Showing posts with label travel. Show all posts
Showing posts with label travel. Show all posts

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.

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.

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. 

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Maps Reveal You to Travel by Train from European Cities in a Day

Maps
The travel route in Europe is extremely well planned and implemented, and a genuine alternative to traveling in planes are trains. Europe has a well connected, high speed network of trains which has been interestingly revealed by fascinating maps by a US based train enthusiast. This US train enthusiast is Peter Kerpedjiev, who did significant research and collected data from Swiss Transport Authority. The research and work of this Harvard Medical fellow amazed the world with the fascinating results. The research conducted by him also proved that Western countries have a better planned and implemented network, and the Eastern countries have to do a lot of catching up.

Peter used statistics from Swiss Public Transport system 

The maps produced by the US train enthusiast revealed that it’s Berlin, Madrid, Paris and London offers the best train connection. Similarly, it also showed that train networks in Sofia, Riga and Podgorica offers fewer trains. In fact, the rail network from Paris is incredibly well planned and travelers can reach Ireland, Southern Italy and Scotland within 24 hours.

The Harvard Medical School fellow, Peter extracted information and statistics from Swiss Public Transport System. In an interview, Peter explained that he wanted to know the destinations which were easily accessible by train. The results amazed Peter, and he was stunned by the incredible rail connectivity available all over Europe. In another interview he also stated that approximately half of France was accessible within four hours by a single train from Paris. He was stunned by this incredible infrastructure which was built and id being maintained.

Road maps and travel maps 

He considered himself lucky, that he was able to access timetables of various Pan European journeys, that too from a single server. This also shows the coordination between the various railway systems. Kerpedjiev, created these beautiful isochorme maps to illustrate the incredible railway network connecting different points around Europe.

These maps also illustrate road maps to showcase the time taken to travel to different points in car. He also created maps showcasing the public rail networks to state the time taken for walking to platforms and stations. With the assistance of Swiss Public Transport API he was able to showcase the travel times for various cities.

In an interview Peter stated that he got his motivation and inspiration from an isochrome travel map of Vienna dating 1881. He was impressed by this map, and wanted to update the concept. After he decided to plot travel maps by train, he realized that contour lines would be ideal for presenting the information. He considers Europe to be the best in terms of the numerous travel options it offers and the train connectivity system which he considers implausible.

 He stated that in Europe the best connection are offered by trains from Berlin, Paris, Madrid and London. Trains are the most important travelling means in Europe, while some trains travel around leisurely by night or day, there are other high speed train traveling across continent. With the help of the schedules used in these beautiful maps travelers could also easily plan journey in and across Europe.

Monday, January 16, 2017

5 do’s and don’ts in Travel photography

Travel photography
People love to take photographs while travelling so that they can keep it as a remembrance for the future. But there are some do and don’t step to be followed while removing a beautiful snap.

RULES WHERE ONE SHOULD FOLLOW ARE:

Firstly always ask permission before taking any photography of any public places especially the markets stalls. It is really easy to get caught up in the beauty and excitement of being somewhere new and seeing new things. So it is best to practise to ask someone before taking a picture. If they are saying no don’t worry just say thanks and move on.

People usually love to wake up late in the morning when on vacations. But they forget that sunrise and sunset gives the best light no matter what your style of photography is, you need light.

When the sky is cloudy tourist tend to feel very upset because of the bad weather. But remember in broad daylight it filters out harsh sunlight and give you much better photos.

Always keep safety in mind. Don’t pressure yourself to get the best and the most daring photos. Travel Photography is stunning in sometimes the simplest forms, so no need to hang off the edge of a cliff.

If you are travelling to somewhere completely new do some research first to make sure you are aware of the don’ts for that specific location .Follow the rules carefully because of your safety.

Go to a popular location at unpopular times such as early morning before the crowd rolls in, where you can really enjoy your sightseeing with minimum amounts of tourist.

Do be aware that a selfie stick can also act as a weapon .Use it carefully and responsibly.

Don’t worry about getting the perfect shot. It takes the fun of adventure away. There will always be another sunset and sunrise and another new street around the corner.

