Getting Around Chile (I)

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Getting Around Chile (I)

Getting Around Chile by Plane

 

Due to the length of the country and distances between its attractions, many visitors to Chile choose to travel on domestic flights in order to save time. Flights are a particularly popular option for travelers who arrive in Santiago and plan to visit the far north or Patagonia. The two main carriers in Chile are LAN and Sky Airlines, which link all the major cities in the country. 

 

 

Getting Around Chile – Patagonia

 

In Patagonia, where transportation is thin on the ground, local flights are a speedy alternative to long waits and circuitous bus and ferry routes, and a handful of small regional air carriers and private air charters compete with the major airlines. 

 

 

Getting Around Chile – Easter Island

 

One destination that virtually requires a flight is Easter Island, and LAN has several departures each week from Santiago. Be forewarned however, that the tickets don’t come cheap—they start at $500. Domestic tickets are subject to a small departure tax, but this is usually included in the ticket price; be sure to ask when booking.

 

 

Getting Around Chile by Boat

 

Chile hugs the Pacific, so it is not surprising that boats play an important role in the country’s travel infrastructure. This is especially true in Patagonia, where it can be nearly impossible to travel around without setting foot on the deck of a ferry. Many routes only run a few days each week, and the boats often travel slowly, but you will usually be compensated with some wonderful views. 

 

 

Getting Around Chile by Ferry

 

Ferry travel is not very expensive; the price depends on the company and the route, but you can usually count on a basic ticket costing about $2-3 for every hour of the trip. There are multiple classes of service on longer journeys, and prices rise according to the level of comfort. Ferries will also carry bicycles and automobiles for an extra charge. Charter and tour boats also serve some routes, providing greater comfort at a higher cost. During the winter, ferry service is sometimes suspended, and charters will be your only option.

 

Winter Bargains in The Romantic Caribbean (III)

It is no secret that winter is high season for the Caribbean. It's the coldest, snowiest, iciest time of year for many places, and some folks have just had enough of it by January and February. In fact, some folks figure they'll need to 'hunker down' and wait out old man winter through March. But that doesn't mean there are no travel deals to be found to make your 'Great Winter Escape: In fact, there are plenty, and some experts believe that the best time to book your winter bargains in the romantic Caribbean is from New Years to early March, when airlines are slashing prices before the big spring-break rush.

 

According to Yahoo Travel, there are great deals for hot spots like Jamaica, undiscovered charmers like Bonaire, and romantic paradises like St Thomas.

 

So check out this list for romance in a Caribbean Paradise and start packing!

 

Winter bargains in The Romantic Caribbean: Dominican Republic

This ever-popular destination draws tourists from spring-breakers seeking low-cost beach thrills, to families looking to make sandcastles in the sun. A wealth of all-inclusive resorts clustered around Punta Cana offer a lot of 'bang for your travel buck' this season.

 

Deals and Bargains: According to Yahoo Travel, round-trip flights to the DR are unusually inexpensive this year, with flights from Chicago in the low $400s. Take advantage of cheap airfare, and consider a number of budget-friendly hotels, through April 18.

 

Winter bargains in The Romantic Caribbean: Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico, a U.S. commonwealth, has it all, from golfing to gambling and from salsa dancing to surfing. Beyond San Juan's vacation condos, the island abounds with waterfalls, colonial history, and the national rainforest of El Yunque. The best part? You don't even need a passport to get there.

 

Deals and Bargains: According to Yahoo Travel, in late January and early February, flights are as low as $329 from New York on JetBlue or Delta. (And right now, JetBlue Getaways is offering amazing deals on four-night packages, including airfare, accommodations, and resort credits, starling at $745 per person.) Inexpensive hotel options aren't hard to spot, either Wad, with a travel professional; travel pros will probably be able to find even more deals. You will probably find the cheapest rates clustered around San Juan. 

4 Unique tips to make the most of a trip to Thailand!

by David D. Chait

 

Thailand is a beautiful country with a diversity of sites, activities, and culture, which makes it a top destination for travelers from across the globe.

