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Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you just were not sure what to do? There is nothing more terrifying than being out of your element and something go wrong. There are problems that you will unduly face while traveling abroad so I have come up with solutions to a few of the…

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you just were not sure what to do? There is nothing more terrifying than being out of your element and something go wrong. There are problems that you will unduly face while traveling abroad so I have come up with solutions to a few of the most stressful.

Problem: Language barriers are probably the number one problem with traveling abroad.

Solution: Google translate is good for getting you through basic conversations but if you actually want to be able to successfully communicate you can purchase Living language and learn a new language.

Problem: Too much luggage is always an issue. Running through a train station trying to make it after last call is not fun when you are dragging fifty pounds behind you.

Solution: My simple solution to this problem is to take a smaller bag. Yes, it will hold everything you actually need and it will prevent you from over packing or buying to many things while traveling.

Problem: Getting lost in foreign land can be one of the scariest experiences of your life.

Solution: keep a paper map n you at all times. Also, you can use the map on your phone without internet by just looking at it without searching.

Problem: Missing planes trains and automobiles.

Solution: The solutions to this is simple and obvious. Simply put you have to be early. There is no getting around it. If you are not on time like the train is you will miss it. Setting alerts on your phone is always a good idea. If you know ahead of time you will not make it in time to catch the plane, train or automobile you can call and see if your tickets can be changed. Not all places do this and you will probably lose a little money but a few places will help you out.

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you just were not sure what to do? There is nothing more terrifying than being out of your element and something go wrong. My mother, the wonderful woman that she is, bought me a small laptop that can be used as either a laptop or a tablet. It is very light weight, touch screen and it was less than five hundred dollars. My laptop allowed me to be able to communicate with my family and friends through Facebook. It was also extremely beneficial to have for my projects and homework while studying abroad.

7 Kinds of Interesting Travellers

One thing that I have found is that when traveling, there will be people from all walks of life. Rich people, poor people, smart people, stupid people, funny people, sad people, inspiring people, ridiculous people, helpless people and the list goes on. 1. The First Time Traveler The first time traveler is usually excited and…

One thing that I have found is that when traveling, there will be people from all walks of life. Rich people, poor people, smart people, stupid people, funny people, sad people, inspiring people, ridiculous people, helpless people and the list goes on.

1. The First Time Traveler

The first time traveler is usually excited and sometimes a little apprehensive. Yet they have enthusiasm for discovery and look for opportunities to learn. Everything is exciting and new. However there could be the first time traveler who is expecting everything to be like it is at home and leave the tour disappointed. Let all the new people discover that the world is different and they can be enjoyed.

2. The Travel Guru

The travel guru knows it all. They read everything that they can prior to the tour and then they like to impress you with their knowledge and sometimes they speak the native language. They will provide advice on all things and there will be times that you wished you had someone else to talk to. However, you can still learn something from him / her.

3. The Adventure Man / Woman

The adventure man / woman personifies adventure. They dress for the adventure occasion and even act the part. Not like other travelers who simply enjoy adventure. Great people to be with during adventures but not necessarily the best dinner companion.

4. The Party Animal

The party animal prefers to start the day with brunch. He / she finds it difficult to get up early in the morning due to the party during the previous evening. Great people but will slow down serious travelers.

5. The Warring Couple

The warring couple are on the tour because one of them wanted to go. During the tour this fact will come out and there will be unsavoury scenes. Find a place some distance away and continue to enjoy your holiday.

6. The High Spending Traveler

The high spending traveler expects to get whatever he / she wants in any place. Can be much fun if they are generous but sometimes difficult to be with.

7. The Normal Traveler

Yes there are many normal travelers out there. They are like you and me enjoying the company of others and being a friend when it is needed. Easy to get along with and has a great sense of humor.

In summary, whatever the kind of traveler you meet, do not judge too harshly. Everyone must have their day but some want it more often. Have fun and try to find the normal traveler and all will be well.

