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Jet Setting Jobs: Opportunities in Travel and Tourism

Whether you're looking for work outside the normal nine-to-five or just need a change of scene, you might be thinking of a career in the travel and tourism industry. This kind of work allows you to earn money while traveling the world-- gaining both life experience and work experience in the places you've always wanted to see. There are a variety of jobs available in the travel and tourism sector. Below, you'll see just a few of the most popular ones. For more travel and tourism career opportunities, do an online search or check in the local newspapers.

Travel Agent

One of the most obvious and traditional choices when considering a career in tourism is working as a travel agent. Though in recent years vacation planning via the internet has become increasingly popular, travel agents help to simplify what is still a complicated process. They give advice on destinations, book flights, rental cars, hotels, and tours, and provide information about visas, customs, etc., for international travel.

While working as a travel agent might not provide as many travel opportunities or freedom as other tourism-related careers, about 15% of travel agents are self-employed, allowing them to choose their location and set their own hours. This can be a good career for somebody looking for stability and self-employment opportunities.

Travel Writer or Photographer

If you have a flair for language or a talent with the camera, you might want to consider a career as a travel writer or photographer. Travel writers visit cities and countries around the world, writing stories and taking pictures of the places and cultures they experience. Unfortunately, travel writing is a difficult industry to break into, but once you do it, you can expect a lifetime if travel, adventure, and doing what you love.

Flight Attendants

One of the most glamorous jet-setting careers you can have is working as a flight attendant. Flight attendants have the opportunity to travel the world, often living in multiple cities, while earning a generous hourly wage of around $18 the first year to $28 the fifth year (Continental). It's important to note, however, that there is a lot of competition for this type of work, and only a few make it past the first interview. And language skills are a must! Most airlines look for flight attendants fluent in at least two languages.

Cruise Ship Staff

The cruise industry is one of the fastest-growing in the travel industry, and work on cruise ships has become a highly sought-after career. This kind of work allows you to see the world while working in housekeeping, security, food/beverage service, entertainment, retail, and many more. Pay ranges anywhere from $500-600 per month for a dish washer, to $4,800-6,400 per month for chief on-board doctor. This, of course, includes room and board, which makes even the lowest salary seem more generous.


Travel in the U.S

New York Vacation Rentals

One of the best places to go for vacation with the whole family is New York's Niagara Falls area. Considered one of the most beautiful wonders of the world, Niagara Falls separates Ontario, Canada and New York. New York vacation rentals are plentiful in the area. Popular with vacationers, some of these cabins are located in campgrounds where chalets, RVs (recreational vehicles) and Park Models may also be rented. Ideal for families, these are the best choices for any type of vacation. These New York vacation rentals and camps offer amenities like pools, playgrounds, and game rooms. They also organize activities like visits to nearby Niagara Falls. So for families, especially those who are traveling in RVs, and those who plan to camp out in tents, head out to a campground can make the most out of New York vacation rentals and campsites.

Colorado Cabin Rentals

The cabins in Colorado, especially those near Estes Park, are some of the most popular summer destinations. It is also home for the Rocky Mountain National Park. Families can rent cabins and enjoy various summer activities together. These campgrounds welcome families with tents, Park Models or RVs. Campers can take part in various activities designed not only for children but for the whole family. These campgrounds have amenities like playgrounds, game rooms, and souvenir shops,. Some sites even have free Wi-Fi access. Families who rent cabins in Colorado afford themselves the opportunity to enjoy various special amenities like heated swimming pools and hiking trails as well as enjoy visits to the majestic Rocky Mountain National Park.

Rocky Mountains' splendid mountain views, wildlife, rock climbing routes, the Trail Ridge Road, Bear Lake Road, and Fall River Road are huge tourist favorites. Those who rent cabins in Colorado will find these attractions adventurous and unforgettable.

