Category Archive: Tips

Disney Terms to Know Before You Go

Anytime is a great time to visit Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando.  Trips in the fall offer foodies not only fabulous weather, but a feeding frenzy at Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival.  Winter visits provide even more excitement with the park beautifully decorated for the holidays and a chance to maneuver the theme parks with reduced crowds.  Would-be gardeners and spring vacationers can view the magnificent floral displays of the annual Flower & Garden Festival. But with children out of school, summer visits are by far the busiest time of year at Disney World. As the crowds increase, so does the need for a little extra planning.  So if you’re a first time guests, or perhaps haven’t visited recently, all those oft used Disney terms can be a bit overwhelming.  With a bit of a review, however, words […]

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How to Get to the Airport?

I have a lot of summer time travel coming up, starting with TBEX 12 this week (time in Denver and Keystone, Colorado) through TBEX Europe (in Girona, Costa Brava, Spain) in September.  In between there are plans for short trips around Washington and Oregon – summer is a great time to enjoy the Pacific Northwest – and I’m planning to stay on in Europe for a few additional weeks come fall.  I’m pretty excited about all these travel plans, as well as the ones that I’m sure will come up at the last minute, and it makes up for having to miss out on the annual summer trip to Italy. Heading off to the airport is a rather routine thing for me, but I feel sorry for the people who start off their travels are the wrong foot, getting to […]

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Hotel Tipping Guide

In a perfect world, service industry employees would be paid what they’re worth, rather than having being relegated to a minimum wage (if that) and set to grovel for tips.  Until that day arrives, the reality is that hotel service employees rely on travelers to supplement their income into becoming a living wage. This guide will help you decide who should get a tip at hotel, how much it should be, and how you can recognize and reward hotel employees who go above and beyond.  Here are some hotel tipping situations you are likely to encounter when you’re traveling: Restaurants – 15% of bill before tax for good service, 20% for fabulous service or for accommodating special requests.  If you are using a discount coupon, remember to tip on the amount of the bill pre-discount.  With large groups, and in […]

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8 Tips for Traveling with Newborns

It may have been a long time since you’ve traveled with a newborn, or perhaps you never have at all.  I hope these tips from today’s guest blogger will give you the tools to need to take on this travel opportunity.   1. Bring your own formula and diapers. You shouldn’t rely on being able to buy what you need when you get there, particularly if traveling outside of the U.S. By now you probably have your own preferred diaper, and your baby has become accustomed to the formula you have at home. Traveling is stressful enough without a hungry baby and blowout diapers. Also, do the math to calculate how much you’ll need (formula and diapers) and add 20% to it. Strangers and unfamiliar places make babies uncomfortable, and when they’re uncomfortable, the metabolism can speed up. 2. Pack […]

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Travel Tip: Hold Your Mail

This is one of the travel tips that’s worth repeating with some regularity.  Especially, perhaps, during the holiday season when so many people are traveling away from home.  And there are folks among us, more unscrupulous than most of us, who are watching closely to see just which ones of us are away and leaving our homes vacant.  Because a vacant home can be easy pickings for a criminal mind. A vacant home can be a magnet for burglars. Whether it’s to ransack your home and steal your stuff or to find information to steal your identity, you need to take steps to protect yourself while you’re traveling. One easy way to do that is to have the postal service hold your mail while you’re traveling.  If it’s just a day or two, this probably isn’t a big deal, but […]

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4 Tips to Plan a Ski Holiday

If your idea of the perfect vacation includes fresh powder, crisp mountain air, and long days on the slopes, it’s time to book your holiday ski vacation. Skiing holidays are the perfect option for any group, large or small: Families, work and corporate retreats, and singles groups can bond on and off the slopes and trails, while accommodating all skill levels. Couples will find everything they are looking for when they book an invigorating, romantic ski vacation, too; put in a long day on the slopes or trails, and then enjoy spa treatments, romantic dinners, and a nightcap next to a roaring fire in the afternoon and evenings. To help you plan and prepare your skiing holiday we have prepared a list of tips to make the process go more smoothly – all you will have left to do is […]

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How to Choose Your Cruise Cabin

For many people, cruise holidays represent the best of travel – it’s as much about the journey (your time at sea) as it is the destination (your ports of call).  Deciding to take a cruise is just the first of many decisions you’ll need to make, and like all travel decisions, this is where research, personal preferences, and budget come into play. One of the decisions you’ll need to make for your cruise is how to choose your cruise ship cabin. If money is no object just opt for the best available.  But most of us are on a budget, even if it’s a generous one, so think about how you want to spend your time on the journey and then try to match up your preferences and budget with the best cabin category choice. Cruise lines give a variety […]

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10 Fashion Tips to Help You Pack for a European Vacation

Travel and fashion can often be a difficult combination, especially when that travel is a 24 hour journey to one of the most fashionable countries in the world.  At home it’s easy to throw on a pair of shorts and flip flops for bumming around during the day, and when you need to class it up a bit, you’ve got your whole closet right there waiting for you.  But packing smart for an extended vacation means packing light, so it’s easy to let fashion fall by the wayside.  While certain concessions need to be made for practicality’s sake, with a little bit of effort can help you blend in and look like a local and not a tourist. Here are a few of the fashion trends that I noticed in Italy this year, and which can easily be incorporated into […]

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Travel Problems: Changes and Cancellations

Sometimes what challenges you is not what happens on the road, but actually leaving home to get on that road.  With the fates seemingly conspiring against you, it may seem like you have to clear roadblock after roadblock to leave home.  From getting vacation time from your work to deciding where to go, from managing your travel budget to making the reservations, from arranging coverage for details at home to packing, it takes a lot of effort to actual get out on that road to enjoy your travels. But what about when something happens that messes up that departure? This can often be the most difficult decision to make.  Abandoning plans and staying at home is often the easy choice to make.  And sometimes it’s the right choice to make.  Often, however, there are ways to modify your travel plans […]

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Travel Interruptions: Illness and Injuries on the Road

When travel plans don’t happen exactly like you’d like them to, you’re going to need to call on some patience and creativity to still enjoy your vacation.  Don’t throw up your hands and give up!  Dig into those reserves that you have and find a way to put the joy back into your travel.  Yesterday we talked about problems at the airport: cancelled flights, delays, missed connections, and problems with the TSA.  Today we tackle those pesky problems that can happen when we’re out on the road. If there is anything that the last couple of years have taught me, it’s that stuff happens.  And stuff usually happens at the most inconvenient time.  Like when you’re getting ready to go on a trip.  Or, perhaps when you’re on your trip.  After many decades of blissful health, the last several have […]

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