Check-List before traveling to Asia

November 21st, 2006

For those planning to travel to Asia, you are in for a great visit. To ensure your trip is a memorable one, there are several things you will want to take care of prior to you leaving. If you are traveling to Pakistan, you need to be aware that there is a travel warning at this time due to threats of terrorist activity. You will need to register with the Embassy’s Consular section. Regardless of your destination in Asia, it is advised that you register with the US Embassy’s Consular. This is for your protection. If an emergency arises, no one can help you if they don’t know where you are.

You will to have a valid passport. Check to see if a visa will also be required for where you are going. Read the Consular information sheets for the areas you are traveling to prior to leaving. This will provide you with up to date information of anything taking place in that region that you should be aware of. If you do find yourself in any type of legal trouble, immediately contact the US Embassy for assistance.

Rules, regulations, and laws are different in Asia than in the United States. It is wise to familiarize yourself with the policies and procedures of that area. You don’t want to find yourself in legal trouble out of the country because you weren’t aware of how things are done there. Follow there rules set by all airports of not leaving your bags unattended or attending any type of package from someone you don’t know for any reason.

Basic rules that apply anywhere including wearing expensive jewelry and clothing and showing large amounts of cash. These are indicators that you have items of value. It can lead you to being the victim of a robbery or worse crime. To avoid being the victim of a scam don’t exchange currency with anyone except an authorized agent. Fully investigate prior to making purchases such as jewelry, art, and antiques.

Traveling to Asia can be a great experience. If you take the time to follow these basic tips, you will be more likely to enjoy your trip as well as return safely. By being prepared, you will be able to avoid surprises that will ruin your trip. By registering with the US Embassy, you will have an ally in the case something does take place. Having all these things in place will help you be able to focus on the beauty of Asia.

How To Have A Kauai Getaway - On A Budget

November 17th, 2006

So you want to visit Kauai, Hawaii, one of the most beautiful places on the earth, but it just doesn’t seem possible financially. I’ve been there and it is certainly worth the visit, so it is just a matter of figuring out how to make it happen.

As you plan your getaway to Kauai, Hawaii, it would be wise to think about the best times of year to travel. I’m not talking about the weather; I’m talking about traveling during the least expensive time of the year. Numerous people dream of taking a vacation in Hawaii, and while the location of the islands makes it a gorgeous spot all year, there are periods of the year to vacation that are significantly less costly than others. If you know when to travel and different opportunities to save money, you should be able to have an incredible Hawaiian getaway on a budget.

Here are some examples. During the fall, when school has just gone back, is a great moment to travel because typically, airfares and hotel is less expensive. The low-season in Kauai is mid September through mid December and January through May. During the high-season air, car rental and hotel tend to go up, especially in the summer months. Many times this period of time can be full months in advance. Because of this, you should getaway during the low-season when you can get a bigger savings. What are some of the other benefits of traveling “off-season”? Well, consider not having to share the small island with as many people or the exceptional weather that they have in Kauai year round. Seeing as Hawaii is one of the best locales for sunshine and vacation activities all year, there is not a compelling rationale not to visit in the off-season.

Beyond the considerable savings on your accommodations and airfare, here are a few other opportunities to keep the cash in your wallet.

More Ways to Save in Kauai

Rent a vacation home rental

Most people choose hotels in Kauai to enjoy for their vacation getaway. However, this is a more costly route and they don’t present the same comforts and privacy that a villa or condo could offer. In additional, hotels in Kauai are extremely costly, considerably more so than an equivalent cost of renting a condo or home for a week or more. There are a tremendous amount of villas, homes and condos to rent on Kauai with amenities like ocean front view, tons of extra’s, luxury kitchens, and so much more. in addition, there are villas, cottages and homes you could rent with anywhere from one to 8 bedrooms or more, accomadating just about any size group that you can bring with you.

Should you have an interest in renting a Kauai vacation home or villa, there are many places online that you can search to find a tremendous amount of options offered. This will allow you to locate the options that are the perfect size, with all the options you would like, without destroying that pocketbook. Don’t forget that when you take your vacation will be key in how expensive, or inexpensive, it will be. Try to figure out a time to visit in the off-season when it will cost less than if you go in the middle of the primary travel season for Kauai.

Finally, consider other options while preparing and taking you Kauai vacation. Don’t eat out every meal if you don’t have it in the budget as that can get expensive. When you get to the island, visit the grocery store, pick up the items that you need to help keep you and the family fed for however long you are going to be on the island. Eating out 3 times a day gets expensive. The beauty of a vacation home rental is that you typically have a kitchen and a full size refrigerator. Eating out only one time every one to two days can save you hundreds of dollars over a week’s time. Other ideas for cost savings are searching the web for travel discounts, being careful not to get the shopping bug while on the island and maybe just find a few keepsakes of your vacation.

If you put these things into practice for your Kauai getaway, it can potentially save you thousands of dollars over just a 7-14 day trip.

