Category: Travel

Choosing Great Travel Destinations

Since going on vacation is a once in awhile experience for most people, choosing the right travel destinations is paramount to fully enjoying the trip. Since travel destinations are so important to the overall experience and enjoyment of the trip, research and due diligence is of the utmost importance. The following tips will help that research go quickly and easily to get you onto your trip as soon as possible.

Ask Those Who Have Gone Before

One of the best tools at your disposal when choosing travel destinations is to talk to friends, co workers, even people in online forums where they went on vacation. Be sure to find out what they liked, what they didn’t, any places that you should or shouldn’t visit while you are there. People are generally more than willing to tell you about their trip. They will dish on the best places to eat and all of the places to avoid. They can also help to clue you in on ways to save money during the planning phase of the vacation.

Remember the Chamber of Commerce

After you have narrowed your destination choices, check out the website for the chamber of commerce for the towns that you plan on visiting. The local chamber will be more than happy to send you tourist information, flyers and possibly even discount coupons for popular places and hotels. If the chamber is not listed online, it may be worth it to call them direct and have them send you some information. This is often a great source when choosing a place to vacation.

Think Alternative Accommodations

If money is an obstacle to you being able to take a trip to your most sought after travel destinations, it may be worth it to think about alternative accommodations. While hotels are the first places that come to mind for a vacation, it is most often not your only or wisest choice. As always, camping can be an alternative, depending upon the weather. In fact, camping can often be a great addition to the vacation itself.

In recent years, there has been a growing trend toward house swapping. This is just what it sounds like, you sign up, online, stating what dates and where you want to go and they match up with someone who wants to stay at your house and vacation in your town. While this may not be the best solution for everyone, if it works for you, it can save a bit of money that you can then use on your trip.

Now that you have a few tips to choosing the right travel destinations and accommodations, go plan and enjoy your vacation.


