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Travel Hot Spots for 2017

Whether it’s a weekend getaway or a month long excursion, these travel destinations are scorching hot right now. Check them out and see what all the fuss is about.

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Hotspots come and go, so its advantage to check these spots out before its too late. Whether it’s a weekend getaway or a month long excursion, these travel destinations are scorching hot right now. Check them out and see what all the fuss is about.

 

jordan 

Jordan

One of the few vacation spots in the Middle East that is safe to visit, Jordan is an adventurer’s paradise. Live your Indiana Jones fantasy as you discover ancient cities and remnants of societies long gone. Go for a relaxing and therapeutic float in the salty Dead Sea or pretend to be a famous archeologist exploring the ancient city of Petra. Jordan is the safest Middle East country and friendly to US travelers, so give it a look see and see something new.

 Burano

Burano, Italy

This Venetian island is known for its colorful buildings and majestic canals. Located just off the coast of Venice Italy; Burano is a travel photographer’s dream come true. Wonderfully unique city corridors and enchanting alleyways, this city is a wonderers fantasy.   Meander through the cobblestone streets and find your muse.

 Cuba

Cuba

With the embargoes sand sanctions lifted, Cuba has opened its borders to US travelers. The old world charm of Cuba won’t last long, now that they are free to trade with outside countries. Havana is a captivating look at a long lost world. A city filled with relics from the 50s, Havana is a must visit and easily one of the hottest travel destinations of 2017.

 Yosemite

Yosemite

The vast beauty of Mother Nature’s canvas is stretched across all of Yosemite National Park. From the giant sequoia trees to the incredibly iconic Half Dome, Yosemite has a little something for everyone. The best hiking in the nation, period, the Sierra Nevada Mountains are perfect for outdoorsy types. See Yosemite and you will see true majesty. The nations first national park, Yosemite is natural beauty personified.

 banff

Banff Canada

Canada offers free visits to all its national parks, so we should take advantage. Image pristine mountains, glaciers and alpine lakes so beautiful you will have no words to describe them. Banff National park needs to be visited.

Philly

Philadelphia

One of America’s oldest cities, Philadelphia offers something for everyone. The city of brotherly love is more than just cheese steaks; it’s a literal living history book. Check out America’s humble beginnings at this great tourist destination.

 

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Some of the World’s best wine and meat come form Argentina, so fill up while you are there.   The time is right to visit this magical country as the US dollar stretches really far down there. The country had an economic collapse a few years ago, so the time to visit is now. You can spend less than $60 a day and travel like a king.

 Tasmania

Tasmania

One of the last few truly untouched locations on Earth, Tasmania is Australia’s not so little secret. If you want a real-rugged outdoor adventure, Tasmania is your choice. Hiking to whitewater rafting, outdoor adventures await.

 Portugal

Portugal

Portugal doesn’t get the respect it deserves as its one of the most beautiful countries in Europe. The food is remarkable and the entire country can be covered in less than a five-hour drive. Explore the beautiful coastlines and sip some tasty port wine, where it was created.

 

Hit these hot spots before they are overrun with tourists, because now they are still fresh.

 

 

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Get The Best Deals On Rental Cars

Let’s examine the best ways to save big on car rentals and certain times when renting a car isn’t even needed.

 

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Rental cars can be quite pricey and vacations are already wallet suckers, so let’s try and find the best deals around. Like anything in travel, timing can be everything, especially when booking a rental car. We spoke with some industry insiders and got the lowdown on the car rental business so you won’t get overcharged for a crappy rental car.

Let’s examine the best ways to save big on car rentals and certain times when renting a car isn’t even needed.

 

Rental Car Yes or No?

First lets determine if you even need a rental car or if you can get around on public transportation alone. Avoiding a rental car all together will save you some scratch and make your vacation much easier. Dealing with rental cars, parking and driving in foreign countries can all be nightmares that can be avoided by not renting a car in the first place.

