Solo Travelers’ Best Destinations

Tourist destinations are ideally suited for couples, families and groups, but some of them can also be ideal for solo travelers. If you’re thinking of going solo, your best option is to thoroughly research the best destinations.

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Destination Tips for Single Tourists

Of course, if you are doing this for the first time the best tip for you is to choose a location closer to home. You have to take baby steps so that you can build up your confidence first before you can embark on something bigger. As they say, you have to start small and then aim big. Try a weekend getaway out of town. Long road trips are recommended, that way you do not have to depend on public transport schedule. You can also decide where you really want to go as you travel along. Remember that you are going solo therefore you are in full control of your final destination. And if you’re looking to stay a little local, there are hotel deals in St George Utah you can always hit up.

Once you have fulfilled your out of town adventure, you can start to go farther the next time you get the itch to go solo. Next time you can take a bus or a train and then aim for another province or the next state.

The good thing about taking local holidays is that you are going to be mingling with people of the same language and culture.

Best Tourist Destinations Worldwide for Solo Travelers

Though it is hard to really pinpoint which among the countries of the world are the best destinations for a single person traveling, it can be safe to include some tourist-friendly locations on the list.

·       New Zealand

According to people who have been here, New Zealand is magical, beautiful, friendly, clean and most importantly, easy to travel to even for a solo female adventurer. Hotel accommodations here are affordable and going around is easy with networks of buses that connect popular destinations and attractions.

·       Australia

If New Zealand is perfect for solo travelers, then Australia is not far behind. This continent offers a wide variety of attractions for tourists of all kind even for the solo ones. The Great Barrier Reef alone will entice anyone not to mention the chance to have a close encounter with a Koala Bear.

·       Costa Rica

If you are a nature lover then Costa Rica is the place for you. This majestic place has everything to offer for people who enjoy exploring the unknown. The rainforest and volcanoes are really sights to behold.

·       Zambia

If it’s safari you want, you can never go wrong with Zambia. This is a safe place to visit for anyone who wants to embark on their own adventures.

·       Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a great tourist destination. The people here are very used to tourists and it is the place to be for solo travelers who want to experience new adventures but still on a contemporary setting. Hong Kong after all is a very modern destination.

To be on the safe side, if you are travelling out of the country, it is best if you can book for travel packages that are specifically tailored for solo travelers. That way, you can be sure that all your needs will be taken care of.

During your solo international adventure it is also best if you can book for group sightseeing trips. Though your main objective is to be on your own, going to museums and other historical places are still great with people around you. This is a good way to meet new people and rediscover yourself.

Speed Through Security

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You’re in a rush to get on that flight, the last thing you need is to get caught up in an airport security line. But if you pack smart and dress smart you can speed through that line like a seasoned business traveler. That’s what we found as we went to a St George hotel.

Here are some tips on packing smart: Organize the contents of your carry-on bags in neat layers, pack a layer of clothes, then electronics, more clothes and so on. This will give security officers a clearer view of what’s in your bag when it passes through the x-ray machine.
Consider buying a security friendly bag for your laptop, security officials are now allowing business travelers to leave their laptops in their bags if those bags meet checkpoint friendly standards.

These bags are designed to provide an unobstructed view of the laptop as it goes through the x-ray machine and they’ll save you the time and trouble of getting your laptop in and out of the bag. If you pack any gifts for clients or colleagues don’t wrap them as a security officer may need to unwrap the gift to inspect it and if you’re bringing liquids through security, remember Ziploc bag.

Now for dressing smart; remove keys, loose change, heavy jewelry, cell phones, berets, belt buckles and other items that might set off the alarm. You want to avoid having to undergo additional screening including a hand one and a pat down inspection, wear slip-on shoes as possible since you’re required to remove your shoes and put them on the belt to be x-rayed, it’s wise to wear shoes that you can take off and put back on quickly without having to sit down.

Airport security lines are an unavoidable part of business travel but if you follow these tips you should get through with little hassle and be on your way.

Hotel Cleanliness

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Here is the question you need to ask before you ever get to a hotel room, how clean is it? And then even more important; what steps can you take to make sure it really stays clean. Let’s start with the bedspread; when you check-in in most hotel rooms this has got to go immediately, you know why? They only clean this puppy maybe twice a year so it has got to go but I’m just getting started. We found some fantastic rooms while on vacation in St George Utah.

You know what the number one item for bacteria is in your hotel room? It might surprise you, it’s your TV remote control unit so get some handy wipes on it but while you’re at it wipe off the telephone too because in the bacteria world, it’s number two.

