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    Things You Should Know Before Use Tour And Travel Service

    If you are considering investing in a travel and tour franchise, it is likely that you have many questions. For many people, the idea of setting their own business can be incredibly daunting experience, but also one of the most liberating experiences of their lives. In this article, we will look at some of key considerations which you should factor in when making this decision.

    The travel and tourism industry is literally booming globally – now contributing over two trillion pounds to the economy. More and more people are thinking about how they can get involved in the travel and tourism industry, recognising the explosive and exponential growth. Starting your own travel business from scratch is one option that people often consider, however starting without a network of contacts or even a base starting point can be extremely tricky. A huge number of start ups will fail within 12 months, so always try to avoid this pitfall.

    The more popular market to success within the travel industry is the travel, or tour franchise market. What this essentially means is instead of setting up a travel business from the beginning, you can buy a travel franchise which actually gives you a firm starting point to begin your business. There are quite a few travel franchise businesses online, however there are probably only a couple of established businesses. If you do choose to purchase a tour franchise, make sure to do your research and pick the franchise company which is the best fit for you.

    So what can you expect in terms of support when you buy a travel franchise? When buying a franchise, there are always different levels of support. Think of this a three-tiered membership: platinum, silver and gold. The more initial investment that you are willing to put up, means the greater level of support and guidance that you are likely to receive. Nonetheless, there are some common levels of support which you should expect from all travel franchises.

    The first thing you should expect is a fully comprehensive training or induction programme. Lots of franchise operators will actually offer a residential training course, so this is likely to be an intensive course over a number of days or weeks. This can be a great opportunity to spend significant time with the franchise tour operators and really pick their brains, whilst trying to soak up an incredible amount of information.

    It is also likely that they will be inducting a number of other new franchisees at the same time. This is also a fantastic opportunity to meet some like minded people who are also at the beginning of the same journey that you are on. If you can take the opportunity to spend time with them and get to know their motivations behind setting up a new franchise, you can increase your knowledge but also begin to build up your travel network. In the travel industry in particular, your network and who you know can really be a determining factor in how well you do.

    You can also expect some of the more practical tools for setting up a new franchise. This might include a laptop, hopefully pre-loaded with any specialist software and templates that you might need. This may not always be included as a standard support tool, so you should always try to make sure that you fully understand everything that is being provided. A functional website, which is branded towards your company name and logo, is also something which you expect.

    Finally, you might also receive some branding materials, such as leaflets, tri-folds and business cards. Remember when you meet potential clients, handing them a business card can be a great way to exchange your details with them and keep in touch.

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    Tips To Enjoy Long Weekends

    WORK! WORK! WORK! We all are very much occupied from Monday to Friday while continuously working at our desk with full dedication. Do not spare time for ourselves even when we are at home, What all we do after such a long tiring work is to eat and take rest during weekends, subsequently prepare ourselves for another upcoming Monday with all the tiring work grind again for rest of the week.

    Who doesn’t want a break from routine? Who doesn’t want a long weekend to enjoy with family/friends? Who does not want to rejuvenate so to face the tiring and routine lifestyle again in office?

    Everyone wants a break from hectic routine. Everyone wants to have fun and relaxation without being tensed about work, meeting deadlines and stressed out due to the pressure of meeting expectations.

    Pre Planning for Long Weekend Outing

    But then again, while going for a long weekend, escaping from your daily routine comes with a price of planning and packing in advance.

    Planning requires many things to be considered beforehand. What should I carry with me? What should I wear on the journey?

    What kind of dress should I pack for the party, the dinner, and trip to explore the city?

    There are many things, you have to plan to go for a long weekend outing.

    Packing these kinds of stuff is not a difficult or tiring task; the difficult task is to decide.

    It is to choose which garb to pack. Let us help you a little in this weary task.

    Here are some ideas that you might want to consider for attires to be packed.

    “Travel and change of place impart new vigour to the mind.” Travelling is something which we all love. But even during travel, we have to clinch what clothes we want to wear. As it is very much important for us to be comfortable even during travel. These are some of the garbs you might want to take a look to determine from.

