The Only Guide You Need for Travel and Hotels in Atlanta

When you dream of taking a vacation, what do you picture in your mind? Vacations symbolize different things to different individuals. Some people like to see everything the city has to offer while others would enjoy nothing more than to spend the entire day getting some relaxation at the hotel. If you happen to be like me, you like a part of both. On the one hand, because I have traveled somewhere unique, I ought to see some of the local flavor. The danger is that, if I use up all my time darting around from one site to another, when I return back to my home I will need an additional vacation to heal. Keep the following tips in mind when travelling to Atlanta.

The first thing you will want to do is handle as much at the start as possible. That means doing responsible things such as switching currency when it is necessary, viewing maps of the region, leasing a car, booking a flight, and choosing a hotel that satisfies your demands. As luck would have it, most of these tasks have become more convenient and cheaper through the world wide web, so before getting in the car and driving, you can save some money by looking for deals on the internet.

When it comes to finding a hotel, remember to examine your choices with care. Things to consider would be how it ranks; is it a two star hotel or a four star one? Is it convenient? If you are going to Disneyland but the hotel you reserved is in San Diego, you are going to waste a good deal of your vacation driving. Are you planning on staying at the hotel quite a bit, and if you are going to be there, what variety of conveniences do they furnish? I will never forget the time I went out on vacation to lay back by the pool, only to find that the hotel I was at didn’t have one. I am sure that I must have appeared rather odd walking around the hotel with my inflatable ducky around my waist and no pool to be found.

When it is time to pack, remember to keep it simple, traveler. Start by getting familiar with the weather conditions so that you know what you must pack, but avoid over-packing. Remember, if you forget something, odds are that you can purchase a replacement. As a matter of fact, take as few clothes as possible. I suggest packing older clothing which can be discarded along the way. Depending on where you go, you may locate charities that would be glad to take extra clothing off of your hands. Besides, this will make more space for keepsakes.

During your travel time, be sure and bring something to occupy the kids. There are lots of travel games out there, and no, I am not talking about the Game Boy. As a matter of fact, I strongly encourage taking a step back from technology. Though it may be your last stand, discourage the kids from packing a walkman, video game systems, television or portable DVD player. Kids get enough of that already. This is a perfect time to get to know those strangers in the back seat while teaching them to survive without their standard forms of entertainment. Maybe they will even learn to appreciate the world. And if their grades were not up to par this year, make them listen to your music along the way. You should see a dramatic improvement in grades next time around.

Two useful things to think about including in your suitcase are Pepto-Bismol, in case something (though occasionally you may come across a school which can provide an adequate education in 6 months) doesn’t agree with you, and hand sanitizer; the kind that works without water. Remember, no matter what situation you find yourself in, do not let the hand sanitizer replace taking a shower.

When you are setting off to Atlanta, you will want to carry plenty of supplies for taking photographs. If you are behind the times and still use film, consider moving up to a digital camera. Nothing is more disappointing to me than when I get back from a trip and discover that some of the pictures didn’t turn out. With a digital camera, I can see what I am taking as I go along. The only things I need are batteries and memory space. Now that you can get a great digital camera for under $200, your excuses are dwindling away. Thousands of tourist locations have stores that will transfer your pictures from your memory card to a CD, allowing for you to snap even more pics to torture friends and family with when you get home.

I can’t stress enough the value in keeping things simple. Prepare wisely by taking care of as much as you can in advance. When it comes to travel, remember, the internet is your ally. Pack, plan, and keep entertainment basic to help ensure that your vacation to Atlanta is a relaxing and memorable one. I hope that this humble authors advice will be beneficial to you as you prepare yourself to kickoff on your journey.

The Importance of Travel and Tourism

In countries around the world, the importance of travel and tourism for national economies is evident from the contributions the sector makes. Taken as a whole, this industry employs over 100 million people directly and a similar number in related jobs, contributing a whopping 9 percent of global GDP, or $6 trillion. A closer look at the statistics from institutions such as the World Economic Forum also reveals that 10 percent of all jobs globally are in this sector, and there are logical explanations why certain countries have succeeded.

Analysis reveals that Europe is in the lead in travel and tourism, and all the top ten countries are from the region. Switzerland leads the pack for a number of reasons. Firstly, its infrastructure is second to none and facilities related to the sector are top notch, including staff. Secondly, the country has a reputation as having the best hotel management schools in the world. Thirdly, Switzerland’s environmental policies are of a very high standard, heavy emphasis being placed on sustainability. This forward thinking has been emulated by countries such as Germany, Austria, Spain, France, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

Investment in the travel and tourism sector cannot be overemphasized, and in Africa, this is clearly evident in a number of countries. The ratio of investment in the industry to GDP in Seychelles is the second highest in the world, and in Kenya, high government spending on destination marketing has seen the industry grow to be the top foreign exchange earner. This continued investment suggests that the industry continues to develop and has not reached stagnation. In essence, this is an immensely important industry and any country that wants to boost its economy must seriously consider high investment in the sector, particularly since even in times of recession, job growth is seen to be on the rise and can be an attractive argument to increase investment.

Many aspects of a country can set it apart, making travel and tourism a very viable option; the lifestyle of the people, their traditions and customs, culinary culture, wildlife, landmarks, and more that can be said to be truly unique. After all, traveling is all about new experiences, and as long as mankind thirsts for these new experiences, this industry will continue to grow, and no doubt countries should take advantage of the huge and enormous potential within their shores that is unlimited in every respect.

Planes, Cruises And Hotels: Busting The Biggest Travel Myths

We’ve all heard myths and urban legends about Big Foot, tested illogical home remedies like using hot water to make ice cubes faster and have made conservative choices on Friday the 13th, but how many of us have missed out on a travel adventure due to the fear caused by a few travel rumors? Here are some of the biggest urban legends in travel and the facts that debunk them.

Myth 1: Americans Are The Worst Tourists

Are Americans really the world’s worst tourists?

American’s rank 9th best out of 27 nationalities, according to an annual survey of hotel managers. The truth is Americans were ranked the loudest but also the biggest tippers.

Myth 2: Once You Step Onboard Your Money Is No Good

The truth is that your soda, meals, waters in the dining hall and buffets are paid for, everything else costs including alcohol, alternative dining, internet access and more. The fact is an average cruise traveler spend 50% more than the base fare on additional amenities.

Myth 3: Rule 240 = Money Back

If your flight is delayed, the urban legend states that Rule 240 requires the airline to compensate you. This is not exactly true, the rule 240 did at one time exist. It was created by the Civil Aeronautics Board. With deregulation though, Rule 240 has been expunged.

Myth 4: Bottled Water Is Your New BFF

At least 25% of bottles water is simply tap water. So if you are weary of Montezuma’s Revenge while abroad, know that there’s a 25% chance the brand you buy will simply be local tap water anyway.

Myth 5: Your Hotel Key Card Knows More About You Than You!

This again is also not true, your hotel key card doesn’t know everything about you. This rumor was started by Detective Sergeant Kathryn Jorge of the Pasadena Police. She saw a presentation about fraud techniques indicating this as a possibility, and sent an alarming email in response. The police department had to retract the statements of DS Jorge to quell fears.

Myth 6: There’s Money In That Bible

This is another myth which people want to be true, the myth is that people believe that there is a crisp $100 tucked into their hotel Bible. But till date there are no reports of such generosity.

Possibly, all of these myths depends on the mode of your travel, like many cruise lines don’t include soda in their inclusive meal price so you need to pay for your soda every time you buy it or you might want to go for a soda card plan. Other than that I wish I found that money in the Bible or anywhere in my hotel room, but my bad luck.