Sunday, January 30, 2011

Phobia of Flying- Get over and explore the world

If the phobia of flying or air travel is restricting you from exploring the world then you may need to believe the hackneyed phrase that “Airline Travel is safe.”All those scared of air travel need to keep a few things in mind while they are on board and en route to some destination. If the hackneyed phrase is not good enough to alleviate your fears, you can resort to the boon of technology- Internet. Reading about the rare air crashes and the mechanisms of flying, safety measures involved, turbulence- factors and causes causing them may just help to ward off your worry. While on board informing the cabin crew about your fear, listening to your favorite music, reading some interesting or humorous piece of literature, making silly banter with your co passenger may comfort you in your flying experience. Passengers with a fear of flying should avoid a window seat on the plane for the view may not be very appealing to you.

Air travel is probably as safe as using a toaster in the kitchen and definitely safer than travelling by a car. One should learn about this fact that the fear of flying can keep you away from a lot of frolic and fun and so a conscious effort should be made to learn and control one’s fear of flying and inhibition while travelling by air if alleviating it completely is not possible.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Time to breathe easy for air travelers

Most air travelers breathed a sigh of relief with the announcement of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in regard of some restrictions being abolished about ‘carry ons’ in domestic and international flights which were imposed in August. There has been a change not only in the United States of America but a change has also been introduced in the United Kingdom about what can be carried on board as a carry on. Medicines and baby food or milk are no longer the only liquids that are permitted on the flight. However, TSA has been specific about the quantity that is to be allowed on board and it is to be three ounces. The news has been delightful for most travelers whose luggage comprises only of carryon items.

If we try to whisk through the products that are now permitted in your carry it would include shampoos, liquid soap, and fragrances that are to be placed in a quart-size, clear plastic zip top bag. Medicines, saline solutions and baby food don’t need to be placed in clear bags. Liquid items bought on the concourse are also permitted on the flight. Electronic items including PDAs, laptops, mp3s and cell phones need to be screened separately. Now, that the regulations are less stringent the question remains which destination is your next flight to.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Now Change Service Provider without Changing Your Phone Number

Mobile Number portability
Don’t want to get parted with your phone number even when you are sick of the services provided by your mobile company? You need not worry as telecommunication have launched new application called “Mobile number portability”. With the help of this application, you can change your phone company without getting rid of your present number.

Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal said "We're very happy that we are going to launch it nationally It's a great step forward for the consumer. It enhances his choice". The whole procedure of Mobile Number portability requires some simple steps to follow. If u wish to get rid of your present mobile company, then send a text to 1900 from your phone, your present company will reply with a unique porting code. That code would be used for filling form for the company you want to shift to. Within 48 hours, that company will take over all your cell services and charges just Rs 19 for the same.

There are certain things that you need to keep in mind before choosing another company. In case, you are not satisfied by the services of new company you have recently changed you will have to use their services for at least 50 days before shifting to another mobile company. Remember not to change your mobile services while you are out of station or else you might have to bare heavy expenses on roaming.

According to Director General of Cellular Operators Association of India, Mr Rajan Mathews, “You can use number portability for any post-paid as well as prepaid number. In case of a post-paid number, there shouldn't be any dues. For a prepaid number, carry forward of any balance to the new service provider is not permitted”.

Mobile Number portability is already launched in few part of India. In Haryana, it was launched on November 25. With the major widespread of MNP, there is possibility of a bright future in the telecom department.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Jet Lag- How to cope with it?

Jet lag is the most frequent complain of air travelers. Caused by long distance trans-meridian travel on a plane and the disruption of one’s body’s natural pattern, it is a problem that is rampant among travelers and often a cause of worry for most of them. Though the symptoms are subjective depending upon the distance from one’s own time zone, the most common are fatigue, constipation, mild depression, irregular sleep patterns etc.

The most effective way of dealing with jet lag is ample rest, a healthy diet and adequate exercise. One should try and get plenty of sleep before boarding the plane, drink plenty of water and avoid alcoholic drinks and caffeine during the course of the flight. One should also try and exercise their legs a little and keep relax their muscles as much as possible during the flight. When one arrives at their destination, one should try and adapt to the local time- eat and sleep accordingly. Exposure to sunlight is also handy in warding off jet lag.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Some Exercise Tips While You Soar Through the Sky

With addition of modern aircraft and the rapid increase in the number of air travelers, most airlines have extra long haul services now. Such long traveling hours are not healthy for blood circulation and pose the threat of DVT or deep vein thrombosis. In-flight magazines often warn passengers of the risks and provide sound tips to keep circulation trouble at bay.

