Train Travel

Tips For Travel Through Europe Using European Train Travel

If you want to travel through Europe and are wondering how to get about, travelling by coach or train is going to be your best bet, especially if you are from the US and intend visiting the United Kingdom. The EuRail schedule is quite accommodating for most countries and is easy to use, but it is wise to plan ahead if using European train travel not only for peace of mind, but to save your cash for those souvenirs.

Why? If you live in the US most of the roads are quite wide and straight. In the UK, if you come off the motorways (which you will have to do), the roads are often narrow, winding, and hilly. There is of course the added ‘benefit’ of having to stop suddenly because of the odd herd of cattle or sheep crossing! Cyclists are another problem that many International visitors are not used to dealing with. Therefore, unless you are experienced in driving yourself in the UK, you are advised to use the British Rail travel system or coach services.

Getting around on the British Rail travel system can be a bit daunting as the trains frequently run late, are overcrowded at certain times and are not always that fast. That said, the service has improved significantly over the last few years and there are much fewer problems. If you already plan to travel through Europe using the rail systems, then you will find the British Rail staff are usually friendly and helpful and most of the trains comfortable with the usual facilities including dining cars for that all important snack.

By using the EuRail schedule, you can book online easily using whatever currency available to you and a EuRail pass will let you travel seamlessly through countries in Europe excluding a few countries such as the UK and Switzerland where you will have to book separately. Booking separately in individual countries can also be completed online and will again save you time and money. This is bound to be the best option if you only wish to visit two or three countries.

European train travel is of course hampered a little by the lack of complete unification and the differences between the countries in terms of the development of the rail systems. Germany for example, has one of the best services in the world and you can now whizz between France and the UK via the Channel Tunnel. This is far better and faster than having to travel on the ferries. Hopefully, when you travel through Europe you will have no problems, but if you are prepared to do a little research and book ahead then your trip should be much smoother and more enjoyable.

Solving Travel Problems

Adventure Travel – 6 Steps to Solving Travel Problems

“It’s not really a proper adventure,” says Steve Mellor, General Manager of Escaped to Peru, based in Cusco, “until something goes wrong.” We often fondly remember our trips by relating the travel problems, disasters and setbacks when our feet are firmly back on home soil, so most of us would be happy to agree.

However, it doesn’t make it any easier to deal with a vacation full of adventure when faced with a selection of frustrating or worrying problems. From dangling at the end of a fraying rope to waiting for a delayed flight, here are some simple steps to run through to turn your travel problem into a fondly-told story when you return home.

1) Don’t panic
The very same words inscribed on the cover of the Hitch-hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy are the best piece of advice that we could ever offer. You’re in a sticky situation. Flipping out, screaming and waving your arms like a drunk air traffic controller isn’t going to get you out of your situation, probably just deeper into it. Take a deep breath and ignore the thoughts pounding your brain about all the bad outcomes possible. If you are traveling with a reputable travel company you will have a 24 hour telephone number that you can call to resolve the situation. If you are traveling independently, read on!

2) Consider the situation
Now hopefully a little more in control of your emotions, have a cold, hard look at things. What are your surroundings? Who is involved? What is the mood? If you can distance yourself a little from your immediate circumstances, you’ll put a bit of space between you and the problem. Try to think of things from another point of view, and consider a different perspective if someone else or a group of people is involved. What, for example, is going on with the rock-throwing villagers? Is this in any way connected with the expensive looking idol in your hand that you just picked up?

3) Reach an understanding of what the problem is
This is often overlooked. We’re often so wrapped up in our immediate circumstances that we completely miss the problem. With a bit of distance between you and the root cause of the issue in your mind, hopefully you can accurately see exactly why the border official is asking for twice the expected price; something to do with looking hungrily at the large SLR camera dangling from your neck. If this is a problem based in a conflict with someone else, its essential to come to a joint understanding of what that problem is. Raised voices in a foreign language can be intimidating, but with patience you can find out why people are shouting.

4) Decide on the best way to resolve the problem – stay solutions focused
OK, you know why you’re in a pickle. You’ve found out the reason why the cold sweat of fear or the hot stab of anger is driving you crazy. The next thing to do is figure out a simple plan to remove the problem, and not dwell on your difficult situation or the past. You can put the idol back, or pay what the official asks for and keep the camera out of sight next time. You might need a bit of work to agree across the language barrier the best way to mutually resolve an issue, but it is possible. Draw pictures, use mime, get a translator. Be creative, and respectful of the other person; after all, you’re a part of this problem too…

5) Do what is necessary to resolve the problem
You now have a pretty good idea now of how to sort out the problem. So do it. Remember, if you are on an organized package, even in the middle of nowhere, let your travel company know asap, they have the resources to solve the issue quickly.

