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Why we still need a travel agent?

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Travel agency business has a very high success rate, despite the modernization and innovation of new technologies that allow travellers to book their packages online, 24/7. This explains why people still opt for the services of a travel agent

pexels-photo-largeHere are a few reasons that explain why we still need a travel agent.

Vast Knowledge

Travel agents are experienced and have vast knowledge in everything about travelling the world. Choosing a suitable travel agency package services is quite difficult for first-timers who travel abroad. Instead of trusting the online reviews, it would be better to take the word of a qualified travel agent to get the proper information about the place you would like to visit.

Value for your money

While going on a trip, travellers prefer to enjoy an all-inclusive trip that covers most of the city’s hotspots. A travel agent can ensure travellers that they don’t miss any of the amazing happenings in the vicinity, like a great restaurant down the street, or a live concert in town.

Setting the itinerary

A travel agent can gather the right information about the days and dates of special events and even make reservations. With a travel agent in charge, you can be sure that your itinerary has everything to take you to some of the exciting happenings around the city.


A travel agent is also an expert in estimating the total cost for a trip that you select. Though you are the decision maker, a travel agent presents a clear view of what will be entertaining to you based on your interests and will also help you determine your affordability.


A travel agent also offers advice on travel insurance and makes sure that the hotel where you are planning to stay is safe and that the company running the excursion won’t rob you. They also insure that travellers have the correct travel documents, so they don’t face problems in a strange country. Even if things take a wrong turn, travel agents have the resources and the contacts to get travellers to safe grounds.

Time Savvy

A travel agent takes care of all your needs by customizing your travel package. Instead of spending hours in researching and making reservations and booking tickets, all you have to do is to ask your travel agent fix it for you and within moments your ultimate travel package will be ready. All you will have to do is to pack your bags.


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Dubai Shopping Festival 2017

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The Dubai Shopping Festival is considered to be known as the most exciting shopping festivals of Dubai. This festival is organized at the starting of a year and just before arrival of summer. The Dubai Shopping Festival is something that has made Dubai proud.

The Dubai shopping festival is an event held across the city. All the shops around the city put up interesting deals, offers and discounts. The Global Village and all big malls are major places for great shopping offers.

You will not only find the best electronic products, but can participate in many activities that are organized by the government. Film festivals, special events for youngsters, impressive street splays, night fireworks, International fashion shows, and many others are some of the cultural and entertainment programs that are organized for visitors.

Innovative programs are organized every year, which makes the ShoppingDubai Shopping Festival festival unique and remarkable. This year this grand festival is held from 26th December 2016 to 28th January 2017 as the Dubai Shopping Festival celebrates its 22nd anniversary. Fashion fanatics and shopping enthusiasts around the world are eagerly looking forward to explore this extravagant gala. This shopper’s paradise is getting ready and it is on its full fledge to entertain hungry shoppers and travellers of all age groups.

This luxurious event is not limited just to shopping alone, but it has no bounds when it comes to sheer entertainment and fun. Lively music shows and concerts by renowned international artists, Fashion shows hosted by international brands, fun-filled indoor and outdoor sports and an array of gastronomic treats are all here at DSF 2017 to make each and every moment very special for you and your family.

DSF 2017 promises a lot of entertainment programs and events for their visitors. There are innumerable programs that have been organized for different segments of people. Special efforts have been taken to ensure that every guest is well taken care of throughout their visit to the festival. The impressive and exclusive festival ideas make people around the globe eagerly wait to explore this shopping festival.

The good news is that DSF is not all about satisfying the upper end travellers, it also about offering a memorable trip to an average traveller with a limited budget. If budget is your problem, DSF offers just the right solution for you. This treasure trove is full of surprises to satisfy your fashion needs. You can delve your hands into the genuine international luxury brands available at huge discounts. This is your one and only chance to do duty free shopping on a variety of designer clothes, accessories, footwear, jewellery, carpets, spices, perfumes and handicrafts.

Top 10 places to visit in Zurich

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Voted one of the best cities to live, Zurich is a cutting edge, artistic hub which attracts visitors round the year. With so much to offer, we have come up with a list of some interesting places around Zurich, which could enrich your visit to this charming city.

Lake Zurich

The city welcomes several water-lovers from around the world who come to fall in love with the Lake Zurich, rivers Limmat and Sihl. The Zurich Lake is the highlight of the city and you can explore the picturesque view by taking a stroll along the shore. You can also opt for a short round-trip cruise, or go by boat.

