Monthly Archives: January 2017

Organized Travel Planning

Well, summer is finally here, and for many people, that means vacation time! Whether you plan to drive, fly, or travel by other means (a cruise, perhaps?), planning ahead will help your travel experience go off without a hitch.

I not only love to travel, I love to plan to travel. I can spend hours researching locales and lodging choices, preparing itineraries, packing, etc. Therefore, it seems only fitting to share some of my well-honed travel planning tips so that you can benefit from my travel planning addiction, and enjoy an organized travel experience. The 11 tips that follow may be common sense, but are not always commonly applied.

  • Create a Personalized Packing List – Create a packing list on your computer so that you can revise it constantly as you travel and realize what you forgot and would have liked with you, and what you could have left behind. My packing list is organized into the following major categories: Essentials, For Business, For the Beach, For Overseas Travel, For Active Vacations. It is then further broken down into subcategories that are specific enough to easily grab and check off each item without too much forethought (and certainly without that nagging feeling of forgetting something). My list has been customized over years of traveling. Make your list work for you and your family by personalizing it to match your needs.

  • Freshen Up Your Suitcases – Air out your bags before you pack. There is nothing worse than putting clean clothes in a stale smelling bag. (Hint: A scented dryer sheet or lavender sachet can work wonders.)

  • Check Luggage Guidelines – Go online and check your airline’s luggage guidelines to ensure that your carry on will fit, and that you will not be charged extra if you exceed the weight restriction.

  • Pre-Pack and Weigh – Print out your packing list in advance, and start laying out items so that you can get a visual snapshot of what you are bringing. It is wise to pre-pack in advance, especially with today’s strict airline luggage guidelines. I even recommend putting the items in the suitcase and weighing it. Better to know if you will make the cut at home when you can still remove things than to suffer an unexpected luggage fee at the airport.

  • Pack Extra Storage Bags – Pack a few storage bags for small items, like shoes, etc. Make sure that one is waterproof in case you need to pack wet bathing suits on the trip back home.

  • Get Your Gadgets in Order – Empty memory cards, and charge your phone and camera before you leave home. Consolidate power cords, chargers and extra batteries in your carry-on.

  • Refill Prescriptions – Refill prescription medications in advance, and pack in your carry-on in their original packaging in order to pass muster with the TSA. This also provides you with an easy way to remember the exact specifications in the rare event that the medication gets destroyed (melts in the sun, gets wet, etc.) or you are delayed longer than expected, and need to arrange a refill while still away from home.

  • Copy Important Documents – Carry duplicates of your passport and visa (if traveling outside of the country), travel itinerary, and any other vital documents that you need for safe travel, and keep them in a different location than the originals while traveling. Consider also emailing electronic copies to yourself or storing at a secure online site.

  • Give Your Wallet a Diet – Pare down the contents of your wallet to only what you need during travel. Only bring essential documents, such as driver’s license, medical insurance card (check to see if you have coverage if going outside of the country), passport, and credit cards.

  • Alert Credit Card Companies – Contact your bank and credit cards companies before you depart and inform them that you will be traveling, so that they will not be alarmed by out-of-town charges and put a security hold on your account.

  • Inventory the Contents of Your Suitcase – Take photos of your clothes, shoes, and jewelry, which will serve as documentation if your luggage gets lost or stolen. Download the shots onto your home computer or upload them to an online site just in case. It may seem like overkill (don’t all insurance and risk management measures seem so unless you need them?), but it will save you a lot of stress and money if your luggage gets lost or stolen, as well as peace of mind while traveling.

What is a Green Travel

A Green Travel Plan is a document which identifies how to reduce reliance on private cars by encouraging residents, staff or customers to adopt more sustainable methods of travel.

Each site has a unique set of issues and opportunities relating to access and travel options. A green travel plan consultant is usually required to assist in identifying current travel patterns, and formulate individual measures which can encourage and facilitate alternative means of travel, thus reducing, or in some cases removing, the need for on-site parking facilities, and achieve a more sustainable form of development.

The key to providing a successful green travel plan is to identify public transport options and other more sustainable ways of travelling to a site, and formulating ways in which staff and patients can be encouraged to choose greener methods of travel.

By formulating a series of short and longer terms objectives, it is expected that the Green Travel Plan, through ongoing monitoring and revisions, will play an important role in reducing the number of vehicle trips associated with the new surgery. An initial staff travel survey will be carried out once the facility is operational, and this will establish existing travel patterns and identify ways in which changes to travel patterns can be encouraged.

