Saturday, January 31, 2009

Travel Journal

While you were in a vacation, have you ever tried to make a travel journal? I remember when I was in high school when I started writing a journal on my adventures and excursions. I always added them on my scrapbook, and I thought it was brings back the good memories. And until now, I still do the travel journal when my family go for a vacation. How about you?

If you're going on a trip, you'll want to remember everything you did. A travel journal will enrich your trip at the time and will preserve your memories of the experience.

  1. Before you leave:
    • Buy a lightweight but durable hardcover blank book. If you're on a budget, look for a bound notebook that will be big enough to glue in menus and programs but small enough to fit in your day bag.
    • Make sure you have a good pen and some small colored pencils or a travel-size watercolor set for quick sketches. A small pair of scissors and a short plastic ruler will also come in handy.
    • Buy a good quality glue stick.
    • Glue a large clasp envelope to the inside of the back cover of the journal and put papers there until you have time to glue them into the book.
    • Get a small zippered pouch for all your journal supplies -- preferably a clear one so you can see what's inside. Pack it your carry-on bag if you will be flying.
  2. On your trip:
    • Date your entries!
    • Collect ephemera: ticket stubs, business cards from restaurants and hotels, paper menus or logo napkins, and other paper items that will add visual appeal and help you remember your trip. Put them in the clasp envelope in the back of your journal until you can incorporate them into the journal.
    • Glue in the ephemera as you go along, or leave room to add items later. Although you may not be able to take liquid glue on an airplane, you can buy some at your destination. Liquid glue takes longer to dry than the glue stick, but it will hold in items better.

Junk Mail Removal Service

Aren't you tired of constantly getting bombarded from junk mail, and spam? The solicitors even leave unwanted messages on your answering machine. If you are looking to End Junk Mail, you should contact the Privacy Council who is working with educators and lawyers to end unwanted junk mail. They are a for-profit organization, but wholly-owned by HD Publishing Group. If you make a contribution, the money will go toward operations, ongoing research, and the overall filtering of global mailing lists. This is a great organization that is fighting to keep people's privacy private. So if you are looking to end junk mail, you should consider supporting the Privacy Council.

Behave Yourself!

If you've ever been to a foreign country, you will know that fitting in isn't easy. Chances are, they will have a different language, set of customs, monitary unit, and way of life. Here's how to get a basic grasp on things before going to a different country.

Learn about the country. Get a base of knowledge. Where is the country located? What are their traditional foods? These and other questions should be answered.

Attempt basic phrases. If you do not know how to speak their language, it will be hard to master the entire language in a short amount of time. If you have previously taken the language, brush up on it. If you have never spoken the language, buy a dictionary (i.e. an English to French dictionary, not a French to English dictionary). Learn these phrases along with the basic please, thank you, hello, and goodbye. Remember that with a polite attitude and a smile, your basic language skills will be forgiven.

Try to meet someone who knows about or has been to the country. If it is a country like France or Spain, you may want to ask a French or Spanish teacher from a local high school. If it is a less known country, you may be out of luck.

Have a basic understanding of customs. If you are being tutored in the language, ask your tutor to teach you some of their customs. However, when all else fails, don't point, don't shout, and always say please and thank you. Basic English customs are not the same around the world (especially as you get into Asia and Africa) but will provide as a base for most European countries.

Handle your money well. Money can be confusing, but cover all your bases. Understand the name of the monetary unit (i.e. dollars) and know the names of the coins/bills within the unit (i.e ten-dollar bill, quarters). Exchange your bills a couple of weeks before you go and practice recognizing them.

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How to Pack for a Week in Hawaii

Are you planning on going to Hawaii for the first time? You should always remember to pack light when going on trips. It makes it convenient for you and the people who you are traveling with, specially when you have kids. Also, you need to conserves space for the souvenirs.

Here are some tips for you;
1. Plan your wardrobe ahead of time. During the days, the average temperature is between 81 and 88 and at nights, the average temperature can range between 68 and 75. August is the hottest month, while January is the coolest. Bags should be packed with loose clothing; jeans are a good suggestion for those cool nights.

2. Take "tourist accessories" with you: hat, sunglasses, camera, small backpack, walking shoes (for various hikes), and flip-flops (or "slippers"). Maps are another great suggestion since some of the best things about Hawaii are hidden, for example hiking trails and beaches.

