6 Tips That Will Make You Guru In Trip Planning!

Are you the go-to person for making efficient plans in your group? Is your need for having everything organized in your life so much, that you end up planning every minute of your day? Well, then you have in a way aced your first skill towards becoming a Guru in Trip Planning. Here are some more tips on how to make an itinerary that will sure make you  become an expert in planning your trips with adding a little more expertise then before:

1) Have an online travel planner you are loyal to, but still refer to various online travel websites .

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So, as somebody who plans a lot of trips, remember that staying loyal to one site to book your accommodation or to book your flights is always going to get you discounts later. While you plan a trip, it is very important that you are not taken for a ride and you are aware of the best fares you are getting or the packages you can opt for.

2) Get over the conventions, but keep the extract of traditional trip planning.

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We mean that you should use the same old trick of keeping a budget and making an outline of all the attractions, cities and destinations you want to cover while drawing out your itinerary template. But there are better ways to do that, nowadays there are various free trip planner apps where you can jot down and pin all your thoughts before coming up with a completely materialized plan.

3) Talk to a lot of people; refer to a lot of plans.
There are so many itinerary planner apps available and various online travel planners that are a click away.  There are also various tried and tested itineraries that will help you tailor one that suits you the best. That way you can pick the best from 2-3 itineraries and come up with a travel plan that will be perfect for you.

4) Have everything in place right from the moment you land out of the airport to the time you take off in your return flight.

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We do not mean for you to have a second-by-second timeline as a part of your trip planner. But it is always better to take care of the logistical details well in advance. Right from the cab you will take to your hotel to the pre payment of the famous attractions, it is better if you plan out these details to have a hassle free journey.

5) Get smart, avoid crowds!
The unfortunate truth of famous attractions is that they are almost always crowded. The smart way to go around this is to have your itinerary planned well in advance. While you plan a trip and you look at options of accommodations, it is also a wise idea to look at options of tours that help you gain access to skip the line feature, take care of your entry and basically help you save on time.

6) Ultimately read up on customs and traditions.

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Although various online travel websites will get you acquainted with these, it is seldom considered to be an essential element of planning a trip. It’s important that you are aware of the dos and donts in the place you plan to visit and explore. Even though, this is not of logistical importance- it helps you understand the culture and not mean disrespect to any particular tradition even unintentionally. Also read up on the safe areas and make sure you are aware of the public transport around your accommodation.

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7 TIPS FOR HEALTHY EATING WHILE TRAVELLING

Travel planning does not include just flight and hotel bookings, there’s much more to it. Right from your first aid, food, personal essentials to fast food snacks, everything. So while you keep traveling to places in different weather conditions, how do you make sure you eat healthy?

Here are top 7 tips for eating healthy while traveling

1. Make Off-season travel plans – Make sure you do not travel in extreme severe climatic conditions as whatever you eat, might harm your metabolism due to weather. Eat less oily and spicy during these times

2. Pack fruits –

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Vitamin rich fruits and dry fruits are great munchies during travels. These foods help you stay full and healthy. What’s more? They’re easy to carry, digest and store. Go for Apples, bananas, guavas and pears. They help you stay hydrated and fresh. You need to have a high protein intake while on journeys. Speak to your travel itinerary planner about the nearby local dishes that can be tried while on trip.

3. Homemade Crunchies – Anything that is homemade is always a good substitute for hunger. You will not need to endure hunger for long time. These can be again less oily and spicy.

4. Coconut Cookies –

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They are usually made at home with ghee and sugar. Good for proteins and carbohydrates intake during long journeys. Plus on your vacation plans these can be really filling and refreshing. Coconut is a great source of vitamins and is used for many purposes. It is a total healthy meal for any human body.

5. Chocolates and Chips – Easy, quick and delicious. Chips can be baked, instead of fried and chocolates can be small candies to pop in anytime. Apart from these you may also carry some raspberries, strawberries, or black raisins. If you do not like dry fruits, make sure you eat enough fruits at least to keep your body hydrated enough.

