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Add These “Travel” Tips To Your Next Adventure

Traveling can be unbelievbly exciting or incredibly nervewracking. Let’s aim to keep the former. 

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     Here at Jetlaggin, we advocate for a greater sense of community. We want to motivate you to visit the best, most noteworthy, natural-breathtaking, and culturally engaging locations and cities across the globe. We anticipate that the journey will be well worth it at the end of the day when the trip goes according to plan. Unfortunately, after forcing ourselves to be “jet-lagged” day in and day out, we realize that sometimes the greatest trips fall by the wayside. Even expert planners can’t starve off all known and unknown “missed directions.” Still, with unexpected chaos lurking at every corner of our lives, we have learned that taking a second to remember our personal journey will ultimately lead to a happier trip and life. We’ve learned to take a frown-producing moment and turn it into a smile. In essence, we’ve picked up a few mental tricks to help prevent your negative travel experiences and keep a smile on your face during the adventure of a lifetime.

 

Smile!

When you’re happy, you tend to smile! The crazy part about this “phenomenon” is that when we smile, our brains continue to release dopamine which makes us smile even more! Don’t worry about traveling the world with a fake smile, however. Instead, when an appropriate moment calls for a crack of a smile, let one loose. Not only will it positively affect you, but it will also benefit all those around you.

 

Exercise

Beyond the physical benefits of exercise, exercising while on the road can lead to a reduction in stress, anxiety, and depression – all while promoting self-esteem and inner-happiness.  It doesn’t take an hour-long session at the gym. Even a brisk walk around your hotel or Airbnb can proactively change your mindset. When you wake up, stretch for a few moments. After dinner, take a walk down the street. The steps are easy, get it?

 

Sleep it Off

Whether you have friends or family that are consistent late night-owls, find some time for your own health and sanity. Adults require a solid 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night and if this range isn’t met, your mind will be foggy and your body will be attempting to get you to rest. No matter where you are, stick to a sleep schedule. Your body will stay on point and your mind will perform at its optimal rate. Keep your bedroom dark and cool, invest or splurge in some quality bedding, avoid excess alcohol before the light turns off, and find a calming before-bed ritual.

 

Just Breathe

Travel brings a certain uncertainty. A late flight? Missed connection? Wrong accommodations? The list goes on and on. Thankfully, even some dedicated moments to take notice of your breathing pattern can greatly effect reduce your stress and concurrently bring your attention more into focus. In four easy steps, you can have a drastically different time compared to the minutes before. Close your eyes and recall a happy place or memory. Take a slow and deep breath, in through your nose. Now release through your mouth or nose – your call. Then, simply repeat these primarily two steps to bring yourself into greater self-awareness.

 

You Came From This Earth

A 2016 study mentioned that spending a tiny 30-minute session in a green space at least once a week can help reduce depression and blood pressure. A backyard patio with some potted plants, a neighborhood park, or rooftop green space will do. Ideally, you will want to find a space, far from excess distraction, to allow yourself a moment to reconnect with nature – a place to breathe.

 

These rather obvious steps are easy to implement. Don’t waste any more time! 


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The Craziest (See: Best) Nightclubs In Vegas

If you want to do Vegas right, then you have to hit up the nightclubs. And thankfully for you, I have compiled a list of the best nightclubs on the strip. 

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Let’s not beat around the bush here… if you’re going to Vegas you’re probably going to party. It’s one of the best reasons to go to Vegas! So if you’re looking to not get much sleep and get as wild as humanly possible, then you’re definitely going to want to check out these best nightclubs in Las Vegas.

HAKKASAN AT MGM GRAND HOTEL & CASINO

Hakkasan is easily one of the biggest nightclubs in Vegas. So that’s a big win right off the bat. But it also has five, that’s right I said five separate levels! Two of those levels are restaurants, but still… five levels! This allows them to offer different experiences like the quieter Ling Ling Club and the rave-worthy mezzanine. Also, it’s probably the best place in Vegas to be on Halloween. They give away over $20,000 in cash prizes for costumes!

