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Choosing A Water Filter For Travel

December 9, 2018 in Blog

When people travel abroad whether it is for a holiday or for business, many will pack the usual items such as toiletries and clothing. Some even purchase travel insurance. Most, though, never plan what they’ll be eating or drinking when they travel. Knowing what you’ll be eating or drinking, however, is probably more important than the clothes you’ll be bringing along. If you have ever gotten food poisoning, you’ll know what an inconvenience it is and how costly it can be. No one would enjoy being hospitalized in a foreign country during their holiday or business trip.

You may be able to avoid food poisoning by ensuring that the establishment you patronize is clean and hygienic. To further guard against it, avoid uncooked or partially cooked meals altogether. So that covers the food. What about the drink? Do you know what is in the water you drink? Many people incorrectly assume that tap water is safe to drink and is clean, clear, pure, and safe. Scientific and environmental studies have shown otherwise. Even if the water from a water source appears to be clear, clean, and safe to drink, consuming water from unknown sources or in countries where potable water cannot be taken for granted could be hazardous to your health.

The potential for harmful chemicals (mercury, lead, arsenic, etc), bacteria, fungi, parasites, rust and other contaminants residing in water is growing worldwide. The kind of fresh uncontaminated water available a hundred years ago is harder and more expensive to obtain due to industrialization and a growing population. If the proper precautions aren’t taken to treat the water, drinking contaminated water can cause severe illness or disease, even death.

That’s where water filters come in. Water filters and water filtration systems have become a popular solution lately for tap water. The right filter will not only treat bad tasting tap water but will also treat contaminated water.

People take a variety of actions to treat the water they drink at home. They may:

– Install faucet filters, sink filters or a complete home water filtration system
– Pour the water through pitchers with a canister filtration systems such as Brita before drinking

All these may work well for drinkable water in developed countries where water from the tap is for the most part, safe to drink. Depending on where you go, whether you are camping or in a foreign country, taking the necessary precautions to treat your water prior to drinking is highly recommended. Boiling water does not remove the contaminants within. A portable water filter comes in very handy for such cases. For the mobile warrior, a water bottle with a built in water filtration system may do just the trick.

Not all water filters, however, are created equal. Would you trust your life as well as your loved ones with just any water filter to get the emergency water you need? Consider this, if you had to go so far as to obtain water from an unknown river or source, would the water be drinkable after water treatment? With so many water filters available, how do you know what’s best? Here are some things to consider:

– What companies or organizations endorse or use the product
– What independent studies or tests has the water company done to demonstrate the ability of their water purifier to remove contaminants
– What government bodies have approved the treatment methods
– What strict quality guidelines do they follow in the manufacture of these water purifiers
– How does the purified water taste after treatment
– How many specific contaminants does it remove
– What bacteria or fungi can it remove

All these are important questions to answer. Be sure to look closely at their product specifications. So, before you go on any trip to a foreign country, remember to pack along with you a proven water treatment system all contained within the convenience of a water bottle.

by Jerry

Safari Travel Tips

November 27, 2018 in Blog

Before stepping on that plane for a marvelous safari adventure, plan like there’s no tomorrow. You will thank your self for being precautious when faced with untoward incidents.

Here are the important things you should consider when going on a safari travel:

1. Remember that it is one challenging endeavor.

Planning a safari can be one of the most exciting feats one can ever manage to make happen. It is not one of the generic travels, usual jetsetters indulge in. Though you are provided with a tour brochure and a tourist guide, it still is better to research on your own regarding the various itineraries.

2. Best spots for safari should be spotted.

The most suggested parts of Africa to enjoy safari include East and Central Africa, Southern Africa and Indian Ocean Islands.

3. Prepare for the climate.

It is a must to know the seasonal trends and how they will affect your travel. But also remember that the weather is fickle-minded so you can never really accurately predict the outcome of your travel if you will base it one the weather alone.

If you are going to visit East and Central Africa, long rains start early in April to early June. Short rains abound during late November to December.

Southern Africa has its rainy season from late November through mid-April for the safari areas. However, during that time, it will be summer in Southern Cape.

When one prefers Indian and Ocean Islands he or she can expect the seasonal trend to be more like of that of Southern Africa. In these islands, summer rains last from November through April. Cyclones can also be experienced during those seasons. From May to October, the dry season occurs.

4. Choose your activities.

Among others, safari traveling offers these fun-filled activities:

a. gorilla trekking
b. sailing
c. birdwatching
d. participatory camping
e. self driving

5. Know what you can afford.

When choosing a trip, budget constraints should never be overlooked. Decide on a price range that you can work on. To make your budgeting more effective consider the level of luxury of your safari travel, length of your trip, activities, accommodations preferences, meals and season.

6. Determine your travel style.

Do you prefer your safari to be more luxurious, moderate or rustic? Will you let kids tag along? Are you traveling with a group or will you be one bold, independent traveler? Will you travel by air or road? What about your guide and your vehicle?

Answering those questions will more or less improve your overview of your dream safari travel.

Have fun!

by Jerry

Finding Maui Family Vacation Rentals

September 3, 2018 in Blog

One place you and your family should not miss going to is Hawaii. There is a lot to see and do in this place and instead of staying in a hotel, why not go for a Maui Family Vacation Rental?

A Maui family vacation rental is far different from a hotel because you will be able to rent a fully furnished home that is bigger than a hotel suite. You can cook your own food, do your own laundry and just relax. The best part about it is that this frequently costs a fraction of the price that you pay for in a hotel.

Most of these places offer privacy much better than a bed and breakfast or hotel since you won’t have to encounter any staff that come in and tidy up the room. For those coming home late after a tour, you can easily cook something up instead of housekeeping telling you that their kitchen is closed for the evening.

You will surely enjoy the outside patio that could give you a great view of the ocean when you wake up in the morning or during sunset that makes this it very homey and make it a more relaxing vacation for you and your family.

So how do you find a Maui family vacation rental? A lot of these can be found online while you can also enlist the help your travel agent or a realtor that specializes in leasing homes to tourists.

For those who want to do this without any help, they should simply get in touch with the homeowner, perhaps haggle a bit with the price and then ask for references so you know that the place you are going is safe and secure.

As for customers who don’t want to do the leg work, they can tell the person they hired where they want to go and how many will be in the party so they can find the right place that is suitable for the family.

Soon, you will be able to find a vacation rental that will suit your budget. You can then plan on our itinerary on the island like going shopping, snorkeling, hiking and a host of other outdoor activities that the place is known for.

Being alone with your family has one slight drawback and that is the fact that you will have to clean up the place yourselves. But if you think about it, this is something you do in your very own homes so it shouldn’t be a problem when this place you will be staying in for the next few days will be your second home way from home.

The average stay of people who want to stay at a vacation rental is a week. Just remember that despite everything, it is still much cheaper to stay here than staying at hotel even when you are charged 11.42% accommodation tax.

Just the same, be aware that the rates of family vacation rentals vary depending on the time of the year you decide to have your trip. The peak rate applies during mid-December to end March and again in late June until the end of September.

So on your next trip, book ahead and see what Maui family vacation rentals are like. You are sure to get your moneys worth and a good time.