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Celebrating important milestones in your life, like bachelor/bachelorette parties, proms and weddings, is sometimes best done in style. What better way to mark the occasion than with a superb party bus?
Among the key benefits of a party bus is that it comes with heaps of space that can be customized to fit your needs and requirements. Not only can you invite friends to join you, but you can also drink and have fun together. And that is not even scratching the surface. Keep in mind that there are ways to enhance the experience even further:
Choose a theme – picking a theme for the party in the bus is undoubtedly a winning strategy. It can elevate the standard gathering to a legendary status. A unifying concept achieved with balloons, costumes and interior decorations will make everyone feel great. The reason why choosing a theme is such a good idea is because it makes the experience different. The traditional venues can feel bland and pretty much the same, while a customized party bus is always going to be original and different. If unforgettable is what you are aiming at, this is the way to achieve it.
Get the menu right – a party bus can accommodate your needs for drinks and food. However, do consider some general guidelines. For starters, make it more of a cocktail party, rather than a dinner party. The idea is not to stock excessively on messy snacks, as they can become a problem. Best keep snacks on the light side. Second, when calculating how much food to bring, just assume everyone is going to have two of each. Baguette slices, popcorn and chips work great.
You can play some games – a party bus is a wonderful place to play some fun games at. Consider trivia, drinking and card games. Don’t focus on stationary and elaborate games, as these aren’t ideal in a moving vehicle environment. There are plenty of party card games that are sure to make for some group fun.
Make a music playlist – do consider your group’s taste in music. Then, you can bring your device with a playlist plus an auxiliary cable and just use the vehicle’s sound system options. You can also make use of apps like Spotify and pick one of the curated playlists there that best suits your interests. Decide whether you want to assume the role of a DJ and use the chance to run the music that you like.
Plan the route – one of the perks about renting a party bus is that you get to choose the route and pit stops that you make. Whether you pick bars or decide to go tourist-style and see local landmarks is up to you. In any case, make sure you make it as entertaining and convenient for everyone.
During the ancient period, watchtowers were vital in overlooking the surrounding–for a watchman to see the situation and decide to send a warning or herald for a coming harvest. There are boundaries we need to put barriers to protect and prevent someone from getting hurt. Many centuries ago, there were objects and things that possessed magical power that can ward off the evil and bring luck to the owner. If the ship is the lumbering hulk of the sea, the road has its clunking train with sprightly speed. Everyone will be completely engrossed in the sound of steam whistled from its engine’s metal innards.
In a bustling train terminal of old Manila, where train travels to or from the north or south ends of Luzon. Many captivating moments were registered in the mind of a young boy named Gabriel. In his youthful mind, there were many questions that need an answer, like the many different kinds of signage he saw in the crossing, but one thing he got interested in was the saltire sign also called Saint Andrews Cross. In what the signage was referring to was where his fate will take him.
Once in the train station, the conductor called that all passengers be aboard, as the train will be leaving. The lady said to the conductor, “Please wait my son Gabriel is still outside.” Her husband got off to look for Gabriel.
During the occupied time of lifting their luggage, Gabriel had let go of his mother’s skirt. Gabriel was persuaded to see what was happening in the run-round loop track. In there, he saw locomotive being attached to the opposite end of the train. The need to detach and reattach the locomotive motivated little Gabriel to approach the watchman inside his wee shed just near the level crossing. Gabriel politely asked the old watchman, “Sir, what is the purpose of that detaching and attaching of the locomotive?” The old watchman puffed on his tobacco before he replied to Gabriel, “That’s what you called the terminal headshunt where it allows the locomotive to dissociate itself from its train. That is the intent of moving it to the opposite end and then pulling the train out of the station into another direction.” Gabriel excitedly answered, “That’s interesting, and may I know your name, sir?” “You can call me, Filomino or Pilo for short,” as the watchman puffed again on his tobacco. Gabriel aimlessly looked at the cross signage and then asked, “Mr. Pilo, what is that cross signage for?” The watchman while pointing toward the location of the signpost said, “That is the ‘saltire’ or the ‘Saint Andrews Cross’ that is to warn road users for a coming train. I am responsible to stop passersby with vehicles or no vehicles and to clear the tracks.” “I have witnessed many accidents afar from this point, as many people braved in crossing the track in a way to cut their long walk heading to the other side of the road,” continued by Pilo.
It must be fairly evident now to Gabriel that he needs to dwell on the age-old warning of Stop, Look and Listen which is the most sensible thing that he can do.
Mr. Pilo gave Gabriel some tips to remember while riding a train. During his travels, Gabriel should stay track on the exact location of every signal that he gets to see and try to remember any remarkable things behind those signals. Gabriel should be aware not only on the physical condition of the train but also of the crew who is manning the train.
