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Best Spring Blooms In the US

Springtime is a wonderful time for seeing beautiful flowers and foliage bloom all across the country.   For nature lovers the upcoming bloom is the first sign that winter is over and outdoor lifestyle can ramp up. We won’t have to hibernate because of the dreary winter anymore; lets get out and have some adventures. America has some pretty amazing blooms about to happen, so let’s see which places you should visit.

 

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Springtime is a wonderful time for seeing beautiful flowers and foliage bloom all across the country.   For nature lovers the upcoming bloom is the first sign that winter is over and outdoor lifestyle can ramp up. We won’t have to hibernate because of the dreary winter anymore; lets get out and have some adventures. America has some pretty amazing blooms about to happen, so let’s see which places you should visit.

Here is a list of the best places to go see some amazing blooms as springtime hits us with some natural beauty.

 

North Cascades National Park

Located in Washington, Cascade National park is one of the country’s largest. The wildflowers here grow big, fast and cover large swatches of earth. Adventurers should look for fields of tiger lilies, evergreen violets and alpine aster. The vastness of the park makes it a favorite for travelers because you can see so many diverse flowers and foliage throughout the entire park.

 

 

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

Lancaster California is home to one of the best blooms in America.   Just 2 hours drive outside of Los Angeles sits one of the most spectacular blooms, the Antelope valley California Poppy Reserve. This 1,800-acre field has a dazzling display of bright orange, red and yellow poppy flowers. With the heavy rainfall totals that Southern California has received this year, the poppy fields should be extra abundant this year. Take a leisurely stroll through the rolling hills and the fields of the valley, to fully embrace the sheer massiveness of the area.

 

Brenham, Texas

If you’ve never heard of Brenham Texas before then you must either not be from Texas or you’re not too familiar with the bluebonnet. The Texas State flower blooms heavy in Brenham, which is situated between Austin and Houston. The bluebonnet is a wonderful flower and so abundant here. Visitors should check out Austin, which has a fantastic food scene.

 

Crested Butte, Colorado

Famously known for its world-class ski resorts, Crested Butte also has one of the most dazzling displays of wildflowers around. Come for some magical hikes and dramatic views from the West Elk Mountains. The annual wildflower festival is a sure draw for flower lovers.

Washington, DC

Cherry blossom festival is one of the best places in the world to see flowers blooming. The city comes alive in the springtime bloom and the gifts from the Japanese government bloom in a one-week period. The festival changes each year depending on the incoming bloom, so check their official website for dates.

 

Great Smoky Mountain National Park

Across North Carolina and Tennessee you can find the majestic Great Smoky Mountain range and the National Park. Thousand of acres of hiking trails and millions of wildflowers dot the countryside. Visitors will see some of the country’s best lilies and orchids here.

  

Kauai, Hawaii

Known as the Garden Island, Kauai has some of the world’s most rich and lush floral displays. Thanks to tropical temperatures, heavy rainfalls and high elevations, Kauai is full of so many variations of flowers. Visit Kauai immediately if you haven’t been yet, seriously, the most beautiful place I’ve ever been.

 

Check out these awesome spring blooms and make your eyes happy.

 

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Ski Season Never has to End

For a skier or snowboarder, the end of season can be a major bummer, but it doesn’t have to be.  We’ve found the best summer ski spots in the world.

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For a skier or snowboarder, the end of season can be a major bummer, but it doesn’t have to be. For those of us who wish there was an endless winter, you are in luck. We’ve found the best summer ski spots in the world, so grab your boots and skis and hit the slopes, well into summer. Instead of heading to the southern hemisphere, try these closer alternatives for all your snow fun.

 

Zermatt, Switzerland

Ski in the shadow of the famous Matterhorn in Switzerland at Zermatt.   A cable car will take you to 13 awesome summer trails. For the adventure seekers, there is a full terrain park with half pipe and kickers.

 

Whistler-Blackcomb, Canada

Find your summer skiing in Canada at the great Whistler resort. With two T-bar lifts and tons of fun runs, the Whistler-Blackcomb resort is ready for action. Check out the incredible gondola ride between the two mountain peaks, to expand your run possibilities.

