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How To Pack Your Trekking Bag for a Long Trip

How To Pack Your Trekking Bag for a Long Trip

Tips for Packing Your Trekking Bag for a Long Trip

Hiking is an excellent way to enjoy nature, connect with those around you or enjoy some quiet time, and participate in physical activity. A long trek that spans days instead of hours requires careful planning to ensure you’re fully prepared for your trip. Learning how to pack, what to pack and what to leave at home is vital to experiencing nature in a safe, enjoyable way.

May 5, 2014 | By More
How to Look 10 lbs Thinner in Your Vacation Photos

How to Look 10 lbs Thinner in Your Vacation Photos

I always intend to loose a whole bunch of weight before going on vacation so I will look great in the travel photos and feel a little less guilty when sampling the local cuisine. But reality being what it is, it’s the same old me (the good and the bad) in all the photos. Here […]

April 28, 2014 | By | Reply More
Pay-As-You-Go VIP Airport Lounges Coming To USA At Last

Pay-As-You-Go VIP Airport Lounges Coming To USA At Last

There’s a new VIP airport lounge experience that every flyer needs to know about. Up until now only elite flyers with oodles of airline miles and the willingness to purchase expensive annual memberships have had access to VIP airline lounges at US airports. Now The Club Airport Lounges is redesigning how travelers access VIP treatment while waiting for their flight to board with pay-as-you-go airport lounges.

April 21, 2014 | By More
Cruise Right From Home With NCL’s New East Coast Motor Coach Program

Cruise Right From Home With NCL’s New East Coast Motor Coach Program

There’s good news for passengers sailing this summer from the Manhattan Cruise Terminal on Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Gem. Passengers from RI, CT, MA, NH, VA, MD, DE, PA & NJ, will soon be able to book round-trip coach transportation from a number of convenient departure points to the cruise terminal in New York.

April 17, 2014 | By More
How To Plan a Vegetarian Vacation With Ease

How To Plan a Vegetarian Vacation With Ease

When travelers who prefer a vegetarian lifestyle go on vacation, it’s often challenging to locate nearby restaurants that offer vegetarian, vegan and gluten free menus. With the whole country seemingly focused on obesity and healthy living, the trend toward vegetarian and vegan lifestyles have skyrocketed. Food items that were once relegated to small dark corners of grocery stores, now occupy prominent and expansive displays. New diet programs encourage us to eat raw, eat local, eat green, eat organic, and to embrace plant-based menus.

April 10, 2014 | By More
JetBlue and Emirates Airlines Become Passenger-Centric Code Share Partners

JetBlue and Emirates Airlines Become Passenger-Centric Code Share Partners

JetBlue Airways and Emirates Airlines Have Formed A Code Share Partnership As New Non-Stop Routes From Boston to Detroit Begin.  As Emirates Airlines begins flying from major US cities nonstop to Dubai, they are partnering with JetBlue Airlines as their United States connector. I last wrote about Emirates Airlines when they opened their 8th US […]

March 25, 2014 | By More
Celebrity Cruise Line Offers Free Pick-Up Service For New Yorkers This Summer

Celebrity Cruise Line Offers Free Pick-Up Service For New Yorkers This Summer

Celebrity Cruise Line is known for treating their passengers like, well… celebrities. This summer they’re upping their game by pampering New Yorkers with free “Black Car” door-to-door transfers to the cruise pier in Bayonne, New Jersey for passengers booking a suite on a 7-night Bermuda cruise. These lucky passengers will be pampered from door-to-door!

March 13, 2014 | By More
7 Secrets For Finding The Cheapest Flights

7 Secrets For Finding The Cheapest Flights

As Winter begins to draw to a close, it’s the time of year when we start thinking about possible trips and vacations for the year ahead. If you are ready to plan ahead then you may be able to take advantage of some of the discounts that are offered by many of the airlines for advanced bookings. Most people know that the closer you get to your departure date the more expensive your flights are going to be, so get in there as early as possible to secure lower airfare

As this infographic from IwantThatFlight.com.au shows, booking early is just one way to save money on flights. Here are more secrets to help you secure cheap flights, giving you more money to spend on the trip itself!

