On a Road Trip

On a Road Trip

When I was a kid growing up in Brazil, my family used to take every opportunity to hop in the car and go visit new places. My father was a master road trip planner and he would take care of every detail including of course the dreadful early (very early) start. I can’t tell you how many beautiful, tropical sunrises I saw through the window of our family SUV.

As a kid, I barely knew where we were going, and I don’t recall ever asking the “are we there yet” question. I used to love the ride, the different scenery and to feel the wind blowing on my face.

Now as an adult, I still love packing my stuff and heading to a new destination and driving for miles away. The big difference is that now I am the one on the driver’s seat making the decisions and the preparations for the trip. Both responsibility and opportunity come with this new role. And I love it! Now I get to go where I want, when I want, stop whenever I feel like it and design the trip I want to take. Yes, it is quite a bit more work than napping on the back seat of the car, but it is my time now and I wouldn’t change it for a second.

Road trips are excellent metaphors for life in general! As we journey through this world, our lives move from one destination to another with several different pit stops, missing turns, bumps on the road, beautiful landscapes, great company and sometimes even car issues. The question is: on our personal life “road trip”, where in the car are we going for the ride?

Back seat
Kids are usually the ones riding on the back seat. They never take charge of the wheel and they take very little responsibility for the trip, if any. Most of the time they don’t even know where they are and have very little control over the place where they are going. But, it is an easy ride and if anything goes wrong, it is certainly not their fault. On the other hand, they never get to go on a trip of their own and live their own true personal adventure.

If you are sitting on the back seat of your life, you feel like you have no power and no personal direction. Yet another day goes by and your dreams and purpose begin to turn into wishful thinking. Maybe one day, if you get lucky, life will take you to where you really want to be. The convenience of this position is that if anything goes wrong and life takes an unexpected turn, it is easy to pass the blame to somebody else. You are not in charge so therefore it can’t be any of your fault, correct? Meanwhile, life is passing by — sometimes complacent, sometimes fun, most of the time aimless.

Passenger seat
If you are on the passenger seat you have a closer look of the road and direct contact with the driver. You may be able to give suggestions about the ride, but ultimately it is the driver who makes the final decisions. It may be that you don’t know how to drive or perhaps you don’t have the courage to do it. In any case, someone else is in charge and you are following his lead.

Sitting on the passenger seat of your life road trip means you are living a life that somebody else has designed for you — not your own. You are only the co-pilot and your personal goals are secondary or even forgotten. Your life is focused on what someone else wants for you or taught you to be. Not based on your own inner values.

Driver’s seat
The driver is in full control of the car. He maneuvers it to the direction that he wants to go and makes the decisions to stop, go faster, take a short cut or simply cruise along. The driver must be focused and he responds and adjusts the car to the conditions of the road, its layout and the unexpected bumps and potholes. Most importantly, this is his ride and he takes the car to the destination of his choice.

When you take the role of the driver in your life, you are the one in charge. You are the one that sets your goals and chooses your way. It is you who make your own choices and you design your life trip based on your own true purpose. If something goes wrong, you don’t blame somebody else. Instead, you learn, you correct it, you adjust and especially, you keep moving. To be in this position you must be willing and able to take responsibility and be ready to make decisions. Best of all, you know that the trip is truly yours and only for you to take.

Where are you on the road trip of your life? Are you letting life just pass you by? Are you letting other people take the lead and steer you in the direction that they want you to go? Or are you ready to take charge, set your own goals and design your own true journey? As a coach, I work with individuals who are ready to sit on the driver’s seat and take the steps to move their lives guided by their own true purpose. They may not know exactly how to do it and how to create this road trip for themselves. They may have lots of doubts and hurdles to overcome. But somehow inside of them, they know they must and that it is possible. They are also not afraid to ask for help, support, inspiration and accountability. And that is why they come to work with a coach. They know that the trip is going to be much more enjoyable, successful and effective when they bring along someone who knows how to bring the best out of who they are.

Are you ready to take the trip of your life? Let’s start packing now!

