What Are Travel Cards and What Do They Do?

August 14, 2016

The Centers for illness Control & Prevention on Saturday commenced distributing cards at airports receiving flights returning at once from Hong Kong warning travelers returning to the US from Hong Kong & Guangdong Province, people’s republic of China & Hanoi, Vietnam that they might have been exposed to cases of harsh acute respiratory syndrome.The cards are being distributed by quarantine officers at Chicago, O’Hare international airfield; L. A.; old York town, JFK world airfield; Newark; & San Francisco. These airports are the sole U.S. Airfields receiving direct flights from HK. No U.S. Airfields receive direct flights from Hanoi or the Guangdong Province. CDC officers expect to grow the distribution of cards to port, Alaska & the territory of Guam later today.

The cards also offer steering designed to aid physicians in making a diagnosis by advising travelers to inform their physicians about recent travel to the influenced regions, & whether they have been in contact with individuals who displayed symptoms of SARS.The travel cards warn those returning from the three areas that they should monitor their health for at least three days. They are also suggested to contact their doctors if they become ill with a fever accompanied by a cough or problem in breathing.The CDC advises consultants & other clinicians to be on the lookout for travelers who:As of March 15, 2003, the CDC had received reports of SARS cases in HK & Guangdong Province, people’s republic of China; Hanoi, Vietnam & Canada, Singapore & Thailand. For that reason the World Health Organization has issued emergency steerage for travelers & airlines so that persons displaying symptoms of the sickness can receive immediate health care & can be brought to the attention of public health authorities. These individuals are also advised against travelling while ill.Have a fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher;one or more symptoms of respiration illness including cough, trouble breathing, difficulty in breathing, hypoxia ( insufficiency in the quantity of oxygen reaching tissues of the body ), X-rays indicating the presence of pneumonia, or breathing trouble; &one or more of the following:History of travel to hong kong or Guangdong Province, people’s republic of China, or Hanoi, Vietnam inside three days of symptom onset;

Close contact with people with breathing illness having the described travel history. Close contact includes having cared for, lived with, or had direct contact with respiration secretions & body liquids of a person with SARS.Additionally, airlines should:Alert the destination airport of any passengers meeting the case definition criteria;Arriving passengers who are symptomatic should be referred to health authorities for assessment & care;The passengers & crew should provide all contact information for how passengers can be reached for the subsequent fourteen days to airfield health authorities.Aircraft passengers & crew should be informed of the person’s status as a suspect case of SARS [*SCO].

Booking Travel Deals and Getaways Online

August 13, 2016

Travel Deals And Getaways can save you many dollars. However, these bargain travel deals and getaways aren’t always as easy to find as one would hope.Another consideration is that if you are searching for something specific or require a specific location, there isn’t always an online travel deal to get you there. Suppose you wanted to visit the O’leary Potato Museum in O’leary, PEI, Canada. I very much doubt you will find it in a list of Travel Deals And Getaways, as they are usually part of a purchase from a consolidator.Consolidators are companies that buy large quantities of tickets from the airlines in bulk, or have contract of their own, with the airlines companies. They usually receive very low fares. Some of these consolidators only sell tickets to travel agents, while others may sell directly to the traveler.

Consolidators are one of the best sources for bargain travel deals and getaways, because they are usually cost less than the lowest published fares from the airlines. Some consolidators represent the airline and have the authority to act as a sales agents for the airline itself, but not all travel consolidators have this authority.Many distribute their discounted fares via travel agents and travel websites only, where they are made available to the public.You can purchase discounted tickets from consolidators directly, but they are usually for only one aspect of your trip, for example, air fares, and you then must search for the rest of your trip, such as your lodging, transportation, etc.If you decide to use a consolidator consider the following tips:1. Different consolidators may offer different prices for the same destination. Shop around for the best deal…..2. Buy your tickets with a credit card, if you never get the tickets you can get a refund from your credit card company.3. Airlines usually reserve the right to change the fares on consolidator tickets at any time, so the fares are not guaranteed until you actually receive the ticket.4. Consolidators will frequently charge you any difference in price, between when you purchased the tickets and when you received them.5. Deal with a local consolidator whenever you can. Pick up your tickets in person if at all possible. Check out the company first. If they belong to a local BBB it is a good start.6. Consolidators, as a general rule, do not accept credit cards. They have to pay a transaction fee on credit card orders, and that eats up a large percentage of their profits. You will often see a cash discount of a few percentage points to overcome this.

