Travel Recommendations For Northern India In Winter

Do you have plans of visiting northern India? Before going there, you have to consider these travel recommendations for northern India in winter.

Family Vacations: 10 Tips When Travelling by Car With Children

Traveling with children can be great if you plan ahead a little. Here are ten tips to help your car vacation go a lot easier.

Seven Tips For Travel Trips

We love taking trips, whether it’s a short road trip, or a longer trip by air to some distant exotic place. But all too often we fail to plan for our trip and the result is frustration and annoyance. Here are seven tips for your travel trips.

Cruise Holiday Tips For Smooth Sailing

A cruise holiday requires planning in order to be the best it can be. Check out these tips to have a cruise experience you will remember.

A Time To Unwind In An All Inclusive Family Resort

Making plans to fulfill your dream vacation with your kinfolks is a good idea. Realize your dream by choosing the best all inclusive family resort you can possibly look for.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Top 5 Spots For A Business Power Lunch In Lagos

Top 5 spots for a business power lunch in Lagos

It’s business time. You are looking to close a business deal and you are looking for the perfect place to grease the wheels of a business deal with fine food or liquor in a first-class atmosphere. While there is no shortage of places to meet in Lagos, Nigeria’s most bustling metropolitan city, it can be tricky to find a good place for a business meeting.

Critical to the success of any power lunch include decent food or drink, an impressive setting, and, most of all, impeccable service. If these elements are played right, that spot easily can help you seal the deal. Some places were made just for this purpose. Jumia Travel, Africa’s No.1 online hotel booking portal offers 5 of the best restaurants for business meetings in Lagos.

The Grill Room Bar, located at The Wheatbaker
The Grill Room


1. The Grill Room

If you are looking for a place guaranteed to impress a boss or client, or a discreet destination to eat while discussing a deal, The Grill Room Bar, located at The Wheatbaker – Nigeria’s finest luxury boutique hotel – is the place you want to go to. Known for the unique food which includes Sea Food, this spot is undoubtedly suited for those with an edgier agenda, an alternative to the traditionally staid business lunch venues.

The View Bar
The View


2. The View Bar

Frequented by celebrities, and hip entrepreneurs, it is not uncommon to hear big deals being discussed at The View, nestled at Radisson Blu Anchorage Hotel. The restaurant’s noteworthy presence in practically all Lagos restaurant guides is a testament to its quality. For night meetings, you and your business partner can sip a cocktail, while admiring breathtaking vistas of the lagoon.

Rooftop bar, 2nd floor of the Four Points by Sheraton Lagos hotel
Rooftop


3. The Office Rooftop Bar

This smart rooftop bar in Lagos mostly plays host to expense account diners and city workers. Located on the 2nd floor of the Four Points by Sheraton Lagos hotel, it offers great alfresco dining with beautiful views of the sunset as well as an amazing panoramic view of the Victoria Island Lagos at night. Again, with an array and assortment of food and cocktail menus to excite your taste buds, it is no doubt an establishment meant to woo clients and seal deals.

R.S.V.P located in Victoria Island Lagos
RSVP


4. R.S.V.P

The ambiance at R.S.V.P, located in Victoria Island Lagos, is exquisite. If you are looking to impress a new client, celebrate a merger or just work out a few details away from the office, this restaurant certainly offers one of the best locations. The daily-changing and variety of lunch menu and selection of beverages will also wow clients without splashing too much cash.

Bheerhugz, Ikeja, Lagos
Bheerhugz

5. Bheerhugz

The solid combination of lively atmosphere, great service, and location in the city’s center (Ikeja), as well as trendy clientele definitely makes Bheerhugz a Lagos mainstay for business lunches and meetings. Offering a good balance of unpretentious food and highly-polished service, it certainly is a charming destination for clinching deals over red meat and cocktail after work hours.

Monday, October 24, 2016

5 Ways To Make The Best Of An Impromptu Monday Trip

Travel by airMonday is considered the worst day of the week by almost everyone as Monday blues are a real thing. After a long, relaxing weekend, you may find waking up on Monday morning difficult. Aside from the fact that it marks the end of a pleasurable two day holiday (Saturday and Sunday), it comes with it a lot of pressure as it determines the pace for the rest of the week, especially for civil servants and businessmen. Worse is when you find you have to make an impromptu trip on a Monday morning. While impromptu trips are generally not the most adored, they are especially harder when they fall on Mondays as it mounts the pressure already faced on the day.

If you find that you have to make an urgent trip on a Monday, Jumia travel, Africa’s No.1 online hotel suggests 5 ways you can make the best of your trip!

Travel with a team/partner

Everything is automatically better the moment you realize you are not in it all by yourself. A good way to add some sparkle on your impromptu Monday trip is to travel with a team or a partner. If it is a work trip, you could request to travel with an assistant and if it is not possible, you can decide on you own to sponsor a friend or partner to tag along with you. The company you get distracts you from all the pressure and basically, everything seems less difficult.

Focus on the perks of the trip

No matter where you are going or why, the trip - though impromptu - is bound to have perks. It could be that you would be visiting a place you have never been before, or you will be staying in a fabulous hotel or you will be given abundant allowance for the trip. Find the silver lining of your trip and hold on to it. It may just take a change of heart on your end to see the impromptu trip which seemed so difficult as interesting and you can make the most of it.

