Fancy Getting Wet And Wild In Florida?

Posted in beaches, holidays, travel, travel tips, US
on September 5, 2017

Thousands of people choose Florida as the ideal destination for a beach holiday each year. And, with hundreds of miles of beaches and famously good weather, it’s easy to see why. If you’re after white sand and blue sea, this destination won’t disappoint.

But, it would be doing Florida a disservice to assume that the water filled fun stops there. In truth, this destination offers a lot more than that for those who are after a wet and wild holiday. In fact, a little research will reveal that Florida has some amazing water related activities to try out. To give you an idea, we’re going to look at a few of them here.



Aquatica, Orlando

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We couldn’t write this without mentioning water parks. In all honesty, you’ll be spoilt for choice here. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that there are endless water parks in this destination. Would we expect any less?

But, today we’re going to focus on Aquatica, Seaworld Orlando’s water park. To see why this was the best pick for this list, you only have to look at rides such as the Dolphin Plunge. Not only do you get the thrill of a fast paced water slide. You also get to glide through the enclosure of the park’s Commerson’s Dolphins. These creatures are playful by nature, and will often dart along with you. So, you get the water park fun, and the experience of underwater life to boot!



Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, Sarasota

In keeping with the marine theme, you could head to Sarasota’s Mote Marine Lab, host to an incredible 135,000-gallon shark habitat. Here, you can witness ongoing research which is sure to give you a real in-depth perspective. Plus, you can book up to enjoy fun activities, such as a shark encounter, or even your own breakfast with sharks. With amazing accommodation like the Regency Inn & Suites only 15 minutes away, there’s no excuse not to pay this place a visit. For keen marine enthusiasts, it’s an absolute must.


Neptune Memorial Reef, Key Biscayne

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For something a little more unexpected,  head to the Neptune Memorial Reef in Key Biscayne. This art piece, designed by Florida local Kim Brandell, is an underwater world unlike any other. This piece is a Neptune Society sponsored cemetery and forms a natural reef underwater. Swimming around the 16-acre site may chill your bones a little, but it’s something you won’t forget in a hurry. If you’ve always wanted to see a city underwater, now is your chance.



Venetian Pool, Coral Gables

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Your water filled stay wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the world’s largest freshwater swimming pool. The Venetian Pool is the only pool listed in the National Historic Register, and was formed out of a coral rock quarry in 1924. This amazing spectacle has a natural filter system which refills the pool daily. As well as being an amazing sight to see, a swim here is sure to be one for your history books.

 

Don’t Make These Typical Mistakes When Travelling in Spain

Travelling through Spain is wonderful. Warm weather, friendly people, stunning beaches and a relaxed lifestyle. Spain truly is somewhere you can go when you need a break from the daily hustle and bustle. But, as with any other foreign country, you need to be prepared for what could happen on your trip. Many people make mistakes when planning a trip to Spain. Don’t let it happen to you.

 

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Driving Through Spain

Looking at Spain on a map and actually being there are two very different things. Driving through Spain looks as simple as simple can be on a map, but you may find it stressful if you decide to take the challenge on. Firstly, Spain is a much larger place than most people realize, and secondly, Spanish drivers aren’t exactly known for their courtesy. If you’re planning to drive on your vacation, you could be putting yourself through unnecessary hassle. There are much easier ways of getting around.

 

A Secluded Hotel

The thought of being away from city life and taking time to relax is tempting, but being too far away from town and city centers could be a mistake. The point of travelling is to experience the culture of a new country and you won’t get that experience if you’re forced to stay in your hotel. You may find that you waste a lot of time going to local shops, restaurants etc. and travelling back to your hotel. Being within walking distance of main attractions will allow you to experience authentic Spain and be near local amenities for emergencies.

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Sticking to Your Own Habits

When in Spain, do as the Spaniards do. While you’re travelling through Spain, you may notice that the locals have different eating habits. The timings of their meals are often different to other countries, but it’s important to go with the flow. Many people make the mistake of eating lunch at their normal times and then venturing out of their hotels to find that local shops or attractions are closed. Spaniards usually take long breaks to avoid the midday heat and eat lunch afterwards. So, it’s worth waiting to eat your meals the same time as them and join in with the locals and learn Spanish so you aren’t caught out.

 

Pack Heavy

Most people visit Spain during the Summer months, but if you’re planning a trip when the weather is colder, don’t be tempted to pack heavy. Spain is full of long walks and stairs and steep hills. Each time you leave your hotel, you may have to be prepared for a work-out. Similarly, you don’t want to be dragging a heavy suitcase through cobbled streets and alleys that are difficult to navigate.

