Saturday, December 20, 2014

Travels: Helpful Hints

Travel socks make excellent cases for your sunglasses, for small souvenirs, as a makeshift screen cleaner, and as slippers.

Have a bug bite? Use that tiny bar of soap from the hotel, wet it a little, and rub it on the bite. Then, take the bar with you to take the itch out of that bite later in the day.

Did your shoes end up with water or salt stains during the day and you need to wear them again at night? Try rubbing a small amount of liquid shampoo on your shoes. Just a small amount rubbed in circles with a clean cloth can do wonders.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Travels: Fees When Traveling

You've probably already encountered parking fees at major downtown hotels in large cities. It's just part of the visit. But, did you know some suburban hotels with large parking lots are now charging to park? They typically don't tell you that on their website. Ask before you book or check all sites like Expedia, etc. before you book. The reviews may tell you what to expect.

If you are traveling to Europe and need a rental car, book from a US based company before you go. Typically the charge will be less than if you rented while in Europe.

What happens when you rent a car, then tell the rental counter your spouse may be driving it as well? Do they add additional charges for the second driver? California prohibits those charges and New York caps the charges at $3 per day. Check with your rental company before you go. If you are a member of their frequent renter program, chances are the fee will be waived.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Travels: Packing Tips and Tricks

If you travel, you've already found great tips and tricks that work for you. Check out these reminders and some new tips.

Save your bubble wrap when you receive a package with fragile contents. Use it to protect your valuables when packing. It works for bringing home souvenirs or protecting your tablet in your carry on.

Save that tissue paper from the department store. Use it to layer between your clothes, roll your clothes with the tissue inside, or ball it up to put in shoes, purses, or hats.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Travels: 2015 Places to See

According to several travel websites, these are some of the destinations you might want to look at for your 2015 travels.

Japan: They are gearing up to host the 2020 Summer Olympics and that means new hotels, visitor centers, and venues. Their new bullet train route debuts in March...a big deal as it cuts travel time in half for the beautiful coastal route. On a somber note, 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Both cities have educational peace parks and museums.

England: Did you know 2015 marks the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta? This historic document, along with an original copy of the US Bill of Rights will be on display in the British Library.

Toronto, Canada: In July the Pan American Games will take place for two weeks here. Like the Olympics, these happen every four years and include a must-see opening ceremony. Usually, tickets for these events are more affordable...making this the best place to see athletes from around the world compete in everything from diving to gymnastics to figure skating and more.

Milan, Italy: The Expo 2015 Milano will be held in Milan from May 1 through October 21. With more than 247 acres for the event, this year the Expo's theme is "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.  Foods, traditions, sustainability efforts, and technological innovations will all be highlighted.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Travels: Holiday Travel

Traveling at the holidays? Do you have your list ready? If not...take a look at this one and then customize it to meet your needs. 

Important Identification, Papers, and Essentials
Passport/visa                                    Guidebook                                                 Copies of passport
Identification                                    Maps/directions                                          Copies of credit cards
Boarding pass/tickets                     Medical insurance card                                 Itinerary              
Travel insurance card                     Emergency contact                                        Wallet
Credit Cards                                      ATM Cards                                              Cash
List of Medications

Personal Items
Contact lenses                                 Glasses                                                         First Aid Kit
Toothpaste/Toothbrush                Hair Products                                                   Soap                                   
Cosmetics                                         Deodorant                                                   Facial Products
Hand sanitizer                                  Bandages                                                      Tissues
Medications                                      Pain relievers                                                Vitamins

Underwear                                        Scarves                                                         Shoes
Sleepwear                                         Festive Wear                                                 Sweaters
Accessories                                       Casual Wear                                                  Jeans
Hats                                                    Jewelry                                                         Gloves

Electronics chargers                       Voltage adaptor                                             Camera/memory card
Tablet, phone, other devices

Gifts, etc.
Unwrapped gifts, if flying              Gift bags                                                           Gift wrap

Stocking stuffers                           Cookies or Holiday Food

Travels: Gift Ideas

WE are delighted to announce the launch of the WE Magazine for Women Holiday Gift-Giving Guide for 2014!

Looking for a gift for the traveler or the reader in your family? How about a special gift you might not find anywhere else? Check out this amazing guide to gifts! Take a look at this link:

Inside the 2014 Edition you will find articles, and a variety of our favorite gift-giving suggestions. Please take a look at all the exceptional companies who have included their products and services in this gift guide. The following vendors and individuals are represented: 

You can save time, gas and money by doing your holiday shopping with the companies listed in the WE Magazine’s Holiday Gift-Giving Guide. There are gifts for women, men, children and families of all ages.  It is our best buyers guide yet!

That’s not all! We wanted to make this a resource you would keep and use during the 2014 holiday season so we have included interesting articles throughout. 

Some of the topics covered include: The Stuff Alternative, 10 Holiday Diet Tips, Regifting Rules, Best Holiday for One, The Animals Shall Speak, Tips on Holiday Tipping and much more! Content-rich articles to help you get through the holidays with ease, grace and as little stress as possible are a part of WE Magazine’s Holiday Gift-Giving Guide.

The other benefit of shopping via a digital catalog: no trees were harmed in putting it together. Please consider that when deciding if you need to print this issue. 

Happy Traveling...and Shopping

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Travels: Airport Connections

When booking your flights and you have a connecting flight, how much time do you allow between those? 

Obviously, the amount of time you need to leave between flights depends on the airport, the airline, the weather, customs, security, and switching name a few. 

Scheduling a safe amount of time saves you hassle and unwanted stress. But, how much time is that? Most sites tell you to leave at least 90 minutes between flights. That's the ideal amount. 

For international flights that connect with domestic flights, you will need to leave enough time to clear customs. And, that can vary widely in airports.