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Now where did I park?

As a frequent air traveller, park n fly is often the cheapest parking option for longer adventures. I always take a photo on my more than a week ... take a photo!phone of the pole or aisle marker so I have a quick and easy reference when I'm trying to find my vehicle - certainly better than walking the lot and playing with your car alarm to help you find where you parked. Take a moment for a bit of parking-lot planning as you prepare to leave on your adventure to save some headaches when you return to a massive parking lot/garage.

This works wonderfully at any major theme park or shopping center where the massive lots make for a not-so-fun game of “where did I park”?

The next question may be ... Where did I put my keys?

make sure to capture the floor level you parked on!Updated note: Make sure when you take your photo before your week of holidays you capture the floor level as well! From recent experience, I dutifully took my photo, left for a business trip to Boston/Salem and upon my wife and my return, we looked at the photo to see where we had parked and had to simply laugh - we had failed to capture the floor level of the b19 parking location. We began guessing at level 4 - nope, level 5 - nope! A secondary tip - the floors are also sorted by color. As we identified we were yellow b19, that allowed us to quickly find our vehicle on level 7. Even seasoned travelers still can learn something new!

~GG Staff

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A New Way to Hail a Cab

Hailing a cab in New York City is an adventure in and of itself. But thanks to some snappy new apps, you might up your odds of finding what you need quicker.

  • Curb – Provides fairly reliable tracking of taxis nearby.
  • Ride Arro - similarly allows you to find the nearest taxis
  • a techy way to hail a cabSid-car – Opens up ride sharing opportunities for those who need a ride and those want to offer one.
  • WOW Taxi – Allows you to book a wheelchair accessible cab in Manhattan. In a city of more where only 200 of the 10,000 available taxis offer this service, this is a pretty sweet app.
  • And lets not forget about the non-taxi sharing of Uber and Lyft.

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Translate menus, informational signage and more from a foreign language

Let me tell you about the Google Translate app (on both ios and Android) - what an amazing tool to assist with language barriers on menus, signage or any text in a foreign language. While not perfect (the word champignon translated to fungus - which a mushroom really is anyways), it is a great feature to help bridge the language divide and make communications a few steps a little easier. 

  • Google Translate app recomendationdownload the app to your phone before you leave
  • choose the language (example, from French to English)
  • click the camera icon and use it to interpret menus and printed materials.
  • copy and paste text into the text box for an interpretation
  • explore it's other features like voice and conversations.
  • click the arrows to reverse English to French to translate how to convert an english word to french.

We recently discovered and used the Google Translate app on a recent trip to France and while we used it mostly on restaurant menus and informational signage at attractions, it really did help guide us through a few confusing spots.

A free app available for your mobile device, we've now added this to our essentials toolkit while traveling [GoGirlfriend Recommended]!

~ GG Staff

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Airport Hotels - Overnight Before a Vacation

It never fails that packaged holiday getaway departs at some crazy early hour in the morning! And nobody really lives close enough to the airport, right?

Here are 4 benefits to grabbing a hotel on the strip near the airport to make it a winning solution:

  1. airport hotel benefitsStress reduction of not having to battle a morning commute, a winters snowstorm or finding parking super early.
  2. Relaxation by far when a shuttle picks you up from your hotel and drops you off right at the departure gates.
  3. Often the hotels near the airport offer deals that include 7-10 days of complimentary parking – that’s easily a $100+ savings compared to airport or ParknFly parking – and a reverse shuttle to take you back to the hotel where you’ve left you vehicle.
  4. Your travel agent will often have special rates at partner hotels to get you a reduced rate … and still get the perks of the special offers.

These tips also encourage a great dinner the night before, with a glass of sumptuous red wine and an excellent sleep … even before your vacation is scheduled to begin!

~ GG Staff

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Resort Spas offer more than massages and body treatments

Your resort (or substitute cruise ship or hotel) most often will have a spa on site.

While most people associate a spa with massages, facials and body treatments designed to relax, detoxify and turn you into a noodle, what services are you booking?they also offer simpler services like manicures, pedicures … and hair salons.

Consider that night that you’ve booked the specialty restaurant for the romantic Italian dinner. You know the wine will be divine, the lighting will be relaxed and the ambiance will be romantic. You have that classic “little black dress” you bought just for such a night, why not make a spa booking for the afternoon and spend an hour getting your hair and nails done?

Don’t you think the pampering and the little added touches will add those little nuances to help frame the night and celebrate you as the center of attention? We know it will!

~ GG Staff

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Accessible rooms on a cruise ship are HUGE

If you are traveling with older parents or with a family member who has some mobility challenges, that little extra space comes in handy in the room and bathroom. Especially on a cruise ship where the rooms are super tiny to begin with, this makes a huge difference.

large accessible stateroomsOn a recent cruise with our family and my parents, dad needed a motorized scooter to get around after some knee surgery [Note: we pre-booked the motorized scooter to be ready in his stateroom as he arrived powered and good to go]. We asked about and received one of their accessible rooms. It was massive – at least double our upper deck staterooms with a wider door to get the wheelchair/scooter in and out, the room was massive with an extra couch and the bathroom had handles and supports that helped without a lip on a triple-sized walk-in shower (compared to standard cruise shower). We were jealous! Now, the room was on Deck 3 where the embarkation and debarkation happened for easier on and off access – so no balcony option. But for the added space and compfort the room offered, mom and dad were very happy.

Those extra amenities offered in the super-large accessible rooms made getting around the room easier and safer.

~ GG Staff

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Portable Chargers for your devices

Why is it that your phone battery (or tablet, or laptop) never lasts as long as you need it?

You’d think with all the technological advances of the 21st century and with electric cars needing to get from point A to point B that they’d be able to make a phone battery that lasts more than 6 hours. I’m sure a few billion people would shell out an extra $50 for a phone battery that lasts a week!

In the meantime, Portable Chargers (also called power banks or mobile battery packs) are the solution and there’s a plethora of options. Which is the right one for you?

  • Consider your battery needs? How many recharges do you need before you get back home to charge the device(s) fully.
  • Anker Portable ChargerConsider how much power in the backup to buy? Measured in mAh (milliamp-hours – 2000 mAh to 20,000+ mAh)
  • Consider the speed of the charge – measured in W (Watts – 5W to 24 W) with the higher being quick-charge capabilities.
  • Consider how many USB connections and the size of the device.

Note a few charging specs for 1 charge:

  • A typical iPhone 8 battery capacity is 1820mAh (the iPhone 8plus about 2675 mAh)
  • An iPad capacity requires about 8000 mAh to charge
  • An Android Galaxy s10 battery capacity is 4100 mAh, Android tablets around 8000 mAh

Our solution for travel – We purchased the Anker PowerCore Portable Charger (20100mAh) with Dual USB ports and fast-charge capabilities. With us each having a phone and tablets and sometimes a long flight or disconnected destination, this was our solution to keep us powered as we needed the boost. Very well-priced on Amazon for its capacity and Anker’s high rating with PCmag, it has been our go-to charging solution for a few trips now and lasted very well.

Until the manufacturers invest in proper battery solutions for our devices, these portable chargers will become our fall-back to keep us powered.

~ GG Staff

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