Avoid jet lag: Getting a workout at the airport

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There are many ways to avoid jet lag, from setting your watch to the destination time before you leave, giving you time to adjust healthy eating prior to  your trip, avoid alcohol during the trip.  I think the best way is exercise.  If you get your heart beating you can beat jet lag.  Here is an article focused on the subject:

It’s far too easy to become a slug when you’re on the road. But staying active offers business travelers an edge: the benefits of working out while traveling include stress reduction and an increased ability to combat jet lag.

Travelers passing through Canada’s largest airport, Toronto Pearson International, now have an extra advantage: an airport health club.

GoodLife Fitness, which has over 300 locations across Canada, has opened a branch in the Terminal 1 Arrivals area (presecurity), offering a 10,000-square-foot workout area, changing rooms with showers, towel service and luggage storage. No workout clothing? No excuse: Workout clothing and sneakers are available for rent. A daily pass is CND $15, or US $14.58. Hours: 4:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

“From personal experience I know what a tremendous difference it makes to my travel experience when I workout before I get on the plane, as well as my productivity and alertness when I land,” GoodLife founder and CEO David “Patch” Patchell-Evans said in a statement. “We want to make it easier for all travelers, coming in and out of Toronto Pearson, to be able to experience the same great benefits as I have.”

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Ask in Advance to Have Hotel Safe and Parking Fees Taken Off Your Bill

I’ve had this happen to me before and it can add up!  This article, from Lifehacker, helps to bring items to mind for traveling.Hotel fees

We’ve railed against outrageous hotel fees before, but if you don’t have the luxury of switching hotels, ask the desk a couple of questions as soon as you check in to make sure you’re not charged for service you won’t use, like an in-room safe, or hotel parking if you’ve flown in, for example.

Staying in a hotel comes with its own array of fees and taxes, some of which make sense, but others can be tacked on with no thought to whether or not you’re actually using the service you’re paying for. More than once I’ve seen people review their folio well after they’ve returned home from vacation only to find that a hotel they flew in and took a cab to had then charged them a daily parking fee. Ask the desk when you check in if parking is automatically added to your bill, and ask them to remove it if you’re not using it.

Similarly, many hotels charge fees for the in-room safe, regardless of whether you actually use the safe or not. You can debate this one after the fact with or without success (since after you’ve checked out, there’s no way to prove you’ll use the safe), but it’s better dealt with up front.Hotel safe According to Wise Bread:

In most modern hotel rooms you’ll probably find a safe bolted to the floor in the closet or near the entryway. This safe is available to guests if they notice it, if they have something to put in it, and if they choose to use it. For most guests, I assume the safe becomes just part of the visual landscape in the room — like the dressers that no one really uses or the tiny coffee makers that make really bad coffee. But the safe is quite different from all of those other objects. Why? Because you’re being charged for it every single day of your stay. Typically, the in-room safe fee runs about $1–$3 per day, and it’s added to your bill whether you use the safe or not.

Avoiding getting hit with the safe charge is relatively simple if you act promptly. Upon check-in, scout around quickly for a safe. If you find one, but don’t plan on using it to stash your pearls, call the front desk. Tell them you won’t be using the safe and request that they deduct the fee from your bill (and then make sure they’ve actually done it when it’s time to check out).

 

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Right by the beach: great places to stay on the world’s loveliest islands

This is the time of the year my thoughts drift southward to the “islands”.  When I say “islands” I am referring to the Caribbean, but the “island dream” reaches much farther than that.  Let’s just say, “Tropical”.  From now through May of next year the tropical world opens up with splendor and beauty.  The weather is warm, but not hot, and the local people are ready for us!

Don’t waste precious travel time dragging your flip-flopped feet to the beach. We’ve rounded up ten places to stay on some of the world’s most beautiful islands – and they’re all a stone’s throw from the beach. Best of all, you don’t need to sell your granny to enjoy an island getaway, we’ve picked everything from luxe resorts to apartments to hostebeachhotels1_csls, ensuring a beachside break for every budget.

The following article come to us from Lonely Planet and you can read it all , right here!

