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Perk Up Your Holidays With Fiji Tour Packages

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Planning a perfect getaway can sometimes be a very demanding task.  You have to make sure everything gets done — from packing up your clothes to booking flights online and looking for great accommodation.  You also need to sort other things like vehicle hire and travel insurance. Organizing everything can be quite overwhelming. Thus, stress starts to sink in even before the journey has begun.

However, the existence of package tours takes all the stress away and makes holiday preparations convenient.  There are already a variety of package tours available that delight many travelers.

When in Fiji, why not avail of a package tour so you and your friends can indulge, relax and have a well-earned vacation? If you’re still on the fence about it, then read on and discover why tour packages work.

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A Stress-free Vacation  

Want to take the hassle out of planning your itinerary, booking a hotel and getting affordable flights? Be stress free, avoid the burdens of tour preparations and settle for tour arrangements. The booking staff and tour operators will take care of all your needs. Just pay your travel fees and you and your buddies are on the way to a great holiday adventure.

Save More and Enjoy!

Probably the biggest benefit to travel packages is cost saving. Worry less on spending lots on airfares, hotel tariffs, entrance fees to breathtaking spots and other recreational activities. The bigger your group, the more you will be assured of paying a lower cost.  Hence, ease your budget concerns for you will absolutely save more!

Have Plenty of Options

Choosing from plenty of tour options is one big advantage of tour arrangements. Package tours come with different inclusions so choose one that suit you and your friends’ needs to maximize payment. You can also negotiate with the tour operator if there are certain activities and tourist spots you want to include. With fun-filled Fiji holiday packages, you may even have the chance to visit places unknown to many and tread on a road less travelled by some.

Guarantee a Safe Trip

Since there are plenty of awesome things to do in Fiji,it is best not to compromise your safety. With a package tour, the staff will do everything to assist you in any way possible. They will give tips and guidelines on what to bring for different activities and guarantee a safe journey for you.

Delivers Great Service

The great thing about a package tour is getting the finest service. Get the best out of your money and enjoy the delights of bathing in the swimming pool, having a comforting spa and sauna, relaxing with a good cocktail in hand while watching the sunset and using other hotel facilities. With fantastic Fiji holiday deals, be assured that your escapade is worth remembering.

Fiji is one exciting holiday destination that attracts tourists from different parts of the world. If you seek thrill, fun and adventure, avail of Fiji package tours and make your travel unforgettable. Who knows, this may turn out to be a trip of a lifetime.

DebraBy Debra Wright who enjoys a multi-hyphenated identity. She is an online marketing specialist, writer, cat lover, and aspiring cupcake critic. Wright’s articles about traveling draws on her passion for learning and dedication to share her discoveries to others. Get updated on what she’s discovering now @debrawrites

5 Of The Biggest And Best Beer Festivals From Around The World

Many countries will have a national drink and many of them will be alcoholic. When it comes to beer it is often the Germans and Danes who first spring to mind, but there are plenty of other countries who both produce and celebrate beer.

Hamburg Beer Festival

Hamburg holds their beer festival for a month through most of November and a small part of December. As well as the beer there is a fun fair so it is the sort of place that children can attend at least early on in the evening. There is live music and the rides are thrilling though a bit risky if ridden AFTER time spent in the beer tent. If the tent is full there are plenty of other bars and pubs although many are on the Reeperbahn. This is the area many people decamp to once the Dom closes for the night.

Norfolk

The main festival is held in the summer and the big advantage here is that the people who are serving are able to give information about the beer. The event takes place in Town Point Park in Downtown Norfolk and it is a good idea to book in advance as it is cheaper than paying on the door. Fortunately there is food available so you will not be beer testing on an empty stomach and it is worth paying extra to get a pitcher as the queues can be long and the time in line will be wasted if you can’t have a drink.

CAMRA, London, Action

CAMRA is an organization that is loyal to real ale – the acronym is the Campaign for Real Ale and the beer festivals they hold will have products not found in many supermarkets. Rather than just one large festival they tend to have smaller gatherings across the United Kingdom and attendees can try the likes of Alligator Ale, Blue Sky Drinking and Black Chocolate Stout. There is a main festival that is held in August and is in London and this is where all the brewers gather to find out who has won the Real Ale of The Year Award..

