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Are you planning to take a vacation in the Caribbean, or have you been planning for around five years or a trip to a mountain village somewhere in Tibet that’s been on your bucket list since you were in college, here are some travel hacks that will get you prepared.
Don’t take photocopies with you as your important documents can be misplaced or can be accidentally destroyed instead of taking snapshots. Take snapshots as it is a much cleaner and safer way to keep your important documents with you all the time.
Wearable Luggage Gives You Lots Of Space
Consider using wearable luggage, this kind of baggage like Stuff or Rufus Roo have tonnes of pockets with lots of room so you can easily carry all of your essentials. Load your pockets – you can get several kilogramme worths of “stuff” in these jackets including clothing, hygiene items, your ID, money and even your laptop.
Be Ready To Face Your Next Destination
Make yourself a refreshing lemon scrub before you leave home. A packet of sugar and a slice of lemon will do the trick. You can get both of these easily from the flight attendant as well. Mix these two ingredients, rub the mixture on your face and rinse in the bathroom sink.
Don’t Get Stuck With Only One Pair Of Undies
Pack some of your essentials in your hand carry as well. Include a change of clothing, medications, hygiene essentials a bathing suit and a phone charger. Bring a change of clothes; this is much better than spending your entire vacation in the same outfit.
Don’t Run Out Of Cash
Stash some cash in an unusual place so that you won’t spend it, but it will be there when you need it. Try an inside pouch. Your backpack, a pair of socks in your carry-on or just a different place in your wallet will work.
Take A Few Moments To Reading
Take a look at the books in your hotel room to find events, luxuries, best places to visit and eat. You may be in for a few freebies, look up for discounts and coupons.
Keep Your Necklaces Tangle Free
Lay your necklaces on a flat sheet of toilet paper, fold each side of the paper in and then wrap it around your finger to create a coil. Also, try watching your necklaces through an empty toilet paper roll.
Don’t Forget Your Pillowcase
Stuff a pillowcase with your jacket. Make a makeshift pillow on the plane and then use it as a laundry bag at the end of your trip.
The Business Lounge Can Serve You Wi-Fi Needs
Find the business lounge. If your airport doesn’t have free Wi-Fi, camp out near the business lounge. Sit close enough, and you can often pick up the signal.
Anyone who has ever been camping will have a few camping tips to share, and so here are just a few that I’ve acquired over time. I do not claim to have invented these ideas but they are things that have stuck in my head. Some you may have heard of and will be familiar with, some may not be helpful, but hopefully (maybe) you’ll like the sound of just one – or it may even give you a spark of an idea – and you’ll find a way of using it on your next camping trip.
Firstly, it is always a good idea to have a Practice Camp – if not in your garden, then in someone else’s, or at a quiet spot somewhere where you won’t be disturbed. Basically it is much better to get used to your canvas tent and basic gear first, before you pack the car up, drive a good few miles and then discover that you underestimated the time required for pitching and setting up camp. Or worse, that you don’t thoroughly understand how to erect the tent in the first place. If you have a bell tent it is one of the easiest tents around to erect – but having said that I have still seen some rather basic mistakes, which have resulted in the tent being unstable, wonky and something that would not resist much of a breeze.
Once properly erected for the first time, and especially if it’s in your own garden, a good idea is to furnish it with stuff that you think you’d either (a) need or (b) like to have with you on a camping trip. Take time to work out what you need around you to (a) function and (b) feel comfortable.
So then you can build a check-list of essentials that you ‘need’ to take on either a short or more basic camp, or alternatively things that you ‘would like’ to take on a longer, more comfortable camping trip. Categorise things such as bedding, cooking, wet wear, dry wear, hot/cold weather gear, kids stuff, games, relaxation (wine!), basic kit, glamping items, whatever suits you.
