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Travel Solo with a Plan – 5 Things to Keep in Mind 

Travel Solo with a Plan – 5 Things to Keep in Mind 

Traveling is always fun, be it with your friends or family.. But, don’t you think the more the people, the more you get bound?

Most people may not find everything amusing as you do. They may not want to see the magical sunsets or hike through the lofty mountains.

Plus, it’s not their fault as well.

Why?

Because unlike you, they may not be as adventurous. For them, it may be a getaway trip, or just a destination to jumpstart their lives, again.

However, people like us rarely enjoy such vacationer’s company. Consciously or unconsciously, they become an obstacle to our enjoyment.

And, who wants to overcome obstacles when you have towering mountains in front of you?

So, why don’t you save yourself from the trouble and embark on a solo trip?

But, as much fun solo trips are, they can be equally gruesome. Only if you don’t plan well, you can find yourself in a real mess.

To master the art of solo trips, pay attention to the following tips. Not only will you enjoy the trip, but you’ll be safe too.

Without further ado, let’s get going.

  1. Stay Connected
  2. Gather the Essentials
  3. Define Your Limits
  4. Maximize Your Enjoyment
  5. Insure your Trip
  6. Bottom Line

 

Stay Connected:

Embarking on a solo trip doesn’t mean ghosting everyone. Well, your intentions may be to give yourself maximum time. But for people at home, you’re still a vital part of their lives.

Apart from this, constant communication with your loved ones holds many benefits. In trouble? Take their advice. Running short on money? Ask them to lend a small favor. Or your vehicle can break down anytime, right? In short, friends and family can be of great help, but only if you’re constantly communicating with them.

Gather the Essentials:

The next important thing to keep a check on is the valuables you’re taking. Most people, unaware of the solo trip basics, clutter their belongings. To an unknown person, it may seem that they’re relocating somewhere else.

And trust me, doing so is like punishing yourself for the crimes you didn’t commit.

Why?

Simply because if you’re taking that many things, you’ll also have to keep them safe. And while safety has your undivided attention, you may miss on a lot. So, make sure you’re taking every necessary, and not a thing more.

Plus, traveling essentials like a medicine box, a car toolkit, or a daypack, don’t forget them at any cost. And make sure your journey is complemented by an internet connection like Xfinity.

Why?

Because in remote areas, the internet may not be available. And when it’s not available, be it communication with your loved ones, navigating your way through Google Maps, or uploading your journey on Instagram, nothing’s possible.

So, to be on the safe side, connect to Xfinity phone number today and explore their pocket-friendly plans..

Define Your Limits:

With no one to poke their nose in your affairs, you’re the boss on a solo trip. However, with you being your own boss, it makes you responsible.

We hope that you’ll be careful about your belongings, but that’s not everything to worry about. On your journey, you’ll meet a lot of strange faces. Some of them may be innocent enough to lure you into their trap; And that is exactly what you should always be aware of.

Traveling solo, you’ll be like a walking feast for scammers. Consider it a con of solo traveling, but believe me, it happens.

As a solo traveler, you must define how deeply you’re going to interact with strangers. The best practice is to stay within the defined limits. And distance yourself from anyone breaching those boundaries.

However, don’t let this restrain you from enjoying your solo trip. Well, let’s see how can you enjoy while staying protected.

Maximize Your Enjoyment:

Well, there are numerous ways to make a solo trip worth remembering. First of all, as you don’t have anyone to consider in your plans, try exploring destinations as soon as they’re open for visitors.

Why?

Simply because getting swarmed in a sea of people is no fun. For me, it takes out the natural charm of a destination. With everything going around, you don’t want to lose sight of the destination. So, be an early riser and reach the destination first.

Secondly, don’t go gaga over food. Do try foods that you can, but don’t try to put everything down your belly. What you must keep in mind is to stay away from anything allergic. It can make things go south in a matter of minutes for you. Other than this, you’re good to go.

Lastly, shop, but don’t make it a shopping spree. Simply because once you get going on shopping, there may not be any stopping. So, shop, and buy some nice souvenirs, but don’t shop so much that it becomes a burden to carry.

Insure your Trip:

No one wants to see their trip going down the drain. Any unforeseen event can cancel your trip midway. Moreover, there’s always a possibility of theft. So, doesn’t it make sense to get your trip insured?

Well, most people don’t opt for this. However, the chances of any error are much higher when you’re on your own. So, be on the safe side and get travel insurance first before embarking on your journey.

