How to Make Bus Travel More Comfortable

outside_bus-thumb_jpgSome people avoid traveling by bus because they think it is unclean, uncomfortable, and not worth the hassle. Bus travel can be a great way to travel on a budget though, and with just a little planning ahead it’s possible to avoid many of the less pleasant aspects of long bus trips.

Throughout the world, bus travel is one of the cheapest ways to get around. Taking a bus from country to country or in between cities can be a very budget-friendly way to travel, but there’s a reason that bus travel is not popular. Unlike flying, bus travel is quite slow, and unlike train travel or renting a car and driving, buses can be uncomfortable. The uncomfortable aspect of bus travel is a reason that many people cite for not taking buses more often.

When Nature Calls
Those who have traveled long distances by bus will know, that while on a bus, passengers are largely at the mercy of the bus driver or drivers. Airplanes are equipped with beverages and clean, usable restrooms, but bus travelers often don’t have

Tips for Saving Money on Business Travel

Business-travelFor any professional, life is already a task when one is juggling meetings, client calls, and project deadlines incessantly. On a business trip, dealing with these tasks is even more stressful. Between managing time and handling work demands, keeping a check on expenditure is quite difficult indeed. Here are some great tips for saving money when traveling for business.

Be ‘Money-wise’!
Instead of exchanging currency at the hotel desk or at airport exchange counters, use foreign ATM machines for better exchange rates. This way, you can safely withdraw smaller amounts. Credit cards are also a great option, but inquire about transaction fees before you use them.
Business travel is very different from traveling for pleasure. Traveling for work has its limitations with respect to duration and expense. Since economic viability is of importance when it comes to any business undertaking, one has no choice but to consider ways in which unnecessary outflow of cash can be harnessed without much ado. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to make your business travel easy, affordable, and smooth. We have mentioned these things in

Travel Tips for Taking Kids on Airplanes

Tip-Sheet-Flying-With-Kids-8ca7767e3b7342c1b3968918e0df697fThink of the worst flight you’ve ever had. You probably had a little kid sitting behind you, kicking your seat while the mother of said child cradled another scared toddler who was screaming all throughout takeoff and landing because someone forgot to remind the youngest kid to swallow and pop her ears. Or, you’ve been moved to pray for safe landing because the kid sitting across the aisle from you continues to ask what would happen if the plane fell from the sky. If you’ve ever been the parent of these children, you have probably sworn to yourself that you’ll never take another plane ride with kids ever again; you’ll just wait until they grow up to take another vacation. Luckily for you, it doesn’t have to be that hard. If you can prepare beforehand, you’ll have a much smoother traveling experience that won’t leave you in a fit of frustrated tears.
Bring Your Own Entertainment

Frankly, plane rides are long and boring, and being cooped up in that tiny cabin is difficult even for the smallest of passengers.

Packing Tips for Flying

When traveling by airline, you need to be able to pack in a manner that is convenient for you and for the security personnel who may have to open your bag for checking. Presented here are some simple packing tips for flying that will make your whole trip enjoyable.

Like a lot of us, you too may find it difficult to pack properly when flying, whether it is for a three day getaway or a month long trip. If you want to travel comfortably, you have to pack smartly. A lot of us tend to keep stuffing our bags thinking we may need one or the other pair of clothes or other items; but then realize that we don’t need them when we actually go on our trips, and end up not using even one of those just-in-case items we packed. Moreover, due to the heavy airport security nowadays, you should be packing in a specific manner to avoid unnecessary delays. So what goes into packing smart? Here are some very essential packing tips to guide you.

How to Pack when Traveling on Airlines

✈ Before you start packing find out what you are allowed to carry on a flight and what you

Tips To Prepare Your Body For The Adventure

Whether you are planning a trek to K2 base camp or want to put your mountaineering passion to the test by attempting to climb the second highest mountain on earth, you’ll have to prepare yourself to fight against all odds of nature. Climbing the highest mountain in Pakistan or trekking to its base camp is not the novice adventurer’s task.

As you ascend to the base camp of the 8,611m mountain in the Karakorum mountain range of Pakistan, the air becomes thinner, oxygen becomes less available and breathing becomes hard. Also notorious as the savage mountain that tries to kill you, K2 poses serious risks to both the trekker and the veteran mountaineer; however, the risks for the passionate mountain climber augments as he or she ascends the mountain.

