Cheapest places to travel to in the winter

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We are living in a society where almost everyone is struggling to save up money while trying to fulfill their dreams. People spend their most of the time in a set routine, at offices, shops, factories, hospitals, and school. They are so stuck in their professional life schedule that they forget to enjoy their personal life.

It’s very important to spend quality time with your loved ones, and we should never forget to explore the beauty of nature. This is particularly true in the winter, that time of year when the holidays roll around. This season is a collection of festivals and vacations, and with the cold weather, it can be tempting to take a trip somewhere new.

Here are some of the best places to travel to in the winter – even if you are on a budget.

Gambia

Gambia is best for nature lovers. It is one of the smallest country in Africa, but there are a number of beaches to be found there. Some of the cities on the western coast of the country are Bakau, Fajara, and Kotu you can soak up the sun and sea at the coastal resorts there. There are a lot cheap and cheerful hotels available, like the beachside Lemon Creek Hotel Resort in Bijilo.

Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

December is the time of winter when a lot of people start to think about sunbathing. Tenerife is balmy compared to rest of the places in Europe. The weather is still reliably pleasant all year round, with almost no rain. There are plenty of hotels and hundreds of delicious restaurants for people coming for shorter periods, but weekly and monthly rental apartments here are very popular.

Mexico

Mexico is a great destination for people who want affordable winter sun destinations. It is also closer to the United States than Europe, so might be easier for Americans to reach. There are frequently vacation deals, which can help bring down the prices, too.

For beautiful beaches, you can head to the Riviera Maya and soak up the Mexican culture on the breathtaking coastline. Riviera Maya is a tourist destination and resort town, so there are plenty of hotels, resorts, and hostels that will fit your budget.

There are many water sports and activities that you can do including scuba diving, jet skiing, snorkeling, swimming with dolphins, and more. The underwater caves are unique and unmatched by any other locations in the world. Plus, there are some excellent archaeological sites nearby such as Tulum, Chichen Itza, and Coba

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town is the one of the finest destinations for those people who are living the coldest climates \across the globe. This is a fairly cheap city compared to North America or Europe, so bargains are not hard to find on the ground. Of course, hotels will be cheaper in early December than during Christmas week. 3-star hotels are available from $ 61 for a couple. There is so much to see and do here from the stunning nature to water sports and beaches.

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Why you should travel in the off-season

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Knowing exactly when to take a trip is an artת and if you are able to make the most of travel during the off-seasonת it’s possible to save thousands of dollars. Unfortunately, busy travel periods nearly always fall during school and national holidays, with the peak occurring through the Christmas and New Year period. If you can only travel during these times, you will be hit with higher costs for everything and more stress, with more people trying to get to their destinations.

If you can skip these busy periods and opt for a trip during the off-season, you’ll find many benefits. Here are some of the top reasons you should travel in the off-season.

Flights

Flights are a big factor in why you should travel in the off-season, and they do tend to be the biggest expenditure item for any kind of holiday. An off-season flight can be as much as 50% less than a peak season flight and sometimes you can save even more. It’s still always a good idea to research the area you are traveling to, just in case there are any negative factors that might put you off, such as rainy seasons or cold weather. There’s no point taking a cheap flight if you end up being miserable and cold.

Accommodation

Hotel prices do vary by season, with peak rates right at the top of the scale and off-season at the other end. Check prices online – you can look at individual hotel websites or follow a few of the websites that offer a number of hotel providers. The swings in price can be quite remarkable, with as much as a 100% increase for peak season rooms. That’s the world we live in, and hotels have to milk it as much as they can because high season rates only last for a short time. For example, in Thailand, high season might only run from November to January, and hoteliers have to cash in to cover for the nine-month low season.

Dining out

This one is not always easy to predict, and some restaurants in some countries might actually bring their rates up during the low season to try to make more money. It is a strange logic really, as the people traveling during low season are more interested in paying less. Other restaurants might only open during the high season, which means off-season travelers might be eating more with local people. This could prove a bonus as it’s a good way to get to know locals and they might be enjoying tastier food.

Fewer crowds

Since fewer people are able to travel during the low season, you will run into fewer crowds. This also frequently means no kids, as they should all be at school. Finding accommodation should not be a problem and you won’t get stuck in all kinds of different tourist lines. You should be able to visit places of interest in a stress-free way, compared with the high season. You will often even pay less to enjoy the benefits.

There are lots benefits to be enjoyed by traveling during the off-season, and if you’re a person with no set timetable, you can journey the world at half the cost of a high season traveler.

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In havens from Inverness to India, readers have discovered their better selves through yoga, meditation and writing courses

Dhanakosa, on the banks of beautiful Loch Voil, near Balquhidder in central Scotland, is truly a place to stop, breathe, unwind and take stock. Amid the glorious scenery, you eat delicious, healthy vegetarian meals (and can even take a recipe book home), do yoga, hill walk, learn to meditate or reinvigorate your practice and your life. It’s the perfect place to come if you just want some time out to reset yourself. I’ve come here for the weekend and for a week. They operate on the Buddhist principle of Dana or generosity. You pay the deposit of £75 (for a week) or £50 (weekend) and then from a suggested scale (from £285 to £445 for a week). It’s a magical place.
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Rising eco-awareness, wellness breaks and a farewell to passports … we look at changes in the world of travel for the year ahead

Last October, Club 18-30 holidays staggered off into the sunset, aged 50. To the relief of Mediterranean resorts that had spent decades dealing with the carnage caused by epic drinking challenges, it appears that buckets of warm sangria – or worse – have lost their appeal. We have entered the era of the healthy holiday, driven by young people who want to be sober enough to take a flattering selfie. The rise of ‘ego travel’ was cited by Thomas Cook when it retired the Club 18-30 brand, turning its focus on its Casa Cook and Cook’s Club brands, design-conscious hotels with gyms, tasting menus, upmarket cocktails and yoga.

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Travel Capsule: Eight Days in the Netherlands

Two weeks ago I flew back to the Netherlands to see my Dad and this is what I packed. I do the same trip every few months and have prepping for it down to a fine art. It takes me half an hour to decide what to bring after I’ve studied the weather forecast and finalized which pairs of shoes make the cut. I keep things simple by creating a daily outfit formula, and slotting my current favourite wardrobe items into the formula.

The weather was a wet and windy 2 to 11 degrees Celsius (35 to 51 degrees Fahrenheit). The wind and damp make it feel colder than sunny, still and dry weather at the same temperature, especially when you’re on foot and taking public transport.

I opted for the following practical outfit formula to wear each day:

Trendy Jeans + Fun Pullover + Coat/Jacket + Comfy Shoes + Bright Bag + Scarf/Hat/Umbrella

A few things upfront before I delve into the details:

  • I visited family, saw dear friend Inge, did errands, organized, shopped, ate out, and went to appointments. I hung 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 kept my outfits on the dressier side of casual because that’s true to my style.
  • I put a suitcase in the hold because I like to have more dressing options than a carry-on can accommodate. I also bring back presents for family, and do some shopping, which requires extra space.
  • I did not do laundry on the trip.
  • I can 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 wore on both non-stop ten-hour flights. It’s the same outfit, and I’ve shown the components at the end of this post.