Bottom Line:

For hardcore travelers, nothing can match the freedom that solo trips provide. However, they’re equally dangerous, given you’re not fully prepared. To make sure you get the most out of your solo trip, pay heed to our advice. So, when are you starting to plan your solo trip?

A Day in London – Travel Guide

A Day in London – Travel Guide

I recently had a full day in London with no plans other than to explore areas of London I had not been to before. London city is a wonderful spot to visit and I have been there about 23/24 times before (not really sure to be honest).

This time I wanted to see parts of London I had not seen so I started with a walk.

What to Do in London

Kensington Gardens

I had been to Hyde Park before but this time I entered from the Queensway side and on this entry you get to see Kensington Gardens. It is a really nicely laid out house and gardens, with cafe and a tour of the house. At times you would hardly believe you are in London or for that matter a capital city as the pas is very much reduced. The gardens with fountains are well worth seeing as they would be in full colour during the summer, even in Mid April they were impressive.

Kensington Gardens is one of the Queen-related places in London. The Kensington Gardens was first opened to the public in 1733, every Sunday night. The chief gardener, Samuel Milward, was appointed at St James’s Palace and Kensington Palace in 1738. At the moment, Kensington Palace houses the offices and residences of the Prince and Princess of Kent, The Duke and Duchess of Kent, and The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester. It is also the London residence of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

You don’t need an admission ticket to enjoy and explore the Kensington Palace Gardens. There, you can take selfies all you want, which you can post with Instagram hashtags for travel photography. However, if you want to explore the palace, you’ll need to get one so you could walk its royalty footsteps. Walking through the Kensington Gardens is safe at night. You can take the road that goes from the legendary Royal Albert Hall towards Lancaster Gate.

Kensington Gardens
Coffee and Cake in Harrods

Harrods

A friend told me about the cafe at Harrods, saying that they served Arabic Coffee (something I have only had once but wanted to try again). I entered Harrods and was bombarded by an air of opulence and I could feel the money in my wallet shake with nervous tension. I made my way to the first cafe I could find, on the 5th floor, couldn’t see Arabic Coffee so ordered a cake and a cappuccino. It was only afterwards I found out that there are 5 cafes in Harrods and the one I was looking for was called the Mezzah Lounge … so maybe next time!

What and Where to Eat in London

London has many fine eateries, with thousands of restaurants to choose from. Below are 3 of my favourites which I tried on this trip. (I have new additions for this list which will come in late April 2019 or early May)

Joy King Lau

Located just off Leicester Square this authentic restaurant is normally full of local Chinese families enjoying lunch. The selection of Dim Sum and authentic Chinese dishes is excellent. Note that Dim Sum is only served until 5 pm and after that, there are 2 dim sum platters only available. The service can come across as abrupt but in reality, it is just the level of efficient service required with the level of business they get. If you are going, try the grilled Cheung Fun or the Steamed Pork Buns – delicious.

Eat Tokyo

I discovered this place by accident on the way to a West End show. The menu is very authentic and covers everything from ramen to sushi and sashimi – if you are enjoying a meal here, ask for the recommended plum wine which is all the way from a small town in Japan.

Pho

I last tasted good Vietnamese cuisine in Melbourne and finding Pho was a really enjoyable experience. The dishes are very enjoyable whether in a broth or as a stir-fry. Before you leave you to have to try a Ca-Phe (or Vietnamese coffee) it is a real eye-opener and now my absolute favourite coffee.

Cocochan

This restaurant is located in a really trendy part of town, James Street just off Bond Street. Cocochan serves Asian fusion and has a wide range of Dim Sum and main courses. if you are eating here, try one of the amazing cocktails or cocktails as they really compliment the food. I love the duck spring rolls here.

HomeSlice

Located near seven dials in London, this pizza spot is amazing. Prior booking is probably needed on weekends. Without a booking, you may need to wait for anything from 60-90 minutes at peak times. It is worth the wait. The pizza is very good and you should try half and half.

Cocochan

The Emirates Greenwich Cable Car Experience

The Emirates Greenwich Cable Car is an exciting new attraction in London. The cable car flies between the Greenwich Peninsula and the Royal Docks. The relaxing cable car trip takes just over 10 minutes, however, during peak times it’s a bit faster. The gondolas accommodate ten people but at less busy times you can usually get one for your group. A new gondola arrives about every 30 seconds. You can use your Oyster card (best way to do it) a contactless payment card to pay for the trip. It cost me £7 for the return trip. Note, you must get off and re-queue on the other side when paying by Oyster or contactless Card. 

