Tenerife is famous for its markets, and of course there is nothing quite as satisfying as haggling yourself to a bargain. The trouble is that many Brits abroad are too afraid to try their hand at bartering, fearing that bargaining their way to cheaper prices will make them seem cheap or break the traditional British reserve. In this guide, I shall explain the cut and thrust of the wonderfully addictive game of market bargaining, but first a few tips on where to find the best markets in TenerifeTorviscas Market and Los Cristianos are perhaps the biggest markets in Tenerife, and a great opportunity to brush up on your haggling skills. It also boasts the biggest range of products to get your teeth stuck into (figuratively speaking) clothing, fashion, books, electricals, jewellery and even property! Obviously, you dont want to get too wrapped up in the haggling and end up buying the latter, but in terms of range of goods to buy, these two cannot be beaten.On Friday mornings, the Golf Del Sur market is a good choice for those staying nearby. Its quite new, but is already picking up in terms of popularity with a varied number of stalls offering an interesting mix of goods. The night market at Los Abrigos offers a unique atmosphere, and despite a smaller selection of stalls offers a nice range of beautiful jewelery. Finally the African market at Santa Cruz is a site to behold: made up of over 300 stalls of fresh produce, this is the perfect place to practice your bartering just dont take too long, because the tastiest fruit and vegetables tend to go very quickly!So now you know the best places to try haggling in Tenerife, the question becomes how it is done. Heres the best advice Ive got to ensuring you bag the best deal1)Know the marketWhilst it can be tempting to throw yourself in at the deep end and start haggling over every item that catches your interest on the first day of your Tenerife holiday, it actually pays to spend a little time getting to know the general prices of the island. Spend a few hours making a wish list of items youd like to pick up, and assessing how much they tend to go for work out what is and isnt a reasonable price before you start your first haggle.2)Be polite and keep your sense of humorHaggling at a market is supposed to be fun, and you wont improve your chances by being surly and rude. Keep it slightly playful and youll be more likely to avoid offense and score the bargain youre looking for.3)Be ready to walk awayWalking away is actually a very important part of the haggling dance. If the bartering has reached an impasse and the merchant is refusing to drop the price any lower, dont be afraid to walk away. If it looks like the merchant is going to lose the sale, he may well follow you with one last offer.4)Convert the price into your own currencyThis sounds obvious but you need a good handle on the currency before you begin. Tenerife uses the Euro, so get your head around a rough conversion rate before you begin loosely, 1 is equivalent to 1.5 Euros, so bear this in mind you dont want to haggle for ages only to eventually work out you were arguing over pennies!5)Hesitation is your friendYour best friend in the exciting world of haggling isnt actually your words, its the absence of them. Show some hesitation in responding to an offer, and your merchant may quickly produce a better offer for fear of failing to close a sale. Dont overuse the tactic or it will be seen through quite easily, but hesitation is perfect because it implies youre tempted, and will make the seller think hes nearly there. This is best used when approaching a price youre willing to pay.6)Bargaining isnt just about priceThe price is the main thing naturally, but extra value doesnt need to simply come from a few quid knocked off! Extras items and services can be used to barter agree to pay the price suggested, if your seller agrees to throw in another item youre interested. If the bargaining has become stale, this is a good way to reignite the discussion and bring you closer to a bargain to brag about!7)Dress downAppearance shouldnt come into the haggling experience, but it really does! Put yourself in the sellers shoes: If someone comes to you saying they cant afford to spend more than 8 on the vase, are you more or less likely to believe them if theyre wearing an Armani suit and Rolex wrist watch? Dress down, and dont give the impression that you have the money to pay their top price if you want to secure the best bargain.8)Point out imperfections before you beginIts a standard rule that you play down the item youre interested in purchasing before a price is first named. If you mention the uneven paintwork on a vase before asking the price, the seller is just more likely to name a more reasonable cost in the first place, which makes bartering them down that little bit easier9)Set a maximum price youre willing to payBefore you start the process, think of what youre actually willing to pay, and what youd like to part with. By setting a maximum and ideal value, you can have clear boundaries to work in, and can accurately assess whether youre likely to reach a price point youre happy with. It will also ensure you dont feel disgusted at how much youve paid later, thinking you got a bargain at the time.10) A facial expression is worth a thousand wordsI mentioned earlier the power of silence in producing a swift drop in price, but that only tells the aural side visuals also play a huge part in the bartering process, and while keeping your poker face when a superbly low offer is handed your way is important, looking skeptical, horrified or even laughing at a bad offer can be just as powerful. Sometimes such a reaction can prompt a price drop without you even having to open your mouth (though obviously it helps with the laughter) so bear this in mind if an opportunity arises.Haggling is a great way of making a cheap holiday to Tenerife even cheaper! The most important thing about all this is to have fun though. I wouldnt recommend you try haggling too much on items you really want, because it will seriously limit your ability to play the game effectively with that all important bargaining method: walking away and looking elsewhere.
