Monthly Archives: May 2014

Road Travel Apps

Smart Travel & Incentives of Lake Mary, Florida wants to make sure your next vacation is an incredible one. Almost all of us have been on at least one vacation that we still remember to this day. Maybe the trip provided you with memories that you’ll never forget. If you haven’t had a trip like that yet, let Smart Travel & Incentives help it happen for you. They have travel vouchers to help plan your trip. They have also been just about everywhere, so they can make sure that you visit an excellent destination. If you are looking for the best applications for your next road trip, here are some suggestions from The Daily Beast.

  • TripIt – If you have trouble keeping track of all the itinerary on your trip, TripIt can keep things together. You can store everything from flight information to hotel reservations. It also happens to be free.
  • XE Currency – If you end up visiting another country, this application can be very important. It provides you with up to the minute exchange rates to help you budget for your trip. This app is also free.
  • HotelsTonight – Another free application, HotelsTonight can help you with last minute hotel bookings. You can see nearby hotels and how much they will cost.

You can find these and other application ideas on the article. Sometimes, the right app can be the difference between a great trip and scrambling at the last second. It doesn’t take a lot to throw off your seemingly great trip, so let Smart Travel & Incentives make sure that doesn’t happen. You don’t get to take too many vacations, and that is why it is important to enjoy yourself. Everyone who works hard deserves some time off, so contact Smart Travel & Incentives, today, and get your vacation started.

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Usaquen – A Hidden Gem in Bogota’s Capital District, Part 2

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Memorial Day weekend is here – the unofficial beginning to summer.  That means BBQ’s, the kids are out of school, lazy weekend days at the local beach or other type of watering hole, and of course, the family vacation!  If you have not decided on your family vacation destination yet, you are probably starting to break out in a cold sweat as you read this.  You swear under your breath, for you are certain that all of the good deals must be long gone by now.

But fear not! There are still great vacation ideas that your whole family can enjoy but won’t blow up your budget. Smart Travel & Incentives of Lake Mary, Florida wants to help you find spectacular places at affordable prices for your upcoming vacation. Smart Travel has travel vouchers to help make your next trip one that you and your family will remember forever.  Here is the second part of a review of a destination that will could be memorable for your whole family… and potentially life-changing for you.  The place is Usaquen (Pronounced Oose – a – KAHN), a picturesque district in the north east corner of Bogota, Colombia.

If you read my previous blog entry, you can tell that I fell in love with this magical place within minutes of stepping outside of my taxi cab.  The historical flavor of this First District of Bogota oozes from the cobblestone streets, hundreds’ years old church, colonial-style architecture and statue dedicated to Simon Bolivar placed right in the southern area of the town green.

Every Sunday the center of town, already a beehive of activity on a normal day, becomes dedicated to Usaquen’s famous weekly Flea Market.  In fact, travelers rank the Usaquen Flea Market the # 1 place (out of 22) to shop in all of Bogota, according to TripAdvisor.  Local merchants flock to the streets to ply their wares, and many of the items unique to the area are a treat for the eyes.  After walking around for quite a while taking in the many amazing sites, my two traveling companions (my girlfriend, her aunt and I) happened upon an artisan named Paola Serrano who had several uniquely enchanting pieces that drew me in to her street display.  Apparently her specialty is working with and molding plastic into scenes of local life.  I purchased two of them, one for my sister and of course one for my girlfriend, realizing right away that several of her creations depicting colonial Bogota homes were truly enchanting.

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Of course my sister loved her piece when I presented it to her upon arriving back home.

After several hours of perusing the Flea Market, me, my girlfriend Paula and her aunt decided it was time to relax at a local coffee house, Café Usaquen. Locally owned and operated, Café Usaquen had a typical hip coffee house feel, but with a definitive Colombian twist.  The coffee and tea receive high marks – but even better was the piece of oreo cookie cheesecake we shared.  We all had a number of laughs – mostly at me for my often feeble attempts to understand their fast-talking Spanish conversations) and enjoyed the twilight hours of the day together. At the corner of Calle 118 and Carerra 5 about two blocks north of the town square, check this place out, and definitely make it a point to try the cheesecake!  Other interesting restaurants to spend some time include The Bogota Beer Company restaurant, and Tasca La Puerta De Alcala and La Biferia.

When it was time to go back to the hotel (we were staying at the J.W. Marriott in Bogota, definitely one of Marriott’s signature hotels), all 3 of us were disappointed that it was time to go. Usaquen is an enchanting place, and it served as just another reminder of why I love to explore new places when I travel.  I highly recommend that you book a trip to Bogota with friends and/or family, and when you do, make sure you reserve at least a full day if not several to relish in the sights and sounds of this picturesque district of northeastern Bogota nestled right into the East Andes mountains named Usaquen.

