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The Best Games To Bring Along On Your Next Vacation

Check out this short list of games that a great for any vacation.

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Those of us with kids know how important keeping our kids happy and occupied is. Sometimes we’ll do just about anything to avoid a tantrum and save our sanity. And this is especially true during a vacation! That’s why bringing along a game or two is always a good idea. So check out this short list of games that a great for any vacation.

BANANAGRAMS

Bananagrams is just a great game. Kind of like a kid-friendly Scrabble. You similarly create your own crossword puzzle as you go, but you’re not constricted to a boring old board. And it comes in a perfect little travel bag that you can practically fit in your pocket.

 

PASS THE PIGS

I’ve played this one and, trust me, it’s a blast! And like many other games on this list, it’s small and easy to pack. It’s a bit like Yahtzee as you literally “roll” two miniature pigs as if they were dice, and based on how they land you’re given points. First to 100 wins!

MAGNETIC GO! CHECKERS

If the picture and the name weren’t clear enough, this is basically just an easily collapsible and magnetic checkers board. So it can be busted out and enjoyed under just about any conditions. In the car, on a plane, or in the hotel. Checkers is still a great game and this is a great travel-friendly version.

FUNNYBONES

Funnybones is kind of like Jacks (does anyone even remember jacks anymore?!). But as old as jacks may seem, Funnybones was created years and years ago in Greece! It eventually spread around the world and has seen many iterations – all of them involving varies challenges of dexterity. But most importantly, it’s small and easy to pack!

CONNECT 4 GRAB AND GO

We all remember Connect 4. It’s a classic, simple, great game. This is just a compact version that can easily fit in a carry on bag. Great for delayed flights or rainy days in the hotel.

RACE ACROSS THE U.S.A.

What better game for a road trip than one about a race across the country?! What’s really fun about this board game is that you can get it customized! There’s a banner in the top left corner that you can have your family’s name put on. You can even personalize the player pieces to look like you and your family members! It’s also a simple and fun game that teaches kids a few things about this great country.

KURIO WATCH 2.0+

When it comes to distracting your kids and giving yourself a little peace and quiet it doesn’t get much better than the Kurio Watch 2.0+. It’s similar to your average smartwatch, but it has games on it! Some of them are even two-player games and watches can sync up if you want to get in on the fun. Plus they’re waterproof!

PROSECCO PONG

Ok, this one isn’t exactly kid-friendly. This game is definitely best suited for a girls trip! If you haven’t guessed by now, it’s exactly like beer pong but it involves 12 plastic recyclable champagne glasses and three pink ping pong balls. And, obviously, using Prosecco instead of beer is encouraged!

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Best Apps for Learning a New Language

Check out these incredible applications that can help you master a language or at least learn enough to enjoy a vacation in a foreign land.

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Traveling to foreign countries used to be daunting because of the language barriers but not anymore. We used to have to take classes and read textbooks to learn a new language, but boy have times changed. Now with new technology, you can learn a language in no time, all on your smartphone.

Check out these incredible applications that can help you master a language or at least learn enough to enjoy a vacation in a foreign land.

 

Rosetta Stone

The industry leader in language technology, Rosetta Stone has cornered the market for over a decade. They debuted with CD-rom technology but have evolved to a fully functional app that is easy to use and simple to master.   They use technology to immerse you in the language instead of the old way of memorizing terminology and translations.  

Now you can learn 24 languages all on your smartphone with ease. They even included a recording feature that allows you to see if you are saying thing s properly by running it through a proprietary TruAccent technology.

 

Babbel

An old steadfast option is Babbel, which has been around for years. They offer short 15 minute sessions that help you master the language before you know it.   They offer speech recognition and is designed for people who come from different mother tongues. This makes it universally accepted all over the world.

 

Mondly

Mondly has perfected the immersion technique that was first popularized by Rosetta Stone. The app replicates conversational scenarios that would happen in the real world so you can prepare for a trip like no other application on the market. With 33 languages included and fun games and visual tools, this is one of the most popular language apps out there.

