OutDoor Travel Gear

September 24, 2015Travel

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It’s a glorious time of year, on the cusp of summer and fall, when the most intense heat of summer has begun to gradually give way to shorter, cooler nights heralding the majesty of autumn’s rejuvenation. Everything begins to come alive in the fall. Crisp, cool days awaken spirits and senses, dazzling us with vibrant colors as the earth around us blooms and beckons us to enjoy it. This means there is no better time to start finding and/or updating your travel gear.

This is absolutely the best time of year to get outside and enjoy nature, whether that means a few hours of walking, cycling, hiking, or fishing or simply spending a full weekend outdoors camping. The chance to commune with nature has benefits not only for your physical health but your mental health, filling you with a sense of inner peace and connectedness with the world around you.

If you are just starting out and are not sure what sort of outdoor travel gear you might need, our site can assist you both in brainstorming some useful gear to bring along with you while also saving you money. There’s no need to pay exorbitant prices to simply enjoy a hobby of yours, so we are here to help you find the best deals. Have a look at our Outdoor Tech coupons. They specialize in things like traditional headphones and helmet headphones. You may wonder why these would be necessary for an outdoor travel experience but music is often the perfect complement to a nice jaunt through the woods, traversing trails, and exploring the abundance of life the outdoors are teeming with.

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We would be remiss in neglecting to direct you towards coupons for the Outdoor Pros store as well. This store includes more traditional outdoor travel gear, such as camping and hunting knives, hiking gear, cutlery for eating outdoors, and equipment necessary for various water sports. They carry most of the major brands: Cold Steel, Nalgene and Protec, to name a few. If you are interested in an even vaster array of outdoor travel gear, no list would be complete without mention of REI.

It’s good to keep in mind that you should carry at least a few basic essentials with you when exploring the great outdoors. Whether you are just hiking for an hour or camping overnight, some of the most essential items to always have include: water bottle or camelbak, sturdy hiking shoes/boots, backpack to carry snacks, basic supplies and first aid kit, a knife or small weapon of some kind (for protection against wildlife or other potential dangers), and protection from the sun. Remember that even on a cold and/or overcast day you are still vulnerable to harmful rays from the sun if outside for extended periods of time. By perusing the sites we mention above, you will ensure you are fully prepared and can enjoy your time outdoors with not a care in the world.

 
 

How to Rent a Car Using Online Sites

September 19, 2015Travel

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When traveling about whether business or pleasure, having reliable transportation that fits your schedule is very important. This is why many people decide to use a car rental while they are traveling abroad. You can save money and get great deals on car rentals if you know where to look. There are many online sites that save you time and money when selecting the car rental for your trip.

 When renting a car you will ideally want to schedule your rental at least a month in advance of your trip. Some financial advisors recommend scheduling the car rental a month in advance and then checking back at the rates a week before your trip. This may allow you to find a better rate because the car rental company is getting desperate for someone to rent their cars. In case you can’t find a better deal a week in advance however, having scheduled a car rental a month in advance ensures that you will have the vehicle that you need for your trip. This one trick can save you a substantial amount of money.

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Using websites to rent a car online is simple and easy with a wide range of options. By booking online you can schedule anytime, rather than waiting for offices to open and trying to get hold of an agent to set you up with a car, you can do so immediately. Going to different travel sites you can see the offers from several different rental companies at once rather than having to search several different sites and remember the rates for yourself. Booking online may also give you access to some exclusive discounts.

 You can compare rates for car rentals at different travel sites such as Expedia, Travelocity, or Hotwire to find the best deal for your trip. On these sites you are able to tell them where you are going and the date of your trip and you will be able to find different retailers in the area and the different car models that they have available. Another option is to find your car rental rate, directly from the car rental company Enterprise , Hertz , or many of the other options. You can also search local and independent car rental companies, using websites like Car Rental Express. Be sure to research the franchises on review sites like Yelp and others to see what other users have said about their experiences with the company before you decide to reserve a car

If you are traveling on a plane to your destination and then using a rental car, it would be ideal if you could have the car rental agent meet you at the airport to immediately save on some cab fare. Many large car rental companies advertise that they will come and pick up their clients. Car rentals don’t have to induce a headache and now using online booking features it is easier than ever before. Start planning your trip and get your car rental quote at one of these reliable sites today.

