Travel Preparations- Part 1

Making Online Reservations

Many people prefer to buy their airline or cruise tickets and make their hotel reservations online from a reliable site. It might be a hassle to look for the cheapest or best deal but it can be worth the trouble.

Location of the Hotel

When making hotel reservations, you may want to find out if the hotel is located near a hospital, police station and etc. These services are great in an emergency, but you might want to stay away from noise when you are there for a holiday.

Bring some Travel Books

Get yourself some travel books to know all the best spots, cheapest restaurants, best food, places to stay, and hundreds of insights about your destination. You may want to photocopy the pages of travel books relevant to the area you are visiting rather than taking the entire book with you to cut down on weight.

Bring a Dictionary

Get a language translation dictionary and carry it with you. You will find it useful.

Notify Family, Friends and Relatives

Before leaving on a trip, make sure that you give all travel information to your family and close friends. If anything should happen while travelling, multiple people know where you are and have a better chance of getting a hold of you and others who might need to reach you.

Find Local Friends

If you have friends staying in the city you are about to visit, why not give them a ring? They live there, so they should have some good tips for you.

Do you have a valid Visa?

Renew your visa or apply for one before departing.

Learn some Native Language

Learn a few essential terms in the native language of the country you are travelling to. For instance, if you are going to a Chinese speaking country “ni hao” means “hello” and “xie xie” means “thank you”. Your trip will be more enjoyable in learning a new language and culture.

Travel- Things you can do While Travelling to Avoid Boredom

Boredom is the loss of interest or sense to perform certain tasks or the fact of not wanting to do anything for lack of motivation. Being stuck several hours in a car, looking at the same landscape and listening again and again to the same music can be tedious even the funniest guy in the group.

If you are bored, then your senses can observe the transit time and gives the impression that runs much slower. If you feel bored it is important to perform a task that suits you and get you out of boredom.

Read: Reading is always a good choice. Take at least two books, depending of course on how long the trip is. Bring books that are easy and enjoyable to read, so you engage in such a manner that you tend to not feel the long hours of travel.

Listen to music: You can carry gadgets like iPod or tablet. It is a simple device easy to carry, handle and we can provide a very useful service because the amount of music that can be stored is quite large. Load your gadgets with music that would boost your mood.

 

Play Games: With the tablet you can also play while listening to music, which is very entertaining. There are a lot of games available online where you can play online games while you travel.

Audio Books: Audio books are another possibility if we do not like it all the time concentrated in a book or on a screen. We just simply have to rest, relax and listen.

Write: You can take the opportunity to write about something. It can be an autobiography, poem, article for a publication or blog, or whatever you choose.

Watch a movie: In most long trips, watch at least one film. Choose the movies that you think you would enjoy the most like comedy movies.

Curling up with your laptop: Many people decide to take their laptop and exploit it to the fullest, with which they can read, listen to music, play online games, study, work, etc. The only thing to note is that the battery is fully charged.

If you are not driving or feeling talkative, use pillows and portable music devices to relax, especially after sunset. Check the seating areas of interest, or purchase items that distract from gas stations local information. With peers who do not respond, they focus on tips for fun. There are many things we can do on a long trip before we reach our destination. What we need is just to manage our time and think of activities that help us enjoy the trip. Whatever you do to beat boredom on the road, you realize that you have no urgent obligation at this time, apart from travelling safely and enjoying your travel and the scenery.

Travel Tips to Italy

Italy, the birthplace of pasta and pizza provides a wide range of choices for artwork lovers to experience. A temperate climate exists here with very hot summers and not so cold winters.The weather is the best in spring and autumn with pleasant temperatures and scenic views. At that time of the year, the place isn’t crowded much and things can be enjoyed in leisure.  In case of emergency call 112. For fire call 115 and for ambulance call 118.

Culture

Italian is widely spoken and is the official language. English isn’t very familiar to the locals. Family ties are of utmost importance here and hence social courtesies mean a lot to the locals. There is a great impact of the Roman Catholic Church on the culture here. There is a high content of chlorine in tap waters, so bottled water is recommended for staying fit during the trip. Since Italian is spoken on a wide scale, it is highly recommended to learn few common Italian phrases which can be of great use. Social gatherings call for formal wear, but one can dress in casuals otherwise. At some religious places, sleeveless shirt and shorts are frowned upon. So they are better avoided. Purses and wallets should be well guarded and in case of any theft, police should be informed about the incident.

Site Seeing

The first thing to check out is the leaning tower of Pisa, where Olympics originated. At places like museums and art galleries, photography, especially flash photography is restricted. Check out the ticket counter for more information. Italy should be majorly discovered on foot for a thorough viewing of all the beautiful buildings and monuments. Coaches and trains are a good option to get to a tourist spot.

Shopping

Shops here are open from 9am to 8pm, closed for lunch. Quality of goods is great although the prices are very less. Items like crystals, lacework, leather good, and jewelry can be bought at the stores.

Remember to hold on to the receipt. Tipping of 10% is customary along with the service tax levied on the bill. Italy is famous for top designers of the world, so do buy clothes and accessories to update your wardrobe. Cruises have formal gatherings in the evening, so ensure to buy a cocktail dress or some formal wear, though casuals can be worn at other times.

Getting there

Alitalia is the national airline of Italy.  Many other flights connect to Italy from USA, Canada and Australia and there is big competition to attract passengers giving a wide range of offers to travellers.  Rome airport is located 26 km away from the city and it takes 45 minutes to get there from the airport.  Trains connect directly to Termini Station from where one can take taxi to get to their destination. Duty free shops, bank, car hire and restaurants are the other services provided at this airport. Milan has another famous airport here, which is at a distance of 45km away from the city.