Beyond the Beach: Attractions in Myrtle Beach, SC

March 28, 2014 by TravelingSense | No Comments | Filed in Myrtle Beach
Myrtle Beach SC

Every year, millions of visitors travel to Myrtle Beach to soak up the sun along the cost of the Atlantic Ocean. Miles of picturesque beaches await you in this Southern paradise, and it would be easy to spend your entire vacation lounging in a beach chair or relaxing on the famed Boardwalk. Still, there is much more to this city than just the miles of white sand. When you’ve had your fill of sedentary pursuits, head out and discover some of the wonders that Myrtle Beach has in store for you. Whether you’ve booked your trip through Global Connection Inc. or another company, you’ll enjoy a vacation experience that will create long-lasting memories.

Barefoot Landing

Located in North Myrtle Beach, Barefoot Landing is a mixed-use complex that offers a wide range of shopping, dining, and entertainment possibilities. Spend a few hours at Alligator Adventure, where you’ll get to see dozens of alligators, crocodiles, reptiles, meerkats, and other creatures – the facility offers a relaxing escape from the crowds of the major tourist areas. After you’ve browsed the boutiques and souvenir shops, head to the House of Blues for a concert or take in a show at the Alabama Theater. If you’re intrigued by stories of the paranormal, be sure to take part in the walking ghost tour – you’ll hear legends of the long-gone residents who might still inhabit Barefoot Landing.

Ripley’s Aquarium

Whether you’re visiting Myrtle Beach with children or simply have a passion for aquatic life, you’ll enjoy a trip to Ripley’s Aquarium. Located on Broadway on the Beach, this aquarium offers dozens of exhibits that will appeal to kids and adults alike. Children can learn and discover at the Sea for Yourself Discovery Center, which offers hands-on learning opportunities. While you’re here, be sure to step on the moving sidewalk that takes you through a tunnel at the bottom of a 750,000 gallon shark tank. There are several other Ripley’s attraction in Myrtle Beach, and buying a combo ticket can save you money at the other museums and facilities.

Brookgreen Gardens

Brookgreen Gardens

Although Murrell’s Inlet is only a short drive from downtown Myrtle Beach, it is worlds away when it comes to the local vibe. This tranquil fishing village is home to Brookgreen Gardens, an expansive sculpture garden that sprawls across 9,100 acres of South Carolina Lowcountry. Here, you can amble along the manicured paths that lead you to fountains, brilliantly colored flowers, and intriguing statuary. Some of the towering live oak trees in this park are more than 250 years old. There is also a butterfly conservatory where you can see dozens of butterfly species up close. A visit to Brookgreen Gardens is the perfect way to escape from the crowds of the Boardwalk.

Children’s Museum of South Carolina

Traveling with children can be difficult, particularly if you’re primarily interested in spending your time on the beach. When your kids grow tired of building sand castles and collecting shells, head over to the Children’s Museum of South Carolina. Your children will enjoy interactive exhibits where they can learn about physics, geology, and dozens of other topics. The simulated hurricane, construction house, and other exhibits will keep your kids entertained for hours. There are also monitored play areas designed just for toddlers.

Of course, you’ll want a beautiful, quiet resort room to escape to after a long day or exploring. With the help of your Global Connection Inc. specialist, you can find the spacious accommodations that are perfect for you and your traveling companions.

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Adventure Vacations: Volcanoes Around the World

March 24, 2014 by TravelingSense | No Comments | Filed in Around The World
Volcano

Some vacationers prefer tranquil destinations where they can enjoy uninterrupted time lounging on the beack or visiting quaint boutiques. Ohers, though, prefer more exciting destinations. For adventurous travelers, volcanoes are particularly attractve, and scaling a volcano is an adrenaline rush like no other. If you like a bit of danger in your Global Discovery Vacations travel plans, check out these destinations:

Big Island, Hawaii

Hawaii has remained a favorite vacation destination among travelers for decades, but most visitors are more interested in oceanside lounging than in exploring natural wonders. If you’re interested in exploring active volcanoes, head to Big Island, where you won’t be disappointed. Situated in the Pacific Ocean, Big Island is one of th best locations to witness volcanic activity without serious threat to life and limb. Hike along vast fields of black lava and watch hot lava pour into the water. While you’re here, be sure to take plenty of pictures – this is a side of Hawaii that visitors rarely see.

