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Enjoy Breakfast On The Road

Posted by Travel Club on December 9, 2019 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (306)


What makes for a stellar hotel stay? Do you think it is an inviting room, comfy bed, a spacious shower, functional alarm clock or perhaps a delicious breakfast, which can take your entire travel experience to a whole new level? Is it a combination of these things or all of the above? Well, some hotels are getting your message loud and clear and are gearing up with surprises for travelers as they take on these needs, one by one.


Take the breakfast, for instance. Hotels push the envelope by focusing on new amenities such as satellite radio or Internet check-in. However, the 2005 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index, a study by J.D. Power and Associates, finds that improvements on tried-and-true comforts such as a hearty, complimentary breakfast receive considerable boosts in customer satisfaction scores.


 

The company that introduced the concept of "complimentary continental" more than 20 years ago recently updated it to make the breakfast experience unlike that of other hotels. Its breakfast team tested 60 varieties of eggs, 15 sausage patties and 12 different orange juices and orchestrated more than 175,000 changes in breakfast alone to see that the experience stays consistent, from hotel to hotel, across the country.


Here's what the researchers developed:

 

Some like it hot!

-A well-balanced breakfast offering is a necessity for starting your day off right. The On the House™ Hot Breakfast offers hot items, with eight different menus including eggs and breakfast meats, biscuits and gravy, wraps with salsa and more. Seasonal items are also being offered to guests. Menus are selected by individual hotels based on the preferences of their business and leisure travelers. (Low-carb dieters, that includes you!)

 

Some like it fast!

-With On the Run Breakfast Bags™, there's no excuse to miss breakfast. Available Monday through Friday mornings, each bag contains an apple, a Kellogg's® breakfast bar, an Otis Spunkmeyer® Muffin and a bottle of water. In 2005, Hampton Hotels distributed more than three million On the Run Breakfast Bags, making it the largest to-go complimentary breakfast from a hotel.

 

Some like it high-octane!

-Three blends of coffee have been specifically created to add a new flavor with a smile to breakfast. The blend is known for its robust taste and is the signature coffee for all 1,330 hotels. A typical Hampton hotel will serve at least 13 gallons of coffee daily-that's three gas tanker trucks full every day.

Some like it simple!

-The hotel chain has created consistency in the breakfast experience so guests will know what to expect each time they visit a Hampton Inn anywhere in the nation by arranging breakfast by food type into six zones-hot, cold, baked, fresh, coffee and juice-to meet each guest's needs. Welcoming displays are set up to describe the food and guide guests through an enjoyable experience.


 

Some like it served with a smile!

Hampton is not just offering delicious food, but also service and a personal connection to make their breakfast an unforgettable experience. Through a "Hampton Moment," staff greet and connect with guests and offer an unexpected delight they won't find at any other hotel.


 

Even with all the upgrades, the breakfast continues to be complimentary, saving travelers $5 to $20 per person and an extra stop in the morning. So whether you are a lounger who enjoys a leisurely breakfast or your schedule only allows for a coffee and a bagel for the road, Mom was right -breakfast really is the most important meal of the day.

 

 

 

A guest selects from the options available every day from one hotel chain's breakfast specifically designed to meet travelers' needs.

 

 

 

6 Unique Gifts for Travelers

Posted by Travel Club on December 8, 2019 at 12:45 PM Comments comments (241)

Coming up with unique Christmas gift ideas can be difficult. If you’re buying for a traveler, here are a few unique travel gifts you should consider.

 

Travel Gifts

 

For some people, travel consists of hopping on a plane and moving around the country as part of a job. For others, it is an opportunity to get out and see exotic locations. Regardless of the type of travel, following are a list of unique travel gifts you can buy friend and family who travel.

 

1. Gladiator School – Watching the movie, Gladiator, each of us had a moment where we pictured ourselves on the floor of the coliseum. Well, now you can give someone the ultimate travel gift. Yep, Gladiator lessons in Rome, Italy. Located on the ancient Appian rode where Spartacus met his end, the Gladiator School offers a variety of lessons in the theory and actual combat techniques of the Gladiators. You will actually cross swords with others. Courses range from one day to four months.

