How to Travel With a Pet

 

There are several factors you should keep in mind so that you can carry your pet safely and with the least amount of discomfort for them while you take your vacation. For instance, if you would like to travel with your pet, it is necessary for you to do enough research and know what is expected of you from the company your flying with while traveling with the pet. Also, depending on the destination, it is necessary for you to research and know the restrictions you will be faced with on their end. Obviously, if you are traveling to a destination where certain breeds of pets are restricted, you want to find that out well in advance to avoid the terrible inconvenience should you be stopped in the airport upon arrival.

So let’s take care a look at a few things to keep in mind:

  • You’ll have to pay a carry-on pet charge:
    There are different charges you will incur by various airlines when traveling with your pet. You should always seek to pay the charges while you are buying your ticket. Different airlines will charge different rates; it is incumbent upon you to carry out enough research and compare the services of each airline in order to assure you the best deal and safety of your animal.
  • Provide a health certificate:
    Obviously, you will not be allowed to travel with a sick pet since it can lead to a spread of disease-causing bacteria that may infect people or pets in the area where you are traveling. You should plan early and have all the tests and/or vaccines carried out on your pet so that you will have the necessary certificate in hand when you are asked to prove that your pet is healthy enough and up-to-date on vaccines to travel.
  • Check whether the destination allows carrying a pet:
    There are some destinations where you will not be cleared to enter if you are coming with your pet. To avoid embarrassments and major inconveniences, it is necessary for you to carry out enough research to learn whether the destination you are planning to travel will allow you to tour their country with your particular pet.
  • Heat and cold restrictions:
    It is necessary for you to learn the climate of your destination when traveling so that you will know whether you are about to carry your pet into a conducive environment. Pets don’t always acclimate as well as their owners. It is necessary for you to check out the highs and lows of the temperature, as well as the altitude so that you can avoid cases where you will carry your pet in an environment which will affect its breathing, among other things. If you find it is too difficult to travel with your pet, you might consider taking them to a pet sitting service or kennel before you leave. Just make sure you know your pet and if it is able to handle being in a small cage for the duration of your vacation.

Take a look at the video we’ve included for additional tips:

 

 

How to Pack Your Life into a Carry-on

 

When traveling, you should plan on how you can fit your life’s essentials in a small backpack. Remember, it can be hard for you to carry everything, but the items you will carry should play a great role in making you feel peaceful and happy. For example, if you decide to travel and still feel comfortable, or if you would like to continue a bit with life and productivity, then listen up on these packing tips.

How to Pack Your Life into a Carry-on:

Check weather of destination
You should start by checking out the weather of the destination so that you can pack accordingly. If your trip is a place that you will expect rain, then it is necessary for you to pack items which can protect you from the harsh weather. There are places where you will expect snow; you should pack items which will allow you to be warm in the snow. Don’t waste space by packing clothes for a opposite weather conditions.

Pack light
It is always necessary to try as much as possible to make your backpack light. The best way for you to have a light pack back is to ensure you pack only items which you can use in your trip. For instance, if you plan to stay out for ten days, then it is necessary for you to pack items which can only last for ten days and not 20. So often, you can choose neutral colors and simple patterns so you can mix and match your wardrobes rather than packing an unnecessary amount of clothing.

Wear bulky items while traveling
There are some bulky clothes which will occupy more space in your backpack. For example, if you are traveling in a cold region, you will need jackets and sweaters. For you to avoid cases where you will have a lot to carry in your backpack, it might be necessary for you to wear the heavy clothes which can occupy more space in your backpack and only have light clothes in the bag. If you should need two heavy jackets on your trip, you can always wear one of them and avoid having to squeeze a so much in your pack back. Think of it this way, if you get warm, you have lots of padding to prop up your sleepy head while traveling.

Fill all spaces
It is necessary for you to ensure that you utilize all the available space in your pack back so that you can easily carry all the necessary items you need in your trip. If you have decent luggage, there’s always little pockets and zippers allowing you to be organized in your packing. In order to squeeze a lot of clothes, you can roll them and pack them in tightly. You’ll be amazed how much you can fit. Here’s a video with some helpful tips on fitting all you need in to your suitcase. Enjoy!

