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    Tours – Which One is Right for You?

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    Tours can be a great way to experience a city or country, but picking the wrong one can put quite a damper on your vacation. Some people like to plan their own trip, while others want every day planned out and booked by someone else. Maybe you fall into one of these categories, or...

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    Planning Australia Transportation

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    Australia is a large country, almost as big as the continental United States. Taking a vacation there usually means picking one or two regions to explore instead of trying to tackle the whole country at once. It’s important not to pack in too many destinations, otherwise you’ll end up spending half of your trip...

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    April is Australia Month

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    One of the new changes on Travel Made Simple is the introduction of monthly themes. April is Australia month, so throughout the month, you can expect blog posts highlighting this wonderful country. To start the month, here are two different photos you can use as Australia wallpaper on your computer. Links to download and...

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    Exciting Changes on Travel Made Simple

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    It’s time for something new on Travel Made Simple! This is primarily a site about travel planning, packing advice, and tackling your travel-related fears. But I also want to share a little bit about some of the wonderful travel destinations our world has to offer. All the planning advice in the world might not...

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    Can You Pack Sports Equipment in Your Carry-On?

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    Sometimes people travel because they want to participate in some kind of sport in another destination. Anything from skiing in the Swiss Alps to surfing in Bali. Many sports enthusiasts have their own equipment and would prefer to travel with it instead of rent something when they arrive. But can you bring your sports...

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    Packing Light With Checked Luggage

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    I always aim to travel carry-on only. But I do realize that sometimes it just isn’t practical. Maybe the airline you’re traveling with has strict carry-on restrictions, or maybe you’re bringing things that aren’t allowed in the cabin with you. This doesn’t mean you can’t pack light. Traveling with less stuff means less weight...

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    How to Maximize a Long Layover

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    While most of us would prefer nonstop flights, layovers are often unavoidable. Ideally your layover would only be a couple of hours, enough time to find your next gate and maybe get a snack before waiting to board the next flight. But what if you get stuck with a long layover? Or what if...

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    Is Your Layover Long Enough?

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    Planning a trip involves several parts, and unless you’re staying close to home, chances are you will need a flight. I always try to book non-stop flights because they’re easier to deal with. But what if you’re flying somewhere that’s too far away for a non-stop flight? What if the non-stop flights are significantly...

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    So You Think You Want to Rent a Car

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    Traveling domestically in the US usually means either driving your own car from home to your destination, or flying somewhere and renting a car when you arrive. Most cities in the US don’t have convenient (if any) public transportation, things are spread out, and a car is almost a necessity in many situations. So...

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