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Many would-be travelers dream about strolling down the Avenue des Champs-Elysees but are not willing to mortgage their future to finance the trip. However, traveling Europe on the cheap does not require backpacking and hitching free rides from strangers! One affordable solution that offers a happy medium between a super luxurious getaway and "roughing it" is a packaged bus tour.

Packaged bus tours offer the best value per day, due to the tour operator's ability to secure group rates on hotel accommodations, ground transportation, and sightseeing attractions. They also provide peace of mind, which is priceless: the discerning traveler does not need to obtain an international driver's license, rent a car (let alone remember on which side of the road to drive!), Or read train schedules in foreign languages.

To get the most out of a European bus tour, remember the following travel tips.

Tips to enjoy a Europe bus tour :

  • Dress Comfortably : You will spend much of your time sightseeing or riding on the bus. Wear sensible clothes that you can wear while walking around public areas, and that also fit well while sitting down.
  • Be Camera Ready : Pack extra batteries for the camera. Packaged bus tours feature numerous attractions and will often visit multiple countries. However, once the tour leaves for the next attraction, there is usually no turning back. Get that last photo op!
  • Eat Wisely : Carry snacks to ward off hunger attacks on the bus, and take advantage of any breakfast inclusions available at the hotel. Be wary of purchasing food at major sightseeing venues where prices are the highest.
  • Bring Entertainment : You will have downtime in between attractions and tours. Pack an MP3 player or a book and magazine to keep yourself occupied while en route to the next exciting destination.
  • Keep an Open Mind: Touring Europe provides a unique experience to enrich your mind. Interact with passengers to discover similar interests, and learn about local cultures and traditions.

The demand for all inclusive California vacations is on the increase as they are perfect for a quick getaway. It is one of the most popular options available to travelers in California. They take care of a wide assortment of vacation needs at an all-inclusive price. It is Ideal for travelers looking for fun and entertainment all in one package. All inclusive California vacations are package deals that include everything to make your vacation truly memorable. With these packages, the traveler can save money and time.

The facilities covered in the all inclusive California vacations vary greatly, it depends on the rates offered by tour operators and resorts. Most all inclusive California vacations include transfers from the airport, comfortable accommodation, all meals and snacks, all beverages with or without alcohol, all hotel taxes and tips, entertainment, and recreational opportunities.

Certain all inclusive California vacation packages cover night entertainments, land sports, and non-motorized water sports.

There are many tour operators and travel agents in California who provide assistance in planning an all inclusive vacation. The cost of all inclusive California vacation packages depends on the range of facilities offered in the package. Normally it must include the hotel room or bungalow, meals, and transportation to various places and other basic activities. So, prior to signing an all inclusive vacation package, it is necessary to compare the different packages offered by tour operators. Make sure to take advantage of all discounts that are offered in the vacation package.

Balboa Bay Club and Resort, Evergreen Lodge at Yosemite, Granlibakken at Lake Tahoe, the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, and Warner Springs Ranch are some of the all inclusive vacation resorts in California. …

Forget all the hassles that you may have felt while getting air tickets for yourself. Gone are the days when one waits endlessly at the airline office. You do not even need to go to ticket agents and wait for your turn. With the ever increasing popularity of internet, online booking of air tickets is the most viable option. In fact, there are millions of people worldwide who vouch for airline tickets online. The option of online ticket booking is quite easy, saves time as well as money. To top it all, you can book online air tickets right from the comforts of your home. Experience a whole new hassle free way of booking air tickets and enjoy the benefits of modern technology. Save your precious time with airline tickets online as it takes just a few clicks to get your desired air tickets.

There are hundreds of travel portals or travel websites that offer the facility of online booking of air tickets. Users can browse through these websites and search for the flights that desire. While looking for airline tickets online, one must remember not to believe each and every offer that comes their way. To avoid being led into false claims, try to sort out the most reliable travel portals like eezeego.com, globester.com and a few other top ones to get the best and reliable offers. Once you have decided over the website, choose your destination airport or city on the concerned web page. You also need to fill in the intended dates of travel and number of tickets that you need. Click on the search button after this and you will get a comprehensive list of all the flights to your destination.

Most of the travel ports also offer a list of airlines that offer flights to any destination. You can even select any of the given airlines which you intend to fly on. Pick out if you intend to fly first class, business class or economy class. You also need to confirm the tickets before booking. Once you have done this, select your desired option of payment. As soon as, your payment option and other information are verified, you will get an e-mail. You can get a printout of the e-ticket. The best thing about airline tickets online is that, you book them on your options as per your choice. Moreover, the whole process is user friendly and needs no expert knowledge.