3. Buy Hawaii clothing and souvenirs once you arrive in Hawaii. ABC Stores, Wal-Mart, and Longs Drugs have some of the best clothing apparel and items to take back with you. But, be aware that if you do buy polyester, flower-print clothing, you will stick out like a sore thumb.

4. Don't forget your swimsuit!

5. If you wear prescription goggles and want to go snorkeling, bring those with you too so you can see all the colorful fish there!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Unique Digital Frames

Have you thought about getting a digital photo frame? Maybe you are looking for a gift idea for someone. The Ceiva digital photo framesare one of the best digital photo frames around. First, you don't need a PC or the Internet to upload pictures to it. All you need is an existing phone line. The cool thing is that pictures can show up that were sent directly by your family and friends. This would be a great gift idea to give to someone who has joined the military or gone away to college. You are able to send them photos that would appear directly on their frame without sending pictures through the mail. If you purchase a one year picture plan for only $100, your frame would be only $29.99. You will also get free shipping. You can even purchase a wireless adapter for only $19.95. They have also started offering support for members in the UK and Canada. So if you are looking for a great gift idea, or you just want to get you something special, you should consider getting a photo frame from CEIVA because sharing photos with your friends and family is a great idea.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Online ticket purchase tips

Today most people purchase their ticket/s online. I thought purchasing tickets online is convenient. Many people are saying, "don't get in line, get online" It maybe convenient but sometimes you get riffed off. These tips are for meant people new to purchasing tickets online but apply equally to everyone.
  • Ask for a copy of the seller's invoice stating the tickets have been completely paid for if you are buying an ENTIRE SEASON'S WORTH. If the whole amount was not paid, the seller does not have tickets, they may still have an invoice though. Check it carefully.

  • Ask the seller for their account #. It should match their name from the ticket rep and the tickets. The account # is on the top of the ticket. Call the team or ticket agent and speak to the person's ticket rep and verify the person has an account and has tickets. People who have legitimate season tickets have no problem giving you their ticket reps name.

  • Always meet in person, if possible. Pay with a cashier's check versus a personal check, protects your account information. If you pay without meeting, pay with PayPal it protects you (especially if tickets are never sent or are fake) or send a bank check.

    If the person is mailing you the tickets make sure you get some type of written receipt or contract via email stating when and how the tickets will be delivered/sent. Pay 1/2 now and the other 1/2 when the tickets are received. And make sure the person let's you know they got your money and they are sending the tickets, track your communication via email!

  • People selling tickets at face value may be selling fake or scalped tickets. This is not ALWAYS the case, but it does happen. There are tons of scams out there. Check ticket agencies for views of seating charts, the cost of tickets, the dates of games, concerts, shows, etc. Research the tickets you are buying and know what you are getting! Tickets are easily reproduced so be aware of what you are buying.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Luxury Kitchen Design

Luxury in the kitchen is really all about the feeling you get from carefully selecting, owning and ultimately enjoying the finished project. Today’s kitchen is much more than a place to prepare a meal, it’s about the look, the feeling, the experience and the emotion of living in a luxury environment. Are you looking for Luxury Kitchen Design? If you do, you should check out The EW Kitchens and Extraordinary Works offers a cabinet for virtually every taste, style and budget. So what are you waiting for? You should visit them today to see some of their luxurious designs.

Monday, January 26, 2009

What Clothes To Pack

I have noticed that during vacation most women love to pack the entire closet, and I admit that I do that sometimes. During your travel or vacation it is not necessary to bring all your clothes, and I think one luggage is enough. Here are some clothing tips:
1. Coordinate your clothes around one or two basic colors. This cuts down on the number of shoes and accessories you have to bring.

2. Take as few clothes as possible. Plan on laundering. One person suggested one week's worth of clothes. I take fewer unless they are my washable silks.

3. Wear and carry washable silk clothing whenever possible. It is as warm as and as cool as cotton. It dries overnight and 10-15 pieces take no more room than two pair jeans. There are some other manmade fabrics that travel as well if not better, but they cost quite a bit more.

4. Plastic rain coat can double as a bathrobe or windbreaker.

5. Take older clothes that can be discarded along the way. Great for growing children. Many places, the local people are pleased to get these castoffs. There are travelers who take nothing but old clothes so they have that much more room for bringing souvenirs home.

