Traveling to Europe — Pros and Cons of Each Season

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Traveling to Europe is an amazing opportunity and one we recommend everybody experiences at least once in their life. There is so much history, you can see several different countries and cultures easily and essentially everywhere is geared to make traveling convenient and simple.

Determining when to travel to Europe is a personal decision, and really any season is worth it, but to help you figure out when you should plan your trip, Adventure Assist put together a few pros and cons to traveling to Europe in each season. Whichever you choose, be sure to get our travel notebook to help plan and organize your trip and store all your memories in one tangible place that you can hold on to forever!

Winter

Pros

This can be a beautiful time of the year to soak in all the history and incredible aspects of Europe. The ancient streets and historic buildings sparkle with lights and much of Europe celebrates Christmas, but with their own traditions and touches on the holiday. Vienna has a full variety of operas and Germany has the country’s largest Christmas market in Nuremberg. There are fewer crowds and so you can experience Europe without the mad rush of tourists everywhere.

Cons

Like winter pretty much anywhere that’s not along the equator, it’s going to be cold. You’ll definitely have to make your way through the snow and rain, which means packing coats, gloves and hats, all of which can be bulky. Winter days are shorter, so sightseeing opportunities can be limited. There may be different closure times and waking up early is the best way to pack more in.

Spring

Pros

As one of the two “shoulder seasons”, spring can be an amazing time to visit Europe as the region makes its way out of the freezing winter and before it becomes hot in the summer. Flying and staying in Europe will be cheaper than the peak tourist season of summer as well, which means fewer tourists to compete with. There could also be unique cultural events to experience during Spring time.

Cons

While the weather is certainly improved from winter, much of Europe sees a healthy does of rainfall during the Spring, which can dampen the feeling of your time overseas. Much of the sightseeing in Europe is outdoors, so standing and walking in the rain might be for you. Make sure to bring waterproof clothing and shoes if you decide on a Spring trip.

Summer

Pros

Traveling to Europe in the summer months is without doubt the best time of the year to visit as far as the weather is concerned, especially in northern Europe, where the temperatures can be quite cold in the winter and spring. In the UK, you have the best shot at avoiding rain and the temperatures throughout Europe are ideal for walking around and sightseeing.

Cons

Because the weather is so perfect for travel, it means everybody wants to visit Europe during the summer, especially when you consider most Americans save their vacation time for the summer months. You’ll stand in plenty of lines and it could make the trip more stressful and certainly the most expensive.

Fall

Pros

For southern European countries such as Spain, Italy and Greece, the second “shoulder season” can actually be the most pleasant time of year to visit because the temperatures are mild as southern Europe can be quite hot in the summer. Just like here, the leaves change colors, the light in the morning and evening is soft and beautiful, which can be an excellent backdrop for the historic sightseeing throughout the continent. Prices start to drop as you leave prime tourist season and there are festival opportunities such as Oktoberfest in Germany.

Cons

Depending on where you go, and when in the fall you plan your trip, the weather begins to get colder and rainier. Some business and tourist destinations may have shorter hours, so it’s important to do some research before booking your trip. If you’re looking to come back home with a tan, fall probably isn’t the season to visit Europe for you.

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Best Countries to Travel to for Backpackers

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Traveling is an amazing way to see the world in a completely different way. You can broaden your horizons and learn and experience different cultures that make each region of the globe truly unique and special. You might even discover a little something new about yourself along the way.

In that spirit, today’s post is dedicated to a popular form of travel, which allows you to see all that any country has to offer and soak in the unique aspects that make them special — backpacking. It’s one of the most economical and easiest ways to travel the world. But some countries are more backpacker friendly than others, so here’s Adventure Assist’s list of the best countries to travel to for backpackers, in no particular order. Any (and all!) of them are great choices. So get your travel notebook, pack up and get out there!

Thailand

There are very few places in the world as perfect for backpacking as Thailand. This beautiful country is full of gorgeous nature and offers a culturally diverse group of people, places and food. And one of the great things about Thailand, it’s extremely affordable! Backpackers can experience Bangkok for as little as $20 per day for the economical-minded among us. You can scuba dive in Koh Tao, soak up the amazing nightlife and jump from hostel to hostel and make some new friends along the way. Plan it out in your Adventure Assist travel notebook, journal your experience and jot down the names and numbers of people you meet along the way!

Transportation: For the most part, traveling around Thailand is extremely affordable and the U.S. dollar gets you very far in the country. You can travel via bus, train or plane, and along the coasts there are boats available.

Daily Costs: One of the great perks of Thailand is the flexibility on your budget. Students looking to backpack on the cheap can easily make it work while having a great time, but if you want to spend more, there are tons of fantastic opportunities. The value here is almost unbeatable!

Flights: International travel can of course be expensive, but when flying to Asia, Thailand is usually the cheapest way into the continent. Keep your eye out for sales and buy your tickets well ahead of time for the best deals.

New Zealand

This is an amazing country to backpack through because it’s simply gorgeous. New Zealand has such a diverse landscape that you can get in just about a little of everything from the coast to mountains and more. This is an excellent country for first-time backpackers or those looking for a more casual experience because people there speak English (although the accents can be thick!) and tourism is a huge part of the country’s economy, so they’re very welcoming. New Zealand is extremely safe and provides endless things to do. If you’re backpacking as a group, this is a perfect country to visit as you can pack in lots of different things in a short time, so we definitely recommend you check it out sometime!

Transportation: Moving around New Zealand is very easy and is even simpler thanks to eliminating a communication barrier. You can bus, train or even rent a camper van if you really wanted to get away from the typical tourist locations.

Daily Costs: You’ll certainly spend more money here than other places in Asia, however, the convenience that comes with it may just be worth it for you. If you’re frugal, you can still keep the trip affordable. If you’re into more luxury things such as bungee jumping or cruises, then saving up would be the way to go!

Flights: New Zealand is pretty far away from anywhere, especially the U.S., so flying won’t be the cheapest and the flight is long. Expect to layover in Asia and spend a fair amount of time reaching the country, but once you’re there, you’ll quickly forget about all that.

