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

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

10 Tips to Stay Healthy While Travelling

As we know traveling is fun and enjoyable, but it can also be stressful to our health when we are constantly on the move.

While traveling trying new food and exploring new places it’s obvious to treat yourself to a little more than you normally would while traveling. Instead of stressing about it all we’ve put together a few easy steps that will not only make your travel, but also it will make your return journey a whole lot easier and healthier.

Don’t try to see the entire city all in one day. If you wish to do a lot of sightseeing slow down your pace and spread your itinerary. You’ll also get to know the area more instead of saying that you’ve been there. Be active and roam the street but don’t overdo. Pace yourself.

Sleep is very important while traveling. You’re body needs rest when you’re physically traveling, cruising zones or carrying luggages from one destination to another and walking all day. Traveling is very harsh to your body. So try to get plenty of rest.

Don’t skip your breakfast just because you are going out for lunch. Make your own breakfast by buying instant oatmeal and make it with hot water in you hotel room before heading out for the day or can have some fruits or juices. Breakfast is very important meal of the day for a reason. It gives you the energy to start your day right.

It’s very easy to feel dehydrated during and immediately after traveling .Carry a water bottle with you all the time. Drink enough of water throughout the day to hydrate yourself. You can also have coconut water, herbal tea, and fresh juice to avoid dehydration. Alcohol is the worst thing to have on trips which will dehydrate you.

Skip unhealthy food options. Eat veggies when you can. Have healthier options when dining out. Choose a vegetarian dish or add a salad to balance your meal. Most important is veg food always keeps you light. Always keep some snacks handy in your bag. In case you are not able to reach nearby restaurant, the snack what you have carried comes in use.

Use wet napkins and hand sanitizer, as it comes handy when water and soap aren’t available which can happen quite frequently when traveling. You come into contact with many people, things and doors etc. and with the same hand you would grab a snack to eat which in turn can be harmful by spread of germs and bacteria.

Strengthening your immune system is very important. It is very difficult to eat a healthy balanced diet with essential vitamins while you are traveling. So to make up one must take daily multivitamins to supplement your meals.

Leave your work tension at home. If you are worried about your job not completed every now and then it would stress you.

Staying healthy while traveling is just not about eating well and workout, other things like skin care routing, vitamins regimen and mental health should also be considered. Therefore practicing total good health during your trip will make your vacation all the more enjoyable.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Get Paid to Travel Around the World

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Usually people can’t afford going on a vacations. Travelling has become almost unaffordable to most of the travel junkies. But do not worry, there are some ways or the other where one can travel getting paid for it. This can be done by getting yourself engaged in various passions.

ENGLISH SPEAKERS: Certain travel agency offers free vacations for English speakers who are willing to spend a week mingling with foreigners to help them practise their language skills. This is also the best way to make lifelong friends from around the world.

NURSING SKILL on the road. If you are a nurse you can go mobile and travel for free to different places and get paid for it. First Aid treatment is very essential for senior citizen who is always down with some sickness or the other.

GET PAID TO SKI by taking part in seasonal work at mountain ski resorts. You don’t even have to know how to ski. Ski resorts hire national from all over the world to fill positions from ski lift operators, hotel and restaurants staff as long as a temporary work visa can be obtained. It is a great chance to live in some of the most beautiful places in the world and get away from the city hustle and bustle.

WWOOF is known as Work exchange on organic and sustainable properties. It gives an opportunity to work on organic farms around the world in exchange for free housing and food. You’re expected to put in around four to six hours of work per day at least two days with anything that needs to be done. Once your shift is over you are free to explore the village’s trails or nearby cities as you please.

INSTRUCTORS who are well versed in a sporting activity surfing, rock climbing, skiing mountain, biking can easily teach other people the ropes. Adventurer work is a great place to start looking for potential instructors jobs around the world. One plus point is if you speak several languages it may be a huge plus point since most tourism agencies rely on their instructors to communicate with many international customers.

If you love mingling and hanging around with people this passion is perfect by being A WALKING TOUR GUIDE which is also another way to get paid but by tips. The tips may not be very much; it can verys well cover the cost of your meals for an entire week. But one must be well versed about the country especially the significance of monuments within a particular area and historical moments. One can also study different cultures while leading tourist to iconic and historic place in the world.

If you have A TALENT TO ENTERTAIN whether it is dancing, singing or even magic tricks, you may find position available with cruise ships around the world. Working with a cruise comes with a salary, free accommodation and chance to travel to many places. You will get to paid to do what you love to travel and perform.

