Walking on Holiday

The well known mountain areas of the Alps, the Dolomites and the Sierra Nevada in Spain are all options for the experienced walker. For those seeking a less challenging option there are many alternatives, especially on some of the main holiday islands.

Walkers on the island of Menorca have always been able to enjoy the quieter coastal areas but now the completion of a new footpath that circumnavigates the whole island brings a wider choice of routes. For walkers, Menorca has of course some fantastic seaward views, with wonderful beaches dotted along its coastline, providing picturesque spots to rest and take a picnic. Menorca is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve area and some conservation is an important aspect. Preservation of flora and fauna as well as certain wildlife area is evident. The new coastal walkway around the island is called the Camí de Cavalls and is a 180 kilometer long medieval route that was used for communication when the island had to be defended from invaders. The path has now been completely signposted and new fences erected to make it safer and easier to navigate for walkers.

The new pathway initiative follows an eight year process to make the land public property and a two million euro investment to prepare it. As well as walkers, bike riders and horse riders can also share and enjoy the route. Summer temperatures on Menorca can be very high so the best time to undertake a walk on the pathway is probably springtime or late Autumn. There are several companies that offer guided walks on the island and some will also arrange accommodation so that walkers can tackle the route in stages without having to worry about carrying their luggage.

The interesting aspect to walking on the island of Madeira is a unique network of water channels that were built by the Portuguese in the 16th Century to form an irrigation system channelling water to the agricultural parts of the island. These waterways also now provide a huge network of walking routes that bring large numbers of people to the island from all over the world. The waterways transport water from the wetter, higher regions in the north of the island through valleys, gorges and even tunnels to most of the rest of the island. Development of the system carried on for hundreds of years with additions being made as recently as the 1940’s. In total, the levada network is made up of over 1300 miles of channels, including some 25 miles of tunnels. There are several levedas that are particularly favoured by walkers including the Levada do Caldeirao Verde. The terrain for walkers is a mix of unchallenging yet pleasant forest walks right through to a series of challenging routes that traverse steep hillsides and a few of the tunnels, for which an experienced guide is recommended.

The island of Mallorca also has some wonderful walking terrain in the Tramuntana Mountains in the north west. The port of Soller is a perfect location for hikers to base themselves as it gives quick access to the higher peaks of Puig Major as well as the more gentle routes to the south of the town. The area around Lake Cuber, one of two huge reservoirs in the peaks, is also a big favourite with walkers. Several tunnels make interesting options, as does a visit to the monastery at Lluc or a walk down the Torrent de Pareis to the beach at Sa Colobra.

Finally the Greek island of Crete provides another location for warm weather walking. Unlike many other Greek islands, Crete has many more green areas and a choice of inland and coastal areas to explore. Traversing the island is a large network of tracks and trails, used in the past by shepherds and farmers but now largely redundant due to an improved road network. This has left them free for walkers to enjoy and a myriad of documented routes use them for out and back, circular and place to place routes. Getting prepared and setting off wit ha guide book is easy or opt to go with an organised walking tour. There are a number of walking companies on the island including a few run by individuals from the UK. Many will know the Gorge of Samuria, which is a great route but can become overcrowded due to its popularity. It is only open during certain parts of the year and is now patrolled by rangers who ensure everyone gets through safely. Walkers start inland at Omalos and walk the 13 kilometers towards the sea at Agia Roumeli.

Why You Should Plan Your Camping Vacation In Advance

Are you interested in taking a camping vacation with your romantic partner, your friends, or your family? If you are, have you already started planning your camping vacation? If you have yet to start planning your camping vacation, you may want to think about doing so soon.

Although it is nice to know that you should think about planning your camping vacation in advance, you may be wondering exactly why you should do so. In all honesty, you will find that there are a number of different reasons as to why you should start planning your next camping vacation in advance, as well as a number of benefits to doing so. Just a few of those many reasons and benefits are outlined for you below.

Planning your camping vacation in advance will help to ensure that you are able to get a reservation. Camping is a popular activity, especially during the spring and summer months. What does this mean for you? It means that you are likely one of hundreds of people in and around your area who are also interested in having a fun filled camping vacation, possibly even at the same time as you. Unfortunately, many campgrounds are limited on the amount of space that they have. To ensure that you are able to get a camping vacation reservation, you will want to make your plans in advance.

