Life is too short, so make the best out of it. If you’ve been setting aside that travel plan of yours for awhile now, maybe it’s about time to act on it. Time is running out so why not start crossing off that travel Bucket List of yours. Work, family, school and everyday routine can be overwhelming and full of pressures, it is best to take a time out to recharge and relax, and be a better person as you get back. One of the best ways to do this is to travel either alone or with a love one.
Travelling is the best way to unwind and slow down. It gives you a firsthand experience of the different cultures, people, food, history etc. of other countries. The beautiful views and adventure is something that will enliven your soul and help replenish your energy, thus making you a happier, healthier individual. Studies say that traveling reduces stress. The fresh air, the warmth of the sun, the breeze of the ocean, helps calm the mind and is a perfect way to release tension.
If you are planning to travel abroad, be it business or vacation purposes, it is best to choose a travel agency that will understand your travel needs. They should be able to give the best options considering your travel wishes. Choose one that is proactive, responsive and professional when it comes to making arrangements.
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Have you taken a flight and when you arrive at the destination you feel like you’re totally worn down? Jet lags are common experiences travelers face and they could quickly turn that fancy flight into a hell of exhaustion – you feel like you want to be at home even before you explore your destination.
The body is naturally programmed to react and respond to things based on the 24-hour clock. That’s why you wake up when it’s daylight and you sleep when it’s dusk. The circadian rhythms control these body responses and routines. However, when you take a flight, your circadian rhythm is disrupted.
During the flight, you move through different time zones something that can cause extreme fatigue with symptoms such as loss of appetite, loss of memory, lack of concentration, bowel problems, and indigestion. Depending on your state of health, age, or stress levels, jet lag effects can vary and will take different periods of time for an individual to recover.
If you are a keen travel planner, you want to observe a couple of things just to prevent having jet lag. Before you take your flight, make sure you relax your schedule so that you minimize stress. Also, have a healthy sleep before that day you take your flight. Sometimes travelers end up having a few hours of sleep before they fly – it could be due to excitement or deliberately attempting to tire yourself hoping to sleep during the flight. That’s a big mistake we make and it can make it difficult for you adjust to the new time zones you get through during the flight.
Before the flight, avoid drinking that gin and tonic because the effects of alcohol tend to worsen at higher altitude and this can increase dehydration and tiredness causing you more problems with jet lag. You may think that sleeping pills will help, but that’s not true. Avoid taking them and probably opt for something like herbal tea.
Now that you know what to do to avoid jet lag, why not plan your next holiday trip with DMC Travel Tailor and explore your dream destination in fun and joy.
The super blue blood moon has come and gone, and there won’t be another one for 20 years. But there are plenty of other natural phenomena you can see that occur often enough to plan a trip around.
A Tropical Permafrost Lake
Lake Waiau sits at about 13,000 feet of elevation near the summit of Mauna Kea on the island of Hawaii. It’s the only permafrost lake in the tropics, and though it shrank to about 2 percent of its previous size several years, it has made a comeback and can be reached by hike off the road to Mauna Kea’s summit. On the same island, you can also visit a Papakolea Beach, which features green sand thanks to a large supply of the mineral olivine. On clear days, you might also catch a glimpse of a green flash across the horizon just as the last rays of the sun go down, a special sight owing to the island’s latitude. Also on the Big Island, where Kilauea Volcano has been erupting continuously for 35 years, you can see thin strands of volcanic glass known as Pele’s hair, named after the goddess of fire.
Native to parts of the Philippines, Indonesia, and New Guinea, this multicolored tree is the only eucalyptus whose natural range extends into the Northern Hemisphere. The trees periodically shed bark, revealing a green inner bark, which changes color over time to blue, purple, orange and maroon. In their natural environments, which are rainy tropical forests, the trees can grow to be more than 200 feet tall. Though they have been imported to several U.S. states, rainbow eucalyptus are at their tallest and most colorful in their natural settings.
Go far enough north or south, and eventually, you’ll see brightly colored light particles dancing through Earth’s magnetic shield. The best time to see them, of course, is winter when the sky is dark most of the time. Closer to home, Alaska and northern Canada are great places to spot them, while Europe’s Nordic countries, especially Norway, Sweden, and Finland offer great vantage points. The southern version, Aurora Australis, is more difficult to spot because of the remoteness of Antarctica, but from New Zealand’s South Island, Tasmania and the island of South Georgia, the lights do make occasional appearances in the night sky.