10 Essential Travel Checklist Tips

  1. Passport – Is your passport up to date? The last thing you need is to book your flight without checking your passport expiry date. Many countries expect you to have a minimum of at least 6 months on your passport before it expires otherwise you will be denied entry. Some won’t even accept a damaged passport. So avoid rushing frantically to the nearest passport office to pay the high fees to rush your passport through when you are busy enough packing and planning your journey! Traveling with less than 6 months validity on your passport could mean that you are turned away at your departure airport, or worse at immigration at your arrival airport. This does vary by country, so if you’ve already booked your flight check with your arrival country’s Embassy or immigration office to see their Passport validity rules.
  2. Weather – Be prepared, the weather isn’t quite as predictable as it used to be so firstly get ready to accept that it may rain or be overcast for a few days of your holiday! Don’t panic, it doesn’t mean your holiday has to be ruined, there is still lots of things you can do if you are forced under cover for a few days. Research one or two things to do on your holiday other than propping up the bar to make the most of these days. Many tropical locations will have sudden afternoon downpours so it is helpful to have a mini umbrella in your suitcase, because as much fun as it is cooling off in the down pour, you may regret having to sit down in a restaurant sopping wet in transparent clothes! You can’t go wrong with an umbrella as a bit of shade either, great for shopping around the markets and even on the beach in the middle of the day. There’s no point risking sunstroke on your first day just because you haven’t seen the sun in a few months. Sun stroke isn’t just sun burn, it causes migraines, sickness, dizziness and fever so keep an eye out for these symptoms. Sadly many of us will also need our umbrella upon arrival home! It’s also smart to check out hurricane and monsoon seasons before you book your travel, these seasons don’t always have to stop your travel but can make an obvious difference especially in transportation and delays.
  3. Jewellery – Watches or expensive items, do you really need to take them on holiday with you? Your travel insurance may well cover these items, but losing them or having them stolen isn’t just heart breaking it can be a real inconvenience if they do go missing. Not least because you will have to report them stolen in your holiday destination to claim on your travel insurance, wasting precious holiday time and sending your stress levels sky-high at a time when you should be relaxing. So girls, if you don’t really need to take the diamond earrings then don’t, take bits of costume jewellery with you, and it’s a great excuse to pick up some cheap and pretty items in the shops while you are away. And guys, that watch you love, is it going to survive being thrown in the pool by the lads, or draw unnecessary attention if you are in more questionable parts of town? I know we all find it hard to survive without our mobile phones abroad, both for communication, entertainment and time keeping so if you are taking it with you ensure that your travel insurance covers it, as these days many insurance policies don’t cover it and you will need to take out gadget insurance, this will cover your laptop and camera too.
  4. Phrasebook – most of us take it for-granted that we will be able to get by in our own language in the majority of countries that we visit. But now that we are visiting more far-flung destinations and we don’t intend on taking a language course before we go, it can be really handy to have some basic phrases to hand. Talking loudly and slowly in our own language isn’t always going to cut it! Often just the simplest of phrases on hand to get a taxi or find a hotel can be really helpful and leave you feeling just slightly more in control when you are completely lost and it appears that no one has the slightest clue what you want! These days there are plenty of translation and phrasebook apps available for our smart phones, so even if you don’t look at it once, just downloading it before you go is a good idea. And if you are a fan of the traditional hard copy phrase book there’s no harm in noting down a few important phone numbers in the cover, such as the Embassy number, the emergency services number and even a number for a friend back home incase your phone goes missing as I don’t know about you but remembering phone numbers these days is not something that comes naturally!
  5. Travel Vaccinations – Some places around the world may have increased risks of infections and disease that don’t exist in your own country, meaning that as a traveller you are at a higher risk of contracting them and vaccinations can protect you. Ideally you should be checking for necessary vaccinations around 6-8 weeks before you travel. This will give your doctor or pharmacy enough time to order them in if needs be and often it may be that your vaccination or medication needs to be taken several weeks before you go in order to work in time. This Travel Vaccines site has handy tips to protect your health when travelling as well as vaccine information.
  6. Currency – Do you need to change up money before you go? Unless you are going somewhere particularly remote you can often get away with just drawing out cash when you get to your arrival destination for a small fee, this way you are not carrying around wads of cash on your travels. If you are taking your own currency with you then changing it at the airport whether at your departure airport or arrival airport is going to be more costly than at a bank or bureau de change. What you may find worthwhile is to change a small amount, enough to cover your taxi and food on arrival and change the rest later at your destination. If you are going somewhere far from a town such as a remote island, it is more difficult to get cash, and you may have to travel a long way to find the only cash point on the island! So this is where you will find carrying cash handy. Don’t forget if you’ve got left over coins on the way home, you won’t be able to change them when you get back, only notes. So make the most of them and spend them if you don’t want them hanging around in a drawer for the next 10 years, or be cheeky and see if you can swap them for a note at the airport.
  7. Travel Essentials – Sunscreen and Mosquito Spray. Don’t go without them, as buying them when you get there can be really expensive as well as the fact that it may take you a few days once you are there to actually get around to buying them. Waking up on your second day unable to move because you’ve burnt your back snorkeling can put a real damper on your vacation! Likewise if we are not used to having to look out for mosquitoes, an evening at the bar on the beach or restaurant can result in 20 extremely itchy bites and unsightly bumps on that perfect beach body you’ve worked so hard for! Looks aside, we all know mosquitoes can carry some serious diseases, so if you are in a country in which mosquitoes carry more than a sharp bite, such as dengue fever, Malaria, Yellow Fever and West Nile Virus to name a few; then you’ll really need to cover up and protect yourself from mosquitoes as much as possible.
  8. Mini Medical Kit – our travel checklist isn’t supposed to instill doom and fear into our travels! But being prepared will make your vacation just that much better, especially if you are taking quite an adventurous holiday where even a foot blister can ruin your skiing, or hiking and even your shopping trip! So just a little bag of a few essentials such as plasters/band aids, anti-bacterial wipes, diarrhea tablets, Paracetamol and the like will save you searching for a pharmacy and having to buy whole boxes when you only need one or two of the above.
  9. Travel Insurance – for the sake of the price of hiring a beach sun-bed for the day, investing in at least the most basic travel insurance is a no-brainer. Even if we think we are not going far, or not going for long, if it means an unplanned trip to hospital is going to cost you your life savings it’s not worth it! Likewise dependent on what your Insurance actually covers (read it well as many don’t cover what they used to such as phones or missed flights ) you could be paying an awful lot more than the price of travel insurance if you do miss that flight, or your flight is cancelled meaning you miss your connection, your case is lost or your wallet stolen. You’ll have peace of mind and you can forget all about things going pear-shaped as you’ll be covered.
  10. Get to the Airport Early – Gone are the days where we can swan into the airport 45 minutes before our flight knowing that we’ve checked in online already. As we all know security can take so much longer now, and pushing your way through those queues when you are running late or only a little time to spare is no easy feat! Furthermore with security being so strict, it can be a veritable changing room both before and after the metal detector scanners, with people taking off shoes, jackets and belts, taking laptops out of cases and forgotten liquids adding to the time taken to get through security. At one time, having checked in online meant that you could avoid queues and just go to the bag drop section and whisk yourself through security smugly ahead of all the other people who hadn’t bothered to check in online. Now all it seems that you are doing is saving the airlines paper, and standing in a long queue with all the other people in bag drop.


