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Monthly Archives: August 2017

Deal With Airport Stress

* The check-in Line

Now you’ve arrived, next step’s check-in. Usually, there’s multiple lines you can choose from. Which looks quickest ? Maybe the longest line is quickest ? Here’s a couple tips. If you see lots of families and children in a line, avoid it. By the time they’ve found all their tickets, and sorted their luggage jumble, they’ve taken twice the time of a couple or single person.

Look for a short check-in line that’s not easy to see. Look at each end of the check-in aisles, and maybe there’s a valid check-in hidden by a pillar, that few people see. Happened to me just recently, and cut a half hour off my check-in time – a half hour I spent relaxing in the bar.

* How long to walk from lounge to gate ?

Maybe I should publish a guide to ‘walk-time’ at different airports ! I’ve walked anything from 2 minutes to 20 minutes after a call to Gate.

Ask at check-in. It’s an important question. When that screen flashes ‘Go to Gate’, it’s much less stressful if you know how long you’ll take to walk there. All your good work of stress-reduction goes down the tubes if you walk 5 minutes and then realize your gate is way the other side of the airport terminal.

Sometimes you even have to go through more security, or another passport check, and find a line waiting there. I once travelled out of Spain, and this exact same thing happened. A long passport control line stood between me and my gate, where departure was scheduled just 15 minutes later. Luckily myself and 5 others decided to go right to the front and explain the situation – no one objected to us going thro first.

But try to avoid this un-necessary stress by checking in advance.

* Invest in the Executive Lounge

If you travel often you might get free entry to an airport executive lounge. If not, you can often pay a small amount to use it. The ideal low-stress airport experience begins in the executive lounge. Away from all the airport hustle & bustle, relax with free drinks and nibbles. Read a newspaper or magazine and you’re soon in just the right, relaxed frame of mind for your journey.

Travelers with Disabilities

There are currently more than 50 million people with disabilities in the United States and 180 million worldwide, representing the single largest untapped tourist market in the world. According to a recent Harris Poll conducted in conjunction with the Open Doors Organization and the Travel Industry Association of America, the 50 million people with disabilities in our country have a combined income of more than $175 billion. In 2002, these people took 32 million trips and spent more than $13.6 billion on travel ($4.2 billion on hotels, $3.3 billion on airfare, $2.7 billion on food and beverage, and $3.4 billion on retail, transportation, and other activities). This study suggested that these travelers would double their spending if some minor amenities were made available. Meet and greet programs at airports, preferred seating on airplanes, hotel rooms closer to amenities, and employees who go out of their way to accommodate guests with disabilities topped the list.

The current trends in adaptive travel show most of these travelers taking advantage of destinations that they know are already accessible such as cruise ships, Florida, and Las Vegas. The visitors bureaus and businesses at these destinations that have gone to great lengths to ensure their visitors that there will not be any accessibility issues during their stay. From personal experience and years of traveling in a wheelchair, I can guarantee that these locations have built and will continue to build strong relationships with travelers with disabilities. This group is a very loyal one, who will often return to the same city, hotel, or activity provider year after year if they have a good experience. If everyone were to catch on to this we would see growth in the tourism industry like we have never seen!

With this in mind, it is a wonder that more business owners have not taken steps to make their accommodations more accessible and even start marketing to these travelers. If the staggering numbers listed above aren’t proof enough, the U.S. Census Bureau recently stated that nearly 16.5% of all people with disabilities in the U.S. leave their home two days per week or less. That constitutes nearly 11 million people that are not traveling at all. Also keep in mind that there are millions of people in their golden years that are looking for accessible travel accommodations. Many of these people use canes or walkers, travel with oxygen tanks, or have other mobility impairments, and are not included in disability statistics.

With millions of people in need of accessible travel options, and with our Baby Boomers (almost 25% of our population) starting to reach retirement age as well now is the time to start thinking about improving marketing efforts to include people with disabilities and about better overall accessibility in general. By educating business owners on the benefits of marketing to people with disabilities and educating travel agents who are fighting a losing battle with the internet, we can begin to focus on this new target market.

If you want to take advantage of the rapidly growing adaptive travel market, get started now! I recommend hiring an expert to get your business rated and start removing barriers to access as soon as possible. Think about accessibility anytime you’re planning a remodel or addition. These improvements will benefit everyone, not just people with disabilities. For those of you who have already taken steps to improve accessibility, start bragging about it.

Low Cost Travel

Low cost travel

Stay at campsites. The cheapest alternative to free lodging, at least in Greece. You save money and have fun . Find a campsite

Invest on a bike.

If you like cycling, then you can do it. In Greece you can cycle to most places and see areas that are worth visiting. You can easily rent a bike , and if you are in Corfu you can try

Rent a room in a village or at the port

There are families who rent rooms in their own house ; cheaper than hotel rooms but you have to follow the rules. Where can you find them?

Watch the port area if you come by ship. There are people who approach you and tell you about their own rooms around the area, at low prices. Sometimes you can even bargain to get a better price.

Discount Travel

It’s obvious that people love to travel and that vacations make us better people, so why do so many vacation dreams go unfulfilled? Almost any one you ask can tell you about their dream vacation. They know where they would go and what they would do, but something always seems to be holding them back.

What stops most people from taking their ultimate fantasy vacation is cost. International and domestic travel is not usually a cheap undertaking. You have to pay for travel to and from your destination, accommodations during your stay, food, and entertainment for the duration of your trip. The cost can and does add up and this is what most people cite as the main reason their fantasy does not become a reality.

New and better ways of doing business are changing things however. Internet technology is making travel much more affordable. Discount travel sites on the Internet are enabling vacationers on even the tightest budgets to finally take the trip of a lifetime. Discount travel sites are a great source of discount vacation packages, travel vouchers, discount cruises, and more.

If you really want to maximize your travel savings, there is yet another alternative. Discount travel sites are often part of a vacation club. The sites are run by individuals as separate businesses, but they are all a part of the larger club. Sales of the club’s packages and products are rewarded with greater income for the site’s proprietors. There are clubs that advertise up to 75 percent savings on vacation packages for their members.

Discount Travel Business Opportunities

This is an ideal way to turn your love of travel into something that can make you money as well. Discount travel site proprietors not only earn discounts as part of the club, but they also earn excellent revenues from their site’s sales. The total compensation these entrepreneurs receive in income and discounts can be extremely high.