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Renewing Your Passport May Take Longer This Year

If your United States passport comes up for renewal in 2017 or 2018 you should begin the process to renew it as soon as possible. The U.S. State Department has been warning travelers for more than a year now about the possibility of longer wait times for…

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If your United States passport comes up for renewal in 2017 or 2018 you should begin the process to renew it as soon as possible. The U.S. State Department has been warning travelers for more than a year now about the possibility of longer wait times for passport processing. The State Department recommends renewing your passport at least nine months before it expires, and routine passport processing can take up to six weeks. Additionally there are at least fifty countries that require U.S. citizens to have at least six more months left on their passport in order to travel there. 

The increase in demand for U.S. passports at this particular time is in large part due to the 2007 Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative which made it necessary for U.S. citizens returning from Mexico and Canada to show a passport. Now, ten years later, all of the passports acquired at that time will be expiring. The need for first time passports has also increased because of the Real ID Act, which requires residents of certain states to show an alternative form of identification for air travel, this goes into effect January 22, 2018. It is easy to renew your U.S. passport, current passport holders can renew by mail on the State Department website. 

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Never Drink Out Of The Glass In Your Hotel Room

It is always wise to stay hydrated, especially while traveling. Traveling takes a toll on your body, dehydration being a common problem. In an effort to avoid becoming dehydrated, when traveling we tend to drink as often as possible. Since it is not always possible…

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It is always wise to stay hydrated, especially while traveling. Traveling takes a toll on your body, dehydration being a common problem. In an effort to avoid becoming dehydrated, when traveling we tend to drink as often as possible. Since it is not always possible to have a bottle of water handy we find ourselves drinking from other, sometimes less germ free options. A recent study of hotel rooms across the country has shown us that the glasses in your hotel room are usually one of the less hygienic options. 

A recent ABC News investigation analyzed 15 different hotels across the country to evaluate the cleanliness of the glasses in their rooms. The study found that 11 of the hotels failed to take the glasses out of the rooms to be sanitized between guests, simply rinsing them out and replacing them. One Cincinnati housekeeper was even caught dousing dirty glasses with mildew remover as a means of cleaning the glasses. It is suggested that before you settle down for the night in your hotel room you see what the hotel has to offer in the way of drinking vessels. If you are supplied with cups wrapped in plastic, then you are all set for your late night hydration needs. If not then a quick trip to the vending machine for a bottle of water is needed, after all, it is better to be safe than sorry. 

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Discussing the Future of Travel and Leisure Industry

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Hold your horses! The future of travel and leisure activities may change. Hotels.Com is offering a glimpse of how an intergalactic vacation may look like.

The COVID-19 pandemic made a catastrophic impact all across the globe. Because massive lockdowns were put in place to help halt the rapid increase of transmission, travel and leisure activities were temporarily stopped.

Honoring the National Aerospace Week

To honor the National Aerospace Week, however, Hotels.Com announces its mission to lead intergalactic space travel bookings. Avid travellers can now visit their site to check out the different space destinations that may be offered in the future.

Space travel will have to wait, however. These space destinations have to be prepared and hotels there have to be built first. Nonetheless, earlier this summer, NASA and SpaceX sent astronauts outside the planet to begin their “Launch America” initiative. Virgin Galactic featured its new spaceship design, as well.

Possibility of Travel and Leisure in Space

Josh Belkin, VP of global brand at Hotels.Com says that the site is proud to showcase the top properties on Earth. Due to the current conditions, they are now thinking of ways to make space travel and leisure activities a possibility, however. “This announcement is our hope to encourage and move forward the concept of space tourism, while revving up excitement for that aspect of the travel industry that is sure to come sometime in the near future,” he shares.

While awaiting this venture to push through, the company decides to give travellers a glimpse of what space travel and leisure can be. The company created offers that depict how travelling in space could look like. Travellers are provided with space-themed vacations complete with implements including moon-boot slippers, spacesuit robes, space snacks, Martian martinis, and robot bellhops.

20 Lucky Winners

To further complete this future project, the site is providing 20 travellers the chance of a lifetime. Twenty travellers will be awarded $250 travel gift cards that they can use in the future. Note, though, that these destinations will be on Earth, for now.

