7 Tips To Help You Get The Most Out Of Your Private Tour

April 18, 2019

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If you want to go on a private tour, our tips may help you. On a trip, you will have tons of fun seeing beautiful sights and getting to know different cultures in a different place. Without further ado, let’s know the tips that can make your tour unforgettable.

Customized experience

Having a private tour is a great idea as it helps you have a customized experience. But it’s possible only if you talk to your guide so you can have the right expectations. Therefore, you may want to share you likes, dislikes and interests with the guide, and this will help your guide make your tour the best experience of your life.

Be ready for poor weather

You should be ready to deal with poor weather. Know that you will have sunny days as well as cloudy days and rainy days. Unlike what most people believe, bad weather is a great time to go on a tour.

However, make sure you make necessary arrangements so you don’t have to face difficulties in case of poor weather. You don’t want to ruin your trip.

Choose comfy shoes

You may want to get a few pairs of comfortable shoes. In the same way, you should have a few dresses for different types of weather, customs and cultures. Again, your guide can help you make the right choices.

Respect the other cultures

You may want to respect the cultures of the places you are going to spend time at. What does this mean? In short, you need to understand the things that are going to be different in those places. As a matter of fact, travelers who spend a good deal of time in understanding different behaviors and customers have more fun during their trip.

Try new things

You may want to try new things, such as food, activity and drink. No matter how small they are, do give them a go. You will have a lot of fun.

Do your research

Before you leave, don’t forget to find out as much as possible about the places that you are going to visit. And do let your guide know about a special place that you are most interested in.

Another way to know more about that place is to read a short story or novel written by an author who lives in that area. This will help you know more about the local culture and get inspired.

Ask questions

Once you are with your guide, make a list of questions that you want to ask them. Guides have tons of knowledge to share. Moreover, it’s a lot more fun to find out more about a place by having a discussion with an expert.

Long story short, these are a few things that you want to consider before you leave for your next private tour. Having these tips on mind will help you get tons of fun. So, don’t ignore these tips and don’t underestimate the importance of consulting a guide. Hope this helps.


Travelling Tips for the Disabled

April 18, 2019

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Unlike in the past, today people with disabilities have been recognized, and are less discriminated against. In many countries there are legislations that protect them and make their life a little easier. Also many public buildings have been designed or renovated in order to accommodate people with disabilities.

With all these improvements, people with disabilities are now able to travel for vacation or a business trip to places far away from their home. However, with all these improvements we have made, travelling for people with disabilities is still a challenge for them, especially when they are travelling alone or, they are travelling to an unknown destination. Below is a guide to help people with all forms of disabilities to travel safely.

1. Plan well in advance
Planning is key to any form of success. This is very important because it reduces chances of getting stranded and being inconvenienced. Booking flights and hotel rooms are the top priorities, however if you are going to stay at a friend’s or a relative’s house; notifying them in advance is very important. Then they can be prepared and even pick you up from the airport.

2. Book hotels that are disabled friendly
Hotels with disabled friendly structures are very convenient as they allow disabled individuals to move freely with minimal effort. Most of these hotels also have special emergency protocols that ensure disabled individuals are not left behind in case of an emergency, unlike some hotels where these issues are over looked.

3. Use a travel agent that offers travel packages for disabled travelers
Booking flights and hotel rooms with travel agents that offer travel solutions to disabled people is advantageous in a number of ways. They ensure they book for their disabled clients airlines and hotels that are disabled friendly. They strive to offer services and suggestions that will ensure their clients travel comfortably.

4. Understand and know your rights when at the airport
Travelling, for people with disabilities, is very hectic, especially when they arrive at the airport. They face the challenge of getting proper information and directions. This is further aggravated by the huge number of people traveling and long queues. In airports, there are attendants that are supposed to attend to the needs of those travelling with disabilities.

Disabled travelers should not, and are not, treated differently when they go through security measures. They are also protected from any form of discrimination from any airline. Disabled travelers are advised to be very conversant with their rights to avoid and report any form of discrimination when travelling.

