Top 10 Ways You Can Stay Safe on Your Next Vacation

Top 10 Ways You Can Stay Safe on Your Next Vacation

If you are like us, one of our initial fears about traveling was being safe. Being in a new place, around new people and new cultures almost prevented us from traveling. Yet, after a few trips, our fears began to subside. Much of our fears were of our own thoughts and not based on real evidence. Most people desire to live in a safe place and work to maintain the safety of their cities and neighborhoods.


Because others want to be safe, it doesn’t mean you should skip any concern about safety. It also doesn’t mean you should keep safety from your mind as you travel. Safety should always be on your mind, even in your own home. To be safe while you travel takes a little preparation, and begins when you pack.

Here are the top 10 ways you can stay safe on your next vacation:

#1. To avoid being a target, dress conservatively. A flashy wardrobe or one that is too casual can mark you as a tourist. As much as possible, avoid the appearance of affluence. Instead, dress modestly and don’t try to draw attention to yourself because of your dress.

Dress Conservatively when you travel and is one of the top 10 ways you can stay safe on your next vacation.


#2. Always try to travel light. If you do, you can move more quickly and will be more likely to have a free hand. You will also be less tired and less likely to set your luggage down, leaving it unattended.


#3. You should carry the smallest amount of valuables necessary for your trip. Plus you should plan a place or places to conceal them.


Your passport, cash and credit cards are most secure when locked in a hotel safe. Make sure your safe works before you place your valuables in them.

Secure your passport while you travel and make sure purchase travel protection in case you loose your passport. This is one of the top 10 ways you can stay safe on your next vacation.


When you do carry valuables with you, you may wish to conceal them in several places. You should not put them all in one wallet or pouch.


Avoid handbags, fanny packs and outside pockets which are easy targets for thieves. Inside pockets and a sturdy shoulder bag with the strap worn across your chest are safer. One of the safest places to carry valuables is in a pouch or money belt worn under your clothing.

We also recommend you purchase Travel Protection to cover your valuables in the event they get lost or stolen. Many Travel Protection products will cover you and your valuables. Make sure you choose a Travel Protection Product that covers valuable.


#4. If you wear glasses, pack an extra pair. Bring them and any medicines you need in your carry-on luggage.


#5. To avoid problems when going through customs, keep your medicines in their original containers. Bring a copy of your prescriptions and the generic names for the drugs.


If a medication is common or contains narcotics, carry a letter from your doctor attesting your medical need. If you have any doubt about the legality of carrying a certain drug into a country, consult the embassy or consulate of that country before you travel.

Keeping your medicines in their original containers and bring a copy of your prescriptions and the generic names for the drugs is one of the top 10 ways you can stay safe on your next vacation.


#6. Bring one or two major credit cards instead of cash. This helps in the event one of your cards is not accepted where you are traveling. It also helps if your cash is lost or stolen. It always helps to have alternate ways to fund your vacation!


#7. Pack an extra set of passport photos along with a photocopy of your passport information page. This makes getting a replacement of your passport easier in the event it gets lost or stolen.


#8. Put your name, address and telephone numbers inside and outside of each piece of luggage. Use covered luggage tags to avoid casual observation of your identity or nationality. If possible, lock your luggage.

Putting your name, address and telephone numbers inside and outside of each piece of luggage. This is one way of the top 10 ways you can stay safe on your next vacation.


#9. Wash your hands often. One of the best ways to prevent the spread of germs is to wash your hands with warm water and soap.


Also, take some small bottles of hand sanitizer with you. It will come in handy when washrooms are not accessible.


#10. Buy Travel Protection before you travel. While you can do your part to protect yourself, somethings are un-foreseen. For this reason, buying Travel Protection is a smart investment for you.


We recommend you buy a travel protection policy from a reputable company. We also recommend you have more than just cancelation coverage.

Conclusion

Vacations are too precious and too few for interruptions. With a little planning before you pack, you increase your safety while you travel.

We hope these top 10 ways you can stay safe on your next vacation do that – keep you safe. The next time you begin to pack for your vacation, think about your safety! If you would like to see a packing list that includes some of the items above plus some additional items, check out our packing list; developed after several domestic and international travels.

Magnified Vacations CruiseOne is a locally owned and operated leisure Travel Agency located in Avon, IN. We specialize in helping couples and families reconnect by crafting seamless and memorable Cruise, Resort, Disney, Tour, and Group vacations. Our Vacation Planning Services are free and will not add any additional cost to your trip. We service the Avon, Brownsburg, Plainfield, Danville and greater Indianapolis Indiana area.

