Tips to Ensure a Safe Travel

It is important to have a travel plan especially if you and your family will go for a holiday abroad. Before leaving for your trip make sure you and the family members are already aware of the basic facts, resources and information on the place of your destination such as Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, Customs Restrictions like bringing medications and what you cannot bring back with you. An itinerary is best to be at hand always, or go for a package tour for best deals and fewer worries.

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4 Ways to Pass the Time While Flying

Long flights are often synonymous with boredom, frustration, and a slight sense of claustrophobia. If you are dreading your next flight and don’t know how to make the hours fly past, take heed of the suggestions below. If these suggestions don’t feel like they will cut it, you can always engage the services of companies like Corporate Traveller, who would surely have a wide range of suggestions for ways to make your flights more bearable.

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1. Indulge in Your Programs

If there is a certain television program that you’re partial to, take the flight as an opportunity to catch up on your show. Intentionally don’t watch the show for a few weeks so that you can binge-watch a few episodes in one sitting. Just be aware of the content of what you’re watching; nothing is private on a plane. The same concept works for movies that you’re keen to watch. Stockpile them on your favourite device and ensure your battery is fully charged and ready to go.

2. Start aNew Hobby

Do you have a hobby that you’ve been waiting to start? If it’s the sort of hobby that can fit in a 1×1 metre space and can pass through airport security, now is the perfect time to start it. Sudoku is very popular and can easily kill some hours, depending on your skill level. Or perhaps you wanted to start sketching or writing a novella. Choose something that fits within your known interests but will be challenging enough to keep you occupied for a while. You don’t want to be bored of it in the first 30 minutes.

3. Strike Up a Conversation

Now this suggestion often strikes fear into the hearts of travellers. Many of us have been the victim of a ‘serial conversationalist’ who is incapable of reading body language and recounts the most boring stories you’ve ever had to sit through. This is not recommended. But if you judge your short-term neighbours to be interesting, friendly and open, by all means introduce yourself. You can bond over the universal hatred of long-haul flights. If you find yourself unsure, a great tip is to wait until the final leg of the journey to kick-start a conversation. That way, if you do find yourself in an uncomfortable situation, you don’t have to stick it out for too long.

4. Snooze

This may seem like a dull suggestion, but you’d be amazed how the time flies by following some shut-eye. Try to time it with the time zone you’re entering, so that it not only makes the flight go faster but also helps your body adapt to the destination. You’ll arrive feeling more rested and slightly more human. Just make sure that when you do fall asleep, you aren’t too hot and you’ve had some water. If you wake feeling hot or thirsty in combination with the altitude and stuffiness of the plane, it can really knock you around.

Do you have any suggestions you could add? Share your tips below and best of luck on your next long-haul flight!

Adventurous Breaks For Travel Enthusiasts

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For many people, their ideal holiday is a warm beach somewhere, laying on a towel drinking cocktails. For an ever increasing amount of people though, a holiday of sand, sea and drinking isn’t what they want. They want adventure! Go past the window of your local travel shop, and you will mostly see the traditional sun and sand holidays, but usually if you pop in, they will cater to the more adventurous types.

 

Walking – A walking holiday is a great way to get in some fitness and keep active while also taking in some of the most gorgeous scenery in the world. The best way to do this is to do some planning in advance and work out how long it will take you to navigate your way through your chosen landscape. This way you can plan to take in certain towns and places of interest and also plan stops along the way to provide you with food and rest. Some of the best locations to investigate are in Romania. You can choose a hike that suits you and your skill. Some are full day walks where others are a few hours between destinations.

 

Canoeing/Kayaking – Canoeing and Kayaking can provide some of the most adventurous experiences you will ever find and also some of the most picturesque. There are many destinations around the world with varying levels of beauty and difficulty. For the beginner, I would recommend starting at home with a man made course or even try your hand out at the coast. Have a look at the best inflatable kayak reviews for 2015 to see what sort of equipment you should be investing in. Canoeing/Kayaking can be as intense or leisurely as you require and can be a great break for a family if planned correctly.

 

Safari – What better way to get back to nature than to take part in a safari. There are many versions available, from the entry level right up to five star-events. Imagine seeing Elephants, Rhino and other exotic creatures in their natural habitat. Better still, the money you pay to see the animals also helps to pay for their protection from poachers.

