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New York City For The Night Bird

by Richa G 21. November 2012 05:58

Does your day begin when the sun sets? If you are most active after the rest of the world has gone to sleep, New York City is the best place for your holidays. The City That Never Sleeps has lots to offer exclusively to night lovers; find out what you can do after sundown in this vibrant city.

Lights of New York From The Water
The waters of New York are often forgotten by tourists; but one of the best ways to capture the night sights of the city is from a night boat cruise. With a wide range of themes to select from like sunset cruises, musical cruises, dinner cruises and landmarks cruises; you can be sure of a lovely evening over the waters. See the glorious Statue of Liberty and the splendidly lit skyline of Manhattan along with other iconic sights of New York.

Some of the lights of Times Square
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Glittering New York City Sights
The neon lights of Times Square sparkle like gems in the brilliantly lit backdrop of the bustling city scene; this is a sight that’s best at night. Visit Times Square at least once when you are in New York City to experience the true essence of this city.

Catch a show at Broadway; actually try for more than just one show. Yes, you have definitely seen the Lion King and other movies; but everything seems grander and much more fun here. Laugh at the Naked cowboy, shop at the Apple Store, Sephora, the American Eagle and Toys R Us or watch a stage performance; the frenzied atmosphere of Times Square will make sure there’s never a moment here when you will feel bored. In fact, just standing there and watching the world rush by is one of the most entertaining activities of the place.

Views From The Top
For amazing panoramic views of the city, climb to the top of the Top of the Rock or the Empire State Building. While the former has exciting activities and shorter queues, the Empire State building is a well known historic place that shouldn’t be missed when you are in NYC.

Walk In The Dark
Though not on everyone’s list of night activities, a walk in the park in clear weather can be extremely rejuvenating. And of course, in New York, “the park” can only mean the Central Park. Open till 1 AM, the Central Park has plenty of activities for walkers and nature lovers. Another option to walk is over the Brooklyn Bridge; walk or cycle over the resplendent bridge for a refreshing night experience.

Dine, Drink and Dance
It’s a sin to leave New York without enjoying its fabulous nightlife scene. With live shows, nightclubs, jazz, bars, lounges and comedy shows, the list just keeps going on. And when you think you’ve seen them all, a new place pops up and everyone wants to be there at once. Hunger pangs seem to be most active at night; catch some interesting eats at Sarge’s Delicatessen, the Blue Ribbon in Sullivan St or the Corner Bistro in West Village Stalwart. Check out the 40/40 Club, Grill and the BB King Blues club for exciting nightlife.

Bar hopping can be quite exhausting in NYC because there are so many options. For an interesting experience, drink in haunted pubs like the Pete’s Tavern or McSorley’s Old Ale House. Meet famous writers and authors; but don’t try to strike a conversation because, for all you know, they could have died long back.

Book your cheap flight to New York City today for a tantilizing nightlife.

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Passionate About Pets in Miami

by Richa G 20. November 2012 02:29

Petrified about taking your pet along for your holiday? Traveling with a pet is almost always stressful; your four-legged friends need more space, fresh air and comfortable surroundings wherever you go and you can't expect pet comforts everywhere. Miami, however, is one place where you can always expect a warm welcome for your pet and excellent service. In fact, don't be surprised (or jealous) if your pet gets better treatment than you do.

From pet massages to chef specials for pets, Miami's hotels and restaurants are doing all they can to get barks of appreciation. While "pet-friendly" can describe any hotel that allows pets to check-in with owners, there are places in Miami that go beyond just friendly with customized services for pets. Since most people in Miami are dog-crazy anyway, the warmth your pet gets is usually genuine. So what makes this city a paradise for travelers with pets? Find out.

Pet from the Jet
Concourses D, E and J in Miami International airport have pet relief areas with real grass patches, lava rocks and a bright fire hydrant. Convenient waste disposal stations make your travel easier.

