Summer is Better in the Cold

Out of all of the seasons, summer is the one that I really hate. I used to like it as a kid because I would be out of school and could stay home all day and watch cartoons while eating candy. Now as an adult, all it means for me is just a lot of hot weather and higher energy costs from running the air conditioner a lot. I decided that it was time to get a better summer experience by beating the heat on a vacation. I looked at some Vail luxury rentals to plan for a trip to Colorado.

I chose Colorado as my destination because the temperature was much lower than any of the other places I wanted to go. I thought about Florida, but it was just much too hot. (more…)

Travelling Alone

Often people are shocked when they hear that I love to travel alone. Some state that they would be afraid to do this while others imply that they just don’t think they would enjoy the trip without having people accompany them.

Well, there are several advantages to going solo:

1. Planning is much easier. You just think about where you would like to visit and start researching your options. You can open an email with flight offers and book whatever grabs your attention at the time without having to consult or compromise.
2. Travelling is more flexible. If you miss a plane or decide to get sidetracked you can coordinate things based on one schedule only – your own. You don’t have to worry about anxiety or commitments of others in your party. In fact, you could even choose to give up your seat on an overbooked flight and receive hundreds of dollars from the airline for doing so.
3. Opportunities abound. It is a lot easier to purchase one ticket to a popular event that two. Several times I have impulsively arrived at a box office and found that the concert was sold out – except for one great ticket – MINE! Would you believe twenty-third row center for Natalie Cole in Seattle?
4. Relationships develop. Frequently I am invited to join interesting people at their table for a meal when they realize that I am on my own. I have made amazing friendships and enjoyed great conversations on trips that wouldn’t have occurred if I had been with other people.
5. Culture can be experienced first-hand. There is always time to visit with hotel or restaurant staff, discover local adventures or learn about the language and customs from a shop keeper because no one is waiting for you or wanting to do something else.
6. Plans can be altered. You can sleep in, order lunch in mid-afternoon or take an impulsive detour without upsetting anyone else’s itinerary.
7. You set the pace. I have learned to walk slowly and rest often – a situation that does not match that of many other people. Last month, in Ronks, Pennsylvania, for example, I chose to take advantage of an outdoor Amish-made rocking chair so I could just rock and people-watch for two hours. I loved it but know that not everyone would have felt the same way!
8. You spend less money. At least I do because I know that I am the one who will have to haul my luggage around from place to place. And I don’t want to pay an extra transportation fee if it weighs in att over fifty pounds.
9. I also eat better when I am alone because I am not in restaurants three times a day trying to finish everything on the plate. In fact, I eat only one restaurant meal a day, ask for a take-out container and then supplement my left-overs with fruit, vegetables or snacks that I have purchased throughout the day.
10. Finally, and with tongue in cheek I enjoy the fact that there isn’t anyone to correct my stories!

Your Travel Guide To Russia

The land of Vladimir Putin and snowy mountains – Russia certainly feels like it is on one edge of the world yet so big as to dominate the Earth with its vast terrain. However, even though you may get eerie feels when you think about it, Russia is still a very beautiful and grand travel destination. If you don’t believe us, then go see for yourself. Book your ticket to Russia using British Airways and visit these wonderful travel locations.

1. Moscow, Russia:
Moscow is not only the capital of Russia but is also the most densely populated city in the region. This city is a centre of politics and scientific research not only for Russia but also for the whole of Eastern Europe. By going here, you get a chance to visit Ostankino Tower which is the largest free standing structure in Europe. Along with this, Moscow is also home to some amazing historical and architectural beauties such as the St Basil’s Cathedral and the Kremlin. And if that isn’t enough then don’t worry because you can still get a look at some of the world’s most acclaimed museums and art galleries as well.

