Which Is More Cost-Effective, Cabs or Car Rentals?

Rent it or cab it?

People like the freedom of having their own vehicle to drive about in, at home or when they travel, and the tendency is to book a rental car when you are away. But freedom comes with a price and it depends where your travel destination is as to whether you’re best to rent a car or take a taxi.

Cheap ground transportation depends upon location, accessibility and extraneous expense factors, like gasoline costs and parking fees. Add to that the potential complexity of finding your way around a strange city, especially a large one, and you might change your mind about what freedom means.

A trip to, for example, New York City or Montreal, two North American cities with decent public transit systems, plenty of cabs, walkable areas in their cores, and very high parking fees, and you’ll realize that a taxi will almost inevitably surface as the cheapest mode of getting around.

But what if you want a day trip to the Laurentian Mountains or the antiques stores of Hudson? That’s the day to rent a car, or to find out if there is a luxury coach service to those destinations that returns the same day.

Car rentals are convenient, to be sure, but the costs add up quickly (don’t forget insurance and occasional peak-season added fees), unless your airline points cover all or most of the cost; even then, in large cities gasoline and parking is very costly, and that is not usually included in credit card or airline rewards perquisites.

When does a rental car make sense? If you live in North America (and can’t drive across the Atlantic Ocean!) and are vacationing in Italy, for example, landing in Rome and taking a motorcar tour of Tuscany and other regions from there, your only other viable option is the train. Like anywhere else, gasoline in Europe is expensive, but you can’t take a full driving holiday in a taxi. But don’t forget, there are guided tours and some taxi drivers will gladly spend a day with you, exploring San Gimignano; they are often the best tour guides, full of information about their homeland. And driving in other countries can be a harrowing experience, especially if it involves driving on the opposite side of the road than you are accustomed to!

Plan your itinerary, do an accurate cost comparison and decide whether a taxi or car rental, or combination of the two, is the cheapest way to get around when you reach your destination. And don’t forget to ensure that your driver’s license is current, and if you need to, get an international license before you set off for your trip. Happy motoring!

First Travel Nurse Assignment – Frequently Asked Questions

Question: I decided to switch to be a travel nurse instead of permanent placement how do I decide where to go?
Congratulations! You have made the first step toward an exciting career of travel nursing. Choosing where you want to go will be one of the questions the travel nursing staffing agency will ask you. Since each travel nurse assignment is approximately 13 weeks long, you do not need to worry about planning where you want to go months in advance. However, there are several factors in deciding your first assignment as a travel nurse.

o Suppose you have a family member whom you haven’t seen in awhile, you could select a location near them so you can have time to visit and form a relationship. Additionally, you may know of a sick relative who needs assistance, so you can choose a destination from your nursing staffing agency nearby.
o Dreamed of visiting the Grand Canyon or the Rio Grande? Would you like to vacation in Hawaii or near Wine Country? Ask your travel nursing staffing agency about jobs near these destinations.
o Do you want to escape the summer heat? Ask about a travel nursing job in Minnesota or Oregon where the summers are beautiful and full of outdoor summer activities.
o Ask your travel nursing staffing agency recruiter about top destinations or ask other travel nurses where they like to travel and work.

Question: What kind of uniform will I need?
Uniforms are often provided to you. You will likely receive them upon your arrival. Each facility requires something different as far as work clothes or uniforms most of the time. It is, however, best to bring a couple pairs of comfortable shoes and an extra set of scrubs, in case your uniform is not ready the first day of your assignment or in rare occasions not provided to you. Also, keep receipts of all nurse uniforms as well as laundering expenses for tax purposes.

Question: What do I need to do before leaving on a travel nurse assignment?
If you know the exact date you will be leaving for your first travel nurse assignment, then it is a good idea to have your mail forwarded to your new housing address. You can give the post office start and stop dates for mail forwarding. It may take up to a week to get your mail at your new location, so make arrangements with any monthly bills you have to pay beforehand.

