How to Take Advantage of Technology for Travel

 

One of my favorite things in the whole wide world is travel. It can be such an eye-opening experience and I thrive in environments that are outside of my comfort zone. I like the challenges that come with travel, because they always seem to lead to even greater rewards. However, just because travel pushes me to get outside of my comfort zone, that does not mean I have to live without certain luxury’s. I love to mix it up when it comes to accommodations and stay at a variety of high end and low-end places to get a better feel for a country or area. I also really enjoy doing a mix of touristy attractions and local activities. This usually means renting a car or getting a feel for the local public transportation and most likely booking somethings in advance. Depending on where I am going, sometimes I need specialty clothing or tools for activities planned. My point here, is that even when traveling for adventure and experience, we still seem to need a lot, and all of that prep work could be exhausting if we did not rely so heavily on technology. I am sure you use a few tech tricks and gadgets when you are planning your travels, or while you travel, but here are a few that you should definitely be taking advantage of.

Booking Online

There is really no reason to pick up the phone and call a hotel anymore, unless you have specific questions about something that is not clear on their website. Otherwise, you should be booking everything online. Not only will it save you time and effort, but it can usually save you money as well. I also recommend looking for coupons and deals online because you are almost guaranteed to find something that fits your needs. Next time you book a room at a Hilton hotel, google deals and visit their website instead of calling the hotel of interest. This also goes for any sort of car rental, pre-booked activity, sporting equipment rental. It is pointless to wait until you are at your destination because most likely, you are wanting to spending your vacation time vacationing, not planning your next move.

Buying Online

Now, despite the fact that this sounds very similar to booking online, it is different. When I say buying online, I am referring to any type of gear, gadgets, or baggage online. When I decided to spend several months in Mexico I wanted to be prepared to do a variety of activities. That meant making sure I have the right bathing suit, hiking boots, yoga pants, and anything else I thought I might need. In addition, you can actually use technology, to purchase technology. For example, I wanted to have one of those great suitcases that has a charging port right inside, so I went online and found a good deal on a hard-shell version. Before I knew it, in maybe less than a week, the suitcase was delivered right to my front door.

Tips to Keep The Lawn and Lawn Mower in Perfect Conditions

Anyone can save money by doing the basic service themselves for their lawn mower. When the grass cutting season has ended do not simply put the mower away, but perform a few simple tasks to keep it in perfectly working order.

The list of required things include wire brush, SAE30 oil, black enamel paint spray can, face mask, heavy duty gloves, cleaning rags, replacement spark plug (only if it is necessary) and a recipient for used oil. Empty the fuel tank and start the engine to burn any remaining fuel from fuel lines and the carburetor. As a next step, disengage the spark plug lead for safety reasons.

The used engine oil should also be drained out. Use a recipient to collect the old oil to properly dispose it later on. It is important not to allow the oil to get onto the ground. Don’t put back the dipstick as a reminder that the engine has no oil in it.

Clean the mower from grass and dirt, as the engine can seize if some debris gets into it. Eliminate dirt from the cooling fins of the engine. You might have to remove a cover to do that. If you have no prior experience in maintaining your mower, take photos to make sure you’ll put back all pieces in the right order. Your memory can play you tricks, so it is better to take pictures.

The deck should also be cleaned. Lean the mower on its side with the carburetor side up. Fix the blade in place with a block of wood to immobilize it. Remove the blade using a pair of heavy duty gloves. Get rid of debris from the bottom of the deck. Next, wire brush and spray the bottom of the deck with black enamel paint. The painting will prolong the life of the machine. Before placing back the blade, sharpen and balance it with a professional. Set the machine upright.

Remove the spark plug to wire brush and properly clean it. Make sure to replace the spark plug if it is worn. The carburetor air filter should also be cleaned and replaced. Use SAE30 oil to refill the engine, making sure you are not over filling it. Check the level with the dipstick. Wait for a minutes and check the level again. For adequate reading wipe the dipstick.

The state of the starter pull cord also needs to be checked. Have the service dealer replace it if the cord is frayed or damaged. Check the belts (if the machine is self-propelled) and replace them if necessary, and lubricate the cables.

With these simple operations you have saved yourself at least $100.