Mr. Kent Krueger has been in the travel industry 4 years and has advised thousands on travel ideas and marketing vacation home rentals and is President of TRN which operates ( and (

Egypt : Land Before Time

November 13th, 2006

In recent years, the number of people touring Egypt has slowly dwindled. This is most likely due to the violence in the Middle Eastern region and the few bombings and kidnappings that have occured in recent years. However, these cases are pretty much isolated, and the thousands of people who visit Egypt every year thoroughly enjoy their experience there.

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Travel to Singapore

November 11th, 2006

Singapore is a great place to travel with wonderful sites to see and restaurants to choose from. If you are interested in animals they have a zoo full of animals from all over the world as well as a butterfly kingdom. The world’s first night zoo is located in Singapore. Many of the hotels available are designed to reflect the history and art of earlier times, giving them uniqueness you will not find anywhere else in the world.

There are several museums preserving the history and culture of the area. Visit the wonderful temples of the area. They are filled with exceptional sculptures, drawings, and architectural design. This in depth look into the history and religion of Singapore will always stay with you. Enjoy the wonderful art and sculptures reflecting the strong sense of the fine arts here. There are also World War II sites to explore.

The food in Singapore receives raves around the world. It is referred to as the food capital of the world. Gourmet foods are a luxury you won’t soon forget there. You can take food tours where you watch food being prepared, as well as getting to taste the many foods available.

The view in Singapore is breath taking, with plenty of beautiful beaches to relax and enjoy. The beaches are a hot spot with locals and visitors as well. A very popular attraction is the Singapore Paranormal Investigators, offering spooky sightings of ghosts.

You can also spend your time shopping around the many areas in Singapore. For those of you who can actually shop until you drop, Mustafa Centre is a 24 hour shopping mall. When you are ready for some night time fun, you will want to explore the dance clubs where line dancing is the craze, jazz lounges, and all night coffee houses. It is as if the place never sleeps with so much activity always going on.

If you want to explore the culture of Singapore even more, plan your visit during the holidays. The cultural festivities that take place with expose you to the rich culture and history of Singapore. The Chinese New Year is celebrated with parades, entertainment, dancing, and lots of music.

Singapore is full of some many fun and unique experiences; you will find yourself having a hard time deciding how to spend your time! Enjoy this unique culture and all it has to offer.


November 10th, 2006


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However, the major difference between both is that ReviewMe determines the price of your post by taking into account your technorati, alexa, estimated RSS subscribers and link popularity.They recalculate the pricing monthly.

PayperPost on the other hand, lets you choose from a list of advertisers and the price are being determined by the advertiser.The price for each post usually range from $5 to $20.The advertisers usually have a list of request, like they want you to include the link x times and maybe include a picture too in some cases.

Personally, I prefer ReviewMe’s method because you get paid a fixed amount no matter what you write or who you write it for.And besides that, I think you will be paid more if you use ReviewMe instead of PayPerPost.

I haven’t try PayPerPost yet but I do have an account there.I signed up a couple of weeks ago and submitted a blog but the blog was rejected.I have not submitted any blogs since then.It took them like 1-3 days to review the blog too.ReviewMe’s method are instantaneous.I guess they have a system in place that takes into account all the alexa,technorati etc rank automatically.

ReviewMe is based on 50% profit sharing, meaning they keep 50% of the amount of money you earn from posting reviews.Well, Text Link Ads keeps 50% too so I guess 50% is pretty fair.

Give ReviewMe a try if you are looking to earn some extra cash through your blogs.

Travel to Indonesia

November 10th, 2006

Traveling to Indonesia is definitely a trip you will never forget. Plan for a long ride to get there, as it is a 31 hour flight from New York. Bali is a wonderful area with an array of fun filled activities to choose from. It is the main tourist area of Indonesia.

The people of Bali are very friendly, and enjoy having visitors come to their area. Many speak English to interact with tourists. They have chosen to preserve their culture for all to see rather than change it to become like other countries. The beaches are a main attraction with surfing being one of the most popular activities. Others enjoy renting a boat for the day to relax on the open waters.

Lodging in Bali ranges from small bungalows to huge fancy hotels, all with basic accommodations to meet the needs of tourists. The view from your hotel will be wonderful because of the rich beauty of the area regardless of where you choose to stay.

The people of Bali are very artistic. They enjoy painting, weaving, carving, basket making, and other arts. Children are taught art from a very early age. They often display their makings to sell to the tourists.

Temples are a main attraction in Bali. They are called Pura. The temples provide an opportunity to explore religion and art of the culture. The people of Bali are still very religious, and it is very important that those visiting the Temples show respect for their religious beliefs.

Art galleries exhibit creative and attractive art work to view. Wildlife and nature reserves are popular in Bali. Many people go to get a glimpse of the very dangerous Komodo Dragon, a large lizard that is found only in the area and is extinct. The rare Java tiger is also displayed.

There are more than 400 volcanoes in Indonesia, 128 are still active. They offer a historical view of this natural creation to observe. Botanic Gardens are also a very popular attraction. Displaying flora and fauna as well as promoting conservation, people are drawn to the beauty of such attractions.

While Indonesia is a beautiful and serene place to visit, it is strongly advised at this time to be cautious with such visits due to the possibility of terrorist attacks. If you do choose to travel to the area do not travel alone and make sure you have registered with the US Embassy.