Dr. Mary Travelbest in National Parks, USA #5

 Dr. Mary Travelbest National Parks USA

Image: Hiking the National Parks in Utah. Bryce and Zion are excellent choices....

Welcome to Dr. Mary Travelbest’s Bucket List Travel.
We share the travel tips and guide you, sharing our missteps along the way.

In this episode: FAQ: What to do when you get sick on the road? Destination: National Parks: USA and Canada, Mistake: Getting a hair cut in Hong Kong  Tip: Go where the locals go.

What do I do when I am sick while traveling?
Skip strenuous activities.
Take a long, hot bath or shower.
Eat foods that are gentle on your stomach.
Drink lots and lots of water, juice and tea.
Do you have insurance? Check with your health insurance firm before you go and get some if you need it. Out of the country, especially check this.
My Mexico City Experience
Food poisoning in Taipei

Today’s Independent Destination: National Parks, USA
Why? Because they are not to be missed. Our national heritage. Why our country is so special. You will love America more after visiting.
Our trip in 2018 and all about it…

$80 lifetime pass, plus a $10 handling fee. ...
Please note that the price of the lifetime Senior Pass increased to $80 on August 28, 2017.
For U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over.
May be obtained in person at a federal recreation site or through the mail using the application form.

The National Parks are such a great value for us independent travelers. If you are over 62, you can get a lifetime pass. Five free days in 2019, entrance only!

In Canada, you can also get an annual pass, and that can save you a lot of time in line, too. We bought a family pass last year in Banff, which was also good for other National parks in Canada. This is the Canadian Rockies. We visited the Banff Springs Hotel and had a wonderful experience. Lake Louise Ski Resort was a “bucket list” place for me.  We stayed outside the park. A single park pass gets you to all national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas operated by Parks Canada. The Discovery Pass provides unlimited admission for a full year at over 80 Parks Canada places that typically charge a daily entrance fee. Visit the Parks Canada Passes and Permits website.

Today’s Mistake-Getting a haircut in Hong Kong.
It was too short. I looked like a man. When I tried to get a bathing suit in a hotel, they gave me a men’s bathing suit, not a woman’s. That was not so good.

Today’s Travel Advice-Go to where the locals go. It may be a bar, a café, the local library or church. Find out what the local people do in their daily lives. You don’t always need to visit the “touristy” places, just to say you were there. Consider your personal needs, desires and interests. Follow them. Take a city bus or subway. I’ve always been able to get back to where I started, so that’s how to avoid getting lost, re-trace your steps. Ask the locals, they want to talk to you, for the most part.


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