Where To Find The Cheapest Car Rental

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Where To Find The Cheapest Car Rental

Cheapest Car Rental is the first thing on our mind when we need to book a car. We cannot always take our car along on trips, it’s just too impractical. Car rental companies have made a fortune based at airports where they can charge a premium for the rental, you may think “what a rip off” they just shrug their shoulders, do you still need a car? The normal response is of defeat and passengers grudgingly pay for the rental. And so the sad story keeps on going around.
The cheapest car rental companies are normally less well known, and are normally not based at the airports, but have generally a good name. Points to look out for are: How old are the cars? How often do they get serviced? When you receive the car, is it in good repair and clean, inside and out? This may sound like trivia to you, but companies who pride themselves in keeping the cars in good shape, are generally well managed. And word of mouth quickly spreads.
There is a another way to find good deals on well know car rental companies, Travel clubs have often a contract with well known car rental companies, and you will be ale to get the same cheap rate as you would with the cheaper rental companies.
This is beneficial to you as you know already that all the boxes are ticked on the check list and you will have piece of mind. So there is no need to hunt around for the good budget rental company.
Upon joining a Travel Club, members will then have access to these well knows rental companies, which are stationed at major airports for convenience. You can see the benefit in this arrangement and normally the membership is for life. Some Travel clubs charge a once of fee and some charge a small monthly fee.
As Travel Club members finding the cheapest car rental is a thing of the past because it is now combined as one in the travel package that also includes the accommodation and flights. The way the travel clubs are able to get these discounted rates is that they buy in bulk, and with buying in bulk comes a large no of people wanting car rentals, so deals are struck with well know car rental companies that in turn give more credibility to the Travel Clubs.
Travel Members also make use of this discount when going on business trips, including accommodation. A hand some amount of money can be save by going this route, as this is still very new on the Travel and Tourism market, and should not take long for many to follow in their footsteps.

Holiday Insurance: A Must for a Traveler on Works or on Vacation

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Holiday Insurance: A Must for a Traveler on Works or on Vacation

Human beings, from the days of early nomadic life, have traveled and traveled. In the modern days humans love to travel for visiting new places and also for taking parts in varieties of sports. During the travel they may experience problems such as cancellation in flights, loss of luggage, loss of purse, sudden sickness during the tour. For all such problems it is always good to have holiday insurance. Holiday insurance makes one’s journey to a great extent hassle-free.
Holiday insurances are available in different forms and the travelers are free to choose from them according to their need.
1) Annual Holiday Insurance: This is applicable for the people who take vacation trips every year as this insurance provides coverage for holiday tours round the year.
2) Single Trip Holiday Insurance: This is for one trip only and it provides total coverage of travelers’ demands. This is a very common form of holiday insurance.
3) Back Packer Holiday Insurance: This low budget holiday insurance for one year. People who take tour to Europe or to countries of different continents, on professional necessity or personal demands, can happily suit to this insurance.
4) Ski Holiday Insurance and Snow Boarding Holiday Insurance: These holiday insurances are for people who take trips as part of sports and adventures. Insurances coverage is available for mountain rescue, air ambulance, mountain rescue etc.
Before going for a buy of any holiday insurance the travelers should secure all information about the terms and conditions related to it. It is very important to learn what the extent of coverage is and what amount of premium is to be paid for the insurance. Coverage towards medical requirement is very important for a traveler during his journey. There are plenty of insurance companies providing holiday insurance policies and the market is really competitive. Discounts are also available. Hence there are options and travelers should go through details of the policies which they will purchase finally. It is possible to find cheap policies with wider coverage.
Information may be available in different web sites on the internet and from insurance agents. But the travelers should verify every detail of the data as there is chance to get misled and wrongly advised.

