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Learning a new language is a tough challenge while traveling, and it can easily get so overwhelming that you finally just give up. I don’t have a quick fix to learn a foreign language, there are no magic pills. I have traveled on business to many countries and being able to communicate, even at a […]

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Learning a new language is a tough challenge while traveling, and it can easily get so overwhelming that you finally just give up. I don’t have a quick fix to learn a foreign language, there are no magic pills. I have traveled on business to many countries and being able to communicate, even at a simple level, is not only critical for your business, it’s polite.  I have had the opportunity to study many languages, and have found out what works and what doesn’t work for me and which way is the best to learn a foreign language.

To learn a foreign language fast you need 3 things:

Interest, Courage and a situation that forces you to learn.

If you’re not interested in learning you’ll never learn no matter how much someone tries to push it down your throat. But most importantly, you have to have some guts. I honestly believe that most of the people are simply too shy and too afraid of making a mistake, that they don’t even bother trying. Add a No Option Situation, and you’ll be guaranteed to learn fast!

I’ve used translation services when traveling to Central and South America both for business and personal needs while in country, and also prior.  A fellow business acquaintance has had great success using a company to translate and proofread for cultural and grammatical correctness, but nothing compares to learning Spanish and some of the culture yourself.

The No Option Way

We are phenomenal at finding ways to avoid complicated things, and it’s not until there is no other option, not until you’re actually forced to learn – that you will really get it. That’s why you need to create this situation for yourself. The absolute best situation to put yourself in is in the country where they speak the language you want to learn, in a place where everyone will speak to you in that language and most people barely understand English at all.

Germany, China, France, Italy are good examples of this.

Surround yourself with the language, completely immerse yourself in it – if everything you see and hear is in that language you will learn faster – simply because you have no other choice.

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My 3 Best Ways To Learn A Language:

Find a practice buddy

Is there someone you know who also wants to learn the language? Do it together, and practice with each other. Do the same language course, go out together and help each other. Be aware though, if you are close friends, it is very easy to give up and just start speaking your native language.

Go Out And Meet Local People

You don’t have to be fluent in a language before you can talk to someone. Practice a few phrases, even write them down on a piece of paper, go down to town and practice them with people in the shop or on the streets. Ask them relevant things like “how much is this?”, “How do I get to”, “What’s the time?” etc. If you already know the answer that’s great, it’s a way to learn how to say it. Nightclubs and pubs can also be a place to practice your language. There, people are already open and happy, and you can make a fun thing about it. Try to say a few things in their language, and then mix with your own etc. Often people find it a lot of fun teaching someone words and sentences. Perhaps they will teach you a few words you normally wouldn’t learn in language teaching books (come on, you know what I’m talking about!) ;)

Don’t be scared to mix English and the local language. If there is one word in the sentence that you have no idea how to say, then say everything else in the sentence and simply say that word in English. Chances are that they know that word in English, and can inform you of the real word, or just simply reply to your question. Nobody thinks it’s strange, they understand.

Hang out with a English speaking local

If you don’t want to force yourself totally yet and ONLY hang out with people who can’t speak English at all, then try something in between until you feel more confident. Hang out with someone who speaks both english and the language you want to learn, and meet their friends. Watch and learn, body language goes a long way in communication. When you don’t understand you have your friend who can explain to you.

Well there are a few tips to get you started on the road to language learning. There are many language courses and books to learn foreign language fast out there, but the truth is that if you really want to learn a language, learn from the people who speak it and interact with them in real life on a daily basis.

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Benefits of United Travel Credit Card to Enjoy Freer Lifestyle http://www.aswetravel.com/benefits-of-united-travel-credit-card-to-enjoy-freer-lifestyle/ http://www.aswetravel.com/benefits-of-united-travel-credit-card-to-enjoy-freer-lifestyle/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:30:08 +0000 http://www.aswetravel.com/?p=48912 jQuery(document).ready(function(){ var options = { sites : new Array("facebook","twitter","gplus","linkedin","stumpleupon"), plugin_url : "http://www.aswetravel.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-social/" }; load_all_in_one_social_banner(options); });

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Finding the time and extra money to travel when you want can be a real challenge nowadays, especially for busy mothers. However, it’s important for your mental health and well-being to get away every once in a while. Calculating your miles using online tools can help you enjoy more freedom if you use it strategically. […]

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Finding the time and extra money to travel when you want can be a real challenge nowadays, especially for busy mothers. However, it’s important for your mental health and well-being to get away every once in a while. Calculating your miles using online tools can help you enjoy more freedom if you use it strategically. There are benefits to a United Travel Credit Card so you can enjoy a freer lifestyle. Checkout our Round The World Travel Guide which includes over 100 pages full of lessons and tips we learned while traveling around the world on our first RTW trip.

