Three Simple Tips to Keep Valuables Safe While Traveling

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Vacation should be a time to leave all your cares behind. Whether you are relaxing on a beach or sightseeing in a new city, you want to clear your mind and enjoy your time off. However, you always should have a few things in mind besides your tan or the train schedule, such as keeping your valuables secure. You can avoid being a victim of theft and still enjoy your travels with three basic tips. Remember to do your research, keep your valuables close, and be aware of your surroundings at all times.

Research Your Destination

You probably are researching the best restaurants and transportation options for tourists at your travel destination, so take a few minutes and research a subject that is just as important. Find out what areas of the city you will visit are known for theft. Make sure that the hotel you have chosen does not have a high rate of reported room break-ins. Look for news stories about pickpockets or muggings; any of the locations repeatedly mentioned in those articles are places you will want to visit with caution or avoid completely, if possible.

Take Valuables With You

It may sound obvious that it is necessary to keep your belongings with you at all times, but it is actually quite common for tourists to forget this tip. Do not leave jewelry or passports in hotel drawers or in a rental car. If you must leave your purse or backpack at a restaurant table or on the beach, make sure someone in your group stays with them. Be sure that you keep your bags close to your body. Don’t allow any open purses or unzipped backpack pockets to be temptations for a criminal. It’s a good idea to invest in bags with extra security built in, such as Magellan’s VaultPro collection. Bags with reinforced straps and zippers that latch will make it difficult for thieves to easily access your valuables.

Keep Your Eyes on Your Surroundings

Even with excellent research, traveling will require you to venture into unknown areas. Some places may seem safe but will make you an easy target for theft, no matter how close you can keep your valuables. Thieves know that tourist areas will be busy and that close contact with other people will not surprise you while crowding in front of a famous attraction or in a long line. These situations make it easy for a pickpocket to bump into you and grab your wallet or your passport. Don’t let anyone get too close, even in a crowd, and be sure to observe other people. Anyone who is not looking at the attractions at all is probably not there for the same reason as you. You might forget to observe the crowd when trying to get the perfect family picture or focusing on a waterfall, but it is important to keep a small part of your thoughts on your surroundings.

Keeping your valuables in your thoughts will be worth it if you are able to enjoy a vacation without becoming a victim of theft. Research, secure bags, and mindfulness will help you prevent an otherwise pleasant vacation from being disrupted by loss. So be sure to follow these simple tips and experience your trip the way it was meant to be, as a fun and relaxing break from everyday life.

Wedding In Las Vegas

An acquaintance of mine just got married two days ago.  She also came here to the US in K-1 or Fiance(e) Visa category like me.  As you know, one of the most important thing in processing a Fiance(e) Visa is submitting an Intent To Marry Petition.  The fiance in the US should do this first with the submission of supporting documents proving he can provide for his future wife.  When the NVC (National Visa Center) approves the petition, the fiancee of the US citizen is informed immediately so she can start processing all the documents needed for the medical examinations and visa interview.  Then the journey begins.  :)  As for the wedding, the planning begins as soon as the fiancee arrives.  The couple should get married within 90 days of the fiancee’s arrival in the US.

My new friend was very excited for her wedding.  It’s a life changing moment.  She was so happy to share with me about her flight, the wedding plans, and the wedding itself which is in Las Vegas.  Many weddings are held in the city of Las Vegas.  Her’s is held at the Chapel of the Flowers.  Wedding reception venues in Las Vegas can be in a hotel resort.  One of the most popular hotel resort for a wedding reception is The Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino.  It is a 5-star hotel located in what they call The Strip.  My new friend and her husband hired a limousine.  It was a very nice wedding and they stayed in The Cosmopolitan Hotel Resort, too. I am so happy for them.

Ways to Protect Outdoor Venues From Pests

Games at the Luau Party.

Games at the Luau Party.

Outdoor events create some of the best memories of our lives. Whether you’re celebrating a special graduation, wedding, family reunion, milestone birthday or anniversary, or simply a family picnic, pest control is a must. People will enjoy mingling, and kids will have fun running through the grass in an area that is safe and pest-free.

Mosquitoes and ticks carry many harmful diseases. It’s always best to hold outdoor events in an area that has received professional tick treatment and mosquito control treatment before hosting your special occasion. For the best memories, why not treat your outdoor venue beforehand to protect those you love from harmful ticks and mosquitoes?