The catch, though, is that this space travel and leisure contest is only open to anyone who is named after one of the 8 planets. So, contestants must have a first, middle, or last name that is synonymous to one of those 8 planet names. This could be a problem as not many people have planet names, although with the extreme diversity in today’s world, there may be a good number of visitors with names depicting the said astronomical objects.

Summary

Travel and leisure activities may have halted due to the on-going pandemic. However, travellers need to remember that this COVID-19 situation doesn’t have to stop future vacation plans entirely. Notwithstanding the fact that domestic and international travels are greatly reduced at the moment, future ventures are still possible. If you are dreaming of intergalactic travel in the near future and you have a planet first, middle, or last name, then join the said Hotels.Com contest. You may be one of the lucky 20 who gets to receive a $250 gift card to experience a future space-themed vacation.

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Spend Under $30 a day at these Cheap Hot Spots

We all want to take that vacation, career break, or gap year trip, but with the way the economy is right now, many people are concerned about being financially stable. To some, travel is not an option; it is a luxury. However, the idea that…

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I hear this daily from friends, colleagues and family members: traveling is too expensive so I’m not going anywhere. Well, why not just curl up in a ball and cry me a river. This is so false it’s crazy. There is cheap travel out there and some are so amazing it’s should be considered stealing. I’ve found 5 amazing places that are beautiful, fun and so cheap you’ll spend less than $30 USD a day. The only major expense is the airfare, so save a few dollars every paycheck and you are good to go.

 

Thailand

Thailand is the literal bang(kok) for your buck. For being such a huge tourist destination, Thailand is relatively cheap and affordable. Living off $30 USD a day is quite easy and you won’t be giving up your quality of life. As long as you stay away from the few pricey touristy islands, a cheap vacation is in store for you. Finding a room to rent for under $8 a day is easy as well is eating for under $1 per meal. You won’t spend over 900 Baht ($30 USD) a day and that’s including drinks and tourist activities, like riding an elephant or hanging with monkeys. The food will take you to heaven and back and you won’t spend more than a cup of coffee back home.

Bali

Somehow much cheaper than Thailand, Bali is the vacation destination for Australia so get your “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, OI, OI, OI,” chants ready. Experience the lavish black sand beaches of the southern tip of the island and stay for less that $10 per night. Flights are quite expensive, but just book early and give you some time to save up. Eat local meals for under $2 and fancier Western dishes will only be around $4. If you really want to save money, head inland away from the beaches and into the jungle where $15 a day will be plenty.

Greece

Greece has always been a bargain tourists dream but ever since the entire country almost went bankrupt, it’s cheaper than ever. As someone who once lived in Greece, I feel like these wonderful people need all the help we can get. Visit Greece and spend more than $30 a day, the tourism economy is the only positive thing going on here, so help out. The gyros are incredibly delicious and dirt-cheap. One of the cheapest countries to visit in all of Europe, so live it up. You can stay for less that $10 a night and that is insane for Europe where a room in Paris can easily be over $300 USD per night. Skip the huge tourist attractions and get out of Athens to really make your money stretch.

Central America

Everywhere in Central America is considered cheap but if you want to stay under the $30 a day rule, steer clear of Belize, Costa Rica and Panama. The rest of Central America is cheap and oh so beautiful. Hotels for less that $8 a night, food so divine you may never come home and the beer is way less than a dollar. Enjoy Guatemala or El Salvador for your best budget friendly vacations.

Budapest

Hungary is such an amazingly beautiful country and so welcoming, especially after an expensive trip to France. The people in Hungary are pleasant and very friendly to foreign travelers. Budapest has a special old world charm and the architecture is exquisite. You won’t have a problem finding room and board for under $12 a night and that includes meals. Budapest is a cheaper alternative to places like Prague, where the feel is similar and much more expensive.

 

You can travel the world on pennies if you just plan ahead and search out the deals. They are waiting to be claimed so find some deals and venture to some foreign lands.

Check out the full article on NomadicMatt

Photos Courtesy of EDreams, TravelChannel, Bali-Indonesia.com

 

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