Friday, 16 November 2018

Traveling for Fun: 3 Tips for a Solo Adventurer

People mostly travel for fun, but have you ever thought about traveling on your own? According to most soloist travelers, traveling alone brings a lot of fun and boosts confidence.

One advantage is you can write your own itinerary and the other one is to not think too much of time compared with traveling with a companion.

If you have been traveling for a long time now and have not tried traveling alone yet, perhaps this is something you may want to consider in the future.

We know some of you might still feel scared at the thought of it, but it is actually not as scary as you think it would be, especially after you've done it.

Traveling on your own is still fun, although the fun it brings might somehow be different compared with traveling with a companion. If you want to be a solo adventurer next time, the first thing you need to do is to be prepared for it.

By saying prepared, this means there are some tips to follow. In this article, you would learn some of the tips shared by other solo adventurers that will help make the entire trip fun and memorable for you.

Bring everything you need

First things first - you need to make sure nothing is left behind before the date of departure. This means preparing everything you need to bring with you days ahead, and not cram, lest you travel in lack.

Some of the important things you need to bring with you are your documents, such as your passport, ID, and tickets, cash and credit card, cellphone and other gadgets you will be needing for documentation purposes, medicines, and toiletries.

It is better to be prepared than never. Always remember that you are traveling alone, therefore there is no one to easily ask help from in case something urgent comes up during the trip.

The good thing about this, though, is that it the experience itself will teach you to be responsible and independent. Traveling alone is not a joke, but because of the pressure and different emotions that will come out, you would have no other choice but take on the challenge. You could say it is a life-changing event, you know!

Study the place and learn the culture

Part of the preparation process is to study the place where you are heading to. Study your hotel whereabouts, the restaurants near your area, the food to try, and of course the culture!

It also pays a lot if you also know the weather of the place during the time of visit. This way, you can know what clothes to bring. If you are going there during winter time, then perhaps you could bring jackets, boots, and gloves. Likewise, you bring comfortable clothes if you are coming during summer time.

When it comes to the culture of the place, it is important to know it fully and adapt to it once you get there. Each place has a different culture, so expect that not everything would be as pleasant as what you were used to back home. However, learning a different culture is actually so much fun.

Especially if you are someone who has been traveling for a long time already, you know that the culture of a specific place adds up to the enjoyment of the entire trip. It wouldn't be as exciting as you thought it would be if not for its unique and interesting culture, right?

For example, a lot of people go to Japan simply because they love to immerse in its culture. Tourists go there to eat Japanese cuisines, visit historical places that depict Japanese culture, and even wear Kimono to complete the enjoyment of their trip.

So, to make it more pleasant for you while traveling alone, try to learn the culture of the place first and once you are already there, immerse yourself in it - as if you are a part of it - and be really merry.

Be friendly

You are traveling on your own, so it would be a bit lonely at times. However, that shouldn't always be the case if you just step out from own shyness and be amiable to anyone you meet down the road.

Basing from other's experiences, meeting new people during the trip will add up to the fun and enjoyment traveling alone brings. Imagine learning a different language, copying their mannerism, going to beautiful places not yet heard or advertised, and eating exotic foods with them - it would be so much fun!

By being friendly, it wouldn't seem like you are traveling on your own because of the new friends you will meet during your trip.

If you are not convinced yet, that is fine! However, try to read some blogs from solo adventurers and dig deeper into their travel experiences to know better. To conclude, traveling alone is not bad at all. In fact, it will give you lots of lessons learned in the end.

Author: George Patt

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Thursday, 15 November 2018

7 Tips That Will Help You Travel Better Around The World

It was in April 2010 when I made my first trip as a backpacker, where I toured Belize, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua. Although I had been abroad before, it was on this trip that I decided to spend more than a month away from home, and from then until now the experience I have acquired with each trip has been more than invaluable. Before you check out my tips and advice, this Travel Calculator can help you keep check of your travel distances.

