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How to Organize a Family Travel Plan

Carefully planned and organized family vacation can be real fun and exciting and certainly leaves us with great memories which can be truly cherished for the rest of our lives. However, with all the fun and excitement, organizing an appropriate family travel plan is a huge risk and a big responsibility. Disagreements are bound to happen anytime a bunch of people come together irrespective of the fact that they are related by blood. Instead of being blamed for the unhappiness caused to everyone, by just paying extra attention to a couple of few things, you can surely turn your family vacation into a beautiful time spent in the company of your near and dear ones.

Tips to Organize a Fine Family Travel Plan

1) The foremost thing which you need to pay attention is to choose convenient dates, keeping in mind the schedule of 90 percent of the people who plan to come for the vacation. Always choose a couple of potential dates and then you can ask for everyone’s input regarding their availability.

2) Go in for a central location. All the family members must be traveling from different directions and thus it becomes a necessity to pick a central location. You can certainly please everyone in this manner if all the members have to travel approximately the same distance to get to the vacation spot.

3) Search for a big hotel. It will be real fun if everyone can stay at the same hotel which will allow all the family members to spend enough time with each other. While organizing family travel plans, also make sure that you think about the amenities required by those families who have children. Also, each family will have its own budget and thus you can choose a hotel which offers expensive suites as well as less expensive accommodation.

4) Researching fun activities which can involve all the family members is definitely important. Do not be under the misconception that family holidays can be great fun just because all the family members are coming together. You need to research and jot out a set of possible activities for each day of the vacation. But, also remember that not all people will want to do the same thing so be ready for suggestions and alternate plans.

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10 Business Travel Safety Tips

Every year, hundreds of thousands of business travelers go to all points of the globe. A business traveler’s personal safety is always potentially at risk – even if their destination is just a short distance away.

Below are some basic safety tips that when followed, can help make you less vulnerable when on the road.

  1. Don’t Go Solo– If possible don’t travel alone. If you do have to travel alone, set up scheduled times to check in with someone at home. If you don’t check in, they will immediately know that something is wrong.
  2. Be Aware– Being aware of your surroundings is one of the most important things you can do to keep yourself safe. If something seems unusual or out of place – it probably is. Trust your instincts.
  3. Don’t Stand Out– Avoid behavior or dress that will make you stand out from the crowds – especially when traveling overseas.
  4. Know the Area– It is important to be up to date on the area that you are traveling to. This includes any travel warnings and any regional/local issues, especially political. You should also be familiar with where you will be staying and the places you will need to visit while you are there.

Visit the State Department’s website (travel.state.gov) for information about the country you will be visiting. They will also post any travel warnings or alerts. For additional information, call the U.S. Department of Transportation Travel Advisory and Airport Safety Hotline (800-221-0673).

  1. Have a Code Word– The number one way that people are kidnapped in foreign countries is by reading your name off of a sign that a driver is holding at the airport, duplicating the sign and standing in front of the real driver. To avoid this, have a code word that you can ask from the driver.
  2. Your Hotel– Avoid hotels with rooms that open to the outside and rooms on the first floor. Be sure to use the extra lock on your door and to secure all valuables. Know where the emergency exits and stairwells are. In the event of an emergency, you want to know exactly where to go.
  3. Meet in Public Areas– Never use your hotel room for meetings. Treat it as you would your bedroom at home – as a personal space for sleeping.
  4. Know What You Have– Make photocopies of your driver license, credit cards (front and back) and passport. In case they are lost or stolen, you will know exactly what you had and for your credit cards, you can easily call the customer service numbers to cancel them. Keep the photocopies in a safe place or scan them and e-mail them to yourself. If you use a web-based e-mail service, you will be able to get to the documents anywhere you have internet access.
  5. For Female Travelers– Female business travelers are at a greater risk when traveling, especially overseas. Wear a wedding ring – even if you are single. A cheap, fake ring can go a long way in deterring criminals. Also, wearing your hair down or in a pony tail should be avoided; this makes an easy way for someone to grab you.
  6. Have a Plan– In case something does happen it is important to have a plan and a good support system. Discuss with your family/friends what to do in case of an emergency. The U.S. Department of State has a Citizen’s Emergency center that you can contact for assistance in case of an emergency situation abroad – 202-647-0900.
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Tips For Last Minute Travel Plans

There are moments when we plan a getaway at the last minute or we find out that we have to leave on a business trip with the next flight. This type of traveling can be both costly and also it can give you a lot of headaches. You will have to find the right accommodation in just a few hours. Of course, there will not be enough time to find out all the necessary information about the hotel and so on. Nonetheless, everyone likes to have a little adventure in their lives every once in a while so why not do it? Here are some tips that might make your preparations easier.

Packing your suitcase might be a challenge but you will see that it is very simple to take care of this. You should start with the essentials such as toothbrush, comb, medicine and cosmetics. Afterward you will need to think about how the weather is going to be where you are going. Pack variable things in case it might rain. Once you finished with this you might want to pack your camera, cell phone charger and so on.

See what are the best deals online. When you have a little time you can search the Internet and see if there are some plane ticket offers or some accommodation offers. If you simply cannot do all of these on your own you might simply want to call a travel agency and ask him/her to help you. Maybe she/he will have better luck.

When you don’t know exactly where you are going, then you might also want to grab a travel guide with you. Also, print some things out the places that you can visit. They might come in handy if you don’t know exactly what to visit.

Also, before you head out the door, see if you have you IDs, the passport, the travel insurance and so on. Check and double check your home before you leave in order to make sure that everything is OK. Traveling can be a lot of fun if you know how to plan everything.

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