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Holiday Resources, Cruise Lines & Ships

 

THE AVIATION TRAVEL CLASSES & CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM :

 

Super First Class:
The new Super First Class Cabins comprises of your own enclosed cabin complete with 6ft 7ins bed, leather interior, wash unit, 23-inch tv, inbuilt massager, a specially prepared menu and champagne and room service (offered only by: Singapore Airlines – You can luxuriate in your very own private space in our largest ever armchair hand-stitched by master Italian craftsmen Poltrona Frau., Etihad Airways –  luxury air travel with individual suites, higher levels of comfort and more personal space than ever before. Take an interactive tour of our award-winning Diamond First Class suite. Emirates –  First Class Private Suites, each suite comes fully equipped with a sliding door, a personal mini-bar, adjustable ambient lighting, and its own vanity table, mirror, wardrobe, and privacy divider for central suites. And if you want to stretch out and sleep, our crew will convert your seat to a fully flat bed with a mattress, so you can arrive at your destination totally refreshed.)

First Class:
Generally the most expensive and most comfortable accommodations available. Usually refers to a limited number (rarely more than 16) of seats or cabins located in the front of the aircraft which are notable for their comfort, service and privacy.

Business Class:
High quality, traditionally purchased by business travellers (sometimes called executive class).

Premium Economy Class:
Slightly better Economy Class seating (greater distance between rows of seats; the seats themselves may or may not be wider than regular economy class).

Economy Class:
(Also known as coach class or travel class – or ‘monkey class‘), basic accommodation, commonly purchased by leisure travellers.

 

 

Airline Alliances & Loyalty Programs

      • AIRLINE ALLIANCE – Wikipedia.
      • AIRPORT LOUNGE – Wikipedia.
      • FREQUENT-FLYER PROGRAM – Wikipedia.
      • LOYALTY PROGRAM – Wikipedia.
      • EXPERT FLYER – designed to meet the needs of the frequent flyer, the airline mileage program “elite tier” passengers, professional travel managers, and the occasional air traveler looking for the best values.
      • FLYER TALK – the world’s most popular frequent flyer community. An interactive community that provides up-to-date information on travel-related loyalty reward programs. It’s the hub that brings everyone together – from leisure travelers to mileage junkies – to converse about programs, get the latest program buzz or discuss how to maximize points or miles.
      • IAPA | INTERNATIONAL AIRLINE PASSENGERS ASSOCIATION – “Frequent Flyers count on us.”
      • KVS AVAILABILITY TOOL – “The most powerful Tool for frequent flyers since 2004.” Global flight availability, award availability, fares, timetables, seat maps.
      • ONEWORLD – the third largest airline alliance in the world. Founded in 1999 by American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Canadian Airlines and Qantas Airways.
      • SKYTEAM – the second largest airline alliance in the world partnering eleven carriers from four continents.
      • STAR ALLIANCE – the world’s first and largest airline alliance. Founded in 1997, its name and emblem represent the five founding airlines, Air Canada, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines System, Thai Airways International, and United Airlines. Star Alliance has since grown considerably and now has 26 member airlines.

 

Airport Lounges

      • AIRPORT ANGEL – “Airports are often perceived as a frenetic element of a journey, frequently thought of as noisy, busy, hectic and stressful places. Our Airport Lounge service aims to diminish some of this stress by offering somewhere away from the hustle and bustle to wait and relax before boarding a plane.”
      • AIRPORT LOUNGE – Wikipedia.
      • PRIORITY PASS – “Priority Pass is the world’s largest independent airport lounge access program. Membership offers great value for money and allows you to use any of 600 airport lounges (300 cities, 100 countries) whenever you travel.”
      • Admirals Club Lounge – American Airlines, Miami International Airport, FL, U.S.A.
      • ALASKA AIRLINES BOARD ROOM – Sea-Tac Airport International Airport, Seattle, WA, U.S.A.
      • ASIANA LOUNGE – Incheon International Airport, Seoul, Incheon, South Korea.
      • Clubhouse – Virgin Atlantic, Heathrow Airport, London, U.K.
      • Diamond First Class lounge – Etihad Airways, Abu Dhabi International Airport, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.
      • DILMUN LOUNGE – Bahrain International Airport.
      • Dubai Airport Lounges – Emirates, Dubai International Airport, Dubai, U.A.E.
      • FINNAIR LOUNGE – Terminal 2, Helsinki, Finland. Priority Pass Lounge of the Year 2011.
      • Galleries Lounge – British Airways, Heathrow Airport, London, U.K.
      • KrisFlyer Gold Lounge – Singapore Changi International Airport, Singapore.
      • l´Espace Première Lounge – Air France, Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris, France.
      • Millennium Lounge – Istanbul Ataturk International, Turkey, Turkey.
      • Premium Lounge – Lufthansa, John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY, U.S.A.
      • Red Carpet Club Lounge – United Airlines, San Francisco International, CA, U.S.A.
      • SUMAQ VIP LOUNGE & BUSINESS CENTER LOUNGE – Jorge Chávez International Airport, Callao, Lima Peru. Priority Pass Lounge of the Year 2010.
      • Terraces Lounge – British Airways, John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY, U.S.A.
      • The Wing Lounge – Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong International Airport, Hong Kong.