Height sickness, acute mountain syndrome and pulmonic edema are the common health risks associated with almost all types of adventure to this mountain, but as common sense would suggest, these risks are higher for climbers who aim to summit K2 than adventure lovers who’d simple want to trek to the savage mountain’s base camp. It is vital to understand that the health complications associated with high altitude,

What to Do While Camping?

Camping is like taking a relaxing vacation for a day, overnight or even for the entire weekend. It’s the best way to kick back and unwind after a long, hard week of work. You can get rejuvenated with the morning freshness with clear air and dewy surroundings. The clear clean waters of the nearby lake compel you to try fishing. Camping is a fun and relative easy outdoor activity. There are many things to do while enjoying camping with your family or friends. Plan out your activities and enjoy a stress free weekend. To get you started; here are the Top 10 Things to Do.

Top 10 Ideas for Things to do While Camping

    • Tracking Wildlife: Carry out some basic research using the Internet, books and asking the region’s game warden about the various wild animals found in the region. You can ask the park ranger or someone with knowledge to help you track the wild animals. You can learn about the animals, like their paw prints, food, home, gait and their scat. You can also try bird watching and learn the names of birds specific to the region, their nest, eggs, diet, etc. This

Camping Tips

Is it time for your first camping trip, but have no idea where you are going to sleep? When you are camping, it is important that you take every step possible to ensure a good night’s sleep in order to stay rested, alert and relaxed. This can be difficult outside the comfort of your own bed, especially when camping in the woods. While just using a sleeping bag is a popular option, it is not always the most comfortable one. Investing in either a quality cot or air mattress can add a lot of comfort and make sleeping much easier. Deciding on whether to purchase a cot or an inflatable bed comes down to pure preference, but how do you know which one you would prefer? There are plenty of options to choose from that fit both your needs and your budget.

Camping adventures with friends and family can be exciting but if you don’t get enough sleep, you may end up wishing you had stayed at home.

Air Mattress > Pros and Cons

A properly inflated air mattress will feel like you are ALMOST in your own bed but with a view of

Tips for Camping With ATV

There is nothing more peaceful than sitting around a campfire enjoying a night under the stars or snuggled up in a tent telling ghost stories. But, some of the most beautiful places to camp are only accessible by an All-Terrain Vehicle. Whether it’s a weekend getaway or a month-long adventure, preparing and packing for an ATV camping trip can be overwhelming. It’s not just the destination that counts, it’s also the equipment you choose to take (or don’t take). Here are a few tips on having an amazing camping trip by only taking what can fit on your ATV.

1. Plan in Advance

Camping with an ATV can pose a few more kinks than a normal camping trip. Because of this, it is important to plan a little more extensively. Have a map on hand so that you can easily tell where you are going and to help you get back on track should you lose your way. As you would get your car or SUV inspected before a long road trip, the same needs to be done for your ATV. And with any planned vacation, always have a back-up plan. No matter how hard

Travel Tips to Canada

Canada is a great vacation destination and has many things to offer to its visitors like the majestic mountains, beautiful winding roads, lush green forests, wildlife and the multicultural cities. I traveled to Canada last year in December using my air Canada miles, my trip was simply awesome. Here I want to share with you my five best travel tips for Canada.

First Tip – Purchase A Good Travel Guide:

When you are traveling to some foreign country, it’s always a god idea to carry a travel guide. Canada is also a no exception, if you don’t want to buy a travel guide there are always many good travel tips and guides present online which you can print.

You can find some good travel guides for Canada on top web pages like Fodor’s, Lonely Planet or Rough guides. A good thing about travel guides is that it provides you with an insight about the destination, like where to go, what to eat and drink, things to do and see, where to shop etc. Investing in a travel guide is not bad and it only helps you in knowing the place better.

Second Tip

Traveling Tips Before Traveling Overseas

Traveling could be exciting or frustrating depending on traveling journey you’ve experienced. However, if you are fully prepared for your traveling, then everything should be more enjoyable than miserable. Here are 15 useful traveling tips you must know before traveling overseas. I advise you to go over all of them before you plan your traveling journey. You’ll be surprised how easy to neglect some of these traveling tips, and how important they are for ensuring a successful and enjoyable journey.

