Some Basic Information”Bien Viaje” is a useful expression for you to know when travelling and backpacking around Mexico. It is very likely that you will encounter many native Mexicans and their children when backpacking Mexico according to the excellent travel book The People’s Guide to Mexico (by Carl Franz and Lorena Havens, Avalon Travel, 2007). When doing so and departing from them, they may wish you Bien Viaje (Safe Journey). You may pick up such phrases from the “Useful Expressions” section of Knopf Guides Mexico (2006) and other travel guides. It might be a good idea for the traveler to know some of these basic phrases and expressions and other points of interest for their trip. It is also a good idea to read up and do some research on this beautiful country.Basic People InfoSome very basic backpacking and traveling Mexico information for one to know is that the traveler (from outside of Mexico) will likely be noticed by the locals wherever they may travel and camp. Remember that the traveler will look and be different and the locals will likely marvel at this. Children can be particularly invasive. But, these folks will mostly remain friendly. This means that if the traveler desires privacy, planning and scouting for privacy will be of necessity. If privacy is not a necessity, it is also important to remember that the people can be a great source of information and creature comforts.Getting AroundHow one gets around Mexico while backpacking and traveling seems like a very basic question. Besides getting around on foot the travelers can get around a variety of ways; RV, RV Caravan, Motorhomes, Trailers, Vans, Pickups, Cars and Rent-A-Cars (of course). RV Caravans can be the largest and most noticeable of ways to get around. But their special appeal is in the number of goods and foodstuffs these fellow travelers may be able to offer in trade in barter. That can be a good thing to know when the backpacker is running short on supplies and/or funds.Another good and economical thing to know is that it is equally acceptable to camp through Mexico via one’s car. Many backpackers and travelers have noted that this can be a very inexpensive way to shelter overnight. However, it has been infamously stated that if one’s car or vehicle has USA license plates that it will be stolen. This may be a shameful thing to say but notoriously represented in such movies as Traffic (2000). For this reason, some folks prefer to go Rent-A-Car camping.Security and SafetyWhile most places are safe and friendly to camp and backpack in Mexico, this lovely country has sometimes had some security issues appear in the international news. As was just mentioned, it is sometimes seen as best to rent a car than to bring in one with USA license plates. It is a good idea to check for travel warnings to any foreign country through TravelState (dotGov) before traveling there. For example, the site posted a travel warning to Mexico as recently as 8/27/2010. Please note that the site does state that millions of Americans travel safely to Mexico each year.
Travel – The Benefits of Exploring the World
What on earth is happening to the world?The financial sectors are being brought down to their knees the world over, jobs are on the line, and we feel forced to watch this happen and feel powerless to do anything to stop it. But are we powerless? No. Good enough reason to want to survive this ruin. In fact, the key to surviving this difficult and unprecedented stage in our planet’s history is to take responsibility, alter our thought process altogether and change the way we see the world. Travel and the exploration of our world provides us with the perfect platform for this change to occur.When approached with openness and humility, the benefits of Travel are endless. But for the sake of simplicity, I have broken them down to 5 points.1. Travel gives us the opportunity to silence the mind.
2. Travel gives us the opportunity to be touched by beauty.
3. Travel encourages us to grow.
4. Travel fuels our imagination, and awakens a sense of lightness and joy.
5. Travel fulfills our yearning for Unity.1. Travel gives us the opportunity to silence the mind. Silence, which has been grossly underrated by modern society, creates a nourishing environment for contemplation and the appearance of inspiration. Yet, we find it extremely challenging to silence the mind in the midst of our everyday routine. This is where stepping outside of our comfort zone and exploring unfamiliar lands can play a very important part. It becomes easier for us to focus our undivided attention on a chosen object, such as a sunset, a beautiful landscape or a work of art, when we are outside of our normal environment. We allow ourselves to experience that sense of wonder and rapturous amazement at the harmony of natural laws, and feelings such as exhilaration, joy and peace are triggered. Time seems to stand still. Our intuitive capacity is increased, leading us to reach the Self and contact it fully. This is called an insight or “Illumination”, that “AHA” moment, where we arrive at a new level of awareness. And when an insight or illumination does appear, it sometimes reveals something that may have even been staring at us in the face all along.The opportunity to silence the mind during my own personal travels has enabled me to find practical solutions to problems, the courage to change direction in my life at pivotal moments, and has provided me with the fertile grounds to think creatively. I have also observed that insights come as “feelings”, and so the insights vanish when the feeling vanishes. I have found that registering the insight on a mental level, like recording it into a diary, journal or workbook, fully assimilates the insights on a mental level. By recording insights, it anchors your thoughts, and thus forms the beginning of a gradual unfolding.2. Travel gives us the opportunity to be touched by beauty.
Beauty can be described as a certain visual harmony, a spontaneous aesthetic experience. It is elusive, highly personal, it’s impact unpredictable, and yet is as integral to our human survival as Oxygen. Beauty is healing, regenerative, uplifting. Beauty allows us to put our pains and problems aside and helps us succeed in forgetting ourselves. It reveals unknown worlds and nameless possibilities. Beauty lightens our greed. As human beings, we have the choice to increase our aptitude in the art of appreciating beauty by opening ourselves to it and making ourselves available to experience it. Travel and exploring the world provides us with that opportunity in spades. After all, planet Earth is the “paradise planet” of the universe.3. Travel encourages us to grow.
