Weekly Roundup – Why Should You Travel Africa?

Traveling Africa will give you an expression of what world holds for you. You will get to learn new ideas, new cultures, see splendid Africa’s landscapes, have your time to relax from your obvious day to day routines and having that real life experience you’ve ever imagined.

Safari

When the word safari is mentioned, i always think of traversing Africa Continent while riding on a cosy truck. This is a big opportunity to traverse through big African Cities, come in contact with splendid landscapes, socializing with beautiful and generous Africans, taste their foods and learning their cultures.

Get to visit places you’ve only heard off

Traveling Africa you will have opportunity to view exotic places you’ve read or seen on those documentaries. Think about watching Wildebeest migration in Maasai Mara Kenya, Sossulvei Dunes in Namibia, Pyramid of Giza in Egypt and other tourism destinations in Africa. Don’t just think of those places, its time to use your Credit Card Airlines, take the plunge, visit those exotic places.

Try African Food

Forget those Hamburgers and American Pizzas. It’s time to taste different food from different communities in Africa. Taste Ugali in East Africa, Matoke – steamed, green bananas in Uganda, fufu in Ghana and Injera in Ethiopia. Africans mostly eat unprocessed indigenous foods. It’s your time now to have a bite too.

See Historic Sites

African history dates back to the first hominids. Slavery dominated this region during Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. With these rich history, Africa is home to plenty of Historical sites. Visit Slave Lodge in Cape Town and get to know how slave trade was conducted in Africa and the suffering they went through. Other places to visit are Pyramid of Giza in Egypt, the amazing Fort Jesus in Kenya among others. This is your time now, visit Africa and get to learn her rich history.

Watch Africa’s Spectacular Wild Life’s

Are you eager to see The Big Five in an Hours time? Africa is the place to be. You will have an opportunity to interact with the likes of Lions, Buffalo, rhinos and birds for which Africa is known for. Why not use credit card airline miles to land this Africa trip and enjoy watching varieties of wildlife’s.

Take a break from day to day toils

If you are feeling stressed by your daily tasks, it’s time to get a little rest and relax. Africa is the best place to be. Relax on amazing beaches along the vast Africa continent, visit museums, try a safari or take a book and read in those cosy hotels.

Conclusion

These are just a few reasons why you should travel Africa. This Continent has a lot to offer. Redeem your airline miles, visit Africa; explore, learn and relax.

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Top 5 Secrets of Traveling Like a Rockstar

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Don’t you just envy them? Those people who seem to travel so effortlessly and serenely. While you are fidgeting with your ticket and bags at the airport, they are being whisked away to private airport lounges and first class cabins; bags already checked. While you are stuck in an economy middle seat with barely any leg room, they are enjoying mojitos in first class. That could be you. With a few tricks up your sleeve you can transform your hectic travel patterns and travel like a rockstar. Read on, let me upgrade your travel experiences!

Research, Research, Research

You don’t just get up one day and travel like a rockstar. You plan for it. You roll up your sleeves and research flights to get the best ones in terms of price, timing, seats and convenience. From the research you also determine the best time to arrive at the airport whether you should check-in in advance or not. By the time you get to the airport you are ready. You know exactly where to be and what to do. While others are running amok trying to find their flights and check in their bags, you are thumbing through magazines waiting for your flight.

Get an Airline Miles Credit Card

An airline miles rewards card lets you earn rewards and bonus miles from traveling, purchasing items or even staying at particular hotels. You can redeem these points for a free flight, an upgrade on your current flight or even a stay at an exclusive hotel. Research and sign up for an airline miles travel card that fits your needs. Get a card that offers a huge sign up bonus, a low annual fee, a variety of ways to earn points. Choose a rewards points program that offers a huge network where you can earn and redeem your points. You can redeem your points for the best flights, perks, seats and travel like a rockstar!

Budget Like a Rockstar

You don’t have to pay an arm and leg to travel like a rockstar. You just have to be smart about it. The pros plan their trips meticulously and budget accordingly for their travel. With your research in the first step above you will have established the cheaper routes of travel as well as places to stay. Travel can be expensive. With the right information though, and by taking advantage of offers and discounts, you can travel like a rockstar and no one will be any wiser. Do the smart thing, budget!

Pack Smart

You have probably seen them. People who haul massive suitcases at airports and have to go through lengthy security checks. Don’t let that be you. Pros pack light and smart. Always have pre-packed essentials in small travel containers. Items like underwear, socks, undershirts, toiletry etc. It will save you the hassle especially if you are a frequent traveler. Choose a functional backpack or duffel bag for your items. Have specific spots for some of your regular items. You don’t want to spill the contents of your duffel bag trying to locate your passport!

