Traveling has been one of the best leisure activities people can engage in. To go, see and explore places you have never been to is an adventure and a wonderful dream. We meet different people, explore different places, try different food and learn different cultures and their way of life. Tourism and travel has also been one of the profit-making industries of most developing countries like the Philippines, Puerto Rico and Madagascar. Having all the time in the world to relax and enjoy is perhaps the best. But in order to have a great time, it is best that one is fit and healthy and to remember several safety precautions for a hassle-free vacation.The number one tip for traveling is to be safe. When traveling in cars, always buckle your seatbelts. When traveling with children, double check if their seatbelts are well-fastened. Check your care and make sure that you have enough gasoline to last throughout the trip to avoid unnecessary delays. To insure your medical and health needs, do not forget to pack your medicines and first aid kits. It is best to consult your doctor first and get a physical exam to ensure that you are fit to travel and engage in physical activities. Also, scout the area for the best health facilities or hospital – just in case anything happens to you. If you are a frequent traveler, it is best to get yourself travel insurance.Because you are in unfamiliar territory, try to blend in with your surroundings. Tourists are common targets of thieves, so it is best not to attract attention to yourself. Do not carry a lot of luggage – just the basic stuff that you need. Do not carry a lot of money when going out of the hotel. Some hotels have safe deposit boxes where you can place your valuables for safe-keeping. You can inform your credit card company, so they would not cancel your account for suspicious transactions abroad.Keep all pertinent documents like passport, insurance, and identification in a safe place. For passports and identification, it is best to keep an electronic file for duplicate copies and in case you lose your documents. Be responsible and try to follow rules and regulations in the area you are going. You may ask the local authorities for assistance.
After watching all the sound and fury in Egypt, along with all the commentary, TV, video showing chaos and controversy on nearly every news channel, it occurred to me that well, like you, I’d just like a little peace and quiet you know. Like leave me alone already. Interestingly enough, it is important to have quiet and peacefulness, and it is very important to the human biosystem. Everyone needs sleep and quiet and it effects us all at the cellular level whether we realize it or not.In human societies you don’t need riots, protests, marches, shouting, or civil unrest with the throwing of tier-gas bombs, molotov cocktails, or sticks and rocks to break the peace, we have noise all around us every day, and it’s not healthy, not even a little bit. Think about it, airplane noise, train tracks, horns, machinery, kitchen equipment, air-conditioners, and motors from trucks, cars, motorcycles, and the like.There is an interesting book on this topic that I’d surely like to recommend to you, the name of the book is;”Technology for a Quieter America” By the Committee on Technology for a Quieter America; National Academy of Engineering, Washington DC, (2010), pages 216, ISBN: 978-0-309-15632-5.This book really gets into the details of it all and makes some excellent points of what we can do to get a little peace and quiet. I am not talking about Library level quiet, but why not take down the decibels 10-20 points, as it could serve us all with better quality of life. In the introduction of the book, in fact, in the Executive Summary, in the very first paragraph it notes;Exposure to noise (i.e., unwanted or potentially hazardous sound) at home, at work, while traveling, and during leisure activities is a fact of life for all Americans. At times noise can be loud enough to damage hearing, and at lower levels it can disrupt normal living, affect sleep patterns, affect our ability to concentrate at work, interfere with outdoor recreational activities, and, in some cases, interfere with communications and even cause accidents. Clearly, exposure to excessive noise can affect our quality of life.It is my contention that it takes friction to make noise, and friction is energy, in fact, it is lost energy. If we design and build better equipment that does not make noise, we will automatically use less energy. That means less electricity use, and less fuel. This also means lower costs, and that equates to lower cost in everything we buy or use.Think about this for a moment. And while we are at it, we should harvest the noise whenever it exists, perhaps using magnetic induction principles to collect vibrations to power up batteries for later use. Please consider all this and let’s hear about your inventions and innovations to reduce all this racket!