The Benefits of Travel Credit Card

If you are busy with responsibilities such as work, raising kids and maintaining a household, it can be difficult to take vacations. Saving money these days is not easy; bills and everyday expenses have a way of eating up most of your income and savings. However, with a Travel Credit Card selected after searching through a comparison tool such as the one by MileCards.com, you can save up travel miles and use them for flights, hotels and other travel-related expenses.

The great thing about a card such as a United Travel Credit Card is that you use it on products and services you would normally purchase anyway. That way, as you accumulate miles on the card, it’s like free money that you can use for those excursions you’ve been dreaming of.

The specific benefits you earn with a Travel Credit Card will depend on the card you get. However, many cards not only allow you to earn travel miles but also other perks such as nights at popular hotels, memberships in airline travel clubs and the right to check bags for free. The latter is an especially good benefit as airlines are charging more and more for baggage fees.

Travel Credit Card

Budget Travel Tips to Keep in Mind

There are quite a few ways to create a freer lifestyle where you can travel more frequently. Having more money at your disposal certainly helps, but it’s also a matter of managing your time. Time is a resource that’s often quite scarce in the life of the typical mother. Planning can go a long way in helping you make the most of your time.

While it can be fun and romantic to decide to take a last-minute weekend trip to Paris or the Bahamas, for most people in the real world, it’s easier if you plan ahead. Planning also allows you to seize the best travel deals. If you can plan a trip or two off season, that’s even better for saving money. Combining this with using travel miles you’ve saved up on your credit card can really make a difference and help you enjoy economical trips.

Sometimes choosing an all-inclusive vacation can help you to save money. These include resorts and cruises. Aside from being cost effective, such trips can be fun because once you pay for it, you don’t have to worry about adding up all the separate expenses. On the other hand, if you have enough miles saved on your travel card, it might be more economical to use your travel points on hotels. If you have enough points to take care of both airfare and hotel, most of your trip is paid for!
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Choosing the Right Travel Destination

When planning trips, you have to consider your interests and preferences as well as your budget. Do you prefer a vacation that’s relaxing or one that’s full of activities? Do you like beaches, snow or bustling European capitals? Of course, you might like all of these at different times. You should, however, consider what you want to get out of your journey so that you can select the destination and type of trip that’s most suitable. You can feel great about spending money where it counts the most, letting you enjoy your vacation to the fullest.

In some cases, you don’t have to go far or for a long time to feel rejuvenated. For example, getting away for a weekend at a place that’s a short flight away can be reasonable and easy to plan. It can be just as refreshing, if not more so, than a longer and more elaborate trip. There are other considerations as well when choosing a travel destination. If you’re traveling with kids, you naturally want to choose a hotel or resort that’s child friendly. Weather conditions during the time of year when you’re traveling also must be planned for.

Make Travel a Part of Your Life

If you want to arrange your life so that you have more freedom to travel, you may have to make a few adjustments. You may simply have to decide to make this a priority and make sure you plan a few trips each year. Getting a good Travel Credit Card such as a United Travel Credit Card can certainly help when it comes to paying for the trip. The main thing to keep in mind is that you can travel more frequently if you really want to. The first step is making the decision to find ways to make this a reality.

