Apr 07

To Barter, Or Not To Bater, In Thailand

While it is common, and even expected, to negotiate prices for homes or cars, most of those in the Western world would never dream of doing so in a store or with a vendor. The price is marked on a price tag, so that is what we pay. It would be rude to haggle, not to mention futile. In Thailand, as in most of Asia, bartering is the norm, and in fact, it is rude not to barter. For those unfamiliar with this tradition, how do you know when to barter and when to pay the asking price? How do you ensure you are paying the proper price that is fair to both you and the vendor?

Just as you can be thought rude or uncouth for failing to barter with vendors, so too can you be thought arrogant or cheap if you barter at the wrong time. Many in the Middle East and, to a lesser extent, Asia believe that there is nothing on Earth for which you cannot barter. In terms of cultural faux pas, though, you want to stay away from bartering in department stores, malls, grocery stores, or for scheduled buses or ferries. If you are dining at a restaurant by yourself or with a small party, you will not want to barter.

There are a few exceptions, however. If you are eating with a large party, you may negotiate the rates before you eat. If you do it after, you will be looked upon as very cheap or unknowledgeable. You may sometimes barter the price for high ticket items in a department store, such as jewelry, or when you are buying an item in bulk. You may also offer to pay cash for a discount. Some stores will take off five to ten percent if you use cash instead of a credit card, but this is far from universal.

Before you hit the streets of Thailand, brush up on your bartering skills. While there are some intricacies you should know, in general, you want to be very pleasant. Never raise your voice, and treat bartering like a game. It can be intimidating for the uninitiated, but it helps to know that this is largely meant to be an enjoyable experience for vendor and buyer. Start in Thai, saying, “Sawadee krap/ka, nee tao rai na krap/ka?” or Hello. How much is this?

Dont take it too seriously, play along, and above all, always pay a fair price for goods. Vendors will often take off ten to twenty-five percent of their asking price through the bargaining process; unless it is a very expensive item, dont haggle too much more than that. Remember that as a tourist, you have considerably more money than the vendor.

Apr 07

Top 4 Disney Disabled Accessible Cruises By Sage Traveling

Each summer, Disney sends one cruise ship to Europe to conduct several Mediterranean sailings. The accessible Disney cruises start and finish in either Barcelona or Venice, and include 7 night itineraries, 9 night itineraries, and 12 night itineraries. The 7 night Western Mediterranean cruise is the most common itinerary.

These wheelchair accessible Disney cruises sail on the Disney Magic cruise ship which was built in 1998 and holds 2400 passengers. It has 17 wheelchair accessible cabins.

On the various itineraries, the Disney Magic visits 15 different ports but only offers accessible shore excursions in 6 of the ports. Don’t worry about that though.Sage Traveling offers a selection of accessible walking and driving shore excursions in all 15 ports.

In the Mediterranean, there is only one Disney ship and limited sailings so be sure to contact us far in advance so we can reserve a spot for you.

Learn about the 6 Benefits of Booking Your Cruise through Sage Traveling

Exclusive Cruise Discounts – We can get you better deals than if you book direct

50 off each Shore Excursion – Receive discounted rates if you book your cruise through us

Pre-trip Accessibility Consultation – We help you make informed decisions

Pre-cruise Accessible Hotel Recommendations – We have personally inspected accessibility of hotel rooms and the surrounding neighborhoods

Emergency Support during your Trip – We quickly solve your accessibility problems based on years of experience doing it for other clients

Sage Accessibility Guides for each port – Our Sage Accessibility Guides contain essential accessibility advice for each port

Disney’s 7-Night Western Mediterranean Cruise on Disney Magic

This is the shortest (and most common) wheelchair accessible Disney cruise in the Mediterranean. It’s an outstanding option for families so we put it on our list of Top 12 Accessible Mediterranean Cruises!

It visits the most popular ports in the Western Mediterranean including the Big 3 of Florence, Rome, and Naples. While most people have heard of plenty of can’t miss attractions in Rome and Florence, Naples presents numerous accessible shore excursion options.

You can take an accessible boat tour around the island of Capri or relax in the charming town of Sorrento perched on the cliffs above the Bay of Naples. Or how about special permission to drive (not hike) to the crater rim of Mount Vesuvius and peer down at the ruins of Pompeii below? Wheelchair accessible shore excursions are available in every port and you can easily extend your vacation a day or two with an accessible Barcelona hotel stay.

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Apr 07

Top 10 Reasons To Visit Brazil This Vacation!

Brazil is a beautiful and diverse land; a perfect holiday destination to admire nature. If you are planning to visit Brazil this vacation and thinking why should you? Then here is the list of Top 10 reasons stating why you should visit this lovely country known worldwide for its warm, fun loving people and above all for its petite, exotic and feminine women.

1. Carnival: World famous celebration of Carnival Festival of Rio is one of the main reasons to travel to this beautiful country. The festival is celebrated annually forty days before the Easter. The energy and vigor of the festival is enough to lure tourists from all over the world.

