Travel Advice: How To Choose Your Luggage

It is true that you cannot find a single luggage that will be able to meet all your travel needs. Knowing which type of luggage is right for you depends on your packing style and the type of travel.

An important consideration when it comes to luggage decision is the kind of trip you will be taking, the activities that you plan to be doing and the number of belongings that you plan to bring along with you. You should find a bag that provides convenience when it comes to packing, comfortable to carry and versatile.

Travel backpacks have internal frames, a suspension system and can be converted into a hand held bag. Some styles even have a removable daypack for short daily excursions. Travel backpacks are ideal for travelers who desire mobility and would prefer to carry all of their gear. If you plan to visit urban areas, these backpacks are not suited.

Available as well is wheeled luggage categorized into two namely the traditional wheeled luggage and the convertible wheeled luggage. The traditional wheeled luggage is equipped with durable and heavy-duty handles and in-line wheels. This type of wheeled luggage is not suited for the adventure seekers but is ideal for business travelers or people visiting urban areas. A piece of advice for business travelers is to have a suitcase, a carry-on and a briefcase as these pieces work well together.

Convertible wheeled luggage can be converted to a wheeled luggage and could as well function as a backpack. This luggage is equipped with hidden shoulder straps to enable you to carry the bag as a backpack. It can even be carried as a duffel bag. This type is suited for travel to an urban area. As the bags are not equipped with a hip belt, these are not suited for long backpacking as the entire weight of the bag will be supported only by the shoulders.

Duffels are of three types which include the general purpose travel that comes in varying sizes, wheeled duffels and expedition duffels. General purpose travels have various sizes and are cheaper as compared to other luggage types. This is ideal for short trips and if you are traveling light.

Expedition duffels can be equipped with straps to convert the bag into a backpack for added convenience. These are suited for travelers who have a lot of gear to bring along with them and it isn’t necessary for them to carry the duffel by hand within a considerable distance upon arriving at the destination.

Wheeled duffels provide a large storage capacity and are equipped with wheels. This is very much ideal for travelers who need to bring along with them a lot of gear but would need the convenience of wheels to maneuver their luggage at airports or train stations. This is not suitable though for travel to remote areas as compared to the travel backpacks.

For those who are into camping, climbing or backpacking, internal frame backpacks are for you. These have been specifically designed to provide good support for long periods of hauling gear on wilderness trips.

Travel Pet Insurance

Recent changes to the UK’s quarantine laws mean that it is now possible for you to obtain a pet passport (under the government’s ‘passport for pets’ scheme) and take your family pet away with you on holiday. However, before you run off down to your local travel agent and book tickets for the whole family to that exotic seaside tropical location you have always wanted to visit but have to put off because everyone else at home didn’t want to leave Fido in the kennel, you might want to consider getting you and your family some travel insurance – including that all important travel pet insurance.

A number of leading pet insurance providers now offer pet owners travel pet insurance to give pet owners the comfort of knowing whether they are far away in exotic places enjoying the sun and sea or closer to home enjoying the cultural delights of Europe, their pet will be insured against any illness or mishap that may unfortunately befall them.

Typically, included in the travel pet insurance is:

– x-rays
– injections
– lab tests
– prescriptions
– costs while they stay at the vet and recuperate

Keep in mind, however, that as with other types of insurance, travel pet insurance usually comes with what is known as an excess. In short, what this means is that you – as the owner if the pet – will be required to pay a certain amount until a threshold amount is reached. Thereafter you can claim for a reimbursement against the insurance provider. However, unlike humans, travel pet insurance premiums are usually calculated on the type of animal you have and the age of the animal. As such, it is possible to leave arranging the travel pet insurance policy until the last minute, then purchasing this online once you have decided that you will definitely be taking your family pet away with you on your family holidays!

Moreover, as with human travel insurance policies, pet travel insurance can be purchased either as annual policy or as a one-off travel policy. If you get an annual pet travel policy, this means you can take your pet with you whenever you travel one of the 25+ countries outside of the UK which the UK government currently has arrangements for the ‘passport for pets’ scheme, or any of the European Union countries (which are all part of the ‘passport for pets’ scheme already). Alternatively, with one-off pet travel insurance policies you need to name the country you are going to visit and the dates you’ll be there and the policy will only cover you for the duration and place stated.

ilmmuseum Potsdam & Babelsburg

uring the Cold War, Potsdam was the Hollywood of the DDR (the Deutsches Demokratisches Republik), and Babelsburg was the name of the studio at which all the films were produced. Now, however, it’s a museum within an hour’s journey from Berlin. Potsdam is easily accessible via S-bahn, and the museum is within walking distance of the Potsdam Hauptbahnhof (the main train station in Potsdam). The museum has a very modest entrance fee, but once inside, you are treated to all kinds of movie memorabilia.