Inform your nursing staffing agency of your travel dates, so they can inform the employer when to expect you as well as how to reach you during transit. Also, tell your family and friends of your new assignment address, phone number, travel route and where to reach you in case of an emergency as well as the number of your nursing staffing agency. Carry a cell phone and car charger with you at all times; you may need to call someone during transit if you have an emergency.

Carry a folder to hold all your travel expenses, receipts, professional licenses, CEUs, uniform cost and cleaning, fuel for your car, airfare and lodging. Having an organized folder for keeping all these items will save you at tax time.

Finally, it is best to have enough money for meals, fuel, and incidentals for at least two weeks. If you have not set up a bank account at your new location or if you do not have direct deposit, your paychecks may be delayed and you’ll be without accessible funds.

Question: How do I find personal and repair services while working as a travel nurse?
Starting in a new location whether as a job transfer or a travel nurse can be daunting; however, knowing that you will be working with other professionals who are available to refer you to credible and affordable services.

Since travel nurses often have the option of staying in medical staffing housing, you won’t need to worry about home maintenance repairs. While you may need to find a beauty salon or barber, auto repair shop and affordable grocery stores, the same people you work with will be your greatest resource.

Other places to find information about local businesses can be found on Angie’s List and Yelp, which provide reviews and ratings by consumers. Almost every town also has a travel bureau or a chamber of commerce, which have plentiful of resources and recommendations for retail stores and services.

Question: As a travel nurse, do I have to accept an assignment right away after one ends?
No, you do not have to take another assignment right away. As a travel nurse you can take a break between assignments whether it is for one week, two weeks or more, and then choose your next assignment. Travel nursing is not only a great opportunity to explore new places and work assignments, but you also are able to plan your vacation between assignments.

A great recruiter will however follow up with you and talk about your plans before your assignment ends so there is a smooth transition if you want to take advantage of another assignment right away and the many bonuses and rewards that are often times offered for taking another assignment right away. The option is yours!

Question: This is my first travel nurse assignment, what if I have problems adjusting to work schedule or personnel? Whom do I contact?
Medical staffing agencies will be able to work with your needs and special requests regarding work assignments, travel costs and housing before your first assignment; this will help alleviate your first travel nurse assignment problems.

However, if you feel like the travel nurse assignment is not what you expected, you should talk to your head nurse or physician to solve any miscommunication or task responsibilities. Notify your staffing recruiter as well to make sure they know and help resolve issues so that others are in the know as well. You may also know of another nurse whom you can confide in about any concerns you have. It is best to talk to someone before issues interfere with your travel nurse assignment.

If you think of other questions before you leave for your first travel nurse assignment, call your nursing staffing agency because they will have an answer for you when you need it. Rely on their experience to guide you and keep your confidence levels high before during and after travel.

Choice of E-Cigarette Cartridges

It is a fact that technology is fast growing increasing convenience and affordability. E-cigarettes are no exception. They are a replacement to normal tobacco cigarettes which inconvenience others. They generally have cartridges in them that contain nicotine in varying concentrations. There are different types of e-cigarette cartridges available. You can choose one as per your wish.

Electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes are machines that resemble normal cigarette and give you the same kind of taste and flavour. E-cigarettes have cartridges of different types which are used for smoking. These cartridges contain nicotine in different dosages. There are also different flavours available in the cartridges. To know which one is right for you, first know the various types of cartridges available. In the market, currently there are three types of e-cigarete cartridges available- one, two and three-piece. All of them have their own positive and negative points. You choose the right cartridge depending on your machine and your preference.

One-piece e-cigarette cartridge

These are disposable type of e-cigarete cartridges. You throw it after use. You can use it to test an e-cigarette machine and decide if it works for you. There is a pre-charged battery that comes along. So you can use this immediately after buying. However, remember to dispose the battery along with the e-cigarete cartridges after use. To activate the battery, twist the battery or remove the safety tab so that the battery gets started. Pour the liquid into the atomizer and it is ready for use. This type of cigarette cartridge is cheap and easy to use.

