The Importance of Keeping Yourself Up to Date With Business Travel News

Do you travel for business frequently? If so it is important that you stay current on business travel news. If you miss something important, like a new airline coming into your area and offering great prices on flights, you’ll kick yourself.

There’s a new travel service that can really help with this. You can subscribe to business travel news. If you don’t know what is going on, you may miss a strike starting the day you need to leave. Wouldn’t it have been better to have known ahead of time and book with a different airline?

When you have business travel news you can also know the weather and conditions in your destination area. If you are headed to a tropical country and then suddenly have to travel again, what happens if you are sent somewhere that has frigid conditions.

If you only have light clothing in your suitcase you are going to be uncomfortable. But if you knew ahead of time you might be able to better prepare.

Remember, your destination country may not be an English speaking one. If this is the case, you may have to have a way to get an interpreter. Otherwise you may not find your way around the city.

Be careful if you are going somewhere that has a lot of crime. If you don’t know the safety of your destination you may put yourself in needless risk. For instance, be careful in China as it is common for your credit card information to be fraudulently used. There may also be pickpockets and other criminals in some areas. It is best to know what the rules and regulations for a country are.

For instance, don’t assume you can just drive yourself around China. You can’t get a car in China just because you can drive one in the United States. The law prevents this.

There is no good reason to be ignorant of the conditions and climate of your destination. You can always get current, quickly updated news on the Internet.

Travelers Cruising Solo – Beware of the Single Supplement Charge!

Cruises are a great vacation option especially for those that are without a travel companion. They offer a diverse social atmosphere and activities that passengers in every age group will enjoy. A fantastic and often budget-friendly way to travel. Many cruise lines and travel agents frequently advertise great pricing and last minute discounts. However, upon reading the fine print, those prices typically reflect 2 passengers occupying the same cabin – “rate per person- double occupancy”.

The cabins on most of the newer ships are designed to hold at least two passengers. If you book a cruise and are the only occupant of the cabin, the cruise lines will lose money. To make up for this revenue loss, cruise lines often charge single passengers a fee called a single supplement. This is a fare that is typically 25 to 200 percent higher than the regular per-person fare for a double occupancy cabin. It doesn’t seem fair does it?Fortunately, there are several options for the solo traveler that will help you steer clear of this single supplement.Although this would seem like the most obvious option, it can also be the most difficult. Most of the newer ship’s cabins are built for double occupancy. Check for smaller ships or “boutique” cruise lines. They will often be your best bet if you are looking for a “single” cabin. Crystal, Cunard and Orient Lines cruises all offer single cabins.

Book a Cabin with No Single Supplement or a Reduced Singles Fare

Find a Roommate and Share a Cabin You can avoid the single supplement charge by finding a roommate and splitting the cost of the cabin. Ideally, you would want to share a cabin with a friend, but in the event that this is not possible, there are other avenues available.

Use the “Singles Match” service offered by some large and several smaller cruise lines.

Holland America and Princess offer roommate matching services. Most will guarantee to find you a roommate of the same sex and smoking preference, but not much more.

If you would prefer to have more of a say of who you bunk with on you next cruise, try one of the several organizations that specialize in matching single travelers. One popular choice is Connecting Solo Travel Network CSTN is a not-for-profit, international organization which focuses in connecting single travelers around the globe. A one-year online subscription costs $28 and includes a subscription to Connecting: Solo Travel News, their newsletter full of solo travel tips and stories, and singles tour listings and recommendations, All of these resources will help you plan safe, fun and affordable solo cruise or any other sort of vacation getaway that you desire.

A Travel Agent For Your Smartphone

Avid travelers rejoice! Your time has finally come…to your smartphone.

An Isle of Man travel agency by the name of the Online Regional Travel Group has just launched what just might be the world’s very first worldwide travel agent for smartphone devices.

The technology is available on their website, empowering visitors to utilize the site’s many tools for easily searching and booking (and paying for, by credit card) travel arrangements all over their smartphones.