7 Different Types of Travel

There are as many types of travel including combinations of the types listed here. We choose our travel destinations and types of travel based on many factors. There is no right or wrong way for everyone. Consider the options and just go for it and enjoy the sights, sounds, small and excitements of new places.…

There are as many types of travel including combinations of the types listed here. We choose our travel destinations and types of travel based on many factors. There is no right or wrong way for everyone. Consider the options and just go for it and enjoy the sights, sounds, small and excitements of new places.

1. The Package Holiday

The most common type of leisure travel is the package holiday. How good is it when all the planning is already done? Simply pick up the brochure or search the internet and there it is. Call your travel agent, make the booking and pay the price. The most difficult part is the waiting!

There are many value options in package holidays with many options as to length of holiday and the activities during the holiday.

2. The Group Tour

There are many different types of group tours – from a bunch of seniors to a bunch of teenagers and everything in between doing almost anything that is available. Choose your group tour wisely as you will be spending many days with your fellow travelers. Group tours are usually organized like packages holidays and they have the advantage that usually the group leader adds value to the experiences in many ways. Another advantage of a group tours is that there is a good chance that you will meet like-minded people who many become lifelong friends.

3. The Weekend Getaway

Busy workers may only have short weekend opportunities to travel. Take a weekend getaway where the travel distance is not that great but the benefits of going someplace new is not finished. Take the opportunity of last-minute bookings, if you like a mystery.

4. Family Reunion

Visiting family or friends can be so much fun (hopefully). Usually staying with family and friends requires only travel arrangements to and from the destination. Who better to show you around than someone who lives in the place that you are visiting – get the insider information.

Accommodation options may also include apartments rather than hotels.

5. Event Travel

Event travel refers to traveling to a particular event, like a sporting match, a concert, an exhibition, a festival etc. The time and place is set and most likely for popular events – book early and expect to pay a little more. Enjoy and event and meet people who have similar passions.

6. Long-Term Travel

The number of travelers who travel for long periods of time is increasing. The type and style of travel will depend on financial position. Backpackers to seniors are in this class. Many seniors opt for long-term cruising as a lifestyle. Long-term travelers have the opportunity to understand the culture, art, history and people of a place well

7. Business Travel

Finally the business traveler. The best thing about traveling for business is that usually someone else is paying the bills. Choice of travel is set by the payer of the bills but generally there are evenings and weekend s to enjoy.

In conclusion, irrespective of the type of travel, there are so many places to see and so many activities to take part in. Take the opportunity no matter what, then enjoy and return home a little different.

3 Common Styles of Travellers

We all like to go to interesting destinations and we travel for many different reasons. All these reasons are usually good. However, we like to go in our preferred way. The associated costs vary greatly with each style. Be aware that value can be achieved in all styles of travel with the right opportunities and…

We all like to go to interesting destinations and we travel for many different reasons. All these reasons are usually good. However, we like to go in our preferred way. The associated costs vary greatly with each style. Be aware that value can be achieved in all styles of travel with the right opportunities and a proactive travel agent. It is not unusual for travelers to choose alternate styles of travel for different experiences.

The Fully Independent Traveler

The Fully Independent Travelers (FIT) are usually people who are confident of seeing the world on their own. This mode can provide great value and allow flexibility. It allows them to be active participants rather than an observer of all the experiences. The Fully Independent Traveler may have more opportunities in cultural immersion when staying with locals, for example, and generally have greater access to intimate events. The people using this style of travel need to assess and mitigate risks.

The Group Traveler

The Group Traveler enjoys the comfort of a guide and fixed itinerary and the start date of the tour is called the Fixed Departure Date (FDD). Group sizes vary with small groups ranging from 8 to 20 and larger groups having up to 100 participants. Most the group size is determined by the transport options and the accommodation options available at the destinations. One of the benefits of groups is the possibility of meeting like-minded people. Many a long-term friendship has been made during group tours, particularly small group tours. The group leader can also add insights into the activities during the trip making it more interesting. Small group tours tend to be more relaxed and a little flexible in their activities.

