leasing: Lease a 4WD Nissan X-Trail in Europe
Car leasing - Summer specials with Renault and
Be a thoughtful 'motorhomer'
Before you head off
a trip around Germany in June/July 2006? The FIFA
World Cup is on!!
to the USA? Important Visa news
Australians: Be aware of Duty Free 'trap' when returning
We love our work - and it shows!
Train travel in
Europe - some frequently asked questions and some tips...
Canada: Saturday savings ....50% off
Canada with kids this summer? Dont miss.....
Canadian / USA Motorhome specials
the USA for longer than a month? Check out these Freebies!
to Alberta, Canada? Here's the info you need.
tourist info for USA? Here's where to go
CAR LEASING IN EUROPE!
Renault Eurodrive has good news for off-roaders looking
for an action holiday in Europe: its added the popular 4WD
Nissan X-Trail to its fleet as part of its alliance with
the Japanese car-maker. The X-Trails are currently
available for collection in Paris, or at Charles de Gaulle
or Orly Airports only, but can be returned to any of 35 depots
in Europe (a charge applies in some cases.)
2.2 Turbo Diesels come with satellite navigation that can be used
in 18 European
countries, panoramic sunroof, heated front seats, a cooled
glove-box, air-conditioning, CD/radio, six airbags and
are brand-new with full factory warranty, full insurance
with no excess, there are no additional driver charges,
minimum driver age is 18 years with no upper age limit,
and 24-hour roadside assistance is also included.
A 17-day lease costs from $2499, with extra days from just $47 per
CAR LEASING - Summer Specials with Renault and Peugeot
Both Renault and Peugeot have specials which need to be booked by 30June. Have
a browse or tell us what you want and we'll compare the two companies and offer
you the best deal. See more details on
BE A THOUGHTFUL 'MOTORHOMER' .
When using a radio, dont play it too loudly, especially at night
When coming home late, don't talk too loudly and don't bang/slam doors
Don't leave trash lying around, put it in the litter bins. Especially in
the US/Canada you dont want grizzly bears and other nocturnals scratching for
In the shower/toilet blocks: Leave it as you would like to find it.
Don't wash dishes in the face-basins. Go to the kitchen block
Be friendly, introduce yourself to others and make 'international' friends
Lastly, if it is your last day, and someone else is arriving, why not give them
your unused matches, washing powder etc that you dont want to carry home
you head off for the day...
Remember to unplug the power lead and stow away
Pull up the stairs and check that the awning is retracted
Secure the fridge and cupboard doors and any loose items
Remember to switch off the gas and flick the switch for the fridge
Check the toilet is 'closed'.
Lastly, check that there are no branches or powerlines overhead or behind vehicle
before reversing out
Split these 'important' chores between the kids... They'll love the sense of
TO GERMANY IN JUNE/JULY 2006? The FIFA World Cup
Germany is on !!
The first match starts on Fri 09June2006. The Final
is on Sunday 09July2006
So if you're travelling around Germany and want to avoid
the crowds, check out the match schedule which you can see
by clicking on:
To give you an idea of the popularity, this is an extract from the official Fifa
World Cup website:
"The FIFA World Cup™ server registered some 9,000 hits per second during
the first few hours in another massive show of worldwide interest. By midday
on Tuesday, the site was still receiving an average of 1,500 hits per second. "
TRAVELLING TO USA? Important Visa News
of Homeland Security (DHS) in the USA today reminded travelers
from 27 Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries that as of
June 26, 2005, they must have a machine-readable passport
to enter the United States without a visa, as mandated
by Congress. Machine-readable passports have a sequence
of lines that can be swiped by U.S. Customs and Border
Protection (CBP) officers to confirm the passport holder's
identity quickly and to obtain other information about
the holder typically found on a passport's inside cover.
26, 2005, transportation carriers will be fined $3,300
per violation, for transporting any VWP traveler to the
United States without a machine-readable passport. Similarly, VWP travelers
arriving in the United States on that date without a machine-readable
passport should not anticipate being granted one-time entry into the
Anyone from the
27 VWP countries thinking of traveling to the United States is encouraged
to check with their passport issuing authority to ensure they are in
possession of a machine-readable passport. As an alternative for persons
with immediate travel plans who are unable to obtain a machine-readable
passport in time, the individual may apply for a U.S. visa at a U.S.
Consulate or Embassy abroad.
The 27 countries
participating in the VWP include: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium,
Brunei, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy,
Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand,
Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland,
and the United Kingdom. Any traveler from these 27 countries will need
a machine-readable passport on June 26, 2005, to enter the United States.
AUSTRALIANS - Be aware of Duty free trap when returning
On 01Feb2005, the value of goods that could be brought
back to Australia tax free was increased to $900. The alcohol
limit was increased to 2.25litres. Before this date, if
you brought back more than your limit and the duty applicable
was less than $50, they waived that fee. Since 01Feb05,
that waiver has been dropped and now if you go over the
$900 limit, you pay tax on the TOTAL value of goods brought
in. For example: You are allowed $900 tax free but if you
bring in $920 worth of goods, you pay tax on the whole
$920 - not just on the $20 excess, which most normal people
would assume! The Federal Government is enjoying the windfall
which has seen them collect $710 423 in taxes in March
this year, compared with only $116 185 for the same period
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TRAIN TRAVEL IN EUROPE - Some
frequently asked questions & some tips
Q: If I taken an overnight train that departs after
7pm, do I have to use 2 days on my pass?
