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Six Flags will reopen soon

Six Flags will reopen its parks soon, including Great America. Things will definitely be different, with new safety measures in place. Some of the changes:

  • Reservations are required
  • All guests will have to have their temperatures taken
  • Face coverings are required for everyone
  • Touchless bag checks upon entry
  • Social distancing will be observed in queue lines

Here’s the announcement tweet from Six Flags:

Decoding Retirement

Robert Kuhn
Managing Partner

Robert has been in the financial industry in various executive level capacities since 1997. He is the founding and Managing Partner of Kuhn Capital Partners, which serves financial advisors across the country, managing money for their clients as well as direct clients of Kuhn Capital Partners.

Robert is one of the most celebrated and respected financial advisors in the industry – and is a sought-after speaker, thinker and investment strategist. Robert has hosted many top radio shows and has been a key note speaker at many industry leading events.

Robert & Kuhn Capital Partners goal is to protect and defend your assets while seeking upside potential. The investment strategies used are defensive and tactical in nature. Robert believes tactical management is a powerful, straightforward solution to navigate market volatility, while striving to drive performance and hedge against risk.

Through Kuhn Capital Partners defensive, pro-active & non-emotional approach to investing, they monitor market conditions daily, to help maximize growth potential of your investments while never forgetting the first two rules of investing. Rule one, don’t lose money. Rule two, don’t forget rule number one.

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Hidden Wealth Solution

Chuck Oliver and the Hidden Wealth Solution team are committed to helping baby boomers and retirees thrive in retirement. The Hidden Wealth Solution provides clients with the most effectively tailored wealth building strategy. It is used by the ultra-wealthy, former U.S. presidents and industry icons.

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Trip Sisters – Show Notes – 2/8/20 – Travel and Adventure Show

Attend Travel & Adventure Show Chicago / February 8-9, 2020 to explore destinations from all over the world and enter for your chance to win some amazing giveaways, like a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Switzerland!

Go to https://travelshows.com/shows/chicago/ for more information.

Be sure to follow us on social at @TheTripSisters and if you’re visiting the Travel & Adventure Show, share your experiences with us using the hashtags #ChicagoTravelShow and #TripSistersRadio

Special Mentions:
www.stnet.ch
www.travelshows.com
www.miamiandbeaches.com
www.msccruisesusa.com

Tips for Attending the Travel & Adventure Show
If you’re in Chicago, you can take the L to the show. L Stop is right nearby.
Allow time for parking, and park in the parking garage – $15
If you park in the parking garage, leave your coat in the car! You’ll go from the parking garage right into the building, and walk through the halls and walkways inside the building to the Travel & Adventure Show. This way you don’t have to carry it around with you.
Wear comfortable shoes – You’ll be walking around a lot!
You can park and come to the show, or stay the night at one of the hotels – Hyatt Regency O’Hare (connected to the convention center) or the Hilton (.3 miles away) at Rosemont
Lots of giveaways, including a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Switzerland.
Attend Travel & Adventure Show Chicago February 8 (today until 5pm) or February 9, 2020 (11am-4pm) at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, and stop by the 94.7 WLS booth to enter for a chance to win.
Go to www.TravelShows.com ahead of time to buy your tickets, check out the floor plan and see what booths you want to stop by. You can also check out the activities and speaker schedules.
You can even apply for your passport at the Travel & Adventure Show! You need to bring your birth certificate and a few other documents. They also have Global Entry & TSA Precheck Acceptance Programs. Details can be found at www.TravelShows.com
Be sure to bring cash! If you buy your tickets for the show on-site, CASH ONLY is accepted. ATMs are available at the Convention Center.
One Day Adult Ticket: $15.00
Two Day Adult Ticket: $22.00

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Trip Sisters – Show Notes – 2/2/20 – Switzerland

 

Special Guest
Claudio Zemp – Director of Americas for Switzerland Tourism
Website: www.stnet.ch and www.travelshows.com for a chance to win a trip to Switzerland!

Colleen & Catie’s Picks for Switzerland

Colleen
Region/City: Interlaken
What makes it unique: Nestled in between mountains and lakes but still a decent size town. Surrounded by mountains, dense forests, alpine meadows and glaciers, with numerous hiking and skiing trails.
Accommodations:
Victoria Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa – Luxury and a grand hotel
Hotel Interlaken – 4 star with excellent location to alps, amazing views
Dining/cuisine:
WineArt – Part bar, part lounge, part restaurant and part DELI. Chandeliers and over 600 wines to choose from.
Goldener Anker – Swiss meals including fondue which is big in Switzerland
Activities: Hiking, Eating Swiss cheese chocolate and wine, any mountain sports, explore Interlaken Castle
How to get around: Walking or by public transportation (trains are great)
How to get there:
Switzerland is about a 9 hour flight from Chicago, with nonstop, roundtrip flights starting around $600 this time of year.
The closest airport to Interlaken is Bern Airport, 45 minutes away by road and about an hour and a half by train. You can also take a flight to the Zurich Airport and then a train from the airport to Interlaken.
When to visit:
The high season is July to August, when the weather in Switzerland is the warmest it is in the entire year, but you will have to face a lot of tourists, and over 50% increase in prices.
Winter (between December and March) is low season in most parts of the country, as there will be intense snowstorms.
Spring is a beautiful time to visit Switzerland. Not too many tourists, decent prices, nice weather, flowering trees, etc.
Tips for visiting:
The mountains can be chilly. Make sure to bring layers and extra clothes for evening.
Learn a little basic German before you go.

Catie
Region/City: Lucerne
What makes it unique: Lucerne is located in central Switzerland, on the shores of Lake Lucerne, surrounded by the Swiss Alps, notably Mount Pilatus and Rigi. With its placid water and towering alpine vistas, Lucerne embodies what tourists think of when they hear “Switzerland.” Lucerne has a population of just under 60,000 people. Lucerne is in the German-speaking. Clean, quaint, gorgeous views of the mountains.
Accommodations: Grand Hotel National Luzern, Lucerne
This palatial hotel is a 10-minute walk from Chapel Bridge, a 13-minute walk from the Lion Monument and 2 km from the Swiss Museum of Transport.
Wi-Fi access, flat-screen TVs and minibars, plus safes, en suite bathrooms and Nespresso machines. Some rooms have sitting areas, fireplaces and/or balconies.
Amenities consist of 4 restaurants, a bistro and a cafe, plus a bar, and meeting and event space.
There’s also a wellness center with an indoor pool, a gym, sauna.
An airport transfer, breakfast and massage services are available.
Dining/cuisine:
Luftseilbahn Grindelwald Pfingstegg – https://www.pfingstegg.ch/index.php/en/
Enjoy dinner with an incredible view of the mountains, while floating from this cable car suspended over the gorgeous backdrop of Switzerland!
Schiffrestaurant Wilhelm Tell – Lucerne’s Floating restaurant
Built in 1908, this nostalgic paddle steamer has been lovingly restored to its original splendour, and is now permanently anchored at what must be the most beautiful spot in the whole of Central Switzerland – in the Lucerne bay.
Look out across the charming Old Town, the lake and the mountains while choosing from our mouth-watering menu.
Activities:
Explore Lucerne’s Old Town on foot, passing churches and bridges and venturing into narrow cobbled streets and colorfully painted Renaissance squares.
Also check out Mount Pilates and Sein in lake Lucerne
How to get there:
Lucerne doesn’t have an airport; Zurich International Airport is the most frequently used by travelers to the area.
How to get around:
Public transportation is the best. Lucerne has a central rail station with frequent connections to other locations in Switzerland and some international destinations. Buses and trains always run perfectly on time (“Swiss time”).
Rent bikes too in the warmer months.
Tips for visiting: Discount Card – The Lucerne Card, available for durations of 1, 2 or 3 days, offers free public transportation within Lucerne and discounts on many other museums and attractions.

“What’s” with the “Trip Sisters”

What’s in Your Suitcase?
MOFT phone stand and tablet stand – $24 per stand or two-pack for $34 at MOFT Indiegogo Indemand
MOFT (MOFT stands for “Mobile Office for Travelers”) has released the World’s First Invisible Laptop Stand. MOFT is the lightest adhesive laptop stand around, perfect for travel, and follows the “invisible design” philosophy: unseen when attached, unfelt when worked on, unnoticed when carried. It acts as a natural, seamless appendage of your computer, and comes in 5 different colors: Silver, Space Grey, Gold, Rose Gold and Diamond.

What’s on your phone?
Rome2rio: Trip Planner – Free on iOS and Android – https://apps.apple.com/us/app/rome2rio-trip-planner/id569793256
Rome2rio searches any city, town, landmark, attraction or address across the globe with thousands of multi-modal routes to get you from A to B. Compare your options: plane, train, bus, car, ferry, bike share, driving and walking directions all in one search (with hundreds and thousands of routes and airlines available). With over 186,000 app users worldwide already on board, you know you’re in good company!

What’s the tip?
How Women Can Stay Safe Traveling Abroad
Uber has just released a safety report that shows 3,000 sexual assaults and 9 murders in the US in 2018 and more around the world. What’s more, in 2019 we saw horrifying reports of women attacked or killed while traveling in Costa Rica, Morocco, Thailand, Australia, and more. Here’s how you can stay safe:
Have a Panic Button – Apps like ICE Contact (“in case of emergency” Contact), and the Bsafe app provide panic buttons, alarms and alerts you can send to contacts back home alerting them of trouble or can store your emergency medical information or have direct access to the country’s emergency contact lines. The State Department’s Smart Traveler is an enrollment program that includes frequently updated official country information, travel alerts, travel warnings, maps, U.S. embassy locations, and more.
Monitor Crime Around You – When traveling through the U.S. apps like Crime and Place and Citizen give you crime hotspots and real time alerts, and even video to keep you informed wherever you go.
Stay With Hosts You Feel Safer With – We recommend misterb&b, an LGBTQ home sharing site. Users of this site have expressed they feel “safer” staying at the homes of other straight and non straight women and also feel safer when gay men are their hosts. Additionally, women hosts on the site say they feel safer hosting only women or gay men as guests.
Use Booking Sites With Stringent Safety Protocols – Many booking sites rely only on guest reviews and hosts are rarely verified thoroughly. misterb&b gives the gay community freedom to book homes, rooms, and hotels through gay/gay welcoming hosts, so that they can be sure they are in a safe, gay-friendly space and neighborhood.
Always Be Connected – Purchase necessary phone plans and download wifi messaging apps like WhatsApp to stay connected. It also might be a good idea to make sure you have a tracking app on your phone and that at least one person back home can access it so someone knows where you are.

