Travel Phobia

Can Telepresence Cure Flu-Related Travel Phobia?

With no one certain just how bad the swine flu outbreak is going to get, and folks increasingly talking about a pandemic, the flu is landing some blows on an already unsteady economy. Service and travel industries are taking especially hard hits. Pharmaceutical stocks, however, are rising right along with fear levels since their products could be used to fight the flu.

I wonder if the telepresence market won’t see a similar boost. As I wrote back in October, business executives seemed bullish on it due to its ability to help companies cut costly business travel. Companies are still in a travel-cutting mode, evidenced by an announcement that crossed my desk this morning, that the Independent Oracle Users Group is offering virtual sessions for its annual users group conference next week in Orlando. The combination of an iffy economy and a possible pandemic may lead more companies to investigate telepresence.

They should, writes IT Business Edge blogger Rob Enderle. In a post yesterday, he encouraged companies to refresh their business continuity plans, determining how they could shift large chunks of their work forces to work-at-home schedules if necessary and canceling all non-critical business travel. As part of the latter strategy, he recommends using a Web conferencing or telepresence system if you have one, or looking into renting or sharing one if you don’t. And make it a priority in the next budget cycle, he writes, since there are almost sure to be future flu outbreaks.

The video conferencing business benefited from earlier disasters, including the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and the SARS scare, says Polycom CEO Robert Hagerty in a Forbes article. The article mentions several options [http://www.forbes.com/2009/04/27/swine-flu-telepresence-technology-enterprise-swine.html], including high-end and expensive systems from Cisco and HP and less costly offerings from Polycom. Both Cisco and HP have deals to offer telepresence facilities at hotels, HP with Marriott, and Cisco with Tata Group’s Taj chain.

Start a Travel Blog

Guide to Start a Travel Blog

Blogging is a popular hobby nowadays. People make blogs to express and share their stories and experiences. Others sign up in blog sites to earn money. Travel bloggers share their travel articles for people to read. Readers are able to discuss about the travel blog and share their views about the article.

You can’t start blogging without posting articles. Proficient articles are personal experiences. Be creative by posting pictures and clips to make your blog site interesting to the readers. Layouts are also available for additional design. You can download layouts by searching it on the web to have more options.

Remember that your blog site must be regularly updated. Networking is developed in blogging by posting comments to other blogs. Interaction between bloggers will develop social awareness between individuals.
Steps on How to Start a Travel Blog

• Sign up in free blogger sites except if you have your own domain.
• Have a unique name for your blog that will express your interest in Travelling.
• You can start posting articles. If you’re not yet done, then you can save it as a draft.
• You can add visualization by downloading blog templates and uploading pictures and videos.
• Promote your blog by posting to other travel forums and blog discussions.
• You can also keep track of your visitors by adding applications such as Google Analytics.
• If you want to earn money, then apply for Google AdSense. Search the web for further information regarding AdSense and its requirements.

Writing quality blogs should go with an image. The subject will be enhanced by illustrations to give the readers a clear view about the article. Illustrations are essential to travel blogging. Pictures can attract the attention of viewers. Upload one to two pictures in every post. Readers who haven’t been to that place before will get the chance to visualize the kind of place it is by the pictures you upload. Keywords are important in your articles so that viewers can gain access to your blog site. Other requirement for travel blogging is the internet. Internet connection should be present so that travelers could update posts in their blogs.

The Challenge of Travel Bloggers

Travel bloggers are people who often travel around the world. Updating is often difficult if they’re in a certain destination where the internet connection is absent. It is better if you have a laptop and Wi-Fi connection but some bloggers just go the internet café to type their blogs. Uploading pictures and videos can sometimes take for hours because of slow internet connection. Travel bloggers usually has a difficult time posting blogs because of their hectic schedule.

A successful travel blogger should be determined, patient, and prepared especially if challenges are faced during the day. You can also check Happy Time Blog for a travel blog example.

Travel Accommodations

Hotels in Sweden Exceeds Travel Accommodations Expectations

Traveling is all about going to new places and experiencing new things. It is a chance to find out about other cultures: what type of food they eat, what they wear, what kind of things they like to do. It is also a chance to see some of the natural and man made attractions the place has to offer: seeing the cascading rice terraces in the Philippines, viewing the Pyramids and the Sphinx in Egypt, visiting Angel Falls in South America are just a small iota of what the world has to offer. Advances in transportation and communication technology have made it more affordable for people these days to travel. Airline rates offer great packages for people wanting to travel. One can now travel transatlantic at 20% of what the retail price of a ticket cost if one is resourceful. Comparing to prices in the 60’s and the 70’s, air travel is perhaps 40% less of what it cost then. The internet has also made it possible for information to be available at your fingertips and in the convenience of your computer. Sourcing out great deals can be done in your home and you can even pay for reservations and tickets online. More importantly, you can get first hand information from other travelers on the places you would like to visit through visiting internet blog sites which give you perhaps data about the places that interest you that cannot be found on most travel books. You may even get to email and correspond with such bloggers who may accommodate your inquiries.

