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A Guide to Shipping Personal Belongings in Your Car

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Can you pack personal items in your vehicle during car shipping? It is one of the most asked questions by people who are in the middle of their shifting-to-new-place venture. It does make sense as when you are already shipping your car, then why not add some personal items in the backseat to save some money?

You will be happy to know that many companies don’t even charge extra for transporting a few items, but this doesn’t mean packing your car to the brink. You must be aware of the transporters’ rules and regulations, what’s ideal and allowed based on the method of transportation.

Unless you are a car shipping expert, possibilities are you don’t realize the pitfalls of shipping personal belongings in your car can be. While some companies allow carrying a few lightweight items, some don’t allow carrying a single one. Let’s have everything uncovered when packing your vehicle to the brim with items:

Risk of Theft

It rarely happens that an auto transport carrier takes a straight route from point A to point B while shipping your vehicle. They load and unload many other cars and have multiple stops and overnight stays in the long-distance transports. All this creates the probability of theft of the valuables. 

The threat is not very common, but real. A vehicle packed with house goods makes a very obvious target. However, packing belongings below the window level makes them less visible and thus reduce the chances of theft.

Damages

A car standing on top of a trailer is not necessarily a smooth ride. It goes through various environmental factors, so if items in your vehicle are not intact, they can shift too and cause damage to your car. Even if your car is fully insured, you don’t want to cause harm to anything intentionally. 

Even if the company allows you to do so, pack items at your own risk. While packing your belongings inside your car, make sure the driver’s seat is entirely clear to easily ship a car and on and off the vehicle from the truck.

Weight Limits

You must contact the car shipping company and ask the transporters about weight limits per vehicle. Whether it’s an open trailer or an enclosed trailer, each vehicle has a certain weight restriction. Crossing that weight limit means you can damage your car and also have to pay much more in fees.

Obviously, some car shipping companies have specific price quotes depending on vehicle sizes. For hatchbacks, you can save money, but for SUVs, you have to pay more. As a rule, transporting companies go as far as telling you to clear your personal belongings from inside the vehicle. On the other side, some companies allow a couple of extra cargoes that weigh 40-80 lbs, which you might have to pay for.

Don’t Put Fragile Items in Your Car

Items in the trunk being shipped might get defected. As far as the carrier’s concern, the trunk is empty, even when it’s not, and therefore they are not obliged to insure items. There is no doubt that your car is fully insured during the entire shipping process, and any damage to your vehicle is covered under the carrier’s insurance. But items in your car won’t be. If they break, it will be on you to fix them or replace them. This is the reason you should avoid putting fragile stuff in your car.

Conclusion

Shipping personal belongings in your vehicle is a thrifty idea, and the risk involved in this is not something to be ignored. If you want to do it anyway, be aware of the policies your transportation company adheres to!

Mahesh is leading digital marketing initiatives at RecentlyHeard, a NewsFeed platform that covers news from all sectors. He develops, manages, and executes digital strategies to increase online visibility, better reach target audiences, and create engaging experience across channels. With 7+ years of experience, He is skilled in search engine optimization, content marketing, social media marketing, and advertising, and analytics.

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‘Destinations in Paradise’ Redefining Post-Pandemic Private Villa Rental Service Standards

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It would be an understatement to say that the recent pandemic is ushering in a seismic shift for the travel trade, which suffered a collective gut punch as COVID-19 unrelentingly raged across the globe. New health and safety protocols, crisis management plans and other operational touchpoints are being overhauled to help those in—and dependent upon—the travel industry better pivot and adapt to the unforeseen. For travelers, priorities and sensibilities have also evolved on multiple fronts. For one, various reports extrapolate how privacy has become the new luxury.

In fact, a “Covid Travel Outlook 2021” travel sentiment survey by Indagare found that travelers “feel more comfortable renting a home or private villa for added privacy” and that “more than half of those surveyed said that they are 54 percent more likely to rent a home than they were prior to coronavirus, preferring to ‘Stay at homes not hotels,’ for added security and peace of mind.” Other reports tout the key advantages of private luxury villa accommodations, with privacy and exclusive use entrenched among them.

Amid the surge in category popularity, travelers must also consider ways to aptly vet luxe private villa options amid a burgeoning field. According to an Indagare.com story outlining the benefits of “going private,” proximity is one overarching booking factor noting that “for some travelers, a house close to town or affiliated with a nearby resort or hotel provides the perfect combination of exclusivity and access (to restaurants, coffee shops, fitness classes, etc.). Others prefer staying someplace further removed, opting for a home with fewer amenities or a lavish villa with every convenience under the sun.”

The article also points out another critical aspect that, all too often, is taken for granted: availability. The story cites the reality that “accommodations can fill up months or even a year in advance,” which some more spontaneous wanderers might not expect. Relative to post-pandemic issues, the story further cautions that “this year, with exclusivity at an unprecedented premium and fewer destinations open to international arrivals, early planning is crucial. One reason: Many travelers are opting for longer stays, now that remote work and Zoom classes are ubiquitous, meaning there’s less turnover. For these extended trips—workcations or staycations—having strong WiFi, reliable phone service and separate areas for being productive are key factors when choosing the right rental.”

With this and other public discourse helping spur private villa reservations, I sought to connect with one purveyor in the space that is making due strides: Destinations in Paradise. This boutique agency offers a suite of architectural five-star private villas in four locales: The Big Island and Kauai, Hawaii as well as Los Cabos, Mexico and Mendocino, California. Having personally experienced this company’s brand of haute hospitality on the Big Island, I sought to connect with the founders—David Cohen and Howard Appel—for some clarity on how they’ve apparently adapted so well in the post-pandemic era. Here’s what they had to say.

MK: So, first, let’s talk about the properties, themselves, and also your company at large. What sets Destinations in Paradise apart from other luxury home and private villa purveyors in the various regions where you operate?

