3 Travel Needs Reveled by Travel To Go

 

These are items that will come in handy when you travel.

These are items that will come in handy when you travel.

Being travel ready is essential to enjoying your next trip.

Being travel ready is essential to enjoying your next trip.

When people get ready to take a trip, it seems like there are a million things that they have to take with them. Clothes, and electronics. Shoes and sunscreen. Passport and chargers. In the midst of all the packing that is required of a vacation or other kind of trip, there are some things that they may forget, or that they might not even think of. Travel To Go offers these suggestions on things that you should be sure to bring along with you on your next trip.

A first aid kit: First aid kits always come in handy, and even if you are traveling abroad, they may prove very useful. Always pack a travel first aid kit when you go on a trip. You never know when it may come in handy and it is always good to be prepared for the common injuries that a first aid kit can help you with.

Activities and devices: Before you go on a trip, you want to make sure that you load up your electronic devices with some games, movies, and books, These are handy for long waits in airports and unwinding after a long day of adventures.

A perfect bag: Rolling bags great for airports and for going from one place to another. They are not as bulky as backpacks, and it is easier for you to maneuver with these, and it will take the strain off your body if you happen to have packed a little heavy. Travel To Go also mentions that brightly colored bags a re a good choice for flying because they are easy to find when you get off the plane.

Travel to the ancient world of the Maya at the Museum of Science

By Chris Bergeron

This article was written by Chris Bergeron. To view the original article visit http://www.tauntongazette.com/article/20141019/ENTERTAINMENTLIFE/141016623/11183/ENTERTAINMENT/?Start=1

BOSTON – Before his death more than 1,100 years ago in present-day Belize, the Maya ruler called Great Scrolled Skull expected to journey through the underworld and climb the “world tree’’ to be reborn into the sky as a god.

His body was placed in a grand tomb at Santa Rita Corozal filled with decorated pottery, shell jewelry and precious ornaments including a jade mask likely worn as a necklace or belt ornament to symbolize his power.

Instead of accompanying Great Scrolled Skull to his divine rebirth, his striking green mask, ceramic bowls, knives and other prestigious objects have journeyed to the Museum of Science as part of “Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed.’’

The largest exhibition on the ancient Maya ever shown in the U.S., it brings to Boston 250 artifacts, imposing replicas of carved monuments known as stelae and murals, and more than a dozen interactive devices to bring alive a Mesoamerican civilization of remarkable achievements still obscured by misconceptions.

William Saturno, an archaeologist who discovered the oldest intact Maya murals ever found, said the current exhibit will introduce visitors to “the richness of what Maya culture has to offer.’’

Recalling his excitement 24 years ago on first seeing the Maya ruins of Palenque, Mexico, he said visitors to the exhibit – especially children – will feel that same wonder discovering an ancient civilization of stunning complexity.

“The world is revealed in the galleries upstairs,’’ said Saturno, an assistant professor of archaeology at Boston University, “but much more has been left for future generations to find.’’

At its best, this exhibit conveys that wonder through a mix of rare artifacts, accurate replicas of an underworld cave, a vibrant mural room and Great Scrolled Skull’s burial site along with interactive devices that let visitors experience Maya daily life.

The exhibit was produced by the Science Museum of Minnesota in partnership with the Museum of Science in Boston, the San Diego Natural History Museum and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Admission to “Maya’’ will be by timed ticket only and will include a ticket to the general Exhibit Halls that can be used the same day or within six months.

Entering the show, visitors pass through the first of nine galleries, “Unlocking the Maya Past,’’ with wall text in English and Spanish, that describes the breadth of Maya civilization during the Classic Period (250 A.D. to 900 A.D.) that extended throughout a vast network of cities and villages across the Yucatan Peninsular in Mexico to Guatemala, Belize, Honduras and El Salvador.

Passing through serpentine galleries, in half-light to protect fragile artifacts, visitors will learn about the carved hieroglyphs Maya used to record their history, how they built elaborate temples and closely studied the heavens to make a calendar of remarkable accuracy.

Several visitors said objects and activities provided intimates glimpses into a fascinating culture.

Gazing intently at the fierce image carved on a stele of a god-king named “Fire-burning Celestial Lightning God’’ who beheaded the ruler of Copan around 750 A.D. in modern Honduras, Tom Morway said, “I can sort of imagine it. It seems very far away. I’d really like to go there and see it for myself.’’