Don’t ignore the signs in Museum or sacred places stating photography is forbidden. Respect the request.

Always be considerate and courteous. It is easy to block paths, create pedestrian jams and get in the way. Therefore operate with efficiency and purpose to get the shot you want without disrupting anyone else.

Do brush up on local customs and traditions before you get snapping .So that you are aware of the cultural differences.

Don’t put yourself and others at risk to achieve a Stellershot. Always be aware of your surroundings and put safety first before you.

Finally make sure you spend at least half the time at those pictures taken by you. Also take a look at the scenery around you without looking through a screen. Capturing memories is important but so is enjoying the moment.

With everything in life taking photos while travelling should always remain fun and exciting. Never take yourself too seriously and keep snapping.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

How to Enjoy Vacations with Kids


kids
Any parents who wish to travel with kids should plan it in a logistic way. Now days without us telling the organiser about our plans they know what we require and provide it.

The wish list of the parents includes many things: To keep the children occupied, a plentiful and available supply of kid friendly food, sleeping arrangement and even to ensure that Mom and Dad get a break too. Children too enjoy vacations not because they get to see the world’s best place or so on, but because of a much richer treasure. Usually parents are more relaxed, morefun and more emotionally available. The parents give full attention only to the kids during vacations and these sweet pleasures are the golden experiences that shape rich childhood memories.

To enjoy the best place is the resort where these establishments often feature fantastic pools, water sports and supervised kiddie clubs for the young ones. Taking advantages of these resorts, the parents spend less time thinking about where to eat and what kids will do and more time relaxing. There are extra important thing where one can also follow.

Take lots of snacks, drinks, long plane rides everywhere you go. Let the kids eat whatever they want so no need of restricting them.

Plan no more than one event per day because too many events with stress your kids and make them cranky. So plan less you’ll all enjoy it more.

Pacing also means allowing extra time in the day for some down time. Kids need rest periods and they also need to run around and let off some steam.

Offer snacks and drinks before kids get too hungry or thirsty. Take a break before they're overtired.

Be flexible can make your holiday an enjoyable one. Be open to the kids and all the possibilities that come your way.

Plan no more than one event per day because too many events with stress your kids and make them cranky. So plan less you’ll all enjoy it more.

Snuggle with your child every morning before getting out of bed. Bring some books from home where you can read some stories out to them.

Make sure you lie down with your child at the end of the day. Ask them about their favourite and the worst thing of that day and what are they looking forward tomorrow.

There should be some soothing activities for the little ones like the sand play, waterplay, bubbles, and clay.
If going with an extended family but still the kids would like to spend time you. This is the perfect opportunity to turn off your cell phone and sees what an inspired parent you are when you have a chance to relax and revel in just being alive.

Don’t try to work on vacation this is a family time. Forgo organized evenings in favour of family boards and keep your focus on connecting fun rather than sightseeing or structured activities.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Three Days Vacation on the Paradise Island: Mauritius


Mauritius
Usually this place is well known for honeymoon couples. But apart from them many other tourists also visit these places because of the gorgeous beaches in the world with powdery whitesand and warm azure waters. It is not only confined to beaches but there are many other activities like historicsights and lushforest there one can spend their beautiful holidays.

The streetfood in Mauritius is amongst the best in the world. It has a unique mix of Chinese, Indian,African and Creole dishes. It is full of different flavours like spices and variety of colours.

Instead of travelling in a car driven by a driver t is better to rent a car and drive yourselves.

When you drive on your own you discover a secret beach or stumble uponarestaurant and explore the hidden villages. Make sure you drive along Mauritius southerncoast .It got the best island to offer. Also you won’t forget the feeling of wind hitting your face as you drive through the winding roads to reach the southernmost tip of the island at Gris.

While driving you will be surrounded by teaplantation and enveloped with fog. If you are a tea enthusiast you could take guided tour.one must not forget to dine at the terrace restaurant. It offers stunning view of the island Mauritius and an extensive variety of teas on the menu.

