What Type of Travel Insurance Is Best for Canadians?

Among the first questions the majority Canadians ask when buying travel insurance packages is “What type of travel insurance do I need?

It’s a good query, as there are a number of travel insurance types in existence, and selecting among the them all can seem a bit tricky to start with.

Listed in this article, we describe the primary types of plans in Canada, and what types of insurance are best for Canadians.

Single Trip

A single trip policy is suitable for your requirements if you’re intending to travel once inside of a given year. This variety of plan is the most widespread type of plan. Single trip policies only cover individuals for an individual journey away from home.

Multi Trip

If you travel repeatedly each year, it may be worthwhile to buy a multi-trip travel insurance policy. A multi-trip coverage offers insurance for numerous trips in a year. Multi-trip plans often have limits around the time period of trips you are able to make. 15 day or one month trip limits are common, however, some firms let you take as many as sixty days on every trip.

If you want multi-trip coverage, look into the plan perks that are offered by credit card issuers. One of the charge cards you have in your purse could quite possibly maybe even offer protection!

Coverage may include the cardholder’s husband or wife and little ones and can be a great strategy to reduce travel insurance plan costs. Make sure you study the insurance policy and coverage cautiously, so you know exactly what you’re actually getting.

All Inclusive

An all inclusive plan may well be effective for you if you want to have complete coverage. All inclusive insurance policies usually cover emergency medical protection, trip cancellation and trip interruption, baggage insurance plans and health evacuation insurance. Numerous all inclusive insurance policies offer high limits for emergency medical coverage.

The key downside of most inclusive policies is money. You’ll often pay greater than double the total cost of a single trip plan for all inclusive travel insurance plan. If you happen to be paying attention to how much you want to spend, contemplate getting a simple single trip plan, and choosing a supplementary trip cancellation plan. This can help you save a ton of money.

Tip! Make a brief telephone call to your house insurance company to check out if they offer some baggage or personal belongings insurance plan.

Trip Cancellation and Interruption

Trip cancellation and interruption insurance is effective if you’re concerned about the expense to you personally in case your trip is cancelled or rescheduled. These kinds of packages are especially a good choice for trips that are high priced.

Trip cancellation and interruption insurance plans are also a decent option if you are travelling with multiple people, or if you happen to be travelling along with children. Would you want to take your infant on a long voyage if they’ve only developed a serious stomach virus? It happens all the time.Trip cancellation and interruption insurance will let you cancel your trip for pre-specified reasons like illness of yourself or a travelling companion, or work loss.

Always get in touch with your insurance provider to obtain their permission prior to cancelling a holiday. It’s very normal to believe a reason for cancelling is covered under an insurance policy, only to discover out that in fact there’s an exclusion within the plan. You can buy cancel for any reason travel insurance plans, which will let you cancel a holiday for various reasons. These policies generally are somewhat higher priced, but nonetheless they do give you peace of mind.

Top Up Insurance for Canadians

Top up travel insurance is an effective option in the event you already have insurance, but don’t have coverage for the entire time period that in fact you’re away. This type of travel insurance plan is definitely worthwhile in case you have work or charge card insurance which can only cover you for the beginning part of your trip.

Using your primary insurance plans for your 1st part of your journey, and acquiring a top up plan for the rest, might be greatly less costly than investing in a brand-new policy for the entire time period.

Baggage

Baggage insurance protects you and your loved ones in case your luggage is lost, stolen, or rescheduled. The benefit you can get from baggage insurance ranges from about $500 to $2000 per consumer, relying on your plan.

Your home insurance coverage quite often gives you some protection for your assets while you are traveling, but they in all likelihood will likely not cover baggage delays.

Medical Evacuation

Emergency medical evacuation insurance is especially necessary if you’re going on a cruise or if you happen to be paying a visit to a remote location. If you fall ill aboard a cruise, an emergency medical evacuation by way of a helicopter can easily cost $150,000.

Emergency health evacuation insurance can pay for transportation to the closest medical facility or alternatively back to your point of departure. Having said that, all insurance policies call for pre-approval by way of qualified medical expert. While medical evacuation is covered in many medical travel insurance policies, you can buy separate medical evacuation insurance cover plan.

Be mindful if you’re considering obtaining insurance plans coming from the cruise company. Many cruise companies do not include medical evacuation insurance cover plan inside their travel insurance policies.

