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Category Archives: Travel

First Timer When Visiting Italy

The number one tip for my mom was to not over pack clothing or shoes. This is because of the amazing shopping in Italy! I found amazing items at the street markets in Rome and Florence. It is easy to become inspired by Italian fashion and there are plenty of opportunities to find gorgeous clothing, shoes and handbags.

For my father I told him to not to get caught up with making and keeping a strict itinerary. Instead, to embrace the Italian culture and leave a few days open to discover what is around the next corner.

After returning home they both agreed that my Italy travel advice was worth taking. Traveling and vacationing in Italy is much different from most American vacation experiences. If you like history and art Italy has more than enough to go around. Even total art buffs can become a little burnt out if touring museums and monuments is the main focus.

I recommend mixing it up a bit from day to day. Enjoying the Italian countryside is a great way to take a break from high tourist volume in Rome, Venice, and Florence. My parents had an amazing time for a part of their trip relaxing at a beautiful Villa in Tuscany.

Which leads to my last bit of advice. If your traveling to Italy for the first time it’s essential to stay longer than one week. It’s important to be able to travel throughout Italy to major destinations feeling fulfilled with the experience. Rushing through Italy’s major cities and the countryside would most likely leave you frustrated and tired.

Travel For Vegans

Research the local foods in the country or state you are planning on visiting. Different countries and different areas of the states favor one food type over another. Be prepared in advance to know what is coming around the corner.

Always carry vegan snacks along when traveling – dried fruit, nuts, hummus with crackers, granola bars or fresh fruit with peanut butter – that is nutritious and vegan. People who are vegan snack more frequently as their diet is lower in fat. Sometimes vegan foods cannot be found when traveling, so it’s always good to have a snack around.

Look for fruit markets. Thicker skinned fruits and vegetables are the best to eat, peeling them with your own knife to avoid contaminants. Most fruits and vegetables are in open-air stands with many hands touching the food and insects. Buying early in the morning is the best time before too many customers begin shopping.

Be careful of soups or exotic dishes when traveling abroad or in unknown restaurants. Soups labeled with natural flavors are usually made from meat sources, such as chicken, mutton, beef or mixed meat stock. Countries like India offer many vegan dishes, but other countries have meat or fish in most of their dishes. Learn to say “I do not eat meat” in their language or write it out on a card.

Learn to ask about menu changes. If restaurants or diners do not have meatless items on their menu, simply ask if they will prepare a meatless patty or meatless salad for you. Things are tight all over the world, and most businesses will work with their customers to make them happy.

Trips From Delano California

Drive past Springville to Camp Nelson, about 45 minutes further. The road is winding and in the winter may not be passable without chains or a 4-wheel drive. (Getting stuck on a winter road may cause you to put out your back and could land you back in the Delano chiropractor’s office way too soon.) Once you are in Camp Nelson, you will enjoy Giant Sequoia trees that have made this part of the Sierra famous. There are plenty of hiking trails and fishing in Camp Nelson. The historic Camp Nelson lodge is our pick for lodging.

Past Camp Nelson, drive along the Great Western Divide Highway (190) to Quaking Aspen and Ponderosa Lodge. In the fall, the leaves on the quaking aspen trees turn yellow and rustle delicately in the wind. Seeing the leaves in the fall is a simple pleasure you do not want to miss. You will catch some of the aspens at the Ponderosa Lodge where we recommend a burger and fries out on the open air deck. Ponderosa Pines will tower above you as you dine.

Drive about five minutes past Ponderosa Lodge and take the dirt road to Dome Rock. The road is bumpy but worth it to see the back country of the Sierra. Dome Rock is also a favorite for amateur astronomers.

From Dome Rock, continue driving for about twenty minutes until you hit the Trail of a Hundred Giants, an entirely wheel chair-accessible trail, paved in asphalt, and as beautiful as any grove of redwood giants in the Park. For $5 to park, enjoy this moderate hike — help your back and your body by getting a bit of exercise.

After your hike on the Trail, drive back to Delano via California Hot Springs, about 30 minutes drive. The historic Hot Springs resort is still open and offers swimming and casual food for the family. The pool water itself is a warm 80 degrees and the two hot tubs are over 100 degrees. From California Hot Springs, the drive back to Delano is about 55 minutes.

Packing and Traveling Light

Roll up your clothes you should fold all of your clothes in half, and then roll them up if you want to maintain any creases, start on the bulkiest end of the article of clothing. #3 put all of your undergarments on top.