2. St. Petersburg:
Have you ever seen a place that reminds you to a fairytale? Well if not, then St Petersburg is the place for you to go to right now! This city is an epitome of historical and archeological beauty brought on under the reign of the Tsars. Moving around the city you will be able to gaze at the city’s baroque bridges and spectacular palaces. Out of these, the Winter Palace also provides you with access to some great historical collections. And if you’re a fan of gardens then you should definitely visit the Summer Gardens at palatial Peterhof which has a spectacular view.

3. Pskov & Pechory:
The city of Pskov is found on the north west of Russia and is only located about 25 to 30 km away from Estonia. This town, which is said to be founded in the 10th century, is one of the oldest one in the region. Due to this reason, this town is the perfect place for you to visit if you’re a fan of history and archeological things. And after a further drive of no more than 20 minutes, you get to see the small town of Pechory which is famous because of the monasteries and the peaceful surroundings which combine to give you a sense of serenity.

Aside from these, Russia also has a lot of other places to offer such as Vladivostok and Yekaterinburg, but if you’re short on your time in Russia then visiting the above mentioned places will give you the perfect scoop. And if you’re planning your trip to Russia, we suggest you get your tickets booked using British Airways.

The Simple Guide Of Planning Family Holidays

Family holidays offer the perfect opportunity to relax and bond, but it can be an overwhelming process, especially when you are not as organized as you should be with your planning. Children can be quite a handful and unless you involve them in your plans, you may end up having a rough time handling them. Luckily, when you remember a few important things, you will definitely manage to plan the best family holiday ever.

Choose a family friendly destination

This is the most important thing you can start with when planning for your family holiday. There are so many holiday destinations promising you the time of your life, but only a family friendly one will be worthwhile for your travel. Family friendliness means that you can find everything that is necessary to keep everyone happy throughout your vacation. Think activities and accommodation as well as amenities when selecting the perfect destination for the family. There should be enough offers for the kids and for the adults too in the destination that you have selected.

Avoid the rush and start planning early

Managing your time well can be very rewarding in the end. When you have enough time in your hands, you will be able to find the best holiday deals for you and your family. Early planning amounts to amazing flight deals and accommodation deals and you have all the flexibility to choose what is most suitable for your family. It is especially important to make bookings early if you plan to travel to your destination during peak season and still want the best for your family holiday. Your options are not limited when there are only a few holidaymakers looking for the same things you are.

Make it fun for the kids

Choosing disposable cameras for your kids is one of the approaches you can use to make the family holiday fun for them without incurring costly losses. Kids may not be very careful with items like cameras and hence instead of getting digital cameras that can be costly, especially when lost, you should go for the disposable option so they are able to enjoy clicking fun too without too many risks involved. Think of inexpensive ways of keeping your children engaged and they will have fun without bursting your holiday budget.

Think of tailor made holidays

They ease the work of having to ensure that everything is in place yourself. Tailor made holidays are designed according to your preferences so you are able to explore your interests, get accommodation that suits you perfectly and even enjoy expert knowledge and professional guide for your holiday. All you need to do is communicate exactly what you want and expect and your travel company will do the work for you so everything is ready and waiting by the time travel time approaches.

Pack right

Just because you are taking the kids with you does not mean packing everything up. Choose only essentials and necessary clothing only. It is also important to bring with you a first aid kit just in case.

What You Should Expect From Your Private Tour

Touring in a group may be cheaper but more people are going for private tours because of the many advantages they come with in spite of the higher costs. There is so much to gain when you decide to explore a destination on a private tour and you can expect only the best. If you are still wondering what is so good about the private tours, here are some of the things you should expect from the arrangement to create lasting memories of your selected destination.

Personalized itinerary – There is nothing as amazing as being in a position to travel on your very own itinerary to explore culture and life of the locality. With a private tour, you will have everything put together to match your personal tour preferences something that would be very hard to enjoy when touring in a group. You literally get to choose which items should be featured in the tour so you get to spend on what matters most to you.

