Aug 232017
 

Business travel has actually increased considerably in the last ten years as companies are able to sell more readily to markets all around the world; the Internet has ensured that even tiny companies can have a customer base that is truly global! It is business travelers though who are feeling the strain with increasing stress and fatigue levels. With that in mind, this business travel tips article highlights some useful information that could make your business journeys more pleasurable.

Sometimes for instance, baggage goes missing; that is an unfortunate fact of travel and whilst it is distressing enough on a family holiday, on a business trip it can be disastrous. An easy remedy to this is to pack as much as possible that you absolutely must have for you meeting, in your hand luggage.

This means that even if your main luggage is lost your trip does not have to be wasted; your meeting can still take place despite any inconvenience that has been caused. Regular travelers know that the main business travel tip when packing is to keep things simple by only including exactly what you need for the journey and that way you won’t go far wrong if luggage goes missing.

If you only take enough business clothes for the trip and then all that is left is some casual wear for the evenings, just two pairs of shoes; one casual pair, and one pair for business should be enough. The remaining items to pack will be toilet essentials and any other work related documents that aren’t important.

A clever business travel tip, to reduce the size of bag you require, is too roll your clothes up instead of folding them; apart for taking up less space they are not so creased when they are unpacked. The last thing you want on a business trip is having clothes laundered because something was spilt on them, this can easily be avoided by wearing dark clothes which are able to absorb stains more easily.

Of course if you are working to a tight schedule and the inevitable delay happens then you want to know you can attend a meeting at a moments notice and the way to freshen up is by using those hand and face wipes that come in travel packs. Cell phones and other related equipment normally have good battery life but don’t forget to take a charger if you are going to be somewhere for more than a few days.

As it is possible to carry out work while you fly, by making the best use of this time you will be able to spend some time relaxing in the evening and perhaps a little site seeing. These tips make sure that no matter what happens when you travel on business you will be able to continue with your plans and will not be left wondering what to do next.

Business trips do not have to be boring and stressful if you apply the business travel tips in this article as they will allow you the opportunity to enjoy your free time even more.

Many informations and videos about travelling and vacations are also available at Thomas Zoellners website http://www.travel-vacations-adventures.com

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Jul 242017
 

Africa is a continent of adventure where the variety of flora and fauna, weather and climes, distinct geographical regions such as deep tropical forests and desserts, mountains and plains, rich tribal cultures that have been existing from the dawn of civilization and modern city life akin to the developed west lie next to each other. No wonder adventure travel in Africa is in great demand amongst tourists from all over the world.

The Geographical variation of the region with low lands and mountains, plateaus and lakes makes Malawi a wonder place to travel. The country is small and poor yet being located on the shores of the mighty lake and with the great rift valley running through the middle makes options such as Malawi self drive safari and others truly tempting and attractive for the traveler looking for Adventure Travel in Africa.

Since the country is small and elongated, there are three distinct regions; North, Central and South. All the three regions have great geographical diversity. Hence Malawi self drive safari tours can be taken to combine elements of landscape, wildlife, lake and culture can be undertaken in each of these regions. Such a combination would give a completely different experience in each of the three regions.

Although the economy of Malawi is largely based on agriculture, a lot of emphasis is being given to tourism. In such a small country as Malawi there are more than 70 airports. Roads are being built and other infrastructure developed to make western travelers feel comfortable. Since the country is small; only 900 kms long and with widths that are varying but never more than 300 kms. This makes it possible for an avid traveler to opt for a Malawi self drive safari and experience the whole country in not a very long period of time. The experience would be still very interesting and just as exciting as most adventure travel in Africa.

