Advantages to Train Travel in Europe

If you are visiting Europe from North America, you will have to rethink everything about train travel. Because Europe is more condensed population-wise, and they have a longer history of rail travel, there are many advantages to train travel in Europe as opposed to air or highway transportation. For convenience, cost-effectiveness, and environmental efficiency, when considering your mode of Europe travel, train travel in Europe is a great option.

Convenience. Compared with train travel in North America, Europe’s trains are faster, more punctual, and with a rail network of over 100,000 miles has the ability to service more diverse destinations. We have found when going to Paris from London we save a great deal of time on Eurostar, as the trip from St. Pancreas to Gare du Nord takes about two hours, fifteen minutes and run more-or-less hourly. But the time savings on either end of the trip is where you really make up the time. Almost all airports in Europe are located quite far from the city centers, but train stations are near or in the centers of town, where you can easily and quickly link to the convenient metro transportation systems. Plus going through airport security is much more time consuming than rail security. Generally speaking, 400 miles could be considered the cut-off distance when air travel is overall the faster option, depending of course on many variables.

More energy efficient. When transporting similar numbers of people, rail travel is five times more efficient than traveling by car, and European trains use seventeen times less fuel than airplanes, so from an energy conservation standpoint European train travel is much more efficient. An added advantage is they rarely suffer from weather delays.

Cost-effective. If you have a well thought out itinerary and book in advance, the cost savings can be enormous. For example, if you were to book a one-way train from Paris to Venice, leaving at about 8:30 PM, you would arrive in Venice about 9:30 the next morning within a short walk to St. Mark’s Square, which is the center of Venice. Booking for one adult three months in advance, the cost was about $75, but booking only one week in advance nearly tripled the price. You may book ninety days in advance, therefore if you can keep within that time frame you won’t have to contend with trains being sold-out. Back to the interesting concept of overnight travel possibilities, leaving Paris a little before seven in the evening, you could arrive the next morning in Bologna at 6 AM, Florence at 7:16 or Rome at 10:12 AM and save the price of one night’s hotel cost. We have found that making reservations with connections in France we use RailEurope, as their pricing is equal to others, and you will find bargains on their website, which is very easy to navigate.

Specialty trains. These are not cost-efficient, but for romance and glamor there are still options that bring the traveler back to a bygone era. The Trans-Siberian Railway, possibly the most famous rail journey in the world, links Moscow with Beijing in about six days, crossing the vast wooded wilderness of Siberia and the sands of the Gobi desert, or link up with several other East Asian destinations. The Bernina Express is the highest rail crossing of the Alps, and takes you from glaciers to palm trees in two hours. Then there is the famous Orient Express, but it can be said only remnants of this famous old line exists. The Venice Simplon Orient Express could be considered one of these running from London to Venice and other European destinations.

For effectively using train travel for Europe, since many long distance tourist trains operate on lines used by other services and don’t always have first priority, there may be some delays in connections. Also, especially in Western Europe you will need to buy your tickets well in advance or pay the price on substantially higher rates. But hopefully you will feel comfortable with using train travel for your transportation through Europe.

Travel to Europe at Discounted Price

Discounted Europe Travel: It might be fulfilled with a slight care and superior planning. Europe is packed with multiplicity. Above 40 diverse countries, 700,000,000 people and 230 languages fill borders of Europe. Discounted Europe travel is just a surprising easy matter. Trains, flight, cars, and buses discounts can be obtained easily with a little know-how.

Europe has been made for the travelers. Several people got to this continent every year to have a look of blend of older world style along with the modern flair. This ancient landscape has a broad network of bus routes, railways and highways. Going from one to another place is itself a trip for sight-seeing.

You may spend countless money while traveling to Europe. The only thing required is a slight flexibility, resourcefulness and preparedness. If you do not mind flying in a plane, then the train, then the bus to acquire wherever you are going, is the way for going to Europe by discounted travel.

Flying is the cheapest and fastest method for travelling Europe. Various discounted airlines get operated inside the continent and might fly you in pennies among several countries. There exist three cheapest and mainly customer-friendly airlines in the Europe. They include easyJet, RyanAir, and Aerlingus. You might often find remarkable discounts through searching the sites regularly.

