Business Travel

The globalization of trade and the World Trade Organization taking a leading role is defining new rules and policies in international trade and commerce. As a result, global and local business travel and their frequency acquired greater importance and urgency than ever before. Business travel for individuals and corporate executives is essential to maintain and promote business.

If you intend to travel on a business mission, you should plan the itinerary of your travel carefully. New air travel companies are surfacing to join the race to attract customers. There is a great competition to provide better traveling facilities at competitive rates. Air service companies are coming up with ingenious schemes to lure customers. These schemes usually take the form of special airfare packages for certain destinations within given spaces of time. Since business trips are usually short, you can make use of packages that include return fares, hotel stays, rental cars and cabs for local transport, and other services.

You should be careful to check whether you are being overcharged for your stay in the hotels to outbalance the undercharge on air tickets. You should also make sure the tickets in the flight you intend to board are available. You need to contact your travel agent well in time to avoid any last-minute hassles in obtaining the ticket.

Before leaving for your destination, you should make note of the distance of the venue of your visit from the airport and the means of transport. You may be allergic to certain types of weather, such as the humidity during monsoon in destination cities that are located on seashore, or the dry air of metropolises that may crack your skin. If you are traveling to colder regions, you need to carry woolens and other cold-weather gear.

You may not know the local language of the country or state you are visiting. You need a translator to communicate with your counterpart. Not the least important part of your planning should be getting to know the geographical situation as well as the time zone of the destination city you are going to visit.

All these aspects of your business travel need careful consideration and thorough planning.

Pet-Friendly Travel is Catching on, But Pet Owners Must Do Careful Planning

The estimated population of pets in the U.S. has grown by over 25 million from 2001 to 2007. In the U.S. alone there are more than 72 million dogs and over 80 million cats. It is no surprise, then, that traveling with pets is a growing industry. While hotels and airlines are catching on to this growing trend, careful trip planning and preparation are essential for anyone wanting to travel with their furry friend.

According to Megan Hanson, a moderator for a popular internet travel forum, pet friendly hotels are in high demand. “This is one of the most commonly asked questions we get on the forum,” she says. “It’s mostly people traveling with their dogs. They are doing road trips during the summer, and want to travel with their pets. They’re part of the family and want to spend vacation with their pets.”

“Hotels are catching on,” she adds. She is right. Best Western and La Quinta chains now offer many pet friendly hotels, as do many other chains. For a small extra fee, hotel guests can have their pet stay with them. Rooms dedicated for pets are usually in a dedicated section of the hotel that prevents other guests are not bothered by dander and pet noise. Some hotels even go one step further and offer pet recreation areas and sell food and other pet convenience items.

Airlines are also becoming more pet-friendly as well. There have been major improvements in the handling of “baggage class” pet travelers once they leave the care of the owners. These include: climate-controlled areas, transport tags attached to the crate to indicate pet and owners information, and trained handlers. Some airlines now offer cabin class travel for pets, although this is usually restricted to small dogs and cats.

“This is a classic example of where supply had not kept up with demand,” states Hanson. “Hotel rooms book up early and people are often left scrambling to make alternate arrangements. There clearly isn’t enough pet-friendly rooms during the peak periods.” Summer months are typically the busiest.

Those wishing to travel with their pets should follow these 3 tips:

Plan ahead. Space for pets at hotels and on flights often sells out quickly, especially during the peak periods of July, August, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Book directly with service provider. Rather than use a travel website or agent, speak to the hotel or airline directly. Explain your situation to ensure you understand the policies and that your pet is welcome.
Ask about size limits and breeds. Not all sizes and breeds of animals are welcome. There may also be size limits and other requirements pertaining to the crate (for air travel).

Traveling with your pet does not have to be frustrating and cumbersome, but it does require travelers to be prepared and informed. Following these tips will help you to avoid disappointment next time you travel with your pet.

Randy Greencorn is a travel enthusiast who enjoys luxury travel on the cheap. His the creator of HotelDealsRevealed.com, a Hotwire & Priceline Help Forum. When not traveling, he spends time with his wife and 3 young daughters on Canada’s Westcoast.

