Going South America? Visa Costs and Fees
May28

Going South America? Visa Costs and Fees

If you are planning a travel to one of South American countries, you’ll need a visa. Most Latin American countries impose either a visa or a fee when visiting the country. If you opt for a reciprocity fee, you’ll might need to take a toll on your budget, especially if you travel with your family. The reason why these fees exist is because the USA government charges high fees for Latin America citizens to enter the USA. As a result, some of the South American countries come up with a rule – you charge us, we charge you. There is a lot of debate are these fees indeed justifiable. Both way, below are discussed visa and entrance fees. Argentina You have to pay $160 in advance. You can do it by visiting this website: http://www.provinciapagos.com.ar/dnm/ in order to get an entrance ticket which should be good for 10 years. You can print a ticket directly from the mentioned website. You can avoid the reciprocity fee by crossing into Argentina overland. For example, if you would have traveled from Santiago (Chile) to Mendoza (Argentina), you wouldn’t have to pay the fee. Another workaround is to take an international flight into Mendoza, Salta or Cordoba.Bolivia Every time you enter the country, you’ll have to pay $135 in cash. You can’t avoid this fee. The visa you get is valid for 5 years. Brazil Brazil This country is the most complicated one. You usually need to apply for a visa in advance. Should be done from the USA before you even leave the country, but you may want to visit the Brazilian consulate when travelling or even ask for one at the border at Iguazu Falls. If you are travelling from Bolivia to Brazil, you won’t be able to enter Brazil unless they do not see the Bolivian either entrance or exit stamp. You are allowed to extend your tourist visa once per year. For a visa extension you’ll need your passport, proof of funds, a credit card, return ticket and a form to complete given by Federal Police. Chile $131 is the cost of the visa. The visa is bought upon arrival at the Santiago airport and it’s valid only for 90 days. If you are planning to stay longer, you’ll need to pay an additional fee. Paraguay $45 is a fee for one-time entry which is valid for 90 days. Suriname Suriname $100 is a visa fee at arrival station. On the other hand, if you have paid $100 in advance, you can get a visa good for 5 years. Countries without entry fees are: – Colombia – Peru –...

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10 Ways to Keep Spare Money and Frustrations When Purchasing Airline Tickets Online
May26

10 Ways to Keep Spare Money and Frustrations When Purchasing Airline Tickets Online

If you take the time and plan out your trip in advance, you can both account for and avoid many of the extra costs associated with airline travel. Here are 10 simple tips that will both save you some cash and make your trip even more enjoyable. If you keep these 10 tips in mind not only will your trip run smoothly, you’ll be able to avoid most of the potential added cost and fees associated with airline travel. 1. Website Clarity Is the website user friendly and clear? Just like with customer service, you should have most if not all of your flight related questions answered upfront. If the website is less than clear about key information, like departure times and costs, then you should consider looking elsewhere. 2. Site Reputation Always confirm that the website that you are booking your flight with is reputable. Scams are everywhere on the internet. 1 out of every 8 internet users will lose money to a scam online, so be sure to look up reviews and testimonials on the site you end up using. 3. Length of Connection Time Keep an eye out for long connection times and stop overs. It’ll definitely add to your overall cost if you have to rent a hotel because of a particularly long stop over. Airlines typically provide customers with a complementary hotel room, if a stopover last “overnight”. This is not always the case, so if you’re not careful you might end up paying for a room in addition to your ticket. 4. Cost of Food Keep in mind the additional cost of in-flight foods and snacks. There was a time when most airlines provided passengers with a free in-flight meal, but that time has passed. If you’re planning on taking a long flight, it’s very important to take meals into consideration. Check your airline’s website for information. 5. Any Add ins? Do you want to pay for all the “add ins”, when you book your flight? This is really a question of what you are looking for from your travel experience. Many of the services that travelers became accustomed to, like baggage handling, now cost extra. If you are willing to do without some in-flight amenities, you’ll be able to save quite a bit off your flight cost. 6. Total Cost of Booking Be aware of the added cost of booking fees and taxes: When you purchase your airline ticket, you aren’t simply paying for your flight. In addition to the many various taxes that can be added to the price of your flight, most airlines charge a booking fee for privilege of...

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The Wonder of Lake Titicaca – South America
May24

The Wonder of Lake Titicaca – South America

Lake Titicaca, which is the largest lake in South America, is not only one of the naturally occurring wonders in this country but also one of the most spectacular in the world. This lake is 3,809 meters or 12,397 feet above sea level and in effect, it ranks as the highest commercially navigable water body in the world.  Rurrenabaque. Bolivia Millions of people from all parts of world mainly go to Lake Titicaca in order to witness its beauty and enormity as well as to visit its numerous handmade and natural islands, which have been home to many inhabitants for many years. This lake, whose surreal beauty attracts visitors from nearby cities and countries as well as from those that are far away on a continuous basis, has been the subject of many legends and myths that have been there since the pre-Inca times thanks to its deep blue depths. Many people consider it one of the top ranking tourist destinations in South America because of the aforementioned reasons. Lake Titicaca is strategically located at the border between Bolivia and Peru, both of which are a major attraction for travelers who go there each year. Peru has become one of the most popular South American countries for visitors thanks to the Machu Picchu and Inca Trail. Bolivia is also a robust choice for Bolivia tours because it is not only home to the spectacular Uyuni Salt Flats but it also allows visitors to reach the Amazon jungle by going through Rurrenabaque. Bolivia, which has high altitude cities like La Paz is also as fascinating as Peru. Lake Titicaca, which has numerous attractions for travelers who are curious by nature on both the Bolivia and Peru sides, serves as a natural transition point for those who want to visit these two countries. Visitors who come from Arequipa or Cusco usually arrive at Lake Titicaca if they want to travel in Peru. The shores of this lake are home to Puno, which is the largest city in Peru. Most travelers who go to Puno do not consider it the most exciting as compared to all the other travel destinations in Peru. However, Puno has a strong defense especially during specific times of the year such as in February when costumed revelers who participate in the Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria festival fill its streets. Isla del Sol   The Lake Titicaca islands, which include Amantani, Uros, and Taquile, are a major attraction for most travelers. Although accommodations on some of these islands are rustic, travelers can visit them when they are traveling during the day from Puno. These islands...