5. Bring extra medication
There is no harm in carrying an extra dose of medication when travelling. People do lose their luggage as they travel so, having an extra dose will act as a backup when one dose gets lost. This also ensures that when travelling, a disabled person does not run out of their medicine forcing them to start looking for a drug store when travelling. These medications should be stored properly to ensure their safety.

6. Take a doctor’s note and contact information when travelling
A doctor’s note contains important information about a condition that a disabled person is facing and this will help doctors save a lot of time on tests in case of an emergency. Contact information for your doctor allows other doctors to get important information from your doctor should the need arise. This small, but vital, information can save lives.

7. Use direct flights
It is very hectic and tiresome for a disabled traveler to use connecting flights. Using connecting flights exposes them to loss of their luggage and even injury as they get in and out of a plane. Using a direct flight cuts all these risks down and saves a lot time and energy when travelling. Direct flights also ensure that those travelling with disabilities are not stranded in an airport as they wait for a connecting flight.

8. Disabled travelers are advised to have some knowledge about where they are travelling to
There is nothing more difficult than looking for directions to a place you do not know about. This is even harder for disabled travelers so, it is advisable to have at least some knowledge and understanding about their destination. This will give them an upper hand when moving around and the knowledge to know where to go and where not to go. This will be very helpful when they are stranded or experience an emergency situation and need urgent assistance.

9. Carry the appropriate luggage
Disabled travelers are advised to carry luggage that they can manage when they are travelling. Unless they have company, travelling with a huge amount of luggage is not easy. Traveling lightly enables disabled travelers to be more flexible to situations that arise besides, a large amount of luggage can also easily get lost.

10. Enjoy travelling
Many disabled people do not travel often because of a lot of limitations which discourages them. However modern technology ensures safe travel for all regardless of their condition. Travelling should be enjoyed by all since it is a chance to experience new things that are different than what they are used to.


Fantastic Ride On The World’s FASTEST Train

April 18, 2019

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Wishes Get Granted… Sometimes!

Cut to 27 years later and I find myself on the Shinagawa station waiting for guess what- the SHINKANSEN! I was waiting in excitement with my wife and kid hoping to the catch the first glimpse of the train. My child was even more excited waiting for “zupp” ( has to be said with a movement of your hand going forward to indicate speed), the train that goes so fast.

I looked at the clock and it was almost time. I turned around and there it was with its long aerodynamic nose and gleaming white exterior. It had managed to sneak in behind me and I saw it standing at the platform waiting for the passengers to board, We boarded the train bucolic and open mouthed in awe at this marvellous piece of engineering

With speeds reaching 320 km/h, the Shinkansen is known for its punctuality,comfort, safety and efficiency. The trains depart and arrive on time to the second. The importance given to safety is highlighted by the fact that there has been no fatal accidents in its history

Inside the Bullet Train

The interiors of the Shinkansen look like an aeroplane with comfortable reclining seats. The seats were 2×2 and spacious with enough space on the overhead shelves for luggage. The seats were all forward facing and very comfortable. Well, what else do you expect from the Japanese. It has to be the best in class!

Soon the train started moving and we were thrilled with excitement. What struck me the most was the silence and smoothness of the ride. Not one jerk, one movement. It was as if the train was floating! My son was a bit disappointed because he still thought that the train was stationary. Only when I made him look outside the window, did he realise the speed with which we were moving

Amenities & Comfort

The train has both reserved as well as unreserved compartments. There are washrooms at both ends of each compartment with a wash basin right out side. The loos have those multiple buttons like a typical Japanese loo. Typical of anything in Japan, they have made it foolproof and have even indicated the correct way of sitting on the loo! The toilets are spacious and have enough space for wheel chair users.

A few trains also have vending machines for food and drinks. Furthermore, pay phone facility is also available in the train. At one end of the compartment there is a surprise – a smoking room! The Japanese do know how to do things in style. The compartments are interconnected and one can move inside the train from one end to another easily. They even have the instructions in braille for the visually impaired passengers! Where else would you find such consideration for people with special needs but in Japan.

