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Category Archives: Travel

Packing for Simpler Traveling

1. Choose your travel bag carefully. Some are heavy before you even start packing – and lifting them over your head after you’ve packed them requires a weight lifter.

2. If looking good when you get there is important, wearing something that travels well and is still suitable for the occasion will save valuable luggage space, and if bag is lost, you can go “as is.”

3. If you’re going to be in the same hotel for several days, consider sending ahead bulky items, such as exercise clothes or reading material, to arrive before you do. (If you require a signature on the recipient end, you can easily trace the package when you arrive if necessary.)

4. Choose clothes with lots of flexibility – for example, a pair of flattering slacks, which will work with a casual sweater during the day or a dressy jacket for evening.

5. Shoes take up lots of packing space, so when making wardrobe choices, minimize the number of colors you need.

6. Get travel sizes of toiletry items. Carry them in a hanging bag with clear plastic dividers so you can see in a moment’s notice what’s missing. If you travel frequently, always keep this bag packed and ready to go.

Avoid Jet Lag

Jet lag happens because our body temperature rhythm doesn’t adjust to a new time zone as quickly as we’d like it to. Whenever you travel East, you are forced to sleep when you are not sleepy. Whenever you travel West, you experience feelings of drowisness and tiredness earlier than everyone else.

Proper Hydration

When you fly in a plane for 8 hour, you would lose a lot of water. You may notice that your lips get really dry during a long flight. This is because there’s zero humidity in the plane! And this means that water is literally evaporating out of you as if you were a puddle of cool aid on a hot summer day!

Drink lots of water when you arrive at your new destination and don’t stop drinking throughout the day would immediately hydrate your body. And this would make adjusting to the new time zone much easier for you.

It’s also a good idea to keep a water bottle with you on the plane. The little 100ml packages of water they give you on the plane don’t hydrate you!

Set your schedule in advance

The best strategy for going across several zones is to start changing your sleeping schedule several days in advance to the trip.

For instance, if you are travelling from Los Angeles to Hawaii, begin waking up and sleeping earlier gradually 3 to 4 days in advance, this will minimize the jet lag effect when you arrive at your destination.

Adjust your meals and your light exposure as if you were to be already there and following that schedule.

About Package Holiday

The UK offers a variety of package holiday bargains, a selection of which can be found at. Tour operators and UK travel agents are available to do the legwork to book your flights, pick the best dates for travel, as well as find you great deals on accommodations and food. Complete package holidays typically are all-inclusive vacations, which means you only need to select the destination and date of travel around your busy work schedule, and allow the travel agents to find your lowest priced option for everything you need to travel- your plane tickets and even airport parking in some cases, as well as the place you’ll sleep each night of your vacation and the food you’ll eat! You don’t need to spend hours online or on the phone with a tour catalog opened on the desk in front of you just to plan your next vacation, with the help of package holidays and a travel agent- and so there is no longer any reason for you to put off that vacation any more!

Your family and travel partners will certainly enjoy spending time with you if you’ve been stuck in the office for months. Quality time with family and friends can go a long way in improving your personal relationships, and honestly- work can wait a week or so while you get some much needed rest and relaxation! When you return from your package holiday trip, you’ll undoubtedly be more rested, and have a better ability to focus and concentrate on the work you need to do- therefore, a proper holiday will give you more productivity when you return to work!

Florida Beach Vacations

Tampa Bay Area – St. Petes/Clearwater

Located on the West Coast of Florida, on the Gulf of Mexico, the Tampa Bay area is a waterfront heaven! Miles and miles of white sandy beaches along the Gulf Coast offer unlimited options for a fun and relaxing vacation. When you need a break from the surf and sand, there are plenty of nearby activities to keep the kids amused including the Florida Aquarium, the Museum of Science and Industry, and the Lowry Park Zoo.

Daytona

With twenty-three miles of sparkling white sandy beaches and beautiful blue-green waters there is no shortage of beach fun for whole family. The beach is up to 500 feet wide at low tide and is perfect for castle building, cycling, jogging, fishing or just relaxing in the sun. The Atlantic Ocean is great for swimming, especially during the spring and summer when water temperatures range from 74 to 80 degrees. And you are only an hour’s drive from Orlando if you are so inclined.

Miami Beach

A Miami romantic vacation has everything from relaxing on the beach by day and dancing by night. There are lots of art deco and interesting hotels on South Beach. A short drive west will bring you to the Everglades, where you can take a Scenic Boat Tour and see plenty of wildlife, including alligators. You can shop at the ritzy Bal Harbor shops, and at night choose from plenty of dance clubs or mellow jazz bars and restaurants.

Marco Island

Marco Island is located at the southern tip of Southwest Florida’s Gulf Coast at the western entrance to Everglades National Park. The island is surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico on one side and natural wilderness on the other. There are miles of white-sand beaches, lavish real estate, shopping, dining, nightlife, attractions and lots of outdoor activities. Your recreation choices include swimming, sunbathing fishing, golf, tennis, and more. Enjoy the subtropical ambience that exists in Southwest Florida’s Gulf Coast.

