What is a Travel Agent?

Let’s first define the word travel and the word agent as the starting point for answering the question of what is a travel agent.

The word travel of course refers to the act of going from one place to another. And, according to Webster’s New World College Dictionary, the word agent refers to one who acts for another. Also, a travel agent acts for both the supplier and the purchaser of travel and travel related services.

Therefore, the question of what is a travel agent is perhaps answered best by saying that:

A travel agent is one who arranges the sale and purchase of all forms, categories and types of transportation, accommodations, tours, and trips.

A travel agency (or bureau) is the name used by businesses that engage in arranging the sale and purchase of travel and travel related services. Travel agents work as employees or they can work independently.

If travel is viewed as the legs of the tourism industry, then the community of travel agents is viewed as the indispensable backbone of that industry.

But, there is a new kid on the block and that new kid is the internet (World Wide Web). You might say that the use of the internet to arrange travel services is a different kind of travel agent, or travel agency depending on your view.

It is difficult to say if the internet will eventually replace travel agents as the “backbone” of the tourism industry. But, before you decide on how you will make travel arrangements take a look at some additional information that may influence your view on using travel agents.

Travel Writing: 6 Golden Rules

Travel writing is like a piece of dark chocolate that melts into your mouth making you say: “Ah! Heavenly” The satisfying and blissful expression on your face vouches for the heaven you feel within. Travel writing is both expressing the heavenly experience you feel within and transmitting the same experience to your readers.

If you are looking for tips that can help you create travel writing that sets your readers in motion, read on.

Get the hook: When it comes to travel writing there is no unexplored lands to write about. Everyone has written something about every other place. The only way to entice your readers is to look at a particular destination with a brand new perspective and let it reflect in your writing. It is this special angle that is going to grab the attention of your target audience.

Bring out the small yet delightful details: Travel writing is more about bringing out the piquant details that lie cradled in the roads you travelled. You need to etch your travel experience in such a way that it should make a reader want to travel. Be sure to add useful details about accommodation options, places to visit and activities travellers can indulge in. If you get an opportunity to travel to the destination you are planning to write, maintaining a travel diary would be a great idea. If you are writing without visiting the destination, conduct a thorough online research, read travel writing magazines and diaries of other travel writers. This way you can make your writing more comprehensive.

Count your words: When writing, keep an eye on the word count. Readers are busy folks who do not have the time to read an epic. It is always better to write a 350-450 worded travel copy. If an article is over 600 words, you can break it into two. This way you can create a sense of urgency and make the reader want to read the second part.

Add a picture or video: Remember, a picture is worth a thousand stories. Adding a striking image or video is a great way to attract more readers.

Get someone else to read your travel writing: Once you’ve finished writing,it is a good idea to find someone elseto read your copy. This way you can fix issues like readability and clarity, if there are any.

Stay away from clichés and metaphors: We all want our travel writing to sound refined, and poetic. However, using metaphors like jewel, gem or oasis or clichés like treasure trove or sensational are not the way to do it. When a writer used them first, they all looked fresh. Nowadays, every writer uses them to add a little style to the copy. But honestly, using too many clichés, metaphors and adjectives can only make your travel writing sound like advertising.

Word Travels – A Prelude to the Land of Egypt

In the next few months, I will be embarking on one of the most anticipated journeys of my life – a trip to the land of Egypt. When I think of Egypt, I think of an amazing abundance of magnificent treasures – splendid temples and tombs, ancient pyramids, museums, bazaars, and the gift of the Nile. There are not enough words to describe this expansive history and culture, so rich and fascinating to mankind. In simpler words, Egypt can be defined as a modern, vibrant nation – charming and complex, ancient and new.

So, as I step into the pages of history and discover the ancient secrets of this land, my hope is that my traveler’s tales of wonder and excitement will outlive this long-awaited dream. Egypt will be my very first encounter with the Middle East and a good choice of destination. As I leave in the next few months, here is a profile of an Egyptian Adventure:

o Tour of Cairo (the Heart of Egypt) – a visit to this huge sprawling, chaotic metropolis with a variety of archeological sites and museums. A camel ride throughout the desert to the grand Sphinx and The Great Pyramids – Chephren, Mykerionos and Cheops. A trip to the Citadel, Coptic Cairo, and the timeless Khan-al-Khalili bazaar. A traditional Felucca boat ride along The Nile and an encounter with the Nubian culture.

A visit to the splendid Cairo Opera House and then a breathtaking visit to the El-Ghuriya. Cruise along The Nile with an exciting night of Belly Dancing and some traditional middle-eastern cuisine. The most essential after-dark experience, the Sound and Light show at the Pyramids, a dramatic fusion of light and music recounting the story of Egypt. Cairo offers so much to see and do that this city alone would be an adventure in itself!

o A Visit to Aswan: this relaxing tour is blessed with natural beauties and spectacular sceneries along the Nile. The journey includes a visit to the Pharaohs. A trip to Philae Island (Agilika Island), which is famous for its various temples and sanctuaries dedicated to the goddess Isis and her husband Osiris. A view of the High Dam, which was built in the 1960s and is still considered a miracle and an engineering achievement. A visit to the Temple of Hathor, which was built in honor of Hathor-Aphrodite.