The other little dirty hotel secret can be found in the bathroom, it’s not the toilet, it’s not the shower, it’s the bathtub, it’s the glass on the sink. That’s right. Most hotel maids are so heavily tasks in cleaning rooms, they don’t get around to replacing glasses between guests so they just run some off and put them back.

So here’s what you need to do; before you do anything else on the bathroom, come in, take the glass, run it under hot water for at least 2 ½ minutes, believe me you’ll be glad you did. So remember my advice; no bedspread, some antiseptic towelettes and some hot water on those glasses on the bathroom, you’ll have a much better stay.

8 Tips For Fishing and ATV Riding

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Fishing is something that almost anyone can enjoy. Many people participate in sport fishing, and it is also sought for those seeking peace and solitude, while others go fishing for the thrill and excitement of catching a delicious dinner. Whatever the motivation, the important thing for anyone interested in this hobby is to educate themselves thoroughly on the subject. Use the tips in this piece as a great place to start.

Riding ATV’s is also a wonderful sport that so many people get lucky enough to enjoy. So often we think of traveling only in the terms of luggage and beaches, but why not take an ATV ride to a remote lake where you can do some fishing? Up where the air is clear and the nigh skies are bright and beautiful. That’s something I decided on a recent tour near Zion national park.

Try not to set expectations out on the water for fish. This sport can be very unpredictable, as their results can vary from day to day depending on conditions and number of fish in the water. Always keep a positive attitude before your trip.

Some people fish for purposes of eating it. However, others prefer to fish using the method of catch and release. If you are the latter, then first is wet your hands, gently remove the fish hook. Finally, the fish can be returned to the water and dropped.

Rethink of where people fish in your area and how they fish. While many who do not directly give the details of their favorite fishing spots, watch fishermen returning to the same place over and over again, and variations in its casting, lures and bait. These veterans have learned the best way to fish in these places, and provide the best training you can get. Learn by example.

Never forget to wear a life jacket when fishing. Make sure it is secured. You also want to ensure that you have is the right size. This is very important because if it is too large, it can fall on your head if you fall into the water.

Be sure to keep your hands protected, if you want to do some fishing with hand lines. A pair of soft leather gloves can help prevent burn line. Cutting the fingers around the second joint can ensure that you can perform other tasks without removing it.

Try fishing in shady areas. It is not only more comfortable for you, but it also makes it is easier to fish. This is why many fishes can be found in areas where there is shade, where fallen trees and foliage are more likely to be in the water.

Check the hooks on their lures already on the line to make sure they are sharp enough to catch a big fish. If you should scratch the nail, then it is good to go, but if they are too rough for even that, then it’s time to change it up.

Insects are one of the most common irritant that can run on a fishing trip, so remember to pack a bug spray. Different repellents may be more or less effective depending on the local insect population. If you are visiting a new site for the first time, try to bring along several types of repellent. Take note of which ones are most effective, so you can be prepared the next time.

One of the best features of the sport of fishing is its accessibility. There are no age limits, gender restrictions or fitness requirements for participation. All you really need to enjoy this hobby is knowledge. By taking the information in this article at heart, it is possible for anyone to learn exactly what it takes to maximize your fishing experience. Riding ATV’s and going fishing is a fabulous way to travel and more and more of us should consider it’s benefits.

Simple Fishing Advice

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If you’ve been thinking about fishing for a while, there is no better time than now. There are many rivers and lakes that can be fished on. For information, you can go to your local fishing shop. There are fishing clubs that has information online that can also help point you in the right direction. If you have no clue about what fishing is like, there is always a place to start. You can get much help from all the resources mentioned. We are made to think that the only traveling is traveling that happens from an airline to a hotel room, but what about doing some traveling to go fishing? Sound absurd? Well that’s what I did recently and was thoroughly pleased with my decision, I was grateful for an ATV tour I was able to go on (see the site ATV tour photos), because that’s where I learned how great fishing and traveling was.

Here are some reasons why fishing can be a good idea:

1-It will cost too much practice to get involved with fishing. You do not need loads of money to catch your first fish. It is possible to fish with only basic tackle, that is not that expensive to buy. You can even borrow a fishing pole so you can test the waters. Before doing so, you do need to figure out what type of rod is recommended for river or lake fishing.

2-When you start fishing, you may be surprised by the number of places locally where you can start your fishing experience. You can go through all the local rivers and find out if they allow fishing. This will also help you gain fishing experience as people can probably give you advice as well.

