Excited about sightseeing, great meals, fun activities or simply looking forward to a relaxing and enjoyable time?Planning a vacation is fun and very rewarding, but it can be a bit stressful too. It requires a lot of time for packing and listing all the essential things you need to bring, plus deciding on all the places you want to see. Just keep in mind that careful planning is key to a safe and enjoyable vacation.Here are some things to consider in ensuring a stress free vacation:1. Consult your doctor to find out if you are fit to travel. Let your doctor know where you are going so that he can give you the necessary medical advice and medication, if necessary.2. Try to look for travel packages that specializes in senior travelers as they can accommodate senior needs. Consult your travel agent for more information or more suggestions.3. Make arrangements for wheelchairs or other special needs in advance.If you are bringing a service dog, be sure to check on possible restrictions for the country you are visiting. Also, if you are staying at a hotel, check if they allow pets.4. Get a list of medical facilities in the area you are going, in case of emergency.5. Do your research. Familiarize yourself about the place you are visiting so you know what to expect. It is very important to find out about climate, culture, laws and other important factors that will affect your health.6. Get insured. Consider getting a travel insurance to make sure you are covered.7. Sign your passport, if needed and make sure to fill-in the emergency contact information.8. Leave a copy of your itinerary and contact information with a family member of trusted friend so they can contact you if necessary.9. Pack wisely. It is important to bring the things you need like toiletries, extra money and medications, in case you need to extend your stay. Also, be sure to include a pair of clothes in your carry-on luggage.Now your are ready to have a fun-filled, safe and relaxing vacation. ENJOY!Copyright © 2009 La Dolce Living, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
#1 – Book! Book early.. book anything – make up your mind and BOOK! Don’t do it at the expense of a cheap flight, try looking for a good deal on accommodation if you think you can get a better deal on flights by booking at a later date. By booking early you are TAKING ACTION! By taking the action to book early, you are immediately picturing yourself sitting on a beach somewhere, rewarding yourself for the hard work you have put in to get there. As soon as you start picturing yourself doing that, you will immediately be in a more positive mindset and will truly be as excited about your upcoming holiday as soon as POSSIBLE!#2 – Talk! When you arrive at your destination talk to your TAXI driver, talk to the guy on the street, talk to the Security Guard, talk to the Shopkeeper, talk to the Waiter, talk to the other travelers and holiday makers in your hotel. TALK TALK TALK!! You never know when someone will drop a “Gold Nugget” about the local nightlife, attractions or (most importantly) the local cuisines and where to find them!#3 – Check! Not all places have the same rules and laws as the country your from! There is a free service provided by the Australian Government which has useful information for people from around the world (not just Aussies). The site is called SmartTraveller.org and contains loads of information about the political situation within your destination country, along with information about Do’s and Don’ts with regard to your conduct within the country. Good advice is often given for photographers who want to take photos in nations capitols, particularly around sensitive areas and government buildings.#4 – Insure! Sometimes there are unforeseen circumstances that can arise (such as the earthquake in New Zealand) where your holiday can take an unexpected detour. It’s important to make sure that you are covered. For a small price you can protect against injury, illness or other complications with flights and such. If you are a photographer, business man with a laptop, or married with some expensive bling make sure you tell your chosen insurer that it will be coming with you, as some items that are particularly expensive might not be fully covered with standard travel insurance. Lastly, shop around for your insurance, know what you’re getting, and if someone is cheaper; find out why.#5 – Spend! I am sure some few would disagree with me, that it always feels better to be spending money that you have earned, rather than money you will earn. This tip is about making sure that you enjoy your holiday and don’t return home to an enormous credit card debt. If you have booked your holiday early (lets say 8 months), and you put $50 away per week for your holiday, by the time you leave on your holiday you will have $1600 cash to supplement your credit card to pay for flights, accommodation or my favorite eating out! I’m not saying that you shouldn’t ever use credit to pay for your holiday, but wouldn’t it be nice to leave a dent in that credit card debt!#6 – Enjoy! It’s a fact of life that things go wrong! Things will go wrong on your holiday, so expect it! Don’t let a missed bus, expensive taxi ride or misunderstanding with a vendor ruin your holiday experience. Take it as it comes, grit your teeth and move on. It is so easy to get caught up in the little things and then have a bad attitude for the remainder of that day or even the rest of your holiday. Use some perspective, this may be your only chance to enjoy the culture that your in, who knows when you will return to that place or country? Keep smiling and pass it on!If you have enjoyed this article, pass it on to your friends and family, particularly if you think they might be getting the Travel Bug!-Brad Evans – http://www.holidaybox.com.au