Working as a FLIGHT ATTENDANT is another option. It is 9 to 5 jobs while going from this country to another country. Their salary is less but they get good benefits which includes going on trips with family members.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

How to Get Free Flights to Travel For Free

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A cheap flight is great but a free flight is better. You can score a great travel deal but you have to know the tricks of the trade. Getting free plane tickets is actually not difficult. On every day basis hundreds of people get free plane ticket from major airlines. Those are American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Northwest Airlines, Air Canada, Jet Blue etc. Even if they go in a loss they very well know how to get it back by various methods.

Airlines service is less than perfect. The companies can’t do anything about the weather or air trafficcontrol, but still they are responsible for their customer service. They have to resolve the issues by providing discounts or free flights. Even if you have suffered a service failure or you were disappointed any time by the staff, report your problem to the airlines. If they find you are reasonable in your compliant they’re likely to reward you with valuable vouchers good for future travel.

You can also discover there are many easy ways to earn and use miles to travel the world for free using customer loyalty programme. If you don’t get free flight tickets, using miles can allow you to travel on business class or first class for less than the price of an economy ticket.

Earn miles with Airlines promotions. Typically when an airline introduces a new route,they offer extra miles to their customers who will fly certain routes during a particular time frame. But for this you have to register for the promotion in advance.

Since registration is free, always register for all promotion on the airlines you are going to fly. Be in touch also with the airlines email list to be aware of these promotions well in advance so that you can plan accordingly.

Most of the airlines overbook their flights. But some passengers actually miss their flight because of various reasons like they have arrived late at the airport, were too ill to travel or simply changed their mind last minute, here the airlines are profited, but sometimes if a flight is overbooked and everyone shows up, they have to request some passengers to step off the plane. So in order to keep the passenger satisfied they offer other financial incentives and as a THANKYOU the airlines will reward the person with hundreds of dollar’s airlineticket coupons.

These vouchers are usually valid for one year and up to $500. If you don’t want to be stepped out of the plane to avoid embarrassment the best thing is to volunteer at the desk before they make an announcement especially during the peak travel periods. They even compensate for 1 hrs delay by giving a voucher for $300.

Find a companion vouchers with discounted rates or for free. It is better to take a companion voucher from the airlines itself and not from any agents. Where they have a lot of loop holes.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

10 Tips to Have a Fabulous Holiday Without Breaking The Bank

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Once summer holidays and winter holidays starts people get excited and busy in making their holiday plans. Their mood is all set whether they want to go for a couple of days vacations to be away from the hustle –bustle of the city life or spend a relaxing two week holiday trip at their favourite holiday destination. For this entire holiday monetary fund’s play a very important role whether you would like to blow up your budget and return home repenting on holiday expenses. So for all these there are some tips for having a great holiday without breaking the bank.

Decide first what destination you can afford, So that you can set your holiday budget.

Always settle for a higher budget that includes travelling costs related to travelling and accommodation, shopping, eating and sightseeing.

The season you are travelling is of great importance. Make sure that while you plan your trip it should be during off season or during the week. If your book in advance and avoid weekend travelling you get to save a significant amount of flight and hotel accommodation. The best option that you have is to go for all inclusive. Doing price comparison will surely come handy.

Before you give a final go to the holiday destination, make sure you have cross checked with the airline you are travelling regarding the price. All extra prices like on board meals, baggage and credit card fees will land up being expensive later.

Make sure you are cautious about you baggage weights and documentations. Overweight and having extra bags can cause you around 100 dollars at the airport. If you lose your boarding pass it will cost you forty dollar per person with some airlines.

While on holiday don’t think of going for shopping. One should buy some souvenir of that place. If interested in buying something for friends find out first whether duty free goods are worth buying because sometimes there are chances that you may get it at a cheaper price in your own home town OR watch the items you need to gift is on sale on line or in-store, unnecessary you will be blowing up your budget.

When you have a large family or friend, buying gifts for everyone can drain your bank account fast. So consider the names for your own secret Santa. That is the way everyone still gets a gift and everyone saves a lot of money.

Credit cards are too tempting to swipe. The easiest way to stick to your holiday budget is to use the envelope method. Put the budgeted money in each envelope for different category.

