Holidays Abroad

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Finding A Great Package Deal For Holidays In Europe

Package deals are often one of the best ways to bag yourself a relaxing break in Europe – there isn’t always a need for a stressful long haul flight, whether you want some much needed sunshine or just want to explore a place you’ve never seen before. Despite the rising costs of flights, its still possible to enjoy leisure travel with friends and family without breaking the bank.

There are many ways to find yourself a great deal; scouring the internet for cheap airfares for a few hours often turns up some cheap fares if you are willing to travel on flights at undesirable times or in low demand as airlines often struggle to fill these and you can get a great bargain on them – this is alright for some, but then you have to go through the same process again finding a rental car and accommodation and very quickly your wish for a brief respite from the stress of daily life can become a daunting task in itself.

The best bet is to look around for package deals which offer everything you need, from transport to a place to sleep. You may think that organising everything yourself can work out cheaper, but this isn’t always the case and even when it is, a package holiday can make everything run far more smoothly and reduce the worry associated with holiday planning, too. A little searching can turn up some really great deals, and taking holidays during the months when families tend to stay home as their children are at school is a great option for those without children themselves - you can snap up even lower fares if you choose to take a trip during term time.

Taking a holiday should never be a stressful experience for any of those involved – delayed flights and long queues at the airport are enough, there is no need to worry about other details too when the only thing you really want is to relax and escape for a while on a leisurely break.

July 28, 2008 Posted by | Information and Advice, Travel Information | , , , , | Leave a comment

Why You Should Use Travellers Cheques When On Your Holidays

Holidays are supposed to be a relaxing and care free time of the year. However, unfortunately something things go wrong. One of the worst things that can happen is for you to lose or get your money stolen. This is because without money there is not a lot you can do and chances are that you’ve spent a lot on booking your holiday in the first place so can’t afford to just get more money out.

 

Travellers cheques are a much better option than cash when you are on your holidays because if they get lost or stolen they can easily be replaced. This means that you won’t have lost all that money that you worked so hard for. Although it will still be a bit of a downer on your trip it won’t be the end of the world and you won’t lose any money.

 

Travellers cheques are a much safer way of carrying money around and it won’t be the end of the world if you lose them or they get stolen.  With the majority of travellers cheques you can get free replacements for them if they get lost or stolen within 24 hours. This is much better than simply losing all of your money because this could completely ruin your holidays and you may even have to come home early.

 

There was a time when you could only exchange travellers cheques for cash in banks whilst on your holidays. However, as they are now being used more and more by holiday makers, most shops and restaurants accept them as a form of payment and will give you your change in cash. This means that not only can you have the peace of mind that if they get lost they can be replaced, but you also know that they are nearly as easy to use as it would be to pay in cash.

 

Another advantage of using travellers cheques whilst you are on your holidays is that you can get a better exchange rate from them. Travellers cheques benefit from a better exchange rate than the banknote rate for foreign currencies when you make a purchase.

 

With so many advantages of using travellers cheques, it would be silly to take cash with you on your holidays. Not only are they easy to use but you can get them replaced should they get lost or stolen. This means that once you have got them back you can go back to enjoying your holidays like you should be.

June 9, 2008 Posted by | Information and Advice | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Business Travel Made Easy With E – Tickets

As of June 1st 2008 business travel could not be easier for passengers as they no longer have to worry about losing their tickets before their flight. From now on all airlines who are members of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) will only use electronic tickets for passengers checking in. This group makes up 94 percent of all airlines so therefore traditional paper tickets being used is going to become a rarity.

 

The use of e – tickets is no doubt going to make life a lot easier for many people, especially those who do a lot of business travel. Normally when your tickets come through you put them in a safe place but sometimes this is done so far in advance that by the time is comes to your travel date you have forgotten where you put your tickets. Whether you eventually find them or not it is a very stressful experience because there is absolutely no chance of getting on any flight without a ticket.

 

The majority of people who go on business travel don’t even book their own tickets as there is normally somebody else within the company who organises this. This can make it very difficult for the person who is actually flying to get the tickets if they are not in the office before they leave for their journey. However, with e – tickets this does not matter because all the information that is needed will be stored on the computer when you go to check in.

