Vacation Travel Club: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly!

According to Project: Time Off, 40% of Americans don’t use all of their allotted vacation days. Many people don’t even think about their travel options until they have made the decision to take time off and go somewhere. In many cases this is not very far in advance and can be stressful to plan.

There are so many ways to book travel today with hundreds of travel websites, travel clubs, and discount travel companies out there. Travel is something that everyone loves to do if done the right way. Planning travel and creating great experiences make travel so much more relaxing and allows for the recharge that everyone needs.

Let’s look at a couple travel options that many people have heard about: Travel Clubs and Timeshare Ownership. Both offer many different options when planning travel, but these are the two ways of traveling that are the most controversial. Many people love these options and many hate them.

Travel Clubs:

Travel clubs offer a unique traveling experience much like a timeshare; however you pay a fee to receive a specific number of points to use for travel within their network of resorts and destinations all over the world. This membership allows you and your family to use the points in a given time or accumulate those points over time to cash them in at a later date for travel with a larger group.

Other travel clubs offer discounted travel options where you pay a monthly membership fee and in turn you receive discounted rates for trips that are already planned out. All you do as a member is book the trip and pay. In some cases travel to the destination is on your own, but the information is outlined in each trip description.

With some travel clubs there are options for customers who are already members to make money and receive commissions for every person who signs up under them in the travel club program. This is a type of network marketing program where many people have made money or received free travel while others have made nothing and feel they have lost money. Network marketing is a legitimate form of business, but it is not for everyone. It is not a get rich quick program.

The perception of network marketing is that it is a “scam.” Many people have lost money in network marketing and many people have made a lot of money with network marketing. Those who have made a lot of money with network marketing have worked very hard to get where they are within the network marketing business. Yes, they talk about it like they enjoy it because they do enjoy their job, but they treat it as a job and work hard to recruit, sell and build their business.

Timeshare ownership:

This is another perceived “scam” or way for people to take your money according. Timeshare ownership is another legitimate way to travel to one destination every year or every other year depending on your purchased week. Timeshare owners receive a deed to their property that they own for a set amount of days or weeks throughout the year.

Where many people feel this is a scam is when maintenance and taxes come in. Everyone pays for maintenance and taxes on the property that they own, so why would a timeshare, be any different? It is a deeded piece of property much like a house. These fees help with upgrades to the property as well as fixing things that go wrong throughout the year. Refrigerators quit working and walls need to be painted periodically and every owner is required to help pay those costs.

Timeshare ownership works great for those who actually use them. It is when people don’t use their weeks that they feel they are losing money. There are also options to exchange your timeshare into other cities and resorts using exchange companies like RCI and Interval International. These resources can help you get more value out of timeshare ownership.

Want to learn more about these two options check out my free report which outlines several different options when it comes to travel, foreign and domestic. There are so many options and ways to save money as well as programs to help you make money traveling.

The author, Kim Edwards is a travel industry professional who believes that memories made with your family and friends visiting the world are some of the best memories of your life and can never be taken away. To learn more click here: [http://www.welivedreams.net/travel.html]

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Is It Safe To Travel To Israel?

Is it safe to travel to Israel? Many people find themselves dreaming, wishing and actually feeling an urgency or need to travel to the Holy Land, the one place on earth where Jesus Christ walked. That urgency is not unusual, I have felt it myself and I cannot overstate the impact that traveling to the Holy Land has had on my relationship with Christ, my Bible Studies and my desire to spread God’s Word.

Israel in the Daily News…

Although Israel seems to be a star in the daily news, visiting the Holy Land is not very different from vacationing and traveling any other place in the world. According to the blog Traveling Israel “Crime rates in Israel are much much lower than other countries around the world and the rest is pretty much noise and bad publicity. Israel’s first goal is to protect its citizens and the state security is top-notch, perhaps the best in the world. We all heard the stories about EL AL’s security procedures, making the national Israeli airline to be the safest around the globe, and that’s what Israelis do best – keep things on the safe side.” Violence anywhere should not be downplayed. Tensions between neighborhoods, ethnic groups, political groups, and authority and civilians can be found in most countries and Israel certainly has its share of all of them.

