Can You Be Prepared as a Traveler?

As I have done a lot of traveling, people have asked me lots of travel questions. One of the most interesting I get, from time to time, is “Can I really be prepared to see everything I’m going to see?”

You can never be prepared to see everything you’ll see when you travel outside of your country. When I went to Italy, I was totally amazed by how BIG the cathederals were, and in Germany I was amazed at how much destruction was caused during World War Two. In China, I was amazed by how much power the emperors really had. So, can you ever be ready to see everything there is to see? No, I don’t think so. But I think that’s an awesome thing. It all depends on your perspective, and there are two answers to this question.

Americans live a life that is filled with all kinds of creature comforts. There are many parts of the world where they don’t have these comforts and get along just fine without them. I read a statistic which said that 50% of the world’s population has never made a phone call, so don’t be surprised if, when you travel, there are parts of the world which are very “underdeveloped” by American standards. Also, the bathrooms are a bit different everywhere you go. I can’t exactly tell you how, or what is different, because it varies from place to place, but just be aware that the bathrooms may be a bit different.

The other side of the answer to this question is that there are parts of the world, particularly in the big cities in Asia, where you feel like you’ve traveled at least 10 years into the future. Downtown Shanghai looks like something out of a movie about 2020. It’s incredible! And the facilities in many big cities can be brand new in many parts of the city, so that’s the other extreme you get.

You’ll get to see a lot by visiting both rural areas and big cities. My advice is to try and take off your “America glasses” (i.e. don’t try to analyze everything from your American perspective), and really try to view the people for who they are and how their life works for them.

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Do Travel Games Work?

Travel games are a must for family travel; they are great for Dr’s appointments, airplane trips, car travel, road travel, camping outdoors, picnics, trains, and cruises. They work great also for any other time that you need to keep children quiet, happy and entertained.

Travel Games are perfect for kids who like to play together on road trips and are bored and/or restless from watching movies on the DVD. Games are a great way to keep kids engaged and thinking, while waiting in long lines or any kind of travel. Yes, most of them are very beneficial because most of them reinforce some sort of educational structure, which make them educational.

We all know that favorite travel question of kids “Mom are we there yet”, so when they are occupied in thought and play that question is minimized to just a low, slow annoyance.

Any time you are thinking about taking a trip it is well worth your while to come up with ideas for games to play and then planning them out, as engaging travel games are an absolute necessity if you will be spend long periods of time in a vehicle with children. This also goes for all modes of transportation including planes, cruises and waiting rooms.

Some travel games are compact and even magnetic so the pieces are not lost and scattered around, are also designed to be easy for the kids to handle; they are unique and an interesting way to pass the time without losing too many pieces.

The oldest travel games and ones that have been around for years are still popular and you can come up with your twists and turns and requirements to make it more interesting. There is the license plate game where you can call the states or the letters or the numbers. Then there is the alphabet game where you start with A and go to Z by finding the letters on license plates, billboard signs, buildings, stores or whatever rule you want to make up. To keep the game exciting you can mix and switch the rules.

You can count the number of blue cars or red cars etc etc. and to make this one even more fun you can make your own set of cards and when you find that item you discard the card and the first one with no cards wins. These cards can be made ahead of time on 3 x 5 cards and be kept in the car all the time just in case. You should make up at least sixteen cards or more and have different items on the cards. Happy Vacationing and definitely make it fun.

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Traveling Through Recession

After everything was said and done in 2008, the outlook for the coming financial quarters was very bleak. With companies going bankrupt left and right and employees getting laid off in the hundreds of thousands, it’s no surprise that analysts expect spending to slow down in the coming year.

Spending on unnecessary goods and services is still expected to decline even further. This trend has so far driven even big companies like General Motors into dire financial straits. The travel and airline industry has also so taken a very big hit of late, as made apparent by the numerous cost-cutting measures companies are using. But just because the economy isn’t doing so well doesn’t mean that you have to cancel all your plans to travel.

Questions at the Starting Line

Yes, it is possible to have something as seemingly unnecessary and frivolous as travel in this ailing economy. After all, just because the stock markets crashed and the banking system is in a tizzy doesn’t mean that you’re left completely penniless. It’s just that you now have to face additional financial realities, and then somehow get around each one. Here are some questions you may want to address before finalizing your travel plans.