East Java Indonesia

East Java, Indonesia

The fact that East Java is the most heavily populated island in the world might seem surprising, considering that the island is almost entirely built on volcanoes. Still, this is one of the most exciting places in the world to visit – there are still about 45 active volcanoes bubbling beneath the surface of this bustling metropolis. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can scale Mount Bromo, the largest of the island’s volcanoes, where you can peer into the molten innards of the earth. Mount Bromo also offers some of the most stunning views of Indonesia – be sure to bring your camera when you climb the volcano’s 253 steps.

Lake Arenal, Costa Rica

Costa Rica has emerged as one of the most prominent eco-vacation destinations in the world, and many eco-tourists include volcano exploration of their list of must-do activities. Lake Arenal, which boasts a volcanic cone that is almost perfectly formed, atracts visitors hoping to catch a glimpse of volcanic action. There are also plenty of lush gardens and tropical landscapes you can amble through while viewing the volcano from a distance. Be sure to head to the lake, where you can enjoy watersports such as kayaking and windsurfing while you’re here.

Pacaya Guatemala

Pacaya, Guatemala

Antigua, one of the most popular tourist cities in Guatemala, offers a wealth of cultural activities and opportunities to enjoy the country’s natural landscapes. About 90 minutes south of the city, you’ll find Pacaya, which boasts a volcano that stands almost 8,500 feet tall. Because the volcano is almost always active, there’s a good chance that you will get to see lava flowing down the cone while you’re here. If you’re feeling adventurous, scale to the crater of the volcano, where you’ll see smoke seeping from the cavernous crater. If you can make it to Pacaya at night, you’ll be treated to views of glowing lava high above the Guatamalan countryside.

Banos, Ecuador

The most active volcano in Ecuador is situated in the tiny town of Banos de Santa Agua. This town offers a wealth of outdoor adventures – you can enjoy canyoning, paragliding, and hiking while you’re here – but most people come hoping to catch a glimpse of the “Throat of Fire” putting on a show. Even if you aren’t lucky enough to witness volcanic activity, you can still enjoy one of the many active pursuits near the volcano. For an experience that few people will ever know, take a few minutes and soak in the natural hot springs at the base of Tungurahua.

If you’re seeking a volcano adventure, Global Discovery Vacations can be your resource for getting there. With deep discounts on hotels, flights, and car rentals, you can enjoy your eco-adventure for less than you thought possible.

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Exploring the History of Tallinn, Estonia

March 8, 2014 by TravelingSense | No Comments | Filed in Around The World

If you are looking for a travel spot that is far from ordinary, Tallinn is an excellent choice. The capital city of Estonia, Tallinn is situated along the Gulf of Finland, south of Helsinki and east of Stockholm. Whether you’re visiting Tallinn on a cruise you found through Global Vacation Network or by air or ferry, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to discover a culture shaped by history and tradition. Here are a few of the things you’ll want to experience during your visit:

Toompea Hill – This is the founding point of Tallinn. Estonian legend holds that the hill was built on the gravesite of Estonian king Kalev. More accurately, it is the location of the Danish castle that established the city’s foundation in the 11th century. You can still see the gate tower and massive stone walls constructed around this area of the city in the late 12th century, and the hill itself provides spectacular views of modern Tallinn. Be sure to check out a few of the merevaik, or amber shops, near the cruise port.

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

Medieval Old Town – This area of Tallinn was built between the 15th and 17th centuries, and has been painstakingly preserved. Here, you can wander along cobblestone streets and experience Tallinn as it was hundreds of years ago. You can also hire a tour guide to take you through the Old Town and tell you the stories of Tallinn’s turbulent history. While you’re here, take a walk past the ex-KGB building, a remnant of Estonia’s former Soviet occupation, and the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, created with onion-domed towers reminiscent of Russian architecture.

