hotel in this area is also a good idea. The staff will get to know you better and will be more alert to strangers hanging around the premises.

Don’t take a room that you are not comfortable with. Try to keep away from those that are close to the emergency exit and pick one that is closer to the elevator. Even if you have just come off of a long and grueling flight, do not settle for any room. Make the extra effort to find the right room.
Exploring cities can be fun and getting lost also has a bit of to it. However, you should always carry a map with you. Run through the map before hand and familiarize yourself with certain key landmarks and their proximities to each other and your hotel.

Lock up all your valuables in the hotel safe. You should also split up your cash; put some in your handbag, wallet, secret compartment in your luggage, etc. This will minimize your loss in case one of them is stolen.

Dreaming of a Hawaii vacation

May 24, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

pandaonline1Perhaps, a walk through the streets of Florence or Paris and a Hawaii vacation are arguably the most popular choices that one might consider when deciding on where to spend their precious vacation time away from rush-hour traffic, the never ending deadlines at work or the pressures of maintaining a delicate work-life balance.

The magic of Hawaii is unforgettable. Ask most people who have visited or lived in Hawaii as it not only more often than not promises to not disappoint their long-held dreams of a vacation spot that has been untainted by commercialization and industry, but is gently tended by the capable hands of Mother Nature.

However, it is always the budget that brings one thudding back down to earth not unless you have access to information that gives you access to discount Hawaii travel as well as the comfort of making the hotel booking arrangements and car reservations at a snap of a finger.

Of course, each person’s expectations of Hawaii differ, and so whether it is the backpacker, the lonely spinster, the romantic ‘just married’ couple or the family, there are several options available for each of these types of vacationers in the form of Hawaii vacation packages that will not only free you of cash that you can spend while on your vacation in Hawaii, but will take the strain of having to maintain a budget while on vacation.

All one has to do is to look for options that could suit your travel needs, and cautiously weigh the pros and cons of making that Hawaiian vacation of yours come true.

How Not to Over Pack

May 20, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

It happens every time you go overseas – there’s always too much to lug around. What’s worse is that you probably end up paying excess luggage taxes on your way back. No matter how much you swear to yourself that this won’t happen again – it does. So here are a few tips that may help you avoid this situation.

1. Visualize it. Pick out all the things you think you want to wear at your destination and lay them out on your bed. Cut out all the unnecessary clothing one by one. Pick clothes that you can mix and match well. Colors like beige, black, white and brown go well with each other. Do not take more than 2 or 3 pairs of shoes and be sure to wear your heaviest pair when you board the plane.

2. Wash it. Usually you will be able to find laundry facilities at your destination. With this in mind, pack things that you can easily wash and dry. This will save you lot of space and less smelly clothes to bring back.

3. Minimize it. If you are going for a short stay or even to a tropical climate, you will not need much. If you can fit everything into the maximum allowed size carry-on bag, you will be surprised at the benefits. Better security, no waiting time at the carousel and quicker exit out of the airport are all things that you can experience with this method.

4. Keep room for it. You will buy lots of souvenirs and other things at your destination. So it is prudent that you leave room for these purchases.

5. Read up on it. By researching the destination, you can pack appropriately and avoid taking excess clothing.

Tips for First Time Cruisers

May 13, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Going on a cruise is a very different experience to any other holiday that you are likely to take. It takes care of your accommodation, food and travel criteria while taking you to various destinations. If you are thinking of taking a cruise and it is your first time, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind.

The best time to book a cruise is in the early stages or the very last minute. This strategy will give you the best possible price as there are many deals floating around at these stages. Small cabins obviously go for low prices and they get even lower if you do a last minute booking.

Find a reputable travel agent and utilize their services. The agents have inside knowledge on the best deals and will be able to advise you on your course of action. This is especially useful when it comes to avoiding cabins that are close to noisy parts of the ship and also in sorting out any special meal requirements.

Try to drive or take a train to the port of departure. This will reduce your travel cost drastically when compared to taking a flight. If you do plan to drive there, consult your travel agent as they may be able to give you a deal on long term parking.

You should also try to get a group of people together to go on the cruise. Not only will this be fun, as you will be travelling with friends, it will also help you get better discounts for the large number of bookings that you will make.

Tips for Planning a Family Holiday

May 7, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

A family holiday is a much needed break for everyone. However, if you don’t plan it well it can soon turn into a disaster. So here are some simple tips to help you get the best out of your holiday.

1. Include your children in the planning process. Get them to come up with a few destinations that they would like to go to. This serves two purposes – 1. They have a lot of fun in picking the destinations and 2. They won’t complain or feel bored during the vacation. The end result? A fun vacation destination for everyone.

2. Look for family deals or packages. A quick browsing session online will soon give you lots of options for your vacation. This can include better prices, more services etc. It will also help you find deals and destinations which are better suited for taking children along.

3. Read up as much as you can. By researching your destination, you will get to know the best places to go to. This in turn can help you plan out your stay and get the most out of it. For example, going to a tropical country during monsoon season can be easily avoided with a little bit of research.

4. Pack the right things. Don’t carry unnecessary things in your luggage. Carry only what you will absolutely need. Everything else can be purchased at your destination. Besides, you will need to keep room to bring back all the shopping you do as well.

5. Plan around your kids. Try to set travel times closer to their bedtimes. This will help them avoid being tired and cranky, which in turn will make your travel more enjoyable as well.