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Transport Considerations While Traveling Abroad

Choosing a vacation and booking our travel and accommodation are the things we think of when planning a trip. But we rarely plan how we’re actually going to get around once we arrive. Let’s take a look at some of the main options… 

Motorcycles and quad bikes 

Motorcycles and quad bikes are a common and popular means of transport among people taking vacations near the beach. The thing to remember is that you cannot be certain when a motorcycle or quad bike was last used, or whether the rental has been checked for mechanical issues since the last user – all of which can lead to issues that may result in injury (see a motorcycle accident lawyer in your local area if you have been affected). 

Although these modes of transport may seem like a convenient option, always take precautions to ensure your safety. This could include checking the brakes, checking the lights, and checking the treads are suitable to grip the road before you drive off the forecourt. 

Public transport 

Planning the various stop-offs and sight-seeing days out on a vacation sometimes leads people to rely on public transport. And, sometimes, the results can be acceptable. Nevertheless, there are at least two inherent potential issues with public transport. One is that the bus or train service is unlikely to pick you up and drop you off exactly on time outside the front door of your hotel. There’s going to be some walking involved to get to the bus or train station. The second potential issue is that, due to the waiting times involved with public transport, you aren’t likely to be able to spend your day doing multiple things – you may have to stop your activities early to leave time to get back to the station, for example, cutting into your plans, and the routes may not be direct, meaning you will waste even more time.

Car rentals 

Car rentals are perhaps the preferred option for anyone who doesn’t want to face any waiting times – the car will typically be available for you to pick up from the airport upon your arrival, and you will most likely be able to drive straight to your hotel and come and go as you please. One of the standout potential issues with car rentals can be that the rental company may try to bill you for damage to the vehicle. That’s why it’s not only important to rent a vehicle from a reputable company, but also to inspect the vehicle before you drive away (take photos of anything that you think the company may try to bill you for, including any scratches to the paintwork or any cosmetic damage to the interior). 

You may also wish to ask the rental company if the car has any special button or release that you must activate to open the panel covering the fuel intake – the last thing you need is to be stuck at a fuel station with no idea of how to open the covering! 

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Amtrak Roomette

For those visiting family, friends or looking for an escape, Amtrak customers can travel in the comfort of a private room at a discounted price this summer. Now, when one person purchases a Roomette, one companion can join them for free. A truly unique experience when traveling by train, Roomette accommodations are offered on many routes across the country. Located in the sleeping car, a Roomette is the perfect option for customers seeking privacy and space on a short trip and added comfort and amenities when traveling overnight. Available on Amtrak.com or by using the Amtrak app customers can book between July 7-17, 2020 for travel from July 13, 2020 through September 30, 2020.

Roomettes feature two comfortable seats by day that convert to upper and lower berths by night. Each room includes a big picture window, fresh towels and linens and access to a private restroom and shower in your car. A dedicated sleeping car attendant provides turndown service, assists with meals, helps with luggage and shares great stories of life on the rails. All customers in private rooms receive complimentary lounge access at major stations, priority boarding and complimentary meals onboard. Two passengers can travel together one-way for as low as:

Roomette Pairing Cities 

New York, NY – Savannah, GA: $416

Washington, DC – Chicago, IL: $319

Chicago, IL – Denver, CO: $365

Oakland, CA – Seattle, WA: $352

Atlanta, GA – New Orleans, LA: $243

Chicago, IL – Minneapolis/Saint Paul, MN: $193

Boston, MA – Chicago, IL: $402

Roomette accommodations are available across the national network on the following trains: California Zephyr, Capitol Limited, Cardinal, City of New Orleans, Coast Starlight, Crescent, Empire Builder, Lake Shore Limited, Silver Service, Southwest Chief, Sunset Limited and Texas Eagle. To receive this discount, use the Fare Finder from this page or enter code V306 when booking a trip on the Amtrak app. The offer is subject to availability and not available on the Auto Train. An advanced reservation of at least 3 days is required. Other restrictions may apply. As America gradually reopens, Amtrak is leading the way by setting a new standard of travel. In an effort to simplify and safeguard the travel experience, several cleaning, contract-free and convenience measures have been implemented to every part of the customer journey – from time of booking to the moment of arrival. Learn more about all measures at Amtrak.com/coronavirus

With our state and commuter partners, Amtrak moves people and the nation forward. We are committed to operating a safe, environmentally efficient and fiscally responsible business. Book essential travel, check train status, access your eTicket and more through the Amtrak app. Learn more at Amtrak.com.

