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9 Useful Travel Gifts for the Traveler on Your Shopping List

Need to buy a gift for a traveler? There are so many lists of holiday gift ideas for travelers, but they often include useless gadgets or kitschy trinkets. You know what I’m talking about—map-shaped necklaces and pictures with cutesy quotes. Sure, these items are adorable, but they aren’t especially useful travel gifts, so if you’re thinking of giving a gift to a traveler, resources as the his and hers travel gifts online, could be really helpful for this. If you want to get

Food on a Cruise: What to Expect for Free

Did you know all of your food on a cruise is included in your cruise fare? Not everyone realizes that the price you pay to get on board the ship includes three meals a day—or as many as you’d like, really. That’s right, there’s no shortage of food on a cruise. But is it any good? And will there be anything you like? The answer to both these questions is a resounding, “Yes!” Whether you’ve got a hankering for sushi or steak, ice cream or apples, you’ll find something for every

The Top Reason Cruises are Better than All-Inclusive Resorts

All-inclusive resorts are a great way to travel. Once you’ve booked your vacation, you don’t have to spend another penny. Everything you could possibly want or need is part of your vacation packaged. From sun and fun to booze and food, there are no other expenses. Cruises are very similar to all-inclusive resorts…only instead of being surrounded by sand, you’re surrounded by water. Like a completely self-sufficient, floating island. Like all-inclusives, the price you pay for

One Day in Reykjavik, Iceland: From Modern Streets to Tasty Eats

Guest Post by Robin Young Burinskiy Visiting Iceland gives you a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience unparalleled geological phenomena. Hot springs and geysers are geothermally-heated water rising up from the center of the Earth. The waterfalls and mountains were formed by the continual collision of the North American and European continental plates, which may eventually divide Iceland in half. All around you, you’ll see the evidence of ongoing changes in the Earth’s crus

3 OCD Travel Tips for Your Next Trip

I have OCD and not in that fad way that people say they have it. I have severe OCD and have since I was a child. This is a huge challenge when it comes to traveling. I have to overcome a lot of obstacles when it comes to packing, flying, and safety, to name a few. But I’ve persevered and have a number of travel tips to share as a result. These are my top three OCD travel tips. 1. Touch Nothing Airports, cruise ports, bus depots, and train stations are some of the worst places

3 Ways to Travel Europe Cheap

There are so many great ways you can travel Europe cheap. So you want to see as much of Europe as you can, but you have limited time and money. Lucky for you, there are a lot of options for getting around Europe for not a lot of money. Follow these easy tips make the most of your European travel budget. 1. Fly Someplace Central One of the best things about Europe is its compact size. You can get to so many different places fast. But what’s even better? Europe is known for its

New Year’s Eve in Paris: A Wanderlust Experience

What could be better than New Year’s Eve in Paris? It is the City of Lights after all. Paris is one of the most beautiful, romantic, decadent cities in the world, so it’s a real treat to ring in the new year in this amazing place. Throughout the holiday season, the city is filled with festive lights and holiday cheer. There’s are even Christmas markets all about town, including one that runs along the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, where you can grab a cup of steaming gluhwein or

3 Tips for Checking In at the Cruise Port

Not sure what to expect when you arrive at the cruise port? Every cruise line and port is a little different from the next, but there are a few things you can count on every time you arrive to check in for your cruise. These are the top three things you can expect when checking in at a cruise port. 1. Baggage Porters Most often, your bags will arrive before your ship sets sail, especially if you’re at the port early. But that’s not always the case. Sometimes you will not get

3 Tips to Take the Chaos Out of Holiday Travel

‘Tis the season for holiday travel. Can you smell it? That’s mom’s turkey roasting in the oven. Oh, and is that pumpkin pie for dessert? You can taste it, can’t you? But none of that matters if you never make it home for the holidays. Remember that movie with that woman who’s trying to get home for a festive dinner with her family but her flight gets canceled? She’s stranded at the airport and tries to rent a car instead, but there are none left. You don’t want to be that per

