The Do’s and Don’ts of Travel Tweeting

Couple in Paris

There are several people who utilize Twitter as their outlet for everything travel related. Whether the person is simply trying to get their travel experiences out there, have a travel firm they are trying to promote, or are wanting to earn income from their great travel reviews, Twitter seems to be the tool to utilize in order to get this done. However, there are several people who find this is not as simple as they first think. There are several things in which the person should be watching out for that they do not do, and several things that they should be doing in order to keep their Twitter response to its best.

Do Not Overshare
It is tempting to tell every little thing about your travel trip, however, you are going to find that this is a classic mistake many people make with their Twitter account. There are several reasons why this is bad. For one, oversharing can be too much information for the reader, and this is something that they may not want to read at all. Secondly, too much information is simply not allowed due to the 140-character limit on all tweets. Those who overshare may go over the character limit and end up putting this information in more than one tweet, which results in readers have a hard time following the story.

Do Respond to Followers
Whenever a follower asks a question or posts a comment about what you have written, you should take the time to respond back. This is great interaction and builds your reputation among those who are looking at your activity. If readers know you will respond, they are more likely to develop a personal connection with your travels, and this is what you want to happen.

Do Not Overdo Hash Tags
Though several people find hash tags to be a great use of their tweets, it can make for a difficult time reading these tweets. It is going to look unprofessional and messy, and readers will go somewhere else to find their information.

Do Tweet Often
The idea of tweeting can become overwhelming and there are several people who find they only tweet every few days. If you have a travel discount to offer or a story to share, then you should share this. In addition, you should share quite often. The Twitter world is constantly changing due to the amount of tweets that come in each day. For those who are serious about maintaining their following, they will find they have to tweet their information frequently. Though, always make sure this is new information with each tweet.

Overall, those who use Twitter and abide by these rules are going to find this can be something, which is easier in the end. They are going to want to take the time to learn the ropes of Twitter before they dive in, which can be done quite quickly. The more research the person does now, the more likely they will have a successful Twitter venture in the end.

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Public Transportation Safety Tips

Pink Bus in Manila

With the crime rate in every part of the world not showing any signs of being under controlled, you would think that there are no safe places anymore. And this applies even when you are taking public transportation and in fact, public transportations are one of the most common places where crimes take place. It is not surprising to hear news that a girl got raped after taking a cab or a hostage situation taking place inside a bus. Even airplanes are occasionally threatened by terrorists planning to hijack it. With this in mind, it is important that you be vigilant and to follow these tips:

  • Travel With People: Not just any stranger but someone whom you are comfortable with. A friend or a co-worker you trust. If you are a girl and you will be travelling in the evening, have your boyfriend fetch you or a relative or parent if possible. If the first set of people are not unavailable then you could attempt to befriend some of the commuters who are traveling with you. This may not always be a good idea since you might end up meeting someone who can be potentially dangerous but this can be one of those last resorts.
  • Keep Your Cash Out Of People’s Eyesight: When you are paying for transportation fare, make it a point to just pay the exact or approximate amount. No need to show the conductor, or the driver or the people around you that you have lots of cash since doing so can potentially attract the attention of unpleasant individuals.
  • Refrain From Flaunting Your Gadgets. Be Alert: There is nothing wrong in bringing your IPod with you or any of your gadgets as long as you are using them discreetly. No need to flaunt it in front of other people. If possible, keep your gadgets away from prying eyes. This can get the attention of the wrong people. At the same time, you have to be alert. And refrain from looking like a paranoid. Be discreet. Be observant of the people around you. Have some presence of mind.
  • Choose Crowded Areas When Waiting For Public Transportation: As much as possible, find a spot where you are not the only one waiting for a public transportation to pass by. Go to the nearest public transportation terminal so that at least there are other people whom you can blend with. This will help lessen the chances of you being robbed. Of course you still need to be vigilant since there is still a chance that you can get in trouble even while being with other passengers. The good thing though is that it will not be as worse as what you will probably get yourself in if you were alone.

Though this may not be a comprehensive list of the dos and don’ts when it comes to your safety, it still depends on you on how you will handle yourself in such a situation. Just take extra care and be vigilant and hope that you will not find yourself getting into such a mess.