    Dress by default – You never want to dress up like a bum or a hobo to go on a journey. You won’t want to overdo your look, but you won’t even want to look like someone who just woke up from the bed.

    Dress up comfortably– Dressing up comfortably is a must. You won’t want to wear your tight jeans for travelling. Wearing some trousers, joggers who have some room in them are ideal to wear for a journey. Wearing fitting t-shirts or shirts in which we feel tight is never comfortable to wear for an expedition. It would be best if you go with your loose tees to wear for a trip.

    Use quality luggage – Luggage is a vital thing for your travel. You would always want a luggage which would keep your clothing safe, keep you organized and at last your luggage should be able to take thumping here and there and still protect your gadgets. Luggage should be easy to carry and light in weight.

    Comfortable shoes – Wearing comfortable shoes is as crucial as wearing a comfortable attire. You can never expect to have a comfortable journey wearing your heels or wedges or even your many straps boots. Wearing sports shoes & sneakers is the best option to go with other than slippers/floaters. Both slippers and shoes would be very comfortable for you to wear and remove whenever you wish without doing much work.

    Some travelling tips and tricks that’ll help you a lot –

    • Pack less: Do you really need six pairs of heels, an iron and 6 jeans? Travelling with the least luggage should be your goal. Take less and you’ll travel faster and easier if travelling by flight then even cheaper.
    • Learn a little: Learning a new language never hurts. So learn few words o the local language and have the courage to use them. Just a few words will go a long way; locals tend to warm to those who try communicating to them in their own tongue.
    • Hoodie: Always pack a hoodie in your luggage. Hooded tops make excellent travel garments, just slip up your hood to retreat from the world of noise and light when you want to sleep.
    • Bring your earplugs: If silence is golden, then ear plugs are worth their weight in platinum. For a long trip, invest in some good noise cancelling headphones. They are worth every penny to tune out a noisy road, snoring man or chattering people.
    • Pack reading stuff: Always pack some stuff that you can read on your long journey, be it a paperback or Kindle. Kindle are made for long travels, no more carrying heavy paperbacks, increasing your luggage weight and have many books to read.
    • Roll your clothes while packing rather than folding them.
    • Carry Sun glasses & Sun Screens to take care of yourselves from intense sun beams
    • Carry little extra cash: Always carry cash, while travelling. Not too much as it can get stolen and you’ll always have ATM to take out some cash. Carrying some cash is required as what if the ATM you go to stopped working or doesn’t have cash. So have some cash with you that you can use when necessary.
    • Keep balm / Mosquito repellent: Balm not only soothes your sore muscles after a lot of travelling but also works as an insect repellent, mosquito repellent is other must have in the travel.
    • Wake up early: Rise before sunrise, it’s a magical time for clicking photos due to soft diffused light. Have the best attractions to yourself while avoiding crowds.
    • Don’t feel embarrassed: Even if you do something embarrassing, don’t feel embarrassed. Laugh at yourself with others. Don’t be afraid if things are screwed up. You will definitely look like a fool while travelling to new places. But it’s worth enjoying every moment.
    • Take a lot of photos: Great photos are ultimate souvenirs. You meet those people once so capture with your camera in a form of photo.
    • Back up: Keep a backup of your documents like passport, driver’s license, etc. backup your files and photos of your computer on an external hard drive and online with some storage in the cloud. You never know when your laptop, wallet or luggage might get stolen.
    • Get lost: Write down the name of your hotel so you can catch a taxi back if needed, then just pick up a direction and start walking. Explore the place on your own. You’ll get to see how people live and work in different regions, the actual part of the town with your own eyes rather than other tourist or someone else’s eyes.
    • Eat local food: Going to a new place and not eating their local food, that’s absurd. Go, eat and explore their taste and delicacies.
    • Break out of your comfort zone: Go on a solo trip. Break out of your comfort zone, meet new people, interact with them, learn from them and make some lifetime memories.