Pre-Existing Conditions

If you have a pre-existing health condition (including diabetes or alternatively heart issues), a policy that allows for coverage when it comes to pre-existing conditions is a must have. A pre-existing condition is a health problem you might already had when trip started, even if you didn’t have the problem at the time you obtained your insurance.

Insurance policies who will allow for pre-existing medical conditions are typically more costly, nonetheless, at the very least, you’ll be covered in the event you have a medical disaster associated with your pre-existing condition. Any condition that in fact appears from the time you acquire your insurance plan to the time period you begin your vacation can be considered to be a pre-existing condition, even if you didn’t know about it at the time you purchased your insurance plan.

Being pregnant will often be viewed as a pre-existing condition by many travel insurers.

Accidental Death and Dismemberment

Accidental death and dismemberment is a worthwhile type of travel insurance, and is generally speaking (though not guaranteed to be) covered in emergency medical travel insurance policies. This type of travel insurance will take care of you for injuries you get while riding as a fare-paying passenger on an airplane, helicopter or common carrier (a bus, boat, or even train). There’s also a death benefit that is paid out (generally between 10,000 to 25,000) if you pass away on your voyage.

Intelligent Transport Systems

Both describe the use of computerised communication technology applied to improving the conditions on our roads. A system is programmed to achieve a particular set of goals, according to brief, further goals can be added, in the future, but need to be programmed into the system.

Any difference, therefore, lies in details of software programming and its application. Where traffic-related ITS deals mainly with traffic enforcement and toll collection, transport-related ITS aims to provide more pleasant and effective travel to those using public transport and help traffic to run more smoothly. The eThekwini Transport Authority has incorporated ITS into its plans for the future.

The eThekwini Transport Authority

In January 2004, the eThekwini Transport Authority (ETA) was established to take responsibility for all transport-related issues within the Municipality. Its particular mandates are public transport and the reduction of traffic congestion. It therefore hopes to encourage the people who presently indulge their use of private transport, to see the benefit of swapping to public transport.

In the Durban area, this includes buses, mini-bus taxis and trains, none of which presently operate very efficiently. Some services are duplicated, under-utilised and over-subsidised while others, that by virtue of their popularity should receive subsidies, do not.

Buses and trains are subsidised to the tune of R400 million a year, but taxi commuters -historically the poorer people of our society – are required to cover the entire cost of the service.
13% of Durban’s residents (roughly 400 000 people) have no access, or cannot afford to access public transport, in any form. The eThekwini Transport Authority’s current initiatives aim to apply technical intelligence to change and improve the status quo.

The ‘recap’ and EMS

The average distance of a public-transport trip is 20km and takes roughly 48 minutes from start to finish. Taxis are often (at best) uncomfortably crowded and (at worst) in a frightful condition, putting the lives of commuters at great risk.

Taxi ‘recapitalisation’ goes far beyond exchanging hard cash for beaten up vehicles and dedicated, regulated, route monitoring. An Electronic Management System (EMS), which operates far beyond fare payment issues, is an important feature of the R7.7 billion x 7-year programme.

This “total operating solution” will monitor such things as vehicle speeds, where and when stops are made, vehicle-maintenance management and the automatic provision of medical and funeral insurance cover for passengers (in the event of injury or death). It will, in fact, control and totally revolutionise an industry that caters to 68% of the country’s daily commuters.

Incentives for change

“Positive discrimination” incentives that will hopefully cause motorists to change willingly to public transport, include priority right-of-way (dedicated) bus lanes enforced (to keep other vehicles out) with the help of CCTV number plate and facial recognition systems, which will allow for automatic prosecution of offenders.

Dedicated bus lanes increase the speed of buses while decreasing the speed of all other vehicles. Electronic transponders, fitted to buses, can further ensure that the buses encounter green signals at robots.

All well and good; but the Durban Municipality may need then, to double the staff in its traffic camera office. As a nation, we are known for our lawlessness on the roads; citizens regularly ignore the regulations. As for taxis: does one exist, that could resist an empty lane? A huge increase in number-plate violation and the skipping of red robots can be expected as a result of this initiative.