As you can see, there are some good reasons to start fishing today. It is less expensive to begin with, and you will also save money on food. You can use fishing as a way to relax on your days off work or just use it to relax generally. If you are like most people who would probably enjoy some time to himself at times and this is the perfect hobby. If you are not the sporty type, fishing is also a great hobby to take, given the opportunity to be outdoors, it is better than being cooped up inside all the time.

As mentioned before, sport fishing is cheap and there are many places you can get advice and does not cost much, whether you want to go ahead and do it, enjoy.

International Travel Tips – Part Three

Now another thing to keep in mind; if travelling internationally in different countries different voltage for appliances. So if you’re travelling with a hairdryer, a computer, lot of camera batteries are now rechargeable, you want to make sure that you have the right adapter and converter for that country. This summer we saw first hand the problems adapters can make when traveling with a Utah tour group, some of our companions from Europe found out the hard way that some things don’t work without an adapter.

Aspens and Capitol Reef from Larb Hollow

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Now mine are pretty old, kind of lasting, I’ve had this forever but you can just see by looking at this, they’re very different from what we have here plugging in to different wall sockets. So again; you want to make sure that you have those and there are resources online, we’ll connect you to some of them, we’ll tell you what you need for which country you’re going to because it could be 220 voltage or it could be 120 in this country.

Another thing we put together is sort of a care package for you as you’re travelling onto the plane, some of the things I think you should have; wet ones handy wipes, always good. Do you know how many people have been on that plane and you’re touching everything, your kids are touching everything. A stain stick tied to go, we loved this, it’s easy, it’s small, it fits right in your carry-on and gets out any stains you might get, cranberry juice; yeah I’ve done that on flight before, some vitamin C, I need this right now and on airborne, you could do one or the other but think about that recycled air on the plane.

Lots of people coughing and sneezing, you’re sharing air enduring with everyone and then of course the breath mints just so you can freshen up. This has been a fine episode, we’re going to come back, oh chopstick, I don’t want to forget that. Our sound guy recommended it and I’m addicted to it, always good because you do dry out, make sure you drink a lot of water on the flight.

Dehydration often cause of things like altitude sickness and just jetlags so you want to make sure that you’re drinking lots and lots of water. So now I’m going to close the episode, it’s been a lot of fun and as I was saying we will come back. In a few weeks we’re going to do a whole show on packing.

That’s right! Ways to packs so you can fill up your luggage, get in as much stuff in there but not wrinkle your clothes, it’s going to be a great episode. This has been fun, I hope you summer travels are wonderful; I look forward to seeing you next time on 6 Minute Style.

This week’s quick trip we want to send you off on your travels with all of the information you need. That’s right; you’re travelling to other countries, you need to know how they do things and how they react to things. Wearing a holty top shorts maybe not a good idea in parts of Europe especially if you’re visiting a church.

There’s always a good thing to learn if you’re travelling into another country, you should pick up a few pieces of their vocabulary so you can interact with them. Thanks so much for stopping in and join us again; happy travels.

International Travel Tips – Part Two

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Now another site that I really like; this is kayak.com. I use this pretty regularly when travelling because what it does is it pulls up all of the airlines and then orbits, Travelocity all of the other search engines and it gives a comparison of prices and of times so you can make a decision based on what works for you and your family, hotwire.com if you have some flexibility, you might want to check this site out. We used hotwire last time when we went white water rafting Grand Canyon in Arizona.

Now again; you don’t know exactly the time you’re flying but you’ll know the window and this is one that’s great for flexibility, people who have some freedom in their travel time and they don’t have a business appointment they need to get to. Okay, passports, currency and credit cards, I’m not going to hold my credit cards up, you know, with the use of the internet world out there.

With passports you’re travelling internationally, you have to have this. There are passport offices all around the country where you can go in, an in-person get signed up and get your passport ordered, we’ll have information for that on our website. If you are renewing your passport you can do it by mail if you have your old and it is in good shape. If your passport is damaged and or missing you’re going to have to go to any offices and do it in person.
Now as far as the timeline on your passport; some countries require when you’re travelling there that your passport expiration date is 6 months beyond your travel date, so keep the in mind. For instance; China is one of those countries and we plan to go there sometime in the next year, we have to make sure our passports have the good 6 months of adding on them.
So check that out and again we’ll have information on our website. Let’s talk a little bit about currency; this is a Euro 20 … I was just going to say $20 but it’s 20 Euro, it’s actually worth more than $20, it’s probably quite a bit more right now at the exchange rate. Before we went to Europe on our last trip we actually went into our local bank and got Euro’s and I was very glad because when we got there we need to take a cab and we wouldn’t been able to pay them.