Carry little luggage

Luggage is a big liability and a lot of it can make you trip even more stressful than it needs to be. Ensure you carry only what is necessary. Know the number of days you will be away, know the things that are absolutely essential and pack only those. Plan to buy any other things from the destination you are headed to if need be. Having less luggage to worry about or cater to will ensure there is less need for you to keep an eye out and you can actually enjoy your trip.


Give yourself something to look forward to

Nothing brightens the day like a bright outlook and hopes for a reward at the end of the day. Whether it's a simple dinner with your family or a treat, create something for yourself to look forward to for when you on the trip or you are back to your original destination after the trip. Doing this will ensure you are less cranky and you push through the trip with some form of excitement and even joy.

Put on something that makes you happy

This may seem inconsequential but, if you are rather upset or stressed over having to make an impromptu trip on a Monday, it could help to take with you or put on something that makes you happy. Whether it's a sparkly pair of earrings or a shoe, choose something to wear that, it will infuse in you a feeling of warmth and contentment that will make you perk up all through your trip.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

5 Tips For Every Nigerian Couple's First Trip Together

Travel tips for couples

Travelling with a romantic partner is always an exciting and awesome idea, especially when it is the first time. Not only do you get the chance to make treasured romantic memories such as trying a local delicacy and getting sick together afterwards, you get to learn new things about the destination and bonding over new experiences.

But the truth is, there is a chance the romantic getaway or vacation could go awry if it is not planned or coordinated carefully. From the stress or the travel to little arguments, and differing opinions on hygiene, packing, the problems of travel angst could wreak havoc on your relationship. To help you avoid any kind of angst, Jumia Travel has put together a couple of simple tips to follow to make that first trip with your beau or lady love a great one.

Share your packing space

Ensure you pack together and you maximize the space and luggage limit available to you. One partner should not try to hug up all the space; instead, both parties should try to be equal, and sensible, about packing. Sharing packing space not only makes it easy for you to collaborate better with your partner, it also keeps you both aware of all possessions and it is easy to keep track in case something goes missing.

Split expenses

The usual thing for Nigerian couples on a trip is that the man pays for almost everything on the trip. However, while he may not complain at first, it may cause some form of strain on the course of the trip. Have a conversation about budgets before you go, and adjust it if things are different once you're there. And if you are not in a relationship where one of you is earning way more and it really does not make sense for the other to pitch in, the lower earning partner should remember to be both kind and restrained.

Manage responsibilities effectively

This is really important as despite the fact you are a couple and you are in love, you are still separate individuals and you have different strengths and weaknesses. You and your partner should agree on who is better in doing what and can take responsibility for the respective part of the trip. For instance, If one person has an unerring knack for researching great discounts let them handle it. Basically, maximize your assets.

Be wary of romantic tourist traps

Before you visit any destination, you will probably come across recommendation for first time visitors, including places best suited for romantic partners. While these spots may seem great, chances are they are expensive and overhyped, and you most likely will be filled with disappointment after you visit them. In order not to fall for any of these tourist traps, try to make your own romantic moments with some local recommendations instead. It will offer a more real and authentic experience.

Give each other space

The fact that you are on a trip together does not mean you have to be around each other 24/7. No matter how much you love each other, being around each other every minute is bound to be a strain at some point. You need avoid getting tired of one by slotting in times where you get to chill out all by your lonesome.

Friday, October 21, 2016

5 Reasons To Visit Badagry Once In Your Lifetime

Badagry slave route

Badagry is on the outskirts of Lagos. Precisely, it is located between the cosmopolitan city of Lagos and Nigeria’s border with the Republic of Benin. This location has perhaps made it a bit difficult for tourists and Lagosians to check out this tourist’s haven. In addition, Badagry is not situated in Lagos’s choice areas like Victoria Island, Lekki, Ikeja, and Ikoyi.

Notwithstanding where you reside in Lagos, Badagry is a delightful and wonderful place to visit. We roll out some reasons that will no doubt spur you to pack your luggage and travel to Badagry. Don’t forget to book your hotel on Jumia Travel!

Badagry slave relics

Relics of Slave Trade awaits you

Slavery is a phase in Nigeria’s and Africa’s history we all want to forget. However, this history cannot just be wished away. It happened. And it is important to preserve this heritage. It is, therefore, important to note that Badagry’s history is incomplete without giving a mention to slavery. You will find relics of slavery like chains, locks, and shackles as well as see the different slave routes (point of no return) and slave ports. In addition to this, you will learn so much at the Badagry slave museum, the slave families, like Mobee Royal Family, and the Vlekete Slave Market. You will be overwhelmed!

Badagry is a virgin

Yes, Badagry is a virgin! Unlike other cities and towns in Lagos that have been encroached and taken over by humans, Badagry is yet to be polluted especially, its coastlines and peninsulas remain natural, untouched and untapped! So, it is a wonderful place to have a good time and you are assured of the air you breathe.

Houses in Badagry pennissula

It is a city of many firsts!

Badagry has the enviable record of having many firsts compared to any other city in Nigeria. You will find the first primary school, the first story building in Nigeria, and the first pair of Sato drum. This should pump up your wanderlust Adrenalin!

