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5 Dog Travel Tips for Bringing Your Canine Pals on Vacation

 

Want to bring your pets on vacation with you? If you have dogs, use these dog travel tips to make their trips as smooth as yours.

In 2017, Americans spent over $6 billion on pet services like grooming and boarding. But what if you’d rather take your pet with you on your next trip?

If so, you’re not alone. Many people would rather bring their dogs on vacation instead of leaving them with someone else.

But before you do, make sure that you follow these dog travel tips to ensure your vacation is enjoyable for both you and your pet.

Get a Vet Checkup

Before your trip, take your dog to the vet for a health checkup and make sure all their vaccinations are up-to-date.

If you plan on flying with your pet, you’ll need to have updated vet records. Make sure to set an appointment well before your trip.

Airlines have different restrictions on pet travel, so do your research beforehand to make your trip as smooth as possible. The CDC website has more information regarding airline pet travel.

Have the Right Size Crate

Dog crates are the safest method for transporting your pet in the car. Not only do crates keep your dog from distracting the driver, but it also protects them in the event of an accident.

Make sure you have the right size crate for your dog. They should have plenty of room to stand and turn around.

The type of crate you should get depends on the size and breed of your dog. For instance, check out this article on choosing the best French Bulldog crate.

Don’t Leave Your Pet Alone in the Car

When traveling with a dog, it’s important to make frequent stops. Some rest areas have dog-walking areas where you can let them exercise and relieve themselves.

Never leave your dog alone in the car when you make pit stops. Cars can heat up quickly, especially in the summer.

Instead, travel with a companion. This allows one person to take a break and use the restroom while the other stays with your dog.

When Flying, Choose the Cabin

If possible, see if your dog can fly with you in the cabin. You’ll pay an extra fee, but your dog will be more comfortable. When flying with a large dog, you may have to fly them as cargo.

Airlines have different restrictions on pet travel, so contact your airline beforehand with questions or concerns. Make reservations for your dog early, because only so many animals are permitted per flight.

Have Updated Identification on Hand

Make sure you use a collar with updated identification information such as your contact number and address. Test collars to make sure they won’t get stuck in the carrier or crate during travel.

It’s also a good idea to have your travel address or emergency contact information on your dog’s tags or crate. You can write this information on travel stickers meant for crates.

Follow These Dog Travel Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe and Happy

No matter how you plan to travel, make sure your pet is as happy and comfortable as you are. Follow these dog travel tips to prepare you and your dog for your upcoming vacation.

Now that you know how to travel with a dog, you can go ahead and book those tickets or pack your bags.

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5 Fun Reasons Why You Should Travel More This Year

 

There are many reasons on why you should travel more. Learn more about why this fun hobby is enjoyed about so many people here.

Did you hear about the underground Ferris wheel? In Salina, Romania there’s a spectacular underground amusement park. The theme park sits in an old salt mine that was formerly a bomb shelter in WWII. Visitors have to descend about 400 feet down to get to the entrance of the park.Along with the underground Ferris wheel, you’ll find an amphitheater, putt-putt golf course, ping pong courts, and bowling alley, and paddle boats for exploring the underground mine.Do you wish you could infuse your life with fun and travel more?

Read on to find out about the top 5 fun benefits of traveling.

  1. Stress Less and Travel More

Instead of letting stress build-up, you should find ways to release it throughout the week. Even a small traveling adventure, within your home state, can help reduce stress.

Here are a few ways traveling can help you get rid of built-up stress:

  • An environment without common stressors
  • Chance to be someone else
  • Inspire your mind with new sights

Removing yourself from your normal routine, allows you to hit reset on your stress slate.

  1. Enjoy Some Downtime

If you’re constantly on the go, try to plan a little downtime into your travel experience. While there’s nothing wrong with wanting to get the most out of your time away, you should avoid pushing yourself too hard. Instead, create a healthy balance between relaxing downtime and going out and about to see new sites.

