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Tip 98: Best of (part 2)

Hello! We are rounding out our #100traveltrips with a list of our favorites:

Road trip destination?
  • Rebecca – Chicago
  • Michelle – Nashville
  • Sandy –  Memphis
Cruise destination?
  • Rebecca – Cuba
  • Michelle – Alaska
  • Sandy – The islands of French Polynsesia

Favorite trip of all time?

  • Rebecca – tie between Ireland and Australia (Australia was a work trip or it would probably win hands down)
  • Michelle – French Polynesia
  • Sandy –  Ahhh….I cannot pick one!  French Polynesia, Australia and New Zealand are at the top of my list.
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Tip 96: Book Spa Appointments in Advance

This is especially important if more than one of you are trying to book appointments for services at the same time. Consider booking a couple of months in advance – the more people you are booking for the earlier you should call to book. Doing this via phone rather than online can help to ensure everyone gets the correct appointments.

Also, remember to utilize an onsite spa at your hotel (or go to nearby hotel that has one) if you end up with sore muscles or get a stiff neck from sleeping in a different bed (happens to almost all of us) rather than just pushing through or taking medications. Oftentimes a quick 30 minute massage for the painful spots gets you back in business.

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Tip 95: Buying Souvenirs

It can be easy to buy souvenirs for yourself of others if you collect specific trinkets such as t-shirts, bottle openers, magnets, etc.  However, many people do not have collectibles and yet we want to remember the trip.

Consider buying something that you will regularly use, and it will remind you of the trip every trip you use or wear it.  For example, buy jewelry native to your destination, perfume or soap that reminds you of a local scent, or a dress/shirt that will remind you of the trip.

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Tip 94: Retreat/Wellness/Spa Vacation

There are many great locations to go to for retreat vacations that can be all inclusive with activities, accommodations, and meals that are healthy. Several websites can help you find the most popular destinations, here is one: https://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best/spa-getaways-in-us#golden-door-02.

Two of the three of us on the podcast visited location #6 Lake Austin Spa Resort, which was one of the best vacations we have had. These locations can be for couples, girl’s trips, or a solo vacation if you need some alone time.

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Tip 93: Research Restaurants in Advance

There are a many ways to research restaurants in advance to find new places to try and determine if making a reservation is important. Consider going online to Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives to find great local places you may not ordinarily select. Emeril Lagasse has restaurants in several cities that are amazing – check in advance to see if there is one in your destination city; make sure to book a reservation well in advance. Utilize Yelp to find restaurants that are highly rated – I found a wonderful Thai restaurant in Toronto this way. Make a reservation through OpenTable, even at the last minute to avoid a wait, or ask the concierge at your hotel for a recommendation and reservation – sometimes they can give you discount coupons too.

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Tip 92: Expect Rain

There are locations that are known for a daily shower or summer storms.  Pack accordingly so that the rain does not ruin your trip and create unnecessary hubbub trying to figure out plan B everyday. Consider packing plastic ponchos (they take up virtually no space so pack a few of them), an umbrella, and lightweight rain jacket with a hood.  They make rain shoes as well that feel like tennis or hiking shoes and are quite comfortable – I bought a pair when taking a vacation to Niagara Falls because you walk through quite a bit of water and it can easily rain. Consider packing a waterproof disposable camera too as you may get some good pictures, even in the rain.

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Tip 91: How Much Cash Should I Bring?

It can be difficult to know how much cash to bring when going abroad.  Generally speaking, exchanging about $200 USD is a good idea, unless you know you are going on quite a few excursions where you will need to pay cash.  There will be ATMs wherever you go and the exchange rate is usually good. You can always exchange any unused cash once you return. Remember, from Tip 85, exchange some small bills/coins so that you can use it right away when you land.