Fly to Top Travel Destinations With Cheap Airline Tickets

Finding cheap Airline tickets or discounted airfare can make air travel experience most rewarding. Implementation of cheap airline tickets has been instrumental in the fast growth of the travel and tourism industry, which is also one of the world’s largest foreign exchange earners among industries.

Flying across borders can become an awesome experience using cheap airline tickets. Any common man can avail discount airfare, and these rates are expected to become cheaper in the future. Traveling by plane, which was once a luxury of the rich, has now become an accessible comfort for the common man, thanks to the availability of cheap airline tickets, supplemented by the convenience of online booking.

Top Travel Destinations

Increased work related stress is forcing a large number of working professionals to take regular breaks and holidays throughout the year, making the Travel and Tourism Industry, one of the largest and most profitable ones in most developed countries.

TripAdvisor.com – a free travel guide and research website that assists customers in gathering travel information, posting opinions of travel related issues, and engaging in interactive travel forums has unveiled the winners of its 2010 Travelers’ Choice Destinations Awards. The second year of the award has honored Monte Carlo in Monaco as the “Best Destination in the World”, while the “Best Destination in the U.S.” title went to San Francisco, California. The “Best Destination in the World for Beach and Sun” is awarded to Providenciales in Turks and Caicos.

The World Travel Awards has announced the host destinations for its 2010 Grand Tour. Dubai (UAE), Johannesburg (South Africa), Orlando (Florida, USA), Antalya (Turkey), New Delhi (India), and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) have all been selected after detailed analysis.

Get Set Fly

Imagine if one can fly to these top travel destinations without burning their pockets. This is the main advantage of availing cheap airline tickets. The choice of the destination is the main factor that decides one’s travel budget. From Europe to North America and beyond, explore beautiful places, sun-kissed beaches, exotic wild life, and other panoramic regions using discount airfare. Internet is flooded with one-stop-shops that provide solutions for all your international travel needs, including low-cost air traveling.

Investing in a holiday or a vacation package is considered to be one of the best ways to hunt down cheap flight tickets. These packages normally include a flight and hotel accommodation, each of which will be low in price. These days, many airlines offer packages to help businesses fill their planes and hotels. This is a smart route to take, if you are really into budget traveling to your favorite vacation destinations.

Perfect international holiday package can be decided according to the budget. It is no longer a difficult task, with increasing number of airlines offering discount airfares or flight tickets.

Find the best deal on air tickets, and get set to explore the world that can be one of the most rewarding experiences in life.

Luggage Fees – The Rookie Traveler Tax

Much to my surprise I have decided that my opinion has changed about those luggage fees that airlines have been charging for checked luggage. I find that I am now in favor of them. What?! You heard me. I like the idea of the airlines charging more for people who travel with more than carry-on luggage (vs SpiritAir who wants to charge for carry-on luggage). Airlines need more money than they have made over the last few decades and they can either raise ticket prices for everyone or charge these luggage fees. The reason that I prefer the luggage fees is that traveling with too much luggage is a rookie move so these are basically a rookie traveler taxes.

Departure

We taught my kids early on that they could not travel with more than they could personally carry. So while they were still in elementary school they got used to hitting the road with no more than a backpack and a carry-on bag. We stay in out of the way places where we may have to pick up our suitcases and walk up a flight of stairs or two. If you are willing to give up an elevator in a hotel in Europe, for instance, you can often save significant money. And even if your hotel has an elevator, have you seen how small some of those elevators are in old buildings overseas?

Next time you are at the airport try this. Look at how much luggage people are bringing with them. Odds are that, if they are on vacation or business, the more luggage they are bringing they less they travel. If you need a luggage cart then you are bringing too much. Most rookie travelers carry more than they will need and end up paying more, taking more time, and limiting their transportation options by just bringing too much stuff.

Seasoned Travelers:

1. know that they sell things wherever they are going. You don’t need to bring a week’s worth of disposable diapers, or more than a week’s worth of shampoo. Shopping in another country can be part of the experience. I have a friend that takes this to the extreme. Beth Whitman of Wanderlust and Lipstick will travel to India with the clothes on her back and one change of clothes. The first thing she does when she arrives is buy new clothes.
2. know that if they did not use it last time then they don’t need to bring it next time. They pack using lists that are honed over time. They know what clothes go together so that they can minimize what they bring. They can get by with at most two pairs of shoes.
3. know that people wash their clothes everywhere. I traveled for 5 weeks last year with only a week’s worth of clothes. When I am at home I do laundry. It is not that hard to do a load every week on the road either. And if you travel someplace inexpensive like Oaxaca, Mexico you can pay very little to get your clothes washed, ironed and packaged.
4. travel light, carry-on and can change flights if need be. They are ready to hop in a taxi, but aren’t afraid to take a bus or public transportation because they don’t need sherpas to get around.