6. Jeans - I never take them as they take so long to dry. If both the time and money for laundering are concerns, take lighter weight pants.

Product Review

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Diet Pills

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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Pasadena Hotels

Are you thinking about going on a vacation anytime soon? You should checkout the Pasadena Hotels located at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains only 15 minutes north of Los Angeles. This city offers a sophistication that includes culture, history and lots of fun. Pasadena has five major hotels and they are all in walking distances from the Pasadena Convention Center. There are also some motels and inns you could stay at too. Maybe you would want to stay at the Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa which is located in the prestigious residential area, and this hotel has over 50,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. Maybe you want to stay at the Sheraton which has 317 guest rooms and is conveniently located adjacent to the Pasadena Convention Center. Pasadena has many events that will be taking place shortly such as the “Flea to Perform with Caltech Jazz Bands” and “Gabriel Iglesias Entertains at the Ice House”. If you are looking for great dining, Pasadena has 500 restaurants that offer a mix of cuisine in all kinds of attractive settings. They are also the premier dinning and entertainment destination. So if you are looking for a great vacation or somewhere to stay near Los Angeles, you should consider staying at one of the Pasadena Hotels.

Top 10 London Attractions

The first time you visit a new destination, the question asked isn’t usually what attractions should be scene but what attraction to see first? Like what to expect, how to get there, and how much time is needed. Now I am going to bring you to London.
London is home to countless historical and modern attractions, from the London Eye to the National Gallery and Tower of London. With free admission to many top attractions, there's no better place to soak up some culture. Take your pick from the most popular London attractions.

1.British Museum

2. Tate Modern

3. National Gallery

4. Natural History Museum

5. The London Eye

6. The Science Museum

7. The V&A Museum

8. Madame Tussauds

9. The Tower of London

10. National Maritime Museum


Friday, January 23, 2009

6 Attractions in Paris

The first time you visit a new destination, the question asked isn’t usually what attractions should be scene but what attraction to see first? Like what to expect, how to get there, and how much time is needed.

The first continent I'm going to explore is Europe. I've been longing to go to Paris and I hope someday we will be able to go there.
There are six attractions in Paris that draw a whopping 23.5 million visitors yearly. Here's the six famous attractions that you might not miss.

1.Eiffel Tower

2.Louvre Museum

3.Centre Pompidou

4.Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie

5.Musee d'Orsay
6. Arc de Triomphe
Photos are courtesy of Google

Buy Pepper Spray

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Healthy Travel Tips

How can I protect myself from traveler’s diarrhea while traveling abroad?

I am sure that many of you have experienced this kind of incident... the "traveler's diarrhea". I know that my husband experienced this when he went to the Philippines and Ethiopia. To avoid situation like this, here are some helpful tips for you to consider.

  • When you are traveling abroad, don’t forget that drinking another country’s water can be dangerous.
  • Stick with bottled or boiled water and carbonated soft drinks.
  • Remember that the ice in your drink turns into water, so order them with out ice.
  • Wipe off the tops of cans before you drink from them, or better yet, bring some straws to use for drinking.
  • Avoid raw foods, as they can also be a good way to get sick.
  • Only brush your teeth with bottled water and keep your mouth shut when you’re in the shower, even an accidental spray can get you sick.

Garage Storage

How would you like to transform your messy garage to an organize garage? You should visit, they can help you of what styles you are looking for and a price range that suits you. With lots of assortment of cabinets they can help you create a garage storage solution that fits your needs.So what are you waiting for? Visit them today?

Birthday Wishes

I got this tag from Chie of "WhereAbouts". Thanks a lot Chie for including this blog, that was nice of you. This tag is about "Your Birthday Wishes".

Anyhow, here are The rules
1. Make a list of what you want on your birthday...

