How to Make Travel Planning Wardrobe Decisions

Is there anything as stressful as travel planning and wardrobe planning for your travels? You have to worry about airport traffic, security checkpoints, and if adding a string bikini to your already overstuffed luggage will trigger an overweight luggage fee that even loan sharks call excessive. But, there is an upside! Because of a more thorough TSA, you can get your baggage scanned and a gynecological exam at the same time. Here are some travel and packing tips to help you navigate travel planning and wardrobe decision making.

Is your trip for business or pleasure? If your trip is for business, then you have to be extra careful packing because as a woman business trips mean that you cannot repeat outfits during your trip, particularly if it is a conference or anything that there are going to be many pictures. It will require extra careful prep planning for your wardrobe. Celebrities have wardrobe stylists who prepare their outfits for press tours and trips since their photos end up everywhere. If you are a guest speaker at a conference or trade show, you will also need to pay maniacal attention to your wardrobe to ensure that you are chic in every picture snapped.

Your wardrobe for a business trip does require more items and it might even require you to check a bag. However, you do have options. You can ship your clothing ahead of time to make sure it arrives in one piece and on time. That is another task that is performed by wardrobe stylists for photo shoots in exotic locales or if you are dressing other VIPs for exclusive events.

If this trip is for pleasure then wardrobe is a whole differently animal. While you still can’t show up to the first class lounge in six year old Juicy sweats and mismatched flip-flops, you can be more efficient in your wardrobe planning. A travel tip revealed by Kelly Ripa is to wear the same outfit to and from your travel location. It is your travel outfit and it will prevent this outfit from taking up valuable real estate in your suitcase.

There are two schools of thought concerning preparation for emergencies in travel planning and wardrobe. Some fashion experts say don’t bother planning for contingencies as you can purchase anything you missed once you arrive at your destination. The other fashion experts (some of these experts may also answer to a nickname of neurotic) say to always plan for contingencies. This means throwing in an extra pair of underwear and socks into your suitcase and maybe even an additional outfit. This depends on your own personal comfort level with uncertainty and how jam packed your schedule is. If there is no time on your itinerary to run errands then pack for contingencies.

There is one contingency that should always be accounted for when considering travel planning and your wardrobe. Derek Blasberg, author of the book Classy, reiterates this point in his book. Plan for an unexpected dressy event, throw in a dress you can wear to a really swank dinner party. You never know who you are going to meet and you don’t want to say you turned down a dinner invitation to meet some awesome people because you failed in your travel planning and made poor wardrobe decisions and now you missed your chance to have organic split pea soup Gwyneth Paltrow.

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5 Steps to Success

When you are embarking on a travel, the planning is the most important thing you need to do. You have to make sure everything is in order. Even the best things-the best vacation destination, the best hotel, etc.-can be of no avail if you have planned incorrectly.

Here is a travel planning guide you can use. It tells you of a systematic approach to plan your travel, which ensures you have a great time.

Research for the Destination

Where will you be going? This is the first thing you need to decide. The destination should be something that everyone in your party wishes to visit. That makes the vacation more enjoyable. It is great if there’s someone in the party who has visited the destination before, but if not, you need to get as much information as possible. Every popular vacation destination has a tourist website of its own, which is mostly run by the government of the place. Take some time out to research for your options through this website. Get somewhat acquainted with what kind of place it is-conservative or liberal as regards tourists, what kind of food you will get there, the climate, the appropriate dress to wear, the language to speak, etc.

What to Visit

Most people think about the hotel first and then what they would want to visit. This is the wrong way to go about it. First, you must draw up a list of the attractions the place has and then decide which of these you want to visit. Then you must chart out your route, or you could even call it your itinerary. This helps make more focused plans.

The Accommodation

Once you have the places you want to visit listed, you must look for accommodation in the nearby areas. This reduces the hassle and the cost of inner-city traveling. For accommodation, the Internet is your best guide. Every hotel worth its name has a website and you can book from there. Don’t underestimate the power of travel directories either. They will give you good comparative rates of different local hotels from which you can choose the one you like best. You can also read reviews here.

