Whether you are flying or driving there is a limit to want you want to take with you. It's just common sense to travel as light as you can. Remember that everything you take with you, you have to take care of ( and haul around)... also, you want to have room to bring home a few treasures from the trip.If you are flying, look at the airline's web site for information and limits. In your carry on luggage you want to have:A passport, for all travel outside the U.S. and identification purposes.Wallet containing:Driver's License and/or other proper photo identification required for domestic travel.Insurance cards for both your medical and automobile insuranceCredit cardsTravelers checksAirline, Cruise or Train ticketsItinerary with confirmation numbers and addresses and phone numbers of where you'll be staying.Travel brochures and mapsCash for tipping those folks that take care of you.Any necessary medication. Carry your medication in their original bottles to help avoid security questions. Cameras, computers and electronics that you really feel that you can't live without.Valuables. Now, let's be practical here, most valuables are better off locked up at home. By taking them with you you are asking to have them stolen or lost. Make sure your insurance will cover the loss if you just have to take them with you.Carry a list of all of the items that you have with you on your trip, and leave a duplicate list at home, to help you file a complete claim form if your items are lost or stolen. To keep things tidy:Don't over pack your bags.Take the proper size luggage for your trip. Too big a bag will allow your items to move around and make damage and wrinkles more likely.Unpack as soon as possible.Most hotels and motels have an iron if you need it. Don't pack liquids. Any town, anywhere has a drug store or Wal-Mart with an isle of travel sized toiletries, if your choice of lodging doesn't supply them.To Avoid Losses:Never leave your luggage unattended Learn your destination's airport code and make sure the correct tag put on your luggage.Avoid taking luggage with expensive brand names that will make the luggage more attractive to thieves.Clearly label your luggage on both the inside and outside with your name and address.Remove all items that are hanging on luggage that could get caught on conveyor belts, such as a leash for walking the rolling bags.Place a trip itinerary in your luggage so your luggage may easily be returned to you.Place an unique bright marking on your luggage so you can easily identify it. We use a strip of yellow duct tape on the handles of our luggage. Marking your luggage makes it easier to identify if it is lost, and keeps other travelers with similar luggage from taking it from the conveyor.Cross pack a couple changes of clothes with a traveling companion. That way if your luggage is misplaced, youll have enough clothes to get by until it's return.Block the view of others when you are entering ATM or phone card numbers so thieves cant copy the codes and use them.If an airline loses your luggage, file a claim before you leave the airport. Be sure to give them a copy of your itinerary and item list for that bag. Also, be sure to get a copy of the claim and phone number to follow up.Consider purchasing trip insurance to protect your property. The more you travel, the more you know that traveling with the smallest possible amount of luggage is the best way to go. To travel light and still have what you need:Call ahead to the hotel or view their web site to see if they offer laundry services, robes and toiletries to will reduce your packing needs.Coordinate your outfits around a central color that allows you to mix and match your outfits and cut down on shoes and accessories.Check the weather to account for seasonal temperature and precipitation fluctuations.Plan your outfits so you can layer instead of bringing coats. Take a solid color sweater that matches your outfits to use to keep you warm.List all the items you are taking. If you don't need it, don't take it.
