Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Vital Things You Must Remember if You are Travelling to the USA

The United State of America is a massively popular travel destination. A huge place with 50 states, you could visit Hawaii with is tropical climate, or check out the snow in Utah in the winter. But there are some constants that no matter where you decide to travel to in the USA that you need to remember. Read on to discover what they are and make sure that your trip is as enjoyable and as stress-free as possible.
 

Documents

The first thing that you need to realise is that American passport control is a lot stricter than other places in the world. This is partly due to safety concerns and partly due to immigration issues. That means that extra checks are often carried out when you arrive in the country.  So expect to wait for a reasonably long time before you get through passport control if you are an international traveller.

At passport control, they will check your documents, and make sure that you have a VISA or an ESTA. This is a document that acts as VISA waiver for travel in America for 90 days or less. You will only be eligible for an ESTA if your home country is in the scheme. You can find out more about this on sites like official-esta.com.

Expect to have your fingerprints taken when you enter the country as well. Have ever seen those border control TV shows? Then you'll know that anyone with a criminal record will be interviewed before being allowed access.
 

Sales Tax

Money is always an important issue when you are travelling. It's a good idea to have a budget and try to work to that as much as possible. So you don't run out of money by the end of the trip. This will allow you to get the most out of the whole time that you are there.

While many things such as clothes and electronics are known for being cheaper in America than in other places, you do need to also factor in sales tax. Sales tax is an amount that is added to your purchase at the till. This can make it tricky to predict exactly how much everything will cost.

The problem is that the tax differs from state to state, as do the price of similar items, so it can all get a bit confusing!


Driving and distance

Something else that you need to be aware of when travelling in the USA is the driving. They drive on the left-hand side of the road, so if you are coming from countries like England, this can be something that you need to get used to.

It's also worth mentioning that a small distance to drive in the US is not what most others countries consider the same. As the US is such a physically large country, events that are regarded as local in some states may take a 2-3 hour car journey one way. It's always worth tapping them into your sat nav, so you know what you are letting yourself in for.


Don't Let Paperwork Plunder Your Holiday

You’re all set to travel the world. Or, so you think. In reality, you’ve probably got a lot more work to do before you can get yourself crossing borders. As threats increase worldwide, more and more documentation is required to travel. Of course, this is for our protection, but it’s still a pain. Due to the strict nature of flight, more people are missing their planes than ever before. This probably can be solved with some due diligence and work put in ahead of time.

Every country and airport is different, and so are their requirements. So this post will go through some of the common documentation that people fudge when they get to the airport. It’s always a good idea to do some of your own research, specific to your area.


Passports

As a bare minimum, you will need your passport to get on any flight that goes overseas. And, even for flights within the same country, a passport may be required. There are very few places in the world that you can enter without a passport. This makes this document essential.

Most people remember to take their passport to the airport; it’s the expiry date that usually catches people out. Most airports won’t let you travel with less than 3 months left on your passport. This is to stop people from being trapped overseas, among other reasons. Make sure that you check that your passport is both in date and has enough time left.
 

Visas

Depending on where you’re traveling to and from, you may need a visa. A visa is a document that proves that you’re allowed to travel to a country. The country that you’re going to will largely dictate the lengths that you go to in getting your visa. Some countries make you go through in-depth vetting processes, to make sure that you’re safe to enter their land.

The process of getting a visa can take several months, or even longer if there’s problems. To make your life a little bit easier, a lot of countries offer electronic visas nowadays. But, you’ll have to do your own research. It’s not too hard, though. Say you’re planning on going to Canada, just visit the official Canada ETA site. Most governments will openly provide resources to help you with most travel needs, including visas.
 

Declarations

You need to know what you can and can’t take to a country that you’re visiting. And, you also need to know which items are restricted. A lot of items require declaration forms before they can be moved into a country. This usually depends on the quantity of an item. But, expensive or big ticket items may need declarations as well. If you don’t declare items that require it, you risk massive fines and even jail time.
 

Your Tickets

And, obviously, you need your tickets. But, be careful. A lot of companies will give you tickets that you can print out yourself. Unfortunately, not all airports will accept these. Do some research and obtain official boarding passes if you need to.

Once you’ve entered a country, there’s even more for you to worry about. Depending on here you go, you could be required to carry a host of different pieces of paperwork. Below, you’ll find a small selection of the items you may need.
 

Passport… Again!

Once you get checked in to the hotel, you’ll probably pop your passport in a safe or another safe place. This is sensible in most places, where you don’t need to carry a passport with you. But, in some countries, it’s advised that you carry your passport at all times.

It may be to prove that you’re not a spy or terrorist, or simply to show any authorities who you are. You need to research the country you’re going to and check the types of ID that police and governments will accept. Be careful carrying your passport. If it gets stolen or lost, it can be very costly to replace it in time to get home.
 

