5 Tips to Boost Hotel Direct Revenue

Posted on April 10, 2016 By

5 Tips to Boost Hotel Direct RevenueOnline Travel Agencies (OTAs) such as Expedia, Agoda or Booking.com have become a crucial source of hotel revenue. Independent hotels are particularly dependent on OTAs for their revenue. While this is not necessarily a negative trend, hoteliers should avoid relying too much on this channel for it may hurt the hotels’ profitability. OTAs usually demand around 10-20% in direct commissions. Additionally, the rate parity agreement with OTAs limits the hotels’ pricing options. Hotels, therefore, should work hard to boost direct bookings from their own websites and reduce the cost of acquisition. You as an hotelier can follow these best practices from experts in the field of hotel management to drive your direct revenue.

1. Pay attention to the review sections

Travellers often read online reviews before choosing their properties. Constantly monitor the review sections on the OTAs’ sites as well as review websites such as Yelp and TripAdvisor. You should try to respond to as many reviews as possible, and as soon as possible, regardless whether they are positive


How to Sleep While Camping

Posted on March 20, 2016 By

How to Sleep While CampingHow do you ensure a good night sleep when sleeping in the outdoors? Having the right gear is a good place to start! Make sure your pad, mattress, cot or hammock is sufficiently cushioned to protect you from the cold ground. In addition, there are also many smaller actions you can take before and during the night to help improve your quality of sleep.

> Choosing the Right Sleeping Platform:

    • Self-Inflating Foam Pads: These pads offer a combination of foam and air. Air fills the pad automatically when you open the pad’s valve.
    • Air Pads: These pads use air for cushioning and must be manually inflated. Some models include an external pump or integrated hand pump for inflating the pad.
    • Foam Pads: These pads are a camping basic that feature a dense foam filling.
    • Air Mattresses: These use air for comfort and are much thicker than the pads used for camping. They are considered the closest to a real bed that you can get and are typically sized to be used


4 Tips For Finding Vacation Deals

Posted on February 10, 2016 By

4 Tips For Finding Vacation DealsWhen going for a vacation, especially with family, you want to get the best deals possible. A deal that covers most of your vacation needs at affordable rates is always a good offer for ensuring that you stick to your vacation budget and at the same time still get the most from the vacation. Finding the best vacation deals is not that hard, especially now that there are travel agents that you can use to find and get deals that are available to you. A few tips can help you find the best deals for your type of vacation.

1. Use comparison sites

The travel sites are some of the best in finding you vacation deals. The sites work hand in hand with airlines and hence they list available deals and guide you on how to get them. The sites also offer very good platforms to compare flights and get cheap tickets to your preferred destination. You can use the major sites that have a good reputation in the travel industry and those that


Discovering The Truth About Vacations

Posted on July 31, 2016 By

The Best Kept Secrets To Booking Cheap Flights Booking travel seems natural, but many people end up overpaying for it all year round. You will find many ticket websites and too many fare deals that make the process tiresome. There are endless reasons why you will pay more to travel by air. Airlines face enormous operating expenses and competition such that they have little to offer. Your flying experience is crucial, and you need to put more efforts to finding the best fare deals. Competing airlines will offer cheap ticket deals, and you should be aware how and where to find them. There are reduced air ticket deals offered at the last minute, and browse airlines that offer such on the routes you want to fly. There is need to look at the best booking sites, the best airports to connect through and the discounts you get when you book. You need to check fares on specific routes and analyze booking demand to know the best deals. If you find a possible fair deal, don’t wait or you will be frustrated when the rates change instantly. It’s important to know what you want to pay


Top tips for getting the most from your Ugandan gorilla trek

Posted on July 30, 2016 By

Seeing gorillas is a once in a lifetime experience that many of us want to encounter, and to watch these endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat is something you will never forget.

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If you want to go on a safari to East Africa, then a gorilla trekking holiday for a few days in Uganda has to be on your ‘must do’ list, watching these amazing, powerful animals. In fact, according to the Telegraph Newspaper, a gorilla trek in Uganda is on the ultimate travel bucket list of 25 things to do before you die!

So, what do you need to consider before you go and what should you expect when you are there?

1.      When to go?

Uganda is a year round travel destination, due to its proximity to the Equator. There are a couple of short rainy seasons between October and November and between March and May, but even these won’t be enough to dampen your trek.

Temperatures are fairly constant, at an average of 71F, but nights can be cool, so pack appropriately.