1- Sit somewhere and watch people

It will sound boring to do this, but it is the best way to know firsthand how the daily life of the inhabitants of a city is. It can be a park, the corner cafe, a restaurant or open-air bar, even the square of a remote village, any public place of this type allows you to see how people live in other parts of the world.

2- Do not be afraid to spend money once in a while

As a backpacker I know what are the advantages of saving, I know the importance of spending as little as possible, so that the money gives you more and so you can continue traveling for a long time. Having said this, there comes a time when sometimes it is not enough to give your tastes and spend a little more to get what you want. Whether it's a $ 25 lunch, a night at a high-end hotel or paying for a first class tour, going over the budget to achieve self-satisfaction or greater comfort is not something that should be seen as a sin.

3- Use Couchsurfing

At this point, it will seem strange that a backpacker does not know what Couchsurfing is about, but if you are one of those, do not worry. You are not the only one. This website is a huge community of travelers who contact guests to stay in their homes. Couchsurfing is very thrifty if you travel for long periods of time, but the special thing is to be able to interact with the local hosts, an experience that you can hardly get in another type of accommodation.

4- Do not plan so much

I remember when I went through Central America in 2010, with my Lonely Planet in hand, tracing and following the route suggested by the guide. I can hardly say that I improvised, since for being my first backpacking trip I was afraid that things would not go as planned, so I stayed anchored to the route I came up with with the Lonely Planet.

5- Do not leave without travel insurance

Most will see buying insurance as an unnecessary cost, but nothing is further from reality. The desirable thing to have an insurance is not to use it, and I understand that nobody loves to spend money, but keep in mind that life brings with it all kinds of surprises and changes that can not be controlled by the human being (diseases, natural disasters ), and therefore it is better to be prepared for any eventuality. If you want to know more details about this topic, in this article you can be aware.

6- Do not pack too much

If there is one thing that you learn by force when backpacking is to decrease the amount of luggage you carry with you, and not because you presume to go with little, but because there is no other option. Several times it has happened to me that I end up giving away or selling what is left over in my backpack, and I have never regretted it. If at the time of packing you are hesitant to carry something, it is because you do not need it. In case you require something that you forgot to bring, it is more than sure that you will find it in the country you visit.

7- Always keep your mind open

When you are abroad, never forget that you go to regions where opinions and lifestyles are very different from what you usually understand. Therefore, use sympathy in your favor and do not judge those habits that you do not know, nor presume that your point of view or opinion is superior to that of others. If you do not know something, it's as simple as asking and so you come out of ignorance.



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Wednesday, 14 November 2018

6 suggested Historical Destinations To Visit

Student travel promises to be an enjoyable trip. Not only do students can visit several places, they could also learn so much on every trip. And since air travel agencies, as well as airlines, provide student travel discount and special student travel rate, student travel is becoming more and more available for a greater number of students who want to explore and learn more about the world.

For first-time travelers, here are some historical destinations you can consider for your student travel:

Athens

As the center of knowledge, government, and system in the ancient world, every student would be amazed how this ancient city grew and evolved. Students can visit Acropolis, Agora, Library of Hadrian, Kerameikos, Olympieion & Southeast Athens, Pnyx, Roman Agora & Tower of the Winds, Arch of Hadrian, City Eleusinion and other ancient sites in this ancient city of Athens.

Egypt

Visit one of the earliest civilizations founded in this part of the world. Egypt features a 3000-year old city on the banks of the River Nile. Egypt is also one of the oldest tourist spots in the world with visitors coming from ancient Rome and Greece.

Moving your way south from Cairo, the nation’s capital, you can stop at Giza where the infamous Great Pyramid stands. It was built by Pharaoh Khafu in the year 2550 BC. Standing at 147 meters, it was the largest and the most ambitious structure built in ancient Egypt requiring 2.3 million stone blocks to erect. Also at Giza, see the Pyramid of Khafre home if the Sphinx. It was built 30 after the Great Pyramid. As the second largest, the Pyramid of Khafre stands at 144 meters of 471 feet. The third pyramid located at Giza was the Pyramid of Menkaure which stands at 65 meters or 213 feet.

