My husband and I recently went on an east coast tour starting from NYC on April 2nd. We enjoyed this air cruise quite a lot, and there are some things to be said of this tour by private plane.We had two tour guides Eugene Ener and Lillian Barbela. Eugene truly did a great job! And the second guide, Lillian Barbella, was acceptable but we would like to mention the following remarks and want you to take them into consideration in order to encourage travelers to enjoy this kind of experience.Here is the full review of our east coast travel tour…Punctuality is an important factor when it comes to tour guides. Thankfully, on the first day we didn’t have to wait for Mrs. Barbela at the Hudson Hotel. She was on time! The same happened after the lunch break on April 3rd and on April 4th, we had an extra 35 minutes after the spare time/lunch break at the Hershey factory due to her timeliness. The same day she was again 10 min early after a short stop at the Amish tour. For a guide, this is more than acceptable. One usually has to wait when travelling with a group, but on this east coast tour by private plane, our guide’s punctuality allowed us to partake in new activities with our added spare time like at the CN Tower where a coffee shop was available.We were told that our guides have done this tour several times before, and it showed! She knew the schedules for each day and it seemed that she was very knowledgeable of each destination, which often resulted in in-depth discussions about all facets of each destination as we arrived on our deluxe coach bus. This may be a result of the fact that the tour guides spend a lot of time before the trip studying the history of the region. Because of this, she never missed to give information on landmarks, she saw and recognized each of them (such as the Capitol building in Washington D.C.). There was a lot of information about the schedule and everything else given, same for facts if for example tickets were still needed (for example at the Niagara Falls), which resulted in a lot of answers for the needed information.Fortunately, there are little to no complaints about the topic information. Besides precise information… when to be where, my expectations were met with guides that give information on facts (e.g. about the main achievements of Martin Luther King Jr. or during which time George Washington lived).According to my knowledge our tour guides were not booked on the tour until a couple from Brazil booked the tour and asked for a Spanish/Portuguese tour guide, which is totally fine, because everyone should have the chance to truly enjoy the tour. Luckily, we appreciate that the tour was multi-lingual in Spanish and English. Guided tours (e.g. at the vine tasting and through the Amish country) are rarely interrupted by her to translate, which never upset and confused the stops on the tour.As Mrs. Barbela would always say, when traveling with a group one has to be flexible, but this flexibility is understood if the whole group has to consider the wishes of the guide or a minority.Overall, the tour guides made the experience of flying by private plane to multiple cities in the eastern region a huge success!
When looking to experience the incredible city of Los Angeles, a stay at the lovely London West Hollywood is definitely in order. Formerly known as the Bel Age, it was recently renamed and redesigned.Seated on the Sunset Strip, you will enjoy breathtaking views of both the Hollywood Hills and downtown Los Angeles. You’ll have access to all the boutiques and shops frequented by the stars. Nearby are movie studios, a great nightlife, amusement parks and even cultural attractions and recording studios.Including a roof top swimming pool complete with poolside cabanas, the Alex Roldan Salon that offers in-suite services, a restaurant where the chef is none other than Hell’s Kitchen’s Gordon Ramsay, a personal fitness trainer and even an American Girl package for the little females you won’t be disappointed!The interior of the London West Hollywood has been beautifully designed by the incomparable David Collins Studios with open floor plans in each of the 200 guest suites and glorious views from the windows, terraces and rooftop. It has been styled in a modern sense with all the amenities that today’s traveler needs.While at the London West Hollywood, you can take advantage of their wonderful concierge service. Doing everything from opening doors to procuring transportation and tickets to area attractions and sold out shows, and even finding babysitters, the concierge staff is dedicated to making your stay as hassle free as possible.If you are interested in wines and cooking, there is even a trio of classes on these subjects. One of the classes is on pairing wines with different foods. One is to teach some of Chef Gordon Ramsey’s famous dishes and one is a private dinner for you and seven of your friends where you plan the menu and learn to cook the dishes involved.Fine dining is an experience to be savored at the London West Hollywood. From the opulence of dining at the Gordon Ramsey at the London, to eating a la fresco at the rooftop pool to just relaxing and enjoying the delight of room service, the Gordon Ramsey team will fulfill your culinary desires. They are open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner and feature both a la carte and tasting menu options. Offering a Power Lunch Menu and as well as lighter fair and a sushi menu at the bar, there is something for everyone.No one should stay at the London West Hollywood without taking advantage of the fabulous spa services. They offer the standards such as facials, manicures and pedicures along with such delightful treats as private in-suite massages and other spa treatments.The fitness center at the London West Hollywood is unbelievable. From cardiovascular equipment and lifefitness machines to ab wheels and exercise balls and free weights, they have it all. Not only do they have it, but you can take advantage of this equipment either inside or out on the deck by the rooftop pool. They have complimentary sunrise yoga on Saturday and Sunday mornings and even provide the towels and the bottled water.While at the rooftop pool, you will be pampered with personal seating complete with a towel, passed fruits and smoothies, a complimentary beverage bar and even complimentary reading material. You can book a poolside cabana with the hotel concierge and enjoy a television, dvd player, sofa, mini refrigerators and even spa services while poolside.In short, a stay at the London West Hollywood is nothing short of magnificent. From the rooms to all of the services and amenities, the spa and Gordon Ramsey at the London, be sure to take the time to relax and experience everything the London has to offer.
