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Putting the ART in your PARTY, Issue #005 Get Out of Town!
May 04, 2005
Hello

I know, I know…I tell everyone that this ezine comes out on the first day of the month and it’s the 4th of May already. Sorry about that!
This month’s newsletter is dedicated to travel and vacations. Whether you only want to go a short distance away or to the other side of the world, most of the best travel deals are to be found on the internet.

It’s also handy if you are having lots of long-distance guests for your big event and you want to find good value flights or hotels. The feature article gives you lots of great advice for saving money by organising travel online.



CONTENTS

1)FEATURE ARTICLE - How to save money buying travel online and get the best deal. by Jolana Klobouk
2)WHERE DOVES FLY - How doves are incorporated into weddings from all cultures
3) CELEBRATION OF THE MONTH - Mother's Day
4) OUT OF THE IN-TRAY - The jokes or pearls of wisdom that have landed in my email inbox.
5)THE MEMBER’S PAGE -


For travel advice, links to reputable online travel agents and my favourite vacation locations. Go to http://heavenlywhitedoves.net/specials04.html (password: FLYAWAY) where there are always useful links, articles and free ebooks to download.





How to save money buying travel online and get the best deal. by Jolana Klobouk

Want to save some money when booking your travel online? Here are some tips to help you do just that. You at home have access to thousands of travel deals with the click of a mouse.

1. Sign up for travel e-newsletters

Many airlines, tour operators, online travel agencies and travel sites have newsletters that they will send you via email; these usually include their latest travel deals.

2. Shop around

Check various travel sites and make sure you are comparing apples to apples, know what is included. That great cruise deal may not include airfare to the port! Also check in with a travel agent to compare prices. They may in fact have a better travel deal for you.

3. Consider all possible discounts

Do you have Air Miles or frequent flyer miles you can cash in? AAA/CAA membership or other affiliations? Ask about child or senior discounts. Do they have family rates or group rates? Don't be afraid to ask.

4. Make the travel web sites do the work

Some of them will let you specify the dates of travel and vacation you are looking for and will send you an email when the price reaches your limit.

5. Travel in off-season.

Off-season will vary depending on where you are travelling so do your research and find out when that is. Off-season includes winter for Europe, summer and fall for the Caribbean, and when the kids are in school for theme parks like Disney and so on.

6. Traveling during the week can save you money

Saturday and flights during the week are less crowded and therfore more likely to have last minute discounting. Some companies charge a bit less for vacation package that leave mid-week. Many business hotels may also charge less on weekends.

7. Read your newspaper’s travel section

The Saturday travel sections in most newspapers are still a good source for travel news, tips and last minute travel deals, departing from your city. Read them religiously.

8. Do some negotiating of your own.

Just ask for a deal or a better price! This will usually work if you are dealing with a hotel or car rental company directly. It may also work with some travel agents.

9. Book last minute

When looking for a last minute travel deal, start shopping around about 6 weeks prior to your departure to get a good idea for prices and availability. Narrow down where you want to go and compare some prices. About 3 weeks prior to departure is probably your best time to book. When you notice packages begin to sell out, you want to book before you miss out on that travel deal. The prices only go so low and sometimes sell out before they really drop in price.

10. Book early

Some of the best deals may be had booking early. Most tour operators and cruise companies offer discounts for early booking. If there is a specific date you want to travel and or you have a specific resort or destination in mind, you are better off to book early and secure your vacation than to risk waiting for a last minute travel deal that may or may not happen.

Keep in mind the cheaper is not always better. If you save a few hundred dollars by adding lots of stops to your flight or staying in a hotel you are not happy with, it won't be worth it. Save some money but don't compromise too much with what you really want and need.

About the Author
Jolana Klobouk is the webmaster of http://www.best-family-beach-vacations.com. A parent and former travel agent, she has travelled extensively for work and vacations with her family.

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WHERE DOVES FLY

Many overseas visitors to Sydney are surprised to discover that we have a very multi-cultural city (well, Reiko, a Japanese student staying with my parents told me she was surprised).

