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Don’t Let These Excuses Keep You From Traveling

Posted On: 08/21/2017

There are many journeys in life we have to go through in life, going to school, getting a job, raising a family. However, traveling should be one of them as well because the amount of experience you will gain from traveling.

However, people always have found excuses everywhere to prevent them from traveling. Many of you will say: you are not ready, you are too scared, your family will be holding you back, etc, etc. As a result, it will never be the right time to travel for you.

1. …I don’t have enough money

Many people would think they needed to retire before they could travel a lot. Sure, you could take time off work and spend a couple of thousand dollars in Europe or Mexico and still have a blast. However, if you are cost saving, consider spend a little bit more on the plane ticket to travel to Southeast Asia, India, and much of Latin America can be extremely cheap. Staying in hostels instead of resorts and hotels, eating like locals can save you a significant amount of money at the end. It is important to change your mindset and the rest should work out fine.

2. …My parents are scared

Many parents might worry if you are traveling outside the United States, you might be in danger. Most people would not want to live with any regrets in life and not traveling should not be one of the regrets. There is no reason to stay at home to please your parents while they would want you to live a happy life. It’s your life, not theirs, the last decision should be made by you not your parents.

3. …I am waiting for my friends to join me

Traveling alone can be scary for many people who always thought traveling has to be done with friends or families. However, most of the time, when you are free, your friends can be busy, and vice versa. So, even though you would be traveling alone and might found trouble finding someone to take pictures for you, you could have the freedom to do whatever you want, go wherever you desire. In addition to that, you could meet other people on the journey, especially if you stay in a social hostel.

If you are making your first steps to travel in the Greater Westford area, contact C & L Air Limo today. We are a ride sharing service based in Westford serving residents in Chelmsford, Carlisle, Littleton, Acton, Groton and many other nearby towns. We offer affordable rides to both the Boston Logan and Manchester Airports. Contact us at 978-692-9303 to learn more.


5 Must-Have Items for Your Carry-On Bag

Posted On: 07/11/2017

Carry on Bag

Today, many airlines placed a restriction on how large a carry-on bag can be. The bag has to be 9 inches x 14 inches x 22 inches and before you board, you may be required to perform a check in front of the stewardess to see if your bag is under the limit. As a result, whether we, consumers like it or not, have to pack light and it can be a difficult task. So, we have gathered a few of the most basic travel necessities.

In this article, we are not going to cover items like your passport, credit cards, and chargers for electronics because we are going to assume you would have those packed before you leave your home.

5 Must-Have Items for Your Carry-On Bag

    1. One of the first problems encountered by Americans traveling abroad is sanity of food and water. Many countries outside of the United States have dirtier water than the United States and could not be drunk straight from the tap. When the water is consumed, diarrhea or vomit might happen because the immune system is not used to the foreign bacteria. That is why it is important to bring over the counter drugs that will save you from frequent trips to the bathroom and avoid the unpleasant journey.

    2. Another problem we may encounter on the plane is bacteria and germs on the plane. Planes can be a breeding group of illness-causing bacteria and they can exist on your food tray, your seat or your window. So, it is a good idea to keep a container of antibacterial wipes when a limited amount of water is available.

    3. Warm clothes are highly recommended no matter of where you are headed. It is because the temperature on the plane can be very cold. You should have a long sleeve clothing on hand for the airplane ride going to a tropical paradise.

    4. The recycled air on the plane may leave your skin very dehydrated so it is best to bring hydrating lotion and lip balm. One way to save space is using old contact cases to store a small amount of lotion.

    5. Headphones, earbuds, earphones, regardless of what kind of headphones you have, you must bring noise-cancelling headphones. There could be a lot of noises on the plane, especially in long distance flight. It can also reduce stress and adrenaline produced by low-frequency jet noise.

Traveling and experiencing new cultures is exciting and packing these 5 items will make your trip on the plane easier. Contact C&L Air Limo for airport transportation to and from Boston Logan & Manchester Airport. We are proud to serve Westford, Acton, Boxborough, Carlisle, Chelmsford, and more.