Own paced exploration – Unlike group tours that can be hasty and less detailed, private tours give you the chance to explore the areas that matter most to you at a pace that you find most appropriate hence you get so much more in the end. You really do not have a group to keep up with and you can spend as much time as you wish in a given area and find out everything there is to it to your satisfaction. There is no fixed schedule to work with unless that is what you prefer. You therefore remain very flexible throughout the tour and can have it altered to match your needs as they arise. For instance, if you wake up not feeling up for a hike that was planned, you can always reschedule without missing out on it as it would be if you are touring the area with a group.

Personalized service – Whether you need help with selecting the best food or you need help with amenities and luggage, you can enjoy it all when you choose a private tour. The tour experts are dedicated to giving you the best kind of experience possible. Yes, you may need to pay a little more for such, but it is definitely will be worth it all in the end. You can have every important service made part of your travel itinerary so you have the best kind of experience even when travelling with family.

Private tours are of course costly compared to the ordinary group tours. They, however make some of the best for travelers who wish to get the very best from the destinations they have chosen to visit. To have the best itinerary put together for you, it is most advisable that you begin by finding out as much as possible about the destination and decide sights and areas that are a must visit as well as things you must try out during the tour.

Travel Essentials for Family Summer Getaways

As soon as the temperature rises, school’s done for the year and about any cold beverage or dessert is being craved, you’ll know it is time to dust off your straw hat, swimming gears and of course try fitting in those swimwear. Yes, it’s summer! The one season we will be enjoying the 2 month vacation from school as well as look for that family destination to savor the sun, the sand and the sea.

But, before we all get excited, let me give you tips on the travel essentials to bring for your chosen (if not favorite) summer getaway. Grab your pen and paper and take down this list.

Travelling with Family Must-Haves:

Travel Documents. If you plan to travel here in the Philippines, make sure you bring your valid IDs for documentation of possible verification. If you will be travelling outside the country, then passports, visa must come in handy.

Funds. Importantly, you must bring cash and/or your credit cards for all the payments. However, you must be cautious enough not to bring too much cash at hand as we know robbers may be eyeing on you. So basically, practice being safe at all times specially when withdrawing at ATMs. Better yet, keep a note in your mobile phone or a little notebook where you write down your budget and possible expenses so you would be able to track down in/outs of your money and keep the whole vacation on budget.

Medicines, medical tools and first aid kit. If you or any of your family member have an existing medical condition, make sure to always bring enough and a little extra of the maintenance medicines. You may not be able to find an immediate pharmacy on the place you will going and you may need prescription as well, so keep that with the medicine kit. You can place this in a pouch or a small bag that you can bring with you at all times while travelling. This goes with your first aid kit. At least, make sure that the first aid kit contains medicines for common illness like headache, stomach pain, loose bowel movement, anti-allergy as well as band aids, betadine iodine, alcohol, cotton swabs and a nail cutter. You will need to bring also blood pressure monitor and blood sugar monitor in case you have diabetic loved ones.

When travelling with kids or babies, this will be a different story. You will pack another set of essentials just for them. Clothes, diapers, wipes, feeding bottles, sterilizer, just no name a few. So keep that in the list too!

When you will be commuting for the travel, make sure you have all commute stops planned. If you will need to be travelling by plane, you must be making the booking ahead of time. While, when you travel by land, make sure you will know the bus stops, etc. And when you will be driving, Google maps and GPS will be your best friend. Plan and make your research ahead of time. And when you are driving, make sure that your motor vehicle is at its best condition with enough fuel, air and water.

Accommodation at destination. Make sure you have booked ahead for resorts and hotels as they might not entertain you via walk in. Sometimes, you can save time and money by booking or making your reservations online.

Clothes, swim wears. Make sure you bring enough appropriate clothes. To save some space in your bags though, consider bringing lightweight clothes and learn how to pack smartly.

Gadgets, camera. What would capture your memorable summer but bringing in your mobile phones for your selfies! Bring in your digital cameras or action cameras too! Keep your gadgets in waterproof pouches in case you want to bring them while swimming.