 

There are various other reasons why many airlines have decided to use e – tickets now rather than traditional paper tickets. As there is now more pressure than ever before for companies to be more environmentally friendly, not needing paper tickets anymore is going to be very beneficial to the environment. It is estimated that 50,000 trees can be saved every year simply by not needing to print tickets. As flying is constantly criticised for its contributions towards global warming environmentalists should be happy that so many airlines are doing whatever they can to help protect the environment now.

 

Regardless of whether people are going on business travel or holiday it is highly likely that everyone is going to benefit from the benefits of using e – tickets. However, it’s not just the passengers who are likely to benefit from these advantages because airlines are going to save billions of pounds worth of money when this new system has been introduced.

June 9, 2008 Posted by | Travel Information | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

UK Airports Set To Get Long Awaited Revamp

Whether you travel frequently through corporate travel or just jet off once a year on holiday, there is no denying that everyone finds travel much more enjoyable when they are going from a well kept airport. Not only does the general cleanliness affect people’s travels but the facilities available such as bars, restaurants, shops and waiting areas can make a massive difference to how enjoyable someone’s flight can be.

 

Although the bulk of UK airports are looked after very well and have enough to keep holiday makers and those on corporate travel entertained, they have long been waiting for the funds to revamp themselves. There has recently been good news for Heathrow and Stanstead Airports as BAA has secured £7.65 billion for the two airports to get redeveloped.

 

Amongst the changes that are expected to take place include the building of Heathrow East which is set to replace Terminals 1 and 2 and the expansion of Stanstead Airport. This is great news for holiday makers and those on corporate travel because it means that there will be more flights and more facilities which will make flying a lot more enjoyable for everyone.

 

There have also recently been talks about raising more funds for another loan so that Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Southampton Airports can all be revamped. These things take a lot of time to get the funding, the building plans approved and the work to actually get completed so it is unlikely that these changes will be made anytime soon.

 

However, once the various airports around the UK have been refurbished then everyone from those on corporate travel to those going on holiday are likely to see the benefits. The general day to day operation of all the airports is likely to improve as well as the facilities will be better. This hopefully means that people will be able to check in and get onto their flights as quickly and easily as possible. This is particularly great news for those who do a lot of corporate travel because no doubt they get sick of being in and out of airports all the time.

 

With great new facilities though and easy check in systems even people who do a lot of corporate travel will find the process so easy that they won’t mind doing this. As well as this it also means that holiday makers can get their journey off to a better start as they won’t have to deal with any hassles when it comes to checking in at the airport.  

June 9, 2008 Posted by | News Stories | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

British Airways Move More Flights To Terminal 5

One thing is for sure and that’s the fact that Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport has caused a lot of controversy and attracted a lot of attention from the very first day its plans were unveiled. From environmentalists protesting against the extra damage it would cause to the skies and local residents worried about even more noise pollution, to Naomi Campbell getting arrested at the terminal and long flight delays and cancellations. Everyone has been affected by the commotion from those on corporate travel to those who were looking forward to a nice relaxing holiday.

 

However, things finally seem to be calming down at Terminal 5 and British Airways appear to be regaining control of the situation. In fact, as of today, June 5th 2008, the airline are intending to move more flights to that terminal as it is functioning a lot better now the original hiccups have been solved. This is especially good news for those who go on a lot of corporate travel because no doubt they have been seriously affected by all the problems Terminal 5 has suffered if they have been travelling a lot.

 

Some of the new destinations that flights from Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport will fly to include New York, Beijing and South Africa. These are some of the key destinations for the airport so the move is likely to benefit many passengers and make the operation of the airport a lot smoother for the staff. Regardless of whether people are on corporate travel or are going off on holiday, they are likely to be affected by this if they are flying to any of the destinations currently operating from Terminal 5.

 

BAA and British Airways are currently working very hard to complete the transfer of the remaining long haul flights to operate from the new terminal building. However, they don’t want to do this until it is practical so they can ensure that the change over goes smoothly and without any problems. They are well aware of the fact that they can’t afford anymore bad publicity and negativity about the extension of Heathrow Airport as they have had so much already.

 

It is more than likely that those who embark on a lot of corporate travel are going to be affected the most by the change – over. This is predominantly due to the fact that they travel a lot more frequently than someone who only goes on holiday once a year. However, now that most of the problems have been resolved at Terminal 5 it is hoped that these changes will be for the best.

