Traveling to Europe can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t need to be! If you keep these ten things in mind, you’ll be a smarter and more relaxed traveler, so you can just sit back and enjoy the ride.
CALL YOUR CREDIT CARD COMPANY
If you don’t call your credit card company before traveling, there’s a good chance that their security teams will see some red flags when your card is suddenly used in Italy. Go ahead and let them know you’re traveling so that you don’t have any issues paying for important items such as train tickets and hotel rooms or purchasing unique mementos throughout your trip.
A RAIL PASS CAN SAVE YOU MONEY
A Rail Pass is a great way to travel to multiple locations in one trip without spending tons of money. Plus, if you haven’t experienced travel by train before, that in itself is an adventure. However, if you plan to purchase one, it is cheaper to buy it online and easier to have it delivered to your home address – rather than dealing with
If visiting Maui is your dream vacation, rest assured you don’t have to break the bank to enjoy a trip there. With these tips, you can stay within your budget even as you’re living it up on this fun, friendly island.
SAVE ON CAR RENTALS
It’s necessary to rent a car in Maui, but you don’t have to pay a fortune for it. Rent an economy car not only is the rental fee cheaper, you’ll get better gas mileage, too. You can search for the best prices at rentalcars.com, and some American Express cards offer further discounts on rental insurance. Also, be sure to check with your auto insurance carrier at home to see if it covers rental cars.
TRAVEL IN THE OFF SEASON
The off season and shoulder seasons in Maui are April to May and September to October. Airfare and hotels tend to be cheaper. And for an added perk, it won’t be as crowded. For the best rates on hotels, we always check Booking.com first.
RENT A PLACE WITH A KITCHEN
One of the most amazing things about traveling in Europe is how incredibly easy it is to get around. That’s why the whirlwind European adventure is still such a classic for summer travel. With so much to see and do, a summer trip through top European destinations is a new experience every time you go.
Contiki has recently announced their “Bag Tag” contest, allowing U.S. residents the chance to win a bunch of really cool prizes including a Sony Alpha a6000, iPad Mini 3, GoPro Hero4, and even a free European vacation! All you have to do is guess on social media which fun-packed travel bag is going on which of their amazing European tour packages to be entered to win. Residents anyone outside of the US that clicks on the landing page will be sent to a “Bag Tag” quiz to find out which Contiki bag best identifies them.
After just returning from a trip to the Mediterranean and as a lover of sun-kissed beaches, I personally love Bag #6. What do you think: is it Croatian Island Escape Plus, the
Whether you’re traveling for your honeymoon or just looking for a romantic getaway, island destinations offer fun and romantic ways to spend time together. As two people who have made it their mission to scour the globe for the best island destinations, we’ve narrowed down our list to ten of our favorites. Here are ten tropical islands that are perfect for couples travel.
This little island is lush with sugarcane fields, tea plantations, and hidden villages to explore with your honey. One attraction lets you walk on the bottom of the ocean with a unique helmet which allows you to breathe normally underwater no scuba training required.
We stayed at the Four Seasons and the St. Regis while on the island and both of these resorts are the epitome of romance. I recommend staying at both resorts, that way you can experience two different sides of the island.
Snorkeling or Scuba diving enthusiasts can enter the undersea world of Bonaire, which is one of the best places in the world to get your Scuba certification. If you and your partner are sporty, you can learn to windsurf. Wildlife
Traveling to Canada in the winter should not be overlooked just because of the climate. With the right gear, you can stay warm and toasty in almost all weather conditions. I’ve had to learn the art of layering and after hours of research as well as some trial and error I’ve come up with the perfect winter packing list.
I was able to test out my new gear in Jasper National Park last month and I’m happy to report that I stayed warm and dry even in negative temperatures. If you are planning a winter trip to Canada, you’ll want to keep these packing and layering tips in mind before you leave on your adventure.
WOMEN’S WINTER PACKING LIST FOR 7 DAYS IN CANADA
I cannot stress how important it is to invest in quality base layers. The best material for base layers is either merino wool or synthetic materials such as polyester, polyethylene, and microfiber-based fabrics. Icebreaker’s clothing is expensive because they use merino wool, but I look at these pieces of clothing as an investment. I won’t have to buy them again for many years.