Mr. Pilo shared many stories to Gabriel, like accidents whose fate caused by humans themselves. Lack of awareness was one thing that caused many railways’ death. Mostly careless crossing, unaware that there were two tracks to look at — the northbound and the southbound that caused their untimely death. Mr. Pilo as an experienced watchman and a book fanatic about train survival guide had also shared few tips that might help to survive a train mishap. Mr. Pilo pointed out the importance of finding the safest seat which will prevent him from any kind of collision. It will be a safe seat in the middle section of the car during a collision and if it was a derailment–the one seated on a car at least one or two back from the center of the train will be a safe seat. But nobody will ever foresee an accident. If one had to choose which side of a seat was safer, one must grab an aisle seat which was the rear-facing aisle seat toward the back of the train. It was also self-explanatory to always pay attention to announcement from train conductor for any situation inside and outside the train. Mr. Pilo also explained the importance of using every emergency alarm to alert the train driver. If there was a need to jump off a train, one needed to jump off at the end of the last car. The last car was at least running slow and it was safe to jump off at this pace. Mr. Pilo talked about the location of all emergency windows and the proper pulling off the rubber ring colored red to lift it and also with the panel of its doors. Mr. Pilo also advised Gabriel to familiarize himself with the different emergency signs located inside the train. Mr. Pilo finally instructed Gabriel that during a helter-skelter situation, he must always be alert in analyzing the situation and must be loaded with much of unswerving determination to survive and save other lives if he can.
As Mr. Pilo turning his eyes heavenward, he prayed for a safe travel of Gabriel and his family. Gabriel happily thanked Mr. Pilo for sharing his vast knowledge of being a prepper and a survivalist. Gabriel as a token of appreciation gave his lucky coin to Mr. Pilo. As the train was about to leave, from a sheer sound calling Gabriel’s name became louder as his father came approaching. “Mr. Pilo, this is my father, Mr. Joselito,” introduced by Gabriel. “Hello, it’s nice I’ve met you with my son,” politely uttered by Mr. Joselito. “”We have been looking for you Gabriel, where have you been all the while?” continued by Mr. Joselito. “I am having a meaningful conversation with Mr. Pilo, and now I am packed with so much knowledge about travel awareness,” answered by Gabriel. “I am so thankful to you Mr. Pilo, and it is nice to meet you, the train will depart now, cheerio and will see you again,” mentioned by Mr. Joselito. “Have a safe travel, God bless you,” responded by Mr. Pilo.
As father and son were supposed to leave, Gabriel went back to Mr. Pilo and whispered him, “That coin I handed to you was minted in the leap year and was found by my father outside during a storm with its head side up, as told by old folks that kind of coin is a luck-bringer. If and only a green grasshopper would crawl into that coin will be a harbinger of danger.” Gabriel reminded.
The solemn-looking watchman although feared the superstitious belief of the little boy just waved goodbye to both folks and went back to his office. Mr. Pilo staring out at the foggy train-tracks from the window had started hearing the clickety-clackety sound as the train where Gabriel and his family were riding went rolling away from the platform.
It was Gabriel’s first time to ride a train bound to his parent’s province–Bicol. It was sad for him to visit his grandfather’s wake. The unsteady shaking of the train added excitement to Gabriel, as he tried to walk around every car. Gabriel had closely observed every passenger and the souvenir gifts they were bringing to their family and relatives. There was one scene that captured his attention when he saw a mother trying to hide her child from a roving conductor–for that child had no ticket to show. Big and small boxes, a can of assorted biscuits were the usual items brought by the passengers. Side by side, passengers got along with other passengers; they have so much time having a leisurely talk during this 10-hour ride.
Come evening, all were resting in their designated seat and sound asleep, while Gabriel enjoyed peeping on the window looking the fast viewing of outside sceneries and the frequent site of twinkling lights from fireflies attached to the trees or sometimes just outside the windows. His father told him that during his childhood rides, that the windows were open, unlike Gabriel’s time, the windows have clear sturdy glass protected by metal screen grates to block stones hurled by people living along the tracks. The train would usually have a stopover at every station to allow passengers to shake off stiff muscles during a long seating. Gabriel had the fun of buying foods at the laid-back food stalls or to peddlers.