Targets will be set with key objectives to encourage car sharing, increased use of public transport, and more cycle trips. These are relatively easy and achievable changes in behaviour which will have a significant and positive benefit in terms of the impact of this new health facility on its surroundings.

A Green Travel Plan is a document which identifies how to reduce reliance on private cars by encouraging residents, staff or customers to adopt more sustainable methods of travel.

Each site has a unique set of issues and opportunities relating to access and travel options. A green travel plan consultant is usually required to assist in identifying current travel patterns, and formulate individual measures which can encourage and facilitate alternative means of travel, thus reducing, or in some cases removing, the need for on-site parking facilities, and achieve a more sustainable form of development.

The key to providing a successful green travel plan is to identify public transport options and other more sustainable ways of travelling to a site, and formulating ways in which staff and patients can be encouraged to choose greener methods of travel.

By formulating a series of short and longer terms objectives, it is expected that the Green Travel Plan, through ongoing monitoring and revisions, will play an important role in reducing the number of vehicle trips associated with the new surgery. An initial staff travel survey will be carried out once the facility is operational, and this will establish existing travel patterns and identify ways in which changes to travel patterns can be encouraged.

Targets will be set with key objectives to encourage car sharing, increased use of public transport, and more cycle trips. These are relatively easy and achievable changes in behaviour which will have a significant and positive benefit in terms of the impact of this new health facility on its surroundings.

Layaway Travel Plans

Layaway travel plans hold the answers to making that dream vacation into reality. There are so many ways where you can enjoy the benefits of this payment plan, like spending your honeymoon at a romantic destination or taking your family on a Disneyland trip. And if you plan ahead, the more chances you have to make the most out of layaway travel plans.

You probably know the drill about layaway travel plans by now. It normally involves choosing a vacation package plan that you want, and then pay an initial deposit to start the planning process. The remaining balance would be spread out over a certain period, like a bi-weekly or monthly payment. There are no interest rates or -it simply works at your own pace and convenience.

So, how do you go about to experiencing the greatest vacation of your life? Finding a reputable travel agency is a good place to start. A great travel agency would mean that they’re legit (that will take a diligent background check), their layaway policy works to your advantage, and they carry the best travel consultants and packages. Their consultants should be able to guide you through the whole process and find you the best deals on the vacation you want.

Almost every family dreams of a Disney vacation, which is quite hard to save up for. That’s a fact that most people have probably lamented over and over again. It’s also really hard to find a travel company that offers a layaway for this – well, except for Disney cruises. Fortunately, Disneyworld offers a somewhat layaway payment plan – it is not really officially called like that, but it still works the same way as any travel layaways out there.

This Disneyworld “layaway” payment plan all takes place online. You should buy the packages directly from their official website. After you’ve signed up and created an account, you can go ahead and pay for the $200 or 10% initial deposit (there’s no interest rates or extra charges for signing up) at the time of booking. After that, you have the freedom to pay as much as you want and any time that’s convenient to you. The only thing that you have to keep in mind is that you have to pay for the whole amount 45 days before the trip.

Your Disneyworld account profile will help you know the status of your payment activities. You can also pay for the vacation through this site. If you think about it, this payment plan might not be technically termed as layaway, but you’ll still enjoy the same benefits of not spending for the whole vacation on the spot.

Layaway travel plans hold the answers to making that dream vacation into reality. There are so many ways where you can enjoy the benefits of this payment plan, like spending your honeymoon at a romantic destination or taking your family on a Disneyland trip. And if you plan ahead, the more chances you have to make the most out of layaway travel plans.

You probably know the drill about layaway travel plans by now. It normally involves choosing a vacation package plan that you want, and then pay an initial deposit to start the planning process. The remaining balance would be spread out over a certain period, like a bi-weekly or monthly payment. There are no interest rates or -it simply works at your own pace and convenience.

So, how do you go about to experiencing the greatest vacation of your life? Finding a reputable travel agency is a good place to start. A great travel agency would mean that they’re legit (that will take a diligent background check), their layaway policy works to your advantage, and they carry the best travel consultants and packages. Their consultants should be able to guide you through the whole process and find you the best deals on the vacation you want.

