Tip #1: Use Your Credit Card. Check with your credit card company in regards to their terms and conditions especially as they relate to when you’re traveling and making purchases in another country. Get clear on their policies in regards to transaction fees and fraudulent activity protection. Use your credit card in shopping malls and the upper-scale shops. Keep your receipts just in case. Use cash for smaller purchases. Get a little bit of local currency.Tip #2: Keep All Your Valuables In Your Custody.Things like your passport, cash and jewelery should go in your carry on luggage. Don’t check these in with your luggage. Call your airline and find out about their weight allowance policies before you leave.Tip #3: Dress ComfortablyDress comfortably because you’re going to be in a lot of uncomfortable situations. Bring a light sweater and maybe a compact raincoat.Tip #4: Carry A Contact CardBe sure to create and carry an “In Case of Emergencies” card with you. Something that has an emergency phone number and an address.Tip #5: Tell A FriendGive your itinerary and hotel phone number to a trusted friend just in case something happens and they need to contact you.Tip #6: Get Familiar With Local CustomsDo you shake hands or bow? Do women have to dress a certain way? Does the shops close down at a certain time? Are there particular areas to avoid?Tip #7: Make Some CopiesMake a couple copies of your passport and other relevant documents. Leave a copy with a friend and take one with you.Tip #8: Keep Your Eyes PeeledDon’t leave your luggage unattended in public areas.Tip #9: Get Your ShotsMake sure that your shots are up to date. Especially if you’re traveling to Asia or Africa. If you’re on any medications get extra before the trip. Keep some in your luggage, some in your carry on and leave some with a friend back home. Get your doctor to write you a letter stating which medications your on just in case.Tip# 10: Don’t Drink The WaterDrink bottled water. Water in a certain region may be fine for the locals but it might wreak havoc on you destroying your trip.
Traveling with a dog can be tough. Dogs can experience apprehension, over-excitement, dread, nausea and downright fear when they are forced to travel. Some dogs actually are nomadic in nature, and so might love to travel, but bark at people or other animals, are restless, or attempt to escape while traveling. Planning your trip carefully will enable you to relax and enjoy your trip more fully, and enable your dog to be secure and happy for the duration of the ride.It is always wise before traveling to have your dog seen by a veterinarian. This is especially true if you are traveling across state lines or into other countries. Your vet will check for illnesses, injuries or conditions that might preclude your dog from travel. Upon request, your veterinarian will provide you with a certificate of health, and a copy of your dogs’ Rabies vaccination. These documents are necessary to gain entry into other countries. While receiving vaccinations, you should also ask your vet to vaccinate your dog against Bordatella and parvovirus, as some areas that you may be traveling to may have outbreaks of either or both.If you will be flying with your dog, it is vital to have a clear understanding of the airline’s regulations concerning dogs. Most airlines insist that you use only airline-approved travel crates, that your dog’s documentation be posted to the side of the crate, and that the crate have 24-48 hours worth of food, and any needed medications. Beware that a large percentage of airlines have the 80 degree rule: if the temperature at any point along the flight is projected to reach eighty degrees or higher, your dog will not be permitted to fly.Traveling by car with your dog can be a lot of fun. Ensure that you have all documents related to your dog on hand. Whenever traveling, be certain that your dog has a sturdy collar on, with at least one identification tag, and one registration or medical tag. The smart thing for both you and your dog while being transported in a car is for the dog to be secured. This prevents injury to the dog should you have to stop abruptly, and it prevents the dog from becoming airborne and smashing into you. It is not recommended that a dog ride in the back of a pick-up truck unless he is in a crate that is secured to the truck itself. Never leave a dog in a hot vehicle or crate.Remember that when in the car, your dog should not be allowed to thrust its head out the window, as airborne particles of any nature could cause severe injury to your dog’s nose, eyes, or ears. If your dog is a nervous flyer or rider, you can obtain sedatives that aid in keeping your pet calm and cozy. Throughout the entire trip, make sure to help your dog feel as comfortable as possible; bring their toys and bedding with you, and adhere to their otherwise normal eating, exercise, and bathroom routine.Do your research- educate yourself on places you may be able to visit with your dog, and also the places that you cannot. Some state parks, for example, do not allow dogs to be admitted. Many hotels, however, are quite pet-friendly, and will even make special accommodations for your dog.Make certain that, when traveling with your dog, you take frequent breaks. Dogs need to stretch and take time out from being cooped up in the car, just like you do.