On any weekend, doves are being released at Lebanese, Phillipino, Armenian, Serbian, Greek, Sudanese, or Sri Lankan weddings.
Each culture has their own traditions and we are very lucky to be able to participate and contribute to these traditions. I am really only qualified to tell you about the part of the wedding at the end of the ceremony where the couple come out of the church (because that’s when the doves are released).

My favourite weddings are Lebanese. It is a carnival atmosphere when the couple come out of the church. They have someone playing a rockin‘ beat on the “tabla” (Arabic drum) and often a woodwind instument player also. Women start dancing and calling out blessings to the bride and groom in Arabic. Everyone cheers when the doves are released.

I also love the weddings where the bride and groom throw things at to the crowd. Serbians throw candy and coins to their guests. It’s really funny watching old ladies tackling each other to catch money when it comes flying towards them.

In contrast, rice is hurled at fast and furiously at Greek brides and grooms. You must remember to put glasses on to protect your eyes if you go to a big Greek wedding.

I also love a good garden wedding. Around a third of the weddings we attend are at a parks or gardens. The doves can be displayed during the wedding and released at any stage during the ceremony. The garden ceremony is definately becoming an Aussie wedding tradition. People from all ethnic backgrounds can incorporate their wedding traditions into a beautiful garden wedding ceremony. You just have to remember to have a back-up location organised in case of bad weather.

Really, I could go on and on about all different things that I see at weddings, but this ezine would never end. More info will be revealed in future editions...watch this space!



OUT OF THE IN-TRAY


When a holiday is not on the cards for a while, the only other option is:
20 WAYS TO MAINTAIN A HEALTHY LEVEL OF INSANITY.

1. At Lunch Time, Sit In Your Parked Car With Sunglasses on and point a HairDryer At Passing Cars. See If They Slow Down.

2. Page Yourself Over The Intercom. Don't Disguise Your Voice.

3. Every Time Someone Asks You To Do Something, Ask If They Want Fries with that.

4. Put Your Garbage Can On Your Desk And Label It "In."

5. Put Decaf In The Coffee Maker For 3 Weeks. Once everyone has gotten over their caffeine addictions, switch to Espresso.

6. In The Memo Field Of All Your Checks, Write "For Sexual Favors."

7. Finish / Begin All Your sentences with "In Accordance With The Prophecy."

8. Don't use any punctuation

9. As Often As Possible, Skip Rather Than Walk.

10. Ask People What Sex They Are. Laugh Hysterically After They Answer.

11. Specify That Your Drive-through Order Is "To Go."

12. Sing Along At The Opera.

13. Go To A Poetry Recital And Ask Why The Poems Don't Rhyme.

14. Put Mosquito Netting Around Your Work Area And Play Tropical Sounds All Day.

15. Five Days In Advance, Tell Your Friends You Can't Attend Their Party Because You're Not In The Mood.

16. Have Your Coworkers Address You By Your Wrestling Name, Rock Hard.

17. When The Money Comes Out Of The ATM, Scream "I Won!, I Won!"

18. When Leaving The Zoo (or school), Start Running Towards The Parking

Lot, Yelling "Run For Your Lives, They're Loose!!"

19. Tell Your Children Over Dinner, "Due To The Economy, We Are Going To Have To Let One Of You Go."

And The Final Way To Keep A Healthy Level Of Insanity.......

20. Send This E-mail To Someone To Make Them Smile...It's Called Therapy.

Have a great month and keep on partying!

Tamara

This ezine is sent out on the first day of every month, so don’t forget to look out for May’s edition of “Putting the Art in Your Party“.

I welcome any comments, suggestions, questions or article ideas, just email party@heavenlywhitedoves.net

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“Putting the Art in Your Party” -A monthly newsletter delivering exciting info on event planning, celebrations around the world, hot products and, of course, dove releasing.

Published By Tamara Baker from Heavenly Doves
White Doves for special events in Sydney
North Richmond, NSW, Australia
http://heavenlywhitedoves.net
Phone: +61 2 45712573

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