 

Open Jaw Ticket

When travelling through Spain, many people make the mistake of flying to and from the same city. Having an open jaw ticket will ensure you can fly into Barcelona but leave from Madrid, saving you time and hassle.

 

Travelling through Spain is certainly an experience, but don’t make the common mistakes of others.

 

Bringing Modern Convenience To The Tradition Of The Road Trip

Posted in travel, travel tips
on August 26, 2017

The Great American Road Trip is a rather proud tradition for stateside travelers. There’s no doubt that it saw some decline as air travel became cheaper. However, now that air travel seems to be suffering a lot regarding customer service, there are more people taking to the roads than ever. Many are finding it isn’t always the picnic they expected it to be. However, while the same gorgeous routes are still out there, there’s a new modern convenience you can add with a little preparation. In keeping you safe, comfortable, and entertained, here are a few twists to add to the next trip.

 

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Never lose yourself again

We’re not going to advocate that you research every single destination you plan on stopping at because where is the fun in that? However, having a route planned out in advance, knowing where your gas stops and your sleeping spots are, is important. There are tools like Roadtrippers available now that can help you plot out your journey through just about any road in the country, highlighting everything you might want to know on the way. You don’t have to stick rigidly to that route. However, if a turn or a stop catches your eye and you want to go explore, just make sure you know how to get back to the plan before you go veering way off it.

 

A little breathing room

In the past, the only really comfortable road trips are those that made use of RVs. Older fashioned trailers might add a little more space but they weren’t exactly convenient to use. Nowadays, however, a teardrop trailer can prove spacious enough to carry what you need, but comfortable enough to heighten your camping experience, too. Some of the more modern models even contain quality features like USB chargers and power outlets so you never have to worry about your smartphone running out of juice. With cooking and refrigeration features in some, modern trailers allow you to actually have a more diverse range of stops. You don’t have to worry about reaching that motel if you can just stop up somewhere, cook your family dinner, and camp right there.

 

There’s an app for that

Let’s not make any mistakes. Boredom can become a serious factor on a road trip. While you should try to make the most out of the sights and stops, sometimes you just get stretches of road with very little to appreciate. It can be good for a little Zen time here and there, but you’re going to have to think about on-the-road entertainment. Your mobile device won’t only help liven things up with a great road trip playlist. Party games like Bluff Wars and What Would You Choose can provide a few hours of entertainment. They don’t have to prove a distraction the entire way, but only to lighten the mood so no-one feels like the trip is becoming a waste of time more than anything.

While modern convenience is all well and good, don’t forget that the road trip is supposed to be an old-fashioned exploration. Don’t prioritize screens over sunsets and don’t let DMs dominate.

 

 

How to Handle a Travel Crisis Confidently

Life doesn’t take a break even if you go away on vacation. Many of us have experienced – or have yet to experience – the dread of being in a foreign country when something goes terribly wrong. It could be as simple as having all of your stuff stolen, as unsettling as falling ill in a strange country, or as traumatic as losing a loved one at home while you’re away.

 

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No matter what kind of crisis you’re going through, it’s important to have a backup plan and be prepared. Here is a list of the most common things that can go wrong on vacation, making it easier to stay calm and confident when you need it the most.

 

Lost luggage

Let’s start with the most innocent one – as well as the most common one. If you have experienced the long minutes of watching the luggage carousel slowly emptying out, anticipating your own bag any moment now – and then seeing that other red suitcase return for a fifth time, you start to realize that it’s not going to happen. It’s not coming.

While you might feel a bit lost and thoroughly disappointed with your airliner, the first thing you should do is get in touch with those waiting for you. It’s tempting to immediately join the queue of other tourists who have also lost their luggage but, depending on the country you’re in, the wait can be quite long.

Give them a quick call, fill in the form, and collect your bag in a few days. In the meantime, buy yourself some clean underwear and laugh it off.

 

Losing a loved one

It’s strange how we just get a feeling that something is wrong; that text from someone who would never contact you while you’re abroad, a quick phone call telling you to call your siblings immediately – it makes your heart stop for a second. This rather long but rewarding read tells the story of a traveler who lost his mom while vacationing, and how the simple act of keeping your chin up and staying positive can determine the rest of your stay.

In some cases, however, it’s not an alternative to keep your chin up – especially if the loss was completely unexpected. This is when a backup of savings can make it a lot easier to get back home quickly, a friendly loan from a family member or simply looking at payday installment loans to cover your sudden travel expenses.

It’s in times like these that you need something to fall back on – as well as support from your family at home.

