How to Build a Go Kart

How to Build a Go Kart

How to build a go kart? So, you need to build one but you have no idea where to start. There is nothing quite like creating something with your own two hands and being able to race your creation down a hill successfully (AKA - without the go kart completely falling apart).

Maybe it is for your kid’s Boy Scout troupe or your community’s annual go kart race. Whatever your reason is for learning how to build a go kart, we are here to give you the most practical and simple way to build a go kart.

Keep in mind that this is not an easy task and it definitely requires an extreme amount of skill and patience.

Building something from scratch is oddly satisfying, but building something you can drive? The feeling is even more satisfying than building, for example, a bookshelf.


What You Will Need on How to Build a Go Kart


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To successfully build a go kart, will need specific tools, supplies, and an especially driven work ethic to learn how to build a go kart.

You will also need some power tools, welding capabilities (or a welder), access to a workspace, a creative mind, and a huge amount of patience.

You will also need the appropriate dare devil who has the “cajones” to test the go kart when it is finished!

First you need to decide what the specific plans for your go kart are. Go karts come in all shapes and sizes but the basic elements of a go kart are a chassis, a simple engine and a steering/braking system.

For the chassis, you will need:

  1. 30 feet of 1-inch square tubing
  2. 6 feet of0.75-inch round steel bar stock
  3. 6 feet of 0.5-inch bar stock
  4. 3/16th-inch thick steel plate in a width and length slightly larger than your engine
  5. Plywood or metal (for seat and floorboards)
  6. A seat

For the engine, you will need:

  1. An Engine (an old lawnmower engine is perfect to use as a go kart engine)
  2. Chain that fits the sprocket
  3. Bolts and washers
  4. Gas tank

 

For the drive train, you will need:

  1. Wheels
  2. Steering wheel
  3. Gear and handbrake
  4. Drive Shaft
  5. Steering Shaft
  6. Bearings
  7. Brake pedal
  8. Throttle/go pedal

Steps on How to Build a Go Kart

1. Draw Up Your Plan

Drafting up your go kart plan is the best way to begin building a go kart. Produce diagram after diagram to ensure your measurements and design are as accurate as you can make them. You can look online for schematics and ideas for your go kart design.


Size your go kart depending on the size and age of the driver.

 

2. Hire a Qualified Welder

For those who do not have experience welding, hiring a welder is a crucial and necessary to safely and efficiently build your go kart. You will need the welder to help create a solid chassis or base for your go kart.

 

An alternative to this option is to purchase a go kart kit online. These no-welding necessary kits will allow a regular layman to assemble with simple tools the chassis for your go kart.


3. Start Building

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Next up, you will begin cutting the metal tubing for your kart’s frame. Cut the lengths of your tubing to match those of your schematics for your go kart. Weld the frame together, assemble the front stub axles and then install your rear axle and wheel assembly.

 

You will probably need a bearing bracket for the rear axle so that the frame and axle both have proper range of motion. Weld a steel plate onto the chassis to secure the pressure plate and squeeze the bearing into place.

 

For an easy guide, you can mark the floor of the workspace you are using to keep track of your measurements and plans. A good trick is to use sidewalk chalk, as it is easy to erase but also easy to use.

 

If you want to make it even easier on yourself, consider drawing up your entire plan on the ground of your workspace to make sure you are keeping everything in line and measured correctly. The last thing you want to happen is for on miss-measured step to ruin your entire project.

 

The next step is to weld your frame together according to the specific plans you are using. If you have hired a welder, they will most likely use concrete blocks to elevate the go kart’s frame while they work.

 

Use gussets in the corners of your welds to provide even more stability. Make sure to take all safety precautions if you are welding for the first time and do not weld if you do not have experience.


4. Build and Install Your Seat

Assemble your seat out of plywood and bolt the seat to your go kart’s frame. Use T nuts to drill holes into the plywood and cover the plywood with 2-inch high-density foam followed by a solid layer of marine vinyl.

 

Secure the vinyl to the seat by using a staple gun and make sure to leave room for the steering, engine, and other control gears. If you want to save the time and money, you can try checking salvage yards for old go kart seats or a car seat that might fit in the go kart.


5. Engine and Steering Column

The next major step is to install the go kart’s engine mount. Have your welder weld a flat piece of a thick steel plate to the rear frame in order to properly mount your engine. Place the engine on top of the steel plate and mark the holes where your bolt will go.

