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Booking air travel, making hotel reservations and arranging vacation travel in general has changed completely with the advent of the internet and many people try to be their own travel agents. While you can arrange seemingly most of your travel yourself, you can't do as well as your travel agent in a long run!

Travel professionals, whether your local travel agent, tour operator or destination specialist still possess contacts that you as an industry outsider do not have. As in number of other professions, travel agents, whether in a shopping center near your home or an online agency, wherever they may be located, do know something you do not, have way to book and arrange travel for you in ways unavailable or unknown to you.

Traditionally you could contact a travel agent and ask for a quote, whether a price of an air ticket, hotel or a vacation package. For the most part travel agents still provide that kind of information, although there is a limit how much information they may disclose as not all information is readily available to them.

First of all, most travel agents indeed may have at their fingertips routine cost of air ticketing, hotel rates or certain vacation packages available and will be happy to provide the price information to you instantly when asked. But once your travel request will need to be somewhat customized, whether tailored to your dates of travel or your other travel preferences, to find a relevant answer will be time consuming. Because of this time element involved, do not automatically assume an agency is keen to spend the time to furnish the information you seek when there is no commitment you will travel at all.

Look at the situations from the following perspective. In the old days if you had a problem with your car, you'd drive it to your neighborhood car mechanic and asked him to see what was wrong with it. You would drop the car off at the garage; the mechanic would have a look and tell you what the problem was. He would also give you an estimate and it was up to you to decide if you wanted him to fix it right then and there, wait or seek another opinion and another quote. His services cost you nothing.

But not anymore. These days, no garage, no car repair mechanic is willing to spend time trying to find out what's the problem with your vehicle without charging you at least one hour labor upfront. Pay and he will look and tell you. Up to you if you will decide to take your car to another shop or have him fix it, he has covered his time spent diagnosing what's wrong with your car.

Similarly, many travel agencies and professional travel planners and tour operators will charge you an upfront travel planning fee if you are requesting travel arrangements that first of all are time consuming, or there is no guarantee you will book anything. All you are after are essentially private tailor-made travel arrangement s and there are no simple answers or options to give you, and the only way to find out will be for the agent to dig and consult all sorts of different sources he has at this disposal and then present the travel alternatives to you for you to decide upon.

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Safe Travel Tips for Young People

It is no secret that when young people vacation with their friends, alcohol consumption is high and partying is the primary past-time. Irresponsible drinking is not the only issue involved with unsafe travel; there are several safe travel tips that need to be kept in mind while vacationing to ensure your safety.

Whether you're traveling abroad, spending spring break, or taking a summer road trip, it is important to keep safe and aware of your surroundings at all times. By following just a few, small travel tips and keeping a few things in mind, you can ensure that your vacation goes smoothly and that you have a great time.

 

Knowing your limits

Hangovers are not the only thing you need to worry about when partying; binge drinking can lead to black-outs, alcohol poisoning and even worse - death. Most importantly though, alcohol clouds your judgment severely and makes bad situations and decisions look alright. Try to monitor your alcohol consumption and the alcohol consumption of those traveling with you. This leads me to the second rule: the Buddy System.

 

Buddy System

Remember those afternoon buddy checks at the local swimming pool? The buddy system, it is tried and true and it works. Wherever you go with your friends whether it's the bar, a club, the beach or a party, keep tabs on each other. Try to stay together at all times. Realistically this doesn't always happen and people get separated. If you do get separated or you decide to go your own ways, which is not recommended, try to check in with each other at least every hour or so. Also, plan ahead a meeting place if you cannot locate each other. It is important to remain with your friends or close by them at all times. For guys, if you find yourself in a fight, you have your buddies there to help you out. For gals, if you're receiving unwanted sexual advances, your ladies are there to help you out of an unwanted situation.

 

Don't take candy from strangers

When young people vacation, they are out mingling, partying and meeting new people. You need be careful of strangers though and shouldn't completely trust anyone. Be careful of what they're offering you; there are a lot of scam artists out there. For women, if a man buys you a drink you need to be aware of the fact that he may try to drug you or if he buys you an excessive amount of drinks that he may be trying to get you drunk and take advantage of you. Not to sound like EVERYBODY is out to get you, but you need to be aware of the possibilities and be wary of trusting people you have just met. Most importantly though, never leave alone with someone you have just met and never give them the number to your hotel room.

 

Before embarking on your trip, you need to plan ahead, and come up with a travel itinerary that should include what roads you will be traveling on and where you will be staying. The travel itinerary should be given to someone who is not going with on the trip so they can know where you are at all times in case something does go wrong.