ID cards and airports have become a scary combination. Being in the industry, I take daily calls from individuals who want to get a photo ID card for themselves or their family member because of an upcoming flight. Whenever I get a call like this I start to cringe, because it makes me realize that many airports only require an employee ID card or some kind of photo identification to allow them past security. As I begin to question if the card would even be acceptable, many have responded that they have already talked with the airport and were told that any form of "photo id" entification would be acceptable.Many companies and clubs simply have members and many of these organizations produce ID cards as well. Ive got a couple of photo security badges in my wallet along with a PADI card and a few others cards with my picture on them. Is this all thats needed to board a plane? I mean today we aren't allowed to have to take a coke on the plane, but Im allowed to get aboard with my newspaper ID card?To make matters worse, it has become easier and easier to produce high quality identification cards in small quantities. There are sites all over the web that will not only produce an employee ID card, but will also produce a fake identification card for the right price.According to a poll taken by Travelocity.com Inc, frequent travelers are most likely to favor implementing a National Travel Card System by some 71%, and they are more likely to use it. More detailed than a driver's license or passport, the card could contain encrypted information including the traveler's photograph, fingerprints, flight history and facial or retinal (eye) characteristics. As described in the survey, the voluntary program would allow cardholders to avoid extensive luggage searches. But what does this mean about those that dont want to use such a card. Does that mean that they can get on board with their new club of the month ID card?Most people in the ID card industry feel its important not to produce fraudulent identification cards; but who is going to verify the identify and membership of the plant of the month club? After discussing this in our offices, there is only so much we can do when it comes to producing ID cards. Sure we stop anything that looks as if they are trying to duplicate or produce a fake ID card, but when it comes to a fishing club, sorority or computer club its simply beyond our economic responsibility.It really comes down to identification companies taking a proactive role to protect their industry. This is a market where we will either be self regulated or destroyed. Creating simpler ways of doing things in a professional matter is a result of a proactive marketplace, or it could it be a tool of marketplace destruction? Over 6 billion plastic cards were produced last year alone. I would say its worth protecting.
When there is a budget to a vacation, all-inclusive deals are the best option. For a low-price, the all inclusive holiday packages feature round trip airfare, luxurious rooms, meals and drinks and resort activities. These cheap-travel deals are great if you have teenagers because they are not much of a concern and pretty independent. All-inclusive packages also feature a free tour or two and on-sight recreation. With an all-inclusive deal you dont need to spend on anything else, except for when you want to go out on your own, or feel the urge to go curio shopping.The benefits of an all-inclusive package outweigh the cons of cheap vacations. The buffet-style allows you to experiment a wide variety of food. The service is always good plenty of are activities included in the package. The all-inclusive trips also include diving, snorkeling and a host of other water sports. There are several activities like swimming, tennis and golf that may come as part of the package.A good bargain is to buy an all-inclusive package to Disney World, which includes many activities. Some include visits to water parks, biking, and horseback riding. There are also miniature golf courses for the golf aficionados. They offer free shuttles back and forth, and need not worry about renting a car, which is an added expense.A family with older children might treasure an all-inclusive package with a skiing adventure in the Rockies or a trip to a dude ranch in Arizona. Whatever your likes and dislikes, you can find activities for all to enjoy on an all-inclusive holiday. You should explore your destination on-line. An all-inclusive vacation in Cancun sounds like heaven. The resort on a reef just off the major island is different from the regular hotels in the heart of Cancun. But you can be subjected to sales pitches to buy time-shares by low- priced resorts. What you thought would be a perfect vacation could turn into a bad dream when you realize that a few places, workers still expect a tip, even if there are notices advertising to the contrary. Tipping would also get you that extra bit of service. At the resorts, there are tip jars everywhere. Tipping is banned in some resorts and you need to find out in advance what kind of a resort you are going to.Another disadvantage of taking an all inclusive holiday is that after reaching the resort, everything you do has to be paid for and some resorts also have limited access to activities. If not careful, a vacation you thought would help you to get away from it all may actually turn into a vacation that is restrictive and more costly. A trip to the mainland and back is the only feature offered by some packages. That means that they get you to the resort and back, to leave for home. All other visits and excursions become your responsibility and you have to pay for it. All-inclusive packages provide you with a cheap vacation, but you should be sure that where you are going is all-inclusive. There are plenty of resources available online for vacationers to gather information about their destination. They need to check the tariff before making reservations. The tourists need to research online, on the resort and the regular services offered and compare those that are available within the all-inclusive package. The difference should be clear and worth the money it costs.
