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If you are traveling overseas, it’s a wise strategy to join using the Clever Traveler Enrollment System (STEP), a complimentary federal government services for inhabitants of America who are now living in a foreign nation or are planning to go to one. Providing Stage along with your contact info and some information on your trip enables these people to contact you in case there is an emergency and to counsel you of travel cautions and alerts.

If you wish to journey abroad, try out learning about the language. It is possible to get small books which contain all the important words and phrases, in case you go missing or need to have something. Tend not to think that everyone will talk the English language and people may well be more friendly if you try talking their language.

Have a photograph of the suitcases in advance. This makes it quicker to determine your travelling bag if it becomes lost. Many parts of luggage seem very similar, and it can be tough to recall the attributes of your bag which make it diverse. Also, if you are vacationing worldwide, an overseas clerk may not fully understand English but they’ll understand a photo.

When you are traveling using a toddler, preparing plus a properly-loaded case are crucial. Pack a case with everything that your toddler needs. Incorporate comfort and ease goods that will aid her feel better. Create a list of items that you utilize on your toddler every day, like system cleanse, shampoo, lotion, combs, diapers, child wipes, and so on. Creating a record will help reduce the risk of forgetting to pack something.

Give some thought to picking up have-out menus and employing them as your travel souvenirs. By eating with a especially good way, request a duplicate of your menus and make a note of everything you ate on it. These menus may help you keep in mind everything you appreciated as well as let you seek out similar food in your area.

If the journey does not have precise times that need to be adhered to, adapt your time structure by way of a time or two when looking for bargains. Evaluate each of the accessible vacation and resort fees for the two full week period of time about your journey windowpane. You may find there presently exists particular prices which are precise to such dates and you can reduce costs by being adaptive.

When you are traveling aboard, ensure your passport is not really expired. In the turmoil of get yourself ready for a visit, may very well not understand your passport has expired. You may renew your passport by postal mail as much ahead of time as one year prior to it is set up to expire and up to two years following it has presently expired.

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Wild river: Kayaking Africa’s mighty Zambezi

Zimbabwe (CNN)I picture a placid paddle, just a smooth morning skimming along under the sun, exploring one of Africa’s most famous waterways at a slow pace.

I get something else entirely.
“We’re headed 11 or 12 kilometers in the direction of Victoria Falls,” my guide says, a smile in his voice as he pats me on the back. “I see you didn’t pack a parachute, so we don’t plan on going quite that far!”
    Home to hungry crocodiles and big herds of hippos — one of Africa’s deadliest animals — the Zambezi is perhaps the most storied waterway on the continent.
    The river that spirited 19th century explorer David Livingstone to the heart of Africa, it runs some 2,500 kilometers, from Zambia to Mozambique and its final outlet in the Indian Ocean.
    Livingstone was accompanied by an entourage of local experts.
    I have Rob Shattock, a man who pioneered canoe safaris in Zimbabwe and has been plying these waters for more than 45 years.
    Shattock, it seems, is something of a character.
    During my first night at Zambezi Sands, a luxury tented camp on the banks of the river, we sat chatting over a whisky at the bar.

    Thirsty for blood


    We get close to other aspects of everyday life on the river.
    Kids as young as 10 paddle past us, piloting makoros, small dugout canoes.
    Open-billed storks sit along the shore, cracking open mussels with their beaks.
    Whole families wash their dishes and clothes in the flow.
    In this part of the world, the river provides for most needs — it’s a road, a bath, a source of food and water.
    They’re scenes more and more visitors to the region could soon be witnessing as this part of Africa gears up for rapid change.
    Zimbabwe has struggled to stay on the tourism beat in the past few decades as the country has endured economic strife and political turmoil that continue today.

    New airport

    But a $150 million upgrade to the international airport at the Zimbabwean town of Victoria Falls that’ll allow wide-body jets, including the A380, to land could help the alter the country’s fortunes.
    The goal is to bring direct flights from Europe and even the US, eliminating the need for a stopover in Johannesburg.
    That makes sense as Vic Falls is close to Southern Africa’s main tourist spots, from the Falls themselves to major national safari parks in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana.
    A couple regional carriers have already signed on with major international airlines rumored to be considering flights here.
    Eventually, we arrive at our appointed takeout spot.
    I’m drenched, but smiling as I climb out of the inflatable kayak, feeling like a wet dog, my back a bit sore.
    With that quick smile on his face, Shattock slaps me on the back, sending tiny rivulets of river water splashing out from my shirt, and skin.
    “That wasn’t so bad, was it?,” he says, with his Zimbabwean lilt. “And we didn’t even get eaten!”

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    10 Things Every American Should Know Before Traveling To Cuba

    Cuba has been on my must see before I die list for about 10years now. Something about the impossibility of it made it more appealing to me.

    I wanted to experience a country that wasn’t dominated by consumerism, a place where new trends rarely reached, and most of all, I wanted to experience what it meant to live a Cuban life. And now, since President Obama took a trip to start mending the not-so-stable relations between both countries, I knew it was my last chance to visit before McDonald’s and Starbucks began plopping their consumerist claws on the island.