What kind of vacation are you going on? Are you staying in one location or traveling around to multiple destinations? How close are you staying to town and does your hotel offer free shuttles?

If you are staying at an all-inclusive resort, you won’t need a rental car. Same if your hotel offers free shuttles to attractions. Your best bet is to do some research and figure this one out first.

Sometimes renting a car is your best bet so in that case, follow these simple few hacks to get the best deals.

 

Smaller Sites

The actual site of a car rental site will never have the best deals; instead look at aggregator sites like Costco travel or AAA.com. These sites offer great deals because you already pay for their services so you are getting an inside deal. You are paying for the memberships already so why not take advantage of their deals. I almost exclusively book through these two sites and constantly save big on bookings.

Smaller sites and companies will offer lower prices to compete with the big dogs of the industry. Hertz will never have the same deals as a small service like Fox rental cars has. You may not get the frills with these small companies but you won’t pay a premium either.

 

Get the compact

Stop acting like a nice rental car will make or break your vacation. Rental car companies make their money on upselling you, so stop it and chose the cheapest car. Think about how often you will be in this car, now think about if paying upwards of $50 more a day is worth it, most likely its not.

  

Insurance?

Stop buying the rental car’s insurance. If you have your own car or book with a major credit card, you are already insured. This is the biggest scam in all of car rentals. Stop paying upwards of $25-50 a day in insurance when you are already covered. Just say no!

 

Fees to avoid

Other than insurance, there are countless other bullshit fees they try and charge you. Toll transponders can cost a few dollars a day, same as GPS devices. Stop it, your smart phone has a better map system anyway, so use that and save big. Satellite radio? Are you serious, bring an IPod or some CDs and call it a day.

Save huge by renting off airport property and avoid the stupid fees they charge. Never rent on-site again. I find the site that is at least 20 minutes form the airport and you will have zero lines and pay close to half the price of on-site rental places.

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Incredibly Vibrant Neighborhoods to Visit

If you are looking for the most colorful and vibrant towns around the globe, look no further. Take a visual trip to your happy place in these incredibly vivacious scenes.

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If you are looking for the most colorful and vibrant towns around the globe, look no further. These neighborhoods are incredible vacation destinations with brightly painted homes and just the most picturesque locations you’ll ever see. Take a visual trip to your happy place in these incredibly vivacious scenes.

 

St. John’s, Canada

Check out what residents call “jellybean row” and see some beautifully colored row homes. The story on why these homes are painted so vibrantly goes all the way back to the towns origins as a fishing village. Apparently the town folks painted the neighborhood brightly so the fisherman could see the shore during the dense fog that plagues this region. So out of safety comes beauty, so cool.

 

 

Maafushi, Maldives

The Maldives is a beautiful island chain that doesn’t really need any help in the beauty category, but the little island of Maafushi is trying anyway. Nestled right next to the crystal clear waters are wonderfully painted buildings that look like candy. Imagine the views from this island. The colors here look like an Easter basket exploded and candy shrapnel is everywhere.  You won’t find neighborhoods like this in your home town.

 

 

Bo-Kaap, Cape Town, South Africa

This little district in Cape Town, South Africa is a huge melting pot of cultures, so it’s obvious that this place would be painted so vibrantly. Settled by Muslims this district has gone through many changes and they all can be seen in the Bo-Kaap museum. The pastel colored buildings will make any Instagram post an instant classic so visit colorful neighborhoods soon.

 

Colmer, France

Take a walk back in time, simply visit Old Town Colmer in France. The vintage looking homes are all half-timbered medieval buildings that are painted in pastel colors. Feel like you are walking through a fairy tale when you visit this wonderful town. Enjoy canal lined streets and wonderful old school charm.  These type of neighborhoods don’t come along everyday.

