29
Mar

How A Cab Service Offers The Smoothest Ride To Your Destination

t8Technology has brought convenience literally into the palm of your hands and so it is with making reservations for ground transportation. whether for a sightseeing cruise around the city or for travel to the airport.

You just need to login or make a phone call and you can have cab service available at your doorstep within no time. There are many taxi companies offering such services but certain qualities set apart the classy operators from the run of the mill companies.

Mission Customer Satisfaction:
The customer has to only lean back in contentment and leave the rest to the uniformed chauffeur. A ship-shape car, impeccably clean, with comfortable upholstery and cosy ambient temperature, makes the ride a memorable treasure for the customer.

Round the Clock Service:
Round the clock service to the destination of the customer’s choice is the hallmark of every elite taxi company. Whether it is in the peak afternoon sunshine, a cascading downpour or at the crack of dawn, customers are content in the knowledge that the taxi will draw up to their gate on schedule and ferry them safely to their destination. A lunchtime trip to a downtown restaurant, an afternoon at the race-course, or an after dark sojourn for a night out on the town, a taxi service will get you there and home in time and safely.

Fleet Range:
Top notch cab companies have access to a range of options (either company owned or driver owned) for customers – luxury cars, limousines, sedans, hatchbacks, sports utility vehicles (SUV), crossovers, sports cars, minivans and full-size vans. The customer demands and the cab company delivers the vehicle of his choice.

Quick Response Time:
Responding with eagerness to customer requests is a feature of an outstanding cab service. Business travel decisions are frequently taken at a short notice. A resourceful services provider or aggregator company has the capacity to cater to such unexpected demands with panache and pleasure.

An airport cab service that is reliable, charges reasonable fares and provides a courteous, efficient driver well-versed with the local geography who negotiates congested roads and makes sure you reach on schedule for your flight will always be remembered for the next time.

Comprehensive Service:
Cab companies that provide end to end ground transportation solutions are in the best position to insulate themselves from competition. Customer relations are elevated to a higher plane when every requirement – be it personal transportation, group transportation, charters and events transportation, airport travel, local travel, out of town travel are available 24 hours a day on door to door basis under a single roof.

Some of the apps provide multiple services along with cab services like shopping, grocery, babysitting etc. This makes immense sense as one single provider is able to co-ordinate with several tasks of the customer.

A Good Journey:
Most importantly the cab service must assure safe journey under the stewardship of an experienced driver who holds a valid driving license with a car that has all the regulatory permissions and safety features. Drivers must be sensitized that there should be no violation of speed limits, jumping traffic signals, verbal duels with other drivers or risky manoeuvres. Any action that compromises the safety, wellbeing and peace of mind of the customer is a strict ‘no-no’. The comfort of the customer is paramount.

19
Mar

Travel Tips When Going to Safaris

t7Here are some general guidelines that can help you when going on safaris:

1. Personal safety – in any place that you travel to, you must ensure your personal safety.

• Do not bring huge amounts of cash.
• Your passport, cash, and other travel documents should be in a pouch under your shirt or stuffed in your daypack or camera bag.
• Watch your personal bags closely while walking in jam-packed places, such as on the streets, restaurants, markets, and airports.
• Do not walk alone in the evening.
• When going out, consider your cash, passport, and airline tickets in the lodge or hotel safe.
• Do not bring any jewelry during your travel. It is best to leave them at home.
• Valuables, such as your camera, handbag, wallet pouch, and mobile phones, should be kept hidden, and definitely not in your car hire, tour bus, or back seat. Make sure also that you do not leave them in your room at safari lodges or camps.

2. Travel insurance – obtain travel insurance as soon as your travel plans are confirmed so that you will be covered if there is an unexpected or unfortunate event that happens before your safari trip.

3. Reminder to your Credit Card Company and bank – most credit card providers and banks encourage you to inform than before travelling abroad so that their monitoring systems will not suspend your credit card when they discover any strange purchases (paying for flights, rental cars, and hotels) that happen on holidays. Sometimes, these purchases could trigger your credit card suspension and result in embarrassing moments.

Be careful when providing your credit card information while you are on a trip as well. It is unfortunate that other people can obtain your credit card number without your knowledge (when paying for accommodation at hotel desks, rental companies, shops, etc.). When you pay your bill, do not let your credit card out of your view.

4. Water – remember to only drink bottled water because water from other sources may not be safe. You can obtain bottled water in all your safari lodges and camps. On all of your tours, make sure that you have bottled water with you. When you feel uneasy about the quality of water in the place you are staying in, you can ask any of the staff. For emergency use, you can also bring along water purification tablets with you.

5. Tipping – this is a common dilemma for a lot of tourists in a foreign country, including safari trips, business travel and cruises. Tipping is not expected if you are going on a safari trip in Africa, but it has become conventional. The gratuity to safari camp staff and guides is not part of your total tour price and it is also completely optional.