  1. Incredible Sights and Sounds

Travelling is all about connecting with what you’re drawn to in life. To get the most out of your travel experience, take the time to find out what excites you.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself to help guide your trip planning:

  • What type of outdoor activities would you like to do?
  • What type of festivals interest you?
  • Are you interested in taking tours?

If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, you’ll want to make sure to go during the right season. Not sure what time of year is the season you’re looking for? Try using worldroamer.com or local travel sites to get more information about your travel destination.

  1. Wildlife Opportunities

We suggest you also learn about the wildlife that’s local to the area you’re traveling to. Planning your trip around peak wildlife seasons can be a spectacular way to see nature in action.

Here are a few examples of wildlife events you might enjoy:

  • Butterfly migrations
  • Alligator mating season
  • Manatee routes

There’s no end to the exciting list of majestic beauty nature has in store for you!

  1. Foodies Delight

Could you benefit from a little extra spice in your life? Or are you looking for a decadent dessert that screams of sugar? Whatever your taste buds are craving, traveling allows for some of the best food experiences around.Eating dishes made in their home country is a wonderful way to connect with other cultures. Plus, the chef’s there are experts at making their dishes the perfect way.

Sense of Adventure

Finally, traveling gives you the chance to have new experiences. Instead of being stuck in your routine, you get the chance to feel like a kid again. Uncertain of what each new day will bring, yet ready to face it with a sense of adventure.

Whoever said you had to stop having fun because you grow up? Our team is on a mission to help readers just like you, live their most fulfilling lives! That’s why our articles are all full of helpful tips and tricks to make life better.Whether you want to travel more or learn something new, we can help. Check out our latest entertainment articles today to see what you’ve been missing.

World Travel: Top 5 Big Cities to See at Least Once in a Lifetime

 

There are so many incredible destinations to visit around the world and it seems my bucket list is always being added to. I dream of going abroad, and among the many present on my bucket list, there are a few that really stand out.

Here are the 5 top places that I want to go to and that are to be seen at least once in a lifetime:

  1. Dubai

Dubai is a unique city in the Middle East, home to the desert, coastline, city life, and sunshine. It is a luxurious city that combines the “old” and the “new”, and there is plenty to do for everyone. You can also get a feel for the traditional Arabic culture here. A big part of Dubai’s appeal is the technological progress and incredible architecture. An example of this is the Dynamic Tower of Dubai, an 80-floor moving skyscraper designed by architect David Fisher and set to be inaugurated next year.

  1. Rome

There is nowhere else like Rome. From the coined phrases of ‘When in Rome’ and ‘..do as the Romans do’, we can see that this city carries a lot character and certain charm. The city is an outdoor museum, and to walk the cobblestone streets, see the historic sites, and be around the friendly and lively culture is a magical experience. The Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Roman Forum, Piazza Navona and so many more historic sites that are must-sees. But to take a stroll along Via dei Fiori Imperiali just before sunset and stop for an apertitvo or espresso as you go, with a view of your choice, is an experience and memory you’ll carry with you forever.

  1. Paris

Paris, known as the City of Love, is certainly a must-see whether you visit with a loved one, solo, or with friends. The history is capturing, it is gorgeous year-round, it is a foodie’s paradise, there is an abundance of landmarks, and the fashion is inspiring.

  1. London

London is an incredible city, famous for its art, architecture, history, and food. You can have one-of-a-kind experiences here, such as watching Shakespeare at the Globe, visiting Buckingham Palace, spending time at the British Museum, passing an afternoon at a traditional local pub, going for High Tea, going to Wimbledon, and more. There is also a variety of restaurants that you can choose from in London, representing nationalities and cultures from all across the world. 

  1. Sydney

Sydney is the must-see spot in Australia. You can explore the city here, quickly get to the incredible beaches close by, experience the incredible food, and the people are so friendly here. One of the best parts about Sydney is that you can quickly be in a completely different setting in just a matter of minutes, and the diversity here only adds to that.

Getting the list down to 5 was very hard as there are so many beautiful cities to see in the world. But for now, these 5 big cities are ones you should certainly see at least once in a lifetime.