Elias Scultori is a personal and professional coach supporting individuals who are ready to make positive choices out of ordinary and even difficult situations. He conducts both individual and group sessions over the phone and in person, and customizes each coaching plan to meet his client’s needs.

Trip to Morocco

Trip to Morocco

The unique, timeless, and unchanged Morocco creates a great impression on the mind. Morocco is a North African country with many travel destinations. The best time for Traveling to Morocco is during the winter months. The real beauty is the Atlas Mountains. Morocco has the flavor of romance, ancient culture, and history. Some of the cities of Morocco are Marrakesh, Essaouira, Casablanca, Tangier, and Fes. Bazaars, medinas, riads, bubbly pipes and yes, excellent beaches make Traveling to Morocco a wonderful African adventure.

Sightseeing in Morocco includes famous beaches, best seaside towns, represented by Essaouira, Tangier and Asilah, also the Atlas Mountains, the Sahara desert and the Dades Valley.

Moroccan Culture hosts many people including Berbers, the people of North Africa and Nile valley. The Moroccan culture is traditional with the men earning and women taking care of the cooking at home. There are lot of restrictions as far as women are concerned. You will find friendly and colorful environment in Morocco. Moroccan culture is famous for its hospitality.

A stay at Morocco is a fascinating experience. Marrakesh, being the culture center of Morocco, is a noisy and highly populated city. If you are thinking of a stay here, Riad is the best option. Marrakesh riads, the traditional Moroccan house, generally has a central courtyard along with a fountain, restaurant or a pool. Some Marrakesh riads also have terraced cafeterias, where you can eat breakfast while enjoying the beauty of the city. You can have flavor of traditional meals at Marrakesh riads. All the Marrakesh riads, are not expensive. There are many riads in Marrakesh, playing an important role in Moroccan culture. Few popular riads in Marrakesh are, Riad Magellan, Riad Dar Dialkoum, Riad Assala, Riad La Terrasse Desoliviers and many more.

Essaouria, the Moroccan city is enriched with a mixture of French influences along with Moroccan traditions and culture. Essaouira is known for its wood sculpting, paintings, fabrics and music. The city has tall white houses with blue doors, and workshops. Awesome beaches, seafood, and Gnaoua Music Festival are the specialty of the Essaouria. If you want to have the most fascinating experience here, you must visit Essaouria riads. A stay at Essaouria riads, is ideal for families. Essaouria riads, give a homely feeling. Rooms are fully facilitated, with extra beds, fully equipped bathrooms, multi cuisine restaurants and many more. Some of the famous riads here are Ryad Watier, and Riad Asmitou.

There are few travel tips at Morocco that you should remember. Non Muslims are prohibited from visiting mosques. If you visit the city during the month of Ramadan, you will have a different experience. Usually men and women both prefer to cover their body. You are free to dress as you please, but don’t insult Moroccans about their clothes. Local currency is Dirham. Moroccan transport is not very expensive. You will enjoy your stay over there.

Milud Wilson is author of this article on Marrakesh riads.

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Road Trip Tips

Road Trip Tips

The Joys of summer – Piling into the car with the kids and happily setting off for the beach, or camping trip. Sure the setting off is happy, but the ride itself can get tedious, noisy, and sometimes downright unpleasant. Let us take a look at some ways of approaching the family road trip to make it a pleasant experience for all.

First, let us keep in mind that much of this is age dependent. So, let us address first the family with kids under 12. Then we will talk about older families, and finally, a couple of points just for the adults.

My experience has taught me, that if you have little kids, the best thing to do is to leave really, really early in the morning. That way, you get a few good hours of sleep out and a quiet start to the trip. Dress them in their traveling clothes the night before and tuck them into the car, belt em up and hit the road. For winter trips, it goes without saying that you should warm the car up first so they will be comfortable right away.

Next thing, when you do need to stop, do not go to one of those big roadside stops. Pick a quiet rest stop, and provide your own refreshments from your car refrigerator. The good thing about the quieter rest stops is it provides a more relaxed atmosphere for the kids to run around some before getting back in the car for the next leg of the journey.