6) Check that the problem is resolved and can not occur again
So, did it work? Has the flurry of stones ceased? Did the official let you cross the border? If not, congratulations! You’ve got out of your challenging situation, and you’ve got a great story to tell. If not, back to step 4 and try another solution. Keep at it, you’ll get there eventually.

There’s nothing like a spot of focus to work your way out of a problem. If you keep the clear process of the steps above in mind, you’ll eventually come out the other side with no harm done, or at least a couple of impressive scars to show the next time you see your friends. Just remember that with a level head and bottomless patience, Steve Mellor and his colleagues in Peru will be impressed with your seasoned approach to the turbulent and unpredictable twists of adventure.

Travel Myths Crushed

Solo Female Travel Myths Crushed

Travelling abroad as a female on your own is almost classed as a taboo in this day and age. When you meet female travellers abroad peoples first reaction is of shock when they realise they are travelling alone, yet when the conversation progresses people come to realise that the female traveller hasn’t encountered any problems and has had a relatively easy ride, so to speak. In this 24 hour media bubble we all live in, the majority of reports coming from abroad usually have something to do with war, famine or corruption, making us think we are not safe outside of our own countries borders, when in fact it’s more dangerous to live in the UK or USA than it is in most other parts of the world. The aim of this article is to shed some light on myths that have been floating around for years regarding solo female travellers.

Rape, and the fear of being attacked is what comes to the forefront of people’s minds first when they hear about a female travelling solo out in Asia or Africa. Statistics prove that it’s more likely to be attacked or raped by somebody at home who you know or are associated with, and that attacks abroad on women are very few and far between. It goes to show that if you’re careful and you take the same precautions you would at home regarding your possessions and your own personal security there is no reason why you won’t be as safe as any other traveller abroad. Walking down dark alleyways and with strange people are obvious no no’s, but there is nothing to complex about it.

Local men forcing themselves on foreign women is also a hot topic of conversation which can easily be eradicated with a few simple common sense rules. If you are in India or Africa, respect the local culture and cover up. Many of these areas are predominantly Muslim and it’s frowned upon to show too much skin outside, so if you are following the local way of life you will be absolutely fine and attract no unnecessary attention at all. Never enter a bar or a local pub on your own but always in a group, and just remember that not every man who approaches you is going to be a potential problem.

Mugging and robbery is the main concern for not only female travellers but all travellers. There are various ways to avoid this problem occurring by only taking out what possessions you need that day with you, not wearing any jewellery and not putting yourself in dangerous positions. There is very little you must do when you’re away that you don’t already do at home to avoid getting mugged.

If you are a female and looking to travel alone, ad head to the advice above and don’t worry about what ‘might happen’, as if everyone took this attitude then nobody would ever do anything. A trip like this only comes around once in a lifetime so don’t waste the opportunity because you are scared that something might happen to you.

Travel Insurance

Why You Should Have Annual Travel Insurance

For people who have to move internationally, it is always a great idea to have a travel insurance in order to keep yourself protect, especially in case of an emergency. But on case you have to move time to time, then simple insurance is not always good for you. The insurance that you might have may not cover the illness or accident expenditures overseas you need to have annual travel insurance. Having an annual multi trip insurance will your money safe and you will be able to get your health check up without making a burden on your budget. There is nothing more expensive than your health and safety. You can actually get maximum features when you are traveling out with the help of insurance and your money will be safe.

Once you get annual insurance, you can claim it all round the year on all your trips. This means that you are having the all year round protection on all your trips. No matter you are going out for a business trip or going for fun, your insurance will keep you safe from all aspects. When we are talking about the problem associated in our journey, are they only related to heath or injuries? Travel assistance or lost of luggage might also be a great problem for travelers but your insurance will cover it too. The biggest benefit is that for every lost bag, you can get up to $3299 while for visa and passport you can get up to $55 at the same time.

You need to know that the annual travel insurance features actually pay for the cost of policy by themselves. The features offered include medial evacuation, legal referral information and hospital admission. You can also have option of emergence cash transfers, eyeglass replacements, translation services and prescript drugs. Travel insurance for the frequent travelers assures that safety remains in control while affordable services that are promised will be actually delivered.

At the same time, the annual travel insurance is affordable and cheaper than purchasing the lost items again. You will also not have to pay for your medicines from your pocket. Always remember that international flights can sometime have risk the more often you travel, but having insurance means you can counter all sorts of problems that might come in your way on your journey. So it is better not to waste time and get your annual travel insurance for making your international traveling safer than ever.