    What I didn’t know at the time was that this trip would put my travel booking skills to the test. Of course this is because I’m being cheap and refuse to pay for a travel agent to book my trip from start to finish when I have a brain and Google at my fingertips.

    Then I fell flat on my face; I learned Cuba has extremely limited access to internet, creating a predicament for someone like me, who likes to research details about a country before diving in head first.

    Due to the lack of information available about Americans going to Cuba, I figured I would make a research trip out of it all to write this blog that I was needing all along.

    Here are all the things Americans need to know before going to Cuba.

    Plan how you’ll book your ticket

    Sure, some companies are now allowing direct flights from the USA to Havana, but you’ll have to pay big bucks to get the comfort of a 45-minute trip from Miami and figure out your visa/tourist card in advance.

    I did it the old fashioned, cheap way, which meant a lot of risk taking and hitting up Mexico before heading on to Cuba. I found my flight on Skyscanner from LAX to MEX (the largest airport I’ve ever seen), and from there booked a flight to Havana.

    The entire trip time was about 10 hours with a four hour layover, and cost me no more than $750 round trip. On the way back, I booked from Havana to Cancun, Cancun back to the USA. I’ve heard Cancun’s airport is significantly better to enter Cuba from because of its small size, so maybe this is the right gateway for you.

    Buy International Health Insurance

    Again, this information wasn’t BOLD or outlined anywhere, but while I was researching, I came across a few articles that stated all foreign travelers booking a trip to Cuba must have international health insurance to enter the country.

    I’ma be real; I’ve never bought travel insurance or international health insurance before, which is probably careless, whoops. After closing several tabs that quoted about $200 for unnecessary insurance policies, I came across this company Right Roam, that had basic insurance for a month of coverage for only $15.

    The bonus with this was that they didn’t only cover health incidents, the policy also had trip coverage listed, and $300 of reimbursement if luggage was lost, among other things that gave me more peace of mind when planning such a stressful trip.

    I entered and left the country fine without having to show anyone my insurance policy, but it was still comforting to have spent the extra $15 for a tiny bit of ease.

    Buy a Tourist Card

    Wow, what can I say about this step? It had me mumbling things in Spanish to the Cuban embassy, and to the workers of the Mexico City airport weeks before the trip all in an effort to get the answers I needed.

    I’ve taken trips abroad in which you need to go to the country’s embassy, apply for a visa in advance and anxiously await a response. I’ve also gone to Egypt, where you simply get off the plane, and buy a visa when you’re already in the country.

    Cuba uses neither of the two systems that I’ve experienced, and it seemed like no one could explain how I could get a freaking visa/tourist card to go to Cuba before getting to the airport.

    Here’s what you need to know:

    Some flight and tour companies sell you the tourist card with your flight. Since I was a cheapo, clearly that wasn’t my case.

    If you book with a travel agent, they’ll most likely handle this for you as well.

    OR if you’re going the straight up rogue way, you’ll need to buy it right next to the check in counter of the Mexico City airport. There will be a tiny podium, with some janky signs posted sideways about fine print policies, don’t expect an easy BUY TOURIST CARD HERE sign, because that’d be way too easy.

    There will most likely be an airport worker taking passports and scribbling on pieces of paper. That’s exactly where you need to go to ask about your tourist card. After you find the podium, it’s all simple and straightforward (like finally, jeez). You pay $25 USD for a visa that lets you stay in Cuba for 30 days. You have the option to renew for an additional 30 days once in Cuba.

    Prepare To Have Limited to Connection

    As of now, there isabsolutely no way you can get cell phone service with American telecom companies in Cuba. Don’t even bother buying international texting or some sort of global cell phone plan, because it won’t work.

    You will also experience the least amount of WiFi you’ve ever experienced, which is actually great in the long run. It’s one of the few places in the world left where you can actually enjoy your time in the country, without posting about it every two minutes.

    In order to plan for this lack of connectivity, download all the entertainment you’ll want for your duration abroad. Take screenshots of your flight bookings and documents as backup.

    Write down important addresses you’ll need when you arrive in Cuba. Lastly, notify your family that you’ll truly have limited connection when you arrive. If they’re worried, give them your flight information so they can check when you land.

    Once you’re settled, you’ll be able to pay $2 to $10 for Nauta WiFi cards that will give you one to five hours worth of internet that can only be accessed in public parks (nothing beats tweeting and sweating), and inside hotels. Even as a connectivity addict, I had to surrender to the impossibility of accessing strong WiFi in Cuba.

    Booking a Casa Particular

    Since Cuba is pretty new to the tourist game, options for accommodations are a little bit different. There are no hostels and pretty few luxury hotels, that I clearly won’t be staying in.

    The only other option is staying in a Casa Particular. Think of a Casa Particular of a temporary homestay, almost like an Airbnb. If Cubans have extra rooms in their homes that they’d like to rent, or entirely vacant apartments, they’ll put a sign on their door with the iconic blue anchor to show their vacancy and that they’re a legal Casa. Side note: Blue signs are for tourists, red signs are for Cubans only.

