European Coach Holidays

Everyone needs a break from their daily routine. If you want to make your holidays special and exciting, try out the European coach holidays. With the glamour and beauty of European countries and the extravagant luxury coaches, you will cherish the memories of this tour for your entire lifetime. These tours offer you a deeper insight of the particular places that you want to visit. However, you have to take your time and find out the best options of these trips which can offer you the exotic holiday packages. You can conduct a research on the internet and make a list of the companies which offer coach trips to the places you desire to visit. You can get the catalogue of some of the best companies and then compare their packages and the prices and choose the most suitable one for you.

European Coach Holidays

These coach trips are economic and offer best of services. With the bliss of professional drivers to chauffeur you and luxury coaches you can travel in a relaxed and comfortable manner. These are escorted trips and will have guides especially present to make you aware of the significance of the place. They save a lot of time because you can see many places in few days. You can make friends and join with other people in your trip. You can enjoy local short trips without facing the hassles of traveling in public transport. You can be free from all the stress of planning, organizing, booking hotels as all these will be done by the company you choose. With European coach holidays you can enjoy five star experiences at the best hotels in Europe. Breakfast, evening meals and other entertainment facilities are provided by the topmost companies.

These coach trips offer coach holidays to Spain, Wales, UK, Italy, France and Disneyland Paris. The European coach holidays will do all the hard work and you can just enjoy the lavish holidays in Europe. The packages are priced very reasonably. The payment can be done by direct bank transfer. With well furnished rooms, sightseeing and small excursion trips, your holiday will be completely unforgettable. The reputed companies have transparent terms and conditions, Pick up lists, so you can trust them easily.

The Essential Laws of Options Explained

Why You Should Vacuum Seal Your Leftovers In today’s world, food is incredibly important. Food can provide nutrition, but it also gives us the energy that we need to live. As you are no doubt aware, though, there are many obstacles associated with food. Obviously, you will need to think about how to deal with leftovers. It’s usually not a good idea to throw food away. This is not a good use of your time or your resources. As you may imagine, though, it isn’t easy to store food. If you’re not careful, refrigerated food will only last a day or two. Fortunately, there is something that you can do. If your food has been properly sealed, it will last weeks or longer. Before you take action, though, you need to think about what you are doing. There are a number of problems with food going bad. To get started, it can be a health issue. Over time, bacteria can grow on food. There’s also the issue of flavor. By properly sealing your food, the flavor will last longer. Before we go any further, let’s review the basics of vacuum sealing food. The primary purpose of a vacuum seal is to move all of the air from the container that the food is in. This can keep food fresh, and it also helps you maintain flavor. Remember that a good vacuum seal will be able to work on a wide variety of different foods. Some people will seal dry foods, but you can also seal refrigerated foods. If you’re someone that regularly eats leftovers, it only makes sense to buy vacuum seals.
The Beginner’s Guide to Foods
Vacuum sealers are particularly effective on meat and fish. There are a pair of approaches here. You may want to use the sealer during preparation, but you also have the option of using it during storage. If you want to marinate your meat, consider sealing it before it is actually prepared. Before you do anything else, you need to put the marinade with the meat in the bag. As soon as you seal the bag, all of the air will be gone. When this happens, the meat will absorb one hundred percent of the sauce. Vacuum seals are also useful for uncooked meat. To begin, you’ll want to divide the meat into regular portion sizes. Each portion can then be individually sealed. By sealing your food, you can get two years or more out of it. By sealing your food, you can keep it fresh for longer.
The 10 Best Resources For Sealers
While meat can be effectively sealed, there are other foods that you should think about. Cheese is a great candidate. In this sense, a vacuum sealer can actually help you save money. The truth is that cheese is much more affordable when you buy it in bulk. If you care about your food, it only makes sense to invest in a vacuum sealer.

