Friday, February 24, 2017

The Simple Hacks That Make Flying Cheaper and Better

flying
Flying around the world for free is a dream of everybody but it is not possible. There are plenty of other tricks, tips and hacks to help you save pennies on planes while receiving top treatment. Some times you will feel so infuriating that what a mistake you have done when a friend tells you that he has booked the same flight as you have booked to the same exotic destination for hundreds of dollars less. Therefore that are some tips below where you can ensure you get a best holiday at a best price. The hack will not only save some money but could furnish you with a second holiday for the price of one.

If you are a frequent traveller with children then one must reach the airport early. Use the family room in the club lounges to watch T.V. and use Wifi because if you intend to go and sit in the club lounges it will be very expensive since you have to grab snacks, drinks and lots more where you will be paying a high amount.

New products are invented for travellers to lighten their load. So update yourselves on the newest items designed to make travel easier and don’t land up paying extra for your luggage.

If you love to stretch your legs at ease instead of sitting couched up, find the best seats on the plane before you buy your ticket. Also get a seat towards the USB port.

If you want to park your vehicle at the airport parking space so that when you return home from your trip take a snap shot of your parking space to help you remember where you have parked.

There is app that advises travellers on the cheapest days of the year to fly, where one can save a lot on average. You can also shift your travel time a day or two either side, or to a slight anti social hour. Book your ticket at least 47 days before a trip.

Bring your own plastic bags. Most of the airport gives them for free, but there are some that will charge you for resalable plastic bags to put your hand luggage liquids in. Bring your own snacks instead of spending money on them in the airport.

If the queue for check in and security is the same, then go for the one on the left. The queue on the left hand is usually shorter.

Make friends with the flight attendants by speaking their language, by this way you can win their heart by getting free food and drinks.

Usually thunderstorm and bumpy air occur usually in the afternoon. So it is best to fly early morning as the tickets are cheaper. Always fly on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturdays, so that you can save your money as the airlines can’t afford empty seats on flights and lower fares to encourage off peak booking.

For getting away quickly at the baggage claim counter invest in a suitcase that is eye catching.

For booze lovers you can bring alcohol onto the plane as long as they’re in bottles 3.4 Oz or smaller.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Head to Oman Stunning Coast for Fun and Relaxation

Oman
OMAN has some 3000 kilometres of coastline, most which are pristine, stunning and secluded beaches that face the Indian Ocean with soaring sand dunes or rugged rocks, flourishing coral reefs and unique wildlife. They have beaches and crystal clear Waters. Even the residents and tourist like to come here to swim, play waboba and snorkel.

The Omanis are traditionally a sea faring people of fisherman, traders and shipbuilders. The coast and the sea is the main identity of Omani.

Those who are lover of adventure and exploration will want to take a day trip by dhow that’s Oman traditional word for a taxi or truck.

Oman’s diverse unique and unspoiled landscapes are coupled with a huge range of activities and distance national culture. Coastal resorts offer an amazing range of water sports activities for all ages.

Oman is famous for green turtle heaven with five of the world’s seven species arriving each year to crawl up thebeaches, dig holes in the sand and lay their eggs.

Certain beaches have their own identity like KHALOUF BEACH where eagles and flamingos are seen in large numbers.On TIWI beach during low tide one can paddle out to the coral and snorkel above grouper, sea snakes and batfish. The sweeping coast leads to Bandar Jissah, famous for its lagoon setting and intense blue waters. Apart from all these there are some tourist places where one must not miss it.

The WAHIBA Sands attract desert lover. The color Aries from red to dark honey. One can enjoy the rolling sand dunes and romantic sand driving.

MUSANDAM Fjords are the natural mountain along with their beauty. The crystal clear water and sheer cliffs are there to calm your mind. It is also known as NORWAY OF ARABIA you can enjoy cruising through the khor ash sham the most pleasant experience.

RAS AL –HADD is one of the main tourist spots of Oman. It is the nest of lots of TURTLES;therefore it is called the TURTLE beach resort. You can witness the first rising sun in the entire Arabian Peninsula.

