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Top 10 City Breaks in Europe: Advice from a Native European

Thursday, July 11th, 2017

Are you thinking about a city break in Europe but don’t know where to start? Nick Mosele gives his recommendations based on personal experience – and who should know better? He actually lives in Europe. This article gives his personal top ten picks.

By Nick Mosele

Are you thinking about a city break in Europe but don’t know where to start?

? Are you ‘local’ and looking for a fabulous long weekend break?

? Or maybe you’re from the US, Canada, Australia, or elsewhere and are planning a European tour?

No matter! As long as you’re looking for cities that match the criteria below, then look no further:

1) Easy to get to

2) Loads to see and do

3) Great food for all budgets

4) A wide range of shopping

5) Sights and events for culture vultures

Here are my top 10 European city breaks.

1. Stockholm - My local town

Stockholm is amazing… vibrant… modern and old at the same time. The city is timeless and charming. It is built on 14 islands, where the huge and beautiful Lake Malaren joins the Baltic.

The water is so pure and clean, that you’ll see people salmon fishing in the middle of the city (except in winter when you’ll see ice skaters).

Be sure to walk the cobbled-stoned streets of Gamla Stan (old town), maybe buy an axe at the Viking shop, and for sure take one of many boat trips to the local islands of the 14,000+-island archipelago. Oh, and if you’re after a mad party, try a boat to Finland on a spring or summer weekend crossing.

2. London

London is my previous home, hardly needing introduction. Its 2000 years of history goes head to head with the modern world. It is bursting at the seams with restaurants and shopping (Oxford Street and Camden for starters). Tour museums. Visit Madame Tussauds wax works, the London Eye, see art at the Tate Gallery, and of course, enjoy any sort of nightlife you fancy.

3. Brussels Great beer

In addition to the beer, Brussels boasts fantastic architecture and numerous museums. It has more Michelin restaurants for its size than any other European city. Visit the Place du Sablon for bargains galore at the weekend antique markets.

4. Lille

Lille was named European Culture Capital in 2004. It is crammed with designer shops lining beautiful olde worlde cobbled streets. Visit the Musee des Beaux Arts for art or eat at brilliant restaurants. A must is the Les Heures Bleues, where global artists fill the streets and squares – performing in parades, concerts, and festivals on holiday weekends.

5. Prague

Prague is stunning! (I’ve been here maybe 30 times) Fairytale architecture abounds – The Charles Bridge must be seen to believed – pictures are not enough, but you’ll take a lot! Eat food in everything from romantic candle-lit restaurants to hardcore party bars. Prague is not as cheap as it once was, but still good. If you’re adventurous, try a local bar or club – at half the price you’ll pay in the main tourist venues. Be sure to take a day trip to the spa town of Karlovy Vary if you can – absolutely stunning.

6. Amsterdam

Yes, Amsterdam is a party town, and you can do all the things you’ve heard of … However if you’re grown up, you’ll find a wonderful canal-crossed city lined with gabled houses and huge moored-up houseboats. It has something for everyone: intense nightlife of every type imaginable and relaxed daytimes… go for coffee… visit Rembrandt’s house and the Van Gogh museum.

7. Venice

See the stunning Rialto Bridge, Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Square. Venice is simply unforgettable. Quaint shops and enticing restaurants abound. You must take a ride on a waterbus and get an ice cream! Venice is ideal for a short break.

8. Barcelona

Barcelona just has to be done at least once. The city is bustling, lively and fun, with amazing Gaudi and gothic architecture. It boasts a legendary nightlife at the Olympic area and more sedate old and modern art museums. The climate is fantastic, too.

9. Strasbourg

Strasbourg is a cosmopolitan, bustling French city with loads to see and do. Attractions include canals and mediaeval bridges, and La Petite France, a beautiful quarter of the city with half-timbered houses in contrasting pastel shades. Experience spectacular views from the top of the Notre Dame cathedral.

10. Milan

See Via Montenapoleone for world-leading Italian and international fashion designer studios. Great festivals are held throughout the year. There are stunning local lakes with superb facilities for visitors, and Milan Duomo, the third largest cathedral in the world. Milan also has loads of art galleries and museums.

What about Paris and Rome and…

OK I know I know, no Paris? Berlin? Budapest? Rome? Vienna? Well there’s the problem with a top 10 European city holiday review. All of the others – and many more besides – are fantastic and should go on your list. It’s simply that the top 10 listed are this humble traveler’s top ten.