Australia

This is another amazing country to hit up for first-time backpackers or those of you seeking a relaxed experience. Like New Zealand, English is the primary language, so communication isn’t a problem. Australia also thrives on a tourist industry, making it safe and convenient. Basically, the whole country is set up for backpacking! There’s plenty to see and do in the cities around the coast like the Great Barrier Reef, but travel inwards and soak up the famous Outback in person. The entire continent features extremes each way and boasts some of the most unique nature in the world!

Transportation: This is a huge country, but the transportation is actually quite easy to manage. Much of the country’s population and main attractions are on the East Coast of Australia, so there is no shortage of ground-travel options.

Daily Costs: Unfortunately, the downside to Australia is the cost. Beyond getting there, most things in the country will cost some money like eating, transportation and finding places to stay. It gets cheaper the further inward you go, but anything in the major cities costs just as much as any major city in the U.S.

Flights: As we touched on with New Zealand, flying to this part of the world is a trek and the long flight time means expensive tickets. So it might not be a top choice for those of you looking for affordable backpacking trips, but it’s well worth saving for and experience when you can make it work in your budget!

Hungary

We shift our focus to Europe and the most backpacker-friendly city on the continent — Budapest! Party all night in ruin pubs and take in the history with incredible architecture like the Parliament Building. There is great food, thermal spas and the Szechenyi thermal bath is a must! Venture outside the capital check out the landscape like gorgeous Lake Balaton, which has beaches, volcanic hills and vineyards.

Transportation: Walking is super doable when you’re in Budapest, but the underground metro makes travel easy for those not looking to walk great distances. There are trains and buses to the rest of the country as well, all of which are affordable.

Daily Costs: Compared to the cities of Europe, Budapest is quite affordable and the rest of the country is extremely cheap. Staying in hostels will definitely keep the costs down and there are plenty to choose from.

Flights: If you’re already in Europe, flying or taking a train is pretty cheap. If you come from the U.S., it might be a better option to fly into a cheaper major city within Europe and then travel from there into Hungary.

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Travel is our passion and part of what led us to create the perfect way to capture every aspect of your adventures with our travel notebooks. Our mission here at Adventure Assist is to pass on even the smallest bit of that passion to our fellow travelers through our travel notebooks.

Our travel notebook helps you plan, organize and journal all of your adventures in a tangible space that you can flip back through at any time and feel all those great memories come flooding back. Shop our selection and get yours today!

Things To Do in Stowe, Vermont in the Summer

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We can honestly say that Stowe, Vermont wasn’t on our radar as a summer travel destination until recently when the Adventure Assist team (AKA April and Jake) was invited to stay at a magical New England getaway for a long weekend.

The folks at the Stone Hill Inn in Stowe reached out to us to see if we would be interested in coming up for a stay at their romantic luxury bed-and-breakfast and really that was all we needed to hear. But after doing a bit more research, we were off the walls excited to stay at such a charming place while we enjoyed everything Stowe has to offer - beautiful scenery, outdoor adventures, food, wine, and some REALLY good craft beer.

If you’re like us, and hadn’t thought of visiting this gorgeous New England town, we suggest you think again. Here are our favorite things discovered while in Stowe, Vermont!

STAY AT STONE Hill inn

Stone Hill Inn was the perfect home base for all of our adventures in and around Stowe for a long weekend. The owners and staff are wonderful and very attentive. If you need anything, they are there for you!

The property is stunning with 9.5 acres to explore, speckled with lovely hidden outdoor lounge areas. We enjoyed breakfast in the beautiful, well lit dining room — our favorite dish was the chicken and waffles made by the owners themselves, served with an assortment of Vermont maple syrups to choose from.

There is a huge game room with board games, movies, a pool table and more. We also got the chance to make s’mores one night at the big outdoor fire pit.

Each room has plush bedding, a jacuzzi, fire place and a private back door to the Inn’s gardens. If you are picky about your pillows, there is even a pillow library so you can select the perfect pillow.

Best of all, the location is perfect, being just minutes from the Stowe Ski Resort and downtown.

Explore the Recreation Paths

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One of the first things that you will notice about Stowe is the beautiful, multi-purpose pathway that runs throughout town. The 5.5 mile Stowe Recreation Path is a scenic trail that passes farms, covered bridges, rolling creeks and more. You can walk, run or bike freely along the path in the summertime.

Just outside of Stowe is another nice trail to mention, the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail which is the longest of its kind in New England. The trail is replacing a long outdated train rail line with a beautiful multi-purpose trail that will eventually be 93 miles long and cover the breadth of Northern Vermont. Currently about 33 miles of the trail are open and it is a great way to explore.

Find a Brewery

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Vermont does craft beer right. It is evident by the success of so many breweries in this small state, many of which are in and around Stowe.

As of this writing, Stowe features three tasty breweries - Idletyme Brewing Co., von Trapp Brewing, and The Alchemist. Beer aficionados will know The Alchemist as the brewer of Heady Topper, an extremely sought after small batch IPA that was recently crowned the best beer in the world.

Just shy of an hour drive from Stowe just so happens to also be “the best brewery in the world”, Hill Farmstead Brewery. We weren’t joking that Vermont does craft beer right.

If you like both drinking beer and riding bikes, we recommend the Bike and Brew tour by Lamoille Valley Bike Tours which hits three additional breweries outside of Stowe AND you get to explore the beautiful rail trail on electric bikes.

Relax at a Winery

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We went to the Boyden Valley Winery, in nearby Cambridge, Vermont, and loved it! As one of the oldest wineries in Vermont, they were pioneers in the Vermont wine industry. They are known for their unique and award winning wines, like their Maple Reserve and Vermont Ice wines, and also feature some delicious ciders and spirits. A great place to enjoy a wine tasting and experience everything the massive farm has to offer.

Attend the Hot Air Balloon Festival

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Every year the Stoweflake Mountain Resort holds a hot air balloon festival in Stowe and it is truly something to see! We were fortunate to attend the 33rd annual Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival which features a beer and wine garden, food, live entertainment, and of course, hot air balloons flying high above the Vermont landscape.

Paddle

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The Winooski River and the Lamoille River are both great options (with some very distinct differences) if you want to get out on the water for a canoe or kayak trip! Enjoy scenic views that will include covered bridges, old farms, and plenty of wildlife. Great options for beginner and advanced paddlers alike.