If you board a train that departs after 7pm, then it only counts as 1 days. If
your overnight train requires a train change before midnight, then you will use
2 travel days.
Q: How do I get from the airport to a downtown train
The following airports have train stations: Heathrow, Amsterdam
Schiphol, Barcelona, Berlin Schönefeld, Birmingham, Brussels
National, Copenhagen, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt am Main, Geneva-Cointrin,
Gatwick Airport, Heathrow, Stanstead, Oslo, Malaga, Manchester,
Munich, Milan Malpensa, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Rome Leonardo
da Vinci, Stockholm, Stuttgart Echterdingen, Vienna Schwechat
and Zurich Airport.
Q: Can I get off the train for a few hours and then get back on
later during the day if I have a point to point ticket?
A:: Yes, you may get on and off as many stops as you wish, as long
as you continue proceeding toward your final destination along
the same route.
Many European cities have multiple train stations.
So check to ensure you are going to the correct station.
* At major stations huge computerised boards, usually near the entrance
offer up to the minute schedule and platform listings.
Station information offices also provide schedules.
* Once you have found your train, check the car number
and seat number printed on the ticket. On the platform,
railway employees can show you where your car will stop.
At some stations you will a glass case which has a display
of the long-distance and overnight trains, car by car.
Called 'Composition of Trains'. There you can see exactly
where your train will stop on the platform. Be ready to
board very quickly, station stops are often very short.
Numbers posted near the train's door or on a window show
if the car is 1st or 2nd class. Destination placard and
car numbers are placed near the door. Check these. Trains
are often 'split' and sent in different directions!
*If you have a Eurail Pass, you will get free or reduced
rates & bonuses.
Note though that a free transportation bonus eg. free ferry
travel, requires use of a travel day whereas a reduction
bonus does not require use of a travel day. If you'd like
to know which ferry lines offer these bonuses, just ask
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 be visiting?
There are no additional discounts for seniors
or students although children aged 2-11 years will be offered a 75% discount
off the full adult fare. An issuance fee of CAD $20 is also applicable
for every file .
RAIL - 50% OFF in Canada
Via Rail, Canada has released their SATURDAY
SAVINGS 50% discount fare for passengers travelling onboard VIA Rail
Canada from Quebec City through the Windsor corridor.
Valid only for travel on
Saturdays until 3 September, 2005, in VIA's Comfort Class (economy) the discount
is also applicable to tickets valued at CAD $72 or less (based on the full adult
fare before taxes). This
summer deal is ideal for passengers travelling throughout
the Corridor including Quebec City , Montreal , Ottawa and Toronto . Every Saturday,
passengers can receive 50% off the regular fare in both
directions or one way.
Canada with kids this summer ? Dont
Maplewood Farm is home
to over 200 domestic animals and birds, providing families with the chance to
witness life on the farm. Kids will enjoy pony rides, milking demonstrations,
and petting the bunnies and baby animals. Annual events include the Sheep Fair
in May, Farm Fair in September, Pumpkin Event in October, and Country Christmas
The Fair at the PNE has been
a Vancouver “End of Summer”tradition since 1910. It features exciting
shows, attractions, thrilling rides and midway games, hundreds of exhibitors,
and delicious food from around the world. Kids will love Playland ,
the fair's amusement park, which is open from April until September. This year
the Fair is being held from August 20 th to September 5 th .
From cyclone chambers to shadow walls, Science
World British Columbia features hands-on exhibits and activities
guaranteed to entertain and educate. Upcoming exhibits include “Playing
with Time”, and the “Expo 2005 Canada Interactive Network”,
providing kids with the opportunity to have fun and learn at the same time
US & CANADIAN
Go West in Vancouver have a special on C22, C24
and C28 models.... 10% off the 0km rate for every new
booking with travelling dates between 03-23Aug05...
El Monte are offering unlimited mileage at USD$450 for up to 30 nights
and free personal and vehicle kits from their Seattle/Vancouver branch.
Pick up and return must be at Vancouver, pick up date must be after 01July and
return before 06September and valid on C25 and C28 only.
Moturis: Want a free one way trip in the USA ? Well travel between 01November05
and 31March06 and we'll give you the one way free of charge. This is your chance
to cross from East to West or vice versa. This represents a saving of up to USD$750....
TRAVELLING IN THE USA FOR LONGER THAN A MONTH?
in the USA for longer than a month? We'll offer FREE membership
to Passport America which gives 50% off your campsite
fees, an International camping directory and a free yearly
subscription to RV America magazine. See
Travelling for 2 months or more? We'll also pay for a National
Parks Pass. Valid for one full year, it will admit the
all passengers free when the park has an entrance fee.
