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What Makes A Lucrative Home Based Travel Business

The travel industry has weathered mammoth upheavals and has metamorphosed into a mega industry that generates over $700 billion in total expenditures.Travel has become the world’s most dynamic product and one of America’s greatest assets. And the major catalyst for its revolutionized breakthrough is the people’s unbridled passion for wanderlust.

The advent of the Internet in the 1990s saw the evolution of a network of home based travel businesses as the travel industry was one of the earliest to go online. Based on actual research, these are identified as the growth opportunity of the 21st century. And since more than 79 million American adults purchase travel products online, to try to score a slice of this lucrative market does not seem to be a bad idea afterall. But what really makes this opportunity a solid money maker?

1. Travel is an in-demand product. It plays a rhythmical and adrenalyzing role in may people’s lives. Every minute in the United States, $1,110,000 is spent by resident and international tourists on travel and tourism. Almost 640 million passengers board one of the nation’s 24,535 flights each day, 2.6 million hotels rooms are occupied each night, and more than 80 percent of the nation’s 1.8 million rental cars are used for business or leisure activity daily.

2. Income is unlimited. The more gruntwork you undertake, the more revenues you accrue. Coupled with entrepreneurial flair, only you can determine the farthest point your bankroll can reach. The earning potential for any travel business opportunity will prove to be seamless if the marketing tools it provides are wisely utilized.

3. As a home based travel business, you incur less overhead expenses than your traditional counterpart. And per accounting parlance, less expenses, more profits. You don’t pay exorbitant rent because you convert one of your bedrooms into your work area. And you don’t need to replenish your wardrobe because there’s no dress code to observe.

4. Such opportunities offer an awesome steady, passive residual income program that will sustain you for the rest of your earthly life.

5. A home based travel business encounters lesser risks. With high profit margins and minimal promotion and advertising costs, possibility of failure is infinitesimal.

6. Market is limitless. People from all walks of life consider travel as a necessity. In fact, 91% of Americans take vacations every year.

How to Understand, Start and Run a Successful Home Based Travel Business

Why this is such an excellent choice for a home based business, and How To Get Started

Are you seeking information on a Home Business, or possibly you’ve read a whole lot and now you are trying to sort out what might be the BEST home based business? This is a long article, but stick with it all the way and we’re very confident you’ll have your answer(s).

Are you looking for the Best Home Based Business ? Recent polls show that over 70% of people who search the Internet are looking for such an opportunity. But does something like this really exist?

Here’s the problem: if you asked ten different people what the “best” home business was, you would probably get ten different answers. The truth of the matter is it really comes down to finding the best one for YOU.

We are all coming from a unique background. Each of us first has different wants and needs, and a want or need will determine what is best. Then we all have different abilities, and yes.. your abilities DO match up to what might be the best for YOU. What’s best for a friend or neighbor and might work for them might be a total mismatch for you. This article will give you a good insigte and provide a direction on what is one of the most universally agreed upon as a “Best” business.

We all have different interests and personalities, interests , abilities, and personalities. We have different strengths and weaknesses. We also come from all sorts of different circumstances. So it makes sense that not all of us are going to be interested in the same home based business model.

If there was truly ONE business that was for everyone, can you imagine how competitive that field would be? It would be VERY difficult for anyone to make any money!

You have probably seen advertisements all over the internet about THE #1 income making opportunity. Don’t get fooled by all the hype and so-called ways to make easy money. There is no such thing.

That’s where this article comes in. This article is NOT a comprehensive list of reviews of the thousands of home based business ideas out there. It’s an article that tells you some parameters of a good home based business, then discusses the travel industry. We give you the pros and cons both of a job and being in business; we tell you the history of our industry, and then why it’s so good and the place to be right now as it rides two major trends: Travel and the Internet.

I have researched and tried (sometimes failing miserably) many home based businesses, both online and in the real world, BUT, I have found and chosen something that is a legitimate way to make a great income from home. That’s what this is about. It’s a great fit for me, but because you are NOT me and probably have a different personality (thank heaven!), it may not be for you.. and that’s ok. But if you see things as I do, and as is presented here…

The best home based business for ME is a HOME BASED TRAVEL BUSINESS. I know it will also be for many of you.

But other than the fact that I’m just a normal, ordinary guy with no special talents.. and in fact, I’m probably older than most readers at 69 and I started this just last year, this article is not about me. It only points out that about anyone can easily get involved in the home based travel business. This is about YOU and what YOU want from life and your “working hours”, whether you are a stay-at-home-mom, a retiree, or any other category.

So the question becomes, out of all the various choices: Why start a online travel business?

We are going to discuss first the “Why”, then a little about the various types, and then the “how”. This will take some time, so grab a beverage of your choice and read on. In fact, I suggest you print this out while the coffee is brewing so you can really digest it. Mark it up. Pencil in questions.. and let’s get going!

