For me traveling is about escaping some of the pressures of everyday life that it’s hard to break away from at home. It’s my only chance to elude the never ending media bombardment of news updates. The only reason I like to be on the web when abroad is to be able to stay in touch with those back home. Getting free wifi cuts down on travel expenses.Here are some of the ways that you can do it:1. Do Your HomeworkThere are plenty of public places such as coffee shops that provide free wifi for their customers. Other possibilities include museums, libraries, cafes, trains, trams and buses. Be sure to do some research before you leave home and you’ll have a good chance of succeeding with the location of it.2. Hidden Networks RockThere are plenty of them and they are there waiting for you to use them. Many phones and tablets have applications that will help you to find them. If you don’t use one of these applications, then you can always just keep checking on your phone. Lots of people don’t lock their domestic wifi and you can hop on for a few minutes – just enough time to send emails and check your social media account.3. Make the Best Use of Your PhoneSmartphones are usually equipped with a wifi hotspot ability. You can link to the web through a system such as 3GS and then emit a wifi signal that you can hook up your tablet or PC to. If you don’t have free 3GS then beware – it could cost you more than you think. Check the prices of data roaming with your network provider prior to leaving.4. Use the Phone Hotspot of a FriendIf you don’t’ have a data plan that will allow you free access to the internet in the country that you are in, then you can always use somebody else’s. This might be the phone of a native citizen of the country.5. Only Book If There is Free WifiOne of my rules is to only book hotels that offer free Wifi. Alternatively I might book a budget hotel that will make a small charge for it. Hotel websites and hotel review sites will usually detail what the arrangement is, so check before you go.Finding and using free wifi really will cut down on some of your travel expenses. Be sure to make the most of it.
If you can’t afford a first class ticket and its privileges then you need to prepare all yours travel gadgets and patience in order to make your airline travel more comfortable. There are many useful advices about comfortable airline travel. You need to follow them all and you will avoid boring, uncomfortable hours in a plane.How to get more sitting space and make your airline travel comfortable? This is a question that most frequent travelers have. There are three important things to know about your seat on the plane.
First of all, aisle seat gives more space for your legs when you sit on the plane for long hours. Many people always try to get the window seat because they want to enjoy the view of the city during the takeoff or landing. The fact is that there are only few minutes of possibility to enjoy the view and later all of the flight is above the clouds. You yourself should consider if these few minutes are worth of long hours sitting in an uncomfortable position. To make sure that you will get an aisle seat it is advised to book the seat in advance. If your airline travel is planned only a few days before the flight or you don’t have time to call and book an aisle seat then you at least should try to come to the airport well before your flight. First people to check-in always have a better chance to get seats which they prefer. What is more, aisle seat lets you to feel more comfortable when you want to go to the toilet or just to have a short walk in the plane. You can easily leave the aisle seat without disturbing anyone.
Second, seats near the emergency exit have more space as well. You can try to book this seat and save your legs and back from pain.