You can also paddle around the nearby Waterbury Reservoir on stand up paddle boards, kayaks or canoes if you don’t want to paddle along a moving river. The Waterbury Reservoir is a highlight if you want to get some sun, enjoy water activities, or even relax on the shore and have a picnic.

von Trapp Family Lodge

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The Sound of Music anyone!? Yes, it is in fact those von Trapps. After finishing a US tour in the 1940s the Austrian family singing group decided to settle in Vermont because the beautiful rolling hills reminded them of home. The family runs a mountain resort featuring Austrian inspired architecture and accommodations situated on 2,500 acres of beautiful Vermont landscape. The lodge features a outdoor trails, a well known brewery and restaurant, and even hosts tours.

Eat Cheese

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What would a trip to Vermont be without eating large quantities of Vermont cheddar? Thankfully, the Cabot Farmer’s Store is just a short drive from Stowe in Waterbury, Vermont. You can sample what feels like every type of cheddar known to man and stock up on your favorites for extremely reasonable prices.


Also, HAVE SOME Maple Syrup

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Did you think we would forget about the maple syrup!? Not after the maple syrup sampling we had with our chicken and waffles at Stone Hill Inn! They literally brought us every type of syrup they had (who knew there were so many options), just so we could try the different varieties. No surprise that we liked them all! Make sure you pick up a bottle to bring home with you. Vermont truly has the best and largest selection of maple syrup we’ve ever seen.


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8 Ways to Survive a Long Layover

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Do you have a long layover coming up that you are dreading? Or, have you ever had a delayed or canceled flight and not known what to do to occupy your time? While a travel notebook can help, there is so much else to do! It doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom. We’ve had those experiences first hand and have some tips to survive a long layover.

People Watch

Airports are the best place in the world to people watch. Where else can you go where people from all walks of life are together in one place and about to head to the far corners of the world? Who are they and where are they heading?

Explore the City

If you have more than a few hours, leave the airport and explore the city! Take advantage of your layover to have a quick adventure in a new place. What is better than getting a mini-dose of a new place while your waiting to head to your final destination?

Work Out

Some airports have a fitness center or an activity room. If you’re lucky enough to be at one of these airports, make good use of your layover and stick to your fitness routine. If you aren’t at one of these airports, you can still find a spot for some quick stretching or even a makeshift yoga session.

Visit the Lounge

If you’re really worried about surviving your next layover, it may be worth it to check out the airline’s lounge. These VIP areas are usually accessed through membership programs, but you can typically buy a pass for the day if you are not a member. These areas can feature better wifi, open bars, snacks and some even give you access to shower facilities. Maybe you’ll even meet somebody worth remembering and writing down in your travel notebook.

Take a Nap

Set an alarm on your phone, find a cozy corner and take advantage of your layover to get the extra sleep you desperately need!

Hit the Bar

The age old trick to surviving a long layover? Have a drink at the bar! Find a seat to watch the sports game of the hour or make a new friend over a cold beer. Before you know it, it’ll be time for you to board. Just don’t get too carried away.

Eat Your Heart Out

Airport restaurants are notoriously average, especially for the price. But, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t good options out there or that it isn’t a good use of your time. Seeking out and eating a good meal is a great way to survive your long layover.

Chat with a Stranger

If nothing else, you can always strike up a conversation with an equally-bored traveler. There is a good shot that they are also trying to survive their layover, which would be a win-win for both parties. If you’re heading to the same travel destination, maybe your new friend can shed some light on exciting things to do on your visit!

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How to Plan the Perfect Road Trip

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We love trip planning, but are well aware that it can be overwhelming at times. Add in planning a route to drive, rest stops and whether or not to visit sites nearby and planning a road trip can be a whole new animal, especially without a travel notebook. But don’t worry, we’ll give you the full rundown of everything you’ll need to know before jumping in the car. Here’s everything you need to know to plan the perfect road trip:

Level Set

Setting expectations with your friends or family might be the most important step of any road trip. Is everyone okay with stopping frequently? Do you have enough time between destinations? How will you split up driving time? How will you split gas? Do you want to stop for meals or plan ahead? Have an open conversation and make sure everyone is on the same page before setting out. It will save you from any silly arguments and make the whole road trip much more enjoyable!

Get the Car & Tires Checked

Before heading out on any road trip, make sure you have the car and tires checked. Having a licensed mechanic give your car a once over before heading out is a great way to catch any issues before they come up and save you a headache.

Bring a Physical Map

Is it any surprise that we recommend bringing a paper map or atlas on any road trip? Even in the digital age it is still a good idea to have a backup map or atlas in case your phone’s battery runs out or your GPS accidentally leads you down the wrong path. Plus, a physical map can be a lot more exciting and kids love it!

Know Your Route

Trust us on this one — planning your road trip route beforehand will actually give you more freedom to be spontaneous. It will save you time and allow you to do more research of the surrounding area. If there are nearby sites that you’d like to visit, you can work them into the route or just give yourself plenty of time in case things come up.

Give Yourself Plenty of Time

Along with knowing your route, this is key! On any good road trip, you want to give yourselves plenty of time for spontaneity or a detour. This way, if you pass something on the road worth stopping for, no one will feel bad about making the stop. Instead, it will be all about the journey and experiences along the way!

Make Playlists Ahead of Time

Don’t underestimate a good playlist. It will help keep up the energy in the car and make sure everyone is enjoying themselves. When we can, we like to create playlists based on the regions we are traveling to or through.

Bring Snacks

Road trip basics: bring snacks. You do not want anyone cramped up in a vehicle, getting hangry. Plus, bringing snacks will save you unnecessary stops as well as a few bucks along the way.

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12 Travel Books to Inspire Wanderlust

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We love books, especially travel books, and think they are the perfect compliment to any extended trip! So, we wanted to share some of our favorite travel books that will without a doubt inspire your wanderlust:

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The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho

A modern classic and international best seller, The Alchemist is the story of a shepherd boy who longs for travel in search of riches but instead finds something much more valuable, himself. It is an extremely inspiring book about self-discovery that encourages you to follow your dreams.

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On the Road - Jack Kerouac

An American classic and travel novel, On the Road, was inspired by Jack Kerouac’s own adventures with Neal Cassady. It is the story of two friends on a cross-country journey in search of adventure in the 1940s. They definitely find adventure, as well as freedom, hope and raw experiences.


