Ask any travel agent what they think about the internet and it is pretty much guaranteed that they will suddenly develop a strange kind of facial tick and turn a shade of pale white. The internet is definitely destroying the traditional travel agency and this industry has had to evolve quickly in order to compensate for this fact.
It would appear that we have all become travel agents within a very short space of time. With the help of the internet, we can now search for anything from flights to La Paz, in Bolivia, to rome apartments We can source a range of different quotes, through a myriad different companies, and ascertain what the best deal will be for us.
Existing travel agents are tending to find that the majority of their business is coming from customers who lack experience and confidence in using the internet. Where they do have to compete with internet surfers, they have to make it very appealing to book through them, rather than the comfort of your own home; and this is where they are definitely struggling. (more...)
If you are tired of conventional overseas holidays and you feel bored at the thought of heading to another tourist resort, you may well consider exploring your own country from a new perspective.
A local holiday can be a great option. Executed well, you will find that you save money and that you begin to appreciate your homeland in a way that you previously did not. Often, it is a good idea to book yourself onto a guided tour of a certain region, for example, or to hire Sprite caravans with friends and drive through the beautiful countryside.
In order to make sure that you get the very best from your local vacation, you might like to organise things through a good travel agency. There are benefits to planning events on your own; however, a well-trained agent specialising in local culture and history will be able to direct you to the best locations and the most interesting sights. (more...)
It really is a terrible shame that many travel agencies have been forced to close over the last 20 years or so. Up until the early- to mid-nineties, you could pretty much guarantee that there would be a good choice of travel agents on every main high street in the country, but with the advent of the internet, those times are a thing of the past.
The travel agencies that have remained tend only to be associated with the largest tour operators today and it is fair to say that even they are struggling to compete with online bookers. However, many people do still realise how invaluable the experience of physically visiting a travel agency can be.
The main perk is the very fact that you can usually guarantee that at least one member of staff would have visited and have extensive knowledge on the destination you have in mind. So, for example, if you were keen to discuss Venice travel and holidays, you could have a good face-to-face chat. (more...)
A good holiday can be planned meticulously in every detail, or it can be a spontaneous, improvised affair. Either way, there are certain aspects of your holiday that need to be considered from the outset. That's where a travel agency comes in.
At UKNetGuide it's possible to get all of the benefits of a travel agent without leaving your own room. So what do you need to think about when you're putting together your own bespoke holiday?
First thing to consider is your destination. Do your research on the kind of holiday you want: A skiing trip to the Alps? A city break in Amsterdam? A couple of weeks lying on the beach in the Canary Islands? There's lots of information out there to help you decide. (more...)
In this day and age, when most of us have access to enormous amounts of information through the internet, is it really necessary to use travel agents for our holiday bookings? Can we not go online, search for the best deals and make our bookings ourselves?
The truth is, travel agencies cannot be easily ousted with the arrival of the internet. Travel agencies can have resources that you and I do not have access to. There are often agency quotas when it comes to tickets and hotels even. So even if we see that a particular flight is completely booked, an agency might still have tickets available on the same flight.
Travel agencies may have options that are not available to us directly. This includes private rentals which may not have a web presence. For example, if you're looking for Miami apartments, a travel agency may be able to give you more options than you can find on the internet. (more...)
Australia is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places to visit in the world. There are so many visitors coming in and out the country from all parts of the world, either for business or pleasure. Summer stretches up from late November all through February, and that’s the time when most visitors flood in because of the summer sun. Arrangements for any kind of trip to Australia should be made way in advance because there is so much to do.
The biggest question when you are planning for the trip is where you are going to visit and the things to see. There are those must-go places which your agent must suggest to you. If time allows, Sydney and Melbourne are compulsory, otherwise you will not claim to have gone to Australia. These are among the most important cities that you have to visit for your trip to be complete. There is just so much on offer in these two cities which you may not complete in a single visit. If you wish to read more on Australia, make sure you check the internet for details.
Other places you must visit include, Uluru, the Great Ocean Road, and the Great Barrier Reef. These are some of the historical sites you will read from any Australian journal, as they make a typical Australian recipe. People who visit for pleasure are on an upper hand because they get all the time to explore the beautiful isolated country. (more...)
If you are planning to visit Australia, you will appreciate the following interesting facts about the country’s industries, history, people, and culture. Both natives and visitors to the region find the country fascinating and informative according to http://australiaexploring.com/ for instance, the country is a ‘misnamed country’ but it actually forms one of the seven continents in the globe.
The government’s mode of operation is borrowed from the west, and the democracy is home to about 22 million people and is one of the most urbanized continents of the world. Actually about 70% of the population lives in the cities compared to 30% who live in the rural areas. Apart from borrowing most of its governmental operations from the west, the country is largely multicultural since about 40% of the population is either immigrant of immigrants’ children, with a half of them coming from non-English speaking countries.
Australia is the only country that occupies an entire continent, and is in a unique position globally. The entire nation measures about 7.7 million square kilometers, which is a little smaller than Antarctica, and is the flattest and driest continent providing a wide range of climatic conditions and topographies, and boasts of a 37,000-kilometer coastline. (more...)
