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These Disney World Hacks Can Save You Some Magic

Kids and adults alike love Disney World. Parents, make the trip even more magical by saving some $$$. 

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     Disney World has long been called “The Happiest Place On Earth.” We’re sure that if you pulled a Bill Murray in “Ground Hog’s Day,” it would take you decades to come across a disappointing day in the park. I mean really, who could tire of this place? Childhood characters (heroes) roam freely, there are rides for every age, Main Street is always full of excitement (cough parades cough), there are tons of unhealthy treats that are oh so delicious, and the fact that everyone is treated like a Prince and Princess is the icing on the cake. Literally, this place is practically perfect. Well, almost. The Happiest Place On Earth does demand a healthy investment for a weekend vacation. Still, we found four tips to help you save some magic to truly spend on more memorable aspects of your visit.

 

 

The Obvious

Like many of our online purchases today, online discount codes are available at seemingly every turn. However, there’s a trick when it comes to Disney coupon codes. It may take a few attempts, but we suggest you create a “few” Disney accounts to ensure their algorithm picks up your interest and intent on booking a vacation in one of their parks. Surely, their online computer systems will give you some sort of offer code or automatically provide a discount when they feel you’re locked-in to book.

 

The Heat

Florida is hot. Depending on what time of year you decide to stay, it may be really hot… and muggy. So play it smart when it comes to hydration. Rather than paying a premium for Disney-branded water bottles sold in the park, bring your own reusable bottles. Each park has ice water dispensers scattered everywhere. Additionally, service counters in restaurants will always offer you a small free cup of ice water, with or without a purchase

 

The Souvenirs

Don’t fall victim to the incessant fees of the cravable Disney souvenirs. Say what you want, but they are typically overpriced, no matter how much you love Disney. With that in mind, head to the Character Warehouse, located at the Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets shopping center. Yes, the items sold here are from last season, but they typically see a 50% discount. And don’t worry, they’re all official items. Nearby hotels even offer free shuttle service to this shopping center.

 

The Hotel

Disney World and its properties are magical. There’s no denying that. But again, Disney charges a premium for a stellar hotel experience. Sadly, rates can start around $350 a night. Therefore, save a buck and spend most of your time as a super nearby Value Resort. Take the savings and go all-out by spending a final night or two at the Grand Floridian or the Polynesian Resort.

 

These tips may be simple but they are successful.


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Add These “Travel” Tips To Your Next Adventure

Traveling can be unbelievbly exciting or incredibly nervewracking. Let’s aim to keep the former. 

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     Here at Jetlaggin, we advocate for a greater sense of community. We want to motivate you to visit the best, most noteworthy, natural-breathtaking, and culturally engaging locations and cities across the globe. We anticipate that the journey will be well worth it at the end of the day when the trip goes according to plan. Unfortunately, after forcing ourselves to be “jet-lagged” day in and day out, we realize that sometimes the greatest trips fall by the wayside. Even expert planners can’t starve off all known and unknown “missed directions.” Still, with unexpected chaos lurking at every corner of our lives, we have learned that taking a second to remember our personal journey will ultimately lead to a happier trip and life. We’ve learned to take a frown-producing moment and turn it into a smile. In essence, we’ve picked up a few mental tricks to help prevent your negative travel experiences and keep a smile on your face during the adventure of a lifetime.

 

Smile!

When you’re happy, you tend to smile! The crazy part about this “phenomenon” is that when we smile, our brains continue to release dopamine which makes us smile even more! Don’t worry about traveling the world with a fake smile, however. Instead, when an appropriate moment calls for a crack of a smile, let one loose. Not only will it positively affect you, but it will also benefit all those around you.

 

Exercise

Beyond the physical benefits of exercise, exercising while on the road can lead to a reduction in stress, anxiety, and depression – all while promoting self-esteem and inner-happiness.  It doesn’t take an hour-long session at the gym. Even a brisk walk around your hotel or Airbnb can proactively change your mindset. When you wake up, stretch for a few moments. After dinner, take a walk down the street. The steps are easy, get it?

