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- How does one kill time at an airport waiting for one's flight?
- Avoid sleeping too much during long travels.
- Wine success
- The right way to eat with chopsticks.
- Travel time skin care tips.
- How to choose your travel footwear?
- Get (Back)Packing!
A step by step process to plan and savour the
adventure of a lifetime.
- Tips to know while traveling with kids especially infants and toddlers.
- What to look out for while buying baggage.
- Traveling with kids.
How does one kill time at an airport waiting for one's flight?
- Most airports today have an extensive shopping area where you can keep yourself busy indulging in retail therapy for hours. Walking up and down the terminal is a good way to exercise. Enjoying yourself in a coffee shop, refuelling your body with some great food, and making new friends are the best ways to kill time when waiting for that long delayed flight.
Avoid sleeping too much during long travels.
- Sleeping a lot during long distance travel, regardless of the mode of transport, can increase the risk of developing deep vein thrombosis.
- Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot that forms in the deep veins of the legs. The clot can travel unnoticed through the blood stream and lodge in the brain, lungs, heart or other areas causing severe damage to organs.
- Symtoms include pain and tenderness, swelling, redness and increased warmth in one leg.
- If you are traveling overseas or cross country, make sure to get up and walk around at least every two hours, and try not to sleep more than four hours at a time. Those who do not have the ability to get up every couple of hours and walk around, can extend both legs and exercise while sitting.
- You should also drink plenty of water or juices, wear loose-fitting clothing, eat light meals, and limit your alcohol consumption.
- In some cases, a physician might suggest that a patient go on blood thinners or simply take an aspirin before and during a long trip to avoid the problem.
Wine success tips.
- When to serve wine : Wine
like champagne, adds a certain touch of romance
and sophistication to any event. However, you
don't have to wait for that big promotion or
romantic night out (i.e. without the kids) before
uncorking. You can do like many Europeans for
example, who drink winw with both lunch and
dinner everyday. Also, wine doesn't just belong
in fancy restaurants or swank events. You can
liven up your summer picnic basket with a refreshing
Burgundy or rose. And in winter, there's nothing
like heading to the ski resort with your favourite
Bordeaux or other full-bodied red.
- The art of decanting : Historically,
the purpose of decanting has been to get rid
of bitter sediment and allow the winw to release
its fruity aromas. While it certainly has these
practical advantages, decanting also transforms
wine drinking into an event. You pour the wine
into an ornate glass decanter slowly, so that
any sediment is left in the bottle. Then, you
and your guests can lick your lips in anticipation
as the wine "breaths" for about half an hour.
For that special touch, remember to leave the
bottle and cork on the table, so that your guests
can see and smell what you're serving.
- It's all in the pour : When
serving, avoid filling glasses to the brim.
Rather, pour wine just to the widest part of
the glass. Whether your wine glasses are dainty
or look like fishbowls, this allows your guests
to swirl the wine, thereby releasing fruity
aromas before each sip.
The right way to eat with chopsticks.
- Start out holding the chopsticks in the middle or closer to the tips while you get used to the movement and keeping the tips aligned. As you get more comfortable and confident, start holding the chopsticks closer and closer to the broad ends.
- While it may seem easier at first to hold the chopsticks near their tips, holding them further back means they are closer to parallel, which helps to scoop food like rice from below. You will also be able to pick up larger pieces of food.
- There is no really accurate way to hold the chopsticks. As long as you can comfortably pick up the food and bring it to your mouth, you are using the chopsticks correctly.
- Take the chopsticks home to practise using them. Follow the steps above and lift a peanut, a pen, or a piece of fish. Try eating dinner with them.
- Floppy and/or sliced foods like cold cuts or sliced cheeses are good to practice on. They're more forgiving than cubed foods while you're learning to keep the chopsticks lined up and how much pressure to apply.
- Apply a firm but gentle pressure on the food, just enough to keep the food from falling from the chopsticks. Too much pressure is more likely to cause your chopsticks to cross at the narrowends unless they are perfectly aligned and could launch your food across the table.
- Be patient as it takes a while to learn to use them correctly. It is perfectly permissible to ask for a fork or spoon if you get too frustrated.
- Wood or bamboo chopsticks are the easiest to use, while plastic ones will be harder to use. Metal chopsticks, as favoured by the Koreans, are the hardest of all. Master one, and move up to the next. The next time you go out, your hosts will be impressed.
Travel time skin care tips.
To maintain a beautiful skin through out the summer season we require to follow a few easy steps.