 

Medical claims

While we all think we’re destined to stay healthy on holiday, the chances are actually quite high for needing medical attention when you’re abroad. Dehydration, strange bacterias, and the sheer exhaustion of being in a foreign country can be enough for your organism to need some attention from a doctor.

Make sure that you have a comprehensive travel insurance handy before you leave and include your travel companion on it as well – it will be reassuring for both of you.

 

Being mugged

That many tourists before you have been mugged should come as no surprise. It’s a reason for all the warnings and bids to keep your personal belongings close to you – and remember that thieves are sneaky. Luckily, the experience doesn’t have to be as dramatic as being held at gunpoint; they’ll steal your phone without you even realizing that it’s gone, so befriend your fanny pack and leave your most valuable possessions in a safe.

You’re more likely to be mugged in a crowded place and near tourists attractions, so be extra vigilant when you’re out and about. They like to target people who are distracted – by a street entertainer, for example, and you’d be wise to stay alert and keep your eyes open. Your friend will undoubtedly be grateful for your shout when you see someone with their hands down their purse.

You can usually claim your things back through your travel insurance, though, so there’s no reason for despair. Prepare yourself for a few hours at the police station, fill out whatever form they want you to fill out, and be more careful next time.

 

Life can be inconsiderate and ruthless, no matter how prepared you are for fun and relaxation. Treat yourself to a positive attitude, assess your options, and consider whether getting yourself on a plane back home is the best thing to do. In either case, you’ll be able to make an experience out of it.

 

Staying Safe In The Most Dangerous Countries In The World

Traveling to western countries is fairly safe. They have the same safety measures that you would have at home, and you know how everything works. That makes it far more difficult for people to take advantage of you. However, some of the more exotic countries in the world are wildly different to our own. Lots of them are also quite unstable politically which can pose a lot of dangers for travelers. One option is to avoid these countries altogether, but that would be a shame because they are some of the most beautiful places on the planet. Places like South America are considered risky places to go, but there are wonderful things to see there. Some parts of Africa have a similar reputation and there are a lot of risks involved in going there. Some people will shy away from those countries, but others are more adventurous than that. If that sounds like you, here are a few tips on staying safe when you’re traveling to dangerous countries.

 

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Secure Your Luggage

Theft is a massive risk in some countries. Tourists that don’t know the place very well are vulnerable and often become targets. You can avoid it to an extent by keeping your wits about you and doing some research on how these people operate. However, the best way to stop yourself getting robbed is to secure your luggage. That means you shouldn’t go for cheap suitcases that are easily broken into, make sure that you get the best luggage available. Having more secure luggage will likely put potential thieves off trying to steal from you because they are looking for easy targets. It also means that if people go into your room looking to steal from your case, they’ll have a hard time.

 

Plan Your Route Carefully

Kidnappings are another common danger in lots of countries. Criminals will take tourists and demand a ransom. If your family and friends haven’t got a clue whereabouts in the country you are, it will be difficult for them to find you. That’s why it’s important to plan your route carefully. You can avoid any of the highest risk areas to reduce the chance of anything happening in the first place. Having a carefully planned route also means that you can give an itinerary to friends and family so that if you do go missing, they’ll have an idea about where you are.

 

How Dangerous Is It?

While these countries are dangerous, you probably get a distorted view from the media. The reality is that usually there are certain areas that are very dangerous, while other parts of the country are fairly safe. By doing a bit of research beforehand, you can find out which parts of the country are very dangerous, and avoid those places.

 

Health Dangers

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Crime isn’t the only danger when you’re traveling to exotic countries. You also expose yourself to all sorts of diseases that you aren’t going to be immunized against. If you don’t do your homework then you could find your holiday being cut short by a serious illness. Go to see your doctor and they will be able to tell you exactly what jabs you’ll need and set up some appointments. You also need to make sure that you have health insurance because if you need to visit a hospital while you’re out there and you don’t have insurance to cover it, you could come back with a massive bill as well as a bag full of souvenirs.

 

Don’t Show Off

Thieves are going to be looking out for the people that have the best stuff to steal. That’s pretty obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people show off what they’ve got on them. Don’t do anything that can give away how much you’re carrying. Don’t carry all of your money with you in one place because if you get it out in public, people will see that pile of cash and you instantly become a target. You should also avoid wearing any expensive clothes or watches that might suggest that you’ve got a lot of money with you.

 

Don’t Drink Too Much

Everybody enjoys a drink or two while they’re on holiday and that’s fine. But if you have too much to drink, you make yourself a target. Criminals are constantly on the lookout for tourists that have had one too many. It makes you far easier to lead away to somewhere that you can be robbed, and you are far less aware of what is going on around you. While it’s ok to have a couple, make sure that you’re always aware of what’s going on.

