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Common Planning Problems With Destination Weddings

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Many think that destination weddings are simple to plan since they look at everything as being just a vacation in another country. Unfortunately, planning a trip to any country is dozens of times faster and easier than organizing a wedding there. Here are some of the really common challenges you will want to remember, according to professional tips offered by specialists, no matter where your dream wedding is going to take place.

Exchange Rates

Exchange rates are fluctuating and you need to keep an eye on this. Your wedding budget is going to be highly affected by this. A really good idea is to create your budget directly in the currency of the country where the wedding is going to take place. This means you get quotes that are much easier to manage. Whenever you plan a wedding it is the budget that is the foundation of everything and if you do not take currencies into account it is a certainty problems are going to appear.

Communication Barriers

When you organize a wedding in a seafront villa in Siracusa, there won’t be many problems in terms of language but if you go to a remote location in Norway, you will find it difficult to find people that you can properly communicate with. Do not assume that everyone speaks English. This can be a fatal mistake. If you have people that do not talk your language and that you have to talk to you can be faced with the immediate need to hire translators.

Cultural Expectations

One hidden cost that people tend to overlook is related to tipping culture. This is one of the event management tips rarely considered. Tipping is approach differently around the world. You would normally tip around 15% at restaurants in US but at an Italy café you may be expected to leave a different amount. Tipping amounts expected will vary from one country to the next so you need to talk to a local wedding planner or coordinator to know what is custom while being able to figure out if other cultural expectations that would exist.

Making The Marriage Legal

The fact that the special one says “I Do” does not make the marriage legal in the country where you live. Getting married in the US for instance requires visiting the local court house, a marriage certificate and go through a strict procedure. In other countries processes can be quite different, as you can see in the EU. You want to do your research and you want to see if there are not some rules that exist and that would make marriage impossible.

Shipping Costs

Most couples forget about this hidden wedding cost. When you get married in your country it is easy to store everything but when you are in another country and you want to send something back home, the budget is going to be impacted. Shipping items for the venue automatically means you will need to have finances prepared for that. Also, it is normally better to ship everything in one go to save money as multiple shipping trips would cost more.

 

Travel in Your Own Kind of Luxury

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There are a lot of definitions of “luxury” travel.

 

We’re going to go with the idea that any trip that you take can be made as luxurious as you want it to be.

 

You get to decide what luxury is to you!

 

Whether you’re staying in an OBX rental or you’re flying to Sardinia, you can benefit from these tips for luxury accommodations on a budget.

 

Mix up where you stay

If you’re going on a trip for longer than a week,  try staying at a few different kinds of places.

 

For example, stay a couple nights at a budget-friendly spot, a few nights in mid-range accommodations, and some more in luxury lodging.

 

This allows you to spend a few nights in luxury without going over your budget.

 

Go directly to the source

In other words, talk to the hotel directly about what kind of a deal they can give you. They may be able to offer you a discount that you wouldn’t have been able to get any other way.

 

Consider a home exchange

Just like it sounds, you stay in someone else’s home and they stay in yours. It can really save you money in accommodations and you get to have the “local” experience.

 

Keep in mind that it doesn’t have to be a single swap. For example, you could stay in someone’s home in Maine while a person from San Diego stays at your house.

 

Luxury camping

Yes, it’s a thing and it’s called “glamping.”

 

There are even opportunities for glamping all around the world! You might be surprised by how much you love this option!

 

What about activities? Read on!

 

“Borrow” a luxury hotel

Did you know that you don’t have to actually be a guest at a luxury hotel in order to use their bar, have an afternoon tea, or book some spa time?

 

Getting a little taste of luxury without the hefty price tag is a win-win!

 

Hit the fancy restaurant after hours

Exclusive restaurants are hard to get into and can be ridiculously expensive.

 

If you go after normal dinner hours, you can usually stop in for a coffee and some dessert with no problem.

 

It’s a perfect way to get some luxury cuisine and experience without having to shell out big bucks for a whole meal.

 

Use Groupon

The trip offers you will find on Groupon are totally legitimate and can really save you a ton of money for a luxury trip.

 

Here are some other tips that can make your luxury trip doable!

 

Tips and Tricks

Check out these additional ideas to make your travels less expensive, more convenient, and more luxurious, too!

 

  • If you end up with a flight that has been overbooked, don’t volunteer for a later flight. Wait and see what the airline offers you. You may end up with a nice upgrade!
  • Hotels and airlines are able to greatly reduce their prices during the off-season. Plan your travels to coincide to nail down the lowest rates.
  • Look for promo codes online for airlines, hotels, and even activities that you may want to participate in once you get to your destination.
  • Sign up for newsletters from “daily deals” sites. You never know when it might be your lucky day!