    Well, we need to really work well before we start our unforgettable journey…

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    Avoid Do These When In Japan

    If you have plans to visit Japan, there are some things you need to know. Familiarizing yourself with some basic Japanese cultural practices will go a long way in making your trip there enjoyable. Also, you are not likely to get into trouble. Here are things you should not do based on Japan culture.

    1. Don’t enter a house wearing your shoes

    Are you used to walking around in your house in your shoes? Well, you might get yourself in trouble if you do that in Japan. There is a special place where you should keep your shoes before entering the house. Also, there are slippers for guests when entering a room.

    2. Don’t shout on the train

    Trains are very common in Japan. However, people don’t make noise while in trains. They are always silent. If you have to speak to someone, do it in a low tone. Use your earphones if you have to listen to some music.

    3. Don’t use your phone on trains

    As indicated earlier, Japanese don’t like any noise in the trains. You will rarely find someone using his phone to make a call in the train. If you have to use your phone, send a message or talk in a low tone so as not to distract other people.

    4. Don’t eat on trains

    Japanese do not eat when traveling on commuter trains. Drinking is okay unless the train is too crowded. However, in long distance trains, eating and drinking are allowed. Food and beverages are also sold in such trains.

    5. Don’t forget to remove toilet slippers

    Once you get to Japan, you will notice that there are slippers only used when going to the toilet. These slippers are easily noticeable since they have particular words or pictures. Always remember to remove them when entering your house or walking on the streets.

    6. Don’t tip anyone

    While it is common to tip anyone after an excellent service in many cultures, Japan is an exception. No matter how satisfied you are with their service, they never accept tips. In fact, someone will come running after you, returning the tip!

    7. Don’t ignore someone you are speaking with

    If you are talking with a Japanese person, always stay calm and attentive. You may sound impolite and rude by just failing to show that you have understood a point. Whenever speaking, show your attentiveness by talking back.

    8. Don’t photograph everything

    Despite Japan being a beautiful country, you are not allowed to take photos everywhere. It is advisable to always ask someone before taking photos. You must be granted permission to take pictures in museums, temples, and shrines.

    9. Don’t hug anyone you meet

    Hugging is common in western countries. However, in Japan, it is not. You don’t hug someone you come across in Tokyo streets. Most of the older folks don’t like the habit. If you want to hug someone, then it’s best to know their age group and whether they are comfortable with it.

    10. Don’t eat or drink when walking

    It is uncommon to find Japanese eating or drinking while they are walking. Even on the streets with food stalls they always find a place to sit. Now you know how to behave when you are on Japanese streets so you don’t look foreign.

    11. Don’t receive a present with one hand

    Whenever receiving a gift or a visiting card from a Japanese, use your two hands and bow. Then tell him thank you. On receipt of a gift, don’t open it until the person who has given it to you has left.

    12. Don’t throw away trash haphazardly

    Another thing you might find hard to get used to is how to handle your trash. In most cities around the world, there are a lot of trash cans however, Japanese cities are different. People are encouraged to carry their trash until they find a place to dispose of it.

    13. Don’t fail to say “thank you”

    The verb “thank you” is highly valued in Japan. Learn to say it after being served in a hotel or store. Familiarize yourself with how bowing is done in Japan. You must always bow and say thank you when you meet with elders.

    14. Don’t write down a person’s name in red ink

    In Japan, it is OK to write “goodbye” in red ink but not a person’s name. The Japanese consider it to be disobedient. Therefore, if you have to write down your Japanese friend’s name, you know which color to avoid.

    15. Don’t be shy

    It is common for tourists to ask for help from locals. When you get to Japan, don’t be shy or afraid of asking for anything. They are very friendly and helpful. Even when you accidentally forget something somewhere, go back as no one is going to take it away.

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    Things You Should Do When Traveling 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!

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    Fun Traveling By Bus

    If you are planning to go on a group tour, you can have a lot of benefits by hiring a charter bus. This way you can enjoy a lot of benefits. Given below are 5 major benefits. Read on to know more.

    Environment Friendly Travel

    It’s the responsibility of all of us to keep our environmental clean and free of pollution. This is one way of staying healthy, as the air we breathe in should be clean. If you travel by bus, you will use a lot less fuel per head. A fully loaded car consumes 5 times more fuel than a loaded chartered bus. So, if you travel on a bus, you can protect the environment, which is a good thing.