Support for taking an enjoyable but safe Malawi safe drive safari across the whole country is given by different government agencies and travel and tourism companies. Large and strong Utility vehicles can be hired, maps and guides are also available; camping sites have been developed and medical aid, repair and maintenance of vehicles is found all over the country. Since English is the official language, it is not difficult for a westerner to get around. Malawi offers the best of Adventure travel in Africa in a short span of time and in a considerable shorter distance in terms of travel. Take your family on a Malawi self drive safari to show them the warm heart of Africa.

blue lizard is the author of this Article: To know more about Malawi self drive safari and Adventure Travel Africa please visit bluelizardadventures.com
Jul 272017
 

A peaceful world with an unorganized nature in its most basic elements and still touching lives of travellers like never before experience. People come here exploring their love for beach, sea and underwater find more than just the above mentioned things on this group of around 922 small islands that collectively represent Solomon Islands. The capital and largest city of this country is Honiara which is most popular of all the islands on the group. If going there for a wonderful beach vacation or honeymoon, you might find best suitable Honiara hotel that suits your pocket as well.

Most of the time you will find the indigenous tribes around yourself and communicating with them might get difficult but you will also find English speaking population as well and people in travel profession could be easily found in place like this where tourism supports the main stream economy. The beauty of these islands are undisputed even though some other important concerns of safety might not be, like health and safety. Most of the time being cautious helps out for many things and for others, information does the trick. The biggest pull of the place is its pristine natural appeal, the experience of which is enhanced by some of the best Solomon Islands accommodations like beach resorts and luxury hotels etc.

Group islands like Choiseul, Florida and Russell Islands, Malaita, Santa Cruz Islands and many others are popular with tourists for solitude and exotic feel of nature. Apart from humidity, you are not much disturbed by other fierceness of nature in Solomon Islands. You will find sea cruises quite amusing, few of them also cross Honiara. Being the capital city, this place receives more traveller than the other parts of the country. While going through the available options here, you will find many of the hotels and resorts in Honiara. These hotels might not represent the excellent accommodations according to one set of travellers and other may find them comfortable enough to spend few nights there. Check if you can use one of the hotels in Honiara for your stay.

Apart from usual swimming, surfing, kayaking, diving and snorkelling, you can ready yourself for a surprising delight that comes with getting a chance for intimacy with the cultural aspect of a place. Go to Kwaio Village for this experience on Solomon Islands. Along with that, you can amuse yourself by watching play of Dolphins. The act is exciting to kids but interesting to parents as well. To do all this first look for a place here otherwise things could get a bit difficult. It is not much difficult to find good Solomon Islands hotels as the tourism picking up around the place. Make best of you vacations in the cradle of nature.

Get the finest Solomon Islands accommodation facilities while travelling to Solomon Islands Honiara. King Solomon Hotel, one of the best Solomon Islands hotels provides the finest staying options along with adventure activities like diving and other water sports. Call now to know more about the best options!
Aug 082017
 

South Africa’s oldest and most popular national park, Kruger National park, provides arguably the best African wildlife safari experience. As an attestation to this fact, about one million visitors tour this park every year. The national park started as Sabi Game Reserve way back in 1898, to check the destruction of wildlife due to over-hunting. The park was later named after Paul Kruger who was the president of the Transvaal Republic at that time.

Kruger stretches from the Crocodile River in the south, to the Limpopo River in the north and runs for 350 km along the Mozambique-South Africa border. The park is fed by six rivers and has a wide variety of ecosystems; it carries 16 vegetation zones. Kruger is generally flat with an average height of 269 metres above sea level.

Though Kruger occupies 20,000 sq. km, it is the wooded and more lush Mpulanga region in Kruger’s south that is most popular with visitors. You can get to this region using any of the five gates at Numbi, Phabeni, Malelane, Paul Kruger and Crocodile Bridge. The arid central and northern regions are shrouded in some mystery tales and appeal more to the adventurous travelers. With fewer visitors visiting this region, it can be accessed through the Phalaborwa and Orpen gates.

Kruger is the most celebrated national park in South Africa due to its wide variety of game and bird life. Hundreds of different species can be found here: 507 birds, 336 trees, 147 mammals, 114 reptiles, 49 fish and 34 amphibians. It offers an unforgettable wildlife experience that can rival the best in Africa. In South Africa, this is the best place to see the fabled big five- lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo and rhino.

