Eco-Friendly Transport on Your Vacation

If you’re planning a trip and want to get there in the most Eco-friendly way, there are ways to do that. And once you get to your destination, you can ensure that any traveling you do is Eco-friendly as well. You just need to do a little planning in advance to find the most Eco-friendly travel options.

Eco-Friendly Transportation

1. Getting There

Planes, trains, and automobiles… Of these, planes are the worst, but if you fly on an airline that has taken measures to reduce their carbon footprint by eliminating excess waste and recycling as much as possible, it will be better. Southwest is an airline you might want to consider which has done a lot to reduce their carbon footprint.

When it comes to trains, this really isn’t a bad way to travel and it’s not terrible on the environment. Plus it’s a very scenic way to travel. If you are making a road trip and are driving, then consider renting a hybrid vehicle if you don’t own one.

2. Hotels

Look for hotels that use green programs. Also check the hotel’s location and make sure there is plenty of public transportation nearby that you can use to get to where you need to go. Once in your hotel, notify them that you don’t need new towels every day. Turn lights off when you leave the room and turn the thermostat up or down when you’re not in the room to use less electricity.

3. Travel When You’re There

Even though you checked your hotel to see that it has public transportation, also consider finding other ways to travel. Can you walk to many places instead of needing to be driven there? How about renting a bicycle for the week and traveling by bike instead? Finding alternative ways to get to destinations and then using nature as much as possible will really help you maintain your Eco-friendly transportation while on your vacation.

4. Leave It Cleaner Than When You Got There

While this isn’t about transportation, it’s always just good practice to pick up trash when you see it. It can help balance out your carbon footprint if you had trouble finding the most Eco-friendly ways of transport.

Support local efforts at Eco-friendly by making donations or even volunteering some time while you’re there. Also shop at local farms while you’re there instead of the grocery store. You’ll get to try out local produce. You might need to be careful with what you do if you’re out of the country, though. Check with your hotel to see what local produce shops you can go to; they should be able to point you in the right direction.

Staycations are also a great way to reduce your carbon footprint by exploring things right in your own area and being in nature. Travel definitely takes its toll on the environment, but if you do choose to go away, you can still reduce your carbon footprint when you travel.

Tips on Vehicle and License Details

Having a vehicle offers the advantage of saving much of your time than waiting for the public transportation to pick you each time to go somewhere. But, this also comes with lots to take care such as the hidden costs for that you may not be prepared. Here are some valuable tips to hiring a car or vehicle:

Get basic package

Save money by hiring a car offering basic package. The hiring firms are expensive. You can find online agents of major players, but book directly from the major companies and enjoy the benefits. You need not go for any offers as additional, as it may be expensive.

Carry your child car seats

Child seats are tricky and are also a waste of money. The booster seats also cost more and are overpriced. So, if you are flying on a charter airline, you can take the child sear or else check with low-cost airlines, while booking for the charges, yet it makes sense to carry along.

Buy excess insurance

Renting a car, includes covering insurance for a write-off, and the car hiring firms get you buying CDW insurance. This is actually expensive as they happen to charge much for a week as £150, in comparison to buying independently that costs £33.

Ignore sales talks

Do not buy insurance or get carried by their sales talks of buying CDW insurance. They will try selling undercarriage insurance, tire, and windscreen wheel. Avoid these talks getting into your head. on refusing extra cover, the hiring firm will charge excess on your card by getting it first authorized and this is normal, let them go ahead. Finally, you have to pay for the fuel charges.

Check mileage, fuel policy and other extras

Check the mileage and for the fuel policy, before paying or giving away the details of your credit card. Many firms insist on the policy of full to empty on three or four-day rentals. You may pay for fuel full tank and bring it empty, but in case you are not using as much as required you pay for the fuel you never used. So, consider going for short rentals.

Note all, the video, damage or photograph of the car

While hiring a car, do not miss out on this such as going round the car, looking for damage such as even minor scratch. Check the interiors; spare wheel is undamaged and inflated, check for fuel and record mileage. Get the damages marked on the sheet and the rental hiring desk to sign it. If you do not get it signed, nothing can stop the firm from asking you for damage caused at the end. Once signed, you are free from disputes, take digital pictures or video as extra proof.

Driving license details

The driving license details keep changing and if you do not know it may affect hiring a car. To avoid any sort of confusion, hold your paper license always. Also remember, to hire companies quoting you can carry license as normal and the hiring company may check your passport with the photo card of your driving license.

Save Money on Your Holiday

Going on vacation or holiday is thrilling, but you must be careful from the car hire pitfalls. Here is an essential guide compiled covering the details of hiring a vehicle and how to keep your costs down.

Generally, the long queues complaints are acceptable with car hire companies. The additional insurance for waving the damage to the car when you take it on rent, besides the fuel charges, child seats, additional drivers cost and so on makes the whole hiring process aggressive. Thus, as you are on holiday trip, ensure to know the details of hiring policies and stick to it. You can compare sites before leaving from your home and get the best buy.

