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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How to Book the Cheapest Summer Holiday Flights

Travel season often creates havoc among the tourists specifically when the struggle is to get the best deals and discounts. Every online travel portal and discount couponing sites are flooded with offers and relevant flight, hotel booking coupons. But the dilemma is how you would pick up the best among these.

If you want to be smart and skilled traveler, you need to get your hands on these simple tricks and cheap flight booking hacks

1. Go for Budget Airlines-

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They generally open their doors for the super cheap air tickets and summer holiday deals for travelers. Check out each and every budget airline that you know and start comparing prices. You can even compare air fares online for various budget airlines and then pick up the best deal. How easy is that?

2. Set a Time Period –

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Summer means those specific 4-5 months that you know you are going to be traveling.  So, rather than guessing, make a final date of arrival and departure. Book your tickets a good 3 months well in advance. They normally tend to give you added discounts and best rates if pre-booked. You get done with your hotel and flight bookings in the most affordable way and what’s more? You even avoid those last minute panic attacks.

3. Grab Discounts –

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As mentioned previously, there is a plethora of couponing sites and e-travel portals that give you amazing summer holiday deals and offers on flight and hotel bookings. Make use of them. Run a detailed search for best hotel prices, flight fares, seasonal deals, bonanza discount offers etc. A smart traveler not just excels at traveling but also at saving huge monies on road.

4. Travel Credit Cards –

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These cards help you travel with ease spend and save both at the same time and also provide reward points for the certain miles you cover. The best part is, the brownie points and the rewards that you earn on each trip can be saved and used for a luxurious expensive trip.  However, please look into the terms and conditions of the bank you get the cards from. They might differ. But either ways a travel credit card helps you save money on flight and hotel bookings.

5. Fly Economy –

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It not required to book elite class every time you travel. At times for holidays you can try flying economy and thus save those extra bucks for your trip. Also, some budget airlines provide on flight added services during holiday and vacation times. Don’t miss out on this fun.

6. Use your Earlier Bonus Points –

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If you have gathered or have absolutely ignored the brownie points you earned on your online purchases and travel, sit and calculate how much profit they might fetch you. Redeem all the coupons you have, use them for booking your hotel and flights. It will be silly to just leave them unused and spend a bomb over e-booking. Online portals usually keep having seasonal sales and special holiday packages during summer. Make sure you pick up best deals on your favorite airline and save huge!

So if you’re planning a vacation anytime soon this summer, try out these hacks and tricks to make the most of your itinerary. Also, don’t forget to keep checking the deals and discounts online. A well planned journey leads to great memories and you discover a new you every time you travel.  Be careful when you book your holiday through trip planners, cross check the rates with other companies as well and only then buy the package. Happy journey!

It Is Important To Be Prepared When Traveling

Everyone making travel plans is anxious of all the things that can go wrong. However, if you are a laid-back planner, the panic strikes after the damage is done!

You travel plans are almost 90% of your travel experience! Flight tickets, accommodation, currency exchange, packing luggage, making the perfect travel itinerary- the list goes on and on. The internet helps but the pouring blogs have more images than real information.

For those looking for a quick ‘must-know’ list when travelling, get prepped with these travel tips and globe-trot the smart way.

1. Luggage check-list

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Pack your luggage well in advance with a checklist all ready at your desk. A simple thumb rule is to take only the things you need- nothing more. Make sure you are carrying a Doctor’s prescription for any medical pills and check if you have all the necessary toiletries and basic clothes and shoes.

Keep a copy of the check-list back home and a picture of it in your phone camera to cross-check while packing again (a neat trick to avoid forgetting stuff).

2. Currency

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Currency exchange rates are rather high at the airport. Do a little research and see if there are any local exchange offices (there most likely will be) and use them when the need arises. Also verify with your banks if they provide cash transfers in different countries and if the ATMs support the currency conversion of that country.

3. Electricity and Gadgets

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Your smart phone is the perfect trip planner.  Travelling to a place where you don’t speak the local language? Download a translating app well in advance! Want easy access to banks? download the bank apps! The Apps will do half the work your feet will have to do in a new city.

