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Your Personalized Luggage for Travel

A luggage or a baggage consists of cases, bags and various containers that hold all the articles and important items of a travel when he or she is in transit. A modern traveller these days has packages of toiletries, clothing, trip necessities, and small possessions and on the return trip the bag is filled up with souvenirs. For most people these days a luggage and its style represent his or her wealth ownership. Luggage has dramatically changed over time. Historically the most important and common types of luggage were trunks and chests that have been made of wood and various other heavy materials. These can be shipped by all the professional movers. As an increasing number of passengers are choosing air travel over other forms of transport, the baggage handlers are seeing an increase in the number of baggage or luggage to handle.

The common types of luggage

The common and widely seen types of luggage have been stated and explained


This is a wooden box that is generally much larger than the other types of luggage. Trunks can come in various sizes ranging from small too big and this is the same case in footlockers. The larger ones are called as steamers. These days, the trunks are commonly used for the storage rather than transportation.


This is a general term that can be used to refer to a non- wheeled or a wheeled luggage. It can also be used to refer to a hard side luggage or a soft size luggage.

Garment bag

This is a style of luggage that folds over on itself and it allows the long garments such as dresses and suits to be packed in a flat manner in order to avoid any type of creasing.


This is a small bag that is mostly worn on the person’s shoulder.

Duffel bag

This is a barrel- shaped bag and it is suited for the purpose of casual travel. It has very little space for organization on its inside.

Carpet bag

This is traditional luggage for carpets.

Personalize your luggage

These days it is also possible to personalize your luggage. There are many organizations or companies that do these. You can print your favorite movie dialogues on this luggage. You can also choose the colors of the accessories and also reach an extent by uploading your own photo and choosing your very own unique design.

How Group Travel Can Save You Big Bucks

Planning your next travel destination is one of the great thrills you can get if you are a travel junkie, more so, if you are planning to travel with your good old friends. Can you imagine how fun it is going to be? Group travel has been a very well-known form of travel for all generations, may it be for friends or not. One of the biggest reasons for this is the security and safety of each person involved. What many people don’t realize is that group travel is a great opportunity to save a big amount of money.

Over the years, there was a surge in group travel because it made people feel more secure and comfortable. What came about with the group travel surge was safety and better deals were offered in several segments of the travel industry that only a few travelers know about. Groups give every traveler the opportunity to gain some control when it comes to lodging and accommodations. Depending on the size of your group and the schedule of your activities, there are many hotels around that will gladly cater to your group’s needs. Once these hotels hear the word “group”, the money bell instantly rings. Hotels see group travelers as a good opportunity to cash in on their amenities. Lodges understand that if you’ll be coming with a group of travelers, you will more likely be spending a good deal of money on refreshments, food and tours. Not to mention that if they exceeded your expectations, you may be coming back or raving about their services to your friends.

One of the good tips when going on a group travel is to make a lot of research. Browse for hotels that offer valuable deals and start filtering out some until you only have 2 or 3 choices. From there, pick the best that will be amenable for all. A few simple emails can give you an idea of who is willing to work with you, and you can somehow gauge if they really are customer-oriented. Tell them exactly what you are looking for and what you expect from them. These include the facilities your group might need during your scheduled activities. Let them know if you’ll need a spacious conference hall where you can hold your group meetings or team building activities. Should you need an open field for outdoor activities and recreation inform the hotel before you close the deal. This is important as your activities rely on the availability of the venue. Choose the one that perfectly suits your needs. The more number of people in your group, the more you have the power to get the best deal. One great tip is for every 10 travelers staying in the hotel, you should be able to negotiate that the 11th person can stay for free.

Love in Tokyo

The title for this post came into my mind while I was in the Tokyo metro. But later I remembered the Bollywood movie with the same title released in the 1960’s. Since it was a romantic drama movie set in Japan, it quite aligns with the story I want to share through this post. As I was sitting in the cathay pacific flight to Japan I stretched my legs, looked out of the window and thought to myself that its been a long time since I had taken a break from the long hectic schedule of work and stress that I was enduring for a couple of years now. Although the season of cherry blossom had gone and it was the grey month of the year always cloudy and raining, I was so refreshed to walk along the streets of Kashiwanoha, a small place in the outskirts of Tokyo, that it was like sakura blossoming in my heart. Sometimes the sun would peep from the nimbus laden sky and I would sit on a chair in the balcony to see the beautiful wilderness in the golden sunshine.