Bed For The Pet
The Kimpton Epic Hotel, Loews and the Mandarin Oriental are tail-wagging friendly with pets and go all out with welcome gifts, separate doggy beds, leash, grooming arrangements and personal care. Pet sitting services, walking services and even a Doggie Boot Camp make sure your pet's holiday is even better than yours. The Mandarin Oriental also offers an exclusive pet-butler; so maybe you just have to worry about how to get your pet back home after the holidays. Another option is Grove Isle Hotel where you can treat your pet to a paw massage and let him free in the spacious balconies that come with your room or the 18 acres of waling space right outside your hotel.

Dine With Your Canine
In Miami you don't have to go searching for restaurants that allow pets; most places do. But what you can search for is special restaurants that pamper your pet while you also enjoy a decent meal. At China Grill, you can let your pup loose in the play area or patio and order from a doggie menu. Or take her to the Meat Market, the Nexxt Cafe or Michael's Genuine Food & Drink where they can have a share from your plate as well as Chef specials baked especially for them.

Sights To Sniff
Miami has dog-friendly beaches where you can take your dog on a leash. The leash makes the place safe for other visitors as well as your pet. However, in parks like the Haulover Beach Park and the Flamingo Bark Park, you can let your pet off-leash and let him free to have his kind of fun. The ample green space and amenities provided in these parks are sure to make your pet's holiday a very happy one.

The Market With Your Pet
When in Miami, don't miss the Dog Bar, a lovely store that specializes in products for dogs and cats; ranging from cute apparel, handy gear to aromatherapy and styling, the shop has plenty for your loved pets. Most shops in Miami are pet-friendly. The Lincoln Road shops and the Village of Merrick Park are perfect spots for an evening out with your dog.

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Love in Los Angeles – Valentine’s Day 2013

by Richa G 17. November 2012 02:25

Love is in the air; so make sure you catch it when you fly to Los Angeles for a lovely Valentine’s Day in a very special place. Whether you are a young couple looking for an exciting romantic getaway, a married pair on a second honeymoon or single, searching for love; your romance needs are sure to be fulfilled in this picturesque city.

From exquisite (and expensive) romantic dinners to simple, yet dreamy getaways, Los Angeles has ample choice of places where you can propose your love, strengthen it or find it. Find out how and where to celebrate your Valentine’s Day, 2013 in Los Angeles.

Long Love The Beach
When a beach is around, you don’t have to waste your time searching for romantic sites. In LA, there's plenty of coastline with all kinds of beaches. So take your pick from the fun-filled Manhattan beach, the ultra-romantic El Matador, the lively Santa Monica or any of the other interesting beaches the city has to offer.

Dreamy Dinner Cruise
A romantic dinner cruise on a luxury yacht starting with a red carpet welcome, complete with entertainment and delicious food and sparkling champagne is just what you need to set the tone for your Valentine's Day holiday. Book your cruise in advance; there are special dinner cruises at the Marina Del Ray Harbor and the Long Beach for Valentine's Day 2013. If you want to avoid the crowds, charter a boat and enjoy your private space.

This Day in Disney
Though romance and Disney may not seem made for each other, the Walt Disney World is a surprisingly idyllic place for 2013's Valentine's Day. Experience everything from stimulating roller-coaster fun to dreamy dinners in fine-dining settings. Whether it is Victoria & Albert's elegant dining room or the picturesque San angel Inn, a romantic dinner is guaranteed.

Make Merry in the Museum
Who'll go to a museum to celebrate Valentine's Day? The answer: Anyone who wants to have a memorable evening. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) offers a surprising package of art and ambience with great food. So feast your eyes to some of the best works of art in the country and follow it up with an intimate Valentine's special dinner at the Ray's and Stark Bar in LACMA; a fine dining favorite with locals.

Say It with Flowers
Lots of them! At the Huntington Botanical Gardens; propose your love at the lovely Japanese garden, take pictures with lush lilies and cute camelias or just sigh at the beauty of the Shakespeare Garden. The Grifith Park is another place where you can spend quality time (without spending too much money) with your Valentine.