Abe Winnettknoy, 10, of Concord, New Hampshire, used an interactive device that translated Maya glyphs to name himself Radiant Jaguar and his mother, Laura, became Princess Shark.

Mother and daughter Jeannine and Emily Josephs viewed a section about the Maya ceremonial ball game that was played on stone courts by players who struck a rubber ball with their hips and, in later versions, tried to knock it through rings. With some difficulty, 13-year-old Emily lifted a replica of the ball on a frame and guessed it weighed “nearly 10 pounds.’’

Throughout the opening day tour, visitors snapped cellphone photos of replicas of towering stelae bearing carved faces of kings and three-dimensional seated figures on a recreated portion of the famous frieze from the El Castillo pyramid in Xunatunich in Belize.

Leading his wife and son through the show, Saturno praised the exhibit for “providing a non-caricatured portrait of Maya people,’’ including the 6 million people living today in Central America.

And he slammed Mel Gibson’s 2006 movie “Apocalypto’’ as “horrible on so many levels’’ because it stereotyped Maya culture as “chronically violent and full of ritual sacrifices without evidence.’’

“I urge visitors to find the humanity of Maya people through these fantastic artifacts,’’ said Saturno.

After spending the last 20 years traveling between the jungles of Mexico, Guatemala and his home in Boston, Saturno observed “In the most spectacular way, those worlds are brought together in this exhibit.’’

Chris Bergeron is a Daily News staff writer. Contact him at cbergeron@wickedlocal.com or 508-626-4448. Follow us on Twitter @WickedLocalArts and on Facebook.

“Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed’’

WHEN: Through spring 2015

WHERE: Museum of Science, Boston

INFO: 617-723-2500; www.mosorg

Find the Best Local Eats: 7 Must-Have Apps for the Traveling Foodie

By Andy Wang

This article was written by Andy Wang. Visit https://www.yahoo.com/travel/trying-to-score-a-difficult-restaurant-reservation-7-99921592147.html to see the original article.

If one of your favorite things about travel is trying new food, you know that navigating through a city’s restaurant scene can be as difficult as it is delicious, no matter how many Yelp reviews you peruse or OpenTable points you have. Trustworthy recommendations can be hard to find, lines are long, navigating through a big menu is tricky, and getting a good reservation often seems like a magic trick that only concierges can perform.

Thankfully, a new generation of apps and websites makes things much easier. Here are seven appetizing options.

 Table8

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Use Table 8 for hard to get reservations (Photo: Table8)

Bestia is one of the hottest restaurants in Los Angeles. Tables are booked weeks in advance, and walk-in diners often endure long waits to sit down for chef Ori Menashe’s pasta and charcuterie. But Table8, a new VIP reservations app, can get you a prime-time table there for $20. Other A-list L.A. reservations available for $20 through Table8 include star-chef spots like Walter Manzke’s République, Suzanne Goin’s A.O.C., Tin Vuong’s Little Sister, and the much-coveted patio at Vartan Abgaryan’s Cliff’s Edge. On a recent Friday night, we used Table8 for a 8 p.m. reservation at République. We showed up 10 minutes early and the place was jammed, but we were seated quickly, at a table next to one with two cast members of Glee. By 8 p.m., our drink order was in. Table8 launched in San Francisco and Los Angeles earlier this year, with plans to add New York this fall and 15 to 20 cities by the end of 2015.

Related: Riding in Style: The Best Transportation Apps

Resy

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Book reservations on demand with Resy. (Photo: Resy)

Resy is a prime-time reservations service that has launched in New York with a well-curated list of restaurants like downtown king Keith McNally’s Minetta Tavern, celebrated chefs Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette’s Toro, and Iron Chef Marc Forgione’s American Cut. Some reservations are free, and others available on the app range from $4 to $20 (and up) depending on demand. The app will let you know whether you’re booking the main dining room, bar seats, or an outdoor table at neighborhood favorites across the city. Resy has its eye on expanding into other markets including Los Angeles and Miami.

