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Australia: 10 things that surprise Americans

For any Americans who have not had a chance to visit Australia, it is very easy to start believing some of the common Australia stereotypes. Personally, I have heard a few outrageous ones such as Australians are constantly drunk. Another common one is that every Australian knows how to surf and they ride kangaroo to school.

It’s amazing how little most Americans know about Australia. Of course, the best way to learn more about a country is to visit that country. However, even for Americans who have heard or read a lot about Australia, there are still things that will surprise them bout the country.

Here are 10 things about Australia that surprise Americans:

1. The C-word is not such a bad word

There are many words that Australians use that are not commonly used by Americans. Of course, you don’t expect American and Australian slang to be the same. What is likely to surprise you is how frequently Australians use the C-word. Well, the C-word is not such a taboo word for Australians when you’re around adult friends. Don’t ever use it in a business context though. There is a lot of other more entertaining Aussie slang out there for you to learn though!

2. Australians date one person at a time

Australian and American dating cultures are different in many ways. One distinct difference between the two cultures is that while an American can date several people at the same time, that is not the norm in Australia. Australians wait for one fling to be over before starting on another. Or at least they used to, but with the advent of Tinder who knows what happens now?

3. Free Wi-Fi is scarce

While virtually every cafe in America has free Wi-Fi, don’t expect the same generosity in Australia. For such an advanced country, this can be very surprising to many visitors. This is slowly changing as more and more businesses realise the importance of offering wifi but it is still far less prevalent in Australia than Americans are used to. So if you want to be online while sipping your coffee at a restaurant, make sure you have enough data on your phone just in case.

4. Narrow rich-poor gap

In America, there is a significant divide between the haves and the have-nots. That is l the case in Australia. Australians are more content to live their lives without worrying about being better off than the next person. Celebrity is also not as big as it is in America.

5. Not Everything is Poisonous

One of the most often repeated myths about Australia is half based in truth. Australia does have a huge variety of deadly poisonous snakes, arachnids, insects and sea creatures but it also has its fair share of non-poisonous fauna. Also though you do have to take care in rural areas, in urban environments most people take very few special precautions except for stamping on shoes if you leave them outside overnight.

6. You don’t need to tip in Australia

For an American who is used to giving tips all the time, you will be surprised to hear that tipping is not the order of the day in Australia. But there is a good reason for this. Workers in Australia receive wages that are enough for them to live off. On top of that, they receive benefits such as sick leave and a four-week vacation among others.

7. It’s weird to eat out alone

While it’s not a big deal to go out to eat or for a drink alone, in America, it’s not common to see an Australian in Australia sitting at a restaurant or a bar alone. It’s difficult to explain but that is just how it is in Australia.

8. Cash-only restaurants

Do you remember the last time you went to a restaurant in America that did not accept credit and debit cards? In Australia, you are likely to find a few of those here and there, particularly Thai restaurants for some reason. So if you want to save yourself some trouble, make sure you have some cash on you at all times or even just ask before you order. That said, the ATO has cash only restaurants directly in their crosshairs so maybe this slight inconvenience will disappear soon enough.

9. Friends are referred to as “mates”

Any American planning to visit Australia will need to find a way of adapting to the slang used there. “Mate” is the term used to refer to a friend. Almost every end of a sentence in Australia ends with the word “mate”. The word is used to convey friendliness between speakers.

10. Late night shopping and dining are not as common

Don’t assume that you can get anything you want at any time of the day in Australia. Most Australian businesses open in the morning and shut in the evening. In fact, you will rarely find businesses that operate up to midnight. So if you are used to the conveniences of having 24-hour outlets in America, be prepared to adjust a bit while in Australia.

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Four Reasons Why Montana Is the Perfect State for an RV Road Trip

Although you can technically pack up the family for a road trip in any state, no state compares to Montana. Everyone deserves to check out everything this amazing state has to offer, even if it means renting an RV from Outdoorsy first. Here are four wonderful reasons why you should pack up your bags and invest some time into taking an RV adventure in Montana.

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Big Sky Country

Montana is known as Big Sky Country. That’s because it is known for its expansive spaces that allow you to soak in the big blue sky in all its glory. It can be so moving that it is often compared to the feeling one gets while gazing into the ocean.