The Japanese hospitality

We also witnessed the Japanese hospitality and courtesy. Every half an hour a lady with a cart would come, greet us by bowing down and walked across compartment. She would leave by again bowing down in courtesy. Same went with the ticket conductor. Perhaps the only words we heard were “arigatou gozaimas” (thank you in Japanese)

Basic facts

The fare of Bullet Train ranges between 320 to 720 yen depending on the season. If you are going to be in Japan for long time then the Rail pass can make your commute really cheap. There are two categories of seats- Ordinary and Green Car. Some of the new trains have “Gran Class” which is super comfortable and luxurious. There are reserved and non-reserved categories of cars which is indicated on them. The bookings can be made online or at the ticket counters and vending machines at the station. Each traveller is allowed to bring only two pieces of luggage apart from small bags (details given in the following sections). The train can reach speed of 320 km/h but inside, you will not feel a thing!

Important Tips to keep in Mind

• There is a train every 8 minutes to Kyoto and so you need not worry about reservation

• It is recommended that you write your relevant details on a piece of paper to make your ticketing process hassle free. Details required are:

o Number of travelers

o Date of travel

o Departure Station

o Destination Station

o Ordinary or green car

o Reserved or non- reserved seat

• Talking on phone in the train isn’t appreciated so refrain from doing so or keep your voice super low

• A good book, and a headphone is definitely recommended

• Soft toy or any game for kids to keep them engaged is also a good idea

• Stand in line at the station at the designated place for ease of boarding and alightment

• Each traveler is allowed upto two pieces of luggage onto a train excluding small bags with max weight of each luggage being not more than 30 kilos and dimensions not being more than 250 cms when adding width, height and depth

But the most important fact about the Shinkansen is that despite of being the fastest, Shinkansen has never broken down and got late, ever!

So if you have ever been on this beautiful beast, share your experience with us and tell us about the most exciting moments. If you are planning to get on to one of these and have any queries, shout out to us and we will help you!


5 Ways to Travel Solo Without Going It Alone

April 16, 2019

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Solo travel has become a hot topic. Unlike “single(s)” travel, it is a broader group. It can include those who are single, married or have a partner/significant other. It may be a business person looking to add a leisure weekend or extension to a trip for work. Two stumbling blocks to solo travel can be: I. whether it is lonely to vacation as a “party of one” and ii.whether eating alone, especially dinner, is really uncomfortable.

Now having visited 68 countries and all 50 states, I have found 5 good ways to go alone without feeling you are “going it alone”.

1. River Cruise and Small Ship Cruises

I highly recommend river cruises and small ships. They are especially a good fit for a first time solo traveler. However, they are also great for well-traveled solos in two cases. That is where destinations like Cambodian boat villages are not otherwise easy to reach. Secondly, they work well in places where security is an issue.

Here are the key advantages of such river and small ships for solo travelers, they:

-Give you time alone but a group for tours and meals

-Can be competitively priced when compared to a piecemeal approach

-Make unpacking a one-time chore

-Work well with land packages

-Often have discounted package pricing including flights

2. Select your own lodging, and take day trips.

Here are the key advantages of this independent approach, it:

-Affords you the opportunity to select your own interests and travel style.

-Provides more opportunity to interact with local residents.

-Gives you a “day-off” when you need it.

-Works with a range of budgets.

3. Combine both of the above approaches.

I really favor this approach when I travel. On solo travel for 17 days at New Year’s, I toured Southeast Asia. I started with a private taxi tour in Siem Reap, Cambodia. I then joined a top Mekong River Cruise on to Vietnam. On the last leg, I had five days in a 5-star hotel in Bangkok. In my last stop, I tried all 3 ways of sightseeing: 1. A large bus tour 2. A private guide and 3. Self-directed subway tour.

This blended approach puts you in the driver’s seat and:

-Will let you set your own course while being free to pick and choose

-Gives you a part-time group of travel mates but also time alone

-Makes it possible to follow a budget (or splurges) tailored to what works for you

4. Sign up ahead for a class abroad.

This has become very popular now for cooking classes in France and Italy. However, for decades, language classes abroad have lured students for short-term or full summer programs. Add to that options for photography classes, skiing and scuba diving.

