Tips that Make Bus Tours Enjoyable

Posted on 18 June 2018 (0)

Bus tours provide an economical way to tour some places like Europe. That’s because large bus tour companies can book thousands of meals and rooms throughout the year. Accordingly a fellow friend I’ve met throughout my journeys, he says this comes with economic benefits that enable these companies to offer individual tourists great prices. But, to enjoy your bus tour, you need tips to guide you. Here are tips that will enable you to have a great time during your bus tour. If you care to reach to my buddy, feel free to visit his website at www.mtgutterssa.com

Be Informed

Great maps and guidebooks will give you travel freedom. You can also get travel information from the tourist information desk or from your hotel. If you reside in a hotel that is not within the city center, ask the hotelier to guide you so that you can arrive to the tourist information desk downtown safely. You can use a taxi to arrive there and get all the information you need to enjoy your bus tour.

Make it Your Trip

Priorities of a bus tour can make you forget your reason for traveling. It is therefore important that you always remind yourself why you decided to go on a bus tour. Make sure that you skip out once in a while to sightsee alone. Although your tour guide will warn you about getting lost, be independent. Nevertheless, make sure that you have the address to your hotel when doing so.

Choose Optional Excursions Wisely

Some activities that some tour companies include in their price are optional. Although there are many things that you can do alone, optional excursions and evening activities might provide a decent value. That’s particularly so when you consider the energy and time required to execute the planned logistics independently. However, you should not be pressured to be part of such excursions. Get information about optional excursions to make more informed choices.

Shop Wisely

When some people travel, they go on a long shopping spree. Bear in mind that some of the things that you shop during a bus tour include 10 to 20% kickback. It is imperative that you do comparison shopping. Avoid being rushed into making shopping decisions by anyone. Additionally, don’t reject the shopping tips provided by your tour guide. That’s because your guide has been to where you are severally and they know a time when a deal is good compared to other times.  

Basically, a bus tour can be a great experience if you know how to conduct yourself during the trip. Follow these tips to make your bus tour an enjoyable and memorable experience.

 

How to Plan a Big Trip

Posted on 12 July 2019 (0)

As the name suggests, planning big trips come with a series of unique requirements that can be quite hard to get around, especially if you haven’t done it before. However, that should not discourage you from going on a big trip. With a few pointers, you could easily create an ideal plan to make your big trip more enjoyable and memorable. Below are key guidelines for planning a big trip that you should keep in mind.

Decide on the Number of People to Travel with

Generally, a big trip involves multiple people, all of whom should be involved in every stage of the planning process. For convenience during planning, you should determine from the beginning, the specific number of people that will be accompanying you on the trip.

Choose a Destination and Attractions

After knowing the people who will be going on the trip with you, take time to pick a destination that appeals to all. Let each and every person give suggestions on suitable destinations then you can vote or choose one that interests all. In terms of attractions, pick some that you will visit together as well as unique ones that people can indulge in independently.

Settle on a Budget

Since you will be travelling with others over a long duration, you need a comprehensive budget. Based on the destination, aims of your trip and duration that you will spend on the road create a detailed budget that covers all your needs. The costs can be split amongst travelers to reduce the financial burden.

Create an Itinerary

Big trips are usually overwhelming and, it is easy to lose track of time and even things to do. The best way to avoiding this kind of confusion is by developing a clear itinerary that shows the specific dates of travel, things that you will be doing every day of the trip and other important details of the excursion.

Planning a big trip does not require magic or any prestigious degree. With the tips offered above and an open mind, you can easily put together a memorable adventure.

How Technology Helps Travel

Posted on 28 April 2019 (0)

Even with the busy lifestyles that most people live today, traveling has become a hobby that almost everyone wants to pursue. Statistics by the World Tourism Organization show an estimated 8.5 billion people will take international trips by 2030. And, one of the reasons for this is technology. Below are some of the main ways in which technology has contributed to the growth of travel.

Online bookings

Thanks to the internet and travel applications, travelers no longer have to go through all the hassles of long queues and printing tickets to get flights and accommodations. Through online bookings, you can now make reservations for any flight and hotel from the comfort of your home. Many airlines and hotels have lots of technological options that make travel more environmental friendly, affordable and efficient including, mobile check-ins, e-ticketing among others. Besides accommodation and transport, travelers can also book tours and events in various destinations across the world online.

