Sunrise trekking on Mount Batur

A spectacular sunrise was not to be missed on this trip either. For Sunday morning we therefore booked a tour of a volcano: Mount Batur at 1717 meters. In order to arrive at the top on time, we should be picked up at our accommodation at two in the morning. So on Saturday it was time to go to bed early and out of bed after only four hours of sleep. Half an hour late and when we were about to get back into bed, our driver came brewing. A couple from America and two Englishmen were already on the bus.

After an hour’s drive and a short breakfast break, we arrived at the foot of the volcano. There we met Sami, who was supposed to lead our little group to the summit. After everyone had packed themselves in more or less warm clothes (the English kept their shorts on), the climb could start at around 4:00 a.m.

It started off comfortably, the first few meters consisted of firm ground with a slight incline. However, the higher we got, the more strenuous the tour became. The ground became uneven, the path steeper and the air cooler. In some places we almost had to climb. But step by step we came closer to the summit and the sunrise came noticeably closer.

In the end it was done: We had reached our destination around 6 a.m. For the mount Batur sunrise trekking we looked for a place a few meters below the summit, because it was already too full at the top. Spellbound, we waited, freezing with around a hundred others, for the sun to finally appear. When she did, we were rewarded for the arduous climb. It was worth getting up early for this sunrise! finally done..

Shortly thereafter, the first began to descend again, so that there was space for us at the summit and we could once again enjoy the view from the top.

We then went down a few meters to a platform on which dozens of monkeys frolicked. These probably only feed on the breakfast leftovers of the tourists and were therefore very trusting.

 

Before we started the descent after extensive photo sessions, Sami showed us a geyser and a huge cave, in which there is a Buddhist temple behind large rocks. Sami told us that she no longer dares to enter the temple on her own since a huge boulder fell from the ceiling of the cave when she was nearby. Somehow understandable … Still really impressive that a temple was built in the middle of the mountain. We could hardly imagine how to get there.

Then we went downhill, for which we chose a different, somewhat longer, but less steep path. The main reason, however, was that there weren’t that many tourists there and that we made it faster.

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Once at the bottom, we had to wait for our driver before we could go back. When we got to the accommodation, we had to pack things quickly, as we were picked up at 12 noon: We went back to the coast to Candidasa, where we were just sitting on the terrace in front of our bungalow

Dorset: In the footsteps of novelist Thomas Hardy

A short walk through a flower garden and herb to Thomas Hardy’s Cottage reminds me of a vacation at my father’s family’s summer home on the wild Atlantic coast in County Mayo, Ireland.

The Dorset Cob and the two-story thatched roof building resembled a pleasant place where I played Gaelic soccer outside for hours with my cousins ​​Mattie and JT.

A happy atmosphere is also the same as a boy who asks who is immersed in a loving family and surrounded by the wonders of animals and natural plants – a vision that in the case of Hardy is only possible through the dilapidated garden of its builder, who was born in Time is also filled with bricks, blocks and other equipment in his field.

My connected feeling continued as I entered and saw the familiar open fire where his mother cooked family meals and a small bedroom where the great future writers had ventured into the world for the first time.

Thomas Hardy, writer
My visit to the cottage that was built in 1800 came when I followed the Thomas Hardy Trail through his beloved Dorset, which appeared in his books and poems and remained one of the purest rural areas in England.

Born out of Irish parents and raised in Lincolnshire, I spent a lot of restless time in my small bedroom behind Shuckin’s King Lear and Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, which practically shattered every initial wish that I would learn to love their writing.

However, Hardy’s study had the opposite effect: my analysis of Mayor Casterbridge’s character, topic, and drama before the exam created a lifelong love for his work – including two public holidays in County Mayo, where his books are my obsessive vacation reading.

The Dorset Trail, an extraordinary winding road through many places found in these works, as well as in life and love in its own life, begins with great excitement, worry and is complex enough to be considered one of its fictitious acts.

My base for this tour is a very beautiful vacation home that may have emerged from Hardy Country itself 150 years ago.

Apple cider factory
Cider Mill on Motcombe, the right place
When we arrived with photographer and colleague Sue Mountjoy, we had a perfect oasis in the old and beautifully restored Cider Mill, framed by old trees, in the quiet village of Motcombe, only a few miles from Shaftesbury and close to the green heart. by the writer and luxury stamp shop, the famous Blackmore Vale.