 

 

Top 5 Ways to Overcome Homesickness When Traveling

 

When traveling, it is evident that we miss our friends, family members and the surroundings we are used to. The feeling of “just wanting to go home” fills us making it difficult for us to live in a new environment and embrace a different culture. However, staying positive is the key. Below are five proven strategies that will help you get through the low points while away from home.

1. Be Patient  
When you are experiencing homesickness, wanting personal space or even facing difficult situations, always be patient. Take time to understand why you have that feeling and know that you will eventually feel better. Look at it as an opportunity to pull yourself together and recollect on what you are learning. It might take time for you to feel better, however, remain focused on why you are there, and it will be easy for you.

2. Maintain a positive attitude
It might be difficult but remember a conscious effort goes a long way. All your friends and family members are proud of you; you should also be proud of yourself. At times you may feel sick, lonely, lost, overwhelmed or even confused, but knowing and expecting these feelings will help you deal. Try to think positively by reminding yourself of how much you have achieved and how successful you are.

3. Have enough time for yourself
Due to culture shock and feeling uncomfortable in unfamiliar environments, we usually long to get back home. However, treating and rewarding yourself as much as you can help you deal with the homesickness. You can book a private room with fast Wi-Fi, a hot shower, and air conditioning. Buy your favorite snacks, download your favorite TV shows and enjoy your day. Later on, you can hit the gym, go for a massage or relax in the park. All this will bring a sense of normality into your life.

4. Embrace the new place and make it your own
This is the best way to cope with homesickness is embracing and creating a support network in the new place. Feel free to interact with the local community and make new friends whether at the café, hostel or park. They will help you cope with the feeling by making you feel at home or even offering some helpful advice.

5. Document your trip
Writing about your experiences will help you deal with these low points. Whether it is compiling a running blog, adventure newsletters or simply keeping a short journal to vent, it will be a great way of expressing your experiences and even hardships to your friends and family members back home. As well remember to buy some gifts for your loved ones. Through this selfless deed, you will feel more reconnected to them which will help lift your mood.

How to Dress Like a Local in Paris

 

Paris is recognized as one of the great fashion hubs in the world. Several iconic trends seem to emanate from Paris on a weekly basis, and French men and women, especially those from Paris are viewed as models of style. This implies that traveling to Paris can get intimidating at times. However, figuring out how to dress like Paris 
locals is a big step to not feeling like a complete foreigner in Paris.

Like in any other big city, one would expect to wear whatever they like in Paris and be seen as a trendsetter or get away with it. Unfortunately, Paris is known as the city of style, and a slight mismatch in dressing would make one highly recognizable. To blend in completely with the locals in Paris, there are some dressing tips that you need to know, and these will get you started off on the right foot. If you want to walk down the streets of Paris like the champ you are, you need to keenly master the major Paris fashion style norms. These will enable you to pull off that classic Paris look. So keep these tips in mind while packing;

Leave behind any sweatpants, flip-flops, baseball caps and white sneakers. Though Parisians are known to be quite stylish, that doesn’t mean that they love extravagant outfits. You are likely to see some locals donned on some casual jeans combined with an up-and-coming designer T-shirt or top, ballerina flats or Converse. Paris locals also love their blazers and trench coats. Throw in a long scarf if you’re a lady and you’ll blend in perfectly. Scarves are common for men too. So men, if you’re in Paris during the chilly season, you don’t have to be afraid to bundle up.

Avoid bright colors as they are a dead giveaway for foreigners. Locals love to stick to dark gray, navy or black in the winter. This rule applies to kids too. You will rarely see Parisian kids in brightly colored outfits. In fact, one of the ways through which the locals recognize visitors is through their funny, loud attire. If you love patterned clothes, let it be the sailor stripe since its very much en vogue- in all seasons.
Another basic that you should carry is a scarf. Scarves are popular all year-round in Paris. In Paris, a scarf is viewed as being more of a fashion statement than a tool for conquering the cold weather. So simply thrown on a scarf and it will instantly give you that Paris look. You’re better off if you have a fashionable one which is right for the season. If you don’t have a suitable one, you don’t have to panic as shopping for one from the iconic Paris accessories might be great fun while you’re there.

