Smart Travel Tips To Make Your Next Adventure Less Stressful

Many people fantasize about travelling to exciting new locations. While there are many places to travel to, it’s important to plan and know where you’re going. These tips will help you do just that!

When traveling to a strange city, always be aware of your surroundings. Both, extremely busy and extremely quiet streets, can carry added risk. Tourists who are busy gawking at the sights may turn around to find their wallet gone. Always check to see who is around you and pay attention, if you feel like someone might be following you.

One simple tip for hotel safety is to carry a small rubber door stop with you. It can pack easily inside a shoe or even be carried in a jacket pocket if you’re short on space. This door stop can be wedged under the door at night, to prevent midnight visitors.

Traveling light can make the difference is a great vacation and a tortuous experience. Think about it. If you don’t take it with you can almost always buy it there. There are exceptions of course but even with those just a little bit of thought while packing can greatly reduce your load and make your trip much more enjoyable.

Some hotels have video games in them for you to use. If you’re traveling with kids, ask the front desk to disconnect these. Most of the time as soon as they’re turned on they’ll bill you for playing them. So if you take a shower you may not notice your kids have been playing them until you get your bill at checkout.

In you’re on a cruise and you start to experience seasickness, have the room service bring you some green apples and crackers. Both of these are great for soothing your stomach and can sometime be better than medications. And they’re also tasty and won’t leave you with a foul taste in your mouth like some seasickness meds.

Traveling by bus with children can be a trying experience, but you can make it easier by being prepared for boredom, snack attacks and other potential circumstances. Bringing along some travel games and coloring books and crayons are great ways to keep both younger and older children occupied. If you travel overnight rather than during the day, a young child is likely to sleep through most of the trip. Pack a snack bag with food and beverages for each child. Give your children the opportunity to stretch their legs by getting off the bus during brief stops.

Try to pack light when travelling. The last thing you want to be doing when is lugging heavy bags and suitcases through airport terminals and onto buses and trains. Only pack items that you are sure you will need and think about which items you could buy at your destination.

Take advantage of the hotel ice maker when making your next pot of in-room coffee. The ice makers in most hotels are filled with filtered water, while your room only offers tap water. A cup of coffee will taste better if the water is filtered. Fill your ice bucket at night and use the melted ice for your coffee the next morning.

Avoid getting bumped when you are using an airplane to travel. First, be sure you get an advanced seat assignment. With seat assignments, you only get bumped if you are late. Next, you can check-in online. You can do this twenty-four hours before your departure and this will help save you a seat. Last, do not be late.

When traveling in a car, make sure to keep a small trash bag with you. You will invariably collect some trash while eating or drinking, and the mess can accumulate quickly. Having a bag handy will allow you to keep your car organized and clean, creating a nice environment for you to drive in.

When traveling, always be sure to dress in layers. It is so much easier to take something off or put it back on depending on the temperature, instead of sitting and regretting that you dressed too warmly or not warmly enough. This is especially true on flights where you, most likely, can no longer get a blanket to keep you warm.

If the place that you are traveling to is a warmer climate, try using a six-pack cooler as a carry-on toiletry bag. This is a great way to pack cool drinks for your trip and it makes a great “fridge” for all of your toiletries to stay nice and cool in.

For someone who has never used a recreational vehicle or RV for traveling before it can be an interesting change of pace. With an RV one has many more options on where they want to stay at or go to. It is often a relaxing trip that one can take at their own pace.

Want to take a trip with some friends, but nobody has a car big enough for everyone to fit in? Traveling with children and want to minimize the food and bathroom breaks? Try renting an RV; and then you can pack everyone in, even the family dog. Look online for rental companies and RV cleaners in Glendale AZ in your area.

Now you have some great travel planning tips to ensure a fun, organized and safe excursion. Other travelers will be impressed by your knowledge. Using these tips can make your trips free of worry and more relaxing.

Caryl Rose Soneclar: From Broadway to the X Factor

Thirteen year old X Factor contestant Carly Rose Soneclar has been a firm fan favorite since she wowed the judges and audience members alike with her powerful rendition of Nina Simone’s classic “Feeling Good” during the open auditions. The judges Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato, Britney Spears and L.A Reid all commented on how surprised they were that such a soulful, mature voice belonged to such a young girl.


Carly Rose’s rise to fame:

Not only does Carly Rose have a phenomenal voice but she also has a wealth of experience which is usually only found in singers twice her age. In fact Carly Rose has been singing since she was two. Carly has even admitted in interviews that her parents have kept videotapes of her mimicking American Idol contestants such as Kelly Clarkson.