Cohen: It’s essentially our caliber of white glove service, which is highly personalized and with the very best amenities that can be provided. The company was started because we wanted to have some fun, as Howard and I had been retired a while. We wanted to give people, especially those desiring privacy and security, the kind of high-caliber experience that we would expect. When someone arrives at one of our homes, they’re greeted and welcomed with enthusiasm and everything to elevate the experience is there. This includes the best linens, a house full of flowers and arrival gifts. In Mendocino, we leave fresh-baked goods and wine. In Mexico, our guests are greeted with cold towels and margaritas. Plus, any special requests are accommodated. Even when guests depart, we give them a thank you gift for having booked a stay with us. Overall, it’s a very personalized experience. It’s akin to having a member of the family come and stay. You get up early in the morning, make them breakfast and generally make them feel at home … that this is their home for the duration of the visit. The difference is that it’s a five-star experience at every touch point.

Appel: We, ourselves, like to travel in luxury and, as we started acquiring the properties, we realized that this is a great opportunity to offer to other people the same kind of treatment we enjoy. It’s the way we all would love to be treated. And we think we offer it differently and more special than others. The business sort of just fell into place as bookings escalated and we started to acquire additional properties.


MK: 
In the luxury travel space, much is said about the importance of personal touches to elevate the experience. So, can you provide an example of things you all do in this regard to go over-and-above for high-end luxury travelers?

Cohen: Here’s one interesting example about the Mexican property, for example: It’s two acres of the most gorgeous landscaping that you’ve ever seen. Even though it’s in the middle of a desert, we are desalinating seawater using solar power, so the yards and the landscaping and the flowers are all very lush, but still desert-type plants. The interesting thing is that Howard and I have worked together for close to 40 years and, until we actually got into this business, I had no idea that he had this artistic flair. The landscaping at all of the houses is beyond spectacular. My own personal favorite is the Mendocino home, which has the equivalent of an English country garden. You can just go and sit in there and read a book, sitting in the fresh air with beautiful butterflies and bees buzzing around. The Hawaiian property is the same; it’s just gorgeous, perfect Hawaii.

Appel: It’s important to note that these homes are indoor-outdoor homes. We want to make sure we carry the luxury on both sides. If you actually do a search of our home in Cabo on Google Earth, you can easily spot it because it’s the only significant patch of green anywhere along the east scape. This kind of lush, natural beauty is just one of the many ways that we cater to our guests relative to the luxurious aspects both inside and outside of the homes.

MK: You touched on some of it already, but what are some other special amenities and activities that you offer in, and around, the homes that are available to guests?

Appel: One key aspect is that each home comes with a concierge service. Our guests can partake in any activity in the local surroundings. We try to offer the opportunities within the local community and try to personalize that. In Mexico, it might be premiere deep-sea fishing, surfing and paddle boarding. In Mendocino, we’re about 30-minutes from Anderson Valley, so we can arrange for private wine tours. Especially during the recent pandemic, to help our guests have fun but also avoid big crowds was important to us. Of course, the homes in Hawaii and Mexico have beautiful pools, swim-up bars and each property has its own set of unique amenities on-site a like solar-lighted tennis court. In fact, when we travel to Mexico—in the seven or eight times we’ve been there—I think we’ve left the property twice. There’s no reason to go elsewhere because everything is there with you. Whatever you want to do, whatever the guests would like, we can make it happen.

MK: Speaking of the pandemic, obviously the past year and a half has been tough for the travel industry, so how have the recent health concerns impacted your business with respect to private villa versus hotel, resort or other kinds of accommodations? And, also, the guest experience while actually visiting a property?

Appel: We took COVID very seriously from the beginning and, yes, 2020 was a hard year for us. We lost almost all of our business, but we used that down time as an opportunity to continue to enhance the homes. Even now, when guests come to one of our properties, they’re greeted in a manner that best assures their health and safety. We have our house managers maintain their distance and use masks, of course. But, during the guests’ stay, we also make sure we work around their calendars to not intrude on their stay there.  We take it very seriously. And, in fact, when a guest leaves, we have a minimum 48 hours between guests so we can properly clean and sanitize the home for the next guest.

MK: Many people often associate private villa experiences more with leisure travel versus business. But I know Destinations in Paradise properties are also utilized in business—especially when there are privacy, exclusivity and health-related preferences. Plus, of course, the properties are also perfectly suited for corporate events, retreats and even utilized as incentives and rewards for employees and business partners. So, tell us about these kinds of corporate benefits.

Cohen: Even though the houses are focused on providing a safe, comfortable environment for families and extended small events, we do also host small, medium and large-scale corporate events at the houses. Whether it’s a two-person law firm figuring out how they’re going to run their businesses remotely, to a large distillery that wants to try and get their name out for a new product for, say, tequila in Mexico, our homes are an apt venue. Of course, we host weddings and social media is prompting bookings from people like rappers who want a place to chill out and rethink what their next shows or postings are going to be. And we’ve hosted philanthropic events like releasing baby turtles in the beaches of Mexico to address species endangerment. For that, a university in Mexico held a business meeting at our property, and as a gift we paid and supported their release of 600 hatchlings. Howard has also had some dealings with movie studios that are interested in hosting either corporate get togethers and business strategy meetings. And, in at least two instances that I can recall, they’ve considered using the homes as part of a movie production. I should also mention that each of the homes have the ability to cater for large and small groups. If we bring chefs in, that event never ever needs to leave the property. The house in Mexico, for instance, has two kitchens that are fully capable of catering to as many people as the property can accommodate, which is substantial, but each of the homes have the ability to cater internally and not rely on outside services.

Appel: All the homes offer businesses a unique opportunity to host meetings and events, from the very large as in Mexico, to even Mendocino for smaller gatherings. They’re all unique and offer the privacy, security and comfort that private villa venues offer—all, of course, with our discerning five-star touch.

