AIRLINE TRAVEL & AIRPORTS: Return from Bangkok (Part 1)

Click the HQ button to watch in high quality. This is the first part of our return trip from Bangkok, Thailand (from the Thailand Trip videos) back to Manila, Philippines. This video doesn’t show any clips of aircrafts yet, as it focuses on Suvarnabhumi Airport. This video features: -Approaching the airport by cab -Suvarnabhumi’s departure hall -The airport’s food court -View from the departure hall’s observation deck -Short clips of my tour presented in the opening scene I included a short …

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Mount Gambier: a Perfect Pit Stop for Backpackers

For backpackers, Mount Gambier has always been the perfect pit stop when traveling the coastal route between Adelaide and Melbourne. Here are five reasons why Mount Gambier is popular to backpackers:

1. It is strategically located between Adelaide and Melbourne. It is just a five-hour drive to both cities, making it very convenient for backpackers.

2. It is a fantastic place for eating out with its wide array of cafes and restaurants that offer cuisines that will absolutely suit every Mount Gambier backpacker’s palate.

3. Mount Gambier has got exciting attractions such as Umpherston Sinkhole, Blue Lake, Cave Gardens, Engelbrecht Cave, Picaninnie Ponds, Blue Lake Lookout, Princess Margaret Rose Cave, etc.

4. With just approximately half hour drive of Mount Gambier, backpackers can also experience the wineries of the Coonawarra, shipwreck beaches, pine plantation tours and river fishing.

5. Located in there is Jubilee Motor Inn where rooms are complete with necessities from bed, to mini-bar, to entertainment and communications amenities such as telephone and internet connection. With this, Backpacking in Mount Gambier is made easy and Mount Gambier accommodation comes cheap.

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Travel – Travel Tips For Christmas

It is the time of year again, and go for those back home and spend time with family and friends during the holiday season, air travel can be a long and exhausting process

How you can help to ease these burdens and frustrations of air travel during the holiday season?

Here are a few helpful tips on how to get through this potentially stressful holiday flights.

Avoid using it to find the cheapest flights last minute to try to book in advance.Planbefore and try to avoid locations which are vulnerable to severe weather problems have to pay a small fee, not to go hand in so far as possible and be sure to leave enough time to both sides of the trip in case of delays.Holiday travel can help a stressful process, but keep a calm attitude, not only yourself but your fellow travelers. Tip: Recognition and the journey in a positive sense, as you see it as a stressful experience.Do not wrap your gifts before with you, you can remembersecurity measures at airports will be increased vigilance during the holiday season and will most likely open any packages that you might be wrapped.Make sure all batteries from electrical items such as toys and camera equipment to remove in order to avoid further delays to the security checkpoint.Christmas flights usually mean an increase in the size of hand luggage, you should in any larger packages you could bring with you to check.Sure to pack an empty bag in his hand luggage, because you willUndoubtedly, with gifts back with you on the outward and return flights.Christmas is a time when the chance of mishaps during a flight increases – such as flight delays, cancellations and overbooking flights. Staying calm in these difficult times is crucial if you want your trip to go as smoothly as possible.Try to remain calm and to stop during the delay – a moment to put some soothing music on your MP3 player, have a drink and try to laugh with your fellow travelers – who are probably feelingexactly the same as you.

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Travel Insurance – Why It’s Important to be Prepared for the Worst

Going on holiday this year?  Perhaps you’ve already been and are now counting down the days until next summer and your next holiday?  Well hopefully you had a nice and relaxing time and managed to escape from the hassles of working life for a few weeks.  The last thing you want to be doing is worrying about what should happen if your perfect getaway ended up getting cancelled or delayed.Travel insurance is a necessity these days with extreme weather in popular tourist hotspots like Florida such as the yearly hurricane season.  Travel insurance, or trip cancellation insurance as it is sometimes referred to, means that if your holiday were to be cut short or marred in any way then you would be recompensed without having to do battle with tour operators, ferry companies or airlines.Travel insurance is especially important when travelling to more risky destinations such as countries that require injections or where you are at a significant risk to contracting some form of exotic disease.  Travel insurance will cover medical expenses such as any treatment or even any transportation that you’ll need such as air ambulances.  This is none more important than on a skiing holiday, if you fall and break your leg or get stuck up a mountain then the costs to get you down off the mountain can run into the thousands of insurance policies cover a wide range of mishaps on holiday and can cover almost any aspect of your holiday such as if you lose your camera or are robbed of personal possessions.  Things like this tend to need evidence such as police reports or crime reference numbers so remember to get these details if you are a victim of a crime whilst on holiday.  Insurance against these things can help salvage a potentially miserable holiday and allow you to spend just a little less time moping about it and getting on with enjoying the rest of your holiday.When you go about getting holiday insurance you tend to end up paying about 5 to 8% of the holiday’s total cost, but before you think this is a large price to pay you should consider how much you could potentially end up paying if any of the events mentioned in this article should happen to you.