The Specialty Traveler

The Particularly Traveler is looking for something particular, like corporate, photography, adventure health, mission, volunteer or special interest. The needs of these people varies greatly and care should be taken that risks are identified and mitigated. These tours are usually like groups but can be for Fully Independent Travelers also.

In conclusion, choose the travel style that suits your needs. If you are not a frequent traveler, sometimes a place to start is in group travel and move on to becoming and independent traveler as you gain confidence and understand the many challenges of traveling. Irrespective of the style of traveler that you might be, enjoy the opportunity to see the world as it is. We all come back a little different after our travels.

How to Check the Brakes and Do a Brake Test During Pre-Trip

There is a lot involved in a complete and thorough pre-trip as anyone who has driven for a while can tell you. It is a lot more than just checking a 'few' things. If you are going to do a pre-trip correctly, every single thing has to be checked. It is almost like a major…

There is a lot involved in a complete and thorough pre-trip as anyone who has driven for a while can tell you. It is a lot more than just checking a 'few' things. If you are going to do a pre-trip correctly, every single thing has to be checked. It is almost like a major DOT inspection done by the toughest inspector anyone has ever seen. One guy I knew, who was retired DOT, said the toughest DOT inspectors were in California, Tennessee and Ohio. From my experience, he certainly knew what he was talking about.

In the last article on pre-trips, I ended with the front suspension, spring hangers, springs, U-bolts and saddle and the shocks. Today we are going to start with the entire braking system. This is probably one of the most overlooked and vital areas of all. If the brakes are not right, a lot of people could be in serious trouble including you.

Check the air lines to each brake chamber on the tractor and the trailer. Make sure they are not cracked, bent, broken or leaking. The brake chamber and clamp needs to be secure, and not cracked, bent or broken and the bolts tight. The push rod slack adjuster is secured with pin and cotter pin and no more than 1 inch of play. The S-cam shaft to s-cam roller is the usual – not cracked, bent or broken. The brake shoes must have a minimum of inch inch wear left on the pads and be free of oil, grease and debris. The brake drum must be round, with no excessive wear, man-made welds and free of oil grease and debris.

The air lines from the tractor to the trailer must be lined up and pushed down as far as they will go. The rubber seal or 'grommet' must not be discharged out, cracked or missing. These lines can not touch the catwalk as that can cause scrapes which can cut through and result in an air leak. The air lines on the trailer must be a minimum of 18 inches off the ground so when you go over bumps or large pot holes you do not lose your brakes.

The last thing I wanted to discuss right now is the brake test. For the tractor push the red knot in and put the truck in a low gear and tug. To check the parking brake, push the yellow knob in with the red knob out and tug again. You should not move either time.

To check the service brake and check for suspension problems or a possible needed adjustment, drive a few mph and push in the brake keeping your hands off the steering wheel. If the tractor pulls one way or the other you may need some service.

Once this is done, we are now ready for the air brake test.

Make sure the psi is about 120 to 125, turn off the engine, chock the wheels, and release the brakes, (yellow and red knobs in). You will lose approximate 10- 15 psi. After this you should lose no more than 3 psi per minute. Put your foot on the service brake and push in. Once more, after the initial loss of 10-15 psi you should lose no more than 4 psi per minute.

Put the key in the 'on' position so you can see the gauges but do not start the engine. We need to check the warning light and buzzer so begin fanning the brakes. The buzzer and lights should come on at about 60 psi. Continue fanning and the brake knobs should pop out between 20 and 40 psi.

Now start the tractor, put the tach at about 1000 to 1500 and you should see the air building up fairly quickly. It should take no more than 45 seconds to go from 85 to 100 psi. At approximately 120 psi you should hear the release valve spit. You have just completed your air brake test. Congratulations.

Studying Online to Improve Travel Safety

Over the past decade, online learning programs have become vastly more popular for Bachelors and even Masters degrees, along with a near infinite range of training and certificate programs for almost all fields. What we've seen is that despite initial doubts, the online platform is a perfect way to transfer knowledge and information to interested…

Over the past decade, online learning programs have become vastly more popular for Bachelors and even Masters degrees, along with a near infinite range of training and certificate programs for almost all fields. What we've seen is that despite initial doubts, the online platform is a perfect way to transfer knowledge and information to interested parties.

