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Want to plan a summer trip without breaking the bank? Check these out

Traveling is like a therapy for most of us. Are you planning a trip with your family this SUMMER? But, worried how much it would cost? Then, don’t! Check out some really awesome affordable places in the country to enjoy the summers.

1. Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nevada

Finally, Las Vegas has able to change its name from Sin City to a place where you can enjoy and have fun with your family. Unlike the past, it’s all safe and sound now. If you’re willing to take a road trip, you can drive southeast of Vegas to visit the Hoover Dam, situated between the Arizona and Nevada border. Visit the Discovery Children’s Museum as your kids would love it. Are you planning a stopover? But, can’t stretch your wallet too much? Don’t worry! You’d find plenty of affordable hotels here. And indeed, you can try your luck at the casinos.

2. Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida

This place is all known for its theme parks from Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando Resort to SeaWorld Orlando and Legoland Florida. If you’re not much into the theme parks, then visit the Kennedy Space Center or enjoy a budget-friendly family fun at Gatorland. Do you love speed? Yes? Then rev up for the annual Coke Zero 400 at the Daytona International Speedway on 2nd July 2016. Want to take a boat ride? Visit the Shingle Creek where you can do so by using rentable canoes, kayaks or paddleboards.

3. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Georgia

Atlanta Metropolitan area has plenty of attractions, starting from the birthplace of civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. to the hometown of Coca-cola. Also, Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park is a must watch. Buy an Atlanta CityPass and get entrance to the:

  • Georgia Aquarium
  • World of Coca-Cola
  • Inside CNN Studio tour
  • Atlanta Zoo or Center for Civil and Human Rights
  • Fernbank Museum of Natural History or College Football Hall of Fame.

4. Salt Lake City, Utah

Apart from some amazing skiing places like the Park City, this place has more to offer you in the summertime. To indulge yourself into some historical charm you can visit the city’s historic Temple Square and Marmalade Hill Historical District. If you love mountains and adventure, then hiking and biking at Big Cottonwood Canyon, Ensign Peak, Little Cottonwood Canyon, Silver Lake, Lake Solitude will rev up your soul.

5. Austin-Round Rock, Texas

This city is known as the “live music capital of the world” has plenty of fun activities and gastronomic delights for you. For music lovers, it’s a treat to visit this city as you would find more than 250 music venues here. Check out the Bremond Block Historic District for some historical experience. You can satisfy your taste buds with lip-smacking foods at the Franklin BBQ.

6. Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque is one of the best city for a low-cost vacation. Your trip is incomplete without the joyride in a hot air balloon over the Rio Grande Valley. Or if you want to stay close to the ground, then you’d find an avalanche of well-established hiking trails in the Sandia mountains.
Want to have more fun in Albuquerque? Then, check out some of the top-rated tourist attractions like:

  • Albuquerque Museum of Art and History
  • Old Town
  • Albuquerque Biological Park
  • Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
  • KiMo Theatre
  • Rio Grande Nature Center State Park
  • Church of San Felipe de Neri
  • Sandia Peak Tramway
  • New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
  • Explora! Science Center and Children’s Museum

7. Boston, Massachusetts

You can stir up your summer timetable with a vacation to Boston. Summer is the ideal time to enjoy the harbor and outdoor parks in Boston. You can arrange a picnic on Boston Commons or take a stroll along the Freedom Trail. You can enjoy free concerts of The Landmark Orchestra on Wednesday nights at Hatch Memorial Shell. The Go Boston card can save you more money with free and discounted entries to over 70 tourist attractions in the city. Don’t forget to catch a baseball game at the Fenway park.

8. Morro Bay, California

Before you head toward somewhere else, take a halt to the beautiful waterfront city of Morro Bay in San Luis Obispo County, California. Also, there are plenty of affordable hotels available for your stay. You can enjoy a gala time with your family at these awesome places here:

  • Morro Rock
  • Morro Bay State Park
  • Museum of Natural History
  • Morro Strand State Beach
  • Bay Theatre
  • Anchor Memorial Park
  • Hearst Castle
  • Morro Bay Aquarium

9. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

The Myrtle Beach has a lot to offer you while you enjoy the sunshine. You can satisfy your glutton with great foods at the world-class eateries here. Check out some free things to do in the Myrtle Beach:

  • Spend your day and enjoy the sound of the waves at the Beach.
  • Enjoy free firework shows and nighttime entertainment at Broadway at the Beach.
  • Satisfy your taste buds with free samples at Pepper Palace and the Fudgery.
  • Take a tour around the arcades at the Barefoot Landing and enjoy free trick-or-treating and car shows.
  • Enjoy some rich artistical works at the Myrtle Beach Art Museum.

10. Chicago, Illinois

This is another affordable American city that has more in store for you. The Go Chicago Card and Go Select Pass Chicago would help you save more of your paycheck while you’re on a vacation. Chicago has ample of free tourist attractions like:

  • Chicago Cultural Center
  • Chicago Parks and Beaches
  • Cambodian American Heritage Museum
  • Hyde Park Art Center
  • Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Hull-House
  • Chicago Botanic Garden

You don’t always need to dig too deep in your savings account to enjoy a vacation. Summer is on its way! Plan in advance so that you get good discounts on flight tickets and hotel bookings.