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Trip Sisters – Show Notes – 1/26/20 – Business Trips

 

Colleen & Catie’s Picks for Business Travel

Colleen
Destination: Nantucket, Massachusetts
An island about 30 miles by ferry south from Cape Cod
Fly into Nantucket Memorial Airport (ACK) otherwise you could fly into Boston Int’l Airport, rent a car and drive (91 miles, but it’s a pretty drive)
Nantucket, is primarily a summer destination but you can get some great deals there this time of year.
Known for dune-backed beaches, and unpainted cedar-shingled buildings, many surrounded by manicured privets.
The wharves and cobblestoned streets are lined with restaurants, high-end boutiques and steepled churches.
Accommodations: White Elephant
An island landmark, the iconic White Elephant, has been named among the finest luxury hotels on Nantucket Island for decades.
This waterfront resort has grown to include chic rooms with abundant natural light, spacious suites many with balconies and magnificent harbor views, garden cottages, luxurious residences and downtown lofts.
Edging the harbor, White Elephant is steps from Children’s Beach, the Brant Point Lighthouse, and Nantucket Town.
Relax by the outdoor heated pool in a private cabana or hop on a bike and explore the area.
Enjoy steaks and seafood, sip cocktails on the Harborside Lawn, or rejuvenate in our world-class spa.
Take in the sights of Nantucket Harbor and experience the beauty, serenity, and romantic nature of Nantucket Island.
Prices start around $225/night. You’ll likely get the starting rate if you go off-season (winter) and stay during the week.
Dining:
Cru – Stylish hot spot, right on the water, offers expansive raw bar options & cooked seafood fare. Located in Nantucket Downtown Historic District.
Dune – Upscale eatery for refined New American fare & craft cocktails in modern surrounds, plus a patio. Also in the Downtown Historic District
Activities:
Sailing – A perfect adventure for you as a couple.
Endeavor Sailing Excursions in Nantucket Downtown Historic District. Rent a boat or sail with an expert.
Historic Lighthouses – Even tour one.
Beach Bonfires – Great for snuggling up with your partner!
Tips for Couples Traveling Together:
Try not to take each other too seriously. You’re on vacation, try to keep the mood light when possible.
Also be sure to plan trips with your girlfriends!

Catie
Destination: Healdsburg in Sonoma Co., California – North of Santa Rosa. Best to fly into Sonoma County Airport.
Accommodations: Hotel Healdsburg
Starting around $330/night, this upscale hotel with a hip vibe is next to the seasonal Healdsburg Farmers Market, and 3 miles from hiking at Healdsburg Ridge Open Space Preserve and 15 miles from Lake Sonoma.
Rooms and suites with teak platform beds and Tibetan carpets offer in-room dining, free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs; some have balconies, French doors and scenic views.
Complimentary perks include hot breakfast, valet parking and bike rentals. A fireplace cocktail lounge features light bites, an elegant eatery serves wine-country cuisine, and a casual pizza parlor provides poolside service. There’s also a gym, a luxe beauty spa (fee), and a garden pool and Jacuzzi.
Dining: Campo Fina
Little italian cafe with great italian food and you can play bocce ball in their courtyard.
Activities: Wine Country Bikes
We rented electric bikes here, but you can also rent regular bikes.
Go to https://www.winecountrybikes.com for pricing and to make a reservation for whatever type of bike you’d like. Prices vary.
Tips for Couples Traveling Together: I did spa… he watched football. Give each other space… you don’t have to do everything together. We planned some restaurants. The other we found just by walking the town. Find a new activity you can do together. Compromise.

“What’s” with the “Trip Sisters”

What’s in Your Suitcase?
Tinggly Gift Box of Experiences – Prices range from $89 to $359 at https://www.tinggly.com
Give your loved one an experience! There are 26 gift boxes with different themes and price points, each with hundreds of experiences and gift boxes meant for men, women, couples. The buyer can simply choose the most suitable gift box and the gift recipients will have the freedom to decide what they want to do, when and where. Experiences include cultural tours, skydiving, bungee jumping, gourmet experiences, adventure driving, spa and beauty, landmark visits, extreme sports and more. Gift receivers will have 5 years to choose an experience from their gift box, giving them plenty of time to plan ahead.

What’s on your phone?
For Staying Local – DateNight (free on iOS) – https://apps.apple.com/us/app/datenight-explore-new-date-ideas/id1156931469
Using this app, couples can find the perfect date night idea, no matter where they are. DateNight lets you explore new and interesting date ideas. Find the perfect adventure for your next date by browsing curated lists, or tailor your search by keyword, category, or location. Submit your own idea if you don’t already see it, or vote on ideas written by others to make sure only the best get approved!

For traveling/long distance – Pathshare – Free on iOS and Android – https://pathsha.re/
This is a location-sharing app for couples that users can use to share their real-time location with their partner. They can set up a time to share the location and once that time is over, Pathshare will automatically stop sharing their location. Use this app to keep partners updated about whereabouts when they are out late at night or in a potentially dangerous situation.

What’s the tip?
Traveling with your Partner
Studies show that you should wait to travel with your partner until you’ve been together at least 6 months. Try going on a weekend getaway first before committing to a big trip.
Consider scheduling in a little time apart during your vacation. If one of you loves laying around the beach while the other loves hiking, it’s okay to take some time apart to do the things you enjoy. This could also be an opportunity to try new things that your partner enjoys.
Talk openly about what you like to do and don’t like to do on vacation. If one of you loves getting up early and the other loves sleeping in, you might run into issues. It’s best to know these things ahead of time so you can plan for them and avoid a fight later.
If you do start feeling stressed or frustrated with your partner while on vacation, try doing a spa or massage together.
If you’re dating, decide on how to pay for things ahead of time. It may be a hard conversation to have, but it’ll avoid one person taking the brunt of things or even resentments later.

 

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Trip Sisters – Show Notes – 1/19/20 – Winter Blues

 

If you’re interested in providing relief to those affected by the massive Australian Bushfire, here are some organizations that could use your support:
The Kangaroo Island Mayors Bushfire Appeal Fund: Accepting donations on GoFundMe to help rebuild homes and businesses lost in the fires.
Hanson Bay Wildlife and Koala Sanctuary: Donations will go towards rebuilding koala habitats.
Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park: Currently treating injured animals. Donations will help with veterinary costs, koala milk and supplements, extra holding/rehabilitation enclosures.
County Fire Service Foundation: Helps the families of volunteer firefighters who have been injured or lost their homes or lives while battling the blazes.
Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund: The Australian Red Cross is accepting monetary donations along with contributions of clothing and small home items to sell as a fundraiser. They’re also accepting volunteers.

Special Guest
Nick Molle – Filmmaker, Adventurer, Conservationist
Website: www.nickmolle.com
Facebook: @nickmolleproductions
Twitter: @nickmollefilms

Colleen & Catie’s Picks for Winter Weather Getaways

Colleen
Destination: Tucson, Arizona
Weather in Winter: Avg. High is 66 degrees, low is 42 degrees. Winter (Nov–Apr) is sunny, mild.
Accommodations: White Stallion Ranch (25 min from downtown Tucson)
Charming informal ranch gives a true feeling of the old west.
Made up of 3,000 unspoiled acres, located at the foot of the ruggedly beautiful Tucson Mountains.
Located right beside Saguaro National Park West
Great for families – Good way to bond!
Ranch Privately owned by the True Family for over 50 years
Ranch has 43 rooms, and every guest room has more than one bed. No TVs, encouraging kids to hang out together.
Dining: Ranch Cookout at White Stallion Ranch
White Stallion Ranch does all the cooking for you.
They offer a variety of meal options to please most everyone, using the freshest, quality ingredients.
All meals and snacks are included in their full American Plan nightly rates
Their Bed & Breakfast rates ONLY include Breakfast as a full meal.
Breakfast includes a cooked-to-order menu as well as an extensive continental buffet.
Daily lunch buffet allows you to dine inside or on the patio with a selection of two entrees, several side dishes and salads, a salad and a sandwich bar.
Dinner is often a buffet with the main entrees grilled outdoors with a choice of two entrees and a variety of side dishes. Delicious dessert options vary nightly.
Snacks are always available, including fresh fruit, chips and salsa, peanuts and their famous homemade trail mix.
Coffee, cappuccino, hot chocolate, hot and cold teas and lemonade are available all day.
Activities:
At White Stallion:
Cookouts, breakfast rides, steak barbecues, hayrides, rodeos, a heated pool, a hot tub, tennis courts, volleyball, horseshoes, billiards, a petting zoo and a full bar.
Team building – Learn techniques during the stay, then compete in a “friendly” competition with your family.
You even get a horse, take care of the same one during your whole stay
In Tucson:
Tucson Bike Tours – Guided bike tours that offer the best of historic and revitalized Tucson.
From old barrios to modern art.
Safe for riders of all abilities.
9 to 11 miles (2½ hours) – $60
Book ahead at www.tucsonbiketours.com
Museum – The Pima Air & Space Museum
The third largest aviation museum in the world.
Tickets can be bought as one day or two day passes
ONE DAY – $13.75 for kids/$16.50 for adults
TWO DAY – $18.75 for kids/$22 for adults
Visit www.pimaair.org for more info
Tips:
Book early – Winter is the peak travel travel time for Tucson, which means prices can go up quickly and rooms can book up. We recommend booking before Thanksgiving for a winter getaway to Tucson.
Dress in layers – While it’s often warm and sunny during the day, it can get cold at night.

Catie
Destination: Clearwater, Florida – Located on Florida’s Gulf Coast
Weather in Winter: Low 70’s and high 60’s but it felt warmer to us.
Accommodations: Sand Pearl is our favorite located on the water in Clearwater.
Dining: Guppy’s – Warm, mellow hangout near the beach focuses on eclectic, upscale seafood dishes & small plates, in Indian Rocks Beach, FL right next to Clearwater.
Activities:
Clearwater is a city in Florida’s Tampa Bay area known for sunny weather and gulf coast beaches. Clearwater Beach, on a barrier island, is a 3-mile stretch of white sand backed by hotels and restaurants.
At the city’s Spectrum Field, the Phillies pro baseball team plays spring training games.
Check out Clearwater Marine Aquarium, where you can meet winter, the famous dolphin with the prosthetic tail, as well as other rescued dolphins, sea turtles, and marine life.
Kids of all ages – and more than a few adults, too – will enjoy the bumper boats and other rides and games at Celebration Station Amusement Park
Check out fun events at Sunsets at Pier 60 daily festival.
Clearwater’s main attraction is its perfect beach, named #1 in the U.S. on TripAdvisor’s list of Top Beaches for 2019, 2018 and 2016.
Rent a cabana or beach chair and beach umbrella from a local vendor (simply choose which one you want, settle down and wait for an attendant to come by for payment), or walk toward the more residential north side of the beach for a little serenity away from the bustling scene of Pier 60 and Clearwater Marina.
Take advantage of free parking in downtown Clearwater, then hop on the Clearwater Ferry for a traffic-free ride to the beach.
Special Deals: It’s a good time to book at the beach in January. They run specials all month. For your hotel, request an ocean room too.
Tips: We flew into the Tampa airport. Be prepared to take multiple trams to get your rental car. It’s a little confusing. If you need a wheelchair book in advance when you book your ticket.

“What’s” with the “Trip Sisters”

What’s in Your Suitcase?
Sparkling Ice – Mix your own drinks + copper wine tumbler
www.sparklingice.com
Sparkling Ice flavored is a delicious no-sugar alternative to traditional sodas and mixers, and with this fun set, you can bring the bar to you – no guilt added! It comes with sparkling flavored water (Cranberry Frost is currently available for a limited time), mini vodka bottles, a copper wine tumbler, and a recipe card to mix your own drink. Pour contents over fresh ice into the rock glass. Garnish with a sprig and orange slice, stir, and Enjoy!

What’s on your phone?
Weather Underground – Free for Android or iOS https://www.wunderground.com/download
Powered by a network of 200,000+ weather stations this is one of the best hyper-local weather services for forecasts and current conditions. The interface, which is compatible with the Apple Watch app, is well designed and easy to read. You can get hour-by-hour weather and precipitation summaries, monitor air quality, identify UV risk, look up ski reports, and even find out about flu outbreaks.

