Category: Travel

Must-Do Things Any Traveller Must Do Before Leaving

It’s exciting to travel to any destination whether foreign or local. But, though many people desire to travel, they are yet to live their dream for varied reasons. For instance, before you travel, there are things that you must do to enjoy a safe, smooth and successful travel experience. These include the following.

  1. Fulfilling Visa Requirements

Before you travel to a foreign country, check whether you need to apply for a visa. There are organizations and websites that provide information on visa requirements online. Visit such websites to learn more about visa requirements. You can also check with the embassy of the country that you are traveling to. This will enable you to know whether you need a visa as well as the terms and condition that you must meet to get it.

  1. Researching on Security and Safety

Most governments issue travel advisories regarding safety issues of some countries. Therefore, check whether your country has issued a travel advisory regarding your destination country before you travel. It’s also important that you conduct some research on the political status of the country that you intend to travel to. Remember that there is a higher chance of security to change anytime in a country that is not politically stable.

  1. Getting the Necessary Vaccination

Before you travel, ask your healthcare provider whether you need a vaccination. Vaccination enables you to avoid contracting diseases that can make your trip boring. It is very important when traveling to places where diseases like malaria and other diseases that are transmitted by insects are prevalent. Bear in mind that some vaccines should be administered about three weeks before the travel date. Therefore, talk to your doctor early.

  1. Getting Travel Insurance

Research the cost of travel insurance when planning your trip. When traveling, you tend to engage in more outdoor activities than when at home. Some of these activities are risky. Additionally, you can contract diseases or fall sick due to change in environment when you travel. This combined with modern day risks like terror attacks and natural disasters make travel insurance very important.

What’s more, you carry expensive items like laptop, tablet and cameras when you travel. Regardless of the safety level at your travel destination, personal belongings can be damaged, stolen or lost. To ensure your peace of mind, get travel insurance that covers you and your valuable possessions. Get a travel insurance policy that covers you and your possessions in your travel destination.

  1. Stocking the Wallet

Carry more than one credit card. To avoid trouble when you use them, let your credit cards providers know that you will be travelling. This is particularly important if you intent to use the cards in a foreign country. Additionally, carry some cash just in case you land in a foreign country and find that ATMs are not working.

  1. Packing Appropriately

Do not carry expensive electronics and valuables like precious jewelry. That’s because these tend to attract thieves that targets unsuspecting tourists. If you must carry expensive items, lock them in your hotel safe.

Additionally avoid carrying items that you will not use during the trip. Label the bags that you carry to make locating items that you need easy. It’s also important that you write your address, phone number, and name on your luggage. This will make it easier for people that find your luggage to contact you in case you lose it.

 

  1. Registering the Trip

When traveling to remote locations, let the relevant departments in your country and your travel destination know about it. This enables you to get immediate response in case you need emergency assistance.

Generally, these are some of the most important things to do when traveling. Observe them during your next trip to ensure your safety and make your trip successful.

Top Reasons To Become A Full-Time Traveller

Guest article by: Aaron J. at Photo Booth Winnipeg (www.photoboothwinnipeg.com) – While a business owner, Aaron still loves to travel and hopes to one day do it full time.

 

It is easier than you might think.You have heard about living it up and traveling in a motorhome but know nothing about it? It sounds great, but is it really that easy to have such an A Class Adventure on a minimal budget? Yes, it is possible. It just takes a little bit of planning. Here are some smart tips to get you started. Choices of RV’s, let’s get started with the fun stuff. What kind of RV is the perfect RV for you? So many choices, so little time. There are literally endless makes, models, sizes, color, amenities and styles of RV’s. It can really get overwhelming when shopping for the perfect RV for your style and budget. Several manufacturer’s offer different features and amenities. I encourage you to shop around. Go to RV shows and dealers. Request brochures by mail so that you can compare different kinds of RV’s. A RV is a big investment. The value of a RV depreciates very quickly, beginning with the purchase. Depreciation does have its sunny side, however. It makes it very easy to find a camper that is a little older or even a lot older at a great price. Life experience, luxury to travel, quality time spent together, wisdom gained, freedom and connecting with nature; well, these have a value all there own.

The different types of RV’s include: Class A (Diesel Pusher & Gas), Class B, Class B Plus, Class C, Class C Toy Hauler, Fifth Wheel, Fifth Wheel Toy Hauler, Hybrid Travel, Trailers, Travel Trailers, Travel Trailer Toy Hauler, Truck Camper, Insurance. The Good Sam Club is a RV club, a motor home club and a camping club. They also offer RV insurance and they are the premier source of RV insurance in the nation. Good Sam’s Club is known as the RV Specialist. Many auto insurance companies do not even offer RV insurance. The Good Sam Vehicle Insurance Plan (VIP) was designed for the RV lifestyle, with the RVer in mind. Exceptional RV protection such as Optional Full Replacement Cost Coverage, Personal Belongings Coverage and Permanent Attachments Coverage is available.

You have many other options when it comes to RV insurance. There are many other companies that offer RV insurance such as Geico, Progressive, Allstate, RV America Insurance Company, Twin Peaks Motorhome Insurance and Farmers Insurance. Passport America also has RV insurance. Shop around. Find the best insurance policy for your own needs.