Montana’s wide open spaces have also provided inspiration to musicians throughout the years. The song “Big Sky Country” was released in the early 90’s. A modern country band that was formed in 2013 also uses the term Big Sky Country as its band name.

 

Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park is a must-see in your lifetime. Located in the northwest corner of the state, this huge park starts in Montana and continues into Canada.

In the summer, you’ll enjoy warmer weather, but the winter is equally beautiful and stunning. No matter what time of year you decide to RV through the area, you can choose from a number of park activities that include:

  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Backcountry camping
  • Boating
  • Guided tours
  • Ranger talks
  • Fishing
  • Cross-country skiing

There are campgrounds that will allow RVs, but they aren’t recommended in some areas, so make sure you do your research before you pull into the park.

 

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park is known throughout the country for providing an unforgettable outdoor experience. Although much of the park is located in Wyoming, there is plenty of park to check out in Montana.

As America’s first national park, you can expect to see sights you won’t see anywhere else. Whether you choose to stay in Montana or you decide to drive into Wyoming to check out the park in its entirety, there are plenty of wonderful sights to behold that include:

  • Old Faithful
  • The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
  • Yellowstone Lake
  • Grand Prismatic Spring
  • Norris Geyser Basin
  • Mammoth Hot Springs
  • And more

Yellow Stone River

If you’re more into water recreation than hiking and biking, make sure you swing the RV by Yellowstone River.

It has the impressive title as the last free flowing river in the lower 48 United States. It extends 670 miles to the Missouri river, undammed and untamed. Visiting this place makes you feel a bit like you’ve taken a step back in time.

Yellowstone River is the perfect place to fish, while floating down the river is a great activity during the warmest months of the year.

Montana is calling. What are you waiting for! Pack up the family, rent an RV, explore the best state in the country, and create lasting outdoor memories in this amazing state.

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Top 5 Things to Experience in Las Vegas

Las Vegas has to be one of the most exciting tourist destinations on the planet with a wealth of entertainment to satisfy all tastes. From the incredible to Las Vegas shows to the world’s classiest Casinos this is the place to indulge in all that is fun. This City is the entertainment capital of the World and there are certain things every tourist must experience when coming to Las Vegas. Here are Top 5 things to do in Las Vegas Experiences.

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Bar Hop The Las Vegas Strip

The Las Vegas strip is the most famous strip of entertainment on the planet. Just walking through the strip on an evening & soaking up the vibrance is an experience in itself. You can only imagine the wild stories slowly unfolding. Bar hop the Las Vegas strip and hold nothing back. Stop by the Bellagio and watch the spectacular water fountain show on the way before your next bar and finish of in one of Las Vegas top clubs like Omnia or XS for a wild night listening to one of the world best DJ’s.

Pool Party’s

Las Vegas is a 24 hour party destination, especially during the summer. While you nurse your hangover in the mornings thousands of young revelers are already on there way to Las Vegas Pool Parties that commence as early as 11 am.

Las Vegas holds the most famous and arguably the wildest pool parties on the planet. Day Club Venues such as Encore Beachclub, Wet Republic and the legendary Rehab Day Club at Hard Rock attract the world’s biggest DJ’s along with millions of party animals each year. These pool parties are absolutely rocking and a must-see experience for anyone in their 20’s. The crowd lets loose, beautiful young people neck shots, dive in the pool and dance around in bikinis to the booming electronic music.

Helicopter

Anyone coming to Las Vegas who doesn’t visit the Grand Canyon is seriously missing out on something! Both those on a short schedule and those who want to visit the Grand Canyon in some style should see it from a helicopter. 

The view of the Las Vegas Strip from above is an experience in itself, but the incredible scenery over the Grand Canyon via helicopter is something else. A must do Las Vegas experience for those visiting the city.

 

Gamble in Legendary Casinos

The Las Vegas Strip is home to some of the World’s Best Casinos and Casinos. The Venetian Hotel & Casino has its own river where guests can ride gondolas, then there is the world’s coolest water fountain show at the Bellagio as mentioned above. But get inside and things only get more exciting, the luxurious casinos are something to marvel over and the rush of playing blackjack or roulette in Venues as legendary as Caesars Palace is an absolutely fantastic experience. Just make sure what you gamble, your willing to lose!

