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5 Things Every Traveler Should Consider! August 29 2016, 0 Comments
Photocopy your Passport
Yes, photocopying your passport is great on so many levels. In some countries a copy of your passport, ensures that you have identification for anything from entrance to tourist attractions to renting a motorcycle. Lots of tourist attractions won’t let you enter unless they can see your passport or a copy of it before entering.
You may say, why don’t I just use my passport as normal. Carrying your passport is risky. There is the chance it could be stolen or misplaced and that could cause a lots of problems. So, using this advice copying your passport makes a lot more sense and adds to you protecting your identity. Furthermore, keep your passport in a safe in the hotel and you should not have any problems, having photo copies is key, because it will speed up the process of getting a replacement, if one is needed.
Don’t Over Pack
Be frugal. Doing this you will ensure that you only take what you need. Roll everything up, this provides more space in your suitcase. Therefore, when you are on holiday, not only do you have all you need but you have room to buy plenty of souvenirs and plenty of room in your suitcase. Key point no extra charge for my luggage on return. Let’s say you are going to a destination where you know things are typically cheaper than your home country. So in this situation I would pack a minimal quantity of clothes. Therefore, this provides me with the opportunity to purchase items at a greatly reduced rate and now I have more than adequate space in my suitcase.
Don’t Pre-Book Everything
If you pre-book you are limiting your flexibility and freedom. Furthermore, usually pre-booking does not save you a lot of money, in fact travel agents often inflate the cost than if you were to buy locally. What I mean by this is - let’s say you are going for a 2-week vacation and you have booked an experience where on everyday something is planned for you to do. While I feel something like that may seem more convenient for the traveler who doesn’t want any hassle, though in reality you are really limiting yourself.
When you do this it makes your vacation a lot more restricted. You are somewhat stuck doing what has been planned even if you don’t feel in the mood that day, you will feel entitled to do it because you have already paid for it. While I don’t think pre booking some activates and special events before you arrive is a bad thing, I wouldn’t recommend not over doing it. If you leave more time free it will truly allow you more flexibility to do things you see and learn about when you arrive at your destination that you may not have even known about beforehand. Having the flexibility and freedom to do what you want at any time stops you being restricted when you shouldn’t be. This freedom allows you do go with the flow and really maximize your experience to the utmost potential.
Don’t Always Stay at Hotels
While staying at hotels may always seem the most practical and comfortable option. There are a lot of options available. If you were to rent a condo for example, this gets you in and around local life and you really get to experience what it’s like to live there. Other options are, you could stay at a hostel or ever use a site like couch surf where you stay at residents home free of charge. All of these options allow you to experience the country you are in and most importantly the people and the culture and for me that’s something amazing that you don’t want to miss out on.
Try a Location that’s off The Radar
Whilst it’s nice to go to popular locations, maybe you should consider trying something off the radar. Visiting a location like that is going to give you a more local vibe that sometimes you just won’t experience in the popular tourist locations. By that I mean trying somewhere unusual, somewhere unpredictable, somewhere that is out of the ordinary. Maybe just maybe this will turn out to be your dream location.
This article entry has been submitted by guest poster David Gray from Best Tent For You
Rio 2016 Olympics - Here's how to stay safe and enjoy them! June 11 2016, 0 Comments
The Rio 2016 Olympics are fast approaching and many have already arranged their travel plans to enjoy the games but as with all international events, precaution must be exercised by travelers. Brazil, Rio and the Olympic committee have come under criticism for allowing the games to be held in a country known for its government corruption, slums and poverty, high levels of crime and in certain areas, failing infrastructure. It has been pointed out that while the games will bring prosperity to many in the region, they are likely to endanger visitors, causing them to be targeted by those that would use the opportunity for criminal intent and that the influx of visitors would cause local authorities to become over-stretched and therefore, ineffective.
The London 2012 Olympic Games
During the Olympic games in London in 2012, cases of pickpockets rose by 20% to 1,700 per day. It was reported that gangs from Europe and South America descended on the city in the lead up to and during the games for the sole purpose of robbing unsuspecting spectators. London is a safe city on a relatively isolated island, with low levels of crime and pickpocketing and is part of a safe and prosperous region in Europe.
Brazil on the other hand shares its borders with many countries that share the same problems and, as mentioned, suffers from high levels of crime and is ranked 15th in the world for homicide rate. Besides this, the most common crimes reported in Brazil are robberies, carjackings and in-particular pickpocketing for which, the rates soar during festivals and events such as carnaval, it is also widely accepted that visitors are not only "fair game" but directly targeted by criminals. There are also currently protests in Rio over a brutal gang rape that was filmed and posted on social media emphasizing the city's continued struggle with violent crime and its apparent acceptance of the criminal culture that's strong in Rio today.
Being a travel safety company we do try to stress the importance of taking care whilst on your travels, especially with world renowned events such as the Olympics coming up. It's easy to get excited about visiting new places and neglect your own safety so we simply try to remind everyone and make it easier for travelers to keep safe! Not least through our range of Pick-Pocket proof clothing, that said, most travelers will have a great time and not run into trouble but by following our tips, you can make 100% sure you wont! You can find more tips on how to stay safe whilst traveling here and learn to spot the most common scams that are set up to rip off tourists here.
11 Awesome Ways to Keep Your Energy up When You Travel June 07 2016, 0 Comments
Whether you’re a frequent globetrotter or someone who travels occasionally, you will definitely admit that travelling and fatigue are inseparable. But you know what? They actually aren’t.
Check out these 11 easy ways to learn how you can stay fresh and energetic on your trip. Nope, no caffeine required!
