One of the most visited countries in Europe is the country of Austria, and it is no wonder to see why. Apart from its breathtaking landscapes and sceneries, travelers visiting the country of Austria are treated to an endless array of brilliantly designed buildings and palaces. It is also the home of the waltz and the famous child prodigy and classical music master Mozart. Indeed, the country of Austria is a jewel that every person must visit at least once in their entire life.Austria is also known for its rich cultural heritage. This could be seen on the pride that the locals have for its brilliant palaces and buildings, their love for the Waltz and their homage to the classical composer and child prodigy Mozart. Whether you are traveling to Austria alone, with friends or with your family, here are just some helpful tips to make you get the most out of your trip to this magnificent country.Public TransportationWhen to GoIn fact, if you are traveling on a budget, buses and trains are the best way to get around the country without blowing your budget. Instead of paying each time to you board a bus or train, avail of an unlimited travel pass the moment you arrive at the airport or from your local travel agency. These passes, ranging from all-day passes to as long as 30 days, would allow you not just to go around the country of Austria. It is also accepted in most major cities all over Europe, allowing you the chance to travel to the other parts of the continent as well.If you have some extra cash to spare, you can also opt to rent a car while you are visiting Austria. Like the unlimited passes, car rentals can be booked well in advance. Most of the well-known car rental companies have branches here in Austria and reservations can be made over the Internet. You can also inquire with your local travel agent about car reservations being included in your package if you are getting a packaged tour from them since these are given at a discounted rate.Austria is a cosmopolitan city and as such, there is a wide variety of different modes of transportation that you can avail of during your stay. Buses and trains are ideal if you are visiting the country of Austria for the very first time. Apart from taking you to the major tourist spots within a particular city, these buses and trains would also take you to and from one major city to the next at regular schedules. You can avail of all-day and weekly passes from your local travel agent prior to your trip. These passes provide you unlimited access to buses and trains that go through the country, making it ideal if your itinerary involves you traveling from one major city in Austria to another.There are a number of different places to stay in Austria, depending on your budget. Hotel accommodations are numerous throughout the country, but they could be quite expensive if you book it directly with them. The average cost of a hotel accommodation with breakfast is between 50 and 60 per night. You can try going to your local travel agent who may be able to provide you with a reservation at a hotel of your choice at a discounted rate.Austrian traffic authorities are extremely strict. Make sure that you adhere to all of the rules and regulations of the country with regards to driving in order to save you the inconvenience of having to pay a fine, which can be rather costly. For example, when driving, make sure that you keep your headlights open, even in the day time. Failure to do this can mean you having to pay a fine of 15.
Beijing is the capital city of China, which is also the center of economy, politic, culture. Beijing is one of the top two cities in China for China travel (the other one is Shanghai). If you would like one city with mountain and nature beauty, I will tell you, Beijing, Shanghai will not be your favorite. Guilin perhaps will be your best choice for a China holidays. If you do not want to be regretful for your China trip, and you do not have special needs, like Muslim and temple interests. I will recommend the following essential destinations for your China Travel.1. Great Wall of China: There are many sections of Great Wall China. I think the sections in Beijing will be enough for your Great Wall hiking. If you want to kave a long-time hiking on it, I will suggest simatai section. IF you do not have enough time for hiking, badaling section and mutiianyu section will be suitable.2. Forbidden City: Forbidden City is also named Palace Museum, which is the place for the Qing emperors. Forbidden city is located at the city center of Beijing. You can get into it at Tian’anmen. This is one place that you should not miss for a China travel. You will know more about Chinese history through it.3. Summer Palace: Summer Palace is the largest imperial gardens in China.4. Yangtze River: You can take one Yangtze river cruise to see the three yangtze gorges.5. Guilin: You can go to Yangshuo to see the old town. Guilin is named as the paradise of heaven in China.6. Xian: If you want to know more about China history, I think Xian will be the best place for you. Xian is the capital in many dynasties of old China.If you have more time, you can go to visit Chengde summer resort, Luoyang penny, Hangzhou west lake and Suzhou gardens.
Traveling is a great way to be relieved from all the stress a busy person is undergoing. When work seems to be so heavy and you feel you need to release all the tension from your job, going on a trip is a good idea to unwind.Here are some useful tips to ensure a safe, enjoyable, and memorable vacation. Follow them and everything will turn out fine.o Plan. A person who wants to go out on a vacation should know where he wants to go, and the duration of his trip in terms of days, weeks or months.
o Research about the place you will visit. This will give you the heads-up in the activities that you could enjoy in the area, and give you added security.
o Create a checklist of all the sites you intend to visit.
o Tell your travel agent your expectations in your trip. Remember that their job is to make the most out of your vacation.
o When arranging for an online booking, it is important for you to shop around first. Don’t make deals on the first agent you see. Be careful of the websites pretending to have the lowest travel rate. Know what you are paying for before clicking “ok.”
