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
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.
Here are five of our favorite Caribbean destinations paired with five fun and affordableChoice Hotels® properties!
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.
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.
(Note: The Contiki “Bag Tag” contest is only for U.S. 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
Everyone wants to visit London because it has so many free attractions and a rich cultural background. Even if it’s day or night, there is something to do or some place to visit. But visiting London doesn’t have only bright sides, there are also negative aspects:
- It’s crowded
If you plan to visit London in a few days, you won’t have enough time to see as much as you’ve proposed. London is always crowded because it’s a modern capital with constantan activities, so it took me some time to walk around London. Needless to say that at rush hour, traveling by metro is really a challenge. It can be really uncomfortable for someone that is not familiar with the London metro system to use the tube while everybody is crowding. Moreover, we had to wait in a queue to make the Oyster Card, to get the escalator, to go through the turnstile and finally we managed to exit. Besides, there are times when the subways are under constructions.
If you go out at rush hours, you
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
Everyone in Lisbon says that, since Portugal’s great age of exploration, the city has looked far out to sea. It took a hand-written list of pratos de diaoutside a little restaurant on the Rua das Janelas Verdes – Street of Green Shutters – to add spice to that truism for me. Today’s specials? “Tandoori chicken €6.50, pork saag €6.50, chicken dansak €6.50, pork biryani €5.50”.
The pork dishes tell the story on a plate. In 1497, Vasco da Gama’s first expedition to the Malabar coast inaugurated Portugal’s brief heyday as a maritime superpower and began an affair with India (above all in Goa, Portuguese until 1961) that persists until now. António Costa, Portugal’s prime minister, comes from a part-Indian family that still has an ancestral house in the south Goan town of Margao.
Costa helped clear the path for the latest, and boldest, project to restore the links between the city’s hilly, labyrinthine old quarters and the waterfront that runs along the river Tagus to the sea. By the river at Belém, not far from the exuberant Jerónimos monastery built to celebrate Vasco da Gama’s return, the new Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology
The concept of chartering a sailing yacht for spending a vacation on the sea is getting popular as more and more people are opting for this idea instead of traditional holiday travel. Chartering a yacht from a reputed and trustworthy company is important to ensure that you have a pleasant and comfortable sailing vacation in Croatia.
When you are planning a vacation with your complete family, you want to go somewhere where you will be able to relax and spend some quality time with your family without the distractions of your routine life. It is always better to visit a place which is away from the daily hustle bustle of routine life and where you will be able to enjoy the beauty of nature in its natural glory. Water always has a soothing and calming effect on our minds and therefore a trip where you will be able to able to be near the crystal blue ocean seems to be one of the best options for a family vacation.
If you are a fan of sailing then you can plan a vacation in Croatia bychartering a sailing yacht. This way you and your family will be
Are you supposing how to plan a European vacation? Are you confounded and strained about how to go about it and where to start? At that point, the best alternative to plan your remarkable European vacations is to take the aid of a travel agent who will help you plan everything from your airplane booking to hotel booking to your touring plan. And all that you will have to do is relax and make the most of your vacation.
At the point when planning a European vacation, all the factors, for example, your European accommodation, transportation and nourishment ought to be considered. You can save some money by booking an all-comprehensive European vacation package. All comprehensive vacations incorporate the expense of meals, hotel, attractions, and transportation all in one cost.
Such an all-comprehensive European vacation helps your vacation to be all the more a pleasure and less inconvenience and at the same time it will also help you save some time and money. Consequently, just thinking how to plan a European vacation won’t assist rather contacting with a travel agent is a great idea and has several advantages. Pick locales that are on your must-see travel
Cybersecurity is more important now than ever before. We all know the importance of purchasing travel insurance to protect our valuables and take care of medical expenses, but what our online security? As frequent travelers, keeping our online information safe while traveling is a huge concern for us.
Here’s how to keep your personal, family, and business files and information safe while you’re away from home. No need to worry about hackers breaching your electronics again!
USE A VIRTUAL PRIVATE NETWORK (VPN).
Using a VPN while traveling is our number one tip for keeping your information safe! Bitdefender BOX protects EVERY device connected to your home internet (computers, phones, TV’s, game consoles, home security systems), but it even protects you while you’re away from home. It is the first and only such device of its kind to be announced and available in the market and has been described by The Wall Street Journal as a “breakthrough idea” and by FOX News as “the best way to prevent future digital break-ins.”
Bitdefender BOX encrypts and secures all information coming and going from your personal devices at your home and while you’re on the go so you can safely
San Francisco — the easiest city to love and the hardest to leave. Its vintage charm is enough to capture the hearts of travelers from all over the world, but this “City by the Bay” has so much more to offer than just cool weather and the Golden Gate! After just one visit, foodies, fashionistas, and culture enthusiasts alike will realize why San Francisco is arguably one of the greatest cities in the U.S.
UBER EVERYWHERE. Just kidding, that gets expensive.
SF is infamous for its cable cars so definitely ride one if you get the chance! Fare is $7 for a single ride, and stops at popular areas like Fisherman’s Wharf, Market Street, Union Square, Ghiradelli Square, and the Financial District. There are 3 cable cars that each take different routes through the city so make sure you’re getting on the right one – they’re color coded (see the routes and color codes here).
