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5 Last Minute Things to Do on Memorial Day

Memorial Day Activities
The Memorial Day weekend is one of the busiest travel times each year due to the wonderful weather conditions throughout most of the America. After a long and cold winter, people are ready for road trips, train travel and airplane rides that take them to nearby or faraway locations. First, it is important to understand the original purpose of the Memorial Day holiday. This day was established to honor the individuals who died serving in the country’s armed forces such as the army and navy. In the past, people traditionally visited cemeteries to place wreaths on deceased soldier’s graves, and some individuals still do this today.
5) Attend Parades, Picnics and Concerts at the Last Minute 
Many towns long ago and today have parades to honor the military services with soldiers and sailors participating in the events. After the parade ends, everyone meets at a designated location such as a public park to have a picnic or barbecue. In addition, towns and cities may sponsor speakers or concerts with a patriotic theme. All of these activities are perfect for individuals wanting to have an enjoyable day at the last minute on a limited budget because many of these events are 100% free.

4) Visit Local Cemeteries
Visiting local cemeteries to place wreaths on soldier’s graves is a time-honored tradition. Today, many families use the Memorial Day weekend to decorate other grave sites that belong to deceased relatives or friends. This is an excellent way to teach children about their past with a genealogy lesson. In many cases, old tombstones require repair or cleaning to make the names and dates legible, but first ask the cemetery maintenance team about the legality of making unauthorized changes.

3) See a Fireworks Display
Many cities and towns sponsor fireworks displays that are often located in public parks. This type of event is usually free to attend and suitable for individuals of any age. Some regions combine this with other activities such as festivals with food trucks, carnival rides and musical entertainment. The fireworks begin right after dusk with people sitting on chairs or reclining on blankets to watch a safe and monitored display.

2) Go to an Old Battlefield
Within the Unites States, there are many battlefields from wars that occurred long ago. Memorial Day is often when these historical sites open with free or low-cost admission to learn about the battles that took place. In many cases, there are public tours with guides able to explain the events that occurred during one or more battles on a specific location. It is possible to find these battlefield sites with an Internet search of different regions.

1) Arrange Family Reunions
One of the most popular things to do on Memorial Day is have a family reunion. These events are simple to organize at the last minute by having a potluck meal with everyone bringing different foods and beverages. No one expects fancy tablecloths or delicate china at a family reunion. It is traditional to setup a charcoal grill for everyone to cook foods such as hamburgers, hot dogs or chicken with side dishes of potato salad, coleslaw and tomato slices. The best part of a family reunion is visiting with aunts, uncles and cousins in one place.

Top 4 Places to Visit in Spring 2015

Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver
Right after the brisk winters and right before the summer crowd, Vancouver is an excellent place to visit during Spring. You’ll enjoy an invigorating weather with reduced expenditures as travel expenses are generally cheaper before the busy summer.

What makes Vancouver an ideal place to visit during Spring is the mountain conditions for snow activities. The weather isn’t too cold and the snow is marshmallow soft making it perfect for beginners to fall on and seasoned mountain riders to carve. Check out the three major mountains in Vancouver for your next trip: Whisler BlackcombGrouse Mountain, and Cypress Mountain.

To truly have a taste of Vancouver you can attend the Eat! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival that is held from April 26th – May3rd. Discover new foods, learn new cooking tips and recipes, and try new beverages at one of Canada’s largest food and cooking festival. Admission tickets are only $15 online for adults, but your save room in your wallet for a large appetite!

Infographic: Traveling Solo or With a Travel Group?

Ever traveled with a travel group and wished you could deviate from the group and just traveled alone? Or how about the opposite and traveling alone wishing that you had more people to experience your journey with?

Whether you are a lone traveler or a travel groupie, there are always pros and cons of traveling alone and traveling with people. So of course I had to create an infographic to show the benefit of each group based on different travel scenarios to answer the ultimate question: who would you rather travel with?

Infographic: Traveling Solo or With a Travel Group?

In Case You Didn’t Click the Infographic…

Travel Scenarios:

~ The Itinerary

  • Solo: You create your own itinerary! If you’re feeling spontaneous and want to venture off then go right ahead.
  • Group: You don’t have to worry about a thing! Everything is scheduled so you can enjoy your company.