Dairy Land Family Vacations

Wisconsin vacation rentals abound in Sturgeon Bay. A more practical (and adventurous) choice would be to stay in a campground. Sturgeon Bay, known as the "friendliest small town in Wisconsin," is home to several RV and tent campgrounds. Some of these campgrounds are in Door County, a favorite summer destination especially in the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day. It has 5 of Wisconsin's state parks, lighthouses dating back to the 1800's, and a cherry orchard that's over 2,000 acres wide. For those families who choose to park their RVs or pitch their tents in selected campgrounds, they will enjoy numerous indoor and outdoor activities. There are also campgrounds that rent out fully-furnished cabins for those who love camp life but do not have tents or RVs. Choose only the best when you stay in a cabin like these Wisconsin vacation rentals.

Beautiful Vacations in the Buckeye State

Ohio campgrounds located in Aurora are also attractive vacation choices. These campgrounds have game rooms, playgrounds, and pools. Campers can play baseball or practice their volleyball and basketball abilities in the campgrounds. When there are no activities, campers can either go fishing or relax in the cool afternoon breeze. These Ohio campgrounds give campers a glimpse of the Amish life as well. Ohio's Amish Country is composed of 8 counties namely, Holmes, Wayne, Tuscarawas, Stark, Coshocton, Knox, Ashland and Richland. Each county boasts of its own activities and attractions. There are museums, historic districts, county fairs, and specialty shops that catch the fancy of any visitor. The Amish Country also offers guided tours. Any family who spends their vacation in these Ohio campgrounds is assured of a good time and memorable fun.

Bring Your Family Closer Together this Vacation

To sum it all up: make planning easier by relishing in the accommodation offered by vacation rentals around the country; especially since they are complete with all the modern amenities and features of home. If these vacation homes do not fit into your family's budget, rest assured that tent camping and RV campgrounds offer some of the best facilities, activities, and locations available. Campgrounds offer more activities that will engage children while parents can rest and relax.


Planning a Weekend Family Getaway

With regards to taking vacations, do not limit yourself by getting it into your head that going for a week or two is your only choice; even taking a quick weekend can be quite fun for the whole family. If you are looking for a small getaway from your humdrum everyday life, simply take a weekend to vacation with your family. These trips are also a fantastic way of having a lot of family fun, without the need to spend a lot of money. Oftentimes you don't even have to spend the night away from the coziness of your house. Simply plan a trip to a location a few hours away, enjoy the day away, and get back in time for bedtime. If going away for a couple days sounds like something your whole family would enjoy, below a few weekend family vacation ideas to get you started.

Collect Ideas

It's wise to ask around and see if any of your family members have particular ideas for places they would really like to go, before you begin actually planning your trip. One of your kids may reveal that they have actually been wanting to go to some attraction such as the zoo, or they may even have a strong desire to revisit a location that they went to when they were younger. Although some children can be quite vocal about their wishes, other children have a propensity not to share their ideas until you ask. Once you get a good idea of what everyone might like to do, you'll be better prepared to plan a few fun family weekend vacations.

Make Plans Beforehand

Even though you can certainly have a wonderful time by just hopping in the car and driving, a weekend family vacation can definitely benefit from just a bit of planning. One of the things that will help you to save money for other expenditures on the trip is to pack a lunch or some other snacks and refreshments to take with you on the drive so you do not have to buy them later on. If you are traveling with small children, load up a few games or activity books so that they do not get bored on the way. If you do plan to stay overnight, do a bit of online or telephone investigation to help find the best hotel rates. Just a little planning often goes a very long way in cutting down on wasted time and expenses for your vacation. Don't forget to make sure that everyone who has a camera takes it with them so that when you return home you will be able to frame the best pictures in classy black picture frames.

