Posts Tagged 'Vacation'

11 Things to Do At Home Before a Vacation

Thanksgiving is one of the busiest times of the year when it comes to the number of people traveling in America. With that in mind, Apartment Therapy has a great post up listing all of the things you should do in your house before you leave home for an extended period of time. While this is prescient for the upcoming holiday, this advice holds true for any vacation where you leave home for more than a few nights. Here are their suggestions for converting your living space to “vacation mode” so you can avoid any unpleasant surprises when you get back:

Clean your refrigerator – Toss anything that is nearing its expiration date before you leave. You’re probably not going to eat it when you get home.

Refrigerate fresh fruits and vegetables – Produce sitting on your countertop is bound to attract bugs after a while. Sticking them in the fridge will avoid that problem.

Take out the garbage
– The longer garbage sits around, the worse it smells and it is also something that will attract bugs and mice.

Clean surfaces
– Give any countertops and tabletops a good wipedown before you leave.

Take care of your plants – Give them some extra water before you head out and move them to a cool area of the house. In cooler weather plants drink up less water and the rate of soil evaporation is much lower. This will ensure your best shot at keeping them alive while you’re out.

Stock up on easy meals – When you get back home you’re rarely in a mood to cook. A few ready made meals will help you get settled back in.

Suspend your mail – An overflowing mailbox is a huge sign to everyone that you’re out of town. Suspending the mail or having a neighbor pick it up is a good way to take care of that.

Turn down (or up) your thermostat – There’s no need to pay to keep the house at your ideal temperature when no one is home. If you’re leaving in the winter turn the thermostat down to 55 which is just warm enough to avoid frozen pipes. If you’re out in the summer, shut off the AC. Your wallet will thank you.

Throw out fresh flowers – Even if they look nice now they’ll probably be dead when you get back home.

Have a plan for your pets – If you’re not taking them with you, you need to have a plan to ensure that they’re taken care of.

That’s how your kitchen should look when you’re on vacation.

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How to Ace Winter Air Travel

I really hate the trend that has become known as the “Christmas Creep” Every year it seems like businesses across the country start their marketing for the holiday season earlier and earlier in the year. This year I saw my first holiday-themed ad in September and it made me want to cry. All that being said I’m going to be writing about holiday travel before Halloween today but there’s a very good reason for that. If you anticipate that you’re going to be traveling for the winter holidays now is probably the best time to start looking at your options. With winter approaching, Conde Nast has a great article sharing some excellent air travel advice for the coming winter months. Here are some of the highlights:

The cheapest days of the year to fly. Early December and late January are typically when you’ll find some of the cheapest airfares of the year.

Book Presidents’ Day weekend in early December. Prices probably won’t come down much before then.

Try going to a cooler big city instead of a resort.
You can get some great deals in the winter by opting to go to a city like New York, Washington DC or San Francisco because there is less business travel there in the winter.

Consider alternate airports. For example, Tampa and Fort Lauderdale are good substitutes for Orlando and Miami respectively in Florida. You may have a longer drive to your final destination but you’ll save a lot on airfare.

Schedule connecting flights out of Southern airports.
Those airports are far less likely to experience weather related problems in the winter.

Fly early. Early morning flights are cheaper and have the best chance of going out on time.

If your flight is cancelled:

Be the first to find out. This increases your chances of getting an alternate flight that works for you. is a good tool to use to get the most up-to-date information.

Have an alternate flight in mind before contacting your airline. You don’t want to depend on just the airline to find you the flight you want. Besides, telling them the exact flight you want will insure you get it faster and save everyone a lot of time.

When all else fails consider going to Vegas. If you know you’re not going to be getting to your destination for a while, Las Vegas is a pretty good place to wait it out. It has a huge airport with lots of flights, cheap hotels, and clear weather. Besides it’s better to be stuck in Las Vegas than the frozen tundra of Chicago, Detroit, or Minneapolis.

You want to avoid this fate at all costs.

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Four Tips For Working on Vatcation

A recent survey recently revealed that about 60 percent of Americans work during their vacations. Interestingly enough, many of those surveyed said that some work during their vacations put them at ease. Being disconnected from your job for a week or two can cause anxiety of not knowing what is going on and an occasional check in can ease worries. If you’re someone who can’t completely go off the grid on your vacation Lifehacker put together a some good tips on how best to work while on vacation:

Don’t work if you don’t have to – Remember what the whole purpose of a vacation is in the first place. You’re going on vacation to recharge your batteries and spend quality time with family and friends. By taking some time off you’re making it so you’ll be more efficient when you return to work. It’s best to stay off the grid with the exception of an emergency arising.

Budget specific times to work – Let your co-workers know that you will only be in contact during certain limited hours. As for when that time should be make it when you anticipate downtime so you don’t miss out on all of the best parts of your vacation. Also stick to the time you allotted yourself and don’t go over it if you can help it.

Don’t take on any big projects – Limit yourself to answering emails and a few other quick low-stress tasks when you’re on vacation. Try to hand off the bigger tasks to your coworkers when you’re out and offer to do the same for them when they go on vacation.

Prepare for an unreliable Internet connection – This is especially true when you’re going off the beaten path for vacation. Many places around the world don’t have fast, reliable broadband so make sure you have a plan to deal with that. This may mean investing in a different data plan, setting up alternative browsers, and limiting yourself to tasks that are light on bandwidth.

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50 things to do in Boston this winter

Make the most of your winter trip to Boston with TimeOut Boston’s list of 50 things to do in Boston this winter. There is something particulary beautiful about Boston in wintertime. Maybe it’s the graceful silence of snowfalling in the Public Gardens, or watching ice skaters twirl around the Boston Common Frog Pond underneath a veil of holiday lights. Even trudging up the Beacon Hill to glance at the historic brownstones feels more ethereal in the brisk of winter. As someone who visits Boston each winter, I assure you if you can get past the snowy, frigid weather and don’t mind your finger tips occasionally freezing, there is no better time to visit Boston. However, the greatest thing about this list is most of these events take place indoors! We recommend #10, a visit to the Cambridge Antique Market, (201 Monsignor O’Brien Highway, East Cambridge) where you are sure to find something for everyone in this five floor location offering the best of vintage and antique finds.

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