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Top 10 Fall Foliage Destinations

 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA I am a big fan of Autumn. The changing of the leaves is a photographer’s dream, and the cooler temps in some parts of the nation mean more outdoor activities and kitchen’s full of warm smells of cooking apple pies and pumpkin seeds.  One phenomenon of this time of year is the pilgrimage of “Leafers.” The parade of colored-leaf hungry citizens looking for the panoramic views some places in the nation seem to be famous for.  If you have your “leafer” card, and are not sure where to spend your Autumn vacation days, here are some clues from Yahoo Travel. – My suggestion?  Maine.  Stop and get some Lobster rolls while you are there. Tell em Gene sent you!

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Top 10 Fall Foliage Destinations

Nothing – not sweaters, not the smell of fireplaces, not pumpkin patches, and not apple picking – says “fall” like the blazing red, glimmering gold, and burnt-orange leaves that cover trees and crunch underfoot during the autumn months. Whether you’re practically a professional leaf-peeper or just a casual enthusiast, you’ll need to know where to take in the season’s splendor. Lucky for you, we’ve scouted out the 10 best fall foliage travel destinations – and while some perennially popular places made our list (because it just isn’t possible to do a story on foliage without including New England), we think you’ll be surprised by some of the less-obvious-but-just-as-glorious destinations that did, too. Oh, and no need to fret about when the peak colors will peek out – we’ve done the research for you, as well.

 

Aspen, Colorado

While it’s the place to see and be seen every winter, autumn brings a sense of serenity to Aspen – and the golden foliage of the town’s namesake tree along with it. While Colorado’s aspens don’t offer the vibrant fall color spectacle of say, the Northeast, the yellows, golds, and bold oranges that cover the mountainsides here, against a backdrop of intermittent evergreens, are still reason enough for a visit. Mid- to late September is the ideal for fall foliage travel, but with the color change lasting just about a week, timing is everything.

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Common Mistakes When Packing for a Trip

OK, you’ve planned for a year for this trip.  You have the reservations, the tickets, the cash, and now only one thing left to do.  PACK!  If you are now careful, you will add misery to your trip by not packing properly.  I have several tips on packing on this website, but I ran across this article on what NOT to pack and I thought you might learn something from it, I did.

 

Common Mistakes When Packing for a Trip

Stress-free ways to slim down your suitcase

Frommers: What Not to Pack for a Vacation, less is more

Use these tips to avoid over packing and streamline your luggage bulk. — Photo by Mark Weiss/Getty Images

1. Items Prohibited by the TSA
If you’re flying, check with the Transportation Security Administration to see whether anything you plan to pack is prohibited. The TSA website has clear guidance about what’s allowed and what’s not: in carry-ons, checked luggage or both. When in doubt about an item, leave it at home.

2. Regular-Sized Toiletries

Full-sized bottles of shampoo and lotion are heavy, take up precious space and, because of TSA 3-1-1 guidelines, make carry-on flying impossible. Create a toiletries kit with trial-sized drugstore sundries (toothpaste, deodorant and the like) and plastic bottles or jars filled with favorite products. A trip is also a great opportunity to finish off those almost-empty tubes of toothpaste and cosmetic samples. If you frequently visit a friend or relative, ask to keep a stash of your favorite products at his or her house.

Click here for the rest of the article on AARP.

 

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Top 10 travel mistakes and how not to make them

I just ran across an article from NBC News Travel that spoke directly to me.  I have made most of the mistakes listed in this article!  I wanted to post their article here so you can prevent the same from happening to you.

Top 10 travel mistakes and how not to make them

 

July 18, 2013 at 9:31 AM ET

 

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A classic travel mistake is to stick to the beaten path. When in Venice, for example, sneak away from the popular squares and get lost among unforgettable neighborhoods most Americans never set foot in.

Even the dreamiest of trips can go off the rails when you fall into one of these all-too-common travel traps. We’ve been there—and we’ve brought back advice on foolproof booking, smart sightseeing, and making the most of every minute.

Even the most meticulously planned trip is subject to snafus, but with a little insider know-how, you can avoid making the common mistakes that can derail a vacation. Stick to the guidelines below, and you’re more likely to have a trip that’s memorable not for lost luggage and rushed sightseeing, but for the thrill of discovering a new place and savoring it.

Not booking enough connection time between flights
Leaving a window of at least an hour and a half between connecting flights will significantly drop your chances of missing your flight or having your luggage lost, says Sally Watkins, travel agent at Century Travel and Cruises in Austin, Texas. Having only 45 minutes to connect between flights might seem doable — not to mention the siren call of less lag time spent hanging out at a dismal food court — but it’s often not enough, especially in large airports where the gates could be far apart. Don’t rely on airlines to do the math for you, either: “Flights can’t be booked unless it is a legitimate change time according to that airport, and usually if it’s the minimum change time and airlines let you book that, they will make it work,” Watkins says.