 

2. Air Compression Bags – Okay, these aren’t the most exciting of gifts, but travelers love them. When you travel, space is at a premium. Packing compression bags are zip bags that hold clothes. The bags have a pressure valve that removes the air and reduces the space taken up by the clothes by over 80 percent. This means you don’t have to leave the wool sweaters and winter jackets at home. A tremendous utilitarian item. Amazon is the leading brand in this category and you can spend between $10 and $30 depending on the size of the bag. This is a travel gift that will actually be used and cherished.

 

3. 1,000 Places To See Before You Die – This book makes a great gift for travelers. Locations and descriptions of unique places are included. Be warned, the person you give this gift to will end up sitting somewhere for hours reading it. In rare cases, they’ll walk out the door and go directly to the airport. You can buy it at any bookstore or online.

 

4. Swiss Army Knife Pens – Everyone knows the value of Swiss Army Knives. Now you can buy it in the form of a pen. The tools pull out of the top of the pen just like the traditional knife. Expect to pay $30 and up for this travel gift. Vat19.com

 

5. Fly the Big Apple – If New York City is on the travel itinerary, then a helicopter tour over the Big Apple is a great gift and surprisingly inexpensive. Xperience Days is offering them for $65.

 

6. Travel Journals - Travel Journals are compact writing journals that let travelers keep notes about their trips. Really great for creating a record of who was on the trip, things seen, people met, contact information such as email address, phone numbers and so on. As the years pass, you can read back through your travel journal to relive trips and laugh yourself silly over funny events you might otherwise forget. A tremendous gift for student travelers and backpackers. You can click here to see the travel journals for less than $20.

 

Shopping for the holidays can be stressful. If you’re buying for a traveler, any of the above gifts will be a hit.

 

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Stop Wasting Money

Posted by Travel Club on November 30, 2019 at 9:40 PM Comments comments (185)

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Europe At Night

Posted by Travel Club on November 29, 2019 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (139)

Duty Free Shopping On Your Travels

Posted by Travel Club on November 27, 2019 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (3721)


For those of you who frequently travel outside of the country, you may have noticed these duty free shops. They sell a variety of products from liquor, to perfume, chocolates, souvenirs, etc. Actually you will find most of them in international airports or at select shopping locations in the country of destination, quite often at big five star hotels. Items sold at duty free are free of duty in the country where the item is bought in the sense that they don’t have any value added tax added. For some there is a tax but you are given a rebate form to claim back the tax before you leave the country. This is the reason why some people especially the foreigners would want to buy items in these shops.


 

Before you buy at these duty free shops though, it is imperative for you to compare whether the merchandise here are priced way much lower than what we have at home. You will come to realize though that duty free shops in the city will give better value than those found in airports where you can expect a much higher rent. If you have the luxury of time, visit these duty free shops before you leave the country to go home.


 

You will notice that airport duty free shops have limited choices and selections usually targeted at higher end goods though you cannot deny the convenience the airport offers for some last minute shopping of souvenirs and gifts that may have been forgotten. This is also the avenue where you can get rid of the local currency whose amount would turn out to be immaterial if we have it changed back to dollars or our own currency.


 

If you do intend to spend your remaining currency in the airport duty free shop, select something like a souvenir to remind you of the country you visited.


 

I would strongly suggest for you to reclaim back the tax you have paid if any at the duty free office inside the airport. Usually you will be filling up a rebate form that will be provided at the duty free shop or for some the office will just require you to present all the receipts and goods that you purchased at the duty free store. You will realize that buying in these duty free shops is way much cheaper than if you purchased at other shops as long as you make a visit to the duty free office prior to your departure from the country.


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Save Money on Your Next Trip

Posted by Travel Club on November 26, 2019 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (191)

You know the feeling - that knot that materializes in your stomach as you drive away from your house to begin a two-week vacation. By the time you hit the freeway, familiar refrains are running through your mind: Did I turn off the toaster? The coffeepot? The iron? :you wonder frantically. What if I left a burner on? What if we come home to a pile of ashes?