First and foremost, when choosing a home based business, it’s really important to ask yourself “Why” are you doing this, and are you prepared to take it seriously and treat it like a business? That means regular hours of commitment of time and a commitment of money as any and all businesses you own are going to require some degree of investment.

This is probably as good of a time as any to differentiate between a JOB and a Business. ..

A job, including a home based “job” is one where you are going to essentially be trading time for money, and the assumption is that you have an employer of some sort who is going to pay you either on a dollar value per hour spent, or some dollar value for certain production. That production could be sales production as it often is; it could be manufacturing production, or it could be service production.. so many envelopes stuffed; so many calls made, so many of about anything done. That person is going to pay you for that, but you know that person or company is only doing this because they are going to make a certain amount of money on you. You are essentially paid what the job is worth; what the employer could get a replacement for you for. Regardless of your skills, you are not being paid what YOU are worth, but what the job is worth. For accepting this, you get some degree of security knowing that if you do “the assignment” or “the job” you are going to receive a certain, predictable amount of money. You may even receive some benefits. But the “security” is a joke because everyone knows that there is very little security. First the employer must remain in business. He must have a market for whatever it is you are doing, and markets change.

Next, your value is relative! Maybe that employer has a cousin who would like to do your job, or maybe someone comes along willing to do your job for less money. How secure are you? People tell me every day, “I don’t want the risks of a business.” Guess again everyone! You certainly have RISK as an employee as well!. And as to investment… well, many businesses have employee borne expenses, and even the IRS recognizes this. It’s just that there are SOME “out there” that don’t require any CASH investment, but don’t kid yourself.. you ARE making an investment, only it’s hidden in the fact you’re paying it in work and in the sense that you’re not being paid as much as you might if you absorbed certain expenses yourself.

In contrast, a BUSINESS, including a home based business, is one where you choose and control what ever it is your business makes or does. It could be virtually anything, and probably the best business is one where you control the product or service. Here on the internet, Information products are tops; these are followed by service products. Then comes those things you manufacture or make, and finally, there’s the category of items someone else controls but makes available to you for resale. Affiliate programs fall into this category. But you really need to be aware that if you are going to have a BUSINESS you are going to have business expenses, even a homebased business. These are the expenses of the office first, and then you may need to have some product or have been a user of some of the service so you truly KNOW what you have and can do business from a credible point. The product or service should be one of value that if you were the buyer, you’d consume it yourself at retail. Watch the line though… you don’t want to is get into a business where you are required to purchase X dollars amount of product every month, whether you can use this or not. That’s not a legitimate business.

Depending on your philosophy, you’ll probably agree that it is very important to choose a business that interests you. Pick one that you will enjoy doing, ideally something you are passionate about. Think about it, if you are going to start a business from home, it makes sense to choose something that you will enjoy. And if you enjoy it, then you’ll probably learn more quickly and have your heart more into it when the going is tough.

But we’d put just a couple things ahead of this and put “enjoyment” as a luxury. Those things are market size and market growth. Where is your business product or service in terms of life cycle? Is your market expanding and you can ride a wave, or is it declining. And what is the market size and potential. Will there be a business available for you in 5 years? Ten?

Then lastly, we’d probably mention that the business should be ethical and compatible with what you believe. Many people who research businesses, particularly Internet businesses, know that the porn and gambling industry meets the criteria of growth and market size. You may be tempted to look in those areas, and if you are, kindly close this report or article and tear up you paper copy. This is not a part of the business world we want anything to do with. Money and income is just not that important to us.

After evaluating many, many, many businesses and participating in several since 1969, including an early successful involvement with Amway, then Free Life, and a couple others, including a few that just didn’t “go” for us, we became aware of the opportunities in the online travel business. This is a business model that has just evolved over the past few years, and is now in full momentum.

It is also important to be a part of trends. Fortunes are made by riding trends. Currently, travel is a trend to the tune of 6 trillion dollars a year! By 2010, that number is estimated to be 14 trillion dollars!

Think of all the baby boomers that will be retiring in the coming years. And what do people like to

do when they retire? What would you like to do when you retire? If you’re like me, travel is probably very near the top of that list.

That is why the travel industry provides the perfect business for opportunity seekers. It is simply taking advantage of a trend that is just starting to gain momentum. When looked at as a home based business, it rides the second trend: the growth of the Internet as a business medium.

Let’s look at how and why this has evolved into a viable Internet Based Travel Business.

People “booking travel” for others has evolved possibly in three stages. We also should consider the two major market segments: Business travel and personal or leisure travel, and in the later category, we’d include as a very close association, travel and leisure and recreational activities and lodging. We are going to focus on personal leisure travel and recreational travel market.

