Traveling – Adventure Style

October 29th, 2014

Traveling to a foreign land, staying in a hotel and seeing the sights as part of a tour group can be boring and downright a waste of money. What better way to explore your country of choice that to do it at your own pace with a personal tour guide to take you places that you might not get to as part of the many groups. Ask around for locals who know the lands and places of interest for they are the best help you can get. Hiring a professional concierge may be a bit too pricey so to save on this, try asking the hotel staff for people who may be able to help you. Some of the best tour guides are the drivers of the places you stay in, who may want some extra cash on their day off. Make arrangements and haggle a bit for the contract price. Remember, this is quite risky for you are not covered by any group and the trip may not be covered by your travel insurance but it might just be worth the risk.

Real Travel

October 22nd, 2014


Real Travel is the best place for real people to find, enjoy and share travel advice and experiences.

At Real Travel, we believe that travel information is about more than price and star ratings – it is about the whole experience one can treasure forever. You want to know and feel what it is really like in the place you want to visit. Get information about the people, their culture, how to get around and avoid problems. Suggestions for itineraries, accommodations, dining and things to do to make your travel worthwhile and exciting.

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Protect Yourself, Get Vaccinated

October 15th, 2014

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It’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 you’re sure it’s OK, it’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 it’s geared towards the UK, it’s a wealth of information for anyone who needs to get the appropriate vaccinations.

After listing them down, get clearance from your doctor that it’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 you’ve taken them, remain vigilant regarding any news of outbreaks in the country or state you’ll be going into. Remember the maxim, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Have a safe trip!

To Insure Promptness

October 8th, 2014

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…also widely known as tip. It’s also connected with “Keep 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:  10%-15%  Tipping common for all services. 
  • Indonesia: 10%  Usually included in bill; additional tip sometimes added.
  • Italy: 10%  Tips expected for most services. 
  • Malaysia:  10%  Tipping usual for porters and room service. 
  • Mexico:  10%  Tipping common for most services. 
  • Philippines:  10%  Tipping common for most services. 
  • Saudi Arabia:  10%  Tips usually included in restaurant or hotel bill; extra 10% sometimes given for special service.

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Time to Pack Up!

October 1st, 2014

Packing?

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, you’ll need to remember one thing: pants on top, shirts on the bottom. The reason for this is to ensure that your shirts won’t be moving and shoving around while your pack is being handled by others. Unless you’ve brought a mini iron with you, the last thing we need when we pull out a shirt is finding out that it’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? Hmmm….we’ll take that up in the next post.

medical essentials for your trip

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 you’ll forget to bring something that at some point in your trip you will need but it won’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 don’t need to take any kind of prescription medicine that is needed to be taken everyday then they don’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.

Personal Safety

September 17th, 2014

passport.gifThere 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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Enjoy Your Cruise

September 10th, 2014

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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.

Travel Insurance? Yes!

September 3rd, 2014

nullOne 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)

Get Instant Access to Business Mail in Argentina

August 27th, 2014

With spectacular scenic beauty, multi-ethnic towns and energetic culture, Argentina is a vacationer’s ecstasy. Tree-huggers can navigate through Patagonian grassland, mount South America’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 Patagonia’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 country’s wireless providers’ websites to know more about their data plans. Argentina’s wireless services providers include Claro, Movistar, Claro, Personal, and NEXTEL.

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