Have fun on your trip to Paris!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Survive a Long Haul Flight

 

For many people, long-haul flights may be a nightmare. Cramped conditions, unpleasant toilet facilities, and long hours of monotony are just but a few things that the air traveler has to put up with. Unless you are fortunate enough to be one of those people who can fall asleep on take-off, and then wake up as the plane is landing, you might find that these tips will help you survive a long-haul flight.

Ask for a better seat
Some seats are better than others on an airplane, so book your seats wisely, and you could have a more comfortable flight. To try and get some sleep, book a window seat so that you don’t get 
disturbed by aisle traffic. You will also find that there is more leg room in seats that are situated next to an emergency exit.

Get some sleep before you fly
It’s virtually impossible to get any good quality sleep on a plane, so make sure you are well-rested before you board your flight. If you don’t, and you fail to get any sleep at all on the flight, you will feel utterly exhausted by the time you arrive at your destination.

Travel light
Don’t take too much hand luggage on the airplane with you. If your bags are too large to fit in the overhead luggage compartment, you could end up storing them under the seat in front of you, and that will just reduce your leg room even further. Need tips on packing light? Read more…

Buy an inflatable travel pillow
An inflatable travel pillow, or neck rest, will support your head during the flight and make it easier to get some sleep. You might also find earplugs, and an eye masks useful if you are usually a light sleeper and are 
easily disturbed.

Bring something with you to keep you occupied
When you fly economy class, the choice of movies is very limited, or you may have no choice at all. Take a book with you, some magazines, or a device like a tablet. You will probably need something to help 
you pass the time and keep you occupied on a long flight.

Don’t wear tight-fitting clothes
Don’t worry too much about what you look like on a long haul flight being comfortable is more important in this situation than being at the height of fashion. Wear loose-fitting clothes that you can easily adjust and avoid anything with a tight waistband that might restrict the flow of blood.

Don’t drink too much alcohol
It’s easy to drink way too much alcohol on a long flight, simply because you have little else to do. Be careful, though, because too much alcohol will dehydrate you and make you feel ill. You also have to be careful 
that you don’t get drunk, or you could find the police waiting for you when you disembark the plane.

Move seats if you see a better one
If you are lucky enough to be on a flight that’s not full and you see a better seat, ask the flight attendant if you can move. If you are fortunate, there might be three empty seats together, and then you can stretch 
out and get some sleep. Just be sure to put on a seat belt on, so that you don’t get woken up during the flight.

Surviving a long-haul flight is as much about your state of mind as it is anything else. Make yourself as comfortable as you can, keep yourself occupied, and keep yourself well hydrated, and you can make 
it fun.

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Tips On Being The Best Couch Surfing Guest and Host

 

Couch surfing is a breakthrough innovation, which allows travelers to share homes with other travelers. This gives an opportunity for hosts to meet new guests every year. Couch surfing is not just an ordinary place for guests to stay. It allows hosts to meet like-minded guests so that they can share good experiences during the stay. If you are a budget traveler, couch surfing is a perfect chance to find a free place to stay. However, before you start signing up as a couch surfer, it is important you know that you will become a successful couch surfer when you are a good host. Here are some tips on becoming the best couch surfing guest.

Ask about house rules
Asking about house rules is the best way for guests to know if the host is a good choice for them or not. This will give you a good idea on what you can do and not, including what time you are supposed to enter the apartment in the evening and go to bed.

Come with a gift
We all love being surprised with gifts, especially if you are letting a guest stay in your apartment for free. If you are a guest, don’t forget to bring a gift for your host. It’s a good way to show your appreciation for their kindness. It doesn’t have to be an expensive gift, just keep it simple and unique. You can bring them a unique bottle of wine or food as a gift. Remember that the best couch surfing guest is the one who is generous and not selfish.