    I found my first Casa through a friend, it was on the pricier end of the spectrum ($40/night for two people) for a private apartment with a balcony facing the Malecn and the ocean. It was definitely worth every dollar. Five days into our trip, we switched to a Casa right down the street for $25/night for a room inside of an adorable abuelita’s home.

    Casas can be as cheap as $15/night for up to two people, but cheap rooms usually don’t have windows which is a personal deal breaker; traveling ain’t so good when you can’t see anything.

    Most Casas have the same amenities as you would a hotel; usually private bathroom, clean towels, sheets, etc. Don’t count on ever having WiFi though.

    Also, it’s important to know that you can book listings on only BEFORE getting to Cuba. Once in Cuba, you’ll be blocked from actually booking rooms through the site. Book your accommodation in advance to avoid the stress of knocking on doors like I had to.

    Prepare Your Money

    Yesterday, I had to join the dozens of touristswaiting in line to exchange money at a Cadeca, or a Casa de Cambio (House of Exchange). I overheard some Americans behind me speaking to a local who was clearly trying to scam them for an inflated exchange rate; I turned around and used my slightly more experienced knowledge to see if I could help out.

    What they didn’t know, like most other Americans, is that while relations between the US and Cuba is slowly getting better, there are still fees for our USD.

    Any Cadeca will charge a 10 percent commission fee for converting USD into CUC, or Cuban Convertible dollars, aka Tourist Currency, not to be confused with the CUP, or moneda nacional for the locals. The smart technique is to exchange Euros in advance and use that to exchange into local currencies while abroad.

    Oh, and the most important part about planning your finances is that you CANNOT withdraw money from any ATM in Cuba, nor can you use any of your credit cards, so you need to bring enough cash money to last the entirety of your trip.

    Prep Your Tummy

    To put it simply, foodin Cuba is overall pretty crappy because of their many years of isolation, and the fact that all rich restaurant owners fled to different countries when the revolution wiped out the rich class.

    Aside from the political reasons that cultivates crummy food, the water quality produces limp fruits and veggies. I swore I had a watermelon that was so dry it had the texture of a cookie. And lastly, privately owned restaurants are still learning how to cater to the Western world’s standard of service, prepare for some hungry days.

    Beware of the Water

    Water in Cuba might will give your stomach a poopy time, literally, so some good advice would be to pack probiotics to take a few days before your trip and have enough to last you while abroad. Bring Immodium AD and Pepto Bismol for if and when things get bad. Even if you’re not gulping glasses of tap water, you’ll most likely drink a mojito with ice cubes made from tap water.

    Pack Snacks

    My first few days, I was craving chocolate like never before. It seemed like there were no stores that sold cookies, chocolate or anything in general because there were barely any stores. At this point in time, Cuba is the furthest thing from having a consumerist culture, things are extremely difficult to get, stock, sell and buy.

    The few grocery stores that there are sometimes require you to wait in four lines: one to check your bag, another line to get inside of the store, another to order basic things from behind the counter (i.e. hair products, cookies, basically anything that you’ll really need) and another line to check out.

    It’s a struggle, so I suggest you bring extra snacks that you know you’ll miss.

    Going out to Eat

    You might see windows on the street, or cafeterias selling pizza, spaghetti or simple sandwiches, which I’ve eaten in, and never had any problems. If you have a sensitive stomach, you might want to stay away from street meat. You’ll also see Paladares, which are privately owned restaurants inside locals’ homes. The name comes from a Brazilian novella about a poor woman turned millionaire after opening her own small restaurant in her home called Paladar. The service is usually way better than it is at government owned restaurants, which often make you feel like your middle school cafeteria served at five star standards.

    Pack Extra Clothes and Toiletries

    This one is the opposite of advice I’d normally give for long trips, but here’s why you need to pack a little extra to go to Cuba. Most Cubans have challenges affording basic things like hygiene products, clothes, shoes, etc. There is also a shortage of things like paper goods: paper plates, paper towel, toilet paper, etc.

    You’ll notice that the airport check-in for baggage will be bigger than any you’ll ever see; family members returning to Cuba will bring back massive flat screen TVs and duffle bags filled with lotions, Ziplocks and clothes. Even if you’re a backpacker, you can probably pack a few extra shirts that you’ve only worn once that will make all the difference to a Cuban.

    On our first day, we met a Cuban man named Frank, who passed the sketch-o-meter test; all he asked was for clothes he could give to his sisters in exchange for local information. Fast forward and we had a full day of Havana sightseeing and paid him back in four tank tops and shorts.

    And so, while Cuba is still difficult to get to as an American in 2016, I can confidently say that it’s been one of the most gratifying, profound and eye-opening trips I’ve taken.I highly recommend you experience it all for yourself through a local lens. Be prepared to strip yourself out of your comfort zone, put your gadgets and gizmos away and get lost in time for the very first time.