THE HOLIDAYS ARE A TIME TO ENJOY WITH YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND REMIND THEM HOW MUCH YOU CARE. THERE IS NO NEED OF GIFTING PRESENT, BUT YOUR PRESENCE IS IMPORTANT.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Caring for Yourself While Travelling Abroad

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There are different types of travel that appeal to different types of travellers. Especially for :
CHILDREN TRAVELLER
ELDERLY TRAVELLER
TRAVEL DURING PREGNANCY
DISABLED TRAVELLER

Let’s emphasis on these travellers a bit more in detail: 

CHILDREN TRAVELLER: Care must be taken while travelling with children. Preparation should be done well in advance. All children regardless of their age will require a valid passport and visa to enter most countries. Special seating arrangement in planes can always be arranged if advance notice is given. Prepare for all possible travel sickness. Vaccination is important for children, so see that the children are well immunized against diseases. Remember to avoid contaminated food and water.

Children’s skin is very sensitive in the sun. Take sensible clothing, high factor sun screens and avoid exposure to mid-day sun. Pool safety is very important especially when children are around. They have to be watched constantly; don’t depend on the life guard .Even if a pool has a life guard make sure you know where your children are and what they’re doing in the water.

Travel sickness is quiet common in children than adults. Travel sickness is often worse on a boat or ship, long car journey especially along the winding roads can easily induce nausea. A number of travel sickness remedies are available to reduce symptoms of motion sickness .Don’t wait until the symptoms start making its presence felt.

ELDERLY TRAVELLERS: The number of elderly people travelling has been increasing day by day. A greater life expectancy, better health in old age and increasing affluence have given elderly people more time and opportunity to travel or visit friends and relatives abroad. The elderly people are more vulnerable to many sicknesses like HIGH TEMPERATURES AND HEAT STROKE, DEEP VEIN THROMBOSIS, HYPOTHERMIA, and FATIGUE AND EXHAUSTION AND THE EFFECT OF LOW OXYGEN DURING AIR TRAVEL AND AT HIGH ALTITUDE

But there are some guidelines when one must consider when planning the journey of a life time or a world cruise.

Good insurance should be obtained.

Travel should be planned carefully.

A pre-travel consultation should be booked at the travel clinic.

Choose destination with medical facilities and infrastructure.

Medicines should be kept in hand luggage with plenty of stock.

THEREFORE IT IS IMPORTANT TO BEAR IN MIND THAT ELDERLY PEOPLE ENJOY FOREIGN TRAVEL AND SHOULD NOT BE PREVENTED FROM DOING SO.

TRAVEL DURING PREGNANCY: Travelling is usually possible with proper precaution and armed with information when to travel, vaccination needed and insurance. Before planning your trip and before departure always undergo a medical check-up. Find out whether at that destination proper medical facility is available. First three month is crucial so avoid travelling during the first 3 months. Flying is not harmful to you or your baby but discuss it with your doctors. Make sure your travel insurance covers you for any medical illness. Take care to avoid contaminated food and water which could lead to stomach ache and diarrhoea.
DISABLED TRAVELLERS: Some organisations and tour counties arrange trips for the disabled when mobility problem like the Disabled holiday guide has been created to bring a choice of holiday opportunity to those living with special needs and mobility difficulties.

Some problems faced by the disabled travellers are: 

Denied boarding, treated badly, poor assistance, additional charges to receive assistance, loss or damage to mobility equipment and assertive devices. Airlines are usually very helpful and provide assistance if informed well in advanced.

Monday, March 20, 2017

4 Ways to Book a "Round the World" Ticket for Cheaper

Round the World
People always have a dream of exploring the world before they die. For a trip like this it is always expensive, especially by air. Around the world travel is just not for the young or wealthy people but also for students and retired people who can avail of this vacation taking the advantage of the convenient pricing and flexibility of around the world tickets. There is no limit for your travel it can be for few days to a few years. You can have many stopovers or side trips.

Here are some ways to make your trip more affordable. You can take a dream trip and stick to a budget. Always avoid when planning a trip is at season time. During this time the price of a single flight cost more than the normal fare. Therefore before planning look at seasons around the world.

Limit your number of destinations.The world is a big place, but you can’t see it all at once. You have to break your holidays in many parts, because more the cities you visit the more your ticket will cost, therefore eliminating your destination will save more money on the ticket and you can get more quality time in the place you visit.

Every one loves to travel from one point to another without breaking their journey, but nonstop flights are the most expensive ones. So be open to connecting flight where it will be much cheaper. A stopover and a particular place can increase the value of your trip without increasing your cost. There is few option for interesting stopover destinations like HONG KONG, TOKYO, FIJI, AMSTERDAM and SEOUL.