As we drove, there was a lively wedding at the Church of St. Mary next door, where Sue and I admire the view of local farmers who have enjoyed a tradition that hasn’t changed much since Hardy’s early views in the early 19th century.

Strangely, it feels like the writer is presenting scenes that appear so often in his great novels, marriage and all his plays, followed by the excitement of married life and the tragedy of love left behind, betrayal. Falling sorrow and grace.

Tess, Jude The Obscure and The Woodlanders
Hardy moved to new places far and far in the land of his birthplace Dorset (Wessex) and often came up with fictional names for places, but we chose the north because it was a great inspiration and basis for his last three books, Tess, Jude the Obscure and The Woodlanders.

So Sue – a “moderate” Hardy fan – and I dove into mixed drives and hiked through places that have changed so little since being born 179 years ago.

Bockhampton Cottage – Hardy’s birthplace

It was impressive to start with Bockhampton Cottage of the National Trust, where the sick Thomas baby was born on June 2, 1840, apparently dead until he was born, and where his literal mother and music enthusiast Dad used his writing skills to play the violin and art.

This artistic training took him to London, where he became an architect before returning to Dorset and published a successful Under the Greenwood Tree with his old school in the village.

Max Gate

Our next stop is another National Trust property, Max Gate, Dorchester House, where he designed and lived for 40 years, and where he wrote and published great works such as Jude, Casterbridge, The Woodlanders, and Tess.

There he also lived with the two women he married. The first, Emma Gifford, daughter of a Cornish priest, could not overcome the classy character of some of her works, including the controversial Judas (called “Judas Orang Saru” by church people), and despite her deep love for one another, she has lived separated from him for years at the top of the house.

After his sad death in 1912, Hardy never recovered and turned to poetry. After marrying his young secretary, Florence Dugdale, he lived in Max Gate for 14 years until he died in 1928.

From home, Sue and I will go to the Dorset County Museum in the center of the city to see famous exhibitions in the area of ​​work, as well as books, photos and manuscripts. However, a thorough renovation means that it will not reopen until next summer.

Church of St. Michael
Instead, we went to a place that manifested the sadness that shaded his life later. His mind, haunted by Emma’s disappearance at the time of his death, buried his body in Poet’s Corner in Westminster Abbey, but his heart was buried next to him in St Michael’s Church in Stinsford, less than a mile from moving his birthplace, which allowed us to take a very emotional step.

golden hill
Gold Hill. It became famous when it appeared in Hovis advertisements
In the following days at Cider Mill, a true oasis of rural peace, our journey took us far and wide; to Blackmore to visit the Marnhull honey stone house where Tess lived; Shaftesbury (famous for its Gold Hill, seen in TV commercials Hovis) and starring as “Shaston” on Tess and Jude the Obscure; to Sherbourne (Sherton Abbas) for the 15th-century Far From the Madding Crowd market and The Woodlanders Priory.

Evershot (Evershed) – away from the crowd
Another stop for Tess for us is Evershot (Evershed), so beautiful that it can fall from the pages of a book and is a place like Sherbourne Marketplace in the 2015 film version of Far From the Madding Crowd in which the film The Acorn (renamed The Sow and Acorn) also there.

Sturminster Newton (Stourcastle)
In view of Hardy’s previous difficult times, a trip to Sturminster Newton (Stourcastle) had to be made, where he lived in Riverside Villa for two years and had the happiest time of his life. He wrote The Return of the Natives and poems including Overlooking the River Stour and On Sturminster Footbridge.

In this beautiful place, we end our journey with emotion and fascination with the times and the work of an author who dominates the bestseller list but evokes lots of passion, pain and unfulfilled love from his own life at work.

There the writer’s own words also summarize our footsteps and perhaps his love for nature and his beloved Wessex home when they see “a swallow flying in eight curves above the river’s gleam”. Perfect.

Travel Guide: 24 hours in York, UK

The walled city of York is named the European Tourism City of the Year and is the safest city in England. But the city’s long history has seen more than just action since it was founded by the Romans nearly two thousand years ago.

It surrendered to the Viking invasion and drove it away almost 100 years later. It was a place of rebellion after Norman conquest in England and a long siege during the civil war. Even Guy Fawkes, who was known to have tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605, was born here.

At the turn of the 20th century, York was an important railroad center that supported the distribution of the famous chocolate brands Rowntrees and Terry.

