How to get VIP Treatment on your Honeymoon

Congratulations! You’ve made it to the altar, exchanged vows and had the perfect wedding. Now it’s time to keep the wedded bliss going with a storybook honeymoon. So, how do you get the honeymoon that dreams are made out of? There are no guarantees, but the following pointers may help you get VIP treatment while you’re away. Let us know how they work for you!
Share the news: When planning your trip, let everyone you book with know that your honeymoon is the reason for your trip. For potential perks in your honeymoon suite, remind the staff why you’re there when you check in. When dining, mention to your server that it’s your honeymoon – the restaurant just might offer appetizers or dessert on the house.
Take advantage of reward and loyalty programs: Now is the time to use the points that have been racking up on your credit card. Consider booking two first-class tickets if you’re traveling out of the country; you’ll enjoy the extra legroom and special treatment. The best part is that your tickets might be discounted or even free if you use your points or miles – score!
Book air travel for the right time: If you want a good deal on airline tickets, plan to travel on Saturday. Most business travelers are home on the weekend, meaning tickets on this day may be less expensive and there may be more room on the plane. Use this knowledge to your advantage and ask for an upgrade to first class before you depart.

Consider traveling during the “off-season.” If you plan your honeymoon to coincide with a slower season, you may be more likely to score a flight upgrade or a swankier hotel room. Even if this means traveling for your honeymoon a few weeks or months following your wedding, the potential upgrade or discount may be worth the delay.
Be open to trying new accommodations: Often, hotels that have recently opened want to build a reputation for their superior service and quality. If you book a new or up-and-coming place to stay, you may have a better chance of scoring perks. It’s not always wise to book for opening week however, as construction delays may impact your planned stay.
Get to know your concierge: A great concierge will go above and beyond to make sure your honeymoon is extra special. If there are activities (think candlelit dinners or private excursions) you and your sweetheart would like to participate in, don’t be afraid to drop hints – your concierge may be able to leverage his or her relationships with local businesses to score discounts or freebies on your behalf.
For more great honeymoon tips, check out this article by Traveler’s Joy.

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Your Official Family Travel Packing List

Consider these items when preparing to travel with kids

The summer family travel season is almost here, bringing a world of opportunities to make memories with the people with whom you’re closest. Before you head out the door, be sure to reference this handy packing list, which will help to prepare your journey for minimal hassle and maximum fun.

General checklist:

  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Shampoo/soap
  • Sunblock
  • Swimsuits
  • Sun hats
  • Umbrella
  • Refillable water bottle

For kids:

  • Crayons and coloring books
  • Toys and activity books
  • Camera with extra digital memory
  • Entertainment (for example, music, movies, audio books, games, etc.)
  • Snacks
  • Medication (for example, analgesics, motion sickness pills, etc.)

For babies:

  • Car seat
  • Travel stroller
  • Collapsible crib
  • Diapers and plastic bags
  • Wipes
  • Lotion and powder
  • Pacifiers
  • Extra bottles/formula

For the car:

  • Pillows
  • Blankets
  • Cooler
  • Paper towels
  • Garbage bags
  • First-aid kit

For the plane:

  • IDs and travel documents
  • Carry-on baggage with a change of clothes for each person
  • Extra snacks
  • Compact stroller
  • Small toys for the flight


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Five Tips for the Traveling Environmentalist

Traveling green is not always easy, but it’s certainly worth the effort. These five tips will not only help you make a positive and lasting impact on the environment when you travel, but also help you save money and enjoy more authentic experiences along the way.

  1. Select “ethical” travel destinations.

A number of online resources rate destinations according to their environmental protection standards, social welfare and human rights records. Take advantage of these websites to do your due diligence when making travel plans.

  1. Choose LEED-certified hotels.

LEED-certified hotels use environmentally-friendly building and cleaning products, and offer their guests options to help make a positive environmental impact during their stay (such as re-using towels and not having sheets changed every day). When booking travel accommodations, consider prioritizing hotels that have achieved this designation.

  1. Invest in a quality refillable water bottle.

When safe to do so, refilling a water bottle throughout your trip will both save you money and help save the environment, as water bottles can take years to break down. Landfills are already overflowing with 2 million tons of discarded water bottles, as the Water Project has reported.1

  1. Eat locally-sourced food when you travel.

When you eat locally-grown food, you support local farmers and get an authentic taste of the area. Keep an eye out for restaurants that offer locally-grown food, and at some destinations, be aware of any endangered species that may be on the menu!

  1. Bike or walk when you can.

When you bike or walk while traveling, you may cut your environmental impact in half. Even if the attraction is a little farther than you’d normally bike or walk to, getting there that way gives you a chance to enjoy the scenery en route. Bring some extra cash for public transportation in case the weather doesn’t cooperate.