March 6, 2014 | By More
Bereavement and Family Emergency Airfares – 2014 Update of Airlines Who Still Offer Them

Bereavement and Family Emergency Airfares – 2014 Update of Airlines Who Still Offer Them

The recent consolidation of major airlines has resulted in big changes in the availability of Bereavement, Emergency, and Compassion airfares for 2014. Earlier this week American Airlines (after merging with US Airways) announced that they will no longer offer bereavement airfares. This is a very discouraging trend, especially considering they are now the largest airline in the United States. Currently, only two airlines in the United States still offer discounted Bereavement Fares:

March 3, 2014 | By More
Can You Take An E-Cig On A Plane? – TSA Says Yes…But

Can You Take An E-Cig On A Plane? – TSA Says Yes…But

With the growing popularity of e-cig, it’s only natural that travelers will want to take them along on their trips. But how does the TSA and airlines feel about it? Here’s a current look at the answer to: Can I Bring An E-Cigarette On An Airplane?

First and foremost, the TSA Does Not Ban E-Cigarettes from going through airport security in a carry-on bag or in checked luggage. However, you may be identified for further inspection unless you follow our helpful tips for bringing an e-cigarette through airport security:

February 26, 2014 | By More
Tiny and Trendy,  World’s Smallest Vacation Rentals That Deliver Big Memories

Tiny and Trendy, World’s Smallest Vacation Rentals That Deliver Big Memories

When I yearn to get away from the stress and break-neck pace of everyday life, I prefer to head somewhere snug and comfortable. Sure, you can find those adjectives in a 25-story luxury resort, if you’re looking – but I think small. A lot smaller, in fact. ‘Tiny houses’ appear to be all the rage. Modest and minimalistic, a diminutive domicile can provide an excellent opportunity for clearing your mind and providing focus.

If you want to take the cozy experience for a test drive, there are a myriad of ‘tiny’ vacation rentals out there. From spaceship-inspired houses in the shadow of the towering Alps to Northwestern Oregon treehouses, the options wide and varied. Let’s take a look at a few unique selections…

February 24, 2014 | By More
TravelWise Packing Cubes – Product Review

TravelWise Packing Cubes – Product Review

I’ve just taken the TravelWise packing cubes for a test run on a weekend getaway, and I am sold, these are really a great aid to packing efficiently. These days more often than not I pack in a soft-sided carry-on and typically find that while it fits nicely in overhead airplane bins, my clothes often get totally jumbled around. The TravelWise packing cubes take care of this problem very nicely – no more wrinkled mess!

Here are some of of the features I liked the most:

February 18, 2014 | By More
Historic Beverly Hills Celebrates 100 Years of Dazzle With Free Concerts And More

Historic Beverly Hills Celebrates 100 Years of Dazzle With Free Concerts And More

An Insider’s Guide To Historic Beverly Hills

“Historic” may not be the first word that comes to mind when you think about Beverly Hills, but the city has much more to offer than world-class shopping and cars that cost more than your (and my) house. On January 28, 2014, the City of Beverly Hills marked its centennial and kicked off a year-long celebration featuring free concerts, public art exhibits, special offers from local hotels and restaurants and much more. If you want to experience the history of luxury, glamor and elegance, Beverly Hills is the place to go.

February 6, 2014 | By More
How To Stay Safe And Healthy While Traveling in India

How To Stay Safe And Healthy While Traveling in India

A Traveler’s Guide For Staying Safe and Healthy in India

It’s no secret that India is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. In 2011 alone, 6.29 million foreign tourists visited the subcontinent according to the World Travel and Tourism Council. India is an especially popular travel destination among U.S. Americans who in fact comprise 16% of all foreign travelers.

Whether you intend to backpack through the country or stay at a luxurious resort at the beach, you should plan your trip in advance and take several precautions to remain safe and sound during your journey.