Two-piece e-cigarette cartridges

Also known as cartomizer, the two-piece it can be refilled whenever needed. They are very convenient to use. You must remember to recharge the batteries from time to time and replace the liquid in the e-cigarete cartridges. However, if you use these types of e-cigarette cartridges on a regular basis then the atomizer will wear more quickly than other varieties.

Three-piece e-cigarette cartridges

This type of e-cigarette cartridges contains a battery, liquid and atomizer. This is the most preferred among all other cartridges by long-term smokers. Some beginners also prefer this because it is easy to use. These types of this are refillable and users can also modify them. However, one disadvantage of a three-piece e-cigarette cartridge is that it wears out more quickly than two-piece e-cigarette catridges. This is because the combined performance decreases due to continuous use.

Consumers are hard pressed for choice with these three different types of e-cigarete cartridges. While each one has some advantage, they also have some disadvantages. To decide the right type among all the e-cigarete cartridges for you, consider the number of times you smoke and your budget. If you keep buying cartridges from time to time then it will be an expensive venture. It may prove more expensive than buying tobacco cigarettes.

Internet Marketing – New Trends in an Evolving Industry

Over the years internet marketing has been evolving from the
Efforts of the first marketers. Trends in the past have seen
marketers placed ads on talk forums, classified sites, in emails
and where ever they could find potential customers.

Some of these actions led to the introduction of changes from
Within the internet marketing community and from without.
An example of a change from within the community is the banning
Of ads on all forums and relegating them to only the signature file.

An example of a change from outside the community it the Can Spam
Law, which was introduced by the USA government to prevent the sending
Of unsolicited emails. This has done much to reduce the problems of
Spam; further to this from within the community we have seen programs
Which filter emails based on the words used in the headlines and in
The body of the emails.

What all these methods have done is fueled the evolution of internet
Marketing. Now marketers are using double opt-in techniques to
Comply with the Can Spam Law, they are using Tele-seminars to
Reach their target market. They are using SEO, search engine optimization,
To reach clients who are using the search engines to look for products
And services.

As we can see the evolution of internet marketing has been fueled from
Numerous sides, the government, the internet community, the internet
Service providers and the customers themselves.

Well my fellow entrepreneur the internet marketing industry is undergoing
another major evolutionary shift fueled this time by the customers.
October, 2006 was the apex of this change which has been building for awhile.

Over the months subscribers to the various mailing lists have been receiving
Emails on a daily basis promoting one new product launch or another. In
some cases some of us have received 2 or 3 emails promoting the same new
product launch. This activity reached it breaking point in October when there
were several product launches in the same day and we received up to a dozen
duplicate emails for the launch of new products.

The end result is that, there were a large number of un-subscribed requests to
The various mailing lists owners, many gurus saw their profits dropped
Dramatically from previous launches.

Currently we are sitting on the verge of a new era in marketing, an era in which
The consumers are helping to create what they consume. This new direction
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A Close Look at Top Reasons to Buy E-Cigarettes

The latest buzz on quit smoking products are electronic cigarettes or ecigs, as they are popularly called. An electronic cigarette is made up of two or three parts, consisting of a cartridge unit, an atomizer and a rechargeable battery. When the device is activated with the button, the nicotine cartridge is heated up by the heating unit to give off vapor that is inhaled. In automatic ecigs, you just have to inhale to activate the device.

Though there are many quit smoking products available, the most effective are e-cigarettes. They look like traditional cigarettes, feel like them, but they are better and cost less.

Here are lots of advantages in buying e-cigarettes. They are environment-friendly because they do not have any of the carcinogenic elements that are present on traditional cigarette smoke. The smoke from an ecig is vapor that quickly dissolves in the air, without toxins. You can beat the smoking ban with e-cigarettes because they can be used in public places where smoking is not allowed.

Ecigs do not contain tar or let out carbon monoxide and this removes the danger of second-hand smoke. As you drag on an e-cigarette, you get that real sense of satisfaction as that of smoking a traditional cigarette, but without letting toxins into your system.

