Everyone has their ideal “dream vacation” and as much as those dreams depend on location, they’re also made up of once-in-a-lifetime experiences. You might think that your dream vacation is far more fantasy than possibility, but the truth is, you might be closer to your ideal trip than you imagined. In fact, you don’t need to look beyond the borders of the United States to find a destination that can be all things to all travelers.

No matter where you visit, it’s smart to prepare and educate yourself before you leave so your trip is fun and memorable without hitting any snags. These tips can help you stay healthy and safe whenever you travel.

We all look forward to vacations -- the precious time to recharge our batteries and spend care-free days and fun-filled nights with family and friends. But visions of vacations may change this year with the economy falling and basics like food and housing at a premium. Many Americans are on tight budgets that are affecting their travel plans.

Several surveys indicate many Americans still intend to take vacations in 2009 -- they’ll just be smarter about planning the trip and how they spend their money. Here are a few simple tips on how families can make the most of their travel budget this year.

The hassle of air travel and the pinch of tough economic times will inspire more families than ever to hit the road for vacations this summer. But is your car equipped to entertain passengers for the long haul? The right entertainment can make your road trip fly by as quickly as the scenery outside the car.

Packing in as much work as possible to maximize the cost benefits of your trip can leave you with little time to take care of yourself while you’re taking care of business. One solution is to fit fitness in wherever you can, whether it’s simply avoiding high-calorie temptations or setting the alarm 30 minutes early so you can hit the hotel’s fitness center before breakfast.

More than anything, travel changes perspectives. In years past, travel to a country like Vietnam might have been perceived as impossible. However, with the passage of time and the building of relationships, travelers have discovered that the country is a jewel in the Southeast Asian crown. Today, a Vietnam tour makes it easy for anyone to experience the magic and dynamic change taking place in the country, and discover why it’s becoming a must-see in the region.

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