  1. Avoid wearing anything that contains metal when traveling through the security checkpoint. Things such as clothing, jewelry, or other accessories that contain metal should be avoided.
  2. A valid passport is recognized internationally as a travel document. Some countries requires a visa to access. If you need a visa, apply two months ahead of time to avoid paying high-fees for emergency situation.
  3. If you travel with a child who has your custody, make sure you have a passport for that child as well. If the child is not yours, make sure you bring along a signed, notarized document from the parent(s).
  4. Be familiarized yourself with the destination. Find out its culture, food, laws, and mostly avoid known dangers.
  5. Take precautions to

Safe Travel Tips

If you are a jet-setter, it’s assumed that you travel light for convenience, not unless you are on your way to a month-long vacation in Paris or somewhere in the Bahamas. Perhaps you would have to bring 2 sets of luggage containing your daily wardrobe and accessories plus a hand-carried pouch with your money, make-up and cellular phone in it. When travelling, it’s important to plan ahead for a secured flight, convenient accommodation and harmless escapades. You can consider the top 10 safe travel tips in this article for a more safety jet-setting experience.

First up, monitoring the general travel advisory and getting free information from online sets might be a smart start for you to know the latest updates regarding the destination you are heading to. Secondly, weather conditions must be known just before you board the ship or plane. It would help if you double-checked a travel insurance covering accident security in cases when buckling up in the sky wouldn’t do any difference in the middle of aerial crashing. You don’t think it’s possible to get under any harmful circumstance, yes, but it’s best to play safe and anticipate the worse. In top 10

Airline Travel Tips

A common problem when traveling by air over a long distance is to experience jet lag, which is what happens to your internal clock when your body leaps across several time zones in a very short span of time. This confuses your body and it will take a bit of time to figure out what has happened and get back on schedule. Here are a few airline travel tips to make your next cross-country vacation a little easier.

Try to sleep on the plane if you can. Even though you are just sitting there, traveling on a plane is quite tiring. Sleeping as much as possible, especially on a nighttime flight or when flying from west to east, is helpful in reducing jet lag and making the transition a little easier once you arrive. If you are flying much farther than 5 or 6 hours, make every attempt to upgrade your seat to business or first class, as it will be a much more comfortable flight and you’ll find it easier to rest.

To make sleeping on the plane easier, make a specific effort to fly through the night. As an added bonus, fares for

Hotel Travel Tips

Staying in a hotel is great. Who doesn’t love the luxury of knowing you can make a mess and someone else will clean it up, make your bed, pick up your towels, etc. Great fun! Here are 10 vacation planning and hotel travel tips to make the most of your next hotel visit.

1. When choosing your hotel, be sure to check how far away it is from such places as the beach, shops, and the areas you plan to explore. Sometimes you will find misleading phrases such as “near the beach” or “within walking distance of shops and restaurants.”

2. I like to pick a hotel that has a nice restaurant attached or as part of the hotel itself. They are usually open pretty early and stay open fairly late so that if you happen to get in late from your day, you can grab a coffee or a bite to eat. The ones that are open 24 hours are the best! If you are staying at one of the hotel resorts in Vegas, all the big ones have a 24-hour restaurant. I love that!

3. Go online and check for reviews of the

Misc Travel Tips

These pages (see other travel articles by Lance Chambers) have covered quite a lot of travel tips but no structured system of chapters can cover everything. So we have had to resort to a Misc. section to cover those items that are not amenable to separation into sections.

Tipping is expected in some countries and not in others. Find out what is expected. In the USA for example the tip is often included in the bill, in others you are expected to offer a tip in cash or add it to the bill yourself and in still others people may be slightly offended (this does not often happen though). Often, where tipping is expected, you will discover that 15% is normal but that not always easy to calculate. We believe that 10% will always be acceptable and is far easier to work out – all you have to do is shift the decimal point one space to the left (eg $11.55 becomes $1.15). However, sometimes it’s not easy to pay those little bits and pieces like $0.15 so round the amount up to the next set of currency you have so $1.15 may become $1.50 if you

Travel Tips That Can Make Your Adventure

At least once a year, you must go on an adventure – visit some excellent destinations, either domestic or international. This is a great way for you to unwind, have fun, learn new things, and enjoy life. Do not just work all the time. You must also allot a week or so for a getaway. Having a getaway will great help you become more productive, not just in your work but in life as well.

