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Planning a trip step by step



Planning a trip step by step

How to plan a trip depends on the traveler. Obvious. no? Or not so much…

There are two large groups of travelers and in between an infinite number of nuances.

On the one hand, travelers who want to organize everything before traveling and on the other, those who are more relaxed and go around the world letting themselves be surprised.

In our case we are at the almost TOC extreme of wanting to have everything planned. And that’s why I’m going to tell you everything we take into account when planning our trips.

After all, the philosophy of Tramando Viajes is that trips are enjoyed before, during and after. And for us, the organization of the trip is a lot of fun and fills us with anticipation for what is to come.

I have to admit that there is also a practical and cost-benefit issue. Anticipation allows you to choose better and more economically. Tickets, hotels, excursions.

The decision of destiny

It is one of those places that I always wanted to visit, but due to the political situation in the country and due to my own fears, I was postponing it for the future. But the future is today and so many things happen in the world that anyway…

A slight push from Diego, my companion and adventure partner, was enough for us to finally get the tickets. And here we are with the countdown. We have less than a month to go.

This post refers to the planning of the trip. All that we are enjoying before the big day arrives and we set off on our adventure in Egypt. What nerves!

A couple of questions depending on the chosen destination

Travel on your own, with a private guide or by agency?

We love to travel on our own. Decide how many days to stay in each place, what time to wake up, which places to visit along the way. Anyway… on our own.

But there are also other ways to travel. With a private excursion, where the guide is there as support but the visits that the passenger wants are agreed upon. The transfers are particular and this form of travel has a series of benefits that obviously mean a higher outlay.

Another way is to travel in a group on an excursion organized by a travel agency, where the places are predetermined, the schedules must be strictly adhered to and there is not much freedom of action to know what is outside the program, unless one does in his free time.

Egypt is an unusual destination and that is why on this occasion we decided to do it with a guide. I mean, in this case it seemed to us that this place justified sacrificing freedom for tranquility. And we hired our private guide.

We also experienced group travel when we visited Turkey and in St. Petersburg , Russia. And I think it was a totally wise decision. The language was completely unknown to us and in the case of Russia, the complication that they use other characters was added. Forget about understanding a map ;).

The guides that touched us were luxurious! It would have been impossible to find out all the things they told us on our own.

In short, in my opinion, the way to contract the services depends on your tastes, the chosen destination and the type of trip you want to do. There are no better or worse ways, just more suitable options depending on the occasion. Simple suggestion.

Choice of season to travel.

Another of the things that we take into account when planning a trip is the temperature that it is going to do in the destination that we choose. There are places like Iceland or the Baltic where you have to choose the time to travel very well. Unless the cold doesn’t paralyze you like it did me.

As our plan was for Easter, we began to consider options and all of a sudden Egypt appeared.

Another of the places that you have to avoid specifically in summer. Think that most of its territory except the banks of the Nile is desert.

Still, believe it or not, in winter , the average is 14° and it’s cold at night.

The ideal is to travel in an intermediate season, that is, between October and March. We are going to be there, because it seems that in the spring, especially in April, the famous sirocco usually blows, which brings sand storms and raises the temperature quite a bit. We will see, we will see…

Preparation of the itinerary and duration of the trip.

From Argentina, a trip to any place in the world, with the exception of neighboring countries, implies many hours of flight and a ticket that starts at approximately 1,000 dollars. To amortize this economic and physical cost, our trips have a minimum duration of 2 weeks.

What to visit in Egypt?

In this opportunity, we are going to visit Egypt for 9 days, including a Nile cruise that lasts 4 nights and a stay in Cairo for another 4 nights. To complete the two weeks, we will spend a few days in Madrid.

I’ll tell you how they organized the itinerary for us because it can help you for a future trip. Knowing it in advance, you can choose what things do not interest you and you stay resting on the boat.

  • Sunday Day 1: Arrival in Cairo
  • Monday Day 2: Visits to the Temple of Luxor and Karnak
  • Tuesday Day 3: Valley of the Kings – Temple of Hatshepshut – Colossi of Memnon
  • Wednesday Day 4: Edfu Temple – Kom Ombo – Sobek Temple
  • Thursday Day 5: Aswan Dam – Philae Temple – Elephantine Island
  • Friday Day 6: Temples of Abu Simbel
  • Saturday Day 7: Pyramids of Giza
  • Sunday Day 8: Cairo
  • Monday Day 9: Alexandria
  • Tuesday to Friday (3 days): Madrid

As you can see, they will be very tiring days, where one starts the day very early and ends it a little late, because it seems that the cruise has its entertainment. But, life is lived once. There will be time to rest after the holidays.

