A Selection Of My Top Travel Tips Part 2

31 Jul

Taking a step into the great big world of traveling for the very first time might feel a tad bit scary, but by keeping the helpful tips listed below in mind, you will soon find yourself traveling like those more experienced travelers, who go on many trips, every year.

Don’t over-schedule your vacation. While it is important to plan some activities, especially ones which require tickets or additional travel, leave yourself plenty of free time. There is no better way to see a location than to just wander around. Take the time to explore and see where you end up.

Ask family and friends for suggestions on places you should visit when trying to plan your next vacation. Often times they will not only be able to give you good suggestions for places that you should go, they can also steer you away from places that they didn’t have such a good time.

Make sure to research what the weather is going to be like in your destination. This will allow you to pack more appropriately. If it will be cold, you will need to take lots of layers. If it will be warm, then you know you can pack a lot of light weight clothing and sandals.

If you are traveling with a group, be sure to book in advance. Booking in advance will make it more likely that your group will be seated together. If you are traveling with children, you certainly do not want to leave seating arrangements to chance. Book early and confirm your seating arrangement.

If you plan on traveling with young children, make sure to stop often on the way there and back. Explain them in detail where you are going, and how long it will take to go there. Prepare some activities to keep them busy during the trip, such as coloring books.

Make your travel plans more affordable by booking your flight through a meta-search site. It can be tempting to get your tickets from a website whose purpose is to locate cheap airfare, but a meta-search site looks through a variety of airlines and travel booking sites at the same time. It will then redirect you to the site that has the price you want, saving you money.

Ask around on the social networks you frequent for any tips or recommendations of the area you’re planning on visiting. You’ll be surprised just what may come up. Ask what the best hotels are, what the best restaurants are, what places of interest you should visit. Friends usually give the best ideas!

Find out if you need any vaccinations before travelling to your chosen destination. You should visit your local health professionals and ask them to recommend vaccinations and also ask them about any other precautions you should take while away. You don’t want to risk getting infected with a preventable, dangerous disease while on vacation.

If you need to leave your vehicle at the airport for the duration of your travels then always pre-book airport parking well in advance. If you book parking on the day of your flight it will usually be much more expensive. If you don’t live far from the airport, consider whether taking a taxi would be cheaper than paying for parking.

Bring a door stop with you when you are traveling if you are nervous about the hotel room’s security. Particularly if you are visiting overseas, some of the less expensive rooms do not have a dead bolt or chain lock. A door stop can be wedged between the door and the floor, offering a small deterrent to someone trying to get into your room.

If you are a heavy reader it may be useful for you to purchase an e-reader before leaving home. E-readers are lightweight and small but can hold hundreds or even thousands of books. If you download many books before your trip you will never find yourself with nothing to read on your travel downtime.

So, after reading and applying the helpful tips listed in this article, you should feel a bit more at ease in the land of traveling. You have the knowledge and now it’s time to use it. You should feel confident and ready to begin your travels, so that you can experience various lands and cultures.

A Selection Of My Top Travel Tips Part 1

30 Jul

Traveling is like leaving your home for a fun adventure. If you make your list, check it twice and then just sit back and wait to see what interesting things happen along the way, you will not only be prepared, but you will also have a great time. The following tips are things that should be on that list you check twice before heading out the door.

Keep a group journal in your hotel room while traveling. Invest in something as inexpensive as a spiral notebook, and allow the people you are traveling with to write in it during down time. This will provide an interesting read later and will be a nice keepsake from your trip.

When traveling to an area where the tap water is unsafe to drink, pay attention to the altitude as well. Above about ten thousand feet, water actually boils at a lower temperature. This means that it must be boiled for a longer time in order to ensure all of the contaminants have been killed.

If you are traveling overseas, always have local currency in a variety of denominations. It is much easier to be ripped off by a taxi driver or shopkeeper if the smallest bill in your wallet represents a week’s or even month’s profit. Small change can sometimes be difficult to come by, so hang onto your coins when you get them.

When considering travel insurance for an upcoming trip, be sure to compare rates of providers, not forgetting to check with your credit card companies. Many times they may provide these benefits to you at a cheaper price. They may cover items such as lost luggage or trip cancellation. However, these benefits are not usually found with base-level cards.

Traveling with a suitcase that has no dividers or compartments you can split your clothes up in can be tough. A great way to get around this problem is by placing a piece of cardboard between different clothing selections or items. Not only will you be able to separate your items, but you will come out looking more organized.

Travel is a great way to educate family members. By taking time and preparing, there is nothing to fear from the developing world. It is a great way to show other cultures to children. Time spent abroad helps you understand and appreciate diverse cultures. In addition, it encourages an acceptance and tolerance of ways of life that differ from your own.

