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Hotel Fire Safety Steps That You Should Take To Ensure That Your Stay Is A Safe One

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Almost without exception, each of us has traveled away from our homes and stayed in a hotel, motel, or a bed and breakfast establishment. Oftentimes we become "relaxed" while away as we fail to make ourselves aware of the dangers a fire presents especially in an unfamiliar environment. Let's take a look at some of the things you should do to minimize your risks while away from home.

Even before embarking on a trip, fire fighting experts strongly suggest you research to find out if your hotel has a fire safety plan in place. Does the establishment have smoke detectors and a sprinkler system? In addition, you should pull together and pack a personal survival kit which includes a flashlight, a portable smoke detector, and a roll of wide duct tape. When traveling abroad you should learn the word for "fire" in the native language.

Promptly upon check in you should ask about the hotel's evacuation plan, find out where the fire alarms are located, and check to see if there are smoke detectors and a sprinkler system in your room. If the establishment is deficient in any of these areas, strongly consider staying somewhere else.

Once you are in your room check the windows to make sure they open and close properly (if they are not the sealed type). Identify at least two ways out of the room, if available, and learn how to unlock your door in the dark. Keep your room key and flashlight by your bed and remember where they are at all times.

Should a fire start in your room, leave immediately and bring your room key with you. Close the door and sound the fire alarm. Quickly walk to safety and do not use the elevator. Once you are on the ground floor, leave the building immediately.

If a fire begins elsewhere in the building take your key and a flashlight. Put the back of your hand against the door to see if it is hot and then check the hallway for smoke. If smoke has been detected, crawl low along the floor and exit by way of the first stairwell you see. Again, do not use the elevator.

If upon touching the door to your room you find it to be hot or if there's a great amount of smoke in the hallway, the fire is nearby and you will need stay in your room. Call for help, fill the bathtub with water, and cram the bottom of the door with wet towels or a throw rug. Tape the edges of the door and, if possible, hang a sheet from a window to signal for help. If your windows are sealed, attempt to smash them open with a chair or other blunt instrument. Finally, wait for the fire professionals to come to you and never attempt to jump from your room's window.

Do these preventative measures seem extreme to you? They may seem that way if you are not a frequent traveler. Many of the fire codes we take for granted in the USA are much lower - if not at all existent - in certain other countries. Take the necessary precautions before your trip to ensure that your stay at an establishment is a safe one.

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Leather Luggage That Is Indestructible Attractive And Affordable

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These bags may have gone underground for a while, where the general traveling public is concerned, but for the experienced traveler they have always been the gold standard.

Far superior

Many of the luggage products offered today are of nylon fabric construction. This material is a decent material for a piece of luggage but prone to manufacturing quality issues. The fabric holds together fairly well but the stitching can have a tendency to pull from the zippers and seams can split. For the most part, this is due to the locations that manufacture the products. Quality inspection is not as rigorous as it could be because manufacturers follow a different business model.

Hard charging luggage

The versatility of leather luggage is renowned to the traveling public at large. There is a reason that leather luggage has been in use for as long as it has. It is the most versatile and durable type of luggage available. At one end of the leather bag spectrum is the basic valise. These open mouthed bags are grab and go bags that can carry just about everything in a wide open stiff bottomed bag. Throw the bag around and do your worst. This bag will stand up and protect your belongings with no signs of adverse damage.

Exceedingly reasonable price

Some may have the traveler believe that leather luggage is an expensive option. This is just flat wrong. Leather luggage is reasonably priced by any measure and in some instances even better then other options. Consider the 5 piece luggage set from between $150.00 and $410.00. For many other types of luggage you would need to search far and wide for pricing such as this. The even better part of this particular pricing is that you will be getting the full advantages of leather. When others are on their third set of luggage your first set of leather luggage will just be getting ready for the action ahead. Buy it once, buy it for life.

The leather quality

The process of getting a piece of leather to the stage where it can be ready to become a fine piece of leather luggage is arduous. Each step requires close attention to detail. By the time the leather reaches the luggage manufacturer it is soft and supple yet strong and ready to last more then a lifetime. A vast majority of leather luggage manufacturers realize this and continue the piece of leathers journey with the safe craftsmanship that it was given before it got to them. Heavier denier yarns are used to make sure that stitching lasts for decade upon decade. Where grommets are required, only the finest materials are used. The maker of the piece of leather luggage you buy thinks of it as a symbol of pride, just as you do when you show it off during your travels.

