According to the Travel Industry Association (TIA), more than 25 percent of all vacations in 2003 included children. Many people seek a family vacation package to save money. Families with children often travel to the beach to enjoy the sand and surf. Coastal club vacations save families money and time in planning an itinerary for their time away from work and home. Many travel agencies offer coastal club vacations and a family vacation package. Many people chose a travel agent based on their perception of a travel agent’s expertise. With many travel agencies operated out of home and not retail stores, travel agents need to separate themselves from the completion. Families want more than the best package and they seek expertise and great customer service. The home based travel agency can sell coastal club vacations and a family vacation package by obtaining a good support staff. A coastal vacation call center provides a plethora of support for the home based travel agent. Employees of a coastal vacation call center train to answer objections, provide information and close the sale for agents who offer a family vacation package. These same employees can also market coastal club vacations to couple or individuals who want to take quick beach getaways and save money. The coastal vacation call center offers many services to those customers seeking coastal club vacations and a family vacation package. The center tracks the leads from as placed by the home based travel agent business. This information helps the travel agent identify key demographics and characteristics of the customers seeking a family vacation package and coastal club vacations. The travel agent uses this information in his or her marketing plan when looking for areas to grow the business into other areas such as Hawaiian or Texas vacation packages. The employees of the coastal vacation call center do not call or telemarket customers seeking a family vacation package. The employees call people referred by the owner of the home based travel business. The employees work regular hours five days a week like other call center professionals. These employees share their knowledge of these packages and coastal club vacations with customers to close the sale for the travel agent. Why should home based travel agents use a coastal vacation call center? New travel agencies open everyday online, in people’s homes and in retail outlets everywhere. Many of these travel agents try to work alone, thinking they can do it all. Unfortunately, many of these agents lack sales and marketing skills when it comes to selling family vacation packages and costal club vacations. A coastal vacation call center closes the sales of coastal club vacations and a family vacation package, giving the travel agent more time to search for new business. Leads elude even the best marketing professionals at times and business owners need to look for creative ways to showcase their business. Using trained call center professionals gives travel agents time to consider these creative ways to stay ahead of the competition.
Vacation rental homes have become an incredibly popular alternative to the traditional hotel room when it comes to theme park vacations. Lodging is usually one of the biggest chunks of a vacation budget and most savvy travelers want to make certain that every dollar is spent wisely. Not only are vacation homes clean and conveniently located next to many major attractions, but they are also very affordable. Most vacation rental homes offer considerably more living space than you will find in the typical hotel room and are a great value for the budget-conscious. These homes are perfect for large families that need a little more room to spread out or perhaps two families who are traveling together and want to stay under one roof. Most rental homes offer several bedrooms and can sleep up to 12 people, which often makes the cost per person far less than that of a hotel. Renting a vacation home is not like making a hotel reservation and typically requires signing an agreement and making a security deposit with the vacation property owner. The deposit is usually returned a few days after check-out, assuming that nothing in the home was damaged or taken. This agreement is legally binding and provides more detail than the standard form you might find at a hotel. Make certain that you read and understand the terms of your agreement and are fully aware of all fees and deposits that due before signing the rental agreement so you can avoid any surprises later on. Vacation rental homes are my number one choice in accommodations when taking a theme park vacation. We buy groceries and save additional money by eating meals at our rental home and by preparing and taking snacks to the park. We all have our own bedrooms and can go to bed at our regular and often different bedtimes. I enjoy that “home away from home” freedom that comes with my rental fee and because I shop around, that rental fee is always less than that of a typical hotel stay. And, yes, I can say “always” because I do a lot of research before I ever spend a dime on a rental deposit. Although there are several online rental home agencies available, my first step in rental home research always