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Planning a Safari Tour

By on June 20, 2017

 

Have you ever dreamed of seeing exotic animals up close and in their natural habitat? If this is the case, you should plan a vacation where you will take a safari tour. There are a wide variety of companies that organize safari trips in countries all over the world. It will be an experience that you will remember for the rest of your life. However, you need to be very careful about which company you entrust with the responsibility of planning the safari tour that you will take. Not all of the safari companies will offer you the same level of service. Here are a few of the things that you need to think about when you are in the process of finding the right company to plan your safari tour.



1. How experienced are the guides who will be giving you the safari tour?

The experience, knowledge and competence of your safari guide will be a critical factor that will determine if your safari is enjoyable or not. Ideally, you need to find a guide who is friendly and speaks very good English. Your guide should also know the terrain very well. This will enable him to show you many areas where the wildlife are the most active. You are paying to see wild animals. Therefore, it is critical that your guide knows the best places to find them. Your guide should also make the safety of the people on the tour a top priority. He should not put the tourists in risky situations just to get a closer look at the animals. Make sure that you verify that the guide is properly licensed and has been working as a full-time safari guide for at least three years. Your life will be in the hands of your safari guide during your tour. Therefore, you need to find out as much as you can about the person who will be guiding you.

2. Has the tour company been around for a long time?

You need to be certain that you are dealing with a reputable safari tour company. There are many companies in this industry that are just trying to make a quick buck. These are the companies you need to avoid. This is why you need to be sure that the safari tour company you hire has been involved in the industry for a long time. This means that the company has been doing a great job for their clients. They would not be able to stay in business for many years if they were not providing their customers with high quality tours that are well planned and have experienced guides. You can visit www.kensingtontours.com to learn about a company that can plan a safari that you will never forget.

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Giraffe

3. Can the company customize the trip to your exact specifications?

You might have certain things that you want to see and do during your safari tour. This is why you need to find a safari tour company that is able to take your requests and create a trip that is made especially for you. Some safari tour companies simply offer the same standard trip to all of their clients. However, people have different tastes. The animals that you want to see might differ from another customer. Therefore, you should only hire a company will be able to give you the exact safari experience that you are looking for. You need to be sure that you will only be spending time looking for the exact species of animals that you are interested in. Basically, you need to know exactly what you will be getting for your money.

4. What is the safety record of the safari tour company?

There are many things that can go wrong during a safari tour. It is very important that the company you are doing business with always makes the safety of their clients their top priority. The guides must know first aid and have very good track records. You will need to look into the backgrounds of the companies that you deal with just to make sure that their safety record is spotless. You should never assume that a company has a good safety record.

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Zebras and Giraffes

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A Travel Experience that’s One for the Books

By on March 25, 2016

 

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at Schloss Laxenburg

Have you ever come back from vacation more exhausted than you were when you left for vacation? That’s not what vacationing is about. Daily life can be hectic and stressful. Vacations should be a time when you can escape from all of the busyness. Ideally, a vacation should be a balance between adventure, fun, relaxation and restoration.

While that seems like a lot to expect from a vacation, if you carefully select your vacation destination with those aspects in mind, you can arrive back at home with renewed energy, a rested body and an absence of stress that you hope will last long after you return home. When you begin searching for a weekend get away location, a place to spend a week of vacation with the family or a romantic escape you should visit BrokenBowLakeCabins.com to see what they have to offer.

Vacationing in an area where you can enjoy the peace and tranquility of a natural setting is an experience unlike any other. That same natural setting can also provide you with some wonderful outdoor exercise. Nature hikes, a day of fishing, a kayak adventure, a canoe trip or possibly a day of horseback riding are wonderful outdoor adventures that are sure to make your hectic everyday life seem temporarily non-existent.

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horseback-riding at the palace grounds

There’s nothing quite like ending a day of outdoor adventure lounging on the deck listening to the night sounds coming from the woods. If you’re lucky enough to vacation when there’s a chill in the evening air, snuggling in front of the fireplace in your cabin could be the perfect way to end the day.

If your family members live a distance apart, planning a vacation together could be a great way to reunite and make some wonderful memories. You’ll want to find a place such as Broken Arrow Cabins where there are activities for children, teens and seniors. Picnics, play areas and activities such as paddle boating and miniature golf are family-friendly activities that everyone can enjoy.

