A compact carry on for traveling

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Guest post written by Brent Crowder The past few times that I've travelled, I've actually been made to check my rolling carry on suitcase. It really does fit into the overhead compartments on planes, but I guess there's just something about it that makes it look like it's too big for that and I'm trying to sneak it past airport security. So I guess that it's time I just accept that and buy a new bag for that because in the long run I think I'd save money by doing that instead of paying fees to check it. With that thinking, I went online to see if I could find something about bags that look especially small even though they still have tons of room and when I was doing…
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Things to Do and See in New Orleans

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New Orleans is the biggest city in Louisiana, and is also one of the most visited cities of the state. New Orleans is well known to tourists for having great food and music, muggy and hot weather, and for its unique history and culture. After the devastation left by the Hurricane Katrina last 2005, New Orleans still remains one of the top tourist hot-spots of all time. Some of the sights that you cannot miss when visiting New Orleans include their historic architecture, which showcases the Victorian mansions as well as their city-wide structures, and a hint of French and Spanish architectures as well. You can also visit the historic cemeteries of the city, which are located mostly uptown. You can also go to the Superdome located in New Orleans'…
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Places to See in Tokyo, Japan

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Every time people hear about Tokyo, Japan, there is one thing that first comes into their minds - a very modern city with a very high cost of living. But contrary to the thinking of many, Tokyo is one of the most affordable cities you will ever find in the world. There are a lot of bars, restaurants and cafes which serve food as cheap as buying drinks. Aside from that, most of its attractions are free, and you can stroll freely to see the beauty of the city. At first glance, you can see the main city filled with thousands of people walking on the streets, a traffic jam in almost every road, and the hundreds of skyscrapers with colorful lights at night. But if you walk further to…
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Cruising in Alaska

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Alaska's reputation as a tourist destination has grown tremendously over the past few years. This is mainly thanks to the increase in cruise lines offering packages to tourists. Another reason is that the cruise line offer differing types of vessels to their passengers. So, depending on how much you want to spend, you can choose from low key ships to mega cruisers. The main thing you have to keep in mind about an Alaskan cruise is that it is seasonal. The season begins in May and ends in September. This is the period when the waterways are not frozen, thereby enabling ships to freely navigate the area. The season peaks in June, July and August as the temperature reaches up to 80 degrees in the daytime making the weather quite…
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Avoiding Scams while Traveling

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Scams are part and parcel of world travel. Whether you are visiting a third world country or standing in the heart of New York City, you are vulnerable to scams. Here are a few that you should be aware of: 1. A stranger asks for fuel money - Usually this is accompanied with a sob story of a funeral, family emergency, etc. If you do feel compelled to help this person, tell them that you will go with them to a gas station and you will find that they disappear very quickly. 2. Free gift - Someone asks you a very simple favor (i.e. directions) and return they put a bracelet on your arm or something similar. You don't want it but you can't take it off your arm either,…
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Trekking about in Cape Town

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Going for a trek is always an invigorating experience and it allows you to take in the surroundings at your pace. Trekking or hiking in the Cape Town region can be an unforgettable experience due to its beauty and wildlife. But before you decide to rove the countryside you should take some precautions to stay safe. 1. Dehydration is a killer. Remember to take plenty of water with you. 2. Treks have a way of stretching out, so you may lose track of time. Take some energy bars or snacks that will keep you going. 3. Strong, thick boots are essential as you are walking in snake and scorpion country. Thick socks are also advisable accessories. 4. Although shorts might be tempting at times, trousers are more advisable in this…
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A Trip to Dubai

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If you've never been there, Dubai probably conjures up images of tents, camels and Bedouins smoking sheesha's in your mind. While all of that can still be found in certain places, modern Dubai is as far from that image as possible. Towering skyscrapers, cutting edge technologies and opulence by the bucket load is what you can expect now if you visit there. First of all you should be aware that you are visiting a Moslem country. Therefore you should be prepared to hearing the call for prayers regularly throughout the day and especially before Sunrise. You should also be aware that most establishments close for a period of about four hours every day, around midday. Dubai is a shopper's paradise, so make sure that your wallet is well stocked. It…
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Getting Through a Long Flight

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Although air travel is more commonplace now, the speeds with which we reach destinations have not changed by much. This does not matter for first or second time fliers, but for regular travelers air travel soon becomes a bore. Cramped seating, unchanging scenery, not-very-exciting food etc, are all hallmarks of any flight. But by doing a few simple things, you can make a boring long flight more bearable. Killing time - Bring a book or two along, to keep you occupied. Pocketbooks are better suited for this purpose. Don't read for long periods at a stretch, as the lighting in the plane is not the best for reading. Break the reading with short naps and by listening to some music with your eyes closed. Carrying a small MP3 player with…
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Safety Tips for Ladies

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Travelling alone can be daunting enough without having to worry about valuables and security. Yet, this is a reality that every lone traveler has to face. For women, especially, security is of paramount importance. There are a few simple steps that can help towards this factor. Always pick a hotel that is situated in a bustling neighborhood. If there are lots of restaurants, night clubs, late night stores etc it is better, because there will always be people around. Picking a smaller hotel in this area is also a good idea. The staff will get to know you better and will be more alert to strangers hanging around the premises. Don't take a room that you are not comfortable with. Try to keep away from those that are close to…
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Tips for First Time Cruisers

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Going on a cruise is a very different experience to any other holiday that you are likely to take. It takes care of your accommodation, food and travel criteria while taking you to various destinations. If you are thinking of taking a cruise and it is your first time, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind. The best time to book a cruise is in the early stages or the very last minute. This strategy will give you the best possible price as there are many deals floating around at these stages. Small cabins obviously go for low prices and they get even lower if you do a last minute booking. Find a reputable travel agent and utilize their services. The agents have inside knowledge on the best…
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