About the Author:

Originally from London, Nick now lives in Stockholm, Sweden with his fiance after commuting there weekly for 2 years. Prior to that, he traveled all over Europe to see his Turkish tour-guide ex-girlfriend! This developed his travel deal-finding skills to a fine edge from which he created the travel deals site MyTravelStore UK. It is crammed with cheap flight, hotel, and holiday offers. Why not take a look? Article source: 111 Travel Directory: (triple one dot com)

Combine your Disneyland Paris trip with other family attractions

Friday, July 5th, 2017

Theme parks are a mainstay of the family holiday options, especially in the summer. Something about amusement parks makes kids believe they are characters in their own favourite cartoons or on the set of their adventures movies exercising their right to one thrilling experience after the other.

Adults, we all know, are not much different. While we’re happy to claim to be at these hubs of boundless enjoyment purely for the sake of the kids, we secretly (and sometimes not so secretly) enjoy the experience. If you have already visited a theme park with children you may have already experienced the transformation from strict and orderly parent to 21st century Peter Pan for a few weeks in these modern day Neverlands.

There are many theme parks to choose from in the UK (such as Thorpe Park, Alton Towers, Legoland and Chessington World Adventures). Europe offers many more options, from the oldest theme park in Europe at the Tivoli Gardens (Copenhagen, Denmark) to the home of the biggest rollercoaster at Europa-Park (Rust, Germany). However, no theme park evokes as much excitement in children, or entices as many visits, as Disneyland in Paris, France. Over 12 million people visit the park annually, dwarfing second place Europa-Park’s 4 million annual visitors.

Opened in 1992 in Marne-la-Vallee in the eastern suburbs of Paris, France, Disneyland Paris is one of France’s and Europe’s most visited tourist attractions. Its unique appeal to families stems from the longevity of the brand and its characters. It is one of very few childhood crazes that can be said to be shared by the children of today, their parents and grandparents. Perhaps only sports share this privileged status.

With a combination of theme parks (Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park), retail, dining, entertainment hubs, golf courses and seven hotels there is lots for every member of the family to enjoy, both on their own and together as a family. Impressive, but you would not expect anything less from an attraction that is one fifth the size of Paris.

The icing on the cake is that Paris – a cultural centre and one of Europe’s top tourist destinations – is only a few minutes away and can easily be added into the mix of your holiday plans. While the city may suit parents more than children, the whole family can enjoy the fruits of cooking classes that are becoming increasingly popular weekend holiday excuses in themselves. The Pompidou centre also offers a variety of weird and wonderful exhibitions, and several installations aimed directly at children and young adults.

Close by, outside of Paris, the Parc Des Felins in Lumigny-Nesles-Ormeaux is a theme park with more genuine animal entertainment than Mickey & Minnie Mouse. This park is home to 25 species of cats, plus Lemurs and Farm Animals. The cats are afforded a lot of space and the many tame and non-dangerous species are allowed to walk freely so you can observe them in their natural behaviour.

There are many Chateaux to enjoy, and the open spaces and beautiful gardens are well suited to kids with a lot of energy or walks with very young children pushchairs. The Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte in Maincy is perhaps the most beautiful of all, and every summer Saturday sees the exterior lit by 2,000 candles, while every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month features a firework display.

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Several Valuable Tips for Travel by Air with Children

Monday, July 1st, 2017

Are you planning a flight with your kids? It doesn’t have to be an overwhelming task. Be sure that your next air travel experience is a happy, memorable event. This article presents tips that can help make the trip a joy rather than a hassle.

Traveling with children can be elating – or very stressful. Flying with kids poses particular challenges that can daunt even the most patient parents. Preparation and planning can avoid many problems. These tips should steer you in the right direction.

How to Keep Track of Your Kids in the Airport

When a child goes missing, your kneejerk reaction is instant panic. Try the following:

? Each child should carry a loud whistle on a neck cord. Give your children instructions to blow on the whistle if they become separated from you.

? Dress your kids in bright, distinctive clothing. If everyone in the entire family wears the same type of outfit, parents will be able to spot kids more easily (and vice versa).

? Take a few family photos in the airport before you leave. You should have portraits and full-length shots of everyone stored in your camera or cell phone. This makes identification easier for authorities if someone goes missing.

How to Keep your Kids Occupied during the Trip

Pack enough activities to keep every child entertained.

