3 Tips for an Ideal Travel Scenario

If traveling is something you enjoy doing, are you getting enough out of each experience?

Don’t be that individual who does not have as much fun as they should because travel has become a hassle.

By being an educated consumer, you can get the most out of your travel time each time you leave the home.

What Should You Look for in a Getaway?

In coming up with the most practical and enjoyable getaways to spend time away from home, here are some tips:

1. Make sure finances are not going to be an issue – The last thing you want for a getaway is to fret over what it will cost you. With that in mind, do your best to have your finances in check before you leave home. That means you do a good job of planning the getaway ahead of time. Get a rough idea of what the time away will cost you. If you need airlines, hotels, car rentals and more, factor them into the equation. By doing a good job with the finances, you have less to worry about before you get to your destination. Also be sure to look for any deals that could come your way. As an example, if a visit to Disney is in order, you can go online ahead of time. Scope out Disney World tickets to see where money can be saved. Also look at how best to get those tickets in your hands. When fun things are waiting for you, do your best to save money ahead of time to make it more enjoyable.

2. Leave the work and stress behind – One of the reasons people like to travel is to get away from the everyday grind. That said make sure you leave the work behind when you are gone. The last thing you should be doing is making deadlines, hopping on a laptop and taking work calls while away. Do your best before you leave on a getaway to get as much work done as possible. That will give you the opportunity to kick back and relax when away. If you are taking young children with you on the getaway, it is even more important for you to focus on having fun. If for no other reason, you want the children to be happy.

3. Create some great memories – Last, do your best to create some great memories when on a getaway. While it is fine to go back to some familiar haunts or those not far from where you live, there is an entire world out there. As such, do your best to enjoy it as often as possible. If you have others to travel with, even better more times than not. A partner, family and even friends can make a trip all that more enjoyable. That said there is nothing wrong with doing some solo trips too. In the end, decide what makes you the happiest.

When a getaway is on your mind, do your best to plan it out.

From there, sit back and enjoy all the fun that can be right around the corner to make your life more enjoyable.

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6 Epic Road Trip Routes in New England

Few places are home to such jaw-dropping beauty as that which is found in New England in the northeastern United States. Many people have commented that the region practically seems to have been made for road trips. By car, you have the chance to hit up numerous states in one day, pass through charming traditional villages and towns and take in some incredible natural sights from the backroads.

New England is the closest place in the mainland United States to Europe, and the region has indeed been popular among Europeans as a popular road trip destination. All you need is an air ticket, a rented car and permission to enter the country through the ESTA visa waiver scheme and you are ready to set off! If you would like more info on how to apply for the scheme, take a look at this helpful ESTA guide to see whether you qualify.

Once you have everything organized, it is time to put together a road trip itinerary. With so many great routes to choose from, we thought that we would provide you with a few of our personal favourites. Buckle up and enjoy the ride!

  1. Old King’s Highway, Massachusetts

Heading out along the Old King’s Highway from Cape Cod bay will take you on a winding route through some of America’s most historic small towns and villages. This region of Massachusetts was among the first to be settled by Europeans, and the history of their way of living is still there for all to see. Passing through villages hundreds of years old, such as Barnstaple, Bourne, Brewster, Sandwich, Yarmouth, Dennis and Orleans, you will come across buildings that bear the unmistakable hallmarks of European architectural style.

  1. Route 100, Vermont

Known colloquially as Scenic Route 100, this road is the tiny state of Vermont’s longest highway. It meanders through the verdant Green Mountains as well as through some charmingly typical Vermont villages. The route, which traverses the state from north to south, affords road-trippers with the chance to take part in a wide range of recreational activities, as well as a plethora of excellent accommodation and gastronomic options.

  1. Mount Desert Island Loop Road, Maine

The best way to see the magnificent Arcadia National Park is from behind the wheel. Fortunately, this is made possible by a road known as the Mount Desert Island Loop Road. The trip is only 21 miles long, but it will take you past some of the most scenic landscape that you will find anywhere. Think lush pine forests, crystalline lakes and soaring mountain peaks.

  1. Mohawk Trail, Massachusetts

Starting at Williamstown and traversing some of the most stunning landscape in Berkshire county, this road trip is not to be missed when in Massachusetts. As you move east along Route 2, you will follow in the footsteps of a trail that was used by many a pilgrim and pioneer as they made their way west to colonize new lands. The road itself was one of America’s first paved highways, sticking close to the Cold River and winding its way quite dramatically up and down through the valley.

  1. Housatonic River Valley, Connecticut

Cutting through Connecticut’s heavily wooden north-western corner, the Housatonic River Valley Scenic Route offers the best of New England in any season. In spring and summer the abundance of verdant foliage makes for a spectacular drive. The same can be said when the leaves start to redden in fall when a quick hike up Cobble Mountain will confer an idyllic autumnal sensation on all who come.

  1. Route 102, Rhode Island

Stretching from North Smithfield past the attractive towns of Burrillville, Glocester and Scituate, this route is the best way to see Rhode Island in our opinion. Embracing the best of small-town America, the route then passes through the forest and on to Foster and before moving on to end in the incredibly picturesque town of Wickford. The route is a healthy 44 miles long, and it is a great choice no matter what time of the year.

The road trips above are some of the best ways to take in the real heart and soul of beautiful New England. If you rent a car, they are simple and easy to follow and offer a cost-effective way of getting a feel for a part of America that has long been lauded for its shape-shifting magnificence as the colors change profoundly with the passing of the seasons.