Further south, Saqqara is home to the Step Pyramid of Djoser built in 2630 BC. Pyramid of Pepi II, also located at Saqqara was the last pyramid built by ancient Egyptians. In Dahshur, the Bent and the Red Pyramids are located. And down south at Maidum, the Maidum Pyramid can be found.

See the temples, mummies, tombs, hieroglyphics, and Valley of the Kings and the Queens if you visit Egypt.

Rome

See ancient Rome still intact with pieces of evidence of Roman structure and architectures built more than 2000 years ago. Rome presents the living timeline from the Roman Empire to the shift of the Middle Ages, to baroque and renaissance, to the dawn of the romantic period and enlightenment. Rome preserves its temples, churches, arts, and priceless paintings and murals.

Turkey

A former territory of the Roman Empire which stood strong for more than a thousand years against several barbarian attacks, Turkey is in the easternmost part of Europe that features a diverse culture, religion, philosophy, and architectures.

China

Travel Far East and learn the history of the ancient eastern civilization that was once unknown until the last centuries. See the Great Wall, a remnant of the Zhou Dynasty along with other unique oriental culture and tradition. See the Chinese painting, calligraphy, paper cutting, and Chinese art.

Peru

As the center of the Inca civilization, Peru is a great destination for student travel for discovery of South American history. The 500-year old Inca traces could be relived in the Inca Trail that is both exciting and educational. Walk to the Ollantaytambo, Sacsayhuaman, Machu Picchu, and Pisac.


Author: Hotel Etc

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Monday, 12 November 2018

Traveling in Retirement - What to Take With You On the Road

One of the greatest discoveries as you enter into retirement is that now you have the time to travel. Possibly you have traveled during your work life. But much of this travel may have been work-related, and what was not travel for work, may have been rushed and stressful, or worse, an "on the bus, off the bus" group trip. None of these forms of travel would have given you much of an idea of how glorious and engaging travel can be when it is not work-related, rushed and stressful, or tethered to a group.

Now, as you enter a period when your travels may be more extensive, your questions may become more pressing. You have your bucket lists of travels to accomplish, and you know that it is essential to undertake your travel adventures while you are still energetic and agile. Of course your questions will likely start with: "Where shall I go?" Next you may ask: "Shall I travel independently or in a group?" Then you will inquire: "How shall I plan my trip so it will be an enjoyable and memorable experience?" And probably your next query will be: "What shall I take with me?"

Each of these questions leads to its own set of issues and considerations, all worthy of discussion. This article will focus on what to take along with you on the road. Although what to take with you may seem to be a relatively minor concern compared to the others, it actually will have a high degree of impact on the ultimate enjoyment and success of your trip. Becoming expert at preparing well for travel will yield high benefits and ensure that you enjoy your trip fully while you are taking it. Determine to become expert at this, and you will become a happy traveler. If travel is about to become an important part of your way of life, you need to get really excellent at doing it.

A good way to think about what to take with you on a trip is to enlist your own well-developed expertise about how to live a comfortable life in your own home. It is typical to furnish a home in terms of functions, establishing an orderly and comfortable environment where you have a way to meet needs and accomplish the basic tasks that you encounter in your day-to-day life.

At home, you have readily available not only clothes for getting dressed in the morning, but also outfits that serve you in other important functions-- taking a vigorous walk, dressing up to go to the theater, staying warm when you take a boat ride on a chilly evening. If you need to clear your head from congestion, you have only to walk to your medicine cabinet to find your antihistamines. When you are thirsty, you head to the refrigerator door for ice water to stay hydrated. On days that are too pretty to eat inside, you pull out a tablecloth and your picnic gear, and head to a park or out to the table in your backyard.

At home, not only do you have everything that you need when you need it, but you also know exactly where to find it. Shirts are hanging in the closet and pants are on the shelf. Socks and underwear are in the drawer and shoes are on your shoe rack. Plates are in cabinets, utensils are in drawers, antihistamines are in the medicine cabinet. A place for everything, and everything in its place.