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What is Backpacking? And who is Someone called a ‘Backpacker’? http://www.aswetravel.com/what-is-backpacking/ http://www.aswetravel.com/what-is-backpacking/#comments Sat, 17 May 2014 21:00:15 +0000 http://www.aswetravel.com/?p=1406 jQuery(document).ready(function(){ var options = { sites : new Array("facebook","twitter","gplus","linkedin","stumpleupon"), plugin_url : "http://www.aswetravel.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-social/" }; load_all_in_one_social_banner(options); });

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What Is Backpacking? In short, backpacking can be described as an independent, often international, low- budget way of travelling. Someone who  is called a ‘Backpacker’. Backpackers generally travel for a longer period of time than most other tourists, and they tend to travel in several different countries during their time away. The number of countries […]

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What Is Backpacking?

In short, backpacking can be described as an independent, often international, low- budget way of travelling.

Someone who backpacks is called a ‘Backpacker’.

Backpackers generally travel for a longer period of time than most other tourists, and they tend to travel in several different countries during their time away.

The number of countries differs and a backpacker can be on the road all from a few weeks to several years.

However, that is again the short way of describing it.

Backpacking is a very loose definition – there are backpackers who go tramping in the forests sleeping in tents and on the beach, and hitch-hike their way around the world, and there are those who backpack with roller-bag suitcases, sleep in hotels and buy their own car to get around a country.

These are two completely different types of traveling, but they both like to call themselves backpackers.

You can however separate these into 3 different backpacking genres if you like:

  • Backpacking RTW Travel
  • Ultralight Backpacking
  • Flashpacking

The two later ones are newer styles in ways of backpacking.

Ultralight Backpacking

What is Backpacking

What is Backpacking

Ultralight backpacking is becoming more and more popular.

Today the industry puts a lot of focus on making things ultra light. The backpacks are light like feathers, and the sleeping bags can be squashed down to the size of your palm.

This is definitely something for anyone to look into, as it could really help you ease some weight from your backpack.

These Ultralight backpackers go all the way, counting every ounce, cutting their toothbrushes in half to ease weight.

Although if this is your first time on the road, you will never understand WHY people would ever want to travel like this – but trust me after more than 6months travel, with your back hurting – you will start to consider this style of backpacking more and more.

You find more and more Ultralight backpacker using smaller packs (under 50L) and buying lightweight clothes, quick drying travel towel etc.

Here are two article for more information regarding travel towels:

Best Travel and Microfiber Travel Towel YOU Must Have

Travel Towel Reviews – Best Travel Towel – Which To Buy?

I think in the future a balance between this style and Backpacking RTW Travel will become more and more normal.

Flashpacking

Flashpacking is a new type of backpacking. It is generally where you travel more expensively and with higher living standards.

Many people like to explain the definition of a flashpacker as someone who travels with a lot of tech gear like iPods and laptops and such, but I think that has become so common these days that nearly everyone carry an mp3 player with them, and laptops are hardly something expensive anymore – so the view of a Flashpacker now is more of someone who has all the latest stuff, doesn’t save up for a trip, spends his money on drinking, partying and staying in nicer places.

Another way to define the flashpackers would be to say – ‘THEY BACKPACK IN STYLE’. They prefer to go to the main guidebook destinations, do the main attractions, see what everyone else tells them to see – and they view backpacking more as an extending party than anything else.

The Changes Of Backpacking…

Backpacking has changed considerably the last decade. It has always been around, but today it’s easier than ever before.

The flight tickets are cheaper, in many places it’s safer, the communication is better etc.

Plus, you don’t have to take care of the boring part of traveling like plane tickets anymore, there are hundreds of organisations over the world that help you with that stuff.

Some people actually buy all their tickets to each country (including the one back home) before they’ve even left, through one of these companies.

All you do is to go into their office, tell them where you want to go, how long you’d like to stay in each place, and they’ll book all the flights you need for a trip round the whole world if that’s what you want.

Although, they obviously don’t work for free, and certainy won’t spend extra time looking for the cheapest flights.

There are also heaps of tours you can make. How about biking through Africa or New Zealand on a bicycle?

These days everything is more easily accessible, so that is also why you start to see more and more people leaving their home towns and exploring the world – which is such a wonderful thing, whatever way you do it.

The Original – Backpacking RTW Travel

This is the type of backpacking that you will find the most information about on our website. Backpacking in this term means traveling on a budget, usually for longer distances, seeing many different countries and for a longer time than normal holiday travelers.

