Travel Tips

5 Modern Ways to Keep In touch While Traveling

Traveling is enjoyable. Sharing your travel experiences with your family or friends makes it more pleasurable. The biggest challenge for travelers and backpackers is to keep in touch with their loved ones but the modern technology has made it possible to keep in touch in various ways. I would like to talk about popular modern ways to keep in touch with your people irrespective distance or place they are.

Email

This is my favorite mode of communication and the most interesting part about emails especially Gmail you can attach and share photos of your travel with your friend, family and fellow bloggers. The only disadvantage without internet you can’t access your email account.

Blog

Blog is an informal site that consist discrete entries or posts. Whenever you are writing about your travels, uploading that video or posting a picture those at home, friends and your audience see what you are up to, which side of the globe you are hiking or thing you are doing on the other side.

Facebook

This the most used and popular medium in keeping in touch with friends and family. It’s possible to interact with your audience, fellow travel bloggers by creating Facebook group or page. Facebook also offers instant messaging and video call.

Skype

One of the best medium for communication. All you need is a laptop or a computer and Skype program to call all around the globe. Smart phones do also have Skype program. It is possible to share travel photos with your family and your fellow bloggers. Get this program, sign up a Skype account and get to enjoy calling almost everyone around the globe.

Twitter

This is another medium being used by almost everyone. Its easy to communicate via twitter. Just set up your account and then notify your family and friends. Share your photos or post an update about your where about or even sharing ideas with your fellow travel bloggers.

How do you keep in touch with your family and friends? Feel free to share with us in the comments below.

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10 Tips to Save Money While Traveling

Based on things they do, countries they travel and food they eat, you may thinks travelers and backpackers are multimillionaires. The truth is most of them travel smart and frugal. They have ways to make their money last a bit longer while on the road. I hereby share with you tips to save money while traveling around the globe.

Travel Off-season

Traveling popular destinations during off peak will result to high cost being reduced. Not only will you get lesser crowd, but you are guaranteed to get cheap flights and hotels to stay.

Free Days

Take advantage of free days when museums and public galleries are open free to public. Major towns have them and by making use of them you will definitely save a lot.

Engage With Locals

If you want to know the cheapest and best places to visit, then interact and befriend locals. By interacting with them you also get an opportunity to learn their culture.

Take Advantage of Reward Programs

Grab yourself an airline credit card and start racking up airline miles. Take advantage of hotel and booking agencies rewards and make use of them.

House Sitting

Looking after someones property while they are away on a trip or vacation will not only be a source of income but an opportunity to travel. Example you are a Canadian house sitting in London, you get that opportunity to explore London.

Hostels and Guest Houses

Hostels and guest house are cheap, clean and friendly. Travelers should take use of hostels and guest house to save money that can be used elsewhere while traveling.

Public Transport

Traveling from one point to another by use of public means is always cheap as compared to hiring a tax or a vehicle. So, ditch that taxi or cab and take a bus, a train, ride a bike or explore your destination on foot.

Take Your Own Food While Traveling

Making your own food is cheap compared to eating in a restaurant or a hotel. This can be better be applied in those expensive cities like Paris, London.

Negotiate

Negotiate for a cheap rate in those hotels and transportation. Negotiate with that local selling clothes or other touristy item in the market. Try to buy thing in bulk so to make that room for negotiation.

Skip the Guided Tours

Make your own ways to local attractions for a little price. It is advantageous cause you will enjoy the place longer and at your own pace.

Which strategies do you use to save money while on the road? Please, let us learn from each other in the comments below

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Weekly Roundup – 4 Main Factors to Consider When Choosing a Flight

After determining your next destination you will definitely need to fly. Choosing the right flight can be enjoyable but There are several factors to consider while choosing a flight. I hereby share with you a few.

Price

Once you define your destination, your next thing is to choose your flight. Different airlines differ from each other in terms of prices. I myself prefer a cheap deal and so do many. Before choosing your flight, compare airfare from different airlines then choose that works for you.

Comfort

This another factor to consider especially if you are planning for a long and nonstop journey. Uncomfortable, squeezed seats and lack of enough room in the coach can be very sour, frustrating and tiring. Research widely airlines that offers comfortable seats and wide rooms for you to relax and enjoy the rest of your journey.

Entertainment

I like watching movies, Tv programs, or listening to music while in flight as it helps in relaxing. Airlines offers different amusements more so people enjoy being entertained differently. Research to find the airline that offers your preferred amusement.