My wife and I traveled on December 23rd in 2009 flying out of JFK. When we got to the airport I was stunned by the lines of people waiting to check their bags at the front counter. I would guess that the line was an hour long. We had printed out boarding passes the night before. We had each a carry-on and a backpack so we simply skipped that line and headed for the surprisingly shorter line at security. If we had been traveling with more luggage, we might not have made it home that day.

They say you can’t take it with you. Do you try?

Corporate Travel – Is It Time to Centralize Your Program Again?

Corporate travel has undergone a ton of changes in recent years, the most important being the advent of easy access to airfare via the internet. As more travelers found value in better control over their schedules by using the internet, many organizations loosened their travel policies to allow for travelers to book on their own online. This perceived benefit to travelers has actually cost businesses quite a bit in terms of lost productivity, lack of control over unused tickets, and lack of access to airline programs that can save the company significantly in all areas of travel.

Can we agree that online travel booking, while advantageous in some ways, has not been all we had hoped it would be from the outset? I hear stories from travelers every day about how difficult online booking can be, and how even when using the internet, travelers simply cannot be sure they are getting the best fare. This uncertainty gnaws at travelers and coordinators, and for good reason. It is difficult to be certain of what you are getting online because there is no track record of success, and no level of trust between the organization and the travel provider.

Collaboration between your organization and your chosen travel management provider is critical. This collaboration will reap benefits for your company in terms of a better working relationship and an anticipation of your current and future needs as they relate to the constantly changing corporate travel environment.

Centralized travel needs to make a comeback for the sake of the corporate travel program, and the sanity of travelers and travel coordinators. Because all distribution channels have access to the same fares and rates, there are fewer reasons today to continue with a decentralized travel policy. Executive level buy-in is critical, and it is easy to allow travelers to keep the level of control they like while still requiring travel booking through the preferred corporate channel. Most brick and mortar agencies now offer online booking solutions that can be customized to meet the needs of the unique corporate travel policy.

The benefits of centralizing travel again are many. Here is a comprehensive, but certainly not an exhaustive, list of reasons to regain control of this important but under-scrutinized budget. It will certainly have a positive impact on your company and its ability to serve your customers and improve traveler morale.

  • Access to airline and hotel discount programs through agency and provider contracts
  • Centralized booking allows travelers to be more organized and efficient
  • Unused tickets can be tracked and hotel cancellation policies can be managed
  • Centralized billing of hotels and car rentals
  • More efficient booking processes
  • Effective customer service for the inevitable changes and issues that come up with business travel
  • Customized and centralized financial and accounting reports

Many corporations find that the best solution is a combination of booking options, with most using an online booking portal provided by their agency partner, along with real live agent help when travelers are pressed for time or have more complex travel itineraries. The key in my opinion is to re-examine the travel program from every angle. There are more airline programs that are available to businesses than ever before. New opportunities to save money and streamline processes are out there for you. United Airlines recently began offering a discount off of every fare for corporate partners. That includes cheapest coach class seats, which even many Fortune 500 companies do not have access to. This is just one example of under-publicized opportunities for your company that can be had through the old-fashioned agency relationship.

It’s time we took another pass at the corporate travel program to see where efficiencies can be found and savings opportunities can be uncovered. Your travelers and coordinators may even be able to get back to what they’re actually paid to do. Take care of your customers and propel your business forward.

Don’t Be Afraid to Travel to Mexico

Mexico has been in the news a lot lately, unfortunately not very much of it good. We’ve all heard about the drug war being waged on the Mexican border and the countless number of murders, deaths and collateral damage suffered as a result. We’ve also heard stories about the H1N1 virus, how it reportedly originated in Mexico, and the many mistruths about it being widespread and virulent throughout the country.

I have a family trip planned to Cancun in thirty-two days. While I’m naturally concerned for the safety and well-being of my family members and myself, I’m not worried about my upcoming vacation – a much needed getaway – in the very least. Hopefully the information presented below will help dispel many of the untruths, rumors and public opinion about traveling to Mexico and ease the fears of others planning their vacation to this very beautiful and safe country.

Violence in Mexico
The U.S. State Department has issued a travel alert for citizens traveling to certain parts of Mexico. It’s true that violence stemming from a drug war between Mexican cartels holding tight to territories that have been under their control for decades and the Mexican army, police and U.S. police and military involved in the conflict has escalated and should cause concern. These areas, including Tijuana, Chihuahua City, Monterrey and Ciudad Juarez, have been deemed unsafe and should be avoided by travelers. Just recently, a kidnapping involving a U.S. Citizen occurred in Tijuana. Thankfully, the woman held captive for ransom has been rescued and has since returned home unharmed.