The biggest border town in Nigeria

The border between Nigeria and Benin Republic is just 10 minutes’ drive from Badagry. So do you want to see the biggest border town in Nigeria? Pack your bags and leave for Badagry now!

Whispering Palms, Badagry.
Whispering Palms, Badagry.

Relax and indulge

There are hotels and relaxation spots in Badagry. One of such popular hubs for relaxation is Whispering Palms. There are also beautiful beaches where you can have picnics. In addition, you will return with a truckload of coconuts if you want. Coconut is as available as the air you breathe in!

5 Exciting Ways To Capture Your Travel Memories

Couple travel selfie

A trip to Olumo rock in Abeokuta, Ogun state may probably be bland and uninteresting if you are unable to capture the exciting moments. In fact, one of the biggest incentives for traveling is the opportunity to make memories so that you can relive moments.

When memories fade, you cannot recover them. It is gone forever! Therefore, it is very important to record every moment. So, how do you capture these memories? Jumia travel shares some ideas.

Girl taking a selfie on a trip

Blogs & Vlogs

If you are digitally savvy, you can write blogs or shoot videos about your travel. WordPress and YouTube have made it very easy to write and produce your travel memories. This will no doubt help you relive these experiences in the future.

Write Journals

Some travelers like to stay off the internet when they travel. For those of you in this category, you can keep a journal and pen the significant things that happen during your trip. Ensure that you update your journal daily. If you want, you can use your phone to take notes.

Postcards

Postcards were widely used in the past but due to the internet, it has sharply declined. So, you can buy postcards, write memories you want and send it to your home. This will enable your families and friends to share your experience!

Capturing travel memories

Buy a quality camera

You don’t have to be professional photographers before you can take pictures. While you can leave the sophisticated cameras for the professionals, your phone is a capable replacement. Phone manufacturers have largely improved their cameras that you can take quality pictures with them.

Travel with friends

Travelling solo is good but if you really want to enjoy and properly capture your travels, you should travel with your friends. With them, you can reminisce and relive your travel, especially during conversations.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

5 Best Spots For A Pool Party In Lagos

Best pool party locations in Lagos
Poolside scene in Lagos is far from boring. A splash of pool parties are thrown on the regular at shindig-friendly hotels around town. From grand oceanfront resorts to smaller boutique properties, there is a variety of hotel options from budget-friendly to truly opulent; and some of the city’s best hotels host pool parties that kick-off during the day and lead into nights of fun long after the sun goes down.

If you are looking to lounge or dance - music in ear and cocktail in hand - at a pool party in Lagos, Jumia Travel wants you to keep in mind these five best pool party spots. Now go and get your splash on.

The George Ikoyi

The George Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria.
The George Ikoyi
One of Lagos city’s most beautiful pool hotels, The George Ikoyi, offers a glamorous outdoor pool perfect for mind-blowing pool parties. Guests will enjoy swimming while reveling at the pool which is fitted with recliner seats. If you’re looking for a venue to host your party, you will enjoy the sun, the pool, the gourmet food and the amazing views as you lounge with your friends at this hotel which is located in Ikoyi, one of the most beautiful parts of Lagos!

Radisson Blu Anchorage Hotel

Radisson Blu Anchorage Hotel, Lagos, Nigeria.
Radisson Blu Anchorage Hotel
Already established as the top destination in Lagos, Radisson Blu’s energetic mix of music, drinks and non-stop fun takes over the decks at the massive pool on-site built for beach and indoor/outdoor party space. Add to the mix the culinary offerings, and the stage is set for a sophisticated party featuring utterly enchanting action.

Epe Resort

Epe Resort, Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria.
Epe Resort
A luxury resort in Lagos nestled in the lush green hillside of a tropical forest, bordering the Lekki Lagoon, Epe Resort welcomes guests and locals to dance, drink and enjoy all the amenities of a luxurious resort. Lined with lounge chairs and striped umbrellas, the pool has hosted a slew of bashes. But you don’t have to wait until there is an event to party at their pool. While the pool is mainly open to hotel guests, passes are available for everyone else. Visit with a few friends and make merry at the pool!

Fahrenheit Loft

Fahrenheit Loft, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria.
Fahrenheit Loft
Nestled slightly north of Victoria Island, Lagos, Fahrenheit Loft offers a relaxed atmosphere and an awesome ocean view. The hotel has since made a name for itself, and a lot of it has to do with their event and parties which include pool parties. The hotel has an outdoor pool flanked by recliner seats where guests enjoy swimming sessions. The pool area is open to anyone on a first-come, first-serve basis with hotel guest priority, but requires a food and drink minimum spending fee for non-guests. You can have an impromptu pool party that will leave long lasting memories.

De Renaissance Hotel

De Renaissance Hotel, Alausa, Lagos, Nigeria.
De Renaissance Hotel
The Renaissance Hotel is quite unique and its pool is a good reflection. The pool is as eclectic and detail oriented as the rest of the modern-day pools in luxury hotels around the city. It is perfect for having a poolside party, especially the impromptu kind as there is no heavy restriction to using the pool, and a pool party would be just like getting the royal treatment without really having to pay for it.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Budget Travel – Is Hostelling Right For You?

