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For example, not everyone wants to spend a week at the beach. “Don’t plan it according to the classic stereotype of what a honeymoon should be,” says Tom Marchant, cofounder of Black Tomato, a high-end travel agency.
Minor notices more active honeymoons have become popular, especially among millennials. However, “Know yourself. This should be a bucket list trip, but in line with the type of vacation you like to have,” she says. All the experts agree that a balanced mix is key, since too few activities can lead to boredom, while too many can lead to exhaustion.
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If you’re going to road trip take the blue roads, the tiny highways that connect us with true American culture. For example, Howard Finster’s Paradise Gardens is located 30 minutes off of I-75 in Summerville, Ga., which you’ll miss if you stick to the freeway with its outlet malls and chain restaurants. Small towns are rich with local art, tall tales and home cooking, the places where unique memories are made.
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Many of us choose regular unleaded over jet fuel so we can vacation with our four-legged friends. But your pet needs access to food and water, proper walks and ventilation. In hot weather, never, ever leave your pet in the car. Some open-air malls and many Home Depots are dog friendly. Pre-measure food and store in Ziploc bags and keep a collapsible water bowl in the car at all times. Ruffwear offers a wide selection of items with the doggie-centric traveler in mind including this reusable food tote that is easily flattened.
Pack your essentials, like toiletries and one quick clothing change, in a dedicated and waterproof tote that’s easy to grab. Spills, wardrobe malfunctions, general griminess and makeup disasters can be quickly remedied if every family member keeps their own easily accessed clean-up kit on hand.
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Flio connects you to airport WiFi connection and helps locate amenities like power outlets, play areas for kids and connecting gates. If you’re delayed or have some extra terminal time, FlySmart has reviews of terminal restaurants and shops by fellow travelers. The directionally challenged will love iFly, which uses GPS to help you reach that connecting gate without walking the wrong way.
Invest in a “plane outfit” consisting of classic items in dark or neutral colors made from breathable fabrics like cotton and cashmere. A nice poncho, like this one from Minnie Rose, subs as a blanket and is easily packed. Shorts, flip-flops and warm-ups make you look like an amateur. No gate agent is going to randomly upgrade a passenger wearing anything that makes noise when you walk.
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Emert warns there’s a growing trend of “juice jacking,” where criminals can gain access to information on your device via the USB cable since it contains two wires—one for power, and one for data transfer.
Criminals can also use the USB cable to install ransomware, which allows them to hold your device ransom in exchange for money. Instead of using a USB port, Emert suggests using the AC power brick that plugs into a power outlet.960 1280
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Many experts recommend LifeProof as the best method to physically protect a phone, and options exist for both Apple and Android phones.
Besides protecting it from snow and dirt, LifeProof has also shown to waterproof phones six feet below water, and protect them from a six-foot drop. Dave Dean, Founder of tech site Too Many Adapters, also likes Taktik for iPhones. “You can throw it down a mountain and it will still work.”960 1280
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If the crack is minor, place a screen cover over it, or use clear packing tape. If the screen is completely shattered, Johnny Jet, founder of travel site JohnnyJet.com, says to put the phone in a plastic bag until you can get the screen replaced. Be careful about cutting yourself on shards of glass. Phil Baker, president of the product design company Techsperts, says it costs about $100 to replace a screen, and repair stores can easily fix it.
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