 

Saas Fee, Switzerland

Visit Saas Fee in Switzerland if you seek the summer ski resort less-traveled. You won’t find traffic or hoards of tourists in the small town below. You will find 18 awesomely groomed runs and some spectacular glacier views from the top of the 4,000-meter peaks.

 

Hintertux, Austria

The only resort in Austria that is open every dang day of the year. Yea, Hintertux is open 365 days a year for your fun in the snow and sun. This awesome resort offers 10 ski lifts open year round and a whole range of slopes for every ski level. This high altitude resort is not the best place for someone who often gets altitude sickness. The high quality of snow here is a favorite for international ski teams as many train here year round.

 

Les 2 Alpes, France

Les 2 Alpes has its very own high altitude mini resort for the summer season. When it’s boiling hot at sea level, its always chilly at 3,000 meters above sea level.   This high-altitude resort boasts 11 runs, 17 lifts and a snowboard park.   This is seriously a nice summer ski venue that you won’t have to travel to Chile to ski.

 

Tignes, France

This is a great place to vacation for your entire family. Maybe some of you are over winter and want some summer fun in the sun, and then Tignes France is perfect for you. The ski resort is located 3,000 meters above the lake, so temperatures are quite chilly. But at sea level the temps are perfect for swimming in the lake.

Tignes boats a really cool underground transport that takes you almost to the top of the mountain and the peak is reached by a cable car.

Finding your summer ski and snowboard resorts is easier than you thought, and you didn’t even have to change hemispheres. The Northern Hemisphere has tons of great skiing all-year round; you just need to know where to look. Some of these resorts are more expensive than others but you can always find deals if you look hard enough.

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Summer Travel Season: Avoid these Expenses

Summer travel season is just around the corner and it’s only getting more and more expensive to see the world. If budget is important to you then try saving major buck with some helpful tips.

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Summer travel season is just around the corner and it’s only getting more and more expensive to see the world. If budget is important to you then try saving major buck with some helpful tips. Your wallet deserves a break as well, so try to save a few bucks this summer by avoiding some extra expenses.

 

Airport parking fees

Airports can be some of the most expensive places you’ll visit on vacation. Airline baggage fees, high foods costs and now add in insanely high parking rates and you’re already breaking the bank before you even leave town.

On average on site parking at airports hovers around $20 per day, which can really add up. It’s time to get resourceful in finding a cheaper alternative to parking on site. Many hotels offer free parking with one night’s stay, so search around for some great deals.

Many people will just find a ride to the airport and leave your car at home. Car services like Uber and Lyft can be very convenient for situations like this. You of course can always ask a friend for a ride, calling in a favor is a great way to save money.

If parking at the airport is your only option then search for discount lots around the airport that will generally be half the price of on-site lots.

 

Baggage Fees

Airlines now charge insanely high baggage fees and even higher penalties for overweight bags, so make sure you pack smart. It’s good practice to weigh your bags before you go to the airport. Make note of the baggage restrictions and see how much a bag can weigh before they charge you an overweight fee. Generally the limit is between 50-60 pounds per bag. Most airlines charge between $30-50 per bag, so it usually saves you money to carry on more than you check. Reputable airlines offer two free carry-ons for free, so take advantage of their generosity. Some budget airlines charge for every add-on like carry-on bags and choosing your seat.

 

Hotel Fees

Hotels are picking up on this ala carte style of charging guests so get ready for tons of hidden fees next time you stay at a hotel or resort. Of course the mini-bar is where they get you, steer clear of in room dining in general. Hotels are now charging for early check-ins, holding luggage at front desk and late checkouts, so be aware that they will try and squeeze every cent out of you.

 

Eating Out Constantly

Eating out on vacation is where a good portion of money ends up being wasted. Try cooking or preparing one meal a day and see how much you save overall. Maybe you will be swayed to eat two meals a day on the cheap and one nice restaurant meal.