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    How to avoid a holiday disaster when travelling with young children – BBC News

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    Image caption The Duke and Duchess are pictured with their children last year

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have flown to France for their first summer family holiday with Prince George and Princess Charlotte. But as the young royals make travelling with two young children look like a breeze, most new parents find taking a trip a daunting prospect. So, without the help of a nanny and a private jet, how do you avoid holiday disaster when travelling with kids?

    1. Diversion tactics

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    You’ve got up at the crack of dawn, frantically scrambled to the car, got stuck in traffic and have tired, bored toddlers testing your nerve. The key to getting five minutes’ peace on your journey is providing plenty of distractions.

    Having an arsenal of toys and snacks that can be pulled out at different intervals inevitably helps the time go quicker.

    Sticker books, a selection of stocking-filler type toys to be opened every hour, comics, books and plenty of finger-food snacks, are what Mumsnet recommends.

    Playing I-Spy and “count the cars” might only last so long but a portable device for playing Frozen on repeat will last for hours. Just don’t forget the charger – or the headphones.

    When it comes to food, small pieces of easy-to-hold and not-too-sticky foods are best – there is nothing worse than a clammy toddler hand covered in rapidly melting chocolate. Mumsnetters also suggest sippy cups or sports bottles, rather than juice cartons or cans to reduce the high risk of spills.

    2. Accept it – children cry on planes

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    For most parents with young children the idea of stepping onto a packed plane, full of people trying to sleep, is the stuff of nightmares.

    As the engines roar and the tears begin, adults try to frantically quieten the little ones with endless bouncing on the lap, whilst wishing the ground would swallow them up.

    But guess what, children cry, and sometimes there is just not much you can do about it. So relax. As long as you’re not doing something that is disrespectful to other passengers, it’s fine. Fellow parents will probably zone out with a smug look on their face that says “thank goodness that’s not me”.

    Try sitting in aisle seats so you don’t have to ask anyone to move for you and children can have a little wander (then crack out your distraction tools from tip one).

    If all else fails, there is bribery. Parenting blogger Melissa Baswell Williams got a huge reaction on social media after posting pictures of the small bags of sweets and ear plugs she gave to nearby passengers on a flight she took with her 11-week old baby.

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    3. Find suitable accommodation

    Take time to plan where you are going to stay. The cool apartment in a remote mountain top location might have been idyllic when you were without children, but with babies and toddlers in tow it can leave you in a constant state of panic.

    Sian Williams, who runs the travel company Baby Friendly Boltholes says: “A holiday can be pretty stressful if you are constantly averting the next disaster with a free standing mirror, sharp-edged table, or un-gated stone steps.

    “For me, the holy grail is a place that is stylish and parent-friendly. Cool but practical interiors and services to help parents relax whether it’s a raft of baby gear so you can pack light, babysitters or meal delivery services so you can enjoy a romantic evening.”

    Mum-of-three Jane, from parenting blog Northern Mum, says you often don’t need to take half as much stuff with you as you think you’ll need.

    “You are not the first parents to take children away. People have thought about a lot of this already and hotels and accommodation can often provide things like cots and sterilisers. Do some research about what they already have as it can save you a whole load of hassle.”

    A playground or a toy corner onsite are also good so parents can take it in turns to let the other lie-in whilst one keeps junior occupied.

    4. Beware of the bugs

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    Take a supply of child-friendly medicines with you. Being stuck with an ill child in a foreign country, miles from anywhere, is no fun.

    If your little one often feels sick on car journeys try to keep them focused on things outside the car, rather than a book or screen, and remember to keep a plastic bag in the glove compartment for any unexpected sickness.

    The most important weapon for any parent are baby wipes, Mumsnet says, especially when travelling. If your child gets themselves into a mess, when there are limited facilities on a flight or train or for any spills, baby wipes work a treat. A change of clothes is also highly recommended.

    5. Embrace your inner child

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    With all the worries of travelling filling your mind don’t forget to have fun – it is a holiday after all. Children are funny, love to explore and the smallest things are often what they enjoy the most (with the bonus being they are often free!). Digging a big hole on the beach, looking for interesting stones and riding on the top deck of the bus are all a thrill when you’re a kid.

    Why not provide them with a camera, travel experts at Thomas Cook recommend – a brilliant way to keep kids entertained and it’s great to then look back over the pictures when you get home and see the holiday through your child’s eyes.

    After all the stress, when you really need time to lie on a sun lounger with a cocktail in hand, look for the kids’ club. Many hotels and resorts offer them and children often don’t want to leave.

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    Can an app make you mindful?

    (CNN)Traveling: It should be a chance to unwind, but often it just winds you up.

    From canceled flights to tube strikes to lost luggage, plenty of potential in-transit problems threaten to disrupt your Zen.
      Even if your journey is hassle-free, in today’s age of hyper-connectivity it’s hard to focus on the now.
      How can you forget your work woes if your phone is buzzing every five minutes?
      How can you appreciate the beauty of your new locale if you’re just viewing it through an Instagram filter?

      What is mindfulness?