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Crane Beach

As of November 1, 2022, pre-purchased passes are not required for visiting Crane Beach, but are highly recommended for daily entry.

Having a temporary entrance ticket purchased in advance guarantees entry to the beach on the same day. Temporary passes are issued once a week.


Is there any special access for me as a Crane Beach permit holder?
Yes, in addition to increasing overall capacity, we are pleased to offer our Baker’s Pasture site to permit holders exclusively from Memorial Day through Labor Day. We also offer morning shifts (8-10am) for permit holders during the season only.

Crane Beach Parking

What is Baker Pasture and where is it located?
Baker’s Pasture is a sub site with quick and easy access to the beautiful Crane Beach site. Parking here is only available to permit holders from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. m. and 4:00 p.m. each day between Memorial Day and Labor Day. (The rest of the time Bakers’ Pasture is closed). To visit Baker’s Pasture with an advance ticket, follow the road signs along Argilla Road and take the first left after the main entrance to Castle Hill.

Portable potties are available, and lifeguards at Bakers Pasture Beach are only on duty on weekends. Note. Baker’s Pasture does not have access to all services and benefits. It’s a 10-15 minute walk along the beach from Baker’s Pasture beach area to Crane Beach.


How long will it take me to get a parking permit?
If you purchased your membership and permit online, you can use the confirmation email you receive as proof of purchase until your membership cards arrive in the mail, usually 3-5 weeks.

I don’t have a permanent membership number yet, how can I reserve a temporary admission ticket?
Between the time you purchased your membership and you receive your membership cards, you may use the temporary number provided to you when you purchased your membership. Please note that when you arrive at Crane Beach, you will need to attach your Crane Beach Parking Permit to your vehicle, or you may present your email confirming the recent purchase of your Crane Beach Parking Permit. If you do not have permission or email confirmation, you may be denied access.


Do I need to reserve a temporary entrance ticket to visit Crane Beach?
From November 1, 2022, visitors are not required to pre-book a time pass, but are advised to guarantee access to the beach. Ipswich residents with a valid 2022 Crane Beach sticker do not require a reservation and must park on the Town of Ipswich lot.

Why are advance tickets still required even though COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted statewide?
The trustees are committed to hosting as many visitors as possible in a safe environment at all of our special locations, including Crane Beach. Enhanced ticketing enables us to maximize our resources and ensure that we provide access to as many visitors as possible while providing a safe and efficient visitor experience.

Is there a capacity limit at Crane Beach?
No, capacity restrictions have been lifted. We are only limited by the number of spaces our parking can accommodate.

Can I ride a bike or go to the beach on foot?
Pedestrians and cyclists presenting a valid membership card will be able to enter for free. Non-member walkers and cyclists can pre-purchase a pass online or pay by credit card at the Crane Beach gate. Note: Bicycles are not allowed on the beach, including those with fat tires.

Will I be able to get a refund for a time-limited pass if I can’t?

If the trustees do not close the beach for any reason (extreme weather, emergency), time entry tickets are non-refundable. In all but the most extreme cases, Crane Beach is open rain or shine.

Does my temporary Crane Beach admission ticket also allow me to visit Castle Hill and vice versa?
No, each site has its own entry time pass and they are not mutual.

I just booked a temporary admission ticket, but no confirmation e-mail was sent to me.
Please check your spam/junk folder as tickets may sometimes end up there. If you still can’t see it, please send an email to [email protected] with your first name, last name and booking date for confirmation.

I have permission and I have booked a place, but I can’t come anymore. How to cancel?
Book a pass only if you are sure you plan to come. If you are unable to attend, please use our booking finder tool to cancel your booking so that other permit holders can attend the event. No-shows will be monitored and we reserve the right to restrict further bookings in the event of repeated no-shows.


What happens when I arrive at the Crane Beach gate?
Everyone will be asked to stop and log in with the gate attendant to show a printed or digital version of the Temporary Pass Booking Confirmation. Ipswich residents’ vehicles will be checked for a valid sticker before those vehicles can enter the city’s car park.

Can I log out and log back in with the same pass?
During periods when a time-limited pass is required, we do not allow re-entry with a time-limited pass. Otherwise, re-entry is possible with a credit card receipt or a Crane Beach permit.

What are some of the property amenities at Crane Beach?
Baths are available all year round. Locker rooms, open-air rinsers, Crane Beach Shop, and self-service food and drink options are available daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Crane Beach is also home to five miles of dune hiking trails. Disabled parking, wheelchair access to the beach and an affordable shuttle from the parking lot to the beach are available.