? Pads of plain paper for origami, drawing pictures, passing notes, and playing games like tic-tac-toe or hangman

? Pencil crayons (better than wax crayons, which can melt)

? Books of stickers

? Portable gaming system with a couple of new games

? Portable DVD player and a few videos that nobody has seen yet

? Puzzles or mazes printed from Internet sites

? Kids’ card games

? Kids’ carry-ons filled with items from the Dollar Store

How to Keep Tummies Happy

Favorite treats might be hard to locate while you travel, especially if your kids are picky eaters.

? Pack a few healthy snacks.

? Make sure that each child has gum or something chewy to help equalize ears during the flight.

? If you are taking an evening flight, it might be easiest to make sure that everyone eats before the plane leaves. Younger kids will probably feel more comfortable in their pajamas.

How to Keep Everyone Clean

Kids (and adults) spill things. Who wants to travel with ketchup all over their shirt or clothes drenched in apple juice? Adults become distracted and otherwise well-behaved children may act out when they feel “yucky”.

? Pack lots of disposable hand-wipes or baby wipes for minor accidents.

? Products like Tide to Go Instant Stain Remover are extremely handy and they don’t take up much room.

? Take along a change of clothes for everyone in your carry-on luggage.

? Use plastic shopping bags or kitchen catchalls for dirty clothing.

Don’t be Afraid to Ask for Help

Handling all your luggage, kids, stroller, camera, and whatever else you might bring along is a daunting task. If you need help to make a connecting flight, arrange for it in advance with your airline.

About the Author:

Are you ready for your next trip by air? Check out this eBook, Top Tips for Travel by Air - Over 300 Targeted Travel Tips. Be sure to visit as well for more than 1500 categorized travel tips.

(c) Copyright Kathy Steinemann: This article is free to publish only if this copyright notice, the byline, and the author’s note above (with active links) are included. Article source: 111 Travel Directory: (triple one dot com)

Travel Games for Kids Number 2 – Alphabet Road-Trip Game

Friday, June 28th, 2017

This game is quieter than most activities recommended for road trips with kids. It might be the relief for a headache when your children have reached the irritable stage. It requires a little advance preparation, but is well worth the trouble.

You are probably familiar with the jangled nerves that develop after hours in the car with kids playing loud word and singing games.

Here is a game that will keep your kids occupied, quieter than most activities recommended for road trips. It requires a little advance preparation, but is well worth the trouble.

Since the kids must be able to read, it will not work for preschoolers. You will need prizes, some notepaper, and pencils or pens. Otherwise, the materials are a quick eye and a poker face.

How to Play the Alphabet Road-Trip Game

The idea is to start with the first letter of the alphabet and find a sign, license plate, truck box, billboard, etc. containing a word beginning with that letter. It is probably best to allow leeway with the letter X. Few words begin with this seldom-used letter, but X will be relatively easy to find within words.

Think of the possibilities in road signs alone:

B – BUS zone
D – DIVIDED road
F – FREEWAY ahead
G – GO slow
K – KEEP left
L – LOW bridge
O – ONE way
P – PARKING permitted
Q – QUAD crossing
R – REDUCE speed
T – TWO way traffic
X – eXit
Z – School ZONE

If you are driving within municipal limits, the children can search business signs, bus benches, street markers, T-shirts, sandwich boards, and anything else with words on it.

Each child should have a piece of paper for recording the answers. When a word is found, the entire phrase containing that word should be noted on the paper, with the target word circled, underlined, or bracketed – something like the following:

B – (Bailey) Avenue 1.5 mi.

The real fun with this game is how each child will try to find words without allowing the other child(ren) to see. This involves a little subterfuge and makes everyone feel somewhat like Agent 007.

The winner is the first child to reach the last letter of the alphabet. Be sure to have each child read his or her answers aloud. Prizes can vary. Here are a few suggestions:

? Extending bedtime by a few minutes
? Choosing the next game
? A small monetary prize
? A trinket bought prior to the road trip
? Picking the restaurant the next time the family stops
? First choice of the TV program to watch in the hotel room
? Extra time spent in the hotel pool
? First choice of which side of the bed to sleep on if kids are sharing
? A map of your destination
? A small travel brochure about your destination
? A coloring book
? Something from a ‘grab bag’ prepared before your trip

Here’s to a safe (and calm) trip!

(c) Copyright Kathy Steinemann: This article is free to publish only if this copyright notice, the byline, and the author’s note below (with active links) are included.

About the Author:

Kathy enjoys writing travel articles for travel sites like 111 Travel Directory and contributing travel tips to 1000tips4trips. Article source: 111 Travel Directory: (triple one dot com)

Travel Games for Kids Number 1 – Are We There Yet?