 

Sleep it Off

Whether you have friends or family that are consistent late night-owls, find some time for your own health and sanity. Adults require a solid 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night and if this range isn’t met, your mind will be foggy and your body will be attempting to get you to rest. No matter where you are, stick to a sleep schedule. Your body will stay on point and your mind will perform at its optimal rate. Keep your bedroom dark and cool, invest or splurge in some quality bedding, avoid excess alcohol before the light turns off, and find a calming before-bed ritual.

 

Just Breathe

Travel brings a certain uncertainty. A late flight? Missed connection? Wrong accommodations? The list goes on and on. Thankfully, even some dedicated moments to take notice of your breathing pattern can greatly effect reduce your stress and concurrently bring your attention more into focus. In four easy steps, you can have a drastically different time compared to the minutes before. Close your eyes and recall a happy place or memory. Take a slow and deep breath, in through your nose. Now release through your mouth or nose – your call. Then, simply repeat these primarily two steps to bring yourself into greater self-awareness.

 

You Came From This Earth

A 2016 study mentioned that spending a tiny 30-minute session in a green space at least once a week can help reduce depression and blood pressure. A backyard patio with some potted plants, a neighborhood park, or rooftop green space will do. Ideally, you will want to find a space, far from excess distraction, to allow yourself a moment to reconnect with nature – a place to breathe.

 

These rather obvious steps are easy to implement. Don’t waste any more time! 


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The Cost Of Traveling To Seven Game Of Thrones Filming Locations

Game of Thrones may be ending after season 8 but let your adventure live on when you explore these seven supernatural filming locations.

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     As we all know, and as much as it may hurt to accept, we are in the midst of the last season of Game of Thrones. With only a few episodes left in “the world,” viewers will be seeking story and television alternatives to continue the adventure that began eight years ago on April 17th, 2011. But, what if we told you that you could keep the magic alive and travel steadfast on your own journey? Became an independent traveler and fighter as you make your way around the world to seven of the most iconic and scene filming locations from eight seasons of GOT excitement.

     Thanks to the iOS and Android travel app – Hopper – the realistic expenses to fly to some of the most accessible and iconic filming destinations are presented for your interest and convenience. The costs presented here are for flight expenses only, pulled from the average prices of round-trip tickets departing from U.S. airports. In addition to average prices, Hopper also provided the round-trip summer flights costs so that you can plan a vacation during the warmer months after the show finally concludes.

Therefore, let us begin.

 

Iceland

Roundtrip airfare to Reykjavik – $651

Summer roundtrip airfare to Reykjavik – $651

Upon entering Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik, you’ll instantly begin reliving the “natural” landscapes shown “North of the Wall.” Iceland will also be home to the lava cave Jon & Ygritte expand their “relationship”, the scenes of the Wildling camp, and the Skogafoss Waterfall used on the premiere episode of season 8. 

Spain

Roundtrip airfare to Madrid – $714

Summer roundtrip airfare to Reykjavik – $833

Spain’s architecture and pedicured gardens have provided their show with several shooting options. The Royal Palace of Dorne was shot at the Real Alcazar while the meeting of Jon, Dani, and Cersei at the Dragonpit took place at the Roman site of Italica.

 

Scotland

Roundtrip airfare to Glasgow – $837

Summer roundtrip airfare to Glasgow – $1,006

About 34 miles north of Glasgow stands Doune Castle. Doune was the real-counterpart of Winterfell. The pilot episode of the show was shot here in which King Baratheon and accompaniment visit the Stark castle.

 

Morocco

Roundtrip airfare to Marrakech – $980

Summer roundtrip airfare to Marrakech – $1,106

If you would like to retrace Dani’s campaign march, you should plan on visiting Morocco. The slave-trade city of Yunkai was filmed at Ait-Ben-Haddou, a UNESCO world heritage site, while the Red City, Astapor, the home of the Unsullied, was shot at the port city of Essaouira. 