      Mindfulness has become an omnipresent buzzword: from the burgeoning adult coloring book market to the growth of yoga as the exercise class du jour.
      The art of mindfulness is defined as living in the present — arguably the most rewarding thing about being on vacation.
      Advocates say that practicing mindfulness on trips away can allow you to remain calm in the face of unexpected turbulence — both literal and metaphorical.
      Jamie Bristow, director of the Mindfulness Initiative and a consultant to the Oxford Mindfulness Centre (OMC), champions this link between mindfulness and travel.
      “One of the things people often say mindfulness helps them with is being comfortable when they are uncomfortable,” says Bristow.
      “Practicing mindfulness allows long queues, long-haul flights to be manageable.
      “Rather than being very distressed you’re more able to […] see the best in the situation, to step out of the difficult thought patterns.”


      At the Oxford Mindfulness Centre (OMC), founded in 2008 as part of Oxford University’s Department of Psychiatry, a team of professionals conducts regular research into the potential benefits of using mindfulness to deal with depression and memory loss.
      The OMC has its own YouTube Channel, which features free guided meditation videos.

      The app pack

      Bristow is in the process of designing an OMC app.
      Meanwhile, a quick search on iTunes proves that mindfulness apps have become ubiquitous.
      I’m a curious skeptic when it comes to mindfulness. I find traveling occasionally stressful and wonder if these apps could be the answer.
      I decide to test three mindfulness apps during my daily commute.
      Traveling to London on the 7:02 a.m. train isn’t exactly a vacation in an exciting locale, but many of the same stresses abound: delayed trains, busy stations and long queues.



        Stress-free travel tips


      The apps are particularly appealing — and effective — on days when I’m feeling stressed.
      I haven’t deleted any of them and continue to experiment with the three.
      Buddhify app creator Rohan Gunatillake explains that practicing mindfulness whilst traveling is key because “few of us have the luxury of lots of quiet and calm time for formal sitting meditation but since many of us spend so much time traveling […] a few minutes meditating while traveling can be just as valuable as the same amount of time in more traditional meditation.”
      Therein lies the appeal of meditating while traveling: rendering the unavoidable process of getting from A to B an easier, more enjoyable and more valuable experience.

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      Doggie Travel Tips: How To Keep Your Pets Safe And Comfortable

      Taking a trip in your car is a great way to get out of dodge, see new sites, and make new memories.

      And all of these experiences become 10 times more fun when you get to bring your furry best friend along for the ride.

      Most dogs love riding in the car and getting to see new things and smell new smells like this cross-country blind doggy.

      But other dogs need a little bit more TLC to make sure that they are happy and calm while in the car.

      Between navigating a place, keeping up with gas fill-ups and chasing the sun to your next location, it can be hard to remember everything you need to make sure your adorable dog is happy and safe next to you (or behind you)!

      Below are some helpful tips to keep in mind when traveling with your pooch some can seriously save you when pet problems strike and you are miles from home!


      Tip #1: Get Your Dog Used To Your Car


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      Everyone’s dogs are different. Some are comfortable and familiar with being in the car, others will cower from being in a new environment.

      A week or two prior to traveling together on the road, take your dog with you to run a few errands togauge his comfort level.

      If he is comfy and calm, great but if he gets panicky, try moving him to a new part of the car, orletting him play with his favorite toys within the car.

      Tip #2: Bring Their Rabies Vaccination Records


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      Obtaining your dog’shealth certificate from your vet is a smart step to take just in case anywhere you may be traveling requiresinformation about him.

      Getting him up-to-date on his shots can also be helpful when you both are traveling to brand new places you never know how it can affect their health!

      Tip #3: Photograph Your Dog Before The Trip


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      It’s critical to keep your dog identifiedwhen you travel, just in case he runs away in a place that you are unfamiliar with no less!

      If you dog is microchipped, make sure that all the current information on it is accurate.

      Also, taking a current picture of him while you both are traveling will ensure that you have an up-to-date photo handy in case the unthinkable should occur.

      Tip #4: Bring A Portable Water Bowl And Plenty Of Food


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      The ASPCA stresses to continue to keep your dog hydrated while on the road.

      Bring along a portable bowl will make it easy to stop, fill-up, and feed him while you both stretch your legs on the side of the road.

      It’s also important to maintain your dog’s eating schedule while traveling. This will help keep him calm and less anxious.

      Tip #5: Make Their Crate Or Seat Comfortable


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      If your dog is nervous in the car, bringing along something plush and soft for him to lay in can help him calm down or even put him to sleep.

      If you would prefer to keep him in a carrier, make sure that too has added comfy aspects and that you take him out frequently to stretch his legs.

      Just remember not to let your dog roam freely in the car, as it can be very dangerous for both of you.

      Tip #6: Bring Along A Favorite Toy


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      Another way to calm your dog down during a long car ride is to bring something that smells like home to put him at ease in a strange new place.

      Alternatively, bringing along an exciting new toy can also create a clever distraction from the new sites and smells.

      Tip #7: Pack Some Rags For Messes


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      When spills, stains, or accidents occur, it is unlikely there will be anything akin to a paper towel around, especially if the nearest rest stop is miles away!