Travel Tips: Travel Safety

Travel Safety

When you travel the odds are you will have a safe and incident-free trip. However, if you are not aware of basic travel safety you can become a victim of crime or violence. If you exercise discretion, aren’t overly trusting, and don’t put yourself into risky situations, your travels should be safe and worry free. Don’t travel afraid – travel carefully.

Following are some of my suggestions to help you travel safely.

1. Luggage tags – never put your home address and phone number as this advertises the fact that you will be out of the country. I put my business address and phone number and I use a tag that has a cover.

2. Never leave your luggage unattended.

3. Travel light. Limit your luggage to 1 checked bag and a small carry.I find this allows me to move quickly, to have a free hand and avoid injury due to heavy lifting.

4. Dress down. Don’t wear expensive jewelry as this only attracts attention. I leave my valuables at home and take costume jewelry.

5. Never wear name tags in public.

6. Only take taxis clearly identified with official markings. Beware of unmarked cabs.

7. If taking a taxi, sit behind the driver so that you can see him, but he can’t see you.

8. If driving, park in well-lit and well-traveled areas

9. Don’t use short cuts, narrow alleys or poorly lit streets.

10. Avoid public demonstrations and other civil disturbances.

11. Do not give your room number or any other personal information in public. When giving my room number to travel companions I say it quietly away from others or write it on a piece of paper and hand it to them privately.

12. If staying alone in a hotel room, request a lower floor, near the elevator. If my room is at the far end of the hallway I insist on having it moved closer to the elevator for personal safety.

13. Keep door locked at all times and use safety chains. I place an item in front of the door at night as the noise of it being moved will arouse me if someone tries to enter my room.

14. Read the fire safety instructions in your hotel room. Know how to report a fire, and be sure you know where the nearest fire exits and alternate exits are located.Count the doors between your room and the nearest exit; this could be a lifesaver if you have to crawl through a smoke-filled corridor.

15. If you are alone, do not get on an elevator if there is a suspicious-looking person inside.

16. Take note of the hotel name, address and telephone number. If you become disoriented you can go into a shop or ask a local authority for directions back to your hotel. I pick up a card from the front desk or have the hotel clerk write the information on a piece of paper for me.

17. Never flash your money in public, when paying for items remove it discreetly from your wallet or purse.. I always wear a fanny pack and keep a small amount of cash in here to pay for incidentals.

18. Wear a money belt to keep your valuables safe. I keep my passport, credit cards, insurance information and cash in my money belt and use my fanny pack for small bits of cash.

19. Let the bag go. If some grabs your bag let it go. If you fight back you risk being injured.

20. Don’t carry a purse over your shoulder or hang it over the back of a chair. If I am carrying a purse I keep it in the front of my body and turn the zippered part inwards, when dining I keep it on my lap.

21. Be aware of your surroundings at all times and watch for pick pockets. They usually work in pairs and distract you. They will ask directions or play the bump and grab routine, one person bumps you while the other grabs your purse or picks you pocket.

22. Never accept food or drink from a stranger. Keep an eye on your drink at all times.

23. Learn the local laws and customs. When traveling you’re subject to the laws of the country you are visiting. Before you go, learn as much as you can about the local laws and customs of the places you plan to visit.

24. Leave all unnecessary pieces of identification at home. I only take my passport, insurance information and 1 credit card and 1 debit card. Leave your driver’s license (if not renting a car), social insurance, health card and credit cards not being used at home.

25. Leave a copy of your travel itinerary and hotel contact information with a family member or close friend.If anything should they know where you are and have a better chance of getting a hold of you.

26. Copy your passport, insurance information, credit and debit card numbers and emergency contact numbers.Take one copy with you and keep it separate from the originals.Leave a copy with a family member or close friend. If you lose any of these items this makes it much easier to cancel the cards or have your passport replaced.

27. In case of an accident, make sure you have completed the information page on the inside of your passport. Include the name, address and telephone number of someone to be contacted in an emergency.

28. Register with your government. The Canadian Government offers this services that they can contact and assist you in an emergency in a foreign country, such as a natural disaster or civil unrest, or inform you of a family emergency at home. Click on the following link to register.

