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The holidays are known to be a popular time for travel. Whether it be a getaway far from home or a weekend staycation to your favorite park of town, it is always important to create a checklist in order to insure safe travels. Follow these 7 safety tips for a memorable and stress-free holiday vacation:

  1. Make sure that you prepare your home for your trip. Lock all doors and windows and put a hold on your mail delivery if your trip is five days or longer. Holiday season can make your home a target for burglary and mail theft. Avoid this by double checking your home before your departure and asking a family member or friend to check on your home during your vacation.
  2. Leave a copy of your trip itinerary and important documents with someone close to you. Leave copies of these documents and necessary contact information with a trusted friend or family member and it will be extremely helpful in case something happens during your vacation.
  3. Keep your valuables at home. Along with travel comes the risk of losing luggage or theft in a highly congested area. Ladies, avoid wearing flashy jewelry and wear a cross-over purse when traveling in an area with large crowds. Men, put your wallet in your front pocket rather than your back pocket.
  4. Always carry an extra charger for your phone. Bringing a portable charger with you is very helpful for travel as you may heavily rely on your phone during your trip for maps, reservations, communications, and for public transportation such as Uber or Lyft.
  5. Stay hydrated. Long walks and tours tend to be a big part vacation. Make sure you are staying hydrated, especially if you are traveling somewhere with high temperatures. Bring a reusable stainless steel or plastic water bottle with you to avoid purchasing water bottles during your stops.
  6. Avoid heavy traffic if you can! If you plan on driving during your trip, check the road conditions ahead of time. You can avoid heavy traffic and accidents hazards by checking traffic maps on phone apps such as GoogleMaps and Waze Navigation.
  7. Wash your hands. When visiting tourist attractions or areas with large crowds there is a higher risk of catching illness. Avoid catching a cold during your trip by washing your hands often.

Follow these tips and enjoy a stress-free and relaxing holiday vacation!

Summer may be coming to an end but the hot weather in California is reaching new heights. Record breaking temperatures across America have led many of us to pool-hopping and beach-going. San Diego is known for perfect weather but even we are seeing some of the affects of globally increasing temperatures.

According to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, July was the hottest recorded month in California since 1895, with a statewide average temperature of 79.7 degrees. In the month of August, San Diego temperatures are expected to reach the high 80’s. It’s not just the outdoor temperature that is rising, the ocean is heating up too. On Friday, August 8th, at 79.2 degrees, the ocean temperature in San Diego was the warmest it has been in 102 years! Although these temperatures seem high for locals, travelers from near and far are visiting San Diego to enjoy the summer sun. Here are some tips for the San Diego traveler, trying to stay cool:

  1. Catch Some Waves at San Diego’s Best Beaches. Porto Vista Hotel may be located in city but we are only 12 short minutes away from the nearest beaches. A guaranteed way to stay cool is hopping in the ocean and going for a swim.
  2. Wear Lightweight, Loose Fitting Clothing. San Diego is paradise, so slip on a Hawaiian shirt and stay cool. If you didn’t pack any, San Diego has great places for shopping. You may or may not leave San Diego with a whole new summer wardrobe.
  3. Stay Hydrated. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water during hot weather. It is recommended that you consume between two to four glasses of water in excessive heat. So keep chugging that H20 and while you’re at it, take a trip up to the fourth floor at PVH and grab a signature cocktail from GlassDoor!
  4. Participate in Indoor Activities. San Diego is home to some of the best museums and attractions in the country. If you’re having trouble staying cool outdoors, check out some of the museums near by. Balboa Park has 17 museums with a diversity of collections from all over the world. Museum-hopping is a guaranteed way to stay cool and learn something new while you’re at it.
  5. Brewery Tours. For the 21 and up crowd, San Diego is the epicenter of the craft beer industry. Check out Brewery Tours during your stay, to sample beers, go behind the scenes, and meet brewers.