If everything seems so easy at home because you have gathered together and organized your belongings based on function, the same is also true for traveling comfortably. Start with what you will want to be able to do, listing the functions you will need to carry out over the course of your trip. Then determine what you need to take with you to support each function, and where you will keep it so you will know exactly where to find it when you need it. Think function, not packing list, and you will find that you already know very well how to do this.

Functions you will need to carry out as you travel include being prepared to:

  • Dress comfortably, for cool and warm days, sunny and rainy weather.
  • Walk many miles a day, including up and down hills, and possibly across cobblestones.
  • Navigate your trip, with maps, essential information, and a detailed trip plan.
  • Manage your money, credit cards and passports safely.
  • Access critical trip documents, including passports, plane and train tickets, confirmations, addresses and phone numbers, taxis and drivers, and dinner reservations.
  • Communicate and stay connected.
  • Use and recharge electronics, converting to the power system in the country you will be visiting.
  • Stay healthy for the duration of your trip, ready to handle a variety of possible physical challenges without lost days.

Taking each of these functions individually, here are some guidelines about what should earn a place in your suitcases, keeping in mind that everything you take along you will need to carry or drag, on and off trains, up and down stairs, and sometimes across cobblestones. If your destination happens to be Costa Rica, you may even find yourself hauling your bags down steep muddy banks to board boats that take you up a river or across a lake.


Be prepared to dress comfortably for cool and warm, sunny and rainy weather

Avoid taking either too many or too few clothes. While on your trip, you will want to feel good about how you look. So take some of your favorites. Don't bother to stick with neutrals unless these are your personal taste and style. Take along the colors you like, but have in mind multiple ways they can be worn together and layered with each other.

A good rule of thumb is to divide the number of days you will be traveling by three, and take that many outfits, all ones that you like to wear. Of course, you can consolidate further by counting a skirt or a pair of pants as part of multiple outfits. For women, take along a few scarves and necklaces to mix it up a bit. Or, even better, plan to purchase these during your trip.

Put blouses and shirts in a packing envelope so you can transfer them to a drawer or closet shelf as a unit, and disturb only those items that you actually wear. This way part of your repacking will already be out of the way when it comes time to move on to the next stop. Roll skirts and pants and pack them to they form a single clearly displayed layer in your suitcase. This will enable you to locate and remove your selections while leaving the rest undisturbed, again saving you repacking time.

Take along any additional pieces you will need to dress in layers and be comfortable in both warm and cool weather. Certainly, carry along a sun hat and an umbrella. Every day on a trip is precious time. You will not want to be sidelined by sun or rain. Select clothing that does not wrinkle or that will not show wrinkles, with a preference for textured or blended cottons, not synthetics.

Pack enough underwear for a week, in a zippered pouch of course, and plan to do a mid-trip wash. Even if you do not have a washing machine in any of your accommodations, it is a simple task to fill the bathtub with water and liquid soap or shampoo, and wash your clothes that way, hanging them to dry around your room. To be prepared for this function of doing the wash, take along a small container of liquid soap and a stretchable clothes line designed to be used without clothespins. Keep these laundry items together in their own zip-lock bag so you can readily put your hands on them.

All of this pre-organization of your clothing will make unpacking and repacking go quickly, so you will have more time to be where you are.


Be prepared to walk many miles a day, including up and down hills

Traveling can tire out your feet fairly quickly. You will be walking farther, and over more varied and challenging surfaces, than is your custom at home. Take along multiple pairs of comfortable walking shoes to keep your feet happy for the duration of your trip, and swap out your shoes regularly. Happy feet make for a happy trip.

Spend the money necessary to purchase very comfortable shoes, with memory foam to ensure an equal distribution of pressure to the feet, and an anatomically-shaped footbed to eliminate pressure and friction. And make sure that at least one pair of the shoes you take has a closed-back heel and fastens securely with ties or Velcro closures. When you are walking up and down steep hills and steps, slip-ons can become treacherous.

