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When visiting London, it is relatively easy to find out what shows are playing in the West End, what art exhibits are shown in which museum and which restaurant is an absolute “must” to eat in.

London is huge, so getting to these various places may not be so easy and without some advanced planning, the cost of the transportation may just make it impossible for you to pay your restaurant bill.

Cabs are exorbitantly expensive and the 5 pound cost of an individual bus or tube ticket is hardly a bargain either.

However, help is on the way. At practically all tube stations you can buy an “Oyster Card” valid for anywhere from one to seven days. This transportation card offers 50% discount on bus and tube fares. No need to stand in line to buy a ticket every time you want to go somewhere, and these ticket lines are invariably long.

Even better is buying a “Travel Card”. A seven day “anytime” card with unlimited travel will only cost about 50 pounds. This particular card must however be bought on-line in advance.


Visit the site of the “British Tourist Board: at visitbritainshop.com and all your questionswill be answered.

Happy Travels

Posted: 4/20/2018 1:45:55 PM by noe.rosales | with 0 comments



 If you're getting married this year your wedding folder must already include this small list:

Wedding List

Budget
Bridgesmaids
Groomsmen
Guest List
Flower Girl
Ring Bearer

Sponsors
Flowers
Catering
Venue
Registry
Cake

 

Website
Invitations
Save the Date
Photographers
The Rings
Wedding Dress

Wedding Planner
DJ/MC
and more...




But what about the honeymoon?

Here's a small checklist for your International Honeymoon:

  • Budget - Yes, this too will require a budget, but probably not as extensive as your wedding budget. 
  • Passports - Make sure your passports are up to date. Some countries require the expiration date on your passport to be no less than six months from your travel date. 
  • Visas - Many countries require a visa, even if you're not staying for more than two months.
  • Make copies of important documentation - In case of any unforeseen incident, having backups of your credit cards, passport, itinerary, or other important information is strongly advised. Make sure to bring along the international toll free number to your bank in the event that your credit cards are rejected.
  • Travel Arrangements - These days couples can make their own travel arrangements by going onto websites like Travelocity, Livewire, Kayak, Tripadvisor, Orbits, or other similar websites. For those who are not as tech savvy as others or don't have time to book their own, there is always a friendly travel agent ready and willing to lend a helping hand, for a slight cost of course.
  • Purchase your plane tickets - Don't leave home without them, no really, you won't be allowed on the plane otherwise.
  • Book your hotel - Find a place that is close to where you plan to visit. While you may be going to Rome, hotels and villas may be extremely expensive within the city, but neighboring cities may have hotels offering discounts or simply lower rates to attract you to stay with them.
  • Pack your bags -  Make a check list of all the things you will need. Find out what the weather will be like for most of your stay. What season of the year is it where you are headed?
  • Money exchange - While this isn't as important for many, it is a necessity. You will be paying for much of your honeymoon with your credit card. Meaning there will be plenty of finance charges being accumulated while you book all or most of the things mentioned above. Tacking on cash advance fees or international convenience fees will take away from your honeymooning budget in a hurry. As a rule of thumb, always have a back-up payment option for small things.

Will the happy couple be in search of adventure in a South African safari or perhaps never-ending romance in Rome, Venice or Paris?

The sole reason for this list is to prepare you for a pleasant trip. Leaving any of these items for the last minute could result in lesser discounts and take away from your travel funds.

Plan ahead and buy your foreign currency at discounted rates of exchange. Follow us on twitter or Facebook for discounted rates of exchange or special promotions.

Congratulations and have a safe flight.

Posted: 4/20/2018 12:10:35 PM by noe.rosales | with 0 comments



Taking the rate by the numbers

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When trying to convert dollars to a foreign currency, most clients ask, "how can I convert my dollars to the foreign currency?'

The answer isn't always simple, not because it is complex, but simply because it's, math, numbers, and foreign currency all mixed into one equation.

If you have $100 dollars and you're looking for Australian dollars with a rate of 1.2039 per dollar, how do you do the math?

Because the rate is expressed in "per-dollar" format, the equation will read, USD x Rate = Foreign.
So, let's take 100 (USD) x 1.2039 (Rate) = 120.39 (Foreign).

Take the same $100 US dollars, but now you've been given the rate of .8306 per Aussi dollar. Now what? If you were to multiply this, you would get 83.06 Australian for your $100. What you need to do is divide, not multiply.

 Now, we'll take $100 (USD) divided by (/) .8306 (rate) = 120.39 (Foreign).
Did you see that coming or did was your mind blown?

Like stated before, it's not complicated, it's just math, numbers and foreign currency.

Every time you hear "per-dollar", you will multiply and every time you hear "per (foreign currency)", you will divide. 

Note Worthy:
When you have a currency that is valued higher than the US dollar for example Euro and British pounds, you will need to do the inverse of what you just learned. Have fun with that one.

Now you're well prepaired for any foreign trip. 
Posted: 4/19/2018 11:14:01 AM by noe.rosales | with 0 comments



12 Places To Travel While the U.S. Dollar Is Strong

By Ordinary Traveler 

The value of the U.S. dollar has been steadily rising in recent years, and now is the time to take advantage of it. Cash in those vacation days you’ve been saving, and head to one of these top destinations where you can get the most bang for your buck!