The next morning, the train arrived at Naga City. Gabriel and his parents looked for a jeepney that would bring them to his grandfather’s house. The journey had been so tiring and the only consolation they got was traversing along with green rice fields and tall coconut trees. They got off in the marketplace and entered small alley leading to his grandfather’s house. They paid respect to the dead and later joined other relatives for exchanging inquiries. Their stays have become less tense and worry-free, away from the noisy and busy city. Gabriel used to play with his cousins in the park and tried many outdoor games. Gabriel had so much fun. In one occasion while searching for adult female orb-weavers suitable for spider fighting, Gabriel accidentally stumbled upon a silver chain arrowhead along with a pendant that looks like an eye. Gabriel picked it up and went home. The little boy proudly showed it to all the guests in the house, and one elder recognized it, telling that the arrowhead silver chain was believed will protect the wearer from illness and guards against the evil eye while the pendant with an eye was known to be the Eye of Horus which was an ancient symbol associated with supernatural powers in perceiving things beyond the senses. Gabriel with superstitious beliefs took it seriously and kept it wherever he goes. Those amulets will be more powerful if the one who wears it has a kind heart.
The day had come when Gabriel and his parents were about to leave. They said goodbye to their relatives and thanked them for such a memorable stay. They went ahead to the train station. Their travel will again be a long and a winding trip. Gabriel wearing his two amulets turned his eyes heavenward and prayed for deliverance.
Back at the Tutuban station where Mr. Pilo was expecting an early morning train to arrive had put the lucky coin on the window sill. Unexpectedly, a green grasshopper perched on the coin. Mr. Pilo shaken with fears did the sign of the cross and went outside to observe what was unusual.
As evening fell and it grew quietly, Gabriel had fallen to sleep, only his body was inactive but his other senses had picked up a threatening danger. Gabriel clearly saw a danger in the next daybreak the train they were riding will slip off the rails just about 1 mile from Tutuban station. Gabriel ignored the first warning sign, but as the time went by–the more unpleasant emotion caused by his belief that something was unlikely to happen. Gabriel’s only recourse was to tell this to his parents. “Father, I have a premonition of an imminent disaster which transpired in my dreams,” confessed by Gabriel. Mr. Joselito touched the two talismans that Gabriel had been wearing and said, “This pendant of the Eye of Horus had helped you to see events beyond the normal senses, even if it is unconvincing, I must warn the train driver to keep the train at slower pace, although I might appear ridiculous, we must keep the safeness of all the passengers,” replied by Mr. Joselito.
At the Tutuban station, Mr. Pilo kept thinking of Gabriel’s admonition, not wasting any time, he called for his backup personnel to relieve his post as he got the parked handcar and drove it southward to check any broken rails, he was bringing with him a kerosene lamp to impart a good range of brightness to his path, he steered the handcar as far as it could until his handcar fell out the rails and that was the impending danger that his superstitious belief was telling him. From that point of the broken rails, Mr. Pilo continued to steer the handcar onward up to longer miles as far as where the broken rails were spotted. When Mr. Pilo thought that he was at least two or three miles away from where the broken rails were spotted, he immediately radioed back to the locomotive engineers and reported the broken rails on a curve at a distance of 1 mile from the level crossing that they need to close the railway crossing and send alarm signal for vehicles. Mr. Pilo set aside the handcar and stood guarding beside the railway, if any time he will see the train was coming, he will send a signal by waving the kerosene lamp to the approaching train.
Back inside the train, Mr. Joselito approached the train driver and had told of the danger, but the train driver had no way to believe such supposition. Mr. Joselito told the train driver that if in any way he believes superstitious now was the time to heed his warning. The train driver just replied, “In a short time we will be reaching the station, you need to sit down as everything is alright unless I received a call from my radio relaying for an emergency stop of this train.” Mr. Joselito could do nothing but to pray that what little Gabriel saw in his dreams will never happen. The train was running at about 45 miles per hour, more than three times the supposed speed limit along that curve of the track, which had broken rails.
Many incidents happened, that railway track had portions not securely welded down and sometimes residents pilfered more metal parts causing derailment accident.
At a distance of three miles from where Mr. Pilo was stood guarding the railway. The train driver received a radio call from the locomotive engineer instructing him to reduce the speed as they were approaching broken rails just 1 mile from the level crossing. Upon receiving the warning, the train driver immediately reduced the speed and increased the light from its headlight and ditch lights with accompanying sound from its horn four times (long-long-short-long). The loud noise reverberated from where Mr. Pilo was standing. Mr. Pilo immediately stepped in the railway and waved his kerosene lamp to send a signal to the approaching train. At a close distance the train driver saw the waving lamp at exactly the train had started reducing its speed, a rail squeal sounded making all passengers hold tight as seated. All their hearts pounded and trembled with fear as everyone bathed in sweats after that terrifying moment. The train had successfully made a full stop before reaching another mile.
Mr. Pilo clambered up the train’s door and checked if everyone was unhurt. At the last car, he found Gabriel and his family very safe. Gabriel ran toward Mr. Pilo and embraced him as their savior. “Thank you, Mr. Pilo for your strong determination to save lives,” said by Gabriel. Mr. Pilo while holding the lucky coin that Gabriel gave him, said, “Thanked also this lucky coin that you gave me, it is really a godsend.”
