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10 of the best historical walks in the UK: readers’ travel tips

From a Tolkien trail in Lancashire to Gloucestershire’s war poet walks, our tipsters reveal trips through landscapes brimming with history

Start the Tolkien Trail at the hamlet of Hurst Green, home to three pubs and no shops, and head north towards the 500-year-old Stonyhurst College, which schooled Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Gerard Manley Hopkins and at which JRR Tolkien stayed numerous times throughout his life. The area around the college is said to have inspired the Shire, the land of the Hobbits. The five-mile circular route features the so-called Cromwell’s Bridge, which the New Model Army crossed to meet the Royalists at Preston in 1648. Magnificent views of Pendle Hill, famed for its witches, and Clitheroe Castle also star in this magical walk.
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Originally cheap meals for workers, street food offers a true taste of local lives and specialities

In the Taiwanese town of Jingtong, I tried what is widely known as “stinky tofu”. At the back of a roadside stall, I sat on a low seat and watched three squares of tofu being cut into four before being plunged into a wok of hot oil. It was served in a bowl with soy sauce and picked sliced cabbage and carrot. It was surprisingly good, not greasy and, although there was a slight smell, it was no worse than a strong blue cheese. With a chilled lime drink, I paid about £2.
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The best travel apps you need on your phone

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Before the dawn of the smartphone if you wanted to travel to a different country you’d have to buy yourself a phrase book and then a map or two to help you find your way when you inevitably got lost. Nowadays all of that travel information is right on hand in your pocket, you just need to know what apps to have on your phone to make sure you can travel with ease. We’re looking at the essential travel apps to download to your phone, just make sure you bring your passport along for the trip too!

Google Translate

If you’re visiting a country that speaks a different language, it might be hard getting around and understanding what’s going on. With Google Translate you can download the entire dictionary for offline use in the language of the country you are visiting, having it on hand to translate anything you read. There is an added feature that will really come in handy for people who use this app. If you point your phone at some foreign text, Google Translate will magically convert it to your mother tongue, meaning you can easily understand what’s on the menu without having to type it all into the app.

Uber

Chances are, if you are visiting a new place you aren’t going to have your car with you. You ’ll still need to find your way around this new place though and possibly the best way to do that is through Uber. If you don’t know what Uber is, it is a mobile taxi service that essentially summons a driver to your location through your phone, and they’ll take you where you want to go. It can often be cheaper than regular taxi services, and you’ll be able to get picked up within minutes, meaning you won’t be stranded in a strange and scary place trying to find your way back to your hotel.

Citymapper

If you don’t want to solely rely on taxis getting you around, then try out the Citymapper app. It is designed with commuting in mind, so it can offer you the best routes to and from anywhere in the city you are staying in. You can even download the maps to make it available offline, helping avoid the expensive data roaming charges many service providers like to extort from us when we visit other countries.

Duolingo

If you want to try and fit in with the locals, or at least not stand out too much, you might want to try leaning some of the local lingo. Duolingo is a language learning app that’ll have you comprehending the basics in no time. It is broken up into small chunks, meaning you won’t be overwhelmed with new words right from the off. The app makes a game of the learning experience, making you come back for more and more until you’re a pro at your new language. It comes with a wide range of languages, all of the most common in the world as well as plenty of lesser-spoken languages.

These apps can help to take away the stress of visiting a new country where you are unfamiliar with the language and how to get around. You can simply refer to the apps on your phone to make sure you never misorder a dish from the menu or get lost in a foreign land again.

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NordenBladet – One of the best young violinists from Scandinavia – 12-year-old Estella Elisheva is now also a vlogger! Her mother Helena-Reet Ennet announced the news via her Facebook account, NordenBladet.com mediates.

She wrote (translated from Estonian): SUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUPER EXCITED!!!!!! We decided today with Estella Elisheva that we start vlogging !!!!! How cool is that ??? !!! The first video clips are already done —- tomorrow we will continue ….. But now a question for experienced vloggers / youtubers / TV professionals or just experts — which programs (apps / systems) we should use to edit videos … for me it´s a brand new topic … any help is super much appreciated !!!! Could you please first recommend some simple and free programs !!!

At just twelve years old, Estella Elisheva is much sought-after violinist. Despite her young age, she finds inspiration from classical music and artists. She performs concerts all around Scandinavia and is considered to be one of the most talented musicians of her age. You can check out her website on estellaelisheva.com or subscribe to her YouTube channel.

Estella Elisheva is also active in Instagram – with over 58 000+ followers, she is one of the most followed young artists from Scandinavia. She is also one of the editors in OHMYGOSSIP teen. When the first vlog will be published is not jet known! We are very excited to see it!

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Replace your summer travel destinations with these less-frequented locations

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Summer vacation is something many of us look forward to each year. It makes all of the hard work during the year worth it to be able to go and explore some of the world. Lots of us will check out many of the world’s biggest hotspots. Places like Rome, Cairo, and Paris are destinations that millions of people head to each year, and in the summer it can get pretty busy as every man, woman, and child seems to have chosen to visit the same place as you. We have a few lesser-known alternative locations to suggest instead of visiting the mega-packed tourism hotspots.

Granada instead of Barcelona

Barcelona seems like a city that is one of a kind. The laid-back atmosphere combined with the modern conveniences a huge city can offer is a nice mix and keeps people coming back year on year. Granada in southern Spain is basically Barcelona, but without the insane crowds of people. You can still experience amazing architecture, and there are plenty of food markets for you to leave the city feeling quite full in the belly. This city is frequently overlooked by many foreign tourists who flock instead to Barcelona, but Granada offers just as much without the hoards of people.

Ljubljana instead of Venice.

Venice in Italy is a world-famous tourist destination. The streets of water and romantic bridges bring many people to the Italian city, almost losing that sense of an intimate retreat as there are about another thousand couples all doing the same thing. Instead of Venice try Ljubljana, the capital of the European country, Slovenia. Ljubljana can offer plenty of rivers and romantic boat trips as well as plenty of gothic architecture to help transport you back in time. You won’t find swathes of people crammed into the streets like you would in Venice, but you will still get a wonderfully romantic experience in this old city.

French Riviera instead of Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik has seen its levels of tourism increase greatly in recent times. Many of the scenes in the fantasy TV show Game of Thrones were filmed there, which opened people’s eyes to how beautiful this historic city is. As more and more people head there each year, it has quickly become an overcrowded summer destination. So, where to go instead? Try heading to the French Riviera, as you will get the same historical feeling but across many locations. That means that tourists are not all condensed into just one place, allowing you to enjoy the Mediterranean coast at your own pace. There are many towns along the coastline, including the Principality of Monaco, Cannes, and Nice that will offer the same vibe as Dubrovnik.

Choquequirao instead of Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu in Peru is one of the most amazing places to visit in the world. At the top of the mountain are the remains of an ancient civilization, the Incas. Unfortunately, because it is so interesting there are more and more people heading there each year. That causes it to be overpopulated with tourists who often leave behind huge messes that have to be cleared by locals. Another well-preserved site belonging to the Incas can be found at Choquequirao, also in Peru. You’ll challenge yourself with a more difficult trek, but your reward will be practically untouched ruins without the huge numbers of tourists getting in the way.

It is important to see many of the most amazing places in the world, just to say that you’ve been there and done it. The consequence of heading to the world’s best-known tourist destinations is dealing with the large number of people also visiting. If you want a bit of culture but are sick of being bothered by people on vacation, try these lesser-known alternatives to the world’s favorite travel destinations.

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Travel Agent Arrested for Ripping Off Essence Festival Attendees

Nakesia Washington, a travel agent and entrepreneur, was arrested for allegedly scamming dozens of women out of tens of thousands of dollars after they used her services to book a vacation to attend the 2018 Essence Festival in New Orleans.

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office is reportedly investigating cases from several dozen women who used Washington’s travel agency, OBL Travel L.L.C., to book concert tickets, hotel reservations, and party passes to attend the popular music festival during the July 4 weekend. Victims of the scam told police that they purchased vacation packages through OBL, but the 41-year-old travel agent failed to deliver. The Better Business Bureau said it has 45 complaints against OBL Travel, reports WSDU. The losses have been valued at $ 80,000. As a result, Washington was arrested on Aug. 2 and charged with theft of more than $ 25,000, theft valued between $ 5,000 and $ 24,999, and two counts of computer fraud, according to NOLA.com. However, officials say the value of the losses may increase and Washington may face more criminal charges.

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“We expect the number of cases and the monetary losses to grow as additional cases come in,” said Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Jason Rivarde. Washington may even face federal charges since the FBI is assisting in the investigation.

One woman named Kerry Gouff says she and her friends arrived in New Orleans for the festival only to find that the hotel reservations she thought she paid for through the OBL Travel Co. were not secured. As a result, she was forced to cough up an additional $ 1,200 for a room on top of the $ 1,000  she had already spent. “We were looking forward to a great time booked some travel and things didn’t go as planned,” said Gouff.

Likewise, Cinneah El-Amin, a 24-year-old woman based in New York, claims that she and her friends each paid $ 1,092 to OBL to travel to Essence. However, when they arrived, they also found themselves without hotel reservations. As a result, they had to shell out an additional $ 1,000 for a smaller room. Plus, El-Amin says that Washington only provided them with Essence Fest concert tickets after she hounded her. And even then, the tickets were not seated together and they were shorted a ticket one night.

Mattine Buchanan, a Nashville-area travel agent who worked with Washington’s company to arrange travel for about 25 women, also filed a police complaint, claiming that Washington bilked her out of $ 31,000. Buchanan signed a contract with OBL Travel and began sending payments for the women’s hotel reservations on Aug. 31, 2017, she said. Other victims told The Fox 8 Defenders that they had no choice but to cancel their trip after learning their accommodations were not secure.

Washington reportedly told many of her clients that she suffered from a medical emergency and that her bank account had been hacked. Still, many are demanding to be reimbursed. “Hopefully, we can get restitution for the money that we spent,” Adriana Williams told WSDU. “Especially me, I am out of $ 8,000 on top of the money that I paid for the package. It was the worst trip ever because I was stressed out my mind and so was the group I was with.”

Washington was released Aug. 5 from the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in Grenta on a $ 45,000 bond. Her attorney is confident that Washington will be found not guilty. Nevertheless, her website is currently advertising Essence Festival vacation packages for 2019.

How To Avoid A Travel Scam in NOLA

In addition to doing diligent research, Essence Banks, the executive director of the New Orleans Multicultural Tourism Network (NOMTN), says vacation goers can avoid getting scammed by reaching out to their agency for recommendations to a reputable travel agency that will accommodate them professionally and enhance their visit to New Orleans in a way that will exceed all expectations.

Another piece of advice, “plan and book early,” she says. “This year, over half a million people attended [the Essence Festival] and it was the first year ever that all three nights were sold out. We don’t expect anything less next year,” says Banks. “NOMTN will work with visitors to help them plan their itinerary. There’s so much culture to enjoy in New Orleans. With a little lead time, a visitor could plan an off the beaten path experience in New Orleans and a lifetime of memories. As ‘Guardians of the Culture,’ NOMTN can point them in the right direction.”

 

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Destinations all musicians must travel to

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There isn’t really a day that goes by when we don’t listen to some music, either choosing to play our favorite records or just hearing an advertising jingle on the TV, music is everywhere. It is what we listen to when trying to unwind, get pumped, use as background noise, even cry to. Music is an incredibly powerful art form, some of the biggest artists in the world can touch people’s hearts and become the soundtracks of their lives. Music can perfectly capture the emotions of strife and struggle but at other times can be the catalyst to getting down and boogying. Those who choose to play music are arguably even more passionate about it than others, so we have found some of the best destinations all musicians must visit.

Cavern Club, Liverpool, UK

The Cavern Club in Liverpool is where it all started for rock and roll band The Beatles. They went on to become the biggest band in the world in the ‘60s, but if it wasn’t for the Cavern Club, they might never have made it. Fans of The Beatles can head to the famous club in the city of Liverpool and take in the musical history of the famous venue. Bands play there all day every day so you might even be able to spot the next big thing when you’re inside. The walls are covered in memorabilia from some of the other famous bands that played there, but mostly you’ll want to check out The Beatles stuff.

New Orleans, USA

New Orleans was the birthplace of jazz, so it really is somewhere you’ll have to check out for yourself. The city is obsessed with music, and there are live performances each night in many of the venues along the famous Bourbon Street. Head to New Orleans for the Jazz and Heritage Festival around April and May to really immerse yourself in the jazz culture of this city.