Travel Advice

Travel Advice

It does not matter, whether you are traveling a few miles for a camping trip, a short break to near-by town or thousands of miles to a different country. The main aim of traveling is to have fun, some wonderful experiences and to make some sweet memories by making the best out of your time. Sometimes while traveling to a new unknown destination you can face a number of problems. The solutions for these problems are simple, you just need to plan everything in advance and these travel tips given below will help you to do so.

1. Just don’t go for any cheap travel packages and never accept a travel package from unknown travel agencies or agents. Ask for complete information about the package; make sure there are no hidden costs, terms and conditions.

2. Always know the exact location of the place where you need to go. Don’t forget to Google things before you move out from your adobe. Seeking professional advice about your travel destination like – how to get there, average cost of journey, hotels etc, famous tourist attractions, and time required etc is necessary to make your journey hassle free. Don’t forget to do some research on the climate and then pack suitable clothing that suits climate.

3. Make sure you have a valid visa if you need it for the country you plan to travel.

4. Make sure you have planned your budget properly and don’t forget to keep your money, traveller checks and credit cards concealed and secure. Always make copies of all of your important documents like passport, other identity cards, driving license, insurance document, medical record credit card etc

5. Plan your trip in advance and try to book trains, flights, buses etc whatever in advance such that there is no availability problem and things go as planned. Check the baggage grant for each and every airline you will be using. Note that most of the smaller, budget airlines have lower baggage allowances.

6. It is always a good move to note down all emergency numbers like hospitals, police etc before moving to a new place. Make a copy of your plan and email it to a friend or family member while you are away to some distance play is definitely a safe and good idea.

7. Every place whether an airport or a country follows different set of rules. Know them and abide them to stay away from Mr. Trouble.

8. Be careful about what you eat and drink, make sure you are eating fresh and hygienic food. Don’t forget to take common medicines and your digital camera to make memories more memorable. For international tours an International SIM card will give you great savings.

9. Nothing is more important in world then yours own life so make sure to take good care of basic safety. For example make yourself acquainted with local driving laws of the place you are going, in some countries people drive on left side of the road whereas in other they drive on right side of the road, make sure of these things before you drive.

10. Taking a Travel insurance cost somewhat more to your budget but it is a very good option. If by chance you get injured during some adventure sports etc it will prevent you from suffering economically.

11. What else, just don’t forget the golden rule of travelling -ENJOY yourselves, make the best out of your time accept everything as it comes, remember things always not go 100% as planned.

Travel Insurance

Why You Need Travel Insurance

Sadly, not all vacations are accident-free. You can never be sure about sudden illnesses and other medical conditions either. Unfortunately, a lot of people only find out the restrictions and inadequacies of their workplace travel or credit card insurance coverage when it is already too late.

More often than not, the truth about travel insurance will surprise many people. Therefore, it is a must to have awareness and profound knowledge about getting insurance in your travels, vacations, and business trips. A lot of people realize things the hard way that their government health insurance and the coverage of their credit card does not cover them for what they really need in the event of travel emergencies.

There are lots of myths surrounding travel insurance and these are two of the most prevalent myths out there:

1. Provincial health insurance reimburses individuals from medical and hospital bills in relation to illnesses and bodily accidents outside of the province or country

In reality, most, if not all, provincial travel insurance do not cover people for medical emergencies that occurred outside of the country. For example, “All Health” only covers holders for 400 dollars a day while the average American in-patient visit is ten times that value.

2. Credit cards include travel insurance coverage

The only factual thing about this credit card myth is that credits cards only covers people for accidents only and not illnesses. For some it will suffice but when traveling outside the country, one should be covered for all possible medical emergencies. It is very difficult to get sick in a foreign land. So better get yourself a full medical coverage.

People should realize that you don’t need to rely on luck as long as you have the right insurance. Make sure that your insurance concurs with the degree of risks in your trips. Having the right travel insurance can help you save thousands of dollars in the long run.

There is a plethora of potential travel problems that can happen. When you are stuck in an airport and your flight is severely delayed, do you think the airline company will take care of the bills for your food and lodging? No. They are not required to help you with that.

The thing that can really help you in such scenario is having your travels insured. However, keep in mind that there is always a fine print. You need to know those things written there to make sure that you can have strong claims. It pays to know exactly what is covered and things that are excluded. Check you other insurance and credit card coverage. Make sure that you’re not duplicating coverages.

Troy Benning is a recognized expert in the field of home and travel insurance.