By no means a definitive guide, this section contains information on travel styles and terms as used by us.
Self-drive: One of the best ways to travel. Unlike coach tours, which rely on fixed stops, you get to stop whenever you feel like it, or when something catches your eye. This is the best and most economical way to fully explore a place. If you are not confident of driving, there is the option of private drivers.
Self-driving holidays are recommended for destinations such as Australia, New Zealand, Western Europe, Japan, USA and Canada. First-timers can try doing it in Australia, where there are wide lanes and lots of open space. Try to avoid the major city centres for a start.
Private Drivers: This is an exclusive but costly way of travelling. Dedicated drivers will chauffeur you from point to point, often acting as a guide to the sights visited. Of course, the cost increases if you select luxury cars, or if the driver requires a place to sleep (applicable when travelling cross country).
Private Guided Holidays: You can expect to have a personal guide for the duration of your holiday. Prices differ from country to country and different level of services rendered.
Rail Holidays: In this case, we are referring to cross-country rail networks and not metro or intra-city trains. A scenic and romantic way to see the countryside. We recommend this option when the highlight of the holiday is scenic landscapes. Recommended places to experience a rail holiday include France, Switzerland, Germany, Japan, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia and Slovenia.
Private Guided Tours: These are essential for certain destinations such as Egypt and Turkey, where security is a concern. For example, in Egypt, when travelling from Luxor to Hurghada, you will be put on a military escort across the desert. These sorts of arrangements are easier for travel agents to arrange. In addition, the guides will be able to give you a more in-depth explanation of the site. Finally, private tours in such places are quite inexpensive when compared to that of Europe and other first-world countries.
Group Tours: Being strong advocates of independent travel, we do not conduct guided holidays that have you herded around like sheep. We do however plan trips a couple of times a year, and invite customers to join us. It’s the best of both worlds. You gain travel companions, and at the same time you still retain the freedom and flexibility of independent travel.
Glossary of Quotient TravelPlanner’s commonly used terms
- Accommodation – unless otherwise specified, only lodging is included
- Accommodation with breakfast – breakfast is included with each night’s stay
- Accommodation on half-board basis – breakfast and one other meal (lunch or dinner) is included with each night of stay
- Accommodation on full-board basis – breakfast lunch and dinner are provided during your stay
- Continental breakfast – A cold breakfast, usually serving items such as bread, cereal or pastry
- American buffet breakfast or hot buffet breakfast – A larger spread usually including a variety of eggs, cold cuts, cooked meats, continental breakfast items, and local fare
- One-way private airport transfers – transfer is one-way from airport to hotel or vice versa. You and your party will be the only ones in the vehicle, and the route is direct
- Return private airport transfers – similar as the one-way private airport transfers, but for both incoming and outgoing legs
- One-way shared airport transfers - transfer is one-way from airport to hotel or vice versa. You will share the vehicle with other people and the route will make detours to other travellers’ destinations
- Return shared airport transfers – similar as the one-way shared airport transfers, but for both incoming and outgoing legs
- Ferry tickets – refers to ferries used for transportation from point A to Point B. Not to be confused with leisure ferry rides and multiple-day cruises
- Rail tickets - refers to trains used for transportation from point A to Point B. Not to be confused with leisure train rides
- Rail passes – rail passes allow you unlimited travel for a specified period of time, ranging from 1-day to a few months. Check carefully for restrictions if not stated
- Quotient TravelPlanner maps – these include original maps drawn by us and used to mark out specific destinations and routes or a personalized holiday
- Accommodation maps – these are extracted from the hotel’s website or original maps drawn by us to demonstrate the route to the hotel
- Daily itinerary suggestions – A personalised detailed itinerary with point-to-point instructions and suggestions for sightseeing, dining and shopping.
- Dining guide – A list built by Quotient TravelPlanner, based on personal experiences, trustworthy reviews and clients’ feedback
- Shopping guide - A list built by Quotient TravelPlanner, based on personal experiences, trustworthy reviews and clients’ feedback
- Travel essentials guide – a useful guide with information on currency exchange, retail hours, emergency numbers, languages spoken, etc.
- Customised Destination Guide – our own collection of recommended sights and activities for specific towns, tailored for discerning travellers with specific requirements.