      Bringing along an old rag ensures that you have a way to clean up messes should one occur and you can throw away at the end!

      Tip #8: Create And Pack An Emergency Kit


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      Keep a kit handy, filled with first aid supplies, grooming supplies, a waste scoop, and their medical papers.

      This way, if you ever need anything in a pinch, you know right where everything is!

      Tip #9: Bring Supplies For Weather Changes


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      If the weather suddenly changes, you’ll want something to keep your doggy warm and dry.

      You can get him a cool waterproof coat, or even bring a blanket that can double up as a sleeping buddy.

      Tip #10: Stop Frequently For Fresh Air


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      Everybody gets antsy in the car.

      There just comes a point were your legs can’t stay still, and you have to step outside, stretch out your legs, and enjoy the air.

      Since your dog likely has an even shorter patience level than you do, remember to do this even more frequently than you think you need to!

      This can also cut down on sudden messes to clean up in the car.

      Tip #11: Don’t Restrain Your Dog Too Much


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      While car safety and dog seat belts are vital, it’s important to let your dog smell and see all the fun sights.

      If you simply put your dog on a leash, there’s a chance that he’ll quickly become agitated because he can’t move around as well.

      Putting him in a little harness will improve his mobility ever so slightly and make him feel more free to move about.

      Tip #12: Use The A/C To Prevent Overheating


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      While on your long trip, be sure to keep the air blowing constantly when you are both in the car. This will ensure your precious pup won’t overheat.

      Cool air will also do more than just beat the heat; it will help to keep your dog comforted and calm. Just be sure it doesn’t get too chilly in there!

      And of course, never ever leave your dog alone in a hot car not even with the windows rolled down!

      Tip #13: Combat Car Sickness With An Empty Stomach


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      While you should maintain your dog’s feeding schedule, if he commonly gets car sick, it might help to hold off on feedings until your next stop.

      Dosg can easily become agitated or motion sick, so if you aren’t traveling for long, waiting until your destination could mean a significantly cleaner car and happier dog.

      Tip #14: Consult Your Vet


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      For further advice on how to make sure your dog is happy and safe on the road, you can consult your vet.

      Traveling with your pet can mean some seriously fun times together, seeing sites, and having new experiences.

      Following these steps can ensure that your dog is comfortable in the car and will have a blast during the journey, as well as the destination.

      If you love driving in the car with your dog, make sure to SHARE with friends and family on Facebook!

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      UK firm buys Sardinian DNA samples for research into disease and ageing

      Tiziana Life Sciences says prevalence of centenarians in Ogliastra region of Italian island is almost 50 times that of UK or US

      A British biotech company hopes a genetic study of a population in eastern Sardinia with an unusually high number of centenarians could help to develop new drugs and therapies.

      Tiziana Life Sciences has bought a biobank containing DNA samples from 13,000 genealogically linked residents of Ogliastra for 258,000 (217,000).

      Napoleone Ferrara, Tizianas chairman, said the deal gave the company a chance to study DNA samples from a homogeneous and well-characterised population, which could advance its understanding of ageing and disease. The company said the proportion of centenarians in Ogliastra was almost 50 times that found in the UK or the US.

      A 2004 study found that life expectancy for both women and men in the central-eastern region of Sardinia was significantly higher than for residents in the rest of the island.

      The study was unable to determine the causes of its subjects longevity, but researchers said most areas with the longest-lived populations so-called blue zones were in mountainous regions, and that suggested a high rate of inbreeding and a low immigration rate as a possible explanation for the development of a genetic pool in which the population seemed to be protected from certain diseases.

      Shoppers at a market in Sardinia. Photograph: Alamy

      The Tiziana deal comes months after US and Italian researchers announced they were launching a study of centenarians in Acciaroli, near Salerno, in southern Italy, including full gene sequencing of 300 residents as well as studies of their dietary histories and cognitive tests.

      Alan Maisel, a researcher from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, said Acciaroli residents lived long lives despite some unhealthy habits and tendencies, including smoking and obesity. He said the elderly residents ate a lot of rosemary and oily fish, walked on hilly terrain and had active sex lives.

      The Ogliastra samples, collected by a company called Shardna SpA, based in Cagliari, are not the first to have been bought by a biotech company looking to boost its repository.

      Amgen, the US biotech group, bought deCode Genetics in 2012 for $415m (then worth 260m) to get access to the Icelandic companys huge database of genomic data. In May, Amgen announced that its deCode unit had discovered a rare genetic variation associated with a person having lower-than-average risk of heart disease.

      Individuals who have the variant of the gene were found to have much lower levels of so-called bad cholesterol, a finding that could lead to the development of new drugs to fight cardiovascular disease.

      Scientists at Tiziana will now try to discover what sets the genes from Ogliastra apart from others. We believe our management team, who have collectively been instrumental in the discovery and development of blockbuster drugs such as Avastin and broadly adopted diagnostics such as the PSA test for prostate cancer, have the capability, expertise and insights to discover new drugs and diagnostics to address important unmet medical needs using this biobank resource, the company said.