o In reserving for an airline ticket or hotel accommodation, it is recommended to purchase directly from their website. Some airlines and hotels reward their customers with discounts when buying directly from their sites.
o Make arrangements ahead of time. If you want to explore popular attractions, entrance tickets are in demand and might not be available on the day of your trip.
o Don’t exceed the baggage limits allowed in airlines. Save space for the souvenirs you will be bringing home from your vacation.
o Arrive at the airport early. Be there at least 2 hours before the departure time.
o Pack early and make sure you didn’t forget your necessities. Make sure you are in compliance with the airline rules.
o Be informed about the general rules and laws of your destination.
o Lastly, enjoy your trip. Maximize your vacation and take lots of photos as souvenir.
What better way for the frugal traveler to stretch both her budget and her vacation allotment than by taking road trips during long weekends? Here are some of my top tips to reduce that cost even more.Keeping The Cooler Cool Packing an accessible cooler full of drinks and snacks is a great cost reducing option. To maximize cooler space, instead of filling with ice, freeze water bottles and low filled beverages (including drinking boxes, makes a healthier juice slushy). No more soggy sandwiches or spilled water in the backseat.Eating Where The Truckers EatFor longer road trips, travelers may have to look outside the cooler for a meal. Instead of haunting the usual fast food chains, keep an eye out for any local roadside restaurants with transport trucks parked outside. When truckers find a spot with good, affordable meals, they tell their buddies.Note: Just because the sign says truck stop, doesn’t mean the truckers stop. The vehicles never lie.Keeping The Kiddies EntertainedThis is a trick I’ve stolen from my Mom. Whenever we went on a long road trip, she would dig out the coloring books and crayons. That may not seem exciting except it was…to us. During a road trip was the only time we were allowed a new coloring book.Updated for today’s kid, keep a few toys or video games only for use on road trips. This could be a brand new toy or a favorite. The novelty of the toy will keep kids busy and looking forward to the long car rides.Prepping The VehicleRoad trips mean relying on your vehicle so prep work is essential. Check all fluids, oil, antifreeze/coolant, windshield washer solvent (for the bugs all road trip vehicles collect). Check the tires, ensuring that they are properly inflated and in good condition. Check all belts and hoses, looking for wear and tear.AAA Or Other Vehicle Assistance ProgramsFrequent road trippers should consider an AAA or other vehicle assistance program membership, especially if they have an older vehicle. One tow and the membership pays for itself. Plus no scrambling for local mechanics/tow trucks.One of the benefits that I love about AAA is their TripTiks which are route maps complete with information such as road works (very helpful during the summer road work season) and rest stops. There are even blurbs on each town passed.Road trips are a great way to see more local destinations and to stretch the travel budget.
Summer is regarded as the best season you can have your vacation. It’s the best time you can spend travelling without having to worry about being in the midst of a punishing weather. But despite the fact that the weather is perfect for your getaway, there still seem a few factors as to why some trip does not look like an enjoyable undertaking.Vacations are supposed to be a relaxing and fun activity, not an exhausting and disappointing event. To avoid going through an unperfected summer vacation, it is a must that you make plans ahead of your departure. Whether you are travelling with your friends, family, or your special someone, you have to be well prepared to prevent you and your company from panicking when you’re on your way to your destination.Make a checklist relative to the things that you need to bring. It makes you certain that you do not forget anything important. You do not have to bring tons of your belongings. Take only the basics so it will not be hard for you to carry your stuff during the trip. Do not forget to bring sun protection items, like sun screen, sunglasses and head pieces. When you get sunburned, you’ll definitely become irritated and your entire summer vacation wouldn’t be as blissful as you want it to be. Also, prior to reaching your destination, be sure that you’re armed with ideas that can keep you well entertained. Do not be a couch potato or spend the whole day lying on your bed. Explore the location and take part in the exciting activities available. Capture each moment with your camera to remind you of how wonderful this vacation has been.Make your summer vacation a fun filled one by having an organized plan. This way, the trip will surely leave a smile in your face even when you’re on your way home.
