Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Top Traveling Tips For Pregnant Women

It is common fact to any pregnant woman, that so long as there are no known pregnancy complications, travel during your pregnancy is safe during all trimesters. However pregnant woman travel is usually recommended during the second trimester. Morning sickness is less of an issue than in your first trimester and you are more likely to suffer from fatigue in the third trimester. Here are some great tips for safe and relaxed travel:
  • If you are traveling by airplane, experts recommend asking for an aisle seat. This is beneficial because it allows you getting up every 30 minutes to walk and stretch, and drinking plenty of water. Please note that after 36 weeks many doctors and airlines restrict pregnant women from flying.
  • If you are traveling by car, do not turn the airbags off. It has been contended that the benefits of an air bag outweigh the risks to a pregnant woman and her baby.
  • When planning your itinerary, make sure to schedule time for rest, bathroom breaks, and stretching. Stretching will lessen the risk of blood clots and reduce swelling in your legs and feet.
  • Whether traveling by car, bus, or train, try to limit actual travel time to blocks of no longer than 5 or 6 hours.
  • If you are traveling long distances or for a long length of time, be sure to get a copy of your prenatal records and carry them with you in case of an emergency.
  • If you are traveling to a foreign country, take caution when eating fruits and vegetables, milk, water, and meat, as traveller’s diarrhoea is common and could lead to dehydration. Stay away from raw fruits and vegetables. Drink bottled water and only drink milk that has been pasteurized. Make sure all meat and seafood is cooked thoroughly.
  • If you are traveling to a country which requires immunizations before entering, avoid travel to that country or talk with your doctor first if you cannot avoid it.
  • Take time to eat. It is recommended that a continuance of eating a balanced and healthy diet during your trip is necessary in order to boost your energy. They also recommend getting plenty of fibre since constipation is common during travel.
  • When wearing your safety belt in a car, always wear the lap and shoulder belt. Never wear the lap belt across your belly. Instead, buckle the lap belt low on your hipbones, below your belly.
  • Before you travel, locate the nearest hospital or doctor's office where you are visiting.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Getting Banned by Top Hotels

We have all read stories of celebrities getting banned at top level hotels for strange behaviours or rather misbehaviours! If you haven’t here are a few that we picked up courtesy of Yahoo Travel.....

Britney Spears 

The Incident: Even though the legendary Chateau Marmont has a history of harboring wild celebrities, from Errol Flynn to Dennis Hopper and Lindsay Lohan, the Hollywood hangout reportedly banned Britney in 2007. The reason? Bad table manners: she was supposedly smearing her dinner on her face, inspiring several complaints from other guests.
Still Unwelcome? Other hotels reportedly followed suit during the pop star’s very public troubles that year: the Beverly Hills Hotel and the Beverly Hills Four Seasons both reportedly closed their doors to Spears’s antics. The Four Seasons ban was apparently not universal, as Spears has since been spotted at branches in Budapest and Buenos Aires.

Paris Hilton

The Incident: In 2010, just trying to check in at the Wynn got the hotel heiress both banned and facing criminal charges. As they were pulling up at the hotel, Hilton and her then boyfriend underwent a traffic stop that quickly escalated—culminating when Hilton reached for lip balm in her purse, and a bag of cocaine fell out instead. The Wynn and Encore resorts banned Hilton from staying and fired her boyfriend, who was, at that time, manager at two of the resort’s nightclubs.
Still Unwelcome? Hilton pleaded guilty to drug possession and obstructing an officer, and served a year of probation, as well as paying a $2,000 fine and serving 200 hours of community service. By the end of 2011, the Wynn reportedly reinstated Hilton as a BFF, and she’s been spotted partying at The Encore Hotel’s Surrender nightclub (“Wynning,” as put it).

Lil Wayne

 The Incident: In 2010 the Wynn in Las Vegas issued a pre-emptive ban against the rapper, who arrived at the hotel for festivities after a performance at the Hard Rock Hotel. At the time, Lil Wayne was fresh off an eight-month sentence for attempted criminal possession of a weapon, and had also been legally prohibited from having alcohol for the next three years. The Wynn, according to reports, was concerned that Wayne (and the hotel) would be asking for trouble if he came inside.
Still Unwelcome? Lil Wayne took his business to The Palms instead, without incident. The Wynn had no comment.

This got me thinking, what are some of the behaviours that would get us (normal people) banned from a hotel? My top two are; Bad table manners & Drunk and disorderly. 

What do you think one would do to get a ban from a hotel? Are there some local celebrities, friends or family that you know of, who have been served with hotel bans? Tell us, we would love to hear more!