Monthly Archives: June 2017

Travel Planning

Going on an out-of-town vacation can be quite demanding especially if you’re planning it personally. You have to look for the location, book an accommodation and organize your itinerary. Budget is also another issue of concern. For most of us, travel planning is not a simple thing to do, but if you know the basics then the rest will be easy. Several factors such as purpose, place, budget and time is all you need to know to get you started in your travel planning.

Purpose – This is quite important to discuss with yourself and your travel buddy. Of course it is a given that the main objective of any vacation is relaxation, but as simple as it is, we as tourists always love to add a few small details. For example, do you want to go swimming? Perhaps try on new water sports? On the other hand, maybe you want to escape the busy streets and go on a hike somewhere? Or rather, you prefer sight-seeing and spending time in a foreign place or better yet experience a new kind of adventure, perhaps zip-lining, wall climbing, mountain biking, etc.

Another thing, events such as wedding, honeymoon, anniversary celebration, family vacation, and family reunion or probably a trip with your friends also count as a purpose, so do consider those details. Now why is it important to know the purpose? Knowing can help you choose your destination and itinerary. Selecting a destination is much simpler if you already have an idea on what you want to do from the start.

Place – A wise traveler always does his own research first. Knowing a few things about your travel destination can help you familiarize with the place. In my experience, before choosing any destination, I usually ask myself a few things such as: “Is there anything interesting that I can do here?” or maybe, “Can I afford to go on this trip” or “Do they have any type of promos or special packages?” These questions can guide you in your research. For starters, you can check out various websites that contain information about your prospect destination. And while you’re at it, check out their accommodation rates or any special promos. Researching would literally save you time and money. Doing this could probably spare you from ending up with an unpleasant vacation.

Another important thing to remember, in choosing a travel destination always consider your travel buddies. For example, choose a more child friendly location if you’re planning on bringing kids with you. Furthermore, I suggest to try searching for vacation packages online or through a travel agent, especially if you’re planning for a long vacation since availing one can be quite convenient.

Budget – Estimating the total budget needed for any kind of out-of-town trip depends on several things such as the destination, duration of the trip, number of people going on this trip and the manner of accommodation. For example, will you be staying on a budget or perhaps enjoy a luxurious vacation? After you have settled all of this, then congratulations! You now have an estimated budget limit. All that’s left to do is to compare this calculated amount to your estimated expense and if everything fits in smoothly then you got yourself a vacation else, you can always start again.

Time – For me, this is the most crucial part of travel planning, especially if you’re the busy type of person. Finding the right time when to spend your vacation can be quite arduous, unless of course if you have a good stock of vacation leaves. This factor is also essential in determining what kind of activity is available to you. Remember that there is always what we call a seasonal vacation. For example, spending a summer vacation would mean spending a lot of time on the beach while a winter vacation would mean skiing in the mountains or traveling to tropical countries to avoid the cold climate. Furthermore, travel dates are very important if you are planning to avail of special promos and packages. However, if you can afford it, I suggest to avoid travelling during the peak season.

Organized Travel Planning

Well, summer is finally here, and for many people, that means vacation time! Whether you plan to drive, fly, or travel by other means (a cruise, perhaps?), planning ahead will help your travel experience go off without a hitch.

I not only love to travel, I love to plan to travel. I can spend hours researching locales and lodging choices, preparing itineraries, packing, etc. Therefore, it seems only fitting to share some of my well-honed travel planning tips so that you can benefit from my travel planning addiction, and enjoy an organized travel experience. The 11 tips that follow may be common sense, but are not always commonly applied.

  • Create a Personalized Packing List – Create a packing list on your computer so that you can revise it constantly as you travel and realize what you forgot and would have liked with you, and what you could have left behind. My packing list is organized into the following major categories: Essentials, For Business, For the Beach, For Overseas Travel, For Active Vacations. It is then further broken down into subcategories that are specific enough to easily grab and check off each item without too much forethought (and certainly without that nagging feeling of forgetting something). My list has been customized over years of traveling. Make your list work for you and your family by personalizing it to match your needs.

  • Freshen Up Your Suitcases – Air out your bags before you pack. There is nothing worse than putting clean clothes in a stale smelling bag. (Hint: A scented dryer sheet or lavender sachet can work wonders.)

  • Check Luggage Guidelines – Go online and check your airline’s luggage guidelines to ensure that your carry on will fit, and that you will not be charged extra if you exceed the weight restriction.

  • Pre-Pack and Weigh – Print out your packing list in advance, and start laying out items so that you can get a visual snapshot of what you are bringing. It is wise to pre-pack in advance, especially with today’s strict airline luggage guidelines. I even recommend putting the items in the suitcase and weighing it. Better to know if you will make the cut at home when you can still remove things than to suffer an unexpected luggage fee at the airport.

  • Pack Extra Storage Bags – Pack a few storage bags for small items, like shoes, etc. Make sure that one is waterproof in case you need to pack wet bathing suits on the trip back home.