Thankfully, there's a cure for this same old panic attack: housesitting. If you don't have a friend or neighbor who can keep a steady watch over your home while you're away, a housesitter can be an invaluable aid to your sanity. And a Web site called housecarers.com can help match you up with someone in search of a house to look after - and, more importantly, someone with whom you feel comfortable.


Smoothly navigable and user-friendly, the site walks you through the whole process - from understanding housesitting basics (under such headings as "What are the standard guidelines of a housesitting agreement?" and "Why do people register to housesit?") to how to register and communicate through the site.



Issues dealing with homeowners' insurance, security and bill-paying also are covered. And when you're finally ready to look for a candidate, type in a few criteria (such as location) and browse the listings of prospective housesitters who fit them.



Of course, if you're interested in the flip side of the process - that is, becoming a housesitter yourself - the site is equally useful. Register your availability and preferences, and wait to see if there's a homeowner in your area who's desperate for a little peace of mind. Who says there's no such thing as a win-win situation?



HouseCarers.com understands the importance of selecting the most reliable sitter to care for your most valued asset. The site provides exceptional service and is dedicated to the satisfaction of their members. The effective qualities of the site substantiate the claim, “Peace Of Mind While You`re Away.”



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Hotels Etc Membership Benefits

Posted by Travel Club on November 24, 2019 at 12:05 PM Comments comments (203)


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How do you save as a member? Do you plan a vacations at the last minute? How about taking your family out to your favorite restaurant more often? Plan a weekend with the girls, or a golf outing for the guys? Maybe you want to enjoy what life has to offer without worrying about the price? One thing is for certain, we can help you save your hard earn money from one side of the world to the other!

 

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Posted by Travel Club on November 17, 2019 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (124)

Cruise Ship Vacations for Seniors

Posted by Travel Club on July 1, 2019 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (221)


In many areas of the world, including the United States, we often view senior citizens as having limits. While health issues may plague some senior citizens, most individuals are healthy and happy. In fact, many consider their senior years to be the prime of their live. If you are one of those individuals, you could experience fun and excitement aboard a cruise ship.


One of the most common concerns aboard a cruise is safety. Many senior citizens and their family members are concerned with the health risks of taking a cruise. If you or your family has fears associated with extended cruises, you may want to seek guidance from your family physician. With a simple visit, your physician may easily be able to determine whether or not you are up for the voyage.


If and when you receive the okay from your doctor, you can begin to further examine vacationing aboard a cruise ship. When examining cruise ships, you are encouraged to examine a number of cruise lines and each of the ships that they have available. To get started on your search, it is advised that you examine Royal Caribbean Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Carnival Cruise Lines, and Princess Cruises. The foresaid cruise lines are just a few of the many that service travelers; however, they are often considered the most popular.


When examining a particular cruise ship, you are encouraged to search for activities and services that you are attracted to. These services are important because they are often the only way for seniors to find the perfect cruise ship. At the current time, there is not a large, well-known cruise ship company that offers cruises specifically for senior citizens. That does not mean that you shouldn’t take a cruise. It does; however, mean that you may need to spend more time researching your available options.


You can and should search for cruise ship activities based on your own preferences. Many seniors prefer cruise ships that offer elegant dinning facilities and activities geared towards mature crowds. If safety is a concern, you may wish to vacation aboard a family fun cruise. These cruises are geared towards individuals and families of all ages. Many times, a family fun cruise has a more appropriate environment. Seniors, including yourself, may find this environment warm and welcoming.


Once you have made the decision to take a cruise ship vacation, you may be excited to book your reservations. Senior citizens are urged to refrain from purchasing tickets and making travel accommodations on a whim. This is because many seniors qualify for cruise ship and other travel discounts. Many of these discounts are offered by AARP, Triple A, Hotels Etc and other membership clubs. Even if you may not qualify for travel deals and discounts, you should still see if they exist. Until you look, you never know if you can book a cruise at a discounted price.


Cruise ship travel is a fun, exciting, and rewarding experience, no matter what your age. All most all cruise ships are safe enough that you can even vacation alone. If you are concerned with your safety while traveling alone, you may want to invite along family or your senior friends. With a large number of discounts, it is quite possible that you can all enjoy a vacation aboard a cruise ship, without having to go broke.




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