5 Simple Budget Travel Tips

When visiting a foreign country for the first time, it is important to do a little bit of reading and research in order to prepare for what you can expect. You can enjoy the capital city of China even if you are on a short budget. There are ways to enjoy your travel to the fullest while saving some money. You can do so by carefully planning and reading up on these few tips to experience Beijing without having to spend extravagantly. Below are the 5 simple tips to save money while enjoy travelling.

  1. There are many museums that actually give out free admission. The way to avail this is to be one of the earliest visitors on Wednesdays. You can enter either of the thirteen museums such as Capital Museum, Confucius Temple, Beijing Art Museum, and Beijing Art Museum of Stone Carvings.
  2. You can avail of the Beijing Museum Pass. This kind of pass will allow maximum three adults to go around major museums and sites for a great discount. Every penny saved can be put into the savings or put somewhere else that you need to invest in for the remaining of the trip. This kind of passes can be gotten between December to January.
  3. Take the airport’s services such as the shuttle bus. This is a better alternative than riding taxis at the airport. Of course, you can also arrange for the hotel service to pick you up. If not, you might also consider asking which bus you should take to reach your hotel. Be reminded to write your hotel’s name in English and in Chinese. On another note, taking the public transport is also a money saving technique.
  4. One of the best ways to eat on a budget is to eat the food available to most locals. Look for local restaurants that cook cheap food. You might also want to try the local street food especially if you are moving around.
  5. Another way to get a good grasp of leisure living in Beijing is to join activities that the locals usually get involved in such as kite flying, dancing, and even some exercises. This is a way to have a good time at a cheap price if not for free.

You do not need such a large budget to have a full Beijing experience. Find a Beijing tour today and learn how you can have fun with just a few pennies. Visit this website for more Beijing tours.

You can enjoy the capital city of China even if you are on a short budget. There are ways to enjoy your travel to the fullest while saving some money. You can do so by carefully planning and reading up on these few tips to experience Beijing without having to spend extravagantly.


Real Budget Travel Tips You Can Use

Traveling can make the average persons head spin. There’s so much to do, even if you are aware of most of the things on this list, it would be wise to print it out. Most likely you will indeed find one or two ideas that never crossed your mind. Save yourself a headache and some money by doing some of the below.

Research your specific travel destination well by going to the book store or library and get books for your destination or join online forums for the destination. Find out what the local Language is, If you need a different Currency etc.

Be Informed One of your first stops once you arrive should be to the Tourism Office, they have maps, local information and usually sell Public Transportation Passes.

Extended Stay is when you need a hotel type room for a longer period (weekly, monthly etc). They are much cheaper than regular hotels the longer you stay. These types of rooms also have a small kitchenette with Fridge/Microwave that will save you money without eating at restaurants.

Hostels (Not Hotels) are a popular way for students, backpackers, solo travelers and more to save tons of money by staying in a dormitory type room. There are bunk beds and a shared multi shared bathrooms, and a kitchen in the main area. Rates range from $15 and up per night. An awesome value if you’re up for the experience.

Traveling Internationally usually means different electricity voltage. Basically your flat iron or cell phone charger needs a plug adapter in order to work. You can get Travel Adapter Plugs at Amazon or Ebay. They’re found easily in big cities or at International Airports, trust me it’s cheaper on Amazon.

Extra Discounts If you are an Auto Club Member, Senior Citizen, or Youth (usually under 25) you get better rates for hotels, airline travel etc. Also invest in a book such as the Entertainment Book which has saved me lots of money for my domestic travel trips. This is a good investment because it can save you money even when you’re not traveling. (Restaurants, Oil changes, Nails, Hotels, Car Rentals and much more).

Package Deals If you are going to need more than a hotel, airfare or car rental, seriously consider a package deal. You will most likely save lots of money.

Stock up at the Dollar Store Save loads of money by getting your toiletries, Pain relievers, batteries for cameras, water, and even groceries at some dollar stores.

If internet access is important, book your accommodation at a place with free Wifi or free internet cafe.

