Wednesday, December 17. 2014
More and more women decide to travel on their own, being independent and courageous in their attempts to see the world. Women travelers often deal with challenging situations and some situations can be more difficult for them, when compared to male travelers. But it doesn’t mean that you should be discouraged when you want to see the world. Traveling on your own is still possible, as long as you prepare yourself and have taken precautions to deal with the worst scenarios and conditions.
Being a solo traveler doesn’t always mean that you should always watch your back, glance along the way, and stay alerted all the time. You can still have fun and have a blast, as long as you have prepared yourself for the worst.
The first thing to know is to plan ahead for the worst scenarios. What should you do when your belongings are stolen? What would you do when your travel documents are lost? It is a good and wise idea to have several copies of your credit cards, passports, visas, or other vita documents. It is also important that you keep them in different places, so you can have backup in case the original ones are lost or stolen. Not only you need to have a hardcopy, you should have the softcopy. Be sure to write emergency contacts, important phone numbers, bank phone, and also credit card companies. They will be important if you want to cancel your credit card or close off your account.
The second thing is to be clever and wise. Sure, traveling alone can be fun and exciting. It provides you with different access and opportunities, not to mention that it is a kind of mental and courageous test. But you should know your limit and don’t tempt fate in the face. If you want to explore a remote area or you want to go to an area that is known to be quite tricky and unsafe, it is better if you can join with a group or have a companion. We are talking about your safety and your life; do you really want to challenge fate for the sake of your adventurous sense? Be really wise or you will end up regretting your decision.
The third thing is to remain cautious and always use your logic. Yes, you are supposed to have fun during your trip, but it doesn’t mean that you can splurge around and forget your wits. Be cautious for strangers that are approaching you, even the cute ones. Don’t let your guard down, no matter in what kind of situation you are. Meeting other people is good, but it doesn’t mean that you should tell them everything about yourself, especially during first time encounter or if they ask you too many questions. It is better if people don’t really know that you are alone, so your safety remains intact. If you want to consume alcohol, be sure to know your limit and keep it minimum. Always remember that you are alone and no one will have your back.
The next thing is to find out about the area where you are staying. Don’t be afraid to talk to the staffs; they, after all, are the locals who understand the situation and places around. Find out which area you should avoid, and which one is safe. You can also ask about the transportation and how to travel from one place to others. It also helps if you can find accommodations that are close to business central or close to busy spots, instead of choosing remote and quiet areas. If you stay in areas that are close to the city central or busy area, your possibility to stay safe and protected will be bigger, when compared to staying in remote, quiet, or far away accommodations.
The fifth tip is to always stay connected. You may undergo this trip to have a personal me-time, being far away from regular people that you meet on daily basis. But it doesn’t mean that you should sever contacts and connections with them. Stay in touch with them; don’t turn off your phone. It will help if you can provide the details of your itinerary to some of the closest people; your family or best friend. It doesn’t hurt if you can call them on daily basis just to let them know that you are okay. In case something bad happens to you, they will be alerted and you won’t be left deserted alone. Don’t forget to include important phone numbers as your emergency contacts.
The next one is to blend in. Nothing is more visible than having a tourist that looks very tourist-y and stand out among the locals. It doesn’t hurt to learn about the local customs, habits, or lifestyle before you actually visit them. When you look like a local, your chance of survival is bigger. Be sure to wear the right clothes that go along with the climate, culture, or custom of the local. Sure, you may want to take pictures of the locals, but instead of keeping it hanging around your neck – which makes your tourist-y look very pronounced and visible – you may want to keep it inside your bag. Only take it out and shot pictures when it is possible and safe.
Seventh, you really need to rely on your intuition. Nothing is better than your guts, and you should believe it in. When something isn’t right or you feel that the situation isn’t safe for you, leave as soon as possible. Rely on it and don’t make rush judgment, even though you may encounter people that seem helpful and friendly. If you feel that things aren’t right, leave right away.
Finally, when you are traveling, be sure to choose transportation that is packed with people. Packed isn’t the same as being crowded; packed means that the numbers are safe and they are random people; not members of a certain gang. Hop on train carriages or buses with people in it, and avoid going in one if you are the only passenger. If you have to use a taxi, choose the reliable one and call your friends or families once you get into the passenger’s seat; provide them with details of the taxi, the identity of the drivers, and such thing alike.
Sunday, December 14. 2014
Buying in bulk is part of smart shopping. In here, it’s more than just buying snacks in a large amount. There are advantages that you’ll get if you buy snacks in bulk. Moreover, if you’re a beginner on this, you also need to know tips on buying snacks in bulk.
