Should You Use Travel Guides?

Is going solo in an unknown area the right way to go, or do you want a tour guide to show you the highlights? I think that you can combine the two ways in one trip and have the best of both worlds. One trip we recently took was to Washington D.C. The best purchase we made was for a bus tour that would take us around the capital and point out all the main sites. Then allow us the next day to travel by foot to the ones we especially wanted to see. We knew ahead of time which Smithsonian building we wanted to see, if the Washington Monument was open to visitors and if you needed to get an advance ticket to take a tour of the White House or visit the Capital Building. It allowed us to plan our three days in the city and see all that we wanted to see. Individual tours to such landmarks as Ford’s Theater and Arlington Cemetery were tours we were glad we bought. The tour guides for these locations knew tidbits and items of interest that we would never have found out on our own.

 

Let’s look at the San Francisco Bay Area which is another one of my favorite vacation spots and my family has many pleasant and happy memories of our visits to that area. Some areas are so familiar to tourists that it’s possible to view the attractions on your own. That allows you to take your time and go at your own pace. Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier39 are good examples. Just by walking a few blocks you can tour Aquarium of the Bay, take a cruise of San Francisco Bay, visit the world famous Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum and spend some down time at the Riptide Arcade on Pier 39. The antique carousel is a beautiful site and an attraction for all ages.

 

If you’re going solo on this trip, you could consider buying a San Francisco CityPass. This special buy will give you tickets to five attractions, unlimited rides on the Cable Cars and an option ticket to use at the Legion of Honor or Academy of Science & Steinhart Aquarium. You are allowed nine days from the date you first start using your CityPass to visit each attraction and seven days for unlimited Cable Car rides.

 

Some attractions are worth having …

8 Eye-Grabbing Things to Do in Exmouth!

Exmouth is a coastal town in Australia, located about 450 km from Perth. You’ll have to rent a car or hire a driver for this one-day trip. Exmouth is a great destination for nature lovers and beachcombers alike. It’s home to the most extensive limestone reef system in Western Australia and it has plenty of beaches with clean water and white sand.

 

The Southern Right whales migrate to Exmouth during the winter months so you can catch them from land or on a whale watching tour. In addition to these attractions, here are some other things to do when you visit Exmouth!

 

The Southern Right Whales

 

Exmouth is home to the Southern Right Whale population. These whales migrate up to this area during the winter months, starting in April and migration ending in November. You can see them from land or on a boat tour!

If you choose to take a boat tour, be sure you book it ahead of time because seats fill up quickly. Whale watching tours are also an excellent way to get closer to nature and spot some killer whales while you’re at it!

 

Nature and Fun for the Whole Family

The town is full of life and there are plenty of parks. What better place to take the family than on a holiday break? One of the most popular parks is Parry Park, located at the end of the main street in Exmouth. There are lots of playgrounds for kids to explore, as well as trails for walking.

 

Parry Park is also home to some incredible pieces of public art including the “Euclid’s Window” by Libby Hart, which features 60 cast concrete columns that have been etched with images of people from around the world. The park is also famous for its annual Christmas Carols by Candlelight event, held each year on the first Saturday night in December.

 

If you have more time but no kids then head down to one of the many beaches! You can relax on a towel or walk along the shoreline exploring rocks and tidal pools. There are plenty of locals who rent out kayaks and other water sports equipment so be sure to check them out too!

 

Hiking at Cape Le Grand National Park

Cape Le Grand National Park is a beautiful place to visit. It’s home to tons of wildlife, including kangaroos and …

Travel and Tourism in Sierra Leone is a Hot Topic!

Slavery & war. A negative view of what is in fact an exceptionally positive country. Today, I see Sierra Leone from an entirely different perspective.

 

Until a few days ago, if you had asked me to tell you about Sierra Leone, I would have had to think long & hard to tell you much about this West African country. I could probably have explained roughly where the country is located. I may have mentioned something about the slave trade being connected to Sierra Leone. I could certainly have told you that they had experienced a brutal civil war. I might even have admitted that I wasn’t entirely sure whether the war was 100% over. & that is about it.

 

The conflict was officially declared over in January 2002, & President Kabbah reelected in May 2002. Since then, the people of Sierra Leone have been pulling together to repair, renew & regenerate.