Palette

I crave a change in colour more than a change in silhouette from day to day. This is why the palette of my capsule is colour-rich, yet the items create the same daily uniform. I kept things neutral with blue jeans, an animal print coat and navy puffer, but went to town with brights and stripes in the tops and accessories. White footwear makes my outfits crisp, bookends my hair, and adds a bright touch to my look. There was zero black in the palette. The darks that you see are navy and ink blue.

Most of the components can be mixed and matched with each other because I like to pattern mix and wear several brights together. That said, I ensured I could wear neutral from head to toe when the mood struck me. I could also choose a dressier outfit or a more casual one.

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. Both pairs of shoes are tried and tested 20,000-step city shoes.

I chose my new white boots because white or cream footwear is signature to my style. 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 wore the shoes with socks or knee-highs to keep warm. I wore the sneakers a little more often than the boots because of the rain.

Bottoms

I brought three pairs of trendy jeans so that my outfits looked fashionable and a little unique amidst a sea of Modern Classic skinnies. I wore the glitzy Simkhai Cig and GRLFRND Carpenter jeans the most because they’re dressier than the light-wash Levi’s Wedgies. Dark-wash jeans made the casual cashmere hoodie and navy puffer feel dressier too. My Dad adored the gold hardware on the Simkhai’s so I wore those the most. Who knew he liked glitz! All bottoms worked equally well with boots and sneakers.

Tops

I packed seven warm pullovers for eight days which was more than I needed. But I wanted the festive variety, so why not. I stuck to fine gauge knits because it’s easier to pack, but had ample variety in colour, solid, pattern and silhouette. Cropped, hoodie, classic, vented, lantern-sleeved, neck tie, and turtleneck. Each pullover worked well with either bottom. I was toasty warm with a camisole layered underneath.

Outerwear

I get bored wearing the same outerwear for eight days straight so I brought a dressier coat, and a short Sporty puffer. I chose my animal print coat because it’s on-trend, and a short puffer because it’s practical and warm. They worked well over every top, and with either pair of jeans or shoes. I wore each topper equally  and was happy to have two to choose from.

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. The orange scarf creates a twinset effect with the orange pullover. I chose a watermelon crossbody because it’s matchy-matchy with my new watermelon specs, 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. A cream beret was essential for walking in the cold morning and night. I wore my pearl necklace with every pullover except the striped turtleneck. I wore my pearl wedding ring, bracelets and specs daily. I added a pair of statement socks to outfits when the colour perfectly matched my pullovers. I took along sunnies and gloves, but didn’t wear them.

I also packed an umbrella and cashmere wrap. I’ve left the wrap out of the capsule because it was not styled into these outfits. It’s loungewear and a cosy blanket and scarf for plane travel only.

Travel Outfit

This is the exact outfit that I wore 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 textures are cosy, comfortable and insulating for plane travel. A jacket, scarf and dressy bag make my casual outfit look pulled together and polished. Comfortable shoes are essential when traipsing through airports and catching public transport with luggage. The toffee flares, cream top, wrap and denim jacket that I wore on both flights did not get worn during my trip, which is why they’ve been excluded from the travel capsule.

You can visit the collection page to see my travel capsule in its entirety. It ticked off all the boxes and worked very well. I posted photos of some of the outfits on our forum along the way:

Travel Capsule

The picture above shows the items just before I started packing. After giving his paw of approval, mini in-house Fashion Stylist Sam was bored and wanted to play.

Sam

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The best travel rewards credit cards of 2019

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Traveling can be pretty expensive, you’ll have to pay for flights, hotels, transport, and food. The costs soon add up, but there are ways that you can save money by spending money. Many financial companies will offer travel rewards credit cards to encourage their customers to spend money while they are on vacation. Here are the best of the bunch that are worth investing in.

Bank of America Travel Rewards Credit Card

Many travel rewards cards require you to pay an annual renewal fee, but that is not the case with this card from Bank of America. You earn points on everything that you buy with this card, 1.5 points per dollar spent and if you spend $ 1,000 in the first 90 days of signing up, you will get a free bonus of 20,000 points, which adds up to $ 200 worth. It’s a pretty quick return on signing up with the credit card service as you can book your vacation after signing up and pretty much make yourself $ 200 in points just spending money were going to spend anyway. If you are a Bank of America customer, you can earn a bonus ranging from 10% to 75% when you redeem your points, all depending on how much money you have in your bank account.

The Platinum Card, American Express

The Platinum Card doesn’t come cheap, but you get some incredible perks for your money. It’ll cost $ 550 to renew each year, but some will say that is money well spent. Using your card within your first three months can earn you up to 60,000 reward points, allowing you to make $ 5,000 worth of purchases. You’ll get $ 200 worth of Uber credits each year and also $ 200 worth of credit for airline fees. For every dollar you spend using your card you’ll receive five reward points, meaning the rewards will soon add up if you travel a lot. The Platinum Card will gain you access to over 1,000 airport lounges across the world, meaning you’ll be able to grab some food and a drink in peace away from the masses in the main airport lounges of the world.

Marriott Rewards Premier Plus Credit Card

For many people, they don’t really care about how they get to their vacation destination as long as they can enjoy their stay when they are there. For those people, the hotel they stay in is more important than pretty much anything else. For those who spend most of their travel budget on their hotel then the Marriott Rewards Premier Plus card is for them. It has a low annual renewal fee of $ 95, and for each year that you remain a customer, Marriott will gift you a free stay in one of their hotels. Each dollar that you spend at a Marriott Rewards participating hotel will earn you 6 reward points, meaning you can rack up the points pretty quickly on vacation. You’ll be upgraded to silver status on renewing your account, giving you exclusive offers, late checkout options and a 20% bonus on rewards points earned.

The cost of travel soon adds up, so it is often worth getting a rewards card if you travel pretty regularly. You’re going to be spending that money anyway so you might as well try and get some rewards for doing so.

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Readers’ best travel discoveries of 2018: your top tips

What an adventurous lot you are! Your 2018 highlights include mountain treks, centuries-old communities and exotic wildlife. Read on for 2019 inspiration …

The highlight of our fabulous week in Mull in June was our accommodation. A mile along a coastal path, Rubha nan Gall lighthouse cottage is off grid, but apart from not being able to use a hair dryer, you wouldn’t know it. The four en suite double bedrooms were furnished to a high standard and the kitchen well-equipped. The views past the lighthouse to the Ardnamurchan peninsula, not to mention the dolphin we saw just offshore, made this one of our favourite places ever.
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Best places to travel for history buffs

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The world is an ancient place, and humans have been around for a fraction of that time. Humans have been around for thousands of years, and during that time there have been great civilizations. Many of those places are still standing for modern history buffs to explore. If you want to get in touch with history check these places out.

Athens, Greece

The city of Athens in Greece is often called the birthplace of civilization, as it was one of the first places where culture truly took shape. The ancient city is thousands of years old and there are still some remnants from those days, including the Acropolis of Athens. Historians estimate the city has been occupied for over 7,000 years and there is plenty of history to be found in every corner.

Beijing, China

This Chinese city is over 3,000 years old and was once the stronghold for a hugely powerful empire. Much of the ancient city is still preserved, places such as the Great Wall of China, the Ming Tombs, and the Forbidden City are all there to explore. Not only was Beijing the center of power for the Qing and Ming Dynasties, but it was also where Chairman Mao ruled during the Chinese Communist Revolution. You can walk the Great Wall, and explore many of the ancient Chinese temples.

