Smart Travel & Incentives Reviews Your Winter Vacation Options

Smart Travel & Incentives has put together a list of recommended vacation locations for this winter season.   For your convenience we have grouped them into 5 recommendations each for cold vacations and hot vacations.

Smart Travel & Incentives offers premium travel and vacation packages at amazing affordable rates.  To help you make your dream come true, Smart Travel & Incentives also offers travel reviews, guides and articles about vacation destinations.  Smart Travel & Incentives is also interested in eco-tourism and green vacations and offers articles and tips about eco-friendly vacations.  Here at Smart Travel & Incentives, we take pride in being able to assist you with planning your dream vacation and Smart Travel & Incentives hopes to assist you by making your dreams come true.

Smart Travel & Incentives Presents: Get Your Chill On!

Alaska –  Alaska has a little something for everyone from dog sledding to viewing the northern lights.  Known for its extreme cold, with a little care and precaution Alaska has lot of entertainment options and activities for the entire family.

Lake Tahoe – Lake Tahoe has been one of the most famous winter holiday vacation spots in the United States for years. With an average annual snowfall of 360 inches, Lake Tahoe is a winter wonderland full of fun and excited for the whole family.

New England – New England is one of the most historic places in the entire United States with a number great historic sites throughout the area to include Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.  Massachusetts and Maine offer some of the most beautiful ski resorts in the country and New Hampshire is home to the spectacular White Mountain area.

Wisconsin Dells – The Wisconsin Dells, a small northern town offers some of the very best vacation packages around.  For instance the Great Wolf Lodge is home to one of the largest indoor water parks in the United States.  A visit to the Wisconsin Dells offers the best of both worlds in the winter time: a brisk snowy day outside and a beautiful summer day at a water park indoors.

Yellowstone – The Yellowstone National Park is one of the most famous winter destinations in the United States and offers everything from learning programs to lodging which is ideal for the whole family.

Smart Travel & Incentives Presents: When You’re Hot You’re Hot!

Austin, Texas – Austin, Texas, has great weather in January with warm days and cool nights.  The city offers a nice mix of architecture, history, museums, hiking trails, shopping and an exciting night life.

Orlando – If being hot is your goal, then look no further than Orlando.  Orlando has a wide variety of attractions to include Walt Disney which offers great winter discounts.   There are the great beaches, exotic restaurants and more.

Las Vegas – Las Vegas is the destination choice for many who enjoy both sun and fun.  Las Vegas is about as fun as a place can be with all the bright lights of the strip, great entertainment and evening shows, shopping, fine dining and of course gambling.

Myrtle Beach – South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach is a great place to vacation in winter.  The locals are extremely friendly and the prices are reasonable.  Known for its “Southern Hospitality” in Myrtle Beach everyone is treated like family.

Virginia Beach – Virginia Beach is great for the entire family with its golden sand beaches and amazing boardwalk.  And getting there is half the fun.  To reach Virginia Beach you first encounter a series of bridges and tunnels.  There are many shops along the way too.

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Smart Travel & Incentives Presents A Useful Vacation Checklist

Smart Travel & Incentives is pleased to offer some advice regarding vacation checklists.  Vacation planning often begins months in advance, but to simplify things a bit we are only including items that are critical beginning the week before you travel.

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One Week in Advance

  1. Begin going through all your travel documents and make sure you have copies of any documentation required for your travel.
  2. Check with airlines, charter services, hotels, resorts, etc. and confirm your reservations and where applicable your seating location.  Be sure to ask the airlines about any changes in restricted items and recent changes in security levels.
  3. Drop off any items requiring dry cleaning.
  4. Make arrangements to secure any valuables you are leaving behind
  5. Make arrangements with a friend or neighbor to pick up your mail and newspapers, etc. to make sure your house does not look unoccupied. Also arrange to board your pet(s) or come and check on them while you are away.
  6. Make sure that all your current bills have been paid.
  7. Notify the local police and/or security company about your travel plans and that your home will be unoccupied.
  8. Start limiting the amount of perishable groceries you purchase at the grocery store.
  9. Start looking at the weather reports in your destination location to be sure you pack accordingly.
  10. Start removing all old tags, stickers, etc. from your luggage and make sure that each of your luggage items are properly identified on the inside and outside. At a minimum include your name and either a telephone number or an email address.