Other Identification

Sometimes, you’ll need to have other identification you with. That’s alright, though. You already know what sorts of identification will be accepted by the authorities. Just make sure to bring everything you need, even if it stays in the hotel room.

If you intend on hiring a car while on your trip, you’ll need your driving license. Some countries will require more; including insurance details and criminal record checks. You can usually talk to a car hire company at home to find out what restrictions you’ll face in other countries. Do some of your own research, as well. Just to back yourself up!
 

Health Cards/Insurance

Within certain areas of the world, you can get free or reduced price wherever you need it. If you come from an EU country, and you’re traveling to another EU territory, you can get a health card to cover any medical emergencies. This sort of scheme is important to be aware of; especially if you’re used to free healthcare. Even simple procedures, like a wound dressing, can cost a small fortune in other countries.

If you have health insurance that covers you overseas, you’ll need this information with you. For the same reasons as a healthcard, your insurance details are essential. If you’re unable to prove that you’re covered, you won’t receive inclusive care.
 

Travel Insurance Policy

If you’re traveling, you should have insurance. It covers you for medical care, legal issues, thefts and losses, and even the holiday itself. But, much like your health insurance, if you can’t prove you have it; you might as well not. Your policy will also include all of the information you need to get in contact with your provider. Your safety is their interest, and they’ll help you as much as they can.

Ultimately, it’s up to you to secure your travel documents. Do some research and look into the rules for any country you want to travel to. It’s not worth ruining your holiday over some forgotten paperwork!


Monday, August 22, 2016

Travel to the UK Without Busting Your Budget

Thinking of visiting the UK? Then we’ve got some great tips to help your money go further. Travel doesn’t have to cost a fortune with these great money-saving tips.

 

Book as far in advance as you can

There are some great deals to be done on flights and hotels if you can book early. You are also more likely to get extras such as meals or discounted child prices. Booking flights in advance also means you can book the best seats on the plane. That way you don’t run the risk of being sat at opposite ends of the plane, or not having the window seat you’d prefer.

 

Check out the local public transport


Before you arrive in the UK, do some research on the public transport systems. The country is served by a great rail network, and you can also get around easily by bus. This allows you to get to see more of the city you’re visiting. It will also help you settle into the area quicker you’ll feel more confident navigating it.


Stay somewhere different

We’d all like to stay in five-star hotels, but sometimes the budget does not allow for it. If you still want comfort but at a lower price, then there are great alternatives in the UK. In larger cities such as Birmingham or Manchester, there are many budget hotel chains offering comfort and value. You can get some great deals if you shop around. Or if you’re heading to Cornwall then look for a more unusual place, such as a quiet Looe B&B and experience wonderful British hospitality and a lovely breakfast.

 

Take hand-luggage only

We all know that budget airlines try and fit in as many extra costs as possible. However, with some smart packing, you can travel with just hand luggage. This saves time at the airport as well as you won’t have to wait at baggage reclaim. It also means you will always have your bag with you, so there’s less chance of it going missing. Just remember to check that your suitcase or bag is the right size and weight for the airline’s policy as they do vary.

 

Travel in low season

If you are able to, travelling at quieter times of the year can save you a fortune. September can be a cheap month to travel due to the school holidays ending, and the weather in most of Europe is still pretty good then. Flights will also be less crowded, and there will be more deals to be had.


Find the restaurants the locals go to


There are a lot of chain restaurants in the UK that cater for almost every taste. However, a lot of them don’t come cheap. If you want to experience the local area for yourself, consult a guide such as Tripadvisor and find the great restaurants away from the busy towns. These often have lower prices as they aren’t having to pay a premium for being in the main party of a town. You can also get to experience the traditional British pub environment.


Monday, August 15, 2016

Exhilarating Outdoor Pursuits to Master on Your Next Camping Trip

Camping is a fantastic way to see the world with spending a fortune. You have freedom to roam, and you can explore to your heart’s content. Sometimes, you may choose to chill out on a camping holiday. In other cases, there may be all kinds of opportunities to try new pursuits and test your mettle. Are you looking forward to a camping trip this summer? Or are you planning ahead for 2017? If so, here are some activities to try.
 

Fishing

Fishing is one of the most versatile sports out there. It’s also one of those activities, which manages to excite and relax you at the same time. All you need to go fishing is a permit, a rod, some bait, and a good dose of patience. You may not catch anything for hours, but the possibility of reeling in a giant catch will fuel your enthusiasm. If you haven’t been fishing before, you’ll find some excellent tips and product recommendations at chandlerrodandgunclub.com. You can enjoy fishing with friends and family or take some time out. If everyone’s getting on top of each other in the campervan, a fishing trip may be just the tonic.