All this inspires nearly 7 million visitors each year to explore the charming stone streets, medieval castles, Gothic cathedrals, family-friendly museums and cozy pubs.

You must visit
Start from the excellent Visit Information Center of York on 1 Museum Street, a few steps from the train station for a city map.

History buffs will love Cliffords Tower. Built at the behest of Wilhelm the Conqueror as part of York Castle, it was used as a prison and prison until 1929. Climb the spiral stairs to enjoy the beautiful views of the city and enjoy the lively conversations of actors who tell stories of their turbulent lives. Ticket prices are £ 5 for adults and £ 3 for children.

The entertaining York Dungeons are a pleasure for horror fans. A number of talented theater actors take you on an interactive 75-minute tour of more than two thousand years of horrific events in a city with more than a few black comedies. Tickets start at £ 16.95 and online discounts are available.

Must be explored
York Minster
York Minster (c) Bella’s backpack
Reach your walking shoes and follow the rocky winding cobbled streets of York dominated by the impressive York Minster Cathedral. A well-preserved medieval wall is a popular two and a half mile walk.

York’s most famous street is The Shambles of the 14th century. Formerly an open slaughterhouse or meat market, butchers have long closed this beautiful medieval alley and replaced it with souvenir shops, boutiques, and tea rooms. Outside the city walls, the river Ouse offers beautiful hiking opportunities.

Must eat
If you are a fan of KitKat bars or Terry’s Chocolate Orange, then York is your spiritual home because this city is the proud birth place of many of the most popular chocolate bars in the world.

Rowntree’s Cocoa Works, now part of Nestlé, was founded in York in 1862 by Henry Isaac Rowntree, who ran the company with his philanthropic brother Joseph.

Another family-run chocolate maker is Terry’s of York, the creator of the famous round orange chocolate treat and the All Gold selection box.

Chocolate lovers must go straight into York’s chocolate history to try goods while feeling the stories presented by passionate guides and high-quality interactive productions.

The tour costs £ 11.50 for adults and £ 9.50 for children and includes special take-away treats.

Have to drink
It was reported that York has a pub for every day of the year. There may not be 365 of them, but of course there are broad choices if you like a sip: the 2016 census found the city has more than 200 pubs serving 328 types of real beer.

Some of these public houses are hundreds of years old, including Ye Olde Starre Inne. Look for the 1733 mark. Every summer the city hosts Assize of Ale, a medieval style pub that you can collect for charity. This tradition dates back to the 13th century, when a British law called Assize of Bread and Ale was introduced to regulate the production and sale of bread and beer – the first of its kind for British food.

Must remain
York only has one five-star hotel, the Grand Hotel & Spa, which opened in 2010. It is centrally located in an impressive turn-off location from the North Railway century headquarters. Its original features include arches, marble fireplaces, and front windows. Spacious rooms with high ceilings start at £ 133 a night and some offer enviable city views. To maximize your stay, look for packages such as Grand Afternoon Tea and full use of hotel health facilities.

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Get it there
Because trains are an important part of York’s heritage, this is certainly the most appropriate and elegant way to get around the city. Direct train from London Kings Cross only takes two hours and pre-sale tickets are available with Grand Central Rail starting at £ 12.80 (one-way). Arrive at the amazing Victoria train station in York and start your visit in style.

 

Ski Guide: Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck is beautiful, a place with elegant streets and a square full of brightly painted buildings, but you can reach Nordkette directly through the funicular Hungerberg, which starts as an underground and then walks through the hilly suburbs to ride the cable car. to connect.

This is one of the 13 ski areas in the new Ski + City Pass, a ski track with 22 attractions (including the Grand Imperial Palace, which was completed in 1500 under Emperor Maximilian I), and several large swimming pools and public transportation to cover the area the.Innsbruck is located in the heart of Austrian skiing and the Bergisel ski jump is on a ridge with beautiful city views (towers with tall cafes designed by famous architect Zaha Hadid are on the Ski + City Pass).

The closest ski area is Nordkette, whose peak is 2,256 m after two cable cars. The farthest, about 45 minutes by bus from the city, is Stubai Glacier. There is everything from the famous resort (beautiful Kuhtai) to the small learning area of ​​Kinderland Rinn and three lifts from Elfer in the village of Neustift.

The others are Patscherkofel (on a bare peak with a radio pole above the city), Axamer Lizum (about 30 km slopes), the adjacent Mutteralm (ideal for students), neighboring Glungezer, small Sonnenberg, beautiful peaks of Oberferpuss, Hochoetz, alpine charming, same addition to Kuhtai, decent Schlick 2000, Bergeralm (30 km away, on the way to Italy), some easy slopes at Mieders, children’s fun area in Grünberg and the sunlift pull lift on Axams.

Ski: Ski + City Pass is available for at least two days and is ideal for short breaks or even full vacations.Nordkette is a ski resort for short visits, the trip itself is a must, driven by futuristic cables which call for a more futuristic station designed by Zaha Hadid, and then a cable car to the magical winter land in trees with stunning 360-degree views of the city and the Alps.

There are only six slopes, but it is dramatic – plus Hafelekarrinne, Europe’s steepest ski route, off-piste offspring. Everywhere in the city and in the Valley Inn, Patscherkofel offers spectacular views and special breeds (route 7.5 km) where races are held at the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics.

For a more traditional day of skiing, Kuhtai is a village (over 2,000 m, the highest holiday resort in Austria with large snow blankets) with slopes on both sides of the main road. The slope is easy, but take a long step above the reservoir to burn the steep and intoxicating powder through the dam.

Ten minutes away by regular shuttle is Hochoetz, another ski area with a reasonable amount of skiing (30 km) and many tree lanes. Schlick 2000 is unknown to most Englishmen, but an enchanting place with beautiful views to the villages of Fulpnes and Neustift in the Stubai valley on one side and on the other side of a beautiful cruise ship beneath the towering, rocky rock face with 2,611 castles m high. Conquered by Sir Edmund Hillary in 1949, four years before Everest. Families will love it and there is also a black slope.

The Biggie is the Stubai Glacier, the largest glacier ski area in Austria with an altitude of 3,210 m. Although the glacial melt tower – the elevator sits a good three meters above the slope on reinforced ice – snow is guaranteed from October to June.

Stubai Valley c Chris Frenzel
There is a view of the connection from a height of more than 3,000 m to the Italian Dolomite. The descent is usually fast, but family friendly. They are great for cruises in a totally different environment – and there is the pleasure of 10 km descent from the top back to the base station.

Why leaving
Odd skiing: these places are definitely not skiing all day without touching the same slopes, but they are still interesting. And don’t just stay in a bigger place – look at small places, especially if you have a rental car.

Convenience: Innsbruck is easy, cheap flights are far away, the city center is only a stone’s throw from the airport and there are all kinds of places to be found on slopes and off-road, all with one pass.

Tyrolean style: This is one of the most beautiful regions in Austria and you can experience it from the city road to the top of the mountain. Before Christmas, Innsbruck was a lively market world that lasted into the night

X-Factor: a magical blend of city and skiing like elsewhere and the possibility of riding on slopes by ski bus or public transportation. Rent a car and you can mark 13th in a few days. The trick is to design your time so that you can admire tourist attractions, from the city’s historic buildings to the luxurious Swarovski Crystal World, a fusion of caves, parks and playgrounds that resemble amusement parks. If you arrive before Christmas, you will find the empty slopes and Innsbruck Christmas market entertainment.

Where should we eat?
ADLERS: A view of almost 360 degrees through a huge glass wall on the 12th floor and on the top floor of a curved Innsbruck building in the 1970s style. Not in the ski area, but you can see it from here – the place for an elegant yet relaxed après-ski night, both in the bar and in the restaurant. Modern and chic cuisine with a local touch (tartare beef from Tyrolean gray beef), but also vegan creations. The roof is a party hotspot, while the aDLERS 75-room luxury hotel is on the ground floor.

Zur Goldenen Gams: This large, airy, wooden paneled place with modern art is located at 2,600 m above sea level on the Stubai Glacier and is a dream with large windows filled with sun and reflections covered with snow. It is claimed to be the largest waiter service restaurant in Tyrol (400 seats, without a large terrace), but it is quick to include crispy, wafer-thin pizza, gröstl (a mixture of Tyrolean potatoes and meat), sizzling, or a chilled wasabi foam and grilled almond.

Dorfstadl: Traditional restaurant and bar in Kuhtai, on the main road, but apart from the elevator – also the nightly pleasure with your own apartment building. The place is all old wood, except chunky stone. Trad Food – Wiener schnitzel, sausage and chips, gröstl, and large yeast donuts for dessert.

Residence
Level 12: Right in the heart of the city, level 12 is cool and modern and is regularly rated as one of the best in the city. Located behind the historic facade of the large pedestrian zone Maria-Theresien-Straße and opening to the elegant Rathausgalerien shopping arcade. Contemporary rooms (often with mountain views from large windows), lively bars and stylish spas. Double room from € 100, room only, breakfast around € 20 for two people (stage12.at)

Hotel Mondschein: Hotel Mondschein is located in a row of colorful houses on the River Inn on the edge of the old city. A five-minute walk from Hungerbahn, ideal for skiing at Nordkette. Only 31 stylish rooms. Some have solar-powered stars on the ceiling for fairytale nights with a buffet breakfast. Double rooms from € 90, B&B.

It’s Easy To Travel When You Know What To Do

Traveling can be so much fun. Whether traveling to a new city or a new country, the road is always full of new adventures and new sights to see. Any trip can be made better by keeping a few basic travel guidelines in mind. These tips can make for smoother traveling.

Study up on the area you are going to and take precautions to protect yourself from crime. Some tourist areas have especially high theft rates. It is very important to know about these things before you go. There are often simple precautions you can take to make yourself less of a target.

If you’re going on a trip where you expect to be doing lots of walking, break in your new shoes in advance. This will prevent blisters and help keep your feet from becoming sore. Good shoes can be the difference between the most enjoyable walking tour of your life, and a torture session.

Something you should never do is place an important document in the pocket of the seat in front of you. Most likely, it will slide down to where you will not be able to view it anymore and you will forget all about it. Then you will get off the plane and realize too late that you don’t have it.

If you tend to travel a lot, a great thing to do is buy a postcard from every new location. Collect your postcards in a photo album (they are the same size as the average photograph) and write the dates on the back when you went there. Doing this will make your trip memorable and give you some nice pictures to look back on.

Before taking an overseas trip, travelers must remember to check their immunizations. Traveling to a destination on a different continent will expose the traveler to germs and potential infections that his or her body is not used to. The wise traveler will check with a health care professional to determine what new immunizations and boosters he or she needs.

If you’re planning on travelling internationally any time soon, make sure you’re prepared for customs inspections and the forms you’ll have to fill out. Have your social security number memorized and keep your passport handy at all times. Find out before you leave your destination what you aren’t allowed to bring home, as your gifts can easily be confiscated.

Don’t rely on ribbons and bows to make your luggage stand out from the rest of the pack. These adornments can very easily be torn off in transit. Instead, opt for luggage in a bright, unusual color or vivid pattern that stands out on its own and can’t be removed.

If you are staying at a hotel while traveling, be sure to figure out where all of the emergency exits are located. You never know when there might be a fire drill or even a fire. Your map reading skills aren’t going to be at their best when you are woken by the alarm at 4 AM, so it’s better to know in advance.

If you are finding it difficult to pick a place to travel to ask friends and family. The people closest to you should have some insight on the type of person you are and the the kind of destinations you should like. Wherever you go just remember to have an open mind and make the best of your trip.

Do not put a sightseeing attraction into your travel plans without researching it a little. While the idea of such an attraction is straightforward – go to a landmark and look at it – in practice, many popular destinations will require entrance fees or advance reservations. Being prepared for such requirements will keep you from getting disappointed.

To make a long airport layover fly by in a flash, see if you can purchase a day pass for one of the airport’s exclusive lounges. These lounges are meant for the airlines’ best customers, but with a day pass, you will be able to relax in style with free food and drinks, as well as, clean bathrooms, while you wait for your flight.

Traveling by bus is an economical alternative to flying, but you should be aware of luggage requirements before packing for your trip. Find out the weight and size limits of luggage imposed by your chosen bus company, in addition to the number of bags you can take. If you are bringing skis, snowboards or other bulky equipment, make sure you comply with the company’s policies. Be prepared to move your own luggage if transferring buses, as most bus companies do not provide this service.

If you have a smartphone, use it to help with your travel plans, and also, as a handy tool once you arrive at your destination. You can send yourself the itinerary through email, use the GPS feature to figure out where to go, and text message your friends and family. You can also use it as an entertainment device by downloading audiobooks or games. It’s small and convenient to carry, but it can serve many functions for you.

When traveling do not bring large amounts of money with you. You also do not want to appear to have a lot of money. This will make people think they can take advantage of you.