Some of the world’s most enticing destinations are on the other side of the equator from home. Overland travel allows you several things, a glimpse beyond as country’s flashy cosmopolitan surface, and a first-hand view of its beautiful countryside.These long flights are costly, so it is better to minimize the number of long haul flights in your itinerary and spend that extra money doing other fun and interesting things.

Some airlines do offer good deals on last minute fares. Early access to the seat inventory helps you to book cheapest ticket and if at all your trip is still out of reach ask for advice, which places are making your trip costly. The travel consultants are best to be contacted where they add or eliminate the stops to lower the price. They try to check out which airlines offer discounts for travellers over 65 yrs. and above then for students and children and infants also.

So if you want to master travelling around the world on a budget, get all the information you will need.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

How to Stay Productive During a Flight Delay

Flight Delay
These two words FLIGHT DELAY can make our heart sink the moment you see a new time on the flight board, and then we just think and stare now what.

NOW a days it seems that wait times have become more unbearable .Travel delays can happen when you least expect them. So it is best to be prepared rather than spending your waiting time on Facebook. Delay can always happen whether you are travelling for a vacation or for a business trips.Try to use these simple strategies to help time pass by more quickly and productively.

Make sure you have personal Wifi hot spot on your phone or other mobile devices that can be valuable for travelling entrepreneurs. You can find a business lounge or first class lounge that offers comfortable seats and other amenities. The main thing is don’t forget your charger which will leave you stranded doing nothing.

Being productive isn’t always about completing specific task right away. If you spend all your time during a flight delay, doing your work. Then you might find yourselves too worn out by the time you reach your destination. So it is important to take a break during your delay and grab a healthy snack to keep your energy levels up throughout the day.

Get compensated for your delay flight in case of business loss or loss time .Put in your requirement so that you can get your money back or even a credit towards a future flight. Most of the airline passengers receive refunds for flights that are cancelled or delayed by more than two hours, even if it is a non-refundable fare. Some airlines also pay a packages of 500$ for expense like accommodation, meals, transportation and toiletries.

Flight delay causes a lot of stress and one feels overwhelmed. Instead of brooding about the situation, start to meditate. Meditation can be practised anywhere. It doesn’t require any special equipment. Just a few minutes you are able to clear your mind and arrive at your destination feeling refreshed and ready for your next morning.

Try to take a stroll inside the airport visiting shops of different articles; sometimes some airports have mini-spas that offer massages and other treatment.

If the delay is long enough then you can go out for a sight-seeing. Find out from any local where someone can arrange a quick tour of the city.

Therefore it is always good to have another plan B whether it’s personal entertainment, professional work.
Find alternatives things to do, that can make your time a little more productive.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

How to Plan a Trip Along with Your Pet

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If you have a pet then you know that making travel plans includes deciding whether to take them with you or leave them in the care of a sitter or boarding facility’s.

A trip cannot be enjoyed if your four legged member of the family can’t come along. But travelling with a pet can be highly stressful both for you and your pet, but also it can be a wonderful and bonding experience or not so pleasant one. It all depends on proper planning and preparation.

Not all pets are suited for travel. Lot depends upon their temperament and physical impairments or suffers from an illness. The best thing is to consult your veterinarian.

To ensure you have a safe and comfortable journey here are some tips.

Identification tags are very important for your pet before setting out for a trip. If you should become separated from your pets their identification is the surest way they will find their way back to you. Usually veterinarian recommends fitting a microchip in them which serves as an ID Tags.

Choose what is safest and the most comfortable travel for your pets.

BY CAR:The safest way for your dog to travel in the car is in a crate that has been anchored to the vehicle using a seat belt. Seat belt are also useful from preventing them to roam around the car otherwise they will distract the driver. Always keep your pets in the behind seat to prevent them form any injury.

See that the head of the dog is not out of a window where injury can be caused by particles of debris or fall sick due to cold air. Stop frequently to allow your pet to exercise and eliminate, but see that they have their leash, a collar and their ID card. Last thing never leave your pet alone in the car for a long time, because the heat can take a toll on them.

BY AIR: Dogs with pushed in face like the bulldogs, pugs and Persian cats are risky to make them travel by plane, because of their short nasal passages leave them especially vulnerable to oxygen deprivation and heat stroke. If you decide to fly with your pets, cabin is the only option depending on the size of your pet.

Take precaution when your pet is going through the security screening. See that you pet is securely harnessed.

Animals flying in the cargo area should be kept a strict watch. Some of them are killed or injured, because of the hot and cold temperament,poor ventilation and rough handling.