OrderAhead

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OrderAhead offers delivery from restaurants that don’t typically deliver. (Photo: OrderAhead)

Visiting Washington, D.C., and craving a burger from Shake Shack, but don’t feel like standing in line? No problem:OrderAhead will deliver your SmokeShack. (That’s a cheeseburger with bacon and chopped cherry peppers; trust us, this is the burger you want.) OrderAhead, which launched as a takeout service, now also offers delivery from restaurants that typically don’t deliver in big markets like the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, and D.C. That means, for example, pizzas from Gjelina and sushi from Sugarfish if you’re on L.A.’s Westside — all in the comfort of your own hotel room.

Foodspotting

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Use Foodspotting to see what you can order before you get to the restaurant. (Photo: Foodspotting)

Foodspotting lets you view photos of the best dishes at restaurants, so you’ll know not just where to go but also what to order. It’s like a curated version of Instagram, focusing on what you might want to have for dinner in the place you’re visiting. You can view the most popular dishes in a city or sign in with Facebook and see where your friends have been and what dishes they thought were worthy to share.

Related: 15 Apps for the Best Road Trip of Your Life

LocalEats

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Find independently owned restaurants using Local Eats. (Photo: LocalEats)

You didn’t travel cross-country to have Yelp recommend you go to a Cheesecake Factory, so get your restaurant recommendations on LocalEats. This site ignores chain restaurants and spotlights independently owned local favorites in major cities. It’s useful whether you want a burrito in Houston or Dungeness crab in Seattle.

TabbedOut

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Who needs a waitress? Settle your own bill with TabbedOut. (Photo: TabbedOut)

You’ve finished your dinner and are ready to go, but you can’t find your server for the check. TabbedOut solves this problem at more than 5,000 locations (including both restaurants and bars) nationwide. You pay for your meal plus tip using your phone and leave the restaurant whenever you’re ready. Multiple users can split the bill, solving another problem that always seems to slow down your night.

GoldBely

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Order the best food from around the country straight to your door with Goldbely. (Photo: Goldbely)

If your travels have you dreaming of the Texas barbecue or treats from New York’s Momofuku Milk Bar you had on your summer vacation, GoldBely will mail-order your fix to you, anywhere in the country. This fancy-pants online food store has deep-dish Chicago pizza from Lou Malnati’s, lobster pot pies from Maine’s Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co., ribs from the incomparable Salt Lick in Driftwood, Texas, and so much more. Dessert can be the decadent Candy Bar Pie from Momofuku Milk Bar or a pecan pie from Savannah’s Original Candy Kitchen. Browse by region and create your own feast by ordering some of the country’s most beloved dishes. Whether you want bagels, chowder, sausages, or ice cream, Goldbely will bring them to you.

Want to try long-distance space travel? Go to a convention

By Dennis Powell

This article was written by Dennis Powell. For the original version visit: http://www.athensnews.com/ohio/article-43407-want-to-try-long-dis.html

You may have wondered at one time or another about space flight.

By this I do not mean little hops to low Earth orbit, which is barely space at all, but instead the years-, decades-, even generations-long flights to locations outside our solar system.

Much speculation has been devoted to this topic, all in the realm of science fiction – even that done by scientists is at this point science fiction. Some of the speculation puts the passengers who will populate the far-away planet into a kind of suspended animation (and in movies, this usually goes terribly wrong, leaving one person or a handful of persons all alone in distant space). Some of it has everyone alive and awake, living in conditions we might expect aboard a Russian diesel submarine.

And some proposes enormous spaceships, with fields of growing plants metabolizing carbon dioxide and light into oxygen and food for the journey and providing pleasant places to stroll during the long, long space flight. There might be waterfalls, gathering places, activities suited to a small (or not-so-small) community.

I’ve recently had the opportunity to think about that kind of spaceship, for I have witnessed the closest thing we have to it on our planet today: I have been to a convention.

You, too, may have been to a convention. There are lots of them. Most industries and associations have conventions. There even is an industry made up of people who speak at conventions.

That is a fairly easy profession. Every convention offers about a dozen speeches, usually called “sessions,” on “the state of the industry,” how to get people who owe you money to pay you, how to borrow money at favorable rates, and so on. These topics tend to be industry-agnostic. By changing a few words, the speech for the society of liquid-waste-disposal executives would be just fine for, say, the organization of business incubators (presuming there still is one; I know there used to be).

There are so many conventions that there is probably a convention of the convention industry. Or rather “convention professionals,” as they surely would call themselves.

