Six Things You Need To Do Before You Globe Trot

For any trip that you take, good planning is the essential component to ensuring that it goes off without a hitch. Globetrotting is one of the biggest adventures that you could plan to be on, but you must be organized before you get going to make it the trip that you truly want. 

The last thing that you want to do is to get this part wrong. You are embarking on a once in a lifetime trip, and that requires a lot of research and planning for a stress-free experience. Let’s take a look at six things that you need to do before you get on that first plane!

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Check Your Travel Documents: You don’t need to know your passport number or the date it will expire, but you do need to know that it’s definitely in date for at least six months after you enter the first country you go to. You should make sure that you also have valid travel visas for any countries that require you to have them. The last thing that you want is to be removed for being illegal!

Organize Your Home Life: You may not work from home, but that doesn’t mean that your mail isn’t important. Get it all redirected (even if your trip is only six months!) and use an internet based postal box service instead. You can access your mail on the go and you’ll be able to keep up with any important communications while you’re away.

Get Vaccinated: Take the time to research the places that you plan to visit and learn whether you will need any additional vaccinations for those areas. This website can help you to learn which countries require vaccinations to be had or not.

Get Insured: Your travel insurance can make a difference as to whether you are out of pocket or not while you’re out in the world. If your luggage is lost, you have an injury, you miss your flight for whatever reason – you will need travel insurance. Make sure your insurance covers you from the moment your trip starts until it ends – just in case!

Set Up Work: Are you planning to work as you travel? You can set up remotely to be able to work anywhere you would like in the world. You can blog, you can write – as long as you have an internet connection, you can work anywhere you want to! You can – of course – choose to work on a field or a farm, but if you can kick back a little and work in your hotel rooms or in that little coffee shop on the corner, why not?

Prepare The Finances: You have months ahead of you for travelling. This means that you need to get your finances organized and a plan set up for how you are going to earn money while you travel. Get it set up early and you won’t have to worry while you’re flitting from place to place.

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Tips for a Safe Vacation When Pregnant

Whether you are going on a babymoon or want to get away from city life, there is nothing wrong with taking a vacation during your pregnancy. In fact, a majority of women go on vacation during their nine-month of pregnancy. If you have a low-risk pregnancy, it is pretty safe to travel during pregnancy. Many parents want to take the opportunity to travel and relax before the exhausting time to take care of a newborn starts.

There are certain things that you need to keep in mind before you go ahead and book yourself and your partner Kerala tour packages or a package for an international destination for your vacation. Here are some of the tips that will allow you to be more comfortable and stay safe on vacation –

Time Your Vacation Right

It is always advised to go on vacation while pregnant during the second trimester. Most women suffer from nausea during the first trimester that can make it difficult to plan long trips. Also, most doctors advise against traveling during the third trimester, especially if you are having a risky pregnancy. However, if you have a healthy pregnancy, there is no reason why you cannot travel until the month to your due date.

Choose Your Destination Wisely

You need to pick something close to where you live so that you do not have to spend time on flights. Thus, it is best to choose a national package where you can arrive at your destination within a period of one to two hours flights. In addition, you should avoid visiting hill stations as they can take a toll on your health. The best option would be to a beach city where you can relax. You also need to ensure that you have access to safe drinking water, has good quality air, and there is no risk of foodborne diseases.

Apply Common Sense when Picking Activities

While it may sound stupid, it is important that you pick activities that will not put you at high risk such as waterskiing, scuba diving or park rides. You should not indulge in activities where there is any sudden acceleration or stops. You should also give saunas and hot tubs a miss as extreme heat can harm your baby. If you are not sure if an activity is good for you, you should consult with your doctor to find if an activity is safe for you.

Take Frequent Breaks

You might feel more tired than you usually do. Even if you feel active, it is best to take short breaks and not over-indulge. Your body will be working hard for the baby, and carrying the extra weight will be tough for you. So, there is nothing wrong in sitting down once in a while and put your feet up whenever you can. A small snack, some water, and a break can make you feel comfortable and allow you to enjoy your vacation to the fullest. Do not be embarrassed to ask the tour leader for a break and take some rest.

Eat Healthy Food

Traveling a great way to try out different cuisines, but when you are pregnant, it is important to take a few precautions. It is much easier to eat healthy food when you are traveling. You need to include more fruits and vegetables to your diet so that you can get more minerals and vitamins. It is also a good idea to pack healthy snacks that you can eat in case you do not get access to food that you like. It is also important to drink plenty of water so that you remain hydrated.