Thursday, June 27th, 2017

When was the last time you took your kids on a long car ride or plane trip? How many times did they ask, ‘Are we there yet?’

As the hours drag on, pent up energy grows … and grows … and grows. Your kids quickly become bored.

You can make any trip seem shorter with some easy-to-play word games that will lighten the mood and turn frowns into smiles. Transform the exasperating, ‘Are we there yet?’ from irritation into fun. This article presents the first in a series of kids’ games that will keep youngsters and adults entertained.


How to Play the Game

The first child asks, ‘Are we there yet?’ and the second child has to answer with something like, ‘No, we won’t be there ’til we see an AUTO. Are we there yet?’

The second child (or mom or dad, or …) says, ‘No, we won’t be there ’til we see a BARN. Are we there yet?’

The next person in sequence responds with, ‘No, we won’t be there ’til we see a COW. Are we there yet?’

Continue with the questions and answers, going through each letter of the alphabet, trying to find things, people, and places that you might actually encounter on your trip. When you get to Z, start over again with A.

If you are playing the game with older children, get them to modify each item with an adjective that starts with the same letter – for instance:


… and so forth.

Rather than talking about ‘seeing’ things, they can hear, feel, and touch, etc. For example:

? ’til we hear a DONKEY
? ’til we feel an EEL
? ’til we touch a FENCE

Encourage them to use their sense of humor. This may turn into a bit of a silly diversion (with words like ‘fart’). Try phrases like the following:

? ’til we WALLOP a WHALE
? ’til we X-RAY a XYLOPHONE
? ’til we YOWL with a YODELER
? ’till we ZAP a ZEBRA

The longer the game session, the sillier it can get as you try not to use the same words more than once. Mom and dad can steer the game play from simple answers like, ’til we see an AUT0′ to more complex responses like, ’til we ADOPT an ADORABLE ACCORDION’.

Part of the fun is in changing the rules a bit as you go. If you have a pocket or electronic dictionary with you, the kids can even look up words, although a time limit should be set for responses.

Everyone wins with this game! It eases boredom and stretches the mind muscles.

(c) Copyright Kathy Steinemann: This article is free to publish only if this copyright notice, the byline, and the author’s note below (with active links) are included.

About the Author:

Kathy enjoys writing travel articles for travel sites like 111 Travel Directory and contributing travel tips to 1000tips4trips. Article source: 111 Travel Directory: (triple one dot com)

Why You Should Not Buy Holiday Insurance From Your Travel Agent

Wednesday, June 26th, 2017

When you?re planning a holiday or trip the last thing you want to consider is what could go wrong. This is no doubt the reason so many UK travelers take a holiday abroad without the protection of a travel insurance policy.

For many of those that do protect themselves, it?s often an afterthought with little attention paid to the quality of the cover or it?s value for money. A large number of travelers who book their holiday through a travel agent, often choose the policy offered or suggested by the agent for convenience or because they assume the great deal they just got on their package holiday will be replicated with the travel insurance premiums. This is rarely the case as travel agents look to recoup some of the discounts they give on holidays from added extras they promote such as travel insurance.

First of all, your travel agent is not an insurance expert. This means that they often know little or nothing about holiday insurance and how their policy compares to others on the market. They?ll be able to give you the information that they?ve been told to give you, and they will have no problem selling it to you, but in most cases you won?t get a choice of policies or providers so won?t be able to guage if you are getting a good deal or not.

Many travel agents are also agents of just one insurance company so you are restricting your choice to one or at most a hand full of providers chosen from a restricted panel. It might appear to be more trouble than it?s worth shopping around for travel insurance and this is why many holiday makers prefer the simplicity of cover bought with their holiday at the travel agent. But as little as ten minutes on the internet at a price comparison website will open up the market and allow you to compare hundreds of policies by price and policy features. Armed with this research you can then consider the travel agent?s cover from a position of strength and make an informed choice.

Holiday insurance should be a vital part of your travel arrangements, particularly if you are traveling as a family. Thousands of people have their holiday dreams ambushed by cancellations, lost baggage and stolen possessions every year ? to mention a few. That?s why it?s important to do your homework and if you are unsure, buy your cover from an expert. You wouldn?t buy your holiday from an insurance broker so why buy your travel insurance from a holiday broker. As the saying goes, failing to plan is like planning to fail, and when your well earned holiday is at stake, a little effort now will be well worth the extra peace of mind.

