Tips for Choosing the Right Travel

Go for steel.

Choosing a mug in the right material is something that you should prioritize. Travel mugs come in plastic or steel variants, with the latter being preferred for its numerous positives. Stainless steel is sturdier than plastic, which makes it an excellent component for a travel mug, as it can withstand all the falls and bumps it may encounter. Also, steel offers better induction than plastic, that is, it helps keep your beverage warm or cold for at least up to an hour. Another downside for plastic is that over time, it tends to absorb the smell and stains of the liquid it stores, no matter how well you clean it. Certainly, such a mug is not a welcome companion in the mornings.

Although plastic works out to be cheaper when compared to stainless steel, opting for the latter will prove to be a good investment in the long run. If for some reason you do have to buy a plastic mug, do pick one that has a steel lining inside.
Look for easy portability.

If you carry your beverage while driving, check the size of the cup holder in your car, and measure the dimensions before you make a purchase. If not, you’d be advised to pick a mug that has a wide base so that it’s not prone to toppling over. Also, look out for an anti-skid base or a rubber grip at the bottom to minimize the number of falls to the max. Yes, this may seem a bit too much, but wait till you have a situation of a pet prone to jumping on to your desk at inopportune moments, or a colleague who just has to flay his arms while he chats with you, perched on your desk.
Choose the right lid.

Yes, we’re now on to the most fascinating aspect of making the right purchase―choosing the right lid. Again, we’re here to make your conundrum lighter by telling you to opt for a screw-on lid. It won’t come off as easily even if you drop your mug, as opposed to the one that snaps open and shut. The beverage hole also comes in variants like sliders and snap lids, but it’s too personal a decision for us to make, so this is one aspect that we’re leaving in your good hands.
Yes, the size does matter.

Obviously, you know how big or small your mug ought to be. Heavy drinkers, go for the tumbler-sized 16 or 20 oz. one, whereas moderate fellas can pick smaller variants that come in a capacity of 8 oz.
Let it make a statement.
Additionally, there are lots of other choices to make, if you wish your mug to speak for you. It doesn’t matter where you buy it; either online or at the store, you can always have your travel mug personalized. Narcissists may want to have their own picture plastered across it, whereas fashionistas may want Anna Wintour’s face to grace it. Others may want a quirky or inspiring message to motivate them in the mornings, while others still may want to print a snide remark aimed at the flapper-armed colleague we mentioned earlier. Keeping it plain works just fine for some too.
Whew! Never imagined there would be these many things to consider before buying a travel mug. But now that you do, it’s going to take a lot to actually pick the wrong one. Happy shopping!

Spring Break Travel Tips

Spring Break… ah, now that brings a smile to a college students’ faces as they shiver in the wind on their way to that dreaded exam. For many students, Spring Break is a long awaited rite-of-passage that’s an important part of the the college experience, and for everybody, it’s a well-earned escape from school in the middle of the semester. Whatever you’re planning to do for Spring Break, here are some helpful tips to help you have a fabulous time.

Spring Break Shopping Guide
Shopping for a great swimsuit and other fun stuff for your trip can be a blast, but don’t forget to bring the necessities. These things will cost quite a bit more in a tourist destination. Here’s a practical Spring Break shopping guide to help you remember the important basics.

Spring Break Safety Precautions
Yes, the media has overhyped the dangers of Spring Break. The news would have you think that student hotspots are cesspools of endless binge drinking, date rape drugs, sex, and most of all, endless dangers that lurk in the shadows to corrupt innocent young coeds from middle America. While Spring Break isn’t that crazy, a savvy student traveler needs to be aware of the problems and potentially dangerous situations they might encounter. To help you out, here are some Spring Break safety precautions to keep in mind.

Spring Break Money Saving Tips
The biggest danger most students face during Spring Break is to their wallets. All travel is expensive, and student travel can be especially expensive if you’re not careful because there are plenty of unscrupulous people out there who try to take advantage of college kids. Be very careful about travel package deals that are advertised heavily Ont he Internet, on campus, and anywhere that students frequent. Many of these deals really are too good to be true. Here’s how to avoid a Spring Break travel scam.

Even if you don’t fall victim to a scam, Spring Break can be a real money pit for college students. Unexpected expenses can add up very quickly. Here are some Spring Break money saving tips to help you end your vacation with a fatter wallet.

Spring Break Travel Ideas
So where should you spend your Spring Break? Cancun? Florida? Be sure to stop by a reputable travel agency that specializes in student travel, because they can give you some great tips on where to go and where to avoid.

In addition, consider taking a more unusual Spring Break. Who says you have to spend break on a beach to have fun– and who says you have to spend the money that goes along with a tropical vacation? Here are some cheap ideas for Spring Break travel that you might not have considered, such as a road trip. Or consider joining the growing numbers of students who spend their Spring Breaks volunteering in places like New Orleans. Here’s what you need to know about alternative Spring Break volunteer trips.