2. The list should be 15 numbers

3. Post the image of this award in your posting

4. Give it to 10 friends of yours.

HERE ARE MY Wishes FOR MY BIRTHDAY: My birthday falls on the 20th of August.
1.I wish that God will grant all the wishes I have in mind
2. I wish to have another baby..a baby boy
3. I wish that God will always guide and bless my family
4. I wish to get my Nursing degree soon
5. I wish my family in the Philippines are in good health
6. I wish to sleep early and wake up early...hehheh...I am addicted to blogging...:)
7. I wish that our plans on going to visit the PI will not change
8. I wish to meet all my close friends here in the blogosphere...just to make sure if they exist..just kidding!
9. I wish to have our backyard landscape...hhehehe...need some improvements to do.
10. I wish to get more opportunity from paid sites...hhehhe!..need to make extra money while I am at home
11. I wish to gain more friends here in the blogosphere...what I mean is real friends.
12. I wish to work on my behavior towards my hubby...I can be nasty sometimes....hehheh!
13. I wish to go to Europe
14. I wish that we will be able to survive the crisis
15. I wish to have a new car.
Thanks goodness...I was exhausted! hehheh....that was overwhelming! Thanks a lot dangz Madz!
Now it is my turn to pass this to my friends. I will not include those people who have been tag from Madz.
I am tagging : Ria,TMel, Grace, Joanna, Greggy, Kryk, Anne, AnnaRhea, TVhing, & TJacky.

Ovulation Calendar

Some women are fortunate enough to bear a child and some are not capable of bearing one. There are many couples out there who are planning to get pregnant but they are unsuccessful at having a baby. If you are wanting to get pregnant, why not use the ovulation calendar? Have you ever heard of the ovulation calendar? Ovulation calendar helps you predict your most fertile time of the month (ovulation) so that you can achieve pregnancy. Do you know that will tell you how to use the ovulation calendar? What you need to do is visit their website today for more details. Gurgle is a website that helps you with every parenting query you encounter, from feeling your baby kick for the first time, to deciding on the right childcare. Gurgle is willing to help you meet other parents who share similar experiences to you, but also for you to share your parenting expertise with them. I am sure I can use some of their parenting skills for my toddler. If you also would like to win a fabric conditioner to keep your baby's delicate skin wrapped in snugly soft clothes for a whole year, you should check out to join their contest.

With a Baby and a Dog

These pictures were taken during the second time we brought Akesha to the snow. We drove 3 hours just to see the snow in Truckee. That time we also brought our dog with us to experience the snow. It is hard to bring a dog and an infant at the same time. It was fun and we had a great time.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Loan Mod Leads

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Credit Card Tips (3)

These tips are very important when you travel abroad and using a credit card. You need to be careful on using your credit card. You should watch out for the conversion fee that many banks charges in foreign currencies.

You should always read tips about making photocopies of your credit cards when traveling and placing these copies in the bottom of your luggage. This tips is given by individuals in the proper spirit, however this can actually put you at greater risk of experiencing credit card fraud. Anyone who winds up with your luggage will have access to your credit card numbers and expiration dates. Anyone rifling your suitcases can take the copies or make copies of your copies for their use, ordering merchandise via the telephone.

As with traveler's check- some banks do and some banks don't charge a fee, generally 1% of the purchase amount. So if you have several cards, it's worth checking with the issuers to see which one offers the best deal on foreign currency con- version. Then weigh this against other factors. Note: The conversion fee is not included in the legally required disclosure box that appears in credit-card promotional material. Even with the conversion charge, many times ATM machines will have the best possible exchange rates and the lowest fees.

Alojamiento Web

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Credit Card Tips (2)

I am sure that many travelers had experienced this issue during their travel. To avoid all this problem you need to keep these tips in mind, so it will help you in the future. If you want to keep a copy of your credit card numbers, do so of the front and back so you have the phone numbers to call your bank if needed but most importantly, block out (making sure it cannot be read) or cut out the expiration dates and names on the face of the cards. This will make it harder if the copies fall into the wrong hands. While your liability in stolen credit card cases is limited to $50/card, this can quickly add up if multiple cards are involved.

Number 3:
Automatic Credit card deactivation can spoil a vacation. Some banks and credit unions cut off credit cards that are used 6 or more times in one day, to try and stop thieves from using stolen cards. If this happens to you overseas, you may find it difficult or impossible to have your card reactivated. Before going on an overseas trip on which you will use your credit cards, notify your credit card companies that you will be away overseas. This will let then know that your card has not been compromised.