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Be prepared to navigate your way through your days smoothly

Carry with you a full set of Day Pages with the day-by-day details of your trip. These will be your "ace in the hole" - an essential ingredient to your having a smooth, stress-free journey. They will give structure to your travels, and optimize how you navigate through each day, always knowing what's coming next, with all the addresses, telephone numbers and closing times you will need, together in one place.

A good set of Day Pages includes orienteering instructions so that in each new destination you can immediately begin learning your way around. These include small Google-map walk-arounds, starting at the door of your hotel. Their purpose is to help you get your bearings quickly, including where to find your own neighborhood bakery, wine shop, fresh market, deli, and café, as well as the nearest ATM.


Be prepared to handle your money, credit cards and passport safely

Money handling is an important function while traveling. You need to have a system for keeping your money, credit cards, and passport safe, while also having convenient access to them. When traveling in another country, exchange enough cash in advance of your trip to get you started when you arrive. Then use ATM machines to replenish your cash supply as needed. Plan to use the ATM machines and debit cards that minimize foreign exchange fees, with bank ATM machines being the best option.

Call all debit and credit card companies before you leave to give them notice that you will be traveling so they will not deny your transactions. Make copies of your cards and passports, front and back, so you can immediately report any theft or loss. Keep these paper copies in a separate place from your cards.

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Be prepared to access all critical trip documents.

You will need to be able to access your critical trip documents quickly--to be prepared to locate and board your train and present your tickets to the conductor as required, to call ahead to your hotel and give its address to your taxi driver, and for all the many additional critical connecting points of your trip. This means you will need all of your trip documents where you can find them without delay, including passports and insurance papers, plane and train tickets, hotel and tour confirmations, addresses and phone numbers, taxis and drivers, dinner and concert reservations.

To keep your travel documents completely organized, purchase a zippered passport wallet and always return your passport to it throughout your trip - no exceptions. Use clear plastic sleeves for itinerary and accommodation information, keeping the next needed information visible through the front, for easy access even in the rain.

Use an accordion folder for train tickets, vouchers, confirmations and reservations. Designate a separate portfolio for each destination's upcoming Day Pages, and another one for days that have been completed. Take along an empty coupon holder for receipts, and a small journal to keep track of them. The key is to get organized and stay organized. This will considerably reduce stress during your trip.


Be prepared to communicate and stay connected with the right phones

It has become easier to communicate abroad now. Country SIM cards are readily available to be installed in your iPhone. Or, as an alternative, you will be able to purchase an inexpensive pay-as-you-go cell phone, complete with a country SIM card and generally some complimentary minutes. "Topping off" your cell phone minutes as needed is a simple matter of stopping by a newsstand. If you plan to use your smartphone and install a country SIM card at your destination, be sure to unlock it before you leave on your trip.

Sorting out your communications during your trip is essential so you can stay connected when you get separated from your travel companions or decide to head in different directions. Also, you will need to call ahead to hotels, make reservations for restaurants and tours, and call taxis when you need them.

To keep track of all your communications paraphernalia, including charging cables and portable power banks, designate one zippered pouch or large zip-lock bag for this use only. These are items that easily can get lost in a suitcase, or left behind in a hotel room. Before leaving each location, check your designated communications pouch to make sure everything is there in its place before you go.

Be prepared to use and recharge electronics

Designate another zippered pouch for everything else you are carrying that pertains to electronics. Into this pouch put all of the power adapters, converters, charging cables, extension cords and multi-socket extension plugs that you will need to keep your electronics functioning throughout your trip. Keep all of these wires neat and compact with rubber bands. And, again, check your electronics pouch before you leave each hotel to ensure that nothing essential gets left behind.