 

Airports

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Awards

 

Booking Services

      • BOOKING.COM – online hotel reservations: 68,000+ hotels worldwide.
      • CLASSIC VACATIONS – “Defining Luxury Travel. The #1 rated vacation company by luxury travel agents.”
      • DIRT CHEAP AIRLINE TICKET – “Every day travel tips. For travelers. By Travelers.”
      • ELEGANT RESORTS – “Beyond Luxury”. Specialists in the field of luxury holiday travel: creating luxury, tailor-made holidays to hotels, villas and resorts in numerous, diverse locations around the world.
      • ELITE LUXURY TRAVEL – “For the discerning traveler.” Specializes in luxury resort vacations in Europe, Central America and the U.S.
      • EXPEDIA – Internet-based travel reservation website based in the US with localized sites for 20 countries: airline tickets, hotels, car rental, airfares, vacations and rewards programs.
      • GOOGLE FLIGHT SEARCH – online flight booking service which facilitates the purchase of airline tickets through third party suppliers.
      • HOTEL CLUB – worldwide hotel booking service. Discount hotels worldwide. Fast secure access to over 60,000 hotels in 134 countries!
      • HOTELS.COM – offers the choice of over 130,000 hotels in more than 60 countries. Deals and discounts for hotel reservations from luxury hotels to budget accomodations.
      • HOTWIRE.COM – discount airfare, hotel reservations, car rentals, vacation packes and cruises.
      • JETSETTER – get access to the world’s greatest vacations at insider prices. Provides members with insider access, expert knowledge, and exclusive deals on the world’s greatest vacations.
      • LASTMINUTE.COM.AU – last minute accomodation, flights and holidays. Save up to 70%.
      • MOMONDO – travel search engine for low cost and cheap airline tickets.
      • MY VOUCHER CODES – “UK’s #1 Voucher & Deals Website. Never Pay Full Price Again! Select a retailer for Hotels and Accommodation from the list below to check for the latest discount and save money whenever you shop online.”
      • ORBITZ – leading global online travel company that uses innovative technology to enable leisure and business travelers to research, plan and book a broad range of travel products: airline tickets, cheap hotels, car rentals, vacations and cruises.
      • SKOOSH HOTELS – hotel booking and reviews. “The search for your perfect hotel starts here.” “Skoosh.com offers significant savings on all sorts of hotel bookings across the world, and regularly undercuts kayak.co.uk, laterooms.com and hotels.com by as much as 50%” (Times Online).
      • TABLET HOTELS – “Unique Hotels for Global Nomads.” Members receive exclusive access to our weekly Private Sale featuring dramatically reduced hotel rates at Tablet hotels all over the world. Over 1,800 hand-picked hotels all over the world. The lowest rates available anywhere – guaranteed. No booking fees. Rewards program.
      • THOMAS COOK – book holidays, hotels, city breaks and cruise deals.
      • TRIVAGO – “The world’s #1 hotel search. Compare 100’s of sites to find the best hotel at the best rate. Read reviews, compare prices and find hotel deals.”
      • VACATION OUTLET – travel deals, vacation discounts, cruise vacations.
      • VENERE.COM – hotels, apartments and b&b accomodation worldwide. 575,000 unbiased hotel reviews from luxury to cheap hotels.
      • VOYAGE PRIVÉ – the world’s leading by invitation-only travel site. Membership is free. “Each week, we carefully hand select and negotiate the most exclusive, high-end travel deals for our members – at prices of up to 75% off.”
      • WORLD EXECUTIVE – hotel and city guides for hotel reservations, travel advice, flights, car rentals.
      • WORLDHOTELS – book luxury 4, 5 star hotels, resorts at best prices.

 