If you are planning a vacation whether it’s it is one of many all inclusive vacations or all inclusive holidays it is important that you know a little bit about hotel safety. Today, hotels diligently work to try and ensure the safety of their visitors. They are always trying to make improvements to their security but there are still things that you need to know about what does make for a safe hotel.First things first, never give up your safety to save a few dollars. It’s true that a really nice hotel room can put a damper on your budget but it will be far more costly if you reserve a place that might be in a bad place or may not be up to code with their security requirements.Once you have found the area in which you would like to stay at, you can start narrowing down your choices by taking into consideration some of the following things with regards to the safety of the hotel.Make that their rooms have dead bolts and of course a peep hole. Ask if the rooms have what is known as electronic guest room locks. These are locks that require a key card instead of an actual key. Also find out if the rooms have phones that have emergency call buttons or that they have the ability to place an emergency call outside of your hotel.Make sure if you look at photos of the hotel online that the hallways look like they have amble lighting as well as the lobbies and garages. A well lit area will always help keep down on crime. Make sure that the hotel has limited entry options which means less traffic especially from those who are not staying at the hotel. Also see if the hotel offers around the clock concierge services or security services. It’s always better to know there is always someone on duty in the hotel.If the hotel you will be staying at is out of the country, it is a very good idea to see if it’s in a safe place by simply contacting the U.S. Embassy that is located in the country you will be traveling to.Once you decide upon a hotel, it is important that once you get there that you keep your suitcases and other luggage with you always. If there is someone there that offers to take your bags up for you make sure to get their name and if you have a computer with you, wallet and other items of worth, don’t let them take those with the other items.. Make sure that after you check in you grab some matchbooks or business cards from the hotel to carry with you at all times, in case you get lost.When choosing your room it is probably a good idea to select a room that is on the 8th floor or below that. Although the higher floors will give you a better view, you need to know that most fire departments anywhere cannot reach any higher than 8 floors. You also should not take a bottom floor room if it has easy access to the outside, if it’s easy for you to access the outside it should be easy for a stranger to access your room.Rooms that are near the elevators are probably the safest rooms. Even though they are probably the rooms that get the most noise they still tend to be the safest because the rooms that are more intimate and are found in any alcoves also open them up for easier access by criminals.Once you are in your room it is important that you check your deadbolt and safety chain to make sure they work. Make sure that the phone actually is able to let you make outside calls. You should also check for the closest fire exits and make sure to count the doors along the hallway so you know how far it is to get to safety.
Plan Ahead Make your reservations six months to a year ahead if possible. Early booking can mean discounts on air and a wider selection of accommodations to choose from.Best Time To Travel Romance in France has no season. A favorite time of year to travel here might be spring and fall when the weather is perfect. Summer is also a nice, but it can be crowded with tourists. August is the hottest month and much of France is on holiday, so if all possible avoid August or book the Riviera early. Winter is a great time to visit with great deals for the off season and less crowds of tourists.How Long To Stay We suggest at least 4 days in Paris, but for many even a week is not enough in this the “City of Lights”. Honeymooners often choose Paris and one other region. This will give you a chance to discover and experience the romance of Paris and one other beautiful region. Popular choices are also Provence, Loire Valley, and the French Riviera where you could easily stay a week in each.Food Dining is always top on the list for travelers, especially honeymooners. The food and wine in France are among the best in the world. This is a food experience you will not soon forget. Reservations at fine restaurants should be made in advance. Some restaurants can be booked months ahead, so book early if you have a special meal in mind.Photographs You will treasure every moment and memory with every picture you take. You may even manage to snap a few pictures suitable for framing in your home. So click away!Plan to relax When you arrive in France, you will be jet lagged and may need some down time. Weddings can be stressful, so take time to relax and enjoy each other.Accommodations Book the best room that you can afford. France Journeys personally selects hotels, chateaux, and B&B’s for their charm, ambiance, service, and location. Do not leave anything to chance and keep in mind that upgrades once you arrive, especially in peak season may not be possible.Packing Pack as light as possible and be sure to put clothes for both you and your spouse in each suitcase. This can help if one bag is lost or delayed. Always pack jewelry, medications, and travel documents in your carry-on bag.Wedding In France Getting married in France may be a dream come true, but a professional may be able to ease the burden of complying with French marriage laws. Below are a few things that may give you an idea of what you may have to do.· Non French citizens wishing to marry in France need several documents. You will need your passport or French residence permit and a new birth certificate.· You will need a French lawyer to draw up documents attesting to your right to marry and a certificate of celibacy.· French law requires at least 40 days of residency before you can have a civil ceremony. This ceremony is done at the local French city hall. You will need two proofs of residency to prove your 40 day residency.· You will also need a medical exam by a French doctor.· A religious ceremony can be held once the civil ceremony is complete. You must present a civil marriage certificate before the ceremony can take place. If you opt for only a religious ceremony to eliminate much of the stress, simply have a small civil ceremony at home and bring your certificate, family and friends with you.· An officially recognized French translator to translate all documents is a must and to translate the wedding ceremony if necessary.
