4 Useful Car Rental Tips for Travelers

Limo Car RentalTraveling is always fun until you find yourself in a place where you have no choice but pay for hefty prices for transportation, or have no mode of transportation at all. Especially if you’re visiting a place for the first time, it’s best to plan ahead. Car rental can get pretty expensive so if you find a way to pay less, then you can use the money saved for something more enjoyable like a nice dinner during your trip.

To help you out, read on to find useful car rental tips you can keep in mind.

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Luxury Bus Rental

Bus is the most common form of transportation around the world. Apart from that it is the easiest form of transport to reach out to. It also becomes a luxurious transporting more, if you are planning just about any kind of event or outing, a family reunion, etc.  In the other events like a school trip, a concert or a rehearsal dinner, one of the important factors in the success of the event will be the mode of transportation—how to reach at venue together? There are plenty of options but a chartered bus is the best.

Party Bus rentals are sure-fire ways to make a good night an amazing night.  When you’re with a group of friends, it can be hectic traveling from one location to another. With a party bus, however, you can party hard while you move around from place to place.

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Dealing with the Red Eye

We have all heard of redeye flights and how difficult they can be to adjust to see you are not exhausted when you travel. Taking a redeye means the travel is very late and you will likely lose a lot of sleep and therefore have red eyes. There are ways to avoid being exhausted when you have late travel, and all you have to do is properly planned for the week before you are scheduled to leave. This is easier said than done as life often times is very busy in full of hectic schedules, but if you take a little time to plan your trip accordingly you will save yourself this difficulty.

First of all, if your flight leaves late in the evening it is best to get very little sleep the night before so that when you do travel the next night you will be very very tired and will likely be able to fall asleep during travel. However if you start your travel on a regular schedule you will likely be kept up and not get any good sleep and thereby leading to a very tiresome trip. So the next time travel travel late make sure you stay up very late and only get a few hours sleep and then keep your normal routine the next day so that when you travel you will be very tired and will likely be able to fall asleep during the entire flight.

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Avoiding DVT Blood Clots During Travel

Avoiding DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) is a serious consideration when traveling by plane. DVT is a very serious condition, and can even be life-threatening if not handled properly. This condition is when you have a blood clot in your extremities, and it can happen during long air travel flights. There are number of conditions that might put you at risk for this type a blood clot, and it is important to know before you travel exactly what these risks are. And if you have ever had a blood clot before, this puts you at an increased risk of having another blood clot.

Some of the risk factors for having a blood clot are as follows:

  • Obese or overweight
  • Older than 50 years old
  • A history of blood clots
  • Poor circulation
  • A lifestyle without exercise
  • Dehydration
  • Poor nutrition
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Ground Travel: What You Should Know
Dec26

Ground Travel: What You Should Know

If you are traveling to a destination that requires air travel, you will need to decide what ground transportation you will use once you arrive to the city.  You have a number of options, including the following:

  • Taxicab
  • Rental car
  • Limousine service

The first question you will need to ask yourself is how much travel will I need to do in this city?  If it is only a small amount then probably will not make sense to rent a car.  The next question you will need to ask, is what is your budget for the trip?  If you can afford it, limousine travel is a very comfortable way to travel around the city.  Everything is taken care for you, from directions to your hotel, to taking the best route to avoid traffic.  It is also a very luxurious way to travel.  You will not have to worry that anything, as long as the limo chauffeur is professional and well trained.  We traveled to Orlando last year and found a great deal from Lakeland Limo Services out of Lakeland.  The owner Sam was really good to work with, and it was worth the extra money!

Taxicabs

Taxicabs are generally cheaper than limousines, but are also not nearly as comfortable and you will not get personalized service.  If you’re traveling for business and you need to impress clients, then limo travel is the way to go.  It will definitely impress your group and make a very positive impression.

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Taxi Cab Fares
Dec26

Taxi Cab Fares

There are many ways to estimate taxi fares and one of them is online taxi estimation applications. Taxi fares are likewise determined in different ways. In the least complex situation, a taxi may only agree on a fixed price for the journey. For instance, a cab in Orange County may charge a fixed rate for a trip to Disneyland or a nearby hotel. These fares usually range from twenty to thirty dollars (USD), or may be higher during seasonal peaks or during holidays. In a few cases, negotiation on a set price is also possible.

