How to take the stress out of traveling
Traveling can be really stressful. That's why travel and communications expert, David Cunningham has tips on how to take the stress out of traveling. By using these simple steps, you can design a great trip that leaves you peaceful and powerful to succeed and produce the results you desire.
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Cellphone travel tips
Program a cellphone contact with the letters ICE (In Case of Emergency) followed by the name and number of the person to contact in case of an emergency
Program in your destination numbers (airline, hotel and car rental company), so you'll have them handy in case you need them
Forget your room number or where you parked? Use your cellphone camera to snap a picture of your room number or your parking lot designation
Use your cellphone's alarm clock as a backup for your wake-up call
Use your cellphone display as a small flashlight in a pinch
Learn other technology travel tips.
What's in a place name?
The beginning or end of a place name often defines its setting, such as Montreal or Konigsberg — two designations that mean more or less the same thing in French and German, respectively. Some aren't as obvious. Can you identify the languages and meanings of the geographical prefixes/suffixes below?
a. German for natural barrier
b. Malay for forest
c. Arabic for sea
a. Portuguese for mountain range
b. Italian for plains
c. Swiss French for alp
Continue the quiz and find out the answers.
When to buy that plane ticket
The New York Times via CNBC
When is the best time to book that flight? Recent fare analysis by the Airlines Reporting Corporation seems to challenge the conventional wisdom that the earlier you book, the less expensive your fare will be. In January, the corporation, which processes ticket transactions for airlines and travel agencies, reported that over the past four years passengers paid the lowest price for domestic flights when buying about six weeks in advance.
How to avoid getting ripped off at the hotel
As summer vacation approaches, prime planning season is already here for the best bargains and room rates. That said, it can be easy to get the bad end of what appears to be a good deal if you rush through the booking process or don't know what you are doing. There are three tips every booking traveler, and particularly vacationers, should consider before going all in on a hotel.
How you could travel the world ... for free
Ever dreamed of traveling the world but don't have enough cash saved? The story of Michael Wigge may give you some hope. Wigge left his home in Germany and traveled more than 24,000 miles across 11 countries, all without a cent to his name.
The most beautiful Rio, Brazil, beaches
South America Travel
Rio de Janiero, Brazil, is known for many things: the Christ the Reedemer statue atop Corcovado Mountain, the breathtaking panoramas from Sugar Loaf Mountain, the sights and sounds of Rio Carnival, the Plataforma Samba Shows and exciting nightlife. But, quite possibly, the most famous thing of all is the Rio Brazil Beaches.
A guide to staying in hostels
First, understand hostels are not hotels. They require a level of self sufficiency. For most people who travel through hostels, the reason is primarily to save money. It is considerably cheaper than staying in a hotel. If your focus is on getting out and doing things and getting a real flavor for the place instead of being pampered in a luxury hotel, hostels are for you.
Disney's 'NextGen' plan is expected to cut wait times for rides and more
If you've ever been to Walt Disney World, you know that planning is key and long lines can just about ruin your trip. But imagine if you could book appointment times for your rides, meetings with Disney characters and other popular park attractions months before your vacation. This isn't some fantasy land, but part of a high-tech reality being introduced across Disney theme parks as part of a billion-dollar project dubbed "NextGen."
Renting a car? Beware of phantom toll charges
When you drive your rental car onto a modern boothless electronic-toll highway, you're likely to encounter a toll charge on your credit card statement and a nasty administrative fee from the rental company for its trouble. Phantom toll charges have been nickel-and-diming travelers a lot lately, as states, counties, cities and even airports opt for cost-saving e-toll systems.
Vacation packages are good deals for families
New York Daily News
With summer vacation fast approaching, planning ahead can mean money savings you can't ignore. Here's a sneak peek at some of the best warm-weather travel packages for families to place you well ahead of the game.
New confidentiality clauses can influence vacation rental reviews
There is a small but apparently growing group of vacation rental owners and management companies adding non-disparagement clauses to their contracts in an attempt to prevent travelers from posting "unauthorized" reviews of their experiences. Several property owners have said non-disparagement language is the only way owners can protect themselves from negative reviews.