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Posted on Aug 5, 2010 in Travel |

Abduction Tourism…

Apparently, exploring the sightseeings or trying the local cuisine of the chosen destination is old school now.  Even extreme sports such as sky-diving or swimming with sharks is not adrenaline enough. Tourists go for hard-core stuff now – such as simulated kidnapping experience. Practically, you pay to get unexpectedly kidnapped, bound, gagged and imprisoned for hours. Seriously. A French company is already offering kidnapping packages. “It allows you to experience the terror of the real thing,” Craig Shim, Tourism Queensland marketing manager, said. …Except while you are being abducted, you will know “the real thing” will be over in several hours. If it’s not over, then it is for real. To add to the absurdity of this idea, here’s a simple but straight to the point thought of Ethan Gelber, who wrote an article about the Abduction Tourism for the Lonely Planet blog: “Just remember: You can’t relive your holiday if your only memories are of a featureless room. And you can’t see great sights through a blindfold.” Enough said. Source: news.com.au blog.visafirst.comMore...

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Posted on Aug 3, 2010 in Travel |

The Importance of Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance is one of those things that either get into use, or is a waste of money. But, it’s also one of those things that make the difference between an unforgettable travel experience and a nightmare that you never want to go through again – ever. People are quite negligent when it comes to travel safety simply because they don’t know what to expect, or they have never had an accident during travelling before. Think of this: what is the chance to have your luggage lost or stolen? Or, to break a leg while skiing or hiking? The chances are huge. “Regardless of whether you travel overseas regularly, infrequently or on a once-in-a-lifetime trip, travel insurance is essential and can well mean the difference between fantastic and disaster,” Steve Mickenbecker, head of research at Canstar Cannex, said. “Cancelled reservations, lost luggage, diverted flights, missed connections, bad weather and illness or accident can turn your well deserved holiday into a horror story.” So, if you are thinking of spending hundreds (or more likely thousands) of dollars for a trip to another country, why wouldn’t you invest a couple of hundred more and secure your travel and fun? Travel insurances are available both online and at physical locations, as the online version is the cheapest. Some people prefer the face-to-face experience, and go to insurance agencies. They might be a little more expensive, but they sure guarantee more personalized service and insurance that best fits your needs. Other people have travel insurances through their credit cards which are usually platinum or gold and not everyone has those. “Surprisingly, premium credit cards offer very comparable travel insurance. A platinum card may cost you roughly $200 in an annual fee and you’ll get free travel insurance,” Harry Senlitonga, financial analyst at Datamonitor in Sydney, said. The most important thing people need to know when choosing their travel insurance is, however, its coverage. That’s why sometimes it’s recommended that you go to an agency and let them choose the right one for you, in case you don’t know how to search for one....

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Posted on Jul 30, 2010 in Travel |

Ski at night

Travellers who want to ski in Australia and New Zealand but are overwhelmed with the prices at these resorts, can save money by skiing at night. Several major OZ and NZ ski resorts such as Perisher, Falls Creek, Mt Buller and Coronet Peak offer night ski at lower rates. This way ski lovers will enjoy the almost empty slopes, and their mistakes will be barely noticed. Some may be concerned about the safety side of this experience, but all precautions are taken – instructors, first aid, lifts and high intensity lamps are operate all the time. “It’s a whole different atmosphere at night – skiing under the stars then enjoying music and hot mulled wine on the deck – it’s very special,” Coronet Peak ski manager, Hamish McCrostie, said. Night skiing is available for teenagers as well. Source: news.com.au blog.visafirst.comMore...

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Posted on Jul 29, 2010 in Travel |

Tips for Buying Used Cars

It’s a common practice for backpackers in Australia and New Zealand to buy used cars to travel and explore the life there during their stay. Being foreigners, however, they are not familiar with the local practices and could turn into easily be ripped-off. Carsguide.com.au offers some helpful tips on how to get the right car and how to avoid being lied to. Budget. You should not forget to include the charges that will apply additionally to the car price, such as registration, insurance, basic maintenance and gas. So, don’t fall for the first offer. Shop around to find the best rate. Research. Doing some research before buying a used car is essential. In order to figure out whether the given price of a car is realistic, research the model in local newspapers, and online. Also, when the car price is way too low for the particular model, then there is likely something wrong with the car. Talk to the seller. Make sure you ask a lot of questions such as: why are they selling the car; how long have they had it for; what condition is it in; has it been damaged, etc. Look at the car. If it’s a private seller, not a dealer, make sure you go to their home address, instead of arranging a different place to meet. Compare the home address with the one on the registration certificate. Car’s history. Always check the car history to make sure the car is not stolen, for example. Ask for the VIN number and search through databases of the state where the car was registered. In some states you can pay a fee and have that done, which will save you time and money. Check the car. This is an extremely important part of the process, and you have to be very cautious. If you don’t have the knowledge and experience, just take the car to a specialist to do it for you. Test drive. The price. In most cases you have a real chance to reduce the price. You can make a list with the problems of...

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Posted on Jul 28, 2010 in Travel |

Free Tan At Gatwick

Here’s what Gatwick Airport in London did to attract travelers – it started offering free fake tan before taking off. The idea came into effect thanks to combined efforts between the airport and the tanning firm St Tropez. Both sides hope they will make passengers more confident prior to arriving to their holiday destination. The spray tan is also called “Gatwick Glow,” and is meant to prepare the travelers for the summer sun. Kim Francis, the airport’s marketing manager said, “Hopefully it will send them off on their holidays feeling great about themselves.” The offer will continue between July 28 and August 1. blog.visafirst.comMore...

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Posted on Jun 11, 2010 in Travel |

“How much would it cost ?” Tool

We’ve found another useful online tool to introduce to the travel lovers – especially to those who like to budget their trips optimally.   With Kayak’s Tool, you can easily compare how much it will cost you to get to places all over the world as you see them on a map. Once you click on the spot you wish to know more about, you will see details on flight costs per person as well as prices for hotels in the area. You get pretty much all the information you need about the destination – how to get there, how much it will cost, where to stay, etc. Visa FirstMore...

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