6. Skip sugar and outside oils – Do not go for too much sweetness, as such dishes are heavier to digest and outside oils can upset your stomach. Carry food from home as much as you can and when you eat out, avoid these.

7. Pack first-aid –

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Basic kitchen medicines and other usual tablets that can help on the go, should definitely be there in your backpacks. Medicines for acidity, allergies, stomach upset, headache and fever should be there in your kit. Apart from these antiseptic lotion and bandages are also important.

So, now that you know what to eat and be safe healthy while on vacations, make sure you take the best care of yourself and your travel buddies. Whether you plan a road trip or a beach holiday, these tips will come handy in all types of trips you take. Also, don’t forget to do your bookings well in advance as that would help you save huge on your travel expenses. Holiday during off season so that there’s less tourists crowd on the streets and you enjoy the most!

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5 Golden Rules For Safe Shore Excursions

Beach holidays can be super exciting as you see waves at their best in the awesome climate. But there are certain safety tips to consider while on a beach holiday. Specifically if the waves and tides are too high, there’s a high risk of danger. Study weather conditions before making plans and make sure you carry all the safety essentials with you. If you’re traveling with kids keep an eye on them.

So, while you plan a trip to seaside, here are 5 golden rules for safe shore excursions.

1. Book an Excursion with a Cruise Line –

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If you’re a first time traveler, do not get into planning one all by yourself. Arrange a trip planner who will help you through it and make sure you get the best deals. They thoroughly check the tour operators and do investigations.

2. Do a Good Research –Private ships can have some security issues and other loopholes, hence while making your cruise vacation plans, it is highly important to know everything about the cruise liner you’re traveling by. High tides and waves can be dangerous, hence monitor weather and climatic conditions yourself. Keep a weather report app and a map at your convenience so that you can make use of it when needed.

3. Read Instructions Carefully – Always listen to your ship attendant and other crew members who are there to ensure your safety. Do not leave kids unattended on the ship. Read and be aware of all the Safety precautions. If you or any of your family members are sea sick, talk to the physician before the trip itself and carry necessary medicines along.

4. Carry Life Jacket and other Essentials –

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Though this is quite obvious, but still having emergency kit handy is a good idea always. Make sure your travel plans don’t become a mess and you have a successful voyage. If you are not sure of any activity or adventure that includes you diving in the water, make sure you have a life jacket or do not risk it at all.

5. Be Sure of your Limits- Hydrophobia is nothing to be taken less seriously. If you are scared of water, be sure of what all adventures you really want to indulge in.  According to your travel itinerary, span all the places and have total fun but also be careful of thriller adventures.

These trips can be extremely exciting but you also need to be careful of the safety and take necessary precautions beforehand. Make sure you share these safety travel tips with your other travel mates and friends, family as well and be safe. While planning trips, do this well in advance so that you also get time to do a good research and save huge on tickets, hotel rates for early booking. During holiday seasons, you can check out online couponing sites for deals and hot discounts on your packages. Be a smart traveler and help others to be one! Share your story too!

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6 TIPS ABOUT TRIP PLANNING YOU NEED TO KNOW

Travel is the ultimate passion and joy for most of us, it’s like a dream. Organized mind will always plan a vacation smartly than a confused disorganized one. So, do not get worked up with too many ideas and hacks to get the maximum out of your trip, it is never that hard. People usually plan a lot and then end up complicating their own travel plans. Well, we are here for your rescue and here’s how you can have a kick ass vacation by planning smart and easy. Check this out and share with others!

Just follow these 6 tips about trip planning and you’re all set to get going in no time!

Decide the destination-

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you will be half done and clear in your mind about your journey once you know the destination. Sit down and make your own travel itinerary. Do a good research about the places and tourist spots, draw a budget then and follow it throughout the journey.