Me and my husband went to Tokyo often in the metro-rail which was accurate by the minute. That is really a difference which you can feel in Japan from whichever country you come. The major drawback was their excessive love towards their own language and a total negligence towards English. This used to make me very uncomfortable initially when I went to buy things. Everything was written in Japanese and it was extremely hard to communicate with the people in the store as they did not know a speck of English. Later on however I got used to the whole thing and also could to some extent understand the language.

Throughout the journey in the metro, which was sometimes extremely crowded, I used to observe the people around me, their expressions and their behaviour as I could never understand what they were talking about. It was a little weird to be a foreigner because unlike other countries like USA you do not find much people from other countries. Most of the times I was surrounded by an all Japanese crowd. One peculiar thing that struck me was that any time of the day, you will never find a Japanese in a shabby attire. They somehow always managed to look neatly, properly and most often than not elegantly dressed and to stress upon, it’s not only about women that I am talking.

Sometimes I saw women clad in kimono which is their traditional dress and I would enter into a reverie about the old times when geisha culture was at its peak. I had read a romantic drama about that time written by Arthur Golden in his book ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’. I do not know if all that he portrayed about the Japanese culture and tradition was true but I always felt a mysterious melancholy and an indescribable awe whenever I read that book. Those women in their kimonos elicited the same odd sensation.

I was thinking about the love story of Sayuri, the innocent village girl who became the most celebrated geisha, and the chairman, when my husband woke me up from my daydreams to show me mount Fuji, which is visible from the metro train while going from Kashiwanoha to Tokyo. It was cloudy so the view was a little hazy, but I could still make out the shape of the mountain. Suddenly my eyes fell on an old couple sitting in the nearby seats by the window. They were, I think, in their 80s. Japanese people have long life so the couple actually did not look victims to the frailty old age ushers on us. Both of them were lost in their own worlds. I felt that after long years of companionship, maybe people have very little to talk about. The man was staring at a child sitting next to him playing video games. Perhaps he was remembering his own children and their childhood who must be grown-up individuals now busy in their own lives. The wife was looking out of the window and had a faint smile on her face as if enjoying the view outside.

Something irked her feet and she made a faint sound hardly audible and bent down to fix it. The old man had such a disinterested look on his face that I felt he could hardly be alive for any emotions. But as soon as his wife made the sound, he quickly looked at her and as she bent down he put his hand on her shoulder and asked her something in Japanese The woman nodded and said something which probably meant “it’s OK”. I thought to myself that the man must have shown his concern and asked her what happened. Then I saw the man looking at her feet in a concerned way and on the wife’s reassurance, he looked up at her face and after a minute he had again put up the lost weary look. Although I couldn’t understand the language spoken, the love felt by the couple was as evident as broad daylight. It seemed as if their wrinkles had faded a little during those few moments. Being in a different country which was so unfamiliar to me, it was strange that I felt as if I was looking at my own grandparents whom I had always felt to be eternally in love with each other. I looked at my husband who was happily enjoying the outside scenery and wished we could share the same affection in our old age. Our station came and we got down. I was again and again looking back to catch a glimpse of the couple. Somehow they had made me very happy that day.

Love is universal. You can always find people in love in any country you go and language is never a barrier. This is a personal experience article on my first visit to Japan. I have tried to pen down the small observations I made during my stay there. These observations are generally about people and their behaviour. Travelling to new places and observing people is an adventure in itself. It brings you close to several strange as well as familiar circumstances and makes you feel at home with the whole world.

The Noong Nooch Gardens of Thailand

Noong Nooch is an impressive tropical and botanical garden measuring 500 acres and located in the Chonburi province of Thailand. Noong Nooch can be easily accessed from the tourist hotspot known as Pattaya. If you have included Pattaya beach in your places to visit in Thailand, by all means visit Noong Nooch Gardens!

The best way to explore the Noong Nooch is to experience it on foot. Most visitors will begin with the Butterfly Hill where you will be greeted with three huge corn installations, surrounded by well- trimmed colorful flower patches. Expect a lot of people taking pictures here because of the incredibly vibrant burst of yellow, burgundy, orange and pink flowers. It transitions via a bridge to another garden full of palms. This part is a sea of dark olive and emerald green. There aren’t any flowers but a puff of pink somewhere in the middle of the garden will surprise you. They are not real but the multitude of concrete flamingoes surprisingly work well in the landscape.

The most visited of the gardens would be the French and the Italian gardens. They are separated by several other gardens but their prominence due to excellent geometrically shaped plants capturing the splendor of their European counterparts, can make you forget what the gardens in between were. These are two of the most photographed in all of Noong Nooch.

