As We Travel » Before You Leave http://www.aswetravel.com Traveling Tips, Destinations, Videos & Travel Blog Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:07:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 5 Top Travel Issues and How to Avoid Them http://www.aswetravel.com/5-top-travel-issues-avoid/ http://www.aswetravel.com/5-top-travel-issues-avoid/#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 13:01:31 +0000 http://www.aswetravel.com/?p=49247 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 should be fun and enjoyable but too often, situations arise and put a damper on your trip. This article will give you five of the top travel issues that you can avoid altogether with careful planning and advanced preparation. Planning carefully and preparing in advance are the key factors in traveling without the stress or the hassle. There may be some things you have no control of but that doesn’t mean they are not going to happen. In fact, most of the things that do happen when people travel can be actually be prevented. Some, however, you just have to make the best effort to avoid.

5 Top Travel Issues and How to Avoid Them

  1. Flight Delays and Cancellations

Flight delays and cancellations are hardly preventable since these occur primarily because of the aircraft’s mechanical issues or weather conditions. You can, however, minimize a delay or cancellation by choosing direct flights instead of those with stopovers to get to a destination. You won’t miss a connecting flight if the layover between your flights is longer even if there are delays. Check in with your airline if you are bumped off your flight as a result of overbooking. Airlines typically compensate with their passengers when such incidents happen by giving them lodging and/or food compensation. If, however, the flight was cancelled as a result of a mechanical or weather issue, you don’t receive any compensation. Keep updated with your flight schedules to avoid this.

  1. Jet Lag

While the jet lag experienced by frequent international travelers is truly dreadful, you can do some things which would lessen your jet lag’s extent. When you book your flight, for instance, ensure that you have time for sufficient sleep by moving around during the flight. Set your watch to the time zone of the place where you will land.  Give your body a time to adjust before leaving for your destination. Move bedtime up by 30 minutes every night if you are heading east and move it back by the same number of minutes if you are traveling west. Do this a week before your actual departure to give yourself sufficient time in adjusting to different time zones.

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Jet Lag – Top Travel Issues

  1. Scams and Crimes

Travelers can avoid both scams and crimes by being alert and vigilant in foreign environments. Remember that where travelers congregate, scammers will soon follow. Be especially wary of those pretending to be police offers and accosting you for bogus violations. Scammers presume most travelers are not aware of how police uniforms of other countries look like. If scammers coerce you to part with your money, criminal force you to give up your cash. Pick pockets and muggers are common encounters which you can avoid by not looking like you are ripe for being victimized. Never look like you are lost. That is easy to do when you have a camera dangling from your neck and looking up from a foreign language dictionary or trying to figure out a big map.

Unless you know people in the country you are traveling to – like former classmates, relatives, friends, etc. — go to your consulate or embassy and ask for advice on what areas to avoid. If you are fortunate to know locals you can trust, ask their advice on safe attractions, restaurants, and other sites which you may want to visit. You can also ask to accompany you.

  1. Lost Items

The worst travel issue is loss or theft of items such as wallets and passports. For seniors, the loss or breakage of contact lenses or eyeglasses and/or hearing aids is, undoubtedly, frustrating since their visual and auditory functions will definitely hamper their enjoyment of the trip. What you can do is make several copies of all the important documents that you will need while traveling prior to your departure. Copy account numbers, telephone numbers, expiration dates, etc. on index cards and tuck them away in an envelope where your passport should also be once you have arrived at your hotel or lodging. This envelope should be placed in a secure place where it can be readily retrieved when needed. Always carry copies of important documents with you when you go out of your hotel or lodging.

Emailing those copies to your own email address guarantees that you can retrieve them online should there be a need for them and all other options have been ineffective. Avoid cash shortage and leave some with the concierge and/or security of the hotel’s vault. Don’t keep all of your money in just one place. Leave half in your bag and half with you.

Wear clothing with several pockets if possible and distribute your money in them. If, by misfortune, you encounter a slick pickpocket or a fast snatcher, you won’t lose all your money since it is in several places. Write down the serial numbers of your traveler’s checks, their dates of issuance, and the issuing agency’s location for faster facilitation of their replacements.

Always bring a spare pair of eyeglasses and/or contact lenses when traveling. Most people hardly ever give consideration for eyeglasses and/or contact lenses when going on a trip, yet either lost or damaged can bring your sightseeing to a grinding halt and ruin your travel. Keep a copy of your prescription with you at all times. Additionally, keep another copy online.

Have the phone number of your eye doctor in case you will need a recent prescription to buy a new pair of eyeglasses or contact lenses. There are great deals on eyeglasses in some countries that have lower costs of living such as Thailand where you can get frames for your eyeglasses at cheaper prices. Or you can get prescription sunglasses to use as backup.

