Travel tips 101

I always love to travel especially to far places and planning the itinerary and packing stuffs can be a challenge! Honestly, I enjoyed planning and packing and never really complained because it means one thing: I AM TRAVELLING  AGAIN! So who’s complaining right? 

 

April is Stress- Awareness Month. Travelling is seeing different places, learning and admiring new cultures and meeting new friends. We don’t want to be too stressed before traveling right?

So I came up with some tips that’s been useful for me and I would love to share these to other travelers as well. I understand each traveler/tourist has their own stress-free travel ideas, so not all tips here are for everyone. It might work for some, and not for others. Haha..

 

Here’s what I’ve been doing before the trip- not in particular order:

  1. Plan your itinerary ahead of time or you could talk to your travel agent about your plans.

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  1. Choose how you want to travel: backpacking, travel with a group, travel alone or travel with a fixed itinerary (Check out: Globus, Trafalgar and Cosmos Tours)

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  1. Plan your budget for: accommodation, food, airfare, tours, souvenirs, and others.

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  1. Pack your things one week before you leave, so in case you forget something, you still have time to buy them in the mall.

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  1. Research and read about the place you’ll be visiting. It is important to have knowledge beforehand and be aware of the culture of the country you’ll be visiting. Read about their culture, etiquette, government laws etc. Example: Slurping your soup loudly in Asian countries means you enjoy the food while in other countries it is frowned upon. 

 

  1. Make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months past your arrival date.

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  1. Visit your doctor for a check-up and ask for travel medicines you might need to bring. You don’t want to get sick during your trip!

 

  1. Prepare medicines for emergency:
  • Cough
  • Colds
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Stomach ache
  • Gas pain
  • Constipation
  • Allergy medications
  • Vitamins
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  • Apply for your VISA and pay attention to all the details and requirements. For UK: They have online visa application. For some countries like Japan and Korea just fill up the application forms and submit all the requirements.

 

  • Arrange your travel insurance.

 

  • Book tickets for popular shows and sights earlier to avoid the long lines. Or join a tour group like Trafalgar wherein they will be the one handling all the ticket reservations ( like in my case: A ticket to the Eiffel Tower second floor!!! ) so you don’t need to wait in line for more than 2 hours.

 

  • Know your luggage limit requirement so as to avoid being charged for excess baggage.

 

  • Check out the taxes and refunds that might be available for visitors.

 

  • Check the location of your hotels – Is it within the City? Or in the province?  Know what restaurants, shopping boutiques, souvenir shops and train station/bus station are near your hotels.

 

  • Visit TripAdvisor for reviews of the places, restaurants and hotels. (You can download the app for Android and iOS)

 

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  • Always bring a map with you or better yet, download maps from the internet and save it in your phone or iPad/tablet.

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  • Prepare your gadgets ahead of time. DO NOT forget to bring all the chargers and batteries. 

 

  • Have a friend travel with you. You’re lucky enough if that friend knows how to navigate and travel to different places without a need for a tour guide! Discovering places with a friend/s is one of the best experiences you’ll ever had! 

 

  • Bring biscuits, some chocolates or candies and water for long trips. (I get hungry every 2 hours! Imagine. HAHA) These help you have enough energy for the whole day. Food can be expensive in other countries too! 
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Always remember: CHANGE is inevitable. So be prepared. Life goes on. 

 

 

*Photos not mine. Credits to the owners.* 

So JAPANice!

こんにちは
Kon’nichiwa!!

During Easter Sunday, our family went to TANABE, a Japanese restaurant in Malate, for lunch to have bonding and to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord! I wasn’t able to take photos of the restaurant inside because I was so excited to take photos of the food we ordered! How will you know if a Japanese restaurant is authentic? Check out the customers! Most of their customers are real Japanese!!! Need I say more? 😄

Get ready for scrumptious Japanese dishes in 3..2..1
But wait! Posting my solo photo first! Hahaha

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YABU-licious

I’ve been craving for Japanese food these days -I think its preparing me for something!!!! And even if eating makes me chubby (hahaha) I still went on and visited YABU: The House of Katsu at Robinson’s Magnolia with my dad and brother.

