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Secure your home before going for a trip

Secure your home before going for a trip

 

Before going for your much-awaited vacation, you will definitely want to protect your home from break-ins, vandalism, etc. There are several ways that will help you prevent a burglar from breaking into your house. One of the most important things to keep in mind is to not post about your vacation on social media while you are away. Burglars will look for status updates and photos of any vacation that would tell them when you will not be there at your place. You can post the photos after returning home. Follow some strategies to secure your home while you are away on a vacation: 

Do not make it obvious that you are not at home:

You can ask your trustworthy neighbor, family member, or a friend to come to your house every day for collecting your mail, or you can stop the delivery of newspapers at your place during the time of your vacation. If this is not done, the burglar will realize that your house is empty and nobody is stopping by. It is better if the person receiving the mail or newspaper vary his or her time of coming to your house. If your home is being cased, an intruder will be least likely to break-in as he or she will not know when your friend or family will come to collect the mail and newspapers.

You can even put monitored lights on the timers so that they can turn on and off implying the presence of people at home. You can even install a home automation system that will allow you to control the lights while you are on your vacation, using your smartphone. Lights turning on and off at different times without being in the same pattern will imply that someone is at home.

Install monitored house security system:

 

It has been found out that about 60% of convicted burglars have avoided houses that had security systems. If any home security system keypad could be noticed inside a window sticker, the door, or a yard sign, they used to move to some other home that did not have any security system.

Keep all the valuables away from your windows:

When intruders wish to get inside your home, they will be more interested if the valuables are seen through the windows. This will help them plan their task quickly. They will first target your bedroom because all valuables including jewelry, money, etc. are kept there. No matter how secure the doors and windows are, valuables should be kept away from outside view. If you do not have a safe, then hide the valuables in places like the soil of any artificial plant, inside the books, etc.

Keep away your spare key:

Do not ever leave the spare keys in places like under mats, under rocks, or in flower pots. If someone comes to your house to take care of things, give them the spare key. If you have installed a home security system, then give them the password in case the security alarm gets accidentally triggered. But share the code or give the spare key only to trustworthy people.

Ask someone to take care of your property:

 

If you go for a summer vacation, then hire somebody to look after your lawn. If you go for a winter vacation, then hire somebody to shovel snow. Don’t keep your property neglected as it is a sign that your home is empty, giving an opportunity for potential intruders to break-in. Ask somebody to throw the trash from your house.

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Tips To Help You Fully Unwind On Your Summer Vacation

Tips To Help You Fully Unwind On Your Summer Vacation

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Summer is on the way, and that means only one thing for many of us: the annual Summer vacation. Finally, you will have the time to unwind and de-stress, improving your mood as you get away from all those things that put pressure on you in your day-to-day life. That’s the theory, anyway. To be honest, vacation time can be stressful in itself. From lost passports to missed flights, your relaxation time can be hindered in a multitude of ways. Still, we are here to help. Here are some useful tips to help you fully unwind on your summer vacation.

 

  1. Choose the right destination

 

You need to pick a place that won’t trigger your stressors while you’re away. You might want to avoid the crowds, for example, so don’t go to those places that attract multitudes of tourists. If you have a fear of heights, don’t think about scaling the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Find somewhere that will enhance your relaxation time, such as the Delta Hotels Grand Okanagan Resort with its fabulous scenic views, or a beach holiday in a remote destination away from the throngs of other holidaymakers.

 

  1. Don’t overdo your plans

 

Some planning is always useful, especially if you want to make the most of the area you are visiting (and you don’t want to forget anything vital). But allow time for your free spirit, as well, doing things at the spur of the moment instead of adhering to a packed schedule, and enjoying the moment rather than worrying about the next thing on your itinerary.

 

  1. Go with the flow

 

You’re on vacation – things will go wrong! You may choose the wrong thing from the menu, or you may get lost if you travel off the beaten track. Provided you aren’t putting your life in mortal danger, laugh off these mishaps and add them to your memory bank for your holiday stories back home. Life isn’t perfect, so don’t sweat the small stuff.

 

  1. Don’t always throw caution to the wind

 

We may seem as if we are contradicting ourselves here, but that isn’t our intention. Yes, there are times when you should go with the flow, but without a few precautions here and there, you are going to make life harder for yourself. So, don’t head out into the sun without a hat and lotion, don’t stay out late at night if you are unfamiliar with the town you are staying in, and don’t eat anything off the menu if you know your fragile tum can’t take it. Have fun by all means, but be wise as well.

 

  1. Turn yourself off from the outside world

 

To truly unwind, free yourself from anything that will remind you of your life outside of the holiday. You need to centre on the moment, and enjoy the time you have away from work and those other pressures that burden you. So, don’t be tempted to look at work emails, avoid social media for a while, switch your phone off, and appreciate the beauty around you. You will be returning to the world outside of your holiday soon enough, so don’t waste your time and energy by thinking about it when you’re away.

 

Finally

 

Whatever you’re doing this summer, whether you are on vacation or staying at home, we hope you find time to unwind and gain some peace in your life. Take care, and if you are going away, bon voyage!

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Vital Tips For Mastering a Barge Cruise

By Guest Blogger Marie N.

Vital Tips For Mastering a Barge Cruise

 

People tend to mix river cruises with barge cruises even though they are technically not the same thing. Typically, river cruises can carry more than 100 passengers, whereas barges usually accommodate a few passengers to a couple dozen at most. If this sort of vacationing format attracts you, first you need to know a few vital tips for mastering a barge cruise.

