Road Trip Planner with Stops: Tools – Tips for a Perfect

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Route

The first step is the fun one: selecting the route. To do so, decide what s most important to you: distance, destination, or budget. Once you know this, you can begin researching and building out the rest of your plans.

When in the planning stage, Roadtrippers  will be your best friend! Founded by two fellow wanderlusters, this web and mobile service provides a seemingly endless database of inspiration. Explore tested routes, or plan your own and discover the variety of interest points that can be found along your newly blazed trail.

From culture to campsites and nature to nightclubs, Roadtrippers will help you plan a trip tailored to your travel style. It’ll also help you budget by providing cost estimates for the gas require for the selected trip.

Make sure your route is broken down into doable driving segments both to and from your final destination. Your plan should also include a list of attractions you want to see along the way. The more you have on the list the better, but be prepared to skip a few. You never know what will happen on the open road. Being flexible is key.

Lodging 

Once you know where you’re going, you’ll need to decide where to stay.

If your road trip is all about the great outdoors and you plan on camping, visit recreation.gov to find and book campsites on your route.

Prefer more modern accommodations? Priceline. Hotels.com. Hotwire. Expedia. or any one of your preferred hotel booking sites can help you book a hotel at each check point along your route.

Or, check out AirBnb for a more unique lodging selection.

Appify

You’ve heard it, you’ve probably said it, and we all know it’s true: “there’s an app for everything.” And as a matter of fact, there’s quite a few to aid in your road trip success. Here are the ones we suggest downloading before you go:

TripIt . Yeah, so this might be a shameless plug, but we can actually help! You’ve already selected and booked your lodging and attractions, so let us automagically create an itinerary for you. That way you can find all your plans in one place and you won’t have to dig through all your email to find times, locations, and confirmation numbers. TripIt will also automatically generate the best route between stops with turn by turn driving directions and Google Maps. It s perfect if you re looking for a road trip planner with stops.  

Along The Way : Whether you’re in need of a bathroom, caffeine fix, retail therapy, or just about anything else, Along The Way can help you locate whatever you’re looking for without getting off track.  

Gasbuddy : Unfortunately, you’ll have to frequent the gas stations on your road trip, which makes this app essential. Gasbuddy provides a crowd-sourced list of gas prices to help you find the best deal near you.  

Spotify : Every road trip needs good jams and lots of them! Although the free version of this service is awesome, it’ll definitely be worth your money to upgrade to premium for your road trip. For just $9.99 a month you have access to any song at anytime … even when you re offline.  

AAA : Although we suggest you check out your car before leaving, you never know what can happen out there on the road. With this app, you can contact roadside assistance and help them locate you. You can also discover AAA discount locations, Diamond-rated hotels, restaurants, and attractions.  

Wi-Fi Finder : Whether you need to post to Facebook, Facetime mom, or email your boss, Wi-Fi Finder will help you stay connected by locating both free and paid Wi-Fi spots.

Documentation

On your road trip you’re going to see some breathtaking sights and make some incredible memories, so documentation will be key.

If you’re into the visuals, snapping pics on your phone is a must. Step up your editing game with VSCO Cam ; this will help your pictures come to life and look at least half as beautiful as in real life. Then your photo will be ready to share on Instagram. Also, don’t forget to tag your pictures with #TripItPic to share your travels and have a chance to be featured on our page .

For your videos, you can use Magisto to automatically create and edit amazing videos, complete with music and effects.

Evernote is yet another great documentation tool. Write down everything you love and learn along the way, and add photos to create the ultimate travel journal.

Any other road trip tips? Share them below! Happy travels!





06/11/2017

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Clunking noise when turning – Nissan Forum #clunking,noise,when,turning, #clunking #noise #when


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Im almost 100% positive that it’s a cv joint. You dont have to take it in to have it checked out! With your car parked, turn the wheel to the left as far as it will go. Put it in ‘park’. Using a flashlight, look at the cv boot. You might catch a glare from the grease if theres a tear. Because the cv boot is black, you might not be able to see any grease. In this case, feel in between the folds (try using latex gloves. cv grease is a b*tch to clean off your hands) for tears. Be thorough like a good proctologist (butt doctor, in lamens terms).
Some B14’s are notorious for tearing up cv boots. Driving technique has a bit to do with the wear and tear. When driving, try not to turn the steering wheel to its max radius. This causes the inner part of the boot to rub against the axle joint.
It took me about 20-30 minutes to replace one, however, I used a pneumatic ball joint spreader. It’ll no doubt be extremely tough to do the job without one. Taking it in might be your best bet.
Good luck and let us know how it turns out!

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so are we talking about replacing the CV joint or just the boot? b/c that’s a huge price difference.

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From the sound of the axle (if thats what it is) the damage has already been done. A new boot will not fix it. I usually trade my old one in for a completly rebuilt one at a parts store.

There are other check you can do like jacking up one side of the car and wiggling up and down, then side to side. This checks the tie rod ends, balljoint, wheel bearings.

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i’ve noticed that whenever i turn, there’s a clunking noise that seems to be coming from my passenger side front tire. it’s more prominent when i turn right, but it happens on left turns as well. does anyone have a clue to what this is from? thanks.

I have the same problem and posted a similar question. it is the CV joint and chances are that the boot broke and allowed all that road gunk in and killed the joint. i have heard around 125 for the part and another 100-150 for labor. it is a pain to do without the right tools

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i have heard around 125 for the part and another 100-150 for labor. it is a pain to do without the right tools

is that the price from the dealership. because i have to go in for my 86,000 check up (or something like that) and i have the same problem, i want to know the price from nissan, if it is at all possible. can anybody help on the pricing.

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I have the same problem and posted a similar question. it is the CV joint and chances are that the boot broke and allowed all that road gunk in and killed the joint. i have heard around 125 for the part and another 100-150 for labor. it is a pain to do without the right tools

125 for the part, and another 100-150 for labor. is that for the boot replacement? or the joint. I’ve noticed my ’96 doing it too at 108k. I can handle a 225 repair job. I was thinking it’d be much more.

I may as well take the car in and have the whole 9 yards done up on it. Bought a 24mo warrenty with the car, so we’ll let the warrenty cover it and the airbag light that keeps blinking.

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125 for the part, and another 100-150 for labor. is that for the boot replacement? or the joint. I’ve noticed my ’96 doing it too at 108k. I can handle a 225 repair job. I was thinking it’d be much more.

I may as well take the car in and have the whole 9 yards done up on it. Bought a 24mo warrenty with the car, so we’ll let the warrenty cover it and the airbag light that keeps blinking.

I paid $150 including part and labor for the half axle replacement(I dont know what it means)in a shop around here, and it is warrantied for 2 years. and there are ton of a people saying that the shops does great job So you better search around for shops, actually get the lowest price and call back the other shops back. That bsometimes works and they pricematch it

I dont know when people will start to understand that Mechanical Engineers are not Mechanics.

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I have the same problem and posted a similar question. it is the CV joint and chances are that the boot broke and allowed all that road gunk in and killed the joint. i have heard around 125 for the part and another 100-150 for labor. it is a pain to do without the right tools

Now that’s one expensive CV joint replacement!
Do they have to be Nissan Original or can you go for an aftermarket one? i replaced both sides of mine with some CV Joint aftermarket, which works like new for $25 each. it’s been 6 months by now and still works perfect. no clicking, no loose feeling at cv.


25/09/2017

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Camp 18 Restaurant in Elsie, Oregon 97138 – Coastal Dining –


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The Camp 18 dining room, with its log cabin ambiance and civilized rustic décor, offers a variety of seating options from small tables for two on up to a large dining table for a small crowd.