Preference

People have different preferences. I like to eat while traveling, my chosen flight has to provide best foods and splendid amenities. I always go that extra mile in researching airlines with the cheap and best meals.

Which factors do you consider while choosing a flight? Feel free to add more in the comments below

Here are the articles i enjoyed from other sites

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This Is The World’s Tiniest Republic… And It’s Stunning – Travel Junkette

Travel Tales plus Frugal Advice from an Airline Pilot – Color Me Frugal

7 Mistakes of the First Time Traveller and How to Avoid Them – A Travellers Journey

Top tips for a family day out at Ascot Racecourse – Brit Mums

How to Play, Feed, Bathe, and Protect the Elephants in Thailand – Nomadic Matt

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Insuring Against Travel Headaches

Last-minute airline delays, canceled hotel reservations or even natural occurrences like tropical storms can ruin your vacation. Taking steps to identify any potential problems beforehand can help you plan a foolproof vacation that won’t end up leaving you sitting at the airport. From travel insurance to planning what to pack, planning and research can help you have the vacation you have been dreaming of.

Getting travel insurance is one of the most effective ways to protect the investment of airline tickets, hotel reservations and other expenses that you need to pay up front. You can purchase travel insurance from your local Greensboro NC travel agency if you are planning a trip. You should also check your personal health insurance policy to determine whether illnesses or injuries are covered if you plan on traveling internationally. Some health insurance plans won’t cover hospitalizations and other costs that are incurred overseas. Purchasing additional health insurance is a wise idea, especially if you are planning on visiting a foreign country for an extended period of time.

Your destination is a big consideration when you are planning a vacation. Researching the weather in the area you are visiting will let you know what to expect and whether there may be a delay in your plans. For instance, hurricane season lasts from June until the end of November and can cause flight delays and other problems when you are vacationing in the tropical regions of the Atlantic. If you are visiting an international destination, you will need to know the average temperature so that you can pack accordingly. A light sweater and a hat are necessities that can keep you warm in regions where nights or summers are cooler than you expect.

Along with a sweater, you will also need to bring along some basics from home. Medical information, a copy of your passport and a copy of your itinerary are all must-haves on vacation. You will also need to make arrangements for home and pet care while you are away. A house sitter is the best plan if you will be gone for more than a few days since the service includes watering plants and caring for animals. You can also arrange to have your walk shoveled as needed and have your newspapers and mail picked up. These services will make your home look occupied and help deter potential break-ins while you are on vacation.

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Travel Blogger Interview – OurOyster

They believe that the biggest obstacles to travel are fear and the “I’ll do it later” attitude. Today’s interview is from Jade of OurOyster.com who travel with her family; Daniel, husband, and Jacob, son. You can also follow them on twitter, facebook and Google plus.

First of all tell everyone a basic background of who you are…

The OurOyster team consists of couple Daniel and Jade and of course their young son Jacob. The site was originally started by Jade after five years of travel when she moved to New Zealand. After a year in New Zealand she moved to Australia where she met Daniel and they got married. Now they travel and blog together.

How did you get into traveling?

My first international trip was when I was 17 to the Dominican Republic. But I didn’t catch the travel bug until I moved to Europe when I was 20. I ended up spending over three years in Europe before briefly going back home to Canada before setting off to New Zealand.

Of all the places you traveled to, what was your favorite?

Daniel and I recently spent five months traveling around the world with our baby. Our favourite place, and my all time highlight was Iceland. It is just one of the most beautiful countries in the world. We were there in winter, so it was quite cold and many of the roads were closed, but despite that we still got to experience some truly breathtaking scenery.

What is one place that you regret going to?

I don’t really have any particular travel regrets, although I did have some pretty bad timing when I visited Fiji. I ended up being there right in time for a major tropical cyclone and ended up getting trapped with no water or power and dwindling food supplies while roads were rebuilt and airplanes started returning.

What places are still on your bucket list?

Russia and Mongolia are huge on my bucket list, as well as most of South America. In the near future we are hoping to cross some more Pacific Islands off our list, and Vanuatu will be one of those highlights.

I noticed you mention budget travel on your about page. What are the most effective ways you limit costs when traveling?

We try to limit our costs by staying in budget accommodation. We are usually out and about exploring all day so we don’t need a fancy hotel or anything like that to enjoy ourselves. My only requirement is wifi though!

Are there any budget travel strategies that you tried but decided weren’t for you?

I know a lot of people will self cater for almost the entire period of their trip to save money and that just isn’t for me. Experiencing the local food is one of the biggest pleasures of travel for me, and I like to eat out at least once a day while travelling.