Don’t over pack! Go through your suitcase a couple of times and only pack what you absolutely must have on a daily basis or pertinent to your trip. Traveling with heavy luggage is not only a drag, but can cost you substantially at the airport check in counter.

Use a Backpack A backpack is extremely comfortable compared to purses hanging off your shoulder, it leaves your hands and arms free to carry maps, drinks etc. It also gives you room to put your souvenirs away snugly instead of carrying bags all day.

Travel during off season, you will get the best rates and less crowds. Different destinations have different off seasons. Basically the opposite of when you think is the best time to go. You can find out your specific destination for off season by contacting the local tourism office.

Make a list of all important Prescription Medicines along with the pharmacy number, you may need in case of an emergency.

Low Budget Travelling Tips

It is not unusual for people to think that cheap luxury holidays are not possible. As a matter of fact, most of us think that low-cost holiday is not fun at all. Then again, if you will only take some time to research and prepare for the holiday, then you can have your luxury trip without spending so much. Remember, the secret is to plan ahead and plan well.

Moreover, with the stressful life that each of us is facing everyday, indeed, taking some time off from the hectic schedule is essential to relax and recharge. And don’t worry because you can surely pay for a nice escape, given that you are able to regulate your expenses.

The following are things that you can do to keep your expenses low while still enjoying a grand holidays in style:

  1. Plan in advance

Planning your holiday in advance will help you save on expenditures particularly on accommodation and air tickets. Take note that if you will act on the last minute, you are highly likely to spend a lot more. In addition, there are also the possibilities of not getting the room that you want or no available rooms at all because you reserve late. There might also be very little options left for you if you will not prepare.

On the contrary, there are airlines that offer great discounts on last minute buyers. They do this so as to sell all the tickets for the flight and fill all the seats. This can also be a good way to save.

On the other hand, if you will choose this option, you must be ready to fly anytime since the departure dates for these tickets are usually a few days or a couple of weeks from the date of purchase.

  1. Choose to travel on “lean” seasons

Travelling on lean seasons is always cheaper because those are the days when not many people are going on a vacation. Airlines and hotels are offering big discounts at this time so that they will have customers all year round, especially on days when the number of tourists is low.

  1. Purchase your airfare on midweek

For the most part, this applies to air tickets. Buying airline tickets in midweek (Tuesday or Wednesday) is a good thing because the rates are at their lowest.

  1. Request for cheaper price

Since the internet is the hub of the trade these days, a good number of people are planning their vacations using the web. They search, make reservations, and pay online. However, if you call the hotel of your choice, you have your chance of striking a better deal by bargaining with the hotel.

Most of the time, hotels give additional discounts when customers personally request for them. Sometimes all it takes is to simply inquire if there is a special going on or a better rate than the one you found online. You cannot do this online, right? So, pick up the phone and see how much discount you can get.

Finally, the last advice for getting cheap luxury holidays is to pick your destination. Impressive destinations don’t necessarily have to be far, some of the nicest tourist spots might just be close by. Remember, destinations closer to home spell cheaper expenditures.

Budget Travel Tips For Families on the Move

There is no doubt that there are lots of people who are spending thousands of dollars on their one week getaway. But this shouldn’t always need to be the case as there are lots of budget travel options that can let anyone save a few bucks when traveling. Anyone can stay on their budgets and still experience a remarkable and fun-filled trip with their families or kids if they only know how to use their creativity and knowledge.

Traveling by plane can be quite expensive but many still opt to travel by air over land because they want to save time and gasoline cost. To lessen your airfare, it is wise to check the Internet for some great discounted online fares or last minute flight fares. To save some bucks even more, it would be good if you can have flexible travel dates. Oftentimes, the days that have higher rates are Monday, Sunday and Friday. So it would be best if you schedule your trip on Saturday, Thursday, Wednesday or Tuesday in order to obtain better rates.

There are lots of online booking websites that allow travelers to check which day has a lower rate and find out what options could be best for you. Getting your ticket earlier or later can help you save some money on the price of your ticket. You may also check the airports that surround both the arrival and the departure city. In most cases, an hour drive or two may be needed to reach the arrival or departure airport but if it can help save you a few bucks on each of your ticket, then it will be worth the drive.

Another budget travel option: if you’ll be driving to your destination, is to pack a cooler that is filled with foods. It may be a bit tricky taking up some space in the trunk for your cooler but eventually you’ll take in the cost savings of not eating out at restaurants or food chains each time someone feels hungry and you’ll be glad you have brought food with you.

