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How to Book Airline Tickets in Advance

When to book cheap flight tickets is a question that tortures even the most professional travellers, which of you have sat in front of the computer thinking: Do I wait for a cheaper deal, or is this the best I’ll get?
There is no hard-and-fast order for striking the correct booking window; a recent report found that, historically, cheap air flights are available seven weeks before departure, yet another study showed that cheap international flights were available six weeks before flying. But remember that the window will change according to where you will be travelling and when.

There is such a thing as booking cheap air flights too early, airlines don’t really start directing their private flights until about three months prior that is when they start releasing the cheaper seats; but the sweet deal lies between three months and six weeks before this is supported by a recent data.

The airfare aggregator looked at a year’s value of searches and found that six months before leaving, domestic ticket fares were about 20 percent higher than the cheap flight tickets; whatever you do don’t wait till the last week, when the amounts shoot up – by about 25 percent.

For long-distance tickets you should begin your search early, a data located the best standard cheap flight tickets for Asian flights a full nine to ten months out; the prices go down again (though not as much) between three and four months in advance. For South American tickets, the perfect booking window exists around six months before leaving.

For African trips, it was found that the fares began to drop about three months out, but curiously enough they didn’t slump until about five weeks before leaving; Of course, all of these are the normal fares, but if you are wishing to catch cheap air flights to a distant destination then you need to focus your search between five and two months out that’s when they generally come into view.

The best plan for long-distance travelling is to look for cheap international flights very early to get a standard sense of prices and sign up for a fare-watching service, this way you’ll know when to book, when the correct fare comes your way.

You’ll need to plan ahead to get the cheap flight tickets to Europe, when the numbers of travellers were put together for Memorial Day and Labour Day last year it was discovered that the low-cost prices to Europe was a full 31 weeks before leaving.

We recommend you start looking for cheap international flights around four to five months out; which means right now, and don’t get held up in an illusion because sales on summer flights to Europe are very limited.

This generally happens when there is a rise in volume (i.e., cheap air flights and routes), but if you can’t be versatile with your dates and destinations you probably won’t be able to benefit from these deals; but if you can adapt to this then the booking window lessens and the prices go down for people who are travelling in the spring or fall – which is outside of school holidays.

There’s no point waiting for price sales here, top orders and limited transit mean that fares for winter flights to Caribbean islands and smaller ski-country airports generally don’t vary much but they soar fiercely very early.
Looking at last winter’s economy-class cheap international flights from the United States to the Caribbean islands; it was found that the low-priced standard fares were 21 weeks before departure, so don’t forget to book cheap air flights to both Caribbean and ski getaways about four to five months before your trip.

The specialty in this is that you’ll be able to book cheap air flights to Denver, Salt Lake City and other large airports serving ski destinations and you’ll also have extra time to book because the airports have more space.
Remember the earlier you book your cheap air flights the better, analyst’s trailed private airfares for more than 11,000 buyers purchasing tickets for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s travel. Primarily, for all three big holidays the normal ticket fares hit a low in early June, it differed right throughout the rest of the summer and early fall but by the end of September they were regularly climbing.

Not all can plan a winter holiday in June, of course; but if you’re thinking of going from somewhere cold to somewhere warm then we advise you to get your cheap flight tickets as soon as possible; a related idea is at work for spring-break travel as well.

Cheap International Flights to Florida and other famous warm-weather destinations start ascending very early and these tend not to differ much; so we recommend that you plan your trip five months in advance to get the cheaper flights.

Many airlines are really good at knowing when an airport’s local school districts are on their spring break, and will alter their cheap flight tickets accordingly; of course, all of these booking windows are wild guesses and should be taken as direction rather than rules of the law. Why not call us now to book your cheap flights with Travel Center UK.

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Set Off on a Mind Blowing Adventure of Retail Therapy – Tips for Shopping in Bangkok

Exotic Bangkok is a favoured and popular tourist destination. The capital city is not only popular for its splendid cultural attractions but also for the fabulous shopping opportunities available to all shopaholics. Jet off to Bangkok and relish browsing unique floating markets, colourful and bustling night bazaars and stocking up on designer goodies at the chic malls.