These backpackers can be quite diverse, exploring different cultures and travel both in cities as well as on the country side.

Some of them might make a short hike for a few days or do some volunteer work, and then continue their travels – they view backpacking and travel more for seeing amazing new cultures and as a personal growth than as a party, or simply a short get away from the real world – they see the whole world as their home, and don’t really feel a need to get back to the ‘real-world’ anytime soon – travel is their life.

For you who weren’t quite sure what the term backpacking means, I hope this made it more clear for you and that you are now interested in also going out there no matter what type of backpacker you are and start exploring the world. It’s a real fun way to travel and it’s not just young people who do it – backpacking is for everyone!

If you’re already planning a backpacking RTW trip, stay tuned for our next 3 part series about how to choose the right backpack for your trip.

Best Backpacks HERE

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Travel Cheat Sheet for Europe http://www.aswetravel.com/travel-cheat-sheet-for-europe/ http://www.aswetravel.com/travel-cheat-sheet-for-europe/#comments Fri, 17 Jan 2014 16:50:16 +0000 http://www.aswetravel.com/?p=46542 jQuery(document).ready(function(){ var options = { sites : new Array("facebook","twitter","gplus","linkedin","stumpleupon"), plugin_url : "http://www.aswetravel.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-social/" }; load_all_in_one_social_banner(options); });

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Europe is a great place to travel to and you will find this Travel Cheat Sheet for Europe very helpful. Covering amazing cities such in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, London or Prague, this guide will inspire your travel ‘must-do’ list.  The architecture, the culture and the food are only a few things that makes it worthwhile exploring. […]

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Europe is a great place to travel to and you will find this Travel Cheat Sheet for Europe very helpful. Covering amazing cities such in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, London or Prague, this guide will inspire your travel ‘must-do’ list. 

The architecture, the culture and the food are only a few things that makes it worthwhile exploring. But where can you find the real city vibes away from the usual sightseeing tour? Momondo launched this great ‘Travel Cheat Sheet’ that will share local knowledge accumulated from locals and travel experts in Europe. The guide shows you where the trendiest neighborhoods are, best night-life spots to go and even teaches you some local phrases so you can blend in with the local crowd. 

Travel Cheat Sheet for Europe

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Leaving it late: Benefits of Booking Last-Minute Holidays http://www.aswetravel.com/benefits-booking-last-minute-holidays/ http://www.aswetravel.com/benefits-booking-last-minute-holidays/#comments Fri, 10 Jan 2014 12:20:30 +0000 http://www.aswetravel.com/?p=46515 jQuery(document).ready(function(){ var options = { sites : new Array("facebook","twitter","gplus","linkedin","stumpleupon"), plugin_url : "http://www.aswetravel.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-social/" }; load_all_in_one_social_banner(options); });

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With so much to think about when booking a holiday – flights, accommodation, car hire, passports, currency and so on – it often seems like a sensible idea (booking last-minute holidays), to get everything sorted out well in advance of the date when you’re planning to travel. While there is no doubt that being prepared has […]

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booking last-minute holidays

With so much to think about when booking a holiday – flights, accommodation, car hire, passports, currency and so on – it often seems like a sensible idea (booking last-minute holidays), to get everything sorted out well in advance of the date when you’re planning to travel.

While there is no doubt that being prepared has its advantages over taking a late deal, in terms of reduced stress, getting exactly what you want and eliminating the potential for things to be forgotten, prudence can also have its downsides too.

Of course, there are certain things that should never be left to the last minute, such as renewing your passport and securing visas for countries outside the European Union, but administration aside there are some big advantages to leaving it late:

Benefits of Booking Last-Minute Holidays

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Money saving

One of the main benefits of booking a last-minute holidays is that you can take advantage of reduced prices. Hotels and travel agents would rather see rooms full than empty, even if that means losing some of their profit margin, so you’ll find the cost of a trip tumbles the closer to crunch time it gets.

Many travel agents have parts of their website dedicated to highlighting the last-minute prices that are on offer, so make sure you check these out to get the best offer possible.

Excitement

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If you book a last-minute holidays four months in advance it can be pretty agonizing facing hundreds of hours at work before you can pack up and leave the office behind. By the time your trip finally comes around, some of the excitement may have petered out as a result.

