The Lonely Planet

June 26th, 2015

If you enjoy traveling abroad and do it often, then it is likely that you own a Lonely Planet book. What is the Lonely Planet? This is a travel guide book that is published all over the world. It is the largest and the most popular. The book is filled with a comprehensive guide on different places on earth.

One book will focus on one country and different places in it. It will also have information on tourist places to go, food to eat, where to eat, accommodation from budget to expensive and how to directions on how to get to a certain place.
There are several contributors for the book who has traveled to different places to give it reviews.

The Lonely Planet is not just a book, it is also available to be read by people online. It has its own website that is as helpful as the book itself.

Travel Insurance? Yes!

June 19th, 2015

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)

Buckle Up Your Kids

June 12th, 2015

Buckle Up Your Kids

15.jpgMotor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death and disability among children.

Children who are not properly buckled up may be seriously hurt not only in crashes, but also from sudden stops.

To keep children safe, EVERYBODY needs a safety belt or safety seat.

The violent forces of a crash can cause anyone who rides loose to be thrown out of the vehicle and seriously hurt. People riding without belts or safety seats can also hurt others who are buckled up by being thrown against them.

Seven out of 10 child safety seats are not used the right way. Vehicle seats and safety belts are built to fit adults, not children, which can make it hard to properly buckle up. Buckling your child in the appropriate restraint — the right way, can protect them during a crash or sudden stop.

The facts above are all the very reason why the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety created the Buckle Up Kids Brochure.

This information can save your child’s life, read and put it into practice.

(image source : http://www.buckleupkids.state.mn.us/)

Balance fun, work, and emails together in France!

June 5th, 2015

A miraculous place known for its lip smacking food and wine, for its grandiose chateau and flawlessly refurbished farmhouses, and last but not the least for its milestones praised across the globe, France is the ideal place for having a pleasure time with your closed ones. France is that eternal terra firma where people have an innate radiance! However, amidst this ecstasy in France, you can’t overlook your Outlook mails. This is where Cheap Exchange Hosting works its wonders! With Hosted Microsoft Exchange or Hosted BlackBerry, you can access your mails even amidst the enjoyment in France!

France is a country known for its luxuries and vivacious lifestyle. France includes maximum of French speaking population. Accordingly, Microsoft Exchange Server Hosting is available in different languages including French which makes it easy for French-speaking populace to access their mails in their own tongue.

Orange is the adored wireless service company in France. It is also the fifth major telecom operator around the globe. It is also considered as the exclusive profit-making fascia of majority of Telecom services in France. Subsequently, it is ideal to glance through the company’s website to check their plans and offers. Furthermore, it is necessary to see how compatible is your native service provider is with the French carriers.

What more, checking your company’s intranet portal for any updates or news is also feasible using SharePoint Sites or free hosting templates.

Blending in While Traveling

May 29th, 2015

Being a traveler myself, I can say that I’ve experience all the pros and cons of being a tourist and believe me, you wouldn’t want to experience the cons. Taxi cab drivers asking for more money, pickpockets eyeing you, being jailed for some weird violations or even syndicates that can sell you as a sex slave (think of the movie Taken). To get a good deal of travel insurance or emergency backup plans are not enough in these situations. I believe that prevention is still better than cure. And to prevent these, you need not too be a tourist. Yes, you heard me right; you need to do your best to blend in and not to be consider a tourist. Here are some ways that you can blend in with the locals and avoid being trap in a scary situation.

Blending By Your Acts

- Learn the culture of the country. You can also try to learn a word or two of their language (believe me when I say that learning Thai, french or other language would be both fun and useful). Common greetings and common questions would do.
- Put your camera inside your bag. Yes, you would like to take pictures of everything that you see but displaying your camera around your neck will immediately give you the label of a tourist.
- Don’t act as if you own the place. Remember you’re just visiting that country so don’t spread your arms and legs in a public transportation vehicle.
- Don’t voice out your appreciation for their souvenirs all the time. You’re acting as a tourist so stop doing that. Nevertheless, you can still buy all the souvenirs that you want.
- Don’t bring a map as you travel a certain place. Be familiar with the routes while you’re still inside your hotel bedroom. If you really need to consult your map, then go inside a comfort room and look at it.

Blending By Eating

- Ask for local foods. Never be afraid to try out new things and get out of your comfort zone. Do these things if you want to draw less attention.
- Learn the accustomed table manners in that country. Not all nations dine the same way so you would really need to do some research before you go and travel.
- Don’t dine in Pizza Hut and McDonald’s all the time. Americans in other countries often eat in these places so don’t follow their habit. Try eating in a local fast food chain.
- Don’t be too picky with the condiments as well. Refrain yourself from asking pepper, salt or ketchup when it’s not on your table. The key is to be contented with everything.