Here are the key benefits to this approach.

It:

-Provides you with a ready-made group

-Gives you a local contact to hear what not to miss off the tourist path

-Make it possible to connect with classmates for meals or sightseeing

-Results in providing local contacts in an emergency

5. Join a volunteer group or exchange program.

I have done this twice. My first trip out of the US was at 18 joining 5 other girls on a summer YMCA project in Trinidad and Tobago. It was the best way to learn about day-to-day life in another country and participate in community activities.

The benefits were endless. They included:

-Meeting local residents outside of the typical tourist path

-Seeing distant and often more unusual destinations

-Providing volunteer efforts to communities than may have experienced natural disasters or other hardships.

If you are new to solo travel, take a look at each of these options. You will be surprised how fast solo travel gives you the chance to make new life-long friends from around the world so that you feel you are solo to more!


Solo Travel – 10 Ways to Save on Single Supplements


In your school days, you may have found, as I did, that economics really is the “dismal science”. However, I did learn one key fact. Supply and demand drive prices. For solo travel, the surcharge or “single supplement” does vary partly in keeping with this tried and true rule. The good news? If you prowl through the Internet, you can find ways to save on solo travel when demand is down. The bad news? Reduced or no single supplement offerings are limited in number and go fast.

Here are 10 ways to save.

1. Don’t ask for one room. Ask for a “room for one’. In Europe, lodging is often sold with solo pricing. Be sure to see if it is a solo price for a standard room or a small single room. Look at the size offered for single occupants. Then consider the amount of time you will spend in your room. I often take 10-12 hour day trips abroad with almost no time spent in my hotel room except to catch some sleep before heading out again.

2. Get there first. Book even one year ahead since few slots are reduced for solos. This is really important if you go in-season. Holiday resorts and hot spots in summer may have return visitors book the next year when they check out.

3. Head to the airport when everyone else is heading home. Off-season travel is the best way to get immediate 50% off reductions. In the south of France, rates go down as fast as Sept 9. Ski resorts, like the fabled Sun Valley Lodge, have specials just before Christmas. In winter and spring, European discounts can be half-price as well.

4. Get excited about rainy weather or extreme heat and cold. You will have to think how far you want to take this. I had a thrilling short term work trip one Jan. in Siberia. I also went on tour in India during the monsoons. In some cases, the negative pronouncements may not impact your trip. A good example? The risk of hurricanes each fall is less likely to touch the ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao) making for better pricing. In Africa, for example, safari rates are lower during the rainy or “green” season if you can get away, and don’t mind the possibility of short, heavy rains.

6. Be a contrarian. Don’t pay a premium for what’s currently trending. Prowl the Internet for undervalued regions. If it is all the rage, prices will soar. In the 1980’s, I somehow found a Montenegro resort right off the Albanian border. Since then, Sveti Stefan, where I stayed, has been updated as reflected in its 5 star pricing. The moral of the story is get there before the crowds discover a destination.

7. If you can’t pronounce it or spell it, you’ll love the prices! Substitute the road less traveled. If you have a dream to see the Parthenon you must go to Greece. (That is unless you live in North America and would like to see a perfect replica in Nashville, Tenn.!) Regional air carriers are a good way to find out great largely undiscovered places at low prices. One example: I dreamed of Tahiti in my early post-graduate days. When rates were high there, Air New Zealand suggested alternatives: Rarotonga and Aitutaki. I took them up on it and had the trip of a life time dining out on the stories for years.

8. Scour the Internet for national and regional programs offered by tourist boards. Check ahead as they may only be available abroad. One of the best deals I found in the 1990’s was with then “Lan Chile”. From the US, I purchased three stand-by tickets for a total of $200 to go anywhere in the country. At that price, I made my way to Antarctica Chile, at the end of the world!

9. Use flexible dates to grab week-day deals. Hotels and airline rates often go up and down together. Why is that? That takes us back to supply and demand. When planes and hotels have low load factors, prices are softer.

