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How To Do Laundry While On Vacation



One of the biggest concerns our guests have before they embark on a YMT vacation is how they are going to do laundry while on their trip. Will there be time to clean their clothes? Will there be facilities? What will it cost?




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Topics: Travel Tips


Inside the Golden Nugget Las Vegas



The Golden Nugget is a staple of Downtown Las Vegas. Built in the 40s, it’s weathered all of Sin City’s ups and downs, witnessed its transformation from a seedy, sandy place for guests to jettison their morals, to its modern iteration as the family friendly entertainment capital of the world.




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Topics: Americas, History


What To Do If You Miss Your Flight



Missing a flight can be heartbreaking when you’ve been looking forward to your vacation. Sometimes you just can’t control all factors, such as your transportation to the airport showing up late or a flat tire along the way. While the natural reaction to a significant delay is panic, try to remain as calm as possible as you will be interacting with representatives who can make or break your trip. Here is guidance on what to do if you miss your flight:




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Topics: Travel Tips


8 Countries Where English Speakers Can Easily Travel Around



Technology has changed the way people travel today compared to even ten years ago. For example, travelers now have access to mobile maps, translation apps, and cultural information with just a few taps. English has also become the universal language for many industries and has definitely been embraced by the tourism sector.

Americans are no longer limited to travels to Canada, the UK, and Australia in order to feel comfortable with the local language, as the list of English-speaking countries continues to grow. There are plenty of English-speaking European countries




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Topics: Asia, Europe, Travel Tips


Golden California: How the Gold Rush Began in Sutter's Mill



Sutter’s Mill sawmill is nestled in a peaceful valley in Coloma, California at the base of the Sierra foothills. Surrounded by ponderosa pines, on an average early morning in the late 1840s, all you’d hear would be the trilling of birds, the rush of the breeze, and the gentle roar of the American River winding its way through the property.




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Topics: Americas, History


What to Do If You Lose Your Luggage



One of the most frustrating experiences for airline passengers is waiting for luggage at the baggage carousel, only to realize that your bags did not make it to your destination. According to a report from 2017, 5.73 bags per 1,000 were mishandled by airlines. While you can do your part to reduce confusion by removing old baggage tags, the situation will likely be out of your control. Here are tips on how to handle issues related to lost luggage:




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Topics: Travel Tips


The Best Way to Carry Money When Traveling Abroad



One of the most important practical matters to consider when it comes to international travel is currency. Do you need to carry cash, and if so, how much? Can and should you use your credit cards? What about withdrawing money from ATMs? Is it still necessary to bring traveler’s checks? What about conversion rates and fees? We have the answers, and have put together a handy guide of the best way to carry and spend your money while out of the United States.




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Topics: Planning a Vacation, Travel Tips, International Travel


Explore The Best Norwegian Fjords



The otherworldly landscape of Norway’s fjord region is uniquely beautiful. Created by precise geological conditions over countless millennia, the landscape that played host to Vikings is lush, dramatic, rugged, and utterly unforgettable. The word “fjord” originated with the Vikings, and is a vital part of Norway’s heritage that means, “where one travels through.”




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Topics: Europe


8 Things You Should Never Pack for Vacation



Chances are, you’ve gone on vacations in the past and asked yourself, “Why did I pack that? What was I thinking?” These questions are not uncommon when it comes to what to pack for vacation. While location, weather, and accommodations may dictate what goes into your suitcase, consider your own convenience as well – especially if your tour includes multiple locations. Here is a guide of 8 things you should never pack for vacation:




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Topics: Travel Tips, Checked Baggage, Checked Bag


Traveler Spotlight: 25 Years Exploring the World



Romeo and Lunesa Fernandez have spent the last 25 years—half of their joyful marriage—seeing the world. One of their favorite ways to travel is on guided tours with YMT Vacations, which they have done six times since 2005. They appreciate the ease we provide—how well the tours are organized, and that everything is arranged by the time they arrive—and they plan on taking more trips, as many as possible, while they’re both still healthy. As Romeo says, “To us, traveling is the best form of education a person might have in his or her lifetime,” and these constant learners don’t plan on retiring from life at sea and the road anytime soon.




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Topics: Guest Stories