The Middle East

Because of the larger Middle East’s ongoing strife, any violence that crops up is widely reported around the world, quickly and efficiently, as we all know, bad news travels fast! The Middle East is a hotbed of war and strife and let’s be honest, has been that way for thousands of years. That is not to say that anyone planning to travel to Israel should ignore current events but a careful look at the news articles can actually be reassuring. One article I read recently had a very provocative picture of masked protesters that seemed to be Palestinian. The caption of the picture, in small print, contained the fact that the picture was from a protest in Casablanca, Morocco. Obviously we need to be careful when taking a trip to the Holy Land, however we should not let the media, with its need for sensational news, deter us.

Current Events

This current wave of violence by all accounts is unorganized and sporadic, and while we know that bloodshed is not unusual in this part of the Middle East, these stabbings, shootings and driving into crowds is very different from the orchestrated rocket attacks and suicide bombings of past confrontations. The Israeli military has successfully used the “Iron Dome” missile defense system to intercept rocket fire from Gaza or northern areas, plus the country has spent huge amounts of money developing an intelligence network to stop potential suicide bombings and terrorist infiltrations. However, as an October 15th article from CNN points out these latest waves of violent confrontations are, “… the ultimate low-tech response to Israel’s high-tech, high-cost security.”

3rd Intifada?

Most Middle East authorities, including the Israelis are not blaming these attacks on militant groups or unified factions such as Hamas. Even though Hamas has praised the Palestinian attackers, they are not claiming responsibility for any of the violence, a direct difference from past confrontations. The previous “intifadas” required an infrastructure to provide attackers with resources, materials, and transportation to get them into place to carry out attacks, which is not the case in these current assaults.

Beer Sheva Assault

Although the attack in Beer Sheva on Sunday, October 18th was reported by the media as another act of violence in the continuing saga of “Israel versus Palestine,” it was not clear if the attacker was motivated by those tensions. The person responsible was an Arab Bedouin citizen of Israel and although some Bedouins identify as Palestinian, they are their own ethnic group within Israel and other Arab states. Bedouin groups have been at odds with authorities throughout the Middle East over issues of their own, and as such the police have not been able to determine a motive for the Beer Sheva assault.

Why Travel to Israel?

Wayne Stiles, Pastor, Teacher, and Author, writes a comprehensive blog, some of which is about traveling to Israel. He has a wonderful way of discussing safety while traveling to Israel plus, what a difference the trip will make in your personal life. The following are two excerpts from Wayne’s blog,( http://www.waynestiles.com/ ) Connecting the Bible and its Lands to Life:

You Will Never Be the Same!

My first trip to Israel so impacted my life, I wondered, Is this normal? Have others also had similar experiences in the Holy Land? For the next few years, I did my doctoral research on how a tour to Israel affects the spiritual life of a Christian. After surveying hundreds of Christians who have traveled to the Holy Land, I discovered:

1. 99% agree that experiencing the land of Israel has strengthened their spiritual life.

2. 96% have increased in their love for God and the Bible through the study of Bible lands.

3. 98% noted that knowing the land of the Bible helps their memory of biblical events.

Safety in the Holy Land

Traveling to Israel is safe. I know, I know, I watch the news as well. This trip marks my 10th trip to Israel in the last 14 years, and I have never felt unsafe. Not once.

• If all we knew of America came from what we learned on the news, we would have a very distorted perspective.

• Think of a large city near you. For me, it’s Dallas. There are parts of Dallas I don’t go to. And yet, I travel to Dallas often, just as I have thousands of times. I’ve even lived there! Going is no problem if you know where to go-and where not to go.

• I have known and worked with our tour operator for more than 12 years. They have as their top priority your comfort and safety throughout your journey. Believe me, it is in the best interest of the travel company that you are safe! And you will be.

• In fact, the number of tourists to Israel continues to rise. In September 2012, Israel had 305,000 visitors-the highest number in ever one month, reported the Central Bureau of Statistics.

Safety Pointers

All of the above does not take away from the fact that on any vacation, precautions need to be taken. Common sense tells us to be aware of our surroundings and to make sure we are taking measures to be safe when we are out of our comfort zones and traveling to some place different.

• Make sure your tour guides are taking your safety into consideration

Our guide Ezer will be with the group the entire 12 days, he will meet us at the Tel Aviv Airport the first day, spend the nights in the same hotels and travel with us on the bus.

• Guides should be up-to-date on current events and in contact with officials

Ezer is in contact at all times with tourist officials, he himself is ex-military and has close contacts in that area.