To avoid high exchange rates in foreign countries, stop at an ATM for your bank when you disembark from your flight. Large banks get much better exchange rates than an individual, so pulling money out once you get there is a hassle-free and inexpensive way to get the currency you need.

When traveling by plane, make sure to wear shoes that are easy to remove. You will be required to remove your shoes to go through security, so wearing slip-on or Velcro shoes will allow you to remove them quickly. Once they come out of the scanner, you will be able to quickly replace them and be on your way.

To save money on your vacation, don’t be afraid of last-minute bookings. When airlines or cruise companies still have tickets available a few days before the departure date, they lower prices because they are desperate to sell. With a last-minute booking, you can take the vacation of your dreams at rock-bottom prices.

If you’re visiting a museum or other tourist attraction, make sure to ask about any special discount rates for which you might be eligible. Many attractions have discounts for seniors, children, and students. Getting a discount rate will help you save money and travel on a budget while still enjoying the local sites.

Attend educational seminars while traveling on board a cruise ship. Most ships offer these lectures for free, and they are often entertaining and interesting. Many talk about something related to your cruise, such as the wildlife that you might see when you port. This activity can make your entire trip more enjoyable.

While the tips and information that we have presented to you here in this article are meant to put your mind at ease while traveling, no one trip will be without its ups and downs. The biggest piece of advice I can give you is to relax and enjoy the ride.

Conquering Dovrefjell Mountain and Treating Cold Sores Along the Way

29 Aug

I had wanted to conquer Dovrefjell Mountain for years. My husband and I had been hiking since we were in our teens, and we had conquered many mountains together (both figuratively and literally). Last month, I turned 30. It was a big year for me because my mother had gotten breast cancer when she turned 30, and I was worried about myself. I went and got checked out by my general doctor, and she told me I was as healthy as an ox. It was good news. I wanted to celebrate that good news and my 30th birthday with something special.

I decided that something special would be to finally conquer Dovrefjell Mountain. My husband was up for the challenge too. We originally hail from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, so we went to downtown Philly to get supplies the weekend before we left. I always make sure to have a first aid kit with us wherever we go, but little did I know what trauma I would be experiencing in that first aid department during this exciting journey up Dovrefjell Mountain.

Treating cold sores during a hike

No, I didn’t break my leg. I didn’t fall off the mountain and get a concussion. My problem was a cold sore. I have suffered from cold sores all my life, but this was horrible. Dovrefjell Mountain is a mountain range in the middle of Norway. It sits right in between Trondelag and Eastern Norway, and it’s way up there. The wind and cold are extreme, and I know that’s why my cold sores were acting up. In addition, the prolonged sun exposure my lips and face had didn’t help either.

In my first aid kit during the trip, I had Vaseline, sunscreen and hydrogen oxide originally meant for cleaning wounds. If you’ve ever had a cold sore at home, you know how annoying it can be. Imagine having one outside when the wind is whistling by you at 50 miles an hour and the sun is beating down on your skin. If this ever does happen to you, I recommend the following to get rid of those pesky cold sores.

Tips for treating cold sores

First of all, keep your hands off. You’ll want to pick at your cold sore, but you must resist this urge. It will only make it worse. In addition, make sure to replace your toothbrush as soon as possible. The bacteria on your toothbrush could exacerbate the problem. I’ve picked this information from a website called Know Your Remedy.

Next, you will need to wipe the area with hydrogen peroxide. No, this does not feel very good, but it’s necessary to disinfect the area and to help speed up the healing process. Hydrogen peroxide is also great because it prevents the spreading of one cold sore.

Finally, whenever your lips or the sore feels chapped, use Vaseline and always make sure to cover up with sunscreen to prevent further damage. I did all of this and got rid of my cold sore in only two days.

Remember, the next time you go hiking up a mountain, make sure you have enough supplies with you for minor emergencies and for first aid procedures, and don’t forget about cold sores. Make sure you have an extra toothbrush, hydrogen peroxide, Vaseline and sunscreen at the very least! For a complete guide on how to handle cold sores, check out this site.

Travel to Work or Work to Travel?

24 Aug

It's amazing how different those two concepts are. It's also amazing how different they can feel, depending on your personality.

Now, as you know by now I'm a creature of free spirit. The idea of taking off to work my way around the world doesn't faze me in the slightest. In fact, it excites me. All the same, if I had a 9-5 job suddenly turn around and tell me I had to leave everything and uproot myself to the San Francisco office because they say so, I'd probably kick my toys out of my cot.

