Dec
26
2013

Traveling with a baby

imageHere are the most impactful and important things I learned from our experience that made our travel much more manageable.

Confirm, confirm, and reconfirm seats

So lesson number one is to make sure you have a bulkhead seat. This is critical for two reasons. If you have an infant (the bassinet is based on height/weight restrictions), you want to have the baby bassinet at your disposal. Most international flights with larger planes will have these. Even if you don’t think your infant will sleep in the bassinet, it’s nice just to store stuff in it.

For babies older than 8 months, it’s just nice to have the bulkhead for the extra space and it’s easier to change their diaper and for you to get on the ground and play with them.

Follow your routine

From the very first flight, we decided to pretend like we were at home … except we were on a plane. He would play for 3 hours, eat, get a diaper change, and then we would strap him into our baby Ergo until he fell asleep. Sometimes we were able to transfer him to the bassinet and other times, we just kept him in the Ergo and sat uncomfortably for an hour.

Not ideal, but it was better than having a fussy baby. Then we would repeat. We did this for 24 hours. By the time we arrived in Dar (at midnight) our son was tired but not exhausted and we were actually able to go right to sleep that night. I believe our rhythm probably helped shorten his jet lag.

Think through potentially stressful scenarios

For example, I decided that for our 24 hours of flying, I was going to pre-measure all of my son’s formula and put them in separate containers and/or bottles. This meant that when my son was hungry, I wasn’t trying to juggle a large container of formula, measuring cup, and bottle without spilling.

I purchased bottled water at the airport before boarding the plane. Although I knew the plane offered water, I didn’t want to wait around for a flight attendant to get me water with a fussy child.

baby eating on airplane

Have a security strategy

We had 4 wheelies, 2 backpacks, and 1 purse. That’s a lot of luggage. Plus we had the baby! Our strategy was that I would put through the first few pieces of luggage (that do not have valuables) that can sit at the end of the conveyor belt on the other side without worrying about it. Then I go through with the baby as my husband unpacks our electronic gear (usually a lap top – or two), and shoves through any of the larger items (like a stroller).

Research arrival requirements

You don’t want to be delayed on arrival with your exhausted family. Research whether or not you need a visa, the cost of the visa, and then make sure you have the exact amount in US Dollars. We found that we were able to pay for every single one of our visas with US Dollars.

If you can get the visa ahead of time, do it. That was the one thing we didn’t do and wished we had. We ended up having to fill out paperwork and stand in line waiting for our visa to be processed at midnight after flying for 24 hours. It was not ideal.

Also research transportation to your accommodations and have a plan for how you will get there. The Lonely Planet is great for researching this; these guides tell you what ground transportation is available from the airport and may even provide estimated costs of a taxi to the city center.

Location, location, location

It’s the mantra for purchasing real estate and just as important when you’re traveling with children. The key is to stay in a central location, close to the sites or at least close to good public transportation.

You want to be in an area where there are already things to do, restaurants to go to, and distractions. If you’re traveling with children who still need to nap, the last thing you want is to be a half-hour taxi ride from your hotel to save a few dollars.

At the end of the day though, having the right attitude and being flexible is what will be the difference between having a great trip and one filled with anxiety. `Rolling with the punches allows you to adjust and make decisions quickly on what is best for your family and have the trip of a lifetime

Here are the most impactful and important things I learned from our experience that made our travel much more manageable. Confirm, confirm, and reconfirm seats So lesson number one is to make sure you have a bulkhead seat. This is critical for two reasons. If you have an infant (the bassinet is based on height/weight restrictions), you want to have the baby bassinet at your disposal. Most international flights with larger planes will have these. […]

Dec
26
2013

Marketing Tips by e-mail

imageOnce we finally found our expected store, we have the difficult and no less important task of marketing the same, since first of all need a good group of people to finish our project coming to fruition, and we get to start turn a profit. To do this we can use one of the formulas used for marketing an online store: electronic mail, an alternative through which, users, after registering at a particular web page, start receiving site advertising campaigns concerned as well as forms, reminders, etc..

The good thing about doing this, besides making sure that the user continues to present our existence, it will not need to spend our valuable time on this work, as it will automatically, that is, schedule the frequency with which we want such emails are sent. To this end we make a date and time sent, the time interval with which they are made, and so on. An example is the welcome messages that normally come to us our inbox after giving us high on a website.

As always, here too we must take care of the details, so it is recommended that these emails have a custom look, so that the client feels a little humanity in this world of Internet can sometimes be so cold, using the data we have, for example by using his name at the beginning of the message, congratulating him on his birthday, and so on. This also is done through the configuration and automatically.

As mentioned above, it is common to send one of these emails just when the user completes registration, another after a couple of days, and the next in a week (approximately). They should try to draw the attention of future clients, always remembering what you do the website, so it is interesting to add relevant photos and links to products that can make you curious and return him back to the store. But we must always be careful and be a bit careful when sending these emails, because the client does not want to waste time, so that the message has to be justified and interesting content if we want to end up unsubscribe our service.