E-cigarettes cost lesser than traditional cigarette and one cartridge is worth a couple of packs. An average smoker would be spending about $2000 or even more on cigarettes but you can save on all of this through e-cigs and this is one of the biggest advantages in buying e-cigarettes. Buying e-cigarettes saves you from problems like stained teeth, hands, finger, and breath, and smelly clothes. You don’t need an ashtray or a lighter to use them. E-cigarettes are easy to use because, you just have to press a button to activate them. The automatic ones can be started with mere inhalation.

If you find using an ecig starter pack to be expensive, check out a disposable electronic cigarette. Disposable e-cigarette types come with an atomizer, battery and a nicotine cartridge that usually lasts for about 12-20 traditional cigarettes. After the nicotine cartridge is completely used up, the cigarette has to be disposed and the device’s battery cannot be used again.

What Makes Wellington Boots Such a Very British Item of Footwear?

Looking back through history, it all seems to have started in the eighteenth century when a boot called the Hessian boot, initially used by the military, became widely worn by everybody else. Hessian boots had a low heel, quite a pointed toe (useful for mounted troops for ease of using the stirrups) and were knee high.

This style of boot became popular amongst the British aristocracy in the nineteenth century and it was the first Duke of Wellington that popularised it. The Duke had his own version of the Hessian boot made. There were many alterations and the resulting style is nothing like the wellington boots we know today, but his new boot was dubbed “The Wellington” and the name lives on today.

“The Wellington” was still made of leather and remained very fashionable in Britain until the mid nineteenth century. Then in 1853 a man called Hiram Hutchinson started making them out of rubber and established his company Aigle who are of course still going today in France. The new waterproof rubber wellington was very popular among agricultural workers in France.

Then it was the two World Wars that dramatically inflated a need for waterproof knee high boots, and lots of them! Soldiers were in need of suitable footwear for the flooded trenches and it was the North British Rubber Company (now Hunter Boot Limited) that came to the rescue. When the wars were over, the Wellington had become very popular among men, women and children as the best footwear for wet weather.

What makes them so British is of course the influence of the weather, they really were and still are essential footwear for outdoor life on a rainy island.

Aside from the two World Wars and the weather, the other big influence was by a member of the aristocracy again. It was the Duke of Wellington in the eighteenth century and the Princess of Wales in the twentieth. When the Princess was photographed wearing Hunter wellies, a brand new welly craze began all over again.

So they really are a very British type of footwear. Waterproof footwear that is expected to be inexpensive, durable (lasting at least twenty years!), comfortable and easy.

British people nowadays buy little canvas houses for their beloved wellies and children positively think they are alive. Every child has at least five books in their collection that feature wellies. Children also love them because they can put them on themselves from a young age and can splash in puddles without being told off for getting their shoes or clothes wet.

Car Rental Deals – Why People Like Car Rental Deals

I know that you can relate when I say that I love to get a good deal on something. It shouldn’t take a lot of explaining why car rental deals are some of the most important things that you can partake in when shopping for a rental car. Some people will go to great lengths to find the best car rental deals that they can while others will be more willing to pay the advertised normal price. But did you know that you can just type in the name of the company you are looking for followed by the word coupon and you can find a better price. That is just one of the ways that you can get easy and cheap car rental deals.

There are many other techniques that one can use to get good car rental deals, one little known fact is just ask the company what deals they are offering at the time. A lot of agencies will have a special if you are willing to rent the car for a week, or if you are only going to have it for the weekend. Prices can vary and change depending upon the holiday season or during peak times in the summer, one can really never know how much it is going to cost to rent a car but you can also try to get the best car rental deals.

Don’t get discouraged when one company offers you a high price for a car, there are always more options than you could believe when you look for that perfect rental car for you. You also have to make a choice between two different options, let’s say for example you are on a very tight budget and you just want get the cheapest car possible than you may want to rent an economy style car and try to get the best possible deal on it, but on the other hand you also have the option of getting car rental deals in another way. You could go to an agency and request for a luxury vehicle at the price of a budget or hybrid style vehicle. You would be surprised at how many companies or agencies would be willing to make this switch simply if you ask. They may be having a special and would never have told you about it if you didn’t ask, who would have guessed?

