Top Five Must Have when Traveling

Your mobile phone/camera phone

Lately everyone has a cellular phone to carry around; this became more or less our way of life. Also, don't forget that is a safety device we carry on for emergency. If you have the Internet activated on your phone is even much better. Camera phone can be great for instant takes, you just never know what you run into or who.

Your airfare tickets

If you fly, you definitely want to make sure you have the paper tickets or your confirmation flight number and time of departure. Or, you should make sure you have the info on your phone.

A photo ID card/passport

Most likely in the States you identify yourself with your driver license; however, if you travel overseas, make sure you have your passport with at least within two months expiration date.

Copies of your wallet/money purse belonging

We got so hooked to use Credit Cards, everyone does and it make sense; for traveling purpose, have a separate folder with copies of all what you carry in your wallet including your passport. in case that get stolen, you will have the proper information to report. also, have a list with those cards issuers phone numbers.

Emergency list

Make a list with your itinerary, route and an emergency contact person that is not traveling with you. Also, list any medication you are on and are critical to your well being, in case something bad happens.

These are must have of course, besides your luggage with your belonging. Have your police station informed of your time out of the property and provide them with your contact information while you are out of town.…

South Carolina Welcomes Travelers with Grits, Pastries and More

It's time for "Grits Stop" again in South Carolina.

No, I don't mean to stop eating grits. I mean stop and eat some grits.

That is, if you're traveling down I-77 in Fort Mill on Friday, May 14 from 9 am to 12 noon, during National Travel and Tourism Week. That's when York County tourism will partner with Rock Hill/York County Convention Bureau, Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism and Recreation, the Olde English District and the Fort Mill Welcome Center (what a mouthful!) to serve up a heapin' helpin' of grits.

If you've never eaten grits before, come with an open mind. If you love grits, come with an appetite because a variety of seasonings and toppings will be offered, along with side dishes and pastries. As a bonus you'll be greeted in style by costumed characters from local attractions.

Out-of-towners, if you're hesitant to eat grits I implore you to try them. Put on a dab of butter, sprinkle on some cheese, salt and pepper them if you will, but just take a taste. Eating grits in the south is as normal as apple pie. When I was growing up they had to be cooked on the stove, but now instant grits can be zapped in the microwave in just one minute. In addition to regular grits, butter, cheddar cheese, country ham and bacon flavors are available.

But if you really, really like grits, drive down to the Hominy Grill in Charleston, South Carolina. Not only will you get grits in this establishment that has been heralded in The New York Times, Gourmet magazine (which stopped publishing in 2009), and Garden and Gun, but you'll get omelets, fried green tomatoes, pinto bean cakes, chicken, steaks and fish–to name just a few of the available dishes.

But don't forget to whet your appetite at the Grits Stop at the Fort Mill Welcome Center on Friday. I have to go now, my grits are getting cold.…