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Showing posts with label Holiday travel. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Holiday travel. Show all posts

Dec 13, 2018

Happy Holidays - Tips and Ideas For Fun and Safe Travel

Happy Holidays -
Tips and Ideas For Fun and Safe Travel

Holiday travel is busy. Here we will put together some holiday travel tips that would make it a bit smoother to plan and pack for your travels.

Nov 19, 2018

Holiday Travel - How To Get There Better And With Less Hassle

Holiday Travel - When and How To Get There Better

The holidays are upon us. It is a great time to get together with friends and family, eat lots of food, and spend way too much money. It is also the time to spend way too much time in traffic.

Google, the Internet company that knows all, has come up with data for the holiday travel

Dec 21, 2017

Holiday Family Travel: Christmas Village And Holiday Lights

Holiday Family Travel: Christmas Village And Holiday Lights

As December rolled around so did we. Our first holiday family trip was to Lusscroft Farms. There we visited the Turner Mansion, where every room, even the bathrooms, were adorned with Christmas decor. There was also live music and a whole lot of Holiday accessories to purchase.

Nov 21, 2016

Thanksgiving Travel Cheat Sheet

Thanksgiving Travel Cheat Sheet

As security measures ramp up around the holidays with higher volumes of travelers, and with pat-downs and new scans, navigating packed airports and overbooked flights just got a bit dicier. Expect that you'll have lots of company in your quest to share a turkey dinner with relatives

Best place to go during the Thanksgiving Holiday? Overseas. There, they don't care about Thanksgiving. If you travel directly, you are likely to experience minute crowds compared to domestic travel.


Call to confirm
Delayed or canceled flights are a major cause of holiday stress. Call the airlines within 24 hours of departure to confirm your flight information. You can also sign up for text and email alerts about flight delays and cancellations from your airline.

Jan 28, 2016

Top Holidays for Travel & Their Rating

Top Holidays for Travel & Their Rating

With the new year upon us, and holidays way behind, it is time to take a look at travel planning ahead. Starting with Easter and Spring Break, the most traveled days during the year begin. Summer is the most traveled season by volume according to road traffic and airport reports. The winter holiday season has a few spikes that are close, but the travel volume does not last as long.
Take a look at the chart below to plan out your travels around the holidays (1 being less traveled, 15 very busy travel day):

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Dec 14, 2015

Holiday Week Travel & Gadgets

Holiday Week Travel


"No travel day leading up to the holiday is going to be a breeze, but if you can, start driving Tuesday rather than Wednesday. Yes, it’s still the second-worst travel day of the week, but according to Google Maps searches, for the last three years Wednesday has been the worst travel day." While this quote is related to travel during Thanksgiving week, it very well applies for the Christmas week as well.

So if you're driving on Wednesday, try to avoid the afternoon. If that's the soonest you'd be able to get away, consider instead leaving early Thursday (Christmas Day), when the roads are more likely to be clear.

To find the cheapest gas along your route, my favorite app is GasBuddy, which will show you prices near your location.

How To: Use Google Maps Offline When Traveling

Best and Worst Days to Drive Over the Christmas Holidays


Luggage fees for a family add up fast. Do you have to check bags or can you pack each person a carry-on? Packing light is not impossible and will save you huge amount of time at the airport. You will be able to bypass dragging your luggage to the counter and waiting to check in your luggage. You will also be able to skip another line and walk right past the luggage carousel once you land. and more importantly avoid possibility your luggage ending up elsewhere.
If you do have to have a large suit case, make sure to weigh it before heading out

Stock up on the latest travel apps before you leave home. Flight Status gives you real-time updates on delays, baggage numbers and more, and GateGuru gives you approximate times you’ll spend in security. Heading out on the road? Find the cheapest gas and cleanest bathrooms on the road with GasBuddy and SitOrSquat.

9 Sanity Saving Holiday Airport Security Tips


Don’t count on the in-flight movie. Bring your own entertainment via pre-loaded smartphone or tablet. This way you will have hours of entertainment for the travelling kid and hopefully not too weary, traveling parent.