Minimize bulk. Try to pack microfibers with wrinkle and stain free comfort. Stay in the same color scheme for most of your attire in case you have to layer up for warmth.

Put your undergarments on top. It’s extremely embarrassing having airport security expose all of your underwear for everyone to see if you want to minimize this place all of your underwear in a plastic bag free of any other items especially questionable paraphernalia. Make sure the bag is transparent and place it on top so security can access it quickly without having to ruin your packing method.

Lose extra baggage. Some people travel like they are going on a deserted island for the next year! Most hotels and resorts provide irons and blow-dryers, saving you a lot of packing space.

Last but not least make sure you aren’t carrying any items that airport security would want to take another look at. There are some obvious ones like lighters and knives, but scissors could pose a threat nowadays, Anything that is sharp you should leave at home.

Safe International Travel

Your carry on bag is where your medicines belong. Never, never, ever pack your medicines in your checked luggage. And this also goes for eyeglasses and anything else you have that you might panic without.

And along the line of medicines, to help get through customs easily, keep them all in their original container. If it is an unusual medication or has a narcotic in it, bring a letter from your doctor.

Make a copy of the photo page of your passport. Carry extra passport sized photos with you.

Plan on using ATMs. Try to bring as little cash as possible. If you can, bring two credit cards. One you will use and one you will keep in your money pouch, in case of emergency. Call your credit card banks and let them know you’ll be traveling and where and when. Otherwise you could find your purchase denied because the bank doesn’t know you are in Asia, or wherever.

Make a copy of your itinerary with friends and family. Include emergency contact info, copies of passports, tickets, travel insurance policy and any other important documents that you have. If you have a scanner, scan them and email them to yourself. That way you’ll have access to them wherever you are.

Streamline Travel Plans

If you are driving, it may mean long hours in the car with the kids, impatiently awaiting the arrival. Even if it is just you and a friend or a significant other, it can get boring sitting and just watching the highway pass you by. Finally, if you have opted for a more classic mode of travel, you are going to need to pass several hours in a train car or on a bus. No matter where you are headed, there are ways to make travel easier. This is especially true if you are traveling with kids and you are headed to Disney. An airport shuttle or another type of organized transportation will get you from the airport to your hotel and back with ease.

Once you have arrived at your destination, you should take some time to regroup in your hotel room. This is important because you will need to travel again at the end of the trip, so anything you can do now will make things flow better when your vacation has ended. The last thing anyone wants to do is deal with stress when their vacation has ended and they are headed home. It is bad enough your trip is over and you are going back to your workaday world; you should not have to leave in a hassle and get home more stressed than you were when you left. If you traveled with a passport, be sure you keep it in a safe place during the vacation. Any other important travel document should also be stored in a safe place. Consider putting them in a compartment of your suitcase that will be ignored until it is time to travel again.

Take a quick peek at your luggage to make sure the identity tags held up. If you need to replace them, do so now so you do not forget when it is time to board the plane. Also be sure you have written down the time of your return flight and made arrangements to get back to the airport. This way, you will not have to concern yourself with any of these details once your mind is relaxing and in vacation mode. If you want to have a stress free, fun, safe vacation, it is important to plan ahead. If you wait until the last minute to make your arrangements, the trip can cause you more stress than your everyday life. Instead of traveling frazzled, plan ahead, get organized, and enjoy a great trip.

Luxury Travel

One of the best luxury travel tips is to wait until the last minute to plan your trip. Although this is the last thing most people want to do, it can help you save hundreds of dollars. Waiting until last minute can be much to your advantage because it means you have the opportunity to purchase cancelled tickets. There are always some people who need to cancel or move their seats last minute. In these situations the travel companies need to get these spaces filled and offer them at discounted prices to spark interest.

Another tip is to plan your traveling for weekdays rather than on the weekend. Most people travel on the weekend and because this is their busiest time, travel companies are able to charge more than usual.

Always take time to shop around. Comparison shopping is the only way to find the travel agency offering the best deal. Don’t worry about sticking to the same routine time after time. Rather than always sticking with the same airline or other travel company out of habit, shop around because different companies will have sales on at different times. It is well worth the time to consider all your options before making any final decisions.

Traveling during the summertime will cost you much less than wintertime. The majority of people get away over the winter months to get out of the cold and into the sun. Traveling during the less busy times of year is greatly to your advantage. Then you save money and can afford more luxuries on your vacation.

Essentials Tricks For Business Traveler

Keep all your luggage on wheels, use one carry on, invest in good luggage.

