Traveling with Liquids 101

Traveling with Liquids 101Westhill Consulting Travel and Tours has been into the gathering tips and Must-Be’s during a long trip domestically and abroad. There are things that we need to consider for us to be able to have a safe flight. Local and International airlines have their own regulations but the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) implemented direct protocols which all airlines and passengers must follow. The volume and type of liquid is included in the tight control implementation of TSA.Before traveling, review and know the rules for liquids so you can get through the airport’s security checkpoint quickly and avoid having your toiletries and other liquids confiscated.

A little warning though, countries like Indonesia is already implementing an alcohol ban so better be cautious when you plan to pick some vodka for your flight to Jakarta or Bali.

Bottle Volume Limits

Each liquid in your carry-on bags must be in a bottle or container with a maximum volume of 3.4 oz. You cannot carry on larger containers, even if they are mostly empty. There is no bottle volume limit for liquids you pack in your checked baggage.

Bottle Number Limits

In your carry-on, you may bring as many bottles or containers (of the acceptable volume, of course) as you can fit into a single quart-sized bag. You must be able to zip the bag shut, and it must also be transparent. Each passenger is allowed one such bag.

Baby-Care Liquids

Travelers with infants are allowed to bring formula, juice or breast milk in their carry-ons. These liquids may be carried in containers holding more than the standard 3.4-oz. limit. Additional child-care items, such as baby teething products filled with gel, are also allowed for those traveling with young children. Place these liquids in clear zip-top bags separate from your other liquids, and declare them before you pass through the security checkpoint. The TSA agent may give these liquids an additional screening. To hasten your processing, carry on only as much of your baby-care liquids as you need to get through the flight. Pack the rest in your checked baggage.

Additional Exemptions

Passengers who need to carry on medications or other critical liquids are also exempt from the 3.4-oz limit. For example, if you have diabetes, you may bring juice as well as other necessary medications. The liquids must still be packed in clear zip-top bags, separate from your other carry-on liquids, and you must declare them before you pass through security.

Checked Baggage

There is no volume limit for liquids in checked baggage. Put all large bottles of toiletries and other products in your checked suitcase, making sure the containers are sealed and will not leak. Liquids can add significant weight to your suitcase. To avoid an overweight bag fee, check with your airline in advance to determine weight limits for checked baggage.

Prohibited Items

Liquids that can disable or hurt people are banned from both carry-on and checked baggage. This ban includes all flammable liquid or gel paints, including spray paint; all types of fuels or gasoline; bleach and chlorine; tear gas; and batteries containing liquid that can spill.

The World is a Colorful Place

The World is a Colorful Place

I know we all cannot get enough of colors. People say that there are mental effects of seeing colors which brighten up moods help stimulate happy hormones in our life. Westhill Consulting Travel and Tours provides you more colorful places to visit around the world:

Keukenhof Park, Lisse, The Netherlands

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Also called the “Garden of Europe,” Keukenhof Park (which covers 80 acres) is planted with over 7 million flower bulbs every year. Though the park is only open from March to May, it has been around since 1949 and remains a major attraction for tourists and dignitaries alike. Many people who have visited the place have thought that the flowers which is sprayed with tulips, roses and other wild flowers are fraud but when it seems too good to be true, they are actually real array of colors.

Kelimutu crater lakes, Indonesia

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Far from the buzzing busy street of Jakarta, Indonesia, Kelimutu, one of hundreds of volcanoes in Indonesia, is unique in that it is topped with three crater lakes of drastically different colors. Tiwu Ata Mbupu (“Lake of Old People”) sits apart from the other two and appears deep blue or even black. Tiwu Nuwa Muri Koo Fai (“Lake of Maidens”) is separated from Tiwu Ata Polo (“Enchanted Lake”) by a shared crater wall. These lakes tend to be bright blue-green and red, respectively. The colors of these lakes have been known to change depending on the chemical composition of the water and the position of the sun.