Can I bring my dog to Crane Beach?
Dogs are allowed at CraneBeach from October 1st to March 31st. For more information, see the Rules and Notices section of the Crane Beach website.

How are Crane Beach entrance tickets used?
Entry fees help pay for annual beach and facility maintenance, public safety, wildlife and dune protection programs, and historic buildings and structures. By going to Crane Beach, you are directly helping the Reservation Trustees protect and care for this important landscape and landmark.

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Types of Tourists Worldwide



Types of Tourist

In this blog-post we are gonna discuss major types of tourists all over the world.

Wealthy people have always traveled to far-flung corners of the world to see great buildings, works of art, learn new languages, experience new cultures and taste different cuisines. In recent decades, there has been an upward trend in tourism, and domestic or international trips for short trips are now very common. Tourists have a wide range of budgets and tastes and many resorts and hotels have been developed to cater to them.

While global definitions of tourism and tourist are desirable; in practice, tourists are a heterogeneous, non-homogeneous group with different personalities, demographics, and experiences.

Types of Tourists

We can explain types of tourists according to four main features related to the nature of their trip.

Let’s get started…

National and International Tourists

A basic distinction can be made between national and international types of tourists, although this distinction is blurred in many parts of the world (eg in the European Union). Domestic tourism refers to the travel of residents within their country of residence. There are rarely any currency, language or visa implications, and domestic tourism is more difficult to measure than international tourism. As a result, little attention is paid to domestic tourism. In contrast, international tourism involves travel outside the country of residence and may have currency, language and visa implications.

Depending on the Organization of the Trip

The type of tourists can be classified on the basis of types of travel services purchased, for example:

  • An inclusive tour where two or more components of a trip are purchased together and paid at the same price;
  • Self-organization of a trip, in which the traveler purchases various elements of the trip separately.
  • Solo travel, which is a combination of the two and is becoming more common due to the use of the Internet to purchase travel.
  • Distance traveled, which is used to distinguish between long-distance tourism (commonly understood as travel of at least 3,000 kilometers) and short or medium-distance tourism (involving shorter trips). This is important in terms of aircraft marketing and operation (and has implications for carbon emissions).

Purpose of the Visit

Tourists can also be classified by “category of purpose of visit”. These types of tourists are not only used for statistical purposes, but are also useful for tourism marketing. The terms “tourism” and “travel” are often used interchangeably. However, travel has the same definition as tourism, but it implies a more rewarding journey. Thus, a trip can be made for pleasure or to achieve some specific goal, for example, an IT specialist goes to a site to meet with a client on his project. Therefore, “tourists” can be conditionally divided into the following three categories:

Recreation and Entertainment

This includes holidays, sports and cultural tourism, and visits to friends and family. These types of tourists travel for pleasure. Recreational tourism has grown strongly in recent times due to lifestyle changes; people’s consumption pattern, the growing leisure needs stress relief and rejuvenation. Pleasure trips can be taken for leisure, sports, educational projects, school trips, family outings, weekend outings, etc.

Other Tourism Purposes

This includes educational and health tourism. While a tourist visa does not allow its holder to join a course of study, a student visa holder can travel around the country and enjoy sightseeing and meetings. Educational tourism is developing due to the growing popularity of teaching and learning and the development of technical competence outside the classroom environment.

In educational tourism, the main purpose of a tour or leisure activity includes visiting another country to experience a culture, study tours, or practicing and applying skills learned in the classroom in another setting, such as an International Education Program. Practical training. Health tourism is a broader term for travel aimed at treatment and the use of medical services. It covers a wide range of health tourism, ranging from preventive and restorative treatment to rehabilitation and therapeutic travel. Health tourism is a related area.

Business and Professionals

This includes meetings, conferences, missions, promotions and business travel. These types of tourists travel to satisfy their work-related needs, such as attending business meetings, conventions, conferences, or to perform any purpose that is not related to the requirements of the job. Business tourism consists of traveling to a destination away from home or a place of work.

This is a type of trip for professional rather than personal purposes. The types of tourists in business tourism include incentive trips, exhibitions and fairs, conferences and meetings, corporate events.

There are many other ways to classify tourists. They range from simple demographic and tourist classifications through their lifestyle and personality, to their risk perception and familiarity, and postmodern interpretations of consumers and goods. However, an increasingly relevant approach to modern tourism is the classification of tourists according to their level and type of interaction with the destination. We can also distinguish many types of tourism, such as historical, cultural, urban, rural, ecological and nature tourism as we did for types of tourists.

