Earlybirds catch the worm and save money!
The Budget Airlines: Updated
information for UK/Europe and USA
Motorhomes in the USA: Specials
Motorhomes in the USA / Canada - mileage is
Canal & River boat specials: Everything is
Call us from the UK - Just the cost of a call
Motorhomes in Europe: Fantastic German
Our Trivia Competition: Keep those entries coming!
Holiday Cooking: Easy one pot meals
Travel Insurance: Don't leave home
Travelling to Ontario, Canada - here is the
info you need
The Positives & Negatives of rail travel
catch the worm , save money and get what they want!
If you know you want to
travel in Europe or UK next year, we are offering 2005
rates for travel in 2006 for most Motorhome & canal
if you book and pay a deposit by 30September 2005. All
that is required is a deposit. The balance is only due
6 weeks prior to pick up. Again, we cannot emphasize strongly
enough that next year is going to very problematic in terms
of getting availability. You have World Cup Soccer and
Tour de France on...and judging by the number of bookings
we already have for this period - there will be a lot of
people who miss out on motorhomes. They really are
an ideal way to travel and follow something that keeps
Airlines: Updated information for UK/Europe and USA
We are happy to report that we have lots of
positive feedback since our January newsletter article on Budget
airlines and a lot of money has been saved.
Since then, we have accumulated a lot of additional info.
So these are some of the engines that search multiple low cost airlines
in the UK and Europe.
We always suggest using these to find which airlines fly where and
then you can go onto the individual airline if need be.
Other individual airlines:
(UK to Europe)
(UK to Italy)
In the USA - these are some of the budget airlines:
(Between East Coast and Las Vegas)
(flights from many cities all over USA)
- (all over the USA)
(from JFK all over USA)
(all over USA)
(mostly eastern USA and LAX and Las Vegas)
( 31 locations across USA from Minneappolis)
Motorhomes in the USA - Winter & Summer
With El Monte, pick up between 01November05
and 31March06 (last return by 30Apr06) and you can choose from one
of the following options: 50% off 500 mile packages OR purchase unlimited
mileage for only USD$400 (30 night maximum, thereafter $25 per night)
OR free personal conveniene kits and vehicle kit OR have early pick
With Moturis, who have terrific tax inclusive rates with 60 miles
per day included - if you travel between 01November 2005 and 31March
2006, you can have a free one way between any of their depots.
Cruise America, have just released their Flex rates
& Earlybird Offers for 2006....so why not let us do the hard work
and compare all the options for you.
Go West, Canada - Huuuge Earlybird discounts apply!! These vehicles
Don't forget all bookings over one month qualify for a free National
Parks Pass !
Hot off the Press!! Great Earlybirds discounts
have just arrived for ALL our USA and Canada companies .
It will take a few days to get them loaded onto our website but send
us your travel plans and we will match you up with the best deal....
Motorhomes in the USA / Canada -
mileage is important!
In the USA and Canada, vehicles generally come with no mileage
included (Moturis in the USA is the exception). So calculating your
mileage is important as you will be paying for each mile or km.
In the USA you can generally buy packs of 500 miles at USD$115 each
but if you are planning on travelling big distances, it may be better
to go for unlimited mileage packs. This is where it gets a bit tricky!!
El Monte have unlimited mileage at USD$900 for up to 30 nights,
but Cruise America have unlimited mileage for USD$ 600 but for up
to 21 nights...(Extra days of unlimited mileage are available for
both) or El Monte have 'All inclusive' packages where every day,
irrespective of length, includes unlimited mileage as well as kits
and other bits and bobs, which makes it very attractive for shorter
You have the same sort of 'dilemma' in Canada. In short - it pays
to work out your mileage, just roughly. It is also better to sometimes
'under-purchase' your mileage packs as unused mileage is not refunded.
We make it a heap easier for you... tell us your estimated mileage
or give us your rough routing and we'll work out the best deal from
the myriad of mileage options. Incidentally, you can use http://www.mapblast.com to work out your point to point mileage, get directions and maps...
Canal & River
Book a Nicols boat by 31 August and get a 5% discount on 2005 rates
for travel in 2006 !
Book a France Passion Canal boat and get a 5% discount on 2005 rates
for travel in 2006. Offer becomes void when new rates received.
Crown Blue Line - get a 5% Earlybird discount if you reserve your
Locaboat - 5% discount on 2005 rates
European Waterways - 5% off all 2006 rates for bookings received by
Black Prince in UK - 5% off 2005 rates for travel in 2006 + 2nd week
Amadeus Waterways - 7.5% discount for all 2006 bookings made by 31August
Get additional discounts when you rent 2 or more boats or have a 2
week trip ...