 

I recently traveled there on my Honeymoon and had the time of my life with the perfect balance of beach, hiking, and culture. To make the most of your next trip here are my 4 unique tips to make the most of a trip to Thailand.

 

I say unique because everyone knows how beautiful and historically significant the temples throughout the country are. From Wat Phra That Doi Suthep in the mountains of Chiang Mae to the Gran Palace in Bangkok, you shouldn’t miss a single one.

 

 

1. Take a canal tour in Bangkok (time is running out!)

One of Bankok’s biggest attractions is taking a small teak boat ride through the city’s many canals. These rides are not only a pleasant way to spend an afternoon, but let you really take in the city as you pass countless temples, homes of all shapes and sizes, and other sites.

 

In the future, however, these rides will never be the same, with new home construction currently banned on the canals.

 

 

2. Take a Thai cooking class.

Thai food is delicious with so many flavors and layers of complexities. Nonetheless there are surprisingly many Thai dishes simple enough for novice chefs.

 

On my Thai adventure, we took a cooking class in Chiang Mae and learned to make Chicken Pad Thai, Green Beef Curry, and Prawn Soup all complete with a walk through a traditional Thai market. We learned so much about Thai culture from food alone and left with a new skill.

 

 

4. Try the street food. It’s delicious!

Although many travelers might be intimidated by street food, an important part of a complete Thailand experience is to eat like the locals, which means trying the diversity of street food available. From noodles to vegetables to various meats and seafood on a stick there’s a whole delicious world to explore.

 

My favorite food throughout the country was by far pork on a stick.

 

 

5. Visit with an elephant. (But don’t ride one.)

Another must-do activity in Thailand is to visit one of the many nature preserves and see Elephants. You can feed them, bathe them, and learn much about this beautiful and fascinating creature.

 

Although there are many attractions that allow you to ride elephants, there are plenty of humane rescues.

 

 

 

David Chait is a passionate traveler and founder of Travefy, a free online group travel planner.

Winter Bargains in The Romantic Caribbean (II)

It is no secret that winter is high season for the Caribbean. It's the coldest, snowiest, iciest time of year for many places, and some folks have just had enough of it by January and February. In fact, some folks figure they'll need to 'hunker down' and wait out old man winter through March. But that doesn't mean there are no travel deals to be found to make your 'Great Winter Escape: In fact, there are plenty, and some experts believe that the best time to book your winter bargains in the romantic Caribbean is from New Years to early March, when airlines are slashing prices before the big spring-break rush.

 

According to Yahoo Travel, there are great deals for hot spots like Jamaica, undiscovered charmers like Bonaire, and romantic paradises like St Thomas.

 

So check out this list for romance in a Caribbean Paradise and start packing!

 

Winter bargains in The Romantic Caribbean: Bahamas

The Bahamas is actually outside the Caribbean Sea, but culturally and geopolitically, it’s closely associated with the Greater Antilles and other Caribbean nations. Ifs inexpensive this time of year, and definitely tropical. So it made the list.

 

Deals and Bargains: Flights to the Bahamas are incredibly cheap due to its proximity to the US and frequent service from most major lines, with some flights as low as $300 from Miami Add a sweet accommodations package (they're a dime a dozen this season, especially in February and March) and you'll have a budget break in no time.

 

Winter bargains in The Romantic Caribbean: Out Islands, Bahamas

The Out Islands of the Bahamas are a perfect romantic destination for island-life lovers. This collection of tiny isles, offers big resorts and sparse traffic, and is graced with pristine sand and sea; major pastimes trend toward swimming, snorkeling, and relaxing. The outer Bahamas islands include: Abacos, Acklins, Andros, Berry Islands, Bimini, Cat Island, Crooked Island Eleuthera, Harbor Island, Exumas, Long Island and San Salvador

 

Deals and Bargains: Did someone say free flight? With the purchase of a four-night air-inclusive package, MyOutislands.com will throw in two round-trip airline tickets from Nassau—for free. Participating hotels span the islands and include luxury properties on Exuma and Eleuthera. Going one step further, Resorts World Bimini offers a private chartered seaplane from Miami with the purchase of a two-night stay (starting at a wee $389 per person).