Memorial Day Travel

Memorial day weekend is just a few days away, and for some of us it has already started. This year many projection organizations (AAA) expect traffic to be the worst is has been in a half decade. An estimated 35.5 million people will travel over 50 miles this weekend which is almost a 5% increase from last year. How many of these people will be driving? The vast majority with 33 million likely to be behind the wheel. With lower gas prices, many will take to the roads searching for beaches and popular vacation destinations. To be exact, the average gas price in New England is around $2.65 down from $3.66 last year and $4.08 in 2008. A weather forecast showing that much of the eastern seaboard will be sunny and dry has many soon-to-be travelers excited and equally dreading the car ride.latraffic-article-image-650x365

With the roads surely going to be congested, there are a few tips to help alleviate the stress that can come with having fun on the first beautiful long weekend of the summer.

1. Travel Off Peak
Visiting your family down the shore? Leave late on Friday or before the crack of dawn on Saturday to miss the masses on the roads.
2. Take Mass Transit
The more people that ride in buses, and on trains, the less cars on the road. That means a faster travel time for everyone. Plus it gives you time to put a dent in your beach book on the way, instead of having to drive and focus on the road.
3. Pack snacks or a Lunch
Traffic can be time consuming. To cut down on time you might spend at a rest stop, pack snacks or sandwiches to stay your hunger so the trip can keep moving.
4. Books On Tape
If you need to drive, try a book on tape to help the time pass by. When occupying your mind in a story, it takes it off the time you’re spending in the car. The trip will move faster.
5. Quality Time
Think of the time you’re spending stuck in bumper to bumper traffic as a great bonding experience for whoever you’re riding with. Much of our time is occupied by work, so enjoy what personal time you can manage with your travelling companion.

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Experiential Travel

Experiential travel is a term that should almost be assumed having the word “travel” in it. Visiting new places is about the experience one has while there, along with the people they meet. In our age of experience sharing it has become a trend to showcase what others in different parts of the world can do.ras_5453

Once upon a time, travelling meant taking pictures in front of the aesthetic sights to be seen around the world. A deeper version of experience travel is the connections that can be made throughout a journey between fellow travellers or with the local people and culture. A tip for how travelers can get closer to the communities you are visiting is to adopt the practice of “going local”.

One way to get a grasp on how a culture operates and interacts is through their food. Take a cooking class, that way you can have a deeper insight into the food that makes their culture special and where the best places to eat are (usually locals only). It is not only a wonderful way to bond with local inhabitants, but also bring a skill, not just a souvenir home from a distant land.

Tourist traps are a real and present doom everywhere you go. Think about your local tourist hot spot where you are from. The food is not quite as good, the people are all not from the area, and it is usually crowded and stinky. Apply this knowledge to your vacation travel and get off the beaten tourist path to find the hidden gems that never get old for the locals.

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