Travel Tips To Make Flying Easier With Children

Tuesday, June 25th, 2017

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Families nowadays prefer travelling by plane, as they find this a viable option after the fuel prices have skyrocketed. Air travel saves you from boredom and even reduces your tension while travelling with children. You can travel without any hassles by preparing yourself and following some simple tips, to make your flight a dream trip instead of a nightmare.

Plan your trip well ahead, as you can sometimes catch up with some good deals. Six months should be good time, as it gives you maximum time to shop online or under the guidance of a travel agent.

It is very easy nowadays to book online and travel agents are the best people to guide you through kid friendly flights. Some airlines provide activity packs and special meals for children. Some flights do not offer a choice of food and this makes traveling with kids very uncomfortable.

Before you finalize your tickets, be sure to check your layovers to avoid jet lag. You must also consider the arrival and departure time, as it is always best to air travel at night if you are travelling from east to west. This proves less tiring as the kids go off to sleep almost immediately. A stopover in another city provides one with the chance to take in the wonders of a new place before reaching your final destination.

While booking your seats be cautious, as it can be very embarrassing to try and bargain with your fellow passengers to exchange seats with you. If the airline doesn?t assign you the requested seat numbers by the time you check in, then be sure to arrive early. You can also book a seat for child that is specially designed forchildren, as these seats are a combination of a booster and a car seat. This is more secure than lap belts. This way you and your child will have a comfortable journey.

Some airlines permit the passengers to get their boarding passes printed a day before the journey and you should take this opportunity, as it saves time and the airport delay.

Once the travel details are taken care of, you can think of packing for your journey. Nothing can be more disturbing than traveling with an overload of luggage. Travel light and make sure your baggage does not weigh more than what airlines allow. If possible, combine the kids? luggage with yours, to reduce the risk of losing things.

Only carry essential items like medication and passports in your carry-on bags. Backpacks are ideal for children and adults alike, since the offer a lot of space and you can keep your hands free. The smaller kids can have small backpacks of their own.

Involve kids while packing and let them pack their own things. Allow them to pack their favorite clothes along with games, books and toys. Crayons, coloring pads or a portable DVD player is an ideal way to keep them entertained during the flight. Don?t forget to pack extra batteries for the electronic devices, as you may not be able to buy them at the airport.

While travelling with kids, be sure to take all the necessities like medication, clothes and you can carry books and crayons as surprise add-ons in your bag. Ensure that the children consume a lot of fluids, so that they do not get dehydrated and you should avoid giving them dry snacks. Always keep hand wipes ready to keep their faces and hands clean.

Travelling with kids, if planned well in advance can be very enjoyable and memorable.

10 Time Tested Tips For Traveling With Toddlers

Monday, June 24th, 2017

Traveling with toddlers can be torture.

New sights and sounds can be overwhelming to a young child and vacation excitement can quickly turn into temper tantrums if you?re not prepared.

Here are 10 parent-practiced tips to help make traveling with toddlers fun.

1. Choose a family-friendly destination. Skip the crowded tourist destinations and opt instead for a locale that is accustomed to having kids around.

2. Safety first! Always make sure your child?s car seat is properly secured. Also, use a removable window shade to help block the sun.

3. Pack entertainment. ?Best bets for entertaining your child in the car and hotel room include favorite books, games and toys,? says Nancy Wolpert of Nickelodeon Home Entertainment. For all-inclusive entertainment, she recommends two new DVDs that feature a collection of kids? favorite TV shows. ?The Nick Picks and Nick Jr. Favorites DVDs will keep them entertained for hours,? Wolpert promises.

4. Plan rest stops. If you?re driving, break up the monotony by stopping every couple of hours (or more frequently if necessary). Kids need to stretch out after being cooped up in a car for a while. Consider bringing along a ball to kick or throw around during these breaks.

5. Be flexible. Set realistic expectations and let your child soak up the experience at his or her own pace. You might want to limit your activities to one a day. Otherwise, you could wind up with an over-stimulated toddler.

6. Bring water and plenty of snacks. Fruit, granola bars, mini juice cartons and small boxes of cereal make for great, healthy snacks.

7. Bring a beloved item. A blankie or cuddly toy will help your toddler feel safe and secure. Be sure to have a replacement on hand, too. It will save you some heartache should the original get lost.

8. Start and end your day early. Kids are at their best in the morning, so plan accordingly.

9. Stick to your routine. Eating, napping and playing at the same time each day may be all your child needs to feel comfortable in a new environment.

10. Take lots of pictures. They?re only young once, so enjoy every moment!



What tips do you have for travelling with toddlers?

