Today, far corners of the globe are connected through a vast network of airline services thus bringing the world closer than ever before. Almost every nation has its own domestic as well as international airline plying between cities, countries and continents.Reservation and ticketing is no longer a tedious process with the advent of internet booking. However with international airline travel, there are certain norms you need to comply with, with the procedures only getting more complicated with alarming radical and revolutionary activities on the increase. Its best to familiarize yourself with the different international air travel regulations before you embark on your journey lest you don’t feel indisposed later on.First and foremost comes the airport security screening process which includes a thorough check on your baggage as well as yourself. Most of these procedures apply in the case of domestic airline travel also, but in the case of international travel, the rules are more rigid and every country has its own formalities that have to be complied with.All airports have X-ray screening machines through which your baggage has to be passed to detect any obtrusive or flammable devices. Even certain personal items like scissors, nail cutters, penknives etc are not allowed on international flights, especially not in the cabin baggage. Before entering the flight, every passenger will be subjected to a security check where you will have to remove all metal devices from yourself like watches, cell phones etc.Besides security checks, a passenger on an international trip should make sure he’s carrying all necessary documents with him, in the absence of which he might be detained from traveling. A passport, visa (except to certain countries denoted by the law of your nation) personal ID, airline ticket etc are some of the documents inevitable for international travel.All airlines specify the weight or number of pieces of luggage you are permitted to carry over and above which you’ll have to pay airport duty. Of the total weight allowed you are allowed to carry some amount of hand luggage. The total allowable baggage weight is certainly more in the case of international airlines. It also helps to be aware of the various conveniences offered by international airlines today.For example there is the e check-in facility whereby you can check-in your belongings through the net and avoid long queues at the counters. This is especially useful in case you have children or disabled people traveling with you.
Peace. What a lovely concept. What an elusive dream. The
idea of peace seems so unrealistic, so out of our reach, especially when we think about it in world-wide dimensions.What if peace could be attainable, right here, right now,
in real and tangible ways? What if small, individual contributions could make a significant difference in the world?These are the kinds of questions running through the minds
of the people who initiated International Peace Day, which is celebrated on September 21st.Most of my readers are not aware that the creation of
http://www.blended-families.com and the StepHeroesTM newsletter came out of heartfelt prayer about what I could personally do to encourage peace on the planet after the atrocities of September 11, 2001.As one person, I did not at first believe that there was
much, if anything, that I could do to make a difference in the world. As I continued to meditate on this question, I began to notice the peaceful interactions in my family, and remembered that this was not always so. I also noticed how when conflicts did arise, as they so often do in blended families,
that we seemed to effortlessly move through the anger and get to the heart of the matter – the pain and fear underneath. Where there had once been “looks that could kill” and slamming doors, and storming teenagers, we found that we had a home that was loving, respectful, understanding, and unified in our collective goal of harmony in our relationships. I realized that we, as a family, had achieved peace in what had been a war-zone in our own home. And when the inevitable “emotional landmines” were triggered, we had the tools to quickly and easily defuse them and get back to a place of connection and
harmony.I also saw the same results in the families that
participated in our monthly couples’ group, and in the lives of the foster and adoptive families that I was working with at the time.I began to write about my observations and the tools we
used as a family to get to where we were, while relating stories of where we had been. I called my newsletter “StepHeroesTM” because, in my thinking,
anyone who chooses to be a stepparent is a true hero. Heroes are people who take action with courage and determination, even against the odds. So, at the end of each article was an action step that could be put into practice that day,
and that would bring more peace and connection into the home.I found that other step and blended families enjoyed these
articles and wanted to learn more. In my own way, I began to touch the lives of hundreds, and then thousands of people who also sought to have more peace and harmony in their families, in their homes. It only takes a pebble to start an abundance of ripples that don’t stop until they reach the shore. It doesn’t take a massive boulder, or a truck load of pebbles – just one. The power of one.With all the overwhelming world issues that confront us
every day on the news and in our lives, it can be hard to believe that we can make a difference and that what we say or do really matters. I can speak from my own experience that by setting an intention to bring more peace into the world, I have made a far greater impact than I ever imagined. I have gone from working with individual clients in my local community to serving thousands of blended families on 4 continents. Due to the wonders of the internet, I have been interviewed by journalists from around the world, and I have advised major T.V. executives on projects for shows designed to serve blended families. I now travel internationally, sharing the tools and strategies I have to offer to groups as small as 10 people in someone’s living room, to auditoriums of thousands at international conferences. All because of a simple question that I sought the answer to. I am no different than you are. It all started because I chose to act on what I care most about.Action Step: Think about what you can do, today, to bring
more peace into your life. Some simple things you can do right now, include:1. Turn off all electronics in your home tonight and play a
fun game together as a family; or get together with friends and play together.2. Send a hand-written letter to a loved one that you have
some fences to mend with and share, from your heart, what matters most to you.3. Invite your neighbors over for a pot luck, and ask
everyone to bring a fun question that everyone else has to answer (eg. What was your most embarrassing experience? What is your favorite memory? What do you care most about in the whole world? If you could do anything, with total
permission and no worries, what would you do? If you won the lottery, how would you change your life? …)4. Smile at everyone who provides you service – the gas
station attendant, the checkout girl at the grocery store, the mailman – and
genuinely thank them while looking them in the eyes – make contact.5. Pay it Forward – do something unexpected and nice for a
total stranger, and ask that they do a kind turn to someone who they don’t
know.For more ideas on how to promote peace and cultivate
meaningful connections in your life, visit the Got Heart? Project http://www.got-heart.org. The quickest and most effective way to bring peace into your life is to come from your heart and to connect with the heart of the person in front of you. This site is all about promoting those kinds of connections. You can become a Heart Hero and share you ideas for encouraging and spreading peace in your life and the lives of others around the world.
For more information about the International Day of Peace,
visit http://www.internationaldayofpeace.org/ and learn about ways that you can actively and easily promote a peaceful world in your own life.
Group travel insurance is essential for any group who are travelling internationally and domestically. A growing number of travelling is being completed in the group format, whether for a specific interest group, corporate event, school or sporting tour. These adventures represent a lot of coordination and investment, both in time and money, to organise and complete. The trip envisaged is meant to represent the experience of a lifetime. But what happen if someone is ill, has his or her luggage or passport stolen, or is involved in an accident while on trip? This is where group travel insurance comes to the rescue, providing immediate assistance and advice in your time of need, as well as covering the costs incurred with the incident or accident.There are many reasons and key benefits of group travel insurance, including being covered for unexpected illnesses or injuries that may occur while the group is travelling. Dependent on the country being visited, the level of public care may be questionable and private care is the only real option. Without adequate cover for the group, those who have suffered the incident may not get the correct medical care required. Furthermore, in some countries, even the public health care system is based on user pay, with those without adequate group travel insurance or the money to pay for the care itself, not being eligible for any medical procedure.Travel interruptions are a necessary evil of modern day travel, where tight deadlines, along with international weather and possible political situations, may adjust the original timetable of the holiday. As group travel is usually for a specific purpose, the timelines are strict for departure, arrival and the itinerary when in the host destination. However, group travel insurance has the ability to provide for travel interruptions, whether this is occurs during the set itinerary or an emergency at home requires all or part of the group to return home.When younger groups are travelling, many will want to participate in a range of adventure activities. While exhilarating, sky diving, bungy jumping and hiking can be inherently risky. Most group travel insurance policies will have the ability to add these activity types to the total cover of the group travel insurance.With all the monetary and time investment required to organise and implement a travel experience for your group, don’t risk the outcome of the experience by not being adequately covered.