Be prepared to stay healthy for the duration of your trip

Another zippered pouch should be reserved for everything you will need to stay healthy, inside and out. Put in your prescription drugs and supplements. Also carry a supply of cold medicine, Tums, pain medicine, and any other types of medication you could possibly end up needing. Take foot powder for sore feet, Band-Aids and Neosporin for various mishaps, and lotion to protect your skin. Depending on your destination, also pack bug spray and/or sunscreen. Last, but not least, take along a bottle of melatonin to overcome jet lag and to control sleep irregularities caused by time changes or other unfamiliar sleep disturbances. Consolidate these items in zip-lock bags to cut down on packaging and conserve space.

Traveling can be strenuous. You may develop blisters, various aches and pains, or even sniffles. By taking along a selection of items to handle various contingencies, just in case you need them, you will be ready to prevent small complaints from slowing you down.

Some additional advice

Any comfortable home needs storage space. This is also true when your home is your suitcase. During your trip, your storage space definitely should not be in the suitcases you are carrying with you day after day. Do keep everything you need with you. But lighten your load whenever you can. Yes, this will cost money, but not as much as you might think. And you are worth it!

Designate a zippered pouch for mailing supplies - at a minimum packing tape and address labels. Then, periodically, as your suitcases begin to take on weight, mail home a box. Purchase the box at the local post office and get one large enough to do yourself some good. Into this box put anything you will no longer need during your trip - past Day Pages, brochures and booklets, shoes that didn't turn out to be comfortable, books you've finished reading, treasures and gifts you have purchased along the way. Tape this all up and address it to yourself.

This advantage to give yourself when traveling is well worth the cost and bother. Each time you lighten your load, you will feel your burdens lifting. And, of course, you will free up room for additional treasures that you may discover along your way.

As you enter your prime time for traveling, what you take with you and how you organize it, is critical to the quality of your travel experience. Before you depart on a trip, look back through your list of the functions you will need to perform while you are traveling to ensure that you are prepared to carry out each of them. And then you are off!



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Saturday, 10 November 2018

Affordable Travel Packages: Tips for Choosing the Ideal Vacation Package for Your Upcoming Trip


Finding and choosing the right vacation package has never been easier. There are so many tools on the internet to help you find discount hotel deals, bargain airfare, and more. Whether you're looking for last minute deals or all-inclusive vacations, all you have to do is look over affordable travel packages and compare all of the offers. Which one is ideal for your travel needs?

When evaluating a package, one of the important things to consider is accommodation. There are so many types of accommodation, including budget hotels, chain hotels, hostels, cabins, inns, large resorts, serviced apartments and condos, etc. If you plan on spending most of your trip outdoors and have access to reliable transportation such as a rental car or bus, it's okay to stay at a cheap hotel with basic amenities.

Do you really need an all-inclusive package? Are the "inclusions" even worth paying for? It all depends on what you really want out of a vacation. For most people, airfare, clean room, free breakfast, and free Wi-Fi is enough. Before selecting an all-inclusive package, ask yourself if you can do without some of the stuff it comes with.

Another important consideration is location. There can be hotels all over a city. Don't think that just because you're getting a room at a low price that you will be saving money. Depending on its location, you could end up paying more on a car rental, bus, or taxi. You might not even have to rent a car if your hotel is located walking distance from all of the places you plan to visit. At the very least, there should be a supermarket within walking distance so you can grab a few necessities.

Beware of Scam Affordable Travel Packages

Always know EXACTLY what you are booking and paying for. Don't get scammed by so-called "affordable travel packages" that have hidden fees. Not that all of them do - some really are good bargains. You still need to be careful. It also helps to read the terms and conditions to understand the cancellation process. Some packages will charge you money if you have a change of plans and have to cancel. You might even come across some no-refund type of offers.

Use Google Maps or some other type of interactive street map for a better understanding of where a hotel is located in relation to restaurants, shops, bus stations, the airport, train stations, beach, etc. Having an idea of where everything is located will make it easier to sort through affordable travel packages.

Where can you find the most affordable travel packages? At online websites, there are some amazing deals to be found. Whether you to go on a cruise, fly to a big city, stay at a ski resort, etc., just use online discount codes to get a good bargain.

