Making The Most Of Your Late Summer Travel Plans

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Feel like summer is slipping through your fingertips? It is not too late to salvage your summer. There is still time to plan a late summer vacation. Here are a few last minute tips to help you out.

 

Going Abroad

First and foremost, figure out if you will need a passport for your trip. Due to the recent regulation changes that have been implemented, as a traveler, you are required to have a passport to reenter the US from practically any country. This includes Canada and Mexico. Make sure you have a current updated passport. Otherwise you could end up in the hands of the Federales.

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I just wanted some fish n chips

 

Comfort Is King

A second issue to consider is the end of summer weather. Plan and dress appropriately for the heat. Most travelers usually equate the end of summer with cooling temperatures. In the Northern Hemisphere, this is not true. August is one of the hottest months and September can bake you like a baguette as well. It is only towards the end of September that can you expect things to cool down. If you are spending your remaining summer vacation at the beach, it is important that you bring along the appropriate clothing, sunscreen, sunglasses, and head pieces. You wouldn’t want to end up getting sunburnt and looking like a lobster.

sunburnt lobster

The coolest lobster in the Pacific NorthWest

 

If you are flying, being comfortable on the plane should be your biggest priority. Make sure you try to travel as light as possible.  Struggling to put a 50lb luggage piece in the overhead bin is asking for a strained shoulder or mild concussion.  Sitting uncomfortably on a 5 hour flight is no fun if unless you are a glutton for punishment.  It is suggested that you dress in relaxed clothing like pajamas or a snuggie.  It is no longer cool to “dress to impress” on a flight.  The more you look like a bum, the better.

 

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I should've taken that Imodium AD

Discounts Over Everything

If your wallet is light, try to look for discounted airfare online. Ticket prices can get super low towards the end of summer. According to the CEO of the airfare search engine FareCompare, Rick Seaney, “As kids start to go back to school, bookings start to drop down and airlines are forced to discount.”

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The tainted seat discount was not worth it

 

High Thread Counts

Consider non-hotel lodging. With summer hotel occupancy numbers up almost everywhere, many travelers are turning to vacation rentals for last-minute deals. The strategy makes perfect sense as owners of apartments and villas that still have openings may be willing to negotiate prices. Search Airbnb for some killer deals.

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Help yourself to the expired Wheaties in the cupboard

 

Whatever be the motive for your late summer travel, the very essence is the bonding among the members of the family. Never compare your destination with that of others. It does not matter if yours is a few miles away and theirs span an ocean. Make this summer travel a special one with warm memories. Good luck, and get moving – your vacation awaits!

 


 

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The Latest iPhone 6 Rumors

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Over the last few months, rumors of the new iPhone 6 have been circulating as it nears its September launch date. According to a survey of 4,109 US consumers the iPhone 6 is the most anticipated Apple smartphone ever.

 

Display

Along with a larger screen, the iPhone 6 is rumored to feature a durable sapphire display in at least some models, and may adopt slimmer bezels and a thinner chassis. The larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 might also incorporate Optical Image Stabilization as a differentiating feature from the 4.7-inch iPhone 6.

iphone-6-concept-display

According to Business Insider, of the many iPhone 6 prototypes Apple has made, one has a giant Retina+ IGZO display and a “new form factor with no home button. Gesture control is also possibly included.” The Retina+ Sharp IGZO display would have a 1080p Full HD resolution. A Full HD display for the iPhone 6 makes perfect sense, especially if it grows to a 4.7-inch screen as discussed, and the iPhablet will push things even further to preserve the Retina experience on a larger display.

 

iphone 6 retina concept

The most recent resolution rumors claim that Apple has been testing a pixel-tripling display which would have a resolution of 1704 x 960. The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 would have a pixel density of 416 ppi while the 5.5-inch model would have a density of 356 ppi.

 
Camera & Storage

The camera could get an upgrade to 13-megapixels, although not everyone agrees, with others indicating the existing 8-megapixel camera will see improvements. Analysts from Nomura Securities are also saying that the iPhone 6 will have better image stabilization. It is also possible that the larger iPhone 6 will be the only model with a 128GB storage capacity.

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A8 Processor

The iPhone 5s incorporates a 64-bit A7 28-nanometer chip manufactured by Samsung. Apple’s iPhone 6 will reportedly utilize a 20-nanometer A8 chip from TSMC, which will be both smaller and more energy efficient. Samsung will continue to be involved in the production, however, helping to alleviate some of TSMC’s manufacturing load.

