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Packing Checklist For A Lady Of Leisure

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There is no greater way to spend your time than visiting other countries and seeing the world. However, your holiday can be less than relaxing if you get to the airport or even your accommodation and realise that you’ve forgotten something really important. The easiest way to avoid this is to write a checklist of everything that you need to take with you and tick it off as you go along. Luckily for you, I’ve already written down the basics, so you just need to remember the small stuff.

Passport & Boarding PassYou’re not going to go anywhere if you’ve forgotten your passport or boarding pass, so you need to be sure to check and double check that you’ve got it in your bag. These days you can often have your boarding pass saved on your phone, so be sure you do this and have a paper copy, just to be safe.

Large Handbag or BackpackAs well as a big suitcase, it’s likely that you’re going to want to take a large bag with you as carry on luggage. This bag should be filled with essentials for the plane, such as snacks, water, a book or kindle, your phone, your purse, and anything else you need. This bag can then be used during your holiday for days out and store snacks and essentials or can be doubled as a beach bag and look after your towel.

Phone & ChargerSome people use a holiday as a way to escape the stresses of everyday life, but this doesn’t mean that you have to leave your phone behind. Your phone can be used for a range of different things on your trip, such as for maps and directions, for music, as a translator, and to call the home or emergency services, just in case there is an emergency.

MoneyDon’t forget to exchange your currency before you go away. If you do it at the airport or when you get to your destination, it’s likely to cost you a lot more for the same amount of money. Shop around for the best rates a couple of weeks before you leave, and make sure you have this cash with you when you leave.

ClothesYour destination and the length of your trip is going to determine the type and number of clothing articles that you need to take with you. For example, if you’re going to The Caribbean for a week, then you’re going to need a floral dress or two, shorts, a swimming costume, and at least three t-shirts, whereas a weekend in Paris would require jeans and a comfortable jacket.

ToiletriesIf you’re only going away for a short while, then you should only need travel sized bottles of shower gel, shampoo, and conditioner. If you’re going away for a couple of weeks, it might make more sense to buy these things while you’re out there. You should also remember deodorant, sunblock, your toothbrush and toothpaste, razors, insect repellant, sanitary products, and plasters for blisters.

Travel AdaptorAs already mentioned, your phone is incredibly important, but it will be absolutely no use to you if you’ve forgotten that your travel adaptor. Not every country has the same plug type, so you need to ensure that you have an adaptor to be able to charge your phone (and any other electricals you decide to take with you). If you like to travel a lot, then a worldwide travel adapter may be the best option for you, as you then don’t have to buy new adapters whenever you go somewhere new.

EntertainmentYou may have chosen a destination specifically because of its amazing weather, but there’s always a chance that the weather is going to turn, and that you are going to get stuck in your hotel room with absolutely nothing to do. To avoid this, make sure that you pack something that can entertain you. If you’re going with your family or friends, then board games and card games are a great option. You could also download films, tv shows, and books onto a tablet, which is perfect for during your flight.

Remembering to pack everything you need for when you go away can be a difficult task, so there is always going to be something that you leave behind. If this happens, try not to stress; I’m sure you’ll be able to find somewhere that sells what you need. Regardless, this list should reduce your chances of forgetting anything, leaving you to relax.

 

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Tires For Motorcycle And Safety Jacket For The Rider

There are roughly six types of motorcycles. The most common is the standard street motorcycles we see around us in town or when we are driving on the road. Street motorcycles are designed to be riding on the paved roads. Most of these street motorcycles can speed up to 160 km/h and some even can go more than that. The sitting position of these motorcycles is an upright position because the foot pegs are below the seat of the rider and the handlebars are at a comfortable height. They are cheaper than other motorcycles and the petrol consumption are lower than most.

Cruiser motorcycles are more comfortable because the riders are seated with their feet forward and the handlebars are higher than the street motorcycles. Sports motorcycles are designed for high performance on paved roads. These motorcycles have high foot pegs where the riders have their legs closer to their body to improve ground clearance when cornering. The riders are seated with their body leaning forward. Dual-sports motorcycles are sometimes called All Terrain motorcycles. These are street machines which are also designed to handle off-road riding. They are higher than street motorcycles and have tall seat height which allows good suspension when travelling on rough ground.

 

 

All motorcycles need tires to run, whether on the road or on off-road. Choosing the right tires for your motorcycle makes a lot of difference. There are two types of street tires – tires with an inner tube and the tubeless tires. Tires with an inner tube are recommended for wheels with spokes. Tubeless tires are recommended for cast wheels. To know more about the types of tires for street motorcycles and all terrain motorcycle tires, you can go online to search and read them in more details.

