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How to Travel in Comfort the Right Way

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Travel can be a bit uncomfortable, that’s just a fact of life.Whether travel becomes easier after Covid-19 wanes, is a question to think about, and you can click here to learn more about steps to take to prepare yourself mentally. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t do your best to make it a little better for yourself. From cramped airplane seats and boring hours-long layovers to endless car rides and roadside gas stations, there’s something you can do to make sure your journey is enjoyable, goes by quickly, and will have you feeling more relaxed after Covid-19.

In this post, we’ll cover the basics on how to travel in comfort after Covid-19. With a little bit of ingenuity, and by being careful to pack all the right products, your trip will be positively smooth sailing. Let’s check it out.

Cushioned comforts

Airplane seats can be hard and cramped, and make sleeping almost impossible. And on those long car rides, if you are lucky enough to be in the back or passenger seats, can often be bumpy and make sleeping pretty rough. If you do want to sleep on your journey, you’ll need to bring some ingredients to help make it happen. Here are some items to put on your packing list to make the ride a little more comfy:

  • Neck pillow: A high-quality neck pillow is really a dream come true if you’re trying to sleep in a seated position. It’s a nightmare waking up every two minutes when your head slumps over and bends your neck in an awful position. Neck pillows make it way easier.
  • Soft blanket: If you’re like most people, having a blanket is a must for falling asleep comfortably. Don’t forget to bring your own – you don’t want to be stuck with a scratchy, weird-smelling airplane blanket.
  • Cozy socks: Ever notice how you never sleep with shoes on at home? Having that difference can signal to your body that it’s not time to relax. If you’re serious about getting comfy, bring some fluffy, cozy socks to change into so you can relax more easily.

If you’ve got a midday flight or all-day car ride, sleeping might not be possible. That’s why you’ll need something to occupy your time.

Entertainment

Bored sitting on that 5-and-a-half-hour cross-country plane flight? There’s a better way. Bring something to pass the time. You do not want to be sitting there staring at the seatback in front of you just hoping to heaven that the next time you peek at your watch another hour has passed – only to find it’s been 11 minutes.

Bring along something that will make the time fly by. These are a few of the best options we recommend:

  • Enjoy your own in-flight (or drive) movie by bringing a high resolution 4k laptop, which is pretty much just as good as an HD TV. You’ll be so immersed you won’t even notice the time passing.
  • Find a good book. No, not that boring one your aunt lent you that you promised you’d read. You’ll just end up bored and resentful. Get a thrilling mystery novel, a gripping romance, or a reflective and beautifully written book that will have you turning pages faster than the speed of the jet you’re sitting on.
  • Video games are also a great option for those who partake. With plenty of immersive handheld consoles on the market these days, you’ll have no shortage of entertainment. Just be aware that you probably won’t be able to access online play, as most airplanes do not provide WiFi (for free anyway) and you can’t use a data plan while in the air.

Lastly, we’d be remiss not to mention one of the most important travel comforts.

Snacks

You gotta have ‘em: snacks. Sitting bored all day, you want something to munch on – and the last thing you want is to be limited to nasty gas station options, or pay $25 dollars for an airport bagel and cream cheese. Be sure that before you embark on your voyage, you pack your bags with delicious snacks that you can chew on all day. Here are some of our favorites:

  • Dried fruit and nuts, for a healthy treat
  • Sandwiches, which are easy to bring along
  • Chips, for a salty treat
  • Bagged cookies, for those with a sweet tooth

Traveling can be a hassle, but if you plan your personal comforts ahead of time, you’ll be cruising easy as can be – and arrive at your destination before you even know it once Covid-19 eases!

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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Plan An Awe Inspiring Trip To Western Australia

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Gaining the opportunity to visit Western Australia is the chance of a lifetime that must be grasped with both hands, as it’s a destination that many people can only dream of visiting. Travelling to W. Australia from any European country can often take several days of flying and driving, but if you are able to withstand this experience then you will no doubt be greeted with the most awe inspiring of locations upon arrival. Planning the perfect adventure can sometimes seem like an almost impossible thanks to thousands of activities and entertainment available, but there are a few simple tips and tricks that you can take on board to ensure your vacation can be treasured forever. So, if you want to find out more, then read on to uncover some of the best ideas and concepts that you can utilise today to plan the most amazing adventure through Western Australia! 

Exploring The History 

There’s such a wealth of history and culture across Western Australia, with hundreds of unique places to visit perfect for any kind of traveler. From weird and wonderful rock formations partnered with ancient Aboriginal sites, to vast green vineyards supporting world renowned wineries just a short drive from unfathomably clear water at almost every beach spot, Western Australia really is a land of seemingly endless exploration for all. If you are a bit of a history or culture buff and you’d like to experience as much of this as you can during your trip, then it’s a great idea to research the Golden Pipeline Heritage Trail. It can take you through some of the most iconic spots inside Western Australia, from gold mining facilities to grand museums and art galleries too. 

Meet Mother Nature 

Failing to explore the wonders of Mother Nature during your trip to Western Australia is such a missed opportunity, as the landscape and wildlife is unlike any other country on earth. Australia is such an enormous land mass, meaning the weather and climate is completely different on one side of the island when compared with another. For example, in the NW (north west) regions of Western Australia, the general landscape consists of broad flat plateaus, arranged neatly next to several mountain ranges, whereas the eastern area of WA is made up of immense hot deserts. WA is larger than Western Europe in its entirety, and it contains Australia’s sunniest capital city along with its  whitest beach, greatest outback expanse, and even one of the oldest known cultures on our planet today. Whether you want to trek through the beautiful nature reserves, raft down invigorating white water, dive in the sea with the fishes or climb to the highest peak, there’s bound to be an awe inspiring experience that’s perfect for your unique presences. 