Leave a bit of extra room – or a lot – for one of the famous Camp 18 cinnamon rolls. They make a sinfully delicious side trip to breakfast or any other meal, and when fresh from the oven, they’re almost irresistible.

An all new 2016 restaurant menu is online – please check it out here!

Click here to see more holiday pictures!

Welcome to the home page for the Camp 18 Restaurant, located in Elsie, Oregon. Camp 18 could easily be your most popular stop on your way to and from the Oregon Coast via State Highway 26 between Portland and Seaside / Cannon Beach. Camp 18 is the result of enormous efforts by Gordon Smith and the late Maurie Clark, both near-legendary figures in the northwest logging scene.

Camp 18 is a log cabin-type structure built by Gordon Smith and friends. Its architecture is authentic in materials and construction techniques and features, for example, an 85-foot ridgepole that’s the largest such piece in the United States and weighs approximately 25 tons. There’s plenty of RV-size parking in the lot.


Although it lacks a few small details, the almost-fully-rigged 161-foot spar tree is a signature piece on the Camp 18 equipment roster.


Expect to see lots of cool wood carvings throughout the Camp 18 facilities. The eye-catching marvel is a definite place to stop while driving Highway 26 in the Pacific Northwest. If you are visiting local communities like Seaside, Astoria, Cannon Beach, Nehalem, Wheeler or Portland, it’s a short and beautiful drive to Elsie!

The stunning main building and its eye-catching array of logging-related historic artifacts and artwork are hard to miss as you travel the Sunset Highway (26). It’s always worth your time to stop by, enjoy a good meal, browse the displays and learn more about our northwest logging heritage.

The Camp 18 log-cabin style restaurant has an interesting history you can read about. A beautiful Event Conference room is also available for rental!

If it’s a good meal you crave you can’t beat the food menu at Camp 18. To see a sample of the expansive offerings, click here .
From a hearty breakfast to lunch favorites to dinner entrees that satisfy any appetite, the “logger style meals” are tasty and wholesome.

We hope you enjoy your visit!


30/08/2017

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Koala

Le koala en bref.

  • On trouve généralement que le koala ressemble à un petit ours mais il fait partie de la famille des marsupiaux herbivores.
  • L’Australie est le seul pays au monde où vit le koala.
    Entre 2 000 et 8 000 koalas vivent dans les forêts.
  • Animal nocturne, il se nourrit essentiellement le soir et la nuit.
  • Gros dormeur, le koala dort environ 19 heures par jour.
  • Le koala possède un gros nez et de larges oreilles.

Origine de son nom

Le koala doit son nom à la langue aborigène et signifie “ne boit pas”. La raison est simple, son hydratation provient à 90% des feuilles d’eucalyptus dont il se nourrit exclusivement.

Ses caractéristiques

Le koala vit dans un seul endroit au monde, sur la côte est australienne. entre le Queensland et le Victoria.

Il est différent selon qu’il vit dans une région ou une autre, et seulement dans les endroits où se trouvent les arbres qui lui conviennent pour la qualité de sa nourriture.
L’eucalyptus est ainsi l’arbre où vit et dort le koala.

Le koala possède une fourrure très épaisse mais varie en fonction des régions. Dans le sud, elle est plus longue et plus touffue que dans le nord, ceci pour que le koala puisse rester bien au chaud pendant les hivers plus froids du sud.
Fut une époque le koala était une espèce en danger car on le tuait pour sa fourrure.

Le plus gros koala pèse plus de 10 kg et se trouve dans le Victoria, tandis que le plus petit vit dans le nord du Queensland et pèse seulement 5,5 kg.

Il vit dans la forêt, en solitaire (un seul koala par arbre) et sa population se retrouve ainsi complètement éparpillée. La forme en poire de son corps lui apporte la stabilité dont il a besoin pour s’assoir sur les arbres. D’ailleurs, sa fourrure située sous ses fesses est particulièrment épaisse pour former comme un coussin et ainsi assurer le confort de son assise sur les branches les plus dures. A cet endroit, sa fourrure est également tâchetée pour le rendre moins visible depuis le sol.

Lorsqu’on voit un koala, on le trouve si adorable qu’on a envie de le serrer et de le caresser. Mais attention, il est pourvu de dents et de griffes pointues !

Lorsqu’il fait très chaud, pour se rafraichir, il lèche et étend ses pattes alors qu’il se repose sur un arbre.
Le wombat est l’animal le plus proche du koala. Tous les deux possèdent une poche qui s’ouvre vers l’arrière.

Pendant la saison des amours, en été, les mâles marquent leur territoires en gémissant et en serrant le tronc d’un arbre tout en frottant sa poitrine contre celui-ci. Il laisse ainsi une odeur marquée par une glande située sur sa poitrine. Celle-ci est marron, et est le moyen de reconnaître un mâle d’une femelle. La femelle gémit également pendant cette période mais ne marque pas son territoire.
Le koala communique en émettant un bruit comme un ronflement puis qui se termine par le son d’un rot !

Le bébé koala et sa maman

“Cub” (le petit) est le nom que l’on donne au bébé koala.

A sa naissance, il ne voit pas et est minuscule. Après 1 mois, il mesure 1cm.
Il commence à quitter la poche de sa maman vers 5 mois, et il en sort définitivement vers 8 mois. Ensuite il s’accroche sur le dos et le ventre de sa mère, et enfonce sa tête dans la poche pour continuer à boire du lait. Il commence aussi à se nourrir de feuilles partiellement digérées par sa mère, et à grandir vite.
La maman est dotée de muscles résistants pour maîtriser sa poche et empêcher le bébé de tomber.
La femelle koala porte en général un bébé par an, mais lorsqu’elle est plus âgée cela s’espace tous les 2 ans.

Comment se nourrit-il ?

Pour trouver sa nourriture, le koala saute d’arbre en arbre et grimpe les branches avec ses griffes pour atteindre les feuilles. Il se nourrit exclusivement des feuilles d’eucalyptus et il en mange tant, qu’il a du coup la même odeur. Il en consomme entre 0,5 kg et 1 kg chaque nuit.

Le niveau de nutrition ainsi obtenu avec les feuilles d’eucalyptus est si faible que le koala a très peu d’énergie, ce qui explique qu’il passe le plus clair de son temps à dormir, environ 19h par jour !

Grâce à son large nez et à ses poils très sensibles, il sait différentier chaque odeur entre les feuilles. Ainsi il s’assure de manger les meilleures parmi sa sélection. Il possède des poches dans ses joues lui permettant de stocker sa nourriture pas encore mâchée, alors que dans le même temps il se déplace vers un endroit plus protégé.

Le koala a ses préférences quant aux arbres d’eucalyptus. Il existe 600 types différents, et le koala ne mangera que sur 40 à 50 variétés, dont 10 seulement sont ses favorites. Pour la plupart des animaux, les feuilles d’eucalyptus sont perçues comme un poison, mais le koala doté d’un métabolisme spécifique et très lent, retient pendant un long lapse de temps sa nourriture dans son appareil digestif, et optimise ainsi le niveau d’énergie dont il a besoin.

Sauf exception en période de sècheresse, le koala n’a pas besoin de boire grâce à l’hydratation qu’il retire des feuilles d’eucalyptus.

Le koala, une espèce menacée

Sa population a diminué de 90 % en 10 ans en Australie. Le koala n’est pas classifié en tant qu’espèce en voie de disparition malgré ces chiffres alarmants.