Petra, Jordan

Visiting the ancient city of Petra, Jordan, can feel like stepping onto the set of an Indiana Jones movie. The city has been carved into the rocks of a canyon and is described as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Silk and spice routes were established here many years ago, and the UNESCO World Heritage site is perfect for stepping back in time.

Angkor, Cambodia

The temples found at Angkor date back to the 12th century, and you can still explore many of them. There are many temples covered in ancient artwork and sculptures that were once lost to the jungle. The ancient city was rediscovered by explorers in the 1860s, and since then it has become a favorite spot for history buffs. Angkor Wat is the centerpiece as it is an almost perfectly preserved temple with a head carved from stone that stands over 12 feet tall. There is a winding maze to explore, and the fortified city of Angkor Thom is worth strolling through and getting lost in.

Boston, USA

History is everywhere, and to those who say the United States doesn’t have any history of its own, we would point them in the direction of Boston. Boston is one of the United States’ oldest cities, and it is where the country’s first college was established, Harvard University. The city was the backdrop of the American Revolution, and the layout remains largely the same now as it was back then.

If you love your history, you don’t have to get it all from books and the internet. There are plenty of places around the world that can transport you back in time and teach you about our ancient past.

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The best travel trends for the next few years

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From electronics to fashion, trends are constantly changing. It’s hard to keep up sometimes, especially when it seems like they change as soon as you’ve embraced the last one. Traveling is no different. Traveling trends alter year on year, including popular destinations, ways to travel, and our favorite activities. Here are some of the trends which are on the rise in travel at the moment. We’re likely to see these get big over the next couple of years.

The world’s natural beauty

One trend which has been on the rise for a number of years is sustainable traveling. Eco-travel involves staying in environmentally friendly locations and enjoying foods and activities which don’t harm nature or animals. Many of these trips are situated in densely populated areas of greenery and wildlife, like jungles and savannahs. These sorts of vacations are immensely enjoyable for nature lovers, seeing as many of the activities include bird watching, trekking, photography, and kayaking. With eco-traveling, you can enjoy a fun trip, while knowing that you’re not contributing to the damage caused to the environment.

Micro trips

Going away for a weekend rather than a couple of weeks has become incredibly popular recently and shows no signs of slowing down, with 53% of global travelers admitting that they’d like to take more micro trips in the coming years. These are a fun and cheaper way to travel, where you can explore different places and activities without spending too much money or taking weeks off of work.

Love for the cold

Supposedly, an up and coming trend is the winter season. It has been predicted that in years to come, winter will become the peak season over summer, where people will enjoy activities like skiing and arctic tours rather than your typical sunbathing and swimming vacations. Some locations are now hosting winter festivals and even reindeer herding trips, so winter traveling is set to become the new craze.

Keeping fit

Wellness traveling includes a range of attractions, such as mountain hikes, cycling, trekking, and sports, and is likely to become much more popular over the next few years. It might be best for you to get in on this trend now, before it takes over the travel industry. These vacations combine exploring new places with getting active, and it’s the perfect way to boost your happiness and health.

Learning while you travel

Volunteering trips are also set to gain popularity, with more people now wanting to help others, while also having fun. Volunteering includes working at animal sanctuaries and helping underdeveloped countries. If you love helping other people and the environment, then a volunteering vacation can be the perfect way to get involved and make a difference to something you’re passionate about.

These travel trends will no doubt become game-changers in the travel industry in the next two or three years, with people becoming more concerned about their health and the environment, as well as wanting to explore something different. They’re fun and innovative ways to travel and could make your next trip the best one yet.

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Our final selection of the year ranges from New York cops to Venice shops, camel fairs to penguins. Scroll to see the winner – chosen by Mick Ryan of fotoVUE – who receives a £200 voucher for an i-escape holiday property. The overall 2018 prize is a trip to Greenland with Wild Photography Holidays

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The best travel hacks you never thought of

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From checking you’ve got your tickets every ten minutes, to worrying whether or not you locked the front door when you left, there’s a whole load of things we have to think about when we travel. It doesn’t matter if it’s across the state or to the other side of the world, some unusual travel hacks can save you from the stress. Here are just a few of those all-important hacks.

Roll, don’t fold

One of the easiest ways to save loads of space in your suitcase is to roll your clothes. Instead of folding them and piling them in your bag, fold everything in half then roll them into tight sausages. You’ll save a ton of space, and they end up with less visible fold creases. Take it one step further and roll outfits together. Pick what top, pants, and undergarments will go together in an outfit, then pile them. Place each sock hanging out the sides so that when you roll the clothes up, they’ll all be intertwined with the openings of the socks hanging out each side of the roll. You can then fold the socks over to close the roll and keep it together. Genius!

Charge on the go

Maybe the simplest travel hack ever – but often overlooked – is the usefulness of a portable charger. Take a charger and lead with you everywhere you go and you never have to run out of cell phone battery. Charge the pack overnight in your hotel, and every day you’re free to take all the scenery pictures you could ever want.

Prove it’s yours

If you have no photos saved on your phone before your trip – to make room for hundreds of pictures of your destination, of course – or you’ve got an empty SD card in your camera, you’ve got no proof that it’s yours if it gets lost or stolen. Before you embark on your travels, therefore, take a selfie! If the first photo on the camera roll is of you, it’s undeniably easy to prove it belongs to you, and get it returned.

Space saving

In your bag, don’t waste valuable space. Stuff socks and underwear in your shoes, so that you don’t have any empty space taking up that precious room in your case. You could even fit a pair of socks in your glasses case or a t-shirt in an empty water bottle.

Waterproof your bag

This one is especially handy if you’re heading out on a trek or backpacking across several countries or cities. Place a bin bag inside your backpack while you’re out on excursions. Put all of your stuff inside the plastic bag, inside your main bag, and fold the top over. This will stop all of your belongings getting wet if rain was to seep through your backpack.

Use these unusual travel hacks so that you never have to stress about your luggage or belongings ever again! There are tons of hacks out there so that you can make the most out of your travels, but these are some of the most helpful and simple, to get you through your journeys.

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How a Staycation Cut our Travel Spending by $1,500

My partner Nick and I love to travel, so we prioritize vacations in our budget. But when we felt like we needed an unplanned vacation earlier this year and saw that we were just on track to hit our vacation-saving goals — a trip out West in 2019 and a European adventure in 2020 — we had to improvise.

For months, Nick had been renovating the house we bought earlier this year and managing his own small business. I’d been juggling a full-time job and my own freelance writing gig.

It was so tempting to book a $ 2,000 trip to Myrtle Beach.

We both needed a break. And we had the money elsewhere in savings, just not earmarked for a trip.

But instead, we agreed to save the $ 2,000 and allow ourselves $ 500 for five days at home — a staycation to explore our hometown (Dayton, Ohio), ease our stress and just enjoy one another.

Sure, a few days at the beach would have recharged us brilliantly. But when you have other savings goals — be they paying off student loan debt, putting a down payment on a house or even just funding a more extravagant vacation down the road — a staycation can work miracles.

Even experts agree. Nick Hatter, an accredited life coach in the U.K., told me about what happens in our brains when we create positive staycation memories.