- An application of sunscreen is a must in summer before applying make-up. Just make sure you pick a good brand that has a SPF of 15 at least.
- Wash your face often with a good wash. Avoid oil-based foundations. They attract more dirt and make your skin look greasy. In fact, avoid heavy make-up in summer.
- Do not go for an oil-based foundations or moisturisers. Apply some good mud packs. They will help revitalise your skin.
How to choose your travel footwear?
No matter where your travels take you, you will be walking, waiting or standing in line for something every day. So, it's important to wear comfortable shoes which provide enough comfort and support.
- When choosing footwear, consider the activities you will do most often. Make sure they fit - comfort is key! Break in your shoes before you bring them on a trip. Wear shoes without steel shanks to save time and trouble going through airport security. Shoes are made up of an upper, mid-sole and out-sole. Each type of shoe provides varying degrees of support and comfort for either urban or wilderness exploration.
Hiking boots and other rugged shoes are often constructed with a shank for rigid support on rough terrain. This is typically a narrow piece of steel or hard plastic embedded in the mid-sole.
For nearly every trip, you will have to bring at least two pairs of shoes - sturdy shoes for walking and everyday use, and a pair of sandals for warm weather or yucky showers in budget hotels. To find what's best for you, think about how you usually travel (by foot, public transportation or by car) and your anticipated activities (low-key / sedentary events or active urban and wilderness exploration).
- Casual footwear : Casual
shoes are classic styles that pair well with
slacks or skirts. They are best for travelers
who primarily stay in urban environments and
want a shoe that combines style and comfort.
- Active footwear : Outdoor
cross-trainers have the fit and feel of an athletic
shoe with a rugged out-sole. They are good for
walking, light hiking and all-round use.
- Hiking Boots : Day hiking
boots and water-proof day hiking boots are designed
for walking and hiking without a heavy pack.
- Sandals : Casual sandals
focus on comfort and style. They are better
for urban travel. Water sport sandals are suitable
fore more rugged use.
Get (Back)Packing! A step
by step process to plan and savour the adventure
of a lifetime.
When your budget screams - "Downsize your plans, Buddy!" What do you do? Simple. You start planning a fun, rewarding and life changing experience called BACKPACKING!! Backpacking can be confusing, exhausting and a wee bit daunting for the uninitiated. Therefore, preparations need to be made. However, no matter how much you plan for your travels, adjustments will need to be made. Therefore, you should plan for these adjustments and set backup plans when possible.
- Before packing your bags you should first decide how you intend to travel to your dream destination. The most common mode of transportation is by air. If you are not sure how long you intend to stay, then you should buy an open ticket. Having an open ticket allows you some leeway and it gives you more time if you need it. You can purchase open tickets from the airline or travel agencies for a period of time that can last up to a year. This means that you have one year to complete your trip and it gives you a lot of time to travel to all the places that you want to see. Open tickets are also cheaper in price than a return ticket. This is great for the person who is on a strict budget.
- The three essentials in getting started backpacking are a sturdy backpack, a light-weight day-pack and a good sleeping bag. Do not go in for cheap traveling gear, as you may end up spending a whole lot of money on having them repaired if they get damaged. Or worse still, you may have to purchase expensive ones while still on the road, which may eat into your precious budget.
- Getting there is only half the battle. Once you arrive you will have to travel around and one of the most common forms of transportation especially in Europe is via rail. This means that you will have to purchase what is known as a rail pass. It is advisable to buy your pass here in India as it works out much cheaper. This pass allows you to travel a number of times for one low price.
- Also, when you book your rail pass you should look into finding a place to stay. People often assume that if they are planning on staying in hostels then they don't need to book a room. This is absolutely wrong! Hostels work the same way as hotels. They are cheaper in price, but you need to book ahead. When staying in a hostel you have to think about what type of room you want as well. Hostels have small two person rooms, but they also have large rooms that hold eight to ten people at a time. If you are not comfortable with sharing a room, then you should either book a small room or you should consider booking a room in a hotel.
- No backpacking trip would be complete without a guidebook. Your local book store is a great place to find all sorts of guidebooks, right from shoestring-budget books to in-depth guides covering entire regions. These guidebooks tell you everything you need to know about where to stay, what to eat and how to travel. They can also give you detailed information about what you should see and the cheapest way to see it. No back packer shoul leave home without them. Last but certainly nor the least, never leave home without that indomitable spirit to do all and see all. Remember, you are after all, about to embark on a roller coaster of a trip. The faster the better!
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.