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Did You Know – 12/18/2018

Today its about travel.

  1. Vitamin C – According to research from the University of Otago in New Zealand Vitamin C helps defend your body from invading pathogens and increases your levels of immune – boosting T-Cells. If unfortunately you do come down with a bug it will help decrease the severity and the duration of infections like the common cold.

2. Aisle seat – A recent study by US researchers found you are more likely to come in to contact with infections from Ill patients and also the crew. Those in the window seat are less likely to be exposed to germs.

3. Motion sickness – This is caused by an imbalance or disturbance of your inner ear which of course controls your balance. By focusing on a fixed point in the distance such as the horizon helps to re establish your since of balance. Another suggestion is to find an area where you feel the least movement. Front of the car, over the wing of the plane or in middle cabin close to the waterline when on a cruise ship.

4. Get your shotsHepatitis A – found in India, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and South and central America. Typhoid – Found in India, Africa, Asia, the Middl East and South and Central America. Yellow Fever – Africa, the Caribbean, and South and Central America.

5. Water Bottle 💦 – Study in the journal of Physiology and Behavior found that parched drivers make twice as many mistakes as those who are well hydrated which is equivalent of driving with blood alcohol content of 0.08 – So keep your water bottle handy.

 

 

6. Travel Kit – Noise cancelling earplugs. – This is good for sleep on a long flight or car rides. Example Quieton active noise cancelling.

First Aid Kit – Recommended is the VSSL First aid Kit .

Water Purifier – SteriPen Ultra Water Purifier. The UV light kills 99.9 percent of the waterborne germs

Source – body and Soul Australian Sunday Mail

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Did You Know – 03/12/2018

1. Honey does not spoil. You could feasibly eat 3000 year old honey.
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2. There are more possible iterations of a game of chess than there are atoms in the known universe.
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3. It would take 1,200,000 mosquitoes, each sucking once, to completely drain the average human of blood.
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4. It can take a photon 40,000 years to travel from the core of the sun to the surface, but only 8 minutes to travel the rest of the way to earth.
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5.  People decide whether you are smart, likable, extroverted, adventurous, successful, or trustworthy within just 3 seconds of meeting you.

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Small Savings – Big Fortune

 

Well that is kinda the name of one of my books (“Small Savings Make A Big Fortune – 1069 ways you can save now”), but here is a few new ideas that I will give you each day till I run out.

  1. Travel with a water bottle – I actually travel with an empty water bottle with a filter in it. I fill the water bottle after I have gone through security and just before I board the plane. The filter of course takes out a lot of the chemicals and chorine taste in the water from the tap. This will save you at least $5 as that is the usual cost per  liter bottle from the stores at the airport. Round trip save $10

2. For Some Meds skip your insurance – This of course is for those who live in America – Ask your pharmacist about the retail price of your prescription medication. The reason is it might be cheaper to pay that price as an example – the diabetes medication Metformin costs about $4 for a month supply while the average copay is $11 – Saving $7

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Travel Cards – Don’t get Stung – Don’t Use Them in my Opinion

 

I know from experience with these cards and so does my Grandson,  who is in Holland at the moment.

Inactivity fees are number one. If you don’t use your card for some time they charge you inactivity fees. I mean how stupid is that.

Not just one charge  by the look of this statement the charge was every day. Robbery thats what I say.

This person took their eye off the ball as she said. “Time went by, the cards stayed in a bottom drawer and in the end I lost more than €36.00 from one and US$24 from the other in inactivity fees”

“That was back in 2013 when I was using Travelex Cash Passports and the monthly fees were €2 and US$2 after a year of inactivity. Today Travelex has Travel Cards instead, and their inactivity fee is $4 a month after 12 months of no usage. They also have a 2.95 per cent domestic withdrawal fee if you try to get your money out in Australia and a $10 fee to move any money you have left to your own bank account when you close your account”.

In my experience just using your own credit card is the most efficient and quickest card to use. 

“You do need to pay attention to what you’re agreeing to, and do the maths on any card purchase fees, loading fees, reloading fees, transaction fees, ATM fees (remembering ‘free ATM’ doesn’t cover what the local ATM operators charge), negative balance fees and closure fees before making any decisions”

 

For a card with 500 dollars in you can pay up to 30 dollars exchange rate which is a lot. So do your due diligence when choosing a travel card if you have to. Otherwise just use your credit card.

Another word of caution is that my Grandson found it was not always accepted in all place and that can be embarrassing especially if you do not have the cash.

Source – Escape.com.au

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Tips For Cheaper AirTravel

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These tips are fresh off Fox news this morning from an Expedia representative

1. The cheapest Days to Travel

Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday

2. The best day to book

It used to be Tuesday now its SUNDAY

You could get up to as much as 11% saving

3. Book 21 days in advance.

It is called advanced purchase ticket pricing. Dont wait till it gets closer to your travel date as the prices will normally increase as it gets closer to your departure date.

4. Leisure Travel
You could get as much as a 50% saving if you include a Saturday night (considered leisure travel). It is common in countries around Europe. Not so much in China.

5. To Avoid Airport congestion

Arrive 2 hours early for domestic flights
Arrive 3 hours early for International flights
Check in with your smart phone 24 hrs before flight and select your seat to secure it.

6. Deals in January – South of the Border. Mexico

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New Zealand – Best Bed And Breakfast Ever

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Tongariro at Makotuku Bed and Breakfast

If you are about to travel to New Zealand this bed and breakfast is a must.
It is owned by my dear friend Julie and her husband. It is one of the most beautiful areas in New Zealand. Julie also is the most hospitable person I know and will make you extremely welcome.
Right below Mt Ruapahu and exquisite picture as you can see from above which is taken from her lounge room.

If you are a skier, snowboarder, like cycling on the amazing cycle tracks in the area or just traveling through this is a perfect place to stay.
It’s a great place to stay summer or winter.

At long last she now has a Facebook page which gives you an idea of the area and all you can do plus all the contact information.

Go check it out. If you are going that way it will be the best stop you will make.
I know as I have stayed there many times.

Just click on the pictures to go to the Facebook page

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Best Buy Wednesday On Thursday – 10/15/2015

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter

Now this is something that I do not travel without. I use it when I travel around the country on my motor cycle. It saves me buying bottle water everyday which can be very expensive especially if you are traveling for some time. You are able just to fill your drinking bottle with tap water. I took it to Mexico on my last trip and on any trip I do overseas. Camping or hunting is another use for this LifeStraw for using creek or river water. It will go a long way to stop you from getting Deli Belly.
There is also a LifeStraw water bottle which is also a perfect way to carry water for drinking, rather than use the straw directly from a stream, tap, or tumbler if you are hiking.
As you can see below the young girls are giving you a practical demonstration and review of the product.

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LifeStraw is an astounding water filtration device. It’s small, highly portable, simple to operate, and possibly life-saving.

Keep one with your camping gear, in the glove compartment of your car, and in your pocket anytime you’re hiking in a remote area.

This would make a great Christmas gift for everyone in the family and especially for those family or friends that have it all and hard to find something a little different.

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