Being stranded there, the desirous waiting for a quick fix of the broken rails had produced a good result. All the passengers were safely transported back to the station platform. Some went to the beanery to satisfy their hunger, while Gabriel and his parents stayed with Mr. Pilo telling every detail of the story.
If two souls will be interacting through their superstitious belief, there will be a strong positive energy that will tailor favorable events. The train gives different thrills in our journey. It may clear the way of other’s route. In the cold and misty evening, drizzling morning come, its structure still gleaming while slowly moving away from the station and into its destination. Its motion is full of clunking and screeching and rolling down the old track passing through villages just like gentle beats in the middle of the night.
Are you planning to on around a new region with an organized group? If so, renting a good charter bus may be a good idea. It will be responsibility of the bus driver to take care of the transit so you can enjoy the spectacular views through the bus window. Given below are some tips to help you hire the best service.
1) Safety record
The company should have a good satisfactory record. For instance, in the US, the highest rating a service can get is “satisfactory”. So, it’s not a good idea to risk your trip or life by hiring a bad company.
2) Type of equipment
The bus should not be too old. Aside from this, make sure that the condition and the size of the bus is also satisfactory. Usually, these vehicles can carry up to 60 passengers. Moreover, they have a driving time limitation. The driver should complete the trip without crossing the time limit. Mostly, they should complete the trip within 10 hours. There should be relief drivers for legal completion of the tour. Ideally, it’s a good idea to opt for a charter bus hat has on-board restroom facilities.
The company should have licenses for both the driver and the equipment. Apart from this, you may want to find out if there is a requirement for local permits.
Since there are going to be over 50 people on the bus, make sure there is proper arrangement to maintain hygienic conditions. There should be trash cans and restrooms in the vehicle.
5) Additional amenities
With a bit of research, you will come to know that not all service providers offer all the amenities you may need. Therefore, if you are after something special, we suggest that you ask the company manager before hiring the bus. After all, having extra amenities is an advantage.
6) Driver’s background
During your first meeting, make sure you ask questions about the driver’s background, such as their training, licensing, and experience. After all, you may not want to go with an inexperienced driver.
It’s a good idea to ask for references from the previous clients of the company you are going to hire the services of. The clients may give you a pretty good idea of how good the service is. Customers don’t lie, so you can count on them.
8) Emergency plan
In case of an emergency, make sure that the company has a solid plan in place. It’s better if you find out how they are going to react in an emergency. After all, you want to be on the safe side throughout your tour or trip.
Asking about the age of the company is also a good idea. A company that has been in business for over a decade speaks volumes about its reliability. Aside from this, you may want to know about the company executive as well.
Lastly, you should ask questions about the total cost that you would have to bear for the service. Make sure there are no hidden charges involved.
So, make sure you consider these tips before hiring a charter bus service.
About October 1 1888 a lens lantern with a red light was mounted on a pole to mark the eastern entrance to Port Townsend Bay. In 1892 the Lighthouse board recommended a large fog bell be installed to warn of the sharp turn in the course when entering for leaving Puget Sound. $3,500 was allocated by Congress on March 3 1893 and a one and one half story six-room keepers house with a fog bell tower was built and put into operation on April 7, 1896. The huge 1,200 pound bell would strike twice every fifteen seconds during periods of fog or low visibility.
Seventy-year-old former sea captain Osmore H Morgan was the first keeper. He had spent the prior fourteen years as head keeper at the New Dungeness Lighthouse. His daughter, Nettie Race took over after his passing in 1907. A few months later Axel Rustad was appointed keeper and he and wife Karen took over. They stayed for ten years raising four sons in the keepers quarters. The only water for the family was rain water collected and stored in a 5,000-gallon redwood tank which was located in a shed behind the house.
In July 1903 the North Pacific, a side wheel steamer struck Craven Rock off Marrowstone Point in a dense fog. The steamer had 14 passengers aboard who were taken to shore by lifeboats and the tug boat C. B. Smith. Lighthouse keeper Morgan fed and sheltered them until they were taken aboard the steamer Mainlander which had run aground on Marrowstone Point that same morning but was afloat again at high tide. The North Pacific was a total loss as it sank in deep water.
In 1907 construction of Fort Flagler was completed. Fort Flagler joined with the guns at Fort Casey on Admiralty Head and the guns at Fort Worden near Point Wilson to form a “Triangle of Fire” to prevent enemy vessels from entering Puget Sound
Dense fog caused another mishap in August 1908. The 502-foot-long armored cruiser USS Colorado ran aground on Liplip Point the southeast tip of Marrowstone Island. This incident cast light on the need for more navigational aids in Puget Sound. On October 22, 1913 Congress appropriated $30,000 for improvements.