Walk, Talk and Gawk
Walking may not on the top of the list of Valentine's Day activities; but if you are the sporty kind, hiking with your partner in LA can be a terrific experience. Take the six-and-a-half mile hike to the Hollywood sign, one of the icons of LA. Enjoy the spectacular views from the top and come back with splendid photos and cherished memories.

Of Course, The Romantic Dinner
No Valentine's Day can be complete without a cosy dinner with lovely food and desserts. In LA, there are restaurants for every cuisine and every budget. If you want to splurge on a memorable dinner, book your table at Ilcielo, Picca, Ado, or, as the occasion calls, Valentino. If you are looking for something different, the Anqi by Crustacean and Saddle Peak Lodge will fit the bill.

Love in the city of angels is manifest in every nook and corner. Just book your flights to LA for Valentine's Day 2013 and celebrate your love.

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Las Vegas the Playground of the Americas

by Richa G 15. November 2012 05:52
Here is one city that’s actually proud to flash its reputation as “The Sin City” in bright neon lights; Las Vegas offers everything you need to sin in style. But how did a small town, merely a transit point a hundred years back, evolve into a temple for pleasure seekers and gamers? Let’s get into the history of the Las Vegas Strip and find out.

How did it start?
The origins were innocent enough; the construction of the Hoover Dam in the 1900’s brought in thousands of workers from all parts of America. When there are so many young people with common interests, there arises a need to offer establishments to entertain these youngsters. The best entertainment these men had were games like cards or a game of dice for the prize of a drink. But when strict gambling laws in Nevada prohibited even these simple interests in 1910, these men were in for a shock; but not for long.

What is prohibited always tends to be far more interesting than what is allowed. So the prohibition of gambling led to the mushrooming of underground gambling chambers with exciting password entries and frenzied all-night games.

In 1931, the prohibition was lifted and with this freedom, Fremont Street’s gambling establishments started prospering. This was helped by the completion of the Hoover Dam which provided employment to many and also helped protect the city from the Great Depression that had affected all other states. This meant more money in the hands of gamblers and much more business for casino-style businesses.

The sinful history of Las Vegas was launched in as early as 1930 when the first nightclub, the Pair O-Dice Club was started in Highway 91. While this speakeasy prospered even during the prohibition, the first nightclub to get a casino license was the Red Rooster. These two clubs along with their competitors started off the casino frenzy in youthful Las Vegas.

In 1941, the famous Las Vegas Strip got its first establishment, the El Rancho Hotel. This was a pioneer for the entire group of hotels and resorts that followed. The inauguration of this hotel was a grand star-studded affair; this marked the end of the era of gambling clubs and started off the trend of luxury resorts with classy casinos.

Sin raised its head again when Bugsy Siegel, the infamous gangster, built the Flamingo Hotel on the strip. This caught the attention of Mafia and soon, many more hotels like the Star Dust and the Riviera were built with capital sponsored by crime lovers.

The business of casinos involved huge sums of money and this attracted financial institutions and other entrepreneurs too and once they jumped into the foray of entertaining, there was no stopping. All this brought in publicity and this in turn attracted stars like Elvis, Sinatra and Liberace. Everyone now wanted to be in Las Vegas.

The Ride
It wasn’t a very smooth ride to the top. Once the sheen of the neon started fading, stagnation set in and the city started losing its appeal. The resorts became old and run down when compared to newer hotels in other cities. The launch of Steve Wynn’s Mirage in 1989 brought back the bloom to The Meadows; this marked the beginning of the era of megaresorts.

The history of the playground of the Americas got yet another twist with the launch of mega hotels such as these complete with indoor theme parks and the best in luxury. Each new mega-resort seemed bigger and better than the previous one and soon Las Vegas shed its image as an exclusive gamblers’ getaway to become a family destination; a place where everyone can play!

With technology backed gaming, this city is still the best bet for your bets; but that’s not all. Las Vegas’s theme parks and modern attractions make it worthy of its status as the playground of the Americas. So buckle up and get ready for the action.