Guilin Rice Terraces, Longji, China

The World is a Colorful Place3Located in southern China close to Vietnam, the Longji terraced rice fields cover an area of almost 20,000 acres and rise as high as 3,600 feet into the air. These fields, nicknamed the “Dragon’s Backbone” because of their resemblance to scales, first appeared in this area around 1300 AD and take on a different appearance in every season, depending on the life cycle of the rice being grown. Many reviews has also been written on this place which shows petitions for it to be declared as one of man-made wonders of the world.

Lake Retba, Senegal

The World is a Colorful Place4Literally translating into “pink lake,” this body of water north of the Cap Vert peninsula in northwest Africa is known for its high salt content, and gets its pink color from large concentrations of Dunaliella salina algae, which produce the red pigment as a byproduct of their metabolism. Coincidentally, Dunaliella salina is one of few organisms that can survive in such salty conditions, making Lake Retba an ideal home for the algae species.

Meenakshi Temple, Madurai, India

The World is a Colorful Place5Located on the southern bank of the Vaigai River in the 2500-year-old city of Madurai, the Meenakshi Amman Temple is dedicated to the gods Meenakshi (Parvati) and Sundareswarar (Shiva). The temple consists of 14 gopurams (gateway towers), all between 100-170 feet high, and two vimana (shrines).

Traveling with Pets 101

Who wouldpetsn’t want to go to a vacation abroad with their pets? I am sure you do not want to leave your dogs or cats behind while you go to Bali or Jakarta, Indonesia or Maldives for a few days. That would be very unfair to your pets. Westhill Consulting Travel and Tours understands your troubles. That is why we prepared this general air flights policies for you to review.

Whether you are flying with your pet or it is flying without you, it is important to choose an airline that serves the entire route from beginning to end. After finding your airline, you will need to know their pet policies. Will the airline allow your dog or cat to fly in the cabin with you? What are the restrictions? Will your pet need to travel in the cargo hold? Find answers to all your questions below when you click the down arrow next to the GO button and find airline pet policies for your dog, cat or other animal.

Health Certificate

A health certificate is required when shipping your pet as cargo. Airlines like Delta will require a health certificate for all pets checked as baggage. Some destination states may require a health certificate for your pet. Your veterinarian may provide you with more information.

If a health certificate is required, it must be issued by a licensed veterinarian within 10 days of transport. It must be authentic and not fraud. Airlines now have a lot of ways to know the authenticity of your documents. It must include:

• shipper’s name and address
• tag numbers or tattoos assigned to the animal
• age of the animal being shipped (USDA regulations require animals be at least 10 weeks old and fully weaned before traveling)
• statement that the animal is in good health (If the shipper knows that the pet is pregnant, it must be noted on the health certificate)
• list of administered inoculations, when applicable
• signature of the veterinarian
• date of the certificate

Live Animal Checklist/Confirmation of Feeding

When you check in your pet, you will be asked to complete a live animal checklist. When you sign this checklist, you are confirming that your pet has been offered food and water within four hours of check-in. On the checklist, you must also provide feeding and watering instructions for a 24-hour period. If in-transit feeding is necessary, you must provide food. This is to avoid any complaint from your pets as well as from your fellow passengers just in case.

Tranquilizers

The use of pet tranquilizers at high altitudes is unpredictable. If you plan to sedate your pet, you must have written consent from the pet’s veterinarian. This information must be attached to the kennel. Please keep in mind that Delta agents cannot administer medication of any kind.

If I Have 2 Weeks Spent Traveling South East Asia

South East Asia has a lot of tourist spots that an allotted time of two weeks will definitely be very tight for you to experience it all. Testing the thought itself, Weshill Consulting Travel and Tours had packed up and set out to tour South East Asia in just two weeks.

First things first though, what we learned during our expedition is that if you only have two weeks, consider just picking one country. Some 2-week itineraries out there suggest flying everywhere to see all the highlights, but it’s better to pick only a couple of highlights and then build your trip around those. So better do your reviews now.

Bangkok, Phuket Thailand

If this is your first South-East Asia visit, your best bet is probably Thailand. While it’s the most tourist-y and crowded country in the region, it’s also the type of destination that can be whatever you want it to be. The country is hugely popular with first-time backpackers and with good reason: it can still be very cheap, the food is phenomenal, travel logistics are easy and there are a lot of interesting attractions.