 

Attach your driving pulley onto the axle before you mount the axle to the bushings. Next up, you will build the steering linkage. Use the 0.5-inch steel rod for the linkages and the 0.75-inch steel rods for you axles.


6. Wheels and Brakes

Install your small racing wheels to the go kart for maximum acceleration and steering control. Stabilize them onto the already installed axles with their respective hubs. The next big step to complete your go kart is to assemble and install your brakes.

 

Fix a disc onto the rear axle and a caliper assembly onto the chassis to make for the safest go kart possible. You can usually find these supplies on salvaged go karts or motorbikes. Motorbike assemblies are ideal for go karts, because they have almost the same size.

 

Definitely add a brake pedal for your foot to use, because your hands will be busy steering once you hit the road. You can do this by actually installing a brake pedal or by making a simple pull throttle – like a lawnmower.

 

The brakes might be the most important part of your go kart, because they provide the ability for the driver to stop the vehicle or emergency brake it with the foot pedal in case of crisis.


7. Decorate Your Go Kart

Now comes the fun part. Since you have now learned how to build a go kart, you can decorate your go kart. Use paints, flags, emblems, and streamers to create the most colorful and fly go kart on the block.

 

If you are competing in a group or for a certain cause, make a specialized flag to let observers know who’s go kart is driving by. This a super fun way to get even more creative and personalize your go kart.


8. Win the Race

Now it is time for the big race and you are nervous but excited to test your homemade go kart against the other homemade go karts out there. Hopefully, you were smart and took your go kart for a few test spins before taking it to the race track.

On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!


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We hope this breakdown helped you in learning all you need to know about how to build a go kart.

From drawing up your designs to hiring a welder or learning how to weld, building a go kart is no small task. It is in fact a huge undertaking not for the faint of heart.

Building a go kart takes time, perseverance, money, smarts, and building capabilities. It also takes a strong-willed and motivated person - with a competitor’s bone and an itch for winning.

We wish you the best of luck in your adventures of go kart building and racing!

Cheap Places To Find The Designer Belts You’d Love To Have

Cheap Places To Find The Designer Belts You’d Love To Have

Ah, the wonderful world of designer brands and high-class fashion. Designer brands can make or break an outfit and some people love their designer brands so much, it is all they wear.

Some of us however, are not so fortunate when it comes to the affordability of designer fashion. That is why we are grateful for all the other ways and places to buy designer brands without the designer price.

Today, we will be zooming in the focus on belts. Belts are everything. They can make any outfit pop, create the perfect shape on your body or simply just bring an entire outfit together.

Designer Belts

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Designer belts make wonderful accessories. Whether it is Gucci, Fendi, Marc Jacobs or Louis Vuitton, a well-made and well-styled designer belt can create your entire style. Designer belts are A+ outfit game changers and can make a huge statement if you wear them right.

Designer belts come in all shapes, styles and sizes. They can be thin and dainty or huge fashion statements that everyone is sure to ogle over. They can range in price from $100.00 thousands of dollars and can be seen as super valuable.

If you want to dress in designer, but do not have designer cash, what do you do? If you are a fashion-ista or thrift store queen, how do you incorporate designer belts into your fashion? How do you afford the absurd prices placed on designer goods?

Places to Find Cheap Designer Belts

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We can all dream of dressing in designer brands or wearing the newest Gucci belt that debuted last fashion week in New York City. How can we make these dreams turn into reality though? What is the trick to dressing designer without designer cash?

Let us break down some of our favorite spots to shop for designer belts that are not straight form the designer themselves. Sometimes finding designer without the designer price tag can be a daunting and time consuming task. With the right attitude and our tips and tricks, you will be dawning your “new” Gucci belt in no time.

If you have never been to a second hand store, thrift store or department store before, my dear, it is time to try. The stores where used and even brand new items can be found at markdown prices are my favorite kind of stores.

Second hand stores allow for more financial freedom and the ability to do more with your hard earned dollars. Scouring for marked down and resale designer belts can be quite the task, but imagine owning that brand new Hermes belt and feel the sparks of motivation fuel you.

Where to Buy Designer Belts

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There are endless retail stores both in person and online that sale designer belts for sale. Whether new, old, used or faulted, designer belts can be found with the correct resilience and effort.

You may have to try harder, search longer and skim through countless stores, but believe us when we say that finding a designer belt for half the price at a thrift sore feels way better than buying one brand new online.