Overseas Travel Insurance Plans – Costs Less and Offers More

Everyone craves for vacations to enjoy some quality time with their loved ones and Indians are no exception. The outbound travel sector of India saw a robust growth this year because international travel destinations are highly sought-after among Indians in 2015. Obstacles like inflation, skyrocketing ticket price and depreciation of rupee couldn’t deter the wandering spirit of Indian travelers to travel around the world. Over 60% of Indians remain unmoved by the depreciating rupee and are raring to go to travel. However, the rate of availing travel insurance to safeguard the trip is still dismal among Indian travelers.

Young generations prefer to travel to international destinations once a year at least. According to a survey, 90% of these travelers make use of their own savings for overseas trips and don’t consider travel cover. Quite surprisingly, this is the mindset of young internet savvy generation as ICICI Lombard conducted the survey in the age group of 25-35 among 1049 people across six metro cities in India who had international trips in the previous year.

The survey further reveals that Singapore is the most preferred travel destination among young Indian travelers; the second and third places are held by US and UK.

Let’s take a look at the travel plans available and their prices for those who favor these destinations. Let’s start with Singapore.

Travel insurance plans available for Singapore trips

The following list of top 5 policy quotes in terms of lowest premium are for one 30 years old person looking for a single trip to Singapore. The trip duration is 10 days and the chosen sum insured is US$ 500000.

Universal Sompo – Premium of Rs. 942
HDFC Ergo – Premium of Rs. 1015
Reliance – Premium of Rs. 1129
TATA AIG – Premium of Rs. 1234
Religare – Premium of Rs.1666

The lowest premium is Rs. 942 for a travel insurance plan for a 10 days trip to any Asian country such as Singapore, Thailand. This means one has to pay less than Rs. 100 per day to make his trip safe and secured. Indian travelers must know that travel plans are not only inexpensive but they also provide coverage for loss of baggage, passport, hijack and even emergency treatment.

Travel Insurance plans available for UK trips

The following list of top 5 policy quotes in terms of lowest premium are for 1 person looking for a single trip to UK. The trip duration is 10 days and the chosen sum insured is US$ 500000.

Universal Sompo – Premium of Rs. 942
Bajaj Allianz – Premium of Rs.991
HDFC Ergo – Premium of Rs. 1015
Reliance – Premium of Rs. 1129
Bajaj Allianz ( Travel Elite Platinum) – Premium of Rs. 1139

Universal Sompo provides the lowest premium. The premium of travel insurance plan is also Rs. 942 for a 10 days trip To UK.

Travel insurance policies for US trips

The following list of top 7 policy quotes in terms of lowest premium are for 1 person looking for a single trip to US. The trip duration is 10 days and the chosen sum insured is US$ 500000.

Universal Sompo – Premium of Rs. 1344
HDFC Ergo – Premium of Rs. 1438
Bajaj Allianz – Premium of Rs.1441
IFFCO-TOKIO – Premium of Rs.1456
Bajaj Allianz ( Travel Elite Platinum) – Premium of Rs. 1658
TATA AIG – Premium of Rs. 1694
Reliance – Premium of Rs. 1783

The lowest premium is Rs. 1344 for a travel insurance plan for a 10 days trip to US. Just imagine, you are getting all types of risks covered just by paying less than Rs. 140 for each day of your trip.

Best travel insurance plans in India in terms of baggage and medical coverage

The survey also made clear that 79% people buy travel plan to cover medical emergencies. Safety of baggage is the second most vital reason as 60% people behind purchasing travel insurance policy. So let’s find out best travel insurance plans in terms of medical emergency and luggage safety.

From the above list of travel policies for US, two plans by Reliance and Bajaj Allianz look best in terms of baggage cover.

Reliance Travel care platinum provides US$1500 for the loss of checked baggage for a premium of Rs.1783.

The Travel Elite Premium plan by Bajaj Allianz provides US$ 1000 for a premium of Rs. 1658 for the loss of checked baggage.

To get the best coverage for medical emergencies, the Titanium plan by HDFC ERGO is the best. It primarily covers:

Emergency Medical Expenses
Permanent Disablement/accidental death
Hospital Cash
Loss of Personal Documents
Accidental Death
Loss of Baggage
Financial Emergency Assistance
Personal Liability

What is the cost of international travel policy for a couple?