10. Share to save. Look for tours that have no single supplements by agreeing to share. The benefit to this approach? It is a way to save if your travel dates are not flexible, and no to low single supplement deals are not available.


Choosing A Houseboat In Alleppey For The Most Rewarding Trip

April 16, 2019

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Alleppey in Kerala, India is probably most popular because of the endless backwaters, lagoons and canals it has to its name. It is therefore not a wonder that the Nehru Trophy Alleppey Snake Boat Race is among the most attractive for travelers including myself. Considering that the race falls in August, I have always planned my travel to be around the same time to ensure that I get to enjoy all the fun. Don’t get me wrong, Alleppey does have lots of other attractions including religious places, stunning beaches, old temples and paddy fields but houseboat cruises make some of my favorites here.

To complete my trip, I always make sure that I get myself a boathouse; there is really nothing as fulfilling like it. The well inter connected canal, lakes and rivers here make houseboat living simply amazing. Kerala may have lots of other places where house boat cruises can be enjoyed, but Kerala beats them all. The best thing is that I get to decide just how long I wish to enjoy the houseboat; it is possible for me to rent one for a few days to make my trip here nothing but rewarding. But for this to happen, I am always keen on the houseboat that I settle for and the process as well to get me the best.

  • I start by inspecting the houseboat before I commit to anything. I do not believe in booking early unless it is during peak months. Booking early before getting to Alleppey increases chances of having to deal with agents which could increase the costs. I believe in seeing my boathouse beforehand so I can ensure it has everything that matters and that the decoration is just superb. The boats here are in good condition, but it does not hurt to be sure before paying anything for mine.
  • Before paying for my houseboat in Alleppey, I also take time to compare the available options. By looking at a few of the available boats, it is easier for me to select the one I love most. The quality is not the same and hence sampling a few make it possible for me to end up with the best. Some of the things that matter when making the selection include bed, mattress, bathroom, mosquito net, air conditioning and meals. It is important to ensure that there is ample supply of bottled water, snacks and meal that I prefer so my needs are covered throughout the cruise.
  • Just like looking at any other accommodation property, size does matter when I am going through the houseboat options. Of course it will depend on the number of people I am taking with me and the kind of cruise I wish to enjoy. I love houseboats with an upstairs deck and an eating area downstairs. This way, I get to enjoy lots of privacy upstairs and enjoy amazing views from here separated from the staff offering important services.


Planning for Long Weekends

April 16, 2019

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WORK! WORK! WORK! We all are very much occupied from Monday to Friday while continuously working at our desk with full dedication. Do not spare time for ourselves even when we are at home, What all we do after such a long tiring work is to eat and take rest during weekends, subsequently prepare ourselves for another upcoming Monday with all the tiring work grind again for rest of the week.

Who doesn’t want a break from routine? Who doesn’t want a long weekend to enjoy with family/friends? Who does not want to rejuvenate so to face the tiring and routine lifestyle again in office?

Everyone wants a break from hectic routine. Everyone wants to have fun and relaxation without being tensed about work, meeting deadlines and stressed out due to the pressure of meeting expectations.

Pre Planning for Long Weekend Outing

But then again, while going for a long weekend, escaping from your daily routine comes with a price of planning and packing in advance.

Planning requires many things to be considered beforehand. What should I carry with me? What should I wear on the journey?

What kind of dress should I pack for the party, the dinner, and trip to explore the city?

There are many things, you have to plan to go for a long weekend outing.

Packing these kinds of stuff is not a difficult or tiring task; the difficult task is to decide.

It is to choose which garb to pack. Let us help you a little in this weary task.

Here are some ideas that you might want to consider for attires to be packed.

“Travel and change of place impart new vigour to the mind.” Travelling is something which we all love. But even during travel, we have to clinch what clothes we want to wear. As it is very much important for us to be comfortable even during travel. These are some of the garbs you might want to take a look to determine from.

Dress by default – You never want to dress up like a bum or a hobo to go on a journey. You won’t want to overdo your look, but you won’t even want to look like someone who just woke up from the bed.