Patarei Prison – For another glimpse into Soviet-era Tallinn, take a tour of Patarei Prison. The building, originally commissioned by Tsar Nicholas I as a shoreline fortress, was seized and converted into a prison by the KGB in 1920. Guided tours of the prison are available. If you’re up for it, you can upgrade to a “new prisoner” experience, an enhancement that includes a “last meal” complete with schnapps.

Tallinn National Art Museum (KUMU)

KUMU Art Museum – Few things are more telling of a city than the art it produces and preserves. If you want to gain in-depth insights into the life of Estonian residents, take an afternoon to browse the collection at KUMU art museum, which covers more than 500,000 square feet of exhibition space. Of course, the museum’s permanent collection focuses primarily on Estonian art from the 11th century to the present. A portion of the collection, marked by distinct Socialist themes, represents art production during Estonia’s Soviet occupation. KUMU also hosts a variety of traveling exhibits that lean heavily toward modern painting and sculpture.

Beaches – Tallinn’s position along the Gulf of Finland makes it an excellent city for beach walking. Along the city’s beaches, you can enjoy stunning sunrises or simply relax after a day of sightseeing. Keep in mind that not all areas are safe for swimming – Tallinn uses a flag (green, yellow, red) to indicate relative safety. Also, if you are visiting Harku Lake in West Tallinn, watch out for poisonous snakes near the shore!

Global Vacation Network can help you plan and enjoy your perfect vacation in Tallinn – when you return, you’ll have stories that are much more interesting than those of your less-adventurous friends.

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Enjoy the Variety that Scottsdale, AZ Has to Offer

February 13, 2014 by TravelingSense | No Comments | Filed in USA

Scottsdale is located in the eastern part of Arizona, not far from Phoenix. With its hot summers and mild winters, this historical city is a great place to bring your family. If you’re looking for a vacation destination that offers a wide variety of activities, Scottsdale is the place to visit. There’s something for everybody with attractions that range from museums to outdoor hiking to old-fashioned shopping.

Museums

Sacred Rain Arrow

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Heard Museum
This extensive museum has two locations: a main campus in Phoenix and a community branch in Scottsdale. Exhibits include authentic American Indian artwork and an “Interpretive Garden” filled with native plants. Stop by the museum shop for a unique souvenir on your way out.

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Explore five galleries of modern and contemporary art, architecture and design in this former movie theater. Redesigned into a unique minimalist building, the structure now houses art from around the world and offers educational programs and audio-guided tours.

Shopping

Scottsdale Fashion Square
Easily accessible from anywhere in Scottsdale, this expansive mall includes dozens of shops and restaurants. You’ll recognize some while others offer new experiences to shoppers of all ages. Die-hard mall buffs will enjoy spending an afternoon or a whole day in this contemporary retail environment.

Old Town Scottsdale
For a mellower shopping experience, visit this section of Scottsdale, known for its specialty shops that offer everything from silly t-shirts to handmade jewelry. Stroll between the shops on foot or take a trolley from one end of town to the other to get the full “old town” experience.

Scottsdale Waterfront
You can’t miss this 1.1 million-square-foot retail, office and restaurant area located right on the canal in downtown Scottsdale. Spend an afternoon shopping at stores such as Urban Outfitters and High Point, or take a walk along the pedestrian bridge to visit other shops in Scottsdale’s Fifth Avenue district.

Outdoors

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Pinnacle Peak Park
Open every day from 6:45am to 6pm, this park features a 1.75-mile hiking trail that takes visitors through stunning Arizona mountain scenery. Experienced rock climbers can enjoy the stunning views offered by the unique perspective of peaks as tall as 2,889 feet.

Xeriscape Garden
This 5.5-acre garden is a great place to get away for a private walk. Boasting over 7,000 plants across 200 species, this expansive garden includes identification markers to help you learn more about the native flora of the Scottsdale area. The garden is dedicated to educating the public about the importance of water conservation and sustainable landscaping.

