How Travel Makes You An Awesome Person?

Believe it or not, we learn a lot of things through our Travel, just that we might not realise it. How and why travel make you an awesome person? Here are a few points about how travelling can change your outlook on life and transform you into a better person.

 

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1. A Good Way To Be YourSelf and Be Alone (if you travel solo)

Travel often one of the best way to be know yourself and be yourself. Travel is not always about rushing for your itinerary, sometimes you can just take a break at the coffee shop by the beach and absolutely doing nothing else.

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2. Cherish The Little Thing You Missed In Your Life

Feeling extreme comfort place in the world call Home that we always take things for granted and always complaining the food your mums cook is not as fancy as the restaurant. Travelling makes your try different thing in life out of your comfort zone. Eating a food that feel like left over not as good as your homeland make you miss your mums home cooking and sleeping in a tiny thin blanket in a freezing cold night makes your miss how comfortable is your bed at home.

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3. Teaches You How To Communicate Better

Communicate with the locals is the best way to travel around and understand the destination culture. Looking for the best food in town? Asking for Directions? Start Talking to someone there. Undoubtably it slowly polish up your communication skills without you realising it.

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4. It Open Your Mind and Be Smarter

When you traveller and communicate with locals, you have opportunity to learn more and see more things that normally does not get to know back in school. So travelling broaden your mind and makes your more knowledgable.

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5. Makes Your Less Fearless

People’s mind change when they stop being afraid. Don’t follow others footsteps, avoid signing up for guided tours. Instead, get on the map and explore yourself. You will be amazed what you can to explore more.

Over time, I’ve conquered more and more fears, like the fear of getting eaten when swimming with sharks, and the fear of making a mistake when learning a new language, just by doing those very things. Traveling has made me so much braver, both on the road and at home,” – Matt Long – Professional Travel Blogger

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6. Your Tend To Give Way To Disappointment

Nothing in our plan always work, no matter how much research and careful planning of our travel itinerary, things goes wrong sometimes. There are times when you are unable to visit a location due to rain, miss a scheduled bus or the restaurant you looking for has relocated. We does not get disappointed on this. Instead, we move on to look out for more opportunities or other place to visit that are not even in our scheduled itinerary. This is what you will experience and learn through our travel vacation.

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7. Travel Open Our Eye and Our Mind

When you see people going about their daily existence in ways very different from our own, it can open your eyes to how similar you are to them, and how different. Then we tend to appreciate more on our live and what we already have.

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8. Make You Miss Your Love

Have you though of when is your last time you give your mum a big hug and tell her you love her and missing her food she prepare for you everyday? Cant Recall Dont You?

When you travel, as you live away from the home-cooked food and frequent hangouts with your best friends, you tend to realise how important these person are in your life. Technically travelling means you are physically moving away from your loved ones, but in real fact, you become even closer to them mentally. You just does’n know it.

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9. You Get Sexier

We all know we aged faster when we are on Stress. When you travel, we tend to be much more relax (sometimes you just don’t know it) and carefree. This make you more confident and radiant glow from deep inside you, and you will aged slower, making you more sexier.

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10. Why Wait? Jet Set Go!

Travelling make a person better and smarter. We learn a lot from travel through different countries and culture. We pushes our boundaries to explore, we try new food that we don’t normally eat,  we communicate with strangers that we do not know.

So Why Wait? There’s no reason why you shouldn’t be planning your next adventure now.

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5 Must Have Travel App while you are travelling

There are so many types and kind of travel app in your App Store or Google Play Store. But what are the MUST HAVE TRAVEL APP to help you travel better? Below are a list of Travel Apps that I always use during my trip and I would like to share with all of you here:

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EVERNOTE

 

Have it everywhere. Capture a note once, and it’s instantly available on all your devices. Never worry about where you saved something because it’s in Evernote, and Evernote is wherever you are. This app is good to save additional copy of your travel document just incase you lost it. Free Download Here :   IOS    |    ANDROID

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WAZE

 

