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How Do You Keep Your Romance Alive?

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Travel with the One You Love

Romantic CoupleYou don’t have to wait for Valentine’s Day to create those special memories that bound you together. One of the best ways to keep your romance alive and strengthen your relationship is to travel together.  According to a survey by Harris Interactive American Travel Behavior, (now that’s a mouthful), a romantic vacation or getaway helps to keep the love going strong.  Read more . . .

  • 65% of Americans believe that their intimate relationship would be even better if they took more leisure trips with their sweetheart.
  • 38% of Americans said if they could take just one more vacation a year, it would be with their significant other.

The most surprising aspect of this survey? A greater percentage of men, 42% said they preferred to take a romantic trip vs. 33% of women.  I Love YouSo if you want to keep your romance alive, these survey results give you an excellent opportunity to stop thinking it about traveling and start traveling.  Where can you go?  Does it really matter as long a you are together?  But if you are short on ideas, here are a couple to consider:

  • Plan a driving trip that is within two hours of your home.  This perfect for those on a limited budget and can’t afford to spring for airfare.
  • Take a cruise that focuses on the things you both enjoy.  There are music-themed cruises for jazz, country, R&B and blues fans. If you are interested in wine or food, then take a cruise that allows you indulge in these passions.
  • Romantic Dinner on the BeachHawaii is an exotic location but no passport is required.  It has a tropical climate weather, beautiful  beaches and tons of romance. But it’s still America so locals speak English; and it’s only a five-hour flight from the west coast.
  • If you are really short on funds, then do something that brings back memories of when you first met.  Revisit “your spot”, make reservations at a special restaurant, or cook a dinner with all of her/his favorites.  If you have kids, have another couple watch them for a few hours and as payment, offer to do the same for them.
  • If you can’t cook, then pack a picnic.  Pick up some yummy foods, open a bottle of wine or champagne and drive to a surprise spot.  If the weather is not good, then have a picnic on the living room floor.

So why are you just sitting there?  The love of your life deserves to be reminded of how special she/he is to you.  There’s no better time to keep your love light burning.

Do you have a story to share about taking a vacation with the one you love?  I’d love to hear about it.  Just write a quick post.  Thanks for sharing.

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5 Points to Help You Decide if You Should Take a Cruise

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Is a cruise the right vacation choice for me?

Bermuda port of call

Cruise ship docked in Bermuda

Taking a cruise can be one of the best vacations of your life.  Or . . .  it could be your worst vacation nightmare. More people are taking cruises as vacation options to share with a group of friends,  a family reunion or as an ideal vacation to celebrate a milestone like a birthday or graduation.  But knowing if it is the best way to spend your treasured time away from work is hard to ascertain. Use these tips to help you decide if a cruise is the right vacation choice for you. Read More >

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4 Tips for Staying Healthy when Traveling

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According to the American Journal of Infection Control, (Who knew such an organization existed?) a virus on one person’s hands can be transferred to six different people.  Viruses can live up to 48 hours on a surface.   What does this mean for your health?  Global travel means people from all walks of life are sharing airports and airplanes with you. This increases the threat of diseases being spread easily and dramatically, and sharply increases your chances of getting sick.  Here are four tips to help you avoid a deluge of germs and their related illnesses. Read More >

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Dart Board Vacation Planner

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I love this story.   Once I read it, I knew I had to share it. This Midwestern couple uses a dart board to select their family vacation every year. They pull out a map of the United States, flip a coin to select the dart player, then the winner throws the dart at the map. They’ve been doing this  since 2004.

