Top Travel Destinations In North India

The top destinations to visit in the north of India are certainly the mountainous belts which call out the visitors for immense fun and fulfillment. The land of spirituality and natural beauty, the North Indian travel sites connect your soul with the universe and leave a profound impact on your being. Locations in Himachal Pradesh,…

The top destinations to visit in the north of India are certainly the mountainous belts which call out the visitors for immense fun and fulfillment. The land of spirituality and natural beauty, the North Indian travel sites connect your soul with the universe and leave a profound impact on your being.

Locations in Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Uttrarakhand are both mesmerizing and enriching for travelers. That's why planning a trip to the northern cities in pre-winter or post-winter days is no less than a feat.

In Himachal Pradesh, Shimla, Kullu, Manali, Rohtang Pass, Lahul, Chamba, Dalhousie, Kasauli, Dharamshala and Mc Leodganj are mesmerizing sites. These places expose you not only to the tranquil surroundings but also to the spiritual heritage of India. Famous world heritage sites are in plenty in this zone. Your trips will be full of chilling and learning experiences. A beautiful mixture of heritage and modernity, tranquility and fervor is available in the city of Dharamshala, where Tibetan center in India and the hippy zone in Mc Leodganj coexist. From Delhi and many other places, air ticket booking and train travel (from Kalka, Punjab, although you will have to take a road route to all places except Shimla) can be availed to reach your favorite destinations.

Uttarakhand travel is all about traveling in the mid of the land of spiritual gurus, the holy river Ganges and plenty of temples. The land of Badrinath, Rishikesh, Hardwar, Mussoorie, Nainital and Dehradun has a mixture of adventure and pilgrimage.

Jammu and Kashmir is famous for Gulmarg valley where every year ice sports are conducted, Vaishno Devi, Amarnath temple, Ladakh, Hazratbal, Patnitop, Pahalam and other beautiful places have a heavenly appeal.

Air travel is no more a difficult task. You can always plan and pack as soon as you want. You can get tickets sooner than you can imagine. Online ticket booking for flights is user friendly task. In fact the success of flight ticket booking is attributed to the websites which have reduced people's dependence on agents which contracts were never fixed and ticket availability would never be transparent. These have been replaced by fast ticket availability and cheap tickets, at times with great offers by online portals.

Air Ticket Booking is made available through your bank bank accounts, debit cards or credit cards. The best thing about booking though credit cards are the mouth watering schemes of reward points you earn as per your traveling frequency or variety. Indian airlines provides plenty of trips between many destinations.

5 Things Not To Do On A Plane

A few days ago I was flying back from Vancouver and I noticed many behaviors on the plane that prompted me to write this. If you have ever flown you may have experienced some, if not all, of the following. Being courteous on a plane is not difficult, but it is getting more and more…

A few days ago I was flying back from Vancouver and I noticed many behaviors on the plane that prompted me to write this. If you have ever flown you may have experienced some, if not all, of the following. Being courteous on a plane is not difficult, but it is getting more and more rare to see passengers think about the other people around them. The following list is 5 things not to do on a plane and are my personal pet peeves.

1. Lean on the seat next to you while waiting for the bathroom

I see this all the time and I really feel sorry for the people sitting in the aisle next to the restroom. If you are waiting to use the facilities, try not to lean on the seats closest to the bathroom. Just imagine you were sitting there and how annoying that would be.

2. Leave your window shade wide open if the person next to you is sleeping

I normally try and get a window seat as I really enjoy looking out of the window and seeing all of the scenery beneeth me. However, when someone next to me is sleeping, I either only raise the shade halfway and lookout then close it back when I'm done, or leave it closed. It's not my responsibility to help them sleep, but it's a nice thing to do and does not cost me a thing.

3. Blow up the bathroom

Have you ever gone into an airplane bathroom after someone and thought you were going to pass out from the fumes they left? Everyone has to defecate, it's normal. But remember, you are not at home and there is no one on the plane that wants to smell your arse. One way to alleviate the smell is to flush as you go. Do not let your essence sit there until you're done, flush as you go which will mask some of the smell. The person coming after you will thank you.