The best thing about airline tickets online is that one gets the additional advantage of discounts, low airfares, complimentary services, redeemable vouchers and much more. With the increasing competition, users get the best of best. The advantages of increased competition result in more attractive packages for the travelers. And, if you are a frequent flyer, there is no dearth of benefits for you. One can also book air tickets directly from airlines' website. Take care to mention whether you find one way air tickets or a round trip one. In most of the instances, …

If you have ever had an all inclusive vacation, you just have to try a Bora Bora Vacation Package. When you travel on specific times during the year you can sometimes get great deals. The special deals might get you 5 nights for the cost of 3.

There are some resorts that have a standing offer of 5 nights for the cost of 4 year round. Often you can find all of the non-motorized water sports as part of your vacation package.

All inclusive Vacation Packages are great ways for vacationers wanting to spend their time enjoying the amenities, and shopping without the question about where to find the next meal.

Some packages offer more meals than others in their vacation package so make sure to confirm what your hotel offers.

Of course when vacationing during your honeymoon, you probably do not want to spend time searching for the next restaurant either. Bora Bora is one of the most awesome and romantic Islands in the world.

Most of these all inclusive packages include airfare and round trip water taxi fees to and from the resort. So again, you will want to check with a Travel Agency or maybe check online.

Bora Bora Vacation allows you to experience the ultimate Island getaway. The Beaches are crystal white while the lagoons are beautifully clear with a tint of greenish blue. Grab yourself an over the seaside bungalow for a basketful of memories to last a lifetime.

Bora Bora is but one of the many French Polynesian Islands found in the South Pacific but it certainly is the most famous and is often trumpeted to be the most romantic.

Whether you view takes in Mount Otemanu or the white sandy beaches, one simply can not describe the stimulating beauty that you'll find in your Bora Bora Vacation. …

Travel insurance is an added expense tacked on to the end of your vacation tab, and most people waive the fee without learning the details of what the travel insurance covers. The most common coverage is for medical emergencies, lost luggage and a full or partial reimbursement for any cancellation fees. However, before you add a travel insurance policy, evaluate your unique situation as to how much coverage is prudent, or if you need any at all. So is buying travel insurance worth it? The answer depends on where you are going and what you have planned for your itinerary.

When traveling overseas, its a good idea to purchase some kind of coverage. Travelers who will participate in an escort tour will be given the option to buy the minimum travel insurance coverage, usually just a few hundred dollars due at the time the balance of the tour is paid. This type of coverage is checked out by the tour operator and one of the safest coverage plans you can buy. Nothing fancy and no frills, just solid coverage for loss of life or limb, stolen baggage and excursion cancellations scheduled for your tour. In addition, the tour group policy will usually cover an emergency flight back home after obtaining medical treatment.

If you are traveling domestically or overseas and planning to stay with a friend or relative, you probably do not need to invest in travel insurance. The insurance plan is offered from tour companies, not only for the traveler's benefit, but peace of mind for themselves should any snafu arise. However, if your next vacation includes a ski trip or other intense sport where there's a possibility of taking a tumble, you want to be sure you have basic medical coverage, especially outside of the United States. It makes good sense to buy some kind of coverage for medical emergencies, no matter how profitable you are in sports.

Some travel insurance companies specialize in coverage for high risk sports and activities, and such companies often carry the best rates. If your itinerary includes mountain climbing, white water rafting, etc. you may opt for full coverage to cover the cost of evacuation, as well as any medical treatment received. Some industry giants, such as worldtravelcenter.com, allow their clients to pick and choose exactly what they wish to be covered for, then keeping the policy bill to a bare minimum.

A common misnomer is that when you travel to countries using socialized medicine, that you will be treated for free. No. The citizens of that country must show a national ID card for treatment and foreigners will be billed a hefty fee. The savvy and seasoned traveler knows the risk of injury and will plan ahead with a premium policy to cover all the bases.

When choosing your travel insurance plan, be sure to get one that offers good protection for your luggage. If anything is going to go awry, it will most likely be lost or stolen bags. However, …

All it takes is a little bit of research. This could be your first step to avoid sending your application or resume off into an unorganized stack of others that most likely, will never get looked at. Below are some of the everyday mistakes people make when trying to find travel agency jobs.

1. Forgetting to do the proper research:

You can not just walk into an interview at a travel agency and have no idea what the company's focus is. Do they specialize in cruises? Do they devote themselves to making travel arrangements for a specific demographic? These are things people tend to disregard. Big mistake!

