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Ask Dr. Leigh …

Ask Dr. Leigh

Because vacations reduce your stress level, refresh and re-energize you, and help you stay connected to the ones you love, they actually help protect your health1. As a physician, I’m all about that. I will be answering your questions to assist you in removing any barriers for taking regular vacations.

Q: I really want to go on vacation but I don’t have anyone to go with me...

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The Most Affordable Vacation Destinations to Explore - Summer 2017

Affordable Vacation Destinations

Looking for affordable vacation destinations this year?

Whether you're going for a honeymoon, getaway, or family trip, it's important you consider all the possible destinations. 

With a little research, you can book the vacation of a lifetime without breaking the bank. To help you get started, we'd like to take a closer look at some of the places you might consider exploring. Whether you're looking for something quick and easy, or something a little more unique – these destinations have one thing in common – they're budget-friendly and unforgettable.

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Travel Tips for Bathroom Amenities

Travel Tips for Bathroom Amenities
  • Stuck Zippers. Use a bar of soap to rub onto the teeth of a stuck zipper. Move the zipper up and down until it gets unstuck.
  • Leather Shoes Touch-up. Liquid shampoo can quickly restore leather shoes. Just rub it in with a washcloth and go.
  • Bug Bite Relief. Rub a wet bar of...
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Tips for European Travel

Tips for European Travel
  •  Wear a money belt. You'll save money by not losing it. Thieves assume tourists have money in their purses and wallets. Be on alert for commotions in crowds and fake police who ask to see your wallet.
  • Don't over tip. It is not customary to tip 15 to 20 percent in Europe, like it is in the USA. Sometimes the tip is included or no tip is expected. If in doubt, ask a local/customer instead of an employee of a restaurant for advice.
  • Eat at local restaurants. Find one filled with locals as they tend to serve better food for less...
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Vacation Giveaways by Diamond Resorts

Vacation Giveaways by Diamond Resorts

Because everyone here at Diamond Resorts believes in the power and value of vacations to create life-long memories and nurture our humanity, in 2016 we gave away vacations to audience members of three highly acclaimed daytime talk shows - The Ellen DeGeneres Show on NBC, CBS’s The Talk and to the syndicated talk show, The Real.  

It all began in February when right before Valentine’s Day, Ellen’s audience members erupted in...

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Money For Your Trip

Money For Your Trip

When traveling, always bring some cash, but split it into various places on your person:

  • Pockets
  • Shoes
  • Purse or Small Bag

Also place some cash in your luggage inside socks or a cosmetic bag.

Bring your primary credit card or debit card, but also bring a spare...

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Dressing for Plane Travel

Dressing for Plane Travel

The main thing about dressing for air travel is comfort. Because of cramped seating and various temperature changes on flights, staying as comfortable as possible is very important.

Suggested apparel:

  • Comfortable shoes that are easy to take on and off if you don’t have TSA pre-check.
  • A sweater or a long cardigan is perfect to use as a blanket, a wrap around your neck or simply as an added layer over lighter clothes.
  • Compression socks are especially useful on long flights to help prevent DVT...
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Take Healthy Habits on Vacation with You

Healthy Vacation Habits

Vacations should help you feel energized and revitalized.

Keep these healthy habits in mind while you vacation:

  • Keep hydrated
  • Use any exercise equipment available
  • Use the pool and Jacuzzi to your advantage...
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Too Much Fun to Leave

Too Much Fun to Leave

“My vacation challenge is a little different. I have such a good time that I have trouble leaving; I almost quit my job rather than go back! How do I handle my emotional attachment to getting away so it doesn’t overwhelm me next time?”

The Vacation Doctor Answers:

This feeling is not as unique as you think. How many of us have said, “I wish I could just stay here forever” while...

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Ultimate Carry-on

Carry-on Tips

Your best choice for carry-ons is a nylon tote that can fold up to the size of a large wallet or open up to a large tote when needed.

Important items to include in your tote:

  • Travel pillow
    • Inflatable and adjustable OR compressible
  • Eye mask
    • Get one with ear plug holsters
  • A good set of earbuds or...
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