Lao Travel Planning Tips

Lao Travel Planning Tips
Lao Travel Planning Tips

Planning a trip to Laos?  By now you might have done your research, and know a bit about Laos. You might already get excited and dream of the place you’re heading to. But wait! You need to plan your trip a bit before you go.

A careful planning plays an essential role in determining your travel experience (good or not so-good). Here are some tips to keep in mind when planning a trip to Laos.

If you plan to go to other countries in the region before or after Laos (e.g Thailand, Cambodia or Vietnam), at least determine where to go first, next and last plus the entry/exit points in Laos. It’s important to have a clear plan to avoid doubling back that can eat up your time and money.

Plan your itinerary carefully. It helps saving hassle, time and money if you plan your routs thoroughly.

Decide where and how to get your tourist visa. Tourist visas are now valid for 30 days. Here are two ways to get the Lao visa:

Arrange it with the Lao Embassy, either in your neighbor countries if there isn’t one in your own country or in one of Laos’s neighboring countries (Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and China). Allow plenty of time if you chose this option.

Get it at Lao border or airport. Tourist visa is issued at most Lao ports of entry. Visa fee ranges from US$20 (China) to US$42 (Canada). Remember to take exact amount of money and 2 passport photos for that.

Please note that not everyone is eligible for Lao visa-on-arrival, you better checkto make sure you aren’t in the list of “not entitle” nationalities.

Get your passport ready. Make sure your passport is not expiring within the next six months.  You won’t be given a visa to enter Laos if your passport has less than six months validity. It can be worse if you plan to get a Lao visa-on-arrival, and arrive at a Lao border or Airport only to find your passport is invalid.

If you consider taking anti-malarial drugs, take it well in advance because you might have awful reactions to anti-malarial. If you take it too close to your travel date, you may still feel awful on your vacation. It’s best to ask your doctor.

Sort out your traveler check or credit card(s) for use in Laos. Take some cash as well. Small notes make it easy when you need to buy things on the go like bottled water and snacks.

Book/buy your tickets early. Book your ticket as soon as you have a clear plan.  You can save good amount of money by purchasing your ticket early. Stay with the same airline during your entire trip to receive round-trip or connecting fare discounts.

If you’re on medication ask your doctor for your prescribed medicine. Take enough for the period of your travel. It’s a good practice to keep them in their original packages (in case you have to declare at the airport security checkpoint). …

Europe Travel Tips – Recommendations If You Plan to Work While Travelling

Europe Travel Tips - Recommendations If You Plan to Work While Travelling
Europe Travel Tips - Recommendations If You Plan to Work While Travelling

Working to finance the holidays in Europe is one of options that the travelers always do. The best thing is that they can live for a while and know more about the country. Also, living in a non-English country gives you the opportunity to learn a second language and have lots of practice. I think it is the greatest advantage of have mixing work and travel.

If you plan to work legally in Europe, you need to do some researches. But most of travelers prefer to do casual illegal work such as working at ski or beach resorts, seasonal work as fruit picking and so on. But it would be risky that the wage is not enough to support your living for few weeks. Thus, you need to reserve sufficient money for purchasing a return air ticket.

There are some tips if you plan to work in ski or beach resorts. First of all, you have to find this kind of jobs before the season begins. Otherwise, these vacancies will be gone quickly. Second, you should not bring along with CV or job reference. Take British Immigration as an example, they may suspect anyone that will work illegally if they have these documents.

In fact, being a foreigner, it is quite difficult to find the causal work in Europe as unemployment rate is high in some countries. These casual seasonal jobs will be taken up quickly by other citizens in EU countries as EU citizens can work in any other EU countries. I strongly recommend that you must deeply consider your employment plan in your journey. You must have a flexible itinerary to seek work along your trip, only treating the causal job as a bonus to your travel. …

How to Make Your Own Comfy Travel Pillow

How to Make Your Own Comfy Travel Pillow
How to Make Your Own Comfy Travel Pillow

Whether you travel in a car or on a plane or train when you go on a vacation, you always want to try and be as comfortable as you possibly can, especially if you are going somewhere that might be a long distance and you need to sleep while traveling, best bus travel tips. So it’s always a nice idea to have your own travel pillow with you for the trip. Travel pillows are generally a lot smaller than a regular pillow and can be square, U shaped or round and when you buy one they can cost up to $45.00. So why not save yourself a little bit of money and make your own?

First thing you will need to do is to pick out the kind of fabric that you want your pillow to be made out of. You can choose silk, satin, fleece, whatever you like. Fleece however is probably the easiest material to work with and it doesn’t fray like some other materials that you might choose. For this project the material will be fleece. You can even take an old fleece shirt and use to make your pillow with cutting down on cost right there.

After you have your material you will need to figure out how big you want it and what shape you want it to be. The normal size of a travel pillow is about 12 inches in height and around 16 inches wide. This is about half as big as your traditional bedroom pillow. If you decide you want a U shaped one you should make a mock one first using some rolled up kitchen towels.

