Travel Guides

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A Waffle-Sized Guide to Belgium's Charm, Culture, and Culinary Delights!
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Canal Cruise in Bruges
Gravensteen Castle
La Grand-Place in Brussels
Notre-Dame de Dinant
Belgium Chocolates
Luxembourg Travel Guide
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Experience the charms of the Grand Duchy
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Country with 3 Official Languages
Cathédrale Notre-Dame
Mullerthal Trail
Bock Casemates
Alzette River
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Wilderness Wonders & Arctic Adventures
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Kenai Fjords National Park
Aialik Glacier
Exit Glacier
Northern Lights
Seward
Denali National Park
Dog Sledding
Yellowstone National Park Travel Guide
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Views for Days in Yellowstone National Park
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Old Faithful Geyser
Grand Prismatic Spring
Horseback Riding
Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center
Mammoth Hot Springs
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Discover the Land of Fire & Ice: An Icelandic Road Trip
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Fjaðrárgljúfur
Thingvellir National Park
The Blue Lagoon
Reykjanesbær
Jökusárlón Glacier Lagoon
Godafoss
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The Hills are Alive with the Sound of Music
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Salzberg, Mozart's Birthplace
Hohensalzburg Forstress
Lake Wolfgangsee
Saint Gilgen
Austrian Alps
"Sound of Music" Tours
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tips for planning the perfect family trip!

The hardest part with planning a trip can be deciding on a date. Right? Well, fortunately, there is a way around this dilemma.
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Tips for Planning a Family Trip
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Grand Teton National Park
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310,000 Acres
Boat Ride Across Jenny Lake
Cascade Canyon Trail
Hidden Falls
Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center
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Journey Through Ireland
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Cliffs of Moher
Giant's Causeway
Titantic Belfast
Dublin Castle
Kiss the Blarney Stone
The Book of Kells
Mayan Ruins in Mexico
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Explore Mexico & See Ancient Mayan Ruins
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Chichén Itzá
Uxmal Ruins
Swimming in Cenotes
Flamingo Excursion
Mérida
Izamal, "The Yellow City"
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Caribbean Bliss
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Bahamas has more than 700 Islands
Andros (3rd Largest Barrier Reef)
Snorkeling in Princess Cays
Belgium Chocolates
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Kiwi Dreams: Ultimate Travel Guide to New Zealand's South Island
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Setting of "Lord of the Rings"
Milford Sound
Lake Wakatipu
Bungee Jumping off Kawarau Bridge
Lake Tekapo
The Remarkables Mountain Range
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Australia: Heaps of Adventures in the Land Down Under
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Great Barrier Reef
Surfer's Paradise
Springbrook National Park
Airlie Beach
Byron Bay
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Get the Most Out of Your Days in Germany
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Cologne Cathedral
Love Lock Bridge
Nuremburg Trails
Historic Frankfurt
Rothenburg ob der Tauber
Preparing for Your Adventure

Packing tips

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Roll your clothes instead of folding saves space and minimizes wrinkles. This technique allows you to fit more items into your luggage.

Pack versatile clothing by opting for items that can be mixed and matched easily to create multiple outfits. Stick to a color palette to maximize coordination and reduce the number of pieces you need to pack.

Check the weather forecast for your destination so you know exactly how to pack. Bring clothes based on the activities you'll be engaging in, to make sure you have the right clothing and gear without bringing unnecessary items.

Invest in packing cubes or compression bags to separate and organize your clothing and accessories. They keep things neat and make it easier to find items without rummaging through all your luggage.

Travel size
options are your best friends! Use the travel-sized toiletries or transfer your essentials into small containers to save space. Place toiletries in sealable bags to prevent leaks and spills from getting on your clothing.

Shoes can take up a lot of space, so try to limit your shoes to two pairs max, preferably one if you can. Wear your bulkiest pair during travel to save space.

Utilize dead space by filling those shoes with socks or small items, and tuck accessories into gaps in your luggage to optimize space utilization.

If you're traveling internationally, don't forget to pack the right travel adapters and converters for your electronics.

You can avoid overpacking with a little bit of planning! Being mindful of how much you pack will help you avoid exceeding weight limits. You can also leave room for souvenirs by planning to do laundry during longer trips so that you can take fewer clothing items.

Remember, you want to enjoy yourself on your trip, and overpacking can easily turn into a whole lot of "stuff" that you just end of having to spend your valuable time keeping track of it all.
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Insurance

Investing in travel insurance can be a prudent step for you to safeguard your journeys against unforeseen circumstances. It provides financial protection against trip cancellations or interruptions due to reasons such as illness, natural disasters, or unforeseen emergencies, allowing you to recoup your non-refundable expenses.