Make sure you wander through a few sugarcane fields while you are in Mauritius. Sugarcane has a long history in this place.It is possible to sample a variety of sugars here.Don’t leave Mauritius without trying a glass of fresh sugarcane juice.

The people over here are warm, cheerful,welcoming and very helpful. The highlight of any trip is the people. If ever you lose your way then random strangers helps you with the directions.

The coloured earth at Chamarel is a little known village in South Mauritius which hold many surprises. Thecoloured earth with different colours like purple, yellow, oranges and red coalesce forms anduneven volcanic surfaces. The drive to Chamarel is punctuated by waterfalls and gorges. Don’t miss on visiting the view points for rugged panoramas of the mountainous areas of Mauritius.

Explore the beautiful beaches like BELLE MARE BEACH, LA CUVETTEBEACH AND LE MORNE. If you are a lover for kite surfing then Morne is the best place for you.

Mauritius is a secret rumparadise. Jamaica might be known for producing the best rum in the world, but Mauritius isn’t far behind.

There are various watersport activities such as snorkelling; deep-sea diving, deep-sea fishing, parasailing and scuba diving. You canalso experience under sea walk which is something very unique.

Skydiving for the first time is an unforgettable experience and when combined with the views over paradise on earth, a sky dive in this place will stay in your memory bank forever.

Therefore the only way to experience the true nature of the island and the people is to get out and mix around.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Step By Step Guide To Planning Your Ideal Holiday

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Choosing a destination is very important while planning your holidays. This will give a definitegoal. Most of the people follow a group or family without even knowing which all destinations they are going to visit. Your holiday destination is of crucial importance to getting what you want out of your time off, be it relaxation, exploration, adventure or a mixture of all three.

Therefore deciding the destination should be your first mile stone which will help your planning much easier.
Additionally the IDEAL DESTINATION IS WHAT MAKES AN IDEAL HOLIDAY.

Estimate your expense once you decide on your holiday .Next step is to plan how many days you will be in that place. With this you can research the cost for your destinations, the style of travel you would like to have. Also have an estimate of the amount you want to spend on accommodation and other things. Planning everything in advance will help you to bring down the total expense of your holiday trip.

Start saving your money for the trip. Estimation will give you a rough idea of how much money you need to save or accumulate for your holiday trip. Saving money is really important during traveling as it can be quiet useful during the trip, so while travelling spend each penny wisely.

Hotel Booking: If you are on a budget holiday then something cheaper will be a deal for you. You will need to book early most especially when your holiday is scheduled for the peak seasons.

Usually planning in advances is always rewarding. Be sure you have not skipped yourself out of the last minute deals which can be quiet cost saving especially for flights and cruisebookings.

Booking flights are very important for your holiday trips. Since this expense also includes in your travel expense. If planning to go out for a holiday during long weekends and vacation time then the rates are very high so for this one must book well in advance where you can save a lot.

It is always cheaper to fly during the middle of the week than on a weekend because most people travel on the weekends and airlines hike their prices then. This doesn’t mean that one should avoid travelling during weekends. You can always be flexible about your budget.

Early morning or late night flights are cheaper because very few people would like to travel then. The difference of one day means hundreds of dollars in savings.

Plan your activities very carefully, don’t make it complicating .You are in a holiday with less time to waste. So planning will save sometime in your destination.

Limited luggage always gives you more comfort while travelling. It is not possible for some people to carry limited luggage especially while travelling with a family. Start packing days before or even weeks ahead of your scheduled date. This will give you to make a complete list or even purchase additional items you need for your vacation.

Last but not the least along with these guidelines make sure you enjoy your trip to the fullest.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Make Your Travel Dollars Worth a Fortune


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The price of Hotel rooms changes daily, often times hourly, based on demand. So the first thing you should research is the location. For instance if you are visiting New York City You probably want to stay in Manhattan. Before you can look for hotels you need to know which neighbourhoods you’re willing to consider and how you’ll get from those neighbourhoods to the place you’re going to visit.