Growth is understanding what we have not previously been able to conceive. It is feeling what we have never felt, or doing what we have never done before. It obliges us to leave our comfort zone and progress into the unknown. Growth can sometimes be a joy, and sometimes it can be uncomfortable or even downright painful. But one thing is for certain. The personal growth experienced through travel and the exploration of the world results in a far greater sensitivity to the pain of human beings in general. And through this, we begin to see our own life in perspective, which in turn gives us a greater sense of purpose.4. Travel fuels our imagination, and awakens a sense of lightness and joy.
What has happened to our imagination? Have our life experiences, schooling and conditioning discouraged us so much from using our imagination that we now view it as a frivolous word? Take a look at the eyes of a child. That look reminds us of a time when anything and everything was possible, unobstructed by past experiences and without exclusions. Travel reminds us not to take things quite so seriously in our lives. It awakens a sense of lightness and joy, and the realization that life is a dance. And dance, though powerful, is also a great pleasure.5. Travel fulfills our yearning for Unity.
It is instinctive for human beings to naturally seek union with larger units, as we wish to share and participate in something that we regard as being greater than our individual selves. It is only natural. Travel encourages a sense of unity with all beings everywhere. Through travel we acquire a sense that we all share in the same destiny. So rather than confining ourselves to our own local communities and remaining in a stagnant mindset about the world, now more than ever, it makes so much sense to explore our wonderful world and travel more. The planet is in dire need for human beings to start resonating with each other, despite our cultural differences. No man is an island, as we have seen from the more recent financial meltdown. What has happened in Wall Street has affected us all on a global scale. We now have the opportunity to raise awareness and reverse the process through the art of travel.Our outer world is simply a reflection of our own inner process. As without, so within. And as wonderful as the world is, it is no match for the beauty and depths of our imagination and own soul. And yet we can reach those depths via the richness of our world. The colours, languages, peoples, cultures, sounds, smells, taste sensations, art, all are part of a rich tapestry that forms our world heritage, and it’s just waiting for us to discover and enjoy it.So act now and book that honeymoon travel destination, or that Summer holiday to somewhere that you haven’t been to before. Bring your diary, journal or workbook to record all those great insights and ideas that will come to you along the way, and don’t forget your camera so that you can capture the beauty around you.
Know And Use Your Consumer Rights
A consumer is an integral part of the marketplace in todays time. In fact, without consumers, the marketplace is nothing. But still, consumers are served by a large number of low quality goods and services by suspicious manufacturers or companies for making more and more black money.In other words, consumers are being exploited by unreliable manufacturers just because of their illiteracy. A few consumers don’t even know about the consumer rights. In order to protect the right of consumer, government enacted a law called Consumer Protection Act in the year of 1986 that provides 6 basic rights to the consumers. All these rights are created in order to provide worthy products and services to the consumers.There are following consumer rights:1. Right to Safety:As per this right, the customers get the right to be protected against the shopping of goods and amenities which are unsafe to life as well as property. This right plays an essential role in order to safe and secures the life of consumers. This right involves concern for the consumer’s long-term interest and their current needs. Most of the times, the manufacturing defects of distinct products, for instance, pressure cookers, gas cylinders, iron, geyser, grinder-mixer, toaster, and other electrical appliances may cause harm to the life, health, and property of the innocent customers. This Right to Safety protects the customers from the sale of such unsatisfied and low quality products as well as services.2. Right to Information:As per the Right to Information, the consumers have the right to get information regarding the purity, price, quality, quantity and standard of goods or services in order to protect themselves against the abusive and unfair practices of dishonest proprietors. According to this right, manufacturer or owner must deliver right and relevant information to the consumers regarding the products.3. Right to Choose:As per Right to Choose, each and every customer has the right to choose the goods or services according to their choice and requirement. The right to choose is actually an assurance of ability, availability and access to a variety of products and services at reasonable price or fair price. The manufacturer or owner or supplier or retailer can’t force the consumer to purchase a particular brand only. The consumer can freely choose the highest quality and most suitable product as per their interest and budget.4. Right to be Heard or Right to Representation:Right to be heard or Right to Representation enables a consumer to represent them in front of anyone. In other words, consumers can complaint against dishonest manufacturer, owner, company, brand, etc. and a consumer grievance redressal forum has to consider their problem under this right.5. Right to Seek Redressal:Under Right to Seek Redressal, the consumer has the right to seek redressal or get compensation against unfair trade practices of suspicious manufacturer. This right assures justice to consumer against ill-treatment. The Right to Redressal includes compensation in the form of money or replacement of products as per the satisfaction and requirement of the consumer.6. Right to Consumer Education:As per the Right to Consumer Education, consumer acquires the knowledge about consumer rights. A knowledgeable customer knows the importance and right use of their rights. In fact, they can take action against any person due to which they are being cheated.Finally, I want to say that a large number of consumers are educated, but there is no shortage of illiterate consumers, who don’t have knowledge about the rights of consumers. Illiteracy is the main reason of their exploitation by many dishonest retailers. Now, they need not to be worried about it anymore as there are tons of genuine online consumer forum available for 24×7 in order to make them aware of consumer rights.Consumers can easily complete the procedure of consumer forum online complaint registration by following easy steps and get the best and optimal resolution corresponding to their problems within the least time.