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All You Need to Know About Luggage Today

Nowadays, luggage comes in many sizes and shapes and makes and models. You can select individual pieces or a complete set of 4, 5,or 6 pieces of luggage at a time. Although there are many different sizes, styles, and makes of models you are most likely to have the same luggage as someone else. The fact is that there are more travelers than there are varying types of luggage.

Purchasing a complete set of luggage can be a fairly large expanse. You want to be sure that the luggage you select is durable and will last a long time from being thrown around the airport, bus terminal and train station. Be sure to include tags on your luggage to have your name and complete mailing address on them. This will help in the identification of your luggage should it be lost or stolen, and you can also tell which luggage is yours at pickup time. Don't underestimate the value of a good luggage tag. Luggage sometimes gets lost or stolen and the only way it can be returned to you is through the use of the baggage tag.

I have had experiences were my luggage was lost in an airport. I went to the claims counter told them about the luggage described it and they put a trace on the luggage. Three hours later at the hotel, they dropped my luggage off to me. I was so happy because this particular piece of luggage had most of my clothes and toiletries, and it. It wasn't good thing that I had a proper luggage tag on my luggage. Don't make this simple mistake of not filling out the luggage tag. For a couple extra moments. You can alleviate a lot of frustration and agony in the event your luggage is lost.

Another good idea when considering the purchase of luggage is to purchase luggage that also has wheels. This will make it much easier to move about with your luggage and you would not have the heavy luggage to carry. Nowadays, many pieces of luggage come with Wheels. I would not buy luggage that does not have whales for the simple fact that I'm getting older and carrying a heavy bag is not my idea of a fun vacation. With the bag on Wheels, you are able to move a battle, worry free and not be so tired.


A Travellers Guide to South Africa

Commanding strategically important sea routes between the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, the Republic of South Africa is at the southernmost tip of the African continent.

With a coastline of some 2,954 kilometres, it is bounded to the north by borders within Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, and Mozambique. To the north east is Swaziland, a small, landlocked kingdom surrounded by South Africa except for a short border with Mozambique.

Also contained within South Africa's borders is the independent country Lesotho, formerly Basutoland.

With a land area of over 1.2m square kilometres, South Africa is larger than the combined area of Holland, France, Italy, Belgium, and Germany yet has a population of just 42.6m. It is comprised of nine provinces. Durban, the major sea port, is in Kwa-Zulu Natal on the north east coast, Cape Town is in Western cape to the south west, and Port Elizabeth in Eastern Cape.

South Africa's two major international airports are in Cape Town and Johannesburg. The legislative capital is Cape Town, the administrative capital is Pretoria, the judicial capital is Bloemfontein and the biggest city is Johannesburg.

The 'rainbow nation', it has a rich mixture of races and cultures with no less than eleven officially recognised languages, including English, Afrikaans, and native African tongues.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office describes the geography as comprising a coastal strip of below fifteen hundred feet fringed by steep mountain ranges, with a high plateau in the interior ranging up to six thousand feet above sea level.

The coastline is swept by two major ocean currents - the warm south flowing Mozambique-Agulhas and the cold Benguela which flows northwards along the west coast as far as southern Angola.

On the west coast, the cold Atlantic current creates arid scrubland terrain. Higher levels of rainfall on the central plateau produce grassland. A continuous mountain range runs down the east coast warmed by the Indian Ocean giving a sub-tropical climate. The north of the country has savannah-type vegetation, whilst the southern tip has a Mediterranean-type climate.

Once shunned because of its apartheid policy, the country is now an active player in international relations: hosting major international sporting events, playing a full part in the UN and the Commonwealth, and having a significant stake in international business.

Unemployment levels are officially almost 27 per cent but may in practice be as high as 40 per cent.

The Foreign Office warns that there are high levels of crime in the country, but that most occurs in townships and isolated areas away from the normal tourist destinations. 'The standard of driving is variable and there are many fatal accidents'.

However, more than 460,000 Britons visit South Africa every year and most visits are trouble free.

As in most places there remains 'an underlying threat from terrorism'. And although unlikely, attacks 'could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers'.

British nationals visiting South Africa on holiday for less than 90 days do not require visas. After entry, extensions of stay may be sought from the Department of Home Affairs. Visitors who overstay without authority may be fined, either on exit or at the nearest South African mission on your return to the UK (or elsewhere).

Re-entry to South Africa will not be permitted until the fine has been paid in full.

Those who substantially over stay their visas may be arrested on departure and detained before appearing in court. In such cases you may face a very substantial fine and then be deported at your own expense.

In all South Africa has 13 types of temporary and 11 types of permanent residence permits, including relative's permits, business permits, and retired person's permits. Business permits are available for up to two years for people looking to invest or set up their own business. Work permits can be obtained for up to three years while a permanent contract of employment will support an application for permanent residence.

There are no restrictions to foreigners purchasing in South Africa, although there has been talk of imposing such restrictions at least on a temporary basis in the future as a way of curbing runaway house price inflation. Mortgages, however, are generally restricted to 50 per cent of purchase price.

Purchasers can buy property as individuals or via companies. Written offers and deeds of sale are legally binding. Completion follows when the title is formally transferred and registered with the land registry.


What To Wear On A Plane

With the easing of traditional values over the last thirty or forty years, many dress codes have changed to the point of being non-existent. For example, thirty or forty years ago, no one would have gone to see their bank manager in less than their Sunday best and no one would have flown in less than acceptable clothing. All that has gone by the by. So, what to wear on a plane, you may ask.

Well, people used to board a plane in business-appropriate clothing, stuff that would not look out of place in an office, although many people also dressed in jeans and a t-shirt if they were going on holiday. These days, most people fly in a pair of jeans or jogging pants and a t-shirt no matter where they are going. This lessening of respect is a good thing in some ways, but as usual some people have to take it to extremes. Have you ever seen people flying in their night attire? Some people try it.

It is important to be able to be at ease on a plane, particularly if it is a long flight, although if business is at the other end it is wise to take a change of clothing in an over night bag so that you can change in the airport before continuing your journey.

The ideal clothing for flying (long distance) is loose fitting, soft, comfortable clothing. But there are two things you should be conscious of if you are the sort who goes to extremes.

Firstly, you will never, ever be considered for an up-grade, if your attire does not fit in with the class you want to be up-graded to. If you are wearing a t-shirt, jogging pants and trainers, do not think that you have a chance in a thunder storm of getting into business class. Secondly, have some respect for your fellow passengers. Not everybody wants to sit next to a scruff bag or a man in his dressing gown or boxer shorts.

Another aspect to consider is security. Does the alarm go off every time you are screened? Well, maybe you should do something about it. All right, the security staff ask you to take off all jewellery, but is there other metal in your garments?

Some collars have metal stiffeners as do many shoes. Belts nearly invariably have a metal buckle. Are you wearing cuff links? A hair slide? Bras and some other under garments can have wire in them. Jeans and many other casual trousers and skirts have metal zips, rivets or fasteners. You can help speed things up for everyone, if you try to wear clothes that will not hinder your progress through security.

If you keep these simple suggestions in mind when you go flying you will make the job of the security staff simpler and speed up your overall progress to your seat. If you think about your fellow travellers with respect and remember about up-grades. You could be the only one on board who is suitable to up-grade in these times of lenient social dress codes.


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