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February 2016

Benefits of Booking Tour Packages

Booking Tour PackagesAll people need a break to get away from stress at work, home or school. Taking vacations is the best way to relax, unwind and spend time alone or with family in order to keep motivated and get that groove going.

Taking vacations requires planning and planning requires time – time for booking the preferred airline, finding the perfect location, researching for the cheapest hotels and scheduling the activities for the inclusive dates. That alone can also be stressful especially when it’s fast approaching with no preparations been made. As tourists, the experience should have to be stress-free, worry-free and relaxing.

In this regard, consider the benefits of booking tour packages. Not only can it save a lot of time but it’s also popular these days when people can’t seem to find that luxury of organising trips and vacations themselves. Other benefits of availing packaged tours are mentioned below:

• Convenience, completeness and quickness all rolled into one. This is the main reason why people avail of these packages. Searching for tourist attractions is easy over the internet. Then, what comes after is a lot more convenient.

Tour packages usually have detailed information on the trip. From the booking details, itineraries, tour guides, food trips, dinner and hotel accommodations, tour companies will take care of all these for their clients.

Pro tip: Before booking, make sure to discuss what’s included in the package. Sometimes, companies provide minimal package inclusions and require tourists to pay additional fees for all other activities that are advertised on their website.

• Perfect for large groups. Booking packaged trips in groups is more fun than travelling alone. It’s easy to make friends especially with people who also share the same interest – travelling!

Pro tip: Check out attractions where all friends can enjoy their stay. If possible, take a picture of every activity that everyone participated in.

• It offers quality service. Tour companies spent several years in developing business relationships with their suppliers to ensure that tourists receive the kind of service they need.

It’s like a win-win situation for their businesses. Why? It’s because tour companies are constantly able to bring in groups of people via their package tour that’s why, vendors have to take extra care of these tourists. This include front line access, upgrade in services, inclusion of tour guides, ensuring food for breakfast, lunch or dinner, occasional freebies and a lot more. Basically, they treat their guests as stars.

Pro tip: Do research on your preferred tour company before booking them. Read reviews and Facebook comments on their site with regards to the overall quality of service people have experienced starting from how their flight details were booked up to the point of their actual stay.

• It’s fun and educational at the same time. Enjoy the view but listen to tour guides whenever they provide information on every itinerary. Although they may not be residents of that place, they surely have accurate knowledge about the important information based from their study and personal experiences.

Pro tip: Since the tour is definitely fun and educational, it’s recommended to explore and experience everything in groups. Taking pictures of various attractions and eating dinner with friends all result to fond memories.

And those are the benefits of availing tour packages. With the right combination of season and destination, everything is going to be a rewarding experience.

 

Best Travel Tips for First Time Travelers

Best Travel TipsTraveling opens up your mind to the outer world. The more one travels, more experience one gains and wiser he becomes. However, all this is applicable when one has already traveled quite a bit. Traveling for the first time is definitely a jittery experience for the traveler. There are innumerable things that need to be considered for undertaking a trip and making it successful.

Mentioned below find some extremely useful travel tips for first time travelers so that the trip remains memorable and hassle-free:

Packing

• Keeping travel documents in place – Ensure that you have your passport in place with more than 6 months of validity in place. Arrange for a suitable visa or permit if needed. Book discount business class flights for traveling comfortably and saving money at the same time.

• Pack less – Clothes, shoes, cosmetics should be packed as less as possible. Baggage allowance is restricted. Why pay more money for carrying things you would probably not need? However, make sure to carry good amounts of undergarments as you might not always get a chance of washing them always. Carry band-aids, Imodium and Aspirin.

• Chargers and memory cards – Your electronic devices like mobile, iPad, the tab and even the camera will need charging. Bring respective chargers. Also carry extra memory cards for the camera as you might need it.

• Currency – If you are traveling in your own country, there is no need for currency change. But in case of an international trip, keep some exchanged currency handy.

During travel and transit

• Reach airport early – Airports might not be the best places to hangout, but it is good to be early than being late. Don’t panic during security checks – you are not carrying a bomb with you. Try and have a good meal before the flight as airport prices are exorbitant.

• Relax on the flight – With discount business class seat, relax on the flight. Get an earplug or an eye mask if you want to catch up on some sleep. To remain entertained bring an iPod, a novel, a pack of cards or anything that interests you.