 

Rental Car Expenses

Rental cars often end up being huge wastes of money. If you are going to be at a resort the entire time, why rent a car. Most resorts offer a free shuttle service and cabs are usually so cheap.

If you must rent a car, make sure you aren’t wasting money on expenses that are not needed. Your insurance should cover your car, so avoid the rental car insurance; it’s a scam. Pay with a credit card, as they will insure most purchases and services.

 

Peak Travel times

The best way to save big on summer vacations is avoiding the busiest times. Try and fly out on a Tuesday and return on a Tuesday, Wednesday or a Saturday. Avoid holidays like the plague; they are the most expensive time to travel and often the busiest.

 

Save money all over the place if you just keep your eyes open and are ready for the curveballs that will be tossed your way.


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Visit the World’s Happiest Countries

I have no idea what makes a country happy but I know they must make nice places to visit. Let’s explore the happiest countries in the world and see why we should check them out.

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According to some smart people Norway is the world’s happiest country followed by Denmark, Iceland and Switzerland. SO apparently being freezing cold 9 months out of the year equals happiness. I have no idea what makes a country happy but I know they must make nice places to visit. Let’s explore the happiest countries in the world and see why we should check them out.

How do you judge a country’s’ happiness? Well the smart people at the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) have figured some way out. Working for the United Nations the SDSN used tons of data and statistics to come to their findings. The main factors used were Happiness, Caring, Freedom, Honesty, Health, Income, Generosity and Good Governance.

Sweden

Scandinavian countries were well represented on this list with all their countries placing in the top 10. Sweden ties for 9th place and is such a wonderful place to visit. Stockholm has some amazing attractions and interesting architecture. Come for the Scenery and stay for their happiness.

 

Australia

Tied for 9th place is the happy people down under. Throw another shrimp on the barbie and drink a Fosters with some real happy folk. Check out the amazing Great Barrier Reef and scuba dive with thousands of animal varieties. Australia is a wonderful place to visit and see why everyone is so happy.

 

New Zealand

Australia’s neighbor and rival is number 8 on the happiness list. The kiwis are a boisterous and happy people known for being welcoming and helpful. The landscape in New Zealand is second to none and offers epic views at every turn. Incredible sailing and waters ports dominate the beaches and hikes and white water rafting are inland favorites.

 

Canada

We all knew Canadians were a happy people and they rank 7th on this list. Celebrating their 150th anniversary as a nation this year, there should be plenty of celebrations going on.   Check out Prince Edward Island where the independence from Great Britain was first discussed.

 

Netherlands

The Dutch are a happy people and their country is one of the best to visit. Celebrating their rich history, The Danish people have plenty to be happy about. Check out the Van Gogh museum or take a tour in the Heineken Brewery. Check out their famed marijuana coffee shops or stroll down the beautiful canals.

 

Finland

Scandinavia represents again with Finland and the 5th spot. A favorite winter sports destination, Finland is as beautiful during the summer. Check out their wonderful lakes and take in some beautiful landscapes.

 

Switzerland

The Swiss are always neutral but you shouldn’t be neutral about visiting the fourth happiest country on Earth. Enjoy the amazing mountains and outdoor activities in this natural playground. The Swiss have been at the top of this list since it’s inception.

 

Iceland

The island nation off on its own in the Atlantic Ocean is the third happiest country. Outdoor activities, the Northern Lights and some incredible thermal pools make Iceland an awesome destination. Reykjavik is an international city with huge attractions and natural beauty, outside the city offers the most intense experiences.

 

Denmark

Number two on the list is the happy people of Denmark. Copenhagen is my favorite European city and it is a must visit. Check out the tall ships and the cute coastal architecture all around Copenhagen.

 

Norway

The happiest country on the planet is Norway. The Scandinavian country has the happiest people and some of the most breathtaking views on the planet. All you have to do is see one fjord in person and you’ll understand natural beauty. The people of Norway are healthier and happier than anywhere on Earth. See why everyone is so happy and experience it for yourself.

 

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