You should be well on your way to enjoying your kind of luxury vacation!

 

 

 

 

BIG CITIES – HIT THE PAVEMENT

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Every big city referenced to you has a lot to enjoy. And surely the best way to do it is on your feet. Don’t hide away from everything you can see inside a taxi or a bus. Get your gear on and go find the smallest streets, the most traditional venues right alongside the postal card monuments and museums.

 

When you plan to go discover a city get these first: a map and guide of the city, a backpack (water and other hydrating fluids, healthy snacks, some currency money and your mobile contact), the most comfortable clothing you have for the weather conditions and the right shoes and socks.

 

Exploring a big city by foot is not for everyone – it will leave you exhausted by the end of the day but the treasures you can find when opting to lose yourself a bit are really worth it.

 

Shoes and socks are one of the most important things to choose from when trying to hit pavement on a city unknown to you.

 

We recommend that the shoe is fitting *you*. No brand or type of shoe is a guarantee of comfort. The flexibility of the sole, the support the shoe offers and it’s cushioning must fit your foot because no one’s feet is the same – don’t go by the advice of a brand or model unless you’ve tried it out for yourself.

Do you need to compensate for any particular stride issues you have? Having a more flatted foot or, on the other hand, an extreme curvature on the palm are things you must resolve before starting off – usually a doctor will indicate to you the best insole you can get to compensate for any problem you might have. Please take the time to care of these issues because they will help you in the long run, way after any traveling and beyond – and, in case you have an issue on your feet shape, it’s not recommended you walk without any type of additional support besides what the shoe has to offer – no matter how comfortable they might feel.

 

That first challenge hit, find shoes that are comfortable and never tight – your feet will swell a bit after a couple hours of walking, imagine how they will be in the end of the day! It’s always better to use a comfortable shoe on the verge of fitting loose than a tight fit or with no margin for the feel to swell. These can be in the form of boots or sneakers. Either way, you need to verify if the stitching of the sole is perfected, if you leave quite a bit of room for your toes (no toes touching the front of the shoe) and check out the materials – washable, breathable fabric and preferably, a waterproofed finishing (you can add this waterproof layer yourself easily with one canister of the product).

 

You have to consider, as well, space inside for adequate socks. This is the fabric that will either help you walk or destroy your feet due to heat, perspiration and friction.

 

The socks should be more on the loose fit. These should be higher than the top of your shoe – by the ankle, never less. The socks that only embrace the bottom of the foot are prone to slip away from the heel, leaving your skin prone to abrasion from the shoe itself, creating hurtful steps!

Socks made of 100% cotton are the best, you can choose from a variety of models and thicknesses. This fabric is also breathable and will prevent your feet from over heating.

 

A good option is to have some sort of sandals in your backpack – in the most hot days, it’ll be useful to change your shoes to something refreshing for a couple of minutes while having lunch while watching the sight.

 

Now that you have everything you need for comfortable globetrotting, pack up and walk on!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Writer Bio:

 

Jane Grates

 

Writing from Copenhagen, Denmark, Jane is an entrepreneur, wife and ultramarathon distance runner. She spends most of her time on nicershoes.com, monicashealthmag.com & runnerclick.com and she has been featured on popular running and fitness blogs all over the world.

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Don’t Forget These Important Steps When Planning to Travel Internationally

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Published on: Sep 2, 2015 @ 16:00

Don’t Forget These Important Steps When Planning to Travel Internationally

Traveling outside of your native country can be exciting, but definitely requires a lot of planning and preparation. While you’re probably visualizing yourself in a foreign country taking in a foreign culture, there are a few things you’ll want to do to make sure your trip goes off without a hitch. Aside from booking the flight, hotel, and rental car service for the trip, you’re going to need to do a bit of research to ensure that you have the best time on your getaway. Below are a few steps that you should follow before heading out of the country:

1.  Plan Well in Advance

The best advice you can receive for any type of trip would be to plan it well in advance. However, when it comes to planning an international trip, you really want to keep the procrastination to a minimum. As there are so many things you must do ahead of time, you want to make sure that you’ve dotted all your i’s and crossed all your t’s. For instance, you’ll want to start booking hotels well in advance to ensure that you have the proper accommodations when you arrive. Researching various hotel options and choosing one that fits within your budget can take some time. The same goes for booking flights and car rental services if you intend to drive.

2.  Make Sure You’ve Got Your Passport and Visa

You’re not allowed to visit other countries without the proper traveling paperwork. This will definitely include your US passport along with any visas that may be required. If you have a passport already, you’ll want to check the expiration date to make sure that it is still valid. It can take several weeks to apply for a new one which is why you’ll want to start checking this out early on.

