Monday, September 14, 2009

Luggage for Motorcycles

If you like to travel from your bike, you don't have a lot of options when it comes to packing your gear and other items needed on your trip. One of the options is to get some specialized motorcycle luggage. With this kind of luggage, you will be able to maximize the amount of gear that you can carry with you on your bike. There are lots of options when it comes to motorcycle luggage, so you really need to think through exactly what you normally pack to make sure your storage solutions give you the most benefit possible for the space that they provide.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Spring Break at the Beach

I forgot to post about our trip to the Washington beach! It was a ton of fun. We olny went for 3 days due to other commitments but it was a blast. We manged to get very good beach weather for this time of year. It was 1 super stormy day, 1 transition day and one really sunny day. That is a spring time trifecta for the coast for sure!

The kids were popping in an out of the dunes for hours at a time. The water was cold byt our dog is brave :-)

Over all it was a very nice get away for how far we traveled. I can't wait again until next year to hopefully do it again :-)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Dreaming Of A Europe Adventure

I am very much in the mood for a European travel adventure. I have a long list of places, sites and experiences that I would like to see and do. I am thinking about focusing my next trip on northern Europe and I may very well start with some Amsterdam travel excursions. I have never been to Amsterdam but I have heard good things and I have talked with folks that used to live there. It sounds very exciting!

I am sure that I will end up in some of the eastern countries as well. High on my list are Germany and Russia. I have some German and Polish family history that I would like to get a feel for with a trek around those areas.

Right now I am just in the dreaming phase for this trip. If things look like they may really happen soo, I will move into the planning phase and I have a ton of fun doing all of the research and learning that is required to have a good travel experience!

Monday, February 16, 2009

A Trip to the Washington Coast

With spring break right around the corner, my family was trying to figure out how to squeeze in a fun vacation on the cheap. After brainstorming a bit, we remembered that one of our cousins has a small beach cottage on the Washington coast. We call them up and sure enough, they were willing to loan us the cottage for a couple of days.

The kids are super excited and so are we. We will end up with two long travel days for two days of beach time but we will make and adventure out of the trip so it is as much fun as possible.

One of my kids even went to the school library and checked out a book on beach combing so we can identify all of the treasures that we find on our walks. Check out the photo of the beach we visited. Doesn't it look good enough to be used for travel posters?

We are all very excited!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Finding Cheap Airfare Deals

Whenever a person plans to travel on a vacation or on business trip, the first step would be to save money on air tickets to the maximum possible and this may not be fruitful always. Airfares form the bulk of any travel budget and it would be only wise to look cheap airfare deals to strike the reduced price on air tickets.

Getting cheap airfare deals will take some time and effort but is worth the try, as the money saved can be utilized for some other expenses. So, the first place to search for good air ticket deal is the local travel agent who has a thorough knowledge of the cheap last minute deals in air tickets. A travel agent is particularly helpful while traveling on a business or with larger groups of people and the services of a travel agent can be made use of every time the trip is taken.

The most popular way of getting cheap air ticket deal is the internet which has both travel sites and websites by the airline companies. Internet is the fastest way of getting several quotes in the short span of time on the best airfare deals. Some sections of the travel portals operate special deals section and when clicked, one would be really lucky to get hot offers.

Basically, booking online tickets rather than offline, saves a lot of money, as it would save the paper work and thereby, the processing fee. Buying air tickets from courier service is also a way out to strike best air ticket deal. Courier services offer cheap tickets because they purchase luggage space in exchange for cheaper air tickets.

The timings of the flight also influence the price of the air tickets. Traveling in the wee hours of morning or late in the evening or night is often cheaper than flying during midday because midday is the busiest hour of the day. There are wholesalers who buy tickets in bulk from the airlines and they would offer air tickets at low prices.

Last minute bookings can also offer cheap air ticket deals as airlines would always want to fly their planes with all the seats occupied to the maximum extent possible. If the number of empty seats is more and very few days are left for the departure of the flight, then the airlines may drastically reduce the price of flight tickets just to fill up the vacant seats.

Some airlines update their reservation system after midnight and calling at this hour and booking tickets can be a wise thing to do. Any air travel can be made more enjoyable, if less money is paid for air tickets and it only takes some effort to strike the secret air fare deals and this can be utilized every time a person takes a flight for traveling.

By: LesleyLyon
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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Welcome to The Grand Traveler!

Welcome! Welcome! Welcome!

In these tough economic times everybody is looking to travel as inexpensively as possible while still having a grand travel experience. We are here to help in this cause as much as we can. We are going to share our travel ideas and travel tips for grand traveling on the cheap.

Our travel topics will cover things like...
Travel Destinations: From the ever popular Disney Land to unknown locations close to home.
Creative Travel: Acting as a courier, house swapping
Travel Luggage: Duffel bags, backpacks, rolling luggage
Travel Accessories: Noise canceling headphones, travel pillows
Traveling with Kids: Picking good family destinations, keeping them entertained
First Class Travel: Even when we are trying to save money we still like to travel first class on occasion! The trick is finding a good bargain on the first class travel.
Free Travel: Whenever possible we will be sharing tips of traveling for free

Please feel free to ask any travel related questions or share your own travel tips and travel advise in the comments!

Welcome to the Grand Traveler!