Peak season tends to be December, but generally

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Choosing a Ski Vacation Destination

Posted on April 10, 2016 By

Choosing a ski vacation destination can be tricky and daunting. A quick search on the internet for top ski destinations alone can give you headaches. And worse, your desire to get better advice on where to go and how to choose a place that meets you and your family’s need can actually make you even more confused. Of course, there are just plenty of vacation spots out there and each of these seems to promise nothing but the best. Nonetheless, here are tips that are already proven to help ski enthusiasts find the best ski destination that fits their experience level.

Take time to review various ski destinations. Whether you are a beginner or a pro in the sport, make it a point to check statistics of ski resorts you are interested to visit. Your targeted ski vacation destination should be able to give accurate and reliable information on the current situation of the resort and its surrounding area, the base snow, as well as percentage trails for different levels of skiers. A good ski resort should also offer ski programs and must also guarantee full support and assistance.

Once you have chosen your destination,


5 Tips That Help You Pick An Awesome Ski Lodge Every Time

Posted on April 5, 2016 By

Planning a ski vacation can be a stressful process, especially when considering the many lodging options available. One of the most crucial aspects to a ski trip is, in fact, choosing the appropriate ski lodge. Take a look at the following five tips to help you pick an awesome ski lodge every time:

1. Look for a ski lodge that accommodates your particular party.

It is important to realize with whom you will be traveling. Will your family accompany you? Will your party include children? Lodging options vary widely and finding the perfect fit depends upon the size and age group of your party. Choosing a ski lodge that offers condominium-style apartments, as well as hotel rooms and larger living arrangements can suit just about anyone’s needs. When in doubt, simply call the prospective company and tell them about your travel party. A lot of hotels have privately owned and leased rooms, so chances are, you will be able to find something to accommodate your particular needs.

2. Consider a condominium-style hotel, regardless of your budget.

Some ski lodges are based around a business model wherein different companies and individuals own separate units


4 Safety Tips While Travelling for Outback Tours

Posted on March 20, 2016 By

Going out for an outdoor tour often has several aspects to it where most people prefer planning beforehand. The planning includes hotel accommodations, passes to local attractions, booking for local transportation, etc. Apart from that, it involves carrying along necessary requirements such as clothing, medication, guide maps and several other things that may come to use while outdoors. Outback tours are one such outdoor tour that most of us dream of. You not only get to relish delicacies but also get glimpses of the flora and fauna along with the scenic beauty.

If you are being a part of the tours for the first time, it is essential for you to follow a few rules that would help you to have the best experience and thus making you look at things differently.

• Own helpful maps of the places you intend to visit – If it is a land that you have never visited before, the only saviour to help you through would be these route maps. They not only help you with the routes to your destination but often have other details such as the local attractions and how you can get the most


Simple Tips For The Big Lap

Posted on March 15, 2016 By

If you are one of the growing army of grey nomads doing the big lap, discovering, or hoping to discover, the joys of the open road in this wonderful country, then this is for you. Whether you are a baby boomer travelling indefinitely, choosing to spend the winter months up north, or simply enjoying a few short trips a year, you are part of the growing grey nomad community in Australia. Whether you are travelling in a caravan, motor home, camper van, camper trailer, fifth wheeler or a tent, this is the place to read about people like yourselves… and about the issues affecting the grey nomad lifestyle in Australia.

Planning a grey nomad journey in the caravan or RV? Or maybe a camping trip? Before you get going, there are a few things to think about: where you will go, who is coming and what other bits and pieces you will be taking.

Once that’s all in order, here are some awesome tips and tricks every grey nomad or camper should know. They will help you navigate the road, have a great camping trip and get a little crafty.

Bring along a multi-charger so


Camping Tips Cots Vs Air Mattresses

Posted on March 10, 2016 By

Is it time for your first camping trip, but have no idea where you are going to sleep? When you are camping, it is important that you take every step possible to ensure a good night’s sleep in order to stay rested, alert and relaxed. This can be difficult outside the comfort of your own bed, especially when camping in the woods. While just using a sleeping bag is a popular option, it is not always the most comfortable one. Investing in either a quality cot or air mattress can add a lot of comfort and make sleeping much easier. Deciding on whether to purchase a cot or an inflatable bed comes down to pure preference, but how do you know which one you would prefer? There are plenty of options to choose from that fit both your needs and your budget.

Camping adventures with friends and family can be exciting but if you don’t get enough sleep, you may end up wishing you had stayed at home.

Air Mattress > Pros and Cons

A properly inflated air mattress will feel like you are ALMOST in your own bed but with a view of


How To Choose The Perfect Camping Tent

Posted on March 5, 2016 By

Outdoor adventures can be lots of fun, especially when you choose to go on a camping trip with your family. The natural surroundings offer an array of fun activities, even children will enjoy as long as you have selected a campsite that has it all. When thinking about sleeping on the ground most people worry about creepy crawlers and cold, but when you choose the right camp tent, then you will not have to worry about such issues. To get the perfect tent, however, there are several things you must remember to look into.