What’s the tip?
Cold Weather Health Myths – Busted (credit: Board Certified NYC internist and gastroenterologist Dr. Niket Sonpal)

Myths busted by Board Certified NYC internist and gastroenterologist Dr. Niket Sonpal.
Myth: Allergies go away in the winter – Allergies might be the real source behind your stuffy nose and scratchy throat this season. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, one in five people suffer from indoor/outdoor allergies, and the indoor variety can actually be worse in the winter. Try antihistamine to help symptoms.
Myth: “I wash my hands all the time with hand sanitizer, so I should be fine” – Hand sanitizer will kill most viruses, but not all. You must make sure you use the right amount of hand sanitizer and let it dry completely. Some viruses, like norovirus, which causes vomiting, is not killed by hand sanitizer. Soap and water are best to get rid of all bacteria and viruses, but the hand sanitizer is better than nothing at all.
Myth: “It’s cold out, I don’t need sunscreen” – The sun’s rays are just as strong in the winter months as they are in the other seasons. Snow and ice can reflect even more sunlight, up to twice as much. Grab the SPF 30 and put it on, regardless of the temperature. Don’t forget sunglasses too.
Myth: “I’ll just drink some alcohol to keep myself warm” – Although it may feel like drinking alcohol is making you warmer, it does not. When you drink, the blood vessels dilate or get bigger, and blood flows to your skin and away from your internal organs. So, it may feel like you are getting warmer, but you are not.
Myth: The Flu Shot Gives You the Flu – According to a new survey from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases and Rite Aide, 44% of American women view the flu as a serious threat to their health. Yet nearly half (49%) do not intend to get a flu shot this year because they believe the vaccine can give them the flu. The shot does not contain a live virus, making catching the flu from it impossible. However, the shot also does not protect you from all types of flus.
Myth: Winter weather makes you store fat and gain weight – Our bodies do not go into some kind of winter hibernation mode, stockpiling every ounce of fat to use for the lean times. It seems logical, like a throwback to our days living in caves foraging for food, but in reality, any weight gain comes from our winter habits. Dr. Sonpal points out that, “we tend to exercise less in winter. We eat more hearty meals and comfort foods, including more sugary snacks and desserts around the holidays.”
Myth: You Lose Most Heat Through Your Head – The saying goes “we lose 90% of our body heat through our heads.” But a study found that the head accounts for about 7 percent of the body’s surface area, and that heat loss in the region is fairly proportional. Your head is another extremity, and it’s susceptible to cold, so you should wear a hat, but it doesn’t lose more heat than another part of your body.
Myth: Chicken Soup Will Cure Colds – Many cultures teach us to drink warm liquids like tea, hot apple cider, and soups when we’re dealing with colds. It’s true that chicken soup may help soothe and ease congestion, but much like vitamin C, hot soup won’t do immediate wonders.
Myth: Being Cold Gives You a Cold – No matter what your grandma might have told you, spending too much time in the cold air doesn’t make you sick. One study found that healthy men who spent several hours in temperatures just above freezing had an increase in healthy, virus-fighting activity in their immune systems. In fact, you’re more likely to get sick indoors, where germs are easily passed.
Myth: Feed a cold, starve a fever – The original idea was that if you had a cold, food would warm you up. Conversely, if you had a high fever, not eating would cool you down. In both cases, good nutrition gives your body the fuel it needs to fight infections and recover from an illness. When you have a fever, your body is burning energy at a rapid rate, and that needs to be replenished. Even if you have stomach issues, find a way to take in lost fluids and electrolytes.
TIP: Take Emergen-C at the very start of a cold. Zinc tablets or gummies can also put a stop to an early cold.
TIP: Bring disinfectant wipes on the plane and wipe down EVERYTHING around you and on your seat.
TIP: Avoid cold drinks on planes – Hot coffees and teas are less likely to contain germs because they’ve been killed off by the hot water.

 

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Trip Sisters – Show Notes – 1/5/19 – Solo travel

Special Guest
Rosalind Cummings-Yeates – Travel Journalist, Blogger, Author
Website:
www.RosalindCummingsYeates.com
http://rosalindcummingsyeates.blogspot.com
Social:
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Twitter: FarsightedGirl
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Colleen & Catie’s Picks for Solo Travel

Colleen
Destination: Italy
Capri – An island in Italy’s Bay of Naples, is famed for its rugged landscape, upscale hotels and shopping, from designer fashions to limoncello and handmade leather sandals.
Tuscany – Tuscany is a region in central Italy. Its capital, Florence, is home to some of the world’s most recognizable Renaissance art and architecture, including Michelangelo’s “David” statue, Botticelli’s works in the Uffizi Gallery and the Duomo basilica.
Why it’s great for Solo Travel:
An enriching experience – Think Under the Tuscan Sun
Maybe even meet the love of your life – Think Only You
It’s safe and busy, so it’s great for meeting new people
Accommodations:
Capri: Orsa Maggiore is a luxury boutique hotel on the island of Capri, located on the road leading to the Grotta Azzurra, in Anacapri. Sea view rooms with private terrace, Panoramic swimming pool, Spa corner for exclusive use, Free shuttle service to and from the port. From $169/night
Tuscany: Borgo Pignano – A centuries-old villa turned boho-chic country house hotel on 750 acres, set on a hilltop overlooking the Tuscan hills. Saltwater infinity pool is, gardens and stables (where yoga, bocce, and horseback riding are offered). From $300/night.
Restaurants:
Capri: Bagni Tiberio’s Restaurant – Can be reached either by foot or gozzo, a common boat used by fishermen. The dining area is on a terrace facing the sea, ideal for a quiet meal overlooking the islands and anglers nearby. We recommended stuffed squid ink ravioli and the seafood risotto.
Tuscany: Ristorante Arnolfo – Gourmet, Michelin Star Restaurant in the countryside. Pays homage to the earth and sea of Tuscany, run by two brothers. We recommend advance reservations.
Activities: If you don’t want to travel alone, there are plenty of tours for solo travelers to join:
Chianti Walking & Wine by Exodus Travels – From Pisa to San Gimignano. Up to 16 people. $1549 for 8 days.
Cycle Tuscany – From Florence to Pisa. $2025 for 8 days.
Gourmet Tuscany with Florence – From Montecatini to Florence. Ages 13 and up. $2505 for 11 days.
Tips:
To avoid crowds, make it a point to see the most popular attractions early in the day (like 6am!)
Most hotels and restaurants won’t even serve a cooked savoury breakfast. Most people have a cappuccino and a pastry.
Don’t visit in the summer! It’s overcrowded with tourists.

Catie
Destination: Sedona, Arizona
Why it’s great for Solo Travel: Red Rock country is a perfect spot to travel solo because there are the perks of city life (good bars and restaurants, etc.) and natural spectacles people travel from halfway around the world to see. If you’re looking to stay within the continental U.S. for budget or time-saving reasons, it’s even a possibility to do a long weekend here when you want to escape real life just to spend time with yourself.
Accommodations: El Portal Sedona Hotel – Conveniently located in the heart of Sedona, this pet-friendly boutique hotel offers unpretentious luxury in twelve uniquely appointed suites that reflect a traditional “hacienda” style. Starts around $199/night – https://www.elportalsedona.com
Restaurants: Creekside American Bistro – Perches on the edge of Oak Creek with views of Snoopy Rock and the surrounding cliffs.
Activities:
Explore/hike Red Rock State Park
Hike the famous Cathedral Rock at sunset.
Check out Uptown – An area packed with a diverse array of boutiques, art galleries, cafes, and restaurants.
Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village is a charming plaza of cobblestone paths and Spanish architecture along the banks of Oak Creek
Yoga, meditation, aura readings, and spa retreats
Tips:
Sedona is generally considered very safe, so solo travelers can expect worry-free exploration of the city.
Sedona is known as a major center of spirituality and New Age thinking. Take your time to relax and get in touch with nature and yourself.
“What’s” with the “Trip Sisters”

What’s in Your Suitcase?
Wearable Personal Safety Alarm Watch – $29.99 at www.thegrommet.com
This small wrist watch style alarm but sounds a powerful call for help. Push the button for an ear-splitting 130-decibel alarm that is as loud as a jet taking off. Push the button again to stop the sound. TSA-approved and airport friendly!

What’s on your phone?
Eatwith – Free on iOS and Android
Eatwith is a favorite app of food and travel lovers. From dinner parties to food tours to cooking classes, join Eatwith’s hand-selected locals in 130+ countries for immersive experiences.

What’s the tip?
Tips for Visiting Arizona
Choose your destination with Intent – Understand what’s drawing you to the destination, and you’ll have a more enriching travel experience.
Visualize the necessities but no more – Traveling solo does require attention to details. Visualizing how the practical aspects of your trip fit together, from departure to transfers to accommodation, help you travel with less stress. But stop imagining what the trip will be like at that point. Be open to opportunities as they arise.
Pack light – Choose a base color (black, brown, beige, navy), a contrast color (white, beige…) and a color or two to accessorize
Keep your accommodation to yourself – Your accommodation is your safe haven. Don’t tell people where you’re staying.
You do not have to eat alone – From cooking classes to day tours to themed dinners, there are so many ways to have company over dinner if that’s what you want. Read Solo Travel: You Don’t Have to Eat Alone
Keep your passport and other important documents secure – Have backup copies on you and at home with your trusted contact.
Meet other women travelers – You can build friendships with women around the world. My favorite way is by staying at hostels. Read Sleeping with Strangers: The Hostel Experience and Women Welcoming Women: A Gateway to International Friendships
Take a break from technology – Women lead busy lives. To really relax you may want to back off social media for a while. A break from screens and technology, both of which can be incredibly addictive, will help you discover yourself more fully. Read Transformed on The Ghan
Stay local, buy local, meet locals – By planning well you will have a better understanding of how to be supportive of the local economy. Buy local crafts, eat local food, stay in locally-owned accommodation so that the profits don’t leave the country. And as you do all of this, connect with locals. This will give you much on which to reflect.

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Trip Sisters – Show Notes – 12/29/19 – New Year’s Eve

 

Colleen & Catie’s Picks for New Year’s Eve

Colleen
Location: Chicago, IL
Accommodations: Eaglewood Resort in Itasca
Located just 12 miles from O’Hare and 25 miles from downtown Chicago. Spa, golf, bowling alley, indoor pool, multiple restaurants on site.
NYE party with live music by the Keith Semple Band, former contestant on The Voice.
The resort offers special New Year’s Eve packages including overnight accommodations in a luxurious king room, 5-hour open bar featuring specialty cocktails, food stations with carved meats, midnight sparkling wine toast and a balloon drop, early check-in and late check-out, as well as chef-crafted breakfast buffet for two on New Year’s Day.
The overnight package for two is $359 – 630-694-5921 or www.eaglewoodresort.com
Other Chicago NYE Activities:
Lakefront dinner cruises in Chicago – The best view of the fireworks display over Lake Michigan is from the water. Book one of Chicago’s many dinner cruise options that depart from Navy Pier, which includes dining, music, a champagne toast, views of the lit-up skyline and midnight fireworks show. Prices vary.
Zoo Year’s Eve at Lincoln Park Zoo – Need a break from the typical bars? Grab your crew and head to the zoo. Spend an after-hours evening at Zoo Year’s Eve, when one of the oldest zoos in the country will be decked out in millions of glittering lights. Plus, enjoy ice carving, cash bars serving beer, wine and champagne, a live DJ, giveaways, games, free carousel rides, and more. Tickets start at $10; Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N. Clark St.

