What‘s popular in France may not have the same effect in Japan. Still, what is found in France may as well be found in Japan. The world we live in is globalized and therefore trends tend to cross borders.
Travel, being more accessible and accepted, allows for people to go and explore. As an effect, we tend to experience and observe trends whether in media, fashion, market, behavior and so much more in any given society. In the global market place, tourism is one of those obvious developments. Whether in a more developed nation or developing nation a variety of markets and activities cater to the traveler.
Tourism is a large part of the economy for many nations and being employed in some aspect of this field is how some people are learning to survive. From personal experience, while walking down the street in New Delhi, I have observed numerous ways in which individuals and companies target the heavy tourist economy. Individuals may charge the equivalent of two American dollars to take a picture for you and companies may offer flight and train package deals to other parts of the nation. Creating business that markets to a tourist economy seems to work as an advantage. Knowing what people like and do not like all depend on interactions and observations of patterns. It also depends on the society. Paying attention to news and research as well as asking questions are effective in figuring out where to invest. Just about everything successful took time and effective research. With that being said, I believe travelling is a part of research.
I have a friend who wishes to start an international budget travelers’ hostel in our home town. She has traveled throughout Europe and Asia in search of successful hostels as a model for her own. After nearly 10 years of research, she feels she can finally open her hostel. After ten years, she has also noted a shift in the dynamics of travelers to our small state. As she is preparing to open the hostel, her research is ongoing. She makes note of the trends, what sort of people are traveling in and out of the area and for what purpose as well as statistics on tourism in the area. So what are the conclusions I am making? Simple. The world is an open book. Paying attention to what’s on the pages will help you better understand where and what you want to invest in.
Incorporate do-it-yourself crafts into your travel with these simple but useful travel goodies. For the crafty spirited, DIY projects are a great way to enhance your travel experiences by custom creating your own travel comforts and conveniences. These do-it-yourself projects are easy to assemble, even for those who are perhaps less artistically inclined.Using some basic and inexpensive supplies, you can easily have these projects put together in time for your next trip.
Get some shut eye on your next flight with your own custom made sleep mask. For this project you will need fabric, matching thread, felt and then any tassels, ribbon or jewels for finishing touches. Trace the basic shape of the mask onto a piece of felt. Cut out three of these identical pieces from the felt. Then cut two matching pieces from your fabric. With one piece of fabric on each outer side and the felt pieces on the inside, sew around the edges. For added decoration, sew gold edging around the mask or add a few ornamental jewels. Attach a piece of ribbon for tying the sleep mask around your head.
Especially if you are traveling with kids, games are always a good idea. Use an old Altoid tin to create a magnetic, travel size tic-tac-toe game. Paint the inside of the container; paint the tic-tac-toe board on the top half of the container and then paint the bottom half a solid color of your choice. Then purchase several small sized magnets to use as the playing pieces.
DIY Travel Pillow
Whether you are taking a road trip or a long flight, a travel pillow can make your trip much more enjoyable. With some basic sewing skills, anyone can stitch up their own pillow. Select a fabric that you like, and purchase stuffing to make your pillow soft and squishy. You can make you pillow as large or small as your desire.
If you are preparing for a long vacation, you may be worried about maintaining your fitness routine. One of the best tools to have to stay motivated while you are traveling is a Nike Fuel Band, Fitbit, or a pedometer. All of these devices will help measure your steps, calories burned, and miles walked daily. Usually, I actually find that I lose weight on vacation because I have more time to be active!
Another recommendation is to take DVDs of fitness videos with you. Pilates, kickboxing, and weight training videos are excellent travel companions.
Also, just because you are on vacation doesn’t mean that your diet should go out the window. Maintaining a diet is very much a constant lifestyle choice. Stick to fruit and oatmeal for breakfast, and have a salad for lunch. Let your dinner be your splurge meal for the day. If you have dessert once a week, I would stick to that if you want to come back from your vacation weighing the same.
A sample workout circuit routine that you can do in your hotel room is:
• 3 sets of 15 squats;
• 3 sets of 15 lunges (per leg);
• 3 sets of 50 jumping jacks;
• 3 sets of 15 pushups;
• 3 sets of 25 side leg lifts; and
• 3 sets of 25 front kicks.
Paying attention to your daily activities to ensure that you are getting your 10,000 steps in everyday will keep you fit while traveling. Also be sure to check where you are staying for any fitness classes or activities that you can participate in. Most hotels have a small gym, so there is no excuse for you not to workout! If you hate the gym, consider swimming laps in the pool in the morning before the crowds arrive.
Planning your vacation can be one of the most enjoyable things that you do during the course of the year. It always seems to work out that if you have a great time during your vacation, you look forward to planning your next one even more.
If the perfect vacation for you includes staying in a great vacation villa, here are some secrets about finding the right one:
- Make sure everyone is on-board your train of thought: If you are renting a villa, chances are it means that family, significant other, and/or friends will be coming with you. This means that unless you are able to garner a sense of shared vision in the planning process, you might end up sharing your vacation with people that do not have the same dream that you do. If you are going with friends, location is key. Teaming up with people that want to experience a beach environment, or a ski trip will put you solidly on the road to synergy in your decision-making.
- Historic vacations begin in historic locations: If you want to spice your vacation up a little bit, consider renting a place that has some history to it. You certainly won’t forget the time that you spent at a place that is known for being part of history. By way of example, in Mexico, you can rent Al Capone’s beach house for a song. You can also stay at a suite in Guadalajara that opened up in the 1500s and hosted every famous conquistador and Aztec king around. In Italy and England, you can stay at a suite in a castle, courtesy many times of either the government or the noble family that still lives there and rents it out to make extra income. In Malta, you can rent one of several crusader homes that were built almost 1000 years ago.