Accommodation also becomes a priority when it comes to traveling. If you are on a budget, you can find great packages on youth hostels and inns all over the world. If you are a discerning customer, there are posh hotels that meet your standard and whims. If you are an adventurous, there are specialized places that do cater to your taste. One country that offers a variety of hotels and places that meet most consumers’ taste is found in Sweden. Hotels in Sweden are diverse and complete. First and foremost, the high standard of living in Sweden ensures that the type of hotels you are looking for meet if not go beyond your expectation. The Swedish Hotel and Restaurant Association or SHR are strict in assessing hotels based on a 130 criteria. And there are two types of categories set by the SHR: Hotel which refers to hotel establishments that have restaurant facilities serving more than just breakfast and Hotel Garni which refers to hotels serving only breakfasts. Hotels are rated from one to five stars and their classifications are done on a yearly basis. There are also other places where one can stay, one of the most interesting one for adventurous tourists is the ICE Hotel which is constructed during the winter months in Northern Sweden. This hotel in itself has become a popular tourist attraction in recent years.

Making Money While Travelling

Making Money While Travelling – Helpful Tips For Backpackers to Stay on Budget

If your travelling on a budget, lets say backpacking around the world, the idea would have crossed your mind… I wonder if I can make a little money while I’m travelling, so I can travel for longer? With the internet in every corner of the world now it’s becoming easier and easier… Depending on how much work you want or how deeply you want to integrate into a foreign country there plenty of options. A great place to start is in Travel writing. It’s free to do and while your backpacking around you will most definitely form your own observations and opinions, why not share them with other travellers and make a little money along the way. If this idea is music to your ears then here’s a few options I’ve found:

Writing for Travel Websites: This can an easy way to make a little cash, sharpen your writing skills and get deeper into the countries you travel through. Sites like Matador and Boots n All will pay somewhere between $25 -$50 for articles, that’s not a lot but look at it this way – if your already in a country then why not think of an angle and write a story about it, what’s to loose? Plus it will almost certainly get you off of the tourist trail and into the heart of that place.

Keep a Travel Blog or Website: This way is a little more involved than the last but it can pay off if your prepared for a little hard work. Starting your own Blog couldn’t be easier and there is a wealth of great resources available on the internet that can help. This approach require more Admin and you will need to be a writer, a marketer, deal with advertising and website design… But I’ll say it again, the rewards can be big. I know Travel Bloggers that earn in excess of $2000 a month doing just this and I keep my own Blog about Backpacking around the world on a budget

Learn to teach English: Again a wealth of resources are available about this but your best bet is to get accredited with someone like TEFL – the best placements often go to TEFL certificated people. This is more of a long term option but it will give you the chance to really get under the skin of a community and as time goes by you’ll only get better at it. It would be a great way to pay for yourself while you backpack around the world and make a difference to the people you meet.

Use Your Own Skills: this is something many people often overlook, they leave home not expecting their current set of skills to apply… Not true! Take hairdressing for example, many western travellers won’t want to tackle the language barrier with a local hair stylist and instead let it hang low… But there is plenty of money to be made at busy guest houses a keen backpacker on a budget…

This is my no means comprehensive but it’s a starting block that needs to be considered by any backpacker or traveler on a budget. Team these ides with saving money like using CouchSurfing.com and Skype and you will see your budget stretch much further than you ever expected.

Travel the World

Travel the World of Freelancing

Do you need extra income?

Are you a mother looking for ways to earn at the comfort of your home? Or a father who would like to use his talents, hobbies and interests to make money at the same time? Or an educator who would like to share his knowledge and expertise? Or a mere student who would like to be independent to support his studies? Or a team of experts with the goal to gain for value and profit? Or someone who wanted to set up a home business, a micro entrepreneur and who would like to be his own boss? Or are you the one who would like to change his career path or would like to have some sort of career break? Or simply someone who would like to have additional work and bonus income?

In this eon of high technology and social media proliferation, earning through freelancing is one of the ways to increase household or individual income.

Earning by freelancing can be your chance to achieve your vision, your dream and a decent way to gain extra income. This can even become a source of your full time earnings.

Why not read on and let us traverse the world of freelancing…

What is freelancing and freelancer?

Before, freelancing work is not so popular and not given any worth at all. Others perceive freelancer as person with no stable job and who do job hopping and hunting from one place to another. In short, no value.

Nowadays, in electronic media and eCommerce development, freelancing is already a “word of mouth”. There is a better connotation today when a freelancer says he belongs to this category. Freelancing is in stratum to compete with corporate giants earning competitively in a blink of an eye.

