Travelling Alone? No Need to Any Longer

For some people travelling alone is great fun, others may not find it as much fun but have to travel alone because of personal circumstances. Solo travel has become more and more acceptable nowadays and for those who do enjoy the sense of freedom, it can be the only way to travel. Not being committed to any one person, doing things they wouldn’t normally do because their partner insists on it. This can be frustrating to say the least. For the single traveller who wants to travel with friends but is unable to do so for various reasons, there is now a solution to this problem. Imagine a web site database where you can search for likeminded travellers who you can go travelling with or maybe, arrange to meet up with them at a particular destination. You could even befriend others from around the world for friendship as a pen friend to exchange ideas, thoughts, travel plans or arrange to meet with them in their own city. Maybe you could even meet them in your city and give them some accommodation whilst they’re visiting. Well, now you can have this at FindSingleTravellers.com where you can currently subscribe for FREE, upload your photo and destination requirements and wait for others to contact you, whilst you are searching the extensive database looking for others to travel with. We cater for all nationalities, religions and age groups seeking friends worldwide. For your safety & privacy, we have integrated a personal message board for you to get to know your new friends before handing over your personal email address or phone number. Unless you like travelling alone, there is no longer a reason to travel solo. In addition to this fantastic service, we also have a lively travel Forum where you can offer or find tips & advice relating to your travel destination, ask questions from seasoned travellers and make suggestions to your new found friends. Wait, there’s even more. We have integrated a travel specific Classified Ad’s page where, as a private individual, you can sell your pre loved travel items. If you are a business, you can sell your services or travel related goods to a target audience. Needless to say, if you are looking for some great offers on travel products, accommodation or travel tickets etc, you will find these offers within the Classified Ad’s section. Just imagine the friends you could make from all over the world. Keep in touch with them and you could be staying with them for your holidays. Who knows, you may even find romance if you meet the right person. Subscribe for FREE to our regular newsletter where we give you tips and advice relating to travelling plus special promotions we think maybe of interest to our audience. If you think you can contribute to our forum and rather not join our main database, you are more than welcome to join and it’s free to do so. If you have something to say or can answer some questions from our members, we would welcome your input. We look forward to welcoming you soon. Published at: https://www.isnare.com/?aid=345203&ca=Travel

Travelling With Your Shih Tzu

A lot of Shih Tzu likes to go on adventures, which makes travel attractive for them. This is their natural hunting instincts making them want to meet new people and explore new places. However, it may pose as a problem since taking a Shih Tzu along during your travels may be inconvenient. Quite a few people are frightened of dogs and the mess that dogs make while you’re traveling can be very troublesome. It should also be noted that many lodgings and transportation services don’t cater to pets such as dogs and cats. Having your Shih Tzu watched over by a professional pet handler may be needed to take care of your Shih Tzu during the trip. You also have the option of having your pet stay with a managed kennel. When checking around for a place for your Shih Tzu to live while you’re away, make sure it is comfortable and clean. The dogs staying there should also look content and well-taken care of. A few of these dog kennels allow for you to provide your Shih Tzu’s own sleeping blanket, toy and his favorite foods for while you’re away. Make sure, though, that your Shih Tzu has had its immunization since it is a regular requirement for your dog’s stay in such places. Though, if you really insist on your Shih Tzu’s company when traveling, here are a few tips: – A clean bill of health from your veterinarian. Your vet should also be able to provide you a certificate for this. – Buy a sturdy dog carrier. This is a must since you’d rather not lose your Shih Tzu en route to your destination. A few airlines have dog carriers available for sale though they can be quite expensive. Also, remember that some airlines prefer having your pet in the compartment for luggage. If you really can’t part with your beloved, get a reservation from an airline that allows pets to remain with you during the flight. – Your Shih Tzu needs good ventilation to keep him cool. Try to get air-conditioned cars when traveling cross-country. This is also true if you are traveling in trains. – Don’t let your Shih Tzu hang his head out the window while the car is moving. It may be tempting to let your pet play around, but the risks of falling out or getting hit are still there. – Leaving your Shih Tzu inside the car or under the sun is risky. Heat stroke is a serious danger to your pet and can even be fatal. – Never leave your Shih Tzu unattended, especially when he is in his carrier. He may get stolen or kidnapped. This also goes for when he’s wandering around. Sometimes, Shih Tzu can be too adventurous and may end up in trouble, or worse, getting you in trouble. – Fast pulse, rapid panting, red eyes and gums, excessive slobbering, feverish temperature or vomiting, means that your Shih Tzu needs to see a vet quickly. Have cool towels placed on your Shih Tzu and get to the closest pet clinic as soon as possible. – Some countries have specific rules about pet travel. Try to familiarize yourself with them and try to follow them to avoid legal troubles later. – A certificate for rabies vaccination and a notarized local language certificate from the closest embassy or consulate are sometimes required, so get one just in case. Better safe than sorry. – In preparing for a long trip on the road, ready identification for your Shih Tzu. A collar with the Shih Tzu’s name, your name and a handy contact number can save you from a lot of trouble. – First-aid kits for your Shih Tzu can be easily fixed up. Remember that some emergencies are special to dogs. A flea or tick powder is a good addition to this. – Have a ready supply of your Shih Tzu’s favorite doggy treats during the trip. Make sure to bring more than enough to last the entire trip to be safe. – Pack the essentials: clean water, dishes, favorite dog toys, leash, brush, plastic bags and towels, anything than can help your Shih Tzu stay happy during the trip. – Your Shih Tzu should be given the chance to answer the call of nature every two to three hours so it won’t make any embarrassing messes. Hopefully, these tips will help you have a better time with traveling with your Shih Tzu. This article is FREE to publish with resource box. Published at: https://www.isnare.com/?aid=145899&ca=Pets

