Top Three Vital Tips to Make Your Costa Rica Trip Safe and Hassle Free

Costa Rica

It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of travelling abroad especially if your destination is Costa Rica. With its wondrous offerings, it’s understandable why people momentarily forget the other side of the coin. Avoid problems even before they arise while in another country.

Get acquainted with things that matter like currency and other money matters, travel documents, health and medication, local environment, and safety issues.

Currency, tipping, and other money issues

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The Colon is Costa Rica’s official currency. Most banks will give you a fair exchange rate. If you find yourself short on Colon’s, don’t worry as most businesses accept U.S. Dollars. Tipping is expected but only in high-end restaurants and Malpais hotels. Expect to give a tip of $1 – $12 to tour guides. Tipping taxi drivers is not necessary but appreciated if there’s additional service rendered.

Visas, passports, and other documents

Passport of Costa Rica

To get a 30-90 day visa, you are obliged to show your passport upon entry. Also prepare to have your departure ticket in your name and dated before your visa expires with you. When travelling by bus, expect the border officials to collect your passport. It’s also fair to note that it can take hours for your passport to be returned to you and for the bus to cross the border.

Immunizations  and other health concerns

 

It’s advisable to get hepatitis A and B as well as typhoid vaccines on top of the routine vaccinations recommended when travelling to Costa Rica. Be aware that this country teems with wildlife and if you plan on getting in close proximity with them, rabies vaccination is recommended to be on the safe side.

Make sure you receive anti-malarial drugs though malaria isn’t a serious problem in Costa Rica, this is just for prevention. If you have health problems or other pre-existing medical conditions, have your doctor prepare a prescription for the medicines you need to bring. Note that some medicines may not be available there so ask your doctor for alternatives in case you run short of prescription medication.

 

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Travel To Salem and Celebrate Halloween

Do you want  your travels to be memorable then I suggest you  go to Salem, Massachusetts.They are a famous destination during  the Halloween. Rumor has it that witchcraft was once practiced here centuries ago and people were executed because it. If you want to know the legendary stories, horror rides are prepared just for you.

Here are the scariest things you can do in Salem

Salem Trolley’s Tales and Tombstones

Scream with all your capacity for an hour long. Reenactment of murders and executions are famous in this place. Get hold of yourself for the stories that could pop up in your dreams.

Haunted Harbor Cruise

If you like to hear stories about pirates, monsters, and haunted lighthouses, choose this tour to creep you out. An hour and a half tour with haunted stories could make you wish that the tour will end soon.

 

Witch City Segway

Have you ever wished for a broom stick? Have a tour on several locations with a Segway. It will make you feel that someone might be running after you and not of human in nature.

Derby Square Tours

Want to be scared on a walk? Visit Witch Trial Trail and Terror Trail, it will make you walk faster than ever and running can also trigger it.

 

The House of the Seven Gables

Watch horrifying performances that are inspired by the events that the alleged witches has undergone centuries ago. Live performances are showing for the whole month of October.

Salem Witch Museum

Stage performances were prepared for its visitors but it’s not showing until the sun has set. The performance shows the trial of the alleged witches or if your too afraid and just want to  enjoy life on the beautiful Santa Teresa Costa Rica beach.

Travel Tips For Your Expensive High Tech Gadgets

It was  the most romantic spot of my travel and I was ready to capture the perfect  moment then suddenly my camera goes dead!?

What a bummer. There were already a lot of signs before I left the hotel but I ignored it.
It was my most unforgettable moment as a traveler.
It even gives me shivers recounting those important shots I was not able to take and  now I am new person, much wiser and much more prettier.

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Grandparents Holiday Journey Guide

Fall is a perfect season for adults to go on a vacation.

As school starts again in this season, youngsters are going back to school and this would mean that certain vacation spots are less crowded.

When planning a vacation, always plan ahead of time.

Include in the plan on where to have a nice, enjoyable vacation and the mode of transportation you will use.

The most important tip when travelling is to pack light and be on the port earlier than your trip. It is better to wait for your trip than to be rushing catching it and look exhausted when you arrive.