According to the survey, 52% of travelers prefer to have trips with spouses. So, if these people can avail a travel plan for visiting US or UK or Singapore, how much do they have to pay?

Let’s start with US trip for 10 days for a sum insured of US$ 100000 covering 2 people who are 30 and 28 years old.

Religare offers the best plan which comes at a premium of Rs. 2407.

If you compare travel plans available for couples who wish to visit UK, keeping the same criteria for trip duration, sum insured and age of the traveler, Religare provides the best plan. The premium of the plan is Rs. 1537.

For a trip in countries like Singapore, Thailand within Asia which has been the top travel destination of 2015, a couple has to spend even less for a travel insurance policy. If you compare travel insurance plans that cover Asia, you will get the lowest premium of Rs. 1218 from Explore Asia plan provided by Religare.

The positive part of the survey is the increased awareness among Indian travelers. More than 90% of young generation is aware of the travel insurance which is a significant rise from last year’s 80%. One of the major provider of travel insurance plans in India; ICICI Lombard underwritten a total travel insurance premium of Rs 100 previous year, one can expect the premium to increase by 5-10% in this year. The problem is not with the awareness; it is the lack of understanding about the benefits associated with these travel covers.

27% of the total respondents in the survey choose not to avail a travel insurance plan simply because they were under the wrong conception that such plans cover only accidents, loss of baggage and theft but don’t provide medical coverage. This is far from being the truth as the complete break-up of Titanium plan by HDFC ERGO shows extensive coverage for medical emergencies.

25% surveyed people didn’t buy any travel plan because they thought such plans are costly but it is not so. The price of all plans for person mentioned here are about less than Rs. 100 to less than Rs. 140 for each day of a 10 days trip. Travel insurance policies for couples are even cheaper as they cost in the range of less than Rs. 65 per day per person to less than Rs. 125 per day per person for destinations like US, UK and all countries in Asia including popular destinations like Singapore, Thailand.

Indians love to spend their holidays in international destinations. An international travel insurance plan doesn’t cost much and offers a lot in return. If you are also a travel freak, you should insure the total duration of the trip so that you can enjoy your holiday with complete peace of mind.

Avishek Bhattacharjee has been associated with the general insurance sector in India for many years. He regularly comes up with informative and interesting articles to provide information about various insurance policies. This write-up discusses about the importance and benefits associated with travel insurance plans in India.

Gap Year Travel – Volunteer and Discover the World!

A gap year travel is an extraordinary possibility for young people -and not so young or young at heart people- who are looking to enjoy life at full by taking a time off from their every day life to travel to their favorite destination in the world during weeks, months or even years!

If you are fond of nature or are looking to get in touch with foreign cultures, enhance your language skills while making a difference in the world… then a gap year travel experience is ideal for you.

It is important to plan your gap year travel carefully:

For how long are you able to take a time off (from your school, work, family, etc)?
How much are you willing to spend?
What are you gap year travel expectations?
What kind of activities are you favorites?
What languages do you speak?

Once you have answered these questions is time to look for gap year programs that fulfill these requirements and your expectations…

There are many gap year jobs available for everyone, from voluntary work, teaching how to read to children or teaching English as a second language to ecological projects where you can help by taking care of endangered species and nature in amazing environments.

You can also make money while you enjoy of your gap year travel, since there are programs for people who are looking to work for foreign companies or organizations to support their gap year experience… so there is really no excuse if you want to live your amazing gap year adventure!

Aleyda Solis is the Content Manager (and Travel enthusiast!) of gapyearprograms.net and volunteerworkabroad.net, specialized web portals with guides and information about volunteering and gap year programs around the world.

Adventure Travel Planning

Travelling is really a wonderful experience, it helps us relieve from stress and allows us to relax and enjoy ourselves away from our work. But don’t get too excited, before you can actually go on vacation, it needs thorough planning before you can actually enjoy.