Another ‘pre-camp’ tip is, split the tent poles, pegs and canvas. Bell tents should come with a main carry bag for the tent and groundsheet, a separate bag for the poles, and another bag for the pegs, mallet, spare ropes etc. This means that you are basically splitting the weight. Even if you use a trolley this makes it much easier to handle the basic tent components.
One final canvas bell tent tip – always use a footprint. A footprint is basically any old (cheap) tarp that you place underneath the actual tent groundsheet. You can buy expensive ones but it really is not necessary. Ensure that the footprint is around 5cm/2inches smaller than the actual outermost edges of the groundsheet. Using a cheap builders tarp found in any DIY store will do. Then simply cut to size. The idea behind the footprint is that it helps to keep the bulk of the dirt off the underneath of your groundsheet, making pack-up much easier. And it needs to be slightly smaller than your groundsheet to stop rain from running in between the two and ‘pooling’ under your tent.
Kids usually love camping and being outdoors. They love the freedom, and the resulting dirt! So kids’ clothes may need to be frequently changed. A suggestion is to pack kids’ clothes in individually rolled bundles. For example, pants, socks, shorts, T-shirts – all rolled into individual bundles and then those bundles packed into some sort of storage case or box. This makes things a lot easier – simply pull out a bundle and hey presto! Clothes for the new day!
Speaking of storage boxes – plastic storage boxes can be easily found these days in a huge mix of sizes and styles. So to use these for packing camping essentials makes sense, as the containers themselves are lightweight, and also stackable. This means they’re easily packed into car, and once in your tent, they can be positioned around the tent in strategic positions with a simple cover/throw over the top. They then instantly become transformed into attractive, stable, usable, table-like surfaces.
Yet another reason to take (at least one) plastic storage box with you if you have very young children, is that it can be filled with warm water to create a convenient bath-tub for a youngster. And they’ll probably love it!
Speaking of water, if you are camping on a lake, or with a boat or canoe, a brilliant suggestion I once saw was to attach your key(s) to a champagne-type of cork. If the keys are not too heavy, or if you only attach the most important one (or else attach each key to a cork) it will float if dropped into the water! Brilliant!
Another idea for storage is to buy one of those soft plastic or canvas hanging-style shoe-caddy type things. They have multiple ‘pockets’ into which, unless you really want to store your shoes, you can store kitchen utensils, cloths, candles, corkscrews or other little bits ‘n bobs. Simply hang the caddy up in your kitchen tent, or on one of the poles inside your tent.
Choosing a hotel online can be such a difficult decision as you never know what you are going to get when you arrive. Thousands of travellers take to the internet each and every day to find their dream hotel where they can relax, be pampered and have a well deserved break. For some, this perfect paradise dream crashes when they arrive at the hotel to see that it isn’t what was advertised online, which is why you need to know how to choose a hotel online so you are guaranteed to receive what you pay for.
The first thing to choosing a hotel online is to have an idea of what you expect from the hotel and your room. Are you looking for sheer luxury or maybe just a quick relaxing stop over somewhere? This will help you identify if you want to be looking at five star luxury hotels or you are happy with a four or three star comfortable hotel. Do you want a hotel with an on-site restaurant? What about a fitness centre? Maybe a wellness centre? These are important considerations which can help you start identifying the hotels that tick all the boxes.
Set yourself a budget before you start your in-depth search into the hotels available. With a budget you have something to work to, this way you can identify quickly which establishments come in within your budget, helping you narrow down your short-list that little bit faster.
Next identify the location that you feel you want to visit. You may be travelling to explore a capital city or you may be heading to a large city for business purposes. With a location in mind, a budget and knowing what you expect you will be able to browse a host of hotels, put a short list together that can help you make your final decision.
Always compare the hotels in the local area to identify what they offer, their prices, their services and more. When you have one or two hotels in mind in a certain area, having a closer look at the hotels and comparing them against each other is often the easiest way to come to your final decision and book your room or suite.
