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How to Spend Less to Travel Around Los Angeles

February 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

If you’re vacationing to Los Angeles, you’ll notice that the city is quite expensive depending on what you want to do. Overall, Los Angeles offers access to so much more International cuisine and culture than anywhere else in the US. On the other, accessing these small hubs can prove an expensive endeavor. Using a shuttle bus, taxis and other forms of transit, we’ll show you how to save money on your trip to Los Angeles.

Bus Systems

Beginning with the airport shuttle from LAX to your hotel, you’ll notice that Los Angeles is a congested network of highways. Whether you’re travelling with a group, or on your own, it would benefit you to review LA’s bus systems. Between trains, which we’ll cover in a moment, and buses, you can cover quite a bit of ground.

However, you’ll also find a charter bus to be one of the only options you have for certain activities. For example, groups typically rent these for tours or special gatherings (like a family reunion).

Taxis

Both taxis and Uber offer excellent accessibility to the most interesting parts of the city. The problem is cost. Both are subject to sudden increases of pricing, so you should try and use them sparingly. If possible, organize your trips to be in one area of the city or another for all or most of the day. This way, you maximize each stop and spend less trying to cart yourself around the city. Of course, you’ll need to be prepared to walk.

Other Transit

Trains are some of the most under-utilized methods to get around. LA recently added some new lines that will take you to places like Santa Monica, so take advantage and go see a beautiful part of the city.


Book a charter bus for your group trip to Los Angeles with Pacific Coachways, one of LA’s most well-known bus services for business and group charters.

What You Need to Know Before Renting a Car in the UAE

November 28, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Car rentals shouldn’t be a hassle. However, being unprepared can cost you hundreds of dollars.

uae-skyscraper-viewIf you’re looking to do business with a car rental in Abu Dhabi International Airport in Abu Dhabi, you need to be sure that you are dealing with a company that won’t put you at risk for fraudulent charges and unnecessary stress. Here are some tips that will help cut out the hassle of renting a car and let you focus on planning your trip instead.

Read the Contract Thoroughly

In order to rent a car in Abu Dhabi, you’ll need to sign an agreement beforehand. Now this agreement comes with terms and conditions that should be thoroughly read before signing on the bottom. This will provide you with a better understanding of you and the company’s responsibilities. If you are unsure about certain terms, it’s important that you bring it up to the representative assisting you so he or she can define it. This way, you’re not signing a contract that will end up charging you hundreds of dollars for practically nothing.

Check the Vehicle Status Beforehand

If you don’t want to end up with the wrong car due to a “mishap” on the company’s end, be sure that you check the required car before signing your agreement. An inspection or a test drive is always granted upon the customer’s request, and if you don’t want to deal with getting a tow and struggle with the language barrier while doing so, take it for a quick spin before. It’s important that you know the full condition of the vehicle that you are renting before you obtain it.


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Planning for an International Trip from LAX

October 20, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

LAX-signWhen you’re planning for an international trip from LAX, you’ll need to take several important considerations into account. TSA regulations require you to do a pre-flight security check, which includes dropping off your baggage. You might want to plan to be at the airport at least three hours prior to your flight, so book an airport shuttle that will run earlier to accommodate your group.

A charter bus will help keep the group together, and everyone can arrange to meet at a parking structure or at a mutual location (such as the boss’s house). All your luggage will fit directly onto these buses, and each suitcase will safely arrive with you at your stop.

A shuttle bus also has access to drop you off at a terminal, so your entire group can get off and be accounted for prior to boarding. Everyone goes through pre-flight checks at once, and all stick together. This is especially important for sports teams, as young kids quickly get lost in large airports like LAX. Minders should be with every group, to be sure everyone can navigate the airport and boarding procedures safely.

Take a final headcount prior to boarding, and make sure everyone has boarding pass and passport in hand to be checked by flight attendants.

Once you’re on the plane, depending on whether the flight is a red eye, you may find blankets and pillows. Sleep aids are useful for long flights, but the most useful piece of advice comes before you ever set foot inside the plane: book so that you arrive on regular hours. That means that if you have a twelve hour flight, book it such that landing will feel like time has passed and you’ll find your sleep cycle will be more natural throughout the trip.


Pacific Coachways offers charter bus service to and from LAX International, for groups and schools. Book your trip with Pacific Coachways.

How to Maximize Your Trip to Jordan

May 30, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

In order to fully immerse yourself in the culture, it’s best that you prepare yourself before going.

A view of the Monastery at Petra from the top of a nearby hill.