7. Be sure to call the airline just as soon as you get your tickets to validate them as authentic. There are a few scam artists which spoil it for everyone.8. Consolidators are now also buying up blocks of hotel rooms and selling them at steep discounts. This is great for travelers like us!.9. Travel Deals And Getaways through Dynamic Packaging is a method that is being increasingly used in package holiday bookings, enabling consumers to build their own package of flights, accommodation, car rental, etc, instead of a pre-defined package. This allows for a customized vacation plan, and, if done through a reputable online booking agency, the process can be just as enjoyable as the trip.

Nightclubs and Nightlife in Montreal, Canada

August 12, 2016

Montreal, Canada, has a busy nightlife. Nightclubs and nightlife form an important part of a tourist’s itinerary in Canada. So much so that tour operators offer special packages for visitors keen on savoring the local party and bar scene. Travel to Canada is never complete without enjoying what the nightclubs and nightlife in Montreal have in store.Supper ClubsYou must visit one of the numerous supper clubs in Montreal. These clubs offer relaxed ambience and unlimited fine dining options. Patronized by the young and the not-so-young, executives and celebrities, travelers as well as residents, these supper clubs are part watering holes, part party joints, and part celebrity-spotting zones. Places such as the Globe, MED Bar, and Buona Notte are the more well-known supper clubs in the city. Try to get on the guest-list of some favored patron or even organizer here, or you will find yourself standing in long queues for entry.

Dance ClubsThe smaller dance clubs, with their eclectic music, talented DJs, and a motley crowd of regulars and newbies, are popular for their nighttime as well as daytime entertainment. The Circus and Red Lite are known for their hip-hop music and women who dance with a carefree attitude. These clubs attract a younger clientele. Older people are also welcome!NightclubsThe nightclubs of Saint Laurent, Ste Catherine, and Crescent, and the bars at Latin Quarter are nightlife staples in Canada’s second largest city. Electric Avenue on Crescent attracts older people and couples, and is chiefly known for playing dance tracks from the 1980s.If variety is what you crave for, then the Tokyo Bar is the right choice for you. This nightclub offers a mix of music from different genres, combining hip hop and R&B with retro songs, and trance with techno to cater to every taste. The Modavie is an all night restaurant that combines Mediterranean cuisine with jazz music for a truly memorable dining experience.Live PerformancesIf theaters and live performances are more to your tastes, then the Metropolis on Ste Catherine is the place to head to, for some after-dinner entertainment. This 120-year-old establishment has changed identities many times and was once a venue for adult entertainment. Today, the shows are much more innocuous and include acts by mainstream musicians such as Coldplay and David Bowie.BarsNo roundup of Montreal’s nightclubs and nightlife is complete without a mention of the bars in the city. Winnies is an old fashioned watering hole designed on the lines of an English pub, while the Au Diable Vert has a less innocent, saucier ambience.

CasinoMontreal also has a casino, where adults can enjoy a turn at the roulette tables, play poker and blackjack, enjoy exotic dice games such as Sic Bo and Keno, or have fun at the slot machines. Remember to play responsibly. Nightclubs and nightlife in Montreal have much to offer to visitors as long as they follow rules conscientiously, for their safety and the safety of others.Lounge BarsFor a relaxed conversation or a casual chat with friends and new acquaintances in the city, drop in at the lounge bars. The Whiskey cafe, true to its name, offers a casual setting for jet setting executives and travelers.Nightclubs and nightlife in Montreal, Canada, have a lot to offer visitors from all backgrounds and age groups. Cosmopolitan Montreal welcomes travelers with an exciting lineup of shows, entertainment options, theme parties, world cuisine, and more.