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Forbes Business Council Member Merilee Kern, MBA is an internationally-regarded brand analyst, strategist and futurist who reports on noteworthy industry change makers, movers, shakers and innovators across all categories, both B2C and B2B. This includes field experts and thought leaders, brands, products, services, destinations and events. Merilee is Founder, Executive Editor and Producer of “The Luxe List” as well as Host of the nationally-syndicated “Savvy Living TV show. As a prolific consumer and business trends, lifestyle and leisure industry voice of authority and tastemaker, she keeps her finger on the pulse of the marketplace in search of new and innovative must-haves and exemplary experiences at all price points, from the affordable to the extreme. Her work reaches multi-millions worldwide via broadcast TV (her own shows and copious others on which she appears) as well as a myriad of print and online publications. Connect with her at www.TheLuxeList.com and www.SavvyLiving.tv / Instagram www.Instagram.com/LuxeListReports / Twitter www.Twitter.com/LuxeListReports / Facebook www.Facebook.com/LuxeListReports / LinkedIN www.LinkedIn.com/in/MerileeKern.

***Some or all of the accommodations(s), experience(s), item(s) and/or service(s) detailed above may have been provided or arranged at no cost to accommodate if this is review editorial, but all opinions expressed are entirely those of Merilee Kern and have not been influenced in any way.***

 

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2015 Volkswagen Passat Motor Oil Buying Guide

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If you love your vehicle, you want to keep the engine running smoothly. One of the best and simplest ways to do this is by always changing your motor oil on schedule, and by using the optimal oil for your car’s engine. By providing quality lubrication to the many moving parts of your engine, oil keeps these components running with as little friction as possible. This prevents engine damage and saves you money.

When looking for 2015 Volkswagen Passat motor oil, you have many options. You will have a choice of quality brands including Castrol, Mobil, STP and Valvoline. Since your engine is newer, it will always use full synthetic oil, which means you can safely go longer between oil changes, often as long as 5,000 miles. Whether you change the oil yourself or take it into the car shop, you will want to make sure you keep track of when the next oil change is needed.

What To Look for In Your Motor Oil

When buying Volkswagen Passat oil you are always looking for a quality brand that is specifically designed with your vehicle in mind. For the Passat, this typically means 5W-40 oil. It is scientifically formulated to insulate your engine’s parts from unnecessary wear and tear, and it cleanses the engine of impurities. The optimal oil also helps with fuel economy and protects against rust and corrosion. Failure to use clean oil can have serious impacts:

• Engine overheating

• Car breakdowns

• High repair bills

• Engine fires

Despite some of the technical features of engine protection, handling your car’s oil needs is really pretty simple. Buy the appropriate oil. Change the oil on the schedule recommended in your owner’s manual. Heed any check engine warnings. Monitor the performance of your vehicle at all times.

If you notice your oil is running darker than usual, you might want to get an oil change even if you are not scheduled for one at the moment. Clean oil is the lifeblood of your engine.

How To Dispose of Your Used Oil at AutoZone

Whether you are a solid mechanic or just getting into maintaining your car, an oil change is something you can do yourself. You will save lots of money over the vehicle’s lifespan and will have the satisfaction of completing an important job. To protect the environment, you will want to recycle your engine oil by taking it to your local auto parts store. This is a simple and important task.

Once you drain the oil from your Passat or some other vehicle, you want to make sure it does not spill into the environment. Either use a closed oil drain pan or transfer the used oil into a container that can be sealed. Next, bring the oil into a place that will recycle the liquid and keep it from harming the natural world. Just a little oil in waterways can foul thousands of gallons of clean water.

Shop for the best deals for motor oil and other parts online or in person. Find the parts you need to keep your vehicle running smoothly.

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Traveling With Alexa: How Amazon Echo Frames Can Assist Backpackers Throughout Their Journeys

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It seems that the world is getting smaller and smaller as our access and accessibility to it grows and grows. From the rough and ready nature of travellers to the cool and calm nature of hotel hoppers, technology had become a huge part of the travelling experience for so many people. With the smartphone being a modern-day tool for travellers, the accessories that come paired with it are making more of an appearance too.

The growth of smart technology and intelligent virtual assistants 

The growth of smart technology has been one of the biggest developments in the modern world and the introduction of intelligent virtual assistants (VA) into the average home is becoming more of a staple than a novelty. 

An intelligent virtual assistant is a personal assistant software agent that can perform tasks and services based on an individual’s commands or questions. Amazon Alexa or Siri by Apple are perfect examples of a virtual assistant. 

Amazon Alexa was first platformed by the use of Amazon Echo Smart Speaker which is a tool used to accommodate smart technology. The Echo, in particular, is a voice-controlled speaker that works with Alexa and has the capability to enforce a range of commands, such as music playback commands, creating to-do lists, playing audiobooks, providing weather information and operating your smart home features.

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Alexa has become a common household feature and can be used to control so many areas of our lives and the technology that we can use to facilitate that is only widening and developing. 

Outside of the household, consumers are now trying to travel with Alexa. With wi-fi being the necessary factor when using a virtual assistant, people are now taking their speakers with them and then connecting them to hotel wifi connections to use them on holiday. With some hotels and holiday destinations accommodating the reliance that some people have on Alexa and having smart speakers installed on their premises, the demand for virtual assistants is becoming more and more apparent. 

Although it seems like a convenience that hotels are offering the option for their customers to use their Alexa devices, it can’t always be the most convenient thing to have to travel with a speaker as part of your travel arsenal.

How do travellers currently use smart technology?

In the modern world, travellers are more often than not heavily reliant on smart technology to create efficiency and ease of travel. From using smart technology to book tickets, plan and calculate routes and establish an itinerary, a whole experience and the credentials for it can be housed using smart technology.