Third, don’t be afraid to recline your seat only because you will disturb people sitting behind you. It will allow you to sit in a position which is better fit for sleeping and it gives more space for your legs. Of course, use this advantage with respect to others.As you can see, there are quite a few things that you can do if you want to make your airline travel more comfortable. You can be able to take advantage of only one of them and this will be a bit of a help for you during your travel. If you have a chance to have them all for your flight then you can be sure you are taking most space and comfort that you could.Is there anything else a traveler can do to make his airline travel more comfortable? Correct and comfortable sitting helps a lot but still there is a lot that can be done to make your body feel better. Tiredness and stiff joints are very serious issues which affect your airline travel a lot. One thing you can do about that is leaving your seat and walking on the plane for a few minutes each hour or two. But it may happen that you will have to sit in the window seat and a person next to you will be heavy asleep. If you don’t want to disturb your neighbor every hour then you should consider doing some exercise while sitting in your seat. You can start from moving your toes, then rotate your ankles, stretch your foot. Stretch out your hands, bend elbows. If you keep moving your body from time to time you will avoid tiredness and stiffness in your body.What clothes are the best to wear for your airline travel? Most of us want to look good when they reach their destination city because there might be friends or family meeting them at the airport. However, it is also important to consider wearing comfortable clothes. You should choose lose fitting clothes. The best choice would be long pants and a long sleeve top. Sometimes it gets a little chilly on the plane or while waiting for your flight. If you still want to meet your loved ones gloving and looking at your best, then think about packing extra clothes which you can change after our flight on your backpack. What is more, choose comfortable shoes which you can take off easily while going through the security at the airport and once the plane takes off. Have your own extra socks for the airline travel or use socks which are provided by your airline company. It will help to feel you more relaxed and free if you follow this advice.Are there any other things to do which help your body to cope better with an airline travel? One of the reasons why we feel tired after long flights is the dry air inside the plane as well as the feeling of being dirty. A best way to avoid it is to bring some cleaning napkins with you. Don’t forget to pack good moisturizer in your backpack. It is a good idea to pack a mini spray bottle with refreshing water and oil which keeps your face wet and fresh. Chewing gum or mint candies are also very helpful. They help you to fight bad breath, changes in air pressure when your ears pop, and calms down your nerves.Here are listed only few things which help travelers greatly to have their airline travel more comfortable and enjoyable. If you successfully follow them all then be sure to get to your destination city fresh and ready for new adventures.
Jenny was one of my valued clients. Because I was going on holidays I called Jenny to let her know so she was well informed in case of an emergency and knew exactly who to contact in my absence.”Where are you going, Rajiv?” Jenny asked upon my informing.
“I am off to Europe, Jenny” I said enthusiastically.
“I could never fly to Europe” Jenny said in a disgruntled tone.
“I know it’s a long flight Jenny, but what can you do? I said in a more convincing voice.
“Oh no, no, no… it’s not about the distance, I would not fly even inter-state here in Australia. I am too scared to fly in an aeroplane.” Jenny opened up.You see, as much traveling is a pleasure for most of us, it can be a fearful experience for many. A conversation with Jenny made me think about fear of flying – Hodofobia.But before we look into Hodofobia what is fear in general?Fear is just an emotion created by our mind, an impulse transmitted to our brain by the conscious mind. Fear is always about the future. Human mind has a tremendous power called “imagination” using which we can either create positive vibrations or negative ones. Worrying about future events is another form of fear, most of which never materialise. It is entirely upon us whether we want to imagine bright colourful future events or ugly nightmares. World famous author Robin Sharma says, “Fear is nothing more than a monster that you have created, a negative of consciousness. Fear is a conditioned response. However, people grow the most when they enter the zone of the unknown.” This is so true.So, what do most people fear about when it comes to travel? There can be more but following are the common ones.Fear of traveling in an aeroplane, cruise or boat
Fear about personal safety and security, and safety of valuables
Fear of traveling to new places
Fear for personal safety and security, and fear about safety of valuables are physical and tangible (so to say) but fears of traveling in an aeroplane or traveling to new places are purely associated with our mind.I remember, two years ago when my wife and I traveled to Europe we carried our passports and other valuables on us all the time. Unfortunately, another family living on the upper floor in our hotel lost their valuables when they went out sight-seeing. When you are traveling to multiple countries you cannot afford to give any time for police investigations of such hotel thefts due to the constraint of time at each destination. If you are not 100% convinced about the safety of your valuables in a hotel, hang the “Do not disturb” sign outside the room door. This gives an impression that someone is in the room and can help avoiding such thefts.Moving on, let’s now take a look at fear