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    Guide To Buy Travel Pillow

    Traveling on a train, a bus or an airplane isn’t always the most comfortable, especially if sitting in an economy seat. However, there are several steps that can be taken to make the travel experience more comfortable. A simple solution to improve the conditions is to invest in a travel pillow. Let’s take a look at a few of the most appealing benefits:

    Fully supports your head

    Many passengers traveling on a train or an airplane aren’t able to sit comfortably in their seat or even reach the headrest. Also, there is the likelihood of the headrest being quite lumpy or hard. A travel pillow has the ability to offer a comfortable sitting position that can mimic your everyday pillow at home.

    They are typically made of a material like memory foam or polyester fiber. The preferred material is memory foam which is very effective at adjusting to the shape of your head and neck. Additionally, it easily adapts to changes in your sitting position to always give the desired support. The polyester fiber option is a great cost-effective option. Plus, they can be very light to make traveling very easy.

    Avoid issues with a stiff neck

    The travel pillow comes in many different shapes and sizes. Pillows with a U shape are the most effective at keeping the head in position and avoiding side to side movement. If the neck isn’t kept in a comfortable position while sleeping, there is the risk of suffering with a stiff neck or fatigue after waking. A further option is the J shape which can also help with controlling head movement. The most basic type includes the standard rectangular shape, but this does not give any side support.

    Easy to clean and maintain

    The travel pillow is likely to naturally pick up dirt when in regular use. For this reason, they are made to be very easy to clean and washable. A regular clean will help to extend the usable lifespan of the travel pillow and eliminate the risk of germs developing. Polyester fiber is the easiest material to clean and can simply be placed in the washing machine.

    Helps to control episodes of snoring

    The ability to maintain a good sleeping posture can prevent issues related to snoring and sleep apnea. There is less likelihood of snoring because the airway isn’t obstructed when the neck is kept straight. This will not only result in better sleep, but also minimizes the risks of annoying other passengers on a train, a bus or an airplane.

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    How To Take Kids On The Beach

    For the grown-ups, beaches are great for sun-bathing, surfing, and swimming, but for kids it is more than that. For kids it is a different world altogether. On the beaches, they have all the freedom to use their imagination and to increase the spectrum of their thinking. Here, they can dance, sing, play, dive, surf and do a hundreds thousand activities. Following are few of the exciting activities which one can enjoy with their kids on the beach.

    1. Treasure Hunt

    This is one of the most loved games for kids. When you have sand all around you, hiding things will become even more interesting. This game can be modified in a number of ways. One of them could be where parents can hide things under the sand and place an identifier on top of it. They can then ask the kids to guess what is there under each identifier. For example, if they have put a Kids Jewellery Box under the sand they can put a bangle over it. The article at the top will be a hint to what is under the sand.

    2. Beach Bowling

    Creating the bowling pins out of the sand will be the first exciting part of this game, followed by playing a game of bowling with your gang. The re-creation of pins every time will make them even more involved in the game. They can play this game in groups as well, where they can keep rotating the roles of bowling, creating pins etc.

    3. Beach Funny Faces

    The best way to play with the sand is to show your creativity. You can draw numerous funny faces on the beach. While creating these faces, kids can also play a game where they will talk to each other by making only faces and not speaking. This will encourage them to understand different kinds of human emotions. Who knows? We may get back a totally new set of emoticons invented by these little geniuses.

    4. Sun-Dial

    This is one of the easiest and simplest activities you can enjoy on a beach. You only need a stick and few pebbles, which you can get easily. Place the stick in the centre in an upright position and place the pebbles around it equidistant from each other in a circle. While chilling out and playing, kids will observe and learn how the motion of the sun is associated with our time system.

    5. Sponge-Animal

    Let the children understand how a certain object can absorb so much of water and become heavy. First, they can make the sponge-animals absorb water from the sea and then they can play various throwing and catching games with these sponges. When someone catches the sponge, they will be splashed with water.

    6. Balloon Fish

    Sitting on the sea-shore, one can easily find a couple of fishes closer to shore. Parents can show children some fishes in the sea, and can ask the kids to draw the faces of the fishes which they saw near the shore on the balloons. They can then fill balloons with water and will be happy to see the inflating of their balloon. This will make them understand how things inflate in real world.

    7. Passing the Water

    This game is played by more than one player. The more people, the more interesting this game will become. The main idea behind this game is to pass the water in one player’s glass, to the glass of the person who is standing right behind him. They can make themselves stand in any way. They can either stand one after the other in a straight queue or they can even form a circle.