Catie
Location: New Buffalo, MI
Accommodations: Marina Grand Resort – Located 70 miles from Chicago
Holiday Family package starting at $189 a night.
Cozy up to the fireplace in your waterfront suite and sip hot cocoa and homemade cookies that they’ll deliver to your room
Play board games, watch holiday films, enjoy the pool
Go to Bentwood and get free kid’s meals with every adult entrée.
Visit https://marinagrandresort.com to book
Restaurants: Beer Church Brewing Co.
A Civil War era iconic church at the crossroads of downtown New Buffalo, Michigan. A brief role as an improvised armory during a time of need.
Go to church at the pizza place for dinner. They have igloos outside currently too. Great for kids for adults. Make reservations.
Activities:
Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo, MI – NEW YEAR’S EVE CASH BASH – Tuesday, December 31, 2019 from Noon – 6pm Eastern. Great for a fun but more low-key NYE. They have a great kids club too called Kids Quest. Plus, you can win big in several drawings with a total of $115,000 in cash prizes.
Winter Fest is happening in Michigan City In January. Horse carriage rides, snowball fights, etc.

What’s” with the “Trip Sisters”

What’s in Your Suitcase?
Friend or Faux – $12.78 on Amazon, Target, Walmart
Friend or Faux inspires players to get personal, share stories, recall memories and laugh until it hurts. Points are earned through five rounds of increasingly revealing questions that players answer about each other. Ages 18+, 2 or more players. Great NYE party game!

What’s on your phone?
Enlight Pixaloop – Free on Android & iOS with in-app purchases
Photo Animator & Photo Editor – Bring your photos to life! Create animated pictures, from a flicker of flame to cascading waterfalls – the creative possibilities are endless.

What’s the tip?
Tips for Spending New Year’s Eve at Times Square
You do NOT need tickets to go to Times Square on New Years Eve – The Times Square NYE celebration is a free event open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis. Don’t be swindled into buying a “ticket” by anyone on the street!
Arrive as early as possible – People start lining up around the barriers in the early hours of the morning on the day of New Year’s Eve. Once you have a spot, do not leave it! Go with a group so you can take turns holding the spot while going to the bathroom or getting food.
Arrive the day before New Year’s Eve, stay at a hotel, and eliminate the stress of getting there the day of.
If you prefer not to spend time sitting down for a meal, grab something for takeout or stop at one of the many fast food chains in the area. You could also pack snacks and drinks so you can eat right in your spot.
Only bring a SMALL bag. Large bags are not permitted and ALL bags will be checked at security.
Dress in warm layers, even if it doesn’t look like it’s going to be very cold. It will get cold when the sun goes down and you can always take layers off
Take the train into the area, not a cab.
No alcohol in Times Square – Public drinking is illegal in New York City and this is strictly enforced at the Times Square NYE celebration.
Don’t miss the ball being raised! The Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball is raised up a 77-foot flagpole at the top of One Times Square at 6:00 pm.

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Trip Sisters – Show Notes – 12/22/19 – International Holiday Travel

 

Special Guest
Susan Hasset
Title: Founder Cocktail Sneakers, LLC – Shoes that are both stylish AND comfortable– Perfect for women who travel!
Website: Go to www.CocktailSneakers.com and use our exclusive 30% discount code: TRIP30
Social: @CocktailSneakers

Colleen & Catie’s Picks for International Holiday Travel

Colleen
Destination: Austria
Accommodations: Das Central Hotel – Sölden, Austria – 5 star luxury, alpine-style hotel in the alps. Spa, skiing, dining.
Cuisine/Restaurants:
The main Christmas meal is eaten on Christmas Eve. It’s often ‘Gebackener Karpfen’ (fried carp) as the main course.
Dessert is often chocolate and apricot cake ‘Sachertorte’ and Austrian Christmas cookies ‘Weihnachtsbaeckerei’ like ‘Lebkuchen’ (honey gingerbread) and ‘Vanillekipferl’ (almond cookies made in the shape of a horse shoe).
Activities:
‘Christkindlmarkt’ (Christmas market) from late November or early December, selling Christmas decorations, food (like gingerbread) and Glühwein (sweet, warm mulled wine).
Every year, Austria’s capital city, Vienna, holds a world famous classical music concert ‘NeuJahrsKonzert’ which takes place during the morning of New Year’s day. The concert is played by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Another famous event that happens over the new year in Austria and Germany is the Ski Jumping ‘Four Hills Tournament’ (‘Vierschanzentournee’). It starts in Germany with Oberstdorf (Germany) on the 29th or 30th December and Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Germany) on New Year’s Day; and continues in Austria with Innsbruck (Austria) on 3rd or 4th of January and Bischofshofen (Austria) on the 6th January.
Tips for International Holiday Travel:
Fly at undesirable times – 4am might not be your favorite time to fly, but you’ll beat the crowds and maybe even get a better deal.
Fly on the holiday itself. A lot of people don’t like to do this but you’ll be sure to beat the crowds.
Plan a post-holiday staycation. Even if you travel for Christmas, make sure to pad in some time at home to unwind after the holidays before you go back to work.
Consider getting Global Entry if you fly international often.

Catie
Destination: London, United Kingdom
Accommodations: The Athenaeum – An award-winning, family-run hotel is located in the heart of Mayfair, opposite Royal Green Park.
Cuisine/Restaurants:
In the UK, the main Christmas Meal is usually eaten at lunchtime or early afternoon on Christmas Day.
It’s normally roast turkey, roast vegetables and ‘all the trimmings’ (carrots & peas, stuffing and sometimes bacon and sausages, cranberry sauce and bread sauce, and often brussel sprouts.)
Trifle is a popular dessert at Christmas. It’s made in a large bowl and consists of a layer of sponge cake (or sponge fingers) at the bottom of the bowl (which is often soaked in sherry or brandy) then there’s a layer of fruit (normally in a fruit flavored jelly) and it’s topped with a layer of custard and then whipped cream.
The UK is also famous for Christmas Cake – a rich fruit cake covered with marzipan and icing.
Activities:
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland – London’s largest Christmas fair
Christmas at Kew – Follow a mile-long path through London’s most famous botanic gardens for an extraordinary Christmas light show.
The most famous X-mas lights in the UK are in Oxford St in London
LEGO has taken over The Savoy hotel, where guests can expect to see extensive LEGO builds throughout the hotel including a dragon Christmas tree, a LEGO sleigh, and more.
Churches may do a a Carols by Candlelight Service where the church is only lit up by candles.
Tips for Holiday Travel:
Avoid basic economy – And not just for the holidays!
Ship your gifts ahead of time instead of trying to bring them through security or on the plane.
If you’re visiting family, consider staying in a hotel (depending on how well you get along with your family). This might help to relieve some stress by giving you and your hosts some time apart.

Gifts for Every Kind of Traveler

For the Traveling Reader: Kobo Libra H2O
Cost: $179.99 at www.Kobo.com
This next-generation e-reader allows the traveling reader to bring this lightweight reader on the plane or in their purse. They can also enjoy a book by the pool or in the bath without worrying, as it’s water-resistant with endurance of up to 60 minutes in 2 meters of freshwater.
For the Teenager or Young Traveler on the Go: Yatra Aquatune 5712 Waterproof Speaker
Cost: $39.99 on Amazon
Great for bringing anywhere. Small, fits in the palm of your hand. Lightweight, so great for travel. Plus it’s waterproof! Let it float in the pool or bring it into the shower. Simply connect to your bluetooth and enjoy! Very easy to use, and rechargeable.
For the Traveling Foodie: Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese
Cost: Various at https://cravecheese.com
Send a cheese package to your favorite foodie and give them a taste of Waterloo, Wisconsin. They’ll make sure they ship it chilled and fresh right to your door.
For the Homebodies or Grandparents: Acorn TV – DVDs or Yearly Subscription
Cost: $59.99 – Yearly subscription to Acorn TV, or individual DVDs and box sets available for $24.99 and up at https://acorn.tv
Top-rated British Mystery shows available either on DVD or through a yearly subscription. Miss Fisher, Midsomer Murders and The Brokenwood Mysteries
For the Traveler Who Has Everything: Adopt a Saint Germain Star™
Cost: $150 donation at https://preservesaintgermain.onlinepresskit247.com
For the person who has everything or who loves architecture and history, this is a great gift. Attribute one of the stars in Paris’ 1,500-year-old church of Saint Germain des Prés, strikingly beautiful celestial ceilings to someone important in your life.

 

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Trip Sisters – Show Notes – 12/15/19 – Hotel Planner

Colleen and Catie on-location in Miami Beach at the American Group Travel Awards!

HotelPlanner and Meetings.com at American Group Travel Awards
HotelPlanner is the leading provider of online hotel reservations services in the global hotel marketplace.

The American Group Travel Awards (AGTA) recognizes organizations and individuals who represent the leaders in group travel.
https://www.americangrouptravelawards.com

Special Guests
Tim Hentschel – CEO and co-founder of HotelPlanner
www.HotelPlanner.com and www.Meetings.com
Social: @HotelPlanner

Paul Oakenfold – Philanthropist, DJ, World Hospitality Award winner

Home


Facebook: @Oakenfold
Instagram: @PaulOakenfold

Hotel: Eden Roc Miami Beach – https://www.edenrochotelmiami.com/

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Trip Sisters – Show Notes – 12/8/19 – Sierra Vista

 

Special Guest
Judy Hector – Marketing & Communications Manager for the City of Sierra Vista
Website: https://www.sierravistaaz.gov
Social: @VisitSierraVista

Colleen & Catie’s Picks for Sierra Vista, Arizonal

Colleen
Where is Sierra Vista: 1 hr, 15 minutes southeast of Tucson
Accommodations: Casa de San Pedro Bed and Breakfast
Located in Hereford, right near Sierra Vista
Located on 10 acres adjacent to the San Pedro River and Riparian National Conservation Area
Pool and hot tub
Full hot breakfast served daily
Access to natural areas and plenty of bird watching nearby
Eco-friendly hotel with solar panel use, recycling, eco-compounds
Starting around $179/night www.bedandbirds.com
Restaurants: Indochine Vietnamese Family Restaurant
Free/Inexpensive Activities:
Apache ATV Tour – A variety of tours available, prices vary. Most tours last 3-4 hours
www.apacheatvtours.com
Henry Hauser Museum – First McDonald’s Drive-thru
Stargazing at Patterson Observatory – University of Arizona South
Tips: Fly into Tucson, rent a car. Only an hour and fifteen minute drive.

Catie
Accommodations: Tombstone Monument Ranch is located 2 ½ miles from the center of the West’s most iconic cowboy town, “Tombstone, Arizona.” Situated in the Tombstone hills in Cochise County, and the ranch is surrounded by historic mines, hand dug wells, old railroad trestles and ancient Indian Petroglyphs.
Rates start around $200 per person with a discounted price for additional guests in the same room.
Can’t bring alcohol onto the property but there are some drinks available at their saloon
Swimming pool and hot tub
Full American Plan (standard) rates include lodging, three meals daily, guided horseback riding, ranch activities, evening entertainment and wireless internet.

Restaurants: Farmers Market at Veterans Memorial Park
Free/Inexpensive Activities:
Horseback riding at Tombstone Monument Ranch
Coronado National Memorial and Montezuma Pass
Arizona Folklore Preserve Concert – Variety of shows available year round

Arizona Folklore Preserve – Home


Tips: Consider visiting from April to May and from September to October. These shoulder seasons offer pleasant weather and reasonable room rates. Winter is also a good time to consider, with sunny skies and comfortable temperatures

“What’s” with the “Trip Sisters”

What’s in Your Suitcase?
Dafni Allure Cordless Hair Straightening Ceramic Brush – $159 on https://dafnihair.com/
Straightening your hair in record time, the DAFNI Allure has renowned patented technology and boasts having eight times the surface area of a straightener. Innovative and unique in its cordless design, once charged, the hot brush can be used on up to three heads for a long-lasting, sleek style. Practical and well-made, it provides extra bristles for better control and uses minimal optimal temperature for protection against heat damage. A thermal safety cover and its portable size make this a perfect accessory to travel with.