Business Jets & Helicopter Charter Services

      • AIR CHARTER GUIDE – The air charter industry’s leading online information source.
      • AIR CHARTER INTERNATIONAL – provides efficient charter and wet lease solutions to a varied client base including airlines, governments, NGO’s, corporations, finance and banks, cargo agents, courier companies, medical and aid organizations, media, and freight forwarders.
      • AIR ROYAL INTERNATIONAL – since 1994. “If you added together promptness, professionalism and competitive pricing, that’s Air Royale.” – CNN.
      • AIRCHARTER.COM – “Your plane is waiting.” Through AirCharter’s online booking system, travelers can get quick quotes and book domestic and international travel on more than 3,000 aircraft, including jets and turboprops.
      • ANTONOV AN-225 – world’s largest cargo airplane. Available for charter.
      • ATXA | AIR TAXI ASSOCIATION – an organization of next-generation air taxi providers that offer direct, on-demand flight service at business airline prices.
      • AZUR HELICOPTER – helicopter airline: Nice, Cannes, Monaco, Lyon, St. Tropez, Courchevel, Meribel.
      • BLUESTAR JETS – “Any jet. Any time. Any place.” – “We offer flexible access to over 4,000 aircraft – from helicopters to jumbo jets – with as little as four hours notice.”
      • CELESTIAL JETS – aircraft charter – only four-hour notice!
      • DRAGON BLAZE – members only!
      • ELITE JETS – since January 2004, Elite Jets have been providing charter services for VIP corporate and leisure travelers in the Middle East.
      • EXECUJET AVIATION GROUP – global business aviation organisation offering a diverse range of tailored aviation services including pre-owned and new aircraft sales, aircraft management, executive aircraft charter, aircraft maintenance, aircraft completions consulting and fixed base operations.
      • FLEXJET BY BOMBARDIER – fractional aircraft ownership, jet cards, whole aircraft management and ownership, on-demand charter brokerage services.
      • GOODWILL – “L’aviation sur mesure.” Private jet chartering.
      • HELI AIR MONACO – helicopter service on the French Riviera: Monaco, Nice, Cannes, St. Tropez, excursions & charter.
      • INTERNATIONAL LEASE FINANCE CORP.
      • JET BIRD – on-demand private jet service at a fraction of the current cost.
      • JET REPUBLIC – fractional ownership & private jet cards on your own terms.
      • JETCHARTERS.COM – “Worldwide Air Charter Marketplace.” Book private jet charters and air charter flights.
      • LUXURY-AIR – charter jet service. “Exceptional Service to Satisfy Every Discerning Need.”
      • MARQUIS JET – “Experience NetJets 25 Hours at a Time.” Only with the Marquis Jet Card.
      • NETJETS – business jets, airplanes, charters, helicopters and fractional aircraft ownership. NetJets manages more aircraft than all other fractional aircraft companies combined.
      • OPENSKIES – a unique airline operating direct Business Class flights between Paris (Orly Sud), New York (Kennedy and Newark) and Amsterdam (Schipol) at very competitive rates.
      • PENTASTAR AVIATION – private jets: charters, flights, and aviation services.
      • PRIVATE JET CHARTER – jet brokerage company specialising in chartering jets for business, personal or leisure travel.
      • PRIVATE JET CLUB – “The Jetpooling Community.” Website where private jet travelers can find listings of popular private jet routes from a range of charter companies. Website visitors also have the opportunity to connect with other private jet travelers interested similar flights who wish to “jetpool” and share the costs of a particular private jet flight.
      • PRIVATEJETS.COM – private jets for charter and charter flights.
      • PRIVÉ JETS – leading provider of private aviation and private jet charters with access to over 5,000 aircraft worldwide including but not limited to Helicopters, Turbo Props, Light Jets, Mid Size Jets, heavy Jets and even Jumbo Jets.
      • QA JETS – independent fleet management company for private & corporate jets for global charter based in London.
      • SAG | SKYNET AVIATION GROUP – “We are an on-demand private aircraft provider with a network of 77 different types of aircraft with 15,000+ aircraft positioned globally, including helicopters, turbo-props, small, medium, and heavy jets. We are available 24/7, and provide our clients with immediate response time.”
      • STA JETS – headquarted at John Wayne Airport (SNA) in Santa Ana California. STAjets specializes in executive charter, aircraft management and sales & acquisitions.
      • SWISS HELICOPTER – 40 modern helicopters at 13 locations in Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
      • UNIVERSAL JET – an ARG/US Platinum Rated company. “We have offices and one of the largest fleet of Gulfstreams worldwide at all major metropolitan hubs. We have anything from a Boeing Business Jet to helicopters and can book a flight on-demand within 8 hours for international travel and within 2 hours on US domestic flights. Some of our existing clientele include: Royal Family members, former United States Presidents, A-List celebrities, athletes and others.”
      • US JETWAYS JET CARD – program provides access to world-class aircraft with one simple payment for 25-hours of flight time. Sold as a prepaid Jet debit Card offering 25 hours of occupied flight time giving you access to world-class aircraft without the commitment of ownership.
      • V1 PRIVATE JETS – offers luxury-minded and high-profile clientele on-demand private jet charter services for both domestic and international travel. Our comprehensive suite of jet charter and concierge services means you won’t have to look anywhere else for all of your travel arrangement needs. From ground transportation bookings to dinner reservations, no request is too big or too small for our privileged clients.

 

Commercial Airlines

 

Concierge & Hospitality Services

      • CONCIERGE SERVICE – Wikipedia.
      • Hospitality service – Wikipedia.
      • PERSONAL ASSISTANT – Wikipedia.
      • AMOSU – free international concierge service included when you buy an Amosu mobile phone: “access the inaccessible!”
      • BLUEFISH – “The premiere lifestyle, concierge, and travel service to the rich and famous. We are the ultimate little black book. We can secure impossible access to A-list events, set up that “I never thought I could do this” adventure, line up private charter flights and book luxury accommodations in every city around the world.”
      • BON VIVANT – luxury concierge and lifestyle management service in London.
      • CONTINENTAL CONCIERGE – “No matter where you are in the world, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, Continental Concierge is here to help with all your needs, however extraordinary or difficult they may be. Our multi-lingual representatives are at hand to assist with any requirements you may have, anytime in the day & anywhere in the world.”
      • COUTTS WORLD – Coutts & Co, the UK’s leading private bank, is today reclaiming the top spot in the super-premium charge card market by launching Coutts World card a ‘cut above the rest’, offering an extensive concierge service, exceptionally high AirMiles collection rate, comprehensive insurance plus privileged access to a range of luxury goods, services and exclusive special offers that have been created with the lifestyle of Coutts’ clients in mind.
      • EXCLUSIVE GP – “F1 Hospitality and Grand Prix Packages.” ExclusiveGP is an ATOL protected F1 travel and F1 hospitality company for both private individuals and high-net-worth corporate clients. Working alongside some of the world’s leading Formula One experts, we specialise in offering bespoke Formula 1 Travel packages to every single Grand Prix race across the planet. Clients range from discerning individuals and groups looking to savour the Grand Prix VIP experience, to large corporations wishing to treat employees or important clients to a thrilling F1 Tour.
      • FENEO CONCIERGE – access to many of London’s exclusive nightcluds. “You will receive access to a whole VIP clubbing and social experience with a difference. This exclusive package is what we like to call the West-Ends golden ticket.”
      • HEADCONCIERGE.COM – “Making the difference.” Personal & corporate concierge services.
      • HIGHLIFE ASIA – “Asia’a Premier Luxury Concierge and Lifestyle Management.” Shanghai, China.
      • LE CLUB – private concierge and best luxury services: events, leisures, vacations, shopping, on the move, beauty, business.
      • MILLIONAIRE’S CONCIERGE – “The World’s Ultimate & Complete Concierge.”
      • PRIVÉ INTERNATIONAL – “The Art of Living Well.” The world’s leading bespoke luxury service. Members only.
      • Pure Conciergerie – based in Montreal, Canada. Luxury concierge company. Bespoke experiences.
      • QUINTESSENTIALLY – the world’s leading private members’ club and concierge service.
      • TEN – a lifestyle management company that helps members get the most from their lives.
      • THE WORLD’S FINEST CLUBS – recognises that your time is too precious to be kept waiting in queues. As a world traveller you are used to a welcome with a smile and to be personally guided to your exclusive table in the most luxurious venues:exlusive clubs, hotels and restaurants.
      • T-L-G | Through the Looking Glass – “The Ultimate Boutique Fine Brokerage Concierge Cabinet d’Expertise.” Management, acquisition, charters & private islands sales and rental. Mayfair, London, England, U.K.
      • VANTAGE LIFESTYLE CONSULTING – exclusive concierge agency. “With a bit of glamour and touch of prestige we provide the most exclusive personal concierge, lifestyle management and assistance service. We provide you with your own personal assistant whom will be on call to handle each and every request.”
      • VERTU CONCIERGE – “Imagine a world where, at the touch of a button, you are instantly connected to a team of experts with a global wealth of knowledge, experience and contacts.”
      • V1 PRIVATE JETS – offers luxury-minded and high-profile clientele on-demand private jet charter services for both domestic and international travel. Our comprehensive suite of jet charter and concierge services means you won’t have to look anywhere else for all of your travel arrangement needs. From ground transportation bookings to dinner reservations, no request is too big or too small for our privileged clients.
      • WORLD CLASS CONCIERGE SERVICES – “24/7 World Class Concierge Services.”