“A staycation enables you to create positive neuro-associations between your home and fun, relaxation and unwinding,” Hatter says. “Often, we are so busy with other things that we don’t take time to enjoy ourselves in our homes. By taking a staycation, we can begin to change what feelings and interpretations we associate with our home.”

Not only do staycations allow us to create these positive neuro-associations with our homes and communities, but they also eliminate much of the stress associated with regular vacations. There is no need to book flights (and deal with airports), pack your bags or find a dog sitter. You’ll also eliminate many of the financial stresses of a vacation by sleeping in your own bed and skipping the flights and rental cars.

Are you working with a limited vacation budget? Plan a staycation instead. Here’s what we did with our $ 500 staycation budget.

Day 1: First Dates

A big dish of ice cream.

On the first day of our staycation, Nick and I re-entered the honeymoon phase of dating and combined a few first-date activities into one fun day. Together, we saw a movie at the theater (we went early enough so that I wouldn’t fall asleep), played a couple rounds of mini golf, went bowling and enjoyed several scoops of ice cream.

Nick has celiac disease, so it is challenging for him to dine out without getting sick from gluten cross-contamination. We know of a few gluten-free restaurants in the area, but they are somewhat pricy, which added to our expenses.

Total cost for the day: $ 115

Day 2: Kayaking and Hiking

two men sit in their kayaks on a lake.

Nick and I like to enjoy the outdoors together, so we woke up early for day two of our staycation to kayak down a nearby river that we hadn’t yet explored. Because we had bought our own kayaks when we lived by a large lake in Tennessee, there was no cost other than a bottle of sunscreen. Even if you don’t own equipment, you can typically rent kayaks, canoes or rafts at low rates along any sizable river.

After a quick lunch at home, we grabbed our dogs (a greyhound-Weimaraner mix and a Great Dane) and headed out for an eight-mile hike. Again, no cost.

Though we were exhausted by the time we got home, we spent $ 20 on groceries and baked a delicious (and gluten-free) meal of salmon, rice and veggies in our own kitchen.

Total cost for the day: $ 20

Day 3: Day in Bed

After kayaking and hiking for an entire day, Nick and I were exhausted. We spent the third day of our staycation really emphasizing the staying part. Other than trips to the bathroom (or to let the dogs out to do the same) and the kitchen to grab food, we spent most of the day in bed watching movies, playing video games and reconnecting. If you are feeling drained from your daily life, this is the task I most recommend for your staycation.

Nick and I are antsy by nature, so in the late afternoon, we left our bed to go antiquing, but we returned quickly, made another $ 20 dinner and got back in bed.

Total cost for the day: $ 20

Day 4: Art Museum and Cooking Class

For our fourth day vacationing at home, Nick and I went out in search of culture in our hometown. We grabbed lunch at a cafe, toured a local art museum and finished things off with a special gluten-free cooking class, which was admittedly pricey — but hey, at least it included dinner.

Total cost for the day: $ 140

Day 5: Water Park and Laser Tag

Though we had greatly enjoyed our staycation, we still wanted a taste of the beach. So we left our city and drove half an hour to a water park with towering slides, a lazy river and, my favorite: beers on a makeshift beach, complete with reggae music. On the way home, we even squeezed in another extreme activity: laser tag. (For the record: I won.)

We dined out one last time and reminisced about how we’d spent the last five days.

Total cost for the day: $ 170

A man and two dogs stand on the shore of a lake.

Our total cost for the whole five-day staycation came in under our budget: $ 465. That meant we were even less off track for our big upcoming vacations than we’d planned, and we returned to chaotic life feeling relaxed and refreshed… albeit a little sunburnt.

Timothy Moore is an editor, freelance writer and part-time adventurer. His favorite trips have included the Scottish Highlands, the beaches of Mexico, the roller coaster capital of the world, the California coast and, now, his own backyard.

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There’s no shortage of laptop bags out there: some are stylish, some have soft pockets for your phone, while others are camera-friendly or full of internal organizers for your stuff. But if you’re a serious gadget hound, you might be interested in a bag that takes tech-focused features to the next level.

Breeze Through TSA with a Butterfly-Style Bag

If you travel a lot, you know how much of a hassle it is to take out your laptop at every security checkpoint. Some bags get around this by allowing the laptop compartment to open butterfly-style, so you can lay it flat on the conveyor belt and zip it back up when you’re done. The $ 180 Incase EO is one of the most well-reviewed bags in this style, though the Timbuk2 Uptown backpack is a solid budget option for $ 75. If neither of those are quite your style, there are a ton of options on Amazon if you look at their Checkpoint-Friendly section. (And if you don’t use a laptop, you don’t need to worry about TSA, so check out the Osprey Pixel Port Daypack—it puts your tablet in a clear pocket under the flap so you can use it without taking it out of the bag.)

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Travel With One of the Greatest 19th Century Explorers

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There were few human beings in the 19th century more interesting and transformative than the German naturalist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt. And yet his name and his story, at least in the U.S., is far from common knowledge. His adventures in Latin America and Siberia not only opened Europe’s eyes to the richness and wonder of those regions, but he also changed the future of science. His meticulous documentation of plants, geology, and climate still has effects in the worlds of ecology and science today.

That’s why this week’s selection for Just Booked, our twice-a-month series highlighting gorgeous new coffee table books related to travel, is H. Walter Lack’s Alexander von Humboldt and the Botanical Exploration of the Americas. Lack, a renowned German botanist, fills the pages with a serious (and not always flattering) look at Humboldt’s legacy in science. The book has beautiful illustrations of his journeys, including when he climbed what was then believed to be the world’s tallest peak, Chimborazo in Ecuador. The real gems in the book, however, are the richly colored prints of artistic renderings of the plants he documented along the way, as well as photographs of the specimens he retained for study in Europe.

Humboldt was incredibly courageous; he was challenged by a hostile power (Spain), the extremes going from some of the most deadly jungles in the world to its highest peaks, and the general perils of living in an era without modern medicine or communication. He remains, quite simply, an inspiration, and this book hopefully will continue the recent trend of a return to his notoriety.

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Places to travel that are inspired by famous books

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We’re going to be honest; we’re complete bookworms! Because of, this, many of the books often inspire us to travel far and wide in search of these magical fictional places – and there are so many places we’d go. We’d start off at Hogwarts to hang out with Dumbledore in the castle; we’d then take a trip to the Shire to have a second breakfast with Pippin and Merry, and then pop on through the wardrobe to don our fur coats and explore Narnia. Of course, these places aren’t real (sob), but some are! Here are five places you can actually travel to that are inspired by famous books.

Snæfellsjökull Volcano, Iceland – Journey to the Center of the Earth

Okay, so visiting a volcano isn’t exactly the most common travel destination in the world – but it is so worth it. This volcano is Iceland was the inspiration for Jules Verne’s famous Journey to the Center of the Earth, which was published in 1864. The Snæfellsjökull Volcano is a whopping 700,000 years old – and even has a glacier on the top of it! According to Verne and his awesome novel, the entrance to the center of the Earth is through the volcano. Although, we don’t suggest you try this out for yourself. An average tourist isn’t allowed to climb to the top of the volcano, but you can take a tour around the Snæfellsjökull National Park which will give you amazing views of this novel inspiration.