3 Common Travel Scams to Avoid in 2017

Posted On: 06/06/2017

Taxi Scam

3 Common Travel Scams to Avoid in 2017

As summer arrives, many people are finding their flights, reserving their desired hotels, and booking their itineraries. It is surely nice to take some time off your busy lives and go on to explore the different cultures of the world or relaxing on a white sand beach in the Caribbean. However, when you are traveling without a tour, it is important to be aware of the scams you might encounter while traveling in a foreign land.

Here are three common travel scams to avoid in 2017:

The Taxi Overcharge

Many travelers have experienced taxi overcharges in a foreign land. Many of the times due to language barriers, you have no idea how much the trip should cost. The driver might tell you the meter is broken or you will see a meter going faster than Usain Bolt.

So in order to avoid this scam, you should ask someone local to get a ballpark of how much a ride should cost. When you get a cab, if the driver negotiates the rate with you, then offer him the rate you desire, if he doesn’t agree, find another cab that would agree to this rate or a cab that would put the meter on. If the meter goes too fast, have them pull over and leave.

Your Destination Is “Closed”

In many popular destinations, they might sometimes be closed for lunch. When you didn’t do your homework the night before, some cab drivers might offer to take you to some other palaces or museums that are open. That is most likely going to be a scam because the driver would get a bonus if he or she takes tourists to a souvenir shop or a gem shop. To avoid this scam, doing research beforehand is important to see if the museum is actually closed or if there are museums nearby that are open. Most museums do not close for lunch but rather close for the whole day.

The Flirtatious Woman

Many travelers love to hit the bar or the club when they are in a foreign land to learn more about the locals or meet other travelers around the world. A beautiful lady comes to you for a chat and has a great conversation with you, you think “oh my God, this is one of the best nights ever”. You then follow her to a club that she suggested and she would order lots of drinks and snacks while you guys were talking. Suddenly, she disappears by “going to the bathroom” and you are left with an overpriced bill. If you refuse to pay it, you would be surrounded by some big guys. The simple solution is to not fall for an attractive local woman that are overly flirtatious. Going to a different country does not mean you are suddenly the next Brad Pitt or Leonardo Di Carpio.

Contact Us for Boston & Manchester Airport Shuttle Services in Westford, MA

If you are worried about getting your items stolen, lost or falling for scams, one of the solutions is to buy travel insurance. If you feel you are ready to travel on a journey of a lifetime and are living in the Greater Westford area, contact C & L Air Limo to pick you up and drive you safely to the Boston Logan or Manchester Airport at an affordable rate. We are proud to serve Acton, Concord, Chelmsford, Groton, Littleton, and other areas in the Greater Westford area. Give us a call today at (978) 692-9303 to learn more.


3 Unique Destinations to Travel in 2017

Posted On: 05/02/2017

Belgrade

3 Unique Destinations to Travel in 2017

Kanazawa, Japan

Many people who have traveled to Japan have mostly being to big cities like Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka. Have you heard of the city of Kanazawa on the western coast and the Noto Peninsula of Japan? The access to the city got much easier when an extension of the bullet train from Tokyo was conducted and it takes only 2.5 hours. In the city, you would find old wooden teahouses of the Higashi Chayagai district, the samurai district in Nagamachi, and a contemporary art museum. You can also get the same quality of sushi as Tokyo but at a much cheaper price. Omi-cho, Sentori, Kagayasuke market are great places to get delicious sushi.

Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade, Serbia was the capital of the Former Yugoslavia and after the split of the republic, it has remained as the capital of Serbia and attracted a steady flow of investment. The war-torn city now has a countless number of restaurants and bars. You can get a platter of smoky sausages without casing called cevapi at the Sokace, delicious kebobs at Tri Sesira. In addition to that, the biggest attraction of the city is the 37 breweries including the 100-year-old brewery at Bailoni.

Bermuda

Bermuda is a very common destination to be visited by people in the Northeast, especially in New England. Bermuda was hit hard during the global financial crisis but its recovery has begun and attracted a new generation of travelers. By loosening restrictions on foreign investment, it has attracted many wealthy investors. This is seen in the $100 million overhaul of the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, a hotel that was established in 1885. There are also other famous hotels like the St. Regis and the Ariel Sands Resorts that are in the works.