 

 

While motorcycles need tires to run smoothly, motorcycle riders need proper safety attire for their protection from injury. In fact, all motorcycle riders should have on their riding jackets whenever they are out riding. Choosing a high quality jacket that is durable is important as it offers protection from injury in case of a fall or a crash. Most jackets have padding on the shoulder and elbows to protect from burns and abrasions. The jackets are have reflective gear for extra safety for riders while riding at night.

 

Jackets come in different materials, styles, and brands and you can check out the wide range of jackets online. You can also see more jackets here at this popular motorcycle website called BikeBandit.com. Wearing a jacket is not only for protection but also for comfort and fashion.

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Things To Check Before Going On A Road Trip

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The Fall season is a good time to travel because of the beautiful foliage, the colorful sceneries, and the cool weather. It is a nice way to take a vacation, even if it just a weekender in a nearby county or a drive across a state to unwind. And in doing so, we need to also consider many things before we take the road trip.

Whether you are traveling nearby or taking a long road trip for your vacation or have been taking road trips regularly, it is still wise to check these things for your safety, security, and ensure your car’s road-worthiness to enjoy a fun time with your family or friends.

 

Schedule for a car check-up

Even if you are a pro in taking regular road trips near and far, it is imperative and smart to have your vehicle checked before the drive. Go to a reliable motor vehicle inspector and service unit to ensure everything in your car is in good condition, like the battery, tires, lights, and the brake is working properly.

 

Make it comfortable

Bringing small stuff toys and pillows for your kids can make a big difference in giving them comfort especially on a long drive. And as for the driver, a good back seat accessory to provide lumbar support is a perfect addition to keep you comfortable. And if you have toddlers traveling along, you may want to ensure they have proper car seats that is not only high-quality made but has met the highest standard in quality and safety.

 

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Bring your supplies

There is nothing wrong with being prepared. It is wise to carry first aid kit and some medications in case someone else falls ill and no immediate medical attention is at hand.  While it is understandable that a road trip will make people hungry, bring snacks like cut fruits, biscuits, and lots of water.

Also stock your vehicle with another kit that will be very useful in case emergency arises like a bag filled with spare batteries, flashlight, gloves, socks, blankets, and spare basic clothes.

 

Update your GPS

Make sure that your GPS system has been updated properly so you are on the right track. Set your GPS to pick up information on traffic congestions, road blocks/work/constructions, and even pit stops for those necessary potty breaks.

 

Insurance

It may just be a weekend getaway or maybe a longer one, no matter what the trip is and how long it will be, if you have the extra budget to cover yourself and family, do purchase an insurance coverage that will give you a piece of mind while on the road, and on your vacation.

 

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How to Handle a Travel Crisis Confidently

Life doesn’t take a break even if you go away on vacation. Many of us have experienced – or have yet to experience – the dread of being in a foreign country when something goes terribly wrong. It could be as simple as having all of your stuff stolen, as unsettling as falling ill in a strange country, or as traumatic as losing a loved one at home while you’re away.

 

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No matter what kind of crisis you’re going through, it’s important to have a backup plan and be prepared. Here is a list of the most common things that can go wrong on vacation, making it easier to stay calm and confident when you need it the most.

 

Lost luggage

Let’s start with the most innocent one – as well as the most common one. If you have experienced the long minutes of watching the luggage carousel slowly emptying out, anticipating your own bag any moment now – and then seeing that other red suitcase return for a fifth time, you start to realize that it’s not going to happen. It’s not coming.

While you might feel a bit lost and thoroughly disappointed with your airliner, the first thing you should do is get in touch with those waiting for you. It’s tempting to immediately join the queue of other tourists who have also lost their luggage but, depending on the country you’re in, the wait can be quite long.

Give them a quick call, fill in the form, and collect your bag in a few days. In the meantime, buy yourself some clean underwear and laugh it off.

 

Losing a loved one

It’s strange how we just get a feeling that something is wrong; that text from someone who would never contact you while you’re abroad, a quick phone call telling you to call your siblings immediately – it makes your heart stop for a second. This rather long but rewarding read tells the story of a traveler who lost his mom while vacationing, and how the simple act of keeping your chin up and staying positive can determine the rest of your stay.

In some cases, however, it’s not an alternative to keep your chin up – especially if the loss was completely unexpected. This is when a backup of savings can make it a lot easier to get back home quickly, a friendly loan from a family member or simply looking at payday installment loans to cover your sudden travel expenses.

It’s in times like these that you need something to fall back on – as well as support from your family at home.

 

Medical claims

While we all think we’re destined to stay healthy on holiday, the chances are actually quite high for needing medical attention when you’re abroad. Dehydration, strange bacterias, and the sheer exhaustion of being in a foreign country can be enough for your organism to need some attention from a doctor.

Make sure that you have a comprehensive travel insurance handy before you leave and include your travel companion on it as well – it will be reassuring for both of you.