Always use direct flight and travel on the same flight along with your pet, make sure that your pet nails have been clipped to protect them against getting hooked in the carriers, door holes and other crevices.

BY SHIP:Very few cruise liners welcome pets. Some of them permit pets in private cabins, but most confine pets to kennels. Find out its policies and which ship has kennel facilities. Be sure the kennel is protected from elements and check on your pet.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

3 Types of Vacations to Keep Family Relationship Strong

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Vacations are very important way to break free from the stress of work and home life. To keep family relationship strong coming together is very important and spending undistracted time together. One can actually see the true bonding of a family relationship. Therefore to get a big chunk of distracted time is by leaving our house and normal daily schedule or in other words when we take a vacation. Therefore one must decide to go for different types of vacations.

RELAX AND RE-ENERGIZE is a classic vacation. It is an ENERGIZING BREAK from your typically daily schedule and enjoys to fullest whatever is mentioned on your itinerary. This type of classic vacation differs from family to family. For some people it might mean sitting on a warm beach with nothing to do and for another family it might be the same beach but with a schedule of surf lesson, hula dancing and hiking.

Relaxing and re energizing trip for your family would be in the city museum or watching a live show or taking cooking classes. But for another family it can be camping. These type of vacation doesn’t have to be long it can be squeezed on a weekend close to your house, it won’t be too expensive.

IMPROVING YOUR ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIP is very important. People are involved nowadays in the digital world where it is very difficult to unplug which in turn ruins the relationship. Try something new together. Engage in some new activities as a couple that can strengthen relationship and which will make you feel like you did when you first started dating.

Try an exciting activity together that increase your heart rate and releases adrenaline which will help you feel the excitement you felt when your relationship was new.

Many couples like to relax and pamper each other where they don’t normally practice at home. In fact pampering activities can actually foster a greater sense of intimacy in some couples. Take a spa day together. Where you both are relaxed and in turn it will strengthen your bond and improve relationship.

One can surprise your partner with a few romantic gestures like holding hands while walking or snuggling during downtime. Go out for a dinner to a world class restaurant.

Make time for intimacy because the partners find it difficult co-coordinating their schedules at home, but on vacation you should make time to express your love in a physical ways.

CREATE MEMORIES during your vacation is very important. They don’t have to be lavish or thrilling. Simply by changing your routine schedule is more than sufficient. Do something that is exciting that you can’t do at home. Engage in a unique activity which will help you build and cement fond memories of your trip together. Recalling your vacation together weeks or months after the vacation can help you build stronger, lasting memories and improve your family satisfaction with one another.

VACATIONS NEED NOT BE EXPENSIVE. ALL THAT MATTERS IS THAT YOUR TRIP IS FUN, RELAXING AND MEMORABLE.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Everything You Need To Know How to Use Smartphone While Travelling

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We all want our smartphone to work while we travel. One must know how to get the smartphone working when on road. Whether it is detailed not too complicated and will save money, time and plenty of frustration. The moment we head towards overseas with our phones we are hit with confusing mess of technical jargon, expensive roaming agreements, conflicting advice and non-working gear.

Tablets and smart phones are now as much as holiday essential as sunscreen and swimwear. If you don’t take care when using your smartphone or tablet abroad you could be left paying off a long bill. Using internet or data connection overseas can cost much more than it does at home. So with a bit of time, money and efforts up front, you’ll know exactly what option you have got on the road and can prepare for most eventualities. Do a bit of research, avoid the rip offs, have the right gear with you and you’ll be able to have an affordable, connected trip with the Smartphone in hand.

Following are some tips: 

Check whether your phone will work abroad or anywhere else in the world. Different countries have various network . So see that your phone is compatible with them so it works. Mostly GSM is used all over the world. But now the technology has improved most of the phones are built so that they are working in multiple countries.

Make sure you download what you need before you leave home, including any apps,books, films or music. If you wait until you’re abroad and then download films, music, maps, Guides or restaurants and bar reviews, it will consume large amount of data and you will have to pay a huge bill.

Make sure you turn off data roaming before you go. Otherwise these devices could be downloading data at standard rates throughout your stay and again pay a high bill.

If you want to regularly browse the web on your device overseas, see local Wifi hotspots instead of your mobile internet connection. You can easily access Wifi in places like cafes, restaurants and hotels. Sometimes for free or you can pay to access internet for a limited period.

Buy a local sim card when you arrive at your destination. It means you will have a different phone number while you are there. If you do buy a local sim remember to keep your home sim card safe and secure.