Dress up comfortably– Dressing up comfortably is a must. You won’t want to wear your tight jeans for travelling. Wearing some trousers, joggers who have some room in them are ideal to wear for a journey. Wearing fitting t-shirts or shirts in which we feel tight is never comfortable to wear for an expedition. It would be best if you go with your loose tees to wear for a trip.

Use quality luggage – Luggage is a vital thing for your travel. You would always want a luggage which would keep your clothing safe, keep you organized and at last your luggage should be able to take thumping here and there and still protect your gadgets. Luggage should be easy to carry and light in weight.

Comfortable shoes – Wearing comfortable shoes is as crucial as wearing a comfortable attire. You can never expect to have a comfortable journey wearing your heels or wedges or even your many straps boots. Wearing sports shoes & sneakers is the best option to go with other than slippers/floaters. Both slippers and shoes would be very comfortable for you to wear and remove whenever you wish without doing much work.

Some travelling tips and tricks that’ll help you a lot –

  • Pack less: Do you really need six pairs of heels, an iron and 6 jeans? Travelling with the least luggage should be your goal. Take less and you’ll travel faster and easier if travelling by flight then even cheaper.
  • Learn a little: Learning a new language never hurts. So learn few words o the local language and have the courage to use them. Just a few words will go a long way; locals tend to warm to those who try communicating to them in their own tongue.
  • Hoodie: Always pack a hoodie in your luggage. Hooded tops make excellent travel garments, just slip up your hood to retreat from the world of noise and light when you want to sleep.
  • Bring your earplugs: If silence is golden, then ear plugs are worth their weight in platinum. For a long trip, invest in some good noise cancelling headphones. They are worth every penny to tune out a noisy road, snoring man or chattering people.
  • Pack reading stuff: Always pack some stuff that you can read on your long journey, be it a paperback or Kindle. Kindle are made for long travels, no more carrying heavy paperbacks, increasing your luggage weight and have many books to read.
  • Roll your clothes while packing rather than folding them.
  • Carry Sun glasses & Sun Screens to take care of yourselves from intense sun beams
  • Carry little extra cash: Always carry cash, while travelling. Not too much as it can get stolen and you’ll always have ATM to take out some cash. Carrying some cash is required as what if the ATM you go to stopped working or doesn’t have cash. So have some cash with you that you can use when necessary.
  • Keep balm / Mosquito repellent: Balm not only soothes your sore muscles after a lot of travelling but also works as an insect repellent, mosquito repellent is other must have in the travel.
  • Wake up early: Rise before sunrise, it’s a magical time for clicking photos due to soft diffused light. Have the best attractions to yourself while avoiding crowds.
  • Don’t feel embarrassed: Even if you do something embarrassing, don’t feel embarrassed. Laugh at yourself with others. Don’t be afraid if things are screwed up. You will definitely look like a fool while travelling to new places. But it’s worth enjoying every moment.
  • Take a lot of photos: Great photos are ultimate souvenirs. You meet those people once so capture with your camera in a form of photo.
  • Back up: Keep a backup of your documents like passport, driver’s license, etc. backup your files and photos of your computer on an external hard drive and online with some storage in the cloud. You never know when your laptop, wallet or luggage might get stolen.
  • Get lost: Write down the name of your hotel so you can catch a taxi back if needed, then just pick up a direction and start walking. Explore the place on your own. You’ll get to see how people live and work in different regions, the actual part of the town with your own eyes rather than other tourist or someone else’s eyes.
  • Eat local food: Going to a new place and not eating their local food, that’s absurd. Go, eat and explore their taste and delicacies.
  • Break out of your comfort zone: Go on a solo trip. Break out of your comfort zone, meet new people, interact with them, learn from them and make some lifetime memories.


10 Tips To Choose A Charter Bus Service


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Are you planning to on around a new region with an organized group? If so, renting a good charter bus may be a good idea. It will be responsibility of the bus driver to take care of the transit so you can enjoy the spectacular views through the bus window. Given below are some tips to help you hire the best service.