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Earlier in the year, rumors pointed towards a quad-core 64-bit processor for the A8, but a July report suggested the A8 processor may in fact be dual-core with a frequency of 2.0 GHz or higher per core. The A8 may also be limited to 1GB of RAM, the same as the A7.

 
iOS 8

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The iPhone 6 will come with iOS 8 installed, which Apple previewed in stage during the WWDC 2014 developer conference. It has revealed only a little about the software, which includes a new HealthKit app, more sharing options, tighter integration with OS X, and the introduction of widgets and third-party keyboard support.

 

Pricing

Apple’s legacy is a long line of premium devices donning premium price tags and you can expect that trend to continue with the iPhone 6. One rumor goes as far as predicting that the because the newest smartphone is set to have a larger screen, new glass covering the front and possibly even a new, more impressive, material used in construction, Apple will hike up the price of the iPhone 6, possibly by as much as $100 (around £60, AU$110). The iPhone has never been a bloater, but rumors have spread the next generation may be much thinner than ever.

iphone 6 price

 

That’s about all we have for now. As it has done for the past two years, Apple will likely launch the iPhone 6 at an event in early September, shipping the device later in the month on a corresponding Friday approximately a week after the launch event.

 


 

 

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5 Coolest Cars You Can Rent

bugatti veyron

If you want to live the baller life, your ride should reflect your aspirations. What makes a car cool though? Is it timeless and sexy good looks, cutting edge technology, or ultra-high performance? We think it’s all of these features and then some. We think that a cool car can be defined as something that has influenced our thinking and attitude.  A car acts as a self extension of oneself and lifestyle. If you’re willing to spend a little bit more to have a cooler car than your standard Toyota Corolla, check out the top 5 coolest rental cars available.

 

Mercedes 300SL Gullwing

mercedes 300sl The Mercedes-Benz 300SL was the first iteration of the SL-Class grand tourer convertibles and fastest production car of its day. Internally numbered W198, it was introduced in 1954 as a two-seat sports car with distinctive gull-wing doors and later offered as an open roadster. Although, the SL’s poor brakes and unstable chassis earned it the unfortunate “widowmaker” nickname, it is still the sexiest coupe ever. If you are looking for style over safety, look no further.

 

 

Bugatti Veyron

i woke up in a new bugatti The Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4 is a mid-engine sports car, designed and developed by the Volkswagen Group and manufactured in Molsheim, France by Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. The Super Sport version of the Veyron is the fastest street-legal production car in the world, it is the fastest, most powerful, most expensive production car ever built. This ultimate feat of engineering ends here with 16 cylinders, 8 liters, four turbos, and a top speed of 261mph.  I woke up in a new Bugatti!

 

Porsche Panamera

porsche panamera The Porsche Panamera is a high-performance luxury sedan that combines speed, comfort, and space that few competitors can rival. It has a front-engine and rear-wheel drive with four-wheel drive versions also available. The car rides beautifully. The body hunkers down and never floats or rolls, and the grip just keeps coming. The steering is immaculate. The suspension has self-leveling variable air springs, adaptive dampers, and adaptive anti-roll bars. This means it can work no matter how many people are on board, and can be supple on the straights but firm on bends. Dominate the road and your enemies with this bad boy.

 

Aston Martin DBS

aston martin dbs The Aston Martin DBS is a GT car produced by the British manufacturer Aston Martin Lagonda Limited. The DBS was featured in the 1969 James Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Leather-trimmed gear paddles in a striking Spicy Red finish ensure the DBS Ultimate experience continues to the fingertips. Who wouldn’t want to be Pierce Brosnan for a day?

 

 

BMW 528i

bmw 528i The BMW 5-Series is an executive/mid-size luxury car manufactured by German automaker BMW since 1972. The car, now in its sixth generation, is sold in sedan and touring body styles. The BMW 528i is the go to mid-size for the wealthy for a reason. It may take the general shape of, and provide the utility of, a family car, but it still drives with that BMW sportiness. It’s living the fast life at an affordable price.

 

Regardless of what you reason you have to rent luxurious rental cars, know that life is short and you should experience all the pleasures that you can if you are financially able to. To amplify your baller life, car rental insurance is available to guarantee an exorbitant lifestyle.

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10 Ways To Prevent Identity Theft While Traveling Abroad

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Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes and thieves are smart enough to use many advanced tactics to steal personal data and money by taking advantage of your carelessness while traveling abroad. As a traveler, you’re usually more focused on having fun, but it’s important that you know the different, unsuspecting ways that you can become a victim and how you can prevent it from happening to you.

 

Here are some simple but very helpful steps to follow on how to avoid becoming an ID theft victim while traveling abroad:

 

  • 1. Keep your personal data updated and secured in a protected cloud service such as Snap Secure.