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Into Thin Air - John Krakauer

Into Thin Air recounts the true story of what can go wrong while summiting Mt. Everest. John Krakauer details the treacherous climb in 1996 when eight people died, describing both the heroism and mistakes involved. The national bestseller is a tragedy interlaced in adventure and puts into perspective why people put their lives at risk to summit the world’s highest mountain.

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Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia - Elizabeth Gilbert

The romanticized story of Elizabeth Gilbert setting off into the world after her divorce. She travels to Italy to eat, India to pray, and she falls in love in Indonesia. This is a great story for someone new to traveling that needs a little extra push to step out of their comfort zone.

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Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel - Rolf Potts

A must read for anyone with dreams of longterm travel. Vagabonding veteran, Rolf Potts, lays out the process of taking time out of your ordinary life to travel the world on your own terms. The book contains invaluable insights and practical information for longterm travel that has served as a source of travel inspiration since it’s original release in 2002. It is a deep dive into the philosophy of longterm travel to the extent that no other book compares.

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The Beach - Alex Garland

A better book than the movie, The Beach exposes travel through Thailand in the 1990s. The book features plenty of mystery, a hidden beach paradise, but also a thrilling dark side.


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Turn Right at Machu Picchu - Mark Adams

Turn Right at Machu Picchu details Mark Adam’s experience exploring Peru in search of ancient Inca cities. The book will teach you a lot about Peru and might even inspire you to visit some of the sites he encounters in the book.



Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - Robert M. Pirsig

A moving examination of how we live our lives, and a meditation on how we can live better. It recalls a father-son journey by motorcycle from Minnesota to Northern California which is often interrupted by philosophical discussions. A worldwide bestseller about love, growth and acceptance.

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A Cook’s Tour: In Search of the Perfect Meal - Anthony Bourdain

In A Cook’s Tour, Bourdain marries his love for cooking and travel in pursuit of the perfect meal. It recounts his experiences traveling the world and discovering exotic food. This one is sure to inspire the foodies and travelers alike.


Love with a Chance of Drowning - Torre DeRoche

A well written account by Torre Deroche about facing her fears of the ocean and setting sail with her boyfriend across the Pacific Ocean. It is a beautiful book about a deeply personal experience. It will make you want to follow in her footsteps and chase your dreams.

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The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon - David Grann

A blended recount of famed British explorer, Percy Fawcett’s disappearance while searching for an ancient lost city in the Amazon and author, David Grann’s own discoveries in the Amazon. The book will teach you a lot about the history of the region and what could have happened to Fawcett during his search for the fabled lost city.

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail - Cheryl Strayed

A memoir of a young woman who thought she had lost everything after her mother’s death and destroyed marriage, and made the impulse decision to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. She had no training or prior experience yet wills herself to hike over 1,000 miles of the trail. It is the story of a young woman pressing on against the odds and the journey that brought her self-discovery.

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8 New Year's Travel Resolutions for 2019

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While we don’t typically love resolutions, we do love taking January to reset on our outlook and remind ourselves that we can always be smarter, more efficient, and more responsible travelers. Here are 8 practical travel resolutions that you can work on this year to maximize your travel experiences:

Go Solo

Some like to think of traveling solo as a right of passage of sorts. We like to think of it as an opportunity to explore a new travel destination while exploring yourself. Traveling solo opens the door to new experiences that just don’t come along when you’re traveling with a partner or group. Plus, you’ll learn a ton about yourself in the process.

Get Global Entry

Instead of just telling yourself to get Global Entry every time you’re stuck in the security line at the airport, you need to follow through! Take some pressure off yourself next time you’re scrambling to catch your next flight.

Maximize Travel Points

What better time to start educating yourself on travel reward programs than now. Savvy travelers that know how to maximize their travel points really save, and those that don’t take the time to educate themselves are literally giving money away.

Save More for Travel

Cook more. Cut coffee. Ditch cable. There are lots of ways to save more for travel. It may be time to commit to changing your lifestyle if you have a big travel goal in mind for 2019.

Leverage Flight Deals

When you want to go everywhere (like us!), leveraging flight deals is easy. You may spot a deal for a destination on your list or take a spontaneous trip somewhere that isn’t on your radar yet. Either way, it really pays off to take advantage of flight deals that are out there.

Pack Smarter

Still overpacking? Most of us are. But we are here to tell you that you probably don’t need that extra pair of heels or a backup toothbrush. Pack like a pro and lose the just in case items and have comfort that if you forget something or need something in the moment that you can likely get that item in your travel destination too.

Become a More Responsible Traveler

Educate yourself on how you can become a more responsible traveler. Remember to shop locally when possible, choose responsible tour operators and respect local cultures.

Help Someone Else See the World

What better new year’s travel resolution than to help someone else see the world. Help a beginner traveler plan their trip. Give them travel tips so that they are safer and more comfortable. Or just give them the nudge they need to get out there and travel. Sometimes we all need a little nudge.

So, give these some thought and get ahead of your new year’s travel resolutions. Our singular mission at Adventure Assist is to help you get the most out of your travels and these travel goals will help you do just that.


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Holiday Gift Guide: For Travelers, By Travelers

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It’s the time of the year when everyone is on the hunt for that perfect holiday gift for friends and family. If your loved ones are avid travelers, we’ve got the gift guide for you! Here are some of our favorites, from our home city of Austin, Texas, for the traveler in your life.


Suavs

The perfect travel shoe. These vegan friendly, sustainably knitted sneakers are made for people on the go. They are extremely breathable and have sweat-wicking technology to maximize comfort. Suavs are very lightweight and can be packed flat or even rolled up when you head out on your next travel adventure. You’ll never have to worry about packing bulking shoes again.

- The Zilker by Suavs, $95

Corey Carbo Studio

Designer and illustrator, Corey Carbo, recently released a line of funky, tropical themed merchandise, like this Sol Searchin’ Pool Tote. It’s perfect for the traveler in your life who is skipping the frigid holiday weather and heading to the beach instead. Any traveling “sol searcher” will love this one!

- Sol Searchin’ Pool Tote by Corey Carbo Studio, $27

Bearded Brothers

Bearded Brothers have created the ultimate energy bar to fuel your adventures. Their bars are 100% organic, vegan, gluten and soy free, and also delicious. Any traveler knows that snacks are important while on an adventure and a box of these energy bars underneath the Christmas tree will do the trick!