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Solo Backpacking – Four Reasons, Eight Tips

Why solo backpacking? To be honest, one of the reasons I sometimes go alone is simply that it’s tough to find people to go with, especially on short-notice. So reason number one is just the sheer necessity. But that is not the only reason to enter the wilderness by yourself.

Another reason to backpack alone is related to the first: simplicity. For example, if you like to go light, you may have conflicts with friends who want to share the weight of heavy cooking gear and tents. You may prefer cheaper trips, rather than joining others on a flight to some distant locale that isn’t any more beautiful than the trails within hours of you. In other words, you might not want to trade three affordable adventures for one expensive one.

Going solo gives you freedom as well. Even the best hiking partners will not need breaks at the same time, get hungry at the same time, want to hike the same distance each day or do the exact same things. When you’re alone in the wilderness, there is a natural rhythm that can never be there when several people’s needs have to be taken into account, and you are free to follow that rhythm.

Finally, if you have ever wanted to “commune with nature,” or have a more spiritual experience in the wilderness, backpacking solo is the way to go. Most of us cannot help but talk too much when we’re with others. Of course, that scares off wildlife, but it is also true that when alone most people just plain notice the environment more.

Being alone can deepen certain experiences. There is nobody there to define you – just you and the nature around you. If you’ve ever sat quietly and enjoyed a great view, you know that it is a different experience than when you sit there talking with someone about it. And while some friends can sit in silence for long stretches while sharing the sun set or the cloud-shadows passing over the mountains, it isn’t common.

Alone, you begin to realize how entirely indifferent – but not hostile – the wilderness is. Whether you take this trail or that one doesn’t matter to anything or anyone but you. Whether you stay warm or get cold, live or die, is a matter that is mostly irrelevant to everything around you. Yet as a human we are actually equipped to survive here.

On a solo backpacking trip in the Sierra Nevadas, I ate my fill of wild currants at 13,000 feet. As I walked by small lakes the trout scattered. Sunshine warmed me as I took naps on soft grass, and moonlight lit my way during night hikes. It is true that a misstep here or there could lead to death, that lightning could strike me down, or rain could soak me and make me hypothermic. But because of this I pay attention when I am alone out there.

Alone, you become very aware of your surroundings, of the clouds forming in the sky, of any little pain in your foot or back. It is an awareness without worry. This in-the-moment experience is worth having.

Solo Backpacking – Some Tips

Fortunately it has become much safer to get out there alone. This is because of technologies that can turn what would have been a disaster in the past into an inconvenience. Lose your maps? Just turn on the GPS unit on and find the landmark setting for your car to get out. Break your ankle? Turn on the emergency locator beacon or get out your cell phone.

To make it safe without giving up the experience of solitude, then, start by leaving the cell phone charged but off. Don’t allow calls to you and don’t call a soul unless you have a serious problem. As mentioned, a locator beacon is another safety option, but don’t let such safety devices lure you into a false sense of security that gets you into trouble. Leave your basic itinerary with a trusted friend or family member, so they’ll know when to call for a search if you don’t return.

If you have a GPS unit, be sure to “mark” the car or trailhead before hiking in isolated areas – especially in difficult terrain. I recently was in an area where it took three hours (no trails) to travel a bit over a half-mile to the car. Without the GPS it would have been easy to get lost.

Finally, learn some skills to make solo backpacking safer. Being able to make a fire in any conditions is a good place to start. Knowing how to construct a few different kinds of emergency shelters is a good idea too. Also, while food is not usually the first concern in a wilderness emergency, it can’t hurt to be familiar with a few wild edibles. And learn how to treat the most common injuries and illnesses you might encounter out there.

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