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Tips When Traveling in London

One of the best places to tour is London. There are just too many places that are interesting to visit that you would feel that a one week vacation is not enough to appreciate the breath-taking sceneries London has to offer. And to make your vacation in London more memorable, it would be best that you keep the following in mind:

· Currency: The currency used for London is pound sterling (£). While one pound is divided into one hundred pence (p), coins come in the form of 1p, 2p, and even £5.

· Tax and Giving Tips: Tax is 17.5% on goods and services and the good thing is that for non-EU and EU residents who would be leaving the country within the span of three months of purchasing the goods may claim a VAT refund. Although EU residents in particular must be sure to stay outside the country for a year before they are qualified to claim the refund. Giving tips on the other hand when it comes to fine dining restaurants depends on the tourists as well since there is a service charge of around 15% is included in the charge unless the customer is dissatisfied with the service. Cabs often expect a tip of around 10-15% as compared to minibus drivers who usually do not expect any tip. Just remember that if you are in a bar and someone brings your food to your table, giving a tip may be appropriate, provided that the service is satisfactory.

· Telephone Numbers: Country code would be 44, City Code is 22. Make sure that whenever you are dialing from within England, add a “0”(zero) before entering the city code. No longer need to add the country code. Other telephone numbers which you may find useful when you are travelling in London are: 999 for emergencies, 100 for a UK operator, 155 if you are looking for an international operator, 192 for directory information. If you need to get in touch with tourist service centers, you can dial either: 020 7808 3810 for the British Tourist Authority or 020 7932 2000 for the London Tourist Board.

Knowing what to bring whenever you go out of the country and the documents necessary to get approved is good but it is also important that you know this kind of information. Who knows? It might save you from troubles which you may encounter along the way. If you are planning a trip to London soon then checking SightseeingToursLondon.com is a good place to start.

The Hundred Islands Summer Trip

I should have written my experience about this summer trip right after returning here in Manila but been busy with lots of stuff. Even right now, I believe I don’t have the luxury of time to blog about this since I still have some pending online tasks. Nonetheless, I have to update this post once and for all!

It’s big thanks to my friends (Ice, Patty, Ed, Mae Ann, Bebe, & Hai) for inviting me to join this Hundred Island escapade.

We booked a trip for April 4, 2012 11:55PM but for some reason, the bus left after 12MN. Talk about the holiday rush and some related issues. By 7AM the next day, we’re already at Islandia Hotel, Alaminos City, Pangasinan but we’re not yet allowed to check in for we were so early! Lol. Good thing that the manager was there. He accommodated our request of checking in with our baggages only. And to make up for that, we had breakfast at their resto. Tocino and hot coffee for me!

Breakfast at Islandia

Breakfast at Islandia Hotel - Patty, Liz (yours truly) & Mae Ann (Bebe, Hai, & Ice were at the opposite side; Ed took this pic)

Islandia Hotel - Coffee for Breakfast

Islandia Hotel - Tocino for Breakfast

We had a quick city tour after breakfast and we were disappointed to know that the malls weren’t going to open despite the long wait. It’s Maundy Thursday and the malls are obviously closed. We just headed back to the hotel and formally checked in. Then we spent some time at the swimming pool while enjoying calamares and sweet fried potato.

Islandia Hotel Swimming Pool

Swimming at Islandia Hotel Pool

We had our late lunch/early dinner at Maxine’s Rendevous in Lucap. We truly enjoyed the big serving of seafood platter! We were all so full and super happy with what we ate. Haha. Epic!

Seafood Platter @ Maxine's Restaurant

Enjoying Seafood Platter at Maxine's Rendezvous

Happy at Maxine's Restaurant by the Sea

Maxine's Rendezvous - Sunset

Once we’re back to our hotel room, everyone’s busy with their own gadgets. And they seem to be having fun with Draw Something!

Friday came and we had to leave early so we were in a hurry for breakfast. Our boating schedule was 7:00 AM but we had it moved to 7:30 AM. There were lots of people at Hundred Islands Tourism office but we skipped the long queue since Mae Ann has booked the boating + packed lunch package for all of us.

It was really scorching hot outside while waiting for our boat!