Sometimes, just getting away for a weekend can give you a new perspective on things and allow your body some much needed rest. It can also be a wonderful diversion from the stress you may be experiencing at work or as a family caregiver. There’s no reason to endure until you have time for an extended vacation. Make a quick escape and enjoy it to its fullest.

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Schloss Laxenburg

 

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Finding Inspiration for Your Next Travel Plans

By on November 9, 2014
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Went to London recently…

Many people have a desire to leave the cares and concerns of their daily lives and to take a fabulous vacation that is filled with adventure and relaxation alike. While this may be your goal, you may be challenged by the task of trying to find someplace amazing to head to for your vacation. Until you make a decision about where to go to for your getaway, you will not be able to book reservations and make your travel plans. Clearly, you want to find a fabulous location to head to for your next vacation, and you can find inspiration in a few key ways.

Online Blogs
Blogs can cover a wide range of topics, and many people have blogs dedicated purely to travel. Others may talk about their annual vacations and other trips taken throughout the year. Through their blog posts, you can learn more about exciting attractions and activities. You can consider making a list of places that you want to visit throughout the year as you read blog posts, and you can refer back to your list when the time comes for you to make your travel plans. In order to find inspiration through blog posts, you do have to regularly read at least a couple of great blog posts.

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London’s iconic red bus

Social Media Sources
Another idea is to pay attention to social media sources throughout the year, and you can get great ideas to add to your list of potential travel spots through social media outlets like Pinterest, Twitter and others. You may consider following a few popular travel companies, such as Outdoor Traveler. You may also simply notice places where your friends and family members are heading to throughout the year. The best social media sources are those that provide you with the ability to see and hear about the experiences that others are having in different locations. This gives you the ability to find places to go that most appeal to your desired travel expectations.

Articles and Reviews
Once you get closer to planning your trip, you may refer to your list of potential places to go as a starting point. Conduct research on each location to learn more about the top attractions, resorts, tours, cruises and more in each location. You can read articles, but make sure that you pay attention to the source of the articles. Some articles are written as promotional material from the companies themselves, and others are independent sources that provide you with information based on their own experiences. Both can be great sources of information, but you need to keep in mind the source as you form your opinion.

The destination that you choose to visit for your upcoming vacation will truly set the tone of your entire experience. You certainly want to spend some time making a great decision. You may consider researching several different options to compare the experiences, costs and travel requirements for each option. This will give you a better idea about which option is most appealing and suitable for you. While choosing a destination to head to can be challenging, the fact is that the process can also be fulfilling and even interesting. Take time to follow these tips, and you will have plenty of inspiration to draw from when you plan your next trip.

 

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St.James Park, Buckingham palace

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Travel in style – on a budget!

By on September 20, 2014
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Fancy getting away from it all but strapped for cash? Youth travel accounts for 20 per cent of the global travel market and that’s set to double by 2020. With so many young people and younger couples looking to travel across the world they’ll have to budget accordingly to get the most from their adventures abroad.

But where’s the fun in that? Travelling around the globe is an experience to treasure and never forget. So, what’s the best way for budget-conscious people to travel in style?

There are all sorts of ways young travellers, singletons, and couples can relax in comfort and class when they’re globetrotting, such as:

Planning in advance

The nature of the travel industry means the closer a flight gets to departure, the more of a premium there is on seats with prices typically rising. If people are looking to go away somewhere and want to keep the cost of flights low plan and book well in advance – 60 days is typically a good time to find a low-cost flight online.

Try and upgrade for free

Believe it or not but it’s not unheard of for some airlines to upgrade people’s flights free of charge. How? Ask! If people are well-dressed or it’s a special occasion, such as a honeymoon or anniversary, then the airline may be happy to oblige if asked nicely enough.

There’s always the chance that the airline will be more than happy to upgrade – a survey in July showed that 16 per cent had been upgraded for free. A cause may be helped by racking up frequent flyer miles and other loyalty scheme points.

Keep an eye out for incentives

A number of airlines and operators often have incentives and special offers for flights and similar packages running all the time. Keep an eye out on their websites and sign up to mailing lists to keep an eye on bargains, vouchers, coupons, and other special offers they may be promoting.

