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Handy Holiday Essentials for Traveling Post-Covid

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Today we want to share some handy holiday essentials for traveling post-covid. As summer winds down and Covid restrictions begin to ease up, we’re learning to live in a post-covid world where many aspects of living have been changed forever – including the checklists we make before traveling! Although you may be excited going on holiday for the first time in a while, it can be stressful knowing what to pack. Have I got the right documentation? Have I got the right equipment with me? Did I pack hand sanitizer?

To make sure you’ve efficiently adapted to this ‘new normal’, we’ve put together a list of COVID smart travel essentials you should be packing as we get fully into the swing of summer.

Essentials for Traveling Post-Covid

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  1. Face masks

Although face masks are no longer mandatory in many places, there are still many businesses and public places that do require them. In fact, many airlines are still enforcing face masks, so you won’t be able to board without one.

To make sure you’re not caught out, be sure to pack a face mask (and spares!) just in case.

  1. Quick drying mini hand sanitizer that fits the airports restrictions

If we’ve learnt anything this year, it’s that personal hygiene is crucial. To make sure that you’re not putting yourself or others at danger, it’s important to wash and sanitize your hands regularly. To keep your hands germ-free on the move, you should consider investing in a mini hand sanitizer that will fit easily into your bag. That way, you can still keep your hands clean if you don’t have access to running water.

Remember, you’re only able to take up to 100ml bottles on the flight with you in hand luggage, so mini bottles are ideal!

  1. Anti-bacterial wipes

If you’re traveling to the airport by train, you’ll want to pack anti-bacterial wipes. That way, you can sanitise your seat table (if you have one) before you sit down and afterwards, to help protect yourself and others from Covid.

You should also regularly disinfect your phone, sunglasses, keys and anything else you touch regularly.

  1. A thermometer

If you’d rather be safe than sorry, a thermometer can be a great item to stash away in your suitcase. That way you can check that you and your family are within the healthy temperature range to keep yourselves and others safe. 

  1. Apple Pay

With thousands of types of bacteria festering on paper currency, it’s never been more important to set up your Apple Pay. By setting up your mobile phone to facilitate payments, you can avoid handling cash and therefore encounter far fewer germs during your trip.

It’s also worthwhile to note that due to the pandemic, many businesses no longer accept cash payments!

Essentials for Traveling Post-Covid

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  1. A first-aid kit

Finally, it never harms to come prepared with a first-aid kit. Packed with everything from plasters to antihistamines and relief tablets should you fall ill on holiday, you can be confident that you’ve packed for all eventualities.

The bottom line is that traveling during Covid needn’t be stressful. By taking the time to pack some little extras and coming prepared for all eventualities, you too can enjoy a relaxing summer break with your nearest and dearest.

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Moving on a Budget Across the Country

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Today we want to share some great tips on moving on a budget across the country. Moving is a stressful but necessary process for every person. It can be expensive and time-consuming, which is why it’s essential to plan accordingly. Whether you’re moving across the country or just down the street, many different things need to be considered before packing up your bags and heading out of town. This article will focus on moving on a budget to help your journey be fun and hassle-free.

Budget and Save For the Move

Moving in America can be a costly process, but it doesn’t have to break the bank. One of the most important things you need to do before moving is research and budget for your move. To determine how much you’ll need, take into account all expenses related to your move: packing materials, booking movers or renting a truck/van (depending on where you’re going), gas for driving there, and lodging while in transit if necessary.

Find a Professional Moving Company

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Find a professional long-distance mover specializing in cross-country moves, get estimates from the company you like best, compare prices to find the one with the most affordable rates. A lot of companies offer discounts if you book ahead or pay upfront.

There are many reputed cross country movers in America, and it can be difficult to find one that’s both reliable and affordable. You can make this process easier by calling for estimates from different companies before deciding on which company to work with. When comparing quotes, look at all aspects: price, services offered (will they pack your items? what kinds of vehicles they use?), estimated time frame for delivery, payment methods accepted, cancellation policies. You want to find a mover who offers competitive pricing and offers some guarantee if anything happens during transit or an incident occurs while loading/unloading your belongings. This way, you would find a professional moving company that would cost according to your budget.