More importantly, you cannot catch a bus that does not function in your area. Perhaps pre-emptive lanes, reserved for buses and taxis, would leave motorists to travel in comparative safety, even if more slowly!

A fair fare system

Due to the low value, but high volume of public transport fares, ticketing systems have traditionally been deemed the most acceptable proof of payment. Cash presentation either wastes the time of the driver, who must provide correct change, or incurs the need for an extra person, a conductor/ticket seller, either inside the vehicle or in an alternate office.

Integrating and preloading a ticket for use across various forms of transport (taxi, bus or rail) would offer an opportunity for seamless travel between the various transport modes and make the fare-collection process faster and more efficient. It would also reduce opportunities for fare collector fraud and would bring all public transport operators within the SARS (tax) net.

Previously, this solution was not considered viable because the organisation that would hold any central float of pre-paid funds (and thus benefit from its interest) could not be decided amicably. Any involved transport operators would have benefited enormously from having a few billion Rand to their credit.

Electronic or e-payment systems allow for bank-issued smart cards, linked to the bank accounts of individuals, so trip costs can now be deducted from personal bank accounts and paid directly to the relevant operators. This recent development is likely to change the face of public transport.

Information systems

The ‘talking trains’ in London are fascinating. Not only are passengers warned, by digital carriage displays, of distances between stations and stops, but an electronic voice, in anticipation of the next station, also kindly suggests when it would be appropriate to gather your luggage and head for an exit.

Trip information is vital to those commuting in unfamiliar places and, if managed competently and available 24 hours a day, causes far less consternation and stress to travellers. The London Underground now also sends SMS messages to regular passengers to reassure them that their services are running normally.

Presently, individual South African commuters are at the mercy of an imperfect system (though, to expect absolute perfection of any system, is not realistic). Our high road accident rate regularly causes havoc on our roads. Traffic reports, now featured on radio, during peak traffic hours, help to reduce congestion, but buses and taxis are unable to change their routes due to waiting commuters at pre-ordained stops.

People like to feel in control of their own movements and those who have used their own transport to travel to and from work, in South Africa, are unlikely to take kindly to any system that does not disseminate whatever information it can, to them, the road users.

Individual Benefits

Intelligent Transport Systems will, in the future, monitor any incidents of abnormal traffic congestion on the feeder arterials, even showing the causes for delay. They will relay this information to the eThekwini Emergency Response Centre. While Metro Police close the main arterials affected, the Freeway Management System will automatically send appropriate warning messages to message signs posted at key (driver) decision points on the route/s affected, diverting traffic onto less congested routes.

Automatic Vehicle Location and Real Time Passenger Information systems will operate from a central Public-Transport Call Centre, where reports received about delayed public transport vehicles will then be relayed to bus and taxi stops along the revised and initial routes. The data can also be posted on digital displays within public-transport vehicles.

Passenger Information Signs within a 20km radius of any delays will thus inform commuters, allowing them to decide whether to make alternative plans, warn others of delay on their cell phones or utilise a different mode of public transport. Commuters subscribing to a new ‘Buspass’ payment system will be able to receive this information, by SMS, on their cell phones.

If, for instance, a would-be passenger has not yet left the office for his evening trip home, he might prefer to work late, or use the train, rather than stand for an extra hour at a bus stop. The system, in fact, will present viable options to passengers, depending on their destinations and time restraints.

Integrated ticketing

The concept of integrated ticketing also allows for unlimited possibilities. In London, for instance, vehicles are recognised by CCTV camera systems, as they pass certain points. Toll fees are charged to the vehicle owners accordingly. Accounts are paid on presentation, at regular intervals.

Your municipal rates/electricity/water account might, for instance, carry an extra charge, according to how many toll cameras your vehicle had passed during the preceding month. Obviously, this could prove a problem in a country where people allow their service accounts to accumulate and then demand everything ‘free’ after several months.

Whether tickets are paper, smart cards, pre-paid cards or even cell-phone link-ups, the intention is to allow one form of payment for any and every trip. In case of a MetroRail strike, passengers would be able to use buses for the duration, without incurring extra costs – essential in a country where many families are on so tight a budget that finding several extra Rand mid-month can leave them without food until payday.