Owing to its wildlife diversity and the presence of complete food chains in the ecosystem, Kruger attracts many scientists interested in researching animal behavior. Cheetahs, warthogs, zebras, impalas, giraffes, hippos, and baboons are some of the animal species found here alongside the big five.

You can access Kruger through nine gates, which are connected to the national road network by tarred roads. From Pafuri Gate in the north to Malelane Gate in the south is a 414 km drive. Once inside the park, it is obligatory to take a game drive. You may chose either a self-navigated game drive, or take a ranger guide as an escort. Kruger allows night game drives, when you can encounter nocturnal animals- bush babies, leopards, hyenas, owls and nightjars.

Many people touring Kruger prefer going for self-drive wildlife safaris on defined regular trails, but you may opt for ranger guided walking safaris if you are more adventurous. There are seven trails in the Kruger wilderness available for walking safaris, giving you the chance to watch wildlife up close as you also enjoy nature’s aroma. You can enjoy a three nights stay in a wilderness camp while on the walking expeditions, though, due to its popularity, early booking is advisable.

You can get to Kruger by the several daily flights from Johannesburg, Durban or Cape town. Phalaborwa Airport, Kruger/Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA), and Hoedspruit Airport are the main airports where scheduled flights to Kruger national park land. Another alternative would be to take a rental car or charter plane from Kruger Mpumalanga Airport, East Gate Airport, or Kruger park gateway airport. Within the national park, accommodation facilities range from luxury lodges to self catering and camping sites, meeting the needs of travelers’ different budgets and tastes.

The author works with Africapoint – Online travel agents for Africa. Visit the Africapoint website for South Africa flights reservations and South Africa lodges and hotels booking.

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Aug 122017
 

Central America is an area filled with natural beauty. Its people have been preserving their nature by creating protected areas and national parks. There are tons of great parks in each country so it can be hard to decide which ones to visit as you travel through this part of the world. To make it all easier here is a list with the ones you absolutely can’t miss:

1. Corcovado National Park – Costa Rica

This is the ‘most biologically intense place in the world’ and is home to 4% of the world’s total fauna species. Some common wildlife sightings are monkeys, exotic birds, iguanas and tapirs.

This national park is located in Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula. It consists of beautiful white sanded beaches and pristine rain forests.

The entrance fee is $ 10. The hours are from Monday to Friday 7:30 a.m. to noon, and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

2. Manuel Antonio National Park – Costa Rica

This Costa Rican national park is located on the Pacific coast and offers the perfect combination of rain forest, beaches and reefs. Here you get to see white faced monkeys, coatis, whales, bats and dolphins. This is one of the best places to enjoy all sorts of water sports and up close encounters with wildlife!

If you want to visit it make sure you get there between 7am and 4pm and always remember it is closed on Mondays. The entrance fee is $ 10 per person and children under 12 free.

3. Poas Volcano National Park – Costa Rica

This national park is home to an active volcano with a beautiful turquoise colored lagoon in its crater. It is located in the Central Valley region, just a short drive away from San Jose City. This is Costa Rica’s most visited park and one of the only places where you can walk up to the crater of an active volcano.

The entrance fee of this national park is $ 7 per person and it is open from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. if you are a student and have your ID you might get a small discount.

4. Tikal National Park – Guatemala

This national park is located in Guatemala’s Northern department. It was the country’s first national park and was created to protect the rain forest. It is also home to the most important Mayan Ceremonial site that has ever been found. Here you may find jaguars, crocodiles and tons of monkeys.

This park is open from 6am to 6pm every day of the year and the entrance fee is between $ 25 and it is valid only the day it is purchased.

5. Pacaya Volcano National Park – Guatemala

This national park is located on the southern department of Escuintla and hosts the active Pacaya Volcano. It is popular among travelers interested in seeing lava flows just one meter away from them. In this park you may find some bats, snakes, frogs and different kinds of birds.

I don’t recommend visiting this park without a guide because it can be dangerous if you don’t know the terrain. The entrance fee is of $ 5 and is open from 7am to 7pm. But the most popular tours start at 1 pm for night lava viewing.