Mondial de la Biere Montreal

Canada hosts a number of beer festivals and this is the biggest. It does not just showcase Canadian beer but attracts brewers from around the world. You can attend workshops that are held by staff from the beer school and while some products are just for restaurants, many will be for universal sale.

Bitter and Twisted International Boutique Beer Festival – Maitland

This is the one festival where you start the evening in jail – or at least a former maximum security jail. There is food provided as well as entertainment and with 50 beers from around the world, it can end up being a long night inside.

Beer festivals are meant to be places where people sample beers and as long as this happens in moderation it is fine. It will be best to find out the strength of each one you test as even a few small samples can add up and leaving you a little worse for wear the next day.

This article is authored by Patrick Armstrong, a travel blogger. He shares travel tips and advice through his posts. He says you can know more about the recent events in Norfolk, VA by visiting their website.

Best Advice For Women Traveling Alone

Woman traveling aloneIt has to be said that any woman wanting to travel on her own is certainly entitled to do so and will probably be already well-aware of the pitfalls and perils that lie in wait out on the open road.

A woman on her own is twice as likely to get approached in a bar and even a restaurant so in order to ensure traveling isn’t an ordeal then paying heed to a few tried and tested tips is obviously best practice.

Below are just 5 pearls of wisdom that will no doubt stand any solo female traveler in good stead and all that’s left to say is best of luck and fortune favors the brave – you can do this!

Carry an alarm

There’s no need to beat around the bush and if you’re packing the sort of alarm that’s going to ring out and put the fear of god into an attacker then do not be afraid to carry and use it. Best advice is to carry an alarm that still transmits noise even when dropped and carrying 2 is certainly a sensible option. Stick to crowded areas and try to avoid secluded, shady spots off the beaten track but if you just have to then make sure your alarm is working, in reach and carried at all times.

Learn the lingo

It may sound like your being pestered or even that your getting some abuse but if you don’t know what a local is saying then you may not be able to react until it’s too late. Get yourself a phrase book and spend some time reading over likely gestures and shouts that may just be related to cultural nuances. With internet learning a foreign language became so much easier. Also, in some countries knowing religious and cultural traditions expected of women will give you enough knowledge to adapt and fit in whilst respecting the norms and rules.

Read the signs

Putting yourself into a situation where you’re not sure of what’s going on is definitely not advisable if you’re a woman traveling alone. Being able to read body language and understand when a situation is starting to turn uncomfortable is exactly what you should teach yourself to do if you want to stay safe and getting a book on non-verbal communication is a great idea before you set off on your travels.

Play it safe

If in doubt, get right out and from avoiding too much alcohol to going to places that are far away from your hostel or hotel, if you don’t feel safe then do something about it. Traveling alone as a woman is one of the most liberating and exciting things that you can do just make sure you play it safe to ensure your trip is truly memorable for all the right reasons. Keep in touch with those back home and always make sure you keep your wits and alarm about you at all times.

Stay with a group

Being comfortable within your own skin is an amazing feeling and if you like to simply read, photograph or walk on your own then you’re going to have an amazing time away from home. Of course, just because you’re traveling alone doesn’t mean that you can’t meet anyone else and from couples to other single female travelers, there are plenty of positives about making new friends. Staying with a group or even undertaking an organized small group tour are both great for feeling secure and meeting new people but with the added bonus of if you get bored you can always escape and continue to travel as you wish.

Chris has been traveling on his own many times and has been truly encouraged and motivated by the strength and the happiness that comes from meeting a female counterpart.

How Lost Luggage Is Traced

Travelers at the Airport rolling luggageBaggage check-in is, inescapably, one of the most time-consuming and frustrating elements of taking any flight. No matter how hard airline staff and those of other carriers work to streamline the process, it’s impossible to eliminate the manual element of the passenger having to hand the items which they wish to be placed in the hold of their plane to a member of their airline’s staff, and for it to be logged into their computer system and given a unique code which, in theory, ensures that it travels on the right plane, and is ready to be collected at its destination when the passenger arrives.

Items getting lost in transit happens relatively rarely. For example, according to the American Department of Transportation, 7.25 bags in every 1,000 didn’t reach their destination at the first attempt in the first nine months of 2007. Worldwide, that figure is more than double that, at 18 bags per 1,000 not getting through first time, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

With nearly two-thirds of those losses occurring when a passenger’s route involves changing between planes, it’s clear that this – and specifically, a lack of time between connecting flights – is the single biggest contributory factor to luggage going astray.

