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Traveling is expensive. But, it doesn't always have to be. There are lots of ways you can find deals and save some money here or there. So let's check out our top money saving tips for travel.
Package Your Vacations
Nate and I like going multiple places in one trip since it's so hard to get pretty much anywhere from where we live in Idaho. But, if you are only heading to one location, it can be beneficial to combine your hotel and flight, or hotel, flight, and car. It can seriously save you a ton of money.
Take Advantage of Deal Websites
Deal websites like Groupon, LivingSocial, etc. can be really helpful in finding package vacations, or deals for things to do in your vacation destination, or even hotel deals. Groupon and LivingSocial have really cool overseas packages, including airfare, hotel, and tours. Simply saving on a hotel can be helpful though.
Decide What's Most Important
Some people really love staying in extravagant hotels. Or maybe, for this location, having a hotel right in downtown could save on transportation costs. Or, staying in a not-so-nice hotel could let you save some money in the hotel department, allowing you to do more or stay an extra night in your destination. You can also stay in hostels or rent Airbnb's, which can oftentimes be less than a hotel. Decide what matters the most to you, and skimp in the other areas.
Last Minute Deals
One time as a kid, my dad decided we were randomly going to drive to San Francisco but not plan out the trip. So basically we'd drive somewhere (Reno was our first night), and when we were getting close, we'd go on last minute deal websites and find really nice hotels for really cheap. I personally cannot do this method just myself because I'm far too much of a planner, but if you like living on the edge, this could be for you. Be warned, though, during peak travel times, like spring break, summer or other holidays, you'll have a hard time finding a room and could end up paying more or ending up in a seedy part of town.
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Disclaimer: This page may use affiliate links. If you purchase something through an affiliate link, we may get a small commission at no extra cost to you. Today we wanted to share our favorite and most lusted-after rooftop bars & restaurants. These are all on our bucket list, and we will get a drink at all of them eventually. Here are the best rooftop bars and restaurants.
The Skylark - New York
Only open to the public during the week, this Midtown restaurant and bar sits on top of a building that provides gorgeous views of the city around it. Specifically, it has stunning views of the empire state building.
Flair - Shanghai
This restaurant and bar offers amazing views of Shanghai, most notably the Oriental Pearl tower. They even serve afternoon tea if late night drinks aren't your thing.
Ozone - Hong Kong
This is the world's tallest rooftop bar, so of course, we had to mention it on this list. It sits on the 118th floor of the Ritz-Carlton and offers seriously stunning views of the city.
Sugar - Miami
This bar sits on top of the East hotel in the Brickell neighborhood of Miami. It offers beautiful views of the surrounding city while sitting in an Asian-jungle-themed rooftop bar. So cool.
Sky Bar - Bangkok, Thailand
This bar sits on the 63rd floor and provides stunning views of the entirety of Bangkok. Many consider this a can't miss when traveling to Thailand.
W Washington DC
Of this list, this is the only one I've been to. Although I wasn't of drinking age, I was with my parents and it was seriously so fun. You look right into the front lawn of the White House, and it has awesome views of the Washington monument as well. We even saw the Air Force One helicopter taking off and landing doing practice runs.
Do you have any rooftop recommendations?
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Today I want to share with you all a place that is near and dear to my heart - Maryland. Specifically, Baltimore. This is the city where my mom worked as a nurse for the first time, and the city where my dad flew helicopters and worked for the Maryland State Police. My parents met and married in Baltimore, before moving to Elkton where I was born! I moved to Idaho when I was 6. Without further ado, let's see what you can do with 24 hours in Baltimore, Maryland.
The Baltimore Harbor is definitely one of the more beautiful parts of a sometimes not so pretty city. It provides great views of downtown Baltimore, as well as plenty to do. There are awesome restaurants, boat tours, museums and other activities that sit right on the harbor.
One of those museums that sits right on the harbor is the National Aquarium. They have a TON of different aquatic animals, ranging from sharks to frogs to turtles. They really have something for everyone, as it's interactive and fun for kids and adults alike.
Federal Hill Park
Federal Hill Park is located just south of the city center, and offers some of the best views of downtown Baltimore and the city in general. Federal Hill was used during the Civil War as a military post, and boasts some super interesting history.
