Todays Tour Guide: Musclebunny
Its vacation time....a time of long drives cross
country, long cramped flights next to Mr. Smelly,
or even a cruise of your dreams. Where are you
going this summer? Here are some tips to help
you prepare for your long awaited journey.
Always use travel books like 'eyewitness' or
'Fodor's'. Carry them with you to know all the best
spots, cheapest restaurants, best food, places to stay,
and hundreds of insights about your destination.
When traveling by car, make sure to have extra supplies
such as road flares, lights, food and water (to last a
couple of days at least), etc. Even if you don't use it
on your trip, you can still use everything later.
When making reservations, be sure to ask if the hotel is
located near a hospital, fire department, police station,
or ambulance dispatch. Although these services are great
in an emergency, they are less than desirable when sirens
scream near your room in the middle of the night.
Learn a few essential terms in the native language of the
country you are travelling to. For instance, if going to
a Spanish speaking country "Hola!" means
"hello" and "gracias" means
"thank you". Other essential words such as
food, water, restroom, etc. should also be learned. Not
only will the natives appreciate your effort, your trip
will be more enjoyable in learning a new language and
culture! Also, it can really help to get around easier!
Plan carefully before traveling. Pack coldeeze, or zinc
lozenges to fight off colds. (Builds up your immune
system.) Carry those little bottles of germ killer
lotions in your purse or pocket. (These are handy to wash
your hands before eating out at a restaurant.) Also,
don't forget to get a flu shot before leaving. It might
be a good idea to get a pneumonia vaccine shot, too. That
shot is good for 6 years.
Keep a Trip Check List which includes things you want to
be sure to take care of before your
departure. It might include such things as putting a
"hold" on your mail and newspapers, turning
your hot water heater to the lowest setting, unplugging
your computer, watering all plants, connecting a timer to
turn on lamps, making sure all appliances such as irons
and coffee makers are turned off, setting security
system, notifying a neighbor that you will be away. Check
these items off as you take care of them and enjoy your
trip knowing you haven't left necessary tasks undone!
HOT OFF THE PRESS
salutes this month's featured writer:
MR. JUNE: MUSCLEBUNNY
This month, due to our upcoming summer
hiatus, we have preselected
one lucky reader as our winner. NoDumbBunny please email
HotOffThePress@aol.com to collect your
mini travel package.