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Posted on: September 27, 2012 at 12:53AMOne way to help make your vacation experience more enjoyable is by simply packing the right things Although your packing list will vary from destination to destination and based on many other factors as well including what you plan on doing as well as the time of year, there are just some items that you MUST consider bringing with you no matter what your vacation. Getting you started, we would like to offer you a list of the basics. Make your next trip simpler by getting your packing list started now and make sure you have everything you need to make your vacation truly the best experience possible. The Basics First Aid Kit – You never know when you will need a band aid or some anti nausea medication when you travel. Fill it with the basics and rest easier knowing its there whether you need it or not. The Right Clothes – This may seem all to obvious, but when it comes to travel, do not choose to suffer for the sake of style. Make sure you pack according to what the locals wear as well as the temperatures, weather patterns and then make sure you have a few extras just in case. Best advice, pack to fit in and for comfort and you should be good to go. Technology – This is a general category and can vary based on where you are going, why you are going and what you enjoy. Typically it will however include things such as: smart phone and charger, adapters for currency differences, a camera with extra memory card or a way to empty the one you have, laptop and apps to help you get around. Personal Hygiene – If you are traveling to another country, this will be a must have, likewise if you are picky you may also want to make sure you have this. Items including shampoo, soap and toothpaste are a good start. Makeup, hair products and deodorant as well you and your companions will all appreciate. A note: we put in the “if you are traveling to another country” disclaimer because many travelers choose instead to buy these items when they arrive to save money and space in their baggage, it is a matter of choice. Packing According To Your Needs Sit down and think about other items you will need based on where you are traveling before you go. Most importantly, don’t wait till the last minute to pack, start planning and make sure you have everything you need to make your vacation amazing. report a problem
Posted on: March 09, 2014 at 6:03AMA popular year round destination, the lovely city of Santa Barbara offers historic sites, wonderful accommodations and fine dining, luxurious golf and spa resorts and access to some of the most stunning beaches in the world today. From its beautiful and historic downtown to its cultural hotspots and fantastic cultural destinations Santa Barbara ranks as one of the most popular locations for vacationers each year. Part of the area often known as the American Riviera, Santa Barbara lies between the steep and rugged Santa Ynez Mountains and the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Described as a Mediterranean climate, this area offers temperatures which range from the low 60′s in winter to the mid to upper 70′s in summer. From casinos and culture to nature and art, take a closer look at just some of the many wonderful things to see, do and experience on a journey to the lovely American Riviera. Whatever your passion, there is always something going on or some great place to explore in and around the Santa Barbara region. Cultural and historic sites and outdoor activities are two of the most popular reasons visitors choose to visit the area. Culture is a huge part of what makes Santa Barbara unique today. Its past has influenced its present and offers visitors the chance to really get to know more about the history of the region and the nation. From the first settlers in the area over 10000 years ago to its more resent settlers including the Spanish and Mexican heritage and its part in the growth of the nation, there is plenty to see. Like many other parts of California, wine, food and agriculture also plays a role in the area as well. Capitalizing on this part of the country, the food, the drinks and the tours to wineries and local eateries are great ways to enjoy Santa Barbara as well while just miles away, the beaches, the massive mountain peaks, hot springs and even national parks present plenty of other things to do as well. Whether you enjoy relaxing and exploring art and culture or prefer the world of adventure and excitement of nature, the options are endless and begin with Santa Barbara a worlds best destination for travel in 2013. Netrate Concepts invites you to explore and travel with us. Find out how we can help you and start traveling today.
Posted on: March 09, 2014 at 5:53AMConsolidators Consolidators are companies that buy quantities of seats on specific flights from regular airlines, cabin space on specific cruises from cruise lines, and hotel rooms, car rentals and vacation packages at wholesale prices from the suppliers and then resell them to travel agencies or directly to the public. Airlines, cruise lines, hotels, car rentals and vacation package companies know they won't sell all their products for a given flight, cruise or vacation package, or have customers for every car and hotel room on a given day. So they are willing to sell some of those items at a wholesale price to other companies to resell. They still make money and so do the consolidators even though the consumer is also saving money. Many websites offering discount travel bargains are consolidators. NETRATE CONCEPTS is a good consolidator.
Posted on: December 22, 2013 at 11:51AMIn comparison to individuals who contact hotels directly and ask for discounts, the Netrate Concepts is able to achieve deep discounts due to their buying power. Hotels are willing to offer dramatically reduced room rates to consolidators because they know it will yield a greater number of reservations. Many hotels are interested in selling room blocks (allotments) to consolidators, because they know that discounted rooms mean more business in the long run and subsequently a greater profit for them. Final Client benefits When booking through a hotel consolidator or Netrate Concepts you can get a surprising free upgrade to a higher class room if all other standard rooms have been sold out. The key advantage of booking a hotel room through a hotel consolidator is that just one call or just one website visit can get you a room at a 20 to 70% discounted price. The key disadvantage is that prices are not negotiable. Additional benefit of hotel consolidators is that they have rooms available when all other hotels are sold out during conventions and trade fairs.