Padlocks. For security reasons, make sure your bags have padlocks. Make sure you attend to you belongings as just about any establishment have no responsibility on your belongings in case of loss.

Snacks, water. Due to the hot season, we tend to be dehydrated. So make sure to pack some snacks and water while travelling to fill up that energy.

Toiletries, cosmetics. These are important too. Make sure you have napkins, tissue paper, wipes. Your toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, body wash, shampoo, conditioner. Sunblock and sunburn recovery lotion. You may want to have travel kits where you can keep these essentials so you won’t need to bring the big bottles of shampoo. Just take a portion and place in these travel kit containers and you can refill those on your next travel destination.

This is my list when we go travelling. I will be making a series to this to include some more tips on my next blog. You may need more than this essentials, make sure to customize and tailor this list to your own needs and situation. Meanwhile, enjoy you summer destination and make memories!

How Travel Is Reshaping the Fashion Industry

The answer to the question ‘how travel is reshaping the fashion industry’ is simple!

When an Asian tourist of a high socioeconomic status goes to the US and shops fashion accessories; they bring the international market with them. When they catch the attention of the top fashion brands, they cater their needs by those brands. These same brands, having seen the effect of the increase in tourism, have started creating unique marketing campaigns that provide their international buyers. They would provide people with special deals, personal shoppers or even a language translator to help the market grow in their country. So in this article, we are going to talk about this topic in detail!

Travel Industry and Social Media is Changing the Fashion Industry:

Nowadays, being able to reach your target audience through the internet is more important than anything else!

If a brand fails to do that, see a major decline in sales. It could be through social media and digital marketing or e-commerce, but the new revolution of the fashion industry is how internet-famous your brand is. Models, makeup artists, producers, and stylists are hired more for their influence in the social media than their talents. The more followers on Instagram or Twitter, the more your brand would sell. That is the new formula that is reshaping the fashion industry.

Brands that still stick to the traditional marketing style have been losing their relevance in the industry and their sales. Three out of four buyers are inclined to buy a brand’s products after seeing it or hearing about it, online. Social media is transforming the fashion industry because now people want to experience firsthand what they buy through Snapchats or Tweets online. If a consumer does not find their desired brand online, they move on to the next big brand that is online and serve their wishes.

Today, a person’s social status is determined by their extravagant travels and experiences rather than the Jimmy Choos they wear or the bag they carry. It is all about opulent adventures in foreign countries and not how much you spend on your watches or clothes. There has been a break in the fashion industry that has brought about a shift in the way they do things now. Designers and brands worldwide are trying to modify themselves to be able to fit in the new demographic trends. That is how travel is changing the fashion industry. The Chinese tourists did approximately a record $229 billion shopping of expensive items in the year 2015. But, with the new wave of preference of destinations over lavish goods, brands have started adapting the same trend. They are now trying to reach different regions of the world by marketing their campaigns in a way they get the ‘experience’ people desire. These are just some of the ways high-end travel is reshaping the fashion industry!

New Hotel Brands Are Reshaping the Travel Industry:

Nowadays, with the advent of travelers in every industry, it has become a new trend for big hotel companies to roll out new varieties in the hotel business. They are re branding existing hotels with new portfolios. It has become a new business strategy where they offer you captivating designs, intricate detail to the menus, striking artworks and emphasize on the local cultures. These new hotel brands offer a new way to experience your hotel stay. They all promise uniqueness while remaining consistent with their quality and service. Below is a list of such hotels that have attempted to bring a combination of reliable quality and exclusive experiences, together.

AC Hotels by Marriott:

They are a collection of hotels centered on design and such hotels provide their guests with energetic atmospheric lounges. They located in France, Spain, Portugal, and Italy, and very recently in New Orleans. It is mainly for travelers who want to stay at Cosmopolitan hotels in cities.