After 7 pm, enjoy extended ‘Night Flights’ are a bit slower and more relaxed. There is a music backtrack as you watch the sunset over London, during the day there is a commentary.

Emirates Air Line Cable car is accessible to wheelchair users and cyclists and is open seven days per week. Don’t forget to arrive early and try the Emirates exhibit on the Greenwich side which does much about the airline industry.

Good London Hotels… Where to Stay in London

Finally, if you are looking for a nice spot to stay for a few days, I recommend the following London hotels;

  • Mercure Bloomsbury, London  – Excellent Service & Staff
  • Hilton Doubletree London Victoria – Nice Hotel, Excellent Service & excellent Location 3 minutes from Victoria Station
  • Park Plaza Hotel London, Victoria – Similar location to the Doubletree
  • Grosvenor Hotel, Victoria – Really plush high-class hotel with good value rates in low season

I find Victoria a great location as I usually arrive into London via Gatwick and the Gatwick Express terminates at Victoria, so I like the convenience.

 

Map

I have outlined all the places in London which are mentioned above on this interactive map.

Joy King Lau

Joy King Lau
Address: 3 Leicester St, London WC2H 7BL, United Kingdom
Phone:+44 20 7437 1132

Pho, Covent Garden

Pho, 65A Long Acre, London WC2E 9JD, United Kingdom

Eat Tokyo

Eat Tokyo Address
27 Catherine St, Covent Garden, London

Kensington Gardens

Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, London

Harrods

Harrods Address 87-135 Brompton Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7XL, UK

Cocochan

Cocochan 38-40 James St, London W1U 1EU, United Kingdom

Homeslice Pizza

Emirates Cable Car Terminal

Fun Things To Do In London

1. Take a ride on the London Eye
It’s a 30-minute ride wherein you experience seeing London’s unparalleled views, overlooking the Big Ben and Parliament.
2. Explore the Houses of Parliament
Get to see the Parliament‘s iconic architecture. Also, you can attend the debates held at the House of Lords or House of Commons.
3. Shop and dine at Covent Garden
You can shop, eat, and drink at the Covent Garden, which is a district in the West End. Get to watch street performers and visit shops.
4. Take on the Millenium Bridge tour
The Millenium Bridge was built in 2000, which is a pedestrian bridge crossing the Thames River. This place was featured in Hollywood movies, such as the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and ‘Harry Potter. ‘
5. Visit the British Museum
The British Museum is one of the world’s best museums that contains a vast collection of historical artifacts. Get to see a portion of the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon, and Egyptian mummies.

Innovative Solutions: How Construction Consultancy Firms Drive Innovation in Irish Property Construction

Innovative Solutions: How Construction Consultancy Firms Drive Innovation in Irish Property Construction

In the realm of property development across the Emerald Isle, construction consultancy in Ireland plays a pivotal role. These entities have become the linchpin for embedding innovative solutions and technological advancements that revolutionize the construction processes. This evolution is not just about enhancing efficiency; it’s about crafting sustainable and resilient built environments that stand the test of time.

The Vanguard of Technological Innovation

Central to this transformative wave are cutting-edge technologies such as Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Augmented Reality (AR). By integrating BIM, firms create detailed digital representations of physical and functional characteristics of spaces. AR, on the other hand, allows for an immersive exploration of future projects, enabling stakeholders to visualize and interact with construction plans in real-time.

Pioneering Sustainable Practices

Amidst growing environmental concerns, these consultancies prioritize green building practices. They champion the use of renewable materials and energy-efficient designs, ensuring that new constructions not only blend with their natural surroundings but also contribute to the health of the planet. Such commitment to sustainability has set a benchmark for the industry worldwide.

Enhancing Project Efficiency Through Digital Tools

Digital project management tools have revolutionized how projects are overseen, from inception through to completion. These platforms facilitate seamless communication among teams, streamline workflow, and significantly reduce project timelines. The adoption of such technologies underscores the sector’s shift towards more agile and efficient operations.

Advancing Construction Through Prefabrication

Another notable innovation is the rise of prefabricated construction components. This approach not only accelerates the building process but also reduces waste, exemplifying the industry’s move towards more sustainable construction methodologies. It represents a significant departure from traditional construction methods, offering both time and cost savings.