Start saving – Like you have a bank account and save specifically for all your daily and household expenses, start saving for your holidays as well. When you save little every day, you don’t have to worry about the expenses later. This will also help you be a responsible traveler and build a habit of saving and spending within limits.

Book early – Be it your flights or hotels, always book well in advance so that you save huge already.  Moreover, you can also check out discounts and seasonal deals on holiday packages that help you save again. Make your vacation plans a good 3-4 months in advance, always

Stay local-

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Avoid expensive hotel stays, instead go for the rustic local charm and experience the bliss of staying in the most natural habitats just as the locals stay. You’d get to know the cuisine and lifestyle of the people, along with many other interesting things. You may try AirBnb, couch surfing , home stay resorts, condos, basements and lots other options.

Get a travel rewards credit card –

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Meaning, every time you cover up certain miles and spend on the go, you get reward points for each purchase that you make. What’s more? You can even redeem these points at the time of your international trip.

Start Volunteering- If you are talented and passionate about something, go forward and teach it to others while you’re on your trip. There’s nothing more rewarding and encouraging than building a society, teaching. Get in touch with travel planners for such queries.

So, next time you pack your bags, make sure you keep all these tips and hacks in mind and travel like a pro. Do not forget to check out the couponing sites that keep having sales, deals and special holiday seasonal discounts. These tips are tried and tested, do share them with your other travel buddies as well and be smart travelers.

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Unusal Things To Do In Las Vegas

There are so many tourist attractions and things to see and do in Las Vegas, in what capacity would you be able to ever want to do it all? Ask to Las Vegas travel guide or create your travel itinerary through trip planning. You can’t. Get genuine. You’re not inescapable, most likely, so you must control down your list of things to do. Then again, simply give us a chance to do it.

Here, then, are 10 Las Vegas travel tips and things you completely need to do when you’re in Las Vegas. Furthermore, not the typical stuff like moving wellsprings and ejecting volcanoes. Basic stuff, but that other indispensable stuff .It’s confounding, so we should simply move it along, might we?

1) Tour a Gold Mine

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This is slightly gimmicky but worth it if you’re willing to drive over an hour outside of Las Vegas (you can stop in Boulder City – a cute town next to the Hoover Dam – on your way there). Several movies/music videos and photo shoots have been filmed at the gold mine because of the cute vintage cars and old west gas station and cabins. It’s a great place to take fun photos.

2) Go Alien Hunting Near Area 51

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This isn’t in Las Vegas or anywhere near it, really. But if you’re looking for something super unique to do, you don’t get any more unique than camping at Area 51. Definitely plan on camping there, as there isn’t much to see and so driving out there just for the day doesn’t make sense. Go in the late afternoon, visit the Lil Ale Inn for dinner and then head over to the Area 51 gates at dusk. You can pitch a tent, sleep under the stars and search for UFOs and then head back to Las Vegas the next morning.

3) Play with kangaroos and monkeys at an exotic animal sanctuary
This exotic animal sanctuary is about an hour outside of Las Vegas and worth the day trip if you have the time. You’ll have to arrange a visit in advance, because at time of writing, the sanctuary was accepting tours by appointment only. The price is just $10 to $15.

4) Visit a “micro nation”
Apparently there are foreign countries that exist within the continental USA. They’re called “micro nations” and one such mini nation is located in Nevada. It’s located closer to Reno than Las Vegas, but might be a good place to stop by if you’re driving through the state and are looking for an interesting roadside attraction. You’ll need to apply for a visa in advance in order to enter this “country” though, and walruses and “anything from Texas” are illegal there.

5) Go on a sleigh ride at Mt Charleston

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This is SUPER LAME if you’re from somewhere cold, say most of the continental US, but if you’re a local Las Vegas resident and you’re looking for something to do in the winter time, I recommend it! You can go get hot chocolate at one of the lodges afterwards and take in the snowy mountain views. The best part? Mt. Charleston is only 45 minutes outside of Vegas. Or if you’re REALY brave, you can try a little winter camping!

