Time For Summer! Here Are The Top 20 Pool Tips To Ensure All Your Family And Friends

September 3, 2013 by  
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* A person must learn to swim and always swim with a buddy, never swim alone.
* Swim in areas accompanied my a lifeguard.
* Be observant and read and obey all pool rules and posted signs.
* Children or beginner swimmers should wear a floatation device in and around the water.
* Set water safety rules for the entire family based on their swimming abilities.
* Become informed of the water environment you are in and its potential hazards. This may include it’s deep and shallow areas, it’s currents, etc..
* Check out the local weather conditions and forecasts prior to swimming.
* When entering the water, use a feet-first method.
* Dive only when the area is clearly marked for diving.
* Do not consume alcohol while swimming, diving or boating.
* Know how to prevent, recognize, and respond to all emergencies.
* Never, never, leave children alone next to a pool. Children are very curious individuals and may fall within a fraction of a second.
* Install a phone next the your pool area and post a 9-1-1 sign in clear view.
* Learn how to perform CPR on all individuals and post the instructions in clear view for others to refer see and learn as well.
* Wear sunscreen. Protecting your skin from UV Rays in very important.
* Drink a lot of water even if you don’t feel thirsty. This can prevent heat stroke.
* Always keep basic life saving devices near the pool, such as a rope, a pole, or a personal flotation device.
* Completely remove your pool cover before allowing anybody to enter the pool.
* Don’t leave pool furniture close to your fence, this would enable a child to climb.
* Don’t ever run near a pool, the wet ground can cause an individual to slip and fall.


Time Management Tips For Those In The Travel Industry

August 10, 2013 by  
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If you improve your time management, you can improve your travel experiences and your travel business operations. So enjoy this brief layover with some short success tips from travel pros who know that time management requires basic management skills as well as learning more about timing issues.

Take the Helm – Just as a good ship’s Captain takes charge of operations, you need to do so, too. No matter whether running your travel operations from out of your home or not, you still need to take charge. Plus it’s equally important to be enthusiastic about your choices and travel ideas, because if you do not enjoy what you’re doing you may either need a break – a travel break! – or to rethink your career strategy and what you’re doing right now. Pros know that the more enthusiastic you are, the more you put into your client packages of yourself and the more you can get out of them.

Decision-Making Skill – You also need to make educated, prompt, firm decisions. Yes, you can change your mind, from time to time, but take a stand and make a decision, right or wrong. Don’t let things get in the way and bog you down. Start by getting more organized with a good planning system like Franklin Covey’s planners and planning software, compatible with Outlook and handheld unit so that you can prioritize tasks and actually complete them in a timely manner.

Know that decision-making is a skill and it can be learned and improved upon, like using tools to help and taking time to learn from past decisions. And pros know that planned are most often the wisest.

Stay Informed – It’s no secret that everyone has the same number of hours in a day and that it’s what you do with them that counts. So do like the pros and study what they do. Find a mentor or coach. Keep up with the travel industry and work-at-home industry and any other fields of interest to learn about any changes and news that may help with your day-to-day operations.

And finally, go back over these basic guidelines to help ensure your own success with time management. Keep up with the latest issues and don’t ever stop learning. Brush up on your leadership and your decision-making skills so that these will take your whereever you want to go.

The Best Time To Get Discounted Air Line Tickets And Hotels To Mauritius.

August 1, 2013 by  
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I’ve been to Mauritius to escape the English winter, this was some years ago, when there were winters. We went in March, and spent a fortune. One of my female employees went to Cyprus at the same time. She came home with an incredible tan, and we didn’t because there was little sun in Mauritius, because we were in the area of influence of a tropical depression which sat offshore during our entire stay!!

It was a steep learning curve, because we assumed the best time to go to Mauritius was in our European winter, and now I know this to be wrong. The weather in Mauritius in January February or March, can be beautiful, but now I know that there is a serious risk of tropical cyclones, and you can have ten days of foul weather!!

The other months to avoid are July and August, because again the weather is often very unreliable. Many people don’t realise that Mauritius being south of the equator , means that August is the middle of the winter, so temperatures can be lower than at home in the UK. I feel for many honeymoon couples who have booked one of the many delux hotels in Mauritius, only to discover it isn’t blue sky and tropical temperatures.

If you want to see more Indian Ocean Destinations then go to http://www.worldwidevacationspots.com/categories/Indian-Ocean-Hideways/

If you want discount air fares to Mauritius, and steeply discounted hotel deals, then you need to look outside of the time of year discussed so far, that is quite obvious. The best months to go are April, May, October, and November.

Out of all of these months, May stands out as the best month, when the weather is not so wet and unpredictable, yet it is still warm enough at 29 degrees centigrade. Most importantly that is the month of the big tempting discounts from discounted air line tickets to amazing hotel deals.

Choose May to take a vacation in Mauritius and save money!!