Puerto Rico is home to three bioluminescent bays, which light up at night thanks to the presence of dinoflagellates in the water. There were fears that Hurricane Maria could have altered the shape of the bays enough to end the nightly show. Fortunately, that has not happened. The brightest of the three is Mosquito Bay off the island of Vieques, and all three are great for kayaking and are best seen during a new moon when the sky provides a dark backdrop.
Formed by an ancient volcanic eruption, the pillars of rock that form Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland’s County Antrim stand as sentinels along the coast overlooking the North Channel. Legend has it the giant Finn MacCool built the causeway to cross over to Scotland and fight a rival giant. The tallest columns are almost 40 feet high and the cliffs are nearly 100 feet thick in spots. After a visit, head just a few miles down the road to the Bushmills Distillery, where you can have a whiskey tasting and tell your own tales of fighting giants.
By Damien Martin
Much as we’d love to unless it’s a quick road trip, it’s difficult to take your four-legged friend on vacation with you. But there are lots of places you can go and make new furry friends, help them find forever homes and maybe even bring them home with you. Here are a few of our favorite programs.
The Kauai Humane Society allows visitors to “check out” dogs for day trips to dog-friendly beaches and hiking trails. You get a companion for the day, the dog gets a nice time out of the shelter and wears a vest labeled “adopt me” so local passers-by know he or she is in need of a permanent home. Even if they don’t get adopted that day, the dogs still get a chance to socialize, making them more prepared for a family. If you really make a strong connection, you can your new friend home. The society helps with the process and adopts an average of four dogs a month to visitors.
Turks and Caicos
Located in the popular Grace Bay area of Providenciales, Potcake Place strives to reduce the number of homeless dogs on the island. As there is no animal shelter in Turks and Caicos, volunteers keep the dogs in their own homes but allow visitors to take pups on beach trips. If there’s a good match, Potcake Place helps with the process of adoption and transporting the dogs to their new homes. The volunteers work with veterinarians to make sure the dogs have their vaccinations, and if necessary even accompany them on the trip to meet their families.
Territorio de Zaguates, “Land of the Strays,” is a shelter in the mountains near Heredia, about an hour outside San Jose. The shelter organizes walks of about 2 miles with its canine residents where visitors can get to know the dogs and help them get used to people and possibly even meet their new owners. The walks typically take place two weekends a month, though they are temporarily suspended and no schedule has been released for 2018, so make sure to check with Territorio de Zaguates before showing up.
This Virtuoso-preferred resort in Walland, Tenn., is home to several types of farm animals and breeds Lagotto Romagnolo dogs who specialize in truffle hunting. One weekend every February (this year it’s Feb. 2-4), guests are invited to bring their own Lagottos or enjoy time with the farm’s as they do what they love best, hunt for truffles. The celebration culminates in a feast showcasing the flavorful fungi in a variety of tasty dishes.
Inn by the Sea
A Virtuoso-preferred resort in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, Inn by the Sea has invited guests to bring their pets for a long time. Now, it’s connecting dogs and families who didn’t arrive together but end up going home together. The inn fosters dogs from the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland and has helped dozens of dogs find their forever families. When you check in, you’ll be greeted by a pup manning the front desk, and if the fit is right, you might just end up with a great souvenir.
By Damien Martin
In the past, anyone who was considering a trip, whether for business or pleasure, found a travel advisor as a valuable asset. Today, travel advisors remain a valuable asset for many of the same reasons and more. Many people may believe the days of consulting with a travel advisor is over due to the digital world and the internet. However, this can’t be further from the truth.
Travel advisors of the 21st century provide much more than booking your flight and hotel. We came across a wonderful article written in the travel section of The Wall Street Journal named ‘How New Breed Travel Agents Can Give You an Edge,’ where they describe how a travel agent goes above and beyond the call of duty.
As the article explains, a travel agent from yesteryear worked a simple 9-to5 job. This is no longer the case. They are available after hours ensuring your trip goes without a hitch. As written in The Wall Street Journal, clients are promised ‘convenience, access, and hard-core expertise’ today’s travel advisors.