2. Copacabana Beach: One of the worlds famous beaches Copacabana attracts thousands of tourists every year. Known for its lively and energetic ambience, the beach is simply a great reason to visit this lovely country.

3. Cariocas: The petite women are called as Cariocas in Rio. They are immensely popular worldwide for their friendly nature and hospitability towards tourists. If single and lonely, these Brazilian women will definitely add charm to your entire vacation with their friendly and warm attitude.

4. Splendid Surfing Beaches: Beaches of Rio offers great surfing options to its visitors. Florianopolis beach located in the Santa Catarina and Arpoador beach in Rio are two of its main beaches that offer tremendous great opportunities of surfing.

5. Lovely weather year round: The average weather in Brazil fluctuates around 70’s to 80’s degrees all year round. Alongside, in winters when whole northern part of world is covered with snow, Brazil is one such destination which offers warm ambience and brilliant sunshine to tourists from all over the world.

6. Energetic soccer games: If you are a soccer lover, then Brazil is the right place to be at. Soccer is one such game which is practiced as a religion here. You will come across endless soccer matches being played while wandering through its cities.

7. Learn Portuguese: If you want to try some Portuguese, then Brazil is the right destination to start. Grasp few of the basic phrases in Portuguese before visiting Brazil! Moreover, the lovely Brazilian women can prove to be of great help if looking to learn Portuguese!

8. Fit Brazilian Culture: Brazilian people love to be fit both physically and mentally. Who knows if perfect bodies and positive attitude inspires you to be like them?

9. Mouth -Watering Brazilian Food: Make sure you visit churrascaria when in Brazil. Frango Asado is one of the popular dishes of Brazil. Simply delicious in tatse, it is a barbecue chicken served with rice and fries.

10. Brazilian culture: Brazilians are known for their liberal attitude in whole world. Because of a history of mass cultural absorption by German, Spanish, Portuguese, African, Italian, Indigenous and plenty of other ethnicities, Brazil culture has evolved into a diverse culture, where everyone gets along easily

Apr 07

Top 10 Secrets Of Federal Government Employee Discounts

Although government jobs are some of the most stable careers in the economy, federal employees are still watching their bank accounts and trying to save money. The good news is that many companies offer public servants deals on vacations, clothes, phones, auto insurance and home improvement. We have researched and compiled a list of the Top 10 Secrets of Federal Government Employee Discounts.

1. Food

10 percent discounts are offered to military members dining at IHOP, Denny’s, T.G.I Friday’s, Long John Silver’s and the Hard Rock Cafe. Applebee’s also offers a 15 percent discount at selected locations.

2. Clothing

10 percent discounts are offered at Nautica and New York and Co. Fans of Old Navy know the company offers a discount on the first of every month. These discounts can also be used in conjunction with coupons and other methods of saving.

3. Auto Parts
5 to 10 percent is offered at Kragen Auto Parts. Advance Auto Parts offers active and retired military members 10 percent off. AutoZone offers military discounts as well.

4. Insurance

Depending on the state, Geico offers between 3 to 10 percent off automobile insurance. Liberty Mutual also offers car insurance discounts.

5. Home Improvement

Lowes and The Home Depot offer 10 percent discount at most locations. The government is also offering up to $1,500 in tax rebates for installing energy-efficient products. LongFenceandHome.com offers a discount to federal employees and military personnel on a wide variety of products and services.

6. Eyes

Group Health Eye Care offers a 20 percent discount on prescription eyeglasses or sunglasses. Additionally, there is a one-time offer of 20 percent on contact lenses.

7. Gyms

Washington Sports Club offers 33 percent discount on their monthly membership fee.

8. Travel

When planning a trip, Govarm.com is our recommended site for vacation and leisure services. However, some other respected government travel sites are: Club Quarters, Government Vacation Rewards, Holiday Inn Express, and La Quinta Inns and Suites.

9. Communication and Technology

Verizon offers a 20 percent discount on phones, calling plans and accessories. When looking for home computing software and hardware consult Dell. They offer at least 10 percent when purchasing their products. Do you prefer Macs? Apple has recently offered various discounts on iPods and computers.

10. Fedsave.com and RecGov.org

These are the top recommended sites for searching government discounts. Fedsave.com offers a subscription which includes a free monthly newsletter highlighting savings and special offers on everything discussed above.

Government discounts are abundant, but are often overlooked. With some quick research, you may find yourself saving a lot of money.

Apr 07

Top 10 Travel And Tourism Programs

With a travel and tourism degree, there are many different career paths you can take. Each travel and tourism course you take will help in your goal of becoming a travel agent, hotel manager, cruise ship event director, tour planner or other hospitality-related specialist. The following are considered to be the top 10 travel and tourism programs at colleges and universities in the United States:

Johnson and Wales University: You can complete one of many four-year travel and tourism programs at campuses in Colorado, Florida, North Carolina or Rhode Island.

University of Central Florida: Complete a certificate, a bachelors or master”s degree in hospitality management, and while you are at it complete an internship at one of the many local theme parks, resorts or hotels.

