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Solo Travel  Traveling alone is a wonderful thing that everyone should experience at least once in his or her lives. It allows you to connect with your inner self and the environment around you. Far too often, we become so involved with outside forces that we neglect our intimate self. Traveling solo breaks you from […]

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Traveling alone is a wonderful thing that everyone should experience at least once in his or her lives. It allows you to connect with your inner self and the environment around you. Far too often, we become so involved with outside forces that we neglect our intimate self. Traveling solo breaks you from many of the bonds that tie us down and frees your mind to be alone. Connecting with nature and distant cultures opens up one’s self to an interesting perspective on life. I enjoy quiet time as it is so rare nowadays, that is why I wrote this blog.

Solo travel was my key to finding my true self and opening up my mind to new, exciting experiences.

These are my solo travel tips that can help you survive being alone when on our modern world, no one it really alone.

 

Off Season

Who likes busy, overcrowded resorts and vacation spots? Not me, or anyone traveling solo. The whole idea of traveling solo is to get away and have some peace and quiet, that’s why traveling during off seasons is preferred. This is effective for multiple reasons, first it’s cheaper and second it’s less populated. I love saving money and I love being alone, win-win. I also advise traveling to the opposite season from your own. Meaning, during summer in the Northern Hemisphere, travel south into the Southern Hemisphere, for their winter.   This will help you isolate yourself from the crowds and high prices.

 

Single room/ticket deals

Many hotels and resorts have vacancies that they need to fill last minute and these are always great deals. Check ahead so you aren’t left homeless, and keep an open mind, some last minute vacancies are less desirable.

Along these same lines, many attractions and shows will have single tickets available for a huge discount. Theatres and concerts often have single tickets and groups tend to not want to be split up, so another deal for the solo traveler. I find this especially true in places like Las Vegas, Branson and Macau, where there are just so many shows.

 

Exchange rates

Let the world markets decide where you travel, if you want to maximize your money. Exchange rates can swing up and down and depending on where you are traveling to, and where you are coming from the savings can be huge. It benefits you and your wallet to check these exchange rates before you book your travel. Currently the US dollar to Euro favors the American dollar, so it’s cheaper to travel to Europe from the US instead of vice versa. Save yourself the trouble and do a little due diligence before you pack your bags.

 

Split rides

New city new adventure: grab an Uber or Taxi and split the fair with someone. This is a great way to save money and maybe make a new friend. The less we are shut off from people the more we will internalize everything, so on occasion, a new friend helps.

 

Free Museums

Museums and Zoos can be expensive attractions to visit, so look out for cities that offer free admissions. Last time I was in New York City, my wife and I went to the Guggenheim, a wonderful museum that cost us $30 per ticket. That may not seem like a small fee but these little expenses really add up. Check out Washington DC or London, both cities offer free museums and zoos and both are world class. Check out the world-renowned Smithsonian Museum collection in Washington, DC or the British Museum in London.

 

Solo Travel Organizations

Check out solo travel organization like TravBuddy or TravelChum, which link up solo travelers who want an accomplice to adventure with. These services find potential roommates or travel buddies for you to go on excursions with or just save money on accommodations.

 

Hostels

Don’t overlook hostels and their guests’ general way of life. Backpackers from all over the world have been utilizing hostels for decades as cheap accommodations but more than that, they represent a way of life. Hostels are home to free spirits, vagabonds and nomads from all walks of life. You are guaranteed to make new lifelong friends staying at hostels and you will really open up your mind to the way other people think and live.

 

Enjoy your solo travel adventures and I hope you find whatever you are looking for, all your answers are out there, and you just have to find them.

 

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When A Sweet Tooth Travels Around North America

We spoke with our colleagues and compiled a list of three of our favorite cities that are chock full of sweets.

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     So, you have a crazy sweet tooth but no one nearby has quite the ideal selection to satisfy your sugar-addicted palette. What are you to do? You might be able to find poor/cheap knock-offs on Amazon or another online candy conglomerate, but we both know your true feelings. You won’t be sweetly satisfied until the real-deal sweetness touches your tongue – sending your dopamines into a frenzy. When the cravings hit, there’s no turning back. 

We talked to our colleagues and compiled a list of our favorite cities that are chock full of sweets so you can satisfy your sweet tooth while on a lovely vacation. I mean really, why can’t you have both?

OCEAN CITY, NEW JERSEY

     Ocean City is known for its historic boardwalk. There are a variety of specialized shops that sell all the sweets you can imagine. From ice cream to fudge to taffy, you will find it all at the Ocean City boardwalk. Bakeries, candy shops, and ice cream parlors will leave you foaming at the mouth and you’ll be in a sugar coma in no time. But don’t worry, if you need to get your salt levels up then just hop in the ocean and take a few swallows. Now your salt and sugar levels are balanced out. Is that how it works? We have no idea, we’re not scientists. Whatever your plans are, Ocean City has you covered when it comes to your east coast needs. 

ST. CATHARINES, ONTARIO, CANADA

     If you love donuts, then St. Catharines is the place you’ve got to check out. This place has a huge selection of donuts, so bring a big appetite and some waist-expanding pants. You can put down dozen after dozen of donuts and never eat the same one twice. One store alone offers up to 20 different donuts each day. So, expand your donut horizons while stuffing your face. Donuts are heavenly and so is St. Catharines.

LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA

     The home of Snoop Dogg is also home to the ice cream capital of the US. Residents in this city eat more ice cream than any other city in the country. Now that’s a lot of ice cream! You can find the regular flavors everywhere, or you can experiment with new ones like goat cheese, whiskey fig ice cream, or salted caramel fudge. No matter what kind of ice cream you want, you’ll find mounds of it in the LBC. Now that’s what I call sublime.