To save a few bucks on lodging, explore the Internet for cheap lodging or hotel options. Most well-known holiday destinations typically have multiple hotels and almost of them have a Web presence. Through the Internet, you can easily make some comparisons of the room rentals and land on something that could offer you maximum value. Typically, good hotels and vacation homes also offer a few add-ons, such as free or discounted breakfast, free sight seeing, inexpensive pre-arranged tours and more.

The Internet is always a good option for budget travel. It can also be a good tool if you’re planning to shop around or look for shopping centers near your holiday destination. Traveling on a budget does not mean you have to cut back. It may means you need to be flexible and creative. As long as you know how to find cheap sources or budget travel options, you will be able to at least save some bucks.



Travel Planning Tips


Are you taking a summer vacation this year? Have you started preparing for your trip? Although there are a lot of preparation advice and tips you can find in the Internet, most of them are really hard to go by. This is because everyone has different vacation locations. You are encouraged to keep your destination in mind when preparing for your vacation.


You must take the climate into consideration as it may affect your trip. You need to prepare appropriate clothing no matter where your vacation destination is. You are advised to prepare for the worst such as an umbrella and raincoats a great addition for your summer clothing.


You are always encouraged to have the proper forms of identification no matter where you are traveling to. Besides that, you are advised to bring along all health insurance and auto insurance cards. This information will come handy should you need care or get into a car accident.


Each year millions of individuals and families flock to beaches. It is important that you bring along the appropriate clothing and especially sunscreen. Many do not realize the dangers of sunbathing without sunscreen. You will need to make sure that you have beach towels and plenty of water on hand too.


When camping, you will need to determine where you will be sleeping. You have to make sure to stock full of supplies if you are camping with an RV. But if you plan on camping outdoors, make sure that you have your tents ready to go and that all of the pieces are accounted for. If you plan on fishing, boating or hiking, you will want to bring the appropriate gear with you. Many campgrounds are in secluded areas; therefore, if you forget something, you often have to go without.


Tips to Have the Best Utah White Water Rafting Adventure

We all know that anyone visiting the outdoors is looking for the best spot where they can have fun and have a memorable experience that will last. Surely, an ideal outdoor adventure that they are looking forward to should also serve as a great bonding moment with friends, family members and loved ones.

However there is one vacation spot that will give you different experiences when you visit it over and over again; that is the Utah white water rafting trip; the trip offers marvelous whitewater rafting adventures that is sure to give a whole new outdoor experience.

For you and your friends, family members and loved ones to truly enjoy the whitewater rafting in the Utah white water rafting trip, here are some tips on where to go when you are planning to go there.

These where to go outdoor tips will surely give your whitewater rafting urge to go and try the Utah white water rafting trips with your friends and family members.

o Lodore Canyon, you will experience a 44-mile trip that starts at the “Gates of Lodore” where two 800-foot buttresses that sets the mark of the beginning of a series of canyons. Then experience the whitewater rafting at the Disaster Falls, Triplet Falls and Hells Half Mile that will truly make your Utah white water rafting trip memorable.

o Yampa River Rafting, experience the last undammed river in the river system. It is also rated to be the 10 biggest drops in the country today.

o Idaho Rafting, this is a spot that is refreshingly empty in any highway map. It also has the second deepest canyon in Northern America. The river has translucent emerald water, which responds to the drop and irregularities of its river bottom, and it forms over forty rapids. This will give you a first class whitewater on each day of the trip.

o Grand Canyon Rafting, this outdoor spot offers unparalleled beauty and breathtaking whitewater experience to anyone who dares to conquer it. The place also offers or boasts 150 rapids that include some of the wildest whitewater in Northern America.

o Westwater Canyon, it has a wilderness canyon that is so stunningly beautiful that you’ll have no doubt but to leave the world behind. Also you will see eighteen to fifty miles of the finest beaches, side canyons, and campsites.

Travel Agencies Tips On Watching A Live Recording

California travel agencies are taking advantage of the fact that films and TV shows are constantly being shot in California due to the presence of Hollywood, the temperate climate and the splendor of the place. It’s important though, to get the passes way ahead of time due to many fans who wish to see the Hollywood experience for themselves.

California travel agencies are more than willing to assist you in finding the show or film you’d like to experience. Here are some tips to qualify for better seats and be more relaxed in the set. It will take more than just getting show passes way in advance to have great seats. Somebody might be even fortunate to appear on television and be part of the show and that someone can be you. These will be the ways to have your own share of limelight. Lights, camera, action!