STAGE 1: Probably dates back about 75-80 years when the primary mode was train and ocean liner. There were no condos, few motels, and little air travel. But there were many lodges and luxury hotels. We’ve all heard of the Biltmore and others. And there was some degree of business travel, but not to the extent we had a few years ago before travel (particularly sales meetings) became so expensive. Other than those vacations to places like Atlantic City, travel was really more in the hands of the more wealthy part of the population, and most of THOSE people just did not want to be bothered making their own arrangements, or even checking places out. A small cadre of “travel agents” was born, although they probably had many more duties along the line of concierge, personal assistant, etc. In large companies, specialists were brought on board to do those arrangements… and seek out bargains and discounts for their companies.

STAGE 2: Now we have more cars, the DC-3 and early airlines are starting to emerge. We have reliable telephones; we have some early forms of fax but the telegram was the primary means of communication on short notice as mail took longer, and people are becoming aware that they can earn money booking travel for others. Providing essentially two services: Knowledge of destinations and Administrative tasks such as actually buying the travel arrangements on behalf of a third party. That third party could be a business or an individual.

Natural business evolution follows and at first small partnerships were formed because now two people might have the knowledge and experience of two different travel destinations, but as a single entity (the travel agency) be able to offer clients more options. Then this single agency could bring more volume to a travel provider such as an airline, hotel, etc than a single person, and hence negotiate better discounts, or as more often was the case, better commissions as not all discounts got passed on. Everyone benefited.

Airline traffic was particularly challenging to book, and in the late parts of Stage 2, computers began to come more and more into play, although they were both expensive and highly specialized. The affordable home computer had not yet really evolved and there were limited travel networks. Travel agencies could afford these computer systems and gain access to the various vendors, which at that time were mainly airlines, and book travel conveniently and easily. This was about to change!

STAGE 3: Change took place almost over night. The airlines deregulated as one part, and competition evolved to a point where commissions were almost non existent to the agencies. The Internet and access to travel databases within the airlines and hospitality industry literally exploded into being, and now EVERYONE had at least almost nearly equal administrative access to the services and could bypass the agencies which started going out of business at an alarming rate. The one thing certain agencies DID retain was a cadre of people who HAD traveled and did have personal experience with various providers… resorts, cruise lines, etc. But as profits to the providers themselves started to decline, so did the availability of FAM trips, and there were fewer agencies.

But along with this evolved another trend! The population is growing and there’s more travelers available, particularly in the leisure market than ever. And many of these travelers just don’t have the time to really do the research, or even to truly shop for the best and lowest costs.

But individuals devoted to and loving to travel such as stay at home moms in travel find that they can provide the same services that the old large agencies did!

All they needed was a vendor willing to work with them, and at this time, new vendors started to emerge.

The emergence is primarily in the area of recreation and resorts as unlike the airlines which have cut back and in many cases have a SHORTAGE of seats and product, resorts (and cruise lines) have continued to build and expand where today, they have an excess or surplus of inventory except for very limited times of the year.

The question becomes: How do we fill these empty rooms? These empty staterooms? These empty golf courses? These unused campsites?

The answer is: Through You!

But you don’t know where they are, or how to negotiate the pricing.. but a newly evolved list of consolidators do! Currently there are three major consolidator groups doing business in the USA, and one stands out above the other two as it has more contacts, more experience, more inventory, and essentially a better pay plan offering the customer more options. What YOU have is a list of contacts or the knowledge and time to introduce the traveling public to these options. Because you are working with the suppliers of SURPLUS inventory who is willing to fill these vacancies at deeply discounted rates, you can pass these rates on, if only you knew how to get your hands on them.

Actually, about anyone can get their hands on any one location at any time at a discount, and many people have been doing that using services such as Orbitz, Travelocity, and others But these are very sharply targeted and focused, and deal much more with just hotels, car rentals, and to some extent, airline travel. One can pick up a major magazine or metro newspaper and find condos for rent from owners, at discounts. But again, this is very limited.

How Do You Get Started?

First, you learn about the 3 major consolidator firms offering travel, and if you just let the word out that you are looking for a homebasd travel agency or company, you’ll find that these people find you very quickly. Or you can do an Internet search using terms like that and find them. Most of the firms have a fairly similar makeup in that they are offering an entire travel package or membership for a fee. This entitles the purchaser to the inside track on deeply discounted travel services.

If they are essentially all the same, what do you look for? We focus in a legitimate business first on product, so we look for product value. We look for a company with flexibility and a product mix. Not all people want to travel internationally, so is there just a domestic package? What is offered that you or your customer can do when they get to a destination? Are there name resort and theme parks? Golfing? How about great meal discounts, as we all “eat out” when we travel? We know cruising is “big” but we know the cruise lines vary from very family oriented to “swinging singles”. Is there a good mix? How about time limitations on the travel package?

As a business, what kind of support tools are available? Training is a must, and is it real, and in real time, with real live people you can talk to and ask questions of? A solid, reliable web site is a must. Does the firm you are looking to join provide one? None will do a good site free, but is this a fair and reasonable cost?

Will you have access to a personal mentor? Can you become a certified, card carrying travel agent as well if you want?

