As the seasons get ready to change, many people are starting to think about where they would like to go and/or what they would like to do with their accumulated time off. It’s only natural. So, where do you turn? You could ask the Motor Club for guidance or one of the many private motor clubs that have sprung up over the last few years, but chances are the only information you will receive is information on places you:
- Already know about or may have visited
- Wouldn’t care to visit because you’ve heard stories about them
- Where you need to rent a car, caravan, tent or something else that will make the group selling the service extra money
For example, if you contact the Motor Club about a trip you may want to take to the Southern part of the continent to see what is there and maybe to hit a historic site such as Port Moresby, the only site bombed during World War II, the chances are good that the recommendations you will receive will be for four and five-star hotels or other luxury accommodations that, let’s face it, aren’t really worth the money, now, are they?
After all, even in a historic city, a room is a room and as long as the sheets are clean and there isn’t any local livestock running up and down the walls, you’ll be all right.
Enter Frommer, whose 2011 guide has inspired travelers the world over to want to visit Australia. Frommer, whose staff realizes that it does cost money to travel and there are precious few of us who can afford the “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” – Can you afford the $200,000 or so rental fee on a million-dollar yacht? We didn’t think so and neither does Frommer, so using the search feature on your Kindle – after all you did buy it from Amazon Global along with some books about traveling in your own country – you look first look at maps that have been amassed to plan your trip, using an app like Google Earth, you then find the roads you want to follow and once you have the route established, you begin following the recommendations of the Maestro of Meandering.
The first thing you will learn is that while Australia is one nation, like the United States, it is much more regional than you may think. So, it pays to follow Frommer’s advice on the people you will find and the customs of various areas of the country (in some parts of the country, for example, it may be perfectly all right to stand on your horn if someone is going too slow, but you may find in another part of the country that if you do that you may be facing a very irate motorist at the next light, who is likely armed. So, you have to make sure you know the culture of a place and you can easily find it in Frommer’s book on your Kindle.
A powerful writer, who employs a staff of experts, Frommer looks not only at the culture of an area, but also interesting sites that don’t cost a raft of Australian dollars to visit, as well as finding you the best deals possible on local hotels.
If you were in the US, you might try to use one of the discount travel services such as www.hotel.com or orbitz.com. There’s a problem with this type of travel. Unless you know exactly where you are going and when you will be there and if you need a rental car, then, you’ll probably end up booking in a hotel that is still too expensive and while you may save, you’ll still end up getting soaked.
Those services apply around the world and you can use them to book your trip to Queensland or Sydney, but, given all of the variations in hotels and other accommodations, how do you know you are getting the best service? How do you know you are getting the right hotel? What sites do you want to see?
Using a Frommer guide takes a lot, if not all of the stress, of travel out of your trip. Best of all, since you were able to buy the item directly from Amazon from its Global service, you have a real Kindle in your hands and real books from Amazon’s 600,000 title library. Indeed, the Frommer series is exactly what you need to plan your trip and while the online services might not like the competition here’s a great idea that is useful in Canberra or Sydney or anywhere in the country: why not use Amazon as the agent and have Frommer present an online advisory service right through Amazon Global. He’s not doing this, to our knowledge anyway, at the moment, but it makes supreme sense and really would be a win-win for the pleasure traveler.
The business traveler would probably find more use from another series that is available from Amazon, the Zagat guides. Zagat is to Frommer what LeMans is to road racing. From Zagat you learn about the best deals in five-star hotels and dining while Frommer tells you how to travel conveniently and within a budget. He also lets you now how you can travel with your family, while Zagat tells you about how to get the best five-star hotel deals in Sydney. The key difference is because Zagat probably figures you have a lush expense account paying for the trip while Frommer is more from the school that you have to pay for your holiday out of your own pocket so you must get as much value as you can for your Australian dollar.
Zagat would seem to be the “elitist guide to the galaxy” and, in a way it is, as it gives you advice on how to choose the best of the best. Yet, in its own way, it is as valuable because it presents you with valuable traveling advice. And, like the Frommer guide, you obtained it through Amazon Global and you saved money on both.
How much money can a service like Amazon Global save you? After doing some rough calculations – we’re writers, not mathematicians – we figured that Frommer could potentially save you about 40 percent and Zagat would save you about the same amount, in a different market, though. Amazon Global saves you at least 50 percent over street pricing in Australia.
Which is the best way to go? Only you can decide that, especially if you find the “Discover” series that competes with the others. The key initial savings comes from the:
- Fact you dealt with Amazon directly
- Could obtain Amazon pricing on a Kindle reader and books from Amazon Global
- Proved that Amazon Global is an excellent service