Bangkok is relatively close to the equator, so do not underestimate the heat. Start out early if you can, because temple-tramping during the afternoon heat is draining and there won’t be much air-conditioning along the way. Drink enough fluids, but don’t carry huge bottles of water in your backpack, as there are plenty of convenience stores selling cooled beverages. As you will be walking most of the time, wear comfortable shoes and dress for the climate. This is the best place to go when you are planning to sight see. Through walking for a day, you can experience and witness a lot.

Jakarta, Indonesia

This place is a cross breed between civilization and tradition and you can opt to experience both at the same time. Do not worry about scams as they are now slowly being dissolved in the area. You can visit Ancol Dreamland, the National Museum or go shopping and eating with exotic foods. You can also experience cool massage and spa which is a must when you go to Indonesia. We assure you that you can never have any complaints when visiting this place.

Singapore

Now that you have gone to the cultures of Asia, you can also experience how Asia has truly developed. In Singapore, which is considered the most expensive place to be in the world, you can splurge your luxury and feel the wealth of Asia as well as their creativity in the Garden City of the World.

Spiritual Check : Religions around Asia

Asia is the world’s largest and most populous continent, with millions of different peoples following a wide variety of different religions. As a melting pot of culture, Asia is the birthplace of most of the world’s mainstream religions including Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Jainism, Sikhism, Zoroastranism, as well as many other religions. When traveling Asia, you should be careful in recognizing the religion of the place you are visiting. Westhill Consulting Travel and Tours has listed the top religions in the region:

Hinduism

Hinduism is the majority religion in India, Nepal, and the Indonesian island of Bali, with strong minorities in the Asian nations of Bhutan, Fiji, Jakarta Indonesia, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Singapore, and Sri Lanka with approximately 1 billion followers. Before the arrival of Buddhism and Islam in Southwest Asia and Southeast Asia, Hinduism (and Shaivism in particular) was the most widely practiced religion in Southwest Asia and Southeast Asia

Hinduism as we know it can be subdivided into a number of major currents. The main divisions of Hinduism are Vaishnavism, Shaivism, Smartism and Shaktism. The vast majority of present day Hindus can be categorized under one of these four groups, although there are many other, partly overlapping, allegiances and denominations.

Buddhism

Buddhism is the fourth largest world religion and the 3rd largest in Asia. It is dominant and the majority in Bhutan, Burma, Cambodia, Tibet, Laos, Mongolia, Sri Lanka and Thailand. According to reviews, Large Buddhist populations live in China (18.2%), Japan (36.2%), Taiwan (35%), Macau (17%), North Korea (13.8%), Vietnam (10%),Singapore (33%),Hong Kong (15%) and South Korea (22.9%). It also has strong minorities in India, Indonesia (which practiced it widely and considered it the major religion in Jakarta), Malaysia, Brunei, Nepal and Russia. Buddhism was founded by Siddartha Gautama, also known as Buddha.

Christianity

Christianity is a widespread minority religion in Asia with more than 286 million adherents according to Pew Research Center in 2010, and nearly 364 million according to Britannica Book of the Year 2014 constituting around 12.6% of the total population of Asia.

Asian countries with large Christian populations are China (68 million), India (24 million), Indonesia (23 million), Kazakhstan (16.5 million), South Korea (15 million), Vietnam (7 million), Georgia (4.6 million), Armenia (3.2 million), Malaysia (2.6 million), Japan (2.5 million), Pakistan (2.5 million), Uzbekistan (2.5 million), Syria (1.8 million), Sri Lanka (1.5 million) and Taiwan (one million).

There are still large ancient communities of Middle Eastern Christians and Arab Christians in Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Israel and Palestine numbering more than 3 million in West Asia. There are also a large populations of expatriate workers which include a sizeable Christian communities live in Arabian Peninsula numbering more than 3 million.

Asia is also home of other unnamed sects and even fraud religions with thousands of followers so better be careful when you run along with them when traveling.