Discover Five Tech Savvy Travel Tips For The Ultimate Road Trip This Season (+ Visa Giftcard Giveaway!)May 24th, 2016 by Christen It's the unofficial start of the summer and road trip season! With most planning on driving more than 50 miles in search of summer fun we've got the tips you need to make your next road trip a great one! From how to drive, travel apps and more - we've teamed up with Toyota & industry expert Jeff Fortson to help make holiday travel more fuel-efficient and fun! (Plus we're giving away Visa Giftcards to help fuel your holiday weekend travel!) “Drivers can take simple steps to help them get the most gas mileage on their trips this Memorial Day weekend,” says Fortson, founder and editor of JeffCars.com, a site dedicated to auto education and car-buying clinics. “Taking heed to these tips will not only lead to fuel savings but will help provide a little extra money once you arrive at your destination.” Toyota and Fortson offer six fuel-efficiency tips designed to help protect your pocket at the pump before you start a memorable road trip with family and friends.
- Use the cruise control (and the optional radar-activated cruise control system) for holiday road trips. Both systems minimize sudden acceleration and de-acceleration. According to fueleconomy.gov, speeding, rapid acceleration and braking can decrease gas mileage by 33 percent.
- Be sure to check and properly inflate each tire, including the spare before you set out on a trip. Gas mileage can be improved if tires have adequate pressure. Some vehicles are equipped with a tire pressure monitor system which alerts you when it detects tire pressure is critically low. If the car isn’t equipped with this system, a tire gauge can be purchased at the local parts store and the service department can check the air pressure.
- Rent a fuel-efficient vehicle. If you are renting a car, you may want to consider a hybrid vehicle, such as Prius or Prius V.
- Use the factory installed navigation system or a favorite app like Google Maps and Waze from your smartphone to make your drive safer. These navigation systems will alert drivers of traffic congestion and provide you with the shortest route to your destination.
- Always pack smart. Just like flying, you should only take necessary items for a road trip. Avoid using the roof rack, if possible, because it reduces the aerodynamics and decreases fuel efficiency.
- Watch the A/C. It is recommended that you use the air conditioner when driving highway speeds. When driving in stop-and-go traffic, turn the air conditioner off and allow air to circulate through the vehicle.
Pack your bags!Packing like a pro doesn’t have to be a long and tedious task if you know how to do it right. From choosing the right gadgets to pack for your experience to discovering the best luggage to suit your needs, incorporating tech in your holiday excursion is simple and easy. Using packing cubes and TSA approved travel containers will keep your load light, easy and quite possibly svelte enough for carry on luggage. With Bluetooth enable luggage like the Bluesmart carry on leading the way in smart travel, you’re sure to curate tech savvy tips of your own and be able to travel like the pros just in time for theholidays.
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Living Local During Your Homecoming Visit!Even if you’re coming home for a brief hoiday visit, that doesn’t mean that you want to stay in your old twin-bed laden room. Instead of heading straight for a hotel, why not consider staying for a short time in a bed and breakfast or consider finding the perfect home for your mini holiday vacation by using AirBnB. There are plenty of ways to use technology to make the most of holiday travel and I’ve teamed up with Progressive to share tech-savvy travel tips to improve the way you travel this season and beyond. Discover how you can use technology to travel like the pros by visiting Progressive’s Life Lanes site here. Technology has created more access to the whole wide world than ever before, so why not use a few tech-savvy tips to upgrade your next travel experience? What are your favorite gadgets and apps that you can’t travel without? Share your favorites in the comments below!
Crescent City ConnectionIf you're familiar with the Denzel Washington flick "Deja Vu" chances are, you've seen the iconic twin cantilever bridges that carry U.S. Route 90 Business over the Mississippi River in New Orleans before. Formerly known as the Greater New Orleans Bridge (GNO) - it's the widest and most heavily traveled bridge on the lower Mississippi; instrumental with the Hurricane Katrina evacuations in 2005. The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro and the Crescent City Connection - two iconic symbols of mobility and strength all rolled into one #FindNewRoads moment.
Mardi Gras WorldWhat's the next best thing to visiting New Orleans during Mardi Gras? Taking a trip to one of the happiest places on earth - Mardi Gras World. We were looking for a real, behind-the-scenes look at New Orleans Mardi Gras and boy did we find it!