This holds true even for applications in which you might think that you'd need to be in person to truly learn from. This also applies to online travel security training.

For those looking to learn how to improve travel safety, an online course with helpful tips and essential insight can provide everything you're looking for, all with the great benefits of any online learning program.

You can study and learn at your own pace, and from where you are at a given time. All you will need is your computer. You'll also be able to continue accessing the information at further dates.

To improve travel safety though, you do not need a massive course filled with months of studying and endless streams of information. Here, the right information in a user-friendly format in small doses can work wonders for travelers, whether they're business travelers on the move internationally, students looking to travel abroad, volunteers preparing for extended trips overseas, or simply adventurous souls ready to get on the move.

Short, intuitive videos can demonstrate real world scenarios and help anyone to quickly learn from them. Combined with informative, written support material and safe travel tips, and it's really all that anyone would need to improve travel safety. Entire programs can be dispensed with just an hour of total time investment, saving estimated time, and huge costs, compared to lengthy in person training seminars.

Online safe travel tips should help any traveler learn certain key elements. This includes recognizing and reacting to potential risk, and avoiding certain more dangerous situations or circumstances. What are the different risks or threats to watch out for with different aspects of your travel, and how does that change based on you, specifically? For instance, safe travel training for solo women travelers should incorporate a different set of tips and advice.

Just as online learning is now a recognized and highly-touted way to get a degree and advance your profession, there's no reason you should avoid it for other areas of interest and need. To improve travel safety, find a proven and highly rated online safe travel training program, and get the confidence and insight you need to stay safe all across the globe.

5 Kid-Friendly Activities for Your Mountain Retreat

For kids, finding a great vacation retreat is more about activities and how those activities will turn into lasting memories. While they will certainly appreciate gorgeous mountain sceneries and experiences, it's all about what they can do from sunup to sundown that will make their trip a good one. That makes picking the right place…

For kids, finding a great vacation retreat is more about activities and how those activities will turn into lasting memories. While they will certainly appreciate gorgeous mountain sceneries and experiences, it's all about what they can do from sunup to sundown that will make their trip a good one. That makes picking the right place important for parents who do not want to be stuck in a situation where they enjoy the vacation but the kids find it boring.

So what makes a great mountain retreat for kids? Activities. Things to do. All the time. Here are 5 kid-friendly activities for you next mountain retreat.

Fly Fishing

This is an angling method in which an artificial “fly” is used to catch fish. The fly is cast using a fly rod, reel, and specialized weighed line. Children learn how to tie flies such as Wooly buggers, Woolly worms, and Hare's ears, and are often thrilled when their flies are actually tied to lure a fish to their rod. Most of the gear can be bought or rented at the resorts.

White Water Rafting

Imagine swirling along the river as it zips past mountains. It's a breathtaking adventure kids love, even when the waters are not all that turbulent. The adventure is exhilarating neglectless and gets the adrenaline pumping from kids of all ages up to jaded teenagers. Not only that, but after a full day of adrenaline and exercises, your kids will want nothing more than a nap!

Photography

Even kids who are not photo lovers enjoy getting out and shooting photos of a gorgeous scenery. There are countless photography opportunities in mountain resorts during a white winter or green summer. The photos the kids take can be put into a photo book and displayed at home upon their return as a kind of vacation gallery for friends and family.

Hiking / Mountain Climbing

Both hiking and mountain climbing can be tailor to a participant's skill set. The mountainous trails are ripe for hiking. Some are for beginners and others are for expert hikers. For rock climbing, some resorts have mountain walls and others offer mountains that can be scaled safely.

Challenge Adventure

The Challenge Adventure combines the exclusion of zip lining with the challenge of high courses course. The adventure begins with the first zip into high routes challenge course where you are faced with a combination of up to 9 high poles challenge elements. At least four more zip lines follow.