Once again, London provides the best idea I have yet seen. Monthly underground rail cards can be kept inside a purse or wallet and yet are still activated as commuters pass through the checkpoints. There is no need for searching of pockets or handbags for inoffensive little pieces of plastic or paper. Just as metal (very often bra under-wiring) activates x-ray machines at airports, so technology at the checkpoints can recognise a hidden ticket: an ‘extra-smart’ card.

Only people who travel regularly would probably use such an advanced, pre-paid option. A facility to allow once-off passengers to buy their tickets at bus stops would probably also be necessary and could be similar to the parking payment machines inside airports. When the ease with which South Africans buy cell-phone airtime at outlets on practically every street corner, is considered, this should prove no problem – you see: it can all be far easier than we at first think!

Ticketing procedures like this would do away with queues, the need to carry cash, the need to make special trips to ticket outlets, the need for fare collectors and inspectors and the need for drivers to count change while at the wheel. They would allow subsidies to be distributed exactly according to mode usage, after the fact, rather than, in advance.

The facility doesn’t need to be limited only to fare payment, though. The intention is to facilitate a programme for the 2010 World Cup that will allow soccer fans to pre-load electronically formatted entrance tickets for combined transport, refreshment and memorabilia usage – a ‘one card pays all’ system. The possibilities of this format are endless and depend more on the ability of service/supply organisations to co-operate within centralised visions, than anything else.

Safety

With one of its prime objectives being the attraction of private motorists to public transport usage, reluctance to give up comfort and convenience has been cited by Darryll Thomas, Manager of the Urban Traffic Control Branch (eThekwini) and President: SASITS (SA Society for ITS) as a main disadvantage.

I find it difficult to believe that public transport authorities will ever be able to supplement ‘own travel’ with an improved alternative, in South Africa; where presently, options do not exist, they would need to be provided, regularised through a 24/7 cycle and operated in a holistically safe environment.

Not only would the mode of transport need to be 100% safe, but vehicles parked preparatory to public-transport trips, would also need to be safe, while parked. On their return, commuters would again need to feel safe as they claimed their vehicles. For most to consider public transport a worthwhile option, pedestrian commuters would also need to feel considerably safer walking between destination and their choice of public transport.

Mr Thomas agrees that: “If the public are frightened to use the services, inevitably the policy is doomed to failure” and believes that it is the safety aspect that deters many commuters from swapping from own transport to public transport, despite the fact that attacks on passengers are rare.

He agrees that vandalism and criminal attacks need to be curbed, and claims they can be, with the help of technology. He also believes that visible CCTV surveillance could nullify this fear; that public education would alert us to “video analysis techniques that can alert staff automatically to suspicious behaviour on stations, trains and buses”.

His intention to educate the public about all the technological measures that would be employed to combat crime, on public transport, is laudable. He insists that, “should something untoward occur”, help will be “very close at hand” and acknowledges that “vandalism and attacks on public and staff are an evil curse that, as a civilised society, we need to attack with all the technologies we have at our disposal”.
Consumer safety priorities

I sense that, from his positions with SASITS and in the municipality, he is considering public safety only as it relates to public transport usage. Personally, I am less frightened of using the service than getting from my home to the service point, from the service point to my destination and then reversing the process later in the day.

Every commuter is likely to be a pedestrian at either end of his/her public transport usage and it is as much during this point in their journeys, as actually while on public transport, that safety is a huge concern to most people, who may need to carry laptop computers, cell phones and even their public-transport tickets, in whatever format, through city streets.

The pertinent question: does the Municipality intend to position CCTV cameras at every point along every journey, even the pedestrian ones? If so, well and good, but this would require immense financial investment (though probably slightly less, long-term, than installing the same number of Metro policemen in those positions, 24/7.

Mugging and petty thievery, on the streets, cannot be left out of the safety equation! I personally believe that safety is the crux of this issue and is generally hopelessly oversimplified. Another important concern is the number of people who are expected to use their ‘business’ vehicles for work purposes during the working day.

In some areas where options already exist, taxi strikers have stoned commuters who choose to travel by bus or train. Some commuters find it safer just to remain at home, instead of trying to get to work. It seems clear that the ‘grip’ that striking workers in any industry have, over others, has been allowed to get out of hand. This, too, should be classified as a public-transport safety issue. Most Durban motorists approached, insisted that the Municipality would need to pay them handsomely to use public transport on a regular basis. The reason? Always the safety issue…

Co-operation

Thomas, ultimately, agrees that: “as long as the perceived inconvenience of public transport persists, the majority of motorists will prefer to use their car regardless of any penalty imposed”.