1. Tent size

Usually tent sizes are based on how many sleepers they can accommodate. But remember that you need space for your luggage. If a tent says it can sleep six people, take that to mean it can sleep 4 people comfortably. The last thing you want is a tent that cramps you and your family in. Think about the real length and width of the tent, especially if you are looking through family tents.

2. Tent comfort

Treat the camp tent as your lodge out in the forest or woods and so it should offer


How To Enjoy Camping Out

Posted on February 20, 2016 By

With the coming of spring comes the annual appearance of Crocus’s, Robins and warmer weather. But, this spring the temperatures are slow to rise. Even though, I am looking forward to packing up my tent and camping supplies and my wife, kids and Fido, our family pet dog… and heading to our favorite camping spot in the woods.

It’s been a while since I’ve been camping. I bought a tent about 5 years ago… a large conical tent shaped like the traditional Plains Indian tepee. It hasn’t seen the light of day yet. Still In the box. This year will be different. As a matter of fact, I plan on going on that trip in a couple of weeks… if mother nature agrees. There’s nothing worse than a sudden cloud-burst of rain driving us into the tent. And after the downpour trying to dry all the stuff that was left outside during the storm.

When I was a little boy my dad, mom and brother went to a state park, our favorite destination, for our traditional annual picnics. These outings I remember with great fondness and I guess this was what got me interested in


Tips For Searching The Best Vacation Deals

Posted on February 15, 2016 By

Before planning your trip, there are a couple of things you must take into consideration. Of course, you must decide if you want to go to a beach, enjoy various activities or both. Also, you must also consider your traveling companions. Determine their interests are along with their energy levels. Most importantly, you must know if their vacation expectations match up with yours.

Moreover, you must also know how much you want to spend. Would you be spending most of your time outdoors? How long would you be away? And are you capable of tailoring your budget as well as interests in order to fit your time requirement?

After considering all of these factors, you now have a great idea about what type of vacation you are planning, from which type of accommodation is suitable for you to how active or light your itinerary must be.

Other Important Things To DO

Airfare – This is considered the most rigid travel area. You will be subjected to factors which are beyond your control – these include the supply and demand, seasonality, and airline fees. However, experts highly emphasized that there are several areas you


How to Stay Stylish and Comfortable While Traveling

Posted on February 5, 2016 By

Everyone wishes to look stylish when they travel, whether it is the holiday season or not. But this is often a challenge considering most stylish things means you need to give up on your comforts. However, there are always ways in which you can maintain a balance. Here are some helpful ways you can appear stylish once you travel without compromising over your comforts. They can be easily implemented when you travel.

1. Keep the Additional Stress Away

A lot of us end up looking flustered and miserable because we tend to make traveling difficult for ourselves. One of the most important practices that every traveler should adopt is to pack everything well before time. This means you have plenty of time for everything else and stay relaxed once you reach the airport.

It’s important to understand that this is not only about the clothes you wear or the way you dress up. Staying relaxed is very important and can only happen if you prepare ahead of time.

2. Get Enough Sleep

Nothing replaces a good night’s sleep. This is what every traveler must understand if they wish to look their best

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Five Reasons Why You Should Hire a Travel Agent

Posted on January 20, 2016 By

When most people go on vacation, they simply log on to their computer, look up their destination, and book a hotel. If they are flying, they will compare the prices of different flights, and eventually book one that meets their budget and timing needs. However, people who do all of the planning themselves are missing out on one of the best vacation resources available-a travel agent. Here are five reasons why anyone taking a trip should hire a professional to help with the planning.

They Get Great Deals

Most people who plan a trip will spend a few hours, over the course of a few days, booking their flights, hotels, and rental cars. They will look for the best deals available, and quite often, they may find some of them. A professional travel agent does this for a living. They will be able to find the lowest rates on flights, and they know which airlines are best suited for the particular customer. Vacation planning companies will often use the same group of hotels for their clients, which gives them access to better prices and other perks.

They Relieve Stress

Planning a vacation can be


Plan a Spring Break Staycation

Posted on January 15, 2016 By

Spring break is right around the corner and heading off on a trip with your family would be amazing, but it’s not always in the cards. Work, money, health issues and more can get in the way of planning a vacation out of town. A staycation can be a great alternative, but how do you make it a success? Here are some tips and ideas to get you going.