Marrowstone Point received a new fog signal and light in 1914. An experimental acetylene gun was installed in a wooden building thirteen yards northeast of the bell tower and took the place of the fog bell. Mariners were asked to report the efficiency of the gun to the lighthouse inspector in Portland.
A new acetylene gun was installed atop a concrete structure just two months later. At the same time, the light was changed from a fixed red to a quick two red flashes every six seconds. The acetylene fog gun was the first of its kind to be used in the United States.
Several improvements were made over the years until 1962 when it was automated. In 1972 the Coast Guard transferred the property to the Bureau of Sport Fisheries and Wildlife in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to be used as a research facility. The keepers house is now used as a guest house for scientists who visit the Marrowstone Marine Field Station.
Still standing at the waters edge are the structure that held the light and fog signal and the light tower. The flashing white light is still functioning but the fog signal is no longer being used. The station is now being used as a marine ecosystem health and marine fish health research facility.
Learning while Travelling is an everlasting experience of fun, you can also say that travelling is an addiction, which is not easy to quit. However, it gives you lots of opportunities and chances to learn in your life and understand different things, which you were unaware of till now. Learning while travelling is completely a different experience, that all of us have felt in one or the other point of time. Just that, we don’t do it knowingly. Once we understand the benefits, it gives us more energy and enthusiasm to progress in the fastest growing trend.
Different ways to learn, such as knowledge of the culture and traditions of the place where you visit. When you are present in the particular place, you get to know about the food they eat, the language they speak and customs they follow, which is not easy to know by the information available over the Internet. Learning while travelling doesn’t increase your knowledge only, but the network amongst different kinds of people you meet with. When you meet with various people, there are more chances of you to have increased group of friends.
You learn to adapt in various situations and enhance your personality, by sharing the knowledge with your friends and colleagues. While travelling in the groups, that tours and travels offers, you learn how to adjust with the other people and be punctual. Being safe and affordable packages, they also provide you with the opportunity to interact with different people, who bears distinctive tastes and style that helps you to enhance your life skills. Learning while travelling is a kind of school, where you keep on learning various things and making yourself flexible for any environment. In addition to which, you can get the exposure to the respective fields of your business or industry, by marketing your product and services, if required.
Learning while travelling gives you an exceptional exposure to demonstrate your skills, qualities and thought process, that can further help you in the development of your career or business. This makes you more systematic and understanding, so that you are able to maintain the coordination, being in contact with various kinds of people in your group and interacting with the natives of the place, where you have visited. Visiting different places is a habit, that so many people have. They enjoy visiting to various places in a particular year, for entertainment and fun. However, the stories they share with other people become very relevant, giving way to the more visitors visiting that same place because of the information shared by that particular person.
Learning while travelling is a practical knowledge, that we can only get when we travel ourselves and not from any academic books or teachers. That is the reason, it is completely different from the education which we receive in our schools, colleges or universities. The craving of visiting various tourist destinations offers ad intense satisfactory feeling, that nothing else can provide. The pleasure and happiness is incomparable, in terms of visiting the places in person, spending the time of leisure and peace away from the pressure of routine work, interacting with natives and gaining the knowledge out of the whole episode is itself a distinctive experience.
Most of the people visiting different places and locations keep the basic idea of entertainment and discovery of adventures. The fun part is the essence of all the traveling plans. No matter which place you visit, learning while travelling is a kind of mission that you fulfill very well. So, next time when you plan to visit your favorite tourist attractions, keep the track of the facts you learn and encourage yourself for learning while travelling.
A common dream is to see the places you see in movies. The most common is dreaming to visit the United States and to name a few are Chicago, Washington, Miami, LA, New York, Boston and so on. These have the resources and there is nothing to stop you from seeing these places in reality.
If you are fortunate and have relatives, you can travel solo and the key is to have an appropriate visa. Visit the US with a B1 or B2 visa that refers to a non-immigrant visa. This is given to people desiring to see the US for medical treatment, pleasure or business. Applying for visa means you should show a sponsorship letter from a close family member or by your employer to get a residency permit.
You will have to answer question in the embassy, so determine the purpose of the trip and avail the right tourist’s visa. Bear in mind to show that you have sufficient money to bear your expense during the trip, besides air tickets, insurance, transportation and other tourism expenses.
If you are from the Europe or USA, travel to Asia sunny part. It offers the comfort of technology and different culture. If you love shopping, visit Bangkok and enjoy shopping galore all day and night. The night market is full and the beaches are inviting.
The Philippines is also a vibrant and colorful country featuring tourist destinations. The culture is different in each island based on the religious festivals. Enjoy different spots such as scuba diving and the beaches white sands.