1) Safety record

The company should have a good satisfactory record. For instance, in the US, the highest rating a service can get is “satisfactory”. So, it’s not a good idea to risk your trip or life by hiring a bad company.

2) Type of equipment

The bus should not be too old. Aside from this, make sure that the condition and the size of the bus is also satisfactory. Usually, these vehicles can carry up to 60 passengers. Moreover, they have a driving time limitation. The driver should complete the trip without crossing the time limit. Mostly, they should complete the trip within 10 hours. There should be relief drivers for legal completion of the tour. Ideally, it’s a good idea to opt for a charter bus hat has on-board restroom facilities.

3) Licenses

The company should have licenses for both the driver and the equipment. Apart from this, you may want to find out if there is a requirement for local permits.

4) Hygiene

Since there are going to be over 50 people on the bus, make sure there is proper arrangement to maintain hygienic conditions. There should be trash cans and restrooms in the vehicle.

5) Additional amenities

With a bit of research, you will come to know that not all service providers offer all the amenities you may need. Therefore, if you are after something special, we suggest that you ask the company manager before hiring the bus. After all, having extra amenities is an advantage.

6) Driver’s background

During your first meeting, make sure you ask questions about the driver’s background, such as their training, licensing, and experience. After all, you may not want to go with an inexperienced driver.

7) References

It’s a good idea to ask for references from the previous clients of the company you are going to hire the services of. The clients may give you a pretty good idea of how good the service is. Customers don’t lie, so you can count on them.

8) Emergency plan

In case of an emergency, make sure that the company has a solid plan in place. It’s better if you find out how they are going to react in an emergency. After all, you want to be on the safe side throughout your tour or trip.

9) Experience

Asking about the age of the company is also a good idea. A company that has been in business for over a decade speaks volumes about its reliability. Aside from this, you may want to know about the company executive as well.

10) Rates

Lastly, you should ask questions about the total cost that you would have to bear for the service. Make sure there are no hidden charges involved.

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a new region with an organized group? If so, renting a good charter bus may be a good idea. It will be responsibility of the bus driver to take care of the transit so you can enjoy the spectacular views through the bus window. Given below are some tips to help you hire the best service.

1) Safety record

The company should have a good satisfactory record. For instance, in the US, the highest rating a service can get is “satisfactory”. So, it’s not a good idea to risk your trip or life by hiring a bad company.

2) Type of equipment

The bus should not be too old. Aside from this, make sure that the condition and the size of the bus is also satisfactory. Usually, these vehicles can carry up to 60 passengers. Moreover, they have a driving time limitation. The driver should complete the trip without crossing the time limit. Mostly, they should complete the trip within 10 hours. There should be relief drivers for legal completion of the tour. Ideally, it’s a good idea to opt for a charter bus hat has on-board restroom facilities.

3) Licenses

The company should have licenses for both the driver and the equipment. Apart from this, you may want to find out if there is a requirement for local permits.

4) Hygiene

Since there are going to be over 50 people on the bus, make sure there is proper arrangement to maintain hygienic conditions. There should be trash cans and restrooms in the vehicle.

5) Additional amenities

With a bit of research, you will come to know that not all service providers offer all the amenities you may need. Therefore, if you are after something special, we suggest that you ask the company manager before hiring the bus. After all, having extra amenities is an advantage.

6) Driver’s background

During your first meeting, make sure you ask questions about the driver’s background, such as their training, licensing, and experience. After all, you may not want to go with an inexperienced driver.

7) References

It’s a good idea to ask for references from the previous clients of the company you are going to hire the services of. The clients may give you a pretty good idea of how good the service is. Customers don’t lie, so you can count on them.

8) Emergency plan

In case of an emergency, make sure that the company has a solid plan in place. It’s better if you find out how they are going to react in an emergency. After all, you want to be on the safe side throughout your tour or trip.

9) Experience

Asking about the age of the company is also a good idea. A company that has been in business for over a decade speaks volumes about its reliability. Aside from this, you may want to know about the company executive as well.

10) Rates

Lastly, you should ask questions about the total cost that you would have to bear for the service. Make sure there are no hidden charges involved.