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Holiday Vacation Rentals Affiliate Programs

There are over 12 million holiday/vacation rental owners worldwide, and they all have to advertise their property somewhere. If you have a website related to travel, holidays, property, or similar, you may be missing out on a real money spinner.

There are a number of Holiday Rentals Affiliate Programs available to join, but which ones do you choose.

The best advice I can give you is to put yourself in the shoes of your customers, and ask yourself. If I was a customer, would I be interested in this product or service. There is no point having a website on cars and trying to promote a holiday rentals affiliate program. Some of your customers may well be interested in the program, but the majority will not be.

You also need to choose a program that pays a good rate of commission. There is no point dedicating yourself to promoting an affiliate program if all as they are paying is a paltry 5% per sign up. Try to go for something that pays at least 25%.

Be careful of companies that withhold your commissions until you reach a threshold. If the rate of commission is low, and the threshold is 100 dollars, you could be waiting years for your money.

Choose text links to promote the program rather than banners. People know that banners mean advertising. Text links are far more subtle and generate a far higher click through rate.

Also read the small print. Some companies have terms and conditions that are a mile long, and when you actually translate them into a language that you can understand, you will find that the partnership is very much in their interests and not yours.

On the whole, holiday/vacation rentals affiliate programs are a good source of additional income for property, travel, holiday related websites. Our featured program is from rentals365, they pay 50% commission per sign up, which works out to £49.50. They do not withhold your commissions until you reach a threshold, and they pay out on time. Their program can viewed by clicking on the link at the bottom of this article.

Your Best Travelling Companion

Online audio books are a definite asset when it comes to travelling from town to town, state to state or country to country. Does you professional job take you on the road or in the air often? Maybe you are lucky enough to afford many travel holidays throughout the year, or does the family head off to the lake each weekend for relaxation?

It really does not matter how you travel or for what reason, but do you enjoy audio books during your travels? This is the most important question to ask if you travel a lot or even a little.

There are many benefits to audio books that also fall into travel such as:

  • Listen to audiobooks literally anywhere
  • Use audio books for entertainment
  • Audio books are educational for the entire family
  • Audio books make travel time go by faster
  • Learn to meditate and relax with audiobooks
  • Drown out outside noises by listening to an audiobook

You see, audio books can be listened:

  • In dark areas such as at night in a vehicle or a plane
  • In areas that are typically noisy such as airport, bus or train terminals
  • To learn life values for the entire family while travelling
  • If you are in a quiet area and do not want to bother people, no problem
  • While waiting for or walking to your connector flight or transfer

There are so many benefits to audio books and travel, it is surprising that so many travellers do not pack audio books with them. Not long ago, I was travelling a long way to visit family. I had 4 long lay overs in different airports, they averaged out to 7 hours each. That is almost and entire working day stuck in an airport terminal. Now with security these days, I did not want to leave the secure terminal. So what does one do in airport terminal for 7 hours? Well, since I am an advocate for audiobooks, I had a good selection of books with me. I listened to some comedy audiobooks from well known stand up comedy artists. I listened to a couple longer novels that I was dying to hear, and I also had some short informational audiobooks on certain topics that interested me.

Before I knew it, the lay overs were soon over and I was able to continue onward to my destination. Once I got onto the plane, I continued to listen to these audiobooks and the 12 hour flight was over very fast.

**Travel Tip**

I find it very tough to sleep on a plane even if it is 12 hours long. So I also include some really good meditation and relaxation audiobooks in my travel bags. Now I sleep like a baby and wake up at the destination refreshed and ready to explore, no more jet lag for me!

So next time you have to travel for even a short distance, try taking a few audio books with you. Remember to pick titles and authors that are you favorites and book topics that you can easily absorb information from. I guarantee that your next work trip or holiday vacation travel time will be easier to sit through and go by a lot faster.

Travel Package

United Kingdom has always been regarded as a promising city which reflects a history of colonisation and a past which reveals the power and influence of Great Britain. The culture, language and tradition of united Kingdom has spread over to many countries. United Kingdom has played a role of a ruler in the past centuries and it has been a pioneer to propagate its cultural richness and heritage. United Kingdom due to its historical significance has been a popular destination for tourists from all around the world. The distinctive monuments and architectural beauty enchants the travellers to no end.

Travellers can experience the scenic beauty of United Kingdom and feel the sophistication and decorum of its cities as well as the hospitality of its friendly citizens. In order to provide comfort and luxury to the prospective travellers there are several travel package providers which excel in making your trip a memorable and enthralling experience. Travel package offered in United Kingdom take complete responsibility of delivering the best in terms of accommodation, touring, entertainment and dining. These packages aim to give their tourist undivided attention and a homely treatment. These package take the trouble of planning the trip in a wise way and arrange for cheap and affordable accommodation, they explore attractive locales which simply leaves the traveller spell-bound and makes him want to visit the place time and again.