  • Get Your Gadgets in Order – Empty memory cards, and charge your phone and camera before you leave home. Consolidate power cords, chargers and extra batteries in your carry-on.

  • Refill Prescriptions – Refill prescription medications in advance, and pack in your carry-on in their original packaging in order to pass muster with the TSA. This also provides you with an easy way to remember the exact specifications in the rare event that the medication gets destroyed (melts in the sun, gets wet, etc.) or you are delayed longer than expected, and need to arrange a refill while still away from home.

  • Copy Important Documents – Carry duplicates of your passport and visa (if traveling outside of the country), travel itinerary, and any other vital documents that you need for safe travel, and keep them in a different location than the originals while traveling. Consider also emailing electronic copies to yourself or storing at a secure online site.

  • Give Your Wallet a Diet – Pare down the contents of your wallet to only what you need during travel. Only bring essential documents, such as driver’s license, medical insurance card (check to see if you have coverage if going outside of the country), passport, and credit cards.

  • Alert Credit Card Companies – Contact your bank and credit cards companies before you depart and inform them that you will be traveling, so that they will not be alarmed by out-of-town charges and put a security hold on your account.

  • Inventory the Contents of Your Suitcase – Take photos of your clothes, shoes, and jewelry, which will serve as documentation if your luggage gets lost or stolen. Download the shots onto your home computer or upload them to an online site just in case. It may seem like overkill (don’t all insurance and risk management measures seem so unless you need them?), but it will save you a lot of stress and money if your luggage gets lost or stolen, as well as peace of mind while traveling.

Are You Traveling for Business or Pleasure

Is there anything as stressful as travel planning and wardrobe planning for your travels? You have to worry about airport traffic, security checkpoints, and if adding a string bikini to your already overstuffed luggage will trigger an overweight luggage fee that even loan sharks call excessive. But, there is an upside! Because of a more thorough TSA, you can get your baggage scanned and a gynecological exam at the same time. Here are some travel and packing tips to help you navigate travel planning and wardrobe decision making.

Is your trip for business or pleasure? If your trip is for business, then you have to be extra careful packing because as a woman business trips mean that you cannot repeat outfits during your trip, particularly if it is a conference or anything that there are going to be many pictures. It will require extra careful prep planning for your wardrobe. Celebrities have wardrobe stylists who prepare their outfits for press tours and trips since their photos end up everywhere. If you are a guest speaker at a conference or trade show, you will also need to pay maniacal attention to your wardrobe to ensure that you are chic in every picture snapped.

Your wardrobe for a business trip does require more items and it might even require you to check a bag. However, you do have options. You can ship your clothing ahead of time to make sure it arrives in one piece and on time. That is another task that is performed by wardrobe stylists for photo shoots in exotic locales or if you are dressing other VIPs for exclusive events.

If this trip is for pleasure then wardrobe is a whole differently animal. While you still can’t show up to the first class lounge in six year old Juicy sweats and mismatched flip-flops, you can be more efficient in your wardrobe planning. A travel tip revealed by Kelly Ripa is to wear the same outfit to and from your travel location. It is your travel outfit and it will prevent this outfit from taking up valuable real estate in your suitcase.

There are two schools of thought concerning preparation for emergencies in travel planning and wardrobe. Some fashion experts say don’t bother planning for contingencies as you can purchase anything you missed once you arrive at your destination. The other fashion experts (some of these experts may also answer to a nickname of neurotic) say to always plan for contingencies. This means throwing in an extra pair of underwear and socks into your suitcase and maybe even an additional outfit. This depends on your own personal comfort level with uncertainty and how jam packed your schedule is. If there is no time on your itinerary to run errands then pack for contingencies.

What is a Green Travel

A Green Travel Plan is a document which identifies how to reduce reliance on private cars by encouraging residents, staff or customers to adopt more sustainable methods of travel.

Each site has a unique set of issues and opportunities relating to access and travel options. A green travel plan consultant is usually required to assist in identifying current travel patterns, and formulate individual measures which can encourage and facilitate alternative means of travel, thus reducing, or in some cases removing, the need for on-site parking facilities, and achieve a more sustainable form of development.

The key to providing a successful green travel plan is to identify public transport options and other more sustainable ways of travelling to a site, and formulating ways in which staff and patients can be encouraged to choose greener methods of travel.

By formulating a series of short and longer terms objectives, it is expected that the Green Travel Plan, through ongoing monitoring and revisions, will play an important role in reducing the number of vehicle trips associated with the new surgery. An initial staff travel survey will be carried out once the facility is operational, and this will establish existing travel patterns and identify ways in which changes to travel patterns can be encouraged.

Targets will be set with key objectives to encourage car sharing, increased use of public transport, and more cycle trips. These are relatively easy and achievable changes in behaviour which will have a significant and positive benefit in terms of the impact of this new health facility on its surroundings.