Conventions have, yes, speeches in common. They also have locations in common. Organizations tend to hold their conventions in exotic or desirable locales – New Orleans, or Miami, Austin perhaps – but if my experience is exemplary, it doesn’t matter where the conventions are.

Here’s why: the convention I attended was in Nashville. Nashville is an interesting place, but if the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center had been located in a bubble in the midst of a toxic-waste dump it would have made no difference. As with an intergalactic spaceship, once one enters, one does not leave.

My colleagues and I arrived on Saturday afternoon and remained there until convention’s end Wednesday morning. That an interesting city was located nearby made no difference, because nobody saw it. (The lone nods toward Nashvilleness were the presence in one of many long corridors of an air studio of the famous WSM Radio, expensive souvenirs that alluded to country music, and expensive drinks that could be purchased in expensive cowboy-boot-shaped plastic mugs that were yours to keep.)

Like the long-haul space vehicles destined to carry humanity to planets unknown, the place is self-contained (by design, I think, the better to relieve you of your money). It covers about 180 acres. It has miles of corridors; I imagine you could run a marathon there without ever going outside and without visiting the same place twice.

It has four jungles, one for each of the connected sections, which are called “Cascades,” “Garden Conservatory,” “Magnolia,” and “Delta.” So there’s room for exercise – indeed, exercise is a requirement; going from one’s room to one’s convention involves a hefty hike and the possibility of getting lost, perhaps forever. (I wondered if search parties were sent out each night to recover the lost and the dead, though the latter might well be consumed immediately by the jungles. Indeed, I bet the warm, moist jungles are a real microbes’ delight during flu season or during outbreaks of other bugs we hear about from time to time. That is another issue not unknown to science fiction.)

There were several conventions underway while we were there, the attendees distinguished by the different styles of name tags worn about the neck. The different conventions offered a variety of entertainment, too. One, something having to do with (deliberately) non-profit companies, placed its live bands in the hallway, where they could be enjoyed by all. Others offered country rockers at deafening volume, making conversing even with the person next to you difficult. This could be trouble during a long space adventure, causing tension between those who get tinnitus and those who do not.

Though I suspect the real concern would be warfare between, say, the Magnolias and the Deltas. The Magnolias have the radio station, while the Deltas have the hamburger joint (pickles are an extra 75 cents and no, I didn’t make that up). The Deltas have an island, though there are many walkways over it, so it’s not especially defensible.

Or it might be that after a few generations, space travelers would get used to the place.

Just as convention speakers surely get used to conventions. Though I do wonder if sometimes they get confused, the way rock bands occasionally do, and begin their presentations by shouting, “Hello, National Cabbage Growers Alliance!” when they’re speaking instead to the American Society of Scrap Metal Collectors. After which that suspended-animation thing would probably sound pretty good.

Editor’s note: Dennis E. Powell was an award-winning reporter in New York and elsewhere before moving to Ohio and becoming a full-time crackpot. His column appears on Mondays. You can reach him at dep@drippingwithirony.com.

Travel To Go Offers Great Advice for Campers

Get ready for an amazing camping trip with these tips.

Get ready for an amazing camping trip with these tips.

Going camping is the perfect way to enjoy fun in the natural world.

Going camping is the perfect way to enjoy fun in the natural world.

Travel To Go knows that nature lovers enjoy to planning camping excursions. When the weather is nice, they begin airing their tents and itching to set out and dive in the natural wonderland once again. The perfect camping trip celebrates the best of nature with a great hike, gorgeous scenery and cozy campfires. However, you need to make sure that when you travel, you stay safe and prepare for the unexpected. It is essential that you do some research for a family camping trip or a solo hiking trip.

Before you venture out on a camping excursion there are certain things that they need to consider to enhance your camping experience, right from packing the right clothes, equipment and camping gear to learning how to start a campfire and clean a sooty pot. Over packing is a mistake in itself when camping, especially if you plan a multi day trip, but it is important that you don’t forget essentials like your first aid kit and your cooking supplies, which are going to come in handy.

Travel To Go advises the camping enthusiastic to use animal proof methods to store their food and if they are driving around in their cars they can use their car trunks as a food safe. It also reminds campers to leave behind a detailed copy of their camping itinerary with their trusted friends. You need to plan for emergencies and make your camping plans public so that your friends can know about your whereabouts and can keep track of you.