Not applying for your passport early enough
Routine passport processing takes about four to six weeks, so as soon as you start planning for your trip, apply for a passport if you need one, or make sure the one you already have hasn’t expired. Plus, in certain countries you need at least six months’ worth of validity remaining to enter, says Elizabeth Finan, spokesperson for the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs. (Go to travel.state.gov for more information.) If your trip is coming up quicker than that, you can shell out $60 to cut the processing time to two to three weeks, but if you’re planning to board a plane in less than two weeks, make an appointment at your local passport agency by calling 877/487-2778. The $60 fee still applies. If you’ve traveled so much you’ve practically worn out your passport, flip through it as a precaution: “Frequent travelers should make sure that they have enough pages in their passports,” says Finan. “For example, South African law requires travelers to have one fully blank visa page in the passport; without the requisite number of pages, you may be refused entry.” No one wants that.

 

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Traveler’s Rights!

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You’ve planned your vacation carefully, packed only the essentials, and double-locked the front door, only to find out that … your flight is canceled, the airline lost your luggage and your hotel room is not exactly what you expected. I found this article to be very helpful and informative! You do have rights. 

We have put together the best tips to protect your rights as a traveler, including how to get your luggage back, how to get your flight re booked and how to negotiate compensation when things go really, really wrong.

If you get bumped from a flight
Airlines are legally allowed to sell more seats than they have, to hedge against no-shows. Most passengers give up seats willingly in exchange for cash or travel. Because this is a problem that just won’t go away, the Department of Transportation has raised the compensation for passengers who are bumped, or, in DOT parlance, “involuntarily denied boarding,” and requires an airline offer cash on the spot to victims — not just a travel voucher.

But some passengers are bumped from their flights before they even get to the gate. You’re more likely to be bumped if:

Check it out by clicking here.

 

 

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How to Fit Two Weeks Worth of Luggage Under the Airplane Seat in Front of You

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OK, OK, I get it!  It seems impossible to pack for a trip in just one bag.  I found this article that has several ideas to help you “consolidate” and, perhaps, help you have at least one less bag to lug around.

Back in the day, checking your bag on a trip only cost you 20 minutes of your time after a flight. Now you’re lucky if it only costs you $20. With rampant theft, high bag check costs, and overhead bins filled to the brim, learning how to pack efficiently matters more than ever. With the right strategy, you can fit everything you actually need into the seat in front of you.

I hate checking bags. I really hate checking bags. I’ve had luggage lost, items stolen, property destroyed, and a myriad of other issues. After an incredibly degrading experience with checked luggage, I decided to approach every future flight as a challenge. I tested new ways to ensure I get my bags on the plane and, more recently, that they can fit underneath the seat in front of me if necessary. After four years of practice, I can pack for a two week week trip and fit everything into a tiny space. In this post, we’ll look at how.

Try it, and don’t forget to comment on the article.

 

http://lifehacker.com/5990659/?post=58357374

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10 great spring break getaways from Yahoo! Travel – Cheap …

 

Brush off the frigid dust of winter and gear up for spring break!  There is still time to plan a great adventure for this spring.  Remember that planning is the first step to a successful trip.  Check out my site for great tips and great deals from my advertisers.

Americans are gearing up to hit the road and the air during the upcoming two months in search of the ultimate spring break destination—and record-breaking gas prices don’t seem to be holding them back. Despite the squeeze on family budgets, hotel and air bookings have increased significantly over 2011, according to American Express booking data.

Yahoo Travel has a great article on Spring Break Getaways, read it here.

 

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12 Best Winter Vacations | U.S. News Travel

winter-break1OK, enough of the snow and cold weather!  It’s time to put away the snow shovel and gloves and dig out the shades and swimsuits. Winter never seems too bad at first: It’s hard to resist that warm, fuzzy feeling brought on by the impending holidays, first snowfall, and a crackling fire. But after awhile, when the cold prevents your car from starting and the snow turns to gray, this season starts to get the better of us. For this reason, U.S. News Travel has come up with a list of vacation destinations to help you defeat your seasonal doldrums and cure the wintertime blues.   Now is the time and here are the places.

Don’t waste another frozen minute!  Decide where you need to go, then use my site to plan, plan, plan!

 

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