Improving the quantity and quality of public transport vehicles, he concedes, is necessary and will involve a far larger investment than has been presently budgeted. It is not only the mindset of the public that needs to undergo change, but that of transport planners throughout the country.

Favorite Travel Destinations & Dishes Abroad, Unforgettable Places Overseas

As a worldwide traveler disenchanted with American consumerism and individualism, I prefer spending Thanksgiving among the poor overseas where the true meaning of thankfulness can be felt from the heart. As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, Americans want to embrace and experience their world.

Favorite Thanksgiving destinations abroad are Costa Rica, the Caribbean Islands, the Orient, and Eastern Europe all of which you can get treated like family upon arrival and get more bang for your buck despite the decline of the dollar.

Must taste foods overseas are:

Costa Rica – ceviche (a phenomenal culinary delight – fish marinated and cooked in lemon juice)

Caribbean – jerk chicken and conch chowder

Orient – Tom kha gai (coconut milk soup with seafood) and Beijing duck

Eastern Europe – borsh (a Russian or Polish soup usually containing beet juice and beef)

Even if you can’t get away and travel abroad for the holidays, try some new cuisine to thrill your taste buds! There are many international fusion restaurants that combine the best of certain ethnic cuisines in which you are sure to find something every family member will enjoy.

Best of all is the cultural experience in which you can learn about the way other nationalities cook, eat, and interact. I find this to be priceless and most enjoyable. Truly global travel has been the best thing that has ever happened to me. It has enlarged my heart and enabled me to embrace my world.

Imagine a world without war. Perhaps global peace will begin when we all start traveling to one another’s countries and eating at the same culinary table.

Paul Davis is a highly sought after professional speaker, life purpose coach, worldwide minister, and change master.

Paul is the author of several books including United States of Arrogance, Breakthrough for a Broken Heart; Adultery: 101 Reasons Not to Cheat; Are You Ready for True Love; Stop Lusting & Start Living; Waves of God; Supernatural Fire; Poems that Propel the Planet; and God vs. Religion.

Paul’s compassion for people & passion to travel has taken him to over 50 countries of the world where he has had a tremendous impact. Paul’s organization Dream-Maker Ministries is building dreams, breaking limitations & reviving nations.

Paul inspires, revives, awakens, impregnates with purpose, imparts the fire of desire, catapults people into a new level of self-awareness, facilitates destiny discovery and dream fulfillment.

The Best Car Rental Tip to Avoid Nasty Credit Card Bills – Part 2

How to avoid nasty “surprises” in your credit card statement?

In previous article we looked at airport surcharges and how they can affect your total bill. Now, let’s have a look at other components that can add to your total credit bill.

Insurance

Your rental car comes with a standard insurance liability of between $2900 and $3300 depending on a car rental supplier. This liability can be further reduced by paying an extra daily charge of between $25 and $27. However, since the price of insurance is almost half of what you pay for you car, I recommend that you check your credit card/travel/car insurance to make sure it doesn’t cover you in a rental car.

Gasoline Charges

For your convenience most car rental companies provide cars with a full tank of fuel. However, be assured that if you don’t return the car with a full tank you will pay a higher price for petrol used to fill up the empty tank. Most car rental companies these days offer the option of purchasing a full tank of gas when you first take the car, enabling you to return the car with as much or as little fuel as you wish.

Please note that there is no refund for unused fuel, so it’s likely you’ll be paying a little extra for the convenience of skipping the trip to the gas station.

Drop-Off Charges

An extra fee is usually charged if a car is returned to a different location than where it was picked up. This fee varies by location; in some instances there is no charge, while you could pay $300 or more for cross-country drop-offs. However, some companies do not require a charge when dropping off in-state at many Queensland and New South Wales locations.

The 24-Hour Clock

Car rental industry operates on a 24-hour clock rate. However, there is also a 59-minute grace period before hourly charges apply. To give you an example, if you rent a car at 12:00pm on Tuesday and return it by 12:59pm on Wednesday, you will be charged for one day only. However, if you return the car after 27 hours (in this case after 15:00) you’ll then be charged for the full extra day. Hourly charges apply between 25-27 hours.

