Travel Survival Tips

Travel Survival Tips

Traveling for business or pleasure for the most part is great experience. Travel does have its disadvantages, especially when you forget to bring some essential item. Being prepared is the secret to the travel game. Having both worked and lived abroad, I have had to travel in many different environments. There are certain items that I always want to have with me on a business trip because of their usefulness. Most of the items are surprisingly inexpensive. Here is the Travel Survival list that I have compiled of items that I take with me when I travel for business.

13 Essential Items to Pack for Your Business Trip

1. White Hand Towel

A basic white 16″ x 27″ hand towel. The saving grace to this towel is its compact size. Not too big, not too small. It is big enough to shower with even for a big guy like me. Hey, it is not the “Ritz-Carlton” of towels, but it is big enough to get the job done. If you have to wash it, it washes easily in the sink in your room. If you have to use a commercial laundry, It takes up less space and it also dries quicker. That will save you money in the end. At 2 Euro to wash a very small load in France, it adds up. I have used it to shine my shoes, rolled-up as a pillow, and even a dust cloth. It can also be used to clean up a variety of spills. Make sure that it is white so it can be bleached. Most of the time I simply wash it with Zote (See #2) Best of all, you know where this towel has been. Less than $5

2. Zote Mexican Laundry Soap

I prefer Zote Brand – Choose the pink one, it has a great citronella scent and it just works. Zote gets out stains that would never come out with anything else. When you spill on your favorite tie; Zote to the rescue. It will even remove old stains that have been on clothing for sometime. It also has fabric softeners built in. So when your luggage doesn’t arrive, you can rewash your outfit with Zote and you are on your way! Purchase Zote at any Latino Supermarket. It is a great product and it smells so good. Less than $1.

3. Dr. Bronner’s Magic Pure Castile 18 in 1 Peppermint Hemp Soap

The most unique and refreshing soap you will ever use. Dr. Bronner’s website explains that the soap is “A combination of organic extra virgin coconut, olive, jojoba and hemp oils, together with pure essential oils, creates a unique soap that cleans effectively without being aggressive and produces a velvety-lather that leaves the skin silky-smooth and refreshed.” it is a little pricey, but well worth it. The soap is ultra concentrated so you should dilute it. A bottle will last you much longer than you think. The awesome peppermint oil in the soap helps wake you up during your morning shower. It is also good to use as a refreshing face wash. I love this product. It is also interesting to read the bottle. Dr. Bronner brought the soap to the United States in 1948; his family has been making soap for 5 generations. All-One! 2 ounce bottle $3

4. Dial “Gold” Antibacterial Soap

Dial makes the best antibacterial soap on the market. Lets face it, hotel rooms can have a lot of germs. Don’t bother with liquid soap; the bar soap has more of the active ingredient in it than the liquid soap. Forget the little soap in the box that they provide for you. Use Dial to wash your hands, the counter, tables, and you! This will help keep you from bringing home the souvenir of sickness. $3 for a 3 pack.

5. Swiss Army Knife

Make sure to check this item if you are traveling by airplane. TSA will not permit a knife on a plane (Duh!) I am 1/2 Swiss. I have been using Swiss Army Knives since I was a kid. They are reliable and useful in so many ways. They are also easy to slip in your pocket and can serve as a weapon for your defense. My favorite model is the “Spartan”. It sports 2 blades, a can and bottle opener, screwdrivers, corkscrew and leather awl. $28

6. Leatherman Multi-tool

The main purpose for the leatherman is the needle-nose pliers. I tend to use my Swiss Army Knife more than my Leatherman. However, I have forgotten to pack it on occasion when I really could have used the pliers. You can unstick a zipper, tighten a bolt, etc. A great tool to have on hand everyday. $30

7. Glad White Plastic Quick-Tie Kitchen Garbage bags – 13 Gallon

These bags are good for dirty clothes, shoes or whatever you don’t want to touch your clean stuff. They work great as barf-bags for those of you doing some international travel. They are also good for taking out the trash! $7 for 80 Bags.