 

Cruise Lines

 

Cruise Ships

      • CRUISE SHIPS – Wikipedia.
      • ALLURE of the SEAS – sister ship to ‘MS Oasis of the Seas’, the world’s largest passenger ship. Tonnage: 225,282 GRT; length: 361.8 m / 1,187 ft; beam: 63.4 m / 208 ft; height: 72 m / 236 ft above the waterline; draught: 9.1 m / 30 ft; decks: 16 passenger decks; capacity: 5,400 (6,296) passengers; crew: 2,165.
      • CARNIVAL DESTINY – capacity: 3,360 passengers.
      • CARNIVAL DREAM – capacity: 3,652 passengers.
      • CELEBRITY CENTURY – capacity: 1,808 passengers.
      • CELEBRITY ECLIPSE – capacity: 2,852 passengers.
      • CELEBRITY SOLSTICE – capacity: 2,850 passengers.
      • CRYSTAL SERENITY – capacity: 1,070 passengers.
      • FREEDOM OF THE SEAS – capacity: 3,600 passengers.
      • INDEPENDENCE OF THE SEAS – capacity: 3,600 passengers.
      • LE BORÉAL – capacity: from 224 to 264 passengers. Up to 132 outside cabins.
      • LIBERTY OF THE SEAS – capacity: 3,600 passengers.
      • MSC FANTASIA – capacity: 3,959 passengers.
      • MSC Preziosa – capacity: 3,500 passengers. Originally ordered by Colonel Gaddafi’s son Hannibal for £300 million and which would have been called Phoenicia.
      • NORWEGIAN EPIC – capacity: 4,100 passengers (double occupancy).
      • OASIS of the SEAS – the world’s largest passenger ship. Tonnage: 225,282 GRT; length: 361.8 m / 1,187 ft; beam: 63.4 m / 208 ft; height: 72 m / 236 ft above the waterline; draught: 9.1 m / 30 ft; decks: 16 passenger decks; capacity: 5,400 (6,296) passengers; crew: 2,165.
      • PACIFIC JEWEL – capacity: 2,014 passengers.
      • QUEEN ELIZABETH – capacity: 2,058 passengers.
      • QUEEN MARY 2 – capacity: 2,620 passengers.
      • ROYAL CLIPPER – largest and only five-masted sailing ship. 18,940 square feet of open deck and three swimming pools. Carries just 227 guests in luxurious style.
      • RUBY PRINCESS – capacity: 3,080 passengers.
      • SILVER SPIRIT – capacity: 540 passengers. Super-luxury cruise ship operated by Silversea Cruises.
      • TRUE NORTH – 36 passengers.
      • UTOPIA – capacity: 206 spacious and luxurious hotel suites on board offer guests a truly unsurpassed experience on the seas. Due to be delivered by Samsung Heavy Industries by 2013.

 

Famous Beaches

      • BEST BEACHES – world’s best beaches from A-Z.
      • LIST OF BEACHES BY COUNTRY – Wikipedia.
      • BONDI BEACH – Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Voted world’s best beach by World Travel Awards 2009.
      • BÚZIOS (BRAZIL) – ‘Brazil’s Saint-Tropez’. Home to over twenty beaches of all types.
      • COPACABANA – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
      • MANLY BEACH – Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
      • PAMPELONNE – Ramatuelle (Saint-Tropez), France.
      • PRAIA DO CASSINO, BRAZIL – commonly known as the longest beach in the world: 245 km / 152 miles.
      • VIRGINIA BEACH – (State of Virgina, U.S.A.). World’s second longest beach: 62 km / 38.5 miles.
      • WHITEHAVEN BEACH – World’s Best Beach (CNN). Located in the Whitsunday Islands and Airlie Beach Region off the coast of Queensland, Australia. Whitehaven Beach is almost 6 km long and consists of a very fine dazzling white sand that is 98% pure Silica!

