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Beginner’s Guide To Online Visa Application

Beginner’s Guide To Online Visa Application

There are several steps that are taken in online application of a visa by beginners. The order of the steps to be followed may vary from one website to another, but all of them follow the same guidelines. It is important to consult before starting the application process so that you can be informed on which site to log into and the type of visa you should apply for.

A guide to online visa application

Log in the website

fdggffdgdgfdgThis is quite easy as long as the user has the right link or URL. Sometimes, the user is required first to create a profile which will be used to log into the consulate’s portal. On the website, there is a form that is divided into sections using tables or pages. The user should carefully read all the context of the form ad ensure that they have all the details and documents required in soft copy (scanned and saved)

Filling the forms

The forms given should be filled using correct information and the right documents attached. The applicant should make sure that they fill out all areas specified to avoid their application being rejected. Remember that the application is thoroughly verified by consulate officials to ensure that the information provided is 100% true. Some sections may require the applicant to attach photos. These photos are supposed to be of a particular size for them to fit in the spaced given.

Submitting the application

dfdsfsdfsdfsdfApplicants should proofread all their answers to make sure that they have given the right information. If everything is correct, they can proceed to print out the form if they might require a hard copy and then submit the forms. Some websites charge a certain amount of application processing fee. Paying for this fee is done using a credit or debit card from an eligible bank. The applicant ensures they have sufficient balance in their account to pay these charges.

The Interview

Some situations require the applicant to attend an interview at the consulate. The applicant must schedule for two interviews which will be conducted by an officer at the consulate. During the first interview, the applicant’s fingerprints and photograph (biometrics) will be taken to verify the information given. The applicant should also take their passport with them in both interviews.…

Discover thailand’s top islands for diving and relaxation

Discover thailand’s top islands for diving and relaxation

Why should you visit?

Thailand’s beautiful islands have fast become top destinations for most travelers; whether they are looking for unique, off-the-beaten-track holiday adventure, or just seeking their own oasis of serenity. On every count, these gorgeous islands running along the Gulf of Thailand and scattered in the clear, turquoise-colored waters of Andaman Sea offer some of the most authentic beach experiences and dive sites.

Best seasons for diving

It’s always a good time to head to Thailand unless you are on a tight budget and trying to avoid the inflated prices during high tourist season. The entire island boasts an impressive variety of marine life throughout the year which includes extensive fish species, turtles, and reef or leopard sharks that are commonly encountered and the rarer manta rays and whale sharks better spotted between February and May.

So depending on what time of the year you decide to take that vacation, you can always decide between the two main diving zones on either the East Coast, with the islands on the Gulf or the Andaman Sea on the West Coast which both have alternate peak seasons for diving since their rainy seasons differ.

If visiting either of the excellent Similan Island Liveaboard and Surin Islands, Phuket, Koh Phi Phi or Koh Lanta on the Andaman Sea, visibility for a great diving experience is best from the months of November to April; on the other hand, if visiting Koh Tao, Koh Chang or Koh Samui on the Gulf of Thailand, the best time to visit for prime diving conditions is between May and August.

While the exceptional Similan Islands and its lesser-known sister island up north, are a tourist favorite, offering a spectacular diving experience, the best way to explore them is with Liveaboards which mostly depart from Phuket and Khao Lak.

Choosing an island

2222jhgfMost diving reviewers agree that depending on what you are looking for, whatever island you decide to visit in Thailand offers a great dive experience. Some dive spots are specifically known to be easier to spot certain marine species, and while not all coasts offer wrecks to explore, most are suitable for scuba diving and offer interesting viewings underwater.

A few things to note would be that

Andaman Sea offers more expansive coral reefs than the Gulf of Thailand, but they both have similar levels of visibility in same seasons.

As an effect of the Southwest Monsoon, the sea floor and coral reefs on the Andaman Sea (on the West Coast) are prone to rocky slopes going downward up to 10-30 meters.

On the East Coast, the Similan and Surin Islands, with their very diverse marine life making them a popular day-trip destination for Phuket visitors, also have rocky outcrops underlying their ocean floors with reefs going downward even deeper (up to 25- 30 meters)

Diving Safety in Thailand

As with any holiday destination, there is need to purchase travel insurance when planning a trip to Thailand, more so even when your upcoming trip is a dive trip. It is advisable to invest in scuba diving specific travel insurance that offers worldwide coverage in case of an accident.

3333iuytIt is also important while in Thailand, to book tours with companies not offering the cheapest rates, but quality service. You would be wise ask your hotel or check the Tripadvisor rankings for trusted companies before booking a trip!…

How To Become A Travel Agent From Home

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If you are interested in building a career in the travel industry and become a home based travel agent, starting a home based customer service might just be the optimal solution.

Your new business could focus on guiding your customers through the best travel agencies selection process, or you could simply make money by doing the research yourself and book their reservations. There are also several available possibilities related to the way you will organize and carry your business. You could choose between booking and whipping into shape all kinds of travel for your customers or develop yourself in a specific niche.

Regardless of which way you decide to develop your business, you will have the possibility to make a living and help other people to enjoy their travelling endeavors at the same time.

Here are some guiding tips on how to start your own travel agency from home:

1. Before starting your own travel business, try to get some specific training. Taking a travel agent course will help you get acquainted with reservation software, types of booking and all the legal information about operating a travel agency.

How To Become A Travel Agent From Home (2)2. There are several options you can choose from: you can become an independent travel agent and build your agency from scratches, work as a referral agent or agree to work for a host agency. If you decide to work as a referral agent, you will become the link between the customer and the travel agency; you will work on commission and receive a referral fee for each new client you bring to the agency. Working with a host agency implies that you will be using exclusively the host agency’s connections for booking reservations for your customers. You will be working on commission and get paid for each new client who makes a booking. In exchange, if you decide to start your own travel agency, keep in mind that you will have to build up your own contacts list and negotiate your fees.

3. Evaluate which option suits you best: focus on a niche or promote all types of travel. Focusing on a specific niche, such as luxury cruises or romance travel, can sometimes be beneficial as it makes it easier for you to focus on specific customer needs and expectations. This strategy can also narrow the competitive range.

4. If you decide to start either an independent home based travel business or become a referral agent, you have to get in touch with other travel agencies and negotiate your contracts that must include your referral fees and commissions per booking.

5. If you are seeking the protection of an already deep-rooted agency, signing a contract with a host agency is probably the best option for you. You will rely on the host agency’s connections to do your booking. In such cases, your commissions from the provided agency will be split with the host company.

6. Despite the fact that not all travel companies require a CRS, if you decide to go solo and start an independent agency, it might be convenient for you to purchase a computer reservation system. This way you will have the possibility to work directly with travel service suppliers and make different types of reservations.

7. Create a business outline and make sure to take into consideration variables such as start-up expenses and possibilities to finance your business. Don’t forget to plan some strategy for finding new clients and keep your agency functioning until you actually start making a profit out of it.

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8. Make sure you contact specialized agencies to provide you with all the necessary information about licenses and permits. Then you can go for starting a travel agency from home.

9. Become a member of the National Association of Commissioned Travel Agents and other similar travel associations. Being a member of these associations will not only improve your image as a home based travel agent, but it might also provide you with new training opportunities and new customers.…