Party Bus Used As Photo Shoot Platform and Hair and Makeup Studio

Wow! Hot summer for us in Canada. I had a hard time keeping the grass watered well enough to keep it from turning brown. We were planning a wedding that was coming about during the hottest week of the year so far. We were worried about hair and makeup for the wedding pictures with all the humidity and heat. We decided to upgrade from the stretch limo to the big 50 passenger Platinum party bus in Toronto that a limo rental company offers. It had plenty of room to bring along a stylist with gear and the whole wedding entourage.

The big bus was fully air conditioned. We had the driver run the AC at full blast to make it really cool inside. Continue reading →

I Found a Guy Who Surprises Me and Treats Me Well Always

I had never thought about riding in a limo before. I just never had a reason to, or so I thought. Then, my finance ordered one to pick us both up for a date one night. He used the company that was found at www.diamondpartybus.ca and they were really good to us. He surprised me and did not let me know they were coming. It was a really nice change of pace. I’m lucky to have met him.

We both work such long hours. It’s pure luck that we even met one another since we are both so married to our work. One day, I was frustrated with how a project was going at the office. I didn’t want to blow it and lose the account, so I decided it was time for a quick break. I often work through all my breaks, but on this day, I felt that I needed to get some fresh air and to clear my head. I grabbed some snack crackers from the snack machine on my floor, and I headed downstairs to walk across the street to the park there. Continue reading →

Party Bus Deals in Toronto

I am pretty excited about this plan that we have in motion, there just needs to be some more of the details hammered out, and then it should be ready to go. We are probably going to rent a Toronto party bus for the plans. In just a couple of weeks, a few of my friends are planning an awesome night out on the town and we are going to make it especially awesome by renting a Toronoto party bus. I am really excited, because I have never been on a party bus before, and even though it is pretty expensive, it is totally going to be worth it.

I need to figure out if there is some way that we are going to get a discount on the party bus. Continue reading →

Budget Travel Tips 101

 
 

Everyone loves to travel (almost everyone). I certainly do. Believe it or not, doing it right and doing it on a budget takes a little skill, knowledge and practice. But the required skills are not difficult, the knowledge required is easy to obtain, and the fun is in the practice!

This past spring my wife and I were lucky enough to be able to spend 10 days in Italy. We didn’t spend a fortune, we scrimped on a few things and spent on others, and the net result was a very pleasing travel experience. Planning, of course, is key. We had agreed to our general itinerary and had a limited amount of time to spend, so the general outline of the trip was pretty clear from the start. We flew to Rome, spent a few days taking care of the biggies like St. Peter’s, and the Vatican Museum, and did lots of strolling around the city.

Where did we stay? At a “budget” hotel. How did we find it? The Internet. There are so many choices of reasonably-priced hotels, that the biggest problem is narrowing down the list. If you have even minimal Web-surfing skills, finding your accomodations this way is really pretty easy to do. Many establishments even offer a discount for reservations made online. Oh, by the way, when we paid the bill on the way out, we paid in cash – another discount!

How did we get from the airport in Rome to the hotel? (Hint: not by taxi.) We took the train! Much cheaper, more fun, and in fact, easier. Even if you can’t actually read the signs in the airport, finding the station is very easy. How did we really know it was so easy to get to the city from the airport on the train? We cheated. We read a travel guide before we left! I’m not pitching a travel book here, and I honestly don’t remember which one it was, but the point is, a little research in advance can save you a lot of money, time, aggravation, fear, uncertainty and all those other negative emotions brought on by arriving in a foreign place and suddenly realizing you have no idea what to do next. And finally, from the train station in the city to our hotel was a short walk because we planned it that way – no taxi fare. The walk to the hotel was made even more pleasant by the fact that we were not over-burdened with luggage, which brings us to the next practical tip – packing.

Ten days in Europe (or anywhere else) doesn’t require a mountain of baggage – at least not for two adults. Bags with handles and wheels are essential. Walking to the hotel with our luggage was a breeze. Packing, like the other parts of a trip, requires a little planning. If you’re careful, and are clear about your plans for touring and socializing, you can get by with less than you think.

Keeping your travel documents and money secure is always a concern. I learned an important lesson a few years ago during a trip to Europe. Having done a lot of business travel all over the world, I made the mistake of thinking I was immune from pick pockets. I won’t mention the city the event took place in, but afterwards I was stunned at the skill demonstrated by the “team” that got my wallet – out of a jacket pocket that was zipped closed! It happened in a revolving door – and thinking back on the episode, I realize that I was expertly sized up for the “hit” beforehand. In short, realize that anyone can be “fooled” even if you think you’re an expert. Lesson – I NEVER travel now without a money belt. On our last trip to Italy, all valuables were in the money belt at all times, and there were no incidents. Even the “gypsy kids” at the Coliseum were not a threat (if you go to Rome, be sure to read about the area around the Coliseum – you must see it, but it’s prime territory for expert young thieves).