7 Good Reasons For Travel Insurance – Guest post

Saturday, June 22nd, 2017

For thousands of years, risks have been shared during times of tragedy. The first formal insurance company, Lloyd’s of London, was formed in 1769 and their principal concept remains today – to gather the premiums of clients as a pool of resources to return to clients who experience unexpected but covered events. So, that is the secret really, plan for the unexpected and make sure you’re covered, especially when you’re travelling. Whether your trip is a quick one or a round the world cruise, there are many good reasons for travel insurance. Here are just 7:

  • Medical Emergencies: If you fall sick or are injured during your travel, your travel insurance will give you financial coverage
  • Flight Cancellations: If your flight is cancelled or delayed then your travel insurance should help. Depending on the cover available, a room for the night and even alternative travel home can be included.
  • Pre-existing Medical Conditions: Even if you have a pre-existing medical condition and it flares up while you’re on vacation, as long as you’ve advised your travel insurance company prior, you should be covered.
  • Damage or Loss Of Personal property – What are you going to do when your luggage gets stolen? Yes, it happens, all the time. There are organised gangs that work in airports doing just that. Guess what? You need travel insurance.
  • Loss of Cash or Traveller’s Cheques – You’re in a foreign country far from home. You either lose, or have stolen, your entire holiday fund. You’re going to need help and quick. Again, travel insurance is a must.
  • Emergency Evacuations – What with global warming and economic pressure more and more holiday destinations are being built in potentially dangerous territory. Who would have wanted to be in Thailand on that Boxing Day? Travel insurance will help if you have to get out quick.
  • Car Crash – It can be very difficult driving on the wrong side of the road in a strange country. Accidents happen.

Okay, there you have it. 7 good and solid reasons why you need travel insurance the next trip you make. The other alternative of course is to not take out travel insurance, or to stay at home. Now, there’s an idea. But seriously, as always when taking out insurance, especially travel insurance, read the fine print. Importantly, find out before you go what is excluded, not just included. So, always read the fine print. For example, accidental coverage is not provided in case of drunken driving, driving under the influence of narcotic substances etc. Exclusions are also provided for accidents during risky sports like bungee jumping, car racing, scuba diving, white water rafting, flying (except as passenger in regular airliners), gliding, skiing, bike racing, diving, mountaineering, windsurfing etc. The list goes on (insert for your favourite potentially dangerous sport here). That means in case of accidents in these situations the insurance company is not liable to pay any amount to the insured.


Five Important Traveling Tips That Every Family Should Know – Guest Post

Friday, June 21st, 2017

When it comes to traveling, safety is a must. The perfect combination of common sense mixed in with a touch of technology can help to keep both you and your family safe and sound while on the go.

1.  Perfect packing. When you’re leaving for a trip, it’s important to pack a lot more than just clothes and sunblock. Always make sure to have your phone and charger with you at all times, and make sure the battery is fully charged before you leave home. This will give you the ability to stay connected from anywhere.

2. Money matters. When traveling, itís never a good idea to carry large amounts of cash. Instead, carrying at least one credit card will help to ensure that you are protected against theft. In the unlikely event that your wallet or purse is stolen, you can report it to the credit card immediately to prevent unauthorized use. For this reason, itís important that you carry a list of telephone numbers for your credit card issuer(s) so that you can contact them immediately. This information should be kept separate from your wallet so that it will still be in your possession even if your card is not.

3. Stay in touch. Always make sure to let a friend or family member know where you are going and where you will be staying during your time away from home. It’s a good idea to let your friend or family member know that you will be calling when you arrive at your destination. Itís also a good idea to keep in touch occasionally while you are away, and always leave a telephone number where you can be reached.

4. Keep important numbers handy. Anytime you travel, it’s important to make a note of local emergency numbers, including hospitals, authorities, taxi services and other businesses that you think may be able to assist you if needed. You can find these numbers online or use a local telephone book upon your arrival.

5. Do your homework. One of the greatest things about traveling is the ability to see new things and experience new places, but it’s also important to keep safety in mind while exploring. Always have an accurate map of the area, which you can obtain from the local tourism office or chamber of commerce. If possible, call ahead and request that this information be mailed to you several weeks before your actual trip. This will allow you to have the map on hand when you arrive. Always travel in well lit areas and avoid places that seem to be deserted, especially after dark and in locations that you are unfamiliar with.

Now that you know how to protect yourself and your family during your time spent away from home, remember to enjoy all of the wonders that await your next holiday with the ones that you love!