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Frustrated With Travel Gone Bad? Make Use Of These Tips For A Great Trip!

No matter what type of trip you are planning, it could be something far away or just outside town, getting away is very enjoyable and takes away a lot of life's stress. The travel advice in this article should provide you with useful insight to help you make the most of your upcoming vacation. After picking your destination, research the area thoroughly. Find a map of the country or city that you are visiting. You can get around the area a lot better when you are there if you have memorized local geography and details. Allow a family member access to your travel itinerary. This is a great tip because it ensures that a non-traveler is always aware of what you are doing. Stay in contact with them as well. When they don't hear from you, they'll know there's an issue. It is always tempting to bring unnecessary things from home when traveling. Do not overpack toiletries, just bring what you need. Jot down those toiletries use typically use each day. Pack the ones that are most important to you. Select a pair of shoes you will comfortable in and can remove easily for air travel. Most of the time, airport security will ask you to briefly remove them. Comfort is paramount. You don't need a lot of support for a little walking and a lot of sitting. A perfect type of footwear for travelling is sandals. Carry a business card or book of matches from your hotel with you everywhere you go. If you are walking around and about on the local streets and get lost, you will have this business card to show people who don't understand your language. This is great as well for those that do not have a firm grasp of the language. You might enjoy traveling on a motorcycle if you have the appropriate license. You can enjoy the open road, wind in your face and great gas mileage. It can be awesome to travel this way. When booking a hotel reservation, ask if renovations will be underway on those dates. It is very frustrating to be awoken from your slumber early due to construction equipment while on vacation. Avoid staying in a hotel that is undergoing construction. It will be easier to come up with a budget for your trip if you look at currency rates before leaving for your trip. Knowing the spending power of each dollar before you arrive will give you a better picture of what is affordable and help you draft an itinerary. By doing so, you will maximize your fun and minimize overspending. Look for local hotel rates all the time to save money. Many hotels offer local deals in order to fill empty rooms. Talk to people who have traveled to your destination. This could save you a significant amount of cash. One way to do vacation planning is by utilizing the power of the Internet. Booking travel has never been easier. Travel sites aid in planning out your travel itineraries with little effort. You have a range of choices for hotels or resorts, airlines and car rental services. Many of these sites offer package deals that can save you a lot of money. Travel websites also offer good deals in planning your trip, as well as discounts on last minute travel. Pack a couple of travel candles for your hotel stay. This will make the smell in your room much better. The smells can be relaxing, the lighting romantic and it can help you feel more at ease in an unfamiliar hotel room. There are several companies that manufacture miniature scented candles that are easy to pack. This can be frustrating when having issues with your traveling plans. You may not get the right vehicle or flights may be delayed. If these things occur, you and the agent must come to a mutually acceptable resolution of the problem. At the beginning, you both want to deal with the issue, but it is simple for one party to lose control. Try to be polite and stay calm throughout. You'll reduce your stress and be more likely to get what you want. Take some bottled water along on your journey if you are traveling abroad. Most of the drinking water in other countries is not purified and cause a variety of different illnesses. Make sure you use bottled water when choosing to brush your teeth. You can get sick from the tap water this way, as well. Make sure you remember all your medications. When a person is preparing to leave for a trip or vacation, they sometimes forget to pack the most important items, including medications. It may not be easy to get any medications you need when you reach your destination, particularly if you are in a country that does not accept your insurance. If you travel to a foreign country, it can be a good idea to bring your own bottled water. You can contract a variety of illnesses by drinking the unpurified water of other countries. Don't forget to use bottled water when brushing your teeth either. You can also become ill from tap water. Traveling a long way can be stressful, especially when you have jet lag. Get a flight for a trip that arrives in the morning and when you usually wake up. Take a sleeping aid so you will sleep better. ) and sit back and relax. You will feel refreshed and better prepared to deal with the day. Switch drivers often when traveling by car. If one driver drives until the point of exhaustion, they will go to sleep after switching. The quiet in this situation may cause the new driver to fall asleep, as well. If you are half-asleep, you've already driven too long. Take turns driving, swapping the task every couple of hours or so. Switching every few hours will ensure that you are alert while driving. Whether you are traveling to another city or another country, there are endless possibilities. The tricks that you have learned will put you in the best position for traveling.