Excellent Locations to Go for a Short Trip

Although a trip to a park or the zoo is always enjoyable, there are also plenty of other creative and fascinating trips you can go on. Do a little research and ask around a little to see if there are any kinds of festivals or events taking place nearby over the weekend. You might even fun going someplace like a clothing store outlet, and have a blast doing a lot of shopping. Or there are many other options for the whole family, like looking at the stars, visiting a cool museum, going on a nature walk, or visiting a big library that you've never visited before. You may even want to bring a few activities along that everyone can get involved in, whether or not you have a plan for when you'll use them. For example, it would really be a shame to end up at the pretty park on a windy day if you didn't think to bring your kite along. Of course you will want to get plenty of snapshots so that you'll be able to print out your pictures and place them in some imaginative green picture frames shortly after you get home.

And now you know that planning a short vacation for your family can actually be a very simple process. Planning a vacation that everyone in your family will enjoy can be simple when you put these hints into action.


All You Need to Know About Luggage Today

Nowadays, luggage comes in many sizes and shapes and makes and models. You can select individual pieces or a complete set of 4, 5,or 6 pieces of luggage at a time. Although there are many different sizes, styles, and makes of models you are most likely to have the same luggage as someone else. The fact is that there are more travelers than there are varying types of luggage.

Purchasing a complete set of luggage can be a fairly large expanse. You want to be sure that the luggage you select is durable and will last a long time from being thrown around the airport, bus terminal and train station. Be sure to include tags on your luggage to have your name and complete mailing address on them. This will help in the identification of your luggage should it be lost or stolen, and you can also tell which luggage is yours at pickup time. Don't underestimate the value of a good luggage tag. Luggage sometimes gets lost or stolen and the only way it can be returned to you is through the use of the baggage tag.

I have had experiences were my luggage was lost in an airport. I went to the claims counter told them about the luggage described it and they put a trace on the luggage. Three hours later at the hotel, they dropped my luggage off to me. I was so happy because this particular piece of luggage had most of my clothes and toiletries, and it. It wasn't good thing that I had a proper luggage tag on my luggage. Don't make this simple mistake of not filling out the luggage tag. For a couple extra moments. You can alleviate a lot of frustration and agony in the event your luggage is lost.

Another good idea when considering the purchase of luggage is to purchase luggage that also has wheels. This will make it much easier to move about with your luggage and you would not have the heavy luggage to carry. Nowadays, many pieces of luggage come with Wheels. I would not buy luggage that does not have whales for the simple fact that I'm getting older and carrying a heavy bag is not my idea of a fun vacation. With the bag on Wheels, you are able to move a battle, worry free and not be so tired.


A Travellers Guide to South Africa

Commanding strategically important sea routes between the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, the Republic of South Africa is at the southernmost tip of the African continent.

With a coastline of some 2,954 kilometres, it is bounded to the north by borders within Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, and Mozambique. To the north east is Swaziland, a small, landlocked kingdom surrounded by South Africa except for a short border with Mozambique.

Also contained within South Africa's borders is the independent country Lesotho, formerly Basutoland.

With a land area of over 1.2m square kilometres, South Africa is larger than the combined area of Holland, France, Italy, Belgium, and Germany yet has a population of just 42.6m. It is comprised of nine provinces. Durban, the major sea port, is in Kwa-Zulu Natal on the north east coast, Cape Town is in Western cape to the south west, and Port Elizabeth in Eastern Cape.

South Africa's two major international airports are in Cape Town and Johannesburg. The legislative capital is Cape Town, the administrative capital is Pretoria, the judicial capital is Bloemfontein and the biggest city is Johannesburg.

The 'rainbow nation', it has a rich mixture of races and cultures with no less than eleven officially recognised languages, including English, Afrikaans, and native African tongues.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office describes the geography as comprising a coastal strip of below fifteen hundred feet fringed by steep mountain ranges, with a high plateau in the interior ranging up to six thousand feet above sea level.

The coastline is swept by two major ocean currents - the warm south flowing Mozambique-Agulhas and the cold Benguela which flows northwards along the west coast as far as southern Angola.

On the west coast, the cold Atlantic current creates arid scrubland terrain. Higher levels of rainfall on the central plateau produce grassland. A continuous mountain range runs down the east coast warmed by the Indian Ocean giving a sub-tropical climate. The north of the country has savannah-type vegetation, whilst the southern tip has a Mediterranean-type climate.

