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.(49)Cruise Travel Home Business

         

You’ve gone on your first or your 100th cruise and loved it. Did you ever consider starting a cruise travel agency? You enjoy the searching for the perfect cruise for yourself and everyone around you. You like setting up and taking care of all the arrangements. If this sounds exciting and fun, why not profit from it, and start your own cruise travel agency.

The travel industry currently shows $4 trillion annually spent in flights, cruises, cars, hotels and more. The amount is expected to continue growing as more people are living in two-income families and have access to more money. Why not take part of the $4 trillion for yourself, and let your cruise travel home business pay for your next cruise.

If you have considered starting a home business, but are afraid to quit your full-time job, a cruise travel home business is just right for you. You can start the business part time, and expand it slowly or quickly. No matter what the reason, this is a pajama job that will grow quickly and show results almost immediately.

Starting a cruise travel home business does have start up costs. Depending on the route you take to open your business will affect the start up cost of your cruise travel home business, however, many have only minimal costs. These start up costs include national organization fees, software fees, and possibly affiliation fees, depending on how you want to work your cruise travel home business. You have many options available.

The first step is to start researching the cruise travel home business industry. Check out all websites and books published by National Organizations affiliated with travel and cruise agents, such as the National Association of Commissioned Travel Agents. These resources will give you information on affiliation with a parent travel agency as an independent contractor, and steps on how to pursue a cruise travel home business from the ground up.

Either way you decide to go, it is best to create a brief general cruise travel home business plan. You can download a sample business plan from the Small Business Administration website, or go to the local office for a copy. This plan will help you understand what you will need to do to be successful and how to budget for profit. This plan is dynamic and ever changing and should be updated frequently.

Becoming affiliated with a large travel agency gives your cruise travel home business a few benefits. Some of the benefits include the reservation software training, support, updates, newsletters, and industry best practices. They have established industry connections all you need to do is find travelers.

Your cruise travel agency will usually take off quickly, when associated with a large parent travel agency. You do not have to worry about setting prices for your services either. The parent company will set the prices and you will receive up to 50% of each reservation you book. This takes the anxiety and frustration out of worrying about profits and losses you have to contend with when setting your own prices.

The other option requires more work. You research reservation software, and talk to companies within the industry to establish connections. This option can have a higher start up cost and will take longer to show a profit for two main reasons. Until you get comfortable with the pricing of your services, you will have a trial and error phase that can create losses to your cruise travel agency. But once you get the hang of it, the profit is yours. Second, you have to contact hotels, car rental companies, airlines, cruise lines, and such and build relationships, which can take time.

However, it is not important which way you decide to start your cruise travel agency. You will receive benefits as well as profits. These benefits may be better if you work with a travel agency but you get benefits either way. These benefits include up to 50% discounts on hotels and vacation packages, up to 70% discount on cruises, and much more.

If you decide to expand your cruise travel agency to include other types of travel, it is much easier when associated with a larger travel agency. If you built your cruise travel home business yourself, you will need to make more contacts and create new relationships to be able to compete.

Now you have some information about a cruise travel home business. You need to look at industry periodicals, books, and websites to decide on your next step. In any event, this cruise travel home business will have your vacations and cruises paid for by your clients at discounted rates. For those who love to travel the cruise travel home business is perfect.

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About the Author

Randy is owner of http://www.profitable-home-businesses.com where you will find further tips on starting dozens of profitable home based businesses. Randy also owns http://www.planning-a-baby-shower.com.

Written by: Randy Wilson


(50)Damanhur and Time Travel (Viewing)

This excerpt from a fictional and futuristic book of mine addresses a little of what Damanhur might be involved with.