The introduction of the smartwatch provides an opportunity to have more accurate tracking and give insight into a person’s daily movement and activities without being in the vicinity of their smartphone. This variety in smart hardware use when travelling is only predicted to grow. The remote nature of smart accessories offers an even more personal way to interact with your virtual needs and the use of glasses within this can be said to assist.

The Amazon Echo Frames 

As the use of smart technology is growing, the repertoire of accessories available to consumers is widening and becoming more personal. We no longer have to rely on our smartphone to stay connected with the virtual world and our online requirements. The popularity of the smartwatch ensures ease of access to information, particularly when travelling and the introduction of smart glasses is adding another dimension. With over half of the American population wears glasses, the use of this accessory and eyewear as smart technology very much has a place. 

The Amazon Echo Frames are a piece of hardware that is compatible with Alexa and can give consumers a way to use Alexa without using a smart speaker. Reviewed by some critics as having comfortable frames, these smart glasses could be making more of an appearance amongst travellers and backpackers alike. 

Providing efficiency and ease of access that the hardware of the Amazon smart speaker doesn’t, the Echo Frames provide backpackers a gateway to information and virtual needs whilst on the go. Establishing a more personal way of using a virtual assistant, the features of these smart glasses could start becoming a more popular remote smart wear choice

How can smart glasses assist backpackers?

With regards to the Amazon Echo frames the audio features within the glasses can aid a backpacker whilst on the move. The glasses are linked to Alexa and could arguably be more accessible than using Alexa on a smartphone and of course, the hands-free element is a plus.

Having been commented on for their comfortable nature, the Amazon smart glasses, unlike some other smart glasses has very streamlined hardware, which makes taking calls and setting reminders more conspicuous – this is ideal for travellers who are arranging schedules and navigating routes whilst on the move.

The frames themselves are accommodating to those with varying eyesight needs. So backpackers who need and wear any kind of prescription lens will be able to use smart glasses whilst on the go. This also goes for specific situational lenses, such as night vision glasses or specific climate requirements.

The frames are designed for everyday wear so provide the functionality of smart notifications whilst having the ability to replace your everyday glasses frames. The audio notification functions could be both a positive and an annoyance to travellers, however, the world of smart wearables are ever-widening and being developed.

Although the world of smart glasses is still very much in its infancy, the option to have them as a travel accessory is very much plausible. We are yet to see the wide adoption of smart glasses in modern-day life so are still yet to create a general rapport amongst the travelling world.             

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Top 5 Things to Do in Brazil

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Brazil is one of the chief countries in South America. There are limitless people over the year as the tropical place is filled with plants and wild animals. People visit here to enjoy the peace of sandy beaches that gives the order to their soul. Brazil has a great cultural thing where also the Portugal cultures are mixed. It is running from the last time. To date, the Portuguese influence the architecture and language of Brazil.

People reach here for making their vacations & holidays exploring as the place has tropical and cultural things that make one happy and unforgeable. Besides that you will get all the suitable attractions here that tempt your heart. So book KLM Flight Booking today for arriving in Brazil.

What to do after reaching Brazil?

 No. of things are there that you can perform after visiting here are:

  1. Sugarloaf: it’s a beautiful rock place covered with plants. This is raised above 394 km from the base of the city and beach where it’s located. Sugarloaf is the top-notch place to visit because it is surrounded by water and raised from the base level that gives a beautiful view. Here you will capture unlimited memories.
  2. Iguazu Falls: seeing a massively and impressive rain falls the dream of many people. If you are with your partner, then you must come there for chasing moments, such as in the greenery water dripping from the mountain peak with the approximate height of 100 meters. It covers an ample space that you had never seen before. It is the most romantic place with the only noise of falling water only. It confers you with a tempting sound.
  3. Copacabana: it’s a beach covered with the white sand by the beach’s side for destroying surf. The beach is located far from the rush and traffic of the people. The please Copacabana place serves as the national monument where unlimited shooting takes place.
  4. Cristo Redentor: here is a statue of Christ with the open arms known as Cristo Redentor. It’s located at an excellent height in between the greenery where you will see butterflies, birds, waterfalls, etc.
  5. Amazon rainforest: it’s the muddy water that surrounds towering trees. It is famous as the name of the heart of the rainforest. At this point, people reach by doing boating from Manaus. The heart rain forest is made up of the network of three rivers.

Final verdict:

So, now these are the top-leading places where you can go with your family, friends, or lover with whom you can chase the most alluring moments there. For this you need to book a flight that takes you to your destination, Southwest Airlines Reservations are there to confer you with the top not-notch cheap flights. If you are about to visit there the go for the goal mentioned above for gaining high-end fun, love, and impressive views. Visiting here with a partner gives you an unforgettable partner.

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6 Ways to Use Mobile Technology on a Car Trip

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A modern traveler can’t imagine a vacation without a smart mobile device, whether it’s a smartphone or a tablet. And this is caused not only by the desire to stay in touch with loved ones. 

Of course, this list is far from complete – there are still many uses for mobile technology, especially if you are traveling by car without the help of travel agencies. Let’s look at the most common ones:

Communication on social networks

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The world’s most popular social networks have multi-platform applications for mobile devices. As a rule, they allow you to set the statuses of a traveler, exchange messages, post fresh photos and other content related to the location, read the news of friends and expand your space of acquaintances. Today, mobile devices allow us to solve a wide range of tasks. For example, using your smartphone, you can book a hotel room in Miami, reserve a passenger van rental in Albany NY, or find a free table at a restaurant.

You can also see the merging of some of the major travel resources with social media. TripAdvisor is a good example. This is not only a tourist guide with the opportunity to find information about attractions, rent a car or book a room, but also software to share your impressions and read reviews about the point of interest.