According to healthychild.org, a family can save until $500 if buying in bulk. Moreover, based on care2.com, organic bulk snacks on average can cost 89 percent less than the packaged versions. For some people, it’s better than buying snacks in bulk rather than buying snacks in packaged version. If you compare the price, buying the snacks in bulk will save you money, especially if you consume the snacks routinely. It’s better to take the snacks from your container rather than going back to the stores and buy another packaged version. It’s because, besides the price of the packaged version itself, you also need to count the expenses of the gas, time, and other products if you can be seduced easily.
Buying snacks in bulk means you decide the amount of snacks that you need. Moreover, there are also stores that provide various sizes for the bulk. They divide the bulk into different sizes. This will be useful if you want to try new snacks but you don’t want them too many. The packaging of snacks in bulk is also good; it’s re-sealable and can be used as the place to keep the snacks in your home. However, there are also stores that don’t provide that kind of packaging. As the result, it’s better to bring your own containers and make sure that they’re airtight. If possible, you can use your own containers directly as the place for the snacks in bulk. You should use the provided spoon and make sure you already know the weight of your containers. Moreover, if you buy snacks in bulk, it also means that you’re care with the environment. It’s better to waste one packaging rather than separated eight packaged snacks. It’s also the same if you use containers.
Save for the Emergency Situation
You cannot go outside your home? You have stocks of snacks in your home eat them if necessary. Emergency situation means it’s time for your snacks in bulk to have their role. If you store them in your home, you can eat them anytime you want.
Tips on Buying Snacks in Bulk
If this is your first time to buy snacks in bulk, there are tips that you need to know. First, always remember that buying in bulk means you want to do smart shopping. You buy them because you need them, not because they can be wasted later. It’s important to choose snacks that you often eat daily, so you will eat finish them. Moreover, for some people, buying in bulk is not the right way if you would like to try new products. It’s possible that you’ll waste them if you don’t like them.
Second, make sure you already have spaces to store the snacks. It’s important to have some spaces, especially if you use containers as the place for your snacks. And containers usually take larger space.
Third, take advantage from the coupons and sales. It’s even better if you print them and keep them to be used later.
Thursday, December 11. 2014
Why would you buy packaged snacks if you can make your own organic snacks at home? It’s healthier if you make your own snacks, especially for your children. You already know the ingredients and you’re involved directly into the process of making them. Moreover, the snacks also can be adjusted depending on the needs of your family, such as gluten-free or dairy-free. But if you’re still confused, there are organic snack ideas that you can try at home and also tips for giving organic snacks to your children.
Everyone loves cookies. That’s the easiest way to implement habit of eating healthy snack in your family. On the Internet, there are cookies recipes that contain less sugar or even less butter. And if your family member has intolerance towards lactose, you can make cookies without using dairy. You can use black tea leaves, sugar, flour, and vegan butter for this recipe. Even without dairy, these cookies will still be smooth and melting in your mouth.
Smoothies are the alternatives for breakfast. They make your stomach full, but at the same time also fulfill the nutrition needs in your body. Smoothies are also great to be included in your diet program. Mostly, smoothies are made from banana and milk. But you also can add other ingredients, such as fruits, vegetables (spinach, eggplant, and many more), fruits (pear, avocado, apple, orange), and yoghurt. If you make your own smoothies, you can choose whether the foods and vegetables are free from pesticides or not.
Yes, popcorn is also included as one of the organic snack ideas. Popcorn allows you to do some experiments with flavors – sweet, salty, etc. You can use unpopped kernels (it’s better to be organic), and then put them into the lunch bag made from brown paper. You can add melted brown sugar, caramel, butter, sea salt, garlic, and even olive oil as the toppings.
It’s better to eat an apple a day. But your children may get bored if you just cut the apple without any additional flavors. Apple is considered to have almost-neutral flavor that can be mixed with other flavors – salty or sweet. For sweet version, after cutting the apple depending on your needs, you can mix them with chocolate chips, caramel sauce, and various nuts. It’s almost similar like eating nachos.
Let your children help you this time. You can use various fruits that you want, especially cherry, raspberry, blueberry, and other fruits. After that, you can make the layer by adding yoghurt, chocolate chips for extra sweetness, and cereal to give more texture into your fruit parfait. Besides getting various flavors in one place, your children also will get nutrition.