So we want to make sure we get a little money in advance. In a smaller town banks don’t carry different currencies so they might need a week or so to order that. So you want to keep that in mind, larger city is you’ll probably have no trouble. Let’s talk about credit cards; now you want to do your research because you can use your ATM abroad, you can use your credit card abroad but you will find different rate. Some banks will charge you a per transaction fee when you’re withdrawing money, it could be $5, it could be $2 then if you use your credit card you might get charged at AT&T, you might also get charge a rate to exchange the money, yeah you get charged for the pleasure of spending you one currency and then switching it back to dollar.

So go ahead and call … when we travel recently we found American Express card and our Wells Fargo ATM where the way to go. And speaking of currency, again I go back to getting money ahead of time because if you get it to the airports, when you land you can certainly change your … there’s tons of exchange booths there for currency, they’re going to charge you, so it’s much more affordable and practical do it ahead of time and just carry a little bit of foreign currency with you.

International Travel Tips – Part One

Often times when people are travelling they dread going through security at the airport but there are some tips that you can follow to make it a little bit easier for you and probably for the people standing behind you. We experienced some trouble this year when going Grand Canyon river rafting that made us realize we need to be more prepared.

First of all; know that you’re probably going to have to take your coat off; if you’re travelling during the colder months you don’t want to layer too many pieces of clothing because you’re going to take off a lot of them. Other things, your belt, you probably want to take your belt off, keep that in mind, anything in your pocket that is metal, some pieces of jewelry, some coins will set off the alarms, anything you can do to minimized that.

There are small little tracer that you can put your stuff in but again; put all of those heavy metal items into your carry-on, it’s going to save a lot of time for you and for the people behind you. And other thing; in your carry-on luggage you know you can only take liquids in three ounce containers. If you don’t know that you know that now. Three ounces or less for aerosols and all of your liquids, they all have to be put in see-thru containers and then put into a 1 quart plastic bag, that’s right; it’s just 1 quart, it’s not very big.

This is the size and it is one bag per traveler. Anything bigger that you need to take with you, put it to your checked luggage, not a problem. Speaking of luggage; you can no longer lock your bags that you’re checking through security at the airport but you need to leave them unlock unless of course you picked up one of these locks that is approved by the transportation security administration. It’s about $11, you can find them at most luggage storage, triple A, I actually carry them, I pick this up there locally, so again; $11.
The trick with these is that there’s actually a master key that all of the security agents has so they can open your luggage if they need to perform a search. Another thing; I’m going to reach over … talking about the three ounces … TSA that is the Transportation Security Administration again and they have recently made some changes to their rules, so if you have prescription medicines, if you have breast milk or baby food or juice for a young child that is travelling with you, you are okay to carry those on in larger amounts than three ounces, you just need to make them aware of it.

So you need to pull it out at your carry-on luggage again and make sure that they bring these and they see the child or the prescription with your medicine. Okay so we’ve gotten in through a security but we need to back up, you need a ticket to travel. So we have some great ideas of where you can get tickets and what time of day, that’s right, there are days of the week and times that are better for buying a ticket’ Wednesdays between 12 and 1 am, yeah you’re just up late and get online but you know what, it’s probably worth it, this is the window when airline starts releasing their tickets. Now the trick is to make sure you’re looking in the time zone that that airline is headquartered it. so Frontier Airlines; headquartered in Denver, so it be 12 to 1 am rocky mountain time, Wednesdays keep that in mind.

These are just a few tips but I have some more coming in part two and three.

Lost of Stolen Passport – What to do About It

Your passport is the one most important document you need if you have to travel abroad. When you are abroad, it remains that important to prove your identity and your citizenship. Imagine loosing your most important document while you are supposed to be having the best time of your life at a very exotic destination. That is what we experienced when we lost an important document while trying to find some lodging in Zion.

That is probably something that you always think will never happen to you. The sad fact though is that it has happened to a lot of people before and it can happen to anyone including you. The best thing I guess is to prevent it from happening as much as possible.

