Top Tips for Staying Cool in the Summer

Temperatures in the 90s and higher are dangerous, and become more dangerous the higher they go and the longer they last. The very young and the very old are at the highest risk, as their weight and age can impair their ability to handle high temperatures.

12 Tips for Staying Cool This Summer
Be aware of the heat. Pay attention to it and modify your activities appropriately.
Pay attention to your hydration status and be sure to drink plenty of fluids.
Try to stay in relatively cool areas, even when outside. Many public places, such as libraries, shopping malls and movie theatres, are air conditioned.
Avoid hot, enclosed places, such as cars. Never leave children unattended in a car parked in the sun.
Use a fan, if available.
Stay on the lowest floor of your building.
Eat well-balanced, light and regular meals.
Wear loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothing.
Cover windows that receive a significant amount of sun with drapes or shades to help keep your house cool.
Weather stripping and proper insulation will keep cool air inside your home.
Cool beverages are good for cooling down the body, while alcoholic drinks can impair the body’s ability to regulate its temperature.

8 Signs of Heat Overexposure
Heavy sweating — though if heat stroke sets in, the body can no longer compensate and stops sweating.
Pale skin.
Muscle cramps.
Feeling tired and weak.
Altered mental status (confusion or disorientation).
Headache.
Becoming semi-conscious or passing out.
Nausea or vomiting.

6 First Steps to Take After Recognizing Heat-Induced Illness
Call 911.
Get the person out of the sun and into a cool area. An air-conditioned area is ideal, but moving someone into the shade will also help.
Apply water to help the person cool off.
Apply ice to the neck or armpits, where large blood vessels are close to the surface.
Remove any heavy clothing.
Immerse the body in cool water, either at a swimming pool or in a bathtub.


Lowest Price Guarantee – New from IWB

Instant World Booking is your cheapest option for online reservations at hotels, hostels, and bed & breakfasts around the world. 

Our new Lowest Price Refund Guarantee is our promise that you won’t find cheaper accommodation elsewhere.  We’re cheaper than Hostelworld, Hostelbookers, Hostelsclub, BedandBreakfast.com, and the rest.

While our friends at other booking services are comparing and trying to out price each other with advertising campaigns, you can book with confidence at Instant World Booking.  That’s because we’re offering a guarantee you’ll receive the lowest available price.  So, don’t look any further.  Reserve with confidence knowing that, if you find a lower price, we’ll refund you double the difference.  It’s that simple.

How can we offer this incredible guarantee?  Because, Instant World Booking is one of the most economical online reservation providers, serving over 10,000 unique and specialty properties worldwide.   And because we provide superior service and technology, we don’t gouge our accommodation partners with exorbitant commissions.  So, we can pass on the savings to our travelers.

About our Lowest Price Refund Guarantee

We are absolutely committed to offering the lowest prices.  You can book with confidence, since we trust you won’t find any of our properties cheaper elsewhere on the internet.   If you do find a better deal for the same travel dates and with the same booking conditions, we’ll refund double the difference.  See more about the terms of our Lowest Price Refund Guarantee below.  We think you’ll agree that no better guarantee is offered anywhere.

Lowest Price Refund Guarantee – Terms

(1)  Contact us within 7 days of booking your accommodation through Instant World Booking, or one of our 100+ travel websites.  Your booking must be completed on one of Instant World Booking’s websites, not a lodging’s website or other affiliate site.

(2)  Tell us the details of the lower rate you were offered.  The lower price must be available to book during the 7 day period following your reservation, and we need to be able to verify the offer.

(3)  The guarantee will not apply to lower prices advertised within 7 days of arrival date.

(4)  The lower price must be available on a website other than instantworldbooking.com.

(5)  The “lower price” consists of the total cost of the reservation, including the daily rate, any included extras, and all booking fees and taxes.  The “lower price” must be found on a website for an equivalent room at the same lodging accommodation for the same period as your reservation, and with the same conditions.

(6)  Instant World Booking will make refunds only if your reservation through Instant World Booking completed and not cancelled or the subject of a no-show.   Refunds will only be given after the departure date, once the terms of your reservation have been fully completed.

(7)  If a refund is given, you are still bound by the terms and conditions of your existing reservation confirmed through Instant World Booking.

(8)  The lowest price guarantee does not apply to accommodation reserved in combination with a membership rate, frequent stay, reward type program, or special promotion offered by the accommodation provider.

(9)  The lower price must be a regularly advertised price for your reserved hotel, not a price received from an ‘opaque’ site or auction site, where the exact location or price is not known until after booking.

(10)  The maximum refund that will be provided by Instant World Booking is limited to the total confirmation payment made at the time of your reservation.

(11)  Instant World Booking reserves the right to withdraw this offer at any time without prior warning or notification.


