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May 2016

How To Travel On A Limited Budget

How To Travel On A Limited BudgetIf you’re travelling on a limited budget whether it is to Dubai or another travel destination the planning you do before leaving home is just as important as what you do once you get to your travel destination. Make sure you have considered carefully which travel & leisure destination to pick. Gather as many travel destination tips as you can from travel & tourism sites online. For example in 2013 Toronto, Turkey and Ko Phi Phi in Thailand are all good choices for those on a tight travel budget. Make sure you have done your research and looked into all the travel & tourism options available.

Travel & Tourism Transport On A Limited Budget
If you’re planning on flying to your travel destination then look out for special deals online and remember that booking at the last minute or booking too early is always more expensive. The best time to book is about three weeks before you fly. If you’re going to be using rail travels look into tickets which give you multiple journeys or discount tickets like the Eurorail Pass if your travel & leisure destination is in Europe. If you’ll be using buses to get around, each city has its own multi-ride bus ticket. In the USA you can use one of the long distance bus companies like Megabus and Greyhound, both of which offer very low cost tickets. Car rental is usually not a good budget option if you’re staying in one city. If you’re planning to spend your vacation exploring the rural areas, driving around a whole country or visiting places outside the cities (like the desert attractions outside of Dubai city center) then a rental car may be a practical option.

Where To Stay On A Limited Travel & Leisure Budget
Although the obvious destination tips for travel & tourism low cost accommodation is to stay in hostels there are other options. You can share a room in a nice hotel with a friend to split costs; look out for hotel deals on travel & leisure sites; stay in a Zimmer/bed & breakfast or stay further out of the city center where accommodation prices are a lot cheaper. There are hotel deals like “third night free” which can work out to be cheaper than 3 nights in a cheaper hotel. You’ll find a good quality inn or guesthouse will be more pleasant than a 2 star hotel. As a general travel destination tip, hotel accommodation around the city train station is usually cheaper than staying in the city center. Even in travel destinations like Dubai you can find reasonable accommodation if you look in the right places. On what to do in Dubai check out Internet travel forums for tips from other travellers or people in the travel & tourism industry.

Travel & Leisure Attractions On A Limited Budget
You’ll find that most museums and some other travel & tourism attractions have “free days”, for example in the evening one day a week or on the last Sunday of each month. Plan your trip around these free days. Make sure you’re eligible for any discounts (according to your age for example). Buy multi-attraction tickets which get you discounts for several travel & leisure attractions. Even in the most expensive travel destinations there are multi-attraction tickets for thrifty travellers.

Comments, additions or questions are welcome please.

Adewale Adelani

Tips To Choose The Right Overseas Travel Insurance

Travel InsuranceIf you are regularly travelling overseas for business or professional commitments – being covered by an overseas health insurance plan will certainly help you in unfortunate times. You can never completely rule out a medical emergency while travelling abroad, as an emergency is truly unpredictable and can strike you down any moment during your travel. Additionally, a number of untoward incidents like the loss of luggage or documents or flight cancellation can put you in a troublesome situation. A suitable overseas travel insurance plan will come to your rescue, every time you lose your baggage, or fall ill. So, put an end to your haunting concerns by purchasing an all-encompassing travel cover plan, from a reliable insurance company.

Compare Before Buying:

It is really important that you compare different travel insurance policies first, rather than just buying a policy blindfolded. There are plans that include no sub-limits till a certain age and you can also get insurance for pre-existing conditions. If you plan to indulge in an adventure sport during your travel make sure that any physical damage caused during your activity is also covered by your travel care policy. Normally policy holders are required to pay a nominal amount of additional premium to avail that extra coverage. Presently a wide variety of travel cover policies are available. Thus, if you are a student, a corporate executive or simply a leisure traveler, there is always a tailor-made insurance plan accessible to you, provided you do your research well to gain optimal benefits.