These are but a few of the questions.

The “How Do You Get Started” in the home based travel industry is best summarized by 3 words: “Do Your Homework”

Well, now that you know some of the history, let’s look at a couple more things, starting with some of the advantages of this, particularly in comparison to other options you may have selling nutritional products, informational products, skin care, diet products, or many others.

Aside from the money making potential in our industry, there are many other advantages.

It is easy to start. This facet never ceases to blow me away With the invention of the internet, businesses that have traditionally always been brick and mortar establishments are now available to all of us. The internet makes it easy for everyday people like you and me to start a small business online. We can reach people all over the world, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from the comfort of our own home. People can be checking out your business while you are sleeping, on vacation, or whatever. Phone services like Skype let us actually talk to people all over the world (one of us might be sacrificing some sleep due to time zone differences, but technically, it’s possible!)

Your business is relatively inexpensive to start, particularly compare to a more standard travel agency business. Because you no longer need a regular office, insurance, and employees, businesses. In fact, if you set up a legitimate IRS qualifying home office, many of the costs you have at your current home now become tax deductible (see your accountant, and if you don’t have one.. get one. Maybe you can even barter some travel services for HIS services).

Your potential clients include almost everyone. Who doesn’t like to travel or need a vacation? And if the economy slows, your business grows! Previous travelers who thought nothing of paying full price now start to look for discounts.

You can save a lot of money on your own travel.

What’s the point of owning a business if you don’t get some fringe benefits? With a home based travel business, you become eligible for some incredible discounts. And because you are your own boss, you will have more free time to go on vacation and take advantage of these discounts.

Is there a downside to a home based travel business? Sure, there is in any business.

Travel is a very competitive industry.

In order to have an edge, you have to differentiate yourself from the rest by branding yourself with a superior product. Those who read this article and find a specific interest and contact us as the author will be given some very specific knowledge on how to do this and succeed.

Other than that, I have not come across any other disadvantages to a home based travel business.

We hope you have found this article to be greatly helpful and look forward to seeing a few of you join us in this exciting industry soon.

Packing for Travelling

This is what I consider to be an important item for every traveler / backpacker. These are items that I have used in my past trips, and have served me well. Therefore this is very important for you to pay attention.

Backpack

The first most obvious thing for any traveler to decide on is whether to use a backpack or a suitcase. During my first solo travel experience to Southeast Asia, Korea and Japan, I travelled with a backpack. For under 50 I bought a Eurohike 55 litre backpack with a rain cover, which came in handy during the monsoon season! The pack was top-opening, and didn’t really offer much by way of security. I therefore bought a special backpack transit case which I put my backpack into and made it secure from theft, but also made it secure from airport conveyor belts. I had heard that the conveyors in airports sometimes broke clips from backpacks if they were not properly secured, and that some airlines didn’t even want to have backpacks on their airplanes because they were a safety threat. I actually lost the backpack case during the course of my travels, and had to resort to wrapping my backpack in black bin bags and tape in order to prevent the clips from catching airport conveyors. The backpack was comfortable, with some very nice cushioned padding. However, I realized as my trip went on that the pack was a little too large. I had read on many different websites that the smaller and lighter your pack, the more comfortable your trip will be. This is so true. It is not just about how light the pack is for you to carry, but also practical reasons like travelling on packed trains and subways with a giant wardrobe on your back. The backpack was incredibly annoying whilst travelling on busy subways, as I didn’t know if, and how badly, I was bumping into people – but I am sure that I definitely was! However, it was great to have my hands free when I needed to pay for tickets and also carry bags and water bottles.

Suitcase

On my second trip to Japan, I decided to ditch the backpack and travel with a medium sized suitcase. I was travelling for 3 weeks, and had planned to move around the country quite a bit. I was worried about the condition of the suitcase’s wheels by the end of the trip, but altogether I preferred the comfort of a nice suitcase. The suitcase takes up the use of your arms, but it does relieve your back. I found time and again that my backpack was becoming too heavy and cumbersome for longer walks; a suitcase, meanwhile, makes walking a pleasure. Trying to find your hotel in the humid and busy conditions of Bangkok with your gigantic backpack is not a pleasant experience. Though, going up stairs is a pain with a suitcase, but with a backpack it is a breeze. This may be important to you as it is best to travel around a Japanese city (and many other Asian cities) via the subway system, and sometimes they have enormous staircases leading to the platforms. The final clincher is that a suitcase makes you look more businesslike and professional; a backpack makes you easily identifiable as a traveler or tourist, and makes you stand out far more. If I entered a nice hotel with my backpack, I wouldn’t be given the same service as if I travelled with a suitcase. I believe that backpackers have a bit of a bad name in some countries, as backpackers tend to be younger people who are more prone to loutish behavior due to letting of some steam after finishing university.