How to pack?

The most important trick to have on your mind when you are packing for a barge cruise is to keep it light. Space available on a barge cruise is rather limited so it is smart to pack items you can use at least several times. If you can, bring only one suitcase filled with clothes and basic amenities.

Try to orient yourself around two colors and choose clothes on a casual side – one elegant outfit is quite enough. Do not forget to bring a raincoat or an umbrella along for the ride and make sure to pack all your toiletries into waterproof bags. Keep all your crucial documentation in one place and do not forget to bring digital copies on a stick in the case something gets lost

Prepare yourself

Considering you will know what regions you will visit on your barge cruise, you can buy all the necessary booklets and study all the landmarks and locations before the trip. If you do not want to spend unnecessary money, you can always opt to research the internet for information. This is very useful as you can use what little free time you will get to the fullest.

Additionally, you should study the itinerary of the cruise once you get it. Once you familiarize yourself with the overall plan of the trip, it will be easy to get comfortable and enjoy your relaxing river-bound cruise. Finally, do not forget to bring along your trusty camera (and a charger) to have a record of all the exciting places and events you will come across along the way

Stay open for new experiences

This barge cruise is all about you, so stay open for new experiences. First and foremost, you need to come hungry. This is an all-inclusive trip so you will spend a lot of time eating absolutely delicious meals made out of fresh produce and pastries. The staff in charge of supplies will venture out to local markets and shops every day to ensure you are eating the best your money can buy.

As expected, you will visit at least one winery along the way. These establishments offer an incredible assortment of these gourmet beverages and do not fret when it comes to tasting everything. Depending on the cruise, you might even get a chance to drive a boat yourself as part of the experience. Additionally, do not forget to pick up a few local phrases and words of the language of the country through which you cruise. In the end, do not forget to leave the boat at every port. There is usually a good reason barge cruise has chosen a particular location as its stop, so unless you are feeling really unwell, do not miss any of them for the world

Know what you can give to the cruise

You have to remember most of these cruises take time and you have to be sure you have enough energy and/or patience to visit some of these regions in such a way. Barge cruises are not for everyone and you have to know what you can give to the cruise, just as you should know what to expect of it in order to have the full experience.

They can last roughly from one week to two weeks so you need to be absolutely certain you have chosen the right region. Most of these cruises sail along the rivers in France, like the very popular Enchante cruise, Italy or Germany. Once you have gone through all the hassle of planning and preparing, boarding and sailing away, it would be unfortunate to realize you need a completely different two days into the trip.

Barge cruise is a quintessential relaxing vacation. Sailing down a river on a slow day with a small group of people is as meditative as experiences can get. If you take into the account the fact you are traveling through some of the most picturesque landscapes in the world and there is a treasure trove of surprises waiting for you around every river bank, you will only be able to ask yourself why haven’t you done this sooner.

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7 Sure-Fire Tips for Less Stressful Travel. By Guest Blogger Karleia S.

By Guest Blogger, Karleia S.

 

7 Sure-Fire Tips for Less Stressful Travel

 

Photo Provided by Guest Blogger, Karleia S.
Photo Provided by Guest Blogger, Karleia S.

For most people, traveling involves plenty of stress that can include delayed flights to heavy traffic. Traveling can often be the worst part of any trip and can even make it difficult to want to escape. To ensure that you remain calm and have an enjoyable time, there are a few ways to prepare before it’s time to depart.

1. Pack Healthy Snacks

It’s important to remain energized during your travels to prevent sugar crashes or feeling sluggish. Pack healthy snacks that you can take on the go, which will allow you to stay full without relying on fast food.

2. Bring Essentials in a Carry-On Bag

A common way to feel stressed when traveling is worrying if your luggage will arrive at your destination. Although you may not be able to control where your suitcase arrives, you can still pack the essentials you need in a carry-on bag to get by until you reunite with your belongings.

3. Use Transportation Services

Avoid fighting traffic and trying to navigate different routes by hiring a company like Airflight Services when heading to the airport. You’ll be able to enjoy relaxing in a luxurious vehicle and even get a bit of work done before arriving for your flight.

4. Schedule a Red Eye Flight

You can reduce the stress involved with traveling by scheduling a red eye flight when the roads and airport will be less crowded. It will ultimately make for shorter lines and less risk for delays.

5. Dress Comfortably

Dressing comfortably for a flight will work to reduce the effects of jet lag and can allow you to fall asleep easily. Get cozy by wearing yoga pants, a sweatshirt, and shoes that are easy to take on and off.

6. Limit Your Caffeine Intake

Although it may be tempting to reach for a cup of coffee or an energy drink while running on a few hours of sleep, the caffeine can cause you to be on edge and crash later while traveling. Limit your caffeine intake to 200 milligrams throughout the day to ensure that you don’t feel jittery or anxious.

7. Expect the Unexpected

When traveling, a number of delays or interruptions are likely to occur. It’s important to remember that not everything will go according to plan and to remain flexible to ensure that you can go with the flow and reduce your stress levels.

To ensure that you can travel without as much anxiety involved, it’s important to practice a few steps and prepare ahead of time for a smooth trip. You’ll be able to relax before arriving at your destination and can have true peace of mind with the escape.

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