Les raisons de sa disparition sont les suivantes :

  • Destruction de son habitat naturel causé généralement par la construction de maisons, par l’exploitation des forêts, par l’agriculture et par le développement urbain.
  • Son espace de vie est très réduit et est concentré uniquement sur la côté est de l’Australie,
  • Le développement urbain a engendré la construction de routes où l’on voit malheureusement bon nombre de koalas tués.

Bien que le koala soit une espèce protégée par la loi, ni son habitat ni sa nourriture ne le sont.

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29/08/2017

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The Best Rental Car Deals for Road Trips: Money Smart Life

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The Best Rental Car Deals for Road Trips

August 3, 2011

Rental car deals are in high demand with many travelers expecting higher air fare costs this summer. Some of those travelers will forge on, willing to pay the higher price to get to their dream destination. But with many Americans still unemployed or just recently having found new employment the high price of flying may cause them to consider vacations closer to home and send them in search of rental car discounts.

Taking a regional road trip in a rental car doesn t have to break the bank, especially when compared with flying across the country. Instead of increasing your maintenance costs or worrying if your car can survive a road trip, you borrow the rental agency s car for a known cost and call it a day. If the car has maintenance problems that weren t caused by an accident, it s not your problem. They ll swap you out into a new car and get you going.

Tips for Saving on Rental Cars

Renting a car can also get pretty expensive, but not if you know how to look for the best deals. Use the following tips to maximize your savings on rental cars. I worked in the rental industry for about a year and this is how I would go about getting the best deal.

Finding the Best Deal

There is no one best way to find the best deal on rental cars, but knowledge is power. Things you need to know:

What s the business model? Rental car agencies go after different types of business. Some focus on repair work while your car is in the shop. Others focus on business travelers and only have airport locations. Knowing the company s business model will help you determine their down times. You can get a better deal during slow periods when they have a lot of extra cars on hand.

  • For example, Enterprise has thousands of locations across the country. They focus on being in your neighborhood and deal with a lot of insurance and car repair rentals. That means their cars are in high demand Monday through Friday. On Friday the body shops finish up, and the agency has extra inventory over the weekend. You can get amazing deals on the weekend. More on this in a moment.

What s in demand? During the summer months the most in demand vehicles are SUVs and minivans. This is especially true around holidays like Memorial Day or the 4th of July. You ll need to book well in advance or risk missing out.

Know the car sizes. Check out the company s website and be familiar with their car classes. Booking a smaller vehicle will save you money, but don t be surprised if it is really small.

Check Online Specials First

The internet is one of the best places to find widely advertised deals on rental cars. Check all of the popular agency s websites first. You know these deals are legitimate because it is coming straight from the source. Follow that up with a check of large travel aggregation websites like Kayak. They ll be able to spot some of the secret or less advertised deals that you can t find without a lot of extra work.

For example, say Enterprise has their $9.99 weekend special going. You can pay as little as $10 per day for three days, and get 300 total miles to use on your rental for a compact size car. That s a 60% discount off the regular rental price of $24.99 in my area. A full size car can be had for $19.99 per day that s 43% off the regular price of $34.99.

Budget has a similar deal. They offer $5 off for every weekend day you have a rental. A 3 day rental (Friday to Monday) would have $15 knocked off the final price. How can they afford to do this? Again, they have a lot of inventory on the weekends. Having vehicles on the road for as little as $30 in revenue is better than having the cars sit on the lot for $0 in revenue.

One way to make the deal even sweeter is to use a rental car credit card that offers rewards or discounts when you reserve your car online. Just be aware that not all deals can be combined so you might not be able to use the credit card discount along with an advertised special.

Pick Up the Phone

Pick up the phone and call your local branch. Have their website pulled up and know what discounts they are currently offering. Let them know of your plans, and have them walk you through the best deal they can offer. When they re done telling you the price, tell them that s not low enough or ask if there is anything they can do to get you to reserve the car today. They may be able to find a discount to put on your rental to drop the price down a bit. Talking to a live human being that works at your local branch gives you an advantage over computer systems.

Book with Travel Partners

You can also try booking with travel partners. If you re booking a hotel room you may be able to get a package deal with one of their preferred car rental agencies.

Negotiate at the Counter

You have negotiating leverage. Unlike hotel reservations, many rental agencies do not charge you for not showing up for your reservation. Once you are there they want to make sure you leave happy. You can book a lower class vehicle and try to negotiate your way into a larger vehicle at a discounted price.

In fact, the representative behind the counter may try to do convince you first. Many companies will run up-sell competitions and rewards their reps for selling you from a smaller vehicle class into something bigger, even if it isn t at full price. They re getting more revenue for having your reservation out on the road. You can also try asking for discounts based on:

  • The rate your insurance company gets (which is much, much cheaper than retail). You likely won t get the full discount, but they may knock the price off a bit.
  • Memberships you have (AAA, AARP, etc.)
  • Your company s corporate discount

Granted, this only works when the company has a lot of excess inventory sitting on the car lot. You won t find much negotiating room if you re renting their next to last car. If they don t rent to you they ll find another customer to put into that car.

Consider Gas Mileage

With gas nearing or over $4 per gallon in many parts of the country, be sure to check on gas mileage first. Taking 4 friends on a road trip to the beach? Riding in style in a massive SUV may seem great, but you ll be guzzling gas the whole way (along with paying higher rental costs in the first place). Those 4 people would easily fit into a standard or full size car, saving you money on gas and rental charges.

Document the Car s Condition

Make sure you document the car s condition very well. Renting cars happens very fast. There is important paperwork you sign, including an agreed upon condition of the car. If you don t mark any of the current damage (knicks, dings, dents) on the contract you may be held liable for them when you return the vehicle. Read the fine print on the rental car insurance and make sure you understand what s covered and what s not. In this technology covered age I would recommend taking photos or a video of the walk around on the car on your smartphone or camera. It will help defuse any situations that pop up when you return the car.

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21/08/2017

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LASIK Eye Surgery by Tomy Starck, MD in San Antonio TX


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Tomy Starck, MD

6818 Heuermann Road
San Antonio, TX 78256

Tomy Starck, MD offers LASIK Eye Surgery in San Antonio, TX

About LASIK Eye Surgery

Permanently improve your eyesight with LASIK Eye Surgery. An excimer laser changes the shape of the eye to forever improve vision. Advances in laser technology have provided surgeons with nearly foolproof methods of correcting vision, even for patients who may think they aren�t a candidate. Locate a doctor who can give you more information about Lasik, Custom Lasik, Custom Wavefront Lasik, IntraLASIK, Crystalens, and Restor.

Tomy Starck, MD

Tomy Starck, M.D. Director of UltraVision laser center, formerly the Director of Cornea and Refractive Surgery at the University Of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Dr. Starck is one of few surgeons who has completed his residency at the Barraquer Clinic in Bogota under the direction of Dr. Jose Barraquer, the father of �Refractive Surgery.� He then continued his training at the Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School and three additional years as a resident in Ophthalmology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Dr. Starck is Board Certified in Ophthalmology and specializes in corneal diseases and eye surgery. He also received the Honor Award by the American Academy of Ophthalmology for his contributions to the field of Ophthalmology, including Lasik Surgery. He has published several peer-reviewed articles in medical journals reporting on wavefront and personalized Lasik technology. Dr. Starck has performed thousands of laser procedures and is one of the most trusted surgeons in the country.

Ask a question to Tomy Starck, MD

Disclaimer: For general educational purposes only. Information contained in this Web site is general in nature, and should not be relied on for medical treatment. If you need advice or services, please contact the doctor directly. All photos are of models for decorative purposes unless they specifically mention they are actual before & after photographs.