Carry a Medical Portfolio for Safety

It is essential that you travel with a medical portfolio so that if something goes wrong, the emergency responders will know what to expect and if you have any allergies. People around you should know that you are pregnant and about your health, if you are not in a position to speak. Always have the number of your doctor on speed dial so that you can reach out to him or her in case of an emergency.

When you go on vacation, you will find other people addressing your bump. People will treat you with extra kindness. Instead of being embarrassed, enjoy the attention and the pampering. Do not feel shy to accept seats or any help when offered to you. You and your partner will be able to have a fun and relaxing holiday with a few precautions. Once you return, you will feel refreshed and ready to take on the role of a new mom.

How to Find the Best Hotel in Ao Nang Beach Krabi in Thailand

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Choosing a place to lay your head is an important decision when going off for a vacation in Ao Nang Beach. There are different factors that you ought to carefully think about when picking the best hotel for this trip. Everybody has different preferences. While others enjoy a hotel offering a bed, shower, TV and continental breakfast, others would want luxurious spas and some bit of pampering. Others still, would prefer something totally different.

Avoid any hiccups that could ruin your stay in Ao Nang Beach by thinking through the following points and get your “where to stay in Krabi” question answered.

1. Proximity to Attraction Sites

How close is the hotel to the tourist attraction sites? This is the first question you need to ask yourself when looking for a hotel. Some of the attraction sites include limestone islands, cliffs, caves, shrines, mangrove forests, railway beaches and kayaks. Hotels located near the beach guarantees you easy access to these sites. Since the sites are located in different places, decide what scenery you want to be close to and look for the nearest hotel.

2. Transport Modes

The Ao Nang Beach Krabi is long stretched with sand and has cliffs at its ends. This means that boats are the common mode of transport. There are also smooth roads for visitors travelling by vans. If you wish to travel by sea, choose hotels that have tour offices offering longboat tours to take you around and show you the depths of the beach. For some of these hotel boat rides are pick-up and drop-off. Look for a hotel with such a service.

3. Parking

The beach has plenty of bars, street vendors and restaurants for hangouts, you will probably need your car to go in some of these places. You may also want to take a slow and relaxing drive in one of the afternoons. If you have a car or planning to rent one, check the hotel’s parking options, costs and conditions. Confirm if it is on a first-come-first-serve basis or if the parking is guaranteed. If the hotel does not offer parking services, confirm the availability of parking nearby and the costs attached thereof.

4. Amenities

What are your exact vacation needs and does the hotel have sufficient amenities that would meet your needs? Check for facilities like gyms, bar, minibar, onsite restaurant, pools among other facilities. Is there a staircase or an elevator? Are you expected to carry your bags or bellhops are present? Is the bathroom shared or en suite? This will help you avoid hostile surprises.

5. Room size

The size of the hotel room to choose will be determined by the relationship and number of people you are with for the vacation. Some hotels have accommodation for families. Others offer single rooms suitable for solo trips. There is also a couple’s accommodation appropriate for honeymooners or a friends’ vacation. Some AoNang Beach hotel rooms have a balcony thus offering an excellent view spot for the fascinating sunsets at the Ao Nang Beach. Sunset lovers will obviously enjoy this.

6. Prices

The weight of your pocket will greatly determine the price of the hotel you settle in. Price is affected by factors like location of the hotel, the size of your room, amenities available, parking options, your period of stay in the hotel, and the type of trip you have undertaken. Some hotels charge for Wi-Fi connectivity and hence higher pricing of the hotel, whereas others do not offer the Wi-Fi at all. If you are working on a cut budget, consider staying a bit far from the beach where you can get affordable hotels. If you have a generous budget, you can get a luxurious hotel just along the beach.

This eclectic choice of things to think about when looking for the best hotel in Ao Nang Beach will be helpful to every vacationer. Make your Krabi family holiday thrilling!

 

3 Travel Essentials For Every Adventure

For some, the next great adventure is only a flight away, and it’s a matter of pack up and jet off. Some others are embarking on an experience for the first time.

Today we are going to be looking at some often overlooked items that can be useful to all involved. After all, imaging reaching your first destination and wishing you had one of the items below.

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Laptop

One thing that often goes overlooked when people go travelling is the company of a laptop. A laptop can be one of your finest companions while travelling. There are two things you should always consider when thinking about taking a laptop travelling. One is its weight, and the other is its battery life.

