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The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) for 2013 held in Sin City on January 8 up to January 11, 2013 showcased the Best Travel Gadgets of 2013.
- Y-cam Home MonitorBasically, a good security monitoring device to tract the traveler from home.
- Polaroid iM1836This is the world’s first Android-powered smart camera with interchangeable lenses which perhaps lessens the bulk of having tons of baggage during backpacking with camera lenses. And it’s very handy too.
- Fitbug OrbFor health conscious travelers, this gadget should be included in their list. Fitbug Orb could track health data.
- Spare OneSpare One helps in providing a cost-saving calls.
- Martian voice command watchesShould I say, this one’s a smart watch which enables the traveler to receive and send SMS and as well as calls.
I haven’t seen even one (1) in person from the above mentioned gadgets. But I’ve seen some of them on movies as well as minute jack screws for the watches. LOL!
With the rising cost of living, the squeeze on salaries and the constant threat of our rocky economy, it can feel like there’s no such thing as bargain holidays. But, thanks to the sheer number of price-led holidaymakers, the cheap holiday market is well and truly alive and kicking.
Bargain Holidays (image from blueseaholidays.co.uk)
So, how do you find a great holiday deal?
The old package favorite of late holiday deals still exists. The best way to find a great last-minute getaway is to start searching for holidays within a few weeks of the departure date. That is, start searching now on holidays leaving within the next few weeks. You’ll probably notice that certain package breaks, particularly those to popular destinations such as Spain, Greece and Turkey, are significantly cheaper than normal.
Why? It’s all to do with the way package holidays work. Tour operators buy up flight seats and hotel rooms well in advance, and then sell this as a package to customers. They advertise the packages for months – sometimes a year or 18 months before the departure date – but if the holiday still hasn’t sold by the time the departure date gets close, they will usually slash the prices and advertise the holiday as a bargain in order to entice those last few customers. After all, it’s better for the company to sell those holidays at cost – or even at a slight loss – than to lose out completely.
The alternative is to book your holiday well in advance. Not only does this ensure that you’ve got plenty of time to pay off the cost of the holiday, which helps to spread the cost, you will also be eligible for tour operators’ early bird deals. It’s another great way to save money on your holiday, meaning you can jet off that bit happier in the knowledge that your holiday is affordable and guilt-free.
I am not feeling good today. This actually started two days ago. But since a lot of school stuff I need to make them done, illnesses shouldn’t be put in mind and felt this time. And much that I am going home today, I need to feel good and so no flight cancellations for me.
Flight Cancellations (image from bizjournals.com)
As we all know, once we cancel our flights and decided to rebook and reschedule it, it would cost us more than twice the original fare. I actually has experienced this before. And if this going to happen this time, I think it’s not a clever idea to have this again.
So, for now, I need to make myself kicking for my travel today.
I am used to travel going home utilizing the local airline companies in the country such as AirPhil Express, Cebu Pacific Air and Philippine Airlines. Hence, this coming Sunday, December 16, 2012 will be my first time to travel with TigerAirways.com — TigerAirways Philippines.
No one from the family has tried the services of TigerAirways.com yet so I don’t have anybody to ask at about any idea how they provide and take care of their customers. I’ve been asking some friends also who used to travel but none of those I talked to has tried this airline company as well.
Tiger Airways is one of Asia’s leading low cost carriers. First established in 2003 with Tiger Singapore, it rapidly grew its paw print with Tiger Airways Australia in 2007, and associate airlines, Mandala Airlines in Indonesia and SEAir in the Philippines in 2012.
Operating from Singapore and Australia (Melbourne and Sydney), Tiger’s network extends to over 30 destinations in 13 countries in the Asia Pacific region.
Tiger is committed to offering customers great value fares and friendly service while maintaining the highest standards of safety, security and reliability.
The airline has won several awards, including the Low Cost Airline of the Year Award at CAPA’s Aviation Awards for Excellence in 2010.
I am just hoping that for this coming travel of mine, I would have the best experience that I am expecting from them. And oh, speaking for travel, this reminds that I need to buy new QuickNameTags.com name plates and tags for my new luggage. I already have one before but since mom asked me to have her the luggage, I just give the luggage to her including the tags.
With its great climate and short travel time from the UK, Crete has long been a family favorite. If you’re looking for more than just a sandy beach, this is the perfect holiday for you. There are plenty of other activities and attractions to keep all the family entertained.
Making a Splash Landing
All children enjoy water parks and Crete has two fantastic water attractions. Limnoupolis Water Park has a great range of rides, slides and wave pools to cater for all adventurers. However, if you prefer something a bit more relaxing, you can chill out in the Lazy River or jacuzzi. The Lido Water Park has some thrilling slides, including the Gigantic wave pool, Kamikaze and the Black Hole.
An Island of Natural Beauty
However you arrive on Crete, whether by plane or cheap cruises, it offers families plenty of opportunities to appreciate its stunning natural beauty. The Samaria Gorge is well worth a trip. The dramatic gorge is part of a national park and is 10 miles in length. On a walk through the area you can take in the many varieties of wild flowers or make friends with the local mountain goats.
The Lassithi Plateau is a fertile plain in the Diktian Mountains in the east of the island. The plain covers around 25,000 square kilometres and at 800m high, it is the highest inhabited plateau in Greece. You’ll be amazed by the hundreds of white windmills that stretch across the plain. In the past they were used to irrigate the land, but they are now just reminders of the past.
Just above the Lassithi Plateau is the village of Psychro. Here you’ll find the Diktian Cave, which is reputed to be the birthplace of Zeus. The cave stands at 1,025m high, so there is a steep path to the entrance. However, once you’re inside, you’ll be amazed by the underground pool and the many stalactites and stalagmites that fill the chambers.
Explore the Island
If you want to introduce your children to events of the past, they’ll really enjoy the island of Spinalonga. The island off the east coast of Crete is easily reached by boat from either Elounda or Agios Nikolaos. It was used as a leper colony until the mid-1950s and has remained uninhabited since they left. You can now wander through the deserted streets and imagine what it would have been like to be sent there.
The town of Agios Nikolaos is well worth a visit whilst you’re in the area. The beautiful town is set around a lake and you can sit and enjoy a drink or meal at the many lakeside tavernas and cafes, whilst you watch the fishermen bring in their colourful boats. With more than 200 boats and yachts in the marina at any one time, the children will enjoy having a stroll round and there’s also a sandy beach to explore.
If you’re looking for a European island holiday with plenty of places to visit and explore, then Crete is for you. You can spend a day relaxing on a sandy beach and then jump in your car to take in something new. With so many things to see, your family won’t want to come home.
This article was contributed by Lloyd, a freelance writer and blogger, on behalf of Cruise.co.uk.