MARQUEE NIGHTCLUB AT THE COSMOPOLITAN

If the only thing you’re looking for when it comes to partying the night away in Vegas than the Marquee is definitely the place for you. They have one of the most legendary and popular main rooms of any club on the strip. They consistently bring in some of the best DJs and have a ridiculously cool light and visual effects set up to go along with the music. This place was definitely designed for the true ravers out there.

OMNIA AT CAESARS PALACE HOTEL & CASINO

First of all… it’s at Caesars, so, duh. of course it’s one of the best. But the club itself is truly a sight to be seen. It’s got two levels so there’s plenty of room for everyone to rage the night away. Plus the epic chandelier is the thing of legends. It practically looks like a spaceship when you look at it from the dance floor. Not to mention, this place frequently gets big-name DJs like Calvin Harris, and the one and only Justin Bieber spent his 21st birthday here. So you know it’s worth it.

DRAI’S BEACHCLUB & NIGHTCLUB AT THE CROMWELL

Drai’s is one of the hottest clubs in all of Vegas because of one very simple reason: they keep their pool open after dark! Most other clubs and casinos can’t say that. They also have an incredible 75+ bottle-service tables. So if you’re looking to really party in luxury then this is the spot for you. They also provide awesome light shows and amazing dancers in crazy outfits at every corner. This place is legit.

XS AT ENCORE AT WYNN LAS VEGAS

XS is a nightclub who’s design was literally inspired by the curves of the human body. So if you’re looking for some sexy bodies and close dancing that you should definitely hit up XS. They also have an awesome European pool outside. So you can go back and forth between a great dancing area with lasers and pyrotechnics, and the chill vibes by the pool outside. Oh, and if you’re a lunatic with money to burn, they also offer a $10,000 cocktail that comes in a jewel-encrusted glass.

TAO AT THE VENETIAN

This place was completely groundbreaking when it first showed up. It’s three stories and covers a ridiculous 60,000 square feet of the Venetian. If you want the classic EDM experience, the main room is your spot, while the Opium Room is great for classic hip-hop. This club also features a series of rose petal baths complete with bathtub models! it doesn’t get much more Vegas than that.

HYDE AT THE BELLAGIO

Hyde nightclub is definitely for the more dignified partier as it’s one of the classiest spots on the strip. It’s never going to be your best option for going crazy to some great dance music, but it is one of the best when it comes to great seating areas and great service. Don’t get me wrong, they still bring in DJs and you can definitely get your dance on while you’re there. But this place is all about comfort and experience as it also offers an awesome view of the great Bellagio fountains.

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How To Pack Your Backpack

Whether you’re a first-time camper or an old vet, use these tips to properly pack your backpack so you can hike to your destination quickly and comfortably.

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When you’re about to head out on a camping trip the most important thing you can do is pack your backpack and pack it correctly. When you’re on the trail you will be thanking yourself after you have packed your bag correctly.

But if you have packed a little haphazardly then half way through trekking to your destination your back will hurt and your ears will hurt too from all the pots and pans that you left to clank over and over again with each and every step you take. You don’t want something to poke you in the back, and you don’t want the weight unevenly distributed.

Whether you’re a first-time camper or an old vet, use these tips to properly pack your backpack so you can hike to your destination quickly and comfortably.

BALANCE YOUR WEIGHT

If your backpack is not balanced then your back will start to hurt wherever the majority of the weight lies. Or, even worse, you could fall down a hill when you take an awkward step because when the weight is unevenly distributed it could swing one way and lead to you losing your footing.

Start by putting the heavy items close to your body while making sure that nothing hard or pointy will be jabbing your back all hike long. Think about making a barrier of soft stuff all along the outside of your backpack with the hard stuff in the center.

KEEP TRAIL NEEDS EASILY ACCESSIBLE

If you pack up stuff that you are going to want to use on the trail just make sure you won’t have to completely unpack your entire pack just to get it. Don’t jam your water bottle on the bottom of your backpack underneath your camping stove. You don’t want to have to unpack everything every time you need a drink.

Keep sunscreen, medical supplies, snacks and headlamps in places that you or a friend can get to quickly and easily. Think of everything you might need and keep it in a convenient place so you’re not spending your whole camping trip regretting not being able to get to necessities like your sunscreen.