 

Croatia

Roundtrip airfare to Dubrovnik – $1,004

Summer roundtrip airfare to Dubrovnik – $1,198

The scenes from the King’s Landing were shot in Dubrovnik, Croatia. The city’s 13th-century walls are extensively used throughout the series. Tourists may also visit the Jesuit Staircase in which Ceresi was forced through her walk of shame in Season 5. The Fortress of Klis can be found in the city of Split. 

 

Northern Ireland

Roundtrip airfare to Belfast – $1,101

Summer roundtrip airfare to Belfast – $1,109

These woods should look incredibly familiar as they are home to the Starks and Night’s Watch. The journey to King’s Landing can be viewed by taking a stop at the Dark Hedges near Stranocum. CGI may be heavily used in the show but the Magheramorne Quarry is the stand-in for the Castle Black. In addition, Ballintoy Harbour is the real-life home to the Iron Fleet & House Greyjoy. 

 

Malta

Roundtrip airfare to Valletta – $1,207

Summer roundtrip airfare to Valletta – $1,224 

Malta’s capital of Valletta has the steps of the Lannisters and Dothraki in its history. Second (and third), St. Dominic’s Convent was used as the Red Keep Garden while Fort St. Angelo was also used as the Red Keep Prison. Lastly, the Mtahleb Cliffs were used as picturesque backdrops for the Dothraki camp scenes and Drogo’s funeral pyre. 


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Staying In Rome Like The Romans

We’ve compiled all the best neighborhoods into one convenient list so you can do Rome your way and have a great Italian vacation. 

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Rome is home to some of the most recognizable historical monuments in the history of the world. You’ll see the Colosseum, the Piazza Navona, and the Trevi Fountain. All of these remarkable landmarks are favorites of tourists around the globe, so when many decide to find a place to stay, they decide that the closer to these magnificent wonders, the better. Well, if you want out of these tourist trap areas and want to see the real Rome for yourself then this is the article for you.

We chatted with our colleagues about Rome and they dropped all of the knowledge on their favorite neighborhoods they’ve ever spent time in while visiting this magnificent city. We’ve compiled all the best neighborhoods into one convenient list so you can find the type of Rome you want to base your vacation on. 

MONTI

Stay at Monti if you want to be close to the Colosseum without feeling like you’re just stuck amongst tourists. Monti is a fun neighborhood filled with Rome’s artsy types, so expect to find a bunch of funky shops and cafes. You will also find plenty of delicious pizza pies and after you chow down on one of those you can drink wine in a small little wine bar that is a surefire way to delight any wine drinkers taste buds. Hanging out in Monti will definitely make you feel like one of Rome’s cool kids.

PIGNETO

Pigneto used to be a bit rough, but it is now becoming the hippest part of Rome. People used to think of this neighborhood as working class, but now if you ask around you will hear the word “hipster” more than “working.” Come here if you are a fan of street art, as the slim streets are filled with beautiful pieces done by some of Italy’s finest street artists. There are also plenty of funky restaurants and delightful bars that make staying in this neighborhood super fun.

SAN LORENZO

San Lorenzo is where the college students hang. This neighborhood is right next to the University of La Sapienza, this neighborhood is very hip and has rich, young energy. There is a pretty wild history in this place, seeing as San Lorenzo was heavily bombed during World War 2, so it may not have as old of a world charm as the rest of Rome, but it still offers plenty of hip bars, restaurants, and shops. This is also the place to go if you’re looking for a late-night hang, because of its abundance of clubs and cheap pizzerias. So if you’re looking to party with some hip, young Italians, this is the place for you.

TESTACCIO

If your main goal in Rome isn’t to see the sights but rather to eat, then look no further than Testaccio. The Romans recently redid the city’s old slaughterhouse and once that happened the neighborhood exploded. Expect to see a bunch of trattorias and produce vendors around here. Then, definitely check out the slaughterhouse which now houses an amazing contemporary art museum in 


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