Let us start with the real-life world and different stores that are in all major United State’s cities and could potentially have the designer belts your heart has been craving. Then we will throw in some websites and amazing online sites to check out for your new designer belts.


MACY'S


Macy’s is a wonderful option to go look for cheap designer belts at. They are always have killer sales and deals and if you having one of their store credit cards, you are even more likely to get an unheard of deal on those new designer goods.

They literally have new Michael Kors belts for under $100, which is a steal of a deal. You can shop all major designer brands here as well for a fraction of the cost. The stores sells both men’s and women’s belts and if you check at the right time, you might find that unicorn of a cheap designer belt just for you.

 

MARSHALL'S


Marshall’s the best for all things discount and on sale. They offer surprising brands, selections and savings like you would not imagine. Every time I go into a Marshall’s, I am shocked by how many cute clothes, shoes and accessories I find for such good prices.

Marshall’s offers a variety of name brands at prices almost half the costs. You can find the best in fashion, home goods, lifestyle and beauty at Marshall’s. Marshall’s always has a belt section for both women and men and they are usually stocked full of name brands you would not expect to see for such low prices.

 

ROSS


Ross has been dishing out the high quality goods for low prices since 1982. Their department store specializes in brand name products at extraordinary saving. Their goal is to provide an easy, fun and organized shopping experience.

Ross is a hidden gem to find designer belts for bargain prices. Ross offers a “no frills” policy and focus all of their attention on providing the most affordable name brand clothes, accessories, home goods and more.


NORDSTROM RACK


Nordstrom Rack is the amazing off-price retail division of Nordstrom Inc. founded in Seattle, Washington, in 1901. John W. Nordstrom started the shop and since then the retailer has over 100 stores and e-commerce business that can be found in every major city.

Nordstrom Rack was created bout forty years ago and offers many of the same high-quality brands that Nordstrom’s carries but without the hefty price tags. You can shop in store or online and Nordstrom Rack is definitely a must if you are in the market for cheap designer belts.

 


Neiman Marcus Last Call is just like Nordstrom Rack but for Neiman Marcus. The brand offers amazing brand name fashions at a fraction of the costs and designer belts are definitely part of the Last Call mix.

They have an entire designer shop, full of amazing deals on name brands you cannot miss out on. If you are looking for designer belts, stopping by your local Neiman Marcus Last Call or order on their website.

 


The Outnet launched in 2009 and since has been proving itself as a trusted online outlet for the global style-conscious shopper. The site receives new additions every day of the week and they guarantee shopping with them will take your style to the next level.

The Outnet showcases over 350 designers at discounts up to 75% off. They even do exclusive collaborations with certain designers including Olympia, Oscar De La Renta and more. Make your belt collection soar with their great options of designer belts.


BLUE FLY


Bluefly is a wonderful option for cheap men’s designer belts. It offers designer belts for over 50% off retail prices. Bluefly is a highly curated fashion marketplace for the style-obsessed human. They feature email-only exclusives to bring you the best of deals.

There are over 3,000 coveted designer brands offered on Bluefly including Prada, Gucci, Fendi, Christian Louboutin, Saint Laurent, Chloé, Céline, Alice and Olivia, Rebecca Minkoff, vintage Chanel and so much more.

 


Ebay is always a good option when it comes to finding deals on designer belts. It takes the most time and effort out of all these options, but you can really find those smashing deals if you do it correctly.

You will need an Ebay account and experience buying things on Ebay to be successful at finding yourself designer belts. If you can successfully do this however, there are many cheap designer belts to be had online.

Belt It Up Designer Style

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Having lots of designer belts in your closet can seen like an expensive style to rock, but if you shop at these designated spots, you are sure to find many designer belts to fill your closet. These stores and online retailers all focus on bringing designer brands to the consumer for discounted prices.

We are all about the discount stores and department second hands such as Neiman Marcus Last Call and Nordstrom Rack.

If you cannot physically make it out to these stores, we included amazing discount designer sites such as Bluefly and The Outnet to satisfy your designer belt itch.

 

You Want Epic Memories That Last a Lifetime: How to Plan a Vacation to Get Them

You Want Epic Memories That Last a Lifetime: How to Plan a Vacation to Get Them

Want to know how to plan a vacation the right way?

Sure, you can sorta-kinda plan one using guesswork and Google. But that's not the kind of vacation that will leave you with epic memories.

