Alaska Eco Tour

December 14, 2008 12:59 AM | Alaskan Photo Tours

alaska eco tour

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Travel Pre Internet:

've Been traveling for over 40 years – with the thumb in my early days, the boots of the Scouts, a Lambretta came next and then my pileup first followed by the new old bangers to the beaches of the Costa Brava.

My thumb, boots, bikes and bangers took me all over Europe and the UK before finding that a charter flight to Spain in an old 'Connie' I could get to the beaches and bars much faster and have more time to enjoy the travel opportunities horse and cart and the occasional bus and train.

'Go West and Prosper "seems to be a good idea so instead of taking a flight of eight hours eight days took a transatlantic cruise from Tilbury to Montreal Stephan Batory on the Polish Ocean Lines to ensure that the jet lag did not bother my travel plans. Some years later crossed the pond again in a boat but this time was 5 times larger and I traveled in style in the Queen Elizabeth 2 and dined on rack of Queen a bit away from my past experience. I recommend travel sea, but can not see myself in one of the modern cruise ships going from port to port with constant up and down lineups to buy shirts. However, I have done 10 Windjammers and Star Clipper cruise in the Caribbean, all of which were memorable (hopefully Windjammer Barefoot Cruises recover from their problems.) But I digress.

I had read that Canada is a spectacular country, from coast to sea, and my entry into the St. Lawrence River to Montreal and then west on one of Econoline van age of the Great Lakes, through the meadows of the Rocky Mountains before the end of whale watching off the Pacific coast of Vancouver Island was a wonderful trip to an uncle in London. Today the scenery is still spectacular and the best way forward is still on the road, renting or buying a car, trailer or motorcycle, take the train or tour bus, but remember the maps, a fly rod, good boots and take your time.

My favorite part of Canada and the U.S. for adventure travel has to be Northern British Columbia and Alaska, to travel the Chilkoot Trail in the footsteps of the goldseekers 1898. The Northwest Territories Canoe River Yukon and Nahanni drive from Dawson City to Chicken, Alaska. If you like the outdoors and can withstand a few errors, cast a fly and scale of some hills or drive on roads endless land sharing space with moose, caribou, moose, bears and eagles, then these are the places to put on your list. The pleasures and experiences in promoting to Inuvik on the Dempster Highway or Prudhoe Bay on the Dalton Highway or road Canola can only be felt by them. I had mentioned the Alaska Highway, but now it's an easy journey unlike the previous ones.

Today the cost of driving these distances may mean sharing the journey with others necessary, but Vanning RVing and camping or just a good way to see beyond the horizon. Some routes of adventure must now be booked in advance while When I hiked over Chilkoot Denali and it was just a case of appearing, register with the local ranger and head out. A little further planning is necessary for today's traveler and cost considerations for long flights or drives somehow be countered with more careful planning. In the days of reasonable gas prices would not even consider driving or flying costs and led to Key West from the northwest coast, the west coast of Baja and the west coast of New York. On one occasion even blew my taildragger 1946 Pacific Fleet to the Atlantic and back using about 5 gallons an hour of Avgas. Before oil and the credit crisis drove from Rio de Janeiro to Lima, to Tierra del Fuego and back to Rio covering over 15,000 km of spectacular scenery and without into account the cost of gas. South America should be on your itinerary too! Some other memorable units may now require a mortgage to include gas companies London to North Cape, Norway, Skippers Canyon in New Zealand and the solitude of the far north of Australia and the coast of Western Australia incredible to come to Monkey Mia and Rock Ola.

We tend to forget that the real cost of travel is often less today than during the 40 years of my travels. In 1977 my airfare back and forth from Canada to Australia cost over $ 1,700 dollars in 1977 what is now much cheaper to fly, even with the rise of airlines for the fuel, excess baggage, service and pleasure no no. The method of "Big Mac" price comparison made by The Economist gives us a good indicator for most of the costs today than yesterday but my cost of $ 1,500 to obtain a private pilots license in the 1970s seems cheap compared to today, but obviously not when you use this Big Mac principle. Other travel costs are also much cheaper today, but this should not mean that travelers should ignore the many methods cost savings that can be subjected to expand or improve travel experiences

Post-Internet Travel:

In my 40 years of travel I've had to use travel agents to make even the simplest of reservations and buy tickets, even thought to ask them if they had "been there, done that?" It was just a case of absence of other options to purchase travel. We now have unlimited options and can find the best travel agents, better prices, better selections and information on any part of the world for our trips – without ever leaving home.