Ways to Protect Outdoor Venues From Pests

There are several ways to protect your outdoor venue. First, it’s smart to have the area treated about 24 to 48 hours before your event. Professionals such as Mosquito Squad will apply a barrier spray to kill pests currently in the area and to control pests for the duration of your event.

Sprays leave no lingering odors or residue that anyone could notice. When they’re applied far enough in advance, there’s no chance for the spray to come into contact with serving dishes or food. This helps to ensure everyone’s health and safety. Your celebration area will be a pest-free, safer place to be all day and into the night.

Protect Against Ticks With Highly Effective Methods

One of the best ways to protect your celebration venue from ticks is to have special tubes placed strategically around the area as far in advance of your event as possible. These special tubes are made from biodegradable material. They have an interior composed of specially treated cotton.

The cotton is carried away by field mice to create their nests. Mice are often the first hosts that ticks feed from. Ticks receive a dose of the chemical from the mice, and they are soon eliminated. Sprays are also effective in the shorter term when there hasn’t been time to use a treatment like that found in tubes.

Eliminate Ticks for the Safest Celebration

Keeping guests safe is the goal, along with making sure everyone has a fantastic time at your special event. Good memories will be made without the risk of someone becoming ill with an insect-borne disease. Treating the area for mosquitoes and ticks is a thoughtful way to let guests know you care.

Celebrating 4th Of July 2014

July 4th

My husband’s family came over for the 4th of July celebration at our house yesterday.  We are not in city limits so we still can shoot fireworks.  We love shooting fireworks.  We do it on New Year’s and on July 4.

Dear husband let me buy some fireworks with my brother-in-law and father-in-law.  The fireworks store was very busy.  Lots of people bought a bunch of fireworks.


Fireworks store.


Of course, on special occasions like this, my mother-in-law never forgets to bring pies.  Oh I love her blueberry pie.  My dear husband loves the pecan pie.


Blueberry pie

Some of our friends came all the way from out of town to celebrate America’s Independence Day.  We shoot fireworks at about 9:30 P.M. because it doesn’t get dark until then.  We had so much fun!  Everybody got to shoot a firework.

7 Best Places To Travel In 2014

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Tired of your travel agent recommending the same places every year? Looking for something a bit different this time around? Here are some of the best and most beautiful locations for the global jet-setter in 2014.

1: Hokkaido

Located on the northernmost tip of Japan, Hokkaido is known for its beautiful snows and luxurious hot springs. The province is also cheaper than Tokyo but more interesting than Osaka, making it a nice alternative to more conventional destinations in the Land of the Rising Sun.

2: Nicaragua

Settle into a beach bungalow in Nicaragua for a tropical vacation better than any of your daydreams. Go swimming and surfing in its clear, sky-blue waters; catch up on your reading in its gently-swaying hammocks; enjoy cheap lobster and cocktails in its restaurants on the beach.

3: South Africa

2014 is a great year to visit South Africa. Between the affordable markets of Cape Town and the historical monuments of Johannesburg, it’s a great way to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela while also enjoying all the fun of a trip abroad.

4: Uruguay

Another great beach destination, Uruguay is low-key and relaxing, perfect for the office worker ready to get away from the daily grind. You’ll have your pick of everything from mud masks in local spas to horseback riding along the coast!

5: Bolivia

From the bustling streets of Sucre to the desolate salt flats of Uyuni, Bolivia is full of sights and sounds that you simply can’t get anywhere else but South America. If you’re looking for a unique, unusual vacation, contact an agency like Adventure World and start planning your trip right away.

4: Iceland

Bundle up and head to Iceland for a trip you’ll never forget. Not only can you see the Northern Lights from Reykjavik, a stunning experience in its own right, but between the friendliness of the people and the extent of the country’s restaurants, theaters and art galleries, you might just enter Iceland and never want to leave!

7: Russia

Though it recently gained widespread attention for hosting the Olympic Games, Russia has long been a favorite of travelers who enjoy good food, grand architecture and plenty of vodka. Book a flight and raise a toast to great savings and an unforgettable holiday!

If you’re ready to go off the beaten path this year, here are just seven locations worth the trip. Travel is often about timing just as much as attractions, but rest assured that these spots are perfect for 2014.