If your children have their own smartphone or 3g/4g Tablet explain about the risk of using it abroad or turn off data roaming on their device before you leave

Usually always check whether skype, watsp and hike are available in that country.

There is a safety net; all mobile operators have to apply a cut off limit once you have used a certain amount of data per month, wherever you travel in the world unless you choose another limit.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Reason to Travel Alone

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While we often plan trips with family and friends, many benefits to traveling alone often go unexplored.

We get involved too much between work, school, family and friends and our extracurricular activities and our lives become hectic. Therefore at one point of time we all just want to be away from our daily schedule and be alone, which can reboot our brain and unwind, improve concentration. So taking a trip on your own allows you to focus solely on yourselves, your wants, needs, feelings and it helps you to clear your mind and put things into perspective.

Travelling with family and friends can be fun but you will have to follow what the others are doing and which sometime you don’t feel like doing it. Like what time to wake, where to eat, what sights to see and what activities to pay for etc., but when you travel alone you’re able to control your own itinerary, make sure you don’t miss out on a single sight, restaurant or activity. You can do what you want to do 24/7.

You can stay within your budget. Money is always a pressure point when it comes to travel; everyone has different habits and attitudes. It is much easier to figure out your budget for a trip and plan accordingly. It’s simply much easier to create your own budget and stick to it rather than overspending because you travel with someone with expensive taste.

Travelling alone can be scary especially when you are not familiar with the places. But sometimes when you stop at a coffee shop or travel in a local transport you tend to meet many people where you can always ask for suggestion where to go next. If you‘re in a foreign country try to find spots that are popular with expats, sign up for cooking classes or museum tour to meet people with similar interest.

There will always be people trying to stop you to go alone specially your family member who are worried for your safety. They will call you crazy. Don’t fall a prey for that and you don’t have to prove yourself to anybody. A trip alone is about proving yourself how strong and capable you are. So boost your confidence and see how much you can achieve.

The trip will make you more independent. You don’t have to rely on someone else; you know you are capable of solving any problem. Taking a trip by yourself forces you to make all the decisions, figure out your own directions, be your own tour guide and deal with your own problem if they arise.

Sometime you may plan a trip to find out how to find independence, feel free and be some time alone. Travelling can open up a side of yourselves that you never even know existed. Solo travel forces you to be aware and see the world around you and not only look at it passively.

Truly experiencing life requires taking the ride yourself, No one can live your life for you and no one else is to blame if you die unfulfilled.

Friday, February 24, 2017

The Simple Hacks That Make Flying Cheaper and Better

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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

Eat Your Heart in Les Gets: Fantastic Foods to Try

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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.

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.

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.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

How to Survive When You Lose Your Passport

Passport
Whenever you are on vacation to some other country the one thing that every expat needs is a passport. This sound very simple, but what if your passport gets lost or stolen while on holiday. Have no fear; there are many possibilities where one can survive when they lose their passport.

Losing passport is like a CATASTROPHIC LOSS. If you find yourself in this situation STAY CALM, KEEP COOL, DON’T PANIC is the main thing one should keep in mind and start the procedure patiently how to get your passport. Following are some points where one can follow.

FILE A POLICE COMPLAINT for your travel insurance or you will not be able to claim anything. This is one thing that the embassy really likes to see, so that you can apply for a temporary passport at the embassy or consulate.Then call up the embassy of your home country and find out what all documents they require. Once you go to the embassy they will advise you how to get home, where you can seek legal representation, where you should go to get money, or local organisation, charities that may be able to help you. You can also purchase an emergency passport with the help of the embassy.

Always have a police report with you while travelling till you get a passport ,this will acts as a temporary identification .Carry other ID’s or copies of your passport along with you.

FIND A FREE INTERNET where you can use their computers or if you register with them and have your laptop you can use your Wi-Fi. Go to McDonald they have free Wi-Fi in most of their outlets and they usually don’t notice if you just come in and use it without buying anything. If you need to go somewhere where you have to pay for Wi-Fi all you must do is just show them your police report they will definitely help you.

Always have A BACKUP PLAN to prevent much Hassel as possible.Have 2 forms of photographic ID either passport or driving license. Have hard copies stored elsewhere in your luggage and a scanned copy of your passport saved to your email or carry with you on a pen drive.

Last but not the least HOLD on to your passport: You can get only one replacement passport. It is very simple to replace a passport but if replaced more than once they you are questioned. Suspicions arise that you might be intentionally losing it to help non-residents get into the country. If it happens the second time then it’s more complicated and they will keep a strict vigil on you.