We have also just ordered a bunch of DVD's on canal boat trips in
the UK as well as 2 on travel in Europe.
If you are in Australia and interested in borrowing these, just let
Call us from the UK and USA - In
the interests of providing better customer service - if you live in
the UK - we now have a London telephone number which you can call
...the only problem is that due to the time difference you would have
to call us between 0700-0900hrs or stay up until 11.30pm .. you can
try at other times and later as we often work late and will answer
the phone if we are here. The number is 020-7193 0874.
in Europe - Fantastic German Earlybird deal
We have received confirmed 2006 rates with McRent. If you
book by 31Jan06, you will get a 5% earlybird discount and if your
rental is between 14 to 21 days, get an additional 3% longterm discount
and if it is more than 21 days, get a 5% longterm discount. These
are the Best Prices in Europe....For more details etc click on
Our Trivia Competition:
COMPETITION... closes 31Aug05
Trivia is back! By popular demand - we've brought back the trivia questions.
This quarters prize: We're going to go with travel vouchers as the postage
is costing more than the prizes!!
This quarter, we'll draw 3 x $150 vouchers which you can use towards
anything you purchase from our site.
Send your answers by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Where would you find Mount Rushmore?
2. Which is the longest river in the world?
3. The Eurostar travels between ? and ?
4. In which city would you find the statue of Eros?
5. If a friend invited you to the Oktoberfest - which city would you
cooking - One Pot Meals
Pot roasted chicken and Potatoes
8 Chicken pieces eg. legs, thighs, breast or enough for
2 cloves of garlic
1 onion cut in wedges
4 potatoes peeled, sliced 3cm thick
Soy sauce, salt and pepper
Heat a bit of oil in pan and give the chicken a bit of a fry together
with the garlic
When brown, add a cup of water and a good few shakes of soy sauce,
salt and pepper.
Put the sliced potatoes on top, put the lid on and let it cook for
Check after 15 minutes to see if you
need to add a bit more water. (enough to make gravy)
When chicken is cooked and potatoes are soft, stir it around and thicken
the gravy with a bit of cornflour.
Re-check seasoning and add chicken stock or gravy granules etc as
Serve with salad or veggies or bread rolls.
Travel Insurance - Don't leave home
An essential part of travelling is taking travel insurance.
If you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to go! Horror
stories abound where clients have not taken travel insurance. Having
a heart attack in the USA can bankrupt you - and heaven forbid you
are stuck in a remote outpost with only a 'tribal doctor' on hand.
Having travel insurance can see you airlifted to nearest hospital.
Australian and New Zealand clients are also fortunate enough to be
able to obtain travel insurance which covers 'Rental vehicle insurance
excess' which means that they do not need to take out the optional
CDW (collision damage waiver ) options with the rental companies.
For our USA and Canadian clients, please check with your credit card
companies. Some of them include this Rental vehicle insurance excess
waiver when you pay by credit card. We have tried to find similar
cover for our South African and UK clients and unbelievably, nothing
seems to exist that will cover the excess on motorhomes. If anyone
can shed any light, we'll be thrilled to hear from you.
Travel insurance costs the same whether you
take it a year before you go or the day you leave, however you are
only covered when the policy is issued, so this is one instance where
it does not pay to procrastinate. The minute you are paying a deposit
for a holiday item, pay for your travel insurance. We strongly believe
this is so essential that we are quite happy to offer you discounted
travel insurance when you book any product with us.
Travelling to Ontario, Canada? Here's
the info you need!
The gateway cities of Ontario are Toronto, Niagra region, Algonquin,
Ontario is home of over 270 Provincial Parks, six National parks and
250 000 lakes and in July each year, an Elvis Festival held in the
small town of Collingwood which is attended by 70 000 visitors plus!!
If Elvis is not your scene, then each September you can attend the
Toronto International Film Festival, the world's third largest.
Toronto: Dont miss Toronto Zoo- over 280 hectares
and more than 5000 animals in natural settings; The Royal
Ontario Museum which is Canada's largest; Ontario Place
- recreational complex on the lakeshore; Queen Street
East - trendy neighbourhood with shops, restaurants and
beaches. (Don't miss the Beaches International Jazz festival
every July). If it's shopping you want- the St Lawrence
market which has been fedding up the locals for the past
170 years is not to be missed; Yorkville is for designer
shopping and you'll spot Prada, Chanel, Armani and Gucci...
