Three Tips to Help You Avoid Confusion When Booking International Flights

If you’re planning a globe-trotting adventure, you’ll want to manage your flight itinerary in such a way as to save as much time and energy as possible for when you get to your destination. This means booking flights with short overall flight times, or layovers that don’t cost you too much sleep. But how do you manage this balancing act when you have a budget to consider, too?

Step one is understanding exactly what you’re signing up for when you book your flight. The last thing you need is to waste needless hours on a plane because you didn’t properly grasp the ins and outs of the various booking terms.

If you’re finding the online booking process a little daunting, you are certainly not alone. Here’s a quick ‘Fights 101’ to help you avoid the most common sources of confusion before you input those credit card details.

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Nonstop Flights

If you book a ‘nonstop’ flight, your plane will take off from your departure city and it won’t touch tarmac until you arrive at your destination. As technology gets more advanced and planes can fly for longer without needing to refuel, nonstop flight routes are becoming more widely available. A nonstop flight will cost you more than other flights because you’re paying for the shorter flight time and the convenience of not having to switch planes at other airports along your journey. If your time is worth a lot of money (for example, you’re on a time-pressured business trip), then a more expensive nonstop ticket might end up cheaper because it gets you there and back faster. If nonstop is out of reach financially, you may also get lucky and find that an airline is having a sale or you’re eligible for a discounted rate. For example, united airlines senior fares may bring your ideal flight within reach.

Direct Flights

Here’s the confusing one. More common than nonstop routes, a ‘direct flight’ ticket has a single flight number. However, this does not mean that you will only take one ‘flight’ along the way. Your journey could include several stops before you reach your final destination. These stops could be for refuelling, passenger pick-ups/drop-offs or engineering work.  The good news is that you don’t always have to get off the plane. You may be able to say seated and watch a movie while other passengers board, but sometimes this is required. In these cases, you won’t (or will very rarely) have to collect your luggage. Rather, you’ll be guided by airline staff directly onto the next plane. 

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Connecting Flights

The cheapest option of all, the connecting flights will often include layovers at an airport or two (or three) along the way, adding significantly to your journey time. So while you save money, you lose hours. This is something you will need to weigh up. In the time between flights, you may have to collect your luggage and change terminals. If you’re switching airlines, different baggage allowances may be a factor. Connecting flights are good bet if budget is your main concern, but not if you don’t have time to kill or you’re unwilling to endure the stress and exhaustion.

Choosing the right flight for your needs depends on your priorities. These tips will help you ensure that you know what you’re letting yourself in for.

Gear-Up Your Backpacking Adventure The Right Way

Carrying the right travel gears is imperative while going on an adventure trip as these gadgets make your journey easier and more fun. Here is the checklist that you must go through before embarking on your journey:

  1. Water Bottle: You do not want to get dehydrated while trekking or desert safari as it can lead to many health problems ultimately ruining your trip. However, avoid carrying regular plastic pet bottles as these do not maintain the temperature of water. Instead, buy a thermal bottle which can maintain the temperature so that it is consumable at all times.

2. Map & Compass: The hills or desert usually have very few sign boards, and it’s a fun experience in following a map with compass. You can buy an accurate mechanical compass or the apps on your phone might also serve the purpose, but it will drain the battery.

3. Power Bank: It is highly essential as your smartphone battery may not last for more than 24 hours, and in case your network keeps on switching access points then the battery drains even faster.

4. Apparel: Dressing the right way is essential as it involves protecting yourself from the weather. You might want to buy the right trekking jacket to protect yourself from chilling cold and wear proper shoes to prevent slipping in the mountains.

5. Rucksack: Avoid using cheap low quality rucksacks because it’s practically your only companion for the trip. High quality lightweight rucksacks prevent any muscle strain in your shoulders or back and are built to withstand extreme weather.

6. Skin Protection: You must use sunscreen, SPF-rated lip balm and wear sunglasses to protect yourself as you are constantly exposed to sunrays. Also, keep your head covered with winter caps to protect yourself from the cold.

7. First-Aid Kit: It becomes handy to carry a small pouch of Band-Aid, bandage, antiseptic cream, your medicines, etc. in case of any mishap.