In addition to getting a reservation, planning your camping vacation in advance may also help you get a better camping spot. What many individuals do not know is that many campgrounds allow their campers to choose which specific locations they would like to camp at. By viewing a map of the campground in question, you may find that the perfect camping spot is located next to a lake or one that is close to a hiking trail. With that in mind, however, it is important that you know that the longer you wait to make your camping vacation reservations, the less “prime,” camping locations you will have to choose from.

Planning your next camping vacation in advance will also give you more time to prepare for it. For instance, what type of foods would you like to bring on your next camping adventure or what type of games would you like to play? These are questions that you should ask yourself, as it may make it easier for you to prepare for your vacation. By making your camping vacation reservations in advance, you can determine, ahead of time, whether or not the campground has a lake, hiking trails, or electricity. This can make it much easier to prepare for your next camping vacation, as well as ensure that you have all needed camping supplies and camping equipment pieces.

It is also important to mention having a memorable experience. Planning your next camping vacation in advance is likely to make your experience a more memorable one. As it was previously mentioned, when you plan your camping vacation in advance, you are better able to ensure that you have all of the needed camping supplies and you may possibly even be able to even handpick your camping spot. This is likely to improve your camping trip.

The above mentioned reasons are just a few of the many reasons why you should think about planning your next camping vacation in advance. In all honesty, only good can come from doing so.

Air Travel – Can It Cause Airline Passengers Medical Problems?

When flying on commercial airlines, most airline passengers develop some medical problems which are usually minor. However, sometimes these symptoms can develop into more serious medical conditions, such as deep vein thrombosis, which could quickly become life threatening.

The following paragraph lists a number of common in-flight medical symptoms.

Typical in-flight symptoms you may experience are ear-popping, nasal congestion, dehydration, headache, constipation or diarrhea, loss of appetite (may be caused by the in-flight food), light-headedness, problems with coordination, inability to concentrate, confusion, irritability, anxiety, sweating, fatigue, swollen lower legs and feet, and motion sickness. Some of these symptoms can also be associated with jet lag. In addition, jet lag can affect your sense of orientation in terms of time and place. Your sense of well-being can also be disrupted.

Some medical symptoms can be reduced or eliminated by doing a few simple things.

By drinking plenty of water, juice, or soda, every half hour or so, it can help to prevent dehydration and dryness in the throat, nose and eyes. Alcohol and caffeine should be avoided or consumed in moderation as they can cause dehydration as well as disrupt sleep patterns. Chewing gum can help prevent your ears getting plugged. Using an inflatable neck pillow can prevent getting a stiff and sore neck. Eye shades can make it easier to sleep on a long flight and ear plugs can reduce the constant cabin noise. Ask a flight attendant for a blanket to help keep you warm when you fly. It’s also a good idea to turn off the overhead air nozzle above your seat as the cool air blowing down on you could be a bit chilly.

Most people’s bodies tend to swell when they fly. Wearing loose clothing helps to relieve this swelling. It will also add to your in flight comfort. If you can, avoid salty foods. Excess salt in you body contributes to water retention which can also cause your body to swell when you fly.

Jet lag can also be a major problem when you fly. You may be able to lessen the effect of jet lag by adjusting your sleeping and eating pattern a few days before your flight to better reflect the time zone when you will arrive at your destination. This will take some discipline but it is well worth trying, as it can make a difference.

There are some other things that you can do to reduce the effects of jet lag. Try and catch a flight that arrives at you holiday destination in the daylight hours. Immediately fit into this new time zone and avoid going to bed. If you are feeling tired and wish to take a short snooze, then do it in a well lit place. In the evening, sleep in a darkened room. The darkness will prepare your brain for sleep. Try to avoid watching television or using a computer as their screens are bright and can easily over-stimulate your brain. It is not a good idea to consume alcohol or any drinks that contain caffeine such as soda and coffee until your symptoms of jet lag wear off, as alcohol and caffeine can disrupt your sleep.

Most travelers don’t know that they only experience the symptoms of jet lag until they leave the plane. That’s the time when their biological clocks start making internal adjustments inside their bodies to more closely coincide with the local time at their destination. If travelers cross one, or even two time zones, they can usually adjust quit quickly. However, if they are in poor health or not feeling well before they fly jet lag can compound the problem.