Web Hosting

Are you looking for a great place that offers Web Hosting? The UK has a premier web hosting company called Pickaweb that offers you great deals on webhosting. They were voted as the #1 Unix hosting sites and the #1 reseller hosting site. They offer free domain names, 24/7 tech support and a free website builder. You also have a 30 day money back guarantee. They have a starter plan for only 2.98 pounds a month. The webmaster plan is 5.42 pounds a month and the business plan is 8.67 pounds a month. The starter plan comes with 1000MB Space, free domain name, free online website builder, 10,000 MB data transfer and many other cool features. They will host your cgi and php along with mySql. They have no hidden fees, and they offer instant setup. They also will have a 99.9% uptime so you don’t have to worry about your webpage being down. They even offer web design, and you can request a free quite from their website. So what are you waiting for? If you are looking for a great place to host your website, you should consider Pickaweb. You should visit them and see how they can help you.

Credit Card Tips (1)

The fluctuations in the economy may change a lot of things, but one thing that remains the same is the desire to explore new places and experience new cultures. It’s just that now, when travelers set off on anything from an African safari to a weekend getaway, they’re a bit more conscious about their spending. Here are some tips for you to consider.

Number 1:
Anytime you travel you should make photo copies of all of your credit cards airline tickets and documents, both front and back. You should leave these photocopies with a friend, and had a copy of these Xeroxes in your luggage. That way if you ever lose a credit card you can get it canceled right away. The majority of problems with the cancellation of credit cards occur when you travel internationally. Many travelers forget who the credit card is with, it's then many wasted hours calling United States and trying to find out which bank or institution the credit card was with. That's where the photocopies come in handy.

Number 2:
If you travel with someone, especially a husband or wife, I would make sure you travel with individual credit cards in separate names. The reason for this is simple. Many families have one credit card issued to them. Many families have one credit card account number one have individual cards issued to each person. The problem with this is if one person were lose their credit card, the others person's credit card would be canceled also, and you would have to wait until card was sent to you and three to five days. By each traveler having his or her own separate credit card, if one was lost, you could survive on the other credit card for a few days until the other is replaced.

Akesha's First Trip to the Snow!

How would you like to go to the snow? I do love to go to the snow once in awhile, but living in the place that snows all the time I don't think if I can handle it. This photos were taken when Akesha was 10 months old. We love to go places even if we have an infant, and Akesha has no problem with that. Who said that once who have a baby you can no longer go to any places? I think that logic is wrong. :)

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

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Train Ride

These pictures were taken when we went to the other side of Yosemite National Park. We enjoyed the train ride. Akesha has been pretty good during the trip.

Cash Advance Payday Loan

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Rental Car (2)

Being flexible about your travel plans can save you money. Rental Companies that focus on the business or replacement market customers often have great weekend specials. The best rates are found during the off season and at other times when the Rental Companies have extra cars sitting around.

Check into booking your vacation as a package. You might be able to save by booking your car along with a certain airline, hotel or attraction ticket package.

Book the smallest car that you will need and hope for a free upgrade. But, remember you may get stuck with that small car.

Check into other size class vehicles. They may have extra cars in a certain class and be offering discounts for that size class.

Use coupons, but read them carefully for exceptions. Most upgrade coupons are "based on availability", so if you have an upgrade coupon that you wish to use and also have a monetary discount coupon, bring them both. If they can’t honor the upgrade, they may still give you the monetary discount. Also, remember to book any coupons or discounts in your reservation.

Apply any special discount programs for which you are eligible.

When you get to the counter, ask if there are any upgrade specials available, they might have some good deals.


New York Bus Charter

Did you watch the Presidential Inauguration? Did you think about actually going to see it in person. If you have a group of people that you are trying to get somewhere at a reasonable price, you might think about Chartering a Bus. If you are located in New York, you should checkout New York Bus Charter for all of your Bus Chartering needs. You can use them to explore New York City, and even use them to travel to Washington DC. This is a safe way to travel, and the New York Chartering service always uses experienced drivers. Their buses are luxurious, quality vehicles that you would love to travel in. They focus on on-time service, and their staff is very friendly. The vehicles are also well-maintained. It doesn't matter if you need a bus for a trip, or for some great attractions, this would be a great way to travel. They provide day trips and multi-day packages to all kinds of casinos in Atlantic City and Foxwood Resort in CT. Their buses hold 49 to 56 passengers. So if you are looking for some great transportation to get to some great destinations around New York, you should check out the New York Chartering service to see how they can help you.

Rental Car (1)

Shopping the Internet can be the quickest and best way to compare many Rental Car rates.

If you are planning on purchasing extra items such as a damage waiver or insurance, you should also comparison shop those rates.