~ Meeting people

  • Solo: Solo travelers are more likely to meet locals and learn about their culture.
  • Group: Groups are likely to keep to each other and make friendships with fellow travelers.

~ Safety

  • Solo: Solo traveling can increase your chances of getting lost, mugged, or worse!
  • Group: The support system of group travel creates a safe travel environment.

~ Privacy

  • Solo: Solo allows you to connect with yourself and engage with the environment.
  • Group: You will not have much privacy or time to enjoy your personal time with a group.

~ Costs

  • Solo: Going solo means no group discounts or sharing!
  • Grouo: Group is cheaper because of economy of scales with discounted fares, hotels, and dining.

 

The bottom line is that there is no right or wrong mode of travel and depends on a number of factors such as personal preference, destination, and value. But based on these travel scenarios, who would you rather travel with: the lone traveler or the travel groupies? If you have any more travel scenarios from experience be sure to comment them below.

AirportParkingReservations.com Lands in the United Kingdom!

AirportParkingReservations.com has come a long way since we first started in 2000. We’ve provided more than 3 million reservations for our travelers and continue to grow that number every year. Our success comes from the partner’s we choose to provide parking lot inventory and the fluid user experience of our website to allow travelers to reserve airport parking with ease.

We are proud to announce that AirportParkingReservations.com is now available to travelers residing in the United Kingdom. On our website you will find a new UK airport parking section that features numerous airport parking options for the major airports in the United Kingdom (full list of UK airports we serve are in the endnotes).

The Most Ridiculous Travel Product

In our last voting session we asked our travelers to vote for the most ridiculous travel product. The highest voted product will win the undisputed title of The Most Ridiculous Travel product, and here are the results!

  • Last Place: Plane Sheets – 215 Votes
  • 3rd Place: Skyrest Pillow – 327 Votes
  • 2nd Place: B-Tourist Strip – 706 Votes
  • 1st Place: The Ostrich Pillow – 792 Votes

Thanks for playing and we hope you got a good laugh out of these ridiculous products!

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When it comes to traveling there are many products on the market that travelers would never travel without such as a comfy travel pillow for those long trips or a small bottle of hand sanitizer. Although most travel products are designed to benefit the traveler, there are always those several products that are just plain ridiculous.

So we searched the web (literally googled “ridiculous travel products”) and picked out four rather hilarious products for you to vote on in our latest voting segment called: “Ridiculous or Functional?” The highest voted travel product will win the undisputed title of “Most Ridiculous Travel Product.” So without further ado let’s introduce the contenders.

 

Plane Sheets

Plane Sheets

source: planesheets

Weighing in at a staggering 2 pounds we have the travel product that calls itself “Plane Sheets”. Plane sheets is the original airline seat covers that promotes a cleaner way to air travel by covering your plane seat with a fresh Plane Sheet. The idea is definitely attractive to people who have good hygienes, but the product falls short with its absurd designs ranging from camouflage to bright plaid.

B-Tourist Strip

B Tourist Strip

source: designboom

With a reach of 34 inches we have a travel product that goes by the name “B-Tourist Strip”. This nifty piece of fabric is similar to Plane Sheets except that it is for people who truly want privacy on a plane. We’re not sure if privacy or attention if what this product brings, but if you’re embarrassed by how you look when asleep then this product may just be for you.

Skyrest Travel Pillow

Skyrest Travel Pillow

source: skymall

This next contender may look like a mini punching bag, but don’t let its feeble appearance fool you – this product is actually a comfy pillow! People sleep in many different ways and hugging a pillow to drift into bliss is nothing out of the ordinary. Although hugging a pillow to fall asleep on a airplane looks silly to most people, at least you’ll be fast asleep and refreshed when you land.

The Ostrich Pillow

If you thought the Skyrest Travel Pillow was ridiculous then you’ll fall in love (or asleep) with our last contender – The Ostrich Pillow. It may not have the speed of an ostrich, but it’ll definitely be the fastest way to look ridiculous. The good thing about this product is that it covers your eyes so you won’t be able to see how many blank stares you’ll get in public.

Well there you have it – our top 4 contenders competing for the title of “Most Ridiculous Travel Product”. So what do you think of these products – Ridiculous or Functional? You can vote now by casting your vote (or ranking your choices) in the comments below. Also let us know if you have any other ridiculous travel products to add to our list. Have fun!