Best Street Food in the World

Best Street Food in the World

Best Steet Food in the World

One of the most popular aspects of traveling is trying different food. Head for the bustling city streets to devour some of the most authentic local food! Whether it’s from a food cart, truck or booth, you can’t go wrong with sampling the medley of flavors the world has to offer. Check out our top picks for the best street food in the world!

Berlin, Germany

Once the bars close in Berlin, you know where everyone is heading next! Well if you don’t, they are off to the currywurst stands to munch on chopped brats topped with a tangy ketchup and curry powder, and served with a side of fries. Or, take your taste buds on an adventure with Turkish doner kebab, lamb burgers, German potato pancakes topped with cottage cheese or even dumplings. Berlin has grown significantly when it comes to street food, taste for yourself!

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The city revolves around the beach and this is where you will find the best food carts. From skewered shrimp to açai bowls, this city’s authentic food can satisfy any craving. You can’t miss the tasty snack of pão de queijo; they are a mix of flour and cheese baked to perfection! Other street foods you must try include the tapioca crepes, kebabs, fried pastries and coxinha – shredded chicken covered in dough and deep–fried. No matter if you are craving meat or sweet fruit, there are lots of delicious options to chow down on in Rio de Janeiro!

Kingston, Jamaica

Satisfy the desire of your rumbling stomach with the most well–known dish in Jamaica: jerk chicken. This chicken is marinated with allspice and Scotch bonnet pepper rub then cooked over pimento wood until it is tender enough to fall off the bone. The combination of the smoky flavor with the seasoning is unlike any other! Don’t forget to sample some oxtail stew or sweetened bread called festival. Embrace the spices of Jamaica all while listening to reggae in the perfect weather.

Bangkok, Thailand

Known as one of the best cities for foodies, Bangkok also takes the cake for some of the best street food. No matter where you go, you will discover hidden food gems. Head to the famous Yaowarat Road in Chinatown to taste the robust flavors of oyster omelets and spicy seafood soup. Some other delectable dishes you can find around the streets of Bangkok include fried mussel pancakes, papaya salad, fried rice, mango sticky rice and the all popular, pad thai. Let your stomach be your guide and savor the flavors of Thailand.

Singapore

Birthing the ubiquitous hawk centers, Singapore takes their street food so seriously that they even organized street food vendors into an open–air complex of stalls. A heavy regulation means every meal is delicious and safe to eat! In fact, it’s so good that the Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle food stall actually received a Michelin star in the city’s inaugural guide. Some delicacies that this city is known for include steamed pork buns, dumplings, curried fish heads, soya beancurd, duck rice and chili crab. If you are really feeling adventurous, dig into BBQ stingray or frog porridge. There is a mouth–watering meal for everyone in Singapore!

Ho Ci Minh City, Vietnam

The streets of Ho Chi Minh City are flooded with plenty of unbelievably tasty eats. If you don’t know which direction of food you’d like to try first, start with well–known dishes such as bánh mì sandwiches, which consist of meat on a French baguette, and pho, a clear broth soup that consists of warm noodles which can be seasoned to find that perfect balance of sweet and spicy. But don’t forget about banh xeo, stuffed pancakes or bún cha cá, a fried fish cake soup. Feed your appetite in Ho Chi Minh City!

Cartagena, Columbia

Eat your way through Cartagena! Street vendors here are experts in cooking sweet corn arepas stuffed with melted mozzarella cheese to give you an explosion of savory flavors. If you are looking for a lighter bite, there are ceviche or shrimp cocktails to help you embrace the coastal feel. You can also enjoy meat empanadas or bollos (tamales) and wash it down with some fresh juice all to embrace the cultural taste of Colombia! Another specialty is patacones, the Colombian version of tostones (fried green plantains) but stuffed with garlic. The wonderful variety of cuisine makes Cartagena a perfect destination for street food.

Where has you experience the best “street food”?  We would like to know.  Leave a comment or drop us a line at [email protected] and tell us what and where!

Unique Beach Destinations 2018

Unique Beach Destinations 2018

What can you find by the Sea Shore?

Unique Beach Destinations

What comes to mind when you hear the word “beach? “Probably sinking your toes into the warm white sand, gazing out at the beautiful blue water and sipping on a tropical drink. However, beaches come in many different forms. If you want to change your perception of the beach, check out these unique beach destinations!