Go to a Las Vegas Show

Nowhere does shows quite like Las Vegas! With and endless array of the worlds greatest shows to choose from. With musicals from legends such as The Beatles and Michael Jackson and the stunning acrobatic performances at the Cirque Du Soleil shows you are bound to left mind blown by the shows in Las Vegas. Remember to try to book things in advance to get the best deals.

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Five Ways to See the Best of Fort Lauderdale

Often referred to as the Venice of America, Fort Lauderdale beckons you to jump in an RV and cruise along the waterways that will take your breath away. Travel to Fort Lauderdale is for those who want a dreamy experience, a wide variety of options and budget-friendly prices.

Once a popular 1980s spring break destination, today’s Fort Lauderdale is much more tranquil with sandy shores that rub your feet just the right way. Keep reading to learn of some of the must-see travel attractions in this beautiful city.

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Drive to the Fort Lauderdale beaches

It’s a good thing you have an RV because Fort Lauderdale has 23 miles of sun-drenched beaches. What’s more is many of them have been classified by the Council of Washington DC as Blue Wave Beaches. You may be wondering what that means, well–the beaches are visitor-friendly, safe and clean.

Whether you want to give your skin a bit more color, go jet skiing, parasailing, swimming or just read that book you’ve been dying to finish–you’ll find something for everyone here. And, with your RV, you don’t have to trek the entire beach strip on foot–you can pick and choose the perfect beach spot for you.

There’s Pompano Beach, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Dania Beach Ocean Park, Hallandale Beach and Hollywood Beach. You can also dine on the freshest seafood while soaking up the unforgettable views. With lots of stops along the way here are some tips to keep you safe when driving.

 

Snorkel

Adding to the beach vibes, why not go under the sea? When traveling to Fort Lauderdale, you just have to pay a visit to the colorful sea life who make up the underwater universe. If you hit Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, the reefs are just 100 yards off shore. While snorkeling, you might catch a glimpse of queen angels, Spanish hogfish, sea turtles and more.

 

Museum of Discovery and Science

It’s always important to exercise your brain. When you’re feeling scorched, head indoors to enjoy two floors of interactive exhibits. Take a simulation to Mars or the Moon.

You might even like to convey your piloting chops in a simulated cock-pit. If you have your family with you, the Museum of Discovery and Science is a great place to visit.

 

Stroll along Las Olas Boulevard

This is a great place for a casual stroll where you can window shop and people watch. All the relaxing and Mediterranean-style storefronts are surrounded by palm trees. You’ll find everything here from cigars to beach wear, cafes and galleries. And, don’t forget to enjoy a slice of Key lime pie.

 

Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum

Founded by Arthur O. Stone, you’ll find the history of the Packard Motor Company. In fact, you’ll get to see several pre-war Packard cars. And, within the 30,000-square foot building, you’ll get to see thousands of pieces of memorabilia. In fact, there are 22 Packard automobiles built between 1900 and the 1940s.

 

Final thought

Fort Lauderdale, the Venice of America, is calling you to sway along with the palms and inhale the refreshingly salty air. Leave all your troubles behind, and RV along the scenic beaches. You’ll return home invigorated with a different life perspective.

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Come and Make an Adventure in Jackson Hole Wyoming

Recognized by Trip Advisor as a “Top World Destination”, Jackson Hole Wyoming is a preferred vacation stop for those in the know about special places to visit when you want a one of a kind adventure.

History of Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole is a 48-mile long valley that sits between the Teton Mountain Range and the Gros Ventre Range in Wyoming, America’s second least densely populated state. The area acquired its name from the biggest town sitting in it, which is called Jackson The “Hole” was used by early trappers or mountain men, who when entering the valley from the north and east would have to descend along relatively steep, and sloped, jagged peaks. This route gave the impression of one entering into a hole.

