Monthly Archives: November 2014

Members Only – Booking Vacations with Travel Membership Organizations

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Vacations and travel are exciting, but they also tend to be expensive. The actual travel costs, hotel costs, food, fees, and other expenses add up and can make any vacation a substantial investment all its own. While this doesn’t make a good vacation impossible, it can put some people off the idea.

Instead of canceling their plans, more people are turning to organizations that offer membership packages. These groups, for example Escape and Earn, collect information on prices and vacation options, and help individuals or groups plan their vacations in a way that reduces the overall costs. Membership might be free, or it may be subject to an annual fee, while others might only charge for particular transactions.

The typical arrangement is that members will receive both up-front discounts and some measure of reward system.

The up front discounts are self-explanatory. The organization finds the available options and organizes them, then uses the clout of its hopefully large membership to negotiate discounts for the members. This brings the price of the vacation itself down, even after any fees the organization might charge.

The rewards are usually credited after a trip has been booked and completed. Whether by percentage of price paid or a points-reward system, it usually means that future vacations booked with the company include greater discounts or privileges that members can indulge.

A membership based travel organization is useful for people and families that intend to travel regularly, but even new members can often find substantial discounts over booking a vacation entirely on their own.

Touring The City

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If you want a different kind of vacation, then consider a guided tour around a city like San Antonio. There are more things that you can see and do on a tour that you might not think about if you were to travel through the area on your own.

It’s often less expensive taking a tour than it is finding a hotel room and going to all of the attractions in a city. Most of the things like this are included in a guided tour. You might have to pay for your food at times or get souvenirs, but lodging and transportation is often included. Some tour companies will include a meal on your trip. This is often somewhere that might have a show involved or shopping before or after the meal. When you choose to go on a tour, you will know that the trip will be organized. There will be a schedule to follow that includes sightseeing at the most popular destinations in the city. Guided tours avoid areas that might be dangerous, and you are usually given information about each stop so that you don’t have to do research on your own.

You can learn more about San Antonio guided tours by looking online. There are usually pictures and reviews by travelers who have been on the tour.

Star City 2014

We were finally able to visit Star City last Sunday. We were not supposed to go that night, but we discovered our tickets (ride-all-you-can) would expire a week from now. So we might as well avail the free rides.

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We don’t have many pictures to show. We arrived at Star City at around 7. We ate a quick snack in one of the hotdog booths there.

We took the Surf Dance for our first ride, which hubby and I regretted. It was one of Star City’s Extreme Rides and we were not supposed to ride in it. I was shouting the whole time and my knees were shaking when we went down.

Hubby and I realized we should leave all up the fun rides to the kids except for the extreme rides.

The kids also tried Star Frisbee twice. They enjoyed the ride a lot. But we were nervous as we watched the giant Frisbee swung to its highest limit. My son would also like to try Star Flyer (inverted roller coaster) but we discouraged him from doing so because I feel it’s not safe for him.

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So, this is the only decent picture (groupie) we have at Star city. We were inside the Giant Star Wheel – the safest (for me) as it is one of the family rides.

The tickets were courtesy of PJI.