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How To Use Your Company's Unlimited Vacation Policy The Right Way



Unlimited vacation is becoming increasingly popular in today’s workplace. The idea behind unlimited paid time off (PTO) is that employees are allowed to take as much time off as they want, under the expectation that productivity will not suffer. While the concept is exciting, it can also be confusing. If your workplace has recently implemented this policy or you have switched to a company with unlimited PTO, expectations may be unclear on how to use it and how to communicate your time off. Here are some best practices when it comes to using unlimited vacation the right way:




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Topics: Travel Tips


Your Guide To Tipping When Traveling Abroad



Escorted tours make visiting new countries easy and convenient. Your tour company will take care of booking everything from transportation, hotels, and meals. But there will likely be occasions where you go out with your new travel friends to have dinner or plan an excursion independently. During those times, tipping is a great way to show appreciation for the various services you experience abroad, but expectations differ across continents and may even differ among countries in the same region. We’ve compiled general guidelines on how to tip when traveling to various destinations:




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Topics: Travel Tips, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Americas, Europe


Five Factors To Consider When Planning Retirement Travel



If you are recently retired and looking to book your celebratory trip, you have many advantages when it comes to finding the perfect vacation. Whether you worked a standard 9-to-5-desk job, had the ability to work remotely, or set your own hours, chances are you’ve never had the flexibility and freedom that you do at this very moment! When researching tours and packages that align with your interests, we’ve compiled five factors to consider for optimizing your retirement travels!




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Topics: Planning a Vacation, Solo Travel, Travel Tips


10 Different Travel Types—What Kind Of Traveler Are You?



When someone gets bitten by the travel bug and decides they want to go on vacation, they might assume that the hardest question they’ll have to ask is a simple “where?” That is certainly a great start—and your first and most important decision—but in modern travel, it’s not the only choice to make.

Today’s travel industry is booming in large part because there are options for everyone—making travel accessible to the masses like never before. No matter who you are and no matter how you prefer to travel, there are options perfectly suited to provide you what you want at a price you’re comfortable with.

It's a new Golden Age, but the limitless options can be overwhelming if you look at them without knowing generally the kind of traveler you are and the travel experiences you seek. Are you organized or carefree? Do you like flame kissed smores or haute cuisine? Follow our handy guide below to figure out your travel style!




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Topics: Travel Tips


What To Pack For Your Australia And New Zealand Vacation



 

The ideal time for Australia and New Zealand tours is during their summer months of January and February. The days are long and sunny with highs around 90 degrees Fahrenheit, while the evenings are mild with temperatures in the 60s and 70s. Consistent weather means your packing list will be relatively straightforward. Here is a list of must-pack items for your summer travels to New Zealand and Australia, whether you plan to stroll through the city, visit subtropical islands, or explore picturesque towns:




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Topics: Packing Lists, Travel Tips, Australia, New Zealand


Cuban Customs: 15 Do's And Don'ts For Visiting Cuba



Time stands still on the Caribbean’s largest island. Classic Ford Thunderbirds rumble along the seawall beside the crumbling Spanish-Colonial palaces peering out over the ocean. Cuba’s beauty disguises a complicated history that Americans are just now glimpsing for the first time in more than half a century. To see it for yourself, you’ll need to know the dos and don’ts of visiting this forgotten slice of paradise:




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Topics: Travel Tips, Cuba


4 Top Tips For Staying Safe When Traveling Abroad



Travel security has never been tighter—from airport scans to train station protocol, we’re all a bit more conscious and aware of our surroundings. While most of the countries you’ll visit are likely just as safe as the United States, it still pays to be prepared when heading abroad. Here are our top tips for staying safe, and feeling secure, when vacationing internationally:




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Hawaiian Customs: 10 Dos and Don’ts for Visiting Hawaii



 

It’s 85 degrees, the sun is shining, and the ocean breeze carries just a hint of coconut-scented sunscreen. It’s true that there’s never a bad day in paradise, but that doesn’t mean a slip up in etiquette or a misstep in planning can’t cloud what would otherwise be the perfect trip. However, with these 10 common sense dos and don’ts, you’ll be well on your way to understanding the local culture, and ensuring the Hawaiian vacation of a lifetime:




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Topics: Hawaii, Travel Tips


Best food destinations in the world



The quality of a destination’s food has become one of the first considerations for travelers—there’s no better way to appreciate a new culture than by pulling up a seat at the table and digging in. At the end of each year, there is a glut of must-eat lists. Here are a few of our favorites for 2018.




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Topics: Travel Tips


The Ultimate Guide to Christmas Markets in Germany



There’s no better time to experience Germany than during the Advent season, when all of Deutschland sparkles with lights and gemütlichkeit, or winter cheer. From late November through the third week of December, Christmas markets dominate the town square of nearly every city and hamlet. Decorated stalls spill over with handmade ornaments, wooden toys, and weihnachtspyramiden, the traditional candle-powered merry-go-rounds that are staples in most local homes. From the Marienplatz of Munich, with its enormous decorated fir, to the Erzebirge pyramid in Erfurt, German Christmas Markets are the ideal way to usher in the season and celebrate the holidays. And the best way to learn about this brightly festive season is by following this, YMT’s Ultimate Guide to German Christmas Markets.




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Topics: Germany, Travel Tips