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8 Things You Should Never Buy at the Airport and Here’s Why



Browsing at the airport may seem like a pleasant way to pass time before your flight, especially if there are plenty of shops and restaurants to explore. However, be wary when making purchases at the airport unless absolutely necessary, as you are likely to pay a hefty markup for almost everything! Here is a list of 8 things you should never buy at the airport and why:




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Topics: Travel Tips


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


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


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


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


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


10 Ways to Make the Most of a Long Layover or Delayed Flight



Spending hours in an airport before your next flight is unavoidable if a layover is part of your itinerary, or your flight has been delayed. Instead of dreading these hours, there are many ways to make the most out of them. In fact, if you are on a YMT Tour in Asia, you may stop at one of the best airports in the world. Planning ahead goes a long way in looking at the experience in a positive light. Here is a list of 10 ways to make the most of a long layover or delayed flight.




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Topics: Travel Tips


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