The prices of flight are uncontrollably variable. In common, Thursdays and Tuesdays are the economical days for flying. For enhanced discounts, search several diverse departure dates elongated prior your time of departure arrives. A month prior to leaving must be the minimum. If one is flexible with departing time and date, he might often get the intercontinental flights below 10 euro. Ensure to arrange the transportation from and to the airports you are flying into since such carriers at times land at smaller airports.

The Top Health and Beauty Network Marketing Companies

The top health and beauty network marketing companies include a wide range of companies – some have been around for many years, such as Avon 1886; while some are relative new comers, such as MonaVie introduced in January 2005. Indeed, many of the mature companies present their company and compensation plan as a Direct Sales organization. There is a difference, though for the purposes of this article any company who offers health and beauty products AND allows or rewards people for expanding their distributor base will be considered a network marketing company.

During the research phase for this article, I was a little surprised by the relatively low average annual income per distributor. This was true of any Direct Sales or Network Marketing organization. So, make sure you perform your due diligence when investigating a network business opportunity. We all hear this often, but work beyond your emotions of the hype touting the top earners income and find out what it really takes to earn an income you desire.

Ok, let’s begin with perhaps the “Grandmother” of health and beauty – Avon.

Avon is “The founder of modern direct selling and the acknowledged world leader in cosmetics.” according to 21stCenturyNetworker.com. The company had $10.3 billion in sales reported for 2009 produced by 6.2 million distributors. That comes out to $1,661.29 per distributor for the year. Naturally there are folks with either a large customer base or distributor network making more – which means there are a lot of people making less.

In fact, while conducting research for this article, I was amazed at how extensive the product line has become. Personally, I knew Avon sold cosmetics, jewelry and a few men’s colognes, but had no idea how many products they really offer. Being from the South, the Avon SkinSoSoft is used by many of us to fight the little No-SeeUms (gnats).

Like all network marketing organizations, Avon is a legitimate income opportunity for those who grasp the concept of business building in addition to personal sales.

Amway

Amway was founded in 1959 by Steve Van Andel and Rick DeVos when they left Nutrilite Products. Amway had reported annual sales revenue for 2009 of $8.4 billion. With a reported 3 million plus distributors, that comes to about $2,800 per distributor.

Amway has to be one of the most recognizable brands in the US, perhaps the world. A brief visit to the company website demonstrates their global presence – the countries and languages supported – ranging throughout the Americas, Asia and Europe – are just too numerous to list here. There greatest (and most profitable coups) has to be as one of the few network marketing organizations in China – with its whopping 1.3 billion population!

Anyone here speak Mandarin?

Mary Kay

Mary Kay has to be one of favorite network marketing success stories. Founded in 1963 by Mary Kay Ash, a divorced and working mom, Mary Kay has grown into a world wide marketing organization. What role model! Not just for women, but to anyone who moans and groans about their “situation”.

In 2009, Mary Kay had an estimated $2.5 billion in sales revenue with and an estimated 2 million distributors – averaging about $1,250 per distributor.

Mary Kay company website – http://www.marykay.com/default.aspx (To the best of my knowledge, I don’t have any business or personal relationship to any Mark Kay distributor, company employee or company officer. I just like Mary Kay Ashes story.)

Natura Cosmeticos, SA

Natura Cosmeticos, established in 1969, is a health and beauty company based in Brazil. They have operations in Argentina, Chile, Peru, Mexico, France, Venezuela, and Colombia. The company offers over 900 products through their network marketing distributors and retail outlets.

There is no mention on their website of distributorships in operation or even available in North America or Europe. Maybe that’s an opportunity!

Natura Cosmeticos had estimated 2009 sales revenue of $2.4 billion dollars and 1 million plus distributors. This equates to approximately $2,400 per distributor.

There are a number of ways to rate top health and beauty network marketing company. This article just presents information found about the reported sales volume and number of distributors to determine the average annual income per distributor. This raw type data does not speak to the intrinsic value a person receives from their relationship with their sponsor nor the company.

