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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

5 Mistakes to Avoid While Booking Your Vacation Online

So, you plan to book your vacation online because the online booking deals entice you, rather your wallet? Well, booking trips online is surely an excellent idea. However, here are a few mistakes that could send your well planned vacation for a toss:

1. Booking too late:
When you know you have to go on a specific date, never make the mistake of booking at the last minute. It is advisable that you at least book two or three weeks prior to your trip. There are possibilities of you not getting the best deals, getting expensive deals or for that matter the hotel you want to stay in is full! So, it is better to book beforehand.

2. Not Comparing:
There are several companies which provide you the option of booking online. Also, there are various third party websites which offer you heavy discounts and excellent offers. So, if you do not check the same, you might end up paying a lot more and not be able to take advantage of these discounted online deals.

3. Not doing proper research:
What if you end up booking with a bogus company? Well, nobody but you bears the losses and frets over the fraud. To avoid this nightmare, ensure that you do enough research about the company you plan to book with. Read reviews and ask friends for suggestions.

4. Ignoring the Fine Print:
There are many little devils hidden in the fine print which could make a mess out of your vacation. So, ensure that you read everything- the fine print included. It is important for you to understand the importance of these sentences mentioned in the fine print so that there is no inconvenience later on.

5. Ignoring Follow Ups:
Well, many people just book the tickets and the hotels and then do not really keep a track on the same.  You might get a mail saying that your bookings have been cancelled for some reason. If you do not keep a track on the same, you might end up in a soup.

So, follow these tips and have a hassle free trip by avoiding all the silly errors.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Reasons to Buy Insurance Before You Leave for a Vacation

Travel out to a foreign land for a vacation? Have you got your travel insurance? Well, getting a travelling insurance is as important as getting your passport and visa. Although not a compulsion, it is advisable that you get this insurance. Here’s why:

1. Cancellation of Flight:
There are many situations in which your flight gets cancelled and you are stranded at the airport. So, what do you do in such a situation? Well, instead of panicking, you can simply call your insurance company and they will rescue you from the situation.

2. Medical Emergency:
What if you lose your bag of medicines or it gets stolen? Well, if you have a medical insurance, you can easily get the necessary medications by getting your emergency prescription filled.

3. Theft:
Well, we all fear this the most. However, what one needs to understand is rules are very strict in most of the countries and you simply cannot survive without a passport. What if your passport gets stolen? What are you going to do? Well, these are the times when insurance comes to the rescue.

4. Non-Refundable Tickets:
There are situations in which you have brought a non-refundable ticket and then you have to cancel a much planned vacation. Well, a lot of money is at stake and you definitely want to retrieve it. Insurance enables you to find a way out of such messy situations.

5. Calamity:
Well, you cannot predict nature. You never know when a natural calamity strikes and your vacation goes for a toss. So, it’s always prudent to get your insurance ready as a backup for such ugly situations.
So, next time you are booking deals online, just ensure that you are also enquiring about travel insurance. If the tour providers don’t provide you with the same, you can always go for a third party insurance and secure your trip against all the possible problems!
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