Enjoy A Great Weekend Away – in Atlantic City

 

 

The name ‘Atlantic City’ conjures up a whole range of images in your mind straightaway, doesn’t it?  Fun, ferris wheels, fabulous beaches. And that’s just for starters.

Because, as a weekend trip destination – it has lots more to offer than you might think.

And, if you’re a New Yorker, you don’t even need a car to visit – there are multiple bus options in and out of town each day.  How many destinations, within easy reach by public transport, offer so much variety? We can’t think of many that could beat it.

But, wherever you’re travelling to Atlantic City from – what could a weekend away here really look like?

Catch a show

This is often the reason people are drawn to visit Atlantic City, so it’s a great starting point if you’re considering a trip.  And it’s hardly surprising when so many big name entertainers pass through this historic resort town. There’s everyone from J Balvin to Bob Dylan on the bill this season – so there really is something for everyone. We hear Mariah Carey, Fleetwood Mac and John Legend are also appearing, so you’d better check out those tickets soon!

Go under the Boardwalk, down by the sea

There’s a beautiful boardwalk here, of course. And you don’t have to go under it if you don’t want to. We just couldn’t resist referencing that song! In fact, strolling the boardwalk as the sun sets is one of Atlantic City’s greatest pleasures. 

At the other end of the day, it’s equally appealing first thing in the morning – before other families start setting up on the beach (and the hard-partying groups of 20-somethings have rolled out of bed).  Grabbing a coffee and enjoying the water views, sea gulls and a precious bit of quiet is a great way to start a day of exploring the city.

Indulge your taste buds – and your sense of nostalgia

There’s a fantastic range of food available here – with everything on offer from fries to fine dining. Just like Las Vegas, the food scene has really exploded into a smorgasbord of celebrity chef offers and quality local eats. 

Blueberry pancakes for breakfast at Gilchrist are a must – as is a visit to White House Subs (an Atlantic City institution). Be warned though – the sandwiches here are of epic proportions!  Arrive early if you plan to order takeout, as the queues can get long from the minute it opens. But it ‘s worth rolling out of bed on time to experience the taste of their infamous ‘Italian’.  This impeccable masterpiece – stuffed with provolone, ham and Genoa salami – all topped with hot pepper relish.- will truly set you up for the day.

For dinner, take your pick from seafood and steak houses to sushi – or just have a real blowout at Sugar Factory.  This brasserie and candy store mash-up is known for its insane milkshakes and giant, rainbow-colored cocktails. Blissful…

For a more serious culinary experience, consider checking out Savor Borgata in November. It’s one of Atlantic City’s premier food fests, complete with celeb chef dinners, cooking classes and tasting events.

Or visit a real landmark – Chef Vola’s.  This cash-only, reservations-only BYOB establishment. offers the kind of retro Italian dishes that conjure up ghosts of the Rat Pack. Volare…!

Indulge your kids (or your own inner child)

Indulge your kids (or your own inner child)  with activities like mini golf, go-karts, arcades and amusement rides. The pier is full of fun attractions, including an observation wheel, or take a short stroll to climb the historic lighthouse. 

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, just a block from the boardwalk, you’ll find MADE – a combination chocolate lab and bar. Every dessert or drink available here is bursting with your favourite bean.  Let’s be honest – it’s a real paradise for any chocoholic.

Become a culture vulture

The Noyes Arts Garage (part of Stockton University’s campus), houses a collection of fascinating shops and studios.  And you’ll find everything from prints and jewelry to sculptures and sneakers on sale here. The highlight is the African-American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey. It nearly overflows with paintings, maps and advertisements documenting the fascinating history of African-Americans in the area.

Indulge your love of music memorabilia

Are you a bit of a music-buff? The recently opened Hard Rock Hotel and Casino houses more rare, historic memorabilia than any other outpost. It’s almost more of a music history museum than a resort – so it’s a great place to indulge your ‘inner rock star’.  But, if you do plan to stay here, it’s worth noting that many of the rooms boast magnificent ocean views.  And you’ll also find an all-seasons pool – and food and drink to suit every budget.