Once we finally found our expected store, we have the difficult and no less important task of marketing the same, since first of all need a good group of people to finish our project coming to fruition, and we get to start turn a profit. To do this we can use one of the formulas used for marketing an online store: electronic mail, an alternative through which, users, after registering at a particular web page, […]

Apr
22
2013

Student Travel Tips

imageThe permission slips are signed, your bags are packed and you’re, like, so ready to ditch the classroom and head out on your class trip. Travel is an exciting opportunity to experience different places and wondrous cultures, so the key is not to blow it by doing something that will ruin the trip for yourself and others.

While it’s tempting to forget about all the rules as soon as your chaperones turn their backs, Some of the most travel-wise people in the world.

student travel, what to know before you goBefore You Go
Before you go, learn about the local laws and customs of the countries you’re visiting, especially those concerning drinking age, drugs and curfews. You are not immune to a country’s laws just because you’re a visitor, and you can be arrested.

Bring an extra pair of glasses or contact lenses. It’s hard to enjoy the sights when you can’t see them.

Pack a simple first aid kit with bandages, antibiotic cream and pain relievers. It’s a good thing to have “just in case.” And tell your trip leaders about any medications you’re taking.

Give your parents the phone and fax number of your hotel, the cell phone numbers of the chaperones and a full itinerary of your trip. If anything changes during the trip, e-mail your parents immediately with the new info.

Pack all valuables, medications, travel documents and passport in your carry-on bag. Occasionally checked luggage gets lost at airports, so you want to have your important items on you.

While You’re There
Do not carry all your cash at once, especially if all you need is enough to buy lunch and a few sodas. And keep your wallet in a zippered pocket, preferably inside your jacket. If you need to exchange money in a foreign country, only use authorized vendors like banks.

Don’t be flashy. Wear an old, inexpensive watch and leave the bling at home. You don’t want to be a walking target for thieves. If you bring a fancy digital camera or an MP3 player, don’t flaunt them.

When you check in at your hotel, grab a card from the counter with the hotel’s name, address and phone number on it. Keep this card on you at all times.

Look both ways before crossing the streets. Yes, you’ve heard that a billion times, but you’ll be surprised how easy it is to step into oncoming traffic in foreign countries, especially the ones where they drive on the other side of the road.

Student Travel, be respectful Travel with a buddy at all times and never wander off alone from the group.

Be respectful around, and ask permission before taking photographs of, churches, mosques, temples, synagogues and other religious sites. Also, ask permission before taking photographs of government buildings and military installations. In some countries you can be detained for taking a picture of the wrong building.

Talk to your trip leader or to a travel agent about types of food or beverages to avoid, and don’t buy food from street vendors.

Class Dismissed
Going on an extended class trip may be the most fun you’ll ever have while actually learning something. If you follow the rules above and stay out of trouble, the only memories you’ll bring back are good ones.

The permission slips are signed, your bags are packed and you’re, like, so ready to ditch the classroom and head out on your class trip. Travel is an exciting opportunity to experience different places and wondrous cultures, so the key is not to blow it by doing something that will ruin the trip for yourself and others. While it’s tempting to forget about all the rules as soon as your chaperones turn their backs, Some […]

Feb
22
2013

Personal Financial Planning

imageThe order of business is not to accumulate money, better quality of life. In this post we will see some simple aspects of business and finance that allow us to get a better perspective of our goals.

The personal financial planning is something else to think savings .- A business is basically a plan of action, since only the shares provide results and desired outcomes can only result from coordinated actions, as a clock, where all parts must move in harmony. A watch can never work by chance.

Our responsibility in life is basically a commitment to our dreams, dreams If there is no need to be responsible? Every day increases our responsibility because we live in society because our livelihood comes from the society in which money moves.

It is money that forces us to manage our personal finances, we are entitled to focus for a better future, what actions we take now?

Every day there are more economic instability and be aware of is essential to have adequate financial security. Youth savings may be in the excitement of buying a car for a stroll with friends and run on fast tracks. The goal is fun.

A successful business is also enthusiastic. In fact anyone who has had success has always thought that what makes the product you have is fantastic, and Who is not amused at hand if something fantastic?

The practice of business and money management focused on what we want in life requires us to look beyond our first business or employment, we try to diversify, invest in insurance plans, retirement, etc. We’re doing managing our personal finances, but can be even more aware of what allows us to manage finances. Read the rest of this entry »

The order of business is not to accumulate money, better quality of life. In this post we will see some simple aspects of business and finance that allow us to get a better perspective of our goals. The personal financial planning is something else to think savings .- A business is basically a plan of action, since only the shares provide results and desired outcomes can only result from coordinated actions, as a clock, where […]

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