The Peabody Library is a spectacular sight. It's regarded as one of the most beautiful interiors in the world. It's absolutely stunning, and free for public use, so don't miss out on this one when you visit Baltimore!
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On my first ever trip out of the country, I was heading to Canada with my (now ex) boyfriend. We were young, 18 and 19 and extremely naive. I was doing a lot of research on travel outside of the US and decided to purchase travel insurance. I'm so glad I did, and here's why you should get travel insurance too.
Although something medically may not happen to you, you could experience pretty much anything while on your trip. A huge storm could hit, destroying your hotel or even the airport! You could experience a fire, a hurricane, tornadoes or really any combination. You just never know what can happen and paying a little extra to have some peace of mind is always a good idea. You can insure the full cost of your trip, and more, depending on what package you choose.
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Let's say you're traveling in the US but you already have medical insurance. Usually, if you were to break an ankle or hurt your wrist, you could head to an ER or urgent care and pay the same as you would back home. Yes, it would be unfortunate to be on vacation and be hurt, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. If this were to happen in a foreign country, you could end up paying thousands out of pocket, especially if you had to be flown back to your home country in a medivac. The best advice I have for you in this situation is to get medical insurance for your trip. When I went to Canada, I was only 18 but the drinking age was 18 in Canada, so I knew we'd be drinking at bars and clubs, which was not something we were used to. I was worried that if one of us had alcohol poisoning or got hurt, we would need medical attention and we would probably not be able to use our USA insurance cards.
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Chicago is an insanely fun city. I highly recommend visiting & I'm hoping we can head there for a little trip to Lollapalooza this summer. In the meantime, let's see what you can do with 24 hours in Chicago.
Stroll along the river from Michigan avenue toward Millennium Park. This has gorgeous views of the city and the river.
Navy Pier has excellent views of the Lake, as well as the city.
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This is a classic Chicago monument that cannot be missed on a trip to Chicago. Take a picture of yourself in this massive bean shaved mirror.
Get stunning views by visiting the tallest building in Chicago.
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I'm originally from Maryland, so the northeast is an area of the United States that I hold near and dear to my heart. There are some particularly beautiful camping areas in the northeast, and today I want to share the best camping in the northeast!
Acadia National Park
Acadia National Park is located in eastern Maine, right on an island called Mount Desert. It's a stunning national park featuring beautiful lakes, oceanfronts, and hiking trails. There's so much to do on this lovely little island.
Green Mountain National Forest
Located in southwestern Vermont lies the Green Mountain National Forest. This part of the country is absolutely stunning in the fall, so definitely try to make an effort to visit during that time. The leaves are beautifully multicolored and there are tons to do in the forest.
The Kancamagus highway is a stretch of New Hampshire's route 112. It's absolutely stunning and provides amazing views of the surrounding mountains and rivers. It's a beautiful stop to pitch a tent for the evening.
Baxter State Park
Located in north Maine, Baxter State Park is another beautiful, wooded area like many of the others on this list. It's home to the state's highest peak, which is awesome for hiking and stunning views.
Delaware Seashore State Park
The last place for this list of amazingly beautiful places to camp is located in Delaware, just a short hour away from where I was born. I couldn't mention the east coast without also giving you a beautiful ocean option. Delaware seashore state park is located just off the coast in southern Delaware. There's SO much to do in this state park it deserves its own post, but boating, the beach, hiking, there's so much to do!
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Sri Lanka is a country in South Asia, right below India. It's an absolutely stunning country with so many different fun things to do. Today we wanted to share 10 things to do in Sri Lanka!
Sigiriya is an extinct volcanic city located in the middle of the country. It's a UNESCO World Heritage site and used to be a rock fortress during the early 400's. It is known as one of the best preserved examples of primitive urban planning.
Sri Lanka has some absolutely stunning, warm and crowd free beaches. Lay out on the beach, enjoy the sunshine and simply do nothing for a while.
Take a Tour
One of the easiest ways to see Sri Lanka in all it's glory is to take a fully guided tour. Olanka Travels features tours ranging from 3-15 days. They also have honeymoon packages. The easiest way to see all the sites in a simple way is to take a tour. Their prices are very reasonable and will save you so much time and money.