Five Travel Tips To Stay Cool While Traveling In Summers

I'm not a big fan of the summer season, so I love to travel in the winters and spring. I totally dread the idea of ​​traveling in summers because of the heat. Summers are hot and humid and no matter which part of the world you are traveling summers are always annoying. Packing your luggage,…

I'm not a big fan of the summer season, so I love to travel in the winters and spring. I totally dread the idea of ​​traveling in summers because of the heat. Summers are hot and humid and no matter which part of the world you are traveling summers are always annoying. Packing your luggage, carrying it to the car, driving up to the airport, then dragging your luggage at security checkpoints all is hard work and makes you sweat more particularly during the summer season. Recently, I came across a post on a travel blog that shared a couple of tips to stay cool in summer season when traveling, I used these and they worked for me. So here I'm sharing these tips with you for staying cool while traveling in summers.

Carry An Empty Stainless Steel Water Bottle:

The last time I traveled with plastic water bottles they asked me to chuck them in the bag where they were collecting all the water bottles before I could pass the security. So I would recommend that you carry an empty water bottle flask with you and refill it from the airport as you will come across many water fountains at every spot.

Consider Carrying A Foldable Fan:

Many airports have air conditioning facilities, but at times if it's particularly hot and there is a lot of rush at the airport, then you will not be able to feel the AC coupling. In such a condition I recommend you to bring a portable small fan. Imagine you are stuck at an airport where you just do not feel the air conditioning what you will do.

Wear And Pack Light:

This may sound good to you, when traveling in summer's wear clothes which are summer-friendly, materials like linen and cotton will keep you cool. Remember not to over pack and pack according to the season, pack a full sleeve shirt for indoors in case if the AC at the airport or in the flight goes high you can layer yourself.

Wear Comfy Shoes:

Your shoes should be good for walking specifically try to wear shoes which are made from breathable material so that they dry easily in case of humidity. There are many lightweight and water-friendly shoes available in the markets that are good for summer wear.

Eat Light And Less:

One of the biggest mistake people make while traveling in summers is that they eat a heavy meal, particularly in the afternoon. I personally recommend that you should avoid eating greasy food as it will make you feel heavy and you do not want to end up sick at the airport due to the high temperatures. So it's best you eat light food like salads or balanced meals.

Adequate Planning Ensures a Hassle Free Traveling Experience

Traveling is a wonderful experience in equivalent which helps to explore new horizons thereby regaining energy to head for a fresh start. It is obvious that with the normal course of time, the routine life schedule bores people. As a beneficial solution, traveling offers an opportunity to disconnect from the routine life and try out…

Traveling is a wonderful experience in equivalent which helps to explore new horizons thereby regaining energy to head for a fresh start. It is obvious that with the normal course of time, the routine life schedule bores people. As a beneficial solution, traveling offers an opportunity to disconnect from the routine life and try out new things. One can see new things, talk to different people and gather more knowledge. However, like any other thing it requires proper planning to have a unique and hassle-free experience.

Traveling involves a set of different crucible tasks which if not done in the proper way, can disrupt the entire touring activity. Various issues such as budget, ticket booking, documents needed, safety (including home safety) and many more are quite crucial which requires focus while planning a tour program. Here is an overview of the key pointers while planning a trip.

Budget

If not willing to spend a huge sum of money, get assured that it does not need to break the valuable bank deposits. First, deciding the exact amount of penny is ideal and then take relevant steps to plan the trip. It is ideal to search for various kinds of lucrative travel deals which involve the process of talking to the tour operators, checking out the various travel clubs and surfing the web. While fixing a package deal, one can get huge bargains which may combine the air tickets and accommodation facilities at a discounted rate. One cost cutting element is prioritizing the things and thereby compromising on the lower prioritized things in exchange of the higher ones.

Selecting the Destination

Choosing the destination to visit is another critical task which is the major determining factor of the traveling experience. This mainly depends on the choices and interests of people. For instance, people with an adventurous bent of mind, it will be ideal to visit those places which can offer a thrill or excitement. They can opt for different adventurous activities like river rafting, forest trips, mountaineering and the list goes on. Similarly, for people with historical or cultural interests can visit the places which host an array of historical sites and places reflecting the culture of the place.