What’s on your phone?
SeatGuru – Free on iOS and Android
The SeatGuru app helps you find the perfect seat for your flight. Their detailed seat maps help you choose your preferred seat by doing all the research for you. SeatGuru gives you access to over 1,100 seat maps from approximately 140 airlines, Plus, it gives you access to advice from tens of thousands of passenger reviews, so you can always find the best possible seat – all from the comfort of your phone!

What’s the tip?
Tips for Visiting Arizona
The most popular time to visit southern Arizona is from January to March, while the northern areas are usually popular in the summer months i.e. from June to August. Consider going in the shoulder season to save some money and avoid the crowds.
Experience the local culture – Arizona has a rich history and heritage with over 22 Native American tribes residing in the state. You can visit these tribal areas to experience the different customs and cultures of the place. The Arizona Trail is an unforgettable journey, perfect to get up close and personal with wild and rugged Arizona. Ensure that you pay the utmost respect to their rules and understand the cultural and sentimental significance attached to these places.
Alcohol is banned in some areas though but not too many. Some restaurants are even BYOB so be sure to check ahead of time.
Dress accordingly – Bring casual, and comfortable clothes for outdoor activities. Hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen are necessary throughout the year – certainly in the summer. Summer months call for shorts and cotton shirts while winters demand sweaters and jackets.
Take note of the time zone – It might be a bit difficult for international tourists to adjust to the drastic time difference. Note that the state of Arizona follows Mountain Standard Time in the winter and does not acknowledge daylight saving time which is sensible. In the summer, Arizona is in the Pacific Time Zone.

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Program Schedule

WEEKDAYS

12:00-5:00am RED EYE RADIO

5:00-5:30am AMERICA THIS MORNING

5:30-9:00am MANCOW

9:00am-12:00pm CHRIS PLANTE

12:00pm-2:00pm RUSH LIMBAUGH

2:00-5:00pm THE BEN SHAPIRO SHOW

5:00-7:00pm THE JOHN HOWELL SHOW

7:00pm-9:00pm THE JEN WEIGEL SHOW

9:00pm-12:00am MARK LEVIN

 

SATURDAY

8:00am-9:00am DRIVE CHICAGO

9:00am-10:00am CONSUMER ESTATE SERVICES

10:00am-12:00pm SWEET HOME CHICAGO

12:00pm-1:00pm ONLINE TRADING

1:00pm-2:00pm ARLINGTON CAPITAL

2:00pm-3:30pm KIM KOMANDO

3:30pm-4:00pm ILLINI BASKETBALL PRE-GAME

4:00pm-7:00pm ILLINI BASKETBALL

7:00pm-7:30pm ILLINI BASKETBALL POST-GAME

7:30pm-9:00pm VSIN SUNDAY PREVIEW WITH DAVE FARRA AND MATT BROWN

9:00pm-10:00pm KIM KOMANDO

10:00pm-12:00am POPO REPORT

 

SUNDAY

12:00-2:00am JIM BOHANNON

2:00am-4:00am RED EYE RADIO

4:00am-5:30am PURITY

5:30am-6:00am 2 LIGHTS

6:00am-8:00am REAL ESTATE TODAY

8:00am-9:00am ONLINE TRADING ACADEMY

9:00am-11:00am RIC EDELMAN

11am-12:00pm TJ STEARNS

12:00pm-1:00pm TRIP SISTERS

1:00pm-2:00pm THE MONEY HOUR RADIO SHOW

2:00pm-3:00pm KIM KOMANDO

3:00pm-7:00pm THE BEST OF BEN SHAPIRO

7:00pm-8:00pm CONNECTED TO CHICAGO

8:00pm-9:00pm TOM BEVAN

9:00pm-10:00pm ONLINE TRADING ACADEMY

10:00pm-12:00am KIM KOMANDO

 

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Trip Sisters – Show Notes – 12/1/19 – Winter Adventures

Special Guest
George Stone – Editor in Chief of National Geographic
Website: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/expeditions/experts/george-stone/
Social: @TravelerStone

Colleen & Catie’s Picks for Winter Adventures

Colleen
Destination: Switzerland
What makes it adventurous: Stunning mountains, Swiss Alps, plenty of nature activities (skiing, tobogganing, biking, ziplining…)
Accommodations: An ice hotel – IGLOO-HOTEL – Iglu-Dorf Zermatt
Built with muscle power, snow ploughs, balloons and plenty of passion in around 3,000 hours every winter.
A tunnel system connects the igloos to each other and international artists decorate the interior spaces of the Igloo-Villages with careful attention to detail, creating enchanting fantasy worlds in snow and ice art.
Iglu-Dorf offers a family package, as well as a romantic package.
Hot tub and various winter activities offered
Will open its doors on Christmas Day and stay open until March.
Nearby: Sion Airport (3 and a half hour train ride away)
www.iglu-dorf.com
Restaurants:
Switzerland’s cuisine is inspired by its neighboring countries, including Italy, so their pizza is really good!
Head to Sennerei Maran to sample their infamous delicacy, alpine cheese. Located in Arosa, Sennerei Maran is an achillea that has been producing cheese for more than 40 years.
Switzerland is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of chocolate. Milk Chocolate was invented here. Tour a Swiss Chocolate Factory. We recommend Aeschbach Chocolatier.
Activities:
Nendaz – Some of the best Biking Trails in the Swiss Alps. Trails range from expert to beginner. While serious bikers can take a ski lift to the mountain summits, leisurely riders can enjoy low-key, yet stunning trail rides.
Paragliding with Flug-Taxi – www.flug-taxi.ch – Exhilorating, once in a lifetime experience. You’ll fly tandem with guide. Ankle story?
Aletsch skiing area (Riederalp, Bettmeralp and Fiescheralp), you can access by mountain train and ski lift 104 kilometers of pistes, up to an elevation 2,869 meters. Offerings also include extensive winter hiking paths, snowshoe trails and cross-country tracks.
Tin toboggan on the Brunni – Engelberg
Travel Tips:
If you plan on traveling between cities, invest in a Swiss Travel Pass that covers unlimited travel throughout the rail, bus and boat Swiss Travel System network. The Swiss Travel Pass also gets you free entrance to 500 museums and exhibitions.
Purchasing bottled water from the supermarket in Switzerland is a total waste of your money, as the country is home to some of the world’s cleanest and best-tasting tap water.

Catie
Destination: Salt Lake City, Utah
What makes it adventurous:
Utah is one of the most diverse states in the country and it has some of the most beautiful natural features.
From rock climbing indian creek to mountain biking through Moab to skiing the Wasatch in quite possibly the best snow in the world, Utah is an epicenter for doing cool stuff.
We recommend checking out Little and big cottonwood Canyons.
Accommodations: Grand America Hotel
Largest hotel in Salt Lake City
Full-service spa, outdoor and indoor pools, exercise facilities, Garden Cafe restaurant, Lobby Lounge and Gibson Lounge bar.
Starts at around $176/night – www.grandamerica.com
Restaurants:
From brew pubs to night clubs and concert venues, Salt Lake City has a surprisingly vibrant Night Life.
Some of the best places to hang out in the city include Red Rock Brewing co, Fiddlers Elbow, and Junior’s Tavern.
Activities:
There are 7 ski areas and loads of backcountry gems.
SLC is also a 4 hour drive from the Colorado Rockies, the Tetons, and the southern Rockies.
It’s pretty much the center of everything for the rocky mountains. Rafting, kayaking, backpacking, biking, hiking, you name it.
Over in Pioneer Park, the Twilight concert series gets underway each summer in July. Cheap ticket prices ($7.50) as well as a location in the heart of downtown.
Travel Tips:
Start your visit by booking a Connect Pass from the visitor center, which grants admission to 13 of Salt Lake City’s top attractions, including the Clark Planetarium and the Leonardo museum, which explores the intersection of science, art, and innovation.

“What’s” with the “Trip Sisters”

What’s in Your Suitcase?
The Better Ice Scraper
$12.99 – www.betterstuff.biz or Amazon
The Better Ice Scraper is a faster, smarter, easier way to clear your windshield. It’s unique design makes it efficient. Its compact size lets it stow away easily. Its ergonomic grip makes it more comfortable to use. Features patent-pending Shape Shifting technology that forms the frost edge to the curve of your windshield for maximum contact. The enhanced stability puts less strain on your wrist, elbow and shoulder, but knocks out ice in no time.

What’s on your phone?
Catie, what’s on your phone?
The Weather Channel (Android; iOS: Free)
The TWC app provides you with a wealth of meteorological data such as temperature, wind and visibility on an hourly or daily basis, with an extended 10 day forecast available. Interactive maps can display the latest Doppler radar data to show rainfall and weather events and severe weather alerts. The app also includes social sharing features for users to upload images, tweets, videos and photos.

What’s the tip?
Winter Travel Tips
Make sure your hotel has covered parking – You don’t want to have to dig out your car in the morning!
Bring your own ski gear if you plan on skiing often. It’s expensive to rent.
Wear all of your heaviest stuff on your travel days – like your bulky jacket, that scarf that’s as big as a blanket, warm hat, and so on.
Bring a pair of leggings to wear under your jeans for extra warmth
Be sure to bring chapstick and moisturizer for cold weather

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Trip Sisters – Show Notes – 11/24/19 – China

Special Guest
Steve Riley – Founding Partner of International Experiences and World Traveler
Website: Check it out to plan an amazing, international vacation!
International Experiences: www.internationalexperiences.com
Global Experiences: www.globalexperiences.com
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/internationalexperiences/
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/internationalexperiences1

Colleen and Christina’s Travel Picks for China

How do you begin planning a trip like this?
Obtain a visa. Research online, then we drove to the Consulate in Chicago. Everything has to be typed, it’s very specific. Apply for it at least 3-4 weeks in advance. You can even get a 10 year visa, just have to make sure you select that on your application.
Plan your trip through a tour guide or a group tour. This will help with planning and the language barrier.
Tell us about how you got there.
We flew to Beijing. Overall, it took us about 30 hours with a stop in between.
Tips for jet lag?
Give yourself at least 24 hours to recover. Try a short nap, but try not to veer from your normal sleep schedule too much.
What’s the climate like in China?
Hot in some areas, fall-like weather in others. Dress in layers!
Where in China did you go?
Haikou-Chengdu
Accommodations:
Marriott – But keep in mind that NO ONE speaks English.
How to get around:
We recommend booking a tour guide. We mainly traveled by the bus that the tour provided for us.
Restaurants/Cuisine:
99% is Chinese food (Kung Pao Chicken is a staple)
Markets – Unique food, hot pots (similar to fondue), squid on a stick.
Keep in mind that it’s hard to find things to eat if you’re gluten-free, like Christina!
Activities:
Traditional Chinese Massage – They literally get on top of you! Talk about a full-body massage.
Cooking class – We learned how to cook with their local food!
Exploring, walking the river
Chengdu Culture, Nature, Food & Panda Tour
What you learned on your trip or wish you knew beforehand?
Be prepared! You really can’t plan too far in advance.
Getting through security is tough. They will check EVERYTHING. Be prepared and allow extra time.

