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.

Lawns of the World

14 Jul

I've been spending time with the humble lawn this weekend, so I couldn't resist sharing some of the random facts I discovered. If only so I didn't go mad myself.

It started, you see, with a friend's plea for help. Help with lawn mower reviews on this great little site. See, silly thing that she was, she'd presumed a mower was a mower. That you simply walked into a store, picked up a mower and paid the shop off with a little bit of plastic. Apparently, the world is not so simple anymore. If you're a fool enough to need a new mower, be prepared to spend a lot of time thinking about this purchase! Since there no longer seems to be 'just' a mower, you've got to consider what you need it to do, how big the job is, how you'd like it to be powered and a myriad of other niggly things that are (apparently) involved in getting your lawn looking just so easily and quickly. At least the internet is always there to help you, hey! As we discovered, if you're looking for reel mower reviews, if you have a horse in the severe dispute between electric and gas mowers, or if you want to know anything else mower related, you can at least find great tip and review sites to help you.

It seems a futile amount of effort, however, for the sake of a concept that's only been around for a few hundred years. Up until the 1600's, the fact you had an enclosed space full of grass didn't mean much at all except that you weren't grazing animals there right now. There wasn't the swank-value attached to it because that came into play later. Every time I've travelled and visited those fabulous public buildings with those immense stretch of perfectly manicured lawns, I've not cast one single thought to the idea that it's quite possibly someone’s daily torture to keep that thing in check. No wonder those old manor houses had tons of staff – they need people to care of the acres of lawn!

Let's face it. Although you see a burgeoning number of them across Australia, our lawns aren't really what we're known for. Poisonous spiders and animals that will eat you, yes. Lawns? Not exactly. It's actually rather ridiculous that the British concept of a lawn was ever brought here. But to a certain house-proud mind, a manicured lawn is the thing that makes you. The little marker that states "This is not the Outback", I suppose.

Excuse me if I have to confess it doesn't matter enough to me to spend a whole weekend attached to the net sorting through the relative merits of differing blade heights. In fact, if you were looking for my humble opinion, you'd be better of hiring your neighbour’s kid to come do the hard work for you!

I mean, c'mon, am I right? Or are you a lawn fundy secretly tsk-tsking under their breath at my tortuous ignorance right now?

Maintaining My Beach Body All Year Round

11 Jul

As you may well know, I am a travelholic and my most favorite places to go to is the beach. In fact, I always make it a point to include a beach trip in my itinerary when I travel abroad. Now as I travelholic, I don't exactly plan all of my trips ahead of time. Majority of my travels are done on a whim. Like, I feel bored so I call my friends and ask them if they want to go with me for a quick trip to a beach in the south. Or like this one time when I was really stressed with work and just decided to fly to Bali. Yeah, I'm spontaneous and crazy like that.

So anyway, since I like to travel to beaches "just because", I make it a point to take care of my figure. Please don't think that I'm narcissistic because I'm not. Really. It's just that in my mind, a well-toned body is a healthy body.  I don't wait until summer is just around the corner before I start working out. I do it religiously, not matter what season it is. Yes, it's hard work. But keeping healthy is number one priority for me. How do I do it?

First of all, I watch what I eat. I'm kind of an organic baby, you see. I don't eat processed food and if I can help it, I stay away from fried fatty dishes as well. I keep my sugar intake to a minimum which means, I rarely eat cakes, pastries, or sweets. Do I diet? Yes and no.

Let's talk about the "no" for a bit. I say no because I don't really follow a diet regimen religiously. I eat healthy food by choice and not because that's what a particular diet plan is telling me to eat.

Let's get to the "yes" now. This is where the "weird" in me comes out. I am not obsessed with keeping tabs on the latest diet plan but when a particular regimen receives a lot of hype, I try it. Take for example the HCG diet. It was featured in the Dr. Oz show and was dubbed as "a safe and natural way to lose weight". Almost everyone I knew was talking about it. Naturally, I had to look it up.