Travel Like a Rockstar – Free Upgrades

Pro travelers know how to work the airlines. You can redeem your airline miles credit card points for upgrades on flights. What better way to travel like a rockstar than in first class. More leg room, free booze and comfy chairs! Additionally, most airline miles programs have reward levels that award you a status the more miles you earn. With an elite status you get to enjoy elevated travel perks including free bag check ins, smooth flight connections etc. It takes time to achieve elite status. Any status though, however low on the rung will give you a set of perks.

Conclusion

Travel can be a hassle if you don’t plan well. Especially if you are a frequent flier. It doesn’t have to be. With the tricks discussed above, you can transform your travel and be that guy; the rockstar who just seems to waltz through airports and best of their travels. With a bit of research, planning and doing, you can travel effortlessly as well. Transform your trips today and travel like a rockstar henceforth!

What other tricks have you tried that made your travel seem effortless? Let me know in the comments below!

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Weekly Roundup – Common Air Travel Myths

Air travel is a common  and mysterious mode of transport. Riding on a plane is enjoyable but it can be scary especially if you have wrong information about the whole concept of flying. I hereby share with you a few  and common air travel myths believed by so many people across the world.

Planes Dump Human waste While in Air

I can’t believe i was a victim of this myth. In real sense, planes use vacuum system which suctions the waste when the toilet is used and stored on-board in a sewage tank. Waste can drip out of tank due to a breakage or leakage resulting to a “Blue Ice“-Frozen sewage material leaked mid-flight from commercial aircraft lavatory waste systems, a bio-waste mixture of human waste and liquid disinfectant that freezes at a high altitude. Blue ice will always melt and evaporate before hitting the ground.

Modern Commercial Jets fly themselves, Pilots serves as a backup in case of trouble

Ever since i was young, people around me used to claim Modern Commercial Jets fly themselves. Pilots served as  a back up in case of an arising problem. This is totally untrue, though airline computers and electronic control systems allow pilot to fly hands off  immediately after takeoff, through out the flight route. That doesn’t mean the plane fly itself, the pilot is always there to tell it what to do, how to do it and when to do it or rather to control it.

Recirculated Air in Planes do Spread Disease

Most Commercial planes use recirculated air. The myth claims that recirculated air spread disease which is untrue. Air in those planes is filtered by True High Efficiency Filters that eliminate bacteria, fungi and dust thus the air pumped into the cabin is free from disease.

People Get Drunk Fast While in the Air

This is another beautiful myth where people tend to believe the lack of oxygen in an airplane makes alcohol get to brain more easily. This is untrue because according to research, there is no significant difference when drinking in a bar or up in the sky.

Do you believe in myths? Share with us those air travel myths you have ever heard.

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Cut Out the Middle Man

Travelling to your holiday destination – do you love it, or do you hate it? I’m somewhere in the middle, to be honest; I like the excitement, I hate the waiting, and I worry about possible things that can go wrong.

Usually, nothing goes wrong and it’s all very straightforward, but we worry all the same.  Perhaps it’s just human nature.  Or maybe I just get stressed out easily, but I doubt I’m the only one.

The main concern I used to have was what if I missed my flight because I didn’t get to the airport on time. I had a near miss once with a delayed train, and from that point onwards I decided to drive myself and park up at the airport. The first time I booked Gatwick Airport parking, I wondered why I hadn’t done it before! Cheaper for me than public transport, much less hassle, and so convenient, this is a service that I now use regularly. Wherever you fly from, check out what services are available at your airport, as this is a nationwide thing.

Once you’re firmly at the airport, right where you need to be, and in my case with time to spare, you’ll relax much more and be able to kick start your holiday mood, without the worry of being stuck waiting for a bus that is late, or a train that is delayed. Airport taxis can also be quite costly when you compare the price of driving yourself, so this is a definite cost saver, and well as a stress saver.  If there’s a potential source of stress that I can control and save money, it’s a win-win.

The airport itself can be a stressful business, especially if you’re travelling within a large group and people keep wandering off, and even more so if you’re trying to keep your children occupied whilst waiting. The key is to keep calm, try and introduce as much normality as possible, such as a sit down meal etc, and to keep everyone’s minds occupied with activities etc. This is where an iPad or tablet will be invaluable!

