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5 Things to Consider Before Taking a “Babymoon”

You’ve heard of a “babymoon” – it’s like a honeymoon, only instead of taking place after one of the most important days of your life (your wedding), it takes place before one of the most important days of your life – the arrival of your child. These days, it can feel like taking a babymoon is almost a prerequisite to bringing home baby. Your family members, friends and coworkers relay tales of their own blissful time spent in paradise: sipping mocktails, feeling baby kicks and savoring their final days as a duo. Or simply staying home to relax before your…

Summer Vacation in the Southern Hemisphere

Summer is in full swing, which means kids in the US don’t have to go back to school again until September. But did you know that schoolchildren in the Southern Hemisphere won’t have their summer vacation until December? In most countries, schools close for an extended break during the hottest months of the year. In the US and other countries located in the Northern Hemisphere, those months are June, July and August. Depending on where you are in the Southern Hemisphere, however, those months tend to be December, January and February. So in countries like Australia and Brazil, students have…

8 Tips for Win-Win Vacation Rentals

Whether you’re a renter or an owner, vacation rentals can be a double-edged sword. Whereas the passive income generated by renting out a vacation property can be a welcome resource for owners, the costs of upkeep and risks associated with letting total strangers into your home can be prohibitive. Meanwhile, those looking to rent can typically get a lot more space per dollar than they would in a conventional hotel room – but how can they be certain they’ll be getting what they paid for? For both sides, covering your bases is key. Whether you’re renting a vacation property yourself or…

5 Smart Summer Vacation Safety Tips

Summer is in full swing, which means many of us are either on vacation now or planning to be on vacation very soon. While summer getaways offer us a great chance to relax and unwind, it pays to be alert and prepared whenever we travel. Whether your destination is halfway across the world or within driving distance, here are five smart summer vacation safety tips to protect you and your loved ones all vacation long. Stash Your Cash Between pickpockets and hotel room burglars, it can be tricky holding onto your cash when you’re on vacation – especially if you…

5 Ways to Enjoy the Holidays for Less

According to a poll released this month by Gallup, American adults are planning to spend an average of $830 on holiday gifts this year. Not only is this $110 more than last year’s projected average, but it’s also the highest on record since 2007. However, a new study by Cornell University psychology professor Tom Gilovich indicates that the best way to increase the enjoyment, satisfaction and general happiness of your loved ones during the holidays is to give them real-life experiences – not material gifts. In addition to being less expensive than a typical present, a shared experience with a…

Last-Minute Travel Apps

With June just around the corner, vacation season is upon us. Haven’t started planning yours yet? Don’t panic. Thanks to the multitude of travel apps out there, last-minute vacation planning is easier – and cheaper – than ever. Whatever your destination, these free apps will help get you there – and help you get the most out of your time off – without putting a dent in your wallet. For Your Flight One of the newest air travel apps to hit the iOS App Store, Hopper continuously analyzes billions of flight prices and tells you when to book in order to save…

Five Ways To Make Family Time Count This Holiday Season

11-27-14 SQ Blog FBDon’t let the frenzy of the holidays distract you and your family from spending quality time together. Here are five tips for making family time count this holiday season.

Between all of the parties, shopping, gift wrapping, cooking, and traveling that comes with the holidays, it’s easy to lose track of what really matters: quality time with your family. These five tips will help you make the most of your time off with the family this holiday season.

1.     Plan ahead. Discuss the holiday calendar as a family so everyone knows what to expect. If your kids have a couple of weeks off from school, give them a clear idea of how that time will be spent. Keep the schedules and needs of aging relatives in mind, and decide ahead of time which activities will be family-only and which will involve friends and significant others.

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