Once you have decided on your size you will need to add about 4 inches to the height and to the length of your pillow. Now, lay out the fabric making sure that it is flat and then carefully cut out the shape that you desire. You will of course need to cut two pieces of the same size. Take the pieces and lay them on top of one another. Make sure the sides that are considered good are out. Now take a ruler and put it 2 inches from the fabrics edge and leave 2 inches on the sides, next you will cut it at 1 inch intervals all around the material this will give you 2 inches of fringe all around the pillow.

Take one corner and tie the fabric together you can do this by twisting the material into a knot. This simple twist allows for the fabric to show it’s opposite side. You will tie three sides like this and then you can take the filling you decided upon and stuff it into the pillow. After you have the filling in the pillow you can then tie the fringe on the last side. Make sure that all the fringe pieces are tied securely around the entire pillow.…

South Florida Vacation Mecca

South Florida Vacation Mecca
South Florida Vacation Mecca

South Florida is known for its miles and miles of beautiful white sandy beaches and sparkling clear water, which is why it is one of the most visited areas in the United States. Affluent international travelers visit South Florida for vacation, business and to enjoy the glitz and glamor that the area offers. Additionally, Florida is the Cruise Capital of the World and home port to the two largest cruise ships in the world, the Oasis of the Seas and the Allure of the Seas. It was estimated in 2011 that more than 13.9 million passengers embarked on cruises leaving out of Florida.

Miami and Fort Lauderdale area offers a plethora of sites to see and things to do while visiting with everything from parks, museums, aquariums, casinos, sporting events and boat tours. There is even a boat tour that takes guests around to view some of the most expensive homes in the area belonging to celebrities or the rich and famous.

While in South Florida you may want to visit Butterfly World. It’s a unique place to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature and take in the amazing gardens and butterflies.

Another place that many find interesting is Vizcaya, which is located on Biscayne Bay in Miami. This 1916 home built by John Deering is a National Historic Landmark. The Museum and Gardens features ten acres of formal gardens and the castle is located in the heart of Miami. It is a stunningly beautiful retreat with a lot of history and a look back at simpler times.

If your looking for an exciting night out, you may want to try South Beach in Miami which is an international known “hot spot” for tourist and locals alike. While there you may even spot a celebrity enjoying the nightlife.

Miami, “Gateway to the Americas” has a reputation of being the international cultural and financial hub of America and according to the US Census Bureau; Miami’s metro area is the seventh most populous and fifth-largest urban area in the United States, with a population of around 5.5 million.

Miami is a leader in finance, commerce, culture, media, entertainment, the arts, and international trade. Forbes Magazine ranked Miami “America’s Cleanest City” in 2008 for its year-round good air quality, vast green spaces, clean drinking water and clean streets. In 2009, according to UBS study of 73 world cities, Miami was ranked as the richest city in the United States, and the world’s fifth-richest city in terms of purchasing power.

The amazing tropical climate in South Florida is the only major metropolitan area in the 48 contiguous states that falls under that category. Although South Florida does experience cold fronts from November through March, most of the year is warm and humid with the mean temperature for any month never going below 64.

It’s not surprising that so many people love South Florida and flock there for vacation getaways. It is truly inviting for many reasons other than the beautiful climate, cruise ports …

Expert Travel Agents Offer Helpful Travel Hints

Expert Travel Agents Offer Helpful Travel Hints

Think that figuring out airfares these days is a little like being lost in a maze where no one’s even left you a clue?

Expert Travel Agents Offer Helpful Travel Hints

Most domestic flights offer two types of service: first and full fare coach, which have very few restrictions attached. Overseas flights may also offer unrestricted business class fares. In addition, there are many other types of discounted, promotional coach fares with many restrictions and, often, route a traveler may be able to choose among several airlines offering many different flights at many different prices.

To choose among the alternatives, you must first determine your priorities. A businessperson’s priority may be to get from New York to Los Angeles in time for a luncheon on Monday, while a leisure traveler might rate budget a higher priority.

Airlines reserve some seats at full fare for business travelers who must book on short notice and cannot look for bargains. Other seats are cheaper, with the biggest bargains offered at the least traveled times and days, with minimum and maximum stay requirements, a Saturday night stay-over requirement, advance reservations and payment, and cancellation penalties from 25-100 percent.

Why do the biggest bargains always seem to be sold out? The attempt to reserve one of these super bargains is frustrating because there are limited seats on any given flight set aside at bargain rates. To complicate matters further, the airlines, in order to reap the most profits on a flight, juggle the fares, resulting in the phenomenon of a traveler being able to get a super bargain one day that wasn’t available only the day before.

Maximize your opportunities to get the most economical fares, comments one expert, by keeping the following in mind:

First and foremost be flexible. Airlines charge the most for those passengers who are the least flexible. If you must travel on short notice during peak times, you’ll pay a premium.

Book your trip as far in advance as possible. The farther ahead, the better your chances of getting one of the bargain fares.

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