We spend so much time preparing for our vacations, it’s easy to overlook something important — while you’re away there is usually no one there to protect your castle. These simple tips will help make sure your house is still your home when you return from your trip.
Put a vacation hold on your mail. Snail mail is quickly becoming a thing of the past, but it still shows up every day. An overflowing mailbox is a dead giveaway no one’s home, but so is having an unfamiliar face show up every day to pick it up for you. Play it safe and have the post office hold it for you. You can take care of it in person, but it’s easy to arrange a hold online (https://holdmail.usps.com/holdmail/).
Turn off the water and unnecessary electricity. No one wants to come home to water damage from an unchecked leak and, even when appliances aren’t in use, they’re still pulling electricity when plugged in. Pull the plug on anything that doesn’t need to stay plugged in.
If you have a trusted neighbor let them know you’ll be gone so they can keep an eye out for suspicious activity. Make sure they know how to reach you in an emergency, like if a sprinkler pipe bursts while you’re gone. Other than said neighbor and close family, keep your vacation plans to yourself so you don’t advertise your absence.
Leave the house clean and tidy so when you return you walk into a comforting environment. Instead of coming home to a lengthy to-do list, make sure you come home to a welcoming sight and a cozy bed.
Among the world’s most coveted food capitals today, Macau (officially a Special Administrative Region of China) tops many a list. The 12-square-mile city is home to 19 Michelin-starred restaurants, nine Bib Gourmand and the world’s first fusion cuisine, and was recognized in 2017 as a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy for its singular culinary scene, but its street food culture may be its most popular feature with in-the-know travelers. Here are five top street dishes to prowl for in Macau.
Mana is the life force Tahitians believe connects all things. Feel the mana for yourself on a visit to the islands of Tahiti, and sample some of these activities as you connect with the breathtaking nature of the South Pacific. Fly Air France from the United States to Tahiti in the most convenient and comfortable way and let your holiday start on board.
The Toilo Toiletry Bag is marketed as the most functional toiletry bag ever. In fact, it’s the future of toiletry bags. With more than 20 features it’s billed as an all-in-one option for travelers and weekend warriors who need a sturdy bag for everyday use.
Start your explorations of Gettysburg with breakfast, but not just any breakfast. Gettysburg has many delightful bed and breakfasts worth a stay. If you book a stay at Baladerry Inn, you not only get a comfy, spacious guestroom in a historic home once a Civil War hospital, but you also dine on a scrumptious, hearty breakfast each morning, and it’s all included in your room rate.