Where to Shop in Fabulous Bangkok

Shopping in Bangkok is quite a rewarding treat, while settling on where to shop is quite a mystery for many first timers to the city. In this instance it is quite alright and advisable to ask for trusted local advice on where the best shopping venues are.

If you are a culture buff interested in quirky antiques head over to vibrant Sukhumvit Road for a wide choice and excellent finds. It is also one of Bangkok’s best spots for scoring souvenirs and handicrafts. If you are an ardent fan of designer wear indulge the diva in you with a visit to the plush confines of branded stores.

In this regard do check out the Siam area malls, which will astound you with a marvellous collection of fashion boutiques, accessories, designer wear, shoes and lots more.

No shopping tour to Bangkok is complete until you experience a typical Thai open-air market, the best spots for practicing you bargaining skills and rummaging around for exotic goodies, handbags, shoes, clothing and more. Chatuchak hosts one of the largest markets in the city.

Bargain hunters are in for a treat in Bangkok and some of the best places for inexpensive goods are Chinatown, Pratunam Market for varied kinds of clothing, colourful Pahurat textile market and the stalls located around busy Sampang Lane.

Bangkok Shopping By Area

Chidlom and Ploenchit – Bangkok’s hippest shopping malls are situated here. Chidlom is a renowned district for designer brands and glitzy malls that make you want to splurge in order to re-vamp your wardrobe. The 7th floor of the Central Chidlom Shopping Centre is not to be missed if you are on the lookout for designer shoes, clothes and handbags.

Not to be missed is CentralWorld a literal ‘shopping haven’ boasting over 500 shops for you to explore. Popular stores there are Manga and Fashionista.

Siam district – Taking Bangkok to international standards in terms of designer shopping the Siam shopping district is sure to satisfy the hard-core shopaholic in you – be prepared to splurge. Do visit Siam Paragon the classiest and largest mall in Siam while Siam Square boasts a collection of classy designer boutiques.

Silom district – Famed for day and night time shopping Silom provides colour and variety. Robinson, Central and the Silom Complex are the most popular malls. Enjoy the excitement and convenience of night time shopping at the Patpong Night Market. Where you find just about anything including knock off handbags, watches and duplicate brands.

Sukhumvit district – this is Bangkok’s most visited and busiest shopping districts. Complete with roadside stalls, gigantic shopping malls, popular departmental stores and also lots of colourful handicraft shops.

The Chatuchak Market – This is a mind blowing open air market offering an astounding 15,000 stalls for you to browse. Retail therapy at its best!

The Bangkok Shopping Malls

The malls sell just about anything from stylish designer labels to everyday homemaker goods to the latest electronics – the choices are endless at these malls complete with huge food courts and vibrant entertainment.

These are some of the best malls in Bangkok:

Siam Paragon is the city’s fashion icon. Relish the uber-cool interiors housing an astounding range of high-end branded stores selling clothing and accessories together with the latest in High-Tec gadgetry and yes even newest and trendiest cars.

CentralWorld Siam – a mega mall featuring the best designer brands Zara, Timberland, Izzu and MNG. The mall is home to 100 cafes, ice skating rink and even a cinema.

MBK Haven is the tourist hot spot for shopping. The mall is attractively affordable and sells just about anything at any one of its impressive 2000 odd shops.

What to Buy in Bangkok

Well what can’t you buy in Bangkok? The city has a stall, store, boutique or market selling just about any kind of retail goody. Buy the latest fashions and hippest accessories and even the fastest cars in Bangkok.

All the more reason to book our cheap flights to Bangkok, enabling you to save and splurge for one of the most satisfying holidays you will ever take!

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Way off the beaten track – a look at some of the world’s most bizarre attractions

The world is a wondrous and incredibly diverse place filled with history, culture, the arts, and everything in between. When you visit a great city – or a small one for that matter – you may visit its more popular destinations such as history and art museums, famous sculptures and buildings, or even a restaurant that the city is famous for.

Travelling the world can sometimes be boring for some of us who don’t see beauty in monotony. The same thing in every city – old buildings ravaged by time, historical artefacts, or just paintings of the city by someone slightly famous – might not get everyone’s sense of wonder running. This list – mainly adopted from a Huffington Post article – is a glimpse of the bizarre, a look at the flip side of human nature. Be warned, though… Not all these places are for everyone.

