Book international flights in advance
It is surprising how we know leaving things to the last minute can be such a messy affair, yet we always do it. Booking your flight in advance ensures that you don’t have expensive, or worse still, disappointing experiences at the airport. Ensure that you have booked international flights at least 8 weeks in advance. Not only does it help you logistically, it also helps cut costs. You never know when the next price hike will happen! Booking late subjects you to the punishing experience of paying late fees, getting bad seats, or having to use an inferior airline. Do it early!
Sort out your paperwork early
Imagine having purchased your air ticket early enough, have your currency changed and your camera charged, only to be told your visa isn’t valid! You check and it still has a good three months on it, but the immigration officer tells you that they require six months minimum! If you are lucky, you get your visa renewed at a hefty price. If not, you get turned back home.
Avoid this by making sure your visa and other paper work is in order long before time. At least two weeks before travelling, call the embassy and have them walk you through the regulations. Ensure that there are no spelling mistakes and that the dates are correct…..then start packing.
Get comprehensive travel insurance
Incidents happen when we least expect it. Your bag carrying your camera and beach wear gets misplaced at the airport, you child comes down with an allergic reaction, someone steals your wallet while you are amazed at an attraction etc. Getting a comprehensive travel insurance ensures that you don’t have to suffer unnecessary anxiety (and costs!) because of these unfortunate incidents.
Make sure you shop around for deals though: comprehensive does not mean expensive.
Ensure your bank/credit card company knows you are abroad
Banks are designed to protect your money. So imagine your bank manager’s reaction when they see a credit card payment happening in the Caribbean. If you haven’t notified your bank or credit card company that you are travelling, they will block your card. While it is possible to call and have it sorted, woe to you if it is during the weekend! This can easily be sorted out if you notify them in advance of your travel plans.
Sort out your house
The perfect holiday can turn out to be the perfect mess if your house isn’t catered for. Consider hiring a house sitter, or getting your relative to watch it for you. Make sure your pets are catered for if you can’t bring them along. Take care of your air conditioning and thermostat, unplug your electronics, empty your fridge, throw out the trash, set the alarm, ensure the basement pump is working….the list goes on. There is nothing worse than getting a call from your neighbor that your house is flooded and you are half way across the world. If you don’t have this sorted, you might end up coming to a house that will make you want to get on a plane back.
Set 650 miles west of Ecuador the Galapagos Islands are housed to a few of the most spectacular wildlife in the world. Appreciate each of the natural wonders on a Galapagos cruise, in which you will genuinely check out the numerous islands, islets, and coves all teeming with wildlife.
There are lots of various options for your Galapagos cruise but no matter what cruise you take you might be certain to determine many different birds, sea existence, and also other creatures who contact the Galapagos residence. You’ll locate an assortment of various creatures dependant upon the islands you travel to, so when arranging your Galapagos cruise choose the itinerary that very best fits your wildlife wants lists.
Santa Cruz Island, an end on nearly all Galapagos cruise itineraries is identified for getting a wildlife hotspot. From giant tortoises, dolphins, and sea lions to various bird daily life you happen to be sure to determine lots of Galapagos creatures on Santa Cruz. If you are specifically seeking to see tortoise the nearby tortoise breeding center at Chato is a superb method to see the giant tortoise in the wild. If birds are on your wildlife wanting listing, head towards the northern chain of the Galapagos Islands to Genovesa, also referred to as Bird Island. On the island it is possible to also climb Prince Philip’s Actions which can enable for wonderful views of the bird existence and the surrounding spot.
In order to check out underwater life, Floreana Island in which the Devil’s Crown is located, offers a number of the ideal snorkeling at each of the Galapagos. A fantastic way to end your Galapagos cruise would be to discover Black Turtle Cove which can be an isolated cove that is protected from the mangrove swamps that surround it, making it the perfect place to check out the Galapagos wildlife. Take a panga trip through these shallow waters house of sea turtles, sharks, rays, plus an assortment of birds. Check out the Galapagos and see all the creatures on your wildlife wish listing with an exciting Galapagos Cruise.
If you’re travelling to the USA you may need to apply for a US visa. The documents you will need to be able to enter the US will be dependent upon your country of origin, criminal history, reason for visit and the length of time you are intending to stay.
Many people find that, through the US visa waiver scheme, they do not need a visa to enter the US if they are travelling as a tourist for no longer than 90 days. However if your circumstances are different, you will need to apply for the appropriate visa well in advance of your travel.