Personally, I benefit from associating with network marketers because they seem to some of the most positive thinking people on earth! Some, granted are financial dreamers, but they still love life.

If you’re looking for a network marketing business, look at the products, compensation plan and market, for sure. Look also at the people you will associate with – are they truly people you want to spend a lot of time with and introduce to your family and friends?

If the answer is yes – then go for it.

If the answer is no, either look for another sponsor or another company.

You may reprint this article with credit given to the author, Dave Evans, and a link to the article on this website.

Dave Evans retired from the fire service after a successful 30 year career. He owns and operates [http://www.savannahfirefighter.com].

He writes about the Savannah Fire Department and the City of Savannah, Georgia.

MLM Europe – ACN – A Fast Growing Team of Great Reps With a Great Company Behind It

Just to be clear, ACN is a great company however I am not a representative and I will not forward you to any particular person. This is only my review of how ACN is doing (specially in Europe) and why I think ACN is a great company.

Today I will go into one of the companies here in Europe that is a growing at a steady pace. Obviously not only in Europe, ACN started out in the US however I would like to focus on Europe today.

ACN Headquarters here in Europe is based in Amsterdam just a 10 minute bike-ride from my apartment. I have been there several times, and yes, have been to a presentation and actually started with the business. I had a great mentor for the two weeks I was in the company until I ran into iLearningGlobal and fell in love… Shame that didn’t take that long…

I have some really close friends working at ACN headquarters and I know that specially the customer service behind their products is great. This is obviously very important since service is always the base of the foundation of the companies’ success.

Many new reps in ACN love the products and love the great value they can offer the customers. Specially the videophone is a great product and in most countries very new and a perfect way to get more and more people interested.

Marketing the ACN products is quite easy since customers and companies can save a lot of Euro’s or Dollars by using the services offered. Besides that, because of the service level many European customers are very surprised because the general CS in Europe needs to learn A LOT. Yes, the American Customer Service level that is being offered really helps building the business.

To build your business in ACN (and any other MLM company) it is important to offer your team members a good training in both product and marketing. Training in product is in any network marketing relatively easy however many MLM lovers come to me how to handle the marketing.

This is why it is important to be able to offer your team not only a product training and let them make a list of people to call and harass their family and friends but actually help them build themselves as a leader.

As I said I had a great mentor within ACN, probably the best motivator I have ever met however very much old school. Make a list of all the people you know or know you and then call them to ask if they need a lower phone bill. Of course this is great however we all know that specially in this business you want to build your team and work towards financial freedom.

So you need a system that is duplicable, a marketing system, a step by step blueprint to becoming an MLM (Internet) Marketing Pro. The idea is that by becoming an MLM Marketing Pro people will follow you. People follow leaders. This concept is called Attraction Marketing.

So ask yourself this question: What do the people really need, what are they looking for when they would start a part-time business?

Do you think they are looking to start a business? Do you think they are looking for more money? Or could it be they are they looking for freedom? Freedom of buying more stuff, freedom of not having to work, freedom to choose WHO they want to work with?

When people buy a drill, do they want a drill, or do they want a hole?

Another question:

When there are ten ACN reps in a row and nine of them are carrying a white sign saying: “THIS IS MY OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU, IT IS GREAT AND IT WILL MAKE YOU RICH”

And the last representative is carrying a sign saying: “I AM HERE TO HELP YOU CREATE A GREAT BUSINESS, THESE ARE THE DIFFICULTIES YOU WILL MEET AND HERE IS HOW I WILL HELP YOU TO CONQUER THESE DIFFICULTIES”.

Online Poker – Gambling with the Future in Europe

As the fallout from the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act starts to take shape, the poker gaming and gambling industry is now shaping itself for unprecedented change to regulations, stringent restrictions and further legal remonstrations.

The recent change to the US Act saw share prices across the globe slashed by up to 75%. The Gambling Market itself provided the biggest drop on the stock markets of 2006, more than any other product or market area.

It is clear that the year ahead is a very important one for online poker gaming.

