There’s a reason “Follow the Honey,” in Cambridge, Massachusetts is not just a simple honey store. For founder and owner, anning, traveling the world on her personal journey led her to open a shop filled with honey stories to tell, and products with a conscience.
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Must we trade brunch dates and Bloody Mary’s for barely edible pancakes and sippy cups once we have kids? Hardly. Chicago restaurateurs, many of whom now claim the title of parents themselves, know how to host a good brunch which welcomes us and our progeny. Unlike some downtown areas which only [ ... ]
For those living in the middle of Missouri, there are only a few options for hitting the "big city" -- St. Louis, Mo., or Memphis, Tenn. Last spring, my gal pal Jessie and I chose to visit Memphis for the first time.
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I’m a sucker for an old-fashioned candy shop. I just love the candy-filled bins, the drugstore-feel complete with a bar and soda jerk…it makes everyone feel like a kid. With unique treats like Elvis Bark and chocolate-covered bacon, the Big Top Candy Shop in Austin, Texas is a fun treat for any [ ... ]
When planning out your summer road trip don't overlook Devil's Tower, Wyoming. It is one of my favorite side trips and possibly one of the most overlooked National Parks.
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Vegetarian travel gets easier in the summer, when farmers markets and their bounteous produce draw tourists and local chefs. Summer is also know for outdoor eating, and New York City has one of the best (I’m slightly biased) eating extravagnzas, orgasburg. Actually, make that two. Smorgasburg ha [ ... ]
You could visit South Florida without paying homage to the Everglades, but why would you want to? And paying proper homage to the Florida Everglades requires an airboat ride.
Check the expiration dates on your drivers' license, passport, credit cards, and any other travel documents you'll be using. While you can sometimes get on your flight with an expired ID (emphasis on the sometimes), you will not be able to rent a car. Yes, I'm writing from first-hand experience with this! This can completely ruin your family vacation, especially if you are the only adult traveling. Keep in mind that registries often do not let you know in advance when your license is about to expire.
Make sure you pay all of your bills by their due dates. If not, you may be faced with some major late fees. Where possible, also pay bills that are due several days after you return. When you come back from vacation, you may not want, or have time, to pay bills right away.
Check with your cell phone provider and your bank to see if what texting, data, phone call, and ATM fees will be at your destination (assuming you are traveling oversees).
Let your credit card company know you are traveling, especially if you are going to several destinations. Otherwise, they may start declining your card as a security precaution. It can be a huge hassle to call the credit card company to reinstate your card, once you are on vacation.
Check with your credit card and car insurance company to see what type of car rental insurance you'll need. Often, you are already covered and will not need to purchase supplemental insurance. But, that's not a decision you'll want to make at the car rental counter.
What other financial things do you take care of before heading on vacation?