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Tips to Help You Pack for Your Trip

Mispacking is probably the easiest way to ruin a trip. Not having the appropriate attire, forgetting important items, or having something important broken in transit can really spoil a trip. An important part of packing is figuring out just how to fit everything into your bags. This article will strive to help you do just that so you don’t have to stress about things breaking or what to leave behind.

Whatever you are using to pack your things in, make sure that you clearly tag all of your luggage with your name, address, and telephone number. If you get separated from your luggage or it gets lost, it will be much easier to find it again. Another great tip for if you happen to lose your luggage is to scan your passport, passport photos, and airline tickets into your computer and store them in a web-based email account. This way, even if you lose everything, you have immediate access to all your important information. When packing, it’s a good idea to split up your valuables into different bags. If you happen to lose one of your bags, at least you won’t have lost every important document and valuable.

When it comes to organizing your space within your luggage you will want it packed in a way that makes items easily accessible once you reach your destination. Packing your things in separate plastic bags is a great way to accomplish this. Having one clear plastic zip lock bag for each type of clothing will make it much easier when you go to unpack. You will be able to immediately see what you want. When packing your clothes into the plastic bags roll them up carefully – don’t fold them. Rolling provides more space and also will help ward off wrinkles. And remember when packing clothes to try and only pack what you know you will need and use. If you are traveling for more than three weeks you can wash them on the road.

If you are traveling with breakable items, surround them with soft items to protect them. If possible, take the breakable item as part of your carry on, as this is the best way to ensure its safety. For better utilization of space, look for ways to use every nook and cranny. This includes filling in small empty areas with socks and filling up your boots with small items.

Take a jacket with you on the plane instead of packing it and fill the pockets with important items that you might need. For your carry on, pack it smartly. Keep any medications and important papers in it, as well as a change of clothes. This will definitely come in handy if you have multiple stopovers on a long flight, because if your luggage gets delayed or lost, you will need a fresh change of clothes while you wait. It would make a bad situation much worse if you didn’t have clean clothes, your medication, and your important papers.

A great way to ensure you pack everything you need to is to make a packing list and check off every item as you pack it. Organization is key to make sure you have a successful packing experience.

Cheap flights to London

London is one of the splendid destinations in the world. Millions of travelers book flights to London every year to visit the great Buckingham Palace, London Bridge and the Tower of London. Madame Tussauds is a world famous wax museum in London.
The London’s Eye is one of the best tourist attractions in the city. It allows you to enjoy 40 kilometer panoramic views of the city on a clear day. You can view some famous landmarks like Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, St. Paul’s Cathedral and Trafalgar Square on a gradual ride in the London’s eye. ZSL London zoo houses more than 1000 species of animals, birds and fishes. Gorilla Kingdom, Butterfly paradise, Tropical birds pavilion and aquarium are the highlights of this zoo.

You can book cheap flights to London to enjoy the ancient charm and modern beauty of this city. Internet is the best place to find some best deals. You just need to choose the name of the airport near to you and compare the prices of London flights. You can book a flight to London at anytime you want. However, July and August are the warmest months. Spring and fall can be pleasant in London, so you can plan your trip during those seasons. The royal parks and gardens are fresh and beautiful in spring season. The city receives heavy rainfall in November, so it is not advisable to book a flight during November.

Normally, the British people get their vacations in July and Augusts, so the resorts and hotels are overcrowded in these months. However, it is quite interesting to spend summer in London, as the city offers plenty of fascinating things to do and see in this season. January is the coolest month. However, you can get cheap flights in such off seasons.

London has various airport options. You can book cheap flight to any of those airports. Heathrow Airport is the busiest airport in the UK. It is located 15 miles away from London. You can reach the town with the help of designated Heathrow Express Trains. You can also reach the town by the underground tube. Taxis and coach services are also available from the airport to the city. Gatwick airport is located 25 miles away from London. You can reach the city by taking the Gatwick Express train. Stansted airport is 30 miles away from London. There are shuttle buses and taxis that connect the Stansted airport to the city.