Catching a talk show is cool. Literally too cool in fact, because the studios are trying to maintain the temperature within the set because of all the expensive equipment they have for the show. In addition, the lights for the show can get really hot to the skin like the sun is when outdoors. So it is best to bring a coat or perhaps a jacket if you don’t prefer the cold too much, especially if you are watching a live taping of a show because it usually takes a few hours to finish the whole set. You don’t want to feel too cold to the point you might miss out on the fun and excitement because of the awkwardness. California travel agencies usually recommend ticket buyers about this since many clients have complained about not being able to enjoy the experience because they were feeling too chilly in the set.

Dress for success. This is correct also for the viewers. Dress properly and avoid wearing rugged outfits or too casual clothes. Your possibility of asking for better seats really depends on it. No one wants to be seen looking all scruffy before a camera for all the viewers of the show nationwide to see. Furthermore keep in mind with being prompt. Especially for shows being broadcast live, filming normally takes about 4 hours and it is important to get to the location at least an hour in advance. Do not be late. The taping will start without you. California travel agencies give the exact same advice for their customers.

If you would like to be considered as a game show contestant, make certain you have a manageable agenda. Most production firms gives proper notification ahead of time especially to an out-of-town contestant. Nevertheless, be all set to go back to the venue several times for screening or for the final audition. During the audition, smile and be bubbly. Whenever you make a mistake, take it easy and relax. Nobody wants a contestant with a negative vibe. One thing is for certain, some game shows like Jeopardy isn’t for the fainthearted. If you think you have what it has to take part of the movie or TV experience, contact California travel agencies now. Who knows, you just could be the next star?

7 Tips to Keep Home Safe While Away

All year you’ve prepared for your long needed vacation you deserve after working so hard. You’ve taken care of your airfare, car rentals, and purchased new outfits to wear. The big day has finally arrived and you dash off to the airport anticipating relaxing on the beach with white sand and blue water without even considering keeping your home safe while traveling away. It would be nice to have someone guard your house while you’re away. But for most of us, we leave our house vacant when we go on vacation. Keeping your home safe is important during vacation season. Here are some tips.

  1. Get a Trusted House-Sitter

This is probably the closest thing to a “home guard” that you can get! If it’s in your budget, consider hiring a house-sitter or someone you trust. This person can take care of any pets in your home, and bring in mail and newspapers. A house-sitter can stay in your home the whole time you’re gone, or just stop by once or twice a day. He or she can turn lights on and off, and turn television and radios on and off at random times.

  1. Lawn Care

Your lawn says a lot about whether you are home or not. If it’s overgrown, it signals vacancy. If possible, hire people to mow your lawn in your absence. Also, overgrown trees and shrubs can obscure windows and doors, creating hiding spaces for burglars. Before leaving on vacation, trim vegetation back and, if you’re going to be gone for a while, hire someone to trim you shrubs and trees, too.

If you have children, sources recommend leaving a few toys out on the lawn. It looks like the kids are coming back out any minute! If you have a house-sitter, he or she can rearrange these toys each day, too.

  1. Mail and Newspapers

Even if you don’t have a full-fledged house-sitter, ask a neighbor to bring in mail and newspapers. Otherwise, call the post office and newspaper to let them know the dates you’ll be gone and ask them to stop delivery during that time. This is a great way to keep to home safe traveling away, especially if you are having new checks delivered to your home during your vacation time.

  1. Your Car

An unmoved car parked in your driveway for days and days can be a “no one’s home” signal to thieves. See if a friend or neighbor can move your car now and then, or even park his or her car in your driveway every so often. It looks like activity is going on, and that’s the important message to convey.

  1. Lighting

Motion-sensing outside lights are a good idea. Make sure they are in good working order, and that any other outdoor lighting is up and running as it should be. Indoor lighting should be in good working order, too. Consider lamp timers so that lights can go on and off at seemingly random times.

  1. Timers

Timers can be used for more than just lighting. You can attach them to any electrical device, such as a TV or radio. This means the radio or television will come on and go off at various times as if someone were home.

  1. Valuables

Don’t leave valuables in plain view. Computers, TVs, and electronics that can be clearly seen through your windows need to be hidden (or use curtains/shades on your windows). Jewelry, cash, check books, or anything else valuable can be placed in a safe deposit box at your bank, or you can give your valuables to a trusted family member while you’re gone.

Now that you’ve learned the 7 ways to keep your home safe while traveling away, you can enjoy your vacation with your mind at ease knowing your home is safe guarded.