In summary, a little thought and some careful planning can make a huge difference in the level of pleasure you derive from your next trip – whether it’s a European jaunt or a car trip with your whole family to mountains. I think letting someone else do it all and spending your days sealed up in a tour bus or following someone else around all day deprives you of half the fun. So plan your next trip carefully and you’ll enjoy it a lot more.

Staying On Budget Package Vs. Independent Travel

 
 

When you have to travel on a budget, one of the biggest questions is whether it is best to plan each part of your trip independently, making separate airfare and hotel reservations, or to opt for a package deal where everything is included for one price.

Unfortunately, there isn’t one east answer to this dilemma, because it depends on where you want to go, and what deals are available at the time. For example, traveling to many to European cities is often less costly to arrange yourself, especially in the off-season, when airlines are running specials on flights to Europe.

On the other hand, if you want to travel to an exotic place, like Egypt, Morocco, Kenya, South Africa, or Asia, it is often less expensive and easier when arrange by a package company or travel agent. This is due in part to travel agencies having special deals with the national airlines and resorts of these countries, and they are able to provide substantial discounts in exchange for a steady flow of business.

For example, last year I traveled solo to Egypt from New York for a grand total of $1,100, including airfare, an excellent hotel, daily breakfast, airport transfers, and daily sightseeing tours, including guided tours of the pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. This is a far better deal than I could have arranged on my own, since airfare alone would have cost over $700. The secret of this great deal was the relationship of the tour operator with Egyptair and the hotel at which we stayed.

There are similarly great deals for many Asian locations, particularly India, China and Taiwan. Make sure to research the availability of these types of package deals when looking to travel abroad on a budget.

Solo travelers often have trouble getting the great deals on travel packages, since the required single increase can often make the deal not worth it. Don’t despair; there are great deals out there if package deals are too expensive or aren’t your thing, and it is often a better option, especially if you are traveling alone.

One important tip is to find out exactly what is and isn’t included in any package deal that you are considering. Most travel packages include optional excursions, which can add considerable expense, and blow your budget. Try to get a detailed daily schedule to make sure you won’t be on your own if you don’t buy into the options. It’s also a good idea to ask for a list of the optional outings available, including descriptions and costs, so that you can compare what the price would be to what you could arrange on your own.

If you are traveling alone, make sure you start planning ahead, especially when it comes to airfare arrangements. The important thing to remember is that there are only a certain number of first come, first serve seats the advertised low fares, and if you wait too long you won’t get the lower rate. It is important to reserve your airfare and your lodging as early as possible to make sure you get the best available prices.

In the end, the decision whether to choose a package deal or independent travel an individual decision based on the traveler’s situation. Make sure to carefully compare package prices with those for independently arranging travel to the same destination. And don’t forget to take your own personal travel style into account. Some people are more cut out for a packaged tour, particularly to an new destination, while others prefer the freedom from itineraries that independent travel offers.

Use Hostel Accommodation If Travelling On A Budget

 
 

You might think of hostelling as something that college students do while traveling through Europe for the summer. However, hostelling is not just for the college crowd anymore, and now includes people of all ages and backgrounds. If you are a traveler on a budget, staying at a hostel can be an adventure that will add to your travel experience.

Staying in a hostel will not be everyone’s cup of tea, and many travelers would prefer to spend the money on a traditional hotel. Hostel traveling is best suited to those traveling alone, or to young people traveling in groups. Hostels are not really recommended for families traveling with young children. In fact, many hostels do not accept children under a certain age.

Most hostels are set up like dormitory rooms, with several bunk beds arranged in the room, with anywhere from four to ten bunks per room. Each traveler is assigned a specific bed upon check-in.

Nearly all of the hostels in the United States group their accommodations according to gender, with the female guests in one section of rooms and the male guests in another. In multi-level hostels, males and females are often separated by floor.

It is not uncommon, however for European hostels (and those elsewhere around the world) to allow mixed genders to share a room. Make sure to ask about the policy of the hostel before you check in. I, as a woman traveling solo, have never encountered a problem with these arrangements, and I have stayed in hostels throughout Europe, including Rome, London and Amsterdam. Some visitors might be surprised or offended by these sleeping arrangements.