Graceland, Tennessee, USA

If rock and roll is your genre, then you’ll want to check out the King’s home. Graceland is the mansion that the late Elvis Presley lived in up until his death in 1977. Elvis helped to pioneer modern rock and roll by bringing his high-energy rockabilly style to people in the 1950s. Graceland was opened up to fans of the great man in 1982 and, as well as being perfectly preserved the way he left it, Elvis fans can pay their respects to their fallen hero. He was buried on the grounds of Graceland following his death alongside his parents and grandmother.

Carnegie Hall, New York, USA

The great concert venue in New York is a place many musicians strive to play someday. To get a taste of what it would be like to perform on the famous stage, musicians can purchase a concert ticket and see how it’s done. It has been the location for many world premiers of musician’s compositions, and any aspiring classical musician should take in the history of the grand old building with a guided tour before the concert begins.

While there are new genres and styles of music emerging seemingly every day, there can be no denying that people across the world love music. For some, listening is not enough, and they want to play in their own band or solo to emulate their musical heroes. For those that love music, there are some places on Earth that they simply have to visit in their lifetime. We have started you on your musical journey across the world with these destinations.

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If you’re a frequent traveler, a pro photographer with lots and lots of gear, or just someone who likes excellent bags, then you absolutely have to check out Peak Design’s Travel Backpack.

It’s the company’s eighth Kickstarter, and it’s already a hit, scoring more than $ 1 million in funding in less than a day after being officially listed.

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Report: Travel Capsule for the Amalfi Coast

We recently got back from a two-week trip to the Italian Amalfi Coast and it was absolutely FABULOUS. I had high expectations, which were more than met. We had the best time, first just the two of us in Positano, and after that with a group of old friends in Massa Lubrense. The picturesque scenery was breathtaking, the food sublime, the locals lovely, and the company even better.

My travel capsule worked extremely well, and here are the details.

Italy Travel Capsule

The first few days in Positano were very warm and not so humid, and then it got HOT for the rest of the trip. A very sunny 30-35 degrees Celsius during the day (86 to 95 Fahrenheit) with 92% humidity. It cooled down to 25 degrees Celsius (77 Fahrenheit) at night, but stayed humid. The humidity accentuated the heat, and for the most part there was no air conditioning. Thankfully, we had a/c in the car and in our bedrooms at night.

The most important part of my capsule was footwear, and I had VERY happy feet throughout the trip. We walked 10,000 to 20,000 steps a day, up and down hills and an extraordinary amount of steep stairs in blazing heat. Not one blister, sore arch, or even as much as a red mark on my feet. I did feel my calf muscles since it was 6000 steps from the the beach to our Positano hotel. WOW, it was quite the workout. Daily gelato gave us energy and kept us cool.

 I wore my loafers and mules the first few days, and then switched to sneakers and sandals for most of the trip. My huarache sandals were WINNERS, and I was very thankful I had them. The mules were not a good shoe for stair climbing, but they were perfect for walking to breakfast, lounging at the pool, and in the villa with our friends. I also bought a pair of lemon-patterned mules in Positano on our first day, which worked perfectly with my citron bag. Their narrow fit worked surprisingly well for my low-volume feet. I wore them out to dinner several times because why the heck not. Go Team Wear.

Lemon Loafers

I had planned to wear dresses, skirt and tops, and white jeans and tops during the day. Instead, I ended up wearing dresses and a skirt with tops, saving my white jeans for dinners at night. It was too humid to wear white jeans without a/c, but they worked well in the cooler evening when I felt like a fresh outfit. The jeans did a good job of protecting my legs from the mosquitos that descend on the Amalfi coast in large numbers at sunset.

Massa Lubrense

My dress and skirt outfits were perfect for me. Breezy, covered, comfortable, not constricting, relatively crease-free, polished, crisp, and easy to dress down with flats. The style quotient is high in Italy, so I’m extra glad I felt on trend, dressy, pulled together, and, most importantly, very comfortable.

My swimwear capsule was great, although I didn’t wear it as often as I had hoped. I wore it at the pool by the hotel, but didn’t end up swimming at the beaches. Too rocky, cold, slippery and salty. I lent my straw bag to dear friend Annie to wear at night because it matched her lovely outfits (a nice way to extend my capsule). I was extremely vigilant about sun protection, and wore my straw hat most of the time whilst slathered in sunscreen (and insect repellent). I came back tanned with zero sunburn and so did Greg, which we thought was quite the accomplishment!

Positano View

I wore my bag as a satchel most of the time, but was pleased to have it convert into a crossbody for airports, flights, and for our day in Naples. I wore one denim jacket at night by the beach on a day that was less hot, and my other denim jacket on all the flights. For the rest, they hung in my closet. I wore my pearls every day, and my sunnies all the time.

I highly recommend visiting this beautiful part of Italy, but avoid Summer unless you love the heat!

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There are so many hidden costs when you go traveling. It is annoying! You save up for ages, book your flights, reserve your accommodation and then that’s it, right? No. There are so many hidden pitfalls that so many of us fall into, every time we go abroad. Here are some of them.

Not reading the fine print

Often it is necessary to rent a car if your accommodation is far away from the airport, then it makes sense to get there in comfort, instead of jumping on five trains and eight buses. If you’re taking a road trip for the ages, then make sure you read all of the fine print on the car documentation, ideally before you sign and agree to the terms. Occasionally car hire companies can add insurance to the price without even asking you. Your travel finance company might even cover the cost, check their small print too!

Don’t be shy

You know that movie trope where the newlyweds are upgraded to first class, just because they are newlyweds? Yeah, we hate them too. Well, that could be you! Don’t be afraid to ask for upgrades when you get to the desk, you never know, they might give it to you for free if they are available. Simply asking if they have any upgrades available could be enough to prompt them to offer it free of charge, often upgrades are only provided upon request.

Do your research

Make sure to check out your transport to and from the airport. Sure, you know you can hail a cab here, but what about in Tibet, or Bangladesh? Not so easy. It is important to research how you will be getting from the airport to your destination; otherwise, you could end up stranded in the middle of nowhere with nothing but your birthday suit. Many travel agents will be able to put a transfer into your package if you require it.

Eat at home

Airport food is ridiculously overpriced, don’t eat there. Just, don’t. Eat your own food at home, it’s cheaper and nicer. Fine, go to the drive-thru and get a Happy Meal, just don’t eat at the airport. It’ll save you so much money. The wonderful thing about lugging a massive suitcase around is that you can fill it with stuff. Some of that stuff should be food.

Figure out how to make calls

Most of us have smartphones with WiFi capabilities. Make sure that when you’re traveling around you find WiFi hotspots and use them. Do not try and use Google Maps if you get lost, it will cost you so much money in roaming charges. One trick that will come in handy is to purchase a local SIM from the airport. This will only set you back a small amount, and it will not have astronomical roaming charges. A tip, within a tip; head to the kiosk closest to the exit, they will be paying less rent so are the most likely to have the cheapest SIMs.

Check ATM fees

If you run out of cash, which is probably likely if you’ve found a sweet street food vendor that just does the best pickled snake. Maybe not, but whatever you spend your local currency on be sure to know what the additional charge will be when you want to fill your wallet back up. Most will charge for each transaction so try to take enough out to last you a while to avoid multiple ATM visits.

Those were some tips we think you’ll find useful the next time you’re heading to a new travel destination. Make sure you plan your trip as far in advance as possible, it will allow you to budget better and avoid the hidden costs. One final piece of advice – don’t eat near tourist attractions, it is super expensive.

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FIRST-CLASS WINES, beautiful beaches, powerful history–how do you take it all in when visiting one of Africa’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities? At the Silo, a new hotel perched atop the continent’s largest modern-art museum, concierge Hoon Kim has a plan for your Cape Town trip.

Emerging neighborhood: Woodstock used to be quite industrial, with lots of factories, but it has become an area filled with interior designers, graphic artists, artisanal breweries, and contemporary galleries like SMAC and Whatiftheworld. There’s a famous Saturday market at the Old Biscuit Mill, which started Woodstock’s renaissance a few years back. We call it the Brooklyn of Cape Town.

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A weekly food market in Woodstock. Per-Anders Pettersson–Corbis/Getty Images

Best new restaurant: At the very cool Janse & Co., chef Arno Janse van Rensburg is all about local produce. The food is experimental and creative–I recently had a sensational grilled leek dish with cream cheese and almonds–but it’s not fine dining. The restaurant is very simple, with dark walls and candles on the tables. There’s a wonderful courtyard, too; sometimes I go there just for a nice glass of chilled wine.

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Janse & Co.’s Chef Arno Jansevan is all about the local food. Courtesy of Jessamy Hindle

Urban escape: Franschhoek–Afrikaans for “French corner”–is about an hour from Cape Town and is known as the culinary capital of South Africa. It’s where the Huguenots first settled around 1600 and today is home to some of the country’s best restaurants and wine estates. Everything in this quaint town has a French feel, which is really weird and wonderful in the middle of South Africa. Haute Cabri?re is a familyowned boutique wine estate here.

Terrace of restaurant at Haute Cabriere Vineyard Estate, Franschhoek Pass, Franschhoek, Cape Winelands
Terrace of restaurant at Haute Cabriere Vineyard Estate in Franschhoek, the wineland of South Africa. Blaine Harrington III–Getty Images

Beach break: Because of melting icebergs from the South Pole, the South Atlantic Ocean surrounding Cape Town is actually colder in the summer than in the winter. Most people here prefer suntanning to swimming, but surfing is definitely very popular. Camps Bay and Clifton Beach are famous surf beaches, but I like Muizenberg Beach on the southern coast for its sand and milder water temperatures.

Locals’ secret: Reverie Social Table is a proudly South African farm-to-table eatery located in the quirky Observatory neighborhood. The chef, Julia Hattingh, is young and ambitious; I’ve never seen anyone as passionate about local produce and wine. She creates the five-course menu around a rotating wine selection. It’s served at a long table that accommodates maybe 12 people max, so you have to like sitting with strangers.

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Reverie Social Table has one shared table to create the ultimate dining experience. Courtesy of Adrian Beck

Must-have souvenir: South Africa is famous for leather goods, especially ones made from ostrich. Cape Cobra Leathercraft is a boutique whose owners, the Schafer family, make everything by hand, from belts to credit card holders to fabulous handbags, using very high-quality local leather.

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Family owned boutique Cape Cobra Leathercraft offers local, handmade leathergoods. Courtesy of Cape Cobra Leathercraft

Things to avoid: Tours of Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, are government regulated and not the best run. To learn about the painful memories of the apartheid era, try the District Six Museum instead.


The $ 10,000 Day

We asked Kim to plan us a special, singular day in Cape Town: The day would begin with a dramatic, scenic helicopter trip over the Cape Peninsula, affording jaw-dropping views of the waterfront, Table Mountain, and the Cape of Good Hope. Upon the guests’ return to the city, we’d whisk them off in a Maybach limousine for a tapas lunch at Chef’s Warehouse Beau Constantia in the heart of wine country. After lunch, guests would return to Cape Town for a luxurious sunset yacht excursion aboard the Only One, where, in between sips of South African bubbly and bites of gourmet canap?s, they could go for a swim before zipping out for a spin around Table Bay. And to conclude the day: a relaxing full-body massage under the stars on the rooftop of the Silo hotel.

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Guests enjoy the infinity pool on top of the Silo hotel. Courtesy of the Silo Hotel

A version of this article appears in the August 1, 2018 issue of Fortune with the headline “South Africa’s Mother City.”

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Best “walking cities” to travel to in the world

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Sometimes the only way to really get to know the city you are visiting is to take it all in at your own pace. That means strolling around the streets, getting a feel for the people and atmosphere of the place. While some cities are not ideal to walk around because of their hills (hello, San Francisco), others can be enjoyed under the power of your own two feet. We’ve done the hard part and trekked across many of the world’s cities to give you our definitive recommendations on which of them to wander around.

New York, USA

Let’s start with a biggie, New York City. Taking a taxi or a bus around this city just won’t do it the justice it deserves. Walking around the streets of Manhattan really lets you see all that is going on. You can grab a pizza on the corner of a street, or head into one of the many bars, restaurants, or cafes to give yourself a quick rest before you march on through the city. Of course, you will have to get out and walk through Central Park, so why not extend your walk? No trip to New York would be complete without walking around several of the huge department stores the city has to offer.