It's a bit of an irony, isn't it? I'd happily work to travel, but travelling to work seems like a great big pain. Perhaps it's hardly surprising that a few souls more enterprising then I have found a way to do both.

The most obvious, in this digital age, is by taking business online. There's a lot to be said for an office that requires no physical residential space. And there are couples making it work all over the world. With jobs that require no set working hours or even time zones, they're able to make the most of a life no matter what continent they're on without ever worrying about funding. Whether it's life coaching, consulting or writing airless paint sprayer reviews, they're able to keep a 'steady' if not exactly 9 to 5 job despite an address that changes regularly. How's that for a globetrotting lifestyle? And the nifty thing is these sites work- click my paint sprayer link above to see a classic example of a site that's offering thorough reviews, nifty tips and more to a variety of people in the market for a new product. No wonder it's doing well.

Of course, mere logistics has never put off those with the travel bug, even if they favour a profession with a more classic job structure. It is always a bit more difficult to swing it, though, if you're continent hoping with working in mind. Make sure you understand all the legislation in place governing working abroad, as there's nothing worse than getting on the wrong side of the law in a foreign country. For example, be aware that working construction here in Australia is a respected job, and you'll need to get your white card  in Australia in hand to be licensed to work in that industry in this country. The link I've added will guide you through the process of getting refreshed on the info and actually organising your card, too, so give it a look.

Whatever your motivation for travel, you know I'll never say not to go for it. The broadening of your horizons that comes with living 'other peoples' lives for a short while is an experience that's difficult to describe and impossible to duplicate any other way. Even if you find yourself heading back 'home', wherever that may be, the experience will never leave you and you won't be sorry you went.

Travelling To Meet My Cousin Michael – Owner Of A Successful Paralegal Firm

24 Aug

On a recent visit back to America earlier this year, I had the great joy of reconnecting with my cousin Michael, who has been living in New York for the past few years.

I often hear from other family members that Michael is doing fairly nicely in life, although we haven’t seen each other for several years – he runs a successful paralegal firm in the middle of New York and has been working in the legal industry for some time.

Without reluctance, when Michael proposed that I come see with him I leapt at the chance. Although I was just in New York traveling I didn’t have any work obligations that would take up most of my time, so I organized to come past his firm and see what he is been doing.

Upon my entrance, and I shortly discovered that Michael’s paralegal business was not small at all, and he had around 20 staff there working for him. Instantly I thought to myself “gosh he must do alright!”

Michael and myself connected like any great family members would after not having seen each other for such a long time. Michael took me around to meet lots of his staff members and made me feel very welcome.

We got talking about family issues and things from the past, but I could not help myself, and was determined to find out how Michael managed to get himself set up so well with his company.

As it happens, Michael used to work at America’s most well-known law firm – Baker McKenzie. Michael said he met and befriended a close colleague called Evan, and worked there for several years with many other people who shared similar interests.

Evan, as it turns out is another successful paralegal and collectively Michael and Evan would meet to discuss the notion of setting up their own paralegal business, and expand their business across the country.

I did not actually understand what Michael meant by the term paralegal, but I presumed it must be more of an administrative aspect of law. I looked it up online and found this great site that provides a great overview of the profession.

As it happens, Evan and Michael went into venture and became among the most successful paralegal companies in Nyc, and consequently they get tons of grads from paralegal school asking them the best way to become a paralegal. I don’t blame them because it looks like they can do very well in the industry with the right qualifications – check this link for more info on paralegal salaries.

Michael described the procedure which he goes through interviewing the finest graduates, and he said that he likes to employ them because their labor is considerably more affordable than hiring experienced paralegals.

Michael said this is a vital method where he manages to keep staff costs down so he can concentrate on expanding his paralegal company.

I adore what I do – traveling around the world gives me great personal gratification, but I automatically thought that I must somehow become involved in Michael’s company. In the end, he makes more money than I ever could imagine. And traveling tends to be quite expensive.

Being the great cousin which he is, Michael said he’d be happy for myself to help Evan and him out with their growth strategies into other cities. Their company has become rather popular in The Big Apple, therefore I have total confidence in our capacity to open up businesses in other states. With my background in marketing and advertising, these skills should end up being rather helpful.

I explained to Michael that since I traveled most of the time, I’d be a lot closer to other states than he was, and that I was able to maybe help him out by liaising and meeting with possible partners interstate to see if we can get something occurring there too.

Michael described his dreams of expanding their company all around America, and I concurred it would be a move that if done the right way would prove to be very lucrative.