Even an online business owner can’t always get away from traveling – there are workshops, mastermind meetings, client meetings, trainings or other opportunities to network face-to-face. As a solopreneur, you should have the freedom to travel, and also be able to enjoy it. That freedom is one of the biggest reasons you’re your own boss, right? Here are some tips to help make your travel – business or otherwise – as smooth and enjoyable as possible, so you don’t return back to chaos!Can your business run without you? If you have an effective team in place, you have the freedom to leave the day-to-day behind and focus solely on networking and marketing your business at the event/workshop/training. If you don’t have a team, now’s the time to build one!Decide – work or no work? With your team in place, you can decide whether or not you want to deal with office issues during your trip. If you choose to continue your day-to-day tasks, compartmentalize as much as you can, so you can focus on your workshop/event/training are not barraged by texts or phone calls during the day. Before travel, try to get your hands on the schedule, so you and your team can choose the best times during the day to take care of office business.If you are making a presentation or need to prepare materials of some sort for your trip, commit to completing them ahead of time. Business travel is hectic enough without putting off your workshop/presentation preparations until you’re ensconced in your airplane seat. Plan ahead so you can relax on the flight and arrive refreshed.Is your office prepared for an emergency? Chances are nothing will explode while you are gone. You can’t be too prepared, though. The last time I traveled, I returned home to a fried hard drive! It was a hard-learned lesson, and I will never again travel without making sure I have adequate backup in place, plus a “cushion” day reserved when I return to make sure everything is running smoothly.Are your clients aware that you’ll be gone? Prepare clients ahead of time and set their expectations accordingly. Let your clients know that their needs will continue to be met while you are on the road, and assign team members to care for individual clients as their needs arise. Set aside a portion of your daily check-in with your team to address client queries or issues.Are you prepared for whatever traveling throws your way? True road warriors have systems set up to take the hassles out of travel, and deal with snags along the way. Planning and preparing before you go will make life on the road and away from your office easy and smooth!
With its strong ties to England, Hong Kong is one of the most English speaker friendly regions in Asia. It is also friendly for the frugal traveler, especially the frugal shopper.The MarketsThere is a market for almost everyone in Hong Kong. Stanley Market targets the distinguishing foodie with stands, shops, and even a free performance or two. The Ladies Market offers a variety of clothing (sizes can be quite small, I found it difficult to find a shirt fitting over my large skull). My favorites are the night markets including Yau Ma Tei’s Temple Street Night Market with the crowds and exotic finger foods.Entrance to the markets is free.Wong Tai Sin TempleWong Tai Sin Temple is a large Taoist temple and is one of the busiest in Hong Kong. Because Wong Tai Sin supposedly had healing powers and the ability to tell the future, fortunetellers surround the temple and the grounds hold a pharmacy. While at the Temple, visit the nearby Good Wish Gardens.Entrance to the Temple is free but donations are welcomed. As this is a working house of worship, proper respect is appreciated.AberdeenA former pirate haven, Aberdeen on the southern shore of the island has a flavor all its own. It is home to boat people and a perfect place to find the freshest seafood. There are floating restaurants and a variety of different (and often picturesque) water craft including junks and water taxis.Walking along the shoreline is free but the delicious fish will cost you.Tsim Sha TsuiThe Tsim Sha Tsui area is a popular tourist destination. Two highlights include, one of the symbols of Hong Kong, a beautiful clock tower from a former railway station, and the waterfront. The waterfront is a must for photographers as it offers an unobstructed view of Central Hong Kong across the Victoria Harbour. It is especially beautiful at night with all the buildings lit up.The free attractions in Hong Kong allow the frugal traveler to snap up some of the bargains Hong Kong is noted for (remember to haggle).