17/08/2017

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Travel Tickets – Road Trip Games for Kids #cone #travel

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Travel Tickets

Or, How to avoid,

“Are We There Yet?”

by Laurel Smith, Momsminivan.com

Use some colored construction paper to cut out some “tickets” for your trip. Give your child a pre-counted baggie full of tickets. Every half hour (or every 30 miles) they can turn in one ticket to you. When their tickets are gone, the trip has ended! This really helps young children get an idea of how much time is left on the journey. Make sure you give them a couple of extra tickets in case you mis-calculate your journey, or if you have unexpected delays.

If you’re not up for creating your own tickets, here is a pre-made sheet of travel tickets created by Momsminivan that you can print! Just click the images below to open the printable pages.

Click the picture above to

print a full size color image

(Or, use colored paper to save ink and print this image in black white )

In addition to Travel Tickets, you might also like to print some Reward Tickets. Give your child tickets to use on the trip if they have had good backseat behavior. They can turn them in to you at a gas stops or rest stops for some wacky flavored gum or other road trip treat – but only if they have earned the right to use it!

Here is a printable page with enough tickets for your whole family:

Click the picture above to

print a full size color image

(Or, use colored paper and print this image in black white )

Here’s how one parent used Travel Tickets as a on a recent trip: “I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you. We just went on a trip with our sons age 5 and 7. We had 15 hours of driving to do in 2 days to get to our destination. We don’t have a DVD player in the car. Your travel tickets made all the difference it made the trip manageable. It became a series of 30 minutes, instead of never ending hours and hours.

Instead of giving them the tickets to start with, I gave them one ticket every 30 minutes. They kept the tickets and had a choice to exchange them when they were ready.

  • 2 tickets could be exchanged for a book ( a got a bunch of second hand ones at a thrift store)
  • 3 tickets could be exchanged for a wrapped up present ( dollar store toys and crafts)
  • 4 tickets could be exchanged for 30 minutes of playtime on a nintendo DS

So, something was always happening! They never asked when we getting there, they just asked when the next ticket time was and that was never very far. Really, it made a huge difference, 30 minutes is not a long time, it’s manageable.

I also held a few sales where I sold for example 20 minutes of DS time and a book for 4 tickets etc..

Thank you very much, you made our trip much more pleasant. We really appreciate it! “ ( –Thank you to Reader Josee for sharing her experience with us!)

Don’t miss all the other Printable Car Games at Momsminivan.com

–Laurel (Road Trip Mom)

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Laurel Smith is a former schoolteacher and mother of three who has logged thousands of road trip miles both as a kid and a mom. Visit her website for more than 101 travel games and activities for kids at MomsMinivan.com

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15/08/2017

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5 Games for the Road: How to Pass the Time With

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5 Games for the Road: How to Pass the Time With Nothing But Your Fellow Travelers for Entertainment

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Bus and train trips, flights, delays in airports and train stations, hostels without TV or much light; the list of situations where a traveler has time to kill is long. That’s right — travel is not always exciting. There will be dull downtimes, and you may not always be able to read a good book. play road trip bingo, do crossword puzzles, or doodle in your journal .

That’s when you need a good repertoire of games to spontaneously play with your fellow travelers. Some will be popular games that you can find online and long-forgotten games from your childhood, and you might be surprised just how necessary they’ll be — and how much fun you’ll have — when you want to fill some of those inevitably empty hours on the road.

A quick confession: I’m a bit of a game geek anyway, and an English teacher to boot, so I’ve been known to start these games even at parties. But I promise that they have all been road tested on a real road, somewhere in Tunisia, Finland, Canada or Germany or any place where I was bored and without a book.

#1 I Spy

You’ve probably all played I Spy a long time ago, but I recommend dredging it back up from your long-term memory. If you can’t, it starts off like this: “I spy, with my little eye, something beginning with A”, and the other players have to guess what object you can see. I’ve played this in hostels (especially those hostel living rooms that have trinkets from all over the world gathering dust there), on train rides and in planes, but it didn’t work too well in the desert. “I spy sand.”

How to play: I like to limit each person to three or four guesses. Otherwise, they’ll exhaust every item in the room that starts with “B” and you’ll soon run out of objects to use. I also like the jet lag variation — play it in a dark room at night when you can’t sleep because your body’s on some other clock, and see if you can actually remember what’s in the room around you.

Mariano Kamp

#2 Donna’s Alphabet Game

This is not the official name, but it’s the way I like to remember it after my old school friend Donna got a car load of us playing this on a stop-start motorway in southwest England. It’s simple, as long as you’re traveling on a road with signs (and even better, advertising) and these signs use our alphabet. Don’t try it in the western provinces of China, for example.

How to play: Logically, Donna’s Alphabet Game starts with A. Be the first person to spot the letter “A” in a sign and yell out the word: “A is in motorwAy!” Continue with B and get right through to Z. It sounds easy, but there will be a few tricky letters, and if you’re playing in a non-English speaking country then pronouncing the words will be a lot of fun, too. The way we play, there’s no winner — anybody can scream out the next letter when they see it — but natural competitiveness spurs everybody on anyway.

#3 Stadt, Land, Fluss: City, Country, River

This game has a German name because my German friends taught it to me — which is also perhaps why it always strikes me as being a bit intellectual, but still a lot of fun. It’s also a highly appropriate game for travelers to play because their geographical knowledge should be a bit better than average.

How to play: Choose three or four categories like the names of a city, country, river or lake. To be honest, I’m terrible with rivers so I always change the river category to something completely different — often food, because I like to talk about food. Take it in turns to challenge another player to think of a city, country and river all starting with a particular letter. If your friend challenges you with “D”, for example, you can win by getting out Dubai, Denmark and Danube in under sixty seconds — or whatever time limit you and your bored mates decide on.

Question Mark Art, Stuttgart Museum of Art -bast-

#4 Twenty Questions

An oldie but a goodie, and you can make it topical by restricting the choice of “What am I?” to be something related to the region in which you’re traveling. I did have a friend, though, who would choose objects like “pyramid” while traveling through Egypt or “chocolate” in Switzerland, and then we could have made it just two questions rather than twenty.

How to play: Someone chooses an object, and everyone else asks them questions about it, but the only permitted answers are “Yes” or “No”. (Or in my rules, “irrelevant”, if I think saying yes or no will send the guessers along a completely wrong path I like to play fair!). If you’re playing with a group, whoever guesses the item correctly can choose the next word.

#5 For RTW Trippers: Kalgoorlie, Balladonia

I think it was my father who started this game when our family took a driving holiday across Australia. We were gone about two months and my sister and I, being about ten and twelve years old, needed a lot of entertainment.

How to play: This game only works with your traveling companions, and only on long trips. It’s more of a challenge than a game, but it always works for me. Simply start with the name of the town you stayed in first. On our trans-Australia trip, it was the gold mining town of Kalgoorlie. You then try to name every other town you’ve stayed in, in chronological order. My sister and I were experts at this all those years ago, but today I can only remember the first and second stops.

There are tons of other word and guessing games you can play in those bored moments of travel, and you can adapt these games with endless variations, too. And while it might seem like just a way to kill time, playing games like these is something I really love about traveling. It’s almost as if we don’t give ourselves permission to have that kind of fun if we’re at home in our “real lives”.

Anyway, I’m very keen to learn some new games, too, so leave your favorite travel game tips in the comments. I promise to road test them soon.