“What’s” with the “Trip Sisters”

What’s in Your Suitcase?
DJI Osmo Pocket Stabilizer
$399 on store.dji.com. A stabilizer, great for scenic videos while traveling. Super simple to use. Professional-quality videos and photos.

What’s on Your Phone?
Google Translate – Necessary for traveling to China. Just speak into your phone and Google will translate from English to whatever language you want.

What’s the Tip?
Travel Tips for Visiting China
If you do have a food allergy or are vegetarian/vegan, bring a card that says that in Chines.
Also bring a card that says what hotel you’re staying at so you can bring you back if you get lost.
Bring your own toilet paper! You’ll have to squat on most of their toilets, as most are right in the ground.
Bring soap and hand sanitizer!
Bring your own medication, antibiotics, Tums, Tylonal, allergy pills, Emergen-C, etc.
We don’t recommend the cuisine if you or your kids have a peanut or sesame allergy.
They money is the Yuan. Be sure to bring lots of cash ahead of time.
Have an open mind. It’s very different, even from Europe. Be willing to try new things.

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Trip Sisters – Show Notes – 11/10/19 – Cannery Row

Special Guest
Diane Mandeville – VP of Marketing for Cannery Row
Website: https://canneryrow.com
Social: #CanneryRow
Facebook: @CanneryRow
Twitter & Instagram: @VisitCanneryRow

Colleen & Catie’s Picks for Cannery Row

Colleen
Accommodations: Best Western Plus Victorian Inn
Restaurants:
The Fish Hopper – Located on Cannery Row, with beautiful views of the ocean surrounding you, and fresh, local fish! We recommend the coconut shrimp!
Ghirardelli Chocolate – The first Ghirardelli after the original San Francisco location. A beautiful view and balcony overlooking the ocean. Located right on Cannery Row.
Activities:
Surrey bike riding
Kayaking in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
Monterey Mirror Maze
Tips
If you plan on visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row is a great place to stay. It’s within walking distance of the aquarium and will save you money on parking.
Cannery Row (and Monterey in general) is a very walkable area. If you fly into the Monterey Airport, you’re only a ten minute Uber ride from Cannery Row, so there’s no need to rent a car!

Catie
Accommodations: Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa
Restaurants:
Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar at Monterey Plaza Hotel – fresh, delicious, sustainable seafood and panoramic ocean views while you eat!
Activities:
Shopping – Plenty of shops along Cannery Row, like Pebble Beach Outlet, Antique Shops, Jewelry shops, art, etc.
A Taste of Monterey Wine Tasting – Monterey County is known for their wines!
Tips:
Want to bring a bottle of wine home from your vacation? Because the TSA only puts restrictions on liquids that have an alcohol content of 24% or higher, and a bottle of wine typically has 10 to 15%, you can pack it in your checked bag.

“What’s” with the “Trip Sisters”

What’s in Your Suitcase?
Wallaroo Hats by the Wallaroo Hat Company https://wallaroohats.com/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIzL7w573T5QIVFmyGCh16pQ1VEAAYASAAEgKQXvD_BwE –
Wallaroo Hat Company offers fashionable and functional hats that make you look and feel great, while providing maximum sun protection. Starting at about $30, Wallaroo’s sun hats are scrunchable, adjustable, packable, and customizable – with a wire around the rim for shaping control, and a variety of colors to choose from. Wallaroo is a great hat for gardening, hiking, golf, and all your adventures in the sun. Block the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays to keep your skin healthy and beautiful… in style!

What’s on your phone?
LoungeBuddy – Free on iOS with in-app purchases – https://www.loungebuddy.com/ –
LoungeBuddy is the only App that makes it possible for all travelers to view, book, and access airport lounges around the world in seconds. You can create a trip and let LoungeBuddy tell you which lounges you already have access to. Don’t have access? No worries – you can purchase instant lounge access in seconds. From the casual travelers in economy to the seasoned elite road warrior, LoungeBuddy will help you make the most of your time at the airport.

What’s the tip?
Suitcase Packing Tips

16 Essential Suitcase Packing Tips: The Ultimate Guide to Smart Packing


Always start with a packing list, either a physical list or use an app
Always end by reviewing your packing list – you never know what you might forget.
Know your airline’s baggage fee policy. Do you need to check a bag? If so, how much will it cost? What size should it be? What weight? Every airline is different.
Roll your clothes – Seriously!
Bring clothes that you can easily mix and match. Neutral colors work very well, so you can easily re-wear and re-pair different pieces.
Use packing cubes or ziplock bags
Always pack essentials and at least one to two outfits in your carry-on
Bring extra bags (plastic or totes)
Wear your bulkiest items on the plane – Jackets, sweaters, heavy shoes
Use tissue paper to avoid wrinkles – Many travellers swear by rolling their clothes with sheets of tissue paper, or putting sheets of tissue paper between folded shirts. This apparently minimizes the friction/pressure, which then reduces wrinkles.
Pack a few bounce sheets for a fresh scent in your suitcase
Never pack anything “just in case”. If you don’t normally use it, leave it at home.
Leave a little extra space – This way you have some room for souvenirs. Plus things never get packed as compactly when returning from a trip!

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Trip Sisters – Show Notes – 11/3/19 – Halloween Travel

Episode 68 – Website Info
Air Date: Sun. Nov. 3rd, 2019

Special Guest
Anna Mills – Travel blogger and founder of AdventuresWithAnna.net
Website: https://www.adventureswithanna.net/
Social: Instagram @adventureswithanna_ & Twitter @liltravelbaby

Colleen & Catie’s Picks for Halloween Travel

Colleen
Destination: Washington DC
Accommodations: Airbnb or homeaway
Restaurants: Groupon in the place you are going, food trucks
Free/Inexpensive Activities: All the museums – Just try to go at off-season times of the year and day, otherwise it can be super crowded.
Money Saving Travel Tips:
Package bundles
check the internet for deals and promo codes
take the bus or public transit

Catie
Destination: Colorado Springs Co
Accommodations: Best Western Plus Peak Vista Inn & Suites – about $80 a night.
Restaurants: A couple of my faves in downtown Colorado Springs:
Phantom Canyon (good food, good beer, and pool upstairs! hands down one of my favorite places in C Springs).
A little further out – the Broadmoor is expensive and I’m not a big fan of their restaurants, but the Golden Bee is fun and has good pub food.
Free/Inexpensive Activities:
Hiking at Red Rock Canyons
Garden of the Gods Park – a registered National Natural Landmark
Check out their free museums like the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center and the Ghost Town Museum
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo – http://www.cmzoo.org
Visit in the winter for cheaper tickets! Adults (12-64) are $14.75 and Children (3-11) are $10.75. Peak days, like in the summer, can be up to $24.95.
Money Saving Travel Tips: Visit in the winter! Not only will you save money on flights and lodging, but also on activities. Plus, you can even go winter ziplining or do a jeep tour in the winter!
Tips for traveling on a budget.
Use the Free Days. A simple tip I know but simple is always good.
Talk to the Locals to find out what’s the best value in the area for restaurants and shops
Spend More Time in Fewer Places – Take a whole day to explore the zoo or free museums. Bring granola bars, sandwiches and your own water bottles to avoid purchasing food.
Be Flexible with Your Flight Dates – You can get some great deals this way!
Adjust Your Times for Flying – Even if you don’t want to get up to make that 6am flight, it might save you a bundle.
Fly on a Midweek Day – Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays are usually the cheapest
Go Directly to the Airline Website to get the best value and choose your seat
Join a Frequent Flyer Program – You’ll be surprised how quickly you can earn miles

“What’s” with the “Trip Sisters”

What’s in Your Suitcase?
Upcycled Travel Gadgets
Use the plastic containers that bed sheets come in as convenient (free) packing organizers
Thread your jewelry through a straw to keep it from getting tangled
Clamp a binder clip over your razor while traveling so you don’t cut yourself when reaching for it
Purchase inexpensive, 3 oz plastic bottles to put your hair products in so you can easily pass through TSA without having to check your bag and save space in your suitcase
Use an old playing card to store all your bobby pins on
Bringing a bottle of wine on a road trip? Keep it from breaking by putting pool floaties around it
A “days of the week” pillbox can make a great storage space for your jewelry
Reuse mint tins and soap tins to hold necessities like ear swabs and bandages.
Going abroad? Pack a power strip along with a three-prong adapter. Now you can charge multiple devices at the same time.

What’s on your phone?
https://www.budgetyourtrip.com/ – Budget Calculator by Country
View typical and average travel costs for thousands of cities and hundreds of countries around the world to help you plan your next trip’s budget.This information is designed to be used as a starting point for you as you begin deciding where to go and how much you need to save. All of the average travel costs and budgets come from real travelers. You can sign up, create a trip, and track your own travel expenses, too!
What’s the tip?
Best Credit Cards for Travel
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
Flexible travel redemption options
$95 annual fee
Great if you only travel a few times a year
One-time signup bonus of 60,000 points (worth $750 in award travel)
Venture® Rewards Credit Card
2x miles on every $1 spent, regardless of the purchase.
The signup bonus is 50,000 miles (worth $500) after spending $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of account opening.
The $95 annual fee is also waived for the first year.
Amex Platinum
$200 airline fee credit
Up to $200 in Uber ride credits
Complimentary access to Centurion, Priority Pass, Delta Sky Club, and other lounge networks
Global Entry or TSA PreCheck application fee credit
Automatic Gold loyalty status with Hilton Honors and Marriott Bonvoy
The current welcome bonus is 60,000 bonus points (worth $600 in award travel) after spending $5,000 on purchases in the first 3 months of account opening.

 

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Trip Sisters – Show Notes – Haunted Destinations (10/27/19)

 

Special Guest
Amy Bizzarri – Travel Expert & Writer, Author of Choose Chicago
Website: 111 Places in Chicago That You Must Not Miss Kids Edition!
Social: @amybizzarri

Colleen & Catie’s Picks for Haunted Travel

Colleen
Destination: New Orleans, Louisiana
Accommodations: OMNI ROYAL ORLEANS, FRENCH QUARTER
One of the most haunted hotels in the French Quarter.
Luxury hotel with an ideal location where people can enjoy fine dining, art, antique stores and wonderful accommodations.
There is the ghost of a maid from the 18th century that enjoys tucking the hotel guests into their beds at night.
It is reported that this ghost goes even further than tucking people into bed. She’s been known to flush a toilet at different times as well as run a bath.
Lights are known to come on in the middle of the night by an unseen ghost. Some spirits will attach to guests and follow them around the hotel, while other ghosts like to move things around on the guests.
Restaurants: Commander’s Palace – Notable spot for refined Creole fare & an elegant jazz brunch in a chandelier-hung space since 1880.
Activities:
Ghost, Cemetery, VooDoo, Vampire Tours (and more)
VooDoo and Occult Shops
Visit Magazine Street for antique shops, local-made jewelry stores, and plenty of independent boutiques
Tips:
Visit during the week or in the off season (June-September) for fewer crowds and better deals
Don’t rent a car. You can easily get around with Ubers or for $1.25 ride on the oldest continuously operating streetcar in the world.
If you visit in the summer, prepare for humidity

Catie
Destination: Fall River, Massachusetts – Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast Museum
Accommodations: The Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast
This allegedly haunted bed and breakfast is the sight of a gruesome and highly publicized murder that occurred in 1892. Although she was acquitted, Lizzie Borden was suspected of killing her father and stepmother with a hatchet in the unassuming home. Since then, guests have reported all manner of strange sightings in the house.
For anyone intrigued by unsolved crimes and brave enough to risk an encounter with the supernatural, the Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast is an ideal destination. If the idea of staying an entire night makes you uneasy, however, the daily tours are a good and thoroughly enjoyable alternative.
The Lizzie Borden room is $225+tx for two people.
The room can also be combined with the Emma Borden room as a suite for up to four people for $425 and all overnight stays include an evening tour of the house and full breakfast.
You can rent the entire house for $1500 for up to 20 people!
No children under 10 allowed to stay.
Book your room at https://lizzie-borden.com
Restaurants: St. James Irish Pub
Right down the street from the museum
Laid back, typical bar food, typical relaxed bar kind of atmosphere
The drinks are well-priced
Kitchen doesn’t close until midnight.
Activities:
Tour the Lizzie Borden House & Museum – https://lizzie-borden.com
Battleship Cove & other museums in the area
Shopping in this quaint town
Freetown-Fall River State Forest for hiking
Tips:
Fly into Boston airport and rent a car to drive the hour north to Falls River. Especially in the fall, you’ll get beautiful views.