The emergence of tourist social networks has made a breakthrough in the development of independent tourism. You can quickly receive both general and personalized reviews from experienced travelers anywhere in the world.

 

Map services, navigation and search for points of interest

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With the increase in the performance of mobile devices and the use of satellite navigation, it has become much more convenient to use mobile applications to view maps of the area, navigate and find the necessary points while traveling in a rental car. 

For example, Google Maps provides the ability to search for various establishments, their details and ratings, set your own ratings and leave reviews, find great deals, plan routes, receive information about the road traffic situation, view streets, building schemes and interior panoramas. There are a number of new applications that make life of car travelers much easier:

  • Free Wi-Fi Finder – finding the nearest internet connection points;
  • AroundMe – finding gas stations, ATMs, restaurants, hotels, hospitals, etc.;
  • Road Ninja – searching for any object near you;
  • LocalEats – finding recommendations on local food establishments.

 

Mobile guides

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For almost any large tourist center, you can find mobile guidebooks that have more functionality than the traditional one. They can plan a route and give directions on the way, search for information, objects, and cultural events, make reservations, give useful tips, find traffic timetables, city maps, etc. 

Such travel guides are becoming a powerful component of local promotional campaigns. An example of such a solution can be a voice information and reference system using the service for determining the location of the subscriber. When registering an incoming call, the system determines the location of the caller and, depending on the geographical point, offers to receive information about the city as a whole or about nearby attractions. The service is controlled using the mobile phone keyboard and the voice menu.

 

Hotel reservation systems

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The mobile hotel booking market is growing at an accelerating pace. The most common system among travelers is Booking.com and the app of the same name. There are also more exotic offers. For example, HotelTonight is used to search for hot deals for the next night, which sometimes implies big discounts.

 

Booking transport services

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Already most of the world’s air carriers offer the possibility of booking tickets using mobile devices. With the help of applications, you can’t only choose and pay for the best travel option by any type of transport, but also choose a convenient seat, receive a notification about changes in the schedule, and submit your boarding pass electronically for control. In order to simplify your search, some applications also provide the ability to select your preferred airline and base airport.

This also applies to car rental services. Modern applications allow you to book a car near me, as well as anywhere in the world. All you need to do is install the appropriate software on your smartphone.

 

Travel planners

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You probably wouldn’t want to find yourself in a situation when you went to the counter to pick up a rental car, but forgot your driver’s license at home. So, mobile applications can greatly facilitate both preparation for the trip and help out in case of loss of documents or other emergency situations. In the first case, the program will control the collection of things for the trip, offering standard lists.

However, you can create your own lists. The TripIt application will help in case of loss of important documents, phone numbers, etc. It helps all the necessary information about the trip, including transportation, accommodation, and entertainment to be structured in the smartphone.

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What Are the Benefits of Fender Flares?

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It’s no secret that a lot of people who buy upgraded fenders do so because they want to personalize the style lines on a vehicle, but that’s not the only reason. Fender flares are functional as well, especially for off-road vehicles and those operating in rural areas with a lot of unpaved but maintained roads. So what do they do, besides making your Jeep look pretty? It depends on the situation.

Cover Up Corrosion

Wheel wells are, unfortunately, a site where visible corrosion creeps in easily. Even when your vehicle is fairly well cared for, rust in the wheel wells is almost unavoidable, since they bear the brunt of snow, slush, salt, and debris damage, all of which exacerbates corrosion. Lift kits often expose these areas to view even more easily, and a good set of fender flares for Jeep models like yours can shield them from view. You might not be able to keep rust spots from popping up in there, but you can keep them from being an eyesore, and that’s worth the investment even if you’re not one for customizing the exterior of your vehicles.

Block Debris, Mud & More

The biggest functional benefit to having your Jeep set up with fender flares? The way it keeps stuff from being thrown up into the air, whether or not you’re going off-road. On the pavement, this keeps water from puddles and gutters out of your field of view, deflecting them back to the ground instead of letting them be thrown up all over the place. That’s a big benefit when you’re trying to navigate in extreme weather and you’re worried about the visibility, especially if you’re in any kind of traffic. On unpaved roads like many rural routes, it also blocks the loose gravel and sand your vehicle can kick up in any weather, as well as mud, which helps minimize the splash back onto the body of your Jeep.

The best work your new fender flares will do is on the trail though. Whether you’re overlanding and blazing a new path or enjoy some well-worn mud tracks, the right pair of fender flares will keep all the stuff thrown up on the trail where it should be, back on the ground. This minimizes the chance of throwing up small rocks at a height that could damage your windows or body, in addition to the way it helps you navigate through water, slush, or mud. The best wheel tire combo Jeep JK might be able to ensure you power through the mud, but only your fender flares help control where that mud goes to keep your vision clear.

More Accessory Options for Your Jeep

There are a lot of options out there for your Jeep build, from lift kits and other upgrades you’ll need to power through off-road challenges to simple replacements for stock components you need to keep your Jeep looking and running its best. Whether you’re in the market for new lights, fender flares, or just a Jeep soft top replacement, you can find them all at your go-to resource for Jeep upgrades.

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8 Easy Vehicle Maintenance Tips in Snow Fall

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Vehicle Maintenance Tips in Snow Fall

December is finally going to end here; it is an ideal opportunity to pull your hands from over your eyes and grapple with the one thing we would all don’t prefer to concede: Winter is practically around the corner.

However, the consequence of December is that it is still actually Snow Fall. Which implies you have an ideal opportunity to get in a couple of last, yet extraordinarily significant, do-it-without anyone’s help benefits that will go far towards ensuring your investment until Spring. If you cannot do them yourself, book an assistance arrangement at your closest to your area.

Right away, here are 8 Snow Fall Car Maintenance Tips. They are quick, genuinely simple, and the best part is that economical.

