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Benefits of Booking Tour Packages

TOUR-PACKAGE-IN-BUDGET5385ebd794f6d18d6f4cAll people need a break to get away from stress at work, home or school. Taking vacations is the best way to relax, unwind and spend time alone or with family in order to keep motivated and get that groove going.

Taking vacations requires planning and planning requires time – time for booking the preferred airline, finding the perfect location, researching for the cheapest hotels and scheduling the activities for the inclusive dates. That alone can also be stressful especially when it’s fast approaching with no preparations been made. As tourists, the experience should have to be stress-free, worry-free and relaxing.

In this regard, consider the benefits of booking tour packages. Not only can it save a lot of time but it’s also popular these days when people can’t seem to find that luxury of organising trips and vacations themselves. Other benefits of availing packaged tours are mentioned below:

• Convenience, completeness and quickness all rolled into one. This is the main reason why people avail of these packages. Searching for tourist attractions is easy over the internet. Then, what comes after is a lot more convenient.

Tour packages usually have detailed information on the trip. From the booking details, itineraries, tour guides, food trips, dinner and hotel accommodations, tour companies will take care of all these for their clients.

Pro tip: Before booking, make sure to discuss what’s included in the package. Sometimes, companies provide minimal package inclusions and require tourists to pay additional fees for all other activities that are advertised on their website.

• Perfect for large groups. Booking packaged trips in groups is more fun than travelling alone. It’s easy to make friends especially with people who also share the same interest – travelling!

Pro tip: Check out attractions where all friends can enjoy their stay. If possible, take a picture of every activity that everyone participated in.

• It offers quality service. Tour companies spent several years in developing business relationships with their suppliers to ensure that tourists receive the kind of service they need.

It’s like a win-win situation for their businesses. Why? It’s because tour companies are constantly able to bring in groups of people via their package tour that’s why, vendors have to take extra care of these tourists. This include front line access, upgrade in services, inclusion of tour guides, ensuring food for breakfast, lunch or dinner, occasional freebies and a lot more. Basically, they treat their guests as stars.

Pro tip: Do research on your preferred tour company before booking them. Read reviews and Facebook comments on their site with regards to the overall quality of service people have experienced starting from how their flight details were booked up to the point of their actual stay.

• It’s fun and educational at the same time. Enjoy the view but listen to tour guides whenever they provide information on every itinerary. Although they may not be residents of that place, they surely have accurate knowledge about the important information based from their study and personal experiences.

Pro tip: Since the tour is definitely fun and educational, it’s recommended to explore and experience everything in groups. Taking pictures of various attractions and eating dinner with friends all result to fond memories.

And those are the benefits of availing tour packages. With the right combination of season and destination, everything is going to be a rewarding experience.

Picking a Romantic Destination For Your Honeymoon

The moment you begin to think about your honeymoon after the long planning of your wedding, there are many places to choose from. You should try to come up with the perfect setting that will make your first day as a married couple truly memorable.

There are many beautiful honeymoon spots to consider. But of course, you have to select the best-one that will offer a romantic and dreamy atmosphere for you and your partner to relish. Here are a few choices that you can consider:

1. Tropical Island Destinations
Tropical Islands are among the most common and delightful of honeymoon destinations. From beautiful sandy beaches, stunning blue waves and spectacular sunset, this type of location is an ideal destination for newlywed couples. There are many exciting activities and relaxations that await you in this type of setting, such as water sports activities, romantic boat cruising, relaxation in hammocks and sailing. This type of destination will definitely enhance your enjoyment of your romantic escape with your spouse. Some of the beautiful tropical destinations you can choose from are Hawaii, the Caribbean,Tahiti, the Maldives, or Bali.

2. Mountain Destinations
Some couples prefer a more laid-back and tranquil type of location for a honeymoon, and mountain destinations a prominent candidate for this kind of retreat. There are many things to love about mountain destinations. The venue is just appealing and romantic. Mountain destinations are also advantageous in a way, since it is very possible to spend honeymoon celebrations on mountain peaks regardless of the season. This type of destination offers you a wide variety of activities. You can go hiking, mountain biking or camping while appreciating the attractive and scenic views you will see. And if you spend your honeymoon in the mountains during the winter, you can enjoy skiing and appreciate the beauty of snow-covered highlands. If you consider this type of destination, try spending it in some of the most notable destinations like Aspen (Colorado), Chamonix (France), Fort William (Scotland), Davos (Switzerland) or Garmisch (Germany).

3. City Destinations
If you want to celebrate your honeymoon in an urban and metropolitan locale where there are city lights and endless parties and shopping, a city destination is probably your first choice. City destinations are undeniably expensive, but if you want to enjoy the luxury of city life while relishing your moments as newlyweds, this type of destination is worth the cost. In a city destination, what you will be able to appreciate is the extravagance of hotels and elegant amenities as well as the pampered lifestyle you will experience as you visit a variety of shopping malls, bars, clubs, restaurants, spa centers, casinos, and concerts. Some of the best city destinations you can consider are Las Vegas, New York, Miami, Tokyo, Paris, Hong Kong, Ibiza or Amsterdam.

Tourist Attractions In Japan

sfgvsfWhile Tokyo and Kyoto are the two most important tourist destinations in Japan, there are several other interesting places that are worth a visit.

