As I write, the longhorn state of Texas has been undergoing adverse weather conditions for a few days now, and which has already claimed the lives of two persons.
What should you do if you are a visitor with a young family and caught in the throes of such a natural disaster? It may not be possible to pick up your bags and head home immediately. You may have to hunker down and wait it out until all immediate dangers are passed. So how should you respond in these circumstances and how would you pass the time with your family?
Constantly watching the local channels to keep informed may become overwhelming or alarming for everyone. Therefore a responsible person, possibly Mom or Dad, should listen to news updates and report to the family the latest forecasts, alerts and evacuation notices.
Engage the younger children in the preparation activities. Organize your personal effects like change of clothing, food items that can easily be carried and does not need reheating, flashlights, batteries, etc. into your backpacks. Secure everyone’s identification documents and important papers which may be needed later on. Find a shelter and cooperate with local authorities.
Allow everyone to participate in the planning process which will help to keep them calm and focussed on the family’s safety plan. Information should be disseminated to younger members on a need-to-know basis to avoid distress or panic. Throughout the entire process, the adult’s goal should be to reassure their children that their security is their number one priority. A well executed plan will ensure that the entire family remains safe.
Everything is big in Texas, and no doubt at a time like this, it is seen in the genuine way Texans show their generosity, kindness and helpfulness to strangers who may need a helping hand.
I am praying for everyone’s safety there. This too shall pass.
I love to travel and want to share how very important itinerary planning is to inexpensive travel.
From a very young age I became fascinated with other parts of the world and determined I would some day travel to these exotic destinations. Magazines such as “National Geographic”, “Conde Naste” and “Traveler,” contributed to my high hopes and dreams of visiting these picturesque places which I can proudly say have since become a reality.
Coming from a working class family background, proper planning has always been considered a key ingredient to ensure success. So, I decided that I would limit my overall spending to $1,500 and not a penny more for international travels. Time and time again it’s thrilling to see my budget succeed and vacation plans accomplished. Careful planning has enabled me to visit every continent except Antarctica which is by choice (it is simply too cold for me there), and to find creative ways to see epic sites and wonders of the world that are simply to spectacular for words.
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Whether you are a first-time traveler, solo traveler, millennial traveler or some-time traveler, my goals in creating affordable travel itineraries are to help: reduce your stress level, keep more of your travel dollars in your pocket, expand your vacation options, offer possibilities which may appeal to your spirit of adventure and give you a well thought out plan that you will love.
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I like to read all the must-haves, travel essentials, top tips, do’s and don’ts related to making travel life easier. I believe that everyone out there when planning a vacation would love to have all these travel tips in one convenient place, right at their fingertips.
When I travel to the tropics, among the many items I carry in my suitcase are 10 of my favorite must-haves. Considering that the weight limit for carryon luggage is approximately 20 pounds, what I choose to carry is very important. The selections must meet my three standard packing requirements: be lightweight, be compact and be trendy.
So here goes. I must have:
The mentioned 10 items are not the only items in my suitcase, but without them I would be miserable. Obviously, other items like my binoculars, camera, cosmetics, laptop, etc., are very important to me too. By following my three packing requirements whenever I travel, I have always managed to carry what’s needed and never had to use any of my spending money on items I would have otherwise left at home.
Do you like to hear a good story even when you are on vacation? If you do, then start digging. You are bound to discover a memorial or a museum that will enlighten you. I think of the historical pair as first cousins in purpose: honoring people of the past and preserving things.
Memorials honor the memory of someone or event where people died. Museums, on the other hand, preserve tangible artifacts worthy of mention and stored for posterity. Both honorary houses tell real life stories. The stories maybe intriguing and bittersweet. Recounts of acts to mankind maybe sad, tragic and even unthinkable. Pre-historic items may be old and fragile. Beautiful works of art may be priceless and untouchable. They all have a story.
Whenever I travel, I feel compelled to visit a museum, but more so, a renowned memorial site. The more I visit, the more I realize the lingering effects on me. I can nonchalantly stroll through a museum ‘oohing’ and ‘aahing’ but may not recall much of what I viewed earlier on in the day (thank God for photography). For example, when I toured the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican, the frescos were very beautiful, until after staring at so many for so long they all began to look the same to me. No disrespect. That day I may have been suffering from a ‘to much condition’ I will call bias: to much beauty, to much information, to much art syndrome.
Not so with a memorial.
Let me tell you why. Memorials are unforgettable, inspirational, impactful and in my opinion, worth the time taken to visit. Oh and did I mention, filled with story you will find interesting too? Hours maybe even days after attending a memorial location I can recall the history as reported to me by the tour guide. Obviously, the personal factor is what I relate to and which draws me mostly to them.
Some of the remembrance places I visited include: The Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, South Africa; Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, Israel; Pearl Harbor in Hawaii; Tuol Sleng and the Killing Fields in Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Cu Chi Tunnels & Vietnam War Museum in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Raj Ghat(Gandhi)Memorial in New Delhi, India; Taj Mahal in Agra, India; 9/11 Memorial in New York City; The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial both in Washington, DC, just to mention a few. Every visit has left an indelible impression on me. For sure, I am not the only one affected. Crowd ambience is often palpable and the sense of loss profound. But that’s to be expected. Commemorative locations are usually quiet and reflective.
You may think any tour guide worth his/her salt should do an exceptional job of retelling a melancholic part of their history. I agree, after all, it is in their best interest and may make a lot more cents (pun intended) for them. Seriously, to gain a deeper respect for your host country’s people, culture, struggles and history, I strongly advise adding to your travel itinerary a memorial site visit as a must-do. The story alone is all worth it
I began my travels in high school. My first trip abroad was to the United Kingdom. This was an auspicious occasion for me, leaving a third world country for a first world country many times larger than my homeland Barbados which is 166 square miles, 21 miles long and 14 miles wide.
It was my first time on an airplane too. From that time of wanting to see places that I had only seen in pictures and coupled with the desire of always wanting to know what lay beyond the horizon gave birth to my wanderlust beginnings.
I have visited over 80+ countries and every continent except Antarctica. I travel mostly solo. From my travels I have created several scrapbooks that recount these trips in detail. I’ve acquired a menagerie of refrigerator magnets that have become a focal conversational piece in my home for all first-time visitors and traveling friends. They are often amazed at the places I have visited and listen intently to stories/experiences of my travels. Usually, their final question is, “Where are you going to next?” and my enigmatic response is, “The world is my Oyster!”