Turkey

Istanbul: the only place where two continents connect in one city. Get to experience both Europe and Asia by ferrying across the Bosphorus and wandering around the best of Turkey’s colorful markets.  With an exchange rate of 1 US dollar to 2.93 Turkish Lira, Turkey is one of the cheapest destination on our list!   Moderate daily budget: $56  

Sweden

Visiting the picturesque Scandinavian countries is always a good decision, and this time normally pricey Sweden is within reach. Jet off to Stockholm, Gothenburg or the islands of West Sweden, where there are too many beautiful sights – and people – to take in all at once. Sweden uses the Krona, which exchanges at 8.23 krona per dollarModerate daily budget: $167

Austria

Get a taste of Austria’s renowned live entertainment at Vienna’s famous State Opera House, or wander its cobbled streets and settle into a cozy bookstore or café. You won’t want to miss the culture this place has to offer! Austria is one of the many countries here that use the Euro for currency, which currently has an amazing exchange rate of approximately 1 USD to 0.89 Euro. It’s time to hit up Europe!  Moderate daily budget: $110

Italy

If you’ve been dreaming of stuffing your face with authentic Italian pizza and pasta, there’s no time like the present! Italy also uses the euro, and much like Greece it’s economy (and prices) are slowly but surely on the rise – don’t wait. Moderate daily budget: $137

Japan

The value of the Japanese Yen is down in comparison to the dollar (1 USD to 105.89 JPY), so this normally pricey destination can now be a reasonably affordable vacation. Whether you’re looking forward to the gorgeous gardens or cherry blossoms during springtime, or want to explore the Harajuku district of Tokyo known for its outlandish style and ultra-trendy fashion, there’s something for everyone!

Although Japan is known to be pricey for tourists, the low currency exchange rates have started to rise so take advantage of them now. Moderate daily budget: $125

Canada

You’ve got your fair share of winter activities to choose from (ever try dogsledding?), but Canada offers just as many year-round attractions as well. With the quaint French villages of Quebec, puffin viewing in Newfoundland, and kayaking with whales on Vancouver Island, you’re bound to fall in love.

If you plan to wait for a winter getaway, don’t miss the Northern Lights of Canada’s northern territories like the Yukon. Conversion rates equate to approximately 1 USD for every 1.29 Canadian dollars. Moderate daily budget: $115 

Australia

The Sydney Opera House, stunning beaches, kangaroos, Great Barrier Reef – Australia has it all.  Head out to the land down under for some awesome waterfall and wildlife experiences, because this is most definitely a place you’ll want to visit now. US dollar exchange rates will be similar to Canada’s, at about 1.35 Australian dollars for every US dollar. Moderate daily budget: $96

Greece

Whether it’s the historic ruins, museums, beaches, or food that draws you to Greece, you won’t be disappointed – plan your trip now while the economy is down and catering to tourists! Mainland cities (like Athens) will likely be quite a bit cheaper than the islands (Kos, Santorini), so keep that in mind when planning your trip. The euro-to-dollar conversion rate still stands at about 1 USD to 0.89 Euro.  Moderate daily budget: $81-$139

Enjoy the strong dollar and happy travels.

Posted: 4/17/2017 7:35:52 AM by johnmin | with 0 comments



A note from Live Learn Evolve folks....

It’s a big decision. Even leaving your comfort zone for a brief 20 minute jog once a week is a struggle for some and in those cases a life shifting experience like travelling may be the key to breaking that way of thinking, the way that promotes retreating, the withdrawal back to unhealthy routines. This leads us on to reason number one:

1. SAY GOODBYE TO YOUR COMFORT ZONE

By not taking risks, you never really discover your true self. It’s only ever about doing what is safe and easy but how will you ever know what really makes you tick if you’ve never tried it. Travel will push you into a flurry of seemingly uncomfortable situations like forcing you to meet new people with completely different lifestyles and cultures or navigating your way around a mountain where no one speaks your native language..etc.

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2. TIME SLOWS DOWN

A regular routine builds strong neurological connections that over time allow for us to automate activities almost seamlessly. Think about that journey to work where not a thought is spared on the direction, forced into the present only by an obstruction. “I’ve been working here 10 years and I don’t know where the time has gone” – that’s not for me. An ever changing horizon continually breathes new experiences and with in those we truly live in the moment, we are gifted with the present.

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3. GAIN IMPORTANT PERSPECTIVES

With nothing but your backpack filled with essentials you venture out into new cultures without access to the usual facilities and material objects you might usually take for granted. Many people live in the type of poverty that is truly unfathomable until you experience it first hand. As a westerner I will never forget the first time I drove through Brazilian slums and without going into detail, I can assure you that television is not the same. Statistics are numbers and individual stories remain unheard.combodia

4. WE ARE NOT GUARANTEED OLD AGE

Travelling is often postponed with the intentions of ‘becoming a responsible adult’ or ‘building up a real life’ in the mean time. Some even say they are savouring the opportunity for retirement. Without injecting too much personal opinion, that’s just the views of society’s norm being expressed by those who are already deeply conforming. It is your choice to live how you wish. But, if I don’t live to my forties, fifties or sixties, I can safely say that I have no regrets. Choosing to buy experiences over external objects has transformed me in so many way that I am sincerely grateful for.

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5. AND THIS…

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt

Posted: 3/31/2017 7:32:11 AM by johnmin | with 0 comments