Flying With Pets – How Can You Keep Your Pet Safe And Healthy When Traveling On Commercial Airline Flights?


If you are planning to fly with your pet, you are part of a growing trend that has been increasing for the last number of years.  Most airlines, for a nominal fee, will allow your small pet to fly with you if it will fit in a FAA approved pet carrier that can be stowed under your seat.  The following important information can help you keep your pet safe, healthy, and happy on airline flights.

When booking a flight, it is a good idea to make reservations for yourself and your pet as early as possible.  You must let the airline know that you want to bring your pet with you.  It is very important to tell them, as they will only allow a limited number of pets on each flight.  Some airlines do not allow pets at all, especially on international flights.  Always confirm your flight the day before you leave on your trip.   If you are traveling internationally you need to confirm your reservation seventy-two hours before you go.

Before you fly into the wide blue yonder with your furry travel companion, you need to take him or her to the veterinarian for a checkup, to make sure he or she is healthy enough to travel.  You will also need to take its health certificate with you, showing that your pet is up-to-date on all its vaccinations, including rabies.  Your pet must wear its current vaccination tag when traveling.  As well, your pet must meet the health regulations of every country that you will be traveling to.  Bring along a copy of your pet’s medical records listing its allergies, chronic medical conditions, and medications. 

If you haven’t done this already, you should get your pet micro-chipped.  That way, if your pet gets lost and is taken to an animal shelter or vet, where its chip can be scanned, you both can be reunited.  Keep in mind that your pet’s identification tag will have your home address and phone number on it.  That won’t be of much help if your pet is lost while you are on vacation.  It may be a good idea to get another tag made up with your destination address and phone number on it.  What happens if you pet isn’t found until after you have returned from your vacation?  It makes sense that you should leave both your home I.D. tag on your pet as well as attaching the new tag.  That way you have all bases covered and stand a better chance of being reunited with your pet.
You should carry a photo of you pet with you when you’re traveling.  It will help you prove that you are the rightful owner if any problems of ownership occur.  Also, the photo can be used to make up flyers to post in the area where your pet was lost.

Flying with pets that are too large to fit into a FAA approved pet carrier is not advisable as they will have to be stowed in the cargo hold.  Putting your pet in the cargo hold can be traumatic and dangerous to your pet’s health.    It would make far more sense to leave your pet with friends,
or a pet sitting service for the duration of your vacation. 
The American Veterinary Medical Association advises against sedating or tranquilizing your pet when flying, especially dogs.  Dogs regulate their body temperature by panting, so if they are tranquilized, they may not be able to pant.  If this happens, it can leave them defenseless against the fluctuation of temperature and air pressure that occurs in the cargo hold of every flight.  Also, keep in mind that pets don’t enjoy flying, or being stuffed into a cramped kennel and left alone in a dark and desolate cargo hold.  It must be terrifying for them.

There are a number of websites that give additional valuable information regarding traveling with your pet.  Two outstanding sites are the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) at, and the Federal Government’s Department of Agriculture at, which has an excellent article entitled, Traveling With Your Pet.  


If you want a great travel carrier for your small pet, you may want to consider the popular, FAA approved pet carrier, Sherpa On Wheels.  This Cadillac of pet carriers can be a luxurious and  comfortable home for your pet while flying.   It has the convenience of a front and top entry, mesh ventilation panels, recessed wheels, as well as a detachable pull handle and a shoulder strap.  It is available on line at

 Dorothy Yamich has a passion for travel. She has lived and traveled extensively throughout Europe as well as traveled in North America, Central America, and the Caribbean.  She is a travel consultant and specializes in luxury cruises as well as vacation packages.  If you are looking for information on cheap airfares, fabulous discounted luxury cruises and great holiday deals, visit:

Can Serious Danger Lurk Under The Sun On Your Tropical Vacation?

Even though these sun related problems, sunburn, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke, are not diseases, they can be very serious and could put a real damper on your holidays.  An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure when dealing with the sun.  Keep in mind that the sun’s rays are more intense between noon and three p.m. in the tropics and at high altitudes, even if it’s a cloudy or overcast day.     

What can you do to prevent getting a sunburn when you travel to sunny holiday destinations?

In general, the fairer or lighter your skin is, the easier you may sunburn.  Even clouds offer little or no protection from a severe sunburn.  So why take a chance of ruining your holiday when getting a painful sunburn is easy to protect against?  To prevent getting a bad sunburn, especially if you sunburn easily, use a high SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of 30, or stronger if possible.  Use the sunscreen liberally, wear a wide-brimmed sun hat, choose UVA and UVB protection certified sunglasses, and wear a long-sleeved shirt and slacks.  Try to stay out of the sun between noon and three in the afternoon.  Build up your exposure to the sun gradually, day by day.  Limit the length of time that you spend in the sun to about fifteen minutes the first day, and increase your time in the sun gradually on subsequent days.   
What can you do to treat a severe sunburn?