6. Copan Ruins National Park – Honduras

This national park is located on the western region of Honduras, just a short drive away from Guatemala. It is home to the Copan Mayan ruins which are known for having some of the most beautiful and most elaborate Mayan stelae. It is also surrounded by really old towns with beautiful hotels and lots of history.

The park is open every day from 8:00am to 4:00pm and the entrance fee is $ 15 if you want to visit the museum you will have to pay an extra $ 7 and an extra $ 5 for the tunnels.

7. Masaya Volcano National Park – Nicaragua

This national park was created in 1979 as the country’s first national park. It is home to twin volcanoes -Masaya Volcano and Nindiri Volcano and a total of 5 craters. The Masaya Volcano is also known as Popogatepe meaning the “Mountain that burns” in the language of the indigenous Chorotega. In this park you will also find coyotes, raccoons, iguanas, deer and monkeys. If you want to see a crater expelling gas and hot lava inside of it visit the Santiago crater.

Marina K. Villatoro is an expat living with her family and traveling in Central America. Central America has some of the best national parks in the world.

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Aug 142017
 

Traveling is one of the favorite things that most people do every year. However, if some make travel plans as early as they could, there are a few who keep putting it off and end up looking for last minute flights.

If you experience the same thing, you might get a headache just thinking about the inconvenience. But why stress yourself if you can very much find last minute airfare deals the easy way? Here are some travel tips and a few important things for you to remember.

1. Take your time to shop around for last minute deals. Deciding last minute does not necessarily mean that you also fret on finding the most convenient flight to the extent that you settle on the first deal you lay eyes on. There are lots of travel sites offering last minute airfare, so be sure to check them out and compare their packages first before booking.

2. Choose a travel package that has airfare and hotel inclusion. Often times, it is a lot cheaper to get this kind of package rather than booking flight and hotel separately. This is especially true if you are traveling with a friend or loved one since packages like this usually means double occupancy.

3. Remember to search for deals during Saturday morning and book flights that are scheduled in the middle of the week. The reason: the biggest waves of fresh fare releases tend to be on Saturday mornings especially when airfare analysts make mistakes over the week and that it’s often more expensive to travel during weekends when most people are off from work.

Avoid stressing out when shopping for last minute airfare deals. Follow these tips for more convenience. Or better yet, read more travel guide and travel tips at www.travelcrowd.net.

Before buying make sure you check these travel deals first. It is very important you read these travel insurance tips to avoid any problems.
Jul 162017
 

The ancient Polynesians were some of the worlds best navigators. They were able to travel all across the Pacific Ocean in small and primitive vessels, sailing great distances between islands and finding their way home, as well as discovering new islands. For example, many researchers believe that they were the first to settle the island chain we now know as Hawaii, as well as Easter Island and New Zealand, though these islands are separated by an expansive ocean.

These early Polynesian people were able to do this with no modern instruments or technology. Even today what they were able to accomplish in simple vessels requires an experienced sailor. What they could accomplish is nothing short of miraculous. The big question is how did the ancient Polynesians navigate the seas?

While some assume that the Polynesians must have developed one scientifically innovative navigational tool that allowed them to navigate the seas. However, their renowned navigational skills were actually supported not by a single method, but a mixture of many navigational tools that allowed them to accomplish this feat.

Historians believe that ancient Polynesians passed down their navigational abilities from generation to generation primarily by word of mouth. They are believed to have memorized the position of the stars in order to navigate, and it is known that the Polynesians had names for at least 150 stars. This is just a very small part of their abilities, however. Successfully navigating the open seas requires much more than an ability to determine their location accurately.

Ancient Polynesians also memorized the weather, knew when the sun would appear and set at certain times of the year in different locations, local wildlife, travel time, currents for the time of the year, ocean currents and swells, and many other things that most of us do not even think about or notice. It is also believed that navigators in some areas of Polynesia, particularly in the Marshall Islands, created maps known as ‘stick charts’ with seashells and sticks to mark the directions of currents. It was not one thing but many things that allowed them to navigate the great distance between the islands of Polynesia.