Spend a day at the Nubian Museum, which is nestled into the hillside, covering 50,000 square meters of landscaped gardens and buildings. Take an early morning excursion to one of Egypt’s most splendid temples: Abu Simbel. This site is comprised of two massive rock temples in southern Egypt, which was carved out of mountainside during the reign of Pharaoh Ramessess II. It is a lasting monument to himself and his Queen, Nefertari. Next to the Great Pyramids, Abu Simbel remains as one of Egypt’s top tourist attractions and boasts some excellent site seeing.

o Luxor (Thebes) – The Tourist Mecca: A trip to Egypt without seeing Luxor would be a real void in the history books. The city of Luxor has been called the “World’s Greatest Open Air Museum” – which it is and much, much more. The concentration of relics in this area is overwhelming and visitors may need plenty of time to take in the vast amount of columns and pillars over this awe-inspiring site.

The town itself boasts “Luxor Temple”, while just to the north is “Karnak Temple” – a stupendous complex built over 1300 years! Across the river are the amazing tombs and mortuary temples of the Theban Necropolis. Luxor also serves as a base for trips to Edfu, Esna, Dendara, and Abydos Temples, up and down the Nile Valley.

o Mount Sinai and The Red Sea Coast – A Magical Paradise: Mount Sinai is all about contrasts…a desert interior full of history, where Moses received the Ten Commandments en route to the Promised Land, the Pharaohs found gold and searched for their gods, and where Bedouins camp beside ruins of Crusader forts. Mount Sinai is known as the “holy land” and over the years, tourists have crossed this same area as the prophets, the saints, the pilgrims, and the warriors.

Every year, Mount Sinai and St. Catherine’s monastery are frequented by visitors all over the world. When the desert comes to an abrupt end, The Red Sea becomes a vacationing paradise and an underwater playground for divers and snorkelers looking for a pristine, colorful adventure with exquisite coral reefs and bustling marine life. The coral reefs along the Sinai coastline are among the best in the world and the Red Sea has one of the highest amounts of marine life variety in all the tropical seas. This area offers visitors the experience of sun, sea, and sand.

Egypt, the Land of the Pharaohs, is so unique and magical. Where else on earth can you find the wealth of antiquities, the pyramids, and the vast temples and monuments? In addition, the Red Sea Riviera provides miles of sandy, white beaches, clear blue waters, and marvelous coral reefs with incomparable underwater adventure. This country seems to have such broad appeal – families, surfers, divers, sun seekers, explorers, historians, and dreamers. It really does have something for everyone. So, if you had to plan your next vacation, hopefully, you will start dreaming of Magnificent Egypt.

Useful Tips for Traveler

Everyone loves the word travel! This means you will be visiting a foreign place or place away from home. This is exciting and even more fun if you are with your friends or family. The word travel actually originated in the word travail.

People travel because of many reason and this could be Recreation, Tourism, Research, Holiday, Charity, Migration, Pilgrimage, Business or similar.

People travel by the use of a vehicle may it be through land or through air. We travel to experience a different kind of relaxation and to explore the different things we don’t get to see in your normal world. We also travel because we want to understand the different cultures from all across the globe.

If you are planning to travel in the near future, this article may help you by letting you know simple tips of guidelines during traveling.

First is, you should not plan travel if you are not physically fit. Not that you won’t be able to enjoy the trip because you are not feeling well, but it can also cause more trouble in your health. You never know what to expect from a distant land. You will be seeing different people from public places. Public places are the best venue for germs, germs and more germs! You don’t want to trigger your illness if I were you because this will cause more than what you think it may.

Second, if you are ready for the travel, make sure that you have made a research and checked out the place you wish to visit. Check the hotels, hotel rates, tourist spots and other relevant information that may help you during your stay. You can book in early if you are sure enough about the place. In that way, I am sure you will get big discounts if you are an early bird. You may also get discounts if you book in groups.

Third, if you are traveling by the use of your own vehicle, make sure that your car is all tuned up. Oils, tires, breaks and spare tires should be in good condition so you don’t have to worry about getting to the place safe and sound.

Fourth, make sure that you have a first aid kit in your car. This is quite obvious as to why we have to have a first aid kit in the car – that is to provide instant initial relief just in case the situation asks for it.

Fifth, pack in non perishable food just in case you get stocked in a traffic jam. It is still best to have something inside your tummy than empty.

Sixth, pack in the important things that you need. Do not pack too much. Just bring what is needed. Tip is to count the days you will be using for this trip. Then you will be able to gauge how many outfit you will bring.

Last, bring enough cash for there are times credit cards and debit cards won’t work for some reason. It is best that you have cash inside your pocket that wait for the Credit Card / Debit card to work. That is a waste of time.