Wednesday

A little light reading: Slipper Socks

Slipper socks have many advantages over traditional socks and over traditional slippers. Let us review some of the benefits of slipper socks so you can determine if slipper socks are a good choice for you.


  • Children - Slipper socks have many advantages over traditional slippers and socks for children. Preventing our children from "sliding" along hardwood floors is easily stopped with the slipper socks that are available on the market today.  While older models of slipper socks had actual traditional slipper feet, the ones sold today do not have this type of bottom.  In fact, many of the slipper sock models sold today have little "nubs" on the bottom (which can feel something like walking on rabbit poo) which will prevent children from sliding along the floor.
  • Adults - Many of us suffer from cold feet. In fact, whether it is winter or summer, we often find that even when the rest of us feels perfectly comfortable, our feet are cold enough to be downright uncomfortable. In the winter time, your options are wearing shoes, wearing traditional slippers (increasing the risk of falling) or wearing slipper socks.  Many slipper socks are thin enough that they can be worn as socks in boots and shoes as well.


Other Advantages
Slipper socks have many other advantages over traditional socks and slippers.  Some of the advantages may surprise you!


  • Loose - Slipper socks are non-binding and might be more beneficial to those who have circulation problems.  The non-binding tops and wide feet can be extremely helpful for diabetics, seniors and those with poor circulation.
  • Washable - Another advantage of slipper socks is they are easy to wash and dry. They can go in the laundry with your regular wash and be cleaned just like socks. This gives a slipper sock a definite advantage over traditional slippers which can be non-washable or may deteriorate after too much laundering.


If you are looking for something to wear around your home and are not interested in wearing shoes all day long, slipper socks could be exactly what you are looking for.  There are many advantages to slipper socks.  Grab your slipper socks, a warm throw and your truffles and sit back and enjoy your favorite movie or book. You will soon discover all of the advantages of slipper socks.  Whether you are a man or a woman, slipper socks could be exactly what you were looking for!

Sunday

Getting a Visa for overseas travel

If you are planning on traveling outside of the United States to locations like Indonesia, China, Brazil, or India, in addition to your valid U.S. Passport, you will also need to have a Visa. Visas are available for tourists and business travelers for specific purposes, including:

General Tourism Visa (B-1)

U.S. citizens who are interested in traveling to a foreign country may obtain a general tourism visa, also known as a visitor visa for any of the following:
  • Tourism - including vacation or visiting with friends or family members.
  • Medical - those who are in need of medical care they wish to obtain overseas.
  • Event participation - social events offered by service organizations or fraternal or social groups.
  • Arts and recreation - those who are participating, without remuneration, in sports events, contests, or musical events in other countries. The Olympics would be an example of this type of travel.
  • Study - certain studies that are normally not eligible for degree credits; short courses, such as cooking or theatrical classes.

Business Visa (B -2)

Those who wish to travel to a foreign country for business purposes are limited to those countries which the U.S. does not have travel sanctions in place for business purposes. Some of the common reasons to travel to a foreign country for business include:
  • Normal business - in some cases, it is necessary to travel to a foreign country for the purpose of consulting with associates.
  • Educational travel - businesses may offer educational opportunities in the form of conferences or conventions in overseas locations.
  • Personal estates - if you have a loved one who has died overseas, you may need to travel there to settle their estate.
  • Contract work - in some cases, in order to finalize a contract, it may be necessary to travel overseas.

The most common locations for travel

Overall, there are four countries that U.S. residents travel to the most frequently. Each has their own requirements for a Visa, and those requirements must be met. In some cases, your state may place additional restrictions or requirements on you if you plan to travel to any of these areas. The four countries most frequently traveled to include:
  • Brazil – as with all other travel, you must have a valid U.S. passport as well as additional documentation to travel to Brazil. Applications may be made in person, by mail, or by using a paid courier.
  • China – in addition to a valid U.S. passport (which must have at least one blank page) travelers will be required to have the proper visa. The Chinese Embassy processes all applications for a visa and a fee must be paid to them. Any error in the application can cause significant delays.
  • India – as with other countries, you must have a valid U.S. passport to travel to India. All applications are processed through the Indian Embassy, and if you do not have a round-trip ticket showing your arrival dates and departure dates, you may face a challenge getting a visa. Requirements change frequently, so before you purchase air tickets, make sure you check them.
  • Indonesia – your passport must be valid for at least six months after your planned travel to Indonesia. In addition, you will be required to have a vaccination for yellow fever and show proof of employment. Be sure to check on all requirements for an Indonesian visa before you purchase your flight.
Keep in mind—each country sets their requirements and restrictions on travel. In addition, the documentation necessary will vary significantly and processing times could be very long.