How do I know?

I once went on vacation to Thailand. The only problem was that I didn't plan anything. I just showed up.

Get this:

There wasn't a single available hotel room in Koh Samui, where I landed. So I slept outside on the beach, with the mosquitos and sand fleas. It took me three days to find a hotel room!

Don't be like me when I was young and dumb. Make sure you know how to plan your vacation.

Since then, I've learned a thing or two about going on vacation. Today I'm a bit of an expert on travel, having spent over seven years traveling the globe.

Look:

The simple truth is that if you know how to plan a vacation in advance, you'll create epic memories.

And the best part?

Planning a vacation is easy. Also, it's kinda fun. And the more you plan, the more all the pieces fall into place. Because a vacation is supposed to be a time to rejuvenate and relax.

So let's get to it!

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Why Vacations Are Good for You


Do you know why we love vacations so much?

Of course, you'll say something about not being at work. But if getting away from work is all that we need in life, we could just stay at home.

But we don't -- because we want to explore something new.

Sure, we could relax in a lawn chair in our back yard, but you know what's better? Relaxing on a beach chair under a palm tree, with a cocktail in your hand.

Do you see the difference?

Location! Location! Location!

So right off the bat, how to plan a vacation depends on where to take a vacation.

You need to leave home to have a vacation. To explore somewhere new.

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Did you know that going on vacation has a ton of health benefits for you? Knowing how to plan a vacation has actual health benefits.

Seriously!

Here's the proof:

Lower blood pressure

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Right off the bat, going on vacation lowers your blood pressure. That means a healthier heart, better circulation, and less stress and anxiety.

How does it do that?

Get this:

When you're excited to go on vacation, you feel a sense of freedom and excitement. If you know how to plan a vacation, you'll feel instantly happier.

That's the endorphins and dopamine doing their job in your brain.

Lose weight

And you know what else?

When we go on vacation, we actually lose weight.

You heard that right!

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Studies in England discovered that on average, people lost up to ten pounds during a one week vacation.

Why is that?

Well, when you're stuck in your daily routine at home, complete with all the stress and unhappiness, you develop high levels of cortisol.

This not only keeps you feeling sluggish and unhappy but also tells your body to pack on fat. Your body must think you're hibernating or something.

But when you go on vacation, your cortisol levels drop, and with it, so does the fat!

Learn how to plan a vacation and you're off to a good start.

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Rekindle romance

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Are you married? Or in a long-term relationship? Let me guess, you are, but you might as well be roommates.

Did you know that a vacation can rekindle the romance and light a fire under your sex life?

That's right! Couples who vacation together often stay together longer.

And it gets better:

Studies found that couples who vacation together have more sex.

So what other reason do you need?

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The Best Vacation Spots in the World


You yearn for travel.

There's an entire world out there for you to see and you're stuck here. But you don't know how to plan a vacation.

Sometimes it feels like you're wasting your life.

Of course, there are people in other parts of the world who would love to come to see where you live. That would be their dream vacation!

Again, it all comes down to getting away from the ordinary and going on an adventure.

And you know what?

That's why I hate the term "staycation."

That's not a thing. It has nothing to do with learning how to plan a vacation. You can't stay at home and call it a vacation. All you're doing is waiting to go back to work.

Instead, you need to get out and see the world. See what you can't see when you're at home.

Good news!

You don't even have to travel that far to do it!

One of the best vacations you can have is to travel somewhere in America or Canada. The continent has unimaginable beauty.

But if you want something more exotic, there's an entire world at your fingertips.

When it comes to some of the best places to vacation today, I've got some favorites.

Check it out:

Costa Rica

The most biodiverse nation in the world is also one of the most stable and tourist-friendly countries in Latin America.

Costa Rica has it all.

Two coasts with more than 800 square miles of beaches. Lush rainforest filled with exotic plants and animals. A stable, democratic government.

And super-affordable prices.

Look at these accommodations:

If you want a real adventure, try staying in a Costa Rican treehouse resort!

That's right.

You'll stay in a luxury home built up in the canopy of the rainforest, with hanging bridges connecting all the other tree houses.

You won't soon forget that vacation.

On the other hand, if all you're looking for is a place to relax, then Costa Rica is full of all-inclusive resorts.

If you want to know how to plan a vacation to Costa Rica, look no further:

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  • ​Tamarindo
  • ​Monteverde
  • ​Puerto Viejo
  • ​Manual Antonio National Park

No matter what kind of vacation you want, adventure or chill, Costa Rica has something for you.

