5 Tips for Safe and Successful Solo Travel

Posted on 08 February 2019 (0)

Today, quite a number of people are finding solo travel to be an attractive getaway. Apart from the adventure in unique destinations, there are numerous benefits of solo travel that can also help you enhance different aspects of your life. If you are considering a solo trip, take the advice from my pal Jessie, over at GT Roofing of San Antonio, as she explains below are the 5 tips for safe and successful solo travel to keep in mind.

Do Proper Research about Your Destination

Before heading out, take time to find as much information about the new place as possible. Get to know the customs of the locals, areas to avoid and also where to get help in case you are in trouble. After arrival, talk to the locals too about the area and how to stay safe.

Keep In Touch  

Regardless of your destination or reason for travel, try to always stay connected. Today, a smartphone is one of the best ways to stay connected with the rest of the world when traveling. As the trip progresses, remember to keep your friends, family or colleagues back home appraised.

Keep Money and Other Valuables Separately

You never know when you can run into trouble. So, never keep all your eggs in one basket. Put some money and credit cards in the wallet, pocket as well as hotel. While there are some places where you may be required to show the original passport, a copy is usually just enough in most cases. If you have to always have it, keep it separately from credit cards and money.

Be Mindful Of Your Health

Whether you are out diving, hiking or just relaxing indoors, always put your health first. For instance, do not just drink water without asking if it is safe. Whenever you start feeling sick, find immediate help from your first aid kit, local pharmacies or call the embassy in that country.

Watch Your Back

When traveling solo, you will be on your own most of the times. So, do not be too distracted by the sights and sounds that you lower your guard. Use the opportunity to interact with the locals but, be careful about the people you mingle with and how far you can go.

The above tips can help you ensure a safe and successful trip. But, you should also understand that the success of every trip also requires proper planning. Nevertheless, go out there and have fun!

Important Things to Know When Traveling to Australia

Posted on 21 June 2019 (0)

In addition to deciding on the cities to travel to and the sights to see, there are other things to know and consider when traveling to Australia. Here are some of the most important things that every travel should know before they go to Australia.

When to Travel to Australia

When you travel to Australia is largely dependent on the part of this country that you wish to visit. Being in the Southern hemisphere, Australia has seasons that are opposite to those of the countries in the Northern hemisphere. But, the most popular summer months to travel to Southern Australia are January, February, and December. Nevertheless, the country is more crowded these months and traveling is more expensive. To save money and avoid crowds, travel to Australia in March, April, October, or November. Australia has pleasant temperatures during these months.

Visa Requirements

Tourists need visas to travel to Australia. Only New Zealand citizens are exempted from this requirement. Canada, U.S, and Brunei, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, and Hong Kong citizens can apply for ETA online at a cost of around US$18.50. Where and how tourists apply for visas, the restrictions that apply, and costs depend on their countries of origin.

What Not to Carry When Traveling to Australia

You are not allowed to carry foods like vegetables, fruits, eggs and meat. You should also not carry plants, skins, seeds, and feathers when traveling to Australia. Travelers are also prohibited from carrying weapons, drugs, protected wildlife, and firearms. Some personal use medications are also controlled. Therefore, if you are on medication, have a doctor’s letter stating the medicines you are required to take and your conditions.

Vaccination Requirements

When you travel to Australia, you don’t need vaccination. But, if you just had yellow fever or come from a country infected with yellow fever, you have to show that you have received yellow fever vaccination.

Basically, these are the most important things to know when traveling to Australia. Nevertheless, you should conduct your own research to learn more about your travel destination and make appropriate travel arrangements.

5 Habits of Successful Travelers

Posted on 28 August 2018 (0)

5 Habits of Successful Travelers

Meta Description: Do you want to become a successful traveler? Then take a minute to learn 5 habits that set successful travelers apart.

Whether you are planning a dream trip, a getaway, or corporate travel, you will realize that everybody can access the world. However, to become a successful traveler, there are things that you should know. These are the habits of successful travelers. Whether you travel for adventure, leisure, or business, these habits will make your trip more enjoyable and successful.

These habits are as follows:

Using the Internet

Successful travelers are mostly online. They frequent websites that enable them to prepare for and plan their trips. You will also find them browsing sites that enable them to take advantage of deals and get ideas for their next trips. Check out such websites too to become a successful traveler.

Valuing Time

Successful travelers do not wait to plan for their trips in the last minutes. They start planning their trips early. They talk to travel agents and tour companies. They also book reservations in advance. This enables them to get the best deals before the last minute when everybody wants to travel.

Knowing Their Rights

Successful travelers know their rights and what they should expect from travel service providers. This enables them to avoid being frustrated or ripped off by travel companies. What’s more, they use education and politeness as communication tools rather than accusations and hostile anger.