• Tours and bus routes are limited to approved and secure locations

We do not travel to locations in the West Bank, i.e. Bethlehem, as Israeli guides are not allowed to take their tours into those areas, the tour must be handed over to a Palestinian guide and Ezer will not do that.

• Buses are never left alone or unlocked

You will get to know the bus drivers, they never leave the bus and the bus is locked at all times when we are not on the bus.

• Hotel arrangements are limited to well-known hotel chains and in secure areas

We stay in two well-know hotels, the Gai Beach Hotel in Tiberias and the Leonardo Plaza in Jerusalem. Both are in safe, clean areas of the cities.

• When traveling to Israel, use El Al, because all flights and luggage transfers are supervised by Israeli security

Our round-trip, non-stop flight from LAX to Tel Aviv is on El Al.

• Don’t leave the group to travel to the Gaza Strip and West Bank

• Drink plenty of water

The bus drivers stock the buses with water each day, asking $1.00 a bottle, so water is readily available.

• Make copies of your passport and documentation

The fact that you have concerns and questions about traveling to the Holy Land is not unusual. No one makes that first trip without some trepidation, but everyone who has had the privileged of traveling to Israel will tell you that the experience changed their life and that while they were in the Holy Land they never felt unsafe.

Cheryl Lynn Anderson
http://theholylandwithrichandcheryl.com
We, Rich and Cheryl Anderson, are leading a 12 day faith based trip to Israel from the Los Angeles area, in May 2016, the 8th through the 19th.
We have been blessed to be able to travel to Israel several times, returning changed each time. The blessing of visiting Biblical and Historical sites in the Holy Land has brought the Bible alive, enhancing our personal Christian lives and energizing our ministries.
We believe that a trip to the Holy Land is a profound experience that will have an impact on your spiritual life and your passion for Jesus Christ. As we visit each site, we will have time for life application devotions, prayer, historical information and personal reflection and exploration. You will return home with a renewed passion for your Bible, your Christian faith and your personal relationship with Christ.
Visit our site for details and information on how to register for the May 2016 faith based tour to the Holy Land. There are still spots available at this time, however we are limiting the number of people to between 30 and 40 travelers, so get your deposit in as soon as possible.

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Best Apps for the Adventurous Traveller

When it comes to travelling, the world truly is our oyster. But technology really can open it up even further. Research has shown that using a smartphone and the apps available to the adventurous traveller can make planning, booking and exploring the world more informative, exciting and in many ways, a lot easier.

Apps have been created for a wide range of purposes, and this shortlist helps us to find just a few that may make travelling a better experience for you.

Hotels, hostels, guest houses and more

Whatever your budget, you’ll be wanting to find somewhere to stay. Rather than taking a gamble, many would agree that having access to a review site is a wise way of finding accommodation that has been previously rated well by other travellers. Two such apps include Orbitz and TripAdvisor, which offers lots of photos that have been uploaded by people, rather than those stock photos we often find on the advertiser’s website. This gives us a true representation of the hotel and the app makes it quick and easy to search different accommodations seamlessly.

Camping more your thing?

When it comes to camping, a decent campsite is about more than just good toilets. You’ll want to be close to local anemities, as well as knowing the campsite is safe, of course. iCampsite is one app to help you locate a campsite from over 9000 acorss the UK and Europe. You can filter results to suit your exact preferences and locate campsites using GPS coordinates.

Too much to read?

When you’re on the go, booking tickets for accommodation and travel can be a minefield. So much to book, so many bits of paperwork, and too many terms and conditions to read! This can lead any traveller to a disorganised state. So, to make it easier for you, download an app to help. TripIt and TripCase are two such apps, which automatically collate the most essential travel information from your confirmation emails, so that you are presented with an easy to understand, chronological itinerary.

Last minute changes

Any traveller who wants to truly feel free will want to be able to make quick, last minute plans or changes so that they can take advantage of whatever it is they have found interest in. Befriended a group of like-minded people and want to spend an extra night with them? Realised there is a festival on and don’t want to miss it? You don’t always have to turn away from these opportunities; after all, that’s what travelling is all about. So, download a few apps on your smartphone that can help you to live the trip you want. HotelTonight and Roomer allow you to find inexpensive accommodation alternatives quickly. Gogobot is another app you won’t want to live without. It can help you find places to eat and sleep based on where you’re staying and your personal preferences.

Ever think the USA has a lack of roundabouts?