Pack Your Belongings Carefully

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It would help if you started by purging your belongings to reduce the number of items you’ll have to pack. Be realistic about what will fit in one load and decide how much storage space or square footage is available at your destination. The less a company has to pack, the less you’ll pay for your move.

Packing can feel like an overwhelming task, but you might only need two or three boxes per room instead of six or seven! Plan carefully, so there are no surprises while unpacking at the other end; start with the heaviest objects first and work from top to bottom as far as organization goes. Make sure everything you take is important to save money.

You can also use a “one-in, one-out” rule. If you bring in something new, you have to get rid of an old item at the same time. This is especially important if you are downsizing and don’t want your belongings cluttering up storage spaces for years on end!

Travel to the New Home

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If you are moving your car along with a moving truck or van, you will need to add in costs for transportation, lodging along the way, your meals, and more. Keep a few things in mind as you are planning your budget for this type of move:

Transportation might be worth the investment to hire a moving company, but if there is more than one car involved in the move, it will get expensive.

Lodging – take advantage of friends and family along the way who can spare an extra bed or couch. This may save you money on hotel rooms.

Meals – plan ahead and prepare food that doesn’t need refrigeration. Avoid eating out unless necessary!

Arrange For Utilities in Your New Destination

One of the first things to do once you settle is ensuring that you have arranged for utility services and the cost for these services.

Check with the municipality to see what is available in your new community or neighborhood and how it can be accessed at an affordable rate.

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Ensure that you have contacted all of your providers for their specific requirements (e.g., cable TV service provider) as well as any other utilities that may not require a visit from a representative but still need to be arranged ahead of time (e.g., garbage hauler).

Some companies will give you discounts if you sign up for multiple services, so make sure to explore these options when setting up your arrangements with each company! And don’t forget about local utility cooperatives – they often offer rates lower than those offered by municipal providers since they are funded through membership fees.

Your move to a new country can be an exciting adventure, but it’s still a major life change. There are so many decisions that need to be made and preparations you must make before the big day arrives. We hope this blog post has given you some guidance on how to prepare for your cross-country relocation! Also, if there is anything we didn’t cover in our article that you would like more information about, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us!

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Things to Remember When you are Traveling Abroad With Your Pet

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Today we want to share with you important things to remember when you are traveling abroad with your pet. Do your travel plans include taking your pet along with you? One of your prime concerns should be how you can ensure that your pet will also have a smooth flying experience

Booking the Ticket

If you are traveling with a dog, you cannot purchase a fee separately. Depending on the status of your dog, you might need to fill in and offer additional documentation. The best approach is to call the airline directly and inquire what their policies are. 

Take Your Pet to the Vet

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Sometimes, airlines also need certification from the veterinary doctor to ensure that they are in good health and have taken all the recommended vaccinations. Depending on whether you are bringing the pet to the United States or flying from the United States, you would also need the USDA approval.

Facilitating the paperwork might require time, so you need to act in advance. It is always a wise choice to invest in pet insurance and ensure your pet stays safe and happy. Many great insurance companies like Bivvy Pet Insurance offer amazing and affordable deals to their clients. You can visit Bivvy.com to get more information on Bivvy’s wonderful deals.

Buy the Right Carrier

Check with the airlines to find out the recommended size of the carrier that fits under the seat. If your pet is not inside the carrier, you will adobe required to keep them on a leash and ensure they are well-behaved. 

Pet Fees 

Similar to the US, the different airlines across the world also have different pet policies. Some might recognize the status of your pet as a service dog or an emotional support animal. If the airlines have separate policies in these cases, see if your pet can be an ESA. You will need to ensure that the pet has the necessary certification and the physician’s sign off. 