Whitby, United Kingdom – Dracula

Even if you haven’t read the incredible book that is Bram Stoker’s Dracula, you’ll probably still know the story of the evil vampire, Count Dracula, who moves from Transylvania to England and resides in his castle. Well, that castle still exists today. In the book, Count Dracula moves to Whitby, in the UK, and the castle was based on Whitby Abbey – a 16th-century monastery which is still standing (although it is missing a roof). In fact, Bram Stoker first got the idea for Dracula while he was walking around the Abbey, and he first read about his muse, Vlad Dracul, in the local library in Whitby. So why not take a trip to Whitby, walk in Bram Stoker’s shoes and try to write your own vampire story?

Big Sur, United States of America – Big Sur

We don’t need to give you two guesses on which book was based on Big Sur. Of course, it’s Jack Kerouac’s 1962 masterpiece, Big Sur! This novel follows the life of Kerouac and Lawrence Ferlinghetti as they settle down for three months in a cabin, located in the Bixby Canyon in Big Sur, California. Although the novel isn’t exactly happy-go-lucky with flowers and marshmallows, the description of the location is beyond belief, and you just have to see it for yourself! You could even stay in a cabin, just like Kerouac.

Hathersage, United Kingdom – Jane Eyre

Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre is one of the most iconic books of all time – and it’s believed that Bronte got most of her inspiration from the village of Hathersage, in Derbyshire, UK. This little village is steeped in rolling hills and green forests, with tiny little cottages and manor houses. Bronte visited Hathersage in 1985, drawing on the location and North Lees Hall to create her own story and Thornfield Hall. So grab your copy of Jane Eyre, take a stroll through the grounds of North Lees Hall and the Peak District National Park and have a read within the midst of the inspiration.

Prince Edward Island, Canada – Anne of the Green Gables

Hopefully, you’ve all read Anne of the Green Gables – if not, you need to get on that ASAP! Lucy Maud Montgomery published her first book in 1908 which was based on the Green Gables Farm she often visited as a child. Nowadays, the area is called the Green Gables National Park and is located on Prince Edward Island in Canada. If you visit, you can check out the surrounding woods and buildings that inspired her ‘Lover’s Lane,’ ‘Haunted Woods’ and ‘Balsam Hollow.’ What could be better?

Are you looking for your next travel destination? Are you a book lover? We think you’ve found your answer. Books are great at conjuring up beautiful scenes, epic castles and intricate village life in our heads, but how great would it be to go see your favorite locations in real life?

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The Black Travel Box Provides Travel Size Hair and Skin Products for People of Color

While away on a vacation, one of the last things you want to deal with is an exhaustive search for products to fix a bad hair day. So when Orion Brown found herself in Japan “dealing with a major miscalculation of weather and a head full of hair with no hope,” she turned her annoyance into opportunity.

“I didn’t have enough product to get me through the trip and there was nowhere locally I could find the products I needed,” said Brown. “Dejected, I avoided the selfies and made the best of it. But upon reflection, I could only hope that someone would make (or would have made) a product company for travelers like me. There weren’t. So I created The Black Travel Box.”

The Black Travel Box provides travel size hair and skin products for people of color delivered to your door when you want. The product line includes a conditioner bar, hair balm, body balm, and lip balm.

“They say that necessity is the mother of invention,” said Brown. “Well, there’s no greater necessity for me than the “necessities” of travel when on vacation. We’re not a typical subscription box company. Our ‘subscribe and save’ model is similar to Amazon’s, where customers can choose products they know and trust, and then select a personalized schedule for receiving them right to their door. Subscribing is optional, but offers savings over one-time purchases, its flexible, and it can be canceled anytime.”

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With a background in consumer goods marketing and brand management, Brown leveraged her lessons learned, while working in corporate to build her business model and test the market for the products and service before launching it.

The Black Travel Box could not be where it is today without that working experience,” said Brown. “While I’m still learning the ropes of entrepreneurship, the corporate experience of building and maintaining brands is exceptionally relevant here, particularly as we come into a personal care space that is both vast and nonexistent.”

For instance, according to a Nielsen study, “African Americans have cornered the ethnic hair and beauty market, ringing up $ 54 million of the $ 63 million total industry spent in 2017. Black shoppers spent $ 473 million in total hair care (a $ 4.2 billion industry) and made other significant investments in personal appearance products, such as grooming aids ($ 127 million out of $ 889 million) and skin care preparations ($ 465 million out of $ 3 billion).”  Plus, according to data from Mandala Research, black Americans spend $ 48 billion each year traveling and are among the fastest growing segments in the U.S., with 68% surveyed wanting to learn more about their history and culture through travel.

Travelers of color who want to look and feel their best when traveling abroad are the primary consumers of the Black Travel Box.

“They take photos, selfies, and love to share their experiences,” said Brown. “They are avid social media consumers and content makers. While they travel far and fairly often, the challenge of easily getting their look “just right” hasn’t yet been met. They compromise on the products that they bring along, spending time filling travel sized bottles with their favorite products, purchasing “basic” skin and hair care ingredients abroad, or struggling to make what’s available to them work for their unique needs.”

Perhaps the biggest appeal of the Black Travel Box is the sense of community it provides for black travelers.

“I started The Black Travel Box to give women of color a brand they could trust for all their travel personal care needs,” said Brown. “Globally, Black travelers have few if any places they can go to find personal care products that work for their hair and skincare needs. As the culture of international travel continues to grow in our community – more and more of us are exploring the world with a level of freedom and wanderlust that our parents and grandparents could never dream of. Our brand is here to help these millennial explorers travel in confidence (we call it #TravelInColor) knowing they have the products to put their best foot forward and rock those selfies in Croatia, London, China… or where ever their travels may take them.”

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The Movie Green Book Is Named for a Real Guide to Travel in a Segregated World. Its Real History Offers a Key Lesson for Today

The object that provides the title for the new movie Green Book is a Jim Crow-era travel guide with extensive listings of hotels, restaurants, gas stations, shops and tourist facilities that welcomed black patronage. The book doesn’t actually get much screen time, but one small moment in the film shines a light on an oft-forgotten truth about the history of segregation in the United States: this was not just a Southern problem.

The film tells a loose version of the true story of an unlikely friendship between Dr. Don Walbridge Shirley (played by Mahershala Ali) — an African-American polyglot, pianist and PhD — and Frank Anthony Vallelonga, known as Tony Lip (played by Viggo Mortensen), a nightclub bouncer. In 1962, Vallelonga was hired by Shirley’s record label, Cadence Records, to serve as the musician’s chauffeur and bodyguard during a tour, which included gigs in the Deep South. Despite the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision, which dismantled de jure segregation in public education, de jure and de facto segregation remained the order of the day in public accommodations throughout the nation. Consequently, while Vallelonga and the white members of the Don Shirley Trio, bassist Ken Fricker and cellist Juri Taht, had access to white mainstream public accommodations, Shirley remained confined by the limits of Jim Crow.

To assist him in navigating this racial landmine, Vallelonga was provided a copy of what was informally known as the Green Book. Vallelonga is primarily concerned with the logistics of travel in the segregated South, and that’s where the movie spends most of its time, but the Green Book was a valuable safety resource for black travelers in every region of the country. In fact, its initial focus was New York City, where Shirley and Vallelonga both resided. As Shirley’s tells his chauffeur, he doesn’t have to leave home in order to experience discrimination.