A travel advisor ensures the itineraries are full of activities the client finds enjoyable. In addition to finding these interests for their client, they have the unique ability to negotiate VIP access and more; such as an after-hours meeting with someone who otherwise would have rejected the meet. The advisor has a working relationship with businesses and people across the globe which helps make their clients trip perfect. The internet alone could not provide such luxuries.
One of the most valuable aspects of working with a travel advisor is their ability to help when ‘disaster strikes.’ In the event of an emergency or mishap, a travel advisor is ready and able to guide their clients successfully through no matter where they are located.
There is much more value than what meets the eye when you work with a travel advisor.
By now you’ve probably noticed that it’s cold outside. And now that the holidays are over, all this winter weather has long since lost its charm. Either you need to get away to somewhere warm immediately, or you’re already looking forward to spring break or summer vacation. Fortunately, cruise lines are eager to get you on board and offer some amazing specials during “wave season,” the first quarter of the year. Whether you prefer river cruising, small ocean ships or larger ocean liners with tons of onboard activities, book in time and there are great savings to be had. Then you can close your eyes and dream of warm sand and blue skies as you trudge through the snow.
With AmaWaterways, book by March 31 and receive an additional $100 per person savings on select cruises that are already marked down anywhere from $250 to $1,000 per person. Book select airfare-included European sailings with Avalon Waterways by Feb. 20 and save up to $3,000 per couple. Reserve a Crystal cruise (river or ocean) by March 31 and you’ll have your choice of $400 per person off cruise fare, $500 per person air credit or $600 per person to spend onboard. For river itineraries with Tauck, pay deposit by Feb. 28 on a departure between March 1 and Aug. 31 to take advantage of $890 per person economy class airfare, $1,490 per person in premium economy or $3,490 per person in business class. The offer also applies to all European land tours and Treasures of the British-Irish Isles and St. Petersburg and the Baltic Sea ocean cruises. Uniworld is offering up to 30 percent on select 2018 sailings, and up to 20 percent off several of its U by Uniworld cruises aimed at 21-45-year-olds for bookings made by the end of March. Viking has two-for-one pricing with air included on select Waterways of the Tsars and Grand European Tour departures this year and next if you book by Jan. 31.
Azamara Club Cruises is reducing cruise fare by 50 percent for the second passenger in a cabin on certain sailings for Club Oceanview or higher categories if reserved by Feb. 28. Celebrating its 125th anniversary, Hurtigruten is offering savings of up to $1,250 per person for bookings made by Feb. 28 (March 31 for select Norway sailings). Cruise Alaska’s Inside Passage on Regent’s Seven Seas Mariner and you could get a three-category upgrade if you reserve by March 1. Seabourn’s Alaska incentive will double your shipboard credit to $600 per suite on some Virtuoso Voyages booked by March 13. Deposit by March 15 with Silversea and get up to $1,000 per suite onboard credit plus an upgrade on select sailings all over the world. Save $450 per couple on select seven-night or $600 per couple for 14-night Alaska journeys with UnCruise Adventures reserving by Feb. 28 and receive $100 shipboard credit as well. With Zegrahm Expeditions, new guests booking by Jan. 31 will save 5 percent and past guests will save 10 percent on select 2019 departures with supplemental solo traveler fees waived.
Book an ocean view or higher stateroom with Celebrity by Feb. 28 and have your choice of a drink package, wireless internet, prepaid gratuities or $150 onboard credit for the first two guests and 50 percent reduced cruise for the third and fourth passengers in a cabin. Receive up to $500 per cabin to spend onboard and 10 percent on shore excursions when booking a verandah or higher with Holland America on select Land + Sea Journeys by Feb. 28 (shore excursions must be booked by March 15). Plus, suites also receive prepaid gratuities. Princess’ anniversary sale runs through Feb. 14, and in that time you can take advantage of up to $600 per cabin credit and free specialty dining, with deposits as low as $100 per person. Royal Caribbean is offering savings of up to 30 percent and $100 per person credit with opportunities for upgrades and prepaid gratuities through Jan. 31. Past guests of Cunard can reduce their deposits by 50 percent, while all guests can enjoy upgrades, complimentary gratuities and free drinks (in Grill Suites) when booking by Feb. 28.
To maximize your savings and benefits, contact Stefany, Co-Founder/Dream Travel Designer of DMC Travel Tailor at (917) 653-9346 or email her at email@example.com.