Do you have debts? This is a very important question, especially if you joined in the nationwide, credit card-fueled spending spree of the last several years. Pay your debts before booking your flights. Traveling with an already considerable debt to the banks will just add to that debt and increase your interest payments. Isn’t paying for that debt already hard enough as it is?

Do you have financial security? Addressing this question means you’ll have to look at your balance in the bank and assess your current employment. Do you have enough to support yourself for a month, if need be? Do you have the security that your job will remain yours, at least for the next few years? You need to be able to answer affirmatively to both questions before traveling becomes a sensible option for you.

Never, ever travel without first having a financial safety net like insurance or funds in the bank stored up. Not only is traveling a costly pastime, but it’s downright dangerous to find yourself in a compromising situation in a foreign land without a cent to your name.

The Power of Planning

Don’t ever underestimate the power of planning and acting ahead. While many other travelers pooh-pooh at or underestimate the process of planning trips, it’s actually the best and surest way for you to reduce expenses and optimize your cash. Planning and booking ahead, for example, will get you much lower rates for airfare than if you were to get a ticket tonight for a plane that leaves tomorrow.

Hotels and other accommodations typically work the same way. Reserving and making arrangements several weeks beforehand could get you bigger discounts or better amenities, especially if you negotiated with the management. Early action will save you oodles of money at every step of the way and in every leg of the trip.

An economy going through a recession doesn’t necessarily make travel impossible. If anything, it only makes travel a little more difficult. But if you’re confident about your finances and meticulous about your travel preparations, then the downward economy shouldn’t stop you from taking to the sky.

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Travel Websites – How to Increase Your Traffic & Sales Guaranteed

Web sites are a major part of the tourism marketing success strategy used by international tourism promoters in the new millennium: tourism boards, Associations, lodging, tour operators, etc.

Big Fat Warning

If your travel web site does not have these four primary elements clearly and quickly represented, you are missing opportunities, losing sales and may not survive in the tourism industry.

1. Creates a desire to use your tourism services, visit your destination or participate in your unique tourism option

2. Clearly informs prospects of travel and service benefits, options, sites, nature/environment, activities

3. Answer questions and concerns a typical visitor may have

4. Motivates prospects to contact you quickly (not your competitor) for more information, travel options and dates, answer questions and address concerns

If your site achieves all these goals, then the prospects that have visited your site will be more excited, motivated, qualified, informed and much closer to giving you a booking or visiting your country.

What percentage of your total website visitors are converting into solid prospects and sale?

Probably not as much as you would like.

This article is not about web design and layout theory, but why the written word and consumer psychology is a prime factor in influencing arrivals and sales from your travel website.

Create a desire to Visit your destination or travel with your company

Prospective travelers may or may not choose to visit your destination based on what they read on your web site – usually just your home page. Read the article Tourist Safety and Security on Adventure Business Consultants, then you’ll know how crucial it is to first communicate to prospective travelers that your destination and/or tour is a safe, secure and fun place to visit. With so many global destination choices online and so much international turmoil, you MUST communicate clearly it is a safe and fun destination quickly.

The best place to first communicate safety, security and fun is on your home page, not buried deep in your site. When someone first comes to your web site, you literally have five to twenty seconds to grab their interest and compel them to want to know more about your destination, tours, etc. If you don’t grab them on your home page, they are gone. Those prospective tourists are back to surfing the web, seeking out a more interesting, compelling tourism web site and vacation destination.

If you look at your log report, (the statistical report that your internet service provider should make accessible to you) that monitors your web visitors activity, i.e. pages visited, length of time on your site, key words used to find your site, etc., you may notice that the majority of visitors may stay less then a minute. On a poorly written and designed web site, maybe less then fifteen seconds. So grabbing their attention and motivating them to want to know more is the first obstacle and opportunity. Testimonials and photos of happy tourist are perfect for communicating safety and experience quickly. Use them liberally.