In 1930, New Yorker and social critic George Schuyler admonished those blacks “who could afford to do so” to “purchase an automobile as soon as possible in order to be free of discomfort, discrimination, segregation and insult,” which was part and parcel of public transportation. For certain, private motorists were shielded from public assault, police encounters notwithstanding — but blacks in cars still had to navigate the public landmines of restrooms, lodgings and eateries.

Hence, Victor H. Green, an African American New York City mail carrier, first published The Negro Motorist Green-Book in 1936 to assist black motorists in finding safe public accommodations during their travels. Green’s publication became the Bible of black travel guides and was published annually until 1966.

In the introduction to the 1949 edition, Green provided a historical overview of the first decade of the publication, noting that his ideas for his own publication had come from researching earlier African America travel guides that were out-of-print, as well as from the Jewish press, which “provided information about places that are restricted,” and from “numerous publications that give the genteel whites all kinds of information.” Green’s intended purpose for his guide was “to give the Negro traveler information that will keep him from running into difficulties [and] embarrassments.” Green admonished the black motorist to “Keep this guide in your car for ready reference.”

In a 2010 NPR interview, civil rights icon Julian Bond recalled the importance of the Green Book during trips with his family while growing up. “It didn’t matter where you went — Jim Crow was everywhere then,” he stated, “and black travelers needed this badly. My family had a ‘Green Book’ when I was young, and used it to travel in the South to find out where we could stop to eat, where we could spend the night in a hotel or somebody’s home.”

It would be easy to assume that the Green Book was just a Southern travel guide. But Green made no assumption that black people would only need his help while traveling in the South. Not only did the book include information about international travel, it also contained listings about areas in the country where segregation was less visible but no less felt. Indeed, the 1936 edition of the book was a 15-page pamphlet that focused on locales in the New York metropolitan area — where a substantial part of the book’s audience would have lived.

Despite its multicultural and liberal reputation, New York City has a sordid racial history, which dates back to the colonial era.

As Brian Purnell and Jeanne Theoharis have described for the Washington Post, racial animus in the Big Apple began with the colonization of Native Americans and importing of enslaved Africans in the 17th century. Despite gradual emancipation, which ended slavery in the state by the 1830s, and a strong abolitionist movement to eradicate slavery in the South, racial equality continued to be withheld from blacks New Yorkers. With the New York economy “wedded to slavery,” the years leading up to the Civil War were dominated by pro-slavery sentiment that lead to racial violence in the city in 1863 when Lincoln called for a mandatory draft.

After the Civil War, New York mirrored the South as “black people . . . suffered from written and unwritten rules against racial mixing in marriage, public accommodations and housing.” New York maintained its policy of segregation during the decades following WWII by constructing “housing, parks, playgrounds, highways and bridges,” Purnell and Theoharis write, which “adhered to ethnic composition rules for urban planning,” leaving segregated neighborhoods and subsequently schools intact. In 1964, the year President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act, which ended segregation in public accommodations and banned employment discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion or national origin, a New York Times poll showed that most white people in New York City believed that “the Civil Rights Movement had gone too far” in granting black demands for racial equality.

Green made clear in the 1949 edition that he was optimistic about the future of the United States, if not the future of his book. “There will be a day sometime in the near future when this guide will not have to be published,” he wrote. “That is when we as a race will have equal opportunities and privileges in the United States. It will be a great day for us to suspend this publication for then we can go wherever we please.”

The Green Book was discontinued shortly after its founder’s 1960 death, following a 1966-1967 Vacation Guide edition. That issue featured a statement assuring its patrons that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was fact and not fiction. The struggle was finally over.

But race still matters in the United States. As the incident at a Starbucks in Philadelphia — not in the South — demonstrated this year, the nation is still full of spaces like parks, swimming pools , golf courses, sidewalks, and parking lots that are not welcoming to black Americans. During that 2010 Julian Bond interview with NPR, a caller stated, “Well, I was thinking that this [The Green Book] might be a useful tool still today . . . because in some parts of the country, there are places where black people … dare not go.”

Indeed, sixty years after The Green Book was discontinued, the search for black safety continues.

Historians explain how the past informs the present

Arica L. Coleman is a scholar of U.S. history and the author of That the Blood Stay Pure: African Americans, Native Americans and the Predicament of Race and Identity in Virginia and a former chair of the Committee on the Status of African American, Latino/a, Asian American, and Native American (ALANA) Historians and ALANA Histories at the Organization of American Historians.


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Packing for the Weather: Travel Fun

When traveling, what are your rules for clothing based on weather?

So here’s a fun question for today: When traveling, what are your rules for clothing based on weather? If you’re packing for a trip and hear that temperatures are expected to be in the low 70s, what does that mean for you? Do you have hard cutoff temperatures for things like sandals, tights, hats and gloves, and more? If you’re traveling for business, where is the pantyhose/tights/bare-leg temperature cut off, or open-toe versus closed-toe rule? Have you found any amazing pieces (scarves or cardigans, for example) that are so lightweight and effective across a wide spectrum that you ALWAYS pack them?

To back up a bit: Earlier this week, my husband and I took a “long date”/mini-vacation to New Orleans*. Before we went, I was totally flummoxed looking at the weather. 60s during Sunday evening. Raining but in the high 70s on Monday. Then in the 40s or 50s on Tuesday when we left. Soooooo… what does one pack for weather like that? I kept remembering a trip I took to Germany years ago, where the forecast had said 70s, so I happily packed dresses and sandals and was FREEZING the entire time. I wound up buying some great jackets on that trip! (I also bought sneakers because my feet were cold!) For NOLA, my guesses were mostly correct (lots of layers!) with the exception of Monday morning before the rain started, when it was high 70s and super humid. We were walking around Tulane’s campus, where my husband went for undergrad, and I kept passing girls wearing dresses with sandals and feeling Super Frump Tourist with my tall rainboots and hooded rain jacket, and sweltering in my ripped skinny jeans and t-shirt. Once it started to rain and the humidity broke, I was much more comfortable! 

So let’s hear from you, ladies: When traveling, what are your rules for clothing based on weather? What do you always pack when there will be a wide range of weather fluctuations? 

* Before anyone asks: yes, NOLA was amazing! I combed through reader comments before I went, and based on a lot of those we stayed at the Hotel Mazarin (lovely!), ate at Commander’s Palace (OMG — I expected it to be romantic and fancy but not necessarily great food, but it was probably one of the best meals I’ve had in my life!), and wandered the French Quarter and Tulane’s campus, and also made stops to Domilise’s for po’ boys and Tipitinas (which is a music venue, but we went midday because my husband needed a new hat to replace his decrepit one from his college years). We also tried to make reservations at Galatois (fail) and Meril (which closed at the last minute due to some technical problem, but was just as well because we totally ate and drank too much just wandering around the French Quarter). Great visit in the limited time we had.

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Black Girl Travel Movement Takes Black Women Abroad to Heal

Black Girl Travel Movement was created as a Facebook group to serve black women looking to go aboard, and quickly turned into a full-fledged business. The group was started in 2014, and has amassed a total of 22,476 members.

“I wanted to empower women to connect and explore the healing power of travel,” said founder Shay Sane. It did more than that. Not only did women feel the satisfaction of traveling, they received information, tips, and tools to engage in safe traveling, and deal with any traumas they’ve experienced.