Set Some Ground Rules and Make a Plan

Start by deciding exactly when your staycation begins and ends, and then set a few guidelines for what your family may or may not do during this time. Consider disallowing mobile phones, electronic devices, working from home, arguing, cleaning, cooking, and whatever else will interfere with your family time. Next, book some activities and entertainment, just like you would on a real vacation. The following ideas will give you inspiration for planning your spring break staycation.

Go camping. Reserve a site at a local campground and spend a night or two in the great outdoors. If it’s not camping season yet, hit your backyard or take it indoors in rainy weather. A family sleepover in the basement


Why Mobile Apps Are the Need of the Hour for the Travel Industry

Posted on January 10, 2016 By

The travel business is getting more focused and specialised day by day, and advancements in mobile applications for leisure and tourism are now warming up like never before. In this way, those travel organizations that wish to speak adequately to their clients to convey live news and updates are currently confronted with the need of having their own mobile apps. This is the reason the need for the best travel mobile application development services companies is arising in the market.

From the customer’s point of view, travel mobile apps can be of awesome help in sorting out excursion arrangements and getting all the required outing data in a snappier and simpler way. Such solutions can incorporate data about flights, lodging related subtle elements, city attractions, taxi and different other administrations. By utilizing these apps, travel business entities can expand the quantity of their clients by holding old customers and pulling in the new ones.

The advantages of travel mobile apps can be condensed as under:

Easier booking process-

These days, nobody needs to experience a long and muddled booking process. Making it simple, speedy and agreeable will definitely draw in more customers.


Making the Most of Your Staycation

Posted on January 5, 2016 By

Trying to rein in spending this summer? This year, forgo the pricey vacation and opt for the cheap and cheerful staycation. Staycations can be a surprisingly fun alternative, if you put a little planning and effort into it. Dial down the day-to-day drudgery and schedule in loads of exciting activities – and your holiday will be a resounding success!

Drop the Routine:

  • Treat work the same as you would, when out of the country. Can’t avoid being ‘on call’? Keep it to emergencies. Otherwise it isn’t a proper vacation.
  • Take care of household chores beforehand, or afterwards. A relaxing holiday doesn’t include laundry, cleaning and grocery shopping.
  • Clear the family calendar. Take a break from regularly scheduled obligations, classes and sports. Replace with fun-filled, group activities.
  • Set appropriate expectations within your social circle i.e. you’ll be unreachable for the duration, or responding to urgent issues only.

Switch Off Electronics:

  • Utilize ‘out-of-office’ settings on computers and phones. Others will be less likely to panic when you don’t respond instantly.
  • Turn off the idiot box. PVR your favourite programs and catch up afterwards; Or better yet, prove that you can live without TV for a week or two.
  • Ditch the

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Chicago Staycation

Posted on December 20, 2015 By

Living paycheck to paycheck most definitely means vacations are a luxury of the few. Even a flight to the east coast to visit my own family is out of the question this year, as finances need to be controlled. As a mom I feel guilty for not being able to give my son the experience of traveling to diverse destinations or even the Lake Erie Peninsula of my youth. In the city of Chicago itself, even a typical staycation needs the budget pruned.

Flush the guilt away. What matters most is time spent together. Here are some options to higher cost alternatives.

If you can’t afford to go to a Chicago Bulls game attend a local University’s basketball game, i.e. Depaul, University of Chicago, Loyola, etc. My 8 yr old was just as happy, and it was pizza night at the game, so we saved money on concessions with a slice of free pizza.

Can’t afford the Mexican Resort?- Take your kids to Pilsen the Mexican neighborhood right off the 18th st. pink line train stop. Your kids will be able to experience authentic Mexican culture in America rather than a sterile cruise and

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Awesome Cities in the US To Take a Staycation

Posted on December 15, 2015 By

Rest and recreation doesn’t always have to entail traveling all the way to the other side of the world. While the idea sounds very tempting, there are times that you just need to take a quick break from the hustle and bustle of the city. It doesn’t have to be some place remote either-a brief and temporary change of environment will do the trick.

Have you ever had a staycation? The United States is filled with hundreds of staycation-friendly cities. We’ve rounded up some of our favorites to help you pick the destination where you can spend 3-5 days to reboot, relax, and rejuvenate.

Las Vegas, Nevada. Need we say more? A few nights in the sin city is definitely one of the best ways to have a staycation. They have some of the world’s luxury hotels. If you’re idea of a staycation mostly involves getting a massage, dialing room service for food, or just staying in, then you’re in the right place. If you have something else in mind, though, like trying your luck in the casino, Las Vegas surely won’t disappoint!

Tampa, Florida. For most people, staycations in Tampa mean soaking up the

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