Make sure their mileage policy is favorable to you so you can avoid extra charges.

Airport fees can be quite large so you might see if it is worth it to use an off-airport facility. However, if the off-airport company picks you up at the airport, you'll probably still have to pay some of the fee.

You can check their national reservation centers and their local offices; one may be offering a better deal than the other. ASK, if this is the best rate they have available.

Make your reservation as soon as you have decided on plans. Most Rental Car Companies increase their rates as reservations come in and their fleets become booked. Also, certain classes of cars will sell out and you may have to end up reserving and paying for a larger vehicle than you want.


Monday, January 19, 2009

Traveling with Pets (4)

When traveling with cats, always make sure that their carrier is clean and fresh. Line the bottom of the carrier with about a centimeter of newspaper. Then put an old blanket or towel on top. Remember to pack fresh newspaper and old towels or blankets in a bag, so that every time you stop you can put in fresh newspaper and a blanket if necessary. When the time comes, close all windows and doors, then take your cat out of the carrier and clean it. Wash the bottom, put in new paper and a clean blanket, and then put your cat back in. You must do this all ONLY when the car is parked. If you want to take your cat outside to stretch, make sure to have a leash and harness handy. DO NOT let your cat off the leash - he will run away and try to find your house. If you are going to be traveling in the car for more than 2 hours, make sure you bring a container of fresh, cool water. Remember to stop a few times during the trip to give him a drink of water. If you do this all right your cat should be very calm and relaxed during the trip. If he gets calm enough you may let him sit on your lap, but the windows have to be shut. Just keep the air conditioning on.

Before you travel with a pet, be sure that it is well protected against loss. Have in place a system that allows to others connect your pet back to you. If your pet goes missing in a strange place you will want to be prepared. Creatures Global Pet Registry provides a comprehensive system for protecting your pet against loss. They provide your pet's finder with an easy method of contacting you by phone or through the net without compromising your privacy. Creatures Global also supplies a web profile for your pet in the searchable database with links to all the major shelters, a package including an ID tag, posters, fliers, a guide booklet and more.


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It is important that your pet have ID tags at all times. Our pets all have ID tags with our home number and address on them. We also include our RV license plate number on their tags, as we use our RV a lot during the summer. I have made "shrink it" tags as well. These are simple tags made using the craft "shrink it" sheets. I have made several "blanks" and I put their name and the name of the campground, camping site number and the phone number of the RV park or campground on these tags and punch holes in the top. I then put them in the oven and they "shrink" to a regular ID tag size. These are inexpensive to use and easy to create for each site you visit. If your pet should get loose while in an RV site these tags give your current location. Additional information may be placed on the tags, i.e. the address, etc. of your next destination. These tags helped us recover our dog who broke loose from his leash. He was found by another RVer in our campground who commented on how easy it was to find us because his tag contained our site number. We also use these tags when we are visiting relatives or friends and the dogs are with us. There are "professional" tags like these available, but this is an easy, inexpensive method. "Shrink It" sheets are available at most craft stores and cost about $3.99 for 10 sheets (8 1/2 X 11). You trace your outline on the sheets, write your information using a permanent marking pen, cut them out and place on a cookie sheet at 250 degrees for about 10 minutes.

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Animals can very well suffer jet lag. Basically, it works the same as it does with humans. Keep your pets active and in the sunlight, keep habits the same, and don't allow them to oversleep.

There is a great series of books: On The Road Again with Man's Best Friend, by Dawn and Robert Habgood. They actually go out and check out all the B&Bs, inns, and hotels that they recommend and write about in their regional guides. I have the New England one and it is great - 2 to 3 page descriptions on each of the places. They also have a huge 900-page United States version.

