Last-minute airline delays, canceled hotel reservations or even natural occurrences like tropical storms can ruin your vacation. Taking steps to identify any potential problems beforehand can help you plan a foolproof vacation that won’t end up leaving you sitting at the airport. From travel insurance to planning what to pack, planning and research can help you have the vacation you have been dreaming of.
Getting travel insurance is one of the most effective ways to protect the investment of airline tickets, hotel reservations and other expenses that you need to pay up front. You can purchase travel insurance from your local Greensboro NC travel agency if you are planning a trip. You should also check your personal health insurance policy to determine whether illnesses or injuries are covered if you plan on traveling internationally. Some health insurance plans won’t cover hospitalizations and other costs that are incurred overseas. Purchasing additional health insurance is a wise idea, especially if you are planning on visiting a foreign country for an extended period of time.
Your destination is a big consideration when you are planning a vacation. Researching the weather in the area you are visiting will let you know what to expect and whether there may be a delay in your plans. For instance, hurricane season lasts from June until the end of November and can cause flight delays and other problems when you are vacationing in the tropical regions of the Atlantic. If you are visiting an international destination, you will need to know the average temperature so that you can pack accordingly. A light sweater and a hat are necessities that can keep you warm in regions where nights or summers are cooler than you expect.
Along with a sweater, you will also need to bring along some basics from home. Medical information, a copy of your passport and a copy of your itinerary are all must-haves on vacation. You will also need to make arrangements for home and pet care while you are away. A house sitter is the best plan if you will be gone for more than a few days since the service includes watering plants and caring for animals. You can also arrange to have your walk shoveled as needed and have your newspapers and mail picked up. These services will make your home look occupied and help deter potential break-ins while you are on vacation.Read More
They believe that the biggest obstacles to travel are fear and the “I’ll do it later” attitude. Today’s interview is from Jade of OurOyster.com who travel with her family; Daniel, husband, and Jacob, son. You can also follow them on twitter, facebook and Google plus.
First of all tell everyone a basic background of who you are…
The OurOyster team consists of couple Daniel and Jade and of course their young son Jacob. The site was originally started by Jade after five years of travel when she moved to New Zealand. After a year in New Zealand she moved to Australia where she met Daniel and they got married. Now they travel and blog together.
How did you get into traveling?
My first international trip was when I was 17 to the Dominican Republic. But I didn’t catch the travel bug until I moved to Europe when I was 20. I ended up spending over three years in Europe before briefly going back home to Canada before setting off to New Zealand.
Of all the places you traveled to, what was your favorite?
Daniel and I recently spent five months traveling around the world with our baby. Our favourite place, and my all time highlight was Iceland. It is just one of the most beautiful countries in the world. We were there in winter, so it was quite cold and many of the roads were closed, but despite that we still got to experience some truly breathtaking scenery.
What is one place that you regret going to?
I don’t really have any particular travel regrets, although I did have some pretty bad timing when I visited Fiji. I ended up being there right in time for a major tropical cyclone and ended up getting trapped with no water or power and dwindling food supplies while roads were rebuilt and airplanes started returning.
What places are still on your bucket list?
Russia and Mongolia are huge on my bucket list, as well as most of South America. In the near future we are hoping to cross some more Pacific Islands off our list, and Vanuatu will be one of those highlights.
I noticed you mention budget travel on your about page. What are the most effective ways you limit costs when traveling?
We try to limit our costs by staying in budget accommodation. We are usually out and about exploring all day so we don’t need a fancy hotel or anything like that to enjoy ourselves. My only requirement is wifi though!
Are there any budget travel strategies that you tried but decided weren’t for you?
I know a lot of people will self cater for almost the entire period of their trip to save money and that just isn’t for me. Experiencing the local food is one of the biggest pleasures of travel for me, and I like to eat out at least once a day while travelling.
Does Australia have decent airline miles credit cards to take advantage of?
To be honest… not really. I am Canadian so I know that there are tons of options out there for Canadians and Americans, but there really isn’t that much in the way of choice for Australians. All of the airline points credit cards that I have seen here have a fairly hefty annual fee attached to them which just makes them not worth while.
What’s the best travel advice you’ve ever received?
“Say yes more”
What led you to start your blog?