Planning the best trip to Western Australia has never been so simple when you are able to make the most of the brilliant ideas and concepts detailed above! Be sure to pack your sunscreen, as the temperature is never forgiving.

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Injured in a Car Accident While Travelling through Florida from Another State?   

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First of all, you wish your car accident didn’t happen. Unfortunately, the chances of you being in an accident and suffering an injury can increase while traveling. You are probably driving more miles than usual and, maybe, taking part in more activities than you would on a normal day.  

It all adds up to this: getting injured in a car accident can catch you off guard. Various kinds of pain and aches, taking time off from work to visit doctors and chiropractors are inconvenient, to say the least. 

What’s more, nothing can prepare you for something like this. There’s no step by step guide for what to do next. All you know is that you need help.

So what do you need to know to protect yourself legally after being injured in a car accident in Florida while traveling from another state?

Handling the auto insurance claim from your home state 

The most important thing you need to know about auto insurance is that it extends beyond state lines. Therefore, if you bought your car in your home state but got into an accident in Florida, your insurance policy still covers you.

In other words, because your car insurance will cover you no matter where you are in the U.S., filing an insurance claim for an out-of-state car accident is the same process as filing a claim for an in-state accident.

Similarly, when you carry Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist (UM/UIM) coverage in your state, if another driver is liable for your car accident in Florida, you should be covered under your own UM/UIM insurance policy.

However, if you cannot settle the claim, you will have to file a lawsuit under Florida’s laws. Because the accident occurred in Florida, it falls under this state’s jurisdiction. 

Filing a personal injury lawsuit  

Let’s look at an example: You live in the city of Valdosta, Georgia. One winter, you decide to make a road trip to Miami for vacation. While driving through Florida, your car gets hit by another driver. He is visiting family in Florida but he is also from out of town, living in Alabama. 

You’re injured in the car accident and decide to sue the negligent driver whose actions led to the accident. In general, you can file a lawsuit in the state where: 

  • The car accident occurred (Florida), or
  • The negligent party resides (Alabama).

Dealing with the laws of at least two states 

“It may not be easy to understand which laws apply to your car accident. If you were injured in an accident in Miami and you’re from another state, in general, you’re going to be dealing with, at least, Florida law and your state’s law. That’s why your car accident case can be similar in many ways to that of someone who lives in Florida. However, you often have different possibilities for costs’ compensation,” says Miami car accident lawyer Sean M. Cleary. 

For brevity, the essential information you need to know is that Florida law applies:

  • In general, to all car accidents that occur in Florida. There is a presumption that the laws of the state where the accident occurred apply, regardless of the residencies of the parties involved.
  • To the types of compensation you may get. In Florida, you can only recover compensation for your out of pocket medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. You can’t get compensation for the full billed charges. 

Your state’s law will determine at least:

  • If you have to pay back health insurance from the settlement 
  • What period of time is available for you in order to sue your UM insurer.

About the author:

Sean M. Cleary is the principal attorney and founder of The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary, personal injury law firm based in Miami, Florida, representing individuals in car accident, product liability and medical malpractice cases.

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Take a Beach Holiday – in Chicago

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Chicago is the Windy City. It’s the place we see in movies, where people wrap up warm in winter and the snow is crisp and even. Or perhaps that’s just my impression ever since the release of Home Alone (1990), which, yes, was filmed in Chicago. Although, going by those rules, my impression of Chicago should also be that it’s forever December and the actor Joe Pesci stalks neighbourhoods looking for easy to swipe loot. Who knows, maybe that is what he gets up to these days, but I doubt it.

If your impression of Chicago was even slightly in the same ballpark, you might be surprised to learn that the city has 15 beaches spread out along 26 miles of shoreline. I know. Weird, isn’t it. Like finding out there’s a secret room at the top of the Eiffel Tower or like the first time you see Australia with a line drawn down the middle to show that it’s a dog’s head on the left and cat’s head on the right. Crazy stuff.

Now, before visiting Chicago’s beaches, please be aware that Chicago is big. Well, for a start it has 26 miles of beaches. We’re hardly dealing with a one horse town. This means it gets congested. A lot. Always travel with the details of a local lawyer to hand. Just in case, otherwise you could find yourself far from home wasting valuable time reading Google reviews when something goes wrong. Anyway, let’s get on with it.

Ohio Street Beach

Visiting Chicago usually comes with the advice to stay on the Magnificent Mile (or close to it). This is Chicago’s tourist trap of shops, restaurants, architecture, and entertainment. The Ohio Street Beach is the closest beach to the Mag’ Mile. This little much loved beach is something of a gem, as it’s less visited due to having no on site restaurants or restrooms. But for a stroke or a midday laze? Perfect.

Oak Street Beach

Kick things up a notch with the Oak Street Beach, just north of the Ohio Street Beach. Although not swarming with visitors, you can get food here, making it the perfect beach for dining out and starting the evening off with a little culture. However, if you really want to have a good time…

The North Avenue Beach

This is where people come to have fun. Think food. Think restrooms. Think beach houses, outdoor showers, people getting a tan, and volleyball nets – basically, Rio eat your heart out. OK, perhaps it’s not quite Brazil. But Chicago is on the same line of latitude as Barcelona, Rome, and Istanbul.

For all these sandy reasons and more, why not add Chicago to your must-see travel list.

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