There are some great car cooler products on the market today, in particular 12 volt cooler just like having a fridge in your truck or camper. These 12 volt appliances everything from portable food warmer to popcorn makers can give you the conveniences of fresh food on the road, without the crowds at busy rest stops. Pack your own 12 v products, and road trip happily ever after.

I personally love making my own coffee on the road nice and fresh without any lines to wait in. With a 12 volt extension cord, you can make the coffee on a picnic bench near the car.

12 Volt Mall is an Authorized 12V RoadPro and MarinePro dealer, and carry their full line of 12 Volt products, as well as Coleman, Koolatron, and other 12 volt appliances

Honeymoon Trip

Honeymoon Trip
Post-wedding every couple wants to travel to some exotic destination which has lifelong memory. After the typical ceremonies and rituals of marriage, crowd of relatives, olds, young, couples wish to go away from maddening crowd and a trip to some isolated beach or hill station can be just pleasing. Couple of days spend in the company of each other during a honeymoon trip can be amazingly pleasing and memorable entire life. Notwithstanding, far away places such as Goa, Shimla, Kerala, Darjeeling, etc. in India are popular spot for honeymooners.

Before deciding upon a honeymoon trip it is best to invest some time on it. Usually couples do it even before their marriage wherein they decide on every detail i.e. where to go, where to stay, how many days to spent, etc. Honeymoon trip could be messy if third person is brought; therefore, it is always avoided. Plan on your own about a honeymoon trip which is entirely your and your partners and the two are going to enjoy it. A romantic honeymoon destination always preferred from historical monuments or religious places.

India being a diverse nation with all kinds of travel destinations including of beaches, hill station, historical places, backwaters, naturally rich travel destinations, etc. offers comprehensive range of choices for honeymooners. The diversity of India offers exhilarating experience to those who are just married and wish to explore exotica of India soon after their couplehood. Honeymooners can enjoy trip to beach destinations, monumental landmarks, parks & gardens, wildlife sanctuaries, etc. However, it is beaches which are voted among the most attractive honeymoon destinations in India.

Beaches are considered hard core romantic travel destinations and there cannot be any comparison of beaches in Goa to any other beach in India. Beaches in Goa are known for their serenity, grandeur and liveliness. Moreover, a number honeymoon packages are offered by travel companies which provide attractive discounts for long hauls and stays in beaches in Goa for newly married couples. Besides, beaches in Kerala including of Kovalam can be a pleasing travel experience for honeymooners.

Beaches in Kerala can be another attractive option for honeymoon trip for couples wherein they can enjoy sailing on the traditional style boats. Water sports including of swimming, kayaking, waterskiing and surfing can be pulsating and exhilarating. Notwithstanding, many hotels and resorts in Kerala offer exotic massage services which could be used for rejuvenation and extension of fun during honeymoon trip. Boathouses in Kerala offer exciting recreational facilities, exotic and comfortable accommodation facilities which are liked by couples. Some leading accommodation facilities offered by Taj Green Cove Resort, Leela, Kovalam Beach Resort, and Coconut Bay Beach Resort are worth ponder upon.

For many couples hill stations are ideal for honeymoon trip and for that obvious reason are greenery, isolation, peace of mind, and cold weather. Some leading hill stations topping the list of honeymoon destination can include Mussoorie, Dalhousie, Mount Abu, Darjeeling, Shillong, Kodaikanal, Ooty, Srinagar, Shimla, Manali, Nainital, and Gangtok, etc. Whereas most of them are locate din northern Himalayan range of mountain, Ooty and Kodaikanal is located in the southern part of India.

Honeymoon Trip

Honeymoon Trip
Post-wedding every couple wants to travel to some exotic destination which has lifelong memory. After the typical ceremonies and rituals of marriage, crowd of relatives, olds, young, couples wish to go away from maddening crowd and a trip to some isolated beach or hill station can be just pleasing. Couple of days spend in the company of each other during a honeymoon trip can be amazingly pleasing and memorable entire life. Notwithstanding, far away places such as Goa, Shimla, Kerala, Darjeeling, etc. in India are popular spot for honeymooners.