Tourism Web Site Must Clearly inform

One of the prime reasons people travel is to experience “something different” from their ordinary life and location. Active and ecotourists want to learn about new cultures, see different houses, hear and speak a different language, reflect on ancient religions and buildings, marvel at unbroken vistas, or try a new activity. This is exactly what most ecotourism operator and destinations are selling and what you must communicate to your web visitors.

Too many web sites that give web visitors unknown destinations instead of activities or types of regions. Most people surfing your web site are not going to know, for example, what they’ll find in Hosgol, Khenti, or the Gobi – which are major regions of Mongolia I discovered during two consulting projects I did there for their tourism Association and ministry. You be better off to define what type of regions they are and what they have to offer. Use descriptive words that everyone will understand. For example:

Hosgol -

o Mountains

o Lakes

o Fishing

o Horseback Riding

o Hiking

Khenti -

o Steppes

o Rivers

o Fishing

o Horseback & Mt. Biking

o Religious Sites

Gobi -

o Desert

o Camel Riding

o Trekking

o Archeology

You must use descriptive text and compelling words that paint a desirable mental picture.

Summarize your trips in bullets and short headlines and sub- headlines

Use descriptive verbs and compelling words in the body of the text to give substance and details to the headlines and sub-heads.

Effective Tourism Marketing Web Sites -Answer Questions and Concerns

When a prospective tourist is considering a destination, in addition to types of regions and activities, they have additional questions and concerns that must be addressed to earn their visit or booking. The same holds true with Out Bound Booking Agents, but even more so.

Some of these travelers questions and concerns include:

Safety precautions and procedures o How you are going to protect their safety?

o Length of vacation

o Costs

o Difficulty of trip

o Travel options to Ulaan Bataar

o Lodging – hotel, camping or Ger

o Food- vegetarian or special restrictions

o Water – Is it safe?

o Medical emergency/1st aide resources

o Qualifications of staff

o Experience level of company

o Exchange rates & procedures

o Times of year to visit

o Group discounts

o Children – minimum age/experience

o Insurance needs/options

o Cancellation policy/minimums for departure

o In-country transportation & equipment

o Visa requirements

o Inoculations/disease precautions

o language

One of the best ways to deal with all the typical questions you’ll get from prospective clients is a Frequently Asked Questions and Answers page – FAQ’s. You should also create a pre-written response E-mail that responds to these questions and more. Testimonials and pictures that address these questions are great too.

Successful Tourism Marketing – Motivates prospects to Buy

Remember that: Marketing is the actions and steps to getting prospective and qualified visitors/clients to call or e-mail you.

Selling is the transference of enthusiasm from you to the prospect.

Sales is getting those prospective visitors/clients to feel comfortable and excited enough about your destination/or trip, to give your money and book a trip.

Your tourism web site quickly communicates that region and your tours:

Are fun, safe and secure on the home and subsequent pages

Effectively answer questions and concerns

Uses a blend of testimonials and images of happy visitors (especially celebrities and/or recognized media)

When prospects call or e-mail, they will far more motivated and excited. If you are excited in your spoken and written words too, then making a sale is ten times easier. If you or a staff member can effectively speak the foreign language of your prospect, can be excited about what you are selling and can ask for the booking, it would be better to schedule a phone call with serious prospects at your expense whenever possible. This will radically increase your odds of converting that web site visitor into a paying client.

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All Your Travel Questions To Ensure A Great Trip

Traveling is very exciting but planning can be a hassle! It can be frustrating and crazy when trying to plan a trip. Read the following tips for a trip and doing everything possible to enjoy it.

Pack some travel candles for your hotel stay. This will make the smell of your room much better. They can be relaxing, too.

Booking your travel plans online is a great way to get everything done at once. Travel websites can assist you in planning your trip’s itinerary. You can book flights, rental cars, and hotels using your computer! You can find photographs and critiques of hotels for quick comparison.

If you want to adjust quickly to an unfamiliar time zone, keep yourself awake until around 8pm or later in the new time zone in order to help you adjust. Though you may be exhausted, it’s best to not go to bed early so you don’t exacerbate jet lag.

Try to get a hotel room that is on a upper floor. You should also opt for a room without sliding doors, as they can be opened easily by thieves.

