Travel to Mexico, Caribbean, Canada - Passport Required for US Citizens

December 13th, 2006

If you are planning to travel to Mexico, Canada, Bermuda, South America, Central America or the Caribbean on or after Jan 8 2007 by air, you need to have a passport.

For land and seaport travel, this requirement will take effect in June 1 2009.

For more information on getting a passport, visit this site.


Check-List before traveling to Asia

November 21st, 2006

For those planning to travel to Asia, you are in for a great visit. To ensure your trip is a memorable one, there are several things you will want to take care of prior to you leaving. If you are traveling to Pakistan, you need to be aware that there is a travel warning at this time due to threats of terrorist activity. You will need to register with the Embassy’s Consular section. Regardless of your destination in Asia, it is advised that you register with the US Embassy’s Consular. This is for your protection. If an emergency arises, no one can help you if they don’t know where you are.

You will to have a valid passport. Check to see if a visa will also be required for where you are going. Read the Consular information sheets for the areas you are traveling to prior to leaving. This will provide you with up to date information of anything taking place in that region that you should be aware of. If you do find yourself in any type of legal trouble, immediately contact the US Embassy for assistance.

Rules, regulations, and laws are different in Asia than in the United States. It is wise to familiarize yourself with the policies and procedures of that area. You don’t want to find yourself in legal trouble out of the country because you weren’t aware of how things are done there. Follow there rules set by all airports of not leaving your bags unattended or attending any type of package from someone you don’t know for any reason.

Basic rules that apply anywhere including wearing expensive jewelry and clothing and showing large amounts of cash. These are indicators that you have items of value. It can lead you to being the victim of a robbery or worse crime. To avoid being the victim of a scam don’t exchange currency with anyone except an authorized agent. Fully investigate prior to making purchases such as jewelry, art, and antiques.

Traveling to Asia can be a great experience. If you take the time to follow these basic tips, you will be more likely to enjoy your trip as well as return safely. By being prepared, you will be able to avoid surprises that will ruin your trip. By registering with the US Embassy, you will have an ally in the case something does take place. Having all these things in place will help you be able to focus on the beauty of Asia.

Travel With A Reliable Partner

November 6th, 2006

Question of trust was always critical on the web and as generally known web today is one of the weakest place in regard to protection of someone’s privacy or rights. It affects almost all industries on the web and hotel reservation as well. This issue becomes more important while the industry expands. The percentage of internet-based hotel reservations was tripled in 2004 to 15.4 percent from 4.9 according to Andersen LLP. It is generally known that 85% of Internet users rely on search engines to find any information on the Web (e.g. MSN, Google, Yahoo, AltaVista, etc). But we have to keep in mind that being listed in the top search results at the major search engines mentioned above gives no guarantee at all that a certain company is really reliable. While search engines make their ranking rules more strict, there are still a good number of websites with false reputation that appear in the top search results at major search engines by using some tricks. To make it clear and help web-surfers to understand this issue from a professional point of view our team will give some major hints to which anyone should pay attention to find the right company. We will discuss some issues about travel industry, which can be helpful in understanding of major problems.

Most of the travel websites if not all of them provide only reservation service without giving any information or news about this fast developing industry on the web. According to the statistics, travel related websites generate a huge traffic on the web and of course it brings to a high competition in this industry. Every day thousands of new travel websites appear on the web but most of them after spending much efforts and finance, disappear from the web as easily as they appeared first. The reason - it is not an easy task to build quality, travel website able to provide not only quality service but also to present a wide range of products professionally. There are many travel websites providing so many information, partly useful and partly not since they don’t understand the market, its specific needs, needs of customers which finally brings to abundance of the information collected on the website thus making a trouble to a visitor to find easily what he needs. Other websites while having good hotel database still can’t organize their website in a proper way. If you visit this kind of website you can hardly find information about the city that you need. You have to spend a few minutes trying to find what you need among huge amount of text links. Hotel search must be organized as easy as possible divided by cities, countries, type of hotels with good advanced search boxes for the best discount hotel deals.

On some websites when you start searching for discount hotel deals, the engine gives you only a few results leaving you almost not a choice. Or you have to visit each hotel link separately resulting in spending much time. That’s why the most important in any industry on the web and especially in travel service is to collect information about all discount hotel deals in the best way and put them in front of the customer professionally to make his reservation procedure as easy and fast as possible. To provide this service a travel website team must be knowledgeable first and experienced through years not just a few days or months.

