Tips for Avoiding Jet Lag

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Flying between time zones can really throw off a traveler's internal clock, making you feel as though you need to nap right when you arrive at your destination instead of getting out and enjoying the place. While there isn't an official "cure" for jet lag, these suggestions for things you should do before and during the flight will help prevent jet lag from occurring. 

1. Stay healthy before your trip. Do your best to eat well, get a full night's sleep, and exercise before your trip. A few days before you depart, try to gradually adjust your sleeping and eating schedules to fit with those of your destination. You'll be used to that schedule by the time you arrive at your destination.

2. Stay hydrated. One of the most important items on this list is to stay hydrated while in the air. Try your best to avoid beverages that contain alcohol or caffeine. Instead, drink lots of water or juice to keep hydrated. We suggest drinking a glass of water or juice each hour you're in the air.


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Avoid Labor Day Traffic Like a Pro

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Thinking about squeezing in a Labor Day weekend road trip? It's nice to end the summer with a relaxing vacation before the kids head back to school, however, Labor Day weekend is known for its horrendous highway traffic. But don't fret—we've got you covered! Here's a list of ways you can avoid the headache and hassle of Labor Day travel.

1. Choose a less popular area. Lots of people will be visiting the popular summer spots. But you can have just as much fun somewhere else, with less of a crowd. Make sure to book your hotel on Tingo, and if the price of your reservation goes down, you'll automatically be refunded the difference.

2. Prepare your vehicle. Before you leave for your trip, inspect your vehicle and take care of any necessary maintenance. Make sure you leave with a full tank of gas and a car emergency kit, just in case something happens along the way.


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Saving on Flights Just Got a Little Bit Easier

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Our sister site Airfarewatchdog, the site that helps you track down airfare deals and provides money-saving tips, just released its first iOS app, which makes it easier to save on commercial flights. The app helps you look for getaways from your local airport—it even includes deals not advertised by airlines! You can save on your favorite routes and set push notifications so that you'll be alerted whenever a good fare from your favorite city becomes available. You can even stay informed with tons of useful air-travel information from the experts at Airfarewatchblog. The app is available in the iTunes store, so download it today and start saving!


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Check Out Jetsetter's 2014 Best of the Best Hotels

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Which hotel is number one for communing with nature? Where can you find the best-looking hotel guests? Our sister company Jetsetter just awarded The 2014 Best of the Best Hotels in categories that matter to you. Trust us; Jetsetter knows what they're talking about when it comes to chic sleeps.


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9 Ways to Save on Summer Travel

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The expensive summer travel season is almost here! Whether you're going on an international voyage or a weekend road trip, it's important to keep your trip stress-free and your budget intact. We have some tips to help you save money on your vacation.

  1. Sign up for airfare alerts. Sites like Airfarewatchdog will notify you of dirt-cheap fares so you don't have to go looking for them yourself. Airfarewatchdog employs a team of experts that scour the web for the best fares, and they're notorious for uncovering "hidden" sales that aren't advertised. Unlike most fare-alert services, the site includes fares from Southwest and Allegiant.
  2. Choose a smaller airport. You can often find a better airfare deal if you fly out of a regional airport instead of a major international one.
  3. Pack a carry-on bag instead. Baggage fees have gotten outrageous. Instead of paying the fee to check a bag, pack lightly and cram everything into a carry-on bag. You'll save money and you'll save time at the airport.

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Buckle Up: The Best Summer Road Trips

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Summer is fast approaching! The warmer months are the perfect time to load up the car and take a road trip. Spending a week or two traveling from place to place is a great way to see the wonderful things the world has to offer while spending quality time with the friends or family members you bring along. Thankfully, we came up with a few suggestions to help you plan your summer vacation.

New England Coast

New England is home to many beautiful beaches and numerous tourist attractions. Some key stops to make are Salem, MA, where you can learn about the Salem Witch Trials at the Salem Witch Museum; Hampton Beach, NH, where you can stop for a day in the sun; and Acadia National Park, ME, America's second most popular national park.


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9 Secrets to Scoring a Hotel Upgrade

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Scoring a hotel upgrade can be fairly easy. Upgrades do not necessarily have to mean larger rooms; they can also include things like better views, bigger beds, or quieter areas in the hotel. The first step is asking hotel staff if any upgrades are available—many travelers forget to do so. You'll never know what kind of upgrade you can score until you ask! Here are nine more tips to scoring hotel upgrades:

1. Join a hotel loyalty program. Most programs are free and members get upgrades and other cool perks. Hotels often give special treatment to repeat customers, so let staff know at the time of reservation that you're a loyal customer.

2. Travel off-season. Guests have a better chance of scoring an upgrade when hotels aren't at full capacity.


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The Best City Destinations for Affordable Spring Travel

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We've had to dig ourselves out from quite a few snowstorms this winter and we're getting sick of it! Spring—and spring travel—can't come soon enough. The best part? Traveling during these months doesn't have to break the bank. In fact, we found three cities that offer great deals in their off-peak season.

Newport, RI

Newport happens to be one of America's most well preserved cities. Stroll through giant mansions and admire the preserved museums and landscapes from years ago. Take a deep breath of salty air as you look out into the ocean from one of Newport's beaches, or plan to spend the day outdoors on a boat, biking around town, or walking through Newport's boutiques and shops, art galleries, or other historical sites. Check out Newport hotels on Tingo here.


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Best Beaches for a Winter Escape


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Sure, snowball fights and ice-skating are plenty of fun, but after a while, enduring the winter cold becomes miserable. There's no better way to beat the winter blues than packing a beach bag and heading somewhere sunny and warm. Start planning your sandy escape to one of our top beach destinations! We'll let you in on a little secret—fabulous hotels in Hawaii, Mexico, and Florida are on sale on Tingo right now!

Hawaii

Kaanapali Beach, Maui: This beach is perfect for a vacation full of pampering and relaxation. The beach is lined with cabanas, all kinds of beach activities, and butlers who will deliver the drink of your choice—piña colada, please! Many of Hawaii's biggest and nicest resorts are nearby, so there are plenty of locations in which you can splurge. Soak up some rays and work on your tan, knowing that you're lounging on one of Hawaii's prettiest beaches.

North Shore, Oahu: The North Shore is a surfer's heaven. The waves attract top surfers from around the world but are also calm enough for a beginner to test out the sport. If surfing isn't your thing, you can still appreciate it by watching one of the many competitions in the area. Or, shop in the nearby town and enjoy the local treat of rainbow-flavored shave ice.

Hanalei Bay, Kauai: Hanalei Bay beach, more than two miles long, is one of the most picturesque in the world. The waves are great for surfing and boogie boarding. In the summer, the water becomes much calmer, making it more like a lake. At that time, it's a better environment for stand-up paddle boarding and swimming. The best part about Hanalei Bay is that it's not usually crowded, so you'll have plenty of space to take in the beautiful surroundings and enjoy yourself. 


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Hotel Checkout Checklist

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Nothing is worse than getting back home from a vacation and realizing you left your favorite jacket in the hotel closet or your laptop charger in the outlet. Next time you check out, look over this list and make sure you can answer "yes" to the following questions:

1. Did I pack the night before? It's easier to pack up your suitcase the night before you check out of a hotel room. That way, you're not pressed for time and rushing to make the checkout time, and you'll avoid leaving items behind.
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