Like most people, I started my blog for family and friends and as a way to record my own experiences, but it quickly grew into what it is now – a great source of information and inspiration for others.Read More
Are you a travel fanatic like me? Are you ready to explore universe? Then Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard is the credit card for you. Why? By signing up and spending $3,000 for the first 90 days you qualify to redeem for a $400 travel statement credit. You also get 10% miles back when you redeem for travel statement credits. It gives a chance to earn double miles on all purchases with no caps. With the above advantages, it’s time you grab yours.
Today I am delighted to share with you Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard reviews with the help of my fellow bloggers.
Grayson Bell @ Debt Roundup Review My Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard Review – A Top Travel Rewards Credit Card “This is the card that I have in my wallet. The current fee is $89, but that fee is being waived for the first year. With this card, you can earn 2x miles on every purchase you make. It doesn’t matter the category. You just get 2x the miles on each and every purchase. This is the reason why I enjoy the card. It is a Mastercard, so acceptance is wide and vast.”
John @ Frugal Rules Review Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard Review: A Great Rewards Card “There is an introductory 0% APR for the first 12 months on the Barclaycard Arrival World Mastercard and a variable rate after that, currently at 14.99% – 18.99%, but is based on your creditworthiness.”
Joe @ Retire by 40 Review The Barclaycard Arrival World Mastercard Review: Get 40,000 Bonus Miles ($400) “Actually, that 40,000 bonus miles is worth $440. When you redeem the miles, you will get 10% back as a bonus in 1-2 weeks. That means you’ll have 4,000 miles once you redeem the original 40,000 bonus miles. That’s another $40 toward your travel for a total of $440 bonus. Score!”
Scott @ Mile Value Review Why I Got the Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard “Use miles for a statement credit toward any airline purchase to any destination with no seat restrictions and no blackout dates.”
Travis @ Extra Pack of Peanut Review Barclays Arrival Card Review: Why It May Be the Best Travel Credit Card “You’ll get 2x for all spending, which makes it an incredibly hassle free card.”
Roms Deals @ ROMS DEAL$ Review Barclaycard Arrival World Mastercard Review (40K Bonus) “Not an American Express Card: It is much easier using a MasterCard at small businesses and traveling abroad than an American Express Card because MasterCard has lower merchant fees.”
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Brent @ VOSA Review 40,000 Bonus Miles: Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard Review “Why wouldn’t you want to have the ”Best Travel Credit Card” as named by CNN Money? Especially today, when they are offering a limited time only 40,000 reward mile bonus which is good for $400 worth of travel.”
Brad @ Richmond Savers Review Barclaycard Arrival(TM) World MasterCard® Credit Card Review “Not only is it easy to earn and redeem the bonus, but this is a quality card to keep in your wallet going forward, as the 2x miles on all purchases is the best we’ve seen in the industry.”
Torsten @ Mighty Travels Review Review: Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard – Earn 2x on All Purchases “Zero Fraud Liability When you travel your credit card details will be exposed to many merchants. I had credit cards compromised but a call to my bank ALWAYS made sure that I get a new card and any fraudulent charges were taken off my account.”
Josh @ Modest Money Review Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard Review – Best Airline Credit Card “Most rewards credit cards give consumers a higher percentage off per point when redeeming for travel. For instance, with Chase Sapphire Preferred, you can get 20% more rewards by booking your travel through Ultimate Rewards. With the Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard you only get 10% off when booking your travel.”Read More
It is hard to find humor in Airline complaints but this letter made me almost crack my bones. This guy Rich Wisken had to tolerate fetid whiffs of body odour from ‘infant hippopotamus’ obese man sitting next to him for four-and-half hours. Mr Wisken was not at all happy with the four-and-a-half-hour flight and has penned a furious letter to the airline, Jetstar, a subsidiary of Qantas.
MR WISKEN’S LETTER TO JETSTAR
Do you like riddles? I do, that’s why I’m starting this letter with one. What weighs more than a Suzuki Swift, less than a Hummer and smells like the decaying anus of a deceased homeless man? No idea? How about, what measures food portions in kilograms and has the personal hygiene of a French prostitute? Still nothing? Right, one more try. What’s fat as f***, stinks like shit and should be forced to purchase two seats on a Jetstar flight? That’s right, it’s the man I sat next to under on my flight from Perth to Sydney yesterday.