In the UK, roundabouts are the norm. Travelled too far in the car? That’s OK, simply turn around at the next roundabout. But, if you’re travelling in the USA, you’ll find a distinct lack of roundabouts and if you travel too far, it could be that you’re waiting 30 minutes until the next exit. Ah – cue the next app. iExit tells you the various services that are at different highway exits, so you can decide to turn off when you like. Roadtrippers is another suitable app for car travel. This app finds all the highly rated USA roadside attractions that are near your route.

How I hate not having signal

Well, any traveller is likely to go out of range of any 3G signal or wifi every now and again. This deems your smartphone useless, so get an app that works well offline. Maps.Me is a great example, as it keeps your maps offline. It’s also very accurate, even if you find yourself off the beaten path. Don’t waste your storage space downloading too many maps for offline use, though. It really can take up a lot of space on your phone – valuable storage space you’ll want to use on videos and photos of your travels!

How about a bit of packing

Trouble knowing what to pack? If you find it a struggle, apps like PackPoint, discussed on TechRadar’s blog post, is a good app for you. It tells you everything you need to pack depending on where you’re going. A handy app for those less organised amongst us!

For more great travel apps, timeout.com discusses over 50 different travel apps to suit any traveller’s need.

Gemma is a long time experienced writer, interested in exploring and discussing technology related topics as well as new and current issues in the tech industry. Gemma has worked for Regizmo, a leading iPhone spare parts supplier, for some time now, and has written similar articles discussing topics that include working on the go, connecting to wifi in different countries, business travel advice, and a vast range of other tech/travel topics.

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Inexpensive Methods to Travel the World

Many people dream about being able to someday retire and travel the world. There are also a growing number of people who are considering career breaks and time after school to travel extensively. A top concern and deterrent of these individuals is the cost of travel. This article will outline the several ways to save on transportation costs to allow discounted travel around the world.

Know your top destinations, but be flexible. Making a list of top destinations is an excellent outline for a travel plan, but keeping flexibility on how and when you arrive there is a key to budget travel.

• Airlines use specific airport hubs to connect flights to other destinations. Searching for direct flights both in and out of these locations can save significant amounts of money on tickets. It also often allows for time to explore the area around these hubs between flights.

• Start at an end destination and work your way back. Look at a top destination’s airport website and look at all inbound and outbound flights. This will give you information on which hubs service these locations most often, and other possible destinations of interest you can use as a connection.

Time is your friend. Long-term travel requires considerable planning with as much notice as possible.

• Taking time to research destinations is key to affordable pricing. Traveling to destinations during popular events will cost more than during non-peak times. Researching all forms of transportation are key: South America, and Asia offer luxury buses that are often cheaper and more comfortable than flights, while crossing the Atlantic Ocean can be cheaper on a cruise than by a flight once lodging and meals are factored in.

• Having flexibility in time of travel is a significant source of savings. Searching tickets over a month time-frame will allow for the cheapest options. Additional flexibility in travel time, and not being rushed to your destination will also allow for multiple connections and long layovers, the cheapest tickets usually available.

• Many cruise lines and some airlines offer a best price guarantee but do not advertise it. Booking well in advance and routinely checking back for drops in ticket prices gives you the opportunity to contact the company and request they match their current price. If they will not match the price often companies will provide you with a credit of the difference in price to use on future travel.

Use technology to your advantage. The Internet is the best tool for planning, searching, and booking cheap travel.

• Many search engines allow for you to search multiple airlines over multiple dates to find the lowest prices.

• Checking directly with the airline, cruise line, or bus company and not through a travel agent will give a comparison for all other prices. Signing up for the travel company’s newsletters and loyalty groups will often provide you with first access to special pricing.

• Following travel companies and travel groups on social media provides direct access to immediate news and specials. Travel groups often post glitches in booking software and most travel companies repair these in minutes. Followers that are able to book during the window of glitches are usually allowed to keep their prices. Travel companies occasionally offer followers discounts and travel credits for public feedback on social media.

• Use the booking company’s currency conversion. Changing the booking to multiple currencies can provide significant savings. Often changing currency in software assumes you are in a poorer region and provides discounted pricing. A quick search engine lookup will provide you with an accurate conversion, and a global credit card with no international fees is best for purchase.

Planning well in advance, keeping flexible travel times, and using technology to your advantage can allow you to follow your dreams and travel the world at an affordable price!