Cocoa Beach

Cocoa Beach has beautiful sandy beaches and a great pier that is available for fishing, dining & dancing. There is a large promenade leading to the beach with an observation deck overlooking the ocean, perfect for romantic walks. While you’re on the Space Coast you can visit the Kennedy Space Center, go deep-sea fishing, surf, windsurf, rent a jet ski, golf our take a take a river tour. At night there is lots of nightlife and great dining for you to enjoy.

Vacation Insurance

Here’s a quick guide to understanding what a good vacation insurance should cover for any travel.

Travel Curtailment

If you or an immediate family member becomes seriously ill or is injured during the vacation most vacation insurance companies would reimburse you for the unused portion of the vacation.

Travel Cancellation

You would be reimbursed if the cruise line or tour operator goes out of business. It would also reimburse you if you have to cancel the vacation due to sickness, a death in the family or other calamity listed in the insurance policy.

Travel cancellation is very different from a Cancellation Waiver that many cruise and tour operators offer. Waivers are relatively inexpensive. They provide coverage if you have to cancel the trip, but they have many restrictions.

They must be purchased when you book the trip and will usually not cover you immediately before departure. Most importantly, waiver is not insurance.

Personal liability

Personal Liability is important in case of legal liability, arising out of one’s negligence in causing a third party injury (or death) and/or third party property damage.

Some traveler insurance companies even insure against the loss or theft of golfing equipment and laptops.

Luggage/Baggage/Flight Delay

This feature comes along with a “Time” excess, meaning that the traveler insurance companies only compensate when the delay exceeds a certain time frame. The limit for loss of luggage/baggage/flight varies, usually with a cap for individual items.

Emergency & Medical Assistance and Information Service

Look for those 24-hour services that offer information on visa requirements, foreign exchange, weather forecasts and medical advice et cetera.

Emergency evacuation is very helpful indeed for inexperienced travelers or travelers with medical conditions or for those who are traveling to more remote and less traveled places.

These service centers may also offer emergency assistance in the form of embassy, legal, interpreter and medical referrals.

Most vacation insurance policies would compensate a couple of hundred dollars for each day of hospitalization up to the maximum limit indicated in their respective packages.

European Cruise

The European barge cruise is an intimate and personal experience as barges typically accommodate as few as 4 people up to as many as 24. Each barge is staffed with a personal chef who prepares gourmet meals from locally purchased ingredients to please guests as well as a captain who pilots the vessel and stateroom staff. A cruise with 6 people can be served by as many as 4 staff members.

Barge cruises are available on most of the rivers and canals in Europe. You can experience up-close the beauty and cultural sites of Belgium, England, France, Germany, Holland, Ireland, or Scotland. The pace of a barge cruise is leisurely. The itinerary includes stopping at historic and cultural places of interest along the cruising route. You can sightsee on foot or on bicycles that are available onboard. On barge cruise operator even provides an air-conditioned touring bus to takes passengers to local points of interest at each stop along the way. What a change of pace from the hotel hopping of a bus trip! Just depart from the barge in the morning, enjoy a day of sightseeing and return to the quiet of a private dining room where a gourmet meal is waiting.

The price of a European barge cruise, like all other cruises, varies based upon the cruise line, the accommodations selected, the area visited, and the season (high or low). However, a quiet and personal barge cruise can be had for a price competitive with a Caribbean cruise, without airfare of course. The barge cruise price usually includes accommodations, 3 meals a day, beverage service that includes wines and spirits, and pre-arranged sightseeing tours. And these barge cruises cater to the American tourist by providing English speaking crew members.

Cheap Airfare Online

1. The day and time of purchase can have a significant impact on ticket prices. Every night at midnight, airlines reload their reservation databases with available seats that had been reserved but were not paid for. For that reason, it is best to conduct your search in the wee hours of the morning. This is one of the reasons that, in the past, travel agents had access to better airfares than the general public. Today, however, you can search for these tickets yourself on any of the major travel sites (Orbitz, Travelocity, Hotwire, etc.)

2. As with all service industries, convenience usually costs more. For example, a weekend getaway may be significantly cheaper if you are willing to fly on Saturday and return on Monday than if you needed to leave on Friday and return on Sunday.

3. A little flexibility can save you a lot of money. This is true with regard to travel dates and airports. For instance, at the date of this writing a ticket from Miami to Washington, DC purchased with 60 days advance notice currently costs $183 plus taxes; however, the price drops to $133 if you are willing to depart from nearby Ft. Lauderdale instead.

4. Frequent flyer programs can be an excellent way to save money, but redeeming your miles requires a little extra diligence. Most airlines set aside only a small percentage of their available seats for travelers redeeming miles, and they are usually available for reservation 330 days before the departure date. For these reasons, it is always advantageous to book reward program travel far in advance, and to be as flexible as possible about your travel plans. Also, many airlines charge more for telephone reservations for reward program travel, so it’s always best to book these arrangements online if possible.

Trip Packing List

Here’s a great packing list.

Clothes – Use a “mix-and-match” philosophy. Pick out two basic colors such as black and grey. Then pick out three colors with which to accessorize such as white, pink, and royal blue. Don’t forget a jacket and/or swimsuit (and related items) if needed.