Sri Lanka has some beautiful tea fields. Much of the worlds teas comes in blends with some of the teas from Sri Lanka. There's a train you can take from Kandy to Ella where you'll be able to enjoy the stunning views of all of the tea fields and hills.
Yala National Park
Yala National Park consists of amazing animals like elephants and leopards. The best way to explore this park is by taking a safari, but make sure you find a reputable company, and if you care at all about the animals, make sure you find one that is good for the environment and the animals.
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I visited Denver in 2015 for a short time, for the Taylor Swift concert. I have to say, it wasn't my favorite city that I've ever been to, but I'm completely open to giving it another chance. Today I thought I'd share the things you definitely can't miss if you have 24 hours in Denver.
We stayed right in downtown Denver on our trip there, and we loved exploring the downtown area. My most fond memory of the trip was walking up into the hills and finding a cute little mexican restaurant to eat lunch at. Exploring a city without any real things you are looking for is truly one of the most fun things to do.
See a Game
Denver is home to both the Colorado Rockies baseball team as well as the Denver Broncos football team. Depending on what time of year you visit Denver, you can usually see one of these teams play. The Broncos are very famous, meaning ticket prices are slightly higher for them than the Rockies, but both stadiums are stunning and would be a ton of fun.
16th Street Mall
When we visited Denver, we stayed right at the top of the 16th street mall. There's a bus that runs down the entire thing that you can hop on and off of whenever you want. I had a creepy man fondle my body while on this bus, so be careful and watch your surroundings. There's tons to do throughout the 16th street mall, including shops, restaurants and more.
Something I didn't know about Denver is that they have tons of breweries, wineries and distilleries. Make an afternoon out of a couple of different brewery tours, and get day drunk. It's vacation, why not?
Mount Evans Scenic Byway
If you have time, and a car, make sure you head up to the Mount Evans scenic byway. Denver is surrounded by some absolutely stunning mountains, and the Mount Evans scenic byway gives you a great chance to explore the surrounding areas and get some great views.
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Your twenties is supposed to be the most exciting time of your life. This is a time for you to grow as an individual and really learn who you are and who you're supposed to be. We put together this list of 20 places to go in your twenties because we feel that travel is one of the things that will grow you most.
Europe is a big one. Traveling out of the country in general is something that should be experienced by everyone, but especially to Europe. Their culture is so much like our own, but at the same time so different. There's amazingly rich history in Europe that you just can't find in the US. There are so many beautiful and amazing countries in Europe, and it's all right in front of you once you make the hop over the Atlantic. I've listed specific places in Europe that I think are amazing and are must-sees, but Europe in general is our number one place.
I recommend waiting until you're 21 for this one, but Las Vegas is such a great place for someone who's freshly 21. It's unlike really any other place in the US, and is an experience you have to do at least once in your lifetime. That's not to say that Vegas is going to be your favorite place in the world, but it is definitely an experience worth having.
The second biggest city in the US is Los Angeles, California. It's a huge, beautiful city with literally so much to do. I recommend going there just because of how famous it is. There are so many places pictured on TV, like the Hollywood sign, or Santa Monica pier, or just the downtown cityscape of LA. It has great shopping, great people and will really provide you with a fantastic experience.
New York City
Speaking of biggest cities in the US, New York City is the largest city in the United States. It's situated on a tiny island, but stands tall into the sky. Like LA, there's so much to do in New York. So many places to explore & see. There's again, great shopping and a fantastic nightlife scene. There's incredible dining, as well.
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Our nations capitol, Washington D.C., is full of rich history. This is Abbie's favorite city in the world (so far). D.C. is full of free things to do, which is excellent for us 20-somethings on a budget.
Miami is one of those places you just have to experience at least once in your lifetime. It's a beautiful city, situated right on the water, and is practically warm 24/7. It also boasts some of the worlds most beautiful beaches, and most lively nightlife.
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Speaking of Florida, do not miss Orlando. This is the theme park capital of the US and boasts Disneyworld and Universal less than 20 miles apart. AND it doesn't stop there. There's tons and tons of other free and costly things to do in Orlando, although I may be slightly impartial when I say, Disney World is a can't miss.
Again, this is an experience you just can't miss. If possible, head to New Orleans during Mardi Gras (end of February). It's going to be an experience, for sure. People dress up, throw beads, have parties and more.