Hiking

Hiking is a great way to enjoy an all over body workout and take in the views. If you’re visiting a national park, you’ll often find designated routes. You can select your path based on the length and the level of difficulty. If you’re a novice, start with a gentle introduction to hiking. As you build your confidence and fitness, you can increase the intensity. To hike, you’ll need sturdy walking boots, layers, and a backpack. Take a waterproof jacket with you and carry a map. Many of us use our phones to guide us these days, but you may not always have signal. Check out http://www.backpacker.com/skills/beginner/professor-hike-top-10-beginner-hiker-blunders/ for some more tips for beginners.


Mountain biking

Do you thrive on a rush of adrenaline? If so, there’s no better way to spend your time than hurtling down the sides of mountains on a bike. Cycling is challenging, but it’s also hugely rewarding. You can also enjoy incredible panoramas from the comfort of your bike seat. If you’re not a seasoned cyclist, research bike hire before you travel. You’ll need a helmet, a water bottle and plenty of snacks to keep your energy levels up.




Monday, July 25, 2016

The Most Pervasive Problems in Group Travel

Travelling as a large group can be the best of times and the worst of times. It can be so much fun to have everyone around you to enjoy the experience. But it can be a nightmare to corral everyone and get them to the same places at the same time. Here I take a look at the most pervasive problems with group travel and what we can do about them.
 

Boredom

One of the most pervasive issues when travelling in a large group is that people can become very bored very quickly on a long journey. It's easy for them to retreat into their own little world with the headphones and ipads and ignore all the other people that they are travelling with. To avoid this prepare some fun travel games that can involve the whole group. If you are travelling in separate vehicles why not pit one team again another and offer a prize for the winner.
 

Travelling with children

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Another pervasive problem with travelling in a group is that there is more than likely a range of ages with different needs. The older generation may need to stop for comfort breaks more often. While kids may need to get out the car and run around to burn off some of that extra energy. A good way of dealing with this is to try to group people into age groups so the seniors go in one car and the kids and another. With supervision of course. If this isn't possible and you are all travelling in one bus, then just make sure that you have lots of refreshments. Also, let everyone know when the comfort breaks will be so they know they do not have long to wait for the next one.
 

Convoys

Another real problem when travelling in a big group is when you ride in a convoy. A convoy is a line of cars or vehicles that are following the car in front to a chosen destination. The problem with this is the more cars you add, the more opportunities there are for someone getting lost and so holding the rest of the team up. A good way to deal with this is to consider hiring one of the many types of charter buses for rent. Then you can also be on the same vehicle and avoid these problematic issues.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Great Holidays for the Amateur Historian

There's an amateur history buff in all of us. It's fascinating to be able to look back to the way that things once were and compare it to life today. Historical sites worldwide are some of the most visited tourist attractions. This shows the endurance of looking into the past as a pleasant pastime.

If you like your history as old as possible, there are a variety of different sites you can visit to get your fix. In fact, the choices are so varied it can be difficult to know where to start. If you've got some time to spare and your feet itching to explore, here are a few ideas of where your quest for the ancient could take you.
 

Machu Picchu


The ancient civilisation of the Incans lay ignored in Peruvian undergrowth for centuries. Even when it was identified, it was almost entirely by accident in the 1910s by Hiram Bingham. Since those early days, it has become a UNESCO World Heritage site.

You're going to have to be fit if you want to visit Machu Picchu. Getting to the area requires a trek through the Andes mountains. The original location was chosen for the Incans for its privacy, which is a shame for the modern traveller! If you're able to, though, it's a real glimpse into a world before its time. Just make sure you have a specialist guide to help you through the terrain.
 

Stonehenge


The English monument has long been the subject of curiosity over its purpose. Ideas have included some form of devil worship to the more accepted theory of a site of religious significance. Whatever your take, there is no doubt there is nothing like getting up close and personal with this touch of the past.

While it may seem like a few stones in a field can't offer much of a day out, there is plenty to do at Stonehenge. Not only is there the monument itself, but a fabulous visitor centre showcasing the archaeological history. When planning a visit, use comparestonehengetours.com so you can take advantage of their expertise. There is plenty to see and do in the surrounding area.
 

Pompeii and Herculaneum




Friday, June 24, 2016

Classic Things You Must Do When Visiting New York

When taking a trip to the big apple, there are some things that you just have to do. Check out my guide, so you can do all the classic things in the city that never sleeps attractions.
 

Bloomingdale's

No trip to New York would be complete without a shopping excursion to the famous Bloomingdale's. Popularised by the popular 90s sitcom friends, maybe you'll even see Rachel there? Don't forget to make sure you carry away your purchase an iconic Bloomingdale's brown bag.
 

Statue of Liberty


It's pretty much a given that you've got to visit the Statue of Liberty if you are in New York. Climbing the statue gives you a fantastic view out across the bay. To save, time, book advance tickets for the crown and pedestal to avoid the queues. The state is located on Liberty Island. Luckily it's easy to travel around NYC. To get there, you'll need to take the ferry, and you can combine it with a trip to Ellis Island as well.
 