4. Sit in a window seat if you have a bladder the size of a pea

No one should have to be inconvenienced because you have a very tiny bladder. I am one of those that has a small bladder and I love a window seat. I always make sure that I use the restroom before I sit in my seat and I do not drink tons of water / coffee while I'm on a flight. Hydration is important but I'm not going to die if I do not have multiple ounces of water for the duration of my flight. And if I see someone in my row get up, I also get up even if I do not have to go. Occasionally I will have to use the restroom since my bladder is tiny.

5. Pull on the seat in front of you when you get up

This is one of my biggest pet peeves on an airplane. There is no reason to use the seat in front of you to get up. I fly all the time and I never pull on the seat in front of me. One time I actually stood up in my seat and stepped over the girl sleeping in the middle seat next to me (the nice man on the end of my row held my hands so I could do this carefully). She was not woken up and the person in front of me was not disturbed. But even without doing that it is easy to get up and this way you do not disturb the person sitting in that seat. And just remember, how would you feel if you were sound sleep and someone woke you up by pulling hard on your seat?

I am sure there are many more things that should not be done while flying, but these are the 5 that stand out to me. Being considerate of others is slowly becoming more and more rare these days but it is really simple to be nice to other passengers while you are flying.

How to Make Your Holiday As Un-Stressful As Possible

It's something of a paradox that holidays can actually be such a stress, but there's no condemning that the build-up to traveling, packing all the bags, and making sure you have all the documents can be more than a little taxing. It's not so much that the holiday is stressful then, but the thought of…

It's something of a paradox that holidays can actually be such a stress, but there's no condemning that the build-up to traveling, packing all the bags, and making sure you have all the documents can be more than a little taxing. It's not so much that the holiday is stressful then, but the thought of having to travel there and of everything that could go wrong is suddenless horrifying.

The good news though is that there are a lot of great ways you can make your trip less stressful if you know what the things are that cause all the stress. By recognizing the key elements that make the organization a pain, it's possible to find a lot of ways to make that easier. Here we will look at some of those.

Taking Less

The ideal solution to your packing and luggage woes is to carry everything in a single piece of hand luggage. Have a suitcase the size of a backpack (they exist) and you'll then be able to bring that with you on the plane, and this means you'll save money as well as having far less to carry the whole time. This means that you can skip the entire checking in process too, which is incredibly time saving.

Obviously fitting everything into one small bag is a challenge for some people, but the solution is to be ruthless with things like towels – you can buy them out there if needs be and most hotels provide them. Likewise bring light clothes, wear the same pair of trousers over and over, and create outfits so everything matches and you need fewer combinations.

Drive

The next tip is to get to the airport by driving. The reason I say this is that it means you'll be able to leave in your own time and you'll be able to go from door to door. Going by coach or train means you'll be stressed at having to move your luggage around and squeeze on with screaming children, and going by airport taxi means you'll have to have on time and then make small talk .

Driving is much more relaxing, but only if you do it right. Tip one is to load the car the night before, tip two is to leave with plenty of time (hanging out at the airport and going shopping / having a beer / reading a book is actually very relaxing) and tip three is to get some good airport parking so you're not worried about your car the whole time you're away.

Set Out the Documents Early

Once you've booked everything you want to do, set besides a place for your documents and keep everything relating to your journey there. This includes passports, and then any other things like e-tickets for your flight or hotel confirmations. By keeping it all in one space and setting it out early you will not be searching for it at the last minute and there'll be much less chance of anything going missing.

Exploring The World At A Cheaper Cost By Becoming An Airline Employee

When you look for a job, the first things you usually consider are the working hours and salary. The moment these two meet our expectations, we usually grab the opportunity. Nonetheless, we should spread our expectations a bit wider. There are also other significant details to consider when seeking out the best job apart from…

When you look for a job, the first things you usually consider are the working hours and salary. The moment these two meet our expectations, we usually grab the opportunity. Nonetheless, we should spread our expectations a bit wider. There are also other significant details to consider when seeking out the best job apart from the working hours and salary. We also have the employee benefits or so-called perks of the job to think about. Let's take these airline employees as an example. Most of them are usually given amazing travel incentives by the company they're working with. They get to travel the world at an affordable price.