Elevating Safety Standards

Safety on construction sites has always been a paramount concern. Today, firms employ advanced safety technologies, including drones for site surveillance and wearable devices to monitor workers’ health in real-time. These innovations have drastically lowered the incidence of accidents, ensuring safer work environments.

Resilient Structures for a Changing World

In response to climate change, resilience in construction has become a critical focus. Consultancies are now designing buildings that can withstand extreme weather conditions, incorporating features like flood defenses and earthquake-resistant structures. Such foresight is vital for safeguarding Ireland’s architectural heritage against the unpredictable forces of nature.

Collaboration and Co-creation

The spirit of innovation extends to how projects are conceptualized and executed. Through collaborative platforms, stakeholders can now engage in the co-creation of projects, bringing diverse perspectives and expertise to the table. This collective approach fosters more creative solutions and ensures projects meet the needs of all involved.

Conclusion: A Sustainable Future Built Today

The landscape of property construction in Ireland is undergoing a profound transformation, driven by the pioneering spirit of construction consultancy firms. Through their commitment to innovation, sustainability, and efficiency, these entities are not only reshaping the built environment but also setting a global standard for the construction industry. As they continue to explore new frontiers, the future of Irish property construction looks not only brighter but also more sustainable and resilient.

Travel Packing Checklist | What To Pack for Holiday & Vacation – Pack like a Pro

Travel Packing Checklist | What To Pack for Holiday & Vacation – Pack like a Pro

Packing for vacation? Getting ready to travel?  Take a look at this travel packing list so you pack the important items for your vacation or holiday. The holiday and vacation packing checklist is all you need, whether this is your first vacation or you’re a seasoned globetrotter. This is a helpful travel packing checklist that has been updated in the past few weeks.

Travel Packing Checklist – helps you pack the important items for your holiday

One of the most stressful things you have to do before you even get into the car to head to the airport is packing for your holiday or vacation. You might have booked a cheap family holiday but imagine if you had to then spend a lot of money on items which you forgot to bring!

This handy holiday packing checklist might help you before you actually start packing and it might help you ensure that you don’t leave home missing essential items to pack into your suitcase for your holiday. 

This list is not complete nor will it suit everyone or every type of holiday since a checklist for a city break will be different from a packing checklist for a 3-stop long haul trip. You can print this and simply cross out items you don’t need or online you can tick off the items from the list by your suitcase as you pack for your holiday. 

The travel packing checklist below does NOT include clothes as everyone is different. Hopefully, this travel and vacation packing checklist will help with the other items that you may wish to bring. If you spot any omissions please make a comment and we can add it to the list.

Packing Essentials

Passports
Drivers License
Airline Tickets
Visas if required by your destination
Wallet – Debit and Credit Cards
Cash / Travelers checks
Emergency phone numbers
Hotel, rental car, confirmation details
Copies of travel insurance contacts
Guidebooks & Maps
Contact numbers to report lost credit cards
Electric Plug adapter
Cell Phone adapter
iPod / iPhone Charger
Books and magazines
iPod Earphones 
PowerBar & charger

Personal Items / Toiletries

Travel alarm and batteries Glasses, sunglasses, and contacts Tampons Birth control Anti-bacterial hand gel or wipes Hand lotion Small first-aid kit Smart Watch charger Travel pillow Toothbrush Toothpaste Shampoo and conditioner Hair Brush Comb Cosmetics & Soap Razor and shaving cream Sunblock & After Sun Deodorant Insect Repellant Face Masks Hand Sanitizer

Extra Items

Locks for your Luggage (and keys!) Luggage name tags (include phone and email) Sewing kit Hiking Boots (make sure they are very clean prior to packing if traveling to Australia or New Zealand) Camera, Flash & Lenses Camera Mini-Tripod (for the photo enthusiast) Batteries Camera Battery Charger (e.g. Canon DSLR type) Extra film or memory card Memory Card Holders (to keep them safe) Journal and pen (if you like keeping notes on where you were) Sweets / candies for the Journey

I hope this holiday/vacation and travel packing checklist helps you on your vacation

Some Final Points for Packing for Your Holiday/Vacation

Remember to pack all liquids and gels into your checked luggage – all must be less than 100ml.