Hostelling was once thought of as the exclusive province of college kids traveling through Europe for the first time. However, hostelling has grow to include all ages, and all types of people. When traveling on a budget, staying at a hostel can be a great experience for the traveler with a sense of adventure.

Hostel dormitory

Of course, hostel travel is not for everyone, and some travelers would rather spend extra money for solo accommodations. In general, hostel traveling is best suited to solo travelers, or to groups of young people traveling together. Hostel stays are generally not recommended for families traveling with young children, and many hostels do not accept children under a certain age.

Most hostels are set up as dormitory style rooms, with a number of bunk beds arranged throughout the room. The number of bunk beds in a single room varies, with the average from four to ten bunks per room. Each traveler is assigned a specific bunk upon check-in.

Almost all hostels in the United States divide their accommodations according to gender, with the female guests in one block of rooms and the male guests in another. In multi-floor hostels, each gender is often assigned a specific floor or group of floors.

In many European locations and elsewhere around the world, however, many hostel rooms have mixed genders sharing a room. If this is a concern, be sure to ask about it. I, as a woman traveling alone, have personally never encountered a problem with these arrangements, and I have stayed in hostels throughout Europe, including Rome, London and Amsterdam. Some visitors, however, are surprised at these arrangements.

The bathroom accommodations at hostels vary as well, with some rooms containing a shared bathroom and shower, while other hostels will have shower and bathroom facilities located in the hallway. If this is an important consideration, you should make sure to ask about bathroom facilities when making the reservation.

And reservations are becoming increasingly important at hostels, especially during the summer months in popular locations. Where once it was common for travelers simply to drop by the hostel and get a bed, it is now not at all unusual for hostels in popular tourist destinations to be booked solid for months.

The main appeal of staying at hostels, of course, is the price. The nightly rate for a hostel rarely rises above $25 or $30 per night, with most hostel accommodations costing far less. With the average hotel room hovering around $100 to $150 in many locations, it is easy to see why hostels are becoming so popular.

In addition, the staff at most hostels are extremely accommodating and knowledgeable about the local area. Unlike many staff members of some luxury hotels, who travel in from the suburbs and rarely see the city in which the live, hostel staff tend to live in their city, and they have an intimate knowledge of the local attractions, including which attractions are can’t miss and which ones are a waste of money.

In addition, hostels often have access to discounts and coupons for local area attractions and restaurants, and they can provide valuable information on the best, lowest priced restaurants in the area.

While staying at a hostel is not for everyone, and the local hostel will never be mistaken for a Ritz Carlton, hostels can be wonderful budget accommodations for the budget minded traveler. After all, the goal of travel is to get out and see the world, and hostel travel lets you spend your limited travel dollars doing just that.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Guided Tours Of Wondrous Egypt

Egyptian Museum Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt.
Facade of the Egyptian Museum Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt
Who hasn’t wanted to see the wondrous archaeological sites and amazing artifacts to be found in Egypt — a land perfectly laid out for archaeology buffs? Now, guided tours of Egypt and all its splendor are available for travelers from all over the world to visit and explore. Let’s take a look at what many guided tours have to offer.

Most guided tours of Egypt begin in Cairo, where Egypt’s largest airport and biggest city are waiting to greet you. While in Egypt, your guide may take you to the famous Egyptian Museum, where the treasures of Tutankhamen and other ancient artifacts are available for viewing. You may take a drive to Old Cairo, the area where ancient Christians and Jews lived within the city. Have fun shopping at the colorful Khan El Khalili Bazaar and don’t forget to bargain.

Great Sphinx of Giza
Great Sphinx of Giza
One of the most beautiful sites on guided tours of Egypt is a visit to the pyramids and the great Sphinx of Giza, a five thousand year-old monument. After taking as many pictures as you can, visit the nearby Solar Boat Museum and continue on to the ancient city of Memphis, the first capital city of United Upper and Lower Egypt, and see Sakkara, the site of the Step Pyramid of Zoser.

Longer guided tours of Egypt will fly you out of the area to Sharm El Sheikh, a city on the sea with lovely beaches, pure white sands and a chance to go diving in the Ras Mohammed Underwater Nature Reserve. Another option is a walking tour to visit a Bedouin camp in the desert. Other visits include the St. Catherine Monastery or night tours of Mount Sinai, where you can watch a gorgeous sunrise and visit the monastery located there.

Sharks bay Sharm-el-Sheikh
Beach in Sharm El Sheikh
Next, some guided tours will take you on a flight to Luxor where you’ll take a fabulous cruise ship for an unforgettable experience on the Nile River. Cruise trips typically last five days and four nights. You’ll visit the Luxor Temple that was originally dedicated to the God Amon-Ra. Karnak Temple is nearby as well.

Guided tours of the area will have you continue on your cruise ship and will take you to the famous Valley of the Kings and Queens, where you can see the Funerary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and numerous other archaeological findings. The cruise ship will be sailing upstream and will take you up to Edfu where you can visit the Edfu Temple, a famous part of Egyptian architecture.

Still on the cruise ship the next day, guided tours of the Nile will stop off at the Temple of Kom Ombo, another Egyptian archaeological find and to the Nilometer, an amazing site built by the pharaohs of Egypt that was built to measure the height of the waters of the Nile River.

