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.
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.
Basketball fans beware, you’d better get your travel plans in place for the March Madness regional games and Final Four Championship now; expect flights and hotels to be sold out as soon as the teams are announced. Even if your favorite team doesn’t make it to the end, you won’t want to miss all the center court action at the most exciting games of the year for college basketball. So use this information to ensure your trip is fun and exciting instead of stressful.2011 March Madness Venues
Let’s start with the big event. This year Houston’s Reliant Stadium and the University of Houston/Rice University host the championship games on Saturday, April 2nd and Monday, April 4th. Of course, feverish fans will also want to attend the regional play-offs. This year, the West region will be hosted by the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA; the Southeast regional games will be hosted by Tulane University and take place in New Orleans; Newark NJ’s Prudential Center hosts the Eastern regionals; and the Alamodome in Austin, TX will be the place to see all the action for the Southwest regional games.General Tips
Of course, transportation is the big issue when it comes to attending March Madness games. The biggest cost could be getting to and from your city to the regional host city. Book your airline tickets as soon as possible. There are going to be lots of other fans taking the same trip so cut down on your time at the airport by prebooking your parking arrangements.Once you arrive, try to avoid driving your car to and from the stadium. Not only is it a nightmare to find a good parking spot, you will wait in long lines for hours after the game trying to get back to your hotel. Park and ride to the stadium for a stress-free experience.Information on the Championship Games at Reliant Stadium
Houston is a thriving city and Reliant Park, which is home to Reliant Stadium, is almost a town unto itself. Restaurants, grocery stores, banks, and even two post offices (instead the CVS and Walgreens pharmacies) are all handily located onsite. While there aren’t any hotels directly within the park, there are several located across the street – but beware of higher prices due to the proximity to the stadium.The stadium itself is quite impressive and boasts the first retractable roof to be installed on such a facility – although it is usually only opened for football games. There is a fee for parking at the stadium; once again, parking offsite and taking a shuttle to the games is recommended not only because it costs less, but because this is a much less stressful way to get back and forth from your hotel.If you choose to grab a bite to eat in Reliant Park before or after the games, you are bound to find many other fans of your team at the sports bar located around the stadium. Just look for your team colors and pick a place where you can enjoy the camaraderie of others rooting for the same team.March Madness is already underway while the regional and championship games are coming up quick. Be sure to make your reservations right away and use this information to have a great time!
The biggest Christmas music box in the world, playing 25 of the most popular Christmas carols and a six meter high nutcracker will attract visitors to the Christmas Market in Osnabrück in Lower Saxony. It takes place on the market square, around the Johannis Church and in front of the Cathedral; and are connected by the popular miniature railway.If you prefer a real traditional and romantic Christmas Market you might want to consider heading to Germany, where gifts are not mass-produced but craft-work of real quality. Especially traditional things such as crib figurines, toys, wood carvings, marionettes, straw stars, glass balls, tin tree ornaments, cookie tins or candles are hard to resist. Delicious mulled wine and the baked apples are very welcomed on crisp winter days and the flavors of gingerbread biscuits, marzipan, grilled sausages, roasted almonds and hot chestnuts add to this special Christmas experience.Osnabrück in Lower Saxony hosts one of the most beautiful Christmas Markets in the regionThe cosmopolitan city of Osnabrück and the beautiful surroundings has a lot to offer for the whole family throughout the year and that includes first-class shops, lively markets, typical pubs and restaurants, stylish coffee bars and lots of colorful festivals.From the 25th of November to the 22nd of December the, previously appointed as the “Most beautiful Christmas Market in the North of Germany”, will once again attract large numbers of visitors. To get into the perfect Christmas mood, the air of the festively lit, historical old quarter with its half timbered houses and historical buildings, is filled with Christmas carols. The lovingly restored children’s Merry-Go-Round from 1907 revolves, while playing 25 of the most beautiful carols. Soak up the seasonal atmosphere at this historical Christmas Market and take the red Bimmelbahn miniature railway to St. John’s Church for a magical Christmas experience. Also the fully functional Nussknacker, or Nutcracker, is a local attraction not only for children and can easily be seen, since its standing more than six meters tall. For the children, St. Nikolaus visits each day to open a window on the huge Advent calendar in front of City Hall. The churches next to the Christmas Market, including St. Marien, the Cathedral, St. Katharinen and St. Johann, offer special performances of organ music and festive choir music.A regional specialty also available on the Christmas market are Mandelmutzen. They are a kind of small pastry in the shape of almonds. You need a basic recipe for short crust; flour, butter, sugar, eggs, baking soda and ammonium carbonate or known as salts of hartshorne. You might add marzipan and definitely the aromas of bitter almond and/or rum. Mix it all well and form the little Mutzen and bake them in a lot of hot oil. After they become a nice brown color drain the oil off and turn them in icing sugar, which add a nice and very tasty finish. Now, all we can hope for are lots of snowflakes to transform the Christmas market once again into a white Christmas wonderland; let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!This is an example of what you can do in Osnabrück while traveling in Germany. If you want learn more about Osnabrück we compiled a more comprehensive Osnabrück travel guide in collaboration with local residents that provides unique travel insider tips which you can use during you Germany vacation.