Contact Us for Boston & Manchester Airport Transportation in Westford, MA

Ready to embrace other cultures of the world by traveling outside of the United States? Let us help you make the first step by getting you to Boston Logan or Manchester Airport both safely and at an affordable rate. Call us at (978) 692-9303 to make a reservation.


Top Destinations to Travel to in April

Posted On: 03/21/2017

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Top Destinations to Travel to in April

As we reach the end of March, winter is almost over and spring is coming. April is the month when temperatures warm up, the days get longer, the grass gets greener, and flowers blooming. This also means April might be one of the best times within a year to travel.

Did you know in April, places like Morocco or Belgium have the least amount of rain all year? So you are less likely to get wet and the rain would no interrupt any planned itinerary. If it’s money that you’re worried about, short distances trips like Chicago and Philadelphia provide unlimited opportunities to experience the culture, history, food, and art.

If you are into horticulture and landscapes, you can embrace yourself in a sea of cherry blossom trees in the Far East like Japan and Korea. Kyoto, Japan celebrates the Flower Festival in April and for the whole month, the landscapes are aglow in pink. If you could not make it to the Far East, Washington D.C’s Tidal Basin along the Potomac River also offers extraordinary views of cherry blossom trees. They were given to the United States as a gift from Japan in 1912.

Contact Airport Transportation in Westford, MA

Are you ready to pack up and travel before crazy summer crowds increase the airfare rates? These are the places to go now! Contact C & L Air Limo today to let us help you make your way to the Logan or Manchester Airport. Call us at (978) 692-9303 to make a reservation.


Getting to the Far East has Just Gotten Easier

Posted On: 02/08/2017

Hong Kong

Are you interested in going to the Far East? Are you tired of connecting flights every time you go to Asia? Boston’s campaign to expand their number of direct flights to the world’s most important business destinations has gotten even better. You can now travel to Hong Kong, one of the world’s largest financial hub in a direct flight offered by Cathay Pacific Airways. Better yet, Hong Kong has always been an important layover city for many Southeast Asian cities such as Ho Chi Minh City, Singapore, and Manila.

Massachusetts Port Authority, which runs the airport has been making big moves to compete with other large airports such as JFK in New York. Since 2012, direct flights to Dubai, Tokyo, Istanbul, and Beijing have made Boston Logan one of the busiest airports in the United States. The direct flight to Hong Kong takes 16 hours and flies almost 8000 miles, making it one of the longest flights in the world. It departs Boston and Hong Kong 4 days a week and it reduces the hassle of connecting flights in other American cities prior to the launch of this new route.

With Boston’s economy based heavily on financial services, technology, education, and health care, this route has attracted thousands of Bostonians to fly to the Far East in order to expand or grow their business.

If you are traveling to the Far East from the Greater Westford area, contact C&L Air Limo today to book your airport shuttle to Boston Logan or Manchester Airport. We are a family-owned and operated business serving the Westford area since 1986. Our experienced drivers are dedicated to getting you where you need to go both safely and on time. Call us today at 978-692-9303 to book your airport transportation with us anywhere and anytime.


How to Meet Other Startup Entrepreneurs While You Travel?

Posted On: 01/04/2017

Imagine you are a startup entrepreneur who is looking to expand your business and meeting your client or scouting a business location in a new city but lacks the network to do so. With the help of the free website, Startuptravels, you can meet other startup entrepreneurs in other cities without stepping out of your office.

It all started with Danish entrepreneur Anders Hasselstrom’s frequent visit to Scotland on business. He realized that he should connect with other entrepreneurs while spending twice a month there. When he found out that he couldn’t do that online, he decided to create his own website. The traveler could ask to grab a coffee, meet other entrepreneurs, or ask for help finding, local vendors or suppliers. In addition to those conveniences, people can use their LinkedIn profile to register on the site, eliminating the hassle of registering another account. The algorithm of the website will eventually suggest other entrepreneurs with similar backgrounds and interests.

With over 3000 active users in 120 countries, Startuptravels has gained a tremendous success in connecting entrepreneurs all over the world.

Eager to meet other entrepreneurs in the world? Contact C & L Air Limo now at 978-692-9303 to help you get to the Boston Logan and Manchester Airport safely and on time. We proudly serving Acton, Lexington, Concord, Sudbury and other communities in the Greater Westford area.


