Does Size Really Matter?

March 2, 2011 2 comments

Absolutely! When it comes to luggage size is very important.

When deciding on the amount of luggage to bring, your destination is an important deciding factor. Will you take a plane? Will you be staying with friends or at a hotel? Will you be using a car or public transportation?

Let’s say the destination is a city in Europe and you plan to take advantage of the city’s subway system. This may involve hiking up steep stairwells. In this case, luggage more than 25 inches in diameter is not advisable. Taking your car down the coast to a hotel is another matter.

Baggage is baggage. This is true no matter what. The smart travelers will remember their baggage will always weigh them down. With too much luggage you stress more about the things you brought. You nearly always leave an item behind and live to regret it. Even if you only have to load the luggage in and out a car and it roll to the hotel lobby you risk hurting your back.

To pack better follow the experts’ rules. Decide what you plan to bring. Split into the ‘needed’, ‘may be needed’, and ‘not so needed’ piles. Get rid of the ‘not so needed’ pile and at least half the ‘may be needed’ pile.

The outfit you have on counts and if it’s winter layer on an extra outfit. And you can wash when you get there. where ever there is,

Porsche Panamera Luggage

especially delicates in the bathroom sink.  And if you really have been living under a rock: if it doesn’t roll it does not go. Pack light!

Categories: General Travel

Skipping out on the Claus

February 26, 2011 1 comment

Weather! We have to deal with it every day. Maybe you snuggle in on cold days and maybe you trudge along undaunted through the daily grind. If you have the cojones for it why not trudge through Europe.

That’s right: Europe in the snow and rain. Christmas is a very long way away but in this economy you need to start saving now for any big expenses you have planned. You can spend this Christmas passing the mashed potatoes to Aunt Doreen or exploring the Louvre. You decide.

An enormous advantage to traveling abroad in the winter is that the airfare is cheap because most people want domestic flights. A second advantage is that international flights are often not crowded or delayed. There is a science to traveling abroad during the holiday season and we will discuss it in detail as the time approaches. So open that savings account today and get your head in the game. This year you are spending Christmas in Paris.

Categories: General Travel

Is Retail the Atmosphere?

February 23, 2011 Leave a comment

You are going to travel. You must. Someone will tell you to wait until you’ve saved and saved and earned the right to travel. That person is horribly wrong. Work in a hospital for one day and you’ll learn how wrong they are. Life is fleeting says the teenager in the ICU who tried to grab a book from their car and was hit by a drunk driver. Life must be seized one day at a time. So you are going to travel. And you’re going to travel as soon as you can wrangle up some cash or extend those credit lines.

But why travel? Is your dream to visit Harrods of London and spend your dollars with the elite on anything from lingerie to chocolate? Do not forget to do that. And do not forget this. When you board your plane or ship and set off for adventure forget that you are categorized as a consumer in your homeland. Think to yourself: ‘I am a citizen not a consumer’. You are not going for retail therapy in a foreign land. You are going to discover something wonderful that had you stayed home you never would have imagined.

 When you land at seaport or airport think about the people you will meet, the culture you will come to love and not the department stores. Your trip is about great memories you can take with you throughout your life and feed on whenever you need. This means grabbing a cheap Americano in a cafe and engaging the servers and soaking up the atmosphere will be just as valuable to you mentally as that shopping spree you have planned. Our global society will offer you the same designers in Dubai, London, Paris, New York, and every other major city. Consume at home and live abroad. When you do shop remember to find the things you could not buy in your own land. The little shops with designers that have not been exported over seas. These are the things worth taking home if it doesn’t cost you a plane ticket. Spend less and travel more.

Categories: General Travel

Oyster Card

February 22, 2011 2 comments

London is a beautiful city and you must see it. If you go in the winter you may have the privilege of watching a mother carry her plastic encased stroller down a steep cement stair case into the depths of the subway system on a rainy day. Yes there is a baby in there and they can breathe because the plastic just covers the top.

 When you go remember the first rule of any good traveler is take advantage of the public transportation. Travel like the locals and get a true feel for the city you’ve chosen to explore. Plus you’ll save big bucks; especially when the dollar is down about thirty percent on the pound these days.

When you travel in London’s tube do “Mind the gap.” And buy the Oyster Card. This little card will let you travel on the subways of London with no hassles. You will decide the zones you want to have access to (the more the pricier) and the length of time you expect to use it (same rule applies). For around 30 pounds you can get around London for a week.

The deposit may not seem worth it when you don’t have time to read the fine print, when you’re first in line with a busy gaggle of Londoners breathing down your neck. You will opt to avoid the deposit and get a daily pass. But the Oyster Card quickly pays for itself because (1) the extra pounds are just a deposit and (2) all the rides after you buy the Oyster Card are considerably cheaper than with the regular pass and (3) you get a great souvenir.  So grab a map and take the travel advice. I’m the expert and I learn the hard way so you don’t.

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