Home Projects While You’re Away

»Posted by on Aug 1, 2017 in Travel Preparation | Comments Off on Home Projects While You’re Away

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Does this sound familiar? You return home from traveling to find your home in a mess from the commotion of preparing for your trip? For most travelers, the days leading up to a vacation are filled with preparing for the trip as opposed to caring for their home and this all builds up upon your return home.

You can avoid this. Before you leave for vacation, we recommend hiring a cleaning service to come to your home while you’re away. And while you’re at it, why not schedule a few more home projects while you’re away too.

#1. Maid Service

Like we mentioned above, you should hire a maid service to come to your home during your vacation. The maid service can clear out the clutter from your pre-vacation commotion and even deep clean bathrooms and your kitchen so you return to a sparkling home after your vacation.

Go one step further and schedule professional carpet cleaning during your vacation too. You can leave the key to your home with a neighbor or hidden on your property and notify the service on how to retrieve it and enter your home. This way you don’t have to be inconvenienced during the appointment, the carpet will be clean and dry while you are off on an adventure somewhere exotic. Services like Amazing Care Chem-Dry are happy to accommodate these requests.

#2. Remodeling

If you are planning a kitchen or bathroom remodel in the near future, why not schedule it during a vacation or while you are away? Homeowners that have lived through a kitchen remodel will tell you that it is an extremely invasive project. Your plumbing is turned off and sometimes your electricity too. The living conditions during a home remodel are subpar at best.

If you can schedule a remodel and be away having fun at the same time, you are winning big time!

#3. Fumigation

Infestations in your home need professional attention. You may want to schedule an impromptu vacation the same time your home is in need of fumigation for vermin of any sort. You don’t want to subject your family or yourself to the toxins and chemicals required to fumigate a home. You won’t have to if you plan a fun, family vacation during the same time.

The same is true if your home has mold in it. Mold removal and remediation is extremely dangerous and your family should not be home during the process. This would be another good time for a last-minute vacation to a theme park or maybe a relative that lives in a different state.

#4. Flooring Installation

Does your home need new carpet or tile or hardwood floor? If so, consider scheduling the installation during your next vacation. You can’t use any room in your home where a new floor is being installed so why not schedule the installation when you won’t need to use your home at all!

#5. Painting

We recommend hiring an interior painter for major painting project. There are fumes associated with painting in your home. You could avoid the fumes and the hassle of someone painting your home if you schedule interior painting sometime you are out of town for work or personal reasons.

Just because you aren’t cleaning your home or repairing it during your vacation doesn’t mean someone else can’t be!

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Tips for Traveling by Train

»Posted by on Oct 30, 2017 in Travel Preparation | Comments Off on Tips for Traveling by Train

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Traveling in train is an overwhelming task and thus before you step on it for a long journey it is significant to be knowledgeable and prepared.  If you are veteran of long distance travel trains then you would already know bunch of tips (may be more than mentioned here) but if you are not a frequent traveller and want to epitomize this concept of slow travel (not actually slow but slower than airlines) then here are some tips for your quick perusal!

  1. Keep your snack bucket ready: the last thing you want on your trip is to be hungry. Not all trains but few of them provide snacks on the journey as part of overall package. Hence, it is necessary that you pack some snacks for the journey. You might not find edible and good quality food on trains and if you do then that might be expensive. So keep your stick of healthy snacks.
  2. Unplug yourself: Rarely do we get time to relax while watching the landscape roll by. Hence most of the trains have started offering wireless network but you should keep your laptop off. Train journeys are best to read a good book and catch up on some journal. You should embrace and benefit most out of this concept of slow travel. Watching movies and TV series is something which is too common!
  3. Carry power bank: Yes we talked about unplugging bit you need to have battery in your phone in case you want to connect to someone after you board off. Hence. Make sure whenever you are travelling you have your power bank along. You might need if it is a long journey. And also you have to be prepared for delays when you are travelling by train!
  4. Get your bags checked: Just like in airlines, it is better to get your bags checked if you are travelling for long distance. Although there is ample space in the overhead cabinets in case you want to keep it along but if you want to wander to the dining car, vestibules or bar cars then you can’t keep on carrying your valuables along!
  5. Keep some wet wipes and toilet rolls: You would definitely want to take a shower as soon as you will end this long journey. But to have a quick and refreshing boost it is better to carry wet wipes. This way you will not feel suffocated due to canned train air. All the trains would have toilet papers mostly but all start to run a little low on them by the time ride is almost concluding. So it is better to stay prepared always!
  6. Keep a blanket or sweatshirt: Even if you are not traveling to a colder place, it is better to keep a hoodie or a small blanket for night. The air conditioning of the train is something on which you can’t really rely and thus it is better to cover yourself rather than falling sick. Preparing for frigid nights even if you are traveling in dead summer is what you should plan while traveling.
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Where to Visit in Puerto Rico

»Posted by on Sep 4, 2017 in Destination Tips | Comments Off on Where to Visit in Puerto Rico

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A typical landscape of mountains, waterfalls, beautiful palm-lined beaches with calm water and golden sand, this Caribbean island located in unincorporated UD territory has almost everything which a tourist generally looks for!