Google Trips: A Must Have App for Your Next Trip

Posted On: 12/15/2016

Google Trips

Google released a new app called Google Trips for anyone who is planning to explore a new place. It is a free app on iOS and Android and it has the ability to organize your trip by pulling in airfare and hotel reservations from your Gmail. In addition to that, it makes personalized recommendations based on your Google browsing history with in-depth guides about the cities you are about to travel. You can download everything before you leave so you no longer have to wait in that long line at the airport to buy a sim card.

Google hopes the new app will become the number one choice in travel planning and trip information for travelers. This app is competing with many other travel planners out there and it could perform very well against trip planners like TripAdvisor and TripIt.

Like other Google apps, all you need is a Google account (your Gmail account works!). It automatically imports all reservations (car rental, hotel, flights) into the app from your Gmail and organizes it for you. The need to know section has key information about the city and what unique markets, malls, and shopping districts are there. The day plans section has itinerary suggestions such as “one day in Osaka” or “Osaka with kids”. Each guide can also be edited to tailor to your taste and create your own trip of a lifetime.

Contact C & L Air Limo at (978) 692-9303 now for Boston Logan & Manchester Airport transportation from the Westford area. We have 20 years of experience in helping people ie Westford area getting to the airport both safely and on time.


3 Benefits of Traveling Solo

Posted On: 11/30/2016

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People have always traveled as a group in the past, whether it was traveling in a tour or exploring exotic places with friends. Many people can’t imagine themselves traveling alone because of some of the following reasons: I don’t want to feel lonely. Who would take pictures of me? It’s dangerous. However, as technology like smartphones and websites like TripAdvisor become available to the public, more people are making their own itineraries and reluctant to join tours. By following other people’s guides or tweak it a bit to create your unique and memorable trip, the idea of traveling solo has become increasingly popular. There are many advantages of traveling solo that makes it increasing popular.

    1. Learn More About Yourself

    Traveling solo is a completely different experience than traveling as a group. It is a unique opportunity to learn more about yourself by being exposed to a new environment with nobody else to influence you or hold your hand. It could be terrifying the first time traveling solo because it is hard to get out of your comfort zone, but once you adapt to the surrounding environment, you know you will learn something about yourself that you previously did not know before. Let me tell you a short story about myself, when I was traveling solo in Vietnam a few years ago, I got lost in the bustling streets of Saigon when I was trying to walk back to my hotel from Ben Thanh Market. I know that although many people did not speak English, yet from my previous traveling experience, I know for sure that many people would know the name of my hotel. So, I immediately asked a local in her 20s, where my hotel is located. She said something to me in Vietnamese but she was pointing with her fingers also. Luckily with my hand gestures, I was also able to get her to walk with me to my hotel. This kind of experience could let you know more about yourself because it is a test of decision making, adaptability, and whether you will lose your head in occasions that you never experienced before.

    2. Make New Friends

    When we travel with our friends, we tend to stick to that group of people for the whole trip. That is great, but also it greatly diminishes the chance to talk to locals and other travelers from around the world to compare the cultures and lives of you and them. It also forces you to open yourself up to strangers and eliminate your shyness when talking to other people. There is a chance that the people you meet on your adventures could become long-lasting friends in your life.

    3. Freedom and No Drama

    Let’s count how many times did you get into an argument with your travel buddies and how many times you have waited for someone to finish their 2-hour shower. Without a companion, you are ready to leave the hotel when you are ready, there is absolutely no wait for someone to finish up. You have the freedom to go wherever you desired and eat whatever you like to eat without worrying about other people’s feelings and budget.

Contact C & L Air Limo to start planning for your next trip to the Boston Logan and Manchester Airport. We offer airport shuttle service based on the “Share-A-Ride” policy to residents of Acton, Bedford, Lincoln, Littleton, and the Greater Westford area. Call us now at (978) 692-9303 to schedule your ride.


