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10 Most Dog-Friendly Vacation Spots in the U.S.

As more dog lovers are bringing their beloved pooches along on vacation, finding accommodations can be challenging.  A great blog written by Inteletravel lists the top 10 dog friendly places to travel in the U.S. Below are the 10 cities and must visit destinations ranked by Vacations.com.

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA

Definitely Visit: The Lighthouse Ice Cream Shop, a sweet family owned ice cream parlor that stocks doggie ice cream line, Frosty Paws.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA

Definitely Visit: One (or two… or three) of the wineries that allow dogs to tour their grounds! A few of the dog-friendly ones include Bluestone, First Colony Wineries and Blenhelm.

THE FINGER LAKES, NEW YORK

Definitely Visit: The Watkins Glen State Park, which is home to nineteen breathtaking waterfalls, and will allow your leashed pet to enjoy the scenery

WISCONSIN, THE WHOLE PLACE

Definitely Visit: Have a dog that really loves getting wet and wild? The Kettle Moraine State Forest has a designated area where you can train your dog in water skills!

ARIZONA, THE WHOLE PLACE

Definitely Visit: The Grand Canyon National Park, where you and your pup can enjoy one of the most famous and breathtaking views in the country.

PORTLAND, OREGON

Definitely Visit: The annual Canines Uncorked Wine Tour. With this event, pet parents and their pups are able to participate in a benefit for shelter animals. Tour 16 wineries with free wine tasting and doggie activities including decorating dog treats, meeting adoptable dogs or letting your pooch enjoy a doggie massage!

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

Definitely Visit: The Mercury Canine Cruise, where you and your pet can enjoy a 90-minute boat ride on the Chicago River.

AUSTIN, TEXAS

Definitely Visit: The Bow Wow Bone, a mobile dog-food truck that cooks up some snacks for pups of any size.

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA

Definitely Visit: The Mutt Lynch Winery in Sonoma County has brought together the wonderful worlds of wine and dogs. Grab a bottle of Merlot Over & Play Dead or Unleashed Chardonnay and help support local dog shelters and animal rescues!

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

Definitely Visit: The K9 Fun Zone, an indoor doggie playground. You can rent the space for a single dog or a group of dogs to play and exercise.

Have fun vacationing with your four-legged child!

 

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Why Not Taking A Vacation Can Cost You

timeconstraintsHow many times have you thought about taking a vacation, but resigned not too? Whether it’s because of financial reasons or time constrains, more than half of Americans (55%) leave vacation days unused. (I’m guilty as charged)!
Did you know not taking a trip is costing you money?!!
Yes, it may sound counterintuitive, but not getting away can do more harm than good, and here’s why.

People who use 11 or more vacation days are more likely to get a praise.

In the article, Data Driven Case for Vacation, it’s noted that people who took 11 or more days of vacation were 65.4% likely to receive a raise in a three year period. While those who took less time off only had a 34.6% chance.

WHAT!!

Wait a minute, those who rarely take vacation days (like my boyfriend), are less likely to get a raise?
I know you may be hesitant to believe this and some of you may completely object. I felt the same way initially.

In truth, by not taking vacation days, you’re leaving money on the table.

Shawn Achor and Michelle Gielan said it best,
“If you are not taking all your time off, you’re not working more — you’re volunteering your time.”
In other words you are working for free!
In fact, Americans are forfeiting $61.4 billion in benefits.
You’re also less productive when you don’t take time off. Being able to relax and go somewhere far from home can increase your well-being.

Our daily routines can consume all of our time and life is about more than accomplishment.  When you take the time to create experiences life becomes more fulfilling and that’s the key to happiness.
We never know what tomorrow will bring, so do what you can while you can to enjoy life and plan that well deserved vacation!

 

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How To Plan Stress Free Travel 5 Part Series

Stress Free Travel
Stress Free Travel

Summer travel has officially started and while savvy travelers planned out their summer excursions months ago, others are just now planning getaways.

Although I’m a huge fan of planning travel months in advance, unexpected “stuff” can happen and a few short weeks can be all you have.  However much time you have to plan your summer adventures, avoiding travel stress will ensure memorable experiences and resources well spent.

Did you know that poorly planned and stressful vacations eliminate the positive benefits of time away?*

Wow, that’s mind blowing!!!!

In the online Business Harvard Review, an article by Shawn Anchor states that most of the happiness obtained from vacation is dependent upon the stress level of the vacation. Which means the more stressful the travel experience, the less it benefits your well-being.

This explains why I’ve had lack luster trips and needed a “vacation” from my vacation. All the time spent figuring out where to buy this and that, how to find blah, blah, blah, is exhausting and can suck the fun out of getting away!

Isn’t the purpose of  leisure travel to decompress, have fun, and come back rejuvenated?

If you’re nodding your head and thinking, heck yea, then you can appreciate a well planned adventure my friend.  I’ll share with you 5 tips to stress free travel.

When suggestions below are applied, travelers create an inclusive trip that eliminates stress, enhances experiences, and increases happiness.

Ok, I know you want to overlook this. However, after research and personal experience, I assure you the more thorough you are in planning your trip, the less stress you will have.

5 Tips To Stress Free Travel

1. Allocation of travel funds
How to prioritize your budget.

2. Itinerary & Activities
How to create a daily schedule of activities based on your budget.

3. Choosing Lodging & transportation
How to choose the best lodging for your excursion.

4. All-Inclusive Vacations
What to know about exclusions before you book your vacation.

5. Travel Agent or Online Booking
The pros and cons of having a travel agent versus self-booking travel.

Isn’t it interesting how each point seem like a no brainer? I think so! These 5 tips appear to be common sense, yet so many travelers disregard the importance of each idea.

In this 5 part series, we’ll explore steps you can take during travel planning so that you reap the benefits of being away.

Let’s help you plan a fabulous trip!

 

Please feel free to ask questions or make comments regarding How To Plan Stress Free Travel.
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