But you don't need to stray that far from home if you don't want.

Lower 48 road trip

You crave adventure. You want to get out there and see the world.

But you don't have too much money.

I get it.

So why not explore your own backyard first?

An epic road trip across the United States of America is something Hollywood movies are made of, but which very few people do.

Here's the bottom line:

You can take your own car, and with a tent and a sleeping bag, you can camp along the way. All you need to pay for is food and gas.

And there is SO much to see in the U.S.!

Seriously, there is every type of environment here.

From tropical to arctic. There are forests and deserts. Coasts and mountains. Huge cities and old west ghost towns.

So, learn how to plan a vacation across the U.S. and go see some of these amazing sites:

​Some places you can see for cheap in the comfort of your own car:

  • ​The Grand Canyon
  • ​Yellowstone National Park
  • ​New York City
  • ​Yosemite National park
  • ​San Francisco
  • ​Lake Tahoe
  • ​New Orleans
  • ​The Texas Panhandle
  • ​The Florida Keys
  • ​The Great Lakes
  • ​So much more!

Greece

Picture this:

Crystal clear blue water. White-washed bungalows along cobble-stone streets. Gorgeous red and pink flowers everywhere. Friendly, beautiful people with amazing food.

Plus, it's always sunny and warm but never humid.

That's right.

You just pictured Greece.

Greece has to be one of the top places to take a vacation. There is so much to do and see in this ancient country that you'll never have a boring day.

Here's how to plan a vacation to Greece:

​Things to do in Greece:

  • ​Swim in the Agean
  • ​Explore Greek islands from a sailboat
  • ​Visit ancient Greek ruins
  • ​Gorge on delicious Greek food
  • ​Relax in cafes and on patios
  • ​Drive along the hundreds of coastlines

In fact, there's so much to do and see in Greece that making an itinerary can get quite complicated. From wine tasting to beach lounging to exploring history and culture, how do you choose?

Here's another thing:

Greece is very diverse. Each region has its own flavor and its own distinct culture and style.

Add to that all the islands and mountains and archipelagos, and you've got a lifetime of adventure to explore.

Alaska

Do you want to know where all the roads end?

It's Alaska.

The most isolated state is one of the forgotten treasures of North America.

And it's totally worth visiting.

You've got mountains, and glaciers, and forests, and some of the most rugged coastline you've ever imagined.

But get this.

Did you know that Juneau has one of the best culinary scenes in the country?

It's true!

For some reason, the world's top chefs are flocking to Alaska and setting up restaurants. There are Michelin-star-rated restaurants in Juneau and Anchorage.

To be sure, Alaska isn't for everyone. You need to have a bit of a sense of adventure.

Also, you must really not want to swim on a beach, because even in the summer it's relatively chilly in Alaska.

And I'll be honest with you: it can be a little dangerous. I mean, have you seen the size of those Kodiac bears?

Learn how to plan a vacation to Alaska:

​Things to do in Alaska:

  • ​Visit the Kenai Peninsula
  • ​Visit Denali mountain
  • ​Watch wildlife
  • ​Go fishing
  • ​See the Northern Lights
  • ​Immerse yourself in Native history and culture
  • ​Visit Fairbanks
  • ​Eat in Juneau

Bali, Indonesia

Do you want to get far, far away?

Then head to Indonesia, because everything is so different here.

Yet there's a highly-developed tourism economy, which means you get all the conveniences that you want. Good food, safety, nightclubs, modern hotels, great health care, and decent infrastructure.

Now, the same can't be said for the rest of Indonesia, but in Bali, you're going to be comfortable.

Bali is just one of Indonesia's islands, but it's become a tourism mecca. That means you get awesome white-sand beaches and true South Pacific weather. As well as some fantastic hotels and restaurants.

Learn to scuba dive in the clear blue ocean, or hike up an active volcano, or party your nights away in one of Bali's booming night clubs.

Things here aren't too expensive, either.

But remember:

Prices are going up as more and more people come here. So don't wait too long.

Here's how to plan a vacation to Bali.

​Things to do in Bali:

  • ​Visit ancient Buddhist temples
  • ​Check out the rice terraces
  • ​See Mount Bakur
  • ​Learn to scuba dive
  • ​Learn to surf
  • ​Dance in a night club
  • ​Party at a beach rave
  • ​Lounge on a tropical beach
  • ​Swim in a beautiful pool

How to Make Memories on Vacation


It's a question that drives you nuts.