MASIRAH ISLAND is desolated and deserted destination. If you want to be away from the hustle and bustle of the city .This is the best place to unwind yourself.

INCENSE MARKETS IN SALALAH: It is a great importance the trade of frankincense. The incense is made from resin which is a good quality. There is also a beach with a huge mosque of sultan qaboos.

SADAH COAST is fantastic while driving. The landscape is amazing and of unique beauty. The mountains are made of BLACK rock and invaded by sand from the beach.

There are also many museums like the NATIONAL Museum, the OMAN CHILDREN Museum, OmaniFrenchMuseum, Baital Zubairmuseum.

RI YAM PARK is full of entertainment for children.

So have fun with a limitless destination full of culture, excitement, natural richness and incredible landscape at Oman.

Eat Your Heart in Les Gets: Fantastic Foods to Try

Les Gets
When you have spent your day on the slopes you can really work up an appetite. Well Les Gets certainly doesn’t disappoint when it comes to eating. French cuisine is regarded as one of the best cuisines from around the world. In Les Gets, fabulous traditional alpine cuisine awaits and here’s a selection of what you should try.

About Les Gets

Les Gets is one of the resorts that makes up the Portes du Soleil ski area on the French-Swiss border. Only an hour from Geneva airport this cosy traditional French village offers the choice of over 50 restaurants and 14 bars which is great for those who want to sample some great alpine food. In most establishments, you will find the chefs own take on the local long-established Savoyard cuisine and also twists and meals for the more modern tastes.

Incredible eats you should try

With such a selection, you may not know where to start! When you think of alpine food the first thing your mind may conjure up is fondue, and yes you will find this here, along with many other delicious treats. It’s all about local ingredients, of which there are is a bounty, meats and cheeses when it comes to main meals and French pastry and cakes for dessert.

Raclette 

A semi firm creamy mountain cheese typically warmed melted and eaten with bread. At a restaurant, this is usually served with your very own mini grill to warm and brown yourself before serving with bread, pickles and dried meats. In some accommodation, you may even find your own Raclette grill to use, it’s that popular.

Fondue Savoyarde

A classic après-ski dish prevalent in the French Alps. A mix of great French cheeses, flour, garlic and usually white wine melted in a large deep pot. Add some delicious French bread to dip into the cheese and there you have it. Most traditional restaurants in the Alps will serve their version of this dish.

Diots- Savoyard sausages 

These sausages are usually cooked in wine and have a distinct cabbage flavour. They can be eaten hot or cold but are mostly served hot with polenta or croziflette. If eaten cold they are generally covered in Dijon mustard and eaten on their own.

Croziflette

Little pasta shells filled with buckwheat and cooked with cheese. This Savoyard favourite is a twist on the tartiflette which is made with potatoes. It makes a great side dish for grilled meats.

Charcuterie

Charcuterie boards are a popular choice for sharing at meal times. Usually containing different hams, cured dried sausages, pate, terrine and boudin – blood pudding. Of course, served with a good chunk of fresh French bread.

Bugnes

This tasty French pastry is similar to a donut made with flour, eggs, butter and sugar, fried and covered in icing sugar. It is served both as a dessert and also often eaten as a post ski snack.

Tartiflette

A renowned gratin dish made with potatoes, reblochon cheese, lardons and onions. This is a favourite to warm and refuel skiers after a cold snowy day on the slopes. A real comfort food on its own or as a side.

Gateau de Savoie

A simple but difficult to prepare sponge cake originally from the Chambery region. Served with icing sugar and apple jam, this cake goes well with a coffee at lunch or after dinner as a dessert.

Saint-Genix

If you need to refuel and boost your energy levels between ski runs then you will welcome this sugary treat. A brioche style bread-cake with pralines coloured red and plenty of sugar. Often enjoyed with a hot drink as an afternoon snack.

Where to try these interesting plates? 

There are many different restaurants to try in Les Gets with everything you could wish for in an alpine resort. There are also Chalet style hotels where you can stay and eat in the same location, AlpineElements provides a good search tool if you are looking for this type of holiday. It may be difficult to choose but here are a few of the resorts favourites you need to visit during your trip.