If you belong to Asia, travel to snowy places or sunny places, of the USA and Europe. Visit the Las Vegas or Hollywood and see the city at night as it comes to life. Taste the snow in winters. Visit the Hawaii and enjoy the fun culture, the poi and the hula girls. Get a firsthand experience with the volcanoes. They are the best places to retire and explore. Plan your itinerary and ensure the best of your trip.
With it comes the major cities experience that includes lots of struggles regarding parking. The parking is a task even to the residents. Individuals living in big cities such as Los Angeles, Boston, New York, Washington and San Francisco are aware of the fact that finding a parking spot is time-consuming task and very difficult.
Major cities are compelled to deal with the parking spaces chronic shortage issue, whether it is on the street or in the garages. Moreover, the large cities in most areas have to pay on weekdays and Saturdays for on-street parking, whereas it is free for parking on Sundays.
Looking for parking is frustrating and very stressful. The usual complaints are:
- No enough space, spaces are far away, too much parking cost, where to park, double-parking or finding and parking in an illegal spot.
- Car getting towed, non-availability of parking permit, rude parking staff
So, to the meat and potatoes (arroz y habichuelas in Puerto Rico)! These observations are purely facts (with a little bit of my opinion thrown in) and not listed in any particular order. Thanks for reading this far! I’m sure you’ll enjoy the rest. Of course, I have to mention that I did lump Europe, a continent composed of 50ish countries (depending on your political views), into one entity, but I was careful to select things that I have personally seen and experienced in at least a couple different countries in Europe. So, that should count for something, right?
I remember a time in the US when you would go to a restaurant and they would ask you, “Smoking or non-smoking?” Now, everything is non-smoking. Most public places are smoke-free zones. As a non-smoker, I love this. However, moving to Europe may not have been the wisest place to move for a non-smoker who is bothered by the smell.
The Europeans smoke – in public, at home, or wherever they want. Granted, there are some locations where you’ll see a no-smoking sign, but they’re few and far between, especially if you want to go out for nightlife. And even if there is no smoking indoors, there are, without fail, at least three smokers sitting right in front of the door of whatever non-smoking establishment. Europe seems to be receiving the “smoking is bad for you” rhetoric and scientific evidence to back it up, just a little bit later than the US. Although, I am aware that France is aggressively tackling the issue and has seen decent results.
I cannot say with any confidence that European drivers are worse than American drivers. I can say that certain driving expectations are different and therefore affect how drivers act. For example, on European highways there are not exits every 12 miles with food and gas options, like in the states. Or, that Americans will pass you on the right side, but this is blasphemy in Europe. Or, that you can turn right on red in America, but this is illegal in Europe. And, my personal/least favorite, there are no highway cops, and any ticket you’ll get will come from a (sometimes cleverly hidden) camera on the side of the road that flashes a bright white light of guilt at you, and you get to lament speeding, all the way home.
Americans are the undisputed champions of food consumption. Food is cheap and accessible. The grocery store in the states is quite similar to a European grocery store, but just add two more cereal aisles, a full chips-candy-soda aisle, three more health food aisles, remove the wine and beer aisle(s), and voila, the stores are identical.
At restaurants, if you order a large meal in the states, you expect to take home what you didn’t finish. In Europe, typically the rations aren’t large enough that there will be any food left, but if you request to take the food home you may received some confused stares, and may possibly leave empty handed.
4. Nature Calls
In America, if you gotta go, it is quite easy to find a restroom at a gas station or a public place (excluding New York). In Europe there are several countries that charge you to use the toilets at gas stations and in public places, but there are some others that simply don’t even have a toilet to offer. If you are accustomed to not going before you leave the house in the states, when you travel to Europe, I wouldn’t recommend taking that chance.
5. Customer Service
We all knew it was coming. Anyone who has been to Europe (or Europeans who have visited the US) knows that most European countries are not known for their stellar customer service (*cough, cough* France & Germany *cough,cough*). Shoot, if you have ever seen a movie or heard someone else talk about their trip to Europe, you probably knew that!
A poor customer service experience in Europe is one of those things that isn’t always as bad as it sounds, but it will for sure happen to you at least once; just like in the US! But, the differences are the motives and your recourse. In the US, customer service in restaurants is over-the-top because waiters work for tips. In Europe, they don’t, so kissing your butt is not vital to their livelihood. Also, in Europe, there is no Better Business Bureau, so if a bank teller or store owner is rude to you, you just have to suck it up and not shop there anymore.
So, what do you think?
If you visited Europe and the US, what differences have you seen? Am I 100% right or only 99% right?
Thanks for reading!
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If you are considering investing in a travel and tour franchise, it is likely that you have many questions. For many people, the idea of setting their own business can be incredibly daunting experience, but also one of the most liberating experiences of their lives. In this article, we will look at some of key considerations which you should factor in when making this decision.
