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We've all learned a few tricks in our travels.

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  1. Scene from the Great Wall

    10 Chinese Customs to Know Before a Trip to China

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    China can feel overwhelming to first time travelers, but not just because of its huge crowds and congested streets. Cultural differences, too, can be a huge surprise to tourists. These differences can lead foreign visitors to come off as rude — even when they do not intend to be. The following 10 tips will help you avoid any cultural misunderstandings during your adventures. 

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  2. 10 Insider Secrets to Booking Airfare

    10 Insider Secrets to Booking Airfare

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    Has it ever occurred to you that sometimes you score a crazy cheap, round-trip flight cross country for only $100, and the next time you browse, you’re forced to pay over $400? Is it starting to feel like airlines are hiding something from us? The truth is, they actually might be. Thanks to some frugal shoppers on the Internet, there are ways to find and book cheaper flights, but of course, these are insider secrets that airlines don’t want to expose. Check out these 10 do’s and don’ts of finding and booking affordable airfare. Also, don’t forget to check out DealsPlus to snag the best deals on your airfare. 

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  3. 2.6 Million Seniors are Victims – Are you Protecting your parents from Identity Thieves?

    2.6 Million Seniors are Victims – Are you Protecting your parents from Identity Thieves?

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    As Grandparents Day approaches on September 11, many may be thinking about how they can show their appreciation for all that the grandparents in their lives have done. And while that’s a wonderful sentiment, it might be even more important to instead think about how we can protect this increasingly susceptible group of individuals.

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  4. 4 Tools to Optimize Online Customer Service

    4 Tools to Optimize Online Customer Service

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    Journeys begin long before we arrive at our destination. From dreaming about your ideal vacation to choosing the company to take you there, you’ll have to make dozens of decisions based on accurate and helpful information. How can you make that process easier?

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    5 Tips to Save Time, Money and Your Sanity When Booking Travel Arrangements This Holiday Season

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    As peak holiday travel season is upon us, consumers are often left wondering when they should actually book their flight and hotel accommodations. With Thanksgiving less than a month away and Christmas following shortly after, travelers that are holding out for a last minute deal may be making a costly mistake. 

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  6. 5 Travel Booking Site Secrets You Need to Know

    5 Travel Booking Site Secrets You Need to Know

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    Even with the abundance of helpful travel websites across the web, there are hidden secrets that can help you find even better deals and save more on your trip. Priceline, Expedia, Orbitz, Kayak, and Travelocity - just to name a few - are not revealing everything there is to getting the best deal on your next vacation. Try out these tricks the next time you’re hunting for a great travel deal.

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  7. 6 Smart Packing Tips for Summer Travel

    6 Smart Packing Tips for Summer Travel

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    Summer is a time when millions of people around the country travel for pleasure purposes. In fact, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics reports that over 650 million long distance summer trips are made over summer. They also report that 90 percent of them are done by personal vehicle. As people travel they could do a better job being organized, which will help the trip be more enjoyable.

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  8. Sharon Schweitzer

    7 Modern Manners Tips for Airport Passengers

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    7 modern manners tips for airport passengers by 

    Sharon Schweitzer

    Cross-Cultural Consultant, International Etiquette Expert, and Best-selling Author

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    7 Simple Rules to Having A Healthy and Safe Trip

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    Nowadays, we hear lots of confusion regarding the new ACA coverage during this transition. Nothing is more unsettling than traveling abroad and not knowing whether or not you should visit the local doctor because you’re not sure what’s covered and what isn’t. For me and the licensed insurance advisors at GoHealth, the online portal for finding health insurance coverage, it is important to make sure those consumers are in-the-know of their healthcare plan so that they are armed and ready for a safe and protected vacation.

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  10. Carnival Magic

    7 Tips for Choosing the Perfect Cruise – Part 1

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    Each year, more and more people are discovering the value and pleasure of voyages to some of the most beautiful and culturally enriching places in the world.  In fact, last year alone approximately seven million people enjoyed cruise vacations.  With the large number of cruise lines today, the diversity of ships and myriad of itineraries, you can go on several different cruises and have a different experience on each.  It’s no surprise then, that I am often asked, “how do I choose the cruise that’s right for me?”

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    7 Tips For Choosing the Perfect Cruise – Part 2

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    A perfect cruise requires a plan, so here are additional questions that will help you with planning:

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    9 Airport Hacks to Make Traveling Way Easier

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    You love to travel, but you hate the airport. It’s a common story, and we all know why. Long lines, expensive parking, crowded spaces- the list goes on. Not to mention, preparing for a long trip can cost you a pretty penny. Check out these 9 airport tips and tricks to help you save money, time, and your sanity.

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  13. Castle

    9 Tips for Grandparents to Make the Most of a Disney World Vacation

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    There is no doubt about it, a visit to the Happiest Place on Earth requires more planning than most other destinations. From where to stay to what time of year to visit, there are many decisions to be made, each of them with numerous options. But with thoughtful planning comes great reward, and when you’re taking in the fireworks in front of Cinderella’s Castle, you will no doubt think you’ve been sprinkled with pixie dust. 

