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Packing and Preparing Your Smartphone for Travel

An escorted tour is the perfect opportunity to wind down and immerse yourself in the culture of a new place. While some travelers may decide to completely discontinue use of their electronics, many others use their phones, tablets, and even laptops during vacation. Smartphones are especially handy because they are small enough to carry around, offer the ability to stay in touch with loved ones back home, have good quality cameras, and are often used as a source of entertainment. Here are some packing and preparing tips if you plan on using your smartphone during your travels:

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Topics: Travel Tips, Senior Travel, International Travel

Hawaii Vacation Packages: Multi-Island Options

If you’re passionate about guided travel, then you’re sure to enjoy a Hawaii multi-island vacation with YMT. We have a variety of island-hopping tours that are absolutely perfect for guests who want to see and feel what makes each island so distinct. Do you prefer the excitement and abundant entertainment of Oahu? The easygoing charm of the Big Island of Hawaii? The serenity of Kauai, the “Garden Isle”? Or Maui’s unique blend of historic appeal and breathtaking nature?

Whether this is your first or tenth visit to the islands, you are in for a major treat by joining us on a guided tour, the best way to see more of Hawaii.

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Topics: Planning a Vacation, Hawaii

10 Mementos You Can Collect From Any Place You Travel

If you love to travel, there’s nothing more exciting than exploring a new place for the first time. Collecting souvenirs from each country is a great way to remember the unique experiences you had – from tasting new dishes to interacting with local artists. Here are 10 travel mementos to collect from any destination that will allow you to recall fond memories for years to come:

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Topics: Travel Tips, Senior Travel

Visiting Versailles: What to See and Tips to Beat the Crowds

The Palace of Versailles is one of France’s most famous sites. The sprawling manor was France’s principal royal residence from the golden age of the Sun King, Louis XIV, through the violent tumult of the French Revolution. Thousands of starving, angry citizens marched on the palace in 1789, and forced the royal family—including the indecisive King Louis XVI and the despised queen, Marie Antoinette—to travel with the well-armed mob to Paris and their eventual doom. After the royal family met a legendarily nasty end, the monarchy was abolished and the Palace of Versailles was transformed from what had become a loathsome symbol of royal excess and indifference into a spectacular museum celebrating France’s greatest historic, cultural, and artistic achievements.

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Topics: Europe

10 Ways to Travel In Comfort During Long Flights

There are more and more long-haul flight paths these days as airlines expand their coverage areas. On the plus side, this means travelers can get to their destinations quicker and with less hassle, but sitting on a plane for an extended period of time can definitely be a challenge. There are ways to travel in comfort during long flights that will allow you to enjoy the journey to your final destination. Follow these 10 tips below to deplane relaxed and ready to enjoy your vacation:

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Topics: Travel Tips, Senior Travel, Solo Travel, Airlines

Les Trois Tetons: Exploring Grand Teton National Park

When 19th century French fur trappers came upon the trio of jagged peaks that jutted into the sky above Jackson Hole in Northwestern Wyoming, they cheekily described them as “Les Trois Tétons,” or the three breasts—the tallest of which they bawdily called the “Grand Teton,” or… you can probably fill in the blanks. Despite the crude origins of its name, Grand Teton National Park is a place of stunning beauty and dramatic vistas. This remarkable park is a must for nature lovers and American history buffs.

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Topics: Americas, US National Parks

Passport Rules to Know For a Faster Renewal

When traveling abroad for work or pleasure, you will need a valid U.S. passport. According to, the processing time for routine service takes about 4-6 weeks by mail or in person. That timeline may increase, however, based on the number of applications. Ensure you get a new passport in time for your next trip by following these rules for fast passport renewals without delay:

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Topics: Travel Tips, Senior Travel, International Travel

Do I Need a Converter or Adapter on My Vacation?

So you’ve booked your international vacation but you still have a few questions, like how you can keep your phone charged during your travels. “Do I need a travel adapter?” “Do I need a converter?” “What’s the difference between an adapter and a converter?” These are all important questions, and finding the answer you need can be a bit daunting. That’s why we’ve put together this simple guide to help you understand which adapters or voltage converters you will need to pack for your trip to Europe or anywhere outside of the United States. Read on to learn more!

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Topics: International Travel

How to Pack for Your European Vacation


Booking a European tour is exciting – especially escorted tours of Europe because you don’t have to worry about researching hotels or planning your daily activities. The one thing that can take some of the enthusiasm out of your upcoming trip is the stress of packing. While your packing list will vary slightly based on the weather, we’ve compiled a list of essential items that you will use during every season.

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Topics: Europe, Travel Tips, Packing Lists

¡Que Viva el Mariachi!: The Movement, The Meaning of Mexico’s Music

The booming sounds of mariachi music are uniquely and quintessentially Mexican. Played loud, fast, and with an abundance of powerful emotion, mariachi is an expression of the “joyful sorrow” that has long defined the spirit of Mexico. The legendary musical tradition is even part of the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

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Topics: Planning a Vacation