Some nations also require that you have a tourist visa on hand as well. You’ll need to do some research to determine what the application process is for getting a visa as it will vary by country. Applying will also be an investment you’ll need to consider as it will take time and a considerable amount of money.

3.  Ask Your Doctor About Vaccinations

Depending on the country you intend to travel to, you may be required to get vaccinated to prevent certain diseases. You can generally find information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website on which vaccinations or medications may be required before traveling to a certain country. For those with preexisting medical conditions, it may also be a good time to ask your doctor about filling the prescriptions so that you have them with you during your travels.

4.  Make Sure There are No Advisories

Before you embark on your vacation or decide to start booking hotels, it is a good idea to check to see if there are any travel alerts or warnings to the destination you’re traveling to. It’s a good idea to check this out before you start planning your trip as the level of alert or warning may change your mind about the destination you’re traveling to.

5.  Don’t Forget the Finances

To prevent your credit card accounts from being frozen for suspicious activities, it is a good idea to give your credit card companies a call and let them know you’ll be out of the country. You also want to do a bit of research on the exchange rates in the country you’re traveling to so you know exactly what you’ll be spending on merchandise.

6.  Obtain an International Driving Permit

In most countries, your US drivers license and insurance are not recognized, meaning that if you’re going to be using a rental car, you’re going to need to obtain an international driving permit. This will help you to familiarize yourself with the differences in driving as well as the laws in the foreign country. You may also need to contact the country’s foreign embassy to find out what the rules and regulations may be as they pertain to driving.

7.  Brush Up on Your Foreign Language Skills

When you’re in a country that you’re not familiar with, you want to learn a few key phrases so that you can communicate with the locals and get around easily. You want to learn important phrases such as how to greet them and ask basic questions. There are also lots of cheat sheets online that you could print out and keep with you in case you get tongue tied.

8.  Make Copies of Everything

To be proactive in the event that your travel documents should become lost or stolen, it is a good idea to make a copy of everything. This includes your passport, visa, driver’s permit, hotel receipt copies, and whatever else you might be taking along with you on your trip.

Traveling abroad can be such a great adventure as long as you’ve done all the proper planning and preparations. All of the above mentioned steps are important to ensure that you’re able to enter the country and experience all it has to offer without any problems. After you’ve ensured you’ve taken care of all the above tips, all that’s left to do is pack for your trip and get ready to have an awesome time exploring new territory.

 

Planning a Vacation with Your Pet? Get It Insured First!

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Travel Tip Troopers,

You’ve been waiting for the holidays to begin. It seems like ages already that you planned to visit Europe or further with your furry friend, excited that pet passports and relaxed rules in the respective country allowed that. So, did you, in your excitement, overlooked facts such as dogs jetting off without insurance are liable to give their owners skyrocketing vet bills?

Have you considered the possibility that your beloved companion can fall ill, hurt someone else, or suffer from injury itself? Take France, for instance. Did you know you will be charged a hefty amount of £3,500 if the animal had a car accident and had to undergo surgery? And just as it’s with human, your pet are prone to bad stomach and inflamed thyroid too, conditions that are expensive to treat.

Further, not all insurance policies are the same on this account, something that individuals like Louis Habash are quick to take note of and point out. It is imperative that you check the insurance policy before you decide to take your cat or dog with you. Even as insurers claim to cover pets abroad, doing so will give you a better idea of what exactly their policy includes. You honestly don’t want to rush to the hospital only to discover the policy was limited to a certain payout and that you had to fund the rest of the treatment cost.

Whether it covers the routine checkup like teeth cleaning and vaccinations or also includes accidental coverage in the package, pet insurance is beneficial if you want to ensure the holiday proceeds along smoothly and have the family fun you wanted. Some policies even compensate if your plans have been disturbed by the accident or illness.

However, Louis Habash feels this is not the only thing pet owners looking up pet-friendly destinations should have in mind. While nothing beats the general check-up and bringing it up to date with specific treatments to see they are deemed fit to travel, you will find the following checklist pretty useful as well.

  • Refrain from feeding your pet two hours before you have to leave and just to be on the safe side, encourage them to go before driving away from home

  • It’s a healthy practice to use an approved cage/crate or a harness for your pet when you put it inside the car to keep it safe

  • Avoid leaving it unattended in your closed car

  • Try to schedule your journey in a way that lets you stop for break two hours or so to let it out, cool down, be fed, or simply to stretch; it’s better if you had taken them on short trips before as well so they are accustomed to it

  • Keep its recent photo with you and updating its ID tag is yet another precautionary measure to practice without feeling guilty about it

  • If you are travelling by air, you should discuss with the vet or pet consultants how to help it cope with stress and feel comfortable especially if you know they are nervous around loud noises; tranquilizers are usually not encouraged

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