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Keeping your Valuables Safe While Traveling

Thieves and scam artists are all over the world and they love to prey on unsuspecting tourists. DO NOT BE A VICTIM! Instead, follow these simple tips and avoid having your trip ruined by thievery and misfortune.

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It’s a nightmare scenario, you are in a foreign country and somehow your money, passport and other valuables have been stolen, this scary experience can be avoided. Thieves and scam artists are all over the world and they love to prey on unsuspecting tourists. DO NOT BE A VICTIM! Instead, follow these simple tips and avoid having your trip ruined by thievery and misfortune.

 

Money belt when in transit

First things first, ditch your normal wallet and get yourself a money belt or travelers wallet. These are specially designed wallets that hide underneath your clothing so thieves can’t pick pocket you are steal from you in any other way. These convenient wallets can be bought online or in any reputable luggage store.   Ask the employees if the wallet you are purchasing has good reviews and make sure the quality is high. The last thing you want is to buy a cheap wallet and lose it somehow.

 

Keep valuables on you

When traveling, it’s important to keep your valuables on your person and not in checked bags or bags that leave your sight. I keep all my valuables in my money belt and my pockets. Get yourself a good pair of cargo pants/shorts so you have extra pockets that are safe. I prefer ones with buttons on all pockets.

 

Locks

By a good lock for your backpack, so when you put it under the bus/train plane etc… it is safe from pilfering and theft.   I even lock my backpack to something if I plan to sleep at all. Locking it will keep thieves from rummaging through your stuff when you sleep. I lock everything when I’m abroad; it just makes me feel safer. I even lock bags in my hotel rooms, maids can and will steal from you, so always be on guard.

 

Safe in Room

When staying in hotels, always use the safe in the room and I like to make a video of me locking the safe, so I know the combination. Safes are key to keeping your valuables protected when you are out exploring your destination.

 

Check reviews of your accommodations

A good practice to get in the habit of is choking online reviews of your accommodations in advance. This will let you know if other travelers have had poor experiences or thefts.

 

Travel Insurance

I always purchase travel insurance when I book a trip. It doesn’t cost much, only a small fraction of your original purchase price and it a great piece of mind. You can’t control weather and acts of God, so buy the insurance and you will thank me.

 

Beware drinking too much

Drinking too much makes you a target for criminals and scam artists. If you are going to drink, try drinking with a friend, so you can watch each other’s back. Over consumption is never safe, so be smart and safe.

 

Beware of scams

Scams come in many different forms, so beware and be smart. Check out our article about travel scams to inform yourself.

 

Your surroundings

Always be aware of your surroundings, if something doesn’t seem right, chances are they aren’t. Trust your gut and get out of uncomfortable situations. Look for police or hotel employees if you feel in danger, they can help.

 

Best of luck traveling friends, be safe and keep your valuables on you or in a safe.

 

Photos courtesy of BD METRICS, No Identify, Wallet, CN

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The Best All-Inclusive Resorts In The Bahamas

Don’t throw money down the toilet on a Caribbean vacation. Get the best bang for your buck by staying at these sneaky cheap all-inclusive resorts. 

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Hey, even the most frugal people still want to go to the Bahamas! It’s one of the most beautiful places in the world and is an absolutely perfect vacation destination. But it can be sneaky expensive. So you have to be careful to not waste too much money while on vacation there.

Lucky for you, we found the best and cheapest all-inclusive results in all of the Bahamas! So scroll through and find the one that’s right for you and whoever you may be heading to the Caribbean with!

HOTEL RIU PALACE PARADISE ISLAND

This wonderful hotel finds itself at the top of our list for one simple reason: it’s the closest all-inclusive resort to the capital of the Bahamas, Nassau. Which obviously has plenty of benefits! The hotel also boasts 24-hour room service, fulling stocked minibars, actual liquor dispensers and plenty of entertainment and awesome buffets nightly.

It’s also right next to the monster resort that is Atlantis, which has plenty of nightclubs and casinos that are open to non-guests. And while being next to Atlantis and Nassau certainly make it one of the least quiet resorts on our list, the convenience of being so close to so many cool attractions make it all worth it.

BREEZES RESORT & SPA BAHAMAS

Breezes Resort is located on one of the most popular beaches in all of Nassau, Cable Beach. It’s not the most beautiful resort in the Bahamas, with some fairly uninspired interior design, but many of the units do have direct beach access, which is of course wonderful. And, if you go for the all-inclusive packages, you’ll have access to free snacks, meals, drinks, and even recreational activities on the daily.

Not to mention, this place has four bars and five restaurants! You basically never need to leave the premises. Which, on a vacation, can be just downright lovely.

MELIA NASSAU BEACH

What makes this resort so special is the six specialty restaurants and bars their guests have access to. They all offer their own unique flavors and styles, which makes staying at the resort for every meal fun and exciting. The resort is also perfectly nestled right on another of Nassau’s best beaches making for the perfect Caribbean vacation.

And if you’re the gambling type, they also have an awesome casino that is perfect for gambling away your vacation!

SANDALS EMERALD BAY GOLF, TENNIS AND SPA RESORT

I think the proof is in the title with this wonderful all-inclusive Bahamas resort. It’s not exactly one of the cheapest options in the Bahamas, but you really can get some serious bang for your buck. They have seven restaurants of varying cuisines, lots of pools, an 18-hole golf course, and plenty of tennis courts to keep their guests busy. And, naturally, they have plenty of fantastic cocktails that come with the package and keep the party going as long as you like.

