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|Posted by Manu on January 20, 2012 at 1:35 AM||comments (0)|
The majority of people frequently find that the act of going to a new and exotic location for various leisure activities is a much anticipated happening. Whether the time of the year is for business travel, a Christmas holiday or for that matter any special trip you need only to determine that it would be a great time to go on a vacation and simply pack up. The problem which surfaces in these situations is that can be an costly proposition. Not everybody can afford to purchase an airplane ticket or can they pay to book a deluxe hotel or in some cases they just do not have the required funds to spend when they get to their chosen destination for their planned vacation. If you know where to look for it traveling does not have to be expensive. If this idea interests you then by all means continue reading this article.
Use the 'net! People with access to the Internet will find it simple to look for affordable travel offerings ranging from airlines, hotels, villas for rent, cruises or even automobile rentals. Almost all tourist related establishments around the world now have a web site so that you can go to and get the desired information prior to actually completing your travel plans. You can always contact the sellers directly and get more information.
Be flexible about the day and time of your trip. During the slow days of the week you can easily find many special offers or discount prices for both airline tickets and accommodations. Airlines may offer six or eight flights to your destination on any day. Say if you have to leave in the morning, check out all the departures that leave in the morning. Since airlines price tickets according to the availability of seats on the plane, changing your time by just one hour or so may save you a great sum of cash.
Another way to save is by going with a group such as a tour group, travel group or travel club. Group travel is usually arranged ahead of time by travel agencies. They buy in volume, frequently chartering a whole airplane and booking a large block of rooms to get the very lowest price.
Book early! Make your vacation plans well in advance. Book your cruise a year in advance for the vest discounts, and take advantage of low rail fares just after the holidays. If you make your arrangements several months before the trip you typically get your choice of flights and rooms at the lowest rates.
Travel during the off-season. For example, go to the Caribbean and Mexico in the summer because in the winter rates for accommodations and flights go up. Caribbean cruises are cheaper when you go in the fall versus winter or spring. Hawaii is least expensive from mid-September to mid-December. Europe's best deals are available between Thanksgiving and Easter when the locals are not on vacation.
In a foreign country convert money at a local bank for the best conversion. ATMs affiliated with major international banks are great, but be careful with foreign ATMs. While they usually won't charge you a fee, your bank may charge you one! Check out your bank's policies before you go on your trip.
These are but a few of the many ways you can make your vacation less expensive. All you have to do is be resourceful and try to coordinate your timing properly and you can realize that dream vacation that you have wanted so long without breaking your family budget.
Author Resource:-> M Gravlee is a travel writer based out of Akumal, Mexico.
You can read his blog'Travel on the Tide'
|Posted by Manu on December 14, 2011 at 9:55 PM||comments (0)|
Sticking to a nutritious diet while traveling can be one of the more difficult things to do. However, if you learn how to make smart choices, a healthy diet is really not that difficult. It’s probably not the best time in which to start a healthy diet, but if you are currently making healthy choices in your foods already, modifying your diet slightly to accommodate travel, is not as difficult as it first may seem.
If you are traveling by airplane, your diet may have to include airplane food, which can often be of poor nutritional value, depending on the selection. When you book your flight, ask about your food options, ask if a vegetarian dish is available? Vegetarian dishes are sometimes more nutritional in this case, but it really depends on what they may be serving. If you can, eat a larger meal before your flight, so that you don’t have to eat the entire meal that is served, to feel full.
When driving or taking a bus, you may be tempted to stop at fast food restaurants and eat the meals found there. Avoid this whenever possible! If you’re on vacation, you may wish to splurge a tiny bit, but having fast food more than once during a week can really be bad for your health. If you must, choose the healthiest options available, like chicken breasts and diet soda.
Also, remember that you can take your own meals when traveling. Carrying a loaf of whole-wheat bread or pita wraps, some lean lunchmeat, and low-fat cheese in a cooler is a great way to avoid high-fat and high-cholesterol junk food meals. These are much better choices and you’ll save a lot of money as well. Call ahead to ask if there will be a refrigerator in your hotel room.
Lastly, make smart choices when you eat out. If you choose salads or pasta get the dressing on the side and ask about low-carb options. In fact, many places print these dieting options directly in the menu for the health-conscious people. Control your portions by ordering lunch menu sizes or splitting the meal in have and getting a doggie bag, and you’ll be well on your way to healthy eating, even away from home.
Yes, eating healthy foods when you travel can be a challenge. However, your health is worth it. Eating meals high in nutrition will also assist in fighting illnesses that you are likely to encounter when traveling and you will find yourself more alert so that you can enjoy your trip.
|Posted by Manu on December 5, 2011 at 3:50 AM||comments (0)|
Does the person special in your life do a lot of traveling? Business travelers have to while away a lot of hours sitting in planes trains and automobiles. They are burdened down with a lot of luggage and often have to while away the hours in waiting areas.
Here are some great gift ideas for the traveler in your life:
Miniatures - everything & anything, but in a small / miniature size. Perfumes, aftershaves, deodorants & shaving foams all serve to lighten the load for the weary traveler. Miniature bottles of genuine malt whisky and other alcoholic spirits help your travel ling buddy to relax before and after a flight!