 

Gamcheon, South Korea

This little bastion of color has many nicknames like “The Machu Picchu of Busan or Korea’s Santorini. In 2009 the neighborhood invited artists to paint wonderful murals all over the artsy town. So now the buildings are all painted in pastel hues and are covered in elaborate murals. Come for the views and stay for the incredible amount of street art.  This town looks like god spilled a box of crayons and left them to melt in the sun, so cool.

 

Las Palmitas, Pachuca, Mexico

The entire district lives near the poverty level but that hasn’t stopped the locals from turning their neighborhood into a giant mural. The neighborhood used to have a real negative vibe but now people are happier and tourism has brought some much needed cash flow.

 

Burano, Venice

Located just 40 minutes from Venice, Italy, sits the beautiful little town of Burano. The homes here are all brightly colored and beautifully unique. The canals are lined with some of the most vibrant color displays you will ever see with your own two eyes. Take a leisurely stroll down a canal and you can expect to see roughly twenty different colored homes, each more spectacular than the next.

If you own a home in Burano and wish to paint, you must write to the government and they will send back a list of approved colors. Its like looking directly into a box of Crayola crayons.

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Up-and-Coming Travel Destinations for 2017

Tourism begins ramping up for the summer travel season and some up-and-coming destinations are putting in extra work to attract new visitors. Maybe you should avoid the usual summer hot spots and try one of these new trendy locations for a unique and memorable vacation.

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Tourism begins ramping up for the summer travel season and some up-and-coming destinations are putting in extra work to attract new visitors. Maybe you should avoid the usual summer hot spots and try one of these new trendy locations for a unique and memorable vacation. Take a holiday less expected and maybe you will discover your happy place.

 

Reykjavik, Iceland

The best and most accessible destination to really see the Northern Lights, Reykjavik is a global city ready to explode. The Icelandic city is a wonderful vacation destination and Iceland has thrown plenty of money at the tourism sector. New hotels and resorts are popping up in some of the world’s most beautiful natural destinations. Come for the intense visual landscapes and stay for the geothermal pools, spas and resorts. The Icelandic people are wonderful and some of the most welcoming in all the land.

 

Hua Hin, Thailand

Are you tired of the overcrowded beach resorts and natural beauty being destroyed by tourism? Then Hua Hin in Thailand is your perfect beach getaway. Two and a half hours away from bustling Bangkok, sits Hua Hin, the vacation home of the royal family of Thailand. If it’s good enough for the royal family, it’s good enough for you.

Filled with fancy hotels and extravagant delights, that won’t break your bank. Remember the American dollar goes very far in Thailand, so treat yourself.

 

Zagreb, Croatia

Croatia has long been a secret destination for Europeans, as its cheap and beautiful. If you are tired of spending way too much on vacations and not getting enough satisfaction, Croatia may be for you. The cities are classically European, the food is delicious and the people are welcoming and pleasant. Enjoy some Croatian nightclubs and party for pennies on the dollar.

 

Luxury Canal Barge, France

A new trend popping up in Europe and specifically France is luxury river barges that cruise along the countryside and offer excellent deals. You can visit vineyards, breweries and regions rarely visited. These luxury cruises are made to be personal and offer luxury at an affordable price.

 

Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Kaohsiung is Taiwan’s second largest city and is known as the gateway to the wonders of the globe. Taiwan has long been on the shadow of China but is much freer and has fewer restrictions. Take China’s beauties with more civil liberties and you have Taiwan in a nutshell. Taiwan has plenty to offer for any traveler, so book your trip soon.

 

Havana, Cuba

Cuba is now available for Americans to visit since the travel ban was recently lifted. Take in a real new experience since Cuba has been blocked off from American travel for over 60 years. Take a trip back in time to Cuba where the cars are all from the 50s and no new technology has hit the streets for over 50 years.  

Havana is a wonderfully eclectic city that is colorful and vibrant, both in color and flavor. The architecture is incredible and timeless and the people are just happy to have more freedoms. The American dollar goes far here since they are a very poor country, so tourism is welcomed. See this city soon before it changes forever.

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