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Sane was dealing with deep depression herself when she decided to create the community. “Sharing my story of dealing with grief, depression, and how travel is helping me to heal,” Sane told BLACK ENTERPRISE. “I used the Facebook group to share my travel experiences, and eventually started using Facebook ads to promote TTraVsperience,” and that’s how she built the company.

She then added the second layer of building relationships with mental health professionals to combat the issues she had originally been dealing with. This proved to be extremely helpful to the ladies, allowing them to have very transparent conversations within the community that they have grown to know and trust.

So how do they make sure a person is in the right frame of mind before joining? “We have always done a screening process to ensure that prospective members fully understood that BGTM was not just another travel group that hosts group trips,” said Sane. “Our TTraVsperience is focused on travel with the intention to heal from past trauma and pain.”

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Founder, Shay Sane (Image: Black Girl Travel Movement)

Sane describes TTraVsperience as a unique one of a kind transformational travel experience curated to allow its members to experience the healing power of travel. They select the most sought-after destinations to serve as the backdrop for a once in a lifetime opportunity to reconnect with the most important person in your life — you.

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How realistic is it to travel to Antarctica?

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Are you bored of going to the same ol’ travel destinations? We don’t blame you. Don’t get us wrong, we love lazing on a beach and soaking up the sun as much as the next person, but there are some instances where you just want more. You want to find a hidden destination that nobody has visited before, you want to explore all four corners of the earth, and you want to go somewhere that you never dreamed you’d get to visit. Because of this, there’s a high chance that you’ve had your eye on Antarctica. From the snow-capped mountains to the glaciers, to the penguins, Antarctica is the ultimate bucket list destination. But how realistic is it to travel to Antarctica?

It’s not a real country

So, Antarctica is just like any other country in the world, right? Not quite! Unlike every other country in the world, Antarctica is not a REAL country. This is because Antarctica has no permanent populations (you know, apart from the penguins and the polar bears), and no government. Because of this, there is no real economy or ethos to this landscape. Instead, it is preserved by some of the top companies and scientists so that they can understand the ecosystem and keep themselves up to date with the ever-changing and unique weather systems. This poses a problem for tourists, as there are very few hotels, there is no public transport system, and there are very few people out there who are willing to make you breakfast in bed…

It’s all about the expedition

If you really want to see what Antarctica has to offer, you won’t be able to do it alone. If you wanted to explore the frozen tundras by yourself, you will need explicit permission and a good reason for doing so. So, you can’t just rock up and frolic with the penguins! One of the best ways to see this area in all of its glory is to join an expedition or find one of the few companies out there who have licences to take tourists across these icy plains. If you’re really lucky, you might even be able to find a luxury cruise that stops off in this incredible non-country.

The environment is harsh

One of the biggest downfalls with a trip to Antarctica is the fact that the environment is incredibly harsh. This place doesn’t just harbor a brisk wind on a cold winter’s day. Instead, this is the kind of cold that will make it almost impossible to stay warm. You will need to shell out thousands of dollars on specialist equipment, you’ll need to know all of the tricks of the trade, and you’ll need to know how to survive in such an environment. Because of this, it’s not the kind of vacation that you would book for the sake of it. This one requires planning.

It’s ridiculously expensive

Because tourism in Antarctica is not as easily accessible as other countries on earth, a trip to Antarctica is ridiculously expensive. You will need to save up a huge portion of money to even think about grabbing your coat and checking out the glaciers. If you’re going on an Antarctic cruise expedition that takes you on a tour around this incredible landscape for 10-14 days, you can expect to pay around $ 10,000 to $ 12,000 per person. This huge chunk of money is not readily available for most people, which means it’s much less realistic to travel to Antarctica than you would think.

If Antarctica is on your travel bucket list, you might have already looked into the possibility of flying to this harsh landscape. However, it seems as though a trip to Antarctica may not be as simple as it seems.

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Best vegan restaurants in the UK: readers’ travel tips

With influences ranging from Van Gogh to Asia, these vegan venues serve up arty as well as delicious food – on beaches, buses … and in an underpass

Bundobust is fast becoming a Leeds institution for food lovers of all persuasions. Everything is veggie, and a large proportion of the menu is vegan, with an easy vegan sharing menu for two a great way in. From the okra fries dusted in black salt and mango powder (genius) to the chole dal and masala dosa, its south Indian street food, craft beer and Asian-inspired cocktails are a winning combo. With dishes from £4-6.50 it’s also easy on the wallet, so you can try a bit of everything.
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Independent cinemas in the UK: readers’ travel tips

Over 1,500 of you recommended indie picture houses. Here are the top 10 – in stations, warehouses and rural villages

Campbeltown Picture House on the Kintyre peninsula is amazing. Recently refurbished, it has retained all of its original charm (it has been a functioning cinema since 1913) but is now a welcoming, contemporary space offering two screens and a cafe. Screen 1 will blow you away with its atmospheric ceiling and half-timbered “wee house” features. It shows all the latest releases, great classics and streamed live theatre. It is a fantastic cultural hub in a remote, rural area and testament to the relentless hard work of the volunteers who fund-raised to get the refurbishment project off the ground.
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Rules to travel by

In the stress and rush of travel, civility can be hard to find. After seeing "whiny jerks" in the boarding line and other boorish behaviors, Focus Brands COO Kat Cole sent several tweets on “simple rules to travel by." She says her tips work not only at airports, but at the workplace and more.
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Spooky places to visit in the UK this Halloween: readers’ travel tips

Serious history collides with fond imaginings in our tipsters’ tales of the unexplained, from a Spanish Armada wreck to a snuffling ghost pooch

Windhouse, on Yell, is probably Shetland’s most haunted house. Last year, two 13th-century skeletons were uncovered at this 18th-century ruin, which is reputedly haunted by a lady in silk, a man in a top hat, a servant girl and a dog. There are reports of skeletal remains of a woman, man and child found in separate incidents between the 1880s and 1900s, as well as the story of the shipwrecked sailor who spent a night in the house one Christmas and had to fight off a monster with an axe. The house can be visited for free anytime – and if you’re feeling brave, the gatehouse is now run as a camping pod by Shetland Amenity Trust (£12pp, sleeps 8, Mar-Oct).
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Sri Lanka ranked top country for travel in 2019 by Lonely Planet

Improved train services mean it’s easier than ever to explore Sri Lanka but campaigners warn a surge in tourism could ruin its natural beauty

Almost 10 years after the end of its civil war, Sri Lanka has been named the best country in the world to visit in 2019 by Lonely Planet. Better transport links, new hotels and a growing number of activities were cited as the reason the south-Asian island was chosen for the top spot in the guidebook publisher ’s annual Best in Travel awards.

“Already notable to intrepid travellers for its mix of religions and cultures, its timeless temples, its rich and accessible wildlife, its growing surf scene and its people who defy all odds by their welcome and friendliness after decades of civil conflict, this is a country revived,” says Lonely Planet author Ethan Gelber in the Best in Travel 2019 book, published today.