Via bngnotlot
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By providing a great advices or recommendations to the travelers are really helping them to prevent a bad trip/vacation experiences. This is really an important article to be shared with more people, all of the ideas are make sense and really good for the travelers. For example the advice to switch driver for along trip is such a good idea to prevent the driver to fall asleep which could lead to an accident that we don't want. All of the drivers must have a good sleep and fit while driving for a safety reasons. The article is good for readers and always have a safe and an enjoyable trip guys.

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Chaa Creek on Most Relaxing Eco-Resort List

Chaa Creek on Most Relaxing Eco-Resort List | Resort and Hotel Operations |

Cayo got another boost with Chaa Creek being on the Huffington Post's 'Top 10 Most Relaxing Eco-Resorts.'  Congratulations, Chaa Creek!


"Belize has become a mecca for geotourism, and The Lodge at Chaa Creek leads the pack as one of the country's best ecolodges.  Visitors enjoy a true rainforest experience at the foot of the Maya Mountains.  The resort has been named the Best Eco Resort & Hotel in the Caribbean for four years in a row by Caribbean Travel & Life.  Enjoy a variety of adventure activities, explore the surrounding natural beauty, and unwind at the full-service spa.  Double-occupancy rooms start at $165 per person/night."

Via Best of Cayo
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Eco-resort is one of a great idea for travelers who's looking for an enjoyable nature experiences. The health benefits of spending time in nature are well-documented, as are the stress-relieving benefits of taking a vacation. By offerings a variety of adventure activities and explore the surrounding natural beauty will surely attracts people to visit this hotel. Chaa Creek is being on the Huffington Post's Top 10 Most Relaxing Eco-Resorts and showing us how great is this hotel, even get promoted to other people by famous Huffington Post. With a reasonable price range (not really expensive price range) offered by Chaa Creek is way of good marketing as well to make people more satisfy with this resort. By keep a good services to the customer will make the customers even more satisfy and could lead to a customer's loyalty.

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Starwood Hotels Adds Guests' Instagram Photos to Its Hotel Websites

Starwood Hotels Adds Guests' Instagram Photos to Its Hotel Websites | Resort and Hotel Operations |
Starwood Hotels and Resorts announced today that the hotel giant, which has nine brands spread among properties around the world, would integrate Instagram

Via Alexandre Guapyassu
Jourdan Sumithio's insight:

Starwood was the first major hotel brand to include unedited ratings and reviews on all of its hotel websites. Additionally instagram is one of the most popular social media nowadays as well, by adds guests' Instagram photos to its hotel websites is a brilliant idea to promote their hotel by showing guests' experiences with a good/beautiful pictures taken by guests. Also the guests will happy too because it's kind of appreciation from the Hotel to them. It's a good way of marketing  to show some love to the guests/customers but also helping the hotel to expand their business too. Social sharing is totally affect this company to spread their business worlwide, "Guest Gallery" and reviews section are available already and visible to everyone.

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Totally Green : Magic Mountain Hotel, Chile

Totally Green :  Magic Mountain Hotel, Chile | Resort and Hotel Operations |
Totally Green : Magic Mountain Hotel, Chile...

Montaña Mágica Lodge, also known as Magic Mountain Lodge, is located within Huilo Huilo, a 232 square mile natural reserve in southern Chile. Covered in rainforest moss and vines, this manmade volcano-like structure spews water and is only accessible by a monkey bridge. Montana Magica Lodge was constructed with a surprising architecture, noble materials and a delicate taken care of the nature. With beautiful rooms, excellent gastronomy, bar and a customized service for each visitor, you will be able to enjoy the propitious atmosphere for the rest of the body and soul. ..