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Is A Budget Holiday Possible In Pricey Honolulu?

by Richa G 10. November 2012 03:34

Who wouldn’t want to visit picture-perfect Honolulu; a place that seems to epitomize everyone’s dream of a holiday? Yes, it is one of the best places for a vacation in the United States; unfortunately, it’s also one of the most expensive destinations. Starting from high flight costs to expensive food, every aspect of a holiday in Honolulu can break the bank. But this doesn’t mean you can’t have your Honolulu holiday; just find out how to get the best deals and save on costs to enjoy your budget holiday in pricey Honolulu.

Fly Low: You probably know by now that it’s important to book your flights months in advance to get good airfare deals; so let’s not dwell on that. Book your flights to Honolulu for the off-season of April-May or shoulder season from September to November. These are the season when you can get decent fares, good accommodation on the cheap and great service because your hotels won’t be too crowded. And don’t worry; the weather wouldn’t be too bad too.

Stay Away: Lounging in a lanai in your ocean-facing room in a luxury resort makes a pretty picture for your camera; unfortunately it puts a dent in your budget. To stay comfortably, yet within your means, stay away from tourist hotspots like the Waikiki beach though most hotels are located here. Find a nice B&B for a homestay experience or book a vacation rental where you get a kitchenette with your apartment. These are cheaper when compared to hotels and much more practical since you can cook your own meals and save on dining expenses.

See For Free: For an insight into what started the Second World War, visit Pearl Harbor and experience its history through the USS Arizona National Memorial. Visit the Aloha Tower along with its marketplace. There are lots of free and interesting attractions in Honolulu like the US Army Museum, free cultural activities at the Royal Hawaiian Center and band entertainment at the Kapi’olani Park. Of course, these cannot be compared with the best free attraction you get in Hawaii; watching the sun set while relaxing on the beach.

Explore: Take The Bus. The cheap and effective public transport system of Oahu offers a better alternative to renting a car or taking a cab. Parking fees and taxi fares can be quite high; it’s a lot easier to find out which bus to take and make sure you are at the stop on time.

Eat In: Appetites run high on holidays; but food prices in Waikiki may make your stomachs churn. Grocery stores and markets are also quite expensive when compared to their peers in other states. If you are on a budget, it’s better to cook your own food in your apartment kitchenette and pack your lunches if you are planning to go out. If you want to eat out, step out of the key tourist areas and you can get good plate lunches at very affordable rates. Try cafes at Chinatown or local Hawaiian hole-in-the-wall stalls for inexpensive and authentic fare.

Do: Here’s one aspect of your Honolulu holidays that you can’t afford to compromise on. While you can hold onto your money without spending too much on food or stay in Hawaii, make sure you spend enough to enjoy the plethora of activities offered here ranging from surfing to snorkeling, kayaking, paddling, cycling, teeing and diving. Go on a shark adventure, try your hand at hang gliding or if you want a cultural experience, experience a traditional luau on the beach. Yes, you may have to shell out a fortune for these activities; but then, you were the one who wanted a holiday in Honolulu and your vacation would be incomplete without these experiences.

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Visit Florida without Kids

by Richa G 6. November 2012 03:53

If you ask a child to describe his or her view of heaven, the picture they portray will resemble Florida more than any other place. Though it looks as though it has been designed by a God who loves over-enthusiastic kids, Florida can be a lovely destination for adults travelling without kids too.

If you have been to Florida with kids, you will know the routine: all the theme parks, beaches and national parks that are an absolute must-do for kids. But once in a while, you need a holiday for yourself without having to cater to the demanding needs of kids. Florida is a lovely destination for this private vacation. Find out what you can do in Florida without kids.

The world Famous Disney World at Florida
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Disneyland: Walt Disney created this wonderland not just for children; but for all age groups. Give in to the temptation of thrilling rides and enjoy your day here. Though hard to believe, most kids’ rides are much more exciting than adult rides; keep this in mind when you go there. Dine at Victoria & Alberts, a restaurant almost exclusively for adults; make sure you stick to the formal dress code.