Back in the early 1800s, Jackson Hole became renowned for its amazing natural beauty and abundance of natural wildlife, particularly animals that were great for hunting, fishing and their furs. Jackson Hole’s low-lying valleys surrounded by mountains contain forest areas that are great habitat for beaver, moose, bighorn sheep and antelope and rivers and streams that abound in many of the country’s most prized fresh-water fish.

Today, Jackson Hole functions as the entryway to both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks and is home to three major ski areas. Each of these attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year and are accessible from the many wonderful Jackson Hole house rentals.

Within Jackson Hole sits several small towns including Jackson, Kelly, Moose, Moran, Wilson, and Teton Village.

Jackson Town

Jackson is the most visited town in Jackson Hole and is by far the most populated. The town of Jackson on the southern end of the Jackson Hole Valley, got its name in 1894 and became a municipality in 1914. Today Jackson is known primarily as a ski town, with its first ski resort, Snow King Resort was built in 1939.

The city serves as the main business and municipal hub of the valley and as such most of the area’s head offices are located here, along with the larger markets, entertainment venues and restaurants.

Town square sits in the heart of downtown Jackson recognizable by its Antler Arch entrance and range of nationally known and local shops that line its boardwalk. Here you can find everything from high-end clothing to souvenirs and some of the country’s best art galleries. So set aside some time for this part of your trip.

Teton Village

Located a picturesque 12 miles northwest of Jackson are Teton Village and the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, the largest and most popular ski area in Wyoming. People interested most in spending the majority of their time on the slopes tend to choose to stay in Teton Village because you can be skiing in less than ten minutes from the time you leave your hotels here.

The resort attracts every level of skier and snowboarder from beginner to expert on its more than 4,000-vertical feet of varied terrain. There are also professional skiing event happening throughout the winter.

During the summer, the resort is home to a myriad of activities including: mountain biking, scenic tram rides, hiking trails, paragliding, live music, and horseback riding.

Teton Village also has great shopping and dining and is home to the best coffee in the valley some say.

Just North of Teton Village sits the southern entrance to Grand Teton National Park. This section of the park is open only during the summer season and attracts visitors who want to view the varied wildlife and traverse its many hiking trails. There is also great fishing and boating throughout the park.

Lodging in Jackson Hole

There is great lodging throughout the Jackson Hole Valley. If you prefer to stay in Jackson Hole or Teton Village, there is the option of several good lodges and small hotels in both Jackson and Teton Village. If you want something more exclusive, the best option is to consider a Jackson Hole house rental. Currently, there are dozens of houses available for weeks at a time in the valley that can house up to large size parties looking to ski, hunt, fish or all three. You should book early in order to get the best selection of homes. When high season in winter or summer comes, the selection can get tight.

Activities

Known primarily for its first class winter resorts and as a top ski destination, Jackson Hole is also famous for summer its sports activities that happen throughout the year.

The Valley is located 60 miles from Yellowstone Park and 12 miles from Teton National Park, so getting to either is easy, and once inside a park all of the activities they afford are available in abundance. Many people stay in Jackson and visit the parks over a several day period while staying in the city.

The Snake River flows through the county and as a result there is excellent white water rafting, fishing and kayaking with boats for any of these activities available for rent.

Horseback riding is a favorite in these parts and there are many days-worth of trails that go up and through the mountains. If you choose you can also use these trails for mountain biking or for hiking opportunities too. Or you can go off trail for rock climbing adventures you will not soon forget including climbing Jackson Hole’s highest peak, the Grand Teton.

During the winter, the snow falls thick and heavy and the time comes to break out your winter gear. In the winter months, Jackson Hole becomes a world class winter sports destination.  With three ski resorts offering any type of snow activity including downhill, Alpine, cross country, and Nordic skiing, snowboarding, and sledding there are fun activities for the entire family.

Dining

You might think that small towns like these would have few great dining choice. Well, you would be incorrect. Jackson Hole has nearly 100 restaurants, diners and coffee houses that serve whatever type and quality of food you might be looking for that day. You can also choose form one of several saloons that offer the local beer, play live music and allow you to dance into the night.

Getting Here

Getting here is easy because Jackson Hole has its own airport that is serviced by airlines connecting with all areas of the US.  You can also come by bus and if you live in the region you can drive your car or camper because there are excellent parking facilities for both.