Travelling With Kids

I am sure that many of us have heard horror stories about being cooped up in a car or airplane for hours at a time with cranky kids. “Are we there yet?” “How much longer?” “Megan is ‘looking’ at me!” “I have to go to the bathroom–RIGHT NOW!” There are endless instances when children can get on our nerves when travelling. Here are a few tips that may help soften the travel woes… Create a TRAVEL SURVIVAL KIT packed with small travel toys and games. Use a bright back-pack or tote bag dedicated to the purpose. Include age-appropriate toys, such as an etch-a-sketch for preschool drawing fun, magnetic letter board for a toddler, sticker, puzzle or joke books for a grade-schooler. Interactive games can keep siblings happy-like Brain Quest cards with age-appropriate puzzles and questions, or even a simple deck of playing cards. Nowadays, portable DVD players and hand-held video games can keep kids trouble-free and occupied for hours. If you do take electronic things like a Game-Gear, be sure to take extra batteries. Snacks can be healthy carrot sticks, crackers, pretzels, cheese or fruit. Try to keep the sugar content down for less hyperactive kids. Choose juice boxes and water bottles instead of canned soft drinks. Take CD’s along with their favourite music, as well as family music that you can all sing together while travelling. Make sure your child uses the bathroom at every opportunity–before leaving home, in the airport before getting on the plane, right after eating on the plane (the line-ups for the few bathrooms can mean a long wait), before getting on the bus to go to the hotel or a sight-seeing trip. If going on a beach vacation or cruise, of course sun-tan lotion is a must, as well as hats and sunglasses. Also take a skin cream in case of sun-burn. Be sure to include fun bandages and a small first-aid kit. Include some tummy-pills such as Gravol for car/bus/airplane trips, and constipation or diarrhoea medicine. Another item to take along on your travels would be a history or fact book about the place you are visiting to keep the child involved. Play games asking them if they can find the historic site you are visiting in the book, or an eye-spy game locating various types or trees, flowers or birds. Even allowing them a kid-proof disposable camera for them to take their own pictures would be helpful in keeping the child interested. Be sure the children have had enough rest before the journey. Tired kids are cranky kids. And limit their intake of exotic foods to prevent tummy problems. It is nice that children will try and enjoy different fruits in another country, but too much papaya or avocado can wreak havoc on even the most mature stomach. Many resorts are child-friendly and these can be a family traveller’s best friend. These ‘geared-to-children’ places offer everything a child or parent could want, from child-centred snack bars (serving pizza, hamburgers and macaroni n’ cheese), kid-friendly swimming pools, special computer rooms, sports and activities, to group games (where children can interact with others in their own age group). Many of these family resorts also offer babysitting services that allow Mom and Dad some quiet time of their own. Take along a special security blanket or teddy bear to make travelling not so frightening for younger children. Travel pillows, window-sun shades and a warm coverlet can increase the child’s comfort level when sleeping in a car or on a plane and reduce the travel blues. Travelling with children doesn’t have to be a nightmare. With careful planning, plenty of rest and controlled activities, parents and children can enjoy vacationing together. Published at: https://www.isnare.com/?aid=164620&ca=Travel