Early Returns

When you rent a car for a particular number of days, you sign a sale contract for that period. So, just like with any other contracts out there, if you break your contract you must pay cancellation fees. Since, car rental companies set their rates based on the rental period, the longer you keep the car the cheaper the daily base rate. If you managed to reserve a car for 7 days using one of these “hot” weekly specials and then decide to bring the car two days earlier, you might get charged at a default daily rate and your total car rental charge for 5 days might end up costing you more than if you kept the car for 7 days. Therefore, please don’t forget to ask a car rental agent if you pay different daily rate for earlier returns.

 

Travel With These 5 Healthy Foods

The 5 selected foods will boost your energy, control your blood sugar levels and even provide you with the antioxidants you need to combat the stress of traveling or the change in sleep schedules.

The selected snack items require little to no refrigeration and contain a variety of nutrients. They also travel well and take up little space.

Apples – This easy fruit has great fiber and is very refreshing when traveling. I call apples natures toothbrush, with my teeth always feeling cleaner after I’ve eaten my apple. Apples will stay fresh for over a week, minus any bruising. The fiber will balance your blood sugar levels, cleanse your digestive tract and has few calories.

Raw Nuts – Having a variety of raw nuts on hand will give you a powerful punch of minerals, vitamins and good quality fat and protein ratios. I also like to add Goji Berries with my raw nuts, which is considered a superfood. Goji berries offer protection from cancer, increasing longevity, boosting the immune system and lowering cholesterol. Since all dried fruit has higher amounts of sugar, I always consume with a fat and protein, such as raw nuts to slow the glucose load. Other foods to add to your raw nut mix are cocoa nibs, shredded coconut and any seasonings to add flavor to your mix. My favorite is nutritional yeast for a cheesy flavor.

Hemp Seeds – can be purchased in sealed foiled bags for easy transport. They have been used for over 2000 years as a healing and tonifiying food in treating a number of ailments. Hemp is protein rich, gluten free with great omega fatty acids and fiber.

Chia Seeds – More and more people are becoming aware of Chia Seeds and the healthy properties they hold. They contain great omega 3 fatty acids, hunger satisfying protein and lots of antioxidants. Mix 2 tbsps of chia seeds per 16 oz of water and you’ve got a hydrating power pack snack.

Carrots or Pea pods – the art of chewing is sometimes great to pass the time while traveling. So if you must chew, chew on fibrous veggies that will provide nutrients. This crunchy snack doesn’t need refrigeration for an entire day and is rich in vitamin A and K and other antioxidants.

This is a good start on high nutrient dense foods to carry with you while traveling. Simple yet effective ideas. So, what’s your favorite traveling snack?

Road Trips And Good Food – A Matched Pair

After giving it a chance, most people find they like the experience of a nice road trip. Whether it’s just an afternoon, a whole day, or multiple days in a row, a road trip can be just the diversion you need to get you away from the stress of regular life. While on a road trip you have many different options as far as meal and meal preparation go, don’t overlook the opportunity to make your food one of the highlights of your road trip.

Your first option for eating while road tripping is bringing your own food along. Whether you brown-bag-it or ice-chest-it doesn’t matter, the thing that will make this road trip most memorable is where the food gets eaten. Eating in the car as you drive can be fun, when you couple good food with good conversation, everyone has a great time. The downside of eating in the car is that it limits you to foods that aren’t too messy or need to be convenient to hold. Another option is to stop and have a picnic. If you’re out to see the sights anyway, why not just stop at a favorite state park, historical site, or almost any interesting place you find and spread the blanket out and eat comfortably. This allows you to spend a little more quality time at this one spot and who knows, you might find out something you don’t know about it too. Stopping for a picnic lunch also breaks up the drive a bit, which is very handy if you have children along.

Your second option for eating while road tripping, is to eat out. Eating out can be a great experience, and it too can break up the long drive and provide some comfort for you and your fellow travelers. If you want to make eating out a highlight of your road trip then stay away from the national chain restaurants and fast food franchises. Why devote a day or a weekend to getting away from it all and then choose to eat at the same places you can eat at when you’re at home? So whether it’s sub sandwiches, hamburgers and fries, or deep fried fish you’re wanting – choose a locally owned eatery. There are many reasons to try locally owned restaurants and places to eat. You may be forced to try something you never would have on your own, and find out that you love it. The food is usually of superior quality at smaller restaurants when compared to national chains that flavor their food to please the masses. Many times, you will find that the owner or owners of the restaurant are the ones doing the cooking and the food tastes much better because they know their business is on the line.

