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Friday, July 15, 2016

Super Useful Travel Posts

Happy Friday, Everybody! There's a lot of strife happening in the world today, but that shouldn't stop you from traveling. In fact, now is actually the best time to travel,  especially to the UK with the pound hitting a 30-year low. It matches the rate of the Euro now. Woo! Of course, if you can't get out of the country, there's plenty of awesome places to check out in North America, too. 

Let's look at why you should keep your passport looking as new as possible. If there are too many stamps, not enough room for new stamps, close to (like a few months from) expiring, you may not be let through TSA to actually go on your trip. Actress Chelsea Peretti was all set to go on her honeymoon when new husband Jordan Peele was held back for a battered passport.

This isn't the only mistake you can make at the airport. There are lots of things you should and shouldn't do when you travel and these start at the airport. I mean, know the security procedures, your carry-on allowance, have your 3-1-1 bag easily accessible, wear easy-on/off shoes, get there with plenty of time to spare. Afar rounds up their top 10 mistakes people make at the airport.

I'm a lover of coffee. It makes my morning complete and helps me get ready for the day. I know I'm not the only one. I'm not dependent on coffee to get going, but the relaxing aspect of having a delicious, steamy cup when I get up is very enticing to me. You'll see me getting a cup randomly during the day as the urge strikes to. Want a great cup of coffee? Gogobot has a round-up of the best cities for coffee.

Perhaps you aren't into coffee, but you are a foodie. I'm both. I love a delicious cup of coffee, but I will plan a whole day around where I want to eat in a city. If you're a foodie, too, then check out this list of ultimate foodie destinations from PureWow.

Want to travel somewhere, but not sure where? You can take a quiz to figure out your next destination based on your personality. Apparently, I should be headed to Japan. I think that's a bit out of my budget right now, but it's definitely on my list. I mean, I have to check out Tokyo Disney, as well as the rest of the city while I'm there. Where are you destined to go?

Ever wonder what happens at the museum after hours? I do! It's probably not like Night At The Museum, but how will I know if I don't get to see? Did you know they have programs where you can spend the night in a museum? Travel + Leisure found a dozen museums where adults and kids can stay after hours and enjoy slumber parties or cocktails while perusing the exhibits without the crowds. 

Obviously, this sign has been "improved", but in the best way.

Do you ever travel and see a weird travel sign? They are normal for where you're traveling, but fun for tourists. My favorite from my travels is just the blue sign with a white question mark. Apparently, that means there's a information center nearby. How would anyone know that? I had to Google it. I guess I need more information. Ha!

Castles are awesome. I know most of us have really only ever gotten to see the one at Disney, which is cool, but not the same as a real castle. I have been to the Tower of London, which is a real castle, but I'd love to visit more. While you may think that you have to travel across the ocean to see a real-life castle, you don't! Travelzoo has a list of 10 castles you can hit up in America.

That's what I have for you this week. Have you found anything online that's fun, crazy, creepy or otherwise interesting that you'd like to share? Post it in the comments. Also, let us know the destination you got in the quiz, or where your next vacation will take you. I'm on my way back from Vegas! Happy travels and have a great weekend!

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