Traveling to Mexico soon? Here are my top seven best tips:1) Research your destination, but DON’T over plan
It is always good to know what your options are while you’re there, and if there are any particular concerns and security issues related to your destination. Part of the fun of travel is letting things loose and unfold and being open to opportunities that come up.2) Practice general safety precautions
As a tourist always be aware of thieves and pickpockets. Always be aware of your belongings and you loved ones, don’t trust anyone and don’t at any point share all the details of your travel plan.3) Learn a few phrases in Spanish before you go
It is good to know some Spanish phrases like Gracias (Thank you), Por favor (Please) and in resort areas you’ll find most people speak at least some English. Always be prepared! Learn a few essential phrases in advance.4) DO not drink water from the tap
Check for a sign in your hotel proclaiming that the tap water is purified, until then don’t drink it. Buy bottled purified and mineral water to drink – it’s available on virtually every street corner and inexpensive and safe. Most hotels and resorts provide bottles of water for your consumption in the hotel.5) Use sunscreen
Sunburn early in your trip can make you trip uncomfortable for the duration. Sun is usually very strong in Mexico, so it is advised to use sunscreen on any exposed skin, even if you’re not on the beach. It is said that, you can get a sun burn even on an overcast day.6) Beware of scams
In beach resort areas there are chances that you may be approached with offers of attending a timeshare presentation. Some of these are legitimate (genuine) and others are not. Unless you are really interested in a genuine timeshare, skip the free meal or excursion offered along with a timeshare presentation. It is always to know everything before you commit to anything, so think twice before committing whatever be the offer.7) Keep the open mind of a traveler explorer and go with the flow
Try new things; make sure that it is safe before you go for it. Explore all must visit places, do some adventurous stuff as well you will remember it for a long time and you will surely enjoy it.
Enjoy your time there and have a good trip to remember.
Air travel today can be challenging, finding an affordable fare, a convenient travel time, even the right city to depart from or arrive at can be challenging. And of course the long lines at security just add to the stress.When you arrive at your departure airport getting through multiple security checkpoints can be a hassle, constantly changing rules about how soon to get to the airport, how to check in, what you can carry on board etc. can all be confusing.Being a frequent business air traveler, I have come up with the following tips to help you on your journey.To find the lowest and most convenient fares – always book your travel at least 21 days in advance.
Call ahead, or go to your airlines web site to find out how early you should be at the airport, international flights will require more time.
Whenever possible go to your airlines web site to check in and print boarding passes. If you are changing planes print out all boarding passes, if you don’t, you will have to go back through security to get a new boarding pass. If you only have a short time window, this could cause you to miss your flight.
If you have already checked in via the airlines website, you usually do not have to check in at the airport check in counter. If you have bags to check, many airlines again have curb-side baggage check in, and/or they have self serve baggage check in kiosks. Using these services saves a lot of time and hassle. If you are unsure how to use the self serve kiosk, ask an airline employee, or another traveler who seems to know how it works.
When in line for security, put all metal objects, keys, watches, coins, pens, money clips, belt buckles, cell phone etc. in a pocket of your carry on bag, even your shoes if possible, send that bag through the scanner, as you walk hassle free through the metal detector.
If you are carrying a computer, be sure to take it out of the carrying case. I have my business card, taped to the top of my computer with duct tape for fast identification. If your business card has personal information on it, be sure to block that info out.
Have a Safe Trip!Jim Newell
How long do I need in the north?Many people ask me how long they need in the North – my personal answer would be ‘it could never be long enough!’ My first visit to Thailand 4 years ago was to the North, and I have been living here for the past 2 years. For those restricted to a travel schedule though, at least 2 days is needed to cover the basic sightseeing of Chiang Mai (the capital of the North) although you could spend a week and not have covered all that the city and it’s surrounds has to offer. If you want to explore the countryside beyond Chiang Mai a recommended 3 days is needed to fully appreciate Chiang Rai province, and a further 5 days for Mae Hong Son.What is the best time of year to go?Winter in Thailand is from November – February, which is also the tourism high season here. Travellers prefer to come during these months as the temperature is slightly cooler, it is also the best weather for trekking. Whilst many people avoid rainy season (May-Sep), there are advantages -this is when the fields and nature are at their most lush green. Most of the time the rain will come in short spurts, it does not rain heavily all day. Summer time (March-April) is the worst time to come, when temperatures soar to mid-late 30’s. This is also when farmers burn the fields, so air quality is very bad and visibility of the mountain views masked by smoke. Note that prices for many things such as tours,accommodation,flights are much higher during high season, so it can be cheaper to travel in the low season.Is it recommended for kids?Northern Thailand is a fantastic destination for kids, in fact it offers something for all ages. Soft adventure and outdoor activities, nature and animals are sure to keep the kids entertained whilst opportunities for cultural exploration together as a family can an enriching experience for all.TransportMost major to mid size towns in the North are well connected by local bus routes, so its possible to get around by bus, however to explore outlying areas and small villages then you will need your own transport. In some of the more developed and touristic towns there will be motorbikes for hire, if you want to hire a car it is best to do so