Travelling stress-free means ensuring that all your legal disputes on or off shore are resolved. But what if you encounter a litigation during your travel? Here are a few things that could help you avoid such.
1. The Authority
As much as possible, if you have a complaint about your accommodations or your travel deal, do not yell at the person you first see representing the company. Instead, talk things with the upper management. The people in authority will likely talk to you and help you resolve issues. Talk to the person who could help you solve your problem.
2. Don’t Go Blaming People
Don’t go blaming people for what happened. Pointing fingers will not solve anything and instead focus on getting the problem fixed. Don’t focus on having someone admit guilt; instead, accept the fact that they messed and maybe you, as a client, also did, and you should work with them to fix the problems instead.
3. A Regular Customer
If you’re a regular customer in the hotel or bar, don’t say that you’re being maltreated or this is the first time you encountered such an impossible problem with the management. Instead, break it gently that you’ve used their services for a while and you find the current situation difficult to accept calmly.
4. Just Walk Away
If reasonable minds are not accepting what actually makes sense, it’s important to consider walking away. A bad situation made worse is not a good option and will likely lead to litigation, which you are trying to avoid as you are in a foreign place. Deal with resolving the issue instead when you get home.
If you want to save up on hotel accommodations in Europe or US, taking the slow, long night train ride and renting a bunk from the train staff is the best way especially for a one-day business or touring trip. However, manufacturers did not make trains to allow people to sleep as comfortably as they can on a cruise ship or a house itself. Here are a few tips that could help you introduce sleep easily when you travel.
Every psychologist or medical professional advising an insomniac will say that meditation is the cure for the lack of sleep and indeed, it is. Get into your bed 30 minutes before your target sleeping time, look up the ceiling and think about what happened during your day. Embrace all the positive and negative events that happened during your day, tell yourself your plan for the next day and the day after that, and decide that you set them aside for tonight you will rest.
2. Have a Hot Shower
The body temperature greatly decreases especially if you’re traveling through winter inside the train. To relax your tense muscles, which also contribute to your lack of sleepiness, you should have a hot shower. Washing your body and face makes your entire body muscle relax and get you ready for bed.
3. Eat a Proper Meal
Whether your mind is running continuously and you are not conscious about hunger, your stomach is probably the reason why you cannot sleep. Eat a meal at least 2 hours before you get to bed; this ensures that your body has digested the food you’ve eaten. Just make sure not to consume anything with great doses of caffeine for your drinks.
The Ministry of Justice has set this year to implement the new whiplash compensation claim guidelines, which they hope would decrease the number of fraudulent and exaggerated whiplash claims that is costing £2 million to insurance companies. Last year, British Prime Minister David Cameron pledged to help the insurance industry combat the fraudulent claims, which became apparent as the proportion of car accidents to car accident claims became irrational.
Whiplash is an injury suffered to the back of the neck as the head “whips” forward and back due to a sudden stop in a collision. However, because it has no physical manifestation, victims will need medical expert observation during check up to identify if they have whiplash injuries. Whiplash earns a customer an average of £200 to £5000 for compensation.
Insurance company Aviva pointed out that the high numbers of whiplash claim cases have increased the insurance premiums by 80% from October 2008. Today, motorists with insurance are paying an extra £118 yearly because of the premiums increase. They advise that victims directly deal with the “at-fault” insurance companies instead of going through claims companies and personal injury lawyers, who increase the insurance company’s fees for legal representation.
However, the Association of Personal Injury Laywers point out that it will create a conflict of interest and without legal and unbiased advice, victims may not be able to claim for their compensation as fair as they intend to. Aviva points out that with direct claiming, insurance companies can reduce the premiums by £1.5 billion, reducing £60 to insured drivers’ yearly repayments.
When you travel often, you could earn money by sharing your experience with the world. It does not take much know-how to figure out that many people are interested in reading about places foreign to them and giving them a virtual in-depth tour is a great way to introduce them to the place. So pack your cameras and start writing important details; here are a few ways you could earn money because you travel.
1. Travel Blog
You have a camera and you can write very well. That’s a good formula for a good travel blog. Travel blogs can work in two different ways. One is a blog dedicated only to one place. For example, you made a comprehensive website about what you saw and experienced in Africa. You could also dedicate one website with the locations you’ve visited as its sub-categories. Place your photos as you narrate the story of your adventure in the different parts of the world.
