Redefining Luxury As You Travel – Luxurious Hotels For You!

Luxury is something that is very subjective and there is no doubt that most people want to experience it, especially while travelling or on a vacation. One of the best ways to experience luxury when you are on the move is by choosing the best place for your accommodation. This can not only make you feel relaxed but will also allow you to have a blast while you take some time off your daily routine.

There are a lot of luxurious hotels and resorts that you can choose from but you need to find one that is exclusive and exotic so that you can experience luxury like never before. There are a few which are above these elite ones, these are hotels/resorts that redefine luxury offering an experience like no other. Here are some of the most exotic hotels which offer you a reason to travel rather than these just being a part of the route:

Amanyara, Turks and Caicos- If you are planning a trip to the Caribbean you can be sure that it will be difficult to find something as indulging and as exotic as Amanyara. Great villas, ponds and the sea shore make it an experience of a lifetime.

Mandarin Oriental, Rivera Maya- In case Mexico is on your list for a leisure vacation, consider Mandarin Oriental for your accommodation. Amidst tropical forest this hideaway holiday destination is a great way to experience luxury alongside the waters of the Caribbean Sea.

Rosewood Mayakoba, River Maya- Another great option if Mexico is your destination, Rosewood Mayakoba is a great option if you are looking at elegance combined with luxury for a wonderful vacation.

Now, if you have fixed your accommodation you need to ensure that you reach the destination without a lot of problems. Planning and evaluating can help you choose the best hotel but that’s not it, in order to experience a great luxurious trip you also need to correctly plan your route to the destination.

You need to take into consideration the route that you choose and the mode of transport that is suitable. While many prefer the luxury and the pace of aircraft, you may be the one who prefers to reach the destination through waters. As mentioned earlier, luxury totally depends on the way you look at it and the definition that you have for the word.

If you are a person for whom comfort and fun is important you have to get your trip planned well in advance so that you can get the best accommodation and the best route because there can be a lot of others who also aspire to get to these places through these routes.

In case you are facing a problem in deciding on a location or have issues with travelling you can look around for some help as well. There are a few websites which can give you expert opinions of how and where to travel, one of the most popular ones being Luxury Hotel Experts Take care and have a great luxurious holiday!

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.