Enjoy Healthy, Exciting, Hassle Free Holidays – 20 Travel Tips

‘Holidaying’ is an exhilarating experience. St. Augustine remarked, “The world is a vast book and those who do not travel read just only one page in it”. Holidays and vacations give everybody a break from the daily stress that gets accumulated from our everyday work and household responsibilities. It should help us relax completely and unwind for a fresh innings both at work and home. But, unfortunately, on many occasions, the holidays and vacations, that are meant to fun, exciting and hassle-free, turns out to be a very unpleasant and nightmarish experience. This is mainly due to the fact that most holidays are not planned well or people do not seek any advice on holidays and vacations.There is enough evidence to prove that most travelers do not receive enough and accurate pre-departure travel advice while they are planning holidays. It is very important that every traveler should receive adequate advice on the potential hazards in the chosen destination and how best to protect their health and minimize the risk of acquiring diseases overseas. A good planning, appropriate preventive measures, and careful precautions can substantially reduce the risk of illnesses, diseases and accidents, and others untoward incidents. This will ensure that the holidays are healthy, relaxed and stress-free.We all agree that the benefits of holidays and vacations are numerous but researches show that majority of people do not have time or make time for holidays. Regular holidays will not just unwind people from the accumulated stress of our hectic life but also will improve overall mental and psychological well-being of an individual in the long-term. Many studies have shown that regular holidays can lead to longer and healthier life, improves mental health, revamps relationships and improve self-confidence.Having worked as a medical practitioner for over 20 years, I always encourage and motivate my patients to take holidays and vacations. I also make sure that they are adequately prepared for their travel before they leave for their destinations. I have developed 20 travel tips which many travelers have found to be useful and also serves as a check-list before departure. Perhaps this may be useful to the readers as well.20 TRAVEL TIPS: A MUST-KNOW FOR ALL TRAVELERS Plan your holidays well and in advance
Always research your destination
Choose right time and season
Discuss with all travel members and other agents
Plan your budget very well
See doctor in time for check up and advice
Get travel vaccination and preventative medicines
Get comprehensive travel insurance done
Book flights, hotels, cars in advance
Obtain International Driving Permit
Know how to prevent mosquito bites
Know how to prevent water and food-borne diseases
Know what STDs are and how to prevent them
Know about travelling with medical conditions
Keep contact lenses ready and get dental check up done
Understand local customs and rules
Obey rules and regulation of the country
No drug trafficking or child sex crimes during holidays
Do not carry dangerous and prohibited goods
Always carry a Traveler’s KitIt is clear from these 20 tips that, in order to enjoy a relaxed fun-filled holidays, a meticulous planning, taking due care of health and medical issues, and getting adequate information and advice on travel-related issues are important components of healthy, exciting and hassle-free holidays and vacations.

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Basics of Home Buying – Get All the Fundamentals Right

Whether you are a first time home buyer or an experienced one, the journey would be both thrilling and stressful at the same time. For majority of people, buying a house is probably one of the biggest purchases of their lives. This huge financial investment could be overwhelming, confusing, but also quite worthwhile. You may have a picture of an ideal home in mind and may already be mentally arranging your two car garage, choosing the best shade of bright green sage bush or celery and may have even browsed many furniture stores. Well, this definitely is the fun part. But before getting to this, there is a lot of work that need to be completed. Following are the basics of home buying which can be of immense help for any home buyer -Get pre-approved Finance – Endless bank visits may turn out to be the most traumatic part of home buying process. However, it is extremely important because a pre-approval would present you with a rough, if not an exact, idea about what your bank would lend you. You would be required to bring along the original as well as photocopies of your bills, assets and debts during the bank meetings. This part may not be really exciting but pre-approval can definitely save you from bigger disappointment, while starting with the home shopping.Evaluate your financial condition – Before lending you money, the bank would ask about your debts (car payments, credit cards, student loans etc) and assets (property, cars, liquid assets, investments etc). In addition, your basic bills would be estimated and your credit record would also be checked. Eventually, you would be provided with a particular amount that you could afford. Despite of all this, no one can have a better idea about your financial condition than you. The bank would not know about your lifestyle or how much you splurge on shopping, vacations, cars etc. So, along with the information provided by the bank, use your own estimation about how much you can really afford.Prepare a list of your wants and needs – Note down all your wants and must-haves. Your needs or must-haves would include all those things which you cannot do without, such as a kitchen, at least one garage etc. On the other hand, wants include the extras which may be concessions. Considering all these things would make it a lot easier for you to decide between different houses and go for the most suitable one.Hire a real estate agent – If you go solo, you are likely to get tricked by the clever sellers because of your lacking awareness about the current property market. However, a property agent can simplify the entire home buying process with his in-depth knowledge about real estate. He would guide you, answer your questions and help you deal with the complexities you may come across while purchasing your dream home.Taking into consideration all these basics of home buying process, you are sure to get a great deal.

