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There’s no question that traveling these days is quite different from what it was just a few months ago. At least we actually have the option of doing so now.

If you plan on taking a vacation in the next few weeks or so, you can expect a variety of ongoing restrictions depending on where you choose to go. To help you prepare, here are some basic things to keep in mind:

Where You Go

If you’re planning on going to a major city, you are likely to run into crowds that can make social distancing difficult. Or if you want to go a major theme park, keep in mind that they are limiting the number of attendees. So, there’s no guarantee of just showing up and getting in.

Or you could consider a trip to one of the recently reopened state or national parks. With many outdoor adventures, social distancing doesn’t even have to be mentioned; it tends to happen naturally, no matter what. You aren’t apt to run into too many crowds while out hiking or kayaking.

How You Get There

To completely ensure social distancing, your best bet is to avoid mass transportation like flying and train travel as much as possible. Yes, there are precautions in place with these forms of transportation: mask-wearing for the duration of a trip, spread-out boarding procedures, etc.

However, the one way that you can really socially distance from others when you drive yourself to your destination. Then, once you’re at your destination, you can continue to drive yourself to see the sights. Or you can consider biking or walking to places.

Where You Stay

Most major hotel chains have been quite transparent about their cleanliness and occupancy standards these days. With places you find on Airbnb and boutique hotels, their policies may also be explicitly laid out online, but not always. In those cases, you may have to do a little more investigating and checking with the individual owners directly to really know for sure.

If you’re already planning on a trip that gets you back to nature, the world (and probably a tent) is your hotel. No worries about other peoples’ cleanliness there.

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Where You Eat

If they’re open for dine-in at all, be prepared to have a very different experience at restaurants, in the form of plexiglass partitions, spread-out seating, and other proprietary social distancing implements. If that doesn’t sound like fun to you, consider takeout or delivery.

Or, if you stay in a place that gives you the option of cooking, you could simply do some grocery shopping and then stay in to eat. The great things about this option? You will probably save money over dining out, and you don’t even have to wear shoes if you don’t want.

What You Wear

Really, just wear what’s appropriate for whatever activity you have planned. However, the one accessory you should have with you at all times is a mask. You won’t always have to wear it. But it’s good to have just in case you find yourself in a crowd or somewhere where it’s required.

So yes, it will be different traveling over the next few months (and maybe longer). But fortunately, you still have some options when it comes to seeing what you want to see, the way you want to see it.

Happy (and safe) travels!

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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Plan An Awe Inspiring Trip To Western Australia

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Gaining the opportunity to visit Western Australia is the chance of a lifetime that must be grasped with both hands, as it’s a destination that many people can only dream of visiting. Travelling to W. Australia from any European country can often take several days of flying and driving, but if you are able to withstand this experience then you will no doubt be greeted with the most awe inspiring of locations upon arrival. Planning the perfect adventure can sometimes seem like an almost impossible thanks to thousands of activities and entertainment available, but there are a few simple tips and tricks that you can take on board to ensure your vacation can be treasured forever. So, if you want to find out more, then read on to uncover some of the best ideas and concepts that you can utilise today to plan the most amazing adventure through Western Australia! 

Exploring The History 

There’s such a wealth of history and culture across Western Australia, with hundreds of unique places to visit perfect for any kind of traveler. From weird and wonderful rock formations partnered with ancient Aboriginal sites, to vast green vineyards supporting world renowned wineries just a short drive from unfathomably clear water at almost every beach spot, Western Australia really is a land of seemingly endless exploration for all. If you are a bit of a history or culture buff and you’d like to experience as much of this as you can during your trip, then it’s a great idea to research the Golden Pipeline Heritage Trail. It can take you through some of the most iconic spots inside Western Australia, from gold mining facilities to grand museums and art galleries too. 

Meet Mother Nature 

Failing to explore the wonders of Mother Nature during your trip to Western Australia is such a missed opportunity, as the landscape and wildlife is unlike any other country on earth. Australia is such an enormous land mass, meaning the weather and climate is completely different on one side of the island when compared with another. For example, in the NW (north west) regions of Western Australia, the general landscape consists of broad flat plateaus, arranged neatly next to several mountain ranges, whereas the eastern area of WA is made up of immense hot deserts. WA is larger than Western Europe in its entirety, and it contains Australia’s sunniest capital city along with its  whitest beach, greatest outback expanse, and even one of the oldest known cultures on our planet today. Whether you want to trek through the beautiful nature reserves, raft down invigorating white water, dive in the sea with the fishes or climb to the highest peak, there’s bound to be an awe inspiring experience that’s perfect for your unique presences. 

Planning the best trip to Western Australia has never been so simple when you are able to make the most of the brilliant ideas and concepts detailed above! Be sure to pack your sunscreen, as the temperature is never forgiving.

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Injured in a Car Accident While Travelling through Florida from Another State?   

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First of all, you wish your car accident didn’t happen. Unfortunately, the chances of you being in an accident and suffering an injury can increase while traveling. You are probably driving more miles than usual and, maybe, taking part in more activities than you would on a normal day.  