 

it is difficult to ignore Sierra Leone’s history & focus purely on the present. one time a fertile area inhabited by dozens of tribes, it was settled by the Portuguese in the 1400’s who built a fort as a trading post for gold, spices, ivory & slaves. A British protectorate in later years, Sierra Leone had the dubious honour of becoming home to over 40,000 freed slaves who gave Freetown its name. As a protectorate, Sierra Leone was exploited for its mineral & diamond wealth in the 1900’s & Sierra Leonean’s fought against the Germans in Cameroon in the First World War, & alongside the British in the Second World War. In 1961, Sierra Leone achieved independence from Britain & governed itself peacefully for 30 years. The peace was not to last & was followed by a decade of brutal civil war that destroyed the economy, brutalised the people & left a country that is rich in resources as one of the poorest in the world.

 

Whilst doing research for a old website looking at travel & tourism in Sierra Leone, I came into contact with Sierra Leoneans from all manner of backgrounds living in both Sierra Leone & elsewhere. Their passion for the country was infectious: they clearly wanted to get the message across that Sierra Leone has far more to offer than a sad recent history & that reconstruction is moving ahead at a speedy pace. & indeed, proof of reconstruction is everywhere – old …

The ancient Olympia

Olympia is one of the most famous and visited destinations in the Greek region of Peloponnese. The main reason by which this destination is so famous is due to the fact that in this spot was were the ancient Olympic Games used to be held, a festivity which was not only important to this region but the rest of Greece and the entire world as well. This destination has been visited and explored by archeologists, historians, and scientists in general from the entire world as well as it is possible to see tourists from all places in it at almost any time of the year.

 

The Olympic Games of the city of Olympia used to be held every four years, in a period called the olympiad, as long ago as the year 775 BC. These games were so important for the city and all Greece that are still remembered and cause this spot to be visited by tourists from the entire world in a constant basis.

 

The city of Olympia is also famous by other elements and attractions, such as per example its impressive statue of Zeus. This city has a statue of great size, made of gold and ivory which represents the Greek God Zeus within a temple built in honor to this deity. This is one of the most interesting statues and attractions in Olympia as well as in the entire Peloponnese.

 

Some of the major discoveries and one of the most important excavations in the city of Olympia took place in the year 1829. In this year, a French expedition started some important excavations and discovered some of the most interesting elements in the area. After this French expedition, a German one followed their work and several important objects, such as tools, and the statue of Hermes of Praxiteles were found.

 

Olympia is situated in an area that is surrounded by hills and mountains in such a way that they provide a very peculiar and interesting background to this ancient spot. Meeting the city of Olympia, its antique statues and ruins can be one of the most memorable experiences tourists can have while exploring the Peloponnese.

 

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Traveling to Barcelona!

When you type the website name on your address bar, a simple yet classy homepage of the website unfurls right before your eyes. Designed tastefully, the homepage presents a vivid picturesque of one of the most beautiful must-visit places in the world, Barcelona, located in Spain.

This website contains everything you might want to know about Barcelona, which is the capital of Catalunya, a delightful and welcoming place of historical defeats and recent victories, situated at the Catalan region of Spain. The website also offers you attractive tourist-packages and a recommends a wide selection of accommodations for you to choose from.

Easy to navigate, and brief and precise in information, this website will certainly captivate your interest in the much-less-talked about city of beauties—Barcelona. The website names a couple of contemporary hotels such as Las Jazz which is equipped with everything imaginable, right from a mini-bar to a fancy bathroom, while there are a little less flamboyant hotels recommended, minimal yet with a stylish décor, keeping in mind the tastes of the people.

barcelona also gives you a brief on the famous attractions of the city—museums that are sure to transport you to the historic intricacies of the 12th century. The website provides you information on the plethora of museums in Barcelona, along with vivid pictures of the elegant stone-carved monuments—a feast for the eyes of those who have a penchant for eclectic art and cultures. Casa Balto, known for its skeletal similarities in front of the building, and Picasso Museum, known for its diverse collection of the works of Pablo Picasso, are some of the renowned museums in Barcelona. For more diversity in art and culture, his website recommends Museu Maritim de Barcelona, which is a nautical museum situated in the royal shipyard complex.

The website offers you information on the diverse cuisines and the varied Catalan Foods available—for the foodies, this is a dream come true. Along with a picture of scrumptious delicacies, reading this page of the website sets your mouth watering. The website talks about the Catalan cuisine, which is based on the ingredients found in the Mediterranean Coast such as fresh vegetables (tomatoes, garlic, red peppers and artichokes), wheat products (bread and pasta), olives oils of Arbequina, wines, beans, mushrooms, pork sausages and ham, several types of cheese, lamb, poultry as well as a variety of such (sardines, anchovy, tuna and cod fish). The Catalan Cuisine is …

Travel in Egypt – Free guide of Luxor for families

Luxor is a city in Upper Egypt and the capital of the Al Uqsur governorate.

