Simple Solutions to Enjoying Your Summer Vacation Travel

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Family summer vacation travel season is upon us. It is a great way to create memories with our loved ones. However, traveling can sometimes be complex and stressful. Here are some simple ways you can take the pain out of your next trip.

  • If you are a frequent traveler, check with the airports you frequent to see if they a “fast lane” line that you can get approved for. A back ground check is done to provide you with a security clearance card.
  • Be aware of any events taking place in your destination city that could affect your travel plans (especially if it is a big convention city).
  • Make sure you have a picture ID and that your name matches the boarding pass. Know if a passport or Visa is required for your trip.
  • Make sure to take plenty of snacks to tie you over between meals.
  • Take along plenty of cash to use as tips during your trip.
  • Be prepared for security checks:
    • Remove any electronics from carry-on luggage (tape a card with your name and contact information on your electronics);
    • Have liquids in 3oz bottles and in a see through, one1 quart zip lock bag.
    • If traveling with a pet, be sure to bring a leash so carriers can be properly screened.
    • Make sure you are not carrying any weapons including a pocket knife.
  • Give yourself enough time to arrive at the airport early (1-2 hours).

Note – most airports are busiest from 9am to 11am and from 4pm to 7pm; reconfirm international flights 24 to 48 hours before departure.

Travel Resources

  • Transportation Security Administration (TSA) – homeland security is changing their security procedures all the time. Please check their website for the latest news. You will find a list of prohibited items for carry-on luggage here.
  • Easy Click Travel – full-service online travel agency for bargain shoppers.
  • Minimus – travel-sized and individual sized items. Since the TSA regulates liquids, make sure you have travel sizes and pack them in a clear quart-sized zip-lock bag. Check the TSA website beforehand for current restrictions.
  • Juice Beauty products now come in travel sizes for your summer vacations.
  • Handle your baggage wisely. Use one of the luggage services below. Don’t let this be you:

  • Luggage Forward – a convenient and affordable alternative to carrying and checking bags.
  • Luggage Free –  a specialty service giving you the ability to ship luggage ahead to any destination worldwide. Avoid the inconvenience of carrying, checking and claiming luggage – even going through customs.
  • Pingo – a pre-paid calling card service that offers great rates on international and domestic long distance, along with unbeatable quality, simplicity and convenience.
  • Fodor’s Travel Guidebooks: FREE S&H – guidebooks for over 300 destinations worldwide. Includes up-to-date travel information, in-depth restaurant and hotel reviews, and smart travel tips to make vacation planning easier.
  • Learn the language of your summer vacation travel destination and save up to 25% off + Free S&H storewide using code SAVENOW.
  • – finds first-rate airport parking facilities nationwide.
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  • Travel e-planner – get checklists, travel meal planners, log sheets, templates, and more!

Find a great sizzling summer vacation travel read:

Whether you’re headed to the beach, taking an urban adventure, or headed overseas, these suppliers have the perfect travel companion for wherever you roam. Book your next reading adventure now!

  • AudioBooksNow – online audiobook download and streaming service.
  • Kobo – offering one of the world’s largest catalogs with millions of titles, world-class eReading devices, and top-ranking apps.
  • Dover – offers books and eBooks for every age and interest.
  • Random House – nearly 250 editorially and creatively independent publishing imprints.
  • Chronicle – an independent publisher with a large selection.

Take summer vacation travel pictures to preserve memories

Then edit them with PicMonkey to create even more fun and creative images. Include some anecdotes and fun captions. Create a personalized photobook for each member of the trip.

You can also use a free photo printing app, Printicular which works with Walgreens, dm drogerie, Kodak Alaris and other retailers. Send pictures straight from your mobile device, social media, or cloud storage. You can even order home delivery.

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Whether you jump in your car with a mug of coffee, battle traffic before you battle office politics, you’re a stay-at-home mom, or you’re working from home and wondering how to find focused work, you know you don’t want to do it forever.

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WARNING: Your computer/network is at risk!

You and your employees should be aware of a significant and malicious ransomware known as WannaCry (or WanaCrypt) that is currently spreading across Windows PCs in organizations worldwide. You may want to make your employees and customers aware of the impact that this threat could have. Your files could be encrypted and held for ransom by the attacker.

Ransomware is a type of malicious software designed to prevent access to computer systems and files, either by locking the system or the files until a ransom is paid.  This Ransomware, also categorized as Crypto-Ransomware, encrypts files and systems preventing access until a ransom is paid.  This type of malware is also known for theft of different types of data on infected systems.

WannaCry first appeared on Friday, May 12. The number of exploit attempts dropped slightly on Saturday and Sunday but remained quite high. Exploit numbers increased on Monday, presumably as people returned to work after the weekend.

WannaCry searches for and encrypts 176 different file types and affixes .WCRY to the end of the file name. It asks users to pay a $300 ransom in bitcoins. The ransom note indicates that the payment amount will be doubled after three days. If payment is not made after seven days, the encrypted files will be deleted.

Any unpatched Windows computer is potentially susceptible to WannaCry. Organizations are particularly at risk because of its ability to spread across networks and a number of organizations globally have been affected, the majority of which are in Europe. However, individuals can also be affected.

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Involve your children in this activity and help them learn about the letter writing process and the postal system. Writing helps improve communication skills and literacy. Here are some ideas to help get you started. Continue reading