How to Get a Cruise Deal

If you’re planning a cruise, note that the economy has changed the cruising industry and there may be excellent values to be had with a little planning.

Choose your timing carefully.  Cruising in shoulder (off-peak) seasons may find you deals with up to 60% off.

Check a travel agent for specials.  Many agents may have access to specials.

Pick your cabin.  Sometimes moving one deck down may offer better pricing, without sacrificing views.

Here’s the best time to book:

Caribbean: November – March

Transatlantic: June – July

South America: April – May and November – December

North America and Europe:  June – August


Why Cancellation Policies Matter

Cancellation policies matter.  Check policies before you book, both the hotel’s cancellation policy and the booking agency, if you’re using one.  Over bookings may not be a frequent problem when booking hotels, but when you’re booking online, be sure to re-confirm with your hotel after receiving your online confirmation.  This will ensure a trouble-free arrival and stay.

When overbookings do occur, it may not be always evident what to do next.  By definition, the hotel is almost always responsible.  If you’ve made payments to confirm your booking, the hotel may be responsible to return your payments, even if you booked through an online agency.   If you are at the hotel, and dealing with an overbooked situation, never leave the property until you have a refund in hand or the hotel’s commitment to refund.

The booking agency often acts as an intermediary to assist with handling overbooked situations.  Instant World Booking’s policies are quite specific, and have been very successful in handling customer disputes with overbooked hotels.  Here’s the response from one of our recent customers from Australia who ran into some trouble with an overbooked hotel in Hong Kong.

Thank you for your understanding and prompt action in regards to this matter. I now hold a high regard for the way your company operates and will forward my thoughts to colleagues and anyone I know who wishes to make reservation bookings online. I will continue to use your company as my first preference when booking online. Thank you.  AG, Australia


How to Help in Haiti

Want to know how to help in Haiti?  We at Instant World Booking wish to express our sympathy and support to the victims and survivors of the earthquake in Haiti, and to those who travel there.  Here is a list of some organizations currently providing relief and aid.  Please help if you can. 

The American Red Cross

www.redcross.org

Text “Haiti” to 90999 to donate $10 (billed to your phone)

The United Nations World Food Program

www.wfp.org
The Salvation Army

www.salvationarmyusa.org
Action Against Hunger

www.actionagainsthunger.org

Catholic Relief Services

http://crs.org/
Project HOPE

www.projecthope.org
Partners in Health

www.pih.org

This list is provided as a service to our readers.  Instant World Booking is not affiliated with these organizations and does not specifically endorse them.


Travel Health and Safety with H1N1 Flu

The Swine Flu (H1N1) has surged again this season.  As Autumn and Winter travelers reach their destinations, it’s important to know the signs of the H1N1 Flu since the level of risk in various regions may sometimes be unknown.  We encourage you to rely on your doctor as your main source of care and advice on seasonal and H1N1 flu vaccinations and treatment.

What to Do If You Get Sick
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that if you get sick with flu-like symptoms, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people, except to get medical care.

Most people with 2009 H1N1 have been only mildly sick and have not needed medical care or antiviral drugs. The same is true for seasonal flu. If you get sick with flu, call your doctor for advice. If your doctor decides that you do need drug treatment, medicine will be most helpful when started within the first two days that symptoms begin to show.

Here are some tips from CDC on what to do if you’re sick:
1)  Know the signs. Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches, chills, tiredness, diarrhea and vomiting.

2)  Know the emergency warning signs. Anyone who has one or more of the emergency warning signs below should get medical care right away.

3)  If you are not sure what to do if you or a family member is sick, contact your doctor. He or she will best be able to guide you.

Emergency Warning Signs of the Flu

Children

Adults

Fast breathing or trouble breathing

Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

Bluish skin color

Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen

Not drinking enough fluids

Sudden dizziness

Not waking up or not interacting

Confusion

Being too irritable to be held

Severe or persistent vomiting

Symptoms get better but then return with
fever and a bad cough

 

Fever with a rash

 


Top 100 Hotels In The World

Here Are The Top 100 Hotels In The World, According To Travel & Leisure Magazine September, 2009

THE TOP 100 HOTELS
Properties in Africa and Asia have been steadily rising in the Top 100 rankings since 2003, and this year they have broken all the records: 58 percent of reader favorites are located on the other side of the globe. But properties closer to home still hold strong. At No. 3, St. Lucia’s Jade Mountain is the first hotel in the Caribbean ever to break into the Top 10, and U.S. and Canadian hotels, from Texas to Toronto, make up nearly a quarter of the list.