Phoenix Golf Vacations When’s The Best Time To Go

June 19, 2013 by  
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Every year the greater Phoenix area draws over one million visitors searching for a one-of-a-kind desert golf experience. In addition to the great golf, visitors flock to this paradise year-round for its world-class restaurants, high-end shopping and reliable sunshine.

While these are all great reasons to plan Phoenix golf vacations, some visitors are often left disappointed with the weather because it fails to live up to their high expectations. We want to make sure that the same thing doesn’t happen to you. Therefore, we’ve put together a guide of the best times to plan your Phoenix golf vacations, so that you don’t let the weather mess with your trip.

Best Seasons to Visit:

For the best weather Phoenix has to offer, plan your Phoenix golf vacations for the fall or spring, when the average high temperatures range from 75 to 88 degrees Fahrenheit, and average lows rarely dip below 50. September, October, April, and May generally offer the most moderate temperatures and are considered by many to be the best months for Phoenix golf vacations.

Spring training, which runs every day in March, can make a great addition to a golf vacation to the Phoenix area. While the rooms during March tend to fill up fast, there are still deals to be had if you plan far enough ahead. Tickets for spring training games are generally available at affordable prices. And combining a morning round with an afternoon ball game can be a great way to maximize your fun on Phoenix golf vacations.

Best Seasons to Avoid:

If warm weather is what you’re after, be cautious about planning your Phoenix golf vacations for the winter time. While winter temperatures in Phoenix are mild compared to those in the rest of the country during this season, visitors are often surprised to find that Phoenix during the winter is not much warmer than the place they’re escaping. Average winter lows usually hover in the low 40’s, while average highs tend to peak about 70. December and January are typically the coldest months.

It is also wise to be cautious about planning your Phoenix golf vacations during the summer. Summer highs consistently top 100 degrees, which can take away the option of afternoon golf, unless you enjoy playing in the extreme heat.

On a positive note, if you are searching for bargain Phoenix golf vacations, packages during the summer and winter months tend to offer some incredible deals. Just make sure to avoid peak holidays during the winter season.

Driving Your Motorhome For The First Time

May 18, 2013 by  
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Here you are! You waited with great anticipation for this moment – Holidays are here!
There it is – your motorhome. Fully equipped, beds are made, a breakfast basket on the little table by the window, the tank is full and you are ready to go.

You probably have some questions when you handle a large vehicle for the first time. The change from driving a car to “piloting” a Motorhome requires some special attention and concentration. Always obey rules and regulation and use common sense.

The Motorhome is longer, larger, higher and heavier than cars you are used to driving but they are easy to handle. After the first km’s of driving you will find that they respond beautifully and are fun to drive. So don’t worry!

Please read the motorhome’s instructions carefully before you get behind the wheel. You will avoid mistakes and your travel through our beautiful country will be pleasant and trouble free.

Many of the hazards encountered on the road result from incorrect loading of an otherwise safe Motorhome. Overloading is the most common cause of accidents. A slight over load or poor weight distribution can seriously restrict steering and braking. It can also result in sudden blowouts an breakdowns. You can help control this situation.

To minimize swing and wobble keep the vehicle’s center of gravity low. Store heavy items low, forward and between the axles: lightweight items high. Try to balance the load between the vehicle’s two sides. Make sure everything is in place and easy to get at when needed. Secure all cargo inside and outside the vehicle or it will shift. Always leave room for the usual ground gear: leveling plank, wedges, water hose, jack and tools.

Avoid carrying spare gasoline; if you must, carry it in the storage container possible, tape the lid shut to prevent spillage and protect it with a shield.

While you are at the gas station check your motor oil, automatic transmission oil, radiator water, battery water and tire pressure. Heat in the desert can affect the tire pressure, over or under pressure can cause problems in steering your Motorhome.

Check your travel route every morning before you start. Plan for a camping place for the night for rest stops and dump stations. Also consider gasoline stops, especially if you travel in the desert.

Reserving a campsite in advance can save a lot of frustration later, especially during high season. When traveling without reservation, the earlier in the day you stop, the better are your chances to get to a good campground.

When driving into the campsite, especially at night, scout around the area of you on foot. A large log, a hydrant or other obstacles can punch through the paneling, tearing pipes or wiring and causing costly repairs.

Make sure you park level at the campsite. A board under one wheel or under one side might be all you need to do this. Check for rocks and jagged outcrops near the entry door. Avoid loose wires or hoses around the Motorhome. Check fuel lines and all connections before you use your appliances. Use a soap and water solution to detect leaks, NOT a match!

Should there be a leak somewhere, (it can happen because your Motorhome is constantly in motion) be sure to air the entire unit thoroughly, before using any matches or open flame. Your Motorhome is equipped with a fire extinguisher. Use it if needed. Dirt and baking soda are also great and effective agents to fight a fire. Do not use water! It can be very dangerous. Water on a gas or oil fire results in a bigger fire. Water on an electric fire can result in death or injury.