Once shunned because of its apartheid policy, the country is now an active player in international relations: hosting major international sporting events, playing a full part in the UN and the Commonwealth, and having a significant stake in international business.

Unemployment levels are officially almost 27 per cent but may in practice be as high as 40 per cent.

The Foreign Office warns that there are high levels of crime in the country, but that most occurs in townships and isolated areas away from the normal tourist destinations. 'The standard of driving is variable and there are many fatal accidents'.

However, more than 460,000 Britons visit South Africa every year and most visits are trouble free.

As in most places there remains 'an underlying threat from terrorism'. And although unlikely, attacks 'could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers'.

British nationals visiting South Africa on holiday for less than 90 days do not require visas. After entry, extensions of stay may be sought from the Department of Home Affairs. Visitors who overstay without authority may be fined, either on exit or at the nearest South African mission on your return to the UK (or elsewhere).

Re-entry to South Africa will not be permitted until the fine has been paid in full.

Those who substantially over stay their visas may be arrested on departure and detained before appearing in court. In such cases you may face a very substantial fine and then be deported at your own expense.

In all South Africa has 13 types of temporary and 11 types of permanent residence permits, including relative's permits, business permits, and retired person's permits. Business permits are available for up to two years for people looking to invest or set up their own business. Work permits can be obtained for up to three years while a permanent contract of employment will support an application for permanent residence.

There are no restrictions to foreigners purchasing in South Africa, although there has been talk of imposing such restrictions at least on a temporary basis in the future as a way of curbing runaway house price inflation. Mortgages, however, are generally restricted to 50 per cent of purchase price.

Purchasers can buy property as individuals or via companies. Written offers and deeds of sale are legally binding. Completion follows when the title is formally transferred and registered with the land registry.


What To Wear On A Plane

With the easing of traditional values over the last thirty or forty years, many dress codes have changed to the point of being non-existent. For example, thirty or forty years ago, no one would have gone to see their bank manager in less than their Sunday best and no one would have flown in less than acceptable clothing. All that has gone by the by. So, what to wear on a plane, you may ask.

Well, people used to board a plane in business-appropriate clothing, stuff that would not look out of place in an office, although many people also dressed in jeans and a t-shirt if they were going on holiday. These days, most people fly in a pair of jeans or jogging pants and a t-shirt no matter where they are going. This lessening of respect is a good thing in some ways, but as usual some people have to take it to extremes. Have you ever seen people flying in their night attire? Some people try it.

It is important to be able to be at ease on a plane, particularly if it is a long flight, although if business is at the other end it is wise to take a change of clothing in an over night bag so that you can change in the airport before continuing your journey.

The ideal clothing for flying (long distance) is loose fitting, soft, comfortable clothing. But there are two things you should be conscious of if you are the sort who goes to extremes.

Firstly, you will never, ever be considered for an up-grade, if your attire does not fit in with the class you want to be up-graded to. If you are wearing a t-shirt, jogging pants and trainers, do not think that you have a chance in a thunder storm of getting into business class. Secondly, have some respect for your fellow passengers. Not everybody wants to sit next to a scruff bag or a man in his dressing gown or boxer shorts.

Another aspect to consider is security. Does the alarm go off every time you are screened? Well, maybe you should do something about it. All right, the security staff ask you to take off all jewellery, but is there other metal in your garments?

Some collars have metal stiffeners as do many shoes. Belts nearly invariably have a metal buckle. Are you wearing cuff links? A hair slide? Bras and some other under garments can have wire in them. Jeans and many other casual trousers and skirts have metal zips, rivets or fasteners. You can help speed things up for everyone, if you try to wear clothes that will not hinder your progress through security.

If you keep these simple suggestions in mind when you go flying you will make the job of the security staff simpler and speed up your overall progress to your seat. If you think about your fellow travellers with respect and remember about up-grades. You could be the only one on board who is suitable to up-grade in these times of lenient social dress codes.


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