Grossmünster and Fraumünster

These are the two reputed historical landmarks situated by the river Limmat. The tower of Fraumünster offers a splendid view of the city. Another attraction of this church is its famous stained glass window.

St Peter’s ChurchChurch

This historical monument dates back to the 9th century. The church’s foundation wall is still visible and in good shape. This oldest parish church has a clock famous for its face that is the largest in all of Europe. It has about 9m diameter with five bells that were made in 1880.

Kunsthaus gallery

The city has many museums and 14 museums are dedicated to art. The Kunsthaus gallery houses one of Switzerland’s largest art collections. It has artworks from as early as the 15th Century. It includes famous works by Rodin, Monet and Picasso, to name a few.

Zurich Zoo

It houses over 360 different species of animals thriving in their naturally designed habitats with a similar climate condition. The Masoala Rainforest section has a tropical climate with about 10,000 different plant varieties. The Kaeng Krachan Elephant Park offers a wonderful chance to get closer to the magnificent elephants.

Zurich Old Town

The Old Town area of Zurich is best to walk and tour around on foot. It includes several lanes on two sides of the River Limmat. The ruins of Roman baths, medieval houses and town halls are a few of the many attractions that are over 2000 years old.

Im Viadukt Shopping Square

The Zurich-West, which was an industrial area is now a cool cultural center dotted with art galleries, and restaurants. The Im Viadukt shopping arcade has shops that sell everything from furniture, designer clothes and dandy accessories.

Swiss National Museum

This museum exhibits both permanent and temporary exhibits that speak of the nation’s rich cultural history right from the beginning to this day.

Zurich gastronomic fare

The city’s culinary interests go far beyond the schnitzel.  Bahnhofstrasse is the place for classic cuisine and the Zurich-West offers more fashionable options. If you prefer a vegan menu, head to the city’s Hiltl Restaurant, found in 1898 and it was the first veggie restaurant in the world. It is now run by the fourth generation of the founding family.

Chinese garden

It is located beside the lake at the Zürichhorn. It was gifted by the sister-city of Kunming. The temple garden was inaugurated in 1994 and has winter cherry, pine and bamboo trees that are resistant to the cold. It is open from the end of March to mid October every year.


Best places to visit in Asia during July

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Asia’s top travel destinations include everything from mega-metropolitan cities to remote islands that offer a balanced dose of adventure, ancient history, culture and cuisine. We have listed the top must-see destinations in Asia on the basis of attractions, accessibility and the local prices in each place.

Bali: The sandy shores, luxury hotels and ancient temples have always attracted couples Top-10-Tourist-Attractions-And-Vacation-Spots-in-Bali-1from around the world. But it is also a favorite destination for adventurers and nature enthusiasts. This Shangri- La of Asia conjures daydreams of the fantastic landscapes, towering volcanoes wrapped in deep green canopy, turquoise waters bordered by sandy shores and curved coastlines be jewelled with ancient pagodas. Bali has everything to amuse an ordinary travel to a daring adventurer. An ordinary traveler can enjoy a stay at a luxurious oceanfront resort and indulge in exotic spa treatments. A historian can find delight by exploring the island’s temples. An adventurer can discover new paths up the volcano in Kintamani. The town of Kuta has more to offer those who enjoy late night treats.

Since accommodations could be pricey, prefer to take a cruise through Indonesia, which will dock in Bali. If you seek to go for spa treatments, prefer to stop in Kuta as the spa packages come with a less price than elsewhere in this island. Prefer to have your own self-guided tour rather than hiring tour guides.

Hong Kong: This former British colony is a massive city that offers exciting excursions, with tall skyscrapers to admire, high mountains to enjoy hiking and amusing theme parks to explore. Hong Kong fascinates travelers with its vibrant, diverse culture and outstanding city scape. The most striking feature of this city is the juxtaposed dense skyscrapers alongside lush green landscapes, giving room for more fresh air than what one could expect. This world class metropolis is also known for its culinary hot spots and museums.

 Make your hotel reservations way ahead and choose travelling by tram and head to the food court to save money.

Singapore: This culinary Mecca is influenced by the international flavor brought down by the diverse population to the local culture. The city is blessed with an impressive skyline and lively neighborhoods. The city has an appropriate proportion of tall skyscrapers and green spaces with surprise enclaves like Little India and Chinatown. The Marina Bay is a stunning example of how much they have achieved. With Singapore’s modern achievements, the other part embraces large wetland preserves that rest quietly.