Almost every family dreams of a Disney vacation, which is quite hard to save up for. That’s a fact that most people have probably lamented over and over again. It’s also really hard to find a travel company that offers a layaway for this – well, except for Disney cruises. Fortunately, Disneyworld offers a somewhat layaway payment plan – it is not really officially called like that, but it still works the same way as any travel layaways out there.

This Disneyworld “layaway” payment plan all takes place online. You should buy the packages directly from their official website. After you’ve signed up and created an account, you can go ahead and pay for the $200 or 10% initial deposit (there’s no interest rates or extra charges for signing up) at the time of booking. After that, you have the freedom to pay as much as you want and any time that’s convenient to you. The only thing that you have to keep in mind is that you have to pay for the whole amount 45 days before the trip.

Your Disneyworld account profile will help you know the status of your payment activities. You can also pay for the vacation through this site. If you think about it, this payment plan might not be technically termed as layaway, but you’ll still enjoy the same benefits of not spending for the whole vacation on the spot.

Adventure Travel Planning

Travelling is really a wonderful experience, it helps us relieve from stress and allows us to relax and enjoy ourselves away from our work. But don’t get too excited, before you can actually go on vacation, it needs thorough planning before you can actually enjoy.

Do you know why planning is a very important thing if you want to go on adventure travel? Carefully read through this paragraph to know why. First of all, if you plan to go on hiking to an unknown area, you should see to it that all of your paraphernalia are complete and intact including boots and other safety materials. And before setting of to unknown remote areas make sure to contact at least one tour guide that knows very well the local language so that you and your team won’t have any problems communicating with the locals, in case they don’t know how to speak English.

Are you aware that an adventure travel is more expensive as compared to an ordinary vacation? Yes of course, here are the reasons why is this so. First of all, there are few only a little number of people these days who are expert in the field of adventure travel thus they can demand the price they want to guide you to your adventure travel, but they will do all the planning, and guide you through correct and safe route and book you a safe and comfy place to stay during your whole travel adventure. And these people are really in high demand nowadays so this is the reason for the high prices. And we all know that in remote areas transportation is really difficult to find. Hence, you need to plan each and every single detail ahead of time. And you can do this all online and it might be helpful if you research a little bit about the place where you will have your adventure travel.

It might help if you ask your friend or family member who are also into adventure travel because they might give you some useful information regarding the place you are about to go.

Before going on traveling you need to know or ask yourself what type of traveling do you want to experience. Most of the people today, want to relax in a high class hotel and just stay there and relax in order to help them relieve from the everyday stresses they encounter in their work place. On the other hand, some individuals or families really want to go on adventure travel like hiking, caving, zip line, exploring the forest and many more.

The first choice is the easier one to do because hotels are very accessible and you can easily book online for reservation. We all know that adventure travel is really a challenging one, you really need to do is to plan ahead of time for the adventure travel.

They Say That If You Fail to Plan, You Are Planning to Fail

Have you ever been on a vacation or business trip and everything seemed to go wrong? For instance you forgot the adapter for your smart phone, or the cord for your laptop. Perhaps you didn’t pack the right clothes and you ran into weather and found yourself, rather than enjoying your vacation, trying to find a local Wal-Mart to get a jacket. It’s happened to me several times, and usually it’s because I didn’t plan my travel needs correctly.

However, since I am now a seasoned traveler, I have a little checklist, it’s really simple, but it prevents me from forgetting the important things. Things like phone numbers that I need to call when I get some place, or universal travel plugs. Travel planning can be very simple, or it can be quite complex, and it often matters what type of traveling you’re doing. Even a simple 3 x 5 index card as a checklist inside of your suitcase can help.

If you are like me and you like to travel light, you might even stick it on the inside of your laptop bag, or the bag you use as your carry-on luggage. It makes sense to keep it simple. Having printouts of itineraries, emergency phone numbers, and secondary plan B or escape plans also makes sense. You never know if you’re going to get stuck in weather, or stuck in an airport for hours on end. What are you going to do if you miss your connecting flight?

Sometimes, if you plan these things in advance, then what might have been a major catastrophe for someone else, can turn into an opportunity for you. For instance if you are stuck for four or five hours at an airport, perhaps you know something very close by you can go see or do. Having secondary itinerary travel plans make a lot of sense and it sure has helped me out over the years. In fact, I’ve made many friends who were also stuck at airports who decided they would rather join me and accompany me in my secondary plans while we were stuck at the airport for six or seven hours waiting for the next connecting flight.