Family

Butterfly Wonderland
Take a trip to a 10,000-square-foot “indoor rainforest” where you and you kids can watch in amazement as thousands of butterflies flutter through the air. Don’t forget to stop by and watch the ants hard at work in the live ant colony and let the kids marvel over the bees busy in their glass-walled beehive.

Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center
Featuring a rehabilitation center and accredited sanctuary for injured, orphaned and abandoned animals, this nonprofit organization offers educational tours. Take the kids and explore the nature center to get more information on and try to catch a glimpse of animals such as Mexican gray wolves, mule deer, great horned owls and mountain lions.

MacDonald’s Ranch
Saddle up the little cowpokes and bring them to the beautiful Sonoran Desert for an afternoon of horseback riding, hayrides, trail rides and more. Let your kids get up close and personal with animals at the petting zoo or enjoy a stage coach ride that will make them feel like they’re in the Old West.

Dining

Green
Billed as “new American vegetarian,” Green dishes up classic American fare with a vegan twist. From burgers and chili to soft serve “ice cream,” this is the place to go if you want to convince your friends and family that going meatless can, in fact, be tasty.

Sprinkles Cupcakes
Taste the difference that gourmet ingredients such as bittersweet Belgian chocolate and fresh fruit can make in a cupcake. With over two dozen flavors, including gluten-free and vegan varieties, the signature cupcakes from Sprinkles will delight your taste buds. Different flavors are featured on different days, so be sure to go back to try something new.

Sauce Pizza & Wine
Offering freshly made pizzas, pasta dishes and other Italian delights, Sauce is a great place to take your family or spend an evening with your significant other enjoying fresh food and good drinks. Located on the Scottsdale waterfront, this restaurant also offers gluten free options for sensitive diners.

These are just a few of the attractions you’ll find when visiting the beautiful Scottsdale area. Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast, shopping maven or art and history buff, there’s sure to be something for you to enjoy. Take a solo visit or bring the family and enjoy the diverse activities that Scottsdale has to offer.

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Travel Agents Cut Down on Your Travel Stress

December 13, 2013 by TravelingSense | No Comments | Filed in Around The World, Tips and Advice, Travel Agents

vacation endedWhen people start to plan a vacation or trip, they focus on the destination and the kinds of things they want to do once they get there. What they all too often gloss over is mental and physical toll that getting to the destination exacts on a person.

Even the most comfortable travel is still a massive violation of a person’s routines and habits. Most of the time, you have to go to the airport at some odd time. Luggage must be loaded and unloaded from your car, and then dragged around the airport until you can check it at the counter.

If kids are going, parents need to stay hyper-vigilant about where their children are, lest a child wanders off and gets lost. Plus, you’ll probably have to take responsibility for keeping an eye on their luggage, as well as your own and, in all likelihood, getting that luggage from point A to point B with little assistance.

Of course, you have to cope with all the other people in the same boat as you are and, in all likelihood, at least a few of them will be cranky because of a delay or missed flight. While you aren’t responsible for dealing with those people, it can still be stressful to listen to them.

All of these factors put a strain on your mental and physical resources and that’s before you’re even on the plane. Once you’re on the plane, you can take a break, but only until it’s time for the first transfer. While you don’t have to drag as much luggage around this time, you’ll still be confronted with all the other travelers, looking for your gate, and once again being hyper-vigilant about your kids. How tired do you imagine you’re going to be feeling at that point?

This is where a lot of self-booked travelers discover that they have overestimated their physical and psychological endurance. It can be easy to think you’ll be fine with 3 or even 4 transfers, when you’re sitting at a desk, inside your comfort zone. In practice, many travelers discover that those extra transfers on their way to Berlin or Tokyo leave them dead on their feet.

A travel agent can be a solution to a number of those problems. While you still need to pack your luggage, most travel agents can make arrangements for you and the luggage to be picked up and delivered to the airport, which frees you up from worrying about traffic. They’ll give you tips about what to pack and what to leave at home to help you limit the luggage hauling.

