October 22nd, 2014
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October 15th, 2014
Itâ€™s a fact of life that different kinds of viruses and other diseases exist in other countries. The only way, we can protect ourselves from such when traveling abroad is getting the right vaccination for the right country.
First off, we need to ensure that any existing vaccinations are up to date. A couple examples would be polio, tetanus and booster shots. You can do this by making an appointment with your trusted doctor. Once youâ€™re sure itâ€™s OK, itâ€™s time to consider the shots you need to have.
Research for possible vaccination requirements. One of the best websites I found is Fit For Travel. Although itâ€™s geared towards the UK, itâ€™s a wealth of information for anyone who needs to get the appropriate vaccinations.
After listing them down, get clearance from your doctor that itâ€™s safe for you to take these vaccinations. Last thing you need is to have a violent chemical or biological reaction from these things.
Once youâ€™ve taken them, remain vigilant regarding any news of outbreaks in the country or state youâ€™ll be going into. Remember the maxim, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Have a safe trip!
October 8th, 2014
…also widely known as tip. It’s also connected with â€œKeep the change when you pay someone for services rendered. However, how do you know whether your giving too much or too little? Here’s a chart below and the countries and services associated with tipping:
- United States: 15%-20% Expected, but usually not included in bill.
- France: 12%-15% Usually included in hotel, restaurant bills.
- U.K.: 10%-12% Service charge usually in restaurant bill.
- Japan: 10%-20% Tip usually included in hotel, restaurant bill; otherwise, tipping not common.
- Germany: 10%-15% Service charge usually included in restaurant bill; small additional tip is norm.
- Hong Kong:Â 10%-15%Â Tipping common for all services.Â
- Indonesia: 10%Â Usually included in bill; additional tip sometimes added.
- Italy: 10%Â Tips expected for most services.Â
- Malaysia:Â 10%Â Tipping usual for porters and room service.Â
- Mexico:Â 10%Â Tipping common for most services.Â
- Philippines:Â 10%Â Tipping common for most services.Â
- Saudi Arabia:Â 10%Â Tips usually included in restaurant or hotel bill; extra 10% sometimes given for special service.
October 1st, 2014
So you got all your important things in front of you. You might have also brought along with you some items you’ll need for your vacation or business meeting. Now, how do you place them all in your suitcase or backpack? Let’s start with the bulkiest one: clothes
First things first, youâ€™ll need to remember one thing: pants on top, shirts on the bottom. The reason for this is to ensure that your shirts wonâ€™t be moving and shoving around while your pack is being handled by others. Unless youâ€™ve brought a mini iron with you, the last thing we need when we pull out a shirt is finding out that itâ€™s all wrinkled up.
Fold the sleeves and the lower half bottom towards the middle back. Repeat with the other shirts until all done. Once finished, gently place them inside your suitcase. There! That seems easy!
If you have slacks or pants that easily get wrinkled, deal with them first. Fold them lengthwise and place them all on top of the shirts in the suitcase. Then do the same with the other pants and place them on top the pile.
Done! Now what about those other items? Hmmmâ€¦.weâ€™ll take that up in the next post.
September 24th, 2014
There are so many things that we need to take care of when we travel. And one of these is packing what we need. There are so things that you need to bring but sometimes youâ€™ll forget to bring something that at some point in your trip you will need but it wonâ€™t be in your luggage.
One of the more common things forgotten when packing for a trip is medication. People, especially young travelers, think that if they donâ€™t need to take any kind of prescription medicine that is needed to be taken everyday then they donâ€™t need to bring medicine. But this is not true. There are some medicine essentials that you still need to bring with you when you travel. Among these are analgesics like paracetamol, over the counter medicine for diarrhea or upset stomach, antihistamines in case you develop an allergy and a small first-aid kit. These are some of the things that you need to have in your luggage when you travel.
September 17th, 2014
There are lot of safety tips and guides when traveling and the most important thing to consider is our own personal safety. The most basic personal guide that we can do is letting our family / trusted friend know where we are going. And when we reach our destination, it is best to give them a call and let them know our hotel details. Also, when traveling abroad it is best to have a safety deposit box in your hotel, this is a safe way to keep your passport or important papers and avoid getting it stolen. And lastly, ask for the local police station number, it is of great value. All of this is a great help when emergency arises.
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September 10th, 2014
The boat – The worst thing to do is book a wrong ship. Find time to look for the best ship, by that i mean, the ship that will set the mood either for your honeymoon or just a simple vacation away from all the hassles of the city life. While it is good that you research on the places that the cruise will take you. But it would be wiser if you also look for the best ship that will take you there. Remember, you will spend a big part of your dream holiday aboard the ship. Try to research for the leading cruise ships that will take you to your selected getaway. You can consult a local traveling agency that knows the best cruise ships available. You can take a list of what your plans are to a travel agent and he can surely help you in picking the right cruise package for you.
September 3rd, 2014
One of the more troublesome part of traveling is getting insurance: so many documents to fill! However, it does pay in the end if (knock on wood) something would happen to you while traveling.
According to the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), United Kingdom residents have reduced cost or sometimes free medical treatment when visiting an EU country or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. Coverage will be whatever is under the state scheme.
Normally the following will be covered:
- Belongings lost or stolen
- Lost or delayed baggage
- Medical (including hospital) treatment abroad
- Delays (usually on departure and if greater than 12 hours)
- 24 hour helpline with advice and support
- Holiday cancellation (i.e. too ill to travel)
August 27th, 2014
With spectacular scenic beauty, multi-ethnic towns and energetic culture, Argentina is a vacationerâ€™s ecstasy. Tree-huggers can navigate through Patagonian grassland, mount South Americaâ€™s premier peak, stroll among penguins and see one of the most incredible waterfalls. Trekkers can enjoy the striking panorama of the verdant Lake District with its magnificent lakes and angelic white mountains, and party in Patagoniaâ€™s ecstatic landscapes and smeared Andean deserts. What more, you can shop for designer clothes at cheap rates, relish on the best food, and have a rocking night life. But if you wish to keep a tab on your business amidst this verve, then see to it that you travel well-prepared by synchronizing your Smartphone with Exchange Host.
Argentina is a country which mainly includes Spanish speaking people. However, the best thing for Argentinean people using Dedicated Exchange server is that they can access it in their own lingo as Exchange Server 2007 is available in many languages.
If you are on a tour to Argentina, then before syncing your phone with hosted Microsoft Exchange or hosted BES, surf through the countryâ€™s wireless providersâ€™ websites to know more about their data plans. Argentinaâ€™s wireless services providers include Claro, Movistar, Claro, Personal, and NEXTEL.
Moreover, SharePoint Server 2007 is also available from Microsoft as the best content management solution.
August 20th, 2014
E-travel guide is the essential guide to hotels that will help you make the most of your holiday, visit or weekend break within the UK and Ireland. It enables you to explore what the most beautiful areas and the most vibrant cities of Britain and Ireland have to offer, with information on the key tourist attractions, restaurants, bars, pubs and shops.