Do you know why planning is a very important thing if you want to go on adventure travel? Carefully read through this paragraph to know why. First of all, if you plan to go on hiking to an unknown area, you should see to it that all of your paraphernalia are complete and intact including boots and other safety materials. And before setting of to unknown remote areas make sure to contact at least one tour guide that knows very well the local language so that you and your team won’t have any problems communicating with the locals, in case they don’t know how to speak English.

Are you aware that an adventure travel is more expensive as compared to an ordinary vacation? Yes of course, here are the reasons why is this so. First of all, there are few only a little number of people these days who are expert in the field of adventure travel thus they can demand the price they want to guide you to your adventure travel, but they will do all the planning, and guide you through correct and safe route and book you a safe and comfy place to stay during your whole travel adventure. And these people are really in high demand nowadays so this is the reason for the high prices. And we all know that in remote areas transportation is really difficult to find. Hence, you need to plan each and every single detail ahead of time. And you can do this all online and it might be helpful if you research a little bit about the place where you will have your adventure travel.

It might help if you ask your friend or family member who are also into adventure travel because they might give you some useful information regarding the place you are about to go.

Before going on traveling you need to know or ask yourself what type of traveling do you want to experience. Most of the people today, want to relax in a high class hotel and just stay there and relax in order to help them relieve from the everyday stresses they encounter in their work place. On the other hand, some individuals or families really want to go on adventure travel like hiking, caving, zip line, exploring the forest and many more.

The first choice is the easier one to do because hotels are very accessible and you can easily book online for reservation. We all know that adventure travel is really a challenging one, you really need to do is to plan ahead of time for the adventure travel.

By following these guidelines, for sure you will enjoy your adventure travel. Plan now, and travel tomorrow!

Charles E. Moore enjoys writing for Vuyanilodge.com which offers safari lodge and african safari holidays as well as a host of additional services.

International Health Insurance Coverage for Travelers

International health insurance coverage is a project design to protect your health, your belongings and your financial investments when making a trip. It also provides peace of mind to you and your family while on vacation. Taking out international health insurance, be it for business or pleasure, while traveling abroad is a good idea, though not compulsory, most travel operators do insist on some kind of insurance as part of their holiday product. This Insurance product is specially designed to protect you when traveling abroad. Many people only think of small things that don’t really matters a lot like, loss of money or having their luggage stolen, forgetting the fact that other factors such as illness and accident are the factor which can also be covered by travel insurance. Travel insurance is specially designed to protect and cover you from any possible risk you may encounter when traveling abroad. it is for great importance for any one traveling abroad, especially if the need arises for you to pay for any medical expenses that may arise.

How is travel insurance related to international health insurance?

International health insurance coverage offer travelers the opportunity to get cover against any emergency and difficulties they make encounter while traveling outside the country and also having an international health insurance coverage give you a peace of mind because you know that you are cover incase of emergency that may occur while traveling and also there are thing that may go wrong for instance a travel insurance policy can be helpful your flight has been cancelled or you luggage got lost and you need it back very sooner you passport and wallet are stolen on your first trip outside the country these are some of the terrible difficulties that you make encounter and also the health insurance cover all these situation. When choosing a travel insurance coverage you need to carefully consider the level of coverage that you want and the cost of the policy, you need to make sure that the travel insurance coverage covers personal belongings and money, medical expenses, legal expenses, personal liability and also personal accident and also you need to different form of travel insurance policy around and also check out their options so as to save a great deal of money for your self.

What is cover that is offered for international health insurance?

International health insurance provide medical insurance for sudden and unexpected injury or illness while traveling international health insurance coverage for travelers care for the unavoidable expenses that could incurred on account of an injury or sickness while traveling. International health insurance plan covers medical expenses, trip cost trip international, travel delay, protection for missed connection trip cost cancellation, Air ticket cover for ticked change costs that are charged by the airlines, it also cover for transportation. International health insurance coverage offers major international health insurance policy that is both renewable annually and for the long-term and also this kind of coverage is available for families, groups and individuals. What father show that travel insurance relates to international health insurance is that both policies provide basic health insurance or medical insurance for individual families against medical emergency at any where you might be either inside or outside the country. Some of the reasons why people are now opting for international travel health insurance is that it provide or covers trip for cancellations that most health insurance like the preferred provider organization and the health maintenance organization do not provide and also most tour operators and cruise firms do not provide refund and they also charge a big penalty for changing tickets.