June 9, 2008 Posted by | News Stories | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Business Travel Show Comes To London

Planning business travel can be a difficult and stressful task for many different reasons. One of the main ones being that there are so many different companies out there which makes it very difficult to try and decide which one to use. As well as this there is so much to organise that if you are trying to get on with your normal everyday tasks, it can all become too much and you either won’t get things done properly or won’t get them done at all.

 

One of the many things that can help you to make planning business travel a lot easier is by attending The Business Travel Show which will be in London from the 10th to the 12th February 2009. This event has been designed for people who are in charge of company travel and book all the business trips, hotels and meeting venues.

 

The travel show will be taking place in Earls Court, London and once there people will be able to see the finest business travel products and services from some of the world’s leading suppliers. This means that anyone attending the event will come to know who the good companies to use are and how to plan business travel in the most effective way. Not only will you feel more comfortable planning business trips but you will be able to organise them a lot quicker and easier.

 

There is so much for anyone who organises business travel to see and do at the event that it will definitely be a worthwhile experience. There are plenty of people giving out advice, tips and information to anybody who needs it so they can do their job a lot quicker and more efficiently. As well as this people will be able to see what’s new in the world of business travel, meet travel suppliers and best of all discover money and time saving tips. This not only makes your job easier but it is going to make your company very happy as well because they will be getting more out of their business travel than ever before.

 

If you would like more information about the Business Travel show you can find everything that you need on their website http://www.businesstravelshow.com. Here you will be able to register for the show, find out information about when and where it will be held as well as much more information about business travel that you may find helpful. 

June 9, 2008 Posted by | Travel Information | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Update On In – Flight Mobile Phone Calls

Recent news has emerged that the use of mobile phones on aeroplanes is currently being tested. This has caused mixed reactions amongst travellers with some all for the idea and others strongly opposed to it. Professionals on business travel would be very happy if the option was introduced because it would mean that they are still able to contact colleagues and customers whilst travelling. However, some people find flying stressful enough without everyone’s mobile phones going off every five minutes.

 

Nevertheless, various airlines are currently testing out the idea to see if it could become an option in the near future. Air France is currently testing this out on one of their aircraft which flies within Europe. Part of the process involves distributing questionnaires to all their passengers regardless of whether they are on business travel or are off on holiday. This is in order to see if this is something they would want as a permanent feature and will heavily influence their decision as to whether they will allow it as a permanent thing on not. Although so far 80 percent of passengers are in favour of the move so it looks like in the near future all Air France passengers will be able to use their mobile phones on board.

 

However, there are some airlines that have no plans to allow mobile phone calls for the duration of the flight. Some of these are Air Malta, American Airlines and British Airways. There is a combination of reasons for this including the fact that they don’t want their customers to get annoyed, regulations state that phones can’t be used on board and some aircraft simply haven’t got suitable equipment to allow it.

 

BMI is set to begin testing the use of in – flight mobile phone calls very soon. However, they emphasise that this doesn’t mean that it will definitely become a permanent feature and will rely heavily on customer feedback as well.

 

This is more than likely going to see a divide between those on business travel and those going on holiday when it comes to which airlines are being used. Holiday makers are more likely to choose an airline that does not allow this facility whereas those on business travel are going to prefer an airline where they are still able to contact important sources.

 

On the whole it appears as though there have been very mixed reactions about whether you should be allowed to use mobile phones whilst flying. However, the common ground here is that airlines are keen to give their customers what they want regardless of whether they are jetting off for a relaxing holiday or are on business travel. This means that whatever happens it is likely that the majority of flyers are going to be left satisfied.

June 9, 2008 Posted by | News Stories | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Business Travellers Want Internet Connection On Aeroplanes

For some people flying is an absolute joy because it is a way of escaping the world for the duration of the flight. No phone calls, no emails and no interruptions means that you can sit back and relax whilst watching television or reading a book. However, for others this is their worst nightmare, especially for those on business travel.

 

For most companies time is money and the time their employees are spending on an aeroplane un – contactable and unable to work, they are losing valuable costs. Bearing this is mind it is hardly surprising that recent research has revealed that 50 percent of business travellers want airlines to provide internet connection on board their flights. Whilst this would be great news for those on business travel because they can continue to work whist flying, it is likely to annoy other people who simply want to enjoy their flight in peace.

 

The survey also showed that there is a much larger demand for people wanting wireless internet connection on board compared to the number of people who want the use of mobile phones to be allowed. However, this is hardly surprising because the majority of people would agree that there would be nothing more frustrating that dozens of mobile phones going off in such an enclosed environment.

