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Traveler's Booklist



 

Whoever said getting there is half the fun never experienced a long plane ride. Without something to occupy your mind a six-hour flight can seem like an eternity. Mobile devices offer escape through digital entertainment and music, but we believe that one of the best travel distractions is a good book (preferably paired with a set of noise-reducing earphones). With that in mind, here’s a selection of travel-related books to keep your mind focused on the joys of exploring the world. Maybe you’ll find your next destination hidden in their pages!




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25 French Phrases Every Traveler Should Know



While most people in France know English, the French appreciate attempts to speak their language—especially in Paris. To be polite, and since there are no guarantees that every business has English-speaking employees, it’s best to know a few key words before you go to the “City of Light.” Here are some of the most important French phrases every traveler should know:




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The Non-Traditional Father's Day Gift for the Traveling Dad



Dads know what to expect on Father’s Day—they’ve received the same gifts for years. Not that they’d complain, mind you, but they can only use so many ties and “World’s Best Dad” mugs. This year, why not surprise the dad in your life with a less traditional Father’s Day Gift?




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Topics: Planning a Vacation, Travel Tips, senior travel


Capsule Wardrobe Essentials



A capsule wardrobe is a minimalist set of clothing. The concept was designed to help people downsize and simplify their lives. Creating a capsule wardrobe for vacations helps you travel light—in some cases you’ll be able to pack everything you need in a roll-on carry-on bag and small backpack.




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11 Tips for Summer Travel



With Memorial Day just around the corner, many of us are gearing up to travel. However, before you pack your bags and grab your passport here are some helpful tips to make the most of your summer vacation:




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The Couple That Travels Together...: Why Travel Improves Relationships and Sparks Romance




Have you ever noticed how couples who travel together have healthier, happier relationships? According to a survey by the U.S. Travel Association, when we travel with our significant other, we are “significantly more likely to be satisfied with the relationship, communicate better with our partner, enjoy more romance, spend quality time together and share common goals and desires.”





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Topics: Planning a Vacation, Travel Tips


The Best Time to Visit Alaska




While summer means swimsuits and sunscreen for many travelers, a growing number are heading north to America’s last frontier. With long days of endless sun, Alaska is full of excitement throughout the summer months but when exactly is the best time to visit? To answer this question, we have to look at three things: daylight, rain, and temperature. We’ll also consider the added bonus of summer travel tours!




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Topics: Alaska, Travel Tips


5 Tips for Visiting Giant’s Causeway




Like stepping stones leading to the sea, the hexagonal pillars of Giant’s Causeway are like nothing you’ve ever seen. A honeycomb of 40,000 columns poking up along the shore, these formations were created 60 million years ago by molten lava that crystallized into basalt pillars as it hit the frigid waters. If you plan to visit Ireland, this other-worldy attraction is a must. However, here are five tips you’ll need to keep in mind when traveling to Giant’s Causeway:





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Topics: Ireland, Travel Tips


Welcome to Graceland: Inside the Expansion of Elvis’ famous home




It was 40 years ago when the music died at Graceland. The home that Elvis Presley bought in 1957 so that he and his mamma and dad could “stretch out in,” would never be the same. Following a $137 million expansion project this year, the famous home is welcoming visitors once again. In addition, the campus features two museums, a performance sound stage, and multiple shops and restaurants -- all honoring the life and legacy of Memphis’ famous son. Here’s what to see and do at Graceland:





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Topics: Americas, Travel Tips


2018 Travel Trend: The Move Away From Fine Dining




The top travel trends for 2018 are out and they are good news for thrifty, budget-conscious travelers and those on fixed incomes. According to the list created by DailyMail.com, one of the things we can expect in 2018 is a move away from lavish escapes in favor of more authentic experiences found off-the-beaten-path. One of the main trends we can expect to see is a rise in grassroots, local dining where refinement is measured by the quality of the experience -- not the thread count of the linens or the number of stars the restaurant holds.





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Topics: Travel Tips, Food and Dining