Via Lauren Moss
Jourdan Sumithio's insight:

This magical Hotel looking great and beyond imagine, also located in unique area, which is surrounded by nature. With a unique architecture, the maintenance must be taken care seriously as well to keep it clean and good looking acommodation for tourists. Because there are some important factors that keep tourists coming, such a cleanliness, facilities, and comfortable. Customers satisfied is the main point to keep the business run. By promising different tourist experience here could make them see some good point of this hotel such a cozy acommodation with great view could lead to a great reputation in the future as well. Good management and service all the time are needed as a good commitment for tourists too.

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Lesbian and Gay Vacations from Marriott Hotels

Lesbian and Gay Vacations from Marriott Hotels | Resort and Hotel Operations |
Looking for great lesbian and gay friendly hotels and destinations? Marriott Hotels and Resorts offer a broad range of hotel and resort experiences in top destinations around the world.

Via Gay Traveler
Jourdan Sumithio's insight:

This is a great way to promote their Hotel by put Lesbian and Gay as a headline, it shows they're open minded and kind of supporting them as well. Generally all hotel could accept them too but they're not really saying it on public space like this. By showing some love to lesbian and gay in their advertisement could attract them easily which leads to increasing hotel's income. By promising them a great hotel and resort experiences in top destinations around the world even make people more comfortable with the offers. As we know promotion/advertising is one of the important section within business to get more customers/people coming to our business place, however Mariott Hotel is showing one of good example here.

Tara's curator insight, May 7, 2014 1:33 AM

Tara Murphy -

Do we really need hotels that are Gay and Lesbian friendly, should all hotels and resorts not be the same and accept anyone that comes to stay with them? I find it ridiculous that there even has to be specific hotels for same sex couples.  Until only a few years ago this was still a taboo topic however same sec couples were welcome to stay at any property without being frowned upon, however since the fight to legalise Gay and Lesbian marriage more and more people are looking at them differently and some are even unaccepting of them as people in some cases losing friends when they tell them they like the same sex. All hotels and resorts should allow same sex couples to stay with them and make them feel comfortable, after all they are still people.

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Beware of fake hotel Wi-Fi connections

Beware of fake hotel Wi-Fi connections | Resort and Hotel Operations |
There's a new scam thieves are using to target travellers in their own hotel rooms.

Via Bradley Woods
Jourdan Sumithio's insight:

Generally this is a great article which telling us how dangerous is a new scam thieves are using to target travellers in hotel rooms. Nowadays internet is one of the guests/travellers needs which from now we have to be aware of this type of scamming. Before entering the room, all the customers better to ask and make sure with the staff first if there's a wifi or internet service provided by the hotel, then ask the wifi name and password as well. Because the thieves could get the customers bank/personal details from the cellphone or laptop easily once we connect to their network. Also never give your credit card easily to anyone through cell phone easily even they're claiming that they're from 'front desk', you might check it yourself to the front desk for a safety reason. From now on always beware of fake hotel wi-fi connections everyone.

Bradley Woods's curator insight, August 4, 2014 5:17 AM

After you check into to your room, one of the first things you do is to search for wireless networks on your laptop or smart phone and you may find one that sounds like it's part of the hotel.

However, it can turn out the network doesn't belong to the hotel at all, but to a scammer trying to steal information it intercepts over the rogue connection. In other words, hotel precincts are now prime targets for thieves with the technical savvy to set up electronic trawling networks for credit card information.

Often, it's the last thing you feel like doing if you're checking in after a long flight. But it's worth concentrating for the few minutes it takes to get exact details of the hotel intranet address and the passkey arrangement.

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North Korea plans to build an underwater hotel as part of world-class beach ... - Herald Sun

North Korea plans to build an underwater hotel as part of world-class beach ... - Herald Sun | Resort and Hotel Operations |
North Korea plans to build an underwater hotel as part of world-class beach ...
Herald Sun
Although a handful of resorts around the world already offer limited underwater rooms and facilities, a grand-scale luxury underwater hotel remains elusive.

