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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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How to claim a delayed or canceled flight?



How to claim a delayed or canceled flight?

How to claim a delayed or canceled flight? This is one of the queries that you ask us the most, especially now that the holiday season is approaching and that, with it, fears of possible flight delays, cancellations or the much-feared overbooking begin.
It would be preferable for the holidays to flow smoothly, but we know that cancellations and delays are the order of the day and we, the users, many times because we do not know our rights, end up not claiming a canceled or delayed flight and, therefore, Therefore, we lose the compensation to which we may be entitled after these situations that upset us so much.

And we tell you from experience. When we traveled to Greece, the flight was delayed for more than 3 hours and because we ignored our rights, we ended up arriving later at our destination and without any compensation.

flight claims

If you find yourself in a similar situation, the first thing you should keep in mind is that as an airline user and customer, you have your rights, no matter how much they do not want to make them clear or tell you that you cannot claim a flight delay, cancellation or overbooking. You must not forget that according to what is established by the European Regulation, any passenger who is affected by a flight delayed by more than 3 hours, a cancellation notified less than 14 days ago or an overbooking can receive compensation of between 250 euros and 600 euros, regardless of the value of the flight ticket.
For example, if you have bought a low cost ticket for 30 euros and you arrive more than 3 hours late at your destination, you are also entitled to compensation of between 250 and 600 euros, depending on the distance of the flight.
Yes, just as you are thinking, on many of the occasions in which you have been affected, if you had claimed, you would have been compensated!

We tell you more about what you can or cannot claim, who can help you and, above all, how to claim a delayed, canceled or overbooked flight .

What can I claim?

Prepare to be surprised by the number of situations for which you can and should claim:
– In order to claim this compensation, the flight must have taken off in the EU, or the airline operating the flight must be based in the EU . And yes, in most cases, this will be the case, so you already have a very important part in your favor.
– You have the right to compensation for the delay of your flight after 3 hours of delay.
– You have the right to compensation for cancellation when they notify you less than 14 days in advance.
– You have the right to compensation for overbooking if you are denied entry to the plane without your agreement.
– You are entitled to between 250 and 600 euros of compensation, depending on the distance between the origin and the destination.
– Keep in mind that after 2 hours of delay, on a flight of less than 1,500 kilometers, the airline must provide you with free food and drinks. If the flight is between 1,500 and 3,500 kilometers, the time period is increased to 3 hours and if it is more than 3,500 kilometers to 4 hours.
– If the delay is more than 5 hours, as a passenger you can choose to cancel your trip. If this is your case, the airline must refund the full amount of the ticket or offer you an alternative transport.
– In addition, it must provide you with accommodation or cover its expenses, in addition to transportation to/from the airport, if the delay extends until the next day. If this is your case, never leave the airport without having a copy of all the documentation in case you are denied this service.
– And last but not least, remember that you can claim even for flights from the last 5 years. Remember and if you have the documentation, don’t let it go!

What can’t I claim?

As we mentioned before, as passengers we have rights, but there are circumstances in which the airline is not responsible for the incident, so it is not obliged to pay any compensation time.
We detail the cases for which you will not be able to claim compensation for delay, cancellation or overbooking: When the delay in arrival is less than 3 hours.
– When the airline notifies you of the cancellation of the flight more than 14 days in advance.
– If, for any reason, you did not check-in within the period imposed by the airline.
– If more than 5 years have passed since the flight was delayed, canceled or overbooked.
– If you booked the ticket with a special rate, not available for different reasons, for the general and regular public.
– If the delay or cancellation of the flight has been caused by an “extraordinary circumstance” , which is not the responsibility of the company.

What are the exceptional circumstances in which I cannot claim compensation?

Although we are emphasizing that you have to make a claim and that as passengers we have our rights, there are some circumstances, outside the influence of the airlines, for which, even if there are delays or cancellations, they are not obliged to compensate you.
Some examples of these “extraordinary circumstances” would be:
– Air traffic controllers’ strike.
– Extreme weather conditions.
– Political instability.
– Security risks.
– Disruption of air traffic due to a natural disaster.
– Lightning strike during the previous flight.
– Damage to the turbine caused by the collision with a bird.
– Radar failure.
Despite everything said above and although it should not be the case, you have to look closely at the details, since airlines will normally try to make this type of excuse to avoid compensating you. This is one of the many reasons why we recommend that you leave claims for delays, cancellations or overbooking in the hands of professionals, so that they can prove that the airline was solely responsible for the incident.
In this way you will ensure compensation and also avoid complicated and exhausting procedures, leaving them in the hands of true experts.