 

Being able to use the internet is unlikely to affect anyone though because those on business travel can be left to get on with their work and nobody would even notice the difference. However, it is not just passengers on business travel who would like to see this option introduced as those going on holiday would like to see this happen as well. With so much to do on the Internet now from social networking sites and emails to playing games and researching pretty much any topic in the world, it is likely to relieve hours of boredom for many passengers. This would be particularly handy for long haul flights where people get bored of watching television and reading.

 

Although the increase in modern technology means that less business travel is needed, the majority of employers still feel that a face to face meeting is more effective. With so many low budget airlines competing against each other to offer flyers the cheapest possible fairs, travelling within Europe has never been more popular. This means that as business travel continues to increase, so does the need for technological advancements. If the use of wireless Internet connection was introduced it is almost guaranteed that more employers will be sending their staff on business travel because they know that they won’t be losing valuable working hours whilst travelling.

June 9, 2008 Posted by | News Stories | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tips On How To Get Upgraded When Flying

Whether you are jetting off on holiday or business travel chances are that you wouldn’t say no to being upgraded to first class. Unfortunately airlines don’t just offer this to their customers but there are a few tips you can use to try and get upgraded which will no doubt make your flight more enjoyable.

 

The reason why upgrades normally happen is because airlines normally overbook their flights. The reason for this is because they have to take into consideration that there are going to be some cancellations and people not turning up. When the passengers do turn up they need space to fit everyone in, hence why they upgrade some people. This is particularly great for those who do a lot of business travel because it’s something a bit different from travelling in economy.

 

The first thing to do is join the airlines frequent flyer programme. This is something you have probably already done if you frequently go on business travel because you earn points for every mile of travel you do with the airline. Members of the frequent flyer programmes have priority when it comes to getting upgraded so if they do need to upgrade anyone they will check to see who is a member first.

 

Simply being nice to the person who checks you in can work wonders as well. Although they normally do not have the authority to upgrade anyone themselves, they can put a message in the system saying that if there are any upgrades you would like to be included. Being upgraded can be a great start to a holiday and is great for those on business travel because there is so much extra space to do some work if you need to.

 

Being dressed suitably can also help you to get upgraded. However, most people think that this is the most important thing but being a member of the frequent flyer club and being nice to the person at the check in desk is much more likely to see you sitting in first class. However, looking the part does help which is something which shouldn’t be a problem for those on business travel who are likely to be dressed smartly anyway.

 

Being upgraded is not easy and chances of it happening to you more than once are slim. Therefore if you are successful and manage to sit in first class then make sure you enjoy the experience.

June 9, 2008 Posted by | Information and Advice | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Business Travel Blogs

Since the popularity of the internet has soared over the last decade it has now become virtually impossible not to find what you are looking for. Whether you want to buy something from the other side of the world, contact people you haven’t seen in years or get advice on anything from business travel to health problems, chances are that there is a website, blog, forum or article that will contain all the information you need.

 

Travel is by far one of the most common topics that you will find discussed over the internet. Whether its reviews of hotels and resorts, someone’s travel blog or travel agents offering advice about business travel, there are thousands of sites out there that make it so easy to find what you’re looking for.

 

The increasing number of cheap flights means that business travel is easier than ever and more and more companies are sending their employees abroad to meet customers in person. Whilst this is a great opportunity to see more of the world and learn new things, business travel can at times be stressful and lonely.

 

Fortunately there are various business travel blogs on the internet that offer all kinds of advice from what to do if you’re scared of flying to how to survive the stress of airports. These blogs can be very helpful especially if you are new to business travel and are looking for tips on how to get the most out of it.

 

Travel blogs are popular with millions of travellers all over the world because they are they best way to find out information about a country or hotel. Any company with a website is obviously trying to promote their business and therefore isn’t going to say anything negative about themselves. However, blogs are written by real people who want to share their experiences with others. Listening to what people have to say about a particular country, hotel or resort is likely to give you a more realistic portrayal of what somewhere is like because they aren’t biased about wherever they stayed.

 

Another good thing about business travel blogs is the fact that you can easily talk to other business travellers through forums or by commenting on articles. This is an ideal way to find out where is good, where is bad and what others recommend. As well as this they will be able to give you advice about how to get the most out of your trip and recommend places to go if you have any free time whilst on your trip.  

April 29, 2008 Posted by | Information and Advice | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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