Why Do Bags Go Missing?

Transfers account for the greatest proportion of luggage mishandling.

  • Misconnected at flight transfer point (52%)
  • Failure to load (16%)
  • Ticketing error/bag switch/security/other (13%)
  • Loading/offloading error (7%)
  • Airport/customs/weather/space-weight restriction (6%)
  • Arrival station mishandling (3%)
  • Tagging error (3%)

Automated ticketing systems for baggage

Automated ticketing systems for bagging, which see a unique ticket being printed out and attached to each bag as it is checked in, should, in theory, go a long way towards eliminating lost baggage. And the truth is that they certainly play a role in tracing a bag which ends up on the wrong carousel or trolley on its journey. One way of trying to eliminate this is to ensure that the tag on your bag contains the details of your correct flight. Where staff from the airline operating your flight also hand the check-in procedure there is less risk of this happening, but at some airports this is in the hands of their own staff, so it pays to be wary in these instances.

Multiple tracing factors for luggage

Lost luggage is most usually traced through a combination of the information contained on the tag issued when it is checked in, and the unfortunate passenger’s description of it as given to the airline. This is why you will see many seasoned travelers toting luggage which has clearly seen better days. They know that, to begin with, their bags will be less attractive to anyone who might be tempted to make it ‘go missing’ in transit, but also that it is more easily spotted by them in the hurly-burly of baggage reclaim areas.

So any airline or bagging handling company’s attempt to trace a lost item will be helped greatly if they are given an accurate and detailed description of the bag or case, because if computer systems have failed to turn up the missing bag, then it will be down to the initiative and observation of the airline and baggage handling company’s staff themselves to locate it.

Human elements

Checking-in baggage is, to a large degree, a mechanical process, but with human elements which also add to the risk of something going wrong. Recovering lost luggage is similar, but in reverse, with the electronic records issued when a bag is checked in being examined manually to try to find clues as to where the item has finished up.

So there are a few handy pieces of advice which all travellers should follow to minimise the risk of their bags going astray. Foremost is to place a tag with your name, address and phone number inside every piece of luggage, as this will help in an instance when a luggage tag has gone missing. Also, airport x-ray machines can easily detect items which look suspicious, but aren’t at all, such as an alarm clock. Finally, you can never have too many labels or other unique identifiers on your luggage, and the more you can tell the airline and baggage handling staff about if your case goes missing, the better chance they have of ensuring a happy reunion.

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Hayley Spring is a freelance travel blogger who highly recommends Left Baggage for sourcing and tracking any lost or delayed luggage

Secrets Of Getting Amazing Florida Flight Deals

Secret Florida Flight deals

If you’re planning on going to Florida for a vacation, it only makes sense to try to get the cheapest flight possible so you’ll have extra cash for having fun in the sun. Luckily, there are a number of little-known tips and tricks for saving money on flights. Knowing how and when you should book your flight to Florida will mean your wallet will also get a little vacation.

Fly in February

After the end-of-year holidays, everyone is tired of traveling and spending money. Airlines know this. The best time for Florida - January, FebruaryTo encourage people to book flights during January and February, prices are dropped significantly during these months. This airline formula works out especially well for travelers planning to go to Florida as these months are notorious for being the most popular months to escape the snow and cold and head to the warmer south. Plan your Florida vacation in January or February to get a much-needed break from the chill, and for far less money than you’d expect to spend.

Buy and Fly on a Tuesday

Fly on tuesday, wednesday, saturday

If you’re flexible with exactly when you can leave and return, you’ll be able to find the best flight deals. Flying is significantly cheaper when you hit the skies on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday. Fridays and Sundays are both the busiest and most expensive days to fly. If you’re able to fly on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday, you’ll pay less money and get to deal with less hectic airports, which is a great way to start and end a vacation.

As for buying your tickets, airlines release their best deals on Tuesdays at 3pm. Many discounted flights can be found at this time, but you’ll have to buy fast. These cheaper tickets are usually pulled from sale on Thursday.

Sign up for Email Alerts

AirFareWatchDog’s fare alerts and email newsletter is an excellent resource for finding great airline prices and deals that leave from your home airport. It isn’t unheard of for flights to Florida that cost $100 or less to be advertised through this system. Signing up for these alerts will let you know when the cheapest prices on flights to Florida are available for you to snag while they last.

