Airplane

There can be a million tiny things that could go wrong which could cause you unnecessary hassle and stress, in a gorgeous place which could have ended up rejuvenating you – regardless of the type of trip you’re on.
As I plan out my next football adventure I decide to write a little bit about travel.  Here are 15 best tips for traveling overseas from the USA, which will ease your international travel – whether you’re a first-timer or a frequent flyer.

Hassle-Free and Misery-Proof Advice for Americans Going Abroad: 15 Tips for Travelling Overseas

Are you planning a trip overseas with your family and friends? Or are you someone who likes travelling alone? Either way, one has to plan well in advance before going on any trip; let alone a trip overseas. Keep these tips and tricks in mind to make your journey a pleasurable one and cut out the stress of traveling.

Traveling Overseas Tip #1. When planning for international travel, remember to always double check every reservation before going forth. If you are taking connecting flights, make sure that you have plenty of time between the changes, in case your flight gets delayed.
Also, clearing customs might take time, so keep that time delay in mind as well when making travel arrangements.

Traveling Overseas Tip #2. The most common problem about journeying abroad is jet lag. Before going on your trip, read about how to avoid getting jet lagged,and keep yourself well-hydrated with water and sugar-free juices when in air.
Little things like walking around the cabin and not having too much to eat just because you are bored will help.

Traveling Overseas Tip #3. Make sure that your passport is up to date and properly signed. Also, remember to check whether it is valid till 6 months at least after your travel dates. The six-month passport rule requires the expiration date to be beyond that time period to be allowed entry into some foreign countries.
The U.S. lets you utilize your passport up to the date printed inside its cover.
Check your State Department website to find out whether the country you’re travelling to requires a visa or not.

Traveling Overseas Tip #4. If you will be using your credit cards abroad, make sure you inform your credit card issuers about where you will be going. If you don’t do this, then there is a chance that your credit card company might end up freezing your cards for fraud alerts, as they will be suspicious about the unusual charges – so specify your travel dates and locations.

Also find out about the foreign transaction fee that some credit card vendors charge their customers.
Ask the banks you are associated with about the ATM charges for withdrawing money in the country you are traveling to, and try using the card that has the lowest charge.

soccer

 

The 2014 season for soccer was one of the most exciting in recent history. Not only were major world teams such as the Manchester United, Real Madrid, Bayern Muchen and Argentina creating a lot of excitiment and fun; individual soccer stars such as Andres Iniesta, Cristiano Ronaldo and Arjen Robben helped to make it an unforgettable year as well. Here is a list of the top football players in 2014.

1. Lionel Messi

He is considered by many people to be the greatest soccer player of all time. Soccer fans also consider him to be a living legand. Messi’s skill and ability is supposedly even greater than Pele who is considered the reigning champion of the soccer world. He plays the position of forward and their are few people in the sport that can match his aptitude for the game. Messi is the first football player in history to win four FIFA/Ballons d’Or. This award is a high honor for players to achieve. He won this consecutively for four years in a row. His overall performance was lacking in 2014 but he still managed to dazzle and amaze crowds with his outstanding ability.

2. Cristiano Ronaldo

While Lionel Messi by the greatest, Cristiano Ronaldo is certainly on his heels. Ronaldo is considered the third highest paid football competitor in the world. This Portuguese forward plays for Real Madrid, Spain and some people are even hinting that he might be as good as Messi. He also won the FIFA/Ballon d’Or award for the best footballer in the world in 2008 and again in 2013. He has amassed a total of 40 goals in a single season for two strait years in a row. He has won numerous awards and honors over the years. Though he is approaching 30 he is still showing no signs of slowing down.

3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was a high scorer in 2014 for his team Paris Saint-Germain. A total of 41 goals during the season. While he is actually ranked below just a few other players in the league he is considered Swedens best player. He is considered one of the best players in the game and Ibranhimovic has a bicycle kick that won him the honor of Goal of the Year in 2013. While Ibrahimovic might be passing his prime many people think that he is still getting better with time.

4. Manuel Neuer

Manuel Neurer is considered the best goalkeeper in the world. He has helped his team Bayern Munich to win the world cup in 2014 and he won the Golden Glove for his effort. Neurer is in his prime and is continuing to game more fame notoriety as a highly rated goal keeper.

5. Thiago Silva

Thiago Silva is a top rated defender that plays for the team Paris Saint-Germain. He skills are so impressive that he is considered one of the top players in the world at this position. He has won numerous awards and honors for his efforts with Paris Saint-German.

6. Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez of FC Barcelona might be a controversial football figure to some people he is one of the best footballers to in the world. He plays the position of Striker for FC Barcelona and has been given honors and awards for his efforts. He is considered one of the top players in the Netherlands. He also has the ability to win games on his own. These are some of the highest rated football players in 2014 and they will probably continue to dazzle fans and spectators in 2015.

truckdrivingschoolpic

Recently I decided I needed a career change and want to find something that will get me out of my cubicle.  A friend of mine suggested becoming a trucker and I was quite intrigued.  I have always thought it would be cool to drive a big truck and be out on the open road.

I looked into the schools in my area and found a couple that interested me.  It turns out that I would need a class a CDL and it would take me about three weeks.  After that I can get a job and travel the country.

The thing that interests me most about this is I can plan my trip around the MLS and world exhibition matches that are being played in the states.  If I plan right I could possible see four or five time more matches a year than I currently see.  After sharing my plan some of my friends are considering a career change too.

Ultimately my goal would be to own my rig and work for myself.  Even possibly own a fleet and have employees.  This would give me the freedom to make my own schedule and hopefully the financial freedom to travel the world more and see more matches. But I am getting a little ahead of myself now.

As exciting as the career sounds the training sounds pretty cool too.  Some of the things you learn in training are:

-How to properly read maps.  Something I could definately use.

-How to backup a fifty foot truck (I can’t even imagine that.)

-Pre Truck inspections (basically making sure everything is in working order before your trip)

-Planning out your trips

-How to shift properly

-How to manage your log books

-How to connect and disconnect your trailer

-And lots and lots of time behind the wheel

So you’re probably wondering now when do I start? Well that is to be determined.  I am definitely excited about the possibilities but I am not sure I am quite ready to take take that leap just yet.