One Day in Advance

  1. Be sure to return any videos, library books or other borrowed items.
  2. Be sure to water all your house plants and move them to an area with indirect lighting.  Plants are usually good for a couple of weeks if watered and moved someplace cool with indirect lighting.
  3. Clean any perishables out of the refrigerator and turn the temperature to its lowest setting.
  4. Confirm any flight reservations as most airlines recommend doing so 24 hours prior to departure to make sure you are aware of any cancellations or delays.
  5. Pack your entire luggage and have it ready by the door for your departure the following day.
  6. Prepare your car making sure it is fueled up, washed, vacuumed and check the tire pressure and all fluid levels (oil, power steering, radiator, wipers, etc.).

The Day of Travel

  1. Be sure to dress in your bulkiest and heaviest clothes as this will lighten your luggage substantially saving you money and effort.
  2. Be sure to leave a clear set of instructions and emergency numbers for your house sitter, pet sitter, or anyone else who you might have coming to check on the house during your absence.
  3. Check all the windows and doors and any other entry ways into your home to make sure they are properly secured.
  4. Do a final walk through in every room of the house.  Check to be sure that you have not left on a coffee pot, iron, curling iron, etc.
  5. Make sure if you have any pets that you leave out enough food for the duration of your trip or have made arrangements to have them tended to or housed while away.
  6. Remove any garbage and recyclables from the house.
  7. Set any alarms, home security cameras, etc. and be sure to lock the door behind you.
  8. Set timers for your radios, lights, even televisions when you can to insure your house does not look vacant.
  9. Set your air temperature at 65F in winter or 72F in summer and be sure to close any curtains, drapes or blinds in most windows but be sure to leave the front of the house as you usually would to make sure it looks normal.
  10. Turn the temperature on your water heater down.
  11. Unplug any expensive electronic devices in case there is a power surge form an electrical storm while you are away.

Smart Travel & Incentives Vacations Offers Tips For Traveling Light

At Smart Travel & Incentives Vacations, we hope you have had — or will have — a great vacation this year!

Don’t you hate lugging behind all that heavy luggage when traveling?  Most people pack entirely too much when traveling.  People vow to never pack that much again, yet year after year they find themselves struggling with heavy burdensome baggage.

If you are interested in learning how to travel light and still have plenty to wear, Travel To Go is pleased to give you a few tips on what to include, what to leave out and how to make your trip easier than ever this year.

  1. Downsize the quantity of items you pack.  You probably do not need 4 travel books, 6 maps, 2 pairs of binoculars, etc.
  2. Eliminate any items that are provided at your destination.   Call ahead and verify what exactly is offered by your accommodation and tour operator.
  3. Get travel sized toiletries or better yet purchase containers made for travel and fill them with your favorite toilet items to save you money.
  4. Only pack 2 pairs of shoes.  Wear your bulkiest heaviest pair and pack the other.
  5. Pack a carryon bag which will allow you to pack your other items in a smaller, lighter suitcase.
  6. Pack items in plastic bags making sure to remove excess air.  2-gallon zip lock bags are great for this and can greatly reduce the volume of the items you are packing often times allowing you to use carryon luggage for shorter trips and smaller suitcases for longer trips.
  7. Plan on doing laundry while on vacation.  Most travel destinations offer laundry services.  Pack one pair of pants (or skirt) for every 2 days of travel, one shirt per day, 2 formal or evening wear items and pack about half the undergarments you need.  By planning on doing laundry once per week, you will have less luggage, more room for other items and will not feel inconvenienced in any way.
  8. Take the time to organize things on your bed before packing everything into your suitcases.  This way you can avoid packing too many of one particular item by mistake.
  9.  Wear your heaviest pair of shoes and if traveling in winter time be sure to wear multiple layers using the heaviest and bulkiest items you are bringing on your trip.
  10. When selecting clothing items pick colors that easily mix and match so you can pack fewer items and less accessories.