Foods – My Most Valuable Advice

Saving Money on Your Grocery Budget If you are trying to support a family, it is important that you keep a budget for the expenses you are going to incur each month. Even if there are several sources of income in the household, it can be hard to pay for everything each month if you do not follow your budget. The budget you come up with needs to start with the things that you absolutely need to pay for every single month. This means the expenses that you have for housing, transportation, utilities, and food need to come before anything else. It can help your family to live more comfortably when you are able to find ways to lower the expenses in your budget. If you are looking for a way to lower the amount you spend on groceries each month, you should consider vacuum sealing foods. For any family, a huge expense that you are going to face each month is the food that you buy at the grocery store. And in our country a huge problem that is faced by a lot of families is the amount of food that ends up going to waste each year. Each year you could be throwing thousands of dollars’ worth of food into the garbage. But, by vacuum sealing foods you could end up saving a huge amount of food that you would have otherwise thrown into the garbage. You could end up saving thousands of dollars a year on the groceries that you buy for your family by vacuum sealing perishable foods. Making it so food does not spoil is not the only benefit you will find if you start vacuum sealing foods. If you want to bring your lunch to work every day, vacuum sealing foods is going to make meal prep much easier for you. This is because you can do a week’s worth of meal prep on Sunday, and when you open up your lunch on Friday the food will still be fresh.
Looking On The Bright Side of Foods
If you want to start vacuum sealing foods, you are going to need to purchase a vacuum sealer to do it. The cost of a vacuum sealer is going to vary depending on the brand you choose, but over the course of a year they are going to pay for themselves. You are going to want to try shopping around online if you are hoping to get the best deal on a vacuum sealer.
Short Course on Foods – What You Should Know
If you are supporting a family, you need to find ways to stretch your limited budget. Each year, many families waste hundreds, even thousands of dollars on food that ends up spoiled. Vacuum sealing food can help you to reduce the amount of money you spend each month on groceries for your family.

Negotiating Rates and Fares With Travel Agents

A whole generation of travelers, it seems, are so conditioned to use the Internet for travel booking that they’re not even sure how a travel agent operates. These travelers use the hunt-and-pick method to find the best rates and fares online. And if that method doesn’t reveal an affordable price, they might start wondering if a travel agent—a real, live person—could whip up a price reduction. Many an agent has received an anonymous phone call from a would-be traveler who wants to negotiate fares and rates.

While agents do have access to unpublished discounts and pre-negotiated travel fares, most do not have the ability to negotiate pricing. Agents do not set travel fares; they quote them. When they find a better price, it usually isn’t because they lowered the fare to get your business; it’s because they literally found a lower price.

There are exceptions, of course. Every agency has different policies, and some agencies allow their agents to make a case for offering discounted fares in certain situations. To get the lower fares approved, the agent would probably have to present a competing bid that’s lower and make a strong argument for why the fare should be discounted. To be clear, this type of discount comes out of the agent’s and the agency’s commission. So the agent and agency would need a very good reason for even considering it. At a minimum, the standard commission on the vacation in question needs to be sizeable and the customer must be strategically important in some way.

In other words, a $29 hotel rate is not negotiable.

When you ask an agent to negotiate, you are essentially asking the agent to subsidize your vacation—the same way a newly engaged couple might ask the groom’s dad to fund part of the honeymoon. Many agents will respond to these requests by saying, “I’ll see what I can do.” And then the agent will search, often successfully, for a lower fare.

Real stories from the trenches

Every agent has her own set of stories involving customers who misunderstand how travel agents operate. Here are a few of ours:

Customer finds a below-market rate for a hotel room during an event weekend through our online travel agency. The customer books the room online, but does not select the right room type. The customer calls the week before the event and asks to switch the reservation to a larger room at the same room rate. Unfortunately, the hotel did not have any larger rooms left. We could not remedy the lack of rooms at the first hotel, but we did locate another room at a different hotel.
Customer calls and asks for a discounted rate on a hotel in Cabo. The dates and hotel choice were not flexible. We find the discounted rate, at a prepay rate. The customer says great, he’ll take the rate, but not a prepay basis. Hotels, like airlines, do offer discounted rates for prepaying customers. Generally, an agent can’t book a prepay rate for payment-on-arrival.
Customer calls and says she’s found a travel agent rate at a resort and would like us to book her vacation at that rate. Travel agent rates are for agents traveling; anyone booking under such a rate would have to show agent identification to the hotel or resort upon check-in. An agent cannot book a travel agent rate under someone else’s name, nor can an agent buy the room at that rate and then resell it to a customer.