Newark Airport Parking: How To Save On Your Airport Parking Fees

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Newark Airport Parking: How To Save On Your Airport Parking Fees

Newark Airport parking can be a problem to the ill-prepared passenger due to the sheer volume of travelers using the airport. Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), along with JFK International Airport (New York Kennedy), and LaGuardia International Airport (LGA), comprises the busiest airport system in the United States. The EWR-JFK-LGA network, which serves the metropolitan New York-New Jersey area, is 2nd only to the London airport network in terms of total passengers handled each year. In 2009, over 35 million passengers traveled through Newark Liberty airport.
There are over 17,000 Newark Airport parking spaces available to airport workers, passengers, and the general public. This number includes hourly, short-term, and long-term parking, both within the airport complex and off-airport locations. Parking at Newark Airport shouldn’t be a problem, once you know your options.
Short-term or hourly EWR parking is available at Newark Airport parking lots A, B, and C and costs $3 for 30 minutes or $6 per hour, with a daily cap of $33. This is actually the best and most convenient option since the lots are located right to the central terminal, if you’re just sending off or picking up someone and will be at the airport for no more than 1 or 2 hours.
Three nearby Newark Airport parking facilities provide daily parking rates, which are significantly lower than the short-term rates above. Daily parking at lots P1 and P3 is $24. Daily parking at the airport garage designated as P4 is slightly more expensive at $27. This is still a good option because of the convenient locations, if you’ll be gone for no more than a day or two.
Newark Airport long-term parking should be your choice for longer trips, like a 7-day Florida vacation, for example. The airport offers a long-term economy parking lot (P6), located at the northern side of the airport along Port St. Parking here costs around $18 per day, which is still expensive, especially if you’re looking at a 2-3 weeks travel itinerary.
Your next option, if you’re trying to save as much off your airport parking expense, would be the off-airport private lots and garages. There are several nearby premium parking facilities that you might want to check out like Avistar and AirPark facilities along McClellan St and the Avistar and FastTrack locations along Carnegie Ave. These are high-standard parking lots and garages serviced by shuttle in 10-15 minutes interval, are well-staffed and equipped to assist handicapped passengers, and provide 24 hour service and security. FastTrack’s Sky Park facility offers the most competitive rates, but you should check the individual garages for discounts, coupons, and free parking promotions which are available to frequent flyers on a daily basis.
In any case, check and confirm the rates before you place your reservation. You can ask questions about security, valet service, shuttle intervals, rate differences within the garage, rate promotions on weekdays, etc. Once you’ve picked your Newark Airport parking location, don’t forget to book it, before your actual flight. Air travel to a business or pleasure destination is always something that most people, even the most jaded of travelers,  enjoy. Don’t let worries about airport parking ruin the experience for you.

Penny Pinchers Guide To Grabbing Cheap Airline Tickets

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Penny Pinchers Guide To Grabbing Cheap Airline Tickets

It was my very first time travelling out of the UK and I wanted to see some of Europe. I think this is important so that I can boast to my children that I have seen a bit of the world even though it is just Europe. Step one; it seemed to me was to get as a cheap flight to Europe. The trouble was however in getting my airfares to come down from the high heavens in terms of price. I struggled to rearrange my budget and accommodate the scary costs of the airline tickets and realize my goal of having cheap holidays. I was really running scared and asking myself how on earth I was going to make it out of England and through just two countries with the kind of prices I was seeing. A friend suggested that I focus on getting cheap airline tickets. Really? I wanted to know what part of England I had to stand to get such cheapest flights rain to fall on me. Luckily for me, she is the patient type and took my sarcasm in good faith.
According to her, getting cheap flights is much easier than I imagine. Imagine? I didn’t even think it possible. Okay, where do I start from? I wanted to know. She wanted to know if I preferred to travel in premium class. Certainly not. In comfort, yes but except the first class tickets are free, cut that out. Okay, I she advised me to explore the option of travelling via an alternative route. It works this way she explained. I could just fly into Spain and from there to Italy on a low cost airline instead of taking an expensive flight direct into Italy. Hmmm…wouldn’t have occurred to me in a thousand years. Using cheapest airfare airlines as connecting flights can save a lot of money she added.
She wanted to know where I wanted to visit in Europe. Well, I had Spain, Greece, France and Italy penciled down. Well since I was not looking for cheap flights to Dubai, why not check the foreign websites of the airlines I wish to use for cheaper fares particularly as those countries have currencies weaker than the pound sterling? That way I get to compare flight price. She had provided another thought that would not occurred to me. She had saved loads of money that way. She simply booked her flight on the foreign counterparts of the country she intended to visit.
Okay, I had a year of school to go right? I answered in the affirmative (as she didn’t know, after all we were classmates). Students she informed me, have discounts on airlines and stuff like that. She directed me to STA Travels for more inquiries. She had personally cashed in on this discounts on many occasions by simply tendering her students ID Card. Imagine that! And mine has been just a piece of plastic in my pocket all this while. Wow, now I can compare holidays with my better traveled friends.
Last point she made was to inform me to watch the time I decide to travel. Since I just wanted to travel and get to know places, it was not important that I go in the peak period. Why not just compare cheap flights, go in the off-peak period and get the lower prices? Wow! Did I need any more prompting? Europe, here I come.