Via Darrin Jillson
Jourdan Sumithio's insight:

The plan is amazing and really great to create such an underwater hotel. The accommodation could sounds crazy but amazing in same time. This idea surely make people curious with this kind of Hotel/Resort and also the experiences the could get. This profitable idea should be built as soon as possible by North Korea. People will wait this great idea for sure.

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The Castle Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Dalian Opens in China

The Castle Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Dalian Opens in China | Resort and Hotel Operations |

WhatArticle - The Castle Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Dalian Opens in China - Dalian. Owned by the Dalian Yifang Group and managed by Starwood Hotels & Resorts, The Castle Hotel marks The Luxury Collection’s first hotel in Liaoning, China.

Jourdan Sumithio's insight:

What a great Idea!, The Castle Hotel is way of a new attraction in China. It looks really awesome and marks The Luxury Collection's first Hotel in Liaoning, China. By offering a classy and luxurious lifestyle will surely attracts people to visit the hotel. But most important thing is the price range must be reasonable and the services provided must be worth it. The hotel management must be well managed as well so all the staffs and systems are in control. By promising an enjoyable accommodation and experience will definitely make more people to come and will give more profit in the future.

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Abu Dhabi hotels told to turn off music during prayer

Abu Dhabi hotels told to turn off music during prayer | Resort and Hotel Operations |
Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority reportedly requested all music be stopped during call to prayer

Via InfoBlaze
Jourdan Sumithio's insight:

The idea was great regarding to respect their environment, even Abu Dhabi is famous within hospitality and tourism, they still need to consider their environment to keep a good relationship with their people around. The issue was about loud music that need to be turned off during moeslims pray time. By keeping the music off in that period time is showing that the hotels are cooperative enough with people around because if they disregard that issue, the hotels might get a bad reputation which lead to more negative impacts to the hotels. However, both sides need to understand each other too so all the problems can be solved easily and no other conflict possibly appear in the further future. Respect is the key point in a big environment like this, hospitality and tourism business with people around hotels.

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Beautiful, Futuristic Hotel Designed To Cope With Rising Sea Levels

Beautiful, Futuristic Hotel Designed To Cope With Rising Sea Levels | Resort and Hotel Operations |

The Maldives may be swallowed up by rising sea levels in the future, but the architects at Deep Ocean Technology will build an underwater hotel to house its inhabitants. 

Called ‘The Water Discus’, this futuristic hotel has two circular discs which will house its 22 rooms, along with a restaurant, spas and lounges. 
The structure above ground will be connected to the structure below via a staircase and an elevator, where a bar and a diving center will also be located. 

Via Lauren Moss
Jourdan Sumithio's insight:

What an awesome idea of giving tourists/travellers an unforgettable experience as they never experienced before. Great concept, design, and ideas for this hotel, however they may need to add up the capacity in the following future to add up more than 22 rooms. Overall the facilities they offered to tourists/customers are simply great, which allow people to enjoy the view around hotel as it's located at beautiful Maldives area. Maldives is well known as a dream destination place and a must visit at least once in life. By showing this brilliant and promising idea is a greater way to attracts more people to support and visit this hotel. However a reasonable price and good service are needed to keep the hotel's reputation rising in a further future.

A.S.Bhasker Raj's comment, July 27, 2013 3:04 AM
This is how technology should be utilized for sensible and practical applications
Phuong Nguyen's curator insight, September 16, 2014 2:19 AM

This hotel is designed to cope with rising sea levels in Maldives. The concept of the hotel is very original compares to other underwater hotels. Based on the beautiful images, I believe in the future, this hotel will attract a lot of leisure guests who want to come for new experiments. This hotel is very suitable for adventurous people who want to organise a party or conference under water. However the owner of the hotel should carefully consider the impact of this hotel on the sustainability of the ocean and the safety of the construction.

