What Boutique Travel Is and Isn’t – Here’s How to Qualify Your Clients

Photo: Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection.  Some well-traveled clients want what they want. Others aren’t quite sure what they want – and therefore rely on you to qualify them. When it comes to boutique travel products, one could almost say it’s as close to custom as you can get – reserved for those seeking something exclusive and ideal for anyone who likes their needs catered to.Boutique and unique may rhyme by coincidence but one is very much a part of the other. So when determining whether or not your client…

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Some of the best places to travel in the U.S. in February

Here are some of the best places to travel in the U.S. in February. If you still want to take a winter vacation, Travel and Leisure Magazine says February is a great time to fly. Here are some of the best places to travel in the U.S. if you want to get away. Honolulu, Hawaii The magazine says it’s a big wave season and also a great time for whale watching tours. Beaver Creek, Colorado  The magazine points out that the town has increased its focus on non-ski activities, which could be…

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Travel tips: 12 of the biggest myths in travel, busted

The French, rude? Don’t believe the hype. Photo: Alamy I’m not sure how these things start. Maybe someone writes a newspaper story, or a blog post, or just tells a few tales to their friends, and these things gain a life of their own, they become perceived wisdom, they morph from story into fact. You just know them, now, to be true: you should pack light when you travel; you should fly to your destination; you should dress smart to get an upgrade; you should shop at duty free; you should…

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The 4 Values That Have Guided This Travel Entrepreneur To Success

Kristin Karst is the cofounder, co-owner and executive vice president of AmaWaterways, a family-owned river cruise company created in 2002 with a fleet of 20 award-winning ships in Europe, Asia and Africa. The successful businesswoman grew up during the Communist period in East Germany, which, she says, has had a huge impact on her career and spawned her two greatest passions: travel and entrepreneurship. Morgan Stemler Kristin Karst is the cofounder & EVP of AmaWaterways, a river cruise company. (Courtesy of AmaWaterways) “During the Communist era, many restrictions were in place,…

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Railway Panel Mulling Increased Fare For Lower Berths, Festive Travel

Railway passengers could be paying extra for seats of their choice. NEW DELHI: Railway passengers could be shelling out more for choosing lower berths and travels during festive seasons, if the recommendations of a fare review committee are approved by the Railway Board. The panel constituted to review the flexi-fare system in premium trains has recommended that the transport behemoth adopt the dynamic pricing model followed by airlines and hotels, sources said. Like flyers pay more for front-row seats, railway passengers too could be paying extra for seats of their…

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Soon, travel from Chennai Central to airport in 45 minutes

The Chennai Metro Rail’s second line from Little Mount to Chennai airport and St. Thomas Mount station.   | Photo Credit: M. Vedhan Ticket fare likely to be increased when operations begin on stretches from Chennai Central and AG-DMS to the airport  In just a few months, commuters can travel from the Chennai Central and AG-DMS (Gemini) to the airport much quicker when services of the Metro Rail services are launched from the two locations. Commuters will be able to cover the distance of about 25 km from the Central station…

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Readers’ best travel discoveries of 2017

Calm waters … lake near the Buerbreen glacier, Norway. Photograph: Getty Images Winnig tip: Buerbreen glacier, Norway Looking for a walk to complete the day before tackling the mammoth Trolltunga hike in April, we decided on the trail to Buerbreen glacier. The starting point was a 20-minute drive from our base in Odda. The walk was brilliant: three hours of streams, rickety-looking bridges, ropes and scrambling brought us to the glacier. With the added beauty of having the trail to ourselves, this was a wonderful hike seemingly bypassed by those aiming…

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For love or for god: Why Indians travel

Indians’ favourite travel destinations vary according to what they are seeking: religion or romance. Up to 97% of Indian respondents in a recent survey said they’d travel within the country for their spiritual needs. Yet four in 10 were most likely to choose foreign destinations for their honeymoons. The survey was conducted by online travel agent MakeMyTrip between Nov. 15 and Dec. 15 and covered 3,000 respondents, all of whom had travelled within the previous six months. Overseas destinations closer to home are especially a hit among Indian newly-weds. Four…

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Expect Huge Travel Sales On Cyber Monday 2017

Thanksgiving 2017 is looking to be bigger than ever and not just because of the excess traffic on the roads. Experts are predicting huge flash travel sales for Cyber Monday and Travel Deal Tuesday this year, with some companies kicking off the deals as early as Black Friday. And while the shopping bonanza seems to be getting bigger every year, that doesn’t guarantee you a deal. Here’s how to keep a cool head and snag that Italian vacation you always wanted, for half the price. Do your research beforehand Most Cyber Monday travel…

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TSA braces for record travel over Thanksgiving

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is bracing for a record number of passengers over the Thanksgiving travel period. The agency estimates that it will screen over 24 million passengers and crew at airport checkpoints around the country this holiday season, which started last Friday and lasts through Monday. That’s a 5 percent increase from last year. The busiest travel day will be on Sunday, when around 2.6 million people will trickle through the nation’s airports, making it one of the top five busiest days in TSA’s history.The TSA also said…

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