 

Home Swapping Vacation

      • HOUSE SWAPPING – Wikipedia.
      • AIRBNB – “Travel like a human.” Called the “Ebay for space” by Time Magazine. Rent nightly from real people in 2555 cities in 112 countries. A new way to travel: vacation rentals, private rooms, sublets by the night.
      • COUCHSURFING – worldwide network for making connections between travelers and the local communities they visit with almost 2.7 million members in 246 countries and territories.
      • HOME BASE HOLIDAYS – home exchange: swap homes and travel the world with free accomodation.
      • HOME EXCHANGE – “Make yourself at home… anywhere in the world.”
      • HOME FOR EXCHANGE – “The marketplace for home exchange worldwide.”
      • HOME FOR SWAP – “Your ultimate passport to free vacation accommodations in over 80 countries around the world!”
      • HOMELINK INTERNATIONAL – home exchange & house swap holidays worldwide.
      • LUXE HOME SWAP – “For stylish home exchange vacations.”
      • WIMDU – “travel like a local.” Wimdu is an online platform with a wide range of private accommodation that stretches as far as your imagination is willing to take you. Whether it’s a room in a shared apartment in Berlin or a New York designer flat, Wimdu’s range of over 50,000 properties in more than 100 countries ensures that everybody can find exactly what they’re looking for – attractive, affordable accommodation in exciting places around the world.

 

Journey Planners

 

National Parks

 

Safaris & Safari Parks

 

Ski Resorts

 

Andorra

 

Austria

 

Canada

 

France

 

Italy

 

Norway

 

Sweden

 

Switzerland

 

U. S. A.

 

Space Travel

      • MOJAVE AIR AND SPACE PORT
      • SPACE TOURISM – Wikipedia.
      • BLOON – “Near-space flight experience.”
      • GALACTIC SUITE – is a planned private space station intended for use as an orbital hotel. Packages start at £2.8m per person.
      • Golden Spike Company – founded in 2010. American space transport startup company chartered for business in Colorado with the objective to offer private commercial space transportation services to the surface of the Moon. The first flights to the Moon could happen as soon as 2020 for US$1.4 billion per couple.
      • SPACE ADVENTURES – “The only company to have sent private citizens to space. ” The world’s premier private space exploration company and the only company currently providing opportunities for actual private spaceflight and space tourism today.
      • STRATOLUNCH SYSTEMS – “Pioneering innovative solutions to revolutionize space transportation.”
      • VIRGIN GALACTIC – on Monday 7th December, 2009 Virgin Galactic unveiled SpaceShipTwo to the world at Mojave Spaceport, California, U.S.A.
      • ZERO G – “The weightless experience.”

 

Special Sights

      • Lists of tourist attractions – by country.
      • NEW SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD – Wikipedia.
      • UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE LIST – catalogues, names, and conserves sites of outstanding cultural or natural importance to the common heritage of humanity.
      • BLUE LAGOON – geothermal spa is one of the most visited attractions in Iceland.
      • Cappadocia – the rocks of Cappadocia near Göreme eroded into hundreds of spectacular pillars and minaret-like forms. Turkey.
      • DEAN’S BLUE HOLE – the world’s deepest known blue hole with seawater. It plunges 202 metres (663 ft) in a bay west of Clarence Town on Long Island, Bahamas.
      • Franz Josef Glacier – a 12 km (7.5 mi) long glacier located in Westland Tai Poutini National Park on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island.
      • Spiral Jetty – considered to be the central work of American sculptor Robert Smithson, is an earthwork sculpture constructed in 1970. Great Salt Lake near Rozel Point in Utah, U.S.A.
      • Uffington White Horse – highly stylised prehistoric hill figure, 110 m long (374 feet), formed from deep trenches filled with crushed white chalk. Oxfordshire, England.

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Top 25 Jet Set Resorts

 

Top Metro | Subway Lines & Stations

 

Top Train Stations

 