How to plan a vacation that turns into an epic lifelong memory?

Sure, you can sit at the in-pool bar all day, annoying people with your chatter and avoiding the warm patches of water.

But that's not really epic.

And it certainly doesn't create many memories.

Look:

To really create memories while on vacation, you need to do a bit of preparation beforehand. I'm talking about before you even leave home.

There are four easy things you can do right now to make sure you have memories that will last a lifetime. This is how to plan a vacation.

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BUDGET

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​KEEP IT SIMPLE

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​Plan your itinerary

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​Record your vacation

If you do these four things before you go on vacation, then you're going to have a much better time than if you just wing it.

There are many reasons why it's better to prepare in advance.

What if you run out of money?

In that case, even the pool bar won't be an option.

Here's another thing.

If you load too many expectations into your vacation or create an unwieldy plan bursting with activities, you're going to become overwhelmed trying to do it all.

Plus, you're going to come off as a controlling nazi to everyone you're traveling with. That's why it's always good to keep things simple. It's a vacation, after all.

Also, you really want to sketch out a basic itinerary.

That way, you'll know what days and times to do something out of the ordinary, whether it's ziplining down a mountain in Central America or exploring a castle in Scotland.

Finally, you'll want to keep those memories forever. That means taking photos and videos.

Here are some cool ideas:

Ideas for preserving your vacation memories

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How to Plan a Vacation


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Want to know a secret?

Here it is:

Planning a vacation is fun!

You see, as you plan your vacation, you visualize it. You become excited to start the process. Everyone gets motivated to find the deals or contact your travel agent.

As you think about the things you want to do and start to look at the money you have available to do them, you realize that an epic vacation is indeed possible!

One more thing:

Plan well in advance.

While any time is the right time to plan your vacation, the earlier you do it, the better.

It's like this:

If you plan six months to a year in advance, you'll have lots of time to save for it. You'll find cheaper deals on flights and hotels. You'll be able to research your destination in detail and create the perfect itinerary.

I'll let you in on the secret my wife and I share.

You see, we plan our entire year in advance. Of course, it's not set in stone, and we know that circumstances will pop up which we weren't expecting.

But for the most part, our budget for the year is set out, our savings goals, our vacations, and any serious commitments like weddings.

We even prepare for everyone's birthday at the start of the year, so we're never caught scrambling for a gift!

If you do this with your vacation, you're going to have a MUCH better time.

Like they say in the Scouts: "Be prepared."

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Decide where to go

You should probably know this key piece of information.

The first thing to do when planning a vacation is deciding where to go.

This allows you to set realistic goals and figure out what kind of budget you'll need to work with. It sure beats closing your eyes and pointing your finger on a map.

But how do you decide where to go?

It's actually fairly easy, but it does take some introspection.

Here's what you do:

First, close your eyes. Then, visualize yourself on vacation.

What brings you a sense of peace, and happiness, and a bit of excitement? When you daydream of being on vacation, where are you? What are you doing? What's around you? Who are you with?

Whatever you see is where you should go.

For instance, after this past winter, which was extremely tough, I keep picturing myself laying in a hammock near the beach in Costa Rica.

Gee, I wonder where I should go next?

Determine your budget

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Like everything else in life, a budget will make or break you. So figure out how much money you'll have to spend on your vacation.

If you're going on a surprise vacation tomorrow, then what you have in the bank right now is pretty much your budget.

If you're leaving in eight months, then determine how much money you'll save towards vacation between now and then.

To know how to plan a vacation, start with your money:

Get a pen and paper to start.

Now, write down all the things you would like to do and guess a price tag for each one. Sleep in a hotel or rent an Airbnb? Write it all down.

Do you want to eat at Subway the entire time, or is surf and turf in your future?

Once you've got it all down, compare your rough guess of prices to the amount of money you'll have on hand. Cross out anything that you can drop without taking away from your vacation.

Now you have an idea of your budget.

Time of year

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​Here's how to plan a vacation:

Plan for the right time of year.

For instance, if you want to road trip through Quebec, you'll probably (definitely) want to avoid doing it in February.

A quick Google search will tell you the best time of year to go where you want to go.

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But there's more.

You'll also need to figure out how much time you have to spend.