  1. Do not Make Compost in Your Car

As you tackle fall’s abundance on your yard, leave some energy for eliminating the leaves that discover their way into your vehicle. Leaves, twigs, and other natural issues can destroy with drains on your home—and the comparable on your car. When garbage develops in territories of your vehicle where water should run out, you can get holes or corrosion.

The air plenum close to the windshield is the right spot where this can occur. If you do have a sunroof, open it up and glance around in there, as well, from outside the vehicle. Sunroofs have channels to stream water that sneaks past the seals out for the count of the car. Plant gunk in there can plug those channels, making for wet headliners, wet rugs, or more awful.

  1. Consider Getting Snow Tires

Snow tires are made of a softer elastic than all-season tires, allowing them to hold adaptability, even in the coldest of cold. Track designs on these tires likewise take into consideration remarkable grasp in the snow. However, snow tires are certifiably not an instant fix. They will not eliminate the chance of slipping and sliding in your vehicle; however, they do give more traction than standard tires.

“All-wheel drive is certainty motivating when you’re accelerating, yet it doesn’t help you when you’re slowing down and turning,” says Woody Rogers, overseer of item data for Tire Rack. “Winter tires are an absolute necessity in regions where the temperature routinely dips under 45 degrees,” Rogers adds. Snow tires give more traction when you are attempting to stop and turn on cool asphalt.

  1. Replace Your Wiper Blades

We need our blades to last more than they do. However, unavoidably, they wear out, break, and are delivered pointless. Heavy rain-snow is in transit, so check your edges to ensure they’re adaptable and still ready to clean your windshield. If they’re not, or blades, the off chance that they don’t, supplant your blades with new ones. Fortunately, blades are pretty economical, and you can get a good set for $30 or $40.

  1. Is Your Battery Fully Juiced?

Winter puts more weight on your battery, mostly if you leave your vehicle outside. Evade the sinking feeling of hearing nothing when you hit the start with a proactive check of your battery and charging framework now. As a rule, fix shops do not charge particularly to stack test your battery, and some vehicle parts stores will do it for nothing.

If you discover your battery’s going south, you can supplant it whenever it might suit you, rather than being helpless before whatever shop your dead vehicle’s been towed to.

  1. Don’t Roll Your Windows in Freezing Temperatures

Stand by until your vehicle has been warming for in any event 30 minutes before endeavoring to roll the windows, as doing so heretofore will cause water gathered in your window seals and the mechanical pieces of your entryway to freeze. If not permitted to defrost before working the windows, this can harm your vehicle, for example, defective windows or temperamental controls.

  1. Check Your Fluid Levels

Working windshield wipers and a strong supply of wiper liquid will guarantee that you and your customers have visibility in the most exceedingly awful of snowstorms. Wiper liquid will get used rapidly if a vehicle is being driven during a snowstorm, for evident reasons.

Wiper sharp blades last a year. If you feel that it is the ideal opportunity for a substitution, it probably is the perfect opportunity for supplanting them. Contingent upon how terrible your winters are, you might need to prepare your vehicle(s) with winter-specific wipers. In conclusion, ensure the car(s) have wiper liquid with a low freezing point.

While we are regarding keeping liquids full, keeping the gas tank full is considerably more significant in the colder time of year. A full tank may forestall aggregated water in your fuel pump from freezing. It can likewise help you remain warm, as the driver can keep running the engine motor if they get stuck.

  1. Add a Protective Layer

A polymer wax layer can make a boundary against street salt, grime, snow, and then some sleet. Couple with high-pressure vehicle washes after winter storms to flush away buildup in difficult to-arrive zones, such as wheels, underbody, and wheel wells.

  1. Park in Shed

As the cold weather months approach, with them, comes the danger of extreme winter climate. While snow and icy streets can spell catastrophe for drivers, these cruel climate conditions can harm vehicles also.

If you will, in general, stop your vehicle on the street or uncovered in your garage, you likely are certifiably not a stranger to the dull daily schedule of scratching your car clean. This can be incredibly irritating when you are late, or you need to get someplace in a rush. Peephole driving or freeing just enough from your windshield to have the option to see a part of the street is something that numerous chilly climate drivers know about.

Putting resources into metal garages or carports can help protect your vehicles’ value and enhance their life span, setting aside your money.

Conclusion

Giving your special vehicle consideration in the colder time of year is essential. If you have not to get ready for your vehicle for winter yet, make sure to focus on it for your wellbeing and the security of those offering the ways to you. Readiness and upkeep will set aside your cash over the long haul. Since your vehicle is frequently the second most costly buy you make, winterizing your car is an investment.

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The Ultimate Guide to Travel India in 2020

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Introduction

India as a tourist destination is vibrant, colorful and a paradise for all the backpackers. Being a vast country there are numerous travel options to explore that will surely make your trip a memorable one. From astounding beaches to idyllic hill stations, historical monuments to varied amusement parks, it has everything that a tourist could ask for. Every year millions of people visit India to experience the culture, lifestyle and the well-liked Indian cuisine. In case you’re looking for cheap flights online, Airlines are offering amazing deals and discount on flight tickets booking. So book your tickets now and head to India for a remarkable journey that awaits you.

Reasons to Visit India

India with the diversity of places, traditions, culture, languages, and food offers you numerous reasons to visit and explore this incredible nation in Southeast Asia. There is no definite way to explore this country, everyone has their own way to explore and experience what the country has to offer. There top tourist destinations such as Goa, Kerala, and Andaman specifically for beach lovers. There are places such as Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and the Northeast regions for people who love backpacking and trekking. Lastly, there are historical monuments and places that depict the rich history of India. You can make your plans according to what you want to explore in India.

Best Time to Visit India

The best time to visit in India is from April to October, as during this time India experiences varied climatic conditions best suited for people traveling to different regions of the country. May is considered to be the hottest month of the year in India and January the coldest one from the lot. Get your reservations done well in advance to get cheap flights tickets on your travel to India.

