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Wednesday, 29 May 2019 03:00

5 Hacks to Travel Stress-Free

As wonderful as travel can be, we all know there are some headaches associated with it. Luckily, we are the travel pros and have the secret hacks that will get you through your vacation. These tips will save you time, energy and most importantly, money. Below are 5 travel tips from Rubinsohn Travel.

Invest in a travel credit card for points and perks

The reality of it is that it is basically free money you’re earning on purchases that you’re already making. Whether this is shopping for groceries or going out to a romantic dinner, and even when you’re traveling. Once you begin accumulating points, they can pay for flights and luxury hotels. So if you’re a travel lover and do not have a travel card, this is your time.

Plan entertainment for the plane

We have all been on a flight where the Wi-Fi is not working or there are movies playing that you are not interested in. Avoid this by bringing your own form of entertainment. You can pre-download podcast, TV shows and music directly to your smartphone or computer. If you do this, you will not need to rely on the Wi-Fi. By distracting yourself with something you are engaged in, it will make the flight go faster too!

Prepare your body for calmness

Since travel is many times a stressful experience for most people, it is essential to physically prepare your body to handle it best. Caffeine and sugar can cause irritability, so cutting back on these items 24-48 hours before a flight can combat stress. Magnesium supplements calm the nervous system and balance out your body. Whether you choose to take a supplement or a natural drink that contains magnesium, the results will keep you calm in the most natural way.

Communicate with ease

Technology is your friend on vacation to a foreign country! Google Translate, offers online features through the application. Users are able to select a language and pre-download it to their smartphone so there is no need for Wi-Fi if you’re traveling in an area where there is no cellular service. This is not the only feature, users can take pictures of street signs, menus and anything around you, then the application will instantly translate at the touch of a button.

Make scans of documents

This is a common error that new travelers can make and it is totally avoidable. The most stressful part of travel are the worse-case scenarios that spin around in your head, like getting your passport or wallet stolen or lost. Before you leave for your vacation, make copies of all your important documents, including your passport and ID.

We hope these travel tips help ease your travel anxieties. Contact Rubinsohn Travel for all your travel needs.

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The Great Pyramid of Giza, the Galapagos Islands, Jerusalem, and more are all a part of our World Heritage Sites list. These ancient destinations have withstood the test of time and Rubinsohn Travel thinks that they deserve a spot on your bucket list!

The Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt

The pyramids were built during a time when Egypt was considered one of the wealthiest and most powerful civilizations in the world. Their massive scale reflects the significant role that the pharaoh, or king, played in ancient Egyptian society. More than 4,000 years later, the pyramids continue to be a majestic destination for travelers around the world, while also providing a glimpse into the past.

Travelers can choose between staying in the city of Cairo, which is about an hour from the pyramids of Giza or choose to stay directly in front of the pyramids at one of the few hotels. At the pyramid, visitors are able to go directly inside or can opt to explore the architecture outside with a camel ride.

Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands in Ecuador, offers diverse wildlife and landscapes that aren’t found anywhere else in the world. Between 3 and 5 million years ago, the islands were formed by a volcanic eruption, forming a chain of 19 islands. Still to this day, the volcanoes are active and eruptions can be seen throughout many parts of the Galapagos. Today, over 230,000 people visit the animals and landscapes of the island every year. For travelers, surprisingly, there are many accommodation options. If visitors choose to be land-based there are many hotel options on San Cristóbal Island, Santa Cruz Island, Isabela and Floreana islands. For a more luxurious stay, visitors also have the option of staying on board a ship for the duration of their stay, which allows for island-hopping.

Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg is famously the homeland of Mozart, making it one of the most famous World Heritage cities. Throughout the last 250 years the city has kept its original charm with ancient buildings and beautiful architecture. If you are a Sound of Music fan, the film was shot in the streets of Old Town, where Baroque architecture meets enchanting gardens. While visiting, visitors can take a tour of the 11-century Hohensalzburg fortress that sits on top of the hill, or explore one of the many monuments and palaces.

Jerusalem

No city in the world compares to Jerusalem, not only is it historically one of the oldest in the world but it is the center of some of the most widely known religions— Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. Annually, visitors flock from around the world to worship the religious memorials, monuments and its souqs, from the Temple Mount to the Western Wall. When venturing around the city, the glorious sound of church bells is ever present. Amidst Jerusalem’s holy sites, rich history and ancient streets, there is a vibrant nightlife and extraordinary cuisine for every type of traveler.