Remember, your hometown surely has a secret treat that you’re not really aware of but remember, a vacation can bring you much more than just some R&R. Let it bring with it the sweets of your dreams. 


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Water Sport Resorts Just In Time For Summer

If you are like me then a summer vacation isn’t complete without some awesome water sports.

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     No summer vacation is complete without some soothing and exciting water sports. Temperatures are rising allowing for a perfectly comfortable dip in the ocean or pool or lake. Finding resorts with adequate water activities isn’t easy, so… we sorted through the opportunities and found the best destinations.

CASA MARINA RESORT, FLORIDA

     If perfect weather, calm waters and incredible ocean life sounds like a dream vacation, the Florida Keys should be your choice. Check out Casa Marina resort in the Keys for an amazing vacation adventure. The neighboring coral reefs offer world-class snorkeling and diving and the resort has all the watercraft you could ever want to rent. Sailboats and wave runners await your visit to the Florida Keys.

CLUB MED CANCUN YUCATAN, MEXICO

     Cancun is known for powder sand beaches and all-night parties but did you know it has some of the best water sports in all of the Caribbean? Sitting on a shallow bay, Club Med Cancun Yucatan offers incredible water activities in a very safe environment. Enjoy everything from sailing, scuba and kite surfing to more memorable events like swimming with dolphins.

ANTHONY’S KEY RESORT, HONDURAS

     If nature is calling, check out Anthony’s Key Resort in Honduras for the ultimate marine adventure. The Roatan Institute for Marine Science is located around the corner and offers everything from swimming with dolphins to feeding rare marine life. They offer a kids camp so your children can enjoy an educational experience while you enjoy more adult-friendly activities.

MADDEN’S ON GULL LAKE, MINNESOTA

   If oceans aren’t your thing, try a fun lake adventure instead. Try Madden’s on Gull Lake in Minnesota, a sprawling resort on Brainerd Lake. The kids will enjoy the water trampolines and massive blob while the adults will enjoy water skiing and jet skiing. With its close proximity to the major cities in the Midwest, Madden’s is always a popular choice.

THE BITTER END YACHT CLUB, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

     Maybe fancy yachts are more your speed and if that is so, you have to check out The Bitter End Yacht Club in the British Virgin Islands. On this island, luxury takes center stage and adventure awaits the willing. The open ocean is calling all you sailing enthusiasts and they even have a kid’s camp where your children can learn to love sailing.

FOUR SEASONS MAUI, HAWAII

     You can’t have a list of awesome beach resorts and not include Hawaii. The Four Seasons Maui offers every kind of water activity in the luxurious Hawaiian waters. You must try the authentic Hawaiian Outrigger Canoes, they offer free lessons and it’s a blast. Whale watching is also huge here so book a tour and see some huge marine life.

LOEWS CORONADO BAY RESORT, CALIFORNIA

     California is home to some epic surf breaks so why not stay at a resort that offers free lessons. Loews Coronado Bay Resort rents out sailboats, jet skis, kayaks, and paddleboards so all the bases are covered.


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The Lifestyles & Vacations Of The Rich & The Famous

Check out where the richest people vacation and how they spend their money.

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     Where would you go on vacation if money wasn’t an issue and you had all the time in the world? Personally, I would rent a private island and partake in a castaway experience with only the most luxurious amenities. Well, the super-rich have the ability to go anywhere they wish and do literally whatever money can buy, how awesome must that be? Check out the locales where the richest people in the world vacation.

BILL GATES: CROATIA

     Unlike many of the super-rich, Bill Gates likes to mix and mingle with the locals when he vacations. He enjoys Croatia for its old Europe feel and medieval construction. The hot spot in Europe, Croatia is enjoying a tourism boom, which is centered around the countries pleasurable weather and affordable luxury. Bill Gates doesn’t need to save money but who says the super-rich can’t be frugal?

RICHARD BRANSON: BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS

     Why not just go all out like Richard Branson and buy your own island. That is some next-level stuff there. The Virgin Mobile/Records/Airlines etc entrepreneur and billionaire owns Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands. The private island is an actual resort where rooms rent for a minimum of $5,000 a night. Luminaries such as the Obamas and Mariah Carey have stayed here before. Wow, talk about luxury, a private island where the former president stays. Enjoy all the watersports you can handle while basking in the hot Caribbean sun.

STEVEN SPIELBERG: IRELAND

     Where do the best directors of all time spend their vacations? Well, if you love Steven Spielberg movies, you’ll know he enjoys incredible landscapes and none are grander than Ireland. The Emerald Isle just is so vibrant and lush that it attracts all sorts of travelers, even the mega-rich. Ireland isn’t a vacation that will break your bank, in fact, it’s one of the most affordable trips you could choose. Spielberg loved the countryside, the people, and the food, what’s really not to love?

OPRAH WINFREY: FIJI

     Where does one of the most influential women of all time vacation? Wherever the heck she wants, is the only acceptable answer, she is the queen of entertainment. Oprah recently went on a luxury superyacht called the Rising Sun, where she partied with The Obamas and Bruce Springsteen in Tahiti. When she stays on land she prefers the beaches of Fiji. The island of Fiji features luxury at every turn but when Oprah is there she reserves the entire resort.

WARREN BUFFETT: LAGUNA BEACH

     The man who is in charge of our country’s wealth, Warren Buffett is a billionaire of the most frugal standards. He’s lived in the same modest home in Omaha Nebraska since 1958 and only splurges on vacations, so where does he go? He owned a lavish beach home in Laguna Beach, California where the rich and fabulous play. Laguna Beach is very accessible for the non-rich so check it out for yourself. The steep cliffs and beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean will have you coming back for years.


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