Smart Travel & Incentives Reviews The Need For Travel Insurance

You are about to being your vacation and are wondering about direct travel insurance but you are not sure if you need it.  Direct travel insurance is coverage for when you are on vacation, or otherwise traveling away from home.  Prices and types of coverage do vary, and often times it is best to contact your home insurance company to see if they offer vacation coverage before seeking out direct travel insurance.  

Smart Travel & Incentives is pleased to provide the following information to assist you with answering commonly asked questions including the type of coverage direct travel insurance includes.

Purchasing Travel Insurance

The exact type of coverage you will need will vary depending on your particular needs and where you plan on traveling.  When purchasing travel insurance always be sure to go through the details of your policy, making sure to note any exclusions that may relate to your trip.   Be sure to do this prior to signing the contract and making your final payment.

Medical Coverage

The type of medical coverage you will need depends on where you plan on traveling. The cost of medical care can vary greatly in different countries. Also if you need to be evacuated from another country the costs can be tremendous, and often times outside the financial ability of many people.

For this reason, medical coverage is probably the most important travel insurance to purchase as the cost will seem like pennies when compared to the fees associated with hospital stays or medical evacuation should either situation arise.

What to look for with Medical Coverage

When you are looking at what options are available with different policies be sure that the coverage includes: hospital stays, emergency (or medical) evacuation, unlimited personal liability, coverage for pre-existing conditions, and coverage for someone to accompany you if traveling alone and requiring medical evacuation.

Other than medical, what are the types of coverage available with travel insurance?

Travel insurance covers a variety of different situations that could arise during your vacation or business trip.  Below are a few specifics regarding different coverage to assist you in finding a plan that is right for you and for your family.

Cancellations: If for some reason you need to cancel a holiday or business trip you have already booked and paid for due to a serious injury or illness of yourself or a relative, with this type of coverage you are likely to be able to cover any financial losses.

Delays: Often times flight delays not only impact your travel time, but also can adversely affect your other flights or reservations.  Travel insurance covering delays will greatly reduce the financial impact and help cover costs associated with delays.

Luggage: In the unlucky event your luggage is damaged, lost or stolen you will be glad you purchased travel insurance covering baggage.   Be sure to check whether you are covered for stolen luggage from a locked car or hotel room, what the limits are for coverage, and if your chosen policy reimburses for lost cash.

Rental Cars/Personal liability: When renting a car the rental car company usually offers coverage but it does not always fully cover your personal liability.  This is particularly important in the case of an injury accident.  If you have travel insurance, this portion of the policy may either supplement the rental car coverage or could cover those expenses associated with personal liability if someone is injured. This cover will often include the legal expenses for accident as well.

In essence, protect yourself when investing in your next trip abroad and ensure both yourself and loved ones you leave behind have peace of mind that if there are mishaps, you are covered. Do your homework prior to purchasing a policy and understand exactly what it is you are covered for.

Smart Travel & Incentives Celebrates With Some International Holiday Vacation Ideas

Smart Travel & Incentives offers amazing vacation incentives sure to suit all your travel needs.   Smart Travel & Incentives also reviews great vacation destinations and offers travel tips & tricks.

Smart Travel & Incentives offers premium travel and vacation packages at amazing affordable rates.  To help you make your dream come true, Smart Travel & Incentives also offers travel reviews, guides and articles about vacation destinations.  Smart Travel & Incentives is also interested in eco-tourism and green vacations and offers articles and tips about eco-friendly vacations.  Here at Smart Travel & Incentives, we take pride in being able to assist you with planning your dream vacation and Smart Travel & Incentives hopes to assist you by making your dreams come true.