I’m not sure I’d ever do something like this but it sure sounds fun and spontaneous.  As a travel consultant, I’m already predisposed to the idea of travel but this idea really had me thinking. I’m afraid we’d get up the courage to give this a try but then one of us would throw the dart and land somewhere I’d never think to go on vacation and then call out, “Hey, how ’bout 2 out of 3?”After a few more changes to 5 out of 7 or some other form of cheating, we’d land on a spot that sounded interesting. So much for sport. Read More >

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Travel Tip of the Week

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Lost Luggage (Part 2)

To quote the ol’ blues song, “Sometimes I feel like a motherless child.”  And like a motherless child, you sometimes need to be reminded of the obvious.  Always label your luggage, including your carry on.   This is especially important if you end up having to check your carry-on bag at the gate due to a shortage of overhead space. Or maybe the airline is trying to actually adhere to its scheduled departure time so . . . the flight attendants tell a white lie and say there’s no more overhead space in an effort to save time and get your butt in the seat quickly.  Speaking of buts, don’t use your home address.  Instead, use your business address. However, if you are retired, you lucky dog, then use the address of a local friend or neighbor, with their permission of course. Read More >

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Tip of the Week

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Use a luggage scale or storage when traveling

Use a luggage scale when travelingOur little luggage scale proved to be worth far more than the twenty dollars or so we handed over to the clerk at Target after we were on our 20-day vacation to New Zealand and Australia.  Packing for the flight from LAX to Auckland was a breeze since we are accustomed to packing for domestic flights within the US, which typically all have the same 50-lb weight limit.  However, once Down Under, we found our biggest struggles came from those city-hopper flights from Auckland to Christchurch and then over in Australia from Sydney to Cairns and back down to Melbourne.  Those have the potential to be the real wallet busters.  These intra-country flights have a weight limit of only 42 lbs so you really have to not only watch your souvenir purchases, but you have to somehow lose eight pounds of clothing once in the country. Read More >

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Tip of the Week

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Lost Luggage – Part 1

Travel challenges can put a damper on anyone’s vacation plans and lost luggage is all too often the cause of your annoyance.  According to the Department of Transportation, two million bags were lost, damaged, pilfered or delayed during 2010.  Here’s a tip to help reduce the chance of your luggage joining the “never been seen again” statistic on your next trip.

lost luggage tipsIt’s almost a given that if you fly often, one day you may find yourself out of favor with the travel gods and goddesses and you will arrive at your destination without your luggage.

One way to lessen the frustration if you find yourself at the lost-luggage counter screaming at the nonchalant agent.  Have a record of what you packed.   Since there’s no way you are going to remember everything you crammed into your bag, then you’d better take some pictures.  Grab your cell phone or digital camera and take a few shots as you add your vacation possessions to your suitcase.  Lastly, take a photo of your luggage. Many bags look alike because they are alike. You scored the same great deal at Costco or Target as some other traveler. This person may accidently grab your bag only to discover later that it’s the wrong one.  When it gets returned, (fingers crossed) you’ll want to be sure everything you packed is still inside. Read More >

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8 Top Tips when Traveling Overseas

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Fenders street station in AustraliaFollow these top tips when you travel abroad for greater enjoyment

1.     Driving Abroad – Your American driver’s license is valid in most European countries. However, some countries may also require an international license or permit. Check with your local Department of Motor Vehicles or automobile club for additional details on the laws in the countries you’ll be visiting.

2.     Exchange Rates – You can find out current exchange rates at www.oanda.com.  I consulted this website frequently prior to departing for New Zealand and Australia to see the spending advantage the US dollar had at this time over these two currencies. It really helps with budgeting too. Also, you can download a FREE phone app. Read More >

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Top 15 Travel Tips

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Follow these top travel tips for less stressful vacations

Fruit1.     Eating on the Run – With travel delays more the norm rather than the exception these days, it’s smart to carry a snack pack.  Throw in boxes of raisins, crackers and some energy bars for a quick pick-me-up. Be sensitive to those around you who may have allergies to foods such as peanuts.  Fruit may not be a good item to carry especially if crossing state lines by car. In addition, most international flights and some domestic ones prohibit the transporting of agricultural items.  When returning to the mainland from Hawaii, It’s common to see agriculture check point agents at the airport confiscating fruit and tossing it in the trash. Read More >

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