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  • 2. Use credit cards and traveler’s checks and try to avoid using debit cards. Keep credit card numbers and traveler’s check numbers in a safe place.
  • 3. Never give out personal information on the phone.
  • 4. Keep track of bank and credit card statements. If you’re not receiving them on a monthly basis or you see charges that shouldn’t be there, contact them immediately and request prompt action.
  • 5. Do not put your wallet in your back pocket. Put your wallet in your front pocket or use a money pouch. If you must use a purse, carry it close to your body, holding the top closed and keep it on the front of your body.

pickpocket

  • 6. Use secure wireless networks. The free Wi-Fi networks at cafes, hotel lobbies, and other public places are notoriously unsecured because they do not have the data-encryption protections that closed networks have.
  • 7. Be smart and protect your phone with a home-screen-locking password. We often store a lot of data on our smartphones: text messages with personal information, emails, photos, and important travel information such as boarding passes and itineraries.

home screen lock

  • 8. Use cash more frequently. When traveling, always keep cash and cards on hand. Use credit cards at airports, major chains, and shops that clearly use secure payment systems. Again, avoid using your debit card if you can.
  • 9. While abroad, don’t use your passport as your primary identification. Lock up your passport in the hotel room safe and use a driver’s license or an international ID for places of admission.

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  • 10. Avoid being pickpocketed by being aware of your surroundings. Pickpocketers usually work in teams of 2′s or 3′s. One of them will bump into you or drop something in front of you or make a loud noise or do anything to cause a distraction. Once you have been distracted, the other pickpocketer will steal your valuables and walk away nonchalantly.

 

If somebody does manage to steal your identity, then you need to find out about it in the earliest stages possible so you can take immediate action before things get completely out of control. Keep in mind that there are many more preventive measures, these are just some of the most common and important tips you can apply to successfully prevent identity theft from happening to you.  To completely protect yourself from any ID theft mishaps, identity theft protection is always available.

 

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Snap Secure – Free Mobile Security App

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What is Snap Secure?

Protect Your Bubble has teamed up with Snap One to provide you with an all-in-one mobile data security app known as Snap SecureWhether you need to keep your personal information safe in the cloud, track a family member’s location, or protect your smartphone from harmful viruses – Snap Secure does it all.  Now it is being offered for free with the purchase of an Identity Theft Protection plan from PYB.

 

Why do I need Snap Secure?

The important things in your life require constant protection.  Your family members, personal data, and devices deserve the utmost security.  Snap Secure safeguards what matters most, around the clock, 24/7.

snap secure - mobile anti-virus app

What do I get with Snap Secure?

You get Snap Secure’s 16-Point Security Perimeter:

 

1. Family & Device Location Tracking – Get real time device and family member location tracking for immediate peace of mind.

 

2. Driver Safety – Receive instant notifications when a family member is texting, calling, or browsing the web while driving.

 

3. Footprints – View device location history with the GPS functionality.

 

4. Safety Zones – Set up virtual safety zones to receive alerts when a registered device moves in or out of a designated geographic area.

 

5. Panic Button – Set up a Panic Button on every device to automatically call 911, or alert an emergency contact of your location by e-mail, phone, or text message.

 

6. Complete Family Protection – Add up to 6 family members and an unlimited number of devices to one account.

 

7. Cloud Backup & Restoration – Get 100 GB of cloud storage under one account to keep your contacts, calendars, messages, e-mails, and more automatically safe with routine backups.  If you lose a device, your files can be easily restored to a new smartphone.

 

8. AntivirusBitdefender’s #1 ranked antivirus solution automatically scans for data-mining viruses, spyware, and malware.  Set up routine scans to run daily, weekly, or monthly.

 

9.  App Transparency – See which applications on your device are accessing your personal information.  Update permissions and manage restrictions from any of your devices.

 

10. Privacy & Spam Controls – Special filters put you in control of your personal information and blocks unwanted communication.

 

11. Call & Text Monitoring – Keep tabs on the call, text, and application download activity of every registered device on your account.

 

12. Easy Web Access – The Snap Secure platform can be accessed through any web browser, allowing you to conveniently manage all of your family’s devices from virtually any smartphone, tablet, or computer.

 

13. Device Locate – View the location of your missing device on a map, or trigger an audio ping alert to find it nearby, even if your phone is on silent.

 

14. Lock & Wipe – Remotely lock or wipe your device to make sure your files stay safe and unreadable by anyone but you.

 

15. Remote Camera Control – Remotely activate your device’s camera to get an image, of who (or what) is on the other side of your smartphone, sent to your e-mail inbox.

 

16. SIM Guardian – Automatically receive an alert and activate a device lockdown if a foreign SIM card is detected on your smartphone.

 


 

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World Cup 2014 Update

Hey Futbol fans!  Have you enjoyed the World Cup so far?  It’s been an amazing ride to this point and there’s only a few games left.  Here’s a quick recap of the important events during the World Cup and a short preview of the upcoming games.