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      16 Folding Tricks That Will Free Up Room In Your Suitcase (And Closet)!

      I’ll be the first to admit that I have a bit of a clothing problem. The issue being that I have more clothing than any man should.

      Storing all my clothes has also become a problem. My closet and dressers are full, and I’ve begun to invade the downstairs coat closets with my professional attire.

      And you can forget about asking me to efficiently pack for trips. I always overpack. Just this past weekend, I went to visit a friend for three days…and packed about two weeks’ worth of clothes.

      In an attempt to solve these clothing conundrums, I’ve compiled some folding tricks and hacks to free up space in my suitcase for even more essentials.

      1. This guy makes folding shirts as easy as A, B, C!

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      2. Bulky sweaters? Not anymore…

      3. What’s better than one way to fold your t-shirts? Three ways to fold them!

      4. No matter the cup, this tip’s got you covered!

      5. This fold transforms your shirts into tiny tees.

      6. With this folding tip, you could fit a month’s worth of underwear in your desk drawer.

      7. You don’t need to dress like a CEO in order to fold your clothes like one.

      8. These crisp jeans look like they just came off the retail shelf.

      9. If you fold your underwear like this, you’ll never run out of space!

      10. It’s never too early to teach your toddlers how to fold their own onesies!

      11. This sock-folding technique is perfect for those of us who aren’t victims of the infamous dryer-sock monster.

      12. Folding your long-sleeved shirts on a hanger like so will eliminate those ugly shoulder creases.

      13. When you’re finished reading your favorite magazine, use it to finish folding.

      14. You can never have enough ways to fold your undies.

      15. Save space and ensure you can see all your shirts with this trick.

      16. Packing has never looked easier. Just fold everything together!

      I think I’m finally ready to start packing for vacations like a pro!

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      Here’s How You Can Travel Around The World In First Class For Free

      Do you want to see the world before you get too old to enjoy it? Do you want to fly first class to destinations as far as Asia, stopping everywhere you can think of along the way?

      Do you want to do it all for free?

      Well, follow in the footsteps of Andy Rosenbloom and you may be able to have all the amenities the friendly skies have to offer without dropping a dime.

      According to Travel and Leisure, a first class round trip for two from Boston to Thailand is about $40,000. Seriously, who has that kind of money?

      Andy Rosenbloom, a 32-year-old director of marketing, definitely didn’t, but he wanted to take his wife, Cassie, on the honeymoon of a lifetime. So, apparently, Rosenbloom opened up 11 credit cards in the span of two and a half years in order to use the bonus points to take a $40,000 trip for free.


      Rosenbloom reportedly schemed this plan before he and Cassie were even engaged. He did some research and found Cathay Pacific to be the airline that not only had the best first class amenitiesbut what he deemed the best layover cities.

      If you’re unaware, credit card companies offer very substantial bonus points just for signing up, something Andy Rosenbloom took full advantage of. In addition to doing his research on airlines, Rosenbloom also found the credit cards that would give him the most bonus points to use toward travel.

      Speaking on his genius travel hack, Rosenbloom reportedly said,

      I loaded up on American Airline and British Airways points so I could eventually transfer them all to Cathay. I wanted to go full-tilt and we did. I wanted a cool experience that we’d always remember.

      But, what happens when you’re stuck with 11 open credit lines? Well, Rosenbloom is no dummy and if you try and achieve this ultimate hack, you can’t be either. In order to keep everything in check, Rosenbloom made sure to pay every card on time. He used a spreadsheet to keep track of his billing schedules.

      He kept a close eye on annual fees, closing out cards that had the highest of those fees. In order to keep a great FICO score, Rosenbloom was careful not to close out too many cards at once.

      Apparently, it’s best to keep hold of older cards, as this will help you show a history of good credit. Closing cards you recently opened doesn’t mean nearly as much.

      Andy and Cassie Rosenbloom spent a month making their way through Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos, stopping in multiple amazing cities along the way. They didn’t spend a dollar on first class airfare.

      As far as why it was so important for Rosenbloom to fly first class, he reportedly said,

      For instance, there are these gorgeous lounges where you wait for your plane. You can take a shower. You can get a bed and your concierge will wake you up. We got pajamas and slippers on our flights that I still wear today.

      They have 60 bottles of scotch, 100 different waters. You can eat dinner at a table facing each other and your coffee comes in actual china cups. If you’re in coach, God forbid you want to scratch your butt. You have to ask your neighbor to hold your orange juice to do it.

      Happy travels, everyone.

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      12+ Rooms With A View Youd Like To Be Sitting In Right Now

      A room with a view will always fetch a higher price, and for good reason: waking up with an expansive panorama, seaside horizon or beautiful forest vignette in your bedroom is about as good as it gets!

      It’s interesting to note how window design affects these views as well. Some act like picture frames, while others take up the entire wall, making you feel like it’s not even there. Yet others complement or even add to the view with thematic frames or other design elements.