Bring a ruck sack with you when you are traveling on an airplane. Since many airlines are charging fees to check luggage, a lot of travelers are choosing to stick with carry-on bags instead. These bags are typically small, so to ensure that you have enough room for all of your stuff, take a ruck sack. It will fit into the overhead compartment and has a lot of space in it.

When on a road trip with a toddler, try to start your trips nearer to the afternoon. Many times, young children will give you problems if you head out too early. Most toddlers will be ready for their nap in the afternoon and will be less likely to act up on any trip, when they are fast asleep.

You now have great ideas so your travel plans go smoothly. Be sure to take your camera!

Advice To Follow On Your Next Trip

If you want to travel and do it to the best of your ability, then you want to learn as much as you can about traveling. Traveling is a subject where the more you know, the more you can apply and improve your trips accordingly, so take these tips into serious consideration.

Calling a family or friend when you leave and arrive on a trip isn’t just for kids. It is a good way to put them at ease, and also to make sure that if something goes wrong on your trip, someone will know about it quicker. If you have not called by a certain time, and they cannot reach you, this person will be able to take appropriate actions to find you or find out what happened.

Before one is about to travel they should consider how they are going to pack. When packing one should always think about leaving one bag, suitcase, or other luggage partially empty. By leaving extra space there will always be room for more things that one may pick up while traveling such as souvenirs.

Make sure that you fill any prescriptions that you take on a regular basis before you leave town on a trip. Running out of medication while visiting a new place can be both stressful and expensive as you have to track down a pharmacy that can fill your prescription for you.

The lighter you pack the easier you travel. This is the closest thing there is to an absolute rule in travel. Pack the lightest clothing you can, and restrict yourself to only the clothes you are sure you will wear. The less you pack, the less you carry and the less tired you will get.

If you’ve got a long flight coming up, it may be tempting to take a sleep aide to make the travel time go faster. But wait until your plane is up in the air before you take it. If you doze off before it’s in the air, you may miss important announcements or worse, be asked to disembark to switch planes.

Before booking any vacations, do some comparison shopping. Make sure you’re getting a good deal on your flight and hotel by looking at the prices of several websites. If you don’t need to leave or return from your trip on an exact day, check the price of several days in the same week. One might be cheaper.

To enhance your personal safety in hotels, bring along a doorstopper. Some areas just aren’t that safe. Put a doorstop in your door to prevent it from being opened.

When considering the purchase of travel insurance, check to see if you might already be covered by your own insurance provider’s policy. Some benefits to look for that might be exclusive to travel insurance are cancellation reimbursements, coverage for interruption of the trip, ambulance coverage, and coverage of your lost belongings.

Mix things up a bit and travel to somewhere you haven’t been before. You want to go to as many diverse and interesting places while you can on this planet. You might even consider traveling internationally. If you decide you want to travel internationally make sure you get your passport and funds ready, as well as look into the currency exchange rates for different countries.

To avoid paying high airport prices for snacks and food, make sure to pack your own bag of treats before you leave home. Pretzels, crackers, trail mix and dried fruit, are all great airplane snack ideas. If you bring your own, you won’t have to pay an arm and a leg for snacks at the airport or on board the plane.

Always leave a copy of your travel itinerary with someone back at hom,e so that they can keep track of you. Be sure to include phone numbers and addresses so that they will be able to contact you if needed. You never know what sort of emergency might come up while you are away.

As you make your travel arrangements, consider using the bidding features that are available on several websites to secure your hotel accommodations. You can bid on hotel rooms at drastically reduced prices, but you don’t know which hotel you are staying at until they charge your credit card. You can often get at least 50 percent off the regular rate of the room using this method.

Before going on any vacation or trip, read the reviews. These reviews should be about the local restaurants around the area that you are staying, the hotel that you are staying in or the car service that you are using if you are renting a car. These reviews can help make your trip much better.

Before you go anywhere, check if you have any of those extra rewards miles on your credit card. These miles can really help you save money and you might not even know that you have all these reward miles on your car. So next you go anywhere, check your resources.

Attempt to get the “local” hotel rate when traveling. These rates will be much more affordable for you. If you are friendly with a person who lives in the city you plan to visit, contact them too see if they are aware of any special deals. This can help you save a good amount of money.

There are many reasons to plan activities when traveling. In addition to just stopping to eat and use the bathroom, activities give people something to look forward to and help make the trip more fun. Provide your children with a map and schedule of your activities.