Compensation for flight delay, cancellation or overbooking

Having already clear what you can claim and what not, now comes the most interesting: the compensation you can receive as a passenger.

– If the distance of the flight is up to 1,500 kilometers, compensation for delay, cancellation or overbooking is 250 euros.
– If the distance of the flight is between 1,500 and 3,500 kilometers or more than 1,500 kilometers for intra-community flights, compensation for delay, cancellation or overbooking is 400 euros.
– If the flight distance is more than 3,500 kilometers, compensation for flight cancellation, delay or overbooking is 600 euros.

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Top 5 Asian destinations



Top 5 Asian destinations

If there is something that we cannot deny, it is that Asia is in fashion. For many reasons this continent is one of the most chosen for our vacations: mostly cheap destinations, flights at very reasonable prices, exoticism in many cases or very different cultures are just some of the reasons why Asia is one of the destinations more fashionable. In this case, after our experience traveling through some of them, we leave you with a selection of what we believe are some of the 10 best Asian destinations .

1- Sri Lankan

One of the least known countries, but at the same time more fashionable in recent times. With a fairly small extension in relation to other Asian destinations, Sri Lanka is the perfect destination to enjoy a unique culture, dreamlike landscapes, incredible beaches and people who will make you spend unforgettable days.
We recommend a trip of at least two weeks to be able to enjoy most of its most touristic places such as the Cultural Triangle, the Highlands or the southern beaches, where you can relax after an incredible trip to Sri Lanka .

2- Malaysia

If you are looking for a different Asian destination , but with great potential, Malaysia should be your choice. With idyllic beaches, a unique culture and delicious cuisine, this is one of the destinations that will not disappoint you and to which you will surely want to return again and again. Although the recommendation would be to travel to Malaysia for as long as you could, two weeks is enough time to get to know the most touristic places in addition to spending a few days on one of its postcard beaches.

3- Japan

Another of the best Asian destinations is without a doubt Japan. A country where surprises are around every corner and where you will find yourself between the most absolute tradition and the most incredible future just by crossing the street.
Contrary to popular belief, a trip to Japan is much cheaper than it may seem at first glance. Booking with some time it is easy to get accommodation for two people for an average of 50 euros in cities like Kyoto or Tokyo.
We recommend traveling for an average of 2 weeks to get to know some of the most touristic cities such as Kyoto, Tokyo and Osaka, as well as their surroundings. And if you have a little more time, you can choose to go up to Fuji or make a trip to the Japanese Alps, twoessential places to see in Japan .

4- Philippines

The Philippines is another of the most fashionable Asian destinations today and one of those countries that you have surely thought of at some point.
Despite what it may seem, flying to the Philippines is not that expensive, being able to find flights for less than 500 euros, which will take you directly to the most incredible paradise.
Incredible green rice fields, amazing fauna and paradisiacal beaches are waiting for you to discover them and fall in love with one of the most impressive countries in the world.

5- Maldives

Considered by many to be one of the most incredible paradises on and off the water, the Maldives is an unforgettable trip whether you plan it as a one-off trip or as a complement to Sri Lanka.
In our case we combined it with the latter and we have to say that it was one of the most incredible experiences we have ever had.
We recommend a stay of 5-7 days, plus the days of transfers, in order to enjoy it to the fullest. Contrary to what it may seem, we assure you that you will not get tired of lying in a hammock in front of infinite palm trees that seem to be taken from a painting.
White sand beaches, palm trees and incredible blue waters are waiting for you. You dare?

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15 trips to plan a year in advance



15 trips to plan a year in advance

The emotion of the moment of pressing the “Buy flight” or “Confirm reservation” button is very real. We already know the feeling of going on vacation , but planning trips also causes a spike in dopamine, the hormone that is partly responsible for how addictive traveling is .

Get the most out of that vacation high early: Planning ahead and making the necessary reservations is a great way to avoid itinerary hassles, avoid missing out on interesting things, and secure seats on flights, tours, excursions, and shows. And this is especially true for long stays, which are, moreover, the most fun and most sustainable .