Summer travel season is now upon us and you need to make your plans now if you are going to go to highly desirable places like Usaquen. If you wait any longer, you will not be able to pull together a trip in time. You deserve an awesome summer vacation, so let Smart Travel & Incentives help you with your plans. Their travel vouchers can help you find the perfect place to stay that fits into your budge, and their reviews should keep you away from any destination that is less than you truly desire. With help from Smart Travel & Incentives, get ready for the best and most affordable vacation you’ve ever had!

For more information, go to http://www.travelsmartincentives.com

 

 

Usaquen – A Hidden Gem in Bogota’s Capital District, Part 1

Another Mother’s Day has come and gone, meaning Memorial Day is only a couple of weeks away.  Soon thereafter, schools will be out for the summer. You are probably looking for great vacation ideas that won’t blow up your budget. Smart Travel & Incentives of Lake Mary, Florida wants to help you find spectacular places at affordable prices for your upcoming vacation. They have travel vouchers to help make your next trip one that you and your family will remember forever.  Here is a review of a destination that will be memorable for your whole family… and potentially life-changing for you.

For the traveler or family who looks for opportunities to encounter unique, interesting, memorable and educational experiences, Bogota, Colombia offers a cornucopia of sights and sounds that will capture your imagination.  One of the most popular places to go is Usaquen, particular during their weekly Flea Market on Sundays.  Travelers rank it # 1 out of 22 places to go shopping in Bogota on TripAdvisor.  It received similarly high marks on other travel review sites, as well.

Usaquen is a residential and commercial district in the northeastern part of Bogota.  Although it is now recognized as a main part of the city, Usaquen was actually a separate municipality until only 60 years ago.  It was officially annexed into Bogota in 1954, according to Wikipedia.

Usaquen is a beautiful area, with a significant portion built right into the Cordillera Oriental (East Andes) mountain range to the east.  The time it takes you to get there from wherever you are staying in Bogota is well worth the trip, particularly during its well-known Flea Market.  Walking around the cobblestone streets in the town square area, I could feel the history of the town permeate my every sense.

As I checked out the statue dedicated to Simon Bolivar located in the town green, a group of college kids happened by.  They were working on a project for their English class… so I ended up as an interview subject for their documentary.  After a few laughs and a jocular exchange of friendly conversation, they were able to get me to follow along their script enough to call it a wrap after the 3rd take.  They reminded me of what is best of the typical college student, no matter where you are around the world – the eternal belief that “I will make a positive difference in this world” which permeates their being.

In the second part of this piece on Usaquen, I will describe my experiences at the Flea Market, and the really cool local coffee house that I enjoyed several cups of tea – and trying to bridge the language barrier between myself and my girlfriend’s jovial aunt.

Summer travel season is quickly approaching and you need to make your plans now if you are going to go to highly desirable places like Usaquen. If you wait much longer, you may not be able to pull together a trip in time. You work hard and deserve a memorable trip, so let Smart Travel & Incentives help you plan. Their travel vouchers can help you find the perfect place to stay that fits into your budge, and their reviews should keep you away from any destination that is less than you truly desire. With help from Smart Travel & Incentives, get ready for the best vacation you’ve ever had.

 

For more information, go to http://www.travelsmartincentives.com

Tech Travel Tips

As summer closes in, Smart Travel & Incentives of Lake Mary, Florida wants to help you be ready for your upcoming vacation. They have travel vouchers to help make your next trip a memorable one, and they have been around the globe enough times to recommend only the best destinations. They know that you will probably only get one vacation this summer, so they know you want everything to be perfect. If you want to make sure you are ready to capitalize on any potential situation this summer, follow these technological tips shared by WGNO ABC.

  • Dedicated e-mail – Creating an e-mail specifically for travel related things is a good idea. This way, you can separate flyer clubs, hotel information, and rental car programs from your normal e-mail.
  • Social media – These day, everybody and everything is on social media. Use it to keep track of any potential destination or events you have an eye on. You just may find the perfect opportunity coming up.
  • Alerts – Make sure you sign up for alerts on certain sites. Groupon getaways will have offers, as will many other sites. You may be surprised how much money you can save with the right websites bookmarked.

Summer travel season is quickly approaching and you need to be ready for it. If you are caught off-guard, you may not be able to pull together a trip in time. You work hard and deserve an awesome trip, so let Smart Travel & Incentives help you plan. Their travel vouchers can help you find the perfect trip, and their reviews should keep away any boring destinations. With help from Smart Travel & Incentives, get ready for the best vacation you’ve ever had.

For more information visit http://www.travelsmartincentives.com