A travel agent will also give you some straight talk about whether or not those extra transfers are really worth the price reduction that looks so good on the screen. More often than not, they can even find you a route with fewer transfers that comes in at a marginal increase in price. If you’re ready to start bringing down your travel stress, talk to travel agent at 1919 S Highland Ave, Building B-Suite 210, Lombard, IL 60148.

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How You Know You Need a Travel Agent

December 8, 2013 by TravelingSense | No Comments | Filed in Tips and Advice, Travel Agents

Overwhelmed Young WomanThe emergence of numerous online booking sites was viewed by many as the death knell for travel agents. Yet, with over 100,000 full or part-time travel agents still hard at work today, it seems the bell has not tolled for travel agents after all. What has changed is how travel agents do business. Rather than acting as the main method for getting plane tickets or hotel reservations, travel agents now operate more like consultants. Yet, how do you know you need a travel agent?

You’re Extremely Busy

If you’ve got a demanding profession that soaks up most of your time, not to speak of a family and friends, online booking and travel research become a serious drain on a very limited quantity of your valuable time. For extremely busy people, being able to make one phone and get an agent to do all the heavy lifting conserves time you’d much rather devote to professional and personal obligations.

You Already Stare at a Computer All Day

The information economy has created a large class of people who spend most of their working life staring straight into a computer screen. Whether they’re analyzing spreadsheets, doing data entry, or writing, the computer becomes an extension of work. For people who already spend 2/3’s of their waking life looking at a computer, the prospect of doing even more of that in their off time is deeply unpleasant. A travel agent offers another way to get your travel booked that doesn’t involve you and a computer screen.

You Hate Research

While link clicking on Wikipedia might be fun, the fun usually comes out of the complete freedom on your part to close it out whenever you want. When you’re doing research for a trip, though, you don’t have that freedom anymore. It’s not information consumption, anymore. It’s targeted research. That means you need to pay a lot of attention, gauge whether the information is reliable, and then rank order a wide range of choices. If you hate that kind of intensive research, but you do want to travel, you know you need to get yourself a travel agent.

You Don’t Have a Clear Travel Agenda

Lots of people want to travel somewhere because they have a specific agenda. For example, some people want to travel to London to visit Trafalgar Square or go to Paris to visit the Louvre. If you have a general sense that you want to visit Europe, but no specific goals, you probably need a travel agent. The agent will help you pin down possible activities and destinations and, ultimately, zero in on one of them.

Not everyone needs a travel agent, either because they like working through all the planning steps or they have a crystal clear objective. For people who despise the loss of time, research or spending more time on the computer, not to mention those lacking an agenda, you know you need a travel agent.

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5 Reasons to Take a Christmas Cruise

November 30, 2013 by TravelingSense | No Comments | Filed in Around The World, Tips and Advice, Travel Agents

Santa's Hawaiian ChristmasThere is a lot to be said for the classic Christmas tradition of gathering together at one house to celebrate with your family. There is the comfort of a place with history and you probably know where to find everything. Sometimes, though, mixing things up can be just the order of business. Here are five reasons to take a Christmas cruise instead of going with the tried and true.

Better Weather

The vast majority of Christmas cruises will take you somewhere warm, even tropical. With much of the US fighting off freezing temperatures at the end of December, a little trip into the sun, with stops in port can be just the way to escape the chill that comes with the Christmas season.

Mental Health

One of the key factors associated with the winter blues is getting an insufficient amount of sunlight. As the sun is out less and we spend less time outside during the winter, our bodies produce less Vitamin D. Vitamin D plays a role in activating genes that regulate the production of the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine, which help to regulate mood. A cruise can help you get some much needed sun and keep your brain on track.

No Cooking

While eating the grand Christmas dinner is usually a highlight for everyone, preparing that Christmas dinner is a lot of work and most of that work tends to fall one a few people. Hopping a cruise for Christmas lets those unfortunate souls usually tasked with spending half of Christmas cooking in the kitchen kick back and spend that time with family instead.

