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Bargain Travel Cruises offers the best advice on traveling; from the most popular travel destinations to money saving tips!

10 Places To Go While They’re Still Cheap

Do your travel ambitions eclipse your bank account? We’ve got just the fix: destinations around the world that offer plenty of cheap ways to stay, play and eat. Whether you’re looking for a perfect beach or a city bursting with culture, these cities and countries deliver big but cost little. Not all of them will stay cheap in the years to come, though, so if you’re inspired to go, do it soon.

  • The Philippines
  • Greece
  • Dominican Republic
  • Mexico City
  • Lisbon, Portugal
  • Bucharest, Romania
  • India
  • Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Nicaragua
  • Riga, Latvia

To book your next vacation to any of these ten great destinations (or any other world destination), please call Bargain Travel at 1-800-820-4567 or send us an air/land vacation request form so we can begin planning you next unforgettable getaway!!

The Six Best Caribbean Resorts for Families

The Caribbean has some of the best sands and the friendliest family resorts. At these six diverse properties, you and your children can encounter dolphins, ride horses in the surf, snorkel through schools of tropical fish, learn sailing or simply sit and chat.

  • Atlantis Paradise Island (The Bahamas)
  • Club Med Punta Cana (Dominican Republic)
  • Half Moon Resort (Montego Bay, Jamaica)
  • Grand Velas Riviera Maya Resort (Just South of Cancun, Mexico)
  • Coconut Bay Resort (Saint Lucia)
  • Beaches Providenciales Resort (Provo, Turks & Caicos)

With this harsh winter 2014 season in full swing, let us plan your next family vacation to one of these six wonderful destinations. Please call Bargain Travel at 1-800-820-4567 or send us an air/land vacation request form so we can make this next family getaway a memorable reality.

10 Questions to ask your Cruise Travel Agent

For first-time cruisers and experienced cruise passengers too, travel agents can be an invaluable resource. They can help you get through the nuances and intricacies of planning your cruise vacation and even save you money during special sales/promotional events as well as other times during the year too. However, you need to know what you want before starting a conversation. Here are the 10 key questions to ask your cruise travel agent when planning a cruise:

  1. Do you have any experience in cruising? (You want to work with an agent that has first-hand experience with being on a cruise and familiarity with all the major cruise lines)
  2. Are there any special offers that apply to me? (Cruise lines target offers – such as senior discounts, residential discounts and military personnel discounts)
  3. Can I save by tweaking my travel dates? (You may have specific cruise dates in mind, however, if you are flexible, your agent might save you a bundle by booking you a week earlier or later. High season usually occurs Memorial Day through Labor Day, Passover/Easter week & Christmas/New Year’s break)
  4. Where will my cabin be located? (Not every cabin in the same category is created equally. One may bring the benefit of a larger than normal balcony, another may be located in a particularly noisy area of the ship. Choosing a specific cabin may or may not be the best way to go. Your agent will guide you in this realm)
  5. Can you do anything for me? (Travel agents may be able to sweeten the pot with incentives such as onboard spending credits, a bottle of champagne upon arrival in your cabin or a dinner at one of the ships’ restaurants. It doesn’t hurt to ask.)
  6. Have you cruised to this destination? (Your travel agent should be able to offer some advice on what to see and do at any destination port)
  7. What are the dining options onboard? (On many ships, you need to decide upfront whether to do early or late seating at assigned tables or an open-seating option. You may also want to make reservations at one of the ship’s popular specialty restaurants one evening. This is another area where your cruise travel agent can be a helpful guide)
  8. Should I buy travel insurance? (You are investing money when you book your cruise. Make sure you understand what is covered and what’s not. Also make sure you understand how the cruise payment plan works — with a deposit upfront. A travel agent can take you through what happens if you need to cancel, including the difference between cruise line and third-party insurance policies)
  9. What happens if the price of the cruise drops? (Some cruise fares have non-refundable deposits, but most do not. A good travel agent will help you watch for price changes and help you grab a lower fare if one becomes available — within the change period allowed)
  10. Will I be able to reach you if I run into a problem? (The big difference between a do-it-yourself approach and working with an agent is customer service. you want someone who will know your needs and be there when you need them)

Bargain Travel prides itself on customer service and serving its clients. When you are ready to book your next cruise vacation, please give us a call at 1-800-820-4567 or send us a cruise quote request form and allow our experienced staff to take care of all your travel needs.

Five Best Places to Dive & Snorkel in the Caribbean

Choosing the Caribbean’s five best dive/snorkel destinations is like picking the best five places to live in America. Everyone wants something different. At least divers and snorkelers usually want the same essentials: easy entry, clear water, healthy corals and lots of marine life. Four of these sites possess these in abundance while Bimini’s distinctive wild dolphin swimming focuses on animal encounters. Below, are the five best Caribbean dive/snorkel destinations:

  • Bonaire – Bari Reef
  • Little Cayman – Bloody Bay
  • British Virgin Islands – Wreck of the RMS Rhone
  • Bimini – The Bahamas
  • Saint Thomas, USVI – Cow & Half Rocks

To plan your next Caribbean dive & snorkel vacation, please contact Bargain Travel at 1-800-820-4567 or send us a land request quote so we can make this memorable vacation a reality!!