Home Safety

The most valuable asset of an individual is the home which one will be leaving behind while going for a trip. It is essential to make sure the safety and security of the home, car and other valuables. One can tell the reliable neighbors or nearby staying relatives about the trip so that they can keep vigil on the home and other valuables.

Planning is a never-ending process and involves many other significant issues. Depending on the situation and choices, plan the trip in a proper way to make it an unforgettable experience.

If You’re a Smart Traveler, You Won’t Fall For This Tourist Trap

If you travel to Asia, chance is you'll see cute animals, mostly baby animals, dressed in cute clothing with cute accessories and available for photos. Nobody denies that baby animals are so cute and adorable. Everyone would love to have their pictures taken with them and upload it to social media. Touching their tiny fluffy…

If you travel to Asia, chance is you'll see cute animals, mostly baby animals, dressed in cute clothing with cute accessories and available for photos. Nobody denies that baby animals are so cute and adorable. Everyone would love to have their pictures taken with them and upload it to social media. Touching their tiny fluffy body is so hard to resist! But who knows a single photo capture equals to miserable life for them? Want to know why? Let's read more.

Most animals used as photo props are babies which are cute and photogenic. Where do the babies come from? If they tell you the animals are domestically bred, it's probably a lie. Even though it was true, separating young babies from the mothers are disturbing for both sides. Wildlife are former to stress in captivity (except they have a spacious enclosure and gets plenty of natural diet every day, which, in this case, is unknowingly) and they can not easily breed in a stressful condition.

Most of the animals obtained for photo props are taken from the wild and the easiest way to catch a baby animal is to kill its mother . Once the animal grows, they are not as cute anymore and not so easy to handle anymore. Then what happens when they are adult? They probably kill the adult animals, or give them to a small zoo, or leave them in tiny dirty cages with minimum amount of food to keep them barely alive.

In order to entertain the tourists without hurting them, the animals used for photo props have gone through horrific and abusive process to tame them. In addition to experiencing animal abuse, most of the times those animals have their weapons (read: body parts) removed. All animals have their special weapons and defense mechanisms. Lorises have poisonous bite. In order to avoid hurting the tourists, their teeth have to be removed, but removing a loris' teeth takes a lot of effort and money for the drugs. The easiest way to prevent them from biting you is to clip their teeth, which cause the tooth root exposed to bacteria and leads to tooth root abscess. Watch the painful process of loris tooth removal in this video .

For more aggressive animals, like tigers, lions, or bears, sedative drug is usually used to have them, but it still does not prevent them from attacking tourists. Dangerous animals also have their claws removed so they will not hurt the tourists, their gold mine. Imagine if a tourist gets hurt and spread the news, they will not be able to earn money anymore.

Elephants are physically aborted by sharp metal in order to control them. Baby elephants are not given enough food so they are starved and beg tourists for food. Never buy any food from their owners.

Enough about the animal's life. Now let's talk about your life. When you handle the animals, has it ever crossed your mind that wildlife can bring zoonotic disease and spread it to human ? You never know what bacteria, virus, parasite, or fungi the animal is carrying. When you touch it, you get the microorganism, but you do not wash your hand because you thought the animals were healthy. Congratulations, now you can infect anyone including yourself.

If you're a foreigner / westerner, it's not an excuse for you to take pictures with this exotic pet just because you do not have it back at home. This kind of attitude is what exactly started wildlife exploitation in Asia.

Usually locals are not so interested with animals they can see every day and they do not want to pay high amount of money to do it. On the contrary, foreigners are willing to pay big sum of money to get this so-called 'once in a lifetime experience'. If you take your picture posing with animal and upload it, you are encouraging more people to do the same. More and more people are coming to do this wildlife exploitation tourist trap. More and more animals will be taken from the wild and poorly rated by the owners.

Now you know the truth. Think twice before you take pictures with them and do not contribute any money for them. Please be a smart traveler.