Planning For Road Trip Travel

Whether you are a seasoned pro or a novice newcomer to the world of interstate travel, planning a road trip can be more time-intensive than you think. If you are about to embark on a cross country adventure or a coastal tour of the Atlantic, there are a few important things to consider before you hit the road. With a little planning and forethought, your trip should go off without a hitch.

Preparation for a road trip should start weeks in advance. Beyond saving up your money for the trip, you must also make sure that all of your bills are paid and animals are taken care of while you are gone. You should begin contacting possible house-sitters well in advance, especially if you are planning to take your trip during vacation season. At the least, you will want to arrange for someone to pick up your mail, and to give the appearance that your house isn’t just sitting empty for weeks at a time.

Another thing you should do in advance is to make sure that your car is in good working order. Most automobile service shops offer trip checks that include checking your brakes, tires, transmission, belts and hoses- all of the things that could leave you stranded if something were to go wrong. They will also change your oil and fill up all of your fluids to prepare your car for putting on a lot of mileage. Once your car is checked out and ready to go mechanically, you should then make sure it is legal. Make sure you have an up-to-date copy of your insurance card in the glove box, and make sure your registration sticker is current and properly placed on your windshield. Also, it is a good idea to bring an extra set of keys in your wallet or purse just in case you accidentally lock them in your car.

Planning where you are going is the next step in preparing for road trip travel. There is a lot of flexibility in this step, because it is all up to you. One of the beautiful things about a road trip is that you can go wherever you want whenever you want without being confined to other people’s schedules or destinations. If you are adventurous, you could just get in your car and start driving wherever the road takes you. Just be sure to bring a good map in case you want to find your way back. However, if you are a planner by nature, you might want to plot your route out on a map. Consider how long you’d like to be gone and what you would like to see, and you can use mileage charts to figure out how long it takes to get from one place to another.

Once you are finished with the preliminaries, it is time to start packing. If you are not sure where you are heading, it would be wise to bring a variety of clothing choices, both for hot and cold weather. That way, you won’t end up in a snow storm with only Bermuda shorts to wear. However, if you know you are driving to the desert or the beach, be sure to plan accordingly. Pack sunscreen, cool clothes and several jugs of water for those long desolate stretches.

You should also remember to bring a camera and several rolls of film or memory sticks to document your journey. Once you are back in the real world, you will only have photographs and memories to remind you of your trip. Also, be sure to bring along a wide variety of music, as even your favorite tunes can start to get old after several hours of driving.

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Caribbean Vacation Travel

Before you even plan your Caribbean vacation travel, there is an important decision you have to make:

Do you organize your Caribbean vacation travel yourself? Or do you go ‘flight inclusive’ and hand the legwork over to a more experienced tour operator?

Well, the decision is yours to make, and there are advantages and disadvantages to each option. 

First, let’s find out what a flight inclusive Caribbean vacation travel means.

A flight inclusive Caribbean vacation travel is a holiday booked direct with a tour operator. One obvious advantage of this option is that it is often simpler. You can even do it by just picking up a brochure and choosing the flight you want. 

Another advantage in choosing a flight inclusive Caribbean vacation travel over independent travel is that it is generally cheaper. Caribbean specialist travel organizers are also good (maybe even better than you) at putting together a tailor made “package” that suits your needs. This package, so to speak, contains all the elements of your Caribbean vacation travel from hotels and flights to transfers and a local representative. And most are bargains, offered at special rates with plenty of features only for the price of one. The only trouble with these Caribbean vacation travel packages is that they would have to be made early as they could easily get full. 

What’s more, with a flight inclusive Caribbean vacation travel, there is more security for you. Most tour operators make an undertaking where they make themselves legally bound to take care of you from the moment of departure until your return home. Some are even bonded for your financial security. And finally, in the event of a natural disaster, failure of an airline or a dispute with one of your holiday providers, you will only have to deal with just one organization, which is based in one country. So everything is being made so much simpler for you.

On the other hand, there are certain reasons why you would want to go on a Caribbean vacation travel on your own. Indeed, an independent Caribbean vacation travel provides you with the freedom to choose your own trip and even change it as you please. And with the Internet in full force, that freedom is given even more leeway. 

It is easy for anyone to book their own Caribbean vacation travel. All you really need is a computer and an Internet connection to access any travel booking site. Most importantly, some of the loveliest Caribbean hotels are too small to feature in brochures so you will have to book them independently. 

One thing is for sure, you have a far better chance of enjoying every aspect of the islands by going on an independent Caribbean vacation travel. 

In addition, you may want to use your Air Miles when you travel. Flight inclusive Caribbean vacation travel packages often do not give credit for air miles so at a time when you can actually make use of your miles, you can’t. Whereas, if you travel independently, there is no reason why you can’t use your air miles.

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The Benefits Of Traveling Off-Peak





The European Environment Information and Observation Network (EIONET) defines traveling off-peak as "traveling outside rush-hours to avoid overcrowding in public means of transport." This sounds all too simple and as we might expect - easier said than done. 

For both air and car travel, avoid the crowds by traveling during the week, especially from Tuesday through Thursday. An added bonus is that airfares for travel Tuesday through Thursday are usually cheaper. 

Mid-morning and late afternoon flights tend to be less crowded, plus you can really avoid commute traffic during this time. This site also offers the load on late-night flights (also known as red-eye flights for obvious reasons): these flights can help you avoid traffic but it's only effective if you can sleep sitting up-right on a plane! 

And did you know that traveling off-peak means traveling during holidays (not before or after) when airfares are lower and there's less road traffic? 