SoBe: Whether you are looking for a relaxed people-watching session at the beach, great shopping, interesting history or fun filled nightlife, South Beach has it all. Miami’s South Beach, fondly called SoBe, is a haven for all kinds of tourists; while its Art Deco district is a magnet for art and history lovers, the Lincoln Road Pedestrian Mall is paradise for shopaholics and the Ocean Drive satisfies the scenic aspects of this perfect holiday district. Of course, you can’t avoid the terrific nightlife at SoBe; dance, drink and gawk at celebs till dawn at any of Sooth Beach’s celebrated night haunts.

Forever Florida Ecosafari: This is a park too; but the Forever Florida experience is worlds apart from the other theme park attractions you find in Orlando. Enjoy a ride on an open all-terrain vehicle to explore the 4700 acres ranch space where you can sight gators, bald eagles, bears and deer or try your hand at horseback riding safari for that authentic ranch experience. These are not all; here is your chance to be Tarzan for a day with the Zipline Safari, the Cypress Canopy cycle and other adventure rides that make this place seem like a grown-up’s version of Disneyland.

Zoom away at Daytona Beach: If wheels make you squeal, the Daytona Beach is a perfect holiday spot for you. Watch exciting races in the International Speedway, visit the Harley Davidson store, take your pick from a variety of motorsports activities ranging from simulators to go-karting or enjoy a helicopter ride to view Florida from the skies. Look out for events like the Bike Week and Biketoberfest when you plan your travel to multiply your fun.

Fishing: Now, here is one activity that you just can’t get to do if you visit Florida with kids. No child would be willing to waste a day waiting for the fish to bite when they have characters to meet and dates with dolphins. Florida Keys, Tampa Bay and Nassau River offer plenty of scope for fishing. If you are into deep sea fishing, try it out at Fort Lauderdale, the Keys and Daytona Beach.

So, now who said a holiday in Florida is just for kids? Anyone young at heart can enjoy this oversized playground.

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Top Five for Italy Vacations

by margaret 15. March 2012 06:58

Italy seems to be on everyone’s Bucket List. There’s just something about it that makes everyone want to go there. Whether it’s the food and wine, history, fashion, scenery or all of the above, Italy is a popular destination year round. These are just a small handful of the things you’ll come across on your visit, if it’s your first time or your 20th time!

The Cathedrals: Regardless of your religion, the cathedrals around Italy are a thing of beauty that you really can’t miss (and not just because of their giant size and opulent appearance on the outside). The Duomo di Milano in Milan is the fourth largest cathedral in the world. It’s located at the Piazza del Duomo and is a giant among anything else you’ll see in the city. Heading up to the top, you see the intricate details and wonder just how long it took them to build it (answer: nearly six centuries!). Also worth a visit is the cathedral in Florence, Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore. This cathedral was completed in 1436 and its brick dome is the largest brick dome in the world. The buildings are also part of the Historic Centre of Florence, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982. And while it isn’t actually a cathedral, St Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City is visited by over 4 million people each year, making it one of the most visited spots in the world. 


The Duomo di Milano towers over
the city of Milan in Northern Italy 

The Food: Let’s just be honest, one of the biggest perks about a vacation to Italy is the food! From the homemade pasta dishes around the country, to the fresh seafood from the islands, it’s hard not to want to visit just for a culinary feast. The best thing about the culinary masterpieces in Italy (from rustic to 5-star) is the history behind the food. You’ll find something different in each region of the country, creating the same recipes century after century. One of the best things about the food here is how simple it all is, with each dish typically having just four to eight ingredients. The best places you can go are the little restaurants not found in the guidebooks. If you walk far enough away from the tourist attractions of the city you’re visiting, you’re bound to find a place visited by locals that will make your trip much more special.

When visiting a country like Italy,
only the freshest ingredients will do! 