European gaming operators are treading carefully as recently, some EU states have seen changes to what is being described as an unregulated industry. Countries such as Germany and Russia have been attacking both sportsbook networks and casino and poker infrastructures, and Italy saw the banning of two ISPs from gaming operators, while France arrested two senior executives from Bwin (formerly Bet and Win). Add this to the removal of gaming from the EU Services Directive and it is clear that the industry is treading on shaky ground.

The best case that Europe and the rest of the world (away from USA) could hope for is further clarity of legal guidelines. The UK is set to implement new gaming regulations in September 2007, following the release of the recent Gaming Commission Act and, it could lay the path by which other countries in Europe may follow. The hope is that this will then fuel growth in a largely untapped market.

Clarity is required in a market where rumours are rife and changes and deals are being made or broken on a weekly basis. Recently Ladbrokes had brokered a deal with the Italian government to operate land-based and online based betting and casinos, while Russia closed around 70% of its land-based casinos as the first stage of a prohibitive bill that will see gambling being taken out of the cities and pushed into four unspecified regions.

The lack of clarity is clear within approximately seven EU states, requested by the EU Commission to verify whether they have restrictions in place which contravene the EC treaty (which guarantees the freedom of movements of services).

A Legal Gaming Summit in London in 2007 will deliver case studies, roundtable discussions and debates from legal experts and major operators together with Parliament, in the hope of clarifying the very issues that poker operators must understand in order to operate in Europe.

One thing is for sure, Europe will be as big as the US in a couple of years as operators are swiftly moving into countries yet to have a decent online poker product. The Polish market, Ukrainian markets and others will soon have quality products that will fill a gap in online gaming in those regions. Sweden is currently seeing massive growth in numbers for its bingo and poker products and Spain is also (though slowly) converting to the need to implement online gaming regulations as its players are finding poker sites like JuegaPokerYa.com ever more popular.

The likes of William Hill and Ladbrokes (who are also said to be entering the Spanish market) may find it difficult to impose their brand on the Spanish locals, but across Europe in general, Poker is likely to continue growing at a rate which will tempt most large operators to take a gamble.

Plan Out Your Own Route With Europe Route Planner

Europe is the most visited continent in the world. Here large heritage spots make it a popular tourist destination. Various countries of Europe have different sites that are declared as the world heritage sites. These countries have different architectural styles, different culture and different experience. To travel in Europe one needs various travel tools as there is so much to discover. Route planner is certainly an important one of all the travel tools.

Europe route planner can be used to determine your travel route to your destination. This will help you locate places by just provide certain inputs like pin codes, area code, area location or by places of interests such as malls, gardens, shopping complexes, restaurants and many more. This tool can be of extreme benefits if you love traveling new and unknown places. It will help you a lot if you love hunting places all by your own.

Today in this world of technology various techniques have been evolved which certainly don’t let you get misguided while traveling. Various websites provide the maps and routes that can be liked to the European route planner. Mobile phone networks, broadband connectivity, wireless network connectivity (wi-fi) and many more things give you a link to the web and by that mean you can plan your route. Even more GPS navigation facility is used vastly in Europe. GPS is installed in cars, mobiles, watches here.

European route planner is widely used when hunting places alone or without any professional guidance. It can also be used for better connectivity and getting driving directions to your destination. The knowledge of routes, places is a process that one can not learn quickly. In this situation you can enjoy your holidays without any hassles by simply using route planner.

Tour to Europe gives the most pleasure if it is well planned. A trip can be spoiled if you get misguided and divert from your decided route. To avoid such situation you must use Europe route planner and enjoy your trip to the fullest.

The Top Five Walking Holidays in Europe

When it comes to walking holidays in Europe you will find there is a staggering choice of great destinations available to choose from.

The varied landscape of the continent means you can select from outdoors breaks that involve enjoying stunning coastal scenery, walking on riverbanks in tranquil surroundings or exploring some great mountain ranges – all with the opportunity to visit some historic attractions.

And there is no need to rough it, as if you use a specialist tour operator they will be able to arrange for you to stay in traditional family-run hotels and guest houses that offer comfortable accommodation, friendly service and the chance to sample the local cuisine.