Use the MRT, which is timely, cheap and clean. Prefer to shop at Little India and Chinatown for inexpensive souvenirs. Try your hand at the famous Singapore Sling Cocktail.

 Phuket: Phuket is a paradise of lush green hills, cerulean waters and wide beaches. It is affordable in terms of lodging. Accommodations in Surin and Bang Tao are a bit pricey. If you are looking for affordable lodgings, stay in Kamala or Laguna, whichever works best for you. Head to Patong and enjoy the island’s nightlife. Spend an evening at the Fantasea theme park to watch award winning shows and to enjoy a delicious buffet dinner

Most Creative Ways to Save Money During Travel

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Worldwide, all countries are facing an economic slowdown and so recreational expenses like leisure travel are becoming unaffordable to many. So if you are one of those who love to travel but lack the means to do so here are a few tips. There are many Creative ways to save money during travel. You can travel in some comfort and not feel the pinch in your pocket.

Most common way to save money on accommodation is to own time shares in good resorts. A time share is where we pay an annual membership in addition to holiday home rent for the time duration specified in a contract. The advantage is that you can travel to all areas where the timeshare companies have resorts and stay. This way you can spend less on accommodation and yo9u can even rent the property if you don’t travel to that destination.Header-2Always travel as a group during vacations. Almost all travel companies offer good discounts from travel tickets to accommodation when you travel as a group. In the vacation spot also you can have more fun as a group and take good memories back with you.

There are unpublished rates in every hotel and travel websites. These rates are not publicized and are not promoted. If you can comparison shop among various travel websites, you can get a good deal. So, be prepared to spend time on research before deciding on one travel site.

Next fool proof way to vacation cheaply is to travel during off season. Almost all resorts and luxury hotels even have an off season rate which is very low compared to the full rates. Flight tickets and accommodation can be easily arranged by the travel website at a fabulous rate during off season.  Another mindset people have is that vacation should be in a far flung exotic location. Not required, as there will be perfectly nice destinations close by in your area for a holiday.

Try to find cheap accommodation where ever you go. A lot of people offer home stays in almost all countries and places. It also gives you an experience of a lifetime. You can be part of the family for the duration of your stay and sample their life. This is an experience like no other. Be adventurous and hitchhike to your destination if you can. Try to register as a volunteer for service organizations and you can travel to countries to help and to explore. This kind of work and vacation is also catching on worldwide. This type of vacation can make you grateful for all the comfort you have at home.

Lastly vacations should not be micromanaged. There is no need to plan every small detail and activity, so go with the flow and enjoy doing nothing for a few days. If each and every day is organized it takes away the spontaneity and charm of the travel experience. So find creative ways to enjoy travel.

How to Travel on Budget in Japan

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Are you planning to travel to Japan on business or holiday? It is a beautiful and graceful country with a unique and ancient culture. It is a pleasure to travel to this country for business or pleasure. The modern and old cultures co exists with utmost charm and beauty. Coming to the practical difficulties of travel to any country it is best to plan your trip properly to Japan.

Japanese Cherry BlossomsTravel to and inside Japan is not a cheap affair so a little bit of smart planning is required. Estimates for travel will be provided in US dollars here so if you are from another country you have to convert it into your local currency. Travel to Japan in flight is variable as it depends on the airlines you fly and the time of travel along with the place of departure. All these factors can affect the charges, but there are direct flights to Japan from almost all countries of the world. The approximate cost would be in between $1000 to $2000 from major destinations like Australia America and European countries.

The capital city of Tokyo is the location where most people land up in Japan. First expense to incur is to travel locally into Tokyo from airport. There are express buses into Tokyo and also there are train service for below $30.Buses and local trains lead directly into major train stations in Tokyo

 Next off the major worry would be accommodation and food. There are accommodations for budget conscious people and also the luxury traveler. If you are on a shoestring budget, try local inns. They are quaint and charming and can give the most authentic feel to your trip. The inn is called ryokan and the bed and breakfast type of accommodation is called minshuku. There are hostels are very cheap and suitable for students and single travelers.

Most meals are cheap in Japan in ordinary inns. There are many convienence stores in every  street that will serve very good and tasty healthy food  which is cheap. This food can cost very little and are affordable to everybody. On an average it costs below ten dollars. Snacks are available in plenty and there are lot of sandwich options salads and onigiri which are rice balls with meat or vegetables. There is soup and small eats to partake as this is filling and cost less.