1. BUSHMANS KLOOF Cedar Mountains, South Africa 98.67

2. OBEROI VANYAVILAS Ranthambhore, India 98.00

3. JADE MOUNTAIN St. Lucia 97.50

4. SABI SABI PRIVATE GAME RESERVE (EARTH LODGE) Sabi Sand Wildtuin, South Africa 97.50

5. INN AT MANITOt,? McKellar, Ontario 95.59

6. SINGITA SABI SAND Sabi Sand Wildtuin, South Africa 95.52

7. FOUR SEASONS TENTED CAMP GOLDEN TRIANGLE Chiang Rai, Thailand 95.00

8. OBEROI UDAIVILAS Udaipur, India 94.88

9. GOVERNORS’ CAMP Masai Mara, Kenya 94.82

10. JACK’S CAMP Kalahari, Botswana 94.72

11. PALACIO DUHAU-PARK HYATT Buenos Aires 94.68

12. KIRAWIRA CAMP WESTERN SERENGETI Serengeti National Park, Tanzania 94.63

13. EAGLE ISL AND CAMP Okavanqo Delta, Botswana 94.17

14. INN AT PALMETTO BLUFF Bluffton, South Carolina 94.03

15. TWELVE APOSTLES HOTEL & SPA Cape Town 93.91

16. SINGITA GRUMETI RESERVES Serenqeti National Park, Tanzania 93.75

17. THE LODGE AT KAURI CLIFFS North Island, New Zealand 93.75

18. ROSEWOOD MAYAKOBA Riviera Maya 93.41

19. ELIOT HOTEL Boston 93.40

20. MANDARIN ORIENTAL Bangkok 93.34

21. FOUR SEASONS RESORT Chianq Mai, Thailand 93.33

22. THE FARM AT CAPE KIDNAPPERS North Island, New Zealand 93.33

23. ESPERANZA RESORT Los Cabos, Mexico 93.30

24. LIONS SAND PRIVATE GAME RESERVE Sabi Sand Wildtuin, South Africa 93.28

25. ROYAL MALEWANE Kruqer National Park, South Africa 93.15

26. WATERMARK HOTEL & SPA San Antonio, Texas 93.08

27. SHAMWARI GAME RESERVE Eastern Cape, South Africa 93.00

28. OBEROI AMARVILAS Agra, India 92.91

29. SINGITA KRUGER NATIONAL PARK South Africa 92.86

30. THE SAXON Johannesburg 92.86 .

31. GRAND HOTEL BAGLIONI Bologna, Italy 92.83 .

32. ISLAND SHANGRI-t.A Hong Kong 92.75

33. GIRAFFE MANOR Nairobi 92.68

34. LONDON PRIVATE CAME RESERVE Sabi Sand Wildtuin, South Africa 92.68

35. THE PENINSULA Hong Kong 92.23

36. COUPLES NEGRIL Jamaica 92.19

37. ANANTARA DHIGU RESORT & SPA. Maldives 92.14

38. LONDON WEST HOLLYWOOD California 92.07

39. KICHWA TEMBO MASAI MARA Kenya 91.86

40. FOUR SEASONS HOTEL CAIRO AT THE FRST RESIDENCE Egypt 91.86

41. HALEKULANI Oahu 91.81

42. COUPLES SWEPT AWAY Neqril, Jamaica 91.80

43. DOMAINE DES HAUTS DE LOIRE, France 91.79

44. KHWAI RIVER LODGE Okavanqo Delta, Botswana 91.71

45. HOTEL NELLIGAN Montreal 91.47

46. AMANGANI Jackson, Wyoming 91.42

47. IL SAN PIETRO Positano, Italy 91.39

48. PUDONG SHANGRI-LA Shanghai 91.30

49. TORTILIS CAMP Amboseli Game Reserve, Kenya 91.28

50. AMANKORA PARO Bhutan 91.25

51. ENCHANTMENT RESORT Sedona, Arizona 91.22

52. RABBIT HILL INN Lower Waterford, Vermont 91.19

53. ANANTARA GOLDEN TRIANGLE Chiang Rai, Thailand 91.16

54. PLACE D’ARMES HOTEL & SUITES Montreal 91.06

55. SHANGRI-LA’S TANJUNG ARU RESORT & SPA KOTA KINABALU Malaysia 90.98

56. NEORONGORO CRATER LODGE Tanzania 90.97

57. CEYLAN INTERCONTINENTAL Istanbul 90.90

58. CAPE GRACE Cape Town 90.90

59. WESTIN BLIND CENTER Shanghai 90.82

60. LE OUARTIER FRANCAIS Franschhoek Valley, South Africa 90.79

61. MARRIOTT HOTEL Budapest 90.76

62. SOOKE HARBOUR HOUSE Sooke, British Columbia 90.67

63. FOUR SEASONS RESORT HOUSE Hawaii 90.67

64. SAN YSIDRO RANCH Santa Barbara, California 90.59

65 POST HOTEL & SPA Lake Louise, Alberta 90.59

66. THE PENINSULA Bangkok 90.55

67, RITZ-CARLTON BEIJING FINANCIAL STREET 90.52

68. ST. REGIS Shanghai 90.44

69. MOMBO AND LITTLE MOMBO CAMPS Okavango Delta, BotSwana 90.42

70. OBEROI RAJVILAS Jaipur, India 90.40

71. FOUR SEASONS HOTEL Shanghai 90.35

72. OMNI LA MANSION DEL RIO San Antonio, Texas 90.27

73. WESTIN PALACE Milan 90.16

74. ANSE CHATANET RESOR T St. Lucia 90.14

