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Budget Friendly Travel Tips

We all want to travel the globe but how can we when travel is so expensive?  Here are some easy and simple tips to traveling on a budget and getting the most out of your vacation.

 

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We all want to travel the globe but how can we when travel is so expensive?  Simple, travel with budget in mind and you can stretch your dollar to the max. Here are some easy and simple tips to traveling on a budget and getting the most out of your vacation.

 

Learn about currency

When traveling to foreign lands, the currency conversion can really screw people over, especially if you don’t know what stuff should cost. Knowing what normal stuff costs like taxi fares and groceries will save you money and frustration. But mainly it will keep you from getting ripped off, which is very common. Travelers often have no idea how much a cab ride from the airport to a resort should cost so they usually over pay.

 

Luggage scale

A luggage scale is a cheap buy that can save you huge in baggage fees. If you are anything like my wife and constantly over pack, you need a luggage scale. You could just learn to pack light but we all know that’s crazy talk.

 

Prepare your own food

Eating out every meal really adds up and can make a cheap vacation turn into a budget buster quickly. When I travel I tend to eat out only a few times and make lunches and breakfast on the go. This will save you major bucks and make the meals you eat out much more special.

  

Bring water filter

A good water filter can save you money and keep you from getting sick. Water isn’t always the same everywhere you go. In many third world countries the water isn’t as clean as more developed countries, so you may get sick drinking the water.

Buy a nice water filter and a refillable water bottle to save you big bucks and keep you from spending the entire trip on the toilet.

 

Comfy walking shoes

Choosing the right shoes for your trip is essential, so make sure they are comfortable and suitable for the terrain you will be walking on. Basically don’t pack flip-flops if you are going to a cold area or don’t pack high heels if you are going to the jungle.   Walking will not only allow you to see more of the area you are traveling but it can save you money on taxis.

Bring food

Airports allow you to travel with food so pack a lunch, some snacks and keep your wallet in your pocket. I’ll bring plenty of snacks in my carry-on because food at airports is ridiculously overpriced. I’m not telling you to bring your entire pantry full of food but instead just bring some snacks and maybe a sandwich.

  

Check fine print

Always check the fine print especially with airlines and hotels, they will try and sneak charges past you. If you want to save big bucks on your trip, make sure you aren’t getting screwed in the process.

 

Cheaper accommodations

Hotels and resorts are quite expensive so maybe look for alternatives to the standard hotel room. Websites like AirBnb.com and Couchsurfing.com have made travel much more affordable. Hostels are also great ways to save money. Think about it, you don’t go on vacation to spend time in your room, all I need is a nice bed and a shower and I’m a happy camper.

 

Alternative modes of transportation

Airplanes aren’t the only way to travel and usually are much more expensive over alternatives. Trains, busses and boats are often cheaper and more of an adventure so find your alternatives to airplanes.

 

Flexible with flights

Be flexible with your travel schedule and your flights won’t be so expensive.   Certain days are cheaper to fly than others so figure that out and save mucho dinero.

 

Chose a budget friendly destination

Paris is expensive so instead maybe check out Croatia, both cool destinations but one will break your budget while the other is budget friendly.

 

Travel for cheap isn’t as hard as it used to be, so get out there and find your adventure on your budget.

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Should You Still Be Scared of Zika?

When Zika hit the scene last summer it had the whole world freaking out. The virus is no joke, it causes birth defects and even some health problems to infants. Now that we have a lot more information about this virus, we are better able to tell you whether or not you should turn that vacation into a staycation.

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Should you vacay while pregnay?

Traveling is great and if you’re pregnant then you might want to check off some bucket list destinations before that baby pops out and your travel time turns into toddler time. But should you be worried about ZIka?

Yes, you should. Traveling to places where the Zika transmission is ongoing is a risk that, in our opinion, is not worth taking. Check the CDC website for which locations are currently having a Zika outbreak, if your destination is not listed, then you’re good to go. If your location is listed, then maybe rethink your travel plans.

 

Looking to get knocked up? Maybe do it domestically.

If you’re planning on making a baby then maybe a destination conception isn’t the best idea. The first trimester is the worst time to get Zika and it’s an incredibly hard time because most women don’t even know they’re pregnant during that time.

If you do travel to an area with Zika then women should wait at least eight weeks and men need to wait six months before bumping uglies.

 

What if the type of mosquito that carries the Zika virus is where you’re traveling to but there’s no Zika, should you still be worried?

We now know what type of mosquitos carry the Zika virus, the Aedes aegypti and the Aedes albopictus (duh says all the entomologists.) These mosquitoes have been popping up in the U.S. where we have never seen them before. Does that mean they’re all carrying Zika?

No, if there is no Zika outbreak then the risk is super low. Still use common sense though, wear bug spray and don’t have a mosquito bite contest with your friends but other than that, you should be fine.

 

Let’s be real, what are the chances that you will get Zika?

Well, we can’t say. If you’re the type of person who has mosquito bite contests with your friends then your risk might be higher than others so it’s impossible to give an exact percentage.

What we do know, according to studies, is that five to fifteen percent of women who get Zika while pregnant actually have babies with birth defects or brain damage. So even if you catch Zika the risks are low, but they are still risks and the consequences are very real.

 

Is Zika planning a sequel this summer?

