Ask most people what to them is the best time of the year and the answer might surprise you. Apparently it’s not Christmas, not New Year and most certainly not Valentine’s Day. To most people, the best time of the year, the day they are most excited about is the day when they are finally able to take a break from it all… a Holiday.
As the travel industry gets fiercely competitive, travel agencies are tightening their margins to attract more customers. It is not uncommon for travelers to find too-good-to-be-true travel deals with a little extra time and effort researching online. However, what you see is not always what you get. For a bus tour, transportation and accommodation are almost always included. Other factors you might want to take into account include: Does the tour provide airport/hotel pick-up? Which attractions are paid for and which ones are optional (admission fees not included)? Is the travel insurance included? What hotels are you staying in?
Initially, the problem most travelers run into is that they don’t speak Italian, and unfortunately because of that you cut yourself off from at least 60% of the rental deals available. Also, unless you’re already in Italy or Europe you just don’t have access to all the action that local realtors do. The result: you have to trust your local Turkmenistan Tour to find the best deals for you, and hope for the best.
When you are a solo traveler, defining what you want to get out of your vacation is easy. When you are traveling with family, friends or your partner, make sure there is something in there for all. There is nothing so disappointing than finally going on your dream holiday and find out your partner, friends or family are not having a good time at all. When you travel with kids, it is always a good idea to include some “kid fun” days – like a water park or a zoo – in your planning.
When we arrived at Hotel las Terrazas of the Islazul hotel chain it was raining and people sitting in the lobby looked like it had rained all their holiday long. The main clients of this state-owned hotel chain are Cuban “work heroes”. The Islazul hotels are open to them; otherwise Cubans are not allowed to stay at hotels.
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Don’t go alone: Enjoy your travels with someone who’ll appreciate being with you: son, daughter, mother, father, grandparents, friend, neighbor or others. If you’re single, widowed or divorced, make this the year when you end your loneliness and sign up for single trips and cruises. Forget online dating for awhile. Who knows? Maybe Mister or Ms. Right is waiting out there in the ocean or mountain moonlight just for you.