Monday, August 3, 2009

Vacation Tips

Probably you're planning for a vacation and "scouting" so to speak for information on your chosen destination. You're excited, full of anticipation and wishing that you're there in just a blink of an eye. But wait! Don't be too much on a hurry. Everything would be perfect if you're well prepared and made some thoughts about it. Here I would like to share some tips with you that me and my wife have helped us when we're planning for our vacations or trips. We hope the same for you so please read the following.

Plan ahead. This includes how much your budget is for the entire trip, where you want to go and your itinerary. If you're budget conscious you definitely needs to plan how much you'll spend because this would affect your trip entirely such as your destination, accommodation and itinerary. If you haven't picked yet your destination, make a list of your prospects and then make an inquiry of how much would be the cost of everything including the itinerary, fare and food. This could be done easily by visiting the destination's website or calling them by phone. You may ask them to send you an updated price list by e-mail or fax. After you've calculated the expenses for the entire trip, add some extra amount for emergency purposes. Remember when you're already there in your destination, every action means spending so you have to make sure that you stick to the budget.

Research about your destination. First of all, make a research on the credibility of your prospects including safety since you wanted to enjoy and relax. Your quick access are your friends and relatives that have been there or simply make an online research through the Internet by visiting relevant and credible websites like Trip Advisor. Once you're convinced that the place is worth your visit, don't get too excited immediately. Know all the details how to get to your exact destination especially if you're planning on to take the adventure on your own. Tourist destinations provides maps or directions most of time on their websites so spend time to print those and bring them with you. If you're planning on taking a tour package, you might not need to worry about it if transportation is already included. If your planning an out of the country vacation make sure to remember to grab a copy of the maps provided in the airport once you landed there. In addition for an out-of-the-country vacation, research the local or foreign currency accepted, language spoken and the location of your country's embassy just in case.

Book your flight ahead of the schedule. You could save money by booking your flight as early as possible. You could save as much as 50% for example if you book a month earlier the flight schedule.

Take advantage of tour promos. You can save much money by grabbing low season package tours. Having your vacation during low season is not a bad idea. Personally, low season is the best time to have a vacation because you'll enjoy the advantages of being free from over crowdedness in addition to saving some money.

Compare prices. Again this is to help you save some money. Don't rush. Know the different accommodations available in your chosen destination and inquire how much would be the cost per night of each. Of course, you don't want cheap service so make sure that what you'll be getting is at least of good value for your money.

If traveling by plane, arrive to the airport 1 hour before the scheduled flight. Though you may rebook your flight, that comes with a price. Some accommodations provide free service from airport, you don't want them to keep waiting for sure.

Bring only what's needed. Bring the right amount of clothes depending on how many days your trip is. If you'll be staying in a hotel, usually you don't need to bring your own towel and common toiletries. You may ask your accommodation what their complementary services or items are so you'll know what you could leave behind. Most importantly, don't bring too much money for your own security. Bring extra but not too much. You may ask your accommodation if ATM machines are accessible in the area so you don't have to bring much cash.

Bring medicine and emergency kit. Having a physical ailment should not stop you from enjoying life. If you know that you have an allergy like asthma, make sure to bring with you some medicines to calm down your allergy. If you're high blood or diabetic, always bring the right medicine and take it as you would normally. You can buy a small medicine box to contain all your medicines in one place. Accidents could happen, so always bring some antiseptic, band-aid or bandage, etc.

Hopefully this helped you out or gave you some ideas and so please let me know by posting a comment. Feel free to comment as well if you have additional tips you want to share.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Bohol - The Vacation Spot

Sometimes when you're just too tired or just simply lonely, flashbacks of beautiful places brings back the joy, the lite and relax mood you have once experienced. You may or may not notice that you're already smiling looking afar, day dreaming. Oh! What a happy moment. I think this is what we are, we're made to appreciate beauty in different ways. Personally, I really appreciate beautiful places especially the wonderful nature. I have had opportunity to visit the wonderful Bohol which I would like to share here with you. I hope you'll enjoy them.

This beautiful island is surrounded by breathtaking sceneries. You'll enjoy the travel by just watching the sea right beside the road.
Tarsier is the smallest primate in the world. One of the best reasons to visit Bohol.
Dining at the Loboc River floating restaurant is a must experience. Fantastic food, fresh air, beautiful nature plus live acoustic performances made this experience perfect.
People of Bohol prepared entertaining performances for all tourists. It's fun.
The end of Loboc river trip.
The Man-Made Forest. All the trees are Mahogany stretching two kilometers. You'll enjoy the wonderful shades of green and fresh breeze of air.
The famous Chocolate Hills. Your trip to Bohol won't be complete without visiting this masterpiece of nature.
Dolphins are regular visitors of Bohol sea. It's an unforgettable experience to see these intelligent creatures in real life.
The wonderful Alona Beach of Panglao Island. It's white sand, beautiful water and richness of aquatic creatures attract local and foreign tourists. No wonder a lot of scuba divers visit this site.
Truly, visit to Bohol is a worthwhile experience. Just like me, it's something that you'll enjoy remembering for the rest of your life. Have a safe trip on your visit to Bohol!