Zika will definitely be around this summer but most likely it will not be as big as last year. The number of infections is likely to go down this year because after you catch Zika once, you can’t catch it again. Plus a lot of people will read this very informative article which is bound to drop the number of infections even further.

 

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Top Summer Vacation Spots for 2017

Vacations are different for everyone, but if you are like me and suffer from some serious FOMO (fear of missing out) then you need to know what’s HOT! 

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It’s summertime and the feeling is good, so let’s find the hotspots for 2017. Vacations are different for everyone, but if you are like me and suffer from some serious FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) then you need to know what’s HOT! Where are all the Instagram influencers going this summer, where do I need to be if I want to be part of the IN crowd? Not to worry homie, I got you. I found the five hottest summer vacation destinations to keep you on top of the trends.

 

Greece

All the cool kids are headed to Greece this summer as the country makes a huge push in travel marketing to help fix the struggling economy. It’s true, Greece has fallen on hard times recently but that is actually helping out travelers, as the deals have never been better. Sure the ancient ruins are fun, but if you want to be part of the IN crowd, head to one of Greece’s many hot islands like Mykonos or Santorini. The weather is perfect, the water is crystal clear and the locals are so welcoming and friendly, Greece will be all over Instagram this summer.

  

South Africa

South Africa is quickly becoming a hot travel destination this summer, mainly for its wide range of outrageous activities. The country has been becoming a hotspot for the rich and famous and recently has made a strong push in its tourism and brand marketing. The country features amazing beaches, respected wine regions, incredible wildlife and safaris, enough to keep even the insanely rich busy for summer. Trust me, you won’t want to miss this.

 

Croatia

Croatia is no longer the best-kept secret in lavish vacation travel sorry Europe, your secret is out. Brits have been flocking to this Eastern European country for years with cheap deals and incredible beach destinations. The water is a great temperature for water sports and the alcohol just seems to flow here. Expect some wild posts from the richest Instagrammers you follow. Croatia has been labeled as a safe place for terrorism by authorities, so that’s always a plus.

 

Italy

Everyone wants to visit Italy this summer and the bookings have been off the charts. Expect plenty of Instagram posts from Italy this summer from all your favorite Instagram celebrities. The country is always a popular travel spot but this summer seems to be extra fashionable. What’s not to love? The food, the wine, the people, the atmosphere and the incredible scenery, Italy has it all. Expect the Italian Mediterranean to be extra packed this summer with yachts and cruise ships.

 

The Maldives

OK, if you want to really travel like an Instagram influencer, you have to hit the Maldives this summer. Truly the playground of the rich and famous, The Maldives is a popular spot for the Arab elite and the most famous of movie stars. Experience a real paradise lost situation as these islands are incredible and the vacation here will be life changing.

 

Don’t fear FOMO, instead create it with your own incredible vacation posts on Instagram and make all your own followers jealous.

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The Most Romantic Weekend Trips in North America

We found the most sensual and romantic weekend getaway spots all lovers should check out.

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Romantic getaways are important to keeping the fire in relationships burning bright so take our advice and add some romance into your life. Take your lover on a passionate adventure and keep your sensual juices flowing. Valentine’s Day isn’t the only time a year to show your love, so step your game up and treat your special someone to a week end they won’t soon forget. We found the most sensual and romantic weekend getaway spots all lovers should check out.

 

San Francisco

The city by the bay keeps lovers coming back with its foggy setting and breathtaking views. What’s more romantic than taking a stroll through Golden Gate park with your special someone, the distinctive skyline in the distance and a cool breeze in the air? The cities eateries are world class and the overall small size of the city makes it seem that much more romantic.

 

Charleston

The old town feel, cobblestone streets and oak tree lined streets makes Charleston, South Carolina a dream location. Take a romantic horse drawn carriage ride after a nice dinner of soul food and look for shooting stars as you enjoy each other’s company. The southern charm of this city will rub off on you and your mate will take notice.

 

Sedona

A Sedona Arizona spa weekend getaway is the perfect way to say, “I love you,” to your special someone. The incredible views from everywhere will put you in the romantic mood pretty quick. Enjoy a nice glass of wine, a couple’s massage and the piece and quit this little town provides.

 

Poconos

Nature loving couples from all around flock to the Poconos mountains for weekend trips all year long. The region has some great wineries, hiking trails and cute little bed and breakfasts are scattered all over. Find a waterfall on a hike and have a romantic picnic next to it.

 

 

Napa

Get yourself two tickets to the Napa Valley Wine Train and call it a day. The train takes people on a 25-mile ride through the beautiful countryside and stops at numerous wineries for your alcohol consumption. What’s a better way to get your partner in the mood than a few bottles of wine?

 

New Orleans

New Orleans isn’t just a party city; it has romance pouring out of every building. The rich history combined with outstanding architecture makes walking around a dream. Enjoy a few cocktails; some amazing live jazz music and an excellent meal, without doing any research. The city is made for tourism and it features some really romantic spots.

 

The Keys

The Florida Keys are as far south in the US as you can go and it’s like visiting a deserted island in some spots. Feel like you and your liver are the only people on the planet and enjoy each other fully. The weather is great, the bars are eclectic and the seafood couldn’t be fresher.

 

Take care of your loved one and they will return the favor. Everyone likes to be wined and dined, so make the first move and book a trip today.

 

 

 

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