February 3, 2014 | By More
New Cruise Shopping Tool Is A Game Changer For  Finding Best Cruise Deals

New Cruise Shopping Tool Is A Game Changer For Finding Best Cruise Deals

Cruise Critic, the internet’s largest cruise review website has just launched a new cruise shopping tool, Price Drop, that shows shoppers the latest cruise bargains. We think their amazing new tool is destined to shake up the cruise booking marketplace and give savvy cruise shoppers an easy way to find the latest cruise price reductions.

Price Drop is a new way to shop for the lowest priced cruises as it compares recently reduced cruise fares against published rates.

January 29, 2014 | By More
How To Plan A Budget Honeymoon in Italy

How To Plan A Budget Honeymoon in Italy

A honeymoon in Italy has it all: culturally rich cities, ancient treasures, contemporary art, cozy wine bars and panoramic vistas that create romantic backdrops. It’s one of the world’s premiere honeymoon destinations for good reason: Italy has everything you’ll ever want for the perfect getaway with the person you love most.

The country’s beauty and popularity attracts millions of visitors each year. Its allure comes mainly from its historical significance, its aura of high taste and its natural beauty. However, this same popularity has its drawbacks: Italy’s classy reputation and relative distance can intimidate couples who are working with a tight budget.

December 13, 2013 | By More
Cruise Ship Excursions That Will Excite All You Foodies

Cruise Ship Excursions That Will Excite All You Foodies

There’s a new focus on Foodie based shore excursions and chef prepared regional dishes aboard major cruise lines in 2014. While cruising has always had a reputation for offering an abundance of food, cruise lines haven’t often tapped into local ingredients or presented regional dishes of the ports they visit. For many of us, half the pleasure of traveling to new destinations is to experience the local fare and to bring home a recipe for a wonderful regional dish. Thankfully, this is all changing with cruise lines featuring celebrity chef experiences, cooking classes and on-shore culinary excursions.

November 22, 2013 | By More
JetBlue Shakes Up Frequent Flyer Rules To Allow Families To Share Miles

JetBlue Shakes Up Frequent Flyer Rules To Allow Families To Share Miles

JetBlue has earned the devotion of millions of flyers by providing the little extras that other airlines have consistently stripped away. A free checked bag, free drink and snack, in-seat entertainment system, and the best seat pitch of US airlines, have all contributed to JetBlue’s growing popularity. Recently they announced a change to their TrueBlue frequent flyer rewards program that allows families to share their miles, which is sure to shake up the industry and win JetBlue more enthusiastic fans.

October 23, 2013 | By More
Say “Ciao Bella” to Chic New Italian Cruise Ship Coming To Miami This Fall

Say “Ciao Bella” to Chic New Italian Cruise Ship Coming To Miami This Fall

It’s not often that the American cruise scene welcomes a new luxury cruise line to their shores, but that’s exactly what will happen in November when the MCS Divina sails into Miami. It’s time to say “Ciao Bella” (hello beautiful) to this chic European-styled cruise ship.

MSC Cruise Line has one of the newest fleets in the cruise industry with 12 ships, but has been largely unknown to the American market. For over 20 years, MSC had been offering cruises in the Mediterranean, Caribbean and South America with primarily European clientele. With the introduction of their newest ship, Divina, MSC will establish a dedicated American presence to bring the charms of European style cruising to the United States.

October 14, 2013 | By More
How To Do Miami Up Big On A Small Budget

How To Do Miami Up Big On A Small Budget

Miami has a reputation for being a sultry and expensive vacation destination, but it doesn’t have to drain your wallet to have a great time in this chic city. The key to a low cost vacation in Miami is embodying the lifestyle of the locals and embracing the culture by hitting up all the free stuff.

Keeping your dollars in your pocket can be pretty easy—and it doesn’t mean you have to spend all your time on the beach either. The only time you’ll have to shell out money is for food and drinks and if you play your cards right you can spend only a few bucks on each meal as well.

September 27, 2013 | By More