Top Places in India to Visit

For Beach lovers

Top Places: Goa, Kerala, Pondicherry, and Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

People who get fascinated by the waves and ocean views, for the above mentioned are the ideal places to spend some quality time with your friends and family. Beaches in India are well connected to the cities and there nearby restaurants that offer delicious seafood.

For Backpackers

Top Places: Manali, Rishikesh, Auli, Kasol, Coorg, and Shillong.

There are several enthralling places to be in India for backpackers. People who love trekking, adventure sports and mountains can consider the above-mentioned places as ideal locations for them to explore in India. There are several other places apart from the mentioned ones, and all are well connected by road, train and flight routes from major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, and Chennai.

For Archaeological Enthusiasts

Top Places: Jaisalmer Fort, Hawa Mahal, Mysore Palace, Ramanathaswamy Temple, and Victoria Memorial.

India has countless historical monuments and religious places that depict the rich history and culture of the country. People who are historians and archeological enthusiasts can consider the above-mentioned places as ideal locations for them to explore in India. All these places are well connected to all the major cities in the country and every year thousands of people travel to explore these locations.

Transportation in India

India has a good flight network to almost all the major cities in the world. Moreover, the domestic travel network in India has really improved in the last few years allowing people to travel to many remote locations at ease. The availability of different travel mediums such as flights, trains, cabs, and buses makes it simple and comfortable for tourists to travel in India. Check out amazing online deals and discounts over american airlines that will help you out in saving a lot of money on your travel to India. Experience how diverse and beautiful is India. Indulge in celebrating varied festivals such as Diwali, Onam, Dussehra, Holi, and Christmas. Transportation is relatively cheap in India but some places in hilly areas are way too far and take a lot of time to reach.

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9 Tips to Improve Your Camping Experience

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Camping is one of the popular outdoor activities that everyone should try out at least once in their lifetimes. However, some people will tell you negative stories about their camping experience, and you might be prompted to scrap it off your bucket list before even trying it out yourself. The success of a comparing trip is largely dictated by how well you plan. Without a proper blueprint, you will encounter all sorts of snags along the way that could make your experience a nightmare. The following tips should help you create unforgettable memories with family and friends on your next outdoor adventure:

1.    Pack a portable camping shower

Part of the joy of camping is getting dirty and sweaty, but there is a significant difference between getting a little dirty and not practicing proper personal hygiene. You ought to take a shower after a long day of hiking, hunting, playing, and exploring the jungle to ensure you are always fresh and comfortable. Unless there is a lake nearby where you can take a bath, consider packing a portable camping shower. There are many options out there, some of which use battery power or solar energy to warm the water. Consider finding something that suits your needs and fits into your budget.

2.    Choose a camping site

Choosing a camping site is perhaps the most significant aspect of any camping plan. You might fancy the idea of backpacking a few miles into an isolated location, but your partner or children may not like it. The selection of a camping location should be based on personal interests and the camping experience of each of the individuals involved. If you have children or camping newbies, you might want to choose an established campground. If you plan to camp at night and spend your days exploring nearby towns, consider choosing a campground that is close to or within your activity destination.

3.    Make a camping reservation

Given reservations in most national and state parks are made several months in advance, especially heading into summer, it would be wise to take yours as early as you can. Thankfully, most established campgrounds allow for online reservations, so it shouldn’t be a tough assignment to make yours once you have chosen a camping site. For parks that work on a first-come, first-served basis, a telephone call can help you determine if there are any sites left. Additionally, make sure to arrive there as early as you can to get a good campground site.

4.    Brace up for the rain

Nothing can quite ruin a perfect family outdoor moment than a sudden downpour. Depending on the time of the year and the weather of the place you are visiting, rain might set in, and you need to be buckled up for this turn of events. Pack rain gear for everyone and ensure your tent is properly seam-sealed. When setting up your tent, make sure to lay a tarp under it and fold it to match the tent’s dimensions. Also, keep your sleeping bags away from the walls to protect yourself from the condensation-induced moisture buildup.

5.    Eat well

Food should not be part of the difficulties you encounter at the campground. Prepare a meal plan in advance and include plenty of everyone’s favorite food. Snacks like granola bars, crackers, gummy bears, and celery sticks might also come in handy in between main meals. If there are kids in the group, ask about their meal preferences ahead of time, so you know if special preparation equipment is needed. Pack clean water bottles, water jugs, and canteens, too, to ensure everyone stays hydrated all through.

6.    Structure responsibilities

Whether you are with friends or family, the camping experience can only be perfect if everyone is involved in carrying out various responsibilities. You can prepare a duty roster in advance and make sure everyone is aware of their role at the campground. Try to get everyone a role they enjoy doing, be it cooking, cleaning up, or hauling water. Leaving all responsibilities to one person or failing to plan ahead can ruin the experience for some and even result in conflict.

7.    Do not overexert yourself

If you want to avoid regrets after your camping trip, prepare a budget, and follow it to the letter. You don’t want to spend too much money and struggle to fuel your car or pay rent the following month. You also don’t have to buy your own tent or spend an entire week in the wilderness. You can rent a tent, which is a much cheaper option in the short run, and reduce your camping period to two or three days. Experienced campers might make you jealous with the amount of stuff they pack, but that takes time to acquire. Unless you are an avid camper, most of the camping basics are available for hire at camper dealerships, so don’t overexert yourself trying to buy things you may never use again.

8.    Bring your pet

If you enjoy the company of your pet at home, chances are you will enjoy it more out in the wilderness. Your pet will also love it, but that depends on whether or not you had his needs in mind when laying down your plans. Your dog or cat’s comfort and personality should always be taken into consideration. If they seem anxious in unfamiliar environments, maybe you shouldn’t bring them along. A trial camping session in the backyard might also get them prepped for a night out in the wilderness.

