Monthly Archives: July 2016

Tips For Hiring a Professional Mover

Excited about buying a new house? Well let the excitement stay alive and not diminish with the thought of moving your things to the new destination.

Hiring a professional company can help get rid of all these unnecessary worries to a large extent and also ensure that your things are handled with utmost care and safety. However, before hiring a company to relocate your belongings, there are some things that you need to consider to ensure that you have a smooth process. Before you get an expert, make sure you identify the things that are important and will need to be transferred to your new destination.

When you hire a professional, make sure that the rates include loading, transportation and unloading. Remember, you will need to pay extra if you want to have your possessions packed as well. You should first decide on what your budget is and then start looking someone to hire.

The rates for packing your things depend on the weight of the possession as per the American Moving and Storage Association. This will include the cost of the carton that is used for packing as well. Getting more than one estimate is a good idea as you will get to know the ongoing rates. Avoid accepting estimates over the phone.

You can get custom packing services if you do the packing by yourself as per the movers industry. Even if you pack them by yourself, you may be required to pay extra if the package doesn’t fit the transport service offered by the movers. You will also need to decide if you wish to buy protection shields for your fragile items. All this may not be possible if you hire a local agent.

While hiring a professional, be vigilant, do your research and select the right one. You can do this by looking for one in the yellow pages and seeking opinion from your neighbors, friends or relatives. Your local Better Business Bureau can also provide the names of reputable companies. If you are planning to consider any company, you can check about the credibility with the Better Business Bureau in order to be sure that the company does not hold many complaints against it and has a good reputation in the market.

Lastly, make sure that the moving company is aware of what has to be packed and relocated and where your final destination is in order to avoid confusion.


Travel Destination Tips on Where to Go

When in Sucre cheesy as the ‘dino mobile’ looks a trip to the dinosaur footprints will exceed your expectations.  The cost of a visit is cheap and the prints are extensive – it’s just such a shame & quite unbelievable that such a treasure is still part of a working quarry.  The prints scale a sheer rock face which shakes with dynamite explosions from the base even as you watch – let’s hope that UNESCO win their battle and these footprints are preserved for future generations.

Do not miss the world wonder which is the salt flats of Uyuni.  There are 2 choices of trip – either a 1 day trip out to the salt flats & back or a 3 day trip across the salt flats and on in to San Pedro De Atacama – Chile.  If Chile is on your travel path then this is probably the best trip to take as you will see all the attractions of the salt flats along with the red & green lagoons & flamingos.  The 1 day trip will however cover the salt flats element and from Uyuni you can get an overnight train down to the border with Argentina.  These trains do not leave every day though so worth checking before you arrive to avoid a prolonged stay in Uyuni.  Once in Uyuni every shop is a travel agent and trying to choose who to go with blows your mind – all offer pretty much the same thing the decider needs to be how good their English is and the state of their vehicles.  All operators have books with reviews from previous travellers so have a read of these before you decide.

La Paz is the unofficial capital of Bolivia and  the biggest city at high altitude in the world.  It´s a fascinating city, full of markets .. including the notorious witches market where Bolivians buy llama foetuses which hang in the doorways of all the shops – they´re believed to bring good luck if placed in the foundations of a building. For all those that have read ´Marching powder´ – yes the prison is still there but unfortunately when we were there nosy backpackers were no longer permitted access (although in Bolivia money talks so if you’re feeling brave it could be worth a try!).


Affordable Travel Destination Tips

Your first stop should be at your local travel agent. Ask about special packages to specific destinations that don’t cost an arm and a leg to get to and see the sights. This opens the door to what is sometimes called ‘adventure’ travel. Ever been to the Galapagos Islands? This is an affordable vacation destination, as many travelers are now hearing. Costa Rica, a U.S. territory, is another popular and affordable travel destination. You have no exchange rate to worry about and by going to some of the more out of the way beach locations, you get a better flavor of the culture, enjoying pristine beaches that aren’t overrun with other tourists and at a very attractive price. Give your travel agent the parameters of what you’d like to get out of your vacation, as well as how much you can spend. He or she is going to work very hard to find an affordable travel package that satisfies your objectives and budget.

Do some research on the net, too. Scope out travel destinations you find appealing and try to get a baseline on cost of accommodations. Consider alternative accommodations, such as youth hostels, convents and monasteries (great places to stay, BTW) and residency apartments, sometimes known as ‘efficiencies’. For about the same price as a hotel, you can rent a furnished apartment, with a kitchen, cookware and bedding. It’s obvious you’ll cut your costs by shopping locally and eating at home. Affordable travel plans require flexibility.

Another strategy is to simply throw your wish list out in a Google search. For example, you’ve got a budget of $1000 and would like to get away for 7 days to a beach holiday in Costa Rica. Google it! Something like ‘travel package Costa Rica 6 nights’ ought to get you to a site offering a deal.

Your travel agent is your best ally in finding a good, affordable travel package. The agency makes a commission, but only if you buy the package! After making your own online investigations, see what your travel agent has found. It may be far better than what you were able to find on your own. Especially in difficult economic times, the sharp travel agent’s connections serve your needs well.