The first time traveler to Jordan may have difficulties in navigating around and adapting to the customs that the locals are used to. This travel guide will help you prepare yourself for the vacation of your life. With so many sights to see and things to do, you’ll be ready to take on the exotic location of Jordan with ease.

Learn the Language

Well, truth be told, you’re not going to become fluent in Arabic in a short period of time. But, you can essentially have command of the basic language, letters, and numbers. They often refer to English numbers as “Arabic numerals”. However, their numbers often look different that the English ones. For example, a 4 is going to look like a backwards 3 in a way. By writing down the basic numbers and letters, you can essentially work your way around the cities more comfortably.

Sample the Culture

Be sure to check out many of the trendy restaurants and cafes that the local Jordanians love to visit. Their hospitality is overwhelming and you might find yourself making some friends along the way. Don’t miss out on the hookah, as it’s their specialty. One of the most convenient ways to travel to these destinations is to consider short term leasing a car in Amman Jordan. This way, you’ll be able to visit every stretch of this gorgeous city.

Plan Ahead

If you haven’t made an itinerary, it’s recommended that you plan for one. This is so you can make visiting Jordan a timely and, most importantly fun, experience. One service that you can take advantage of to get around is using a car with a drive in Amman Jordan. Similar to a taxi service, your driver will take you to destinations that you want to go. Additionally, he will offer suggestions on what he knows, which would benefit you in finding the most adored spots by the locals.


Monte Carlo Rent A Car, LLC can help you find the right rental car for your next vacation. Located conveniently in the Queen Alia International Airport Car Rental station, their friendly staff will help you pick and choose the right car for you and your family.

Remodel Your RV and Modernize the Road Trip

June 17, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Remodel-Your-RV-and-Modernize-the-Road-TriphWritten by: The Foam Factory

The road trip is not a dying art, even with rising gas prices, but RVs are becoming increasingly more expensive to purchase. Especially if you want one that has some of the creature comforts you’re no doubt used to. Here are some tips to help you remodel your RV, using affordable materials.

Add Padding

Your guests will want places to sit, so you should pack some canvas camping chairs for outdoor use. Especially on cool nights. For inside the camper, you can make your own RV cushions out of foam padding and an upholstery cover. You can even order the foam custom-cut to the size you need in order to fit. It’s a simple way to add cushions without paying too much for it.

Add a Bed

RV bedding is simple enough with a latex or memory foam mattress. You can typically order pads in almost any size for just a few hundred dollars (some as low as a hundred or less). Combine your memory or latex topper with a more rigid foam pad below and you’ll have all the back support you need to get great sleep.

Cost-Effective Campers

Another option for those on an even tighter budget is to outfit your truck with a camper top, camper cushions and all the necessities. A cooler is great for most overnight road trips, but you might want to look into better cooling options for longer trips. You can try picking up multiple bags of ice as you travel, or you can see about installing a mini fridge into your truck.

 

Experience Elite Dating While in NYC

May 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Written by New York Socials

Do you travel to NY on a regular basis? Are you there so often that you’ve considered dating someone who lives there? A member’s only dating club in New York City offers what some frequent travelers may consider an added degree of comfort and enjoyment while dating in the Big Apple.

Members of New York Socials don’t have to put up with traditional dating services in the city. For example, they don’t have to meet one woman that has been pre-selected for them. Instead, they’re matched with several women and invited to a high class social event at one of the top restaurants in New York. While there, they get the opportunity to get to know the women in a relaxed and comfortable setting. Another difference between New York Socials and the typical matchmaking service is that members don’t have to plan the dates. Instead, the parties are organized by the club, which takes the stress out of the first date experience.

Who can join? The elite dating club, which caters to affluent men who live in the city, also accepts members who might not live in New York but who visit often either on business or for pleasure. Although the club accepts a limited number of members, potential members are encouraged to apply by contacting the company via phone or email.

In addition to personal matchmaking services, New York Social provides image consulting, dating coaching, and relationship coaching in the city. The goal of the club is to help members find true love, which is why they provide ongoing relationship guidance and support.

New York Socials offers personal matchmaking services in NYC. Visit the website to learn more about this elite dating service in NYC.

Planning a Kid-friendly Trip to Grand Cayman

January 30, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Article written by Andys Rent-A-Car

A vacation in Grand Cayman offers something for everyone, including the kids. Parents will love the shopping and nightlife; children won’t pass up water activities and Stingray City; and everything will enjoy the beautiful beaches. The island also offers plenty of opportunity for exploring and relaxing. But if you’re travelling with children, it might be difficult to plan a trip that will keep adults and kids satisfied. Here’s how to plan a kid-friendly trip to Grand Cayman without losing the adults along the way.