Activities for the Kids

Once you finish pawing through stockings and unwrapping presents, Christmas can start to get boring for kids in a hurry. They may have new stuff to play with, but they have to do it inside where there are probably a lot of adults. Cruise lines often make special accommodations for kids, including craft activities and organizing a visit by the jolly old man himself, Santa. This frees parents up from needing to devise ways to keep the kids occupied and gives kids the chance to blow off some of that post-present opening steam.

No Arguing about Sleeping Arrangements

One of the common pitfalls of gathering at the homestead is dealing with sleeping arrangements. There are never enough beds and couches to accommodate all the bodies in the house, which means it becomes a running battle to devise a plan that gives everyone somewhere to sleep. On a cruise, you don’t argue about it, you just go to your cabin.

Taking a cruise can be a nice way for the family to have Christmas together without creating quite as much work and conflict. If you’re interested in arranging for a Christmas cruise for your family, drop in over at 6330 East 75th St, Suite 136, Indianapolis, IN 46250 and talk to one of the travel agents.

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Use a Travel Agent to End Holiday Travel Nightmares

November 22, 2013 by TravelingSense | No Comments | Filed in Tips and Advice, Travel Agents

DelayedIt’s easy to look toward the holidays and think of spending some quality time with old friends and family. What people often spend less time thinking about when it comes to the holidays is the traveling. It’s not because they don’t know they need to travel, but because the raw horror that holiday travel so often becomes isn’t something anyone wants to dwell on. If you want to spend more time enjoying the good parts of the holidays, use a travel agent to end holiday travel nightmares.

It’s Easier

If you know where you need to go and when you need to go there in advance, a brief phone call to your travel agent can set the planning in motion with little or no additional input from you until it’s time to select one of the possibilities your agent generates. That way, you can spend your time thinking about what to get your parents this year and not which airline is going to have the least terrible price.

Get the Seats You Want

With a bit of advanced notice, your agent can get you seats on the plane that will have you sitting with your family and not with a random stranger. While it may not be an issue most of the time, getting to sit with your family when you fly during the holidays is a privilege reserved for the prepared and travelers armed with a good travel agent. While seating may be less critical to those traveling with older children and teenagers, it can prove a serious crisis for parents traveling with young children that require supervision.

Dealing with Problems

While domestic travel doesn’t typically require the same support that international travel demands, the holidays have a way of exacerbating every problem. There are more people trying to do the same things and more of them that aren’t regular travelers. If something does go wrong, all those people are going to be overwhelming customer service lines and making it impossible for you to manage those problems the way you would normally be able to by yourself. While those customer service lines might jammed for you, there is a solid chance that your agent is going to be able to get someone on the line and a fix in place for you while most people are still on hold.

Holiday travel can be the ultimate nightmare scenario when you’re trying to do it all yourself. All of the extra bodies make everything take longer and slows customer service times to a dead crawl. If dealing with holiday travel makes your blood pressure spike, bring a professional agent to do the work for you by visiting 1720 S Bellaire St. Suite 308, Denver, CO 80222.

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How Not to Get Robbed While Traveling

November 15, 2013 by TravelingSense | No Comments | Filed in Around The World, Tips and Advice

StealingWhile people often spend an extensive amount of time, by themselves or with their travel agents, planning every detail of where they will go, where they’ll stay and how they’ll get there, people often fail to plan for basic safety. While many people travel without incident, theft from travelers does happen all over the world. Here are some ways to make sure that doesn’t happen to you.

Leave the Expensive Electronics at Your Hotel

Unless you happen to be a be a travel writer or blogger and promised to deliver your next piece while sitting in a piazza and sipping espresso, or you’re businessperson on your way to an important meeting, there is virtually no reason you should be carrying an expensive notebook or tablet computer around with you. There isn’t much chance you’ll use or need it. Leave that equipment back at the hotel, inside one of your bags. While thefts at hotels are comparatively rare, an iPad left on a table makes a crime of opportunity more likely.