Living Expenses & Financing

One of the first things to do is sit down and work on a budget. Try a computer financial program such as Quicken’s retirement planner. How much money can you spend? Give this a lot of thought. Some RVers live on less than ten grand a year full-time in their RV while other RV owners spend a half a million on the RV itself. What ever your situation there is an option available for you. You must first know what your situation is. Having an A-Class Adventure must first be determined by your budget. Knowing costs such as insurance costs, RV prices, camping clubs and everything else that you will need will allow you to make the best choices possible.

Travelling With Your Pet

Most people travel for their holiday celebrations and they usually take their family with them. There are some that just can’t live without their pets as well. If you intend to travel with your pet you have to plan ahead to make the journey pleasant and comfortable for both you and the animal. Traveling by Car, if you are going for a road trip for the holidays, make sure that you do not let the pet loose inside your vehicle. You can get your pet a safety harness that can be attached to your car’s seat belt system. Or you can just put your pet in a cage. A pet carrier is also a good idea, but could be more expensive too. Always put your pet in the back seat.

Traveling by Air-If you are flying to your destination, a pet carrier is a must to comply with airline regulations. Check with the airlines regarding the pet carrier dimensions to ensure that you will be buying the right-sized one. A pet can travel by air in the cabin if it doesn’t exceed 22 pounds in weight, 18 inches in length and 11 inches tall. For international traveling, you will need certain documents for your pet before you can take it with you. It would best if you can give at least 6 weeks allowance to start taking care of the papers. Do not travel with your pet unless you have it checked and vaccinated by the veterinarian. Always carry your pet’s current health certificate along with the record of vaccinations.

Pet Foods, take plenty of pet foods; you can never be sure if your pets’ favorite brand of pet foods will be available at your destination, so it is better to be sure.  Feeding Instructions, if you are flying, feed your pet with a light snack 5 to 6 hours before departure. Do not give your pet any liquid 2 hours before departure. If you are going by the car, try not to feed your pet while you are moving.

Put ID Tags-Whether you are taking your pet for domestic or international traveling, it is best if you can attach an ID tag to your pet. The ID tag must contain your home address and telephone number as well as your destination’s address and telephone number. Before you take off it is also important to check if your pet is going to be welcome at your destination. If you are visiting relatives, you need to let them know that you will be bringing your pet.

The Wealthy Traveller And Why It’s So Fun

There are two levels of answers to the question of why people travel. The first is the obvious one, and probably the reason we give ourselves and quote to others. We travel so that we can see sights, experience other cultures, attend events and learn more about the world. These are exciting reasons. But there are deeper reasons for traveling that have less to do with what we do when we travel, and more to do with what traveling does to us. These five sets of changes to ourselves are at the heart of what makes travel so compelling.

Travel Enriches You, Before, During & After. The anticipation of a trip is almost as stimulating as the trip itself and the memories afterwards. Knowing what you have ahead, and imagining it in detail, lends excitement to life, and relieves the tendency to fall into a workaday rut. The more detailed the image of the trip, the more a future trip will excite you in advance. During the trip itself, daily life can be intense. Living in these moments fully, and noting everything around you, makes for heightened living. Clearly, this kind of intensified experience is a quality of a style of travel that takes you beyond the bus and out into the streets and squares, landscapes and waterways, of the places you are visiting. Independent travel is a world apart from “contained” travel.

Travel Broadens Your View of the World. Through travel you gain a framework for the history and significant touchstones that brought you to your current life and point in time. Now you are standing in the evil Borgia pope’s office, surrounded by the very walls that contained the man with sufficient power to write a Papal Bull-a mandate-that claimed all the wealth of the Western Hemisphere for Spain and Portugal, and secured it for the next 200 years. As you pause in the spot where that happened, the events and significance come alive with new meaning. Now you are looking down at the stairs that lead to a tunnel connecting the home of Leonardo da Vinci with the royal palace across street. It was through this tunnel that King Françoise traveled to sit and talk with his genius friend. And now you are in Bayeux, where the French William the Conqueror built his naval vessels to cross the English Channel and claim the throne of England. Each of these experiences broadens your view of the world and your firsthand sense of time and place.

Travel Makes You More Vibrant and Interesting. Travel gives you something to look forward to… to prepare for… to study for… and later to share. You will bring home stories. Life can get somewhat monotonous if you let it, particularly after you retire and your work life ends. Anticipation is worth at least as much as the trip itself and the memories that follow the trip. How much better to have travel stories and observations to share then to have your conversation limited to your latest doctor visits and your frustrations with the weeds in your lawn.

 

Travel Re-Energizes You-Travel, and the anticipation of travel, recaptures your enthusiasm. You look ahead with excitement instead of experiencing the dulled-over feeling that comes from repetition and routine. Travel challenges you to be at your most effective and focused level. Comfort zones may be comfortable. But it is good for you to be taken out of your comfort zones regularly. Otherwise, your social skills can begin to atrophy, and your ability to think on your feet and solve problems may decrease due to disuse.