Come to Jackson Hole with the whole family. There are so many things to do that will create a lifetime of memories for all of you.

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How To Avoid Getting Malaria When Travelling

Malaria is an illness that is still highly prevalent around the world. This disease, caused by the bite of the female Anopheles mosquito, can be life-threatening. The infection is usually more rampant in warm tropical and subtropical climates where the parasite thrives easily. So if you are travelling elsewhere, take some steps to take care of yourself. In this case, prevention is definitely better than cure!

The first step is to find out if this disease is prevalent in the area where you intend to travel. If so, a visit to your doctor is due. Obtain antimalarial medication and carry it with you.

Once there, you can take a number of preventative measures to ensure that you don’t contract malaria. The most sensible thing would be to try and not get bitten by mosquitoes. But this might not be as easy as you would think. You can, however, try these tricks to see if it works:

  • Mosquitoes are active from dusk to dawn, so try to stay indoors during this period as much as possible.
  • Try to get a room with air-conditioning, as that usually drives the mosquitoes out. They prefer warmth.
  • Spray your room with a mosquito repellent in the late afternoon before the mosquitoes enter. This will prevent the mosquitoes from coming in, and you won’t have to breathe the chemicals over the night. You can find out from the locals which is the most effective repellent.
  • Mosquito repellent ointments are also available. You can spread this liberally on the exposed portion of your skin when you go out or while you sleep.
  • If you go out during the evenings, try to keep your skin covered. Wear full sleeves and cover your legs. Light coloured clothing can also act as a repellent to the mosquitoes.
  • If you are camping out, then make sure that your camping gear is treated with insecticides. Your gear should definitely include mosquito nets for sleeping in.

But even with the best intentions and precautions, people do fall prey to the disease. When this happens, consult the nearest doctor at the earliest to confirm the diagnosis. The symptoms include nausea, tiredness, aches, shaking, fever, and general fatigue. The illness can become manifest around 10 days to 4 weeks after infection, though in some cases, people have been known to become ill after several months.

A blood test is the best way to get yourself diagnosed, so go to a hospital quickly. If you can’t reach a doctor right away, then take antimalarial medication until you can reach one. Once diagnosed, you can start your treatment. Since this infection is often prone to relapse as the parasite can live in your bloodstream for up to 4 years, it is important for you to complete the full course of the treatment and go back for check-ups.

Malaria can give you a tough time, but it is a disease that you can both prevent and cure, provided you are careful.

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3 Tips to Improving Your Safety on the Roads

Each time you get behind the wheel of your car or truck, do you feel as if you are as safe as possible out there?

For millions of drivers, safety unfortunately takes a back seat to reckless driving. As a result, they put themselves and others at risk. In some cases, those risks end up resulting in serious injuries and even death.

While you can’t control the actions of others on the road, you can in fact determine how you drive when behind the wheel.

With that being the case, are you ready to improve your safety on the roads?

Being a Safer Driver Starting Today

So that you lessen the chances of being in an accident, remember these tips to improve your safety:

1. Preparedness

One of the main reasons drivers get into accidents in the first place is rushing. Whether they leave late or they do not take into account inclement weather, they can find trouble.

Always do your best to take your time when heading out. This is true even if you’re only running a mile or two from home to the store or an appointment. There is never a good reason to speed somewhere.

Part of that preparedness also transfers over to your vehicle.

Make sure you prepare your car or truck to be as road-ready as possible. This means regular maintenance visits to your mechanic. It also requires spending the money when brakes are in need of repair or a tire or two is lacking tread.

By making your times on the road as safe as possible, you can very well live to tell everyone about it.

2. Recklessness

As part of your preparations and those for your vehicle, don’t be one of the countless reckless drivers.

Among some of the more common reckless traits:

· Speeding – Even if you had someone in the vehicle about to deliver a baby, there is no reason to speed. Sure, everyone goes a few miles over the limits at times, but that’s where it should end.

· Distractions – From your phone to using makeup or an electric razor, avoid distractions. It only takes a second or two of removing your eyes from the road to cause quite an accident.