However, when you make a last-minute decision based on what is available, it’s a real thrill looking down the list of exciting countries on a late deals page and picking one on a whim. When you jet-off to somewhere you haven’t had time to read all about, it makes those first few days in your destination all the more exhilarating. You’re also less likely to have had time to draw up a set itinerary and can be a lot more spontaneous during your vacation and on the road.

Timing

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Another pro of choosing your destination at the last second is the opportunity to tailor your choice to conditions at the time. When you book in advance, you can only cross your fingers and hope, for instance, that the weather is going to be good when it comes around to your time to travel. However, if you’re booking a few weeks in advance, you can simply go online and view a 14-day forecast for your shortlist of locations.

The same goes for other factors that might impact on the success of your holiday, such as strike action by workers, government issues, natural disasters and holiday firms going bust.

Focus

When you’ve got months to play with, it can be tempting to spend hours and hours researching your trip. This can lead you to obsessing about the smallest elements of your holiday that aren’t actually that important.

In booking last-minute holidays deal, the focus is firmly on the destination – something that’s really a lot more meaningful than whether your hotel had a few bad TripAdvisor reviews from 2011.

So, if you haven’t yet had a holiday this year, what are you waiting for? Book your last-minute holidays break today!

 

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Making Your School Sports Tour an Unforgettable One http://www.aswetravel.com/making-school-sports-tour-unforgettable-one/ http://www.aswetravel.com/making-school-sports-tour-unforgettable-one/#comments Thu, 09 Jan 2014 16:37:15 +0000 http://www.aswetravel.com/?p=46504 jQuery(document).ready(function(){ var options = { sites : new Array("facebook","twitter","gplus","linkedin","stumpleupon"), plugin_url : "http://www.aswetravel.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-social/" }; load_all_in_one_social_banner(options); });

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School sports tours can be really exciting for teams. However, without the right preparation and organisation, you can find yourself in a spot of misery or discomfort. It’s important to get your packing right – it can hugely influence how much you enjoy yourself on your trip. Making Your School Sports Tour an Unforgettable One […]

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School sports tours can be really exciting for teams. However, without the right preparation and organisation, you can find yourself in a spot of misery or discomfort. It’s important to get your packing right – it can hugely influence how much you enjoy yourself on your trip.

Making Your School Sports Tour an Unforgettable One

Itinerary

Your parents will want to know where you’ll be and what you’ll be up to. It’s a good idea to request an itinerary for School Sports Tour from your teachers. There may be certain activities on the list that you’ll need to bring kit for. It also gives you a good impression of what you’ll be getting up to and where you can be found on each day that you’re away. In addition, for extra information, visit Burleigh Travel’s page on school rugby tours – they have a range of great insightful points on this.

Emergency Details

Of course, your tour is likely to go off without a hitch, but just in case it doesn’t, you need a list of emergency numbers to call. Also, if you’re going overseas, you should make photocopies of all your important documents, such as your passport. It’s possible to lose really important documents, and when you’re in another country, this can have a devastating impact on your trip, if you haven’t got back-ups.

Entertainment

One of the less pleasant aspects of touring is all that travelling. Keep yourself occupied by bringing travel games, hand-held consoles, MP3s (you can even upload audio books onto here), and anything else you can get away with! Be careful though not to take anything that will make you feel travel sick. Seeing as you’re with your friends, it might be nice to take things that you can share, such as a portable DVD player.

Do Your Research

Always plan ahead for the weather. You can’t perfectly predict what each day will bring, but make sure you have the right clothes to match the probable weather conditions. When in doubt, take layers so you can add or take away clothes when needed.

The Essentials

It’s worth writing out a list of everything you need to pack for you journey, so you don’t forget anything important. Your inventory should include travel-sized toiletries, medication, a reusable water bottle, cash, and your sports kit. It’s also important to take waterproofs and a towel. If you know you’ll be hitting the beach on your journey, remember to take swimwear.

Oh, and bring plenty of healthy snacks! Although it may be tempting to buy a massive bag of sweets, you’ll get a massive sugar crash, which will make you feel terrible. It’s best to keep things delicious but healthy, when you get the munchies!