VIVA WYNDHAM FORTUNA BEACH

If you’re looking to hit the Caribbean with your family then this is the all-inclusive resort for you! There are certainly still plenty of options for adults (see: alcohol), but this place has the best family-friendly activities. Specifically, they offer a bunch of awesome water sports like kayaking, windsurfing, and paddle boarding. And if you just want to eat good food and lounge around, there are multiple wonderful restaurants in the resort and their beach is full of comfortable beach furniture.

STELLA MARIS RESORT CLUB

OK… this is it, folks. If you’re really looking to save as much money as possible while having as much fun the Bahamas as possible, then look no further than Stella Maris Resort Club. This place is perfectly secluded and only has 45 rooms. So it’s great for a quieter Caribbean vacation as well.

As for their all-inclusive package, it can include such amenities as three meals and three drinks per day (in addition to wine with dinner!), kayaking, cave exploration, boat trips, hikes and nature walks, and beautiful bike rides. What else do you need, people?!

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Check Out These Awesomely Vintage Motels

There are still plenty of amazing vintage hotels still open for business around the country. 

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There’s no point in fighting it at this point, we are living in the retro-age. It’s all about vintage and throwbacks and reboots. And as annoying as it can be, there is still some really cool vintage stuff out there. And what’s more vintage than cute, little roadside motels? Here are some of the coolest ones out there.

SANTA FE MOTEL AND INN – SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO

The Santa Fe Motel and Inn epitomizes the energy and style of the Southwest. From the classic adobe-style architecture to the colorful and rustic interior of the lobby, this place is as New Mexico as it gets. And the awesome Santa Fe Plaza is just about a seven minute walk away. They also offer a deliciously Southwest breakfast for their guests.

THE STARLUX – WILDWOOD, NEW JERSEY

Enjoy a proper New Jersey experience at the StarLux motel as it is just two blocks from the beach and the awesome Wildwood Boardwalk. One of the biggest motels on this list, it has a whopping 45 rooms. Plus they really lean heavily on the vintage vibe with lava lamps in the rooms, fake palm trees by the pool, and actual real-life Airstream trailers for guests to stay in.

PALM SPRINGS RENDEZVOUS – PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA

This adorable motel first opened in 1938 and was apparently the motel of choice for the one and only Marilyn Monroe when she visited Palm Springs. There are only ten rooms in the motel and they all have unique and awesome themes. Like the Rebel Without a Cause room, the Shake Rattle and Roll room, and Marilyn’s favorite, the Pretty in Pink room.

BLACK HAWK MOTEL – WISCONSIN DELLS, WISCONSIN

This picture perfect motel looks like it’s right out of a postcard. The best part about this vintage spot? How close it is to awesome attractions! There’s a popular tourist strip just a ten minute walk away, and Noah’s Ark Waterpark and Kalahari Indoor Theme Park are a short drive away. The motel even provides free passes to all its guests!

THE MOTOR LODGE – PRESCOTT, ARIZONA

This quaint little spot was built all the way back in 1910. It was originally just a small collection of summer cabins. It’s changed a lot over the years thanks to multiple owners, but now it’s considered an awesome boutique motel located right around the corner from Whiskey Row and a historic downtown. Guests can also enjoy a complimentary glass of wine when they arrive, a homemade cookie when they leave, and plenty of bikes for borrowing.

RED CABOOSE MOTEL – RONKS, PENNSYLVANIA

This place is an absolute must-see. Literally made from 19 25-ton train cabooses all the way back in 1969, motels doing get any more vintage than the Red Caboose Motel. Guests will literally stay in the cabooses, with some of them big enough to support a whole family, and one honeymoon caboose with a queen sized bed and a romantic whirlpool bath. It also includes a petting zoo, a miniature train ride, and free movie nights in the barn.


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Everything You Need To Know About The Longest Cruise In The World

Viking Cruises recently announced they will soon be offering one-of-a-kind cruise experience will take 245 days and will visit a whopping 59 countries.

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Got $93,000 laying around and about 8 months to kill? Then do we have the experience for you!

Viking Cruises recently announced they will soon be offering one of the most unique and elaborate cruise experiences the world has ever seen. It’s called Viking Sun and it’s a giant, 465-room vessel that can house up to 930 people. But that’s not what makes this cruise so insane. The entire trip will take 245 days and will visit a whopping 59 countries. I probably can’t even name more than 30 off the top of my head.

The cruise will start in London and the first voyage is set for August 31, 2019, and will cover some of the most interesting places in the world and everything in-between. Just look at this list of places its passengers will see: Greenland, Iceland, the Caribbean Islands, much of South America, Southeast Asia, the Mediterranean, Egypt, and even Jordan and Oman. And those are just the big hitters. There are many other lesser-known stops along the way that are sure to be worth the stop.

Now, naturally, 245 days and $93,000 (technically $92,990) is a lot to ask for most people. So Viking is offering people the change to take part in smaller portions of the grand trip. “Viking World Treasures” covers 127 days, 33 countries, costs $47,995, and stops in Los Angeles. While “Viking World Wonders” covers 119 days, 29 countries, costs $45,995 and replaces any World Treasures participants by picking up new passengers in Los Angeles who get to enjoy the return trip to London.

And while even those prices seem pretty darn high, we haven’t even covered the amenities yet. The ship includes private balconies in each cabin, an infinity pool, a Nordic sauna, and a “snow grotto.” Not to mention the price of admission covers business class airfare, free luggage shipping, transfers to and from the ship, all gratuities and service fees, complimentary shore excursions in every port and, maybe most importantly of all, unlimited free Wi-Fi.

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