Keep in mind that what might be a small amount to you could be substantial to a local staff and it will be definitely taken with gratitude.

Most safari camps have a tip box located at the reception area, which covers the unnoticed services, such as for the people who work in the kitchen and person who cleans your room.

When tipping, do it moderately and according to the quality and level of service given and, of course, only if you are happy with the service that you get. Here is your guide, which is an accepted practice in general:

• Transportation/Driver – US $10 and above per day
• Private safari guide – US $25 and above per day
• Camp staff – US $10-$20 per day (this will be shared among waiters, bartenders, housekeepers, etc.

13
Mar

Dealing With a Travel Agency for Your Trip

t6When you are going on a trip to attend conferences or to have fun like going to a safari, it starts with searching for travel packages online or getting help from a travel agency. However, before deciding, you must know what you can expect from an online agency to find out the best way to match your needs. The level of service you need would depend on your personal preferences as well as the requirements of your trip.

There are lots of options available whether you choose self-service wherein you can do the searching and booking by yourself, or full-service travel agency that would take care of everything on your behalf – accommodation, meal plans, sites to visit, etc. Depending on the type of trip you will have, there are also different choices you may consider. Some travel agencies only offer packages and others offer a la carte travel services, where you can pick items and pay for each separately.

Expectations on Online Travel Agencies

There are also expectations that are common to every online travel agency. It has something to do with the affordability and quality of the services as well as the level of service offered. When going on tours, the travel expert must meet these expectations before choosing them as your travel plan partner.

Variety of Packages and Destinations

It is not important what specialty the agency have – from niche travel, such as unusual destinations or cruises, to full-service travel. Regardless of what they sell, you need a travel agency that offers options. If you think that the first option you find has the best value, you have no way of verifying that unless there are other options available for you to compare. A reliable self-service or full-service online travel agency provides comparison information to help you decide.

Offers Same Types of Travel from Different Providers

An example of this is when you choose among available flights between two airlines for the same flight leg. An online travel agency cannot be considered as such if they represent only one brand, and if so, customers have no way of determining whether the products or services they offer are valuable or useless. If you can choose among several providers, it means the travel company updates their website with the best options and prices available.

Price Competitiveness

When going on a tour, such as the safaris, some travel companies charge fees to their customers in order to offset their expenses, but those fees should be fair. The rates for the travel services indicated online must be simply what you need to pay if you decide to directly deal with the provider. You should actually pay less for a package plan with other services.

Make You an Instant VIP

Sometimes, it is just hard to get a reservation in some restaurants, and a good travel agency can get that for you. They can even provide you private guides, access to exclusive exhibits, and cheaper premium airfares.

Service-Level Guarantee

This will ensure that you will be treated in a polite manner and you will get what you pay for. They can also take care of little details such as a car hire to make sure that you will not be ripped off. They should also provide you with an assurance that no probable action on their end or the service provider will disrupt your travel.

3
Mar

Facts About Airport Taxi Services

t5Getting to and from the air field can be a very real challenge. You might think that it’s best to take a shuttle bus, or maybe public transportation. On the other hand, you might think that it’s best to have someone drive you and pick you up when you return or even drive your own car and when it comes to parking its tiresome. Actually, taking an airport taxi is the better choice, but you need to ensure that you choose the right company for your needs. Here are some of the most important facts to consider.

The Right Size

Cabs come in all shapes and sizes. It’s important to ensure that you’re choosing the right size and capacity for your needs. For instance, if you’re traveling alone, or with just one other person, a mini-cab would be a better option than a van or a sedan. If you’re traveling with a group, a mini-van might be the better choice to help save some money.

In addition to the number of passengers who will be sharing the taxi with you, consider the amount of luggage or gear that you’ll need to transport. The vehicle must be large enough to handle all your luggage, plus the passengers, with room enough for comfort and safety.

Book Ahead

Yes, you can hire an airport taxi service right at the pickup area, but that will actually cost you a lot more than it should. It’s a better option to book your travel ahead of time so your cab is waiting for you when you arrive. When booking ahead, ensure that the taxi company emails you a confirmation of both your booking and your itinerary.

Check the Rate List

You might think that all taxi companies charge roughly the same rate, but that is not the case at all. When booking a taxi to the airport, or from the airfield back to your home, it’s important to check the rate list and then verify that is what you’re being charged by the driver. If you’re pre-booking, make sure that you’re able to lock in the rates at the time to save money.

Reputation Matters

Yet another consideration here is the reputation of the cab company. Are they known for offering flat rate fares to their passengers? Do they rigorously screen their drivers? Do they ensure that their cars are always properly maintained and well cared for?

Wi-Fi in the Cab

Finally, whether you’re a business traveler or you’re flying for leisure, make sure that the cab company you choose offers in-cab Wi-Fi and that they offer it free of charge. This allows you to connect with friends and family right from the cab after you land, or get caught up with work responsibilities before you even check into your hotel.