Ways To Save On The High Seas

Cruising the high seas has long been regarded by travelers as a romantic throwback to a bygone era of travel, where you wake up to the salt air, open ocean, and all you have to do each morning is get up, then step ashore and go exploring.

In searching for that “just right” first cruise, you’ve followed all the rules — researched cruise lines, examined possible itineraries You’ve booked your ship, selected a stateroom and picked an itinerary.

So what’s next?

You’d be surprised at how many factors — perhaps less earth-shattering but important nevertheless — remain to be considered, such as packing, getting to the ship and life onboard.

If you haven’t booked the cruise line’s flight-inclusive air/sea package, you’ll need to book your own air transportation to the port unless you intend to drive. When flying in, plan to arrive as early in the morning as possible on embarkation day. The day before is even better. The reason: You need to factor in possible flight delays and other transportation glitches that could keep you from getting to the pier on time. The same advice goes for the flight home — book flights in the afternoon, just in case your ship is delayed clearing customs and you debark late.

The following first-time cruise tips and cruise 101 will help you find the answers to any remaining questions you might have, so that you can get off to a stress-free and fun-filled start to your first ever vacation at sea. There are a few ways to make your seagoing escape even more affordable. Below are five tips for cutting costs, from looking for short-notice savings to finding freebies like complimentary dinners in a specialty restaurant or shipboard credits — the equivalent of cash that you can spend on board.

  1. Book within 90 days of departure.
  2. Seek specialty discounts
  3. Take advantage of age-related discounts
  4. Find the free perks.
  5. If you’ve traveled before, Flaunt your past-passenger status

Whether you’re heading on a mini cruise or venturing off, out to sea for 16 days, preparation is key, after all, our aim is to make sure you sail away happy.

Enjoy the Article below & happy sails!







A Not Miss Spot Ecuador, South America

Ecuador is absolutely one of the most beautiful countries in the world we live in. It is set on the equator, and it is home to breathtakingly beautiful snow-covered volcano’s, luxuriant jungles and best of all, most friendly, welcoming people. Its also a very special place to spend some time trekking thru the lush, steamy Jungles. Being on the equator, it can be visited all year round but its many different micro-climates mean that you’ll need careful advice from destination experts. Many of the residents of Ecuador, who are professional Tour Guides, can answer questions on history, geography, tourism, culture and business climate, visas, transportation, Galapagos cruises and tours, accommodation, Indian markets, cultural tours, amazon expedition and lodges, adventure tours, best time to travel to Ecuador, tourist attractions, worth to see places and offer tips so you can enjoy your time there and not miss anything! You will be able see first hand just like it is in the eyes of 1st world citizen! Dont miss out on visiting on whats called “The Most Beautiful City In South America!”


Travel Tips For Your Pets

We ALL love our Pets, they’re considered our “Best Friends / Family”. And just like traveling with a small child, it can be a wonderful and bonding experience or a not so pleasant one. Its all in the planning! One great tip I got from my neighbor was, if you’re planning on a long drive for instance, before you actually take that Road Trip, is to take a trial run to see how your pet responds. Does he get car sick? Anxious? Its a really good idea to find this out first, believe me! Not all pets are good with traveling. Could be because of age or they’re just too excited. Below you can read up more about traveling with your pet and  the article also offers the tips to help you prepare for a safe and smooth trip, as well as the steps you can take to make traveling a pleasant experience, for both you & your pet!





Make The Best of The Fall Season With A Few Tips

Its always a good idea to keep up with Travel, Travel Tips, and Vacation ideas as you plan your vacations ahead. Fall just so happens to be my favorite time of year & as those warm days just basking on the beach, and the last rays of sun lingering late into the evening are winding down. Crisp, cool temperatures and crunchy leaves make fall our favorite time to wander through Central Park in New York City for example. Also,
lets go walking in the woods and enjoy the dramatic fall colors — without the summer crowds. Theres nothing like biking under a fiery orange canopy of trees! So reading up on the latest, is certainly something we suggest, as we approach the upcoming Season. It could be just for fun, or educating yourself on safety, travel laws, ect.  Enjoy!