Useful Air Travel Tips

Travelling in pregnancy may not be a very enjoyable experience for most. However, it does not necessarily have to be a bad experience. Thousands of pregnant women travel via air every year and majority of them are able to avoid any kind of untoward accident. Appropriate knowledge and some carefulness is perhaps the prerequisite for a safe journey. Here are some useful tips to be kept in mind to ensure the safety of the pregnant women during air travel.

Consult the gynaecologist – Before planning a travel and booking airline tickets, consult a good gynaecologist to know whether you are fit to travel or not.

Book Direct Flights– Direct flights are always convenient for pregnant passengers as it saves them from the trouble of changing the aircraft repeatedly. Though airlines tickets for direct flights are comparatively expensive but the convenience they bestow is worth the money spent.

Book Best Seats in Advance– Plan you travel well in advance to make the best bookings possible. Compare flights and air ticket costs and then make online air tickets booking to reserve the seats available with extra legroom space.

Restrictions on Pregnant Travellers – Many airlines put certain restrictions on the travelling of the pregnant women during the late days of their pregnancy. For this, the airlines go through several medical aspects of the pregnant travellers including their due delivery date, number of babies mother is expecting, health issues, etc. For instance, pregnant ladies who book air tickets to Indiawith British Airways will face no travel restrictions up to the 36th week of pregnancy, provided the passenger is not expecting multiple births.

Packing– Pack loose and comfortable clothes to stay calm and relaxed during your holidays. Keeping a pair of comfortable and light shoes is also highly recommended as it can make your travel experience relaxing and stress-free.

Reach Airport Early– Reach airport early to avoid last minute rush as any sort of rush can make pregnant passengers feel stressful and uneasy.

If you need assistance from your personal helper till the entrance, you may collect an pass from the airport service desk.

Avoid Dehydration– Dehydration can be really bad for pregnant ladies during air travel. Try to consume sufficient amount of water to relish a comfortable travel experience. You may also carry your own water bottle to sip water at regular intervals of time.

Flight Safety – To ensure safety on the flight, keep your seat belts fastened all the time. Use handrails or seat backs to stand and move inside the aircraft. The flight attendants must be told about the presence of the pregnant traveller in the flight in advance so that they may pay extra attention to the traveller.

Travelling the world

Don’t be fooled by the title, I don’t mean the movie Solo. I know I should’ve added another word to it but how else do you expect me to grab your attention? Smart, ain’t I? For all the people out there, what is it like to travel solo round the world? I personally haven’t travelled the world over. India is too big a country and there’s much more to explore. Given the chance and the opportunity when I am done travelling in India, I’ll most certainly travel abroad-solo. To help you make good choices, one has to simply log on to TravelHot for discounts on domestic flights.

Let’s get back to the topic I wanted to talk about: travelling solo. I have travelled long distances across several places and one thing I can say it’s quite an adventure! What is it like to travel alone internationally? I am yet to experience it. To understand what it is like, I scouted for some solo travel bloggers online trying to understand their mind-set.

One of the travel bloggers I ardently follow is Liz of She has been solo travelling for year’s altogether and has some very good posts. Hers was the first blog I stumbled across and I am following her (virtually) ever since. She has some nice updates online and a perfect guide if wish to become a travel blogger (and earn). Trust me when I say this: it ain’t for the faint-hearted to venture in to the unknown among complete strangers, but hey, travelling is an adventure, right? Read on. Liz has some nice tips for blogging and travelling and her blog is a must read.

What you actually get from solo travel bloggers is not just guides, travel tips and directions. The bloggers share an experience and it’s their perspective on travelling that helps a great deal. Solo travelling has several benefits to it as well and I don’t think people who travel alone are a stingy lot who don’t wish to share their expenses, they are not selfish either.

Do you remember the song from these lines:

“Oh no not I. I will survive. Oh as long as I know how to love I know I’ll stay alive. I got all my life to live and I got all my love to give. and I’ll survive. I will survive. hey hey”

For those who aren’t able to guess it, it’s a song from the singer Donna Summer – I will survive. The perspective I’ll take from the lyrics here is not the love from a lover. Here, you can simply love yourself. Make this song your motto. Period.

The major thing to gain is new experiences, overcome your fears, discovering yourself and most importantly – nobody can take away your freedom! (I’m sure you’ve got a mental flashback from Braveheart; that was the idea!) Another benefit that I read across solo traveler’s blogs is it boosts your confidence to a great extent. If you’re not a regular solo traveler then it’s encourage-able to do so at least once a year.

Few of the things I’ve noticed that for Solo travelers the negative aspect of it is they will not be able to split the costs from hotel stays to cab fare. They have to manage things on their own. Traveling for long periods of time can also get lonely. Hell! You can’t even get a second opinion from your imaginary friend! Anything that you do in life will have some positive and negative aspects. What I have compiled above is just pointers, sort of quick-guide for the ‘wanna-be solo traveler’. If you have already made up your mind that you absolutely do not wish to be a solo traveler, you might as well check some amazing travel destinations what TravelHot has to offer, (I’ve heard they have some great offers!).