Finding the Best Travel Deals this 2013

Traveling is fun, but it can be very costly. This is a common problem among people that’s why not everyone can pursue their dreams of going to places. However, there has always been a solution for this; and that is the existence of travel deals. Since 2013 began, tour promotions in Singapore has become like a dozen for a penny. As there are quite a number of options, the real question now is ‘how to find the best travel deals?’

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Basically, the internet is the primary ally in finding the best travel deals nowadays. Travel agencies from all over the world post advertisements across the World Wide Web to attract potential clients. With just a few clicks, you may already find a tour package that would fit your preferences perfectly.

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However, the internet is just a platform through which you can communicate with your chosen Singapore travel agent. After clicking on their website and receiving confirmation emails, you will still have to communicate with them in person in order to settle your transactions. This is an important step to take as this will assure you that you are dealing with actual companies. Remember, the internet may be a good source of travel packages; but it can also be the hub of notorious scammers. Clearly, we don’t want to do business with these kinds, right?

It is not exactly a bad thing to do online booking, particularly if you do not have that much time to go around the city finding the best travel agency for you. However, you can spend your spare time attending huge travel fairs like the NATAS Fair 2013.

ImageBasically, this convention gathers the top travel agents in Singapore in one venue so the traveling public no longer needs to go to places to find the best deals. The event aims to provide a one-stop shop for the people, and for the travel agencies to showcase the best deals and promotions they offer. Most times, these events are held for a few days, and exciting games and raffle draws are often held to add to the fun of the fair.

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However, the search for the best travel deals does not end when you found your preferred tour package. Remember, the best travel deal is provided by a good travel agency. As there are so many of these companies in Singapore, you are advised to conduct some brief background check. Remember, a good Singapore travel agent should establish good professional connections with top airline and hotel companies around the world. Long years of doing business are plus as well; and finally, the travel agency should be a proud member of the National Association of Travel Agents Singapore and International Air Transport Association; and its operation should be authorized by the Singapore Tourism Board.

It is definitely easy to find the best travel deals when you know what to do. Specified above are some extensive tips to follow. Good luck!

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Festivities across the Globe Between January and February 2013

We are at the 2nd month of the year and have you already figured out where you want to spend your next holidays at?

There are lots of options; but before plotting your schedule for the latter part of 2013, here are the travel events happened last January, and the Upcoming Events this February!

1. Harbin Ice and Snow Festival (China)

Harbin Ice and Snow Festival - Chinasource: ForeignPolicy

Winter season is celebrated by attending the Harbin Ice & Snow Festival in Heilongjiang Province, China. The event features magnificent ice and snow sculptures – few of which depict the Great Wall of China and the Forbidden City.

Activities like swimming in the freezing water of Songhua River, ice skating, snowmobiling, and dog sledding are also held for everybody’s excitement. This festival lasts from January 5 to late February.

2. Australian Open 2013

Australian Open 2013source: HeraldSun

Tennis enthusiasts are sure to have the best times of their lives as the Australian Open started last January 14. World-renowned tennis players come to Melbourne, Australia to compete for the much-coveted championship title. Flights to Melbourne surely was selling like hotcakes during this event.

3. Yamayaki (Japan)

Yamayaki - Japansource: Wikimedia

Those who wish to travel to Japan may go there for the Yamayaki, a spectacular event where firewords are lit at a hill at Kasugano-cho, Nara City to commemorate the history involving the differences between Kofuku-ji Temple and Todai-ji Temple. It is truly a wonderful event to look forward to.

4. Ati-Atihan Festival (Philippines)

Ati-Atihan Festivalsource: PinoyCaver

Paying homage to Señor Sto. Niño, the city of Kalibo, Aklan celebrated the Ati-Atihan Festival from January 24-30. This event has been part of the tradition for 700 years already. Festivities are at its best as locals clad in colorful costumes with their skins painted in black, parade through towns – accompanied by lively street band music.

5. Holi Festival (India)

Holi Festival - Indiasource: FestivalsAdvices

A literally colorful event for the Hindus, get splashed with colored water and powder as you go around the streets during the Holi Festival. This celebration is made more vibrant by the presence of lively music and groups dancing to it. It happens on February 8th.

6. Rio Carnival (Brazil)

Rio Carnival Brazilsource: ArtsonEarth

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is the host to the world’s biggest and most colorful carnival – Rio Carnival. The festivities are held for five days – complete with samba parades, dancing competitions, musical performances and street parties which are attended by jovial people. Happening on February 8-12, it is certainly something to look forward to.

7. Losar (Tibet)

Losar - Tibetfrom GoogleImages

Tibet tours are more saleable if scheduled in time for Losar. Known as the Tibetan New Year, it is basically the most important festival in the region. You’ll be astounded as how prayers and celebration fuse together so well, producing a very wonderful culture which only Tibet has. This year, Losar will take place on February 11.

8. Chingay 2013 (Singapore)

Chingay Parade - Singaporesource: Dreamstime

One the 22nd and 23rd of February, Singapore will celebrate Chingay 2013 where floats will parade around the city – flaunting local and international cultures. The event is usually themed, conveying messages that empower people.