Regardless of what deals or techniques you go after everyone and their moms love good deals so don’t let yourself charge full price for anything that you can get at a discount! I know you would rather have a luxury car instead of a budget car and drive in style, or maybe you just want to get a budget style car even cheaper than they say it is. The most important thing to learn is don’t be afraid to ask, there are many options out there when dealing with rental car deals!

There Are Many Reasons Car Rentals Offer Cheap Rental Cars and You Should Be Aware of Such Reasons

The most obvious reason why you can get a cheap car rental is when the renting outfit is giving vacation discounts on certain months or seasons of the year. This is a matter of routine that they have to do to remain competitive in their market. Although vacation times are the times when people love to go on holiday trips, they will usually rent from companies with discounted rates.

Other companies apply discounts to their prices for certain special and tourist-attractive destinations. These discounts are seasonal such as if you were to attend the Mardi Gras in New Orleans. These types of discounts you have to avail of early on, perhaps a few weeks before the festivities start. The reason is that there will most often be a last-minute rush to the site just before the fun begins and at that time and usually all promos and packages are suspended. This is perhaps due to the fact that the rental companies may run out of their own vehicles to rent out and will have to borrow from those who have any available and leave off on giving discounts for the borrowed cars.

Alternatively, other discounts are given for the sake of boosting their rentals during the slower months of the year or for destinations that are not very popular.

What is obvious is that you shouldn’t have a difficult time getting a cheap rental car for your outing because car rentals are dying to give you discounts just to keep the money rolling in. They even furnish large companies with discount cards which can be distributed to the employees. So you better check with management, if you are working in a big establishment, about cheap rental car discounts from the better known rental companies.

Because the condition of the car you are renting is determined to a great degree by the age of the car itself, a regular renter should know how to determine the age of the car by looking at its plate number. The formula for doing this is available on the internet and it may be different from one country to another and even from one state to the next. So when you research for ‘how to tell the car’s age from the number’ you should select the rules for the locality you are in.

You should be aware that there are also cheap rental car scams. In this situation you may be getting a car which is poorly conditioned or just plain too old to be road-worthy. Besides the car’s age, a look at the mileage indicator of the car will tell you how much use the motor of that car has seen. Along the same line of good car condition, you should be aware that although you can get cheap rental cars at smaller rental outfits if you need to use it for a long time, there is a catch to this. Smaller outfits will not have that many personnel and if you were expecting them to provide back up for you during an emergency, you may get an unpleasant surprise when you find you have to dish out your own money to have the rented car repaired.

How to Shop For a Woman

There’s a saying that goes, “Women are from Venus, men are from Mars;” this saying does hold true when shopping for a woman. It can get quite difficult and intimidating to buy gifts for a woman, like an anniversary present or a gift for Valentine’s Day. Many men get intimidated when shopping for women, because it’s quite difficult to know and understand what a woman really wants. There are times that even the most heartfelt and well-intentioned gifts can spark fits of the wrong emotions in a woman. Shopping for women doesn’t have to be a roller coaster of confusion; here’s a quick guide to help.

Think Like a Woman

To shop for a woman, you have to get in touch with your feminine side. Whether you’re shopping for your mother, your sister, your wife, or your girlfriend, you need to have a good idea of what she likes. Don’t go for obvious things like jewelry or flowers or teddy bears. Every woman has a unique personality, which means that what she really wants may fall under a stereotype or an idea you have of what women want.

Go for the Sale

Many women love sales. Sales are that time of the year where everything good comes cheap. The mall may be crowded during mall-wide promo sales, but the extra time and effort you spend looking for a gift is well worth the savings you get if you buy shop on a sale. Sales can be difficult to come by, and can get a bit stressful especially with a crowd of shoppers. Here are some tips to keep in mind when shopping at a sale.