New Tips for Increasing Success with Online Marketing

Back in November 2008, we published a list of steps to increase your success with online marketing.  There’s been so many new developments, we thought it was time to update this advice.  If you are striving to enhance your online presence as a hotel, hostel or bed & breakfast, the following tips will help you maximize your success.


Tips for maximizing reservation potential as well as saving money and time with Instant World Booking:


  1. Ensure your listing is up to date and accurate.  Include as much information as possible, not only about your property, but also about local attractions, restaurants, etc.
  2. Make sure to spell-check your listing.  Incorrect spelling signals to guests that the property is not professionally maintained.  Incorrect spelling also prevents proper translation of your listing information (we translate your content to 15+ world languages, with a separate page for your listing in each language).
  3. Add photos.  Listings with photos gain at least 4x more traffic than those without photos.  Make sure your photos are large and complement your property and location.  Select an appropriate primary photo (the 1st photo in your list appears as a thumbnail in our index).
  4. Add a complete calendar of availability.  Your calendar is important, since guests prefer instant booking over online requests.  Make sure you have complete availability online, and at least 6-9 months of availability.
  5. Don’t waste time managing your calendar manually.  We feature an XML feed that can import and export your availability to your calendar management or front desk system.  Tell your software or service provider that you want them to integrate with Instant World Booking.  Send them this URL:  http://www.instantworldbooking.com/blog_iw/category/xml-feeds/
  6. Update your location using our new geo-coded location system.  This new system will enhance search functionality on our service, making it easier for guests to find you.  Sign in to your listing and proceed to MANAGE LISTING to update your location.  Include an accurate street address on your listing, as well as your GPS coordinates if available.  Guests will not book properties that they can’t easily find.
  7. Use Instant World Booking’s Booking Engine for your own website.  Our Booking Engine is a superior solution priced much lower than all competing providers.  We guarantee better economics for your website, so begin saving now by trying our booking engine.  Read more at http://www.instantworldbooking.com/booking-engine.php
  8. Add your website URL to your listing.  We provide free links to your homepage from many of our 100+ websites.  A typical property will have viewable links to your homepage on at least a dozen or more of our domains.  For better exposure, upgrade your links to Premium Paid Links.  For more information, log in to your listing, and proceed to the OPPORTUNITIES page.
  9. If you already work with us, link to us.  Cross-linking between domains helps to build search engine rankings.  Read more at:  http://www.instantworldbooking.com/link-to-us.php
  10. If you have videos of your property, post them to one of our blogs.  For more information on posting videos see:
  11. Check the Alerts and Opportunities tabs when you log in at our website.  These tabs provide information on improving your success with online marketing.
  12. For more ways on how to work with us, check out:  http://www.instantworldbooking.com/work-with-us.php



Remember, it can take several weeks to several months for Google and other leading search engines to effectively index your page on our network of sites.  Instant World Booking has proven to be very successful in gaining top search engine rankings for its listed lodging partners.  One last reason it is very important to use the instant booking method is that we use pay-per-click (PPC) advertising to market your property on Google and other sites.  Use of a PPC campaign can cost you hundreds of US dollars.  However, for our partners who use instant booking, we advertise your property in PPC campaigns for free.


Additionally, only Instant World Booking gives you up to 15+ specialized pages just for your property, with each page translating your property information into a different language.  This is something you probably don’t even have on your own website.  Again this service comes at no cost to you.


One last note, persistence and patience is the key to success.  Online marketing is “collective”.  This means it is more effective to advertise your property on 2 services than 1.  Persistent online presence is necessary to achieve online name (brand) recognition, and to gain higher search rankings for pages containing your property’s name.  Advertising with Instant World Booking is an extremely valuable, and free, method of increasing your online presence.