Ten of the World’s most Adventurous Cruises

Adventure & Expedition cruising is a travel niche that is growing each and every day. These floating adventures take the form of anything from five-star Champagne explorations to ambling along in a tramp steamer. Here are ten of the world’s best Adventure & Expedition cruises:

  • Island Safari, Hawaii (USA) – Extreme Rating: 6/10
  • Across the Northwest Passage (North America) – Extreme Rating: 6/10
  • Through Ancient Kimberley (Australia) – Extreme Rating: 7/10
  • Pacaya Samiria National Reserve (The Amazon) – Extreme Rating: 7/10
  • Jungle Book Tour (India) – Extreme Rating: 7/10
  • Into Wild West Africa – Extreme Rating: 8/10
  • Following Scott, Amundsen et al (Antarctica) – Extreme Rating: 8.5/10
  • Island Hopping in the Pacific Ocean – Extreme Rating: 8.5/10
  • Ice-Breaking to the North Pole – Extreme Rating: 9.5/10
  • Down to the Titanic Wreck (Atlantic Ocean) – Extreme Rating: 10/10

If Adventure & Expedition cruising is something that peaks your interest, please contact Bargain Travel at 1-800-820-4567 or send us a cruise request quote so we can plan this adventure of a lifetime!!

Five Perfect Winter Honeymoon Destinations

Planning a winter wedding this year?
Here are five perfect destinations for that winter honeymoon.

  • Saint Kitts & Nevis (Caribbean)
  • Thailand
  • Turks & Caicos Islands (Caribbean)
  • Australia
  • Iceland

Please call Bargain Travel at 1-800-820-4567 or send us a land request quote so we can plan that perfect winter honeymoon vacation today!!

10 of the World’s Most Beautiful Ice Skating Rinks

With the 2014 winter season in full swing, what else could be better than putting on some ice skates and visiting one of these beautiful international rinks:

  • Baniff Lake Louise (Baniff, Canada)
  • Bondi Winter Festival Ice Rink (Sydney, Australia) [Late June – Mid July]
  • Eiffel Tower Ice Rink (Paris, France)
  • Evergreen Lake (Evergreen, Colorado)
  • Red Square Rink (Moscow, Russia)
  • Rideau Canal Skateway (Ottawa, Canada)
  • The Rink At Rockefeller Center (New York City)
  • Shichahai Lake (Beijing, China)
  • Somerset House (London, England)
  • Vienna Ice Dream (Vienna, Austria)

For more information about any of these special destinations, please contact Bargain Travel at 1-800-820-4567 or send us a land request quote so that we can make this memorable vacation come true!!

10 Places To See Before They’re Gone

Places, much like animals can become endangered, and some of the world’s most amazing sights are gradually disappearing. Scientists say climate change has been affecting oceans, reefs, beaches and even cities. Development is another danger for once-pristene, off-the-beaten-path spots and their cultures. Here are 10 places on the brink of forever changing, and some threatening to disappear altogether:

  • Easter Island, Chile
  • Antarctica
  • Machu Picchu & Choquequirao, Peru
  • Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
  • Great Barrier Reef, Australia
  • Culebra & Vieques, Puerto Rico
  • Dead Sea, Israel & Jordan
  • Taj Mahal, India
  • Venice, Italy
  • Tibet

For a memorable vacation to any of these historic destinations, please contact Bargain Travel at 1-800-820-4567 or send us a land request quote and allow us to plan what will be truly a getaway to remember.

Top Five Off-Peak Destinations For Winter 2013/2014

Before you grumble at the arrival of frigid winter weather, remember that the upcoming season heralds untold affordable off-peak travel opportunities. Here are five awesome destinations where the colder part of the year bears off-peak affordability:

  • Nashville, TN – With a packed schedule of swoon-worthy musical performances year around, Nashville doesn’t have the most distinct high and low seasons of all the destinations on this list. But overall, hotels and flights tend to get a little less expensive during the winter, making a trip to this vibrant American city a bit more affordable during the colder months.
  • Rome, Italy – Thanks to Pope Francis I, tourism is up in Rome. Rome can get pretty packed as it is, but you can beat the crowds in this already popular travel destination by going in the off-season.
  • United Kingdom – The U.K. is a burgeoning cruise market. And cruising is, for the most part, a very economical way to explore international lands, especially for American travelers visiting destinations with unfavorable exchange rates.
  • Russia – Admittedly, venturing to Russia in the winter may seem like a daunting endeavor. But for hardly, well-prepared travelers who appreciate a hot bowl of borscht on a blustery, dark evening or find the idea of domed cathedrals covered in snow appealing, a winter itinerary yields benefite aplenty, one of which is that prices for airfare are wonderfully low.
  • Kyoto, Japan – Unlike ultramodern Tokyo, Kyoto is an old soul, with abundant World Heritage sites (17 in total), an authentic geisha district, ancient temples, and peaceful Zen rock gardens. If the historical city’s are on your must-see list (as it well should be), you’ll want to head there soon.

Let Bargain Travel plan your next off-peak winter destination vacation. Please contact Bargain Travel at 1-800-820-4567 or send us a land quote request  or cruise quote request so that we can begin planning you next affordable off-peak winter getaway.

World’s 12 Best Shopping Cities

From the Orient, to South America to right here in the United States, if shopping is your pleasure, then may we suggest one of these world’s 12 best cities to satify your shopping cravings (based on getting around, variety, value & experience):

  • #12 – Seoul, South Korea
  • #11 – Milan, Italy
  • #10 – Madrid, Spain
  • #9 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • #8 – Vienna, Austria
  • #7 – Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • #6 – Hong Kong, China
  • #5 – Paris, France
  • #4 – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • #3 – London, United Kingdom
  • #2 – Tokyo, Japan
  • #1 – New York City, USA

If your dream is to travel to one of these wonderful shopping destinations, please contact Bargain Travel at 1-800-820-4567 or send us a land request quote and we will be more than happy to fulfill your ultimate shopping vacation experience!!