So if you’re a history junky like we are at Rubinsohn Travel, these destinations will surely satisfy your travel dreams. Whether you want to stroll through the cobblestone streets of Salzburg or tour the religious monuments of Jerusalem, we can make it happen!  

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Hello everyone, my name is Adrienne and I have been working for Rubinsohn Travel for almost 16 years. Recently, I was interviewed about my experience as a travel agent and wanted to share!

Q: What is your educational background and when did your travels begin?

A: I grew up in a business oriented family and received a degree from Temple with a BBA  and a concentration in marketing and management. This was a major accomplishment and I found that I had a variety of career options with my degree.

Personally, my travel began as a child with car trips from Philadelphia to Florida to visit my family. As a teenager, my family and I explored Disney World in 1971. I took my first international trip when I was 16 years old to Spain and I was hooked! At 19 years old, I traveled to Israel for the first time. For myself, traveling is much more than just seeing places, it is getting to know the history, culture, and marveling at all of the architecture.

Q: How did you get interested in the travel industry?

A: I got involved in the travel industry by accident in 1996. Although I always enjoyed traveling, I knew nothing about the industry itself. One of my close friends who was opening a travel office, asked for my assistance and as I helped her, I gained knowledge about the industry. As the years went on, I found myself enjoying the business. I began taking seminars, tourism courses and traveled to many places which offered first-hand experience. Unfortunately, my friend’s office closed. Then, I was referred to Rubinsohn Travel in 2003 by a supplier representative, and this is when my journey began.

Q: If you had to select your favorite travel destination, where would it be?

A: Israel will always be my highlight trip. It is a country that has become my second home. Whenever I speak to my clients, I always tell them how Israel will capture their heart. For myself, it is more than a spiritual awakening, there are many activities and sites to see. My second favorite is Tanzania and the Great Migration. I enjoy taking a safari when I visit the continent because I have always been an animal lover. I enjoy waking up pre-dawn and exploring the bush in an open jeep, as the animal kingdom awakes is exhilarating. Few journeys can compare!

Q: What was the last trip that you took?


A: The last trip that I took was to Croatia. It is one of the most charming countries I have visited. The people are so warm and welcoming, the nature and Adriatic Sea is breathtaking, and the food is delicious and fusions of different Mediterranean countries.

Q: If you had to set one travel goal what would it be?


A: One of my travel goals is to visit Nepal and Bhutan. Having been in India, it seems almost natural. Coming up next in May is Alaska, the inside passage. March 2020 will be Israel leading a group and May 2020 I will be traveling back to South Africa with an Emmy award winning photographer.

Q: What makes you enjoy travel and want to continue doing it?

A: Each place I visit I meet new people, learn more about their cultures and history. Additionally, the beauty and special ambiance is something that destination offers. Whether it is the nature, architecture or the food. I have grown to love photography, so almost anything can compose an amazing picture. Finally, the best part is that I get to share the information and memories with family, friends and clients!

Q: If you had to give “travel tips” to new travelers, what would that advice be?

A: New adventures can be exciting when planned the right way!  My number one piece of advice, don’t be cheap with your vacation. Consider your budget before you begin your search. Make sure you plan reasonably. If you live on the east coast, don’t expect to fly to Hawaii for 5 nights. Travelers can avoid bad experiences many times by doing some research and building the proper expectations. Just because a family member or best friend had the time of their lives on their last vacation, their tastes may not fit yours. The top suggestion on my list is to speak with a professional travel advisor, someone who does this full time, not as a hobby or something to ‘earn extra money.’ This gives the client the time to ask questions. One of the ways I remain successful is I know my travel partners. They need to be well vetted, insured and members of select travel industry organizations.

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Wednesday, 08 May 2019 03:00

The World’s greatest cities for food

In this week’s blog, we are taking you around the world to show you some of the best food cities you must travel to in 2019. Taking a trip is always an adventure but if you’re a foodie like us, then you understand that food can be an exhilarating adventure too. No matter where you travel, you are going to eat, and Rubinsohn Travel wants to make sure you’re eating the best! So, let your taste buds run wild and check out our bucket-list worthy cities.

