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Flying for Less: Don’t Blow Your Vacation Budget Before You Arrive2 min read

Someone once told me the best money you can spend is money spent on traveling. While it’s true that there is nothing quite like the indescribable experience of traveling and seeing the world, it usually comes with a hefty price tag. It’s not hard to decide where you want to visit—the difficult part is not emptying your bank account on the way there!

Here are some tips for making your dollars stretch as far as possible as you circle the globe.

Book Well in Advance and Shop Around

The biggest expense of any trip is usually the plane ticket. And as I’m sure you already know, the closer to your departure date, the more expensive the plane ticket. So it almost goes without saying that it is best to book your tickets weeks, if not months in advance. While it might seem like less of a hassle to just buy the first tickets you like, don’t forgo websites like Expedia—it’s worth the extra research to save a little money.

Avoid the Busiest Travel Days

Don’t forget that flying on busy travel days, like weekends and Mondays, are usually more expensive as well. If you can work it with your travel plans, flying midweek is always a cheaper alternative. And if you have the extra time, flying with a connection is also another less expensive option to booking a direct flight.

Airports Selection and Parking Matter, Too

On the same note, flights out of bigger airports are cheaper but if you don’t live near one, the long drive and ridiculous charges for parking your car can add up, making your travel more expensive from the get-go. Airlines like United usually offer a free shuttle from local airports to larger hubs if you purchase their airfare.

But if you absolutely must drive to the airport and leave your car there, make sure you do a web search for satellite parking lots. Hotels around the airport usually offer extended stay parking for a third of the cost of leaving your car at the airport—AND have a free shuttle to the airport.

Carry-on Your Way to Cheaper Flights

Another unnecessary expense is checking a bag. Most international flights come with one free checked bag; most domestic flights do not. If you can avoid checking a bag, you can save yourself around $ 50. The carry-on allowance is no more than 9 inches by 14 inches by 22 inches. Those numbers may have no meaning to you, so in simple terms: that is a decent size suitcase! In fact, I’ve traveled to Europe TWICE with that size suitcase (once for 15 days and once for 10). You can maximize this space by finding a suitcase with many compartments, rolling up your clothes instead of folding them, and using space bags! PLUS, you can still bring a “personal item,” which can actually be a decently sized tote bag (more storage!).

Lastly, do your research on inexpensive flights. Some airlines offer ridiculously cheap airfare to lure you in but then add so many fees that your final cost ends up being just as much as all the other airlines. Always read policies about additional fees when booking a flight.

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - September 27, 2017 at 14:14

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Going to Vancouver? Don’t Miss These Family Friendly Activities3 min read

Bay in Vancouver

Few cities can compare to Vancouver on a beautiful sunny day, with its gleaming skyscrapers framed by rugged mountains and sparkling sea. As if the surrounding natural beauty weren’t already enough to merit a visit, the city is diverse and cosmopolitan, with a thriving food scene, stylish boutiques, chic hotels, and a robust arts community.

Vancouver has something for everyone, making it an ideal destination for a family vacation.

Here are the top activities to explore in Vancouver, particularly if you’ve got kids in tow.

Explore Stanley Park

You could easily spend an entire day or more exploring this 1000-acre park bordering Vancouver’s West End. Vancouver boasts the world’s longest uninterrupted waterfront path and the 5.5-mile stretch known as the Stanley Park Seawall is especially popular for walking, jogging, and biking. Stopping points along the route include the Brockton Point Lighthouse, First Nations totem poles, and Siwash Rock sea stack. The park also boasts more than 17 miles of forest trails, gardens, playgrounds, picnic areas, playing fields, beaches, and a swimming pool. To top it off, Stanley Park is also home to two other popular attractions, the Vancouver Aquarium and the miniature Stanley Park Train.

Shop your way across Granville Island

Granville Island’s Public Market is its main attraction, but the peninsula is home to 275 businesses, including galleries, restaurants, arts theaters, and a boutique hotel. For fun with the kids, head straight to the Kids Market and set them loose to explore the adventure zone and old-fashioned arcade. The adjacent shops are a treasure trove of children’s toys, clothes, games, books, and more. There’s also a nearby pond and waterpark to splash around in. From there, pick up lunch at the public market and head out back to eat alongside False Creek. Soak in the sun as you enjoy the musical and acrobatic performances of Granville Island buskers.

Navigate the city by boat

The False Creek Ferry and rainbow-colored Aquabus provide a practical way to travel between Granville Island and downtown Vancouver, and the ride can be a fun activity in its own right. False Creek Ferry, for example, operates nine dock locations along the inlet and offers a day rate for unlimited rides. The ferry trips are short, but it’s all of the little things, from the mussels exposed on the dock at low tide to the ocean spray that kicks up each time the bow hits a wave, which make it an enjoyable experience for kids and adults alike.