The Wine: Yes, this could technically be added in with the food. But when you visit someplace like Italy, it really should be looked at separately, if for nothing else then the numerous vineyards and wine tasting opportunities throughout the country (a vacation in and of itself for many people each year). Italy is only second to France in wine production, but they come in first in wine consumption! Grapes are grown all over the country, making it easy to find a vineyard to visit for some wine tasting. Tuscany in the north is one of the more popular regions that people visit, but heading south you’ll find fantastic wines in Abruzzo and Puglia and the islands of Sicily and Sardinia.

The History: Some of the most beautiful structures ever built can be found around Italy. They’re also some of the oldest structures. From the Colosseum in Rome to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, you can’t go far in the country without finding history that dates back hundreds (sometimes thousands) of years. Two of the most intriguing cities that are a must to visit are Herculean and Pompeii. Frozen in time due to the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, the area was undiscovered for nearly 1700 years. Open to the public for about 250 years now, it’s one of the most popular destinations in Italy, attracting upwards of 2.6 million tourists a year. Of course one of the more popular destinations for many American’s is Rome. In Rome you’ll find the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Trevi fountain and the Spanish Steps (to name a few).

The famous Colosseum in Rome

The Islands: Italy has a number of islands surrounding the country, some so small less than 1000 people live there, and some bigger than several U.S. states. The more well-known islands include: Sicily, Sardinia, Capri, Stromboli and Elba. While an island like Capri offers visitors a luxurious escape, Sicily and Sardinia (the two largest in Italy and the Mediterranean) offer visitors a look into the past, with some landmarks that date back to the 1100’s. Both islands have fantastic beaches, food and history with a culture that’s all their own and very much worth a visit.

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Fare Buzz Launches Vacation Rentals

by margaret 12. January 2012 05:35

Fare Buzz has recently launched a vacation rental option in a move to set the company apart from other online travel companies. It also looks to improve the company’s revenue within a crowded travel industry.                       

“We at Fare Buzz are willfully increasing our non-air business,” said Arnold Walter, President and CEO of Fare Buzz. “There’s no doubt the sale of discounted tickets is our forte, but we are enthusiastic towards the sale of car rentals, hotel bookings, vacation packages and now vacation rentals.”

A recent survey from eMarketer predicts “there will be 117.6 million online travel researchers (61 percent of internet users) and 98.3 million online travel bookers (51 percent of internet users) in the U.S. by 2012.” Millions of Americans spend close to 60 percent of their total vacation cost on accommodations. Fare Buzz now aims to bring alternative options to these travelers, with something that’s both cost effective and brings all the comforts of home.

“Vacation rental bookings have seen a phenomenal growth of 73 percent in 2011 compared to 2010, and the revenues have also increased by 11 percent,” said Walter. “Keeping those metrics in mind, Fare Buzz started its vacation rental section, as there is a lot of pie to target.”

The new vacation rental feature offers roughly 30 locations to rent from within North America. Unlike other vacation rental websites, Fare Buzz allows the customer to book directly through the website. This new option will give Fare Buzz customers the opportunity to try something new, and for the company to receive feedback regarding travel preferences. Vacation rentals can be found at

About Fare Buzz:

Started in 1994 in New York City, Fare Buzz is one of the leading travel providers in the industry. The company has created affiliations with vendors of various travel products. Due to Fare Buzz’ buying power, the company is able to negotiate aggressive deals on air, hotels, car rentals and now vacation rentals to pass the savings on to the consumer.

In addition, Fare Buzz also specializes in discounted business class fares and offers an attractive rewards program for customers. For additional information, please contact Margaret Yekulis at

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Holiday Travel Tips

by margaret 18. November 2011 08:05
Holiday travel is never easy. It can involve anything from flying across the world to driving across town (which depending on who’s in the car isn’t all that easy either!). Wherever your travels take you this holiday season, here are a few tips to make it easier for you.