We managed a discount last minute Puerto Vallarta package to the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita. In truth the discount was the bonus, because we fully intended to go there anyway, and pay the full price, but thanks to some work online, we got a huge discount. A quick thank you to The Vacation Bargain Finder, details of which can be found at http://www.worldwidevacationspots.com/pages/Vacation-Bargain-Finder.htmlWe stayed for five nights in a casita, which although it wasnt an ocean view, it was still lovely, with a king-sized bed, fantastic marble bathroom, big outside terrace, and great extras, in fact everything you would expect from a Four Seasons Resort, and yet something indefinably more, possibly the big plasma screen television!!The service in the resort was first class, always there when you wanted something, very willing to make sure it was to your satisfaction. When we lay on the beach the hourly visits were always awaited with anticipation as we savoured smoothies, ice cream, cold towels, fresh fruit. The beach is great, clean, clear water, and no difficulty in getting sun beds or umbrellas.We loved the infinity pool, and the views, and again, there wasnt any difficulty at all getting sun beds, which is quite a change from other resorts we have stayed in. Additionally the beautiful grounds were kept immaculately clean.The food was an experience not to be missed, and we ate in all the restaurants and didnt have a bad meal once. We both particularly enjoyed the Bahia grill restaurant right on the beach. We both appreciated the efforts made to cook the food as you wanted it, not exactly as the menu described it, and that is very unusual in our experience.The spa and fitness room were well laid out, and I took some exercise almost every day, and again the supply of cold towels and water brought to the equipment you were working out on was a great joy.Finally, The Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita is the type of resort that never feels crowded even when full. The prices for food and drink are extremely high but so are the resorts standards.You can find a discount last minute booking by doing a little work, and it will be so worth it!!!
No tour of Europe is complete without an interlude in Spain. Whether you are touring Europe for the summer or are simply there for a week, Spain is one country you should include on your itinerary. Watch the running bulls of Pamplona. Party the night away on the Mediterranean island of Ibiza. Gape in wonder at the old masters gracing the walls of centuries-old museums in Barcelona and Madrid. Study the impressive architecture of Valencia and Seville. Or, commune with sun, sea, and sky in the little town of Nerja.The vibrant little coastal town, Nerja, lies at the foot of the Sierre Almijara, Andalusia. Here, mountains plunge straight into the crystal clear sea and coastlines jut proudly against an backdrop of sea and sky.What is there to see in Nerja?If there is one thing Nerja overflows with, its beauty. It has the best climate in the whole Costa del Sol, and as you walk through the town, you will encounter sights that will take your breath away. It has miles and miles of verdant countryside and strips upon strips of pristine beaches. The town has remained miraculously untouched by highrises and skyscrapers, and there are very few holiday lodging options available save for villas. The villas in Nerja, Spain may not be able to hold a candle to the opulence of European hotels and resorts, but they are scenic and historic. The town itself retains much of the flavor and spirit of its traditional village atmosphere. In fact, tucked behind the mountains of Nerja is a beautifully preserved, white-washed village of Frigiliana, which shows very little traces of the passing of centuries.At the heart of Nerja is a magnificent promenade along the edge of a towering cliff. Called the Balcony of Europe, the promenade offers a sweeping view of the Mediterranean and the small coves and beaches that lie below. On it had once stood a great Moorish castle.Staying at Villas in Nerja, SpainThe best way to experience the quaint charms of this picturesque little town is to get your own villa. Whether bought or rented, villas in Nerja, Spain will give travelers like yourself an authentic taste of all things genuinely Spanish. The villas in Nerja, Spain are representative of the village's charming architecture and would, thus, give you a sampling of traditional village life at its simplest and most historic.There is a wide selection of villas in Nerja, Spain for those who need a home, whether temporary or permanent. Many of these come with panoramic views of the sea. A one-bedroom apartment can accommodate two people and go for $350 to $500 a month. A spacious four-room villa may command $335 a week during off peak seasons and $737 during peak seasons.Many sites online give you the option of renting villas in Nerja, Spain directly from the owners themselves or through an agency. A quick look at sites like http://www.Holiday4You.com. will yield useful information about the villas in Nerja, Spain, including pricing, location, and apartment details.In the end, though, it doesn't matter which booking option you choose. What matters is that you sojourn in Spain. Spain is a must for the adventure seeker, the wine sipper, the history aficionado, and the art connoisseur.