Accommodation as Important as the Holiday Itself

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Accommodation as Important as the Holiday Itself

However this is not always the case and often we are left in substandard accommodation wondering why on earth we booked it in the first place. The problem is that sometimes when you book a hotel you do so without really looking at it first and this is a big problem.

The benefit of having a staycation (holidays in the UK) and especially when you choose to visit the holiday parks is that there are plenty of reviews to be read and on the actual sites of the holiday parks they have in-depth details as well as pictures of your room you are going to be staying in. This way you know what amenities you are going to have in your room so there should not be any nasty surprises once you arrive at your destination.

As with all types of accommodation the quality depends on your budget and the holiday parks certainly provide a wide range of accommodation so whatever you can afford you will find the right one for you and your family. If you can afford to splash out a little then you can opt for the premium accommodation as there are some high quality rooms available that include en-suite bathrooms, king-size beds and a flatscreen television with DVD.

If you are watching your budget then you can opt for a mid-range accommodation but even in these you still receive a high level of service. If you have special dietary requirements or just prefer to make your own food then you can opt for the self accommodation and you can use our local shop to buy all the ingredients you need.

The kids are sure to have a great time with the number of activities available to them and it will also provide them with the chance to meet some new people as there will be plenty of other children there for them to make friends with and enjoy all the fun and games with too. Keeping the kids happy is half way there to having an enjoyable holiday yourself and the holiday parks ensure that every visit there is enjoyed to the maximum.

A good hotel is an important part of your holiday because after a day enjoying all the holiday park has to offer you want to be able to go back to a nice comfortable bed that you will get a good nights sleep on and wake up feeling refreshed and ready for another day of fun and excitement. Choose your accommodation carefully as it is an important choice that you will make during the holiday making decision.

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Money, Oaxaca and Exchange, a Primer: Traveleres’ Checks,atm Machines or Cash

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Money, Oaxaca and Exchange, a Primer: Traveleres’ Checks,atm Machines or Cash

Alvin Starkman, M.A., LL.B.

 

You don’t need to take travelers’ checks, ATM’s are common, safe and reliable, and while pesos and American cash rule, a VISA card will get you through your trip to Oaxaca.  But there innumerable other tidbits of advice  to heed before heading out the door to the airport, questions you’ll have after landing, and issues around money which will arise in the course of your vacation. 

Getting ready for the trip

ATMs

There are several ATM machines in the downtown core alongside almost every bank and even inside the odd pharmacy.  Similarly in the suburbs you’ll find no shortage of machines in banks and pharmacies, as well as freestanding kiosks, and even inside large department and grocery stores.

It’s best to go into your bank before your trip to confirm your weekly limit, maximum number of weekly withdrawals and amount you can withdraw per day, and to have it noted on your file that you will be using your card in southern Mexico.  Increase your maximums if possible. While it is rare for a machine to “eat” one’s card, just as it happens infrequently in your hometown it can happen here, and could take up to 2 or 3 days for you to get your card back.  Accordingly, to be on the safe side take an extra card with you or make sure your partner has his card. If you have both an ATM and credit card from which you can access your account, use the ATM card so that in the unlikely event of a problem, you’ll still have plastic for withdrawals and making purchases. 

