What kind of London tourist are you?

Ever visited London? An incredibly popular tourist destination with a rich history, London is the perfect place for your next vacation. The London Pass has provided a handy resource to help you figure out how and what you should see. Let’s take a look at their quiz.

They’ve provided a great way for you to see what tourist attractions are more important to you. For example, do you plan your vacations with military precision or do you like to fly by the seat of your pants? Would you prefer shopping on Bond Street to sipping tea at the Ritz? Or do Bond Street, Regent Street and Oxford Street remind you more of Monopoly than shopping destinations? Would you rather spend a big night out in Soho or eat a 5 star breakfast?

Do you love British culture enough to stand in long lines? Would you prefer a burger at the Borough Market over seeing Abbey Road? Or would you rather see Nottinghill (famous for the Hugh Grant movie) versus Carnival? Is Big Ben attractive to you? Should fine dining and pub appear in the same sentence?

After taking the quiz, you’ll know if you’re a tourist party goer, a food lover, a super tourist (must see all the things!) a happy shopper or a museum nerd. See in the infographic below.

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Myrtle Beach Vacation Guide

A popular vacation area in South Carolina, Myrtle Beach has more to offer than beautiful beaches and great weather.

Technically a man made island, Myrtle Beach was separated from the Contental US in 1936 by the Intracoastal Waterway. The city is separated from the beach by large sand dunes.

According to Captain’s Quarters Resort, there’s 20 must see activities in the city of Myrtle Beach.

  1. Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament. Sit through a gourmet four course meal and watch a spectacular show that’ll keep you on the edge of your seat.
  2. Myrtle Waves Water Park. Take advantage of the sub-tropical climate by splashing around lazy waters, soaking in the family pools or riding all 10 water slides.
  3. Broadway at the Beach. Shop, eat and look at the many attractions that’ll keep everyone in your group happy.
  4. Fiesta del Burro Loco. The best Mexican cuisine around should be enjoyed after a long day at the beach and souvenir shopping. Take your pick of the large menu.
  5. Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Everyone loves baseball and what better way to enjoy your vacation than watch an exciting game of America’s favorite sport? There’s several games a week so you can work it in to your vacation plans.

There’s 15 more! Read on in the infographic below.

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The real cost of car ownership

How much does your car really cost? With gas and maintenance, it’s much more than the sticker price. Many go for the lowest sticker price possible, but according to Safe Car, the cost of ownership might actually be higher than the lower priced car.

So what do you need to take in to account when purchasing a car for specific makes and models? The annual ownership cost of a car in 2012 was $8,956. The interest of the cost of ownership for five years is 11%. Buying with a bank overdraft is the cheapest way because you can often get a discount on the retail price if you offer cash.

Annual taxes and fees add up to $1,058. Once you deduct the sales tax on a new vehicle the resale value drops very fast in the first three years. The national average for sales tax is 5% and the cost to owners to maintain is about the same.

Used cars are worth more now than ever before. A depreciation drop of 4.9% now means that used cars hold their value better than they used to. When you buy second hand, always check the makes and models to see when your loss in value for your choices slows down.

There’s more! See in the infographic below.

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Holiday Travel this Season

The holidays are fast approaching and according to GottaPark, 30% of people will drive or fly between mid-November and the end of the year for holiday travel.

So when do most people do their holiday travels? The infographic reports that 43.3 million people travel for Thanksgiving (55%) and 91.8 million people travel for Christmas (45%), though I’m not sure that makes sense since 91.8 is much bigger than 43.3. Maybe they don’t count people who travel twice?

The average holiday flight price for a cross country flight is $550 and short distances are $220. And during the holidays, around 20,000 flights are delayed for an hour or more. Perhaps it’s due to the increased volume? Or inclement weather? The average time spent in the security line is 31.4 minutes.

So what can you do to cut down on these costs?

  • Celebrate Christmas at an earlier or later date when flights are less expensive. Then you can celebrate the holidays at home with less chaos that travel induces.
  • Book your flights six months in advance
  • Take a few extra days to drive when you would normally fly and see the country side. This especially saves money when you have a family
  • Buy presents online and have them shipped to the recipients address. This allows you to carry on luggage and forgo the baggage checking costs

See the infographic below.

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The Horrors of Parking

Ugh, parking. Whether your’re doing it for work (so frustrating when you can’t find it and are late!), shopping downtown (and paying for it with your first child) or competing for spaces in a strip mall, parking is stressful and emotionally draining.

Gotta Park feels our pain and has correspondingly released an infographic depicting the horrors of parking. Did you know that 30% of a city’s traffic is caused by drivers searching for a parking spot? Crazy to think that if city’s install more efficient and accessible parking lots, it would majorly cut down on traffic! Additionally, parking ticket revenue in San Francisco for the 2011-2012 year amounted to $83,290,002. Now if they would only reinvest that sum in better parking solutions to cut down on traffic…

In the United States, people drive one million extra miles looking for parking. That is 47,000 gallons of gas and driving 38 times around the world! Which is why the infographic creator suggests searching for parking solutions before you go and reserving them if possible. All you have to do is show up! See the infographic below.

