Vacation Packages: Pros and Cons

Are you involvement in taking a trip or a holiday soon? If you are, will you ought to book reservations on an airplane? In the event you will, you will find that you have numerous various booking options. One of those choices, which typically comes highly rated and recommended, involves making your travel arrangements in the form of a vacation package.

Even though vacation packages do come extremely rated and recommend, for probably the most component, many travelers are still uncertain about buying them. This is most frequently the case with initial time travelers. Many are unsure if vacation holidays are really in their best interest. When attempting to determine if booking your next travel arrangements in the form of a holiday package is really a good concept, you will want to examine the advantages and disadvantages of doing so.

As for the pros or plus sides to booking your travel arrangements within the form of a vacation package, you’ll discover that there are a lot of them. One of those plus sides is that vacation packages are easy to find, particularly online. Vacation holidays are most commonly provided for sale via online travel web sites. These on-line travel web sites may be discovered with an average web search. On-line travel websites are sites that allow you to compare airfare, hotel accommodations, and automobile rental reservations. Utilizing on-line travel internet sites, to book a holiday or even just airline reservations, has a entire set of advantages by itself.

An extra pro or plus side to booking your next travel plans within the form of a holiday package is the cash that you may be in a position to save. While you will discover no guarantees, consumers are usually rewarded for making all of their travel arrangements at once. This is neat, as numerous travelers already really feel rewarded simply because of the time they’re able to save by booking all of their travel arrangements at once. As for saved cash, the discount that you will acquire will all depend on the vacation package that you are buying, as well as who you are making that buy from. Whether you receive a $5 discount or a $50 discount, you may be pleased with the savings.

Another 1 of the many reasons why vacation holidays come extremely rated and suggest is because they come in numerous different formats. In spite of what your travel needs are, you ought to be able to find a vacation package that will accommodate to you and your requirements. As an example, do you should book a flight, make reservations at a hotel, and reserve a automobile rental? If so, you can to do so. On the other hand, if you only have to book a flight and rent a car, you can still discover vacation packages that allow you to do so. Although most main online travel websites will only incorporates motel, hotels, and vacation resorts in vacation packages, you will see specialty travel sites out there that concentrate on other lodging options, like holiday homes.

Although there are numerous pros or plus sides to booking your travel arrangements as a vacation package, it’s also important to note that there are several downsides to doing so as well. Two of those downsides are the restrictions that you could be confronted with, as well as the fact that you’re not bound to acquire any discounts, although most will offer them. As for the restrictions that you might be confronted with, not all cities and towns in the United States have accommodations which are required for vacation holidays, like a automobile rental company or a hotel. With that said, most may be found nearby.

As you can see, you will find both numerous pros and cons to making your travel arrangements in the form of a vacation package. What you’re encouraged to do is take these above mentioned pros and cons and apply them to your own personal wants and requirements.

The Best Sleeve for the Macbook Pro

There are plenty of reasons to use a sleeve as the primary protection for a Macbook Pro. A good sleeve can protect a laptop from damage against drops and dings far better than a hard case or shell. If you are someone who is often on the go a sleeve may be the perfect choice for you but before you go buying the first sleeve you see be aware that they are not all created equal. Some sleeves offer little to no protection.

Of the thousands of sleeves to choose from the G-Form Extreme Sleeve is one that soars above the competition. The G-Form company has designed a material which uses Reactive Protection Technology to absorb impacts better than any other material on the market. This material absorbs 90% of the energy of the impact. Other materials capable of this, such as Kevlar, are hard, course, and heavy. Surprisingly the G-Form material is lightweight and flexible. It’s portability makes it the perfect travel companion.

The creators of the Extreme Sleeve are so confident in their technology that they have filmed several destruction tests. In a direct impact tests a 12-pound bowling ball is dropped onto a Macbook Pro which is tucked inside the sleeve. In spite of the force involved there is no damage done to the laptop. In another demonstration the owner’s Macbook is hurdled off a second story balcony crashing onto the pavement below. Again, the laptop powers up without issue.

Though the folks at G-Form say that they will not be held responsible to damages inflicted to electronics due to negligence they do back their products with a one year manufacture warranty. This warranty covers any problems which may occur to the case itself but does not cover a replacement of the laptop itself. So I would not advise anyone to throw their MacBook off the top of a building. Even though there may not be a case more suited for such a reckless task, I would still not advise such an activity.

The Extreme Sleeve for the MacBook Pro is currently available in two colors; black and yellow. The case has a unique armor look from its rugged design making it very eye catching. A zipper on the top or side of the case, depending on the model, allows a MacBook to slide inside while remaining secure and snug. While in the sleeve the MacBook can then be carried by hand or tossed into a backpack or luggage for easy travel.

There are many sleeves on the market but non protect as well as the G-Form Extreme Sleeve. As the destruction tests show this is the best protection for your MacBook Pro. If you travel frequently or are constantly on the go the Extreme sleeve could be a life saver!

Business Travel Agents Tips: Things to Know About Flight Delay Compensation

You arrive at the airport, your flight is delayed or even cancelled? Flight delay compensation is an important topic travellers should know about, especially when it comes to business travel. Whether it is due to bad weather such as snow, a security alert or a strike, there are many reasons for flight delays and cancellations. But whatever the reason, it means you have to stay involuntarily longer at the airport before you can travel to your destination or back home. Plus, you may be entitled to flight delay compensation or a refund. Here are some important rules helping you to make sure you are not left out of pocket and make the most of the involuntarily gained extra time.