Does Australia have decent airline miles credit cards to take advantage of?

To be honest… not really. I am Canadian so I know that there are tons of options out there for Canadians and Americans, but there really isn’t that much in the way of choice for Australians. All of the airline points credit cards that I have seen here have a fairly hefty annual fee attached to them which just makes them not worth while.

What’s the best travel advice you’ve ever received?

“Say yes more”

What led you to start your blog?

Like most people, I started my blog for family and friends and as a way to record my own experiences, but it quickly grew into what it is now – a great source of information and inspiration for others.

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A Complaint Letter to Jetstar Airline: Sitting Next to a Hippopotamus

It is hard to find humor in Airline complaints but this letter made me almost crack my bones. This guy Rich Wisken had to tolerate fetid whiffs of body odour from ‘infant hippopotamus’ obese man sitting next to him for four-and-half hours. Mr Wisken was not at all happy with the four-and-a-half-hour flight and has penned a furious letter to the airline, Jetstar, a subsidiary of Qantas.

MR WISKEN’S LETTER TO JETSTAR

Dear Jetstar…

Do you like riddles? I do, that’s why I’m starting this letter with one. What weighs more than a Suzuki Swift, less than a Hummer and smells like the decaying anus of a deceased homeless man? No idea? How about, what measures food portions in kilograms and has the personal hygiene of a French prostitute? Still nothing? Right, one more try. What’s fat as f***, stinks like shit and should be forced to purchase two seats on a Jetstar flight? That’s right, it’s the man I sat next to under on my flight from Perth to Sydney yesterday.

As I boarded the plane, I mentally high-fived myself for paying the additional $25 for an emergency seat. I was imagining all that extra room, when I was suddenly distracted by what appeared to be an infant hippopotamus located halfway down the aisle.

As I got closer, I was relieved to see that it wasn’t a dangerous semi-aquatic African mammal, but a morbidly obese human being. However, this relief was short-lived when I realised that my seat was located somewhere underneath him.

Soon after I managed to burrow into my seat, I caught what was to be the first of numerous fetid whiffs of body odour. His scent possessed hints of blue cheese and Mumbai slum, with nuances of sweaty flesh and human faeces sprayed with cologne – Eau No.

Considering I was visibly under duress, I found it strange that none of the cabin crew offered me another seat. To be fair, it’s entirely possible that none of them actually saw me. Perhaps this photo will jog their memories.

Pinned to my seat by a fleshy boulder, I started preparing for a 127 Hours-like escape. Thankfully though, the beast moved slightly to his left, which allowed me to stand up, walk to the back of the plane and politely ask the cabin crew to be seated elsewhere. I didn’t catch the names of the three flight attendants, but for the purpose of this letter, I’ll call them: Chatty 1, Chatty 2 and Giggly (I’ve given them all the same surname – Couldnotgiveash***).

After my request, Chatty 1 and Chatty 2 continued their conversation, presumably about how s*** they are at their jobs, and Giggly, well, she just giggled. I then asked if I could sit in one of the six vacant seats at the back of the aircraft, to which Giggly responded, “hehehe, they’re for crew only, hehehe”. I think Giggly may be suffering from some form of mental impairment.

I tried to relocate myself without the assistance of the Couldnotgiveas*** triplets, but unfortunately everyone with a row to themselves was now lying down. It was then I realised that my fate was sealed. I made my way back to Jabba the Hutt and spent the remainder of the flight smothered in side-boob and cellulite, taking shallow breaths to avoid noxious gas poisoning. Just before landing,

I revisited the back of the plane to use the toilet. You could imagine my surprise when I saw both “crew only” rows occupied by non-crew members. I can only assume Giggly let them sit there after she forgot who she was and why she’s flying on a big, shiny metal thing in the sky.

Imagine going out for dinner and a movie, only to have your night ruined by a fat mess who eats half your meal then blocks 50% of the screen. Isn’t that exactly the same as having someone who can’t control their calorie intake occupying half your seat on a flight? Of course it is, so that’s why I’m demanding a full refund of my ticket, including the $25 for an emergency row seat.

I’m also looking to be compensated for the physical pain and mental suffering caused by being enveloped in human blubber for four hours. My lower back is in agony and I had to type this letter one-handed as I’m yet to regain full use of my left side. If I don’t recover completely, I’ll have to say goodbye to my lifelong dream of becoming Air Guitar World Champion. If that occurs, you will pay.

To discuss my generous compensation package, email me at: richwisken@hotmail.com, or tweet me at: @RichWisken

No regards,

Rich Wisken.

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