Online Option:

Numerous regular travelers now prefer to buy overseas travel insurance online today, as it leverages them the opportunity to compare all types of travel plans offered both by domestic and multinational insurance companies, and obtain the one that will best serve their requirements. Most travel plans, especially those designed for overseas travelling offer maximum coverage duration of 365 days, and this is applicable for any policy holder up to the age of 60 years. A proper travel insurance plan can always take a lot of stress out from your travel itinerary irrespective of the country you are visiting. You need to compare travel insurance policies to make sure that the policy you go for have the basic coverage that also include personal liability and personal accident, hospitalization and other medical expenses, flight delay and cancellation, loss of luggage and important documents like passports and visas among others.

One of the most significant advantages of buying overseas travel insurance online is that it involves little paperwork. As a willing customer, you are only required to provide insurance companies with necessary details to get a free quote from them. You can also compare plans along with their coverage and benefits and by the policy you finally select using your debit or credit card right from your home or office and also in your most convenient time.

So, when you are traveling abroad next time, you know where to look for your unique travel insurance plan, don’t you?

5 Tips to Hiring a Travel Copywriter

Hiring a Travel CopywriterI’m anticipating many changes in the travel copywriting and content creation world in 2014. If you are a company in the travel and hospitality industries I would like to ask you a question.

Is your content addressing the need of your ideal clients or are you still stuck with not knowing how to create content? Since returning from South America, I’ve done research and discussed with my clients about our travel copywriting services and strategies.

Here are five tips to hiring a travel copywriter:

One: Knows and understands your ideal client’s needs

Hiring a travel copywriter or content writer who can’t feel the emotions and hear the voice of your ideal client is not going to cut it. A travel copywriter who has not been overseas or never went through immigration and customs will not understand the hassle your ideal client may have to go through. So if you need content for tips to international travel or lessen your stress when traveling overseas – a travel copywriter who has not been through the experience may not be able to write effective content.

For example, when I wrote for a wellness and travel company, one of the prerequisites was that I try out their products. I smelled and touched them, wore them on my body and used them. That was the only way to understand the products and successfully describe the texture, smell and anything that the ideal client needed to know and feel before making a purchase, which leads us to tip #2.

Two: Knows the products or services

Just like the tip above, I need to know the products or services that I write about. I have more authority and power in my copy and content when I know the products or services well.

I’ve not been to Africa. When I was hired by Sandfield Travel to rewrite content on their website two years ago, I felt overwhelmed and charged way less than what I would have normally charged. I researched, studied the photos, watched videos and worked really hard in ensuring the content was SEO-friendly and keyword rich.

In my opinion the content could have been better if I had walked the streets of Uganda or personally volunteered in the orphanages. I’m just being honest now that I have done more travel copywriting compared to two years ago.

If you are marketing a destination and need someone to work on your blog, email newsletters and social media platforms, make sure you take this tip into consideration. This is connected to tip #3…

Three: Have first hand experiences (in the travel and hospitality industries)
Not all travel copywriters have traveled to every country in the world but some of us travel more or less than others. After traveling to South America for eight months (39 countries in total), I know I can write better content on South America now compared to last year.

All I had was just second-hand information. At the moment I know how it is like to have altitude sickness, I can describe in detail the city of Cuzco or Machu Picchu or the difference between the Otavalo Market in Ecuador and the Witches Market in Bolivia.

Another crucial first hand experience that sets a travel copywriter apart from others is an experience in the travel industry. If we had time, I would sit with you over a cup of coffee or tea and tell you all the tales of being a travel agent/tour consultant/ticket agent/tour guide and more (12 years of tales!!). Nothing beats first hand experiences.

Four: Understands WordPress Content Management System (CMS)

WordPress is no longer just for bloggers. Companies like CNN, eBay and Oprah are using WordPress. I am referring to self-hosted WordPress websites. It is user-friendly, allows you to update or edit your content without the need to code, mess with html or hire a techie person to help you out.

You can easily go into your back office to delete, add or update content, images or videos.

Most travel and hospitality companies hire a travel copywriter because they don’t have the time to write, manage and publish content through blogging and other platforms. A travel copywriter that can do all the work for you and understands WordPress CMS will free up your time and let you focus on other money making activities.