Although traffic can be frustrating, driving may be more practical and convenient so be smart about it. Search online to find a parking garage near your destination ahead of time, or download the app VoicePark to find street
Over-packing can be heavy and costly, but there’s no doubt that under-packing can sometimes leave us worried we’ve forgotten something. Leave the anxiety at home with our list of five important things to always remember before a trip!
CHECK VISA & VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS
Every country has different tourist visa and vaccination requirements, so make sure you abide by the guidelines and meet requirements well in advance. This user-friendly interactive guide is helpful in starting your research to ensure you are well prepared. Health updates regarding country-specific illnesses – like the current Zika virus outbreak – should also be monitored regularly.
GET TRAVEL INSURANCE
Travel insurance can cover the cost of lost or stolen personal items, trip cancellations, and even medical emergencies – this can prove to be beneficial in the event of an unplanned disruption of your trip. Just as you insure your home, car, and even your phone, make sure to insure your trip to avoid costly penalties! Different insurances cater to specific needs to travelers (low-cost, medical, international travel) so choose one than fits your travel style and budget.
MAKE COPIES OF IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS
Although nearly everything is sent via email or saved on a back-up drive now, it’s important to realize the value
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!
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, up the coast, so you’ll want to be on the right side of the
Hawaii is on nearly everyone’s travel bucket list, but every island has different, unique attractions. Not sure how to decide? Check out our favorite places throughout the islands and start planning your trip. Aloha!
BLACK ROCK ON KA’ANAPALI BEACH (MAUI)
If you’re a fan of anything fun, you need to go to Black Rock. Cliff diving, scuba, and snorkeling with tropical fish are just the beginning – sea turtles are usually spotted here and the stunning scenery is a photographers paradise. Every night the Sheraton Hotelhas a symbolic torch lighting/diving ceremony that symbolizes the site’s ancient legend that spirits jump off these rocks as a final passing. The torches at sunset are gorgeous, so make this a full day excursion.
WAIPIʻO VALLEY (HAWAII, THE BIG ISLAND)
Home of Hawaii’s tallest waterfall, the secluded Waipiʻo Valley is full of hidden gems not accessible to the public. Because it is private property you must book a tour to gain access to it all; although we recommend KapohoKine Adventures, there are tour companies who offer horseback riding or ATV tours as well.
SHIPWRECK BEACH (KAUAI)
Although the real shipwreck for which it’s named for has
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.
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.
BOOK AIRFARE NOW
We’ve been enjoying low-cost airfare for a
To help prepare for your upcoming travels, Raid® has asked us to share our best tips for bug protection. They’ve recently launched a new product, the new Raid® 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 Raid® survey, most Millennial travelers know to check the mattress, but only 37% check
Ready to take a road trip? This packing guide will help you prepare and double-check so you can hit the road with confidence.
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.
- Daypacks are a must if you want to get out and hike during your journey. We usethis small daypack which has an internal padded sleeve for a 3L hydration bladder.
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 find
With more young, inexperienced wanderlusters traveling now than ever before, general safety precautions are in order. Here’s how to stay safe on your travels:
GET TRAVEL INSURANCE
I know this sounds like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised by how many people get too caught up in their trip itinerary plans to think of travel insurance. If you don’t already have it, you most definitely need it; safeguard against lost luggage or canceled flights can save you big bucks in the long run and give you peace of mind.
KEEP ELECTRONICS TO A MINIMUM
For tech-savvy millennials it’s tempting to tote around every camera accessory possible, but in the case of electronics less is more. You don’t need your huge digital camera on every excursion, and who are you kidding – you won’t be working from your laptop in your free time.
Your phone can take awesome quality photos and send emails if need be. Lugging around bulky electronics not only slows you down but also makes you an obvious target for those looking to snatch them up. With the exception of your phone (obviously), keep your electronics locked up in your hotel
Utah’s National Parks feature some of the most stunning and surreal landscapes in the world. Zion, Canyonlands, Arches, Capitol Reef, and Bryce Canyon have put Utah high up on many adventurers’ bucket lists and we’re no exception!
Earlier this month, Visit Utah invited me to try one of their Mighty 5 National Park itineraries. They’ve put together these in-depth itineraries to give travelers an easy way to plan their next Utah road trip. I chose their “Roughing it” itinerary which covers Capitol Reef, Arches, Canyonlands and everything in between.
If you want to visit all five parks on your road trip, you can easily add Bryce Canyon and Zion to this itinerary. Here are my recommendations for planning the ultimate Mighty 5 road trip!
SALT LAKE CITY TO FISHLAKE & ZION
On your way to Zion from Salt Lake City airport, I highly recommend taking all or a portion of the 40-mile Fishlake loop. Towering aspen trees line much of this drive, which is quite a change of scenery from the national parks in this state. If you want to stay overnight here, you can camp along the lake, rent a cabin or stay in nearby Richfield
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
Renting a condo or apartment through Airbnb is a great way to save money on your Maui vacation. Often the rental price itself is very