Additionally, travel insurance can help cover medical expenses incurred abroad, which can be especially crucial considering the high costs of healthcare in foreign countries. Another advantage is coverage for lost or delayed baggage, offering compensation for essential belongings.

However, travel insurance comes with its own set of cons. The cost of coverage can be substantial, impacting the overall travel budget and not all scenarios are covered. For example, pre-existing medical conditions, extreme sports, or certain high-risk activities might require additional coverage.

Understanding the policy's fine print, including exclusions and claim procedures, is essential to avoid surprises. Never assume what is covered under a policy. Always read the details before purchasing.

While travel insurance provides a safety net for unexpected events, weigh its benefits against the costs and carefully assess if those benefits fit your individual needs.

Whether or not you need insurance depends on your tolerance for risk and the cost your willing to pay to mitigate that risk.

Documentation

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Your passport is your key to international travel. Ensure it's valid for at least six months beyond your return date. If you're visiting a country that requires a visa, obtain it well in advance. Research visa requirements for each destination you'll be visiting.

Alongside your passport, carry a government-issued photo ID, such as a driver's license, as a backup form of identification. It can be handy in situations where you don't want to risk losing your passport.

Print or have digital copies of your travel itinerary, flight reservations, hotel bookings, and any pre-booked activities. This documentation is essential in case of disputes or if you need to show proof of your travel plans.

Thorough preparation is key to a successful trip, and having the right documentation at your fingertips ensures that you can navigate any challenges that come your way.
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Accomodation

Even if I don't have all of my accomodation set for the entire trip, I at least want to have my first night or first couple of nights settled.

If you're wanting to create a memorable stay, look for accommodations that offer unique experiences, such as staying in a historic building, an interesting lodge, or a themed hotel.

Research the safety of the neighborhood and the security measures taken by the accommodation. Check if they have secure entrances, lock boxes, or a 24-hour front desk.

Consider the destination's neighborhoods and proximity to attractions. Staying centrally might be more convenient, but if you prefer a quieter atmosphere, a slightly out-of-the-way location might be a better fit for you.

Read the reviews from reliable sources like TripAdvisor, Google, or Booking.com. Real travelers' experiences can provide insights into the quality of service, cleanliness, and overall guest satisfaction.

Look for lodging with flexible cancellation policies, especially if your travel plans might change. This can save you from potential cancellation fees. The tradeoff with having flexibility with your booking is that you may pay a little bit more upfront. Just weigh your options and make the decision that fits with your travel plans.
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Transportation

Balance your desire for convenience with the time you have available. While flights can get you to your destination quickly, they often involve security checks and waiting times. Trains and buses can provide scenic routes and more relaxed travel.

If your journey involves visiting multiple cities, look into transportation passes or packages that provide discounts for travel within a specific region. If you're traveling within Europe, you may decide that purchasing an EU Rail pass is a good option.

Consider the time of day you'll be traveling. For example, overnight buses or trains can help you save on accommodation costs while you sleep.

Research the safety and reliability of different transportation options, especially if you're traveling to a new destination. Read reviews, check for licenses, and use reputable companies.

Selecting the right transportation options for your trip involves a careful balance of factors like budget, time, convenience, and personal preferences. Each mode of travel offers its own unique experience, contributing to the overall adventure of your journey.
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Pets and Plants

Planning a trip is exciting, but leaving behind your beloved pets and plants can be a source of worry. Whether it's your furry friend or your leafy companions, proper care is essential to ensure their well-being during your absence. Here are my practical tips that I've found to be helpful.

If possible, arrange for a family member or trusted friend to look after your fur baby. Make sure they're familiar with your pets' routines, dietary needs, and any medications.

If a friend or sitter isn't available, consider a reputable pet boarding facility. Visit the facility beforehand to ensure it meets your own standard for caring for your pet and is a safe, clean environment.

On the other hand, if you don't have a pet but have a plant that you want to still be alive when you return, plan ahead to make sure your leafy friend or garden survives your trip.

If your plant is in a pot and easily transportable and you have a neighbor willing to water it for you, make it easy on your friend and bring the plant to them. Doing so helps them remember to water it everyday for you.
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Money

By informing your credit card issuer about your upcoming travel plans, you ensure that your card activity doesn't raise red flags for potential fraudulent transactions.

Travel notices are essential because they help prevent unexpected card declines, which can be particularly inconvenient and frustrating when you're far from home.

Make sure you've got any monthly payments situated before you take off for your trip such as rent, utilities, etc. The last thing that you want to have to deal with upon your return are late payments and fees.

Proactive measures not only safeguards your financial interests but also offers peace of mind, allowing you to focus on your travel experiences without worrying about financial disruptions.
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