Charged Up

Before you leave on your School Sports Tour, make sure that all of your electronic devices are fully charged. You don’t know when you’ll next get an opportunity to put juice on your phone or music player. And it’s best to keep your phone charged up, just in case your parents want to get in touch with you.

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Tips Before You Leave to Go Abroad on Your Adventure http://www.aswetravel.com/tips-leave-go-abroad/ http://www.aswetravel.com/tips-leave-go-abroad/#comments Thu, 26 Dec 2013 15:13:12 +0000 http://www.aswetravel.com/?p=46428 jQuery(document).ready(function(){ var options = { sites : new Array("facebook","twitter","gplus","linkedin","stumpleupon"), plugin_url : "http://www.aswetravel.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-social/" }; load_all_in_one_social_banner(options); });

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Traveling to foreign lands is an adventure. It’s a wonderful way to broaden life experience, and sample a taste of what it’s like to live in distant places. It can also be a major strategic undertaking that’s rife with risks and pitfalls. In order to avoid these, keep these tips before you leave to go […]

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Traveling to foreign lands is an adventure. It’s a wonderful way to broaden life experience, and sample a taste of what it’s like to live in distant places. It can also be a major strategic undertaking that’s rife with risks and pitfalls. In order to avoid these, keep these tips before you leave to go abroad in mind, like a mini Romantic Holiday in Cornwall

Tips Before you leave to go abroad

Nothing is worse than getting sick in the midst of travel, and it’s a particularly trying experience when you’re visiting a foreign country. Visit your doctor for a thorough checkup, making certain that you’re up to date on vaccinations. Also, contact your health insurance provider to ensure that you’ll be covered wherever you travel. If not, now may be a good time to purchase supplemental insurance that will cover you everywhere in the world.

Your passport can ease a multitude of travel headaches, but losing it or having it stolen can become a travel nightmare. Among these tips before you leave to go abroad, this may be one of the most important: make copies of your passport. Leave a copy at home with a friend or relative. Take the other one with you, storing it separately from your passport to use in case something happens to the original.

Passport For Travel Go Abroad

Passport For Travel Go Abroad

Interested to come to the US? Getting a visa is not easy, especially if you are based in some parts of Europe, as there are good options to get a ‘ESTA‘ online

While you’re traveling to a foreign country to be able to explore it, it’s advisable to get informed before you leave. Take the time to learn about the local culture and the political climate. Social or political unrest can easily affect your travel plans, and you definitely want to know about these things before you arrive so you’ll be better able to cope. Additionally, learn about particular crimes that tourists fall prey to in the region you’re visiting. If you’re armed against pickpockets and tourism scams, you’ll be much better able to enjoy your trip.

Other important tips before you leave to go abroad include contacting the State Department. If you’re a U.S. citizen traveling to foreign lands, you’ll want to take part in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. You can easily file your travel plans online, helping the government to locate you and provide assistance should it ever be required. The program also enables the government to contact you in the event of an emergency stateside.

Foreign travel is an exciting adventure, and with these tips before you go abroad it’s possible to avoid many of the common problems encountered by tourists who are far from home.

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Planning a holiday or to go travel can be hard to do if you do not have a very large budget to spare. If you have a large family then planning something that you can reasonably afford that everyone will enjoy can be a tall order. Family Budgeting for Travel does not have to be stressful. […]

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Planning a holiday or to go travel can be hard to do if you do not have a very large budget to spare. If you have a large family then planning something that you can reasonably afford that everyone will enjoy can be a tall order. Family Budgeting for Travel does not have to be stressful.

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Here are some tips that you could try and use to find a cheap but enjoyable holiday for all the family.

Go last minute

While doing things last minute may not be the ideal way to do things in and amongst the hustle and bustle of family life, it can sometimes help you save quite a bit of money that you could put towards spending on activities while you are there. The chances are that if you have kids, you will want to take your holiday when school is not in session, so you may have already booked the time of work in advance to be with them. As you will have a set date in mind, know to start looking (and maybe packing) a few weeks in advance so you are not so rushed.

