Newbie’s Guide on Setting up a Family Event

Family get-togethers and reunions are something that most families look forward to. It is the time when they can catch up and see other relatives that they have not seen for a long time.

Stressing its importance, the event should be exceptional and memorable.  And if you are tasked to organize your upcoming family event, then here are some tips that a newbie like you can follow:

  • Make a plan

The first thing that you need to do is to make a plan. Jot down the basic things that you need and the details of the event (when, where, people involved). By making a list, you are making things easier for you and also to lessen the chances of forgetting something while setting and preparing the event. Even professional event organizers do this, especially if they are handling a big event. It would be best if you do the same.

 

Make your list as detailed as possible but allow adjustments on the list. Remember that changes are part of event planning. There might be some things that are not feasible to do, so you need to have alternative options in such cases.

 

  • Set a meeting with your suppliers

One major boo-boo that newbies do when planning an event is settling everything over the phone. Sure it is easy and convenient, but it might also backfire. Meeting your suppliers, such as event rentals, personally is strongly recommended. For one, you will be able to have a thorough conversation on what you want and the suppliers can give feedback on your requirements. You can also set expectations and it is easier to haggle with prices, especially if you are tight on budget.

Be sure to allot time for this. Meeting at least two to three a day would do. And do not forget to lay out the specifics. At the end of the meeting, repeat what was agreed and as much as possible close the deal in black and white. Meaning a contract or agreement that specify what stipulations agreed.

 

  • Delegate tasks

Newbies on this field tend to go overboard on taking all the task. The good news for is, you don’t have to. Be sure to involve other family members on the preparation. You can delegate some tasks to others so you can focus on planning the whole event.

 

But be sure to give clear and definite instructions to the people involved on setting up this event. But check on them from time to time and see how they are doing.

 

  • Make a run through

If you have some sort of program for this family affair, it would be best to a test or run through on the program. Nothing big, just see to it what are the things needed for each segments so you can prepare them in advance.

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Hassle-Free Travels With Tour Packages

Are you the type of traveler who enjoys laboriously researching about your destination, meticulously planning your itinerary, and fussing about every aspect of your trip? Or are you the type who prefers a more laid back approach, relaxed and unburdened? If you’re the latter and you think travelling should be stress-free, then hiring a travel and tours agency is the best option for you.

Leave the planning, preparation, and basically all the worries to professionals who have been trained on how to prepared a cost-effective but extremely fun travel itinerary. Multi-city Asian tour? Dubai City tour? European getaway? Name it, they have it. But apart from taking away all the stresses of travel preps, do you the other benefits you can get from getting tour packages? Well, you will find out below!

 

  1. Reduced airfares.

Travel companies are considered airline partners. They get first dibs on promotional airfares or they get huge booking discounts. All registered travel agencies get special logins in airlines’ websites and this allows them to take advantage of cheaper airfares even during peak seasons or rush bookings.

 

  1. Lots of freebies.

Because tour companies know a lot of providers, they get special freebies thrown in when you avail of their services which in turn are being handed down to the tour participants. Example is guests can get free henna tattoo from a cultural show group that performs after the early morning desert safari in Dubai. Henna tattooing cost ranges from $10 to about $100 depending on the design so getting it for free is quite nice, isn’t it? There’s also a lot of food and drink freebies such as free fresh fruits or free shots at particular bars.

 

  1. Cheaper hotel accommodation rates (and overall travel costs).

Much like the airfare discounts, travel companies also get cheaper hotel rates all year round. If you book nice hotels on your DIY travel planning, you may end up paying several hundred bucks more versus package tour rates. This also applies to boat rentals, water or land activities like parasailing, off-roading, etc.

 

  1. Knowledgeable tour guides.

Instead of aimlessly and mindlessly strolling around parks, museums, or the entire city of your destination, why not let experienced and knowledgeable people guide your around, right? Tour guides not only have the passion for tourism, most of them are also certified and have undergone trainings and exams before they can work. They may also know secrets and tips that Wikipedia can’t share to you.

 

  1. Safety and security.

Lastly, one of the most important aspects of travelling is safety. This can be assured if you hire legitimate and reliable tour agencies. No need to commute on a country you have just been to for the first time. With tour packages, you get tour vans or coasters or specially hired vehicles and local drivers who know the ins and outs of the place.

 

Of course there are drawbacks too. Example is some tour packages have a compulsory group tour which makes it quite difficult for you or your group to enjoy wandering about (in case you wanted to stay a bit longer on a specific area or venture to other paths). But that is the price to pay for joining group tours. Although, this can be solved by opting to have a special package for your group alone and not joining a bigger group.

Basic Sailing Skills for Newbies

Sailing is the ideal activity for people who love being at sea. If you relish in the feeling of freedom that being on a boat brings, even if you have to spend days in the middle of the vast ocean, then perhaps you should give sailing a try. Whether you can afford to buy your very own yacht, or you would like to rent a catamaran every now and then, sailing is an exhilarating marine adventure that you should definitely embark on!

Now, to get you started, here are some basic sailing skills you need to learn:

  • Read the direction of the wind – Expert sailors wind reading is actually easy, and it will come naturally once you master it. However, it can be tricky to learn. The good news? There are time-tested gadgets that can help you tell where the wind is blowing: telltales, wind vane, and the sails. You can also look out for other signs, such as smoke, flags, and other sailboats.
  • Steering the wheel – Though popularly known or called as the ship’s “wheel,” the proper term for it is actually “helm.” Similar to the steering wheel of a car, the helm controls the direction of a boat. Properly controlling the helm can take you as quickly as five minutes, or a maximum of 10. Some companies that offer yacht charters dubai also provide sailing lessons, where this is usually tackled and applied.
  • Trimming the sail – Knowing how to properly trim the sail is essential in controlling the speed, performance, and direction of a boat. Learn how to adjust the mainsail, headsail, or staysail so you know how you can optimise wind power and accordingly change your sails. When you rent a yacht in Dubai, try to experiment on different sail trims to get a feel of how they work.
  • Navigating the sea – Finding your way at sea is an essential skill, particularly if you plan on sailing alone in the near future. You can try what experts call the “eyeball navigation,” which is basically using what you see to set your sail. Every sailor must also have the basic tools of the trade: compass and navigation chart. Today, sailors can also rely on modern electronic positioning finding systems, including GPS and LORAN (long range navigation).
  • Understanding sailing jargons – What is a jib? Where is the starboard and port? Before you embark on a sailing adventure, make sure you have familiarised yourself with the basic nautical and sailing terms. This ensures that you are on the same page as other sailors, and you can follow and understand instructions easily.