Patience for Self and the Surrounding

Misunderstanding happens and things tend to go wrong when least expected. However, this doesn’t make successful travelers panic. Instead, they adapt to the situations they find themselves in. They use creative and clever minds to overcome challenges that come their way.

Knowing Their Limits

You are not perfect as a traveler. It’s therefore important that you try new things and explore but know your limit. This will enable you to avoid risks and frustrations that you may endure if you try something and fail.

Try these habits and you too will become a successful traveler.

Useful Holiday Travel Tips

Posted on 15 August 2018 (0)

Useful Holiday Travel Tips

Holiday travel is almost inevitable for most people. That’s because this is the time when people travel to reunite with their loved ones. However, traveling during a holiday can be hectic. That’s because there are many people traveling at this time. My cousin that owns Hotel Discotheque is my travel partner and we always think about how to make things easier when traveling, so we follow these holiday travel tips.

Avoid Traveling on Peak Travel Days

When traveling during New Year, Christmas and Thanksgiving, think of the days when everybody would like to travel and avoid them. For Thanksgiving, avoid traveling on Wednesday. If you can travel on the other days apart from Sunday, you will most likely pay less. New Year and Christmas change every year. Therefore, consider traveling on days when other people will not be traveling.

Shop Around

If you intend to take a flight, shop around. Use websites that feature flight deals to compare the amount that you are likely to spend when you travel. This will enable you to determine options that will enable you to save when you travel. Although price may not be the only factor when traveling, shopping around enables you to determine the best travel times.

Know the Airports

Check alternate airports to determine the best airports to use. Alternate airport gambit tends to pay off better during a holiday crush.  You will also score on most fronts including car rentals, parking, as well as traffic and nearby hotels. This implies that you end up saving money and time. Bear in mind the fact that smaller airports have few flights and fewer delays. This is an important consideration when traveling during a holiday.

Connect Carefully

When it comes to flights bookings, check search results to ensure adequate layovers time. Create some time for weather woes and flight delays. This is particularly important when traveling during winter. Travelling during peak time has travel delays. Your connections are therefore likely to be interfered with. As such, it’s wise to avoid tight connections when traveling during a holiday.

Leave Early

You will experience more trouble from traffic jams, security check-in and full parking space when traveling during a holiday. To avoid this, leave early. This will enable you to clear with the airport early and get a parking space.

Pack Wisely

If you can pack everything in a carry-on bag, that’s good for you. But, if you must pack in a suitcase, pack wisely. Carry items that you can’t do without when you travel. This will make maneuvering around crowded spaces easier for you because you will have light luggage.

Follow these useful holiday travel tips to make your experience better when traveling to any destination.

Travel Industry Changes that will Make Family Travel Better

Posted on 08 August 2018 (0)

Travel Industry Changes that will Make Family Travel Better

You will agree that traveling with kids or an extended family can be a nightmare. That’s because the travel industry doesn’t have what it takes to make family travel hassle-free. Family vacations are stressful in terms of planning. They are hard on family budget and taxing when it comes to transportation. Generally, family travels are not what many people expect.

In order to meet the expectations of travelers, the travel industry should make the following changes.

Ensure that Family Travels are Not Major Monetary Investments

Families are looking for the best ways to enjoy vacations without ruining their budgets. They want to enjoy great travel experiences at reasonable prices. Unfortunately, family trips are becoming more expensive. Most families have to save for a whole year to enjoy quality vacations. Therefore, the travel industry should change priorities and implement new models for making profit while accommodating the new travel trends of families.

Make Planning Family Travel Hassle-Free and Fun

The travel industry should avail more resources that families can use to plan their trips. This will make putting itineraries together easier. Additionally, the travel industry should avail more information to ensure that families can easily organize trips. Currently, families have to wade through false information to determine what is trustworthy and legitimate when planning trips.

Make Transportation Family-Friendly

Limited spaces, baggage fees and expensive accommodations are some of the challenges that families face when traveling with young children. The transportation sector in most travel destinations is not accommodative for families that travel with kids. In fact, most airlines are treating families like other travelers. This adds strain on already-stressed or unprepared parents. It is therefore important that airlines and the transport sector in general become more family friendly.

Make Accommodation Family-Friendly

In most destinations, hotels have a monopoly when it comes to travel accommodation. They force travelers to choose between rooms that look the same. What’s more, some hotels do not cater for or welcome people that travel with kids. To ensure that families enjoy a better experience when they travel, the industry should have more family friendly accommodation.

Generally, these are just some of the changes that should be made to make the travel industry more family friendly. Nevertheless, things are improving in some countries and this is making some of them the most preferred destinations for family vacations. If you intend to travel with your family, choose a destination where these changes are already being made.