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Have Map, Will Travel

how lost are you?I need my smart phone as much as I need the bra I’m wearing – without them, I’m pretty much a wreck. But when I’m traveling, I bring a backup to that snazzy phone – an old school map. Just in case the battery dies or some other catastrophic event occurs, having a paper map ensures I never lose my way. And before I leave my hotel or step out of a cab or bus, I’ve got myself oriented to the direction I need to travel. Nothing says “Tourist Target” like a lone woman standing on a street corner looking confused.

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Anniversary Travel Perks

check for special event perksBooking a getaway for you and your lover to celebrate a special anniversary? Getting away with your gal pals for your 40th birthday? Email the General Manager when you book your room or let the front desk know when you check in. They may offer a free upgrade or perk to make your stay more memorable. Hint: if you get lucky with a free perk, let the hotel know how grateful you are by sharing on Facebook or Pinterest. You never know, they might do it again the next time you visit!

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Share My Vacation

Looking to save some money on your next vacation? Check out these website that encourage sharing:

  • Campinmygarden.com – Lists backyards where Share my vacationtravelers can pitch their tents. It’s UK-based site but see big things coming for this company.
  • Spinlister.com – Connects travelers (in more than 40 countries) with locals who rent their bikes for as little as $10 a day.
  • Parkatmyhouse.com – Offers visitors parking spots at homes and businesses.

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Tech-Free Travel

enjoy disconnectingIn need of a digital detox? Try a no-tech retreat where off-the-grid equals wellness and relaxation.

Little Palm Island in Florida and Miraval in Arizona will help you recharge yourself – and possibly even confiscate your digital devices if they catch you sneaking a quick fix.

 

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Reduce Rental Car Damage Fees

check your car closelyThere’s nothing worse than getting dinged for a ding on a rental car – especially if you didn’t do it. When you pick up your car, do a full inspection of your rental car before driving it out of the lot. If there’s a ding in it, snap a picture (time stamped) and ensure they make note of it on your file. When you return the car, request a written record that you returned the car in perfect condition.

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Travel With Confidence

travel with confidenceBeing the kind of traveler other people want to help makes traveling more enjoyable for you and those around you, says Ashley Welton, GoGirlfriend contributor. But being nice doesn’t mean wiping “No” from your vocabulary.

Sometimes, speaking up is your best defence when you're traveling.

By all means be nice and helpful and friendly – when you’re comfortable and feel safe. If you feel your safety is in jeopardy or someone’s advances make you nervous, put niceties aside and get the heck out of Dodge. They might remember you for being a bitch but better that than for a headline in tomorrow’s news.

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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.

  • Taxi Magic – Provides fairly reliable tracking of taxis nearby.
  • 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.

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