London, UK

London is a huge metropolis, but unlike many cities, its streets are narrow and intertwining. This means that if you take a bus or taxi tour, you are going to miss things because they can’t fit down all of the streets. Down some of these little side streets are many little pubs and historic buildings. You’ll want to get a closer look at some of the ancient architecture that you just don’t get to see from the window of a moving vehicle. We recommend getting up at daybreak to really take in the city at your own pace before the working residents start bulldozing their way around the sidewalks and walkways.

Paris, France

Paris, the city of love. What better place to go for a romantic stroll than the French capital city? Take your partner and go for a long walk along the river Seine before ending up frolicking through the Tuileries gardens. The gardens are located beside the Louvre art gallery so make sure you stop by after you’ve experienced the beauty of the gardens. Walk through the streets and enjoy the smell of bread and coffee as you walk past some of the finest cafes Paris has to offer.

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is a historic city; its streets are a reminder of how we used to live hundreds of years ago. The cobbled stones and narrow alleys can be found all over the city, helping to transport you back to the medieval times. Prague doesn’t get too hot, even during the summer so you can comfortably walk around the city without getting burnt or sweating buckets. With several concert halls and clubs, walk around this city will fill your ears with the sounds of the Czech culture.

These are some of the best cities to stroll around at your own pace. You can just drop yourself into the city and absorb the culture through the sights, smells, tastes, and people that surround you. To get a sense of the history of these places then take a guided walking tour to learn more when you visit. If you are looking to visit a city for your next vacation, then consider walking around one of these cultural hotspots.

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The last (plastic) straw: travel and its environmental responsibilities

Some airlines, hotels and tour operators are now addressing the issue of plastics pollution but activists believe the solution requires everyone to take a stand

For decades the image of a brightly coloured plastic straw in a cocktail against a backdrop of sea and sunset signalled one thing – carefree holidays. But 2018 is the year the travel industry will say adios not just to plastic straws but all single-use plastic.

Today, those little plastic tubes are a symbol not of fun times but of the catastrophic damage our throw-away culture is doing to the planet. Photographs of straws littering the seabed and beaches are on every news site and eco-conscious social media account – along with a litany of grim statistics and stark warnings: 480 billion plastic bottles sold worldwide in 2016; one trillion single-use plastic bags used every year; more than half a million plastic straws used every day around the world. If we continue to generate plastic waste at the current rate approximately 12 billion tonnes will be in landfills or the natural environment by 2050.

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Power Couple Creates Unique Travel Experience for AfroPunk

AfroPunk has gained worldwide popularity for its music festival that celebrates black alternative culture, music, and art across three continents and five cities. The annual concert features a collective of indie acts and headliners like Solange, Lenny Kravitz, Lauryn Hill, and funk legend George Clinton. Now, the global live events company is expanding into the black travel movement space thanks to a new partnership with The Runaway Experience, a black-owned travel company that specializes in curating cultural experiences, connections, and adventures.

The Runaway Experience

The Runaway Experience was created in 2015 by Jeff Belizaire and Kalisa Martin, a couple that met at church and started dating in 2013. At the time, Belizaire was a marketing executive who spearheaded campaigns for major brands like Boost Mobile, T.I.’s AKOO Clothing line, and McDonald’s. Meanwhile, Martin, a classically trained chef, was navigating a successful career in food science and media, making appearances on the Today show and Good Morning America. However, their lives took a drastic turn in March 2014 when they booked a last-minute getaway to the Caribbean to escape a harsh New York City snowstorm. “Have you ever gone on vacation and said to yourself, ‘I could live here?’ On a trip to Jamaica, Kalisa and I entertained that idea—and actually went through with it,” Belizaire told Black Enterprise in an email. “During the long weekend, the idea of [opening a bed and breakfast] came up and we thought, ‘Why not? It could happen, and it could happen right here in Jamaica.’”

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Four months later, the couple quit their jobs, relocated to Jamaica, and leaped head first into entrepreneurship in pursuit of their passion for food, culture, and travel. Together, they launched a Kickstarter campaign and raised nearly $ 47,000 as seed capital for their business idea. They then used the funding to launch their first outpost called The Runaway Jamaica, a community-oriented luxury bed and breakfast, in November 2015. “Kalisa and I made history by becoming the first successfully crowdfunded hospitality brand in the world,” says Belizaire.

The Runaway Jamaica brand became a huge success and eventually outgrew the four walls of the B&B. “In response to overwhelming demand, we were compelled to expand and host experiences all over the world,” he said. So, in 2017, they closed the B&B and launched The Runaway Experience, which hosts all-inclusive experiences for group travelers and partners with locally owned B&Bs and villas. The first pop-up destinations were in Cuba and Bali. The third will be in Brooklyn, New York, for the upcoming AfroPunk Festival in August.

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“We’re excited to enhance AFROPUNK Brooklyn by creating a travel experience that connects festivalgoers with the community and highlights the most exciting black-owned galleries, boutiques, and restaurants,” says Belizaire. The five-day, four-night experience includes a pop-up dinner with Bravo TV’s Top Chef finalist Chris Scott, an art tour led by art critic Jessica Lynne, a boutique shopping tour featuring fashion designer Debbie Hardy, and VIP tickets to see all of the acts at AfroPunk Brooklyn. This year’s performers include Erykah Badu, Miguel, and Janelle Monae.

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Jeff Belizaire and Kalisa Martin (Photo Credit: Sean Munro)

Belizaire says the partnership between The Runway Experience and AfroPunk developed through his organic relationships with AfroPunk co-founders Matthew Morgan and Jocelyn Cooper. “Matthew and Jocelyn have been longtime supporters of The Runaway Experience since its successful crowdfunding campaign in 2014,” he said, adding that the two brands share common values. “Through the years, a mutual interest in collaboration formed. When The Runaway Experience decided to launch a domestic travel experience, it made sense to partner with AFROPUNK. Together we created The Runaway AFROPUNK Experience to spotlight Brooklyn’s diversity, encourage cultural exchange, and to give Brooklyn festivalgoers an opportunity to form meaningful connections with the community.”

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This first-of-its-kind partnership will enable festivalgoers to connect with local communities through meticulously curated events, unforgettable dining experiences, and more. Belizaire says the strategic partnership also “further signals the rising tide of the black travel movement, which combats the stereotype that black people don’t travel when indeed the sector comprises a $ 48 billion market.”

 

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This Woman is Helping 50,000 Sisters Travel Solo, Affordably

“As women, we need to give ourselves some time. We need to recoup. We must learn who we are, and traveling solo can help us do that,” says Coleitha Banks, the founder of Sisters Traveling Solo. This purpose-driven woman created a 7,000-member Facebook Group community and turned it into 50,000 members in a year.  Sisters Traveling Solo is a company created to help women of color travel solo.

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By offering unique payment plans, travel planning services for your entire trip, and amazing vacations to places like Peru, Bali, Paris, and more, Sisters Traveling Solo is creating a strong support system that allows women to experience the world in a cost-effective way.

Six years ago, Banks needed a break. She yearned for mental clarity and felt that taking her first solo vacation could help provide the peace of mind she wanted. Banks was determined to take her first solo trip to the 2012 Olympics, and she refused to let the lack of money stop her. With this passion in her heart, she developed a financial plan, took her first solo trip, and had a life-changing experience. Now, even with a corporate job, 90% of all of her trips have been solo, and she has traveled to over 21 different countries.

Currently, Sisters Traveling Solo offers nine trips around the world. “We help make women financially prioritize their travel, and we create an entire experience that is life-changing,“ says Banks. Traveling solo can be inexpensive and the Sisters Traveling Solo Facebook Group helps remove that concern. Here are five ways Banks helps her group members find mental peace through travel in the most cost-effective way:

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Sacrifice Going Out.

Sometimes it is tempting to go out and spend money, especially, if it’s available. However, that disposable income can be used for your vacation. Take the money that you would use during happy hour and set it aside for your vacation. Instead of going out three times a week, save the cash you would have spent, and put it toward your next trip. Sacrifice temporarily, to help ensure that you are living the life of your dreams.

Travel on Deals.

There is no need to spend full price on trips when there are websites like The Flight Deal and Secret Flying. On a daily basis, search for their flight deals, and select the destination of your choice.

Make a Down Payment on Your Lodging.  Never Pay the Full Price Upfront.

If money is a concern for you when planning your travel, make sure that you use websites like Booking.com so that you do not have to pay for your hotel in full, up front. Booking.com does not require all the money at once, but instead a deposit. This will allow you more time to save for your vacation, and still have the dates secured.

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Set a Personal Goal, and Make Your Vacation a Priority.

None of this will work if you are not serious. No more complaining. No more getting frustrated. Make a decision and eliminate all other options. Open a separate online savings account with Goldman Sachs, Capital One 360, or Ally Bank, and start setting aside money each month. Stick with it, and make this trip a priority in your life.

Be Flexible.

Be open to departing from other cities outside of your own. By flying from different destinations your flight can be a lot cheaper.

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10 of the UK’s best waterside pubs: readers’ travel tips

On canals, coast and riverbanks, readers pick their favourite pubs for a drink in the sunshine while taking in the action – or lack of it – on the water

Waterside pubs are an amazing link with the past on the UK’s 3,000 miles of canals. One of the very best is the Admiral Nelson at the locks near the entry to the Braunston tunnel. The very cosy interior is supplied with a pile of foodie books by an enormous fireplace. You can watch the stream of canal boats and colourful work boats with their gorgeous decorations as the locks are operated, two boats up and then two down. There is a ghost in the part of the pub that was once the canal worker’s morgue. She walks through the wall into the bar, apparently. The Nelson has always been a meeting point for boaters with stories of canal trips around England, and has been for 300 years.
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[Breaking] Al Sharpton Blasts Supreme Court Decision to Uphold Muslim Travel Ban

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court ruled to allow the Trump administration to continue a travel ban restricting entry from seven countries including Iran, North Korea, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, and Venezuela, reports CNN and other news outlets.

Rev. Al Sharpton condemned the ruling through a statement released by the National Action Network:

“Today’s Supreme Court decision marks another outrageous step backwards for religious and racial justice around the world. The Supreme Court’s decision to the anti-Muslim bias clearly apparent in this policy is unfathomable—the ban is rooted in islamophobia and has been phonily sold to the American public for the sake of ‘security.’

“Trump has made it clear time and time again he wants a migration ban on individuals from all Muslim countries. We at NAN have no patience for the ongoing efforts by this administration to undermine religious freedom, a basic building block of our nation. We will push back at every step and every available juncture on any whiff of intolerance and prejudice.”

Since early 2017, the administration has attempted to enact a travel ban against mostly Muslim nations, several times. Each time, the action was struck down by federal judges, reports ABC News. The latest ban, which is the one the court upheld, was the result of a signed Executive Order in September.

The ruling comes on the heels of a week of outrage and protests over the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy. The administration began prosecuting as many people crossing the border as possible. Many of these migrants cross the border with children. The Washington Post explains, when the adults are prosecuted, they are taken into Department of Homeland Security (DHS) custody. The children are separated from the adults, their parents, in most cases, and are placed in internment centers or “tender age” shelters since children cannot be detained by DHS.

With much of the public outraged over the detainment of children, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order to stop the separation of children and parents but said zero-tolerance would continue.

 

 

 

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Travel Capsule: Two Weeks at the Amalfi Coast

We’re off to Italy where we’ll spend two weeks at the gorgeous Amalfi coast. We’re splitting our time between a hotel in Positano, and sharing a villa with friends in Sorrento. Sam will hold the fort back home with our pet-sitter, and we will miss him terribly. 

Including travel, it’s a two-week trip and this is what I’ve packed. A few things upfront before I delve into the details.

  • We’ll be doing a lot of relaxing, strolling and slowing things down. We’re looking forward to spending quality time together, hanging out with friends, sightseeing, savouring gastronomic delights, and lounging on a beach that’s a hundred steps from the villa.
  • It’s going to be gloriously warm and sunny. Daytime highs of about 25 to 28 degrees Celsius (78 to 88 degrees Fahrenheit), and a little cooler in the mornings and evenings. Apparently, it will be humid, but that doesn’t worry me at all. I love the heat, and quite like the humidity.
  • I’ll be putting a suitcase in the hold because I like to have more dressing options than a carry-on can accommodate. I’ll also be doing a little shopping on my trip which requires extra space on the way home.
  • I will not be doing laundry on the trip.

The capsule does not include the outfit that I will wear on both sets of flights. It’s the same outfit, and I’ve shown the components at the end of this post.

