Travel Preparation

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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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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