Around the world and back again

If one bag is just not enough and you plan of an extended voyage most leather luggage product lines have a full set that will suit your varied needs. Make-up case to shaving kit-garment bag to backpack a full set of leather luggage will set you up for whatever the world has to throw at you. Perhaps the most important leather bag that a full set of luggage may offer you is the bag for your suites and dresses. Many of today's suit bags offer space for one or possibly two suites or dresses before you begin to cram another change into the bag. Most leather luggage sets, however, offer you a roomier bag with the option of up to five suits or dresses. Ultimately, this option indicates just how much attention leather luggage manufacturers pay to what you, as a traveler, ask for in the construction of your bag.

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Grand Cayman Island After The Hurricane Season

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One of the ports visited on our recent Royal Caribbean cruise was Grand Cayman. This was an eagerly awaited port since I've been there before but wanted to take my girlfriend scuba diving there. We were worried that we might miss this port since the Caymans were hit pretty hard by the hurricanes and indeed, they had closed the islands off to tourist travel for part of the summer/fall. Fortunately for us, Grand Cayman had reopened just about two weeks prior to our cruise at the end of November.

Getting to Grand Cayman is by tender since it had a shallow harbour. This can be a potential problem in itself because we were told that if the wind and waves are too rough, the captain would cancel the port and spend the rest of the day at sea. Apparently in the past, one of the tender boat workers had fallen and got crushed to death between the boat and the dock during one of the rougher wave days. This resulted in the cruiseships being much more careful in deciding whether to allow tendering or not given the conditions. Again, fortunately for us, the weather was picture perfect during the day we were in Grand Cayman last week.

The downtown area pretty well recovered from the effects of the hurricanes and the shopping was business as usual. There were four ships at port during the day we were at port. Grand Cayman is above average in terms of cleaniness and the attitude of the locals for a Caribbean island. It is also one of the pricier island though. Bargains can still be found though, especially in the liquor where there are examples of certain liquors being even less expensive in Grand Cayman than even Cozumel. For example, Malibu rum was $10 US in Grand Cayman, $13 in Cozumel and about $19 back in the Miami home port. Everything else like restaurants and activities were generally more expensive than other islands.

According to other passengers who ventured to other parts of the island, the damage from the hurricanes was more visible with fallen trees and some buildings still not repaired yet. A few of the organized tours by the cruiseship were also not available. We decided in advance to do some scuba diving off the shore and Eden Rocks Scuba Center was a 5 minute walk from the port. There are two decent shore dives right in front of their dive shop and we spend the morning diving the site called Devil's Grotto. Instead of paying $85 US for a typical Cayman boat dive trip, I ended up paying just $8 US for a rental for a tank.

I didn't go to other parts of the island during this trip but have been to the turtle farm, Hell village and Stingray City before. They are all worthwhile sites to visit. I wanted to take my girlfriend scuba diving at Stingray City in the afternoon but for some reason, only the snorkelling sections of Stingray City were available that day. So after returning to the cruiseship for lunch, we went back ashore to do some shopping. We would like to come back to Grand Cayman again for a longer stay in the future.

In summary, most of Grand Cayman appears to be back in business again after the hurricanes. It is one of the nicer but pricier ports to visit in the Caribbean.

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Cruising For Special Needs Accommodations

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If you are disabled or have certain special needs, you can still have a cruise ship adventure. If you fall into this category, your best bet is to consult with a travel agent to find the best cruise line that will accommodate your needs.

No two cruise lines are quite alike, so comparison shopping is required when choosing your options. Your particular disability could be the deciding factor on which cruise to take. For instance, not all cruise ships can accommodate wheelchairs easily. Cabins are notoriously small, so you must get dimensions to determine if your wheelchair will even fit inside your room.

Luckily, some of the larger cruise lines have specially designated cabins that have wider doorways. The bathrooms are large enough for a wheelchair to roll right inside. The closets are built for a lower reach and the elevators have controls easily accessible for those people sitting in wheelchairs. Some cruise lines will have collapsible wheelchairs available, but it is highly recommended that passengers bring their own. If motorized wheelchairs are in use, you must bring your own charger that is adaptable to a normal 110 volt plug.

Part of going on a cruise is experiencing the various ports of call. Small boats called tenders are used to carry the travelers from the cruise ship to shore. Every effort is made to ensure that wheelchair bound passengers get to experience these ports of call. However, the tenders that take passengers to shore are not always accessible or safe for the disabled. If the wheelchair bound does manage to safely get to shore, certain ports of call may not always be equipped to handle special needs.

Hearing impaired passengers can also request special accommodations. Some cruise lines will offer ADA (American Disabilities Association) compliant rooms. They will have tele-typewriters (TTY) or telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD). These cabins might come with ADA approved kits which include visual smoke alarms, door sensors so you know someone is at your door and even alarms that vibrate.