If you qualify for an ESTA visa waiver you should go to www.apply-visa-esta.com to apply online for your ESTA authorisation. Otherwise, you will need to determine exactly which type of visa you will require.
The Most Common Types of US Visa
Tourism visas can also be completed online but are subject to a face-to-face interview and can sometimes take weeks or months to be processed. They are, however, valid for between 1 and 10 years, meaning that you can travel as many times as you wish within this time frame.
A student visa is available for people who wish to study in the US and can also be applied for online, although an interview will also be required. Again, this process can take weeks or months to process. The application process should be started as soon as possible so that you don’t miss out on your studies.
Working visas to the US are split into two categories – one for college educated professionals and another for skilled or unskilled workers. The restrictions differ for each, so make sure you know which one you should be applying for before you begin. As with the other types of visa, this process can take weeks or months to complete and you will be required to attend an interview.
Princess Cruises have come up with a new ‘Celebrations’ campaign that allows the passengers to share their celebration moment with the rest of the world. Passengers on-board are given video cameras in their hands to record moments of celebrating their reason of being there. This would add many more new dimensions to the word ‘celebrations’. Whether one cruises to Australia, Europe, the Caribbean, Hawaii, Panama Canal, or any destination in the world, documenting the videos would give them a chance to celebrate love, life and change.
Whenever the word ‘celebrations’ comes in mind, one talks about birthday, anniversary or graduation celebrations. This initiative will give people more reasons to celebrate and be happy. Be it adoption of a child or overcame any major adversity, such as cancer, people will discover numerous other reasons to celebrate in life. This way, people will not only get to record the wonderful places they visited but also get to capture their memorable on-board experience, said Jan Swartz, executive vice-president of Princess Cruises. Furthermore, with these documentaries, people would also take the viewers along with them to live those fabulous moments.
All the recorded stories of the cruisers can be viewed at www.princess.com/celebrations. Passengers who wish to upload their stories can do so at www.princess.com/sharestory. One of the lucky stories would win a 7-day Caribbean tour through the new Royal Princess for two people. The last date to submit share your memorable story with the world and stand a chance to win is March 31, 2013.
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When the British East India Company sent its explorers to establish outposts across the Indian Ocean coasts during the early 17th century, Andrew Cogan and Francis Day decided to make their initial contact with India from the coastline of Chennai, then known as Madras. This set a precedent that designates India’s most sophisticated city as a leading destination for holidaymakers from across the globe.
Most arrivals in Chennai each year, both those making their maiden visits and those coming for a repeat holiday, are thrilled by the city’s cultural sophistication. Although a popular gateway to the Indian South, Chennai has a distinct culture unlike any other among all Indian cities. Its culture is a hybrid of the Tamil tradition whose beauty and exoticness is celebrated in clothing, dance, art and food, and a highly civilized and orthodox modern cosmopolitan society. Its culture is exemplified by diversity; traditional arts flourish alongside ancient and modern music, the world-famous dance tradition is emphasized in an array of contemporary art forms, and the abundance of world-class and exotic cuisines is matched by a similar abundance of mouthwatering local delicacies from the Tamilnadu people.
Tourists often delight in Chennai’s architectural sophistication; grand ancient temples are juxtaposed between modern high-rise estates, while Italian and British colonial building styles are preserved alongside ultra-modern skyscrapers. Others adore Chennai’s insistence on musical diversity, offering a wide selection of classical, western and traditional Indian styles. Chennai’s vibrant nightlife is often a museum of music from and across different eras and styles. It is not rare to find adjacent nightspots offering traditional Bharatanatyam dances, modern Salsa dance, violin performances and guitar playing sessions, all on one street.
Chennai boasts numerous legendary composers of Carnatic music, having been the home city of the pioneers of this music genre including Purandara Dasa in the 15thcentury (known widely as the father of Carnatic music), Purandara Dasa in the 16thcentury, Tyagaraja and Muthuswami Dikshitar in the 18th century, and a host of other contemporaries. Travelers to Chennai are particularly advised to check out the Chennai Music Festival or indeed the many other music festivals hosted throughout the December Season. December in Chennai is a month of classical music, music extravaganzas and dance, many of which can be optimally enjoyed with the help ofCrazeal ticket coupons.