Obviously the convenience and usefulness of this technology is without question.By at least one count, already 20% of population of the U.K. has internet access through their cell phones. Its innovation seemed only a matter of time.

What merits real question is is why doesn’t this already exist? Just a simple Google search for Smartphone Travel will show you how meager the selection travel tools for smartphones really is (mostly currency converters, world clocks, translators, and GPS-related software. And with companies like Orbitz and Travelocity and Priceline eating up the online travel industry, why has it taken this long for a company to make such services available over the smartphone, today’s PC?

The reason is actually quite simple: flight information is updated constantly, making it extremely difficult to provide through most distribution channels with any reasonable due haste.

Having said that, it seems that Online Regional, while none too late in the game, just may not be the first. British Airways just announced recently that users of the Apple iPhone 3G can now book their flight arrangements with BA through their iPhones.

An additional appeal of the JustTheFlight mobile software that gives travelers a good idea of what they can expect from all the competing global travel sites for mobile devices that will undoubtedly start cropping up all over now, is all the extra features it offers. By using the site’s application on your smartphone you can view updated airline news and travel news, study up on various holiday guides and destination guides, and read all the latest travel-related feature stories. It’s like an in-flight magazine on-demand over your smartphone.

Further, business tavelers and corporate customers can look forward to enjoying multilingual and multi-currency options, along with a bevy of other tools to make busines travel easier and more enjoyable.

As we mentioned already, seeing it now, it seems like it was only a matter of time before such a utility existed for smartphones, so much so that it forces one to ask, “What took it so long?” As JustTheFlight makes abundantly clear, before long we will all be handling all our travel arrangements through our smartphones. And travel agents, alas, may go the way of home milk delivery.

Record Numbers Set to Travel This Holiday

Linknet Travel News Digest – December 21, 2005 – Travel may be expensive this time of year, but the AAA is still predicting this will be a record year for travel in the U.S.

The organization estimates that 63.5 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home for either Christmas or New Year’s. This is up 1.7 percent from last year. Approximately 81 percent will travel by automobile.

Travel plans are aided this year by the calendar. With both Christmas and New Years falling on Sunday, that makes for two long weekends, and for many people, an entire week of holiday revelling.

Travel Websites Still Offering Deals

If you’ve waited till the last minute to make your winter or holiday travel arrangements, there may still be deals to be had — in spite of the fact that most travel sites are usually pretty pricey this time of year.

Rather than fly planes with empty seats, the major airlines will usually turn these seats over to online ticket sellers. Because you are dealing with relatively small numbers of empty seats, the deals can disappear quickly. A deal you find in the morning may not be around in the afternoon.

Some sites where you can find deals: Priceline.com, Cheaptickets.com, and Hotwire.com

Be prepared to act quickly, and take what you get. The real cheap tickets often have a one or two day stay over, and are non-refundable.

Tips for Travelling with Children

Why not use some of that idle travel time to pack in some learning activities for the kids. Here are some tips for parents who want to engage their children in learning, creating, and exploring.

1. Take a sketch pad along. Create a family memory book with your children. Share family holiday memories and illustrate them in the book..

2. Bring along some blank note paper or note cards, and help your child create some original greeting cards. Illustrate them with original drawings, and add short original verses.

3. Encourage reading during travel. Bring some of your children’s favorite books and encourage your children to read. Discuss the topics before you leave and let the kids help choose the topics.

4. Instead of videos or DVDs, why not buy a talking book (recorded version of a classic) and play that while you travel.

Passports Required for Caribbean Destinations in New Year

The North Port Sun Herald reports that if you are travelling to the Caribbean, Bermuda, Central or South America, you will need a passport as of January 1, 2006.

The passport is not required by the destination countries. It is required to get back into the U.S. These new measures have been instituted in what is called the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, in order to strengthen border security. Plans also call for passports required for travel to and from Mexico and Canada by January 2007, although this policy is currently under review.