Glass Beach, Fort Bragg, California, USA

People used this beach in California to dispose of their trash before it became illegal in 1967. Over the years, the ocean worked its magic to smooth out the sharp edges of the glass debris and create wonderful treasures. What once was a dumping ground has now become home to beautiful sea glass of all different colors. Witness the glistening sea glass for yourself and take a trip to Glass Beach, where you can look but you can’t take!

Pink Sands Beach, Harbour Island, Bahamas

Although Pink Sands Beach is one of the smaller beaches on our list, it is a must–see. The microscopic coral insect foraminifera, which is found on this beach, has a red shell that when mixed together with the natural white sand, forms a marvelous pink hue. This beach is known as one of the best in the Bahamas and is definitely one you should add to your list!

Papakolea Beach, the Big Island, Hawaii

If you want to visit a beach with very distinctive colored sand, definitely take a trip to Papakolea Beach in Hawaii! Olivine crystals from volcanoes cause the sand to take on an olive coloring. This beach is off the beaten path and requires a two–mile hike, but the unique green quality of this beach is one you do not want to miss!

Giant Causeway, Northern Ireland

This beach is not one you’d want to tan and relax at but it’s the perfect photo opportunity! As the great mythical story says, a giant created these rock formations as stepping stones to reach his one love in Scotland. The scientific theory, although not as fun, is that the rock formations were caused by volcanic eruptions millions of years ago. Regardless if you prefer fact or fiction, the unique formations are so beautiful you must see it to believe it!

Playa Del Amor, Marieta Island, Mexico

Tucked beneath the surface of these islands, you’ll find the beautiful beach called Playa del Amor. While it means “Beach of Love,” it is better known as “Hidden Beach.” It is said that the hole that created this beach was due to the Mexican government using the islands for military testing, which caused a cavern type of formation. This secluded, gorgeous beach features turquoise waters, plenty of shade and room to explore!

Kohekohe Beach, Hampden, New Zealand

Scattered throughout this beach you can find spherical boulders up to nine feet in diameter and weighing tons. These boulders are a geological marvel formed by hardening sea sediment millions of years ago. Each one is unique, varying in size and shape – some with unique cracks and features. Take a journey to New Zealand and be amazed by the beach that looks like it is from another planet! Don’t forget your camera.

Where is your favorite beach? How do these compare with the beaches in the Caribbean? We would love to hear your thoughts and comments.

Any day is a good day when you are on a Beach!

Must Visit Places in Germany

Must Visit Places in Germany

Germany

Located in Western Europe, is a combination of cutting-edge modern and timeless tradition. It boasts of breathtaking landscapes, architectural masterpieces, bustling cities and charming villages. With over 2000 years of history, Germany offers visitors unique experiences. A perfect place to start the adventure is in Berlin, its capital. It is home to art and nightlife scenes, the Brandenburg Gate and many sites relating to WWII. Travel south and visit Frankfurt home to the European Central Bank or Munich which is known for its Oktoberfest and beer halls, including the 16th-century Hofbräuhaus. If visiting for the first time, here are some highlights you shouldn’t miss.

Berlin

Berlin, Germany’s capital, is an energetic and vibrant metropolis with classic and eccentric surroundings. There is elegant dining in an ex-brewery, world-class art displayed a WWII bunker, and all-night festivities in a power station. Be sure to visit the Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie or a few of the 175 museums displaying masters of art and antiquities. Take a boat ride past the Nikolaiviertel, the site of Berlin’s medieval beginnings.

Munich

The Bavarian capital is revered for its colorful native costume. For gentlemen, the lederhosen and for ladies, the dirndls. Beer halls with oompah bands are plentiful throughout the city. A visit during Oktoberfest is sure to please the senses. Take a break from the revelry and stroll through one of Europe’s most beautiful city parks, the Englischer Garten.

Romantic Rhine Valley

The Middle Rhine section links Bingen and Koblenz and is known as the Romantic Rhine Valley. Its beautiful landscape spotted with legendary castles and small villages built of half-timbered buildings are surrounded by steeply terraced vineyards that yield some of Germany’s most fabled Rieslings. Highlights include Braubach and the Marksburg Castle, Bacharach and Kaub. The Romantic Rhine Valley can be explored by car, train, bicycle, on foot and most romantically—by boat.

Bavarian Alps

The Bavarian Alps stretch from south of Munich and east to the Austrian border. For those interested in the slopes, Garmisch-Partenkirchen is famous for its ski slopes and breathtaking train ride to the top of the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain. For WWII history buffs, a visit to the Eagle’s Nest, Hitler’s mountaintop retreat at Berchtesgaden is a stirring experience. Or visit one of the Bavarian palaces, Linderhof, in southwest Bavaria near Ettal Abbey.