Rent a Large Vehicle

It’s hard to get around the island if you don’t rent a car. You can find affordable rental cars in Grand Cayman at many companies including Andys Rent-A-Car. But the key to planning a kid-friendly trip is renting a vehicle large enough to accommodate everyone and their toys! Consider renting a van or SUV to get you around the city and to all the hot spots. If you have the budget, make it fun for everyone and rent a car in Grand Cayman such as a convertible.

Visit Stingray City

It’s not an aquarium and it’s not a zoo. Stingray City is an area in the Caribbean where people are invited to pet and play with stingrays in their natural habitat. Adults and children alike are sure to enjoy this unique experience near the shore. How many will you get to see? It isn’t unlikely to be surrounded by a dozen of them at one time!

Enjoy Seven-Mile Beach

What’s not to love about one of the most beautiful beaches in the world? Seven Mile Beach is a public beach dotted with resorts, mansions, and hotels. Kids will love the opportunity to go swimming and snorkeling, while parents might enjoy relaxing on the sand or eating at one of the restaurants at the resorts. If you don’t want to spend an entire day there, consider a family picnic under one of the trees.

Go Horseback Riding

Children get restless easily, and parents get tired of finding new ways to entertain them. A great way to keep children entertained and get some much-needed rest is to go horseback riding. It’s not hiking and you don’t have to know the way. Most journeys are led by tour guides, which means all you have to do is enjoy the view.

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 Andys Rent-A-Car offers rental cars in Grand Cayman. With two convenient locations on the island, the company provides great rates on all types of cars including jeeps, vans, and convertibles.

Move when you are in the air

June 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Have you taken a long flight lately? If you have, you may have felt the cramps in your legs. Sitting in a tight place for a long period of time without any activity could leads to a condition called deep-vein thrombosis (DVT). It is caused by a blood clot in a deep vein. Symptoms of the condition include pain, swelling, redness, warmness, and engorged superficial veins in the legs. This condition could go away naturally. But in some instances thrombosis, blood clot could travel into your lungs and cause pulmonary embolism (PE). DVT could lead to serious medical condition such as cancer and trauma. In order to avoid a serious medical condition caused by DVT, you can do few things while you are travelling long distances by air.

Walk inside the cabin at least once every hour. If you are unable to do that draw the alphabet with your toes or do seated calf raises. Combined with walk these activities will help blood circulation in your body to lessen the risk of clotting.

Drink fluid, water of course, as much as possible. Avoid alcohol and caffeine.

Avoid wearing tightly fitting cloths.

Wear compression socks to avoid leg swelling.

A travel kit for your trip

February 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Recently I travelled to Southeast Asia on a holiday. Trip took more than 16 hours and by the time I got there, I was suffering from hemorrhoid. It took some effort on our part to find a pharmacy to buy some relief. I was thinking, if I packed some basic medications in addition to my prescriptions, I would have save some time. Here are my suggestions based on my recent experience.

Talk to your physician about your travel. If you are travelling to a destination known for mosquitos, your physician may give you malaria shot before you leave. Also check with your physician to see whether some over the counter medications counteract with your other prescribed medications. You need to pack some antidiarrheal medicine, a decongestant, something for motion sickness and melatonin to help you recover faster from your jet lag, and some pain killers.

Make sure you carry a small first aid kit. Pre-packaged kits are available at any drug store. Your kit should include bandages, disposable gloves, and gauze. Also to carry with this kit are your nail clippers, tweezers and a small travelling flashlight. You can’t carry some of these items in your hand luggage.

How to keep kids healthy during a winter vacation

October 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Children are vulnerable to colds, flues and all other winter related illnesses. It can get worse when you are on vacation and have to travel by plane or train and from eating different types of foods. A sick child can ruin a vacation. Take preventive measures to ensure your child stays healthy and enjoys the vacation.

Get necessary vaccines
If you are travelling abroad visit the doctor and have the necessary vaccines to protect against possible illnesses.

Eat healthy

Make sure they eat a balanced diet and not load them with junk food and fizzy drinks, as this will reduce their immunity. Gradually introduce them to foods they are not used to.

Wear proper clothing

It is absolutely essential to make sure the child is properly covered to face the harsh cold weather. Do not allow them outside without putting on a jacket, scarf, hat and proper footwear.

Do not disrupt sleep pattern

The normal sleep pattern should be adhered to as much as possible to ensure that they get plenty of rest to ensure their immune system stays strong.

Maintain a comfortable temperature in the room and have him properly protected with blankets and warm pajamas.

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