Puerto Rico has so much to see and do than an unaware visitor might miss some of the best sights which island has to offer.

This post will help you in taking a note of all those places which are known worldwide for their unique architecture and breath-taking views. Here are some of the top-rated tourist attractions in Puerto Rico:

Flamenco Beach

There is not much to say about this beach which has not already been said! Shallow turquoise water, white sand, separate swimming area and diving sites stretching for miles make it a perfect destination for couples, families and for hard-core surfers too!

Furthermore this beach has been ranked as second most beautiful beach in the world by Discovery channel and offers one of the distinctive views of the beach.

The beach has old tanks that were left by United States navy back in 1975 and locals continue to decorate them so as to save it from the rust and crumble of the salty water.

Vieques Island

It is again another island but the bay of Vieques can give you most amazing experience of your life. You must go kayaking here on a moonless night! You will see the magic of riding the boat when your oars will glow green in water! It is one of the most bioluminescent bays in the world owning to its geography, climate and local conservation initiatives.

El Yunque

What has not changed for Puerto Rico in centuries is the abundance of flora. El Yunque is the national forest with plethora varieties of flora that can provide an amazing treat to your eyes. It has several trails ranging from easy walks to difficult climbs and a natural waterfall to sneak and dive. It is a two hour drive from San Juan but this lush green and mountainous visit is worth visiting.

Camuy Caves

Stay ready to be wowed as soon as you enter this natural attraction. One can fall short of words in describing this wondrous network of caves. It is the largest underground cave in the entire world and photos are not just enough to capture every inch of this beautiful place. It is spread over an area of 300 acres and is massively adventurous.

With every step inside these caves you will find spectacular structures right before your eyes. The natural sunlight makes the waterfall and foliage sparkle to provide a true master landscape architect!

Old San Juan

The old area in San Juan has many recognizable landmarks and thus walking down the streets of this clean and properly maintained area gives you a sense of a king walking down the aisle.

El Morro Fort is around 400 years old and is a six-level citadel which is preserved and is thus one of the top tourist attractions in the country. This place is a perfect blend of old San Juan and present day Puerto Rico and thus stands out!

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Modern Travel Methods

»Posted by on Jun 19, 2017 in Travel and Leisure | Comments Off on Modern Travel Methods

When travelling there are many efficient ways to get to different places both close and far. Most commonly, the predominant methods of travel in today’s modern world include: airplane, automobile, bus, train, boat and many other different modes. The most popular way of travelling extremely long distances is by airplane. In the past 50 years, this industry has boomed and became very well liked with the general public.

Some appealing benefits that airplanes offer are: fast travel times, they can transport a large amount of people, they offer accommodations including food and entertainment during flight and they open up travel to anywhere in the world. But there have still been some negatives that have been restricting airplanes from reaching their full potential. One major drawback is price. To go on an airplane often times, it costs hundreds of dollars to be able to purchase a ticket. This is often times, way more expensive than other means of transport and not viable for everyone.

Another incredibly popular form of transport is by boat. This method was very popular in the 1900’s especially around the first and second world war. It was also majorly used during recessions and political unrest in Europe. Boats could help people transport from continent to continent and reach a better life. Before airplanes, this was also the only way to traverse large bodies of water. Some benefits of boats include that they are: the cheapest way of transportation especially over thousands of kilometers/miles, can hold large amounts of people, they are generally safe and can withstand the elements of the sea. But boats have some problems as well which have led to the decreasing use of them. Some negatives include: slow travel (often takes weeks to traverse over large seas), having to deal with difficult conditions including wavy waters and strong storms, and they can be crowded and disorganized as well. In some tourist cases, luxury boats are used as cruise ships.

These cruise ships often times travel through an area of sea and visit places and attractions with the customers. These boats are incredibly luxurious and include many magnificent  accommodations. The last popular method of travel we will focus on is by train. Travel by train has become very favored in highly dense countries including China, The United States, and India. Transport by train has been the most highly efficient way to journey country wide. These trains can be incredibly fast with some even reaching 400 kilometers plus per hour. They also offer cheap fares and very nice backdrops and visuals well travelling by the countryside.

A major benefit of trains is how good they are for the environment. Most of them don’t release emissions and are completely green. Due to these facts, numerous environmental experts are pushing for this to be the new way of transportation everywhere. In recent years, train tracks have even been created between countries to lead to efficient transport. In conclusion, in our present day world there are countless different means of transportation, all evolving as technology becomes more up to date. On your next trip, keep in mind the three different transport methods we mentioned and make an informed decision!

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