Next, guided tours along the Nile River will show you the amazing and famous Aswan High Dam, as well as the Philae Temple and the huge unfinished obelisk in the nearby granite quarry. At this point, your cruise ship adventure is complete and you’ll fly back to the city of Cairo.

Guided tours of Egypt, especially if they are comprehensive, will show you dozens of amazing archaeological sites and will teach you the history of this fascinating part of the world. You’ll see hundreds of ancient Egyptian artifacts and you’ll come away with a new appreciation of how the Ancient Egyptians lived and built their monuments.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Introduction To Budget Travel

Budget travel tips

The world of budget travel is one of the most exciting and interesting, and in today’s world traveling on a budget is becoming more and more of a necessity. Keeping costs low while traveling is important, whether you are a solo traveler seeing the world for the first time or a family with a carload full of kids heading for the beach or the theme park.

When it comes to coming up with a travel budget, the first step should be to decide what is important to you and where you can cut back a bit. For instance, some travelers are comfortable spending a bit more for a better class of hotel, while others prefer to save money by using budget accommodations and spend the money they saved on sightseeing or a special meal for the family.

As with other aspects of finance, it is a good idea to create a travel budget. Determine a budget for the various aspects of your vacation, such as hotel, airfare, rental cars, sightseeing, gasoline, etc. Once you have a good idea of what each element of the vacation should cost, it is time to start shopping around for the best deals.

Once you have determined what is most important to you, it is time to start determining how to get the best deals. Often, admission deals on area attractions are the easiest to come by, since many theme parks, museums and other destinations run specials to attract out of town guests.

To score big discounts on area attractions, the best place to start is the web site of the attraction itself. Be sure to check the web site for any specials, such as two for one deals, free admission for children, special reduced admission days, etc.

If you are a member of the military, a senior citizen or a member of an organization such as AAA, there are often additional discounts available. Most AAA offices sell discount admission tickets to theme parks, museums and other popular attractions within driving distance, and most AAA offices sell discounted admissions to popular attractions like Walt Disney World as well. The key to making your travel budget stretch farther is to ask about, and take advantage of, all discounts that may be available.

If you are driving to your destination, one great way to make your travel budget go further is to make sure your car is in tip top shape before embarking on your trip. Small details, such as under-inflated tires or worn spark plugs can really eat into your gas mileage and end up costing you a bundle, especially on a long road trip.

A good map can also be a money saver, since it will keep you from driving around in circles and wasting gas. Finding your way easily to and from the hotel and the surrounding area will make your vacation more pleasant and less costly.

No matter how you save money on your next vacation, having a budget and sticking to it will help you enjoy your vacation more, and worry less about paying for it.

4 Essential Tips For Travelling In October


October may be a month in the last quarter of the year, but it certainly provides excellent opportunities for travel. Aside from the fact that travelers get to deal with fewer crowds as it is off-season, most destinations experience moderate temperatures around the time and so are favorable for all kinds of visitors.

If you are looking take advantage of all that October offers and you are planning a trip, Jumia Travel, Africa’s No.1 online hotel booking portal shares 4 essential tips for traveling in October.

Check for deals and discounts when planning your trip

Most people do not know this, but some of the best travel discounts and deals are offered in the month of October. Value – Flights, accommodation especially in hotels like Beni Gold Hotel & Apartments and Grand Ibro Hotel, entrance fees and more can be found at big discounts, even up to a 50% discount. That can mean luxury at an affordable price and a cheaper vacation.

Air travel is most reliable

Flight cancellations as result of bad weather conditions is not as common, from the month of October, especially here in Nigeria. The weather condition in October is favourable. The month features cool days and nights, also, the rains are less, so air travel is not as tedious as it could be in other months.

It is the best time for international trip

October is not a holiday season and so the ratio of foreigners to locals in most of the popular tourist attractions around the world will not be low. Thus, international travel during October, especially for tourism is best as you have a greater chance of feeling the local culture more than you would when a place is teeming with tourists. Basically, October will allow you a slice of good weather and a slice of quiet.

Start planning your Christmas trip

October is the best month to commence planning your Christmas holiday trip. Start your research on where you want to go and which of the numerous end-of-year festivals you would want to rope into your holiday trip; contract agents if you have to, but most importantly, book your flights and hotel rooms in October as the month is just 2 months away from December and gives you the specific amount of time you need to plan the perfect holiday.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Easy Methods Of Saving Gas

Tips for saving gas
Gas prices are always a hot topic these days, as they have continued to rise and rise, with no sign of stopping or even slowing down. Many drivers are understandably frustrated, as they are being squeezed hard by the high prices, and seem to have no way to make gas more affordable for themselves. Since it may be foolish to expect a drop in gas prices anytime soon, one of the best ways to deal with the ridiculous price of gas is to look for whatever ways you can to reduce your gas usage.

Many of the best methods for reducing gas usage are also among the very easiest! This is very fortunate for those who do not have mechanical expertise or extra money to invest in products that make exaggerated claims of increased fuel efficiency. If you number yourself among the many that are growing tired of spreading themselves thin because of gas prices, take a look at some of these very simple and free ways to free yourself of some of the cost of gas.