At Mardi Gras World, guides take the mask off Mardi Gras with an all-access Mardi Gras tour, winding through the massive studio where these magnificent floats are built from the ground up. Guests learn about the history of this unique and festive tradition and go beyond its reputation to get a deeper understanding of the real Mardi Gras. One monkey don't stop no show: The massive Mardi Gras World experience is a MUST during your next New Orleans visit. Make sure you bring plenty of camera storage because there are plenty of picture perfect moments you'll want to capture during your visit.
Bayou Dinning And Aligator BitesAfter a 15-mile drive outside of New Orleans, we stumbled upon the beauty and bounty of the Restaurant des Familles. Nestled along the waterway home to alligators, turtles, egrets and other wildlife (Bayou des Familles) - we were in search of authentic Cajun and Creole bites and the Alligator Stuffed Mushrooms with Alligator Sauce Piquant more than delivered. Good Eats: We enjoyed the best of the best from the Restaurant de Familles including the grilled Shrimp & Grits with jalapeno-cheddar grits with scratch gravy, Caesar Salad and Catfish strips. The Alligator Stuffed Mushrooms with Alligator Sauce Piquant was amazing - and the views of alligators just a few feet away were even better.
Swamp Tour Through Gator CountryI've never been in an airboat before, let alone on a tour through the swamps of the bayou. So of course finding the road less traveled lead us to the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. Trained guides escorted us into the murky waters of Louisiana swamps where we came face to face with the beauty and beasts of nature.
Driving The 2016 CamaroThe 2016 Camaro more than handled the road, it commanded it. Driving from New Orleans to Dallas as a Camaro road warrior was beyond amazing. As the most efficient and powerful Camaro SS ever it's equipped with improved handling, performance, technology and kept heads turning throughout the entire drive. Discover where the 2016 Camaro SS is headed next! Keep up with all the spectacular sights and see how others #FindNewRoads by visiting FindNewRoadsTrip.com
A neighborhood of modern, single-family homes, designed by a select group of regionally and nationally recognized architects. Urban Reserve is the embodiment of a unique lifestyle founded on a synthesis of modern design, ready access to nature, a respect for the environment, and the good fortune of a rare and beautiful location just minutes from downtown Dallas.
Lincoln partnered with MAS Event + Design and interior design firm hOmE nyc and Condé Nast Media Group to launch Lincoln Black Label in Los Angeles at an exceptional Hollywood Hills property. Lincoln then took Black Label at Home to Miami, New York City and Dallas. In different spaces throughout each home, the Center Stage, Modern Heritage, Indulgence and Oasis themes are brought to life through experiential, aesthetic and culinary activations. While my introduction to the Black Label at Home experience began in NYC, it wasn't until my travels out west that I indulged in the total Lincoln Black Label lifestyle via this palatial indoor/outdoor Urban Reserve home.
INDULGENCE: Few things ignite our senses like fine chocolate, and such was the inspiration for this sumptuous theme. Uncommonly soft, beautiful leather, with a subtle antiqued finish, adds richness and depth to the interior, while Ziricote wood – usually reserved for high-end yachts and fine musical instruments – adds warmth without the need for dyes or stains.
During my Dallas Black Label at Home stay, I was allowed to choose which Black Label vehicle and theme to use for transportation. Upon arrival, I selected the Oasis themed Lincoln MKZ experience. The immersive staging plan allows guests to experience the ultimate in luxury, comfort and service, while highlighting all four themes within the home and beyond.
MODERN HERITAGE: For those who appreciate a clean, modern aesthetic, look no further than this incredible theme. Featuring a high-contrast black-and-white interior highlighted by crimson stitching and Argento® wood trim, this clean color scheme marries the artful past of Lincoln to the vision for its future.
Lincoln Black Label colors and materials used in the vehicles, such as Venetian leather, Ziricote wood and Alcantara premium suede, inspired the palette of each room. Each of the headboards and bed frames are custom wrapped in Alcantara suede, as well as 2 Center Stage foot stools and a Foxfire Red bench. OASIS: Characterized by a harmonious, subtle, two-tone interior in soothing shades of cream and tan, Oasis evokes a desert spa sanctuary or perhaps the sandy dunes of a tropical paradise. Borrowing from Eastern influences, Oasis speaks to those who want to reduce the chaos in their lives and escape to a luxurious, calm, peaceful environment.
CENTER STAGE: Inspired equally by the fashion world and the theater district, this interior is for those with a flair for the dramatic. The Jet Black leather interior with Foxfire Red Alcantara® accents captures the excitement of standing center stage, while onyx wood (MKZ) and black striped wood (MKC) add a lush texture to this undeniably stylish design.