Traveling to Mexico As a Full Time Rv’er

August 11, 2016

During the winter months most Full Time RV’ers move south to warmer climates. For most this is usually Florida, one of the gulf states or Arizona. Most of these RV’ers will have looked further south at Mexico but up to now have not made the jump south of the border for various reasons.Most of these RV’ers will know someone who has done the trip even if it is only to some place such as Puerto Penasco or San Carlos which are both on the sea of Cortes, and only a few hours south of the US, Mexican border. But even with the information they have received from these travelers they will have misgivings about actually doing the trip themselves.Many people will cite safety are their main concern about traveling in Mexico. And with the proliferation of stories that always seem to crop up whenever Mexico is mentioned, it is easy to see where there concern would come from.First of all to put things in perspective, a recent Yahoo article listed the USA as the most dangerous western country to travel in. Mexico was not even on the list. Another article I once read out of Europe actually listed the USA in the list of most dangerous countries in the world to travel in. If you feel safe traveling in the USA, you will be much safer traveling in Mexico. If you really look at it you will find that the stories are usually repeated by people who are too afraid to travel to Mexico themselves, and then will justify it with rehashed stories. These same people will do almost anything in their power to stop you from traveling to Mexico since they cannot stand the thought of you doing something that they themselves are afraid to do.

All of my experiences of traveling in Mexico by Camper Van, Motor Home, and my cars have been good. In fact in all the years that I have done it I have never met another RV’er that has had a problem. Or even met one who knew someone that had a problem traveling in Mexico. In many cases we have been parked on free beaches in Mexico with our RV and have left many of our possession’s outside over night. Things such as tables, lawn chairs, our zodiac boat, hammocks and much more. They were always there in the morning. I would not even do that in Canada, much less the USA.I am currently writing this article from a bungalow in the small town of La-Cruz about twenty miles north of Puerto Vallarta. We drove our Mazda Van down here from Canada for a months vacation. We did not have enough time to take the RV this year. As usual the people have been treating us fantastic, and this year with the exchange rate of the Peso to the Dollar our spending power is the best that I have ever seen.It is probably due to the so called “Recession” that not many people are traveling to Mexico this year. We saw many almost empty RV parks along the way. In fact the small RV park on the property where we are staying is completely empty. The property has a million dollar view, and an RV spot can be had for about $20 to $30 dollars per night.There are a number of good resources available for the first time Mexico RV traveler. One that I recommend is the book “Mexican Camping” by Mike and Terry Church. This book can be found on Amazon, and in many good book stores. Another good resource is the “Guia Roji” which is a Mexican map book. This book is also available on Amazon.There are RV Caravan companies that you can sign up with to do an escorted trip through parts of Mexico. These are a bit expensive, but are a great way for a first timer to learn the ropes. You can find a number of these companies by looking for Mexican Caravans on line.

Another way for a first timer to get comfortable with traveling in Mexico is to buddy up with an experienced traveler. If you stay in any RV park near the Mexican border, you are sure to find people that are going south. Also once you get into the RV parks in Mexico you will be able to find other buddies to travel with to various locations.So I encourage you to take the plunge and find out what the other side of the border is really like. Yes it is poorer than the USA and Canada, but the Mexican people just do not seem to have realized that and you will find that in many cases they are much happier than the people you know at home. They will go out of their way to help you, and will literally give you the shirt of their backs.There are RV parks everywhere, so until you get very comfortable traveling in Mexico, you can be around other RV’ers every night. And then as you start to learn the ropes, you can wander off more and more on your own. Either way you never have to go beyond your comfort level. The only hard decision will be making the decision to go to Mexico in the first place. Within a very short time you will come to understand just how easy it really is.