from Chiang Mai.Destinations in mountainous or more remote areas, will not have any form of transport so it’s advisable to have your own transport here too. Local buses come in 2 classes – air conditioned or fan. Air con buses are slightly more expensive but worth paying the extra baht for as they have more leg room and seating is more spacious. Overnight buses in Thailand are very comfortable, seats recline to about 150 degrees with enough leg room for the average height person. The only things to watch out for are the air-conditioning which they tend to put on high and karaoke songs which they like to keep you entertained with at high volume.Travel StyleThere are various ways you can travel around Northern Thailand – independent travel, group package tours, or something in between such as a private tour. Which one you opt for will depend on how you like to travel and your budget. Independent travel (the cheapest form) is obviously for those who don’t like to be restricted and prefer to explore by themselves, commonly done by backpackers on a low budget. The downfalls can be that whilst you may cover many areas with an open schedule, your travel experience will be purely observatory, you won’t know about the meaning and culture behind places without the knowledge of a local guide. Package tours are for those who feel less comfortable exploring a place on their own and like to have everything pre-planned, the disadvantage being that every aspect (hotels, transport, itinerary) is fixed including the amount of time you can spend at a sight, not good for those that don’t like to be rushed. A private tour combines the best of both independent and package travel in that you can tailor the itinerary to what you want to see and do, without the restrictions of a fixed schedule, basically you are the boss.Your trip to Northern Thailand could combine a mix of styles, for example for tourist areas such as Chiang Mai city which are easy to get around by with public transport where a lot of the attractions have explanations in English then a guide and private transport is not required. For sightseeing in outlying Chiang Mai (adventure activities, national parks, waterfalls and temples) you may want to consider hiring a taxi or song tiaw for a day. Then for excursions to the countryside beyond Chiang Mai, which are not so easily done on public transport you could hire a car, driver and guide for a tour.HotelsNorthern Thailand offers an amazing array of hotels and guesthouses from budget backpacker to 5 star boutique hotels. If arriving during low season it is not necessary to book beforehand, although you may get better rates if you book online. Many hotels in Chiang Mai can be found on online hotel booking agents. In rural parts most hotels/guesthouses (unless they are high end well established ones) are not available on any of the online hotel booking agents, you might be lucky if they even had their own website, so a phone reservation is the best way. During high season and any national holidays booking beforehand is advised as places get full pretty quickly.
Have you decided to party with your friends? What is the main thing that excites you? Of course, it should be beach vacation. Goa, Caribbean Islands, Florida and Miami are excellent beach destinations perfect for vacation. If you have planned to visit Goa, you need to remain alert to the nightlife, people, culture, crowd and everything around Goa. Ensure to follow these instructions to enjoy a safe beach vacation.Do not indulge in beach surfing at late evening or night:You would have come to Goa to enjoy beaches and adventurous activities. It is not advisable to indulge in surfing during night times. Sometimes, you would find the entire beach dark or without lights. There are chances for you to get into serious trouble. As you have come as a tourist, you would find lots of suspicious and unfamiliar faces. Act smart.Ignore complete strangers:Recently, it has been reported that Goa is prone to lots of eve teasing incidences and thefts. The tourist authorities are focusing on Goa safety concerns. If you are travelling as a solo woman, ensure to get along with good team of friends. They will accompany you throughout the trip. You can remain safe from the unknown crowd.Travel in groups:Goa is popular for its nightlife. However, there are chances for you to get attracted towards unnecessary things like misleading companies, rave parties, alcohol, drugs, etc. It is best to travel with your friends. They will stay by your side and you do not hand to step into legal crimes. When you join with a group of friends or known people while travelling to Goa, you can enjoy a best unforgettable trip. Also, ensure to avoid travelling by walk during the night. It is good to book a cab. Most travel dangers in Goa happen on the roads.Do not drink everywhere:If you are a moderate drinker, it is best to avoid trying new dishes and tastes at all food outlets. In some situations, liquor can cause food poisoning. You need to be alert when it comes to eating and drinking in Goa. Do not eat anything or everything you come across. It can result in severe hangover and bad health conditions. If you are not sure about taste, consequences and the brand, it is better to avoid.Do not swim if you are drunk:Guess, the above statement does not require much explanation. When you swim in drunken status, you will lose grip in high tides. There have been occurrences of natural sinking at the Goa beaches. Many times, youngsters due to their overly flowing adrenaline indulge in adventurous activities. It ends up serious or fatal. Remain safe. Stay away from water if you have drunk.Do Not Walk in Swim Suits or Bikinis:Goa is a traditional place. The local crowds are not used to casual dressing standards followed by the western or urban tourists. If you are wearing good decent clothes, you will not find much difficulty. But, if you try to wear something that is apt to your urban culture, it can invite goons and even teasers. It is waste of time and energy to fight with those people. If you vacate the place in a safe manner, you will not end up in any risks.Some people will wish to wear their bikini or swimsuits during their Goa trip. Well, it is best to choose private spaces, secluded beaches and less popular beaches in Goa. You can wear clothes as you wish and also remain safe. Hope, you have got a clear idea regarding Goa beaches. Enjoy your trip by booking your Goa tour packages in advance. Ensure to share these tips with other travel buddies. Happy holidays!