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    REALISTIC Travel Costs Expectations

    Posted on April 29, 2013 by in MJST Prep School

    “How much does it usually cost to go…?” This is one of the most common questions every travel expert is asked. According to a survey from American Express, consumers spent an average of $1180 per person for travel in summer 2012. Although this is a good starting point, the answer to this question remains subjective. […]

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    Value vs Cheap

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    Many consumers say they want a “good value” but in reality they are looking for the cheapest option, two extremely different things. Value is defined as relative worth, merit or importance whereas the word cheap is defined as costing very little, of small value or shoddy. As it relates to travel, value is subjective to […]

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    Hotel Room Sizes…Abroad

    Posted on April 29, 2013 by in MJST Prep School

    Many Americans traveling abroad are shocked when they see their hotel room is no bigger than their walk-in closet at home. This is because most people remember to check out the amenities of the hotel or its location and accessibility to popular attractions but assume the room size will be comparable to American hotels. Unfortunately […]

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    Is the term “all-inclusive” truly all-inclusive?

    Posted on April 29, 2013 by in MJST Prep School

    The term all-inclusive was first introduced in the 1950’s and meant that all travel related expenses (flight, hotel, food, beverages, transfers and activities) were included in one upfront fee. However more recently the term has been used much more loosely and typically refers to the hotel accommodations and amenities. Furthermore what’s included in the all-inclusive […]

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    Currency Exchange

    Posted on April 29, 2013 by in MJST Prep School

    Many clients question whether they should exchange their currency when traveling abroad. The answer depends on where they are going and what they plan on doing once there. A lot of countries recognize the US dollar (USD) as acceptable currency and therefore exchanging is not necessary. For those countries who don’t accept the USD, exchanging […]

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    Tipping Etiquette

    Posted on April 29, 2013 by in MJST Prep School

    It’s believed that tipping began in 17th Century English Pubs when drinkers would slip money to waiters “to insure prompt service”, giving rise to the term tips or tipping. The practice began in the US after the civil war and after many years of opposition is now considered the norm in the service industry. So […]

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    Vacation Packages vs Booking Separately

    Posted on April 29, 2013 by in MJST Prep School

    Some vacation suppliers advocate booking packages while others advertise booking separately. So who’s right? Well here’s a quick breakdown for both options. Due to excessive airline costs, many hotels will lower their prices in order to book their properties making the package option less expensive. Packages are also great for last-minute travel or travel to […]

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    Passport vs Passport Card

    Posted on April 29, 2013 by in MJST Prep School

    Many people have purchased passport cards in hopes that it would be a more convenient way to travel abroad without the larger passport book however this card comes with great limitations. The passport card was designed specifically for those northern and southern US border communities that have residents that cross the border by land frequently. […]

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    Hotel Star Ratings

    Posted on April 29, 2013 by in MJST Prep School

    There are many star ratings floating around on the internet today, everything from ratings based on subjective opinions of consumers to rigorously vetted ratings based on stringent point systems. But most consumers have a good idea of what to expect based on the American star rating system established by the Mobil gas company. However, American […]

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    Hotel Room Categories

    Posted on April 29, 2013 by in MJST Prep School

    Ever wonder why a room in one hotel is so vastly different from the same category in another hotel? This is because there is no unified classification system for hotels, allowing them to abuse these terms in order to get bookings.  This inconsistency can result not only in vast differences within hotel chains but within […]

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