31/07/2017

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The Best Rental Car Deals for Road Trips: Money Smart Life

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The Best Rental Car Deals for Road Trips

August 3, 2011

Rental car deals are in high demand with many travelers expecting higher air fare costs this summer. Some of those travelers will forge on, willing to pay the higher price to get to their dream destination. But with many Americans still unemployed or just recently having found new employment the high price of flying may cause them to consider vacations closer to home and send them in search of rental car discounts.

Taking a regional road trip in a rental car doesn t have to break the bank, especially when compared with flying across the country. Instead of increasing your maintenance costs or worrying if your car can survive a road trip, you borrow the rental agency s car for a known cost and call it a day. If the car has maintenance problems that weren t caused by an accident, it s not your problem. They ll swap you out into a new car and get you going.

Tips for Saving on Rental Cars

Renting a car can also get pretty expensive, but not if you know how to look for the best deals. Use the following tips to maximize your savings on rental cars. I worked in the rental industry for about a year and this is how I would go about getting the best deal.

Finding the Best Deal

There is no one best way to find the best deal on rental cars, but knowledge is power. Things you need to know:

What s the business model? Rental car agencies go after different types of business. Some focus on repair work while your car is in the shop. Others focus on business travelers and only have airport locations. Knowing the company s business model will help you determine their down times. You can get a better deal during slow periods when they have a lot of extra cars on hand.

  • For example, Enterprise has thousands of locations across the country. They focus on being in your neighborhood and deal with a lot of insurance and car repair rentals. That means their cars are in high demand Monday through Friday. On Friday the body shops finish up, and the agency has extra inventory over the weekend. You can get amazing deals on the weekend. More on this in a moment.

What s in demand? During the summer months the most in demand vehicles are SUVs and minivans. This is especially true around holidays like Memorial Day or the 4th of July. You ll need to book well in advance or risk missing out.

Know the car sizes. Check out the company s website and be familiar with their car classes. Booking a smaller vehicle will save you money, but don t be surprised if it is really small.

Check Online Specials First

The internet is one of the best places to find widely advertised deals on rental cars. Check all of the popular agency s websites first. You know these deals are legitimate because it is coming straight from the source. Follow that up with a check of large travel aggregation websites like Kayak. They ll be able to spot some of the secret or less advertised deals that you can t find without a lot of extra work.

For example, say Enterprise has their $9.99 weekend special going. You can pay as little as $10 per day for three days, and get 300 total miles to use on your rental for a compact size car. That s a 60% discount off the regular rental price of $24.99 in my area. A full size car can be had for $19.99 per day that s 43% off the regular price of $34.99.

Budget has a similar deal. They offer $5 off for every weekend day you have a rental. A 3 day rental (Friday to Monday) would have $15 knocked off the final price. How can they afford to do this? Again, they have a lot of inventory on the weekends. Having vehicles on the road for as little as $30 in revenue is better than having the cars sit on the lot for $0 in revenue.

One way to make the deal even sweeter is to use a rental car credit card that offers rewards or discounts when you reserve your car online. Just be aware that not all deals can be combined so you might not be able to use the credit card discount along with an advertised special.

Pick Up the Phone

Pick up the phone and call your local branch. Have their website pulled up and know what discounts they are currently offering. Let them know of your plans, and have them walk you through the best deal they can offer. When they re done telling you the price, tell them that s not low enough or ask if there is anything they can do to get you to reserve the car today. They may be able to find a discount to put on your rental to drop the price down a bit. Talking to a live human being that works at your local branch gives you an advantage over computer systems.

Book with Travel Partners

You can also try booking with travel partners. If you re booking a hotel room you may be able to get a package deal with one of their preferred car rental agencies.

Negotiate at the Counter

You have negotiating leverage. Unlike hotel reservations, many rental agencies do not charge you for not showing up for your reservation. Once you are there they want to make sure you leave happy. You can book a lower class vehicle and try to negotiate your way into a larger vehicle at a discounted price.

In fact, the representative behind the counter may try to do convince you first. Many companies will run up-sell competitions and rewards their reps for selling you from a smaller vehicle class into something bigger, even if it isn t at full price. They re getting more revenue for having your reservation out on the road. You can also try asking for discounts based on:

  • The rate your insurance company gets (which is much, much cheaper than retail). You likely won t get the full discount, but they may knock the price off a bit.
  • Memberships you have (AAA, AARP, etc.)
  • Your company s corporate discount

Granted, this only works when the company has a lot of excess inventory sitting on the car lot. You won t find much negotiating room if you re renting their next to last car. If they don t rent to you they ll find another customer to put into that car.

Consider Gas Mileage

With gas nearing or over $4 per gallon in many parts of the country, be sure to check on gas mileage first. Taking 4 friends on a road trip to the beach? Riding in style in a massive SUV may seem great, but you ll be guzzling gas the whole way (along with paying higher rental costs in the first place). Those 4 people would easily fit into a standard or full size car, saving you money on gas and rental charges.

Document the Car s Condition

Make sure you document the car s condition very well. Renting cars happens very fast. There is important paperwork you sign, including an agreed upon condition of the car. If you don t mark any of the current damage (knicks, dings, dents) on the contract you may be held liable for them when you return the vehicle. Read the fine print on the rental car insurance and make sure you understand what s covered and what s not. In this technology covered age I would recommend taking photos or a video of the walk around on the car on your smartphone or camera. It will help defuse any situations that pop up when you return the car.

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14/07/2017

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Texas Trips, Texas Day Trips, Road Trips, Weekend Getaways, Hotels, and

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World Heritage Sites in Texas:

If you’re a fan of dog-trot houses–and know what they are–here is an opportunity you shouldn’t miss. The SFA Gardens of Stephen F. Austin State University will host a tour of two historic Shelby County dog-trot homes.

  • In Plain Sight by Ken Yvonne Rudine 5-1-10
  • Mariscal Mine Photos courtesy Erik Whetstone

    “Deep inside” Big Bend National Park on Mariscal Mountain. A National Register Historic District.
    Motorists traveling along U.S. Highway 59 in Polk County are often startled to see what appears to be flames pouring from the windows of old sawmill house.

  • The Chisholm Trail Rides Again by Clay Coppedge
    Anyone wanting to follow the Old Chisholm Trail through Bell County would find part of the quest relatively easy, at least as easy as driving on IH-35. The old trail roughly paralleled the Interstate from Salado to Belton. After that following the old trail might get a little trickier, though anyone who spends much time here passes or crosses it many more times than they could ever know.
  • The Runestone by Bob Bowman
    East Texans willing to take the time to drive about 100 miles into eastern Oklahoma will be rewarded with a centuries-old mystery.
  • Holiday Trail of Lights vby Bob Bowman

    Includes Kilgore, Marshall and Jefferson in East Texas

    and Natchitoches and Shreveport in Louisiana





    05/07/2017

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  • Southall Travel, London (South Road) #how #to #find #the #cheapest #airline

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    Southall Travel

    19 South Road, Southall, UB1 1SU.

    Southall Travel Ltd is a firm of travel agents providing holidaymakers with a choice of flights, hotels and holiday opportunities. Southall Travel is based in South Road, London – see map for location of South Road.

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    04/07/2017

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    North Dakota Road Condition Information #travel #australia

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    Using a mobile device? View Mobile Travel Information.

    Road weather cameras Width/height restrictions Weather radar

    Having problems viewing the page? Try these tips.

    Want print ready PDF maps and text? Go to Travel Information Map Index.

    Disclaimer

    The travel information is based upon reports available to the North Dakota Department of Transportation at the time of preparation and are provided solely as a public service. Actual conditions may vary from those reported. Motorists are cautioned to be alert to changing conditions.