Posted on: December 22, 2013 at 11:49AMNETRATE CONCEPTS----BUYING POWER Hotel consolidator (also called a hotel broker or discounter) is a travel company or business that buys up blocks of hotel rooms in top destinations and then resells them at discounted rates to the final customer. Hotel consolidators? seemingly to brokers buy in bulk and then resell at a predetermined discount thus creating a big push search for discounted hotel deals online and passing the savings on to their customers. Netrate Concepts consolidators usually offer discounted rooms in almost every major tourist destination, big city or popular resort while local consolidators focus only on a particular geographic area trying to be most competitive on a key for the company market. Hotel consolidator?s activity can be separated into two main operations: 1) Buying blocks of rooms at volume discounts in certain major cities 2) Distributing ?excess rooms? offered by hotels not anticipating full occupancy for given dates. The strength in numbers BULK BUYING POWER 20-70% off hotel prices
Posted on: December 19, 2012 at 8:52PMNet Rate Program. In an effort to provide additional choices to consumers, Netrate Concepts is increasingly promoting our net rate program, commonly referred to in the industry as a “merchant model program” due to the fact that Netrate Concepts is the merchant of record for credit card processing. Under the net rate program, we facilitate transactions between travel suppliers and travelers for the booking of and payment for travel accommodations. Under this model, we generally do not purchase and resell travel accommodations and do not have any obligations with respect to travel accommodations listed online that do not sell. Instead, we act as an intermediary by entering into agreements with travel suppliers for the right to market their products, services and other content offerings at pre-determined net rates. Net rate travel offerings can include air travel, hotel stays, car rentals and dynamically packaged combinations. We market these net rate offerings to travelers at a price that includes service fees , plus an amount sufficient to pay the travel supplier for its charge for providing the travel accommodations, along with any applicable occupancy and other local taxes on that charge. For this type of business model, we require pre-payment by the traveler at the time of booking. Net rate content is beneficial for travelers because they can often book travel at a price much lower than regularly published offerings.
Posted on: December 19, 2012 at 8:34PMthought I had gotten a great deal when I traveled to Cancun Mexico and bought a timeshare (this was my second timeshare purchase) to the beautiful Palace Resorts Premier organization. I guess it's all in the way that you look at it. Palace Resorts offers some of the most beautiful five star properties in Mexico. I have a hard time deciding which one of their properties is my favorite. Moon Palace Resort is huge, boasting over 2,000 deluxe jacuzzi rooms. Their lobby entrance is grand, decorated with marble columns, marble floors so clean you could even eat off of them, and gorgeous stained glass ceilings. The lobby is bustling with excitement and visitors are scurrying to and from the 12 on-site restaurants, shops, and spa facilities. You really couldn't ask for a more wonderful vacation resort. Then there is my personal favorite, the Playacar Palace Resort. Playacar has about 200 modern and beautifully appointed deluxe jacuzzi rooms. The view is spectacular as you look out over the blue greens of the Mexican caribbean sea. Off in the distance faintly, you can see the island of Cozumel and at night, the island's twinkling lights. Just to your left, the ferry boats maintain their busy schedule taking tourists and local workers to and from the island of Cozumel many times throughout the day. If you are a shopper, you will love Playacar as the famous 5th Avenue shops are right around the corner from the resort. There is a huge local Mexican marketplace right beside it. The famed Froggy's sits right on Playacar's small, but white powder sugary sand beach. The pools and swim up bar are ever so relaxing. The service is second to none anywhere I have traveled. I could go on and on, and maybe now you can see why I purchased my timeshare. But the point to all of this is vacation discounts. Now that I have purchased way too many weeks for me and my family to use in both of our lifetimes, I sell the use of my VIP membership on Ebay. That is a great deal for you, the vacationer, as you get all of my benefits and save $700 or more off of your deluxe jacuzzi room while getting a free manicure, pedicure, massage and free unlimited tours and so much more. You will have an excellent vacation taking advantage of using my VIP discount. But that's not all. I recently joined a travel membership club that, had I known existed before purchasing my timeshare, hands-down, I would not have purchased my timeshare. Here's why. My Palace Resorts Timeshare is an excellent timeshare. I know what I am going to get when I travel and I know I am getting the best value for my money. I have to be honest with you though. It was very very expensive. The downpayment was expensive and now the monthly payments on top of that are very expensive. I even have my whole timeshare up for sale, along with selling the use of my membership weeks on Ebay. Here's why I have it up for sale. I joined a travel membership club. When I took a look at this membership club and saw that they were negotiating with Palace Resorts to get just about the same discounted rates (not the same vip membership benefits but just a little bit higher cost than my own vip membership WITHOUT having to join the timeshare), I almost fell off of my computer chair. In fact, this membership club offers timeshare travel to four and five star resorts (over 5,000 of them worldwide), and deep discount cruises and airfare discounts, without having to pay the extraordinary charges associated with a timeshare, to numerous resorts I had already been to. I knew the quality of the resorts they were offering and it took me about a half hour and I became a member. Having owned two timeshares, I immediately saw the value in this club membership and knew I would never buy another timeshare again during my lifetime. I could not believe that they even have what are called "hot weeks" to five star resorts for $298 per week! The most they ever charge is $698 for a week for a family of up to four. And, they were offering to give members a chance to tell others about their club and if they did, and someone joined, they could earn up to $1,000 over and over again. It does seem to be too good to be true, but now I have something else I can pass along to my children and family members that will allow them to save literally thousands upon thousands of dollars when they go on vacation. In conclusion, you have two new discount vacation options open to you. . . you can rent my timeshare week on Ebay which is a great deal (remember, I paid all of the timeshare costs so you don't have to) by paying to use my VIP membership number or you can find out more information about joining one of the best travel clubs on the planet today, backed by 20 years of success, and save yourself and your family a small fortune in the process.