Travel Web Sites – 5 Dirty Little Secrets

Written by Cliff Calderwood

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The travel web sites may be complimentary to search but they charge to book, and if you have to change itinerary then it can be frustrating and costly. Onrepparttar good siderepparttar 143530 service fees are not usually outrageous – around $5 per ticket. But I’ve seen some creeping up to around $20 and there’s no need to pay that price.

Now transfer fees are another kettle of fish, and it can cost you $100 or more to change after you’ve booked a flight. And if you want a refund… be prepared to spend hours onrepparttar 143531 phone to get to somebody who can authorize it.

The travel search engines make money from paid advertising and a referral fee fromrepparttar 143532 airlines or hotels, so usually you don’t pay a fee when using them to book. But this is changing so check for fee disclosure before booking.


Many ofrepparttar 143533 travel web sites have a link on their page that allows you to become part of their affiliate program for no cost. The problem is it’s usually “hidden” atrepparttar 143534 bottom ofrepparttar 143535 page in type point 7 invisible. By becoming an affiliate you can earn a small commission for everybody you refer to them that buys a ticket or room.

But before you rush out and quit your day job and set yourself up as a home-based travel agent, understand you’ll have to send them hundreds and hundreds of people hot to buy to make any money. But here are better reasons to become an affiliate…

These same sites allow you as an affiliate to purchase your own tickets and still get paidrepparttar 143536 commission. It’s effectively a discount. Forrepparttar 143537 sake of spending a few minutes completingrepparttar 143538 form why not do it?

Now be sure to checkrepparttar 143539 small print onrepparttar 143540 agreement just so you’re familiar withrepparttar 143541 restrictions if any, and how they’ll pay you.

Armed with these tips and secrets you’ll be better prepared to navigate through a travel web site. I use them allrepparttar 143542 time and continue to find new twists and gotchas. And there’s still that travel agent inrepparttar 143543 mall if you just can’t be bothered withrepparttar 143544 whole online game.

Cliff Calderwood is the owner and contributing writer of . You can read other vacation articles and get a free travel report at his guide to New England vacations site.

Scuba Diving the Philippines is impressive, varied and spectacular.

Written by Brett Jankowiak

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Pristine reef diving. Exhilarating drift diving. Big pelagic fish action. World War II wrecks to be discovered. Fantastic wall diving. Muck diving for those who like macro photography. Deep diving. Coral Gardens. Night Diving. Swim throughs and caves. Technical diving. Soft coral spectaculars.

The majority of dives are conducted by boat, usually a very short trip from your resort. If you are not diving from a boat you can generally find fantastic reefs right in front of your resort, nice and easy shore diving. Forrepparttar ultimate experience, live aboard dive vessels can also take you to areas seldom if ever visited by scuba divers, this isrepparttar 143529 ultimate experience.

Diving Philippines – What will I see Underwater?

The list is too big to try and let you know what you will see underwater, but I will tell you aboutrepparttar 143530 marine life you will definitely see underwater. The marine life is exceptionally abundant, from rare nudibrachs to a high density ofrepparttar 143531 27 species of clownfish or Amphiprion Sp., not to mentionrepparttar 143532 gregarious colours ofrepparttar 143533 soft corals andrepparttar 143534 vibrancy ofrepparttar 143535 hard corals. If big fish are an attraction, then schooling barracudas, sweetlips, Thresher and Hammerhead Sharks will not disappoint you. The biggest fish inrepparttar 143536 world also frequents Philippine waters,repparttar 143537 mighty Whale Shark. Even mammals are widely seen, both dolphins and dugongs.

Diving Philippines gives you so many options that every dive will be different and mind blowing, even if it is atrepparttar 143538 same dive site!

Note: The Philippines has had it’s fair share of dynamite fishing and cyanide poisoning. This is slowly being pushed out, as more Filipinos recognize a better future in tourism dollars. Cyanide poisoning is used for capturing fish for marine aquarium enthusiasts. This practice is being addressed byrepparttar 143539 Marine Aquarium Council in conjunction with Philippine Authorities, who are training local fisherman inrepparttar 143540 use of ecological net catching of small fish. They are also teaching good husbandry techniques forrepparttar 143541 sustainability of this industry.

Diving Philippines is everything and more you want it to be. Your expectations will be met and driven further than you thought possible,repparttar 143542 possibilities are endless.

Brett Jankowiak is the owner of, Philippines Travel Guide, his passion for the Philippines and scuba diving is reflected in his writings and articles on his information based website.

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