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Now that summer has officially begun, you may start noticing your office looking a little empty, with all the people heading out on summer vacations. But it turns out there are a lot of people who won’t actually be going away in the coming months, and there’s one major reason why they’ll be stuck in the office - money.

A new Bankrate survey finds that 49% of Americans don’t plan to take a vacation this summer, with 24% of people saying money is one of the reasons. When only allowed to choose one reason for not planning a getaway, 50% of those not taking a vacation say they are staying home because they can’t afford it, while other reasons include:

  • Family duty (25%)
  • Can’t take time off work (22%)
  • Other vacation plans (6%)
  • Health/age (4%)
  • Don’t want to (4%)

So if money is such an issue, how much are vacations costing most people? Well, the survey finds that the median cost is about $1,000, although Millennials are likely to spend less. About 27% will spend between $1 and $500, while 25% will spend between $500 and $1,000, 21% will spend between $1,001 and $2,000 and 25% spending over $2,000.

  • And as we’ve heard many times before, most folks don’t actually use all their vacation days each year, with the survey finding that only 36% of those with paid time off say they plan to use all of their days, while 13% don’t plan to use any of them.

Source: Bankrate

When planning a vacation to certain destinations, there will always be landmarks you just have to see, regardless of how packed they will be with other tourists. Of course, there are some that are more worthy of dealing with throngs of people than others, and TripAdvisor may help you determine which ones you just can't miss.

In case you missed it, the travel site recently came out with their Travelers' Choice awards for Landmarks, picking winners based on an algorithm that takes into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for landmarks worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period. Overall, this year’s awards recognized 759 landmarks across 68 countries and eight regions across the globe.

In the U.S. specifically, the top landmark is Alcatraz Island in San Francisco, California. As one reviewer noted, “A visit to Alcatraz is a must when visiting San Francisco. For the history of the prison and famous escapes, of course, but also for the island itself and its beautiful gardens and view on the city.” San Fran also landed the second landmark on the list, the Golden Gate Bridge, while New York lands four landmarks in the Top Ten – Grand Central Terminal, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge.

TripAdvisor’s Top 10 U.S. Landmarks

  1. Alcatraz Island - San Francisco, CA
  2. Golden Gate Bridge – San Francisco, CA
  3. Lincoln Memorial – Washington, DC
  4. Grand Central Terminal – New York, NY
  5. USS Arizona Memorial – Honolulu, HI
  6. Empire State Building - New York, NY
  7. Statue of Liberty – New York, NY
  8. Brooklyn Bridge – New York, NY
  9. Biltmore Estate – Asheville, NC
  10. Cloud Gate – Chicago, IL
  • As for international landmarks, Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia tops the list, followed by the Plaza de Espania in Seville Spain.

TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Landmarks of the World

  1. Angkor Wat – Siem Reap, Cambodia
  2. Plaza de Espana – Seville, Spain
  3. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  4. St. Peter's Basilica – Vatican City, Italy
  5. Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba – Cordoba, Spain
  6. Taj Mahal – Agra, India
  7. Duomo di Milano – Milan, Italy
  8. Alcatraz Island – San Francisco, California
  9. Golden Gate Bridge – San Francisco, California
  10. Parliament – Budapest, Hungary 

Source: TripAdvisor

Now that the weather is warm, a lot of us will be spending a lot of time outdoors, and while that’s great, we all shouldn’t forget that there are some dangers lurking out there, namely ticks, and other bugs that can bite you

According to a report by the Centers for Disease Control, diseases from ticks and mosquitos are on the rise, with tick-borne disease growing from 22,527 to 48,610, between 2004 to 2016, while mosquito-borne disease jumped from 4,858 to 47,461.

Jennifer Sloan, a librarian from Waverly, Ohio, knows this all to well, after being hospitalized for two weeks last summer with ehrlichiosis, a bacterial infection from a tick bite, which caused her temp to spike to 104 degrees. She also developed meningitis, had liver problems, she became septic because of an infection raging through her bloodstream and needed three blood transfusions. Jennifer was lucky because her doctors immediately asked if she had been bitten by a tick, and she knew she had. But for those who aren’t aware, symptoms of tick-borne illness can look like the flu or something else, which may cause folks to not get the right treatment.

Of course, fear of such bites may prompt a lot of people to stay indoors but that isn’t the answer either. There are precautions you can take to protect yourself from such bites. First off, wearing long sleeves and long pants, with pants tucked into boots will keep ticks from being able to get you. Also, use bug repellant with DEET and definitely check your body for ticks when you come back indoors.

Source: CNN

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