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- Tips for your trip abroad.
- Sleeping tips for a traveler.
- How do you overcome that dreaded jet lag?
- Say goodbye to jetlag.
- How to avoid jet lag?
- Stay safe on your next trip.
- It's time to backpack - Backpacking can be real good fun.
travel-tested tips that makes solo travel easy
- What to look out for while buying baggage.
- Traveling with kids.
Tips for your trip abroad.
Whether you are traveling overseas for business, pleasure or study, the best way to ensure a carefree and relaxing trip is to prevent problems before they happen. The more you learn about passports, visas, customs, immunizations, and other travel basics, the less likely you are to have difficulties during your travels. We have tried to help you organize and take a pleasant, trouble free trip. This is your trip. Make it an enjoyable one.
Before You Go: there is much that you can do to prepare for your trip abroad, depending on where you are going, how long you are staying, and your reasons for traveling.
Internet: Information about travel and consular services is available on this site. Visitors to the site will find Travel Warnings, Public Announcements, Consular Information Sheets, passport and visa information, travel publications, background on international adoption services, and international legal assistance.
Learn about the Countries that you plan to visit:
- Read as much as possible about the countries you plan to travel. Informing yourself about a nation's history, culture, customs and politics will make your stay more meaning full. Such information can be found in most libraries, bookstores and tourist bureaus. Although English is spoken in many countries, it is a good idea to learn what you can of the language of the country in which you will be traveling.
- Travel agents can provide brochures and tourist information about the countries that you wish to visit.
- Most international airlines can supply you with travel brochures about the countries that they serve. Many countries have tourist information offices in main cities in the United States where you can obtain travel brochures and maps.
- Foreign embassies or consulates in the United States can provide up-to-date information on their countries. Addresses and telephone numbers of the embassies of foreign governments are listed in the Congressional Directory, available at most public libraries. In addition to their embassies, some countries also have consulates in major US cities. Look for their addresses in your local telephone directory.
Required Documents: Travel document
requirement vary from country to country, but
you will need the following: a passport or other
proof of citizenship, plus a visa or a tourist
card, if required by the country or countries
that you will visit. You may also need evidence
that you have enough money for your trip and/or
have ongoing return transportation tickets.
Sleeping tips for a traveler.
- Go to bed early and get up earlier than usual to help the body adjust to the time zone of the destination.
- Reduce alcohol, tea and coffee.
- Use body lotion to keep the skin moistened.
- Wear comfortable, loose-layered clothing.
- Use a pillow and blanket.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Avoid heavy meals, alcohol and caffeine beverages.
- Prefer low fat foods, fruits and vegetables.
- Remove shoes, put on warm socks. Keep the feet elevated.
- Listen to music.
- Avoid watching the in-flight movie.
- Sleep as soon as possible after the meal, for as long as possible.
On reaching the destination
- Take only a short half hour nap and only if necessary.
- Get fresh air and sunshine.
- Exercise or take a short walk.
- Go to bed at a normal time.
- Wake up at a normal time.
- Eat a good breakfast.
How do you overcome that dreaded jet lag?
The secret to arriving at your destination with little or no jet lag lies in sound preparation well ahead of your journey. This, however, is only the foundation of your plan to combat jet lag and all of your sound preparatory work will have been wasted if you don't also ensure that you follow a sensible routine during your flight.
Here are just five anti jet lag tips that reduce the effects of jet lag at your destination:
- Make sure you get adequate rest:
Many people find that they can't or simply don't
want to sleep during their flight. This is fine,
although it will certainly aid your fight against
jet lag if you can get some sleep. If you can't
or don't want to sleep, then you should at least
make sure that you take the opportunity to rest.
You should also try to plan your rest so that
you will be aligned as far as is possible with
the time at your destination. If, for example,
your eleven-hour flight arrives at your destination
early in the morning, try to get some sleep
during the second half of the flight.
- Make use of natural sleep remedies:
If sleeping during the flight presents difficulties,
even with the use of ear plugs and an eye mask
to help simulate night time conditions, you
may be tempted to resort to the use of sleeping
pills. Don't give in to this temptation. A discussion
on the rights and wrongs of using sleeping pills
is beyond the scope of this article but, suffice
it to say, that the use of sleeping pills during
your flight will add to the problem of jet lag,
rather than assist in reducing its effects.
There are however many natural sleep remedies available today that can provide an effective solution. Of these perhaps chamomile and lavender, often taken in the form of a tea, are the most well known. If you find that these don't work, then a slightly stronger and excellent alternative would be either valerian root or melatonin.
- Relax and listen to soft, soothing music: In addition to trying to sleep, you should also take some time to listen to soft, soothing music rather than watch the often "action-packed' in-flight movies. Better yet; try some form of gentle relaxation or meditation exercises. This will not only help to lessen the effects of jet lag, but will also help maintain a normal level of blood pressure and good circulation throughout a long flight.
- Take some exercise: Although it often seems simplest to just stay in your seat throughout the flight, getting up occasionally and walking around the cabin will refresh your body and promote both mental and physical activity. Even a small amount of exercise, particularly for your legs, will also help prevent the possibility of clots forming in your legs (deep vein thrombosis).
- Keep yourself well hydrated:
The environment created inside the aircraft
cabin by both pressurization and forced ventilation
can result in dehydration and so it is very
important that you keep your fluid levels topped
up. Drink plenty of water or fruit juice, but
avoid tea and coffee and other caffeinated drinks.