75. SnAVUTE ELEPHANT CAMP Chobe National Park, Botswana 90.13 76. FAIRMONT MOUNT KENYA SAFARI CL°at; NanyUki, Kenya 90.07

77. MALAMALA GAME RESERVE Sabi Sand Wildtuin, South Africa 90.00

78.TAJ LAKE PALACE Udaipur, India 89.87

79. RUSTY PARROT Lodge & SPA Jackson Hole, Wyoming 89.87

80. CHATEAU EZA Itze Village, France 89.85

81. EDEN ROCK St. Bart’s 89.76

82. LIE MERIDIEN PHUKE T BEACH RESORT Thailand 89.75

83. HOTEL HANA-MAUI & HONUA SPA Maui 89.74

84.FOUR SEASONS HOTEL Prague 89.69

85. AYANA RESORT & SPA (FORMERLY THE RITZ-CARLTON BALI RESORT & SPA) Bali, Indonesia 89.69

86. FOUR SEASONS HOTEL TOKOYO AT CHIANZAN -S089.69

87. RAMBAGH PALACE Jaipur, India 89.61

88. FOUR SEASONS HOTEL AlEXANDRIA AT SAN STEFANO Egypt 89.56

89. HANGRI-LA’S FAR EASTERN PLAZA HOTEL Taipei 89.55

90. MANDARIN ORIENTAL DHARA DHEVI Chiang Mai, Thailand 89.55

91.THE CLOISTER AT SEA ISLAND Georgia 89.54

92. POST RANCH INN Big Sur, California 89.49

93.LE MILRIDIEN Bangkok 89.48

94.AUBERGE DU SOLEIL Rutherford, California 89.36

95. HOTEL PLAZA ATHtNEE Paris 89.35

96. FAIRMONT MARA SAFARI CLUB MaSai Mara, Kenya 89.33

97. FOUR SEASONS HOTEL Hong Kong 89.25

98. AL.VEAR PALACE HOTEL Buenos Aires 89.22

99. PARK HYATT Beijing 89.19

100. HOTEL LE ROYAL Luxembourg 89.08


Special Offers for Travelers

For our valued traveler members who have recently contacted us with an enquiry or used one of our world leading travel portals to reserve accommodations, here’s an update on how Instant World Booking can improve your travel experience and lower your travel budget.

Discounts for Future Travel

Reserve with Instant World Booking before the end of 2009 and pay no service charge.  Simply make your reservation before the end of this year.  Then send us the email you recently received mentioning this offer along with your reservation number, and we will credit you the service charge you paid.  If you’re not planning to make travel reservations before the end of this year, there’s no problem.  We are constantly offering similar promotions.

More Special Places to Visit

We’re constantly adding new hotels, hostels, and bed & breakfasts.  In fact, every single day of the year new lodgings are joining our service.  You’ll want to return again and again to check out the latest best places to visit.

More Travel Information

Instant World Booking brings you the latest travel intelligence and advice.  For example, when we published our award-winning short article on “How to Travel Safely“, we received an overwhelming response from our viewers, many of which have linked to this valuable article on their websites and blogs.

http://www.instantworldbooking.com/communications/articles/how_to_travel_safely_abroad.php

Travel Guides

Now, we’re offering interactive Travel Guides online.  We have received feedback that many of our guides are nothing short of fascinating.  They’re interactive because you can actually post your own guides if you have unique and interesting information about places you’ve visited.  Read or contribute to our travel guides today at:

http://www.instantworldbooking.com/travel_guide/

Videos of Hostels and Bed and Breakfasts

Our blogs now feature many videos of popular hostels and B&Bs.  You can check out these videos at the following pages.

http://www.hosteltraveler.com/blog_ht/category/hostel-videos/

http://www.bedbreakfasttraveler.com/blog_bb/category/bed-and-breakfast-videos/

Do you like taking videos when you travel?  Post videos of your favorite places to visit, and share your candid opinions with our readers.  Just register and share your videos:

http://www.instantworldbooking.com/blog_iw/category/hotel-videos/