Outsmart Traffic & Don’t Get Lost. A community run map that show you your destination traffic with live updates. I always use this to mark my location especially my hotel just incase I am lose somewhere else.  Free Download Here :   IOS    |    ANDROID

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XE CURRENCY CONVERTER

 

BEST CURRENCY RATE REFERENCES. Its common for travellers to exchange for more local destination currency just incase if you insufficient fund. This app gave you an universal guidelines of the latest currency rate, but it is subject to local bank rate and fee applied.  Free Download Here :   IOS    |    ANDROID

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UBER

 

Reliable & Skip The Taxi Que. Most of the countries now will have Uber services, if you are having a tiring day after a shopping session or looking for a public transport ride but wishes to skip the long que for taxi? Turn on this app to get a quick confirmation of your ride and it will arrive at your door step within minutes. I always travel with Uber most of the time while i travelling especially in the cities. Its quick and safer in certain countries. Free Download Here :   IOS    |    ANDROID

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Google Translate

 

Quick Translation Reference. Great app to use if you are travelling to a destination or region who does not speak your language. This app helps you to translate basic languages from the Menu, Road Sign, Documents and more. Its always to have a personal translator while you are travelling. Free Download Here :   IOS    |    ANDROID

Remember, you dont need too many apps to travel around. All you need is the essential apps to help you travel better. 

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AirAsia New Self Check In & Bag Tag Service


Airasia has just launched two new feature for Kuala Lumpur International Airport. If you are Travelling with Airasia, below are the important tips for you. 

I have also shared my experience being first time on these new feature that you can use as reference : 

NEW FEATURE ONE : SELF PRINT TAG 

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Was using the Airasia web check in feature for my upcoming 48 hour Macau business travel trip. 

  1. Upon completion of web check in, these instruction was pop up on my screen guiding thru the print out instruction. 
  2. Print these out and fold the layout accordingly like the picture below : 
  3. Bring it along to the baggage drop of counter to get a complimentary transparent luggage tag to hold it.
  4. Skip Step 3 if you are not checking in any luggage.

WHAT IF YOU HAVE NO PRINTER AT HOME? Don’t worry Airasia have Check In counter at the airport with Self Print Tag Service too, refer to visual below for guidance : 


Important Note : 

Counter check-in at klia2 will no longer be available from 18 May 2016 onwards. All guests are advised to conduct self check-in through the various options available, such as web check-in, mobile check-in and kiosk check-in (available at the airport) before proceeding to the Baggage Drop Counters, for guessing sts who have check-in baggage. Both web and mobile check-ins are available 14 days up to 1 hour before scheduled time of departure for AirAsia flights, while guests on AirAsia X flights will be able to conduct web or mobile check in 14 days up to 4 hours before their scheduled time of departure.

Be sure if you are early if you are taking AirAsia to avoid long que like this. 


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Malaysia Traveller Sim Card

I have constantly receiving questions about how to have mobile phone service on the go the cheapest way in Malaysia? There is a few options for travellers to keep in touch with Family, Friends or even Social Media on the go the CHEAP WAY.

INTERNATIONAL ROAMING

Is always NOT ADVISABLE to use your own country carrier line. While this is extremely convenient for you but it can be ASTRONOMICALLY expensive.But if you are travelling for a very short period of time (2 to 3 days can be acceptable) if you prefer the convenience. Just remember to put your mobile phone into Airplane Mode, or you will be receiving an extremely high phone bill which may cost more than your vacation. 

LOCAL SIM CARDS

In Malaysia there are few major carriers that offer Traveller Sim, a package which include basic call services together with Mobile Internet services. My guide below shows you each Malaysia Sim Card Pros & Cons as a reference. If you wish to skip all these reference, skip to the last part of this post for recommendation straight away.