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Are you traveling abroad for the first time? Check out 9 tips…

Who doesn’t love traveling? Traveling is my passion. Summer months are coming, and I’m looking forward to travel. I love to see places, experience different cultures, taste the sumptuous cuisine, and so on. But, traveling abroad is always exciting. I still remember my first-time travel to Europe.

However, it’s also a daunting feeling to travel abroad though excitement helps to overcome it.

Here are 9 tips for you if you’re planning an overseas tour for the first time.

  1. Carry copies of your passport – It is very scary to think that you go abroad, and your passport gets stolen. Even if it happens, you can get back to your country if you carry copies of your passport. Even better, leave a copy of your passport at home or with someone trustworthy. Also, make an electronic copy and store it in your email account.
  2. Have an idea about the conversion rate – Find out the conversion rate so that you’re well aware and can plan accordingly.
  3. Check with your insurance company – Check with your health insurance provider whether or not your policy applies to overseas as well. Also, check out whether or not your policy covers emergencies if any. If required, go for a supplemental insurance policy as per your needs. Along with it, check with your doctor and make sure that you have all the required vaccinations, and you have renewed prescriptions.
  4. Carry a charger adapter with you – Different countries have different voltage and size plugs. So, make sure you’ll be able to charge your iPad or iPod. It’s better to buy a universal travel adapter.
  5. Pack a set of clothes in your carry-on bag – Always have a set of clothes and necessary medicines in your carry-on bag. In case the airline loses your luggage, you’ll have a dress change with you along with your regular medicines, if any.
  6. Check with your credit card companies – Call your credit card company to make sure that your card(s) will work in the country you’re visiting. Also, sometimes, the credit card companies turn off cards as a security measure when they find that a transaction is happening in another country. So, informing them beforehand will help you avoid this inconvenience.
  7. Carry phone numbers in writing – It is better if you carry some important phone numbers, written in a notebook, with you. Even if you’re not able to use your mobile phone, if you have the numbers, you can make the required calls.
  8. Get yourself registered with your embassy – If you register yourself with your embassy, then it’ll be easier for the government to contact you if required and you can get back home in case of any problem.
  9. Carry guidebooks – Guidebooks are the best friends of overseas travelers. You can get every possible information – road maps, weather, sightseeing attractions, cuisine information, etc., which will help you in a new country.

So, wish you a very happy and exciting trip! Don’t forget your share your experience here…

 

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Easy tips to kick off business with little or no capital

“Any time is a good time to start a company.” – Ron Conway, Noted Startup Investor, SV Angel

Is generating more income your resolution for this year? But, you have little or no money. If this is bothering you, then don’t take too much stress. In this article, I would provide you the solution for your problem. You just need to have confidence and other matters will fall into place.

How to start a business with little or no income

Tip 1: Build your business with what you have

Instead of experimenting the areas where you lack proper skills, try to set up your business around your area of expertise. This would reduce your level of dependency upon others. Remember, the more self-dependent you become, the less money you’ll require for your business. If you want to become a successful entrepreneur, then you must start your business with what you have and choose a field in which you’re an expert.

Tip 2: Inform everyone about your business

One of the important moves in setting up your business is to let others know about it. Initially, you can inform your family members, relatives, friends, and past colleagues about your business. Social media is an active platform where you can aware people about your new venture. Your band name would get automatically recognized once you’ve built up your business contact. You can take the help of the Internet for some smart marketing strategies for your business.

Tip 3: Stay away from needless expenses

When you start a business, you cannot avoid certain important expenses. You’ve to deal with plenty of expenses at a time. What you could do is to avoid overspending. Don’t indulge in unnecessary expenses. This would make your pocket heavy.

Being frugal would build your business gradually. But, it won’t cause a decline in your business. Remember the famous quote, “slow and steady wins the race.” Carry out your research skillfully so that you can optimize your expenses better. So, you need to chalk out a proper budget for your business before taking the plunge.

Tip 4: Do a monthly revision of your actions

Analyze your work on a monthly basis if you want your business to flourish. Check out what you’re doing and what you’re not. Review your actions and find out the loopholes that are creating a problem. Try to fix those issues and implement strategies that are good for your business.

Tip 5: Build up sweat equity

At the beginning, you have to do all the hard work to build up sweat equity in your business. It would save you more money, help you to build the brand name of your company and increase the value of your business. This is a cost-effective option for cash-strapped entrepreneurs for their initial venture.

Tip 6: Sell unused goods to earn money

Do you have lots of unused stuff? If so, then sell those to make money. Garage sales are also useful in selling unused goods. If you don’t have old and unused stuff to sell, then you can sell your services to earn money.

Tip 7: Don’t get covered under a credit card debt or loan

When you start a business, you require a lot of things starting from new computers, types of furniture, phones to other supplies, and much more. You must use your credit smartly to start your business and not for getting a credit card debt or loan. You can use your company’s revenue to fund your expenses. But, don’t get into a debt trap!

# A piece of advice: Always keep calm and count your actions before executing them. Remember, it’s better to “be safe than sorry.”

I hope these tips are helpful!
Your precious suggestions are always welcome.

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