But all the gadgetry goodness goes to a waste if you are travelling to a city where the voltage is different! Don’t forget to carry a convertor to charge all your electronics.

Use the cloud storage to store your daily clicks and use the local free Wi-Fi to ease up on the phone bill- a good way to use local amenities.

4. Safety
Pepper spray and a crash course in self-defense has never harmed anyone and is a good trick to have up your sleeve incase you get into trouble. Most of the major tourist destinations have an alert Police department but just to be safe, a defense tool might prove quiet handy.

Keep a list of the emergency numbers of ambulance, hospitals and police and fire department within your reach and you can be quiet relaxed for the rest of your stay.

5. Local know-how
Always know a few local tips of the city you are about to visit. The culture, the customs, the highlights and the lowlights- every information helps. See if the Taxis accept credit cards or if the Trains are preferred over Busses. Know if there are any local food joints which are world famous and if tipping is customary.

Read blogs, travel plans and tourist-info books or simply ask the hotel receptionist for places to avoid and the shortest route to reach a place in the city.

6. Tourist benefits
Many countries have money-saving, public transport passes for tourists. Some attractions even have free entry on particular days. The tourist office is a must-visit for deals which will go lighter on your wallet and heavier on your smile.

Travelling in today’s world is easier owing to the amount of awareness and the social connect that boosts sharing ideas and handy life-hacks. Use these trip planning trips and you will have no regrets as you explore your dream city.

Tips for Solo Woman Travelers in Dubai

Be it any place for that matter, traveling solo is not a cake walk, moreover if you’re a woman and at a place which has strict laws, it’s even more tedious. So if you have traveled like countries and states, spanning each and every corner, you would still require that little advice from the experts when it comes to Dubai. Being safe while traveling is extremely important, this is why we have a few handy tips for all you lady backpackers out there. While there are endless things to do in Dubai for a first time traveler, there are also certain rules which you need to follow

  1. Abide by the laws 
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    Dubai has strict enforcement of laws. Be it public safety, women safety, cleanliness rules, transport rules, driving, traffic or just social behavior; you need to be alert and responsible all the time. The police force is quite generous and might lend you a helping hand if you’re a tourist but make sure you do not tuck heads with people, get into fights or invite any serious trouble

  2. Religious roots
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    UAE, being a Muslim country has very strong religious and cultural roots and you, as a traveler and moreover as a woman are expected to respect their culture and habits. It is not the gender biasness, it just the matter of fact that women have been brought up in certain way and are expected to follow it. This might be the case in various other countries as well.

  3. High-end safety
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    Speaking of personal safety, UAE is the safest. No person in public or in private is allowed or treated leniently for misbehavior. You can immediately file a complaint with the police if you face any issues. Necessary actions are taken just then and there.

  4. Dressing
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    You could be the safest and not invite any trouble at all if you adhere to their modest dressing notion. Being a Muslim country, accordingly Islam, being well presentable and modestly dressed is what the residents expect. You might genuinely offend the people by wearing short, revealing, skimpy clothes. Hence, it’s a big No-No!

  5. Don’t be overfriendly – Introvert or too personal is a best term for the people here. They might not bother you or try to get too friendly with you ever unless you’ve been staying with or knowing any of them for a longer time. The sole purpose of traveling is to meet new people, agreed; but while in Dubai maintain that distance and watch your tone as overly talkative would mean you’re openly inviting Muslim men towards you. Also while traveling to famous tourist attraction spots in Dubai, make sure you talk limited to the guide and the people around. Be solo as you are and enjoy the holiday.
  6. Don’t drink
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    The laws in Dubai are extremely strict, when it comes to alcohol consumption. Don’t drink does not mean that it is illegal or not allowed, but because residents of Dubai need a proper legalized license to purchase alcohol and you, as a tourist will not be. Drinks can be purchased at the bars, restaurants, clubs and hotels but make sure you do not get a serious hangover. Drunk in public, equals to an offense like drink and drive.

So, now that you have a complete series of safe travel tips, make sure you follow these on your next or first trip to Dubai. Also, if you pick up the Dubai travel guide, it might give out some more significant points. Have a look at it and let the holiday begin!