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Cheap Travel Tips Anyone Can Use

May 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

cheap-travel-tipsWho said that you need to be wealthy to travel? This is what a vast majority of people think when they hear about traveling. Below are secrets from Dev Randhawa on how you can travel the globe on a tight budget.

Consider Alternate Airports

Major cities across the world have alternative airports, which have low-cost airlines. The best alternate airport is the one you depart from and not where you land. If your final destination is outside a major city, consider using an alternate airport.

Get Free Flights

Yes, you can get free flights. Sign up for travel credit cards and collect miles for you to fly free. With these travel cards, you can accumulate points through credit card rewards, category bonuses, surveys, special offers and online bonuses. If you accumulate points, you can easily earn a free flight or a cheaper one.

Pack Light

You can save up to $50 on a round trip from avoiding checked bag. If you can pack all your travel items in a carry-on bag, you can skip checked-bags fee. If your items cannot fit, reevaluate what you need to carry.

Do Thorough Research

Knowing where to eat, say, and shop can save you some dollars. Information about, which days might have discounted entry to parks, museums, and other attractions will help you travel with little budget. Take advantage of online sources to learn as much as you can in your destination.

Walking/Public Transport

Walking is the best way to save money. Pack a good pair of shoes, which can necessitate walking around your destination. Also, knowing how to use public transport system is a budget game-changer.

Plan Early

Traveling on weekdays, especially Tuesdays and Wednesdays is far much cheaper than any other day. This is true unless these days are new major travel holidays. Learn to take trips that span from Tuesday to Wednesday to save some few bucks.

How to Sign Up For a Rental Car Without Being Tricked

October 26, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Don’t let the car rental companies get you with their shoddy contracts, read between the lines!

car-rental-agreementFinding the right rental car company can be a hit or miss – simply put. If you are travelling to the Middle East, say Amman, then it may be even more difficult due to the language barrier and contractual agreements. It’s important that you have a solid understanding of how the car rental agreements work before signing on the dotted line. Here are some tips that will help you go about that.

Find a Car Rental Company

The first, and most obvious, step is to find a car rental company that you can trust. If you are looking to find a cheap car rental in Amman without delving into the company’s history, you could be in for a huge surprise. Remember, sales representatives are amicable and helpful for a reason, they want your business! Just take the time to browse the web and you’re sure to find numerous customer reviews on what type of experience they had with that company.

Contracts

Contracts are the scariest part of renting cars. You don’t want to pay fees out of nowhere, nobody does. Be sure that you read the fine print and be sure that you comply with that company’s policies. If you have questions, ask them. Don’t just skim through it and assume that every company works the same. Realistically, they don’t, and it’s crucial that you find everything that you need in that contract to protect you from financial mishaps. A car hire in the Amman Airport may be convenient, but they’re also out to get your money too. Stay safe and always take a cautious approach to car rentals.


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Planning Your Trip to Abu Dhabi

October 16, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

By Monte Carlo Rent A Car, LLC

Are you ready to get away and see a part of the world unlike anything most of us have ever seen? If you have an adventurous spirit, you’ll love what Abu Dhabi has to offer. This part of the UAE has incredible sites from ancient times, but also enough creature features to keep any Westerner comfortable.

That being said, you should still plan ahead by booking a car hire in Abu Dhabi. Otherwise, you’re sure to be challenged by the effort it takes to get around. This part of the world is huge and getting from point A to point B can be really tough at times. While there is public transportation here, that isn’t necessarily something you want to deal with at all times. With a car lease in Abu Dhabi, it will be that much easier.

Although more and more people are taking vacations here, you’ll still most likely be the first in your family and social group to see Abu Dhabi firsthand. With your own car, you’ll be able to get wherever you like, take pictures and return as you please with minimal problems. Make this vacation one you’ll enjoy forever with your own vehicle.

When you’re ready for the trip of a lifetime, you’ll want to rent a car in Abu Dhabi. This part of Jordan is like nothing you’ve ever seen. Thanks to Monte Carlo Rent a Car, LLC it’s now easier than ever to personalize your vacation with your own car.

The Commissioner’s Plan of 1811

October 2, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

By Phineas Upham

If you’ve ever visited New York City, you might have found it hard not to marvel at its city planning. Except for the times where you’re below ground, it’s extremely difficult to lose your way once you’re walking the city streets. That feeling is thanks to rigid city planning that basically turned New York City into a grid.

The Commissioner’s Plan of 1811 was the first step in outlining what the future city of Manhattan might look like. It’s also been mockingly described as the “Republican predeliction for control and balance… and distrust of nature.” The idea was to divide the land of Manhattan for orderly sale, and the grid just happened to be the most effective means to achieve this.

Historians largely reflect on the visionary leadership that conceived and executed this plan. This grid layout perfectly accommodated a scaling urban complex occupying a relatively small surface area. New York isn’t very big, so the grid makes efficient use of the space that is available. It also allows for building upward.