Long international flights can be as hard on your dog as they are on you. If you have long layovers (more than two hours) think about checking your pet to that destination and picking it up. Many European airports allow you to walk about with your pet on a leash - so it's a nice break for the dog to get out and walk and be with you. Take a care kit in your carry on - bottled tap water from your home, baby wipes (good for accidents or when something "comes up" - they are non- toxic and leave a nice smell behind), a small brush for drool mats, and a cookie or treat. Place a shirt or some socks that have been well worn by you (i.e. odiferous) in your pet's carrier. It's a big comfort. If you'll be staying overseas for a while, try to stick to your routine as much as possible. Keep walks on the same schedule. Find food that's as similar as possible to what your pet eats at home. Most of the pet stores and supermarkets in Germany, where I lived, had the major supermarket and premium brands. Take advantage of the fact that many establishments allow (well-behaved) dogs inside. Most of all, travelling with your pet can be a pleasant experience for you and your pet if you remember to PLAN AHEAD!! Don't buy your carrier or plane tickets at the last minute. Call the airlines and get SPECIFIC information about requirements AND charges. Not all airlines charge the same amount for the same size dog and costs can be high. Get the proper certifications for both your origination and destination, descriptions of which are available from the USDA/APHIS website. And certainly, gauge your travel plans on your pet's needs and personality. Bon voyage and good luck to all you animal lovers!

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When traveling with pets in extremely hot weather: Check out the air conditioning unit in your car for functionality before traveling. Use a fan that plugs into the cigarette lighter as well. Place ice cubes into a sealed plastic bag and tie it in front of the duct of the air conditioner, passing the cool air over the ice - makes a swamp cooler affect. Use freezer blocks, (used for picnic coolers) - place a large freezer block under your pet, with a sheet between the block and pet. Check to make sure your pet isn't shivering - just comfortable from the blocks. It goes without saying, to keep plenty of fresh, cool drinking water available for your pet at all times. Also apply sunshades to back windows and the tailgate window (the kind you can see out of to drive safely).

Before you go, gather information regarding veterinarians in the area of your destination:

  • Ask your own vet if s/he has any associates in the area.
  • Check with members of newsgroups on the web for vets who are trusted and low cost. Rescue groups often have this information, and many are very involved with newsgroups.
  • Check on hours of availability. You may need to have two names handy, one for normal hours, and one for after hours emergencies.
  • Keep the address and phone number of the vets you've found with your vaccination records.
  • This may be a good time to obtain medical insurance for your companion animal.

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Carry snacks. Having some snacks like granola bars, trail mix or even fresh fruit along can help save a lot over buying them from street vendors and convenience stores.

If you're traveling by car, stock up on bottled water and other drinks at the supermarket or discount store. A six-pack here will often cost the equivalent or even less than the price of a single bottle from a convenience store or street vendor.

Drink water with meals. Even without alcohol, soft drinks, coffees and teas can add a substantial amount to your check (especially in countries like Japan). Drink free water with the meal (as long as you're in a country that it's safe to do so). Buy soft drinks at markets instead.

Carrying along an immersion heater is great for making coffee, tea or instant hot chocolate in your hotel room. It can also heat instant soup or boil water for other purposes. This inexpensive travel accessory is sold at anywhere travel good are sold.

Have picnics! You can save a bundle by having impromptu picnics. Whether they be a late night snack in your hotel room or a full romantic meal against a spectacular backdrop like the Grand Canyon or the Eiffel Tower, picnics are a boon to the budget conscious traveler.


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If you're going to splurge at an expensive restaurant, lunch is a good time to do so. You can often get the same famous food at a significantly lower cost. Since most health experts agree that eating the largest meal of the day in the afternoon is a good idea, you'll be doing more than your pocketbook a favor.

Many hotels in countries other than the US, and all B& B's include breakfast as part of the room price. Take full advantage of this and fill up so you won't have to buy food until lunch (or depending on your personal metabolism, dinner).

Eat where the locals do. Casual restaurants with a large local clientele are like to be high quality and low cost.

Eat in ethnic neighborhoods (this tip works in the US or abroad). You can get some first class feasts for very little money in ethnic neighborhoods. Using my hometown of Los Angeles as an example, travel to Korea Town, China Town, Little Tokyo, Thai Town, or in nearby Orange County, Little Saigon for incredible food at coffee shop prices. Do I detect an Asian theme here? Don't worry, there are Mexican neighborhoods all over the City of Angels serving dirt-cheap but delicious authentic South-of-the-Border cuisine. There are also plenty of Ethiopian, Cuban, Argentinean and Moroccan eateries along with just about every other ethnic group under the sun. That's one of the things about living in a large city that's so wonderful. Take advantage of the ethnic neighborhoods in whatever cities you visit for great food at bargain prices.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Tips for finding cheap airfares (2)

7. If you can't find an inexpensive flight to the city you want to go, it's often cheaper to fly to a nearby city and then catch a low cost connecting flight to where you really want to be. Depending on the distance, you might also be able to hop on a quick train or bus.

