|02-27-2010, 02:25 AM||#1|
Join Date: Jul 2008
What Makes A “Good Value” on Travel??
Nowadays value is king, and vendors all across the world are lowering prices to meet customer’s expectations in an economy where there seems a little less money to go around.__________________
As in other markets, searching for the lowest price and the deepest discount has become the focus for many in the search for vacation and business apartment rentals in Paris.
And the good news is, there are great discounts to be found in the market, if you know where to look.
There is, however, a darker side to the rush for value and discounts.
French tourism offices have been flooded with complaints from unwary visitors who have found themselves in discount apartment rentals in Paris with plumbing problems, lack of hot water, broken fixtures, and hosts of other issues with seemingly no recourse for service or help.
The recession has hit the Parisian service industry hard, and a few rental agencies in Paris have even gone bankrupt.
This means less trusted agencies to choose from, and more individual owners with little or no experience renting their apartments. As an added complication, less trusted agencies means less “tried and true” apartments to go around, which also drives traffic to offerings from inexperienced single owners.
When it comes to fly-by-night agencies and individual apartment owners, the issues are twofold:
1) Lack of a service network dedicated to helping tenants should any issue arise, and
2) Lack of experience in how to help guests have a comfortable stay that doesn’t interfere with their plans in Paris (amenities, professional and timely greeting and check-out, professional cleaning and linen, etc.).
The watchword should be “caution.”
- Be aware of prices that seem too good to be true
- Don’t be afraid to ask detailed questions about location, amenities, and whether there is a dedicated service person in case of any issues
- Be sure they have a reputation of some kind, including full contact information, testimonials and that the renter has some sort of business history
As with most things in life, remember “you get what you pay for.”
With a little caution, every visitor to Paris should be able to strike a happy balance between value and the necessities to make their stay in Paris a “once-in-a-lifetime” experience.
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|03-02-2010, 02:22 AM||#2|
Join Date: Mar 2010
Travel insurance provides coverage against financial and other losses that you may incur while travelling domestically or internationally. You can either get it at the time of booking your trip, for the exact length of the trip or you can get it for a longer period. Travel agents, travel insurance companies, cruise lines, or tour operators can all help you with purchase of continuous travel insurance. Heres a list of some of the most common risks that are covered by travel insurance:
- Cancellations and/or Curtailments;
- Delayed departures for flights, and other modes of travel;
- Loss, theft or damage to personal belonging and money including travel documents;
- Delay or loss of baggage;
- Medical expenses/Sickness;
- Emergency evacuation/repatriation;
- Overseas funeral expenses;
- Accidental death, injury or disability benefit;
- Legal assistance for travel related needs;
- Personal liability;
- Loss of income due to other reasons.
Some travel insurance companies have travel policies, which will also provide you extra coverage for additional price. However, these costs vary widely from carrier to carrier. Heres a list of the extra insurance coverage that can be purchased for an additional fee:
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