Travel Tips

Tips For Traveling With People With Dementia

Traveling is a way to relax and recharge, but it can be stressful when things don’t go as planned.  That’s especially true for families who are traveling with a loved one living with dementia.  The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) offered the following tips for people to help make the trip as smooth as possible. “Traveling is a fun and enjoyable way to reenergize your body and mind.  It can be beneficial to people living with dementia and their family caregivers under the proper circumstances,” said Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., AFA’ President and CEO.  “Before going on a trip,...

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4 Steps to Surviving Family Holiday Reunions

Holidays can be a sweet spot, or can easily go sour when we bring the family together. David Cunningham is senior program leader for Landmark, a world-renowned personal and professional growth, training and development company. His focus is on communication. “We gather at the holidays to celebrate together, to relive happy times past, renew old relationships and catch up with people we haven’t seen in a while,” Cunningham says. “This is also the time of year that we’re more likely to see people we might otherwise avoid due to relationships strained from past problems.” What should you say in...

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When To Fly Over The Holidays With Data From Hipmunk.com

Still trying to figure out when to get out of town for Christmas? * Since you’ve waited so long, (ahem)…. at this point, you’re best off flying right after Santa is finished delivering toys if you want to spend less and not have to contend with the crowds. Busiest departure days: Friday Dec 22 and Saturday December 23 (47 percent) Least busy departure date: Monday, Christmas Day (1 percent) Most expensive departure day: Wednesday Dec 20 ($480 average) Least expensive: Christmas Day ($374 average, $100 savings over most expensive departure day) *Data provided by...

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Tips For Choosing A Summer Camp For Your Kids

By Lena Inglis Choosing the right summer camp for kids and teens can be overwhelming. Navigating a world of camp types, themes and locations can be challenging whether you’re looking for something in upstate New York or further west.  Not to mention that camp costs can swell well over budget — that’s why we’ve teamed up with Katherine Firestone, the founder of the Fireborn Institute,  to help parents sift through the many choices. She offers strategies on how to use the upcoming summer vacation to set children up for success in the fall. Safety Numerous camps specialize in team...

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Airline Intel: Never Fly On Sunday And Exactly When To Buy Tickets

courtesy: Norwegian Air CheapAir.com has released a study that says the best and cheapest time to buy airline tickets online is 54 days before travel for deals on domestic flights. The study also says Sunday is the most expensive day to fly and Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the cheapest–an average of $73 cheaper. The worst time to buy a domestic airline ticket is during what the company calls the “Hail Mary” window, 0-2 days before flying when a ticket price can go up over $150 more than during the prime booking window of that 54 day period. The study...

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Experts Weigh In On How to Make Holiday & Winter Travel a Breeze

The holiday season is already hectic, but throw in some travel and things can just get a bit more complicated. Fortunately, Hilton Chicago O’Hare manager Michael McGilligan and Phil Sylvester of World Nomads are offering up some tips that you might not have thought of for easy winter and holiday travel. With winter comes the threat of snowstorms, so if you’re faced with it while at the airport, McGilligan advises to stand near the gate agent to see what he or she is telling the flight crew. For those facing a cancelled flight, call a hotel, and then see...

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How to Search for Bed Bugs in Hotel Rooms

Bed bugs are never a welcome sight in a hotel room. Here’s how to properly search for them, thanks to tips from pest control company Rentokil. Start with the bed, going along the mattress seams and under it. Look in the joints of the frame, along the slats, and in the crevices of the frame and headboard. Sofas and throw pillows should be checked along the seams, around zips, and inside the covers. Scrutinize where furniture and carpets meet the walls, as well as the seals of doors and drawers. Don’t miss the night stands: search around any items...

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7 Tips for Improving Cyber Security While Traveling

Cyber criminals are always looking for ways to rip you off – even while traveling. Syracuse University is offering up some ways to improve your cyber security while on the road. Here’s how to do it: Create strong passwords with a combination of numbers, letters, and special characters. Use secure networks and personal hotspots instead of public Wi-Fi. Pay with cash instead of credit. Use an encrypted hard drive. Disable Bluetooth and near field communication. Avoid public charging stations because potential tampering makes them vulnerable to attack. Keep your data safe by enabling two-factor...

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Tips for Making Holiday Travel Less Stressful

Oh, the holiday season. It can bring about happy times, but it can also present some challenges – especially when it comes to travel. However, that doesn’t have to be the case. The New York Times spoke with Kayak and is sharing tips on how to make holiday travel less stressful. Here’s how to do it: Travel on the holiday since there are fewer crowds and lower airfares. Fly direct to minimize the chance of lost bags, overbooked flights, and other disruptions. Ship your presents. This will lighten your load and save you from excess baggage fees. If you...

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Recipe For Italian Disaster Relief: Spaghetti All’Amatriciana

Here’s how to prepare the traditional pasta from the village of Amatrice in Central italy. 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil 4 oz. thinly sliced guanciale, pancetta, or chopped unsmoked bacon 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper 3/4 cup minced onion 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 28-oz. can peeled tomatoes with juices, crushed by hand Kosher salt 12 oz. dried bucatini or spaghetti 1/4 cup finely grated Pecorino (about 1 oz.) Heat oil in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Add guanciale and sauté until crisp and golden, about 4 minutes.Add pepper flakes...

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How to Stay Safe at Public Events at Home and Abroad

By Christine Dayao In the wake of large-scale terrorist attacks in recent weeks, it’s more important than ever to be vigilant of our surroundings. We spoke with Phil Sylvester of World Nomads – a travel insurance provider that’s seen a spike in website traffic following this year’s tragedies – and gained some insight on how to stay safe at public events. Here are his tips. 1. Trust your senses. If something feels out of place or makes you uncomfortable – like a stray piece of luggage or an unattended box – report it. Take “If you see something, say...

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