# Sunday, 29 June 2008

We apologise for missing last month's travel blog of the week, we have all been very busy with upgrades to the PC2Paper website. This week's travel blog of the week is the rather unusually named Hedgehogs Without Borders. The blog covers Jessica and Tim's 18 month "round-the-world adventure" to places such as Argentina, Uruguay, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Spain, England, Turkey, Greece, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos....

An article I found interesting was their visit to the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu its usually on top of every adventurers list when visiting Peru. What I liked about their visit was they also decided to scale Wayna Picchu the mountain peak you usually see in the back ground when pictures are taken of Machu Picchu. On top of this peak is an ancient complex of Incan guardhouses which leads to a spectacular view below of the Sacred Valley.

posted on Sunday, 29 June 2008 23:52:19 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, 26 June 2008

Air travellers will soon have to pay for luggage trolleys at Luton airport. From next month the airport will introduce a £1 charge for luggage trolleys, or two euros for people who do not have any British currency. The airport expects to earn million from the coin operated trolleys which will be similar to schemes already in place at some supermarkets. The difference with the airport trolleys, however, is that users will not get their money back when they have finished using the trolley.

posted on Thursday, 26 June 2008 16:08:17 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, 25 June 2008

Network Rail are looking at plans for five new high speed lines. If they go ahead the new lines would be on some of the busiest routes including Chiltern, East Coast, East Coast, Great Western and Midland Main Line. Consultants will be appointed to look into building these new lines and they will produce a report of their findings next summer.

posted on Wednesday, 25 June 2008 15:47:41 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, 20 June 2008

We are pleased to announce that problems with the US printing station have now been resolved and that it will shortly be operational. We apologise for any inconvenience caused to customers whilst we have been trying to resolve this issue.

posted on Friday, 20 June 2008 16:34:04 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, 17 June 2008

Several airlines have increased baggage fees and fares in an effort to cut costs. The Australian airline Virgin Blue will raise ticket prices by $5 Australian dollars. United Airlines and US Airways have both announced they will charge a $15 fee for the first bag that is checked in. A number of US airlines have also increased fuel surcharges to $20 per roundtrip.

posted on Tuesday, 17 June 2008 13:23:33 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, 15 June 2008

blogoftheweek_thumb This weeks travel blog of the week is the official blog of the Romow travel directory. The blog has lots of useful tips for travellers. One post entitled how to make the most of your family vacation suggests stocking up at home for some of your vacation needs as its often cheaper. Packing plenty of sunscreen, batteries and first aid supplies will mean you don't need to pay over inflated prices at the airport and in the resort. The post also suggests travelling off season which can save you as much as 50% off high season prices and also enjoy your destination without crowds of other tourists. It also recommends doing your research and comparing prices on car rental and accommodation before booking and looking out for bundle deals which can often offer large discounts.

Another post looks at travel safety and security. It includes advice such as wearing a money belt to protect your paperwork and your travellers checks and also recommends making copies of all of your important documents before you go and storing them separately from the originals. There is plenty of other useful advice on this blog from tips on what to pack to advice on getting the most of your railway journey. Its well worth a look for any traveller.

posted on Sunday, 15 June 2008 18:06:40 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, 14 June 2008

There was an issue where some users were seeing an error 500 when uploading documents or trying to send letters. We have now resolved this issue, if you encounter any further issues please do not hesitate to contact us.

posted on Saturday, 14 June 2008 17:30:28 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

This is interesting and if it works could help a holiday makers. Its a patch impregnated with toxins which could stop you suffering from stomach upsets. It has been found to be 75% effective against diarrhoea attacks caused by E.coli and people that wear the patch also recover more quickly. It has been estimated that over 27 million travellers suffer from E.coli related bugs every year so this could soon become an essential item to pack in your suitcase.

posted on Saturday, 14 June 2008 13:48:58 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, 08 June 2008

blogoftheweek_thumbThis weeks travel blog of the week is Less than a Shoestring: Budget Travel Tips for People with no Budget. The blog as the title suggests has a wealth of ideas for people travelling with very little money. One post looks at how to cut costs in London. The author managed to spend five days in London and spent under £100 including flights which is quite impressive. Some tips for keeping costs down include eating only groceries rather than eating out and taking public transport. Other ways to cut costs include visiting things that are free like such as the Tate Modern and the London museums. Another useful post has some tips on how to save for plane tickets, often the biggest expense to consider when you are planning a trip. Tips include selling unwanted items to raise some extra cash and putting aside all your loose change into a flight fund. After a while all those coins can soon can add up.

posted on Sunday, 08 June 2008 15:44:44 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [1] Trackback
# Saturday, 07 June 2008
Due to problems in the local area we have suspended our US printing station. Any mail bound for the US will be sent from our UK based printing station. We are working to reinstate the printing station as soon as possible and apologise for any inconvenience this temporary suspension may cause to customers.

posted on Saturday, 07 June 2008 10:59:46 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, 05 June 2008

We are currently experiencing some delays to mail sent from our US based printing station. This is due to thunderstorms and tornadoes in the local area meaning that the local post offices are experiencing delays  due to networks being down. During this time mail is still being sent but customers should allow extra time for their letters to arrive.

posted on Thursday, 05 June 2008 17:12:10 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, 04 June 2008

Airline bosses have warned that tickets prices are likely to become much more expensive because of rising oil prices. Passengers are likely to face a lot of new extra fees such as paying to check in luggage and paying to eat on the flight. According to John McCulloch the managing partner of Oneworld Alliance (which represents leading airlines including British Airways,Cathay Pacific, Iberia and Qantas) mainstream airlines are likely to follow Ryanair as they try to cut costs. He says this will mean that charging for meals is likely to become standard practice and that charges for bags could be introduced.

posted on Wednesday, 04 June 2008 18:12:02 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, 03 June 2008

This week's travel blog of the week is Coomers Family World Adventures. The blog is about a family of three Shawn, Shawn and Jasmine who set about a two year trip around the world. Amongst their destinations are Australia, Belize & Honduras, Canada, Fiji, Guatemala, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand and the USA.

One interesting article is entitled "Have We Died and Gone To Hell?" Which explains the families trip through the Australian outback and suffering the severe heat which was so intense they had to cancel a trip and spend most of the time indoors with an air conditioning unit. Shawn mentions that in the brief time they were outside even the animals stayed out of sight in the shade.

posted on Tuesday, 03 June 2008 23:00:33 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, 02 June 2008

The government will investigate claims that contaminated air in planes is making pilots and passengers ill. Figures suggest that one in every 2,000 flights is polluted with engine oil but unions claim that the problem occurs much more often. Last year there were 116 contaminated flights reported to the Aviation Authority. Pilots and passengers have reported symptoms including nausea, headaches, dizziness and lethargy. The investigation will use equipment to measure the cabin air on five different types of aircraft from five different airlines to try and identify any toxins that might be in the air filters.

posted on Monday, 02 June 2008 12:27:36 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback