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Tips for selecting the perfect luxury vehicle for your next event

If you’ve made the decision to use luxury transportation for your next big business meeting, party or non-emergency medical appointment, then you probably know that some of the benefits include safety, comfort and reliability. However, in addition to finalizing the important details, such as how you want to be billed and where you want to get picked up, it’s also critical that you think about what type of vehicle best suits your situation.

Of course, what vehicle you ride in depends on the market you need service. For example, the Mercedes E- and S- classes are most common abroad, as are the Mercedes Viano and Volkswagen Caravelle. However, regardless of what country you are in, you can rest assured that when you book chauffeured transportation with a reputable company, the agent you are working with will help you assess what vehicle is right for you. In the event you’d like to read over some general information before speaking with a dedicated representative, here are some things that you may want to keep in mind:

1) Luxury sedans are designed for one to three passengers
This type of vehicle is most common for those in need of airport pickup or transfers, transportation to financial roadshows and are appropriate for a night out around town. This luxury fleet typically includes cars such as a:

♦ Lincoln Town Car, MKT and MKZ Hybrid
♦ Cadillac XTS
♦ BMW 5 and BMW 7-Series
♦ Audi A6
♦ Mercedes Benz E and S Class

2) Luxury SUVs are best for six to seven people vacationing in the mountains or families with lots of luggage
It’s no secret that rental cars and taxis are often far too small to fit anything and are uncomfortable.Travel safely and in style when wintery conditions exist, when you are part of a small group or simply need some extra space. Luxury SUVs include:

♦ GMC Yukon Denali
♦ Chevrolet Suburban
♦ Cadillac Escalade

3) Vans are intended to provide transportation for 10 to 14 people to a corporate event
This fleet, which is perfect for conducting a meeting on-the-go has lots of room, extra wide doors, spacious and flexible seating options and the perfect amount of privacy. Vehicles in this category include:

♦ Mercedes Sprinter
♦ Ford E Series
♦ Mercedes Viano
♦ Volkswagen Caravelle

4) Stretch limousines are available for six, eight or 10 passengers and are most popular for celebrating a special occasion
If you are commemorating a an engagement, wedding, prom, graduation or birthday, then you may want to think about booking a limousine. This class of vehicles includes:

♦ Lincoln Town Car
♦ Chrysler 300C

5) Coaches are divided into two categories: Mini-coaches and motor coaches and are both cost-effective ways of transporting large groups

♦ Mini-coaches: These vehicles fit anywhere between 21 to 32 passengers and are ideal for corporate events, weddings or any other function where different passengers need transportation at various times.
♦ Motor coaches: These are your best option for over-the-road needs such as a trip across state lines or other long hauls. This type of vehicle fits up to 56 people and is also perfect for shuttling a large group at once for a wedding, sporting event, ski trip, airport, corporate event or convention. Motor coaches are an efficient, safe and cost-effective way of guaranteeing that all passengers arrive at once.

6) Specialty vehicles can be used to fit up to to 34 passengers, depending on the type of vehicle, and offer everyone the ultimate luxury experience

♦ H2 Hummers, Escalades and Navigators: These can accommodate between 16 and 20 passengers. These vehicles are spacious, have a bar and glassware and top of-the-line stereo system.
♦ Limo buses: These can fit 21 to 34 people. These vehicles are easier to step in and out of because you don’t have to sit to enter the vehicle. They provide more head room, similar to a mini- or motor coach. This fleet also has similar features to other specialty vehicles, but are designed for bigger groups, combining the passenger movement efficiencies of coaches with the traditional stretch amenities like a bar, sound system, televisions and lighting.

Learn about history while eating delicious food and staying in great hotels in Athens, Greece

Do you crave traveling to an exotic city that combines all that an incredible history, awe-inspiring sites and delicious food have to offer? Then look no further than Athens, Greece. This capital city is thousands of years old and is home to the first recorded Olympic games along with famous historians and philosophers like Thucydides and Socrates.

During your time here, you should consider staying, eat and visiting the following places:

Hotel King George Place – 3 Vassileos Georgiou A St
This five-star hotel was not only named the best hotel in Greece by Leading Hotels in the World, it's also made Conde Nast Traveler's 100 Top European Hotels and Travel + Leisure Magazine's 500 World's Best Hotels list.

Elaias Gi – Olybionikon 4
When dining at this restaurant, not only will you eat authentic Greek cuisine, you'll also enjoy a world-class location. Elaias Gi is situated on a hill so you'll get a fabulous view of Attica, the historical region of the country. The aubergine salad with feta and unbelievable wine selection help set this eatery apart from others in Athens.

Benaki Museum – Koumpari 1
This museum was established in 1930 by Athenian aristocrat Antonis Benakis, and all the paintings and sculptures are housed in the family mansion in the downtown part of the city. Here, you'll see everything from prehistoric to modern art.

Because you may be jet lagged after arriving in Athens, don't trouble yourself trying to rent a car. Instead, enjoy the drive from the airport to your hotel in a luxury sedan driven by one of Hermes Worldwide's experienced chauffeurs.

Consider staying in these “haunted” but luxurious hotels this October

Fall is in the air and along with beautiful foliage, there's also one holiday that is likely to put a smile on anyone's face, Halloween. Along with jack-o-lanterns and trick-or-treating, it's also an excuse to enjoy all things scary.

If you love Halloween and are going to be traveling this October, then consider staying in the following hotels, which have been voted some of the spookiest in the United States by The Huffington Post:

1) The Biltmore Hotel – Coral Gables, Florida
This five-star hotel may look beautiful from the outside, but it's got a dark past. Famous gangster Thomas "Fatty" Walsh was shot and killed on the 13th floor during a party hosted for the rich and famous. This event closed the Biltmore until it was reopened during World War II as a hospital for wounded servicemen. It was shut down a second time and didn't open its doors again until the 1980s. Since then, guests have reported hearing odd noises and being inexplicably let off at the 13th floor without having pushed the button.

2) Bourbon Orleans Hotel – New Orleans, Louisiana
This hotel was originally built in the late 1800s as an all girls school, hospital and orphanage. People who have stayed here have reported being woken up at night to sounds of female kids and adults walking through the hotel, as well as a child who likes to roll a ball through the hallway.

3) The Marshall House – Savannah, Georgia
The Marshall House is over 160 years old, and over the years has experienced some very spooky events. Not only was it used as a medical ward during the Civil War, but it was also home to those who were suffering from yellow fever during the epidemics that plagued the United States. Guests have said that they've felt frigid hands around their wrists as those doctors were taking their pulse or temperature.

Regardless of how you feel about all things scary, these are luxurious hotels that are certainly worth staying at. When you arrive at the airport, don't trouble yourself trying to rent a car. Instead, rely on an airport transportation service like Hermes Worldwide. Their reputable chauffeurs know their way around the city you are in and will take you wherever you want to go.

Dine and dance the night away in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

To many people around the world, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is known as the land of warm weather, beautiful people and a rich culture. As a result, the number of international visitors coming to this tropical paradise rose almost 5.5 percent from 2010 to 2011 – to total approximately 5.4 million people.

If you're thinking about planning your next vacation in this unique city, you're certainly in for a special treat. For some suggestions on where to stay, eat and visit, read over the suggestions below:

Accommodations – Hotel Santa Teresa
If you're interest in staying in a hotel that is considered one of the most luxurious places in all of South America, then look no further than the five-star Hotel Santa Teresa. It's located in the middle of Rio's chic historical and cultural district. It's also just a hop, skip and a jump away from the beach, but far enough away that you aren't surrounded by rowdy beach goers.

Dining – La Fiduca
This dining establishment has earned a reputation as one of the most romantic and classy spots in all of Rio. Here, you can order classic Brazilian dishes like feijoada and the freshest seafood in all of the land. If you make a reservation here, you should definitely consider eating the grilled salmon filet served with linguini and a creamy Cipollotto sauce.

Fun – Studio RJ
Brazilians everywhere, especially those living in Rio are known for their love of a good time. After a delicious dinner, put yourself in the middle of all the action Rio is so famous for and visit Studio RJ. Bands from the area are always performing concerts here, playing carnival music and what is known as street band music.

After arriving in Rio, don't hassle yourself with cheap, cramped cabs or attempt to drive. Instead, rely on Hermes Worldwide, an executive transportation service. Their experienced chauffeurs know where they are going and can pick you up and take you anywhere in the city that you want to go.