6) Get married in a Denny’s
If you’re not looking for a weird place to get hitched, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend going here. I do recommend visiting Fremont Street, however, which is where this Denny’s is located. The Drink and Drag bowling alley (it’s a bowling alley…run by drag queens) is in the same building and that place is fun (although expensive).

7) Visit a Bottle Forest

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At the Bottle Tree Ranch, near Victorville, California, you can take pictures of a “bottle tree forest”. I’d only recommend stopping by if you’re driving from LA, as it’s far closer to LA then it is to Vegas (it’s off the 15, about three hours from Las Vegas). But if you’re coming from Southern California on the I-15 and are looking for a fun detour to break up the drive, it might be worth it. It’s only about 20 minutes off the freeway, on historic Route 66. It’s free!

8) Go camping at a waterfall in Grand Canyon National Park

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The hike to the waterfall is 11 miles and you’ll need to get a permit ahead of time in order camp or even hike there (they’ll turn you away at the village if you aren’t on their list of people who’ve pre-paid). The trailhead is about 2 1/2 hours away from Las Vegas (closer to Vegas than the Grand Canyon, although technically it’s in The Grand Canyon National Park).

9) Ride your bike in Blinking Man!It’s part pub crawl, part psychedelic bicycle parade
It’s like Burning Man, but on a bike! Decorate your bike with lights, put on a fun costume and join several 100 other people for a bike ride around downtown Las Vegas. It’s totally random and fun and 100 percent free!

10) Visit a car forest in Goldfield, Nevada
A little over three hours outside of Las Vegas (towards Death Valley) is the world’s largest ‘car forest’. Two Nevada artists took 40 old cars, painted them and then arranged them out in the desert. It’s quite the site to see! I recommend checking it out if you’re driving to Tonopah or Reno.

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Beginner’s Guide to Planning an International Trip

Going for an international trip will always holds a special position in your life. It will be your first time to step outside your country; first time you are going to see how other country look like; how their lifestyle and culture is and so on. Right from packing bag to boarding your flight till visiting the new destination, everything will be cherished memory for you after you return back. However, in this fairy journey you won’t like to get anything wrong so that it leaves a bad taste in your mouth. Then what should you do? Prepare yourself and take all the necessary step to plan a vacation that will make your trip successful. Wondering how you are going to do it? Without further ado, let’s check out the following discussed point:-

1. Where to go, when to go and for how long –

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These are the most basic question that you should ask yourself. Deciding upon the answers for these three questions can solidify your plan. Hence, start with when to go. Are you planning the trip in the beginning of the year, in the middle or at the end? Consider all the necessary factors that can actually hamper your trip. Once you are done it with, move on to choosing the destination. Visiting places like Western Europe sounds great but they come with slightly pricey travel budget. Else considering South America or some other similar places doesn’t sound lame as well. With deciding about the destination another factor comes up is for how long you want to go for the trip. The answer of this question is important when you will move on to your next necessary factor.

2. Deciding on the expense –
As per the previous point, deciding about the duration of the trip is important because according to this factor you are going to decide your budget. This expense calculation includes your flight tickets, expense on transportation within the new country, accommodation, food and activities during the trip. Once you are done with the calculation, you can look for the loophole where you are making unnecessary expenditure. Thus, pointing out these factors will help you to save money.

3. Buying air tickets –
Keep a track on the airline portals and check when these airlines are offering discount on their flight tickets. Grab the opportunity if it matches up with your travel schedule. This will save a lot of money from your pocket.

4. Decide about the accommodations –
International hotels come with heavy deals. Hence, staying in any such hotels will be sheer wastage of money. Then what you can do? Look for alternate options. If hospitality club or couch surfing doesn’t bothers you a lot, go for it. Else check with locals if any of them are willing to welcome paying guests. As you know, in any trip accommodation covers a huge amount. Hence, choosing these convenient options are always budget friendly.