If you are going on a trip and you wear eyeglasses, be sure to take with you a spare pair. This will help to ensure that if your current pair becomes damaged you will still be able to see.

Be careful when receiving any unsolicited emails that offer great travel deals.

If your travels include multiple countries, inquire about needed visas. There are numerous kinds of visas, and some countries are very strict about who they let in. Consult your travel agent, or make inquiries through the embassy websites of the countries you will be traveling to.

Take turns at driving if you are going to be on the road for long hours. If you drive too much, you increase the chances of getting into an accident. Do not wait until you are too tired to do so safely. You should change drivers at the wheel every 2 or 3 hours. This can help all the long drive.

Don’t forget your camera so you get the chance to shoot pictures of famous cities of the world you are about to visit or just of the beautiful landscapes you see during your travel. Don’t upload them during your trip on the best free photo sharing sites. It is better to wait until you get home as you don’t want to let burglars know that you are not at home.

As you read in this article, traveling can be fun, though planning your trip can be a little stressful. There are ways to plan a trip easily and maximize the chances of having a successful trip. These tips can help you have an enjoyable, stress-free trip.

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Chiropractor – A Health Care Invention

A chiropractor is defined as a health care device with a professional touch for the diagnosis and intensive treatment of neuromuscular disorders. Their emphasis is on neuromuscular disorders, especially spine.

Most of the chiropractors are used as a pain reliever for the patients. That is why it has been given the title of being an alternative medicine to the subjected treatment.

Chiropractors firmly and honestly believe in the kind of relationship that developed between our nervous system and spine, this does not come as a surprise as we have already mentioned that the major area of focus for the chiropractor is the spine.

Here is the listing of few of the benefits received from Chiropractic health care

1. A great boost for stress reliever

It is a well known fact that too much of stress will always result in a bad outcome. Neither is it good for health nor is it good for our well being. When our nervous system moves out a bit from the track and our skeletal system seems to have shaken off from their proper position, there are very high possibilities that your entire body will feel out of balance as well. This is what will lead to stress in your entire functioning of the body. Here is when the functioning of a Chiropractor comes into use. It helps in balancing that stress and your body is immediately made to come back to its normal balance. Once you are made to adjust to this functioning you will feel much more equipped to manage this stress if it happens to arise again.

2. Posture perfection by Chiropractor usage

By using this chiropractor over a considerable period of time, these chiropractor adjustments can help in the alignments of the spine and brings a noticeable change in your posture. This is distinctly helpful when it comes to aligning the curve on your neck. As soon as you get into your working in an office phase, you have to spend hours after hours in front of a computer. Due to this from a very young age, people are seen to be having neck issues. If you continue a regular and dutifully maintained use of the chiropractor, you can improve your body posture in no time.

3. Moods are taken care of automatically

When with time your body gets adjusted with the working procedure of the chiropractor, your entire body gets balanced. The entire chemistry of the body is brought back on track. A lot of people who have not had the best of luck in chemical balance gain a lot from the chiropractic care. Depression which is a very serious mental condition also sees an immense improvement in the moods of the sufferer. So you see how a chiropractor is creating wonders in your mood related cases as well which are in a way related to the functioning of your entire body.

Thus we provide you with a gist of all that you can mainly expect from the usage of a chiropractor. It is efficient and it is useful and it is interlinked with many a thing’s improvement.

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Calamine Lotion Benefits

Calamine lotion has been around for a long time and was always used in the medical environment. Obviously, it isn’t as strong as most antiseptic chemicals but it is a lotion that prevents itching.

Calamine lotion can be used for various treatments which include damaged and itchy skin. When skin gets damaged it will get itchy because the cells are breaking and tearing apart. It may sound painful but the itch is what really gets to you. And who can resist scratching an itch?

Coming into contact with poisonous plants is common when camping or spending the day in a garden. These are plants that use poison as a self defence mechanism to save themselves from being cut or eaten. It’s also important to know your allergies as some people may have allergic reactions to certain plants. The calamine lotion can help to soothe the burning feeling and prevents any breakouts at the same time. This will help heal the rash and infection quicker in a painless way.

