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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
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How to Travel Smarter This Holiday

December 17, 2014 12:36 am

Tensions are generally higher on roads and airways over the holidays, and with more Americans than ever planning to travel this season, it’s important to be prepared. To avoid frustration and headaches, Getaroom.com recommends the following tips.

1. Consider traveling on a holiday. Travel on Christmas Day is often much cheaper than in the days leading up to the holiday. If you have kids that want to spend Christmas morning with close relatives and Christmas evening with those further away, traveling on Christmas Day may be your best bet.

2. Save on car rentals. If your vacation is only four to five days in length, you might want to search for weekly rates on car rentals, rather than daily costs. Stay away from car seat or GPS rentals offered with the car, as well as supplemental insurance

3. Fly a smart route. Avoid layovers in areas where snowstorms are prone to happen. If you’re traveling from San Diego to Miami, for example, avoid layovers in Detroit, Chicago or Denver, where winter weather can wreak havoc. Select a route that flies through less unpredictable climates, such as Houston or Atlanta.

4. Get a ride to the airport. Airport parking rates tend to skyrocket over the holidays, so get a lift from a friend or use a recommended car service.

5. Account for extra time. Long lines at the airport can put you at risk of overbooking situations, so arrive well in advance of your departure time. If several flights are overbooked and you miss your original flight, airlines have limited obligations to assist you.

Source: Getaroom.com

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The High-Tech Homeowner Wish List

December 17, 2014 12:36 am

Tech-savvy millennials aren’t the only ones seeking an upgrade at home. This holiday season, more homeowners are seeking to outfit their homes with devices designed for maximum convenience and security. Which features do high-tech homeowners covet most? Consumer Reports highlights the top choices on smart homeowner wish lists:
Wireless meat thermometer – Perfect for entertaining, a wireless meat thermometer provides hosts with wireless alerts when food reaches a safe temperature.

Smart slow cookers – Smart slow cookers can be controlled and monitored directly from a smartphone – ideal for homeowners who are gone for most of the day. And despite this technological addition, most versions can still be cleaned in the dishwasher.

Robotic vacuum cleaners – Who doesn’t want to come home to a clean house? Robotic vacuum cleaners are a good option for homeowners with little time on their hands, and can be set to run whenever people or pets aren’t present.

Color-changing LED light bulbs – For those who want to consume less electricity and save on bills each month, a color-changing LED light bulb can be brightened or dimmed depending on desired usage. There are even models with color-changing and pulsating options to create a fun atmosphere for guests. Simply set the bulbs up on your Wi-Fi network at home.

Touchscreen locks – The ultimate in home security, a touchscreen deadbolt connects to your home using compatible automation or security devices. Combined with standard key and remote smartphone capabilities, a touchscreen door lock can be your most powerful safety measure against intruders.
Source: Consumer Reports

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