Think You Know About Bed Bugs? Think Again!

Part One

Let’s first start off by saying that the problem of Bed Bugs has declined over the past few years, mainly because of all the awareness & exposure in today’s news, but without a doubt, they are still unstoppable and are on a mission to march on & conquer the world!

Did you know that bed bugs like to “nest and multiply” near their food supply? Which, by the way, is you!  : o

When you check in to a Hotel, B&B, Hostel or other such establishment, you are considered a visitor/guest. Well, bed bugs are, for the most part, full time tenants. ..

To be continued…..

Exploring Jacksonville Florida Getaways

Try exploring Jacksonville. It may surprise you. At Jacksonville Zoo (www, to keep cool during the day, children (and parents) can frolic in the 4,000-foot splash park with water-spouting manatee, manta ray and sea turtle statues.

At Jacksonville’s Museum of Science & History (www.themosh,org), the museum’s array of dinosaurs, native creatures and historical exhibits will be joined by Insect Giants, a temporary summer showing of robotic bugs that are up to 120 times larger than life. Stop by the Jacksonville Maritime Museum

(, with artifacts and models spanning centuries of the city’s sailing and boating history. The museum is next to the Friendship Park fountain on the south bank of the St. Johns River. For a family-friendly alternative to an evening at The Landing, stroll the Southbank Riverwalk, when the cityscape lights up and the fountain is illuminated by 265 colored lights. (To cross the river, take a river taxi or the JTA Skyway, a monorail that zooms riders across the river for 35 cents each way.)

On Jacksonville’s beaches, the two-block Sea Walk Pavilion overlooking the ocean w01 be hopping this summer with an al fresco film series. Each month also features a jazz concert in the “Smooth Sounds of Hot Summer Nights” series.

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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).
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,, 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

(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

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

The United Nations World Food Program
The Salvation Army
Action Against Hunger

Catholic Relief Services
Project HOPE
Partners in Health

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



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


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