I have been skiing for sixteen years. I would hardly call me a great a skier, but then again I would say that I can hold my own on a variety of runs including the treacherous double black diamonds. OK they are not treacherous unless you have never been skiing before, in which case you would probably kill yourself if you went down one. They are very challenging though and Vermont ski resorts have some pretty good ones.Although I really enjoy skiing at Stowe, which is located in northern central part of Vermont, my favorite double black diamond run is in Killington, called the Outer Limits. It is a very wide run, with nice moguls and if you hit the run early enough in the morning you can get some nice fresh snow.However I tend to stay away from moguls these days as I ski more for relaxation to be in the open crisp air of the Green Mountain State. I will do some black diamonds but mostly limit myself to blue square runs. I find my knees, quadriceps and hamstrings will last longer throughout the day.With that said I have do have some tips if you are planning a ski trip to Vermont. Regardless of which ski resort you go to, Okemo, Killington, Stowe, Sugarbush and the list goes on and on, try and ski during the week. Monday through Thursday and the occasional Friday have very light traffic on the slopes. Which makes sense as most people are working or in my case, should be working.If you are staying at a hotel, bed & breakfast, motel or lodge ask the front desk or inn keeper if they have discount tickets. Most if not all the resorts in Vermont offer some type of discount off lift tickets. So unless you really want to pay full price ask for the discount. Usually it is about $5 to $10, but you may get lucky when they run special promotions and receive a larger discount.If you have to ski on the weekends try some of the smaller ski resorts. What I found out is that most locals stay away from the bigger resorts on the weekends to avoid the crowds (they do not know what crowds are until they ski the Poconos in the mountains of eastern Pennsylvania on a Saturday). The smaller resorts are normally cheaper and although they do not boast as many runs as the bigger guys, the runs they do offer are challenging to even the most astute skier. You can Google Vermont’s division of travel and tourism and they should be able to send you an entire list of every ski resort in their state.As with most ski resort and Vermont being no different, ski when everyone is at lunch and go ot lunch when everyone is on the slopes. The normal lunchtime is from eleven forty-five to about two in the afternoon. That is when the lodges have the most people sitting down to eat. I recommend getting to the slopes as soon as they open (usually around 8:00am), and then taking your lunch starting at eleven and finishing up at eleven forty-five. As everyone is heading in you are heading out.Even with all the best tips in the world you will run into occasional crowds. Just do not let it bother you and remember you are in Vermont, on vacation skiing some of the finest mountains in the world.
I have been lucky enough in my life to spend some time traveling the country and have gone a few times abroad. In my travels I have noticed that the stereotypical “souvenirs” you find at gift shops tend to be my least favorite purchases. It makes sense that when you travel to Paris you want to get a cheesy little Eiffel tower model, but I want to suggest a few less common souvenirs that will really last.- Buy clothing, and I don’t mean only a sweatshirt with the name of a city printed across the front of it. If you’re a girl get a new skirt or a pair of unique shoes and guys can get a tee-shirt or a new hat. These are the things that you can wear more often and remember the trip you had on a daily basis, not just lounging in the house, or folded up in the dresser.- Get a new fragrance. Memories are strongly related to your sense of smell, so get a new fragrance and smell it for the first time while you are on your vacation. Use it frequently while you are on your trip. This means that for the rest of your life when you smell that, or something similar to it, you will immediately be brought back to memories of your travels. For me, it’s a lavender pillow spray that I got in Paris. Every time I smell lavender now I am back in France going on a stroll in a garden.Basically anything will do when it comes to souvenirs, but I recommend you think out of the box and you’ll be surprised how much joy you can get from an ordinary item as opposed to a cheesy hat or refrigerator magnet.