Pajamas/Intimates

Shoes and Socks/Hosiery – You will need business shoes (if a business trip), sneakers for working out, walking shoes, and heels for evening. Also include house slippers for walking around the hotel room. Bring socks for your sneakers, and hosiery for others.

Accessories – Scarves and jewelry can make the same outfit look totally different the next time you wear it. Be sure to pack different looks.

Cosmetics/Toiletries – If you travel often, you may want to buy two of all your cosmetics and toiletries so that you never have to pack this again. Include makeup, hair products (including brush/comb), personal hygiene products, toothbrush/toothpaste, deodorant, razor, lotion, and perfume.

Medicines – A sleep aid is a good one to take along, as well as an antacid.

Deal With Airport Stress

* The check-in Line

Now you’ve arrived, next step’s check-in. Usually, there’s multiple lines you can choose from. Which looks quickest ? Maybe the longest line is quickest ? Here’s a couple tips. If you see lots of families and children in a line, avoid it. By the time they’ve found all their tickets, and sorted their luggage jumble, they’ve taken twice the time of a couple or single person.

Look for a short check-in line that’s not easy to see. Look at each end of the check-in aisles, and maybe there’s a valid check-in hidden by a pillar, that few people see. Happened to me just recently, and cut a half hour off my check-in time – a half hour I spent relaxing in the bar.

* How long to walk from lounge to gate ?

Maybe I should publish a guide to ‘walk-time’ at different airports ! I’ve walked anything from 2 minutes to 20 minutes after a call to Gate.

Ask at check-in. It’s an important question. When that screen flashes ‘Go to Gate’, it’s much less stressful if you know how long you’ll take to walk there. All your good work of stress-reduction goes down the tubes if you walk 5 minutes and then realize your gate is way the other side of the airport terminal.

Sometimes you even have to go through more security, or another passport check, and find a line waiting there. I once travelled out of Spain, and this exact same thing happened. A long passport control line stood between me and my gate, where departure was scheduled just 15 minutes later. Luckily myself and 5 others decided to go right to the front and explain the situation – no one objected to us going thro first.

But try to avoid this un-necessary stress by checking in advance.

* Invest in the Executive Lounge

If you travel often you might get free entry to an airport executive lounge. If not, you can often pay a small amount to use it. The ideal low-stress airport experience begins in the executive lounge. Away from all the airport hustle & bustle, relax with free drinks and nibbles. Read a newspaper or magazine and you’re soon in just the right, relaxed frame of mind for your journey.

Travelers with Disabilities

There are currently more than 50 million people with disabilities in the United States and 180 million worldwide, representing the single largest untapped tourist market in the world. According to a recent Harris Poll conducted in conjunction with the Open Doors Organization and the Travel Industry Association of America, the 50 million people with disabilities in our country have a combined income of more than $175 billion. In 2002, these people took 32 million trips and spent more than $13.6 billion on travel ($4.2 billion on hotels, $3.3 billion on airfare, $2.7 billion on food and beverage, and $3.4 billion on retail, transportation, and other activities). This study suggested that these travelers would double their spending if some minor amenities were made available. Meet and greet programs at airports, preferred seating on airplanes, hotel rooms closer to amenities, and employees who go out of their way to accommodate guests with disabilities topped the list.

The current trends in adaptive travel show most of these travelers taking advantage of destinations that they know are already accessible such as cruise ships, Florida, and Las Vegas. The visitors bureaus and businesses at these destinations that have gone to great lengths to ensure their visitors that there will not be any accessibility issues during their stay. From personal experience and years of traveling in a wheelchair, I can guarantee that these locations have built and will continue to build strong relationships with travelers with disabilities. This group is a very loyal one, who will often return to the same city, hotel, or activity provider year after year if they have a good experience. If everyone were to catch on to this we would see growth in the tourism industry like we have never seen!

With this in mind, it is a wonder that more business owners have not taken steps to make their accommodations more accessible and even start marketing to these travelers. If the staggering numbers listed above aren’t proof enough, the U.S. Census Bureau recently stated that nearly 16.5% of all people with disabilities in the U.S. leave their home two days per week or less. That constitutes nearly 11 million people that are not traveling at all. Also keep in mind that there are millions of people in their golden years that are looking for accessible travel accommodations. Many of these people use canes or walkers, travel with oxygen tanks, or have other mobility impairments, and are not included in disability statistics.

With millions of people in need of accessible travel options, and with our Baby Boomers (almost 25% of our population) starting to reach retirement age as well now is the time to start thinking about improving marketing efforts to include people with disabilities and about better overall accessibility in general. By educating business owners on the benefits of marketing to people with disabilities and educating travel agents who are fighting a losing battle with the internet, we can begin to focus on this new target market.

If you want to take advantage of the rapidly growing adaptive travel market, get started now! I recommend hiring an expert to get your business rated and start removing barriers to access as soon as possible. Think about accessibility anytime you’re planning a remodel or addition. These improvements will benefit everyone, not just people with disabilities. For those of you who have already taken steps to improve accessibility, start bragging about it.