Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Dana's Five For February

1. Act Like A Local. Most libraries will let you check out DVDs, books and CDs even if you don't live in the town you're visiting. It may require a deposit, which is refundable at the end of your stay. Sedona Library requires a $50 deposit. If you pay property taxes on a timeshare, you can get a library card for free if you take your bill to library along with photo ID.

2. Read Share. If you read paperbacks or lots of books when you vacation, share them by leaving them at the vacation rental. Or list them on and leave them in cool places for other people to find. Book Crossing lets you track your book as it goes from reader to reader. I left a book in Times Square that is now in Russia, six readers later.

3. Check out the New Kindle.
It's pricey, but if you have to read multiple newspapers and magazines for work or if you're like me and want to take several books on your trip, the Kindle cuts down on luggage weight (it weighs only ##) and paper. You may be able to make up the cost by what you save on books. Most are only $9 to download.

4. Block out sound noise pollution from planes and traffic witha noise track from ITunes. An 80 minute download is only $10--cheaper than noise-canceling headphones or a sound machine and no extra equipment.

5. If you travel more than once a month, you may want to consider keeping two sets of toiletries. I leave my hanging toiletry bag packed and ready to go. No scrambling for small containers at the last minute or searching for a favorite lip balm. And if any of it gets lost or delayed when traveling, I have a backup at home.

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