Others term it as outsourcing skilled and talented people in the project needed by client or buyer. The people in this kind of work are labeled as freelancer, freelance, freelance worker, independent contractor and the like.

The freelancer, the person who is doing freelancing activity, is a self-employed status and has no employee-employer relationship. This is based on mutually agreed arrangement and can be done either verbal or written form stating the requirement of the client including:

the type of work to be done

the deadline

the payment of a certain piece or specified work

the ways to pay the freelancer

and other specific details of a sale or contract

Other freelancers may even require proposal with quotations and deposits from the clients before pursuing the project. They may charge by the hour, day, on a per-project basis, or per piece rate. Some freelancers tried a value-based pricing on the perceived worth of the outputs to the client. It is a common practice to pay fractional fee on the onset as a downpayment or lump sum amount upon finishing the project. For longer period and complex projects, a payment schedule based on results is used which is most common in consulting jobs, where a phase by phase billing is more applicable.

Freelancing in a way is selling skills, talents and expertise with the desired result for a certain buyer or client. Freelancing can also be illustrated as the freelancer providing solutions to client’s problem/s. To optimize the freelancer’s results, one should focus on his own specializations in order to be effective and efficient.

Freelancers are represented by the organization like Freelancer to negotiate on their behalf who at the same time resell their capabilities to the potential clients.

The influence of internet revolutionized the word freelancing into a much detailed explanation, highfalutin terminologies in corporate world such as telecommuting, online outsourcing, offline outsourcing, crowdsourcing and business process outsourcing.

Where can we apply freelancing?

Freelancing has a wide array of applications, vast field, unlimited opportunities and through the advent of internet and uprising technology anything is possible and accessible.

Freelancing can be useful in the following works:

1. Blogging

2. Book Publishing

3. Journal Publishing

4. Magazine

5. Newspaper Publishing

6. Journalism

7. Technical Writing

8. Report Writing

9. Academic Writing

10. Tutoring

11. Article Rewriting

12. Business writing

13. Sports Writing

14. Feature Writing

15. Poem Writing

16. Literary Writing

17. Editing

18. Proof reading

19. Copywriting

20. Ghost Writing

21. Song Writing

22. Consulting (ISO 26000 Corporate Social Responsibility, ISO 9001 Quality Management System, Integrated Management System, ISO 14001 Environmental Management System, ISO 22000 Food Safety Management System)

23. Public Relations

24. Photojournalism

25. Photography

26. Full Marketing Collaterals Designing (from making of company logo, letterhead, business card, tarpaulins, stickers, flyers, billboards, signages, and several marketing and promotional items like corporate giveaways)

27. Photoshop

28. Graphics Designing

29. Logo Designing

30. Illustrator

31. PSD to HTML Making

32. Magazine or Newspaper’s Lay-out Designing

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Pro Travel Blogger

Pro Travel Blogger?

The thought of getting paid to travel is to most people a fantasy yet the internet does make this a possible dream, if you are willing to pay the price of admission, which is commitment to the belief that you can do it. I don’t want to blow smoke up your exit port, it is not an easy job to do, or find, but do you need to do it full time? I would say that if you could stay out on the road twice a year for 2 to 6 weeks at a time, that you could do this part time and make a little money to offset your travel expenses.

So what do you need to begin?

A Travel Plan Man!

You need to be an expert and the way that you get to be an expert is to specialize. Here is the most important concept for longevity, do something you love. I love Asia and I love scuba diving, so I have two mutually cooperative travel objectives that I can work simultaneously. Asia has the best diving in the world. Travel Asia thoroughly and you will never see all of it. In 3 years of almost full time travel in Asia, I still have tons of stuff on my must see list, and the problem here is that the more you see, the more gets added to your list.

For instance Bali, I have been past Uluwatu several times and have never had time to stop, I know there is great surfing, ocean front resorts and beautiful gardens, but haven’t squeezed it in yet. Bali again, been to Tulamben several times and only 6 miles away is Amed again,lots of new stuff to see but haven’t been to yet. People go and stay weeks at a time in Amed and have a great time with the beaches and awesome muck diving, someday!

Research makes the job easier, the more you can do in advance will make you more efficient on the road. Having said that, being able to improvise and being open to new experiences is imperative. If all you are doing and seeing is stuff that others have all ready done and wrote about, what incentive is there for people to read your writings? I don’t care to read about stuff that everyone else has done.

Humans crave new data; we are primordially programmed to seek new as a survival instinct. This is why movies, newspapers, magazines and books will never go out existence, they will morph into disposable Ipads and we will get “GLICKED in” (Gaggle Link Implanted Cerebral K-node External for Data) (TM)pending, just kidding…..for now! But dissemination of information will always continue until the Gia concept manifest itself, but even then Gia will always need to look for new stuff! Heavy I know, but its cool man!