Travel Pre And Post Internet

I’ve been travelling for over 40 years – by thumb in my early days, by boots in the Scouts, a Lambretta came next and then my first old banger followed by newer old bangers to the beaches of the Costa Brava.

My thumb, boots, bikes and bangers took me all over Europe and the UK before finding that a charter flight to Spain on an old ‘Connie’ could get me to the beaches and bars a lot quicker and allow more time to enjoy the local travel opportunities by horse and cart and the occasional bus and train.

‘Go West and Prosper’ seemed to be a good idea so instead of taking an 8 hour flight I took an 8 day transatlantic crossing from Tilbury to Montreal on the Stephan Batory of Polish Ocean Lines ensuring that jet lag did not trouble my travel plans. Some years later I crossed the pond again on a ship but this time it was 5 times bigger and I travelled in style on the QE2 and dined in the Queen’s Grill somewhat removed from my earlier experience. I highly recommend ocean voyages but cannot see myself on one of the modern cruise ships going from port to port with constant line-ups to get on and off to buy t-shirts. However, I have done 10 Windjammers and a Star Clipper cruise in the Caribbean which were all memorable (let’s hope Windjammer Barefoot Cruises recover from their woes). But I digress.

I had read that Canada is a spectacular country, from sea to shining sea, and my entrance into the St. Lawrence River to Montreal and then heading west in an old Econoline van from the Great Lakes, across the Prairies to the Rocky Mountains before ending up whale watching off of the Pacific Coast of Vancouver Island was a trip of wonder to a bloke from London. Today the scenery is still spectacular and the best way to go is still by road so rent or buy a car, motorhome or motorbike, take the train or tour bus but remember the maps, a fly rod, good boots and take your time.

My favorite part of Canada / USA for adventure travel has to be Northern BC / Alaska, to hike the Chilkoot Trail in the steps of the goldseekers of 1898. The Northwest Territories to canoe the Nahannie River and the Yukon to drive from Dawson City to Chicken, Alaska. If you like the outdoors and can put up with a few bugs, cast a fly and scale a few hills or drive on endless dirt roads sharing the space with moose, caribou, elk, bears and eagles, then these are the places to put on your list. The pleasures and experiences in driving to Inuvik on the Dempster Highway or to Prudhoe Bay on the Dalton Highway or even the Canol Road can only be felt by doing them. I would have mentioned the Alaska Highway but now it is an easy drive unlike the aforementioned.

Today the costs of driving these distances may mean that sharing the journey with others is required, but RVing or simply vanning and camping is a great way to see beyond the horizon. Some enroute adventures now need to be booked in advance whereas when I hiked Denali and the Chilkoot Pass it was just a case of turning up, registering with the local ranger office and heading on out. A little more forward planning is needed for today’s traveller and cost considerations of lengthy flights or drives have to somehow be countered with more careful planning. In the days of reasonable gas prices I would not even consider the driving or flying costs and have driven to Key West from the northwest coast, down the west coast to the Baja and to the west coast from New York. I once even flew my 1946 Fleet taildragger from the Pacific to the Atlantic and back using around 5 gallons an hour of avgas. Before the oil and credit crisis I drove from Rio de Janeiro to Lima, down to Tierra del Fuego and back to Rio covering over 15,000 miles of spectacular scenery and with no consideration about the cost of gas. South America should be on your itinerary too! Some other memorable drives that may now require a mortgage with the gas companies include London to The Nordkapp, Norway, Skippers Canyon in New Zealand and the loneliness of the far north of Australia and the amazing coast of Western Australia stopping by at Monkey Mia and Wave Rock.