 
 

How to Find Cheap Flights Online

February 18, 2015Travel

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These days, travelling is very expensive, but it is still a pastime that people love to take on. Because of this, it is important that there are ways to cut down on costs so that the trip is more enjoyable. Saving on travel costs is also great because it gives travelers the opportunity to spend more money on the things that they will enjoy on their trip rather than travel.

If you are planning a trip, there are many things that you can do to find cheap flights online. Below you will find some helpful tips so that you can save money on flights that you can use for something more important.

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Travel Sites

This is one of the best places to start when you are looking for cheap deals on flights. They are able to get better prices for flights mainly because they do such a large volume with the airlines. They then pass on a portion of the savings to the consumer so that a better deal can be found on the flights that are listed.

Compare

After you have found flights on the travel sites that are reasonable, you should then compare what you find on the official airline website as well. If you have a particular destination and know the airlines that fly to it, you can visit each of the websites to find the best deal. While this may be a bit time consuming, you will know that you have found the best deal by doing this.

Wholesale

Some websites offer wholesale travel and these sites can be very helpful if you are looking for an international flight. The goal in these websites is to reduce the total amount of the ticket by a certain percentage and they are able to offer discounts between 20% and 50% off of what you would find other places. This also works best if you already have a destination in mind.

Meta Search

This type of website will allow you to search multiple travel websites at once so that you can easily compare them. The best thing about these types of sites is that you can perform one search and look at all of the major travel sites at once. Without these sites, you would need to do a manual search on each travel site instead.

Tips
Here are a few tips that you can use to help you find the best flights as well:

  • The best time to search for flights is Wednesday mornings just after midnight on Tuesday
  • Plan ahead and book early, especially during busy times of the travel season
  • Travel agents can help with complex flight arrangements
  • Compare prices for different days of the month

Even though travelling can be expensive, there are many ways that you can save quite a lot of money on your flight in order to make your overall trip more affordable. The trick is to be patient and thoroughly conduct research before making your final decision as to which tickets you plan to purchase.

 
 

Travel Destinations In Jamaica

January 18, 2015Travel

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Jamaica TravelOnce controlled by Spain and a part of the United Kingdom until 1962, the now independent country of Jamaica is the third largest island of the Greater Antilles, the most populous English-speaking country in the Americas after the United States and Canada, and one of the Caribbean’s most popular travel destinations.

Given that 50 percent of Jamaica’s income comes from the tourism industry, there are a host of resorts, hotels and more from which to choose when planning an ideal getaway. With such a tremendous amount of options, we know choosing the perfect spot can become rather overwhelming. Below is our look at a handful of Jamaica’s highest-rated and idyllic destinations.

Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort and Private Island
A 5-star property ranked #10 among luxury resorts in Jamaica and #5 among Sandals properties by U.S. World News and Resorts, Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort and Private Island is six miles from Montego Bay, yet feels a world away. The mainland resort offers many activities including seven pools, a private beach, and 4×4 vehicles for jungle excursions. The private island, accessible by the property’s large dragon boat, offers guests a taste of the Far East, with a Thai fine dining experience, a plethora of Asian-inspired signature spa treatments and late dancing complete with a tiki motif. Sandals also offers an upgraded package in which guests can pay to stay at one property but enjoy the amenities at Sandals Royal Caribbean, Sandals Carlyle, and Sandals Montego Bay.

Secrets St. James
Nuzzled on the beach of a Montego Bay peninsula, Secrets St. James is an adults-only (18 and over) all-inclusive luxury resort. All 350 of its room feature whirlpool tubs, balconies, and access to around-the-clock room service. The property hosts a full-service spa; bike and horse rentals; onsite aerobics, basketball, Pilates, snorkeling, kayaking, surfing and boogie boarding; and most importantly, access to a private white sand beach.