Take a close look at the facilities and services provided in the hotels you are most interested in. Some hotels will offer particular services or facilities that are more important to you than others, this can also help you make a final decision. Five star hotels will provide you with a host of superior five star services and facilities from free Wi-Fi throughout the building to an indoor swimming pool and an on-site wellness centre to restaurant offering the added convenience of room service.
A five star establishment should also provide you access to a fitness centre. They will have a twenty four hour reception desk and a concierge service for added convenience. Their host of services and facilities will be vast, so you are guaranteed to tick all your boxes with ease and confidence.
With your final hotel in mind, you now want to check availability to ensure that they can accommodate you on your chosen dates. Remember the earlier you book, not only will you get the room you want for the dates you want, but many hotels offer early bird discounts, so you can save money when booking a couple of weeks in advance.
Finding the world’s best ski slopes is a never-ending quest for the snow sports aficionados who travel the world looking for adventure. But with aggressive marketing from even minor players in the industry, it’s not easy to see through the smokescreen of tempting slogans or resist the seduction of glossy images and promos. If you’re thinking about embarking on a winter snow sports holiday, you should carefully consider these three top qualities of the crème de la crème of destinations.
There’s Always Affordable Accommodation Nearby
Happily, being one of the world’s best ski slopes does not necessarily mean being among the most expensive. Often, the really great ones come with highly affordable chalets, however if you’re lucky enough not to be limited by budget, there are also resorts that offer the last word in luxury for your winter holiday home away from home.
In the Swiss Alps, for example, there are some resorts that make their guests feel less of a visitor than an esteemed guest of a wealthy family! But regardless of the accommodation pricing, what you must look out for is accessibility and creature comforts-weighing these factors against the cost. Your choice is really determined by how much you’re willing to pay and how deeply you care about your holiday accommodation in terms of comfort and luxury.
There’s Plenty of Action
There are some ski resorts that appear sleepy even during peak season, and then there are those that are so bustling, every moment is filled with some kind of activity – including après-ski entertainment. So, which of the two types belong in the ‘best ski slopes’ category? You take a guess! Certain resorts in the French Alps, for example, partner with world-renowned hotel and music brands to orchestrate such activities as street parties and other entertainment. (Set amid the majestic landscape of woodlands and pistes, these can take on a life of their own.) The best resorts will always offer an array of activities to part in – both on the slopes and off. There should be a good infrastructure in order to satisfy every member of a party – including children. One particularly good ski resort of this type is La Tania, with its well-rounded amenities for off-the-slope entertainment, fine-dining restaurants, and even fast-food fare.
Of course, it goes without saying that a good holiday must include plenty of variety and the best ski slopes should give skiers the ultimate luxury: choice. There’s not much interest in a resort that offers slopes suitable for just one level of proficiency – whether it’s for beginners or advanced. While there’s no doubt such resorts exist, the better choices are those that offer guests opportunities for exploration and diversity – not only of the landscape, but also of their own mettle. Therefore, slopes should run the gamut from beginner to intermediate to expert, and include plenty of assistance from the resort’s staff.
Your holiday confirmation email appears, launching your heart into a chorus of joyful emotions. Suddenly, taking carefree walks on the beach and shopping for fantastic bargains enters your imagination. Make the most of your holiday experience with my saving tips and tricks.
Exchange Currencies Before You Go On Holiday
Converting your currencies before traveling will avoid the costs of hefty airport fees and the hassle of exchanging your currency at your destination. This will also give you a good idea of your budget before you travel and ensure you’re getting the highest possible exchange rate.
Do Your Research!
It’s so easy to spoil yourself and your loved ones while on holiday, and the thing is, you can! But doing research about the current city or country you’ll be travelling will make sure this happens. From free public transport to free Wi-Fi access, saving a bit of cash means more money for shopping or special cocktails.
Get A Multi-Currency Cash Passport – And Use It Correctly
To make a secure transaction while paying for goods and services overseas, choose the credit option instead of debit when using your multi-currency cash passport.
Handy Hint: Use your card mainly for cash withdrawals and shopping purposes.