This capsule came together extremely easily because I’d decided back in February that I would wear dresses, skirts, pretty tops and cropped white jeans on this trip, which is exactly what I’ve packed. I had all the dresses because it’s been the BEST dress season ever.

The Palette

The colours, fabrics and patterns reflect my sartorial preferences. I’ve stuck to my usual Summer palette of optical white, dark and mid-tone blues, denim blue, sour brights like watermelon and citron, and a smattering of black. I LOVE lace and eyelet so there’s a lot of that. I prefer classic patterns so it’s stripes, polka dots and checks all the way. I can wear head to toe neutral outfits, or throw in the brights. I happily wear watermelon with citron and white, and find it harmonious and soothing. All outfits are grounded with white, which calms the eye and adds that crisp and pretty integrity I’m after in my outfits.

No Formula

There is no one outfit formula because I’ll be wearing dresses, a skirt, and cropped jeans with tops. The only constant is flat white footwear, pearls, and my eyewear. Most of the tops can be worn with either the jeans or skirt, which is handy. That way I can pander to my mood when selecting what to wear for the day.

The mix of items is true to my style since it combines classics with trendier items, wardrobe essentials with statement pieces, solids with patterns, neutrals with colours, and old items with newbies. There is plenty of variety but with a good amount of discipline. There are ten fresh outfits which means I’ll wear a few items more than once.

Important: I took the time to try on all outfit combinations with various accessories and footwear options to make sure I liked them. Do not go with what you think will work in your head. TRY ON outfits before you pack to avoid disaster.

Here’s more detail on each part of the capsule. Note that wardrobe basics like undies, camisoles, sleepwear, loungewear and footies are not represented here, but of course I’ll pack them too. For the rest, these are the exact wardrobe items that I packed and will be wearing en route.

Footwear

I built a travel capsule around my shoes because it’s extremely important to have happy feet when you’re walking around a city and using public transport. Once I knew which ultra comfortable shoes I was taking, I planned the rest of the outfits to work with them.

All footwear has been tried and tested, and goes the distance. All footwear is white and FLAT because that’s signature to my style and bookends my hair. No heels at all. I chose mules to inject trendy newness into my outfits. I chose classic loafers because they work with everything and are my most worn Summer shoes. I threw in a pair of sandals for heat and humidity, and the beach. And streamlined white fashion sneakers for extra long walks and plane travel. All footwear options work across the range of outfits, although I prefer some combinations to others.

Dresses

I feel a lot more pulled together and comfortable in a dress, so I don’t bother with shorts. I’ve packed five frocks across a range of of colours, patterns and fabrics for maximum versatility. They’re all midi length apart from one, which doubles as a tunic over white crops. Silhouettes are roomy, or tailored on the torso because I’m off fitted sheaths on this leg on my style journey. I want comfort, swish and romance, and nothing constricting on the lower body. All dresses are sleeved because I don’t wear sleeveless. Silhouettes are casual and smart casual, and quite dramatic. I’ll be wearing them with casual flats, which effectively dresses them down.

Bottoms

I chose three bottoms for days when I don’t wear dresses. White jeans are favourites, so I packed those and two pairs for good measure. Who needs blue jeans when you love white jeans! I’m thrilled with my new lace skirt and threw that in to change things up. It’s a pencil style, but very breezy and comfy nonetheless.

Tops

I’ve packed a range of blue and white tops because they look best with the bottoms and are robust for travel. No bright tops this time round, but there’s variety in silhouette, pattern and fabric to prevent me from getting bored. All tops can be worn with the three bottoms so I can mix and match till the cows come home. I’ll pattern mix, so there are many possibilities.

Toppers

Denim jackets are a wardrobe essential for my Summer style and suitably robust for travel. I chose a light-washed embroidered style with a fluid fit, and a dark collarless tailored peplum silhouette to change things up. Both jackets work over any of the dresses and tops, although I like some combinations more than others.

Accessories

I’ll be we wearing my specs and sunnies along with gold watch, pearl bracelet and pearl wedding ring daily. I’ll throw in the pearl necklace most days too. To change things up, I’ve brought along two handbags instead of one. I MUST travel with a satchel and chose my citron Furla because it converts to a crossbody and adds a bright component to my outfit. The straw bag is a trendy classic and screams beachy-Summer so I packed that too. These bags add polish to my outfits, and are also practical. I chose a cotton citron scarf to complement the bag. I wear Summer scarves in the heat to keep the sun and sea breeze off my neck.

I will also be travelling with an umbrella and a cashmere wrap. I’ve left the wrap out of the capsule because it will not be styled into these outfits. It’s a cosy blanket for plane travel only.

Swimwear

I created my swimwear capsule from scratch back in February and am thrilled with it. I won’t do much swimming, and will spend most of the time in the shade under an umbrella. I can wear the packable straw hat with any of my day outfits.

Travel Outfit

This is the exact outfit that I will wear tomorrow on the flights out to Paris and Naples, and the flights back to Seattle in a fortnight. It follows my strategy for what to wear on long flights. Layers, fabrics with stretch that don’t crease, and soft fabrics are cosy and insulating for plane travel. A jacket, scarf and dressy bag also make my casual outfit look pulled together and polished. Comfortable shoes are essential for comfort when traipsing through airports and cities with luggage.

You can visit the collection page to see my travel capsule in its entirety. The picture below shows the items just before I started packing. Mini in-house fashion stylist Sam gave his nod of approval.

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World-schooling: people who travel around the world with their kids

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How often did you sit in school wishing you were somewhere more exciting? Going to the same building and spending most of your day learning can be a real drag, especially when you’d rather be out doing something a lot more fun. No matter what people do to try and make school more exciting, it still ends up being pretty boring. Well, if you’ve wished for a way to change things up and give your own kids a more stimulating education, then we’ve found the thing for you – world-schooling.

What is world-schooling?

World-schooling is pretty much exactly what it says it is. You travel the globe with your children and educate them about everything there is to see in the world. It’s a bit like home-schooling, only much more exciting (and expensive). It’s about more than taking your kids on vacation for a few weeks and introducing them to a new culture. Most world-school children are out of mainstream education for a year or two, if not forever. You’re essentially responsible for teaching them everything you think they need to know, which can put a lot of pressure on your shoulders. When done well, though, it has plenty of benefits.

Good geography skills

It’s amazing how bad some people’s geography skills are. Even those who have received a full school education can’t point to many different countries on a map. At best, they might be in the know about American geography, but that’s about it. How better to improve your geographical knowledge than to see where everywhere is for yourself?

Pick up the language

It’s more important than ever for children to learn foreign languages. The world is becoming increasingly connected, and being multilingual can be hugely beneficial for the younger generation. If you spend a good amount of time schooling in one part of the world, it’s likely that your child will start to pick up on the language, especially if you help teach them. Learning from experience is much easier than sitting in a classroom having the words drilled into you.

One big history lesson

Everywhere you go, you’re surrounded by history. Towns and cities all around the world are filled with museums and galleries that showcase the local history. However, you don’t even need to go to these places to learn everything. Each country has its own unique culture that’s been shaped by history, and immersing your child in that will open their mind to the way that different people live. Traveling is one big history lesson.

Artistic expression

Being surrounded by all these different cultures can also be hugely beneficial for your child’s creativity. When they’re in an art class at school, they might not know how to create anything outside of the norm. However, when children are world-schooled, they see for themselves how people have produced artwork using their own unique styles. If creativity runs in your family, then this is the best way to inspire them to follow their artistic dream.

Learning acceptance

One of the most important lessons that a child can learn from being world-schooled is accepting others. Depending on where they’re raised, a kid might grow up not being surrounded by other ethnicities and religions, which can be harmful to them in later life. Exploring the world will show them first hand how other people dress and what they believe in. Doing this while they’re young will show them there’s nothing wrong with being different, and that they should appreciate everyone for who they are.

World-schooling isn’t for everyone. After all, traveling around the world doesn’t come cheap, and a lot of people can’t afford it. Even if you can manage a year, or just a few months, though, it can do your children a world of good.

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Best places to travel on a budget

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Traveling can be an expensive way to spend your time, but often it is the most memorable. Finding a way to travel for less, is the ideal way to maximize how much of the world you can see in your lifetime. While it can be costly getting to some places depending on where you are coming from, these places won’t break the bank when traveling on a budget.

Karpathos, Greece

Greece is a beautiful country; there are wonderfully blue waters, and white sands that help to make it one of the prettiest places in the world to be. Throw in a delicious cuisine, and you’d be crazy not to visit there at some stage of your life! Karpathos has many beaches that are free to enter, and you can take a dip in the Mediterranean Sea. There are ancient ruins to visit, such as Agia Fotini and Agia Sofia which are runs of ancient chapels from many years gone by. Then there is the Roman cistern, which is a cave dwelling from the time of the Roman Empire. There are a host of activities such as snorkeling and windsurfing that are available for travelers looking for a bit of action. The food is cheap, which is important because you will eat a lot of the delicious cuisine, so much that your clothes might burst at the seams.

Porto, Portugal

Portugal is experiencing a travel boom at the moment so you’ll have to get in there before the prices skyrocket. The coastal city of Porto offers travelers plenty of sun as well as a healthy dose of culture. You can visit the baroque church of Torre dos Clerigos which helps to provide a great overlook of the city thanks to the sky-high tower attached to it. You can ride the vintage tram service that runs through the city if you don’t feel much like walking. The weather is often fair and even in the winter months, the temperature shouldn’t dip much below 62 degrees during the day. The 60 Euro cent cups of coffee are a good barometer of the day to day expenses in Portugal. If that doesn’t appeal to the travel budgeter in you we don’t know what will.

Havana, Cuba

If you are traveling with a buddy, then you should check out Cuba as it can be an affordable location to visit when sharing the costs of accommodation with a friend. You could spend $ 10 on drinks if you head to a tourist spot in Havana, but if you head to a local bar, the same drinks will probably set you back about a dollar. Avoiding the tourist economy is the way forward in Cuba, as this way you will get to immerse yourself in the country’s history and culture as well as saving yourself some much-needed pennies for the road. You can get cheap meals for around $ 4, and coffee is even cheaper than in Portugal, many cups are available for as little as $ 0.10. There are hundreds of vintage cars that are dotted all around Havana that add to the vibrancy and color of the city. Just walking around the city and taking in the street art and street life is the best way to get the most out of Havana while keeping your costs low. Taxis are cheap and charge $ 1 per kilometer traveled.

Traveling for less is becoming harder and harder these days as travel itself becomes more popular. These are the places we think you will be able to head to without spending lots of money but still have an absolutely amazing time.

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Nurse Alice: Summer Travel, Sex, and Zika Safety

As summer kicks off, and you begin to make travel plans—be careful. Zika still poses a health risk and we must all remain vigilant. The virus is still a risk even though we’re not hearing much about it this year. The biggest risk is for women who are pregnant or may become pregnant. It is linked to the risk of microcephaly (small head) and other birth defects. Because of this, the CDC urges women not to travel to areas with risk of Zika.

But here’s where the record skips…

Did you know Zika can be transmitted through sex?

Zika virus (also known as ZIKV) is most often spread by infected mosquitoes, however, a recent study published in The New England Journal of Medicine showed evidence of prolonged shedding of the virus in the semen of some men with a Zika infection. The CDC continues to recommend restricted travel for pregnant women or those that may become pregnant but now the CDC also has recommendations for couples. It is recommended that couples use condoms or avoid sex for up to 6 months when a male partner has traveled to an area with risk of Zika. Sex includes vaginal, anal, and oral sex as well as the sharing of sex toys (just in case some of yall were trying to disqualify certain activities).

Due to these new Zika recommendations, I consulted with Dr. Eboni, a board-certified pediatrician and Founder of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics of Greater Houston to better understand the current state of Zika.  

According to Dr. Eboni, even though there have only been 21 cases of Zika reported in 2018; summer travel is just getting started. “It’s important to remember that infected people can pass Zika through sex even when they don’t have symptoms. Many people infected with the Zika virus have no symptoms or only have mild symptoms,” says the pediatrician. Per CDC recommendations, if the woman travels to an area with Zika risk, the couple should take precautions for at least two months. If the male partner or both the male and female partner travels to an area with risk of Zika, the couple should take precautions for at least six months. These precautions should be made even if the individuals do not have symptoms, or at least from the start of symptoms if they develop them.

How can people protect themselves from acquiring the virus?

In addition to recommendations for having protected sex, the best protection from the Zika virus is to avoid mosquito bites. This includes the use of insect repellent, wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants.  