If you usually experience jet lag when you fly, you may want to consider taking a melatonin tablet or capsule in the early evening (your time) to help you adjust to the time zone at your destination. You may still have to take a dose of melatonin for the next three or four evenings in a row before you go to bed in this new location to help you readjust your biological clock. If you have never taken melatonin before, you should ask your doctor or local pharmacist for more information in regards to the suggested dosage.

What is deep vein thrombosis, or DVT?

DVT is caused by a blood clot that forms in the lower leg. If this clot breaks off, it can travel to the lungs which can then be fatal. The usual symptoms of deep vein thrombosis can be pain, redness, and swelling in the leg. This is a real, life threatening, medical emergency. Deep vein thrombosis has always been a major health risk for travelers when they fly. Recent research shows that airline passengers are at three times the risk of getting this serious life threatening condition then the general population.

Here are some things you can to reduce this deadly condition. You should avoid crossing your legs as this cuts off the circulation in them and raises the risk. To increase circulation, wear loose fitting clothing, avoid tight fitting socks or stockings, change your sitting position frequently, move your legs occasionally when sitting, get up and walk back and forth down the aisle. Try and sit in an aisle seat so you can get up and walk around without disturbing your fellow passengers. This will help with the circulation in your legs and reduce the chance that you will develop deep-vein thrombosis.

If Your Destination Plans Are Up In The Air, Consider A Tour of Quebec

Want a destination known for versatility and adventure? Tour Canada. But if you are on the lookout for a great place to take your family and get back to nature then the ‘other Canada’ is a great option. And that is Quebec. Many people choose to visit Montreal but never get a chance to see the rest of Quebec and all of the amazing things to do outside of the city including Quebec tours.

One great adventure, for example, is an exciting canoe trip. You travel out to a remote setting in the wilderness for approximately 2 – 5 days on crystal clear lakes. The wildlife is all around you from moose and barred owls to black ducks and bank swallows and you can leisurely observe all of the animals in their natural habitat. The canoe trips can take place in Mont Tremblant Provincial Park, that is near Montreal, or possibly in the Papineau-Labelle Wildlife Reserve. Included in these tours are refreshing swimming areas, and shaded campsites that the natives of the area used. The guides will also provide you with games and many things to do while you roast your marshmallows over the open fire.

But perhaps you are a bit more adventuresome and require more action than a leisurely tour of Quebec by canoe. That’s when the whitewater canoe trip along the Dumoine River needs to be considered. This is in the western side of Quebec and these trips are for beginners and include instructions. Most people consider the Dumoine the best river for whitewater canoeing. This river of water drops more than 500 feet from it’s beginning at Lac Dumoine to 60 miles away at the Ottawa River. Along this river are 16 sets of rapids both class I and class II and each have a name. Yes, they do have a few class III and class IV rapids but the beginner will need to be lifted or portaged around. In addition, there is time for hiking, taking amazing pictures and all around fun. Nothing is better than the beauty of taking a Quebec tour along this river.

When the weather gets a bit cooler for tours of Canada, you will want to look at other Quebec tours such as backpacking along the Saguenay River. The mouth of this river has had cruise ships in their waters for quite some time but the shores provide great hiking trails that even have some newly built cabins for your convenience along the way. You have a choice of a 4-day trip that will run along the northern side of the river or a 3-day hike on the southern side. If you are really enjoying yourself you have the option to do both. Each of the trips are quite different from the other as one travels close to the riverbank and the other is at a high altitude that is much colder. All of the trails have been made safe with some stairs built into the sides of the steep cliffs and they are usually dry and well maintained. It is recommended that the best month to take this backpacking trip would be in September. You will be required to carry your food, a light sleeping bag as well as your own personal gear. You will have the time of your life in this beautiful area of Quebec.

The Quebec tours have something for everyone and also something for every time of year. When the weather becomes cold and winter settles in the most fun you can have in the snow is cross-country skiing that goes from cabin to cabin. These cross-country expeditions begin and end northeast of Montreal in Quebec at a place called Reserve faunique de Papineau Labelle. You can bring a group of your friends or family and choose your own dates. The peaceful trails and the beauty of the scenery is enough to bring one back time and time again. The views when you reach the hilltops are breathtaking and cannot be matched as you look out on the rolling hills of the Laurentian valleys. You are, as they say, one with nature, amidst the wildlife that abounds all around you. These tours have included in the price, the transport of your gear on snowmobiles, which will allow for freedom to travel. The cabins along the way will accommodate from 4 – 12 people on this trip and there are options for side trips as well.