9.    Beware of bugs

Insects are a camper’s worst enemy, but if you know what to expect at your campground, you shouldn’t struggle to handle them. Easy ways to keep yourself from critters include dressing properly, using insect repellent, avoiding known habitats, securing your tent, and storing your food properly. It might also prove worthwhile to have an emergency kit in your box of essentials in case someone gets bit or stung by a bug.

Endnote

What you consider a good camping experience is a matter of individual conscience. However, the above tips can help you circumvent obvious obstacles and get the most out of your time out with family and friends.

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7 Unique Foodie Experiences In Cork That Have Nothing To Do With Restaurants

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7 Unique Foodie Experiences In Cork That Have Nothing To Do With Restaurants

Let’s forget the stereotype that Ireland has nothing but boring dishes made of potatoes and cabbages. Ireland tastes amazing too! If you’re traveling to Ireland for the food, look no further: head to Cork. The county is bestowed with an astounding array of high-quality produce, manufacturers of artisanal food products, craft breweries and distilleries, cafes, and restaurants. 

County Cork is home to Cork City, Ireland’s food capital, and the coastal town of Kinsale, Ireland’s gourmet capital. Whenever you are in the county, even when you’re outside of Kinsale and the city center, you can find a plethora of amazing experiences loaded with good food — not only for the gut but also for the thought. 

And when it comes to gastronomic experiences, I hope you don’t limit your search to the best fine restaurants in Cork City—there are tons of food trips that have nothing to do with sitting down comfortably, choosing from a few items on the menu, and eating small portions. Cork is more than just that. 

Aside from hopping from one restaurant to another, here are 7 other fun and unique gastronomic adventures to embark on when visiting Ireland’s food capital.  

1. Hop on a food trail: The English Market 

7 Unique Foodie Experiences In Cork That Have Nothing To Do With Restaurants

The English Market lies in the heart of Cork City. It is one of the largest covered markets in Europe and has been connecting local growers, food producers, and food enthusiasts since 1788. 

Taking a food trail along The English Market is every locavore’s dream: you can find everything from fresh fruits and vegetables and exceptionally sourced meat and seafood, to world-class artisanal cheeses, chocolates, smoked deli products, gourmet sandwiches, and handcrafted cakes. Take a stroll, visit each stall, chat with the traders, and sample the unique flavors that define the food capital of Ireland.

2. Visit Kinsale in October for its Gourmet Festival 

7 Unique Foodie Experiences In Cork That Have Nothing To Do With Restaurants

If you’re planning to visit Cork for the grub, we recommend timing your visit during a food festival. Kinsale Gourmet Festival is one of the events you shouldn’t miss. It features an overwhelming display of delectable kinds of seafood and wines. Aside from munching and gulping, the festival in the coastal town also comes with fun activities like golfing, sailing, art creations, diving, rugby, and dancing. 

3. Learn how to make bread in Ballymaloe Cork

7 Unique Foodie Experiences In Cork That Have Nothing To Do With Restaurants

From its humble beginnings in 1964, Ballymaloe House is now renowned as one of Ireland’s foremost Country House Hotels. Recognized as a home of Irish country cooking and hospitality, Ballymaloe is more than just an accommodation option – it also hosts a “behind the scenes” experience for guests who’d want to learn about the secrets of bread making. 

Wake up early, and you’ll have the opportunity to work side by side with the Ballymaloe Pastry Chef. You’ll make their legendary Brown Yeast Bread, Irish Soda Bread, and the house’s breakfast buffet bread loaves. 

4. Explore Jameson Whiskey Distillery

7 Unique Foodie Experiences In Cork That Have Nothing To Do With Restaurants

Your Ireland trip wouldn’t be complete without experiencing that one thing Irish people are known for: their love for alcoholic drinks. Aside from Dublin’s Guinness, Ireland is also proud of its Jameson Whiskey, which is actually distilled in Cork. 

The world-famous Jameson Whiskey Distillery in Midleton has been operating for 200 years. The historic site preserves its old-world charm, transporting guests back to the time when farmers would come with their horse-drawn carts to drop grains for whiskey production. 

5. Visit microbreweries and have a pint

7 Unique Foodie Experiences In Cork That Have Nothing To Do With Restaurants

Forget Guinness when in Cork — the county favors its own brew. Cork is home to a couple of breweries that are begging to be discovered. We have Murphy’s and Beamish and Crawford, two tasty Irish stouts that have been around for over 150 years. As for microbreweries, we have The Franciscan Well Brewery, Eight Degrees Brewing Company, Elbow Lane, and Rising Sons.

I think we can all agree: a pint of beer tastes better when you learn more about its rich history as well as the meticulous process of crafting this legendary spirit.

6. Savor Irish Farmhouse Cheeses

7 Unique Foodie Experiences In Cork That Have Nothing To Do With Restaurants

Are you a cheese connoisseur? Your Cork trip won’t be complete without sampling a couple of Irish farmhouse cheeses. The county has a wealth of artisan cheese producers, such as Gubbean smoked cheese, Ardsallagh Goats Cheese, Durrus, and Milleens. 

7. Relish artisanal food products right from its source

7 Unique Foodie Experiences In Cork That Have Nothing To Do With Restaurants

Aside from amazing farmhouse cheese, Cork also produces top-notch smoked meats and seafood, and deli products. It’s home to Woodcock Smokery, Frank Krawczwyk, and the Ummera Smokehouse. If you go north to Kanturk, you can taste the best version of the traditional Irish staple: black pudding. 

Author Bio: Carmina Natividad is a self-proclaimed foodie who enjoys discovering hidden gems and writing engaging articles about food, travel, and lifestyle. And yes, she loves cocktails and happy hours too! To know more about yummy food and driks, you may visit Greenes Restaurant Cork

 

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