One of healthiest things to do is to increase the intake of fluids and try to consume less of alcohol or alcoholic beverages during long flights. A conscious attempt should also be made to move one’s the toes up and down, stretch your legs as far out as possible, and pointing the toes, and rocking left and right in the chair, clenching and unclenching the muscles. Stretching the arms and wiggling fingers, while rotating the wrist, will aid in maintaining healthy circulation. An occasional stroll to the washroom or the lavatory is the perfect exercise as you through the clouds to keep circulation problems at bay.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Canine on the Go - Air Travel Tips for Your Dog

air travel tips
Dogs are mostly comfortable taking a flight if they are used to traveling in the car. However, a little preparation is required and a little caution needs to be exercised before your pet takes a flight. A health check up for your four legged companion is a must, an inspection letter from the pet’s vet not older than ten days is mandatory according to legislation.

It is to ensure that the dog is vaccinated and free of transmissible diseases. Leaving the geographical territory of one country would mean that the dog will require quarantine. As an owner you should also ensure that the temperatures during the hours of flight are between 35 and 85 degrees. Though small dogs are allowed on board, medium and large sized dogs are transported into shipping case during the flight. It is important that dogs are trained to socialize with strangers and are comfortable in confinement.

It is ill advised to use tranquillizers, it being the primary cause for illness and death of dogs during air travel. Ensure that you label the dog and provide the necessary details to avoid losing your canine companion.
The best way to ensure a hassle free travel for your dog and yourself is to resort to the services of a specialized pet air transporter.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Unavoidably Luxurious Hotels of the World

Hotels all across the world are rated best on the basis of their high standards, facilities and services. Here, we present you with the list of top 10 best hotels of the world that are known for their exotic view, hospitality and excellent accommodation facilities.

a) Singita Sabi Sand, South Africa
It is the world's best hotel situated in the Sabi Sand Reserve in South Africa. It receives maximum guest-rush during vacations.

b) Oberoi Rajvilas Jaipur, India
It is a luxury resort that depicts royal style of Rajasthan. It is spread on 32 acres of landscaped gardens and presents a blend of the modern and traditional amenities.

c) Kirawira Luxury Tented Camp, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
It is a classic safari camp, which is designed in Edwardian style. All the tents in the camp are elegantly designed and equipped with all the modern amenities.

d) Mandarin Oriental Munich, Germany
The Mandarin Oriental Munich is known for its luxurious services as a guest in this hotel enjoys personalized facilities.

e) Hotel Halekulani, hawaii
It is one of the best hotels of Hawaii and it is known for its exclusive service and delicious cuisine.

f)The Ritz-carlton Millenia Singapore
The hotel in Singapore is a luxurious retreat located in the heart of Marina Center, which provides beautiful Marina Bay view’s to their guest.

g) Four Seasons Resort Lanai, USA
Located on the edge of Pacific, the Four Seasons Lanai Manele Bay presents a paradise known for its Asian decor.

h) Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong:
Known for its world class facilities, Mandarin is one of the top ten best hotels in the world.

i) Hotel de Paris
Hotel de Paris is located in Monte Carlo and the hotel’s restaurants are known for offering best delicacies in the world.

j) The Lowell, USA
It is rated among one of the top ten best hotels in the world with a perfect combo of peace and comfort.

Thus staying in one of the above stated hotels will surely be a ‘once in your lifetime’ experience.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Frequent fliers in US will now be treated with special airport checkpoints

The idea is promoted by the International Air Transport Association, the trade group for the global airline industry. Under the proposal, frequent travelers can skip the time consuming full-body scanners and pat-down searches. However, they will have to undergo a quicker and less invasive security procedure.

This new facility will be available to the frequent travelers who submit background information before arriving at the airport. This news came in owing to the suggestions given by many travel groups who thought the best way to speed the passengers through security checking would be to create separate, faster checkpoints.

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All airline seats are different...You need to choose the best

Ever thought about this before that you can choose to have a more comfortable seat in the airline you are traveling? If no, let us see some of the top points to note while choosing to have a better seat in your preferred airline. You can make an informed booking decision after comparing different airlines. Here are some tips that assure you have a better seat in the airline you are traveling. With a list of flight options, airline websites are offering booking engines that allow choosing the airline seats of your choice. You need to take a few extra minutes to test the information given by different airline operators to opt for the best.

Start looking beyond the price. Yes, this really works! Do not always consider the airline ticket prices alone. Sometimes, it is better to compromise a bit on the high prices to enjoy the extra benefits that you might get. Enjoy your journey with better power ports, better entertainment system and a better seat off course. The best option is to measure up seat pitch and width dimensions. These two factors vary from airline to airline. You might have often noticed that one or two extra inches of pitch may not seem significant, but it can make a huge difference in terms of comfort and productivity.