While travelling, you will, of course, be spending a lot of time commuting from place to place, and this is the ideal time to take out the laptop and start documenting your trip. If you are lucky enough to have access to a WiFi point while commuting, you can update your social media and let everybody know where you are in the world. 

If you are one of the many people that travel with a Mac. Make sure you are up to date and know how to DM on Instagram on Mac this will save you having to drain your important phone battery during long commutes.

Great Camera

The importance of a great camera while travelling is often overlooked. A lot of people presume that just purchasing any camera with a reputable name will be good enough.

The thing about cameras is, they are complicated pieces of equipment and knowing exactly how they function is vital before purchase. Becoming familiar with many camera brands and even some testing will pay off hugely in the long run. Remember what a camera advertised is not always what you get.

Cameras like the Canon M50, for example, have a USP of 4K addition. The 4K is however cropped 4K so spoils 30% of your image. You can get better 4K for a lot cheaper by opting for the Panasonic G7.

Having the right selection of lenses for your trip is very important for you to capture the right images. Capturing the perfect image is essential, especially if you plan on uploading them to your blog or social media later on.

The Smart Suitcase

You read that correctly, the latest injection into the smart tech line is the smart suitcase, and these guys are quite smart indeed.

Smart suitcases look like a regular suitcase, and they just come packed with some hidden features. Most smart suitcases come with a digital weight reader but depending on the option you choose, and there is a multitude of extras you can choose.

There are options now that allow you to charge your phone while pulling the suitcase and there are even cases like the recent Modo. The Modo will enable you to sit on the case and ride to your destination. The only trouble with ride-on luggage is you like slightly insane.

Smart luggage, however, all comes with GPS tracking, so for every traveler, this could be essential.

 

Highlights of Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Iceland

SNAEFELLSNES PENINSULA: With so much of astonishing and infinite beauty everywhere, this must be Iceland. And Snaefellsnes Peninsula gives you a small taste of almost everything in Iceland. Therefore it’s called “Iceland in miniature”.

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Driving by beautiful sceneries of Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Iceland

The magnificent mountain range that you’ll pass by going towards Snaefellsnes is just an appetizer for this journey. A trip around the peninsula allows its visitors to enjoy dotted coastal lines, snaky rivers, tall falls, mesmerising lava fields covered with moss, silhouetted volcanic craters and hills against the skyline, bird cliffs, picturesque old churches, and staggering mountains…all in one region. The whole bus trip was absolutely stunning with changing scenes and jaw-dropping landscapes. 

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Driving by beautiful sceneries of Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Iceland

Natural beauty is the main attraction of this region. And the geology of the Snaefellsnes area is very diverse. Magnificent lava formations are widespread here. The lava fields and the vegetation covering the lava is very sensitive and damage to moss on fields of block lava may take generations to heal. That’s why walking on them is not permissible. Some of the lava fields are from the more than 3 million years old that forms the bottom layer. Resting on them are layers of rocks which were formed beneath glaciers during the Ice Age (less than 3 million years old). And for the top most part of these lava fields is younger than 11,000 years old. 

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This was our second excursion in Iceland, after the Golden Circle, Kerid Volcano, and Blue Lagoon tour. We were picked up from the Tour Bus Stop-12 in Reykjavik by Bustravel Iceland a little after 9am and were dropped off at the same place around 8pm. It was a minivan and our guide/driver was a very knowledgeable, funny, and accommodating gentleman in this trip. We paid $100 per person for this excursion and meals were not included. But the good part is that you don’t need to tip the driver or the guide. 

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Bird cliffs in Arnarstapi in Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Iceland

TIME of TRAVEL: It was during my kids’ summer break (end of July to be specific) when we flew to Iceland and my sister flew in from the East Coast. We were in Iceland for 5 nights. Although we were prepared for rain and sun with waterproof jackets, hats, rain boots, and hoodies, it barely rained during our stay. But it does get chilly and windy in some places. So, being prepared doesn’t hurt, especially if you are traveling with children like me. 

EATING and SHOPPING: For lunch, we didn’t really stop at a proper lunch venue. We were taken to a small village and stopped in front of a departmental store selling hot food, like hotdogs and basic things. There was a cart on the opposite side of the street where we got our gyro-like sandwiches. 

PLACES I’VE VISITED: The best way to explore Snaefellsnes Peninsula is to drive around and take your own time to visit all the major sites and other places. But we did it with a tour guide. And following places are the ones we got to visit:

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Staggering beauty of Iceland

  1. SNAEFELLSJOKULL NATIONAL PARK: Located on the tip of the Snaefellsjokull Peninsula in western Iceland, this is one experience no tourists should miss. 
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Driving by beautiful sceneries of Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Iceland

Mt. Snaefellsjokull dominates the landscape of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. It’s a mystical place where lava fields reach out to the blue sea, craters dot the landscapes, and the cliffs mark the extreme edge of the country. 