Dine Like A President
While traveling, food can sometimes become the best tourist attraction. However, this doesn’t mean eating at fancy restaurants for every meal. From sizzling street dishes in Thailand to local food markets in Italy, there’s a delicious meal to complement every palate.
Know Your Refundable Taxes
Many countries charge taxes that can often be reimbursed for vacationers once they depart.
Handy Hint: If you’ve done a bit of shopping at Tax-Free shopping outlets, you can also get these refunded upon departure. Countries that provide similar shopping tax refund schemes include Singapore, Japan and Australia!
Understand The Culture And Customs
Seasoned travelers are professionals when it comes to understanding the cultures and customs of the land they’re traveling in. For example, a seasoned traveler in France would know that if he dines al fresco style, there’s a good chance that he can get charged double the amount as opposed to dining inside.
The word romance creates a distinctive picture of heart-stopping vistas, soothing breeze flowing through and intimate moments with your beloved. Yes, when it comes to a romantic holiday, you will find no better destination than Greece that offers perfect backdrop to revive the feeling and passion of love in your life. You can visit numerous places in this placid country of islands and beaches to make your romantic getaway, marriage proposal or honeymoon moments even more memorable.
Greece – Alove worshipping nation
Having a great historic significance, the Greeks whole-heartedly worship Aphrodite, the goddess of beauty and love. The soul of all her powers lies in the ability of provoking desires. She holds a great sway in the realms of marriage, fertility, sex, civic order, sailing and even war. In fact, her capability of creating union and harmony became the base of a strong belief for the Greeks.
Both male as well as female devotees pay their tributes to this powerful Goddess. This is the reason why the country is popular as a love worshipping nation. Thus, with so much love blessed in its surrounding, it becomes an ideal destination for romantic trips.
Top romantic destinations in Greece
The question of where to go in Greece is obvious to occur in your mind, especially when you are on an adoring trip. Here are some of the major romantic destinations of Greece that you should not miss out in your itinerary –
Santorini: The picturesque scenario of Santorini Island create perfect scenario for you and your beloved. Imagine yourself sitting beside your love and experience the beautiful sunset. It will definitely create an experience of butterflies flying within your stomach. Proposing your partner with the sunset in candlelight on this island is surely an excellent approach to get a yes from her. Every year, Santorini receives the award of being World’s most romantic destination.
Halkidiki: Another prolific destination that gives you so many reasons for a romantic date is Halkidiki. Its emerald water compels most of the couples to spend a quality time with each other. Sailing through its water with a basket full of gourmet snacks, ripe fruits and wine will do everything to redefine love between you both. Hire your own boat and declare your love for her in the midst of the sea.
Mykonos: A sophisticated yet most lovable destination by couples, Mykonos too opens a great opportunity for you to sail its islands and discover their remarkable beauty. You can renew your marriage vows as well as wishes in the pious waters of the sea to make this vacation the most memorable event of your life.
The Cyclades: Chartering a private sailboat or yacht to enjoy a dreamy tour of the Cyclades with your love can also create lifetime experience for you. In fact, you can also prefer to wander around the labyrinth streets of the city that houses some of the most exclusive boutiques and restaurant-bars for your entertainment.
You are suddenly charged with the idea of packing and going off on a vacation. It gives you a sense of adventure and you look forward to making the most of it. But, as intriguing as the last-minute travel plan may sound, there are a lot of arrangements that need to be done. And, these things may cost you a bomb if you don’t plan properly.
Worried? Well, here are some tips that will help you save money even if your travel plans have been made a day before the date of departure.
Book Your Tickets First
If you are looking for a cheap flight ticket, booking online is the best option you have. All you have to do is visit different sites and hunt for the best deals. Sometimes, if you download a travel app, you might get an off on your tickets. It might not be much but it will still save you some money! You should also checkup different social media platforms of airline companies to know if they are offering any last-minute deal. If you aren’t going too far from home, consider booking train or bus tickets as there are better chances of finding them at a reasonable price.