Daypack

You don’t want to take your suitcase or backpack with you on your daily walks or excursions, so you need a nice convenient daypack. I actually took a shoulder bag, as it looked more stylish than a small backpack. But be warned, a shoulder bag can give you some irritating neck and shoulder pains if you over pack it with large water bottles or souvenirs. In this instance, a nice mini backpack is better as it transfers the weight evenly on your back and shoulders.

Travel Insurance

I always take out travel insurance as you never know what could happen during your trip. It is always better to be safe than sorry. Medical help abroad could cost you thousands if you do not have the correct insurance, so always read the insurance policy properly. When I search for insurance I always turn to comparison sites, such as moneysupermarket.com. This way you can compare all the different companies offering insurance and their relative policies.

First Aid Box

I like to take a mini first aid box when I travel. The boxes come in some very nice convenient sizes with everything you could need for your trip. Items can include: plasters, antiseptic cream, insect repellent, and various tablets for common travel sicknesses.

Clothing

I will not speak at great lengths on clothing, as I believe this is a personal choice and dependent on different people’s needs. However, I will say that you should always pack light, and think about whether you will ACTUALLY need an item of clothing. Sometimes, I have fallen into the trap of packing far too much clothing ‘just in case’. Whilst travelling in Asia you can always pick up cheap clothing, so there is no need to over pack. The minimum I would take for a month travelling is: 3-4 t-shirts, 2 shirts, trousers, two shorts, swimming shorts, 2 pairs of socks, trainers/sneakers (I would buy some that look formal but are as comfortable as trainers).

Travel Washing Line

I take a small washing line on my trips in case there is not enough places to dry my clothes. If you are packing light, you can just wash your clothes more often, and you will sometimes need a washing line for extra space.

Travel Sink Plug

I used this occasionally when I stayed in hostels. In some budget accommodation you will not have a sink plug, which makes shaving difficult. The travel plug is therefore recommended if you are considering staying in budget accommodation. Also, even some higher grade hotels have faulty plugs in their bathrooms, so it is generally a good item to take.

Toiletries

As a dandy backpacker I have a vast array of toiletries. My toiletry bag consists of: shavers, moisturizers, sun cream, nail clippers, eyebrow tweezers, aftershaves (which I tend to buy from airport duty free), lip balm, deodorant and more!

Rain Mac

If you are travelling anywhere that has a monsoon season then a rain mac is a great idea. Monsoon rain is awesome, and can just take you by surprise and leave you drenched. A little rain mac can be scrunched up into a very small size and can easily be carried in your daypack.

Swiss Army Knife

I sometimes take this on my travels as it has various useful devices: a bottle opener, scissors, toothpick, tweezers, screwdriver heads and numerous knives of varying shape and sizes.

Travel Towels

I recommend taking a large travel towel. These can be folded into an incredibly small size and take very little space in your luggage. They also dry quicker than ordinary towels.

Camera

I really don’t know much about cameras but I definitely know that you will need one on your journey. It’s a way of recording experiences that are not possible in any other way. I just bought an 8 megapixel camera in Bangkok – it has served me well.

Batteries

You will need these for your camera, so make sure you take enough spares from your own country, which tend to be cheaper than whilst abroad.

Mobile Phone

A mobile phone is now a necessary gadget in all parts of life, and is very important during your travels. It is a great device to keep in touch with other travelers, but is also a safety device if you become lost or in danger. Remember to take you charger though, or it will become useless after a few days.

Backup Sim Card

Just in case you lose the first Sim card you can just take another Sim, which are usually free.

Backup Debit/Credit Card

I would take a backup card just in case I lost my main card. If I lost my main card I could just cancel it and then transfer the money from my main account into my backup account via internet banking.

Pens and Paper

You will occasionally need to write things down, such as directions or contacts, and a pen and paper would be very helpful. I would always travel with a mini pen and small notepad in my daypack so that it was easy to get to. You can always use your mobile phone or iPod Touch for this as well.

Travel Adaptors

Travel adaptors are necessary if you want to charge your iPod or mobile phone. Once you know where you are going, you can find out what converter plug you will need. It will save you having to search around in your destination country. Some plugs are all-rounders and cover everywhere.

iPod Touch

My iPod Touch has been irreplaceable during my travels. Not only is it great for watching movies, listening to music and playing games whilst waiting for your flight or on long train journeys, it also has practical uses. By downloading free applications via its Wi-Fi capabilities you can turn your iPod Touch into a hotel or hostel finder, a currency exchange service, a travel guide and much more. I also bought a special, and inexpensive, earphone and microphone set for my Touch, which allowed me to use Skype wherever I had free Wi-Fi. Actually you can find free Wi-Fi everywhere in Southeast Asia: McDonald’s, Starbucks, shopping malls, hotels and even airports. However, I surprisingly found that Wi-Fi access is not so easily found in Korea or Japan, and tends not to be free if it is offered.

iPad

I don’t actually own one of these but they just seem to be a large iPod Touch. All the convenience of the iPod Touch being a nice pocket device which is easy to take everywhere is lost on this device. But maybe I am missing something about it.

