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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


2020 Rose Parade Guide




If you’re one of the lucky million revelers to descend on Pasadena for the 131st annual Tournament of Roses Parade—which features a spectacular procession of flower-covered floats, spirited marching bands, and high-stepping equestrian units—you will certainly want to come prepared. Whether you plan to enjoy America’s New Year Celebration in comfortable pre-purchased stadium seating, camp out for free curbside spots, view the floats up close at a pre- or post-parade event, or to simply watch all the fun from home, this helpful guide will help you plan and enjoy the parade fully.




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Topics: Americas, Planning a Vacation, Rose Parade


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


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


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


¡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