Tenerife, the biggest of the seven Canary Islands, offers year round pleasant weather making it an ideal holiday destination. This volcanic-island is home to the highest mountain in Spain which offers breathtaking views of the ‘lunar-like’ landscapes of the volcanic slopes. The northern coast of the island is marked by steep cliffs whereas the southern side descends to a level coastal plain.The beauty of the island is enhanced by the traditional rural villages which have blended into the unusual but naturally formed lava-rock landscapes that contain unique plants, flowers and wildlife. Restaurants, cafes, bars adorn the beaches and the nightclubs and the exciting night life adds to exhilarating atmosphere.This perfect year round destination offers a variety of lodging options, ranging from hotels, hostels, apartments, cottages and even camping sites, to suit ones requirements and budget. But it’s advisable for travellers to compare some of the lodging options to make sure they get a great bargain holiday with the type of accommodation that meets with the expected standard.Independent online research on travel sites that offer reviews would be the ideal way to ensure a holiday that’s worth the money spent.This also gives the traveller the advantage of comparing some of the real bargains in store. Most often travellers review several lodging options on different websites to ensure a memorable holiday.The most sought after area in Tenerife is its southern coast where tourists have access to its lovely beaches. But Tenerife offers lodging options in other parts of the island as well for the more adventurous nature lovers. Listed below are some of the lodging options which are popular among the travellers to the island.Hotel Bitacora offers comfortable accommodation with modern amenities and facilities in the heart of Playa de las Americas, whereas the Hotel Barcelo Santiago, a contemporary hotel providing a number of modern amenities, is located in Puerto Santiago, the southwest part of Tenerife.San Blas Reserva Ambiental Hotel is a nature resort in the southern coast of Tenerife. Landscaped amidst an artificial lake the hotel’s appeal is relaxation and tranquillity. For those who are seeking a more luxurious holiday, the Grupotel Parc Natural offers a breathtaking setting overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.The Hotel Europe Villa Cortes boasts a unique Mexican design with modern amenities and facilities. Conveniently located on the picturesque beach of Playa de las Americas, it’s ideal for the sun worshipper. For families in search of a relaxing holiday the Las Platameras Bungalows are ideal. Located in the tourist area of Los Cristianos it offers basic modern facilities just 500m from the beach.
Doing what you love and earning money at the same time is undoubtedly anyone’s dream job. Traveling and photography are two most promising hobbies you can use for earning money. Combine the two hobbies and get even more benefit.Here are some things you need to prepare for travel photography:1. Have your own camera. This is the most basic requirement you need as a travel photographer. Do some research to figure out which camera suits you well.2. Learn the right mindset and techniques from photography classes and books.3. Be aware of and sensitive to once-in-a-lifetime events or things that might happen around you.4. Always have your camera ready on the go. Be always prepared for capturing unique moments out there.5. Learn about the places you are planning to visit. Get to know the landmarks, tourist attractions, local customs, exhibitions, and local cuisine in your destination.6. Create online portfolio. Online portfolio is helpful to introduce your shots to larger audience and connect with other photography enthusiasts.7. Promote yourself. Once the portfolio completes, get ready for the real job. Work for the tourism section in a tabloid, magazine, or anywhere you can use your photography skills.8. Make a good first impression with outstanding work ethics and skills. You have to stand out if you want to succeed in this field.Now, as you are fully prepared for the professional traveling photographer post, it is time to start earning more money from the job.Write Hotel Reviews for Travel AgentsMany travel agents and websites are more than willing to pay you for reviews and photos of hotels and hostels. This is your opportunity to earn a little extra cash while traveling. Your hotel reviews will be more convincing if you actually have the experience of staying at the said place.Put Advertisements in Your Photography BlogGood photos of attractive places or events will invite travel and photography enthusiasts to your blog. Join affiliate marketing by posting ad banners or writing product reviews in your blog. The more people visit your blog, the better chance you’ll get the money from the ads.Sell Stock PhotosJoin stock photography websites that accommodate and sell your travel photographs. Your selling stock photos for designers who look for instant pictures for low budgeted projects can be beneficial. When these designers download your work, you will be properly rewarded.Participate in CompetitionsThis is probably not a real job, but if you are quite adept in photography, participating in some photographic competitions never hurts. The prize you get from a competition can be higher than what you get from selling regular photos.Write and Sell Photography BookWith photo book you can reach your customer directly. Photo book functions just like a photo blog for people who opt for the printed version. Your book can function as a bible for travelers as well as an inspiration for other traveling photographers.ConclusionNow that you know how to become a traveling photographer and earn money from it, it’s time for you to take action by picking your camera, order a ticket to travel, and start capturing moments!