Older people should visit their physician before travelling to check if their condition is allowable for the trip.

Those who have underlying conditions should always bring their medication.

Asthmatic people should have their medications placed on their hand carried bag in order for them to have an easy access in case their asthma attacks.

Some people who have heart and respiratory conditions should have limitations on their itinerary such as high altitudes.

Persons who have food allergies should always refrain from eating foods which could ruin their vacation. Always ask if it contains ingredients that you are allergic of.

Tour groups have its own advantages and disadvantages. When travelling in a foreign country, being in a group could make language barrier less of a problem.

You could gain new friends while enjoying the tour and you won’t have to worry for the locations that you are going to visit since an itinerary was already provided. On the other hand, annoying people would always be present; it could be one of the group members or worst, your seatmate.

Time is also limited in every location since an itinerary should be followed. Another is that, the tour could end late at night and if you are an early-to-bed person, this could be a problem.

You should bring your cell phone at all times since emergency could arise anytime. A handbook with important numbers should be present in your hand carried bag for emergency purposes.

Have some sacks with you just in case your stomach needs one.

There are handy healthy snacks that could be bought just around the corner.

Have some water with you all the time since the tour might have a long road to travel and stop overs may be far from each other.

Having alcohol and caffeine beverages with you is not advisable since these two would cause faster dehydration.

Travelling into different time zones could give you a jetlag.

Try to adapt to the different time zones as soon as possible and set your clock with the current time zone that you are in; you don’t want to be late on your schedules.

Most hotels have their own gym located within the building. If you want to have an exercise, ask the front desk for the information that you need.

Fall is a perfect season for adults to go on a vacation. As school starts again in this season, youngsters are going back to school and this would mean that certain vacation spots are less crowded.

When planning a vacation, always plan ahead of time. Include in the plan on where to have a nice, enjoyable vacation and the mode of transportation you will use. The most important tip when travelling is to pack light and be on the port earlier than your trip. It is better to wait for your trip than to be rushing catching it and look exhausted when you arrive.

Older people should visit their physician before travelling to check if their condition is allowable for the trip.

Those who have underlying conditions should always bring their medication. Asthmatic people should have their medications placed on their hand carried bag in order for them to have an easy access in case their asthma attacks.

Some people who have heart and respiratory conditions should have limitations on their itinerary such as high altitudes.

Persons who have food allergies should always refrain from eating foods which could ruin their vacation. Always ask if it contains ingredients that you are allergic of.

Tour groups have its own advantages and disadvantages. When travelling in a foreign country, being in a group could make language barrier less of a problem.

You could gain new friends while enjoying the tour and you won’t have to worry for the locations that you are going to visit since an itinerary was already provided. On the other hand, annoying people would always be present; it could be one of the group members or worst, your seatmate.

Time is also limited in every location since an itinerary should be followed. Another is that, the tour could end late at night and if you are an early to bed person, this could be a problem.

You should bring your cell phone at all times since emergency could arise anytime. A handbook with important numbers should be present in your hand carried bag for emergency purposes.

Have some snacks with you just in case your stomach needs one. There are handy healthy snacks that could be bought just around the corner.

Have some water with you all the time since the tour might have a long road to travel and stop overs may be far from each other.

Having alcohol and caffeine beverages with you is not advisable since these two would cause faster dehydration.

Travelling into different time zones could give you a jet lag. Try to adapt to the different time zones as soon as possible and set your clock with the current time zone that you are in; you don’t want to be late on your schedules.

Most hotels have their own gym located within the building. If you want to have an exercise, ask the front desk for the information that you need.

Santa Teresa Costa Rica

Texas West Nile Outbreak

west nile virus-Texas NewsLatest Texas News– There is a virus outbreak called West Nile Virus that is hitting the South so hard that Dallas County (Texas’ second most populated region and the place where the deadliest outbreak is located this year), for the first time in 50 years, will resort to aerial spraying of insecticide in order to target the mosquito-borne virus.