begins with EBAY. There are hundreds of rental properties listed on EBAY and I am never disappointed in the amount of results I find. Keep in mind that this option is best suited for theme park vacations to the larger parks, like Walt Disney World, Disneyland and Busch Gardens Europe, since a lot investors purchase rental properties near major tourist attractions. Of course, your budget is the first thing to consider when narrowing down your search results. Planning ahead and booking your vacation rental home several weeks or even months ahead of time can save you money as well as give you peace of mind. But if you’re making last-minute travel plans, don’t worry that you may have missed out on early bird savings because you can often take advantage of great deals on last-minute cancellations. Vacation rental home booking agencies always have customers that, for whatever reason, have to forfeit their deposit and cancel their reservation at the eleventh hour. They obviously don’t want to have an empty rental home for a week so they often offer it up for a discounted price so that it will be rented quickly. They win and you definitely win and come away with a great deal on a rental home that fits your style and budget. Regardless of your budget, make sure that the home you choose is clean before you arrive, is adequately furnished and features everything that you would use at your own home. Remember that reputable rental companies go above and beyond to provide you not only with great details about themselves but also with pictures and details about the homes that they offer. Here are just the very basics of what the home should supply: 1. A fully equipped kitchen with dishes, microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator and cooking appliances. 2. A washer and dryer. 3. Central heat and air conditioning and all other utilities. 4. Local phone service with emergency numbers by each phone. 5. Cable TV, DVD/VCR player – some even offer free high-speed internet. 6. An ample supply and assortment of towels and bed linens. 7. Safety and security features like locks on all doors, pool alarm, fire extinguishers, etc. 8. Off-street parking. 9. Directions and phone numbers of area groceries and supercenters, entertainment venues and medical facilities. Cleaning fees are usually included in your rental fee if your stay is at least 5 days. This makes the departure easier because you don’t have to clean around the clutter or fear you’re putting things back in the wrong spot. Rental companies can also supply cribs, high chairs and play pens upon request and some are even pet-friendly. Additional deposits may be required for some of these items so be sure and ask first. Vacation rental homes can provide a welcome and home-like retreat for those of us who spend most of our days enjoying the hustle and bustle of our favorite theme park. From modest to extravagant, selecting a vacation rental that fits your personal style, accommodation needs and budget can be the beginning of a lasting vacation memory.
Holidays always make me lazier. Corporations usually slow down a little bit. Everyone is tired from a full year of work and before I make resolutions for the new year, might as well take a break. May be I’ll add working harder to my next year’s resolution ;). But anyway, the point is that holidays are about relaxing and taking a break. This year especially, Christmas is on 25th , 27-28 Is a weekend, 31 is New Year’s eve, 1st is usually a holiday for most for New Year’s and again 3rd-4th is a weekend. So, really, if you take 29th-31st and 2nd off, you could have a 11 day break with just 4 days off officially on paid/unpaid leave. That’s a really good deal!
And to add to the good deals, there are several vacation rentals that are offering unbelievable discounts making it even more tempting to take a break. We wrote a full post about this here.
Airline prices are dropping too. They have to. No one is buying tickets at the current rates with the recession. Jet Blue had some awesome specials recently. Southwest is always pretty cheap. Gas prices are on an all-time low as well. I am dreading summer next year when the prices will be back up at $4/gallon possibly.
In Florida, like many other locations, winter offers some great sights that people often forget. Granted, beaches are not that much fun in the winter, but that’s not all you could do in Florida. Take theme parks for instance. There are so many in just Orlando that you couldn’t count them with your fingers. Take Gatorland for instance. It’s got some of the most amazing alligators and reptiles that I’ve ever seen. My wife even held an eight feet python and sat on a crocodile myself when I went there last time. Sounds crazy, right? You could do that any time of the year. Just wear a warm jacket and that’s all you’ll really need. It’s not like Jersey or New York where it’s hard to even get out. You could get a bargain vacation and do things that you’d normally skip. We have a beautiful state – take this opportunity to explore Florida further.
Writing and submitting articles about your vacation rental is the cheapest and most cost effective form of advertising a property owner can do to increase traffic to his/her property listing.