If you’re a night owl

If you’re a bit of a ‘creature of the night’, you’ll find mega clubs here like Daer, with an outdoor patio overlooking the boardwalk.  As well as 2,200 slots and 120 sparkling new table games to keep you busy. Or you could just bliss out at its massive spa – which synchronizes a range of relaxing treatments to music. 

Hit the beach

And when all of this excitement has worn you out – or you’re just ready to chill – step off the boardwalk and head straight to the beach. It isn’t as crowded as ones in towns farther south, and tags aren’t required, so you can lounge there for free. 

It’s still great out of season

But don’t fret if you plan to visit off-season, either. You might not spend so much time sunbathing, but there’s still lots of exciting things to explore. With a full-on Oktoberfest celebration, a holiday light show and a polar bear plunge on New Year’s Day, this truly is a year round destination.

So if you’re planning a day or weekend away sometime soon, we think Atlantic City has got a lot to offer.  Whether it’s just you, or you and the kids. Or whether you’re just a big kid yourself, if you’re honest – this destination has something to treasure. And for any budding culture vultures out there – or lovers of the culinary arts – Atlantic City could really surprise you.  Go on…try it!

Happy travelling….

Los Angeles: A Travel Guide

 

Los Angeles, or the City of Angels, is one of the cities in the world that is known by practically every person on earth. This is a status shared with just a few other places like New York, Washington, London, Moscow, and Paris. Whilst other cities are well known, they don’t have the same ubiquity as the ultra elite category.

Los Angeles earned its place on this list thanks to it being home to Hollywood, the largest producer of films in the Western hemisphere and a major source of soft power for the United States of America. Hollywood has become synonymous with glitz and glamour like no other place on Earth, packed with movie stars, musicians and anyone who wants to aspire to be like them.

For tourists who are interested in getting a taste of this world, there are studio tours, the Hollywood sign and tour buses that will take you to look at the houses of celebrities. But there is more to Los Angeles that just this; here is a look at some of it.

Sports

If you’re a sports fan, you have plenty to keep you occupied in Los Angles. The City of Angels is home to teams in almost every imaginable sport, including soccer team LA Galaxy, basketball team the Los Angeles Lakers, and baseball team the LA Dodgers. There are also NFL teams in Los Angeles, the Chargers and the Rams, the latter of which is currently 4th favourite to win the Super Bowl.

The Getty Center

Legendary industrialist Jean Paul Getty became a philanthropist in his later years. One of the things he did was found the J. Paul Getty Museum in Brentwood. On his death in 1976, Getty left a further $661 million to the museum which helped to fund the Getty Center which took almost twenty years to design and build, finally opening its doors in 1997.

The building itself is a masterpiece thanks to the design work of architect Richard Meier. It contains beautiful gardens and sculptures within the grounds. These are trumped by the breathtaking views over Los Angeles thanks to the Getty Center’s hilltop location. Inside, you’ll find art from the likes of van Gogh and Rembrandt, as well as a huge range of other artwork ranging from Medieval times, through to the present day.

Griffith Park & Observatory 

Another Los Angeles landmark originally paid for by an entrepreneur, Griffith Park game to life when a Welsh businessman by the name of Griffith J. Griffith gave 3,000 acres of land to the city as a “Christmas Present” in 1896. The vast space has expanded to 4,000 acres in the years since, and is now home to the Los Angeles Zoo, two public golf courses, walking and horseback riding trails, tennis courts, and much more.

The park is also home to the Griffith Observatory, which was also given to the city as a festive gift. The building’s three domes on top of the hill have created one of Los Angeles’ most legendary landmarks. The observatory is so important to the city, it was recreated in both Grand Theft Auto San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto V, when the franchise was set in “Los Santos”, a fictional depiction of Los Angeles. E

Inside, you can use the telescopes to look into space, explore the 60 space themed exhibits and admire the Samuel Oschin Planetarium, which is housed in the building’s central dome.

