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Behind the Box

Traveling can be overwhelming. These mobile apps will make life easier before and during your trip:  #1. TripIt – All of your travel information at your fingertips, anytime you need it. Whether it’s a business trip, a family vacation or a quick weekend away, TripIt will organize all your information in seconds. Simply forward your […]

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11 Mobile Apps That Make Traveling Easier (and Safer)

Your once-in-a-lifetime trip is so close! And now, as concerns about the spread of the Coronavirus COVID-19 increases, you have some questions and doubts about whether that dream vacation will actually come true.  We’re here to tell you that, yes, it will. You’ve earned it. You’ve daydreamed about it. For some of you, you’ve even […]

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Later Is Better Than Never

You may think I’m about to talk about an amazing South African safari with amazing elephants lurking around. I wish. No, the elephant in the room I’m about to talk about is a coronavirus.  Let’s start with: What is a coronavirus?  Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that may cause illness in animals or […]

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Is That an Elephant in the Room?

Ah, Paris, the city of love. The architecture, sidewalk cafes, fresh flower stands, croque monsieur….what’s not to love? We love Paris! But how can we make Paris love us back? Here are a few tips:  When you enter and exit an establishment, greet the waitstaff, store clerk, or bartender. As Americans, we tend to lead […]

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How to not be a jerk in Paris

Heading to Europe? First of all, we’re jealous! Secondly, we want to help you prepare and pack correctly. We are BIG fans of travel cubes. If you haven’t tried them yet, now’s your chance! Here are some must haves:  Passport (be sure it won’t expire within 6 months of your travel date) Credit card (alert […]

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Packing List: Europe

Banks and credit unions are generally the best places to exchange currency and offer reasonable exchange rates and the lowest fees. We do recommend avoiding airport kiosks once you’ve arrived at your destination.  If you haven’t packed your bags, you may have the time to get the best currency exchange rates before you leave. Many […]

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Currency Exchange

We’re covering everything you need to know about traveling with money, money, money. Q: How much cash should you carry when traveling?  A: Enough for cash tips (think: bellman & drivers), souvenirs and mom & pop shops.  In our opinion, everything else should go on a credit card (preferably a card that offers travel reward […]

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Money, Money, Money

What does the movie Dirty Dancing and family travel have in common? Nobody should put Baby in the corner.   Packing up the babies and kiddos for a vacation takes a bit more strategy and planning. But, the memories you’ll create are worth it! Before you set out on your journey, here are some travel packing […]

Travel Planning

Nobody puts Baby in the corner

Things are getting real. Very real. You’re just days away from your bookitbox TRAVEL adventure. As you start packing, here are some “don’t forget” items:  Driver’s License Passport (if traveling internationally) Credit Card (if traveling internationally, call credit card to let them know and check on foreign transaction fees) iPhone/Android charger Prescriptions (keep in carry-on) […]

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Packing Essentials

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