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Best Places to Go this Memorial Day Weekend

by Advance Financial | May 24th, 2017


Since 1971, the last Monday in May has been recognized as Memorial Day, a federal holiday to remember those who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. Most people end up getting a 3-day weekend because of the holiday, which in turn means a lot of traveling. According to AAA Travel, last year 37.2 million Americans took a trip 50 miles or more for Memorial Day weekend. 37.2 million travelers means a lot of traffic and crowds to fight, and that stress is not something you want to be part of your 3-day vacation.

To help you in your quest for a crowd-free Memorial weekend we have compiled a list of the best places to go to lessen the stress of planning a trip. And if price is another stressor, we can help there as well. Advance Financial can get you the money you need fast with our FLEX Loan. Even if you’re planning your trip last minute, we are open 24/7 so you can come in or go online anytime.

Colonial Beach, Virginia

If it’s the beach you want, you’re going to have to accept a couple extra people to be crowding around you on the sand. Colonial Beach will still have an influx of vacationers grabbing a spot on the sandy shoreline, but it won’t be nearly as bad as some of the more popular destinations like Myrtle Beach or Destin.

 Buffalo National River, Arkansas

So you’ve decided that the beach is just too much of a gamble, but you still need to be close to a body of water. The Buffalo River is your ticket to low crowd relaxing while floating on an inner tube. The River flows freely for 135 miles and is a combination of fast-flowing rapids and quiet pool.

Saint Louis, Missouri

Memorial Weekend for Saint Louis means the local residents are fleeing to the southern shores, making it the perfect time to visit. The city is filled with tons of entertainment where you won’t have to wait in lines. From theme parks to live music shows, the city has lots of options to choose from to ensure your Memorial Weekend will be memorable.

New York, New York

Memorial weekend is one of the calmest times of the year for New York. Locals are rushing to get out to the beaches, which leaves the city a lot less crowded. New York also has a lower rate of tourist during this time due to the weather and people wanting to kick off their summer close to the beach.


Yep that’s right, stay home. If you live anywhere that a beach is not present then the crowds are likely to be low. Even just going an hour away to a closer city with more to offer can be an option. There are loads of things to do in your own neck of the woods, you just got to get out and explore. An essential tool for a staycation is an app like Living Social to help make all your activity possibilities a little more visible.

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Crazy Photos that will have You Taking a Second Look

by Advance Financial | June 16th, 2016

Photo Credit: Patrick Nouhailler

Thanks to Photoshop, it’s hard to tell what’s real and what’s fake when it comes to pictures online. Photoshop isn’t always the case though, and sometimes it just might be your eyes playing tricks on you. The angle that a picture is taken can sometimes have you confused about what you’re seeing. So just remember that things aren’t always as they appear. Check out these images that are not manipulated by Photoshop but will definitely have you taking a closer look.


Grassy spot at a park in Paris designed to look like the world at a certain angle
Photo Credit: The Lex Talionis


Rare Bubble like clouds called Mammatus Clouds comprised of mostly ice
Photo Credit: Bored Panda


Perfectly sculpted trees at Schonbrunn Palace in Austria
Photo Credit: imgur


Water so clear the angle and shadow of the boat makes it appear to be floating
Photo Credit: Domenico Formichella


Diamond-like design naturally created from a frozen pond in Switzerland
Photo Credit: imgur


Largest salt flat in Bolivia reflecting the sky above

Photo Credit: Bored Panda


Sculpture in New Zealand designed to look like a cartoon piece of paper when looking at it from the right angle

Photo Credit: imgur


Picture of a pond reflecting a tree line and sky

Photo Credit: David Sanabria


A species of plankton called Phytoplankton that puts off a glowing effect at night on the shore line of certain beaches

Photo Credit: Bored Panda


Snapshot of someone free falling above ground to appear as though he is swimming in air

Photo Credit: Efren Rodriguez

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