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Why not take a ganders at www.Pinterest.com/toptravelsights

All of the pictures are supplied by our travel trade clients at TheTopTravelClub.com and each one leads to a travel offer at the club site. To find these offers, simply use our search feature, surf around our Destinations and Activities,  or even take a stroll (or should that be scroll) through the Travel Deals pages. To get the deals you need to be a member of The Top Travel Club, World Privilege Plus, Travelzcard or Hotelsetc.

Often, when I pin a pic I start to drool and think about where I would rather be……..lately it has been….. a whisky tour in Scotland….a culinary vacation in St. Lucia or a Madrid winery experience….trying out a Segway….back to the Atacama for a dry drive…a private tour in Greece and the Meteora…or the highlights of Vietnam for 11 days…. diving the blue hole off Belize…maybe a stroll up Kilimanjaro with a safari in Africa to see the big 5 or back to Alaska and the Dalton Highway to Deadhorse…… or another stay at The Alhambra in Spain….some more New Orleans jazz and a mint julep come to mind….a bottle of chilly wine in Chile and then Patagonia for some more of the spectacular Torres del Paine region and……. remember the Baja.

I fancy a long trip in an RV/ Motor-home around the UK, parking overnight at pubs with real ale on tap and a ploughman’s…take it through the Chunnel to Europe to wonder and wander and ponder….majestic India and Kashmir conjures up thoughts of tigers and elephants and the Taj Mahal….journey to the Great Wall….maybe I could learn to tango by returning to Buenos Aires….or go back to spectacular Bolivia and drive over the Andes again….before cruising to the Galapagos….but Machu Picchu and the Nazca Lines need to be revisited.

Flyfish and golf by RV in NZ or do another tandem jump at Lake Taupo and then cross the Tasman to put some more shrimp on the barbie…..maybe try paragliding in India before heading to a health resort in the mountains…..and then there’s exotic Marrakesh but when I go I must remember not to desert my dessert in the desert…..so many places to see…so little time to see them….don’t delay your dreams.

This is just a tiny selection of the wonderful travel and tourism opportunities that members can book and buy directly from the actual travel operators and experts, all at direct booking savings, net of commission or source/outlet prices.

The Hotelsetc deals are super-amazing and we welcome their members (over 4 million) to try some of our own super-amazing adventures and tours.

Unlike many online travel clubs and directories…..we do not sell travel or take reservations….we do not earn any fees or commissions from any of our travel trade clients who offer direct booking deals to members….100% of the savings go to our members….and we do not sell any advertising space on our site that might detract from our own travel trade clients.

In this blog there is a link to a very special membership discount offer….you need to click away to find it but is will save 50% on a family membership for you and your friends ….btw..you may also send this savings link to anybody, anywhere, anytime…but only if they want to save oodles of dosh on their travel dreams….or maybe even buy it as a gift to a friend or connection…. a small cost to you but offering great savings for them.

A little travel knowledge can go a long way to helping you decide Where to go, What to do, When to go, Why to go, Who to go with (see our singles travel section)  and How to save on travel, tours and adventures in over 100 countries…and counting.

Traveller is now blogging off to drool some more….

And to finish….lots of snow here this year and all my ‘she who must be obeyed’ has done is look through the window.  Finally I had to let her in.

A Crucial Insider Secret

Travel discounts are now impossible without this crucial Insider Secret and members of TheTopTravelClub.com are ‘in’ on this secret.thumb_photo1

As of earlier this year, the only way to obtain discounts on hotels and other travel amenities is through what is known as a “Closed Loop Programs” also known as membership clubs. History repeats itself once again and travel clubs are now back because of the change of laws.

Loganville, Georgia – October 5, 2016……courtesy of Hotelsetc.

Due to recent legislation, the playing field has been leveled between all of the big name online travel agencies (OTAs). The ability of one OTA to undercut the hotel rates of another has been crippled by a series of rulings that affect international rate parity laws. As these laws are being enforced across the travel industry, the only discounts on hotels and other travel amenities that can be legally sold are through “closed loop” membership clubs like Hotels Etc.

As of summer 2015, all rates offered by OTAs are the same from one company to another in accordance with a recently passed Economic Reform Law. There are no longer “deals” available known as “rack rates” and “bar rates” — meaning, literally, if you’ve looked at one OTA website — you’ve looked at them all. That is why OTAs are hustling to purchase other OTAs before it becomes publicly known.