(1) DIGI is always introducing new Mobile Data Plan at least few times a year to attract more users to subscribe to their services. Below are the plans available for now :

DIGI SMART PREPAID :

  • MYR8.00 (Starter Pack)
  • Free Basic Internet
  • 5sen/30Sec Call to Top 10 Friends (you can register your team mates in same mobile network for this special rate)
  • Weekly Internet Add On : MYR7.00 | 300MB 4G LTE | Unlimited Whatsapp

 

(2) CELCOM claim themselves to have the widest 4G LTE coverage in Malaysia. In real facts, this carrier is actually more strong in outside cities area. So if you are planning to go outside of main cities to visit the nature, rural area, beaches and hiking, Celcom maybe a good choice.

CELCOM TRAVELER SIM

  • MYR3 is preloaded in the pack but you are recommended to reload from as low as MYR50 to enjoy longer validity period.
  • VOICE CALL : MYR0.36 per 30 Seconds
  • MOBILE DATA PLAN : MYR5 (Daily) | MYR18 (Weekly) | MYR38 (Monthly)

 

(3) MAXIS always brand themselves to have the fastest 4G LTE Service in Malaysia. In real facts, they provide little options for users to choose in terms of plans.

MAXIS HOTLINK SIM

  • MYR10.00 Pre loaded with MYR5 Credit & 300MB Internet (that only valid for TWO DAYS).
  • MOBILE DATA PLAN : MYR3 Per day (1GB)

 

(4) U MOBILE sim pack are likely more simple and very affordable compare to all the available carrier here. Below are the current package available :

U MOBILE TRAVLLING TO MALAYSIA SIM

  • MYR15 for 500MB Internet (15 Days).
  • MYR30 for 30 Days, with FREE 30 Mins Call to All Network
  • TOP UP MYR1 per day to get UNLIMITED FREE CALL for 24hours.

 

(5) TUNE TALK by Air Asia are less aggressive in promoting their products. Although they do offer the simplest plan overall, but the sim pack offer up to 75 days validity base on activation / reload date. An overall winner in terms of validity.

  • MYR35 for 1GB Data + MYR5 Call Time

 

(6) YES Malaysia is one of the first carrier to offer 4G LTE service in Malaysia. One of the fastest and smoothest network you can ever find here. The only down point is that YES coverage area are mainly in Main Cities only.

  • Pay as you use at 9 sen [Per 3MB]

RECOMMENDATION?

So after all the confusing plans available in Malaysia, which is the most recommended carrier for you who are travelling here soon? Check out my simply answer below :

FOR SMOOTH & FASTER MOBILE PLAN : CELCOM

FOR CHEAPEST & OVERALL WINNER PLAN : U MOBILE

IF YOU ARE TRAVELLING OUTSIDE OF MAIN CITIES : CELCOM

IF YOU ARE MAINLY IN MAIN CITIES : DIGI

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Travel Insurance : Do I Need It?

Do I really need a Travel Insurance? Is it a waste money or is a traveler essential?

So what is Travel Insurance?

Travel insurance is insurance that is intended to cover medical expenses, trip cancellation, lost luggage, flight accident and other losses incurred while traveling, either internationally or within one’s own country.

Always Choose A Travel Insurance That Provide Wide Coverage, including when :

  • You need Medical help for sudden illness or injury.
  • You need emergency medical evacuation for Sudden Illness or injury.
  • You have to cancel your trip due to unforeseeable events outside of your control.
  • Your gear is stolen or damaged whilst travelling.
  • Your Documentation and/or Luggage is Lost whilst travelling.
  • You have Personal Accident during your travel.

Remember, don’t get any insurance if they does not cover any of these important point above.

Should I Go For Single Trip or Annual Insurance?

If you are a light travellers or does not have a fix travel plan thru out the years, going for Single Trip Insurance will be sufficient. But if you are a Regular Traveller who travel more then three (3) times a year, getting an Annual Insurance Plan will save you a lot. Depending on the Insurance Policy and Company that you are buying from, most have different level of coverage depending on which country you are most travelling to.

Until it happens, you probably don’t even think about it, but when something goes wrong, make sure you are covered. – by World Nomads

Which Insurance Company Should I Go For?