The Stonehenge that sits right beside the French garden deserves attention too. The contrasting rough rock arrangements with the neatly manicured lawn and perfectly trimmed shrubs are a delight to behold.

The Mammoth garden is also very picturesque, and the Cactus garden draws volumes of delight! Other gardens you should not miss are the Desert Rose garden, the Cycad Valley and Cycad conservation center, the Orchid garden, the Topiary trees that look like a green zoo, the Palm of the World, the Ant hill, which is a hit among kids just like the Animal sculpture garden, and the zoo garden where animals are not sculptures but real and alive. Here kids can feed deer and goats, see ducks, tigers, turtles etc.

The garden tour is mostly done on foot but if you’re feeling a bit lazy, or perhaps you haven’t ridden an elephant yet, for a fee, you can go around some of the gardens on an elephant’s back. But if you want to make the most of your garden tour, walk! Exploration of the gardens can take up half a day. If you have some hours left to spare, why not also catch Noong Nooch’s cultural and elephant shows.

The cultural show dazzles audience with graceful Thai traditional dance performances; vibrant Thai costumes; short funny Thai acts/ skits and a depiction of the famous Thai martial art called Muai Thai. Another highlight for this marvelous show is the presentation of a portion of Thai history with the participation of the beloved elephants which usually gets the most cheers from the audience.

If you can’t get enough of elephants, stay longer to witness the elephant show staged after the cultural one! This particular show may feature similar elephant tricks and antics similar to the ones seen in places like Samphran but, Noong Nooch’s version is still very much adorable because of the elephants. Prepare your baht for the experience of feeding the elephants, being lifted by an elephant trunk, and any photo opportunities you wish to have with these gentle creatures.

The Wonderful Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam – Netherlands

Travel is only half fulfilling unless you immerse yourself into destinations rich in culture, history and arts. You get most of the culture from the food experience, the edifices around, and the people you meet. As a visitor you should not pass up the chance of going to a local museum especially if it is the kind of museum like Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum.

Standing resplendently like a castle, Rijksmuseum, or the State museum, is one of the oldest museums in Europe and has been with us for over two centuries now. This lengthy existence warrants its extraordinary collections of old paintings highlighting its own most celebrated Dutch masters as Rembrandt and Vermeer. The museum encapsulates 800 years of the Netherland’s history and the art from the Middle ages to contemporary times. Some 8,000 works in 80 exhibit rooms are on display.

For the Rembrandt fan, the Rijksmuseum is a delightful collection of the artists work. The exhibition “Late Rembrandt” which has been running from February until May of this year, showcases the master’s works at the pinnacle of of his life as an artist. These works total over a hundred paintings, drawings and prints. Rijksmuseum has managed to curate these works from other museums and individual’s private collections. The Late Rembrandt Exhibition is definitely a once in a lifetime experience and opportunity to know Rembrandt like you have never before.

The Masterpiece collections exhibit some 200 works such as old paintings, sculptures and inventions. Don’t miss Van Gogh’s self-portrait, Pieneman’s “The Battle of Waterloo”, The Javanese Court Collections of paintings, and the astounding sculptures like “The Portraite of Andries de Graeff” and “The Seated Cupid”. A must-see would be the Gallery of Honour featuring paintings of world renowned masters including Frans Hals, Jan Steen, Vermeer and Rembrandt. The famous Night Watch will take your breath away, as well as the popular piece entitled “The Milkmaid”.

For the tea lovers, the museum exhibits an elegant collection of Delft Blue pottery. Gorgeous tea sets and stunning vases will surely wow you! If this is not enough, understand life in the Golden Age through Rijksmuseum’s Doll’s Houses. The oldest in the collections dates back to 1676.

Don’t miss the Cuypersbibliotheek too! It is the biggest and oldest art history library in the country but has been fully renovated recently. Nevertheless, the glorious antique touch has been greatly preserved. The reading rooms are splendid, the spiral staircase for reaching the books is so romantic, and the lights are warm and inviting. Everyone interested in the study of art history is encouraged to come here. iPads for studying are available, and Wi-Fi is free.