Per Mashable survey, a whopping 92% of respondents said they bring their mobile phone on trips, and 48% said they bring a tablet.

Be sure to charge the devices you're taking with you the night before you leave home (Charge Your Gadget Before You Travel, Or Else). And if you don't already have one, consider getting a portable charger like a Mophie power pack, and if you do have one make sure it is charged and ready to go, too.

Need To Know for Holiday Travel:
European countries are now working to install Passenger Name Record system. This system matches up passenger manifest with a number of criminal and terrorist databases to determine if potential or known terrorists are on the flight

No more free unvetted passport entry at European borders for EU passport holders.

12 Holiday Movies For Families Who Travel

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Dec 1, 2014

Safe and Happy Holidays

Have Safe and Happy Holidays

Keep your information safe and secure while traveling and at home with these tips:

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Dec 16, 2013

What I Love Just As Much As Travel and Gadgets?

Saving money on the travel gadgets

There are some great deals still to be found after the BlackFriday/Cyber Monday craze. While during those days most of the retailers raked up great sales with some discounts, they continue to offer deep discounts through the holiday season. Some of these discounts are even better and are on better gadgets.

Top Holiday Deals
Year-End Deals

Gadgets worth their price
Sometimes going against the general rule is a good thing. Especially with some travel gadgets. These devices will save you money in the long run even if they cost a bit more upfront.

Digital camera - of course, you want the one that takes great shots. Since you are traveling, you would also want one that can withstand a few bumps, able to multitask, and would not weigh you down. We like Panasonic Lumix and Canon PowerShot SX series. For more tips see this article Buying a Digital Camera for Travel .

Digital Luggage Scale- these compact gadgets will save you quite a bit of hassle and money when flying by making sure you avoid paying overweight luggage fees.
7 Gadgets to Make Travel Comfortable

Universal travel adapters - pay for themselves very quickly when you are traveling outside of the country

The Electronics Holiday Gift Guide

Gadgets that save you money
Camelbak All Clear Purifier Bottle
This travel accessory will prevent you from spending a lot of money on buying multiple water bottles. It also saves the environment.

Rechargeable Battery Charger
Use fewer batteries and therefore buy fewer batteries. This charger can juice up most rechargeable batteries, so you only need to bring one and a couple of batteries saving space in your luggage as well.

A Hybrid Car
A pricier tag at the start though can pay for itself after one year of ownership and fill-ups. Of course, that is dependent on the driving style

- When using overseas try to avoid using US-based phones and services. Best to have unlocked phone that you can set up with international service and/or get a pre-paid SIM card on location to save on calls.
- New phones are coming out every few months. However, latest smartphones from a year or so ago are still great and have the same functions that the new shiny ones. Even though they might not be as shiny, when traveling, a slightly older smartphone can be a great tool without having to shell out the additional dough.
Things You No Longer Need Because of Smartphones

Secure your gadgets
Keeping your gadgets is one good way to save on replacement cost. A great way to do so is to label all of the gadgets you take with you. Either by simply placing some masking tape and writing your info, doing some custom labels, or applying smart labels, you can safeguard your devices and valuables and make sure their return to if something does happen is a lot easier. Also tracking gadgets such as the ZOMM Wireless Leash or similar is a great idea. They make sure that you do not leave your travel gadgets behind and keep and your money with you.

Sometimes cheap is not the best choice
If it is too good to be true, it is. I have tested this saying a few too many times. And it is still true.

How To Spot Counterfeit Products

Check out some other travel hacks here 10 Travel Gadgets Hacks

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Nov 25, 2013

Save Time Shop Online for Holiday Travel Gifts

Save Time Shop Online for Holiday Travel Gifts

Update: There is still time to get that last minute holiday gift. You can still get Free One-Day Shipping on Last Minute Gift Ideas from
Gift cards are great idea as last minute gift or a gift for hard-to-shop-for person still left on the list.
Holiday Gift Cards with a Free Gift Box and Free One-Day Shipping

Since when is the turkey dinner a quick snack and gateway to shopping?! Last couple of years brick and mortar stores started their sales not at midnight, which was nutty enough, but at 5-6pm on Thanksgiving day.