The international health insurance plan makes provision for all of these situations. There is also the international student health insurance that crucial for obtaining medical services and assistance when they travel abroad while traveling the international student health insurance policy provide smart solution to confront a possible medical emergency and expenses for you to have a proper and comprehensive international student health medical insurance cover, you need to make sure that you have a coverage that provide 24 hour medical emergency assistance, Emergency medical Evacuation, the acts of terrorism, a Repatriation of remains and also the benefits for pre-existing conditions before buying a international student health insurance policy you need to carefully consider if the insurance farm is reliable, and is you are in another country or state will the plan provide for insurance cover and also will the plan along you to choose you own doctor. Taking the international health insurance plan, while you travel around your country or travel abroad, the International health insurance coverage is provide to face unforeseen circumstances. So before traveling it will be sensible to buy an affordable and comprehensive travel insurance policy to overcome any financial constraints arising from a medical emergency.

Diabetes Travel Care – Awesome Tips For People With Diabetes

People with diabetes often face a lot of problems while traveling. This is because they are unable to cope up with the complications of the disease.

You need to take special care of your health, especially if you are diabetic. Here are some special tips you can follow in order to keep track on your diabetes while traveling:

a) Planning ahead:

You deserve to enjoy your trip. Hence, if you want to travel with diabetes, you must plan ahead very carefully. You must have heard many stories related to lost luggage or encountering a natural disaster.

It is true that you cannot avoid these disasters, it is necessary to prepare yourself before you actually leave. This will save you from encountering undue stress. Make sure that you inform your agents about your health condition.

Thereafter, you need to look for specific requirements that are required for a patient with diabetes to take along. This will let you plan all your needs. Any missed connection can easily run even the best holiday trip of yours.

b) Plan to visit your physician:

It would be a wise idea to visit your doctor for a check-up. This should be done several weeks prior to leaving for the trip actually. Try to discuss your case with the diabetes health care team.

Let your health care practitioner decide a meal plan and medicines for you. Ask about certain specific medications you require for the trip. Make sure that all you necessary vaccinations is done at least four weeks prior to your visit. This will let you deal with all possible side effects.

It is very important for you to ask for a special prescription required by you for the trip. The prescription should include insulin and oral medications. Also try to take insulin and record the types of insulin that would be required. You must carry a copy with you 24×7.

Remember that some countries may ask you for written documents from your health care practitioner stating that you can may carry these medicines. There would be problems especially in taking along syringes and needles in some countries.

c) Management tips:

Ask your health care practitioner about what should be done if your health gets disturbed while on the trip. It is normal to experience some kind of motion sickness. It is advised to take some liquids, preferably in the form of fluids. You require to test your blood glucose level in every two or four hours.

d) Identification:

You should take identification with you round the clock that describes your condition. This will be of great in case of an emergency. You should get a MedicAlert(TM) bracelet or necklace describing that you have diabetes.

e) Travel insurance:

This would be an excellent idea.

f) Pack wisely:

Don’t forget any of your medicines and diabetes supplies. Pack them in more than one place. This way you would not face problems in case your luggage gets lost. Take food, water, sun-block, walking shoes and medication for diarrhea and nausea.

Follow the above mentioned tips and you would be able to combat complications related to diabetes that may strike you on the trip.

How to Customize Sightseeing Tours For Travelers

Travel agents usually offer standard packages for destinations. Travelers can choose between the offers, but it’s not so easy to change the itinerary in a package. It is hard to find a customized sightseeing tour to personal interests. The advantage of having a private tour guide is the flexibility of sightseeing. Here are some tips for tour guides to create client-oriented sightseeing tours.

Consider the country origin of traveler. People from North America have different cultural background from Asian travelers. They are interested in different things at the destination. E.g. Tuk-tuk riding can be an amazing experience for American people while not to the interest of Vietnamese. Chinese travelers may find cathedrals imposing while British people are used to them at home. Japanese visitors prefer more time at shopping while Malaysian are more interested in foods. Even within the same continent say Europe, travelers from different countries will differ in their customs. People from the same origin share similarities in culture and customs. This may not apply to all individuals from one place. Yet knowing the country origin will help a tour guide to customize the initial tour schedule. The more a private tour guide considers, the more possible a client will confirm the sightseeing tours.