In addition to the competition, another problem, a visitor is having on the web today is a trust. We have to agree that it is not an easy to pay your hard earned money on the web without knowing anything about website. It is another problem web visitors are having today. You have to be very careful when you choose a website on the web. The best solution is to choose a website which is the old experienced on the web. There are many young sectors on the web where it is hard to find an experienced website. There are a few websites in travel industry that exist on the web for the last 10, 15 years. It is a good criteria to choose the right website. Another advantage of the experienced websites is that they know how to serve their customers since they have a good experience, they know different types of problems that may appear during hotel reservation and they know how to solve these problems professionally. That’s why the best choice is to visit this kind of websites or the ones that connected to them through affiliate links thus providing almost the same quality of service. When you visit a travel website pay attention to Customer Care section, Privacy Policy, Terms of Use, Cancel Reservation Policy, Confirming Reservation, Payment Issues and other Frequently Asked Questions section. Availability and detailed description of these sections gives another credibility to a website. Pay attention to the availability of the phone number with a live person to reply to any of your question. If you find subscription to a newsletter option that says that a website team builds a long and strong relations with their customers. A good website provides secure reservation thus protecting their customers from many problems on the web. is a Better Business Bureau organization that provides information on over two million organizations and websites and it is advisable to check any website before you invest. When you visit a website and find BBB sign with a link taking you to the main base of this organization testifying that a website you visited has a long presence on the web and a reliable partner then you can stop this website and choose it as your travel provider. If this sign is not available it doesn’t decrease credibility of a website but its availability is preferable.

Finally, we have to keep in mind that a good, quality website is not the one that provides reservation service but rather the one that builds a strong relations with its customers, provides full service including solutions to the problems a customer may have. It is the best strategy any website should follow.

Have a good travel

Top 10 Vacations To Find Romance

October 11th, 2006

Both singles and couples can enjoy a fabulous time at any of the following locations. These locations are among the top known for romance and often have many ammenities catering to a great time for two.

1. Winter Park, Colorado

The origional ideal ski resort vacation. If youre feeling a bit chilly you can dip into the hot tub and socialize with other visitors. In the evening you can stop by the buffet table catered to by a gourmet chef. It’s a warm social atmostphere that is very condusive to wining and dining.

2. Island of Crete, Greece

A secluded area of the world, the island of Crete is surrounded by high mountains and lush forests. Enjoy a vacation on the beach with other singles or interact with the locals. Cretan cuisine is especially good and there are numerous cafes and shops you can visit.

3. British Virgin Islands

The clear waters surrounding the Virgin Islands relax and clear the mind. Plenty of lovebirds take the opportunity to relax on a yacht or boat. You can even rent a yacht for a day with plenty of ammenities onboard including champagne. Cool off by scuba diving with tropical fish.

4. Miami, Florida

Not ready for a far away adventure just yet? Miami has all the night life you can handle. South Beach is a notorious spot for summer vacations for girls and guys. You can have a drink right on the beach by one of the cabanas. At night enjoy the hot clubs and elegant restaurants that dot the strip.

5. Jamaica

A great travel destination, Jamaica boasts great resorts, hotels, and stunning scenery. There, you can find the worlds number one golf course and two beautiful sandy beaches. Just a word of warning that you should have your innoculations before traveling to this hotspot.

6. Hawaii

Hawaii has always been a crowd pleaser due to its natural beauty. You might want to visit the legendary Volcano National Park, or just take a stroll by the seaside hotel. Surfers will enjoy the killer waves, as will wind surfers. Water skiing is also an option. At night, the singles life is great and you can participate in a luau. Hawaii is home to numerous species of beautifully colored butterflies as well.

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international health insurance

September 26th, 2006

The Chinese used to be very superstitious about buying insurance.For them,buying insurance is like inviting disasters.

What they don’t realise is that there are many types of coverages offered by insurance companies nowadays, such as dental, surgery and travel.

Most insurance companies have different plans for different types of people.If you are an individual or if you have a family , then you might want to go for the individual plan.

If you have a family but you are living abroad or you travel regularly , then the family plan will suit you better and it will be more cost effective too.

For travelers , it is advised that they purchase an Expat Medical Insurance before they go for holidays.Just in case if anything happens, they do not have to worry on the cost of medical bills at hospitals abroad.

However if you are already covered with an insurance plan , then make sure you check if the coverage is international.

Travel Magazines

August 23rd, 2006

So you are still undecided on where to go for a holiday this year.You have looked through the travel guides you found online and also the recommendations from travel sites.You even went to get the brochures from the travel agents.

You want to visit a place for the nice scenery or for the happening night life or simply because you want to shop? Can’t decide which you like best?

Well, there are some travel magazine subscriptions available and which you could subscribe to.The pictures of the places were taken by talented photographers and the reviews written by travellers who have been there and experience it all.You will get your money’s worth.