Within WordPress you need a travel copywriter that understands meta descriptions, focus keywords and other things related to producing and publishing relevant content on your website.

Five: Knows how to seamlessly connect your blog content, e-newsletter and social media platforms
You are not optimizing your content marketing strategies if you are not connecting your blog with a newsletter and social media platforms. A travel copywriter that uses all these three channels constantly in his or her own business understands your needs as well.

I believe in being consistent in writing my own blog posts, newsletters and engaging with followers on Twitter. I must admit I am not always consistent in my social media platforms but I’ve not stopped blogging and publishing my weekly newsletter since I started blogging in November 2010 even when I was traveling at sea and in the remote areas of Peru. That’s what it means by ‘walking the talk’!

Finally, a travel copywriter that believes and sticks to deadlines and cares for your success.

Travel Tips for Bad Weather and Flight Delays

Travel Tips for Bad WeatherHave you ever packed your bags, headed to the airport, and then were told the worst news of your day? “We’re sorry, but your flights are cancelled for today due to severe weather conditions.” This is a nightmare to be the one in this circumstance, but it is good to remain calm and thank God that you are not in the nightmare that you could be in if your flights were operating when conditions are not ideal.

First of all, safety is the number one priority of the airlines. If conditions are not safe, you will not be able to fly. Yes, it is inconvenient, but how much more terrible would it be if you were to fly through the bad weather and have problems while you are on your flight!? Yikes! The airlines do many things to assure the safety of passengers, even de-icing the runway and the outer surface of the plane in order to keep flights running on time. If a flight is delayed due to the weather, it is usually because something severe is going on, and it is best to allow the airline to re-accommodate you on the next safest flight to get you to your destination safely.

So, what do you do if you are one of the “not-so-happy” few who have a compromised flight schedule? If you are told that your flight is cancelled or if a delay has caused you to miss a connecting flight, your first step is to go to the airport ticketing counter and wait to see what they can do for you to re-route you to your final destination. Calling your travel agent is a good idea and they can give you advice, but the first thing to do is to ask the airline to protect your flights while you are still at the airport. Make sure that they provide you with a new confirmation number for your flights, as well as a flight schedule. Your travel agent can also help you if you need to make a voluntary change. However, by the time you are at the airport, the airline is the one who needs to reschedule you in most cases since they will have access to do much more with your booking, even using carriers not on your ticket, to help you. You should NOT have to pay for anything that the airline does to protect you to your final destination. You would only pay if you decide that you want to go with something outside of what the airline is willing to do. This is called a voluntary change, and sometimes can require you to purchase a whole new ticket depending on your specific travel needs.

Yes, these delays can and do happen. In fact, just this week as I am typing this, we have had at least three families with travel delays due to the winter storms and ice, causing significant delays and schedule changes. It is best to purchase a good travel insurance policy up to the day before you travel, and also make sure you allow extra time to get to your destination if you are traveling during the winter months when storms and delays are more common. In the business of Adoption Travel, we see families who need to travel on late notice for international court dates, and sometimes families traveling do not have advance notice and can be stuck with travel delays causing them to miss very important court dates to bring their children home from all over the world. With Adoption Travel, it is very important to purchase a good travel insurance policy, which can cover you for things like flight delays and cancellations. Travel insurance is always a good idea to have for those catastrophic events that can and sometimes do happen.

Whether you are traveling to Adopt a child internationally, or just to take a trip across the ocean for leisure travel, please keep these things in mind so that you don’t find yourself caught unprepared in an unexpected weather delay. Oh, and if you are traveling internationally, always pack some extra clothes in your carry on baggage just in case you are re-routed and forced to stay overnight in an airport. It always feels much better when you have a fresh set of clothes and necessary TSA approved toiletry items to keep with you for that freshening up that you will need if you are delayed for hours.

I hope this information has been helpful and please be sure to keep safety as your number one priority during the winter travel season.

Safe Travels,
Tabitha L.