    8. Beach Ball with a Balloon

    15 Cool Ways Kids Can Enjoy the Beach8Kids can place one balloon at the center of the towel, and can play a game of catch by making the balloon jump up and down on the towel. The aim will be to save the balloons from bursting.

    9. Hide and Seek Castles

    First, the kids will have to prepare several castles from sand and will have to name them individually. When the game will proceed, one of the kids will become the finder and rest all will try to hide behind the castle. The Finder will then guess who is behind each castle.

    10. Playing with Alphabets/Numbers

    The beach can be treated as a large notebook for beginners who have just started learning the alphabet, and numbers. We can help them learn the shapes of different letters and numbers by making them draw the figures on the beach. The moment the sea will erase these drawings, it will be fun for kids to re-draw them, and this will allow them to practice.

    11. Beach-Tents

    Kids can prepare a small beach-tent out of their bed-sheet, sticks, and some medium-sized pebbles. Sleeping in tents in jungles has always been fun for people in any age group, but one can not take kids into jungle. To make the kids feel like they are in the jungle, parents can decorate their tents in hut-like fashion, and also place some bushes around the tent.

    12. Tug-O-War

    One of the favorite games for all age groups, this can be played by using a simple item, like rope, and involves a lot of teamwork. The kids will learn how to make strategies to defeat their opponents. Though this game symbolizes strength, good strategies will usually prevail. Parents can include themselves in this activity to keep the game moving, as most of the time, kids will not be able to survive in this game for more than few seconds.

    13. Shell-Search

    The young Sherlock-Holmes can get hands-on experience searching for different kinds of shells. The person who gets the most shells will be the winner.

    14. Music

    Here, parents can help their kids identify the sound and rhythm of sea-waves, and how they relate to the sounds that musical instruments make. However, this activity will require quietness and an isolated beach, but the effort to find one will definitely pay-off.

    15. Mom’s Bucket

    This game can be taken as a war between the moms who have brought their children to the beach. The moms are required to hold the buckets 10-15 meters from the shore, and the kids will bring water from the shore to fill the bucket. Whoever fills it up first will be the winner. Here, one can utilize the timing of the waves to reduce the distance travelled to fill up the bucket quickly.

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    Tips Traveling With Your Pet

    Keeping pets has grown quite popular in recent times. People who own pets will tell you that making travel plans (for either business or pleasure) involves making a decision whether to bring the pet with you or leave them under the care of an animal boarding facility.

    Most pet owners, however, grow so fond of their pets that they would rather travel with them wherever they go than leave them behind. This, therefore, calls for preparation for a pet-friendly trip. This article provides you with a pet travel tips checklist for this preparation.

    1. Identification Tags

    Pets cannot identify themselves. No matter the mode of travel chosen, it is necessary to tag your pet with proper identification before heading out. This would help ensure your pet finds their way back to you in case you get separated. It also helps prevent confusion between owners in cases where two pets could resemble each other

    2. Permanent Identification for the Pet

    The wise say that you can never be too cautious. In addition to tagging your pet with the necessary identification tags, it is recommended for you to fit them with a more permanent mode of identification, such as a microchip. This would also help in tracking of your pet in case they wander off or you become separated.

    3. Train Them While They are Young

    It is important for you to train your pet while they are still young because animals take some time to completely master commands and expected behaviour. You should train them remain calm during travel, and correctly respond to commands. A reward system is highly recommended as it helps the lessons learned stick more. If you have more than one pet, it is advised you train them separately.

    4. Secure Your Pet for Their Safety

    After training the pet, most people assume it is safe to let them wander around the car/plane during travel. This is however wrong. Just like people, pets could get injured when the vessel of travel assumes a sudden movement or in the case of an accident. It is therefore recommended to crate the pet to keep them safe.

    5. Choose a Suitable Travel Crate

    Carriers made using fabric are a good option to transport your pet. Plastic pet carriers, however, are preferred for their versatility as they offer safety for different modes of travel.

    6. Pets and Cars

    Pets such as dogs and cats are fast and agile. They will therefore naturally make use of these abilities when their safety is threatened. It is, therefore, important to ensure the pet feels safe and comfortable throughout the trip.

    7. Sedating the Pet

    Pets, like all other humans, tend to grow anxious when exposed in an unfamiliar setting. Sedating them could help ease their anxiety and save them from trauma and even accidents that result from fear.