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Travel blogs that are really great reads

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Do you love traveling as much as we do? There really is no better feeling than jumping on an airplane and letting the pilot take you to a brand new destination where you can check out the local cuisine, get to grips with the biggest attractions, and expand your horizons. The world really is your oyster. Of course, traveling the world one country at a time can be difficult if you work full-time, and you have to make the most out of your vacation days and your weekends. But if you struggle to make it through the day without thinking about travel-related-tidbits, you’ll love these travel blogs that are really great reads…

Nomadic Matt

Nomadic Matt is perhaps one of the biggest and most successful travel bloggers in the world. As if that wasn’t cool enough, he’s also written a book that has made its way onto the New York Times best-seller list! After making his way into the world of full-time work and using all of his free time to see more of the world, Matt eventually decided to take the plunge, give up his job, and travel the world full-time. He has since been traveling for over a decade and uses his blog to show off his adventures, provide fans with travel tips, and even help them plan their own traveling adventure on a budget.

Alex in Wonderland

Do you ever just find yourself dreaming of a travel experience? Well, you’re not alone. That’s exactly what Alex went through while she was living and studying in Brooklyn. After growing tired of her everyday life, she decided that enough was enough and bought a one-way ticket abroad. Since then, she has spent six years traveling the globe and seeing what each new destination has to offer. Her travel blog is all about getting the most about a traveling adventure and living your best life.

Roads & Kingdoms

If you’re the kind of person that likes to be clued up about travel and culture, then Roads & Kingdoms is right up your street. This travel blog was set up by two established journalists who decided to give back to those who had caught the travel blog. Within this amazing website, these guys give you all the information you could possibly want to know about a country or city, from the food recommendations to the attractions and natural wonders you really need to see, to the music you need to listen to and the drinks you need to try. It’s the ultimate site of facts and figures, with a little bit of fun thrown in for good measure.

Fearful Adventurer

The Fearful Adventure blog is the blog for all of the worriers out there because traveling can be stressful and scary. Torre uses her blog to help those people out there who struggle with traveling on their own or with other people, to show you that you are in control of your own traveling experiences and that only you have the power to determine how you will make the most out of seeing the world and experiencing new things.

The Blonde Abroad

If you’re a strong, sassy woman who loves to do things off their own back, then you’ll love The Blonde Abroad. This travel blog was set up by Kiki, a California native who decided to take a break from work and try and ‘find herself’ during a summer abroad. However, what she didn’t realize was that she would be sucked into the travel lifestyle and feel totally empowered by going it alone and embracing her female power. From that, The Blonde Abroad was created, and she now advises and helps other women embark on their own solo journey of self-discovery. It will give you massive FOMO but is so worth it.

Looking for a cool new travel blog to keep you company on the commute home from work, or one to give you inspiration? These are a good start.

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Popular travel destinations that have been ruined by tourists

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The world has become a more connected place than it used to be. Thanks to advances in technology, travel is cheaper, and we can all just Google a flight to see where our next holiday destination should be. While it is great that so many places that were once thought impossible to get to are now up for vacation consideration plans, there is a problem. The increased footfall in these places is having a negative impact on the place, people, or the actual tourists. Have you been on vacation only to have thought it was ruined by other people also visiting? Check out these popular travel destinations ruined by tourists.

Santorini, Greece

The small island of Santorini in Greece is as beautiful a place as you are likely to find anywhere on the planet. The small island is picturesque and has become an Instagram-worthy vacation destination for many. It is a popular stop for European cruises, so the number of tourists visiting the island per day has had to be capped at 8,000. With so many people crammed onto such a tiny piece of rock, the island is losing its charm and instead just feels overcrowded during peak travel times.

Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy

You’ve seen those pictures of people standing in front of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, pretending to be holding it up thanks to a trick of the camera. Well, good luck finding a clear space to take that picture as pretty much everybody who goes is trying their best to get one of these ‘hilarious’ shots that are totally original and have never been done before. The tower is incredible to see, but the sheer number of people who are swarmed around it can really ruin the atmosphere when you are there.

Taj Mahal, India

Unquestionably, the Taj Mahal is one of the most beautiful buildings in the world, so it makes sense that so many people want to visit. The huge crowds of people, really become a problem as you’ll basically have to battle with them to get a semi-decent photo of one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. If you really want to go then your best bet is to arrive first thing in the morning (gates open at 6am) and then run to the spot you want to take your picture from, otherwise forget about getting a good picture without anyone else in the background.

Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

The Galápagos Islands are possibly the best known natural habitat found anywhere on the planet. The islands in Ecuador are naturally a place many people want to visit to get a glimpse of the diverse wildlife found there, but visitors can imbalance the environment. There are strict rules places on visitors, and they are only allowed to go on marked trails with the assistance of a guide. Much of the natural world has been destroyed thanks to human activity, and the Galápagos Islands are one of the few places left on the planet where humans have had relatively little impact on the biodiverse wildlife that lives there. The ecosystem is very fragile there, and further tourism can lead to the whole thing breaking down, ruining it forever.

Mount Everest, Nepal

One of the world’s most dangerous places is being made even more dangerous thanks to the overcrowding on the Nepal side of this mountain. Local guides have complained about the impact too many tourists are having on the site, especially those not capable of climbing the notoriously difficult peak. It is already difficult to climb without having to battle against the hordes of others around you on the mountain.

These places are all incredible and are rightly places that many people desire to go and visit. Unfortunately, they are not capable of housing all of those people which is negatively impacting the experience tourists have when they go. Next time you consider one of these places, think about your impact – and be prepared to wake up early if you want to get a good photo!

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How to travel the world in a van

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If you are a traveler and explorer at heart, and you wish to travel the world, you might want to consider doing it in a van. It’s not easy, but it can be an incredible experience. It seems like everybody’s dream to travel and explore the various parts of the world at a relaxed pace, experiencing everything that the people of a particular place have to offer. Every little nook and cranny of those small streets, every dish we try, all the people we meet, and all the experiences we share, bring us knowledge and joy.

Living in a van is not easy, especially if you are planning on travelling for a long period of time. If you are looking to make this van your new home, then make sure that it is fully equipped with all the necessary items and comfortable enough to live in. Here are some tips to consider if you want to travel in a van.

Prepare for the weather

Make sure that your new mobile home is prepared for the cold. Winters are harsh in many areas of the world, and it can be frigid if you plan on spending those in your van. Insulate your van properly so that there is no loss of heat during the harsh winter months. Buy some thermal insulation curtains to avoid any loss of heat through the windows, and make sure you have warm blankets.

Stay healthy and active

It is important to make sure that you eat a healthy and balanced diet so that you can survive the long hours of travelling and the different weather conditions you might encounter. Make sure to do regular exercise on the road, as keeping yourself physically fit is important.

Keep clean

Try as much as possible to keep yourself clean and hygienic. With a couple of baby wipes, deodorant, and dry shampoo, it is not hard as it seems. You can also find a shower at places such as gyms and community swimming pools.

Choose your partner carefully

While travelling with your partner, there will be some ups and downs in your relationship, but all can be worked out if you have some patience and perseverance. It will only bring the two of you closer as friends, or as a couple.

Stay safe

Even when you are perfectly safe in your home, make sure that you take some preventive measures. Consider installing a fire extinguisher in the van, or investing in security cameras so that you can make sure that there is no suspicious activity.

In the beginning, there will be difficulties in adjusting to the van lifestyle, but eventually, if you do it right, you will grow to love it and make the road your home. So if you feel that you need to make a change in your life, don’t be scared to get away and live a little different than everyone. Traveling in a van could be the an excellent solution for getting away from this crazy life.

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