The museum offers tours depending on your need or preference. There are guided tours for families and children, or groups. It also facilitates school groups or excursions. The Rijksmuseum is open daily from 9:00 AM- 5:00 PM. Entrance frees are Adults: 17.50 or including surcharge for Late Rembrandt: 25. Youth aged 18 and under, Museumkaart holders, members of ICOM, ICOMOS, UNESCO, the Rembrandt Association (Vereniging Rembrandt), KOG, Vrienden van de Aziatische Kunst and Vrienden van het Rijksmuseum have free admission. Holders of CJP, Stadspas or EYCA: 50% reduction on regular ticket price. You can also obtain tickets on line!

Adventures in Your Own Backyard and Just Beyond

Retirement is a tremendous stage of life. Instead of jumping up and heading for work every day, I can jump up and head out for new adventures. Not that my job wasn’t full of adventures. As a classroom instructor with ages kindergarten through seniors and a few college students as well plus acting as a professional development trainer, I had plenty of adventures with thousands of students and hundreds of teachers. The difference is that most of my new adventures are of my own creation based on my likes and wants and desires. I am not confined to four walls in a school but rather have the entire world at hand. I am taking full advantage of it all.

My husband and I love to camp and hike, the rougher the better. During our first years of less responsibility we have visited many of the attractions of our state that we had zoomed by in the past. From the highest peaks in Nevada to caves painted with Native American hieroglyphics or pictographs, we have discovered the wonder of nature and the natural. Campgrounds provide necessities like water and a toilet, but wilderness areas where we toss out camp cots and sleeping bags are excellent, too. We love to visit with other people and we revel in the silent companionship of just the two of us. Our state is a large one and so there are many more journeys ahead. Coupled with travels throughout the country and on to foreign lands, we will be quite busy and content.

Retirement also has brought us three delightful and beautiful grandchildren. You have heard folks rave about how wonderful this stage of life is, but let me tell you first hand, it is even better than described. Grandkids come and stay a few days and then they head home. This gives “Pa” and “Ma” the freedom to dance and sing and play, and then send them on their merry way as we recuperate and prepare for their next visit with us or our trips to visit them. Our grandkids listen to us and follow our rules. While they may challenge Mom and Dad on certain items like bedtime and snacks, as grandparents what we say goes with little or no fuss. Because we are different and not a constant presence, all three of these children respond to our wishes with special happiness. Fortunately, they love the out-of-doors and so we play in the backyard, take hikes and ride the four-wheeler, and then head for more fun. Toss in the best Christmas present ever, a red Flyer wagon and trips around the neighborhood and life is a joy where adventures abound.

Exploring in your own backyard and then a few steps beyond is great fun. If I had realized the excitement and thrill ahead, I might have left teaching a few years ahead of schedule. I’d miss my amazing students but I think the rest of life could have filled in quite neatly. In fact I know it will be terrific fun.

Consider Traveling to the Nation’s Capital

There is nowhere better to visit than the Nation’s Capital, Washington, D.C., for anyone interested in the history of the Untied States of America. There is so much to see and do with no shortage of interesting museums, monuments, and historical sites and buildings such as the Capitol and the White House. The National Archives holds many of the original documents created from the beginnings of the government of the United States, including the Constitution.

One of the little known parts of American history which seems to be taught only slightly in most high school American History courses is the experience of Japanese Americans during World War II when the Constitution did not protect innocent persons who had done no wrong. Japanese Americans and their immigrant parents who were living on the West Coast of the United States after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor and President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942, were forcibly removed from their homes and incarcerated in camps. The ten camps had been constructed in remote and desolate areas of the United States. Most of those imprisoned in this manner were citizens of the United States. They were incarcerated for the duration of the war after which they were released to try and resume their normal lives. It was a devastating experience for many people. Their story is an unfortunate part of history.

The Smithsonian Museums are popular attractions of Washington, D.C., where people can learn much, including about the history of the United States. The Smithsonian Museums generally have free admission. It could take more than a day to take in and absorb the information in just one of the museums. There is much knowledge to be gained from visiting the Smithsonian Museums. The Smithsonian American History Museum contains many items of interest from the nation’s history.

Eleven of the nineteen Smithsonian Institution museums and galleries are located at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Among these are: The American History Museum, the Natural History Museum, and the Air and Space Museum. The National Zoo is part of the Smithsonian Institution. The National Museum of African American History and Culture has been slated to open during 2015.

Visiting Washington, D.C. and learning more about the Untied States is a worthwhile venture for all those who are interested in history.

Ways You Can Enjoy Free Rides From Ridesharing Companies

Ridesharing apps have become cheaper as companies offering the services continue to increase in number. The services have brought a great convenience for passengers moving from one place to another because the costs are reasonably cheap when a ride is shared between two or more people. The ridesharing companies have come up with ways of attracting more customers and one is the use of free rides. When you know what to do, you can actually move from one point to another without paying a dime for the services. Here is how you can do that.