Bodacious Blueberry Vanilla Energy Bars by Bearded Brothers, $29.88

Mitscoots

Mitscoots makes gear with a mission. They employ the transitioning homeless and will give a quality product to a person in need every time you purchase. Their traveler canvas backpacks are made in the USA with heavy duty canvas and a waterproof liner. These backpacks are a great present for any traveler who cares about giving back.

- Army Green Traveler Backpack by Mitscoots, $79

Wildsam

WILDSAM American field guides are the ultimate USA travel guidebooks for creative travelers who want more. Maps, playlists, interviews - they really pack a lot into these tiny travel sized books. By focusing on local knowledge and storytelling, WILDSAM has truly reinvented the traditional travel guide for the better.

Austin Field Guide by WILDSAM, $20

Tiko

Tiko set out to create a durable, uncomplicated and affordable travel bag and they have accomplished just that. Their carry-on luggage includes a soft-sided frame for “more packing flexibility and better overhead cramability” and also has a clean design with an affordable price tag.

The Tiko Carry-On by Tiko, $195

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Holiday Travel Tips: How to Survive

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Traveling this holiday season? So is everyone else. That’s why we’ve put together some easy holiday travel tips to help you survive the madness. Check out our list on how to survive holiday travel below:

Stay Flexible

Between work and family schedules, we realize that it isn’t always possible to be flexible with your holiday travel. But, if you’re able to avoid the busiest travel days, like the day before Thanksgiving, you’ll save yourself a giant headache. If you’re able to travel early on Thanksgiving or Christmas Day instead, you will avoid some of the traffic from the day before

Leave Early

Whether driving or flying, we suggest leaving early in the day to avoid traffic and long lines. If your flight is delayed or canceled, you will still have plenty of time to catch the next flight and make it to your holiday travel destination on time.

Wait to Wrap

TSA advises to wait to wrap gifts until you arrive at your travel destination in case they need to unwrap your present in order to inspect it. We recommend shipping your presents ahead of time if possible.

Opt for the Mobile Boarding Pass

Make sure you checkin as soon as you’re able and opt for the mobile boarding pass when it is an option. This will save you from having to wait to print your boarding pass at the airport and give you a few minutes back to spend with your family over the holidays.

Carry On

Pass on the bag checkin process, ensure that the airlines don’t lose your luggage (or Christmas gifts) and skip waiting for your suitcase to come down the conveyer belt by avoiding checking a bag if at all possible.

Don’t Forget Headphones

Crying babies, the overly friendly lady sitting next to you, the guy who has had too many in-flight cocktails - escape them all by putting on your headphones and zone out of your stressful environment.

Pack Snacks

Don’t let hunger get to you! Pack snacks to keep you on top of your game and to avoid overspending at the airport.

Plan for the Unexpected

Make sure you plan ahead for unexpected circumstances. Arrive to the airport with plenty of time to pass through security and book extra time between your connections.

Breathe

Delayed flight? Lost luggage? Take a second and breathe. Before you know it you will be spending the holidays with your friends and family and your travel experience will make for a great story!


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10 Things to Do in Iceland

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Iceland is truly the land of fire and ice. It is a playground of volcanos, hot springs, glaciers and ice caps, but also so much more. You can find country farmhouses, fresh seafood, city nightlife and a never ending list of things to do. Here are some of our top things to do in Iceland:

Reykjavík

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Dotted with colorful houses, thriving cafes, seafood restaurants and laid back pubs, Iceland’s hip capital is a destination in itself. For such a small city, there is not a shortage of activities to do or things to see. If you enjoy a party scene, you’ll love the nightlife in Reykjavík. From walking around the old harbor, checking out settlement museums and eating the freshest seafood, it is worth devoting a few days to.

Tour Snæfellsnes Peninsula

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The Snæfellsnes Peninsula is like a mini sample of everything Iceland. Country views of old wooden churches, glacier topped mountains, underground lava caves, and beautiful black sand beaches - not to mention some of the most beautiful towns in Iceland. It is a hotspot for setting out on whale and puffin spotting tours as well as hiking through the Snæfellsjökull national park. We highly recommend spending a few days exploring.

Tectonic Plates at Þingvellir National Park

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In Þingvellir National Park there is an entire rift valley formed by the separation of the North American tectonic plate and the Eurasia tectonic plate. They are drifting apart at about 2 centimeters a year and it is quite an astonishing site. This is also an extremely important area of preserved land in relation to its historical importance to the settlement of Iceland.

Geothermal Pool Hopping

One of the hottest things to do in Iceland is to get out of cold temperatures and into the naturally occurring, heated, geothermal pools all around the country. One of the best known is the Blue Lagoon which is extremely close to both the international airport and the capital city of Reykjavík. There are so many though that you could make a trip just traveling around the country and enjoying the “hotspots”.

The Golden Circle

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A popular tourist track for good reason, the Golden Circle has a lot to offer. See Gullfoss, one of the craziest waterfalls in the world. Visit Geysir, the geyser of which all others get their name and it’s much more active companion Strokkur, which spouts 15 meters of water every 5-10 minutes. It is also where you will find the Þingvellir National Park which we previously mentioned.



See the Northern Lights

One of the biggest attractions in Iceland are the Northern Lights. From September to April you have the opportunity to spot the colorful lights of the Aurora Borealis dancing in the sky. The conditions have to be just right and it requires patience and darkness. It’s no guarantee that you’ll spot them but if you do, you won’t be disappointed.

Chasing Waterfalls

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With a never ending list of beautiful waterfalls, one of the best things to do in Iceland is to seek them out. We can assure you that you won’t be disappointed. Gullfoss and Skógafoss are two of the most popular.

Whale Watching

Iceland is a go to spot for whale watching and it’s easy to understand why. You can set off on whale watching tours from convenient locations all over the country - even Reykjavík. There are an incredible 23 different types of whales to see including humpback whales and minke whales. If you have never seen these incredible animals in person, you are in for a treat!

Black Sand Beaches

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Several black sand beaches dot Iceland’s coastline and are truly unique and special places. They occur in nature in areas around high volcanic and geothermal activity and are made up of volcanic minerals and lava fragments. The most famous one in Iceland is Reynisfjara on the South Coast near Vík.