Moving overseas, Australia is a country that many overlook when planning overseas adventures from the US. Australia is home to some of the world's most dangerous animals, but it's also home to some pretty awesome sights and adventures.
Japan has a culture unlike anything close to the US's. Home to the biggest city in the world, Tokyo, Japan is full of rich history as well as intensely huge cities. You'll never run out of things to do in Japan.
Just a jump away from Japan is South Korea. South Korea has some amazing culture, as well as beautiful sights and things to do. Nate & I are thinking of teaching English in South Korea at some point...so stay tuned.
England is an amazing place. It boasts not only history that directly relates to the United States, but has a culture a lot like ours. England has some amazing, famous sites like the London Bridge and Westminister.
Tahiti is a beautiful country located in the South Pacific, somewhere between Australia and the Americas. This is one of the countries you think of when you think of those overwater bungalows. You come here to relax and swim and have an amazing time.
St. Thomas is a beautiful island in the caribbean. There's tons to do in St. Thomas as well as plenty of areas to relax, swim and just dig your toes into the sand.
Located in Texas, US, Dallas is a huge city. It boasts amazing teams like the Dallas Cowboys, and has tons of things to do and a very lively downtown scene.
If you've ever jammed to the song "I took a pill in Ibiza...to show Avicii I was cool" then you've probably been wondering what the heck is Ibiza? It's a city off the coast of Spain on a little island. It's known as a party scene, and basically has a non-stop party year round.
Another one of my favorite cities in the world, San Francisco sits on a bay near the Atlantic Ocean. It's famous for it's awesome gay and lesbian scene, the golden gate bridge, and chocolate. It also has the amazing Alcatraz right off it's coast, and is genuinely an amazing place. There's so much to do in San Fran.
Although getting here is a little bit of a hike/adventure in of itself, Machu Picchu has some seriously rich and interesting history. It's the remnants of an Inca city high in the mountains of Peru.
I'll never forget my trip to Calgary, Canada. As someone who was freshly 18 and had never been to a bar, having a drinking age of 18 was fantastic. Canada has so much to do, on it's West Coast as well as its East Coast.
Following the Rio Olympics in 2016, Rio has become a popular destination. It's not like it wasn't before, but it wasn't on people's radars as much as it is now. Rio is gorgeous and has some awesome sights, so definitely check it out.
Which place do you want to go most?
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The southwest United States has some absolutely gorgeous areas. It's mostly desert, with some canyons and lush areas thrown in there. Let's look at the best camping in the Southwest.
Zion National Park
Zion National Park is seriously stunning. Located in southern Utah, it's a 229 square mile piece of beauty. The most popular feature is the zion canyon, which is a 15 mile canyon cut into the reddish rock of southern Utah. It's aboslutely stunning, and has tons of opportunity for hiking and rock climbing.
Although this camping spot is a piece of the next one, I still had to mention it separately because of it's beauty. Havasu falls is located in the Grand Canyon, in Arizona. Because it's located within the Havasupai Indian reservation, it's important to remember that when visiting the gorgeous falls. It's a great area for swimming and hiking, and there is a campground near by.
You had to know I wasn't going to mention the southwest without mentioning the Grand Canyon. The canyon is absolutely gorgeous and located in Arizona. And, it's been carved over the last 6 million years by the Colorado river. Most noteworthy, it lasts over a 277 mile length, and can be seen from space. There are so many things to do along the Grand Canyon, as well as many campgrounds. You'll have to do some research into exactly which area of the Grand Canyon you'd like to stay, or if you'll backpack and hike it.
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My family and I spent tons of time camping all over the Northwest throughout my childhood and adolescence. I wanted to share with you guys my favorite spots for camping in the northwest.
I have a serious love for Mt. Rainier. Whether it's flying over it on a flight out of Seattle, or camping at the bottom of it, Mt. Rainier is gorgeous. It can also be seen from Seattle on a sunny day! Mt. Rainier is gorgeous, and hosts tons of different campgrounds. It also has hiking trails and for the talented, you can hike to the top.
Crater Lake National Park
This is a landmark in Oregon that will just absolutely take your breath away in person. It's stunning that the surrounding area just juts up around it. Again, since crater lake is a national park, there is camping all over the place.