We start off in – no surprise here – Japan:

Yunessun Spa Resort

A place for a truly surreal experience, the Kowakien Yunessun Hot Springs Amusement Park & Spa Resort allows you a great spa experience either in the traditional old boring way (a dip in a Jacuzzi) or in a way you won’t imagine anyone with a semblance of sanity would do it, by bathing in a spa filled with your choice of beverage from sake to green tea, coffee, or red wine. Whether you get any health benefit from any of these beverages is arguable, but it is an experience about which you can relate if you like to see raised eyebrows.

Then things get a bit creepy in Mexico:

Island of the Dolls

Isla de las Munecas (literally Island of the Dolls) in Mexico is the stuff of nightmares. Someone turned the dial on weird to maximum and broke off the knob. Named after its hundreds of baby dolls hanging from trees, and dedicated to the lost soul of a young girl who died a tragic death, the island’s most remarkable feature is all the work of one man who dedicated the last 50 years of his life to decorating the island with dolls, until his own tragic death in 2001. The dolls remain untouched on the island. If your skin doesn’t crawl at the sights, you may need to see a doctor.

A bit of ridiculous art in California, USA:

Bubble-gum Alley

Ah, bubble-gum. Chew it for a few minutes, blow some bubbles, and (if you are irresponsible, like most people tend to be) stick it somewhere that no one can see. Bubble-gum Alley in San Luis Obispo, California is perhaps the only wall in the world where visitors are encouraged to stick chewed bubble-gum. The alley started this practise in the 1970s, and it keeps on growing. If you are the least bit germophobic, this is not for you.

A bit of a hair-raiser in Turkey:

Avanos Hair Museum

Human hair is pleasant when on its owner’s head, but polarising when off it, with some people finding it utterly disgusting whereas others don’t mind it at all. In the town of Avanos, Turkey, under a nondescript pottery shop, is the Avanos Hair Museum, a dark cavern that is adorned with thousands of locks of human hair. It goes without saying that no fire is allowed anywhere near it.

Things take a turn to the morbid in Italy:

Capuchin Catacombs

For fans of the morbid, the Capuchin Catacombs are a goldmine. For the rest of humanity, it invokes the most basic fear of all – that of death. Located in Palermo, Italy, these catacombs contain as many as 8,000 well-preserved mummies dressed in the finest garb of the day. This is not for the faint-hearted, although visitor numbers are on the incline.

We move to India for a very ratty experience:

Karni Mata Temple

Karni Mata Temple in Deshnok, India, is perhaps the one place on earth where rats have had their mortal fear of humans bred out of them through centuries of being worshipped. The rats in the temple are considered sacred and clean, and nobody is allowed to harm one within its premises. The rats are well fed and supposedly friendly towards humans, but chances are that nobody with musophobia (the fear of rats) will be cured any time soon.

We end in Paris… well, technically under Paris:

Paris Sewer Museum

The sewers of Paris were home to the seedy underbelly of the city in centuries past. The poor and destitute, along with the criminals and the vagrants lived in these less-than-liveable tunnels. Today, Paris is home to an efficient sewer system inhabited by zero permanent residents, unless you count the museum dedicated to it. If you are a history buff, you will enjoy the lesson, and if you are there for a weird experience, you are also in for a treat. What of the smell? Well, you will get used to it sooner that you would like to admit.

 

So are you a fan of the weird and out-of-whack? Are you someone who wants to experience what a few among us do in their lifetimes? This is but a glimpse into the world of weird tourist attractions the world over. Who better to take you there than Travel Center UK? Call our experts now, and book your flight tickets to Japan, Mexico, California, Turkey, Italy, India, or the city of Paris in France. It’s just a phone call away!

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The Top Budget Destinations around the World in 2015

Travelling long distance is expensive, and not everyone can afford to dish out the cash for the most exotic and most luxurious holidays. What almost everyone can do, on the other hand, is to get an idea about the destinations that offer great experiences at a fraction of the cost of most of the better known places.

Budget Travel, a website dedicated to travelling on a limited amount of money, has come up with its annual list of ten special destinations to visit on a budget. This is a look at the ten destinations in a bit of detail.