We tend to forget that the real cost of travelling is often less today than over the 40 years of my travels. In 1977 my round-trip airfare from Canada to Australia cost over $1700 in 1977 dollars so today it is far cheaper to fly, even with the airlines gouging for fuel, extra baggage, no service and no pleasure. The ‘Big Mac’ method of price comparison as developed by The Economist newspaper gives us a good gauge for most expenditures of today compared to yesterday but my $1500 cost to get a private pilots licence in the 1970’s seems cheap by comparison to today, but obviously not when using this Big Mac principle. Other travel costs are also far cheaper today but this should not mean that travellers should disregard the many methods of saving costs that can then be put to extended or improved travel experiences

Travel Post-Internet:

In my 40 years of travel I have had to use travel agents to make even the simplest of reservations and buy tickets, not even thinking to ask them if they had “been there, done that?” It was just a case of there being no other options to buying travel. Now we have unlimited choices and can seek out better travel agents, better prices, better selections and information about anywhere in the world for our travels – without even leaving home.

The Internet now gives travellers ideas and options of Where to go, When to go, Why to go, What to do, Who to book with and How to save money and offset costs. We can search and find experts for every travel option. If we are comfortable with the Internet we no longer have to go to a travel agent to make reservations and buy tickets except to book with some of the larger travel companies that still produce glossy brochures and offer all inclusive packages or tours that only sell through the agency system. The Internet also allows those of us who are smart enough to know when to seek out a top travel agent with knowledge, experience and expertise (KEE skills) of destinations and activities about where to find them. There is no longer any need to only use our local agents when we can find one somewhere else in the world. When we do not need ‘the knowledge’ and can do it ourselves we simply surf the web so that we can book directly with tour and travel operators wherever we have decided to go.

Some travel agents operate their own tours, some are both wholesale and retail, some limit consumer selection by only selling their ‘preferred’ suppliers and some have professional consultants with years of experience invested in gaining knowledge, experience and expertise and are worth their weight in gold to the savvy traveller. Beware though, as some are also called destination specialists and some of these designations merely require the agent to take a rudimentary test offered by tourism offices, destination marketing groups or even tour operators and in my opinion can harm the reputation of the travel industry. A specialist is not necessarily an expert.

Travel is probably the most used commercial aspect of the Internet and if retail agents want to harness this exciting medium to offer ‘the knowledge’ and their ‘kee’ skills to a global audience, not just their local community, they must embrace the changes that are happening. Travellers now have the ability to seek answers to the 5 W’s of travel and the important ‘How to’ save money and offset costs by having information just a click away.

And then it occurred to me that even internet travel prices often include a commission element even when sold directly to the consumer. If we book directly with operators we should not have to pay full retail prices as we are doing for ourselves what a retail agent would normally do for us. A dilemma for the operator is that to show a both a retail and a cost price option could deter many agents from selling the services as travellers could use an agent for free advice and book directly with the operator to get a ‘net of commission’ price. Obviously this two tier pricing is not often available but travellers who do not need advice should also not be penalized by retail pricing. A new way had to be found and I think I have found it!

The need for fairer fare prices is why I developed the Top Travel Voucher program at The Top Travel Club and I even found a dot com for it. All travel selections on the site are at ‘net of commission’ prices for members who handle there own travel arrangements directly with the operators linked on the club website using our voucher program.

I am inviting travel operators from around the world to join this program, from B&B’s, Motels, Hotels, Luxury Lodges, Eco Resorts, Beach Resorts and Tour and Adventure Operators who want to promote their products and services to travellers who are comfortable with direct bookings and reservations.

I am also inviting Travel Agents with knowledge, experience and expertise of destinations and activities to showcase their skills to a global audience of travellers and to the members of this new travel club. I am leery of ‘specialist agents’ and only want experts to showcase their services.

This opportunity is available to the travel trade at no cost except for them to offer net, wholesale or outlet prices to club members and visitors to the website using top travel vouchers. I believe this program offers fairer fare prices to direct-booking travellers. The operator would normally be paying commission anyway but now travellers get the savings because they make their own arrangements.

The Top Travel Club opened in mid-April 2008 offering thousands of top travel vouchers for travel in over 70 countries with around 150 travel operators onboard. Every week we add more travel operators with more choices for members. Currently you can get savings on accommodations, adventure travel, boat charters, culinary tours, hike, bike and dive tours, auto and RV rentals fishing lodges and guides, safaris, vacation rentals, single travel, women only and dude ranches. Members get the vouchers free of charge by paying an annual membership fee and non-members can buy the vouchers on the internet at Top Travel Sites at deeply discounted prices to the face-value. The future growth will include restaurants, travel clothing, travel insurance and the opportunity to access air ticket consolidators who want to deal directly with consumers.