Puebla,Mexico

This beautiful Colonial city of vivid primary colors is just two hours by bus from busy Mexico City. It’s home to many Mexican delights, such as mole—the spicy chocolate sauce flavored with chili peppers, cinnamon, and fruit; chiles en nogada, a wondrous concoction of a chili stuffed with meat in a nut cream sauce that’s Mexico’s national dish; and talavera, hand-painted ceramic pottery and tiles. Take a cooking class at Meson Sacristia de la Compania, a hotel that’s hot-pink-and-purple interior is filled with antiques for sale, and is one of five boutique hotels in 16th- through 18th-century mansions called Tesoros de Puebla in the UNESCO-designated historic center. Watch Las Posadas, night processions re-enacting the search of Mary and Joseph for shelter downtown and in neighborhoods in Puebla.

Quebec City, Canada

The walled old town of mansard roofs and stone buildings; the Quartier Petit Champlain, where a cobblestone street is lined by specialty shops and evergreens adorned with lights; the castle-like clifftop Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac hotel that looms over all; and francais heard everywhere: It’s France minus the jet lag. A snowy white Christmas is guaranteed. Nearby is dog-sledding, Nordic spas, and an Ice Hotel, perfect for cuddling with your honey.

Germany

Sniff the heady aroma of gluhwein (hot mulled wine), spicy gingerbread, roasted nuts, and grilled bratwurst in the frosty air, and browse the garland-strewn stalls selling handicrafts, tree ornaments, wooden toys, and scarves, surrounded by thousands of lights. You’re at one of 2,500-plus Christmas markets held throughout Germany in December. Most end Christmas Eve, the majority are held in the town’s main square, and regional variations prevail. In the north, Bremen has a medieval-themed torchlit riverside market, plus another one in the main square, while Lubeck has a market depicting Grimm’s fairy tale scenes and a market featuring artisans from nearby Scandinavia and the Baltic in the magnificently-frescoed Hospital of the Holy Ghost. Picturesque Bavarian towns like Rothenburg, Dinkelsbuhl, and Bad Tolz that look storybook-like enough year-round become positively magical in Christmas season. Indoor and outdoor concerts and festively-decorated evergreens abound: Germany, after all, is where the tree-trimming tradition began.

Smart Travel and Incentives Celebrates With Some Top Holiday Vacation Ideas

Smart Travel & Incentives has put together a list of recommended vacation locations for this winter season.   For your convenience we have grouped them into 5 recommendations each for cold vacations and hot vacations.

Smart Travel & Incentives offers premium travel and vacation packages at amazing affordable rates.  To help you make your dream come true, Smart Travel & Incentives also offers travel reviews, guides and articles about vacation destinations.  Smart Travel & Incentives is also interested in eco-tourism and green vacations and offers articles and tips about eco-friendly vacations.  Here at Smart Travel & Incentives, we take pride in being able to assist you with planning your dream vacation and Smart Travel & Incentives hopes to assist you by making your dreams come true.

The autumn is here and vacation planning for fall and winter has begun. One of the top times for travel both in the U.S. is around Christmas. Festivals and holiday events can be found throughout the U.S. and offer many great ways to take advantage of some well earned time off for your vacation. Smart Travel and Incentives would like to take a look at this year’s top travel ideas. Let Smart Travel and Incentives offer you some great tips on travel and travel planning for your winter vacation as we take a look at 3 of the best ways to celebrate this year.

New York City

New York City is one of the U.S. most popular destinations for travel year round. Despite the fact that it is a great place to travel throughout the year, Christmas offers a whole different kind of experience for you to enjoy when traveling to this amazing city. Celebrations, fireworks, festivals, contests and events throughout the city keep visitors busy Christmas season and the weeks leading up to this spectacular day.

New Orleans, Louisiana

Caroling by candlelight in front of St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square; free jazz, gospel, and classical concerts inside the cathedral; free cooking demonstrations by top chefs; four- and five-course Reveillon menus at many restaurants—a Creole custom once served Christmas Eve after midnight Mass to break a day-long fast—and “teddy bear teas”: the Mardi Gras joie de vivre can be found here every day in December. Stroll the French Quarter, where the lacy iron balconies of pastel 19th-century homes are draped in greenery and lights. Shop Magazine Street, a 60-block stretch of shops and restaurants in quaint gingerbread cottages. Or admire the Southern-style mansions of the Garden District by streetcar. Rejoice that many hotels start at $99. In plantation country nearby, watch nightly bonfires along the Mississippi River help light the way for Papa Noel, to the tune of toe-tapping Cajun music.