It was a beautiful spring day and the tulips were starting to bloom on University Avenue, as Sean walked to meet Tony at a Thai restaurant of renown near Toronto’s first of many Chinatowns. The walk had been about two miles and his feet were sore but he enjoyed seeing people look at his new clothes and fine-trimmed beard. He had worried that seven years of being a slob and not exercising might have taken too much away from his otherwise handsome exterior. So far Tony and his associates had done all that could reasonably be expected, almost too much he thought to himself as the seduction of material world things began to sweep over him while he fought it back. The gathering of a team of like-minded people crossed his mind more than once as he thought about what his on-line friend Laurent had written. The words seemed to fit with Tesla’s non-force info packets very well as he wondered if he should get Tony to initiate a contact with this physicist whose words he had committed to memory. “Inherent to wave mechanics are the mechanisms of wave superposition and parallel and non-linear information processing. And these mechanisms, which are also affected and regulated by the laws of thermodynamics, are responsible for information growth and the evolution of biological matter. Information begets information.”

As they sat testing each other’s ability to ingest hot chilies and frequent trips to the washroom ensured they tripped the light fantastic, they were both in ‘hog heaven’. The conversation ranged over the whole field of philosophy and they enjoyed each others interests immensely. They had both studied Carlos and the Toltec or Nagual’s way.

“The word impeccable means 'without sin'. Sin is defined as a 'transgression against God.' As God is unknowable we are left with our nagual aspect. I would define sin as a 'transgression against our nagual aspect.' To be impeccable means to be without sin or to be in alignment with our nagual.” Tony commented.

“That is a far better explanation for sin and how to find purpose than the mainstream religions will allow.”

“You know the Corpus Hermeticum that Cosmo De Medicis had translated by Ficilio was titled De Brix?” Tony asked.

“Yes and I am supposedly related to The Bruce by an illegitimate liaison. Robert the Bruce was in charge of North American trade for the Templar continuum and he made a Baird into a Baron. The Bairds were in charge of Nova Scotia or the Bank at the time of Bonnie Prince Charlie. One of these Barons died at Culloden. The House of Bruce and de Bruges or the Bruttii who founded Britain are ‘tres important’. Other Kelts going back to the Veneti of Cisalpine Gaul and Hallstatt in the Genoese area of the Legurians and others are where those De Medicis and later Rothschilds get a lot of the info St. Germain more recently codified or set into the occult schools.”

“Your books are more than the whole Corpus Hermeticum.”

“Is that the opinion of Derek and the others at Damanhur?”

“I think so.”

“There are many ‘experts’ who say that light speed is still not transcendable or that time is linear and it is not possible to do many things that I posit in these pages, I know. I offer up this site to these people and say that the whole truth of what Black Ops and other agents of real knowledge pursue is not under the control of NASA or The Smithsonian and other public or relatively transparent structure of academia and government. Here is a site worth looking into that discusses some of the things that many have known for a long time. It does not include the Catholic scholar/physicist who reportedly has developed a chronovisor in conjunction with Werner von Braun and Fermi’s inputs that would be similar to one thing the Philosopher’s Stone could achieve (http://www.lerc.nasa.gov/WWW/bpp/TM-107289.htm).

‘Father Pellegrino Maria Ernetti (1925-1994) was a Benedictine priest, scientist, and world-class authority on "archaic" music (pre-Christian to 10th century A.D.). He claimed to have yoked quantum physics to the occult arts to construct a time-machine-- the chronovisor. Father Ernetti said he had traveled to Rome in 169 B.C. to witness a performance of the now-lost tragedy, Thyestes, by the father of Latin poetry, Quintus Ennius. He claimed to have used the chronovisor to watch Christ dying on the cross. Why would so distinguished a churchman have felt the need to confabulate such a story? Is the Vatican suppressing the full truth of Father Ernetti’s life and achievements?’ (5)”

It was clear to Sean that he would have to take a taxi home as the wine flowed and his body began to succumb to its cumulative effect.

“Pessimism has depths of feeling and this ideology as prophetic or simply reported as it may be - is worse than any mere pessimism. I prefer to think there are at least some members of our race who have a part to play in all of this. I prefer a 'conspiracy' to a technological determinism. But Martin Heidegger does identify an argument for acting before it is too late. Are there any moral players left in philosophy? Certainly there are, but it is entirely possible they won't be found teaching philosophy in schools. Why assume any Platonic or reversal of same, attitudes with games to control others? Why engage energy in destructive morality? The essence he should have studied is in the beauty of each child and on the ripples of the waves that signal the passing of what carries us towards our potential. Let all people know the truth which he defines as 'disclosure and unconcealment'. We are of the opinion this kind of truth is a necessity for change and creativity. It is often bandied about as 'transparency' in financial circles. If all mankind were able to know these truths then there might be a revival of humanity and an end to cybernetics!” Sean almost croaked as his wits crescendoed into blather and they parted company.