You can ease the pain of a sunburn by soaking in a cool bath three to four times a day.  If you add some baking soda to each bath, it will help even more.  Cool showers will probably hurt too much, and they are not as effective or soothing as cool, relaxing baths.  To help with headaches, or pain and swelling, take aspirin or other pain medication such as Advil or Ibuprofen.  Do not take any aspirin based pain medications if you are on blood thinners or have an ulcer. If you are not sure if it’s safe for you to take these pain relievers, check with a doctor or medical clinic.  To avoid dehydration, drink at least six to eight glasses of water per day.  Do not break any blisters if you can help it.  Broken blisters can easily get infected, especially in the humid weather of the tropics.  If they do break, wash them gently with soap and warm water. 
If your sunburn does not appear to be getting better and you still have pain after a couple of days, you develop a high temperature or fever, have a splitting headache that won’t go away, are vomiting or have diarrhea, feel dizzy or confused, or your eyes hurt and light bothers them, you must seek medical attention immediately.

What can you do to prevent heat exhaustion?

Heat exhaustion is completely preventable.  Wearing a wide-brimmed sunhat, drinking lots of liquids, and staying out of intense heat and humidity will help you avoid this serious problem.

What should you do if you have the symptoms of heat exhaustion?

Heat exhaustion is caused by a combination of very high temperatures and humidity.  This may result in the loss of fluids from your body through excess sweating.  These fluids must be quickly replaced or heat exhaustion can result.

The symptoms include headache, fatigue, lethargy, giddiness, and muscle cramps.  The treatment is to immediately move out of the sun or heat and drink plenty of liquids, preferably commercial beverages containing electrolytes, such as Gatorade.  Do not drink any alcohol as this will make your condition worse. 

If you do not feel better and show positive signs of recovery within a very short period of time, have someone help you get to a hospital immediately as your condition could easily progress into a true medical emergency called heatstroke.

What actions must you immediately take if you get heat stroke?

When heat exhaustion is not successfully treated immediately, it can result in a very serious medical emergency.  Heatstroke is characterized by high body temperatures of 102 to 106 degrees Fahrenheit, or 39 to 41 degrees Centigrade.  There is also a cessation of sweating.  The symptoms of heatstroke include flushed, red skin, headache and confusion which can progress into delirium and convulsions, and can be fatal.

Note:  Someone must help you by quickly taking you out of the sun or heat and rushing you to a hospital immediately.

Dorothy Yamich has a passion for travel. She has lived and traveled extensively throughout Europe as well as traveled in North America, Central America, and the Caribbean.  She is a travel consultant and specializes in luxury cruises as well as vacation packages.  if you are looking for information on cheap airfares, fabulous discounted luxury cruises and great holiday deals, visit:  

What Can Women Do To Avoid Sexual Harassment When They Travel On Vacation?



The women of today are venturing out and traveling more globally then at any time in history. Female travelers, whether traveling alone, with a companion, or as a group, are encountering different cultures, religions, and societies.  With this freedom comes some significant risks that men may never encounter.  It is therefore prudent for women who plan to travel to learn how to handle themselves when on holiday, studying abroad, or traveling on business. 

What are some things you can do that may help you have a safer and more enjoyable travel experience? 
If you are traveling, or on vacation, your best protection is to understand the local culture and customs of the country you are visiting.  What you observe when you watch how the local women behave and dress will give you valuable clues on how to avoid sexual harassment.
If the local women cover their hair and their arms and legs then you should do that also.  Do  not  wear bikinis, swimsuits, or short shorts in towns where local women are all covered up.  Dress conservatively.

Avoid direct eye contact with men as they might construe this as flirtatious.  Do not talk, smile, or wave to strange men who smile or say hello to you.  If a man follows you, cross the street.  If this doesn’t work, find a policeman, or enter a store and ask for help. 

If you need to ask for directions, always ask a woman.  And, if you are traveling by bus or train,
always sit with other women.

It is a good idea to carry a versatile head scarf in your handbag just in case you need to cover your head and arms.

You may want to wear a fake wedding ring to help ward off and discourage any unwanted male advances if you are not married.

You should wear a referee’s whistle around your neck under your blouse.  It could come in handy.

Consult guide books on the countries and areas that you are traveling to or through to give you a heads up on what to expect.  Also, carry a foreign language phrase book with you to help you communicate with people when you get there.

Do not wear expensive looking jewelry, watches, camera carrying cases, or even designer handbags.  You don’t want to tempt any would be robbers or muggers.  Take a conservative outfit along with you in case you need to wear one on certain occasions.
If you are traveling alone, it is best to travel light.  For one thing you will be more mobile because you aren’t loaded down with luggage.   If it’s not too small for your belongings, a wheeled, carry-on bag, or a backpack may be you best bet.  It is important to try and have one hand free at all times.  Having two hands free is even better.  You should wear a shoulder bag that has a strong, wide strap that will fit over your head.  Wearing the shoulder bag this way may help prevent someone from grabbing the bag and running away with it.   The bag should also have secure, zippered pockets.