When you leave the camping place, it is a good idea to check your packing list for all items. It also helps to check the members of your travel party. You’d be amazed, how many travelers forget wives and kids. Disconnect all wires and pipes, shut off appliances (except the refrigerator). Drive the Motorhome off the boards or other supports and stow away. O around the Motorhome campsite for any articles left there. Always allow a little more time than you think you will need, to get started. Check your planned route and rest stops.

Written by Birgit Jurock (birgit@jurock.ws) for Happy Holidays Motorhome Canada at http://www.canadamotorhome.ws

First Time Disney Vacations

May 5, 2013 by  
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So you’ve finally decided to head to Walt Disney World. With so much to see and do, it’s important to come prepared. Here are some excellent tips to make your trip one that will be remembered for a lifetime.

Plan ahead. Decide ahead of time what your priorities are and make a plan of action.

Get to the parks early! It’s amazing, particularly in busy season, how many of the popular rides you can knock off before half the “World” gets out of bed.

Take the time to rest in the middle of the day. Stay at one of the Magic Kingdom or Epcot resorts, allowing a return in the middle of the day for a nap or dip in the pool.

Call exactly 90 days prior at 7 AM Orlando time for priority seating if breakfast at Cinderella’s Royal Table in the Magic Kingdom is tops on your child’s list. The only way you might get away with sleeping in and booking a bit later for this highly coveted character breakfast is if you are traveling in extremely slow season.

Come prepared for an afternoon shower during the rainy summer months even if the sky looks perfectly clear in the morning. Rent a locker to store your raingear and circle back if skies start to look threatening. However, if you’re caught unprepared, just about every store in the parks sells inexpensive rain ponchos.

Use Fastpass, Disney’s free, nifty timesaving device. It’s offered at all four theme parks and is a great way to save hours of waiting in line. Just insert your park pass in one of the machines located at each individual Fastpass attraction and receive a ticket printed with a designated one-hour window in which you may return and enter a special line with little or no waiting.

Pre-arrange priority seating, Disney’s answer to dining reservations, by calling 407-WDW-DINE. On arrival you’ll receive the next table available for your party size, thus saving hours of frustration and waiting.

Allow plenty of time to reach the theme parks each morning. It’s easy to miss your breakfast priority seating is you don’t allocate enough time.

Be spontaneous. If something catches your eye, even if it’s not on your daily list of things to do, stop and explore. If not, you could miss something wonderful.

Realize the limitations of your children. If they’re tired, take a break. If their feet hurt, get them a stroller (forget that they outgrew one years ago). If a ride scares them don’t force the issue. Such precautions will make your day and the day of other park visitors a lot less stressful.

Bring pagers, 2-way radios, or cell phones. If your party plans on splitting up, they are a perfect way to keep in touch.

Wear broken-in, comfortable footwear. Better yet, bring two pairs and rotate them. Nothing is worse than blisters on your first day and then nursing them for the remainder of your vacation.

Most importantly, slow down and enjoy the magic. Resist the urge to see everything at breakneck speed. You can’t possibly cover it all, so think of this as your first trip to Disney, not your last. There will be time to pick up all the things you missed on the next go-round.

Discover How Cheap Travel Agents Can Save Your Time And Money.

April 22, 2013 by  
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It used to be the case that cheap travel agents were a sort of oxymoron. People paid a premium to get their vacations and business trips booked by someone else with little or no disturbance. Since the advent of the internet, all that has changed.

Travel agents have had to lower their prices and fees to compete with the internet. Most people who can afford vacations or go on business trips also have access to the internet. There are many sites on the internet that allow a person the ability to quickly and easily make all their own travel arrangements.

In addition, airlines and hotels have upped the prices they charge travel agents because the airlines and the hotel companies want people to book directly through their own places. Because of these factors, travel agencies have had to lower their prices considerably in order to compete, resulting in cheap travel agents.

Just because there is a excess of cheap travel agents doesn’t mean that the quality is any less than it used to be. Indeed, many cheap travel agents, in addition to lower prices, offer many more services than they used to in order to attract and keep more business.

For example, cheap travel agents may book activities for you. If you are going on a tropical vacation, they can book scuba lessons. If you are going skiing, they can arrange a deal on your raise tickets.

Furthermore, cheap travel agents still have access to all sorts of valuable information that you may not have on the internet. For example, cheap travel agents still know which companies are trustworthy and which have had problems.

They are also sources of invaluable information such as local customs, if you are traveling abroad, weather, and information on food and water quality. They can offer personal insight into the area you are traveling to which you might not be able to find in an online search.

Cheap travel agents not only offer these services, they also do all the groundwork for you. Basically, you decide what you want and the travel agent makes it happen. If you want the best price on an airline or hotel, you may have to go to many different sites to make sure you are getting the best deal.

Even cheap travel agents have the best prices and the best deals right at their fingertips. This could save you a lot of time and some money in addition to trying to keep track of which websites had the best deals and the constantly changeable prices that seem to accompany hotel and airplane ticket prices.

If you don’t have the time or the leaning to read carefully various websites looking for airfare or hotel deals, consider using the services of a trustworthy and cheap travel agent.

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