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GLOBE TROT WITH TRAVEL EXPERT COURTNEY SCOTT

Discover How To Amp Up Your Summer Vacation Without Busting Your Budget!
 
Summer vacation can lead to a great escape, whether it’s a staycation or an exotic trip to the other side of the world. Courtney Scott is a blogger, filmmaker and on-air travel expert with a story most of us can appreciate. In 2007, she quit her job, moved to Italy and never looked back.  Since then she has been featured on CNN, MSNBC, The Today Show, and in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times – offering up expert tips on the best places to travel, money saving strategies and personal guides for packing and traveling in style.
 
A NICE TIP FOR STAYING SAFE WHILE DRIVING THIS SUMMER 
For a lot of people, summer travel means more time behind the wheel, on cross-country road trips or quick weekend getaways to the lake. Safety is the most important thing. Despite so many advances in modern driving technology, poor visibility – like low light conditions and headlight glare – is still a major danger for drivers and anyone sharing the road. Here’s a tip: try ZEISS precision optics to help you drive with confidence. Designed for both all-day wear and driving, and available in both single and progressive lens designs, ZEISS DriveSafe lenses address key elements of driving to make it safer and more comfortable. These lenses offer better vision in low light conditions, reduced glare at night from oncoming cars with ZEISS DuraVision DriveSafe Antireflective Coating, and are available with PhotoFusion self-tinting technology. PhotoFusion is the fastest photochromic on the market, up to 20 percent faster to darken and twice as fast to fade back, making them a complete vision care solution for people on-the-go. Visit ZEISS.com/Lenses to learn more, and talk to your family’s eye doctor to find the best ZEISS lenses for you.
 
A GREAT PLACE TO STAY WHILE IN FUN PLACES LIKE GATLINBURG
I’m in the beautiful Smoky Mountains of Tennessee in a gorgeous Wyndham Vacation Rental property with views as far as the eye can see! When I’m on vacation, I’m looking for my home-away-from-home. Here in the Smoky Mountains, Wyndham manages hundreds of condos and cabins, including this amazing luxury cabins at Splash Mountain Lodge that sleep 50! These luxury cabins have a real “home-feel” while also boasting an indoor pool and the space to comfortably sleep everyone on its four floors!  But if you have a smaller group, look no further than Baskins Creek Condominiums for some of the most luxurious accommodations in the Smokies. You can’t beat the location! You’ll be as close to Great Smoky Mountains National Park as you can get but also just a 2-minute walk from Main Street, where you’ll find all the great boutiques and eateries of the city. 
 
Nice-to-have if time permits: It’s family-friendly too! Baskins has you covered with a private pool, spa and all the conveniences of home, aka a kitchen, that make it easier when traveling with kids. WyndhamVacationRentals.com is where you can go to learn more about vacation rentals like Baskins Creek, Splash Mountain Lodge and others in Wyndham’s nearly 650 unique destinations worldwide. 
 
MAKING SURE YOUR FAMILY IS COMFORTABLE WHILE ON VACATION
My best tip is for anyone planning a weekend getaway with friends or a large family vacation with the kids, is to get yourself an airbed from Intex to make sure everyone gets a great night sleep. You’ll love the Intex Queen Dura-Beam Comfort-Plush airbed, enhanced with Fiber-Tech™ Construction.  This bed is significantly stronger and lighter than traditional airbeds and provides a comfortable and supportive sleep – with just the right amount of firmness. So whether you need an extra bed for your kids or room for a few extra friends, they’ll now be fighting over who gets to sleep on the air mattress. It also includes a built-in pump for fast inflation and deflation, so make sure you grab one before your next trip. Available at select retailers and online for around $55. For more information, visit: www.intexcorp.com/airbeds
 
FAVORITE SIMPLE SUMMER TRAVEL TIP
With summer finally here, we’re all gearing up for epic road trips, weekend escapes, beach getaways and more. My best tip is to make sure you’re packing the essentials. There’s nothing worse than over packing – lugging a lot of stuff will slow you down, trust me. #1 on the packing list should be a good smartphone with great coverage – it’s a must for finding your way around in a new city, and a great way to document all the fun you’re having. I like SIMPLE Mobile.  SIMPLE Mobile’s blazing fast 4G LTE* network makes everything from booking flights to sharing pics a snap. Plus, you’ll have extra spending cash for your trip, thanks to its affordable Truly Unlimited plan, just $50 per month, so you never have to worry about running out of data for whatever your next great summer adventure may be. Check out SIMPLEmobile.com for more information on the latest smartphones and unlimited data plans.