If its souvenirs you want head to Queen's Quay Terminal
on the harbourfront and if all that shopping makes you
hungry, tempt your tastebuds at one of over 7000 restaurants
If you're heading to the capital, Ottawa, why not check
out the 'changing of the Guard' at Parliament Hill,
home of Canada's government. This happens late June to
late August. You can have a free walking tour of the
inside of the building. If it's nature you want, visit
Gatineau Park which it's 36 000 hectares of woods, lakes,
hiking trails and beaches for swimming and camping or
take the easy way out and board the Hull-Chelsea-Wakefield
Steam train along the banks of the Gatineau river and
park. You can also experience the thrill of whitewater
rafting near Beachburg which is one hour west of Ottawa.
In winter, go ice-skating on
the Rideau Canal which becomes the longest skating rink
in the world.
You can't go to Ontario without visiting Niagra Falls...Brave
the Whirlpool Jet Boat which speeds through the stone
walled canyon of the Niagara Gorge and lets you feel
the power of the swirling whirlpool currents. There is
so much to do....take a helicopter ride, experience Imax
theatre, or the Niagara Spanish Aero Car which travels
over the rapids and gorge suspended by sturdy cables
or shop at over 40 brand name outlets at
Canada One Factory outlets. It all this sounds like 'too
much' excitement, chill out one of more than 45 wineries
on the Niagra peninsula.
Or hire a car and drive on the Niagra Parkway, 42km of glorious
parks and gardens once described by Winston Churchill as
the 'prettiest Sunday afternoon drive in the the world;.
If Art is your thing, why not canoe your way into Ontario's
old growth forests where you can sketch, paint, sculpt or
photograph your adventure. Programs are for new and seasoned
artists and include pottery, woodcarving, willow furniture
construction, gem stone transformation etc. Visit http://www.artsinthewild.com
Niagara Grape and Wine Festivals, mid Jan/mid June/late
September. See http://www.grapeandwine.com
Winterlude: Feb each year. Ottawa winter playground with
loads of activities and ice and snow sculptures
Stratford Festival of Canada: Set in Stratford. http://
Algonquin Provincial Park - http://algonquinpark.on.ca . Ontario's oldest provincial park, just 3 hours from Toronto.
St Jacobs, 90 minutes froom Toronto. Home to over 100 shops,
services and restaurants plus a vibrant Farmers Market with
over 600 vendors.
A heap more info available on http://www.ontariotravel.net
The Positives and Negatives of Travelling
by Train in Europe
1. Quick and easy to travel between cities. Trains are frequent,
especially on popular routes. So good if you want to see the main
cities and have a limited amount of time.
2. Avoids ‘getting to airport’ problems, long check-in
queues and busy airports.
3. If comparing with a car or motorhome, you’re avoiding parking
problems; the problems with navigation and getting lost.
4. You can sit back, relax and view the scenery or be sociable and
chat to fellow travelers picking up sightseeing tips and learning
about different cultures.
5. In some places hotels or hostels are located close to stations
and if there is a few of them, competition could see attractive rates
on offer. Or you could sleep on the train. Modern trains are fast,
efficient and can now be quite luxurious and there are many overnight
trains with proper cabins, beds and amenities.
6 If you are on rail pass type of ticket
you often get bonuses included eg. Discounted hotel rates, discounted
car rates, free domestic train or bus usage, free or discounted ferry
trips etc. Please pay careful note though as some 'freebies' require
the use of a travel day.
go from city to city . Popular attractions or places you may want
to visit could be way ‘off the tracks’, which means walking
or taking busses or taxis which does add to the overall cost of your
2. If you are using one of the Eurail type passes you will find that
almost all ‘sleeper’ and high speed ‘premier’
trains require that you pay supplements. If you use a hotel or night
train for a overnight trip, for example Paris to Madrid, you will
be missing some magnificent scenery and unless you are paying a big
supplement for a bed, you’re going to arrive a bit ‘train-lagged’.
If I am doing a train trip, I’m pretty aware of my belongings
and can’t seem to have a deep sleep as I’m conscious of
pick pockets and opportunistic thieves.
3. Sometimes hotels and hostels are located further from the station
necessitating a long walk, bus or taxi trip. Hotels away from the
city center often offer better value.
4. You must travel lightly as your back will be carrying your pack
–or you can use one of those nifty wheelie suitcases!
5. You are not as ‘free’ as when you have a car because
you are bound by a timetable to a certain degree. Yes, trains are
frequent but you can not detour as easily especially if you have pre-booked
6. Cost: If you are a family or 3 or more persons, train travel is
probably going to cost you more than a car, but again it depends on
a variety of factors ie. From which country you are starting your
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