JetBlue Offers $44 flights in a Flash Sale

Posted On: 11/16/2016

Great news, JetBlue is offering a 2-day flash sale with tickets starting as low as $44 flying out of Logan Airport. Looking to see the magnificent Niagara Falls in person? Consider the $44 flight from Boston, MA to Buffalo, NY, and the Falls are just a short trip away. What about a long trip to Seattle, WA? It is only $134 from Boston Logan to Seattle. We also know that during the harsh winters of New England, the heavy snowfall can drive us crazy. People are always looking south to get some sun and entertainment on the white sand beaches of the Caribbean. The $124 flight from Boston to San Juan, Puerto Rico can be very tempting for these travelers. Instead of shoveling all that snow, you can spend a day learning about San Juan’s colonial past in Old San Juan while also enjoying the sun in resorts located in Condado and Isla Verde.

Before you start sitting down and planning your trip with your loved ones, make sure you do it quick because reservations must be booked by tonight at 11:59 ET. Also, all travel dates must be booked between December 1 and March 9, 2017. In addition to that, blackout dates are 12/16/16 – 1/4/17, 1/16, 2/18 – 2/20/17.

Contact C & L Air Limo to let us help you begin your trip. We provide airport transportation to Logan and Manchester Airport for residents in Lincoln, Billerica, Bedford, and the Greater Westford area MA. Call us at (978) 692-9303 or fill out our contact form to learn more.


How to Check TSA Wait Times at Boston Logan and Manchester Airport

Posted On: 11/03/2016

In the 21st century, traveling by plane has become popularized and affordable to many people in the world. According to International Air Transport Association (IATA), there are more than 8 million people flying every day on average. In 2013, the total number of people flew were 3.1 billion, that is almost 50% of the world’s population. Although it has brought convenience to many people flying, yet it has brought other problems such as waiting time in line at security and the worst part is that it is unavoidable. In the recent years, it has gotten worse. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) warned flyers to check in at airports at least 2 hours early before taking off for domestic flights, 3 hours for international flights. So, here comes the most important question, how do you check TSA wait times?

Here is the solution:

There is a mobile app available for iPhone and Android users called MyTSA that would enable you to check on wait times of your nearby airport. Click on wait times and enter your airport to see the wait times. This could help reduce anxiety and stress if you are stuck in traffic. Twitter is also an effective way to look up information on any unhappy tweets. The wait time should reduce now as TSA is hiring more people and offering better overtime pay but you never know what might happen on the day you are trying to catch a flight at Logan or Manchester Airport.

If you live in Acton, Boxboro, Lexington, and the Greater Westford area of Massachusetts, look no further than family-owned and operated airport shuttle service, C & L Air Limo. Contact C & L Air Limo for airport transportation to and from Boston Logan or Manchester Airport. Simply reach us at (978) 692-9303 or request a quote.


3 Reasons Why C & L Air Limo is the Best Airport Transportation in the Westford Area

Posted On: 10/19/2016

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It is obvious that if you don't have a car to move you from the airport to the city and vice versa, you would need an airport shuttle service. It could also be a hassle in finding reliable airport transportation within the Westford area. Sure, there are local taxis, Uber, and Lyft, but we all know that local taxis charge a ridiculous price into the airport and transportation like Uber and Lyft are very unreliable when you have amateur drivers that rely on the GPS for directions. That's why it is best to contact C & L Air Limo to get you to the airport. Here are three reasons why C & L Air Limo is the best mode of airport transportation:

    1. Price- the price is usually the number one factor in choosing an airport transportation. C & L Air Limo starts at an affordable price of $76 each way and it is based on the "share-a-ride" policy.
    2. Convenience- If you are living the Greater Westford area, we would pick you up at your house and provide a safe and reliable transportation to Boston Logan or Manchester Airport.
    3. Reputation- C & L Air Limo is family-owned and operated since 1986 and we are celebrating our 30th anniversary this month. Read about what C & L stands for here. Our drivers are fully licensed and know all the back roads to the airport even when there is traffic. You can entrust us to get you where you need to go safely and on time.

Contact Lisa at C & L Air Limo now to book your next airport transportation in Westford, Boxboro, Stow, Chelmsford, MA.