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Amtrak x Leap Year Sale

Amtrak Offers 50% Off Travel with Leap Year Sale

Amtrak is making it even easier to see America with its Leap Year Sale, offering customers 50% off ticket purchases. Friday, February 28, through Saturday, February 29, customers can receive half-off coach tickets for travel between March 7 and April 8, 2020. Customers can book discounted tickets at amtrak.com/leap-year-sale.

Amtrak wants to inspire customers to get carried away on an adventure to destinations across the country. With experiences and memories that can be kept for a lifetime, Amtrak invites customers to share the experience with friends, families and loved ones. With the Leap Year 50% off sale, customers can travel one-way for as low as:

Battle Creek – Chicago
$15
Chicago – Syracuse
$42
Champaign – Chicago
$8.50
Detroit – Chicago
$20
Chicago – Buffalo
$39
Fort Worth – Oklahoma City
$16
Chicago – Carbondale
$20
Fresno – Sacramento
$15
Chicago – East Lansing
$15
Kalamazoo – Detroit
$17
Chicago – Galesburg
$12
Portland – Seattle
$18
Chicago – Grand Rapids
$18
Sacramento – Bakersfield
$23
Chicago – Memphis
$56
Seattle – Eugene
$29
Chicago – Milwaukee
$13
Seattle – Spokane
$29
Chicago – Minneapolis
$36
St. Louis – Kansas City
$18
Chicago – St. Louis
$16
Stockton – Bakersfield
$19

The discount is valid for travel on all segments of the Cascades, Heartland Flyer, Hiawatha, Illinois Services, Michigan Services, Missouri River Runner and San Joaquins, and on select segments of the California Zephyr, City of New Orleans, Coast Starlight, Empire Builder, Southwest Chief and Texas Eagle.

Being able to easily travel to/from city centers, Amtrak has one of the most generous baggage policies in the travel industry, applicable for two personal items and two carry-on bags. Amtrak also offers the freedom to use phones and electronic devices at all times (no “airplane mode”), the ability to travel with small pets on many trains, large spacious seats with ample leg room and no middle seat. Valid for coach seats only; no upgrades allowed. This offer is not combinable with any other discount offer. All prices will be automatically discounted from the standard fare when accessing this promotion at amtrak.com/leap-year-sale. Once ticketed, fares are non-refundable. Other terms and conditions apply.

About Amtrak
Amtrak offers a more comfortable and convenient travel experience with free Wi-Fi on most trains, plenty of leg room and no middle seat. With our state and commuter partners, we move people, the economy and the nation forward, carrying more than 30 million Amtrak customers for each of the past seven years. Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily, connecting more than 500 destinations in 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian Provinces, and reaches 400 additional destinations via connecting bus routes. Book travel, check train status, access your eTicket and more through an Amtrak app. Learn more at amtrak.com.

AMTRAK VALENTINES DAY SALE

Amtrak Offers Trip for Two with Its Buy One Get One Free Valentine’s Day Sale

At Amtrak, they want to show customers how much they love them by offering a Valentine’s Day Buy One Get One Free Sale. Thursday, February 13, through Monday, February 17, customers can buy one coach ticket and get the second free for nationwide travel between March 9 and August 30, 2020, with no blackout dates. Customers can receive discounted tickets by using the code V214 at checkout or at amtrack.com/valentines-day-sale.

