Travel Advice

Packing for your Holiday

Posted on March 10, 2017 at 2:18 pm

Packing can be stressful and for some people, it can even ruin the beginning of a holiday. There are, however, many ways you can minimise the stress to make sure you have an organised and relaxing start to your trip away. Here are our top packing tips to save yourself a holiday headache:

  • Make a list. Lists are such an essential part of your packing regime. They will help you to be organised and to keep track of where you have got to.
  • Pack as early as you can. This will help to take the pressure off right before you jet off on holiday.
  • Make sure all your holiday clothes are washed. This will avoid the last-minute outfit panic.
  • Don’t take too much with you. It will be so stressful trying to pack it all into your suitcase.
  • Lay everything out before you pack it and tick it off your list. This will help you to avoid the thoughts going around and around in your head – do you have your bikini, your passport, your sun cream? etc.

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Business Travelling

Posted on February 22, 2017 at 4:25 pm

When you travel many times a year because your business demands it, reducing travel costs, personal safety concerns, stress and other travel related issues is important, as you might save yourself many uncomfortable situations that might affect your business directly.

If you are a frequent traveller, you should be keeping track of all your frequent flyer miles and points in one secure place to track different awards program and take advantage of any tour packages that can be redeemed for all accumulated points because of business travel. Be aware that some programs also offer to follow up points for hotels and rental cars so you can take advantage of all kinds of opportunities. (more…)

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Basic Guide for Overseas Business Travel

Posted on July 2, 2014 at 2:12 pm

Preparing for overseas business travel is not the same as planning for a trip in your country. This is because there are a couple of things you need to take care of to make sure your trip is successful without any major hitches. For instance, you need to make sure that all the travel documents are in check at least 2-3 months before you travel especially in cases where you need updated passports, visas and vaccinations depending on the country you will be visiting. Other things you need to check include:

Have a well planned itinerary 

An itinerary that has been well thought off reflects what you and your company want to accomplish at the end of the trip. Take into consideration relative priorities and goals before you write one down to get the one that works best for you. Make sure that your schedule is flexible enough so that you do not have to rush through things and you can also deal with unexpected problems without causing a storm. Leave a copy of this with someone you trust so that they can know where you are at all times in. You should also leave your planner with an emergency contact list.

Research on culture 

When visiting a foreign country, it is essential to do extensive research on the people and culture here. This will help you when it comes to brushing up on differences in negotiating styles, gift giving styles, attitudes towards punctuality and the proper use of tiles and names which comes in handy as you are conducting business.


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Going on holiday to Australia

Posted on April 3, 2014 at 11:42 am

If you are thinking of booking a holiday to Australia then you should read this first to ensure you know what you will need to arrange before you go and how to do it.

Over 585,000 British Nationals visit Australia every year and it is a relatively safe place to go.  To enter the country you will need a Visa and this can take up to 10 working days to get if you have a valid passport. You can obtain a visa from the Department of Immigration & Border Protection website. You also need to remember about travel / medical insurance and any immunisations you may need before you go. Forgetting any of these can prove to be costly or can even stop you from being able to go on holiday so it is imperative that you get them in place as soon as possible. Once these are in place you may want to visit the website to read through the guide to going to Australia for further information about the country and policies and procedures whilst holidaying there.

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Cruising in a narrowboat during winter

Posted on December 30, 2013 at 11:51 am

If you have never considered cruising in a Narrowboat during the summer period then you are probably missing some of the important moments in your life. Narrowboat life in the summer is majorly made up of lazy days where you cruise gently under the tranquil waterway. Despite the enjoyable life you will experience, you might find the British summer too painful at times. At times it could be too short and unpredictable than expected. As a result, you have to be always prepared for any outcome by using Narrowboat Chandlery supplies on your boat.

Water in the sea can at times be destructive to your boat items. Whenever it freezes, it damages the pipes, pumps and tanks. Whenever water undergoes melting, it occasionally floods and you are likely to face costly repairs on your boat. As a result, it is always advisable that you winterise your boats whenever you are cruising in the winter season. However, if you are always on board at all times you do not have to winterise your boat. If you are planning to leave your boat for extended periods it is always advisable that you attach on board heating to it in order to supply some little warmth that will protect the boat parts from the harmful cold generated during winter.

Winterising your boat involves a quick and easy process since it involves use of common sense. The major purpose of the process is to prevent the water underneath your boat from freezing and rupturing some of the boat parts. In simple terms, you will be required to empty some water from the main tank, turn off the main stop cock and open the shower and tap attachments in order to allow water to run out of the pipes. If you have an on demand water heater from narrowboat chandlery, you will be required to drain it too. Additionally, the water in the engine should also be drained.

Boats can at times be dangerous at your highest point of enjoyment. This is the reason why there are ropes to help you trip up, narrow steps up and down and gunwales to slip into the water. You have to be careful since these surfaces are always slippery at times. With a single touch of ice on them, you will be liable for disaster.

Most owners of narrowboats prefer cruising through the winter. However, during off-season there are always few boats and you can enjoy the stunning scenery. However, there are two major problems you can experience during winter. One is always stoppages and the other is ice. Stoppages result in closure of some sections of the canal while ice can always be dangerous whenever they land on some of the parts of the boat. Before cruising into the sea during winter, it is essential that you be prepared for all the problems that might occur. Understand where the stoppages are and always pay attention to regular weather forecasts. Stock up all your winter supplies and parts from narrowboat chandlery to avoid landing into uncomfortable situations in the sea. Additionally, you should ensure your diesel tanks are fully topped up.

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