8. Smart travelers know how to take advantage of overbooking. By volunteering your seat when a flight is overbooked you can earn free flights and often even cash from the airline. If you don't absolutely have to be there on time, volunteer to give up your seat, if it becomes needed, when you check in for your flight. Monday morning and Friday afternoon flights are the most likely to be overbooked.

9. When traveling to Washington DC, always compare prices for flying into nearby Baltimore instead, it's almost always much less expensive.

10. When flying into New York City, be sure to compare prices for flying into nearby Newark, New Jersey instead.

11. When flying to Los Angeles, be sure to compare prices for flying into nearby Orange County, Burbank or Ontario (California) airports.

12. When flying to London, be sure to compare prices for flying into nearby Birmingham instead.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Tips for finding cheap airfares

Here are some useful tips for finding cheap airfares. Good luck!

1. Airlines usually reload their computers at midnight, so as soon after that as possible is a good time to shop online for low cost seats that folks might have reserved but not paid for.

2. For international flights between major cities, it's hard to beat the price of flying courier often half or less than regular fare. Of course, some restrictions apply.
Imagine flying to exotic destinations all over the world, but paying 50% or less regular airfare costs. Once in a while you might even get an overseas flight completely free. It sounds too good to be true, but air couriers get these kinds of deals all the time, and the best news is, you too can easily join their happy numbers.

3. When one airline announces a sale to a particular destination, chances are the others will soon follow suit, so be on the lookout and call or click around.

4. Seniors should ask about domestic airfare coupon books. Several airlines offer this option of discounted fares that are bought as a block of 4 coupons. Some airlines also offer this option to students.

5. Use the internet to search out last minute bargain weekend fares. Most airlines' websites have a place where drastically reduced weekend fares are available. Start checking on Wednesday for the weekend ahead.

6. When flying in the US, some of the least expensive flights are available on the smaller airlines which are subsidiaries the major airlines, for instance Delta Express and Metro-Jet.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Tips on How To Pack (2)

Cheap Luggage

On the opposite end of the spectrum, you should remember that it is not mandatory to purchase a special valise for carry-on items. A few sturdy garbage bags can work just fine.

You can also put things in boxes. Be sure to wrap them extremely securely with glass-reinforced tape, and recognize that they will get very rough handling. Furthermore, the airlines will not take responsibility for damaging anything in a cardboard box. You take your chances.

Backpacks and Camping Gear
You can ship camping-style backpacks as well. Some airlines will put them in large plastic bags to help keep things from tearing off. Otherwise, make sure that anything that you have attached to the pack (sleeping bag, tent, roll) is securely fastened. And, as with packing in cardboard boxes, airlines will not take responsibility for damaging anything in a backpack. Do not pack the good china in the backpack.

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Having appropriate luggage can make a world of difference. It may mean the difference between carry-on and stowed (which may mean the difference between lost and not lost!), health or a hurting back, and damaged vs. undamaged belongings.

Note: This article assumes that you are packing for a plane flight; traveling by train, bus, or car may be slightly different.

Garment Bags
Garment bags can be exceptionally nice for short business trips. Most airplanes have little compartments with a bar that you can hang them on. Be advised, however, that those compartments fill up pretty quickly, and you may have to jam it into an overhead bin, wrinkling your suits and dresses.

However, garment bags are not particularly easy to carry if very full or for a great distance. (Note: I have never been a broad-shouldered, narrow-hipped, tall, strong man, so perhaps there is a class of people for whom this assertion is not true.)

Wheeled Luggage
If you must take heavy items (like, for example, six computer manuals and a replacement power supply), seriously consider some sort of wheeled contraption. One can purchase carts that can fold up and go inside the suitcase or suitcases that have wheels and a handle built in.

Suitcases with stiff, center-mounted racks are much more manageable than suitcases with "leashes". The leashed suitcases have a tendency to wobble, tip, get stuck, fall over, etc. The leash is always too short for your height, so you end up walking hunched over anyways. Leashed luggage is exceptionally ill-suited for those lovely, picturesque cobbled streets that your charming little pensione with no elevator is on.

A good, hard-sided suitcase with a rack can be a bit pricey. However, consider that this is much, much, MUCH cheaper than back surgery.