Dorothy Yamich has a passion for travel. She has lived and traveled extensively throughout Europe as well as traveled in North America, Central America, and the Caribbean.  She is a travel consultant and specializes in luxury cruises as well as vacation packages.  if you are looking for information on cheap airfares, fabulous discounted luxury cruises and great holiday deals, visit:


Luxury Cruise Tours – Travel On A Floating Resort Hotel To Exciting Destinations

 A luxury cruise voyage can truly enrich your life.  Not only will you be traveling with like-minded people who love to cruise, you will develop great, lasting friendships among your many cruising companions. 

When you cruise you can travel to fabulous ports of call anywhere that cruise ships sail.  Not only are there mega cruise liners which everyone is familiar with, there are a number of different sizes and types of ships.  The medium, and particularly the smaller size cruise ships can navigate further up inland waterways to cities and historic landmarks where larger ships could never go. 

The larger cruise ships usually have one or two organized shore excursions at each port of call.  If there are two sightseeing excursion events scheduled the same day, one may take place early in the morning and the second one in the afternoon.  Most morning shore excursions normally get back to the ship in time for the people to feast on a fantastic lunch buffet.

Sometimes, on a second excursion, you may arrive back at the cruise ship late in the afternoon or early evening.  This may mean that you could be a bit late or possibly miss dinner if you have opted for the first sitting.  Not to worry, it’s only a minor inconvenience, as there is never a lack of delicious food on a cruise.

It is also your prerogative to explore the city, town, island, or tourist attractions and landmarks on your own.  Just remember that you are responsible to get back on time or your cruise ship could sail without you.  However, if you book a shore excursion through the cruise ship, they will not depart the port until everyone is back on board. 

Take full advantage of the time you have in port by using it wisely.  Some vacationers decide to disembark and go it alone by hiring a car and driver to take them to see and explore the sights.  Usually taxi drivers charge by the carload and not per person so if you want to save some money you can split the cost with a few other fellow passengers.  If you leave early in the morning you may be able to get back in time to enjoy the lunch buffet as it is usually open until mid afternoon.

When you cruise you should bring a detailed guide book or books that cover each of the destinations you know that you will be visiting.  Even if the weather is less than optimal for your shore excursion, always take your camera as the weather, if inclement, can improve very quickly.

And don’t judge a port by the dock and its surrounding area.  It is usually a freighter loading and unloading area and the major warehouse and industrial district of a city or town.  You may have to travel out of the port area and into the city or town to really see the unique tourist attractions and historical sites as well as experience the local culture.

What is the difference between a river cruise and a barge tour?

Although they have similarities, there are major differences between these two types of sightseeing tours.  Firstly, the ships that sail the rivers can accommodate approximately up to one hundred and eighty people, while barges usually only can accommodate five to twenty-five people.
The second big difference is that the river cruises can visit a number of countries and cities in a week, while barges travel on man-made canals from town to town moving at a much slower, walking pace, and can only cover approximately fifty miles in a week.  Thirdly, river cruise ships have a restaurant, lounge, and entertainment, while barges are essentially first-class, floating hotels, and have a dining room and lounge as well as a sun deck.  The most popular river cruises and barging tours are located in Europe.

What is a luxury cruise tour package?

A cruise tour package is similar to a regular cruise that stops for half-day or full day shore excursions but gives you the best of both a luxury cruise and a land holiday all wrapped up in one.  The main differences between the two is that the land part of your vacation includes transportation by train or luxury motor coach travel to a centrally located quality hotel accommodation at your inland destination.  You will be chaperoned by an expert tour guide for the land portion of your itinerary.  These combo packages are generally longer, lasting from ten days to three weeks or even a month or more.  On most cruise tours you can decide to take the land segment of your vacation either before or after your cruise.

Besides Europe, you can book a cruise tour for South America, Australia, Asia and the United States.  Alaska is one of the most popular cruise tour destinations in the world. 

If you would like to enjoy the best of both worlds – an incredible dream cruise holiday and a land tour adventure – a luxury cruise tour is the ultimate vacation experience.


Dorothy Yamich has a passion for travel. She has lived and traveled extensively throughout Europe as well as traveled in North America, Central America, and the Caribbean.  She is a travel consultant and specializes in luxury cruises as well as vacation packages.  If you are looking for information on cheap airfares, fabulous discounted luxury cruises and great holiday packages, visit:




How Can A Medical Alert Bracelet Save Your Life When You Travel On Vacation?

In addition to protecting yourself with comprehensive travel insurance when you go on a holiday, you should also wear a Medical Alert bracelet if you have medical condition.  Even if it is not considered a serious medical condition, you should still wear one.  It could literally save your life!
From high blood pressure to food allergies, a Medical Alert bracelet can help attending health professionals quickly diagnose and treat you if you get sick or are injured while you are traveling or on vacation.