How many black or blue suitcases and bags do you see on the airport carousel when you are waiting to collect your bag? Many right? This is one of the reasons you want to make sure your suitcase stands out from the crowd. Here are our tips for ensuring that when you travel, your bags and belongings travel with you too.1. Choose luggage that is going to stand out from the crowd. When purchasing your suitcases, look for cases and bags that are brightly coloured, red, pink, yellow, orange, lime green are all good choices, patterned luggage is another quick way of identifying your bags. By choosing brightly coloured or patterned suitcases, you can help prevent them from being accidentally mistaken for another persons bags, avoiding any chances of them being picked up or off the carousel by someone else. Also this will help save you time waiting at the airport baggage area by being able to identify your bags quickly. Should your luggage go missing at the airport or it does not turn up at the baggage claims area, it will make it easier for you to give a description of your bags to attendants, helping them to find your cases more easily. Other ways to make your luggage stand out is to tie brightly coloured ribbon to your cases, or decorate with stickers.2. Label your luggage: It is essential to remember to label all of your luggage. Try to purchase cases where they have a clear pocket on the outside so that you can slip in a card with your current details. It is also important to put labels on the inside of your luggage, the more identification and details, the easier it will be to find if lost or stolen. It is also a good idea to label any items that do matter to you if they are lost or stolen, such as electronics, a favourite jacket or other clothing, diaries or shoesas an example. Sew or use fabric pens for clothing and ultra violet pens are good for harder and trickier items to label.3. Carry on you absolutely anything you do not want to lose or have stolen, that is credit cards, wallet, passport, jewellery. Never leave these items in your bags. Money belts, Bra Wallets and Travel Underwear can be purchased to help conceal these items. Also make sure that any valuables are covered by your insurance.4. Take good care of your luggage: Before travelling make sure that your luggage is in good order, that all the zips are working properly, it is labelled clearly and you have all the necessary locks for it.5. Photograph your luggage: Take a good clear photo of your luggage and store where you can easily access the photo such as your cellphone in the event that your baggage is stolen and if you can, take a print of it with you, this is another form of identification you can give to the police or airport attendants. Photograph any other items of value. Photograph passports and credit cards and if possible give a copy to a trusted loved one, relative or friend in case anything should anything happen to you.6. Make a list: Be sure to make an inventory list of all or most of the items in your bags and make two copies. One to keep on you and one to give to the airport should your bags get lost.7. Know your 3 letter airport code: If you are checking in your luggage with an agent at an airport, be sure to ask them what the airport code of your destination is and be sure to check that the correct code has been printed on the luggage tag before it is sent down the conveyor belt to the plane.8. What to do if your luggage does not turn up at the airport?: Firstly, Try Not Panic! In the event that this may happen to you, find a baggage attendant on duty as soon as you can. There is a possibility that it has been locked up in storage for safe keeping or that it has been loaded onto a non stop flight, even if you have stopped over on the way. Be sure to fill out any paper forms with as much information as possible to help them find your bags quickly and if you have any print outs of your luggage attach them too.
Ever fantasize about that perfect island getaway? Who doesn’t anyway? For example, do you want an affordable Barbados travel tour or a cost-effective trip to the beaches of Jamaica? Do you think that such a notion is impossible? You’d be wrong if you think that. Perhaps one of the biggest elements one has to look at when trying to save money in traveling is the airfare.Airfare TipsThere are a lot of cheaper ways to go on a vacation and there is not much of a difference really. The key is to know how, where, and why. Perhaps one of the best ways to really cut on your airfare is to book your flight a long time before the actual date. Some air companies will let people book flights many months before the actual flight date. This helps the company save a lot of money since they will be able to fill their plane faster.Here is another important tip. Do not buy your tickets from tours packages or even from internet travel agencies. The most important thing to do is to buy your tickets directly from the airline website or office. This will really save you a lot of money. Think for a second about why it will save you a lot of money. A lot of people do not realize that such agencies will of course have their own cut from such packaged tours or ticketing services. These are the middle men who help distribute a product or service. And whenever there is a middle man, there will always be increased price. Cut of the middle man and you will get a lot of savings. Getting a tour packages can be the most expensive thing you ever do. Instead of getting a package trip to Barbados for example, where the agency will get a cut from the cost up to the accommodations cost, go directly to the source and make your own accommodations and itinerary for affordable Barbados travel.Another tip is to choose low cost air travel instead of high cost ones. A lot of people do not even realize that there is such as things as low cost flying. There are two kinds of airlines: the regular rate airlines and the low cost airlines. What’s the difference? Can you trust low cost flying? This is perhaps the question that most people ask when they hear about low cost flying. And a lot of them avoid low cost flying because they believe that regular airlines would be a lot safer. But this is not really true. There is a simple explanation to why one kind of airlines is a whole lot cheaper than the other. First of all, there is a difference in seat density. Low cost airlines have more seats. It is still comfortable since there is enough room, not unless you are the type who wants to go for business or first class which will definitely cost you a lot more. Secondly, these low cost airlines have fewer frills and therefore have less additional cost. Third, they have direct nonstop flights as well as faster turnarounds for the planes which make it more productive for the airlines. They also have a standardized fleet; only one type of airplane means they need only one type of maintenance. All this is geared towards a more affordable Barbados travel that you have always wanted to book.