8. Nutrition: It is even more important to have the right food during your adventure trip than normal days. Carry extra food as well because you burn a lot of calories on the way and your body requires fuel all the time. Avoid sugary food as it spikes insulin instead fast digesting food such as fruits are better because you don’t want food sitting on your stomach while trekking is causing stomach pain.

9. Tools: You might want to carry a knife, tactical pen or any other multi-tool for removing twigs, small branches on your way and help you make a fast move. Self-defense tools are also essential.

10. Flashlight: This goes without saying in case your trip extends till late evening flashlights are a big saver. Carry extra batteries too if required.

The list goes on depending on your requirements and the location you’re headed to. Navigation, skin protection, food, first-aid, multi tools, and hydration are some of the key factors to be considered while choosing the right gear for your adventure trip.

 

How To Fund Those Once In A Lifetime Travel Adventures

You can spend many hours reading about all of the earth’s enchanting travel destinations. You can spend even longer in your home, gazing at a poster of the world, putting pins in those places you really, really want to visit. But at some point or another, you’re going to have to stop dreaming and start moving. The places are just sitting there, waiting for you to visit them, so what’s the delay? For most people, it’s a matter of money. Some destinations are expensive, and for that reason, they seem out of reach to many. Let’s change that.

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Make a Commitment

Travelling is easier than you think, but it’ll come at the expense of other things. To afford to travel, you have to make a commitment: it has to be a priority. Instead of, say, buying a house or living an affluent lifestyle, you make travelling your end objective. Everything becomes much simpler when you change your thinking from “I want to travel” to “I AM going to travel.” You’ll need that commitment on your path to building up the travel fund pot.

Control Your Spending

Most people live lives of luxury, and they don’t even realise they’re doing it. Things like going out to dinner, having a nice car and picturesque home, and treating yourself to the latest gadgets and fashions? They would have been unthinkable to people who were living a hundred years ago and before. To save the cash you need, you’ll probably have to give up the luxuries that we all take for granted. But we assure you, you won’t mind the year of simple, cheap meals when you’re making your travel dreams come true.

Lump Sums of Money

It’s important to cut back on your spending because every little helps when it comes to travel. But saving $50 here and there won’t make your travel adventure come round anytime soon. To get the ball rolling, you’ll need to commit a sizable amount of money to the pot. If you have savings, that can provide your initial cash injection. If you don’t, look at selling your vehicle or using a personal loan comparison website; you’ll be able to raise enough money to turn your “dream” into reality, and quickly, too. You can use your savings pot for your day-to-day travel expenses, while your big pots of cash will provide the expensive flights and accommodations.

Make Your Travel Work For You

The best way to fund your exciting travel adventures is to…spend less money. There are a million and one ways you can cut corners when travelling, from travelling on the cheapest forms of transportation, making your meals, and not being too concerned about how and where you sleep (tenting is very cheap, for example). But you don’t have to be so frugal. You can do whatever you want; it only becomes ineffective when you’re spending money on doing the things that you think you should be doing. If you’re not an art person, then paying $30 to go to a new art show, for example, would not make sense. Figure out what you want to do, create a budget, and trim the rest. Happy travels!

 

Challenge Yourself: An Adventure in The Australian Outback

Looking to explore wild terrain that’s well off the beaten path? The Australian Outback is about as remote as it gets. From awesome towering mountains to desert, animals that exist nowhere else in the world and the driest climate on earth- it’s both challenging and fascinating. If you’re looking to really ‘find yourself’ or are sick of the same old tourist spots, this is an adventure like no other. But just because it’s remote certainly doesn’t mean it’s boring. Here are a few exciting things you can do on your trip.

Go on a Cruise in Broome

Broome is a beach resort town in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Known for it’s thriving pearl industry, it’s a tropical paradise of white sandy beaches and turquoise sea- set against a backdrop of stunning red mountains. You can enjoy the views from the waters by hiring a yacht or going on a cruise, you can find the best Kimberley cruises online. Something to consider if you’re visiting the region! Other fun things to do in Broome include visiting the Broome Bird Observatory, exploring Roebuck Bay and riding 4x4s on Cable Beach at low tide.