7 Ways to Make Your Cruise Even More Special

For a few extra bucks, you can make your cruise even more special. Everything you need to have a good time is already included in the price of your cruise. You don’t need to spend one extra cent if you don’t want to. But you may want to budget for a few extras once you’re on board. Here are some of the main ways you can upgrade your experience as you sail the seven seas that will make your cruise even more special. 1. Specialty Dining Every cruise ship has places you can dine

4 Tips to Help You Save Money for Travel

The cost of traveling on the regular can really add up, even if you’re frugal with your finances. If you’ve got a taste for the finer things in life—like me—and you like to get away a few times each year, you’ll need to find ways to save every spare penny. So, if you’re simply not willing to sacrifice life’s luxuries, try these four budgeting hacks to save money for travel so you’ll have enough extra cash to live it up on your next vacation. 1. Set a Goal Come up with a dolla

Five Hours in Ensenada: Guacamole and Guided Tours

Ensenada isn’t the kind of place you dream of going. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a ton of fun. I wasn’t expecting a whole lot when I signed on for a cruise with a stop in Ensenada, Mexico. I’ve been across the border from San Diego into Baja a handful of times, and I figured Ensenada would be pretty similar. But I was intrigued and hoped for the best. Often, I research the ports before setting sail, but I didn’t have a lot of free time leading up to this cruise. I’ve saile

Planning a Cruise: It’s Easy as Pie

Tired of the time it takes to plan an amazing vacation? Planning a cruise is about as easy as it gets. I spent years painstakingly planning elaborate vacations. I coordinated trains, planes, and boats to take me to different places every 24 to 48 hours. It took tons of effort to find appropriate accommodations in each location. You know what it’s like—reading TripAdvisor reviews and mapping landmarks. Then I discovered cruising and learned you can have your cake and eat it to

Travel Inspiration: Tips for Deciding on a Destination

How do you decide where to go on vacation? With so much world to see, we could all use a bit of travel inspiration. There are so many places I want to go all across the globe that, sometimes, I don’t even know where to begin. Occasionally, I think about throwing a dart at a wall map and heading to whatever city it lands on. Often, I hear about a good deal and book it immediately. Other times, I fall back on these trusted sources of travel inspiration. Newsletters and Brochure

3 Ways to Make the Most of Your Vacation Days

Most of us have limited time off work. With so much world to see, the last thing you want to do is squander your vacation days. Being a writer, I’m always looking for creative inspiration. Travel is a window to the world, unleashing my enthusiasm and refreshing my zest for life. But like most people, I started out at my current job with only three weeks vacation from work. I like to get out of town every three months on average. So, I had to learn how to manage my time carefu

Travel Essentials: Four Things You Should Take on Every Trip

No one wants to be bogged down with stuff they simply don’t need. But these travel essentials should be in everyone’s carry-on. It’s easy to remember to pack the basics: sewing kit, camera, nail clippers, and sunscreen, for example. But there are a few items I consider must-haves that aren’t in everyone’s bags. Krazy Glue No matter where I go, I always carry Krazy Glue. Some people swear by duct tape or other adhesives, but they simply can’t compete with my fave. Krazy Glue c

Choosing the Right Travel Bag: 3 Options that Really Work

Every woman faces this same dilemma when we’re doing our final packing for a big trip. What’s the right travel bag to take, and do I need more than one? I’m a pretty savvy packer, and I think I’ve found the perfect balance. Every woman needs a travel bag that acts as a catchall for all the stuff we think we need to take on the plane. Personally, I take crossword puzzles, a Kindle, a laptop, lip gloss, an old-school iPod, pens, notebooks, hand sanitizer, a snack, extra socks,

The Great Carry-on Debate: 7 Packing Tips You Need Now

Preparing for a vacation is hard work. Consider these packing tips to help you decide if you need the big bag or the carry-on. To carry on or not to carry on? That seems to be the question of the hour. And it’s one I consider often—not daily but close. Almost every time I open the cover of a travel magazine, the featured story offers some sort of packing tips or tricks for fitting everything into a smaller suitcase or putting together more outfits with fewer pieces. So, I as

 

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