You do not need to become an airline pilot or stewardess to obtain such benefits, though. Do not think for a moment that only these classes of employees are eligible to these perks. More often than not, airline companies provide more or less similar perks to their other airline staff. That would include customer service agents, crew organizers, ramp agents, and others. So if you also want to see the world without having to spend a bundle, you should consider becoming an airline employee. Here are some details on the staff positions apart from becoming a pilot or stewardess. Let's start with the customer service agents.

When we talk of customer services agents in an airline company, they would usually refer to the ticket and gate agents. They generally assist the passengers with checking in, baggage, and boarding and disembarking the aircraft. They also handle seat assignments, collecting boarding passes, and verifying passenger manifests. One must pay particular attention to detail and have great people skills for this position. If you feel like you're up to the job, then this is one airline position you should apply for. Lots of them get to have deep discounts when they travel and even earn points for free fares as well.

The second option would be to become a crew scheduler. They basically assess crew coverage and adherence to FAA rules and regulations for all flights. They are also responsible for arranging crew hotel rooms and travel preparations. The third would be to become a ramp agent. They are also sometimes called “rampers” in the industry. Their general duties include taking care of the passengers' baggage and safely towing and parking aircraft. They also provide security around the aircraft as well as fueling and de-icing the same. Any of these career options can be your ticket to world-class travel opportunities. Try considering which one to pursue today!

How to Make the Journey to the Airport Stress Free

Going on holiday is something we look forward to for days prior to actually going there and it's something that most of us get incredibly excited about in the build-up to leaving. The only thing that prevails us getting too excited though is the small fact that we'll have to deal with something else first…

Going on holiday is something we look forward to for days prior to actually going there and it's something that most of us get incredibly excited about in the build-up to leaving. The only thing that prevails us getting too excited though is the small fact that we'll have to deal with something else first before we get to go traveling, and what's that? It's getting to the airport, signing in and presenting all our documents while we hold our breath and hope it all checks out. It's very stressful and very nerve wracking and it can put a downer on the whole experience. Then there's the fact you'll be sat in the car cooped up on the long journey to where you'll be flying from, and the fact that your kids will probably be screaming the whole time and that you'll no doubt get stuck in traffic or get lost.

The good news is that there are several ways you can make this process more stress free, so here we will look at those and help you start your trip as you mean to carry on. Note that I'll be assuming you're traveling by car for the purpose of this article – as anything else will be much more stressful right than the word go.

Packing Light

The first tip is to pack as light as you possibly can. This can make a big difference to how stressed you are en route because it means more room in the car and less to load in and out. If you can get everything into your hand luggage (forego towels, choose light clothes and buy books out there) then you will not even need to check in.

Leaving Early

Leaving early is a great way to make the journey less stressful and it means you will not have to worry if you're stuck in traffic. If you get there ages before your flight too that's fine – just spend some time sitting and reading or head over to the bar for a few drinks.

To make the whole experience less stressful still, you can even consider leaving the day before and staying at a nearby hotel. This way you can relax and unwind in the morning with a nice fry up and have no fear of being late.

Taking the Right Things

You can also make the journey less stressful by packing the right things. This means plenty of water and food to help you relax, and for the children it means setting them up with a tablet and their favorite film, or maybe a handheld games console. If you keep them happy they'll make less noise and you'll be able to focus on driving.

Parking

Finding good parking for your car is also important. This should be near to the airport so that you are not trying to find it, or wasting time trekking from there to your terminal, and it should also be secure so that you are not worrying about leaving your car there. Book this in advance so you do not have to try and find somewhere once you arrive.

Tips for Navigating the Atlanta Airport

With Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport being the busiest airport in the world, travelers often find themselves a little lost and underprepared. However, with a little extra planning Atlanta airport can be a very welcoming place. Convenience does not have to be more than a few short steps away. Maps First, a person has to know…

With Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport being the busiest airport in the world, travelers often find themselves a little lost and underprepared. However, with a little extra planning Atlanta airport can be a very welcoming place. Convenience does not have to be more than a few short steps away.
Maps

First, a person has to know where they're going if they are going to reach their destination in time. A map can be most helpful when navigating through a very busy airport, especially if any problems were to arise at the last minute. The airport website has a map to print as well as on the Delta website. Aside from knowing where you are going is knowing the best place to park.

Parking
There are six places to park and it is best to choose the right one in time. The last thing a person needs is to fight for parking spaces or to find out they have parked exceptally too far away. There is Hourly Parking, Daily Parking, Economy Parking, Airport Park-Ride, Gold Reserve and The Park and Ride Reserve Lot for which one can choose.