The bathroom accommodations at hostels differ also, with some rooms containing a shared bathroom and shower, while other hostels will have shower and bathroom facilities located in the hallway. If you would prefer not to share a bathroom with strangers, make sure you ask about the hostel’s policy ahead of time.

More often now, reservations are becoming increasingly vital at hostels, especially during the summer months in popular cities. It is now not at all unusual for hostels in popular tourist cities to be booked solid for months, where once it was common for travelers to be able drop by the hostel and expect to get a bed.

Price is by far the biggest appeal of staying at hostels. The nightly rate for a hostel is usually no higher than $25 or $30 per night, with most costing even less. With the average hotel room costing somewhere around $100 to $150 in many cities, it is easy to see why hostels are becoming such a popular alternative.

Another benefit of staying in a hostel is that the staff is extremely accommodating and knowledgeable about the local area. Unlike many staff members of some luxury hotels, who travel in from the outlying areas and rarely see the city in which they work, hostel staff tend to live in the city, and have an personal knowledge of the local sites, including which attractions are can’t miss and which ones aren’t worth the trip.

Hostels also usually have access to discounts and coupons for local area attractions and restaurants, and they can provide information on the best restaurants and hangouts around.

While not everyone will find a hostel appealing, and the accommodation of a local hostel are simple at best, they can be wonderful options for lodging for the budget minded traveler. After all, the goal of travel is to get out and see the world, and hostel travel lets you save money on lodging so that you can do just that.

Get Yourself Bumped & Get Free Flights On Your Next Budget Travel

 
 

One great way to begin your budget travel is to get free flights (without collecting frequent flier miles) is to get yourself bumped off of the flight that you are booked on. Yes, that means that you won’t get your current flight for free, but you can get a free travel ticket to use for a later date.

You may not be the only person on your flight hoping to get bumped. So try to follow these guidelines to increase your chances of a free flights or budget travel.

– Book your flight with the intention of getting bumped. Select one of the first or earlier flights. So if you are successful in getting bumped, you will still be able to get on a later flight and still get to your travel destination.

– Always ask if the flight is overbooked. Call your travel agent the night before to ask. On the day of the flight, ask the gate agent if the flight is overbooked and tell him/her that you volunteer to be bumped.

– Always get a schedule that includes all airlines, not just the one on which you are booked.

– Arrive at the airport at least 90 minutes prior to scheduled departure. Being the first in line will increase your chances, especially if you are the first few (or better yet, the first) on the list of volunteers to be bumped.

– Before you agree to be bumped, ensure that the airline will offer a free ticket or other significant compensation. Before accepting your free ticket or travel voucher, make sure you are holding a confirmed/guaranteed reservation and boarding pass for a later flight.

– If there are no guaranteed seats on the next flight of your choice, inform the agent that you want a guaranteed seat on another airline. Use the flight schedule and select an alternative flight and airline.

– If you have to wait more than two hours for the next flight, ask the gate agent for meal vouchers. Most airlines have these vouchers, but they may not offer them without being asked.

– If you get bumped from your next free flight, you may just get another free ticket. Well, it may be a little inconvenient but if you want free or budget travel, you will need to be more flexible with your timing.

– There are some regulations, but each airline has its own bumping and compensation policy. Bumping policies may also be different for international flights. Make sure you ask before volunteering to be bumped.

Don’t Skimp On Food! Eat Well On Your Budget Travel

 
 

There are numerous ways to enjoy delicious and healthy meals on your budget travel. Here are some budget tips to ensure that you do not go hungry during your vacation.

There is no disputing that food is a part of any travel experience. Sampling the local food is a must wherever you go on your travels. If you miss out on tasting the local delicacies, you miss out on a huge part of traveling.

It is important begin your day right. So make sure that you eat a healthy and hearty breakfast. Many hotels include a daily breakfast in the package. If it is available, then make sure that you eat well and enjoy it. After all, beginning on a good note every day will set the mood and tone for the day. Starting each morning with a healthy breakfast will give you the energy you need. Plus, it will help to deter you from eating expensive and unhealthy snacks in between meals.

Moving on to lunch! It is the best time to get the most value from some of the finest restaurants in your destination city. If there is an expensive restaurant you’ve been wanting to visit during your budget travel, go there during lunch instead. Often, you will get the same great food at a lower price.

Another budget tip on food is to eat at places that are popular with the locals. Ask your hotel’s staff where they usually hang out or eat. They would probably tell you about places or recommendations that are frequented by locals. Hence, it is not touristy and will probably cost lower than a restaurant near a tourist attraction.