1. Northern Italy

Highlights: Big-city culture and natural beauty

Why go there in 2015?
Expo Milano, a World’s Fair event, will be happening in the Northern Italian town of Milan, and more than 20 million visitors are expected from all over the world, so you can expect Milan to be a buzzing honeycomb of activity from May 1 to October 31.

What to do:
Milan has a lot to offer everyone, from shopping to its collection of historical sites, including its historic city centre. Get out of the big city and visit Lake Como and the hundreds of tiny towns waiting to be explored. It’s a journey you are unlikely to forget.

 

2. Bali, Indonesia

Highlights: Picturesque beaches and romance

Why go there in 2015?
Hotel prices are said to be down almost 12 per cent, so take this opportunity to go to Indonesia’s most popular tourist destination.

What to do:
Bali is the ultimate island paradise, so you will be spoilt for choice. Relax at one of the distinctive black sand beaches, go diving, surfing, or indulge in the many activities this wonderful island has to offer.

 

3. Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Highlights: Music and hip neighbourhoods

Why go there in 2015?
Here is a city that has experienced 48 straight months of growth, hitting a fever pitch in 2015. Go there this year before the crowds really start to pull in.

What to do:
Nashville is the sacred home of country music, and in no other city will you hear as much free live music. Visit the Country Music Hall of fame, and indulge in some Nashville style hot chicken in several joints throughout the city.

 

4. Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Highlights: Diving with beautiful coral and tropical fish

Why go there in 2015?
The prices of flights to Cairns have dropped 30 per cent, and package deals are available now more than ever.

What to do:
Get up close and personal with the planet’s biggest coral reef system, teeming with thousands of rare and beautiful species of fish, dolphins, turtles, and more. Snorkelling, Scuba diving, sailing, and everything in between is available!

 

5. Istanbul, Turkey

Highlights: High style and world-class shopping

Why go there in 2015?
Although named the world’s top travel destination, hotel prices in the city have fallen amidst the unsettled nature of the Middle East.

What to do:
The former capital of Turkey is famous for its Grand Bazaar with its innumerable shops and winding streets. This bi-continental city is the original meeting point for eastern and western cultures. The sights and sounds are endless, and exploration is a must!

 

6. Barcelona, Spain

Highlights: Food and art

Why go there in 2015?
Barcelona is one of the most affordable big cities in Europe, and it is not expected to stay that way for too long!

What to do:
Barcelona has so much to offer art lovers – famous artists, musicians, and sculptors all called it home. Barcelona’s culinary delights – we recommend the tapas and sangria – are among the best in the country.

 

7. Cambodia

Highlights: Exotic, spiritual sites like nowhere else

Why go there in 2015?
According to sources, hotel prices are down across Cambodia this year, with Siem Reap, gateways to Angkor Wat, seeing price drops as much as 10 per cent.

What to do:
Visit Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world, which shows off Cambodia’s Hindu and Buddhist heritage and history. The capital Phnom Penh also has some great sites to behold.

 

8. Denver, Colorado, USA

Highlights: Art, food, and a little something “special”

Why go there in 2015?
The legalisation of recreational cannabis in Colorado has resulted in a large influx of visitors to the city. The city’s brewery and food scenes are also booming.

What to do:
Denver is a city for the ardent art lover, and the Denver Art Museum holds masterpieces by Matisse, Picasso, and O’Keeffe. The Denver Zoo offers several free admission days in 2015 as well.

 

9. Colombia

Highlights: Adventure and colourful festivals

Why go there in 2015?
Increased security in most large Colombian cities, and low hotel prices in the capital Bogota are the main draws of Colombia this year.

What to do:
Although the country has had a bad reputation related to crime and drugs, the country has shown that it is more than that. Indulge in the rich culture in Colombia’s many colourful festivals and events, and have a sip of the best coffee in the world. Maybe even go on a tour of a plantation.

 

10. Egypt

Highlights: History and brag-worthy sights

Why go there in 2015?
Owing to the recovery from political unrest over the past few years, Egypt is seeking to gain more tourist numbers year-on-year. Hotel prices have hit their lowest prices. What more do you need?