    Summer Travel Information maps are updated once daily or as conditions warrant, typically from mid-April through October.

    Winter Travel Information maps are updated 5:00 AM to 10:00 PM daily, typically from November through mid-April, at the following times.

    Bismarck, Minot, Grand Forks, and Fargo Commuter Report Update 5:00 AM Local Time. All State Winter Road Report Updates 6:00 AM Local Time 7:00 AM Local Time 8:00 AM Local Time 11:30 AM Central Time 3:00 PM Central Time 6:00 PM Central Time 8:00 PM Central Time 10:00 PM Central Time Winter Road Reports are issued more frequently during severe weather events.

    Other Road Reports

    Road Condition Terminology

    The following terms will be used to relate to winter road conditions, to maintain consistency, and keep the traveling public well informed. The NDDOT will utilize these terms to inform the public about road conditions that warrant increased awareness.

    TRAVEL ALERT

    Motorists can still travel but may encounter areas of challenging winter weather driving conditions on roadways. Motorists should allow extra time to reach their destination and be alert to conditions that may make travel difficult, change rapidly, or cause travel delays. A TRAVEL ALERT has the potential to change to a NO TRAVEL ADVISED if conditions deteriorate.

    Motorists should not travel due to hazardous conditions which may make it unsafe to travel. Snow plows may be pulled from the roads during severe conditions. Motorists should take NO TRAVEL ADVISED seriously as those motorists who choose to travel at their own risk may become stranded and emergency responders may not be able to reach them safely. A NO TRAVEL ADVISED has the potential to change to a ROAD CLOSED OR BLOCKED if conditions deteriorate.

    ROADS CLOSED OR BLOCKED

    Motorists are not allowed to travel on a closed road due to life threatening conditions. The road may be impassible or blocked. Motorists who drive past a road closure device may be fined up to $250.





    25/06/2017

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    The Best Rental Car Deals for Road Trips: Money Smart Life

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    The Best Rental Car Deals for Road Trips

    August 3, 2011

    Rental car deals are in high demand with many travelers expecting higher air fare costs this summer. Some of those travelers will forge on, willing to pay the higher price to get to their dream destination. But with many Americans still unemployed or just recently having found new employment the high price of flying may cause them to consider vacations closer to home and send them in search of rental car discounts.

    Taking a regional road trip in a rental car doesn t have to break the bank, especially when compared with flying across the country. Instead of increasing your maintenance costs or worrying if your car can survive a road trip, you borrow the rental agency s car for a known cost and call it a day. If the car has maintenance problems that weren t caused by an accident, it s not your problem. They ll swap you out into a new car and get you going.

    Tips for Saving on Rental Cars

    Renting a car can also get pretty expensive, but not if you know how to look for the best deals. Use the following tips to maximize your savings on rental cars. I worked in the rental industry for about a year and this is how I would go about getting the best deal.

    Finding the Best Deal

    There is no one best way to find the best deal on rental cars, but knowledge is power. Things you need to know:

    What s the business model? Rental car agencies go after different types of business. Some focus on repair work while your car is in the shop. Others focus on business travelers and only have airport locations. Knowing the company s business model will help you determine their down times. You can get a better deal during slow periods when they have a lot of extra cars on hand.

    • For example, Enterprise has thousands of locations across the country. They focus on being in your neighborhood and deal with a lot of insurance and car repair rentals. That means their cars are in high demand Monday through Friday. On Friday the body shops finish up, and the agency has extra inventory over the weekend. You can get amazing deals on the weekend. More on this in a moment.

    What s in demand? During the summer months the most in demand vehicles are SUVs and minivans. This is especially true around holidays like Memorial Day or the 4th of July. You ll need to book well in advance or risk missing out.

    Know the car sizes. Check out the company s website and be familiar with their car classes. Booking a smaller vehicle will save you money, but don t be surprised if it is really small.

    Check Online Specials First

    The internet is one of the best places to find widely advertised deals on rental cars. Check all of the popular agency s websites first. You know these deals are legitimate because it is coming straight from the source. Follow that up with a check of large travel aggregation websites like Kayak. They ll be able to spot some of the secret or less advertised deals that you can t find without a lot of extra work.

    For example, say Enterprise has their $9.99 weekend special going. You can pay as little as $10 per day for three days, and get 300 total miles to use on your rental for a compact size car. That s a 60% discount off the regular rental price of $24.99 in my area. A full size car can be had for $19.99 per day that s 43% off the regular price of $34.99.

    Budget has a similar deal. They offer $5 off for every weekend day you have a rental. A 3 day rental (Friday to Monday) would have $15 knocked off the final price. How can they afford to do this? Again, they have a lot of inventory on the weekends. Having vehicles on the road for as little as $30 in revenue is better than having the cars sit on the lot for $0 in revenue.

    One way to make the deal even sweeter is to use a rental car credit card that offers rewards or discounts when you reserve your car online. Just be aware that not all deals can be combined so you might not be able to use the credit card discount along with an advertised special.

    Pick Up the Phone

    Pick up the phone and call your local branch. Have their website pulled up and know what discounts they are currently offering. Let them know of your plans, and have them walk you through the best deal they can offer. When they re done telling you the price, tell them that s not low enough or ask if there is anything they can do to get you to reserve the car today. They may be able to find a discount to put on your rental to drop the price down a bit. Talking to a live human being that works at your local branch gives you an advantage over computer systems.

    Book with Travel Partners

    You can also try booking with travel partners. If you re booking a hotel room you may be able to get a package deal with one of their preferred car rental agencies.

    Negotiate at the Counter

    You have negotiating leverage. Unlike hotel reservations, many rental agencies do not charge you for not showing up for your reservation. Once you are there they want to make sure you leave happy. You can book a lower class vehicle and try to negotiate your way into a larger vehicle at a discounted price.

    In fact, the representative behind the counter may try to do convince you first. Many companies will run up-sell competitions and rewards their reps for selling you from a smaller vehicle class into something bigger, even if it isn t at full price. They re getting more revenue for having your reservation out on the road. You can also try asking for discounts based on:

    • The rate your insurance company gets (which is much, much cheaper than retail). You likely won t get the full discount, but they may knock the price off a bit.
    • Memberships you have (AAA, AARP, etc.)
    • Your company s corporate discount

    Granted, this only works when the company has a lot of excess inventory sitting on the car lot. You won t find much negotiating room if you re renting their next to last car. If they don t rent to you they ll find another customer to put into that car.

    Consider Gas Mileage

    With gas nearing or over $4 per gallon in many parts of the country, be sure to check on gas mileage first. Taking 4 friends on a road trip to the beach? Riding in style in a massive SUV may seem great, but you ll be guzzling gas the whole way (along with paying higher rental costs in the first place). Those 4 people would easily fit into a standard or full size car, saving you money on gas and rental charges.

    Document the Car s Condition

    Make sure you document the car s condition very well. Renting cars happens very fast. There is important paperwork you sign, including an agreed upon condition of the car. If you don t mark any of the current damage (knicks, dings, dents) on the contract you may be held liable for them when you return the vehicle. Read the fine print on the rental car insurance and make sure you understand what s covered and what s not. In this technology covered age I would recommend taking photos or a video of the walk around on the car on your smartphone or camera. It will help defuse any situations that pop up when you return the car.

    Last updated by Kevin .





    25/05/2017

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    Road Trip Planner with Stops: Tools – Tips for a Perfect

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    Route

    The first step is the fun one: selecting the route. To do so, decide what s most important to you: distance, destination, or budget. Once you know this, you can begin researching and building out the rest of your plans.