Look for Pocket-friendly Accommodation
When you are making last minute reservations, it’s difficult to find luxurious hotels, especially if you are travelling during the holiday season. However, you don’t need a very good hotel if you are going to spend most of your time outdoors. Just a good bed and a clean room should suffice, right? So, if you want to save some extra bucks, just check out some youth hostels and budget hotels, which generally have enough vacant rooms to accommodate you.
Pack Your Essentials with You
When you are on a tight budget, it’s better to carry your personal essential items with you so that you don’t have to spend money on your trip. Things like travel packs of toothpaste, soap, and other toiletries can easily be packed into your luggage. This way, you will be able save a lot of money that you might have otherwise spend on them. You should also pack in the right clothes, which are suitable for the weather of the place you are travelling to.
These are some of the most important tips that will help you save money when you suddenly come up with an impromptu travel plan. Apart from these, you should also consider taking local public transport on your trip as they generally come cheaper than renting cabs or cars. You could also save some money by eating out of local, small restaurants rather than the fancy ones.
The holiday season is just around the corner and listening to people about how they’ve already made plans may make you feel a little unorganized. I mean, everyone I know has already made plans for what they’re going to weeks from now whereas I don’t even know what I’m doing the next day. Are you like me too? Well no need to worry just now because I have gathered a list of things that will help people like us make the best of this vacation season. So without further ado here are a few tips that will help brighten up your holidays:
Some people don’t like making plans with family over the holidays and if you’re one of those people, no worries. Travel to someplace you’ve never been to. This might be a place that is just a few miles away from your house or it can be someplace halfway across the world that you’ve always wanted to go to but never got the chance to visit. Doesn’t matter, because the whole world is all decked out to take part in the celebrations and it is calling you to come see it. Also, pro-travel tip, buy frequent flyer accounts and save loads of money when you travel.
2. Watch Some Classics:
Sometimes all you need is a good old movie and loads of junk food to make you feel content. So if you don’t want to get out of the house, no worries. Just sit on the couch, make some popcorn and order a classic on Netflix.
3. Throw A Party:
If you’re someone who loves socializing then throwing a party will ensure that your holidays are a bash. Call your friends, order some takeout and dance the night away. And if you don’t want to go through the hassle of having people at your place go to the local club. You never know, maybe you’ll find something you’ve always been looking for.
4. Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone:
For this holiday season let go of your reservations. Do something adventurous. Go bungee jumping or sky diving and make the best of your life. This might become the best memory of your lifetime. If you don’t want to something so drastic, try doing something smaller. Like go visit the friend you haven’t seen in 3 years. Or talk to someone who wants your forgiveness
5. Eat Something Good:
Let go of the strict diet you have been following. The holidays are your cheat day. Treat yourself to that chocolate dessert you saw a while ago or go to the fancy restaurant that you’ve wanted to go to for a long time. Good food can work where nothing else can. So call that restaurant and get a reservation right now.
The point is having fun this holiday season and remembering that you can save loads of your money if you simply buy frequent flyer accounts when you travel.
We are almost into 2017. And most likely you have made New Year resolutions- exercise, eat healthy, quit smoking, etc. However, travelling more is something that you may want to consider in the New Year. Most people tend not to travel a lot because they think that it is too expensive but the good news is that saving money when you travel is quite simple. In fact, discount travel is now easier than ever before and here are 6 tips to get you started as follows:
1. Engage The Sharing Economy
A few decades ago, travelers had to find accommodation in the yellow pages, book flights at the airport, and plan their itinerary weeks, if not months in advance. Thankfully, those days are long gone with today’s sharing economy offering travelers more options- and competition denotes savings. And while many sharing economy sites have been in existence for years, their growth continues to be phenomenal. For instance, Airbnb boasted slightly over half a million listings two years ago, and now it has over a million. Vacationers can, therefore, put the sharing economy to work for just about anything- from where you sleep to meals, guided tours, transportation etc. Some of the most popular sites include Airbnb, EatWith, BlaBlaCar, and Guided by a Local.