Madison Square Gardens

Probably one of the most famous arenas in the world, there is always an exciting event to attend in Madison Square Gardens. Check out a new Go to watch a basketball game or a New York Rangers hockey game for an essential American experience. WWE wrestling is also a popular spectacle here, book your tickets and foam finger earlier, as this seat out very quick. Or why not grab tickets to one of the big name show,  with acts such as Kanye West, Ellie Golding and Amy Schumer booked for this year alone.
 

New York Deli


An essential part of any New York trip is going for lunch at a deli. They are well known for their huge range and selection of different sandwich fillings, so there's bound to be something that you're going to like. To go for a quintessential New York experience make sure you choose the pastrami on rye. Try Art's Delicatessen at 20 to 90 Broadway at 82nd Street. Or The Deli at 205 East Houston Street at Ludlow Street. The latter was featured in the film when Harry Met Sally.
 



Monday, May 16, 2016

My Tips for Staying Safe as You Travel

Staying safe as you travel is really important. It shouldn’t be the only thing you focus on - if you do that, you’ll probably spend your entire travel time a nervous wreck! However, you do need to take some precautions and be smart so that you can stay safe on your trip and enjoy it to the fullest. These tips can help you!
 

Make Copies Of Important Documents

Making a few copies of important documents and keeping them in a separate place can save you from big trouble if you lose any of your things or forget where you put something. You might never need them, but this won’t hurt.
 

Research The Area Properly

Wherever you’re travelling to, make sure you research the area properly. Make sure you know the safe areas, and the areas you should maybe avoid. Make sure you’re aware of what to look out for so you can spot a scam. You can find free information on anything from Italian hotels to Crete villas. Do your research so you’re well clued up before going anywhere.

Stay Somewhere Recommended

Read up on places to stay and stay somewhere with good reviews. There are lots of hotels and villas you could choose from.

Know What To Do In An Emergency

Make sure you know what to do in the event of an emergency. If somebody dangerous did approach you, how would you react? Sometimes, it’s best to give them what they want rather than trying to fight them or resist - like your wallet. For this reason, some travellers carry two wallets with them.
 

Note Down Important Numbers

Write down any important numbers you might need. If you lost your bag with your phone and other important things inside, what numbers would you really need? You’d likely need some for home, and some for the country you’re in.

Don’t Dress Flashy

Dressing in a flashy way is a huge mistake, especially in poorer countries. Even a watch could indicate that you have money and make you a target for scams and things. Dress modestly, and in line with the country you’re visiting. You’ll avoid all kinds of awkward situations if you look like you belong there rather than like a tourist.



Thursday, May 12, 2016

9 Tips to Make Sure You Travel in Style

Travelling in style isn’t as difficult as some people make it out to be. Although it can be tempting to travel in your laziest, comfiest clothes, they’ll probably make you feel even worse when you arrive at your destination. These 9 tips will help you travel in style every time!
 

Invest In Decent Luggage

Your luggage isn’t something you probably think of much. Does it really matter what your suitcase looks like? It doesn’t necessarily matter, but it can help you to travel in style. Investing in a decent brand of luggage will mean it’s sturdy and lasts you a long time. It’ll also look better than cheap cases! Don’t get anything too fancy though, as they can be targeted by thieves.

Leave Fussy Jewelry At Home

Leave any fussy jewelry at home or pack it in your case. Don’t wear it! You’ll have to mess around when you get to security, and it can get annoying hearing them jingle jangle all over the place after a while. 

Pick A Nice Outfit

Pick a nice outfit to travel in. You want it to be comfortable, but not too comfortable. Travelling in your pyjamas probably isn’t the best idea if you want to look stylish.
 

Make Sure Your Shoes Are Comfortable

Some people travel in heels, and although they are stylish, you won’t be very comfortable. If your feet are killing you, you’re not going to look like the serene travelling goddess you envision. You can still travel in style while wearing nice pumps or flats, so choose your shoes wisely!

Pack Mini Touch Up Items

There are rules and regulations when it comes to what you can and can’t pack. However, you should make sure you pack mini touch up items if you want to look your best. Maybe a small concealer or something if you have a long flight. People on long flights can benefit from nourishing face creams too. Flying for a long time can really take it out of your skin, so make sure you take the steps to look after it!

Pick A Nice Hat

Worried about getting plane hair? Pick a nice hat! This should stop you from messing with your hair too much.
 

Keep It Simple Overall

Overall, make sure you’re keeping your look nice and simple. You can definitely look stylish while keeping it simple. Neutral colours and simple items of clothing will keep you comfortable and look good too.



