Insider Tips On How To Prep For Your Next Vacation

Summertime means vacation time – but, with unpredictable weather patterns, fluctuating gas prices and increasing costs, Americans nationwide are concerned about getting away. Here are nationally recognized travel expert Amy Goodman’s tips on how to navigate through summer obstacles:

    • Travel Trends: To find an amazing destination on a budget, make sure you do plenty of research and plan early! makes summer travel super easy. They have more than one million unique places to stay across every budget; from five-star hotels to villas, apartments, boats, tree-houses and more. Not only do they have more awesome places to stay than any other travel company in the world, but their website and mobile app make it easy for travelers to book their stay from anywhere and on any device. And no matter where you’re going, their customer service team is there to help 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
    • Get Your Ride Ready: Think about it: no car goes anywhere without an amazing tire. Hankook’s Ventus S1 Noble2 tire is an ultra-high performance, all-season tire designed for summer’s changing weather conditions. The advanced rubber technology provides enhanced braking and handling, especially during strong summer storms. In addition to safety, comfort remains key as the tires are designed to limit unwanted road noise. And for summer’s warmer climates, Hankook’s Ventus S1 Evo tire is a premium summer tire offering optimized safety and performance in wet and dry weather, with the added benefit of run-flat security. If you pick up a nail, the tire will run for up to 50 miles at 50 miles per hour, allowing you to get to a safe place to repair or replace the tire. In addition, the tire’s innovative rib pattern improves braking and handling performance, so you’ll be able to handle all road and weather conditions this summer.
    • First Aid Kit: Whether you’re on a road trip, camping or a trip to the beach, summer is an active season for families. With all this on-the-go activity, it’s important to be prepared for cuts, scrapes and burns that may occur during your travels. Having Betadine on hand as your First Aid is a great way to be ready to kill germs and help prevent infection. After you clean the wound it can easily be applied to an affected area with a cotton ball or gauze. What’s unique about it is that it contains povidone iodine, which allows you to easily see if the full wound has been properly covered. You can purchase it at your local drugstore.
  • Get Organized: Plan your clothes ahead of time—literally lay things out—and look for versatile separates: always pack less than you’ll need! Stock up on healthy snacks like fresh fruit, granola bars and protein shakes to keep your team satiated until your first stop, and during your trip make time to check out farmer’s markets and food shops to sample the local flavors and spices. Pack portable family games to keep you entertained; balls like soccer balls and basketballs are great for encouraging physical activity at rest stops to get moving.