Over the the next couple of months I have actually got my work cut out for me, if all goes to plan and who knows, perhaps I might find a way to reap the monetary advantages of Michaels’s successful company.

Dental Tourism Is An Interesting Part of Travel

20 Aug

Dental Implants AbroadDental tourism is one of the more interesting aspects of travel out there. Of course, many people go into different parts of the world for certain medical treatments if they are not available in their own countries but dental tourism is a totally different point.

This refers to how people are going to head out to different parts of the world as a means of getting dental services taken care of. It is interesting to see but it is sensible when many points are considered. The fact is that dental tourism is a point that has to be seen with care because it can mean quite a bit to many patients.

Price Is a Point

The main reason why dental tourism is noteworthy comes from how prices can vary for dental services all around the world. For instance, people in the European Union often head out to Slovenia and Slovakia for dental care because the cost of dental implants and other solutions can be dramatically reduced. The same can be said for American and Canadian patients heading to Mexico for treatments.

Dental implants from DentistHub may cost thousands of pounds. The cost in some other countries might be half that much while the same materials are still used. This is a fascinating incentive that makes dental tourism all the more popular. In fact, it might be easier to afford travel than it is to get insurance.

Access Is a Point

Some people may have a hard time finding access to dental health services in their home countries. For instance, dental implants or orthodontic services may not be available in all parts of the world. People who travel to different spots might end up getting access to more functions than what they have even been able to use in the past. This added form of access can really work wonders for the dental needs that many people might have to work with and should be considered quite well when finding a sensible solution that is appealing for all to find.

Insurance Is a Point

Sometimes a person might have dental insurance but will find that it will not cover certain functions. However, it might cover some functions in one other country. Dental tourists will often head to those countries as a means of taking advantage of the services that are open in different places that may be of use and interest to them.

The insurance coverage that is accepted in different parts of the world will clearly vary though. Still, many people will choose to travel into different spots as a means of getting coverage because it may still be inexpensive even if insurance is not going to cover it. All places will vary based on what is open but it is always important to see what coverage terms are going to be used when finding different solutions of value when getting insured in some way.

Dental tourism is a very unique aspect of travel that is very different from what people might expect to find but it is one field that is worth finding. The potential for tourists to save real money and to get access to more dental services will certainly be a point worth exploring.

Medical Coding on the Road

13 Aug

I meet dozens of new people every month in my travels. Being the people-person that I am, I get to know quite a few of them on a very personal level. I would say that most of them are on temporary vacations and aren’t frequent fliers like myself. However, every once in a while I do meet someone who, like myself, travels the globe constantly. As you can imagine, with the price of airfare and accomodations, constant travel can be pretty expensive. It’s always interesting to hear the circumstances that led an individual to a life of constantly being on the road.

When I first started roaming the word, I had assumed that there were only a limited number of career paths that would allow an individual the freedom and resources to constantly travel (rockstars, professional sports players, heirs to the throne, etc). I have since found that I was incorrect in that assumption.  Now I am always adding to my list of known occupations that can support the lifestyle of a travelholic. Last month, when I was down in Sao Paulo, Brazil for the FIFA World Cup, I added yet another interesting career to that list.

I’ve heard of organizations, like “Doctor’s without Borders,” who travel to 3rd world countries for humanitarian aid projects, but outside of that the medical field isn’t one that is normally associated with travel. This being the case, I was surprised when I met Andrea, a medical biller from Texas. Apparently healthcare wages in the medical billing field can be quite lucrative.  She hasn’t been home in over 18 months, but she still works a stable full time job in medical coding. So how does she do this? First it helps to understand exactly what is required of her job. Andrea is responsible for taking healthcare patient’s information and submitting proper medical codes to insurance companies for billing purposes. Undoubtedly, there is a large amount of paperwork involved. In fact, just 6 or 7 years ago, Andrea wouldn’t have been able to hold her job while sipping a margarita on the beaches of Sao Paulo. Lucky for her, with modern technology, everything is now completely digital. She is easily able to keep up with her workload by putting in about 6 hours of work whenever she can each day.

I was intrigued by not only her work ethic, but also her ingenuity in the system that she had created which allowed her to run a business from virtually anywhere in the world. It’s impressive how many jobs that I am finding which are becoming more and more this way. I mean, it makes sense. Most of our jobs only require a computer, an internet connection and a quiet place to focus. Andrea just works out of a hotel room. Of course, it took a while for her to build up a client base before she was able to enjoy her current success. It took planning and executing, but she now has no doubt that it was more than worth it. This leads to an interesting question that I’d like to pose to my readers. What opportunities are available in your line of work, and what are you doing to make your job work for you?