A Complete Travel Guide for Your Trip to Turkey

Turkey happens to be a large country and expectedly there is a lot to see. The country is rich in culture, art and religious history. In this guide, I will show you the ropes of planning and getting your dream vacation in Turkey. There are plenty of cities to visit in Turkey like Fethiye, Kusadasi and Istanbul, the capital of Turkey; perhaps, too many cities. However, Istanbul seems to be one of the more popular cities for tourists.

Religion

Turkey is a country that is blessed with many religions such as Islam, Christianity and Sufism. Consequently, there are several tourist spots with historic religious significance. Istanbul has preserved the remnants of its past in Byzantine & Ottoman Relics. You can spend an entire day looking at these relics and revisiting the glorious history. Islam was the dominant religion in the past (it still is) and museums dedicated to Islamic culture and religion are peppered throughout the city. If you practice Islam, you might want to visit one of the popular mosques in the city such as Suleymaniye Mosque and Blue Mosque. Sufism is a mystical religion that deviates from the mainstream Islam and it will be quite interesting to explore its origins and tenets. If you want to learn more about the religion in Turkey, you can visit Hagia Sophia and Kariye museums.

History

In the city of Kusadasi, you will find the grand Roman cities excavated and dug out of the past. Ephesus and Pammukkale are two wonderful and enchanting places in the city. The Turkish baths is an interesting attraction of Kusadasi that is not to be missed. Other points of attraction you may want to check out are Camlica Hill and Beylerbeyi Palace which are, again, examples of historical architecture.

Food

There are some very popular restaurants in Istanbul that you must have on your to-visit list. A few of them are Tria Elegance Restaurant, Metropolis Restaurant and Imbat Restaurant. If you are looking for traditional Ottoman cuisine, you can go for Pasazade Restaurant or Matbah Restaurant. For a good vegetarian meal Albura Kathisma is the ideal place. In the city of Kusadasi, Golden Boys and Erzincan are popular restaurants.

Hotels

There are plenty of hotels available in Istanbul for tourists depending on their needs. There are luxury hotels which are great for stay but tend to be on the pricier side. There are family hotels for families on vacation. And, there is also B&B (bed and breakfast) which people find more convenient even though it might be cheaper and more fulfilling to eat out at the cost of a little effort. Neorion Hotel is a great hotel in Istanbul that is high on luxury and yet relatively low on price. If you want value-for-money, you might want to check this hotel for vacancy and place a booking beforehand. In the city of Kusadasi, the hotels are relatively cheaper. Some of the better ones that come to mind are Istankoy Hotel and Liman Hotel.

This is, by no means, a complete or exhaustive guide to Turkey as it is a whole country with too many attractions and activities but, in this guide I have covered the most well-known and worthy tourist spots.

Las Vegas Hotels – The Top 5 Cheapest Ways to Book Your Hotel Room

Almost everyone visiting Las Vegas needs a hotel room and there are many ways to receive a cheaper rate when booking. I will list them here in order of effectiveness, but remember a little effort searching now can help you save a lot of money for gambling or partying later.

1. Deal Websites

If you are looking for just a hotel room, and not a flight, deal websites are the best places to find cheap rates. You can look on Deal News or Slickdeals for some of the best rates in Las Vegas. To find deals pertaining to hotels, just type “Las Vegas” into the search box and most of the deals found in the search will pertain to hotels. I have seen rates for $69 a night at Planet Hollywood Towers and $39 a night at MGM Grand. Both deals are fantastic, so do not rule out finding a great deal on a third-party website.

2. Southwest Vacation Packages

This might seem surprising to people, but if Southwest services your nearest airport you may be in for a load of easy savings. When you book your hotel and flight at the same time both the hotel and the airline are subsidizing their prices, which means more savings for you. I would not have believed it either, because I feel like most vacation packages do not save you much money. Luckily, I learned quickly and have booked many vacation packages from southwest.com, but only after searching for better deal unsuccessfully.