Is there a vaccine to protect against it? 

There is no vaccine available to protect against the Zika virus. To date, there is no medication available to treat Zika virus infections.  Treatments may help make you feel better, but do not cure the infection. Treatment includes drinking lots of fluids, resting, and taking acetaminophen if you have fever or pain.  


Before making summer travel plans, how do I check to see which areas are at risk?

According to Dr. Eboni, you should check the CDC’s website for an updated list of high-risk areas. These areas include parts of Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central America, North America, South America, and The Pacific Islands.  It may also be helpful to consult with your doctor if you have questions about making summer travel plans.

 

 

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3 Situations to Use a Child Travel Consent Form

School’s out soon and it’s time to think about activities for your children in the coming months. While you are ironing out the final details of your summer plans, consider that if your minor child is traveling alone or with another family member, they might need a Child Travel Consent form.

Making sure your child is carrying the proper consent document helps give authorities the information they need to understand your child’s travel arrangements, enabling a smooth trip.

This post looks at 3 common situations where a Child Travel Consent form should be used.

Children Traveling with One Parent

If your child is traveling with only one parent, that parent will need a Child Travel Consent letter that has the other, non-traveling parent’s name, signature, and a short statement authorizing the travel arrangements.

A common scenario for a child traveling with one parent is when the parents are separated or divorced. Custody arrangements can be complex and modify the rules for travel in different ways, but in general it’s important that the child has a travel consent form signed by the non-traveling parent.

With separated parents, it’s also recommended that the parent traveling with the child carry extra documents that demonstrate proof of guardianship, like custody papers, adoption papers, and the child’s birth certificate,

Similar rules apply for a child traveling with adult relatives, like a brother, sister, aunt, uncle, or grandparents, but in this case the travel consent letter must contain the name and signature of both parents instead of just one.

For international travel, some countries may require specific or additional documentation. You can check requirements with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) or the embassy of the country your child is traveling to for more information.

Children Traveling with a Group

Along with other documents a child would need to travel, like a passport or birth certificate, the CBP recommends that children traveling with a group or organization, like a school group, religious group, sports team, or cultural organization should have a Child Travel Consent form signed by both parents to keep with them.

In addition, the CBP recommends that the group leader, supervisor, or representative have a letter printed using the organization’s letterhead containing the following information:

  • The name, date of birth, primary address, and phone number of each child, as well as contact information for at least one parent or legal guardian for each child
  • The full name of the group as well as the names of the group leaders, representatives, or supervisors that will be present on the trip
  • A written, signed, and notarized statement by the supervising adult(s) that indicates they have legal guardianship consent for each child

Children Traveling Alone

If your child is traveling alone, the requirements for travel documents will be similar to when your child is traveling with a group. They will need a notarized consent letter that is signed by both parents. If the child is traveling internationally, they may need additional documentation.

You can contact the embassy for the country your child is traveling to in order to check entry requirements.

Consent to Travel

When your child is traveling without you, it’s important to make sure they have the correct documentation so that it’s easier for authorities to understand the nature of your child’s trip.

Having a consent form can also help your child avoid unnecessary or stressful delays during their travel time and ensure that they reach their destination with as little turbulence as possible.

 

Do you know of other situations where a Child Travel Consent form could be used? Let us know in the comments!

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How do you travel with a child but without a car seat?

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Years ago I went on a year-long backpacking trip that took me through Southeast Asia, where I fell in love with golden temples, kind people, night markets, scooters, khao soi soup, elephants, monkeys, and what humidity does to my hair.

At the time, I was childless, but I wondered what the trip would be like if I had a child with me. I wondered about my interactions with people, what foods my child would like, how my child might make friends with other little kids.

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Now this summer, my dream trip is becoming a reality. My son will be turning 4 years old, I saved up a little bit of money, and I think/hope we are ready to endure 20 hours of travel to get to our first destination, Chiang Mai, Thailand. (Fingers crossed, toes crossed, everything is crossed.)

Along the way we will also visit a friend in Siem Reap, Cambodia, before we explore Indonesia, a country that will be as new to me as it is to my son.

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We’ll be traveling in multiple planes, taxis, buses, rickshaws, boats, and possibly scooters, which begs the question: How can I keep my son safe in so many modes of transportation?

I quizzed several travel writers about this topic, and they gave me some advice based on their previous trips. However, most of these writers are experienced in traveling to international locales with similar car seat regulations as the United States. The question becomes stickier in places where seatbelts themselves are a suggestion, not a rule.

Seriously cute little girl in Cambodia standing up on a bus seat

Here are my options, as I see it:

* Bring a traditional car seat along. This is impractical, as we will be using several modes of transportation without safety belts, so there’s no way to secure the seat.

* Bring nothing. This is probably the easiest, but the worst for my anxiety. If you are traveling without a car seat this summer (not recommended!), the Car Seat Lady has several suggestions for making it as safe as possible.

* Purchase a special travel seat to make do. Options here include the inflatable BubbleBum seat and the MiFold, which folds up into an unbelievably tiny package. Like, wallet-sized.

It’s true that we won’t always be traveling in vehicles with seatbelts during this trip. But when we are, I want the peace of mind that comes from having a booster seat. I still haven’t decided which seat we will take along — the BubbleBum or the MiFold — but I’ll definitely be bringing something to keep our dream going while staying as safe as possible.

Have you traveled internationally with your child? What did you use for a car seat?

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Tips from a family of four who quit their jobs to travel the world full-time

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Family time is precious and can lead to plenty of new and exciting memories. These parents took their young family one step further. Prepare for the birth of the @bucketlistfamily! After packing their bags to head on the adventure of a lifetime, parents Jessica and Garett have plenty of tips on how they have made their traveling lives work by creating an online persona for themselves.

Stand out from the crowd

In a world of 7.4 billion people, it can be hard to stand out. However, these parents admit it is vital to find your selling point. Whether it is taking unique photos such as picturesque underwater shots, or traveling to a certain number of countries in a set time; to reach fame you need a selling point that will always keep people coming back for more. For this pair, it is their family life and adventures they share with their three children!

Using your skills

Jessica and Garett admit they have always had a love of journal keeping. So when it came time to decide on their online pages, they opted for a way they could capture all their precious memories forever while also pursuing careers. What skills do you possess? It could be blog writing, photography, or vlogs of your travels. It’s time to put those talents to good use and turn them into a real money maker.

Be yourself

After all, it will be much easier to keep up your online antics if you are just being you. These parents admit that in their vlogs they talk as if they are telling the stories to their friends and family back home. Your followers will love the honesty, and fall in love with your content thanks to its individuality. If you try and act as though you’re someone you’re not, you could find yourself losing out on potential business and upset your fans.

All about meaning

One of the most important parts of creating online pages is to create something that is meaningful to your family, according to Jessica and Garett. The parents admit they use Instagram as a way to hold onto the memories of the family adventures so will only post photos that capture their time together. If you aren’t in love with your content, then it may come across in your posts.

Reach out to the fans

The fans are the ones that will make your lives possible! Without a following, it may be hard to live a life on the road as traveling extraordinaires. Jessica and Garett state that it’s better to build up a relationship with a small following than it is to have thousands of fans that never interact with your content. This could be asking questions in your posts, setting up polls, or creating competitions. Whatever it is you choose to do, don’t forget about the people that make your lifestyle possible.

Find the brands

You may be surprised at how many brands are willing to team up with people that are building themselves on social media. If you know you want to work with a particular company, then look at the other content they are putting out there. Could you recreate it with your own unique spin? Brands may not start sponsoring you straight away, and you may just receive some free content in return for some promotions on your page. However, as your fan base continues to grow, the paychecks may just soon start rolling in.

It may sound daunting, but the @bucketlistfamily have shown the world how you can raise a young family while still getting to take in all the sights the world has to offer. Just imagine raising your family in a new country every month. Could you soon be booking your plane tickets to join them on this incredible adventure?

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Digital nomad – what a job title! So what does it mean? Well, these individuals work through technology such as laptops and phones, while continually traveling the world. Does that sound up your street? You could soon find yourself as one of the hundreds of people that get to enjoy the freedom of life while still carving out your career. Here’s how to travel the world while working!

Practice run

So you’ve decided you want to see the world while working – that’s great! But if you’ve never done anything like this before, how do you know you’ll like it? Why not save up for a few weeks and give the lifestyle a practice run? You don’t have to travel far, just far enough away that you won’t have the comfort blanket of your friends and family. That way it will let you know if you’re ready to embark on this brand new adventure in your life.

Backup fund

Before even thinking about booking that one-way ticket abroad, do you have the funds to support yourself? Just with any self-employment, being a digital nomad means some months you will receive a bigger paycheck than others. That’s why it’s essential to have money in the bank just in case something was to go wrong. After all, your friends and family may not always be there to transfer over some extra funds! Hopefully, you won’t need the savings, but it’s nice to have a safety net.

Making connections

This doesn’t just mean getting to know the locals; a digital nomad relies solely on their technology and internet access. No wifi – no work. Some apps show local places that have been specifically designed as workspaces for the working traveler meaning you could land better internet and a set office space. Plus, getting to know the locals means you could uncover secret local hotspots that are perfect for staying connected.

Balancing act

Many people would jump at the chance to travel the world without interruptions. Learning all the new cultures, seeing sights like no other, and meeting a selection of people are just some of the benefits of jetting off around the world. Sorry to snap back to reality, but it’s important to remember that you do need to get some work in too. Setting aside a few hours a day to meet the deadlines can then leave the rest of the day to enjoy your surroundings. It’s all about finding that work/life balance, even when you’re halfway around the world!

Social butterfly

Just because you’re thousands of miles around the world doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice any friendships. In fact, this can be the perfect time to make many new relationships with locals or fellow travelers. As you will be working on the internet, it might also be worth giving your family and friends back home a call as well. You may be traveling alone, but that doesn’t mean you have to feel lonely. Plus, your loved ones will probably be thankful to hear from you.

The world is a big place – there are over 190 countries that are there to explore! That’s a lot of land, and now it looks as though you could take in all the sights and the sounds that the planet has to offer while still getting your work done. It’s backpacks at the ready for this adventure of a lifetime. Who knows what you’ll see?

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Fascinating travel documentaries you need to watch

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Whether you’ve got a trip coming up, or are just in a constant state of wanderlust, then watching travel documentaries will prove to be both exciting and awe-inspiring. They could spur you on to book another trip or get you riled up for your impending travels. And you just can’t beat a good ol’ travel documentary. So take a look at the top five travel documentaries that we think every jetsetter should watch.

Long Way Round

What could be better than a travel documentary? One with Ewan McGregor in it. This 2004 documentary follows McGregor, Charley Boorman, and their cameraman Claudio von Planta on their travels from London to New York on their motorbikes. During their journey, they traveled across thirteen countries – from the UK, across Europe, through Canada and finishing up in the United States – and crossed over 30,000 km. They have the time of their lives, meeting new people, sharing new cultures, and seeing new landmarks. In true documentary style, they also have some troubles along the way, making it a gripping watch. It’s the perfect adventure.

Blindsight

Many travelers often explore new places to not only find hidden gems in the world, but to also find themselves, and push their limits. Blindsight follows the lives of six blind Tibetan children attempting to climb Mount Everest. They have to find their way across glaciers and climb up steep precipices. This is in a country where blind people are often mistreated, persecuted, mocked and tortured. The spirit of these children and the incredible backdrop of Tibet will undoubtedly inspire you.

Stephen Fry in America

If you’re thinking of traveling to America, it can often be easier to travel to the well-known destinations and get trapped in the typical tourist trap, like the Empire State Building. But in this documentary, Stephen Fry travels to every single state in the country to uncover the hidden gems of the United States. Of course, he does it all in a traditional British black cab. Fry reveals the magic and history that each state has to offer, which many of the residents had even forgotten about. It’ll definitely make you want to go on a road trip across the USA.

Sharkwater

For those of you who love being in the water, you’ll love this one. For those of you who don’t, the idea of filmmaker Rob Stewart spending 200 days of the year underwater might not entice you, but his incredible underwater photography might just change your mind. This documentary follows Stewart’s travels underwater to capture the beauty in some of the world’s most incredible and most hostile oceans. You’ll see schools of sharks, multi-colored fish, and so many fascinating underwater creatures that you’ll never see the ocean in the same way again.

