Don’t Forget the Small Stuff – Top Travel Accessories

If you’re off on a trip, whether it’s a two week holiday or a six month equivalent of the Grand Tour, you need to make sure you’ve packed everything. It’s easy to make a list of the big stuff you need to take with you, but often, it’s the little things that really matter. The right travel accessories can make your journey easier, safer and more comfortable, so don’t forget the small stuff.

Wherever you’re travelling to, and no matter how long you’re away for, you’ll have a limited amount of space, so you can’t fill your luggage with unnecessary travel accessories. That means it’s important to choose the accessories that have real practical advantage. Top tips include:

Travel adaptor – it may seem like an obvious choice, but you’d be amazed at how many people arrive at their destination only to find they can’t plug in their laptop, phone charger or hair straighteners. A worldwide travel adaptor is designed to work with a variety of socket systems so that you don’t have a problem docking when you need to.

Ear plugs – for many travellers, this is the one travel accessory they can’t do without. Whether it’s to help you get to sleep on the plane, shut out the noise of the street below your hotel room or just to help you sleep during the day until you get used to the new time zone, ear plugs are invaluable.

Hand gel – as travellers become more aware of hygiene issues, disinfectant hand gel has become one of the most popular travel accessories. It enables you to keep your hands clean even when there’s no access to clean running water, so it can come in handy any time, any place.

All these travel accessories and more can help to make your trip a breeze.



Source by Gill Perkins

Can not Send Email While Traveling

Scenario: You are a business person traveling around the world. You just got to your hotel room, turned on your laptop pc and are ready to answer to those very important emails that arrived while you were on the plane. So, you open your Outlook, Thunderbird or whatever email client you have, and start answering first the most important messages. Once you finish, you click on the "Send" button, totally confident and relieved because you needed that mail sent with extreme urgence. Oh no … what happened? You received one of these errors: smtp 550 error Unable to relay to user relaying denied mailbox unavailable or not local Server Error: 550 Error Number: 0x800CCC79 553 sorry, that domain is not in my list of allowed rcpthosts Server Error: 553 Error Number: 0x800CCC79

Why does this happen only when you are traveling?

Most Internet providers use two protocols to send and receive mails: SMTP and POP. SMTP (or Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) is the one used to send email out. When you are home, you are connected to your ISP network. Since you are already in that network, you will not have problems to use your ISP's SMTP server. But when you are in that hotel room you may have problems doing it, since you might be connecting from a different ISP network. So, it is pretty normal that you can not send emails from a different location

So, What Can You Do About That Relaying Denied Error?

There are many things to do. You could check if it is possible to enable the authentication when connecting to that SMTP server, so you can tell him "I am not a spammer" and be able to send emails wherever you want. You could also use web mail, but I am sure it is not the same, when you have all your emails well organized in your Outlook folders.

Going back to our scenario, maybe it is 1 am and you can not contact anyone to check about the SMTP authentication or webmail. Is there another option? A very valid solution to your email sending problems is: smtp2go.



Source by Luis Parra

Leadership Qualities of Mother Teresa

If not for her leadership qualities the Albania born Mother Teresa would not have risen to great heights to win the hearts of the millions of people worldwide. She served the poor, orphaned and dying people for more than forty-five years and never ever was tired of her service. When the people affected with leprosy were considered as untouchables, she extended her service to them and cared for them by starting many homes.

When she started her missionary work she had only three saris and a five rupee note in her hand. She proved to the world that one can achieve anything in this world even without money. When she saw orphan children dying out of hunger she went to a bakery man and begged him to give some bread. The enraged man spit on her hand. But Mother Teresa told him softly that she would keep the spit for herself and begged him to give something to eat for the poor and orphaned children holding out her other hand. The man realized her gentle character and later donated her with bread whenever she needed. This incident shows her magnanimity, one of the wonderful leadership qualities in her.

