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Visiting U. S. National Parks For Free

The family road trip is a summer rite of passage for all Americans. The memories made when you pack up the car and stuff the whole family into it to take off on the open road are unforgettable. And there is no better destination than…

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The family road trip is a summer rite of passage for all Americans. The memories made when you pack up the car and stuff the whole family into it to take off on the open road are unforgettable. And there is no better destination than one of the many United States National Parks.

With over 50 National Parks in 27 states it isn’t hard to find one close to home. This year is a great year to visit one you haven’t been to yet because The National Parks Service has announced that in 2017 they will waive fees in all parks on 10 dates. 

On 10 days you will be able to visit, for free admission, any of the National Parks that regularly charge a fee. The dates for free admission are:

January 16 – MLK Jr Day

February 20 – Presidents Day

April 15 & 16 – National Park Week

April 22 & 23 – National Park Week

August 25 – National Parks Service Birthday

September 30 – National Public Lands Day

November 11 & 12 – Veterans Day Weekend

In addition to these free days, the National Parks Service offers other discounts year round. Admission is free year round for active duty military and citizens with a permanent disability. The “Every Kid In A Park” is a program for 4th grade students to get a free pass and U. S. Citizens 62 and older can apply for a $10 lifetime pass. Take advantage of these special offers, and take the family to a National Park you have never seen before. 

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Tips To Keep From Overpacking

Over packing is one of the biggest problems a novice traveler encounters. You want to make sure that you have everything you need for your special trip so you pack as much as you can. But no one wants to lug an extra heavy suitcase…

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Over packing is one of the biggest problems a novice traveler encounters. You want to make sure that you have everything you need for your special trip so you pack as much as you can. But no one wants to lug an extra heavy suitcase around, so what to do to keep from over packing and still have everything you will need? Organization is the key!

 

Begin with a list of what you will need for your trip. Create a box for every day that you will be gone, and under the day create a box for the night. Add a column for the everyday items you will need, such as toiletries, chargers, etc. You might want to add the amount of certain items, such as 6 pairs of socks. Start with the first day, and night and list the clothes that you will wear for that day. Number each item and use the numbers in other boxes if you plan to wear an item more than once. Continue on until you have filled in all of the boxes. Now you will know exactly which clothes you will need to pack for your trip.

Packing the carry on bag is just as challenging. This is perhaps the most important bag you will bring. You must pack all the essentials for the flight in it, make sure it isn’t too heavy to lift into the overhead bin, and make sure it passes through the security screening. A list like this one will help you decide what is necessary to pack in this most important bag. 

In your effort to keep from over packing you want to make sure that you don’t forget any essentials. Using a list like this one will help you to remember all those little vital items. 

 

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The World’s Most Unique Dining Experiences

Sure, you can get a great meal anywhere. But how many times have you had a meal that sticks with you for the rest of your life? If your answer is “not enough,” then you need to check out one of these amazing global dining destinations. Food aside, the atmosphere and experience will stick with […]

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The Most Improper Etiquette Practiced In-Flight

Packed in like sardines, airplane travelers are subject to their neighbors unruly behavior. Let’s face it some people just don’t seem to understand simple airplane etiquette. We all have our particular pet peeves when it comes to traveling and according to Expedia’s most recent etiquette survey the biggest annoyance is the rear seat kicker.  Surveying […]

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Packed in like sardines, airplane travelers are subject to their neighbors unruly behavior. Let’s face it some people just don’t seem to understand simple airplane etiquette. We all have our particular pet peeves when it comes to traveling and according to Expedia’s most recent etiquette survey the biggest annoyance is the rear seat kicker. 

Surveying over 1000 people Expedia found the biggest in-flight pet peeves that every traveler can relate to. Here are the results:

  1. The rear seat kicker
  2. Inattentive parents
  3. The aromatic passenger
  4. The audio insensitive
  5. The boozer
  6. Chatty Cathy
  7. The queue jumper
  8. Seat-back guy
  9. The armrest hog
  10. Pungent foodies
  11. The undersser
  12. The amorous
  13. The mad bladder
  14. The single and ready to mingle

 

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