Baby skin is very sensitive to most surfaces including their nappies. The calamine lotion can help to heal the nappy rash or anything of the sort without burning your child’s skin. Keeping the rash as soothed as possible will make your child more comfortable.

Insect bites are common in any area of the world. These bites could also be slightly poisonous (in certain cases) which causes itching and inflation on the skin. Applying calamine lotion to the bite will soothe the wound and assist with the process of ridding the body of the harmless poison. Please remember that certain insects can also be dangerously poisonous and you should be aware of which insects and spiders can harm you greatly. Most insects that have many bright colours are often associated with high toxic levels.

Calamine lotion also assists with stretch marks and broken skin that occurs during pregnancy. There is nothing worse than having discomfort during pregnancy especially if it could be treated or prevented. Adding calamine lotion to your broken and itchy skin relieves the surface of the discomfort.

You can also apply it to other skin problems such as acne, dryness, eczema, psoriasis and as a normal moisturiser to improve complexion and quality of skin.

Calamine lotion can be found in most stores or in bulk quantities at cash and carry wholesale stores. If skin problems continue after the use of any treatments, there is a chance that your body is unable to cure itself of the infection. In such cases you would need to consult a dermatologist to find out the cause of the problem.

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Staying Safe While Behind The Wheel

There is nothing quite like being able to hit the road and experience a level of freedom in your own vehicle. While your car can offer you a chance to escape from the monotonous routine of your daily life, it is also important to keep basic maintenance in the forefront of your mind. When something goes wrong with your ride, it can lead to some serious financial problems and general frustration. In fact, you might discover that some aspects of maintenance are less obvious than others. This is especially true of areas like windshield glare.

When you are driving on a particularly sunny day, you might not be able to see the road in front of you. The sun can be harsh and unforgiving, and this can have a huge impact on your ability to see clearly while you’re driving. Instead of chalking this up to the way that it is, you might want to take action and discover the right solutions with Crystal Fusion Technologies. Explore the different ways to improve your driving experience and learn how to stay safe while you’re behind the wheel.

A Frustrating Glare

Sunlight on the windshield can be a serious threat. A sunny day is perfect for going to the beach, having a lazy picnic in the park, or simply soaking up some rays. Unfortunately, the sun is also incredibly bright at certain times during the year. When light bounces off or gets filtered through the glass on your windshield, it creates an obstruction that cannot be easily remedied. While you might try and put on some shades, you’ll discover that this solution only gets you so far. A real remedy is in order for a lasting fix.

Companies like Crystal Fusion Technologies have put a lot of time and energy into crafting solutions that aim to improve this situation. Cutting the glare on your windshield is not an easy task and you need to make sure that you are taking the right steps to see improved results. With the assistance of the best products on the market, you can use cutting edge technology to divert the rays of the sun in a way that does not upset your driving in the slightest. Research your options to discover the perfect fit.

Driving On

Staying safe while on the road is important for many reasons. People tend to go through routine maintenance for their vehicles to ensure that no unforeseen issues arise while behind the wheel. This usually takes care of areas like oil changes, tire rotations, and other important areas. Still, maintenance neglects issues that are inherent by design. Windshield glare cannot be fixed with regular maintenance. You need to go above and beyond to protect yourself when you’re on the road so be sure to look over your options.

There are many ways to protect yourself when you’re out driving in your car. When you are paying attention to all angles of your experience, it can be a lot easier for you to spot a problem in advance. Learn about how products by Crystal Fusion Technologies might be able to improve your experience by using windshield protective coating regards to windshield glare. Explore your options and you can find the best solution for your troubles.

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Various Health Benefits of Meditation

The ancient practice of meditation is gaining popularity again in modern times. As this practice goes main stream, more and more people are enjoying its benefits. Derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Dhyana’ meditation means attention and contemplation. It is a practice to help focusing the attention away from everything to achieve a relaxed state of peace and balance. This practice is designed to promote relaxation, develop love, patience and compassion and build internal energy to overcome stressful situations.