· Tickets – Are you wondering if you have a reckless driving ticket or two you may have forgotten? If so, you could be driving around looking over your shoulder whenever you see police. Use one of the online services out there that can show you if you should worry about getting pulled over.

3. Rage

Although it can become easy to get into a rage over someone cutting you off, tailgated, or even flipped off, don’t do it.

While some road rage incidents end up nothing more than a quick exchange, others get more serious.

In the event someone does something to get your ire, do your best to turn the other cheek and drive away.

By doing so, you keep yourself and others out of harm’s way whether on a local drive or a road trip.

With these tips in mind, are you ready for a safer drive each time out?

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Summer Getaway: Some “Must Visit” Coastal Retreats

Although summer is about halfway through, it’s not too late to plan a getaway for a long weekend or a week. Maybe you have gone to the same cabin every year for as long as you can remember or maybe you’re just fresh out of vacation ideas.

Whether traveling alone and splurging on luxury or are traveling with the family, check out these coastal retreats for something a little different this summer:

On The East Coast

When the East Coast is mentioned, people may mention the fishing harbors of the Northeast, the boardwalk of Atlantic City, or the sandy beaches of Florida. Coastal resorts might not be the first thing that comes to mind. The versatility of the East Coast means that there are many diverse resort options; here are a few:

The Cloister at Sea Island

Want to feel like you’re vacationing in the Mediterranean? The Cloister was built in 1928, and the has since been restored with some modern add-ons. The architecture alone feels exotic, and the amenities are designed for the traveler who wants to treat him or herself.

Perfect for a trip alone or with your family, The Cloister is on the Southeastern coast of Georgia, and there is a five-mile long private beach for guests at the resort. Whether you want to take a dip in the pool, learn how to sail, or even go horseback riding on the beach, there’s plenty to do without worrying about the crowds of tourists.

Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club

If you’ve saved up to enjoy a luxurious and relaxing vacation, consider the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club. Built in 1912, Seaview has been popular among the rich and famous as well as families and “everyday” people escaping the stressors of daily life.

Even if you’re not a golfing pro, it would be a shame to pass up on the opportunity to play. If you’re looking for a place to relax and indulge in a spa treatment, Seaview is the place to go. It’s close to Atlantic City so you can do a little gambling or if you want to sit by the pool and play some online poker or slots, just visit a top online casino.

West Coast

West coast beaches are quintessential summer, and while they are fun to visit, they become overcrowded in a hurry. Want to do something a little bit different? Here are a few resorts to consider:

Paradise Point Resort and Spa

This resort and spa is located on a private, 44-acre island in the Mission Bay area of San Diego. If you’re traveling alone and hoping for some quiet time, don’t let the family-friendly atmosphere deter you; remember, there’s lots of space to spread out and enjoy all the amenities Paradise Point has to offer.

Want to learn how to surf, get a massage, or just hang out with your dog? Paradise Point is the place to as much or as little as you want in the perfect San Diego weather.

Coast Cabins

Want a little more privacy than a resort hotel? If you head Northwest to Manzanita, Oregon, you can stay at one of the Coast Cabins. These cabins are just a half a mile from the ocean, and the cabins have modern amenities but comforts of home like a kitchen or wood stove.

While these cabins may not be as high-brow as other coastal resorts, sometimes a minimalist resort is just what you need to relax and enjoy your summer getaway.

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3 Safety Factors for Your Next Road Trip

Are you ready to head out on a road trip? If so, how safe of an experience do you expect it to be?

For millions of Americans hitting the roads, it is imperative their trips focus on safety. That said is safety always of prime importance to you?

Making for a safe road trip doesn’t have to be like pulling teeth.

By having commonsense, along with vehicle safety features, you can oftentimes avoid accidents.

So, are you prepared to get going on your next adventure on the roads?

Making Safety Your Number One Priority

When you make safety your number one priority, good things oftentimes happen.

That being the case, remember these all-important safety factors:

1. Your vehicle

What you drive ends up playing a major factor in keeping you and your loved ones safe on the roads. That said does your vehicle have all the safety features it needs?

One feature that may get overlooked yet plays a major role in keeping people safe is a backup camera system.

If you do not have one on your vehicle, the idea of installing a wireless backup camera system is a good decision.

