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5 Reasons You Need to Bring the Family to the Next Travel and Adventure Show

Yearning for the perfect getaway, but not sure where to go? Whether you seek exotic destinations, extreme adventure, or indulgent beach retreats, you’ll find your answers at the Travel and Adventure Show.

The Travel and Adventure Show is the nation’s largest travel show, and promises fun for the entire family.

Growing over the last 12 years, the Travel and Adventure Show has helped over 1.1 million travelers connect with over 2,800 top travel brands to find their dream vacation.  And they can help you too.

Showcasing over 500 exhibitors, the Los Angeles Travel and Adventure Show returned to Long Beach Convention Center February 27-28, 2016.

Travel Show Overview
Travel Show Overview

Still need some convincing? Here are the Top 5 Reasons why you should plan to go to next year’s Travel and Adventure Show.

1.  Learn first-hand from Expert Travel Speakers

Get meaningful advice.  Get your questions answered.  I’ve traveled the world extensively, but I always learn from these experts.

This year, the Show featured A-list speakers such as:

  • Samantha Brown (Travel Channel host and ‘Girl with the Best Job in the World’)
  • Rick Steves (PBS travel host of “Rick Steves Europe,” guidebook author, leading authority on European travel)
  • Peter Greenberg (Emmy Award-winning CBS News travel editor)
  • Pauline Frommer (editorial director of Frommer Guide books, and publisher of Frommers.com)
Samantha Brown talks about Lessons Learned from a Life Lived on the Road
Samantha Brown shares Lessons Learned from a Life Lived on the Road

Samantha Brown always brings fresh travel tips and new stories.

“Don’t spend all your time in the past,” she says. When exploring a historic destination (such as Rome or Athens), don’t see only the museums and monuments.  See how the people live now. Continue reading 5 Reasons You Need to Bring the Family to the Next Travel and Adventure Show

10 Must-Have Smartphone Apps for the Savvy Traveler

 

Smartphones are indispensable in our daily lives.  While in our country, I can check the weather, plan a route home that avoids traffic, research restaurant reviews, and update my Facebook account (not while driving of course) without thinking twice about how to connect to a network.

Having the right smartphone apps can enhance your travel experiences.  As I have shared in previous blogs (7 Tips to Save Your Cell Phone During International Travel and 8 Must-Have Smartphone Communication Apps for Travel), it is wise to leave your smartphone in ‘Airplane’ mode while out of the country.

Therefore, it is very important that phone apps used while overseas work offline, or with Wi-Fi.  Here, I share some more apps I have found particularly useful while traveling.

Currency App Pic

Currency – (Free) or XE Currency (Free).

Having a foreign exchange app is important to understand how much you’re actually getting for your dollar.  Before traveling, check the exchange rate of the countries that you will be visiting.  Updated currency exchange rates can be updated with a Wi-Fi connection while abroad.  Right now, the euro is incredibly low against the US dollar.  Time to go to Europe!! Continue reading 10 Must-Have Smartphone Apps for the Savvy Traveler

8 Must-Have Smartphone Communication Apps for Travel

Smartphones have made our daily lives immeasurably more convenient.  Using GPS to map a route to the closest Starbucks, using Google to research Risso’s dolphins, uploading your pictures to Instagram – sometimes we may take the ease of obtaining information for granted.

Having the right smartphone apps can enhance your travel experiences.  As I have discussed in a previous blog (7 Tips to Save Your Cell Phone During International Travel), it is wise to leave your smartphone in ‘airplane’ mode while out of the country.

It is therefore very important that phone apps used while overseas work offline, or with Wi-Fi.  Here is a list of communication apps I have found particularly useful.

Google Apps

1.  Google Translate:  (FREE) Much improved, Google Translate can translate between 90 languages, and read aloud phrases in the chosen language.  In addition, Google Translate now uses your smartphone camera to read written signs, and can instantly translate them on your smartphone screen.

This feature works instantly between English and: French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.  This app translates 36 total languages when you take a picture of the signs.

I used Google Translate Continue reading 8 Must-Have Smartphone Communication Apps for Travel

10 Money-Smart Credit Card Tips To Know Before You Travel

 

I love shopping, and understanding how to get the best exchange rate for euros, Pounds, and Kroners allows me to get the most for my money.  Today, I will be sharing money-saving credit card tips that can be especially helpful for international (and domestic) travel.

Related Posts:  In Part 1 of this series, I covered  7 Tips to Save Your  Cell Phone During International Travel.

Disclaimer: I have no financial connections with any banks mentioned in this post.

(Plastic) Money Makes the World Go Round

Negotiating foreign currencies used to be much more of a challenge than it is today.  With so many countries in the Eurozone, there is one currency for much of Western Europe.  Hotels, restaurants, and larger stores in most countries accept credit cards.  In this modern age, it is much less necessary to ‘change money’ into foreign currency.

Here are some savvy traveler’s tips to avoid fees and get the most value out of your vacation dollar.

  1. Get a credit card with no foreign transaction fees.

Many credit cards charge 2%-3% in foreign transaction fees on every purchase.  Why pay these bank fees when there are an increasing number of credit cards that have no foreign transaction fees?  Call your bank to see if a card you already have is foreign transaction fee-free. Continue reading 10 Money-Smart Credit Card Tips To Know Before You Travel