Having done with the hiring of car renting, do take pictures and make a note of any damage, be it flat tire or a patch work done on the seat. Make a note of everything in detail and get it duly signed from them, so that you are saved from them making a dent to your wallet and card.

Again, parking space is in most title schemes at a premium, so additional parking charges are to be paid in each place. Besides, you have to start early or else most of the time is spent on looking for appropriate parking spaces and the charges are high.

Escaping parking fines is impossible and it is not cheap. The parking offenses committed are mostly by members abroad and on receiving a letter, they disregard it. But, you cannot escape it, even if you try to run away, on your return visit, you will be trapped and have to pay the fine and also more.

Remember, parking fines are regarded as civil offense and one thing is certain that it is sure to cost you. Firstly, never delay as this time-lapse makes you pay more. Parking is an issue and nowadays finding a suitable parking place is difficult to impossible.

Few ideas about parking

Adding more capacity such that it is done by adding more lanes or safety zones. They can also remove widening tunnels and bridge supports.

Improvements on traffic management such as reduction on parking restrictions, introducing greater competition for road space or limited city increasing non-monetary and monetary parking costs.

Park facilities allowing parking of vehicles to be done at a distance and also allowing continuation by ride sharing or public transport. Of course, now the park-and-ride car parks are at freeway entrances in suburban areas, metro stations and at the smaller cities edge.

Method of calming traffic and making people aware of the concept of shared space is mandatory. Reducing the road capacity by diverting them to other modes of travel will ensure more parking space availability.

Being strict by charging money for specific areas at particular times may restrict the congestion levels and the road users may also change their traveling times allowing free parking spaces.

Holiday trips, hiring vehicles on rent and finding the parking spaces are worth considering and having awareness regarding these ensures smooth transition.

Travel Family Summer

As soon as the temperature rises, school’s done for the year and about any cold beverage or dessert is being craved, you’ll know it is time to dust off your straw hat, swimming gears and of course try fitting in those swimwear. Yes, it’s summer! The one season we will be enjoying the 2 month vacation from school as well as look for that family destination to savor the sun, the sand and the sea.

But, before we all get excited, let me give you tips on the travel essentials to bring for your chosen (if not favorite) summer getaway. Grab your pen and paper and take down this list.

Traveling with Family Must-Haves:

Travel Documents. If you plan to travel here in the Philippines, make sure you bring your valid IDs for documentation of possible verification. If you will be traveling outside the country, then passports, visa must come in handy.

Funds. Importantly, you must bring cash and/or your credit cards for all the payments. However, you must be cautious enough not to bring too much cash at hand as we know robbers may be eyeing on you. So basically, practice being safe at all times specially when withdrawing at ATMs. Better yet, keep a note in your mobile phone or a little notebook where you write down your budget and possible expenses so you would be able to track down in/outs of your money and keep the whole vacation on budget.

Medicines, medical tools and first aid kit. If you or any of your family member have an existing medical condition, make sure to always bring enough and a little extra of the maintenance medicines. You may not be able to find an immediate pharmacy on the place you will going and you may need prescription as well, so keep that with the medicine kit. You can place this in a pouch or a small bag that you can bring with you at all times while traveling. This goes with your first aid kit. At least, make sure that the first aid kit contains medicines for common illness like headache, stomach pain, loose bowel movement, anti-allergy as well as band aids, betadine iodine, alcohol, cotton swabs and a nail cutter. You will need to bring also blood pressure monitor and blood sugar monitor in case you have diabetic loved ones.

When traveling with kids or babies, this will be a different story. You will pack another set of essentials just for them. Clothes, diapers, wipes, feeding bottles, sterilizer, just no name a few. So keep that in the list too!

When you will be commuting for the travel, make sure you have all commute stops planned. If you will need to be traveling by plane, you must be making the booking ahead of time. While, when you travel by land, make sure you will know the bus stops, etc. And when you will be driving, Google maps and GPS will be your best friend. Plan and make your research ahead of time. And when you are driving, make sure that your motor vehicle is at its best condition with enough fuel, air and water.

Accommodation at destination. Make sure you have booked ahead for resorts and hotels as they might not entertain you via walk in. Sometimes, you can save time and money by booking or making your reservations online.

Clothes, swim wears. Make sure you bring enough appropriate clothes. To save some space in your bags though, consider bringing lightweight clothes and learn how to pack smartly.

Gadgets, camera. What would capture your memorable summer but bringing in your mobile phones for your selfies! Bring in your digital cameras or action cameras too! Keep your gadgets in waterproof pouches in case you want to bring them while swimming.

Padlocks. For security reasons, make sure your bags have padlocks. Make sure you attend to you belongings as just about any establishment have no responsibility on your belongings in case of loss.

Snacks, water. Due to the hot season, we tend to be dehydrated. So make sure to pack some snacks and water while traveling to fill up that energy.