One such interesting destination is Hiroshima, a city that has virtually risen from ashes after getting decimated completely due world’s first nuclear bomb attack during World War II. Hiroshima Peace Memorial is the most famous war memorial located in Hiroshima, symbolizing the destruction caused by the atom bomb. Another important place to visit is the Peace Memorial Museum that houses details about the events that led to the attack.

Hokkaido Island of Japan is a nature’s paradise with most of its area being protected as national parks. Filled with fantastic volcanoes, ‘bottomless’ crater lakes, hot springs and numerous mountain and ski resorts, Hokkaido is also home for Japan’s indigenous Ainu tribe. Diasetsuzan National Park is Japan’s largest national park located in central Hokkaido.

Another premier tourist destination in Japan is the Mount Fuji, the highest mountain peak in Japan with a perfectly symmetrical volcanic cone. There are various hiking trails on either sides of the mountain. Considered as a dormant volcano, Mt. Fuji can be climbed during summer season. Situated around Mt. Fuji is the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, a recreational paradise offering hot spring resorts, golf courses and facilities for fishing, hiking, camping, swimming and boating.

Apart from being the commercial hub of Japan, the city of Osaka is also recognized around the world for its exquisite Japanese cuisine, historic Osaka Castle, performing arts of Kabuki and Bunraku, theme park and impressive aquarium. Universal Studios Japan and Osaka Aquarium are both located in this city.

Shikoku, the smallest of Japan’s four main islands, is known for its pilgrimage circuit of 88 temples dedicated to Kannon, the Goddess of Mercy. Also present on the island are the attractive city of Takamatsu, the historic and beautiful Ritsorin Park and the mountain top Kotohira Shrine. The islands of Kyushu and Okinawa also offer a variety of tourist attractions including national parks, caves, coral reefs, clear turquoise seas, fine beaches, white sands, water sports, hot-sand saunas, hot spring resorts, temples, shrines and amusement parks.

Skiing on Thin Ice in Japan

Skiing on Thin Ice in JapanArriving in Hakuba, we checked into our lodging with a few friends, stowed our things, and eagerly embarked off to the nearby ski fields. Within 30 minutes we were suited up and embarrassing ourselves trying to learn the ‘pizza’ style of skiing. The good news – the snow was super soft and powdery, an excellent cushion for when I decided to sit down (read: fell over). The bad news – face first into the snow isn’t as entertaining as I first thought. Luckily, our friends were particularly patient with us; as you can see, I eventually learned to stand! Toddlers everywhere would be so proud.

One thing is for sure – the views were superb. We soon ventured to the advanced ski fields at the top of the slopes and were astonished at the vastness of it all. It seemed as if the snow knew no bounds – every visible crevice and mountain was covered in it. We also had an interesting time getting to the “mid-way” restaurant in the middle of the intermediate slopes – sliding down at speeds exceeding 30km/hour was a little scary but thankfully shortlived, and rewarded with a delicious bowl of ramen.

As the day drew to a close, we retired to our lodging. Buried in the snowfall but cosy as we stepped in, we were greeted happily by the owner. Approaching our room down the hallway, we noticed a nondescript woman opening its door, checking her surroundings in each direction, then heading inside and closing the door behind her. A little confused, we slowly approached the door and went to open it. Without warning it opened on its own, and the woman stepped out, briefly mumbling “sorry, wrong room” before scurrying down the neighbouring hallway. No further explanation or even an apologetic glance was offered. We checked our belongings and nothing appeared to have been disturbed, but we were uneasy with the situation. It turns out the doors of this establishment couldn’t be locked to prevent any further intrusions, and understandably were worried for our passports and cameras.

Now, the only thing I hate more than a meaningless confrontation is probably these foods. Unfortunately sometimes, confrontation finds you no matter where you go. Later on during the night we ventured to the common area downstairs, happening to discover the same woman. Merely wanting an explanation, I approached her to discuss and conveyed that her behaviour seemed strange. She clarified that she had stayed at this lodge a number of times and incorrectly thought that our room was in fact hers. I happily accepted the explanation and carried on with dinner.

Later on that night, I was summoned by the owner, who had apparently received word of what happened. Expecting an apology for the room allocation confusion, he instead proceeded to ask me to apologise – under the threat of being thrown out of his lodge. Apparently I was rude to one of his regular visitors; presumably, the woman had complained. Under normal circumstances I would have refused – however in a frozen remote town in a foreign country, we have to play by the rules. I conceded, apologised, and nothing more came of it. Although shaken at the mere suggestion of being thrown out into the cold, it was also quite fascinating. Until this point, my experiences in Japan had been filled with the most polite people I had ever met – the Japanese locals will stop at nothing to assist foreign guests. Of course, I then realized the difference – the lodge owner wasn’t Japanese. In the interests of ensuring we continued to enjoy our holiday, I gave it my best attempts to let the ordeal pass.

The next day, we ventured away from the ski fields and into culinary and cultural excitement. Have you ever seen a snow macaque? It turns out in Japan, they bathe just like we do – in style with steaming onsen baths. They live near incredible settlements situated in the mountains such as these – and are supported by the locals with regular food supply during the winter.

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