Planning a holiday involves several factors. First of all an itinerary has to be made, tickets have to be bought and reservation had to be done for accommodation. Tackling all this on one's own can be quite difficult. It is to ease this difficulty and help you plan your perfect vacation that the travel agent is there. Before you choose the travel agent, look around and then settle on the one whom you feel comfortable with and can trust with the logistics.There are some advantages you can get from a travel agent that you wouldn't be able to, if you were to plan your holiday on your own. Since travel agents constantly interact with other companies involved in the whole tourism and travel industry, they can often get you good deals and discounts on cheap flights, hotel bookings etc., and can even help you to reserve ahead in any restaurant or theme park that you intend to go to during your holiday. There are several ways to search for your travel agent. Do your homework properly. You can consult family and friends who have earlier used "travel agents" . Or you can research on the Internet, which is a veritable source of information. It is important to choose an agent who makes the effort to learn about your particular needs, likes and dislikes. He should look towards fostering a relationship with you so that you continue to use his services in the future too.Choosing a travel agent who is member of the American Society of Travel Agents as it is a way of ensuring good service. Travel agents, Hotels, Airlines, Cruise Lines and other institutions who are part of the travel industry are members and work in conjunction to pass on good deals and benefits for traveling. The members also need to have some basic requisites to be part of the Society; hence you are assured of a reliable agent. After choosing your travel agent, you should interact with him whenever required to go over all the planning and the options. Although it is his job to give you the best possible holiday package, it is necessary that you make the time to involve yourself to convey your expectations and to make the decisions, so that you have a great and memorable vacation.
Missouri is a central part of the United States and is surrounded on all sides by the states of Illinois, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas. Visitors to Missouri can enjoy a wide variety of attractions as a result of several distinct regions within the state. St. Louis is the largest city in Missouri and is located at the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers which has earned the city the nickname Gateway to the West. Another popular destination for all types of travelers is Kansas City which features several museums and amusement parks. If travelers want to have some outdoor activities then a good location to go is the Osage Lakes area or the Ozark Mountains. Where you are into indoor attractions such as museums or outdoor adventures such as hiking, tours and wildlife excursions then you are sure to find what you want in Missouri.St. Louis is a city that has been involved in history for many years. It was the starting point for the Lewis and Clark expedition and was a popular starting point for those starting their journey West in the early days of the United States. The St. Louis Arch stands as a monument to the travelers as they head West even in these modern times. The Wainwright Building in St. Louis claims to be the first skyscraper ever built in the world and still stands today as a downtown government building. For the music lovers St. Louis is also an excellent destination since is has a deep history of jazz and ragtime that can still be heard at many clubs including the most popular Lemmons Basement Bar. For the film lovers there is the Webster Film Series which shows films all year long that arent within the mainstream of movies.When you visit Kansas City the first thing you will notice is that is has a variety of decorative water spouts and you may even feel like you have stepped back in time to Rome. When you come to Kansas City is has a variety of attractions and activities that will keep you busy and you will be bound to find something you like to do here. The American Jazz Museum is an excellent place to go if you want to known all about the history of the jazz musical form and see many artifacts from past years. Another excellent museum option is the Arabia Steamboat Museum which covers the history of steam boat travel along the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. For the family travelers there is an amusement part called the Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun. This amusement park has a variety of rides and live entertainment to choose from. For more adult activities, Kansas City even offers the Argosy Casino and Harrahs Casino with slot machines, table games and dining options.There are many options when it comes to accommodations in Missouri just like the attractions. The Missouri Division of Tourism is an excellent source to help you find the right accommodation in the right city for your travel needs. However some of the excellent options include the Lodge of Four Seasons which is one of the largest resorts you can find in the entire Midwest and has activities available such as golfing and swimming. It also includes a marina, five different restaurants and a spa that is fifteen thousand square feet.
Traveling can be made enjoyable by planning in a better way. Whether you are going for a business travel or pleasure trip, make sure you have all the necessary items required for a pleasant trip. There are so many options today that a person doesnt always have to use a travel agency. The Internet has made it possible for travelers to save a lot of money. Below are 10 essential things a traveler should possess for a peaceful trip.-Knowledge of Destination : Its always better to get a map of the areas you are going to touch. Just start ahead of time if you have several spots to go and if you are going alone just have a knowledge of the routes prior to starting your journey lest you get lost.-Personal Items : Make sure you don't forget to take your personal items with you. Your tooth paste and brush, clean under garments, wallet with money, comb cosmetics etc are very important. You can also have a small carry bag for your toiletries and a small place in your wallet for your tickets and passports so that its handy.-Medicines for First aid : Just ensure that you take all those medicines with you which you have on a regular basis and also first aid kit in case of any emergency.-Footwear : Choose your footwear according to your trip. If your travel involves lots of sight seeing, bring a comfortable pair if shoes. If your trip involves sports like hiking or wake boarding, bring your footwear accordingly.-Apparel: While selecting your apparels, make sure they are according to the weather conditions prevailing over the destination of your travel. Wrinkle free clothes are ideal .-Guide book : Have a guide book to organize your days and making arrangements ahead of time .-Tote Bag: Take a large tote bag tucked inside your suitcase. This bag can be used to put the additional purchased items and carried out as another bag.-Security for luggage : Its wise to get a spare key for your luggage in order to have as an alternative in case the original key is lost.-Insurance : Travel can be easier in public transportation, but sometimes its not possible. On such occasions a rented car is useful. Ensure that there is no damage in the car and ask the clerk to write it down if any lest you are charged for it.-Labels :The last thing would be to have a label outside and inside of your luggage to avoid confusion. It is also wise to have your address within so that you can get back your luggage easily in case it is lost.