Article writing increases traffic to your listing as it is picked up by several travel and vacation websites and blogs through our RSS (really simple syndication) feed and creates quality back links to your property listing, which is important in increasing organic web traffic (search engine optimization).
Article writing is also very cost effective as you can write your own vacation rental articles for FREE or hire a freelance writer for just a few dollars an article.
You do not need to be an expert writer, just write at least 4 articles (seasonal) annually and they may be a long or short as you wish, but 400-600 words are best.
When you are writing your vacation rental promotion articles, utilize “keywords” to increase your efforts with the top search engines such as Google, Yahoo and MSN. Keywords are search terms a property renter may enter in to search engines when searching for a vacation rental, such as “Florida Keys vacation homes”.
Include your keywords in the title and throughout the body of your vacation rental article for maximum exposure and increase your organic search engine rankings.
Talk about your vacation rental, area attractions, restaurants, unique shops and shopping opportunities, hidden treasures, what to see or what not to see, etc. and utilize keywords such as “Disney vacation rental” or near “Florida Keys scuba diving” or “Caribbean deep sea fishing charters”.
Make your vacation rental article visually appealing and include 1 quality photo with your article. Your article should be no larger than 400×400 pixels.
Ok, you have your FREE, well written, keyword optimized vacation rental article and quality photo, where can you have your article published for FREE? Our vacation blog, YTB Travelmore World Travel and Vacations Blog accepts articles with photos. Email your articles and photos to our webmaster.
You may also submit your article to several FREE article directories, such as www(dot)amazines(dot)com, these are the article directories I use in addition to my own vacation blogs. These article directories will not accept photos, but are effective just the same.
It is time to start planning your summer vacation! Have you thought about taking some time off to enjoy some fun in the sun? Whether you choose to escape for the weekend, or spend several weeks at some exotic retreat, it is so important to enjoy a fun vacation from time to time. Taking some time off from the same old daily grind is an excellent way to recharge your batteries and can greatly improve your wellbeing. By getting some much needed rest and relaxation, you can reduce your stress levels and stay healthier.
The proverbial saying, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” – is so true, as without time off from work, we may become bored with life, and also boring to be around. With many employers, it is mandatory to take vacation, as it actually improves productivity and moral. In most European countries it is quite common to take a month off at a time to go on an elaborate holiday, usually touring other countries to visit family and friends.
When we have something to look forward to, we tend to have a much better attitude about life in general. We feel happy and excited when imagining what our impending vacation might be like, as we envision various possible scenarios. The bottom line is that taking a good amount of time away from the stresses of daily life can give us the break we need so that we can return to our lives refreshed and better equipped to handle whatever comes.
Vacation brings about change in our ordinary routine, and can help us to see things with a different perspective. We have feeling of freshness and tend to worry less about our day to day troubles while spending time away. Often times, vacations promote creativity. As we take a break, it is a good time to reconnect with ourselves – operating as a vehicle for self-discovery and reminding us of our passions and dreams.
“A traveler am I and a navigator, and every day I discover a new region within my soul.” — Kahlil Gibran
Vacations can also help rekindle relationships whether you take a trip with your spouse, friend or family member. It is certainly a great way to get to know someone when traveling with a new friend or potential partner. Spending quality time with another will undoubtedly bring you closer together. Or you may discover qualities that you dislike depending on your experience with them. Either way, you will learn a lot about each other when you choose to be travel partners for any amount of time.
A recent study by the Department of Health and Human Services found that women who took vacations were more satisfied with their marriages. If you take a vacation with your significant other, it can definitely strengthen the bond between you and enhance your marriage. By creating happy memories together, it will deepen your connection and keep your relationship strong. Likewise, if you go on vacation without your partner, it can also evoke clarity and a greater sense of appreciation when you spend time apart.