If you're planning a trip of 3 months or more, we'll also
include a Golden Eagle Sticker, which covers your entrance
fees at not only the national parks, but also at sites
managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the US Forest
Service & the
Bureau of Lang Management.
TRAVELLING TO ALBERTA, CANADA? ... More info available on www.travelalberta.com
The Gateway cities of Canada are
Calgary & Edmonton
and most people want to see the Rocky Mountain, Jasper
and Banff National Parks and Lake Louise.
Shopaholics wont want to miss The West Edmonton Mall, one of the largest shopping
and entertainment complexes in the word with over 800 shops, entertainment and
activities and even a hotel if you get tired half way through! .
Did you know that Alberta has five World Heritage Sites?
Wood Buffalo National Park: Canada's largest National park and home
to the whoopig crane and the peregrine falcon, both endangered species as well
as the world's largest free roaming and self-sustaining herd of bison!
Rocky Mountain Parks: The beauty of the Canadian Rocky Mountains,
Jasper and Banff, are almost beyond description!
Waterton/Glacier National Parks: International Peace Park , where
wildlife and beauty abound
Dinosaur Provincial Park: Walk in the footsteps of the mighty dinosaurs
or join in a day dig - the park is a window into the ancient past
Head-Smashed-in Buffalo Jump: An interpretive centre that celebrates
the hunting techniques of the Plains Indians
If you'd like to see these sites, we'll be happy to give you some info
on a suggested 7-14day Unesco Trail which takes in these 5 sites. Just
What to do? The Icefields Parkway. Stretching 229kms from
Banff to jasper, the Icefields Parkway runs along a chain of massive icefields
straddling the Continental Divide and is one of the most spectacular touring
routes in the world. Voted one of the ten most beautiful drives
in the World!!
Just outside Banff are the spires of the Hoodoos - carved by forces
of wind and water and standing guard, overlooking the Bow River. Or take
a 90 minute boat tour or go Scuba diving on Lake Minnewanka or the Sulphur
Mountain Gondola will take you to the top of Sulphur Mountain in Banff or
ride the Jasper Tramway, the longest aerial tramway in Canada, up
Whistler's Mountain, then take a canoe on Lake Beauvert alongside Jasper Park
Lodge where you can also enjoy a round of golf. Try and visit Athabasca
Falls, just south of Jasper where the Athabasca River is funnelled into
a narrow canyon creating these spectacular falls. Also near Jasper
is the Maligne Canyon, spectacular gorge or cruise on the Maligne Lake and
visit Spirit Island....
The main cities: Calgary: Home of the Calgary Stampede....the
'Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth' every July... Also home to the Calgary
Zoo Botanical Garden and Prehistoric park. Well worth a visit. Always
plenty of folk interested in dinosaurs and suchlike...visit the Royal Tyrrell
Museum of Palaeontology where you can experience 4.5 billion
years of the Earth's histroy. The museum re-creates Western Canada as
it appear 65-225 million years ago, with hands on displays, computer simulations
and life sized dinosaur exhibits.
Alberta: If you are a golfer, did you know that 70 of Alberta's
276 golf courses are within an hour's driver of downtown Edmonton! If
you're a nature loves, visit Elk Island national Park, home to 44 species
of mammal including 1000 bison, moose, elk, deer, beavers, coyotes and 230
of birds. Just 45 minutes from downtown Edmonton. If you're
into history, much of it interative, visit the Provincial Museum of Alberta. One
of the top 5 museums in Canada.
Also consider visiting Odyssium, home of North America's largest planetarium
dome, a Space Gallery, IMAX theatre and new Health, Environment and Forensics
galleries witha plethora of hands-on activities, experiments, games and skill
testing puzzles. Fun for all.
WHAT'S ON IN ALBERTA?
Banff Festival of the Arts- May to August. See www.banffcentre.ab.ca/CFA/festival
Calgary Folk Music Festival - late July. A weekend summit of folk
musicians from across North America and around the world. www.calgaryfolkfest.com
International Jazz Festival - June/July. A 10 day celebration
of jazz, blues and world-beat music. www.discovercalgary.com/jazzcalgary
The Calgary Stampede - mid July for 10 days. the Half Million
Dollar Rodeo attracts the world's top professional cowboys. www.calgarystampede.com
Edmonton - The Heritage Festival in early August. One of the largest multicultural
festivals in the world boasting over 50 outdoor ethnic pavilions. see www.edmontonheritagefest.ca
Edmonton - International Street Peformers Festival. uly. The world's
best street performers from mimes and minstrels to clowns and acrobats in over
100 impromptu performances. www.discoveredmonton.com/streetperformers.
NEED TOURIST INFO ON THE USA?
You can go to the website of each US State tourism office where you can request
brochures and find more in-depth information etc.
Arizona - http://www.arizonaguide.com
Colorado - http://www.colorado.com
District of Columbia - http://www.washington.org
Florida : http://flausa.com
New Hampshire: http://www.visitnh.gov
New Jersey: http://visitnj.org
New Mexico: http://newmexico.org
New York: http://iloveny.state.ny.us
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