Posts Tagged ‘Travel Tips’

Travel Tips: Reading the fine print of the Cruise contracts

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When Carrie Streahle’s cruise docked super late in Houston, she had the unfortunate situation of having to pay about $1,900 for airfare and lounging in order to reach home.  After that, she decided to contact Carnival Cruise Lines to reimburse the amount she paid using her own money.  Unfortunately, Carnival Cruise Lines replied by saying that they do not have a travel insurance.  Carrie complained and the cruise line responded by explaining that they blame the weather for the delay of the Carrie’s cruise and her having to pay the extra amount of $1,900.  Carnival Cruise Lines said that they do not have control over the weather conditions of her cruise.

If only she had read the fine print on her cruise contract, she would have seen the clause that bluntly explains that the times for departure and arrival are subject to change without prior notice and without any reason.  That includes the weather.  The clause also explains that Carnival Cruise Lines do not have any accountability for whatever damage the circumstances may cause.

Airport Hotel Highs: When Getting Stuck in an Airport is like Having a Vacation in Itself

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There are times when you get stuck in an airport due to inclement weather or to some disturbance at your destination. When bad luck hounds your plans, these airport hotels might change your perception of your situation.

Melt the Stress Away

Of course it gets stressful once you’re landlocked inside an airport when you were just expecting to be done with the business of getting to where you’re going. But when you’re at the Hong Kong International, there’s no need to worry if you get billeted at the Regal Airport Hotel. Watch the other planes zip by while floating on a pool. You can somebody else rub your back at one of Om Spa’s outdoor cabanas. If your feet are feeling a little overused, try the foot massage and perhaps some manicure and pedicure. If there’s some place where you’d be in a matter of time, just tell the staff and they’ll accommodate the treatments that suit your needs.

Travel Bloggers: Interview with Debbie Dubrow

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We continue our series of interviews with travel bloggers. These people make life somehow easier for us, as they share their experiences, provide tips, list the best travel destinations, and warn us of risky places to visit.

For this post, we share with you our short exchange with Debbie Dubrow. She owns that features blogs on making travel fun with the kids. Debbie is a mother of three adorable children and she does a lot of traveling herself. So how genuine can it get?

Her website is considered as among the top family travel blogs by search engines and is considered as among the most influential blogs by travel experts.

Journeyetc: You have a fantastic blog. How long have you been blogging? What made you start this blog and what challenges are you encountering?

How to Enjoy Skiing without Breaking your Wallet

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Some people think that skiing is only for the rich because of the steep prices of the world’s most popular ski resorts. Little do people know that it enjoying a ski trip does not have to cost an arm and a leg if you make the right (and often unconventional) choices.

Exploring new places

If you go where everybody goes, chances are you will be shelling more money than you ought to be for the experience. With thousands of tourists pining for their rooms, resorts are bound to raise their rates more than a notch or two because they know that ski-lovers are still going to bite the bait no matter how far they go, just for the prestige.

Travel Tips: In the economy class and enjoying it (or not)

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TraveTravel tipsling in an economy class is never sensational. But why not – the amount I am ought to pay for a fancy business class seats practically equals my budget for my entire three month trip in Indonesia. Harassed by handful vicious flights and getting stuck in airport has made me learned important things.

The early bird promo

Avoiding middle seats is a must! Being early in the airport early gives you a greater chance of appealing and possibly receiving relatively spacious seats in windows, aisles, and exit rows. Therefore, even if you’re going to sit inside the plane for more than half a day, an extra hour early won’t even cause more pain in the butt.

Bring your home along

Travel Planning: Booking and preparing for a cruise

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It is not every week that you go on a cruise so for a lot of people, planning for a cruise may be a daunting task. All you need really is to do everything well ahead of time to avoid travel planning glitches.

Here are some practical tips which you may find useful if you are planning a cruise:

Choose your destination

The first thing you need to determine is where you want to go. The cruise ships will cross seas and oceans and you have a wide array of choices. Are you planning to go to the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, or how about explore the waters around Alaska? There are also trips to show you the Scandinavians and parts of the Baltic. There are cruises to see South America, Africa, the Middle East, or you can even go around the world.

Travel tips: Packing your hand luggage right

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If you are going for a short escape from city life, travelling with just a hand luggage can save you a lot of time and money. Instead of checking in your luggage, you will be able to stretch your budget and get better value of your dollars.

Here are some benefits when you just bring a hand luggage during short travels:

Cheaper – save some money since you will not need to check in any bags.

Quicker – Save some minutes of your time lining up on the check in for your luggage. After the trip, you do not have to await by the bags carousel since you do not have any. Going to the taxi queue will also not be a hassle because you will be ahead of the rest of passengers. Less lines in airports translates to lesser amount of stress you subject yourself to.

Travel Tips: Factors to consider when traveling during the holidays

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The holidays see the onslaught of seasonal travelers sharing the busy airports worldwide with more experienced frequent travelers. While the stressful crowd may be overwhelmed by the festive atmosphere, one must still consider a few factors.


As roads to and from the airport are clogged and parking spaces are full, it is best to commute instead of experiencing the inconvenience of not finding a parking slot or being forced to park a long way from the airport, ending up walking through bad weather with all your luggage. One may hire a taxi, airport shuttle service or any mode of public transportation to get to the airport.