Eating should not only be a necessary part of your next road trip, it should be a highlight. Whether you’re using the opportunity to picnic near a waterfall, or enjoy homemade spare ribs at a diner that only seats twelve people, accenting your road trip with memorable meals can lead to a more enjoyable trip.

Holiday Vacation Tips to Do

The holiday season is almost felt. If you feel that time is soon running out due to endless Christmas shopping of gifts, it’s time you take the time to plan your holiday vacation. This is the perfect time to relax and unwind especially after having all the stress this holiday can bring.

Here are some ways you can do to enjoy holiday vacations:

Set aside time to visit the Spa.
This is the easiest way to relax on a break, and the least costly too. You can go visit your favorite spa house and have a full body massage, hand and foot spa, etc. Going to the spa once in a while is good for blood circulation and stress reduction.

Make it a point to reward yourself with enough sleep.
Sleeping when stressed with the holiday rush is absolutely great for you. This is the time when you need it the most even if you can afford it the least! The tip is to plan a schedule ahead of time so you can set aside the needed hours for some much needed sleep. Also, you can try suggesting the parties to start at an earlier hour so you can leave just in time for bed.

Take time to visit the people closest to you.
Although this is an obvious thing to do during the holidays, you have to admit that a big chunk of your evenings are spent in parties with people you barely know (like big company parties, or social club gatherings). Nothing beats the warmth and pleasure of visiting close friends and relatives during holidays. They are the most important people to keep in touch with. And having them around alleviates stress and worry.

Buy your gifts early, or shop online instead.
The usual holiday advice: shop before the rush hours. It still holds true today. Good thing online shopping has allowed more luxury of time and convenience for us when buying gifts. Shopping is therapeutic as it is. Add to that is the convenience it brings when you shop ahead of time or you buy online.

Be one with the environment, enjoy the outdoors!
Nature is one heaven for stressed out souls. The greenery brings peace of mind. The fresh and cool air allows more of you to unwind. Spend the rest of the vacation either with yourself, or with the whole family in themed parks, or places with natural green environment. You can go bushwalking, fishing, or camping. You can try these activities in the holiday south coast in NSW, Australia.

These are just some of a few tips you can take to have a less-stressful, but more enjoyable holiday vacation.

Author writes for various industries such as the holiday south coast in NSW, Australia.

Kenya Holiday Vacations

In Kenya, you will have an exciting holiday that you will live to remember. Its famous for it’s wildlife watching sites and beautiful photo shooting. Kenya is however the original and authentic wildlife safari destination as described the early European Hunters. You will have a chance to see a variety of wild animals, bird life and also insect life, all sustained in their respective ecology. Above all, you will be delighted to see the five big wild animals on the ground and the big animals below the Indian Ocean. Take a tour to Lake Nakuru and have a spectacular view of millions flamingo birds.

It’s a beautiful country with a mixture of green forest, semi-arid areas, equatorial rain forest, mountains and vegetation. Spending your holiday vacations in Kenya will be the right choice since, you will also have a chance to visit big tea and coffee plantations in central province and also in Kericho. Kenya is a peaceful country where you will have good relaxation. You will rest in gorgeous big hotels, where you will have delicious food prepared by expert chefs. Kenya is highly populated with various tribe and different cultures. It’s a country where you will learn, enjoy and meet new people.

You will not regret having your holiday vacations here in Kenya where you will visit the Indian Ocean Beach. Here you can choose to visit the remote Indian Ocean beach which is far from human contact with the boat or airplane being the only means of transport. The Indian Ocean is a popular beach with plenty of sun, white sand beaches and food. You will have fun swimming in the salty water sea that is devoid of refuse. Visit Mombasa town to see Fort Jesus, the oldest building which was built by the Portuguese. Swahili is the language which is commonly used in Mombasa. I’m sure you will learn a few words.

