Of course the employer pays for the bill for most business travel. But if you are in business for yourself or the employer isnt footing the bill, it is important to look for travel savings. If you are a recreational traveler, the tips outlined here will be of equal benefit to you.Foremost in trying to ensure travel savings is careful planning. Nothing expands the travel budget more than the unexpected. The choice of a hotel that is located near your destination can save money and all-important time during your trip. Another feature to look for when booking a hotel is a free airport shuttle service. This can save around $50 just getting from and returning to the airport. Also remember a taxi to the airport is expensive, if you dont have a spouse or friend with the time to drop you off and pick you up at the airport consider staying at an airport motel. Many motels at airport locations offer free parking for the length of your travel when you book a room. This is a method that saves both time and money.Car rentals are still a cost effective alternative to airport limos or taxis. An economy car rental may be the least expensive way to get from the airport and may also be the most efficient. Look for discounts and promotions that are offered by car rental companies, airlines and credit card companies as incentives. Your airline may offer a discount on a car rental from a partner company in conjunction with you airline ticket. Check your credit card, airline carrier and other sources for money saving travel deals.Just because this is a corporate style trip, you dont have to eat every meal in a restaurant. Getting deli takeout or a pizza for one night not only results in savings but also often give you much needed relaxation to concentration on your presentation. Your hotel will probably have a coffee maker and supplies. Bring along some breakfast bars and fruit to start the day off with a quiet breakfast in your room. Along with being kind to your budget, this way of starting your day will give you time for one more look at that presentation and notes of questions you need to ask.Use the Internet to compare flight prices to your destination and compare hotel rates. Making your own travel reservations can result in travel savings; many hotels and airlines offer additional discounts and specials for booking online. This also holds true for car rentals. Booking directly and making your plans yourself will also give you the peace of mind that comes from knowing your itinerary exactly. This allows you to choose travel at precisely the times that are convenient to you and direct flights. Any and all time spent waiting for a connection or killing time in-between flights is likely to cost you money. Time on your hands usually results in buying and consuming things you dont really want to pass the time. Doing a bit of work and careful planning will give you extra time to concentrate on the purpose for your business travel and end up in travel savings.
Have you thought about cheap holidays in Algarve, but thought you could not go without taking the family? A cheap holiday to Algarve is just what the family needs. Algarve is a breathtaking area with cliffs and beautiful sights of the bluest waters you have ever seen. You never have to worry about the weather, because when the rest of the European countries are cloudy and cooler, Algarve is warm and sunny. The seafood dinners are found everywhere and the hospitality is just superb. You will not find any other place where you can have it all and enjoy every minute of your vacation. Although the area is famous for its fishing villages just waiting for you to stop, you will enjoy the other attractions in the area as well. The Aquashow is spectacular to see and they have a wave pool for some family fun. You can visit the exhibits of birds and see some interesting show preformed by the birds. If you thing the wave pool was fun, wait until you visit the Slide and Splash. They have rides, slides and a childrens playground. The next stop might be the Aqualand water park. You have never experienced a water park like this before. It is a great time and the entire family will have fun on all the rides and water slides. One day you might decide to visit the Zoomarine, which offers shows and a funfair for visitors. The marine animals put on shows, you might see the seals or the sea lions perform right in front of you. The safari rides around the mountains are something everyone will enjoy. You never know what you will see or where you will see it. The kids like a true adventure just as much as the adults do and you will find it here. Take a boat trip with the family during the day and enjoy some evening fun of seafood, wine and some dancing and music traditional to the country. The restaurants put out great tasting foods and if you have a real adventurous side, you may even ride a donkey or take a donkey cart ride from you drop off point to the Algarvian Restaurant. Okay, riding a donkey might excite you, but a cart ride will relax you. After some peaceful nights in a glorious and elegant hotel, you will be ready to see the historical sites and maybe do some bird watching. Cheap holidays in Algarve should always include some historical adventures. You can take tours to some of the site with a stop for lunch, then onto the rest of the journey and back to the hotel. If you are into birds of unusual species, bird watching in Algarve will delight you. Ria Formosa is one place everyone enjoys for hiking and bird watching. You will have a great adventure and some great times when you plan your "cheap holidays" to Algarve. The entire family will have something to amuse them and keep them busy for the entire vacation.