If you want to start looking at flights early , here are a few destinations to plan trips a year from now, from the mountains of Rwanda to the ice sheets of Antarctica .

Utah, United States

Ideal for: Letting out the inner child.

Ice castle tours , rock climbing, and dinosaur bones : It sounds like a childhood dream come true, but these are activities you can really sign up for in Utah . Take the opportunity to explore with a curious and fascinated look and to enjoy as if you were on a school trip to the Utahraptor State Park , which has one of the deposits with the largest number of dinosaur bones in North America. And just over an hour away is Newspaper Rock State Historic Monument , whose collection of petroglyphs, one of the best known, will not leave you indifferent. Some of these carvings are 2,000 years old and show animals, human figures, and symbols (the Navajo name for this place is Tse’ Hone, which means “rock that tells a story”).

Both locations can be reached by car in Moab , where Rocky Mountaineer, the Canadian luxury rail travel company , has opened a two-day route that will kick off its second season between April and October of this year. The train, with panoramic windows, crosses an otherworldly desert landscape , between canyons and rocky towers, to reach Denver .

Utah is the state with the third most national parks in the country, closely followed by Colorado , and canyoning is one of the most exciting sports you can do. Plus, another one of Ice Castles ‘ ice castles recently opened , and its hand-carved tunnels, caves and caverns, private rooms for special occasions, sleigh rides, and light shows are a winter wonderlan.


Ideal for: asking for pending vacations

The summer months in Uruguay are between December and March, so it is a popular getaway from Europe among people who miss the sun in winter .

 Between that and the fact that many restaurants and hotels close during the low season , it is advisable to make reservations in advance. Montevideo , the coastal capital, is a regular destination for people from different parts of the country when they go on a long weekend, but international tourism focuses more on José Ignacio, an old fishing village that has been transformed into a sun and beach vacation spot . 

With the shadow of the pandemic still lurking, the new premises and accommodations that have been opening are still not very well known. Posada Ayana , for example, has a Skyspace installation by James Turrell that, although it is still under construction, can be visited at no additional cost. Luz , a secret and paradisiacal suite complex, close to the beach and surrounded by private land of impressive greenery. vic beach, which is located on a hill by the sea very close to José Ignacio, has reopened, this time with spaces for yoga and well-being designed by the expert Isabella Channing. 

In the Sierra de Carapé, in Maldonado, less than an hour from the town, is the exclusive Sacromonte boutique hotel, immersed in nature and with four refuges where you can find the most absolute peace. Francis Mallmann ‘s restaurants , Chiringuito and Bodega Garzón, are on many people’s to-do lists, but the lesser-known fact is that in the winery you can also rent a charming little house, Casa Anna, with a choice of menus from the hand of Mallmann in person. Don’t miss the José Ignacio International Film Festival either, which screens movies in the afternoons every January (last year’s included 

Siberia, Russia

Ideal for: brave adventure lovers

Siberia may not be a traditional ski destination , but with significant snowfalls reaching eight feet in winter, off-piste slopes, perfect areas for freestyle skiing, and places in the middle of nowhere to those that have to be accessed by snowmobiles, it is very tempting to go looking for one of its wide untouched snowy expanses. It is quite a challenge, of course, but a very appealing one for adrenaline seekers and experienced skiers. While the ski resorts of the Alps have spent most of 2020 and 2021 without activity, many people have flocked to spaces likeSheregesh , which received 1.3 million people last season . In addition, it is rumored that this station has an improvement pending with a not inconsiderable budget during the next 5 years.

But the magical landscapes of Siberia can also be appreciated from a more cozy interior, and without even stopping to move. The Trans- Siberian , the railway line that connects Moscow with Vladivostok , or the northern Baikal-Amur , whose Baikal tunnel was finally completed in 2021, are very fast ways to cross the country’s taiga and mountain ranges without freezing. In summer there are great hiking trails along Lake Baikal , and it is also at this time that the peculiar natural phenomenon of Burlinskoye Salt Lake is appreciated . Due to the pigment of the microorganisms that inhabit its waters, the lake is dyed a psychedelic pink, and the passage of the train that transports salt on its surface generates a hypnotizing optical illusion. In addition, its waters, rich in magnesium, are said to have medicinal properties , so don’t forget your swimsuit.

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