You should also steer clear of carbonated drinks
Say goodbye to jetlag.
- Air travelers may soon be able to travel without undergoing the misery of jetlag, as a Scottish scientist has develop a system for coping with travel between time zones. The technique, which utilizes research into the effect of light exposure on a person's biological clock, advises passengers when to seek out light and when to pull the blinds to minimize the effects of jet lag.
Travelers can access an online 'jet-lag adviser' into which they enter their normal waking time at home and the time difference at their destination. It then tells them when to avoid, and when to seek light for the first two days of their trip and accelerates jet-lag recovery by three hours.
Scientific evidence has shown that light is the number one factor for combating jet lag. Dr.Chris Idzikowski, who developed the formula, said the body's biological clock resets best when exposed to light at certain times, not always during the day.
How to avoid jet lag?
- Drink plenty of water. The air on planes is extremely dry leading to dehydration, which causes jet lag.
- Avoid alcohol or drinks with caffeine as it increases dehydration.
- Use earplugs, headphones, eye masks etc to block out noise and light so you can sleep comfortably.
- Stay awake during your flight if it is daytime at your destination.
- Stretch your back, arms and leg muscles, when the seat belt sign is turned off, squeeze a rubber ball or a pair of socks to stimulate good circulation and prevent jet lag.
- Eat lightly but strategically. High protein meals are likely to keep you awake, foods high in carbohydrates promote sleep, and fatty foods may make you feel sluggish.
Stay safe on your next trip.
- Use the same commonsense that you would at home.
- Try not to travel alone at night.
- Don't use short cuts, narrow alleys or poorly lit streets.
- Don't discuss travel plans or other personal matters with strangers.
- Learn few phrases in the local language so you can signal your need for it.
- When you rent a car, don't go for exotic location when you are all alone.
- Never carry large amount of cash.
- Don't show off your valuables.
- Be wary of consuming too much alcohol that can impair your judgement.
- Don't get into altercation with a biker.
- If you are confronted, don't fight back, give up your valuables, your money and passport can be replaced but you can't.
- Keep your head about you and you will be fine.
It's time to backpack - Backpacking can be real good fun.
- There's a good chance you've also been spending good time reading up on how to go about organizing your trip. Here are a few tips to enjoy your travel in an organised manner.
- The paperwork - Plan your
route and work out what areas you need visas
for. Applications for many countries can take
over a month.
- Don't carry too much cash -
Although cash machines are not available everywhere,
it is best not to carry too much cash. One of
the main reasons being that you could be robbed,
but also, there's a possibility that you may
just loose it. If possible, it's best to have
a couple of day's money, kept in small denominations.
- Keep an eye on your camera/films -
If possible, it may be worth having some of
your pictures developed as you go along, so
that if your camera or films are lost or stolen
you may not loose everything. You could send
it by post to your home. If you have a digital
camera, you may find some places where you can
back your images up onto a disc and or perhaps
email to somewhere secure just in case your
camera should be lost or stolen.
- Batter your backpack - It
may sound crazy, but if your backpack looks
as though it has been kicked round a car park
several times, would-be thieves are more likely
to avoid it. They are bound to go for the brand-spanking
new pack, which they think, will contain lots
of high value goodies for them.
- Travel at night - If you
are prepared to travel at night then you save
yourself having to shell out for overnight accommodation,
instantly bringing down the cost of your traveling.
(Although you are more vulnerable traveling
Few travel-tested tips
that makes solo travel easy and fun.
- Buy a guide book specially for the
single traveler - The accomodations,
hang-outs and restaurants listed will be full
of other independent travelers.
- Check out the independent travelers'
meeting places - Some guide books will
list them. Many cities have well-known places
for independent travelers from book stores to
cafes to youth hostels with bulletin boards
and calendars of local events.
- Start smart - Even if you
want to be unstructured, book at least the first
night's accomodation in advance.
- Avoid power plays and unwanted attention -
Advances can be thwarted by silence, no eye contact and quickly moving away from the source of irritation.
- Do talk to strangers - Some of the most meaningful travel experiences come from spontaneous invitations to join a person, family or group for a dinner or activity.
- Wine and dine yourself - Eating alone comfortably is a skill you will quickly develop. Choose a lively cafe or bistro with lots of people.
What to look out for while buying baggage.
- Get the best quality you can afford. Airline travel in particular can be tough on luggage and you won't save money if you have to buy new bags for each trip.
- Travelers who use a number of different bags and carry them on-board can manage with less sturdy fabrics and thus less expensive bags.
- Travelers who check the same bags frequently need sturdy luggage.
- A suitcase with wheels, will help make your trip through an airport, bus terminal or train station easier. Even with wheels, a good rule-of-thumb is to only take bags that you can lift by yourself - into a cab, up a flight of stairs, etc.
- A duffel bag could be the best solution if you are joining an organised group or don't expect to carry your own luggage. These soft zipped bags are strong and light, can fit into awkward spaces.
Traveling with kids.
- Even if you are not flying for very long hours, ask for a good seat, to give your child a safe spot to play on the floor.
- Hire baby furniture items such as a pram, a stroller, a cot and a high chair.
- Use the baby sitting facilities at your hotel from time to time so that you can have a break.
- Older children should be given their own camera and holiday diary so that they can record their own impressions.
- Carry children's books and interesting toys to keep them busy.