When you do plan a romantic get-away with your sweetie, it is an ideal time to reignite the sparks of passion and burning desire for each other. Sometimes just being in a different setting can stir up fervent excitement and stimulate your senses. One of my favorite items on the vacation packing list is the Sensual Massage & Premium Bodyglide – and comes in a great travel-size airless pump 1.9 oz bottle. The 2-in-1 massage gel and quality lubricant is perfect for setting the mood with a relaxing sensual massage leadinging into more intimate connection, and getting you through an adventurous night of pleasure-filled fun. ♥
For families, June is a busy time with graduation parties, little league championships and music recitals. And we all know that right around the corner is summer vacation – lazy days for kids but often stressful for working parents. So if you haven’t nailed down your plans yet, here are some ideas that can help with your work/life balance:
Stay flexible. To minimize your anxiety and maximize time with your kids, try to negotiate a flexible work schedule. Even if you only take the odd morning off or leave early once in a while, find someone to cover for you. Downtime to rejuvenate is important for you and for the wellbeing of your family.
Arrange creative child care. There must be plenty of responsible teenagers in your neighborhood who are looking for a part-time summer job. Or why not organize a co-op or a weekly swap with friends? Don’t forget grandparents or other family members who always say they feel bad that they don’t see your kids more often.
Plan a staycation. Arrange a meeting and encourage a discussion about the activities each family member would like. With a democratic process and everyone having a voice, you’ll ensure cooperation. Think about visiting a local museum, playing beach volleyball, attending an outdoor concert. If money is an issue, several day trips or weekend camping trips can make the whole family feel recharged and reconnected.
Embrace boredom. Encourage your kids to use their imagination and discover their own ways to keep busy – a lemonade stand on the corner, watching home movies, planting a small garden, walking the dog, swimming in the community pool. It could be fun to play board games, ride bikes or shoot hoops with friends on the block.
Assign chores. How about having your kids help around the house with jobs that you don’t have time for during the school year – clean out broken toys or box up outgrown school clothes. Have them run small errands or go to the corner grocery store. Let them keep the change and buy themselves a treat. They might even like having the independence and responsibility.
Limit Internet use. You may be tempted to use technology as a babysitter but try to institute some tech free days. When kids have unsupervised access to media, it can be at the expense of their growth. Emerging research reveals that technology can short-circuit healthy development in socializing and learning.
Encourage reading. Talk with your kids and listen to what they have to say about their summer reading. Most public libraries support a reading program with some sort of positive end result if all the requirements are fulfilled. And reading is a great habit to nurture. You can build structure by having your teens read to your younger children or even organize an informal neighborhood book club.
If you have to spend a little money on your kids’ summer activities, it’s in your best interests for a safe, fun environment and your peace of mind. A week or two of camp can build social skills and interests as well as character strengths. And it provides a structured and enriching environment so you don’t have to worry about what they’re up to.
Your kids have their whole summer ahead of them – no schoolwork or having to get up early. And you deserve to relax some too. With the long warm summer nights, you’ll have plenty of chances to spend quality family time together.
A common question that many people who are new to the network marketing industry have when trying to evaluate a potential company is “Is this a scam?”, so I wanted to take some time to research a relative newcomer in the notorious network marketing travel industry that has a lot of people curious if it’s a good opportunity or not. The company I checked out is World Ventures, so here’s what I found which I hope will help you to decide for yourself, “Is World Ventures a scam or a good business to join?” .
You may have bought your entire seat, but you’re only going to need the edge on this one, folks…
Here’s the thing that’s most important to consider with any MLM company you’re thinking about joining:
1. Whether or not a real product and/or service exists.
2. Does the service or product provide real value to its customers regardless if they’re involved with the company as a distributor? Simply, would people still buy it even if they didn’t earn a bonus (We’ll go over the World Ventures LTC and Dream Trips programs in-depth soon)?
This is definitely the most important aspect of any serious evaluation, and World Ventures is no exception because if the service or product doesn’t hold up to scrutiny, than every other aspect of a network marketing like World Ventures is essentially moot.
Would you agree?
World Ventures travel products: Do they provide real value?