Black Forest

The Black Forest is the largest forested mountain range in southwest Germany and is bordered by the Rhine Valley to the west and south. There are patches so dark and thick in the forest that one might expect to stumble upon the witch’s house in Hansel and Gretel’s fairy tale. Triberg is Germany’s cuckoo clock capital with numerous souvenir shops and the world’s largest cuckoo clocks, each the size of a house. It’s also the birthplace of the black forest cake!
Café Schäfer in Triberg has the best.

Romantic Road

Germany’s most popular holiday route is the Romantic Road. A highlight along the way is Neuschwanstein, said to be the inspiration of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Germany has so much to offer, that one visit may not allow enough time to fully experience the grandeur of this magnificent country. To get started, give us a call and we will work to package a perfect trip for you.

Best of the Caribbean

Best of the Caribbean

Experience the Best of the Caribbean

The Caribbean is full of so many wonderful destinations for any type of traveler. However, the best way to experience the Caribbean is on a cruise. Here are some of the must-see destinations in the Caribbean.

Eastern Caribbean
As you sail through the islands of the Eastern Caribbean you could depart from sunny Miami to make your way to the US Virgin Islands for vividly colorful snorkeling in St. Thomas. Sip tropical drinks on a pristine beach to the beat of the Caribbean music on the British Virgin Island of Tortola. Or go exploring in a 4×4 vehicle when you arrive in Nassau. Whatever you choose, there’s no wrong way to relax and let loose on this vacation.

St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands: The town of Charlotte Amalie has one of the most breathtaking harbors in the world. Once home to pirates of long ago, today visitors find treasures of a different kind, beautiful beaches, and bountiful duty-free shopping are truly its claim to fame.

Tortola, British Virgin Islands: Discovered by Christopher Columbus himself in 1493, this exotic, peaceful island is home to both towering mahogany trees and white-sand beaches. The region offers a challenging hike that extends 1,780 feet up Sage Mountain. A great spot for awesome birdwatching and breathtaking views of Tortola and neighboring islands.

Nassau, Bahamas: From the waterfront to the end of Bay Street, you’ll find some of the best duty-free shopping and a charming mix of architecture, both old and new. But there’s plenty to do besides shopping…swim with the dolphins, try your luck in a casino or snorkel with colorful fish.  Nassau is also home to Atlantis, which is one of the top attractions in the Caribbean.

Western Caribbean
One of the most popular cruise itineraries sails the western Caribbean and features amazing ports of call such as Cozumel, Roatan, Belize, Jamaica and Grand Cayman not to mention all the cruise line private islands.

Falmouth, Jamaica: The Georgian-era city of Falmouth offers history and outdoor fun. Visit the Good Hope Great House, climb Dunn’s River Falls, ride a bamboo raft downstream, fly through the rainforest via zip-line or just relax on a beautiful beach.
Cozumel, Mexico: Cozumel features great diving, snorkeling and beaches, marine-life encounters, botanical gardens, trails and shopping in the town of San Miguel. The nearby mainland is home to Tulum, Mayan Cliffside ruins overlooking the Caribbean.

Southern Caribbean
A popular starting point for southern Caribbean cruises is San Juan. From here it’s easier to explore deeper into the Caribbean and visit unique, smaller islands along the way.

San Juan, Puerto Rico: With its cobblestone streets, brightly colored buildings and a history that stretches back to the Conquistadors, San Juan is a popular tourist destination.
St. George’s, Grenada: Known as the “Island of Spice,” Grenada is an island getaway you may never want to leave. Boasting rolling hills, rock-strewn terrain, pristine beaches and miles upon miles of unspoiled rainforest, this exotic island in the southeastern Caribbean Sea offers something for everyone.
Fort de France, Martinique: With its uniquely European flair, world-famous beaches and mountainous landscape, the island of Martinique has been charming visitors for years. As an overseas region of France, its citizens are French, the currency is the Euro and the official language is…you guessed it, French! Martinique is justifiably famous for its vibrant blend of Gallic and Caribbean culture, food and style…and jaw-dropping natural beauty.
Basseterre, St. Kitts: For those looking for an escape or exploration, St. Kitts has it all. On this small volcanic island in the West Indies, white-sand beaches, sapphire waters and a vibrant green rainforest mingle alongside historic, centuries-old sites that tell a deeper story of a culture that continues to inspire all who visit.

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