 

Duolingo

Free should be the optimum word associated with Duolingo. The free app has plenty to offer including fun games that make learning easier than most. Check this app out solely for the price; oh did I mention it’s FREE!

 

Pimsleur Unlimited

The Pimsleur method is nothing new; it’s most likely the style you were taught in school. It’s been around for over 50 years and Simon & Schuster have published this version. For a nominal price you can learn the same way your Spanish teacher taught you.

Lesson plans for everyday usage so the knowledge stays fresh. Broken down into simple 30-minute lesson plans, this application really makes it easy. Included are flash cards, matching games and fun role-playing conversation tools that make learning an experience like going to a class form the comfort of your smart phone.

 

 

HiNative

This app works on a shared economy backbone where users from around the globe help each other learn each other’s language. This tool connects people from different countries and allows you to connect on many levels. This app helps you pronounce things the way locals do so you fit in easier and can hold conversations better since you aren’t learning from a book.

 

Stop language barriers form holding you back from incredible vacations and adventures. The world is your oyster, so get out there and find some pearls.

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Nature Themed Hotels For the Green Traveler

If you are tired of your standard hotel experience and are looking for something closer to Mother Earth, try a nature-themed hotel. 

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If you are tired of your standard hotel experience and are looking for something closer to Mother Earth, try a nature-themed hotel. Hotels are often terrible for the environment with excess waste and high utility usage. If that bums you out, like it should, maybe you need a more environmental friendly hotel experience. We compiled a list of some of the best nature-themed hotels and resorts across the globe. Travel consciously and do something for Mother Earth, since she has given so much to us.

 

Frost and Fire Hotel, Iceland

Iceland is a country that takes nature preservation serious, so it’s only right to start off the list here. If you are searching for a nature loving experience, check out the Frost And Fire Hotel in Iceland. See the Northern Lights in one of the most spectacular scenic locations. Situated right on the bank of the Varma River, The Frost and Fire Hotel offer amazing views while keeping nature in mind. Rooms have huge picture glass windows so the outside comes in. The river is heated by geothermic hot springs so its swimmable most of the year.

 

The Caves, Jamaica

Enjoy nature in its finest form at the Caves in Jamaica. Nestled up on a cliff overlooking the grandiose Caribbean Sea in Negril, sits the fabulous Caves resort.   A honeymoon favorite for its romantic rooms and quaint natural touches. Enjoy an outdoor shower or eat a meal in a natural grotto. This Cliffside resort has it all and is waiting for you.

 

Haramara Retreat, Mexico

Nestled on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, Haramara Retreat is the rustic nature loving resort you’ve been searching for. You won’t have electricity in your bungalows or walls, instead a thin mosquito net divides you from the jungle. A world-renowned yoga retreat, Haramara has hosted its share of top-level celebrities. You can stay here, eat clean and center your chakras, or whatever yoga does.

 

Conscious Hotel Museum Square, Amsterdam

This Amsterdam hotel is a perfect example of an urban location striving for some nature in a sea of concrete. Featuring living walls instead of art the Conscious Hotel is making its mark. They serve organic food in their restaurant and are conveniently located next to museums and other tourist destinations.

 

Teton Mountain Lodge, Wyoming

If rustic is your ideal setting then the Teton Mountain Lodge in Wyoming should be your choice. Situated in the beautiful and breathtaking Grand Teton National Park this lodge reminds you what America used to be before commercialization hit us hard. You’ll feel like an explorer with Louis and Clark.

 

Blancaneaux Lodge, Belize

Belize is a natural wonder, situated below Mexico on the Central Caribbean Coast. If you are looking for a jungle adventure with the amenities of a resort, look no further. Check out the neighboring Mountain pine Ridge Forest Reserve for some of the world’s best hiking and exploring.

This resort is owned by Francis Ford Coppola, so enjoy some Hollywood flair with this remote resort. The rooms a have no TVs but they do have cute conch shell intercoms.

 

Check these resorts out if you want some good clean natural fun.

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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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