• How to divorce your travel agent and plan your own trip
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    How to divorce your travel agent and plan your own trip

    When thinking about international travel, the first thought most people have is to hire a travel agent. Why? In several years of traveling, I have never been able to find a travel agent that can beat the offer I found for myself. It takes a little more time, yes, but it makes the trip more valuable when you realize you are the one who designed the trip. It’s yours.

    Research your goals The first thing you have to do is research your goals. If, for example, you go to England, decide whether it will be better if you drive or take the train. If you decide to drive, you need to investigate things like insurance, road rules, and mileage. You also need to find out what interests you – do you want to see historic sites? Do you want to visit an amusement park? What do you think is fun? Use the internet to find tourism sites for the area, but don’t ignore YouTube or a simple internet search to find out what other people find in the area.

    Cut your biggest expenses The first cost you will encounter on international travel is your plane ticket. There are many sites out there that will be useful for you. ,, and only three sites. Some sites allow you to receive email alerts when prices drop. Start searching for a few months and make sure you check the closest airport. It seems strange, but sometimes smaller airports can have better offers than bigger ones. Check daily rates or at least every day.

    For hotels in Europe, I have found that it is best to mix and match. Travelodge or Premier Inns are cheap hotels that are good for the wallet, but also great for shopping a little. Bed and breakfasts are one reasonably-priced way to do that. Don’t forget to take into account that you save money on breakfast!

    One way to find cheap hotels is to type “cheap Paris hotels” and see the results. Make sure you check the reviews on the hotel, before ordering!

    For transportation, one cheap car rental place is. Just type in your destination and the site attracts the best prices it has. If you can find a cheaper rate through a rental agency, an AutoEurope customer service agent will often match it. Also, check to see how much it costs for gas in your chosen location. … READ MORE

  • Thailand's Eco Adventure Travel Ideas
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    Thailand’s Eco Adventure Travel Ideas

    Thailand has been known as a nature adventure destination by travelers since the seventies, when backpackers found a jungle travel tour north of the kingdom. Thailand now provides a variety of eco adventure recreation in all parts of the country.

    The most popular treks in northern Thailand because of its natural beauty. Deep forests, rivers and waterfalls, hot springs, forested mountains and rice fields are dream sights for travelers. The northern part is also rich in cultural diversity with tribal villages which can be experienced by tourists during trekking. Thailand also offers several national parks and wildlife reserves throughout the country where treks can be arranged.

    Pai and Chiang Mai are two destinations where many trips begin in northern Thailand. Many travel agents have treks for periods ranging from three days to one week. Each group consists of two to twelve trekkers and local English-speaking guides. German, French or Japanese guides must be ordered in advance if needed. An overnight stay is arranged in hill tribe villages in the dwellings, mostly bamboo huts. The food is cooked by a guide, with the help of travelers who want to learn to cook local food with Thai ingredients.

    Umphang on the Burmese border near Mae Sot is also famous for its waterfalls. Ti-Lo-Su is the largest waterfall in Southeast Asia during the rainy season and offers beautiful views. Riding an elephant can be arranged for two days, including one night in the forest with pachyderms. In the first part of the Wa river, white water rafting can be enjoyed on a bamboo raft, while the second stage must be passed by a rubber boat to get to the Ti-Lo-Lee waterfall.

    One amazing trip is a 3-day barge cruise between Bangkok and Ayuthaya where travelers experience stops along the bank of the river Chao Phraya to ride bicycles. That way, they can discover the rural villages with local factories, splendid temples and appetizing food markets. The visit of a school to meet Thai students in their classroom is a kind of experience too. The trip ends in Ayuthaya, former capital of Thailand from 1350 to 1767, where over four hundred temples and monasteries can be visited.

    The south of Thailand has seen a growing number of visitors in the last twenty years, and has several national parks for eco-adventure trips. The exploration of Khao Sok, the oldest evergreen rainforest in the world, which … READ MORE