Some Excellent Travel Tips You Must Remember

Pack light – Every time you go out on a vacation, consider packing just what you need. You must not pack all things in your home. Bring only those that you will need. Certainly, you would not enjoy looking into some great views if your mind is on the security of your things. With light bags, you can certainly move farther and easier – you will see more great views. You have to leave heavy jackets at home and learn how you properly launder your own clothes.

Bring an umbrella – A sturdy yet light umbrella may save your trip when the weather takes a turn for the worse. Having an umbrella will

Travel Tips Packing

When you travel there is so much to think about that often times you forget some items that can affect your traveling experience in a big way once you reach your destination. It is always a good idea to make a thorough list before you travel so you will be well prepared once you arrive to your final place of rest. Traveling is always best enjoyed when your mind is at peace.

Below is a list of common suggested travel necessities, as well as reminders for those often forgettable travel items.

NOTE: Check with your airline regarding what you can carry on the plane as new rules and regulations change. Also, check the weather forecast for your destination, as well as local custom for clothing guidelines. For your convenience, several seasonal and vacation specific items are recommended on this list. Remember, travel experts always advise to pack light.

Don’t forget to pack your travel insurance policy!

General travel tips:

  • Pack heavy items, such as shoes and toiletry kits, before the more delicate ones. Place them along the suitcase’s spine to balance weight at the bottom.
  • To reduce wrinkling, turn jackets inside out and fold them in

Travel Tips and New Year’s Resolutions

When you ask most people to name places they are dying to visit they can usually rattle off at least 10 cities or countries. But, ask them “when” they plan to visit and you often get silence. What are you waiting for? Make a change in 2011 and resolve to visit 5 new places.

We’ve compiled a list of our 5 top travel tips to help you see new places and experience new things in 2011.

1) Choose a nearby town or city to visit: you don’t need to travel far to see new places! Start your year off right by visiting a nearby city or town that you’ve never seen before. Consult friends and family for tips on places to eat, museums to visit and other sites to see.

2) Dream big! Pick one city you’d like to visit in the next five years: big trips take a lot of planning! Want to visit Egypt at some point in the near future? Start researching your trip options and destinations now. Once you can ballpark the cost of such a trip, start stashing away money now. It may sound silly to start saving now,

Business Travel Tips For Your Family

Business travel tips often focus on how to make the actual traveler’s trip easier. But what about the family that is left behind? Often times depending on the age of the kids, it can be just as stressful for them and your spouse. While you are planning out your next trip, take some time to plan out how you are going to spend quality time with your family both before and after the trip.

One thing to plan is something to do when you return so everyone can look forward to that activity and not on the absence. Plan for a trip to the zoo or some other age appropriate activity for your children.

Help your spouse do any chores before you leave, like grocery shopping or laundry. Being a single parent for a couple of days can be challenging, especially when you are not used to going it alone.

Play with your kids before you leave as well. Before trips we are usually just focused on preparing for the trip itself and not on preparing the family.

Call often while you are gone. When on the road don’t forget to check in

Travel Tips for Your Exciting Trips

The world is full of wonderful places and you want to visit all. Choosing a destination is a challenging job, especially if you are going with friends or kids having different interests. Here are some travel tips and destination tips to choose a destination keeping in mind about your companion/s budget and likings.

International travel tips for choosing destination

With extensive search, you can find a destination or a trip that caters to multiple interests. Take assistance of your travel agent to provide you a list of destinations that offer multiple activities. Apart from offering you a wide range of destination choices travel agents can help you with important travel tips and destination tips to enjoy your vacation.

Most destinations can be categorized into three categories: Romantic, Adventurous and Historical. A romantic destination can be described as one with a sea beach, natural beauty and or one with fun parks. These are suitable for people of all age groups. A historic destination is one that is related to history and contains historical buildings and monuments. Africa and Asia offer many historical places with great monuments.

Mountains, rivers and jungles are most preferred adventurous