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Things To Know Before You Go – Barcelona, Spain

I have been wanting to visit Barcelona, Spain for some time now. I have already been to Malaga and Madrid. Those two cities were great, Malaga being my favorite of the two. They have helped make Spain one of my favorite places to visit, but Barcelona really made it even more so. With so much to see and do in this city, there are things you should know before heading there!

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4 Non-Essential Essentials For Travel

While packing sometimes you don’t think of certain things you may need. Or if you do think of the little things you may not have thought of these particular items. These aren’t items you must have, but I can tell you they will help and make things much easier. This is especially important if you are going on day trips, weekend, or long-term. Even better if you aren’t checking a bag! Check out some non-essential essentials for travel!

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Tips On Surviving Long Haul Flights

If you have flown long haul flights then you know they aren’t a piece of cake. Everyone’s definition of long haul is different. Some people feel anything over 3 hours is too much, while others go well beyond doing 12 plus hours. It’s a good idea to do some research into exactly what happens with long haul flying, as it can have a variety of effects on the mind and body, but there are plenty of ways you can prepare to make it easier for yourself. Here are some tips for surviving long haul flights.
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7 Tips For Flying With Pets

Growing up, I was lucky enough to be surrounded by pets and they’ve always been a big part of my life. As a child, I only saw the perks of being a pet owner because my pets would deal with their food, health, and more unpleasant parts of owning an animal.
However, when I grew up and moved out, I moved into a place that didn’t allow pets so as soon as I relocated to a new place that was pet-friendly, I was eager to get a new pet that would be able to keep me company. My friend happened to be selling puppies at this time so I was immediately interested in buying one from them. But I realized that there was a lot more to owning a pet than what I thought growing up. I needed to make sure my living space was safe for a puppy, I had to look for the nearby veterinaries so they could get check-ups, find a local dog park where they could exercise, and buy food that would be suitable for them.
Luckily, thanks to the internet all of this was relatively easy. For example, when it came to the pet food I just looked for reviews from expert blogs. I ended up finding Harringtons Dry Puppy and thought it would be perfect – plus to people behind JugDog love it too! So, having done all this research I was feeling pretty confident that I had all bases covered until I realized traveling was a massive part of my career. I didn’t want to leave her with a carer all the time so I had to learn all the tricks and tips for traveling with a pet so I think I’m pretty experienced so wanted to share all the best tips I have found!
Many people travel with their animals for many different reasons. Pets are considered part of the family and many consider them their children. Making sure your pets are comfortable when traveling is extremely important. As I said before, I have traveled with my dog several times, she is a veteran and travels very well. If you haven’t traveled with an animal or don’t often here are 7 tips for flying with pets.

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7 Tips for Holiday Travel

With the holidays quickly approaching, everyone will be traveling to visit friends and family. Holiday travel can be crowded, crazy, and even expensive! If you’re jumping over the pond to Europe, making sure you have the right hotel for your stay like galway hotels, is important for you, it will keep your journey a pleasant one from start to finish.
So here are some things to keep in mind…
1. If you are flying, hopefully you have already purchased your tickets or are planning to soon. If you are thinking that you will reach out to someone for a buddy pass, think again! Using a buddy pass to travel is not the best idea. Wondering why? See my story : Passing on Buddy Passes.
2. If you live in, or are planning to visit a city with more than one airport, do your research. One airport may be cheaper to fly in and out of than another. Doing your research can go along way! For example, flying into LAX is typically cheaper than flying into Burbank and flying into Long Beach airport is even cheaper. I’ve done it, so I know. You could alternatively leave it up to a travel agency to book this for you, as they are the experts at this sort of thing.
3. Sometimes going directly to the source is your best bet. Many airlines have cheaper tickets on their website rather than sites like Kayak and Expedia. Some airlines like Southwest don’t put their prices on those sites at all.
4. In case of delays or you just couldn’t help it and went the buddy pass route, make sure you have the following: You should always be prepared, and have your own snacks, because airport food is super expensive!. In the event you forget, try apps like Gate Guru, to inform you of what there is to eat near your gate.
5. It isn’t all about flying. Look into taking the train, a bus, or driving. I have taken the bus to Washington, D.C. from New York on Christmas and it was inexpensive. Many buses now have Wi-Fi, outlets, and tables to make your ride more enjoyable. If you are are looking for a bus rental nj may be good place to begin. You also need to consider transport after you’ve flown abroad somewhere. It can be overwhelming left to your own devices in a country you don’t know and figuring out public transport is difficult. It may be best to rent a car from companies like Rental Center Crete to make the experience easier.

***Check out the new website WanderU that lets travelers compare bus and train fares***

Bus Travel
Bus Travel

6. It is beginning to look a lot like cold and flu season as well. Make sure you bring hand sanitizer, soap, and lotion to keep your hands, and face from getting dry after you wash them. Travel can take it toll on your skin! Stay hydrated and keep some Airbourne near by. A great place to get soap and lotions,to help your skin in all weather, go to www.OuiJeHandmade.com and try out the whipped body butter and soap. They smell amazing, hydrate your skin, and even come in travel size!
7. Lastly keep in mind you’re not the only one traveling. So get to the airport early because TSA lines will be long! You can easily miss your flight trying to get from the TSA line to your gate. Depending on the airport your gate could be a good long walk away. Leave early from your house, I have had friends almost miss their flights because of car accidents causing traffic.
BIG CROWDS!!
BIG CROWDS!!

If you have any tips for holiday travel let me know below.

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5 Tips For Traveling To Europe

I am a very frequent traveler so I have learnt a lot of tricks over the years that has helped me save time and money. It took me way too long to realize how much I could save in I used the American express platinum card but other than that, I think I’m pretty on tops of m expenses. It doesn’t take too many trips across the pond before you begin to realize things you should do. Some things you should do any where you go, especially if you are unfamiliar with the area.

Here are 5 tips for traveling to Europe that I think come in handy:
1. Change your money at the airport.
You can change it in the city you’re in, but it is going to cost you a lot more to do so. I also tried changing it at a local bank, but that didn’t work out too well because they couldn’t do it. ATMs charge so much to take money out plus the exchange rate that you will wish you didn’t do it when you get back home. I got a great rate at the airport.

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