La Grande Ourse 

The highest restaurant in les gets boasts amazing views and a cosy atmosphere as well as some lovely dishes to try. The Cornish chef prepares local cuisine with a twist and a popular choice here is the good old sausage and mash. Located at high altitude this restaurant is great if you are staying in this area.

La Croix Blanche

A cosy chalet style restaurants with a fantastic firewood grill. Offering traditional foods, the best the menu has to offer here has to be the selection of grilled meats. Sample the rib of beef, skewered pigs cheeks or lamb chops grilled to perfection or try their speciality pates and fondue. This restaurant is part of a chalet hotel within the mountains and is popular with its guests and lunchtime visitors.

La Pela

The name itself means ‘Tartiflette’ and you will find variants of this recipe on the menu. Offering all traditional plates as well as more modern dishes, the menu although limited will not leave you wanting. The building is a traditional style chalet with a roaring fire to warm you up on a cold day, a popular location so booking ahead is advised at busier times.

Le Vaffieu

Being a mountain restaurant it’s easy to ski in and ski out. However, it can get busy during the day with skiers taking a break during their runs. Plenty of traditional snacks and drinks are available as well as some outstanding gourmet French cuisine. Diners love the views from the terrace – booking is advised here too as it can get busy at peak times.

La Case K2

If you are looking for something other than traditional French food or you just need a break from cheese this café is a good option. Located near to the centre of the village it offers simple but delicious burgers and fries, crepes and other snacks. It also sells a vegetarian burger and vegetarian options are pretty rare in Les Gets! Great for a quick snack or lunch.

La Copeux

An atmospheric restaurant located in the centre of the village. The menu offers traditional Savoyard specialities with a modern twist within its cosy comfortable classic alpine surroundings. Make sure you check out the ‘plat de jour’ for a real treat which as the name suggests changes daily.

Le Flambeaux 

Known mostly for its homemade desserts this restaurant has become more popular in recent years. Described as a unique and family friendly location the food does not disappoint and visitors who love the venue return time and time again. Try the old-fashioned cuisine including pears with wine or tiramisu with rhubarb for a truly fabulous dessert.

What else? 

Every Wednesday between 9am and 10am you can take a cheese tour at the local Perrières dairy ‘Fruitière des Perrières’. You can learn all about the cheese making process and why this regions cheeses are so special. You can also sample the delectable cheeses produced here. Tours are free of charge but must be booked in advance.

So much food to eat, so little time! Forget the skiing, Les Gets is worth a visit just to take the culinary journey through this classic French alpine cuisine at its finest. What are you waiting for?

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

What It’s Really Like To Travel As a Blind Person

Blind Person
Travel can be really mysterious especially if one has a visual impairment. It doesn’t mean that travel is out of the question. But there are few organisers who organise a group holiday for blind and sighed people that are liberating fun and yes eye opening too. Usually the full sighted and the blind travellers are always paired because the full sighted person can explain the sights and scenes to the visually impaired companions. The blind person is deprived of seeing the beauty in the world right from sunset over the mountains to the mist of a cloud forest to the crystal blue waters of Thailand.

There are some people who travel with a dog guide. They look after them very well. The dog will likely to know most of the places they regularly go and will lead them there without any real trouble. An advice for the blind is use common sense and trusts your instincts. If something feels wrong make it known, asks questions and don’t be afraid to change the situation. Usually people are very helpful and naturally care for us because the cane is an internationally recognized symbol of blindness.

As long as you are with someone who is willing to tell you stuff and answer questions it works really well. Some people don’t know how to describe a place but they tell them to tell something that catches their eye. It works both the ways because the sighted person also gets involved in seeing things because they actually have to think about what they’re looking at and how to describe it.

That’s a double edged sword, though we’re also easy target so trust your gut. Get out there and travel show people you can pull it off the same anyone else no matter how poor your eyes work. When blind people want to feel the place, they should be creative, they are given a miniature model of the particular place so that they can sense of what it looks like to feel what they would have seen.