If you find a hotel you like, check the hotel website before calling to see if you can find an even better deal directly from the hotel. Call up during the business hours to see if the hotel will match or beat rates you’ve found on line. Ask if the hotel is running any promotions or packages .See if any of the following special rates might apply. Like senior citizen, weekend, hotel membership, government discount, conventions shareholders or cooperate.

Some hotel charges a resort fee that may not be included in an online quote. Sometime there are hidden costs like Wi-Fi, breakfast or use of the gym. To avoid unpleasant surprises, always ask about which fees are included and how much they’ll cost you.

There are many hotels that are not registered on the site because of the site commissions. It is better to visit these hotels directly to make reservations.

If travelling with a family or planning a longer stay, look out for a rented apartment or house. Many of these lodgings charge a cleaning fee, so keep that in mind when you’re calculating total costs with a kitchen you may save on food because you can cook some meals.

Be careful with advanced payments. If you book a room and services in advance read all the fine print and make sure you know the cancellation cost.

Check daily deal sites who offer the best deal, but make sure you act quickly to snag one.

Always go with a package if you are travelling to just one destination. Look for a deal that includes hotel, airfare and car rental. This may be cheaper than buying these components individually.

Use travel rewards points .Many credit cards offer points equivalent to several night hotel stay just for signing up plus you can earn points when you use your new credit cards.Using hotel points for free stays is the best deals in the travel industry.

Visit at less popular times the places you like. Weekdays in the resort areas and weekends at the convention areas.

Once you’ve booked your hotel don’t just rest back. Call back or check online in another month or so and whether rates have gone down. If they have cancel led you’re bookings then rebook your stay at the lower rate. But read the hotel cancellation policy carefully before doing so to make sure you won’t have to pay any penalties.

YOU DON’T HAVE TO SPEND A FORTUNE TO STAY AT A FOUR STAR HOTEL. A LITTLE LEG WORK CAN SCORE YOU CHEAP DEALS.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

10 Travel Essentials That Make Great Holiday Gifts


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I always manage to plan my holidays no matter how hectic is my schedule. Travelling helps me to restore my peace of mind, which gets almost bruised amid mundane surroundings. I manage to plan an outing almost four to five times a year. The mantra for happy travelling is to have accurate essentials to carry with which makes the best gifts for all times.

  1.  Running Shoes  – I always faced this dilemma what kind of shoes I should carry that will be both fashionable and lightweight as I always disliked carrying the same old gym shoes that always captured a lot of place in my bag. Finally, one of my friends suggested me about Nike shoes and I was really happy with the solution.
  2. Skin Renewal Sleeping Mask  – Sometimes the places I choose takes a one complete night via flight to reach there which tends to retard the glow of my skin because of improper sleep. This is the best remedy for your skin when you are out of sleep that makes you ready for all times. 
  3.  Camera Bags  – I always loved clicking pictures and travelling gives me another reason to cherish this passion of mine. This bag is the best in terms of flexibility, style and that, which is very trendy. 
  4.  Cuffed Pants – No matter wherever you are, you need to do yoga daily as that allows you to remain charged up. Cuffed pants from Lucy are the best in this regard, as the pants are absolutely cool and comfortable to go around with. 
  5.   Ultralight Down Jacket – This jacket is absolutely weightless and handy. It is at the same time very fashionable. I just loved it. 
  6.  Tees  – Tees are must for travelling as there are days when you just want to relax while staying in your room. Everlane tees are the ones which are apt for both relaxing and hanging around. They are very comfortable and the same time matches your style statement. 
  7.  Yoga Paws – Instead of stuffing your bag with padded gloves and booties for practicing yoga you can just carry Yoga Paws that is very lightweight and compact and ensures you to practice yoga without any hurdles. 
  8.  Yoga Mat – It is not very fluffy but definitely covers the ground and provides enough space practicing different yoga postures. When you are out for travelling it is difficult to locate gyms nearby. With this product you can practice yoga wherever you want. 
  9.  Smart Luggage  – It fits in your entire luggage and simultaneously provides a lot of space and easily glides without any effort on four wheels. 
  10.  Wide Angle Lens – Sometimes I don’t feel like carrying my DSLR everywhere and want to click pictures on my iPhone as I can easily share them on social media. But, iPhone too has some limitations and to overcome them you just need to attach them to your phone and click pictures without any discrepancy.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

