Taking Your Dog With You?

We are huge dog lovers, so we are always looking for opportunities to take our dog with us when we go on vacation. There are certain things to consider though, when you are planning to take a vacation with your pet. People will of course think about things like booking pet-friendly lodging, but they often overlook a few other things like these:

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What are you planning to do on vacation?

Think properly about whether your dog will have fun while you are all away. What are you planning to do there? Go to the beach? Fantastic!! Take long hikes? Wonderful!! Just chill out? Terrific! But if you are planning to go to Disneyland all day, your dog may not have that great a time stuck in some random kennel somewhere. (Most hotels will not allow dogs to stay unsupervised in the room.) Or if you are planning on being in some museum all day, then your dog is just going to be waiting and waiting and waiting in some strange environment. So when you think about taking your dog with you, make sure it is the kind of vacation where it make sense to take him or her.

Don’t forget the food and water and other stuff:

When you pack for yourself, pack for your dog too. You may want to carry his or her food with you, in case it’s not available where you are going. Also, giving your dog food that he/she is unfamiliar with all of a sudden may cause stomach upsets – not something that you or your do need, especially when you want to have a great vacation! Also remember to pack a bowl for food and one for water – there are many great travel ones available.

As usual, safety first!

We are all about fun, yes, but also about safety. When you are going away to a strange place, the last thing you need is your beloved dog getting lost! So make sure you keep him on leash as much as possible. But if you are going to let him off-leash, on a trail or on a beach or some such, then make sure you have a good tracker on your dog. (Check out this review of the Findster Duo)

How To Preserve Memories Of Your Trip

Once you have returned home from a road trip or a vacation, you may want to find ways to preserve your memories of all the exciting things that happened to you. Just relying on your memory may not be enough to keep these fresh, however. You need to find ways to preserve these remembrances for years to come.

Keeping a journal or diary on your trip is a great way to preserve your impressions right away. You can carry a notebook with you and jot a few things down as soon as they happen. At the end of each day, before you turn in for the night, go over these and write a longer entry.

Try to take as many pictures as you can on each day. You can set yourself a goal of at least five to 10 pictures each day. Do not wait around for the perfect picture, but just snap as many as you can. With digital cameras and smartphones, you can take dozens of pictures every day and then go over them and choose the best ones.

Even something that seems pretty boring and mundane when you are on vacation may seem more exciting and magical once you have returned home. You never know what will be evocative years later when you are looking at your pictures. A seemingly ordinary photo may bring back a whole world of memories.

Souvenirs are another great way to help you preserve your memories. These can be things that you buy in a gift shop, things you are given by people that you meet, or even things that you just find on your own. For example, a bottle or jar from a foreign country might bring back all sorts of memories.

Putting together a scrapbook is another way to help keep these memories fresh. You can include plane tickets, photos, drawings, notes, and anything else that you acquired during your travels. You can make a different scrapbook for each trip and keep them organized in your home. Or you can get some terrific photo books online.

Create a slideshow of some of your favorite pictures. You can even add captions or narration to make the pictures come to life. In years to come, you can watch these and remember just what it was like to travel to an exotic location.

These are just a few ways to preserve the memories of a trip. Give them a try and see how well they can work.

Are You Planning For A Road Trip?

Planning the perfect road trip can be an exhausting ordeal. Anyone who has ever been on a road trip before know how difficult the planning part is. There are so many things to consider and plan before you hit the road with your friends and family. A road trip is usually a long car ride with many stops on the way. Such a trip will present their own set of challenges and opportunities. This article provides a comprehensive overview of the most important factors to consider when planning a road trip.

The first thing is to make sure that everyone traveling with you is on the same page. If not, you will be left with unhappy passengers in your car for eight hours a day. It is not a pleasant situation to be in. This is why it is important that you’ll iron out your differences about the destination and the stops along the way before hitting the road. You will have much less trouble if you get together with your friends/family and map out how you are going to get to your destination before you leave on the trip. Talk about whether you are simply driving to a specific destination, or whether you are planning to stop and wander where your heart desires. Talk about whether you want to enjoy the drive itself and take your time with it, or whether you want to make a beeline for the endpoint.

Roadtrippers is a good online service that offers immense help in this regard. The service uses Google Maps to lay out your destination route and stops along the way. You are able to calculate fuel costs, time and distance using this service. This will definitely help you plan ahead and save your valuable time along the way. OnTheWay is another high quality mobile app for anyone interested in planning a road trip. It will show you stops and restaurants along your way. The app will also help you find interesting roadside attractions, parks and other important landmarks along your way.

Make a list of at least 10-15 places you want to visit using the aforementioned services. You need to decide where you are going to be and how long you plan to be there. These are very important aspects when planning a road trip. It will help you have a smooth trip without much obstacles along the way. Planning ahead is essential if you want to guarantee the success of your road trip.

In conclusion, planning a road trip is not an easy task at all. any person been on a road trip knows how difficult it is to plan such a trip. The aforementioned tips will help you plan the trip successfully. And don;t forget to take plenty of photos along the way, so that you can relive the memories of your wonderful road trip later!

Tips for Keeping Your Home Safe While You Are On Vacation

A well-deserved vacation is worth planning for, but do not let the anticipation for taking some time away from home blind you from the fact that your home needs to be safe and secure until your return. A house left empty is a tempting target for burglars, more so if there are no security measures in place. It would be such a devastating thing to come home after having a memorable trip only to return and find that someone has broken into your home!

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Taking some few measures to ensure your home is safe while you are away is not something that needs such a complex planning. Here are some simple tips worth considering.

It is important to talk with your close family, relatives, or trusted friends about your plans to travel and let them know how long you will be away. Request them to take some time off their personal schedules to pass by your home; it can be a simple drive by but better yet if the is a quick peep around the house.

Letting your neighbor be on guard duty while you are away will be a nice way of ensuring you have some close by to keep watch over things. Often, this option works if you are in good terms with your neighbor. On the other hand, it should be a neighbor that your trust with your stuff so that you can give him or her spare key for your house. The neighbor can go into your house on occasion to make sure everything looks fine. And don’t forget to give your vacation contact information to this neighbor, so that he or she can reach you in case of an emergency.

If you will have more than one person visiting or checking on your home, you should tell them know each other. It is important to let your relative or friend and your neighbor know each other. It is vital to do this to avoid them bumping into each other and thinking that the other is up to no good around your house.

Having some lights come on in the evenings is a good way of showing possible burglars that there is someone at home. Simple plug-in timers which can be bought fairly cheaply will do the trick.

Take care of small details which are a dead giveaway that a house is unoccupied. For instance, if you are going on a longer vacation, maker sure the lawn in not mowed. Even if you’re gone for a few days, make sure some neighbor/friend takes your newspaper in from the driveway, and empties your mailbox if needed.

Make sure that you have high-quality lock on your doors and windows. You should consider investing in a good security alarm system, and make sure to arm it before you take off on vacation!