When you join this great American non-profit organization as a TravelPlus member your personal medical information will be confidentially stored at their headquarters.  This information can be accessed in a medical emergency by attending physicians or other qualified health professionals in clinics and hospitals around the world, twenty-four hours a day, three hundred and sixty-five days a year.  Your complete medical history including any serious medical conditions, prescription drugs and special vitamin supplements and herbs that you are taking can all be documented so that this information can be used if it is ever needed. 

Your member’s identification number, most important medical condition or conditions, and the MedicAlert foundation’s twenty-four hour hotline response phone number are all engraved on the back of your distinctive item of jewelry.

The well trained, multilingual staff at this over fifty-year old non-profit foundation can also help you find a physician when you are traveling out of the country.  They will be able to communicate with the local medical personnel in foreign countries to determine what treatments will be necessary to help you.

They will get in contact with your family members.  You will be able to send emergency messages to your relatives, friends, and business associates as well as receive emergency messages, toll free, 24/7.

You can also be covered for pre-existing medical conditions whether you are on vacation or on business travel out of the country.

You will have access to information on travel documents that you may need such as passports, travel visas, and immunization certificate requirements.  Other informational services available include travel, health, and safety advisories and alerts; snapshots of the cultures, traditions, and languages of the places you plan to visit; U.S. consulates and embassies located around the world; temperature and weather reports; and foreign currency exchange rates.

In addition to all the above benefits, you may be eligible for medical evacuation to another medical facility, or you could be repatriated back to the United States.

At the present time, this program and all of its valuable benefits offered by, is only available to members living in the United States.  However you can still sign up even if you are out of the country.

Please note that the MedicAlert logo is available on a variety of engraved designer bracelets and pendants.  This attractive and unique jewelry is also manufactured in sterling silver and fourteen karat gold.  The logo is also available on a quality brand name watch.  There is also a state of the art personal medical lifeline alarm service offered to members.  



Dorothy Yamich has a passion for travel. She has lived and traveled extensively throughout Europe as well as traveled in North America, Central America, and the Caribbean.  She is a travel consultant and specializes in luxury cruises as well as vacation packages.  If you are looking for  information on cheap airfares, fabulouis discounted luxury cruises and great holiday deals, visit:

Here Are Some Great Travel Accessories To Make Your Vacation Easier, More Comfortable And Safer


 If you would like to know what travel accessories are available to make your trip easier, more comfortable, and safer, here are some great products.  These items should be available at most  luggage and travel accessories stores.  

What are compression bags and can they save a lot of space in your travel luggage?

If you use space saving clear plastic compression bags when packing your clothes, you can save up to a whopping 80% more space in your luggage.  They can be used over and over again for many years of very easy packing.

What is a non-slip security wallet and how does it work?

One accessory you should consider buying is the non-slip security travel wallet.  It is about the same size as a regular wallet but it has non-slip rubber on one side which will rub against and catch on the inside of your pocket if it accidentally slips out of your pocket, or if someone tries to pick your pocket.  Always put your wallet in your front pocket.  Under no circumstances should you ever carry your wallet in your back pocket.  Professional thieves the world over call it “the sucker pocket”. 

Here’s a great trick!  You can convert your wallet into a non-slip wallet by putting a couple of wide rubber bands around it.  Another solution that will help with the pickpocket problem is a chain-equipped security travel wallet which can be attached to your belt. 
The secret waist wallet is a wallet that compliments the non-slip travel wallet.  It fits nicely under your shirt or blouse, but is still easily accessible.  It is not a good idea to lift your shirt or blouse up and open this wallet in public as you never know who is watching, like a would be pickpocket, or robber.   It is best to open it discretely where no one can see you doing it, such as in a public washroom stall.

A leather money belt that has a concealed, zippered pocket on the inner side of it, is an excellent security travel product.  You can hide paper money, small, foldable documents, or a key in the secure, zippered pocket.

Security socks are stay-up, elastic stretch socks that have a concealed, zippered pocket on the inside of each one of a pair of these socks.   These socks would be very difficult for a pickpocket to access.

Another unique accessory is the RFID blocking passport holder.  This radio frequency identification holder protects your passport, and other important documents that could be compromised by data-stealing hackers.

Combination and key accessible combo luggage locks make it possible for custom’s officials to unlock your checked luggage for inspection with special skeleton keys, then lock your luggage up again.  You then can dial the combination and you can open your luggage.  This can save you a lot of time and money replacing regular locks that custom’s agents had to break to gain entry to inspect your luggage.  Another great plus with these combo locks is that you don’t have any keys to worry about losing or replacing.

You can carry a personal, battery-operated security alarm that emits a loud, shrill pitched sound that may help ward off a mugger or robber.  Another product that is less expensive and will produce the same effect is a referee’s whistle, which you can hide under your shirt or blouse, attached to a string and hung around your neck. Battery-operated hotel room intruder alarms are great hotel room safety devices.  One type of alarm hangs on the room’s door knob.  Any movement of the door knob or door will set the alarm off.  Another one is the doorstop type which you push under the door’s bottom edge.  If someone tries to open the hotel room door, the alarm will be triggered.