How to Get Acquainted With Native on the Other Land


It is a real challenge when you move out of a state or a country. You are a stranger in another land, does make it difficult to make acquaintance of the natives. Getting acquainted in a new town can be a challenge. Feeling of disorientation, insecurity and anxiety one may feel unfamiliar in surroundings. Values, behaviour and social customs we routinely take for granted may no longer serve us in our new environment. There are some ways out where you can meet some of the local people. Here ae some of them.

Localnewspaper is a good source of local information .You can get all information on local politics, sports and recreation and any upcoming events you might be interested in attending.

Join a homestayorganization .They arrange for members to stay for free in the homes of people worldwide. Hosts are motivated by their enjoyment in meeting and talking with foreigners.

Discover and explore new parts of town and visit new places. Go to some local parks or visit the local museum. Visit some coffee shops and popular hangout spots. Go beyond the tourist areas. Explore residential neighbourhood, small towns and rural communities. With a slower pace than a large city people will be more likely to take time to talk with you.

One of the easiest ways to meet new people is to ask for direction or information. If the conversation stretches for long make sure he has time for you and can find out what is popular and which restaurant to go and dine.

Learn as much of the language as you can. Many around the world speak English but the better your language skill the better your chances of meeting the people. This also increases your communication skills and it helps you to integrate with the local community.

Visit a local tourist office to ask if there is any programme that the travellers can interact with the local citizens.

Interacting people with same hobbies is the best way to meet new people. If you like basketballs check out a local gym or a park. If you like baseball search for a league to join. So whatever your hobbies are find out people with similar interest.

Shop in the local stores especially smaller shops. Drop in the central market. Visit the neighbourhood grocery stores.

Use all the information the library has to offer. You can look maps of your new towns to get their lay of the land or check out some books about the town’s history. There is no entrance fee for joining the library. It is a useful resource when it comes to finding more about your new city.

Forgo with large hotels instead of smaller guest houses and pensions.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

The 10 Most Popular Travel Destinations for Christmas


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Christmas is the festival of merry-making. All over the world, it is celebrated with much enthusiasm. People are in high-spirits and the only thing that they focus on is to have a gala time with their friends and relatives. For over a month, everyone remains in a mood of festivity.

The 10 Most Popular Holiday Destination Are: 

  1.  New York – Winter is the exact time for visiting this place. Since, Christmas comes during this time so it is the best time to investigate this spot as the city gets chilly accompanied by several activities of like ice-skating, perusing holiday markets. Many hotels also grant free packages and perks to the travelers. 
  2.  Cancum – Christmas time is the best time to seek for this top beach destination when people are ready to trade with the snow. The turquoise waters, beautiful stretches of sand and night-long parties are the main extractions. The archaeological sites of this place are also worth visiting. 
  3.  Dominican Republic – The beautiful landscapes, soothing weather, huge discounts on flights and hotels makes this place one of the popular places for Christmas vacation. 
  4.  Jamaica – Those who want to feed themselves by planning a vacation down to the Caribbean then Jamaica should be your top island pick. It has a traditional appeal. You can also enjoy along the beautiful beaches with rum, street dance, and the delicious fresh fruitcake, which is the specialty of this place. 
  5.  Hawaai – For experiencing world’s most beautiful beaches, natural wonders, well-organized tourism infrastructure you surely need to plan your Christmas vacation in Hawaai. The island of this place also arranges for a famous Christmastime spot, which is worth viewing. 
  6.  Las Vegas – Though Las Vegas is known as the Sin City. But, it is the most popular holiday destination to visit during the time of chilly Christmas eve. The whole city seems to be going through a festive mood. Everywhere you can have the smell of gay and charm. 
  7.  Barbados – Barbados is the most frequently visited Caribbean island. You will be mesmerized by the coral reefs and the white and pink beaches of this place. During the Christmas time you can avail huge discounts on flight tickets and hotels. It is the apt time for experiencing such a different spot. 
  8.  Miami – For spending Christmas vacation till the New Year’s eve Miami is a great spot. Anyone visiting Florida should for once embrace the beauty of this place. Top-notch clubs, famous art galleries and excellent cuisine will force you to visit this heavenly resort again and again. 
  9.  Los Cabos – Christmas is the time for partying and Los Cabos located on the southern tip of Mexicos Baja Peninsula is the most suited place for party seekers clubbed with culture, elegance and natural heritage. 
  10.  Puerto Vallarta – It is a panoramic beach spot with ancient buildings and rugged mountains. The place is surrounded with ocean and hence it supports a wide variety of water sports all the year round.