Coupons – The use of coupons is one of the best ways you can get to enjoy a free ride. They come with a given amount and you can use them for rides that are worth the amount. The rideshare companies use the promo codes to attract new and existing customers and you can find the offers from your app or other sources so you can enjoy free rides to your preferred destination.

Test rides – If you are lucky enough to join a good rideshare company, you might be given the chance to ride for free to test and welcome you to the program. Most do this using promo codes that are specific to new customers or first time riders. You can take advantage of the free test rides to get to your destination and also evaluate the quality of service offered by the rideshare company you have selected.

Referral programs – Some of the rideshare companies have referral programs that offer rides to new customers and also to those that have referred them to the app. When referral codes are used you, the new rider, and the friend who has referred you to the service can enjoy free rides to your destination. You can actually take advantage of such programs to get more free rides as you continue referring the program to your friends and they actually ride.

New city programs – Also important to note is that some rideshare companies offer free rides for their first riders or customers when they introduce their services to new cities. When the companies are pioneering the services in your city, you can sign up to get the services and you might be among the lucky first riders who get credited with free rides. The free rides make a great marketing tool for the company and as a reader you can take advantage to get to your destination without paying.

Special deals – They are usually made available by the companies offering the services in conjunction with different venues and are usually designed to attract first time riders and return customers. You can keep your ears and eyes on the ground just in case such special deals come up in your local venues. When you are connected to the right channels, it becomes very easy to know as soon as deals pop up and you can save you money on the rides as you enjoy the great convenience of the services.

Florida’s Torreya State Park

Torreya State Park is located in sunny Florida and plays a crucial role in maintaining the unique plants and animal’s species. Two other critical roles the park is known for are; the essential communities that are of regional importance, and the water quality of the Apalachicola River, which flows into the productive Apalachicola Bay. Torreya State Park and the Apalachicola River are both historic and rich in history.

To find the beginning history of Torreya Park you must go back to the civil war. This is the time when the high bluffs were called home by two hundred Confederate Soldiers. As you hike through this park you can still see where the cannons were placed. It was in the 1840’s where the plantation owner, Jason Gregory and his family, called home. The estate of Jason Gregory was three thousand square feet and originally set on the west banks of the Apalachicola River. However, in the late 1930’s Gregory’s home was given to the Civilian Conservation Corp. On the other hand this donation came with a stipulation which was that the home be dismantled and moved. The workers of the Civilian Conservation Corp began taking apart the home brick by brick and board by board. These boards and bricks were then loaded on a barge which carried these items to the east bank. It is here that the re-building of this old home began and where it stands and can still be seen today.

One of the most populated sites in Florida was located at the Apalachicola Region. Along the lower part of the Apalachicola River Valley you will find an abundance of the earliest places along former and present banks. Along the waterways and river swamps you can find scattered about a mound of clam and oyster shells which are remnants of the early inhabitants. In the 1700’s the Creek Indians from Georgia and Alabama began to settle along the Apalachicola River. The word Apalachicola comes from the Indian word which means “people on the other side.” In 1816 one or more fights happened between the Americans Forces and the Creek Indians and their black allies. It is possible that “Bloody Bluff” is the site of these skirmishes. The Black allies of the Creek Indians occupied the “Negro Fort” which today is known as Fort Gadsden and located at nearby Prospect Bluff. During this time cotton was shipped by steamboat from the interior plantations to Apalachicola for export. However, during the Civil War the Union Forces formed a barrier at Apalachicola Bay which prevented the steamboats from traveling. When the war concluded lumber became the new product for shipping. Along the Apalachicola River saw mills began to spring up. Passing through the port of Apalachicola were millions of board feet of lumber. This timber came from the long leaf pine and cypress trees. The pine trees served a secondary purpose, its sap. The sap was distilled into resin and turpentine, which collectively became known as naval stores.

