Tips to Help Anxious Travelers

Going on a vacation is something that most people look forward to. It is natural to take a break, especially after slogging hard for months. However, many people don’t enjoy going on a travel break as they shudder at the mere thought of traveling to faraway places. They fear to travel, to visit unfamiliar places or to plunge into the unknown. They are the anxious travelers and they suffer from travel anxiety.

It is true that no amount of pursuance can instill the zeal in them to travel gleefully like most others. However, following a few simple steps can help these anxious travelers embark on joyful trips and experience the bliss of traveling.

Here are some tips to help and encourage anxious people to put on their travelling shoes and go hopping from one place to other.

Preparing for return: Most anxiety-ridden people who are averse to traveling are afraid of the scenario once they are back home. They are finicky about the order at their homes while they are away and how they would manage after returning. Hence, they should prepare for their return even before they start their tour. Getting back home and finding everything in place like clean bedsheets, a tidy kitchen and washroom or a well-stocked refrigerator are some of the things that should pacify an anxious traveler.

Understanding problems of traveling to unknown places: It is better to know from beforehand that certain things might not turn out to be as planned and there would be minor hiccups. It happens with everyone. Setting the expectations at a lower level should pacify a lot of anxiety for the traveler who doesn’t want to visit an unknown place and is perennially skeptical.

Sorting things and documenting everything before traveling: Documenting every move and preparing for the journey in advance should help the anxious traveler. Putting every important document in place and sorting other necessary stuff before setting out should help in calming them down.

Get clear idea about financial implications in foreign land: Money is a big worry for the anxious traveler who secretly dreads of going broke while holidaying in a foreign land. In fact, this is also a genuine fear as it could be a disaster without money in an unknown destination. There is a slim chance of such a scenario and nobody is going to be stuck in an alien place just for the lack of money. But those who suffer from anxiety will almost think that it would become a reality and tend to get overly anxious much before setting out from home. Putting things into perspective and planning the finances will help ease some of the anxiety.

Getting information about the place from friends and family: A bit of reassurance and getting an idea about the place of visit beforehand should do a whole lot of good for the anxious traveler. With a fair bit of idea about the place and reassurance from family and friends, the anxious traveler would benefit and hope to complete the trip in a hassle-free manner.

Dealing with anxiety disorders

Living with anxiety disorders is challenging and life becomes a virtual battlefield for the sufferer. However, the good thing is that anxiety disorder is manageable with proper treatment.

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For a Wonderful Holiday, Check Out Tours and Travel Canada

Tours and travel Canada are extremely popular with people of all ages. The natural beauty of Canada, from its majestic mountains to its lakes and forests, has to be seen to be truly appreciated. It’s not only the outdoor beauty that attracts millions of tourists; Canada has many vibrant cosmopolitan cities.

These cities are safe and clean. The people of Canada are multi-cultural, friendly and hospitable. The country has often been acclaimed as being one of the best countries to live in. Residents embrace diversity and innovation while respecting their beautiful environment. With all this in mind, a visit to Canada will certainly not disappoint.

The main tourist centers that will be highlighted in this article are Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta. Alberta has plenty to offer tourists. This is where you will find the beautiful Rockies, vast flat prairies and lush forests. The two major cities, Edmonton and Calgary, can match the best that North America can offer.

While in Alberta you could base yourself at one of Calgary’s many fine hotels. From there you can book a tour that takes you westwards into the Bow Valley to get an amazing view of the Rockies. Then move on to Lake Louise on a scenic highway to the well-known Icefield Parkway to see tranquil streams, lakes and rivers fed by glaciers.

If you are looking for adventure, then British Columbia is the answer. Here you can enjoy activities like river-rafting, hiking, and camping. Or you can explore the glorious, pristine countryside while taking a long stroll in fresh, clean air. Many people visit British Columbia for its eco-tourism attractions.

The third largest city in Canada, Vancouver, is located in British Columbia. This beautiful city lies between the Pacific Ocean and coastal mountains. With a distinct international feel, Vancouver is often the host of many international festivals. Relax on the beach, dine out at gourmet restaurants, or just hang out at a bar.

The province of Ontario is named after one Canada’s four famous lakes. These are Lake Superior, Lake Ontario, Lake Huron and Lake Erie. You can access all these unbelievable bodies of water from Ontario because it is the only province that borders all four lakes. The capital city is Toronto, Canada’s biggest city.