Travel Guides

I love to read travel guides and always take them on my trips. My favorite guides have always been DK Eyewitness Travel Guides. I regularly use DK Eyewitness Travel Guides: Thailand, Japan and Rome to name a few. I found them incredibly helpful, but most importantly I loved the focus on culture and historical sites. The guides are wonderfully illustrated, easy to navigate, and the pictures and captions are beautifully presented. In addition, the historical sections are informative, well illustrated and a joy to read. I would also recommend Rough Guides and Lonely Planet, which I have also used in the past.

Money Belt

I originally bought one in order to hide my valuables, but then just used it to hold my bus/train tickets or small change so that it was easily at hand and I didn’t have to rummage though bags or my pockets. The money belt can be used as just a regular bum bag (fanny pack if you’re American) without valuable items and just left on display rather than inside your clothing. I just used it as an extra convenient pocket.

How to Secure Your Trip – These are Tips for You

Traveling is one of the most fun and interesting things we can do, but with traveling there are some risks.

We all know that it is not always safe to travel and that some things related to it, such as money and hotel stays also carry additional risks. There are some safe travel tips that you can use to make your trip safer and more enjoyable.

Take care of your and your children’s seat belts at all times when the car is moving. Keep your small children or toddlers securely secured in a car seat facing the back. The reason why this is a top ten safe travel tip is clear.

Don’t bring cash. Don’t show large amounts of cash. When you can use travelers checks instead of carrying large amounts of cash. When you carry cash, keep some in the car, some with you and some with your partner so that your journey does not depend on just one person.

Keep a first aid kit in your car at all times.

Do not visit the ATM machine at night or when alone, if you are forced to do it, make sure you are accompanied by a trusted person.

Watch children every time. Make sure you pay attention to where your children are, and where other people are in relation to them and you.

Store luggage near you. Do not allow strangers to come near your luggage. or ask them to watch it when you enter a small room or other area where you cannot see the items that you will bring to the airline or train / car. Making sure your luggage is safe will make you and your family safe too.

Save your routine medicines, use a special place for your medicines and children. You can use a special box that has several special places to place medicines.

Leave your most precious jewelry or your most expensive coat while on vacation. Be a simple person during your trip with family.

If it’s really a vacation, then why put yourself in a position to be in danger. That obviously harms you and your family, right?

Something To Know Before You Go Travel Abroad

Leaving the country and going abroad is a different prospect from what you usually do on most trips, but getting what you need to know before going is quite simple.

Some people carry a pile of suitcases when traveling, but this is too much trouble for most people. You just want to bring what you need and traveling lightly in general will make the experience much smoother.

When planning outfits think judiciously but you can splurge and bring lots of undergarments and socks. Because most of your days will be spent sightseeing, you would do fine to bring just a few pairs of pants since you can always do your laundry while you’re away.

If you limit your pants, you must invariably limit your shoes. What you cannot bring in terms of quantity you should make up for in terms of quality. A good shoe that you walk in for miles and miles for the length of your trip will be one of the best companions on your trip. Outside of your everyday shoe you can pack one or two more pairs that can be considered dressier for nighttime when you’re more apt to try some fine dining establishments.

Bring have the amount of tops that you think you would need because you will buy items abroad. Being surrounded by a completely new environment will have you partaking in spontaneous spending sprees – it’s just a part of traveling.

In terms of money, we have graduated from the need to carry around exorbitant amounts of cash or traveler’s checks. Credit and debit cards are accepted throughout the world now and you can always pull money out of an ATM for a small fee and some of the best exchange rates you will find.

Passports are king when traveling abroad as you cannot do it without one. Keep this document on you at all times, but have something in place in case you lose it or it is stolen. What you can do is photocopy the inside and store that in your luggage. With this extra step you can deal with your embassy in a more fluid and easy way.

What about technology? Everyone thinks they need to bring their phones, but making international calls is extremely expensive. Why tie yourself so completely to constant contact when you can just buy a calling card? These are inexpensive and allow you to use payphones or any phones that are located in your hotel or hostel.

With just a little planning, you can go on holiday abroad with a little thought. Traveling should be about fun and the unknown, so go there and see what the world has to offer!


Most Beautiful Thailand Beaches

Thailand has one of the most beautiful beaches on the planet. For those who have traveled there, they know that the beauty of this untouched place makes for some of the best holidays in the world. This is coupled with a large number of historical cultures that are abundant in the countryside and there is never a shortage to do in this country. Because much of this land is untouched by development, you will find that relaxation and peaceful living are more than possible. The reach of the mighty has not come this far and that means that you will get the best in the holiday arena, especially when it comes to the coast of Thailand.