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If you travel with a disability, handicap, physical limitation, mobility limitation, or developmental disability, have special needs, or use an electric wheelchair or handicap scooter, it's a good idea to learn as much as you can to make disabled travel easier.

Or if you're a mature traveler or senior who is a slow walker or just wants a slower pace, becoming more informed about disabled travel services and disability travel resources, will lessen the anxiety that often accompanies disabled travelers.

The following travel tips, resources and information for the disabled will help make trips, tours, holidays and vacations a lot easier for you, or for a child with a disability, whether short-term or long-term.

1. Plan your trip well in advance! Do you need to order extra supplements, medications or renew prescriptions, fix eyeglasses or change prescriptions, get a physical, have dental work done, have your wheelchair fixed or tuned up, etc.?

2. If possible, always book your travel through an agency that specializes in helping people with disabilities. This is important because specialized travel agents and tour operators for the disabled are experienced and can save you some awful headaches.

They offer a lot of good tips and a wide range of services for the handicapped traveler. Among other things, they can arrange for a: wheelchair at the airport, wheelchair accessible hotel room, wheelchair rental, lift-equipped accessible van, full van, minivan, RV, handicap scooter, or any other handicap vehicle.

Travel agents for the disabled can help arrange accessible transportation, help plan the best accessible cruise, give cruise line and cruising tips, arrange travel insurance and take care of special needs.

Agents can check with hotels for: inner and outer door widths to accommodate your wheelchair, ADA-approved handicap bath tubs, grab bars, or for roll-in showers. Just tell them your needs.

Travel agents can help you find cheap airfare, cheap tickets, cheap flights, cheap travel auto insurance, cheap hotels, cheap car rentals, cheap cruises, cheap vacations and cheap travel of all kinds.

3. Besides taking along your travel agent's phone number, you'll also want to take with you the phone numbers for the travel agencies that specialize in disabled travel at your destination, in the event you can't reach your own agent.

These travel agents may know how to solve problems that come up regarding your hotel, car or van rentals, etc., even if you didn't order your tickets through them.

4. When traveling to another city, check out the local health and medical associations before you go. For example, get the phone numbers for the local MS chapter if you have MS. These organizations can be great resources.

They usually know what museums, restaurants, theaters & other local facilities are wheelchair accessible and where you can get oxygen, emergency supplies or medical assistance. They may be able to help you with any problems that arise.

5. If you plan to rent a handicap scooter, wheelchair, electric wheelchair, handicap van, full van, mini-van, RV or other vehicle in another city, don't wait until you get there. Make all the arrangements before you leave on your trip.

Make sure you ask any specifics like, are there tie-downs, ramps, or hoists, etc. Check on what van, RV, car or auto insurance you'll need before you go.

6. Don't leave anything to chance. If you can, double-check all the arrangements your travel agent makes. Call the airlines, hotels, scooter, wheelchair, car, RV or van rental companies, medical equipment rental companies, etc., and verify the specifics, especially if you're traveling in a wheelchair or have any other special needs like oxygen.

This is important if you haven't used the agent before.

7. If you need oxygen or any other special medical equipment, call airlines and suppliers well in advance of your trip. Don't wait until the last minute. Start calling them as soon as you know you're going to be traveling or taking a trip.

Then double-check with your travel agent and the airline at least three to four days before your flight.

8. Arrive early at the airport. It's better to wait around there than miss your plane. This will eliminate some of the pre-trip anxiety you might feel and make for more leisurely travel. This seems like common knowledge but many people still arrive at the gate just in the nick of time.

With all that's going on in the world today there are many reasons why you want to allow for more time at the airport.

9. In your airplane carry-on bag keep copies of the prescriptions for your medications and eyeglasses, extra eyeglasses, sunglasses, all your medications and supplements, and a list of your doctor, dentist and other health professionals with their addresses, and phone numbers.

Include your doctor's fax number for prescriptions in case you lose your medications. Keep duplicate copies of these in your luggage and at home by the telephone. Know where your medical records are kept.

10. When you travel, and for any other time too, if you take medications, learn their names and exactly what they're for if you don't know. People come into the emergency room all the time and don't know what medications they're taking. You might be surprised to find out that most people say 'a little yellow pill' or 'a white capsule', etc.

Emergency workers need to know what you're taking so they don't give you medication that would interact adversely with it, overdose you or somehow interfere with their treatment and your recovery.


These travel tips, information, resources, and services for the disabled should help you, or anyone with a disability, handicap, physical limitation, or who uses a wheelchair, have an easier, more pleasant, anxiety-free, trouble-free trip, tour, holiday or vacation.