Hour parking is the most convenient parking, which is located directly in front of each terminal. If quick access is needed for pick up and drop off of passengers, this is the correct place to park.

Daily Parking for Domestic Terminal only is the closest parking area for overnight parking. These lots are directly located across from each terminal.
Economy Parking lots are located adjacent to the parking decks. These lots are for longer stays and are considered the most economic.

Airport Park-Ride Shuttle operation offers convenient shuttle service from the customer's vehicle to the terminal they choose. When returning to Atlanta, passengers are picked up at the Ground Transportation Center and returned to their vehicle.

Gold Reserve Lot was created for people with busy schedules to provide easier parking. These lots are not far from the domestic and international terminals on the ground level of the parking decks.

The Park-Ride Reserve Lot accommodates Airport customers who want a reserved space and is located adjent to South Terminal Parkway.
Once parked, the next venture is to make it through the terminals. Knowing which terminal to stand in for easy check in can be the difference between making it through the gates and making it through the jet way.
Terminals

The airport has three terminals. The North and South Domestic Terminals are located on the east side of the airport and the International Terminal is located on the west side. The best entrance to pass for security check point is at the T-Gates, otherwise known as Concourse T. It is a much faster check point process here being that it is not the main gate entrance.

Check In
For faster check in times there are also approximately 70 self-service kiosks located in the ticketing hall, just past the security checkpoint in the transition hall. Locating your concourse starts in order from the east side of the airport, (near the Domestic Terminals). Concours T, A, B, C, D and D are easily located down the walkways. Concourses E and F are now conveniently both International Concours.

Ground Transportation
The quickest way to arrive to a concourse is by ground transport, otherwise known as Plane Trains. These trains are fast and readily available to take people from one concourse to another. It helps to get to a ticket area on time and lessen the stress on tired feet with so much walking.

The Best Airport Cuisine On The Planet!

The time we spend in airports is usually fairly frantic by nature. We are either scurrying around trying to check in on the flight or arriving from another country, absolutely exhausted. Sometimes we do not even have the time to grab a bite to eat and that is really a shame. Some airports have really…

The time we spend in airports is usually fairly frantic by nature. We are either scurrying around trying to check in on the flight or arriving from another country, absolutely exhausted. Sometimes we do not even have the time to grab a bite to eat and that is really a shame. Some airports have really made the effort when it comes to making sure the passengers are looked after. Would it be so difficult to arrive a few hours early and kick back before our long haul flights? Here we take a look at the way some airports have put others to shame with their excellent catering facilities.

Evolution Of Airport Dining

In years gone by we would associate airport dining with stale sandwiches and a lukewarm cup of tea. Thankfully this rather grim stereotype has all but vanished into thin air. Nowadays we can enjoy a wide range of quality choices, but which ones are the best?

The Best Airport Eateries

• Porta Gaig – Barcelona El Prat Airport – This restaurant specializes in Catalan food and is run by Charles Gaig who holds a Michelin star. He also runs another restaurant in the center of Barcelona. The interior has been tastefully designed by the architect Richard Bofill. Gaig's specialty dish is roasted Prat chicken and some lovely side dishes featuring eggplant and zucchini.

• Salt Lick BBQ – Austin Bergstrom Airport, Texas – This airport diner serves up delicious Texan beef brisket and pork ribs. It is headed up by a team of BBQ experts and also has a large online ordering facility for larger events.

• Tortas Frontera – Chicago O'Hare Airport – As the name suggests, this is a Mexican style eatery offering traditional Mexican fare with a few twists. Fresh meat-filled sandwiches are the favorite but they also have a yoghurt bar for the more health aware travelers amongst us.

• Bubbles Seafood & Wine Bar – Amsterdam Schipol Airport – The only European airport to make it in the top ten. This offers the travelers a delicious line in seafood and includes raw herring with fresh bread and onions amongst its favorites.

• Obrycki's – Baltimore-Washington Airport – This was originally a neighborhood eatery in nearby Fells Town. They offer seafood enthusiast's dream when it comes to quality and selection. Mouthwatering crabcakes using jumbo lump crabmeat is among the delicious fare you can sample here.