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Driving by beautiful sceneries of Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Iceland

2. GEROUBERG: This was our first stop…out in nowhere. This is a site of an interesting rock formation of long and hexagonal shaped stone basalt columns. This is one of those wonders of nature and leaves you in awe when you look at the stone pillars. Nothing much to do here really, we spent about 10 minutes taking pictures and then off to our second spot.

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GEROUBERG Basalt columns in Iceland

3. HELGAFELLSSVEIT FALLS: Probably not as famous as the other falls in this region but Helgafellssveit has definitely a beautiful surroundings of a magnificent river and hillsides. This picturesque and calm place deserves more tourists for its splendid beauty. 

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HELGAFELLSSVEIT FALLS and the surrounding view in Iceland

4. MT. KIRKJUFELL & KIRKJUFELLFOSS: After lunch, we came to this iconic falls of Iceland. On the northern shore of the Snaefellsnes peninsula, Kirkjufellfoss, is the impressive 463 meter high Kirkjufell, or Church Mountain. With its prominence view from different angles, no wonder this dramatic landmark is the most photographed mountain in Iceland. It stands tall over the nearby fishing village Grundarfjörður. 

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Kirkjufellfoss in Iceland

 

The falls, Kirkjufellfoss, is very decoratively situated a short distance from the mountain, Kirkjufell…making it a picture perfect destination for its guests. With the mountain in the backdrop, Kirkjufellfoss is an incredible site to visit and hike. Yes, do hike the ramp beside the falls for the perfect view and a great photo opportunity. This picture alone inspired me to go to Iceland at the very beginning, and I’m sure it’s true for many tourists. 

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Kirkjufellfoss with Kirkjufell mountain in Iceland

5. SAXHOLL: It is a beautifully formed crater that erupted 3-4000 years ago. The crater rises 109 meters above sea level. The remnants of quarrying can be seen on one side of the crater. The summit at the top of the crater gives you a gorgeous view of the surrounding valley and landscape, which can be accessed by hiking up some steps. 

Going up the stairs to Saxholl Crater in Iceland

Going up the stairs to Saxholl Crater in Iceland

6. BLACK LAVA PEARL BEACH: Djúpalónssandur or the Black Lava Pearl Beach is one of the major destinations of Snaefellsnes. It looks like a wonderland right out of any hobbit books.  It’s not just the beach that’s beautiful about this place. The walk to the beach, called The Path of the Bull, was the highlight for me. With interesting rock formation, walking through this path was a thrill. 

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Going towards Black Lava Pearl Beach in Iceland

 

This black beach with small pebbles, stunning black rocks, and cliffs in the distance is a photographer’s or hiker’s or nature-lover’s paradise. Tourists are told to be very careful here with the sneaky waves that can carry people out in the sea. Use caution when chasing the waves here. 

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Black Lava Pearl Beach in Iceland

After the black beach, we stopped by the Snaefellsnes park’s visitor center. It has a small museum and information on the geological history and uniqueness. 

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Black Lava Pearl Beach in Iceland

7. ARNARSTAPI: Our last stop of the day was the jaw-dropping tiny village on the southern side of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Arnarstapi. This used to be a busy fishing hub once upon a time, but now a must-see site of Iceland. This is one of the magical places in this region where sea, lava rock formations, mountains, and cliffs meet with a vast natural beauty. And yes, this was one of my most favorite spots to photograph or spend time in Iceland. 

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Village of Arnarstapi in Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Iceland

Located at the foot of Mt. Stapafell, Arnarstapi or Stapi is a popular tourist destination and a natural harbor with exquisite beauty. It’s a one hour of easy coastal walk that takes you around to display its crashing waves, lively bird cliffs, lush valleys with a mountain in the background. The seaside and the cliffs have been made a Natural Reserve in 1979. 

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Village of Arnarstapi in Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Iceland

Standing by the ocean, enjoy the dramatic views of seagulls’ nestings on the sea cliffs and hear their loud chirping. Look for the Arch Rock and basalt columns too. Overall, exploring this historic yet mesmerizing landscape will surely take everyone’s breath away. 

Village of Arnarstapi in Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Iceland

Village of Arnarstapi in Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Iceland

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