Sometimes a vacation should really be a vacation.Often, we all get too enthusiastic about a vacation. We want to see all the sights, do all the shopping, get involved with everything and we forget to simply relax. Sea Isle City in Cape May County, New Jersey, is a perfect place to remember to relax. With a mile and a half of straight, deep beachfront, almost everything is right on the beach, including your perfect vacation rental homes. And Sea Isle City caters to vacationers, with plenty of restaurants and bars close to the promenade as well as arcades and shops for other things to do.But it's not all about the promenade, the beach, the relaxing. Cape May County is at the southern tip of New Jersey, easily accessible to the vibrant attractions of Atlantic City; if you stay in the right place, you may have access to shuttle service right to your doorstep. Whether you're into the sparkling nightlife and gambling of the house that Trump built or you prefer the pampering at one of the world-famous spas here, you can spend the day in Atlantic City and return to your comfortable vacation home retreat on the beach in Sea Isle City.Vacationing With KidsIf you have kids, you've fallen prey to it: the idea that the only great vacation with your children is one that involves a man in a mouse suit, or water slides, or video games and roller coasters. We don't seem to remember the simple pleasures anymore, or how simple children really are. When was the last time you had fun with an empty cardboard box? When you were a kid or when you were playing with your kids, of course.We put our kids under far too much stress these days. A Cape May County vacation on the beach will remind you that your children can entertain themselves. You can watch your kids racing the waves on the beach while you relax in the sun, or you can help them build a sand castle or bury their father in the sand.Beachcombing is a popular pastime in Sea Isle City; the wide flat beach is a magnet for shells and ocean debris of all sorts. What do you think about exploring the beaches in the morning with your kids, finding shells and ocean-weathered wood?Or you can take them down to see the lighthouse at Cape May Point, a classic tall white monument to life on the sea. In June, July, and August, festivals and dozens of kid-friendly events take place throughout Cape May County and on the promenade at Sea Isle City. You might be pleasantly surprised to find out who your kids are once they come out from behind the Gameboys and Ipods.
If you and your family are already bicycling enthusiasts, then I won't need to tell you how enjoyable biking is. But you might need some convincing on whether or not a car roof rack is a worth-while investment. So I'll get to you in a moment.But what about the rest of you? Why go biking?Quite simply, biking is a lot of fun. It's good exercise, it's clean transportation, and it's quiet. If you have young children they can ride behind you in kiddie seats, older children can have their own bikes, and even grandparents will be able to keep active with three-wheeled cycles as well. With all the outcry about the weight problems of the average American, it makes sense to get your kids involved in exercise early - and the fun exercise of biking might be just the ticket.There's a lot to be said for biking to and from your local store when you need a few groceries, or for your kids to bike to school or to a friend's house. But most cities have bike trails scattered throughout, or parks or places in the suburbs where you can get out and spend the entire day biking in the quiet retreat of the outdoors.And that's where the bike rack comes in.Sure, your bike might fit into you're the trunk of your car, or into the back of your SUV. But do you want to go to the effort of taking off the rear tires and working to make them fit in your spacious trunk? Do you want your SUV's upholstery stained with dirt or grease? Do you want to take the chance of scratching your car, or your bike, while hauling it in and out of the trunk?How much easier it is to acquire a car "roof rack" . It's easy to install on top of your car, and then it's just a question of lifting the bike into place so that the self-clamping clamps can do their thing. And when you're not using the rack to carry your bikes, most of them are adjustable so you can carry skies,Do you have bad memories of roof-racks of the past? Well, technology has marched onward, and so has the quality of today's roof racks. Bikes are kept stable and secure until you reach your destination. Roof racks are safer than rear-mounted racks, since you never know if that motorist behind you might want to inch up a bit...and give your precious bikes a bump or two! The only issu for you to remember with a roof rack is that you actually have bikes attached to the top of your car, so you don't try to drive into a low garage and total the bikes!
Perhaps the movie "Vacation" with Chevy Chase brings back fond memories. After all, it was so popular several other movies were spun from it. It was about an underpaid, overworked and clumsy dad who wanted to take his family on the vacation of a lifetime to a vacation paradise (Wally World).Well, things have not changed. The media is constantly reminding us that we are working too long, too hard, and for too little pay. They are quick to let us know that we do not spend enough time at home and we rarely get away from the house to some vacation destination. We are not getting away often enough to relax and refresh ourselves.Some folks will take their vacation when they strike it rich at the lottery or make big winnings as a "Wheel of Fortune" contestant. This is not recommended as once again, they probably will never take a vacation.We act like we are strapped to our desks at work. Our society seems to make us feel guilty about taking a break from our "jobs." and therefore we never break away. We never release those straps and drive, fly, or boat to some faraway place we always desired to go to. We always have some sort of excuse like "too busy" or "too tired" -- all the time reminding ourselves that we will do it someday.One school of thought is that there is never a "right time" to set out to do anything. This contradict those who are always putting off marriage, vacations, or having kids until it is the "right time."Then there are those folks who equate the "right time" with having enough money. While this is a good thought, most people never agree that they have enough money so they will always delay vacations. In the end they never do take a vacation because there is not enough money -- a vicious cycle.And what is a vacation? When you sit in the same spot all day from sunrise to sunset and watch a hot and humid day become a festive cool evening then you are on what is called a "vacation."When you return to work claiming that you "need a vacation to rest from your vacation" then you did not have a real vacation. Take a real vacation. See some historical sights, travel to a tropical island, take a trip out of town for a couple of days, or climb some mountains. A vacation is very important to our physical and mental well-being.Yes, it is true. There are times we cannot go to far from home. However just look at the beautiful country we live in. It does not matter where you live, you can experience some different scenery and some lakes and rivers. It never has to be a big complicated trip in order to get some relief from our dungeons at work.Don't forget the idea of a mini-vacation. Look for long weekends to get a few days away. When you can't get away for long periods of time, this is a great alternative. And, there is the virtual vacationer who daydreams about a lazy day on the beach or the recent golf game with friends. Until the next time the need arises, at least you can stay sane.