CREDIT CARDS

Most establishments in the city accept credit cards, VISA being the most widely welcomed.  Once again, as part of your pre-trip planning contact your credit card companies and inquire and advise regarding the following:

1)     make sure it is noted that you will be making purchases out of the country;

2)     check your single purchase dollar limit and increase it if possible, perhaps for only the period of time you will be on vacation;

3)     ask how exchange rates will be calculated and if there is a surcharge, so you can make a more informed decision as to whether it’s more advantageous to use that credit card and increase the balance in your points program, or cash;

4)     if you intend to rent a car in Oaxaca, ask if your gold or platinum card will cover the rental car’s theft, damage, liability, and so on, and confirm the answer by reading the cardholder agreement’s terms, conditions and restrictions, all with a view to avoiding having to pay for such “extra” charges when you pick up your vehicle.

Remember that not all merchants, especially in the towns and villages where you’ll be buying handicrafts, accept credit cards, and often those who do so will charge a premium of up to 6% to cover their commission costs.  Using a credit card may reduce your bargaining power significantly.  Of course when dining at a small eatery or making purchases on the street, you’ll only be able to use American cash or pesos, and if you use American cash you won’t likely get as good an exchange rate as you would through a conventional exchange house (casa de cambio) or bank.

AMERICAN, CANADIAN OR OTHER CASH

In Oaxaca, if you’re paying with foreign currency, make it US dollars.  However, Canadians, for example, should not feel the need to go out and buy yankee greenbacks.  Years ago things were different, and it was difficult if not impossible to change our Canadian dollars into foreign currency while out of the country.  We felt that the American dollar ruled the world.  Today, here in Mexico pesos are just fine, and more importantly most of the casas de cambio offer competitive rates for Canadian dollars and other major  currencies.  There’s no need, and it’s not economically prudent, to pay to have Canadian changed into American, and then upon arriving in Oaxaca again pay to exchange into a third currency.  It’s true enough that while there are places which exchange only US dollars, within about 3 blocks of the downtown central square (the z?calo) at least four casas de cambio can be found which exchange major foreign currencies.  One word to the wise:  do not bring foreign bills which have any rips, writing on them, or with ink or other stains.  The rule of thumb at a casa de cambio is to reject all damaged or defaced foreign bills.

TRAVELERS’ CHECKS

A more seasoned readership will recall always using travelers’ checks.    But that was before the age of ATMs, paypal and the realization that not everyone in a strange land is out to rob tourists.  And besides, each of us had his trusty money belt.  Many still “don’t leave home without it,” but often find making such transactions a bit cumbersome.  There may be (but generally is not) a nominal premium charged for exchange, it takes time to get out that passport and have the data recorded on each check, and if you’re careful as you should be, the advisability of carrying them is reduced.  Institutions will accept travelers’ checks, but often have to pay a commission for having them deposited into their Mexican peso accounts.  They will generally be accepted at major retail outlets, hotels and B & Bs and in the craft villages at larger workshops, but there may be a small cost involved.  Having stated this, often the retailer will be prepared to absorb any fees.  Many Oaxacans in the tourism industry will simply hang onto travelers’ checks and then deposit them into US dollar accounts they have in The States.

PAYPAL

Paypal has revolutionized small scale, international, commodity and services purchase and sale transactions.  The commission rate is modest, it’s an extremely safe and secure means by which to buy and sell, and it has its own safeguards to protect both sides of a transaction from the unscrupulous and the na?ve.  You may have used paypal to make your deposit on reserving your accommodations, for a cooking school class or in arranging an ecotourism trek.  You can likely pay the balance owing once you’re in Oaxaca, the same way, as long as you don’t mind the modest charges involved.  The main additional advantage to paypal is that money exchanges hands instantly.  And even in the craft villages there are proprietors who either accept paypal or have a colleague, relative or friend ready to assist in facilitating transactions for the purchase and sale of rugs, alebrijes, etc. (especially when a custom order is placed).  Paypal is simply one additional payment method which has come of age in Oaxaca.

