Posts Tagged ‘Travel Tips’
Posted on September 8th, 2017
Top 5 Cities We Visited in August and What You Need to Know
Did you know that we provide transportation worldwide? Think of us as your one-stop-shop for ground transportation wherever you travel.
We’ll be sporadically sharing all the interesting cities we’ve recently provided services! We know August isn’t yet over, but we have already found ourselves all over the world. Here are the top five cities we have serviced so far this month of August:
Seoul, South Korea
You definitely don’t have to worry about cell service in Seoul! It is a very modern city and is considered to have the best internet infrastructure and connections in the world. Make sure you put the phone away though to fully enjoy the many temples and four major palaces, including Gyeongbokgung, which is one of the largest and most famous. When sightseeing makes you hungry, check out the Samcheongdong district for traditional restaurants serving bibimbap and Korean barbecue alongside Asian fusion bistros placed in art galleries and restored houses. After dinner, there is plenty to do at night. Traditional dance and Korean opera are one form of entertainment, along with shopping at night markets, and visiting the many coffee houses and bars in the Dongdaemun district.
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Ever been to L.A.? Sao Paulo actually has a lot in common! It is a sprawling city, covering nearly 600 sq miles, and within that sprawl you will find many people and a ton of traffic. To make the most of your time, know a local! Because the city is so large, it is best to be brought around by someone who can unlock the hidden charm. The city also boasts a very diverse population, specifically Italians, Jews, and the largest Japanese population outside of Japan. This results in an abundance of delicious food you wouldn’t expect, like mortadella sandwiches, pizza, and sushi. Much like L.A., Sao Paulo also has a very vibrant nightlife, specifically baladas, or nightclubs.
Now to the differences… Sao Paulo is often overcast, which is many times accompanied by rain. Also, unlike L.A. with their many sports team, Sao Paulo is focused on one sport, soccer. They are obsessed, especially with the Corinthians. Lastly, it is recommended to take the bus when you can. There are dedicated bus lines that will get you through gridlock much quicker than any alternative.
Yes, you probably already are very familiar with Paris. It is a major global city, large in size and personality. Paris is known as romantic, with the ability to blend in village life and values. Food, fashion, art, and people watching are a few of the favorite pass times, and it is all grand. Enjoy an elaborate meal at a Michelin star bistro, and then luxuriate shopping at a fancy boutique. If you are a foodie, check out the opulent three-star palace restaurants Le Grand Véfour and L’Astrance, or the trendy bistronomiques Lazare, Les Petit Plats, and Spring. And of course, you must see the famous sights and attractions: Louvre, Jardin des Tuileries, Musée d’Orsay, Notre-Dame, Musée Rodin, and many more. Oh yah, and how could you forget the iconic Eiffel Tower! Art and entertainment also take shape through the ballet and opera, classic theatre, and an impressive nightlife.
If you find yourself in Dublin, you must make your way to the Guinness Storehouse. Yes, it is the number one tourist attraction, but the view at the top is worth it alone. (Oh, and the free beer!) Other attractions you should see, which are all walkable, are the Dublin Castle, Christchurch Cathedral, the city’s numerous parks, and Trinity College which is home to the famous Book of Kells. And if you were interested in any of the city’s national museums and galleries, they are all free! Once it’s time to eat, try and take advantage of the ‘early-bird’ special at a local pub where you can get a starter and main course for between €9 and €20. What should you order? Try the Irish stew, coddle, boxty, or fish-and-chips, and make sure you order some soda bread! Also, you must enjoy at least one traditional Irish fry-up a.k.a. breakfast.
Even though it is the world’s most populous city, Shanghai doesn’t feel it. Wandering and eating is the name of the game. Walk the promenade for views of Pǔdōng’s skyline or check out the world’s highest observation deck in Shanghai’s tallest tower. If you want a taste of nature, walk through Shanghai’s green heart, the People’s Square, where the Shanghai Museum exhibits Chinese bronzes, ceramics, and silk scroll paintings. If your focus is on eating, head to the family-run restaurants in Old City to tackle some hairy crabs. For an elegant bistro experience, enjoy pan-Asian cuisine in the French Concession. Later in the day you can check out the flaming woks and market banter at the Yunnan Lu night market, dishing up noodles, duck, and deep-fried scorpion. Sights are certainly fixed on the future, you’ll still find the glamour of the past along the Art Deco Bund and French Concession’s colonial boulevards. Oh! And don’t forget to sample barbecued squid or indulge in sweet dumplings: Qībǎo corners the market for Shànghǎi street food.
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Posted on July 11th, 2017
Key Information for Successful Group Transportation
Behind-the-scenes we do our best to make sure you arrive to your destination safely and on time. In order to consistently provide a high level of service, we acquire key information needed to ensure a successful trip. This is especially true when transporting groups and a large number of people. Curious what information is most important? Take a look at the check list our reservationists run through when creating a group reservation:
- Name of Group and Corporate Client
- Dates of Event
- Contact Person/s
- Cell # of Contact person/s
- Signed Group Contract
- Group Manifest (Excel Worksheet preferred)
- Cell #’s for all passengers
- How long are people required to wait if they are “packaged” together?
- If people arrive without a reservation/not on manifest and we arrange for a last minute car, there will be a surcharge to cover costs.e
- Monitor all flights and move passengers to appropriate vehicles to eliminate additional waiting time or additional vehicles needed.
- Who is allowed to order cars?
- Who are the VIP’s?
- Special requests
- Group or Company Signage
- Important maps (for event location staging and pick/drop areas)
- Provide each terminal’s greeting procedures to the booker, which is then be forwarded to all passengers.
- How many greeters are required?
- Is an onsite dispatcher required?
- Do bookers/passengers want instant notifications “turned on” (driver enroute, etc… for each reservation)
- Does the contact want to be notified, even after hours, if we have a “No Show”?
- Who are final charges sent to?
Interested in transportation for your group? Please contact us and we will provide a customized quote based on your transportation needs.