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6 Travel Mistakes You Didn’t Know You Were Making




Traveling is a wonderful adventure. It gives us first-hand experience to learn about people and cultures around the world. Unfortunately, there are a lot of opportunities new travelers miss out on. Even if you are a frequent traveler, there are likely some travel mistakes you didn’t know you were making.

One of the best things to do before international travel is to learn the cultural norms of a destination. This will prevent a lot of mistakes, but it's not the only area that travelers drop the ball.




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Topics: Planning a Vacation, Travel Tips, International Travel


How to Set Up a Travel Budget For Your First Trip Abroad




Planning a trip abroad for the first time is exhilarating. Think of the people you’ll meet, the local food you’ll savor, and the wonderful memories you will make.

Avoid financial surprises by setting up a travel budget before heading overseas. The first time traveling to Europe, or any continent for that matter, requires a bit of research. This is especially true if your travels will take place over an extended period of time.




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Topics: Planning a Vacation, Travel Tips, International Travel


How to Save On Your Phone Bill When Traveling




Staying connected during your trip allows family and friends to know where you are at all times. It also gives you the ability to send updates about the wonderful sights you are seeing on your guided tour. It also provides a level of reassurance in the event of an emergency. But using a cellphone while abroad will result in an exorbitant bill at the end of your trip, unless you plan ahead.




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Topics: Planning a Vacation, Travel Tips, Senior Travel, International Travel


7 Things to do in Tallinn, Estonia



Tallinn, Estonia, is what the travel world still considers a hidden gem. Beautiful, historic, and brimming with delicious food and unique activities, it is nonetheless very much under the radar for most travelers. To visitors sick of crowds and hoping to experience a much more magical European destination, we say, pack your bags and always remember; “magavale kassile hiir suhu ei jookse,” or, “a mouse won’t run into the mouth of a sleeping cat.” Which is a very Estonian way of encouraging one to pursue the thing they want—for example, a trip to Tallinn.




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Topics: Planning a Vacation, Europe, Travel Tips, International Travel


5 Ways to Prevent Seasickness On a Cruise



Don’t let the possibility of seasickness prevent you from booking the cruise of your dreams! Seasickness occurs when your brain receives conflicting signals from your senses. These mixed messages throw our bodies off balance and may result in dizziness, nausea, and vomiting.




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Topics: Planning a Vacation, Travel Tips, River Cruises, International Travel


8 Tips for Traveling Like a Local



Travel like a local on your next international vacation in order to get a deeper sense of understanding about the people and culture. If traveling like a local sounds intimidating, rest assured that you do not have to give up the comforts of a vacation or ditch your pre-set plans. After all, you are still there to relax and have a good time! Here are 8 tips for traveling like a local:




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Topics: Travel Tips, International Travel


5 Destinations To Visit As Soon As You Retire



Retirement is the ideal time to travel. Say goodbye to days spent packed with meetings, phone calls, and paperwork. Say hello to a leisurely lifestyle doing things you love and taking up hobbies that capture your interest! Retirement travel is the most desirable activity for baby boomers, and it’s time for you to take advantage of an open schedule to go wherever and whenever you want, for as long as you want.




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Topics: Asia, Planning a Vacation, Europe, US National Parks, China, Travel Tips, Senior Travel, Australia, International Travel


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


10 Foods You Can and Can’t Bring into the US



If you’ve tasted delicious snacks and beverages abroad, you may wonder if you can bring those food items on a plane on your international flight back home. US Customs and Border Protection, a department of Homeland Security, has an ever-changing list of prohibited and restricted items. Consult the US Customs food list before purchasing snacks overseas, and follow the rules on your immigration card about declaring foods as you go through customs. Failing to declare foods may result in a hefty fine. Here's a list of foods you can and can’t bring into the US:




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Topics: Travel Tips, Airlines, International Travel


How to Pack for Winter Travels to Europe





Winter travels to Europe can be magical. Imagine the energy of Christmas markets, the beauty of light snow coating the top of historic homes, and plenty of space to explore famous sites without bumping into a ton of other tourists! With so much to look forward to from November through February, your packing list for Europe should contain items that will keep you warm and comfortable throughout your entire tour with YMT Vacations. Not sure where to get started? Here are some packing essentials for traveling to Europe during winter:




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Topics: Travel Tips, Packing Lists, International Travel