Whenever travelling by plane always tick the box on the form saying blind passenger, so that the staff make it a point to take you to the right place. Now a day with the internet all around the world if the person has a vocal GPS system or compass that can be very helpful for the overall navigation.

Before travelling to a foreign land the blind person must learn the language of that country which is very important, so at least they can ask for a basic direction. And also remember to ask every few meters for direction and information of that area.

Friday, February 10, 2017

The Death of the European Night Trains: The Death of a Legacy

Night Train
When Hercule Poirot derived that twelve people – a self proclaimed jury had brought a murderer to justice by murdering him, overnight the love and intrigue surrounding the Orient Express grew by leaps and bounds, so when the train finally stopped being functional, the culture that it represented suffered a serious setback!

So when suddenly by 2014, the night trains in Europe were disappearing, the world sat up and took notice. A piece of history, a substantial piece of European legacy was quickly fading away and there was nothing that could be done! You could no longer board a borealis sleeper and sleep your way through the night and wake up to misty windows and a sunshine filled compartment the next morning.

But while that might be sought after still, it can hardly be denied that the night trains ferried only approximately 1.3 million voyagers. Compared to the statistics of the daytime travellers, it eventually propels it into being a particularly niche business.

And while people do in fact still adore the night trains, and the thinly veiled chances it turning to a Doylesque or Christie like intrigue, it is no secret that the service was rapidly losing money, more money than it was actually making which translated into understandable terms talks of losing millions of Euros. Even though liberalisation happened in the railways some thirty years ago, the night trains were perceived to be helpful in cross subsidising operations bringing in more profits.

However, that did not quite work out as planned. And since these night trains were also quite vulnerable to engineering possessions, it made even more difficult to continue co-operations between the various managers of infrastructure. Couple all this and with ridiculously cheap flight tickets and you have in front of you the very palpable demise of a piece of historical legacy!

Trains have played a very important role in cinematic aesthetics and still are the bearers of a romantic charm that is sweet as well as intricately somewhat primitive. There are still hopeless romantics who positively feel they will meet their soulmate on board a train as Jessie and Celine did in Before Sunrise, but that might just be a thing of the past now.

Or is it completely? 

The OBB-Austrian Railways has already provided some consolations to all the Sheldon Cooper like train enthusiasts by announcing that they would refurbish the city night line fleet and re-launch the six hitherto defunct routes. These routes would include Munich and Venice and Hamburg and Zurich. Now these new night trains have been designed to cater to the overtly enthusiastic traveller with the newly designed beds, redesigned and more hygienic bathrooms and state of the art technology.

So the next time you are in Europe, hoping to hop from one place to another, instead of sitting with no leg space in an inexpensive flight, why not spend it looking out of a glass window at the fleeting dark silhouettes outside while sipping a glass of red wine?

Thursday, February 9, 2017

For the Disabled Traveler, Strategies for a Successful Trip

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Gone are those days when disabilities would stand as a barrier to your dreams. They say that you can do anything if you believe that you can do it. History proves that a lot of people with disabilities have been able to achieve what they wanted, just with the right techniques.

Now if we come to travelling, it gives you a kind of a rush. Studies prove that travelling is good for your mind and body. If we talk about disabled people, it is even better for them as that helps in bringing about a change in their day to day mundane life. Here we discuss some of the things that you need to keep in mind to overcome your disability and have an amazing trip the memories of which will last you a lifetime.

Choose the Right Companion: 

This goes for everyone, be that person disabled or not. When you travel, you need good company to enjoy your trip. It turns out to be a necessity in case of disabled people because there are certain things that need to be taken care of. The person with you should be physically strong and mentally calm. He should be caring and responsible at the same time because he might have to face a bit of inconvenience at times. The person should be ready to sacrifice some of his comforts to make sure that the disabled person if fine. This way, things will turn out to be just fine.

Choose the Right Destination: 

When you have a disability, your body wouldn’t permit you to roam around all kinds of places. So, you need to choose wisely as to where you want to go and accordingly make the plans. Choose a place that will be comfortable to travel and that has all the arrangements you will require. Choose a place which have friendly people as that will help you a lot. U.S.A., Canada, Germany are pretty friendly places to visit. Even Thailand can be a good option.