The Internet now offers ideas and options travelers where to go, when to go, why Why go, what to do?, to book and procedures to save money and reduce costs. We can look for and find experts for every travel option. If we are comfortable with the Internet and not have to go to a travel agent to make reservations and purchase tickets with the exception of a book with some of the largest travel companies still produce glossy brochures and offer all inclusive packages or tours that only sold through the agency system. The Internet also allows those of us who are smart enough to know when to look for a top travel agent with knowledge, experience and expertise (KEE skills) destination and activities about where to look. There is no need to use only our local agents when it is a world elsewhere. When it is not necessary " knowledge "and what we can do just surf the web so that we can book directly with tour operators and travel to where we decided to go.

Some travel agencies operate their own tours, some are wholesale and retail, some consumer selection limit, only the sale of its "preferred" suppliers and some have professional consultants with years of experience invested in acquiring knowledge, experience and expertise and are worth their weight in gold for the traveler. Take care, as some specialists are also called destination and some of these names are merely require the agent to undergo a rudimentary test offered by the tourist offices, groups of destination marketing and even tour operators and in my opinion, can damage the reputation of the travel industry. A specialist is not necessarily an expert.

The trip is probably the most used commercial aspect of the Internet and whether sales agents want to take this opportunity to offer exciting "the knowledge "and its kee" skills to a global audience, not just their local community should embrace the changes that are happening. Travelers now have the ability to find answers to the 5 W's major travel and "How the money to" save and offset the costs to have the information just a click away.

And then it occurred to me that even Internet travel prices often include an element of the commission even when sold directly to consumers. If you book directly with the operators should not have to pay full retail prices as we are doing for ourselves what is a retail agency normally do for us. A dilemma for the operator to demonstrate is that once a child and a choice of cost price could deter many players from the sale of passenger services as agent could use a free advice and book directly with the operator to get a "network of the commission" of prices. Obviously, fixing two-tiered pricing is often not available, but travelers who do not need or advice should not be penalized by fixing retail prices. A new way had to be found and I think I found!

The need for fairer fare prices is why we developed the program in the Top Travel Voucher Travel Club Top I even found a dot com for it. All travel selections on the site are in "net of commission" for prices which are concerned not to own travel arrangements directly with the operators involved in the club's website with our voucher program.

I'm inviting tour operators worldwide to join this program, the B & B, motels, hotels, luxury villas, Eco Resorts, Beach Resorts and Adventure Tour Operators who want to promote their products and services travelers who are comfortable with direct bookings and reservations.

I also invited travel agents with knowledge, experience and expertise destinations and activities to demonstrate their skills to a global audience of travelers and members of the travel club. I am wary of 'special agents' and Experts want to show their services.

This opportunity is available for the travel industry at no cost, except for the network they offer, sale or exit price for club members and visitors to the website using travel vouchers. I believe this program offers a fair price fares to passengers booking direct. The operator would normally have to pay the commission anyway, but now travelers get the savings due to make their own arrangements.

The Top Travel Club opened to countries in mid-April in 2008 and offers thousands of top travel vouchers for trips over 70 with about 150 trips aboard operators. Each week we add more tour operators with more options for members. Today you can get savings on accommodation, adventure travel, boat cards, culinary travel, walking, bicycling and diving excursions, car rentals and RV and guides fishing lodges, safaris, vacation rentals, individual trips, women only and dude ranches. Members receive free of charge vouchers by paying an annual membership fee and members can purchase vouchers online at top travel sites with discounted prices the face-value. Future growth will include restaurants, clothing, travel, travel insurance and the opportunity to access to airline tickets consolidators who want to deal directly with consumers.

The way I've traveled and the way I travel is that consumers should have unlimited access to all travel opportunities with the ability do your own due diligence or to find a professional who can offer advice and quality services at the fair prices, and find all this without endless hours of searching.

For more information on the new form of compensation for travel costs please refer to The Top Travel Club and my apologies for some of the spelling (flyer / traveler), but that's what I was taught. While we all understand the meaning, the difference will live!

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