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10 Essential Travel Checklist Tips

1. Passport - Is your passport up to date? The last thing you need is to book your flight without checking your passport expiry date. Many countries expect you to have a minimum of at least 6 months on your passport before it expires otherwise you will be denied entry. Some won't even accept a damaged passport. So avoid rushing frantically to the nearest passport office to pay the high fees to rush your passport through when you are busy enough packing and planning your journey! Travelling with less than 6 months validity on your passport could mean that you are turned away at your departure airport, or worse at immigration at your arrival airport. This does vary by country, so if you've already booked your flight check with your arrival country's Embassy or immigration office to see their Passport validity rules.

2. Weather - Be prepared, the weather isn't quite as predictable as it used to be so firstly get ready to accept that it may rain or be overcast for a few days of your holiday! Don't panic, it doesn't mean your holiday has to be ruined, there is still lots of things you can do if you are forced under cover for a few days. Research one or two things to do on your holiday other than propping up the bar to make the most of these days. Many tropical locations will have sudden afternoon downpours so it is helpful to have a mini umbrella in your suitcase, because as much fun as it is cooling off in the down pour, you may regret having to sit down in a restaurant sopping wet in transparent clothes! You can't go wrong with an umbrella as a bit of shade either, great for shopping around the markets and even on the beach in the middle of the day. There's no point risking sunstroke on your first day just because you haven't seen the sun in a few months. Sun stroke isn't just sun burn, it causes migraines, sickness, dizziness and fever so keep an eye out for these symptoms. Sadly many of us will also need our umbrella upon arrival home!

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How a Luxury Cruise Differs From a Regular Cruise

Which do you prefer? Do you like the larger cruise ships that hold over 4,000 passengers or the smaller ships that hold under 1,000? Some ports don't handle the larger vessels and the attention to the passenger is better on the smaller ships. So, check out the possibilities with these luxury cruise lines.

Some of the luxury cruise lines have smaller ships. I'm talking Azamara Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Oceania Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Seabourn Cruises. This means you get more choices of ports. Yes, they may cost more but the benefits may just make it worth it. These luxury cruise lines give you travel at its best, most are even all-inclusive. That means no extra drink packages, no extras that are unexpected.

Azamara Cruises

Azamara Cruises focuses on Destination Immersion where longer stays, more overnights and night touring are included on 100% of their voyages. You get to explore everything from nightlife in Stockholm and morning walks in the French Riviera to all-day adventures in Costa Rica's rain forests. You'll experience boutique-style ships with a maximum of 686 guests, staff and crew can quickly learn your name, tastes, and preferences. All of this with lots of inclusive amenities like standard spirits, international beers and wines, gratuities, and an AzAmazing Evenings event (on most voyages) - all with their compliments. Also included for all guests are bottled water, soft drinks, specialty coffees and teas, English butler service for suite guests, self-service laundry, shuttle service to and from port communities (where available) and concierge services for personal guidance and reservations.

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Do Something Out Of The Ordinary With Adventure Vacations

So you have had enough of sightseeing and historic places and want to do something different this time for your vacation. The best idea would be to opt for adventure vacations organized by adventure travel agencies. Whether you are a beach lover or a mountain person, there is some adventure in every place for the avid adrenalin junkie. The best part is that you don't have to worry about the planning and organizing of the trip because all this is taken care of by the travel agency.

The best way to find an adventure travel agency is to conduct a search on your favorite search engine on the internet. You will get a long list of websites and you should study as many as you can. Then short list 3-4 of them and call them up on the phone numbers published on the websites. Ask some pertinent questions regarding their skills and expertise and the kind of services that they provide. Some of this information is also published on their website, but you can go into the minute details on the phone. Whether you want to go trekking in the Himalayas or scuba dive in the Andaman Islands, everything is possible and available with these adventure travel agencies. In fact the best agencies will also create tailor made holidays with a combination of activities, which will give you the kind of thrill, that you have never experienced before.

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