Know if the place is Mobility friendly: 

When you are supposed to go and visit a place, it is better to clear out all your doubts regarding the mobility of that place, in case you have any disability. For example, if you have some problem in walking, do call up the hotels and ask if they have any alternative to stairs and so on. Never assume things as that might cause a lot of trouble later on.

Never Under estimate yourself: 

You might often think that you can’t go for trips just because of your disability. If you do so, you are absolutely wrong. There have been so many physically challenged people who have almost roamed around the whole world. Always keep your spirits high. Research proves that traveling makes people with disabilities feel better and healthier.

So, these are a few tips for successful trips if you are physically challenged. Go out and conquer the world.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

What to Do If You Lose Your Luggage In Another Country

Luggage
It is one of a traveller’s worst nightmares. When you realise that your baggage is lost it is really irritating. There are many instances where your baggage can be lost either by airlines or left some where not remembering where it was last.

We can take some precaution relating to baggage lost in transit by the airlines. Sometime lost bags are only delayed as airlines have sophisticated systems of tracking them down and can do it within few hours, sometimes chances are there that the bags are simply got on the wrong flight.

It is an awful experience when an airline loses your luggage and it happens to hundreds of passengers experience every single day. They are left only with the clothes they have travelled in and will be spending most of the money on last minutes T- shirts and toiletries to carry with them.

Don’t panic first thing talk to the representative of your airlines you have travelled at the airline baggage counter, which can be found near the baggage carousel. Always keep the luggage receipt for every bag you checked when you first arrived at the airport .This will help the attendant to determine if your luggage is delayed, left in transit or lost.

Always know certain law about the airlines like the airlines will pay reasonable expenses until they are found.so receipt s is important. If your luggage is deemed lost, many airlines claim allowance, which is usually printed on the back of your ticket, it is important to take these claim allowances into careful consideration especially when you are packing.

There are certain prevention that can eliminate hassles:

Avoid connecting flights when you are planning your air travel. Take off all the old tags from the flight you have already travelled, as these may confuse the person responsible for sending the luggage.

Always see that the correct destination tags are attached to the bags.

Put a label on the bag with the address and phone numbers. Use something to differentiate your suitcase such as color ribbon to help avoid someone with similar looking bag from taking it by mistake.

The best way to identify your suitcase more easily is by taking a snap shot.

The airline can take few hours to a month to locate your bag and another four weeks to three months to reimburse you. For that they will offer you travel voucher worth more than the cash they owe you. But you should make sure those aren’t expired or blackout dates.

Always keep your packing list in your carry bag along with a pair of clothes if required when baggage are lost. This way you won’t forget anything of important when the airlines representative asks you to submit the itemised list of what you packed.

Never assume that your delayed luggage will be delivered to you for free. Negotiate with the airline first.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

How 2 Cruise Fanatics Cut Costs and Save Time

Cruise
Florida- the sunshine state! And home of the cruise ports located at palm beach, Jacksonville, Miami, port Canaveral, Tampa and Fort Lauderdale. So it is no secret that most cruise fanatics and lovers choose Florida as their base destination when they wish to relax! And since there are so many ports lying here and there the money to ferry your belongings decrease if only even by a bit. Which makes Florida even more popular!

Now there are some cruise lines that are already way too expensive and their beauty lies in how ridiculously overpriced they are! But in case some of you might be looking to cut costs then you might want to be a bit careful every time you plan out your cruise vacation. For example, once you book your room or rooms in the cruise then they give you a cruise packet, which gives you an avid idea about the shoreline and the various offered excursions and their prices. If you are of the adventure type, then you could obviously book for itineraries. Now a great tip whether you are a novice or a cruise connoisseur you should always compare prices. Because that alone can only ensure that you get the best value for your money!

Another useful tip might be to consider renting a car instead of travelling with a bunch of co passengers all huddled up together in a cramped bus. And sometimes miraculously the car rentals prove to be cheaper than the bus ride after all.