Author: George Botwin

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Friday, 9 November 2018

Best Travel Deals - 5 Tips for Finding Great Travel Bargains On the Internet


You don't have to search forever to find the best travel deals. Sometimes all it takes is a bit of patience and the knowledge of where to look. Successful travel planning involves things like online comparison shopping and deal alerts.

To help you save time (and money!), here are a few tips to simplify the process:

• Always do your research and price comparison in incognito windows. This way, the cookies in your browser won't be tracked. It's not uncommon these days for airfare and hotel prices to actually increase when a particular route has been searched, as the websites and companies behind the advertisements want to scare you into booking that deal ASAP by making you think the price is increasing. This unscrupulous practice won't be an issue if you do research in incognito. Only open up the normal browser when you're ready to book the trip.

• Figure out the cheapest day to fly out. Most experts say it on a Tuesday, but that isn't the case 100% of the time. Sometimes the best travel deals can be found on other days. The best thing to do is to select the "whole month" button on a travel search site to view the expected rates on every day of the month instead of trying to play around with the dates manually.

• Keep an eye out for "flash sales" and "last minute deals". The cheapest possible rates are often short-lived and not ongoing. The only way to catch one of these offers is to sign up to receive emails or text notifications from travel sites or airlines you are likely to use.

• Have an opened mind in regards to destinations, airports, accommodation, dining, etc. The best travel deals are easier to find when you are flexible with your plans. If you can't find an inexpensive plane ticket to the city you want to visit, for instance, consider flying to an outlying airport and taking a bus the rest of the way. You could also consider connecting flights instead of direct flights.

• Take advantage of travel-related coupons and promo codes. The great thing about the internet is that it is filled with special offers that will help consumers save money on anything - including travel. You'll find discount codes and e-coupons that can be used either directly with the airlines/hotels/car rental companies themselves or with third-party travel sites. Read over the terms and conditions for each offer so you'll know exactly where you can use it and how to apply it to your order.

And that's how you get the best travel deals.

If you keep these tips in mind, you should be able to find the best travel deals more easily.

Online discount codes are always very helpful. You can easily get the best travel deals anywhere, domestically or internationally. Some websites' price searching and comparison tools are very easy to use as well. Let it be your source of all travel-related information.

Author: George Botwin

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Thursday, 8 November 2018

Enjoy Your Vacation Worry-Free: 4 Ways to Make Your Home More Secure


When you are looking for a way to unwind and relax, taking a vacation is a great option. While a vacation can be a great way to relax, it can also add stress since you will be away from your home for some time. Fortunately, there are tips that can be followed that could make your home more secure and give you peace of mind.

Hire a Locksmith

One of the first things that you could do to make your home more secure would be to hire a locksmith service. If you have lived in a home for a while, or recently moved in, having the locks changed could be very beneficial. This will ensure that you are the only one with access to the home and locks. It will also allow the professional to check the locks to ensure they are in good shape and provide you with the security that you need.

Security System

If you want to provide your home with the most security possible, investing in a security system would be very beneficial. A home security system will be able to provide you with great monitoring. Today, you can use the system to watch your home through Bluetooth enabled cameras, which will alert you and local law enforcement of any issues.

Check for Hazards

When you are looking to keep your home secure you should also make sure that your property is not at risk for hazards in your home. If you plan on leaving for a longer trip, you should have your appliances and plumbing checked to make sure there is not a concern. You should also have your furnace or air conditioner running at a lower level to ensure your home doesn’t heat or cool to an extreme temperature.

Tell Neighbors

Finally, when you are looking to make your home more secure when you are on vacation, you should tell your neighbors that you are leaving. If you are going to be away for more than a night or two, you should let people that you trust know. They will then be able to keep their eye on your home to make sure there are no signs of burglary. You should also have a neighbor grab any accumulated mail or packages off of your doorstep.


Ultimately, you will need to carefully assess your home to make sure it is as secure as possible. By knowing your home well, you will be better able to identify threats and risks to the security.



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