Most people would love to go on a world cruise and see the world. It would be terrific to be able to see all the things that our world has to offer. From monuments to mountains to kangaroos, there is so much that we are yet to see. However, the question is, will we be able to see it all? Often enough, we are unable to do much of the things that we hope to because we are on a budget. Even if we manage to get rooms in one of the top-end hotels, chances are that for the rest of the year we will be scrimping on necessities like cornflakes.Despite that, traveling on a budget can be a lot of fun. At least you are going to the places that you have been dreaming of for so very long. So many people never get to do that. I agree that you may not be able to shop till you drop. However, you must agree with me that the experiences that you have and the memories that you gain are worth far more than some over-priced souvenirs any day. So even if you are traveling on a tight budget, try not to grumble. At least you are getting to go on a vacation.Of course, even as you set out to see the world, make sure that you are well prepared for all the eventualities. Carry enough cash or travelers' checks to last you for a few days more than the period of your journey. Carry basic medicines also so that you are not caught off-guard if you or your traveling companions start feeling sick.Also, I would advise you to take out travel insurance before you catch that flight or take that train. You never know what might befall you during your travels. Travel insurance becomes a necessity if you are traveling for a relatively longer period of time. Catching a bug in a foreign land is not at all difficult. After all, you will anyway be in the process of adjusting to the change in climate.Moreover, if you are going to do some adventure sports, you absolutely have to get travel insurance for yourself. At least if you do end up fracturing a bone, your travel insurance plan will take care of the costs. You will not have to sit in a hospital in an alien land wondering how on earth you will be able to pay the bills with the limited amount of cash that you are carrying.
Traveling can be made enjoyable by planning in a better way. Whether you are going for a business travel or pleasure trip, make sure you have all the necessary items required for a pleasant trip. There are so many options today that a person doesnt always have to use a travel agency. The Internet has made it possible for travelers to save a lot of money. Below are 10 essential things a traveler should possess for a peaceful trip.-Knowledge of Destination : Its always better to get a map of the areas you are going to touch. Just start ahead of time if you have several spots to go and if you are going alone just have a knowledge of the routes prior to starting your journey lest you get lost.-Personal Items : Make sure you don't forget to take your personal items with you. Your tooth paste and brush, clean under garments, wallet with money, comb cosmetics etc are very important. You can also have a small carry bag for your toiletries and a small place in your wallet for your tickets and passports so that its handy.-Medicines for First aid : Just ensure that you take all those medicines with you which you have on a regular basis and also first aid kit in case of any emergency.-Footwear : Choose your footwear according to your trip. If your travel involves lots of sight seeing, bring a comfortable pair if shoes. If your trip involves sports like hiking or wake boarding, bring your footwear accordingly.-Apparel: While selecting your apparels, make sure they are according to the weather conditions prevailing over the destination of your travel. Wrinkle free clothes are ideal .-Guide book : Have a guide book to organize your days and making arrangements ahead of time .-Tote Bag: Take a large tote bag tucked inside your suitcase. This bag can be used to put the additional purchased items and carried out as another bag.-Security for luggage : Its wise to get a spare key for your luggage in order to have as an alternative in case the original key is lost.-Insurance : Travel can be easier in public transportation, but sometimes its not possible. On such occasions a rented car is useful. Ensure that there is no damage in the car and ask the clerk to write it down if any lest you are charged for it.-Labels :The last thing would be to have a label outside and inside of your luggage to avoid confusion. It is also wise to have your address within so that you can get back your luggage easily in case it is lost.