Monday, November 28, 2016

How to Pack Lightly for a Long Trip!


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First of all don’t buy a backpack or a suitcase that is bigger than carry on size. The best packing tip is to pack a day pack inside your full size bag and at the airport you can take the second bag out and have two bags small enough to carry both of them.

Only pack clothes for only seven days, even if you are travelling many days. It is easier to find a laundromat anywhere than rather carry the entire extra weights around with you the entire trip.

If carrying a warmer clothes MERINO clothing made from Merino wool is super-light which keeps you warm in cold weather and cool in hot weather and it can be worn for days together still it won’t stink.

When selecting your clothes for a trip, have a look at each fabric and consider the following factors like Quality, thickness, weight, wrinkles, transparency and texture. Your ideal travel clothing should be durable, takes up minimum space and weight, should be wrinkle free and opaque and matches with the rest of your clothing in style and fit.

For undergarments synthetic material is the best since it is light weight and don’t take up a lot of volume. They also dry quicker.

Place all your clothes in the bag vertically where it looks like a filing cabinet. By this you can see all the clothes you have without lifting up or remove the ones on the top. With this you will be able to match your outfits better.

The other way is to use Rubber bands to tie each piece of clothing so that you will be able to fit in more into a smaller bag. Ball up your socks and underwear and stick them inside your shoes, this will save space in the rest of your bag.

Don’t bring toiletries you can buy from any place for cheap like shampoo, conditioner, body wash and sunscreen. Unless you are travelling to a remote village with out electricity or running water.

Don’t take more than two pairs of shoes. For men especially shoes can take up a lot of room so take nice pair of sneakers that can be used for everything from hiking to happy hours as well as a light pair for more dressy travel occasions.

Where ever you go things are available anywhere in the world, so it is safe to pack half of what you think you’ll need.

Try avoiding carrying bottle liquid instead carry pouches.

Technology is so advanced that there is no need to carry certain objects. You can replace them with apps on your phone. For example camera, travel guide book, maps, magazines etc.

Wearing is not carrying. Stuff your pockets, wear your jackets, wear your hiking boots and pack your sandals.

Size up your carry on: You’ll Run the risk of paying a hefty sum if your bag exceeds your carrier’s size requirement for carry-on luggage. Before you consider which particular suitcase to take, check your airlines carry-on baggage restrictions to avoid extra fees.

Packing involves deeply personal decisions. Everyone has their own ideas of comfort and style. By following certain tips you can shed size and weight. It will not only save your trip but also will save your spine and your sanity.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

How to Plan a Delightfully Romantic Honeymoon

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Planning a memorable honeymoon starts with choosing an exciting destination that matches your dreamy expectations of an ideal getaway. But coming to a settlement of deciding on a place is not easy. So if you are still trying to figure where you should be, you must go through the Honeymoon Tour Packages. Many Online sources has displayed a handy list of the best honeymoon destinations from around the world, where your partner and you can enjoy your trip.

The honeymoon is definitely a process of bonding a newly-wed couple, where the trip should be absolutely stress free. So here are some useful tips for planning your honeymoon.

PICK THE DESTINATION: 

Discuss what kind of holiday you would like to go.Should it be romantic or adventurous, peaceful or exciting, road-trip or luxury cruise, culture or nature? Taking a call on these really help narrow down the destinations you can plan.