Travelling With Friends

My mother used to say visitors were like fresh fish, great for the first two days, OK for the next day but that they start getting a little hard to bear on day four, as for days five and onwards, the fish or the friends….a little hard to bear! Now try spending two weeks, in one four-by-four doing the “Botswana” or other safari “thing”… as passengers in a friend’s car, my wife and I looked forward to a stunning experience with two of our best friends. Planning was fun with us enjoying many a meeting gathered around maps on the table, lists detailing packing methods, food and equipment, list upon list developed and added to around eventful evenings sharing good food and fruits of the vine. What for I call a friend, we have known each other for many years, shared fun and laughter and know each others good and bad points, personality failings and deepest secrets, that kind of friend is who I refer to in this context. To put this differently, forgive me if I over elaborate, we were all four, ready willing and able to head for the savannah together with no hesitation. Going back to my mother for a moment, we once did the caravan “thing” with another family in a large caravan with supporting tents and spent two weeks in the rain, needless to say that was my mothers first and last camping trip. Moving on to the present, the day arrived and off we went, the first and last days being dedicated totally to travel, via the exciting metropolis of Maun and into what can only be described as one of the most wonderful of all the last remaining natural wonders of Africa. Dare I digress again but with names like Moremi; Third Bridge and Savuti rolling of one’s tongue, if one can put to one side the exorbitant prices and the few acceptable facilities one should normally expect, this is top of the pops, bite the bullet, pack well and head for Botswana, it’s worth it. Our bookings along the way, and I mean a….long the way, we started out in the Eastern Cape which necessitated sleeping over a few times, accommodation organised with thanks to www.staysa.co.za … at last we finally arrived. Our friends are fanatical bird watchers….now lets put this into perspective, one gets nature lovers who enjoy a broad range of the boundless beauty of nature, like most of us, then one gets the nature lover who also takes a little turn towards birds – we are in this category, my wife and I watch birds, we do this in most places, we log them and we enjoy spotting the different birds in each region. We love climbing into a hide or securing a quiet spot, perhaps with a glass of Chardonnay, to sit and watch. We do not however need to spend fifteen minutes at each bird, particularly if it is the tenth example of the exact same bird on that particular game drive! To cut quite a long story short, by day three, when I had stopped to see a Superb Starling for the umpteenth time we were quite ready to never see another bird ever, and I mean ever again! Have you ever experienced real claustrophobia, the fear of closed or confined spaces? Well let me tell you, that was the smallest four-by-four that ever travelled Botswana, every time I was in the mood to gaze over a waterway to watch a family of Hippo frolicking about with the young males play-fighting, perhaps even a bird or two, we were allocated about thirty seconds tops and then whisked away to another Superb Starling or similar. Thank goodness our friendship is and was so sufficiently strong we could deal with this, an agreement in the evening limiting a five minute stop and only for a first sighting or at least a good sighting was soon agreed and the four of us ended up sharing that can only be described as the holiday of our lives, made possible through friendship and trust. So much for the happy ending, how can you ensure the same thing when on a combined holiday: • Most importantly, select a destination and friend carefully; repeat carefully, to ensure all of you have the same expectations and desires for your holiday enjoyment. • Obviously, the friends would not be classified as such if you did not share similar interests in food; people; the environment; fun activities and the like. Make sure they are really friends, do you know them well, make sure you have been on the odd weekend away before you commit to something like the trip mentioned above or perhaps a yacht cruise or similar confined quarter. • Agree everything in advance, where are you staying; what are the costs; who is responsible for what. Send along your travel tips to travelbug@staysa.co.za and you could win a wonderful prize if your tips are published by us. Brought to you with compliments from www.staysa.co.za, your one stop accommodation solution. Published at: https://www.isnare.com/?aid=253630&ca=Travel