2. Try Budget Airlines
While gas prices may be at their cheapest in years, this does not translate to regular airlines lowering their fares. If anything, they are trying to squeeze in more seats in order to make more money. Thankfully, there are a host of budget airlines such as Air Asia, Wow, and Norwegian Air that fly cheaply from Asia and Europe to the U.S. They do the same thing as regular airlines, flying you between continents, but with no frills and at lower costs. For example, Norwegian Air operates flights from both American coasts to mainland Europe for as little as $150 for a one-way flight. Once there, holiday makers can then find their way to Asia for only $200 one-way. Even more interesting is that Air Asia operates $20 one-way flights around the region and if you need to visit Australia from Asia, a one-way ticket will only set you back $150.
3. Visit Cheaper Destinations
This is really a no-brainer. A weekend stay at a five-star hotel in Paris will definitely cost more than the same trip, to say, Prague. Take advantage of destinations whose economies are underperforming or those that have great exchange rates. Currently, some destinations that may be of interest to travelers include Greece (bad economy), India, Australia, Russia, and Japan (all of which have seen their currencies fall in comparison to the dollar thus making them way more affordable. Admittedly, while the prices in these destinations have not fallen, they have become cheaper owing to the drop in currencies.
4. Book Cheap Tours And Cruises
While it may seem risky, it is advisable to book tours and cruises at the very last minute when tour companies are likely to be desperate in an attempt to fill unsold spots. By waiting until a few weeks to your vacation date or date of travel, you are likely to get upwards of 50% off the price list. With beach vacations, you can also find great deals if you take out a beach vacation guide well in advance of your holiday when companies sell the cheapest accommodation. Also, try using the last minute specials of your preferred tour company if you wish to go for a tour or Cruise Sheet in case of cruises.
5. Visit The Nation’s Time Machine With Your Children
Colonial Yorktown, Jamestown, and Williamsburg are absorbing discount travel destinations all year-round, as historic interpreters in period costumes help modern families appreciate what life was like before the advent of indoor plumbing, computers, or TVs. For instance, in eighteenth-century Williamsburg, you and your family should find the largest outdoor living history museum where the kids can make bricks in the summer, help weed the gardens in spring, or attend a winter slave couple’s wedding. And if you visit in the summer, you can also go to Water Country USA and Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Families can book a five-day/four-night stay including unlimited admission and accommodations for as little as $700 or less. However, if you schedule your visit in the winter, you are unlikely to have roller coasters but will enjoy fewer crowds and can join holiday celebrations.
6. Mexican Beaches
For beach vacations, all inclusive resorts are always a favorite for many travelers because holiday makers can do what they please, when they want, and there are always numerous organized activities for the kids as well as opportunities for them to make friends as well. Usually, beach vacation guides advertise bargain rates throughout the Caribbean just after Easter all the way to Thanksgiving and then again from mid-December and beyond. Mexican trips can really be a bargain and should provide your children with the ideal opportunity to practice their Spanish and experience a different culture.
For instance, at Allegro Resorts, children can stay and live free of charge up until the 20th of December and then again during the summer months. All inclusive rates for a family of four start at slightly under $160 per night, including meals, kids’ activities, sports, liquor etc. Further, Akumal’s Club Caribe- arguably one of the most popular resorts and which lies south of Cancun but smack in the middle of the Yucatan coast- is replete with prime diving, snorkeling, and plenty of Maya ruins to explore. Here, rates start at under $150 per day, inclusive of parents’ meals. Lastly, Costa Azul (an hour’s drive north of Puerto Vallarta in San Francisco, Mexico) is a soft-adventure resort that is ideal for both pre-teens and teenagers as they can among others, learn how to surf, kayak to hidden coves, trek through jungles, and swim through caves.