Tips on your Children Organic Snacks
At first, probably your children won’t like them. It may happen if they already get used with packaged snacks that are sold out there. But your organic snacks ideas should be implemented on them, so they can start eating healthily. With organic snacks, you can teach them on how to control their appetite, especially after they have their breakfast and lunch. Moreover, it’s also better to have schedule for organic snack and make them understand the consequences if they break the schedule. If they already get used with the schedule, they will follow the schedule by themselves.
Tuesday, December 9. 2014
Most people like to travel, but it doesn’t come cheap. Sometimes, you even spend your hard earned money that you have kept for a year just to be able to spend a week in heaven. Sure, it is worth it, but why not try other alternatives that don’t have to require you to work extra hard and spend lots of money in the process? Most people say that it is impossible to travel without spending a dime at all, but you know what? It is truly possible and actually doable! If you know how, there are lots of cool programs and ideas that you can try without you having to break the bank.
Join an Exchange Program
The idea is almost the same as student exchange program where you will be sent abroad, but instead of studying, you will be working. And there isn’t always exchange between workers, so if you are sent to Japan to work, for instance, it doesn’t necessarily mean that a Japanese worker will be sent to your country – it doesn’t work like that. Some people call it similar to volunteering, but you get payment in form of lodgings and foods. This is certainly a great idea for those with adventurous spirit and aren’t afraid to try new stuffs. Don’t expect the work to be fancy, but if you truly value and cherish the experience, having the chances to see the world and interact with other cultures or habits, you will see this opportunity as a good and promising one.
Some people like the idea that they get to see turtle hatchery or experience black pearl diving routine during their stay – those are just some of the exciting experience. You may not be paid for the work, but you get free lodgings and also meal – not to mention that the experience is priceless! Another cool thing about this method is that you won’t have to spend a fortune for this experience, and you can proudly boast to your friends that you can travel to other parts of the world without affecting your financials. If you get a generous employer, you may get pocket-money, but don’t get your hopes high on it.
There are lots of organizations or programs that arrange this kind of stuff, so you can contact them and talk about detailed arrangement. You can choose the country, choose the location, ad such thing alike. There are some organizations that require you to pay small amount of fee to see the list, but it is worth your spending. Make sure that you understand all the details, the requirements, the regulations, and such thing alike. Such program is available and offered in 60 different countries, so you have loads of picks and options. Don’t forget that you may have to prepare money for the trip, but again….it won’t be as much as you are supposed to spend if you don’t join this program.
Try House Sitting
You have probably heard about the general baby sitting or pet sitting, so how about house sitting? The basic principle is simple and easy: you need to take care of the house while the owners are away – how long they will be gone depend on them and the agreement between you two. The cool thing about house sitting is the fact that you won’t have to spend money for the lodgings – which are generally cost the most in your traveling budgets, right? – because you can use the house and even use the kitchen. You only need to prepare the grocery and cook on your own – which will save lots of money in the long run. If you are going to spend quite some time there, you also need to consider finding jobs around the area. it doesn’t have to be fancy or important; simply enough to provide you with enough money for the grocery.
The great thing about this way is the fact that you can really immerse to the surrounding condition and have direct access to the cultures. Dealing with different cultures may be a challenge, but you should be up for it – considering that you are adventurous enough to even try the house sitting method. You can visit places that regular tourists will never visit and you can interact with local people first handedly.
If you want to try this method, you need to become members of such house sitting organizations. Yes, you will have to pay for the membership, but consider it as a worthy investment for unlimited traveling experience that you are about to get – if you are bold enough to try. Again, make sure to get detailed information about the whole deal and make sure that you are doing proper arrangement and preparation. In several countries, the length of stay is 90 days max, so you really need to make careful planning and arrangement.
Try Staying in Host Lodging
It is like staying over at friend’s house, but you do it with strangers. There are organizations that arrange travelers around the world to save money while staying with others. Interaction depends greatly on your agreement; whether you want to stay in touch as much as possible, or even as little as possible….. that’s totally up to you. You can stay with the host that is willing to offer extra bed so you can crash while you are there. The same thing applies to you when you become the host. You can decide to cook together or have your own arrangement – as long as both of you are comfy with the arrangement.
If you want to try this method, you need to host and visit. If you want to check the online websites, some of them are quite restrictive, while some are quite flexible. The restrictive one requires you to visit and host, while the flexible one allows you to participate and arrange your own term – like having ‘Not Right Now’ profile. It means that you aren’t ready to host, but you are still available for hanging out, like meeting them, showing them around the city, or having quick drink.
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