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10 Steps for Traveling Europe Cheap

Chances are you searched for plane tickets on at least one occasion and thought I guess it will still be there when I’m 65 and retired. Don’t be discouraged! I am going to explain how you can travel to your European dream country for less than you imagined possible.

Step 1. Forget about your exact travel plans

The quickest way to make your trip as expensive as possible is to narrow your search to something incredibly specific.

For example, just because you have a four day weekend on Easter doesn’t mean its a good time to travel. Open yourself to being flexible on the dates you travel, the locations you travel to and what kind of places you stay at. The more flexible you are, the cheaper the travel will be.

Step 2. Determine where it is that you really want to visit.

I know I just said to be flexible but that doesn’t mean you can’t choose where you want to visit, it means you have to be open to getting there ways you didn’t anticipate. If you want to visit Dublin more than anything, don’t search for flights from the US to Dublin only. Chances are you can find a plane ticket from the US to another European city for much much less. Then you can book another short flight to Dublin for less than $80 roundtrip. It’s a great way to see a bonus country as well!

Step 3. Determine which city you will fly out of

Flights to Europe vary tremendously in price depending on which airport you’re flying to, leaving from and the dates of travel. So a good first step may be to determine which airport you are going to fly out of. If you live in a big city such as New York, Boston or Los Angeles, lucky you! You’ll find the cheapest flights to Europe from these cities. If you don’t live in these cities, chances are you’ll end up flying through them to get to Europe. So if you can drive to one of those cities, that may be a cheap option. Otherwise, consider booking a flight to one of those cities from your hometown. Although it seems strange, you may get cheaper flights by booking each leg individually rather than booking a ticket from your home to your destination.

Step 4. Determine the cheapest European city to fly to

The easiest way to do this is to check websites that aggregate all of the cheapest airfares so you don’t have to search through hundreds of flights yourself. Some sites allow you to type United States or the city that you know you will be departing from in the “from” field. In the “to” field, try choosing “everywhere.” Then scroll down the resulting list looking for the first/cheapest country in Europe to fly to. If for example, Norway comes up at $340 and France comes up at $380, then it’s probably worth it to just choose France if that’s your desired destination; however, if the difference is more than $100 I would choose the cheapest airport first. The annoying thing about Skyscanner is that the deals are often no longer active and sometimes you also have to search through many dates looking for the cheapest to travel on. But, patience is key and it’s how you find the cheapest flights. Another word of advice is that sometimes the flights are through travel agencies and it is probably worth it to search for reviews on the agency before booking your ticket, keeping in mind that happy customers rarely write reviews. But if the agency has one out of five stars, that may be a clue to pass.

Step 5. Find an inter-European flight to get you to your European dream destination

One thing most people don’t realize is that to fly from one country in Europe to another is dirt cheap.

I have flown across Europe for $14 one way. No joke. I have never paid more than $60 for a flight within Europe. Use Kayak.com to find a flight to your actual destination from whatever country you ended up in booking the cheapest flight to Europe.

Step 6. Now that you’ve arrived, find a cheap or free place to stay

Everyone has their own idea of a dream vacation. If yours is staying in the Ritz, then I’m surprised you read this far through this article. For most of us, we just want to stay somewhere decent while enjoying everything Europe has to offer. I have never stayed in a dump in Europe. I don’t want to and I’m just not that desperate. Accommodations come down to four options: hotel, rental, hostel or Couchsurf.

    • Hotel. Staying in a hotel is a safe way to go and if it’s your first time to Europe or you’re not much of a risk-taker, then this is probably the route you want to take. Hotels depending on where you are visiting range from $20-$200 per night so you might want to keep that in mind when choosing a destination. I wouldn’t advise staying in Monaco unless your oil company is seeing record first quarter profits but staying in nearby Nice might be an option. In other words, keep your options open.
    • Rental. Booking a rental room, apartment, villa or house is also a safe bet but can be a little more complicated than just checking into a hotel. Sites like Homeaway and Airbnb offer some really unique locations and I have to say, some of my favorite places I have stayed in Europe were rentals. From a villa on a winery in Tuscany to a secluded mother-in-law in a quiet neighborhood outside of London, I really enjoyed staying in rentals and the price is often much less than staying at a hotel if there is a group of you that can share the cost.
    • Hostel. The word hostel brings up thoughts of scary movies but the reality is that the difference between a hostel and a hotel is sometimes indiscernible in Europe. Sure there are hostels where you get a bunk bed in a room with five other travelers and for some people this is exciting and interesting! But just because bunk beds aren’t your thing, doesn’t mean you should rule out everything that has the word hostel in the title. I have stayed at some “hostels” which were just as nice as a hotel.
  • Couchsurf. If you are really on a tight budget or if meeting local people is really important to you, there’s no better way than to Couchsurf. If you have no idea what I am talking about, visit the Couchsurfing website. Essentially, the site lets you request to stay with someone who is wiling to host travelers at their home for free and vice versa. People leave reviews on the travelers and the hosts so you can have some assurance they are reputable. This of course comes with risk and safety precautions should be taken. In addition, you should always have a backup plan in case the situation doesn’t work out.