Of all the Caribbeans many destinations, Curacao may have the most to offer children and their families. From the family-friendly resorts to the islands small-town ambience, Curacao is an ideal destination for a Caribbean family vacation. To get the most out of your trip, consider including some the activities outlined here in your Curacao vacation package.Perhaps the most unique of Curacaos family attractions is the Curacao Seaquarium. Constructed in 1984, this oceanfront complex is renowned for its open-water system that continuously pumps fresh seawater into the holding tanks. For younger children, the touch tanks and feeding shows offer great opportunities to interact with sea creatures. The Seaquarium also allows visitors to snorkel and dive with sea turtles, tropical fish and other distinctive animals. When youre done in the water, head over to the on-site museum and theatre for additional learning possibilities. The beach outside the Seaquarium is also great place for children, highlighted by kid-friendly water sports and charming restaurants.For a more personal interaction with everyones favorite sea creature, the Dolphin Academy Curaao offers visitors of all ages an opportunity to swim, snorkel or dive with these extraordinary animals in a variety of programs. The all-ages Dolphin Encounter lets children stand on a platform in the holding tank amongst the dolphins. After trainers teach you the basics, the dolphin will come by for a hug. The Dolphin Swim allows participants to take rides on the dolphins dorsal fins. Then, the swimmers can give signals to the dolphins to sing, spin or wave. For older children and adults, the Dolphin Snorkel and Dolphin Open Water Dive programs allow you to swim side-by-side with the dolphins in one of Curacaos finest coral reefs. For families looking to completely immerse themselves in the world of dolphins, the Academy offers two courses, one for children and one for adults, which impart all the basics of dolphin training during 2 and 3-day sessions. Another great activity for a "Caribbean family vacation" is the Kids Sea Camp, an education center open during June and July. In addition to activities like those offered at the Dolphin Academy, the Kids Sea Camp has a number of detailed training sessions designed for your young ones. Activities include Supplied Air Snorkeling for Youth (SASY) training, Professional Association of Diving Instruction (PADI) training and open-water dive training for children.Being in the Caribbean, your family will want to spend time at the beach, relaxing in the sand and playing in the water. Curacao has several beaches suitable for the whole family, many with facilities designed specifically for children. The following beaches are great places for your family to explore.First up is Little Knip Beach, the choice of Curacaoan families. This beautiful little beach offers a calm place to swim and have a barbeque. If your children want to play in the open water, Kontiki Beach is probably the safest option. Besides offering a number of shops, restaurants and watersport activities, the surf at Kontiki is tamed by a wave breaking system. Jan Thiel Beach offers excellent diving and snorkeling in the open bay while children can enjoy the enclosed wading area. Though one of Curacaos busier beaches, Cas Abao Beach is one of the best locations for families to lay in plush white sand and soak up the sun. On the quieter side, Port Marie is lovely beach with nice facilities for novice divers and snorkelers.When your family has had its share of fun in the water, consider taking a tour of the island on horseback or visiting the ostrich farm. Horseback tours are easy to arrange, whether you choose to make it part of your vacation package or set up a tour while on the island. With over 600 birds, the Curacao Ostrich Farm is one of the largest ostrich farms outside of Africa. Children can interact with day-old chicks and guided tours are available to shed some light on the lives of these peculiar birds. When it is time to leave, you can even take an ostrich egg as a souvenir. There is always a great Caribbean family vacation waiting for you in Curacao.
There is a saying: you haven't lived until you've cruised. Cruises today have become the hottest way to spend holidays. Researchers have found that one in four Americans dreams of cruising around the world. In recent years, discount cruises make cruising available to people of all ages and all levels of income.What makes a great cruise vacation? First-rate accommodations, exotic locations, sumptuous meals, world-class entertainment, and top-notch facilities all that for less money. All these features are included in a cruise package even a discount one. You can relax, get pampered, and discover new countries without the stress and jet lag most people experience during vacations abroad.Research shows that today when picking a way to spend a vacation, people search for something that is drastically different from their everyday life. They seek to completely change the way of living at least for a short period of time. Psychologists find that the more the difference, the better would be the rest and relaxation. Thats why people go to African safari, hike in a Guatemalan jungle, rent boats in Normandy, or stay on a small island in the Caribbeans.A cruise ship is extremely different from the way most people live. You can stick to a scheduled routine or you can sunbathe all day long. It does not matter if you buy full-price or a discount cruise. Even a discount cruise offers all the same features of "cruise vacation" . Cruise ships today offer the tourists the best of the traveling industry: spas, gyms and restaurants with lots of diet choices, facilities for kids with professional personnel, lots of sports activities from skating to tennis, casinos and even theatres.When planning a cruise or buying a cruise package, even a discount cruise, you should always make sure to check what is included and what is not. A discount cruise package normally includes the cruise ship transportation, meals and snacks, accommodation, access to the gym and other sport facilities plus, nightly entertainment. However, gambling and spa visits are not usually standard. Most often, the cruise package includes a trip or tour to some of the exciting places on the cruise itinerary.If not specifically discussed, you would have to pay for your flight to the port from where the cruise leaves, as well as for medical services if these are not covered by your medical plan. On board, you will have to pay for bar beverages except for those that come with meals. Be prepared to pay extra money for any visas that you need, and dont forget about travel insurance.Youll find all the things included in the cruise package are listed in the travel agency brochure. If you are not sure, ask the agent beforehand so you know what to expect.Have you read enough to start searching for the next available discount cruise package for your family? Make sure you remember these most popular cruise destinations: Bahamas, Bermuda, Caribbean, Hawaii, and Mexico these are great cruising destinations all year round!