Amtrak is offering a great way for customers and their loved ones to travel for a weekend away or on a leisurely vacation. From couples, to moms, to friends, to every loved one, Amtrak encourages individuals to give more than chocolates, flowers and valentines this year. Instead, consider gifting a trip on Amtrak with a two for the price of one, Buy One Get One Free Sale. The discount is valid for travel across the national network including most long distance routes as well as the Acela, Adirondack, Carolinian/Piedmont, Cascades,
Downeaster, Downstate Illinois Services, Empire Service, Ethan Allen Express, Heartland Flyer, Maple Leaf, Michigan Services, Missouri River Runner, Northeast Regional, San Joaquins, Valley Flyer, Vermonter and reserved sections of the Pennsylvanian and Keystone Service. Two customers can travel together in coach for as low as:

New York – Washington, D.C (Acela)
$183

Los Angeles – Seattle
$126

Washington, D.C. – Boston (Acela)
$192

Seattle – Portland, OR
$36

Washington, D.C. – Chicago
$105

San Francisco – Denver
$149

San Francisco – Los Angeles
$66.50

New York – Atlanta
$164

New York – Washington, D.C.
$98

Chicago – St. Louis
$31

Los Angeles – Albuquerque
$86

St. Louis – Kansas City
$36

Portland, ME – Boston
$29

Richmond, VA – Charlotte
$54

Detroit – Chicago
$40

Washington, D.C. – Orlando
$139

Fares will vary by train

Being able to easily travel to/from city centers, Amtrak has one of the most generous baggage policies in the travel industry, applicable for two personal items and two carry-on bags. Amtrak also offers the freedom to use phones and electronic devices at all times (no “airplane mode”), the ability to travel with small pets on many trains, large spacious seats with ample leg room and no middle seat. This sale is valid for one free companion rail fare traveling on the same reservation as one full adult coach fare. This offer is valid for travel on all reserved service except the Auto Train. Adults must travel together and be booked in the same reservation. Valid for coach seats only; no upgrades allowed. This offer is not combinable with any other discount offer. All prices will be automatically discounted from the standard fare when accessing this promotion at amtrak.com/valentines-day-sale or by using the discount code (V214) when booking their trip.

Other terms and conditions apply.

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HVD GIFT GUIDE

Champion’s new offerings show ❤ with exclusive Reverse Weave hoodies as well as a limited-edition Oversized Wrap Logo perfect for couples and/or BFFs who like to match! #TWINNING

 

Reverse weave hoodie is comfortable, durable and extremely stylish. Definitely for the grown and sexy. (model: Armon Hayes)

Amtrak wants to show customers how much they love them by offering a Valentine’s Day Buy One Get One Free Sale. Thursday, February 13, through Monday, February 17, customers can buy one coach ticket and get the second free for nationwide travel between March 9 and August 30, 2020, with no blackout dates. Customers can receive discounted tickets by using the code V214 at checkout or at amtrack.com/valentines-day-sale.

To support the campaign, Oakley released a new eyewear collection, Origins, capturing the brand’s iconic heritage and progressive approach to innovative design reimagined in present day style. Led by Sutro Eyeshade, a sport performance piece inspired by the iconic Eyeshade originally introduced in 1984, this new collection pays homage to Oakley’s journey rooted in a love of sport and passion for optics.

In addition, Oakley will be launching City of Origins, a branded, immersive retail space in Los Angeles on Fairfax Avenue that celebrates the new collection and Love of Sport. Opening February 21st, the pop-up retail space will feature intimate conversations, workshops, exhibitions and more, including the first ever photography exhibition by Evan Mock, surfer, skateboarder and model, a one-on-one talk with Team Oakley athlete and pro-surfer, Sage Erickson, and more. 

The Sky Dreamer, available on PUMA.com and at Foot Locker in the U.S., is equipped with PUMA Hoops technology, including the brand’s signature ProFoam cushioning and high-abrasion grip for peak stability. It also features forefoot webbing for stabilization and lockdown. The Sky Dreamer will retail for $130.


The pack also features a robust and playful collection of unisex apparel for kids and adults, including a Reebok x Tom & Jerry padded woven jacket ($140), short-sleeve t-shirts ($28), a hooded dress ($60), crew neck sweaters ($55), and hoodies ($60). Each piece is inspired by Tom & Jerry cartoon colorways and the collection’s matching footwear styles.
 
The Reebok x Tom & Jerry collection is available at Reebok.com and in-store at select retailers worldwide beginning February 15th.

This Valentine’s Day, Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club in New York City (NYC) is offering an exclusive deal for single guys. Anyone who is single this Friday, February 14th can stop by Primal Cut – the upscale restaurant inside Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club on 60th Street in NYC – and enjoy a romantic dinner with a Sapphire girl. The meal for the female entertainer will be paid for by Sapphire.