Travelling In Turkey

So you’ve gotten the flight in and checked out Bodrum/Ismir/Antalya/Your Local Tourist Town. You’ve seen the ruins, dismissed the coffee and embraced the raki. And you’re thinking like Betty Friedan, is this it? Restless vagabond, you are in luck. Turkey is a country once and a half the size of France, or larger than Texas, with of the most efficient public transport systems in the Near East. So let me help you make the best of your attempts at getting around in this wonderful country. At the lowest tier of the system is the humble dolmuş. This is a publicly-run network of minibuses that covers most of the coastal area of Turkey, and some of the populated inland areas. As the routes often circle peninsulas it can be a cheap way to take in some of the most beautiful scenery Turkey has to offer. The routes in the Turquoise Coast especially are too spectacular to be missed. The dolmuş itself can be a daunting experience if you don’t know how the system works, so let me give you the insider’s low-down. First off, there are no bus stops. Your best bet is to stand by a shop or restaurant along its route and hold your hand out as if hailing a taxi. You’ll also be thankful of the shelter if the bus is running behind schedule. Expect one to come every 10 minutes or so on popular routes. When the bus stops double check with the driver that he’s going where you want to be: Bodruma gidiyorsun?(Are you going to Bodrum?). Now take a seat and work out how much you have to pay from the price list, usually stuck above the windscreen. Now for the fun part! Hand the money to the person in the seat in front of you. It gets passed hand-to-hand, man to child to donkey, all the way up to the driver. He will make out the change when he gets a clear stretch of road with, if you’re lucky, one hand on the wheel and hand it back as before, person to person. Imagine that working in London! When you want to stop, shout something appropriate and say good evening (Yakşamlar!) as you go. For longer distances Turkey has a well-run private coach network serving the larger towns and cities. At the station the various drivers will shout out their destinations as if selling fruit. You can buy a ticket in the station or from the drivers .They are very reasonably priced and shopping around is possible, though haggling is not likely to get you anywhere and will not be appreciated. As coaches are by law required to give regular rest breaks, trips are always relaxed and easy. On the more expensive coaches an attendant (usually a local teenager working for his holidays) will give out complimentary soft drinks, minerals, cologne and cool face towels. Very long trips, for example the route from Bodrum to Istanbul, are usually run at night. Through the smaller coastal roads can leave something to be desired, the major roads and inter-city routes of Western Turkey are of as high quality as any you’ll find in Europe or America. That leaves air transport. Disappointingly domestic flights in Turkey are still prohibitively expensive for anything but tight-schedule business trips. The budget airline craze has not yet taken a foothold in Turkey so you could pay as much for a short internal flight as you paid to get to the country. As the Turkish saying goes, Epey acele, epey artık: great haste makes great waste. Above all, take the time to enjoy the beautiful Turkish landscape as you travel and I promise you will not be disappointed. Published at: https://www.isnare.com/?aid=32448&ca=Travel

Travelling In Turkey

So you’ve gotten the flight in and checked out Bodrum/Ismir/Antalya/Your Local Tourist Town. You’ve seen the ruins, dismissed the coffee and embraced the raki. And you’re thinking like Betty Friedan, is this it? Restless vagabond, you are in luck. Turkey is a country once and a half the size of France, or larger than Texas, with of the most efficient public transport systems in the Near East. So let me help you make the best of your attempts at getting around in this wonderful country. At the lowest tier of the system is the humble dolmuş. This is a publicly-run network of minibuses that covers most of the coastal area of Turkey, and some of the populated inland areas. As the routes often circle peninsulas it can be a cheap way to take in some of the most beautiful scenery Turkey has to offer. The routes in the Turquoise Coast especially are too spectacular to be missed. The dolmuş itself can be a daunting experience if you don’t know how the system works, so let me give you the insider’s low-down. First off, there are no bus stops. Your best bet is to stand by a shop or restaurant along its route and hold your hand out as if hailing a taxi. You’ll also be thankful of the shelter if the bus is running behind schedule. Expect one to come every 10 minutes or so on popular routes. When the bus stops double check with the driver that he’s going where you want to be: Bodruma gidiyorsun?(Are you going to Bodrum?). Now take a seat and work out how much you have to pay from the price list, usually stuck above the windscreen. Now for the fun part! Hand the money to the person in the seat in front of you. It gets passed hand-to-hand, man to child to donkey, all the way up to the driver. He will make out the change when he gets a clear stretch of road with, if you’re lucky, one hand on the wheel and hand it back as before, person to person. Imagine that working in London! When you want to stop, shout something appropriate and say good evening (Yakşamlar!) as you go. For longer distances Turkey has a well-run private coach network serving the larger towns and cities. At the station the various drivers will shout out their destinations as if selling fruit. You can buy a ticket in the station or from the drivers .They are very reasonably priced and shopping around is possible, though haggling is not likely to get you anywhere and will not be appreciated. As coaches are by law required to give regular rest breaks, trips are always relaxed and easy. On the more expensive coaches an attendant (usually a local teenager working for his holidays) will give out complimentary soft drinks, minerals, cologne and cool face towels. Very long trips, for example the route from Bodrum to Istanbul, are usually run at night. Through the smaller coastal roads can leave something to be desired, the major roads and inter-city routes of Western Turkey are of as high quality as any you’ll find in Europe or America. That leaves air transport. Disappointingly domestic flights in Turkey are still prohibitively expensive for anything but tight-schedule business trips. The budget airline craze has not yet taken a foothold in Turkey so you could pay as much for a short internal flight as you paid to get to the country. As the Turkish saying goes, Epey acele, epey artık: great haste makes great waste. Above all, take the time to enjoy the beautiful Turkish landscape as you travel and I promise you will not be disappointed. Published at: https://www.isnare.com/?aid=32448&ca=Travel