Shop Around

When it comes to finding flight deals online, there are a ton of websites offering price discounts and you should be exploring as many of them as possible. Fare Compare is a great resource for finding the best rates from a number of different websites. You can enter your travel requirements and preferences and Fare Compare will compare flights and return the lowest rates available. Never look at just one website or you’re missing out on finding a great deal that someone else may be offering.

Use Social Media

Follow a number of airlines on Twitter and Facebook and regularly check tweets and posts that the airlines are publishing. Great flight deals are typically offered through social media sites for very short periods of time and only to followers. You never know when you’ll find a fantastically low price on a flight to Florida just by checking your news feeds.

By being a smart flight shopper and utilizing the secrets of the airline industries you’ll be able to get a good flight for the lowest fare possible and have extra money to spend on more important and memorable aspects of your Florida vacation.

Sara Pegarella is a freelance writer located in Philadelphia, PA. She is a frequent contributor to Vacation Rental Pros.

Fully Experience The Rio De Janeiro Carnival – A Beginner’s Guide

Rio de Janeiro Carnival

You are about to venture into the world of the amazing Rio Carnival…great choice! It will most likely be an experience you will never forget. However, unforgettable experiences aren’t always a good thing, right? So, if you are a Carnival “beginner”, you will want to be armed with as much information on this major event as possible to get the most out of your trip.

I am going to share some basic information for people who have never been to the festival. But, I also recommend that you read up on it further to gather some of the massive amounts of information available. The more you know about it ahead of time, the better equipped you will be to take it all in and enjoy.

Out of the many Brazilian festivals and carnivals, the Rio Carnival is by far the most authentic and intoxicating. After all, Rio is notorious as the Carnival Capital of the World. Mark your calendar…February 28 – March 5, 2014…for a truly unforgettable event!

In the Beginning…

You will find multiple theories on how Carnival actually began, including tales of pagan celebrations in Rome from ancient times. However, Carnival Balls grew in popularity in Rio de Janeiro back in the 19th century, with the Municipal Theater and Copacabana Palace Hotel as the hosts. Afro Brazilian dance and culture became a strong influence with samba taking lead in the Samba Parades, starting in the 1930’s.

Rio boasts a wonderful blend of ethnicity like no other region in the world, which makes this festival an amazing experience. The diversity of culture is evident as you take in the uniqueness of Rio’s Carnival.

Where to Stay

While you can experience Carnival in other areas of Brazil, the heart of it can be found in Rio de Janeiro. It might be intimidating to think of where to stay, if you have never been to Carnival, or even Rio. However, the majority of hotels in Rio will offer deals and packages during the festival.

All inclusive packages are readily available for the 6 nights the festival runs, which will often include airfare, as well as food and beverage. The list of great hotels to choose from is long with popular options such as Nahuel Huapi, Minas Colonial, Mercure Grand Hotel Internacional Foz, and Zona Sul which is located seaside.

Samba Schools and the Sambadrome

Rio Carnival SambadromePhoto by Sergio Luiz: licensed under the Creative Commons

There is plenty to do during Carnival, with many attractions and activities going on for the duration. Without a doubt, the main event is the held at the Sambadrome, located in the heart of downtown Rio. This is where the Samba Parade takes place…and should not be missed! The parade includes many samba dancers who are competing for their schools.

Porta Bandeira Flag Bearer

It won’t take long to figure out the crowd favorite of the parade…the Porta Bandeira. While women make up the majority of the parade, the Porta Bandeira, otherwise known as the flag bearer, is the show stopper with an amazing and ornate costume with feathers and sequins galore! You will see incredible samba dance moves as she continues through the parade.

She is not alone though, as the Mestre Sala is there as her “protector”, in an equally amazing costume. One key point to note is that Porta Bandeira is not allowed to let the flag touch the ground, or she will lose points in the competition for her school.

You will also see impressive floats, with beautiful women and costumes dancing the contagious samba steps to get the crowds going.

The city’s normal day to day activities pretty much come to a halt as soon as everybody starts arriving.

Four Nights of Competition

Rio De Janeiro Carnival competition

The competition continues for 4 nights of the festival. It begins with the opening ceremony on Friday, with the Mayor of Rio crowning King Momo. The evening then continues with a parade of children and kick starts the mood and tone of the entire festival. And then each of the samba schools will have 80 minutes of parade time, which makes for a spectacular show.