Friday, April 22, 2016

How to Arrange a Company Business Trip

If you’re a business owner, then you may have to arrange for a business trip at some point. Perhaps you need to fly out with some colleagues to meet an important client. Maybe there’s an industry-leading conference that several of you need to attend to help keep your finger on the pulse. Whatever the reason, it’s an exciting thing. Getting people out of the office is rarely a bad thing, after all! But arranging a trip and keeping everything [and everyone] together while you’re out there can be a headache.

Follow these steps to ensure your business trip goes as smoothly as possible!
 

Make sure you have every single document you need before you leave

When there are several people from your office going on the trip, then you suddenly have a lot of documents and belongings to worry about. You need to make sure everyone has their passport and any other travel documents they might need. If you’ve handed plane tickets to employees, then you’ll need to make sure they have those too. I’d recommend holding onto the plane tickets from the moment you get them to the moment the employees actually need them at the airport, though.

The day before you leave, get everyone to bring what they need to the office. Ensure everyone has everything. If yes, then just leave it in the office overnight, ready to go the next day.
 

Do you have transport sorted for when you get there?

I’m assuming that the business you’re attending to isn’t at the destination airport. You need to make sure transport from the airport to the hotel or the venue is arranged. This could be a simple as making sure there’s a big enough taxi available when you get there. You may even choose to use public transport. This might be a headache if you have a lot to carry, though!

If you’re in a big group with a lot of items, then you could consider car rental. In fact, if there really are a lot of you - as in, closer to and more than ten - then you could even rent a bus. If you’re going to New York City, for example, there are several options for NYC charter bus rentals. This could actually end up saving you money, as opposed to hiring several cars.
 



Thursday, April 14, 2016

Essential Financial Advice for Frequent Travelers

Traveling abroad and going on holiday are among the most exciting, memorable times in our entire lives. We create memories that will last a lifetime, and strengthen our relationships with our friends, families and loved ones. We get to experience events, accommodation and sights we could only dream of in our daily lives, and get to sit in the lap of luxury for an all too brief period.
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However, going on holiday brings with it a certain set of caveats. For starters, there’s the sheer stress and worry about being in another country, thousands of miles from home. What if you lose your belongings? What if you lose your friends or family? What if you sustain an injury? While we are there to enjoy ourselves [and make sure you do!], it can be hard to stop those worries at times.

Another area that needs some thought and attention are your financials. Going on holiday isn’t cheap, and it can be even more expensive than you initially thought if you aren’t careful. You have to factor in foreign currency, your phone bills, internet bills, credit cards and insurance.

You have to have enough money to survive your trip, but not so much as to make yourself a target for theft or loss of cash. If you’re going on holiday for business purposes, you have to watch those expenses too.

So, while our financials can be tough to manage in conjunction with a holiday or trip, there are many things you can do to make this load easier. This post will detail some things you should be taking into consideration, and will offer you financial travel advice. Not everything will apply to everyone, but it’s important that you assess your situation! So sit back, relax, put some sunscreen on and let me do all the thinking for you.


Can your phone be used in another country?

Smartphones, in this day and age, are about as common as clothes. Roughly half of the adult population carries one about every single day, and this figure will only rise. It’s safe to assume that you’ll want to carry on this usage when traveling, so be sure to figure it out before you leave.

Many phone providers offer a service that allows you to use your phone abroad, free of charge. There may be restrictions on internet, but you can use your texts and calls no problem. This varies from provider to provider, so inquire with yours before you depart. If you need to make a switch to a provider that offers this service, do some research first.

If you just assume your phone is travel-ready, and it’s not, you can incur massive fees. Business owners in particular will be prone to this, as it’s likely they’ll need to make frequent calls abroad. Some of the bills received by people from around the globe are absolutely staggering, so be sure to take precautions before you leave.


Does your credit or debit card have any traveling rewards?

When you first applied for that card all those years ago, did you really read the benefits? Or was it just that interest rate that grabbed your attention?

Whatever the case, be sure to brush up on the rewards your card can offer you first. You could be missing out big time! Some cards, like https://upgradedpoints.com/credit-cards/reviews/chase-ink-plus-business-card/, even offer discounted travel. Rewards from numerous different sources can vary, from free travel insurance to cheap hotels and even help using a car abroad. Business owners may find these special cards particularly useful, as they often offer benefits that pertain to the head of a company.

In short, the very card you use every day could help you save money on your trip. Every little helps, and if you can get flights, accommodation or insurance at a reduced price, your trip will feel all the more better for it.


Are you fully insured for your trip?

It might sound like a silly question to ask, but there’s a difference between insured and fully insured. You probably took the insurance as part of your holiday or travel deal, like most people would, but what does it cover?

The primary purpose of travel insurance is to cover you in the event of an accident, illness or injury. Broken legs, stomach bugs and fevers, for example. This ensures that you can receive appropriate medical treatment without shelling out the cost that it would usually be.