Travelers with guide dogs or other service animals will have a tougher time finding a suitable cruise. Each port of call has different rules and regulations regarding animals. Your travel agent can check with the Department of Agriculture for each port of call to determine their guidelines. Sometimes the services animals could be denied permission to leave the cruise ship.

Special nutritional needs are also accommodated on many cruise lines. Vegetarians have options as do those passengers who require low fat, low salt or low cholesterol diets. Guests with lung impairments that require oxygen can cruise too, but must ensure that they have a plentiful supply of oxygen for their travels.

One of the caveats for disabled guests or those with special needs is that you should be autonomous and travel with another companion in case any support during the cruise is required. No matter what infirmities you may have, the cruise line should be notified upon booking. However, with special planning for your special needs, you should be able to have an extra special adventure!

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Motorhome Or Trailer

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Motorhome or Trailer that is the question for you. Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of both, so you will be confident when purchasing an RV. When comparing Rvs, a motorhome or a travel trailer, should you buy a motorhome or fifth wheeler? The advantages and disadvantages of both are studied so that you can make your choice wisely when purchasing an RV. Possessing a motorhome or fifth wheel is an achievement of a lifetime. It can be similar to sojourning with your residence as you search the various sites of our great land, America.

The two commonly known recreational vehicle classes are the motorized and towable. Towable rvs are the travel trailers and the fifth wheel. The rv travel trailer or fifth wheel has the attraction of getting towed by a pickup or a car, thus giving the adaptability of possessing transportation for you when you are parked at your campsite.

A motorhome is a recreational vehicle that is motorized. It has three categories which can either be gas, diesel or Diesel Pushers which are the most costly ones. Converted vans that are large and self-sustaining represent the smaller types of motorhomes and then there are the ones that are built on the chassis of a truck.. The motorized motor home needs a tow car for your transportation after you set up in your campsite.

Rvs are styled to your specifications for the best appearance and luxuries you anticipate when possessing an rv. High standard artisanship, venues for entertainment, and keenness to small bits of information can be applied into an rv bearing in mind that each and every amenity comes with a price tag.

A travel trailer or fifth wheel is larger inside than a motorhome of the same size because of the driving area, i.e. a 40 foot trailer or fifth wheel has more livable space than a 40 foot motorhome. Towing a trailer with a car puts a lot of wear and tear on the automobile because they are usually not equipped for heavy duty towing.

The motor home is definitely more money because you are paying for the driving mechanism and chassis. Trailers and motorhomes can be equipped with the same options. So the question seems to be do I want to travel in a truck pulling a large fifth wheel or ride in a motorhome pulling a tow car.

One thing is certain if you talk to a motorhome owner he will tell you that you should definitely purchase a motorhome and the same goes for a travel trailer or fifth wheel owner, he thinks the trailer is the only way to go. No matter what you choose the experiences are out of this world.

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Spring Break What Is The Best Location

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Spring break is a fun time of year, greatly enjoyed by the young and the um, younger. It's a relaxing time spent away from the daily grind of studies and the boredom of sitting in classrooms all day, and is a great way for students of all ages to recharge.

For college and university students, spring break is a time to party. It's a way to let off some steam from the stress of classes, plus it's just plain fun. Some popular spring break locations include Miami, with its beaches and surfing, and Las Vegas, with many exciting things to see and to do.

For the family looking for popular spring break locations, one of the first places that come to mind is Disneyworld in Orlando, Florida, with its ever popular rides and many sights to see. There is also Disneyland in California, as well as the new California Adventures.

To be sure to get a nice place to stay and a reasonable flight, book a hotel near your spring break location of choice early. Flights do fluctuate, and you may be able to catch a good deal at a seemingly random time, so don't despair if you run a bit late firming up your airline reservations.

Other spring break locations which might be fun include a trip to the Bahamas, to Hawaii, or maybe even to Alaska. For an educational destination, a trip to New York or Chicago, where there are many art galleries, museums, and cultural events, may be good choices. Great locales abound, and the only difficulty is to choose spring break locations that can be enjoyed for just the few days that a typical school break allows.

A spring break location that might work well for your family is a trip to Mexico - warm, sunny, and full of friendly people. The resorts of Mexico are appealing spring break locations because your primary purpose in going there would be to relax. Many travel agencies offer all inclusive packages that include everything from flight and accommodation to meals and beverages.

Spring break locations abound for the family that is looking for fun. There are many educational or outdoor adventure based spring break locations you can choose from as well - an outdoor adventure or a trip to go rock climbing or skiing can be a great way to spend time as a family or for a college student to have fun with his or her friends.

Regardless of where your final destination is, you can be assured that the break from school and work will be welcome.