Yet another world famous feature is found in Ontario, namely the thundering Niagara Falls. You can take an airplane tour to see this spectacle from a bird’s eye view. You could also experience a memorable tour along the Niagara River which will take you through many historic landmarks.

Another popular tourist destination is the charming province of Quebec. Steeped in French tradition, this province is completely different to any other part of Canada. Rich in European culture and history, Quebec radiates a feeling of continental warmth. This is where you will find Montreal, one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities.

Apart from Paris in France, Montreal has the next biggest French speaking community in the world. The business hub of Quebec is found in Quebec City which has a fascinating history and many interesting tourist sites. Accommodation in Canada is plentiful and includes hotels, motels, ski lodges, cottages, holiday apartments, lodges, hostels, camp sites as well as B&B establishments.

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Thanksgiving Weekend

The last four months have not been very typical for me.

In June I saw all six of my grandchildren even though they live in three different provinces and are each busy with jobs, school and activities. We celebrated the birthdays of each just because we were together despite the date on the calendar at the time. We had fun!

In July, five of my first cousins got together in Regina for a family wedding. There are so few of us and there aren’t that many weddings in society anymore so it was really special! While in the Queen City I was also able to share most of a day with my 88 year old aunt who is my oldest remaining blood relative.

In August, I set out for the eastern coast of the United States for my first holiday in two years. It wasn’t very typical for me. In 15 days I rode in 6 airplanes, 3 trains, several taxis, a tall sail ship on the Atlantic, a Boston paddle swan boat, 3 hop on hop off buses, a tour van, a rental car, several escalators and people movers as well as an Amish buggy pulled by a horse. I also climbed hundreds of stairs and walked several miles.

I arrived home at the beginning of September just days before my seventh grandchild arrived. Nariya (think Mariah with an N at the beginning) is the first baby we have had in eleven years so she is just thrilling our hearts.

Last week I was in Calgary where I received two new professional certifications based on the cutting-edge research in the world of neuroscience. When I arrived home, the Government of Canada had mailed Old Age Security and Canada Pension Plan forms for me to complete. I really don’t have any retirement plans because I love my work but will soon have a bonus income that isn’t based on the number of hours that I work each week.

And now I am repacking my luggage for a trip to New Orleans. My older son won the trip and has invited me to accompany him because his wife works in a school and can’t take time off to travel with him.

Life is good and I am so thankful!

But even if only one of these things had occurred, I would still be thankful because I am healthy, have loving relatives, kind friends and an interesting career.

Oh, don’t get me wrong. Life isn’t perfect. I frequently experience days that are filled with stress and long hours. Sometimes people say things that hurt me or I say things that hurt them because I haven’t been thoughtful enough before I opened my mouth. The bills arrive regularly and there are times that the unexpected can throw me for a loop. It takes longer to do some things and yes, my memory isn’t as good as it used to be.

But I know that I have choices. And I choose gratitude.

It doesn’t have to be Thanksgiving to be thankful though. You can adopt this attitude every day of the year. You just have to remember where to put your focus.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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Top 10 Ideas for a Family Vacation in Moscow

In the metropolitan city of Moscow, it is important you have a well-planned itinerary to start and end your tour with. There are so many attractions in the city that you may possibly miss out on a few attractions in your short tour. Here are ten ideas for a fruitful family trip of this splendid city.

1. Visit musical concerts and art exhibitions: There are plenty of concerts and shows every month in Moscow city that will sweep ardent art lovers off their feet. Catch the nation’s best musicians and artists at Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory.

2. ZIL culture centre: This extensive hall has its own range of cultural shows with musical and dance extravaganzas with famous celebrity artists showcasing their talent.

3. Food and Drinks: There are many affordable tours by locals in Moscow to take you across the city exploring the delicacies and drinks while you relish the best attractions here. Check out the Russian delicacies like Beef Stroganoff, Blinny, Caviar and Chicken Kev. Mouth watering desserts like Kissel and Paskha and drinks can be relished with your family.

4. Avail Best Private Tours: Choose the best Moscow tours with private guides to explore the places of your family’s interest. From Cathedral of Christ the Savior to Seven Sisters, there are plenty of places to visit apart from the main attractions. Check the best group tours available for best packages.

