Travel Tips

These articles are not about any one country in particular, but rather about traveling in general. They offer advice and insight on a variety of travel-related topics that will help you make the most of your next trip.

Just last week we filled you in on the best up-and-coming wine destinations in the U.S. and abroad. This week, we’ve added a few of our favorite well known wine destinations to the mix, so you can decide which destinations fit your budget and travel style. Wine Destinations by Cost of Weekend Trip for Two City/Region Avg Nightly Hotel Price Avg Flight Price from Top 30 US Airports Total for 2-Night Stay for 2 People Columbia Valley, WA/OR $82 $338 $840 Long Island, NY $91 $361 $904 Monticello, VA $160 $354 $1,028 Sonoita, AZ $144 $433 $1,154 Sonoma, CA $297…
Tipping is a hot topic in the United States these days, as rising minimum wages call into question the standard practice of making servers reliant on tips. For travelers abroad, tipping is an equally sticky issue. Figuring out what to tip when can all too quickly turn a relaxing vacation into a stressful one. Knowing what to tip, on the other hand, can empower travelers to navigate a foreign culture with ease. Because tipping rules vary by country, region, and place of business, it’s important to research your destination’s customs prior to any trip. Start by consulting this guide, which…
Whether you’re building libraries in Zambia or adventuring around Madrid, any trip warrants a first aid kit. While it’s hardly the sexiest of travel topics, having basic first aid items on hand can mean the difference between a minor inconvenience and a major catastrophe. Here’s how to build a travel first aid kit for maximum health and safety—no matter where you are in the world. 1. Prepare personal medications If you have a preexisting condition, be sure to pack all medications in their original containers with the labels intact. Pack enough medication for the trip as well as some extra…
Throughout history, hotels have continually pushed the bounds of what constitutes an exceptional night’s stay. Modern travelers’ desires for unique, authentic, and Instagram-worthy adventures have driven hotels to market themselves as destinations for unusual trips and immersive experiences. Perhaps no trend better encapsulates this movement than the rise of the ice hotel. The original ice hotel—appropriately named ICEHOTEL and included on this list—was created in Sweden in 1989. Simultaneously an art exhibition and a guesthouse, the hotel is built out of natural ice and snow harvested from a nearby river. Newer iterations on the concept include igloo villages, art museums…
As the sultry summer rolls in, the desire to travel peaks for many. According to a TripAdvisor survey, 67% of U.S. travelers are planning to embark on an international leisure trip this year. In 2014, only 50% of the travelers were reported taking one. The survey also revealed that 95% of travelers from the country have plans for a domestic trip this year. The survey features 44,000 global responses from hotel sectors and travelers, including over 6,700 U.S. respondents. It also indicated that the travel budgets in the country are likely to average $8,700 in 2015. One quarter of the…
Buddhists have a sense of calm that seems ingrained, the gift of wisdom, and solace in a peaceful setting. Not everyone can commit fully to the Buddhist way of life, but a lot of people can learn from their practices. Meditation While it’s not easy to get the hang of, once you have mastered meditation, it comes with many benefits. Not only does meditation help to calm the mind and ease emotional suffering, but it’s also been said to ease physical pain. Practice, patience, and hard work are required to reach that point. If you find it difficult to concentrate…
The New Year’s here! Make this year memorable for lifetime by exploring some of the most popular destinations in the bucket list of every traveler this season. Based on the reviews compiled from travel experts and after taking into note the up-and-coming industry trends, we’ve finally identified 14 standout holiday spots that assure you of a delight of lifetime: Norway Inspiring Disney masterpieces like Frozen with its intense natural beauty, Norway is a gorgeous Scandinavian paradise that will knock you out with its unparalleled striking beauty of its snow-covered mountains and fjords (long, narrow inlets of deep blue water between…
Don't all of us have a place that we have always wanted to visit, that thing we always wanted to do, that little dream? Why wait for tomorrow to fulfill those wishes? There is a universe full of beauty around us, waiting to be seen. Here are some of the most beautiful places in the world that you just can't miss in this lifetime. 1. Greece Greece is a beautiful place, a mix of ancient beauty both tamed and untamed with a past full of mystery, mythology and magic. With a vivid culture, breathtaking views and magnificent history, this is…
Traveling is one of the most rewarding experiences you can ever have. Unfortunately, many people allow life's stresses to get in the way. Here's why you should drop everything right now and hit the road. 1. To Learn Something About Yourself Travel is all about throwing yourself into the unknown and experiencing new things. When you're faced with challenges like having to navigate foreign languages and transportation systems you learn more about yourself and what you're capable of. This is especially true if you're traveling solo, a truly empowering experience. 2. To Build Your Resume You're never too young or…
Traveling can be a wonderful experience. The planning before a trip gets you excited. You plan your every move right down to the restaurant you are going to eat on the third night of your trip. Everyone's going to be happy the whole time and there aren't going to be any delays or problems. First of the five essentials of being a happy traveler is that you cannot be< hungry. This is a big one. Some people turn into different people, monsters really, when they get hungry. Have you seen those Snickers' commercials? I don´t suggest you get a Snickers…
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