2. By proper, I mean thorough !:

If you do not look as far into an agency as possible, this could lead to much regret in the long run. Detailed research is a must when hunting for travel agency jobs. What if the travel agency you start working for turns out to have a terrible reputation? For example, the company offers travel packages that claim to be the best deal when really, they are not.

3. Door to door searching:

When people are considering trying looking, they visit as many agencies as possible, since the name "door to door." They fill out as many applications as they can, attaching resumes to each. This strategy is a weak one for travel agency jobs because you will not always get to speak with the employer. Your application goes to someone else, who promises to give it to the hiring manager.

4. Lacking experience:

Aspiring travel agents make the error of relying entirely on their education. Do not get me wrong, proper education in this field is more than useful, but hands-on experience is also quite valuable. Get out there and travel yourself. A travel agent can not gain the trust of a client without visiting different locations of the world or trying out several methods of travel. Experience is key!

5. Seeking an employee (What about working for yourself ??):

Working for someone else's travel agency can be great, but you should never overlook the possibility of starting your own! …

Dreaming of travelling? Good for you. But are you dreaming, or are you making it happen?

Reading travel blogs doesn't count. If you haven't made plans to travel, you are wasting precious time.

What are you waiting for?

Nothing lasts forever -- not you, and not famous world monuments. If you want to see the great pyramids of Egypt, get that passport ready and find your way there. If you're looking at exotic Costa Rica vacation packages, don't just look -- book! If you want to see the Grand Canyon, fill up your gas tank and go!

Here's a little story. When I was a kid back in the 80's, I did a state report on New Hampshire. Being on the opposite side of the country, it may as well have been a foreign land. I learned about their state bird and their state flower, both quite beautiful, and I learned about their significance in American voting.

But what intrigued me most about this state, aside from their staunchly pugnacious state motto of "Live Free or Die," was their famous natural wonder, the Old Man of the Mountain. This was the Granite State's very own naturally-formed profile of rock at the top of a mountain. It looked so much like a face, and extended so far out from the mountainside that I figured you'd have to see it in person to believe it wasn't man-made.

As you may know, the Old Man of the Mountain is no longer there. As naturally as it was formed, it collapsed. This great majestic face in the mountain was reduced in a moment to a pile of rocks.

I had always wanted to see that for myself. And when I was older, just out of college, I landed a temporary job in New Hampshire in the summertime.

The Old Man in the Mountain in New Hampshire collapsed RIGHT before I left home for that job.

My gig started in June. The Old Man collapsed in May.

Earthquakes happen unexpectedly. The sea levels are rising. Glaciers are melting. Hurricanes are getting stronger.

Time never stops. Governments get overthrown. Man made objects crumble.

If there's something or someplace you want to see, then go see it. Before it's gone.

If you're waiting to be able to afford to go instead of actively saving money, your final destination is going to be sadnessville.

Get started right now. Don't wait for the next paycheck. Sell some things on eBay (or elsewhere online).

Surely there's something in your house that you've held onto for sentimental reasons. Just ask yourself if you want that physical object that takes up space more than you want to travel to somewhere exotic and exciting.

Whatever you do, don't make the mistake of waiting too long.…

Over the years timeshares and their developers have gone through extensive reforms. Originally a concept that just meant Vacation Property Rental has now turned into a vortex of new ideas and money making schemes. Timeshares are classified through many different categories, Floating week is despite the most controversial category of them all.

To properly understand what a Floating week really is we need to understand how timeshare weeks are really sold. Lets say that "Resort A" has 100 units (room's / suite's), As we already know that there are 52 weeks in a year meaning that each room can only be sold 52 times to be able to accommodate all guests on their given weeks, Making "Resort A" capable to sell 5200 units at $ XX amount. Here is where the Floating week actually comes in, The Resort Developers realized that this scenario leaves them sold out very quickly though killing the revenue generated through Timeshare sales. All the Giant resort developers decided to get together and basically give the Timeshare owners a "Resort A" a chance to give up their Fixed week at a certain resort to be able to enjoy their vacation at any of the other 600 resorts in the developers network . The resort gets to free up their sold rooms and the Timeshare owners receive to enjoy their vacation at different destinations year after year.

