Checklist for Last Minute Travel

Whether or not you have a social media app or site to check on your mobile phone, the common thing today is seeing travel invites online. It might be depending on your newsfeed since each person has its own preferences. But this story might be familiar to you.

You booked a weekend trip somewhere and your companions canceled at the last minute and you’re left with a couple of plane or train tickets to that destination. It happens to other people too. But instead of sulking, they’d try to sell those tickets to someone available at that minute and, maybe, be your travel guide by default.

The last quip is not a guarantee, and not all hagglers online would bluntly say that. So what are a few things you should add to your checklist to help you check a certain destination out? A few words from our friends at The Affordable Moving Company before reading the rest of this article – take the social media posts with a grain of salt. Read on.

  • The Destination

It is still a last minute thing after all. So you have to check how far out is it from where you live at the moment. If you have an appointment that got canceled at the last minute as well, chances are the time that could have been wasted isn’t as much as well. But you want to make the most out of it. If you have enough time to kill waiting at the airport and still have ample time left to enjoy the destination itself.

  • The Level of Difficulty to be Expected

This usually comes up in last minute travel plans that involved activity-laden itineraries like hiking, surfing or any activities that required physical dexterity. There are mountains, for example, that is easy enough to trek to entice beginners. And there are mountains that required the use of crampons and a travel guide per hiker to avoid any casualties. (Yikes!) As for the beaches, some surfing destinations are exclusive to professionals while other beach resorts are safe for families to come and check in and learn surfing skills for the first time.

  • The Date(s)

How is last minute last minute? Some young urban professionals consider 2 weeks from now as last minute. Others would take a weekend getaway less than a week from now. And those who really had a lot of time on their hands can go book a trip as soon as tomorrow. Again, to each his or her own.

  • Contact Number

While social media has made it so easy to contact other people online now, certain messaging apps required a mobile number to log in instead of an email address. It made sense then if some of these individuals looking for a last minute travel have Skype, Whatsapp or Viber on their gadgets with a SIM card. Almost sounds like analog but still useful when trying to connect with your potential travel guides.

Some last minute social media posts tend to be too long that these pointers can easily be diluted into the details. But let this checklist serve as a guide to see the essentials. It will help you decide quicker and you get to focus on the fundamentals. 

Here is a short video of other small things to add to your checklist. Have a great trip ahead!

Preparing To Travel – To Avoid Awkward Situations

Travel! That part of your personal life where you get to explore another terrain and rediscover a place much different from how you learned of them initially from books. Or some nerdy Facebook group filled with history majors.

It’s one reason why some historians end up becoming one of the most traveled individuals in the world. Not that they don’t trust their books. But the hardcore researchers read a couple of books or more before hitting it off to that exotic part of the world and verify if any of the things that they have learned is accurate.

There are travel books that occasionally derive information from history books. And there are travel books that read more like pamphlets warning you of the unscrupulous individuals that might take advantage of your “innocence” of the place and the behavior of the people that inhabit it. You may have heard of pickpocketing incidents involving tourists too preoccupied with the scenery. 

But apart from the basics, anything more to add from the travel preparations that you have put in place? Let this list help you out.

Read the updated version of a history book.

Not just any book. Make sure that book has the information referring to that exotic part of the world that you intend to stay for the weekend. Or longer. Like it would be awkward to visit some tourist destinations in Turkey, for example, and not remove your shoes before entering a mosque to snap some selfies, not because they just did some tile and grout cleaning! But for cultural reasons. Some history books are written to make foreigners a little sensitive when it comes to cultural appropriation. So you have to be sensitive not only to your surroundings upon coming there but be aware of perceptions that might give locals the wrong impression about tourists like you.

When in a cue, line behind some business travelers.

It happens at times when you have the option to pick your line and see which individuals occupy them. You may not be on a business trip. But you have been around some corporate yuppies on their way to a conference. Being pressed for time, they have gotten used to moving fast even if they are not traveling as light as they should be. But their speed will be helpful for you as you simply have to keep up with them when lined up at the airport or some other station when traveling solo. Read More

Clean Your House Before Your Big Trip!

Don’t leave town until you clean the house:)

Saving the weekend prior to your big trip for some serious house cleaning having that task outsourced to the professionals. You may be deep cleaning for sometime now. But you are left to wonder why the parallel lines won’t get removed. And you are left to wonder about the details not getting cleaned enough.

In case you’ve been wondering what have you been doing wrong all along, you will never know until you talk to some professionals specializing in office and house cleaning services. Because they have the right products, such as floor polish and eco friendly stain removals, that you may not be familiar with. Or clueless about using properly.

Major house cleaning requires a lot of effort. Sometimes tools come in when trying to swipe off dirt, grime and that piece of chewing gum left to rot at some corner of the window pane.

Calm down. Find out who put that chewing gum there later! Has it removed first with the help of professional maid services that you can trust to get the job done?

For the most part, the cleaning solution used for windows involved liquid detergents that contain ingredients that are certified safe for humans and household pets alike. It doesn’t smell like vinegar because it does not contain any. Still, it’s the kind that they have used for so long. It’s basically the brand that might have been associated with them as a cleaning company.