Fly with just hand luggage

A lot of flight operators claw back the costs of offering cheap flights by charging elsewhere, usually when it comes to passenger baggage. Stowing luggage in the hold per case return can add up to an astonishing £150 to travellers’ costs, and sometimes more.
Instead check the baggage stipulations of each flight and the weights allowed on-board. Travelling with hand luggage only can help save on costs, and a lot of people can fit more than they think into a 10kg bag.

The best way for travellers to travel in style and on-budget is to plan properly, look ahead, and keep an eye out for bargain flights and prices to their favourite destinations. Leaving a booking until the last minute usually costs flyers more than they bargain for…

If you’d like to learn more about travelling across the world on a budget and want to get hold of some of the cheapest air fares on the market visit Blue Air today to find out more.

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Booked Venice in a hurry, learned the lesson as is wasn’t as cheap!

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When Travellers Need Smartphone Chargers the Most

By on June 30, 2014

 

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Some portable electronics for travel are really nifty, and others are a necessity. Numerous experienced travellers know that a smartphone charger might be a lifesaver, even in an area where there is no reception. The ongoing debate about whether or not people are too connected to their smartphones, but that has little to do with travel. One of the worst things that can happen to a traveler is to have a smartphone die right before he or she can scan the electronic boarding pass.

Everything is gone. There is no hope of recovering a flight number that has been changed about seven times in the past few hours. There is only a long line at the help desk and a silent prayer that traveler information was not entered incorrectly into the system. Travelers can wait and think about what they’ve done. Did they really miss a vacation to play silly games? Was the latest remix of that pop song really that important? The entire scenario is pretty dismal.

There are a few times when almost no amount of planning can replace a reliable smartphone charger.

  • Travelling on Small Airlines Abroad

Flying can be pretty reliable until travelers venture off the grid. A small Lithuanian airline and a lost flight number could be a recipe for disaster. About two flights leave each week, and the language barrier might not help anyone involved. A smartphone can be a lifesaver, even if all hope of catching the flight that left last Monday is lost. Nifty translation apps can help explain the situation and get the entire thing sorted out. Airline employees typically want travelers gone as much as travelers want to leave. It can be a fairly symbiotic relationship when everything goes well.

  • Keeping a Positive Attitude

Travelers can resist the urge to let flight delays turn them into less than polite people. Charge the smartphone, hunker down, and pretend like it all isn’t happening. Listen to some podcasts, play a mind-numbing game, do whatever it takes not to lose it. Pretty much all flyers leave eventually. It’s mostly a matter of time before they figure out exactly when and how. Several hours of talk radio can do wonders for travelers stuck in a blizzard. Also, it’s important not to count on open outlets during trying times in an airport. Fellow passengers might not have such an optimistic outlook.

  • A Transatlantic Flight Next to a Loud Talker

Some passengers seem to have a knack for talking at high volumes for hours on end. Grab a portable smartphone charger and listen to something more melodic, like heavy metal. It can be hot. It can be cold. The plane can be at a standstill. Have the right portable electronics for travel to help with almost any situation. Travelers can listen to practically anything for hours on end except for the obnoxious person with the snippy voice in the middle seat.

Have a Safe and Happy Trip

Travelers might not need to text others incessantly, especially when there is no reception. However, the right attitude can change a nightmarish experience into a pleasant one. Smartphone chargers are one of the most useful portable electronics for travel.

 

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What People Look for in a Resort

By on April 27, 2014
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Understanding what people look for in a resort can give you some insight into what they want to get out of any vacation. Someone like Steve Wynn has seen how this works time and time again, but it is really information that anyone can use when working in this industry. A travel agent can use it to help people find the right resorts and a developer can use it when building new ones. Either way, seeing what people want the most can tell you a lot about those people and what the modern vacation has become.

Beautiful Accommodation
First and foremost, people want rooms that go above and beyond their expectations. For many people, going to a resort is like living for a week in the way that they wish they lived every day. While their bathroom at home may just have a standard acrylic tub, they want a glassed-in shower at the resort, with the entire bathroom finished in tiles. They want a waterfall shower head and a jacuzzi-style tub. These luxurious items are not things that they are accustomed to or that they would ever pay for at home, but they definitely value them on a vacation.

Entertainment Options
People who come to a resort usually do not want to leave to find their own sources of entertainment. They are interested in having it offered right there at the resort, in the common spaces. They like to go see singers and bands perform, they enjoy watching comedians and they want to have casinos on the ground floor. They like to have bars and restaurants connected to those places so that their every desire can be provided for. The most popular resorts in many areas are the one that are all-inclusive, where they just have to pay to get in and then all of the entertainment is free.