Celebrating 30th Anniversary of C & L Air Limo

Posted On: 10/05/2016

C & L Air Limo 30th Anniversary

This October officially marks the 30th anniversary of C & L Air Limo based in Westford, MA. It has become the top choice for transportation to Logan & Manchester Airport in the areas of Westford, Littleton, Lexington, Boxboro and many other surrounding cities and towns. In 1986, a Ph.D. chemist named Dr. Jerry Grillo decided to take a new path and sold his chemical plant located in Leominster, MA. He then started an airport shuttle company named Air Limo based in the small town of Westford. What a change in direction, a former chemist starting his own airport transportation company! His dedication to provide safe and reliable airport transportation has also impacted his two daughters, Cristine and Lisa. During the 1990s, they bought some shares of Air Limo and added their mark into the company's history by changing the name to Cristine & Lisa Air Limo (C & L Air Limo for short). As the time goes on, the company expanded to cover more areas around Westford and became one of the most reliable modes of transportation to the airport in the area.

Beginning in the 21st century, Cristine left to pursue another business that included her love for dogs and Lisa bought out the remaining shares from her father to become the sole owner of C & L Air Limo. Lisa is determined to continue the family-owned and operated business and she always has her father’s beliefs in mind; always treat your employees like family and this warmth will be spread to customers. That being said, many of the C & L Air Limo drivers have been with us for 10-20 years. These beliefs have also affected Lisa’s son, who was so inspired by these beliefs that he quit his beloved job and joined the company.

In 1986, not many people thought C& L Air Limo would still be thriving after 30 years in the business. After many trials and tribulations along the way, the business continues to grow with dedicated effort and offers the best customer service. In the future, C & L Air Limo is devoted to expand beyond the Greater Westford area and serve more areas of Massachusetts by providing more dependable and reliable Logan & Manchester Airport transportation services. With our 35th, 40th and 50th anniversaries coming up quickly, Lisa and all the staff of C & L Air Limo hope you can continue to rely on us for all of your airport transportation needs.


How to Find the Best Travel Deals

Posted On: 09/21/2016

It's one of those seasons again, there are less people travelling after Labor Day. It could be a great time to take advantage of the lower prices offered by airlines and hotels to encourage people to travel.

It's essential to monitor any surprising deals that pop up every single day.

Here are a few sites that I use to look at deals:

Flights:

The Flight Deal is great for domestic United States travel. While Google Flights and Holiday Pirates are great for deals around the world.

Hotels:

Airbnb and Hostelworld is a must to check before you book since hotels are expensive. Travel websites like Expedia, Hotels.com are great sources for any hotel deals but rather than book your hotel on that website, I would recommend to book it directly on the hotel's website because it usually offers a lower rate.

I would also like to recommend a website called thepoortraveler.net that has everything you need to know about travelling.

Going somewhere? C&L Air Limo offers transportation services to and from Manchester and Logan Airport in the Greater Westford area. Give us a call today at (978) 692-9303 to book your ride!


Hutt River Principality

Posted On: 09/07/2016

What in the world is Principality of Hutt River you may ask? Where is it? Who lives there? The Principality of Hutt River is a micronation in Australia. It "achieved" independence from Australia by Leonard George Casley in 1970. The Casley family had a dispute with the government of Western Australia over wheat production quotas. Several other families in the area also fought together to force the government to repeal the quotas. When Casley lost the case which he sued for A$52 million in damages, he resorted to the British Treason Act 1495, which "permitted" him to secede and declare independence from Australia.

The Western Australian government asked the Governor-General of Australia for help but he determined that Australia cannot intervene in a secession. The Principality gained de facto legal status after two years, because under the law of Australia, the government can only fight a declaration of secession within two years of establishment.

As of today, the Australian government holds a laissez-faire attitude towards Hutt River as long as the Principality aren't causing trouble and incorporating companies that are moving to the Principality to avoid taxes. It now even exports wildflowers, stamps and coins and agricultural produce. It attracts over 40000 tourists each year around the world.

About a 5-hour drive from Perth, Hutt River is open from 9am to 4pm and you can stay the night if you want to. There is no entrance fee, visit their website to learn more.

Hutt River is an interesting place, let C&L Air Limo start and finish your trip by offering transportation services to and from Manchester and Logan Airport. Give us a call today at (978) 692-9303 to book your ride!


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