Consider the personal background. School teachers are interested in local schools and education system. Children prefer fun activities to pure cultural visits. Business people may want to see their industry products at the destination. Include something relevant to the traveler’s personal background when possible. This offers clients with a real customized sightseeing tour to their interest.

Consider the purpose of visit. Are the travelers coming for a family vacation? Is it a short extra day from business trip? Are they cruise passengers looking for a shore excursion? For family vacations, travelers usually look for a relaxed tour schedule. Entertainments and attraction for the kids will be appreciated. Business people are limited in time so they would prefer a compact itinerary to maximize the experience. Cruise passengers also stay short at destinations, from half a day to 2 days in one port. However, many cruise passengers would enjoy a leisure plan with visits to major scenic spots.

Consider other elements to make a better plan. For example, the number of people in the group to arrange transportation and restaurants, season and weather conditions if certain activities are affected, children and senior people in the group to adjust activity intensity…

Customizing a sightseeing tour is all about personal interest. Destination is the same but travelers want their own trip and unique experience. Sightseeing tours are not about the scenic spots, but about the traveler’s visit. It is “my” trip and vacation that travelers care. Therefore, tour guides shall develop the sightseeing tour to the traveler’s personal interest.

Africa Holiday Travel – 4 Important Guidelines For Your Planning

Holiday destinations in Africa have grown tremendously over the last decade. Many countries have taken steps to develop holiday and vacation spots to compete in the ever-competitive field of attracting visitors. The demand for a wider variety of travel destination is also growing.

And as the demand grows the potential travelers are also becoming more adventures. More people are willing to travel far and wide and to experience cultures. They want to experience the unknown, learn and enjoy new things that may be very different from what they are used to. Africa offers this kind of opportunity to many holidaymakers.

For those considering a holiday trip to Africa, it helps to have a fair idea of what type of experience you would be looking for. Many people do a lot of research, including talking to friends who may have traveled to Africa before. The Internet is also a source of information on various destinations – African included. Some travel agents still print hard copy travel brochures that you can order and use in making your decisions.

Whatever your source of information is, there are guidelines that would make your planning easier. I recommend 4 important steps that will do exactly that:

Set Your Budget
Your holiday budget will have a heavy bearing on your eventual choice of destination. Obviously, luxurious hotels and designer hotels charge higher for their services. This may be justified in the quality of services offered or the exclusivity of the product. What the case may be, setting the budget is an important step in the process of planning any vacation. Other elements of the entire vacation, for example, the cost of the airfare, should be a big consideration.

Decide on the Vacation Theme
It is always easier to start choosing your holiday destination if you have a rough idea of the theme or setting you would like to experience. Africa is as diverse as the different countries and regions. And each region may offer something totally different from the other. Decide whether to seek the sandy beaches of a beautiful coast, the adventure of a wild African safari, historical or archaeological monuments, the twilight experience of the city, or the snowy peaks of Mt Kilimanjaro or Mt Kenya. This will save you time, if not money.

Decide on the Destination
The next step is to settle for a destination. This will be determined by theme of your travel. Wildlife safari seekers would like to consider Kenya, South Africa, Botswana, and Tanzania etc as a possible destination. Desert adventurers may consider Namibia; lovers of history and culture will consider Egypt and Ethiopia.

Choose Your Dates of Travel Carefully
You will want to choose the dates of travel carefully. Some African destinations offer lower or higher pricing depending on the season of travel. You may wish to take advantage and travel when the price is low. Most wildlife safari destinations do this. Besides the pricing factor, weather conditions at specific times of the year make it difficult to enjoy – the place may be too hot, too wet, too windy etc. In some cases even roads become impassable. And in the case of wildlife viewing safaris, the vegetation and bushes are too high, making it impossible to spot the animals.

Whatever your holiday plans, when they eventually materialize, make sure you pack the right things, keep your travel documents and other items safe.