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We often have the good fortune of traveling to exciting locations both domestically and abroad vicariously through our clients.  In sharing stories of good experiences and bad we tend to pick up a fair amount of great advice.   In fact, a very successful lunch & learn in 2013 brought clients together to share their own stories with one another.

To further those efforts, we thought we’d take some time in this week’s blog to share some of the latest and greatest tips we have for those making their late summer or fall travel plans.

Where Should We Go?

Travel & Leisure magazine and great travel website Lonely Planet offer some great ideas as to some ideal travel spots in 2014 and forward in the articles below.

Travel & Leisure – Best Places to Travel in 2014

Lonely Planet – Top 10 US Travel Destinations for 2014

Where Should We Stay?

Most all of us know the typical travel search sites.  But, for those travelers looking for unique places, we’ve had people recommend the sites below for unique hotel suites or other rental opportunities.







When Should We Buy?

The art of purchasing airline tickets and making other reservations is a subject of much debate.  That said, popular opinion suggests that early in the work week is the best time to buy and to fly.  See the article below from CNN Money for more.

Booking a Flight?  Save big by leaving on a Tuesday

Getting Around like a Local

Whether at home or abroad, even the best navigation tool can fail us, especially when the GPS system isn’t compatible abroad or drains the life out of a battery.  City Maps 2 Go has a great answer with their City Maps 2 Go Pro.  City Maps 2 Go Pro offers maps for more than 6,000 cities across the globe completely offline.  Links for both Apple and Android compliant versions are below and are available for less than $3.

City Maps 2Go Pro Offline Maps for Android

City Maps 2Go Pro Offline Maps for Apple

Language barrier a potential challenge?  We’ve heard good things about Lonely Planet’s Fast Talk app which provides hundreds of various often used phrases at the touch of a button.  They currently offer French, German, Italian, Spanish (European & Latin American dialects) and are working on more.

Lonely Planet’s Fast Talk

We couldn’t have a financial planning blog without talking a little bit about money.  When dealing with currency exchange, XE Currency App seems to be a favorite of many international traveler.  They have apps available for Apple, Android, Blackberry, Windows, Firefox and many more.

 XE Currency Apps


We hope these have been helpful to those looking for something new or the latest and greatest in helpful technology when on the road.  Wherever your plans take you, we hope you’re having a wonderful summer travel season!