Watts Towers

Built exclusively from scrap metal, the Watts Towers were constructed in the 1920s by Italian immigrant Simon Rodia. He then spent a further 30 years decorating the structures by hand, using green glass, tiles, seashells, marble and jewelry. There are a lot, (17 towers!), with the tallest being almost 100 feet in height. Despite being made entirely from scrap materials, they have an awe-inspiring look that you can’t help but admire.

Of course there are plenty of Hollywood related things to do in Los Angeles. However, when you’re tired of placing your hands in the stars on the Walk of Fame and framing the Hollywood sign from as many angles as possible, the city has a lot more to offer.

Five Easy Ways to Reduce Stress When You’re on Vacation with Your Family

 

Going on vacation with your family can be a great way to relax. However, just because you go away for the week doesn’t mean you leave all your stress behind. Vacation creates stresses of its own, especially if you’re traveling with younger and older family members.

You aren’t doomed to be stressed out and disappointed with your vacation just because you’re traveling with other family members. You really can get the nearly stress-free vacation you’re looking for when you follow these tips.

Combine Activities When You Can

Planning a vacation is no easy feat. It can be even more difficult when you’re purchasing multiple tickets for multiple family members. Making your job easier can greatly reduce your stress. One of the best ways to do that is to combine activities when you can.

For example, if you and your family are traveling in Nashville, TN, check out the Pigeon Forge dinner shows that are available. There are many different shows to choose from. For example, grandma will love to see Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Show, while the kids will surely enjoy the Pirates Voyage Dinner and Show.

Dinner is included with every ticket, so that’s one less thing you’ll have to worry about. Plus, it’ll give you a chance to sit down, enjoy some food, watch a show, and relax a little bit!

Travel with a Budget

What you do while you’re on vacation can be stressful, but how much you spend when you’re on vacation can be just as, if not more, stressful. Spend less time worrying about money by creating a travel budget before you leave.

That means knowing how much you’re willing to spend on travel and hotels, but it also means knowing exactly how much you’re going to spend on food and activities. Make sure you don’t go over-budget by pulling out the cash you’re willing to spend. When it’s gone, it’s gone!

Using cash is also a great way for the kids to keep an eye on their own spending. Give each member of your family their own daily allowance. That way, they aren’t asking you for more money all day long.

Take Advantage of the Hotel Pool

There are a lot of exciting things to do when you’re on vacation. The trouble is, having too much to do can add a lot of stress to your life, which is exactly what you’re trying to avoid!

Instead of trying to pack everything you possibly can into your trip, slow down and make time to just hang out with your family. One great way to do that is to take advantage of the hotel pool.

There are actually many benefits of swimming as an exercise, if you’re looking to stay fit while you’re on vacation, but It’s also a great way to relax and have some fun.

Make Sleep a Priority

With so much to do, you may feel like there just isn’t enough time for sleep. Not to mention, you’re in a new place, which means the kids won’t be sleeping like they should either.

Although it may be tempting to spend less time sleeping and more time doing things, it’s important to prioritize sleep if you want to decrease the amount of stress on your vacation. Ways to make sleep a priority on vacation include:

  • Use sleep masks and ear plugs
  • Ask the front desk for extra pillows and blankets
  • Use a white noise app on your phone
  • Turn off the TV and devices before bed
  • Book a hotel with separate rooms for the kids

Spend Time Apart

Most people book a vacation because they want to spend more quality time with the family. It’s true that a vacation is a great opportunity to spend quality time together, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t also spend time apart.

It’s easy to get frustrated with your spouse and other family members on vacation. The kids’ nerves can also run high. It isn’t uncommon for kids to fight more on vacation.

Instead of stressing, simply split up for a while. Not only will it give you a break from some of your family members, it can be a great way to create one-on-one memories with younger members of your family.

Going on vacation isn’t a sure bet that you’ll reduce the stress in your life, especially since it can create new stresses. Don’t let your vacation become one to remember for the wrong reasons. Follow the advice here and you can have a relaxed family vacation.