Travel inside Japan for leisure is an enjoyable experience. There are a lot of options like Disneyland and Yokohama’s Sea Paradise. All these sites can be enjoyed at below $80.  You can buy all souvenirs and memoirs in Tokyo for a cheap rate. There are many little shops hawking all kinds of souvenirs for very cheap costs ranging $10 to $ 50.

There are many travel companies online. Check out their offers regularly and dedicate time to do your research. Compare costs on airline tickets and accommodation in various websites before you decide.

Destinations for First-Time Backpackers

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Are you an adventurous soul looking for some excitement in your life? Try backpacking through parts of the world and brag about it to the world! There are many destinations for first time backpackers which provide a wide and varied travel experience to the traveler. So pack up your bags (make it light) and head out doors.backpacking

The number one destination for backpackers would be Mexico as it provides an ultimate and exciting adventure filled holiday. It is a cheap and budget friendly holiday destination. Food is very delicious and would be to the taste of most of the travelers. It is very delicious and we have all tasted it in one form or another. Food is cheap and filling at the same time. Accommodations in hotels are very budget friendly. Backpacking is a great way to see this country with its stunning beaches, grand at historical places and adventurous sites.

Vietnam is another option for backpackers for youth and first time back packers. It is one of the stunning and verdant areas which are very pleasing to the eye. The endless fields of rice paddy and simple lifestyles of people are soothing to the frazzled traveler. It is best to back pack as you will be in direct contact with the people. The food is varied and surprisingly there is something for everyone. So head to the capital Hanoi and enjoy all that it has to offer. Take time to explore the mountains and revel in the simple nature and beauty of this place.

Australia is often called outback because of its vast stretches of forested area and wild open spaces. It is beautiful and untouched for most parts. There are a lot of dangerous animals and snakes in the outback so be cautious as a first timer. It is good to travel in a group as the stretches are big and deserted and you might feel lonely by yourself. Visit all the cities like Melbourne and Sydney if the outdoors becomes too lonesome. It is a vibrant and colorful community with great food in stunning restaurants and pubs. Include a trip to the wine country of Adelaide and sample their fare.

India is a vibrant and colorful country and for most part it is accessible by train and local travel is very easy. Try to back pack across the country as it offers everything you can possibly want. Great food and cheap stays are a high light. There are so many cultural and historically significant places to visit in India. It is possible to live on all kinds of budgets in India. Right from outrageously priced fancy restaurants to simple hostels everything is available to the back packer.

So pack your essential things and head off into the great unknown territory. You will find adventure and beauty that is not possible through conventional travelling where everything is contrived and sometimes you end up disappointed. In backpacking you will be challenged and drawn out of your comfort zone to live it up!

Ways to be a Tourist In Your Own Hometown

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Lack of time and low budgets sure does make a dent one’s vacation plans, beyond doubts. Well, that doesn’t mean that you cannot have a good time because you ain’t travelling far! Fondly known as “staycation” by coupla enthusiasts, we would also like to call it playing tourist in your own city. Well, here are  coupla tactics on how to go about them’.

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Sketch it out – like what would you like to do? Where would you like to go? What kinda cuisine would you prefer? Jot them down and try doing them one by one. Grab a brochure from one of the local motels and jot down a few attractions that catches your eye; like some of the archetypical stuff a tourist ends up doing, something you generally don’t pay attention to. Check out with the lady behind the desk as to what she would recommend for tourists wanting to spend a day in your city and also make sure you check out if there is any package or discounts for residents/locals (trust me, you’d be surprised at what you hear)

Explore new horizons – though technically you are a resident of your city all your life, there most definitely has to be places that you would have missed or left unexplored. You’d surprised to see the same things that you once saw as a kid that seem totally and extremely different as an adult. Explore areas that you have avoided all your life.

Asking a friend to take you around as a tourist wouldn’t be a bad idea too. What is special for him/her could possibly be a total alien place for you.

Revolutionize Explore new areas week on week, for eg if you have one neighborhood in mind this week, go up the mountains, if any nearby, the following week. Try a lake or a beach or a waterfront or a famous national park that you had been wanting to explore all your life. With more variety mounting the list, the less bored you are likely to get with it all.

Experiment stuff – Now being a tourist isn’t always about exploring the city, it would also mean changing the way on how to look at things. Try fun stuff like kayaking if there are waterways in your city, or zip-lining of mountains wouldn’t be a bad idea (there has to be mountains in almost all parts of the world, well if not nearby) or how about some new pastime that you discovered while traveling abroad, how about revisiting it again, at the comforts of your own home?