You’re now in Mexico

The rate for changing US or Canadian dollars into pesos tends to be better for consumers at the airport in Mexico City than in Oaxaca, so do not hesitate to get started exchanging while awaiting your connecting flight to Oaxaca.  In fact, the airport rates, at least in the past for changing Canadian dollars to pesos, have been better than when buying much larger quantities of pesos through one of the well-known US or Canadian money exchange companies!   The ground floor casas de cambio tend to offer more competitive rates than those on the upper level, but do your checking to ensure you are getting the best tipo de cambio.

Once in Oaxaca, remember that often the difference in exchange rates may be .03 of a peso, so consider the amount you want to exchange, and figure out if it’s really worth your time to spend a half hour to save $1.50.  Think about how often you give a couple of pesos to someone on the street or to a cabbie when you get confused, or that extra dollar you throw away for a fancy coffee.

When planning to take a day trip to the villages in which you might be considering purchasing cotton textiles, painted clay figures, or other Oaxacan crafts, think about stocking up on cash the evening before touring.  Otherwise, you may be in the awkward position of wanting to make a purchase and not relishing or being able to use a credit card, and asking your tour guide or another couple along with you to loan you cash until you get back to the hotel.  It’s uncomfortable for all involved.   Avoid the problem altogether and get your cash the day before.  There are in fact ATMs in towns such as Etla, Tlacolula, Ocotl?n and even el Tule, but do you really want to spend any time during your day searching for a machine, when you could be seeing the sights?

Remember you’re withdrawing pesos, so when you start punching in figures at the ATM, don’t stop at 500 … it’s not dollars.  Add another zero and then confirm the amount.

If you’ll be staying in any of the northern suburbs such as San Felipe, Reforma, Loma Linda, Volcanes or Guadelupe Victoria, driving south towards the touring highways and downtown you’ll likely pass at least three ATM machines.  Downtown they are all over, along with the banks and casas de cambio.  The latter are located within a couple of minute walk from the z?calo, on Independencia, Hidalgo, Garcia Vigil and Valdivieso.  The banks, with competitive rates as well, are also located within a couple of blocks of the square.

If using travelers’ checks, always have some with you.  After all, the reason you’re using them is the protection they afford.  Then you can take advantage of the odd aberration in exchange rate you may encounter, which may be gone tomorrow.  Similarly take some cash with you wherever you go, for the same reason or for unexpected purchases. 

TAKE REASONABLE CARE

Loss and theft generally occur when you’re not careful, and in circumstances where crowd density is high, such as lining up at Guelaguetza time, Saturday at the abastos market, Noche de R?banos and Christmas eve in the z?calo, and in the course of parades and processions.  Although it’s not hard to identify tourists, still, don’t flash large bills or wads, and keep large expensive cameras in a nylon shopping bag or in a purse in front of you.  A thief is more likely to be attracted to a purse slung over your shoulder or a backpack trailing your spine, than to closed or zipped bags in front of you and cradled with one arm.  

Oaxaca is no different than other popular tourist destinations with respect to safety and security for the traveler.  Common sense and vigilance ensure an uneventful vacation in terms of avoiding problems regarding money and belongings.  Due diligence in terms of a bit of reading before your trip will never hurt, and while here simply remember that you are in a foreign land and that you do in fact stick out like a sore thumb.  On the other hand, in the unlikely event that you encounter any difficulties of any kind, you’ll find that even complete strangers are more than willing to assist you in overcoming adversity, ranging from figuring out how to assist in facilitating a purchase or accessing money, to giving a wide variety of advice concerning other problems you might encounter as well as local mores and accepted custom. 

NOTE:  The foregoing is not intended to be nor should it be relied on by the reader as constituting legal, accounting, financial or commodity or service transaction  advice, and is intended only as a lay opinion based solely upon the personal experiences of a Canadian who has been involved in small-scale monetary transactions in Oaxaca since 1991.