One of the reasons for growing popularity of meditation is the scientific research proving its amazing range of benefits and healing properties. It helps a person increase his focus, eliminate negative thoughts and anxiety. Here are some of the popular health benefits of meditation:

- Reduces Stress – Stress is the most common problem of people in present times. Meditation induces a state of relaxation which is helpful in reducing stress and anxiety levels. It restores the emotional balance which will help in enhancing self-esteem, increase awareness and optimism.

- Deals with Chronic Pain – Meditation helps in reducing pain of patients suffering from chronic pain.

- Improves Sleep – It helps in improving sleep quality and cures the symptoms of amnesia.

- Improves Immunity – When the body is relaxed and stress free, the immune system is able to prepare itself to fight against various diseases.

- Provides relief from Blood Pressure and Heart Ailments – Simple daily practice of meditation can help in lowering blood pressure which will reduce the risk of hypertension. Over the time, the heart rate can also be lowered, improving the cardiovascular system. Research has proved that it has helped in managing heart diseases in many patients.

- Improves Concentration – It helps in increasing the strength and focus of your attention. It can help you think better and generate more new ideas.

- Generates Compassion – It can help to increase positive feelings and actions towards others. By practicing meditation, people learn to extend kindness and develop forgiveness.

- Helps in Fighting Addictions – The discipline developed through meditation helps in increasing self control, awareness and breaking dependencies. Research has shown that it helps people in redirecting attention, increase willpower and control impulses. It helps in developing discipline to avoid triggers for unwanted things and fight and recover from addiction.

The importance of meditation can be felt never like before in present times. With routines getting busier and more and more stressful, meditation is a good driving force that can help people cope up with the intricacies of modern lifestyle.

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Remove Unwanted Facial And Body Hair Using Laser Treatment

Removing unwanted hair is time-consuming and repetitive no matter what your preferred hair removal technique is, and whether you shave, pluck, wax, thread or use depilatory creams, the hair will always grow back. You’ll find the skin on your face is sensitive, and constantly using harsh hair removal treatments can cause a great deal of skin irritation.

All women have hair on the face, usually it’s fair and fine and is difficult to see, but those with darker hair are not so lucky. You will find that most of your female friends have the same issues when it comes to unwanted facial hair. The hair on the upper lip, chin, cheeks and sideburns can all be very embarrassing and cause you a great deal of insecurity. It seems that every time you think you’ve disposed of unwanted hair, you’ll find more of it sprouting up somewhere else, and even after you get rid of the hairs, they just grow back.

You can cover up your excess hair in areas that aren’t constantly exposed, but the hair on your face is always on display, and it can seem as though everyone is always looking at the hairs on your upper lip, chin or sideburns. A good way to get rid of unwanted hair is with laser hair removal.

Benefits of laser hair removal:

It permanently reduces hair safely
It’s a fast treatment time
The results will boost your self-confidence
Prevents razor bumps and irritation
Laser treatment causes only minimal discomfort
Laser energy gets absorbed by the pigment in the hair follicle, and this laser energy is then converted to heat, causing thermal damage to the follicle without harming the surrounding skin. This results in hair growth being stopped in the damaged follicle.
Generally for white skin you’ll need around 6 treatments, spaced 4-6 weeks apart, and this usually results in 80% of hair removal. Darker or black skin may need around 8 treatments, resulting again in 80% of hair removed.

Most clients experience minimal discomfort; some may experience a minor stinging or pinching sensation on the skin as we deliver the laser pulses, but we can offer topical anaesthetic cream to make treatments more comfortable.

Although we can perform laser hair removal treatment on white or black skin, lasers only work on hair which has pigment, because it absorbs the laser light and allows the heat to build up and diffuse throughout the follicle to destroy it. Therefore it’s not possible to treat white, grey, and blond hair by laser.

If you need help choosing a cosmetic procedure, we provide an extensive range of cosmetic procedures for the face and body: Botox, Vaser Lipo, Lip Augmentation, Dermal Fillers and many more treatments, to help create a younger, slimmer, more youthful looking you!

The Selston Cosmetic Clinic is located in Selston, Nottingham, where we offer a bespoke service with a personalised touch and deliver high client satisfaction. We have been involved in the cosmetic industry for over 10 years

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