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"The condensed time between Thanksgiving and Christmas means that consumers will feel more pressure to shop for the same list in less time," said Steve Arthur, head of industry for retail at Google.
This holiday season save money, time, and sanity by shopping for gifts online. There are a lot more choices and opportunities this year than any previous shopping season. And there will be a lot more sales and offers online. Which would help you avoid one of these:

I have done my share of getting up at 4am in the morning and heading out to the stores. We usually do not go for the big ticket items, but in previous years we did score great deals on gadgets such as my Garmin GPS, paper shredder that we go for $6, a photo printer, and some others. Though this has become too nutty with stores outdoing each other in terms of sales start time. And based on last year, most of the deals will be also available via online marketplace.

Here are some of our favorite online deals:

Magellans  TigerDirect

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Dec 5, 2012

Holiday Travel Tips

Book Your Holiday Travel Early
While it might be enticing to wait around and see if there will be any "specials" closer to the holidays, this strategy does not work well for airline and hotel prices. Procrastinators may pay higher prices if they wait too long to book their travel itinerary. Booking later would result in fewer airplane seats available, and hence higher airfares. Save money and avoid unnecessary stress that comes with waiting until the last minute. Holidays can be stressful enough

Be Flexible with Travel Dates, Routes and Airlines
The more your departure and arrival dates are flexible, the more you would be able to save. Large percent of holiday travelers have a per-determined date in mind. Either because of family travel planning or other similar reasons. Airlines and other vendors know that and adjust prices accordingly. So if departure is not written in stone, you can get a better deal.

Research Various Websites to Check for the Best Deals
There are numerous websites where you can plan a trip, compare prices, and purchase tickets. From Travelocity and Orbitz to the airlines' own websites. Don't just check one website and choose the best fare there. Check several of the websites to compare. To make this even easier there are multiple aggregators that check all these sites at once. Again it's best practice to not rely on just one here too.

Pack Lightly and Wisely When Flying to Avoid Fees
With second bag fees, over weight baggage fee, and fees for just bringing bags, packing light would save money and headache of shuffling things around.
To make sure that you are within the weight limit when packing for the trip or even more important, when returning, use a digital luggage scale such as the GSI Super Digital Travel Luggage Scale They are easy to use and easy to read.

If you got 'em use 'em: Frequent Flyer Deals and Hotel Reward Programs
You have racked these up with buying all the holiday gifts. Now it is time to trade them in. Just make sure to read the fine print and account for any blackouts.

Finding Wi-fi
While traveling, you can burn pretty quickly through your data allowance by using smartphone or tablet to look up directions, restaurants, and reviews. Planning ahead so that you are within vicinity of Wi-Fi could save you money time and hassle. Wi-Fi Finder is a great app for your smartphone or tablet. Available at the Apple store. You can also check with your cable provider if you are not traveling too long of a distance, as they might have hot spots available in or around your destinations. Also restaurants such as Starbucks and Danny's offer free wi-fi. Two thirds of public libraries offer free wi-fi too. Wherever you use wi-fi remember that free wi-fi service is open to everybody and anybody. Keep your information secure and do not enter sensitive and login information on these networks.

Bundle it up
Buying packages that include various combinations of hotels, flights, car rental and such is less expensive than getting all these a la carte.

Bring Your Own Entertainment
Hotel movie rentals, purchases at airports, and last-minute admissions to amusement parks and attractions can be expensive. Bring DVDs, books on tablets, game consoles and board games, and other small items that will not take up space. Keep yourself and kids happy by filling the wait time with favorite entertainment.

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Nov 21, 2012

Holiday Travel Gadgets Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide for Travelers

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