For true film buffs, nothing could be more exciting than actually visiting the locations and structures used as settings in their favorite films. The number of travelers who have become caught up in the desire to combine travel with entertainment tourism increases every year. You want stats? The Annals of Tourism Research have recorded an increase of 50% in movie location tourism in the past few years. Now, travelers who make it a point to visit places where their favorite films are set have their own name: set jetters.In the United States alone an estimated five million movie fans choose to spend their holidays visiting filming locations. Due to the increase in demand, many travel and tour companies are now offering package deals that specifically include movie locations as destinations. This booming source of tourist money has prompted the U.S. Department of Commerce to set up a million dollar fund for a marketing campaign entitled “You’ve Seen the Movie, Now Visit the Set”.The U.S.A. is far from the only country capitalizing on this new travel trend. New Zealand has seen a surge of set jetters visiting Peter Jackson’s version of Middle Earth from the epic trilogy Lord of the Rings. Similar movie locations such those picturesque places seen in the film Eat, Pray, Love are also experiencing an uptick in tourist traffic.In Europe, set jetters can be spotted flocking towards Dunkurque, France (one of the locations used in the Keira Knightley-James McAvoy film Atonement) and the Belgian city of Bruges (background for the British black comedy film In Bruges, described by actor Ralph Feinnes in the film as a fairy tale town).The Sean Penn film Into the Wild, based on a real-life story, is partly set in the dramatic and rugged Alaskan wilderness. Believe it or not, jet setters are even flocking to Alaska; they are literally following Emile Hirsch’s footsteps into the wild.The popularity of set jetting is good news for smaller countries that have had trouble attracting tourists in the past. On the flip side, there are more well-known locales that have also been featured in the movies that aren’t necessarily hot spots for set jetters. For example, Edinburgh and London have both been used as the setting for very dark films about heroin addicts and zombies. Many set jetters aren’t interested Fortunately, those two cities are historical enough to attract tourists for a different reason.Set Jetters are a valuable demographic for the tourist offices of small countries, such as New Zealand. One might not be the greatest fan of hobbits, but promoting the location through its association with a blockbuster film (and accompanying tour package) will definitely boost tourism and satisfy the needs of film fanatics and perhaps create a few future set jetters at the same time.
Italy is known all over the world for its churches and other monuments that were made during different eras of history. The country has a number of places that showcases the rich past and heritage. Italy has some of the finest collections of art and other works that were made during the era of Renaissance.When you are planning to travel to Italy, there are a number of factors which you need to keep in mind. Here are some of the tips that are shared below.a. First and foremost is the budget as Italy is one of the expensive countries in Europe. There are a number of cheaper options to travel, live and explore this country. You can always refer to the local travel guides that would suggest you ways on saving money while exploring Italy.b. The peak tourist season in Italy starts from the month of June and it goes on till the month of September. So, if you are low on budget then avoid this time. If you are travelling off season then the best time to visit Italy would be during the months of February and April.c. It never hurts to have travel insurance. If you are an overseas traveller then I would suggest you that you should have a travel insurance that would safeguard you from any loss or theft of your belongings.d. Another thing that you should keep in mind is to travel light. You may not find a porter at the railway stations of Italy.e. Rome has a number of places that you can see and explore. There are a number of cheap hotels that are situated on the outskirts of the city where you can stay. Italian food and cuisine is known all over the world and you have a golden chance to try out some of the delicacies from this cuisine. There are a number of affordable restaurants that are situated all around the city of Rome. There are a number of bars, pubs and discotheques which are open all night long.f. Venice is another interesting place where you should go when you come to Italy. Do carry a good camera to capture some of the spectacular views that this city has to offer.g. Language is not a problem in Italy. Apart from Italian, people here can converse easily in English, French and German. As you go deeper into Italy, you would notice more regional dialects which are spoken by the people. Don’t hesitate to use sign language whenever it is necessary.