Economic Paradigm Shift

The tide has turned in favor of private brokers like Hotels Etc, as alleged price fixing between powerful OTAs became apparent as more and more class action lawsuits were leveled in the United States and Europe. These powerhouse brokers can no longer set rates as they see fit according to market demand, placing the power back into the hands of hoteliers and the few private membership clubs they choose to work with such as Hotels Etc.

An Industry Leader Set on Quality and Innovation 

Hotels Etc CEO Shawn Pigg is a travel industry insider with 11 years at the helm of his company. Mr.Pigg and his team work relentlessly to develop and maintain relationships with businesses in nearly every sector of the travel industry. The “closed loop” system provided by Hotels Etc. allows members to take advantage of tight alliances between the company and providers of overnight accommodations, car rentals, ski packages, group travel, and vacation deals — to the tune of up to 80% in savings.

Hotels Etc. was started in 1996 with the mission of helping families save on travel and enjoy more of what life has to offer. Mr. Pigg was appointed CEO of Hotels Etc. in 2005, and then bought out the entire company and molded it into what it is today — a top tier service provider with an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB). Shawn explains that his objective is to deliver discounts to his members that are not available to the general public through strategic alliances he maintains with his industry partners.

Essentially, Hotels Etc. suppliers pre-purchase inventory on hotel accommodations and other amenities by negotiating wholesale net rates. They then pass those discounts on to their members who simply pay a one-time yearly fee of $99.00. In addition to hotels, participants in this closed loop system enjoy discounts of up to 80% at theme parks, restaurants, golf courses, concerts, movie theaters, fishing destinations, sporting events, and regional tourist attractions.

An Evolving Marketplace

Before the internet, travel clubs were considered cutting edge way to get the inside scoop on huge discounts. They fell out of favor as travel agencies took over then exploded with the Internet as OTAs. The constant demand for better deals, however, has frozen the leverage of OTAs and shifted favor back to the travel club business model with the added bonus of online convenience.

Power in Numbers

Hotels Etc boasts a worldwide customer base of millions of members. In order maintain an A+ BBB rating with a membership of this size the company is dedicated to providing superior customer service to match their product. CEO Shawn Pigg is known to personally handle customer concerns to assure that every last member is 100% satisfied.

Members of TheTopTravelClub.com have access to thousands of deals at Hotelsetc all included in their family membership. Plus….they can Go-Direct & Save at over over 1400 global independent travel operators, WorldPrivilege and TravelzCard.

Happy Trails, Traveller or Traveler

Quality Experiences with GuideAdvisor.com

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We are pleased to announce another new Partnership that will greatly enhance the travel experiences of many of our members, their families and their friends.

With direct links to guides in thousands of locations where you can plan, explore, imagine and experience a true ‘travel insider’ approach to your favourite destination or activity.

This new partnership offers a superb service to our members but is also open to non-members as we are promoting this as a global service to travellers.

As with all of our direct links to thousands of travel offers…we do not earn any fees, commissions or click charges…. we want you to find the unique travel businesses that may not normally be found in a retail environment or travel mega site that abound in the crazy world of the travel web.

GuideAdvisor.com is a welcome travel enhancement and we invite you to check them out and take a quick peek at their staff pics….exciting stuff….and in their own words……………

At GuideAdvisor we believe that the relationship between guides and travelers is as important to the travel experience as the location and activity are. By building the most comprehensive listing of tour and adventure guides on the planet, we aim to connect guides and travelers so they can create the best experiences in the world together.

Happy Trails, Traveller.

TourismTiger for Travel Operators

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Exciting news! The Top Travel Club has partnered with TourismTiger: the #1 website design company on the market for tour and activity operators. Why is this so exciting?

Well, as you know, when you are registered with The Top Travel Club, customers are redirected to your site to complete bookings — and nothing will give a worse impression of your business than a poorly designed website.That’s where TourismTiger comes in: they will design a site that will create a perfect user experience for anyone viewing your site. From the word go, your customers will know that they are in professional hands — and that they are in for a great time.

While TourismTiger is already one of the cheaper web design companies around, they are willing to offer The Top Travel Club members a truly unbeatable exclusive discount. Check it out here.

Happy Trails, Traveller