CHECK THE FORECAST

Before you leave, make sure that you check the forecast so you can properly prepare for your hike ahead. If it’s going to rain halfway through your hike then you’ll want to be able to quickly be able to grab a raincoat. If it’s going to be super hot then you’re going to want to keep your sunscreen close. Knowing the weather will lead you to know how to pack. Knowing how to pack is the best way to pack for a trip successfully.

STORE YOUR FUEL SAFELY

If you are bringing liquid fuel on your trip then make sure it is sealed and it is packed somewhere safely where it will not open up during your hike. The last thing you want is to be covered in liquid fuel on your hike because even if you don’t catch yourself on fire you still will not enjoy the smell. Trust me.

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The Best Fall Festivals In The Country

With the coming of Fall comes great Fall festivals all around the country! Check out this list of the best such festivals from around the U.S.

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Fall is right around the corner and, I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t be happier about it! I’m definitely ready for some colder weather and more opportunities to wear my favorite sweaters and jackets. But there’s another great thing that comes with Fall… and that’s Fall festivals! I just can’t get enough of the caramel apples, hot cider, and everything pumpkin flavored. So if you’re like me, you have to check out one of these great fall festivals before winter arrives!

NEW HAMPSHIRE PUMPKIN FESTIVAL

If there wasn’t any pumpkin stuff did Fall really even happen? I say no. The New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival takes place in the town of Laconia for a few days in October. It offers amazing live entertainment, plenty of pumpkin-based cook-offs and treats, and, their real claim to fame, over 20,000 carved pumpkins stacked into a 34-foot tall tower!

NATIONAL APPLE HARVEST FESTIVAL

Just like with pumpkins, what would Fall be without some delicious apples! And if you’re an apple lover, head over to Biglerville, Pennsylvania for the annual National Apple Harvest Festival. It happens every year during the first two weekends of October. Aside from all the delicious apple themed treats available, the festival also includes plenty of entertainment options including live dancers and even a petting zoo!

ALBUQUERQUE INTERNATIONAL BALLOON FIESTA

They almost seem like a thing of the past at this point, but I assure you, hot air balloons are alive and well! And the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is one of the best opportunities in the country to catch a glimpse of a bunch of them in the air at once. The Fiesta starts on October 6 and goes till October 14, and aside from all the breathtaking balloons in the sky, there’s also a lot of fun nighttime actives for the whole family.

NORTH CAROLINA PECAN HARVEST FESTIVAL

There’s just something about pecan pie. I just love saying it! And so do the people of North Carolina. In fact, they love pecans so much, that they celebrate them every year at the end of October and into November at the North Carolina Pecan Harvest Festival. It includes a parade, a 5k run, and, of course, a pecan baking contest. Maybe you’ll even get lucky enough to meet the Pecan Queen!

OKTOBERFEST ZINZINNATI

Personally, as a beer-lover, there are few words that get me as excited as “Oktoberfest.” And Cincinnati has one of the best Oktoberfests in the country. It happens every year in the last week of September (I know, I know, but this is technically when it happens in Germany!) and they proudly claim to be the largest Oktoberfest in the U.S. So if you’re a true Oktoberfest-head like myself, then get to Cincinnati at the end of September!

CRANBERRY HARVEST CELEBRATION

Cranberries are definitely down on the list of “Fall stuff” behind pumpkins and apples and pecans. But they’re still a huge part of everything Fall! That’s why the town of Warhead, Massachusetts holds the Cranberry Harvest Celebration every October. There are plenty of delicious treats for sale and cooking demonstrations to take in. And you can even wade out into the cranberry-filled water just like the cranberry farmers do!

SONOMA COUNTY HARVEST FAIR

If you’re a wine-lover on the hunt for a great Fall festival, then look no further than the annual Sonoma County Harvest Fair. It happens during the first weekend in October and has been going for over 44 years. Any event with that much history has got to be good. And once you taste the delicious food and get a little buzzed on all the amazing wine, you’ll know I’m right.

 

 

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