Have a lens cloth and tiny screwdriver in a case to do basic repairs – tightening screws, for instance – on your eyeglasses if they tend to get loose; when this happens, it is likely that your eyeglasses can just become unscrewed and get broken or damaged. For users of contact lenses, bring a spare pair in an unopened case.

  1. Illness

Getting sick while on a trip is not unheard of. If your trip is overseas, ensure that you have been vaccinated. Aside from a first aid kit, keep common medications in one container that can be easily accessed. These medications include those for motion sickness, diarrhea, indigestion, cold and flu, fever, cough, stomach upset, etc. If you use syringes or needles for insulin injections, keep your medical certificate with — from your doctor — indicating these are for your medical use.

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Travel Insurance

Why Get Travel Insurance?

The reason for having travel insurance with medical coverage cannot be emphasized enough. These top five issues may all be covered with a comprehensive travel insurance policy. Having such cover will give you peace of mind and security in cases of theft, loss, and flight delays and cancellations as well as immediate medical treatment in case of serious illness, injury or accident. Some people may tell you that having travel insurance is not necessary. On the contrary, travel insurance ensures security for so many things involved in the course of your travel including, but not limited to, repatriation in case war breaks out in the country you are in, theft or loss of your personal items, and medical attention for an injury or accident, among other circumstances.

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Do You Need Travel Insurance When Traveling to Canada from the US or Europe?

Canada is one of the most beautiful countries in the world and traveling to The Great White North is one of the more memorable experiences you can have. This article tells you what kind of travel insurance and why you need it so you can enjoy your Canadian trip safely and with peace of mind. If you have been consistently traveling, you know it’s important to have travel insurance, a practical and necessary way to ensure that you are prepared in any case of eventualities. Travel insurance is no longer a luxury. From flight changes to family surgery, injury, illness or death in the family, travel insurance is mandatory for a majority of working holidays and Canadian border authority may be inclined to check if you have sufficient cover. You may want to ski or snowboard in the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia, for instance, which will require you coverage for any possible injuries which may occur while engaged in those activities. Travel insurance for Canada means a plethora of rates, providers, options, add-ons, and other variables that you should know about to make an informed decision.

Choose a Local Insurer

Take note that insurance is compulsory requirement prior to the issuance of an International Experience Canada (IEC) visa. You will be asked to provide insurance details if you arrive in Canada and should you not be able to comply, you may not be issued the visa. Insurance coverage must be valid for your stay’s duration, cover not only hospitalization and medical care but repatriation as well. Additionally, each entry into Canada must be covered and its details made available for any port of entry officer for his or her review. Choosing a local insurer has numerous benefits such as having comprehensive coverage to include routine medical check-up and/or exam and maternity benefits. It is also less difficult when you make claims – and receiving money – with a local insurer.

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You DON’T Save Money without Travel Insurance

You don’t need to buy additional coverage for sports and any type of injuries sustained at work. Getting your local insurer also means you get direct billing and avoid dealing with an overseas insurance company which could be costly in terms of phone bills. The Canadian Health Care System doesn’t cover holders of IEC visas, that is why travel/medical insurance is recommended for them. If you think that not getting travel insurance when traveling to Canada will save you money, it won’t. First, you will be denied entry into the country. Second, without travel insurance, you are vulnerable to all kinds of risks, not the least of which is an emergency of a medical nature. Medical costs can run up to several thousands in Canada for simple tests or doctor’s visits.

What You Need to Know for Coverage Extensions

Your Port of Entry or POE Letter of Introduction entitles you to obtain your work permit when you arrive in Canada and only then will you know how long you can stay. The length of your stay is dependent on your nationality; it could be a year or two years. It is essential for you to have coverage for your visa’s full duration because any immigration officer may:

  • Ask you to show proof of your insurance cover policy and question you regarding its details.
  • Limit the duration of the work permit you were issued to match your policy’s duration if this is validated for a shorter period of time.

Although some insurers will allow a policy extension, there will be some that won’t. In case your chosen insurer allows an extension, however, you still need to exit from Canada on a temporary basis as a requirement for that extension. If you plan on staying longer in Canada, ensure that you and your chosen insurer both have a clear understanding of what an extension will entail.

Insurance Coverage for Winter Sports

Most of the standard policies exclude coverage of winter sports like snowboarding or skiing but you have the option to add such coverage. Ensure that you are well informed on the extent of the coverage for the winter sports you engage in while you are in the country since these have a potential for injuries and surgery, especially for beginners. Your travel insurance policy should have medical coverage as part of it or as an add-on. Be aware of whether or not it covers pre-existing medical conditions and non-emergency conditions. You also have to know the up font costs of what your insurer will pay and the costs which you have to pay for in order to obtain reimbursement and how long it will take to get reimbursed.