Get inspiration from other families

Take inspiration from other families that you know about how they save money on the costs of holidays. Looking on family lifestyle blogs can be a great way to get ideas that you haven’t thought of. Some, like Family Budgeting may know of some places that you could go to get a good holiday, or good places that you can go for activities and things to do.

Be flexible on the days

If you are planning on going aboard for your family holiday, then e flexible on the day that you fly out and return home, as the day that you choose might change the cost of the flight.

Put some thought into your accommodation

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Choosing your accommodation is a big part of a budget family holiday. But it is worth considering that choosing accommodation is a key factor in making your holiday a pleasant experience but also affordable. UK Holiday companies such as Park Resorts are the ideal alternative accommodation that provides a full family package as well as great accommodation that are affordable for the average family. These resorts are targeted at families in every sense and provide the perfect accommodation for your vacation.

Other options like staying in hostels can also help you to save some money if you are willing to try it.

Try and splint the cost

Why not see if some of your other family members or other friends fancy coming on the holiday with you so that you can split the  costs of accommodation and any food that you buy to keep in wherever you are staying for when you are not eating out.

Remember that many of us go on holidays to relax and recharge our batteries and worrying about the amount of money that you spend while you are there could make it harder to do that. Weigh up the pros and cons of how desperately you need a holiday ‘this year’ and see if you think that you would rather spend a couple of years saving up for a bigger and better holiday in a few years time when you have more finances to spend on it.   Family Budgeting for Travel

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Keeping your Home Safe While You’re Abroad If you’re leaving your home empty while you travel, you’re running the risk of something happening to it. Whether it’s a burglary or a burst pipe, the best way to ruin an amazing journey is to come home to devastation in your home. However there are ways that […]

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Keeping your Home Safe While You’re Abroad

If you’re leaving your home empty while you travel, you’re running the risk of something happening to it. Whether it’s a burglary or a burst pipe, the best way to ruin an amazing journey is to come home to devastation in your home. However there are ways that you can reduce the risk of calamity striking while you’re away and keeping your home safe while you’re abroad.

Ask a Person You Trust to Help

The best way you can reduce of burglary is to get someone to check up on your house regularly and to keep it in good shape. If you can find someone you trust, perhaps your mum or a good friend, to come by your house every day, or every couple of days to bring the mail in, water any plants, and generally look after it. Better still, get them to move in! A burglar will watch your house for a few days before they decide to break in, so making sure that your home doesn’t look empty is crucial.

Make sure you leave contact details in the case of an emergency, as well as details on where the fuse box is or how to shut off the mains water pipe too.

Careless Talk Costs Lives

It’s unlikely that you telling your friend that you’re off on holiday for a while will result in anyone getting hurt, but being careless with who you tell could cost you precious belongings.

You might not think twice about sharing the fact that you’re leaving the country on social media, but in reality, you don’t know half the people on your Facebook as well as you should. They could be tempted into breaking into your home, because they know you’re not there.

Tell the Right People

If you’re leaving for a long time, it may pay to tell the right people. If you have a neighborhood watch operating in your area, tell them, and they’ll keep a closer eye on your property. However, make sure that you also tell them about the person who is checking up on your home!

There are security alarms available that will contact the police if the alarm is left for a certain period of time. This is perfect for when you’re away, as a security alarm will also act as a deterrent to any burglars scoping out your home.

Remove Valuables

Removing valuables from your home will make it less likely that anyone will break in. It is often advised to remove any valuables from plain site from the windows, so thieves won’t look in, see valuable items and break in and take it. If you have a lot of valuables, or no where to put them out of site, then storing them may be your best option.

Turn it Off

Unplug everything, from your television to your toaster. This will save energy, money, and will reduce the risk of your appliances burning out or being damaged in power surges.

So whether you’re just going away for a short while or for a whole year, make sure that your home is safe and looked after.