On the other hand, if there is no legislation supporting service or support animals, you might be required to pay the airline’s pet fee. There might adobe restrictions one which pets you can take along with you in the cabin if they meet the carrier’s weight limit.

Tips for Traveling with a pet 

  • Try to book overnight flights; this way, your pet would be primed to sleep during the journey, 
  • Do not feed your dog beforehand. Instead, use the dinner to slow-feed the dog to calm them down before boarding the flights. 
  • Be sure to carry your dog’s favorite treats and toys. 
  • Pets tend to get dehydrated, so bring a water bowl to allow small quantities of water during the flight.
  • Carry a pee-pad with you for emergencies. It is unlikely for animals to relieve themselves while on the plane. If they do, a puppy pad will come in handy. 
  • If you plan to medicate your dog, try it in advance and ensure no adverse reactions to the medicine. 

COVID-19 Travel Restrictions 

The travel conditions and policies have been turned around by the pandemic. You have to prioritize both your and your pet’s health while traveling. Even if your country allows for international travel, there might be new policies in place regarding traveling with your pets. The website also might not provide updated information. Do not hesitate to contact the airline’s customer support for both your international and domestic flights to gather the necessary and up-to-date information. 

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14 Things Worth Spending More Money On

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Sometimes there’s a bargain to be had, discounts being offered and a hunt for the best deal. However, remember the saying ‘You get what you pay for’, well in some cases it really is true and getting what you think is a good deal financially may leave you very disappointed. Some things one life are worth spending good money on. Some things you want to last you a long time, others may be a once in a lifetime expense, and others are significant and will cost a lot more in the long run when you have to get a replacement. Here are 14 things worth spending more money on.

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Your Education

Education is one of the most valuable things that you can have and spend your money on. You may not realize it at the time but having a good education can not only lead you onto a good career, but it can also give you more knowledge, confidence, and connections which will help you to achieve a happy and financially independent life. It’s essential to invest in your education, and it doesn’t just mean going to college or university. It could be a course that will give you a step-up at the company you work for already; it could be learning a skill that you can use. Learning and understanding another language could help enrich your life, learning first-aid could save someone else’s life, and generally learning about different cultures, religions and different professions will open your mind to a whole different world.

A Wedding Photographer

People have different opinions when it comes to how much they spend on their wedding, some think ‘it’s just one day’ so what’s the point and others think ‘I’m only doing this once so let’s go all out’ whichever one you think, one thing is for sure, your photographs are extremely important to capture the day and remember forever. It is well worth spending more money on a decent wedding photographer, you can skimp on the decorations, even get cheaper food options, but it’s not worth trying to get a cheap photographer who isn’t very good. Shop around, look at portfolios and compare so that you get a good idea of what you want and what to look for. Take, for example, Vittore Buzzi Photographer; the site is full of blogs about the different weddings and plenty of photos to show off the work. If you’re thinking of going with a photographer because they have a good deal, but they don’t have a website, then think again.

Traveling

While traveling can be expensive, it’s totally worth it as it creates memories that last a lifetime- even the bad experiences which you will eventually laugh about. One trip to Europe could cost you the same as a decent laptop. Forget all the materialistic things and instead choose a night under the Northern Lights, a kiss on the Eiffel Tower, or a long journey backpacking through the Alps. Broaden your mind, meet new people, make some memories and think about your bank balance later.

Music

Learning to play an instrument is an excellent start to a new tradition in your family and another thing which can create moments and memories to last a lifetime. Again looking for a cheap deal on an instrument or a tutor can end up costing you more in the long run, it’s far better to spend a bit of money on getting it right, learning correctly from the best and investing in it if it’s what you want. You can read a resource like SoundHalo to find a musical instrument to start your journey.

Books

Books are a different experience for each person who reads them. Everyone has a different imagination and will see something different from other people. Books don’t need you to turn them on, charge them or restart them. They are things you can keep and treasure and then pass down from generation to generation. It is a much different experience to sit somewhere, with a book in hand, with absolutely no distractions. Books are portals to explore completely different worlds with a turn of a page.