    8. Carry a First Aid Pet Kit

    We can never tell if or when accidents may happen. The best way to counter this is being ready just in case they happen. Pet owners are advised to carry a pet first-aid kit that includes bandages, gauze, and hydrogen peroxide just in case inducing vomit is necessary. You should also always follow steps given by an animal health care specialist first before personally treating your pet from suspected exposure to toxins.

    9. Carry Pet Food and Water

    Unexpected events such as train delays are inevitable. So during travel preparation, it is important that the pet owner puts this into consideration and packs extra food and water for the pet just in case these events happen.

    10. Be Extra Cautious

    Regardless of how well you know your pet, you can never tell how they are going to react to new stimuli. Your cat, for example, may decide to seek refuge between your legs while driving after hearing a loud noise such as a truck honking. This could result in a fatal accident, and hence it is strongly advised that you keep your pet safe at all times during the trip.

    11. Dealing With a Dog During Air Travel

    Most airlines will allow you to carry your pet in the cabin of the plane only if the pet fits in the pet carrier under the seat. It is a requirement that the size of the pet will allow it to stand and move in the carrier. You will also be required to pack a few essentials for the dog, such as a poop bag, a water bottle, a collapsible bowl, a recent picture of the dog, and a leash.

    The above tips mainly focus on safety and wellbeing of your pet during travel. It is, therefore, important that preliminary safety precautions, such as ensuring your pet is in a good physical state to travel, are observed. It is also important to make sure that the destination of travel is free from animal diseases such as rabies. By following the above tips, travelling with pets becomes less of a hassle and a comfortable experience.

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    Guide To Travel Solo

    Solo travel has become a hot topic. Unlike “single(s)” travel, it is a broader group. It can include those who are single, married or have a partner/significant other. It may be a business person looking to add a leisure weekend or extension to a trip for work. Two stumbling blocks to solo travel can be: I. whether it is lonely to vacation as a “party of one” and ii.whether eating alone, especially dinner, is really uncomfortable.

    Now having visited 68 countries and all 50 states, I have found 5 good ways to go alone without feeling you are “going it alone”.

    1. River Cruise and Small Ship Cruises

    I highly recommend river cruises and small ships. They are especially a good fit for a first time solo traveler. However, they are also great for well-traveled solos in two cases. That is where destinations like Cambodian boat villages are not otherwise easy to reach. Secondly, they work well in places where security is an issue.

    Here are the key advantages of such river and small ships for solo travelers, they:

    -Give you time alone but a group for tours and meals

    -Can be competitively priced when compared to a piecemeal approach

    -Make unpacking a one-time chore

    -Work well with land packages

    -Often have discounted package pricing including flights

    2. Select your own lodging, and take day trips.

    Here are the key advantages of this independent approach, it:

    -Affords you the opportunity to select your own interests and travel style.

    -Provides more opportunity to interact with local residents.

    -Gives you a “day-off” when you need it.

    -Works with a range of budgets.

    3. Combine both of the above approaches.

    I really favor this approach when I travel. On solo travel for 17 days at New Year’s, I toured Southeast Asia. I started with a private taxi tour in Siem Reap, Cambodia. I then joined a top Mekong River Cruise on to Vietnam. On the last leg, I had five days in a 5-star hotel in Bangkok. In my last stop, I tried all 3 ways of sightseeing: 1. A large bus tour 2. A private guide and 3. Self-directed subway tour.

    This blended approach puts you in the driver’s seat and:

    -Will let you set your own course while being free to pick and choose

    -Gives you a part-time group of travel mates but also time alone

    -Makes it possible to follow a budget (or splurges) tailored to what works for you

    4. Sign up ahead for a class abroad.

    This has become very popular now for cooking classes in France and Italy. However, for decades, language classes abroad have lured students for short-term or full summer programs. Add to that options for photography classes, skiing and scuba diving.

    Here are the key benefits to this approach.

    It:

    -Provides you with a ready-made group

    -Gives you a local contact to hear what not to miss off the tourist path

    -Make it possible to connect with classmates for meals or sightseeing

    -Results in providing local contacts in an emergency

    5. Join a volunteer group or exchange program.

    I have done this twice. My first trip out of the US was at 18 joining 5 other girls on a summer YMCA project in Trinidad and Tobago. It was the best way to learn about day-to-day life in another country and participate in community activities.

    The benefits were endless. They included:

    -Meeting local residents outside of the typical tourist path

    -Seeing distant and often more unusual destinations

    -Providing volunteer efforts to communities than may have experienced natural disasters or other hardships.

    If you are new to solo travel, take a look at each of these options. You will be surprised how fast solo travel gives you the chance to make new life-long friends from around the world so that you feel you are solo to more!