Delight in mountaintop views

If a rigorous hike isn’t your idea of family fun, there are still myriad ways to gain elevation and comfortably explore Vancouver’s natural beauty. Take the Skyride more than 5,000 feet to the top of Grouse Mountain for sweeping views and activities ranging from zip lines and disc golf to paragliding and ranger shows in the summer. Another popular destination is the 405-foot Capilano Suspension Bridge, which hangs 230 feet above the Capilano River in North Vancouver. And then there’s the Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish, which delights visitors with incredible views of the Howe Sound and surrounding mountains and features a suspension bridge of its own.

Relax by the water

Once you’ve had your fill of sweeping mountain views, head to the beach to enjoy Vancouver from a whole new perspective. On a warm day, join the locals at the popular English Bay Beach to play in the sand, take a dip in the chilly water, and gaze out at the massive container ships and tankers moored in the bay.

For a less urban beach experience, head to Jericho Beach or Spanish Banks Beach in Kitsilano, where you’ll also have panoramic views of the Vancouver skyline. When the tide is at its lowest, it is possible to walk a quarter mile or more out into the bay on exposed sandbars and splash around in water that is only a few inches deep. Be sure to return to the beach late in the day for the simple pleasure of watching the sun set across the bay.

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - September 1, 2017 at 15:13

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Vacation Gut: Don’t Ruin Your Hard-Earned Fitness with the “Vacation 5”2 min read

Avoid Weight Gain on Vacation

Treat yourself on vacation, but don’t let it get out of hand. The last souvenir you want to bring home is 5 extra pounds. Throwing diet and exercise out the window on vacation can ruin all of your hard-earned progress. But here’s the good news – avoiding the “vacation 5” is easier than you think, just follow these tips!

Find accommodations with a kitchen

Skip the buffet and make your own protein-packed breakfast. This will help at least part of your diet stay intact. You can also save money and calories by filling your fridge with an abundance of healthy snack and lunch food options, too.

Eat out once a day

With a kitchen at the ready, there’s no reason not to limit your meals out to once a day. After you have decided on where and when to eat out, look up the menu beforehand. Picking out your order ahead of time will keep you from ordering specials and/or appetizers when you arrive. Remember to split large portions and eat your protein first. Protein will satiate you, whereas bread and appetizers will fill you up quickly but leave you looking for a snack later.

Incorporate fun activities to keep you moving

Set a goal to add healthy activities into your agenda for at least one hour a day. Instead of tanning on the beach all day, walk or run on the beach. Schedule active excursions like hiking, swimming, surfing, snorkeling, or windsurfing. Opt for walking as much as possible. Pick a hotel that is close to main attractions; this way you can cancel that Uber and walk there instead.

Hydrate

The active excursions mentioned above will leave you dehydrated. Guzzle water, not booze. Drinking a glass of water before each alcoholic beverage you drink will help you avoid gulping high calorie beverages just because you’re thirsty.

Find a gym

Obviously, your best bet for staying on track is having access to a fitness facility onsite. Wake up early and try zumba or a fun new workout class before you hit the beach. It will erase the guilt of eating that big dessert the night before.

Stay away from sugary alcoholic beverages

Vacation is often closely associated with drinking more than usual. When calculating your daily totals, remember to include those liquid calories. Cut back on carbs to make room for the wine and cocktails and avoid the sugary mixers in your alcoholic beverages.

Moderation is key

Don’t deprive yourself of trying enjoyable new cuisines. The trick is moderation. Sample all of the mouthwatering treats you want instead of bingeing on them.

You are on vacation after all, so use this time to relax and unwind. You don’t need to go overboard with diet and exercise. However, just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean you have to ruin all your fitness progress. Remember these simple tips on your next trip and come home feeling relaxed and refreshed!

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - August 29, 2017 at 03:22

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Don’t Get Scammed on Vacation This Summer3 min read

Avoid Vacation Scams

Nothing can ruin a vacation quicker than falling for a scam. Whether it happens during the planning stages or while you’re at your destination, it can leave you feeling cheated, gullible, and ripped off. In the worst case scenario, it can put your finances in jeopardy and force you to cut your trip short – or cancel it all together.

Scammers use variations on several common themes, so knowing what to look out for can help you avoid a costly mistake. Don’t let your kind heart and lack of travel experience part you from your hard-earned salary.

Airline Points Phone Call Scam

The scam: You receive a phone call claiming you’ve won airline or frequent flyer miles. They ask for information to process your winnings, such as a credit card number or frequent flyer number. In reality, they steal your identity and your money.