As you can see, taking Quebec trips can be exciting and exhilarating. So get away from the city for a while and enjoy what Quebec’s nature and countryside has to offer. You won’t be sorry that you did.

Down or Synthetic? Choosing the right Sleeping Bag

Sometimes it’s tough having too many choices. For example, when I first started shopping for a new sleeping bag I was overwhelmed by the selection and styles that were available. There were warm weather, cold weather, ultra-light, down, synthetic, mummy and rectangular sleeping bags. So I went online and did a little research to learn everything I could about each style. After some analysis I was able to choose a sleeping bag that made sense for my needs. To save you some time, I have written down a few tips that helped me make my decision.

To begin, you will see sleeping bags broken into two groups, down and synthetic. The biggest advantage for down sleeping bags is that they are typically very light and goose down is an excellent insulator. The biggest problem with a down sleeping bag is that if they get wet, it will take forever to dry and the goose down will lose its insulating benefits. On the flip side, synthetic sleeping bags can get wet because they can dry quickly. In addition, synthetic sleeping bags are typically less expensive than down sleeping bags. The only real problem with synthetic sleeping bags is that they will be typically heavier than a down sleeping bag.

In my case, the right choice was a down sleeping bag. We typically hike to our campsite and weight was one of the most important factors in making my choice. I wanted to keep the overall weight of my backpack as light as possible so I started my search for ultra-light sleeping bags. I eventually found a great “mummy” style sleeping bag that only weighed a little over 2 pounds. One footnote, “mummy” style sleeping bags can make you feel a little claustrophobic. They are tapered and can be a little snug. It was a little strange for me at first, but I got used to it. You may want to keep this in mind if you have issues with close quarters. If this is an issue with you, consider looking for a rectangular sleeping bag. It will probably be a little heavier than a “mummy” style sleeping bag, but it will give you more room to move around.

Also, make sure you find out the temperature rating of the sleeping bag. Generally, sleeping bags are rated as: 3-Season (+10 degrees to +32 degrees), winter (-10 and below), summer (+32 and higher) and cold weather (+10 to -10). And remember, it makes sense to choose a bag that is rated a little bit lower than you will need. A lower rated sleeping bag will keep you warm if the temperature really drops down on a cold night. Plus, you can always unzip the bag if you need to cool off. The down sleeping bag that I chose was rated for three seasons. We usually camp during the spring and summer so I didn’t need to spend the extra money on a sleeping bag rated for the winter or the cold weather.

My last point is to check the length of the sleeping bag. This is especially important to those of us who are a little taller and need more room. Plus, by checking the length you will make sure your sleeping bag will fit in your camping tent. The last thing you want is to get a sleeping bag that is longer than the length of your tent.

Again, just take the time to do some research before you buy your sleeping bag. There are a tremendous number of sleeping bag brands and styles. You can start looking at your local outdoor store, but you might save some time by shopping online first. It will take you less time and you should be able to save some money as well. I hope this article can help you on your sleeping bag purchase. See you around the campsite!

Travel Safely And Comfortably With These Ideas

Traveling will require some work from you before you can finally relax. Luckily, with the proper information and know-how, successful trip planning is much easier. The information below has some great advice for anyone who may travel at some point in time.

If you’re traveling to another country, take some local currency. It can be difficult to get local currency after hours, which can be a problem depending on when you arrive. Many banks can offer currency exchange before you depart or most airports have a currency exchange that you can use prior to getting on the plane. That way you can enjoy yourself and not worry upon arrival.

One way to do vacation planning is by utilizing the power of the Internet. Booking travel has never been easier. You will find that your itinerary will be much easier to plan with the aid of a travel site. You can make hotel reservations, schedule flights and set up rental cars with the use of your computer. Reviews of hotels with pictures are instantly available. You’ll also find great discounts while planning your trip, and deals are often offered for last-minute arrangements.

Try to get a hotel room on one of the upper floors. As trivial as this may seem, thieves have easier access to your room if it is on the bottom or ground floor. Additionally, request a room that has a window but not sliding glass doors. Rooms such as this can be broken into easier.

