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Planning Your Vacation

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010 | BLOG, Helpful Travel Planning Info, Travel Tips | No Comments

Are you looking for cheap travel? Well, you have gone to the wrong site. At International Accents Travel, we sell quality and value but never CHEAP.

With more than 35 years in the travel industry we offer personal travel experience as well as professional service. Anyone can sell you a cheap vacation, but do they give you service and ensure that you are getting the best value for your money? How much training have they had? Have they actually traveled to this destination? Do they have partnerships and affiliates worldwide or are they just “booking” a trip for you? What other amenities come with your booking? Are they there with you when you’re planning your trip and then gone, or are they behind you 100% until you are back safely home?

These are important questions to ask before booking with anyone, whether on the phone, in an office or online. Even the biggest online booking engines do not have educated “order takers” on the other end of the connection with you. At International Accents Travel you have a personal travel planner that will consult with you and is fully qualified to ensure that your vacation is the very best it can be. Does this cost you anything? NO. Your first two hours of consultation is included and then there is a fee of $50 that is deducted from your balance when you book you trip. There are no hidden fees, such as handling and booking fees like the online booking engines that add these fees after you book and fill out all your credit card information. And to top it all off, we can offer competitive pricing for travel insurance. Our insurance covers everything, not just your flight or cruise, but everything including your health.

Why would you trust something as important as your vacation to a CHEAP booking engine with absolutely no guarantees? Isn’t it much wiser to plan your vacation with someone you can trust and know will be there all the way for you, someone with reputable reliable affiliates instead of an unknown entity? Now, let’s look at the bottom line. Did our hotel cost $5.00 a night more or the flight was $20 more? Maybe, but the hotel is a 4 star in a reputable area instead of a backpacker hotel in a questionable area and the flight has no layovers longer than 2 hours instead of 5 and 6 hour layovers. Now, how about all the travel information with suggested sightseeing and travel routes or city orientation tours and maps that are included with your package? You may even have some insight to a little off the beaten track village or small local restaurant that even Rick Steves doesn’t know about. And last, but definitely not least, how much of your valuable time was spent doing research? Isn’t it nice to have someone to do this for you and then just check out what is available? And all this is specially designed just for you. We offer concierge travel planning at it’s best and all within your budget. So don’t sell yourself short by booking a cheap vacation, plan a value packed quality vacation instead. We’ll do all the work and all you have to do is enjoy.

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Need Help Packing?

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010 | BLOG, Helpful Travel Planning Info, Travel Tips | 5 Comments

Check, and recheck, the weather.

Lay out everything you think you need for your trip at least one week before you leave. As it gets closer, look at current weather reports   to see temperatures and forecasts for your destination, and determine what items you can definitely remove. Wear your bulkiest clothing items such as pants, a coat, sunhat or baseball cap, and shoes on the plane. Pack smaller, lighter items such as your t-shirts, shorts, swimsuit, and sandals. Skip items you can go without or that you can find at your destination, such as hair dryers.

Use your pockets.

JetBlue poked fun at a photo of a man wearing a suitcase-turned-shirt. However, the airline’s idea wasn’t far off the mark.Scottevest travel clothes include reasonably stylish coats that are designed to hold a carry-on’s worth of items. The company claims the jackets prevent potential pickpocketing by having interior compartments, and make it easy to go through airport security since you can remove your jacket without taking everything out of its pockets. The Essential Travel Jacket comes with 19 pockets (18 on the women’s version), is wrinkle-resistant, and has removable sleeves. Other options include waterproof jackets, sweatshirts, tops, and shorts, all with tons of pocket space.No matter what type of coat you’re traveling with, wear it on the plane and make the most of the pockets by packing them with any items you’ll use during the flight, such as books, snacks, and music devices.

Reuse clothing.

Packing neutral-colored clothes (think blacks, whites, and grays) makes it easy to mix and match; a couple of interchangeable tops and bottoms can create infinite combinations. By accessorizing with items such as scarves, belts. And jewelry you change up the same outfit.

Pack the right fabrics.

Worried about wrinkles? Remember, some fabrics travel better than others. You can purchase clothes made with travel in mind, but chances are there are items in your own closet that will do the trick. Pick knits over woven items, and opt for blended fabrics, especially those with a bit of spandex or polyester.

Use compression bags.

Several of our readers are super-light packers, and already use compression bags to pack a lot into a little space. If you set out everything you think you absolutely, without-a-doubt must bring and it still won’t fit into your bag, try putting your clothes in a vacuum bag to reduce the volume. It may even free up some space for extra items. You can use XL or XXL baggies too. Another thing to make more space is to roll you clothes.

Leave (some of) the toiletries behind.

But if it’s a challenge to go without your favorite products, brush up on the    3-1-1 rule to avoid any unpleasant surprises as you go through security. Also consider non-liquid toiletries to avoid the 3-1-1 hassle all together. If you’re staying at a hotel, chances are you’ll find soap, shampoo, and conditioner in your room. Many hotels also offer extras such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors, and shaving cream upon request.

Excluded items.

There are, thankfully, several items you can take that do not count toward your baggage allowance, including umbrellas, cameras, infant diaper bags, and outer garments, including hats and coats with stuffed pockets. Bassinets, child car seats, strollers, and wheelchairs are accepted as checked baggage at no charge.

Do a load of laundry.

If you don’t have access to water to wash your clothes, you’re likely not the type of traveler that’s concerned with having a new outfit for every hour of the day. Washing, whether by hand, at the hotel, or around the corner at a Laundromat is a quick way to get more mileage out of the same outfits.

Ship ahead.

Limiting yourself to the essentials will provide you with a vital tool: mobility. You can tote your bag through the airport with ease, and can start sightseeing immediately without having to schlep luggage into museum coat-checks. Instead of packing all the items you might need, pack only the items you will need. Chances are you won’t miss what you leave behind. Have must-pack items that won’t fit in one bag? Consider sending them to your destination in advance via UPS, USPS, or another carrier. You’ll pay a fee, but the cost is sometimes more reasonable than the exorbitant airline charge, depending on your carrier and what you’re packing. This is also a good option to consider for any souvenirs.

Pack nothing.

It takes guts to take off to a new destination with nothing, but you might feel a sense of liberation. Bring an empty backpack or small duffel with you for the return trip to hold anything you bought. Purchasing necessities at your destination may be more expensive, but it’s also a great way to ensure you bring home useful souvenirs rather than a bunch of useless stuff.

What are your tricks for packing light? Share your tips and advice by leaving a comment below!

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