And that’s it. Your travel insurance will cover injuries, and nothing else. What if you’re traveling overseas with a lot of equipment? Maybe you’re touring with a band. Are you traveling for business purposes? Who will cover your stationery and equipment in the event of an accident? So, if you think your gadgets and technology will be at risk, consider gadgets insurance.

You never know what could happen to your phone, laptop, tablet or games console while you’re on foreign territory. Making sure your stuff is covered can help tons of eventualities, including failure, damage and theft.


Can you access some more foreign currency if you run out?

While you may think that you’re taking enough foreign currency with you… are you? Running out of money while abroad is a nightmare situation, especially if you can’t access any more.

So, assess your situation. If you have just run out of physical cash, you should be ok as long as you have some money in your bank.

Most banks will charge you a fee for foreign withdrawals, and another fee for currency conversion, but these are usually small. Check the terms and conditions of your account before you hit up that cash machine. Speaking of cash machines, some of them even detail withdrawal fees and currency conversion fees on the machine itself, so have a good look.

But if you don’t want to use your card or you aren’t near a cash machine, you’re out of luck. Some hotels will keep reserves of currency in their reception area, but if you can’t offer them any money in return then they won’t give it away for free. It’s vital that you take more currency than you’ll think you need. You never know what situation could arise.


Does your hotel/accommodation have wi-fi?

If you know you’re an internet junkie, then make sure you plan ahead. Maybe you have to finish some work while on holiday in order to hit a deadline. Or perhaps freelance travel blogging is your job and you rely on the web to provide income.

Whatever the case, it’s likely you’ll need some form of connection while abroad. It can allow you to stay in touch with your family and check out information on local amenities.

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So, check online before you leave. Is your hotel equipped? If it’s not, you need to make other plans. If your hotel doesn’t have wi-fi and you need some internet, your only choice may be a personal hotspot.

This is when you use your phone’s 3G or 4G connection as a wi-fi hub, in order to connect a laptop or other device to the web. Whether you own an iPhone support.apple.com or a Samsung Galaxy samsung.com/support it’s quite easy to set up. Nearly every kind of phone can do it, so if you need to work online on your laptop, take a look at this option.

Now, with personal hotspots comes the risk of going over your data allowance. The charges for this can be absolutely massive, especially if you’re in a foreign country. So, to get around this, plan ahead! Your phone provider will offer you an international booster, which allows you to be more liberal with your internet in a foreign country. It’s a small charge that you pay before you leave, and compared to the cost of an overdrawn bill, it’s quite small.

So, before you go away, research the hotel or accommodation you’ll be staying in. If it has wi-fi, paid or free, then great! If not, consider purchasing an international booster. You’ll thank yourself when you’re over there. Whether you’re traveling to Vegas, Barcelona or Venice, in this interconnected day and age, internet is all but a requirement.




Going to Vegas? Tips for an Even More Amazing Time!

If you’re thinking of going to Vegas or you’re planning a trip there, you know you’re going to have one of the most amazing times of your entire life. Las Vegas has just about everything you could possibly want in an exciting vacation. It has pools, pool parties, luxury hotels, casinos, rides, The Grand Canyon, shows - the list goes on and on! Here are some tips that will help you to have an even more amazing time:


Take More Money Than You Think You Need

Las Vegas is one of the most expensive places to visit in the US. Not just because of the price of things, but because of the sheer amount of things to do. You might have a good idea of what you want to do when you get there, but chances are you’ll arrive and find so much more. This means the more money you have to spend on activities and fun stuff, the better! It’s so easy to spend a few thousand there, at least. Be smart and really save up so you can have the best time.


Be Careful When You Gamble

Gambling is everywhere you turn in Las Vegas, which means you need to careful. It’s a really good idea to set yourself a gambling limit each day and stick to it. Don’t try to win your money back if you lose it, as you could end up losing a huge chunk of your budget. It’s a good idea to quit while you’re ahead too, as the casino nearly always wins. You don’t want to gamble away money that was meant for fun stuff. Make sure you keep your head about you and don’t do anything silly.


Get Your Drinks At The Slots First

If you are gambling, it’s a good idea to get some drinks here if you’re going out later. You can get drinks for free, as long as you tip the waitress. This makes it very budget friendly, especially if you use the cheapest slots for a while. Obviously they do this as a way to keep you sat at the slots, so be smart and know when to give up.


Don’t Forget To Tip

You don’t just need to tip the drinks waitress. Tipping is customary in the US, so make sure you tip when you feel you have good service. They might suggest the amount on the bill to make it easier for you. Take this into account when getting service for just about anything.



Sunday, April 10, 2016

The Benefits of Volunteering Abroad!

