Picture this scene: you have booked you all inclusive holiday through a travel agent at a cost of fifteen hundred dollars per head. You are meant to stay in some exotic location in a remote country. You dip all your annual savings into the payment and end up with just a fortnight to spend before you have to start all over again with your old job and all your personal responsibilities. You then discover that you need a visa to fly to your destination. You are also meant to carry all your baggage for two weeks with no allowance for sandals, golf clubs or spas. Is there any doubt about the thinking that it would be better to pay the cost of travel upfront rather than assume you will be flexible later?
In the tourism industry the assumption that the holiday attendee will carry their luggage is not only bad policy but common knowledge. The attendees of the festival will carry loads of baggage with them for periods of up to eight days. If they are not at the airport when the flight arrives they will be there long enough to browse the gift shop for souvenirs. At the other end of those same days there will be a tour manager at the airport who will be making report tea that morning. Yet the two weeks of holiday and the souvenirs are supposed to be no concern of the attendee.
How many people can honestly say they enjoyed themselves without the baggage being picked up at the beginning and held until the end? There are always cancellations to think about but these are generally dealt with in the old manner. If you are able to contact a supplier to ask for a quote then usually there will be four or five items the supplier has not produced. You will be told the two week guarantee, that it will not be repeated and that cancellation will need to be probable. You need to contact the tour operators to satisfy yourself that the probable cancellation is evident on the itinerary. If you are able to contact the operator before hand it is likely that a cancellation will have already been made.
A likely cancellation will be probable in two ways. Either the ticket has already been sold to another passenger and the new ticket will be issued. In the other case the ticket has been lost. The lost ticket will have to be produced. If you have a ticket that is less than two weeks old it is still the case that the ticket has not been issued. In the unlikely event that two weeks hence a flight is cancelled also a replacement ticket will be issued. The situation is the same with only one difference. The replacement ticket will have a time limit of not more than two weeks.
You should satisfy yourself that the insurance will cover the complete cost of the flights. Also ask the insurer for an excess/bond reduction opportunity. This will ensure that the flight will not be stranded to the point of needing to cancel the trip. The prudent traveler will reduce the amount of coverage to the extent where it will not Comet an evacuation scenario.
debit card… credit card…
These days you will only be able to use one card per family. It is absolutely vital that you use the right card. Some of the attractions will not accept cards. It is important to help avoid this situation. The credit card will be the easier of the two to use because it does not have the attribute of lost or stolen. The insurance also does not have a timeframe constraint.
use MasterCard or Visa cards…
These are the most widely accepted cards in the world. In order to exchange currency you will need either a cash machine or a recognised machine. If you encounter a problem with your card either abroad or in the U.S. and you use a different ATM you have two choices. You can exchange as many currency as you like at the convenience of your home. If you have your travel documents you can process the exchange through your card issuing company. In both cases the card needs to be renewed before you leave.
When you exchange you money in different countries the rates will vary. The four national currencies in the world are the British Pound, the Euro, N segment and USD. You can find quite good exchange rates on buying local currency as long as you study theuries and compare market prices. You can use a money market dealer to get the best buy rates. Avoid commission charged by local and international money exchange operators as they do not always offer the best exchange rates.
Be careful when changing your money at a cash machine, because you may be charged with a transaction fee. In some cases you may also be charged with an extra fee if you try to cash money in a bank. There are many advantages to using a bank when you exchange money in order to protect your money against theft. Banks have a specialist staff of experts that can help keep your money safe. In addition, banks may also be able to guarantee the exchange rate as part of their service.