The procedure with which they clean windows and other parts of your home is also worth note-taking. Maybe comparing notes would help because other DIY enthusiasts have improved their household skills by observing and talking to professionals themselves.

Then again, having their number in your list of contacts would be extremely helpful when you need some cleaning done in a jiffy for an event about to occur in less than 24 hours. So instead of getting stressed out yourself for the not-so clean window panes, the professional cleaners would have to take the load on your behalf instead, knocking one more task off your traveling checklist.

Don’t you dare go on that trip without getting some deep cleaning done! You will see the payout when you get home to a nice, clean home!!

The Travel Bag Checklist

At some point in our lives, we have been told to write a checklist now just to cross out some stuff later. Having a checklist is still better than none since as much as we wanted to remember what to bring, we also need to remember what not to bring. It’s the best way to end up with a fully packed luggage only to realize how the items we should not have packed in outnumbered the items that we left at home.

Ready to trim down your travel checklist? You’d realize the prevailing theme as you see which items are worth keeping there.

  • Hat

A cap or a visor is good if you are just looking for some shade against the sun rays for your eyes. But if you need something to keep your hair up without having to resort to a ponytail, then a straw hat will do. If you have short hair, the hat protects even the short strands at the back of your head. Pretty stylish too if it coordinated well with the clothes that you included in your carry-on bag.

  • Ibuprofen

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The Local Bars in Chula Vista, CA

Exploring what Chula Vista has to offer means taking advantage of the opportunity to go bar-hopping. Sometimes it is a convenient excuse to hang out with friends that came with you to this side of the Bay Area for business or leisure. If there is a leisure part of a business trip, checking out these pubs would serve as a good start.

Wild Woolly’s

Taking pride in itself as “The South Bay’s Hottest Club”, Wild Woolly’s have a nightly “Happy Hour” that goes up to 8pm. Usually on tap are their bottles of domestic beer like Budweiser and Miller Genuine Draft and their draft beers like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Haywire Hefeweizen.

Local patrons look forward to Fridays to get a taste of that Brain Freeze Pitcher for $13 each. Highly recommended for at least 4 folks coming in a night to share a table. Other curious patrons would rather drop by on a Sunday to sample the Blasters and Car Bombs. Those are the actual cocktail names available at $5 a pop.

Diamond Jim’s

One of the top nightlife pubs in Chula Vista today, much about their area says about the ambiance. Locals flock over for a cocktail or some bar chow while listening to music played live on stage. Part of the robust incoming traffic for this area is owed to the fact that locals have been recommending it to tourists and immigrants alike. That must be saying a lot about Diamond Jim’s.

Underground Improv

Underground Improv takes pride in its roster of performers that has reached a level of expertise in long-term improv. It has developed a community of enthusiasts who came both for the performances and the food.


There is more feedback about the performances though to keep the interest ongoing and more ticket sales. Must be the alcohol that keeps the spirit of spontaneity going. It has become a highly recommended for some immigrants who just arrived to Chula Vista.

Whether it’s food, liquor or entertainment, nightlife in Chula Vista is not as “vanilla” as some tourists would say. Chula Vista is one city that will not run out of things to do especially when the need for bar-hopping arises.

List of places that you should see in the world

In our world, there are many great places that you should just see before you die. But, if you don’t know about all these places, it will be hard to know for sure about these places. There are some of the more common places that people know about, when it comes to places that you need to see. However, there are some of the places that aren’t really popular, but that is still breathtaking. These are some of these places that you need to see in the world, that you will not see anywhere else.

Zhangye Danxia Landform in Gansu, China

When you are on top of the Zhangye Danxia Landform in Gansu in China, it almost seems that you are in a painting. This is breath taking beautiful with the different colors on the mountains. If you want to make sure that you are seeing this at its most beautiful, you should make sure that you are going on 7:30 pm in spring and autumn, and 8:00 pm in the summer. You should not go when it is raining or cloudy. Then, you will not see the complete beauty.

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

There isn’t another think like the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia. This is because this is the world’s largest natural mirror. This is something that you need to see. You and your whole family will enjoy this natural mirror. This is actually salt that is salt flats that are making it look like a mirror. However, this is something that you will not see anywhere else. Not even on frozen lakes anywhere in the world.

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat is in Cambodia and is known as one of the most popular and beautiful temples in the world.  This is also voted as the world’s number one site that you should see in the world.

Angkor Wat was built by Suryavarman II. This isn’t a normal temple that you will see just anywhere, there are a couple of features that you will not see anywhere else in other temples. If you want to see something extraordinary, then this is the place to go.

Hitachi Seaside Park, Japan

If you love seeing a large variety of flowers, then this is the place that you should go. Hitachi seaside Park in Japan is popular among people that love nature and unique things. You will see a large variety of flowers and the best time to visit this park is when the flowers are in full bloom. Then, the view is spectacular.

There are some popular places that everyone is going to, when they are traveling the world. However, there are also some places and things that people don’t know about, that are also something that they should see at least once in their lives. These mentioned places are unique in its own way, but something that you should consider visiting, when you are in the area.