Of course, it is obvious that when you do not drive your car, you use no fuel, which is easily the most affordable option of them all. However, if your car stays parked at home, so do you! What are the alternatives when you have places to go and people to see? Well, a car pool is a great option, if you can make it work. Car pools have been around for years and are quite common. With a car pool system, you can reduce your impact on the environment while you also reduce the impact of gas prices on your wallet!

Most people think of car pools as a way to get to work, but if you know someone who lives near you that has other places to go, you can still car pool! If you have to go to the mall, for instance, check and see if one of your neighbors wants to go, as well. Maybe next time, they will return the favor.

Smart trip planning is another weapon that consumers have to fight the roaring albatross that is gas prices. To swing this deadly blade and slay the beast, simply plan ahead when you go out to make sure that you consolidate all of your shopping and errand-running needs into one trip. If you live in a small town and must take the highway to get shopping done, it is even more important to plan your trips well to avoid excess driving!

One big “no-no” that is easily avoided is leaving your car’s engine on when you are not going anywhere. This can include when you run in quickly to the store or gas station, or when you are waiting for a friend to come outside so you can go somewhere together. In most cases, it will make much more sense to simply turn your engine off. If you are not currently moving, there is no reason to have your engine on, anyway!

Finally, avoid having excess weight in your car when you are driving around. This means that you do not want to leave items that you do not need in your car for long periods of time, particularly if they are somewhat heavy. This also means that you probably want to make friends with very light people! Well, that may not be true, but it is important to reduce the weight in your car, since every 100 pounds can cause you a loss of 1 or 2 percent of your fuel economy.

It is plain to see that increasing your vehicle’s fuel efficiency does not have to be a complicated or expensive process. It is important to remember that there are alternatives to simply staying home and not driving if you want to save money on gas. The trick is simply to be a bit smarter about where, when and how you drive!

5 Tips For Traveling By RV

ISUZU ELF 6th Gen Standard Cab type Recreational Vehicle

Are you in the process of planning an RV trip? If you are and if this is your first time doing so, you may be looking for some guidance. After all, traveling by RV for the first time can be fun and exciting, but it can also be worrisome at the same time. For that reason, five helpful tips, which are ideal for first time motor home travelers, are outlined below.
  1. Map Out Your Route Ahead of Time

  2. Deciding where you want to travel to by RV is an important component of doing so. Of course, you have the ability to change your mind or make side trips along the way, but you should always have an idea of where you will be going. This is important for a number of different reasons, including overall satisfaction and safety.

  3. Research Activities and Attractions Along the Way

  4. In conjunction with the above mentioned tip of mapping out your intended travel route, doing so enables you to research activities and attractions that are located along the way. When traveling by RV, half of the fun is all of the stops that you are able to make. Of course, you can be spontaneous, but having an idea of exactly what you can do and see while traveling by RV is ideal for safety, as well as making sure that you don’t miss out on any great opportunities.

    When it comes to researching activities and attractions that are along your way, the internet is a great place to start. If you are taking steps now to prepare for an RV trip that isn’t set to happen for another month or so, you may want to request free vacation guides. These guides are easy to find online.

  5. Make Sure Your RV Is Stocked Full of Activities

  6. Making sure your RV is stocked full of fun activities is another great tip that beginners should implement. If your upcoming motor home adventure is an extended one, you may spend a good percentage of your time on the road. Of course, looking out the window to sightsee is a nice, enjoyable activity, but it may not hold your interest for long. That is why fun activities should be examined. These activities may include movies, using a laptop computer, playing handheld electronic games, reading, or enjoying another fun hobby, such as knitting.

    All RV travelers are encouraged to make sure that they have fun activities for the road, but it is extremely important for parents to do so. There is nothing worse than being stuck on an RV with unhappy children.

  7. Pack for Your Trip Ahead of Time

  8. All first time RV travelers are encouraged to start packing early. In fact, the earlier the better. Many supplies, such as food and travel size toiletries can be packed or put in an RV without disrupting your current daily needs.

    To help ensure that your next RV trip is fun, as opposed to one that is filled with complications, create an RV trip checklist. This checklist should include specific items that you would like to bring, such as clothing, food, drinks, eating utensils, towels, wash clothes, and so forth. To help get you started, many websites have free printable camping checklists, which can serve as great guides. Be sure to check off items from your list when you pack them in your bags or place them on your motor home.

  9. Always Keep Safety in Mind

  10. As with any recreational activity, it is important to remember that there are some risks associated with traveling by RV, especially in areas that you are unfamiliar with. For that reason, a number of steps should be taken to protect your safety. Be sure to leave an itinerary with someone that you know and trust, always be aware of your surroundings, always keep a cell phone nearby, and be sure to have a fully stocked first aid kit.

Cruise Holiday Tips For Smooth Sailing

Is anything more luxurious than taking a cruise holiday? Traveling to exotic locations on a luxury ship, catching sunrays, and breathing the salty breezes can renew and replenish anyone, no matter how shopworn from the cares of work. However, a cruise holiday requires planning in order to be the best it can be. Check out these tips to have a cruise experience you will remember.

Luxury yacht

So where do you start when planning a cruise holiday? First, what is your budget like? Do you need to hold down expenses? Then here are a few tips for economizing on your cruise holiday.