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10 Places to Consider When Visiting Southeast Asia
May14

10 Places to Consider When Visiting Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia has always been known for its rich culture, traditional monuments and pristine beaches. Countries like Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia are on the top of the vacation list for adventurous tourists. Apart from the amazing fun of visiting Southeast Asia, the following 10 things must be considered to be prepared of risks and have a clear knowledge to make the most of the tour. 1. Sukhumvit Road in Bangkok: Nha Trang Bay This place records itself as the longest road stretch all over the world. It comprises of a series of street markets, small shops and within which lie many big shopping malls. A trip to Southeast Asia can never be complete without shopping at Sukhumvit Road. The most important thing to remem ber is that everything available on these shops is negotiable and you can get things at a very cheap price. 2. Nha Trang Coastline in Khanh Hoa Province: The Nha Trang Bay is a massive beach for adventure sports like diving and snorkeling. More so there are shacks at the beach which provide a resting place that turns into a rocking disc at night. Beer and scotch come at surprisingly low cost than US and Europe because of being locally manufactured and served right from barrels. 3. Petrona Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur: Towers in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia’s tallest building cannot be left without a visit when touring to the Southeast Asia. It is much more than Backpacker’s streets. Astonishing lights decorate the long twin towers which are surely a treat to the eyes. 4. Mekong River in Laos Island: Take yourself away from the thrill and excitement of the posh areas and sneak for a sunset at the Laos Island. Swing yourself in a soothing hammock besides the Mekong River and find a total serenity like you have experienced never before. 5. Siem Reap in Cambodia: Religion can be best experienced at the famous temples of Cambodia like the Angkor Wat. People here are very humble and like to welcome tourists with a flood of complements.   6. Banaue Rice Terraces in Philippines: The Banaue Rice Terrace comes from thousands of years in the history. If you are staying at the Manila resorts then hire a local transport and quickly savor the beautiful Banaue Rice Terrace at Philippines. Hanoi in Vietnam 7. Hanoi in Vietnam: The popular Bai Hoi drink of Hanoi in Vietnam is worth the money. They have a trademark of providing low plastic stool and people enjoy a mug everyday out under the fresh air. Even those who don’t drink would fall in love with chez style of beer brewing. 8. Kinabalu...

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5 Things to Consider When Planning a Vacation in Madrid, Spain
May11

5 Things to Consider When Planning a Vacation in Madrid, Spain

A vacation in Europe is an awesome idea and a vacation in Spain is indeed in ideal plan.  But which place in Spain should be considered an ideal vacation spot? It is Madrid, the capital city of Spain. Madrid is also a place that is highly populated and very well known for its beauty. Another great reason why Madrid is considered as an ideal vacation spot is the modern architecture and infrastructure. Indeed Madrid is a place that holds deep history with respect to its architecture and also has great respect for its ancient culture. Many visitors of Madrid consider it an ideal vacation spot also because of its climate. No matter which season you choose to travel to Madrid, you will always experience a Mediterranean climate. The cool winds and beautiful snowfall make the place more interesting to dwell. Though Madrid is a place where you can always feel comfortable, there are certain aspects that will help you make your vacation trip a luxurious one. The top five aspects are discussed as follows:   Time is an important factor associated to Madrid vacation ticket booking: Remember, getting tickets to Madrid is not easy. As Madrid is a well known vacation spot, availability of tickets is some thing that may fall short of. In order to make your plan successful, it is very important that you book tickets a lot much in advance. You can take the help of online tours and travel agencies or even look for various ticket booking sources.   Ensure that you have planned for the accommodation Another important aspect you need to take into consideration is hotel bookings. Before fly to Madrid, it is important that you have advance arrangements made for your comfortable stay. If you are on the economical side of travel, you can find budget hotels at hostelBookers.com. So whatever works for you should be good. While some might consider more economical stay, other would prefer luxury and spoiling options. Hunt for the best rent-a-car service agency: If you want to explore the entire city, it is essential that you find some great resources for it. Though there are several way to tour Madrid, one of the most convenient forms is the rent-a-car service. Look for some good rent-a-car service agencies and choose the best one that suits your budget and conditions. For this, the online directories shall be of a great help for you. Study something about the best restaurants: As Madrid would be a completely new place for you, it would be difficult to decide which place serves quality food. So, before you move to Madrid, study about the...

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