5. Plan your itinerary –
Planning a proper itinerary for a trip is highly essential. You need to decide which cities or town you are going to visit, which attractions you are going to see, activities you are going to do, where you are going to have your food and so on. Many of your near ones might suggest as to how many number of days you should spend in a particular location. Just dang it! It’s your trip and you should be the decision maker. If everything making you confused, browse few travel planning related portals or check few travel books. These are enough to make your trip successful.

6. Book tickets for activities in advance –
If your travel plan includes visit to the museums, amusement parks or doing any particular activity, book the tickets for visit in advance. This will save your time from standing in a queue and also your money from buying tickets with higher price from the location itself.

7.  Packing your bag –

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Last but not the least, bags matters when you are travelling abroad! However, overloading it with unnecessary things is the most stupid thing you can do. So, pack it cleverly. Pack necessary clothing, carry necessary electronic gadgets like mobile charger, some cash in case of emergency and a first-aid kit. Lastly, keep some space empty so that you can bring back few souvenirs back to your home.

By far, these tips are enough to make your trip memorable and enjoyable. If you come up with some more tips, feel free to utilize it for your trip.

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5 Smart Ways to Prevent Your Luggage Getting Lost

It is true what they say, “I would gladly live out of a suitcase, if it meant I could see the world”. You don’t need anything more than a bag full of stuff needed, some money and a strong will to travel anywhere in this world. Luggage should be your one of the top most priority while making your trip plan or designing your travel itinerary. Packing your luggage and moreover keeping it safe while travelling can be done easily if you have a proper travel plan. You don’t want to end up on the airport waiting for your luggage and it fails to show up. It totally ruins your vacation planning, leaving you with no luggage in the foreign country.

Don’t you worry.

Here are 5 smart ways to prevent your luggage getting lost

1) Smart Labels-

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It is always a good idea to label your bag with your name on the outside. It helps people find it easily and return when lost. Many people tend to ignore this step, but it is something that can really help you get back your luggage if it’s lost. Also, there are smart luggage tags available in market. They have a microchip attached to the bag from which the bag can be easily tracked and found.

2) Avoid being late –

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Many people check in late which results in missing the luggage. Hence, avoid being late for check in. It is always advisable to be there half hour prior to check in. It helps you get proper time and see to it that your luggage is going in the right flight. Also, being at the pick-up counter on time is very important for sometimes if you are late, there is a chance that your luggage is kept in different counter from where you have to pick it up later.

3) Stick Itinerary –

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Keep a habit of putting up a small piece of paper with your itenirary inside the luggage. It helps you return your luggage easily if lost. Also, if the luggage is delayed, it can be easily transported to you later by taking a look at that paper. Hence, make a habit of placing a copy of your travel plan in your luggage inside. Having a good trip planner app helps you design the itinerary easily.

4) Valuables –

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Always put your valuables in your carry-on luggage or your hand bags. It is always advisable to do it because if your luggage is lost or stolen, you still have your valuables with you. Many people tend to keep their money purses in their luggage to be safe and lose it if the luggage is stolen or lost. And remember, you can buy smart luggage locks which help you keep your luggage bag safe from theft. Smart locks are handy and password protected.

5) Travel Insurance –
Make sure you have a good travel insurance that covers you on your lost luggage or materials. It is advisable to check out the conditions good before opting for the insurance. You can immediately contact the counter on the airport if your luggage seems lost or stolen and they can take certain measures to get you the insurance for it if you have applied.

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There are also few basic things which you need to keep in your mind while your trip planning. Make it a habit of counting up things and keeping a list of things with you always. After picking up your luggage it is advisable to count your luggage and items that are important. Taking these simple steps can help you prevent it from losing or theft.

And remember, keeping your luggage minimalistic is always a good idea. So go on, pack your bags, take good care and see it all.

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