Like money, time is valuable. If you only have seven days off work, then make sure you use that time wisely.

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Get a travel agent

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​Have you ever wondered why travel agents are still a thing in the age of the internet?

It's because they offer something the net can't.

Network.

You see, a travel agent knows all the right people, and they know how to build a great vacation within your budget.

Remember, the travel agent works for you.

Best of all, they don't cost anything. Instead, the airlines and hotels they book with pay their commission.

You can let your agent know what you want out of your vacation and how much money you have to do it, and they'll fill in the gaps. When it comes to knowing how to plan a vacation, nobody beats a travel agent.

Also, they'll organize your flights and hotels and excursions, and find you the best prices.

Great!

Make an itinerary

I know what you're thinking.

You're thinking "I thought you said not to be a vacation-nazi?"

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And you're right because that's what I did say.

Except having an itinerary has nothing to do with micro-managing every aspect of your vacation. Instead, it will allow you to easily flow from one day to the next.

A good itinerary accounts for details like departure times, contacts, your budget, and other items which will impact the quality of your vacation.

But it will skip over details such as what time you will eat breakfast, and how long each person will spend in the shower.

Want to know a little itinerary secret?

Here it is:

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When you keep everything in a notebook, you'll stay super organized.

Your vacation should have its own notebook, which you can create an itinerary for each day, as well as all the information you need for that day.

Best of all, you can write a little log into it at the end of the day, which creates a mini-journal you can keep forever!

Do you want to know how to plan a vacation using a travel notebook?

Let's check it out:

Addresses and phone numbers

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You'll want to have addresses and phone numbers on hand.

Here's the thing:

Once you start your vacation, the last thing you'll want to do is get lost.

So before you leave, consult with your travel agent and write down all the contact information for things like:

  • ​Your hotel
  • ​Your hotel
  • ​Local taxi companies
  • ​Health insurance claims
  • ​Your travel agent
  • ​The cell phone number for each person you're traveling with
  • ​Any reservations you make (restaurants, excursions, etc)

Flights

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Here's another important about how to plan a vacation.

Write down all your flight information.

You'll want to record the details for every flight you plan on taking. That includes the information for everyone you're traveling with.

Sure, you have all that on your ticket, and in the emails you received when you booked.

But you know what's easier than all that?

Having it all written down on one page in your travel book.

Just open it up and it's all there. You'll never miss a flight again!

Don't forget to include:

  • ​Air Carrier
  • ​Airport name and code
  • ​Terminal and boarding gate
  • ​Seat number
  • ​Airline contact number

Transportation

So, what happens when you land?

Somehow you'll need to get from the airport to the hotel or resort where you'll be staying.

Of course, if you're driving your own vehicle then you can skip this part. Otherwise, make sure your travel agent pre-books transportation from the airport.

Write down the information.

And you know what else?

Pre-plan all the other transportation you'll need on your vacation.

Taking an excursion to Aztec ruins? Driving a moped along the coast?

Yup.

Book it in advance and write down the contacts, details, any confirmation numbers, etc. Keep copies of the receipts in your notebook.

Excursions and tours

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Remember:

Pre-plan your excursions for a stress-free vacation.

Seriously. If you're going to take a hot air balloon ride over the Serengeti, book it in advance. And by now I think you know what to do.

Write it down!

You want to include the day, time, the people going, any booking confirmation numbers, and of course, contact information for the company or person involved.

But there's more.

Don't forget to include things you might overlook, such as what to bring with you depending on what you'll be doing.

  • ​Swimsuit
  • ​Towels
  • ​Sunscreen
  • ​Snacks
  • ​Passport
  • ​Drivers License
  • ​Etc

Health info

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Do you know what's a real bummer?

Getting hurt.

But when you get hurt on vacation it's even worse.

So why not take a little bit of the pain away by being prepared?

You see, when you keep your health insurance information recorded in your travel book, it's always on hand in an emergency.

Make sure you have everyone's info recorded. Don't worry about someone getting hold of this information.

That's because travel insurance is temporary, and can't be used without ID anyways. There's not much a potential thief can glean from your travel insurance.

So write it all down!

Where Will You Go Next?


That's how to plan a vacation.

Are you ready?

Because you're going on vacay!

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Plan your vacation in advance and you'll make some awesome memories that will last a lifetime.

It's a pretty simple formula when you put it all together:

Get a travel notebook, and start writing.