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Enjoying the Outdoors – Adventure Ideas You Might Like To Try http://www.aswetravel.com/enjoying-outdoors-adventure-ideas-might-like-try/ http://www.aswetravel.com/enjoying-outdoors-adventure-ideas-might-like-try/#comments Tue, 19 Nov 2013 15:44:33 +0000 http://www.aswetravel.com/?p=45817 jQuery(document).ready(function(){ var options = { sites : new Array("facebook","twitter","gplus","linkedin","stumpleupon"), plugin_url : "http://www.aswetravel.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-social/" }; load_all_in_one_social_banner(options); });

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Sometimes the best vacations are about having new experiences, pushing the envelope a little and stepping out of your comfort zone. Outdoor adventure trips are not high on some people’s travel list but they are an intriguing idea for any getaway. Even if you don’t consider yourself particularly outdoorsy, there are many adventures and activities […]

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Sometimes the best vacations are about having new experiences, pushing the envelope a little and stepping out of your comfort zone. Outdoor adventure trips are not high on some people’s travel list but they are an intriguing idea for any getaway.

Even if you don’t consider yourself particularly outdoorsy, there are many adventures and activities that are not that extreme or even difficult.

An outdoor adventure allows you to reconnect with nature and promotes inner peace. Next time you’re itching to get away, buy your ticket, take care of your travel insurance, pack your bags and consider adding a little extra adventure to the experience.

Here’s a fun list of some outdoorsy activities that you might want to consider no matter what your destination:

Backpacking

Anyone can enjoy this type of thrifty adventure, tailoring the details or even the distance to fit your needs, preferences or even your physical limitations. Hostels are available in many corners of the world, but so are luxurious resorts.

Backpackers can reward themselves for a long trek with a stay in a pricey resort and a massage. Backpacking is one of the best ways to be able to interact with local folks too, it allows you to connect with the culture and experience new experiences.

Europe is a top destination for backpackers, particularly New Zealand as it gains popularity.

Paddle boarding or surfing

Both of these activities are easy to fit into a vacation without going overboard. Alternatively, you can book a stay at a beachfront resorts to take a road trip to a spot and spend a day on the water. If you’re new to either one of these sports, you’ll probably want to start small.

SUP or Stand Up Paddle boarding is more relaxed – a great way to explore little beaches, tiny islands and caves. Surfing takes a little more skill but certainly a fun sport if you’re up for a challenge. A single, short lesson will tell you whether or not you enjoy the sport and want to continue.

Plenty of gorgeous resorts in Central America and Hawaii offer ideal opportunities for water sports.

Hiking / trekking

Trails featuring gorgeous scenery can be found everywhere, and they vary significantly in duration and difficulty. With so many options worldwide you can start with a short nature hike in the rainforest and work your way up to a rocky 14er.

No other adventure will give you the rewards and the views as hiking does, reaching a summit will give you a huge sense of satisfaction and will probably make you want to plan your next trip.

Experienced trekkers will make the hike the centerpiece of their trip checking off world-class hikes off their bucket list. If you prefer distance over height, thru-hiking can be an option, two great examples are the many endurance hikes that make up trails such as the Pacific Crest Trail or the Appalachian Trail.

If you’re a winter nut, consider a day of hiking in one of the National Parks in the United States or Canada, locations suck as Rocky Mountain National Park or Banff will take you to breathtaking views and unforgettable hidden locations.

Snowshoeing / skiing

Playing in the snow can certainly be fun, and lots of travelers plan entire vacations around the outstanding powder in destinations like Tahoe in California and Telluride, Colorado. Novice powder hounds don’t have to book a stay that will keep them on the slopes every day.

Snow provides such a great variety of activities for all ages, snowshoeing is an easy winter sport and can be enjoyed with the family, so is cross-country skiing. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous then why not book a couple of lessons and get started on skiing or snowboarding?

A day on the slopes will provide some good family fun and give you great travel stories.

Kayaking / canoeing

The summer season and even the fall provide thousands of destinations where you can enjoy relaxed days on a lake. White water rafting is an exhilarating experience but certainly not for everyone. If you’re a first timer you may want to choose a single day or partial day trip that features more slack water than rapids.

Kayaking or canoeing is a great alternative to enjoying the outdoors, a river surrounded by rainforests or the calm waters of an endless lake. Any of these activities require minimum effort, can be enjoyed as a family and will give you the opportunity to explore nature as well as relax during your travels.

Whether it’s tame or wild, be sure to include a bit of outdoor adventure in your next getaway.

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