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Make Some Dough While You Travel

Most people don’t know this, but there are actually a lot of ways you can make money while on vacation! And it’s easier than you make think.

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Traveling can be expensive. However, there are tips and tricks out there to help you spend as little as possible while you’re on vacation. But did you know you can actually make money while on vacation? It’s true! It might even be easier than you realize. 

RENT OUT YOUR HOME WHILE YOU’RE GONE

This is the best and most obvious option for making money while you’re out of town. Everyone is aware of sites like Air BnB and VRBO (Vacation Rental By Owner) these days. There are always going to be tourists visiting your city while you’re in another. So why not let someone pay you to live in your home while you’re not there? 

RENT YOUR CAR WHILE YOU’RE GONE

Similar to Air BnB, there are also apps that let you rent your car while you’re out of town. The two biggest ones are Turo and Getaraound. It’s a little more dangerous, obviously, as damage to your car is much more likely to occur here than damage to your apartment or house. But there’s a built-in insurance and liability system so even if something does happen to your car, the expense won’t fall back on you.

SELL YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY

There are all kinds of travel websites and Instagram accounts that will pay photographers for their travel photography. So if you have even amateur level photography skills you just might be able to make some money off your pictures while visiting a new country or city. Even if you can’t find any online company to sell your images to, you can always get some prints done when you’re back and sell them in a gallery or to friends and family.

BECOME A FREELANCE WRITER

And even more than with photographers, there are countless websites out there that are always on the lookout for more freelance writers. Especially when it comes to writing about travel. They typically will pay out by the article, and it’s never all that much, but it can still make all the difference when trying to spend as little money as possible while on vacation. “Written” is one of the better sites out there that will pay bloggers for their writing, so start there.

JOIN A VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

This is really cool, too. There are actually a handful of volunteer programs, Voluntary Service Overseas, to name just one, that you can work with while you travel. In reality, it’s more like you’re just working a new job in a new country for a small amount of time and they’ll cover all your room and board and even give you a small living allowance. It’s a lot of work, but the work is fulfilling and meaningful, and then you’ll still have time to explore and experience a new country.

PERFORM!

Ok, for this one, you’ll actually have to be at least a little bit talented… but honestly not that talented! No matter where you vacation, you can probably find a club, bar, or venue where you could make a few bucks to play or sing a few songs, or tell a few jokes (depending on what talents you may have). So if you’ve ever performed live at all, definitely try to find a few gigs while traveling in a new city or country!


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New Hawaiian Law Forces Oahu Rental Vacationers Into Panic

On August 1st, the Hawaiian Island of Oahu began altering the home rental landscape to the dismay of renters and tourists alike.

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     On August 1st, the island of Oahu – the capital island of Hawaii, began to enforce a decades-old law regarding illegal home rentals. For many years – several decades, in fact – it was illegal for Oahu property owners to rent units for fewer than 30 days outside of resort zones. However, this law was never previously enforced. This change of heart is expected to close about 5,000 “illegal” rentals on the island. It states that any advertisement for the property, physical and virtual, may be used as evidence of the illegal activity. To ensure that the resident takes this threat seriously, continuous violators are liable for fines up to $10,000 a day. Ouch. As an expected surprise, the city of Honolulu stated that the number of listings it saw dropped 37% (compared to weeks prior). Unfortunately, as this crackdown is now a serious “crime”, tourists that had long booked their vacations before this August 1st switch-up are dealing with its immediate fallout. Vacations, anniversaries, and wedding plans have all been deeply affected by this new rental landscape.

Disaster

     Marlena Rundquist is one such bride-to-be that has felt the intense pressure caused by this immediate rental alteration. Regarding her September 4th wedding – “I had full-blown anxiety and panic attack. It was literally a month away. I couldn’t find anywhere to go. The people still willing to take a fine had hiked the prices: $200 a night went to almost $500 a night. Hotels were upping the price.” Not only was her own accommodations totaled by this change, the rooms needed and booked by guests were also heavily affected. “I’m still nervous because you don’t know between now and then if anything will happen,” she said.

In a similar situation, Tommy Szymanski was planning to visit the island to celebrate a number of special events including his own anniversary. However, he was given much of the same news. “The Waikiki reservation canceled Saturday and was like: ‘Yup, that’s it. We’re closing up shop on four different places and are trying to figure out what to do… I’m sitting here going ‘Really?’ My initial reaction – and this is from an outsider not knowing the stuff behind Hawaii’s politics – the resorts are getting exactly what they wanted with this bill.”

“The cost for two nights for a place on Travelocity was the cost of six nights through my Airbnb,” he added, alluding to the fact that remaining choices on Airbnb were less than desirable. “There were either ones with horrible reviews or they were substantially more expensive.” 

Choices?

     Clearly, this new bill has impacted vacationers and renters, alike. Refunds from apps like Airbnb and HomeAway have been administered but the new costs to be incurred by committed guests will surely be hard to swallow. Costs have doubled (or worse), the selection of respectable accommodations have narrowed, and the fill-rate of the newly available rooms is sure to explode. Is this the right way to deal with interested parties?


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Biting Down On The Best BBQ Joints Across America

If you love barbecue, you’ll want to have this list of the places across the country!

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Americans can’t help it – BBQ is loved. It’s as American as baseball and apple pie. But with a plethora of BBQ joints out there, it’s hard to know which ones are actually worth it. Here, now, are the absolute best BBQ spots in the country. Enjoy!

 

SOUTH CAROLINA

South Carolina barbecue takes a slow-cook approach, but they’re all about the sauce. Specifically, the question of which one to use! There are four common sauces in South Carolina: light tomato, heavy tomato, vinegar and pepper, and mustard. So might as well try all four by visiting Q2U Pitt and Catering, Besieger’s BBQ, or Sticky Fingers.

MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE

Naturally, Memphis made its way on this list. They have some of the best BBQ ribs in the world in Memphis. You can get them dry, meaning the pork is given a spice rub before the cook, or wet, involving a delicious sauce being applied to the ribs before, during, and after the cook! The best spots in Memphis are definitely The Bar-B-Q Shop, Leonard’s Pit Barbecue, and Charles Vergos’ Rendezvous.

ALABAMA

Alabama’s claim to barbecue fame lies in their introduction of the first white sauce. The man that invented it, “Big” Bob Gibson, didn’t like the way typical vinegar-based sauces paired with his chicken. So he developed a tangy mayonnaise variety that fans have been loving ever since. Dreamland Bar-B-Que locations are all across the state and worth a stop, and Golden Rule and Full Moon BBQ are the other can’t miss joints.

TEXAS IN GENERAL

Naturally, Texas has some of the best barbecue in the country. There are different styles throughout the state, from slow-cooked, mesquite style of Central Texas, to the barbacoa Mexican-style of South Texas, to the extremely slow-cooked style of East Texas. Some of the best spots include Snow’s BBQ, Lamberts, Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que, Franklin Barbecue, and Iron Works BBQ.

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI

St. Louis takes barbecue so seriously it has its own style. It revolves around grilling the meat and then applying some delicious sauce after the cook. The sauce is typically tomato-based and has a sweetness to it. The best BBQ spots in St. Louis are Salt + Smoke and SugarFire Smokehouse.

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI

Just like it’s friends over in St. Louis, Kansas City has a BBQ style all their own. They like to prepare the meat with a spice rub, slow-cook it over various woods, and then douse it in some tomato-based sauce. The best spots in Kansas City are probably Car Bar, Jack Stack BBQ, Gates Bar-B-Q, Joe’s Kansas City BBQ, LC’s Bar-BQ, Q39, and Plowboys Barbecue.

 

SANTA MARIA VALLEY, CALIFORNIA

The central coast area of California has a rich history of Spanish-style barbecue, which involves the meat being rolled in salt and pepper based rub and cooked over a red-oak fire. It’s also usually accompanied with some salsa, beans, and bread. The best spots in the area are The Hitching Post, Far Western Tavern, and Shaw’s Steakhouse.

NORTH CAROLINA

In North Carolina, it’s all about smoking pork over hardwood coals. They have two different styles in the state. First, the Eastern style prefers to slow-cook an entire pig, while the Lexington style involves simply smoking just the pork shoulder. The best spots in the state are Skylight Inn BBQ, Sam Jones BBQ, Lexington Barbecue, and Buxton Hall Barbecue.

WESTERN KENTUCKY

The thing that makes barbecue from Western Kentucky so unique is their use of a rarely used meat: mutton. Kentucky has always had a large sheep population, so it makes sense that they’ve used the meat for so long. They also tend to use a more vinegary sauce than other areas. The spots you have to hit if you find yourself in Western Kentucky are Old Hickory Bar-B-Que, Ole South Bar-B-Q, and Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn.


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The Best American Roads For Your New Convertible

We have compiled a list of the absolute best roads for letting the top down and living your best convertible life.

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Driving with the top down is one of the greatest thrills in life. You look cool, you feel cool and guess what, you are cool. You throw on your sunglasses and leather jacket and just cruise on down the open road in your sweet convertible that is the envy of every one of your friends.

But when you decide to ride with the top down you want to make sure you have something cool to look at. You don’t want to be cruising top-down amongst a bunch of smokestacks and pigeons. You’ll just be inhaling pollution and getting your head pooped on.

Instead, you need to find a beautiful place that will let mother nature do the rest of the heavy lifting when it comes to setting the perfect scene. That’s why we have compiled a list of the absolute best roads for letting the top-down and living your best convertible life.

ROAD TO HANA, HAWAII

The ultimate convertible destination is definitely Hawaii. These soft top cars were built to be driven around the picturesque island that is Hawaii. You’ll get the cool breeze in the warm weather and some spectacular views to match. You’ll be crossing bridges and cutting around curves all while getting some stunning views of the Hawaiian coast and the beautiful water. Say “sup” to some dolphins and play some rocking tunes as you partake in this awesome excursion.

OUTER BANKS HIGHWAY, NORTH CAROLINA

This is the perfect drive to be surrounded by water. You’ll have the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Intracoastal Waterway on the other. You’ll blow by some awesome lighthouses, beaches, and see some spectacular wildlife that will hopefully not poop on your head. But if a bird does poop on your head on this drive you’ll be stoked because it will be poop from a beautiful bird that is local to North Carolina. You’ll say “oh yeah!” as you pull out a bandana to wipe your head off. Now you have a travel memento.

SONOMA VALLEY, CALIFORNIA

Take a drive through the wine country and enjoy the beauty of the vineyards amongst the rolling grassy hills that make up the Sonoma Valley. Just be careful when you decide to pull in to one of the many spectacular wineries for a glass or two because you don’t want to turn this convertible road trip into a night in the drunk tank. Be careful if you decide to partake in the wine, and maybe park the convertible and get a ride to the winery if you plan on doing some serious “tasting.”

BLUEBONNET TRAIL, TEXAS 

This drive is extremely beautiful thanks to the, you guessed it, Bluebonnet gardens that run alongside the road. You may not feel really rugged and cool driving through some flowers but it’s impossible to not be swept away by all the gorgeous views these flowers create. By the end of this trip, you’ll understand how a rugged person like yourself can still be swept away by the beauty of a flower and that’s totally okay. Go on this wonderful convertible drive to become a more well-rounded person.


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