Don’t Flash a Lot of Cash

Nothing says tourist or invites crime like pulling out a big wad of cash. Only take the amount of money you expect to need that day and a credit or debit care, stored in a money belt, for any high-ticket items you may purchase unexpectedly. If you’re especially concerned, only keep a small amount of local currency in your pocket and leave the majority of your cash in the money belt. RFID-blocking money belts offer an added layer of protection against digital theft of credit card information.

Put Your Phone Away

More and more people get smartphones by default. If you’re taking your smart phone on your trip with you, keep it stored in your pocket unless you need to make a phone call. A smartphone sitting on a table or held loosely in the hand makes an easy target for a snatch-and-grab crime.  Enable remote wiping feature on your phone so you can destroy any sensitive data or passwords stored on it.

Dummy Wallets

While most thefts are non-violent, travelers do occasionally get mugged. Some travelers carry dummy wallets that contain fake credit cards or identification and a little bit of real cash to sell the illusion. Tossing the dummy wallet on the ground can give you a few moments to get away while the wallet distracts the mugger.

Mind Your Surroundings

Also be mindful of the basic rules of personal safety. If a neighborhood looks questionable and is poorly lit, you should probably avoid it after dark. Don’t let yourself become so distracted by the sights around you that neglect to pay attention to your surroundings.

Travel should be fun and let you bring home a treasure trove of memories and experiences, but getting robbed doesn’t need to be on the list of memories and experiences. By using these tips, you can help yourself look less like a tourist, make yourself less of a target, and minimize your loss if you are robbed.

 

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Travel Agents Can Make Travel Exciting Again

November 7, 2013 by TravelingSense | No Comments | Filed in Tips and Advice, Travel Agents

Portrait of contemplative manAre you one of those people who friends and family always ask for travel advice because they know you’ve been there? It can be a wonderful feeling to be able to help out the people you know with sound advice, but do you find yourself shrugging when people ask where you’re headed next?

This is a problem many experienced travelers face. They’ve visited the Louvre and taken a boat down the Amazon, hiked the Inca Trail and walked the beaches of the French Riviera. That wealth of experience can leave you feeling as though the world of travel just doesn’t have that much to offer anymore, but a travel agent can help to make travel exciting again.

For the experienced traveler, using an agent isn’t about saving yourself money or time – although an agent will probably be able to do both – but about taking advantage of all the knowledge and experience the agent brings to the table. While your experience gives you a lot of general knowledge of travel, a travel agent’s knowledge is usually very specific and very deep.

You may have spent some time in the Caribbean and enjoyed it, but may not feel like it’s worth going back save for some beach time. A travel agent that specializes in the Caribbean, however, might be able to tell you where to find local artists who will make a piece of custom artwork for your home or where to find a restaurant that serves authentic island cuisine. The value of the agent in this situation is not that they can get you there, but that they can get you something new from your time there.

Then again, getting something new from somewhere you’ve been may not be the gold ring in your book. Human beings do crave the new and a slice of novelty from an old destination may not fill the bill. Fortunately, a good travel agent will excel at bringing something wholly new to the table.

Many people divide travel that does not involve family events into one of two categories: vacation travel and business travel. These types of travel are not, however, the sole categories of travel available. Vacation travel, for most people, means going somewhere to relax, but if pure relaxation doesn’t sound like what you want from your time away, you can consider education travel. In a nutshell, education travel combines time away from home with skill building. For example, you might take a trip to participate in a week-long culinary course or to learn the basics of horse-riding.

A lot of experience with travel doesn’t need to leave you feeling like the world doesn’t have anything left to offer. A travel agent can help to bring your attention to unadvertised opportunities in destinations you’ve seen before or show the options for traveling to learn. If you’re not ready to let travel fall off your to-do list, but the old vacation model doesn’t cut it anymore, make your first destination 52 Grumbacher Road Suite 1, York, PA 17406 and discover what the world still has to offer.

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