The internet is a treasure cave for information about anything and the HCG diet was no exception. I found websites that offered HCG pellets and injections. I also found sites that gave you everything you needed to know about this popular weight loss regimen including a complete HCG diet food plan list.

I'm not a fan of weight loss supplements so I didn't buy HCG tablets. But I did try the food plan list. I can't say if it worked for me because I gave up on it after a couple of days. You see, you  are only limited to 500 calories per day and that is something I cannot live with because I like my food and I'm not really willing to give that up.

Let's go back to how I keep my beach body all year round. Well aside from watching what I eat, I weight train about twice a week. On top of that, I go for a run almost every day. I also do yoga one or two evenings a week. 

As you can see, I do put a bit of an effort in maintaining my figure. This is something I am really committed to not because of vanity, but for overall wellness. After all, I need to be fit and healthy for all of my travels. 

The Best Surprising Travel Gear: Travel Sized Juicers and Gel Shoe Inserts

30 Jun

Compact travel gear is essential to individuals who are frequent travelers, and to those who like maintaining their usual healthy living lifestyles while they are abroad. From compact juicers to compact gel shoe inserts that you can take with you on the plane – travelers’ needs are finally being met. Are you the type of person who likes to maintain his or her juicing dies while travelling, but find it hard to get your daily does of freshly squeezed apple, kale, celery, banana, etc. during long trips? Well, here’s one thing less to worry about because there are a lot of different compact materials or products showing up in the market that can help make traveling a more comfortable experience.

Benefits of Compact Products

Compact products are beneficial to frequent travelers who like to take their home with them, and you can now conveniently find almost everything in a compact travel sizes. This makes travelling light a lot easier, while still maintaining the convenience of being able to dry your hair to juicing your breakfast. Being able to purchase compact products will also help lighten up your bags when it comes to checking your bags at the airport, and rather than using the appliances that your hotel provides you can use your own personal belongings.

Benefits of Compact Travel-Friendly Juicers

When looking at compact kitchen appliances such as juicers there are two different types that you can consider. There are ones that are hand cranked, which tend to be quite a bit lighter. Then there are also miniature electric juicers that aren’t quite as powerful, but they do get the job done. Being able to bring your own personal juicer travelling will not only keep you from breaking your healthy lifestyle goals, but you’ll be able to avoid eating the cold, stale breakfast that is left over at the continental breakfast bar when you decide to drag yourself out of bed at 9:30 am. Rather you’ll be able to enjoy your freshly made, nutrient packed morning beverage to give you all the energy that you’ll need in order to play tourist for the day. Visit this website for better information about the best juicers available in the market.

Benefits of Compact Travel Friendly Gel Shoe Inserts

Gel shoe inserts will definitely be a must when travelling whether it is for a business trip or an adventure trip you are now able to purchase compact shoe inserts for high heels to hiking shoes in order to give you the comfortable support that you will need for the day. There are many different designs, all of which will fit snuggly in that small zippered pocket on the side of your bag.
Being able to take compact items with you on holidays or on business trips makes traveling more comfortable, and you can do so with more ease. You are able to take your home with you, so you can be more comfortable in your hotel room, and you won’t need to break any of your healthy habits or daily rituals while you are abroad. You will be able to provide your own breakfast with ease, walk on long hikes with comfort and be able to enjoy your vacation as though you were still within the comfort of your own home. Pick up more information about the right footwear and accessories from The Best Walking Feet.

Traveling for Lasik – Another Way to “See” the World

26 Jun

I was traveling with a friend of mine recently, when she misplaced her glasses, probably on the train, and the whole trip ground to a halt. It’s unfortunate, but it’s not one of those things that you can just pick up another set of while you are on the road. Also, of course, sight seeing isn’t much fun if you can’t actually see any of the sites.

I’ve fantasized about Lasik before, a life without glasses or contacts or worry. Plus, who wants to have to wear something on their face all the time, every day, the same thing. Unless you are a Kardashian, you can’t have a different pair for every day and instead you just wind up taking them off for pictures, trying to look like you don’t need them to even find out where the photographer is standing. In the movies, the nerdy heroine always becomes more beautiful when she takes her glasses off. I get the message already.