See, the primary focus of these cruise lines is to offer ample relaxation to its patrons, and for a good reason! They offer you a scenic view of the ocean, even though for the most part it is just dark blue water and you are meant to relax! Plus, most cruises have the all you can eat buffet so that is definitely an added bonus. But if you are the person who gets sea-sick and you never knew that?

Why find out about it the hard way? Instead just take a few tablets with you and truly relax without the fear of throwing up on someone’s shoes! And the most important part about people on board a cruise ship is that they have smoking bars and ample casinos if you like that bit!

There is a clear distinction between cruise time and shore time. So when the cruise is lined up, chances are everyone is going to be pretty busy with touristy things. Now of course there is nothing wrong with doing touristy things however if you are a tad on the side of the adventurer then you might consider doing things that are not so touristy after all!
Like finding a secluded spot and spending an afternoon of avid relaxation! Because believe me, those create better memories. Now if you like your alcohol, pray, be aware no cruise allows you to bring your own and you have to pay ridiculous amounts for it! So ahoy sailor!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Travel Insurance: Do I Really Need It?

air ambulance
Travelling is done for a variety of purposes; it is a major stress buster. But how many of us are insured when we travel? For infrequent travelers, travel insurance is an alien word. But a lot of seasoned travelers definitely insure themselves ahead of a trip. So naturally there are some questions that you are bound to end up asking in the first place:

What is travel insurance? 

It is a safety measure that you take while travelling to ensure that no matter what the mischance is, you and your belongings are safe from being harassed by the aftermath of such events. Mishap doesn’t arrive after a prior appointment, so in case you find yourself stuck in a tough situation in another city or country travel insurance can work wonders. Insurance agencies will definitely spring into action as soon as the petition to reimburse the damage costs is issued.

 In certain cases, the government co-operates with the agencies to help out the travelers and mitigate them. Say you are holidaying in Japan and suddenly halfway through the holiday, you find yourself stranded and stuck in an earthquake, devoid of all your luggage and travel essentials and papers. It would be very assuring to fall back on travel insurance.

Why would you need to have a travel insurance even if you visit anywhere within your country? 

I grant its feels secure to travel without a lot of issues and guidelines in mind while travelling in your own country. But it may so happen that your transportation costs needs to be mitigated in the event that your plane or rail ticket gets cancelled or maybe your rented car breaks down. The travel insurance takes into consideration all such misfortunate scenarios and provides immunity.

How the ways travel insurance is can cover me up? 

  •  Medical issues: Nobody wishes to find themselves stuck in a medical emergency, but if you do there is no going back. Instead of facing the crisis by shelling money out of your pocket, sometimes which can cost a hefty lump, it’s better to be insured and let the agencies tackle the problem. 
  •  Transportation break down: In case you find stranded with a cancelled railway or plane ticket or a flat tire at a roadside accident and the rented car is in shreds, you can rely on the insurance to cover you up. 
  •  Luggage loss: If you have lost a valuable item or two, say a camera or a laptop and given that it’s insured beforehand, you can leave it all to the agency to take care.
Is it worth spending your money on the probability that something may or may not happen? 

Out of a hundred trips only one needs to go wrong. The chances are enormously slim, yes. But it’s safe to be insured just in case as one hefty mishap is enough to cause havoc in your future financial plans.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Around The World with a Spoon and a Fork

Spoon and a Fork
I think it’s a part of a whole culture of manners. If you come across the rules of how to handle food in etiquette books there will be things like SOUP must be drunk from the edge of the soup spoon or how to eat a peach with a fork. There are also other reasons why people eat with a spoon and fork. Generally they prefer because they don’t want to pick things up and eat them with their fingers. They don’t want their fingers to get sticky and some people want to remain dignified and graceful while having their meal. There are variety of spoon and fork like the cocktail fork, soup spoon, dessert fork, dessert spoon, a nice-cream fork as well as separate knives and forks for fish, Pastry fork and a fondue fork.

Most of the countries use spoon and fork but very few don’t use they prefer eating with their bare hands.Overall I think this should not be labelled as table manners. The table manners are what the society makes it compulsory to accept it. All these create only cultural differences and preferences. With all these table manners there will always be communal standards depending on what kind of community a person came from.