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  14. 9 Tips for Traveling with Kids and Aging Parents

    9 Tips for Traveling with Kids and Aging Parents

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    With the Baby Boomers increasingly choosing to vacation with their children and grandchildren, the odds are good that a multigenerational vacation is in your future  Although these shared experiences provide opportunities to connect with family members, traveling with both your kids and your aging parents at the same time poses unique challenges. Here are nine tips to help you take a multigenerational vacation that you can all enjoy together.

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  15. A New Twist to an Old Favorite at the Kentucky Derby:  Ballotin Chocolate Whiskey

    A New Twist to an Old Favorite at the Kentucky Derby: Ballotin Chocolate Whiskey

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    Ballotin Chocolate Whiskey was founded in 2015 in Louisville, Ky., with a single focus: To produce elegant and delicious sipping whiskeys designed for flavor-craving consumers. Its four expression line—Original Chocolate, Bourbon Ball, Chocolate Mint and Caramel Turtle—combines the backbone, body and base flavor of aged American whiskey with all-natural essences of classic and contemporary chocolate favorites.

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  16. Airport Hotel Tip: Park & Fly

    Airport Hotel Tip: Park & Fly

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    Let’s face it – we all love to save a buck or two, especially when it comes to our vacations. Recently, we’ve seen airfares sky rocket, so we’ve started looking outside of our immediate area for good deals. I am no exception. I’d rather spend more money on location than on getting there.

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  17. Alternative Flight Services: Blackbird Air

    Alternative Flight Services: Blackbird Air

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    As a frequent traveler, you can't possibly see the world without flying. Planes are essential to your lifestyle—and that's not a bad thing. But you might think it is, because flying is so unpleasant. You have to get to the airport three hours in advance, and wait in TSA lines that can take most of your day to get through. You're restricted by luggage and liquid requirements, and hit with unnecessary fees for services that should be offered as basic courtesy. 

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  18. Boomers Traveling More and Using Digital Tools

    Boomers Traveling More and Using Digital Tools

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    Hilton has a new digital app to assist in travel bookings that is easy to use whether you are a Millennial or a Boomer. Boomers are using more digital tools to assist in all aspects of travel. The Boomer Travel Patrol will be periodically reviewing what is available to let our readers know what they can download to their smart phones or tablets. 

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  19. Carefree Cruising: 6 Tips for a Healthy Cruise Ship Experience

    Carefree Cruising: 6 Tips for a Healthy Cruise Ship Experience

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    Six tips from Dr. Sreek Cherukuri, founder of MDHearingAid, on how to have a healthy cruise experience.

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  20. Veterinarian, tech and dog

    Checklist for Choosing a Veterinarian

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    Debbie Murray is a dog enthusiast from LaGrange, KY. She currently has five dogs - all Miniature Australian Shepherds who share a house with her and her husband Paul. Debbie also breeds her pets on occasion to share this marvelous breed with other dog enthusiasts. Susie is excited because she hopes to be getting another mini Aussie to keep her company from Debbie's  next litter. Debbie has been kind enough to share this article on choosing a veterinarian with the Boomer Travel Patrol.

    For more detailed information on Debbie and her dogs you can visit her web site Alangus Mini & Toy Aussies as well as her blog. This article is one recently featured on her blog and offers excellent advice on selecting a veterinarian.

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  21. DIY Network's Marnie Oursler Shares 33 of Her Travel Tips

    DIY Network's Marnie Oursler Shares 33 of Her Travel Tips

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    One of my favorite ways to find inspiration is travel. There's something about the disorientation and magic of a new place that allows me to see things more clearly or in a completely different light. Travel is good for the mind, body, and soul, and the memories made are more valuable than any material possession. And in addition to being inspiring, traveling is a great reminder that no matter how different we may seem, we're all very much the same at heart.

     

    That's why I've made it my mission to cram as much traveling into this one life as possible. I've been lucky to be able to see the world for business, education, and for personal fun, and on my many travels, I've picked up a few important insights (some of which I learned the hard way). So before you set off for your next destination this summer, check out my hard-won travel tips, below, that will help you get the most out of your trip.

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  22. Does Size Matter? - Hints on How to Choose the Right Luggage for Your Next Travel Adventure

    Does Size Matter? - Hints on How to Choose the Right Luggage for Your Next Travel Adventure

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    When it comes to selecting new luggage, “Yes, size does matter!” 

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    Dog Park Tips

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    Right at the top of the list of things that Susie enjoys doing is making a trip to the dog park. It is amazing to see how she knows when we are getting close and as soon as she sees the fence with her friends – both canine and human – on the other side, she begins to vocalize and get excited. 

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    Dr. David Glass’s Travel Tips for Improved Circulation

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    According to AAA, 34.8 million travelers will journey at least 50 miles from home this upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend. Prolonged sitting on long flights and car rides can lead to the development of blood clots in the lower legs, which cause spider and varicose veins. Being proactive is always better than treating a problem after it has already happened. Here are some tips to help prevent the problems in the first place: 

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  25. Dreading the TSA Line? These Credit Cards Might  Let You Skip it

    Dreading the TSA Line? These Credit Cards Might Let You Skip it

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    If you have a summer tour or cruise planned, the news about extremely long TSA lines is especially troubling. After all, missing your outgoing flight can lead to a domino effect of missed connections that terminates in your cruise or tour bus leaving without you.

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