The Travel

You need to make your travel arrangements. Choose the mode you will need to, or like to, take-flight, rail, road, ship, whichever. Then see what dates are available. Getting tickets could be a problem if the place is very popular and it’s the peak season. That’s the reason why you should book travel and accommodation simultaneously, after finding out what options you have with both of them. Also, there are various websites that can give you great packages for travel and accommodation together, with goodies such as sightseeing trips thrown in.

Other Necessaries

Inner city travel is an important thing to book beforehand, or you should at least know what options you have. If the party is big, it makes sense to hire a private vehicle. Otherwise, you must find out about how you can use the local public transport. Also, find out about what sightseeing trips, cruises, adventure packages, etc. the place has. Book anything you want to check out, especially if it is very popular. Try to do your travel planning beforehand which ensures a relaxing time during the entire trip.

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Travel Planning Tips

Travel planning has been gradually shifting from the domain of experts to the domain of an ever-growing amount of travelers’ experiences, and it will continue to grow in that respect in the years to come.

With the advent of the Internet, most travel bookings and travel research have moved into the online space. Guidebooks are excellent resources on the road, but they quickly become outdated when the Internet is constantly updated with newer and more accurate information. User-generated sites such as wikitravel.org are updated by locals and travelers as soon as new restaurants, hotels, and bars open, and these people also are able to “vote” with the information they put online. Other booking sites now rely on the reviews of other travelers, and services like Twitter allow instant broadcasts of what travelers’ are experiencing. With all of these resources available, online travel planning is the best method. Here are some of the best sites to use:

o Wikitravel.org is one of the best travel sites on the web. Modeled after Wikipedia.org and easily searchable by location, and offers the most up to date information available.
o The Thorn Tree travel forums moderated by Lonely Planet are legendary. Tens of thousands of travelers that have almost certainly seen and done whatever trip you are planning are more than happy to lend a helping hand.
o Kayak.com is an airfare search aggregator, covering most of the world’s major airlines. It will find the best prices based on your travel preferences, then take you to the site of the carrier to easily book your flight.
o Hostelworld.com is the king of cheap accommodations. With over 10,000 network hostels, the website has budget locations all over the planet, all searchable and ready to book online.
o Couchsurfing.org is a fantastic website both for connecting with locals while traveling and securing free accommodation. The website allows people to host travelers all over the world for free, and they often serve as tour guides and the perfect local guidebook for a place.

A lot of the above websites have the common factor of user-generated content. This is increasingly becoming the determining factor for travelers. The reasoning is that most magazine and guidebook reviews are paid, so reviews posted by other travelers are inherently more trustworthy. Taking a look at a guidebook published 6 months ago on a city like Buenos Aires and comparing it to the Wikitravel.org page is like night and day. The old methods of travel planning have been replaced by the immediacy of the Internet and the amassed knowledge of other travelers. As more and more people gain Internet access, even remote places will have locals that can dispel myths and misconceptions about travel in their hometowns and areas.

This spread of information will make travel planning easier and easier, and also more accurate. I have planned all of my trips abroad using solely the Internet, and it is by far the most efficient method.

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Before You Worry About Destination Travel Tips

This year folks will be traveling less by car due to the outrageous cost of fuel and thus, they need to get everything in order before they go. If you are planning a road trip to your favorite destination, then you must realize that one wrong turn could easily cost you $20 to 40 in fuel before you figure out what happen. If you are planning on going to a resort or vacation rental, you will need to plan that in advance too, as to not have to drive all the way back into town for your supplies.

Still, before you even start considering all these destination tips or go online to seek out expert travel advice and tips, I’d like you to consider something that you have already been considering; ditching your SUV or Mini-van for an economy car. Now might be the time to buy a new car to take on your summer travels, because new cars do not break down as much and you will save a ton on your fuel costs. May, I be so bold as to recommend a very good book on this subject to you?

“Buying Your Next Car – an easy-to-use, step-by-step guide to save hundreds, even thousands of dollars” by J. Michael White. 1993.

Many times when people buy a car they forget the real costs, such as insurance, maintenance, fuel, parking, etc; the first part of this book helps the purchaser determine their budget and then determine their real needs. The next section talks about dealer tactics, knowing your strengths in negotiation and how to go about shopping as well as determining the seller’s cost, profit points and position.