    When in the planning stage, Roadtrippers  will be your best friend! Founded by two fellow wanderlusters, this web and mobile service provides a seemingly endless database of inspiration. Explore tested routes, or plan your own and discover the variety of interest points that can be found along your newly blazed trail.

    From culture to campsites and nature to nightclubs, Roadtrippers will help you plan a trip tailored to your travel style. It’ll also help you budget by providing cost estimates for the gas require for the selected trip.

    Make sure your route is broken down into doable driving segments both to and from your final destination. Your plan should also include a list of attractions you want to see along the way. The more you have on the list the better, but be prepared to skip a few. You never know what will happen on the open road. Being flexible is key.

    Lodging 

    Once you know where you’re going, you’ll need to decide where to stay.

    If your road trip is all about the great outdoors and you plan on camping, visit recreation.gov to find and book campsites on your route.

    Prefer more modern accommodations? Priceline. Hotels.com. Hotwire. Expedia. or any one of your preferred hotel booking sites can help you book a hotel at each check point along your route.

    Or, check out AirBnb for a more unique lodging selection.

    Appify

    You’ve heard it, you’ve probably said it, and we all know it’s true: “there’s an app for everything.” And as a matter of fact, there’s quite a few to aid in your road trip success. Here are the ones we suggest downloading before you go:

    TripIt . Yeah, so this might be a shameless plug, but we can actually help! You’ve already selected and booked your lodging and attractions, so let us automagically create an itinerary for you. That way you can find all your plans in one place and you won’t have to dig through all your email to find times, locations, and confirmation numbers. TripIt will also automatically generate the best route between stops with turn by turn driving directions and Google Maps. It s perfect if you re looking for a road trip planner with stops.  

    Along The Way : Whether you’re in need of a bathroom, caffeine fix, retail therapy, or just about anything else, Along The Way can help you locate whatever you’re looking for without getting off track.  

    Gasbuddy : Unfortunately, you’ll have to frequent the gas stations on your road trip, which makes this app essential. Gasbuddy provides a crowd-sourced list of gas prices to help you find the best deal near you.  

    Spotify : Every road trip needs good jams and lots of them! Although the free version of this service is awesome, it’ll definitely be worth your money to upgrade to premium for your road trip. For just $9.99 a month you have access to any song at anytime … even when you re offline.  

    AAA : Although we suggest you check out your car before leaving, you never know what can happen out there on the road. With this app, you can contact roadside assistance and help them locate you. You can also discover AAA discount locations, Diamond-rated hotels, restaurants, and attractions.  

    Wi-Fi Finder : Whether you need to post to Facebook, Facetime mom, or email your boss, Wi-Fi Finder will help you stay connected by locating both free and paid Wi-Fi spots.

    Documentation

    On your road trip you’re going to see some breathtaking sights and make some incredible memories, so documentation will be key.

    If you’re into the visuals, snapping pics on your phone is a must. Step up your editing game with VSCO Cam ; this will help your pictures come to life and look at least half as beautiful as in real life. Then your photo will be ready to share on Instagram. Also, don’t forget to tag your pictures with #TripItPic to share your travels and have a chance to be featured on our page .

    For your videos, you can use Magisto to automatically create and edit amazing videos, complete with music and effects.

    Evernote is yet another great documentation tool. Write down everything you love and learn along the way, and add photos to create the ultimate travel journal.

    Any other road trip tips? Share them below! Happy travels!





    15/05/2017

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    North Dakota Road Condition Information #cheap #travel #tickets

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    Using a mobile device? View Mobile Travel Information.

    Road weather cameras Width/height restrictions Weather radar

    Having problems viewing the page? Try these tips.

    Want print ready PDF maps and text? Go to Travel Information Map Index.

    Disclaimer

    The travel information is based upon reports available to the North Dakota Department of Transportation at the time of preparation and are provided solely as a public service. Actual conditions may vary from those reported. Motorists are cautioned to be alert to changing conditions.

    Summer Travel Information maps are updated once daily or as conditions warrant, typically from mid-April through October.

    Winter Travel Information maps are updated 5:00 AM to 10:00 PM daily, typically from November through mid-April, at the following times.

    Bismarck, Minot, Grand Forks, and Fargo Commuter Report Update 5:00 AM Local Time. All State Winter Road Report Updates 6:00 AM Local Time 7:00 AM Local Time 8:00 AM Local Time 11:30 AM Central Time 3:00 PM Central Time 6:00 PM Central Time 8:00 PM Central Time 10:00 PM Central Time Winter Road Reports are issued more frequently during severe weather events.

    Other Road Reports

    Road Condition Terminology

    The following terms will be used to relate to winter road conditions, to maintain consistency, and keep the traveling public well informed. The NDDOT will utilize these terms to inform the public about road conditions that warrant increased awareness.

    TRAVEL ALERT

    Motorists can still travel but may encounter areas of challenging winter weather driving conditions on roadways. Motorists should allow extra time to reach their destination and be alert to conditions that may make travel difficult, change rapidly, or cause travel delays. A TRAVEL ALERT has the potential to change to a NO TRAVEL ADVISED if conditions deteriorate.

    Motorists should not travel due to hazardous conditions which may make it unsafe to travel. Snow plows may be pulled from the roads during severe conditions. Motorists should take NO TRAVEL ADVISED seriously as those motorists who choose to travel at their own risk may become stranded and emergency responders may not be able to reach them safely. A NO TRAVEL ADVISED has the potential to change to a ROAD CLOSED OR BLOCKED if conditions deteriorate.

    ROADS CLOSED OR BLOCKED

    Motorists are not allowed to travel on a closed road due to life threatening conditions. The road may be impassible or blocked. Motorists who drive past a road closure device may be fined up to $250.





    14/05/2017

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    Explore Europe by road. 600 destinations. 33 countries #how #to #get

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    Contact Eurolines

    No.1 Coach Operator

    Founded in 1985 and with 4 million passengers carried each year, Eurolines is Europe’s No.1 and longest established pan-European scheduled service coach brand.

    Biggest Network

    United under the Eurolines brand, 29 of the most highly respected and established coach companies including Transdev, National Express and Deutsche Touring that work together to operate and continually develop an unrivalled network of more than 600 destinations across 36 European countries including Morocco. From Norway to the North, Russia to the East, Morocco to the South and Portugal to the west, the Eurolines network offers travellers connections to the heart of fascinating and culturally diverse cities and towns.

    Quality Safety

    Eurolines’ unique operating structure means that we can pass on the benefit to all customers by offering competitive low cost fares whilst maintaining a quality fleet of 500+ coaches that are modern, comfortable and fully compliant with all European Union and national safety regulations.

    Great value

    With a generous baggage allowance of up to 2 medium sized suitcases per adult plus carry-on hand luggage included in the price of the ticket, Eurolines’ services are truly low cost without any of the hidden booking extras that other transport operators apply.

    How to book

    On this site’s home page, simply choose from your departure country and you will be taken to the Eurolines country website from where you want to start your journey. Alternatively you can call the country Reservations number featured in the contact information.





    03/05/2017

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    Southall Travel’s Exclusive Dubai Package Deals, Stay at Top Sheikh Zayed

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    Press Release

    Southall Travel’s Exclusive Dubai Package Deals, Stay at Top Sheikh Zayed Road Hotels

    Southall Travel has launched great value Dubai package holiday deals with choice of accommodation at three luxurious Sheikh Zayed Road hotels. The special deals target budget holidaymakers seeking affordable luxury in the emirate during shoulder and off-peak seasons.