The Domestic Traveler

The day before Thanksgiving tends to be one of the busiest travel days in the US. After all, many people that relocate from their hometown do so to another state. For those flying out, especially out of the busier airports like Chicago's O'Hare, the biggest thing you need to pack is patience. Time will most likely not be on your side, so plan ahead. Is your airport prone to delays? Sign up for text alerts from the airport to get updates on your flights departure time.

Going through security these days isn't a walk in the park either. Be as prepared as possible by putting any liquids in a clear bag and wearing shoes and coats that won't hold up the line as you're going through (you know who you are!). While you may not be able to take that nice bottle of wine home with you in your carry on, there is one thing you can apparently take on the plane with you… the Thanksgiving turkey!

Getting to the airport can also be a bit stressful. Living in New York, I have the luxury of choosing to take a taxi or public transportation if I’m flying anywhere. But those outside of a major city should consider having a friend or family member drop them off at the airport. This way you don’t have to worry about parking and can get dropped off right at the gate. 
The International Traveler

Not every traveler has family in other parts of the world, but some of us do. Traveling during the December holidays tends to be a lot busier than it is at Thanksgiving time, and can take up more of your time waiting at the airport.
While nothing solves crazy travel better than kicking back a couple glasses of wine at the airport bar or on the plane, the best thing you can do is give yourself as much time as possible for your travels. This all starts with what day you decide to fly out. Not everyone wants to spend all of their vacation time each year with the family, but giving yourself at least one extra day makes all the difference in the world. If you haven’t booked your flight yet (which you can of course do here with Fare Buzz!), consider leaving December 21 or 22. Leaving at least two days before Christmas Eve will make for a less crowded airport, and a less stressed out you.

And one final tip that’s a must for the holiday season. If you’re planning on taking gifts to your family, wrapping them up is a no-no these days, especially if you’re taking them in your carry on through security. If something in the package looks suspicious, they will unwrap the gifts. It’s just best that you take the fancy wrapping paper with you and take care of it once you land (or just put it in a nice gift bag).

The Season of Sharing

Now is your turn to share with us! Where will you be for Thanksgiving and the rest of the holiday season? What are your tips to make travel easier during the holiday months? Stop by our Facebook page at or tweet us @FareBuzz and share with your fellow Fare Buzz Travelers. We'll be sharing our holiday photos and would love to see yours!  

Business Travel View - Seoul

by Walter 10. March 2010 08:00

Seoul is the capital and the largest city of the Republic of Korea (South Korea). This city which is officially referred to as the Seoul Special City is a hustling-bustling metropolis which is located on both sides of the Han River bang in the middle of the Korean Peninsula. Towering sky-scrapers, glittering neon signs and billboards adorn the skyline of modern day Seoul but the city and its surrounding Seoul National Capital Area is also home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites which are representative of the city's rich ancient history that dates back to 18 BC.

The buzzing metropolis of Seoul which is the most prominent economic, political and cultural center in South Korea has been ranked in recent surveys as the sixth most economically powerful city in the world. Seoul actually easily lives up to its high rank for the city which hosts some of the largest and most well known South Korean firms like Samsung, LG and Hyundai is also a major center for business and finance. Located in Seoul are the South Korean outposts of major global banking conglomerates like HSBC, Deutsche Bank, Citibank along with the headquarters of major Korean financial institutions like the Korea Exchange Bank which is a specialized foreign exchange bank, KB Kookmin Bank which is the largest bank by both asset value and market capitalization in South Korea and Hana Bank. Most of these banks and financial companies in Seoul are located in the downtown section of the city which lies on the northern bank of the Han River.

However Seoul's commercial activity is not limited only to the northern bank of the Han River for much of city's exciting and forward-looking fashion, IT, entertainment, and venture capital companies are concentrated on the southern bank of the Han River near the affluent and upscale Gangnam district. Seoul which has also been declared the 2010 World Design Capital by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design is a extremely technologically advanced city which is in fact known for its several firsts in the world of digital technologies like the creation of the DMB technology which enables the TV and radio broadcasts to be accessed on mobile phones and the establishment of Wibro, a wireless high speed mobile internet service. The city today also hosts the fastest fiber-optic powered broadband network which is currently being enhanced and upgraded.