The plan is also very boring and rigid. When you consider San Francisco’s windy streets the comparison becomes obvious. One of the more entertaining criticisms of the plan reads: “With a T-square and a triangle, finally, the municipal engineer, without the slightest training as either an architect or a sociologist, could “plan” a metropolis…”

The plan was definitely not without critics. Benjamin Moore, who owned the estate occupying the land that would become the neighborhood of Chelsea, objected fiercely because his land stood to be divided in half. Yet the document was laid out in its entirety nevertheless by 1853.


Phineas Upham is an investor from NYC and SF. You may contact Phin on his Phineas Upham website or Twitter page.

San Francisco’s Excelsior District

September 2, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

By Samuel Phineas Upham

The Excelsior District, located east of San Jose Avenue on Mission Street, was first incorporated in 1869. On April 15 of that year, the Excelsior Homestead was registered in the San Francisco City Hall, recorded in books “C” and “D”.

The land was part of the Rancho Rincon de Las Salinas y Potrero Viejo land grant. These land grants were offered to a Spanish soldier for his duty, and a member of the local town council. When the area was handed to the United States after cession, the treaty was honored and the land was kept in tact, but it was eventually sold off as the families who hold it began to lose both power and wealth over time.

On today’s maps, this area is simply called “Southern San Francisco,” which is not to be confused with South San Francisco. Over the years, the district was redeveloped and sections of the area were given names. Bernal Heights, Ingleside and the Excelsior District are the three most prominent names in the group.

The Excelsior District grew further, with smaller neighborhoods developing for real estate purposes. Jeanette and Emmanuel Lewis named most of the streets in the area, which either bear the name of capitals or countries. In fact, the original name for Excelsior Avenue was “China”.

Over time, Mexican and Central American migrants settled into the area. Especially throughout the 1980s, when wars from those regions forced refugees to seek a better life for themselves.


About the Author: Samuel Phineas Upham is an investor at a family office/ hedgefund, where he focuses on special situation illiquid investing. Before this position, Phin Upham was working at Morgan Stanley in the Media and Telecom group. You may contact Phin on his Samuel Phineas Upham website or LinkedIn.

Car Insurance in the Cayman Islands

August 24, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Written by: Andy’s Rent-A-Car

A majority of tourists book a Grand Cayman Island car rental for their transportation needs. Driving in the Cayman Islands can be tricky, especially when the rules of the road vary from other countries. Tourists flock to Cayman expecting the island to be similar to the states, but the traffic rules and roads are different. A vital purchase for all car renters is car rental insurance.

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Types of Insurance

All car rentals in Grand Cayman offer car rental insurance with different options to choose from. Depending on your needs, deciding which type of insurance best suits you and your family is crucial for a fun and safe trip. There are three types of coverage for rental insurance. Keep these in mind when look for car rental insurance.

  • Full Coverage – Only available to drivers aged 26 and over. The Full Coverage plan covers damages accrued to the rented vehicle during the rental contract.
  • Deductible Coverage – This coverage is available to drivers 21 and over. With a $2,400 deductible, it covers damages to the rented vehicle. In case of damages to the rented vehicle, you are required to pay up to a total of $2,400.
  • Third-Party Liability Coverage – This coverage is available to drivers 21 and over. Like all three options, this coverage also covers 3rd-Party vehicle and property damages up to $300,000 and bodily injury for the 3rd-Party of up to $6,000,000.

 

An Alternate Route

If the insurance options at the car rental in Grand Cayman are not to your liking, an alternate option would be to use a credit card. Different credit card companies offer coverage for car rentals. However, like rental insurance, credit card insurance has rules as well.

 

Certain credit cards will cover from $25,000 – $75,000 worth of damages. Towing and loss-of-use charges are included. For those not familiar with loss-of-use coverage, the credit card insurance provides you with transportation if the rented vehicle is unable to be driven. Some credit cards may cover up to the actual cash value of the rental vehicle.

 

All credit card companies allow loss damage coverage and do not charge a fee. It is best to check with your credit card company before choosing this insurance option as an alternative to rental insurance.

Miami’s History During World War II

February 4, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

By Phineas Upham

Miami, like most American cities at the time, was barely recovering from the staggering effects of the Great Depression when World War II began. The city of Miami remained relatively unaffected by the financial ruin that seemed to devastate much of Florida. German U-Boats attacked American ships along the coast of Miami Beach in 1942, and the US military placed Miami in two military districts: Eastern Defense and the Seventh Naval District.

As tensions heightened in February of 1942, even more troops were moved to the Miami area and command was relocated from Key West to the DuPont building in Miami. The Gulf Sea Frontier has also been established to guard the waters around Florida and keep U-Boats away. Miami became an even greater presence for US bases as the Navy took control of all of Miami’s docks and air stations.