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Challenges in the Tourism Industry



Challenges in Tourism

The main challenges in tourism are taxes, tourism marketing, infrastructure issues, and cross-border and safety regulations. Too many tourist destinations are not ready for visitors. Sometimes tourists or travelers may find tourism marketing to be excessive. Another major issue that the travel industry is facing is rate fluctuations and rising prices. It seems that new challenges are emerging that are rapidly affecting the industry as a whole.

What comes with tourism? What awaits the tourism sector in the coming years? This is a question that all professionals in the travel industry would like to answer. Let’s take a look at some of the challenges in tourism industry and what the future looks like.

Challenges in Tourism

Here is the list of top challenges in tourism industry is facing today.

Let’s get started…

Impact of Coronavirus on Global Tourism

COVID-19 proved to be one of the greatest challenges in tourism. The health crisis caused by the coronavirus has hit the global economy and, above all, the tourism industry hard. The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) predicts a drop in tourism revenue from $300 billion to $500 billion in 2020, a third of the $1,500 billion received in 2019.

Challenges the practices of the tourism industry and draws attention to a range of issues such as poor risk management in the tourism industry, viral globalization and the movement of tourists across borders due to illness. It is also an opportunity to rethink the tourism industry from a critical perspective. There are several areas for potential transformation and transition towards responsible, sustainable and socially innovative tourism.

Holiday Prices and Inflation

One of the major challenges in the tourism industry is currency fluctuations. The inability to know the value of a currency means that long-term tourism prices are particularly difficult to predict, and the effects of this currency volatility are already affecting several tourism support systems. The tourism industry is seasonal and does not guarantee an income stream throughout the year, making it difficult to establish a common business.

Inflation is rising at an alarming pace, and restaurants have to raise prices or reduce service levels. Transport companies have been hit hard. The aviation industry is especially vulnerable. Airlines depend on both the food industry and the fuel industry. Already on the sidelines, airlines can do nothing but cut services and raise prices. The result of this situation is that tourists refrain from expensive holidays, which further affects the tourism sector as a whole.

Taxes and Tourism

The tourism industry is a highly taxed sector in some countries which is one of the most important challenges in tourism industry. Various taxes apply throughout the industry, from tour operators, carriers and airlines to hotels, and they include service tax, luxury tax, transport tax, aviation fuel and various transport taxes. Also, these tax rates tend to vary from state to state. All of these taxes end up being passed on to travelers in one way or another, making it difficult for them to rise.

Travel risk and safety

Safety will always be the top consideration for the traveler. Security problems had also been major challenges in tourism growth for several years. Insufficient law and order, terrorist attacks and political unrest have a negative impact on the feelings of foreign tourists. Despite economic growth, tourism is vulnerable to natural and man-made shocks, unexpected events that undermine travelers’ confidence in a destination, whether the risk is real or perceived.

Events in the 21st century have already drawn attention to the travel safety risks associated with terrorism and political groups. Tourism is also affected by natural disasters such as pandemics, tsunamis, earthquakes, floods, volcanic eruptions and avalanches. A crisis can be defined as any unexpected event that affects travelers’ trust in a destination and interferes with normal functioning.

Regulatory and border issues

Regulatory issues such as visa procedures are considered obstacles. Complicated visa processes keep tourists away from some destinations. A series of projects in the tourism infrastructure segment and in the hotel industry are delayed due to non-attainment of licenses and approvals on time.

However, in order to capitalize on the benefits of the tourism sector, the government should aim at creating proper infrastructure, speedy clearances, and make effective policies to regulate the tourism sector and to gain the confidence of foreign tourists.

Technological drivers of change

Technology is rapidly penetrating all spheres of life. The future of tourism will be defined and supported by technology. The Internet has leveled the playing field for tourism marketing. A good website means small, outlying destinations can compete on equal footing with the travel giants. The convergence of information and communication technologies will allow tourism companies to be more efficient and competitive.

Qualified Human Resources

The challenges facing the tourism sector can only be successfully addressed by a well-educated, well-trained, bright, energetic, multilingual and entrepreneurial workforce who understands the nature of tourism and is professionally trained. The high quality of professional staff in the field of tourism will allow companies to gain a competitive advantage and provide added value to their services.

A quality tourism workforce can only be achieved through the high standards of modern tourism education and training. Tourism education and training involves the transfer of knowledge, concepts and methods specific to the tourism industry, but based on the core disciplines and topics of areas such as geography, finance and marketing.

The future of tourism is exciting and tourism is a difficult sector to predict. Each of the drivers of the future that we have outlined above has an impact on its own, but when combined, they create a powerful force shaping the future of tourism.

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