The system helps remove what are blind spots. Those blind spots can end up being major factors in accidents. Even accidents at low speeds can prove quite destructive in more ways than one.

Once you have a wireless backup camera system, you are better prepared to see the following:

· Other vehicles nearby

· Individuals moving behind your car or truck

· Stationery objects like concrete walls or even poles in the ground

By making sure your vehicle is as sound as possible, you can reduce the chances for an accident.

2. Your driving

As it relates to your driving, be sure to follow the rules of the road whenever you start your vehicle. Even a momentary lapse in judgment can end up having devastating consequences.

For instance, if road rage gets the better of you, you could end up with more than an accident. In some cases, drivers and/or passengers have died when a situation got out of control.

In the event someone is causing you angst, it is best to get away from the situation as soon as possible.

If another driver continues to cause issues, do whatever you can to alert authorities. Although using your cell phone when driving is not a good idea, you may end up having to call 911.

With commonsense; chances of being in an accident or other negative situation decrease.

3. Your trip

As much as you want to avoid accidents and road rage they unfortunately can occur. That said do your best to focus on your road trip.

In concentrating on your road trip, be sure to plan your itinerary as completely as possible.

This means having your vehicle ready to roll and also making sure that you avoid:

· Drowsy driving – It only takes a second to lose control of your vehicle when you nod off.

· Drinking and driving – There is never an excuse for having one too many and getting behind the wheel.

· Reckless driving – From speeding to always changing lanes, don’t be the one everyone hates.

When the time comes for your next road trip, are you going to be as safe as you can be?

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Making the most of a trip to Lyon

Going on a trip to Lyon? This post will give you itinerary ideas.

Most people fly into Paris when going on vacation in France, but if you want to center your trip around the Alps, you’re better off landing in Lyon, France’s second largest city.

With views of the mountains being possible from its tallest buildings, this well-aged and attractive city is the perfect place to kick off a visit to this corner of Europe.

Airport transportation in Lyon is plentiful, but if you want to experience the best possible service after spending hours on an airplane, we recommend hiring a private car to take you to your hotel.

With drivers who are polite, courteous, and knowledgeable about the city’s layout, you’ll be ensuring the last part of your travel day goes smoothly.

After you get settled and have a chance to sleep off your jet lag, check out the following sights in the city of Lyon:

1) Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière

While it may not be as famous as churches in bigger cities like Paris, the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière is one of Lyon’s top attractions for several reasons.

First, the interior of the church is nothing short of breathtaking, as it will dazzle you with its ornately carved pillars and impossibly intricate mosaics on its ceiling.

Second, it is home to Lyon’s Museum of Sacred Art, which is filled with paintings, murals, and drawings depicting various biblical scenes.

Finally, members of the public are permitted to climb its north tower, granting unmatched views over the city of Lyon. On a clear day, it is possible to see Mont Blanc, France’s tallest mountain, so don’t miss it.

2) Roman Theater

Lyon has plenty of history on offer as well. Humans have been living here since the days of the Romans, as this city was born out of a need to establish a place of exile for the lieutenants of the recently assassinated Julius Caesar.

Named Lugdunum, it gave rise to two Roman Emperors (Claudius and Carcalla), and a whole host of ancient structures.

Over the millennia, though, most were quarried or became buried as human acts and natural processes erased this ancient city from view.

Thankfully, archeological digs have managed to unearth a few outstanding sites around the city.

Lyon’s Roman Theater is among the most impressive of these, as its stone benches, performance stage, and support pillars have stood up to the rigors of time surprisingly well.

In fact, it is so sturdy that it continues to be used for cultural events to this day. Check with the tourism office on arrival and you might be able to attend a show here.

3) Vieux Lyon

While virtually all Roman buildings have been reduced to rubble, there are plenty of beautiful structures in Lyon dating from the Renaissance Era.

Found in Vieux Lyon (aka the Old City), there are plenty of amazing churches, museums, narrow lane ways, and stunning architecture that can be found in this stunning part of town.

In the course of your wandering, be sure to find a quiet cafe, grab a French pastry and a coffee and soak in the moment: this is just the start of a memorable vacation in France.