Snack and Drinks
Don't assume that there will
be places to buy snacks and drinks wherever you go simply because they are available where you live.
TIP: Always take bottled water with you when you leave the ship on shore excursions.
To maintain energy levels you should
always have a suitable snack and drink on hand at all times rather than relying on the availability of them when traveling.
At some destinations such supplies can be few and far between and even in developed countries one food stop could
be an hour or more away from the last.
If traveling in more diverse weather conditions it is even more important
that you ensure you have suitable supplies.
Hunger causes fatigue and if you are driving long distances this can
add to the dangers of losing concentration or even falling asleep at the wheel.
Try to choose snacks that aren't
full of sugar as these will only give you a temporary burst of energy and then make you feel all the more hungry when the
'sugar high' has gone.
Water is a better alternative to sodas and flavored drinks for maintaining energy but make
sure in places where you aren't certain of the quality of the water supplies that you only drink bottled water so you don't
get any gastric problems.
Along with the need to keep snacks and drink on hand you should always take the opportunity
to use available toilets along the journey as you might not be able to locate them when needed and it can be particularly
uncomfortable traveling when there is a need for 'relief'
When away from your car buying food and drink,
or using toilets, make sure that all your possessions are well locked away and out of sight to discourage thieves.
It only takes seconds for thieves to get into a car and mess up your holiday plans by stealing your luggage.
Taking Care of Your Holiday Budget
is very easy to overspend while away on holiday and it takes some restraint to remain within budget for many people.
It is exciting to see things in the shops that you won't find in your home country and the urge to spend can be more than
many people can control.
A lot of people also have the attitude that while they are away on holiday they will spend
up large and worry about the consequences when they get back home. This is not a good idea because that type of attitude might
stop you from having the opportunity to travel again.
If your money is tight then keeping a travel budget will
help you to stay on track and ensure that you have enough money to get back home and not have to spend the next few years
paying off your travel debts.
There will always be more expenditure than you anticipate when away on holiday no
matter how many times you travel and think you have thought of it all.
Even if you have been to the same destination
recently there will usually be price rises in many different areas. Your dinner might cost a few dollars more or your taxi
fare might have gone up just a little. You might need to get extra laundry done because you spilt some food or you might feel
a little hungrier than normal and need to buy additional food.
It is hard to budget for things like this happening
but they are bound to be there so you should always leave some surplus funds to be on the safe side of your spending.
It might be wise to have a special fund set aside that will allow you to buy extra luxury items; dresses, bikinis, shoes,
jewelry and so on that you might want to buy.
You will have to allow for tips and variances in the exchange rates
There are too many little things to think about that you will never be able to account for so you will need
to give yourself a budget buffer to cover these costs and reduce the worry of running short of funds before the holiday is
Cruise Ship Tips: Many cruise
ship have upscale speciality restaraunts that may cost extra, and usually require reservations. They are over and above the
normal dining rooms and buffets. So beware and budget accordingly. In addition, make sure you have enough batteries (for your
cameras, etc.), sunscreen, and other types of toiletery items with you.Having to buy these common items from the ship's store
can be expensive.