Enjoy a Great Vacation While Saving a Bundle on Travel and Stay Expenses

Most of the people think that the words ‘holiday’ and ‘cheap’ don’t seem to go together. However, this is not really the case. Traveling or vacationing does not have to burn a hole in your pocket. With some smart thinking and pre-trip planning, you can enjoy a wonderful, yet low-cost vacation.

Here are some budget travel tips with which you can get the most of your trip without making it too heavy on your wallet.

Pre-plan and research well: Prior planning of the trip is a must if you are looking to save the maximum. You should research well to find the cheapest destinations and the best prices.

Travel off-season: The off-season is a great time to get unbelievable deals. By traveling during this time, you might have to miss the perfect weather, but you will also be spared the maddening crowds of tourists.

Pack right: You should pack right, taking the weather at your destination into consideration. Try to be prepared for any contingency so that you are not caught off-guard and have to spend on costly ‘on the road’ purchases.

Make smart selection of accommodation: You should choose a leisure hotel for staying during the weekdays and a business hotel for the weekends. This will fetch you handsome discounts. You can also consider staying in hotels that are not in the city center but on the outskirts. Hostels and shared cabins are also good options for budget accommodation.

Avoid taking a flight: Don’t fly, if you can drive down or take the train. If you do need to take a flight, shop online for an attractive deal. You can get especially great prices if you book your ticket months in advance or book at the last minute.

Limit your fine dining: It would be a good idea to bring along energy bars and dried fruits to munch on when out sight-seeing. If complimentary breakfast is offered by your hotel, you must avail it and you can even pick up breads, cheeses and fruits from the local market. When you do eat out, try to visit the hole-in-the wall restaurants or food carts.

Save on local transport costs: You can save big by avoiding the cabs or rented cars and using the local public transport. You may pick up full day transit passes.

Take package deals offered by local travel agents: Taking up all-inclusive package deals from your local travel agent can make your tour affordable. So, go online and log on to a local business directory to get the details of the reliable travel agencies in your area.

Summer, Travel and Medication – Part 6 – Motion Sickness and Jetlag

For extra sensitive persons prevention of motion sickness through medication can be considered. H1-antihistamines, having an anti-emetic effect are used for this purpose. They have to be taken ½ to 1 hour before the journey starts and in longer travels it can be considered to take an extra dose after six hours. It is very important to stress that these types of medication cannot be taken by pregnant women. Small children under the age of two years should not be given any anti motion sickness medication either. It is a fact that motion sickness does not regularly occur in young children any way. Be very careful as well when driving a vehicle when under the influence of the medication: it has a very sedative affect and you could fall asleep behind the wheel of your car. Same restrictions apply if you are working with heavy power tools: the danger here is that the medication affects your ability to concentrate, with possible serious accidents as a consequence.

Jet Lag

A recent article in The Lancet shows once again that there is no one remedy to counteract or prevent jet lag. Some people advice melatonin, next to a lot of measures, not involving medication. There is a lot of conflicting evidence to be found when researching the effects of melatonin on jet lag. Sometimes a favorable effect is reported in the scientific literature and sometimes no effects at all are reported. What to think about that? Fact is however that there is very little known about the safety of using melatonin. Some studies show it to have an effect on the medication that prevents the blood from coagulating prematurely. Some countries have banned the use of melatonin in drugs all together. So as always: when in doubt consult your family doctor who will advise you what best to do.

This was part 6 of a series of 6 articles about travel and medication. The other parts being: Part 1 Vaccinations – Part 2 Travelers diarrhea – Part 3 Lyme’s disease – Part 4 mountain sickness and heat stroke – Part 5 Malaria – Part 6 motion sickness and jet lag.

What’s Next for Oil Prices in 2016 and 2017

Oil prices surged during the first half of 2016. In February, the price of the U.S. benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) hit a historic low of $26.21, but it rose more than 50% in the following months. The global benchmark, Brent crude, followed a very similar pattern in the first half of 2016.

Oil PricesDespite price fluctuations in June and July, Money Morning Global Energy Strategist Dr. Kent Moors believes the WTI crude oil price is currently in a sustainable range and could hit the mid-$50 per barrel by the end of 2016.

He forecasts that WTI crude oil prices will climb to the low $60 per barrel range in 2017 and sees Brent oil prices per barrel in the mid $60s next year.

Before we get into why our Money Morning oil price prediction shows these double-digit gains in 2017, here’s a recap of the 2016 price fluctuations…

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