Hand Held Playstation - this is great for whiling away the hours whilst waiting patiently for the delayed flight / train. Make sure you include the best shoot and kill games for those who are highly stressed.
Travel & Neck Pillows - these are great for sleeping or relaxing on a long journey. Make sure you include a bottle of therapeutic oils that ease the stress and strains of the rat race. It is definitely worth spending a little more and buying one that stays inflated and lasts for several trips.
Blow up Balls (not dolls!) - These are great for keeping fit whilst stuck in a hotel in the middle of nowhere. It is amazing the range of exercises a keep fit enthusiast can do with just a blow up ball!
Luxury Hot Water Bottle - Ideal for cold nights in under heated hotels.
Grooming Kit - Make sure it has all the essential high quality grooming aids. This way when they return after a long journey they will still look good enough to jump in bed with!
iPod Nano - This is a portable media player that is amazingly small. It can play all their favorite tracks and it can store up to five hours of video and TV shows. This will serve to keep the bored traveler entertained for hours at a time.
Latest Digital Camera - These are now so good… who needs an old fashioned camera with film? Make sure it has a built in flash and a decent memory card.
Sunglasses - Who would not appreciate a pair of designer shades? You need to know your partner really well to figure out which design will suit their face shape without them being present.
Satellite Navigation System - If your partner drives a lot and does not have one of these, then this gift will blow away any doubts that they ever had about you…
Annual Multi-trip Travelers Insurance - If you have been together a long time and romance is no longer an issue… then why not buy them a practical gift? This gift will also serve to ease your worries about who will pay the bills if anything happens to your loved one!
A really romantic idea is to have their gift waiting for them when they finally reach their hotel room. Have their favourite bottle of wine or some lovely flowers delivered on the day of their arrival and their face will light up when they reach their destination.
|Posted by Manu on December 4, 2011 at 3:45 AM||comments (0)|
Planning ahead when you travel reduces stress. This is particularly important for a diabetic. These 5 diabetes travel tips are simple to implement and crucial to your diabetic management. They are particularly important if you are traveling abroad.
1) Have a pre-travel check-up. Make sure your A1C blood sugar levels; your blood pressure and your cholesterol levels are OK. Get the appropriate shots for any country you plan to visit.
2) Wear a diabetes medical ID. Ideally it should be in the language spoken in the country you're visiting. Not everyone speaks your language and you don't want medical problems through misunderstandings.
3) Keep your medication and glucose snacks in your hand-luggage. Check-in baggage does, unfortunately, go astray. Don't risk your diabetes medication by packing it in your main luggage.
4) Keep your medication in its original box, complete with pharmacy labels. It will prevent misunderstandings about why you are carrying drugs and, if you are on insulin, syringes.
5) Be aware of time zone changes, especially when altering your watch. Remember when you travel east your day becomes shorter; if you travel west your day becomes longer. You may need to alter the timings of your medication.
Traveling need not be traumatic. A sensible attitude and a bit of pre-travel planning can make things go far more smoothly.
|Posted by Manu on November 29, 2011 at 9:45 PM||comments (0)|
There are many places in the US where you can golf during your vacation. Those who golf often sometimes plan entire vacations around certain gold courses they may have always wanted to play. Depending on the time of year, you can play in warm places like Phoenix, Arizona, Hilton Head, South Carolina, and in Las Vegas, Nevada. There are plenty of courses for you to play on. All inclusive vacations are available that will allow you to play on various courses during your vacation.
For many people, a golfing vacation is a great way to relax, spend some time improving one's game, and the chance to see a different part of the country. If you live in an area that is cold during the winter, a relaxing gold vacation in a warmer climate may be what you have been looking for. In Phoenix, for example, you will be able to choose from over 100 golf courses. When you are not golfing, there is much to see. Museums, galleries, ancient ruins, and beautiful desert landscapes are available for you to see.
If you want to gold near the ocean, you should head out to Hilton Head, South Carolina. With over 22 gold courses, you will never be bored. Hilton Head is a small island off the coast of South Carolina. It is also home to historic landmarks such as the Palmetto Dunes Plantation and the Pinckney Island National Wildlife Preserve. You will be able to take a break from golfing and enjoy some of the beauty of Hilton Head.
Las Vegas offers many activities for you to engage in besides golf. While the golf courses are challenging, you may be distracted by the casinos, clubs, and shows that are taking place around you. Staying in one of the casino hotels will give you a front row seat to everything that is happening in Vegas.
While most people enjoy golfing in warm weather, if you are looking for crisp autumn breezes, golfing in Chicago or Colorado may be the answer. If you want to travel and golf, visit places that are far from home. This will give you a great opportunity to challenge yourself and improve your game while seeing the many sites that these towns and cities have to offer. If you are traveling with people who are not as passionate about golf as you are, they will have plenty to do while you hit the green.
Golfing on different courses is a good way to improve your game. Since each course has its own terrain, you will be able to gain experience playing on flat and hilly surfaces. This is a good experience for anyone who is serious about their golf game.