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Getting Around Amsterdam in Holland - Tips for Business Travelers

The public transit system includes rail, bus and ferry so that visitors and residents often have multiple public travel options.

There's an extensive taxi system in place in Amsterdam, though it operates somewhat differently from those in large cities in other parts of the world. Pickup points are strictly identified and adhered to. "Treintaxis" (train taxis) are designated for travel to and from train stations. Passengers save money by sharing these taxi rides at specific times of the day.

If you plan to use the city's trams, buses or subways, you need to first know about the city zoning. The city is divided into areas known as zones and the number of zones you'll be traveling through is important (see tip below). To use the public transit system, you purchase a "strippenkaart" (strip ticket) - available at terminals and many stores, even from vending machines. Tickets are stamped for each trip either by a conductor on a tram or by the traveller in one o…
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Antigua Guatemala - Latin Charm Beneath the Volcano

Antigua was the capital of Guatemala until 1773, when the Santa Marta earthquake rocked the foundations of the town. Still, the city retains its colonial charm in the extravagant architecture of buildings, churches, convents and old residences, which offer more than a glimpse of past prosperity.

Tourism is Antigua's main income generator. With more than 60 language schools in a city of just over 30,000 people, it's a popular destination for westerners to spend a few months studying Spanish amongst cobble-stoned streets and colourful neighbourhoods. In the evenings, locals and tourists alike arise from that fabulous Latin American tradition, the siesta, and head out to enjoy the wide range of local or international cuisine on offer.

Not surprisingly, the dreaded Ronald McDonald plague has spread to Guatemala. However, Camperos, the local finger lickin' chicken chain dominates, having sent Colonel Sanders and his army running for the border like...well like a pack of chooks wi…

Traveling to Spain - The Spanish Regional Travel Guide

Up to 60 million visitors travel to Spain every year to delight in the country's 315 sunny days and its rich and diverse history and culture. As a result the Spanish government spend millions of Euros per year on the travel and transport infrastructure to service the country's growing population and its ever growing numbers of visitors.

Therefore Spain has to be one of the easiest and most affordable of the world's popular destinations in terms of its accessibility - particularly from the UK and Northern America. For example there are cheap flights available from all British airports to main and regional airports across Spain daily and direct flights from the main Spanish hubs to the US daily. As an alternative for British and European travellers there are fantastic countrywide train, coach and ferry links and great access for those who prefer to travel by car.

This article breaks down the main Spanish travel options by region.

Northern Spain - The easiest way to access this …

Luxury Cruise Vacations: Six Reasons to Choose a Caribbean or Alaskan Cruise

You are thinking about your next holiday or vacation, and you're wondering why you should select a cruise. I can think of six good reasons, and here they are.

    A cruise can be better than a land based vacation. Once on board ship everything you could possible want is there for you. You don't waste time traveling from one place to another; the travel is the experience on a cruise.
    A cruise is great value for your money. When you consider the amount of money you would spend on hotels, meals, and entertainment, a cruise package deal is a great value. Plus you know about how much money you are going to spend ahead of time. With so many cruise lines competing for your money great deals and discount prices are available. Upgrades, add-on, and coupons are available.
    Superb food! Superb food! Superb food! Often twenty-four hours a day. Great meals with fantastic presentation in restaurants with great ambiance, from the most casual diner or bar-type offering to upscale venues w…

River Cruising - A Popular Choice for Cheap Luxury Cruises

Travel agents are used to getting calls from travelers interested in luxury travel vacations who want to travel on a budget. While some more experienced travelers may roll their eyes, there is one big secret for travelers who are looking for a five star experience on a three star budget. It is called river cruising.

These river cruises have all the benefits that large cruise ships have. River cruising ships and itineraries are specifically set up to meet the highest standards of luxury, comfort, and convenience, similar to that of a luxury world cruise. You only unpack your bags once, dining is included in the price, and you can visit several different locations. Unlike big sea cruise vessels, river cruise boats are much smaller, with a maximum passenger number of about 150. There are no large crowds onboard during dining times and at on board activities. You will come to know your fellow travelers very well, and are likely to form bonds to last a lifetime. Thanks to the small and inti…