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How to Pack for California In The Winter




Millions of tourists visit California each year because the state has something for everyone.

  • Beautiful National Parks
  • Unique architecture
  • Diverse cuisines
  • The allure of Hollywood
  • Top tier sports teams
  • The iconic New Year’s Day Rose Parade

The diverse landscape brings with it varying climates, and travelers need to pack accordingly. Packing for a trip to California may not be as straightforward as you think. In some places, you can go from sunny beaches to snowy mountains in the course of a day! Temperatures across cities vary, and may even fluctuate in the same city from morning to night.




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Topics: Americas, Rose Parade, Travel Tips, Packing Lists


Tour the Boston Freedom Trail




The Freedom Trail contains some of Boston’s richest history. It is a 2.5 mile walking path marked by a red line that snakes past 16 historically significant sites that typically takes about two hours to complete.

The American Revolution happened in large part because of the political powder keg that was Boston, the Freedom Trail in particular, in the late 1700s. Brilliant minds like Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Adams, and Paul Revere came together and united with their neighbors – simple farmers, bakers, and shopkeepers – against the tyranny of Britain. They created an unstoppable force; the concept of America, with all the independent ideals that would go on to unify 13 rural colonies into what would become one of the greatest countries in human history.




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Topics: Americas, Travel Tips


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


General Sherman and General Grant Trees



Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, neighboring parks jointly administered by the NPS, are some of California’s finest. Located in the southern Sierra Nevada mountains, they have lush green meadows, thundering rivers, mighty mountains, a very healthy bear population, and sprawling groves of jaw-droppingly massive trees. They are home to two of the world’s largest living trees, the noble sequoia tree neighbors General Sherman and General Grant.




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Topics: Americas, US National Parks, Travel Tips


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


10 Must-Pack Items When Taking a Cruise



You’ve been looking forward to your YMT Vacations Cruise for a long time. Your bags are packed and ready to go with everything you need – or so you think! Knowing what to pack for a cruise may seem straightforward, but vacations on a cruise ship are very different from land travel. This is especially true if you are booked on a transatlantic cruise, which can last up to 4 weeks. Before you zip up your suitcase for good, review these 10 must-pack items:




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Topics: Travel Tips, River Cruises