Many of these practices were actually quite secretive. Each island in Polynesia once had its own guild of navigators. These people held very high status in the community, given the essential uses for their knowledge.

To this day, some of their descendants still use some of the same techniques that their ancestors have used for centuries. However, other abilities have been lost to time as they fell out of use following contact with Europeans. Because few of these practices were ever written down, our knowledge comes from modern-day navigation as well as observations by the few Europeans to pass through the islands centuries ago.

Researchers continue to uncover more about the practices of ancient Polynesians. For instance, it is not believed that the Polynesians made it all the way to the Americas prior to the famous voyage of Columbus in 1492. Since the 1960s, several research teams have conducted sailing experiments using the techniques and canoe styles they believe the ancient Polynesians would have used.

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Jul 162017
 

Africa was known as the Dark Continent because of the mystery that surrounded it as it was not visited by many people and most people hardly knew much about it. That is not the case anymore, yet travelling to Africa is considered an adventure because of the variety of geographical regions that abound there and the diverse terrain, climate, animals and people that inhabit the continent. There are deep tropical forests so thick that light does not enter there, there are great rivers and mighty waterfalls, there are hundreds of miles of open grasslands and there are thousands of miles of desert lands. The widest biodiversity is found here and hundreds of different tribes and ethnic groups live on this vast continent.

Adventure Travel in Africa has become popular now as people are attracted to the many different kinds of tours that can be taken to explore this wonderful land. Adventure travel in Africa can include adventurous treks across the savannahs or grasslands; the wondrous Serengeti which is a unique ecosystem which hosts the largest mammal migration on the earth and which is considered as one of the natural wonders of the world. It can also include wildlife safaris where one can see all the animals that urban people see in zoos from really close quarters.

Unfortunately, this beautiful continent that has so much to offer in terms of natural wealth has been exploited and violated by man. The beautiful thick tropical forests are disappearing because of the greed of man who does not have the foresight to see that by destroying these finely balanced ecosystems, he is actually destroying the whole earth including his own home. To stop this destruction and to revive the old natural order of things many people and organizations are doing Volunteer Africa work which means that they live and work with non government and government bodies to mitigate the problems that have arisen in Africa because of the unthoughtful onslaught of man on nature.

There are many Volunteer Africa groups that work in different parts of Africa on different issues. Wildlife preservation, conservation of flora and fauna, preserving the ethnic culture of different tribal groups, scientific research concerning environmental issues etc. is the focus of such Volunteer Africa groups who also have programs to create awareness about these issues and encourage volunteers from all over the world, of different age groups and vocations to do work where it is needed on this continent.

Thus Africa can be a fantastic holiday destination where there is a lot to see and do and that is why Adventure Travel in Africa is growing in popularity. For the socially aware and concerned people there is a lot that can be done in Africa through Volunteer Africa work on ongoing and future projects of many organizations that are working here.

Leading Volunteer Africa and Adventure Travel Africa : To know more about Volunteer Africa and Adventure Travel Africa kindly visit Bluelizardadventures.com
Jul 032017
 

by @ravi

As the environment around us is changing due to various reasons such as increasing population, receding forests, more need of arable land for cultivation, decreasing wildlife, climate change and many more, there is a more pressing need to understand what is happening and why and also what to expect in the next few decades and further in the centuries to come. Adventure Travel Africa has thus become important to find the answers to these ominous questions. Since the problems relating to environment encompass such a wide scope in terms of geography, human behavior, wildlife, biology and other sciences, a lot of thought, expert knowledge and commitment has to be put into it so that global environment research projects make a positive impact in the present scenario.

Research projects involving the environment have to be carried out not in laboratories but at many and varied geographical locations such as the thick tropical forests and Saharan lands, the oceans and the polar regions and many more. Apart from understanding the growing need for such work and the large funds that are required a very large work force is also required to carry out these monumental tasks. Community volunteer work contributes a great chunk of the human effort to find solutions to these man-made problems.

Although Adventure Travel Africa needs a scientific approach and many environmental scientists are working on it, the projects that are carried out in different parts of the world require a large work force to do the field work that is very important to gather data for this research. Community volunteer work involves working with communities all over the world to collect this invaluable data and also interact with different communities to make them aware of environmental issues and the impending problems that are created because of insensitive human behavior. Community volunteer work projects are thus of many kinds and involve a large variety volunteers ranging from laboratory workers, students of geography, anthropology, history, marine sciences and even adventure seekers who wish to do their bit for the community.

When a Adventure Travel Africa project is planned and the place where it has to be carried out is zeroed on, the type of volunteers, their number and the extent of their contribution in the community volunteer work is decided. The requirements are made known to volunteer organizations and the volunteers selected from the applications that are received. Volunteers working at remote and physically challenging sites are expected to be physically fit and adaptable but a strong commitment is required for any good work that is done at any location. The rising popularity of community volunteer work projects is mainly due to the rising awareness of the importance of such work and also because of knowing that each one of us needs to be involved in this work.

Leading Community Volunteer Work and Adventure Travel Africa : To know more about Community Volunteer Work and Adventure Travel Africa kindly visit Bluelizardadventures.com
Jul 012017
 

Traveling is such a great experience that we think that we can do this all the time.
Unfortunately, we now have very little time for travel in this fast & furious world. Most of us hardly get a few weeks per year to take vacations if we are lucky enough.

We have to make sure the trips to be the best with some amounts of humor (unlike many travel movies where there are only nightmares around each corner). We are providing you with our top 10 travel tips to make your vacations unforgettable – (of course without the nightmares).

Top 10 Travel Tips

1. Plan early & book when a best deal fits your budget. New companies pop up everyday for more and more travel. Why? Because as the baby boomer age group gets grown-up & the parents once take their kids out of the house, they are traveling more and more. Best deals are easy to get through many sound companies that offer great & economical rates and fares.

2. Be familiar with your destination and the best times of travel. Remember the incidence of Angelina Jolie who takes the whole family to across the country only to find out the favorite Fun Park closed for the day? Do not let that happen to you. Try to know what is going on and when is the best time to travel. For example, most people know that March and April tend to be spring break times. Well, if you take your little ones to Panama City Florida during these months you might end up in a large crowd.

3. Take care of your belongings including family pet.

4. Budget wisely. Make provisions for worst situation and carry enough resources to fall back on. If you are on a budget, be smart & enjoy doing things on a trip.

5. Don’t forget your key documents at home. There is nothing more frustrating than this.

6. You have to choose your place of stay smartly. If you choose to stay close to beach, market, and restaurant for any famous vacation then that will be the best. On the other hand, it will be equally frustrating if you need to catch a train or a rent a car just to get there from the hotel. You have to make sure that everyone who is traveling with you will also have fun! Again, in Las Vegas vacation when the kids are too young to gamble, you have to come up with some creative ideas so the kids will also have a good time.

7. Sign up for online magazine & newspapers to keep you abreast of new information about the destination of your choice.

8. Plan it properly. It can really cut you short on certain things like rentals and transport charges.

9. Make a checklist and be sure to check that everything is in order before starting and during the trip. From booking to packing to check in, do not fail to remember anything and fail to consult with checklist.

10. Have a great fun and enjoy no matter what type of vacation you are going on.

These are our top 10 travel tips and we try to abide by them each time we take a vacation. Hope you too will find your trip to be more enjoyable using these tips.

If you want your Trip with a strict budget, I promise that you too will be pleased if you try it like me. Besides, you have absolutely nothing to lose by trying. So give it a try. I suggest you for best travel website as I found while searching on Google. These are Airtkt.com, Cheapfareguru.com, Erostours.com, Latinfare.com, for last minute cheap airline tickets.

Happy Traveling

Sunne Khurana having experience of more than twenty five years in travel industry. He is very interested in searching and negotiating for the best value available for travelers.He has traveled extensively around globe.
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