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June 2000


Today’s Tour Guide: Musclebunny

It’s 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!

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This month, due to our upcoming summer hiatus, we have preselected
one lucky reader as our winner.
NoDumbBunny please email to collect your mini travel package.