Clicking some cheesy pics wouldn’t be a bad idea too – Try posing in front of a well known statue that you’ve ignored all your life, a view of the downtown, a signboard of your city welcoming you. Embrace the cheesiness of the city by freezing some moments in front of em’.

Exploring new food (one of my favorite) Try grabbing an absolutely new dish that they swear they are best at, immerse in its glory or greasiness and as you grab a bite from some unvisited place also do look around; you never know you might unravel some cool history about that place as you munch on your new found food with some cool photos and history waiting to be discovered.

Finally, if none of the above appeases you and you are still hungry for more adventure or surprises try exploring nearby areas or towns that has been pending for long now. How about parks, or a hike maybe or a yoga retreat? Go on, make it special and check-in to a hotel turning it into a weekend getaway kind.

So for those of you all that miss traveling, but unable to do so owing to other commitments, playing a tourist in one’s own city would be your best bet. Along with getting a tourist experience even as you fulfill your day to day chores, there is no significant spending required in terms of travel/stay and yet adds some oomph to your otherwise dull day-to-day routine. Plus, it is sheer and absolute fun!


Places To Visit In San Francisco

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Tourists leave their hearts high on a hill, where lil cable cars welcome you with open hands offering you a ride to the stars. The city of San Francisco, in northern California, that lies on the tip of a peninsula is bordered by the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Renowned for its mountainous landscape, constant fog, iconic Golden Gate Bridge, vivid Victorian houses, cable cars and the notorious former prison, Alcatraz Island, sitting right on the bay, the city sure is a place where many reluctant tourists end their vacation leaving their heart behind. The Trans america pyramid is the Financial District’s most eminent skyscraper. The aforementioned Golden Gate Bridge, though not the tallest, largest or longest bridge in the world, still is the most celebrated one. Well, in contrast to its sister, the Bay Bridge (connecting the East Bay and San Francisco), it is open to cyclists and pedestrians. And of course, it is toll-free. Nevertheless, if you plan on driving into the city, don’t be surprised to be charged with a hefty 6-dollar toll. Now such a majestic structure doesn’t come for free right?

malibustockThe morning fog might get a bit chilly but then who cares, California is a dream-come-true for many to be bothered about such petty things. With its very own unique mythical aura, it attracts thousands from neighboring states and people all over the world.

Artsy – would be more an appropriate a phrase to describe San Francisco that has from the early 60s with its hippy culture loves all things creative and usually different. It is there right in the air, the prominent vibe of the city that enthuses one to be a free spirit always venturing into something unique.

Foggy, that would be best work to describe SFO’s weather as one would be welcomed by the fog almost every morning. Check out the San Francisco Burritos that are bigger than the usual ones. Your next stop would be the Silicon Valley, the land of the young, brainy and triumphant. Well, maybe if luck would have it, you might be the next Zuckerberg. So imagine you fell in love with the place and choose to be there for some time, then Oakland is the place that you gotta head to as SFO can turn out to be a very costly affair, especially the rent. But it Oakland the cost of living is relatively cheap and yet you still feel like being a part of SFO, especially with it being just 15 minutes away on BART.

Yet another attraction in San Francisco for free would be the Lombard Street that prides itself of being the world’s most crooked street. People drive down this street for fun and why not, it is one of its kind now, aint? Wannbe famous, trying dwelling in the crooked section of the Lombard Street with tourists taking pictures from every nook and corner of the street, you might almost get a celebrity feeling with paparazzi right outside your doorstep 24×7!

Next comes the Fisherman’s Wharf which is every tourist’s dream and the most visited too. By the docks of Pier 39 one gets to see a flock of Sea Lions eternally playing, swimming and love grabbing attention of people. Many a street performers take advantage of the site in trying to perform and earning that extra buck. Well, yeah watching is free, but they sure do expect gratuities. Beware of the Bush Man though! Nooo not President Bush, just a homeless man hoping to make that extra buck by jolting people in his shrub bush costume. Then there are the museums, some incredible ones, but the cost might be a bit too high, that is something that you gotta watch out. Again parks and beaches sketch the bay and is indeed a beauty of it. Any nature lover will be fascinated by it. And last but not least is the strange weather of SFO, that is mostly microclimatic. Well, think of it this way, while it gets too cold in one place, trying going someplace else in the city where the climate is quite the contrary. Solves the issue, ain’t it?