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Friday, October 23, 2015

Super Useful Travel Posts

Happy Friday, all! Apparently, it's a week of learning what not to do when you travel, as that seems to be the theme to today's SUTP (with the exception of a few). Sometimes knowing what not to do is more helpful than knowing the opposite. Be kind, courteous and enjoy your trips that you're properly prepared for. I hope you enjoy my round-up of links this week.

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Have you taken a look at your passport lately? If it is damaged, you may not be able to get on the plane. This woman on her honeymoon ended up paying thousands to replace her passport to actually go on her trip with her new husband. Huffington Post shows you what to look for before heading to the airport.

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And speaking of honeymoons, they can be expensive. After dropping all your savings on the ultimate wedding, it's unlikely you'll have money leftover for that trip of a lifetime (unless you register for your honeymoon like I did). If you're looking to take a memorable and luxurious-feeling trip after your nuptials, maybe head to one of these 7 destinations that feel more expensive than they are.

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Because they aren't at home, some people think it's okay to act like a-holes when they are traveling, especially when they're in a hotel and don't have any courtesy for others who want to relax, too. Please remember that you aren't the only one away from home and trying to cut loose. You still need to be aware that other people exist, and are pretty close to you and your screaming kids or loud music. Travel + Leisure takes a look at annoying hotel habits. {I've encountered some of these people in rentals as well.}

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I'm always looking for interesting places to eat, and there's no more interesting place than a commune living in what they hoped would be a future utopia. In the middle of the Arizona desert, you can find such a place with a homemade buffet spread and open arms to visitors. Trade work for food or put down cold hard cash. Both work for this community. Eater gives you more details.

I wrote something to help you all travel better for the fall and winter. I know you have issues with packing light, even in the summer, so my new partnership with Travel-Wise is allowing me to give even more travel tips to you and a whole new audience. Usually, I don't include my own posts in this segment, but I'm kind of excited about this new website and want to share.

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Do you love wine? Do you seek out some of the best regions for tasting when you travel? If so, check out this post on Gogobot that shines a light on six unexpected, but seriously good wine regions. You'll find a more budget-friendly trip and enjoy wines that you never heard of before.

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Now there's a new way for thieves to steal your identity. Boo, right? When you travel, you need a boarding pass. What do you do with them after you've gotten on the plane? Do you toss them out like many people do? I always keep mine, but only because I like souvenirs from my travel and use them for photo shoots for this blog. Techlicious looks at why we should really use e-tickets as much as possible. We used them this last trip and it was super easy. You just need to keep your phone charged enough to bring up the airline app at security and the gate.

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What are your travel pet peeves? I can't stand it when people are so busy texting or looking at their phone that they run right into you. What about those people who just stop in the middle of the walkway, like they have no idea where they are or how they got there? And am I the only one that wants to smack an iPad out of someone's hand that is using it to take pictures? I know it takes great pictures, but you're annoying iPadder. Use your phone. Travel + Leisure reveals the top 5 travel pet peeves of 2015. Do you have others? Tell us in the comments.

That's all I got for this week. If you found something cool, interesting or just plain entertaining that is travel-related, leave a link in the comments, so we can all check it out.

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