The travel and tourism industry is literally booming globally – now contributing over two trillion pounds to the economy. More and more people are thinking about how they can get involved in the travel and tourism industry, recognising the explosive and exponential growth. Starting your own travel business from scratch is one option that people often consider, however starting without a network of contacts or even a base starting point can be extremely tricky. A huge number of start ups will fail within 12 months, so always try to avoid this pitfall.
The more popular market to success within the travel industry is the travel, or tour franchise market. What this essentially means is instead of setting up a travel business from the beginning, you can buy a travel franchise which actually gives you a firm starting point to begin your business. There are quite a few travel franchise businesses online, however there are probably only a couple of established businesses. If you do choose to purchase a tour franchise, make sure to do your research and pick the franchise company which is the best fit for you.
So what can you expect in terms of support when you buy a travel franchise? When buying a franchise, there are always different levels of support. Think of this a three-tiered membership: platinum, silver and gold. The more initial investment that you are willing to put up, means the greater level of support and guidance that you are likely to receive. Nonetheless, there are some common levels of support which you should expect from all travel franchises.
The first thing you should expect is a fully comprehensive training or induction programme. Lots of franchise operators will actually offer a residential training course, so this is likely to be an intensive course over a number of days or weeks. This can be a great opportunity to spend significant time with the franchise tour operators and really pick their brains, whilst trying to soak up an incredible amount of information.
It is also likely that they will be inducting a number of other new franchisees at the same time. This is also a fantastic opportunity to meet some like minded people who are also at the beginning of the same journey that you are on. If you can take the opportunity to spend time with them and get to know their motivations behind setting up a new franchise, you can increase your knowledge but also begin to build up your travel network. In the travel industry in particular, your network and who you know can really be a determining factor in how well you do.
You can also expect some of the more practical tools for setting up a new franchise. This might include a laptop, hopefully pre-loaded with any specialist software and templates that you might need. This may not always be included as a standard support tool, so you should always try to make sure that you fully understand everything that is being provided. A functional website, which is branded towards your company name and logo, is also something which you expect.
Finally, you might also receive some branding materials, such as leaflets, tri-folds and business cards. Remember when you meet potential clients, handing them a business card can be a great way to exchange your details with them and keep in touch.
Going on a road trip, exploring new places, cuisines and learning the culture does rivet you, right? Then yes, travelling is indeed your hobby. You are a wanderlust and seek adventure. Travelling is fun and at the same time rejuvenating too. It enriches the soul. We leave a tiny part of us with our travel diaries and learn more about ourselves. Travelling might be an addiction to many of you and world tour the biggest dream so congratulations you are on the right track because travelling is certainly the best hobby. Let us delve into it more and see how:
1. It lets you appreciate the beauty:
Why do we love to travel so much? Because we long to behold the beauty of nature then be it a mountain or an island or any old city. It lets us appreciate the finer aspects we lack in our daily mundane routine.
2. It ignites the creativity:
Most of the poetries, songs, paintings and in short an art form is defined by beautiful places and destination. You discover myriad places, people and culture which causes you to write or paint. Travelling is a boon to the creativity. The more you travel to places, the more refined shall be your art.
3. It helps you grow as a humane:
Travelling solely or in a group teaches a great deal of things. It carves you into a better human. You learn to interact with people and know their stories which impact on a greater level. Travelling and adventure lets you open to new possibilities. It even helps you to combat your fears.
4. It provides haven for food lovers:
Tired of eating the same old things daily? Well not at all because you travel. You learn new cuisines, tastes and suddenly you want to know the recipe. Ever happened with you? Food lovers are same globally. We live for food and new variety is more of like heaven on earth for us.
5. It lets you enjoy solitude:
Although you are travelling in groups yet travelling does let you enjoy your own company. It is soothing and seldom the inner talks are beneficial for a lot of problems we are confronting in our life. It teaches you to love yourself.
Never got a chance to chalk out a plan and travel toy your favorite destination out of the routine? What are you waiting for? Make things work out, pack your bags and head to the place, pronto because travelling is the best.
WORK! WORK! WORK! We all are very much occupied from Monday to Friday while continuously working at our desk with full dedication. Do not spare time for ourselves even when we are at home, What all we do after such a long tiring work is to eat and take rest during weekends, subsequently prepare ourselves for another upcoming Monday with all the tiring work grind again for rest of the week.
Who doesn’t want a break from routine? Who doesn’t want a long weekend to enjoy with family/friends? Who does not want to rejuvenate so to face the tiring and routine lifestyle again in office?