Be sure to have a good, clear, color photo of your child on hand to be prepared in the unhappy event your child becomes lost. Even the thought of losing your child is one of the most terrifying experiences you can have. Unfortunately, it can happen. Having a photo of your child handy in case they get lost in a crowd could end up making a huge difference.

Deserts are a place unlike any other, with sunny weather and a unique ecosystem. Deserts offer a special experience for the first time visitor. It should be the goal of anyone interested in the world to experience the wonder of the desert at least once.

Try not to exchange currency when you visit a different country. Try getting foreign currency at a bank ATM. The easier method is getting your currency from an ATM. You will find that ATMs usually offer a better rate of exchange and cost less to use than a brick and mortar exchange.

Sleeping pills or tranquilizers can help you through those long red-eye flights. For many people, sleeping on a plane is almost impossible, between the uncomfortable seats and the noise level. A sleeping pill may be just what you need to go to sleep quickly and make it through your flight without any problems. Refrain from taking sleeping medication before you actually take off. If your flight is delayed, you will likely need to remain wide awake to make other arrangements.

E-tracking is a great option for checking out travel sites. This will let you know how you should travel if you want to save the most money. You’ll get an email alert of price reductions for flights and hotels you’re interested in.

If you have children traveling with you, make sure you have a current, color photo of them with you, in the event they become lost. Losing a child is traumatic for any parent. Children can sometimes become lost when traveling due to the crowds or the unfamiliar location. Keeping a picture of your child on hand can really help a lot if they ever get lost.

When traveling with a pet, do your homework before leaving home regarding hotel’s pet policies and any extra costs that may apply. Consider all options available before you make your final decision. It is important that it is comfortable for both you and your traveling companion.

If you are planning on going out of the country, you should buy an electrical adapter from a discount store. If you have to buy one at the last minute, you will pay a premium for the convenience.

As was discussed in the introduction to this article, traveling is a lot of fun but the planning part can be rather difficult. The better you do on planning the trip, the more time you will have to enjoy yourself once you are actually there. Make use of the tips you’ve read in this article to help your next trip go smoothly and easily.

Manila Snapshot

Manila is the political and economic nerve centre of the Philippines, and it serves as a drawcard for residents from all over the Philippines. For most visitors from North America or Australia, this metropolis does not seem to merit more than a few days’ visit, after which the serenity of the provinces may seem all that much more attractive. Although a trip to Manila can be draining, it nevertheless gives the tourist important insights into the culture, history and politics of this island republic, insights that stem from its very wealth of contradictions.

In the sights of foreign conquerors
Natives who settled at the mouth of the Pasig River in Manila have seen a great many conquerors come and go. The first to come were the Malaysians, who arrived in the Philippines during the pre-Christian era. Hindu and Buddhist leaders from Indonesia followed. Islam reached Manila at the end of the fifteenth century. The Muslim sultanate established in the mid-sixteenth century had been in existence for barely a decade when Spanish Catholic sailors appeared on the horizon.

Colonial Manila
Miguel de Legaspi conquered Manila in 1571, declaring it to be the capital of the Spanish colony of the Philippines. Despite the ravages of World War II, when Manila was heavily bombed, traces of the city’s colonial past are still in evidence, particularly in the Intramuros district. Intramuros, literally “within the walls”, meaning within the wall enclosure of the city/fortress. The city centre, with its partially restored wall , is the site of a number of sixteenth-century buildings including Fort Santiago, Manila Cathedral and the church of San Augustin, the oldest in the city.

At the centre of power
The heart of Manila is now elsewhere, in Makati, the modern commercial and banking quarter. Elegant high rises, gorgeous residential estates, super-modern shopping centres and numerous 5 star hotels can be seen. The modern development of this quarter began in the mid-twentieth century. Like much of the development in Manila, Makati is closely connected to the politically powerful Zobel de Ayala family. The family name is found throughout the city, on streets, buildings and public monuments.

They come here not only to pray
Pasay City is located in the south-west of Manila across the superhighway from high-class Makati. On Wednesdays, Pasay is overrun with people. In Baclaran, the faithful crowd into Redemption Church, where weekly services are held in honour of the Virgin Mary. But one suspects that even more Manilans make their way to Pasay in order to patronize the neighbourhood’s famous lech6n stands, known to be the best source of that quintessential Philippine specialty, roast suckling pig.