The Fruit Hunters

Many people travel the world to sample all of the different foods, cuisines, and cultures of each country. These Fruit Hunters travel across the Hollywood Hills, Miami, Bali, Umbria, Honduras and Borneo in an attempt to find the juiciest, tastiest and rarest fruits in the business. The main aim of this documentary is to encourage travelers to travel with their mouths, and explore what your own town or city has to offer. And there are some incredible scenes and landscapes along the way.

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How to make time for travel despite a busy schedule

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With so much of the world to see, we can often find ourselves torn between our desire to explore the hidden gems of the Earth, and our need for the time and money to do so. Because many of us are not lucky enough to take months off from work to leave our troubles behind and travel, we have to find time in between working long shifts, paying bills and everyday adult responsibilities (which we pretend we don’t hate, when we really do) to finally get out of your office chair. So if you need some advice on how to make time for travel when you have a busy schedule, look no further.

Enjoy weekend trips

Okay, so you can’t really go too far over the course of two days, but you can at least get away from the same town you see week-in, week-out. Sometimes, just two days away from your normal hustle and bustle can settle your travel bug for a while. Spend a weekend in the country, check out a new city, take a long hike, or even just find a great place for a spa weekend. Your options are endless. And if you want to spend a bit more time away from your everyday life, try and take off either the Friday or the Monday for a long weekend.

Use your work holiday breaks

Unless you work for the worst boss in the world (sorry if you do), you should get most of the main holidays off from work, e.g., Christmas, Thanksgiving, national holidays, etc. These holidays are the ideal times to take a trip and travel somewhere new – you could even have Christmas on the beach this year! If you don’t mind missing some of your usual traditions, this could be perfect for you.

Travel on top of your work trips

If you’re lucky enough to be able to travel for your job and are sent on business trips during various times of the year then it’s super easy to just travel a few days earlier, or stay a little bit later to actually explore the place you’re visiting. More often than not, you get sent to your business trip destination, do the work, have the meetings, stay in a dodgy hotel and fly home again; without actually exploring your surroundings. Ask your boss if you can stay a few days later and see something new!

Make traveling one of your priorities

When you’ve got a busy work life and a hectic schedule, it can be hard to think of traveling as a priority when you have so much to do. However, everyone needs free time – but this can only be attained when you realize this. You need to find your own money, time and energy to plan and work out the logistics of your trip. Without this, you’re going nowhere. Except back to work.

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‘Ego travel’ – your guide to the narcissistic heart of modern holidaying

Millennials have replaced the sun, sea and sex of the Club 18-30 holiday with Insta-friendly trips featuring toad licking and ayurvedic smoothies. Have you become one of them?

After 50 years of putting the “shag” in Shagaluf, Club 18-30 could be coming to an end. According to Thomas Cook, the tour operator that owns the infamous holiday brand, millennials are more interested in “ego travel” than pairing off with like-minded singles over buckets of cocktails, with their tastes being shaped by what looks good when posted on social media. But what is ego travel – and are you guilty of it? Here is your guide to the narcissistic heart of modern holidaying.

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Are you ready to travel in style? Haywire Weekend wants to help. This startup luxury travel website lets you choose which destination island you want to go to and provides you with luxury villas and curated events, and best of all, you’re surrounded by like-minded people. In 2018, Haywire added six locations to their roster: St. Lucia, Puerto Vallarta, Turks & Caicos, The Hamptons, Greece, and Bali.

According to a recent release, founders Paul Dykes and Twaney Harding met on Wall Street as college interns. Postgrad, both continued working in finance but eventually left their corporate jobs for more fulfilling work. Known for their contagious personalities and for creating good vibes, they launched Haywire Weekend with a trip to Turks & Caicos in July 2016. With minimal marketing techniques, they were able to gather 75 friends for the first-weekend getaway.

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“We love to choose exclusive island destinations because if we went to more popular places, people might want to veer off and explore. This way we are able to control the fun and ambiance,” Harding said in the release. Haywire travelers are both novice and experienced, with events fitting for everyone. Upon registering, travelers are grouped into villas based on preferences and a personality test.

The luxurious villas come complete with spacious rooms and breathtaking views, allowing young travel professionals to come as friends and leave as family, according to their slogan. The weekend includes five days of events including a welcome party, champagne party, float party, beach brunch, and more.

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“For our 2018 lineup, we wanted to cater to all types of travelers with different cultural destinations. This is a time for us to show that we can be versatile and to expand our brand while allowing each location to have its own original Haywire swag,” Dykes said.

For more information on Haywire Weekend and upcoming destinations, click here.

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7 Instagram travel photographers you need to start following

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Some would argue that in a way. we are all photographers these days when cameras are ubiquitous. After all, we can just pull out our phones and take an instant picture of anything we want. But there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to Insta photography, although we’re pretty sure that professional photographers, those who actually went to school and got a diploma, would strongly oppose the notion that each and every one of us is a paparazzo of life.

The theme of lifestyle and especially travel, is one of the most trending themes onInstagram. Hashtag #travel, #wanderlust, #adventure and more words along those lines are being re-used on the social media platform by millions of people around the world. After all, the love for travel and the need for a vacation is the one thing people have in common, no matter where they are from in the world.

Just like different people have different traveling styles, so do photographers have different photography methods, and if they are Instagram photographers, then they use different filtering apps and techniques. It does require a different set of skills to be a social media photographer, and it sure does pave the way for those who want to become professional in that field. Either way, you need a good eye for beauty and aesthetics and that is not something many people have. We’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite Instagram travel photographers that have taken their passion, inspiration and talent to social media, and the results are simply mind-blowing. We have a feeling these people have found the best job in the world, hands down.#filterneeded.

@expertvagabond

Matt describes himself as an ‘adventure travel enthusiast’. He is all into landscapes and everything adventurous like hitch hiking, trekking in remote places, scuba diving with the most dangerous species and more. He has 132,000 followers on his account.

@Kirstenalana

Kirsten Alana is a New York City based photographer who has a very eclectic collection of shots on her Instagram account. Her travels snaps are accompanied by a short blog post telling the story of the picture.

@Travisburkephotography

What better way to explore the world than with the person you love by your side? Together with his girlfriend, Travis Burke likes to capture what national parks have to offer which is basically everything that is naturally stunning: lakes, beaches and more. All you campers out there will love his style.

@Lebackpacker

Johan Lolos has ‘the outdoors’ written all over his face, or Instagram. With a great passion for the wilderness, this young dude has been anywhere from New Zealand to Europe. He likes to consider himself ‘a person who notices beauty in the world.’

@voyage_provocateur

The Polish photographer, Marta Gaska, has one of the most colorful yet aesthetic Instagram accounts we’ve ever seen. As you can see on her account, she is planning to visit Morocco on her next trip. By taking one look at her photos you can instantly notice she has a good eye for details.

@mylifesatravelmovie

You could say that Alyssa Ramos is living the dream. She is a full-time solo travel blogger who has been literally all over the place. She takes her amazing Instagram photos and adds her own tips and insights, which makes it even more authentic. She knows how to live the good life, that’s for sure.

@alexstrohl

With almost 2 million followers on Instagram! Alex Strohl will provide you with the right amount of daily inspiration to keep you motivated. His epic photography of landscapes will make you want to take a break from your daily life today. His snaps are truly magical.

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Magical UK travel destinations for real Harry Potter lovers

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Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love Harry Potter? Being a Muggle is boring. Whether you want to be a witch, wizard, or House Elf (there might be someone out there), there’s nothing like seeing the Harry Potter magic right before your very eyes. Unless you’ve just been given your Hogwarts acceptance letter, it’s not as easy as taking the Floo Network right to Diagon Alley. Nevertheless, there are some places that come pretty close. Check out these five spots in the UK that you need to visit if you’re a Harry Potter lover.

Warner Bros Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter

If you’ve always wanted to dine in the Great Hall, take a trip down to Diagon Alley, play Quidditch on a broomstick or have a bumpy ride on the Knight Bus, the Warner Bros Studio Tour has everything a Harry Potter lover could possibly want. The main studio was turned into this tour after filming ended and is now the ultimate museum for Potterheads. It includes everything from the sets, props, a replica of Privet Drive, making of the sets, costumes and so much more. And it’s just a short ride away from the center of London!

The Elephant House

We bet you’re wondering – The Elephant House? There were no Elephants in Harry Potter? You’re right there. Instead, this was the place where it all began. The Elephant House is a small coffee shop and tea room in Edinburgh, Scotland where J.K Rowling first got the inspiration for Harry Potter and the Wider Wizarding World. From looking up at Edinburgh Castle, Rowling brought to life some of our favorite characters, locations, and magical creatures. She wrote most of the outline of the first story on a train between Edinburgh and London, but wrote the majority of The Chamber of Secrets in this little hideaway.

Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross Station

You can try running through it, but we’re not sure it will work (if it does, we’ll be incredibly impressed). If you’re traveling into London, you’ll be passing through the major stations anyway, so it makes sense to take a trip to the station that Harry and his fellow Hogwarts schoolmates used to take them to the Hogwarts Express. The station has honored the story in the best way possible, by signposting a pillar in-between platforms 9 and 10 as ‘Platform 9 ¾’ and is complete with a half-concealed trolley and an owl cage.

Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford

If you’re a Harry Potter fan, you’re probably also a bit of a bookworm – so visiting this library is a treat for two reasons. The Bodleian Library was the location of many Harry Potter movie scenes – from the Hospital Wing to the ballroom that was used for the (slightly unfortunate) dancing lessons with Professor McGonagall in preparation for the Yule Ball. As you go further into the library, you’ll also notice huge bookcases, with books chained to the walls. Yep, you guessed it. The Restricted Section.

The Jacobite through West Coast Railways

If you really wanted to feel like you were aboard the Hogwarts Express on the way to Hogwarts, the Jacobite Steam Train is the closest you’ll get to the real thing. The train and the track were used for all the aerial shots of the Hogwarts Express (with the iconic bridge) and one of the carriages – Carriage D – was used as the interior of the train. Although we can’t guarantee the Trolley Witch will come along with some Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans…

It’s every Harry Potter fan’s dream to ride on the Hogwarts Express, visit the Great Hall and see where J. K. Rowling first imagined their favorite characters in the movies and books – and now we can! We know where we’re going to do our ‘research’ – a.k.a dressing up in a cloak and carrying around a stick, swish-and-flicking while proclaiming Wingardium Leviosa.

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All My Travel Outfits Follow This Rule

One perk of my job is that I travel a lot. This means I’ve had a lot of time to master the art of packing a carry-on, figure out the fastest way to get to the airport (which actually isn’t all that fast in New York), and most importantly learned exactly what—and what not—to wear. All it takes is one red-eye pretzeled in an exit-aisle seat to know your outfit choice can make a pretty big difference.

My first key bit of advice: slip-on sneakers. This TSA-approved footwear choice not only makes navigating security a breeze, but it’s also ideal for subtly sliding under your seat without the fear of having to fumble with shoelaces or fitting swollen post-flight feet into anything remotely high-top. Second, the clothes I choose my outfit using the stretch test. Doing a few quick lunges and an arm reach, I always calibrate: Does my bra ride up? Do my pants squeeze? Does my jacket constrict? If the answer to any of the above is a yes, I immediately abandon my choices for something comfier.

If I can get away with it, the stretch test means that the majority of my travel outfits are basically a lesson in head-to-toe athleisure. Sweats, a sports bra, and a cozy sweatshirt are all designed with comfort in mind, which can make a world of difference seven hours into a transatlantic flight. If I need to look a little more polished post-flight, I’ll make sure to have a cool jacket handy and to wear jeans that I know are stretch enough to keep me happy. Below, I’ve highlighted a few styles that will pass the stretch test with flying colors so you can make your next flight just that little bit less miserable.

Before you leave the house and head for the airport, take a minute to do a few lunges, arm swings, and other stretches to ensure your travel ensemble won’t cause any problems.

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Do yourself a favor and travel solo at least once

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel on your own? Whether you have tried it in the past or not, there are many advantages to solitude, especially when taking a trip, even if you think you are one of those who simply can’t breath when other people are not around them. It’s definitely not for everyone, and we understand why it would seem scary, especially when you are a female traveling alone, but if you have the time and the courage, you should certainly give it a try.

With summer just around the corner, we thought it would be a good time start nurturing that wanderlust of yours by showing you why traveling solo can be the most amazing adventure of your life. It’s time to pack your bags, grab a book or two and hit that road to freedom, just you and yourself.

Freedom

When traveling alone, you have the freedom to choose when and where you want to go certain places, your mind is basically clear of all those outside noises. Freedom is a big part of what turns a trip to an awesome one, because it allows you to let go of your daily routine life and just live it like you never would back home. Your thoughts and mind will flow more freely and will get a real break, the break that you deserve.