Travelling Light – How To Pack Light Travelling With Toddlers

Whether you’re packing to go for a walk to the park or your planning a trip across country, when your travelling with toddlers packing poses a problem. How to pack light travelling with toddlers is a little more difficult than packing for an infant. Toddlers need stimulation in the form of toys and snacks not to mention the clothes and equipment. Toddlers require almost constant attention and need supervision almost all the time. So how do you decide how to pack light travelling with toddlers and what do you need to pack? This will depending largely on where you’re going, how long you’re going for and how you’re getting there? Whatever the answers you will need to consider all the possibilities. If you travel with kids, things to keep on hand all the time include diapers, spear clothes and sanitary items. It is often not a matter of how to pack light when travelling with toddlers it is more a question of how to pack effectively. No matter what you have to plan for the unexpected that is likely when you travel with kids. Things to keep in mind when planning for your trip is that you can’t predict everything so it is better to prepared. Start planning and preparing early, don’t leave it to the last minute. Write yourself what to pack travel checklist and cross of the items as you get them. Put those items aside and get them ready for packing so you don’t misplace them and have to rush at the last minute. Before you start packing consider what you are going to use for packing. When you travel with kids things to keep in mind are the mess factor. You are better off using a bag for your toddler that is waterproof and easily cleaned. Your what to pack travel checklist should consist of at least the following; ? Diapers – required and extras in case of emergencies ? Blankets – you should take at least two blankets for your toddler ? Plastic bags / ziplock bags – for storing diapers, clothes and rubbish. This will just help keep mess to a minimum. ? Tissues / wipes – essential when you travel with kids, things to keep handy ? Sanitizer wipes –these are the best option for cleaning up any mess when it comes to your kids. ? Toys / books – to keep your toddler entertained, long trips can be very hard on children so you want to provide adequate stimulation. ? Clothes – enough for two changes a day. You never know what accidents or spills will happen so take a change of clothes on the plane, boat or in the car as well as two changes per day. ? Sun hat – a sunburnt toddler is not going to be fun on a long trip. ? Juice boxes, sipping cup – something that won’t spill, you also want to keep hydration levels up when travelling. ? Food – snacks for the trip ? Laundry soap / pre-laundry stain stick – This could be a lifesaver for removing nasty stains while away from home. ? Car seat – this is essential for travel by car or plane. ? Stroller – another item that will help you enjoy your time as you won’t be worried about carrying your toddler or them having to walk long distances. These are essential items you need to have on your what to pack travel checklist to ensure you are able to enjoy your trip. Some other items that you need to think about when considering how to pack light when travelling with toddlers are items that will help you as a parent. These include changes of clothes for you in case of travel emergencies, snacks and drink for you, a separate bag for you and your toddler, something to read and your camera. These will just make it easier for you to relax and enjoy the trip. Your what to pack travel checklist is a guide that reminds you of general considerations for when you travel with kids. Things to keep in mind as well are any specific requirements your kids may have. This could be medicine, nightlights, speciality foods, allergy medicines or cream, comforters, favourite toys or teddy bears. All of these things will make your trip run more smoothly and ensure your toddler will have everything he/she needs. Published at: https://www.isnare.com/?aid=28356&ca=Travel