The way I have travelled and the way I see travel is that consumers should have unlimited access to every travel opportunity with the ability to do their own due diligence or to find a professional who can offer quality advice and services at fair prices, and to find all of this without needing endless hours of searching.

To find out more about the new way of cost offsets for travel please go to The Top Travel Club and my apologies for some of the spelling (traveller / traveler) but that is what I was taught. As long as we all understand the meaning, vive le difference!

Do Travel Agents Get Free Trips?

There are some instances where travel agents can travel for free, but for the most part they do come out of their pocket. Below are three instances where travel agents can rack up extra savings and put money back into their pockets.

I will share my savings experience as a home-based agent, which has caused me to save hundreds of dollars!

Get Paid on Retail or Sale Pricing

When I travel as an insider, I get paid when I book travel for myself (and of course I get paid when I do it for others). The price I pay could be the same as any one that is not part of the industry, the difference would be I get a check and you don’t! Commissions are already built-into the price of what you see online or what your travel agent quote you already has the commissions built-in. (they are never in addition to price quoted, if you are told extra fees need to be added to cover commission… run)

Travel at Net or Wholesale Pricing

Now, if I decide that I want to travel at a lower cost and forgo my commission, I still have to pay the net cost, I just would not get paid for the trip. You can get travel at great bargains if you travel this way!

But, I must add that various agencies may have ‘special’ discounted trips that agents can take for themselves or sell to their clients and STILL get a commission! I love these because your getting paid AND the rates can be even better than net rate PLUS you have a great deal you can offer to your clients. Only downside is that there may be a limit on how many can travel and restricted to specific dates.

Travel on the Industries Dime

What about those really dirt cheap trips? Yes, dirt cheap destinations do exist and are exclusive for travel agents and are typically known as FAM trips or Familiarization trips. These trips are more educational for travel agents and teach agents about the property or destination experience they are visiting.

Vendors invite agents on these ‘FAM’ trips so they can get more in-depth knowledge to share with their clientele. The goal is to promote to get more bookings for those properties or destinations. Prices for these trips are such a steal that they might as well be free!

A webcam driver

If you are thinking of buying a webcam for your computer, you have come to the right place. The best webcam for your computer would be Logitech. Believe me because I have it and it works great. Well, there are some logitech drivers that you should install, because you will not be able to use your camera if you do not. But do not worry, it is not complicated, you just have to take a look at a great logitech webcam drivers video and you will get the hang of it. A webcam can be a really useful thing, especially if you have friends or family who live far away.

Update your drivers

I don't know how long it will take to find the best driver for my new mouse. I have a new keyboard too and it doesn't work either. I called my brother because he knows how to handle these things. Anyway, he told me that I should watch the best update driver video on YouTube. I will do that because I have no other choice. I don't want to try to fix the thing myself because I will probably mess something up. I am not a computer expert but I know that when I buy new hardware, I need to have some new software for it.

Sensitive skin

I have very sensitive skin around my eyes. Whenever I stay up too late at night I get dark circles around my eyes. I don't even feel that tired, but the dark circles always appear. Sometimes they appear after I spend too much time on the computer. Sometimes my job requires me to work on my laptop for more than twelve hours a day. I decided to find some solution for this problem. A friend of mine recommended that I should watch a video online that had some advice on some best eye cream for dark circles. Since I started using it, the dark circles started to fade.

Important emails are missing

I need to recover deleted emails. I don't know how it happened, but someone managed to delete important emails on my PC. No one is supposed to use it. Putting a password on my PC will not bring my emails back. I watched a video on YouTube that looked promising. Apparently there is a software out there for recovering deleted emails. It is called Stellar Phoenix Outlook Repair. It offers recovering deleted emails and much more. It can repair the pst file and recover the address book, the calendar, the contacts and notes. It is a powerful support tool. My office could really use such a program.