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.

A Collection Of Small Tips From The Road

17 Nov

If you have been reading this blog for any length of time, you should know I LOVE to travel. If this is your first time visiting, well then, hi! I’m Tammi and I’m a travel-holic and I pretty much will take any chance I can to do it. Today’s post is going to be around some completely random travel tips I have learned/picked up from my time on the road and I want to share them with you, the reader, in hopes they might help you if you ever find yourself on the road.

Keep A Journal

One of my favorite habits I have started since traveling is constantly writing and up-keeping a journal. I write it every single day, but even if you only write in it weekly I’m sure you’ll find it very handy for keeping track of your journey. Everyday I’ll write the date, and what city I’m in.

I’ll keep track of the food I’m eating and I’ll track where I’m spending my money. This is extremely important for very easily and quickly seeing if I’m on budget. I like to keep a budget of $50/day so at the end of the day I’ll add up all of my expenses and keep a running tally of whether I’m over or under budget and by how much.

Finally, I’ll end the journal entry by writing out at least 3 highlights from the day. Sometimes they are exciting and adventurous, other times they are very small things like not missing a bus. It keeps me grateful and it’s one of my favorite things to look over.

Energy Is Key

I always make sure I have a snack or two somewhere in my pack, just in case. You never know when you’re going to get hungry and not be able to find something to eat. I usually opt for high calorie foods that don’t need refrigeration like granola bars, cereal or chocolate.

Another tip I have recently started doing is packing pre workout supplements in my bag. These were created for weight lifters to drink before going to the gym so they could get a burst of energy and lift as much weights as possible. However, I find they are a great substitution for coffee! Sometimes it’s hard to find hot water. I also like sugar and cream and that can be a pain. These supplements offer energy just like coffee though and they taste great…I used this site to help me pick one and I love this tip for making sure I always have energy. It’s especially helpful when I know I have a long day of travel or exploring in front of me.

Pack Light

Always try to pack less, and especially keep it to the size of a carry on. This allows you to travel quickly, not have to worry about the airlines losing your bag and when you get to an unfamiliar place you don’t have to worry about finding a place for your monstrous bag, but more importantly, you don’t have to worry about carrying it everywhere, which can get extremely exhausting.

Living Life to the Fullest Before a Career in Nursing

16 Sep

Those of you who have been kind enough to read my blog, know that I like to travel a lot. In fact, I now realize that most of you get the impression that’s all I do in life, and I don’t blame you, because I rarely share anything from my personal life. In an era where every last piece of privacy and intimacy is shared on Facebook, Twitter or wherever, I choose to take the high road. I’m quite the rebel, aren’t I? All joking aside, even though I use those social media platforms, I prefer to share myself with the world in a different way, by actually experiencing it first-hand. Being in contact with different cultures, meeting different and interesting people, sure beats tweeting as far as I’m concerned.

But, I do realize that, at some point, I might have to settle down. Perhaps not location-wise, but as far as my lifestyle is concerned. And that got me thinking about my future career choices. Naturally, I would choose something which would allow me to travel all across the globe. Of course, most of you will advise me to become a tour guide, but believe me, being in charge of a bunch of pasty tourists and seeing the same sights over and over again is not my idea of a good time, let alone a career.

I would like to do something more meaningful with my life, and choose a profession where I can make a difference, even if I’m the only who will know it. I thought about becoming a doctor, but such long-term commitments never work out in my case.

Considering a Nursing Career?

Since I like to help people, I entertained the idea of becoming a nurse or a medical assistant – careers I could potentially practice in other countries. Okay, so it might not the greatest job as far as money is concerned depending on the specialty you choose. I came across this nursing salary website which breaks down the different careers in nursing and what they can earn – very enlightening! But, there is more to life than money. In fact, my best trips across the globe have been the ones where I’ve spent the least amount of money possible.

But, a career such as nursing still gives me a chance to travel the world. The only difference is, I would experience each place in a totally different way, since I would be there to help people. And one thing is for sure: you can’t truly get to know a country unless you’ve seen all of its sides, both the good and the bad, which ultimately gives you an entirely different perspective. But, I won’t decide on it anytime soon and surely not overnight, but it is one of the things I think about. Maybe I should tweet about it. Just kidding.

For the time being, I plan to visit as many different and exotic destinations as I can. I have seen most of the “trendy” places anyone should visit, so now my focus has shifted to finding locations and countries which are somewhat of a hidden gem, not yet discovered by tourists and travel agencies. I’ll be sure to send you a postcard from wherever the road takes me.

Travel Tips – Eat Healthy and Get Good Sleep

13 Sep

With a lot of tour planning websites and portals, travelling has been quite easier for me. These days, it’s easy to just log on to a website, choose a destination, book your hotel, and take the flight. Everything is pre-planned, and you can find out everything about the destination before you even reach there. Regardless of how long I plan the trip or the place I visit, I focus on two aspects to make my stay worthwhile.

The first is to cook my own healthy food. It doesn’t mean I don’t visit restaurants or taste delicacies from the local cuisine. It just means I like to take care of a major part of my lunch and dinner. The second is to sleep well so that I have lots of energy for the next morning travel.

Pressure Cookers for Healthy Food

When I first started travelling to explore new places, I used to rely on restaurants and room service for my food. However, I experienced stomach upsets and other problems. In fact, the food was also fatty and unhealthy in most places. Thus, I decided to buy a pressure cooker to ward off my worries. I planned that I would cook my lunch and dinner on my own wherever I stay.