Cape Disappointment is located at the southwestern corner of Washington state. As you look across the Columbia river, you're actually looking at Oregon! Cape Disappointment has a stunning lighthouse that it's most famous for, as well as several campgrounds.
Salt Creek Recreation Area
Salt Creek Recreation Area is located in northern Washington. Across the strait of Juan de Fuca is Canada! Salt Creek used to be a World War II Military camp, so there's tons of awesome history in this campground. It's also extremely beautiful.
Wallowa Lake State Park
Located about an hour from La Grande, Oregon, Wallowa is absolutely stunning. Since the mountains look like the Swiss mountains, they have designed the little camping area to look like you're in Switzerland. There's also an awesome gondola (I LOVE Gondola's....of course I forced my dad to take me on it) that goes up the side of the mountain and will give you awesome views.
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New England is an area of the country that is near and dear to my heart. I think New England is absolutely gorgeous. I'm originally from Maryland, and my dad is from Rhode Island so we've spent a lot of time back east. These small little towns are a must visit on your next trip to New England. Here are the cutest New England towns.
New Castle, New Hampshire
New Castle is made up entirely of islands, and features a gorgeous lighthouse that overlooks the Atlantic ocean.
Camden is an absolutely stunning little down, dubbed the "jewel of the coast". It sits underneath the mountains that dot Maine's coast, and is a great spot for sailboating.
Newport, Rhode Island
This is a town that I hold near and dear to my heart. This is where my dad is originally from, and when I was 12 we went on a tour of the house he grew up in. We also spent some time on the beach, and doing the famous mansion walk which has beautiful homes right along the coast to look at.
Provincetown sits right at the very end of Cape Cod. It's a stunning town, with really historic roots, like the pilgrim monument.
Woodstock, Vermont is a gorgeous little town, home to some of the most beautiful fall foliage you'll ever witness. It's also home to some pretty impressive covered bridges.
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After Rolling Loud announced it's lineup, Nate & I knew we would need to be heading to Miami come the beginning of May. So, we've been doing some research into things we can do in Miami, so here's what you can do with 24 hours in Miami, Florida.
Any one of Miami's gorgeous beaches will do, although this picture was taken at Miami beach. Miami sits right on Florida's coast, meaning there are miles of gorgeous beach area. There's tons to do in the ocean as well, like boat rides, parasailing or just plain swimming in the ocean.
Despite it's name, there's tons to do in South Beach other than hang out by the ocean. You can do that of course, but there are tons of shops, restaurants and bars just waiting to be visited. This area is typically packed with tourists, but it's usually for good reason.
Get a taste of Cuba without heading over the border by exploring Little Havana. Given Miami's proximity to Cuba, many Cubans have migrated to the US via Miami. This makes it a hotpot of cuban culture, music and food. All of which can be found in Little Havana.
Miami is famous for it's clubs, and when you think getting drunk in Miami, you're definitely going to want to check out some of the over-the-top clubs Miami has to offer. Many of the clubs in Miami are harder to get into because they cater to the rich and famous, but there are some things you can do in order to get into some of the more exclusive clubs.
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Disneyworld is probably one of my favorite places on this entire earth. I absolutely love disneyworld, and so today I wanted to share my top picks for hotels at Disney. So let's see the best disneyworld hotels, by price point. I also want to begin by saying that there are TONS of advantages of staying on property, and I'll cover that in another post.
Art of Animation
Art of Animation is the newest value resort, and also the most expensive. It runs just over $100 a night, but is so worth it. These rooms are perfect if you're traveling with a family, because they have family suites for around $200 a night. When you select a family suite, you get to choose your theme. They have cars, finding nemo and the lion king. Each room is so gorgeous and so fun looking! The regular rooms are little mermaid themed.
Port Orleans Resort
Port Orleans is an absolutely gorgeous hotel. It sits on a lake, providing either bus or boat transportation to the parks (depending on what park). There are various rooms to choose from, from one king bed up to two queens and a king. You can also select water views or regular views. There is also five restaurants ranging from sit down to quick service in the hotel, so spending days at the hotel will have everything you need.