Pro Tip

If you are looking to stay in Vegas for the weekend but have flexible flight times it is often cheaper to leave Monday rather than Sunday. You get an extra night in the hotel for less money! The main reason for this is because flights on Monday are usually cheaper than Sunday flights so you can extend your stay and keep more money to yourself.

Warning

Southwest vacation packages are not ticketless. This means they send you your plane tickets in the mail, and if you lose them you will have to pay for a new flight. This also means you cannot check in using your credit card when you get to the airport and to save time you should go through the assisted check in line.

Example Deal

Hotel: The Wynn

Room Type: Resort King

# of Nights: 5 (Thursday through Tuesday)

# of People: 2

Flight: San Jose, CA to Las Vegas (Direct)

Cost: $800 total ($400 per person)

Dates: June 17, 2010 through June 22, 2010

Vegas hotels are most expensive Thursday through Saturday and June is a very popular time for people to go to Vegas. During this weekend many events were going on including the World Series of Poker, a North American Poker Tour event, and a MMA fight to name a few. Weekend rates at the Wynn can easily be over $200 a night and flights from San Jose to Vegas are about $150 each so I received the rooms at less than 50% of their normal rates.

3. Kayak

Searching through a third-party travel site is a great way to find hotel deals. I prefer Kayak because it searches many of the other websites such as Orbitz and Priceline, but usually Orbitz has the cheapest rates. To find the cheapest hotel you are willing to stay at just enter the dates of your trip and sort by price. If you want a particular hotel Kayak is still a good place to look for low rates and all you need to do is enter the hotel’s name.

Warnings

1. The hotel prices on Kayak include estimated taxes. The reason for this is because of taxes and fees associated with the third party website. Orbitz is straightforward with their fees but oftentimes the other sites Kayak searches are not, so please do not assume you will get the price listed. Make sure you double check the end price on the site you chose to purchase from.

2. When you book through third-party sites you are not always guaranteed how many beds your room will have. If you need two beds check your hotel’s website to make sure they offer two beds for your room type, and call the hotel to request a room with two beds a few days after booking. The worker will usually be more than happy to help you out and it is very likely you will receive two beds when checking in.

Pro Tips

1. Orbitz almost always has promotion codes you can enter during booking to save $25 to $75 depending on your length of stay. The best deal I have seen is 15% off any stay, but it was only available for 72 hours.

2. Hotel fees are usually based on how many people are staying in the room. If you say you have 2 people staying in the room instead of 3 or 4 you can save a lot of money in fees.

Example Deal

Hotel: Excalibur

Room Type: Tower Room

# of Nights: 5 (Friday through Wednesday)

# of People: 2

Cost: $225

Dates: May 23, 2008 through May 28, 2008 (Memorial Day Weekend)

This deal is pretty good considering it was Memorial Day weekend. I found the deal on Kayak, and booked through Orbitz. I also had a $75 promotion code for a 5 night hotel stay, which made this deal even better.

4. Twitter

Almost every hotel on the Las Vegas Strip has a social media employee tweeting about their latest deals. This means if you follow every hotel on Twitter you are bound to see great rates offered. Sometimes the links tweeted are only advertised using Twitter, so it is a legitimate source for finding deals. I have seen $20 room rates at Hard Rock and $24 rates at Excalibur.

5. Sign Up for Each Hotel’s Email List

Some of the best deals can be sent directly to your email address. If you do not mind the spam MGM, Palazzo, and the Venetian send a lot of deals through email. Oftentimes these emails will have special links where you can book the hotel at a cheaper rate then if you just went to the hotel’s main website. These deals may also include free extras such as slot play, discount show tickets, club passes, and much more.

Example Deal

Hotel: The Venetian

Room Type: Venetian Luxury

# of Nights: 4 (Sunday through Thursday)

# of People: 2

Dates: July 11, 2010 through July 15, 2010

Cost: $476

$119 a night is pretty good for a suite at the Venetian. Not only that but it included extras such as $40 off Phantom tickets, $10 off your bill at Lagasse Stadium, line passes to LAVO Nightclub, and $25 in slot credits.