The only problem you are likely to encounter when arranging your ideal walking holiday is working out exactly where you want to go. Read on for some ideas and a little more information about five of the best options.

Walking in Turkey is an increasingly popular choice with people who want to enjoy sunshine and soaring temperatures as they explore spectacular scenery and historic attractions.

The pick of the routes in the country is the Lycian Way, which is one of the longest coastal paths in Europe. It will take you from the beautiful of Beydaglari National Park all the way to the ancient town of Simena. The ten-day break will give you the opportunity to enjoy the remains of Olympos, ruined Greek temples and beautiful spots like Firenkici Bay.

France has lots of great places to go walking, whether you are looking for challenging mountain treks or relaxing strolls in lush green countryside. Among the best choices is a tour of the villages of Dordogne, which will see you visit historic sites like Chateau de Castelnau and beautifully-maintained towns and villages such as Beaulieu, Port de Gagnac and Carennac. And the walks all take place in France’s most tranquil setting, the Dordogne valley.

Walking holidays in Tuscany are a real favourite with people who love the great outdoors, as they offer the opportunity to enjoy rolling hills, olive groves and vineyards, together with some of the finest food in Europe. Book a break that involves touring the region’s hill-top towns and as well as the famous countryside, you can look forward to visiting the medieval and Renaissance splendour of traditional settlements such as Volterra, San Gimignano and Colle Val d’Elsa.

Anyone who likes the idea of exploring some of Europe’s great mountain ranges should look at what Austria has to offer. The country has a host of great destinations for outdoor activity breaks, but the pick is arguably the Leutasch Valley.

Here you will discover a choice of routes, allowing you to walk at altitude and take in stunning vistas or alongside the banks of the river if you would prefer a more relaxing day. The highlight of any visit to this region is sure to be navigating the spectacular Leutaschklamm gorge on a path that criss-crosses the river using a network of footbridges.

Last, but by no means least in this guide to walking holidays, is Madeira. With so much choice on mainland Europe, it is easy to overlook what the continent’s islands have to offer – but that would be a mistake.

Madeira has a wide variety of walking routes, allowing you to tackle hillside forest trails or enjoy a relaxing stroll on canal paths. Wherever you choose to explore, you are sure to be impressed by the island’s vast selection of wild flowers that make it one of Europe’s most colourful destinations.

Travelling Europe by Rail – Things to Know Before You Go

Most people have in their long term travel view,a plan to explore Europe. One of the best ways I have found to cover the European continent is by rail. Depending on when you wish to travel, how much time you have for your vacation and how quickly you want to get from place to place will determine which type of train travel is best.

Most European high-speed trains now require you to reserve a seat and if you hold a rail pass usually the seat reservation cost is reduced. However getting the actual train that you want at your preferred time of departure can be the challenge.

Sometimes buying a point to point ticket can work out to be cheaper or a pretty similar price. For example in Italy you can travel from Rome to Florence to Venice picking up cheaper point to point tickets depending on the time of day you travel. If however you want lots of flexibility, and like to get off the beaten track then an Europe rail pass maybe just what you need.

A rail pass is certainly a great way to explore Europe as all passes allow unlimited travel within specified validity boundaries, on the national rail networks of a particular country. Because European countries’ passes can vary you just need to be vigilant and check how long the pass is valid for (usually ranges from 15 days to 2 months) and the number of days that are allowed for actual travel (usually between 3 and 10 days).

Deciding how you want to get from place to place in Europe is the next thing. Do you want to go high speed like the ICE train in Germany which can reach speeds of 300 kilometers per hour or, take the slower option on regional trains like Trenitalia in Italy?

European high speed trains have a big advantage in that they are more direct, linking greater distances and reducing travel times by about one third that of regional trains. They also offer more flexibility, more frequent services, more comfort, but are also more expensive and a reservation is a must. Regional train services in Europe are of course cheaper and tend to include more stops and are less direct (maybe a need for train changes). They usually have the older style carriages with compartments that hold 6-8 people but on the plus side you generally do not need to make a reservation.