 

 

Indulgent Travel: Simple Treats To Lap Up For A Luxury Trip

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on August 23, 2017

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When you first start to think about planning a trip, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? It’s usually something connected to the reason behind the trip! Because you’ll often find that you need a break, or you want to see a particular site, or you’re excited to experience a new culture. When it’s the first in the list, you’ll often find that adding a slice of luxury to your travels will really allow you to relax and unwind. Because there’s nothing quite like indulgent travel to make you feel like you’re having a break. So, to make sure you can kick back in style, here are the treats you should add to create the perfect luxury trip.

 

First Class Travel

It’s always nice to be able to kick your trip off in style, so you should aim to add your first simple treat to your choice of transport. Whether you’re taking the road or flying high, there are plenty of ways you can upgrade your travel. Flying business or hiring an executive car can not only make you feel more relaxed, but help you to relax and unwind in gorgeous surroundings that were made to make your life easier. And what could get you off to a better start more than that?

 

Accommodation That Keeps On Giving

Going hand in hand with your choice of luxury transport should be the kind of accommodation that makes your experience effortless. And that doesn’t mean you have to stay in the most expensive of spots either. With stunning hotel rooms or a classy apartment service such as Studio Z Extended Stay Hotel & Lounge, you’ll have everything you need. Make sure you choose a spot with a pool for dipping in, endless room amenities and enough food and drinks to fuel you during your stay too.

 

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A Session In The Spa

For when you’re really in the mood to indulge yourself, you should think about heading to a spa. Even if you’re never one for a spa break, indulging in a few hours of blissful pampering at a nearby resort can help you to really switch off and unwind. Whether you opt for a massage or facial, you should find that it adds the perfect luxury touch no matter where you’re staying.

 

First Class Dining

With all this relaxation, you’re really going to work up an appetite. So, you’re going to want to make sure you’ve got somewhere to fill you up with the finest in food too. Whether you’re heading east or west, there are plenty of indulgent restaurants across the country that should tick all of your boxes and ensure your stay has a flawless finish.

 

A Private Pass

And of course you’re going to want to add a luxury touch to your cultural experiences too, right? So wherever you go, be sure to book a private tour or viewpoint for the most in-demand attractions and events. Whether it’s a private box at the ballet or an intimate tour of the vineyards, by ensuring that you have prime viewing and the most knowledgeable hosts, your experience will feel like it was curated especially for you.

 

 

Make a Trip Abroad As Stress-Free As Possible

Posted in travel, travel ideas, travel tips
on August 22, 2017

When you plan a trip abroad, there are lots of different things to think about. As well as accommodation and places to go, you need to think about possibly speaking a foreign language, as well as what you might be eating and how you will travel around once you’re at your destination. So can you best prepare for your trip abroad? If you are going to be in a country where you know very little of the language, then it can feel quite daunting. So if you plan ahead, it will help things to run much more smoothly, especially if you run into an emergency. So here are some tips and tricks to prepare for a trip abroad, so that it makes things easier when you’re there.

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Get Apps That Will Help

In this day and age, there are so many apps that you can get on your smartphone or tablet to help you when you’re abroad. If you need a currency converter, so you can tell what price something is easily, then get a currency converter app. You could also get something like the Google Translate app, where you can record someone’s voice and it will translate it, or you can hold it over a menu, for example, and it will show you what the words are. It really is a nifty little app. So think about what apps you might need and download them before you go away.

 

Plan For Emergencies

In an ideal world, you will never need to use any emergency items. But it really is best to plan for them. So think about taking a small first aid kit with you, as well as things like aloe vera or after sun cream, because you’ll want to stay protected after sun burn. Otherwise, you’ll be in a lot of pain. If you think you’ll need painkillers for headaches, then take a few with you too. You should also think about making a note of the country’s emergency phone number. Would you know what it is and what to do when you’re there?

 

Get Currency Before You Go

If you’re going abroad, then the chances of needing to change money to a new currency are pretty high. But in order to get the best deal, you should think about getting it before you fly. It also makes sense to have some with you when you arrive, as you might need to get a taxi or buy something from a store. So having some cash to hand is always a good idea. It is a good idea to let your bank know that you’re going to be abroad too. If you try to use your card abroad and they don’t know about it, then they will probably stop the transaction. It only takes a couple of minutes to let them know but will save you some hassle when on your travels.

 

What other tips and tricks would you add to the list? What has helped you to have a stress-free trip?