5. Historical places to visit in Moscow: You can see the glimpse of each era of the country in monuments like Linen’s Tomb, Kremlin’s Tower, Saint Basil’s Cathedral, Kuskovo and Fallen Mountain Park. All these monuments are magnificent and spell bounding with an architectural grandiosity that is not to be seen in any other part of the world.

6. Gorky Park and Gorky house Museum: They are pieces of architectural wonder worth visiting with your family.

7. Places of Natural Beauty: Moscow is replete with parks and garden like Sparrow Hills and Kolomenskoye Park. Sparrow Hills is located on the banks of Moskva river and offers a splendid view of nature’s paradise contrast to the city life throbbing with urbanity.

8. Urban gardens: Alexander’s Garden is the urban garden with historical monuments and rare architectural attractions sprawling over a large area. Neskuchney garden is another beautiful place that is an extension of Gorky Park situated in the middle of the city.

9. Visit the best Amusement parks and Gardens: When you are traveling with family, visiting amusement parks and gardens are best to delight children. Moscow offers some amazing and wonderful water parks and amusement parks namely Aquapark Karbiya, Sky town, Moreon etc.

10. National Parks: Ostrov National Park and Elk Island National Park is the best place to rewind yourself and spend time in the lap of nature with your family. There is a wide range of animals and birds exclusively found in this part of the world.

Family vacations in Moscow are enjoyable with tempting locals to musical concerts. Moscow is ripe with historical flavors and a yummy platter of food and drinks.

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Top 10 Places to Spend Christmas Holidays

Christmas is the most awaited festival and holiday season for all people around the world no matter religion, age, gender! Come December, the most awaited month of the year, people will be busy drawing schedules for shopping, ordering gifts for their loved ones, and preparing travel plans to be with their families.

Kids and elders revel in the thought of stylish and fashionable clothes, delicious food, meeting loved ones, friends and visits Churches and Masses spending whole day praying Jesus Christ and Mother Mary. Christmas is one of the biggest celebrations around the world for people by Feasting, Caroling, gift giving along with prayers and wishes.

Top 10 places to spend Christmas:

Europe’s Christmas capital Napipiiri in Lapland, Finland located at the foot of Arctic Circle, each year thousands of visitors around the globe tour Santa Clause Village and Santa Park. Families in Europe had more awareness to this Santa Clause Village and Santa Park, which mostly attracts children’s with impressive ice sculptures and quaint shops.

In New York the world famous Christmas tree is at Rockefeller Centre, it is the centerpiece for citywide Christmas display. The decoration, lighting and snow falling during this period makes the locals gawk like tourists.

Quebec is one of the best places for celebrating Christmas; it’s been environmentally friendly, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, outdoor enthusiasts and offers opportunities for hiking.

If you want rare treat for longer evening, then Tromso, Norway has beautiful view of Northern lights as the day is just a couple of hours of twilight.

In Barcelona, Spain Christmas holiday spirit stay all year long starting from January. You experience the holidays with fireworks, canons and unbelievable parade of elephants, camels and giraffes.

If you want to celebrate Christmas in the outdoors mountain, then Durango, Colorado is the place where you can celebrate mountain Christmas with natural surroundings, hype and fanfare.

Edinburgh, Scotland is the place for celebrating vivid Christmas, which includes light shows and fireworks.

If you want tropical Christmas adventure then Caribbean Island of Puerto Rico will experience you in all etiquette of lights, partying and food.

Charlestone, South Carolina: If you want Christmas in Southern flair then Charlestone, South Carolina is the place you need to visit. This beautiful American city offers warm hospitality with delicious oddities, like eggnog spiked and shrimp with grits.

Prague: Experience Christmas in Ancient European city of Prague, with beautiful churches, ancient history and culture Prague offer unforgettable Christmas holiday with its incredible Gothic and Baroque architecture, mind-blowing Christmas decorations.

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Easy Steps To Hire The Best Coach For Your Travel Needs

Coaches make some of the most luxurious means of transport, especially if you plan to travel as a group. Modern coaches are designed to offer nothing short of maximum comfort with some coming complete with air conditioning system to maintain comfortable temperatures as you ride along. You might need to hire a coach for different events like birthdays, weddings or even school trips and family trips alike. Whatever the travel need you have, you need to at least get the best coach and this is a process that only takes a few easy steps to complete successfully.