8. Plastic Zip Tie Cables

These can withstand 40 pounds of pressure. I always throw in a couple of zip ties. just in case. You can use zip ties to repair almost anything; a luggage strap, shoes, luggage lock, etc. Less than $7 for a pack of 20.

9. “The Bullet” Fisher Space Pen

Developed by Paul Fisher. This pressurized pen was first used by NASA on the Apollo 7 Space flight in 1968. Without the invention of the Space Pen, astronauts would still be writing in pencil! The bullet pen is my favorite. It fits in your pocket, and it always works. It even writes under water. Once you try one, you will be hooked. Made in the USA in Boulder City, Nevada. $25

10. Moleskine Notebook

I first came across a Moleskine Notebook while living in Europe. I love the simple concept of a banded hard-bound notebook that you can carry with you everywhere. Simple, black, rounded corners, with a pocket in the back. They now come in several different sizes, styles, and colors. I still prefer black. It is always on my person along with my Fisher Space Pen (See #9). $12

11. Zippo Lighter

It always pays to have a way to light your path or start a fire. One of the first lessons you learn as a Boy Scout is how to light a fire. Always be prepared. I bought my first Zippo when I was 18 years old. It has been a great tool to have. You probably have to check this one with your luggage as well. $25

12. Sewing Kit

Make sure to have a sewing kit with you when you travel. If you need a needle and thread or a button, this item is worth its weight in gold. $5

13. Duct Tape

This one is a no-brainer. A must have for on the go repairs. A million and one uses come to mind for Duct Tape. You can even make a nice tie or wallet if you get bored. A roll is very nice to have if you need it.

 

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Internet Marketing For Travel Agents

Technology is the one constant change in our lives, it continues to evolve and advance like nothing else on earth. With the internet becoming so prominent in our personal and business lives we need to update and keep pace with change. This article deals with internet marketing for travel agents and how it can be beneficial to them.

Internet marketing is quite simply defined as the marketing of products and services through the internet. It may also be referred to as online marketing or e-marketing. Choosing to use internet marketing for travel agents is really a decision that individual companies need to make. However, this is one of the most powerful mediums of advertising and reaching the largest audience possible.

Travel agents are an institution that has acted as an intermediary between the airline and the consumer. Sometimes wholesale travel companies may be involved in the relationship. The internet has brought with it a huge set of challenges, opportunities and benefits for the travel industry. One of the most serious threats faced by travel Professionals from the internet is the opportunity for airline companies to target consumers directly to sell their services.

In order to counteract the threat from reduced business due to the internet, travel agents need to use internet marketing to its full potential to target customers and bring in business. In business you can either join the crowd, striving to stand out or fold up your tent and slip away!

Internet marketing benefits for travel agents includes:

Modern technology has made it possible for people to access information with a few simple clicks of the mouse. This has done away with the need to physically go looking for information and travel agents need to be aware that a strong presence on the internet puts them in front of the customer like nothing else can.

Accessibility of information continues to increase daily as more people get connected to the internet. It is one of the best ways of reaching such a large target audience. In terms of cost, internet marketing for travel agents is a very inexpensive way to advertise to millions of people, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The hope shopping market is constantly growing, giving consumers’ easier access to products and information.

Travel Professionals can use their websites for lead generation; if every visitor to the site is requested to leave their contact details before exiting the site, the list of leads will grow on a daily basis.

Another distinct benefit of internet marketing is the fact that it allows travel agents to instantly monitor campaigns and evaluate results. You don’t have to wait to se the results of your campaign to decide whether your advertising strategy is working or not; further, you can implement changes without any delays. Internet marketing for travel agents is really the best way to reach out and capture the consumer’s attention. At the basic level you need a very well designed and attractive site filled with useful information.

