12 Oct

What Should You Look For In Your Walking Sandals?

Buying comfortable shoes is all about the fit. The foot of your sandal should be smaller than the sole and care needs to be taken that the sandal should not hang over the sides or the back. Also you need to make sure that the toe box is large enough and it can accommodate the widest part of the foot. It should be important that the strap should be comfortable and should snug without it rubbing on foot, toes or back of the heel. Ensure that the sandals are not very big because the feet can slide around which can cause blisters on the toes.

I love my walking sandals because it is made of high quality materials. Suede, leather and fabric straps lets the feet breathe and prevents blistering. Look for straps made of polyurethane or nylon webbing that is amazing for water activities. Also take care that the foot bed should have a breathable fabric and can reduce sweating and slipping. Look for top soles that are made of memory foam or durable rubbers as they last longer and offer better support and protection.

The sandals should have a proper placed strap which can cause irritation, corns or blisters. Sandals that have back straps can hit below the ankle and it provides a secure fit and is comfortable. Make sure that you avoid the straps that rub against the foot top. The straps that are lined with soft leather or suede can prevent chafing. The element designs or seams can rub and dig into the feet to cause discomfort.

The sandal should also provide a lot of arch support. This will prevent cramps, fatigue and back pain. Look for sandals that allow all day walking as most of the sandals do not offer the arch support for extended wear. The sandal that are spongy, have supporting midsoles and support the arch lets the wearer be comfortable and wear it for a longer period of time.

01 Sep

Vietnam Visa On Arrival For US Citizens

To obtain a Vietnam Visa US citizens can opt for a visa on arrival that generally takes around two business days to approve a 30 day single entry visa. This is a much simpler version of visa and most of the people who apply for it qualify without any hassle.


There are certain eligibility criterions for US citizens that help them to apply and qualify for Vietnam visa on arrival. These are as listed below:

  • When a U.S. citizen needs to attend the funeral or a family member or needs to visit a family member who is in a critical health condition.
  • When the said citizen is arriving from a country where there is no diplomatic mission or Vietnamese consular office.
  • When the citizen needs to visit Vietnam on tours that have been organized by the Vietnamese International Travel Agencies.
  • If there is a need to assist in emergency technical situations like construction work etc.
  • To provide emergency relief to accident victims or in cases of natural disasters or epidemics.
  • Other miscellaneous cases of emergency.

A number of tourism agencies will help you to prepare a letter that will make you eligible for a visa on arrival. The time to get your letter verified and approved can be quite lengthy because multiple flights land at the same time.

You could also have certain privacy concerns since the visa on arrival letter shows the names of other applicants as well. One could easily find out your first and last name, passport number, date of birth, nationality and dates of entry or exit to and from the country. While this may not be a cause of concern for many, it could certainly be a cause of concern if you prefer keeping personal information hidden from the public eye.

20 Jul

Why you should try living in Thailand at least once in your life

When somebody told me recently that they had just come back from thailand, images from the second hangover flooded my mind. Drug dealing monkeys, criminal overlords and nights that will never be remembered all seemed like fitting traits of a trip to thailand. But what he told me was so far from what I had imagined in my head.

He told me about the temples, the monks, the nature trails and the sea. He told me that the reason for his trip was because he was thinking about buying a secondary property over there. Something that he can rent out during the winter months, and then go and stay there during the summer time. That really sparked my interest. I had often wondered about a secondary property, but never considered buying one in a foriegn country, especially one as exoctic as thailand!

After speaking over the course of a few days about the prospect of potentially buying a second home in thailand, he sent me a link to the website where he found a huge  list of properties in Ko Samui. After seeing the prices and how beautiful the houses were, it made complete sense to go and at least have a look.

On arrival in thailand I was warmly greeted by the airline staff. The weather was hot and what I saw from the plane, the sea was blue. I knew that this trip was purely business but it’s hard not delve into a little pleasure when you’re in paradise. Within hours, I was in my shorts lying on the beach soaking up the sun.

After one to many drinks, I hazily made my way towards my hotel room. I had a few hours before my meeting with the realtor, so I showered, shaved and sobered up. When we met, he took me to this huge house on the beach front, right next to where I was bathing in the sun. I was pretty much sold right there and then!