Khao Lak is a wonderful Thailand beach. Just a short drive from the airport, this paradise offers a remote vacation area like no other. Thanks to the area being largely uninhabited, there is lush rain forest nearby along with a whole host of wildlife to be viewed. The water remains warm in the November through December months and the fishing and scuba diving is out of this world.

Phuket Thailand Beach is another great spot. Enjoy this resort November through March. There is more than enough to do. It is a bit more crowded than other beaches as this area thrives on the tourism dollars that it brings in. The scuba diving is top notch in this area and you will also find some of the warmest most clear water in the world. There are several nearby attractions to keep one busy for quite a few days.

Phi Phi Don Thailand beach is quite the turn around. Once a remote and nearly unknown place, this Thailand beach came to life when Hollywood came in and filmed a movie here. It is now considered to be one of the most popular beaches in the entire country and is frequented by many big names. This is a site that you will not want to miss, as the views are breathtaking and the water warm and inviting.

West Railiy Thailand beach is one of the undiscovered diamonds in the rough. There is very little that is expensive here and one can stay at the “resort” for over a week and barely tap the budget. The sands are milky white and the water clear. Scuba diving is very popular here as well as the fishing. This location is only accessible by long tail boat so plan for a bit of a long ride.


How to Discover Hidden Beaches in Thailand

There are a million reasons to visit Thailand, such as tropical rain forests in the north, bridges over the River Kwai in the west at Kanchanaburi or soft white sand from the coast in the south to name a few. Many travelers head south looking for the perfect paradise, a place with deserted beaches surrounded by green palm trees and soft white sand to bury their toes inside. But the reality is they will end up on a beach that is as crowded as tourists as their flights there.

In southern Thailand you can find many beaches. Some will be packed with tourists, jet skies and banana boat rides while others will be hidden paradise. Now if you want the jet skies and banana boats then things are easy but if you seek out that little corner of paradise then you need to do a little more work. Holiday planning should be the most essential part of any holiday and it should entail more than a visit to your local travel agent to pick up some brochures.

Here I have listed outlined 7 points that I belief help in finding those hidden beaches in Thailand.

7 Points To Great Holiday Research

  1. Decided on what type of holiday you want, beach, city or forest break. If you want a combination of these then do the following 6 steps for each destination.
  2. Note down 5 phrases or words that come to mind when you think about your chosen destination.
  3. Put these phrases into Google or any other search engine you may use and have a look at the first page results, then ignore them.
  4. Move to page 2 and 3 and working your way down ignore hotel booking services and visit the web sites that seem like information pages and have some relevance to your searched term or phrase.
  5. Look for locations on these web pages that maybe you have never heard about or read about and take a note of the name.
  6. Search for this unknown location and take note of the number of pages with the term.
  7. The location with the least number of pages should now be your focus for your next holiday destination.

The Steps In Action:

Just in case you are not aware, I’m in love with Thailand beaches. When i think about them I get images of white sand, palm trees, blue waters, cool breeze and deserted beaches. I put these terms into my chosen search engine, Google for me, and here is what I find.

White sand Thailand returns 2.35 million results moving on to page 2 I ignore hotel booking service sites and see about half way down the page Amazing-Thailand.com – Tropicals Islands in Thailand a quick scan produces two possible locations, Koh Larn and Koh Turatao. The later returns 1,380 results and Koh Larn shows 55,400 pages. I now have my first holiday research place, Koh Turatao.

A word of warning about finding a deserted beach. These areas are often far from commercial outlets, health centers, or local residents who speak English. This can be heaven when things are going well but if the unthinkable happens and you get sick or get hurt finding help can be a difficult task, just remember this before you go to the unknown.


How To Travel Abroad Alone

If you are the type of person who has dreamed about what it’s like to dive in the blue aqua waters of Indonesia, explore Thailand or shop in Paris but have never been able to find someone as passionate as you go with you then travel abroad alone. Although it may take an independent person with a bag of curiosity and courage to travel abroad alone, no one really needs a group to explore and explore several countries and see what the world has to offer. Here are some tips for planning your own trip.

Must haves for your trip- Depending on the destinations you chose to visit; it is a good idea to have a few key items. For less remote destinations invest in an ipad or tablet with a solar power back up. I-pads or tablets are compact, lightweight, and have all the communications you will ever need; phone, e-mail, internet and camera all rolled into one device. It is great for journalizing your trip, keeping in touch back home and surfing the net to coordinate any services you need like Google maps or discount train fares. A solar power backup can be purchased cheaply on Amazon.com. The power backup is a good idea to avoid problems with the power plug not fitting into a socket or in case you do not have any access to power.

Break down any walls – Traveling abroad alone means moving outside of your comfort zone. I learned to get over any uneasy feeling I had toward traveling alone by making an effort to meet people along the way. I make a regular effort to talk to people and ask their opinion on anything from food to sightseeing. Breaking down walls is hard to do at first but gets easier after a little practice. Make an effort to reach out to people, it opens doors for new friends and opportunities.