When scheduling your cruise holiday, you should be aware that there are off season and on season dates, and that you want to schedule your trip in the off season to get the best deal. What you may not know, however, is that cruise lines actually change prices a number of times throughout the year. Ask and find out when their absolute lowest season prices are. In addition, keep your plans somewhat flexible so that you can change ships at the last minute. Sometimes a ship is not filled to capacity, so the cruise line will sell the last few tickets at a real bargain. It is always to their advantage to sail filled to capacity because people on holiday spend money on souvenirs, drinks, etc. Use this knowledge to get a really great deal.

Where you cruise to on your holiday can make a big difference in your cost as well. If you pick a popular spot, you can travel cheaper than if you choose a less popular spot. Another consideration is whether you really care about those ports of call. If you just want to stay on the ocean liner and enjoy the luxuries, book a cruise that doesn't stop anywhere. These "cruises to nowhere" are just as luxurious as the others but cost less.

To be safe on a cruise holiday, don't take a lot of expensive equipment or jewelry with you. Make sure your passport, health insurance, and other papers are up to date. Be sure to ask about laws you may inadvertently be breaking when you get off the shore you are accustomed to. Laws in ports and even in the water can vary, and you sure don't want a big hassle with a foreign law enforcement agency.

To travel lighter, find out about equipment that will be available on the ship. For instance, if the cruise line provides irons or hair dryers, you won't need to pack yours. Also pack your own sample size shampoo, toothpaste, and other toiletries because these items will cost more in the gift shop. You should have access to laundry facilities on your cruise holiday, so you don't have to take a huge amount of clothing. Pick a wrinkle proof lightweight outfit for every two or three days and pick separates in colors that coordinate so you can get different looks. Be sure to pack a formal and or semi-formal outfit if you will be taking part in these sort of activities on your cruise holiday.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Budgeting For Caribbean Travel Tips

If you enjoy going on vacations, then you probably know just how expensive these vacations can be. Traveling to the Caribbean is no different. Although it may be pricey, a vacation to the Caribbean will be one that you will never forget, so you should consider it, even if you have little money in your budget for traveling. There are ways to raise the money for this kind of a vacation.

Grand Anse beach Grenada
Grand Anse beach, Grenada
First and foremost, you can begin budgeting for your Caribbean vacation simply by declaring to yourself that you are doing so. It puts you in a different mindset when you are putting money into a certain fund for a certain purchase. Open a separate savings account and decide that whatever money you put into this bank account cannot be taken out except to pay for your Caribbean vacation. Every time you get a paycheck, put your excess money into this account. Make sure that you don’t cut yourself short for things like mortgage payments or groceries, but try to put as much into the account as possible.

The second step to budgeting for a Caribbean vacation is to set goals. Figure out about how much you will spend on your Caribbean vacation and then monitor your bank account carefully to reach this goal. You should figure in money for transportation, accommodations, meals, activities, shopping, and extra costs. Always estimate high so that you are sure to have all the money you need. If you have money left over when you come home, you can always use it to start your next vacation fund.

Lastly, when budgeting for a Caribbean vacation, make sure to plan out your travel date well in advance so that you can hunt for the best deals. Cheaper flights and hotel rooms can often be found online, and you can read reviews of some of the tourist destinations. If you find out that a certain museum was rated as boring by other travelers, for example, you can save yourself the expense and instead spend the day on a free public beach.

Travel to the Caribbean is expensive no matter how many corners you cut. However, no matter what your financial situation, this kind of travel is possible. You simply must learn to budget your money so that the extra money you have left over from every paycheck can be used toward your Caribbean vacation. This will help you achieve your goals towards a large sum of money to be used toward the trip of a lifetime. Not all of us are millionaires, but we all deserve to live like millionaires sometimes.

The Qualities Of Boat Shoes

When it comes to boating, there are certain articles of clothing that are more appropriate than others. You might have seen these before without even knowing it. Perhaps you're interested to learn more about what this type of footwear is all about. If you're looking for reasons to invest in boat shoes, here are a few talking points worth going over.

Converse Jack Purcell boat shoes
Converse Jack Purcell boat shoes
Boat shoes are unique in that they are flat canvas footwear, usually made with rubber. This material allows the shoes in question to maintain friction, which is especially important when you consider the often wet surfaces of boats in general. Anyone who specializes in boat transport and shipping will tell you that this defining trait makes a difference. However, it's just one of several components worth making note of.

There's also the matter of comfort that comes from boat shoes. Footwear in general should be easy to wear, but this is especially true when you're planning to be on a boat for hours. It's easy enough to find a pair of shoes that will fit you, meaning that you won't be bothered by them if you're fishing, clamming, or what have you.

Finally - and this feature might vary from person to person - boat shoes are fashionable in their own right. They do not look like boots that one would wear for work, since they look more like sneakers than anything else. What this means is that you won't look like your sense of fashion is from another time. As a matter of fact, this aesthetic value will only work hand-in-hand with the functionality of said shoes that much more.