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Travel Industry Chooses Travelpro

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Travelpro luggage is the choice of over 425,000 worldwide flight personnel and is consistently rated high by travel experts. Though the Travelpro line was originally designed for flight personnel, experts say it's should be the choice of all travelers alike. Travelpro luggage was the first brand to design rolling luggage, known as Rollaboard.

The Travelpro luggage line is excellent in quality and durability. Each line is rated highly by experts and stands on it own. Travelpro lugagge carries an array of luggage from its top rated rolling luggage collection to garment rolling bags, rolling carry-on bags, totes, duffels, and rolling business cases.

Here is a brief detail of the Travelpro Luggage top selling collection line:

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Stag Weekends In Bournemouth Off Road Karting

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When it comes to stag weekends, your mind travels to a place that is filled with scenic beauty and thrilling activities. Stag nights and stag parties in Bournemouth is the ideal option to spend your leisure time while you are on a stag weekend. Bournemouth is reputed for its beauty and is called the blue-rinse paradise. Ideal for a stag weekend, Bournemouth is filled with numerous belting nightclubs and fashionable bars, all located within walking distance of each other. Stag weekends in Bournemouth provides you with some of the best stag events and beach activities ranging from zap cats and power boating, karting, quad biking to greyhound racing and clay pigeon shooting.

Stag Do - Rage Buggies in Bournemouth

Off road Karting in Bournemouth is the ultimate thrilling stag event as you ride a 620cc-unrestricted engine with a lightweight chassis capable of picking up a speed of 50 mph within just 6 seconds. It definitely sounds a challenging stag event. Get prepared for some more surprising information. This 620cc powerful engine is like an automatic car with no gears, where you will have to drive using one foot only. This mechanism leaves your mind free to concentrate on finding the racing line around the specially built course that's filled with adventurous twists and turns comprising slaloms, chicanes and hairpins. Apart from giving you a fun filled stag weekend, off road karting in Bournemouth also teaches you how to fishtail the forceful kart around the corners and along the extensive curves.

You will be given loads of practice laps to get a feel of the kart. There will be two karts on the track at a time to give you a clear track ahead. Now that you have gained sufficient training in this stag event, you will be able to do a flat out and flying timed lap with a fantastic start and a perfect finish.

The Fun of Off Road Karting

Stag weekends are the best ways of relieving your mind and enjoying your day to the fullest. The stag do off road karting in Bournemouth provides you with all the fun and adventure you are looking for. Chillisauce makes sure that your trip to Bournemouth turns out to be the best stag weekend you ever had, leaving behind a sense of satisfaction, and making you look forward to similar such fun filled stag weekends in Bournemouth.

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The Perfect African Safari

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Many people dream of going on safari; seeing animals in the natural habitat and experiencing the beauty of the African landscape. A boutique safari hotel offers luxurious surroundings with an outstanding backdrop.

Where is it?

Many safari holidays are based in South Africa and Kenya. South Africa is one of the largest African countries, located at the bottom of the continent, whilst Kenya is further north on the east coast of Africa.

Where can I stay?

The beauty of staying at a boutique hotel when you're on safari is that it offers you the comfort and luxury you would expect from a city hotel, whilst also allowing you to experience the unique landscape. The Makanyane Safari Lodge in South Africa is set within a huge game reserve and features just eight suites, whose design includes indoor and outdoor showers and glass walls so that your view of the park is undisturbed. Wide folding doors allow you to let the outside in and the hotel organises safari drives and game walks so that you can see everything you came for. In Kenya, Dodo's Tower is a luxury boutique way to see big and small game up close. It's expensive, but worth every penny, as a private airstrip allows you to go wherever you want to, the excellent cuisine can be served as you watch the sun go down from your balcony and you are free to drink in the sights and sounds of Kenya's Lake Naivasha.

What can I see?

Safari holidays are designed to let you see big game and other wildlife in its natural habitat. There is nothing more astounding than being in the same environment as animals you've only ever seen in a zoo or on the television. The plains of Africa are home to a huge number of species, but most people want to see elephants, giraffes, big cats, zebras, hippos and birds. Whatever your particular interest, the guides arranged by boutique hotels can tailor your trip to give you the best chance of seeing it. In addition to the animals, don't forget to pay close attention to the landscape itself. The wide plains, lakes and volcanic formations all make for stunning photographs and unforgettable memories - and the perfect backdrop for some stunning sunrises and sunsets.

How do I get around?

Once you've arrived at the airport, you will need to drive or take a connecting flight to the game reserve. This can be organised for you by your hotel, who may also be able to arrange your safari tours. These will either be in 4×4 jeeps, or special minibuses. You can also take safari walks with a trained guide, charter an aircraft or take a hot air balloon ride.

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