Spontaneity

You’ll have a better chance at ‘living in the moment’ and be spontaneous because you won’t have to take anyone else into consideration. In fact, you can even take it a step further, and decide not to connect with the outside world for a few hours a day, for instance. That way you could reflect on everything you have going on in the purest way possible. Live in the moment and experience those places like you want to.

Growth

Traveling alone, whether you realize it now or not, will really push yourself to grow as a person. You’ll encounter the most uncomfortable situations, and you’ll have no one but yourself to count on. And you know what, sometimes we know best, we just have society in the way that makes us doubt our actions sometimes. Step outside of your comfort zone and be inspired by everything around you. Basically, get comfy with the thought of being uncomfortable, you will do yourself a big favor.

Time

As mentioned before, freedom is priceless when traveling. Sure, going on a trip with a bunch of friends, whether it’s a festival, a camping trip or a city tour, can be fun. However, you usually live off someone else’s schedule and synchronizing your plans and expectations can be a hard task. Well guess what? When you travel alone, you’re on your own time zone. You can wake up for coffee whenever you want, take a nap at any time of the day and decide if you want to rush things or take your time.

Home

Every good trip also comes to an end eventually. You pretty much pack all your belongings and unpack your memories when you return home. When you travel with another person (family, partner, roomie or your BFF) you go back home with those shared memories and all you can do is reminisce together. When you travel solo, you get to tell your story in your own imaginative way. In addition, after spending so much time alone, you will probably miss the closes people to you more than you think, which is always a good thing in any kind of a relationship. You will come home more complete and understanding of them, and of yourself.

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AIG to offer travel insurance for Expedia customers, but should you buy it?

AIG is teaming up with popular booking site Expedia to offer travel insurance worldwide.

But do you know when you should buy travel insurance and when you shouldn’t?

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New player in travel insurance industry

You may remember the name AIG from when it had a dramatic near-total collapse during the 2008-2009 financial meltdown. But now the veteran insurer is slowly getting back into the game with a new insurance initiative.

Reuters reports AIG will offer travel insurance when customers are booking flights, hotels, travel packages and cruises on Expedia’s namesake site, as well as on other sites it own like CheapTickets, Orbitz and Travelocity.

The Expedia deal actually marks the second recent move in the travel insurance field for AIG. In October, it reached an agreement with United Airlines to sell booking insurance to its customers.

Keep the following pointers in mind if you’re thinking about buying travel insurance:

When do you need it?

Money expert Clark Howard has long said that travel insurance policies should always be purchased when you are taking a cruise, a tour or traveling on a trip that requires prepayment of thousands of dollars.

When don’t you need it?

Say you’re grabbing a $ 49 one-way fare from a cheap carrier like Southwest. It wouldn’t make sense to buy a trip insurance policy on such a cheap fare.

Incidentally, you can score that $ 49 Southwest deal on our sister site, ClarkDeals.com!

What kind of coverage does travel insurance offer?

Policies are designed to protect consumers by giving them refunds in the event of illness to the traveler or immediate family member, or to provide a refund in the case of company, tour operator or airline default.

But here’s the thing: You’ve got to read the policy carefully to see what it covers and what it excludes. If you don’t have time to read through the entire trip insurance document, at least read through the “Summary of Coverages” section.

How much does it cost?

You should expect your policy to run you about 5% of the total cost of a trip, Clark says. You can comparison shop for a trip insurance policy that suits your needs at InsureMyTrip.com. Be sure to pay special attention to any exclusions!

Know who you shouldn’t buy a policy from

Always purchase a policy independent of the cruise, tour or vacation planner. Never purchase the trip protection plan from the trip organizer. They are designed to protect only the company and not the consumer.

Bad weather isn’t a shoe-in when you want to file a claim

When it comes to the issue of weather, coverage will vary widely by policy issuer. Depending on the trip policy you buy, it may help you with weather or it may not.

“You really have to survey the marketplace to see if your particular weather circumstance will be covered,” Clark says. “A lot of the insurance policies offer false hope on that front. That’s why you have to read the policy before you buy it.”

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Travel Capsule for an Eight-Day Trip

It’s time to head out to see my darling Dad in the Netherlands, which I do four times a year. I’ll be flying out on Sunday but this time Greg will join me while Yorkie Sam and his pet-sitter hold the fort at the Cox Castle. This is what I’ve packed. 

A few things upfront before I delve into the details of the travel capsule:

  • I’ll be visiting family, seeing dear friend Inge, doing errands, organizing, shopping, eating out, and going to appointments. I’ll be hanging out with my Dad in his home town of Velp, with daily trips to nearby Arnhem (a 15-minute bus ride). These very quaint and local towns are on the east side of the Netherlands and close to the German border. They are about an hour and a half away from Amsterdam.
  • I keep my outfits on the dressier side of casual because that’s true to my style.
  • Temperatures will be around 0 to 7 degrees Celsius (32 to 45 degrees Fahrenheit). Very grey and a little wet. Hopefully there won’t be much snow and ice, but there’s a biting icy wind in the Netherlands that makes it feel colder than it is — especially when you’re walking. Since I do a LOT of walking and take public transport when I visit my Dad, it’s very important to layer, wrap up, and wear comfortable footwear.
  • I’ll be putting a suitcase in the hold because I like to have more dressing options than a carry-on can accommodate. I’ll also be bringing presents for family and doing some shopping, which requires extra space.
  • I will not be doing laundry on the trip.
  • I can magically keep white and cream wardrobe items clean, and have been travelling with them for years. It’s a complete non-issue.
  • The capsule excludes the outfit that I will wear on both non-stop ten-hour flights. It’s the same outfit, and I’ve shown the components at the end of this post.

I’ve mentioned a few times that I crave a change in colour more than a change in silhouette. This is why the palette of my capsule is colour-rich, yet the items create the same daily uniform.

The Palette

I’ll create high-contrast, colourful outfits that look punchy and make me feel alive. Blue denim, navy, orange, citron and cream are the dominant colours in the capsule. Navy is a slam dunk with orange, and looks lovely with citron and chartreuse. Creams and white lighten the palette and match my hair. There are gold, white and burgundy accents just for fun, and an extremely small smattering of black.

The Outfit Formula

Foundation: Turtleneck + Jeans + Blazer + High-Shaft Flat Shoes + Coat + Specs

Finishing Touch: Scarf + Pom-Pom + Hat + Gloves + Watch + Jewellery

The items in the capsule can be mixed and matched till the cows come come. It’s a satisfying mix that is true to my style since it combines classics with trendier items, wardrobe essentials with statement pieces, solids with patterns, neutrals with colours, and old items with newbies. Plenty of variety but with a good amount of discipline. The silhouettes are simple. It’s the colour of the item, the bold combination of the colours, the accessories, and the mix of patterns that give the outfits their kick. Do not underestimate the power of colour as an effective styling tool.

Here’s more detail on each part of the capsule. Note that wardrobe basics, like undies, camisoles, sleepwear, loungewear, socks and knee-highs are not represented here. For the rest, these are the exact wardrobe items that I packed and will be wearing en route.

Footwear

I build a travel capsule around my shoes because it’s extremely important to have happy feet when you’re walking around a city and using public transport. Once I knew which ultra comfortable shoes I was taking, I planned the rest of the outfits to work with them.

I chose my gold boots to inject newness and futuristic glam into my outfits. They’ve been on shopping trips with clients so I know they can go the distance. I chose cream hi-top sneakers because their fleece lining is very warm, and the grippy soles are good in grotty weather. They are my most comfortable shoes of all time. I’ll wear the shoes with socks or knee-highs to keep warm.

Bottoms

I desperately wanted to take Winter dresses and tall dressy boots, but jeans and booties are more practical for the activities and weather on this trip. I chose three pairs of jeans, although two would have been sufficient. A pair of cropped blue straights, full-length dark skinnies, and white boyfriend jeans create variety.

Tops

I’ve packed five tops, which is more than I need. I’ve stuck to fine gauge woolly turtlenecks and one crew neck because they’re dead right for the weather, AND they layer well under blazers. Plenty of colour variety — just how I like it! Each of the five pullovers can be worn under either of the two blazers.

Toppers

I’ll wear a blazer each day to add polish and dressiness to my outfit, hence I packed two Winter weight blazers so that I can alternate and prevent outfit boredom. Both blazers are patterned, although the navy polka dot is like a “false plain.” I’ll need a coat for outside and chose my warm chartreuse cocoon coat because it fits beautifully and comfortably over the blazers. I’ll be very layered, but I don’t mind one bit. I’ll be warm and insulated, and feel pulled together with blazer and pullover when I remove my coat indoors.

Accessories

I packed many accessories because they change up my look, create a maximal vibe, keep me warm, and don’t take up space. I chose two scarves – one patterned, one solid – that can work across any of the outfits in the capsule because I like bold colour combinations, and enjoy pattern mixing. I chose a citron crossbody because it’s matchy-matchy with the coat, and easy for travel. It’s a dressy Furla because casual bags are not my thing, and I like the way they amp up a pair of jeans and sneakers.The patterned pom-pom hooks onto my bag and makes me smile. I chose two dressier belts because they also add polish to my casual outfits. Cream headgear and gloves are essential for walking in the cold morning and night. I’m leaving off my pearl necklace, but wearing pearl wedding ring with bracelets and watch daily.

I will also be travelling with an umbrella and a cashmere wrap. I’ve left the wrap out of the capsule because it will NOT be styled into these outfits. It’s loungewear and a cosy blanket for plane travel only.

Travel Outfit

This is the exact outfit that I will wear on the flight out to Amsterdam, and the flight back to Seattle eight days later. It follows my strategy for what to wear on long flights. Layers, fabrics with stretch, fluid fits, and soft fabrics are cosy, comfortable and insulating for plane travel. A jacket, scarf, belt and dressy bag also make my casual outfit look pulled together and polished. Comfortable shoes are essential for comfort when traipsing through airports and catching public transport with luggage. I’ll pack my jacket and coat into my hand luggage during the flight and while I’m at the airport, but will need it on the other side when when we take organized transport through to my Dad’s apartment.

The jeans, pullover and denim jacket that I wear on both flights do not get worn during my trip, which is why they’ve been excluded from the travel capsule. I will wear the scarf, and possibly the navy boots and belt, if I feel like it.

I tried on the outfit combinations I was a little unsure about BEFORE I made my final decision on what to pack. You can visit the collection page to see my travel capsule in its entirety. The picture below shows the items just before I started packing.

Travel Capsule

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Travel systems, which come with an infant car seat and a stroller it fits into, are great for new parents, since they make getting around easier. But they can also be pricey, running into the $ 400, $ 500, even the $ 1,000-and-over range.

But there’s no need to spend such lofty sums when there are plenty of more-reasonably priced travel systems out there. Here are 5 of our favorites that deliver 5-star performance and impressive value.

1. Evenflo Sibby

It’s new on the market, so you may not have heard of it yet, and it’s so outrageously beautiful that you may assume it’s expensive. But for under $ 200 (well under, in some cases — the purple model pictured above is on sale for $ 149 right now!), the Sibby looks and works great. It comes with the LiteMax infant car seat, highly rated by parents and narrow enough to be one of our 47 car seats that fit 3 across in most vehicles. And the Sibby stroller has a secret superpower too: a ride-along board that flips up when you don’t need it, and down when you need to carry your new baby’s older sibling — or take it off entirely if you don’t need it (yet!).

Buy it: $ 149-$ 198

2. Urbini Omni Plus

The Omni has a cool feature that makes parents love it — the main stroller seat can be easily converted into a bassinet, so it’s perfect for pushing around infants, if you’d rather leave the car seat in the car. The stroller seat can flip from rear-facing to street-facing too, to accommodate little riders who are sleepy, need attention, or want to look around. Some online reviews complain about the wheels, so if you live on rough terrain, you may want to keep looking. But for those who live close to smooth sidewalks, the Omni Plus is a great-looking bargain with cool features.

