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Avoiding Holiday Travel

Avoiding Holiday Travel Hassles

Avoiding Holiday Travel Hassles

Avoiding Holiday Travel Hassles: Having traveled abroad since my teenage years as an exchange student, I returned home Christmas Eve after one of the worst return travel sagas. It was not filled with flight delays or surprise blizzards. However, it had “routine” stumbling blocks that made me (almost) wonder why I left home! I should avoid Holiday Travel.

Here are some of my personal tips that you can still consider for the next holiday:

Hold Off Travel Hassles

TIP ONE:

AVOID TRAVEL 24 HOURS BEFORE THE HOLIDAY.
For holidays from Thanksgiving to Christmas and New Year’s, don’t fly the day before the main event. Why? The big crowds are there to get where they are going ahead of time. In past years, I flew to London and even Cambodia on Christmas Day...

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20 Traveling Tips

20 Traveling Tips for Saving without Sacrificing Quality:

Use the extra savings to see sights and take additional extended tours.

20 Traveling Tips

20 Traveling Tips

Now that summer is in full swing in the northern hemisphere, scores of travelers are heading out for vacations. Travel costs are an issue for most travelers, especially now coming out of a prolonged recession.Having been a keen global traveler, I am always looking for ways to find good pricing without sacrificing quality. These are 20 of my tips to be able to continue to travel while working with a budget.

20 Travel Tips for Savings without Sacrificing Quality:

Planning:

1. Traveling off-season is cheaper for 2 reasons. Although I have traveled to Siberia in January, there are many less drastic solutions...

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Holiday Travel

Holiday Travel

Holiday Travel

Holiday Travel with Babies and Toddlers: Tips for Staying Safe (and Sane) with Friends and Family. For safer and saner travel with babies and toddlers read this first…Will you be staying in somebody else’s Ho-ho-home for the holidays this year? If you’re like many families gearing up for holiday travel with babies and toddlers, you might be looking forward to some extra helping hands, home-cooked meals, and accommodations where you’ll have all the conveniences of your own home. Of course, you might have a few concerns as well…

This book excerpt comes from the section in Chapter 3 of HolidayTravels with Baby: The Ultimate Guide…called “Staying Safe (and Sane) with Friends and Family.”

I hope it helps boost your confidence (and perhaps your humor quotient) as y...

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Solo Travelers Insurance

Solo Travelers Insurance:

7 Tips for Your Next Trip The need for insurance has grown with concerns as to political issues around the world and terrorist attacks. It also is important in case of petty theft or accidents.

I was glad I had it when I was robbed at noon in a top European town. It is worth it even for a lost bag.

I have known of tourists hit by cars on city streets.  Mopeds can cause a few wrecks, too.

What should you do? Find the right travel insurance.

Solo Travelers Insurance: Cancellation/Coverage:

Think of your own risks.  

  • How far ahead will you book? CheapAir.com says 54 days is the right time. This varies around the world. The right time for South America is 70 days, 120 days for Europe, and 160 days for Asia.
  • Will family needs to cause you to miss a trip? If y...
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17 Cool Places

17 Cool Places to Visit in the US for 2020. Choosing cool places to visit in the US is not an easy task. With a country that has 50 states, over 400 national parks, vibrant cities, charming small towns, and endless festivals and friendly people, how do you narrow it down to just a handful?

There are hundreds of places that could have made this list. There are hundreds of places more that we haven’t traveled to, that may find their way to this list next year when we do.

We wanted to create this 17 cool places to visit in the US for 2020 list based upon our own travel experiences.

You follow our blog for a reason- you resonate with our travel style and trust our insights and opinions. We have enough travel experience to ascertain which places can offer you something special.

We wanted ...

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Save on Travel

Save on Travel

Save on Travel

Save on Travel by Avoiding Small Costs That Add Up. Use those savings on top local tours and exhibits! Typically every trip I take abroad as a solo traveler my budget estimate falls short about $500-$1,000.

Certain costs, when taken separately, seem so minor that they go unnoticed but can really snowball. Although they apply to everyone, as single travelers already pay a premium not experienced by couples, families or groups, it is important to at least be aware of these added fees when traveling alone.

Since I am planning more solo travel for year- end  pulled out my calculator and tried to identify a few of these “mystery” items to Save on Travel. I found 5 types of expenses that accounted for up to approximately 10% of my estimated costs.

Travel Cheap by Avoiding S...

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Solo Travel 5 Tips

Solo Travel 5 Tips for Staying Healthy: Do this to avoid getting sick as often on travel. I firmly believe: “Know before you go”. However, every question seems to bring a series of new questions.

Solo Travel 5 Tips

Solo Travel 5 Tips

In addition, planned to greet the New Year in Cambodia and then travel alone to Vietnam and Thailand. I had been looking into required vaccinations and health issues for travelers.

I received confounding answers from both intrepid fellow travelers and the US government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The toughest question? How aggressively to plan for potential risks? Statistics help but only to a limited extent. Where risk of serious harm is only 5%, if it happens to you, it is 100% in your case! Is it better to pay $1,500 for potentially unnecessary vaccin...

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Have the Best New Year’s Eve

Have the Best New Year’s Eve in New York! 5 Ways! Spending new year’s eve in New York City is on the bucket list of countless travellers across the world. It has all the excitement and magic that one needs to see in a new year and whether you’re on a budget or money’s no object, this post is for you.

Of course, this iconic city is a constant buzz of activity throughout the year. New York is also known as “the city that never sleeps” – just one of its city slogans – so where better to welcome in 2020 than the Big Apple?

Have the Best New Year’s Eve

Have the Best New Year’s Eve

5 ways to celebrate the New Year in New York

To help you make the most of your New Year’s Eve celebration, and to better experience New York on a budget, I’ve put together a list of five epic ways to begin 2020...

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Holiday Countdown

Holiday Countdown

Holiday Countdown

Holiday Countdown: More Fun and Really Odd Holiday Facts:

Holiday Countdown: Fun Facts and Solo Destinations-With only 24 days left, it’s time for today’s fun fact about weird and wacky celebrations around the world:

Fireworks are traditional almost everywhere; however, having at least one Scottish ancestor, I couldn’t resist recounting this tale.

If you find yourself in Scotland, be prepared to duck! Holiday Countdown In Stonehaven, the celebration includes a New Year’s Eve parade with spinning balls of fire making for a lively treat.

Holiday Countdown Solo Travel Destination, Morocco

For an off the beaten path holiday, choose Morocco!

  • See if there is snow in the Atlas Mountain peaks.
  • Go Holiday Countdown for a very (very) fast hydrofoil cruise past the Rock ...
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Solo Travel

Solo Travel-How to Make Any Shoe a Showstopper: On a gray day, there is nothing like a sassy new pair of heels to put a bounce in your step! The good news? Each pair does not have to cost as much as a previously owned Mercedes.

Solo Travel-How to Make Any Shoe a Showstopper:

Tip One: Don’t always treat your new purchase as the finished product. My rainbow array of shoes below is made up of those that I have given a quick facelift.

Solo Travel

Solo Travel

Tip Two:  Both ankle boots and knee boots are tough. Have you ever noticed they cost way too much and look alike? The best way to convert an average pair to an awesome pair is with boot cuffs.  These have been fashion sleepers still largely unnoticed through Solo Travel...

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