Take your holiday vacations to Kenya and adventure the Great Rift Valley. Take an enjoyable journey to Lake Naivasha, which is a fresh water lake with different types of fish. Lake Nakuru is an alkaline water making it an ideal home for millions pink and white flamingo birds. Lake Bogolia with it’s unique hot water perspective where you can boil an egg within a minute when placed in the geyser. You will have a wonderful time with the indigenous Masai, Pokot and Samburu communities who strongly keep their cultures. There are many activities in Kenya creating employment to the majority of the people.

4 Holiday Vacation Destinations

Christmas is nearing. Snow is starting to powder the streets, lights are brightening store fronts, and Starbucks are selling gingerbread lattes by the dozen. There’s nothing quite like a Christmas where the only colours we see other than white, is the rose in our cheeks and the burgundy of our malt wine. Or is there? What about a sandy brown and ocean blue Christmas? Mmmmm, that sounds pretty nice too.

Here are 4 ideal holiday vacations.

1. Villars, Switzerland

For those of you who want to enjoy the snow this season Villars is a lovely place to go. Located outside of Geneva, Villars is frequented by a collection of classy Swiss as well as French, Greeks, Germans and more. Unlike some of the mountain villages around Switzerland, France, and Austria, Villars maintains its small, quaint ambiance. The hills never get too crowded, the restaurants never impossible to get in, and the shops easy to navigate. There are many fun bars to spend your New Years Eve, as well as an ice rink, bowling alley and other amenities.

2. Puerta Vallarta, Mexico

If a tan is what you look for on your holidays, then Puerta Vallarta could be the place for you. This lovely Mexican city offers the perfect balance between touristy offerings, and authentic Mexican life. Residents have the option of living right on the water where they can enjoy the beach, or up on the hills, where they can enjoy the views. The city is filled with expats and artists, most of whom have hidden studios that are usually open to the public. Complete with an exciting nightlife, fabulous restaurants, and perfect sunsets everyday, it doesn’t get much better than Puerto Vallarta.

3. Courchevel, France

For serious skiers Courchevel is a wonderful place to go. The combined ski area of Courchevel valley is 1,304 acres of mountain, where skiiers have 600 kilometres of downhill pistes to choose from. There really isn’t anything better than standing at the top of a beautiful mountain, on a nice sunny day, and looking out at endless white powder. At night there is a wide selection of restaurants and bars to go and enjoy a drink or a hot meal. The best spots are those underground cave-like restaurants where you really feel like you’re in the mountain’s best-kept secret. Visit Le Piggy’s to understand what I mean.

4. Seychelles

The Seychelles is an island country spanning 115 islands of the Indian Ocean. With turquoise waters and white sand beaches there are few places in the world that feel more like Paradise than this. Tourists can enjoy the piquant flavours of the Orient and fresh fish. They can dance to the beat of Calypso drums, fish, tan, sleep, and swim. Visitors of the Seychelles come back feeling relaxed, renourished, and ready for the new year.

Get a Relaxing Holiday Vacation With Vacation Rental Apartments

Are you planning for a Holiday vacation? Booking a Hotel is the first thing most of us think of, but the vacation rental apartments can be an ideal choice for many people. These rental apartments can provide travelers high standard of comfort at a reasonable cost. These luxury apartments generally offer privacy to the visitors, wherein you enter and leave the apartment as you please without having to leave the keys with a concierge.

Most of the vacation rentals are fully furnished including kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, balcony and garden. One could enjoy cooking at home and save the inconvenience of venturing out for food. e. Visitors can thus enjoy authentic experience of living at home when away from home.

If you are planning to visit East Village, you could opt for a vacation rental apartment. The bookings could be done through the apartment website by sending an email to the apartment owner. There are many apartment owners who are looking to rent out their apartments. If you are traveling in a large group or with extended family, vacation rental apartment’s offer rental packages at very reasonable prices for people who require the perfect and affordable Holiday vacation getaway.

Vacations rentals offer various accommodation options to the travelers which range from cottages to castles, luxury villas to budget apartments. The best aspect of the vacation rental apartments is that one feels like you are staying in a home and not a hotel room. These vacations rental apartments provide high quality accommodations at a very affordable price.

Dhanjit Dubey is a dedicated writer, writes for East Village Apartments, which provides vacation rentals in new york and manhattan. Also provides garden apartments in new york.