Many tourists love Chennai because they can dress in their conventional styles while sunbathing even amongst the scores of conservative dressers in the city. The locals prefer the traditional Tamil way of clothing where women often wear Saree/Sari and men wear Dhoti, all of which are patterned in the colorful Indian way.
The fascinating Tamilnadu cuisine must definitely be explored while here; it is often a staple of rice cooked with refined gingelly oil and served with various vegetables dishes, tamarind, Sambar, Rasam, chutneys, curd, herbs, coconut, crisp Papads, Appalam, and asafetida. You can also sample alternative Indian traditional cuisines since the Tamilnadu have a liberal attitude to the culinary diversity of other peoples in India. Most fast-food joints, hotels and restaurants in Chennai serve a wide selection of non-vegetarian (mutton, fish and chicken) and vegetarian delicacies (ranging from highly flavored, richly spiced Tamil foods) as well as international cuisines served with a variety of condiments.
Chennai is liberal and diverse in its dressing, in its music, in its architecture, in its food, and in a million other ways, making it an Indian favorite for international travelers.
Whether you’re going away for a short break or your main summer holiday you want to ensure that you get the most of your experience. Having saved up the money and waited for so long to go, so many holidays are let down by the weather, accommodation or factors beyond your control; but if you can ensure that you get the most out of your break you can take back plenty of memories even if you’re only there for the weekend.
Portugal is one of those countries that is steeped in history and full of amazing cities and sights, but it’s often overlooked in favour of Spain, Italy, France, the UK or Greece. It’s often just habit and word of mouth that convinces people to go to the almost “stereotypical” European nations for their breaks, but it’s also very common for the best breaks to occur in those that are lesser known, such as Portugal.
There are a number of pull factors to the western-most country in Europe, such as the climate, the beaches and the history; but there are also three cities that offer incredible breaks to tourists whether you’re on the lookout for somewhere to go for a few days, a family fortnight away in the middle of summer or even if you’re looking to invest in your own property in the country, (visit PortugalProperty.com to find out more about this option).
Obviously, Lisbon is a city that you must visit while you’re in the country. The capital and oldest city, it is steeped with historical monuments and cathedrals, combining the old with the new in what is one of Europe’s most vibrant capital cities. Situated on the west coast with the Atlantic Ocean on the doorstep, you can experience some of the finest seafood restaurants on the continent or lay on the beach sipping cocktails, whatever takes your fancy.
Porto, also known as Oporto, is another coastal city and the second largest in the country. A traditional fishing town, it’s the dream destination for those who love their seafood. Awarded world heritage site status in 1996, similarly to Lisbon, there is plenty to see if you’re looking for a cultural experience, and plenty of beaches to lay on if you’re looking to relax. With it being smaller and therefore lesser known than the capital, Porto is much less “touristy”, so you can feel like real explorers when you take your holiday tales home!
On the south coast of the country you have the city of Faro. The capital of the Algarve region, it’s a haven for holidaymakers especially with its Mediterranean climate.
Many a times, it may so happen that we have to permanently or temporarily move to another country overseas for work or some other matter. In such situations people hire moving and shipping companies which help them in transporting their goods like furniture, home equipment, electrical items, etc.
But if you have a car and you are willing to take it with you when you move, then you must find a company which is experienced in such shipping facilities. Interdean is a well established company which has been dealing with shipping and storage of goods and cars of all types. Car shipping is something which Interdean has been dealing with for years. They have special shipping and transport facilities for all car shipping requirements.
If you even have a valuable traditional vintage car, then too this can be handled by Interdean. They also make sure that the car arrives on time for all customers and is transported safely. All the quotes for such offers are presented and set according to the standard pricing of such services. All these facilities are available for both kinds- if you’re permanently or temporarily shifting to a new place. Get in touch with a good company like Interdean and get your car securely transported to your desired location.
Interdean has been dealing with moving of goods, pets and cars and storage and shipping overseas for people for years now and they have their business spread all over the world in 250,000 locations. So no matter where you go you can always rely on Interdean to help you out with the moving business. They are reliable, they make sure that all your goods or car(s) are safe and they deliver on time as well which is one of the most important factors in this sector.
Have you been planning to travel to different cities of the United States for quite some time now? Well, each of the cities of US is unique, with its own characteristics and each of them will be a wonderful experience. So, what you need to do first is chalk out the places you want to go to and what you want to see. One of the cities that you must visit is New York, it is simply amazing. Holidays in NYC are a lot of fun and you can be rest assured that you will have a ball there. However, since you are planning an extensive travel across US cities, you should consider getting travel insurance.