As I boarded the plane, I mentally high-fived myself for paying the additional $25 for an emergency seat. I was imagining all that extra room, when I was suddenly distracted by what appeared to be an infant hippopotamus located halfway down the aisle.
As I got closer, I was relieved to see that it wasn’t a dangerous semi-aquatic African mammal, but a morbidly obese human being. However, this relief was short-lived when I realised that my seat was located somewhere underneath him.
Soon after I managed to burrow into my seat, I caught what was to be the first of numerous fetid whiffs of body odour. His scent possessed hints of blue cheese and Mumbai slum, with nuances of sweaty flesh and human faeces sprayed with cologne – Eau No.
Considering I was visibly under duress, I found it strange that none of the cabin crew offered me another seat. To be fair, it’s entirely possible that none of them actually saw me. Perhaps this photo will jog their memories.
Pinned to my seat by a fleshy boulder, I started preparing for a 127 Hours-like escape. Thankfully though, the beast moved slightly to his left, which allowed me to stand up, walk to the back of the plane and politely ask the cabin crew to be seated elsewhere. I didn’t catch the names of the three flight attendants, but for the purpose of this letter, I’ll call them: Chatty 1, Chatty 2 and Giggly (I’ve given them all the same surname – Couldnotgiveash***).
After my request, Chatty 1 and Chatty 2 continued their conversation, presumably about how s*** they are at their jobs, and Giggly, well, she just giggled. I then asked if I could sit in one of the six vacant seats at the back of the aircraft, to which Giggly responded, “hehehe, they’re for crew only, hehehe”. I think Giggly may be suffering from some form of mental impairment.
I tried to relocate myself without the assistance of the Couldnotgiveas*** triplets, but unfortunately everyone with a row to themselves was now lying down. It was then I realised that my fate was sealed. I made my way back to Jabba the Hutt and spent the remainder of the flight smothered in side-boob and cellulite, taking shallow breaths to avoid noxious gas poisoning. Just before landing,
I revisited the back of the plane to use the toilet. You could imagine my surprise when I saw both “crew only” rows occupied by non-crew members. I can only assume Giggly let them sit there after she forgot who she was and why she’s flying on a big, shiny metal thing in the sky.
Imagine going out for dinner and a movie, only to have your night ruined by a fat mess who eats half your meal then blocks 50% of the screen. Isn’t that exactly the same as having someone who can’t control their calorie intake occupying half your seat on a flight? Of course it is, so that’s why I’m demanding a full refund of my ticket, including the $25 for an emergency row seat.
I’m also looking to be compensated for the physical pain and mental suffering caused by being enveloped in human blubber for four hours. My lower back is in agony and I had to type this letter one-handed as I’m yet to regain full use of my left side. If I don’t recover completely, I’ll have to say goodbye to my lifelong dream of becoming Air Guitar World Champion. If that occurs, you will pay.
To discuss my generous compensation package, email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or tweet me at: @RichWisken
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5 Most Common Airlines Complaints
One way to choose the best airline for a trip is to consider their services. Many are times, travelers complain about poor airlines services. Today i share with you most common airlines complaints.
Problems like flight cancellation, delays are common thus affecting air travel reliability. Such problems are likely to happen due to poor weather conditions or the volcano disruptions. If no communication or proper guidance, customers are destined to complain.
This has become a trend to many airlines; loosing your luggage, delayed, damaged or excess baggage charges. It has become even difficult to claim your lost baggage as there is no set of rules as how the airline will deal with your problem. Such incidences can be frustrating.
Poor customer services can negatively impact your business in many ways. Poor cabin services, use of informal language to passengers, unclean in-flight toilets or miss-handling of disability will not only raise complains but loosing your most valuable customers in the process.
Nothing can be frustrating like passing through security heading to the gate only to find out you won’t make it onto your flight due to overbooking. Airlines tends to book more customers just in-case a customer doesn’t show up, the plane will still be full. It can be tricky when all customer turns up forcing other passengers to be left stranded.
Air travel can be pricy. Travelers might be dissatisfied by high airline fares, excess baggage charges, over charges or incomplete information about fares thus Express their complaints.
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