Travelling Light – How To Pack Light Travelling With Toddlers

Whether you’re packing to go for a walk to the park or your planning a trip across country, when your travelling with toddlers packing poses a problem. How to pack light travelling with toddlers is a little more difficult than packing for an infant. Toddlers need stimulation in the form of toys and snacks not to mention the clothes and equipment. Toddlers require almost constant attention and need supervision almost all the time. So how do you decide how to pack light travelling with toddlers and what do you need to pack? This will depending largely on where you’re going, how long you’re going for and how you’re getting there? Whatever the answers you will need to consider all the possibilities. If you travel with kids, things to keep on hand all the time include diapers, spear clothes and sanitary items. It is often not a matter of how to pack light when travelling with toddlers it is more a question of how to pack effectively. No matter what you have to plan for the unexpected that is likely when you travel with kids. Things to keep in mind when planning for your trip is that you can’t predict everything so it is better to prepared. Start planning and preparing early, don’t leave it to the last minute. Write yourself what to pack travel checklist and cross of the items as you get them. Put those items aside and get them ready for packing so you don’t misplace them and have to rush at the last minute. Before you start packing consider what you are going to use for packing. When you travel with kids things to keep in mind are the mess factor. You are better off using a bag for your toddler that is waterproof and easily cleaned. Your what to pack travel checklist should consist of at least the following; ? Diapers – required and extras in case of emergencies ? Blankets – you should take at least two blankets for your toddler ? Plastic bags / ziplock bags – for storing diapers, clothes and rubbish. This will just help keep mess to a minimum. ? Tissues / wipes – essential when you travel with kids, things to keep handy ? Sanitizer wipes –these are the best option for cleaning up any mess when it comes to your kids. ? Toys / books – to keep your toddler entertained, long trips can be very hard on children so you want to provide adequate stimulation. ? Clothes – enough for two changes a day. You never know what accidents or spills will happen so take a change of clothes on the plane, boat or in the car as well as two changes per day. ? Sun hat – a sunburnt toddler is not going to be fun on a long trip. ? Juice boxes, sipping cup – something that won’t spill, you also want to keep hydration levels up when travelling. ? Food – snacks for the trip ? Laundry soap / pre-laundry stain stick – This could be a lifesaver for removing nasty stains while away from home. ? Car seat – this is essential for travel by car or plane. ? Stroller – another item that will help you enjoy your time as you won’t be worried about carrying your toddler or them having to walk long distances. These are essential items you need to have on your what to pack travel checklist to ensure you are able to enjoy your trip. Some other items that you need to think about when considering how to pack light when travelling with toddlers are items that will help you as a parent. These include changes of clothes for you in case of travel emergencies, snacks and drink for you, a separate bag for you and your toddler, something to read and your camera. These will just make it easier for you to relax and enjoy the trip. Your what to pack travel checklist is a guide that reminds you of general considerations for when you travel with kids. Things to keep in mind as well are any specific requirements your kids may have. This could be medicine, nightlights, speciality foods, allergy medicines or cream, comforters, favourite toys or teddy bears. All of these things will make your trip run more smoothly and ensure your toddler will have everything he/she needs.