This was so difficult to choose. The deluxe resorts at Disney are absolutely beautiful, stunning and perfect to stay in. I chose the contemporary resort mostly because the monorail goes RIGHT through the hotel which is seriously amazing. I love it. It also has absolutely stunning views of the Magic Kingdom, with views of those awesome fireworks every night.
What Disney hotel is your favorite?
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Today I wanted to share the greatest travel apps that I use to keep track of travel. I love using my phone to keep track of everything, and travel is no exception. Without further ado, here are the greatest travel apps.
Uber is a staple on my phone no matter where I am, but especially while traveling. In an unfamiliar environment, having a tool that you can just call a car at any given time is very helpful. In places without internet or phone access, it's even better because you can simply find a wifi hotspot and call your uber. I have a serious love for uber, and I use it at least once a week.
TripIt is my go-to way to keep track of all of my trips. It is the easiest way to keep track of every flight, hotel and car reservation with ease. It's also a great way to keep track of all of the sightseeing you want to do. I have loved TripIt since it first came out, and it's been a staple since.
TravelBank is a recent find, and I love it. It enables you to input a budget for your trip, and keep track of all expenses so that you aren't going over budget. I try to keep our spending to a minimum while we're on vacation, and take advantage of as many free items as possible but it's helpful to see my budget all laid out.
I love having whatever airline I'm flying withs app on my phone. It's helpful because you can get an e-boarding pass, and also keep track of your flights status in one (usually) correct place. TripIt keeps track of the information but doesn't have live info, so it's definitely a good idea to have the airlines app as well.
City's Transit App
When you're visiting a new city, it's a great idea to have the transit system on hand. Most of the transit systems have their own app, including schedules, and most of them even include live updates. It's super helpful to have it at a moment's glance, so you always know where the nearest train/bus is.
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Traveling really takes a toll on your body. You're out of your routine, and it can really mess things up. For someone like me, with immune system issues and trouble staying healthy to begin with, getting sick on vacation is quite common. I've developed some tips to help you stay healthy while traveling.
Keep Your Routine as Much as Possible
For me, keeping a distinct routine is one of the only things that keeps me healthy. I wake up, work out, eat breakfast, shower, etc. If I try to keep that routine in check even while traveling, it can make things a lot easier. Even if I'm not following 100% of my routine, keeping it together as much as possible is key.
Take Vitamins & Eat Well
Vitamins are essential while traveling. It's a good idea to carry your typical multivitamin, but taking some airborne or vitamin C while traveling is a great idea. Eating well will also provide you with the nutrition you need to keep going and stay healthy. Although it's tempting to gorge yourself on all the pasta and cannolis in Italy, try to incorporate at least a couple healthy meals or snacks throughout your day. By all means throw yourself into the culture, but try and do it in a healthy way.
Wash Your Hands & Carry Hand Sanitizer
It's a great idea to keep your hands clean all the time, but especially when traveling. Wash your hands at every opportunity and carry a travel sized hand sanitizer to use when you don't have access to a restroom. You'll be touching all sorts of grimy surfaces, so making sure you are keeping your hands clean is a great way to avoid germs.
Let Yourself Rest
A great recipe for sickness is making yourself go too hard all the time. Your body needs time to rest, so allowing it to rest and not trying to go, go, go will make things easier. Let yourself sleep a regular amount of time, and if you're feeling tired mid-day, go back to the hostel/hotel and take a nap. Don't push yourself all the time.
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Let me just begin by saying that all of the national parks in the US are absolutely amazing. These are just my personal favorites and my can't-misses if you are planning a trip around the United States. Without further ado, here are the best national parks in the US.
Denali is home to Mt. McKinley, which is the tallest mountain in North America, reaching heights of 20,000 feet. This has been a bucket list item of mine since I was a kid. I'm a sucker for gorgeous views, and Denali has nothing short of beauty. If you're planning a trip to Alaska, this is a must-see.
Grand Canyon, Arizona
Most people know what the Grand Canyon is. This is a gorgeous canyon in Arizona that is the biggest in the United States, and one of the top 10 biggest in the world. There are so many different things to do and see around the Grand Canyon, it's hard to pick just one. Horseshoe Bend is a huge bucket list item of mine, though.
Yosemite is absolutely beautiful. Besides one of the better known scenes, the half dome, Yosemite is home to many camping grounds and beautiful hiking trails. Many of the worlds largest living things, the sequoia trees, live in Yosemite. There is a sequoia national park, but why not just kill two birds with one stone and see both in one park?