• Setting time as per destination time zone – If the distance is a long one, chances of jet lag are high. Setting time as per destination time zone will help you in getting sleep at the right time so that you feel less jet lagged.

• Cooperate with border officials – This is important. Answer all asked questions truthfully. But do not go overboard with volunteering. Less is more in this regard.

On reaching the destination

• Be polite and courteous – On reaching the new destination, it is always good to be polite and courteous to people you meet. If language is a barrier, ask in signs. Most of the people will help you.

• Avail local transportation while traveling – Hiring a car will not give you the real sense of the place. To get the actual flavor, avail local transportation. With this, you can save money as well as experience the place from close quarters. You can also interact with the commoners via the journey.

• Keep money and valuables in a safe place – At the first place, it is recommended not to carry any kinds of valuables on the trip. However, you will carry some cash for sure. Keep it hidden in some safe place or even better carry it with you. Just don’t keep on checking that to draw public attention.

• Enjoy local foods, drinks and culture – Now that you are on a vacation, you will not get everything like home. Try various kinds of local foods and drinks. Try food stalls that sell authentic and fresh local food. Such foods are fresh and cheaper when compared to foods in big restaurants.

These are some very basic tips for first time travelers. Once you gain the confidence after first time traveling, things will become simpler for you in future!

Delightful Family Holidays in Dorset

Adventure WonderlandOne of the most popular vacations is Dorset holidays. Dorset is a county in the South West part of England. To make sure you have a truly enjoyable vacation, book at one of the Dorset holiday cottages. You can choose from a variety of Dorset holiday cottages during your Dorset holidays. There are all sizes and types of Dorset holiday cottages which can accommodate both small and big families. These cottages are located right near the popular tourist attractions in Dorset. Here are some places you can go together with your whole family during your holidays in Dorset.

Nothe Fort

If you stay at the luxurious Dorset holiday cottages, it will be easy for you to go to Nothe Fort. This fort dates back to the 1800s and it was said to be built between 1860 and 1872. You will find the Nothe Fort right at the entrance of Weymouth Harbour. It gives you a delightful sweeping view of the surrounding areas which also includes the Jurassic Coast. There are three levels in the fort and an interesting maze of underground passages. You will also see many interesting displays here at Nothe Fort. Among them are the many massive guns displayed at the fort. There are also some programs that you can watch which feature the history of the fort. You can watch it at the cinema areas. The Nothe Fort is one of the biggest crowd-drawers in Dorset so it would be a good idea to plan a trip to the fort especially when you are with your family on your holidays in Dorset.

Christchurch Priory Church

The Christchurch Priory Church is a great place to go and is one of the must-visit sites during your holidays in Dorset together with your whole family. The church is just within close distance to your Dorset holiday cottages. The Church is said to date back to 800 A.D. but its current building was constructed in 1094 and used as a place for prayer and pilgrimage. You will be awed during your visit to this church. There is also a museum called the St. Michael’s Loft which was built in the 15th century. Here you will see many interesting items on display. The church is a good place to visit after you have visited all the other major attractions before heading back to your Dorset holiday cottages.

Be Amazed at Adventure Wonderland

Adventure Wonderland is an interesting theme park that is a great place to go together with your family. Here at Adventure Wonderland is Be Amazed. It is the third largest maze in the whole UK and is one of the greatest attractions of Dorset. The maze has 5200 bushes and is a total of 1.75 miles. This will not only exercise your feet but your mind as well. There are many clues in the maze that you have to guess in order to get out of it. At the end of this adventure, you can return to the comforts of your luxurious holiday cottages.

Minnesota Zoo Review

Minnesota Zoo ReviewThe Minnesota zoo is a favorite family activity for many local families and now there are several new exhibits as well as a completely remade entrance area. These new exhibits include penguins and Dr. Suess. The Minnesota Zoo is located in Apple Valley on almost 500 acres of land. This attraction is a fun and educational destination for the whole family any time of year. Open 363 days of the year the zoo has indoor exhibits as well as outdoor trails.

Currently the zoo is home to a series of bronze sculpture celebrating the life and writing of Dr. Seuss. These sculptures are a lot of fun to see and worth taking a picture. The new penguin exhibit is also open. Only a few steps away from the new south entrance these creatures are easily viewed in their new enclosure.