Tokyo, Japan

When it comes to globally recognized food, one city is honored for their quality cuisine. The Japanese capital boasts more than 226 Michelin star restaurants and every loyal foodie knows that Michelin star restaurants are the best in the world. Tokyo is much more than sushi rolls and gyoza, the dining options are extremely diverse throughout the city. One of the most recognized restaurants is, Ginza Kojyu, which mixes traditional Japanese cuisine with creative seasonal delights. Located on the fourth floor of an office building Ginza Kojyu appears to be in an unlikely location but once visitors enter, they will be captivated by a Zen-like dining experience.

New York, New York

Just a quick train ride away from Philadelphia, New York City is always featuring innovative cuisine. More than eight million people call New York City home and the diverse food market reflects just that. It is easy to get overwhelmed in the Big Apple, from mom and pop shops to upscale dining there will never be a shortage of options. The list of must-try restaurants is always changing, but if you plan your reservations in advance, Eleven at Madison Square Park, Scarpetta and Le Bernadin will satisfy your food fancy. When the weather warms up, NYC boasts many rooftop bars, such as, 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, which features picturesque skyline views of the city.

Tel Aviv, Israel

For foodies like us, Tel Aviv is an overwhelming paradise of medditerrian restaurants and has built itself a reputation as a leading center for gourmet cuisine. As Tel Aviv is located on the beach, the city has many ocean-fresh seafood restaurants that mix traditional with contemporary. Located right along the coast, Shila, is an upscale family-run restaurant that serves locally sourced meats and seafood. Celebrity chef, Sharon Cohen, has created a full menu of unique cuisine that has visitors flocking. Tel Aviv is quickly becoming one of the most exciting dining scenes throughout Israel and the world.

Naples, Italy

The land of pizza. Count us in! Pizza was first invented in Naples and has become an iconic food staple around the world. So, why not try it in the most authentic place possible? The pizza here has a delicious thick crust opposed to thin and crispy Roman style. Although Naples is the birthplace of pizza, once you head to the south, pasta, olive oil and fish are featured in every menu. No matter where you are here, you will never complain about your meals in Naples.

So are you ready to travel the world and visit all of these must-eat destinations? Rubinsohn Travel is ready to start planning your next visit to indulge in delicious food.

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Most people aren’t born savvy travelers. Travel Savviness is a process of trial and error. However Rubinsohn Travel wants to speed up the learning process and help you avoid common travel mistakes. These traveling tips will not only give you a more stress-free vacation but also allow you to move around your destination more seamlessly.

Always Make Photocopies of Important Documents

As a traveler you never know when you might need some documentation. Some people worry about carrying original copies, fearing that they might get lost in translation. If you are someone who likes to save paper and know you will have access to wi-fi, then sending yourself an email copy can be another alternative.

Additionally, when traveling abroad it is important to have a safe place for your passport in case it gets stolen or misplaced. Before your trip, photocopy the passport because if it gets stolen this will make filing a police report simpler.

Ask the Locals

Don’t be afraid to connect with someone who knows the area. They are your best resource for finding less “touristy” cuisine. If you put your guard up, you might miss out on a great opportunity to try some delicious food and experiences.

Some people might feel uncomfortable connecting with a stranger and asking for suggestions. However, if this is you, don’t be afraid! Hotel staff can also assist in every travel need. They tend to be locals so they will have a good understanding of the city. Even if you are not staying at that hotel, just stop in and ask for some help. They will usually point you in the right direction.

Carry a Basic First-Aid Kit

You never know when accidents will happen so it is better to be prepared for those minor scrapes and falls. Purchase a kit that has band-aids, antibacterial cream and ointments to avoid paying higher prices when traveling. Just slip the kit into your small purse or backpack and you can thank us later.

Always Buy Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is something you should always purchase as a traveler that you never want to use. However, spending those dollars can save you hundreds if something goes unexpectedly wrong. We know it seems like it is just one more expense but it will cover everything from missed connections to you getting sick or injured it is always a good fallback option.

Pre-plan Your Outfits

We know this can be a hassle but it will save your time and stress when you are actually on vacation. For all those last minute travelers, this will be even more helpful. By packing outfits together in your suitcase this makes for an easy grab and go. If you have enough time before traveling, take pictures of yourself in each outfit so you can easily scroll back and remember how you intended to dress.

Use your new travel tips to plan your next trip by us at Rubinsohn Travel. Call us at (215) 886-5200. We can’t wait to help plan your next vacation!

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