As stated in the beginning of the article, you want to learn as much as you can about traveling. Remember that the information you just learned, isn’t everything there is to know about how to travel efficiently, so always be on the look out for new things to learn. Apply these tips and your trips in the future should be smoother.

Top Tips For Making Your Travel Worries Trivial!

With the right advice, anyone can easily plan a trip that will be safe, affordable, and enjoyable. If you read on, you’ll discover a collection that should help every beginner transform into a traveling pro.

Split up clothes between bags when traveling. When traveling with more than one person, split your clothes between your respective suitcases. There is a chance you might lose a bag during your trip. If a bag is lost, having the clothes split up ensures than everyone will have at least one change of outfit available to them.

If you’re going to be traveling soon, don’t go through a travel agent. You’ll find your trip costing twice as much. Rather, shop around online through different bargain dealers like expedia.com or travelocity.com. This will help you save some money that can be better spent when you arrive at your destination, perhaps on souvenirs, or for that nice guy online that gave you this tip.

Do not travel with wrapped gifts. When traveling for the holidays, it is tempting to get things done ahead of time and wrap all of your gifts, but don’t! The TSA does not allow wrapped gifts onto airlines and they may need to unwrap the gifts to inspect their contents.

Pack dryer sheets into your luggage. If you have ever flown before, you might have noticed that sometimes your luggage can come back smelling just a little odd. To eliminate this problem and keep your clothes and possessions smelling fresh, use dryer sheets. Pack them in between layers of clothing.

Do not park your car at the airport. Parking lot fees can be steep and leaving your car in a parking lot for an extended period of time can make some people uneasy. Have a friend or family member drop you off at the airport. Alternatively, you can use the airport’s shuttle service.

If you need to use the bathroom during a long flight, please make sure to put your shoes on when entering the restroom. You never know what kind of germs can be on the floor of the plane, especially near the commode. When you return to your seat, feel free to kick your shoes off.

When traveling, always make sure you have money and photo ID with you at all times. In the event of an emergency these two items will allow you to access resources that you need. If you take medication regularly be sure to carry a two-day supply on you as well.

Make sure you double or even triple check all of your reservations before you leave for your trip. Just call the hotels you are staying at or make sure none the events you were planning on going to got cancelled. You don’t want to be left stranded with no where to stay or disappointed that your favorite band isn’t going to play in the city you are going to visit just to see them live. There’s nothing wrong with checking your plans for your trip.

If you’re going to be driving to your destination, especially if it’s a long trip, try to travel at night. There’s a lot less traffic on the roads so you can most likely get their faster. And if you’re traveling with kids, they can curl up in the back seat and sleep the drive away.

Travelers without children should not be too quick to judge or get angry with small children on a public mode of transportation. Traveling with children is quite stressful for the parents as well and they are usually highly embarrassed by their child’s behavior. Try to remember that you were once a child as well and if in a plane, recognize that high altitudes are quite hard on a small child’s inner ears.

Packing for a trip means keeping it light. Fuel costs are driving fees for overweight baggage and causing fliers to readjust their travel budget on the fly. Pack only what is necessary for your trip and leave extraneous items out. Sometimes it might be in your best interest to purchase small ticket items at your destination, as opposed to paying for the weight.

If you need to find a place to eat or want recommendations for a local attraction, stay away from hotel employees. Most of them are given money to advise you to go to certain locations. Visit shops, cafes or restaurants that you like and ask them for advice on where you should go.

While traveling, it is important to keep your home safe while you are away and it will be empty. To reduce the chances of someone thinking your house is empty and easy pickings, you should have a trusted person tend the house. That person can get newspapers, mail and even move the cars around that may be in the driveway. Most importantly, they will mask that the house is empty.

If you are flying for several hours, pack a few snacks. Fruit makes a great snack. You can save a lot by not buying airport food, and you may have a conversation with your neighbor that is looking at your food.

If your destination has a visitors bureau, call them at least three months before travel to inquire about coupons or special packages. To attract more tourists, many of these locations have made deals with local attractions and service providers to offer steep discounts and special rates to visitors. You can save a lot of money and plan your time accordingly.

In order to truly enjoy traveling during a vacation it is very important to bring only what you need. It is hard to travel when there is unnecessary baggage. Another thing that this brings is that you will spend more time enjoying your vacation rather than pulling along that bulky bag.

The advice above should get you off to a solid start as far as planning out your trip goes. This article was put together to assist you in learning the best ways to plan a trip and keep you safe and smart as you travel.