Some of the most affordable travel deals of the year can be found in the fall. If you find super off-peak dates that fall between major holidays, strike while the iron is hot. Book immediately with your discount travel broker. Never hesitate! 

One great example of saving money by traveling off-peak is flying to the Caribbean during the North American winter months rather than during summer. You might say what's the point in going to the Caribbean in winter when you're going there to savor the beaches? But the fact is, there is hardly such a thing as winter in the Caribbean as it stays warm most of the year. In fact, it's not a good idea to fly there during the peak season (I.e., summer months) as this is the period when the hurricanes usually come. 

By traveling off-peak, not only will you get cheaper flights and accommodations. You will also gain a difference perspective on travel - especially the added advantage of enjoying your dream destinations without huddling with the masses of tourists during holidays. 

It also helps to subscribe to online newsletters of discount air travel brokers such as Jestgo or WesJet. By having yourself included in these companies' mailing list, you can get your hands on off-peak travel promotions faster than those who didn't. So you see, it's not just the air miles! 

Finally, book your flight early to secure the most gains from traveling off-peak. One year's planning can certainly help you reap the reward of the cheapest airfares possible! On the other hand, booking last minute can also have its rewards. If you're the kind who can leave at a moment's notice, you can save a lot from last-minute flights and accommodations. After all, airlines and hotels would rather greatly discount their seats and rooms than leave them empty!

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Cancun Vacations Offer The Chance To Travel To Mexico And Stay

When you decide on two of several Cancun vacations you'll find that even though you are in a foreign country, there are plenty of familiar U.S. hotels & restaurants. Cancun Vacations, attractive Mexico resorts, attractive beaches & people are all waiting for you. 

Cancun vacations offer white sandy beaches, warm tropical sun & attractive blue water. some of the finest Mexico resorts can be found in Cancun. two of the great things about Cancun vacations is the short time it takes to get there to travel Mexico. Only a couple of hours flying time & you can be staying at two of plenty of Mexico resorts offering you the chance to relax, tan & even travel Mexico.

Cancun vacations at lush Mexico resorts can easily be found on the web. Imagine snorkeling in warm, blue water in the afternoon. Renting some jet ski's & feeling the spray of the surf splash your face as you frolic like a baby with a old toy. Have you ever felt the thrill of being lifted into the air under a big, billowy parasail? What an experience! Imagine the breathtaking view you would have as you floated above the sun, the sand & surf with the warm tropical breeze blowing through your hair. All this & more is yours when you choose to "get away from it all" in Cancun.

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Hotel And Shopping Tips To Enhance Your Luxury Travel Experience In Italy

Italy is consistently in the top five luxury travel destinations for American Express Vacation clients.  Italy is full of history, beginning with the ancient Roman Empire, to the rise of the Vatican, to the Italian renaissance.  Traveling to Italy requires certain tips to make your luxury travel vacation.  

Hotel Tips

Though traveling to Italy is quite safe. However, it’s advisable and useful to gather some basic Italy travel tips.  There are hundreds of small luxury hotels of the world and the cities of Italy have plenty to choose from.  Some Italian hotels, and nearly all hotels in Rome, have at least one staff member who speaks English.  Search out this person to ask for additional tips, such as great dining spots, local sights, public transportation and shopping areas.  Staying in touch with family and friends can be expensive in Italy, especially if you call from your hotel.  Keep in mind that American cell phones will not work without special international services or devices.  And since hotels tend to overcharge for long-distance and international calls, it is best to make such calls from public phones, using international calling cards.  Staying in a luxury hotel is quite fun, but if you have already been there and done that, it’s never too late to consider booking one of the many available luxury world cruises throughout the world.

Shopping Tips

One big draw for Italian tourists on a luxury travel trip is the shopping tour.  Consider booking one of these guided tours, instead of charging off on your own.  These shopping tours offer travelers a more comfortable way to "shop ‘til you drop."  Most of these tours include transportation to several different shopping districts and stores.  Your guide will speak both English and Italian, in order to mediate your shopping experience.  Yes, your major credit cards, such as American Express, Visa and Master Card, will work.  But keep in mind that most American credit cards will charge a hefty currency fee, and use the most unattractive exchange rates.  The best way to be safe and save money would be to use a combination of Euro Travelers Checks, Euros in cash and a credit card.  Pick Pocketing can be an unfortunate reality of modern travel, so spreading the type of money you carry is the best choice. 

Most stores and shops in Italy have operating hours that can be considered different, at least in comparison to what is expected in the United States.  Normally, most Italian shops are open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Stores are usually closed between 1 and 3:30 p.m., to allow employees a chance to have a family lunch.  Stores usually reopen around 3:30 or 4 p.m., and finally close around 7:30 to 8 p.m.  In large cities and tourist areas, there is a tendency to stay open from 9.30 a.m. to 7.30 p.m., with possible variations from town to town. Keep in mind that shopping etiquette in Italy is much different than in the United States.  When shopping for clothing, take note that many stores will not allow shoppers to try on shirts and blouses.  Also, there is a size discrepancy, so make sure that an attendant measures your body before you purchase.  It is also customary to tip attendants if they are personally assisting you with fittings and selection.  Whether shopping or relaxing in a small luxury hotel, a customary tip can go a long way!

Your accommodations are often considered one of the most important parts of your http://www.amtvacations.com/american-express-vacations.html, so use these tips to make the most of your upscale hotel stay.  When you use these American Express Tour tips to experience the best of small luxury hotels and high class shopping, you can enjoy yourself with no strings attached!

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