 

About the Author

Columnist for The ES Press
Author of Diverse Druids
Guest 'expert' at World-Mysteries.com

Written by: Robert Bruce Baird  


(51)Dare to Understand Travel Terms, Then Sit Back and Enjoy Traveling

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When planning your travels or buying your airline tickets, you have probably come across definitions and terms that might have seemed strange to you. Granted, many of the definitions and terms become more understandable as you become familiar with the industry as a frequent flier. While there are many terms for hotel room types, car types, and travel amenities, the area that we shall attempt to define would be tours.

Tour operators try to make their brochures and websites as attractive, informative and understandable as possible; however, in reading this information you will undoubtedly encounter some terminology that is new and unfamiliar. To assist you, here's a glossary covering some of the terminology you will most most frequently find in brochures, fliers, and on websites.

Accommodations:

* Single Room: A room with one bed for one person.
* Twin Room: A room with two beds for two people.
* Double Room: A room for two persons with a double bed.
* Triple Room: A room for three persons, usually consisting of twin beds (or double beds, plus a rollaway bed.
* Ocean Front: A room directly facing the ocean. Usually it is on the first floor with a door that exists onto the beach.
* Ocean View: A room from which it is possible to view the ocean, whether the room is on the first floor, the 12th floor, or on a hillside.
* Service Charges/Taxes: Service charges are a fixed percentage automatically added to room and meal charges. The city, state or federal government sets taxes.

Air Transportation:

* Add-on Fare: The cost of air travel from a domestic city to another domestic city from which the tour/vacation package originates and vice versa.
* Baggage Allowance: The weight or volume of baggage that may be carried by a passenger without additional charge.
* Connecting Flight: A segment of an ongoing trip, which requires a change of aircraft, but necessarily a change of airline.
* Direct Flight: A flight on which passengers do not have to change planes, but may involve one more stops enroute.
* Non-stop Flight: Service between two points with no scheduled stop enroute.

Car Rental:

* Drop-off Charge: Fee charged by a car rental company to defray the cost of returning the vehicle to its original location.
* Value Added Tax (VAT): Tax imposed by governmental authority.

Charter Travel:
Thanks to improved Federal regulations and a new generation of operators, air charters have become the preferred way to reach many of the world's most popular vacation destinations for reasons of value and convenience. Here's how they work: The tour operator rents an airplane and sells the seats, often in combination with a hotel package and perhaps other ground components. The result is a substantial savings.

Conditions:

* Force Majeure: An event or effect that cannot be reasonably anticipated or controlled (such as storms or war).

Consular Information Sheets: Governments issue Consular Information Sheets for every country of the world. They include such information as location of the U.S. embassy or consulate in the subject country, unusual immigration practices, health conditions, minor political disturbances, unusual currency and entry regulations, crime and security information, and drug penalties. If an unstable condition exists in a country that is not severe enough to warrant a Travel Warning, a description of the condition(s) may be included under an optional section entitled Safety/Security.

Documents:

* Passport: An official government document certifying identity and citizenship and granting permission to travel abroad (overseas).
* Visa: An official authorization appended to a passport permitting travel to and within a particular country.

Escorted Tours:

The most traditional tour product is also the most misunderstood. The options are so varied that it's easiest to identify the few elements they share: Group travel, usually by motor coach but sometimes by ship, or train; a set itinerary, with lodging, activities, and most meals included and a tour director to coordinate, guide, and manage the trip. Traveling on an escorted tour provides a measure of security and peace of mind. And today, more tour operators build in free time on group tours, giving travelers the best of both worlds.

Independent Travel:

There's no group on these trips, no guide and no fixed itinerary, unless the client wants one. The sole difference between this and fully independent travel is that by booking through a tour operator from its available inventory, your clients get the advantage of group buying power, without the group.