Here are all the factors that determine the total taxi fare:

  • Time
  • Usage Fee
  • Distance
  • Tip

 Taxi Fare Calculations

It is a well known fact that taxi fares have a relatively complicated formula for calculation, as these fares are charged based on the mileage, time, as well as the use. Right after hiring a taxi or climbing into it, you are charged a “use-fee”. This amount can be a couple of dollars, and sometimes much higher in crowded and congested places. The use fee cannot be increased as per the distance; it is set and usually starts when the driver turns on his meter. Mostly, the following stages determine cab fares based on mileage and time. Keep in mind, calculations of taxi fares are different everywhere, and there is no way to know exactly how it will work.  This is a very good tool to calculate taxi fares.

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Choosing the Right Airport for Your Travel
Dec26

Choosing the Right Airport for Your Travel

Determining the right airport to fly out of is important if you are looking for low stress travel. If you have a number of options in terms of airports to choose from when traveling, it is nearly always best to use a smaller, quieter airport. If you live in a big city, you might not have any choice in terms of what airport you have to use. This is the case for many travelers, unfortunately.

However, if you do have a number of options in terms of the airport that you use for travel, and always choose the smaller airport. It will just save you so much hassle and headache. I lived in Jacksonville for a number of years in the 1990s, and I used to fly out of Daytona Beach Airport just because it was so much easier to deal with. My cousin lives in Ormond Beach and owns a tree service company, and I would always park at his house and he would then drive me to the airport. He was very familiar with the airport as he did all of their tree service work. One thing you have to say about Daytona Beach airport, it always had the most beautiful trees.

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Luxury Cruise Travel
Dec26

Luxury Cruise Travel

A luxury cruise is a journey/holiday where a group of people or an individual book room on an extravagant cruise ship. This may incorporate world travel; however, a luxury cruise usually involves a pre-decided option stopping off at a few destinations. Travelers are allowed to land at every destination and spend the majority of the day exploring the territory, visit points of interest and sights, taste local cuisines, and do shopping before coming back to the cruise ship. This type of luxury travel incorporates high class sleeping suites, spas, gyms, sporting, entertainment, activities, and more; you can also consider them “self-contained” units. Another great part of this type of luxury travel is its flexibility; a luxury travel is enjoyed by all ages of people.

Cost, Features, and Accommodations

The expense of a luxury cruise changes between cruise firms, destinations as well as the nature of accommodation requested. Such travels are likely to be reserved through travel agents or agencies, specifically with the liner or on the web. Luxury travel is additionally highlighted as a one time quality experience. The accommodation of a luxury cruise varies from standard to deluxe, with a higher class of room service and en suite features.  One thing to be prepared for is that most rooms on cruise ships are quite small, so don’t let that shock  you.

Luxury Cruise

Capacity, Size, and Other Considerations

Cruise ships differ significantly in size, as well. Smaller liners can hold 700-1000 people, while larger ones can hold as many as 3000 people or more. Cruise liners that are larger in size, can offer many entertainment as well as accommodation features. On the other hand, smaller ships can likewise offer luxury, but to a limited amount of people, which tend to cost more. Different ships involve different cultures; for instance, casual wear is mostly appropriate on most boats, but a few demand formal attire for balls and formal meals.

Entertainment

Every cruise is likely to incorporate a wide assortment of entertainment choices as well. Amid the day, there are kids’ play zones, swimming pools, sunbathe areas, and gym activities. At night, the ship generally offers an extensive variety of balls, films, quizzes and magic shows to enthrall as well as to charm passengers.  One of the most popular shows on many cruise ships is the comedy stand-up.  It is sometimes adult-only entertainment, but very funny and a lot of fun for everyone in your party!

luxury-travelMany luxury cruises likewise provide guided tours of diverse places, while other luxury ships offer a free rein. Don’t worry, if you want to stay aboard, you can; as you wish. Disembarking allows you to see differently as well as new places, their culture, cuisines, and more. Also, it allows souvenir shopping. If you can afford, it is the best way to experience luxury as well as to travel around the globe. If you have less time and you want to taste luxury, you can hire a limo service and enjoy your evening with loved ones.