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Navigating the Waters of International Dating

In the last ten years the internet access has exploded to all points on the globe. From the jungles of Indonesia to the most remote parts of Siberia anyone can have access to it. This of course has opened up business and trade in ways never before possible. What has this done for the online dating scene? Put simply, its booming.

Just like the dot-coms of the 90′s or the Home loans of the 00′s exploding markets have their pitfalls. So here are some thoughts to consider before deciding to swim to the other shore.

Language, everyone speaks the Language of love right? Yes that’s true in the physical sense, but how exactly do you do that online. Well you can’t and this is where most international dating fails. So you find her attractive and you want to know more but your Mandarin is worse than her English. Finding away to overcome this, is the first and largest one to work through. Finding a translator often helps get through the first rocky online chats but sometimes that often comes with a cost, online interpreting services are not cheap. Finding a friend, or someone local to help is great for this. Funny as it sounds running an ad on Craigslist you might be amazed at the help you can find for a fair price. Many international students may jump at an opportunity like this. There also are some online communities that can help with this as well. Moving beyond the first few chats though you will need to make a serious effort to learn to communicate with each other. This means learning a language for you or them is the next step.

This is simple seems simple, time zones. When will you chat? Her time 4:30am, your time 2:15 am. As simple as this sounds finding the right time to chat can be difficult. Many times it means waking up early or staying up late to find that perfect time. Most people have a job and a life outside of dating so matching chat schedules to a normal life makes for some difficult narrows to cross. Both parties will need to commit to this consistently. As getting up at 4:30 am to chat and finding out that your “sweetie” has forgotten about you leads to some hurt feelings and difficult conversations. Also you don’t want your personal life to suffer from the 3 am chats. Your boss may not appreciate you sleeping on the job. When you drive for a living falling asleep at the wheel is a dangerous reality if you spent 3-4 am chatting when you should be sleeping.

The last major consideration is traveling? You should ask yourself do you like to travel? Do you feel comfortable meeting new people, eating new foods, and spending the money it costs to do all that. Money is a big consideration. At first it may seem cheap as your “dates” are just video chats or emails. Sooner or later you will need to meet and that will involve travel. Plane fare and hotels are not cheap, having the funds to do this is critical in taking the next step with the relationship. No webcam that I know of can give you the perspective that the first “real” in person chat ever will. Second do you like to travel, a fear of flying makes this stage extremely difficult as having to travel 20+hrs on a plane is easily possible. Do you like to try new foods? If the answer is no and hamburgers and pasta are your mainstay this again will form a huge road block. You must be willing to adapt to what this new culture will throw at you and food, most commonly food is at the forefront of this. Warning some cultures view this as disrespectful if you don’t eat the food served to you. So give this some serious consideration.

All in all international dating has its pitfalls but it can also be a wonderful and fun learning experience for both of you. Just take it slow, work through the first few hurdles and you might find yourself on the road to a great loving and passionate relationship.

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