Everyone wants a break from hectic routine. Everyone wants to have fun and relaxation without being tensed about work, meeting deadlines and stressed out due to the pressure of meeting expectations.
Pre Planning for Long Weekend Outing
But then again, while going for a long weekend, escaping from your daily routine comes with a price of planning and packing in advance.
Planning requires many things to be considered beforehand. What should I carry with me? What should I wear on the journey?
What kind of dress should I pack for the party, the dinner, and trip to explore the city?
There are many things, you have to plan to go for a long weekend outing.
Packing these kinds of stuff is not a difficult or tiring task; the difficult task is to decide.
It is to choose which garb to pack. Let us help you a little in this weary task.
Here are some ideas that you might want to consider for attires to be packed.
“Travel and change of place impart new vigour to the mind.” Travelling is something which we all love. But even during travel, we have to clinch what clothes we want to wear. As it is very much important for us to be comfortable even during travel. These are some of the garbs you might want to take a look to determine from.
Dress by default – You never want to dress up like a bum or a hobo to go on a journey. You won’t want to overdo your look, but you won’t even want to look like someone who just woke up from the bed.
Dress up comfortably– Dressing up comfortably is a must. You won’t want to wear your tight jeans for travelling. Wearing some trousers, joggers who have some room in them are ideal to wear for a journey. Wearing fitting t-shirts or shirts in which we feel tight is never comfortable to wear for an expedition. It would be best if you go with your loose tees to wear for a trip.
Use quality luggage – Luggage is a vital thing for your travel. You would always want a luggage which would keep your clothing safe, keep you organized and at last your luggage should be able to take thumping here and there and still protect your gadgets. Luggage should be easy to carry and light in weight.
Comfortable shoes – Wearing comfortable shoes is as crucial as wearing a comfortable attire. You can never expect to have a comfortable journey wearing your heels or wedges or even your many straps boots. Wearing sports shoes & sneakers is the best option to go with other than slippers/floaters. Both slippers and shoes would be very comfortable for you to wear and remove whenever you wish without doing much work.
Some travelling tips and tricks that’ll help you a lot –
- Pack less: Do you really need six pairs of heels, an iron and 6 jeans? Travelling with the least luggage should be your goal. Take less and you’ll travel faster and easier if travelling by flight then even cheaper.
- Learn a little: Learning a new language never hurts. So learn few words o the local language and have the courage to use them. Just a few words will go a long way; locals tend to warm to those who try communicating to them in their own tongue.
- Hoodie: Always pack a hoodie in your luggage. Hooded tops make excellent travel garments, just slip up your hood to retreat from the world of noise and light when you want to sleep.
- Bring your earplugs: If silence is golden, then ear plugs are worth their weight in platinum. For a long trip, invest in some good noise cancelling headphones. They are worth every penny to tune out a noisy road, snoring man or chattering people.
- Pack reading stuff: Always pack some stuff that you can read on your long journey, be it a paperback or Kindle. Kindle are made for long travels, no more carrying heavy paperbacks, increasing your luggage weight and have many books to read.
- Roll your clothes while packing rather than folding them.
- Carry Sun glasses & Sun Screens to take care of yourselves from intense sun beams
- Carry little extra cash: Always carry cash, while travelling. Not too much as it can get stolen and you’ll always have ATM to take out some cash. Carrying some cash is required as what if the ATM you go to stopped working or doesn’t have cash. So have some cash with you that you can use when necessary.
- Keep balm / Mosquito repellent: Balm not only soothes your sore muscles after a lot of travelling but also works as an insect repellent, mosquito repellent is other must have in the travel.
- Wake up early: Rise before sunrise, it’s a magical time for clicking photos due to soft diffused light. Have the best attractions to yourself while avoiding crowds.
- Don’t feel embarrassed: Even if you do something embarrassing, don’t feel embarrassed. Laugh at yourself with others. Don’t be afraid if things are screwed up. You will definitely look like a fool while travelling to new places. But it’s worth enjoying every moment.
- Take a lot of photos: Great photos are ultimate souvenirs. You meet those people once so capture with your camera in a form of photo.
- Back up: Keep a backup of your documents like passport, driver’s license, etc. backup your files and photos of your computer on an external hard drive and online with some storage in the cloud. You never know when your laptop, wallet or luggage might get stolen.
- Get lost: Write down the name of your hotel so you can catch a taxi back if needed, then just pick up a direction and start walking. Explore the place on your own. You’ll get to see how people live and work in different regions, the actual part of the town with your own eyes rather than other tourist or someone else’s eyes.
- Eat local food: Going to a new place and not eating their local food, that’s absurd. Go, eat and explore their taste and delicacies.
- Break out of your comfort zone: Go on a solo trip. Break out of your comfort zone, meet new people, interact with them, learn from them and make some lifetime memories.