Before you travel…

So not only is it tax season but it also is the beginning of spring, so naturally we all are going to start thinking of our next vacation ideas. But there are many things to consider before you actually follow through with your ideas. Below we’ve compiled what we think are the ten most important things to do before you book your next itinerary.

1. Set a final budget of the money you are willing to spend before you even make the plans. While you may be surprised in a bad way at least you will not burden yourself financially.

2. Realistically set a time period of when you’d like to travel. While we all wish to stay in Bermuda for a month, 99.9% of us can not afford it.

3. Also if you are only going somewhere for a week make sure you pick a practical location. For example if you have five days to travel, picking somewhere that will require 18 hours of flights both ways is probably not the best idea.

4. Make sure that all appropriate identification is up to date like passports or drivers license. If not, make sure to renew it as soon as possible.

5. Be flexible on dates. We all want to go to Florida in April but you may save a ton of money by going in January.

6. If you can’t change your dates of travel or budget limit than be willing to shorten your stay.

7. When you receive a deal from an airline or hotel make sure to read the fine print! Some specials have expiration dates or age limits.

8. Before financially committing to a trip make sure to research what’s going on at a certain location. For example traveling to the Middle East or parts of Japan right now would not be worth the money.

9. When you state a budget make sure you take into account spending money. Many people plan for the flights and hotels but not food or shopping.

10. Last and most importantly do your own research on what your itinerary says. While your best friend may have loved an African safari doesn’t mean that you will enjoy the same trip.

Hopes these tips are useful and please feel free to ask questions!

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Say Yes to Travel Insurance

Are some of you a tough sell when it comes to travel insurance? 

Here are a few reasons why you should buy insurance before travleing:

1. Your flight has been cancelled.

2. Your bags are lost and your medication is in it. You need to have an emergency prescription filled.

3. Your passport and wallet are stolen, and you need emergency cash and a replacement passport.

4. You’re involved in an accident and adequate medical treatment is not available. You need medical evacuation.

5.You need to cancel your trip due to illness.

6. Your cruise line, airline or tour operator goes bankrupt. You need your non-refundable expenses covered and to get to your destination.

7. You have a medical emergency in a foreign country.

8.  A terrorist incident occurs in the city where you’re planning to visit and you want to cancel your trip.

10.You lose your job but have already paid for your trip or cruise and need your cash back.

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Final Days

Hello all! Jared here for his last trip post as I sit in LAX waiting to board my flight back to the east coast. Thursday we went to Rancho Palos Verdes where we went on a gorgeous hike along the coastline next to Donald Trumps Golf course. After we had a nice lunch at Nelson’s located on the Terranea Resort. Some of the best views on my trip were from today as you could see the island of Catalina which is twenty six miles off the coast. Later that day I also had my first sushi experience at a restaurant called Rok down at Hermosa Beach pier.

 

Sadly Friday was my last day and the majority of it was spent in Hollywood. There we walked down the famous streets seeing all the walk of fame stars. The only museum we went in to was the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, which was right next to the Kodak Theater. I hate to admit it but I love the wax museums and my goal is to visit all the ones in the United States and a few over seas. After Hollywood I spent my last sunlight laying down at the beach for a few hours. Nothing better than just watching the waves crash on the shore as the sun sets. Overall this was one of my favorite trips in a long time and I am glad to have shared some of my experiences with all of you.

 

Until next time, take it easy.

 

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Beach Day

Awesome day down at Hermosa Beach!

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Travel Update

Hello again! Jared here updating all of you on my travels. For all of you sports fans you would be jealous of my Tuesday. First we got lunch at the Police Academy, then drove less than a half a mile into Dodgers Stadium. We went all the way up to the gift shop where we could then enter the stadium for free. I have to tell you it was an amazing view of the city and a great venue. Next we went downtown to L.A live to see the ESPN-ZONE and the Staples Center. Again another very cool area where a lot of events take place, most recently the NBA All-Star game. We then stopped by the USC campus where we visited Heritage Hall to see the Heisman and National Championship Trophies. Finally are adventures ended with a stop at the Memorial Coliseum for a photo.

Dodgers Stadium

View of the City

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Courtyard at the Getty Villa

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First Couple of Days

Hello All! Jared checking in from California after a couple of exciting days. Sunday we drove down to San Diego and then slowly worked our way up the coast. Our most notable stop was at the Montage in Laguna Beach. What a great hotel with an awesome view of the ocean.

Today we stayed more local and went to the Getty Villa in Malibu. It is an educational center and museum dedicated to the study of the arts and culture of ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruia. This was a great spot with an beautiful view of the ocean. I will upload pictures soon.

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