If you are planning your first romantic vacation then we have a load of honeymoon packages on offer.

Once decided on the theme, list your best five destinations. There will be some crossing off some destination, going back and forth. Ultimately you will narrow down to the most two best destinations. See which out of the two the best place is and select the place you want to go. For all this the right hotel, holiday package,
Distance and budget can help you choose your destinations.

TO BOOK YOUR HOLIDAY: 

Set a budget-Once you have a budget in mind it becomes much easier to narrow down the holiday, hotel and destination you want to go to. Budgeting gives you an idea as to how much you’d be spending on this holiday, so that you can plan and save for the trip. This will avoid unpleasant surprises.

Holiday package – It is cheaper to book a holiday, with flights, hotels and some sightseeing tours included in a package, rather than booking them all separately.

Honeymoon special package- If you’re booking online, check out the special honeymoon packages, which are designed especially for newlywed couples, understanding their holiday needs and expectations from this special holiday.

SELECTING THE RIGHT HOTEL:

Do your research: before going for this special holiday go through all your accommodations option and pick one which suits you best. Read customer reviews and travel blogs about hotels in the area, speak to people who might have visited the place and go through the hotel ratings on reliable websites.

Inform the hotel about the Honeymoon – Letting the hotel know about the honeymoon will most likely result in good service along with some special treatment. Most hotels also offer a honeymoon packages, which has many complimentary services, like a complementary dinner, a room with a good view.

Book in advance – Advance planning will help you to have better trip, so get the room and rates of your choice by booking well in advance.

Seven Weird Things People Leave With The Hotel Concierge


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The concierge performs one of the most vital jobs in a hotel because it is their responsibility to liaise with the customers for tasks such as booking reservations, arranging spa treatments and organising trips to local restaurants. It is important that the concierge is able to perform several tasks at once without making any mistakes, so a calm demeanour is absolutely vital.

It is the concierge’s job to contact guests who may have left their belongings behind. Once the guests have been contacted, the belongings can be safely returned with a minimum amount of stress.

Some guests leave some strange items behind when they leave their Broome accommodation, so the concierge needs to be able to deal with this without getting a shock. Read on in order to find out more.

Pets

Many people travel with their pets when they are going on holiday. This is because some guests cannot bear to be without their special companion whilst they travel. Whilst people dote on their animals, sometimes they can forget to take their animals home with them after they have finished their holiday. Some concierges have walked into hotel rooms to find dogs, cats and birds on the loose after they have been forgotten by their owners. In this case, it is extremely important that the pets are reunited with their owners because this can be extremely distressing for everyone involved. Choose a quality hotel in Broome which will return lost pets.

Artificial Limbs

Some guests will need the aid of artificial limbs in order to walk properly. Whilst most people won’t forget to take their prosthetics home with them, some people carry spares in their luggage just in case their primary limbs get damaged or lost. However, the hotel chain Travelodge claimed to have found more than seventy pairs of artificial limbs left behind in rooms between 2003-2004.

Urn Containing Ashes

People travel from far and wide to have their relatives cremated, which often means that they have to stay in a hotel on their way back home. It might seem extremely strange, but there are dozens of reports where a hotel concierge has found an urn containing the ashes of a guest’s relatives. This makes it seem like some people have other priorities when they are packing their bags in order to leave the hotel. Again, it is very important that the concierge acts quickly to return the ashes, because the guests may be extremely upset by their forgetful mistake.

False Teeth

People of a certain age often need false teeth so that they can speak clearly and chew food comfortably. It may seem obvious that these fake teeth should be the first thing that guests remember to take with them when they leave. However, there are many cases of forgetful pensioners leaving their precious false teeth behind.

Cardboard Celebrity Cutouts

Some people travel with cardboard cutouts of celebrities which are mysteriously left behind.

Set Of X-Rays

Some guests who have visited the hospital sometimes leave their x-rays behind.

Wedding Dress

Some newly-wed brides sometimes leave their dresses behind.

Hopefully, this guide has highlighted some of the strange items which are left for the concierge to find.