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Sick of Travel Headaches? Try these Tips

September 27, 2018 in Blog

Travelling is meant to be a relaxing vacation, but without proper planning, travel can make you more stressed than your normal daily life. This article has easy to follow tips on how to make any kind of traveling fun, simple and stress free. Be prepared before you leave, by reading this advice.

Don’t take sleep aids until you’ve taken off. If you use sleep aids to help you get through a long flight, wait until after you’re airborne to pop the pill. If you take them earlier, you run the risk being unbearably tired if your flight is delayed or you have to deplane and take a later flight.

When traveling, always know the number of doors between your hotel room and the exit. If there is a fire, you will have to quickly move to the stairwell. If the fire produces a lot of smoke, you may not be able to see, so feeling the doors and counting until you reach the right one may be your only option.

When staying at a hotel, remove the top quilt or comforter from the bed. Often, housekeeping is not responsible for washing the top comforter, which means it can be harboring dirt, bedbugs, or other remnants of other guests. If there is a spare blanket in the closet, use that one instead.

If you are travelling by plane,look for the opportunity “Read and Return program.” The program allows you to buy a book and you have six months to finish it and receive half your money for the original purchase back and this gives you something new to read on your flight.

A long car ride is tiring. You will want to give yourself plenty of time to get to where you are going so you are able to make stops as needed. When you need to stop, look for areas where you and your passengers can stretch your legs, like a park or a rest stop.

If you are staying at a hotel that offers a mini-bar in your room, consider asking the front desk staff to hold the key instead. This will help you avoid late-night temptations, which given the prices at the minibar can get very expensive. If you feel the need for a drink but don’t want to go far, go to the hotel restaurant instead.

It is a good idea to carry a cell phone when you are travelling abroad in case of emergencies. You can take your phone from home, buy a prepaid European phone, or rent a phone from a cell phone carrier in the country you are visiting. Your travel agent will have the information on rental services.

Packing light is key to making your travels as easy and free of stress as possible. Bring one carry on bag that includes everything you need, not necessarily everything you want. If travelling to cold weather, bring smaller clothes to create layers rather than big, space-consuming coats and sweaters. Your smart packing will pay off when you are happily carrying one bag around on vacation instead of lugging around multiple bags.

If you follow the helpful tips in this article, you will find that travelling does not have to be stressful. There are many simple ways to make sure everything is taken care of before you leave, so your time away from home will be more relaxing than you can imagine.

by Carol

Desert Travel

September 17, 2018 in Blog

Deserts are arid regions, generally receiving less than ten inches of precipitation a year, or regions where the potential evaporation rate is twice as great as the precipitation.

The world’s deserts are divided into four categories. Subtropical deserts which are the hottest, with parched terrain and rapid evaporation. Although cool coastal deserts are located within the same latitudes as subtropical deserts, the average temperature is much cooler because of frigid offshore ocean currents. Cold winter deserts are marked by stark temperature differences from season to season, ranging from 100°F (38°C) in the summer to 10°F (12°C) in the winter. Polar Regions are also considered to be deserts because nearly all moisture in these areas is locked up in the form of ice.

ATACAMA DESERT: North of Chile

The Atacama Desert, in the north of Chile, is the driest place on earth. It stretches from the highlands of the Andean Altiplano over the golden sands of the Atacama Desert as far as the shores of the Pacific Ocean. This is the place for those in search of adventure with its breathtaking salt flats, geysers and Andean volcanos,

The desert is so dramatic that, at first sight, it appears never to have sustained any life. However, pink flamingoes together with Alpacas, Llamas, Vicunas and many other species of fauna and flora can be found living in perfect harmony in the many oases and lakes located in the area.

Travelling north, view the Atacama Salar, with its 300.000 hectares of territory, the oasis-town of San Pedro de Atacama, which is the tourist capital of the Chilean north, due to its natural wonders. The Moon Valley, with its geological rocks formations, the geysers of Tatio, altiplanic valleys and lakes (at 4.000 meters of altitude), canyons and the historic towns like Toconao that has all the houses constructed out of the local linarite stone. On the way is the breathtaking Atacama Salt Lake, which is over 1,000 kilometers long.

Besides, there is an argueological museum that was built by a Belgian priest, who gathered numerous arqueological vestiges, such as pottery and mummies, which are witnesses of the history in this region.These are museums which record man’s presence over the last 10,000 years besides this there is sea and long sandy beaches, relaxation and entertainment in casinos, restaurants and hotels, and above all the friendly hospitality of the Chilean people.

Weather:
It gets cold once the sun goes down and during the day it can be extremely very hot.

Climate:
The climate is magnificent throughout the year. During winter (June, July and August) the average daytime temperature varies between 9°C (48°F) and 24°C (75°F) days are very pleasant, inviting you to lay in the sun’s corridors. In summer (January, February and March) the average daytime temperature fluctuates between 13°C (55°F) and 25°C (77°F), reaching maximums of 32°C (90°F): a warmer climate inviting you to a good “siesta” before the evening explorations begin. Between January and March, the so called Altiplanic Winter comes with occasional showers.

by Carol

Senior Travel

September 9, 2018 in Blog

Choosing The Right Senior Travel

When you think of summer holidays, you generally picture families with young children. However, the older generation also likes to travel and senior holidays are quite popular. So if you are a senior and you would love to travel this summer, why not consider taking a summer vacation? There are so many different places that you can travel to so really it is up to you as to where you want to go.

Planning a Senior Summer Holiday

Everybody has their own idea of what the perfect summer holiday would entail. So, when it comes to choosing the perfect senior holiday, you just have to think about what it is you would like to do. Would you like to try something a little different? Just because you are older, it does not mean that you have to settle with a holiday which allows you only to sit back and relax. So if you want to do something different then doing it on a summer holiday would be a great idea. Perhaps you have always wanted to go on a cruise? If so that option is open to you. Whatever you want to do, you can do it and you may even find senior citizen discounts too.

The main thing that you want to avoid on your holiday, are families and younger people. The last thing you want is to turn up to a destination where younger people are rowdy and constantly drinking. So this means that destinations such as parts of Spain and Europe, Ibiza and other built up tourist destinations should be avoided. Also, before you travel abroad you need to consider your health and whether you are up to travelling long distances. Even if you have to stay within the same country, there is usually still plenty to do and you can still have a fantastic time.

It is always worth researching the discounts that may be available to you as a senior citizen. Many travel companies do offer good deals for seniors and so whenever you can take up these offers it would be a good idea. Just remember that no matter where you go, the main aim is to avoid the younger crowd and to ensure that the destination you are travelling to has all of the necessary attractions that you are looking for.