Thursday, 4 December 2014
Travel Pre And Post Internet
We tend to forget that the real cost of travelling is often less today than over the 40 years of my travels. Other travel costs are also far cheaper today but this should not mean that travellers should disregard the many methods of saving costs that can then be put to extended or improved travel experiences
It was just a case of there being no other options to buying travel. Now we have unlimited choices and can seek out better travel agents, better prices, better selections and information about anywhere in the world for our travels - without even leaving home.
We can search and find experts for every travel option. If we are comfortable with the Internet we no longer have to go to a travel agent to make reservations and buy tickets except to book with some of the larger travel companies that still produce glossy brochures and offer all inclusive packages or tours that only sell through the agency system. A dilemma for the operator is that to show a both a retail and a cost price option could deter many agents from selling the services as travellers could use an agent for free advice and book directly with the operator to get a 'net of commission' price. The need for fairer fare prices is why I developed the Top Travel Voucher program at The Top Travel Club and I even found a dot com for it. All travel selections on the site are at 'net of commission' prices for members who handle there own travel arrangements directly with the operators linked on the club website using our voucher program.
I am also inviting Travel Agents with knowledge, experience and expertise of destinations and activities to showcase their skills to a global audience of travellers and to the members of this new travel club. This opportunity is available to the travel trade at no cost except for them to offer net, wholesale or outlet prices to club members and visitors to the website using top travel vouchers. I believe this program offers fairer fare prices to direct-booking travellers. The Top Travel Club opened in mid-April 2008 offering thousands of top travel vouchers for travel in over 70 countries with around 150 travel operators onboard. Every week we add more travel operators with more choices for members. Currently you can get savings on accommodations, adventure travel, boat charters, culinary tours, hike, bike and dive tours, auto and RV rentals fishing lodges and guides, safaris, vacation rentals, single travel, women only and dude ranches. The future growth will include restaurants, travel clothing, travel insurance and the opportunity to access air ticket consolidators who want to deal directly with consumers.
Worldwide Resort Resales
You can find resorts offering timesharing at Mexico, Hawaii, Canada, Aruba, California and the Caribbean.
In selecting your resort, location is not the only consideration you should think about. There are resorts that offer flexible modes of ownership, where you are given the opportunity to change the time period of your ownership and select a better time to your liking. You should ask if the resort allows you to swap properties with other owners within the same resort, or better yet, with other resorts. Just like every resort, there are low seasons and high seasons.