It all adds up to this: getting injured in a car accident can catch you off guard. Various kinds of pain and aches, taking time off from work to visit doctors and chiropractors are inconvenient, to say the least. 

What’s more, nothing can prepare you for something like this. There’s no step by step guide for what to do next. All you know is that you need help.

So what do you need to know to protect yourself legally after being injured in a car accident in Florida while traveling from another state?

Handling the auto insurance claim from your home state 

The most important thing you need to know about auto insurance is that it extends beyond state lines. Therefore, if you bought your car in your home state but got into an accident in Florida, your insurance policy still covers you.

In other words, because your car insurance will cover you no matter where you are in the U.S., filing an insurance claim for an out-of-state car accident is the same process as filing a claim for an in-state accident.

Similarly, when you carry Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist (UM/UIM) coverage in your state, if another driver is liable for your car accident in Florida, you should be covered under your own UM/UIM insurance policy.

However, if you cannot settle the claim, you will have to file a lawsuit under Florida’s laws. Because the accident occurred in Florida, it falls under this state’s jurisdiction. 

Filing a personal injury lawsuit  

Let’s look at an example: You live in the city of Valdosta, Georgia. One winter, you decide to make a road trip to Miami for vacation. While driving through Florida, your car gets hit by another driver. He is visiting family in Florida but he is also from out of town, living in Alabama. 

You’re injured in the car accident and decide to sue the negligent driver whose actions led to the accident. In general, you can file a lawsuit in the state where: 

  • The car accident occurred (Florida), or
  • The negligent party resides (Alabama).

Dealing with the laws of at least two states 

“It may not be easy to understand which laws apply to your car accident. If you were injured in an accident in Miami and you’re from another state, in general, you’re going to be dealing with, at least, Florida law and your state’s law. That’s why your car accident case can be similar in many ways to that of someone who lives in Florida. However, you often have different possibilities for costs’ compensation,” says Miami car accident lawyer Sean M. Cleary. 

For brevity, the essential information you need to know is that Florida law applies:

  • In general, to all car accidents that occur in Florida. There is a presumption that the laws of the state where the accident occurred apply, regardless of the residencies of the parties involved.
  • To the types of compensation you may get. In Florida, you can only recover compensation for your out of pocket medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. You can’t get compensation for the full billed charges. 

Your state’s law will determine at least:

  • If you have to pay back health insurance from the settlement 
  • What period of time is available for you in order to sue your UM insurer.

About the author:

Sean M. Cleary is the principal attorney and founder of The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary, personal injury law firm based in Miami, Florida, representing individuals in car accident, product liability and medical malpractice cases.

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Take a Beach Holiday – in Chicago

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Chicago is the Windy City. It’s the place we see in movies, where people wrap up warm in winter and the snow is crisp and even. Or perhaps that’s just my impression ever since the release of Home Alone (1990), which, yes, was filmed in Chicago. Although, going by those rules, my impression of Chicago should also be that it’s forever December and the actor Joe Pesci stalks neighbourhoods looking for easy to swipe loot. Who knows, maybe that is what he gets up to these days, but I doubt it.

If your impression of Chicago was even slightly in the same ballpark, you might be surprised to learn that the city has 15 beaches spread out along 26 miles of shoreline. I know. Weird, isn’t it. Like finding out there’s a secret room at the top of the Eiffel Tower or like the first time you see Australia with a line drawn down the middle to show that it’s a dog’s head on the left and cat’s head on the right. Crazy stuff.

Now, before visiting Chicago’s beaches, please be aware that Chicago is big. Well, for a start it has 26 miles of beaches. We’re hardly dealing with a one horse town. This means it gets congested. A lot. Always travel with the details of a local lawyer to hand. Just in case, otherwise you could find yourself far from home wasting valuable time reading Google reviews when something goes wrong. Anyway, let’s get on with it.

Ohio Street Beach

Visiting Chicago usually comes with the advice to stay on the Magnificent Mile (or close to it). This is Chicago’s tourist trap of shops, restaurants, architecture, and entertainment. The Ohio Street Beach is the closest beach to the Mag’ Mile. This little much loved beach is something of a gem, as it’s less visited due to having no on site restaurants or restrooms. But for a stroke or a midday laze? Perfect.

Oak Street Beach

Kick things up a notch with the Oak Street Beach, just north of the Ohio Street Beach. Although not swarming with visitors, you can get food here, making it the perfect beach for dining out and starting the evening off with a little culture. However, if you really want to have a good time…

The North Avenue Beach

This is where people come to have fun. Think food. Think restrooms. Think beach houses, outdoor showers, people getting a tan, and volleyball nets – basically, Rio eat your heart out. OK, perhaps it’s not quite Brazil. But Chicago is on the same line of latitude as Barcelona, Rome, and Istanbul.

For all these sandy reasons and more, why not add Chicago to your must-see travel list.

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