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People all over the world love to travel. People travel for various purposes like business, leisure, education or recreational purposes. Traveling has become a part of people's life and there is no life without traveling. Going to work everyday is also traveling. Traveling helps us to learn a lot. When we travel to other countries, we are able to learn about the culture, language and people of that country.

Many people, we find travel for work related purposes. Some people travel to other countries to seek work and there are lots of businessmen who are globally connected, traveling to various countries in the world to attend meetings, to expand their business, to build relations etc. This helps them to make more money.

A large percent of people travel for leisure. Everybody longs to relax. Nobody can work like a robot. To get away from the stress and tension of their work, they usually take a few days off to visit tourist places with their families to see places and enjoy a fantastic vacation. There are people who travel within their country, and there are people traveling to other countries depending on their budget.

Lots of students nowadays travel for education purposes, mainly for higher studies or for educational tours.

The World Tourism Industry is flourishing with tremendous growth and this industry is making changes every year to meet the demands of the increasing tourist. Tourism brings in a lot of money and increases employment opportunities in the country the tourism ministry in every country seeks ways to develop and promote tourism in their respective countries. The most visited country in the world today, happens to be France and Paris is the world's most visited tourist destination. Switzerland also is a great tourist attraction because of its ski-resorts.

The Internet plays a very important role today in giving information of the various tourists' attractions of the world, with the hotel and sightseeing facilities. With just a click of the mouse, you can book rooms suitable to your budget, in any part of the world.

Whether you are traveling for business or for pleasure, it is most important that you stay safe and enjoy your trip. First of all, you have to plan your trip well in advance. Once you have chosen your destination, plan your itinerary first. Book your flights and hotel reservation much in advance, especially during the seasonal period, to avoid disappointments. If you are choosing low budget hotels, make sure that you make proper research, because you might end up without the facilities mentioned on their websites. It is always best to book hotels with Internet facilities, because you can use Skype to keep in touch with your near and dear. This will help you to save a lot on your long distance telephone bills. The most important thing that you need during your travel is currency. You can use your ATM cards and credit cards. Travelers Checks can also be useful while traveling. The best advice for traveling is always traveling light. Also be very careful about what you eat. Unhealthy eating can cause stomach problems and might end you up in the hospital, which can lead to an unexpected expense.

 

Traveling can be a very pleasurable experience if you do proper planning in advance.

 

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With the progression in the tourism industry, traveling around the world has become more affordable. As traveling has become an expression of leisure and relaxation, people don't only travel for work or business.

Here are some of the following tips if you want to travel to a new country:

Your Identity

Only if you have a proof- identity, you can be known as a recognized citizen of your home country. While you are traveling or if you are in another country, you may be asked to present your proof- identity in an unexpected situation. Hence it is advisable to always carry your passport or driving license that can help to prove your recognition- citizenship, age, etc.

Your Suitcases

Check with relevant consulates in your home country before you leave. Know the right rules from the right source. Your flight operator can answer queries such as restriction on luggage, what to carry, etc. Every country is different in their rules and checking procedure. Some countries do not allow perishable food items on flights. Get your facts clear.

New Culture & Food

It's often useful to understand or get to know different cultures, traditions and beliefs of a foreign place. For example, some Arab countries have preferred dress codes.

A translation dictionary can always help you to learn the language around you. It's usually appreciated if you can also speak simple words like Thank you', 'Hello', etc with the locals.

When it comes to food, try to eat healthy meals and not just junk. Most places offer a variety of options such as restaurants, bars, fast food places and take-away which cater for all budgets.

Guide books often contain information about eating out such as where to go, how much to tip etc...

Communication

Communicating while traveling or settling aboard is one of the important things that you could be doing. Today, with the advent of the latest technologies many calling services offer you cheap international call rates . Hence it's convenient to keep in touch with people. Some countries even have the benefit of free calling, discounts and offers. So it is easier to stay in contact with your family or organize a business call while you are traveling.

Places Around You

Discovering new places is exciting, relaxing and it keeps you occupied during your free time. Contact a travel agency or a travel planner to guide you. The internet is a good source to help you with information. Local newspapers and magazines often have special offers and traveling tips too.
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Best Approaches to Have More Fun on Trips With Your Kids

Your kids can be your favorite traveling companions. Really. Even when one of your party needs a nap, won't eat the weird food, or won't visit museums, you can still travel smoothly. Here are six ways to make your next trip with kids more fun for everyone:

Bring friends. Sharing a vacation rental with another family means built-in buddies. Every night is a sleepover. Every day is a play-date. When kids have built-in playmates, a shared beach house sets the stage for an exciting game of hide & seek. A picnic in a park is transformed into a rollicking chasing game. Another benefit: Parents can swap babysitting nights and let the other couple go out for a grown-up dinner or a live performance that does not involve puppets or talking animals.