Explore Lava Caves

Lava caves or lava tubes are sometimes formed during volcanic eruptions when lava hardens around free flowing lava streams which eventually drain the tubes leaving only the hardened shell. These are incredibly interesting and are actually all over Iceland. However, there are only a few that can be accessed and are open to explore with a guide. We recommend Vatnshellir Cave on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.

Iceland is truly a special place with nothing like it anywhere else on our planet. If you have the chance to visit you should definitely take advantage and explore all there is to do, you won’t be disappointed.


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How to Overcome Jet Lag

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Frequent fliers and international travelers alike know the symptoms of jet lag, and other unfortunate flying complications, all too well. Fatigue, interrupted sleep, difficulty focusing and even stomach issues can all be a part of life after that long trip. Jet lag can occur after quickly traveling across two or more time zones. The more time zones that you cross, the more intense these symptoms are likely to be. Luckily we've got some tips to help you overcome jet lag.

Simulate your schedule before you leave

While not always easy to do, this can be one of the best tricks to ease the symptoms of jet lag. Advancing or delaying your body clock before your big trip can help to make the adjustment to your new time zone quicker and easier. Adjusting your eating and sleeping schedules before hand can go a long way.

Drink plenty of water

Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water before, during and after your flight. Try writing it down in your travel notebook as a reminder.

Avoid alcohol and caffeine

The effects of alcohol and caffeine at altitude will cause dehydration and increase your tiredness. They will also add to your sluggish feeling once you're off your flight and jet lag sets in.

Arrive early in the Day

If at all possible, try to land in your travel destination early in the day allowing you to control your own light exposure in order to best adjust to your new time zone.

Move around on the plane

Make sure to get up and walk around periodically, do some static exercises and stretch. This will help to keep your blood flow at normal levels throughout your flight.

Exercise when you arrive

A workout soon after you arrive may actually help reset your internal clock and ease the symptoms of jet lag.

Get outside

Sunlight can be especially helpful for resetting your body's external clock when you have jet lag.

Hot/Cold Therapy

A hot bath or sauna helps to ease sore muscles, increases blood circulation and can help you relax. To go the extra mile, try a hot/cold contrast by taking a cold shower or going for a cold swim after your session in the heat.

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Backpack vs. Suitcase: How to Choose on Your Next Trip

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Travelers often have strong opinions in the backpack vs. suitcase debate — you may even be thinking about your preference as you begin reading this blog post. But the truth is there are pros and cons to both backpacks and suitcases, and the best option often depends on the type of travel you are about to embark on. To help make the selection between a backpack or suitcase for your next trip, let's break it down.

Backpack

Pros

  • Extremely mobile

  • Fits just as much stuff if packed correctly

  • Lots of pockets!

  • Lighter weight compared to a suitcase

Cons

  • Can be heavy and/or uncomfortable

  • More difficult to organize

  • More difficult to lock a backpack

  • Finding the right size matters

When it's best

Backpacks are great to use on trips where you will be on the move a lot and you can easily store your travel notebook in them. The more destinations on your trip, the more reason to bring a backpack. If your travel destination features cobblestone roads, dirt paths, narrow hallways or lots of stairs, you should probably consider a backpack. When mobility and practicality are more important than carrying your bag on your shoulders, and the higher likelihood that your clothes will be wrinkled, choose a backpack!

Suitcase

Pros

  • Hard-shell suitcases can take a beating

  • Easier to pack and repack

  • Can be waterproof

  • Roll easily on flat surfaces

Cons

  • Difficult to carry up stairs

  • Difficult to use on uneven surfaces

  • Often take up more space

  • Not as mobile as backpacks

When it's Best

Suitcases with rolling wheels are a great choice when you have one or few travel destinations on your list. If you are on a slightly more luxurious trip where you might not be carrying your bag yourself, or if you aren't moving around much, you likely will not have to worry about most of the cons of carrying a suitcase making it an awesome choice. Plus, your travel notebook can easily be stored safely in a suitcase as well! When ease of access, organization and style are more important than moving freely and flexibly, choose a suitcase!

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How to Travel as a Broke College Student

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A lot of college students talk about wanting to see the world, experience new cultures, and gain a broader understanding of the world at large. But not nearly as many take advantage of their opportunities to go out and see it. After all, what better time to travel than your college years when you have a summer break, less responsibilities and are eager for new experiences. Even if you're a broke college student, we're here to tell you that traveling doesn't have to exist only in your day dreams. Here's how:

Flight Deal Websites

There are several flight deal websites out there that make it more affordable to fly around the world - great news for broke college students! The key here is to be flexible with your travel destinations and timeline, so that you pounce on that great deal when you see it. Some of our favorite flight deal websites are The Flight DealHolidayPiratesSecret Flying and Scott’s Cheap Flights.

Travel During the Low Season

We mentioned that being flexible with your timeline can be important if you are looking for travel deals. Well, if you travel in the low or shoulder seasons, transportation and accommodations are often far more affordable! Take advantage of summer and holiday breaks while in college to seek out those low season travel destinations.

Don't Eat Out

Save major money while traveling by not eating out at a restaurant for every meal. Go to the market and shop for produce like a local to cook for yourself back at your hostel or Airbnb. Exploring markets is one of the best cultural experiences while traveling, plus anything is better than eating instant ramen noodles in your college dorm room.

Take Advantage of Free Tours & Museums

If there is one thing that broke college students are great at seeking out, it's free stuff, and if you're looking for it, there are plenty of free ways to explore a travel destination. Take a free walking tour, go to a free event or visit a free museum!

Use Public Transportation

One of the best ways to get around while traveling is to use public transportation. It's cheap, and you really get a feel for how the locals get around. So when you can't walk to where you want to go, make use of the subway or bus system so you can save some cash.

Couchsurf

As a broke college student, what could be better than not having to pay for a place to stay during your trip, all while meeting cool locals? That could be yours with couchsurfing! If you're unfamiliar with couchsurfing, it is a hospitality service that allows travelers to arrange homestays and meet locals or other travelers. 

Study Abroad

If you'd like to immerse yourself in a new culture for an extended period of time, what better way than by studying abroad? In many cases it costs the same as the tuition and housing that you would be paying anyway plus it is an amazing opportunity to learn more about the world. 

Volunteer

Volunteering is a great way to see the world while you are making a difference in a powerful way! There are a lot of great opportunities to volunteer around the world, no matter what type of work you have in mind. Check with your college to see what volunteer opportunities may be available to you through your school. 