 

Being mugged

That many tourists before you have been mugged should come as no surprise. It’s a reason for all the warnings and bids to keep your personal belongings close to you – and remember that thieves are sneaky. Luckily, the experience doesn’t have to be as dramatic as being held at gunpoint; they’ll steal your phone without you even realizing that it’s gone, so befriend your fanny pack and leave your most valuable possessions in a safe.

You’re more likely to be mugged in a crowded place and near tourists attractions, so be extra vigilant when you’re out and about. They like to target people who are distracted – by a street entertainer, for example, and you’d be wise to stay alert and keep your eyes open. Your friend will undoubtedly be grateful for your shout when you see someone with their hands down their purse.

You can usually claim your things back through your travel insurance, though, so there’s no reason for despair. Prepare yourself for a few hours at the police station, fill out whatever form they want you to fill out, and be more careful next time.

 

Life can be inconsiderate and ruthless, no matter how prepared you are for fun and relaxation. Treat yourself to a positive attitude, assess your options, and consider whether getting yourself on a plane back home is the best thing to do. In either case, you’ll be able to make an experience out of it.

 

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Staying Safe In The Most Dangerous Countries In The World

Traveling to western countries is fairly safe. They have the same safety measures that you would have at home, and you know how everything works. That makes it far more difficult for people to take advantage of you. However, some of the more exotic countries in the world are wildly different to our own. Lots of them are also quite unstable politically which can pose a lot of dangers for travelers. One option is to avoid these countries altogether, but that would be a shame because they are some of the most beautiful places on the planet. Places like South America are considered risky places to go, but there are wonderful things to see there. Some parts of Africa have a similar reputation and there are a lot of risks involved in going there. Some people will shy away from those countries, but others are more adventurous than that. If that sounds like you, here are a few tips on staying safe when you’re traveling to dangerous countries.

 

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Secure Your Luggage

Theft is a massive risk in some countries. Tourists that don’t know the place very well are vulnerable and often become targets. You can avoid it to an extent by keeping your wits about you and doing some research on how these people operate. However, the best way to stop yourself getting robbed is to secure your luggage. That means you shouldn’t go for cheap suitcases that are easily broken into, make sure that you get the best luggage available. Having more secure luggage will likely put potential thieves off trying to steal from you because they are looking for easy targets. It also means that if people go into your room looking to steal from your case, they’ll have a hard time.

 

Plan Your Route Carefully

Kidnappings are another common danger in lots of countries. Criminals will take tourists and demand a ransom. If your family and friends haven’t got a clue whereabouts in the country you are, it will be difficult for them to find you. That’s why it’s important to plan your route carefully. You can avoid any of the highest risk areas to reduce the chance of anything happening in the first place. Having a carefully planned route also means that you can give an itinerary to friends and family so that if you do go missing, they’ll have an idea about where you are.

 

How Dangerous Is It?

While these countries are dangerous, you probably get a distorted view from the media. The reality is that usually there are certain areas that are very dangerous, while other parts of the country are fairly safe. By doing a bit of research beforehand, you can find out which parts of the country are very dangerous, and avoid those places.

 

Health Dangers

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Crime isn’t the only danger when you’re traveling to exotic countries. You also expose yourself to all sorts of diseases that you aren’t going to be immunized against. If you don’t do your homework then you could find your holiday being cut short by a serious illness. Go to see your doctor and they will be able to tell you exactly what jabs you’ll need and set up some appointments. You also need to make sure that you have health insurance because if you need to visit a hospital while you’re out there and you don’t have insurance to cover it, you could come back with a massive bill as well as a bag full of souvenirs.

 

Don’t Show Off

Thieves are going to be looking out for the people that have the best stuff to steal. That’s pretty obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people show off what they’ve got on them. Don’t do anything that can give away how much you’re carrying. Don’t carry all of your money with you in one place because if you get it out in public, people will see that pile of cash and you instantly become a target. You should also avoid wearing any expensive clothes or watches that might suggest that you’ve got a lot of money with you.

 

Don’t Drink Too Much

Everybody enjoys a drink or two while they’re on holiday and that’s fine. But if you have too much to drink, you make yourself a target. Criminals are constantly on the lookout for tourists that have had one too many. It makes you far easier to lead away to somewhere that you can be robbed, and you are far less aware of what is going on around you. While it’s ok to have a couple, make sure that you’re always aware of what’s going on.

 

 

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How Not To Fall Down A Mountain!

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Hiking, be it easy or hard trails, is for everyone as long as they’ve prepared themselves for the trek, brought the proper gear and checked out how long it’s going to take to reach the summit. Some hikes in America can be done in a day, which is perfect for when you’re due back in the office Monday morning after a long weekend!