Let them sleep. A sleepy kid is a cranky kid and crankiness and travel are an unhappy mix. For little kids, bring a stroller so naps can be "on the go" while others enjoy the street scenery or explore a museum. Or schedule a midday car, train, or bus ride for needed downtime. For teenagers, consider letting them sleep late or text with friends while you go out for early morning exploring. Meet up for a late breakfast after you've had coffee and a lovely stroll. One beauty of traveling in Spain is the expectation that everyone benefits from mid-afternoon downtime. A rejuvenating siesta creates the possibility of a late night, almost a second day in one.

Adjust expectations of what they'll eat. If you're visiting a foreign country, consider bringing peanut butter or a favorite cereal to alleviate worries that there will be nothing kids will eat. But likely your kids will surprise you--and themselves--at how much they enjoy trying new foods, or just exotic types of pizza or toppings for pasta. We traveled to rural Italy with a trusty box of Life cereal as a back-up for our picky eater--but our daughter thankfully enjoyed eating at Italian cafes.

Build anticipation before you go. My kids and I both get more out of trips by reading about the place before we leave. Picture books, youth fiction, detective novels set in the area, biographies--all give insight into culture and history and help build anticipation for the trip. Before visiting the Grand Canyon, my kids learned geology from picture books and enthusiastically devoured horrific stories about unprepared hikers and their tragic fates. The irreverent Horrible Histories--such as The Vicious Vikings or The Terrible Tudors--are accurate but play to kids by emphasizing gory facts and scatological humor. Horrible Histories began as a book series and expanded into DVDs, games, and costumes. Watching movies set in the place can help build anticipation. Visiting Anne Boleyn's palace felt more dramatic because we had just watched our scheming heroine in Anne of 1000 Days. While the audio tour of the Colosseum in Rome was a bore, my kids already had a sense of the gruesome (and exciting) former uses of the ancient building from the movie Gladiator. Your kids may enjoy helping to plan visits to a place they learned about before leaving.

Create memories during the trip. Give each kid a blank book to draw or write in during downtime, or to glue in postcards, tickets, and other scraps. Try interviewing your kids and jotting down their answers in the blank books. I've asked questions like: what's the biggest surprise about the place we're visiting, worst new food you tried, favorite joke of the vacation, favorite song right now, who you look forward to seeing when we get home. Doing a short interview with your kid can make waiting in line or in a restaurant speed by. (Years later, those interviews are vivid and cherished reminders of my children's personalities as little tykes.)

Create memories after the trip. After you return home, you can create a photo book or use iPhoto or other programs to publish a book and include captions by your kids. Canvas on Demand can turn photos into pictures you hang on the wall as daily reminders of places you've explored together--and build excitement for your family's next adventure.


Travel Tips for Beginners: How to Get Cheap Flights
 
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Looking at costs is an absolute necessity: You can't expect one air transport is constantly less expensive than another. 

The least expensive tickets will fluctuate from carrier to aerial shuttle contingent upon a mixture of variables. Airfares are not static - aerial transports can and do change ticket costs constantly - so the best way to know without a doubt which bearer has the least expensive costs on any given day is to analyze costs at whatever point you search for airfare.  

At the point when to shop: The greatest day to shop for airfare is at around 3 p.m Tuesday. 

Airfare deals regularly dispatch late Monday or early Tuesday and to stay focused, rival bearers will coordinate the lower costs, a procedure generally finished by 3 p.m. Tuesday. Shop then for the greatest determination of the best costs. 

Be adaptable: If you can fly amid less prominent travel periods, you can spare genuine cash. 

Attempt a trek in an off-top season - go amid one of the no man's lands - or take off crest times of day, for example, overnight or red-eye flights, or flights at sunrise. Voyaging when the vast majority would prefer not to fly is a formula for reserve funds. 

At the point when to fly: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays are typically the least expensive days to fly. 

Carriers know the vast majority of us want to amplify our get-away time by flying on Friday and returning on Sunday, so that is when residential airfare costs are quite often higher. 

Where to fly: Sometime you have air terminal decisions, and some can be less expensive than others. 

Enormous centers are typically less expensive than littler airplane terminals however not generally, and when you have a decision in airplane terminals, think about costs. 

Discovering bundle bargains: These are normal on numerous locales. 