1. TALK TO YOUR NEIGHBOR
Engaging in a short conversation with a fellow traveler is one of the easiest ways to stay alert while travelling on the road (or air). Talking stimulates the mind and helps you to stay fresh and energetic. Who knows, if your neighbor is a talkative girl (or a brilliant guy), you might have some fun conversations and hours will pass like minutes. However, just see how your neighbor responds when you talk. Some people do not like to be disturbed, so in that case you will have to find other ways to keep yourself engaged.
2. JUST BREATHE
Deep breathing has been the number one exercise to break stress for centuries. When your mind is thinking about a 100 problems at a time, it gets stressed out. The best way to counter stress while on the move is to practice deep breathing. Inhale until about 80% of your lungs are filled and exhale slowly. This will not only calm your nerves but also boost the oxygen supply to your brain.
3. ACUPUNCTURE AND ESSENTIAL OILS
Here’s another magic formula you can use to bring down your stress levels to zero: acupuncture. Nope, you don’t need to attend acupuncture classes. It takes some simple techniques like massaging your temple, pinching the muscle between your thumb and index finger, and gently pressing the center point of your wrist. Carry natural essential oils like lavender, eucalyptus, rosemary, lemon, basil, or peppermint. A quick inhale of your favorite flavor will awaken you and cool down your mind. A combination of soothing massage and pleasant scent is the equivalent of visiting one of the top party beaches in the world.
4. EAT RIGHT
Whether you are travelling for a couple of days or an entire week, your eating habit changes. You are on junk foods high in fat and cholesterol and low in vitamins and proteins. Make sure, at any point, your travel isn’t an excuse to deplete your body of the essential nutrients that it needs to generate energy.
5. MINI MASSAGES IN YOUR SEAT
Whether you’re travelling in a cab, bus, train or flight, one of the most frustrating things for you would be sitting on for hours without being able to stretch a muscle. In turn, this causes body pain and makes you feel tired when you land in your hotel room. However, you can overcome this problem by following simple techniques like rotating your shoulders, pulling your knees, rolling your neck clockwise, lifting your heels, and moving your ankle in circular motion. By doing these, you’re giving your tired body a mini massage and preventing body pain while travelling.
6. YOGA TO ENERGIZE YOUR BODY AND MIND
Once you are back in your hotel room, you can follow simple yoga exercises to stretch your muscles and pump some fresh oxygen to your brain. Half Dog, Standard Hip Opener, Standing Big Toe Pose, Forward Bend, Extended Side Angle, and Virabhadrasana II are particularly helpful for travelers. Do look up the web for detailed explanation on how to execute these simple yoga workouts.
The best thing about these exercises is that, they help rejuvenate your upper and lower body and relax your mind in less than 10 minutes. When you sit in uneasy postures, your spine is the first part of the body that suffers. But fortunately for you, yoga helps you to practice the right pose and helps to strengthen your backbone and neck bone.
Additionally if you wish, you can even try other home exercises like sit ups and pushups to burn some extra calories that you accumulated in that can of coke on the way.
We already discussed deep breathing earlier in the post. Now, let’s go a step further. Practice meditation. It’s an age-old exercise to burst stress and anxiety. Ultimately, it saves you from getting burnt out while travelling. If you haven’t tried meditation before, never worry. Use your phone and just look up the web for simple self-help mediation videos demonstrated by experts. If you are in the train or bus, then watching a couple of videos will keep you engaged and ultimately save you from getting bored. The biggest challenge for any human is to control the thousand thoughts that pop up in the mind. However, meditation can help clear your mind from unwanted thoughts and infuse positivity.
8. STAY HYDRATED
Eight glasses of water is the bare minimum any individual should drink in a day. But when you are on the road (or air), it’s more likely that you forget to take your required quota of water. Don’t think that 2 liters of coke will quench your thirst. It’s recommended that you avoid taking beverages while travelling. They are full of bad calories that could easily make you feel lazy. Instead, take cold water or warm water according to the climate. The more you stay hydrated, the more oxygen your brain gets and the more energetic you will feel.
9. TAKE CARE OF YOUR EYES AND SKIN
Taking care of your beauty might go deep into your skin, but the benefits of maintaining good hygiene while travelling go much deeper. Your skill is exposed to dirt, mud, and dust while travelling. Make sure to take a clean bath in cold water to get rid of the dirt from your skin. This will not only make cool your body but also make you feel fresh.
If it’s a daylong journey that you’re on and if you’re unable to get to the hotel room while travelling, then just splash some cold water on your face and wear a bit of makeup to feel fresh. Moisturizers are always great for the skin, particularly for dry skin.
Another area that needs attention is your eyes. Your internal temperature goes up when you sit for hours, and it’s your eyes that show early symptoms of tiredness. Red eye and puffiness are not so uncommon among travellers. You can carry eye drops or cucumber to cool your eyes. If not, you can simply wet your towel and place it on your eyes and relax for some time.
10. ENTERTAIN WISELY
Travelling is not just about enjoying some scenic sights, but it’s also a great time for entertainment. Listen to music, explore entertainment-friendly gadgets, writing about your experience in a book, read magazines, watch movies on a portable DVD player, play games on your phone, do crosswords and puzzles, or check out social media updates. Can you think of better entertainment options while travelling to beat boredom?
Last but not the least, sleep. During a long journey, it’s important that you switch off your mind for a few good minutes to get some inner peace. Gift yourself a 20-minute nap while you’re on the move. You must have an idea of how long your journey is going to be. Plan accordingly and take a quick nap an hour before you reach your destination. This will help you to land down with a clear, rested mind.
*This great and informative guest post is brought to you by Cathy D'Souza of www.togetherweek.com*
Cathy is the writer and social media strategist at togetherweek.com, a site that brings you the very best of information about party locations from around the world. She loves exploring new places, meeting new people and learning new things from them .