Step 1 – Know the number of people you are taking along. Remember, there are different kinds of coaches and they come in different sizes for that matter. By starting with knowing the exact number of people you will be taking along, it becomes easy to choose the right sized bus. You can find anything from 8 seater minibuses to 80 seater double decks depending on the number of people you are travelling with.

Step 2 – Find several bus companies offering the services and compare quotes for the size of the bus that you want. The good thing about comparing companies is that you have increased chances of getting affordable rentals without compromising the condition of the bus. A few quotes can help you choose which company is best in catering to your travel needs.

Step 3 – Check out the fleet. After you have selected the most suitable bus company to hire your coach from, look at the fleet. A company that has a collection of busses for you to choose from is best so you can get the best for travel needs. Some companies categorize the buses so it is easy for you to make a choice. Your chances of getting the best are increased when you have several bus options to choose from, so always use a company that can offer you more than one bus.

Step 4 – Once you have located a bus that you like, take the time to check out the amenities. Does it have a toilet? Air conditioning system? Entertainment system? Find out exactly what you have at your disposal inside the bus so you thoroughly prepare for the trip.

Step 5 – Ask about the prices. There are several factors that can determine the prices when you hire a bus. First, if you need a tour driver that that amounts to something. Second, the size of the bus you choose and the number of the days you want to hire it can also have an effect on the prices. Ask about all charges applicable and know exactly what is expected from your side.

Step 6 – Find out the rental policy. Some bus companies allow certain items on board, but they might not permit others. Before dragging that cooler or glass bottle on board, make sure you know about any restrictions there could be.

Step 7 – If all looks good, you can then pay the required deposit to reserve your coach for the trip.

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Travelling Alone

Often people are shocked when they hear that I love to travel alone. Some state that they would be afraid to do this while others imply that they just don’t think they would enjoy the trip without having people accompany them.

Well, there are several advantages to going solo:

1. Planning is much easier. You just think about where you would like to visit and start researching your options. You can open an email with flight offers and book whatever grabs your attention at the time without having to consult or compromise.
2. Travelling is more flexible. If you miss a plane or decide to get sidetracked you can coordinate things based on one schedule only – your own. You don’t have to worry about anxiety or commitments of others in your party. In fact, you could even choose to give up your seat on an overbooked flight and receive hundreds of dollars from the airline for doing so.
3. Opportunities abound. It is a lot easier to purchase one ticket to a popular event that two. Several times I have impulsively arrived at a box office and found that the concert was sold out – except for one great ticket – MINE! Would you believe twenty-third row center for Natalie Cole in Seattle?
4. Relationships develop. Frequently I am invited to join interesting people at their table for a meal when they realize that I am on my own. I have made amazing friendships and enjoyed great conversations on trips that wouldn’t have occurred if I had been with other people.
5. Culture can be experienced first-hand. There is always time to visit with hotel or restaurant staff, discover local adventures or learn about the language and customs from a shop keeper because no one is waiting for you or wanting to do something else.
6. Plans can be altered. You can sleep in, order lunch in mid-afternoon or take an impulsive detour without upsetting anyone else’s itinerary.
7. You set the pace. I have learned to walk slowly and rest often – a situation that does not match that of many other people. Last month, in Ronks, Pennsylvania, for example, I chose to take advantage of an outdoor Amish-made rocking chair so I could just rock and people-watch for two hours. I loved it but know that not everyone would have felt the same way!
8. You spend less money. At least I do because I know that I am the one who will have to haul my luggage around from place to place. And I don’t want to pay an extra transportation fee if it weighs in att over fifty pounds.
9. I also eat better when I am alone because I am not in restaurants three times a day trying to finish everything on the plate. In fact, I eat only one restaurant meal a day, ask for a take-out container and then supplement my left-overs with fruit, vegetables or snacks that I have purchased throughout the day.
10. Finally, and with tongue in cheek I enjoy the fact that there isn’t anyone to correct my stories!

You don’t have to be afraid to travel on your own if you are wise. Just use your common sense, ask hotel personnel for advice about safe areas and keep your eyes open. With just a little practice, you will find that travelling on your own can be a wonderful experience!

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