 

Flashbooking is becoming a recognized source of information and services for who loves creating a trip by him/herself and book bed nights securely online, this issue: Travel in Luxor city of Egypt.

 

As the site of the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes, Luxor has frequently been characterised as the “world’s greatest open air museum”, the ruins of the temple complexes at Karnak and Luxor standing within the modern city.

 

Flashbooking is a growing cheap hostel Luxor and hotels directory specializing in budget accommodation for independent travellers, students, backpackers, families and all the ones that travel on a pocket.

 

Immediately opposite, across the Nile River, lie the monuments, temples and tombs on the West Bank Necropolis, which include the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens.

 

Flashbooking is becoming a recognized source of information and services for who loves creating a trip by him/herself and book bed nights securely online.

 

Thousands of international tourists arrive each year to visit these monuments, their presence forming a large part of the economic basis for the modern city.

 

In particular Flashbooking provides a large selection of budget or low cost accommodation offers in Luxor where there are plenty of low cost solutions for backpackers in cheap youth hostels, bed and breakfast Luxor, family run guesthouses, cheap hotel deals.

 

In general, Flashbooking guides have been written for giving the essential information about the most visited cities in the world and in particular for any traveller or first-time visitor. For a short visit, a week-end, a city break, these free pocket guides are useful printable and downloadable tools available online.

 

As a result, Luxor represents an excellent base for touring Upper Egypt, and is a popular holiday destination, both in its own right and as a starting or finishing point for Nile cruises.

 

See Flashbooking database of selected accommodations worldwide and help us enlarging the hostel offer by reporting the contacts of some accommodations, lodgings, BandB, youth hostels and budget small hotels where you personally stayed. In fact, Flashbooking policy tends to privilege small and family-run hotels in order to promote an alternative tourism respectful of cultures and different societies.

 

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Tips for Traveling with Infants

Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, there is a chance that you might find yourself traveling with an infant, and in this case, there are many things for you to consider. Traveling with an infant is unlike traveling with a small child, or even a toddler, so whether you are a parent or a babysitter, it is important to be prepared, especially if it is going to be a longer trip. Though it is easy to get anxious and concerned about this situation, the truth is that many people travel with small infants and if they remember to take the proper precautions, the trip can actually go quite smoothly.

The important thing to remember is that an infant, just like everyone else, has things that need to be packed and day to day needs. Of course, the first things to remember are the day to day hygiene supplies. Diapers, diaper rash cream, wipes, and a reusable pad to change your baby on are all basic things that you will find in your normal gear, so remember to pack these. Look around for travel-sized bottles of baby wash, baby lotion and disinfecting hand gel to make sure that you can keep everything tidy, and don’t forget to bring a good change of clothes, especially ones that can easily be washed clean.

As a general rule, remember that blankets in the car are usually a good idea; you can cover yourself when nursing, keep your baby shaded or cushioned as well provide a soft and clean place to sit down if your baby wants to roam a bit. Remember extra pacifiers, and if your baby is on solid foods, remember baby food and an easy to carry and clean plastic feeding set. Take a look at everything your normally use to feed and water your baby, from formula to juice to sippy cups to plastic nipples, and bring those along as well.

If you are going to be on the road for more than one night, a few things can make it easier for you as well. Take some time to find a good nightlight, to make sure that you won’t be stumbling blearily around your hotel room at 3 AM, and just in case of bumps and contusions, remember to pack a first aid kit. If you are going to be going some place where you are going to be walking …

Take A Romantic Break In A Boutique Hote

When you’re looking for a romantic place to spend your honeymoon, wedding anniversary or just to have some time together, go for a boutique hotel.

 

What small, chic, designer hotels don’t know about creating a romantic atmosphere isn’t worth knowing. Making guests feel welcome and unique is a hallmark of all these hotels, and if you call to ask for something special, they’ll make sure that you get it.

 

Why go all the way to Venice for a romantic weekend just to stay in a regular hotel? If it’s worth doing at all, it’s worth spending a little extra money to make the trip as special and memorable as possible; and that includes the room, the food and the service. Make this holiday something you will be talking about for years to come.