Those who have visited the museum prior to 2005 will remember that not the entire museum at the was translated into English, but enough of it was visual so that a visitor who spoke no German could still enjoy it. The permanent exhibit is both intellectual and fun in that it deals with the politics of the 20th century and how it influenced film production. Even if one has zero interest in politics, the various film props and costumes are of interest. The exhibit is pleasingly interactive, but not overwhelmingly so: there are touch screens that quiz the visitor on which scenes movies come from, for example, and one can listen to interviews about the filmmaking process.

There are film screenings every day, usually for an extra charge. Naturally these films are usually in German, but there are English-language screenings, too, usually of fairly recent award-winning films. The best part of the museum, though, is the children’s exhibit, which is fairly unusual for a German museum. During the 1950’s and 1960’s, the studio produced many children’s films that were of traditional fairy tales. At the time of my visit, there was a large interactive exhibit featuring real items from Babelsburg sets, so children can really “experience” the movies for themselves.

Even very little children or non German-speakers can have fun with the visual and tactile aspects. The exhibit incorporates video and computer touch-screens for a really immersive experience. Families traveling with small children will find this a great treat.

Even the museum’s café is worth a visit. It’s not very overpriced, and the food with a Turkish-influence and a hint of Italian is memorable and served by friendly wait staff.

A Great Option For Family Fun

It’s vacation time! Lots of great places to see throughout Southern California-Disneyland, San Diego’s Zoo and SeaWorld, the fabulous beach events along California’s Gold Coast-the list goes on and on. But hotels and motels are almost always booked in the summer. They also lack the home-friendly accommodations kids and teens need to feel at home. All the more reason why today’s families increasingly choose vacation homes when they vacation away from home.

Close to Popular Destinations

Many vacation homes are conveniently close to today’s most popular vacation destinations. Being just minutes away from these fun vacation spots can save you a lot of local travel time. If not within walking distance, many homes are close to public transportation or vans and shuttles operated by vacation destinations.

The Feel of a Real Home

Vacation homes are designed to feel as close to your real home as possible-much more so than a motel or hotel. Families are increasingly discovering that these homes can be very accommodating to children and teens. That’s because they often have two or three bunk beds and several trundles. These allow children to share bedrooms. A number of these homes also have four bedrooms, which can sleep as many as 16 (for sports teams and girl/boy scouts groups). Some homes even have sofa sleepers in the family room.

Lots of Entertainment Options

To keep kids, teens and parents entertained, many vacation homes provide a wealth of entertainment options–something they need after a day of vacationing, The homes feature action-packed gaming consoles like X-Box, DVD players and smart TVs, Also included are Foosball, Netflix, and Wi-Fi access for smartphones, tablets and laptops. These connectivity options provide plenty of information and entertainment for all ages.

Private BBQs, Swimming Pools, Relaxing Spas

Kids, teens and especially parents need to relax after a busy day on rides and adventures. Vacation homes allow families to do what they usually are unable to do in a hotel or motel-make burgers, hot dogs or steaks on a BBQ–in complete privacy. No need to reserve public BBQs or share space with strangers. Most homes come with a spacious outdoor dining table and lots of chairs. They also feature a relaxing spa and/or hot tub-for the exclusive use of the family.

Vacation Homes: A Great Choice For Youth Sports Teams

In the event that your games group is set out toward a major competition, you’ve most likely been tested with where to remain. Perhaps you’ve gone the lodging/motel course some time recently. Furthermore, one thing you’ve educated is, it’s not the most temperate approach. Rates are out of this world and reservations are almost incomprehensible with gatherings of tweens or high schoolers. It’s the same with suppers sustaining a group of teenagers at a lodging can rapidly gobble up your travel spending plan. It’s uncommon to discover a lodging that has a kitchen or outside BBQ-where you can plan temperate home-cooked suppers. What’s more, following a prolonged day of rivalry, you truly would prefer not to impart an unwinding spa or pool to outsiders. It’s no big surprise such a large number of youth games groups are picking to remain in a summer home.

Near Youth Sports Venues

Getaway homes are as often as possible similarly as strategically placed to today’s mainstream sports scenes as lodgings and motels. Many are additionally minutes from prevalent resorts like Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, Anaheim Convention Center, water parks, Orange County’s remarkable shorelines and different attractions. Most homes are near open transportation or vans and transports worked by games settings and get-away goals.

The Look and Feel of a Home

Country estates feel like a genuine home, not some indifferent inn or motel. Youth sports gatherings and groups have found that these homes can be most pleasing to tweens and youngsters. Where else would you be able to remain that offers kids/bunk rooms, at least two lofts and twofold trundles? These “group” facilities permit many children to have a similar room. A few homes even have four rooms, which can rest upwards of 16 children/youngsters. Some of these homes have a couch sleeper situated in the family space to rest two more children.

A continuous rush of excitement for Kids,Teens and Chaperones

Country estates are completely prepared to keep children, high schoolers and chaperones engaged. In the wake of a prolonged day of games rivalry, everybody needs a break. Which is the reason these homes have brilliant TVs, sensational gaming frameworks like X-Box, DVD players, Netflix, Foosball, and a lot of Wi-Fi access for cell phones, portable workstations and tablets. These network choices offer only the correct blend of data and stimulation for everybody.