San Antonio, Texas

The always-festive River Walk—festooned with more than 122,000 colored lights and 6,000 luminarias (candle-filled paper bags) at Christmastime—glitters with art installations like oversized fiberglass fish suspended over the river. A river barge is a scenic way to experience the River Walk, which seems to add more shops, restaurant, and other attractions each year. Shop for colorful folk art and crafts in La Villita, the Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, and outstanding museums like the McNay, San Antonio Museum of Art, and the Museo Alameda, a Smithsonian-affiliate Hispanic museum.

Smart Travel and Incentives invites you to enjoy the amazing festivals throughout the Christmas season. Make the most of your travels by knowing what is going on around your destination before you go. Christmas is one of the busiest holidays of the year and may require pre-planning on your part. Make sure you don’t miss the big events by planning early with tips on travel during the Christmas holiday season with Smart Travel and Incentives as your travel partner.

Smart Travel & Incentives Reviews Top Destinations In U.S. Cities

Smart Travel & Incentives offers reviews of fabulous vacation destinations.  Smart Travel & Incentives offers great incentive packages at discounted prices.  Smart Travel & Incentives is here to assist with all your family vacation planning.

Smart Travel & Incentives offers premium travel and vacation packages at amazing affordable rates.  To help you make your dream come true, Smart Travel & Incentives also offers travel reviews, guides and articles about vacation destinations.  Smart Travel & Incentives is also interested in eco-tourism and green vacations and offers articles and tips about eco-friendly vacations.  Here at Smart Travel & Incentives, we take pride in being able to assist you with planning your dream vacation and Smart Travel & Incentives hopes to assist you by making your dreams come true.

The United States is filled with amazing cities for travelers to explore. From the awe inspiring sites of the city of New York to the wonders in Chicago and San Francisco, we are lucky to have some to the top destinations for travel never very far away. From culture and history to shopping, dining and arts, visit the top cities in the U.S., a great way to enjoy your vacation with Smart Travel & Incentives.

Boston – Located in Massachusetts, Boston is one of the most historical cities in the U.S. Events and activities are offered throughout the summer and are focused on the rich history of the U.S. and its early formation.

Chicago – The windy city, fall and summer are great times to visit Chi town. Here you can enjoy historical sites and amazing structures including the John Hancock building. Great sites include museums and aquariums.

Los Angeles – Free and inexpensive events and activities are easy to find in LA. Other events include theatre and fine dining throughout the city. LA is a great place to visit for families and friends alike.

New York – The busiest city in the U.S., New York City will be welcoming almost 50 million travelers this year alone. Top sites include:

  • Ellis Island
  • Empire State Building
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Upcoming – 9/11 Memorial

Orlando – In Florida, Orlando is known as the city with the most amusement parks. Disney is just one of many great family destinations you can enjoy in Orlando year round. Avoid summer and visit in fall to avoid the crowds.

San Francisco – Found in California, San Francisco has comfortable year round temperatures and many amazing waterfront destinations to explore. Known for friendly people and great food, top sites include:

  • Botanical Gardens
  • Golden Gate Bridge and Park

Washington DC – Our nation’s capital, Washington is home to the Smithsonian and much more. Historic sites from hundreds of years ago still stand as a reminder of our nation’s history.  Washington D.C. is one of the most popular family destinations in the U.S.

Whether you enjoy exploring big cities or small town America, Smart Travel & Incentives   invites you to explore more for less with us. A members only travel club, Smart Travel & Incentives offers deep discounts on travel and travel services and more. Save on cruises, destinations and activities as well as accommodations and make the most of your vacations with Smart Travel & Incentives. If you travel frequently and want to travel more, find out how Smart Travel & Incentives   can help you.