Package Travel:

Like group tours, packages tend to have fixed itineraries, with ground transportation and hotels booked in advance. But like independent travel, there's no organized group; clients are on their own, free to do as they please at each destination, but they still have the convenience and reliability that come with booking through a tour operator.

Public Announcements:

Public announcements (PAs) are a means to disseminate information about terrorist threats and other relatively short-term and/or trans-national conditions posing significant risks to the security of American travelers. The PAs are made when there is a specific threat that cannot be countered. In the past, Public Announcements have been issued to deal with short-term coups, violence by terrorists and anniversary dates of specific terrorist events.

Tours:

A group of people traveling together who follow a pre-planned itinerary. Most tours include accommodations, a number of meals, sightseeing, land transportation, and/or other transportation, plus the services of a professional tour manager or escort who accompanies the group.

Travel Warnings:

Travel warnings are issued when the State Department decides, based on all relevant information, to recommend that Americans avoid travel to a certain country. Countries where avoidance of travel is recommended will have Travel Warnings as well as Consular Information Sheets. You may also want to review specific country Background Notes.

Vacation Packages:

Vacation packages are designed for those traveling independently. They include a combination of two or more travel services (e.g. hotel accommodations, car rental, air transportation) that are offered at a package price. Many vacation packages offer a choice of components and options, thereby enabling you to customize the package to your tastes, interests and/or budget.

Vouchers:

Documents issued by tour operators to be exchanged for accommodations, sightseeing and other services.

© MMIV, Etienne A. Gibbs, MSW

About the Author

Etienne A. Gibbs, MSW, Management Consultant and Trainer, conducts lectures, seminars, and writes articles on his theme: ... helping you maximize your potential. For more information visit www.executiveandgrouptravel.blogspot.com.


Written by: Etienne A. Gibbs, MSW


:(52)Deducting your combined biz/vacation travel.

Time with family is precious. That's why more and more business travelers are adding on vacation to their trips and inviting family to join them. Sometimes it's easy to mix business and pleasure - especially with the trend toward booking business conferences at resort areas like Orlando or Las Vegas. With a little advance planning, you can get Uncle Sam to foot part of the bill - legally.

The Internal Revenue Service lets you deduct 100 percent of your transportation costs for travel within the United States - as long as the primary reason for the trip is business. If your trip is primarily for pleasure, only expenses directly related to business are deductible. So the trick is to make business the principal purpose of your trip. Then you can mix in a few vacation days and still fully deduct transportation costs, including: airfare (for yourself only), getting to and from the airport, tips for baggage handlers, cabs from your hotel to your business meetings and back. Of course, you don't have to fly to get tax write-offs. The same rules apply when you travel by rail or car. Pack the family into the car for the joint business/vacation destination, and you can deduct the total cost of driving back and forth, even though others are in the car. When you share your hotel room with family members, you may deduct the cost of what you would have paid for a single, rather than double, room. Just be sure to ask the hotel to note the single rate on your bill.

Plus, you can write off all your daily out-of-pocket expenses - lodging, hotel tips, and 50 percent of meals, seminar and convention fees, cab fare, etc. - for business days at your destination. Your out-of- pocket expenses for personal days are not deductible. There is a really easy way to gain maximum tax deductions and take some extra days off too. It's the Saturday night stay-over exception. If staying over a Saturday night would substantially reduce your airfare - and thus the overall cost of your business trip - the IRS will cut you a break. In effect, the IRS lets you count the extra days as business days because staying over actually saves money. Remember, your trip must still be primarily for business and you can only deduct 50 percent of your meal expenses. Keep in mind that the IRS pays close attention to deductions claimed for business travel. Maintain a log to substantiate your business activities. Include the dates of departure and return, the number of days spent on business, and the reason for the travel.

About the Author

Dorothy J. Griggs is a licensed Enrolled Agent and has over 10 years of tax and accounting experience. Enrolled Agents are tax professionals licensed by the federal government to represent taxpayers and assist them with tax planning and tax return preparation. Dorothy is also a member of the National Association of Enrolled Agents. For more great tax tips, visit her website at www.avirtualaccountant.com

Written by: Dorothy Griggs, EA


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