For more helpful tips on how to go green when you travel, check out this great article from Lonely Planet.


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Six Money-Saving Travel Tips

credit-cardIn the U.S., many experts believe the cost of living – including housing, food and transportation – is going up. If you’re like many Americans who love to travel and are trying to figure out how you can do more of it without breaking the bank, consider the tips below to save money wherever your next trip takes you.

  • Remain flexible when choosing flights.
    When planning your trip, resolve to remain flexible on when you leave and from which city you depart. Sometimes leaving from a neighboring city or flying an extra hour early will mean saving a significant amount of money on flight tickets.
  • Use credit card reward points.
    When choosing a new credit card, research available travel-related programs and benefits. Then, use your credit card for most of your everyday purchases and watch your points add up (be sure to pay off your balance at the end of each month to avoid interest and fees). Some cards allow you to exchange such points for discounts on airline miles, allowing you to fly at a discount.
  • When it comes to your travel itinerary, think free.
    Plan ahead and research places of interest at your destination. Many tourist sites offer discounts when you visit on certain days or during certain hours. Not sure where to start? Search for the business list on the local Chamber of Commerce website, or the equivalent for the area to which you’re traveling. Other ideas include1:
  • See a street fair, concert, or cultural event
  • Catch a magnificent sunset or sunrise
  • Take a walk or a bike ride
  • Play in the park
  • Attend free movie screenings in local cafes and hostels
  • Swim at a beach or a lake
  • Climb a mountain
  • Visit a market

  • Get to know the locals, and what they do.
    Ask the locals in the area of your destination about places to go and things to do. Those who live there may offer valuable insights into neighborhood hot spots and even off-the-beaten-path attractions. Plus, you may also make a friend or learn about a discount.
  • When possible, focus your travel on one destination.
    Take your time while on vacation to leisurely explore all your destination has to offer. Slow down, take in more, and enjoy the scenery along the way. Doing so may help you avoid additional flights or transportation costs.
  • Consider purchasing travel insurance.
    Even the most budget-conscious travelers may have their plans derailed by unanticipated events, such as flight delays/cancellations, lost baggage or a medical emergency during their journey. A small outlay for travel insurance may save you a lot of money if you experience a covered trip mishap. Plus, most Travel Guard plans include 24/7 travel assistance services that can help with needs such as flight and hotel rebookings, emergency medical coordination, lost luggage retrieval, and more.

For more great ways you could potentially save money while you travel, check out this great article at


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Zika Virus: Key Facts Travelers Need to Know

What you need to know about the Zika virus.

What you need to know about the Zika virus.

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Spring Break Travel Tips

When you plan a trip over Spring Break, you look forward to making memories with your family or friends – not to experiencing travel mishaps. Unfortunately, some Spring Break trips are one case of the sniffles away from the doctor’s office, one unwelcome storm away from a flight cancellation, or one plane ride away from lost luggage. That’s why it’s important to plan ahead. Help ensure smooth Spring Break travel by considering these travel tips:

  • Do your pre-trip research: Travel is easier when there’s a plan. If you map out your activities and travel routes, you may avoid wasting precious vacation time, shelling out extra money, getting lost, or stressing out.
  • Don’t forget the meds: Pack ibuprofen, anti-diarrheal treatment, and other important medications in your purse or carry-on in case someone in your family needs them. These can be lifesavers on a flight or in the middle of a road trip.
  •  Choose a road trip partner: Take turns behind the wheel, and have someone sit shotgun to keep the driver awake and all eyes on traffic and road markers.
  • Consider hotel safety: Request a room above the first floor to help prevent theft, and if a safe is available, lock away high-value items. Keep doors locked and note where the fire exits are located.
  •  Participate in free activities: Call your destination’s local visitor’s bureau and ask about events and attractions that are free and child-friendly. These offerings can be a true boon for the budget-conscious traveler.
  • Explore theme park VIP options: If you are traveling to a theme park, check for VIP passes that give you back-door access to rides or guides that allow you to see and do more without the hassle. While both options are pricey, they may be worthwhile to bypass long lines and congestion in the park.
  •  Pack a travel insurance plan: Lost luggage, flight delays and medical emergencies can happen no matter where you travel. It helps to know you are covered for the unexpected. Most travel insurance plans even include 24/7 travel assistance services which can help with hotel/flight re-bookings and other
    stressful activities.
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8 Travel Scams Happening in Europe and How to Avoid Them

8 Travel Scams Happening in Europe

8 Travel Scams Happening in Europe

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