  • Don’t forget your facemasks and any COVID-related items, if required.
  • If you intend to hire a car you will need your driver’s license
  • Your passport will need to have 6 months left before expiry or you may not be able to travel.
  • Don’t forget to remove any sharp items or liquids over 100ml packed into your hand luggage.  
    Move these restricted items to your checked luggage.
  • If you need some quality sleepwear check out my friend’s website the Cotone Collection.
  • If you have a smart lighting system, program that so it turns your lights on and off in the evening for home security.
  • Before you leave your home, check that all windows have been shut and locked and any unused plugs have been plugged out.
  • As you lave your home, ensure you have your keys with you and then double check that your door is fully locked – nothing worse than getting to your destination with the nagging feeling that you forgot to lock up correctly. (it has happened to me)
  • Perhaps ask a neighbour to check in on your house when you are away.

Have a good time on your trip.

Enjoy Your Holiday!

 

Updated by Shane on March 2024

List of Things to Do in Lanzarote

List of Things to Do in Lanzarote

I have spent a bit of time in Lanzarote. It is a wonderful holiday location and Lanzarote has many great places to go and things to do. I thought it might be good for the health to get away. Lanzarote is definitely the best of all the Canary Islands, having been to Gran Canaria and Tenerife previously. If you are going I have listed a few recommendations for you.

Trips & Excursions in Lanzarote

Ignore your Travel Rep and go with Last Minute Travel. Last Minute Travel has offices all over Puerto del Carmen and we went on 2 trips with them, The Grand Island Tour (€40 to €50 ea) and Playa Blanca Markets (€7 to 10 ea). All of these trips and excursions were excellent and had very knowledgeable guides who spoke multiple languages.

You should certainly take some time to explore the Timanfaya National Park which is one of the key volcanic areas of the island; this is an ideal area for hiking. When you are in the Timanfaya National Park it is like a moonscape. There are many tours to Timanfaya National Park which can be organized from your hotel.

Another must-see is the Jameos del Agua. This is a volcanic cave system that has been commercialized and has been used in the past for shows and performances. There is a magical secret that will be demonstrated when you do the official tour of the caves. It’s a wow moment and a must-see.

You should also visit Los Ajaches which is a nature-centric area that is actually a protected area of the island, it is a perfect place to do some exploring.

My Top 10 Things to do in Lanzarote

In no particular order, my top things to do in Lanzarote are as follows;

  • Timanfaya National Park
  • Haría Village
  • César Manrique Foundation: Taro de Tahiche
  • Playa de Papagao
  • Jameos del Agua caves
  • Teguise
  • Arrieta
  • Jardín de Cactus
  • El Golfo
  • Museo Atlántico

Just a note that Teguise and Costa Teguise are 2 totally different places, Teguise is a beautiful village in the center of Lanzarote but Costa Teguise is a coastal area with a lot of hotels and apartments and not much to see at all. 

Where to Stay in Lanzarote

I would highly recommend Hotel Fariones located at Calle Roque del Este, 1, 35510 Lanzarote, Las Palmas. It is a 5-star hotel which provides excellent service and great food. A private area where you can relax and enjoy wonderful views and yet you are only minutes from everything. I have stayed here a few times so if you have questions please leave them in the comments and I will do my best to answer as many as I can for you.

Food in Lanzarote

Lani’s has many restaurants in Puerto Del Carmen and other areas. Their restaurants are very well run and the food is great – not to be missed! Also, if you are near the Fariones Hotel, the New World Chinese Restaurant is amazing and again should be experienced, if only for the excellent Dim Sum selection. The variety of food styles on the island is vast, everything from Italian and Chinese to Thai, Sushi, and Indian food but there are also some great restaurants serving traditional food.

Electrical and Technology Items

You can be ripped off in some stores by people who will try to sell you non-branded goods or items that fail to work when you get home. I got excellent services from Monty in PhotoVision (Avda de las Playas, 14 local 1, 35510, Puerto del Carmen), one of the stores on the seafront. He has lots of Irish customers and even deals with a few FairCity celebrities (I was shown photos as proof and a huge customer book) – so I bought a few iPod things there and it only cost me €20 for the attachments I bought.

Harbour in the Old Town, Puerto Del Carmen, Lanzarote

 

Conclusion

The Island of Lanzarote is a wonderful Holiday Location and there is a lot to do. I would recommend doing all of your research before you go so that you can enjoy your time there rather than having to look up or research things while you are on holiday.