Miami’s biggest changes during the war had to do with its infrastructure. It became more feasible to train and station troops in Florida to be deployed wherever the war took America’s forces. Hotels were converted into barracks, theaters into classrooms, beaches and golf courses became training grounds and the area supported over five hundred thousand enlisted men and fifty thousand officers.

Twenty minutes after the announcement that The War was over, Flagler Street was packed full of people celebrating that it was over and done with. Miami was about to experience a massive population boom, brought on by the return of soldiers and the influx of Cuban immigrants.


Phineas Upham is an investor from NYC and SF. You may contact Phin on his Phineas Upham website or Twitter page.

Top Destinations in Richmond Virginia

October 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Richmond is ranked number four in populated cities in Virginia, and it’s the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The city itself has historical significance to the Confederate army during the Civil War, so there are an abundance of war and fire arms museums in the city where families can learn a lot about the war and its aftermath. Patrick Henry delivered the famous “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech in Richmond, and the city was the capital of the Confederacy during the war. Virginia homes tend to exhibit a range of styles, with the city exhibiting a rich appreciation of its architectural heritage.

It’s great just to tour the city, but you’ll want to check the top destinations in Richmond for specific sights you can’t miss.

Museum of Fine Arts

Over 5,000 years of mankind’s artistic greatness can be found within the walls of the museum of fine arts. The museum recently underwent a remodel, which expanded the space to four acres. That’s not including the 13 ½ acre garden full of sculptures. The best part is that general admission is free, with tours offered daily to walk-in guests.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

The botanical garden is an amazing backdrop for a wedding, or just a relaxing day out in nature. It’s a wonderful space to learn about the natural floral and plant arrangements in Virginia. Residents can take gardening classes, and guests can tour the many facilities that grow and care for different kinds of plants.

Monument Avenue

Some of the most beautiful houses in Richmond VA are to be found on Monument Ave, but the site is significant for historical reasons too. There is a trolley tour that will take you through the area, where you will see incredible monuments from the Civil War. Most of those statues have stood for more than 100 years. It’s awe inspiring, seeing classic Southern architecture on display. Even the streetscaping is reminiscent of yesteryear.

As a bonus, walk the Avenue during the day or at night.

Historical Society

The historical society is your one stop shop for all things Virginia history. Every region and every walk of life is all covered under one roof. The museum offers special exhibits, and tells the story of how the Civil War impacted this American city. For the more historically inclined, you can even fill out document request forms based on items of interest from the online catalogue.

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The best hotels in Virginia

October 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Written by The Steele Group Sotheby’s International Realty

Virginia offers a typical southern charm and is a wonderful place for vacations. The list below depicts some of the most amazing hotels in this state.

       1.            The inn at little Washington

This is one of the most appreciated hotels in Virginia. It is an intimate place and provide a romantic atmosphere to its guests. The service of this hotel is praised as being exceptional and the accommodations are designed with taste. The cuisine of The Inn also makes it worthwhile.

       2.            The Jefferson Hotel

This hotel has been praised for exuding the great Southern charm. Its suites are spacious and propose luxurious amenities and bath products. This hotel also features an indoor pool. The hotel’s restaurants Lemaire and TJ’s are worth trying out.

       3.            The Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner

This hotel is located in the Tysons Galleria which is a massive shopping center in McLean. This hotel features a beautiful indoor pool along with full-service day spa. The hotel also has an in-house restaurant, ENTYSE, which is popular among guests for its great food and wine selection.

       4.            The Martha Washington Hotel and Spa

This hotel has previously been a private home, a school for women and hospital during the Civil War. It has now been revamped and serves as a luxurious retreat with spacious suites and rooms. They also offer delicious entrees at The Market and the Sister’s American Grill which are two on-site eateries.

Virginia is an amazing state, ideal for families. You can choose to relocate to Richmond as you can find several new homes in Virginia. The Steele Group Sotheby’s International Realty, serves the Greater Richmond Metro Area which includes Richmond City. This company can help you find Virginia homes for sale to help you settle down and call home Richmond Virginia

Happiest Place on Earth in Paris

May 14, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

By Philippe Dardour

When a lot of people go on Normandy vacations, they look forward to seeing new parts of the world and exploring a different culture. However, not everyone thinks this way. Some really enjoy reminders of the place they just left. If this sounds like you, you’re actually not alone. Disneyland Paris was built to accommodate those who travel to France, but still want a taste of America.

 

In Disneyland Paris, you’ll find a number of French touches to tried and true Disneyland features. For example, you can expect to see Mickey, Donald Duck and all the other characters you’re accustomed to from famous movies, but they’ll be speaking French!

 

Likewise, many of the rides are identical to the ones you’ve been on before. However, this just means you’ll get the exact same surprises you’ve become accustomed to over the years.

 

So just because you go to visit France doesn’t mean you have to get out of your comfort zone completely. Disneyland Paris will even feature a number of English options and even some American dishes your taste buds will recognize immediately. So plan your trip today to enjoy just the right amount of France and plenty of what you’re familiar with all at the same time.

 

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