Find a travel buddy- Still scared to go alone? Find someone to travel with you. Travbuddy.com or Travelersmeeting.com This is a good place to get to know other people who are serious about going to the same destination you are. You can get to know people make plans, and share the whole trip or partial trip to get your started.

Travelers insurance- In the event things should not go as planned, it’s a good idea to secure travelers insurance. Even if your current healthcare provider covers you outside of your country, some emergency services are not covered that you may not be aware of. Often the use of emergency vehicles, helicopters or planes should you be injured are not covered outside of your home country. Travelers insurance often include emergency evacuations, or a return flight home, cover lost or stolen property, emergency financial or transportation assistance 24/7

As a single traveler, you cannot take many precautions to maintain your own security. Check all government websites for travel advice before you leave. Never trust anyone with your personal belongings and keep your belongings safe at all times, especially in hostels. If you always open your eyes and develop good communication with the people around you, fine, there’s nothing to worry about. Traveling abroad is like riding a bicycle, once you lose your training wheels, the road never ends.


Important Documents When Traveling

The best international travel tip is to bring an original copy of several documents and keep one or two copies of another document for emergencies. You should also leave a copy of your document with some friends, which they can fax to you if you lose your document. Ask your travel agent about documents during the trip.

Whether you are on a pleasant, business or personal trip, important documents needed when traveling outside a country are usually: Passport, Visa, Driving License, Medical Certificate, and Insurance documents.

A valid passport is required to enter and leave most foreign countries. To get a passport for the first time, you must go alone to the passport receipt facility with two of your photos, proof of citizenship, and a valid form of photo identification such as a driver’s license and applying for a passport.

Most countries require a visa before you can travel there. You can get on a plane only if you have a valid visa and return the flight ticket to your destination. Some countries allow free shipping. However, it is mandatory to carry valid identification with you in these countries to avoid legal complications and prove your identity in the event of an emergency.

It is the responsibility of travelers to obtain a Visa, if needed, from the appropriate embassy or consulate closest to the country you plan to visit. Certain countries have proper validation requirements for Visa applications, they need time before approving your visa. Therefore it is necessary to get a visa well in advance to avoid last minute problems.

If you carry valuables and electronics, a good travel tip is to keep a copy of your invoice, insurance, and troubleshooting guide when you are traveling. While invoices and insurance are needed to prove your ownership, the manual will help the technician if there are problems in it.

Most countries require foreign tourists to be covered with insurance before they enter the destination country. However, insurance during travel is a critical problem because of legal differences between the two countries. Contact your insurance company to find out if insurance currently covers overseas travel.

Comfortable Bus For Tourist Groups

Traveling with the group is fun activities for your friends, relatives, or colleagues. At present many tourist activities are on the agenda of offices and schools every year. This tour activity involves a lot of people, which is a larger group than your family. If you want to travel long distances with a group and need a rented bus, then choose the right bus like a friend of bus singapore bus rental so that your tour with the group becomes comfortable and enjoyable. Then how do you choose a comfortable tour bus? Continue reading this article!

If you have never traveled with a group by renting a tour bus, it is better to find information first about how the criteria for a tour bus that fits your plan with the group. Therefore, below are some tips for choosing the right and comfortable bus for your trip with friends:

The Number of Passengers

As we know that tourist buses have different types depending on the seats available in them. So, knowing the number of groups that will take a tour with you is very important. Everyone needs a seat, especially if the journey is far. Knowing the number of passengers will help you to plan extra space, if you have unexpected tour participants.

Ensuring All Needs

The type of trip you plan is also a key factor when choosing a bus. If you travel camping far away, you need space for equipment, a change of clothes, and may require lots of snacks and drinks. If that is your destination, then ordering a medium-sized bus may not be enough to accommodate all passengers and equipment. So, make sure your travel needs with the group and check the availability of buses at the bus rental company.

Bus Facilities

Comfort is indeed a feature that sells for bus rental companies for the convenience of consumers. Comfort comes from the best facilities such as plug-in chargers, built-in Wi-Fi, TV screens, and sound systems. You can choose the facilities as needed. You can watch movies together or enjoy surfing in cyberspace with Wi-Fi service. The existence of Wi-Fi can also make all passengers entertained with their own gadget. In addition, the existence of a charger is also an indispensable facility. Mobile is a necessity that cannot be avoided by everyone, with the existence of a charger; the mobile battery will continue to be charged.

Experienced Company

If you want to rent a bus for any trip, be sure to choose a company that prioritizes safety and comfort. How to choose a comfortable tour bus is to use a licensed and trained driver. You can also see the condition of the fleet, whether they are well cared for or not. Professional and experienced bus companies like friend of bus singapore bus chartering always take good care of every bus because it is an important standard that must be met so that comfort and safety are guaranteed.

Those are some tips to provide information on how to get a suitable and comfortable tour bus for traveling with a group. Hopefully, this review will be a reference for your trip. Enjoy your tour!