Cheap Tenerife Holidays

Tenerife is the most popular island in the Canary Islands. Its fantastic weather, lovely beaches and picturesque garden make it a perfect spot for families, honeymooners and enthusiastic travelers. Costa Adeje, Puerto De La Cruz, Santa Cruz and Playa De Las Americas are some of the best resorts that offer cheap Tenerife holidays.
Costa Adeje is a great place to enjoy wonderful facilities and at the same time peace and privacy. It is close proximity to the Veronicas Strips, so you can enjoy the island’s best bars and clubs during your stay. You can also enjoy water sports, sea fishing and water sports. Costa Adeje features a golf course and provides great opportunities to enjoy duty free shopping. Do you want to relish traditional and international cuisine? You may not find some other better place than Costa Adeje. You can savor the traditional Spanish dishes like Tapas and Paella and a variety of international dishes here. Costa Adeje can be ideal for everyone and you can find some cheap package deals to Tenerife online.

Puerto De La Cruz is one of the oldest towns in Tenerife. The open air restaurants and bars here offer you an unforgettable experience. The botanical gardens in this place offer a visual treat to both children and adults. You can trees and plants from every corner of the world here. The locals are friendly and considerate. You can pick any of the great hotels or lower priced apartments to enjoy a comfortable stay in Puerto De La Cruz.

Santa Cruz is the capital of the Canary Islands. It is located in the northern Tenerife and boasts of some best sightseeing attractions. Loro Parque is a must see animal show, especially if you have children. The show features friendly dolphins, sea lions and parrots in a lovely tropical setting. The national park and La Laguna are some important places to visit here. If you want to enjoy an exploratory Tenerife holiday, you can plan your visit around February or March, when the carnival would take place.

Playa De Las Americas is a cheap, yet popular resort in Tenerife. You can find plenty of hotels, restaurants and bars here. It is conveniently located near Reina Sofia airport. It is a bargain holiday destination, so you need not worry about hiring a car to explore this island. Nightlife is more pleasurable in Playa De Las Americas. Most of the nightclubs have a relaxed dress code and they offer unlimited options to enjoy.

The Summer in Provence

It’s well known that there are many outstandingly beautiful areas in France. But if you are looking for some quiet and romantic time in a French villa, in the middle of olive trees and purple lavender fields, there is no better place to go than the Provence. The Provence is located in south-eastern France, adjacent to Italy. It got its name from the Romans who already discovered the beauty of this unique region when they conquered it in the second century B.C.. They called it “Provincia Nostra”, which in English means “our province”.

Many artists, including Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Cezanne, Claude Monnet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir were inspired by the landscape of the Provence, the Mediterranean pines, white stones and the turquoise sea. Speaking of the sea; have you ever tried “bouillabaisse”? This traditional Provencal fish stew is a perfect dinner when spending an evening in one of the fine little Provencale restaurants,
overlooking the water and enjoying a delicious bottle of Sauvignon Blanc. Not just the “bouillabaisse” is worth a try: It is a well-known fact that France has the finest gastronomy in the world and your palates will not be disappointed in the Provence. You will be pleased to taste the great French wines of the Rhone Valley, the Sisteron lamb, sunny ripe fruits like figs or the Cavaillon melons, the famous tapenade (delicious olive paste) not to mention exquisite cheeses and sun-dried tomatoes from the region.

The Provence is a perfect place to spend your villa holidays. Especially in summer, the climate is very warm and dry and perfect for passing your time in a typical French villa with swimming pool, surrounded by magnificent nature and romantic nights accompanied by cricket lullaby. The Provence is waiting for you!

Discover Great Golfing in Turkey

Aa country with a rapidly developing golf market, fast growing tourism industry and favourable climatic conditions, Turkey has enormous golf development potential. Its emergence as a “hotspot” for new golf courses seems certain to make Turkey Holidays increasingly popular, especially with European golfers. The country welcomed over 30 million foreign visitors in 2009, of which some 40% were from established golf destinations such as the UK, USA, Germany and the Netherlands.