    London, United Kingdom, March 24, 2014 –(PR.com )– Southall Travel, the Middlesex based travel agency, has announced special package holiday deals for Dubai with price starting from as low as 425 per person for a 3 night holiday. The package includes return flights as well as stay at any of the three highly popular Sheikh Zayed Road Hotels in the emirate Four Points by Sheraton, Towers Rotana and the Grand Millennium .

    The deals have been tailored with budget vacationers and late last minute holiday seekers in mind who are looking for affordable and good value luxury holidays in Dubai during the shoulder as well the off-peak seasons that feature fewer crowds in the emirate. Southall Travel is also offering competitively priced 5 and 7 nights holiday variants under the offer.

    Sheikh Zayed Road is among the most sought-after locations in Dubai for business travellers as well as holiday makers. The road is the pulse of Downtown Dubai and some of the Dubai s most impressive hotels and shopping malls have it as their address. In fact, business travellers increasingly look out for accommodation at Sheikh Zayed Road for its proximity to the airport and with numerous big corporate houses and trade centres that call it home. Besides, the stretch is dotted with and provides swift access to many Dubai attractions such as Jumeirah Beach, The Palm Jumeirah, Burj Al Arab, Burj Khalifa, Wild Wadi Park, Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai Marina, etc.

    Four Points by Sheraton Sheikh Zayed Road hotel, located in the heart of the central business district of the Dubai, is close to a host of business and recreational venues. Moreover, the hotel, with several accommodation options, is a short drive from the Dubai International Airport.

    Towers Rotana offers an easy access to all key destinations in Dubai. Located close to the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa, Towers Rotana is perfectly placed to cater to the recreational and corporate needs of travellers who disembark flights at Dubai airport.

    Grand Millennium Dubai is a tasteful property that s situated between Mall of Emirates and Ibn Battuta shopping mall on the Sheikh Zayed Road. A 5-star hotel, Grand Millennium Dubai has around 350 guest rooms and several restaurants, lounges and bars.

    Southall Travel has rolled out these special deals with careful attention to a host of events and festivals that make up Dubai s 2014 summer calendar. Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS) is the highlight of the season, and remains a pivotal draw for many. During DSS, tourists can grab lucrative bargains in more than 6,000 stores; and those who choose to stay at Sheikh Zayed Road hotels can enjoy easy access to most of these.

    Holiday makers including families, who aren t much inclined to sightsee in Dubai during the summer months, can choose to remain indoors as each of these hotels offers wide ranging and interesting activities and facilities like swimming pools, fitness and spas, fine dining, sports etc.

    Shuban Kotwal, General Manager, Tour Operation for Southall Travel, said For an affordable destination a little closer to home, Dubai will continue to lure holidaymakers from Britain in 2014. Being one of our top selling destinations, we are aware of the unique travel requirements of business and leisure travellers to the emirate, especially during off-peak season. Our carefully selected Sheikh Zayed Road hotels will appeal to a wide range of travellers who seek affordable luxury in Dubai and an extensive choice of indoor and outdoor activities.

    The deals are on per person and twin sharing basis and include all taxes and charges. More details about the exclusive offers, early bird discounts and offer validity can be accessed on Southall Travel s official website www.southalltravel.co.uk.

    Notes to Editor:

    Southall Travel is a well-known travel agency in the UK catering to leisure and business travellers. Operational for three decades, the company has acquired unrivalled expertise in booking affordable flights and holidays for budget as well as luxury travellers. The company maintains an extensive inventory of flights deals and offers tailor-made holidays to worldwide destinations. Southall Travel is headquartered in Iver, Buckinghamshire, and operates a walk-in office at Southall, Middlesex. It also operates a round the clock contact centre that is open all 365 days of the year and offers booking and after sales services over the phone. Southall Travel is an ABTA member and holds IATA Accreditation. Holidays booked with the company are financially protected under its ATOL license from the Civil Aviation Authority.





    30/03/2017

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    Road Trip Planner with Stops: Tools – Tips for a Perfect

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    Route

    The first step is the fun one: selecting the route. To do so, decide what s most important to you: distance, destination, or budget. Once you know this, you can begin researching and building out the rest of your plans.

    When in the planning stage, Roadtrippers  will be your best friend! Founded by two fellow wanderlusters, this web and mobile service provides a seemingly endless database of inspiration. Explore tested routes, or plan your own and discover the variety of interest points that can be found along your newly blazed trail.

    From culture to campsites and nature to nightclubs, Roadtrippers will help you plan a trip tailored to your travel style. It’ll also help you budget by providing cost estimates for the gas require for the selected trip.

    Make sure your route is broken down into doable driving segments both to and from your final destination. Your plan should also include a list of attractions you want to see along the way. The more you have on the list the better, but be prepared to skip a few. You never know what will happen on the open road. Being flexible is key.

    Lodging 

    Once you know where you’re going, you’ll need to decide where to stay.

    If your road trip is all about the great outdoors and you plan on camping, visit recreation.gov to find and book campsites on your route.

    Prefer more modern accommodations? Priceline. Hotels.com. Hotwire. Expedia. or any one of your preferred hotel booking sites can help you book a hotel at each check point along your route.

    Or, check out AirBnb for a more unique lodging selection.

    Appify

    You’ve heard it, you’ve probably said it, and we all know it’s true: “there’s an app for everything.” And as a matter of fact, there’s quite a few to aid in your road trip success. Here are the ones we suggest downloading before you go:

    TripIt . Yeah, so this might be a shameless plug, but we can actually help! You’ve already selected and booked your lodging and attractions, so let us automagically create an itinerary for you. That way you can find all your plans in one place and you won’t have to dig through all your email to find times, locations, and confirmation numbers. TripIt will also automatically generate the best route between stops with turn by turn driving directions and Google Maps. It s perfect if you re looking for a road trip planner with stops.  

    Along The Way : Whether you’re in need of a bathroom, caffeine fix, retail therapy, or just about anything else, Along The Way can help you locate whatever you’re looking for without getting off track.  

    Gasbuddy : Unfortunately, you’ll have to frequent the gas stations on your road trip, which makes this app essential. Gasbuddy provides a crowd-sourced list of gas prices to help you find the best deal near you.  

    Spotify : Every road trip needs good jams and lots of them! Although the free version of this service is awesome, it’ll definitely be worth your money to upgrade to premium for your road trip. For just $9.99 a month you have access to any song at anytime … even when you re offline.  

    AAA : Although we suggest you check out your car before leaving, you never know what can happen out there on the road. With this app, you can contact roadside assistance and help them locate you. You can also discover AAA discount locations, Diamond-rated hotels, restaurants, and attractions.  

    Wi-Fi Finder : Whether you need to post to Facebook, Facetime mom, or email your boss, Wi-Fi Finder will help you stay connected by locating both free and paid Wi-Fi spots.

    Documentation

    On your road trip you’re going to see some breathtaking sights and make some incredible memories, so documentation will be key.

    If you’re into the visuals, snapping pics on your phone is a must. Step up your editing game with VSCO Cam ; this will help your pictures come to life and look at least half as beautiful as in real life. Then your photo will be ready to share on Instagram. Also, don’t forget to tag your pictures with #TripItPic to share your travels and have a chance to be featured on our page .

    For your videos, you can use Magisto to automatically create and edit amazing videos, complete with music and effects.

    Evernote is yet another great documentation tool. Write down everything you love and learn along the way, and add photos to create the ultimate travel journal.

    Any other road trip tips? Share them below! Happy travels!





    28/03/2017

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