• Crust – LaGuardia Airport, New York City – This Pizza restaurant is one of the world's best with a huge selection of New York-style pizza combinations on offer. You can design your own combination or choose one of the Neapolitan favorites. Whatever you decide, you will not leave this airport a hungry traveler!

• Five Guys – Washington Dulles International Airport – Not just a hamburger joint, President Obama is a firm fan and if it's good enough for the US President … you know the rest! They will design your bespoke burger and offer some mouthwatering extras to tantalize your traveling taste buds. With limitless toppings the only problem you will have, is when to say no!

Heathrow Airport Terminals 3, 4, and 5

Terminal 3 It was way back in 1961 that Terminal 3 opened. Operating mainly long-haul flights, 15.5 million passengers are seen traveling through the 26 airlines that make use of this terminal. Checking In While the Check-In and Flight Arrivals are positioned on the ground floor at the front of the building, Flight Departures is…

Terminal 3

It was way back in 1961 that Terminal 3 opened. Operating mainly long-haul flights, 15.5 million passengers are seen traveling through the 26 airlines that make use of this terminal.

Checking In

While the Check-In and Flight Arrivals are positioned on the ground floor at the front of the building, Flight Departures is on the first floor. International flights have a check-in time of 3 hours prior to departure, European flights have a 2-hour and domestic flights have a 1-hour check in time before departure. Around 45 minutes before departure, passengers are allowed to board the flights.

Self Service Check-In

This type of check-in process is quick, simple, and secure. Both kiosks and online modes cater to the self-service category of check in. Kiosks at Terminal 3 are located close to the standard check-in desks. The airlines operating from Terminal 3 that provide this service are Air Canada, American Airlines, British Airways, Japan Airlines, SAS, and Virgin Atlantic.

Online Check-In

Online self-service check in is offered by these airlines operating from Terminal 3: British Airways, Cathay Pacific, SAS, Singapore Airlines, Turkish Airlines, and Virgin Atlantic.

Terminal 4

Terminal 4 completed operations in 1986; 37 airlines make use of the terminal and approximately 14.2 million passengers travel via these airlines each year. Air India, Delta and KLM are the major airlines flying from this terminal. There are flights for long-haul and European destinations too.

Checking In

Check-In can be found on the first floor of the terminal, along with Flight Departures. Flight Arrivals is located on the ground floor. Check in time for international flights is 3 hours prior to departure, while that for European flights is 2 hours and that for domestic flights is 1 hour prior to departure.

Air France, Gulf Air, and KLM are the airlines that offer kiosks for self service type of check in. The airlines functioning from Terminal 4 that offer online self-service check in are Air France and KLM.

Terminal 5

The newest terminal at Heathrow Airport is Terminal 5. Terminal 5 is the largest free-standing building in the UK and is used only by British Airways and Iberia. Constructed of glass and steel, space and energy efficiency are two attributes you can associate with the building. Terminal 5 was thrown open to passengers on the 27th March 2008.

With terminal 5 handling 30 million passengers, Heathrow airport will become the busiest airport in the world.

Find Cheap Flights Among The Multitudes

Shopping for cheap flights has become quite the task. When buying tickets to airlines today you will find a flooded marketplace with scores of websites vying for sales. With the ever-expanding web presence courting this travel market, easy it is for the shopper to become overwhelmed with options and simply choose one of the preeminent…

Shopping for cheap flights has become quite the task. When buying tickets to airlines today you will find a flooded marketplace with scores of websites vying for sales. With the ever-expanding web presence courting this travel market, easy it is for the shopper to become overwhelmed with options and simply choose one of the preeminent online powers seen on so many television commercials. Well, this is a short article to shed some light upon the industry and to help the informed traveler to be just that, informed.

The many travel websites seen on television commercials represent the majority of the travel market share. These companies partake in an Internet phenomenon called affiliate marketing. Meaning they solicit sales representatives that work for a commission, presenting their products to the marketplace via websites, email campaigns, or social media marketing. These affiliate companies are usually faithful to a single entity although there are a few that represent more than one. These huge corporate entities spread their presence over the ever-expanding Internet in this manner. With a limitless reach, it is a necessary tool to reach the most people from all means available to gain sales. If you will, it is the direct sales of the online travel industry.