How to avoid it: Never give out your information to someone on the phone. No legitimate company will call to ask for account numbers or social security numbers. If it sounds too good to be true, it is.

 Vacation Rental Scams 

The scam: You find a beautiful rental property online at a rock-bottom price. When you show up for your vacation, the property looks nothing like its listing – or doesn’t exist at all. Fake booking sites pull a bait and switch, or simply steal your credit card number when you book.

How to avoid it: Never book a vacation through a website you don’t recognize. You should typically book through the hotel itself, with a local realtor at your destination, or through a reputable rental aggregator like AirBnB.

“Free” Vacation Scams 

The scam: You’re told you’ve won a free vacation, but in reality it’s not free at all. You’re asked to attend a live presentation, where you’re informed about upfront fees, a travel club you have to join, or a timeshare you must buy.

How to avoid it: There are always hidden fees in these scams. If you receive a call, hang up. Also, do not follow any directions when prompted to “press 1 to be removed from our call list” – this is simply the scammers way to verify your phone number.

The Short Change Scam

The scam: A vendor or cab driver takes your money and then shows you a smaller denomination bill, claiming you underpaid or shortchanged them. In reality, they switched bills when you weren’t paying attention.

How to avoid it: Count your money out loud when handing it to the cashier. That way there is no room for questions or switches when your back is turned.

The Fake Limo Service Scam 

The scam: You arrive at the airport and get offered a ride to your hotel from an unlicensed cab or limo driver. They charge you extra by taking a longer route, or hold your luggage in the trunk until you pay more than what was agreed.

How to avoid it: Arrange for transportation to the hotel before your trip if possible. Or, use only licensed cab companies at the airport and follow these safety tips when traveling.

The “Need Money for the Train” Scam

The scam: Popular in big cities, this scam involves a sob story from someone who has lost their wallet and needs money to get home. There are many variations, but typically the person will say they have had some bad luck. They may even offer to send you the money if you give them your address.

How to avoid it: Don’t get sucked into the story they tell. It’s best to keep walking, or offer to help them find a police officer who can help. This will quickly put an end to their request. It’s also never a good idea to give your personal information, such as your home address, to a stranger.

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - June 9, 2017 at 22:04

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Nicht Lachen ! – Don’t laugh !

Seht euch das Video mal bis zum Schluss an und versucht weder zu lachen noch zu grinsen ^^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_iRwC15mw4.
Video Rating: 4 / 5

Posted by Lustige Bilder - May 22, 2013 at 10:47

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We Don’t Skinny Dip

Some cool funny images:

We Don’t Skinny Dip
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Image by B Tal
"We don’t skinny dip, we chunky dunk!"
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A sign sitting in the window of a local sign shoppe that caught the fancy of me and Melissa in Ogunquit, Maine.

Skeptical
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Image by amalthya
I have no idea why I was making this face…

Poofy!
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Image by amalthya
I put my hair atop my head and it was SO poofy!

Posted by Lustige Bilder - February 11, 2013 at 22:33

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Please don’t try this at home…Lol

Check out these funny images:

Please don’t try this at home…Lol
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Image by BramstonePhotography

Created while watching the weather channel (by mimitalks, married w/children)
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Image by mimitalks, married w/children
Noted 1/12/2012 – finally getting around to putting this into groups…

Some people knit.
I create.
(partly because I can’t knit…)

I did a video to show this being built – fuzzy on the brighter colors, but you
get the idea: www.flickr.com/photos/mimitalks/5769931317/in/photostream

Posted by Lustige Bilder - January 31, 2013 at 11:37

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#93/366 You Don’t Have To Do This!

A few nice funny images I found:

#93/366 You Don’t Have To Do This!
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Image by bobsfever
…Still undecided on what to do, BA-253 doesn’t move.
"You don’t have to do this!" shouts Obi.
"Strike him down!!" demands Darth….

Posted by Lustige Bilder - December 17, 2012 at 02:32

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Don’t panic

Some cool funny images:

Don’t panic
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Image by Lost Albatross
A small but dedicated contingent of net-based group Anonymous was out protesting across the street from a hut o’ Scientology.

Posted by Lustige Bilder - December 3, 2012 at 19:27

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If Loving You is Wrong, I Don’t Want to Be Right (Luther Ingram)

A few nice funny images I found:

If Loving You is Wrong, I Don’t Want to Be Right (Luther Ingram)
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Image by kevin dooley
If Loving You is Wrong, I Don’t Want to Be Right, Luther Ingram

Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds”
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Image by papalars
The birds are famous in Plaça Cataluña.

IMG_6059
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Image by I Go Splat
"This sure beats flossing!"
She is about 7 weeks old here. (Thanks to Greg from Title Me! for the caption)

Posted by Lustige Bilder - November 9, 2012 at 01:27

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