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Important Travel Terms and Conditions You Should be Familiar With

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Written by See Africa Today

Everybody enjoys travelling and many people love the experience that comes with new places or things. However, wanderlusts have it rough during their escapades because they don’t understand travel terms and conditions hotels, resorts and lodges institute.

Call it the travel linguistics barrier which in extreme cases, keeps people off from exploring the world. The numerous phrases used in travel are confusing. You will have difficulty distinguishing a good deal from a bad one until you grasp them.

If you misinterpret some of the travel terms and conditions you may risk too much. The resulting negative experience may convince you to lock up your travel aspirations and toss away the key.

Nevertheless, See Africa Today defines these terminologies in the most simplistic terms. Once you grasp them, you will make sensible travel decisions. Additionally, hospitality companies, tour operators, and brokers will gain from dealing with an educated clientele.

So, here is a list of important travel terminology you should be familiar with.

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Per Person Sharing

This is a relatively used travel term but, it is often not well received. You may have come across it while looking for a vacation package. It is always part of the travel terms and conditions.

The majority of hotels/agents utilize it when marketing their products. They will also use abbreviations, such as PP (per person), PPPN (per person per night), and PPS (per person sharing). For example, if a double room is 10,000 per night, the per person sharing price will be 5,000.

The term “per person sharing” refers to each person’s cost when sharing a room or service.  It is part of the popular travel lingo you should be aware of.

Single Supplement

 This is the cost of being a single or a lone ranger. The additional fee goes on to the ‘per person sharing’ price.

After paying the premium, you can stay alone in a room or receive the service exclusively. Is this reasonable? Indeed, it is! If Hotel X costs 5,000 per person sharing per night, this equates to 5,000*2=10,000 for two individuals sharing that room.

If you are single, they require a 30% supplement. That is, 5,000+30% equals 6,500. A room going for 10,000 dollars goes to only one person for 6,500 dollars. A majority of hotels do not have single-occupancy rooms because most of them provide the same facilities.

Flying Package

As the name implies, this is a flight-related escape. When this term appears in a package, it includes return flights. These are travel terms and conditions you need to pay attention to and take note of.

Return Airport Transfers

 A large number of people misunderstand these travel terms and conditions. Transfer refers to being ferried to the accommodation facility from the airport or bus station – or from a specific spot that your transport cannot reach.

The term “return” refers to returning to one’s starting location. Confusion exists between Return Airport Transfers and Flying Packages.


 This word confounds many people and is frequently misused. Depending on the context used, the term has two connotations: in a hotel or on a safari.

All-Inclusive means that you can eat and drink as much as you like in a hotel. You are entitled to breakfast, lunch, supper, tea, snacks at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., and soft and chosen alcoholic beverages. Between 11 a.m. and 12 a.m., most hotels provide unlimited drinks at the bar.

They use this word when the quoted price includes all items on the itinerary/program in a safari context.

Half board

This means that you are entitled to two meals daily, the majority of which will be breakfast and dinner.

When visiting a new location and intending to participate in activities such as excursions and city tours, it only makes sense to plan a half-board stay.

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Full board

This includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day. If you’re visiting a park or a location without close restaurants, arrange a full-board stay.

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About the author

See Africa Today

Pharis Kinyua is the editor of See Africa Today. With over seven years of experience in digital media, he has a soft spot for African tours and travel. His drive is to tell the rest of the world what Africa offers, the best accommodation facilities, national parks, culture, shopping malls and best airline deals to travel to Africa

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