For the next few days you will experience music, theater, dance, and arts like you never have before. On Sunday and Monday, the top 12 samba schools will compete for the championship.

2014 List of Attractions and Events

There are many events and attractions to see while you are experiencing Rio’s Carnival. It’s nearly a week of never-ending action and fun. Take a look at what you will be able to see or partake in:

  • Samba Parades
  • Carnival Balls
  • Magic Ball
  • Rio Scala Balls
  • Samba Land
  • Samba School Nights
  • Street Parties
  • Street Bands
  • Sambodromo Rehearsals
  • Street Rehearsals
  • Samba City
  • Merry Making in Lapa

In fact, there is so much to see and do in Rio that I couldn’t possibly get into significant detail for everything without writing a book. I suggest you take the information above and research it further to see what you don’t want to miss. One thing’s for sure, it’s a party you will never forget!

Hopefully I gave you enough information to pique your interest in gathering more information to tailor your very own Rio Carnival experience!

This article was contributed by Rick Mercado. As a successful online marketer and author, Rick Mercado finds himself on the Internet multiple times a day. He takes advantage of that by gathering information for upcoming series, such as his Brazilian series when visiting Celebrate Brazil. Rick enjoys working from home, but can also be found at the local coffee house on his laptop. When he is not working, he is often outdoors in his hometown of Halifax, Nova Scotia, with his wife. In his downtime Rick loves hiking, kayaking, and hopes to become a helicopter pilot someday.

What Kind of Tourist You Are?

Luxury Whare Kea Lodge in Wanaka New Zealand

As we wrote in the past there are many types of tourists. We see them every time we travel; some are party animals, others are low key with a book-in-hand, soaking in the sun’s rays. Whatever type of tourist you should remember one thing:

All tourists are created equal

If you are not sure which genre of tourist you are; this article may shed lit on how to label yourself, and which destinations may be suited for you.

Action Tourist

Paragliders meetup in the air

When you picture yourself traveling to distant lands, do you see yourself jumping off a cliff into an ocean pool of crystal clear water? Or how about jumping off of an old Soviet plane with a parachute sewn by the pilot’s Baba. If so, you may just be the “Action Tourist”. Action Tourists love their adrenalin rush and have trouble understanding those under-the-radar travelers. To keep them satisfied; all that is needed, are a rope of some kind and the latest machinery for propulsion in that region. Recommended destinations for these Evel Knievels include: Mexico, Hawaii, Thailand, Spain and New Zealand.

Kodak Tourist

Do find yourself posting every vacation picture you ever had on Facebook? Have you ever traveled without a camera. Then you just might be our “Kodak Tourist”. Whether traveling for a day or a month, your camera flash card seems to be extensive enough to make a feature Disney film. But, don’t fret! There are many people like you, and they all seem to find their way back on Facebook, posting pictures that nobody even cares to look at. Recommended pictures…I mean…destinations include: Peru, Australia, Thailand, Saudia Arabia, China, France, Italy and Indonesia

Party Tourist

Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign

Traveling? What is traveling, I just want to party!

Doesn’t matter where you are, or who you’re with; your taste is simple -

Take me to the closest brewery, please!

The Party Tourist enjoys loud music, nightclubs and of course booze. These fun seekers are most compatible with our Action Tourist, because after a few drinks, they seem bold enough to follow suit. Party destinations include: Ibiza, Cracow, Rome, Bangkok, Beirut, Las Vegas, and Tokyo.

Historical Tourist

Ah, yes! History is not dead, because you strive to keep it alive. Of all our tourists, the Historical Tourist is our more scholarly candidate.

Historical landmarks all around the worldYou revel in telling your companions your knowledge of the local history. God gave you an encyclopedic mind, and boy do you use it! When you envision yourself traveling; you see yourself with a whip and satchel, Jones-ing around Asia with a map written in Sanskrit, trying to find the last relic of the Aryans. But remember this is far from the truth, most likely you’ll be just daydreaming somewhere in a museum. If you are this tourist type; I need not tell you where you should go, but for the sake of humour: Italy, Vatican City, France, China, India, Israel, Mexico, Egypt, Russia, Turkey, and Greece.

Note: Side effects of excessive traveling include culture shock, hangovers, illusions of grandeur, loss of travel insurance, monetary depletion, and addictions to air travel.

John is a travel writer who spends most of his time hopping from one country to another, hope you enjoyed his article!

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