Volunteering abroad is so beneficial. Doing this will not only teach you many important life lessons, it could very well change the lives of the people you meet too. If you’re considering volunteering abroad but you don’t know whether to go for it or not, take a look at the benefits you could get:


Change The World A Bit At A Time

Volunteering abroad allows you to change the world a bit at a time. Nobody expects you to rescue people from burning buildings or to stop forest fires. You can change the world in much more subtle ways. You can simply put a smile on the faces of people you meet. It really does make a difference! If you want to volunteer, you can look at things like The Great Projects for inspiration. You could help animals, or teach English. There are all kinds of opportunities you can take advantage of.


Learn New Language Skills

Assuming you travel somewhere that speaks a predominantly different language, you can learn new language skills. You might not leave fluent in a new language, but you’ll definitely pick up some words and communication skills from the area. How cool?


Become More Independent

Travel and volunteering always allows the traveller to become more independent. You’ll get used to navigating by yourself. Taking public transport. Speaking to strangers. Plus so much more! If you want to throw yourself in the deep end and become a stronger person, then volunteering abroad is a brilliant plan.


Looks Great On Your CV Or Resume

No matter what your CV or resume looks like at the moment, your volunteering escapade will look great on there. This can make you very attractive to prospective employers.


Learn Lots Of Different Transferrable Skills

Learning lots of transferrable skills could be great for both your future career and daily life. You really can’t beat getting life experience from volunteering abroad.


Incredible Stories To Tell

Nobody can tell you what your travels will entail. Each and every person will have a different experience. There will be different tasks, people to meet, and things to do. But you can bet you’ll leave with some incredible stories to tell. You should go and make memories while you can. Imagine the things you’ll be able to tell your grandchildren in years to come.


Have Fun

Volunteering abroad will be hard work, but you’ll no doubt have fun too. You’ll get to explore a new country and the experiences you’ll have just won’t compare to any you’ve had elsewhere. If you want to do something different and exciting, volunteering could be the answer.


A Sense Of Achievement

You can’t beat the sense of achievement you’ll get after volunteering. There’s nothing quite like it. If you want to make a big difference to animals, people, and the countries you visit, volunteering is the way to go.
Now you know the benefits of volunteering abroad, will you go ahead and do it? It might just be the best thing you ever do! 


Thursday, March 17, 2016

How to Take Care of Your Pets When You Go Travelling

When you head off on your travels, there are plenty of things that you need to think about. One of those things is what you’re going to do with your pets while you’re away. Whether you’re going for a short weekend or a long holiday, you’re going to have to make arrangements of some sort. Let’s break down a few solutions to this problem.

Ensure Their Food Supply is Adequate

If you’re looking at taking of care of pets like cats and fish, you don’t have to send them away necessarily. However, it’s incredibly important to make sure they are set when it comes to food. That’s not just a case of chucking a lot more in the dish or tank, either. You know they’ll eat it all up straight away if you give them a chance. Do your research and find the best ways to separate their food over a number of days. There are plenty of tools and gadgets on the market to help you with this.

Leave Them with Friends and  Family


If you’re going away for a while, it’s worth checking to see whether your friends or family can keep a check on them regularly. If it’s a pet that can’t live at home on their own, ask if they can look after them. You might need to give them some basic training in advance, so be aware of this before you go jetting off anywhere. You’ll need to make a sensible judgement about whether it’s suitable to leave them with those closest to you. If it’s going to be too difficult, you’ll have to search for a different option.

Use Professional Services

Of course, there are professional services out there that can take care of your pets while you’re away. At http://www.auntbspetresort.com, you can even find dog boarding services offering a luxurious stay. They might end up having a better holiday than you do! Make sure you choose a company that is reputable and avoid any scams. I’m sure you want your pets to have the best possible stay, so it’s not worth risking their happiness for a little more money in your pocket.



Thursday, February 18, 2016

Tips For Planning Your Travels

One of the most exciting things to do in life is to go travelling. If you are lucky enough to have the time and money you should give it a try. the world is your oyster, and you can go across America, Europe or anywhere else that your heart desires! There are some essential things that you must plan for, however, to ensure your trip runs smoothly. I have listed some of the major things to think about below.

MONEY

The first thing to do is to make sure you have enough money to get to your intended destinations. Then once you have arrived, you need to have enough to be able to move around and pay for accommodation. It would be wise to save up before you do anything else. If you are a student might want to take on a part-time job. There would be nothing worse than reaching your dream destination, ready to start your adventure, only to be limited by your funds. If you are a someone who works full time and is thinking of escaping for a while, save some of your income by spending less on luxury items for a few months. You will be surprised how quickly those savings add up!

PLANNING

Do you want to see the Taj Mahal? Would you love to visit Southend Pier? Good plans mean that you arrive where you need to be, on schedule. Without thinking your journey through, you may find that you run out of time in one place and as a result, miss out on some amazing sights and experiences. Make an itinerary of each country you want to visit, then look at each city you will stay in. Give yourself enough time in each place to see all the stuff you wish to see. Even if you are enjoying one particular location, leave when you have planned to leave, or you might have to cut short your time in the next place.