I thought I would look into medical tourism for Lasik then because what a great way to combine travel with making travel easier, right?! It isn’t so much that I expected the cost of Lasik to be so much cheaper somewhere else as the idea of getting in some travel, of course. Things are expensive in Australia but the savings of going somewhere else don’t often materialize because it’s also really expensive to get anywhere from Australia. Whether it’s going to be an actual cost savings to have a procedure done elsewhere really depends on what kind of medical system you are coming from – and whether that system covers Lasik as necessary (I’m not going to even get started in on that debate!)

I have been hearing so much about medical tourism, especially for cosmetic procedures, that I thought I would look into it. What I really wanted to know is: are you ending up on the operating table in some darkened room that is the post office by day and the medical center/hair salon in the evenings. Or, are these legit practices that are simply less expensive because the cost of living is cheaper there?

It turns out, there can be both (or either rather). As with all things, there are some reputable places and some, well, not so savory. What is reassuring is that because of the amount of medical tourism going on these days, there are a number of organizations that have sprung up to regulate, certify, and supervise medicine for visitors. Also, because of the glories of the internet, there isn’t a doctor in the world that you can’t find reviews for. It’s really all become quite above board.

In fact, more and more of the people performing the medical procedures were actually trained in the US or UK and use equipment that is approved for that surgery by the regulatory agencies where they were trained. So in a lot of cases, it’s really no different from having the surgery at home. Except that you can sight see too.

I found a place in Prague, for example, where the cost of Lasik is about ½ what it is in Australia. After hotel, airfare, eating out, and buying trinkets there’s no money to be saved but you get to see Prague! And you get to really see it, a great way to test drive your new eyes, no?

Top 10 Traveling Jobs

23 Jun

For those who want to work on the go, and want to visit new places, there are many careers that will allow you to do just this. These are the top 10 jobs that allow you to travel, and ways you can visit various locations in the US and worldwide, all while being paid to do this for your job.

1. Traveling nurse

If you love to help, and love to travel, this is a great career. Working in the military or for a private contractor company, you are going to travel to various regions, providing medical services, and are going to visit a number of places worldwide.

2. Scout

Whether you are a talent scout, celebrity scout for actors, or work as an athletic scout, you get to travel. Not only will you have the ability to work with celebrities and athletes from various regions, but depending on where they are drafted, you will visit various regions and locations.

3. Tour guide

You get to visit various cities, visit landmarks, and discuss this with visitors. Not only are you going to visit many countries, you also get to visit the most historic landmarks as well.

4. Civil servant

Working as a military personnel, or contractor for the government, is a great way to travel. Sure, you are doing combat and other important work, but you get to visit various cities, states, and countries.

5. Pilot/flight attendant

You are constantly in flight. You visit every country, every major city, and get to layover in some of the finest destinations around the world, working either of these careers.

6. Archaeologist

If you are good with bones, fossils, dating, and other findings, you can travel to different regions. When new or significant findings are made, you are generally called in to help.

7. Trucker

You can work as a truck driver both nationally and internationally, depending on the company that you work for. If you love the open road, and visiting various diners, this is a great career to consider.

8. Teacher

If you speak English, you can travel to worldwide regions, working as a teacher. Many countries will contract you to teach young students, allowing you to visit several countries around the world, and get paid rather well doing this work.

9. Field techs

Whether you work for the government or a local contractor, this job constantly keeps you on the road. You are making deliveries, picking things up, working on repairs, or deliveries of time sensitive materials.

10. Yacht/cruise crew

The Caribbean, Bahamas, Jamaica, and various other coastal towns and popular tourist attractions can be visited in this career field. You are always on the road, you get to visit gorgeous destinations, and you do not have to pay for room or dining when you are on the most magnificent cruise ships.

There are a number of great fields or careers that allow you to travel, such as a truck driver and field technicians. These are the top 10 jobs that allow you to travel that pay well, and allow you to visit various regions around the world, not only in the US.