Tips for making long air travel more enjoyable

In many cases, arriving at your dream destination means getting on board a plane. Depending on where you're going, it can take more than 24 hours to get to your luxury hotel or vacation home. In other words, that's a lot of traveling but, that doesn't mean that you have to be miserable the entire time.

MSNBC.com published an article that described some tips on how to make that trip from Denver to Tokyo a bit more enjoyable and recommends that during you're next long flight you:

     ♦ Upgrade your seat
Spending 20 hours in one of Coach's uncomfortable seats with food that doesn't look edible probably doesn't sound like a good time to most people. That is why if you have the opportunity to do so, you should consider upgrading. If you are a frequent traveler and have accumulated many miles, use them to get a seat up in first class or business class.

     ♦ Put down the work
Many people are tempted to get some work done on a long flight. Although this isn't a bad idea, make sure to schedule in some down time. You may find yourself going crazy if you attempt to work for 20 hours straight. Relax a bit. Take advantage of the in-flight entertainment systems, your iPad, earphones, books on tape and whatever else it is that will keep you happy.

     ♦ Don't bring too much
You may tell yourself that you want to bring as much stuff on board with you as you can to keep yourself entertained, but this isn't the best idea. You'll just get stuck putting it under your seat in many cases, which could mean that you'll have less leg room.

Once you've arrived at your destination, you're likely going to be very tired. Don't take a chance driving in an unfamiliar place when you're jetlagged. Instead, rely on an executive transportation service like Hermes Worldwide. Whether you need an airport limo or a luxury sedan, you can rest assured that your chauffeurs will get you where you need to go safely and comfortably.

 

The Great American Beer Festival in Denver should not be missed

Although there are plenty of great things to do and see in Denver, one event that should not be missed if you live there or are visiting is the Great American Beer Festival (GABF). Held at the Colorado Convention Center at 700 14th Street between October 11 and 13, this gathering is sure to appeal to experienced and novice ale drinkers alike.

The GABF was started in 1982 and various tasting sessions give attendees the opportunity to choose from more than 2,000 beers from some of the nation's 500 best breweries. Whether you prefer an IPA from Louisiana-based Abita or a blonde ale from Denver Renegade brewing company, you can find it at this festival.

In addition to tastings, there is also a competition. Breweries enter their beers, which are then judged by the GABF's professional judge panel. Luckily, you don't have to be deciding who will take home first place as ticket-holders can also sample the ales that have entered the contest.

Tickets are approximately $65 and doors open at 5:30 p.m. The members-only session on October 13 begins at 12 p.m and will cost you $55 to get in. As part of the entry fee, attendees will receive a commemorative tasting cup, program and unlimited one-ounce samples of all the beer.

The GABF is expected to draw more than 49,000 people over the course of the three days. As a result, parking is going to be near impossible so you may want to consider making transportation reservations with a luxury car service like Hermes Worldwide. Their experienced chauffeurs will take the stress out of getting and leaving the convention center so you can focus on enjoying yourself.

Avoid becoming a victim of theft and other crimes while traveling with these tips

Vacationing is supposed to be a fun and relaxing experience. However, unexpected bumps in the road can create more of a headache than wonderful memories. The truth is that people often put themselves at risk by unknowingly compromising their security.

For example, an act as innocent as asking someone to take a picture of you using your camera can give crooks an easy way to run off with one of your valuables. To prevent yourself from being the victim of this crime and others that are similar, read over the do's and don't's below:

♦     Don't: Let fake police officers fool you. If you are in a country that you've never visited before, you may not have any clue of what the police uniforms and badges look like. As a result, when a thief asks to see your passport or other important travel documents, you could be willingly handing over personal information to a criminal.

♦     Do: If you are asked for any form of identification, ask that a cop look it over at a police station.

♦     Don't: Forget to keep your guard up. Did you know that one of the most common ways that you can end up a victim of theft is by trying to help someone out? Many times, a dishonest person will drop his or her wallet and when you go to pick it up, they'll grab your bag or other valuable belonging you're holding.

♦     Do: Make sure that you are aware of your surroundings. Keep your valuables close to you at all times and remember that any important items like your wallet or phone should be kept in your coat pocket.

♦     Don't: Hand over your camera to strangers as a bandit may run off with it. You may be in front of the Eiffel Tower, but asking someone you don't know to snap a photo of you and your partner could mean you're left without a picture-snapping device the rest of your trip.