Biometrics

In the past, people had to make long queues and stand for several hours to go through customs check at airport terminals. Besides just the time wastage, it was also not very effective and exhausting considering the huge traffic experienced in major airports. With biometric identification, travelers no longer have to undergo physical checks. Instead, they seamlessly walk through terminals with automated fingerprint and eye scanners, which is more secure, stress free and faster.

New Discoveries

Many people today rely on information from travel blogs, videos and other online resources for inspiration to travel. Quite a number of travelers have confessed to making their first trips after watching a documentary or reading about the destination from the internet. Technology has made it much easier and convenient for travelers to get adequate information about various destinations across the world, things to do when traveling, how to plan trips and other useful travel insights.

The contribution of technology to travel is hard to quantify but, the remarkable results are clearly evident in how it has made travelling much easier, convenient and cost effective.  

 

What You Should Know About Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts

Posted on 07 December 2018 (0)

The United States government issues travel warning and travel alerts to inform travelers about potential risks in destinations across the world. However, some travelers still do not take these issuances as important, which is quite sad. Below are the fundamentals of travel alerts and travel warnings that you should know.

Travel Alerts Are Basically Cautionary

Travel alerts are issued against events believed to last a short period of time in given destinations. While they do not necessarily mean you should not travel to those destinations, travel alerts provide information to enable you take precautions when planning the trip.

An example is the recent France Travel Alert that specifically tells travelers to be cautious about terrorist-related risks in tourist attraction sites, major transport terminals and events. Generally, travel alerts are worth considering so you know what to do if things get worse.

Consider an Alternative Destination in Case Of a Travel Warning

Travel warnings are also issued against countries just like alerts but, they result from issues that are considered potential threats that could last several months or years. Although the US government usually highlights the areas that pose greater risks to its citizens when issuing travel warnings, it is usually advisable to avoid the said destinations.

However, travel warnings also come with precautions on how travelers who may choose to visit even after the issuance of the warnings. For instance, the US government advises its citizens who may want to visit North Korea to coordinate with the Swedish embassy.

Get Additional Travel Advice from Other Countries

Travel alerts and travel warnings issued by the US government are mainly based on their independent analysis. Thus, it would be advisable that you also check with other countries. One of the best platforms to use for additional travel information is the European Commission Travel Advise website. This will help you make informed decisions when planning a trip overseas.

To some travelers, travel alerts and travel warnings instill unnecessary fear. However, they are integral to your safety while on the road and, should always be put into consideration.

 

Foods Not to Eat When Traveling

Posted on 29 June 2018 (0)

For most people, eating is generally part of the travel experience. However, eating comes with illness risk especially when the source of the consumed food has the potential to be contaminated. That’s why you should know things that you should not eat when you travel.

Tap Water

Contaminated water is among the leading illness causes for travelers and non-travelers. Pathogens that cause most travelers’ cholera, diarrhea, and rotavirus among other illnesses are spread through contaminated water. That’s why these illnesses affect travelers that visit places that have poor water storage hygiene and sanitation. It’s therefore important that you avoid drinking tap water when you travel. If you must drink tap water, conduct some research in advance to know whether there are water safety issues at your travel destination.

Ice

Pathogens make drinking tap water a risk. Freezing water does not kill pathogens. Therefore, ice comes with risk just like tap water. If your travel destination has unsafe water, do not consume ice. Realistically, you can’t tell where ice came from or how it was made when traveling. Therefore, unless you are certain that safe water was used to make ice, skip it. Also avoid ice-blended cocktails. When you crave for a cold drink, get a refrigerated bottled beer or canned soda.

Prepared Food

Whenever flies find their way into food, they cause contamination in unsavory ways. That’s because their legs have traces of what they have landed on recently including rotten trash and feces. That means they spread pathogens to everything that they land on. Street food and buffet is prone to these insects. Therefore, avoid prepared food especially when it is served outside. Ideally, avoid it completely whenever you travel.

If you must eat out when traveling, go for clean vegetables and fruits. Nevertheless, be careful to ensure that even the vegetables and fruits that you eat are cleaned with safe water.