Hundred Islands - Waiting for the boat

Once the boatman and his assistant were ready, we rode the boat and off we sail!

Hundred Islands Boating

I kept taking pictures of the islands and it was my first real sea adventure. I was actually afraid of boating since I can’t swim and I really fear drowning.

Governor's Island - Hundred Islands Philippines

Our first stop over was at Governor’s Island. We climbed up to see the full view of the island and we’re all sweaty and tired by the time we reached the top.

Governor's Island Climb

We also explored the man-made cave nearby but we couldn’t stay that long inside since it was extremely hot! Too hard to breathe!

Man Made Cave in Hundred Islands

We continued with our island hopping and I lost track of the islands we’ve visited. All I can remember is the first and last islands which are Governor’s Island and Martha Island respectively.

Hundred Islands while Boating

Shots in Hundred Islands
Hundred Islands Rocks
Hundred Islands Cave-like Island
Hundred Islands Caves

 Hundred Islands, Pampanga

I can’t even remember where we had lunch. All I know is that we ate our packed lunch on one of the many islands after finding a perfect shade. We met a funny guy out there who befriended Kuya Hai. He was an interesting guy who offered us fresh seaweeds (& Ice gladly grabbed some) and let Kuya Hai drink some liquor with them. Haha.

Hundred Islands Seaweeds

While they were so excited to swim and snorkel, I wasn’t. So they let me try even if I was too scared and having a hard time. I had a quick good peek of underwater with little fishes and corals. I’ve got some bruises in return. With the help of life vest, I was able to make my way from the edgy spots of corals to the shore. Whew! Of course I didn’t learn swimming but I did overcome my fear. They told me that as long as I’m wearing the lifevest and I keep my arms moving and my feet kicking, I’ll get somewhere and I shouldn’t be afraid.

Hundred Islands - Island Hopping

Hundred Islands - Island Hopping 2

On the next island, I decided not to join them in swimming anymore. My legs where too tired and I wanted to take more photos. And I’ve got good shots of them fooling around:

Having Fun in Hundred Islands

Can you guess what happened?

We all had a good laugh with what Kuya Hai did. After persuading/apologizing to Ice, they’re back to swimming. Mae Ann and I were left behind.

Island Hopping at Hundred Islands

Island Hopping in Hundred Islands 2
Back from Swimming - Hundred Islands
Once they’re all back and just lying on the shore, we had a funny conversation. We talked about different things such as the government, marriage, getting pregnant, and some adult stuff. LOL @ Mae Ann.

That was the last stop then we left the Hundred Islands. Some of us went swimming at the pool once we’re back at the hotel. We’re waiting for our turn in the shower anyway so better play at the pool first.

We had halo halo after shower but I’m quite disappointed with the serving. :( And they felt the same thing.
Halo Halo Time at Islandia Hotel

Not picture-worthy but I still tried:

Not so special halo halo in Islandia Hotel

We all took a nap after that and it was dinner time when we woke up. Mae Ann’s treat and it’s a second round of Maxine’s Rendezvous!

This time, we talked about work and more on interview tips. Of course we’re having fun while eating and the next thing we know, we’re all done!

So goodbye, Maxines! ’til next time! I wish to be back here for a date… and probably with sexier outfit than this one. Hahaha.

Sexy Lizzie at Maxine's Rendezvous

We left Alaminos, Pangasinan at 2PM the next day and we’re back to Manila by 9PM.

I really enjoyed this trip! Thanks guys!

Main Attractions in Florida

Some people say that Orlando, Florida is the vacation capital of the world mostly because it is where you can find the best and most popular vacation destination for families. Walth Disney’s World, Universal Studios and Sea World are just some of the main attractions.

Aside from the world’s largest amusement park and resort and other theme parks, there are lots of must-see places in Orlando. So if you’re staying for a visit, make sure that you plan ahead to get the best deals from Orlando hotels. You can enjoy more if you know that you’ll be safe in a cozy and exquisite hotel. For more information about hotel deals and tours, check this Facebook page.

Sight-seeing during the day is really refreshing while shopping and partying at night are extremely fun and engaging. You can find exciting arcades and interest shops which are open until dawn. During peak season, there are lots of tourists to watch the festival. So make sure that you check your calendar and book your flight according to plan.