Once the stress is cut out of the airport saga then you truly can look forward to your holiday. Head to a restaurant, relax, have a few drinks, but not too many, and try and relax! A good way to add a little glamour into your wait is to look at airport lounges, as these include free food and drink, as well as a quiet sanctuary within the madness of the departure lounge, just be sure to leave yourself enough time to explore duty free!

Cut out the middle man, cut out the stress? I think so!

How do you try to cut stress out of your time at the airport?  Do you take advantage of discounted airport parking?

 

 

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How to Rack Up Air Miles Without Ever Stepping on a Plane

It used to be that to rack up air miles you had to buy a ticket, hop on a plane and fly to your destination. Not anymore. Now you can collect airline miles from your daily activities. Some people have accumulated points that enabled them travel all over the globe. From just using their cards on the ground. Learn how by following just a few strategies you too can rack up air miles and join the ranks of elite milers. All from the comfort of your home!

Sign Up Bonuses

Look for rewards cards that offer sign up bonuses. This is by far the easiest strategy to rack up air miles from the ground. Most credit card companies offer free mile points on sign up as an incentive for customers to apply for the cards. You can land a credit card with a low minimum spending limit and low annual fees through a bit of research. Most cards offer bonuses of up to 40000 points, enough for at least a free domestic flight.

Pick a Points Program and Stick With it.

Racking up air miles is a long term strategy. For the best results, pick a single program or credit card and stick with it. It could be an airline with a hub near your base of travel, or a credit card that offers benefits that cater to your needs. If you fly frequently on an airline or particular route; consider a program with that airline. With time, most programs promote you to elite status where you can earn double or triple the miles for money spent.

Reward Cards For Daily Expenses

Look for cards that allow you to earn miles for charging transactions to the card. With this strategy, you can purchase everyday items like groceries and gas and charge to the rewards card. These are items you would have purchased anyway. You get to earn miles for living your normal life. Be creative with what you charge to the card. Your morning latte’, charge it. You can also charge phone, electric, cable, utility bills and even rent if your landlord approves of it.

Rack up Air Miles Making Big Purchases

Thinking of buying that 56″ smart tv. Charge it to your rewards card and watch your miles triple. So is it with other big purchases. Home appliances, a car (if you can charge it to your credit card), expensive pieces of art etc can all be charged to your rewards card. One caveat though, pay all your credit card balances at the end of each month. If you can’t afford an item, don’t charge it to your airline miles credit card just for the miles.

Purchase Gift Cards

This is closely related to making purchases on your air miles card. You can buy a gift card with your rewards card when there is a limited offer, or a bonus that requires a minimum spending limit. Gift cards are a perfect choice since they are usually discounted. For example, you can get a $100 gift card certificate for just $90. With a coupon code you can further slash your bill. The beauty of gift cards is that you can use them whenever you want. Thus, you rack up air miles at a discount for a gift card you can use for your future expenses.

Donate to Charity.

Yes. Some programs allow you to earn miles donating to your favorite charity. Most donations are a tax write off. You get to earn bonus miles at the taxman’s expense. Simply charge your donation to your airline miles credit card and keep proper records so you can estimate your taxes accurately. Also, check with the charity to confirm whether donations to them are tax deductible.

Shop Online

Most air miles programs and airline miles credit cards have arrangements with shopping portals and outlets. They let you earn miles for purchases made. First, confirm the arrangements your program has with major retail portals and brands. Then when shopping online, use those portals and your air miles program details. You will receive bonus points for just shopping through them.

You Can Always Fly or Float!

Yes, I said it. Flying still remains the easiest strategy to rack up air miles. You don’t have to go on expensive trips. Choose cheap destinations to visit and use your airline miles credit card for your expenses and rack up air the miles.

If flying is not your strong suit, then consider getting a cruise rewards card instead. It’s more just like an airline miles credit card but you earn points and rewards for the amounts you spend on a cruise. Cruise reward cards are a great way to enjoy exotic ocean front destinations while getting something back.

Conclusion

You can rack up air miles in a variety of ways without necessarily flying. You just need to research available offers and make a decision based on your needs. Sign up to airline newsletters and follow them on social media. They usually have bonuses and offers that you can take advantage of and increase your frequent flier miles. Additionally, look for programs that allow you to earn miles from dining at select restaurants or staying at particular hotels. Remember, use your credit cards responsibly as you rack up the air miles.

What other methods have you used to rack up air miles without flying? Please share in the comments.

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