Packing Tip and Tricks!

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Packing Tips & Tricks – by Caribbean Resort Specialist.com

 
The flights are booked, car rented, hotel reserved, and your clients leave tomorrow – time for them to pack! Here are some helpful suggestions you may way want to pass along.
 
GETTING STARTED
 
  •    Packing is not a matter of simply throwing necessities into a bag. Just as important as what you pack is how you pack. With that in mind, here are some general packing tips:
 
  •   To avoid last-minute anxiety, make a thorough packing list before traveling.Avoid over-packing. Do not bring things just because they might come in handy.
 
  •    Pack mix-and-match clothes to help minimize baggage and yet enjoy variety.
 
  •   Take things that dry quickly, like synthetic fabrics and lightweight cotton.
 
  •   Iron before packing and then roll – don’t fold – clothes.
 
  •      For bulky items like sweaters, stuff the rolled garment toward the foot of a pair of pantyhose – it makes a tight container that takes up less space.
 
  •   Leave dry–cleaned items in their plastic bags to help avoid wrinkles.
 
  •   Hang clothes immediately after check-in to prevent wrinkling. If clothes do wrinkle, hang them in the bathroom while taking a hot shower to steam them smooth.
 
  •   Consider bringing “disposable” clothing, such as older socks, underwear, T-shirts, and even old shoes. Before departing, donate them or throw them out to make room for souvenirs.
  •   Layering is a great way to make a wardrobe more versatile and accommodate changing weather.
 
  •   Place anything that could ruin clothes, such as liquid make-up, shampoo, and toothpaste, into a sealed plastic bag.
 
  •      Pack a small lint brush.
 
  •   Take along your eyeglass prescription in case you lose or break your glasses. Consider buying glasses that darken in the sun to eliminate the need for sunglasses.
 
  •   If you plan to take along items such as an electric razor or hair drier to a foreign country, check with your hotel to see if you’ll need an adapter.  
  •   Even the lightest traveler should bring a day bag. A small backpack can hold your umbrella, camera, book, souvenirs, and whatever else you want to carry while you go exploring.
 
  •      A security pouch is essential. Worn concealed under clothing, it is the safest place to keep money, travelers’ checks, passport, and other valuables.
 
  •      Don’t forget a small “first aid kit” of bare necessities: tweezers, nail clippers, aspirin, antibiotic cream, cotton swabs, anti–diarrheal, and cold medications.
 
  •   A small, inflatable pillow is indispensable for avoiding a sore neck on a long overnight flight or train ride.
 
 PACKING FOR AN ADVENTURE VACATION  

Just because you’ll be covering some rough terrain doesn’t mean you should bear all the bruises to prove it. Pack clothing to suit the adventure. For instance, if you are going on a tour through areas of varying elevation, pack clothing layers so you can adjust what you wear according to the temperature.
 
  •   Comfortable, sturdy hiking boots.
  •   Thick cotton socks.
  •   Durable nylon trousers, quick to dry and allow your skin to breathe as you perspire.
  •   Loose fitting, comfortable T-shirts and/or sleeved shirts.
  •   Sport sunglasses.
  •   Sunscreen if applicable.
  •   Backpack to carry supplies.
 PACKING FOR A BEACH VACATION 

Cool, comfortable and casual is generally the rule on most beach vacations. Slightly more formal wear is a good idea for dining and.
 
  •  Shorts
  •  T-shirts
  •  Short sleeve shirts
  •  Lightweight slacks or a summer gown for town
  •  Jacket and tie
  •  Sweater for the evening
  •  Swimsuit
  •   Extra large beach towel
  •  Sunscreen
  •  A small, portable radio
  •  Sandals
  •  A good pair of walking shoes
PACKING FOR A CITY VACATION 
 
Any city tour will almost certainly have one constant: lots and lots of walking! You will want to keep your feet warm, dry, and blister-free, so proper footwear is crucial. Beyond shoes, the proper accessories can also help make or break your experience.
 
  •  Sturdy, comfortable sneakers or walking shoes.
  •  Waterproof boots.
  •  Comfortable trousers, a light casual dress, or other loose-fitting clothing.
  •  Shorts
  •  Front zipping light jacket that can be easily removed and tied around waist.
  • A small collapsible umbrella and/or a plastic poncho.
  • A small day bag or backpack.
  • A phrase book for the local language.
 
 
 
PACKING FOR A CRUISE VACATION 
 
Cruise vacations are casual by day, however, evening attire can vary by ship. Guests on luxury lines may dress more formally for dinner, while other vessels might have a more relaxed atmosphere. Attire should be appropriate for the destination climate, as well.
 
  •  Swimwear
  •  Sunglasses
  •  Sunscreen
  •  Jackets and ties; elegant slacks and blouse or a summer gown if dining is formal.
  •  Shorts
  •  T-shirts
  •  Short sleeve shirts
  •  Sweater for the evening
  •  Comfortable walking shoes and a day bag or light backpack, for exploring ports of call
 PACKING FOR A SKI VACATION 
 
Though some ski destinations actually have temperate climates, while you are skiing it will get cold, so be sure to pack plenty of warm clothing for protection.
 
  •  Warm sweaters
  •  Fleece jacket
  •  Gloves or mittens
  •  Long underwear
  •  Knitted wool cap or other warmth-retaining headwear
  •  Hair-band to keep your ears warm
  •  Waterproof or quick-drying nylon pants
  •  Scarf

Things to See and do in Cancun & Riviera Maya

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Things to do in Cancun

You will never run out of things to do during your Cancun vacation! Check out these pages for ideas and help with planning your itinerary for a fun-filled Cancun vacation of a lifetime. You can enjoy a wide range of watersports, rise to the challenge on our championship golf courses, take the family to one of our world renowned eco-parks, or just lie back and be pampered at one of our luxurious spas. For those of you looking to tie the knot in this romantic location and are planning the ultimate Cancun wedding you need look no further. As Cancun’s only official website, www.cancun.travel is here to provide you with all the information you need to plan the perfect Cancun vacation with things to do for every day of the week if you so wish. Use our Trip Planner to make sure you take your itinerary and contact details with you.

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Cancun Watersports
Cancun watersports will delight even the most avid watersports enthusiast. Cancun watersports offer some of the best scuba diving, snorkeling and sportfishing in the world! You can even charter your own sailboat with crew and equipment for an adventurous day out on the open sea or a romantic sunset cruise!

Cancun Adventure
For the most exhilarating adventure tours in Cancun, look no further. Cancun adventure tours are suitable for all the family. You can enjoy some of the longest zip lines in Latin America, go mountain biking, drive through the jungle in open top jeeps and swim in cenotes. Cancun adventure tours can be tailor-made to be as challenging as you choose.

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Mayan Culture
Cancun’s Mayan Culture is its crowning glory. The aura of mystery and majesty still lingers around the Mayan archaeological sites such as Chichen Itza, Tulum and Coba to mention but a few. These are all within easy reach of Cancun by bus, or car or on one of the many tours.

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Cancun Restaurants
Cancun restaurants offer such a varied choice of cuisine, with everything from downtown traditional Mexican restaurants to ultra-chic restaurants dotted alongside the Nichupte lagoon. You will find something to suit all tastes and budgets, and get fantastic service with a smile wherever you go.

Cancun Nightlife
Cancun nightlife is the main attraction for many of our visitors on a Cancun vacation. The Hotel Zone boasts some of the best nightclubs in the world playing everything from salsa to disco to R & B and live music venues. You will find something to suit all ages and tastes.

Cancun Shopping
Shop ‘til you drop in the super Cancun shopping malls! You can choose anything from the Mercado 28 – a handicrafts market – to the ultra modern shopping mall Plaza Las Americas or Luxury Avenue filled with designer stores.

Weddings in Cancun
Your Cancun wedding will surely be a one of a kind celebration in one of the most romantic locations in the world. Turquoise waters and powdery white sand together with year-round sunshine will make for an unbeatable venue for your special day.
Cancun Spas
Cancun is one of the premier spa destinations in the world with a choice of more than thirty Cancun spa resorts awaiting you to transport your mind, body and spirit to a nirvana of pure bliss.
Puerto Morelos
Puerto Morelos is a friendly, laid-back fishing village located only 35km from Cancun. You will be seduced by the bohemian, tranquil atmosphere and natural beauty and charm which transport you a million miles away from the glitz and glamour of Cancun.
Cancun Adventure & Ecotourism Tours
Cancun Adventure & Ecotourism tours can be fun for all the family. You can tailor make your tour to include driving through the jungle in an open top jeep, mountain biking through the undergrowth, and swimming in the cool, fresh waters of the cenotes.

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Cancun Ecological Theme Parks
There are many amazing ecological theme parks near Cancun. You can get to them easily by car or bus or take one of the choice of tours on offer.
The most popular ecological theme park near Cancun is Xcaret. Xcaret is a huge eco-park so it is worth getting there early in the morning to take full advantage of its beauty. You will get to see wildlife in it natural habitat surrounded by the most beautiful flora and fauna. There is safe snorkeling in the calm inlets, and there is even a natural underground river you can swim along to cool off. Don’t miss the spectacular Mexican Folkloric Show in the evening. A must see for all the family!

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Another very popular day out is to Xel-Ha, one of the world’s largest natural aquariums which is made up of a series of inlet and lagoon systems. Xel Ha means ‘the place where water is born’.
For those of you that love snorkeling, El Garrafon will amaze you with its natural beauty and its plethora of coral and multicoloured fish found in the crystalline ocean.

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Swim with Dolphins in Cancun
Swimming with dolphins in Cancun is the highlight of many people’s vacation and is an opportunity not to be missed. Children as young as 3 can enjoy this fun experience.

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Cancun Nature Reserves and Protected Areas
You can visit some of the most beautiful nature reserves and protected areas near Cancun. The flora and fauna is incredible and you will have the chance to observe wildlife such as monkeys, whale sharks, flamingos, crocodiles, marine turtles and so much more in their natural habitat.
Cancun Aquariums
You are guaranteed a spectacular day out at the Interactive Aquarium Cancun. You can swim with dolphins and even meet sharks face to face in total safety. You can also visit Xel Ha, the world’s largest natural aquarium, or go to Xcaret to the Coral Reef Aquarium.

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Isla Mujeres – Isla Contoy – Isla Holbox
Isla Majors only a short hop from Cancun and is most famous for its beautiful beaches El Garrafon with its incredible snorkeling opportunities.
Isla Contoy is about 30km north of Isla Mujeres and apart from its natural beauty it is considered to be the most important nesting place for sea birds in the Mexican Caribbean with more than 150 species of birds.
Isla Holbox is separated from the mainland coast of Mexico by a shallow lagoon which gives sanctuary to thousands of flamingos, pelicans and other exotic birds and creatures. During July and August you even have the chance to swim with the whale shark – a phenomenon not be missed!

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Seven Steps to Burnout prevention

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Renew Your Life
 
It is said that it is our birthright to live a life filled with joy and happiness. Yet, in our day-to-day life, stress and hectic often dominate us and we have to be creative to ensure a healthy balance.

How can we assure that all parts of our being are nurtured: our body, mind and soul? How can we happily strive for fulfilment and success in our work, live a joyful and fulfilled relationship and family life and make enough space just for our self? Life is a journey as we all know and we have to overcome challenges and difficult situations. Unfortunately, there is the human tendency to do too much, to spend more time fixing the outer issues then taking care of us. The good news is that we have the chance to re-discover the greatness and beauty of our life again and again.

How do we prevent ourselves from burning away our precious time? Alexandra Kubica, burnout specialist at the Alpen-Karawanserai Time Design Hotel in Austria will teach in her upcoming Burnout Prevention programme “Alisanta – re-discover the lightness of being” from April 27 to May 11, how to stay away from wasting our days in the endless treadmill of often self inflicted stress and anxiety.

The first step is to watch out for the symptoms of an emerging burnout, both physical and emotional:
Physical signs and symptoms of burnout:
  • Feeling tired and drained most of the time

  • weak immune system, feeling sick a lot

  • Frequent headaches, back pain, muscle aches

  • Change in appetite or sleep habits

Emotional signs and symptoms of burnout:

  • Sense of failure and self-doubt

  • Feeling helpless, trapped, and defeated

  • Detachment, feeling alone in the world

  • Loss of motivation

  • Increasingly cynical and negative outlook

  • Decreased satisfaction and sense of accomplishment

7 Tips for Burnout Prevention:


1.     Think well of yourself. Acknowledge the good things you do every day in your life. Do not look for the big things but recognize your kindness, your willingness and your good will in every step you take. Be kind to yourself.

2.     Start the day with a relaxing ritual. Rather than jumping out of bed and going right into action, spend at least fifteen minutes meditating, writing in your journal, doing gentle stretches, or reading something that inspires you.

3.     Adopt healthy eating, exercising, and sleeping habits. When you eat right, engage in regular physical activity, and get plenty of rest, you have the energy and resilience to deal with life’s hassles and demands.

4.     Set boundaries. Don’t overextend yourself. Learn how to say “no” to requests on your time. If you find this difficult, remind yourself that saying “no” allows you to say “yes” to the things that you truly want to do.

5.     Take a daily break from technology. Set a time each day when you completely disconnect. Put away your laptop, turn off your phone, and stop checking email.

6.     Nourish your creative side. Creativity is a powerful antidote to burnout. Try something new, start a fun project, or resume a favourite hobby. Choose activities that have nothing to do with work.

7.     Learn how to manage stress. For instance, when you feel under pressure become aware of your thinking patterns. Why do you put yourself under pressure? Is there something you might be able to let go? Learning how to manage stress can help you regain your balance.

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Why Use A Travel Professional?

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Knowledge
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Connections
With personal contacts at more than 400 cruise lines, hotels, resorts, and premier destinations worldwide, we puts these relationships to work for you.
Benefits
We provide access to special offers and packages, room upgrades, free nights, restaurant reservations, VIP nightclub access, shopping and exhibit specials, private guides, and much more.
Assurance
You can rest assured knowing your personal preferences are reflected in every aspect of your travel experience, delivering the best value for your time and money. You will also have the assurance of a professional on your side in the unfortunate event of an emergency.
Personal Relationship
Most importantly, the relationship that you build with our Travel Professionals is one that can last a lifetime. We build real relationships with our clients and as a result they come to us year after year, not only for their travel planning needs, but also just to check in, ask any questions they may have, or to refer their friends and family.

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