According to the US Transportation Dept., about 1 in 200 bags are lost, misdirected or stolen, which is about one person per flight. 87{85629059ac2e8044767bece865d2d09c2b75f5dda6ed1c8364a24627c269000d} of this happens at the curbside check-in station.

Advantages: don’t have to tip porter; don’t have to arrive as early; if you miss your connection, you can easily rebook yourself; you can easily volunteer to be bumped on a full flight; no wait once you land.

Take a book with you.

Better than TV in most hotel rooms, good for waits, also good to hide behind if you get next to someone in the plane who annoys you. Leave it behind for another traveler or tear off chapters as you go along and lighten you load.

The travel wardrobe.

Coordinate to one color, like black. Many women, myself included, swear by Tencel®. Indestructible, always looks nice. Choose the right print blouses and it won’t show stains. Gentlemen, consider microfiber fabrics. Choose something with inner pockets (that zip!) for important papers and cash.

Don’t appear wealthy.

Especially important in 3rd world countries. Wear cheap-looking watch and jewelry and leave the diamonds at home. Makes you less of a target for pick pocketers and luggage theft. If you must take a camera, guard the lens; popular with pick pockets as well.

Remove luggage tags from other trips. It’s a tip-off for thieves looking for the “rich frequent traveler”.

Cash.

Hide cash in different parts of your body. If traveling internationally, get new bills, as some countries won’t take “dirty” money. In Africa, for instance take new $100 bills. The exchange rate on anything lower is not good. Check with someone else who’s been where you’re going. i.e., in Russia, they aren’t supposed to take US dollars, but they sure do.

If you get a rental car, write down all the information about it. Just in case you forget what you’re driving.

Plan Trip From Scratch

I think the best and most logical way to start a trip is to decide where and when you want to get away. My boyfriend and I just recently decided to take a trip, and this is how we planned it from scratch! The first thing we did was to figure out the best time to take the trip. I’m finishing my last semester of school, and he’s working full time, so it needed to be at a time that could work for both of our schedules. We decided that at the end of May would be most ideal because by then, I’ll be out of school and he’ll be done with busy season, so there will even be reason to celebrate! We also had to consider him taking off work and when he would have built up enough vacation days. Related to this, weather should be a big consideration. Depending on the time of year, some places may be more ideal than others, especially if your trip involves a lot of time outdoors. Research what the weather might be like in your destination before making any arrangements.

Next, we started to brainstorm about where we might want to go. This really comes down to how you want your trip to be spent. Do you want relaxing time on the beach, hiking through a national park, visiting with family/friends you might not have seen in a while, checking out museums and monuments, etc. Figuring out what you want out of your trip will help ensure you pick the perfect spot. Finally, we realized that we want a trip that will give us ample time to ourselves, somewhere that is drivable and something affordable. After we had these specifications, we tried to narrow it down further by deciding we wanted somewhere with things to do outdoors. Neither of us had ever been to the Smokey Mountains, and we both wanted to check it out. The drive is also only about 8 hours from Chicago, so we settled on that general area as our destination. We knew the weather would be perfect for hiking and hanging out outside.

Travel Guidelines

1. You get an e-mail or typical mail leaflet that promotes a unique travel deal. The sender boasts to be a significant travel agency, and offers you a unique technique to snag a unique package. They request you to be a type of home-based travel agent for them; they offer to address all of the unpleasant particulars at the backend. For a modest thousand-dollar fee, they’ll teach you in the art of being a travel agent, and give you your travel agent ID card. When you have that card, you will find yourself eligible for a variety of the deals which are open only to travel agents. Now this is a swindle; the ID card they sent you is a total scam too. And every hotel or airline you may approach knows all about them. And if it were a legitimate ID card, you’d still not have any far better time in your reservations.

2. What about the one where by some person markets on Craigslist and claims to have a time share someplace that he does not want any longer. He’ll attempt to ask you for a significant amount for it. They will take your money, and you’ll never see your timeshare. Never ever accept a timeshare sale that you need to actually pay anything further than a couple of bucks. It’s always enough if you just take over their time share commitment and ease them of the deal they are stuck with whereby that requires them to keep paying the company.

3. Folks try to sell you insurance to pay for your losses should you ever have to terminate a trip you had bookings for. It appears pretty good; with the exception that it is hilarious insurance, and you’ll by no means see any cash. Needless to say you’ll find actual accredited insurance deals with this kind of thing; go to a suitable insurance website; or try InsureMyTrip.com to check for travel tips around for the best travel cover businesses.