It should be noted that most of the violence in these areas has been primarily directed toward cartel and gang members, police and public officials. As was shown in the recent case involving the kidnapped vacationer in Tijuana, this statistic should do little to alleviate anyone’s fear about traveling to these areas. Nor should it. However, I’ve noticed that many of those arguing against travel to Mexico altogether because of the drug war have said little, if anything, about the spillover into the U.S. I don’t hear these people telling me to avoid San Diego, for instance. Canada and other countries issue advisories about traveling to the United States all the time. The same people in the U.S. advising family and friends to avoid travel to Mexico might be appalled to learn that areas in the U.S. they themselves travel to or call home may be on another country’s list of places to avoid. Violence and crime exists everywhere, even in our own backyards.

Crime in Mexico
Largely unaffected by the violence in the north, the tourist destinations of Cancun, the Riviera Maya and Puerto Vallarta, just to name a few, continue to see very little crime. Statistically-speaking, the principal tourist spots in Mexico have always been considered safe travel destinations. Most of the criminality in these areas consist primarily of petty crimes, such as theft, and other crimes that, with preparation and a dose of common sense, can be easily avoided.

The easiest rule to remember when traveling to Mexico, or any foreign country for that matter, is to stay alert and remain aware of your surroundings. Crimes against women should be a special concern, as many of the violent crimes that occur in Mexico involve rape. Whether you are a man or a woman, you should not stray out alone in Mexico, especially at night. A moonlit walk on the beach, though it sounds romantic, should be avoided. Stay on resort property or visit well-lit public places with others in your party, if possible. Place valuables in your hotel safe. Avoid using out-of-the-way ATM’s, especially at night. Put simply, exercise common sense, understand the local laws, and research your destination and activities as much as possible and you’ll return home safely with fond memories of your vacation.

Corruption in Mexico
Long are the tales of corrupt policemen in Mexico who plant drugs on unsuspecting tourists or pull them over in rental cars looking for la mordita, a bribe, in exchange for letting them go. Unfortunately, police corruption remains a problem in Mexico, especially in the north and metropolitan areas. Here are some tips to avoid falling victim to police looking to line their pockets with tourist dollars:

* Avoid renting a car, if at all possible. It’s widely suspected that police target travelers in rental cars, especially those en route to the airport. Instead, rely on mass transit, cabs or transfer services to get you where you need to be. It can be dangerous driving in Mexico, especially at night, so this might save you more than just police trouble.

* If you are pulled over while driving, be sure to record everything. Take a notepad and pen with you. Remain calm and polite. Ask for the officer’s name and why you’ve been pulled over. Jot down badge numbers, license plate numbers and descriptions.

* Keep your head! You are going to feel intimidated and scared. If you panic, you may do something to make the situation worse.

* If you feel that the police are looking for a bribe, ask to be taken to the police station. A corrupt officer may wish to avoid the trouble of taking you in and could let you go.

* If you need the help of the police, ask for La turista policia. Tourist police are reported to be friendlier and more helpful than traffic and metropolitan police.

Swine Flu in Mexico
The H1N1 flu is on the decline in Mexico. Though widely-noted as an influenza hotspot this past spring when the Swine Flu outbreak first began, the H1N1 flu is widespread and is now everywhere in the world. You run the same risk of contracting H1N1 at home as you do in Mexico, but here are some tips that might help you and your family avoid it:

* Stay away from densely-populated, crowded areas. This is easier said than done considering you’ll be spending some time in the airport and on a plane with recirculated air, but it’s a good tip nonetheless.

* Wash your hands regularly. Take a small bottle of hand sanitizer with you when you travel.

* If the vaccine is available in your area, get yourself and your children vaccinated. Talk to your doctor and your pediatrician before you travel.

* Consider taking immune-system boosters, like vitamin C. Again, talk to your doctor.

Conclusion
While it’s true you run the risk of being the victim of crime or something more dangerous like terrorism or the swine flu when you travel away from home, you also run the risk of being hit by a moving bus when you walk out your front door. It is no more dangerous traveling to most parts of Mexico than it is to any major U.S. city. It is absolutely safe to travel to Mexico with your family if you exercise common sense. Most crimes happen to unsuspecting travelers. Don’t be an unsuspecting traveler! Educate yourself. Learn about your travel destination; brush up on the language, customs, law, transit systems and locations. Believe me, not only will it serve you well to know these things, but the locals will appreciate you for it.