Women travelers can get an innovative security purse that has a steel cable sewn into the strap.  This will foil a thief who attempts to cut through the strap and tries to take off with their purse.

Easy is the word for the pocket pillow that is approximately 6” x 4” x 1”.   It inflates to about 19” x 15”, and is handy to carry with you.  It makes a comfortable pillow to rest your head upon.

Always protect your eyes from the tropical sun when traveling by wearing sunglasses that carry both a UVA as well as a UVB certified protection label.

A handy little book light that clamps on to the edge of your book enables you to conveniently read in dim light or total darkness.  It also allows you to read in the dark without disturbing your sleeping travel companion. 

If you are backpacking you should consider wearing a steel-mesh equipped backpack.  These great backpacks have a security steel mesh sewn into the bottom and sides, the most vulnerable places where a thief could slash it with a knife.  When this happens, everything tumbles out, and the thief and his accomplices grab anything of valuable and run away in different directions.
Keep in mind that you will probably have to use adaptor plugs and converters if you are traveling to certain countries.

A large travel accessories store, Magellan’s, has an award-winning catalogue that has everything for travelers from adaptor plugs to secret security wallets.  You can order their catalogue online, at

Tilley Endurables is a legendary manufacturer of sun-protective travel clothing and accessories. They created the world-famous Tilley Hat and specialize in making stylish, comfortable, and practical outdoor hats and travel clothing.  Most of the fabrics that they use in manufacturing their hats and clothing carry a certified UPF 50+ rating label, which is the highest rating for sun protection available.  You can order their sun-protective clothing and accessories catalogue on their website, at



Dorothy Yamich has a passion for travel. She has lived and traveled extensively throughout Europe as well as traveled in North America, Central America, and the Caribbean.  She is a travel consultant and specializes in luxury cruises as well as vacation packages.  If you are looking for information on cheap airfares, fabulous discounted luxury cruises and great holiday deals, visit:


What Can Vacationers And Business Travelers Do To Feel Safer And More Secure In Their Hotel Rooms?

Professional thieves tend to hang around hotels and resorts, especially the lobbies, looking for tourists and travelers that are easy pickings.  Here are some travel tips that may help you feel more safe and secure in your hotel room when you are traveling, or are on vacation.

First of all, the lobbies of hotels and resorts should never be considered secure, even the upscale ones.  They are all easy pickings for opportunistic luggage thieves, especially at peak times when the hotel reception staff is extremely busy with new guests arriving and other guests that are trying to check out.  Never leave your luggage unguarded unless you know for sure that it being looked after by a bellman.

If you are having a bite to eat in a hotel restaurant, especially a buffet, never leave your laptop, briefcase, or handbag unguarded to get a drink or something more to eat.  It takes thieves only a split second to make off with them.  It is impossible for the hotel staff to be constantly on the lookout for these criminals.

When booking your room, try to book one that is on the second, third, fourth, or fifth floors, as ground floor hotel rooms are more susceptible to break ins.  Keep in mind that rooms above the fifth floor may not be accessible by many fire engine ladders if a fire breaks out in the hotel.

Always check to make sure that the door to your room locks properly, and that the windows and sliding doors open, but also lock securely.  Most hotels use electronic card keys for their hotel room doors as they offer more security than the standard metal keys.   Don’t carry you key card in its folder if the folder has the room number on it.   Write down the room number on a piece of paper, keep it on your person when you go out, and leave the folder in your room. 

Always identify unexpected staff or visitors to your room before opening the door.  Call the front desk if in doubt as to the authenticity of that person.  It is advisable to not give out your room number to anyone that you don’t know and trust.

It may not be a good idea to hang a “please clean the room” sign on the door knob when you go out, as it signals to a would be thief that there is probably no one in the room.  

Don’t assume that your hotel room door is locked just because it closes automatically when you go out.  Check to make sure that it has really locked.  If your room has a balcony make sure the sliding glass door is also locked as it may be possible for someone to climb on to your balcony from a balcony beside, above or below yours.

Do not leave any valuables lying around in plain view in your hotel room.  They may be too tempting for some cleaning staff to resist.  Place any small valuables in your in-room safe if there is one.  Keep in mind that safes that use metal keys are not as secure as the ones that use electronic key cards. 

The next best bet if there is no safe in your room is to lock your small valuables in your largest suitcase when you go out.  Locked, hard sided luggage offers the best security. Some travelers even use duct tape to secure small valuables to the underside of the hotel room furniture.

Always use your door’s deadbolt or chain lock at night before you go to sleep or if you feel like taking a nap. 


There is a small, inexpensive, battery-operated, motion-sensitive, burglar alarm that can be hung on the inside hotel door knob, or there is a wedge-shaped alarm that you can wedge under the door that accomplishes the same thing.  If someone tries to open your door, the alarm will sound.