At a glance this all looks like an ideal situation. The Timeshare owner is not obliged to take vacation on the same dates or travel to the same location year after year. The only down side to this whole situation is that due to over booking of these resorts it is now next to impossible for the Floating week owners to reserve their stay at their desired location during their desired timings. The resort giants have turned this once a great concept of vacation partial ownership into a ruthless money making scheme. Paying for upgrades and getting through blackout dates is next to impossible. …

Despite all the negative press that the airline industry gets, the reality is that airline travel is an absolute miracle. Only 100 years ago, it was unthinkable to be able to travel to other states or countries in only a matter of hours. The downside of air travel is that it can often be expensive. If the cost was only a few dollars, we might do it much more often. Unfortunately, it typically costs hundreds or thousands of dollars. Luckily, there are a few ways you can get airline tickets for free or for a heavily discounted price.

1. Frequent Flyer Programs

If you regularly spend money with your credit cards, why not get a little something back? Almost every major airline has a partnership with various credit card companies to give you free miles with every dollar you spend. It may not be technically "free", but by the end of the year you may have earned enough miles to take a trip to your favorite vacation spot.

2. Bonus Offers

Sometimes, when you buy an expensive item, you can get airline tickets for free. If you are about to buy a new TV, why not look to see who is offering free airline tickets as an incentive? Also, many hotels will give free tickets to their guests if they book for a long enough period of time. Sometimes if you sign up for a gym membership, the gym will award a pair of free tickets to one of their new members every month. Although you may not find them every time, it can be useful to look for offers like these when you can.

3. Raffles, Promotions, Contests, and Giveaways

Many business will hold a Grand Opening promotion, and some businesses do this on a recurring basis. They want to draw attention to their business, and they do this by offering free stuff like airline tickets. You can benefit by entering into these contests and promotions.

4. Book a Flight During the Busy Season

Airline pros who like to travel for free will often deliberately book their flights during the busiest times of the year. This is often during the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons. Often, those flights will be over booked and airlines will offer people free money and free tickets to take the next flight. It is actually possible to be reimbursed for more cash than you actually paid for the ticket! …

Although it may not seem so, in reality, Leisure and Recreation is the largest industry in the world. The benefits of leisure and recreation as an important part of life are easy to see. As an industry, it offers a variety of related employment and creates billions of dollars in revenue. Workers in parks and recreation, community agencies, sports agencies, youth development organizations, non-profit organizations, rehab and hospital agencies, the travel and entertainment industries all utilize and benefit from parks and recreation facilities world-wide. Additional benefits of leisure and recreation include environmental improvements from expanding green spaces, health benefits, and personal satisfaction benefits.

There are many civic benefits of leisure and recreation activities. Sports and youth activities offer leadership development for adults and children. Strong communities are built as parks become a hub of community life. Benefits extend to all ages, childhood, youth, young adults, families, and seniors. Both care for environment and wellness through green spaces are enhanced by beauty. This same beauty helps combat stress through the opportunity for mild exercise and mediation upon natural beauty. Wilderness experiences are available in some locations.

For personal benefits, leisure activities may include:

Hobbies

Exercise

Sports

Gardening

Crafts

Health

Coping

Family Bonding

Physical benefits include increased lung capacity from sports participation, plus reducing serum cholesterol and hypertension, increasing bone mass, strengthening the spine, reducing disease, increase in feelings of well being, reduction in stress hormones, improved attitudes and performances, and improved social skills. For childhood development, recreational areas assist in learning, can keep kids off the streets, and enhance their confidence. Studies confirm that physical activity can aid the learning process in children. Sports activities enhance large motor skill development and social skills. Adult leaders offer positive role models to children. Group sports are well known for promoting social support, networking, and developing friendships.

As if all the above is not enough to encourage support of leisure and recreational activities, consider the following additional benefits:

Stress management - the mild stress of leisure activity can reduce overall negative stress by contributing to relaxation.

Self esteem - especially in children and seniors, mild exercise, group activities, and hobbies and crafts will help create positive self images.

Positive lifestyle development - contributing to society, social interaction, development of leaders, being part of organized sports all encourage good lifetime activities.

Personal satisfaction - any creative outlet will enhance personal satisfaction. Being part of the leadership offers self satisfaction, and those who work in the recreational areas can feel the pride in keeping these areas vital and available to others.

Quality of life - fresh air, sunshine, social interaction, health benefits and self esteem all will improve quality of life.

Preventative health - regular exercise, physiological benefits from mild exercise, and stress reduction all are made easier by having leisure and recreational activities readily available.

Since the future seems to be headed for a shorter work week and more extra time, support of leisure and recreational outlets and locations would be prudent, and benefit all …