Before deciding upon a honeymoon trip it is best to invest some time on it. Usually couples do it even before their marriage wherein they decide on every detail i.e. where to go, where to stay, how many days to spent, etc. Honeymoon trip could be messy if third person is brought; therefore, it is always avoided. Plan on your own about a honeymoon trip which is entirely your and your partners and the two are going to enjoy it. A romantic honeymoon destination always preferred from historical monuments or religious places.

India being a diverse nation with all kinds of travel destinations including of beaches, hill station, historical places, backwaters, naturally rich travel destinations, etc. offers comprehensive range of choices for honeymooners. The diversity of India offers exhilarating experience to those who are just married and wish to explore exotica of India soon after their couplehood. Honeymooners can enjoy trip to beach destinations, monumental landmarks, parks & gardens, wildlife sanctuaries, etc. However, it is beaches which are voted among the most attractive honeymoon destinations in India.

Beaches are considered hard core romantic travel destinations and there cannot be any comparison of beaches in Goa to any other beach in India. Beaches in Goa are known for their serenity, grandeur and liveliness. Moreover, a number honeymoon packages are offered by travel companies which provide attractive discounts for long hauls and stays in beaches in Goa for newly married couples. Besides, beaches in Kerala including of Kovalam can be a pleasing travel experience for honeymooners.
Beaches in Kerala can be another attractive option for honeymoon trip for couples wherein they can enjoy sailing on the traditional style boats. Water sports including of swimming, kayaking, waterskiing and surfing can be pulsating and exhilarating. Notwithstanding, many hotels and resorts in Kerala offer exotic massage services which could be used for rejuvenation and extension of fun during honeymoon trip. Boathouses in Kerala offer exciting recreational facilities, exotic and comfortable accommodation facilities which are liked by couples. Some leading accommodation facilities offered by Taj Green Cove Resort, Leela, Kovalam Beach Resort, and Coconut Bay Beach Resort are worth ponder upon.

For many couples hill stations are ideal for honeymoon trip and for that obvious reason are greenery, isolation, peace of mind, and cold weather. Some leading hill stations topping the list of honeymoon destination can include Mussoorie, Dalhousie, Mount Abu, Darjeeling, Shillong, Kodaikanal, Ooty, Srinagar, Shimla, Manali, Nainital, and Gangtok, etc. Whereas most of them are locate din northern Himalayan range of mountain, Ooty and Kodaikanal is located in the southern part of India.

Longer Air Trips Are Better

Longer Air Trips Are Better
It seems like a crazy idea that no-one could possibly believe, but I do honesty think that longer flights are much better and more enjoyable than short flights. Sure, I want every flight to be over the moment I step on the plane, but after going through so much just to get on a plane these day’s I want to get some real value for my time and travel great distances over many time zones rather than make a short journey that gives you no time for anything.

The worst is flights from Oakland to Los Angeles and flights of a similar a similar length. It seems that you’ve only been soaring at full altitude for a few minutes before the descent begins again. It is no time for air cabin crew to come around and deliver food and drinks, and certainly no time to get out the laptop and do a little work. You’re spending so much time ascending and descending that you are not permitted to use electronic devices for the vast majority of the flight.

A flight that is much more my cup of tea is something like the flights from Salt Lake City to Las Vegas or flights from Miami to Willemstad. These flights at least give you a chance to get something done on the flight, even that’s just to eat some terrible food and watch a bad movie that you were never going to see anyway. But it’s a better alternative than jumping on a flight, and through all the airport security hoops, only to just have to do it all an hour later.

On flights of such distances it makes much more sense and it’s much more environmental friendly to seek alternate forms of transportation other that flying, after all a huge amount of fuel is burned during the takeoff and landing portion of air travel.

Stacey sylvester is an author that writes about travel and leisure