Hopefully the information covered earlier has persuaded you to invest in a pair of boat shoes. These are nothing short of invaluable for boaters across the board, not only in terms of functionality but style as well. You should be able to look your best, but still maintain the level of safety that boating requires. This is where the aforementioned footwear comes into the picture, so shop around and see which shoes fit you best.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Travel Recommendations For Northern India In Winter

The geographical position and unusual topography of India is responsible for the country's diverse climate. If you have plans of visiting northern India, you can expect the climate to be hotter during the summer and cooler in winter. Before going there, you have to consider these travel recommendations for northern India in winter. 

The northern plains of India during the winter season which happens to be from October to March brings very cold temperatures. In fact, temperature in the Thar Desert can reach freezing point. The central city of the north is New Delhi and the temperature there is from 8 degrees to 21 degrees Celsius.

You can find a rich history of culture in north India. Aside from New Delhi, you can also visit other destinations like Uttranchal, Uttar Pradesh, Jamma, HImachal Pradesh, Punjab, and Kashmir. There are many activities that you can do in north India like river rafting, camel safari, mountain biking, skiing, and trekking. You can also find exquisite architecture, incredible wildlife, sand dunes, and historical charm in this Indian region.

If you plan to tour Delhi, you can explore the city's religious face. There are many temples that you can visit like Akshardham, Birla, Bangla Sahib, and ISKCON temples. Aside from the temples, there are also forts in Delhi like Qutub Minar, Jantar Mantar, and Red Fort.

Taj Mahal - north India, Uttar Pradesh
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal is found in north India, specifically in Uttar Pradesh. If you have plans of traveling to Uttaranchal, don’t do this during the winter season as it is very cold. You can do it between April and June or from September to November.

Individuals who love mall shopping can go to Shimla. You can find malls offering great sights there. The Golden Temple can be found in Punjab. Other places that you should visit are Srinagar, Jammu, Dal Lake, Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Sonamarg, Solan, Dalhousie, Dharamsala, Kullu, Manali, Kangra, and Chamba. You can have the best holiday experience in north India.

As mentioned earlier, winter in north India is quite cold. If you go there during winter, you have to bring the appropriate clothes. If you don’t have them, you can start purchasing winter clothes. This way, you can avoid stressing out your body and ending up sick. Make sure that you take your vitamins and some medications with you, just in case you catch fever, cough or colds. The medicines sold in India are not the same as those sold in your home country. So better be prepared especially if you're traveling there during the winter. You can enjoy the sights and tourist spots in north India if you have a healthy body.

Still, if you can't withstand the cold, you should go to North India during the summer season. The temperature during that time is not as cold as the winter season.

Now that you know the places that you can visit in north India, you can contact a travel agency and book your travel in advance. The winter season in India is also the peak season for the influx of tourists and so it would be best to plan ahead of time, otherwise, you will not get the best services because the accommodations are limited. Planning can really take so much of your time but with the help of a travel agency, your troubles are lessened. If you take into consideration these travel recommendations for northern India in winter, you will have the greatest time of your life despite the cold climate.

How To Be Culturally Sensitive When You Travel Around Nigeria


There is no argument that Africans and Nigerians are culturally sensitive. Despite the fact that there is a sharp decline in values, we have not completely forgotten our traditional route. Hence, anyone who attempts to treat it with contempt or disdain will considerably have themselves to blame. For regular travelers, if you are visiting a culturally sensitive country like Nigeria, you have to be conscious of your activities. This is even more essential in a country like Nigeria with our hundreds of ethnic groups and languages. Although there are slight differences in beliefs, there are significant similarities at the same time.

Jumia Travel shares various ways you can be culturally sensitive when you travel around Nigeria. The veracity of this is that these tips will keep you safe. Thus, whether you are traveling to Kano in Northern Nigeria, Idoma in Kogi or Ogboni in Port Harcourt, you will definitely be safe.

Vacation in London

Do your homework

There is no gainsaying that research is an important part of travel. How will you find your way around? Do you know the local culture and taboos? Do you know their dress culture? Do your homework to avoid troubled waters. Even if you are traveling with a local, it does not make any difference if your research is untidy and not rigorous.

Dress carefully

Dress culture varies in different parts of the country. In Lagos, people will only frown at your dress sense if it is utterly and extremely irresponsible and indecent. However, if you dress that same way in Kaduna, you will definitely have yourself to blame. When you observe the way people dress over there, you will abandon all indecent attires if you want to live and travel peacefully to avoid any harassments. You can even show solidarity by embracing their dress culture.

Keep your wits to yourself

Your wits and banter can easily get you into trouble. For example, if you are among the Igbos of Eastern Nigeria, you do not say something that’s obviously negative even though you are joking. And don’t abuse the traditional rites involved in any cultural festival no matter how odious it may be. Simply keep your wits and banter to yourself.

Northern Nigeria cultural display
Northern Nigeria cultural display

Follow the rules

You should always have at the back of your mind that you are a traveler. You are in unfamiliar terrain and you have to follow their rules and regulations whether you like it or not. So, if there are rules in respect of night curfews and drinking/eating during Ramadan, you should simply follow the rules. For example, during the Eyo festival in Lagos, you are expected to walk around barefooted. if you can follow this rule, it is advisable you stay at home.

Ask Questions

If you cannot get a local to take you around, you should always ask questions. Like they say ignorance of the law excuses not. This will prevent you from getting lost or strolling into places of worship or shrine.