Kings Canyon National Park, California


Normally, it’s only after a long, arduous all day hike or gruelling overnight stay that you reach the summit in some national parks. However, Kings Canyon is a little different, yes it’s got paths and trails that only experienced hikers should attempt, but there’s also the shorter trek to Lookout Peak. The peak not only gives you panoramic views out over the whole eastern California region but also let you witness the gigantic U-shaped chasm that was carved by a massive glacier millions of years ago. You’ll also have the rare chance to trek through the breathtaking
Sequoia National Forest, and see the giants that visitsequoia.com describe as being some of the tallest, oldest trees on earth!


Shenandoah National Park, Virginia


Believe it or not, the scenery here is even more beautiful than the lyrics of ‘Country Roads’ might suggest. Don’t forget to look out for Stony Man, so named thanks to its high boulders and gigantic rock cliffs, it’s not the highest peak, but it still ranks at 4,011 feet above sea level. While some hikers prefer higher Hawksbill even the locals think that Stony Man offers better views. Including some gorgeous sights over the endless Appalachian Mountains, that stretch towards the horizon in a seemingly never-ending gray/green line! The hike to Stony Man is suitable for all levels of hiker and is a mere 2.5 miles away from the entrance of the Shenandoah National Park itself. However, you may be looking for something with a lot more oomph! Feel like you’re ready to take on a Grand Canyon hike? Now’s the time to visit sedonaredrocktreks.com as they’ll be able to create you a bespoke package, as well as give you an extra day’s grace in case of bad weather that keeps you from trekking.



Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming


It’s best to only attempt this particular hike in summer as the rest of the year the trail is often hidden between a heavy blanket of thick, impassable snow. However, when the temperatures do warm up in July, the area is transformed into a wild meadow, subalpine flowers dance merrily in the breeze and tourists and locals alike come to experience the joys of Avalanche Peak! Warning, if you’re looking to complete your hike solo or don’t wish to be disturbed by endless chattering queues at viewpoints get up early. Here, the path takes you through 2.5 miles of subalpine forest, lush conifer trees and acres of firs and spruce. Why not check out the route at http://www.summitpost.org to see when you’ll be able to take a break at the beautiful Yellowstone Lake as well as having the chance to spot elk or deer.


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Are You Ready For The Rio Olympics?

If you’re one of the many people who have been eager to visit Rio de Janeiro, not only because it is a great place to visit but because you are rooting for your team in the Olympic then I am sure you have already arranged for your travel plans many moons ago and is just waiting for the time to pack your bags and go. However, if you’re still stuck in making plans, don’t lose hope. It’s not yet too late. You can still book yourself a nice and decent accommodation and airfare and still cheer for your team.

Don’t be late in planning your Rio Olympics travel though. Every minute counts as we near the opening of the Rio Olympics in August.

Here are some tips to help you get by with your travel plans:

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Accommodation

It’s not too late. A lot of hotels and other accommodations are still providing future Olympic spectators rooms in their properties for a good rate. You can still snag good deals online, whether it’s in Airbnb, Booking.com, Trivago, Hotels.com, Agoda.com and many more.

Airfare

Just like the accommodations, there are many options to enter Brazil for the Rio Olympics this August. If you’re one of those nationalities allowed to enter the country without any visas, then you’re all set, just book the flight, pay and go. However, if you belong to those who need visa, then ensure this is covered before you get your flights done.

You can check cheap airfares and make comparisons and also their availabilities by checking these sites: cheapflights.com, kayak.com, expedia.com, and the respective airline’s online site.

If you’ve made your plans, secured your visas (for those who require) and accommodations, then you can get the non-refundable rate which is usually cheaper than the flexible dates fare. The lesser the restrictions on airfares, the slightly expensive they get.

Visas

Visa is a form of a legal pass to be able enter in a particular country People who need visa to enter a country must apply before travelling.

Most citizens of developing countries require visa to enter Brazil. You can visit their travel and immigration site to know more about their visa requirement – http://brazilimmigration.com.

Money

Travelling involves spending and you should have enough to support your day-to-day in Rio whilst enjoying the Olympics and possibly adding a tour on the side on your free days.  Brazil is not a very expensive country; however, prices may vary during the Olympic period as many people all over the world will be in Rio. Many business may capitalise on that but still, comparing to Europe, Brazil is fairly an affordable country to visit.

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Safety

Brazil is a very big country. And as most countries, there are petty crimes here and there, and with the Olympics on, there are other people from other parts of the world who will also be in Brazil to enjoy the Olympics. Practise caution and common sense as you would in a regular basis. Do not wear fancy stuff that may attract attention. Avoid going home alone to your accommodation and stay clear from rowdy crowds. Avoid going alone on unfamiliar territories and venturing to the “favelas” (slum areas). Do not carry too many cash and do not use very expensive bags. Conceal your mobile phones and high-end cameras. Also, try to be back to your accommodation by night fall.

You still have time to get all your travel plans sorted before the big sporting event. Once you are done, pack your bag, take the flight, reach your destination, relax, and enjoy the whole show!

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