She was so simple and humble that she never cared for her own comforts. The sari she wore costs only one Us dollar. The white sari with blue border has become a symbol of peace and solace to the poor and destitute. She knew very well that if she should heal other people she must suffer herself and this was what she stated to Princess Diana once when she met her. She took initiatives during a famine in Ethiopia, spread the message to the then Us President Ronald Reagan and he sent his help to the place with food and medicine.

Mother Teresa was very humble and never cared about her own image, a rare quality that could hardly be seen in any leader around the world. Whenever she happened to travel in flights, she used to collect the leftover food from all the travelers on the plane and distributed the collected food to the hungry and needy people. Though she had no money many times, she never hesitated to beg to help people.

She was extremely courageous in helping people suffering from leprosy. She never was tired in helping the refugees, blind, homeless, flood and famine victims and lepers. The poor and forlorn people were brought to the homes and they were given medical attention. They were given an opportunity to die with dignity and during their last moments, the Muslims were read the verses from Quran, the Hindus received holy water from the Ganges and the Christians received the last Rites. Though she was a Christian, this is just enough to portray the best leadership quality of generosity in her.

After her death on 5th September 1997 she has been memorialized through museums, educational institutions, films on her life, Mother Teresa photos and Mother Teresa videos. Though this world lost a great leader, she left thousands of followers to spread her message and take up her service.



Source by Suhaina Mazhar Sumazla

Best and Worst Times to Travel to Europe

When planning your European trip, check your arrival and departures dates and see if they take into account peak, off-peak and shoulder travel periods.

Peak periods are the times when majority of travelers fly in and out of countries and these periods usually coincide with school holidays, Christmas, Easter and New Year. The country you are flying into will also have peak periods unique to that country, so expect flights and accommodation to be heavily booked and tickets to be more expensive. This peak period generally covers late December to January (because of the Christmas season) and late June to the end of August (summer break). Travel during the Christmas holidays can be difficult as plane ticket prices soar and ski resorts start overcharging. Public transport is also reduced in most areas since only a few trains will leave on Christmas day. The “shoulder period” is in spring and autumn and the low or “off-peak” periods are usually in the remaining months and in the winter.

If you have only a limited time to see Europe, your best bet is to fly in and out during a shoulder period. Prices are almost at their lowest and travel conditions are great because you can avoid the crowds and the overpricing. If you have a lot of time to spare in Europe, try flying in the low season when fares are cheapest so you have more money to spread over your stay. It’s always a good idea to start checking airfares 3-4 months before you leave. Airlines are starting to discount in order to reward early bookers and there’s a lot time to wait if you think they’re too high. The cheapest ticket prices might turn up on the net or at your ticket office at anytime. And while you’re at it, make sure you’ve already reserved your accommodation 6 weeks to 2 months before you leave. It’s a good idea to reserve a hotel for your arrival and departure days. The rest can be reserved afterwards. Also, remember to check for travel dangers and updates. Your government and insurance company might draw the line if you visit a certain territory they’ve warned you about. Be informed about the dangers and uprisings in the country you are visiting and do last-minute updates to check conditions right before you leave.

For most seasoned travelers, the best time to see Europe is from April to June and September to October when the weather is still warm, the holiday crowds have left and accommodation and transport are regularly priced.

In contrast, the single worst time to visit most parts of Europe (especially the western and southern countries) is the month of August. This is when many Europeans leave and take their holidays in nearby countries as well. The cities can be deserted and as a result, accommodation prices shoot up and finding a bed can be very difficult. Buses and trains will often be packed and it can be a struggle to get a seat while you cross countries. Even most tourist shops and sites can be closed because the proprietors have gone on holiday as well! There’s little doubt that July and August are the busiest tourist months in Europe (mainly because of Americans on vacation) and it will require a lot of patience and money. Avoid these months as much as you can. If you really must travel in the high season, your best course of action is to stay away from the major cities and choose the off-track towns and villages and indulge in the local culture.



Source by Michael Russell