There are two less sophisticated methods you could use.  You can move a chair in front of the hotel door and place the back rest under the knob, or wedge a standard rubber door stopper under the door.  Either of these two methods are also effective.

When you pack and get ready to check out of your hotel, don’t forget to empty your room safe.  And last but not least, count the number of pieces of luggage when you check out and make sure that everything has been put in your taxi.


Dorothy Yamich has a passion for travel. She has lived and traveled extensively throughout Europe as well as traveled in North America, Central America, and the Caribbean.  She is a travel consultant and specializes in luxury cruises as well as vacation packages. If you are looking for information on cheap airfares, fabulous discounted luxury cruises and great holiday deals, visit:








Enjoy Vacation Or Holiday Cruises On The World’s Largest Hotel Resort Cruise Ship

Vacations and holidays should be exciting, fun, and memorable travel experiences.  So why not enjoy your next vacation or holiday on board Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s Oasis Of The Seas, the world’s most modern, super-sized resort hotel cruise ship, and cruise to the enticing warm waters and white sandy beaches of the beautiful, sun-drenched, Caribbean Islands? 

This majestic, colossal cruise ship is brilliantly laid out to maximize every passenger’s enjoyment and cruising experience.  It has 16 decks and 2,700 staterooms that range in size from inside staterooms of approximately 150 square feet to the Royal Loft Suites that are over 1,500 square feet with large balconies of about 800 square feet.  Royal Caribbean cruises leads all other cruise lines in the creation of this state-of-the-art ship that can comfortably accommodate well over 5,000 passengers.

The Oasis Of The Seas is a virtual miniature city with several “neighborhoods” running along the center of her outside deck with cleverly situated balconied staterooms or cabins overlooking the bustling activities of the passengers below. 

These seven neighborhoods, or themed zones are, in alphabetical order, Boardwalk, Central Park, Entertainment Place, Pool and Sports Zone, Royal Promenade, Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center, and Youth Zone.

Here is a brief rundown of what you will find in each of these seven neighborhoods.

To start with, the Royal Promenade, is where cruise passengers board the ship.  It is a virtual mall-at-sea and has a variety of retail shops, cafes, and bars.
Stroll along the Boardwalk that features a beautiful handcrafted carousel and experience the atmosphere of Coney Island.  At the end of  the Boardwalk, at the stern of this amazing  cruise ship, you will find a huge swimming pool where throughout the day passengers can swim, relax on deckchairs, sunbathe, or even take scuba diving lessons.  By night the pool is magically transformed into the AquaTheater which features a spectacular water show where numerous nozzles spout pressurized water high above the pool.  These turbocharged towering jets of water are synchronized with a music and light display. 

To top it all off, an innovative high-wire Zip Line stretches across the Boardwalk.  Passengers that book strategically located state rooms or who are strolling in this area can watch their thrill-seeking, daredevil fellow passengers soar along this exciting high wire.

Central Park is full of fabulous flowers, lush shrubbery, and trees.  This glorious greenery is maintained by gardeners who rotate the numerous flowers and plants to reflect the appropriate season.  In this large neighborhood park you will find a number of upscale and casual themed restaurants and bars for you to unwind and enjoy deliciously prepared food and alcoholic beverages.  

The Entertainment Place features the thousand-plus seat Opal Theater, a large dance disco ballroom, a nightclub, a jazz lounge, a comedy club, and of course the world’s largest cruise ship casino.

The grand Vitality Spa and Fitness Center is the largest spa on the seven seas.  It will appeal to all passengers that want to relax, unwind, and be pampered in the lap of luxury.

The Pool And Sports Zone, which is located high above the Boardwalk, features two surf creating FlowRiders, a pool dedicated to a variety of water sports, a full-size basketball court, a mini golf course, two massive rock climbing walls, and the thrilling Zip Line.

And last but not least there is the Youth Zone where trained personnel cater to parents’ babies and toddlers so their moms and dads can have some time to themselves aboard the ship.  For the older kids and teens there are a multitude of fun things to keep them occupied. 

If you have never gone on a luxury cruise before, maybe now is the time.  The Oasis Of The Seas has something that will appeal to almost everyone and is a destination in itself.  You will be very impressed.



Dorothy Yamich has a passion for travel. She has lived and traveled extensively throughout Europe as well as traveled in North America, Central America, and the Caribbean.  She is a travel consultant and specializes in luxury cruises as well as vacation packages.  If you are looking for information on cheap airfares, discounted luxury cruises and great holiday deals, visit:

Don’t Let Car Thieves Steal Your Car When You Are Driving On Your Vacation

In these difficult financial times most folks need vacations more than ever.  And people also want to save a lot of money if they can.  One economical solution is to take the family car and drive to and from your holiday destination instead of flying.

If you plan to drive, it may also make sense to take some steps to protect yourself and family from car theft.  Having some car thief steal your car, luggage, or other items of value from your trunk could really put a damper on what was supposed to be a fun-filled and enjoyable trip.