A bit of folk culture
Throughout Manila, a light rail station is never far away. If your stomach is complaining after a feast of suckling pig, a gentle ride on this elevated railway is highly recommended. The trip back to town can also be made by Jeepney, of course, though it will be slower and more crowded.

Jeepneys were originally former US-Army jeeps that had been converted into passenger vehicles with as many as fourteen canopied seats. These days, however, most Jeepneys come fresh from the production line. Beautiful painting and ornamentation are a must have for genuine Jeepney status. Most have Catholic religious figures as their central theme, but they may include lighthearted comic strip images.

Many Jeepneys are so thoroughly covered in advertising that they resemble moving billboards, while others looks like temples on wheels. What’s important for visitors to remember, however, is that Jeepneys follow specific routes, just like buses. It is always best to inquire about the route before getting on board.

Tips for Honeymoon Travel by CheapOair

1. Selecting Honeymoon Destinations The first step in planning your honeymoon is choosing the destination. For a truly romantic getaway, choose a place that both of you like or have planned to visit.

In the event you haven’t discussed cities you’d like to vacation in, now is the time to choose a place that suits your similar taste.

A few things to keep in mind:

* If you’re on a budget, don’t worry. Believe it or not, this could help you decide where you’ll be visiting, as well as the type of hotel you choose. Although, budgets, especially when it comes to honeymoons get a bad rap, depending on the kind of travel you’re seeking, this could be perfect.

* Try to create a sense of balance while choosing your honeymoon destination, should your opinions differ. Treat this as an opportunity to learn more about each other and to adjust to being considerate of each other.

* Think about how you wish to travel, i.e., backpacking, cruising, camping, spa and luxury resorts, adventure, etc.

2. Book your Honeymoon Early Booking early is the key to success; it brings you that much closer to getting a better honeymoon deal at great prices.

We urge you to book your hotels, airfares and car rentals early. This would ensure that you will likely get what you want, but also in case of any non-availability you would have time to look for alternatives.

An additional tip while placing your booking:

* Please let all the booking agents know that you are booking your honeymoon trip. This would not only keep them informed, but is most likely to ensure you get some special gifts or perks during your visit.

* If you’re making a booking via multiple travel agencies or online booking venues, it can be frustrating. Ideally, if you make your travel arrangements using one reputed travel agency, it might be a lot easier.

3. Choosing the Accommodation Choosing the right hotel or resort is extremely important as it really plays an important role in your honeymoon vacation. Here are some tips to guide you in choosing the best honeymoon hotels or 4 star hotels without breaking the bank.

* Consider the time you intend to spend in your room. Whether it’s to bask in all of the luxuries the room offers or just hang out.

* Find out what amenities are being offered.

* Last but not the least, always read the reviews about the hotel before going ahead with the booking.

4. Applying for Passports It’s very essential for couples planning to visit international destinations to have a valid passport. A trip to the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Canada or Mexico for your honeymoon would definitely require a passport. To avoid penalties, rush charges and possible delays, you can start your paperwork as soon as possible if you don’t have a passport already.

5. Packing Wisely Packing wisely is essential to have a fun and relaxed honeymoon vacation. Here are some pointers to assist you in packing.

* Prepare a list of items that you need. Make a master list so that you don’t forget anything.

* Pack items that you might need along the way, such as snacks, bottles of water, extra film or memory sticks for cameras, batteries and other essentials, in your carry-on luggage or other easily accessible luggage.

* Keep passports, money cards, phone cards and a list of important phone numbers handy as well.

6. Keep your documents Safe You would not like this occasion to be spent trying to find a work-around if you’ve lost your travel documents or tickets. Invest in a carry-on bag to carry your passport, traveler’s checks and other important documents.

Some useful tips from our frequent travelers are:

* In case you are planning to use traveler’s checks, record the numbers and amounts on the checks, as well as the date, and place of purchase and keep that information handy.

* Record the phone numbers for your bank and credit card companies in case your wallet or purse is lost or stolen.

7. Time and duration of your travel Apart from the budget, the other important factor for a successful and memorable honeymoon is the time and duration of the honeymoon.

* You would not love to visit a place during hurricane season or when it’s freezing, unless you’re planning a skiing honeymoon. Do some research about the destinations you’d like to visit and find out what the “on and off” season travel time periods are.