University of Hawaii at Manoa: This island university offers a well-respected travel and tourism degree in four specializations. You will also be able to network and make connections with leaders in the travel and hospitality industry.

Brigham Young University, Hawaii: BYU”s Hawaii campus ranks #4 in U.S. News” list of comprehensive colleges for bachelor”s degrees, and it”s in the perfect location for internships and networking.

University of New Hampshire: With a rich history, prime east coast location, small student body size and high educational standards, you”ll be able to start your career path straight out of college.

San Diego State University: This CSU campus with a freshmen retention rate of 81 percent is located in a popular U.S. travel destination with many hotels, resorts, travel agencies and cruise ship companies.

University of Phoenix: This is one of the top online universities in the nation with numerous degree options including a BS in Business/Hospitality.

Penn Foster Career School: If you”re looking to start working as a travel and tourism specialist or hotel/restaurant manager, a career diploma from this school will put you on the right path.

Walden University: This online university offers a BS in Business Admin-Management, MS in Leadership-General Management and Ph.D. in Mgmt that are ideal for the travel and tourism industry.

American InterContinental University: With a Bachelor of Business Administration in Operations Management or MBA from this career-focused university, you”ll be well on your way to the job of your dreams.

Apr 07

Usa Must-see Travel Attractions

For most US travellers, a single united sates holiday package is not enough. This diverse and happening land has so much to offer. From soft sand beaches of Maui to glamorous casinos of Las Vegas, USA has dotted with so many travel attractions that you definitely need to return for more. But, what should you do if you are on a business trip with a weekend? What can you do to cover the must see travel attractions in a single trip. You can check sightseeing attractions of city you visit or book travel package to see some must see travel attractions as following.

Yellowstone national park:

Established in 1872, this national park in Wyoming is popular for its geothermal features like old faithful geyser. Multiple ecosystems like subalpine forests, lakes, canyons, rivers and mountain ranges are available throughout the national park. This beautiful and diverse national park is not the most common travel attraction in most United States holiday packages. However, this is one wonderland worth a visit. It is a true miracle unparallel in beauty, adventure and experiences, you cannot miss it. Thats for sure.

Grand Canyon:

Carved by Colarado River, this steep canyon in Arizona is a truly exceptional travel attraction in any United States holiday package. It is the most common side trip to Las Vegas holidays, but, it is scenic wonder, full of adventure and a truly riveting experience. In the land of multiple leisure and indulgence, there is nothing like Grand Canyon in America. Along with different points and sites in Grand Canyon, it has fascinating native culture, several adventure sports and diverse flora and fauna. So, explore what you truly cherish on your Grand Canyon trip and you will not be disappointed.

Times Square:

This commercialised intersection is true symbol of American consumerism. However, more importantly, it is what makes US special. This is a major entertainment hub in New York City. Overcrowded and expensive, it is everyones cup of tea. But, this part of corporate jungle is a unique experience you must have at least one in life. It has Broadway, Madame Tussauds wax museum, Times Square studio, finest restaurants, coolest clubs and more. So, grab your wallet and indulge in your choice of sin. Everything you can think of is available in Times Square. Every World tour and USA travel package includes a visit to Times Square because it has something for everyone.

This is clich yet fun part of United States holiday package that you cannot miss on first trip.

Apr 07

Winter Festival – Perquin, El Salvador

Do you want to travel in Central America and search for new places where you can spend your vacation with? One of the best countries that you may want to consider exploring is El Salvador. You will find a long history about El Salvador back in the Spanish era. And one of the most interesting towns to travel to in this place is Perquin. Way back then Perquin was known to be the guerilla capital, but nowadays it is a peaceful town where you can definitely spend your vacation as you get to join a variety of festivals.

In Perquin they celebrate art and music festival every year in the first week of August to celebrate the Peace Accords. Artist from all over the region come to exhibit their work. Travelers can witness the musical acts and dance groups from other communities of Morazan and Bajo Lempa perform.

All over the town you will find stands with souvenirs overstuffed with jewelry, magnets, pictures of la virgen, other various other items and booths selling local foods.

This festival is especially popular among the young crowd but anyone can enjoy it. There are other things to do, like visiting the famous museum that Perquin boasts, featuring photos, testimonies, and artifacts during the Guerra.

As you get to join the festival you’ll be able to enjoy your stay and look for other things to enjoy as you spend your vacation in this town. Aside from the festivals held here, what makes Perquin more interesting is its scenic mountain town. Such scenery offers visitors both the natural beauty and history that they are mostly interested with. You can as well enjoy sunny weather most of the time but there are times that you may experience some rain during your stay.

Now, you are probably wondering how you will be able to do all these things and get around to experience everything for the duration of the festival or during your stay. Let’s say that you speak Spanish, you can actually request for a guided tour from one of the locals. Probably if you can get hold of a former guerilla, you can get more information about history and be able to educate yourself about the stories behind this kind of festive event.

Perquin is one place that you should consider to go to if you plan to travel in Central America. Take note that their Winter Festival takes place in the first week of August which is one event that you shouldn’t miss.