No insurance policy are the same various compare to each individual Insurance Company. Always remember to read thru the policy to fully understand what you are coverage and most important “what is not covered“. Go for what is most suitable for your travel style : are you a person who love :

  • Adventure that need Extreme Sport Coverage?
  • Photographer who are bringing your expensive gadgets for your travel?
  • Travelling with your family that need a family insurance policy instead?
  • Think wisely before choosing the most suitable policy.

What isn’t covered is just as important as what is?

Most Company will not cover you for pre-existing conditions or general check-ups. For example, if you have diabetes and need to buy more insulin, you won’t be covered. If you want to go see a doctor for a general check-up, you aren’t covered either. If you have previously experience Lung Infection, you might not be covered if any related symptoms that are related too during your travel schedule.

“Be A Smart Traveller and Get Covered No Matter What May Happen.” – By Nomattic Matt

Or you may end up like my friend, who felled down on a slippery floor. Ending up in local clinics and use up almost all his travel funding to treat his injured leg. Isnt it great if you are covered if incidents happen? Spend time to compare different insurance policy that best suits your travel style.

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Definate 8 Useful Tips for Smooth Flight

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Many travellers are still not aware of that they have to prepare themselves in order to have a smooth flight (regardless is a short or long haul light). Here is a list of my practise every time I fly to ensure smooth Flight journey without rushing like a “maddog” or being stuck in the custom while your name is being called at the PA system for Final Boarding (stressed…)

1. INVEST IN A BAGGAGE WEIGHT SCALET

This can avoid you from being charge with extra hundred of dollars. I could say ALL airlines are very particular in the baggage weight as additional weight contribute to consume more Fuel for the Air Craft. A Baggage Weighting Scale is not expensive, rather is a essential items that you should have if you are travelling especially for constant travellers. Always check your baggage weight against the airline baggage allowance.

2. CHECK IN ONLINE

Check in Online! Skip The Long Haul Que at Check In Counter! To Check In Online is way more easier then you book for an airline ticket. Remember to print your boarding pass and bring it a long at the security check counter. Or even better is to send a mobile boarding pass to your smartphone. That’s a very important step to be done before you even set foot in the airport.

3. LOCK YOUR LUGGAGE

Its very important for all travellers to remember to Lock Your Luggage with a Pad Lock or Passcode Lock. This is to prevent unauthorized personal who have bad intention; it could be someone who are trying to steal something out from your luggage or even worst; you maybe targeted to help to bring contraband items without you knowing if you don’t lock your luggage.

Yes i Know what you are thinking! Locking luggage does not give you 100% security but remember, To Prevent is Better to Regret! Many Countries have Strict Rules and Regulations over Contraband. I never take chances especially for all my International Flight.

4. CHECK LIQUID ON HAND CARRY

You may bring liquids, aerosols and gels on board as long as they do not exceed a maximum volume of 100ml for each item, carried in one resealable, transparent plastic bag no more than 1-litre in capacity per passenger. Items exceeding this amount should be packed into your checked bags. Please note that airport security personnel will remove items that do not meet these requirements before you fly. 

5. PLAN TO TRIP TO AIRPORT

For International Flight Travellers, always consider to transport yourself to the designated airport at least 3 – 4 hours (although Airline recommendation is 2 hours) prior to your flight departure time.  Remember that Traffics are very unpredictable and is always better to arrive the airport earlier then the time given.

6. PASS THRU SECURITY CHECK FIRST

Upon arrival to airport (if you have checked in online and after your luggage drop off), don’t bother wondering around the airport for food or shop first. Security scan que is usually longer then the Check In Counter. Go thru the security check line to scan your hand carry first.

7. DRINK SUFFICIENT WATER

Breathing Air in Air Craft are usually very dry. Have sufficient water to hydrate your body before boarding and remember to go Wash Room prior to your boarding time. You may want to skip the Laboratory in the aircraft

8. ALWAYS CHECK AND RE-CHECK BOARDING GATE

It is normal that sometimes your gate can be changed due to different circumstances on airport arrangement. So it is important that you are in the right gate as some gates are very far away from your original boarding gate. You may miss a flight if you are at the wrong gate!