“What’s” with the “Trip Sisters”

What’s in Your Suitcase?
EVP Wrist Recorder 3 – $59.95 at www.ghoststop.com
This ‘handy’ audio recorder puts high quality EVP capture right on your wrist with a full color display, live listening, built in speaker and more storage. Just put it on, hit record and go investigating. This unit will last through the night without having to even think about it. While strapped on your wrist you will greatly reduce false evidence from fumbling sounds leaving your hands free to work.

What’s on your phone?
Ghost Observer (free on iOS & Android) – https://www.ghost-observer.com/
Ghost Observer is an entertaining camera tool that shows ghosts around you in an augmented reality experience. See real ghosts on live video, and hear them speak! Use the spiritism tool to communicate with the spirit and ask them questions. The app will give you information about the type and age of the ghost you are seeing – and the best part? It’s free!

What’s the tip?
Tips for Best Haunted Places in Chicago
Take a Chicago Ghost tour to learn about the history and haunts of some of the city’s most famous (and infamous) locations. https://chicagohauntings.com
Stay at one of Chicago’s haunted hotels, like Congress Plaza, Palmer House or the Drake.
Take a haunted cruise across Lake Michigan on the Spirit of Chicago. Tickets for this Halloween extravaganza can be purchased at www.goldstar.com

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Trip Sisters – Show Notes – 10/13/19 – European Vacations

Episode 70 – Website Info
Air Date: Sun. Oct. 13th, 2019

Special Guest
Alecia Wartowski – Traveler and Executive Director of Foundation 65
Website: www.flipturnconsulting.com

Colleen & Catie’s Picks for Halloween Travel

Colleen
European Destination: Salzburg, Austria
What makes it unique: Salzburg is an Austrian city on the border of Germany, with views of the Eastern Alps. A mid-size fairytale city in a valley in Austria where Mozart was born and the Sound of Music was filmed.
Accommodations: Hotel Sacher on the Salzach river or the local hostel which is famous for patrons dancing on tables in their bar. Pensions are also an affordable option and tend to be super cute. Or you can stay on a local farm, which is what we did and had an amazing farm breakfast.
Restaurants: Augustiner Brau – a beer garden run by monks
Activities:
Salt mine Hallstatt Austria – Cavernous salt-mine museum with educational exhibits, an underground slide & a salt-lake boat ride.
Riding bikes around town
Take the Sound of Music tour (book at www.panoramatours.com)
When to visit: Spring, summer and fall
How to get around: Public Transportation the best as parking is limited. You must purchase a bus pass but then you can hop on and off any form of transit that you would like…
Tips:
About 30 minutes from Salzburg is Hallstat, a town on the edge of a lake surrounded by mountains. You need to take a boat to visit but it is gorgeous.
In Austria, many businesses are closed on Sundays so plan accordingly
Taxes are included in the prices
Many Austrians speak basic English
No need to tip as waiters get paid at least min. wage (unless you’re feeling generous, of course)

Catie
European Destination: London, England
What makes it unique: The food, atmosphere, there is something electro to this city that is hard for me to explain. It’s easy to get to like on Norwegian Air although they will not be running until March 2020 now.
Accommodations: Athenaeum Hotel – Hidden away in Mayfair, the classy, elegant Athenaeum Hotel even offers afternoon teas, cakes and pastries.
Restaurants:
Afternoon Tea at other hotels like Claridges, the Sanderson, Browns, and the Ritz.
Many hotels offer great themed afternoon teas, like the Alice in Wonderland themed Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea at the Sanderson.
Activities: Site seeing and doing day trips to Downton Abbey film locations like the Highclere Castle – www.highclerecastle.co.uk
When to visit: Fall is great as they celebrate the holidays starting in November. Ice Skating at the Natural History Museum is a favorite!
How to get around: The tube – Use the Oyster card (a payment method for public transport in London in the United Kingdom)
Tips:
If you want to take the Eurostar to Paris…
The Channel Tunnel provides a route to Britain from the European continent via Eurostar trains (which take passengers) and Eurotunnel trains (which take passengers in their cars).
The cost is comparable to flying and the train can be more convenient and eco-friendly.
A one-way ticket between London and Paris can cost as little as $32; prices depend on the day and time of your journey and how far in advance you book.
Passengers on coaches/buses and in cars board a freight train run by Eurotunnel that takes 35 minutes to travel from Calais in France to the port of Folkestone in the UK
Tipping taxi drivers
It’s customary to round the total fare up to the nearest pound. If you choose to tip your taxi driver because they help you with your luggage or have delivered excellent service, a 10-15% tip is a nice gesture.
Tipping when you order food
Although you don’t need to tip the delivery person when they drop off your food, an extra pound or two will always be appreciated.
If you’re in a restaurant a service charge is sometimes added to your total bill, which you are expected to pay.
If nothing is added and you are happy with the service you’ve received, a tip of around 10-15% is standard

“What’s” with the “Trip Sisters”

What’s in Your Suitcase?
Travelon Bags – https://www.travelonbags.com/
Founded as a domestic manufacturer of luggage carts more than 30 years ago, Travelon is now an industry leader of travel products and accessories designed to make Travel Easier and Safer™ for all. With features like locking compartments, RFID Blocking pockets, and slash-resistant materials, Travelon wallets, bags, or carryons are a must-have for every jet-setter.

What’s on your phone?
Omio – https://www.omio.com/
Omio has simplified the travel planning process so that you can save time—and money! Check all your options and use the advanced filters to accommodate your personal needs. Their real-time comparison gives you direct access to over 600 trains, buses, and flight partners, and you can compare the three different modes of transport directly next to one another to find the quickest and/or most affordable journey.

What’s the tip?
Tips for Sleeping on a Plane
An eye mask – Instead of using the cheap, scratchy eye masks that the airlines sometimes pass out on long flights, bring your own. You’ll be much more comfortable.
Earplugs – Essential for a good night’s sleep.
Noise-cancelling headphones – If there’s a screaming baby near you, earplugs aren’t going to the trick. Use noise-cancelling headphones to play soft music, an audio book or meditation music.
Wear comfortable clothes – Be sure to dress in layers and wear comfortable clothes.
Buckle up – Wear your seatbelt over the outer garment of your clothing or blanket so flight attendants don’t have to wake you when they do their safety checks if the seatbelt sign goes on.
Pack food and water – If you don’t want to be restricted to the flight crew’s schedule, bring your own food and drink.
Get a window seat – So you have something to lean against
Communicate – When boarding, be sure to let the flight attendant know not to wake you for food or drink if you don’t want any
Bring a pillow – There are tons of different neck pillows on the market.
Sleeping pills – Might be the only thing to work for some people but check with your doctor first.

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Trip Sisters – Show Notes – 10/6/19 – Halloween

Episode 69 – Website Info
Air Date: Sun. Oct. 6, 2019

Special Guest
Christopher Schacht – Author of Around the World on 50 Bucks
Website: https://www.amazon.com/Around-World-50-Bucks-Returned/dp/078522940X/
Social: @christopherschacht


Colleen & Catie’s Picks for Halloween Travel

Colleen
Destination: Chicago/Illinois

Accommodations: Congress Plaza Hotel and Convention Center
Historic hotel located on Michigan Ave.
This year, on Oct. 26th, they’re hosting the Haunted Halloween Ball, a 21+ Halloween dance/costume party. Tickets are $20.
Restaurants:
Hofbrauhaus Chicago in Rosemont – The massive beer hall – which can easily hold 1,000 people – is designed like its sister beer hall in Munich where people drink beer out of large steins, and order Teutonic edibles like Bavarian sausages or Apfelstrudel, homemade apple strudel with ice cream. Perfect for Oktoberfest-lovers.
Long Grove Confectionery Company in Long Grove, IL for amazing apple cider donuts.
Activities:
Fright Fest at Six Flags – www.sixflags.com
Select dates and weekends, September 14 – November 3
Located at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, IL (45 min from Chicago)
Buy your advance purchase tickets online for only $47.99 and save 40% off the regular price of $79.99.
May not want to bring your kids after dark, as that’s when the “ghouls” come out!
13th Floor Haunted House in Melrose Park, IL – www.13thfloorchicago.com
Purchase tickets online in advance to skip the line at the box office
Prices vary based on day, but range between $19.99 and $32.99 per person
For busy days, purchase a Fast Pass ($10 extra) or Skip the Line ticket ($20 extra).
Tips: Illinois is also home to a lot of apple orchards and pumpkin patches. Kids will love these, but even adults will enjoy walking around these areas on crisp autumn days. Also, check your area for fun fall festivals and Oktoberfests!
Fun Facts: Chicago Is 2019’s 8th Best City in the U.S. for Celebrating Oktoberfest

Catie
Destination: Sonoma, California

Accommodations: Hotel Healdsburg
Restaurants: Drycreek Kitchen for dinner like scallops and steak. Oakville grocery for lunch.
Activities: Jordan halloween party theme this year is Animale. So, you have to wear feathers, scales or fur.
Sonoma events in October 2019 include Pinot on the River, the Harvest Fair, and the Alexander Valley Film Festival.
Other highlights include outdoor concerts at Gundlach Bundschu, Laughfest, and the Geyserville Beer, Wine, & Spirits Festival.
Hot Air Balloon Ride: Admire Sonoma County from above on a Hot Air Balloon Ride, you will spend an hour cruising high above the vineyards as you learn more about the region, the entire experience is about 3 to 4. Discounts available on Groupon (around $179 for one, with champagne toast)
Sonoma Food Tour: Sample some of Sonoma’s tastiest dishes on this 3-hour food walking tour around the Sonoma Square
Healdsburg All Day Biking & Wine Tasting Tour: Enjoy a day wine tasting near Healdsburg around Dry Creek Valley, during the tour you will ride a hybrid bike around 20 miles (32km) at a leisurely pace, stop by 3 to 4 wineries.
Tips:
Tips for Sonoma Wine Tasting
Make an Appointment At Smaller Wineries. …
Plan your Tasting Times Correctly (maybe first thing in the day isn’t the best idea!)
Don’t Drink and Drive! Plan your rides ahead of time.
Spitting is Normal. You’ll still be able to enjoy the flavor without the effects.
Learn to Swirl – It really allows you to smell the wine and gives it a chance to breathe
Fun Fact: The California wine industry officially began in the Sonoma Valley, with Sonoma County produces 6% of all the wine available from California

“What’s” with the “Trip Sisters”

What’s in Your Suitcase?
KegWorks Pumpkin Tap Kit – https://www.kegworks.com/the-pumpkin-tap-kit
Make a pumpkin an “extra-gourdinary” way to pour your favorite fall beverages with our pumpkin tap kit. Just cut open a pumpkin, hollow out the inside and cut a hole to attach the shank and faucet. Then fill with your favorite pumpkin-flavored beer, cider or punch and serve.
It is a perfect way to serve drinks at Halloween parties, fall-themed parties and Friendsgiving celebrations.