Even if you take all of the numerous precautions to prevent auto theft when you travel, very determined professional car thieves can still manage to steal any vehicle if they want it badly enough.  Can you remember the car theft action movie Gone In 60 Seconds starring Nicolas Cage?  However, you can still dramatically reduce the odds of becoming a victim of auto theft to almost zero. Most of these auto theft preventative measures are common sense and will you cost nothing to do.  So why not make it a habit of implementing them not only when you travel by car on your holidays, but also in your every day driving as well? 

To start with, you should never take for granted that you are immune from car thieves when traveling, or that your vehicle would not really be worth stealing. 

Keep in mind that sometimes these thieves might be after more than just your vehicle, luggage, or any valuables that might be inside your car or trunk.  They may only want an older car to joy ride in, or take it to sell its parts.

They may also be after your vehicle documents for identity theft purposes, or they could be thinking of robbing your home town residence while you are away on vacation.  Where would they get this important information?  From the vehicle registration and auto insurance papers which are usually conveniently located in the glove compartment.

The best way is to eliminate this problem is to keep these documents on your person at all times when traveling on your vacation.

The second best way to reduce this problem is to hide the documents really well in the trunk.  Some police forces in cities that have a high incidence of auto thefts recommend doing this.  Just remember to tell everyone who is traveling with you where these documents are squirreled away inside the trunk. 

Here are some more ways you can lessen the chance of having your holidays ruined by car thieves.  If you can manage to implement a number of these suggestions, you can dramatically lessen the odds of becoming another victim of auto theft when you travel.

Close all of your vehicle’s windows tightly and lock all the doors when you park it anywhere, even if it’s only for a minute or two.
A real invitation to lose your vehicle is to leave it idling while unattended.  Under no circumstance should you ever do this.  Don’t even think about it.

Similarly, you should not leave your vehicle’s keys in the ignition or hidden anywhere in car.  That  also includes a second set of keys.  Professional car thieves can easily find any keys hidden in the usual places very quickly.  Keep an extra set of keys on your person. 

Don’t leave any valuables in your vehicle, even if they can not be seen from the outside of your car.  If possible, take them with you.

However, if you have no choice but to leave valuables in your vehicle, at least make sure that they are locked inside your trunk.  When you do this, check first and look around to make sure that nobody is watching, or better still, stop, pull over, and put them in your trunk before you arrive at your intended destination.  Prying eyes can be anywhere.

When parking your vehicle in public areas, turn you front wheels either to the left or right before turning your ignition off.  This will engage the steering wheel locking mechanism in the steering column which can make your car a little more difficult to steal.

Engaging the emergency brake after you have parked and turned the motor off may also make your vehicle harder to tow away.

For front wheel and rear wheel drive vehicles you should park them differently when in an underground parking garage.  The front wheel drive autos should be parked with the nose in and rear wheel drives with the nose out.  Then turn your tires to the left or right.  Again, this may make your vehicle harder to tow away.

It’s always best to park in an attendant controlled parking lot rather than an unattended one.  If it is a  place where there is valet parking, only give the attendant your door and ignition key.  They don’t need any of the other keys on your key chain. 

In public places at dusk and at night, always park in a well lighted area that has a lot of pedestrian traffic.  Keep in mind that most auto thieves prefer to work under the cover of darkness. 

Try to avoid parking near or next to any obstruction, such as a fence, hedge, large truck, or anything that blocks a clear view of your vehicle to vehicular and pedestrian traffic.

When you are staying in a place that has gated, secure parking, be sure that the gate has completely closed after entering or leaving so that a thief doesn’t sneak in to the parking area behind your vehicle.

If you happen to see any suspicious activity such as a person or group of people hanging around or near your vehicle you should call the police.

Here are some anti-theft devices that you can install for maximum protection.  You may already have a few of these products installed in your vehicle.

You should use a highly visible after-market steering wheel lock bar.  Most car thieves will likely move on to easier prey.  Other less visible after-market anti-theft products are gas pedal locks, brake pedal locks, and armored collars that fit around the steering column which protects the ignition.   And for the manual shift vehicles you can also use an after-market shifter lock.  These products are all effective but not as highly visible to prying eyes.

Another thing that you can easily do is to have your mechanic install a hood lock that will prevent easy access to your vehicle’s battery and security system.

A loud vehicle alarm system and a highly visible alarm sticker on your windshield is worth its weight in gold especially when it’s combined with the addition of some of the other anti-theft security options.

The best vehicle protection is a passive electronic immobilizer which disables the motor when you turn off the ignition.  It’s not an inexpensive device to have installed but it’s well worth it for your peace of mind.  There are other benefits you may receive when you install an electronic immobilizer in your car.  Some auto insurance companies will offer a discount on your policy if you can show documentation that you’ve had one installed.  You also could get more money for your vehicle if you decide to sell it down the road.