You can find
Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo make up Los Cabos, resort corridor with exclusive beaches, preserved natural spaces, and an adventurous nightlife. If you’re planning a trip to this luxury destination and you should, here’s everything you need to know to get started:
TRANSPORTATION IN CABO
Typically, it’s easiest to fly into the Los Cabos airport (SJD) unless you are already in Mexico. Some hotels offer shuttle service to and from the airport, but to really see the best of Cabo, you’ll want to rent a car. We have found the best rental car prices onRentalCars.com, which searches all of the rental car agencies.
Keep in mind that liability insurance is mandatory when renting a car in Mexico. Loss Damage Wavier (or collision damage) is not mandatory, but before you decline this insurance, make sure your auto insurance or credit card insurance will cover you in Mexico.
If your hotel does not offer shuttle service and you do not want to rent a car, Transcabo offers airport shuttle service starting at $29 USD per person. If you are adventurous and on a very tight budget, it is possible to take
As we head into the month of April, we follow yet another turn of winter melting into spring. Whether you’re celebrating the return of the sun or just need a change of scenery, now is the perfect time to consider a Caribbean getaway. Now that the busy winter season is over, there are plenty of incredible spring, summer, and fall hotel deals to choose from.
EAGLE’S BEACH, ARUBA
I’m in love with Aruba. I’ve been here four times and I’m already plotting my next trip back. From lounging on the beach to spending the day with flamingos, there’s something for everyone.
Aruba’s Eagle Beach is one of the most beautiful stretches of white sand beach in the Caribbean, and Aruba’s widest. It’s a perfect place for windsurfing, swimming, and other aquatic sports, and also for viewing sea turtle hatching during parts of the year.La Cabana Beach Resort & Casino, an Ascend Hotel Collection® member, is located directly across from Eagle Beach, and boasts both an on-site casino and spa.
PARADISE ISLAND, BAHAMAS
Famous for being home to the sprawling Atlantis resort including a water park, casino, aquarium, and one of the
Planning a successful trip can be time consuming; once you decide where you want to go there’s scheduling the time away, saving up, choosing your attractions, finding transportation, and booking a hotel. One of the most helpful planning tools many people have used for a long time, including myself,. It is a great resource for reading reviews and comparing prices and now booking!
In honor of this giveaway, we thought we would share ten of our favorite destinations just in case you’re not sure where you want to travel in 2016. Kauai is one destination our personal bucket list and now it looks like we have more incentive to book that ticket this March
The Nordic fjords are absolutely breathtaking monuments of nature, and offer numerous sightseeing and outdoor activities. Nearby villages like Bergen provide quaint regional food and lodging opportunities. We recommend visiting in the summer for the best hiking weather and visiting after September if you want to see the Northern Lights! Read about our best tips for traveling in Norway on a budget.
Jasper National Park, Canada
Our January trip to Jasper National
To help prepare for your upcoming travels, it has asked us to share our best tips for bug protection. They’ve recently launched a new product, the new one that Bed bug Detector & Trap, to expose evidence of bed bugs before an infestation occurs.
As frequent travelers, bed bugs are a huge concern for us. Whether we’re temporarily renting an apartment or staying at a hotel, it’s something we definitely think about. We’re happy to see the Raid bug experts have provided consumers with tools that can help prevent a more costly bed bug infestation.
Here are some tips to protect yourself from bed bugs, mosquitoes, and ticks during your upcoming travels.
Unfortunately, not all insects live outside. Bed bugs can live in any climate and urban travel-hotspots are particularly susceptible to spreading them. Checking into a hotel with bed bugs can ruin a summer vacation; even hard to spot bed bug larvae can cause itching and welts, as bed bugs must bite their hosts at every stage of growth. Worse, it’s tough to perform thorough inspections on the go. According to a recent survey, most Millennial travelers know to check the mattress,
Have you dreamed of visiting the Garden Isle of Hawaii? Kauai is home to stunning natural wonders including Waimea Canyon, Hanalei Bay and Wai’ale’ale Crater, but no visit to Kauai is complete without visiting the majestic 17-mile stretch of the Na Pali Coast.