What’s on your phone?
Ghost Lens AR Fun Movie Maker (ages 12+)
Clone&Ghost Photo Video Editor – Free on iOS with in-app purchases
Use Ghost Lens to have an out-of-body experience and snap STUNNING video&photo to impress your followers. This app can change the transparency of the video character and add “Fade in” and “Fade out” effect to your video & photo, so that you can make your “GHOST” looming in your video to spook your friends and family

What’s the tip?
Travel Horror Movies
Hostel (2005) – Three backpackers head to a Slovak city, with no idea of the hell that awaits them.
Turistas (2006 – Josh Duhamal, Olivia Wilde) – A group of young backpackers’ vacation turns sour when a bus accident leaves them marooned in a remote Brazilian rural area that holds an ominous secret.
The Descent (2005) – A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and pursued by a strange breed of predators.
Friday the 13th (1980) – A group of camp counselors are stalked and murdered by a killer while trying to reopen a summer camp.
Deliverance (1972) – A group of friends go on a canoeing trip in dangerous American back-country where they meet disturbed hillbillies.
The Shining (1980) – A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where a sinister presence drives the father crazy and turns their stay into a nightmare.
Psycho (1960) – A secretary goes on the run and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.
Wrong Turn (2006) – Six people find themselves trapped in the woods of West Virginia, hunted down by cannibalistic mountain men.
The Hills Have Eyes (2003) – A family falls victim to a group of mutated cannibals in a desert far away from civilization.
Jaws (1970) – A killer shark unleashes chaos on a beach community..

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Trip Sisters – Show Notes – 9/29/19 – Travel Disasters

Episode 68 – Website Info
Air Date: Sun. Sept. 29, 2019

Special Guest
Spud Hilton – Host of Inappropriate Traveler travel podcast
Website: Inappropriate Traveler site – https://inappropriatetraveler.com/
Podcast: Inappropriate Traveler on Apple Podcast – https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/inappropriate-traveler-travel-podcast/id1468333563
Social:
Twitter: @SpudHilton
IG: @SpudHilton
Facebook: facebook.com/spudhilton
@DeathByJetlag

Colleen & Catie’s Picks for Travel Disasters

Colleen
Biggest Travel Disaster: Listen to find out!
How You Handled It: Listen to find out!
How it Could Have Been Avoided: Listen to find out!
Tips for When Things Go Wrong While Traveling: Listen to find out!

Catie
Biggest Travel Disaster: My biggest disaster was traveling all day from Dallas and my flight was diverted in Philadelphia. From there they cancelled the last flight to Chicago. So, I had to get a hotel room with no luggage. I slept in my clothes and took the first flight out in the am. Killeen was little and it was hard to be away for another day.
How You Handled It: You have to go with the Flow, what can you do. It was weather related and then the second leg was the crew did not make it in.
How it Could Have Been Avoided: Some travel disasters you can’t avoid, so you just have to adjust for them when they happen.
Tips for When Things Go Wrong While Traveling: Regroup. Sit down, take a few deep breaths, and reset before going off on a tizzy. Damage control. Just how bad is this?
Figure out next steps.
Have a freak out, then let it go.
Be friendly.
Be grateful.
Be prepared in advance.

“What’s” with the “Trip Sisters”

What’s in Your Suitcase?
H2rOse Water – drinkh2rose.com
H2rOse reinvents the experience of drinking water adding a light, crisp and refreshing touch of excitement. We bring the benefits of rosewater and saffron together with the practice of hydration. The combination of both of these distinct ingredients and the refreshing taste of H2rOse provides you with a beautiful beverage that will allow you to reap the benefits of beauty and health from within.

What’s on your phone?
bSafe App – Available for free on Android and Apple at GetBSafe.com
With features like Live Streaming, an SOS button, Voice Activation, Personal Guardian Networks, Fake Calls, Sirens and more, bSafe eliminates the danger of traveling alone, putting parents and solo travelers at ease.

What’s the tip?
Red Flags You’re About to Stay at a Bad Hotel
Photos are Doctored – If the photos on the hotel website or booking site look photo-shopped or too perfect, it might be too good to be true. Do a Google search of the hotel to see photos real people have posted.
Check out the Street View – If the hotel website says your hotel is surrounded by scenic views, double check the “street view” option on Google maps to see if the area looks like it says it does.
The Price Doesn’t Fit – If you’re getting a five-star hotel at a two-star hotel price, do some more investigating. Double-check that there aren’t any renovations that are causing the price to drop.
Check for Bedbugs – On bedbugreports.com, you can type in the name of your hotel and find its specific location to see if any guests reported bed bugs while staying there.
All the Good Reviews are Old – A hotel may have stellar reviews, but if they’re all over six months old, something dramatic may have changed since then. Watch for a sudden surge of recent bad reviews too.
The Carpets are Dirty – Nasty carpets usually mean nasty sheets and towels and coffee cups. You should also be on the lookout for small patches of carpet that don’t quite match the whole thing. That’s a sign that staff hastily removed and switched out a stained or damaged patch, rather than replacing the whole carpet or doing a thorough cleaning.

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Trip Sisters – Show Notes – 9/22/19 – Coastal Paradise

Episode 67 – Website Info
Air Date: Sun. Sept. 22, 2019

Click here to donate to the Hurricane Dorian Relief fun for the Bahamas:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/atlantis-bahamas-hurricane-dorian-relief-fund

Special Guest
Hans Miller – CEO of Airside, the maker of Mobile Passport
Website: https://www.mobilepassport.us

Colleen & Catie’s Picks for Coastal Destinations

Colleen
Destination: Pensacola, Florida – Located on the Florida panhandle on Pensacola Bay (an arm of the Gulf of Mexico).
Accommodations: Surf & Sand Hotel Pensacola Beach
Restaurant: The Oar House – seafood and american and outside on the water. Any catch and cook restaurant too!
Activities:
Watch the Blue Angels fly, deep sea fishing, water sports and a great beach
Naval Aviation Museum
Blue Wahoos Ballpark for a minor league game
Tips: Condo, townhouse, or house rentals are another great option for accommodations, especially for families!

Catie
Destination: Carmel by the Sea, California
Accommodations: Tradewinds Carmel – Personal touches like a handwritten note and chocolate-dipped strawberries on arrival make a stay at this historic Carmel gem extra sweet.
Restaurant: Il Tegamino – A romantic, off-the-beaten-path restaurant, with a very European feel, from the space itself to the Italian comfort food.
Activities:
The Scenic Bluff Path runs from surf spot Carmel Beach to bird-rich Carmel River State Beach, with a scuba entry point.
Check out the sea animals like sea lions and whaling museum of Point Lobos State Natural Reserve.
Hit the green at world-famous golf course, Pebble Beach.
Check out the Sunset Cultural Center, a vibrant performing arts center that hosts hundreds of performances a year, or the beloved Carmel Art Walk.
Carmel Beach – Enjoy everything from swimming and surfing to volleyball and beachcombing. Pack a picnic lunch… and don’t forget the wine!
Don’t leave without: Taking the 17-Mile Drive tour. There are no ugly views on this scenic drive — think dramatic, majestic cliffs, secluded beaches, even magical redwood forests.
Tips:
Very walkable town – Wear comfortable shoes!
Facts:
For two years in the ‘80s, Clint Eastwood presided over this town as mayor.
The rocky bit of coastline located in Carmel-by-the-Sea appears in some of the Big Little Lies beach scenes.

“What’s” with the “Trip Sisters”

What’s in Your Suitcase?
VONT Collapsible LED Lantern – www.thegrommet.com
This set of adventure-ready collapsible LED lanterns is built-tough and backed by a lifetime guarantee. Each lantern goes button-free; just pull the handles to shine 30 ultra-bright LEDs that can last up to 12 hours of 360-degree brightness. Made with military-grade materials, the water-resistant, shock-proof lanterns are durable but lightweight and collapse down for easy portability.

What’s on your phone?
https://data.tcpalm.com/beach-water-quality/
As a part of Florida’s Healthy Beaches Program, you can use this interactive map to see the water quality at your possible destination.

What’s the tip?
Travel Tips for Hurricane Season
Hurricane season extends from the beginning of June to the end of November in the Atlantic and from mid-May to the end of November in the Eastern Pacific. The peak is from mid-August until October, with most of the major storms hitting through the month of September.
You can get some great bargains traveling to destinations that are prone to hurricanes, you just need to educate yourself on how to travel safely.
Be Proactive – Subscribe to STEP (Smart Traveler Enrolment Program) which will get you in touch with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate to make them aware of your presence in the area. Registration in these programs will subscribe you to text and email weather alerts. Getting a Red Cross app on your phone will link you into weather alerts as well.
Get Travel Insurance – Make sure your insurance covers trip interruption and trip cancellation. Usually, a comprehensive plan is the best way to go, but make sure you read the fine print around weather, acts of nature and catastrophic events. Also, make sure you’ve got medical coverage- either through your health care plan or through additional travel insurance.
Pack a Smart Carry-On – When traveling during a season where weather can be unpredictable, the likelihood of flight delays and losing your luggage increases. Reduce this stress by packing a quality carry-on with all of the necessities you might need for a couple of days.
Refunds – Check with your hotel before you go on what their hurricane policies are. Some offer refunds, but most hotels will offer guests a credit or a discount to come back and stay at a later date. Airlines typically will allow you to change your flight plans without penalty.
Extra Packing – Bring a travel first aid kit, a battery operated radio and a flashlight for starters.

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Chicago restaurants announced on the 2020 MICHELIN Bib Gourmand list

The MICHELIN Bib Gourmand list for 2020 is out, and 54 Chicago restaurants make the list. MICHELIN’s criteria looks at restaurants serving “high-quality food at a reasonable price.”

Of the 54 restaurants, 14 are new. Eater reports that 19 restaurants were 86d this time around, including Au Cheval and Hopleaf. Here’s the full list:

Arami
Avec
Avlí Taverna (NEW)
Birrieria Zaragoza (NEW)
Cabra (NEW)
Ceres’ TAble
Chilam Balam
Cira (NEW)
County Barbecue (NEW)
Daguan Noodle
Daisies
DeCOLORES
Dos Urban Cantina
The Duck Inn
etta (NEW)
Fat Rice
Flat & Point (NEW)
Frontera Grill
Funkenhausen (NEW)
Ghin Khao (NEW)
Giant
Gilt Bar
Girl & The Goat
GT Fish & Oyster
HaiSous
Herb
Ina Mae Tavern (NEW)
Jam
Kai Zan
Kie-Gol-Lanee (NEW)
La Josie (NEW)
Lonesome Rose
Longman & Eagle
Lula Café
Mango Pickle
Marisol
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Mi Tocaya
Mott St.
Nella Pizza e Pasta (NEW)
Pacific Standard Time
Passerotto
Pizzeria Bebu
Pleasant House Pub
Proxi
The Purple Pig
San Soo Gab San
Smoque BBQ
Sol de Mexico
Table, Donkey and Stick
True Food Kitchen
TWO
Untitled Supper Club
Virtue (NEW)