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Cruise in Broome (sourced from Flickr)

Go on a Camel Expedition in the Flinders Ranges

A camel expedition is the ultimate desert adventure. Out in The Flinders Ranges (the largest mountain range in South Australia) you can discover all kinds of indigenous animals and experience what remote Australia is really like. It’s a chance to enjoy being out in the wilderness away, far away from all of the stress and pressures of everyday life. Whether you go for a short overnight or two-day trek or a full ten-day adventure is up to you. Either way, it’s the experience of a lifetime. It’s sure to change your perspective on the world and is something you will remember forever.

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Camel Treks (sourced from Pexels)

Visit The Outback National Parks

There are a wide range of national parks in Australia, some being more popular with tourists and others mainly being used by the locals. In the outback, you could explore Purnululu National Park (also known as ‘Bungles’). Here you will see breathtaking orange and black striped domes- these really dominate the landscape and are one of Australia’s most unique land formations. You could go camping and sleep under the stars, take in the nature and wildlife and take incredible photos and watch the sunset from the Walanginjdji Sunset Lookout.

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Purnalulu National Park (sourced from Wikipedia)

Hike Alice Springs

Popularly known as ‘The Alice,’ this remote town is a gateway for exploring the Red Centre- the country’s interior desert region. You can explore picturesque gorges, lush watering holes, and stunning red desert. Whether you want to go on a short walk or an overnight trail, there’s something for everyone in Alice Springs. Another stunning location perfect for snapping photos for your travel album.

Have you ever visited the Australian Outback? Is exploring a remote location like this on your travel bucket list?

Guest Post – One Great Journey in Branson with the Whole Family

Giving quality time with the whole family is one of the best gifts people can give. With all the different technologies that are arising these days, making time with the family is a hard thing to do. It is why family members are having problems. Sometimes, this makes them live their lives with a broken family. Family is crucial that is why it’s best to spend some time with them. Best things to do with the whole family is to eat together for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Another is to spend a weekend getaway together, and one perfect destination is Branson.

Branson Lodging Missouri

Branson Lodging Missouri

Branson, Missouri

Branson  is  a  small,  unique  and  charming  town  in  the  region  of  Ozarks  in  Missouri specifically in the southwest part of it. Here in Branson, they are known for having the best  views  of  different  surroundings  of  beautiful  mountains.  This  place has  different wonderful sites to see and visit. That is why its primary industry that is growing in their economy is through tourism. Its population is growing, and so are the tourists that love to come and explore this amazing place. It has a vast area that has different tourism programs to accommodate various guests who are traveling here. The place doesn’t just have great  views and sites  to  visit,  but  it  has  a  friendly  environment  too that make tourists come back over and again.

Things to do in Branson

There are so many things to do in Branson especially with the whole family. There are different fancy hotels and beautiful cabins that they can stay in for their entire vacation.The Branson Hotel is one famous hotel that they can visit and stay. They provide the best services offered to their guests. The rooms are comfortable to settle in, and the food served  are  just  one  of  a  kind.  Cabins  at  Grand Mountain  is  a  great  resort  that  has excellent cabins to accommodate tourists from all over the world. Mentioned above are some of the best hotels and cottages to visit together with the whole family.

The Branson Lodging in Missouri

The Branson Lodging in Missouri

Outdoor Adventures

Branson is a capital city for great entertainment shows that they promote to the tourists,but  that  doesn’t  mean  that  outdoor  enthusiasts  cannot  enjoy  their  stay  here.  It’s because there are so many places in Branson that are perfect for outdoor adventures.They  can enjoy  running,  hiking,  biking,  fishing,  camping and so many more outdoor activities to do in different famous parks in Branson.

The Branson Lakes Area is familiar with their beautiful lakes that tourists love to visit and go for canoeing and fishing. Ozark Park is a best place to visit and experience outdoor adventures with the whole family. There is an extensive golf course that family can play in. There are playgrounds and a swimming pool that kids can enjoy playing around and go swimming. Branson is simply the perfect destination for the whole family to visit and enjoy. Fun and laughter will be shared with the entire family will be experienced here in Branson.

Biography of the Author: April is an online publisher for The Cabins at Grand Mountain in Branson, MO. She often writes about camping, Midwest traveling, and log cabin experiences.

 

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