So if a tourist attaches himself with a travel package then he would be entitled to enjoy the best facilities and would also be saving up his time as well as money. An independent traveller on the other hand would not be privileged with such comfort and convenience. He would have to invest a whole lot of time trying to get the best deals in areas of accommodation and transport. He would also miss out on some of the attractive spots and feel that his trip has been incomplete. He would also fall short of the basic information and detail required to visit the country. Therefore it is advisable that a traveller should surrender himself to a travel package provider, sit back and enjoy the extraordinary landscape and wondrous monuments. Some of the travel package provider will make you tour UK by coach, making the trip immensely fun and informative. Tourists will visit the popular spots in Scotland and Ireland.

They will also view the soaring mountains and see the Georgian houses in Dublin and public buildings as well as tour the grand Ring of Kerry. Travellers will stay in well furnished hotels where they will be provided breakfast and dinner. Evening will be made lively with entertainment programs and various other activities. Some package include a ten day tour known as the British Regency Tour. This tour will pleasantly surprise the visitors with its touring of some of the most popular places such as Shakespeare’s birthplace, St. Paul’s cathedral, Edinburgh Castle, York Minster. The package offers first class hotels in London and exotic meals which make the travelling experience extremely blissful. Evening are devoted to Scottish cabaret and Elizabethan Hatfield House which makes the trip a fulfilling experience.

Business and Travel Security

There are so many facets to contemplate when considering the subject of business and travel security. Every security expert worth his or her salt understands the different variations as almost stand alone security issues.

For example every single aspect of business and travel security presents its own unique problems. Airlines, flights, air travel, vacations, travel agents, travel tours, travel insurance, medical insurance, kidnap for ransom insurance, business insurance travel, holiday home security, backpacking, gap year travel all require some form of risk assessment and personal risk management to minimise security risks.

Business travel and business travel security encompasses everything designed to minimise the security risks to you, your family and/or your business associates. Threats are ever present and although every individual professional security expert operates in a permanent state of professional paranoia it is unrealistic to expect occasional travellers to act the same way. There are however many simple security strategies which every traveller can utilise to minimise the risks.

Once again the risks factors vary and are ever changing due to increased terrorist and organised criminal activities around the globe. When considering travel tours to politically hot spot destinations, the first priority has to be to purchase kidnap for ransom travel insurance from a security related brokerage. Most kidnap for ransom insurance or K&R insurance as it is known in security expert parlance is underwritten by Lloyds of London. It is a myth that kidnap for ransom insurance is only available for VIP’s and senior corporate executives. Due to the exponential increase in kidnap and the taking of hostages K&R insurance is available for everyday tourists and it is not as expensive as most people believe.

Your K&R insurance broker may stipulate certain security procedures must be undertaken to qualify you for cover. For example some insist on basic security awareness training. Depending on the country or countries you intend visiting they may insist that you participate in a 1 to 2 day close protection training programme run by professional bodyguard instructors. Elements of risk identification, risk assessment and risk management, advanced observation skills and counter kidnapping measures are taught. Security Expert Tip: Prior to the end of the last Millennium if we removed the obvious trouble zone of Lebanon, we found that six countries dominated two-thirds of the recent terrorist attacks, namely Columbia, Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Spain and Belgium. However fast forward to current day and the shift has moved to war zone areas like Iraq and Afghanistan. However terrorist attacks are increasing in many other global destinations. Security and close protection officers are advised to conduct rigorous threat assessments prior to close protection operation deployment to these areas.

Regarding business and travel security I advise all travel agents offering world travel tours to exotic locations to include a security update in their customers travel guide. I have delivered security training for business clients and close protection training for travellers and tourists. The benefits provide far more value than cost. If you think for a moment about the trauma of being a kidnap hostage then a 1 day security training programme is a positive investment.

Although every security expert will reinforce the fact that there is no such concept of 100% security, the knowledge you will gain from close protection training will seriously reduce your security risk. Don’t harbour any fears of joining a troop of muscle bound bodyguards fending off terrorists in a jungle fortification, because you can purchase a comprehensive home study security close protection training programme which requires no actual residential training. Many professional close protection officers purchase these training programmes to study when on operational bodyguard duties in the field.

Be under no illusion of all the international special forces, professional bodyguards or close protection officers are the finest security specialists to prevent attacks against individuals or the abduction by kidnap. Much of their close protection training curriculum consists of avoidance over confrontation. They place meticulous emphasis on the clients under their protection not being placed in an environment conducive to attacks or abduction. Forget Kevin Costner and Whitney Huston, and think more of The US Secret Service who provide presidential protective services.

The next security requirement is to book travel, luggage and medical insurance from your travel agent. Entering a hospital in an overseas destination can be very expensive. Ensure your medical policy covers you for return emergency flights back to your home country. It is also wise to ensure your insurance covers you for a daily cash payment in the event of your cash, cards and valuables being stolen. Insist on a maximum daily limit and ensure you have a cap on the amount of days you can receive cash. Kidnappers target hostages just to clean out their daily limit on a cash card ATM machine. Fortunately most of these kidnappings take place in Asia and once the money runs dry hostages are generally released. Not always, but frequently.

Another aspect worth considering for business and travel security is deciding which travel agent and travel agency to book your holiday or vacations with. Security is paramount. Travel agents hold much of your personal data. If this data was accessed by organised crime or a terrorist organisation then you may be targeted for kidnap for ransom. These criminal organisations are technology smart and in some cases victims are chosen before they have even left their country of origin. At the risk of sounding obvious your travel agent and/or travel agency should have the finest security data-safes installed in a very secure area of their business premises.

From a personal security perspective it is important to deal with a credible travel agent and/or travel agency. Home based criminals would welcome information which informs them when you and your family members or business associates are away from your home or office for a week or two.

No one escapes the business and travel security leprechaun. An innocent trip backpacking to Australia turned into a nightmare for British backpacker, Jamie Neale in July 2009. Playing a football match in Jakarta could have had serious consequences and resulted in large fatalities for the Manchester United football team, had they stayed in the Ritz-Carlton hotel a day earlier when it was blown up by suicide bombers.

Piracy and hostage taking is on the increase globally, suicide bombings, muggings, child abduction, violent assaults and theft is also increasing in many tourist destinations. I’ve heard more than one security expert attribute this growth to the current economic downturn.

Purchasing top quality security products and services falls under the tactical equipment section of most e-commerce web sites. It is advisable to visit Europe’s largest e-tailer of security products and services.

If this business and travel security seems like a doom and gloom article then please understand it is not. If you take one thing from this article then take this. Organised criminals, terrorists, pirates and kidnappers will always focus on soft targets. If you present as a hard target they will almost always leave you alone and focus on a softer target. They particularly welcome individual targets who live their life in what every security expert calls ‘Condition White.’ This is the concept of an individual not having any security awareness what so ever.

For any business employees or executives travelling overseas you should consider a visit with a security expert prior to booking your trip. The old saying of a little knowledge is dangerous, does not apply in the security industry. Being security aware will get you out of scrapes that softer targets are unable to avoid.

So You Want To Travel

Pros and Cons of Travelling

Holiday time has arrived and with it the urgent desire to see more of the world than just the cocoon you live in.’ Home town” might be comfortable and great to be in, but there is much more of the world to see! A visit to your local travel agent produces a mass of brochures and pamphlets for your perusal; each containing a multitude of exciting places that you simply must visit for a multitude of reasons!

Now you are really mind boggled! Perhaps France would be a good option; with the Eiffel tower and the glamour of Paris? There are so many old and interesting Chateaux and rambling villages in the countryside, which are all worth a visit. Historically there is much to absorb and cater for every taste. Whilst in Paris, take a stroll beside the Seine River or just sit at a café on the Champs Elysee, watching well dressed people pass by. It can be quite fun and entertaining, plus a great relief for sore feet from all the walking that one does when sightseeing. The good coffee that is a trade mark of Paris, provides an excellent pick-me-up.

Another brochure that catches your eye relates to Russia. Here you can take a boat trip on the Volga River from Moscow to St. Petersburg; with many stops being made at the little islands en route. There are old monasteries and churches that can be visited; each with an interesting history. Of course in Moscow itself, there is the magnificent Kremlin; which because of its large grounds and gold onion topped buildings, is a great source of interest. In Red Square you can view Lenin’s tomb and the Gum department store. A charming little custom in Moscow is the “wedding bridge”. Here the less affluent population come in full wedding regalia, in horse-drawn carriages; the horses are dressed in bells and accessories, to have a “reception”. They bring along food and drink to celebrate, which they do with great enthusiasm. Sometimes there are two or three wedding ceremonies being enjoyed at the same time. The view from this bridge over Moscow is quite spectacular.

Still deciding, you look at a brochure of Sao Michel in the Azores. The Azores are a group of islands that are part of Portugal. A daily flight from Lisbon will take you across to Sao Miguel. What a beautiful island it is too! Hydrangeas grow wild and line roadways. Ponta Delgada is a port town and bustles with activity. There are many eateries to satisfy hungry visitors. The most delicious Portuguese Chicken dishes are served in the restaurants, together with other traditional cuisine. Being a Volcanic island, there are magnificent lakes and hot geysers to see. Should you wish to swim the sea is cold as it is the Atlantic; the sand on the beaches is Black. The farmers of the geyser area wrap their dinner in muslin and bury it in the hot ground while they are at work in the fields. At the end of the day on their way back they unearth it. It is cooked and hot, ready to eat when they arrive home! A visit to the Azores is very different and very relaxing.