Train Travel

      • BULLET TRAIN – Wikipedia.
      • Lists of named passenger trains – Wikipedia.
      • LUXURY TRAIN TRAVEL TOURS IN INDIA – hill trains in India.
      • MAGLEV TRAINS – Wikipedia.
      • ORIENT EXPRESS – A landmark moment in railway history, October 1883 saw the launch of the original Orient Express. Leaving from Paris, it steamed through the Alps, Budapest and Bucharest to Constantinople.
        Packed with grandees and unheard of luxuries such as soap by the washbasins, reports swiftly came back of its exquisite food, excellent wine and impeccable service. – ORIENT EXPRESS – Wikipedia.
      • ROYAL TRAINS – Wikipedia.
      • TRAIN – Wikipedia.
      • Venice-Simplon Orient Express – Wikipedia.
      • AMTRAK – Amtrak Auto Train (Florida): the world’s longest train.
      • AVE RENFE – Madrid-Seville on Spain’s high-speed 300 km/h train.
      • Beijing–Guangzhou–Shenzhen–Hong Kong High-Speed Railway – construction started in 2005. The Wuhan–Guangzhou section opened in December 2009, the Guangzhou–Shenzhen section opened in December 2011, the Zhengzhou–Wuhan section opened in September 2012, and the Beijing–Zhengzhou section was opened in December 2012. The 36-kilometre (22 mi) cross-border Shenzhen–Hong Kong section is expected to open in 2015. With a total journey distance of 2,298 kilometers, it is the world’s longest high-speed train route.
      • BERGEN RAILWAY – a 371 kilometres (231 mi) standard gauge railway line between Bergen and Hønefoss, Norway. The name is often applied for the entire route from Bergen via Drammen to Oslo, where the passenger trains go, a distance of 496 kilometres (308 mi). It is the highest mainline railway line in Northern Europe, crossing the Hardangervidda plateau at 1,237 metres (4,058 ft) above sea level.
      • BLUE TRAIN – travels an approximately 1,600 kilometer (1,000 mile) journey in South Africa between Pretoria and Cape Town. It is one of the most luxurious train journeys in the world.
      • BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA FEDERAL RAILWAYS – try the trip between Mostar and Sarajevo.
      • Burma Railway – also known as the Death Railway, the Thailand–Burma Railway and similar names, is a 415 kilometres (258 mi) railway between Bangkok, Thailand, and Rangoon, Burma (now Yangon, Myanmar), built by the Empire of Japan during World War II, to support its forces in the Burma campaign. Forced labour was used in its construction. About 180,000 Asian labourers and 60,000 Allied prisoners of war (POWs) worked on the railway.
      • Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad – New Mexico, U.S.A. Hidden away in a little-known corner of the southern Rocky Mountains, and is a precious historic artifact of the American West. Built in 1880 and essentially unchanged since, the C&TSRR is the most outstanding and best known example of steam-era mountain railroading in North America. Known around the world for its spectacular scenery, unique machinery, and historic structures.
      • DARJEELING HIMALAYAN RAILWAY – nicknamed the “Toy Train”, is a 2 ft (610 mm) narrow-gauge railway from Siliguri to Darjeeling in West Bengal. Since 1999 the train has been a World Heritage Site as listed by UNESCO.
      • E&O | EASTERN & ORIENTAL EXPRESS – carries passengers in luxury between Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.
      • El Expreso de la Robla – El Expreso de La Robla is an oportunity to travel on a vintage, but with all the menities of any hotel, at an affordable price. Discover the north from Gijón to Santiago and Ribadeo, as you spend 4 or 2 days on board a luxury train but at a price that is within most budgets. This unique experience offers all the nostalgia of the great Train journeys, but with every modern amenity, while emulating all the traditions and glamour of El Transcantábrico route.
      • EUROSTAR TRAIN – high-speed railway passenger service connecting London with Paris and Brussels.
      • EUROTUNNEL – from Folkestone to Calais in just 35 minutes.
      • Georgetown Loop Railroad – is a narrow gauge heritage railroad located in the Rocky Mountains in Clear Creek County, Colorado, in the United States. The railroad operates summer tourist trains between the communities of Georgetown and Silver Plume, a distance of 2 miles (3.2 km). The railroad route is 4.5 miles (7.2 km) long and ascends an elevation of 640 feet (195.1 m) through mountainous terrain along with trestles, cuts, fills, and a grand loop.
      • GLACIER EXPRESS – “The most famous railway in the world. It travels from Zermatt to Davos or St. Moritz in around seven hours. It is a day trip through untouched mountain landscapes, glamorous health resorts, deep gorges, delightful valleys, 91 tunnels and across 291 impressive bridges.”
      • GORNERGRAT BAHN – “The Matterhorn railway.” First electrical cog railway in Switzerland (1898). Europe’s highest open-air cog railway (3,089 metres a.s.l.) (only in summer) has its lower terminus next to the station of the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn in Zermatt, from where it climbs the Gornergrat daily every 24 minutes. Across stunning bridges, through galleries and tunnels, idyllic forests, past gorges and mountain lakes. With the Matterhorn continually in the field of vision.
      • HIRAM BINGHAM – the most luxurious way to journey between Cusco and Machu Picchu, Peru. The Hiram Bingham is an exclusive luxury Orient Express service operated by PeruRail, all service included where you will enjoy a full day of unforgettable experiences.
      • INDIAN PACIFIC – connects the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean on one of the world’s longest and greatest train journeys on the “Kangaroo Gold” train.
      • Jacobite Steam Train – also known as the Hogwarts Express. The Jacobite runs a distance of 41 miles between Fort William and Mallaig, passing through an area of great scenic beauty including alongside Loch Eil, Glenfinnan Viaduct (as seen in the Harry Potter films), and Arisaig (the most westerly station in Great Britain). Trains cross with regular service trains at Glenfinnan station, where there is a small museum and café.