Offer to cook and clean up
If you are a good cook, this is a perfect opportunity to impress your host with your cooking skills. Offer to cook for them during the evening, when they are probably tired and need some help in the kitchen. Make sure you cook a healthy vegetarian meal that everyone can enjoy as you get to know each other better. Afterwards, you can offer to clean up. This will create a positive impression about you to the host.

After couch surfing, the guest is supposed to leave a positive reference as a thank you note. Don’t make the host beg you to write a reference for them. Do it as soon as possible.

Tips on being the best couch surfing host

A couch surfing host is someone who will be offering their homes as a free accommodation to other couch surfers. You will get a request from guest via the website, and you have to accept or reject their request. As a host, your responsibility is to offer a wonderful experience to the guests you chose to take in. Here are some tips to become the best couch surfing guest.

Know how the selection process works
If a couch surfing guest is looking for a place to stay, he will browse through the list of couch surfing hosts in your city. Therefore, they will look at the host’s references, profile picture and other comments on the profile page before choosing a host. As couch surfing host, you need to have many selections from potential couch surfers so that you can have a wide selection to choose from.

Post your house rules on the website
If you like keeping your home tidy, you can have it written as your house rules and post it on the website. You can include dos and donts regarding whether you like having pets in your home or not and how many guests you can host at a time.

Be honest
Remember that potential guests are looking to stay with people who are trustworthy and honest. Therefore, keep your information as accurate as possible, including your profile picture. Don’t exaggerate your interests so that you can seem like an awesome guest.

Keep your place tidy
It is always a good thing for hosts to create a positive first impression. Keep your place tidy so that your guest can find it neat. You can vacuum clean the carpet, wash the sheets, and throw away unnecessary items. Do this at least one day before the guest arrives.

Leave a reference
As a host, you need to leave a reference for your guest. It could be a simple but sweet goodbye note that will let others know about your experience. Don’t be afraid to write a negative reference if you did not enjoy your experience with the guest.

Check out this advice before you make your trip!

 

 

Is Travel Insurance Really Worth It?

 

Travel insurance is an important legal contract that we highly recommend to people traveling overseas, or even locally. There are many reasons why people should use a travel insurance to protect themselves and their families. The future is unknown, and we might experience medical emergencies, bad weather unanticipated travel delays and even lost luggage, Here is an insight as to why we need to get a travel insurance.

1. Medical Emergencies and Evacuation
Travel insurance provides you and your family with protection for all your medical costs. You may require medical attention when traveling, and without a travel insurance, you will be liable for your treatment costs. While overseas hospital and medical evacuation (emergency transport home for treatment) costs can easily go over $100,000, travel insurance is the way to go. However, remember to understand the insurance policies before buying one.

2. Protecting your baggage and other personal belongings
Though least important, this is one of the main reasons why most people purchase a travel insurance. If your luggage or any of your valuables is stolen, lost or damaged while traveling, you can be reimbursed for the losses and expenses you will incur. The right travel insurance plan allows you to specify your valuables based on their policies such that they will cover the value in case of a loss.

3. Cancellation or rearrangement of your trip
There are so many elements that are out of your control when you travel. There can be flight delays, illnesses or even extreme emergencies that might force you to return home. Most insurance packages cover you for incidents that might result to trip cancellation. With the right insurance plan, you can be sure of a refund if anything goes wrong.

A good insurance plan also covers you when you come home earlier than stated and then resume your trip. In case of such rearrangements, be sure to read the trip interruption and curtailment terms of your policy to understand the conditions of coverage.

4. Help with personal liability and other costs when overseas
A significant number of travelers experience some kind of trouble when overseas. The right insurance plan will cover you in case you fall ill or are involved in an accident. They will be held accountable for the damage caused; hence covering your liability and other legal expenses. All you need to do is read and understand the insurance cover description policy to ensure you purchase the right one.

Travel insurance is such a lifesaver for your trip. However, remember that not all travel insurance packages are the same. It is therefore imperative and necessary to understand the policy wording depending on your country.