- Amenities can make a vacation: One of the nicest things about showing up in a place that you want to relax in is walking in to an enormous kitchen that allows you to center some of your vacation-time activities around a communal area. Villas that offer an open floor plan or courtyard that you and your companions can congregate around also tend to make a vacation more enjoyable. Having space to yourself and to share with each other can help make a vacation memorable.
There are a lot of ways to keep up with family thanks to all the social media concepts that are now available. People really have no excuses because there is always something that can be done. Communication is easier than ever thanks to the growing number of concepts in technology.
People should download the latest social media apps to their phones before they leave home. They should register – if they haven’t already – with the different sites and set up their accounts. From there they can add friends and things of that nature so that they will already be connected to all the people that they want to communicate it.
People that like to post pictures may want to share something on Instagram. Vacationers that want to do a lot of writing should check out Facebook. This is where people can post all the information that they want about the things that are going on.
Others may want to check out Google+ for communication. It also just depends on preferences. If people are interested in only posting the short and sweet comments then Twitter is the perfect account to have.
Most of the social media concepts are merely based on preference. The best thing is to just make sure that your friends have access to these same accounts. It will be difficult trying to communicate with a Facebook person if you only have a Google+ account. It is easy to simply check and see what type of accounts your friends will have.
The majority of people that are online will have multiple accounts so this may not be a problem. The great thing about communicating with friends online through social media is the word of mouth buzz. You could have one family member connection at night and wake up with 5 move friend requests by morning. Social media is powerful because the people that use it don’t really have to do any work. All that they have to do is get connected and put their profiles out there. Someone is bound to see the profile and get connected to you.
The social media world has made it easy to stay in touch while traveling. There are no limits to the number of family members that you can connect with all at the same time. This is what makes the social media realm so popular with a multitude of people.
When couples begin to plan out their wedding, they usually want the best of everything when they commemorate their love. This includes the location where they will actually exchange their vows. There are a lot of different locations that a couple could choose when they start to look for places to have their wedding. There are many factors that will be behind their choice of wedding location, but here is a list of 5 of the most scenic locations that couples could choose to have their wedding at. Memorable weddings occur when the beauty of a place matches the beauty of the event.
First up is Las Vegas, Nevada where couples have flocked for years for quick and/or elaborate wedding ceremonies. The glitz and glamour of Sin City ensures that marrying couples will have a memorable wedding experience. All of the attractions and resorts that are easy to locate and access also ensure that their honeymoon will be an event worth recalling for many years. The nature of Las Vegas ensures that there will be something fun and memorable for anybody who visits.
Hawaii is a picturesque and adventurous place to hold a wedding. The lush back drop of the Hawaiian Islands and the warm tropical temperatures make Hawaii a beautiful and relaxing place to get married. When combined with the cultural entertainment and experiences that are available, a wedding in Hawaii is sure to go over well for the newly married as well as their guests. Nothing beats getting married in one of the most laid back atmospheres available today.
Locations throughout New England are great choices for weddings because they experience picturesque changes in scenery depending upon the season. Locations in New England can range from small and intimate to very large, but either way you can be ensured of a beautiful and peaceful environment. Many of these locations have historic value as well.
A church that is historically linked to the families of the bride and/or groom is also a great location for a wedding. A location such as this has a great deal of meaning behind it, and will ensure that couples are wed in a place where their families may have also wed generations before. Nothing is more romantic than carrying the torch of lasting traditions that can be passed down to the children of the couples who are married in such locations.
When planning a vacation, it’s common to think of details such as plane tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars and sightseeing itineraries. It’s also normal to consider gas prices, the cost of food and baggage fees. What gets packed in all those suitcases, however, is something that can be accidentally overlooked until the last minute. This can be a problem if your closet is full of long-sleeves and jackets but you’re headed to warm and sunny Hawaii. Making sure that you dress appropriately for your vacation destination is an important part of the comfort and enjoyment of every good trip. Below are a few packing tips to consider after booking those tickets.
- Consider the climate. As the scenario above illustrates, there is nothing worse than realizing that what’s hanging in your closet is not what will be appropriate for your trip. Make sure that you’ve researched the typical weather conditions of your destination when deciding what clothes to bring along. Be certain to take into account any temperature fluctuations that may occur throughout the day. While it may be hot enough for shorts in the afternoon, mornings and evenings may call for a sweater or light jacket.
- Consider your activities. What will you spend most of your time doing on your vacation? If you’re mainly going for sightseeing, think about clothes and shoes that will be comfortable whether you’re driving or walking and that will be appropriate for the various venues you will visit. If it’s an outdoors trip you’ve planned, be sure to consider the hiking, camping or swimming clothing that will keep you comfortable throughout your days in the sun, dirt or water.
- Consider your plans. If your vacation will include a night at the opera, a play, or a dinner at an upscale restaurant, make sure you pack the formal wear required; don’t forget the shoes and accessories! The same applies if you’ll be attending a wedding or other special event during your travels. Check carefully through your itinerary before you pack to ensure that none of your scheduled points of interest require a special dress code. Golf courses and religious sites are a couple of places that may warrant a second look.
Making sure that you plan your vacation wardrobe around your destination, and all you’ll be doing while you’re there, will guarantee that you can enjoy each part of your trip in comfort and style!