      • Kalka–Shimla Railway – 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) narrow gauge railway in North-West India travelling along a mostly mountainous route from Kalka to Shimla. It is known for breathtaking views of the hills and surrounding villages.
      • Kangra Valley Railway – lies in the sub-Himalayan region and covers a distance of 164 km (101.9 mi). from Pathankot to Jogindernagar. The Kangra valley railway comes under the Firozpur division of Northern Railway. It is one of two mountain railways that run in Himachal Pradesh, the other being Kalka-Shimla Railway, which is also a world heritage site.
      • Kuranda Scenic Railway – railway line that runs from Cairns, Queensland, Australia to the nearby town of Kuranda. The tourist railway snakes its way up the Macalister Range and is no longer used for regular commuter services. It passes through the suburbs of Stratford, Freshwater (stopping at Freshwater Station) and Redlynch before reaching Kuranda.
      • LE TRAIN BLEU – (“The Blue Train”), officially the Calais-Mediterranée Express, was a luxury French night express train which carried wealthy and famous passengers between Calais and the French Riviera from 1922 until 1938.
      • Nariz del Diablo – “The Ecuadorian Railway: The Most Difficult Train in the World.”
      • Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe Train – travel on South Africa’s only remaining scheduled steam train, the Outeniqua Choo Tjoe. The Choo Tjoe offers its passengers a unique, picturesque and scenic 52-kilometre journey experiencing the Garden Route with spectacular views of the Indian Ocean.
      • PRIDE OF AFRICA – luxury train which is run by Rovos Rail. It is billed as the World’s Most Luxurious Train. It travels through South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania.
      • ROCKY MOUNTAINEER – the world-acclaimed Rocky Mountaineer train, a two-day, all daylight rail journey between Canada’s West and the Canadian Rockies.
      • ROVOS RAIL – the world’s most luxurious train. Cape to Cairo or Cairo to Cape.
      • Royal Rajasthan on Wheels – “An epitome of luxury , royalty, pleasure, wonder and so on. It is the latest version of Palace on Wheels with better facilities. The new version of the Palace on Wheels will cover these destinations – Delhi, Jaipur, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Chittaurgarh, Bharatpur and Agra. Tourists will be taken through a charismatic train tour of 8 days.”
      • SEMMERING RAILWAY – starts at Gloggnitz and leads over the Semmering to Mürzzuschlag was the first mountain railway in Europe built with a standard gauge track. It is commonly referred to as the world’s first true mountain railway.
      • SHANGRI-LA EXPRESS – “The world’s highest railway.” Beijing – Hong Kong – Lhasa – Moscow – Shanghai – Ulaan Baatar. Until now, Tibet has been virtually inaccessible. The awesome Golmud to Lhasa railway, which opened in 2006, opened Tibet to rail tourism. More than 600 miles (960 km), over 80% of the railway is at an altitude of more than 13,000 ft (4,000 m) and much of this magnificent line runs over permafrost. With the summit, the Tangula Pass, at 16,640 ft, (5,072 m) it is also the world’s highest railway.
      • TGV | TRAIN À GRANDE VITESSE – (French for ‘high-speed train’) operated by SNCF, the French national rail operator.
      • THE CANADIAN – Canadian transcontinental passenger train with service between Union Station in Toronto, Ontario and Pacific Central Station in Vancouver, British Columbia.
      • THE FLAM RAILWAY NORWAY – one of the most beautiful railway lines in the world. An incredible train journey from the mountain station at Myrdal on the Bergen Railway, down to Flåm station nestled in the innermost corner of the Aurlandfjord.
      • THE ROYAL SCOTSMAN – Scottish luxury charter train run by Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. The train is composed of nine cars; two dining cars, five state cars, one crew car, and one observation car.
      • TRANS-SIBERIAN RAILWAY – travel from Yaroslavsky Terminal, Moscow to Vladivostok (9,259 km / 5,753 miles). A network of railways connecting Moscow and European Russia with the Russian Far East provinces, Mongolia, China and the Sea of Japan.
      • Tren a las Nubes – (English: Train to/of the Clouds) is a train service in Salta Province, Argentina, that connects the Argentine Northwest with the Chilean border in the Andes mountain range, over 4,220 metres (13,850 ft) above mean sea level, the third highest railway in the world.
      • VENICE SIMPLON ORIENT-EXPRESS – luxury train travel through Europe on the Orient-Express.
      • West Highland Line – (“Iron Road to the Isles”) is considered the most scenic railway line in Britain, linking the ports of Mallaig and Oban on the west coast of Scotland to Glasgow. The line was voted the top rail journey in the world by readers of independent travel magazine Wanderlust in 2009, ahead of the iconic Trans-Siberian and the Cuzco to Machu Picchu line in Peru. The ScotRail website has since reported that the line has been voted the most scenic railway line in the world for the second year running.
      • White Pass and Yukon Route – “Built in 1898 during the Klondike Gold Rush, this narrow gauge railroad is an International Historic Civil Engineering Landmark, a designation shared with the Panama Canal, the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty.” Canadian and U.S. Class II narrow gauge railroad linking the port of Skagway, Alaska, with Whitehorse, the capital of Yukon. An isolated system, it has no direct connection to any other railroad.
      • WUHAN-GUANGZHOU HIGH-SPEED RAILWAY, CHINA – trains G1001 and G1003 cover the 968 kilometres (601 mi) long journey from Wuhan to Guangzhou North in 2 hours, 57 minutes, at an average speed of 312.5 km/h. This speed is also the fastest of any commercial train services in the world.
      • ZUPSPITZE RAILWAY – “Top of Germany.” Built in the 1930s. Full moon ride with gala dinner: Germany’s highest mountain (2,962 metres a.s.l.) by night. In the early evening, a special cog wheel train brings you to the top of Zugspitze, where you will be greeted by spectacular evening light. In the middle of the Zugspitzplatt where the train ends, lies the Zugspitze Glacier that appears even more mysterious and majestic than usual under the evening sky.