1. Know your rights

From getting refunded for all your food and drink expenses to getting a hotel or some alternative transportation, you should know what you are entitled to. So, if your flight is cancelled or heavily delayed, you’re protected by the Denied Boarding Regulation (EU rule 261/2004 and repealing regulation (EEC) No 295/91). Unless ‘extraordinary circumstances’ apply, you can claim a financial flight delay compensation for cancelled or heavily delayed flights totalling:

€250 (£210) for inter-EU flights of 930 miles or less

€400 (£330) for flights between 930 and 1,860 miles

€600 (£500) for other journeys (long-haul flights)

It applies for EU flights, which includes any flights leaving from or arriving at an EU airport with an EU-based airline. Plus, your compensation may be reduced by 50% depending on flight distance and the ultimate arrival time. This means the reduced compensation applies to short haul flights within two hours, to medium haul flights within three hours and to long haul flights within four hours. But remember, flight delay compensation is only applicable if it is the airline’s fault (i.e. no act of God applies, such as natural catastrophes, incl. earth quakes, volcanoes or bad weather or political unrest). To claim flight delay compensation simply write to your airline stating the flight number, date, length of delay and reason for the claim. Sometimes airlines try offering you vouchers as flight delay compensation, but you don’t have to accept them and can ask for a cash refund instead. If your airline refuses to compensate you, contact the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) for support and advice. Note, technical faults, unless they result from events which, by their nature or origin, are not part of the normal exercise of the airline, do not count as extraordinary circumstances.

Your right to reimbursement comes into play, if the delay is a minimum of five hours. You should get a reimbursement within seven days, for the cost of the flight ticket, the part of the trip not travelled and the parts already travelled, provided they are then useless. Where applicable, you may be even entitled to the earliest possible return flight to your departure destination or rerouting along with a refund.

During the travel disruption you should receive assistance from your airline, including food, drinks, two free telephone calls, faxes or emails, as well as accommodation and transport transfers to and from the hotel – where applicable. This is regardless of the reason for the delay/cancellation.

2. Networking

It’s always good to make friends, so why not use the downtime for extending your network. Try to see the positive of dealing with flight delays. Seen from a practical level, you may be able to share costs, e.g. for a taxi into town. Also being friendly towards the airport staff may prove helpful. Especially in these kinds of situations they encounter a lot of stressed and unfriendly customers, although the delay/cancellation is none of their personal fault. If you are friendly they are much more likely to help you, maybe even give you some extra advice.

3. Gate-crash the airport lounges

Those of you flying Business Class or being members of corporate airline loyalty or frequent flyer schemes will already be in the VIP lounge enjoying a nice drink and peanuts. It’s a far quieter and relaxed environment. This may be the best option when having to wait for a delayed flight. But if you are neither flying business class, nor a member of a loyalty scheme, be advised that in some cases these lounges are not exclusive and you may be able to access them for a fee of around £20. This could be much cheaper than getting your food and drink from an airport bar.

Furthermore, desk agents in these lounges are often authorised to make fast, last-minute reservations’ changes and there are usually far fewer people ahead of you in the queue. At least you can enjoy the Wi-Fi and free snacks (or booze!) while you have to wait. In the case of a flight cancellation or major delay, and you are at the airport immediately contact the airline you are travelling with. To change the ticket and get advice on the available options, it is best to go to your airline’s ticket desk, as soon as possible. Your business travel management company should continually provide pro-active telephone support throughout, as Flightline Travel does.

What are your top tips for dealing with flight delays and cancellations?

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Stay Healthy While Traveling

Warning – this could happen to YOU! Poor sick Warren!! He’s our friend from Australia and was traveling all over the US for two months. When he was in Santa Monica, he became so violently ill that he had to go to the hospital. Doctors gave Warren antibiotics to treat salmonella poisoning. For two days Warren couldn’t lift his head off his pillow without the room spinning. The bed and bathroom were the only places he visited. Obviously the medication was not working.

Warren suddenly remembered how well our fermented probiotic liquids worked to kill bad bacteria. Desperate, Warren called up begging me to bring him some Pro-Belly-Otic ASAP. His favorite is Lime-Mint, but he hadn’t been drinking any of our products on this trip. As soon as he got the Pro-Belly-Otic, Warren drank half of a 500ml bottle and within half an hour the room stopped spinning. Warren was so happy to be feeling better that he drank the second half of the bottle, and within two hours, he felt human again.

Now this is an excessive amount of Pro-Belly-Otic to take, and is NOT the usual recommended 1-2 ounces per serving. The point is – Warren had already been to the hospital AND been on antibiotics, and still felt shitty – literally and figuratively. He was stuck in a hotel room and wanted to get on with his trip.

The three other people with Warren did not get as sick, but definitely had bowel issues as well. When Warren was leaving the hotel he told the clerk how ill he had been. Guess what he found out? About one third of the people in the hotel had come down with something too. Who knows – was it from the buffet breakfast or a local restaurant? We’ll never know.

Warren is now going to carry bottles of Pro-Belly-Otic with him whenever he is traveling. He doesn’t want this to happen again. It’s not easy to eat healthy on the road. Sometimes it’s fast food on the go, or overly rich dinners and desserts. The bad bacteria in your gut love to feed on these sugary and processed foods. They can outnumber the good bacteria in your gut pretty quickly. Warren is a good example. He had not had our Pro-Belly-Otic for over a month and his gut was already back on the road to imbalance with bad bacteria leading the pack. If you’re like Warren, with the bad bacteria out numbering the good in your gut – BEWARE. If you get salmonella or e.coli on vacation, there may not be enough good bacteria to fight them off. Fermented Probiotic foods help keep the good bacteria going so they can fight the bad bacteria.

So remember to pack a few bottles of Pro-Belly-Otic along with those extra clean undies in your suitcase. No one deserves to spend his or her vacation in the bathroom.