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Travel Insurance

One thing we all have to buy before leaving on our long-term travels is travel insurance – traveling the world without an insurance is really not worth it in case something serious happens. But the travel insurance industry is like a jungle, it’s really difficult to know which one to choose and what they normally should cover. When comparing different travel insurance companies you will see that they often look very similar on the outside but actually differ quite a lot when it comes down to the details. If you’re not sure exactly how long you will be away, make sure that the travel insurance company allows you to update and extend your travel insurance, it’s also a great bonus if they can pay you back the difference in case you go home early.

When comparing travel insurance companies, make sure that they cover:

Lost, Stolen and Damaged Items

Lost passport and travel documents, as well as your belongings like jewelry, clothes and electronics should be covered. However, there are many circumstances when the travel insurance won’t cover you. To sum it up, they will cover your belongings if it was stolen from you despite being locked up in safety box or concealed storage compartment, or if it’s stolen from you while you’re carrying it.

What it doesn’t cover…

It won’t cover you if you left your baggage unsupervised in public areas, for example not caring for the safety of your belongings.

Overseas Medical/Dental Expenses

If you get ill or injured during your trip that can cause serious harm if it’s not treated, the insurance should provide cover for urgent and necessary medical treatment and emergency dental treatment or hospitalization.

What it doesn’t cover…

I won’t have to say that it won’t cover plastic surgery and similar things, but also know that it doesn’t cover medical check-ups, vaccinations, STD’s, treatment where injury was caused by alcohol and drugs (remember that one!), chronic and reoccurring illness and pre-existing medical conditions that were there before you started traveling. Compare this carefully between different travel insurances, especially if you have planned to do a bit of adventure sports. Many insurance companies have different types of insurance deals depending on what you need and how you will travel, whether you will be going on a two week ski holiday in Europe or backpack through South America.

Canceled Flights and Accommodation

If your trip is interrupted or if you get ill before your trip and have to cancel flights and pre-booked accommodation due to illness or a close relative’s illness or death, you should be covered. The insurance should also cover the flight home if there is a case of emergency and you have to interrupt your trip. If your transport has been canceled due to bad weather, illness or failure in service from the transportation provider, your travel insurance should cover the cost.

Good to know…

If your flight is canceled, overbooked or delayed for more than 6 hours many insurance companies will cover reasonable expenses for hotel, meals and local transportation.

Other Things Travel Insurance Should Cover: 24 hour emergency phone assistance, Personal liability coverage in the case of damaged 3rd party property or injury and all countries you will be visiting and the entire duration of your trip (including the day you return home). Now that you have a check-list on what should be included in your travel insurance, compare different companies with each other and see if they all cover the things above and if some even have extra benefits.

 What You Need To Know About Travel Insurance

After all the RTW planning you do for what to pack and where to go, there are those extra expenses left that many people forget to include into their travel budget: travel insurance is one of them. It’s also one of the things that can be either super expensive, or barely noticeable in the overall budget – but don’t let the price completely decide which company you choose – it’s about the coverage you get for your money. So when looking for travel insurance, also look into the details to find out what they actually cover. If something happens to you while you are traveling around the world, you need to be covered! Before looking for other companies to provide international travel insurance, check with your home and content insurance to see if they can offer you a cheap deal as an added bonus to your existing home insurance.

Here is a travel checklist for the basic things you should make sure they cover:

  • The countries you’re visiting: This is very important. You don’t want to have bought travel insurance for Europe, break a leg in Switzerland and realize that it didn’t cover that country.
  • Lost, stolen or damaged items, including electronics: But make sure you save the recepits for them, otherwise you will not get the money back!
  • Overseas medical/hospital expenses: Read the fine print here, because it’s often limited and there are many exceptions
  • Expenses for transport home in case of personal emergency
  • Reimbursements for rebooking cancelled flights and accommodation
  • 24-hours emergency phone assistance (you want to be able to contact them at all times)
  • Personal liability cover in case of damaged 3rd party property or injury
  • The entire duration of your trip

If the insurance company covers all this for a reasonable amount, you should be able to save some money while at the same time stay safe on your journey if something happens. But this isn’t like FDCIFor the experienced travelers out there: Is travel insurance something you always make sure you get for your travels?

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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.

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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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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.

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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?

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.

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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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Family Budgeting for Travel http://www.aswetravel.com/family-budgeting-for-travel/ http://www.aswetravel.com/family-budgeting-for-travel/#comments Thu, 19 Dec 2013 17:48:40 +0000 http://www.aswetravel.com/?p=46476 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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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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