In the upcoming generation there has been new method of serving meals like the starters, main courses and desserts, where before they didn’t have all these courses and so they had a very few items of cutlery. But now a spoon and a fork have to be kept on the counter.

Spoons also has become one of the important cutlery in everyday life you can say it is good way of hygiene and handling food.

Using different types of spoon for different purpose is also important you can’t use any spoon for any other purpose so spoon plays a very important role in human life. Fork and spoon can be used to eat in any hand depending upon individual whether they are left handed or right handed.

Some countries do not use fork and a spoon especially Japan and China they use chopstick. So one must respect their culture/racial differences and eat as per their country. In Thailand it is consider rude to put food in your mouth using a fork. The food is traditionally eaten with a spoon and fork.

In Cambodia and Laos it is something different. The cutlery is served at the table in a half glass of boiling water to sterilize them.

While dining in chile always make sure you use cutlery as touching food with your hands is considered rude.
So always go with the trend while dining in any country.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

What to Do When You Fall Sick in a Foreign Land

red cross
Falling sick in a foreign land can be a real nightmare. We often neglect ourselves while on trip, saying that we will look into the matter after reaching home. But always remember A STITCH IN TIME SAVES NINE.

First thing to be done is get a travel insurance before leaving for a holiday especially who is a regular traveller. This will take care of your medical expenses incurred when you fall sick during your travel and tours.

Whenever you fall sick always remember don’t get stressed out. Be calm take a break and relax.

Try to book your holidays through some travel agent. They will be able to guide you if something goes wrong with your health. They will suggest you to go to a particular doctor since they have the information of all the helplines.

Don’t forget to leave your home without a first aid box. If you are suffering with any common problem associated with travelling you can just pop up the concerned pills from your first aid box.

When you fall sick try to avoid street food and only drink bisleri or any bottled water for the time being till you get back on your feet. Always see that you are hydrated .Make sure you drink lot of water and warm beverages.

Take preventive measures when one is having a cold. Wash your hand frequently, avoid touching youreyes. Have some vitamin C and vitamin D to give you more energy.

If you twist your ankle develop a heat rash. Don’t hesitate to use a local care. Remember doctors in that particular place are well versed with the local sickness and can treat you properly. The traveller can find local medical care through the state department website, but the state department is not responsible for any quality services provided by any doctor or hospital on the list.

In the most dire health situation like a heart attack or serious car accident, in this case it is best to contact the local embassy. The embassy makes an arrangement to get you airlifted out of the country and back home if required.

Once you finish visiting a foreign doctor and you are at home. Be sure you contact your hometown doctor and tell him the diagnosis given, what course of action or treatment has been given. Your family doctor may have an input or further instructions for you.

Tell the doctor everything about what you have eaten in the past 48 hrs. Some times the food doesn’t agree with some people. He will be able to diagnosis properly.

If you have a chronic medical condition and require the use of specific devices or medication make sure that you should have an access s to these treatments prior leaving your home. The travel insurance agents will be able to assist in securing these services prior to departure and also if you run out of medicines on your trip.

If planning to travel over a long distant for over a 12 hours period and not well in that case take a day or two off to recover instead of attempting a 12 hours bus trip.

ALL THESE LITTLE TIPS WILL HELP YOU TO HAVE A PEACEFUL HOLIDAY. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

6 Reasons Why Asia is Calling You!

asia
For a lot of people, the east still remains symbolic of everything exotic, enchanting and mysterious. So if you are an ardent traveller, and you have always wanted to venture out into the east, now might be your chance. Here is why you should definitely visit Asia:

