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Don’t Lose Your Luggage! Traveling Tips

If you’ve ever lost your luggage, or dealt with a delayed flight you know how frustrated and utterly helpless you feel when these situations occur. We all like to believe that when we go on a vacation, none of these things will happen to us! What happens however, when the unexpected happens? How can you be prepared for something that is completely out of your control?

Survival Carry-on

Your carryon should always include a stash that you can live on for at least a couple of days. This should include a couple of spare outfits, all of your important travel docs, and cash. CASH. Not just debit cards, but real cash. You never know when you’ll find yourself in the one place that American Express, Visa and Mastercard aren’t accepted and needing to buy items desperately. You’ll also want to be sure to include your camera in this bag. Keeping your camera close at hand will insure you don’t miss out on a single moment of your vacation, regardless of what happens.

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Free Things to do in New York!

Going to New York always leads to a great adventure. To the ill-prepared, it may end up being a very expensive one at that. There are some fabulous attractions that cost a pretty penny and if we’re being honest, they are often worth it, but if you are a poor, starving student or running a little low on family vacation funds, there are plenty of fun, FREE things to do throughout New York that will ensure a memorable and unique experience.

Staten Island Ferry

If you go to New York City and don’t see the Statue of Liberty at least sort of up close, there is something seriously wrong with you. It’s like an unwritten law that you must see it when visiting NYC. Luckily, there is a free solution that should not be passed up. The Staten Island Ferry is completely free, and it takes you right past the Statue of Liberty. Since 1905, the ferry has been a go-to form of transportation for people commuting between Staten Island and Manhattan. And if tourists hop on to check out the sites and enjoy the ride, so be it.

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A New Way to Welcome the New Year

Families want to celebrate New Year’s Eve with a bang. Perhaps at Times Square to watch the ball drop. Or go up to Wisconsin for a skiing holiday and fireworks on the mountains. Well, my family and I beg to differ because for the first time in years, we are going to the antithesis of New York City. A small town that looks like it came right out of a Norman Rockwell painting—Lexington, VA.

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Benefits to Family Reunions at Beach Resorts

When you’re planning your next family reunion, you may wonder what the next stop is going to be. Three years ago it was the cabins in the woods when half of you got poison ivy. You went to that one amusement park 2 years ago and the moms missed out to take care of their whiny tots. Last year you all visited Grandma’s house and played Bingo nonstop. Looking back on these memories, it may not be encouraging to think about the next “adventure” for the family. However, one great idea may be to visit The Reef Residences at Atlantis or another beach resort. These resorts offer all sorts of advantages if you think about it.

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Planning the Perfect Caribbean Vacation

In the midst of planning the perfect vacation, it can sometimes be challenging to put together the perfect itinerary. Let’s assume you’ve chosen a Caribbean vacation in an exotic place like Anguilla. Obviously your first decision should be on accommodations. Whether you’re looking for a cozy room or a full service five star hotel, there is no shortage of beautiful Caribbean luxury villa rentals available for you to choose from.

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Choosing A Great Winter Vacation Property

After a hard year at work, everyone really deserves some time away at a nice place to rest and recharge. Thankfully, there is no shortage of options out there with vacation properties for rent all across the country. It can be overwhelming to browse through the prospects. Narrowing down the list can get easier with a clear set of criteria. Here are some ideas:

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Fun Family Activities in Paradise

When you take your family out for vacation, it can be hard to find activities that are good for the entire family. Children and adults of different ages can have difficulty finding activities that they are all interested in. However, when you stay at a resort like The Reef Condos and bring your family, there are plenty of activities that the whole family will enjoy. Choose your favorites as a place to start and you can all have fun on your vacation. Below are some ideas that many families choose to use when they visit Nassau.

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What’s Happening in Brenham This Holiday Season?

The Christmas spirit is never lost in Brenham, Texas amongst its residents and the city itself. No matter what age or interest, there are special events that will commemorate the season of love and joy before the year ends. So if you’re in the mood for some holiday festivities, head on down to Brenham and don’t miss these programs that are organized for the whole family!

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Vancouver 101

Whether you’re a newcomer to the city, a visitor just passing through, or a longtime resident looking for fun, Vancouver has something to offer you. Although we could never possibly cover everything to see, taste, and try in Vancouver, this list is a great place to start. We sought advice from Milica S., a University of British Columbia graduate and Vancouverite, and she gave us a great list of sights to see and places to visit.

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Spook Yourself Silly in Knoxville

Are you thinking of new ways to entertain your children this Halloween? Do you want something new other than a costume party and knocking on neighbors’ houses for trick-or-treating? Head to Knoxville for their spooky events and have some memorable experiences that your children will remember forever—or at least until Christmas.

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