      Have you ever stayed in a room with a spectacular view like these? If so, add it to this list! If you live in one, well go ahead and make us green with envy!

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      5 essential travel apps to save money on your next adventure

      When thetravel bug bites, you know it.

      Maybe it’ll happen on a random rainy Tuesday in November when you trudge into work soaking wet because you forgot your umbrella. Your immaculately dry coworkers glare as you pass their offices, the “squish” of your galoshes betraying your late arrival. You make a beeline to the kitchen only to discover the new coffee machine is broken. As you dejectedly head to your bland cubicleto face another pile of spreadsheets, soggy and un-caffeinated, you wonder what is wrong with you. Is it seasonal affective disorder? Existential ennui? Both? Suddenly, a revelation occurs to you.I need a vacation.

      Yes, you do.

      An impulsive jauntto somewhere sunny might cure you of that restless funk that is known to creep in on every white-collar worker. But how you get the hell out of Dodge without spending a fortune on alast-minute trip?

      Luckily, there’s a whole horde of money-saving travel apps that will help you book cheaper flights, lodging, food, and the whole-shebang. We’ve gone through and picked the apps we think are essential for cutting costs on any excursion, whether you’re going to Columbus, Ohio, to visit your parents for Thanksgiving or to Kenya forColobus Day.

      Here are some of the best travel apps to save money on your next trip. And for a further list of sites that can save you money on travel, see this fantastic guide bycheap travel-guru Scott Keyes.

      1) Skyscanner

      Is it cheaper to fly to Barcelona in May or in June? How much money can you save if you leave Nashville on a Monday, instead of Sunday? Planning cheap travel is often a question of timing, and no app makes this apparent better thanSkyscanner. See how traveling on a different time of day, day, month, or even for a number of days can mean the difference in hundreds of dollars lost or saved.

      Just type in your “Departing from” and “Flying to” cities and Skyscanner will show you how airfare fluctuates on different days of the month.

      Have a specific destination in mind but not picky about the time of year? Skyscanner will also display the average airfare by month. This information can occasionally nudge you towards taking a cheaper, last-minute trip rather than booking in the advance. One-way airfare to Atlanta from Washington, D.C., for example, costs $77 on average for the month of December. If you waited until March, ticket prices would crop up to $127. Waiting to go to Atlanta for spring break rather than the winter holidays would almost double your airfare, to $155.

      Skyscanner is also useful if you’re not sure where you want to go, you just know you need to get away sometime in the near future.The app allows you to set “Everywhere” as a destination and “Anytime-Anytime” as a time range, making Skyscanner perfect for both impulsive jet-setters and wishy-washy travelers.

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      2) Hotel Tonight

      On a road trip and not feeling up to driving another 400 miles overnight? Or want to plan a weekend jaunt to Chicago, and it’s already Thursday night? With Hotel Tonight, you can get last-minute discounts on rooms that are available that very night or up to a week in advance. Hotels with empty rooms available that night list the rooms on the app. While it’s nowhere near as cheap as Airbnbor a hostel, the app is a good resource to help you find cheap lodging at the absolute last minute.

      You can download Hotel Tonight for free oniOSand Google Play.

      3) RelayRide

      Car rental companies no longer have a monopoly on travelers needing their own set of keys. RelayRide allows you to rent cars from actual people, which is often cheaper than companies like Hertz and Alamo. Your rental gets delivered to the airport or whatever location you prefer.

      The best part of making car rental a part of the sharing economy is the abundance of options, ranging from low-end to upscale. Shell out $189 to cruise down Rodeo Drive in a Maserati Ghibli, or rent a Jeep Wrangler for $69 for your camping adventure in Yellowstone.

      RelayRides is available to download for free on iOSand Google Play.

      4) Triposo

      Have 24 hours in Berlin, a budget of $40 dollars U.S., and no idea what to do? Triposo is perfect for the cash-strapped, itinerary-challenged traveler. The app includes individual city guides and maps to act as a guide to even the most the most clueless traveler. You’ll save money that you would otherwise spend on an expensive tour bus.

      Triposo lets you choose between a variety of GPS-enabled “City Walks” that guide you through your city’s landmarks and major attractions. Even if you’re the navigationally challenged type, this app will have you acclimated to your new locale in no time.

      Triposo is also helpful for planning a night out in your new city. The app allows you to find nearby bars, restaurants, and attractions. Descriptions of each place include reviews and prices, making it easier to narrow down a quick pick for dinner with buddies or a special evening away with your significant other.

      Triposo is available to download for free on iOSor Google Play.

      5) Gasbuddy

      When you’re on a road trip, the cost of gas can add up. With GasBuddy, you can find the cheapest places to pump during any point on your road trip. The app allows you to look at a gas price heat map so you can compare prices at different parts of the country.

      GasBuddy even has a trip calculator, so you can calculate the exact cost of your next trip. The app relies on user-submitted data, and as an incentive includes opportunities to win free gas every time you report. GasBuddy includes coupons for snacks, so you save money on road trip eats as well.

      GasBuddy is available to download for iOSand Google Play.

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