Last, but not least, check to make sure you have adequate insurance coverage on your vehicle including theft and damage before you travel by car on any vacation. 


Dorothy Yamich has a passion for travel. She has lived and traveled extensively throughout Europe as well as traveled in North America, Central America, and the Caribbean.  She is a travel consultant and specializes in luxury cruises as well as vacation packages.  If you are looking for information on cheap airfares, fabulous discounted luxury cruises and great holiday packages, visit:





Can Air Flights Create Health Risks For You When You Are On Vacation?

When flying on commercial airlines, airline passengers can develop some medical problems which tend to be minor.  However, some symptoms may develop into more serious medical conditions, such as deep vein thrombosis, which can quickly become life threatening.

The following paragraph lists a number of the most common in-flight medical symptoms.

The usual in-flight symptoms you may experience are ear-popping, nasal congestion, dehydration, headaches, constipation or diarrhea, loss of appetite (possibly caused by the in-flight food), light-headedness, problems with coordination, concentration problems, confusion, irritability, anxiety, sweating, fatigue, swollen lower legs and feet, and motion sickness.  Some of the above symptoms may also be associated with jet lag.  In addition, jet lag can also affect your sense of orientation in terms of time and place, as well as disrupt your sense of well-being.

Some of these medical symptoms can be easily reduced or eliminated by doing a few simple things. 

Drinking a glass of water, juice, or soda, every half hour or so can help you prevent dehydration and dryness in your throat, nose and eyes.  Alcohol and caffeine should be avoided or consumed in moderation as they can cause dehydration as well as disrupt sleep patterns.  By chewing gum you can help prevent your ears getting plugged and popping.  A comfortable inflatable neck pillow can help prevent a stiff and sore neck.  Wearing eye shades can make it easier to sleep on a long flight and ear plugs can reduce the constant cabin noise.  Ask a flight attendant for a blanket to help keep you warm in the air conditioned cabin.  It’s also a good idea to turn off the overhead air nozzle above your seat as cool air blowing down on you could make you feel cold.

Most people’s bodies tend to swell when they fly, so wearing loose clothing may help to relieve the swelling.  It will also add to your in flight comfort.  If you can, avoid salty foods.  Excess salt in your body contributes to water retention which can also cause your body to swell when you fly.

Jet lag can also be a major problem when you fly.  You may be able to lessen the effects of jet lag by adjusting your sleeping and eating patterns a few days before your flight to better reflect the time zone when you will arrive at your destination.  This will take some discipline but it is well worth trying, as it can really make a difference.

There are some more things that you can do to reduce the effects of jet lag.  If you can, try and catch a flight that arrives at your vacation destination in the daylight hours.  Immediately fit into this new time zone and avoid going to bed.  If you are feeling tired and wish to take a short snooze, then do it in a well-lit place.  In the evening or at night, sleep in a darkened room.  The darkness will quickly prepare your brain for sleep.  Try to avoid watching television, or using a computer as their screens are bright and can easily over-stimulate your brain.  It is not a good idea to consume alcohol or any drinks that contain caffeine such as soda and coffee, or eat chocolate, until your symptoms of jet lag wear off, as alcohol and food products that contain caffeine can disrupt your sleep.

Generally speaking, most travelers are not aware that they will only begin to experience the symptoms of jet lag as they leave their plane.  That is when the passengers’ biological clocks start to make internal adjustments inside their bodies to more closely coincide with the local time zone at their holiday destination.  When commercial airline travelers cross one, or even two time zones, they can usually adjust quite quickly.  However, if they are experiencing poor health, or are not feeling well just before they fly, then jet lag can compound these problems.

What is deep vein thrombosis, or DVT?

Deep vein thrombosis is caused by a blood clot that starts forming in the lower leg.  If this blood clot breaks off, it can then travel to the lungs which can be fatal.  This is a very real, life threatening, medical emergency. 
The usual symptoms of deep vein thrombosis are pain, redness, and swelling in the leg.  Deep vein thrombosis has always been a major health risk for travelers, especially when they fly.   Recent research has shown that airline passengers are at three times the risk of developing this serious life threatening condition when compared to the general population. 
Here are some of the things that you can do to reduce your chance of developing this deadly condition.  You should try to avoid crossing your legs as this can reduce or cut off the circulation in them raising the risk of DVT.  To increase your circulation, wear loose fitting clothing and avoid tight fitting socks or stockings.  You should also change your sitting position frequently, move your legs often when sitting, and get up and walk back and forth down the aisle.  If you can, try and sit in an aisle seat so you can easily get up and walk around without disturbing your fellow passengers.  These suggestions will help with the circulation in your legs and reduce the chance that you will develop deep-vein thrombosis.




Dorothy Yamich has a passion for travel. She has lived and traveled extensively throughout Europe as well as traveled in North America, Central America, and the Caribbean.  She is a travel consultant and specializes in luxury cruises as well as vacation packages.  If you are looking for information on cheap airfares, fabulous discounted luxury cruises and great holiday deals, visit: