7 Odd Travel Uses for Pantyhose

Try these ideas to get double duty out of a pair of pantyhose when you are next travelling:

1. Blister stopper for men and women — Cut the feet off of a pair of pantyhose at the ankles and wear them under your socks. They’ll cut down on the friction between your shoe and your foot, thus reducing your risk of blisters.

2. Lint mitt — Slip your hand into one leg and brush it against clothing to remove lint or deodorant marks. (It works just as well as a lint brush but it’s smaller and lighter to pack.)

3. Shoe shiner — Pantyhose are soft enough yet sturdy enough to gently polish your shoes.

4. Chigger, insect, and jellyfish sting protector — Wear pantyhose under your shorts or hiking pants to protect against chiggers or insect bites. You can also wear them in the water to protect from jellyfish stings if you’re swimming, fishing, or clamming.

5. Clothes line — Tie each toe of your pantyhose to something in your hotel room and use them as a clothes line… or slip a wet shoe into each leg and then hang your shoes over an air vent or open window to dry them out.

6. Pain reliever — Fill part of a leg with rice and use it as a microwaveable heat wrap for sore muscles. (Be sure not to microwave it too long and check that it’s not too hot.)

7. Camera lens filter — Stretch pantyhose over the end of your camera lens to create a blurred, “dreamy” effect. This won’t work for stock photos, but can make fun, fine art shots or portraits.

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I came across these handy uses for toothpaste when you are travelling and thought others may find them useful.

1. Bee Sting Ointment: If you can’t get ice for your bee sting, dab a little toothpaste on it. Of bee sting home remedies, it’s rumored to be the very best. (It lso works as a mosquito bite itch reliever).

2. An overnight zit cream: Toothpaste on pimples is controversial, but it has been found by some to work when they dab just a spot of it on a rebellious pimple before they go to bed and it’s near gone by morning.

3. Jewellery cleaner: Simply apply a small amount of toothpaste to a soft cloth and rub it on your dry jewelry. You can use a soft cotton swab for the smaller, hard-to-reach spots. Then rinse it off.

4. Shoe cleaner: Toothpaste and a cloth or an old toothbrush are great for cleaning the white rubber parts of tennis shoes. Be sure to use white toothpaste, rather than a colored gel!

5. Bathroom Mirror Defogger: When you’ve had a shower and need to use the mirror but it  is all fogged up, you can squeeze a pea-sized amount of toothpaste on the mirror and wipe it clean.

6. CD and DVD Scratch Repair: Just apply a very small amount of non-baking soda toothpaste to the disc and rub it off with a soft cloth. Scratches gone!

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Why You Can Afford A Summer Holiday This Year

“Savvy” Aussies find new ways to afford their summer holiday.

With people concerned about the current credit crunch, rising fuel costs, increases in the costs of food, housing and transport, the weakening Aussie Dollar has led to holidaymakers becoming more ‘savvy’ when booking this year’s summer holiday, according to travel planning company Julie Warner Travel Plans Founder, Julie Warner.

With Aussies reluctant to give up their annual summer break, holidaymakers have been forced into finding new ways to stretch their dollars further. Due to the Global Financial Crisis, there has been a reported surge in requests for all inclusive deals, with shrewd travellers recognising the value of not having to pay over the odds for food and drink once in their resort.

“People have become savvy with regards to their holiday spending and are looking to control their budget more carefully. We’ve seen people looking to squeeze the value out of their holidays by looking at all inclusive deals and a wider range of destinations, such as Eastern Europe and South East Asia, South Pacific, domestic destinations and with larger numbers also planning independent itineraries Warner said.

Travellers these days have so many options available when planing and booking their getaways and this all adds up to tons of ways that money can be saved.  For the really savvy traveller, if you have the time to invest in researching your destination and ways to get there and travel around after you have arrived then there are money saving opportunities everywhere.

How to cut the cost of your holiday in a few easy steps:

– Research on-line and at travel agencies, the prices do vary greatly and on-line is not always the most economical.

– Ask questions, think of all the ways your itinerary can be constructed, sometimes by changing the order of your itinerary this can result in a lower cost fare.

– Book off-peak and mid-week if possible.  Generally Friday, Saturday and Sunday attract additional supplements.  Try and travel outside the holiday and peak periods, even a few days either side of these can vary the price significantly.

– Transfers – now this is where you can really save some dollars.  Instead of booking transfers through your travel agent, research other independent options available.

– Shop around for currency deals.  If you are using traditional currency or travellers checks, it is important to look for the best rates.  To find the best deal you should look for two things – the exchange rate on offer and the commission charged.

– Research your travel insurance!  Firstly, shop around! A quick search on the internet will throw up several insurance comparison sites. Here, you can look for the cheapest deal that is just right for you.  Get quotes from your existing insurers as they offer discounts for multiple policies.

Don’t buy your holiday essentials at the last minute! Make a list well in advance of all items you will require for your destinations.  Purchase these products as they are on sale in the months leading up to your departure and place them all in the one place ready for your trip.

Pre purchase attraction tickets and travel passes.  Research available tickets and passes to attractions you want to visit whilst on your trip.  A quick search on the internet will show a number of sites that will offer these at discounted prices if bought in advance.

Travelling is seen as a luxury item when we are going through hard times financially and as something that the average person feels they can’t afford.  It really doesn’t have to be such a big expense, there are many ways that a holiday can be constructed to be cost effective and family friendly, yes – even to international destinations!

For more information on ways to afford that important break away, contact: Julie at Julie Warner Travel Plans, Ph: 02 8850 4908 or go to www.juliewarnertravelplans.com

Skype your way around the World

Stay in touch with family whilst on the road and save even more $$$’s every time you travel!

Travellers are starting to realise the potential of Skype for their travels – pack in your backpack or suitcase a headset and you now have options to avoid the high costs of staying in touch while away from home.

With just a computer with a high-speed Internet connection, travellers can call anywhere for free with Skype software that enables worldwide voice and video calls at no cost. Internet cafes and hotel computer centres are common, making free calls with Skype is almost effortless.

More hotels are starting to integrate Skype into their Internet centres because they realise that travellers are no longer prepared to pay costly roaming charges.

Costs of mobile phone bills overseas are outrageous, with both parties having to pay for the call – Skype offers something different, and if you can fit in a web camera into your baggage, you can keep in touch with family and friends via video as well – technology really has changed how the modern traveller travels.

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Budget Busting Travel – California Luxury Hotel’s “Survivor Package”

Sleeping in a tent to survive

Here’s a novel marketing idea from a hotel in San Diego, California:  to charge for each amenity.
That means the luxury  Inn is offering rooms for US$19 a night if you’re willing to give up breakfast, air conditioning, lights, sheets and even a bed.

Yes, you can sleep in a tent. The hotel staff will remove the mattress and headboard and provide the tent.

“Oh, and they advise you to bring your own toilet paper,”
 General manager John Gates says the hotel hopes people who try the “Survivor’s Package” promotion will return at full price.
 The offer is good through to the end of the August. 

For details on this & other budget conscious travel deals, contact- www.juliewarnertravelplans.com