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Motorcycles in Movies

Motorcycles are awesome. They have that extra bit of daring badassness that cars don’t have (even sporty roadsters or American muscle). Small and nimble, you’ll see Hollywood stunt doubles riding these high-powered bikes over jumps, through alleys or weaving through traffic.

On the other side of the motorcycle is the dud of a scooter. Usually the epitome of non-manliness, scooters are reserved for the nonheroes or comedies. Which brings us to the number seven pick of an infographic released by Bikesure; Dumb and Dumber, the timeless comedy. The motorbike (no, it can’t even be called a motorcycle) should be destined for scrap metal, no matter how legendary of the comedy.

Harold and Maude comes in at number six with an impound verdict for their bike. At number five, Resident Evil’s bike is labeled caution. Alice’s disrespect for the bike is blatant, and her insurance premium must be through the roof because of that explosion caused by shooting at the gas tank.

Curious to see more about the list of bikes in movies? Look below in the infographic to find the jokes about Nicholas Cage, the proclaimed favorite in the Terminator series and best of James Bond.

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Brits Abroad!

Travel Association ABTA has released an infographic detailing the places Brits go when it’s vacation time. Lets take a look, shall we?

Of the top 10 holiday destinations, most Brits take flight to Spain. With it’s beaches and warm weather, why not? In second place is France and in distant third is the United States. Following those top three are: Italy, Portugal, Greece, Turkey, Netherlands, Belgium and in last place is Cyprus.

The most popular honeymoon destinations are the European countries of Croatia, Cyprus, Greece and Italy. In second place is the Caribbean, consisting of Barbados, St. Lucia and Mexico. For the US, Las Vegas and Orlando top the list. Indian Ocean falls in to fourth place, with people traveling to Sri Lanka and Mauritius.

Gap year destinations also seem to be a thing for Brits. Topping the list is Thailand, followed by Australia, USA, South Africa and Peru.

The top five cities to visit on the Brits list is Paris, Barcelona, Dublin, Rome and New York.

Want to learn more? See the infographic below.

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The 5 Worst Driving Habits in the UK

An average Britain will drive over 269,000 miles each year. In that span of time, there are plenty of dangerous tendencies that can contribute to accidents, collisions and pedestrian incidents.

According to the Car Buying Service, a company that helps you sell your car with confidence, first bad driving habit is distracted driving. Distracted driving contributes to 2,500 crashes each day adding up to over 920,000 each year. Fixing hair, makeup or clothes while driving is admitted to by 25% of commuters and 72% confessed to eating while driving. Texting, a big no-no in the U.S., is something that 31% of drivers admit to as well.

The number two UK driving habit is aggressive driving and road rage. Reportedly, 5:45 pm on Friday is the peak time for road rage to occur, followed by the Monday morning commute. Men are 7 times more likely to experience road rage while women are only 3 times as likely. Most motorists consider themselves a respectful driver, since 70% thinks they drive in a way that does not cause anger to others.

Read more in the infographic below.

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Insurance for Breaking Bad’s Caravan

Most everyone has agreed that Breaking Bad is probably the awesomest show ever. And it wouldn’t be complete without their meth-cooking caravan. But have you thought about how much Walter’s insurance premium is? Most likely, that answer is no. Fortunately, Coast Insurance has provided a handy infographic to help us understand the cost to insure Walter’s livelihood.

The first item on the list is the Content Cover. Everything in the motorhome needs to be covered and all that equipment adds up to a lot of cash! Adding up the gas masks, beakers, cylinders, air filter, propane cylinder and other small tools amounts to almost $1000.

The second item on the list is accidental coverage. Exposure to rough terrain, gunshot repairs, broken bumper, gutted interior and blood stains adds up to over $7,000.

The total cost per year adds up to over $8,500! See more in the infographic below.

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The Importance of Mobile Wifi for Commuters

Wifi and how it is used is changing the face of mass transit. According to SinglePoint, an exclusive U.S. distributor of Wifi in Motion, the demand for wifi in transit is growing. At least 91% of wifi users expect mobile wifi on the road and 81% prefer wireless internet over 3G for even simple things like surfing the web, downloading data and sending email. Most commuters, 71%, carry wifi enabled devices during their commute and 68% say that they are willing to watch ads in exchange for free access.

By 2007, millennials (people ages 18-34) accounted for 35% of all mass transit commuters. All the while, those that drive cars are decreasing. In 1995, 20.8% of 21-30 year olds drove a car while commuting. That figure has decreased to 13.7% in 2009. Of all millennials, 35% would be rather give up their vehicle than their computer or mobile device.

People are also staying increasingly connected while out of work. Eighty percent of U.S. workers say that they continue to work after leaving the office and 69% of people don’t go to bed without checking their email first.

Curious to know more about the importance of mobile wifi? See the infographic below.

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