What to do:
Take a “felucca” (a sailboat) along the River Nile for a once in a lifetime experience. Have a walk-about in Cairo, Luxor, or Aswan, or visit the ancient city of Alexandria. No visit to Egypt is complete without a visit to the Pyramids at Giza and the Valley of the Kings.

 

Let this be just a guide to your next budget holiday, but remember, book your flights with Travel Center UK for the best available rates. Contact our travel experts today!

 

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The Best New UNESCO World Heritage Sites

The brilliant man made designs and raw countryside’s that include the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites are stupendous and now there are many more of those than ever before; here is a list of the brand new UNESCO World Heritage Sites you might want to start booking flights too.

Pergamon – Bergama, Turkey.

Book a flight to this city which dates back to the fourth century B.C.; with a long record of having been ruled by many: Greeks, Persians and Romans. It was the main historical centre in the Hellenistic Attalid Dynasty and was the metropolis kingdom from 281-133 B.C. It has the most exceptional libraries in the world, with 200,000 books; the Great Alter of Pergamon is kept in a museum in Berlin, various remains are still in the earlier place. Temples, auditoriums, amphitheatres and age old structures still are there on the citadels above the present town of Bergama.

Carolingian Westwork and Civitas Corvey – Hoketer, Germany.

The Westwork which is a portion of the Imperial Abbey of Corvey goes back to the Carolingian period, the abbey was established as a Benedictine monastery by two of Charlemagne’s cousins in 815 A.D., rebuilt on the present site seven years later, it was home to a mint and held a major spot along the Hellweg. The abbey stayed Catholic on the frontier of Protestant Brunswick state and later fell under Napoleon, now it belongs to an associate of the Hohenlohe German lineage. It’s accessible to tourists who can savour the Carolingian model.

Stevns Klint – Store Heddinge, Denmark.

Situated on the southeastern border, this is a prime terrestrial marker; it extends about 10 miles and portions of the white chalk precipice go back to 72 million years. The main attraction here is the fine coating of dark clay at the back of the white chalky surface; this is because of the Chicxulub meteorite that hit Earth around 65 million years back, the residue of the ash cloud is still visible. The bryozoa chalk that combines the hill is extremely shock proof, so this is why this cliff has been properly conserved for many thousands of years.

Rani-Ki-Vav – Gujarat, India.

Book flight tickets and visit the Queen’s Stepwell (Rani-Ki-Vav), made for Bhimdev I, a leader of the Solanki family, by his widowed wife in 1050 A.D., it’s an upside down temple with seven storey’s going down and ending with a pool at the bottom. The biggest of its type, an example of the stepwells made in India during the start of the third millennium B.C., they turned into constructive wonders as much as they were water reservoirs.  Complex designs on the walls and 2,000 sculptures show the amazing artistry and are symbolic of the Maru-Gurjara technique.

Okavango Delta – Botswana.

In the Northwest of Botswana this has long been a famous safari destination, the distinctive characteristics make this place a very important eco-friendly site. One of the main deltas in the world that doesn’t flow to the ocean or even to the sea, when it floods it has a peculiar harmony between the surroundings, plants and wildlife in the region. There are many animals like; 400 breeds of birds alone and it’s one of the last places where you find the Wild Dog, you also get five discrete tribal sets who exercise customary living; including cultivation and poaching.

Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex – Ninh Binh, Vietnam.

Registered as a natural and artistic land, this is situated on the southern point of the Red River delta southeast of Hanoi; the region is really beautiful, with sedimentary rocks ascending at a slant out of the water, and an immense cave network rules the district; containing inactive and active caves; there is proof that humans were present there as far back as 20,000 B.C. You can find shrines, sanctuaries and temples describing Trang An’s popular past, especially the Vu Lam Palace, constructed in the 13th and 14th millennium to safeguard them against the Chinese occupation.

Namhansanseong – Seoul, South Korea.

This stronghold looks like the Great Wall of China; the 1300 year old construction was used for the same reason by many Korean realms, the initial building of this fort started in 672 when it was built on the side of Namhan Mountain as a protection. It was kept by consecutive leaders for many years and then it was lengthened in the 17th century. It was used by the Joseon ancestry for about five centuries, historic building styles as well as current alterations matured in reply to the launch of gunpowder, can be seen in this remarkable assembly.

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