The occasional itchy penis is one of the occupational hazards of being a man. Guys learn to live with it and, if the itchy penis becomes more frequent than is acceptable, they learn to take steps to correct the situation. When one decides to travel, however, exercising typical penis care is not always as easy as it is to do while at home. With that in mind, the following are a few tips for taking care of the tool while on the road.Bring one’s home along.It’s impossible to bring one’s entire bathroom along on a trip, but it makes sense to bring the essentials. Most men travel with a toothbrush, a comb or hairbrush and other essentials; they should do the same with products that can help with an itchy penis. For example:- Soap or body wash. Hotels provide their own soaps for guests, as do relatives or friends in whose home a man may be spending a few days. However, it pays to remember that penis skin is enormously sensitive. This is due to the facts that it is quite thin and the organ is typically kept in a very warm, moist environment, which encourages the growth of bacteria. Sensitive skin can react to an unfamiliar cleanser, especially if it contains fragrances or strong chemicals. For this reason, bringing along one’s own reliable, trusted soap can help to avoid the need to scratch the crotch relentlessly.- Shaving supplies. If one is an active manscaper and likes to de-nude the pubic area, using one’s own shaving cream/gel and razor while on the road is necessary. Under no circumstances should one use another person’s razor, for hygiene reasons; a strange cream/gel should also be avoided, as it may cause the skin to react negatively.- Lotions and creams. Again, hotels often provide lovely skin creams and gels, but they are not necessarily what is best for the penis skin. If one feels the need for some lubricant for a quick stroking session, it’s better to have one’s own lubricant on hand. And if one uses a quality penis health cream, it should definitely be brought along for its regular health applications, including reducing penile itch.- Condoms. A man should always be prepared. Having one’s preferred brand and size of condom on hand is good in case of an emergency, but also because a member that is accustomed to a specific condom may react negatively to a different fit and feel, resulting in irritation and a subsequent increase in itchiness.Plan ahead.It’s always a good idea to bring along extra underwear – and extra types of underwear, especially if heading into an unfamiliar climate or temperature. Men who only bring along enough underwear for each day of the trip may regret it; a very hot day may cause a sweat-filled crotch. Having spares enables one to change, decreasing the likelihood of unbearable itching. It also pays to have both boxers and briefs (or jocks, thongs, etc.); again, the heat one day may make one wish for a “breezier” option.If one is going to travel, it’s best to think ahead about what is required to avoid an itchy penis. This planning may also inspire a man to make changes; for example, if he does not already use a first-rate penis health cream (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil), the start of a trip is a good time to start. When deciding on an appropriate cream, a man should carefully check the ingredients. Does it include natural moisturizers, such as Shea butter (a high-end emollient) and vitamin E, which can soothe irritated skin and calm itchiness? Is a potent antioxidant like alpha lipoic acid included? This is a crucial ingredient for offsetting harmful oxidative processes and helping avoid an unsightly wrinkled look in the penis. A cream with these assets, along with vitamins like A, B5 and D, is a major boost to maintaining penis health.