In the United States, the night before a woman gets married, she has a celebration with her friends. This is known as a bachelorette party. In Canada, this party is known as a stagette party. However, in the United Kingdom, this party is known as a hen party.
Hen Party Nights can take many different forms. The basis for planning a hen party night is the character of the bride. This is why a hen party is normally planned by the closest friends of the bride. These are usually her bridesmaids or her maid of honor because they know her the best and know what she will like.
These parties are normally held publicly in places such as a bar, a restaurant, a club or even a spa. Once again, it all depends on the personality of the bride. If she is someone who is outgoing and enjoys partying, her hen party will most likely be at a bar or a club and can get quite wild with inappropriate behavior and frenzied dancing and even a male stripper. However, if the bride is more reserved in character, her hen party my be at a restaurant enjoying a nice dinner with her friends. (more...)
Given the globalization in the world, more and more people are travelling to new and exotic places every year. Many people in the urban cities around the world plan for an annual vacation each year. Many go to Europe and the Americas. There is little doubt that these two continents attract most of the global tourists however there are other continents and countries too that are equally mesmerizing. For instance, Africa is a world in itself. Africa is the gateway of nature and wildlife. South Africa in particular is among the top tourist destinations in the southern hemisphere.
Another country that ranks among the best places for holidays in the southern hemisphere is Australia. Unique accent, heaps of beer, sporting nation and diverse culture makes Australia one of the best places you can be. Australia is a very large country with rich and significant history. Cities like Sydney and Melbourne are one of the finest urban populated places there is. Australia is far away from many countries in the world and therefore the travel expense may be little heavier on your pocket. However, that being said, there are several travel routes that are popular such as flights from Cairns to Sydney and to Melbourne too that are easy on the pocket. You can get the best deals provided you book the tickets in advance.
There are many places to visit in Sydney like the Opera House and of course, the world famous Sydney Harbour Bridge. If you are a water person and love beaches then there is Bondi Beach which attracts millions of people every year. From scuba diving to snorkeling and from parasailing to surfing – this beach has got it all. (more...)
A wedding is definitely the most special occasion in a person’s life. When you are ready to take the vows, you sure want that moment to be your best ever. In order to create priceless memories of your wedding, it is important that you look into the various details. The most important of all is the venue you choose for perhaps the biggest day of your life. With people looking at wedding as special events, more and more of them are opting for destination wedding in order to create memories that will stay with them for a lifetime.
Off late, winter weddings have become quite popular. With snow all around you as you say “I Do”, the whole ambience seems like just out of a fairy tale. It is perhaps the most beautiful way to express your love for the most special person in your life. If you are someone who loves the idea of a beautiful holiday just after your wedding, a destination winter wedding would be just ideal.
You can either opt to get married in an ice chapel or igloo or even by a frozen lake. The idea is yours. No matter what you have imagined with your wedding venue, you can easily get it done that way today; thanks to the several winter wedding planners. When you do organize a winter wedding, the fact is that you don’t just create a special memory for you but also offer all your guests a great time. However, you will need to hire a travel agent for weddings in winter so that yours and your guests travel is properly planned. (more...)
Nature is mystical, to say the least. With its beautiful offerings all across the universe, it tends to amaze people leaving them wondering how lovely it is to experience the world at its natural best. The Northern Lights or the Aurora Borealis is one such natural phenomenon that can leave all its witnesses truly spell bound.
The Aurora Borealis (commonly known as the Northern Lights) is referred to the northern dawn which is witnessed in the northern hemisphere. It is actually a natural light display in the sky, visible in the high altitude arctic region. It is caused because of some natural collisions that occur between the energetic charged particles with atoms which are ejected from the sun in solar wind. Quite scientific this might sound, but he result is a stunning display of lights in the sky; something that is extraordinarily beautiful.
2013 is considered to be among the best of times to witness these amazing Northern Lights. That’s because, experts at NASA claim that this year, due to some special combination of circumstances; the Northern Lights will be at their brightest best in comparison to the last 50 years. There are a few locations that you can choose to witness the stunning Northern Lights. Off the different locations that are popular for viewing the Northern Lights, it is best to see the Northern Lights in Lapland as this Finnish town is considered to be a hotspot for viewing the beautiful Northern Lights. (more...)
The great wide ocean is where some of us dream of having their holiday on, cruising on a luxury cruiser that is like a hotel on the sea, to various parts of the world. However not all of us can afford to cruise half way around the world, but it’s not necessary to do that with so many places close by that you are able to explore right from your doorstep. The Pacific Sea is dotted with many islands that you can cruise to and from Sydney, Australia.
These types of cruises will not break your bank and you will be able to explore the islands that are close to Australia that you have not actually known about or thought of. These islands are lesser known for a holiday, but they are fantastic to see and discover. Cruises that set out into the Pacific Ocean for these islands will usually depart from Sydney, Australia.
You will find a great range of trips from Cruise1st.com.au to choose from. They will differ in the nights that you stay, the length of the trip, the islands and places that you will see and the type of boat. If you are not sure where to start looking for your Pacific Ocean cruise then you can have a look at www.cruise1st.com.au. They offer a variety of cruises from various liners so that you get the best deal. (more...)