What to look for when inspecting and test driving the car and how to negotiate the deal you want without giving up your needs. Also there is a section on all the paperwork and your rights as a car buyer and how taking delivery matters in the deal.

After you get a good deal on your new car, you can reward yourself with your summer vacation knowing that the money you save in fuel will make your new car purchase even sweater. Think it through, because vacations can be expensive and you need to play your trips prior to reaching your destination.

This year folks will be traveling less by car due to the outrageous cost of fuel and thus, they need to get everything in order before they go. If you are planning a road trip to your favorite destination, then you must realize that one wrong turn could easily cost you $20 to 40 in fuel before you figure out what happen. If you are planning on going to a resort or vacation rental, you will need to plan that in advance too, as to not have to drive all the way back into town for your supplies.

Still, before you even start considering all these destination tips or go online to seek out expert travel advice and tips, I’d like you to consider something that you have already been considering; ditching your SUV or Mini-van for an economy car. Now might be the time to buy a new car to take on your summer travels, because new cars do not break down as much and you will save a ton on your fuel costs. May, I be so bold as to recommend a very good book on this subject to you?

“Buying Your Next Car – an easy-to-use, step-by-step guide to save hundreds, even thousands of dollars” by J. Michael White. 1993.

Many times when people buy a car they forget the real costs, such as insurance, maintenance, fuel, parking, etc; the first part of this book helps the purchaser determine their budget and then determine their real needs. The next section talks about dealer tactics, knowing your strengths in negotiation and how to go about shopping as well as determining the seller’s cost, profit points and position.

What to look for when inspecting and test driving the car and how to negotiate the deal you want without giving up your needs. Also there is a section on all the paperwork and your rights as a car buyer and how taking delivery matters in the deal.

After you get a good deal on your new car, you can reward yourself with your summer vacation knowing that the money you save in fuel will make your new car purchase even sweater. Think it through, because vacations can be expensive and you need to play your trips prior to reaching your destination.

This year folks will be traveling less by car due to the outrageous cost of fuel and thus, they need to get everything in order before they go. If you are planning a road trip to your favorite destination, then you must realize that one wrong turn could easily cost you $20 to 40 in fuel before you figure out what happen. If you are planning on going to a resort or vacation rental, you will need to plan that in advance too, as to not have to drive all the way back into town for your supplies.

Still, before you even start considering all these destination tips or go online to seek out expert travel advice and tips, I’d like you to consider something that you have already been considering; ditching your SUV or Mini-van for an economy car. Now might be the time to buy a new car to take on your summer travels, because new cars do not break down as much and you will save a ton on your fuel costs. May, I be so bold as to recommend a very good book on this subject to you?

Many times when people buy a car they forget the real costs, such as insurance, maintenance, fuel, parking, etc; the first part of this book helps the purchaser determine their budget and then determine their real needs. The next section talks about dealer tactics, knowing your strengths in negotiation and how to go about shopping as well as determining the seller’s cost, profit points and position.

What to look for when inspecting and test driving the car and how to negotiate the deal you want without giving up your needs. Also there is a section on all the paperwork and your rights as a car buyer and how taking delivery matters in the deal.

After you get a good deal on your new car, you can reward yourself with your summer vacation knowing that the money you save in fuel will make your new car purchase even sweater. Think it through, because vacations can be expensive and you need to play your trips prior to reaching your destination.

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Lao Travel Planning Tips

Planning a trip to Laos? By now you might have done your research, and know a bit about Laos. You might already get excited and dream of the place you’re heading to. But wait! You need to plan your trip a bit before you go.

A careful planning plays an essential role in determining your travel experience (good or not so-good). Here are some tips to keep in mind when planning a trip to Laos.

If you plan to go to other countries in the region before or after Laos (e.g Thailand, Cambodia or Vietnam), at least determine where to go first, next and last plus the entry/exit points in Laos. It’s important to have a clear plan to avoid doubling back that can eat up your time and money.