Food and Drink
Speaking of all-inclusive options, people also want to get food and drink for free when staying at a resort. They could be interested in going to a buffet that is open whenever they want it, allowing them to set their own schedules. This gives them some flexibility and allows them to do whatever they want with their time. They may also want to eat at restaurants at set times. Either way, they love to have the food and drinks for free, as part of the cost of coming to the resort, because it makes it easier for them to budget out the money for the trip.

Stores for the Necessities
It is also a good idea for any resort to have stores where the people can get anything that they may have forgotten. This could include little things like a toothbrush or a bottle of mouthwash. It could also include batteries, sunscreen, sunglasses chap stick and things of this nature. Guests like that they do not have to venture into town for the necessities, but that they can instead pick them up quickly, close to their rooms.

Never Worrying about Anything
What all of this shows you is that the main thing that people want on a vacation is freedom to relax. They do not want to worry about anything. If the resort makes it easy for them to live without planning or working, they will love it.

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Travel Off-Season and Still Have a Wonderful Time

By on November 6, 2013

 

Travelling is not cheap. We’ve established that many articles before – on different blogs and in different languages. And along with this fact, we also have included numerous tips on how to travel within one’s budget. Scraping the web for such information could be tiring so here’s an infographic we can all be thankful for: off-season travel spots whole year round.

Discover Tips for Travel on a Budget – An infographic by the team at Travel on a Budget  

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What to pack for your summer holiday

By on October 30, 2013

 

According to a recent survey, British holidaymakers spend an average of £26.50 on items that they forget to pack.

This won’t come as much of a surprise to anyone who’s been through the rigmarole of packing last minute for a holiday; the frantic checking, the increasingly maddening family members that start to resemble headless chickens, the running commentary from someone reminding you how much time you have left until you really have to leave the house …

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So, how do you pack and, more importantly, what do you pack to avoid such situations?

What to pack?

The survey revealed that swimming trunks were the most forgotten item, along with cardigans, shoes and sunglasses as other common left-behinds.

Travel adaptors, chargers – both for phones and cameras, then sun lotion are other items that Brits accidentally leave behind when going on a holiday. So if you’re tech-dependent, remember to bring a charger for any gadget you plan on using while away.

It’s a must but people tend to forget to do some simple research into what the weather will be like. Doing so  can go a long way. Remember that even in warm and sunny destinations, temperatures can drop in the evening, so pack a suitable cardigan or coat. If you don’t get the chance to use it on your holiday, you’ll almost certainly need it when you get back in the UK!

How to pack?

Given the amount of things that can be forgotten when packing for your holiday, it’s not too hard to believe that this survey revealed that one in five Britons avoid such responsibility and stress by getting their partners to pack for them!

Other smart souls try to lessen the stress of packing by taking a more orderly approach, making lists of essential items that they cross off as they pack with enviable military precision. The trick is to start early and pack over a few days or even weeks before you leave – that way you give yourself more time to remember all those little extras that are usually left behind.

Whether you opt to run around the house in a panic or keep a strict schedule complete with checklists, the key is to remember that holidays are meant to be fun. Don’t let the stress of packing start your holiday off on the wrong foot, and if you haven’t got anything booked yet, then click here for the best summer 2014 holiday deals and start making your luggage lists now.

 

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Attractions You Simply Can’t Miss in Geneva!

By on September 16, 2013

 

Geneva is one of the finest cities in the world, so if you’re thinking about holidaying there this year, let’s take a look at some of the attractions you simply can’t miss.

Place de Neuve

The Place de Neuve is home to the famous Rath Museum and Grand theatre, and is the best place to begin your cultural walking tour. The Grand Theatre is the city’s Opera House, a majestic building dating back to 1876, destroyed by a fire in 1951, and reopened after extensive refurbishment in 1962.

The Rath Museum was the first solely dedicated to Fine Arts in the whole of Switzerland and displays large temporary exhibitions, in conjunction with Geneva’s Art and History Museum. The square is dominated by the central statue honouring General Henri Dufour, Switzerland’s national hero, and is overlooked by picturesque aristocratic houses and the imposing high walls and buildings of the old town.

