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Gaborone Taxis

If you are looking for a taxi in Gaborone, make sure you only hire one that is selected by your hotel or one that has blue number plates. There are operators who do not have the blue number plates and who are not based at any of the hotels. Some of these are okay but some are simply criminals waiting to take advantage of an unsuspecting visitor. If you have found a reliable taxi driver, keep their contact details and get in touch with them each time you need to be fetched from a specific place. Remember to check what time your taxi driver finishes work as they will not be at your beck and call 24/7.

Category: Safety

3 Nov 2013 | 06:21 PM | Posted by: Yay Travel

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Where to Stay in Lisbon

If you are in Lisbon for only two days, the best place to stay is Barrio Baixa, preferably a block or two from Rua Augusta, which is a major street. In Barrio Baixa, if you walk along Rua Augusta, you will find places to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner. You will also walk into quite a few tourist attractions without even trying. Close to Rua Augusta is the elevator that will take you to Barrio Alta in minutes. Almost all attractions though are in Barrio Baixa within minutes of one another. You can also catch trams from Barrio Baixa if you wish to explore the castle on the hill. Basically, from a tourist point of view, Barrio Baixa is where everything happens, especially if you are in Lisbon for a very short time.

Category: Other

21 Aug 2013 | 09:42 AM | Posted by: Yay Travel

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Honeymoon Tips

Most often than not, couples spend so much of their preparation time on the wedding details that they tend to overlook the specifics of their honeymoon.

 

Unfortunately, the honeymoon usually comes right after the chaos of wedding celebrations giving newlyweds no time to rectify their lack of preparation. So, they just rush into their pre-booked flights and discover too late that they have cooked up a big anti climax instead of a spectacular highlight. You don't want to commit the same mistake.

 

Set a time to sit down and talk it over. You don't need to allot more than a day or two to do this. Most couples tend to forgo after-wedding preparations because of the erroneous belief that it will take so much time from their hectic schedule for before-the-wedding preparation. In fact, you can discuss the matter during your free time together such as during lunch or dinner. The important thing is that you have allotted a particular time to talk about your ideas on where and how you want to spend your first few days or weeks as a married couple. This will give you the right mind-set to focus on just one topic - your honeymoon!

 

Agree on a budget. Weddings can be costly and you don't want to worry about your finances during your first year as a couple. So, set a budget that you can afford and not a budget that you wish you had. This amount will guide you in choosing where you can go, where you can stay, what entertainment options you can enjoy and what types of restaurants you can visit. Remember, you don't have to break the bank to have a wonderful honeymoon. All it takes is good planning and a touch of creativity on your part.

 

Discuss where you want to celebrate love and romance together. It is important to see eye to eye on your destination. You want to have a great time as a couple, so you want to consider each others interests when choosing a honeymoon spot. You may also want to recall the places you've visited together and consider the sites that gave both of you much fun and excitement. It could be a tropical beach, a winter getaway, a glamour camping trip or an African safari.

 

Book everything in advance. Early birds do not just get to save but also get to have more time to enjoy. Advance bookings, from your flights to your massages, usually get discounted prices compared to on-the-spot appointments. When you get to your destination, you will not have to waste your precious time on this mundane task but you can immediately get on with having a good time. Moreover, it's a convenient way to avoid joining the usual queue. With pre-bookings, you can be sure to have your preferred restaurant, service or activity available at your convenience.

 

Finally, take advantage of honeymoon perks on offer. Hotels, restaurants, spas and what-have-you usually have special prices and/or freebies for newly weds. So take time to find out what privileges are available for you to enjoy. These bonuses are usually designed to create an atmosphere of romance and passion for the newlyweds - just perfect, don't you think?  Oh... And congratulations!

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8 May 2013 | 11:17 AM | Posted by: Yay Travel

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Scuba Diving Safety Tips

You cannot take safety for granted when going on a scuba diving adventure. The experience may be unbelievably exciting but it can also prove perilous if you are not prepared to deal with the demands of the sport.

 

For one, you will be dealing with techniques and gear that need basic and competent technical skills. Secondly, you will be surrounded with wildlife that may not always be pretty and cute but scary, creepy, and dangerous instead. It bears repeating that you need to take several safety precautions that may determine the success or failure of your dive.

 

Learn the skills. Do not just jump into the deep blue just because you think you can. You need to learn the skills and language of scuba diving first. As much as possible, it will serve you well if you can take a scuba diving course before you venture into your first dive. The instruction will teach you two very important lessons: how to dive and how to survive while you’re at it. So, you don’t want to skip the lessons.

 

Dive where it’s safe. Not all parts of the sea are safe for diving. You need to be very particular with underwater current and exposure to man-eating sea creatures. So, keep to the safety zones. Check with your local scuba diving guide to help you identify the safe zones as well as hazardous zones that you need to keep away from. Also, as a precaution, make sure to inform someone where you are going and how long you plan to stay there.

 

Go with a buddy. It not only doubles the fun but it’s safer as well. If you are just starting out with the sport, it is better to go with an experienced diver rather than a novice with the same skill sets you have. When things go out of control, you can be sure to have someone assist you.

 

Check your gear regularly when diving. Checking your equipment before the dive is standard operating procedure. But, you need to check your diving apparatus during the dive as well.

 

You do not know when the dreaded glitch is going to happen, so you need to always be in the lookout for it and stay proactive. This is especially important for oxygen tanks. Always check your oxygen level. If you think it’s going down too fast, you better ascend immediately but safely or you may find yourself without air when it is too late. Also, make sure that your mask fits well. You do not want to go underwater with a leaking mask.

 

Ascend gradually. Do not rise to the surface too fast or you’ll suffer from decompression sickness. The rule is not to go up beyond 30 feet per minute. To be safe, pause for at least 3 to 5 minutes at 15 feet to help your body adjust to the changing environmental pressure.

 

Keep calm. The worst that you can do in emergency situations is to panic. Panicking will only bring you closer to drowning instead of keeping you alive. When in an emergency situation remind yourself to keep calm, breathe regularly and ascend slowly. This will help you focus and react faster to the needs of the situation.

Category: Safety

29 Apr 2013 | 10:08 AM | Posted by: Yay Travel

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No Cash for that Trip?

You are dreaming of going on a trip and may even have spotted some great deals but just do not have the cash to book your holiday now. The solution, if you do not have a mountain of debt or long-term cash flow problems, is to pay for your airfare up front, early, really early when it is cheaper, and then to pay deposits on the places where you wish to stay - remember that not all places allow you to pay deposits only.

 

Then each month pay the balance on one or more of your places of accommodation. Ideally, you should pay one or more of the balances only the day before or the day when you receive your salary. That way, you will be able to know you will survive the month rather than first paying the balances and worrying that you might not have enough money to put food on the table.

 

Despite the suggestions above, please remember the most important rule: be financially responsible. If things are really tight or if you are already paying off many expenses and debts from previous holidays or other purchases, cut back immediately, and think about a much more affordable holiday closer to home, even if you have to drive to get there. You could still have loads of fun.

Category: Money Issues

28 Apr 2013 | 10:52 AM | Posted by: Yay Travel