Travel Tips in Orlando

While my family were away in Florida, we discovered a couple of great tips to make the most out of your money while away.

Firstly vouchers, we in the Uk are getting into the vouchers and discount codes, but in the USA its an art form, everywhere offers great savings, some up to 25% off, but its all about the preparation.

Many of the vouchers you have to print and take with you, the premium outlets dotted around Orlando have savings when you register on their sites, this is totally worth while as once registered you do get some amazing deals, and the stores will start knocking down that final bill immediately. 

Its also worth downloading some mobile apps, both Coupon Sherpa and Retail Me Not are really great as they have GPS positioning, so if you are near a shop with discounts, it will flash up on your mobile.

If you are wanting to use your mobile abroad for this, then have a look at Three mobile, I used my phone for both offers and as a GPS navigator for the car, I bought 12 gb of data plus unlimited text for £20, this was more than enough for a 2 week holiday.

If you are using your phone as a GPS, before you travel, go to google maps and download the area you are travelling to, this means that you will have a map offline and when connecting to your data you will only receive relevant updates as opposed to having to spend unwanted amounts of data to get this while abroad. 

Last tip, and this was really invaluable when away with the kids, during the first few days we found we were either carrying lots of water around the park that we had brought from the fridge in our villa, or spending $2 a time buying bottles of water in the parks, but a nice lady from Puerto Rico told me that at every park, they must supply anyone who asks free drinking water with ice at any of the stands.

So for the next 12 days of our holiday we had plenty of cold drinks, for free, at every park we visited. The money we saved was then spent on buying extra luggage allowance for carrying home all the shopping we bought, so it was really a case of swings and roundabouts.

Orlando Travel

I have just returned from my two weeks holiday in Orlando, some horrible events occurred during this time, many you will have seen this on the news.

Naturally there may be concern about your planned holiday to Orlando and how safe will you be when you travel,

Firstly let me say that you and your family are safe and secure to travel to Florida, i have returned with my wife and two toddlers, when the shooting in Orlando happened, all parks reacted with strength and unity, ensuring that security and safety was paramount, a true show of care and concern that everyone was protected.

Over in Orlando a campaign has begun called "Orlando Proud" and thats exactly how you should feel while travelling, after not one but two unthinkable incidents, that alone would be earth shattering, happened within a matter of days, the people of Orlando have pulled together to try and make some sense of what has happened and showed spirit and unity to move forward.

I would not think twice about returning to Orlando and its caring people who reside there and wanted to speak first hand about my experience during this time.

French Air Strikes UPDATE

UPDATE : Strike called off but train services are still affected.... but these strikes may return for euro 2016

Article : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-36431733

French Air Strikes

Airlines may have to cancel flights as French air traffic control holds another walk out over pay.

Check with your airline to see if you are affected.

 

Article : http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/french-air-traffic-strikes-ryanair-and-british-airways-cancel-flights-to-ruin-plans-for-thousands-of-a7060906.html

Strike could affect your holidays

Thomas cook airline staff have voted to strike today, as they are one of the UK's largest airlines, Thomas cook with be holding continued talks to avoid this action, but please ensure you look out for updates, as yet it will not be something your travel agents will be able to assist with as matters are continuing. see article http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-36381827 

Are you are travelling to France over the School Holidays?

There is a shortage of Petrol in France due to ongoing strikes, check for updates and ensure you have take a full tank before leaving the UK.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-36372532

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