Blending By Clothing

- Dress according to the weather and don’t overdo it. In third world countries, wearing a fur coat on a rainy day is simply bizarre so don’t do that. Buy your clothes from local shops if you can.
- Try to wear casual clothes. Bring less of your personal garments with you and shop for your everyday clothes in your destination country. Just look decent for you not to be the center of attention.
- Don’t buy US branded clothes. Always remember that your goal is hide your identity as much as possible so purchasing these things is out of the question.
- Come up with a new identity if you can. You can consider dying your hair black if you’re going to visit an Asian country. This is also cool as you would feel like you are an undercover
- Refrain from wearing travel shirt and cargo pants made of nylon. Only wear them when you’re out in the forest or while you’re rafting and trekking. Locals just don’t wear those kinds of garment

When all else fails and emergencies or accidents still happened during your trip. The best way to prepare for anything is to get travel insurance. It will help you be more secure and help you save money as well.

Great Tours in Japan

May 22nd, 2015

If you are planning to tour Japan, you are in luck because it is one of the easiest places in the world to find, organize and go on a great tour- from Mt.Fuji to Kyoto. On our last trip to Tokyo, for instance, without any prior planning we were presented with a huge range of tours by our hotel concierge, which only needed to be booked the day before.

As we were pressed for time, we went for one of several “day tours”, which involved a coach ride to the majestic Mt.Fuji, then in picturesque Hakone, a boat ride in a lake, followed by a cable car trip to what promised to be even more great views of Mt.Fuji. We would then return to Tokyo by Shinkansen (bullet train). This cost around $190.00 per person inclusive of lunch.

The tour lasted the entire day, and had an extremely organized set-up, complete with a very competent tour guide (ours climbed Mt.Fuji 3 times and could speak many languages). Yes, it was a somewhat rushed day, but we made friends with some nice Australians and Americans on our coach, went on the perfectly-symmetrical Mount Fuji, enjoyed the lake and views around Hakone, and lastly, marveled at the speed and efficiency of the bullet train. So in all, it is a worthwhile tour, if only to get a taste of things so we could plan for a longer stay next time.

The Essential Barcelona Tourist Guide

May 15th, 2015

All the essential Barcelona tourist guide and travel information to arrange your trip is on this one site.
This site was born out of a personal love for the city and a desire to share my 13 years worth of knowledge of Barcelona Spain with you. In doing so, I’ve concentrated on answering your most important questions on transport, activities and attractions.

France Travel Essentials – Before You Travel to France

May 8th, 2015

nullFrance has a wide range of accommodations. In general, French hotels tend to be more inexpensive than those in bordering Italy, Switzerland and Germany.There are usually hotels near train stations, some budget, and a few seedy. You may inspect a room before committing to it. You can also fine cheap motel lodging outside of major tourist destinations.

Taking Aromatherapy with You on the Plane

May 1st, 2015

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Hand carrying your essential oils on a plane is not as simple as it once was. Since 2006, when liquids on-board a flight first became known as a possible threat to passenger safety, government agencies at first banned all liquids to be carried on board planes, and then changed their restrictions to allowing for small amounts of liquids to be carried on a flight.

The simplest way to take aromatherapy with you on-board a flight currently is to avoid these restrictions altogether and to just take essential oils that have already been absorbed into a tissue, wipe, handkerchief or cotton ball where they can be taken out and inhaled or used to wipe down a surface as needed.

If you need to carry the essential oils or other liquids on the flight, you can place essential oils in smaller 5 ml, or 5/8 dram glass vials and larger containers for oils you will use more often. You can also place lotions, soaps, shampoo, conditioners, and other personal care liquids, creams, and gels in smaller 1 oz. or 2 oz. containers. Just be sure that your bag is closely secured to avoid leakages.

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Prevent or Cure Jet-lag

April 24th, 2015

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Jet-lag after a long travel can make the whole trip really bad quickly. Here are some tips on how to prevent or cure the accursed condition:

  • Eat a light meal containing plenty of carbohydrates and greens before travelling.
  • Try to arrive well rested and healthy at your departure airport.
  • Try to get a flight with no/few stops as the changing cabin pressure exacerbates jet lag.
  • Set your watch to destination time as soon as you board the plane.
  • Try to sleep, or at least rest, when destination time is night, and to stay awake if it’s daytime. This means on the plane and on the ground when you arrive. No long siestas!
  • Try to eat meals according to destination timing. Eat lightly. Drink lots of water.
  • Avoid alcohol, coffee, tea, as these maintain departure body time. OK, OK, have a beer, but that’s it. And drink lots of water as dehydration lowers your general health barriers to in-flight bugs, in addition to inhibiting body clock resetting.
  • Get some exercise on the plane. This helps not only with jet lag but other health factors too, such as DVT.
  • Press a pen point on the underside of your big toes during the flight. This apparently stimulates appropriate acupressure points.
  • Get out in the daylight when you arrive, preferably without sunglasses. Let the body know it’s in a new place. Walk/exercise. This will encourage your body clock to make the change.
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