You have three options when visiting the Na Pali Coast hiking, helicopter tour and boat ride. I’ll go over each of these options below, but if you only have time for one of these activities while visiting Kauai, book a helicopter flight!
THE BEST WAY TO SEE THE NA PALI COAST IN KAUAI
By far, the best way to view the Na Pali Coast is by Helicopter because most of the areas are inaccessible by land or sea. I booked a flight with Blue Hawaiian Helicopters the same company we used for a helicopter tour of Maui — and from start to finish, the service was top notch.
If you plan to take any photos, Blue Hawaiian’s pilots fly on the left of the aircraft which means there’s more seating for the best views of the Na Pali Coast. All of the helicopter tours fly from the south,
Traveling is exciting, but for many travelers, the flying part of the journey can be brutal. With tiny seats and limited legroom, flying is no longer something I look forward to instead, it’s something I know I have to endure in order to visit my next travel destination.
Audible asked us to share some of our best tips and tricks to make long-haul flights more comfortable, including incorporating the use of audiobooks to help pass the time.
The trick to long-haul flights is finding a balance between packing light and bringing all the essential survival tools. You want to keep your mind occupied to attempt to forget about the fact that your seat barely reclines and you will have zero personal space for the next several hours. You can easily pack a Kindle or paperback book, but if you want to keep things light, I recommend downloading some audiobooks from Audible to your phone before you depart. Most of us always travel with our phones, so it’s a great way to save space and still be able to pass the time with a book.
With my busy schedule, it’s tough to
Use duffle bags for most of your luggage it’s easier to stack and squeeze soft bags into any car arrangement that you need. If you’re stopping overnight, pack one bag with sleep essentials and next day clothes so it’s compact and ready to go. You can use a soft, wheeled suitcase for this if you have a lot of people. Finally, each person can keep a small bag like a tote or backpack next to their own seats for easily-accessible snacks and activities.
- We use this duffle bag on our road trips it’s compact, has several pockets for easy organization, and it’s even slash-proof. This slightly larger duffle bag is great for longer trips or two people who like to keep it simple and share one bag.
- This insulated tote bag doubles as an ice chest and it folds up nicely when not in use.
Wear clothes that are loose and breathable, and that you’re comfortable being seen in at stops. Dark colors hide dirt, stains, and wrinkles better. Even for long trips, you only need two bottoms and a few tops, especially if you can do laundry at hotels or
In the last couple of years we’ve been enjoying some fairly low priced airfare, but taking a few minutes and putting in a little extra effort could potentially save you even more onyour next flight. With these few hacks, you can look forward to savings of up to hundreds of dollars!
Using Hopper, the popular fare predictor app, should be your first step before searching for flights. Hopper’s prices are MUCH higher than almost every other app or website so I would never recommend actually buying your tickets here, but their calendar showing which days are the cheapest (and most expensive) to fly can be very helpful in planning your trip.
THE FLIGHT DEAL
The Flight Deal does not have an app, but if you’re willing to navigate their website you’ll find it’s definitely worth it. Flight Deal finds amazing ‘mistake’ airfare deals that often slip by unnoticed by airlines for a day or two, so you can find some great steals if you’re willing to pull the trigger on buying tickets immediately.
This is a great option if you don’t have a particular place you’re looking to
With its historic buildings and gorgeous canals, Venice is one of Italy’s most famous attractions. This floating city consists of a group of 117 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges. Planning a trip here can be overwhelming, but keeping these tips in mind before you depart will make your trip much easier!
TOP TRAVEL TIPS FOR VENICE, ITALY
FERRY TICKET TIPS & TRICKS
A one-way ferry ticket costs 6.50 Euros and it is good for 60 minutes — including switches. If you can’t find a ticket machine, you can purchase a ticket onboard for 1 Euro more, but you must tell the staff immediately upon boarding. Failing to mention it upon boarding will result in a hefty fine of 60+ Euros. If you do purchase your ticket at a machine, you MUST validate it by running it through a machine at the water taxi stop.