How to Plan an Amazing Camping Trip

One great way to attain a perfect camping trip would be planning it ahead of time. When trying to schedule everything, don’t rush things. You need to carefully plan and list everything that you need. A well planned trip would surely give you fun time. If you won’t spend some time to plan everything, there will be a tendency that the trip will not be comfortable or will not go as you expected.

There will be important things that you would need for your camping trip. Listed below are must have items:
Gear or Equipment

If you go for a camping trip, you need to pack the things that you would really need. The correct gear will help make your camping trip easy, memorable and fun.

A. Clothes – make sure that you have packed the important clothes that you need that is really intended for camping trip.

B. Sleeping Bag – in order to achieve a good and sounding sleep, bring along a sleeping bag as this will also keep you warm through cold nights.

Weather Update
You need to check the weather reports before going. Be mindful regarding this as you need to keep yourself and your company safe. It wouldn’t be right if you on the day when the weather report is not that good. Also, with the weather report you will know the necessary things that you can add to your checklist. E.g.: If it is too cold, you might want to bring some warmer stuff like blanket and more. During summer you might want to have an adequate amount of water to keep you hydrated all throughout the camping trip.

Cooking Utensils or Cooking Accessories
It is very important that you have enough food to eat during your camping trip. You may want to consider cooking foods at the camping area. Prepare cooking utensils or cooking accessories properly to enjoy your trip. Just ensure that you packed them carefully too in order to avoid accidents. For example, if you plan to bring camping knives, lighter and other sharp things they must be packed well so no one will be hurt during the travel.
Other things like spoons, fork, plates, cups, etc. could be disposable they will be light during your travel. However, if you are not bringing along disposable stuff, make sure the utensils were thoroughly cleaned so you can avoid sickness. Getting sick during your trip should be avoided and this isn’t something you want to happen either.

Whereabouts
Lastly, you should tell someone maybe a family member or a friend where you are going to do the camping trip. You won’t be that 100% certain what will happen to you in the middle of the woods. So whatever happens to you, someone knows where you are and can easily track you.

Five Travel Tips That Ease Your Travel

Have you ever experienced a serious disaster whilst on holiday? If not, it’s merely a matter of time. It has been said there are two kinds of travelers, those that have experienced a problem holiday and those that are still going to.

Making travel holiday requires that the person traveling follow some important tips to avoid going in disasters before traveling or while on the road. Here is presented some simple and important travel tips that any one can follow to ease travel to any location in the world.

Before traveling, the person must make strict procedures on the booking to avoid problems that can make while traveling. Today the internet makes it easy to book online but still problems can occur. The traveler must check all these booking procedures before traveling with a week especially if he will travel by air. The documents also of traveling must be carried in several copies to find them at need.

Another second tip is to carry the important items while traveling. These items can vary from one to one but the most essential are the passport, the government ID, the money, licenses, credit card, clothes mobile phones, and others. The traveler may also carry some books and MP3s.

Following the two tips above alone can guarantee traveling any place in the world.

Tip three is another important tip that prevents travelers from canceling their travel. The traveler must ensure that all domestic matters are resolved and tucked in to bed such as paying all accounts, in particular municipal services; canceling any deliveries; ensuring access is available to a trusted friend or relative in the event of a fire or emergency.

The previous tips form the basic travel tips and they are useful before traveling. The following travel tips concern after travailing.

The fourth tip is to select the right holiday that suit the need. Many people intend on their holidays to take a long journey after a stressed year. Other people may just visit one or two cities or countries at most depending on the status and the budget. Many countries are attractive for holidays such as London, Paris, and New York. Planning well where to visit will result in a good holiday that suits your need

The fifth tip for traveling it about how t discover any information you need in the destination country. The best way is through the internet. It is of course make it easy to find different types of information about the country you are traveling to or when you are in travel.

Suppose for example you want to visit a certain template or to get into some village. The place you are traveled to may seem strange. All you can to do is to look for an internet connection near to you and look for that place. Goggle provides great tool for looking that information called goggle map. It shows accurately the location of whatever place you like to see in the world. Other sites also give great information about the most visited places in the world such as New York, London, Moscow, and Paris