Torreya State Park was opened to the public in 1935 and is one of Florida’s original state parks. Credit to the creation of this park goes to the Florida Board of Parks and the Civilian Conservation Corp. No matter what you love about Torreya State Park whether it’s for the proficient craftsmanship by the Civilian Conservation Corp in the rebuilding of the original Jason Gregory home or stepping into one of its barracks, or by the fascinating stone bridge. Today the Torreya State Park has become one of Florida’s scenic places because of its high bluffs that overlook the Apalachicola River. The name of the park, Torreya, comes from one of the oldest and rarest trees. These trees grow only in the ravines and on the bluffs of Torreya State Park. The Torreya Tree became so popular that it almost caused its destruction. In the 1800’s there were approximately six hundred thousand of these trees living in the Apalachicola Valley, but today there is only about two hundred left. About 1835 the Florida Torreya was identified by botanist Hardy Bryan Croom. Croom gave it this name in honor of a well-known scientist, Dr. John Torrey. The tree was well-known by the locals as the “stinking cedar” because when cut or bruised it gives off a strong odor. The park is well-known for its hiking, camping, picnicking, and bird watching. More than one hundred species of birds have been seen here. The hardwood trees of this forest display some of the finest fall colors in Florida. You can also find the park giving daily tours of the rebuilt home of Jason Gregory.

Ask Your Local Travel Guru: What’s New on the Travel Industry Wire?

As a travel guru for many years now, I have seen the travel industry wire adapt in so many ways. As you already know, we now live in a world with instant and infinite amounts of information, right at our fingertips. Like everything else, the travel industry has adapted, grown and cultivated a new identity with our present day world of information. Until beaches start disappearing and people can be teleported across continents, there will ALWAYS be the want and need to visit our regular and new destinations.

The travel industry plays a substantial role in the global economy. During 2015, the travel industry wire forecasts global GDP to grow by 3.7% and employment by 2.6%. This demonstrates the sector’s enduring ability to generate economic growth and create jobs at a faster rate than the global economy, which is due to grow by 2.9% in 2015. By the end of 2015, the Travel & Tourism sector will contribute US$7,860 billion, 10% of global GDP, once all direct, indirect and induced impacts are taken into account. The sector will account for 284 million jobs, 9.5% of total employment, or one in eleven of all jobs on the planet. By 2025, the global travel & tourism sector is projected to contribute 357 million jobs and generate $11.4 Trillion dollars. Ask your favorite travel guru and he will show you the various components all contributing to these massive amounts. Let’s check out what the travel industry wire says:

Hotel Industry

Among all the sub sectors of the travel & tourism industry, Hotels is one of the biggest fragments. The travel industry wire explains that hotels generated a global of $457 billion dollars in 2014. Your travel guru has most likely coordinated a recent trip within the Intercontinental Hotels Group. The company contributed the highest revenues, earning $22.8 billion dollars. In the United States alone, the total revenue within the hotel industry climbed to $163 billion dollars. The majority of tourists visiting the United States of America (65.1%) choose to stay in a hotel, where the average daily is a healthy $121.30.

Aviation industry

Although the major corporations, leading sector, seem to always changing names and planes, the industry cultivated a whopping $783 billion US dollars in 2014. Your travel guru may have whispered about some of the airlines not performing, but the industry continues to grow at rate of 7.4% every year. The travel industry wire indicates that Europeans, Americans, Chinese & Brazilians combine for the highest market contributors.

Cruise Industry

Cruises have steadily become a popular choice of travel the past few years. These are an easy sell for your local travel guru… The luxurious ocean liners, offering food, fun & music for the entire family have created a loyal gathering that continues to grow. Due to the growth rate of 6.55% every year, Cruise lines have postured their company growth strategies, by building larger capacity ships, ship diversification, more local ports and more destinations. The travel industry wire indicates that the average cruise traveler spends approximately $1728.00 every year, with over 22 million people jumping on the floating palace. The cruise industry contributes about $39.6 billion dollars in 2014, and is poised for a solid 6-7% increase.

Online Travel Market

Any travel guru, coupled with the travel industry wire statistics, will tell you that the online travel industry has EXPLODED over the past 5 years and will only continue to skyrocket. As more and more people use smartphones and as these smartphones continue to develop into personal super computers, the more information we have, the more we want. Online travel revenue reached $340 billion dollars back in 2011, worldwide and 39% consisted of American bookings. Obviously, the deluge of data & information has contributed to the online travel industry, but hotels and hotel broker websites have been the main proponents to this boom. As everything turns to online information, bookings, etc… the travel agencies, travel gurus and everyone associated with the industry has jumped in. Rarely do you see a corporation dependent on the travel & tourism industry, that hasn’t adapted to the online market.

The Future of the Travel Industry

The travel & tourism industry is an enormous portion of the global economy and will only continue absorb market share. The travel industry wire explains that the sectors and their respective technologies are developing at a rapid rate, procuring the consumer process into a much easier-and faster encounter. Just ask your favorite travel guru.