Canopy by Hilton:

They have combined the charms of newly built and renovated buildings. Their designs are locally influenced and hold classy significance. They have also signed up to be in the neighborhoods of Pearl District in Oregon, Portland, Ithaca Commons in Upstate New York and downtown Nashville. It is basically for travelers who wish to have a laid-back time, trying out beer and relaxing activities.

Cordis Hotels and Resorts:

They are a collection of upscale hotels with exceptional architecture and designs by the Langham Hospitality Group. They will, recently, have their opening this summer in The Langham Place Mongkok, Hong Kong. They are also planning to open in China, New York, San Francisco, Miami, Singapore, Dubai, Bangkok, Bali, Sri Lanka, Los Angles, London, and Orlando. It is intended for travelers who are away on business but want their bit of luxury, too!

Curio a collection by Hilton:

These are a range of five and four stars hotels with unique qualities all over the world. Curio attached hotels include places like SLS Las Vegas; Highland, Dallas; the Franklin Hotel, Chapel Hill, North Carolina; the Providence Biltmore, Rhode Island; and Diplomat Resort and Spa Hollywood, Florida. Next will be in Portland, Oregon; Sarasota, Florida; Houston and Doha, Qatar. It is intended for business travelers who want the luxury of Hilton along with the new uniqueness of luxury.

EVEN Hotels:

These hotels, by the Inter Continental Hotel Group, are made keeping health and wellness, in mind. They provide yoga mats inside your room, organic and fresh food, etc. Their locations are in Rockville, Maryland and Norwalk, Connecticut for now, but they will be opening soon in the Midtown East, Midtown West and Brooklyn areas of New York. These hotels are for those IHG high people who would, rather not be, in a drab looking place and expect the usual luxury and comfort.

Graduate Hotels:

These are stylish, unusual pieces of properties that provide sanctuary for the family and professors visiting colleges. They would found in the Graduate Tempe, Arizona, and The Graduate Athens near the University of Georgia. They will soon open in Oxford, Mississippi; Madison, Wisconsin; Lincoln, Nebraska; and Charlottesville, Virginia. It is a definite upgrade from hotels with poor services!

These hotel brands have revolutionized the travel industry by bringing something new to the table. A good travel experience is about the places you visit, the adventures you take part in, but now it is about everything. People have higher expectations, in every aspect of their journey starting from their flight to their hotel stay.

7 Reasons Why You Should Travel Alone

Travelling is a beneficial activity for all of us because it makes us realise the importance of travelling and expanding our horizons for exploring and not living in the same place all the time. Travelling all by yourself has some significant advantages. If you are confused about whether you should travel alone or not, here are top reasons why you should:

Encourages Uniqueness

Travel is a one-of-a-kind experience that sets you apart from others and allows you to explore your passions -instead of reading about Mona Lisa, see it in person; don’t take that dance class at the rec centre, get a Flamenco lesson in Spain. Then come home and impress your friends with your travel stories.

A Chance To Be Adventurous!

After 18+ years of being told what to and what not to do, travel lets you try new things like skydiving, whitewater rafting, that strange delicacy in Thailand and other things you never tried at home.

Self-Discovery

Seventy-eight percent of young travellers want to learn something when travelling. Uncover your hidden art critic at the Louvre in Paris or find your passion for ancient architecture at the Acropolis in Athens.

Bragging Rights

Fifty-six percent of your friends want to travel as a result of your posts because travel is excellent, not just because you are an expert at selecting the perfect phone filter. The only thing better than seeing the Eiffel Tower lit up at night is how insanely jealous your friends will be when you upload your pictures.

Sharing Common Ground

Two out of three young travellers visit a place that is recommended by friends and family. Don’t be left out. Travelling to places your friends and relatives visited lets you share everyday experiences and stories.

Attainable With Minimal Effort – You Can Do It Now

Remember when you were young and you couldn’t wait to grow up? Well, you’re grown up (not to be confused with old). By taking a tour, it takes the hassle out of travel. When you’ve only got two weeks, you want to make every second count.