Buy it: $ 193.12

3. Graco LiteRider

For every day solid performance, look no further than the LiteRider Click Connect Travel System, which is a shocking bargain at just $ 111. It comes with the SnugRide Click Connect car seat, arguably one of the most popular on the market, and the LiteRider stroller, a stroller so great that it was a 2017 Moms’ Picks finalist for Best Lightweight Stroller. One caveats: maximum weight for the car seat tops out at 22 pounds, so if you expect or have a child on the large side, you may want to try another option. Otherwise, this is a well-working

Buy it: $ 111

4. Baby Trend Expedition Jogger

With two sets of back wheels and one wheel in front, jogging strollers tend to maneuver more easily than strollers with four sets, so if you live in a place where you have to do tight twists and turns, you may want to consider this kind of stroller — with its giant air-filled wheels, it’s great for bumpy rides, too. This travel system comes with the Flex-Loc car seat, a narrow seat that’s one of the 47 car seats that fit 3-across in most vehicles, and the Expedition’s stroller seat reclines flat, so you can safely put your baby in this stroller from birth.

Buy it: $ 167

5. Safety 1st Smooth Ride

The Smooth Ride stroller’s nice features are its agile wheels (which whip smoothly around tight corners, so consider this for city living), and its easy fold: pull one strap in the middle of your baby’s stroller seat and the stroller collapses easily and stands by itself, ideal for those who have to keep their stroller in a closet or another small space. It comes with the onBoard35 LT, which is comfy and well-padded.

Buy it: $ 144

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7 Unique Cities In The U.S. To Travel To Before You Graduate

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The US is such a diverse and cosmopolitan nation that it has a truly stunning array of cities to explore and uncover. Don’t think that you have to go away abroad to find your ideal city break. There are so many stunning choices right in front of you, and we feel it’s massively important to make the most of these wherever you can. The independence that college life brings is something you should seize as soon as you can.

Before you graduate, you want to make the most of your time before you get into the real world and have to start taking life more seriously. The best way of doing that is to push your boundaries and explore your surroundings. These are 7 unique and awesome cities in the country that you need to make sure you visit before graduating college.

Moab – Utah

Moab may not be a place you recognize, and it’s probably not somewhere you’ve been before, but this city is the pinnacle of everything great about Utah. It is stunningly beautiful, breathtaking, and the perfect place to enjoy some of the stunning magnificence of nature. Pack a camera, and get ready to update your Instagram!

Santa Fe – New Mexico

Santa Fe is always a city that has had that special kind of vibe to it, and now you can discover why. The art scene here is truly stupendous, and it’s the perfect place to visit for art majors and culture vultures. It also has some stunning architecture as well and is one of the most aesthetically pleasing cities on our list.

Cocoa Beach – Florida

Florida is a paradise of a state, and there are so many wicked cities here to explore – and Cocoa Beach is one of the best. This beach city is great for those wanting to enjoy some Sun, sea, and sand, as well as geeking out at the Kennedy Space Center nearby. Orlando is also pretty close for those wanting to visit Walt Disney World as well.

Mystic – Connecticut

Just as magical as it sounds, Mystic oozes that small town charm so many of us look for when we want to get away. This place is cute, charming, and feels a million miles away from the nearby cities, and is just across the water from Long Island. This is also the setting for the movie Mystic Pizza, one of Julia Roberts’ first movies.

Roswell – New Mexico

More famous for its UFO and so-called ‘conspiracy’ links than anything else, Roswell is a place you will almost certainly have heard of. This quirky town embraces its alien links, and is the ideal travel destination for conspiracy theorists – this is a must-visit place for all college undergrads.

Pigeon Forge – Tennessee

This quirkily named city is one of the most beautiful and unique cities you could ever hope to explore. There is also a massive music scene here, and it is the location of Dollywood, Dolly Parton’s amusement park. Oh, and throw into that the fact that it is one of the most beautiful cities on this list, and we have a winner.

San Antonio – Texas

Austin and Houston might seem like the most popular places in Texas to visit, but that’s just because you’ve not checked out San Antonio before! The weather is sensational for most of the year, and the San Antonio River Walk is one of the dazzling and delightful experiences ever.

As you can see, there are plenty of amazing cities in the United States that you simply must discover right now. These are 7 unique cities, different from what you might be used to, and we think you should check them out before leaving college as soon as you can.

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Your Pyeongchang 2018 Travel Guide

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Pyeongchang is a county in South Korea, and, in February 2018 it will host the 2018 Winter Olympics. This seminal event brings together athletes from numerous disciplines of winter sports and sees them competing for medals. The Winter Olympics have always been a fun alternative to the Summer Olympic Games and takes place two years after.

If you are an avid fan of Olympians, and extreme sports, you may well be planning on heading to Pyeongchang to enjoy some of the Asian hospitality, as well as taking in some sporting greatness. In this case, you’re going to need to know all about Pyeongchang, and where to go when you’re there. So check out our 2018 travel guide for this stunning part of South Korea.

Getting around

During the Winter Olympic, Pyeongchang will have free shuttle buses taking people to and from Olympic venues and events. That means you’ll be able to benefit from a specific form of transport dedicated to the Olympics. You don’t have to worry about having to find your own way to the venues or stadiums – you can always just get on the shuttle buses and go straight there. If you visit the Pyeongchang official website, you will be able to find out more information; it might also be worth downloading an app as well to help you navigate your way around.

Where to stay

Now, there are plenty of choices for places to stay when you’re in Pyeongchang, but it’s important to remember that the Winter Olympics is going to be a game changer. This means there will be less space and availability, as many of the places could well have been booked up. Over 35 hotels in the area will be offering special rates on rooms to coincide with the Winter Olympics, so you should be able to get somewhere for an inexpensive rate. But, don’t forget, Pyeongchang is a big region, and there are plenty of other accommodation options if you want to go a bit further out. As long as you choose a place that is close to great transport links, you should have no issues.

Tickets

Tickets for these events are often released quite sometime before the event, and they will have been available to Pyeongchang natives first. Now everybody can buy them, and you can use this to your advantage. Make sure you buy tickets before traveling and buy them from authorized sellers. However, resale websites will offer reduced prices, and you may well be able to find some bargains this way. Just make sure the tickets you buy are actually genuine – a QR code or hologram is the mark of an official ticket.

The Winter Olympics is a wonderful sporting event and one that everybody has the chance to experience and enjoy. And the gorgeous backdrop of Pyeongchang is one of the best places we could think of for you to experience these Olympic Games. If you’ve never been before, what better option than to combine travel and sports and take a trip to Pyeongchang? By following the ideas in our travel guide, you should have no problem enjoying a wonderful trip to Pyeongchang, and taking in the wonder and excitement of the Winter Olympics as well.

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7 Tips for Women on Avoiding Unwanted Advances During Business Travel

Tips for Women on Avoiding Unwanted Advances During Business TravelHere’s an interesting question for today: Do you often get unwanted attention when traveling for work? What are your best tips for women on avoiding unwanted advances during business travel? Does it happen most often in hotel bars, on the plane, at the airport, or elsewhere? From coworkers, clients — or strangers? Do you ever feel unsafe during those experiences, or are you mostly just annoyed when you’re trying to do some work, eat a meal, or simply get to where you’re going? tips for women on avoiding unwanted advances during business travel

The question of how to avoid being hit on when you’re traveling for work is especially relevant in light of all of the changes happening these days with sexual harassment, office culture, and the #metoo movement. As if flight delays, lost luggage, and jet lag weren’t enough, two in five women say they’ve experienced sexual harassment or unwelcome interactions while traveling, according to a recent survey 

We acknowledge that it’s sad and wrong that there’s even a need for a post called “tips for women on avoiding unwanted advances during business travel” (and that many women feel like they have to change their behavior or appearance to avoid being hit on or harassed while traveling), but unfortunately, that’s the reality that most of us live in. (There also needs to be something to counter the pieces aimed at men with titles like “How to Pick Up Women on Airplanes” and “How to Pick Up Business Women in Hotel Bars.”) I also want to point out that we don’t want to imply that any woman should be blamed for unwanted attention if she doesn’t do the things below — we just thought it would be helpful to share some advice and ask readers for theirs.

Psst: We’ve previously shared business travel tips and tricks and discussed readers’ best self-defense tips, as well as given advice on how to handle a client hitting on you and how to stop a flirtatious boss from hitting on you. You may also want to check out our post on the best personal safety apps for women!

Here are some tips for avoiding unwanted advances during business travel:

  1. Get some mileage out of your RBF! While your resting bitch face may most often lead to people calling you a bitch behind your back, or compel men to tell you to smile, now you can use it to your advantage! Feel free to look as unapproachable as you want — hey, go wild and cross your arms too (while hoping it comes off as standoffish, not as “I’m so bored. Some unwanted male attention is just what I need!”) If ignoring a guy who’s staring at you doesn’t make him move on to his next target, return his gaze without changing your expression.
  2. Wear a fake wedding ring. This certainly won’t deter every man who’s thinking of approaching you, but it’ll work in some cases, and it’ll only cost you $ 10 or $ 15. Alternately, if you have a sparkly and conspicuous right-hand ring that will fit on your left hand, switch it when you need to. (Maybe you can use this as a justification to splurge and buy yourself one if you’ve been considering it…)
  3. Read a book. If you don’t have one handy, you can instead try to make it clear that you only have eyes for your Instagram feed. Be aware that this strategy can backfire (even when it’s not a strategy), as a writer for Cosmopolitan found when a guy saw her reading at a bar and insisted, “You’re just reading so some guy will hit on you.” (I mean, sure — that’s why I got my English degree.)
  4. Wear sunglasses. If you’re feeling especially uncomfortable, sunglasses can prevent a guy from believing your accidental eye contact is a conscious invitation. (Bonus: If you want to indulge in a bit of people-watching during that long layover, no one will be the wiser…)
  5. Use earbuds/headphones, whether or not you’re listening to something. On the other hand, a common safety tip for women is to only wear one earbud so that you can stay aware of your surroundings, but … that kind of defeats the purpose. You can always limit this strategy to situations and places where you feel reasonably safe, i.e., not walking back to your hotel alone at night.
  6. Resist any natural impulse to always be “nice.” Women are so often socialized to act “nice” and be people-pleasers, but if you’re tired of your polite/friendly behavior being interpreted as romantic interest, try to check yourself.
  7. If you’re traveling to a country where most women dress very differently than you normally do, try to blend in by dressing as conservatively as they do, within reason. (By the way, you can find a lot of reader comments on our post on what businesswomen should wear in the Middle East with specific recommendations for Qatar, Saudi Arabia, etc.) Again, please don’t read this as us saying, “Of course she was hit on all the time — look at what she was wearing!”

What are YOUR best tips for women on avoiding unwanted advances during business travel? Do you find that some strategies work better than others? 

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How to travel like a local

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They say that travel is pretty much the most important thing a person can do these days, and we have to say we totally agree. Jetting off to see the world, and experiencing other cultures is something that is such an important part of shaping who we are and the things we love. When you arrive at a new destination, you will have plenty of choices for how you’re going to get around.

Now, we know you’re pretty new to the area, but there’s no reason you can’t travel like a boss! Getting around like a local is the best way of blending in and having a more organic cultural experience. There are plenty of things you can do to travel around the city like a local, and you need to think about the tricks of the trade. These are some of the best ways that you can travel like a local!

Use Airbnb

Hotels are just so passe these days, are we right? Guys, it’s 2018, get with the times! We want more space, and more opportunities and the way to get this is to go with Airbnb. Renting someone’s home for the duration of your stay gives you a much more authentic experience than simply staying in a chain hotel. You will get to experience how locals live, and you’ll find yourself blending in as though you are a local yourself. And, if that wasn’t good enough, it’s often significantly cheaper to use Airbnb than to use a hotel.

Use public transport

There’s nothing that makes you feel more like a local than negotiating the public transport system. Locals will cruise around on the public transport with consummate ease and efficiency, and you can join them. It will, of course, help to get a feel for the public transport systems in advance, and this may well mean a bit of research before your trip. But, if you can nail this, you will find it a fast, efficient, and cheap way to travel around, and to blend in with the other locals as well.

Eat local

Nothing says tourist more than flocking to the overpriced chain restaurants and getting hoodwinked by the tourist trap places. If you want to travel like a local, it means eating like a local and sampling the local food. One of the biggest highlights of international travel is making sure you enjoy new and unusual foods. We recommend getting a guide before you travel and researching some of the best local eateries. That way you can eat much more like a local, and you won’t feel like such a tourist.

When you travel to a new city, there are so many things you can and should experience, and it’s important to get a handle on what these are. If you want to travel like a local, a lot of this involves knowing and understanding the tricks of the trade. Understand how to get around the city via public transport, check out the best restaurants to sample local cuisine, and stay in local people’s homes. These are all excellent ways of improving and increasing your experience while you’re abroad, and opening your mind to new things.

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