Step 7. Eat cheap.

I’m focussing on the necessities of visiting Europe: travel, lodging and food. There are of course plenty of other ways to spend money but these are the things you have to spend money on, food being one.

Food is amazing. I love food and the first couple times I went to Europe I was disappointed because I randomly wandered into restaurants and most were subpar. This all changed when I started checking TripAdvisor for restaurant reviews, that’s all it took to make every meal out amazing. This wasn’t so much a saving money tip as a general word of advice. However, TripAdvisor does let you search by general price of restaurants so $ is cheap $$ is moderate $$$ is getting expensive etc.

Here’s a money saving tip: buying groceries in Europe is usually very inexpensive. So if you have booked an apartment with a kitchen, take advantage of it! Go shopping at a local market and buy some new strange foods to cook! If you’re on a road trip, get some sandwich stuff to save a few bucks.

Step 8. Realize there are still more expenses

Even though travel, lodging and food are your main expenses, there are of course going to be others. Things to think about include, transportation once you arrive, fees for attractions and souvenirs.

Options for transportation include taking public transit. Most European cities have fantastic and inexpensive public transportation that can be purchased using local currency or a debit card at a kiosk. Note that American credit cards often don’t work at these as you need a chip and pin number.

Renting a car is a great option if you plan on traveling outside of the cities, it’s usually quite affordable and gives you ultimate freedom in mobility. Trains, although charming, are not usually a cheap way to travel across Europe. Flights are much less expensive and quicker. But if you are in love with the idea of seeing the country side by train, then it’s worth giving a try. Tickets can be purchased in advance on the Eurorail website for a fee. Or if you’re more flexible and feeling like it’s worth the risk, you can purchase them in person at the rail station for usually quite a bit less.

Step 9. Travel light

Although you might not think that traveling light will save you money, believe me, it will. First of all, every airline is going to charge baggage fees. So each leg of your flight is going to cost you $25 to $100 for each bag. That adds up fast. Secondly, if you have two suitcases, you are going to fill up two suitcases full of stuff that you probably don’t need. Thirdly, taking cheap transportation like the metro becomes frustrating and impractical when you’re hauling around two unwieldy bags. Fourth of all, your bags have to be with you at all times or in a hotel, so if you plan on checking out in the morning and going to another city, you won’t be able to do anything until you get to your hotel and check your bags in. All in all, it’s just a huge pain to carry a bunch of stuff around Europe with you. My advice, and I can’t stress this enough, is to fit everything into one backpack. I have a 50L backpack and it had everything I needed for a month and a half in Europe. Yes, there are places to do laundry in Europe as well. If you’re saying, well you don’t understand because you’re a guy. I traveled with two young women and they both fit everything into a backpack. If you’re saying you don’t understand because you’re young, I traveled with my mother to Europe and she fit everything into a standard size school backpack! You can do it too!

Step 10. Always plan for the worst and hope for the best

Whenever I travel to Europe I plan out my expected expenses and round everything up. I also plan for at least $200 of unexpected expenses. In the end, my expenses are always well below this number but I don’t want to ever end up in the situation where I’m overwhelmed by the cost.

Conclusion

In 2,000 words I have given you the condensed Europe-on-a-budget-guide. There are of course lots of other things to think about when booking your Europe trip but the most important thing is to just do it! Find those cheap airline tickets to Europe and book them. You can fill in all the blanks later, don’t try to plan everything out before getting your tickets and don’t try and plan every second of everyday. Leave time to be spontaneous and immerse yourself in the European life.