 

Honeymoons

 

A honeymoon is a never-to-be-repeated holiday, so it makes sense to ensure that it’s as special as it can be. People often choose the country they want to go to before they decide where to stay, but it’s also worth taking a look at the boutique hotels available in collections like ours. You may find exactly the type of hotel you want, and that in turn could shape your destination choices. Look for boutique hotels that have large, luxurious rooms, with modern bathrooms and hotels that offer special packages, room upgrades or additional details such as beachfront access or complimentary spa treatments. Choose a hotel that’s really different to anywhere you’ve stayed before so that you can use it to create a unique honeymoon experience.

 

Anniversaries and romantic breaks

 

Celebrate a special occasion or just take advantage of an opportunity to spend some time together, and let a boutique hotel be your base for a romantic break. Whether you choose a hotel that offers relaxing spa treatments, or an urban hotel where you can experience the bright lights and fine dining of a major city, you can find a boutique hotel that will fulfil all your requirements. Try a cooking class in France, or a wine-tasting course in Italy. Explore Boston’s historic sights from a hotel in the most exclusive street in the city, or book into a child-free beach idyll in the Pacific. Turn a couple of days away into an unforgettable romantic break by selecting a boutique hotel.…

Can You Get Money Back If You Cancel Your Business Travel?

A lot of business travelers take trips every day. Some travel for an entire week while others may only spend a few hours on a plane or on the road. However, sometimes the work gets too much and when you need to go home, you can’t because work has already booked your flight. But there is hope! If you have canceled your trip, you may be entitled to money back from the company that booked your trip as well as expenses for your time off work.

 

An important thing to remember is that if you are covered by your company’s travel insurance, they will likely reimburse you before they offer any money back.

 

Can You Get Money Back If You Cancel Your Business Travel?

If you have canceled your trip, you may be entitled to money back from the company that booked your trip as well as expenses for your time off work. The best thing to do in this situation is always to contact the company and find out if they will reimburse you before canceling your trip. If they do not, it’s time to sit down with a lawyer to find out what rights they have if they are not willing to reimburse you.

 

It can be frustrating when you need to take time off work but can’t because the company has already booked your flight. However, there is hope! If you want the company to reimburse you for any expenses incurred due to canceling or going home early, then make sure that you talk about it with them before booking any trips.

 

What if the trip is booked under your company’s insurance?

If your company’s insurance covers the trip, they are likely to reimburse you before offering any money back.

 

What if you booked your own travel?

If you booked your own travel, you may be entitled to a refund as long as the cancellation is within a certain amount of time. However, if you booked your own travel and then canceled it after more than 14 days, there are no guarantees that you will get your money back.

 

If you don’t want to risk booking a trip on your own, it is recommended that you book with a travel agency rather than booking directly with the airline or hotel. You can also contact the airline if they have an office in your …

Why Every Backpacker Should Travel With a Tent

In the past, people needed a backpack to carry their gear. Nowadays, they need a backpack or a duffle bag because they can’t fit everything in their pockets. That’s why you need a tent. They are lightweight and compact but hold enough room for your sleeping bag, clothes, and all your gear.

 

You’ll always be prepared with a tent that is easy to set up and take down no matter where you’re going! If you’re interested in getting into backpacking but don’t want to worry about lugging a heavy backpack, then this is the article for you. Read on to learn more about how backpacking has changed over time and why tents are important for dogging it!

 

How Backpacking Has Changed Over Time

Backpacking has changed a lot in the past few decades. Backpacks and duffle bags are more popular, but they don’t provide the same protection as tents do. That’s because backpacking is no longer an activity that you only do when you need to travel overnight. It’s also become a popular activity for people who enjoy camping or hiking with family and friends. You can go on hikes or camping trips without having to worry about where you’ll sleep because you have your own tent!

 

Why You Need a Tent

Lightweight and compact, tents are easy to take with you when camping. They’re also easy to set up and takedown, which means any backpacker can get out on the trail more easily. Tents are also great for travel because they are lightweight, fold up small, and don’t take up much space in a suitcase.

 

Another reason that tents are important is that they make the outdoors more enjoyable! When you’re hiking or dogging it through your favorite national park, you want to be comfortable. A tent gives you a place to escape from the elements and relax after a long day of exploring the wilderness. And let’s face it if you’re camping outside, there’s a good chance bad weather is coming. So having a safe shelter nearby gives your peace of mind as well as protection from the elements.

 

A tent is an affordable investment that will last for years! It’s not just limited to outdoor adventures either; they work great as guest rooms or can even be used at home by kids who like playing pretend in the backyard or pretending they’re camping out …