Its a no-brainer to say that a wedding is a major investment. In the United States, the average cost of a wedding is in the tens of thousands. Weddings are the culmination of years of love, trust and lots of savings, with families laying their hearts and bank accounts on the line. Given the expense and extravagance of many weddings and the dozens of factors that put a wedding at risk tropical storms, illnesses, deaths, caterers and dress shops that go bankrupt and cold feet (to name a few), it should come as no surprise that more and more families are purchasing wedding insurance.Wedding insurance is a type of insurance that covers the numerous potential disasters surrounding a wedding (depending on which plan you buy), and puts those who lay out massive sums of money for the celebration at a reduced financial risk.It might surprise you that the number one most common wedding insurance claim occurs when a bridal shop suddenly goes bankrupt and the bride is out a wedding dress. Since the wedding dress is such an integral and fragile part of a wedding, it is often a key point of concern for those who buy wedding insurance.People who travel for their weddings might be considering travel insurance and wondering if a wedding dress is covered. The answer to that question depends on the parameters of a travelers insurance policy. Travelers insurance is different from wedding insurance, and a travelers insurance policy will likely cover your possessions as you travel i.e., the dress. However, that is not guaranteed. If you choose to purchase travelers insurance for your wedding, go over the policy with the salesperson and be sure the dress is covered.Many wedding insurance plans extend their coverage throughout the United States and offer additional travel insurance. If you are planning a destination wedding, then I recommend purchasing a wedding insurance policy that contains provisions for travel.These kinds of insurance policies typically cost no more that 1,000 dollars. For a wedding thats around or above the average cost of 27,000 dollars, thats a huge bargain. In addition to covering a damaged or misplaced dress, most wedding insurance policies will cover broken or lost wedding gifts, damaged wedding photographs or videos, deadbeat caterers, or in some instances a change of heart in the bride or groom.All in all, I would say travel and/or wedding insurance is a fairly good investment. Id hate to see someone I love have their wedding marred or ruined by unfortunate circumstances. And Id hate it even more if I was footing the bill for a wedding that went awry and had to be re-scheduled. In recent times weve seen incredible disasters like the 9/11 terrorist attacks, hurricane Katrina and the massive tsunami. All of these horrific events took place in locations where one might want to hold a destination wedding, which should be a stark reminder of why it is so critical to cover your bases and get travelers and wedding insurance.A few companies that offer wedding insurance are Fireman's Fund, WedSafe Wedding Insurance Program offered through Affinity Insurance Services Inc., and Traveler's Insurance.
Ships have been linked to Australian history through an umbilical cord. And so have been shipwrecks. Sail by the coasts of Australia, and you are sure to find one or two submerged hulks peeping out of the ocean surface. Sail by the North East coast, and chances are you will join the host of submerged hulks in the Great Barrier Reef, a magical stretch of ocean that has brought down many. There are many enchanting and romantic tales of such bravado, ill-fate, or sheer pig-headedness around such wrecks. This is one such.Early in 20th century, 1911 to be precise, Magnetic Island was a rising centre of commerce. Doctor McCabe had a lavish paradise, aptly named Arcadia, where his rich female friends and acquaintances could visit. It was also the high time for bloomers and hooped skirts. The windy bay was precarious to the womens modesty and Doctor McCabe, a dentist by profession, wanted to indulge the dignity of the women. He decided to install a breakwater, thus softening the windy ambience so threatening to his female friends. The idea was to tug along Moltke, an 827 ton vessel that had seen better days, which had ran aground on a reef at the northern end of Flinders Passage, between Townsville and Cape Bowling Green. Our doctor brought in a local bloke who claimed some expertise in explosives. They attached the Moltke to a tugboat, planning to blow the explosives on the Moltke when it was situated properly to act as a breakwater for Arcadias jetty, the prospective abode of our modest ladies. Our explosive bloke lit the fuse a little bit too soon, and seeing this tug-boat skipper cut the rope leaving Moltke on its own. To make virtue out of a situation gone hilariously wrong, the bloke and the doctor jump against an impressive firework, and they survive to drill and fill another day. Moltke went straight in the wrong place, and in shallow water. She did provide a sheltered anchorage for small crafts for many years, although she was no use as a breakwater for McCabe's jetty, and the merry citizens of "Magnetic Island" still remember the day a dentist blew the Moltke away. Today, many ferry services carry tourists to a concrete ramp only hundred metres away from where the Moltke gloriously sank.The stretches around the "Great Barrier Reef" is the graveyard of many more such glorious wreckages. A little further away from where Moltke sank, is the remains of another vessel called Maria but it is another nice tale to be told another day. Lieutenant James Cook famously came along this route only, and discovered an island continent. In his train he brought criminal inmates, plundering gold prospectors, and todays tourists. They come, they see, and they leave with enchanting tales of submerged hulks peeping out of historical times, shaking hands with a precarious present.Magnetic Island lies off Townsville. It is well connected by ferries from the mainland. Unless you plan to stay in Townsville you may stay in nearby Cairns, Reef Palms which provides vacation rental special offers with Cairns vacation accommodation, Great Barrier Reef trip and rainforest tour.