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Buttoning Down the House Before Traveling

Travel is a favorite pastime for many people. The opportunity to escape the routine and experience new places is very appealing, even when it’s done in the context of a business or educational experience. Indeed, the only thing that can introduce an element of reluctance in most travelers is their concern about what may happen to their home while they’re away. And it’s a legitimate issue; too many people have come home from vacation to find their homes burglarized, damaged by water, or invaded by pests. Fortunately, nearly all of these problems can be avoided. The steps necessary to head off these common issues are simple and should be integrated into your normal preparations for travel. Pest Management It may not come to the top of most people’s lists, but that’s the reason it befalls so many people. While it’s true that a long-term invader like termites is no more likely to arrive while you’re gone than when you’re home, other pests are quite different. Roaches, ants, and spiders can easily populate your home while you’re away, taking advantage of your absence to build nests and reproduce when you aren’t there to swat, stomp, or spray them. That’s where prevention ...

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Should You Hire a House Sitter When You Travel?

Should You Hire a House Sitter When You Travel?

When you plan to travel and stay away for several days, or even several weeks at a time, there are a lot of small details that need to be ironed out before you go. For example, you might want to have the post office hold your mail. Or you might need to call the newspaper, if you still take one, and have them hold it while you are gone. Then, there may be lawns to water, as well as plants both inside and out that need to be cared for. If you have pets, they will need to be boarded or taken with you. That’s a lot of tasks that have to be done before you can leave and you haven’t even packed yet! Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you had a house sitter to take care of all of that for you while you were gone? But should you hire a house sitter when you travel? Here are a few things to consider.  1. Cost You can subscribe to a variety of house sitting websites from anywhere between $0 to 100 per year. Once you divide the cost by the number of days you are traveling you can see ...

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How to Protect Your Money When You Travel

How to Protect Your Money When You Travel

All too often we hear news reports about people who have been targeted by thieves while traveling. Some may have only had a camera or a watch stolen. Other unfortunate souls, however, lost much more. But are there way to protect your money when you travel so you don’t become the victim of a thief? Here are a few things I’m going to try to do to protect my money when I go on a trip next week. Leave it at Home One of the best ways to protect yourself and your valuables while traveling is to leave those items at home. Being away from home already puts you in a vulnerable position. For one thing, you most likely don’t know the area as well as your home town or city which makes it harder to navigate. In addition, you could end up in situations you wouldn’t normally be in, such as walking a dark street at night. Leave expensive jewelry and clothing at home. Don’t take a large amount of cash with you during your travels. Prepare Make advance copies of your birth certificate, passport, and other important documents. Put some of your money in your wallet and some ...

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How to Have a Luxurious and Affordable Holiday on a Cruise Ship

For those keeping a close eye on their finances and trying to squeeze every penny, a vacation may seem off the table. However, it is important to recognize that going on a holiday is extremely worthwhile and is beneficial for a myriad of reasons. Also, you do not need to spend a fortune to have a great time and see some beautiful areas of the world. One of the best ways to have a luxurious yet affordable vacation is with a cruise. Luxury at Affordable Rates Cruises are incredible value for their money and they are also a terrific way to see the world. The journey is a key part of the vacation with this type of trip, as during this time you can sit back and relax, or take in your awe-inspiring surroundings as you sail the seas. All ships have luxurious entertainment and dining options, which works out to be excellent value and particularly when compared to regular forms of holiday. Typically, on board, you are treated to live shows, parties, fitness centres, fun activities, swimming pools, sunbathing areas, superb accommodation and much, much more. Incredible Destinations If you have dreams of seeing Europe, the Caribbean, South America ...

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How to Save at the Gas Pump

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As consumers we know there are price increases from time to time on the goods and services we use every day. However, one extreme fluctuation happened about eight years ago when the average price of a gallon of gas spiked at over $4.00. This was largely due largely to an increase in the cost of oil. I don’t know about you, but that hit my budget pretty hard even though I was still in high school at the time. My parents did pay for some of my fuel, but I had to chip in too and I found myself doing far less driving when the price at the gas pump spiked. Even though the price of fuel has gone down since then, I still try figure out how to save at the gas pump whenever I can. Below are a few ideas I use to help me save as much as I can. Make Trips Count Even though that was quite a few years ago, I started getting into the habit then of making my trips around town count as much as possible. At the time, I lived a few miles from town on my family’s farm, so trips back and ...

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