Individual carriers offer bundle arrangements, Sky-tours offers inns, different destinations offer a mixed bag of travel blends. Check out your top choices sites or make a do-it-without anyone's help
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Before you leave...

Sharing is very important

We're almost certain that everybody's done a touch of examination, and the vast majority of it will be skewed to their own advantage. Before whatever else, impart your aggregate thoughts. Thus, somebody may make a helpful commitment that you didn't go over while doing your own particular examination and likely wouldn't have considered. It's much the same as having a definitive manual, yet better since you can include and uproot thoughts and recommendations that doesn't fit your timetable or agenda. 

Keep it basic 

Excessively of something is never something worth being thankful for. In the event that you plan to press everybody's agenda into one, you may wind up investing less energy appreciating certain things. That additionally lives up to expectations for little gatherings; don't set a strenuous timetable - constraining and tiring yourselves is not a smart thought, and individuals are generally not extraordinary organization when they're drained and cantankerous. You'll must be keen and trade off on specific things, regardless of the possibility that it means passing up a great opportunity for that outing to the historical center or the town lobby or the national park or the spooky house.

Search for group rebates 

Typically the greater the group size, the less you pay: simple! So talk to your companions and even companions of companions to check whether they're up for an enterprise - you never know, you may spare a couple of dollars and concrete a few fellowships simultaneously! 

When you're there... 

Play to one another's qualities 

As you come, you'll most likely make sense of who's great at what. Let the pilot hold the guide, give the pots to the cook and make the dialect master request bearings. Give them a chance to energetically venture up to the plate and do what they specialize in. Keep in mind to say thanks to them as well - taking care of things for a vast group is not simple, and it doesn't hurt to issue them that additional consolation. Try not to stress over the control monstrosity, in the event that its a sufficiently substantial gathering, they'll know soon enough when to retreat. 

Talk up, yet listen well 

In the event that you have something that people need to know, similar to say you have to make a get back to home at 5pm ordinary or that you're short on money, don't remain quiet about it. Will this make arrangements smoother, as well as help remind you come 5pm or when they see an ATM machine adjacent. You thus, need to take in their uncommon demands as well. Try not to demand having steak when you realize that somebody in the gathering is a vegan.

Openness is absolutely vital 

What's the purpose of having somebody there on the off chance that you don't talk it out, and we're not discussing gabs here. On the off chance that something goes not right, talk about the matter and discover an answer. Settle on a truce if needs be. Verify everybody has had their say and make sense of how you suit everybody's wishes except remember that you ought to be reasonable about things and somebody or a few individuals will need to trade off on specific things. 

Separate to make up 

There's no rule book telling that you need to do the whole lot together! You can consume the morning together and proceed onward to your own particular thing toward the evening. Alternately party together during the evening and race for that morning prepare all alone. Recall that, should have a fabulous time and live it up, so if the bunch's next stop doesn't tickle your extravagant, discover another thing to improve suited to your taste. You can simply get together after and impart your bit to whatever remains of the pack.
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Valamar Riviera d.d. owns and manages a total of 41 facilities on the Adriatic Coast, i.e. 22 hotels, seven apartment complexes, 2 hostels and 10 campsites from Istria and Krk to Dubrovnik. It can accommodate 43,000 people in 16,000 accommodation units.

 TOP 10 WORLD´S HOSPITALS FOR MEDICAL TOURISTS 

Medical Travel Quality Alliance (MTQUA, http://mtqua.org), an independent international              organization founded in 2009 to promote the special safety and quality needs in treatment and                                 care of medical  tourists, publishes the Top 10 World's Best Hospitals For Medical Tourist and                               Best Practices in Medical Tourism. 

For the first time since the list has been published, no country is represented by more than one                           hospital. After reviewing top hospitals around the world, Prince Court Medical Center             (http://www.princecourt.com) in Kuala Lumpur was again selected as the hospital that best                                 provides medical tourists with outstanding care.

 The Top 10 World's Best Hospitals for Medical Tourists for 2014 :

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1. Prince Court Medical Center, Malaysia
2. Asklepios Klinik Barmbek, Germany
3. Fortis Hospital Bangalore, India
4. Anadolu Medical Center, Turkey
5. Wooridul Spine Hospital, Korea
6. Shouldice Hospital, Canada
7. Gleneagles Hospital, Singapore
8. Clemenceau Medical Center, Lebanon
9. Bumrungrad International, Thailand
10. Mediclinic Morningside, South Africa


Medical tourism certification from MTQUA is the only global certification program for hospitals, clinics, agencies, recovery resorts and related services and providers. 

For more information, you can visit the MTQUA website.

Sky-tours wishes you a nice flight!