2. International Food Blog
If you have a great tongue and a good taste for food, you could make a blog dedicated to the delicacies the world has to offer your readers. This is a form of travel blog, but rather than focusing on your entire experience, you solely focus on food, how it is prepared , its ingredients and other details, and how you liked it. The travel blog will also show travellers how to get to the location and which restaurant or eatery has the dish.
3. Antiques Blog
If you’re a collector of artefacts because you study them, you could put up an antiques or artefacts blog. In your website, you could explain each item you have, its history and its composition. You can also explain how and why it is made in the past and what it symbolizes for the culture or society it represents. Your website is also a potential place where you can auction these artefacts to other collectors or people wanting to study them.
Critics and consumer groups rained negative reactions against the Financial Services Authority’s consideration of placing a PPI claims deadline on April 2014, which the formers said as an unfair date for all UK citizens about to make PPI claims. Among the critics who reacted was Martin Lewis of moneysavingexpert.com. He said that banks had a decade to mis sell PPI to at least 3.2 million UK citizens, which makes it fair for customers to at least get a decade to make their claims as well.
Consumer group Which? CEO Peter Vicary-Smith also responded negatively to the consideration. He said that banks give a six-year deadline for claiming as soon as they contact their customers to make a PPI claim. To impose a general deadline shorter than the deadline the banks give would be counter-productive. He also said the deadline is unfair because banks never contacted customers and endorsed PPI claiming as wide as the claims management companies did to their customers.
However, it was the banks who generally proposed the PPI claims deadline to the FSA. The British Banking Association and the Confederation of British Industries proposed the deadline to allow banks to rebuild their capital and aid the “real” economy of the United Kingdom. John Cridland, director-general of CBI, mentioned that he is for the refunding of all mis sold PPI to customers, but it is about time that the UK focused on things bigger than a financial scandal.
Experts say that the PPI crisis is the biggest financial scandal in the United Kingdom. Currently, it has amassed £13 billion in repayments to customers coming from UK’s banks and still has an 11,000 claims per week run in the Financial Ombudsman Service.
Recently, the NHS Wales Risk Pool increased by £15.2 million and this alerted some patients and citizens about the quality of UK healthcare. Critics say that the increase in the risk pool meant that the government expected a greater number of medical negligence cases in the United Kingdom. However, legal professionals said that the advances in medical technology achieving a longer life-span for victims of any medical negligence makes the compensation more expensive.
However, hospitals and health boards themselves mentioned that the rising costs of no win no fee medical negligence claims and increasing legal fees increase the risk pool amount. No win no fee medical negligence claims, after the claims management company spring, have become plentiful and health boards do not condone this. But they point to it as a factor in the increasing Wales risk pool.
Other health organizations look to the spending cuts in medical funding and lesser support from the government demotivating medical professionals as one reason for the frequency of medical negligence claims. They mention that other medical professionals find it difficult to do what they do given that the government effectively reduced their bonuses and incentives are now rare in their task.
However, experts advised citizens to stay careful and vigilant about medical services. The best way to avoid any unnecessary incident in the hospital and save one’s self the hassle of making a medical negligence claim.
Traveling involves saving money and proper resource management to have the best vacation in the world, but seeing how expensive it is and the dropping economy of the world, some people think twice about traveling. However, many passionate travellers know how to travel without spending so much for their trouble through backpacking. There are many differences between leisure traveling and backpacking, as indicated here.
1. No Itineraries
The defining factor of backpacking is that when you are in-location, you work with your own devices where to stay, the food you will eat the next morning, how you will travel and how to get inside nightclubs, parks, museums and other sites in the vacation area. Having no itinerary also means that you do not need to get up on schedule and pay for vacation package all at once, meaning you could save money in your own style of traveling and vacationing.
The biggest concern of many travellers willing to try out backpacking is safety. It is true that backpacking is not too safe a travel option, but experienced backpackers say that it is part of the challenge. This is why many backpackers advise first-time travellers to leave behind expensive items as they travel. Some items may be stolen, including credit cards and identity theft. Some backpackers also advise having property insurance when they travel just in case.