 

Oh, what had happened?

Landon Donovan

Without America’s most recognizable soccer star Landon Donovan, the naysayers were ready to write off the US.  But Clint Dempsey dazzled the world and my heart in the first round of the tournament, rising like a phoenix from the ashes and resurrecting US hopes and dreams.

clint dempsey phoenix

Luis Suarez of Uruguay sunk his teeth into Giorgio Chiellini of Italy because he mistook him as a calzone.  I can’t blame him, calzones are bomb.com.

luis suarez calzone

It burns like Hot Pockets!

The US team played horridly against Belgium in the round of 16.  Tim Howard had a sensational game with a record-setting 16 saves.  He played his heart like a true champion.

tim howard DOD

Neymar has been spectacular all World Cup and has lived up to the hype.  Unfortunately, he took a painful tiger knee shot to his back from Columbian player Juan Zuniga.  It’s disappointing his World Cup experience has been cut short, but I am sure we will see more from this promising young star in the future.

And then there were 4. 

The World Cup semi-finals begin tomorrow with Brazil playing Germany and then Netherlands playing Argentina on Wednesday.  Brazil has been playing great but with the absence of Neymar, I don’t think they will be able to triumph over Germany.  Argentina will steamroll Netherlands solely due to the fact that Lionel Messi is a beast.  Final Prediction: Argentina will beat Germany in the championship game 2-1 and Messi will be crowned the undeniable King of Futbol.

lionel messi king

Messi has more accolades than I have facial hair.

If you’re in Brazil right now catching all the action in person, pray that you don’t run into Luis Suarez and his fangs of fury.  It’s never too late to purchase travel insurance, which covers injuries abroad like human bites!

 


 

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Last Minute Travel Checklist

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Traveling is exciting, but it can also be very hectic. There are all kinds of things that you need to remember. Some of them, if you forget them, are not the end of the world. Others, however, can ruin your whole trip! The more prepared you are, the less stressed out you will be on the day of your trip. It helps to be organized, so here’s a last minute travel checklist that you can refer to every time you travel. Here are the most important things you will definitely want to check off.

 

You Don’t Need To See My Identification

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  • Passport (if traveling overseas) – make sure that your passport isn’t expired. For certain countries, your passport must be valid for six months after the date you travel so verify this before you leave for your trip.
  • Visa – if required.
  • Flight Tickets – if you don’t have a physical ticket, confirm your E-ticket with the airline before you leave.
  • Accommodation Vouchers
  • Transfer Vouchers
  • Travel Insurance – consider whether you want to purchase travel insurance to protect yourself & family from unforeseen events.
  • Phone Numbers for Home
  • Health Documentation(s)
  • Emergency Information
  • Local Currency – if you’re traveling out of the country, be sure to have the local currency on hand.
  • Credit Card(s)
  • Driver’s License – do not leave this at home and make sure it is not expired. Be mindful of the driving laws of the place you plan to visit.
  • Make copies of all documentation keep one copy with you and leave a copy of your passport, credit cards, travel insurance with a friend or family member.

 

Dress Accordingly

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Before you pack your suitcase, do your research on the kind of weather you will be getting and pack accordingly. Always remember that the weather can change quickly, so pack for unexpected changes.

 

  • Underwear
  • Socks/Hosiery
  • Belts
  • Casual Day Wear
  • Sleepwear
  • Cold weather gear (jumper, coat, warm hat, gloves, scarf)
  • Warm weather gear (swimsuit, shorts, sandals
  • Comfortable walking shoes (must be worn in)
  • Sun Hat

 

So Fresh and So Clean Clean

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  • Comb and/or brush
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss etc
  • Deodorant
  • Soap
  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Skin-care lotion
  • Razor & shaving cream
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Make Up
  • Vitamins
  • Bath / beach towel
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Aspirin
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Band-Aids
  • Upset stomach / Diarrhea medication
  • Regular medication, plus a letter from your doctor for anything unusual.

 

Okay, Just Get The Bare Essentials

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  • Cell Phone
  • Laptop or tablet
  • Luggage (Check any weight restrictions)
  • Back pack
  • Wallet
  • Money belt
  • Ipod/MP3 Player
  • Camera & memory cards
  • Guide book and maps
  • Travel journal & pens
  • Games / playing cards
  • Small padlocks for suitcase
  • Luggage ID tags
  • Travel pillow
  • Zip lock plastic bags
  • Electrical converter / adapter if you have AC appliances
  • Earplugs / eyeshades

 

These are important things to remember when making your last minute travel checklist. Most likely you’ll come up with other things to include, depending on your specific plans.

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