♦     Do: The answer is simple: take the photos yourself.

Another thing that you should keep in mind is that taxi drivers will quite often rip off unsuspecting patrons, mainly tourists. To avoid this use a reputable and honest worldwide limousine service like Hermes Worldwide.

Avid stargazers will want to visit Spain’s Observatorio Astronomico de Mallorca

Few things are more beautiful than traveling to a destination where you can look up into the night sky and see stars sprinkled everywhere above you. Although spending time in major cities like New York and Miami are great, all the lights that illuminate the city don't make it conducive to stargazing.

However, if you are a budding astrologist, then you may want to consider visiting Palma de Mallorca, Spain. According to the Huffington Post, it is one of the best places on earth to see shooting stars and constellations, such as the Big Dipper.

This unpolluted island is some of the most beautiful landscape in the entire country. One of the most well known observatories in all of Europe, the Observatorio Astronomico de Mallorca, is here. Shortly after its construction in 1991, it opened it's doors to the public and ever since then, has been one of the most popular attractions on the island.

If you do plan a trip here, take advantage of the telescopes that are available to the public. When you do, you'll be able to see Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Venus. However, be sure that you come to the Observatorio on Friday and Saturday nights as those are the only days it is open to non-employees.

During your trip to Mallorca, don't waste your time renting a car or hailing a taxi. Instead, use an executive transportation group like Hermes Worldwide. Their experienced chauffeurs are among the best in the industry and have a reputation for providing their clients with top-notch customer service. Whether you choose to book a luxury sedan or limousine, you can rest assured you'll be more than pleased with your experience.

If you want to go to Nairobi, then why not go on a service trip during your next vacation?

Most of the time when people travel, it's either for business or for pleasure. Maybe they have an important conference to go to in Denver or are going on their honeymoon in Miami. However, if you are planning an upcoming trip, why not visit a unique destination with the intention of doing something good?

Pack for a Purpose is a group that is part of a growing trend designed to give travelers the opportunity to volunteer while on vacation. It is an organization composed of six board members who work with those who want to make a positive difference for those less fortunate around the world. Supplies are listed on their website and are designed to give those going on a mission trip an idea of what to bring to these communities. Various accommodation options are also provided depending on where you choose to go.

For example, if you are going to Nairobi, Kenya, and are residing in the Aberdare Country Club, then Pack for a Purpose recommends bringing school supplies, shoes and sports equipment like soccer balls. The great thing about this organization is that they have places you can visit in four different continents. Whether you choose to visit Argentina, Japan or Kenya, you can rest assured that you'll be making a difference when you work with this amazing group.

After your time distributing much-needed supplies in Nairobi, take some time to sightsee around this incredible city. When you hire an experienced luxury transportation service like Hermes Worldwide, you can rest assure that your chauffeur will be knowledgeable not only in the city you are in, but about how to get to all the sites you want to see.

Austin, Texas, has much more to offer than just country music

Austin, Texas, is one city that exemplifies everything great that the Lone Star state has to offer – delicious restaurants, enormous music venues, shopping centers and luxury hotels. Scattered throughout the various neighborhoods are some of the friendliest people you'll ever meet. Everyone from college students in sweatpants from CEOs call Austin home.

If you are going to be spending in this great city, consider staying, dining and visiting the following places:

Hotel: W Austin
A great location in the center of downtown, hip decor and fabulous amenities are what you'll notice when you step into the W. State of-the-art technology in every room, a plush bed and a
munchie box will make you feel like you're getting the royal treatment. There's also a pool, fitness center, spa and business meeting facilities, which means that whether you're in Austin to work or play, this hotel will help you feel right at home.

Restaurant: Stubb's BBQ
You shouldn't come to Austin without enjoying some scrumptious barbeque. This place was rated by gourmet food website, Epicurious, as one of the best five places to eat in the city. THe fried green tomatoes, beef brisket and ribs are absolutely phenomenal. Finish off your meal with banana pudding or the cobbler of the day.

Activity: The Continental Club
There is a reason that Austin is known as the Live Music Capital of the World. During your time in the city, visit The Continental Club, which hosts concerts ranging from country music to jazz to soul.

If you want a convenient way to get around Austin, hire an experienced chauffeur from a first-class luxury sedan service like Hermes Worldwide.