Best Places to Travel in the Summer

 

There are several places which you can visit during summer. For you to be assured of the 
best places to travel in the summer, you should take into consideration your 
preferences. If you prefer a place where you can enjoy seeing wild animals, the 
tourist destination should be a place where there are plenty of wild animals 
for you to see. There are others who will like to travel with their families, 
in such a case you should consider family-friendly tourist destinations.

Best Places to Travel in the summer

1.Hawaii
If you are a lover of food, then you should consider visiting Hawaii. It is among the best 
places where you can get to enjoy different foods among other tourist 
attraction sites. Other things you can enjoy in Hawaii include surfing, 
volcanoes, and blue waters among other things. There are seafood festivals 
organized in Hawaii where you can get to interact with the locals so that you 
can learn a lot in your tourist attraction center.

2. Volcanoes – National Park, Rwanda
For those who will like to travel to Africa and have the close encounter with wild 
animals, they can consider Rwanda. There are rare mountain gorillas which you 
can get close and enjoy seeing their different rains. The gorillas live in 
families; several tour guides will guide you so that you can know different 
habitat of the intelligent animals in their natural surroundings.

3. Nashville, Tennessee
If you love music, then you need to visit Nashville Tennessee. It is among the best places 
where you can visit and enjoy different music festivals during summer. There 
are also arts festivals organized in the place for you to always enjoy. It is 
also the best opportunity for you to interact with the locals in Hawaii.

4. Cocos Island, Costa Rica
There are several hiking trails and jungles with lots of faunas for you to learn. It is 
among the best places where you can visit and learn a lot if you love fauna. 
There are several predators in the area for you to learn about. The tour guides 
in the area will explain to you different facts so that you can get the information 
right if you decide to travel with your family members.

5. The Bahamas 
If you like to visit an island where you can relax during summer, then you should consider 
visiting the island. It has different tourist attraction sites for you to 
explore and enjoy yourself.

 

 

 

 

Tips For Staying in Hostels

The majority of the time backpackers will be trying to keep costs at a minimum so that they can then use their money on either traveling to more destinations and/or sightseeing tours or even just for nights out. Therefore backpackers tend to go for the hostel option.

Hostels are basically just dorms which can vary in the number of people staying in a dorm. The more people in the dorm the more the hostel can reduce the rate and this is why hostels are a much cheaper option when compared with a hotel.

Typically you will have to choose between 4, 6 or 10 people dorms and as I mentioned above this will fluctuate the cost of the room. While 10 people in one room is a lot, if you’re trying to save costs then this is a way to do it.

I myself stayed in one dorm of 10 people in Amsterdam and to be honest I didn’t think it was for me, too many people for my liking. I personally preferred the 4 people dorms but again it comes down to the individual.

Hostels are actually a really great way of meeting people, most of them have a bar and since all the guest are like-minded travelers, you will have a lot in common. This works especially well if you’re a solo traveler because it is very easy to make friends/acquaintances along the way.

In my own experience, I even made friends with some Spanish, Hungarian and even Australian friends who lived in London at the time. The benefit here was that later on, I got to visit them all in their home countries and had personal tour guides. As for the Aussies, I met, living in London, I got to couch surf with them until I found a place.

I know there are people out there who can’t share a room with strangers so again it does come down to how you feel about it and what you’re comfortable with. There is also always a concern about safety and theft of your goods but if you go to a reputable hostel they will have lockers and alternatively, you could attach a lock to your bag as well. It is unfortunate that this can happen but in my experience, I had no troubles at all.

When booking a hostel please be sure to use a reputable website like Hostelworld.com. The reason I bring this up is that I used Hostel World for most of my trip until I got to London then I used one of the sites that came up under Google search’s home page and within 24 hours had fraudulent transaction coming out of my credit card.

You don’t necessarily have to use Hostel World but make sure that you do some research to ensure they are reputable and ensure that they have security icons on their web page and payment sections. Read this article and find out what crucial things you need to know before staying in a hostel.