LEARN ABOUT LOCAL LIFE

It is a great idea to do some research into the way the locals live. It will make your trip so much more worthwhile. For example, if you wish to travel around Spain for a month or two, consider taking some Spanish lessons. It is so much fun being able to have conversations with people who live in the country you are visiting. Think about what kind of foods are popular in the places you wish to visit. There is no reason not to check out some highly rated local restaurants online. You will feel like you are a part of the culture, as opposed to just another tourist!
If you take this advice, it is guaranteed that you will get the most from your trip. Plus you will have even more interesting stories to tell people when you get home! I know all this planning and research might not sound like fun, but honestly, if it means that you have no regrets when the trip is over, it will all be worth it!


Monday, February 8, 2016

How to Plan a Cross Country Trip Successfully

If you want to travel across the country, you will need to make sure you do diligent planning. There are thousands of miles in America to visit and attractions all along the way. You could do several cross-country vacations and have all of them different, but all successful if you do it correctly. Here is one way to have a successful trip.

PLAN AND BUDGET
The first step in having a successful trip is to consider what your budget will be. There are many ways to fund your trip, from saving or taking a loan from ukhomeandpersonalloans.co.uk. When you know about how much money you want to spend, you will want to purchase some in-depth atlases to see what possibilities lie ahead. For a beginner, consider following an Interstate that goes from East to West, such as Route 66. There are numerous hotels, bed and breakfasts, museums, and historical markers along the way. You could also look at following the old railroad tracks or trails, such as the Oregon Trail. Regardless, you will want to make sure you have a comprehensive map that you can see the route you want to take.

GET TRAVEL GUIDES
Once you know the route you want to take and the cities that are along the way, you are ready to purchase travel guides. Many cities offer visitor guides for free online or you can order for free from their website. You want to make sure you give yourself time to receive all of the guides because many will come in the mail. The travel guides will help you find the attractions that are available or any interesting spots that are often looked over by travellers that are passing through.

CREATE THE ITINERARY
If you are traveling with someone else, make sure you both talk about the breakdown of driving hours and what sights you want to see. Selecting company for traveling is what can make or break a cross country trip because you will be with them for hours. However, if you are traveling alone, you will need to make sure you factor in a lot more breaks and rests so you do not drive while exhausted. It will become more hazardous to you and other drivers, but you will also not enjoy your vacation as much. The biggest thing is to make sure your itinerary has flexibility factored in so you can change your mind and stay somewhere longer if desired.

MAKE RESERVATIONS EARLY
When you are traveling, it is vital that you book your reservations for hotels well in advance. If you feel this is too limiting, then consider booking rooms in the locations that are extremely popular. This will at least give you a few guidelines with your vacation, but still offer you a lot of flexibility. On the other hand, many places will allow you to cancel your reservation 24-hours in advance without a penalty attached.




Beat the Winter Blues with a Trip to Costa Rica!

The winter season isn’t a whole lot of fun. You’re stuck inside while the temperature drops, and the days are shorter so you don’t have as much time to enjoy the great outdoors even if you do like the cold. As a result, you’re probably longing for a tropical getaway to have some fun in the sun and play in the water.

If you’re searching for the perfect destination to beat the winter blues, look no further than Costa Rica. Continue reading to learn why.

EXPLORE THE BEAUTY OF NATURE

One of the great things about Costa Rica is the fact that it’s filled with natural beauty. You can hike through gorgeous rainforests, see amazing waterfalls, and even spot exotic wild animals. Plus, there are breathtaking volcanoes and pristine beaches, and you can even book your stay in the middle of the jungle so you’re surrounded by nature and can really unplug.

You can also go zip-lining, book luxurious hotel rooms, and have candle-lit meals under the stars. In other words, if you’re looking for a winter getaway that will reconnect you with nature, this is definitely the spot.

THE WINTER IS THE DRY SEASON

The very best time of year to visit Costa Rica is during its dry season, which runs from the middle of December all the way to April. This means that you can escape the cold and the short days and head off to a place where you will able to enjoy perfect weather for outdoor fun.

THE PERFECT TIME TO HEAD TO THE BEACH

The beaches in Costa Rica are incredibly beautiful, and you can spend all day simply basking in the sun’s rays and swimming in the ocean. You can also go snorkeling so that you can explore the world beneath the waves and see the beautiful fish and marine animals that call the area home.

BE SURE TO BOOK YOUR TRIP WELL IN ADVANCE

It is a good idea to book your trip to Costa Rica a few months in advance if you are planning on traveling there during the winter. That will be the peak of the tourist season, so you should expect some crowds, and you should also expect that hotels and resorts will book up rather quickly for that time of year.



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