Having your meals at ethnic neighborhoods is another budget tip. Sampling the food in the local Chinatown, Korea town, Little Italy, Little Saigon or similar neighborhood is a fantastic for meeting the locals and enjoy the culture and food at one go!

And when you are traveling, be sure to pack a few healthy snacks such as granola bars, a bag of trail mix or a few pieces of fruit in your backpack. You can pack them from home or even get them inexpensively at your travel destination’s local stores.

A trip to the local grocery store can save you money while traveling. Many travelers will spend some time to stock up on bottled water, cereal and other low cost food. Just leave them in the hotel room and take what you need each time you head out to continue your budget travel.

Today’s Budget Travelling Insider Secrets

In case you have selected a domestic destination for your budget travelling, then it’s recommended that you actually stay at hotels and motels on the borders of the travel region. You may save lots of cash if you decide to stay in one of the budget motels or hotels available commonly these days. If you’re planning to rent a vehicle, then it’s far better if you look for a place on the outskirts of your vacation location.

It’s not a challenging task to take a budget holiday. The primary requirement is proper organizing. You need to study and perform adequate research to get the very best deals. One of the best places to look for the most current packages would be the Web. Often you get a discount when you book on the web.

You can save a lot of money by staying in a hostel instead of a hotel and you may even take a tent. This will not only allow you to stay within your spending budget restrictions but it’d also be an exciting experience for you. One of the crucial budget travelling hints that you need to know to travel real cheap is traveling during the off-season period. Owing too much less demand, the rates of touring fares and accommodation will be relatively lower.

You may likewise consult the various travel businesses mainly because they usually offer inexpensive packages. This will prove to be advantageous for you. In case you do not want to go the travel agent way, then you can always get in touch with the different air travel companies directly and find out the latest packages for those businesses. Do not follow only one air travel company. The biggest advantage of budget traveling is the fact that you’re going to be totally self-sufficient and also be your own person.

One important factor you need to not forget is about holiday insurance. In case of any accident like losing your belongings or any medical concerns, you can at the very least recover some costs if you have an insurance plan.

Be realistic and curious. Make an effort to collect as much info as possible about your most wanted destination so that you will be able to cope in a better way in case of any unexpected emergency. If you’re associated with any travel agent, figure out about any low cost excursions that they may have available.

Budget travelling will really be an adventurous experience that you will cherish throughout your life. So gather as many mementos of the place as doable, but do not get lured into the duty free retailers because they always charge a lot more for mementos!

Budget Travel

When you are traveling on a budget you may think planning is everything to stay on track. For the most part you would be correct. There are tips you should know on how to budget travel. First when budget traveling you may not want to book your hotels in advance, unless you find a really good deal. Most hotels are still going to have rooms available when you arrive and most hotels will have a daily rate. This daily rate is given to get the rooms to move a little faster and potentially sell out. Not all hotels will offer the best daily rates, especially when they are a chain hotel. When you look for a hotel for the night you should find something that looks privately owned. These hotels will offer the best daily rates. You will also find the later you go the better deals you will have. This doesn’t mean you will not plan this ahead of time. You will still want to know the hotels in the area and you will also want to have their phone numbers.

When you have their phone numbers you will be able to call ahead and see what the daily rates are. You can also call back to keep checking. While they will not hold a room without at least a reservation you can find out how close to selling out they are and determine if the rate is within your budget. When you are searching for hotels and on a budget travel trip you may find great deals during the planning stages. There are some hotels in the United States that offer stays for under $60 a night. These hotels are not always the most glamorous, but they do offer a comfortable stay for the amount you pay.

When you are traveling on a budget it doesn’t always mean you have to travel for cheap. It will be whatever budget you have to spend on the vacation. This is another reason why planning ahead is so important. When you know what your budget is going to be for a vacation you will be able to plan your trip for airfare, car rental, and hotel from your computer. There are several travel websites that help those with a budget stay in their budget travel plans.

These travel sites will look at every hotel in the area you are about to visit and give you a daily rate. They will also tell you about the taxes and charges you should expect on arrival. Airfare budget travel is also possible on these sites. These sites will allow you to search every airline to find the lowest price. You should check out the actual airline website just to see if the taxes and fees will lower the price a little.

Other ways to save on a budget is not renting a car. Car rentals can add up and if you are in a major city you will be able to find public transportation whether it is on a bus or underground. The underground in most cities is the way to budget travel. You can often get a pass for the entire time you are staying in the area.