International Escape brings the very best international travel deals online to one place. Finding cheap flights from a specific airport to a specific airport isn’t always possible but by broadening your destination choices, you can find flight and hotel deals that you never dreamed possible. InternationalEscape.com does the dirty work of sorting through hundreds of thousands of daily flights to find those unbelievable deals. Fly from Los Angeles, California to Oslo, Norway for only $340 round-trip, yes these deals do exist! You’ll find them featured on the “Deals” page.

In addition to helping travelers find the very best deals on international flights, I decided to put my money where my mouth is, so I am traveling these very deals and bringing my experiences to you on the “Inspiration” pages of InternationalEscape.com. My hope is that these inexpensive travel deals will inspire others to pack their bags and make that international escape they’ve always dreamed of!

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Massage in Bucharest

Recognize it! You’re busy! And so must be! That’s what life is like! But you want more than that, you want to do more for yourself and massage can help. Because massage makes more than a simple relaxation of the mind and body. It keeps your body in shape and gives you enough energy to make you enjoy a longer life better than you do it today.

Massage releases stress. At the moment, stress is a universal evil. Every time you are late, every time you avoid a car in traffic, every time you have trouble working, stress is doing his job. Each time adrenaline increases heart rate and cortisone levels and organs respond to the measure. You will be in a state of nerves and constant agitation.
When there is no release of stress, serious problems such as an upset stomach, hypertension, sleep disturbances, chest pain, or existing illness may worsen.

Some of the changes that may occur are: Anxiety, lack of concentration, depression, permanent fatigue, muscle or bone pain, sexual dysfunction, excessive sleep or insomnia

All these stress-related problems can be diminished and some can be totally eliminated by massage. The researchers concluded that a massage session can lower heart rate and blood pressure, relax your muscles and increase endorphin production. The massage also releases serotonin and dopamine and the result is a general relaxation, both physical and mental.
Our body care must be at the top of the priorities.
By adding the massage to your routine you will look much better and you will be much healthier and relaxed. Massage can improve your vitality and mood. Massage can prepare for a long and beautiful life.

Our masseuses personalize each massage session according to the needs of the individual.
Our massage parlors offer a variety of relaxation styles and techniques to help you. Apart from relaxing, massage can be a powerful ally in reducing pain, increasing energy levels, improving mental and physical performance

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After a massage session, you will see how the mental prospects are enriched, the body allows easier handling, better pressure resistance, relaxation and mental alertness, calm and creative thinking.
When you have the impression or force yourself to stay straight, your body is not actually aligned properly. Not only does the posture look bad, but it forces some of the muscles to go muddy all day, while others become weaker. After a long time, the incorrect position may cause other drops. For example, internal organs press on what affects digestion, breathing ability is also diminished, which means that much less blood and oxygen reaches the brain and hence all sorts of other complications.

Massage allows you to return your body to the track. Allowing the body to make healthy and accurate movements is one of the greatest benefits of massage. Massage can relax and restore muscles injured by bad posture, allowing the body to position itself in a natural, painless position.
Apart from posture, there is also anxiety. One of the signs of anxiety and stress can also be heavy breathing. When the body begins to breathe too little and deeply instead of breathing at a natural rithm, it is impossible for one to relax. One reason may also be that the chest muscles and the abdomen get tightened and the air gets harder.

Massage plays an important role in learning the body how to relax and how to improve breathing. Respiratory problems such as allergies, sinuses, asthma or bronchitis are a group of conditions that can benefit from massage. In fact, massage can have a positive impact on respiratory function.

Many of the muscles in the front and back of the upper part of the body are breathing accessory. When these muscles are tight and shorten they can block normal breathing and interrupt effective breathing natural rithm. Massage techniques for stretching and relaxing these muscles improves breathing function and breathability. Massage leads to an opening of the chest as well as structural alignment and nerve dilatation that are required for optimal pulmonary function. A good way to treat respiratory problems with massage is the taping made in Swedish massage. When done on the back, along with vibrations, it can detach the mucus from the lungs and can clean the airways for better later function.

Massage not only relaxes muscles, but helps people become aware of daily stress levels. Once the body recognizes what really means relaxation, the mind can rest easily relax before the stress becomes cornice and harmful. This will help you enjoy a balanced life. Massage controls breathing, allows the mind to re-create relaxation before the occurrence of chronic and harmful stress and increases the level of energy.