Nguyen Quang Thai's comment, October 6, 2014 9:18 AM
It is great for building undersea hotels. It is a really creative idea for giving the visitors the pretty new experiences and beautiful views. In addition, there are many activities for people such as having a wedding under the beach, swimming at the early morning or watching the sea creatures. People could also have a great sleep because of its peaceful and quiet. For the facilities, the number of rooms should be improved due to the over demand. In addition, the undersea hotels could cause the pollution for the sea environment and threating the habitant of sea creatures. Therefore, they have to have a plan to protect the environment and sea creatures. On the other hand, there are many risks for staying under sea. As some nature disasters like tsunami, storm or some hit of big creatures like shark, people could get disturb and afraid. So, they should have an alarm, for example, to ring if there is a tsunami coming or having some nets to stop the big creatures far away. Lastly, glass cleaning is really important. As people staying, they do not want to see some moss stick in the glasses. Therefore, the hoteliers should be awareness in order to use some special glasses or have a way protect the wall.
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Find the cheapest deals for your vacation to places around the world!

Find the cheapest deals for your vacation to places around the world! | Resort and Hotel Operations |

March 11, 2014: If you are looking for a fulfilled and exciting experience, then that certainly ought to be a holiday vacation. As there are thousands of deals and travel packages offered by hotels and travel companies, people search the internet extensively to locate the best ones. It is only natural that anyone would wish to make the best of their holiday vacation without having to worry too much about the expenses. Finding the best deals might not be a problem for you if you know where to search for, thanks to the recent developments in information technology. There are a plethora of websites which allow you could make use of to plan trips all across the world, though some of them are limited to only the few locations that they make available.

If you wish to have a comprehensive listing of all the top travel packages, rentals and price updates, then Hotel Room Direct is the site that you ought to visit. This website is exclusively devoted to cater the travel requirements of tourists. The website provides you with air travel deals, car deals, hotel deals and much more, so that you could begin your vacation deal hunt with ease. It consolidates all the information you need to plan a successful holiday and puts them all at your fingertips. As you have comprehensive listings of several travel deals in a single page, it would be easy for you to compare them. The deal hunting process is made easy to a great extent now. This website serves as a virtual search engine for your travel needs, particularly if you’re a frequent traveler.

A large number of hotels, airlines and car rental agencies from various countries across the world are associated with Hotel Room Direct. Deals offered by more than 260,000 hotels and resorts, 600 flight companies and 800 car rental firms worldwide are screened by this website. This could not possibly being done by your local travel agencies. You get to select from the best of best deals that are available from all around the world. This website is definitely one that you could utilize to search for specific vacation deals that matches particularly to your traveling budgets!

Once you decide which place you want to visit, just visit the website and check out the various package deals that are available for that particular destination. You will find this website extremely easy to navigate and it bears an extremely attractive design as well. In case you would like to search for a particular place or deal, just type in the place, your date of visit, and the period of your stay. You will instantly be presented with a listing of the most competitive offers! So, with the assistance of Hotel Room Direct, you could now easily plan a holiday trip and enjoy it to the fullest extent.

In addition to that, this website also features a travel journal which frequently publishes articles or blog posts that offer travel suggestions and in-depth information about top travel destinations from all around the world. Some of the articles, such as “10 Things One Must Do in Barcelona” and “A Guide to Traveling London through the King’s Cross Station”, are written by experienced travelers and provide essential details which will enable you to find the hot spots around the area, safely navigate to them, and understand the culture of the places that you’re about to visit.

About Hotel Room Direct:


Hotel Room Direct is a one stop destination for the best vacation deals on the internet. It features detailed listings of deals available at your travel destination, making it much easier for you to plan your vacation. The search engine also integrates customized search options which allow you to plan your trip to specific details.

Via Cot Genny
Jourdan Sumithio's insight:

With a various accommodation budgets information provided by is really helping customers/travellers from around the world to choose the package deal based on their budgets. Interesting package deal is really attract the customers and by providing all the information online even make the customer easier to access the information which is a great kind of service, because nowadays people prefer to book acommodation/travel package and see everything through internet. is offering best vacation deals with extremely easy navigation and also offer travel suggestions about top destination places from all around the world which could make customers easily to plan more satisfied with the online service provided. 

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