* Figuring out how long your honeymoon is prior to departure is very important. If you’re planning a long weekend getaway, that’s much different from a 7-day, 10-day or two-week vacation. If you’re traveling abroad or to a new destination, you don’t want to squeeze too many things into a short time period. Rather, try to fit only the places where you would love to spend some quality time with your beloved. If you’re planning a longer vacation, you can pack in a lot more sightseeing.

8. Asking for what you want Honeymoons are special occasions and you would like this to be a memorable affair. We would strongly urge you to ask for whatever you want to ensure nothing is left out. If you booked a room with an ocean view, make sure that you get it and confirm it a week before departure.

This is once in a life-time affair and you want everything to be perfect.

9. Staying Healthy In case you plan to travel overseas make sure that you are up to date on any vaccination requirements that you might need based on the destination you’re visiting.

Also, check with your health insurance provider to make sure that you’ll be covered, should you need medical assistance while you’re away.

10. Getting a Travel Insurance Last but not the least; honeymoons generally cost a pretty penny. Not only are they a big financial investment, they’re also an emotional investment. For a few extra dollars, buy travel insurance.

Though the time you spend on your honeymoon vacation is limited, make the most of it. Using these tips will ensure that your honeymoon will be filled with memories and exciting adventures.

Hotels And Resorts – Don’t Let The Bed Bugs Bite When You Travel On Vacation

Even the best luxurious five-star hotels and resorts can occasionally get an infestation of bed bugs. This is sometimes unavoidable because many hundreds, or even thousands of travelers and tourists can be staying at a hotel or resort at any given time. These little blood feeding critters can easily hitch a ride on unsuspecting travelers or hide in their luggage. Hotel and resort managers are very aware of this problem and do their best to prevent this from happening.

What do these pests look like?

Bedbugs are very tiny, flat, wingless bugs. Their size can vary from a head of a pin to about one-quarter of an inch in length when fully mature. They have an oval shape and look like small watermelon seeds. Their color can vary from a translucent yellow to a dark reddish brown. If they have just dined on a person’s blood they may appear dark brown or black in color.

How easy are they to detect?

Most travelers are not aware of bedbugs until they see the red bite marks on their bodies and start scratching their itchy wounds. Bed bugs can be extremely difficult to find if the infestation is light. Their eggs are very tiny and about the size of a grains of rice which are even harder to see. To make matters worse they tend to be nocturnal so they are waking up and looking for a blood breakfast when most vacationers are going to sleeping.

When you check into your room it is advisable to roll the bed sheets, blankets and comforters all the way down to see if you can find any bed bugs. A tell tale sign that they are there are dark fecal spots or drops of dried blood on the linen, pillowcases, or in the seams around the mattress or box springs. You may also find what appear to be shells of bed bugs which are in fact the skins that they shed as they mature. If you find any sign of their presence, call down to the front desk and ask for another room. You may be able to get a discount on your room for the upsetting experience and inconvenience.

However, bed bugs do not reflect on the cleanliness of hotels and resorts. These insects do not eat crumbs or dirt, or anything we may associate with unsanitary hotel room conditions. They only feed on blood.

In terms of a vacationer’s health, current research indicates that these insects do not appear to spread disease even though they can harbor well over twenty-five different pathogens.

Not everybody gets bitten by bed bugs. Sometimes, if there are two travelers sleeping in the same bed, only one may get bitten. However, bed bugs do not discriminate. Given a chance they will gladly dine on anyone’s blood. Bed bugs are attracted to the heat of our bodies and the carbon dioxide that we exhale when we breathe. They also release chemicals to attract and find each other. These night crawlers move fast and are excellent climbers. They can quietly tag along in a traveler’s luggage or on their clothes.

What can you do to avoid these pests when traveling on your holidays?

Unfortunately, apart from checking the bed linen, mattress, box springs, bed frames, behind the bed’s headboard, any upholstered furniture, and along the baseboards in your room, that’s about all you can do.

Bed bugs are a universal problem and can be found in motels, hostels, bed and breakfasts, hotels, pod hotels, resorts, hospitals, airplanes, trains, buses, cabs, cruise ships, etc. These little blood feeders can be found near any readily available sources of blood, like tired travelers. Bed bugs can even hitch a ride home with you, turning your home sweet home into a living hell.

What can you do to get rid of bed bugs?