The areas that are most affected in the county are Northern Dallas, Highland Park and the University Park and five planes have been requested to spray these affected areas but approval of these actions are still pending.

The county also declared a health emergency with 89 severe cases confirmed out of 214 cases of illness called Neroinvasive West Nile. Deaths are also reported, according to the Texas Infectious Disease Control Unit, eight out of fifteen deaths are from Dallas County.

They say spraying is quite controversial due to the spreading of chemicals in a vast area and it is still not clear to whether it can stop the West Nile Virus or not. But the virus cases and increasing number of deaths are quite high with the virus’ peak season only just begun.

 

Outbreaks often occur in local areas and factors like weather, heat, rain and the number of mosquitoes that carries the virus, bird population that maintain it and human behavior. Whatever the reason is people should be notified and be alert to take action in order to keep their family safe and virus free.

80% of the people infected with the West Nile Virus don’t have any symptoms; however, the remaining 20% will experience fever, headache, body aches, joint pain, vomiting and even diarrhea. Neurological illness like encephalitis or meningitis is quite rare but 10% of those infected will die.

There are no vaccines yet to prevent the said virus and specific treatment for the symptoms but people with mild symptoms will eventually recover over time. Severe cases requires hospitalization for proper medication and older people who also have medical conditions other than the virus have a higher risk for severe illness.

Avoiding mosquito bites is the Best Tip to prevent the spreading of virus if you are   travelling for a vacation in Texas. The Texas Department of State Health Services recommends residents and tourist to take earlier action by:

  • Having an approved insect repellent every time there is an outing and eating delicious Texas Food. An approved repellent contains DEET, Picaridin or oil of lemon Eucalyptus.
  • Draining water that has collected in empty cans, tires, buckets, and gutters on a daily basis. Stagnant water is where the mosquitoes breed. Local Council must set aside Texas Politics and work hand in hand for the welfare of the people.
  • Wearing clothes that cover your arms and legs (clothes with long sleeves and pants) especially at dawn and dusk.

Making sure that all windows and doors have screens to keep the mosquitoes from entering your home and business in Texas.

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Seven Best Tips To Avoid The West Nile Virus

Travel Scandal Involving Expedia,Booking.com and Inter Continental Hotels Chain

Top Online Travel sites and a hotel chain are involve in fixing hotel room prices at unsuspecting online customers.

A investigation that took almost two years was conducted by Britain’s Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has determine that Inter Continental Hotels Group(IHG), the owner of the Holiday Inn chain conspired with Booking.com and Expedia to stop the increase in discounts being given to online customers trying to book for a hotel in their site.  OFT thinks that this problem is also happening to other  major online booking travel sites and further investigation will be conducted.

British-based IHG and US-owned Booking.com protest this accusations and they will show proof that they are not doing anything illegal. Thus problem arise when a small online travel agent was stopped in providing promos for hotel rooms.

OFT said ”

Booking.com and Expedia had entered into separate agreements with IHG which appeared to breach the 1998 Competition Act. Expedia allegedly violated rules from 2007 to 2010, the OFT said, adding that the arrangement between Booking.com and IHG was continuing”.

The regulator continued ” The alleged infringements could limit price competition between online travel agents and make it harder for new online travel agents to offer cut-price deals.”

OFT chief executive Clive Maxwell said: “We want people to benefit fully from being able to shop around online and get a better deal from discounters.”

Mark Datta, managing director of a mobile-only hotel booking service, Blink Booking, was not surprised by the findings. He said: “We have long believed that the big online travel agents have been guilty of denying consumers the best prices — and that hotels’ hands are tied by price parity agreements.

“The online travel market may appear to offer plenty of choice and competition, but the reality is that there are lots of different shop windows selling the same rooms at the same prices — with those prices agreed through deals between the big groups and the big online travel agents.”

IHG and Booking.com said they would contest the OFT’s “provisional findings”. IHG said its arrangements with online booking agents were “compliant with competition laws”.

Expedia said: “Expedia remains committed to ensuring it provides consumers with the widest possible choice of travel options at competitive prices.”

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