Toiletries, cosmetics. These are important too. Make sure you have napkins, tissue paper, wipes. Your toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, body wash, shampoo, conditioner. Sunblock and sunburn recovery lotion. You may want to have travel kits where you can keep these essentials so you won’t need to bring the big bottles of shampoo. Just take a portion and place in these travel kit containers and you can refill those on your next travel destination.

This is my list when we go traveling. I will be making a series to this to include some more tips on my next blog. You may need more than this essentials, make sure to customize and tailor this list to your own needs and situation. Meanwhile, enjoy you summer destination and make memories!

Starting Your Travel Journal

Writing a travel journal can be a fun experience. You will be jotting down everything from your travels around the world and creating a memorabilia of sorts. After a few years, the journal will be like a fountain of nostalgia for you. So, if you have been planning to begin a travel journal for quite some time now, here are a few tips that will help you get started.

Choose a Medium for Your Journal Entries

Most people love the idea of writing their travel stories in a leather bound notebook. However, if you want the world to read about your adventures, you can even start a blog and start putting in your entries. It could be anything from a small paragraph about the places you are visiting or your experiences. And if you have the time, you can even write complete How-to blogs to help other people plan their journeys.

Start Traveling ASAP

In order to be able to maintain a travel journal, you will first have to start traveling. Pick up a destination and go there. If you have a busy life, dedicate a certain period of the year to your travels. If you don’t have money, you can save up and plan a trip on a budget. For instance, you can easily book cheap flights well in advance so that you save both money and time.

Earn Experiences

There’s a reason why most people these days want to be travelers and not tourists. It’s because tourists go around a place, sightseeing the important monuments or historical landmarks. On the other hand, travelers explore the local culture and lifestyle of the people living there. So, while you are traveling, remember to not just see the important places but to also get a glimpse into the life and culture of the local people. This will instantly add a lot of value to your travel journal.

Eat a Variety of Delicious Dishes

One of the best things about traveling is that you will be able to try a variety of local dishes, that might not be available in your hometown. Try out local eateries and small places that make and sell authentic dishes. Before starting your journey, you can even do a little research about your destination to know about the best restaurants there.

Maintaining a travel journal is one of the most beautiful ways of documenting your life. Years later, when you will look back at your diary or blog, you will be hit with an instant burst of nostalgia. And then, you will be thankful for beginning your travel expeditions.

The Travel Blog Phenomenon

Today, just about everyone has a blog. A blog, for those of you who don’t know, is a web-based log (sometimes called a weblog) where entries are made, like a journal, on a regular basis. To cut to the chase, a blog is an online, public diary. People create blogs to chronicle their life, relationships, adventures, work, etc. and, in most cases, allow readers to leave comments on their blog entries. Many top business professionals also keep blogs to communicate their research and stir debate on hot issues. For consumers, blogs are a good source for first-hand experiences and opinions, and can provide insight on various products and services that can’t be found anywhere else. So in the end, blogs allow people to express their un-sponsored” thoughts on anything they want to talk about, and web surfers to read first-hand experiences and personal opinions on products, services, and even travel destinations.

That’s exactly why travel blogs are becoming very popular in the online travel sector. A travel blog can provide you with details and personal experiences and stories that your typical travel guide book just can’t offer. And for avid travelers, a travel blog allows them to share their adventures with everyone on the World Wide Web. They use their blog as a soap box, proclaiming to the virtual world their likes and dislikes about foreign cities, countries, and towns. The information you find on someone’s travel blog can often help you decide where to go, what sights to see, and what to expect when you arrive at your destination.

Travel Blog vs. Conventional Travel Guide

In many cases, a travel blog blows conventional travel guides out of the water. Even though printed travel guides are written by professional travel writers, a travel blog can often express more emotion and detail regarding a specific travel destination. Travel blogs can also be updated instantaneously, reflecting the latest news and events that might affect travelers interested in journeying to that destination. Conventional travel guides, however, can go years without being updated, making them less accurate than a travel blog. And since anyone can start their own online travel blog, there will always be new and insightful first-hand travel information, experiences, and advice available.

However, conventional travel guides do have an edge over travel blogs they’re portable. All you need to do is slip your travel guide book in your suitcase or back pocket (some publishers actually have pocket-sized travel guides) and you have a reference for your travels every step of your journey. Since travel blogs are web-based, you’d need a laptop or some sort of portable device to reference a travel blog when you’re in-country. Sure you can print out parts of a specific travel blog, but most of the time it’s just easier to have an all-inclusive guide book handy when you travel.

So what’s the solution? Use both! Search the web for as many destination-relevant travel blogs and purchase a travel guide book. Use both resources to learn about your travel destination and discover personal experiences other travelers have had when they visited the country/city.

Travel Blogs Use Them

Travel blogs have revolutionized the way we plan our vacations, business trips, honeymoons, etc. A travel blog can provide you with detailed travel stories, first-person experiences, and advice on what to do and what to avoid. If you’re planning a trip and want to verify that your travel destination will provide you with the experiences you’re hoping it will, search the web for travel blogs and get a second opinion

Travel Blog

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