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5 Tips for Traveling Outside the Country

Are you planning an international trip soon? If so, here are some tips to keep in mind before you jet out on your next adventure.

1. Limit Social Media Announcements
It’s sad to say, but burglars’ ears perk up when they catch wind of a vacation announcement. Avoid making huge public statements about your trip on social media, and limit the number of pictures and posts you create during your trip. You’ll have plenty of time to upload photos and memories when you return. You don’t need the whole world knowing when your home will be vacant and vulnerable. Ask a trusted neighbor to keep watch of any suspicious activity and message you if anything seems out of the ordinary.

2. Don’t Overpack
Do you easily come down with the “just in case” syndrome while packing for a trip? Avoid overpacking and include only the necessities. You’ll appreciate the lighter load and have less to carry around with you. Consider the climate, culture, and activities you have planned while adding clothes and supplies to your suitcase. You probably won’t wear as many outfits as you think. Plus, if you seriously need something when you get to your destination, you can always purchase it there and support the local economy. There’s no point in overstuffing your bags.

3. Research Local Dos and Don’ts
The last thing you want to do when you travel to another country is offend all the residents. For example, if you’re an avid fan of the thumbs-up, research whether such a hand gesture translates directly. Also, look into mannerisms such as bowing and hugging, policies on tipping at restaurants, pedestrian laws, and how to politely address strangers. You may stick out like a sore thumb no matter how well you memorize the local customs, but you can minimize tourism angst by assimilating to the communication styles of the populace.

4. Take Care of Your Health
No one wants to sit next to a sick person on an airplane. Take good care of your health during the weeks before your departure so that you prevent the spread of illness during travel. Plus, traveling can present challenges for your immune system, especially in airplanes where space is tight and air is recirculated.
Prior to traveling, make sure all your medical records are up to date in the event you need to provide documentation or proof of vaccination. As the University of Cincinatti reports, electronic health records are more widespread throughout the globe to help minimize diseases and provide the best possible treatment plans.

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5. Sign Up for Travel Alerts
An article posted by USC recommends that you keep tabs on travel warnings such as disease outbreaks and risky weather patterns. You can register with the federal government online by providing your email, phone number, and travel destination. If there are any important safety or health updates, you will receive a notification with the details, severity of risk, and recommendations for handling the alert.

All Aboard!
Most of all, relax and enjoy the ride! Travel is a wonderful adventure so long as you plan ahead. Protect yourself, your health, and pay attention to travel alerts so that you’re fully prepared and safe.

Road Trip: 5 Of The Best RV Sites

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If you are looking for a great way to make your family vacations more fun, then buying an RV is just the beginning. As well as offering you a home away from home, it frees you up to see more of the country. So, where will you go on your adventures? Here are some of the best locations of RV parks in the country, so you’ll be able to plan a road trip to remember.

Anchorage, Alaska

A visit to Alaska should be on everyone’s bucket list. You can head to the Denali National Park for some hiking or cycling, or try some white water rafting on the Nenana River. While visiting here, a great site to stay at is the Denali Grizzly Bear Resort. It offers everything you could want including TV and access to a laundry and a gift shop.

Florida Keys

If a coastal break is what you’re after, then head down to the Florida Keys. With miles of beautiful coastline, it’s ideal for all watersports as well as fishing. You can visit Key West with its many bars, or visit the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum. There are many RV sites to stay at such as the Grass Key RV park. Some of the spots there have views over the Gulf of Mexico, and it also has free WIFI. Wherever you stay in this area is sure to be a memorable vacation. Remember to take the details of an RV service and parts company should you run into trouble on the road.

Big Sur, California

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This is a great destination for anyone on a road trip. Enjoy the spectacular views of the mountains, and take in the breathtaking vistas of the ocean. It can also provide a relaxing retreat for those looking for a more laidback trip. If you stay here, then you can enjoy a site under the redwoods or even a riverside getaway. You can try horseback riding, hiking or just enjoy the amazing scenery.

Berwick, Maine

If you want a riverside adventure, then Berwick offers something for all the family. With the Salmon River and the Little River running through the town, you won’t be short of water sports to indulge in on your trip. You could take a boat out or even go fishing. There are plenty of family-friendly sites here offering organized family activities. This means that everyone will enjoy it. South Berwick also provides some great things to see such as Hamilton House and the Vaughan Woods State Park.

Lake George, New York
Lake George is nicknamed the Queen of American Lakes.  This beautiful area offers stunning landscapes and has been a popular tourist destination for years. It also has plenty of amusement parks and restaurants to keep everyone happy. There is no shortage of activities to do here either, with hot air balloon flights or a zip-wire for those who are feeling brave. There are so many good RV sites here that you will be spoilt for choice. Some of them even offer facilities such as fitness centers and playhouses for the kids. Wherever you choose to go on holiday, make sure you plan ahead as parks can get busy in the summer months.

8 Tips on How to Streamline Your Next Cruise Vacation

Cruises are one of the most enjoyable ways to spend your vacation, as they provide guests with luxurious amenities, bring them to multiple beautiful destinations, and are filled with fun and relaxing activities. Whether you’re a veteran of cruise or are looking to hit the high seas on your first ever cruise, there are a few things to keep in mind that will make your travel easier, your trip cheaper, and your time more enjoyable. So here are 8 top tips for planning your cruise holidays.

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1. Book in Advance

There are many ways to try and get a good deal on a cruise, but the most effective one is by booking your trip well in advance. This will not only ensure that you get the best possible deal on your vacation, but also that you receive the cabin room you want, and plenty of time at your preferred destinations. Yes, occasionally you can get good deals booking last minute, but that usually means settling for second or third choices on your room and destination selections.

2. Research Your Ship

Today’s cruise liners are all designed to suit the needs of a wide variety of passengers, but some can be more tailored to specific interests than others. If you’re going on a family cruise, for instance, be sure that there are plenty of activities available for young ones, or if you’re looking for something a little more mature then consider a cruise with age restrictions. Be sure to also look into the different types of activities available at your destinations.

3. Convert Currencies in Advance

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Often times on your cruise you will travel to multiple countries, and while you can usually find a place to convert currencies on ship or in port, you will waste less time and have more chance of sticking to your budget if you have converted in advance.

4. Check for Visas

Some cruise stops will require the visitors to have received an authorization visa to enter the country in advance, so if you don’t want to miss-out on a fun destination, then be sure all of your paperwork is in place.

5. Look for Cruises that Land in Port Everyday

While being out at sea can be wonderfully fun and relaxing, it is equally great to have the option to head ashore and spend the day exploring new sites. So be sure to look for cruises that have daily stops and stay in port until the evening, giving you plenty of time to explore.

6. The All-Inclusive Cruise

All-inclusive cruises usually mean that your base expenses are all covered for your trip, from room and food, to drinks and general activities. Keep in mind, however, that there are always certain charges and unexpected fees can crop up, so be sure to research before you purchase.

7. Buy Your Own Plane Tickets

Most people book cruise tickets so far in advance that plane tickets are not yet available, and while some companies will include an optional fee for airfare, that fee is usually far more expensive than you would receive by booking for yourself in advance.

8. Don’t Stress About Over-Packing

Cruises provide you with a moving hotel room, this means that you will not be dragging your baggage from one destination to another. You’re better off bringing that extra sweater in case you get cold, than being stuck without it.

Remember, although booking cruise holidays can feel like a scary task, with a few easy steps you’ll be ready for your next great adventure.

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