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Cruise Manners - Are You Minding Yours?

Sure, it's your vacation and you're here to have fun - but so is everyone else. Go ahead and get carried away, but don't do it at the expense of your fellow passengers.

  • Follow the dress code: No one wants to eat dinner beside someone dressed in smelly gym clothes. Dress for your evening meals as if you're going to a restaurant.
  • Quiet down during the muster: Knowing where to go in an emergency may save your life. Listen to the instructions and put on the life jacket. It won't kill you to pay attention for 10 minutes but it might kill you if you don't.
  • Don't hog the lounge chairs: You don't need to reserve a chair all morning if you're not planning to use it until the afternoon.
  • Don't jog before daybreak: There are staterooms below the gym and working out or jogging on deck before designated times is rude.
  • Dial down your noise: If you must talk on a cell phone, keep your voice down or step outside restaurants and lounges.
  • Be a considerate smoker: If you must smoke, do it only in designated areas.
  • Control your kids: Respect adults who may not be traveling with kids, and keep your kids out of adult-only areas.
  • Wait your turn: This should be a no-brainer, but no one likes waiting and your enjoyment should never come at the expense of someone else.
  • Stop complaining: No one wants to hear your grumbling while waiting in line. Instead of making everyone around you miserable, chat with your neighbor and you just might discover something new worth trying on the cruise.

~ GG Staff

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Travel Light

Traveling with only carry-on luggage is the new way to travel. It’s less costly (thanks to airline baggage fees) and easier to move from hotel to hotel. But traveling light doesn’t mean skimping on style or wearing dirty clothes multiple times.

Learn how to be a strategic packer.

  • packing light open new pathwaysPick a base color for pants/skirts and shoes – more outfits, less clothes
  • Add color and patterns with tops, jewelry and scarves – mixing and matching everything
  • Pick scrunchable, wrinkle-free items that look good with a quick steam in the shower
  • Bring only 2 pairs of shoes (not including the ones you’re wearing) – stuff socks and underwear inside them
  • Wear heavier sweaters or coats instead of packing them (planes are usually cold anyway)
  • Pack powder detergent so you can wash underthings and hang them in your bathroom
  • Take only sample sizes of your toiletries – or buy when you arrive

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Should You Buy Travel Insurance?

We don’t recommend travel insurance for every trip. You probably don’t need insurance for quick business jaunt but for once-a-year vacations and big ticket travel, it’s a must. The average package will cover baggage loss and delay, any emergency medical expenses and recover (at least partially) the cost of your trip if your vacation is cut short or cancelled.

Travel insurance - depends where you're heading??Always purchase travel insurance from a third party – not the company selling your tour or cruise. And choose a company that’s national or international and has good traveler reviews/recommendations. Your insurance has to be there when you need it and other travelers can point you in the direction of upstanding, trustworthy insurance companies.

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Read Travel Reviews

The internet, social media and user review sites have transformed how we plan for travel, giving us a smorgasbord of options at our fingertips. But the system isn’t foolproof. Read reviews before you book your travel – but use some good old fashioned common sense.

  • check out your pending destinationRead between the lines. Does the reviewer focus on the negative? Does s/he sound like a hard-to-please traveler or someone who experienced a singularly bad experience?
  • Read a handful of reviews, paying close attention to the ones that are in the middle of the love/hate scale – they’re often the most helpful.
  • How recent are the reviews you’re reading. An old problem may no longer be a concern if new management is in place.
  • Look closely at reviewer photos – a picture can fill in the gaps
  • Give more weight to review sites that guarantee the traveler actually stayed/ate there. OpenTable.com and TheBookingTruth.com are good places to start.

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Read Travel Blogs

Before you travel, read, read, read!

Travel writers and bloggers offer a more detailed review of the places they’ve been than user-generated sites – and the commentary is often more balanced. Most writers have been trained to look at the bigger picture, providing readers with enough information to know whether their choice is a good fit.

  • blogger reviews can lead you to successUse Google Blog Search to ferret out blogger reviews of the places you’re considering
  • Read multiple reviews from each blogger – some bloggers only write about places they’ve been paid to visit, which may skew review ratings.
  • When you find a travel blogger you like/trust, contact them via email or social media to ask more specific questions – best veggie restaurant near the hotel, for example.

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Take Pictures of Your Kids in the Morning

Take Pictures of Your Kids in the MorningTake a photo of the children from your mobile device each day before you begin your day. This way you know exactly what the kids are wearing and have a recent photo to share in the event they get separated from you. In the midst of chaos, you may have a difficult time recalling specifics (color, brand, etc.) of what your child is wearing that could help authorities. By taking the photo with your mobile device, chances are you’ll have the photo handy at all times whereas a camera may be left behind to lighten the load.

Tip courtesy the founders of TweenHood ~ @tweenhood and @AppHipMom

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Check Your Passport

Don’t assume that just because your passport has another 6 months of life in it that you’re good to travel. Some countries require your passport is valid for a minimum of 6 months from the time you leave home. Check the country (or countries if you’re cruising) to ensure you won’t be stopped at customs.

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