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But what if despite all preventive measures, it is still happened? What will you do then? Without a passport you can not just go back home. It will be a good thing if it was only your passport that was gone, which is of course highly unusual. At the most, you could probably lose your bag with your passport, wallet and credit cards inside. Now, that could really mean disaster. But then again, if you have been smart enough, you could have some backup plan. Like some money tucked somewhere else, or some other form of ID to prove who you are.
If you are not smart enough, then you are in a real predicament. Without any money you will not be able to even go anywhere or eat. Without identification you will not be able to get any money from an affiliated bank or from money transfer offices.

Here are the essential steps that you should take, in case this situation happens to you:

Go to the nearest police station and file a report. You need a copy of a police statement to prove to everyone that you have indeed lost your possessions.
Go to your embassy or consulate. They have the power to supply you with temporary passport. First you have to show them the police report and then provide them with all the information they need and as soon as they confirmed your identity, they will provide you with what you need. But first, you have to pay for your temporary passport. But, the problem is, you do not have a single cent.

Next, find a free Internet. You need to get in touch with people back home to let them know what happened to you and so that they can send you some financial help. You also need to contact your bank so they too can do some sort of money transfer.

These steps can easily remedy your predicament, but only if you have some money or some sort of identification left in your person. Remember that you need some money for the temporary passport and the ID to get some money. But what if you do not have any of those left? Then you have to rely on the police report in your hand. In most cases, your embassy could issue you with some sort of documents proving that you lost all your belongings including your passport. You can use that piece of paper to fly back home. Again, this is the time when your police report will be very useful. Just show it to the airport official along with the embassy paper and try to be very nice and you will be on your way back home soon enough.

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Simple Travel Tips

A Suggestion I Picked up from British Airways: From time to time people show up at the airport and start searching around saying “oh my gosh I don’t have my passport with me, I left it in the hotel safe.” And so their suggestion was put a shoe that you’re planning on wearing at home and put that in the safe with the passport, and then when you go to pack, and when you dress you realize that the shoes is in the safe and you can get the passport out too. That passport tip proved helpful last year when using some Bryce accommodations, I had left it in my shoes and would have forgotten if I hadn’t done that.

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Print Your Boarding Pass Early: By printing your boarding pass early you eliminate one stop at the airport even if you’re not checking a bag, you take a little bit of uncertainty about it out, but more importantly you claim your seat and if you’re an infrequent flyer flying from a cheap ticket and the plane is overbooked, you’re in danger of getting bumped from that flight. Since compensation is based on the price of your ticket, you’re typically axed as the cheapest ticket, so if you claim that seat early it makes it harder for the gate agent to bump you from the flight.

Pack Your Bag Uniquely: I think you have to customize your bag, put some ribbon on it or stickers or something. I use ribbon, cut it short so it doesn’t caught you in the machinery of baggage handling, put a business card or some kind of address inside if your name tag gets cut off by the machinery and the bag ends up lost somewhere, the airline is going to open it and look inside for clues that says to whose it is.

And it’s also important and just never never never pack valuables. I hear it over and over again from travelers who put jewelry in a bag or an IPod in a bag or something like that, well the baggage x-ray and so everybody who handles it one way or another see what’s inside and there have been lots of cases of theft from baggage, just don’t do it and you have to remember that even if you’re in a low boarding group your bag may end up getting checked at the gate. It’s important to remember that grab your valuables, grab your IPod, grab whatever you might need out of the bag before you hand it to the flight attendant.

It’s Easy To Lose Your License: Just do the same thing over and over again, when you go through with the driver’s license I instantly make sure I put it back in my wallet before I leave the little stand where the guy is checking your ID.

I think it’s good practice to put your big bags through the x-ray belt first soyour laptop is the last thing that goes through, if you get delayed at the metal detector or the body scanner machine, it’s the last to come out, you also have a place when it comes out because your other bags are already out. You don’t want to be the guy standing there holding on to your shoes, your laptop, you’re everything else and trying to waddle around in your bare feet.

Choosing The Right Room: Yeah the deal there is really one of personal choice, travelers have for years over requested the upper floor because it’s much more quiet; you don’t hear the garbage trucks in the morning, you don’t hear the ambulances, all that kind of stuff. But there are lots of companies that insist on travelers staying in lower floors, no higher than the 4th floor because the Fire Department ladders can get to you if there is a fire.

If you’re on an upper floor you’re on your own. I think it’s a matter of personal choice, what’s more important to you, the risk of fire obviously quite well and I do think the most important thing is no matter what floor you’re on, spend a little time figuring out where the emergency exit is, if there is a fire and the quarter is filled with smoke and you have to crawl which way would you go? Just know where you would go in case there is a fire.

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