Carly Rose wasn’t content simply singing at home for her parents and pursued a professional singing career at age seven. Carly Rose has been singing professionally on Broadway since 2006, when she was first cast as a young Cosette in “Les Miserables”. 2006 was certainly a busy year for Carly Rose who was also cast as Pearl, the lead role in “The Night of the Hunter” which was performed as part of the prestigious New York Musical Theatre Festival.

Following these successful productions Carly Rose went on to appear as Chloe the leading role in Broadway’s “Wonderland” in 2011. Carly Rose received glowing views for her portrayal of Chloe and went on to win’s award for the Best Young Performer of 2011.

Prior to her appearance on the X Factor Carly Rose also made a name for herself off Broadway by singing at numerous public events. Did you know that Carly Rose has sung the national anthem for the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Dodgers? Carly Rose has even sung the national anthem at the U.S Open.

Before auditioning for the X Factor Carly Rose begun to pursue a career as a solo recording artist. To get her solo career off the ground Carly Rose would regularly perform at the Birdland Jazz Club in New York.

Acting Career:

Although Carly Rose is best known for being a singer she is also a talented actress and has appeared in “The Nanny Diaries” and “The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants 2”. If you think Carly Rose’s first appearance on a television show was for the X Factor think again, in 2009 Carly Rose made her television debut as Gilda Flip on “The Electric Company” a show produced by PBS. One things for sure Carly Rose is a double threat as she sing and act at a professional level. Perhaps we’ll catch a glimpse of her dance moves during future performances?

X Factor contestant:

As a contestant on the X Factor Carly Rose waltzed through the boot camp round with her performance of Indie band Foster the People’s mainstream hit “Pumped Up Kicks”. Following the boot camp round Carly Rose was selected among six other talented teens to sing for Britney Spears and special judge Will.I.Am at Britney’s home. Both Britney and Will.I.Am were blown away by Carly Rose’s emotional cover of Karmin’s hit song “Brokenhearted”. A performance where Carly Rose demonstrated that she could emotionally connect and tune into a song just like a seasoned performer. When it came time for Britney to choose four acts to mentor she gave Carly Rose a spot on her team alongside fellow teens Beatrice Miller, Arin Ray and Diamond White.

Since being mentored by pop royalty Britney Spear’s Carly Rose has wowed audiences by showing her range with performances of well-known songs such as Celine Dionne’s “My Heart Will Go On” from the hit movie “Titanic” and recent hit “It Will Rain” by Bruno Mars. Each week the X Factor management has uploaded contestant’s performances on to YouTube and each week Carly Rose’s performances have gained the greatest amount of views. In fact some of Carly Rose’s performances have gone viral attracting over a million views each proving that Carly Rose is a firm fan favorite. Carly Rose’s Twitter account also has hundreds of thousands of followers.

The girl behind the voice:

Although millions of fans around the world have fallen in love with Carly Rose’s exceptional voice many don’t know much about Carly Rose. For example two of Carly Rose’s favorite foods include ice cream and chocolate salted caramel cupcakes.

Carly Rose hails from Westchester County, New York and is the younger of two children. She claims that her older brother Russell who is currently studying at college is one of her biggest fans and that she misses not seeing him every day.

Carly Rose claims that her musical style is influenced by a range of talented female artists including jazz star Etta James and Amy Winehouse. Carly Rose also appears to be a fan of Indie music as she cites Foster the People, The Kooks and The Black Keys among her favorite bands.

Like America’s sweetheart Taylor Swift Carly Rose has great potential as an artist as she also writes her own songs. In an interview Carly Rose confided that her songs are a mixture of pop and soul. When asked why she thinks she has the X Factor Carly Rose answered that she has a unique mature sounded voice and that she believes that there is a spot in the market for a young artist who can appeal to a range of different age groups. Carly Rose can see her tracks being popular both with teens who love pop and those who appreciate soulful music.

The future:

It’s almost certain that Carly Rose will enjoy a successful career once the X Factor has wrapped up. Not only is Carly Rose a talented singer but she has a stage presence to rival no other and is insanely likable, within a few shorts weeks on the X Factor Carly Rose was able to gain hundreds of thousands of loyal fans. In short Carly Rose has everything she needs to succeed in the music industry and all at the tender age of thirteen! One thing’s for sure, we’ll see a lot more of Carly Rose in the years to come.