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Simplify Travel Planning

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Do you get overwhelmed with travel planning? We're here to help you simplify your process to get the most out of your travel planning and maximize your travels, which can also be easily accomplished with a great travel notebook! Here are some quick tips to keep in mind the next time you're planning a trip:

Know Your Options

The biggest reason to travel plan is to know your options for activities, sights to see and places to visit. It's totally fine to show up to your travel destination with little to no research, but in our experience that rarely makes for the best travel experiences. We tend to get the most out of our trips when we at least know our options, even if we don't have our plans set in stone. It doesn't have to be a concrete itinerary, but you will feel more connected to your travel destination if you are knowledgeable about things to do and see such as historical sights, restaurants or museums. If you have an objective that you would like to get out of your trip (practice your Spanish, learn about wine, etc.), you will need to research the options you have while in your travel-planning process. Try writing them down in your travel notebook. Don't let this overwhelm you, try to have some fun with it and focus on the bigger picture — that it will help to maximize your travel experience.

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

No trip goes exactly as planned, so don't sweat the small stuff. While travel planning, keep in mind any time constraints and try to set reasonable expectations of what you will be able to see and do in the time that you have. Knowing your options before you get to your travel destination helps you to prioritize the activities that you most want to do and see, according to what you would like to get out of your trip. But if something goes wrong (and it likely will), just remember that it is all a part of the adventure.

Stay Organized

To help you stay on track and not get overwhelmed, it is important to implement some systems around your travel planning to help you stay organized. Of course we'd love for you to utilize our travel notebook, but definitely recommend having a system that works for you. For us that means recording where we will be staying, potential things to do and how we will be getting from place to place. Other things we like to fill in as we go to remember the adventure. If you can have all your information in one place, you won't be searching everywhere for your flight numbers or hotel reservation information which will help to keep things moving smoothly.

So next time you're planning for a big trip, try not to live and die by your travel-planning outline, but instead use it to maximize your travel experience. This perspective helps us to simplify how we trip plan and not get overwhelmed and we couldn't recommend it more.

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Tips for Staying Fit While Traveling

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Anyone out there get nervous about traveling because it will be difficult to maintain your fitness routine? You're not alone. It can be easy to forget about eating healthy and to ditch working out when we are trying to make the most of our time in a new place. Thankfully, it doesn't have to be hard to stay fit while traveling. We've put together some easy tips for staying fit while traveling that you can incorporate into your travel mindset.

Choose to Be Active

When you think of exercise, do you just think of sweating it out in a gym? When you're traveling, that is likely to be the least exciting thing you could be doing. Plus, depending on your accommodations, you may not even have access to a gym!

Try working an active lifestyle into your travel plans instead. Walking tours, biking, and hiking are all excellent ways to stay fit while exploring your travel destination! It's exercise that doesn't necessarily feel like exercise because your still making the most of your travel day.

Exercises you can do anywhere

Try mixing in a conscious fitness routine as well. Some of the best ways to stay fit while traveling tend to be exercises that you can do anywhere, like yoga, body weight exercises (push-ups, pull-ups, squats, lunges, etc.), or going for a jog.

You may find that going for a jog as soon as you get settled into a new travel destination is a great way to get your bearings and gain a quick understanding of your new location.

Be Conscious of Your Diet

Diet plays a HUGE role in our health and fitness goals and it can be extremely difficult to stay on track with while on vacation. This can be terrifying for aspiring foodies (like us)! Food is such a big part of travel, and any cultural experience, that we would never deny ourselves the opportunity to taste some new flavors in the name of fitness. However, we try to be conscious of our decisions and use moderation with anything heavy in carbs or sugars. Do your best to eat lots of vegetables and don't forget the protein. 

Try going to the local market to grab some produce and cook a few meals for yourself while on your travels. Not only is it a great cultural experience, but you will eat healthy and even likely save some money.

Drink in Moderation

If you love to drink while on vacation, the liquid calories can add up fast! You probably already know that drinking alcohol isn't exactly healthy, but that doesn't mean that you can't maintain a healthy and fit lifestyle while drinking occasionally and in moderation.

Our advice? If you are going to choose to drink while on vacation- try and avoid too many sugary drinks, drink plenty of water and be smart. Wine and liquor without mixers (consumed slowly) tend to be the healthiest options.

Do what you can

You likely won't stick to your health and fitness routine 100%, but that's okay. You're on vacation after all! But, being more active and conscious of what you consume is not only great advice while traveling but in your everyday life. Remember, a healthy and fit lifestyle isn't all or nothing so every little bit helps!


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The Best Way to Plan Your Summer Getaway

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It's summertime, and that means fun, sun and summer vacation!

We started Adventure Assist, and our travel notebooks, to help people plan for, stay organized during and relive their dream trips long after they have returned home. Everything we do is to better connect travelers to their destination — we designed a travel notebook, based on hundreds of our personal travel experiences, to efficiently assist you throughout your next adventure.

Make the Most of Your Summer Getaway:

  • Streamline your travel planning and lose your anxiety

  • Save time & effort accessing your travel info

  • Relive every travel detail with a beautiful keepsake

  • Lightweight, durable & travel-friendly so that you can take it anywhere

  • Flexible enough for any length of trip

  • 7 tabbed travel sections - Packing, To Do, Transportation, Accommodations, Calendar, Contacts, Journal

  • 100% money back guarantee

So, if you're anything like us and itching for an exciting summer getaway, we've got you covered! Shop our selection today for your very own travel notebook!

Reasons Everyone Should Take a Summer Vacation

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We get it. You're busy. You work a lot, have hobbies, strive for a social life, spend time with family, etc. This doesn't always leave time for travel. But we're here to tell you that there is always time for travel if you commit to making it a priority. Furthermore, is there a better time to travel than a summer vacation? Summer is reminiscent of fun in the sun. Plus, students are out of school and professionals are halfway through their year (definitely in need of a few days off). Journal your summer vacation in your travel notebook and remember the fun you had forever! Here are some reasons everyone should take a summer vacation:

Relieve Stress

Everyone needs a short break from our responsibilities at work or school. Summer is the perfect time of the year to take a relaxing vacation and reset your batteries. Whether you're eyeing a beach getaway or your favorite national park, a summer vacation is a great reason to read a good book, relax your mind and take a well-deserved break.