You should leave the job to a professional pest control company as these pests are very difficult to get rid of. It’s expensive and can take time treating an infestation of bed bugs which usually involves using steam and pesticides. This process may have to be repeated a number of times before the very hot steam and pesticides kill all of them. Keep in mind that the insects must come into direct contact with the hot steam and pesticides for these tactics to be totally effective.

As far as your home is concerned, prevention is a lot easier and far less costly than the cure. In your home, you do not have to throw your mattress and box springs out. You can easily cover your mattress and box springs with zippered plastic coverings which will prevent bedbugs from hiding in the cracks and crevices of your mattress. There are also zippered plastic protectors that are just as effective for your pillows. This will prevent any possible bedbugs that are inside from getting out. At the same time it will prevent any new infestations from getting in, thus eliminating the bed as a problem. However, this is only one part of the solution. You will still need to apply steam and pesticides to any areas of the home where they could be hiding.

There is a new and exciting revolutionary product that looks very promising for monitoring and eliminating bed bugs. It’s called the NightWatch Bedbug Trap designed by Bio Sensory, Inc.. This small, easy to use product has a kairomone, carbon dioxide, and heat lure that traps and kills bed bugs. Under a monitored field test this product captured and killed over a thousand
bed bugs. The company’s website is Biosensory.com.

Set Sail with a Cruise Travel Agency

When you decide it is time for a cruise, your best bet is to book it through a travel agency that has extensive experience in creating and booking travel packages for different types of cruises. Choosing to use a cruise travel agency has a number of advantages over trying to make the arrangements yourself.

Even if you spend days checking out online cruise offers and phoning different cruise lines, the bottom line is that the cruise travel agency can cover a lot more ground in much less time, ultimately making the planning process a lot easier. Within a matter of minutes, they can ask a few basic questions and access a number of options for your cruise experience. They can tell you what cruises are leaving from what ports, which ports are visited, and how long each cruise would last. Trying to find the same information on your own would take at least hours, if not days, to manage.

There is also an excellent chance that the travel agency will have information on cruises that you have never even heard of before. While you may have been thinking in terms of an ocean cruise of some type, the agency may be aware of cruises that make the most of a trip up and down a coastline, stopping at interesting ports along the way. There is a good chance a travel agency would be familiar with what is sometimes called boutique cruises. Boutique cruises are cruises that are tailored to a specific market, such as retirees, young singles, or faith based cruises. From this perspective, the agency can help broaden your possibilities for this exciting experience.

You are most likely going to be working with travel budget for your cruise vacation. The agent can take your maximum figure into consideration, along with the dates you have in mind for the cruise, and come up with practical suggestions that meet both criteria. Because travel agencies that specialize in cruise vacations are more likely to know how to claim the best deals, you have a much better chance of getting more amenities for the money you can afford to spend.

Travel agencies that routinely book cruises are also much more likely to be able to provide details on what types of shipboard amenities and amusements will be available. This also saves you a great deal of time, since you can compare the merits of more than one cruise line for your trip. The agency can provide information on the activities, on board shopping and entertainment options, and other key elements of life on board with ease. Since you can consider the options side by side, making a decision on which line to use will be a snap.

Even the most seasoned of travelers sometimes forget some details. This can create problems during the cruise. For example, you may have forgotten that you need a passport in order to leave the ship and do some shopping at a particular port of call. There may also be matters such as making sure you carry other specific types of identification, observe any restrictions on the items you can take along on the ship, and many other matters that may not occur to you until it is too late. A seasoned travel agent will know immediately what you need and what you can or cannot do in connection with a given cruise itinerary, and advise you in advance.

Unfortunately, there is still the possibility of something unanticipated happening on the cruise, such as a sudden illness or an emergency at home that requires you to cut the trip short. Making all your plans through the travel agency can be very advantageous in situations of this type. The agency can simply access your plans, cancel any remaining legs of the trip you will not be able to take, and process alternative plans to get you wherever you need to go, whether it is the nearest healthcare facility or a quick flight home. Since time is often precious in these types of situations, having a travel agency to handle all the details for you will get you where you need to go a lot faster.

Finding the right travel agency for your cruise may take a little time on the front end. If there are several agencies in your city or town, find out which ones are very familiar with cruise options. Visit each one and see how well you get along with the agents, and which ones exhibit the most interest in helping you plan the ideal cruise vacation. It should not take too long to settle on the right agency and begin making plans for your dream vacation.