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Jet D’eau

Whilst strolling along Geneva’s lakeside, you would have to try hard to miss the elegant and powerful 140-metre column of lake water named Jet D’Eau. Its unforeseen creation dates back to the late 19th Century, humbly originating from a pressure relief valve for the city’s hydraulic power station.

Prepare to get soaked whilst admiring this monument if the winds are blowing or you plan to walk along the Jet L’Eau Pier. A dry alternative would be the Lake Geneva water taxis, which provide the best close–up views to really appreciate its astonishing scale. Admiring the jet can also be made a more relaxing experience at the city centre’s beach, ‘Bain de Paquis’, frequented by a cross-section of locals providing a good atmosphere and cheap, delicious food!

Whilst some see it as just spraying water, the grand presence of the Jet D’Eau never allows you to get lost, performing as a spectacular backdrop to the city. It has truly earned its status as the most characteristic symbol of Geneva, so head to www.cheapflights.co.uk/flights/Geneva/ and book your trip if you want to see it.

Ile Rousseau Island

Where the River Rhone meets Lake Geneva is the uniquely shaped arrowhead island “Ile Rousseau”, connected by bridge from the Pont des Bergues. Named after Jean Jacques Rousseau, the local boy and liberal philosopher is immortalised by a statue overlooking the green park, populated by weeping willows and Italian poplars. This is known as the tranquil heart of Geneva, where you can contemplate the beautiful views offered by the city.

The Flower Clock & The Jardin Anglais

The Flower Clock is a combination of real artistry and eccentricity. Created in 1955, it flamboyantly tells the time with the tradition of famous Swiss precision. The clock face design consists of thousands of perfectly manicured flowers that change to reflect the current season. It holds the claim to fame of having the largest second hand in the world at 2.5m long!  It is popular as a photography destination, so try to avoid the many tourist buses and perhaps check it out on your way to the Jardin Anglais.

The Jardin Anglais holds a prime position on Geneva’s Lakeside and is arguably the most popular of the city’s many parks. It brightens the landscape of the wooden harbour, containing all the charms of an English-style park and housing stately fountains and sculptures of the city’s notable artists. Since 1854, the Jardin Anglais has remained a popular meeting point for locals and tourists alike, and in the peak summer season, it hosts concerts in the old style bandstands for a magical evening.

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Jardin Anglais

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Travel Hair Dryers for Women on the Go

By on August 19, 2013

 

Travelling and exploring new places can be a lot of fun if you don’t have to worry about your luggage and your beauty tools all the time. As much as you want to look good and be your best wherever you go, you really can’t bring all your dresser armada to fix all your beauty woes. Think of excess baggage fees and the weight of the luggage you have to lug around. Fortunately, many beauty brands have heard this dilemma from many travelling women – the cry for travel sized cosmetics and skin care items, meaning they are packed in smaller, more convenient packaging – has been answered. The same goes with some essential tools that many women really can’t do without – their hair styling tools.

Women sometimes need several hair styling tools such as a hot iron, a curling iron, a shaving tool and more importantly some handy, reliable and easy to use hair-dyer. The fact that you travel regularly will certainly push you to search for compact and convenient to carry hair-dryers. By convenient, you should choose a battery operated one over a corded dryer. You might have some issues with the kind of plug or voltage used in the city or country that you are visiting, thus a dryer with batteries will be a great option. Some top of the line yet affordable handy travel hair-dryers to check out are:

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mini!

Conair 124AR Vagabond Mini Hair Dryer – the most recommended battery operated, foldable tool to suit any wanderer with tresses to tame. With this, you can have both luxury and convenience in a compact hair dryer. Worry no more about carrying cords, finding a suitable outlet or carrying all possible adapters.

RoadPro 12 Volt Hair Dryer – a reliable option for a battery operated travel hair dryer is the one from RoadPro. This is a great choice for those long road trips and you need to freshen up, make an up-do right in the middle of nowhere!

The demand for compact and convenient beauty tools have pushed more brands to come up with their very own line of battery powered dryers for frequent travelers. They might be a bit pricier than your regular hair styling tools but these are valuable investment you can take anywhere with you. More developments are happening with your usual beauty loots and tools as makers try to adapt and cope to the demands of the industry. Soon you can expect more energy efficient tools that are even more convenient for women travelers and those who are always on the go.

 

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