I was delighted to order my first pressure cooker online. I chose a small one which was easy to use and portable. I could carry it with me on my trips. At first, I didn’t know it was possible to cook so many different things with pressure cookers. Frankly speaking, I never missed home. I was able to prepare gravy dishes, rice, chicken and other items to keep my stomach satisfied. Most importantly, the food was healthy and I could enjoy myself more on the trip.

These days, you can easily buy a pressure cooker on the Internet. However, you need to make sure you buy the product from a reputed seller. With some research, you may even be able to find a discount coupon. It’s better if you go through some reviews. To know more about various brands of pressure cookers, visit http://pressurecookercritic.com/.

Anti Snoring Mouthpiece for Good Sleep

When you’re on a defined itinerary, you need to get some good sleep to stay refreshed every morning. Until a few years ago, I used to snore at night. The problem was getting serious, and I wasn’t able to sleep properly. However, a friend asked me to use an anti snoring mouthpiece. Since then, I have been able to get rid of snoring problems.

When I researched, I found many different kinds of anti snoring devices on the Internet. Basically, these devices enlarge your airway so you can properly exhale excess air from your lungs. This makes sure excess air isn’t trapped in the lungs, and you’re able to breathe properly during your sleep.

Once again, you should conduct an extensive research before buying such a device. You should compare many different options to make sure you’re able to find something suitable in your budget. You can buy these devices online. To know more about anti snoring devices, visit http://antisnoringbliss.com/.

Enhancing Travel With The Brazilian Look

13 Sep

A desire to look as good as possible is likely something that has lead you to get out of bed and spend countless hours in the gym throughout the course of the year. When you work so hard on the way that your body looks, it is important to get to the point of being in a position of showing the work some of the benefits of your hard work. However, there are many people that feel anxious about this simply because of the excessive amount of hair that can be found on their body.

One of the best ways to ensure that you are feeling confident about the shape of your body would be to get rid of any unwanted hair and have the Brazilian Look allowing you to appear attractive and confident. Part of the fun that comes with being able to travel throughout the world would be the feeling that you can tackle anything put in front of you, this often means jumping into a pool after finding the perfect bikini. However, people tend to struggle with this simply because they lack the confidence needed to show off their figure. A simple way for you to boost your confidence and feel that your body is in great shape would be to remove any hairs on your body that you regularly shave or pluck.

Feeling that people want to look at your figure is often half of the battle when it comes to being the confident version of yourself that you want to show the world. When you are able to cast your fears aside, it would be a lot easier to get more out of any of the traveling that you are doing. Heading to the most amazing destinations in the world would not be something that you are able to fully take in when you are spending time feeling worried about the excess hair that can be found on your body.

When hair is something that remains on your mind, getting into a bikini and sitting in the sun would be an impossible task. The best way to ensure that you are able to take in the full experience of traveling to an exotic destination or simply sitting on the beach would be to get a freshly waxed look that makes you feel as if you have just paid a professional to provide you with a highly priced service.

Any person that has been interested in achieving the Brazilian Look in the past knows that this can be quite costly for anyone on a budget. However, it is important for you to understand that you do not have to spend all of your money in order to get the look that you desire. Instead of heading to a salon, you would be able to achieve the look on your own with some of the most effective laser hair removal machines available today. When you make an investment in one of these machines, you are going to be impressed with just how easy they are to use. The advantage that you will notice right away would be in your wallet, but this technology is also designed to help you do more with the time that you have on your hands. Getting an amazing bikini body and taking in the experience of your traveling is now easier than ever thanks to these great machines.

A Trucker’s Take on the Most Scenic Routes

10 Sep

I used to see a lot of magnificent landmarks as a bike rider. I would go on the road with a group of bikers sporting our favorite vintage helmets and leather outfits and we’ll see some of the most beautiful stretches of nature. When I decided to be a professional trucker, I thought I would lose the chance to see extraordinary places. Different places, yes since I will be on the road going from one city to the next, but I was half expecting that there’ll be none of the views I saw as a bike rider anymore.

After a couple of years driving, I realized that driving a truck, as a career is also a good opportunity to see many unexpected sights. In fact, I know now that we’re one part of the community that has seen a good deal of what’s out there. Some of my trucker friends even admitted that it was actually the most appealing part of the job.

I will share to you some of the best routes I have seen as a truck driver:

The Blue Ridge Parkway

The Appalachian Mountains is a prime tourist spot where many people go out of the way just to have a look at it. Truck drivers are particularly lucky if they have the Blue Ridge Parkway in their route because although it is a very long 469-mile stretch, the views are simply stunning.

The Interstate 280

If you’re taking the route going to San Francisco peninsula, you’ll notice how scenic the Interstate 280 is. It’s often said to be one of the most interesting sections of the road going to central California. This Interstate, also known to be dedicated as the Junipero Serra Freeway, is said to be the most beautiful freeway in the country up to this date. 

US 1 to Key West

What makes this route different from the others is the massive ocean view you get to enjoy as you drive down one of the most iconic routes in the United States. This road stretch has a very important role in the Keys and as you drive through it, you’ll see many stops that are worthy for a stop. There are actually quite a lot of tourists going this route every year.

It goes without saying however that even the most beautiful routes in the country can be challenging to a truck driver. It is a great bonus to be able to set your eyes on some of the most breathtaking views of nature along the way. If you’re lucky and you get these routes, you’re all good. If you’re not so lucky and your routes include some of the busiest and most congested cities like Boston, Chicago and Brooklyn or some of the most weathered areas like the highways of Arizona, there’s a different kind of challenge that you will eventually be thankful for but you have to admit, it’s not easy to look forward to a long hard drive if there is no interesting places to see to look forward to. Being a trucker is not easy and we surely welcome anything that makes the job a little bit more fun than it already is.