 

Travel Books, Guides, Magazines & Media

      • 10 BEST TRAVEL GUIDES – “Trusted Advice for Travelers.”
      • ANDREW HARPER – the ultimate resource for the luxury traveller.
      • BAEDECKER ONLINE – Baedeker was and remains the world’s most famous guidebook for travellers. Since Karl Baedeker founded the company in 1827, Baedekers have set a benchmark for guidebooks.
      • BLACKBOOK MAGAZINE AND CITY GUIDES – hotels, restaurants, travel, nightlife, fashion, shopping, reviews, celebrities.
      • BOOTSNALL TRAVEL NETWORK – established 1998. “One-Stop Indie Travel Guide. We are community of travelers with a focus on Around the World Travel.”
      • BUSINESS TRAVELLER – the latest business travel news, including hotel reviews, destination information, airline reports and the latest travel discount offers.
      • CONDÉ NAST TRAVELLER – expert travel guides to the stylish destinations.
      • CNN BUSINESS TRAVELLER – hosted by Richard Quest.
      • CONCIERGE.COM – “Inspired travel starts here.” Travel guides, hotel reviews, vacation ideas, and trip-planning tools.
      • ELITE TRAVELER MAGAZINE – the private jet lifestyle magazine.
      • EXPATIFY.COM – Inspiring Expatriatism. “We are the types of people who are always dreaming of living someplace else. It’s like dreaming about traveling, but more about dreaming becoming a part of a culture and experiencing what life is like in foreign (for now) places. With these dreams, we hope to inspire people to dream, investigate and experience what life is like in their choice of foreign country.”
      • FODOR’S TRAVEL GUIDES – “Plan Your Trip Online.”
      • FORBES TRAVEL GUIDE – “The Gold Standard of Travel Ratings and Reviews.”
      • FROMMER’S – “The Best Trips Start Here!”
      • GAYOT – “The Guide to the Good Life: provides the latest up-to-date information on food, wine and travel.”
      • GADLING – travel blog | news, stories, deals, and tips.
      • GOURMET MAGAZINE – focuses on good living, travel, entertaining, and culture.
      • HAMPTONS MAGAZINE – attempts to cover the best that the Hamptons has to offer.
      • JAUNTED – “Pop culture travel guide for globetrotters, business road dogs, and arm chair travelers who are too harried to sit down with a traditional travel guide, or wait for a monthly travel magazine. Our daily web magazine is a pop culture travel review for a generation that possesses a small attention span.”
      • JETSET REPORT – “JetSetReport aims to bring travel back to its Golden Age. We keep you current with what is hot and new now.”
      • LONELY PLANET – travel guides and travel information. “LonelyPlanet.com is a network of connections between travellers. To get hardcore about travel. To dream about it, plan it, book it and talk about it. They come to shop, to read features, to enter competitions, to watch videos. They come to find a job, share advice, read reviews.”
      • LOUIS VUITTON CITY GUIDES 2013
      • Luxury Travel Magazine – “Inspiration for Discerning Travelers”.
      • MICHELIN GUIDES – a series of annual hotel and restaurant guides published by Michelin for over a dozen countries.
      • MOBIL TRAVEL GUIDE – reviews and ratings of the best hotels, restaurants, spas and other destinations from the most trusted name in travel.
      • MOLESKINE TRAVEL NOTEBOOKS – “Ideal for both visitors and city dwellers alike, this guidebook lets you organize things you want to keep for future reference or for your records such as the names and addresses of restaurants, shops, friends, hotels, or tourist sites. The Key Map summarizes the overall layout of the city, including large-scale maps of the city centre, an alphabetical street index, and map of the metro system.”
      • PLANETWARE TRAVEL GUIDE – hotels, attractions, pictures, maps & more.
      • ROAD & TRAVEL MAGAZINE – automotive & travel resource for the non-enthusiast.
      • SATW | SOCIETY OF AMERICAN TRAVEL WRITERS – travel’s most trusted voices.
      • SAVEUR – authentic recipes, food, drinks, and travel.
      • SPA FINDER MAGAZINE – the global spa & wellness resource.
      • STAR DIAMOND WORLD MAGAZINE
      • SUNDAY TIMES ONLINE TOURISM & TRAVEL GUIDES
      • T (NEW YORK TIMES) – a perfect-bound magazine dedicated to fashion, living, beauty, holiday, travel and design coverage.
      • T MAGAZINE BLOG (NEW YORK TIMES) – blog dedicated to fashion, living, beauty, holiday, travel and design coverage.
      • TRAVEL + LEISURE MAGAZINE – vacation guides, travel articles, hotel recommendations, trip ideas, tips, and deals.
      • TRAVEL TO WELLNESS – the e-magazine for the wellness-minded traveller.
      • TRAVELGIRL MAGAZINE – leisure, travel and lifestyle advice for women.
      • TRIPADVISOR – “World’s most trusted travel advice.” Holiday reviews: hotels, resorts and holiday packes.
      • TRIPWOLF – “Your worldwide travel guide.”
      • TTG LIVE – the website for Travel Trade Gazette, the UK’s top publication for travel agents and the travel and tourism industry.
      • TTG LUXURY – luxury travel news for premium travel professionals.
      • VAGABONDISH – “Essentials & ephemera for the curious traveler / The Travelzine for Today’s Vagabond.”
      • VIA MICHELIN – Michelin Guide hotel, restaurant and tourist recommendations and weather and traffic reports.
      • WALLPAPER CITY GUIDES
      • WANDERLUST MAGAZINE – British travel magazine, covering adventurous, cultural and special interest travel.
      • WHATS ON WHEN – worldwide event guide and travel inspiration.
      • WHERE TO STAY – Caribbean travel guide & reviews since 1995.
      • WORLD TRAVEL GUIDE – “Travel in style with the official World Travel Guide, the best destination guides from experts who hand pick where to stay, eat and visit plus how to get there.”

 

“The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.” – G.K. Chesterton.

“To travel is to live!” – Hans Christian Andersen.

 

“Some people TRAVEL on business, some in search of health, but it is neither the sickly nor the men of affairs who fill the Grand Hotels. It is those who travel ‘for pleasure’, as the phrase goes. What Epicurus, who never travelled, except when he was banished, sought in his own garden, tourists seek abroad.

And do they find their happiness? Those who frequent the places where they resort must often find this question, with a tentative answer in the negative, fairly forced upon them. For tourists are, in the main, a very glommy-looking tribe. One usually sees much brighter faces at a funeral than in the Piazza San Marco. One wonders why they go abroad.

The fact is that very few travellers like travelling. If they go to the trouble and expense of travelling, it is not so much from curiosity, for fun, or because they like to see things beautiful and strange, as out of a kind of snobbery. People travel for the same reason as they collect works of art: because the best people do it. To have been to certain spots on the earth’s surface is socially correct; and having been there, one is superior to those who have not.

To justify this snobbery, a series of myths has gradually been elaborated. The places which it is socially smart to have visited are aureoled with glamour, till they are made to appear, for those who have not been there, like so many fabled Babylons and Bagdads.

The genuine Traveller, on the other hand, is so much interested in real things that he does not find it necessary to believe in fables. He is insatiably curious, he loves what is unfamiliar for the sake of its unfamiliarity, he takes pleasure in every manifistation of beauty.” – Aldous Huxley.

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