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

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

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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    Pizza: a traveler’s best friend.

    April 24th, 2015


    If you and your friends are planning on a trip, say, two days from now, never ever eat foods that you’re unsure of (or those that require a lot of handwork, like gourmets, maybe?). You might get diarrhea and not be able to board the plane two days from now.

    What you can do is make a little sacrifice. You like pizza? You can settle with that for the mean time. Aide from the delicious toppings of mozzarella, pepperoni and mushrooms, its ingredients don’t spoil that fast. Plus, before a pizza is served on your tabletop, it has been baked in a high temperature oven that most probably killed all the bacteria.

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    Protect Yourself, Get Vaccinated

    April 17th, 2015


    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!

    Never Buy Cheap Locks

    April 9th, 2015

    nullIf you’ve just arrived and in need to buy locks go to a reputable store in that country. “Why should I, there’s a lock of locks for sale around here, why bother getting an overpriced one?” you may ask. Well read this tip below:

    Recent problems with an expensive combination lock on a suitcase were solved by popping open the lock with one twist of a screwdriver. And if I can do it, so can anyone.
    Furthermore, on investigation, little mass-produced ‘travel’ padlocks that you can buy from travel carousels at airports and in many shops all used the same key. Thus any half-intelligent, thieving baggage handler/room maid would need to make only a small investment in a couple of popular keys [e.g. the 'Go' brand] to get access to many cases.
    Moral: Don’t use combination locks and buy your padlocks from a locksmith beforehand, including a spare, and check they require different keys to open them.


    Air Travel – How to Best Prepare

    April 2nd, 2015

    airportsecurityThere are fast changing rules that are being enforced in the many airports around the world yet the most stringent and tough are for flights that head either to the US or to the UK. These two country’s are the most at threat from terrorist attacks thus have the strictest rules when it comes to travel (you wouldn’t want a repeat of 9/11 with you on board now would you). People who would be traveling to these two countries have to get hold of the latest bulletins from the respective countries who may have different security requirements but for the delays and repetitive multi layer security checks they are almost the same.
    Do not bring anything that is banned with you as carry-on and leave them with your baggage. Check in baggage also have restrictions as to what you can put in them so when in doubt, leave it behind or risk losing it to the airport security personnel’s trash bin. Any items not allowed will either be confiscated or thrown in the trash which is such a waste of money if you happened to have something pricey. Baggage sizes have also been lowered so check with the local airport on specifics dso you can plan ahead for your worry free vacation.

    Traveling with Pets

    March 26th, 2015

    13.jpgFamily pets are often a regarded as already a part of the family. Leaving them behind when you are traveling out of town is really hard. Here are some tips that can make your pet travel fun and safe.

    - Check in with your veterinarian. Get a clean bill of health if your pet is fit to travel. Most airline and travel destinations require a clean bill of health (pet’s health certificate dated within 10 days prior to travel before your pet can fly with you). Also check with your travel agent if your destination state requires pets to have an automatic quarantine upon arrival for your pet whether or not there is an outbreak of a disease.
    - Have your pets wear ID tags – with your name and phone no. (in case it is unfortunate that he got lost)
    - Make your pet comfortable – ensure that the pet is cool, comfortable and travel-worthy.
    - Plan ahead for all travel accommodations – Many accommodations do not accept pets and some that do have only a limited number of rooms available to pet owners. If traveling through air, ensure that reservations are made at least 3 months prior to your journey since many airlines limit the number of pets flying on each plane.

    Travel is not recommended for smaller animals and birds because of the stress it causes them. Reptiles are especially discouraged because of their specialized requirements.

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