    Eliminate Stress

    It may be stressful to drive to new places on your own. You may come across crazy drivers that always try to cut you off. Therefore, it’s hard to keep many cars together, blowing horns in traffic jams. In this scenario, you are more prone to accidents.

    On the other hand, if you hire a charter bus, you will travel with an expert driver who has a better idea of the roads. So, your mind is at ease throughout your journey. Therefore, you can relax and enjoy your trip. After all, you don’t want to go through all the stress when going on a tour with a group. Your purpose is to have fun. So, hiring a bus is a good idea.

    Higher Safety Rating

    Compared to traveling alone, you may not be at a higher risk of accident when going with a group on a vehicle. The fact of the matter is that the drivers of chartered buses know the latest safety procedures, so they try their level best to follow the traffic rules and stay on the safe side.

    Save Money

    The cost of traveling by a charter bus is a lot less than traveling alone. The math is simple. The total cost divided among all of the passengers, so per head cost is significantly low. As a matter of fact, you will pay several times less with this method. The money you save can be spent on other things that you love to do. Therefore, this option is cost effective.

    Enjoy the ride

    Since there is an expert driver behind the wheel, it will be easier for you to enjoy the sites. Moreover, you will be able to get a chance to socialize with others instead of focusing on a lot of unimportant things. Actually, traveling with others can be a lot fun. You will meet with new people, develop stronger relationships and even connect with some old friends.

    Long story short, if you are looking for the cheapest and cost effective way of traveling, we suggest that you give a go to a charter bus. This will save you money and you will have loads of fun. Hopefully, these are enough to help you make the best decision.

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    Trying Volunteering Abroad

    The first time I traveled by myself was my Freshman year of college when I ventured off to volunteer in Nicaragua. A few months before I left on a flight by myself to meet a group of strangers, I was sitting in my Chemistry class in Felmey Hall when a recruit came in to spread the word about an organization I had never heard of, GIVE Volunteers. With little research I convinced myself that this was a step I should take and signed myself up. Fast forward to awkwardly sitting on an old school bus full of 30 other volunteers, traveling down a gravel road to a small fishing village on Western coast of the country. Though the first 12 hours were a little awkward and intimidating I grew to love that group of strangers and some of them are still my good friends now, four years later. We started in the small town of Jiquilillo building houses for single and abused mothers and worked our way to Little Corn Island, teaching kids and working with a recycling program.

    Poverty in some of these places were high, I saw things that I had only seen on the news before and never thought I would experience first hand. But I also gained a new respect for the world, for my family and friends and all that we have. Little did I know at the time that this trip would change who I was, how I viewed the world, and what I would want to do for the rest of my life.

    It was when my flight landed in Chicago that for the first time in my life I had a passion for something. I had done things before that I liked, such as cooking and taking art classes, things that I thought would be fun to do but I had never craved something like this passion before. I had spent the past two weeks traveling around and volunteering in Nicaragua. And those two weeks were the most meaningful weeks of my 18 years of life. At moments it was terrifying, I questioned why I went, I got sick and missed home and my mom, but the more I did and the more I feared, the more I grew and the more I realized that the best things in life are held at the other side of fear. I had to stretch past my anxiety to hop on that plane and it ended up leading me on an adventure that I can never forget. That adventure sculpted me as an individual. It lead me to the love of my internship, and the work I do around the community.

    When I was first offered my internship at Marcfirst my friends told me I was stupid for not looking for an opportunity that would offer pay. I knew it would be relatively time consuming and though doing the work for free wasn’t my first choice, it was an organization that consisted of something that I fully supported. It was that passion to relinquish into the community of doing good and helping others no matter what form it came in. I am currently seven months into my internship and I love every second of it. I would go in more if I had the time, the money means nothing to me and I fully support the work being done. It has proven that money is not the ultimate prize in life, and that happiness in what you are doing with your life is.

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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.

  • Travel

    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!