European Groupage – Cost Effective Transportation Within Europe For Less Than Full Load Consignments

Europe has one of the most sophisticated networks of groupage services anywhere in the world. Even the recession has not reduced the appetite of new players to enter the market.

The freight forwarding and haulage industries provide the market with an impressive choice of groupage services between all the main commercial centres of Europe. In many cases three tier services are on offer ranging from express overnight delivery, 48 hour delivery and economy delivery for customers where price is the overriding factor.

The type of players operating the services also reflects the structure of the industry. Multi-national companies have put together vast networks in every European country based on both organic growth and the acquisition of other businesses. At the other end of the scale are operators specializing in either niche markets or niche commodities where personal service and knowledge of a customer’s individual requirements are paramount.

Road freight is the predominant means of transport for European groupage services. The flexibility of the road vehicle to effect door to door distribution has resulted in the elimination of rail from this particular market although environmental considerations are leading to a revival for the depot-depot haul. The construction of the Channel Tunnel has also meant that many groupage operations carried out by air have know switched to road transport.

To ensure a level regulatory playing field for both customers and operators all European groupage transport is conducted in accordance with the CMR Convention which sets out the rights and liabilities of all parties. This Convention was introduced in the 1960’s but its text, together with many court judgments relating to specific cases, means that it continues to be relevant in today’s market place.

The Top Five Walking Holidays in Europe

When it comes to walking holidays in Europe you will find there is a staggering choice of great destinations available to choose from.

The varied landscape of the continent means you can select from outdoors breaks that involve enjoying stunning coastal scenery, walking on riverbanks in tranquil surroundings or exploring some great mountain ranges – all with the opportunity to visit some historic attractions.

And there is no need to rough it, as if you use a specialist tour operator they will be able to arrange for you to stay in traditional family-run hotels and guest houses that offer comfortable accommodation, friendly service and the chance to sample the local cuisine.

The only problem you are likely to encounter when arranging your ideal walking holiday is working out exactly where you want to go. Read on for some ideas and a little more information about five of the best options.

Walking in Turkey is an increasingly popular choice with people who want to enjoy sunshine and soaring temperatures as they explore spectacular scenery and historic attractions.

The pick of the routes in the country is the Lycian Way, which is one of the longest coastal paths in Europe. It will take you from the beautiful of Beydaglari National Park all the way to the ancient town of Simena. The ten-day break will give you the opportunity to enjoy the remains of Olympos, ruined Greek temples and beautiful spots like Firenkici Bay.

France has lots of great places to go walking, whether you are looking for challenging mountain treks or relaxing strolls in lush green countryside. Among the best choices is a tour of the villages of Dordogne, which will see you visit historic sites like Chateau de Castelnau and beautifully-maintained towns and villages such as Beaulieu, Port de Gagnac and Carennac. And the walks all take place in France’s most tranquil setting, the Dordogne valley.

Walking holidays in Tuscany are a real favourite with people who love the great outdoors, as they offer the opportunity to enjoy rolling hills, olive groves and vineyards, together with some of the finest food in Europe. Book a break that involves touring the region’s hill-top towns and as well as the famous countryside, you can look forward to visiting the medieval and Renaissance splendour of traditional settlements such as Volterra, San Gimignano and Colle Val d’Elsa.

Anyone who likes the idea of exploring some of Europe’s great mountain ranges should look at what Austria has to offer. The country has a host of great destinations for outdoor activity breaks, but the pick is arguably the Leutasch Valley.

Here you will discover a choice of routes, allowing you to walk at altitude and take in stunning vistas or alongside the banks of the river if you would prefer a more relaxing day. The highlight of any visit to this region is sure to be navigating the spectacular Leutaschklamm gorge on a path that criss-crosses the river using a network of footbridges.

Last, but by no means least in this guide to walking holidays, is Madeira. With so much choice on mainland Europe, it is easy to overlook what the continent’s islands have to offer – but that would be a mistake.

Madeira has a wide variety of walking routes, allowing you to tackle hillside forest trails or enjoy a relaxing stroll on canal paths. Wherever you choose to explore, you are sure to be impressed by the island’s vast selection of wild flowers that make it one of Europe’s most colourful destinations.