November 5, 2014

Travel Tips for Europe

Taking a trip overseas can be a daunting task, especially for first-timers. How you pack can be just as important as what you pack. You could end up overspending on things that you may not even need or be encumbered by taking too much with you. Other differences in European airlines may include the possibility of being charged to check even one bag, let alone two. This is more common with flights within Europe, but it’s best to be prepared the most by only packing the essentials.

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Clothing Tips

Although Europe is a diverse place, the climate for the majority of popular destinations is shares a general temperature range akin to NY or the Midwest in the States. It is highly recommended to pack a decent pair or two of jeans to comfortable and prepared for the sudden changes in temperature that is common in places like France, Denmark, Germany, and so on. Same goes for other basic temperate weather gear. You may not get extremes of either end of the thermometer, however, do expect the weather to change multiple times throughout the course of the day.

The key is to resist the temptation to pack only fashionable clothing. You’ll regret your decision when arrive in your heels or boots and quickly find out that you underestimated just how much walking you’ll do while in most European countries.

Pack Light

Don’t forget how affordable many basic essentials can be in Europe. You could pack your own raincoat or umbrella, but you could save that precious packing space by simply picking one up after you arrive, to account for the common surprise rain showers experienced in Britain, France, or Italy.

Another thing that may be a big hassle and possible liability on a trip overseas may be packing your own personal laptop when it is probably unnecessary. There are many major European cities that have excellent access to the internet, whether that would be at the hotel, cafes, or ad-hoc access points. You’re probably better off investing in a travel keyboard for your smartphone and using that to be able to communicate efficiently while away from home. That’s just one less thing worry about getting damaged, lost in baggage claims, or stolen while away from your hotel.

Lastly, packing light also includes your wallet. Never be stuck carrying too much in cash. While there are some places where your plastic is useless, if you’re going to carry cash around on you, try to stash it on various locations on your person, i.e. some in your sock, some in your front pocket, and the classic underwear hiding place. Pick-pocketers will target tourists and they are good at what they do.

These are just a few tips to keep in mind the next time you take a trip to Europe.  You can save yourself a lot of stress during your next transportation to the airport as you are heading home at the end of your trip.


October 30, 2014

Hop on the Party Bus!

If you’re looking to take your day of celebration to the next level, without leaving it on the dance floor, then you should consider upgrading your ride to a party bus. Sometimes referred to as a limo bus, party van, or luxury bus, they are basically a large tour bus with customized interiors that allow for more room to move in and with luxurious trappings that you would expect from a limousine. These party buses are created specifically to meet the demands of large events, such as: birthdays, proms, sporting events, weddings, and corporate get-togethers. Welcome to the evolution of punch bowls and disco balls.

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Bring the Party with You

Most party bus providers carry a fleet of party buses that range in occupancy, from around 10 people, all the way up to 50 or more. Some companies really trick-out their buses and reinvent the concept of a party bus. You only need to do a few quick searches online to see some of the crazy party buses that celebrities will contract for their parties to get an idea of what is possible with the mobile party concept.

Standard limousines usually offer a fair deal of luxury fittings and requests, but party buses take it to the next level. You have the standard fanfare of plasma TVs, surround sound system, leather seats with temp controls, and so-on. Then, you have other customer features like smoke machines, fully-stocked bars, strip poles, gaming systems, and karaoke, of course.

Arrive in-style

Apart from the obvious luxury value inside party buses, there is also the equally important aspect of getting all your friends and family to where they need to go, without the need for separate vehicles, directions, or scheduling conflicts. When hosting a big event, especially if it’s out of town where you are unfamiliar with the surroundings, it can be a lifesaver to simply schedule events using one vehicle to get you and your guests from point A to B.

This decision also improves the safety of traveling with such a large group, no fears of anyone being left behind or taking a wrong turn and getting lost in an unfamiliar place. This can be a parent’s worst nightmare if the party in this instance is your child’s prom or graduation party.

As with any transportation service, always verify that the company has the proper insurance and up-to-date records of maintenance and inspection for their vehicles before ordering their service.


October 28, 2014

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Welcome to Maumae!  Everything you need to know about travel and home improvement will be covered on this site.