What Is Travel Insurance?
As the name suggests, travel insurance is the kind of insurance that secures your travels and holidays. Travel insurance will protect you from unfortunate and unforeseen events during your travel. The usual events that travel insurance covers include sudden business closure, unfriendly weather and loss of luggage. However, there are some travel insurance providers who offer protection against plane crashes and terrorist evacuation as well. Basically travel insurances are like security blankets that save money and time when you are traveling.
Some Of The Areas Covered By Travel Insurance Include
- Emergency Medical Treatment- Though expense of emergency medical treatment mostly involves being treated in a hospital, it is not necessary. If the cost of emergency treatment is likely to be more than the amount fixed, prior authorization of the insurer is required.
- Cancellation Or Interruption Of The Trip- This clause in the travel insurance covers monetary loss in events of non-refundable transport cost or lost deposits that you may suffer due to the cancellation or the interruption of your trip.
You can check out symondstravel.com insurance to know more about benefits of travel insurance.
A new exhibition has just opened at the Victoria and Albert Museum in South Kensington. It only has a short run – so make sure, if you are a ‘movie buff’, not to miss it!
There are a number London apartment buildings just a short walk away from the museums – such as, 130 Queens Gate a lovely building which was completely renovated at the end of 2009 and Citadines South Kensington which was refurbished in 2010.
Find out how costume designers bring movie characters to life at the V&A’s Hollywood Costume exhibition.
Learn about the creative process behind the clothes on the silver screen, from Charlie Chaplin during the Golden Age of Hollywood, to recent blockbuster Avatar.
Hollywood Costumes displays items from previously unseen archives, special interview footage and case studies to illustrate how film characters get their look.
Focusing on the creative process of the costume designer, including how they interact with a film’s director and actors, this glamorous exhibition is split into three parts.
The exhibition ends with a bang, as visitors enter a “glamorous Hollywood nightclub” filled with familiar film characters. This celebration of heroes and villains includes Sugar Kane Kowalczyk, Holly Golightly and Roxie Hart, alongside characters from the Matrix, Twilight and Harry Potter.
This exhibition only runs until 27 January 2013…..so visit it soon!
Codebreaker is an exhibition running at the Science Museum in South Kensington – this exhibition celebrates the centenary of the birth of Alan Turing, supported by Google. This biographical exhibition explores Turing’s inspirational story and examines his profound influence on the fields of code-breaking, computing, mathematics, artificial intelligence and biology. The life and legacy of Alan Turing will be told using objects (including some which have never been on public display), archival material, interactive exhibits, photographs and quotations.
There are many exhibitions running at other London museums make sure you don’t miss them.
So if you are considering visiting London and wish to stay in the Kensington area check London apartments before you travel!
The Ventura is among the largest and most family oriented ships in the P&O fleet and there’s every reason to anticipate a really wonderful holiday if you manage to book yourself a stay on-board what is a quite majestic vessel. A key element for consideration ahead of any cruise holiday is the destination options. Well a Ventura Cruise can take you to some of the most spectacular regions of Europe and the world. From the fjords of Scandinavia to the central Mediterranean, the Ventura delivers one stunning view and excellent excursion after another.
There are other P&O cruise ships that offer adults-only trips to a huge range of destinations worldwide but if you are planning to travel with children then the Ventura is perhaps the perfect ship to try. There are teams of entertainers on-board to make sure that children of all ages, from toddlers right through to teenagers, are suitably looked after and involved in all manner of little adventures. And if it’s the spirit of adventure that convinced you that cruise holidays are your idea of fun then you will not be let down by the Ventura.
But then again, it is always comforting to know that there are areas nearby committed to little more than creating a seriously soothing and relaxing atmosphere. That’s where the Ventura’s whirlpool spa and endless pools come into the equation. In the evening’s meanwhile you can take your pick from a range of cuisines and potentially have one of the best meals you’ve ever tasted. That might sound like an exaggeration but, with the quality of food at on-board restaurants like Marco Pierre White’s White Room, it genuinely isn’t.
What you need to know next if you’re sold on the Ventura is where to find the best value offers on stays of any length. On that front you should to take a trip to the Thomas Cook website where you can also book Thomas Cook cruises on virtually every great cruise ship currently in service.