Here’s what we ordered:

Menchi Katsu Set (see photo below for details)

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Hire and Seafood Katsu Set
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I enjoyed Yabu’s delicious food because the meat they serve are really good! Its soft, juicy and tender!! Whenever I eat at restaurants or even at home, I prefer the meat to be soft and tender as ALWAYS.. Or else I won’t eat them. Haha

The best part is the miso soup, vegetables (my fave!), Japanese rice and fruits are all unlimited!!! Ask for more as long as you can take it!

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All for love this Holy Week

Dear friends,

Ephesians 2:8-9

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God

 not by works, so that no one can boast. 

This is by GOD’s Grace. WE do not deserve this but Jesus died on the cross for our sins and rose again the third day. :)

Thank You Lord for loving us unconditionally. This Holy Week may we take time out to be still and reflect on what God has done for us. We should always remember that He is here for us, waiting for us to come back to Him.

Sharing another beautiful lyrics from Chris Tomlin’s “I Lift My Hands”

Be still, there is a healer
His love is deeper than the sea
His mercy, it is unfailing
His arms are fortress for the weak

Let faith arise
Let faith arise

I lift my hands to believe again
You are my refuge, You are my strength
As I pour out my heart
These things, I remember
You are faithful, God, forever

Be still, there is a river
That flows from Calvary’s tree
A fountain for the thirsty
Pure grace that washes over me

Let faith arise
Let faith arise

I lift my hands to believe again
You are my refuge, You are my strength
As I pour out my heart
These things, I remember
You are faithful, God, forever

May we all have a fruitful and blessed Holy Week.

With Christ’s love,
SarahMay

Summer time!

Too hot? Craving for something cold this summer? When I heard that “riiiiiiiiiiing!!! Riiiingggg!!”, I quicky got a tray and zoomed out of the house. Hahaha. And shouted: “Manong!! Wait!!! Bibili ako!” (Mister!! Wait!!! I will buy some ice cream)

I am refering to the oh-so-yummy “dirty ice cream” as Filipinos called it.

Manong got strawberry, cheese and mango flavors for today! I would want some chocolate and cookies and cream next time! 😊

I ordered six P10 ice cream in a cup plus one P15 ice cream in a bread!

Too yummy for words! 😄

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The heavens declare Your greatness!

I really love sunsets. It never fails to amaze me. 😄 This is one of God’s wonderful creation! Glory be to him!

The heavens declare Your greatness, the oceans cry out to You. The mountains, they bow down before You. So I’ll join with the earth and I’ll lift my praise to You! 🎶

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The No. 1 tourist destination!

Yes, it is Paris, France once again. I’m so happy to be able to visit 2013′s number 1 tourist destination! Such a beautiful, romantic city you never want to miss! ❤️

Paris continues to attract millions of visitors from all over the world a large number coming from Britain followed by Americans, Germans, Italians and the Chinese.

Its also the first time the Chinese top the list of tourists from Asia (beating the Japanese) with a whooping 881,000 visitors to Paris! Amazing haha. :)

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Took this beautiful shot of the Eiffel Tower while on a bus tour. Recently discovered I have a talent in taking nice photos from the bus. Hahaha.

Source: Inquirer.net

St. Paul’s Cathedral

St. Paul’s Cathedral, London taken near the Millenium Bridge.
Trivia: One famous UK group filmed one of their music videos here <3

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Shine on me

Oh Mr. Sun, Sun Mr. Golden Sun, please shine down on me. Check out my beautiful view from PBTS Baguio City, Philippines! :)

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Woke up early to exercise and have my daily dose of sunshine! Hello vitamin D! ☀️