Indoor Exhibits

There are two main exhibits that are completely inside. The tropics trail, which has recently undergone some updating, and the aquarium exhibit where the dolphins are on display and scheduled dolphin shows occur daily. The Minnesota trail is covered for the entire trail, but sections are open to the wind and cold so this trail is not truly a winter trail unless everyone is wearing their coats. The tropics trail has such animals as the lemur, komodo dragon and a tropical reef where many colored fish are on display. The fish are fed at least once a day and the show is worth seeing if you can get a good seat. Check the times for daily feeding upon arrival at the zoo.

The aquarium exhibit has a tide pool where kids and adults can touch starfish and other tidal creatures. There is also a large shallow pool with leopard sharks and rays that people can touch. Beware the water is very cold and salty so it is important to wash hands when finished. There are sinks available next to these exhibits. There is also a large reef viewing area where spectators can see sharks, fish and other marine animals. See if you can find the sea turtle as it swims slowly around the back of the pool.

Outdoor Exhibits

There are many animals to see on the outdoor trails and at the Wells Fargo Family farm. The Russian trail has sea otters, grizzly bears and a dinosaur play area for kids. The northern trail has tigers, wolves, and two outdoor playgrounds. There is a third play area inside the grain silo on the way to the farm. This is a great place to get inside out of the heat or the rain. The paths are wide and paved with animal information displayed next to each habitat.

The Wells Fargo Family Farm can be reached either by walking or by taking a short ride on a tractor pulled trailer. The farm has the usual animals expected, pigs, horses, cows and chickens. Seasonally there are also bunnies. The farm has picnic areas and its own snack store. There are milking demonstrations daily as well as an area where kids can feed goats and sheep. The goats can be very aggressive when trying to get at the provided food so it may be a good idea to stand outside the fence to feed them when children are young. There are also brushes available to brush the animals, though they may not stand still for it if there are others with food to give. The chicken house also has a small play area inside as well as an incubator where eggs are hatched regularly. The farm exhibit is a great way to introduce kids to the source of their food.

There is one more seasonal exhibit that is actually a play area for the kids. In the central plaza just outside the entrance to the Russia trail are giant water fountains that spray water down over a large circular area. Kids can play in this and get completely soaked. It is a good idea to bring a change of clothing or a swimming suit for the kids to change into if they want to play here. There are bathrooms nearby so it isn’t hard to change quickly and let them have some fun. The water is not on all year so visitors in late fall through early spring don’t have to worry about trying to keep their kids dry, but summer visitors should be prepared.

It is a good idea to read through the pamphlet of information received upon entering the zoo. This sheet will have information on daily shows and any special events that may be happening at the zoo. The zoo is a popular place to visit and crowds may be thick. If possible it is best to visit in the morning before others arrive. I highly recommend this attraction as a family favorite. Kids and parents will want to return again.

Tips and Tricks for the Minnesota Zoo

1. Bring your own snacks and food – the onsite vending is good, but expensive.

2. Bring a change of clothes for the kids after they play in the water fountains

3. Bring change to purchase goat food at the farm to feed the goats

4. Watch for the small star signs along the trails. These are part of the Dr. Suess scavenger hunt.

5. Plan to spend some time at one or more of the play areas. There are two main playgrounds in addition to the large water play area

6. Ride to the Farm area. In the summer the cart is pulled by two horses who live at the farm.

7. Visit early in the day or late in the afternoon. This helps avoid crowds and is when the animals are most active.

8. Bring a stroller for younger kids. The zoo is large enough they may tire before the day is over.

9. Visit the grain silo on the way to the farm. There is a large indoor climbing structure for kids to play on and it is air conditioned.

10. Watch for employees standing next to carts. These often have live animals or other interactive displays for kids to get up close and explore.

11. Visit the new and improved toddler play area next to the penguin exhibit. This is part of the newly completed area and is designed for kids aged 1 to 3 years.

12. If you plan on attending the zoo more than once or twice a year consider getting a family membership. This eliminates the parking fee, gives discounts at stores and will pay for itself in three visits.

Use these tips to make your next visit to the Minnesota Zoo more fun for everyone.