Travelling In Turkey

So you’ve gotten the flight in and checked out Bodrum/Ismir/Antalya/Your Local Tourist Town. You’ve seen the ruins, dismissed the coffee and embraced the raki. And you’re thinking like Betty Friedan, is this it? Restless vagabond, you are in luck. Turkey is a country once and a half the size of France, or larger than Texas, with of the most efficient public transport systems in the Near East. So let me help you make the best of your attempts at getting around in this wonderful country. At the lowest tier of the system is the humble dolmuş. This is a publicly-run network of minibuses that covers most of the coastal area of Turkey, and some of the populated inland areas. As the routes often circle peninsulas it can be a cheap way to take in some of the most beautiful scenery Turkey has to offer. The routes in the Turquoise Coast especially are too spectacular to be missed. The dolmuş itself can be a daunting experience if you don’t know how the system works, so let me give you the insider’s low-down. First off, there are no bus stops. Your best bet is to stand by a shop or restaurant along its route and hold your hand out as if hailing a taxi. You’ll also be thankful of the shelter if the bus is running behind schedule. Expect one to come every 10 minutes or so on popular routes. When the bus stops double check with the driver that he’s going where you want to be: Bodruma gidiyorsun?(Are you going to Bodrum?). Now take a seat and work out how much you have to pay from the price list, usually stuck above the windscreen. Now for the fun part! Hand the money to the person in the seat in front of you. It gets passed hand-to-hand, man to child to donkey, all the way up to the driver. He will make out the change when he gets a clear stretch of road with, if you’re lucky, one hand on the wheel and hand it back as before, person to person. Imagine that working in London! When you want to stop, shout something appropriate and say good evening (Yakşamlar!) as you go. For longer distances Turkey has a well-run private coach network serving the larger towns and cities. At the station the various drivers will shout out their destinations as if selling fruit. You can buy a ticket in the station or from the drivers .They are very reasonably priced and shopping around is possible, though haggling is not likely to get you anywhere and will not be appreciated. As coaches are by law required to give regular rest breaks, trips are always relaxed and easy. On the more expensive coaches an attendant (usually a local teenager working for his holidays) will give out complimentary soft drinks, minerals, cologne and cool face towels. Very long trips, for example the route from Bodrum to Istanbul, are usually run at night. Through the smaller coastal roads can leave something to be desired, the major roads and inter-city routes of Western Turkey are of as high quality as any you’ll find in Europe or America. That leaves air transport. Disappointingly domestic flights in Turkey are still prohibitively expensive for anything but tight-schedule business trips. The budget airline craze has not yet taken a foothold in Turkey so you could pay as much for a short internal flight as you paid to get to the country. As the Turkish saying goes, Epey acele, epey artık: great haste makes great waste. Above all, take the time to enjoy the beautiful Turkish landscape as you travel and I promise you will not be disappointed.

Travelling With Pets

If you’re moving or you want to take your pet on holiday with you, chances are that you will want fly to wherever you are going to. So it’s good to know what you can do and what you can’t so your pet is exposed to as little trauma as possible. If you know in advance exactly how you can travel with your pet, it means you don’t have to waste time at the airport which could be tough on you and your pet. Traveling with pets means you are subject to a different set of rules. It would help if you are familiar with them even before you book your tickets. First of all, check whether the airline you plan to go in allows pets as not all do. Then clarify if the pet you have will be allowed onto the flight. Again, certain pets might be allowed, certain others may not. If you go ahead and book without being sure, you could end up at the airport with your pet and not be allowed on board. Be very specific when you ask for information before you book your ticket. You will have to bear in mind that your pet will have to be kept contained during the flight. So your dog or cat or bird will have to be put into a carrier. Again, enquire about what kind of carrier needs to be used. Not all carriers are allowed on board. Then find out whether your pet can travel with you or has to be checked in like baggage. Some airlines insist on this. There are a few rules you will have to follow if you take your pet into the cabin with you. Your pet can in no way affect the well-being or the peace of the others passengers. Remember not to place the carrier on any seat, even if it is empty and do not place it on the aisle where it can trip up a passenger or a member of the crew. Each airline has its own set of regulations over and above this. Ensure that all your pet’s documents are in order. Here again, it would be good to check when you are booking your ticket so that you have enough time to make sure all his vaccinations have been done and no shots that need to be given have been forgotten in that last-minute rush. These are necessary not only to protect your pet but also all the other passengers he is traveling with. Some airlines need for you to have a medical examination just before boarding so they are assured that your pet is healthy enough to fly. Once you have everything ready, your tickets, your pet’s health papers, the right carrier, make sure that you get to the airport earlier that check-in time. This just helps iron out any last-minute hiccups should they occur. And you can, no doubt, have enough time to sort out things and board your flight without problems. Both your pet and you will have to go through airport security and your pet too will have to go through the metal detector. It is likely that the pet carrier he is in will also be subject to checking. It usually involves sending this through the X-ray machine together with your carry-on bag. In this case, very often, it is just the carrier that goes through, not your pet. However, there are airlines that say a big No to pets. Which is why it is so important for you to make sure whether or not your pet will be allowed well ahead of your traveling time. Some airlines that do allow you to might charge quite a bit extra for a pet. Do enquire about all the details before you buy that ticket!