* Holiday and clearance sales. The most expensive items usually have up to a 50% markdown during special sales, when stores and boutiques need to clear out inventory. Make sure that you’re not buying old stock, and that you’re getting the best value for money.

* Discounts. Shopping for women can get a bit expensive. Store owners know this, and try to offer discounts for gift items for women as much as they can. Discount goods need not be cheap; as long as the gift is of a good quality and has a reasonable price, then you can buy it.

* Follow the leader.

Duplicates and One-of-a-Kind Items

If you think that shopping for women won’t get any more difficult, think again. Some women prefer to have two or more items of the same variety, and some prefer to have a one-of-a-kind item that only they own. What makes it even more confusing is that many women have certain preferences on what items should be bought in duplicates, and what items should be one-of-a-kind. To make things easier for your shopping day, here’s a quick list of what can be duplicated, and what should be extra-special:

* Duplicates: perfumes, shoes, jewelry, make-up kits, skin care products

* One-of-a-kind items: clothes, bags, purses, watches, bracelets

Keep Up With Trends

While reading a fashion or women’s lifestyle magazine may sound unappealing and completely beneath your manhood, it’s always a good idea to do research before shopping. You don’t have to completely and thoroughly read the articles as much as you would a hotrod magazine or the latest video games; the least you could do is to look at pictures, memorize them, and look for similar items at the boutique or the department store. That way, you can keep your friend or significant other trendy and happy with the way she looks.

Shop, and Get It Over With

One of the reasons why men find it so difficult to shop for gifts is the very idea of shopping. For some men, a boutique or a store that specializes in women’s apparel and accessories is like a punishment for some unknown sin. While the place may seem a bit too feminine and fluffy for your own tastes, the only way you’re going to get a good gift for that special woman in your life is if you enter the store, have a good idea of what you’re going to buy, make shopping quick, and high-tail it out. Chances are, though, that you may enjoy the shopping experience more than you’re willing to admit to yourself.

Common Pitfalls of a Career in Commercial Real Estate

When you start your career in commercial real estate, you will soon know the common pitfalls that prevail in the industry. They are nothing special and unique, but they do require specific focus and action to resolve.

The pitfalls that most agents and salespeople come across are some of the following:

  • Finding new clients in the local area is not as easy as it originally seemed. The process requires hard work and daily diligent focus. Prospecting is one of the most important things that you can do in your career.
  • The competitive nature of the industry means that you will be up against other agents continually in presenting and pitching your services. It is easy to believe that you will win a listing, however the motivations of clients are many and varied.
  • Agents and salespeople with local property knowledge are useful, however the agent that usually wins the listing will be the one that shows the greatest level of confidence and solid negotiation skills. Clients like to work with experienced achievers that can solve their property problem quickly.

These three points would indicate that you must be prepared to work hard and to a plan. The most successful agents in the industry achieve their results through diligent focus and daily hard work. I go back to the point made earlier; you must prospect daily regardless of how much other work you have currently. Failure to prospect today means that your business will slow down within about two or three months.

Here is a good business model that can be used in most commercial real estate agencies. This is a personal model that should apply to sales people.Research the new business leads and opportunities every night before you commence the next day. On this basis you will have new people to contact. A big part of your job is to create a new leads and new opportunities. That is how you will grow your market share.

  1. Start your day early and always with the prospecting system and process that is relevant to your property type. Generally speaking this will mean lots of cold calls within a defined system that you feed with new leads and opportunities.
  2. The prospecting process should take about two or three hours every morning. By the time you get to the middle of the day, you will have achieved two or three meetings from those calls made in the morning.
  3. Do your property inspections and client meetings in the afternoon. That then leaves the late afternoon for you to do your paperwork and marketing.

Organisation and focus will turn your career in a positive direction. This does take time, however diligent daily process should see positive results within about one month. When the results start to come in, you simply keep the process moving ahead. Do not change the rules, and remain consistent.