 

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School Travel

If you are a student traveling on a plane, train or a bus there are various things which you need to take into consideration if you really want to enjoy and have a smooth journey. To begin with, your luggage should be very light to carry and if possible pack all your belongings in one bag or suit case. This will be easier for you to carry and help you save on costs for hiring somebody to assist you. Carrying a lot of luggage is inconvenient and you could easily misplace a bag or suit case containing very important documents. It is important to carry documents such as passport, visa, driving license and other documents in a small hand bag which will be in your hands at all times. Photo copies of all your documents should be kept in a separate bag to help in case of theft or misplacement.

The length of your trip should determine the number of clothes you are going to carry. Whichever the case do not overload yourself instead, try to rotate your clothes. Pack colored blouses and shirts that will match your trousers and skirts. By doing this, you will be smart look good and also fool the other passengers into thinking you carried more clothes than you actually did. Sometimes, it is important to include clothes which will serve in all-weather conditions for instance a polypropylene shirt which is light and warm. It is good to pack a pair of slippers which you will use in the bathroom or wear as you wait for your shoes to dry.

Students should also remember to pack enough toiletries when traveling. This includes toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, combs, shampoo and make-up. Condoms of good quality are also very important for safe sex. Neck belt or money belt worn underneath your clothes is ideal to keep your money and other documents such as passport and airline tickets. It is important to sign your passport and always make sure that you have filled all the necessary emergency information on your passport. Make sure you have a valid passport and visa to avoid deportation and wastage of money just because of minor errors which could have probably taken less time to be rectified.

It is important to check whether your medical insurance policy applies overseas with the help of your medical insurance company. If it does not it is your responsibility to look for another alternative. In addition every country or region has its own laws and as a foreigner, you should abide to those laws to avoid problems with the authorities. To ensure a safe and easy travel ensure that you have registered with the state department who will provide you with assistance in the case of an emergency.

 

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How to Save Money on Rental Cars

Nowadays, consumers are savvy about finding the best deals on air tickets and hotels. This is mainly due to the abundance of travel websites which enable consumers like us to compare deals from different airlines and hotels easily. However, there is one travel need that is often neglected — rental cars. Many travelers often assume that the prices of car rentals are about the same but in fact, the prices from different rental car companies vary greatly.

Renting a car to drive around while you are traveling makes it easier. However, it is not cheap. Thus it pays to shop around to find the best deals for car rentals. Here are some tips you may want to use to save money when you are renting a car during your travels…

– Compare the prices from several different sources

Many people make the same mistake when they are checking for the prices. They assume that if they find the best discount deals on air tickets and hotels at the same site, they can also get the best deals for rental cars. This is not true. Very often, these travel websites do not provide great rates for rental cars. Still, it is good to visit the major rental car companies’ websites to check out what they are offering before you make your rental car booking.

– Get the smallest class of car which meets your requirements

Don’t get a big car like a SUV. The most economical choice is to get a car that is just big enough to accommodate you, your passengers and the luggage that you bring along. Unless you are bringing a lot of stuff with you and your big family, renting a SUV fee will be expensive and it needs more gas.

– Look at the rental costs carefully

Take the time to read about the costs to be incurred and the terms and conditions carefully before making a reservation. Try to avoid any additional costs if possible. You should consider not renting a car at the airport because extra fees are normally tacked on and you can avoid them if you rent offsite.

– Need to find out whether your auto insurance also covers any vehicles you rent

This is relatively important because if your auto insurance offers the same collision coverage you have on your own car, you save money from paying extra insurance from the rental company. If your insurance does not have, you may want to check whether your credit card companies provide insurance on cars rented using their cards. Do you homework first before getting the insurance from the rental company.

– Check whether paying advance will entitle a bigger discount

Quite a number of car companies offer a good discount when you pay in advance. Again, do read the fine print before paying in advance. Some rental car companies will charge you for any changes you make later.

When you look for rental car deals, you should make all effort in finding good deals like you are doing for air tickets and hotels. By doing so, you actually save money which you can use for shopping trips during your vacation instead.

 

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