At present, the Antalya / Belek region offers the most attractive golf Holidays in Turkey, having built a noteworthy worldwide standing as a golfing destination. The area’s finest courses include the David Feherty-designed National G.C., an excellent venue, offering 300+ days of sunshine, in a tranquil part of the eastern Mediterranean. Arguably, the flagship course of the Anatalya region, its modern features are tastefully incorporated into the natural landscape, offering a classy championship-standard layout. A decent test for the even the best players, accomplished golfers will need to find the narrow landing areas on the sculpted, tree-lined fairways from the back tees, whilst less experienced players will be tested by tricky approaches to greens, including the “signature” 2nd hole, with its green apparently floating in a lake.

Other offerings for golf holidays in Turkey include the nearby, Tat Beach International G.C., a Fred Hawtree design, some 20 miles east of Antalya.
With 3 loops of 9 holes, of varying characteristics, it is another course worthy of inclusion in any Turkey holidays itinerary.

The Antalya / Belek region is one of the Mediterranean’s most accessible, with Belek just a half hour drive from Antalya airport, which is served by many budget airlines including in the cooler months, when demand for Turkey holidays incorporating golf is at its greatest. As a result, Turkey should continue to capitalise, with Turkey holidays on the Aegean Coast increasingly focusing on golf as a major tourism product.

My Whirlwind Tour of New York City

I was fortunate enough a few years back to be able to plan a weeklong trip to New York City that allowed me to experience a lot of what the city has to offer. Although I was a student, and thus my funds were quite short, I had acquired enough that would allow me to visit enough of the must-see attractions to make my trip unforgettable.

During one summer vacation, my friends and I decided to road trip it to New York City for one fun-filled week. We booked ourselves into the cheapest hostel we could find and bunked up for the duration of our trip. Being able to save precious money on our accommodations left us lots for much more important things like sightseeing and experiencing the city in all its glory. The hostel was clean, but incredibly hot and stuffy when trying to sleep as there was no air conditioning and the weather was very hot while we were there. Nevertheless, our accommodations were great for what we needed, as we didn’t spend any time there except to sleep.

One full week proved to be the perfect amount of time to see the sights and deplete our cash. The subway became our friend, and enabled us to visit all the major areas of the city including Greenwich Village, SoHo, Harlem, and Upper, Mid, and Lower Manhattan. We spent a lot of time in Time Square, not so much because we wanted to but because we were subconsciously drawn to it. It seemed like almost every day we ended up in Time Square at some point. We also spent a good part of one day wondering around Central Park. You never really appreciate its size until you are inside it and try to navigate your way through it.

Because of our meager funds, we were unable to spend much time shopping which was a bit heartbreaking being in a fashion hotspot. I plan to return with more spending money so that I can take full advantage of the shopping next time. Instead of spending our money on shopping, we put it towards seeing many of the city’s sites and attractions. We took the ferry to the Statue of Liberty, went up the Empire State Building, went to the Metropolitan Museum and the Guggenheim, took a tour of Rockefeller Center and NBC Studios, toured Wall Street and Ground Zero, and visited the United Nations.

If that still doesn’t seem like enough, we were also lucky enough to score some last minute student-discount tickets to two Broadway shows. These shows actually ended up being my favorite part of the whole trip. We got to see the Phantom of the Opera and The Producers and for both shows we had pretty fantastic seats. It was a special highlight of our trip because we hadn’t gone expecting to be able to see anything.

Finally, no trip to New York City would be complete without experiencing some of the nightlife. We went out one night in Harlem and one night in the meat packing district. Both nights were fun and offered completely different experiences. It added a little something extra to our trip and made us feel a little less touristy for a minute or two.

© 2010 Pat Travels the World
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