These many fledgling websites are contracted out of affiliate marketers repackaging and presenting the same products, offering the same cheap flights from the big people. Indeed, some of these individuals have become powerhouses, being quite successful generating sales. Tickets to airlines are a simple online purchase and air travel is a necessity. Booking online has become so common that now one can print a boarding pass right off the computer and proceed right to the gate when arriving at the airport. So, how does one shop for the best deal efficiently?

The answer is a prejudice determination of entities that represent the broadest portion of the parent companies. Several claim do just this and to search hundreds of websites and thousands of flights among the multitude of airlines. Truth is that they are returning the results from their travel associate, repackaged, and re-presented for you to purchase. The few with that huge television presence have developed the power to negotiate some excellent deals. Always trying to outdo the other, there is always a best deal for you to find.

Therefore, the suggestion is that you go directly to the major provider websites and search them side-by-side. This is the only way to be sure you are getting the best deal every time. In addition, if you are going to offer a bid, as it is available today, you will gain the information to make a good offer. Either way, making an informed decision requires information. Good information means always making the wisest decision. Tickets to airlines are no different from any other product. The best deal is out there for you to discover.

Corporate Travel – Is It Time to Centralize Your Program Again?

Corporate travel has undergone a ton of changes in recent years, the most important being the advent of easy access to airfare via the internet. As more travelers found value in better control over their schedules by using the internet, many organizations have loosened their travel policies to allow for travelers to book on their…

Corporate travel has undergone a ton of changes in recent years, the most important being the advent of easy access to airfare via the internet. As more travelers found value in better control over their schedules by using the internet, many organizations have loosened their travel policies to allow for travelers to book on their own online. This perceived benefit to travelers has actually cost businesses quite a bit in terms of lost productivity, lack of control over unused tickets, and lack of access to airline programs that can save the company significantly in all areas of travel.

Can we agree that online travel booking, while advantageous in some ways, has not been all we had had it been from the outside? I hear stories from travelers every day about how difficult online booking can be, and how even when using the internet, travelers simply can not be sure they are getting the best fare. This accidenty gnaws at travelers and coordinators, and for good reason. It is difficult to be certain of what you are getting online because there is no track record of success, and no level of trust between the organization and the travel provider.

Collaboration between your organization and your chosen travel management provider is critical. This collaboration will reap benefits for your company in terms of a better working relationship and an anticipation of your current and future needs as they relate to the constantly changing corporate travel environment.

Centralized travel needs to make a comeback for the sake of the corporate travel program, and the sanity of travelers and travel coordinators. Because all distribution channels have access to the same fares and rates, there are fewer reasons today to continue with a decentralized travel policy. Executive level buy-in is critical, and it is easy to allow travelers to keep the level of control they like while still requiring travel booking through the preferred corporate channel. Most brick and mortar agencies now offer online booking solutions that can be customized to meet the needs of the unique corporate travel policy.

The benefits of centralizing travel again are many. Here is a comprehensive, but certainly not an exhaustive list of reasons to regain control of this important but under-scrutinized budget. It will certainly have a positive impact on your company and its ability to serve your customers and improve traveler morale.

  • Access to airline and hotel discount programs through agency and provider contracts
  • Centralized booking allows travelers to be more organized and efficient
  • Unused tickets can be tracked and hotel cancellation policies can be managed
  • Centralized billing of hotels and car rentals
  • More efficient booking processes
  • Effective customer service for the inevitable changes and issues that come up with business travel
  • Customized and centralized financial and accounting reports

Many corporations find that the best solution is a combination of booking options, with most using an online booking portal provided by their agency partner, along with real live agent help when travelers are pressed for time or have more complex travel itineraries. The key in my opinion is to re-examine the travel program from every angle. There are more airline programs that are available to businesses than ever before. New opportunities to save money and streamline processes are out there for you. United Airlines recently began offering a discount off of every fare for corporate partners. That includes cheapest coach class seats, which even many Fortune 500 companies do not have access to. This is just one example of under-publicized opportunities for your company that can be had through the old-fashioned agency relationship.

It's time we took another pass at the corporate travel program to see where efficiencies can be found and savings opportunities can be uncoovered. Your travelers and coordinators may even be able to get back to what they're actually paid to do. Take care of your customers and propel your business forward.