Where will you go? When will you go? How much money will you have to do it?

Those three questions will start you on your next vacation. You can fill in the itinerary and other details as you progress.

So where will you go next? Let us know in the comments!

Secrets of Selecting the Best Door Security System

Selecting door security systems is one of the most crucial steps of enhancing and maintaining security. However, there are a number of factors that have to be used to choose the best security system that is efficient and effective. Sidelining some of these factors can lead to purchase of systems that compromise the security significantly.

All About Door Security Systems

What To Look For In Your Security System

 

Technology

Advancements in technology have led to changes in the way security systems are designed and assembled. This has in turn resulted in the introduction of more efficient, effective and affordable door security systems unlike past models that were expensive and ineffective at times. Hence, it is advisable to select systems that are made using the latest technological advancements, such as use of thumb print, to allow access and many more modifications.

Quality and Durability

However, it’s also paramount to check the quality of the system so as to avoid purchasing counterfeit products that are already in the market. One can also select one of the Storm door hardware merchandise that are very durable and can withstand a great deal of external pressure without breaking. For example, new systems have a backup battery that enables it to operate even when the lights are off.

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Size and Number

The size and number of the security system required is determined by the number of doors that will be installed with the system as well as the necessary data that has to be input into it for it to function more properly. It is advisable to select a system that is easy to operate so as to enable the users to easily operate it. A good system should provide room for extension such as inclusion of extra data in future. This helps to save costs that could have being incurred to change the whole system if need be.

Level of Security

Each door security system has a level of security which is determined by the specification of its manufacturer. In case the building has many valuables or operates under high level of confidentiality, it’s recommendable to get a system that is sophisticated but easy to use so as to avoid intruders hacking it and getting access to the building. A good example of such a system is the finger print access control system that is now very common in most corporateand governmental offices.

Brand

There are very many security system developers in the market that supply different door security systems to the market. One of the main distinctions between the brands is the quality and efficiency levels. It is important to select a brand that is of high quality so as to avoid extra cost of regular carrying out repairs on it in a bid to ensure security. One of the qualities of a good brand is that is interacts well with the users and this in turn helps to boost the security.

The biometric door security systems and card based systems are the easiest and most convenient to use. The professionals from Storm Door can help in selecting the most appropriate door security systems that meets the specific requirements amicably.

Choosing Ready Made Doors

If you’re building a new home or just doing renovations, then perhaps you may consider buying ready made doors. They can save you on cost while still providing you with quality doors that leave your home looking elegant and sophisticated.

Shop for Ready Made Wood Doors

Choosing an already made door is cheaper. Most people assume that if you buy an already made door then it cannot be unique. Fortunately, that is just a myth. Some shops have designs that are made individually for those customers who may be in need of unique ready-made doors.

Tips When Buying Ready Made Doors

  • One important thing that you must keep in mind before you buy a ready-made door is the size of the door. If you do not have proper measurements, you could end up buying a door that is too small or is too big for your house or office.
  • On deciding what doors will suit your home or your business, your contractor or architect may have a more professional idea as to what may look best on your building so it is important that you seek their advice first so that your doors match with the theme of the house.
  • When you decide to get ready made doors, the first thing that should come to your mind is where to get them. There are many businesses that specialize in producing ready made doors however, although all of them may promise quality products, some of them will probably not deliver quality doors. You have to be keen as to where you choose to buy your doors. It is best that you start looking for a store after you have already decided on what type of door you want. This will make things easier for you because all you have to do is request to see the doors that they have that match the criteria that you have.
  • Most ready made doors do not come with doorknobs or handles giving the buyer an opportunity to select the kind of doorknob they require. Therefore, as you buy the ready made door then you may need to also get some door handles. There are several varieties of door handles to choose form. After buying a beautiful main door, you can also consider buying a storm door to protect the main door. The storm door not only protects the main door in case of a storm, strong winds or even drafts but also offers security from unwanted visitors. A strong security storm door will be hard to break discouraging thieves.

 

About Storm Door Hardware

If you do choose to buy a storm door for your home, you must also invest in proper storm door hardware. If you fail to invest in proper storm door hardware including knobs and door handles, the door may be easily broken which means that the storm door will not offer sufficient security for your home. Ready made doors will save you on cost and are perfect when you find yourself in need of a door on short notice. Remember the door will probably be there for the whole lifetime of the house, therefore you should choose a door that is durable.