Also under construction in Seoul currently is city's futuristic Digital Media City which is slated to be a hub for high-tech technologies. This 133 floor building when completed in 2015 is expected to be the second tallest building in the world which will house networked offices, apartments, exhibition and conference halls and cultural centers. Currently though the city hosts most of its conventions, meetings and conferences at its large well-equipped COEX center which is located within Seoul's World Trade Center complex and offers world class facilities in the form of 51 meeting rooms, four huge multi-purpose exhibition halls, four theaters and concert halls and a gigantic underground shopping mall. Seoul in fact has already hosted quite a few major global events like the 1988 Summer Olympics, the 2002 FIFA World Cup and this year this energetic and modern city is all set to host the November 2010 G-20 Summit.

All this hectic economic activity has firmly entrenched Seoul as an important destination on the business traveler's map and in order to serve the needs of the international business community Seoul has also upgraded and modernized its various infrastructure and transportation facilities, which now include the city's state of the art, Incheon International Airport which was inaugurated in 2002 and is now ranked as one of the best airports in the world.

The airport which plays host to a whole horde of international carriers is located on an island in the Han River and can be accessed by a 90 minute driver by taxi/bus from the center of the city. Incheon airport is also served by the AREX airport express train which connects it to the city's other Gimpo Airport which mainly serves domestic South Korean carriers. In the future the AREX is expected to also connect to Seoul's main railway station, Seoul Station which hosts the oldest railway lines in South Korea namely the Gyeongbu and Gyeongui lines as well as the KTX bullet train service which provides high speed train services between Seoul and various other cities in South Korea. Additionally Seoul is also well served by an efficient subway system which connects various parts of the city.

Hotels in Seoul can be found on both sides of the Han River and because traffic is often gridlocked in this pulsating city, most business travelers choose to stay close to the areas where they have to conduct business. Some of the popular business hotels located in the City Hall area of Seoul (north of the River Han) include establishments like the W Hotel which affords gorgeous views of the Han River, the Grand Hyatt Seoul, the old-world Chosun Hotel and the Shilla Hotel. The southern side of the Han River also hosts several popular hotel properties like the sleek modern Park Hyatt Seoul, the J.W. Marriott Seoul which is attached to a luxurious mall and the Ritz Carlton Seoul.

Seoul also offers much after hour's entertainment which can be found in its many lively neighborhoods like the Cheungdam-dong area in Gangnam which is home to numerous cafes and restaurants, the Samcheong-dong area which hosts many small art galleries and, the area of Itaewon which is a popular shopping district populated by boutiques, shops and cafes that is a favorite with foreign visitors.

Travel to Seoul from the US usually involves a long haul flight and if your company's business necessitates frequent trips to this animated Korean capital city then you might want to consider using the efficient and cost effective services of the New York based travel management company, Fare Buzz. Business class tickets from the US to Seoul are quite expensive as they are usually priced at over $3000 for a one-stop journey and over $5000 for a nonstop flight but you can manage to procure these essential business class tickets at highly competitive rates by partnering with the New York City based travel solutions company, Fare Buzz which is a leading supplier of cheap business class airfares.

Through its contracts with over sixty domestic and international airlines, Fare Buzz is able to procure cheap business class flights to nearly every destination in the world. It is worth mentioning that these cheap business class tickets come with all the perks that are normally associated with regular business class tickets like mileage accrual and pre-assigned seats. Further the customer service team at Fare Buzz which is available on hand all seven days of the week is made up of knowledgeable and experienced personnel who are dedicated to finding the most cost effective business class travel packages for their clients for in addition to airlines, Fare Buzz also has an exclusive relationship with over 10,000 hotel properties located all over the world. So when you next need to visit the "Soul of Asia", do make it a point to call Fare Buzz at 1-800-847-1963 in order to secure the best deals for your trip.

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