Boost Creativity

New settings and new experiences often lead to new perspectives. So, it's no surprise that we often come up with our best ideas away from the office. Summer vacations are the perfect way to inject some creative thinking in your life at a time when you may be feeling stretched thin.

Be More Productive

After resetting during your summer vacation, you are more likely to feel ready to tackle your work day. Short vacations often lead to increased productivity when you get back to school or your workplace because of lower stress levels, increased creativity, new perspectives, etc.

Spend Time with Family

Students are out of school, parents are ready for a break, the weather is begging you to spend time together outdoors — summer vacations are the perfect time for family bonding. Spending time with your friends and family is a huge reason why you should be taking a summer vacation.

Get Outdoors

Summer time is a time for fun in the sun. Whether you prefer relaxing on a beach, hiking in the wilderness or any other outdoor activity, summer vacations are the perfect time of the year to enjoy everything the outdoors has to offer.

So take time out of your busy schedule and go on that summer vacation. You most certainly deserve it! But before you do on that summer adventure, browse our selection today for your very own travel notebook!


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How to Save Money While Traveling

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We all like a little extra cash in our pockets but it's not always easy to balance a big trip while balancing your bank account. That's why we are offering up some of our best tips on how to save money while traveling.

 

 

Be Flexible with Flights

Unfortunately, we can't always be flexible with our travel plans.. But if you're able to have flexibility with your travel dates and times, you can set yourself up to find the best possible deal around the time you'd like to travel. Furthermore, it often pays to be flexible with your destination as well. Keep your eyes peeled for flight deals and error fares, and maximize the opportunity to save some money.

Book Using Points and Miles

This is travel hacking 101. Join rewards programs for airlines or hotels you frequent. Sign up for that credit card that gives you a ton of upfront points. We advise to do a little research on this one, and be careful to only use credit cards responsibly, but this is a way to save big with travel.

Travel in the Offseason or Shoulder Seasons

By traveling in the offseason or shoulder seasons means less demand and lower prices. This is true for travel expenses, accommodations, food, tours and more. Sometimes traveling in the offseason has disadvantages too but we like to target shoulder seasons to maximize the best of both worlds.

Get Creative with Accommodations

If you're trying to save money on your next trip, you may want to get creative with your accommodations. This could be as simple as staying at an Airbnb instead of a hotel or, to take it a step further, try couchsurfing or a house swap.

Book Accommodations in Convenient Locations

A common mistake travelers make is seeking out cheap accommodations that are far away from the attractions they are wanting to visit. There is know set rule but it helps to understand the price of general transportation in your travel destination and taking that into account when booking your accommodations.

Shop at Local Markets and Grocery Stores

An easy and fun way to save money while traveling is to shop at local markets and grocery stores. Not only will you save money, but you will get a cultural experience as well.

Cook for Yourself

After picking out your food at the local market, save some cash and cook it for yourself! Eating out for every meal adds up quickly, so even making just a few meals for yourself can really help you save some money while traveling.

Carry Snacks and Water

Next time your on a tour or even just exploring, plan ahead and bring your own snacks and water. If you don't, these expenses will add up, especially if your in a touristy location or on a tour.

Travel Where You Have Friends

Traveling where you have friends is always a great experience. Not only do you get the inside scoop on the travel destination but you also may be able to save money by staying with your friends and not getting stuck in tourist traps.

It's not always easy to save money while traveling but hopefully these tips will keep you one step ahead and put some extra money back in your pocket!


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Weekend Getaway Tips

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Need a weekend getaway? If you're like most of us and swamped with life in general, sometimes a weekend getaway is all it takes to relax, reset and rejuvenate. A change of pace and a change of scenery can be an incredible break even if just for a short weekend. But taking off for a quick weekend getaway doesn't have to be overwhelming or poorly planned. Here are our tips for taking an easy but memorable weekend getaway.

Choose a destination close by

Choosing from a short drive or short flight for your weekend getaways serves a few purposes. Perhaps most importantly, you will spend less time actually traveling so that you can maximize the time you have in your travel destination. Additionally, traveling close to home can mean less packing, less planning, less expenses and zero jet lag.

Have a Focus

Pick something you want to focus on for the weekend. Do you want to relax on the beach, eat until you explode or hike a mountain? By having a central focus, it gives you exciting reason for your trip but allows for plenty of free time to explore during a short trip. 

Plan around holidays

Planning weekend getaways around holidays is a best practice for any corporate weekend warrior. Getting the extra vacation day for your trip is extremely valuable in the grand scheme of things.

Keep it simple

Maybe the biggest tip of all for a weekend getaway - keep it simple. Don't try to do too much. Have fun, memorable plans but leave yourself some room to breathe. After all this is your chance to relax and reset, right!? 

Stick to these tips and you'll be well on your way to having an amazing weekend getaway!


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Travel Journal Tips: Easy Ways to Get Started

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Want to travel journal to remember an upcoming trip but are a little intimidated, or think it may require too much time or effort? We are here to help. Here are a few quick techniques to get the ball rolling. These don't take much time or skill but will help you hold on to your travel memories.

One Line Per Day

Start simple. Maybe for you that means, one line per day that embodies your experiences for that day. Some days you'll have much more to include but if you don't there is no pressure to write a long entry.

Get Creative

Just because you are keeping a travel journal doesn't mean you have to treat it like a diary. Maybe you can draw really well and would rather fill your journal with sketches. Or perhaps you want to include a local recipe, or song lyrics. You could even stick to pictures, ticket stubs or postcards.

Fill Down Time

Chances are you will have some down time while traveling and journaling is a productive way to fill some of that time. Take advantage of your layover or a long train ride to get some writing in and maybe you won't feel so much pressure to write at other points during your trip.

Make Lists

A straightforward way to travel journal is to include lists or bullet points. This could be as simple as listing the things you did that day, food that you've tried, or activities that you are most excited about. This typically requires less creativity and gets the writing process started.

Gratitude

At the end of every day, write something that you were grateful to experience on your trip. This is a great way connect with your travel destination, and afterward, allows you to remember exactly how you felt during your trip.

There are a lot of reasons to keep a travel journal, but hopefully these suggestions help if you aren't sure where to start. 


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