Without an itinerary, you could go spend a day relaxing in a park or stay as much as you want or how much time your travel visa affords your stay. You could go on different adventures per day. These adventures might not be travel-related. For example, if you need money or free lodging and food, you could work for locals who can give you such in exchange. If you know how to get work in these foreign locations, you get to know more about the local’s culture and knowledge, and also a bit more about yourself, which makes the backpacking experience very rewarding.
Credit cards are double-edged swords; they can help you increase your spending ability through added financing and lender confidence, or they can help you spiral into debt easily. Credit cards have high interest rates and the reasons why people get into deep debt because of credit cards are actually simple. Here are ways to prevent getting in trouble because of your credit card.
1. A Notebook
Monitoring your credit card spending by listing every transaction you had with the card on a notebook is an effective step. Most people realize they spent too much with their card after they hit their credit limit. A card owner who has a notebook spares him or herself the trouble of spending too much with the card. List the interest rate, the credit limit and your purchase amount in the notebook to see how much you owe for the following month.
2. Paying On Time and in Full
Credit cards are high interest financial products and if you are not careful, it can wreak havoc on your finances. If you can pay on time and the full amount of what you owe, you actually increase your credit scores. It also helps reduce the financial pressure on you. This tip is a direct result of the first tip.
3. Merchant Discounts
Most lenders and banks are affiliated with select merchants that they sponsor and your credit card usually provides you privileges through discounts, added shopping points and free items. Take note which shops does your card have privileges with and take advantage of spending even small amounts using your card.
4. Using Actual Money
Credit cards are useful when upgrading your credit scores, but you should only use its payment plans and options for your needs, not your wants. Spending on your wants means spending a great amount of money for something that is counter-beneficial for your budget. If you want to spend on your wants, it is best to save money and use actual money. Remember, credit cards are not your personal bank accounts; these are amounts the bank lends to you for a good credit rating.
One thing that makes traveling expensive is that travellers usually spend more for their transportation fees and hotel accommodations rather than the vacation experience itself. However, there are ways to save money from hotel accommodations. Take note of these tips the next time you travel and need an affordable place to stay.
- Transient Homes
If you believe you’ll be staying in the location for quite a long time, a transient home is more affordable than a hotel. Most transient homes offer at least a room big enough for five people to live in. Hotels are better advertised than transient homes, but the small homes offer a room, a bed and a roof above the head. You also save more to spend for your vacation and the food you will eat.
- Hotel Membership
If you are fond of staying with a certain international hotel chain’s services, then you could take advantage of having a hotel membership card. If you have a hotel membership card, you might gain points for every time you stay in a hotel chain anywhere in the world, get discounts and promos during certain seasons of the year, and the hotel might even provide you a free room with your accumulated spending points.
Just like transient homes, an apartment can save you tons of money. While it is more of a room-like house complete with amenities instead of a shared room and shower (such as that of transient homes), it is more affordable than staying in a hotel.
- Overnight Trains/Flights
If you are staying in location for a meeting or only for a short convention and you want to save money, you could take an overnight train or flight to your location. Slow moving vehicles that arrive after 8 hours of travel allow you to sleep in the seats or with a rented private bunk bed. These also come with special services, such as food discounts in airports and train stations.
If you’re either backpacking or leisure traveling, you’ll probably end up staying in an hotel during your first day. There is nothing wrong with hotels promising security and safety, but during your stay, it is best that you secure everything you have, even from the hotel staff themselves. Here are some things to remember when staying in hotels.
You could have travel insurance to cover the cost of your properties, but surely, the information contained in your laptop or smart phone cannot be replaced. Taking care of your belongings is essential. Most hotels offer a safety vault where you could place your valuable belongings. If you brought along jewelry or any other expensive or rare items, place it in this safe and be the only one who knows the combination.
If you are staying in a hotel for more than two days, you’ll need the hotel laundry to clean your clothes. Before you deliver your clothes, make sure that you empty all of its pockets. A great many travelers have lost their credit cards, a great amount of money or some expensive gadget just because it was left in the pocket for the laundromat to discover.
3. Shred Any Information Related to You
Most identity theft cases can be related to a customer’s stay in a hotel. Sometimes, customers leave their receipts or any other financial document or invoicing in the hotel that hotel personnel can discover. Some of these employees may be crooks and can steal your bank account password and access. It is important that you shred documents and statements related to your finances immediately.