 

Tribes – Trying to get off the beaten track and explore new things is the aim here. There are still many tribes around the world who still for the most part live with minimal contact with the developed world. Some companies offer trips where you can get up close with the tribes and experience daily life from their perspectives. Try cooking, washing and food gathering and take a look at the world through their eyes.

 

Climbing – Our final suggestion for an adventurous break is to try your hand at climbing. There are many ways of getting some training before you depart. Many gyms offer simple climbing walls which will help you get a feel for it and if you are physically able to manage it. We would heavily recommend though that you take your time to do your research and involve a dedicated climbing holiday company. This ensures your safety and also so the correct training is given before you attempt to climb something natural. The benefits far outweigh the danger though. Imagine seeing the world from a place only a few have been!

 

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Top 3 Best Places to Visit in Australia

Australia is one country that is also considered as a continent. It has a huge land mass and varying topography so visiting this place will give you more than just water activities, sightseeing and wonderful cities. This country should be one of your top choices when you want to experience wildlife and outdoor adventure, amazing coral and marine life, and not to mention glorious cities with amazing architectural creations.

 

You have not visited Australia if you haven’t spent time traipsing the Great Barrier Reef. This place is humungous biodiversity site off the coast of Queensland. Considered to be the world’s largest coral reef, you can find hundreds of species of whales, dolphins, turtles, saltwater crocodiles, birds and more.

 

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The Sydney Harbor on the other hand is the most iconic destination in Australia. Here you can view the beautiful Sydney Opera House and the surrounding contemporary architecture of the city.

 

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For those who want something different, skiing in the Snowy Mountains is recommended. It is the highest peak in the country and you can find Alpine flowers blooming if you visit at the right time of the year!

 

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Australia’s rich topography provides a variety of climates and activities for both local and tourists visiting the different states. Depending on what you want to see and experience, you can find the best travel deals and packages to make the most of your visit to Australia.

 

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Mount Blue Cow July 2011” by PictureskOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

The World’s Best Locations For A Life Changing Vacation

If you’ve been searching online for articles that list standard destination recommendations like Spain and Italy, you’ve come to the wrong place. While some people like to stick with the main tourist hubs, we think it’s always a good idea to look for somewhere more interesting. European countries might be enjoyable occasionally, but you should always try to push your limits. Some destinations offer life changing vacation experiences that you will never forget. So, maybe you should do a little more research before booking for annual summer getaway for 2015?

 

Reunification Arch, Pyongyang

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North Korea

While you will have seen all the propaganda about North Korea on the TV, you probably don’t understand the true nature of the country. Ten years ago, anyone who wanted to visit DPRK had to fly to China and then smuggle themselves across the border. However, that is no longer the case. There are now around nine flights per day from mainland China to North Korea, and so you can visit the country legally. It is one of the last places on earth that is still holding onto a system of government that predates World War Two. The people who were born and raised there are very welcoming to tourists, and your safety is guaranteed.

 

Patagonia

Nestled between Argentina and Chile, Patagonia is one of the most beautiful mountainous regions in the whole of South America. Those of you who want to see some amazing sights simply can’t go wrong. The views are breathtaking, and there are plenty of organized expeditions every single week. You just need to look online and do some research. That is the best way of discovering the best activities. Patagonia expeditions can vary in length. Some last only a couple of days, while others can continue for over a week. Your selection should come down to your fitness levels, and the amount of time you’re willing to spend in the mountains.

 

Iran

If you’ve ever taken a holiday in London, you’ll have no trouble handling the hustle and bustle of this next location. Tourists aren’t free to visit many middle eastern countries these days for the obvious reasons. However, Iran is one nation that welcomes thousands of westerners each year. Contrary to what you might see on the television, this is a forward thinking nation that has adopted a lot of modern technology. If you want to experience a Muslim country for yourself, there is no better location in the world. Best of all? The oldest civilization on earth came from Iran, and so there are thousands of ancient monuments to visit. Just be warned that most tours have to be organized in advance, which means you need to make all your arrangements before leaving home. There is only a low threat of terrorism, and so you shouldn’t be too concerned. At the current time, Government advice states that Iran is nowhere near as dangerous as Morocco. Many tourists travel there each year without incident, so you have nothing to worry about.

 

Wherever you decide to take your holiday this year, we hope you manage to experience a new culture and way of life. You might even dispel a few myths and learn what it’s like to live on the other side of the fence.