Food

Some cheap food can be good and tasty, but have you ever spent more money on some excellent quality food? If not, then do it. Even just once, try that really expensive steak and wine to go with it. Treat yourself. Also, spend money on trying out new foods in different countries and not just at restaurants but take some cooking classes in Italy or visit a chocolatier in Belgium. It’s so worth putting your money into things that will create memories instead of the instant materialistic things. You don’t have to spend all of it on creating memories, but if you do, it won’t be something you regret.

Shoes

You should probably own one really nice and decent pair of shoes. Buying an expensive pair every year or couple of years will save you so much more money than buying lots of cheaper pairs that will wear out fast and won’t support for your back and feet. If you are on your feet for most of the day or you work out frequently, then a comfortable pair of shoes is essential, and they can help prevent injuries in the long run. You could get some from a factory outlet, so you’re not spending as much but still getting the top quality. Buying last season’s will save you some money if you need to, but you’ll soon see how worth it they are and your feet with thank you for it.

Kitchen Knives

According to anyone who cooks professionally, or cooks more than just pasta for themselves on a regular basis, you should have a few good kitchen knives. Stay away from knife sets, though. The knives in sets tend not to be that great and often have multiples of the same knife, which you really don’t need. Go to a professional kitchen shop and get some good advice and some create knives. It will change chopping for you forever.

Camping Gear

If you are going camping, then it really is best to fork over a little extra cash for a nice tent and sleeping bag. It’s not just about being nice, but being comfortable, staying dry and keeping warm. Sleeping outside is hard enough; you want to make sure you’re comfortable enough to get some rest and actually enjoy your experience. There’s nothing worse than trying to sleep in a leaking tent during a storm. If you think you’ll probably only camp once, or it’s your first time, and you don’t want to spend a lot in case you don’t like it, then it’s a good idea to borrow some proper camping equipment from someone to see if you like it. Or you could go to a campsite where all the stuff is there ready for you and can see what you think.

Your Mattress

Did you know that you spend a third of your life sleeping? So a mattress is really not something you want to skimp on. You should go out and get the most comfortable, most supportive mattress you can find. Again, shop around, try them out and work out which one is right for you. Go and test the expensive, top-of-the-range and see how good they are. You won’t regret spending a little more when you are having so many amazing nights sleep and are waking up each day fully rested and rejuvenated for the day ahead.

Your Eyes

Your vision may be your most important sense, and therefore, it’s worth buying the most comfortable contact lenses or glasses. If you need to wear glasses, then go for the thinnest lenses with anti-reflection and a scratch-proof coating.  If you wear hidrocor contacts, then go for daily wear contacts that contain the latest breathable technology and don’t reuse your disposable contacts beyond their recommended usage. Also, you can allow yourself to spend more on sunglasses too; they protect your eyes from the sun, so it’s totally worth it, and you’ll look good also.

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Your Teeth

It’s also essential to look after your teeth. Invest in a decent toothbrush and good toothpaste. Make sure you floss and brush at least twice a day, use mouthwash and visit the dentist regularly. Toothache is so painful and can cause lots of problems, so it’s far better to use preventative measures when it comes to your dental health than to try and fix it when it’s too late.

Wellness

Going for a massage, having physical therapy, acupuncture, therapy or coaching are all things worth spending your money on. Life has become so complicated and stressful for many people, so physical and mental health are priceless. Don’t think you’re being overindulgent; it really is vital to look after yourself, make time for yourself and look after yourself.

A Timeless Wardrobe

Think classic garments, good quality and pieces which will never go out of style. If you do it carefully as well and have decent pieces of clothing that you can mix and match you’ll always have something to wear. Invest in well-made clothes that fit you well. There are plenty of places where you can find classic, staple items, and you’ll always look your best.

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