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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

How to Choose the Best Women’s Backpacks

One of the most important pieces of your wardrobe should be a good backpack. A backpack is not just for carrying your books to class and a laptop around, but it’s also an essential tool for you to get excited about fashion. Unfortunately, there are so many options that it’s hard to know where to start searching for your perfect pack. From how much it costs to what kinds of features you want, this guide will help you figure out what type of backpack is best for you.

 

What are the different types of backpacks?

The key to finding the best backpack is to understand what different types of backpacks are available. First, you have to decide what your needs are and what type of backpack you want. There are three basic types of backpacks: messenger bags, duffel bags, and purses.

 

The best features you should look for in a backpack

 

The most important features to look for in a backpack are comfort and style. Make sure the backpack is comfortable and fits well on your body. Some backpacks come with straps that can be adjusted to better fit your body shape. The other thing you should consider is whether or not you want the backpack to be stylish.

 

If you want your backpack to look chic, avoid any colors that are too bright or stand out too much. Instead, try looking for packs in neutral colors like shades of brown or black. Another feature you should choose carefully is the size of the pack itself. If this is something you’re trying on at a store, make sure there’s enough space for the items in your bag without being bulky or cumbersome, so that it doesn’t cause any discomfort when you carry it around.

 

How To Find The Best Backpack For Your Needs

 

When looking for a backpack, the first thing you want to do is figure out what your priorities are. When choosing a backpack, it’s important to think about what you’ll be carrying around with you when considering the type of pack you need. Are you going to carry a lot of books? Will it have more than one pocket for your phone and wallet? Should it have straps so that it can carry heavier items?

 

Once you’ve decided on what your priorities are, make sure to find a pack that will accommodate …

How to Pack Your Gadgets for Travel: A Beginners Guide

Packing is the worst part of traveling. The lack of space, managing what to take and what not to take, and the constant fear of forgetting something important. But you’ve finally arrived at your vacation destination, or even for work, and everything goes smoothly.

 

That is until you get home and start unpacking. There are so many things that need to be re-packed! Unless there is a system in place, it will drive you crazy every time. Here’s a blog post on how to pack your gadgets for travel in a way that makes packing for your next trip easier.

 

What Do You Need to Pack?

If you’re going to a vacation destination, you need to pack the items that are typically used for your trip. If you’re going on a work trip, you don’t have to worry so much about clothes. But if you do need some clothes, just make sure they are light and easy to pack.

 

How to Pack Your Gadgets for Travel

If you’re looking for a good system to pack your gadgets, here’s what you can do. First of all, you need to divide up your gadgets. This includes things like phones, tablets, laptops, and cameras. Then pack them tightly in a small organizer or bag so they don’t get damaged during the flight. For example, put your phone and tablet together in one compartment and your camera in another.

 

This will allow for easier packing because everything is grouped together. Another tip is to wrap each gadget individually with clothes or other objects that are soft but compact. You should also use an extra set of clothes or even bubble wrap to cushion the gadgets against each other during travel. Finally, if you plan on bringing any expensive items like cameras, laptop computers, or tablets make sure they are either protected by hard cases so they don’t break easily or keep them separate from other items so they don’t get damaged accidentally while traveling.

 

Why Is Packing Important?

Most people don’t want to pack for a vacation as much as they want to enjoy it. The two hours spent packing are never worth the six days of fun that follow it. But, if you have a system in place, you’re less likely to forget something and have to re-pack later.

 

Traveling can be a stressful experience. You have to think …

25 Budget Travel Hacks For Your Next Trip

If you’re like me, you may find yourself dreaming about far-away destinations whether it’s the beaches of Hawaii or the mountains of Nepal. And if you’re not careful, those dreams could turn into costly ones. I know this from personal experience.

In 2010, my wife and I decided that we wanted to take our two children (ages 11 and 7) on an extended road trip in Europe. We planned on driving more than 2,000 miles per week through eight countries over three months, staying in hostels along the way. The only problem was that we didn’t have enough money. In fact, we had less than $1,000 between us at the time.

Luckily, we were able to save up enough cash to make one month’s worth of payments on our car. Afterward, we used the remaining funds to buy gas and food each week as we traveled across France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Greece and Turkey. By the end of the trip, we actually ended up with some extra money left over from which to pay taxes on our earnings!

The point is, there are ways to save money when you travel without having to sacrifice your vacation dream. Here are just a few of them.

Planning Ahead Can Save You Money

You might think that planning ahead would cost more money, but it doesn’t have to. A little bit of advanced research can go a long way toward keeping costs down. First, choose where you want to go based on what you want out of your trip activities, scenery, history, culture, etc. Then, look online to see how much everything will cost in the area you chose. Finally, plan your itinerary around these prices.

If something is significantly cheaper elsewhere, then consider exploring options outside of your destination. Also, try to stay away from touristy areas and stick to off-the-beaten paths. This is especially important in places such as Thailand, India, and Cambodia, where many people visit during peak season. When possible, avoid visiting during high seasons.

Know That Airfare Isn’t Always Cheapest

When booking flights, always check multiple airlines even companies such as JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, and AirTran. These airlines often offer discounted fares on their websites. Also, keep in mind that seats on any airline tend to sell quickly, so book sooner rather than later. Most importantly, compare flight prices before you book so you won’t get stuck paying full …