  • Plan your itinerary carefully. It helps saving hassle, time and money if you plan your routs thoroughly.
  • Decide where and how to get your tourist visa. Tourist visas are now valid for 30 days. Here are two ways to get the Lao visa:
  • Arrange it with the Lao Embassy, either in your neighbor countries if there isn’t one in your own country or in one of Laos’s neighboring countries (Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and China). Allow plenty of time if you chose this option.
  • Get it at Lao border or airport. Tourist visa is issued at most Lao ports of entry. Visa fee ranges from US$20 (China) to US$42 (Canada). Remember to take exact amount of money and 2 passport photos for that.

Please note that not everyone is eligible for Lao visa-on-arrival, you better checkto make sure you aren’t in the list of “not entitle” nationalities.

  • Get your passport ready. Make sure your passport is not expiring within the next six months. You won’t be given a visa to enter Laos if your passport has less than six months validity. It can be worse if you plan to get a Lao visa-on-arrival, and arrive at a Lao border or Airport only to find your passport is invalid.
  • If you consider taking anti-malarial drugs, take it well in advance because you might have awful reactions to anti-malarial. If you take it too close to your travel date, you may still feel awful on your vacation. It’s best to ask your doctor.
  • Sort out your traveler check or credit card(s) for use in Laos. Take some cash as well. Small notes make it easy when you need to buy things on the go like bottled water and snacks.
  • Book/buy your tickets early. Book your ticket as soon as you have a clear plan. You can save good amount of money by purchasing your ticket early. Stay with the same airline during your entire trip to receive round-trip or connecting fare discounts.
  • If you’re on medication ask your doctor for your prescribed medicine. Take enough for the period of your travel. It’s a good practice to keep them in their original packages (in case you have to declare at the airport security checkpoint). Putting them in your carry-on bag to ensure that you have your medicine whenever you need.

 

 

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First Time Cruise Tips

CruiseApply these first time cruise tips for an unforgettable retreat at sea. Keep certain essentials in your carry-on and find out how to choose your cabin. Use these strategies to avoid headaches and ensure a rewarding stress-free vacation.

1. First Time Cruise Tips for Packing

Keep your medications, a first aid kit, and sea sickness meds in your carry on. Take only one credit card with you. Leave the rest at home. Life on-board a cruise ship is very relaxed. So pack with comfort in mind. Your ship will also offer one or two formal nights so include one or two outfits for evening wear.

2. Essential Documents You Must Remember

A passport if you are a U.S. citizen or a certified birth certificate and a government-issued photo ID. Check with your cruise line for necessary visas to different ports of call. Your pre-boarding pass. This must be completed online prior to boarding the ship. A simple first time cruise tip to avoid headaches is to leave copies of your passport, airline tickets, and credit card information with a friend or family member.

3. Choosing Your Cabin Very Wisely

If you suffer from claustrophobia, avoid an interior room as these have no windows and are small. Instead choose one with a picture window, port hole, or balcony to make your cruise ship travel a rewarding one. Do you get seasick easily? Then choose a lower cabin near the center of the ship. Here there is less rocking motion. This first time cruise tip can be the difference between an enjoyable vacation and a disastrous one.

4. Crucial Cruise Travel Tips and Airline Accommodations

Fly in a day earlier if you can to avoid rushing. If you cannot, get to your destination at least four hours before the ship leaves. Arrive at your embarkation area at least two hours before departure. And avoid booking your return flight before 2:00 p.m. to give yourself ample time to catch that plane.

5. Essential Embarkation Tips

DO NOT place your documentation in your checked baggage. You will need it for check in. Your luggage will be transferred to the ship and placed outside your room. This sometimes takes a few hours. Use the time to get to know the ship. Find out where the dining rooms and outdoor cafes are located. A sail and sign card will be issued to you. It is used as your room key, for making purchases, and as identification to get on and off the ship.

6. Essential Debarkation Tips

The night before your cruise ends, custom forms will be left in your room to fill out as well as color-coded tags. Pack your bags on your last night and leave them outside your door. You will be called the next morning according to your color coded luggage tags. Keep your carry-on luggage with you. This includes necessary documentation and your sail and sign card.

Avoid ruining your cruise vacation with these easy to follow first time cruise tips. By choosing your cabin wisely and packing essential items you will enjoy an unforgettable floating holiday. And come back renewed and energized.

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