Last week in Palm Springs I had the opportunity to ride the Palm Springs Arial Tramway.
First, some facts about the tram car.
The tram car is the largest in the world.
It is the only one of its kind in the Western Hemisphere.
The manufacturer is Von Roll Tramways, Leg. from Olten, Switzerland.
It is 18 feet in diameter.
It is 8 feet high.
The capacity is up to 80 passengers with 35,600 pounds in the cabin.
The floor slowly rotates twice per trip on ascent and twice on descent.
I will be posting more about this amazing ride and amazing engineering feat…stay tuned.
Many people are experience international travelers. But, we’ve all been somewhere for the first time.
What should you know about traveling internationally? Should you learn the language? Do you know what the exchange rate is?
First, it’s a good idea to learn a few phrases in the language wherever you’re going. Words like yes, no, please, thank you, good morning are a few you should master. Knowing the difference between Departures and Arrivals is another good thing to be able to read.
Check out the exchange rate before you go and figure out how to calculate it once you get to your destination. Is that $1 US or 1 Euro?
There are so many more which I will talk about in upcoming posts.
What do you do if you’ve rented a car, are ready to return it, and the rental car place is closed? What do you do if that place doesn’t open before your flight leaves?
Should you park it at the rental car place, lock it, and leave the keys in the drop slot?
Do you know if your insurance covers any damage to the car once you leave it?
Will you be charged for damage that didn’t occur while you had the car?
Do the circumstances change if you’re in Europe or in the US?
So many questions… You might want to think about these when you rent the car.
Ask what their hours are. Ask what you should do if they’re closed when you get there. Ask what you are responsible for. Ask if there happens to be a holiday on the date you want to return the car. Some places are closed on national or even city holidays.
If you’ve rented at a major airport, this situation probably won’t ever happen. Still, it’s a good idea to check their hours and the policy for returning at all hours of the day and night.
If it’s a small town…it’s a really good idea to know what to do.
Have you been to Palm Springs lately?What were your favorite spots to eat, drink, visit, and shop?
That’s where I’m headed this week.
Looking forward to checking out some spots I’ve never been. I’ll tell you all about it on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. #VisitPalmSprings
Let me know what you think.
You’re on vacation and you get sick.
What do you do?
Be prepared by packing a few treatment items. I don’t mean pack the entire medicine cabinet. A few basics will go a long ways. Don’t forget to check your insurance to see what is covered when you’re away from home.
Pain or fever reducers like acetaminophen, ibuprofen, aspirin
Motion sickness medication
Spare pair of contact lens or eyeglasses
Extra prescription medications
Your health insurance card
Your physician’s name and phone number
If you’re really sick, you may need to contact a health professional.
Your smart phone has everything in it. Everything.
What happens if you’re in London and it breaks? What happens if it goes swimming in the Thames?
Have you synced all your information to another device?
If not, those important phone numbers, credit card contact numbers, your travel itinerary are gone.
Good thing to think about before your leave for your next trip.