  1.  Whereas countries like southern France or Spain offer spectacular views and are serious travel destinations among avid travellers, most people on a budget crunch cringe at the expenses. Now Asia is comparatively cheaper and makes you travel in easy without breaking the bank and thus not making you worried about money and helping you to focus more on the sights in front of your eyes. You go back home with a heart filled with zen and a bag filled with Kodak memories. 
  2.  Asian food is the best. No matter where you are in Asia, from India to Thailand to Japan to Hong Kong, let’s just say you are going to be in one big ride of gastronomy which goes only up. From big gourmet restaurants to street vendors, you can get gobsmacking taste bud bursting food everywhere which would only make your visit all the more worthwhile. 
  3.  Asia is perhaps the only continent with as much a sprawling diversity that it actually offers. You get to meet people of varied nationalities, varied taste and varied culture. Even different places within the same nation can be so drastically different it can take your breath away. The northern Indian culture is completely different from the southern Indian culture. 
  4.  Asia is a continent, which holds a regard for family like no other. So if you want to get off the beaten track and opt for a home stay instead of a hotel one, you can be assured that you will be treated to the warmest hospitality. 
  5.  You can easily find your kind of adventure in every corner of Asia. If your adventure is getting drunk and partying all night, well the beaches of Thailand were made for you. but if you do like spending your time amidst nature seeing wildlife, perhaps taking a ride on the elephant or seeing a royal Bengal tiger up close and personal there are plenty of options for you there as well. And if your adventure defines your spirituality, then from the monasteries to temples to stupas to sites engraved in sumptuous past, Asia has it all. All you need is a flight ticket. 
  6.  Asia has something for everyone. And if you have not visited yet, now is a good time to reconsider. From Japan the land of the rising sun to Thailand the party capital, to Singapore the perfect caterer to all your consumerism needs to India to feel in your cultural curiosity to Vietnamese food and history to the majestic grandeur of china or the lesser known beauties of Sri Lanka, you can choose the destination based on your desire and budget but be assured regardless of what you choose, this is a vacation that would never disappoint you.

How to safari in South Africa on a budget

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A safari in the beautiful sun kissed jungles of South Africa to visualize the massive diversity of flora, fauna and wildlife is what every person dreams of. It is something that every animal lover would want to do at least once in the lifetime. However, in spite of being everyone’s holiday dream most people cannot make the trip only for cost issues. Safaris are highly expensive holiday choice and the words ‘safari’ and ‘budget’ do not gel well together. However, there are certain ways in which you can enjoy a bush experience without spending ‘too much’.

Location plays an important role 

When it comes to vacation and touring, location certainly plays a significant role. The closest bush destination airports from South African international airport are Richard’s Bay, Hazy view, Skukuza, Hluhuwe, but are expensive. Instead picking a safari which is close to local low cost airlines like Safair, Kulula, and Mango will reduce the expenses. For example the Pilanesberg national park is close to the Lanseria Airport and a visit during weekdays means reduced Safari costs. Moreover, while opting for car hire services vacationers must stick to local car services as their packages are reasonably priced. While these local car hire services can be availed at a low cost, they are also well versed about the environment and wildlife in the surrounding regions.
SANParks for budget vacation

South African national parks or SANParks operate 20 different parks across the country. Compared to the privately operated lodges, their properties are far cheaper. There are numerous accommodation options in national parks like guesthouses, cottages, chalets, huts and campsites. All these accommodations can be booked with ease prior to the trip through the park’s central website. Skukuza being one the largest offers steakhouse chain restaurant, a number of shops and a variety of different cottages. There are swimming pools and play areas for family vacationers, and a decent cottage for four costs a considerable £138 for one night. If vacationers want to go for cheaper and more exciting lodging options they can stay in electricity free tents. In these wilderness camps a single fence separates the animals from the people and a two person tent costs a mere £32 for one night.

Visit during the low seasons 

If vacationers are on a low budget and still want to get the best of Safari experience they can visit the bush regions of South African during low seasons. The dry winter which is between the months of May and September are low seasons. Thought in the North, it is considered as the ideal time for game viewing. During the winter seasons animals flock around the waterholes making it easier to spot them. Mosetla Bush Camp and eco lodge close to the Lanseria airport offers reliable game viewing, value for money services and game rich Madikwe reserve. It offers a rustic camping experience and is lit at night with mesmerizing paraffin lamps. Discount sites is the best option for those who want to get the best of experience at a reasonably low price.