If you plan to use the ferries often, look into purchasing Venice’s all-inclusive transport pass before your trip.
BOOK A HOTEL NEAR A WATER TAXI STOP
I highly recommend staying at least two nights in Venice Proper and booking
As the whole world is now well aware, Britain has voted to secede from the European Union and Europe has gone into a frenzy.
Great Britain’s economy is tanking by the second, Prime Minister David Cameron has resigned, and the value of the British pound has dropped $0.12 USD in value overnight that’s lower than it’s been in over three decades.
This, of course, is terrible news for the Brits but wonderful news for tourists. Here’s how to take full advantage of Brexit and finally plan your dream vacay to the UK.
HOW TO TRAVEL BRITAIN CHEAP AFTER BREXIT
CHOOSE YOUR LOCALE
Contrary to popular belief, Great Britain consists not only of England, but Scotland and Wales as well. Between these destinations there’s a wide variety of places to go and things to see, so choose your country based on the type of trip you want to have. Are you craving the hustle and bustle of London, or a quieter stay along the picturesquePembrokeshire Coast in Wales? Does island hopping in the Scottish islands sound like a fun getaway? Do a little research, and go from there.
Having a close encounter with wild animals is a common feature on a traveler’s bucket list. And there’s really nothing more extraordinary (or exotic) than swimming with giant green sea turtles, rare marine iguanas, and even sharks.
Swimming with animals doesn’t have to mean entering a tiny tank or man-made enclosure. In Egypt, divers can swim with wild Red Sea dolphins and in the Bahamas, wild pigs come out to splash in the surf. You can ride a horse through the shallow Caribbean waters around Jamaica, or dive with hundreds of thousands of tiny, golden jellyfish in Palau. You don’t have to be a fearless (or reckless) adventurer to get up close and personal. All you really need is an excellent pair of flippers and an underwater camera. Read on for our top 12 ways to swim with animals.
General admission and parking is free, and ride tickets are 25 cents each. Most rides are a couple tickets per rider, but the larger attractions, like the bumper cars and rollercoaster, cost up to four tickets. Ride tickets can be purchased in advance online, but it’s just as easy to buy them at the ticket office at
Jet lag can be a real downer, especially when you find yourself groggy and out-of-sync with the local culture. With a little preparation and self-discipline, you can ensure you arrive at your destination feeling refreshed and ready for your new adventure.
This post is written in partnership with REBBL, a company with variety of creamy and indulgent super herb elixirs, that are plant-powered, satiating and replenishing. We’ve shared our suggestions below on how REBBL drinks may help fight jet lag during your travels.
Lack of sleep in addition to time zone changes will almost always result in a lethargic first couple of days in your new travel destination. Don’t make the mistake of thinking you will sleep on the plane — it rarely ever happens! Skip any departure parties the night before so you can put your best foot forward right off the plane.
EAT & DRINK HEALTHY
Rule #1: Refrain from in-flight drinks. These may be tempting – especially if you’re trying to wind down and rest – but high altitudes can increase the effects of alcohol by 2-3 times. There’s no need to throw your body more off-balance than it already will be after
Everyone knows about Portland and Bend, but have you ever checked out Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory? This is definitely one place that shouldn’t be overlooked. Here’s what you didn’t know about Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory — and why you need to plan a visit!
YOU CAN TAKE A HOT AIR BALLOON RIDE
Portland Rose Hot Air Balloons offers the best sunrise views of Oregon – from 2,000 feet above the ground. We can confidently say this may be the coolest way to take in all of Mt. Hood Territory’s gorgeous scenery and countryside.
Be warned – hot air balloon flights are dependent on the weather, so opportunities to ride may be limited during windy or rainy seasons. And, if you plan your visit for March or April, you may even take off from a field of tulips!
THE CRAFT BEER SCENE IS PHENOMENAL
Oregon’s reputation of being beer ‘nirvana’ is not exaggerated, so it should come as no surprise that Mt. Hood Territory offers up some of the best craft beer on the west coast. Tour the Tap Trail – one of Oregon’s many beer trails – that