of traveling in an aeroplane (cruise, or boat), and fear of traveling to new places. Both these fears are fear of change and fear for unknown, which are quite mental. Such fears can get more intense with growing age. However, avoiding the wonderful and life changing travel experiences because of these fears is not worth it. Embracing fears is the only way we can overcome them.Hodofobia – fear of traveling to new places or even the inability to leave your home makes life of people like Jenny extremely difficult. For such people performing usual travel tasks like checking baggage, going through immigration, customs, and security procedures, not losing temper in the event the flights get rescheduled or cancelled, and effective communication with airline and ground staff can be extremely challenging.However, for those who suffer from Hodofobia but are passionate about traveling, I’ve got good news for you. Hodofobia can be managed quite easily and effectively simply by following a few techniques.Rule of 5 P’s: Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance. This probably is the most important technique that Hodofobic people can follow to reduce stress. Your itinerary is more important than your journey itself. Why? Because, it is the structured approach of an itinerary that makes your journey enjoyable. Personally, I invest a lot of time in proactive sowing (planning the journey) so I reap the rewards later. Driving conditions in New Zealand are the same as in Australia. When I visited New Zealand with my family the itinerary was worked out in such minute detail that I followed it blindly without any stress and thoroughly enjoyed the trip as a result of proper planning.I just love the tremendously gushing speed at which the huge A-380 aircraft starts running before it takes off the ground. But boy, it was exactly the opposite a few years ago. Like many other people my stomach would touch my back due to fear, I would almost lose a heartbeat, and my mouth would get dry. What made the change then? By following certain spiritual practices (“Sadhanas”) I have learned to live in peace and in enjoy the present moment. In the past the air turbulence would stiffen my body and stir my stomach up. But I came to realise that if I don’t have any control over “road turbulence” how can I control air turbulence? Now I treat the air turbulence like the bumps in the road and let my body move with the movement of the aircraft. Within a few minutes I am fine again.
Drinking a lot of water while on the plane will keep you enough hydrated. Reading interesting books, talking to people on the plane, watching TV or listening to music can distract your mind from the unlikely unwanted situations created by your mind.The unique power of visualization can be used quite effectively to overcome Hodofobia. Visualizing all events in advance, right from leaving home, going to the airport, checking in etc. till reaching your destination can strengthen your mind and prepare it for making things happen favorably for you.Finally, knowing the rules and regulations, culture, people, and festivals of the country you are visiting makes your trip much enjoyable. Setting right expectations for your mind before your trip begins will not only reduce anxiety and stress levels, it will create a memorable experience for you. You will be able to connect with people very easily and have fun with them.
FOR YOUR TOUR TO THE FRENCH RIVIERA, FRANCE, MAKE SURE YOU ARE READY!PASSPORTSYou will need a passport to go to Europe, including France. We recommend applying for a passport as soon as you register for a tour, as it could take few months to process. You can find out all you need to know about passports at the US government passport website. Airlines will not permit you to travel if the name on your ticket does not match exactly the name on your passport, including your middle name.VISASYou may need a visa for your tour. Consult the destination countries consulates for more information and specific requirements.MONEYEurope uses the Euro. You should familiar yourself with the exchange rate before departure. You will be able to get Euros with a credit card as soon as you arrive at the airport. ATMs are the most convenient since they accept a wide number of bank and credit cards; Visa and MasterCard are the most popular in Europe. Check with your bank to make sure your card will work abroad. Do not forget to get your PIN number from your credit card company (for each card you are planning on using) to be able to withdraw money from ATM machines. Before departure, always let your credit card companies know you are going to Europe. Vendors like stores or restaurants will take Visa and MasterCard; markets vendors will take cash only. Each time you use your Visa or MasterCard, for purchase or withdrawal, the credit card company will charge you a fee.PACKINGIn May and September, the average temperature in the French Riviera is between 55 to 70 degrees. It is hard to predict what the weather will be like when you will be there, so bring something for cold and mild weather. Bring an umbrella (hopefully, it will stay in your luggage!!!), and don’t forget sunglasses and hats. You will be walking so bring comfortable shoes (tennis shoes are OK). The French dress up when going to restaurants; bring jeans, and also dress pants or dresses. No shorts. Don’t forget your camera! Bring your medicine! You will be able to carry your medicine in the plane with you, except liquids and gels (more than 3.4 oz or 100ml) which should go into your luggage. Pack everything in a plastic bag to show at the security check point. Aerosols are prohibited. Scissors, knives and tweezers should go inside your luggage, not in your carry-on. Visit http://www.tsa.gov for more details. Check out the baggage restrictions and carry-on rules with your airline. Don’t forget, you will certainly buy few things during your trip, so pack light!NOW, YOU ARE BE READY TO HAVE FUN!