The Dream Trips product currently sells for a $199.95 fee up-front and $24.99 per month after that. The basic concept behind this product is the same as Costco or Sam’s Club. They purchase in bulk and through their customer’s monthly membership fee, they get access to discounted travel packages. I took a look at the World Ventures website and there are currently about 70 vacations to choose from.
Are the vacation packages a scam or are they actually good deals?
It would be very time-consuming to compare all of the vacation packages currently being offered by World Ventures to properly determine the value, but the few prices I audited were actually good deals when I put them head-to-head with some of the top travel booking sites.
One vacation I compared was to Cabo San Lucas at the Riu Palace (yes, please!). For two adults, this vacation was priced at about $760 with World Ventures via the Dream Trips product and Travelocity was almost $200 more expensive at about $950.
Another comparison I did was for the Grand Lido Braco resort in Jamaica. This trip for two adults was priced at about $890 via the Dream Trips product with World Ventures and Travelocity came in around $1050. At least in these two examples the savings were pretty substantial.
Since we’re comparing “oranges-to-oranges”, there were some more extravagant trips listed that couldn’t be easily compared because they included extras that someone couldn’t buy through some of the major travel sites, or they didn’t show the price unless you were a World Ventures customer.
Based on what I’ve seen so far, it looks like most World Ventures consumers would recoup their Dream Trips membership cost with the money they’d save by taking their first trip. You’ll have to keep in mind that this isn’t an exhaustive Dateline NBC-type investigation since I only reviewed 2 of the almost 70 Dream Trips to a major travel booking site, but based on what we’ve seen so far, I think it’s reasonable to say that people who take at least one good vacation per year would get some value out of their World Ventures membership.
The “World Ventures Scam” is looking busted…
World Ventures Leisure Travel Consultant Package (LTC)
The World Ventures LTC program also sells for a start up fee of $199.95 and $24.99 per after that. The best way to think about it would be as a turnkey online travel business. The start-up fee includes your own online retail travel website, web-based travel learning modules along with an exam, and opportunities for higher-level travel industry training. Cutting edge marketing training excluded, from what I can tell they give their distributors many of the tools they’ll need to build a thriving online business in the travel industry.
I was also extremely impressed with the Rovia search engine because, after messing around with it for a while and seeing how it searches all the other major travel sites, I could start to see how World Ventures’ claims of not needing to search multiple sites to get the best deal could be very true.
Speaking of getting the best price, they also have a “Match or Beat” price guarantee for online travel bookings against Priceline, Travelocity, Orbitz, and Expedia which could be a very positive marketing tool for someone who is working to build a network marketing with World Ventures.
Common claim of why World Ventures is a “scam”: World Ventures LTC program is essentially a “travel agent card mill”?
Over the past 10 years or so, there have been more than a couple network marketing companies that have tried to take advantage of the undeniable fact that a rapidly increasing amount of travel is booked online. Unfortunately for the end consumers, these companies didn’t really provide much real value and left them with “a bone to pick” with the entire network marketing travel industry.
What these companies were doing was they were selling a cheap plastic card disguised as a good product that allowed people to get discounts as if they were licensed travel agents when they technically weren’t. This is where the term “card mills” came from.
It’s kind of like those B.S. scam “classes” that are conducted in international waters where a school will issue you a college degree in an afternoon for a fee. Super, you got a piece of paper that says you’re a qualified lawyer in Kazakhstan. Very nice!
I’m happy to say that I didn’t see anything on their website or in their marketing materials which would show that World Ventures has gone this route with their LTC program. Actually, World Ventures went a step further and made it so that LTC’s can’t get this card until they’ve booked a standard number of travel sales along with completing additional training similar to what offline agents must do.
It’s important to keep in mind that World Ventures product is a discount based on their buying in bulk and not by giving everyone travel agent discount cards like some less-than-reputable network marketing travel companies have previously done.
I hope this has helped provide some insight into World Ventures as a company and will help you figure out for yourself if it’s a scam or not.
(Disclaimer: I am NOT affiliated with World Ventures in an way and am providing non-biased information along with my opinion based on 10 years in the MLM industry.)
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