Half Moon, a RocketResort
Covering 400 acres of beachside property, Half Moon provides the ultimate in resort amenities including two miles of beach, 51 pools, 13 tennis courts, four squash courts and six high-quality restaurants. Guests can enjoy nearby scuba diving, horseback riding, water sports and much, much more. Select rooms offer oceanfront terraces and/or private swimming pools for an even more luxurious experience. More than anything, Half Moon prides itself on its attentive, full-service staff.

Couples Negril
One of the Caribbean’s most coveted resorts and known for its comfy beaches and sunset views, Couples Negril features superior all-inclusive amenities not found at other all-inclusive properties. Scuba diving, water skiing, snorkeling, windsurfing, and kayaking are all including in each package. With four bars and restaurants featuring open-air terrace seating and beachside tables, every guest’s tastes and preferred dining experiences will certainly be met.

Iberostar Rose Hall Suites
Rose Hall, the least expensive of Iberostar’s trio of Jamaican resorts, is more lively and upbeat than the standard Caribbean luxury resort. For considerably affordable rates, guests can enjoy four restaurants, four bars, a multitude of water sports, a full-service spa, a theater, a casino, a nightclub, and even a well-reviewed kids’ club.

 
 

Eight Tips for Money-Smart Traveling

January 6, 2015Travel

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With everything in life becoming more and more expensive, most people have foregone the idea of vacations, thinking they simply don’t have the funds for it. Follow these eight tips on saving while traveling, and you’ll be surprised at just how affordable a getaway can be.

1. Plan out your trip – including gas prices.

While most people tend to make an itinerary for their vacation, a lot of travelers fail to research the cheapest gas stations on route to their destinations and end up spending more money than they have to for gasoline. Research it! Gasbuddy.com is an excellent resource that will give you up-to-date pricing on all the fuel-up spots. All you have to do is type in the zip code, and you’ve got the cheapest gas prices right there.

2. Sample local cuisine during lunchtime.

Food is an important part of any trip, and no one can resist going out on the town to sample the local flavors in a new place. Forego the expensive dinners by slipping into the locals’ favorite restaurants during lunchtime. Most places serve lunches at much cheaper prices than dinners, and it’s the same exact meal.

3. Cook your own food.

While we’re on the subject of eating, don’t go out every night/day. It is extremely more cost-effective to go to a local supermarket to purchase a few groceries than it is to eat out. You don’t eat out every night you’re at home, and that’s one of the top ways to save money – period, so don’t do it when you’re on vacation! Besides, going to the local shopping places can add an extra bit of fun to your time away from home.

4. Cheaper hotels are not as shabby as you might think.

The less-expensive hotels have gotten a bad rap over the years for being dirty, unsafe, or just not as pleasurable to stay in as the more-pricey varieties, but that’s just not the case. Places like Hampton Inn and Drury Inn are comfortable, clean, and often offer free breakfast and Wi-Fi. Just watch out for the hidden costs hotels tend to have.

5. Bring your own phone or a pre-paid card.

If you plan on using the phone at all, don’t use the hotel’s phone. If you can’t bring your own phone for some reason, a pre-paid calling card is a good, second option. Hotel phones charge exorbitant prices, and if you use your own, you’ll know exactly what your limits are.

6. Drive, don’t fly.

Yes, it might seem much faster to fly instead of drive to your destination, but if you can, take your car. It is much cheaper to drive than to fly, and you won’t have the hassle of security, not to mention the fees for your bags. If your car won’t make the trip, renting one is always an option, too. Having your own car will also save on local transportation costs. You won’t have to worry about paying a taxi, bus fare, or any other passage fees.

7. Amusement parks are expensive.

Everyone knows that the tickets rack up the costs, but don’t forget how much more expensive the food will be inside the theme parks, too. You’re already going to shell out a lot of dough on souvenirs; don’t buy the food inside the park. Take some in with you, if you can, or plan ahead and have your meals before and after the park visit.

8. Timing is everything.

Every tourist spot has its prime time when everyone wants to travel there. Don’t go then. Odds are, prices for everything are going to go down during the off-season, and you won’t have to deal with so many people, either. This holds true for certain days, too. If you fly, look at the flight plan and see the difference in price between one day and the next. Sometimes, especially concerning holidays and weekends, a day can make a huge difference in price, and it might be worth waiting – or leaving early – an extra day.