I couldn't leave this one out. Much of my traveling experience comes in the form of camping, and this is somewhere my dad took us one trip. We lost power due to a generator issue and it was dumping down rain but I still have such fond memories of this trip. Plus, the redwoods to a seven year old were ginormous.
Yellowstone spans a few different states, but is one of the most well-known national parks in the country aside from the Grand Canyon. Whether you're wanting to go camping, or stay at the world famous lodge, there's so much to do in Yellowstone. Old Faithful is located here, as well as tons of different national phenomenons.
I have such fond memories of Zion. This national park is absolutely beautiful and features such awesome hiking trails, as well as great camping areas. I have great memories camping and hiking around with my family. It's a huge national park with tons to do.
This was so hard to pick my favorite national parks, and there are definitely one's I want to talk about but don't want to bore you, so those will probably come in a part 2 post!
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Welcome back to our blog! Today we're sharing our perfect itinerary for 24 hours in the beautiful city of angeles. 24 hours in Los Angeles. I've only been to L.A. once, but Nate's been a few times, since his family lives down there. I'm obsessed with all these ideas. One thing to note about L.A. though, you should definitely rent a car or have one available to you. The public transportation system in L.A. SUCKS.
Chinese Theater and Walk of Fame
Begin your day in Hollywood. The Walk of Fame is really something else, and the Chinese theater is absolutely gorgeous. There are many other things to do in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles, and tons of different sights, so take some time to explore this area before moving on!
This is definitely a place for celebrity sightings. Just while we were walking around exploring, two shops closed because someone famous was shopping in there. It was awesome! Unless you're a millionaire, you probably aren't going to be able to buy anything on Rodeo Drive, but there's tons of fun things to look at as well as really expensive cars lining the streets.
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica and the area surrounding is seriously gorgeous. Take some time to explore the streets around, including the 3rd street promenade, a place for some awesome shops that you might not have where you live. Also take some time to walk out on the pier and ride a ride or two, and take in the sights. Then, if you're lucky, you'll catch it on a warm day, where you can lay out on the sand and enjoy the ocean breeze.
Not far from Santa Monica is Venice Beach, featuring Muscle Beach, a really awesome skate park and tons of more hippie-LA-like-things, like dispensaries and vintage stores and vegan restaurants. I would one day love to live in one of the adorable little houses that litter Venice Beach, but I'm not sure I can afford the 2 million price tag right now.
This is the only thing on this list that I haven't personally done, but is a huge bucket list item for me. You can spend the afternoon hiking near Griffith Observatory, like hike to the Hollywood sign, or just take in the beautiful sights of downtown LA.
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There is a wealth of information about travel online. There are also a ton of different websites you can visit in order to gain knowledge about travel and get deals on travel. Today I'm sharing some travel websites you don't know about. These are little known websites that will help you travel smarter and cheaper.
This site did gain some popularity after Orbitz and United Airlines sued them. But, it's still not well known. This service helps you find flights for a lot cheaper. If you are wanting to fly to Salt Lake, but it's cheaper to fly to Arizona with a connection in Salt Lake, then you can just skip the second flight and stay in Salt Lake. It's not illegal, but many airlines do not approve of it. Check out skiplagged here.
Kayak Explore is pretty fun. Sometimes I like to just browse travel locations while I'm at work. This let's you plug in where you live/where you want to leave from, and you can find cheap flights all over the country and world. This is a perfect website for when you don't know where you want to go, but you want to go somewhere.
If you love to travel outside the country, Visa Mapper is for you. This website shows you exactly what you need in order to visit any country. You just plug in which country you're a citizen of and it'll show you everything you need.
Yapta provides an email or a tweet to alert you that a price on a flight you've already booked has dropped, and enables you to rebook under the new fare. A lot of the time, though, you'll have a cancellation fee so make sure you keep an eye on that.
If you live in a bigger city, or are traveling overseas, it's a great idea to check out WhichBudget. This helps you find the best deals on budget airlines. Keep in mind budget airlines have a lot of other fees, but that's for another time. Just at first glance I found a $50 flight from Baltimore to Fort-de-France, a city in Martinique.
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