An Investment In The Future

Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer and happier. Make the ultimate investment when you’re young, so you’ll reap its benefits for a lifetime. You can’t put a price tag on pushing your limits, meeting lifelong friends, and creating memories that you will cherish for a lifetime.

A Tour of the Grandest Museums Around the World

If someone were to ask me what the most important places in the world are, my answer would be simple. The world’s most important places are the museums because this is where we preserve our history. This is where we learn from the past, acknowledge the glory of our ancestors and their lifestyle and make plans about the future at the same time. Museums can teach us so much, even about the present only if we look hard enough. This article is for anyone who believes that museums can give you inspiration to live and for anyone who doesn’t as well. Here is a list of the world’s largest museums which have the largest collection of historical artifacts under one roof. And if you’re someone who does not have much travel experience, have a look at some easy ways to buy airline tickets

1. The Louvre, Paris
This monument of Paris is the holder of the title for the World’s Largest Museum. This is located on the Right Bank of the Seine of Paris. This museum houses a total of 35,000 objects and includes objects that have been dated as prehistoric along with objects part of the modern day 21t century history. This place is the second most popular place for tourists to visit in Paris (the first one being the Eiffel Tower). This museum is also the home of Leonardo Da Vinci’s most famous painting to date – The Mona Lisa. Definitely worth seeing even if you’re not a fan of history.

2. Metropolitan Museum of Art
The second largest museum of the world and the largest one in the United States of America, this museum is located in New York. The collection here consists of about 2 million works and the museum has seventeen sub divided departments that manage them. The building for this museum is near the Central Park. Going here, you get to gaze at works with diverse backgrounds (from painting and sculptures from Europe to antiques from the corners of Egypt). This museum literally has it all.

3. The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg
This museum houses pieces of art and culture in St. Petersburg Russia. It was opened by for the public in 1852 and was created by Catherine the Great in 1754. The collection here consists of 3 million pieces. This collection also includes the largest mixture of collected paintings this world has ever seen. So if you’re a fan of art, this place is a must go to. This museum has been divided into six smaller complexes out of which only five are open for the public.

How To Travel With Family And Kids

Planning a family getaway is one of the best things in life. You will be able to spend some quality time with your spouse and kids. And a few years down the line, this trip will become one of the best memories of your life. However, planning such a trip can be a bit difficult especially when you have kid with you. It will take you a little more effort to plan this trip because you would want to make sure that your family is safe throughout the trip. So, here are some ways in which you can do so.

Book a Comfortable Stay

When you are travelling with your family and kids, it’s important to make sure that your accommodation is comfortable. Kids have their own needs and after sightseeing all day, they would like to crash on a comfortable bed. So, make sure that whatever hotel you book, it can give you a pleasant staying experience. If you are thinking about the costs, then try looking for the cheapest travel agents so that they can get you the best deal available. This way, you won’t have to spend a lot of time looking for comfortable and affordable accommodation yourself.

Plan Your Sightseeing Trips

Kids love going on sightseeing trips so planning them in advance will be the best way to assure that you have the experience is seamless. For instance, if you will be going for a safari trip, then make sure that the safety measures are good and kids will be safe while they are trying to get a good look at the animals. On the other hand, if you will be close to a water body, make sure that the place has lifeguards who are constantly on the watch.

Check out Medical Emergency Arrangements

Kids are sensitive and they may catch a cold or an allergy faster than you or your spouse will. So, in that case, you would need a doctor to attend to them immediately. Just make sure that your hotel has medical emergency facilities and there is always a doctor on call. If you are going to be staying in a camp, make sure that emergency arrangements can be made quickly. However, as a precautionary step, it would be better to get your kids vaccinated in advance against the kind of diseases they might catch during the trip.

These are some of the ways in which you can make sure that your family has a good time while also staying safe. Apart from these, don’t forget to take your camera along and click lots of pictures of your kids playing around the beach and making sand castles.