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Taking Off: Travel Trends in 2013 [Infographic]

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Taking Off: Travel Trends in 2013
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Everyone loves holidays. Just the thought of an impending trip is enough put a smile on anyone's face. In fact, according to The Huffington Post, "the anticipation of an upcoming vacation has been shown to boost happiness for up to two months before a leisure trip takes place, making your actual travel arrangements can be more headache-inducing than anything else." Travelling is sold as a romantic affair with never a glimpse of the perils, complications and stresses that hit us normal folks in the real world. With these tips, your own trips might become that little bit closer to those idyllic images.

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I love traveling…that sentence alone cannot adequately convey the deepness of that statement. It is my number one passion in life. But, it is certainly not a cheap endeavor. While it would be nice to be able to pick locations and accommodations without a thought to money, that is not the reality for most of us. But, that does not mean we cannot have an awesome time.

 I am 32, and personally, the hostel crowd with shared bathrooms and bunk beds is just not for me.  I need quiet and privacy; I do not drink or party, nor do I want to stay in a place where I have to listen to everyone do just these things in the bar downstairs. I know there are people who can go this route into their 60’s without a problem, I know I have seen them. It is the ultimate budget accommodation, but if you know this scene is not for you and your financial situation gives you a bit more flexibility, I feel I can offer some helpful advice that can help stretch your dollars.

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If there’s one benefit to social media, it’s that it makes it easier to stay put. After all, why venture outside the comfortable confines of your warm and snug home if you can tweet, Facebook and Instagram your way to a full and rollicking social life or build your professional network while seeking new job opportunities on LinkedIn?

Social media makes sitting around so easy that many people forget how easy it is to use while traveling, too. In fact, social media not only provides a fun distraction while you’re waiting in line at the airport, but also, it offers you an opportunity to be more productive while you’re on the road. Let’s take a closer look at what it means to merge social media with travel and get the most bang for your buck out of both endeavors in 2013.

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Are you looking forward to take your family on a vacation but are on a tight budget? Well guess what-you can actually bring your family to a fantastic holiday treat for $500 or less! It’s actually all about the proper planning and selecting the kind of vacation you want to take; by making the right choices you are able to give your folks a memorable getaway under such a small budget.

If you’re curious about how to do this, then here’s a step-by-step guide:

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When you're going to a foreign country, you are presented with a whole host of different options when it comes to getting your hands on the right currency. Working out which method suits your needs best can be a minefield, as can calculating whether you're getting the best deal.

What are the pros and cons of foreign currency?

Foreign currency might just be the most convenient way to pay for tickets to attractions and restaurant trips while you're abroad. You'd be hard pressed to find an establishment that doesn't accept notes and coins, after all.

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Italy is one of the ultimate destinations for anyone planning a camping holiday in Europe. It may not have the most campsites, but it arguably has some of the most beautiful settings that you could hope to find if you want to enjoy the great outdoors in comfort and style. Here’s a guide to everything you need to know to plan your perfect camping holiday in Italy:

What To Know Before You Travel Solo

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Ensure Your Documents are One Hundred Percent in Order

Before leaving on any trip, in a group or especially if you are travelling alone, make sure your passport has a minimum of six months remaining, as of the date of your return. Make sure your visas are completed properly. In addition to the stamp in your passport keep any letters of approval with you at all times.

Make three copies of your documents. Once in a foreign country, other than an immigration officer, you should never give your original documents to anyone. A clear, readable copy is all that is required. Even the police must accept the use of a copy. If asked where your passport is, say it is at the embassy, or consulate, getting more pages added. 

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One of the many decisions that need to be made when planning a trip is exactly where you are going to stay. Though your choice of accommodation is certainly not as important as your choice of destination, it isn’t something that you should rush into either (Image Source).

For most backpackers, the choice comes down to the multiple hostels located in just about every major city. If you are a backpacker and you want to get the most out of your choice, try to avoid making any of the following surprisingly common mistakes.

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More people are taking their pets with them when they travel. Companies in the travel industry realize that they need to accommodate these travelers if they want to earn their business. Car rental companies are offering features in their vehicles to make them safer for dogs. More hotels are also changing their policies to be more accommodating for people traveling with pets (Image source).

However, you may have a difficult time finding a hotel that offers the flexibility that you are looking for. One recent study found that over half of people traveling with pets weren’t happy with the options available to them. You will want to know what hotels you can visit and make sure that you find one that meets your criteria. Here are some things that you will want to take into consideration when you are looking to travel with your pet.

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