Travel To Go Recommends Tips for Perfect Group Travel

Travel To Go shares great traveling tips.

Travel To Go shares great traveling tips.

Everyone wants to enjoy a perfect trip every time that they get ready for a getaway. Traveling with friends or family can be one of the best ways to really enjoy a trip because it allows loved ones to bond over the experiences that they have and create lasting memories together. Travel To Go knows that planning a group trip can be a fun experience that everyone should consider, and if you are planning on taking a trip with your friends of family, you can use some of these tips to help you make every aspect of the vacation fun and easy.

Split up duties: If you have many people joining in on the trip, it will make the preparation and execution of the plans easier if each and every person in the group is given a task. Have one person be responsible for packing the bags in the car, one in charge of getting the tickets, and another put together the budget. This will make the process faster and everyone will be included in the process.

Meet and decide: If you want to make sure that everyone in the group is being heard and has a hand in the planning, it is important for everyone to meet and share their opinions about the trip. Travel To Go says that this will help the group communicate and be on the lookout for any conflict that could be a bigger problem down the road.

Don’t be afraid to split: While you should be sure to pick some activities to enjoy as a group, it is important to remember that it is ok to have individual experiences as well. If different members want to try different things, they can always try some individual exploring and then meet back up to talk about their experiences later on. This will still allow each person to customize their experience even though they are traveling as a group.

Travel To Go recommends Sulfur Hot Springs at Banff

Travel To Go members highlight the best attractions in Banff

With all the amazing destinations out there, Banff is sure to please travelers with its offerings.

Travel To Go knows that most tourists find that Banff National Park very attracting as they love to soak in its magical Hot Springs and marvel at its scenic mountains. Banff is a small mountain town located in the heart of Banff’s National Park and stands out to be a wonderful place for families to enjoy a holiday anytime of the year.

Travel To Go says tourists who are looking for helpful information about the best tourists’ attractions in Banff can get it from the Information Center which gives them all the details about the tours and excursions that they can enjoy in the area.

Travel To Go Recommends Seeing the Grand Canyon

Travel To Go encourages travelers to see the Grand Canyon.

There are plenty of amazing places to see around the world and Travel To Go recognizes specific areas that should definitely be visited in a lifetime. In Arizona, the Grand Canyon is a place of awe, a work of nature that has taken millions of years to form. While a picture can say a great deal, nothing beats seeing something in person. The Grand Canyon can almost seem unreal at times. However, it is very much real and this is the reason why travelers around the world visit this place.

Travel To Go Suggests a Summer Vacation Soon

The summer is already here and Travel To Go hopes that vacations have enjoyed trips so far this season. However, summer will not last forever and it is still important for people to take the time to go and enjoy vacations if they have not done so yet. Now is the perfect time thanks to warmer weather in many areas, services and features that are maximized at this time of year, and the fact that many people are taking time off to enjoy vacations worldwide. Summer vacations do not have to be limited to children and families. It is important for everybody to go on vacation some time in order to relax and set aside normal responsibilities for work. Travelers will be happier and healthier as a result.

For those unable to get time off at the moment, Travel To Go is well aware that vacations take place year-round. Some travelers will even prefer to take a vacation during a period other than the summer time. Many locations will be less crowded and the possibilities of saving on services are greater. Although a summer vacation often has a uniqueness to it that is fueled by the spirit of vacationers worldwide, it can be just as enjoyable to vacation off season. Regardless of the time of year, going on vacation is important for everybody.

Whether traveling only a few hours by car or thousands of miles away from home, the chance to have a great vacation is possible during any time of the year.

Travel To Go Recommends a Visit to Mount Rushmore

Travel To Go Recommends a Visit to Mount Rushmore

Travel To Go Recommends a Visit to Mount Rushmore

There are particular sites that serve as symbols for a country’s history, culture, and dedication to achieving greatness. Travel To Go understands that Mount Rushmore is one such example of nature being molding with human engineering. Located near Keystone, South Dakota, Mount Rushmore is essentially one of the largest sculptures of the world. More than ten of years of work was required to finish it. The end result has become a world-famous site that draws in large numbers of visitors each year. Seeing it in person is an amazing experience in order to fully appreciate the scope of the project and all of the work done to make it a reality.