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Handling a Dirty Hotel Room
Dec26

Handling a Dirty Hotel Room

If you have ever done a lot of traveling and you know that there are not many things worse than a dirty hotel room. The hotel room does not have to be a luxury and exclusive room to be enjoyable, but cleanliness and upkeep really are a must. There’s nothing worse than having stains, dirt, or worse than a hotel room in you are traveling to have an enjoyable time. We stayed in a hotel in Georgia several years ago and did not arrive that the hotel until late at night. When we walked in there was an inch of water on the floor but it was so late that we were willing to overlook this very gross hotel room. And then we climbed into bed and found hair in the bed. It was utterly gross!

Another situation that happened during our travel was when we went to a hotel in Daytona Beach, FL and stayed at a mid-range hotel. We did not expect it to be a luxury hotel, we also did not expect it to be completely dirty. Well this hotel was completely disgusting and we will not say its name here, but let’s just say that you would recognize it. The carpets were stained and gross, and even smelled. The hotel did fix the situation and called Daytona Beach carpet cleaning company who came in and really did a great job. They fixed everything in less than 2 hours, and their stain removal in Daytona Beach was indeed very professional.  We were very impressed with this carpet cleaning company.

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Uber Taxi – Is is Safe?
Dec26

Uber Taxi – Is is Safe?

Uber taxi has become very popular for travelers both domestically and in foreign countries. To most, it seems highly unregulated and I don’t think anyone really knows just have regulated it is, or does not. Basically it just seems like anyone can call and go through a quick filtering process, and then get a license to be a taxi and start shuttling people around. It is a very new concept that people are still trying to figure out.

In one sense it is good for travelers because it creates new competition which will keep taxi rates low. Anyone, it seems, can get a license and start driving people around just like a taxicab, provided you do not have anything major on your driving record. This does seem quite unregulated and not normal for most governments and how they generally conduct business.

We all know that taxicabs are very regulated and must constantly report in to dispatch. This reporting in to dispatch its travelers a comfort that the taxicab is being watched and being regulated by a home base. The home base, or dispatch, knows exactly where the taxicab is at all times and exactly who it is picking up and where the pickup point is. This provides accountability and lets the traveler know that there is someone monitoring that taxi’s every move.

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Solar Technology to Power Road Signs
Dec26

Solar Technology to Power Road Signs

If you are someone who does not want to fly who would rather do all of your traveling by driving, and you are likely saying some new things on the rows and interstates that you have not seen before. More and more sign technology that is displayed on interstates and expressways is powered by solar technology. These are small solar panels that power signs of nearly every shape and size. It is a testament to how governments are becoming more and more environmentally conscious.

Traditional signs and signed technology is really becoming outdated. Most of the signs are lit at night by electricity from the grid. However, more and more of the small signs have small solar panels that capture the sun’s energy during the day, and then use this energy to power the sign at night. Port Orange Solar is installing these solar panels in Port Orange, FL as well as around the state. They are a progressive company that is working to make our highways and interstates more energy efficient. They also install Port Orange solar water heaters to further make things more energy efficient.

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Limousine Tips for a Great Experience
Dec26

Limousine Tips for a Great Experience

Limousines are best for special outings, and if you are planning one, then you should make everything perfect. If you have already decided to hire a limousine service, then now you just need to select a limousine service. But the question is “how to determine which limousine service is ideal for the outing or which best suits your needs?” There are a couple of things you can consider before hiring a limousine service.

Cost and Service

Clearly, the cost of the service will be a consideration. You want to save money if possible. Contact different limousine companies and ask detailed questions and check prices. Ask for a discount, especially for an advanced booking. Some specific dates could be more expensive than others, so ask about those dates and look for the most inexpensive dates. Hiring a limo for a long period of time will help you save more money.

Some companies offer flat rates instead of offering hourly rates.  I used this company in Florida last year and I know they have not only flat rate deals, but also holiday specials.  These flat rates are usually cheaper as compared to the hourly rates. Many limousine services set a limit to the minimum time so that their service will not be misused by the client. If you come under that limit, then you should look for another limousine company.

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