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Top 5 Glamping Must-Haves

If you want to immerse yourself in the beauty of nature without sacrificing comfort and luxury, then glamping is an activity you would not want to miss. The way people travel has changed over the years. Gone are the days when structured, one-size-fits-all vacations are the norm. It is not enough to just witness nature’s beauty – travellers now want to live in it. And with glamping, you can do so in utmost comfort and style.

Just like any other camping trip, there are a number of things you need to bring with you for a successful glamping trip.

  1. Air Bed – True glampers do not use sleeping bags. A queen-sized air mattress or air bed is a sure way to sleep comfortably. Make sure that you also bring your favorite pillows and blankets.


  1. Teepee or Safari Tents – If the holiday park you will stay in does not offer the use of yurt or safari tents, you can bring your own. Safari tents are larger than the average camping tents and they are better insulated against the cold.


  1. Inflatable hot tub – There is nothing else that spells luxury than relaxing in an inflatable hot tub while enjoying the beauty of your surroundings. Just make sure though that you set up the spa on an even surface, and near a water source.


  1. Complete camp kitchen – True lamping does not mean eating burnt meals cooked over campfires. You can enjoy hot, well-made glamping meals by bringing along a portable electric stove. This also works if you are staying in campgrounds where bonfires are not allowed or if you are camping during the dry, summer season.


  1. Portable power source – In order to enjoy creature comforts, you need electricity. This can come from portable power sources such as camping generators or solar panels. These types of gear can power air compressors to inflate your hot tub and air bed; power your electric stove, electric fans or heaters; power water heaters for showering; and keeping campsite lights on at night.

Enjoying nature can be taken one level higher in the comfort scale. And with these 5 must haves with you, there is no denying you would have the best glamping experience with friends or family.

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A cultural tour of the US

If you’re keen to see more of the diverse cultures of America, where should you begin? There’s a huge variety of ways that you could approach this rich and complex country, but these five cities are a great place to start your journey of discovery.

New York City

There’s no better place to begin a tour like this than in the Big Apple, where every different aspect of the American experience has, at some time or other, made its mark. From Carnegie Hall to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, there’s an endless supply of fascinating things to see. You could take in a Broadway show such as Head Over Heels, the latest work from producer Louise Gund; watch a Shakespeare play in Central Park; or explore the city’s fantastically creative comedy clubs. With the New York City Opera, the Metropolitan opera, the New York Philharmonic and the New York City Ballet all based in the city, there’s no end of pleasure for music lovers, and the city also has strong rock, rap, jazz and blues scenes. Culinary culture is also something special here, with a greater variety of delicacies available than anywhere else in the country.


The Windy City is a place where working class culture collides with high art to produce something unique and unfailingly charismatic. It has the second most prolific supply of art galleries in any US city, and its Museum Campus, in Grant Park, makes it easy to explore its collected treasures – you could also use its excellent planetarium to get a glimpse of something rather further afield. Elsewhere, the National Museum of Mexican Art and the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture offer distinctive perspectives on our world, and if you want to experience artistic expression in a more immersive way, there are five major theatrical venues to tempt you: the Nederlander Theatre, CIBC Theatre, the Auditorium Building at Roosevelt University, the Cadillac Palace Theatre and the Broadway Playhouse. If you like music and you can time your tour right, then it’s well worth being there for Lollapalooza or the Pitchfork Music Festival.

New Orleans

In all the world, there’s nowhere quite like New Orleans. Its distinctive blend of French, Spanish and wider American influences is discernible in everything from its rich cuisine to its vibrant music and its party spirit. Mardi Gras is, of course, the big cultural event of the year, but there’s never a shortage of interesting things to see and do. A steamboat cruise is the ideal way to take in its gorgeous architecture. There are natural wonders to explore at the Audubon Nature Institute, and its myriad jazz and blues clubs offer endless delights. Music and ballet are on offer at the Marigny Opera House, and you can take in plays at the Orpheum Theater or the Saenger Theatre. Leave a little time free to explore the city’s antique shops and take a tour of its remarkable cemeteries with their elegant raised tombs.

Los Angeles

You’ll find something very different out on the West Coast, where wave after wave of settlers have found ways to make something out of nothing, resulting in an intriguing collection of architectural styles and crafts. Today, it’s a haven for contemporary art and, of course, cinema, with Hollywood making its mark on everything. It has a thriving theater-going culture – check out the beautiful Pasadena Playhouse or the Pacific Resident Theater with its mixture of classic and experimental productions. There’s also a wonderful collection of galleries there, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Getty Center, and you’ll find lots to discover on Gallery Row. Additionally, the Los Angeles Music Center is considered to be one of the country’s most important locations for the performing arts.


Honolulu may be rather out of the way, but that’s what makes it so interesting. Hawaiian culture has developed along its own path and has something all of its own to contribute to American life. The Waikīkī Shell is a fantastic place to enjoy outdoor music in all genres, including local work, and the Hawai’i Theatre puts on plays that will give you a real insight into the experience of life on the islands. The Honolulu Museum of Art brings together Western and Asian traditions, tending to focus on the past. Various island tours are available that can give you the chance to learn the stories – both historical and mythological – associated with its dramatic natural landscape.

These cities are just the tip of the iceberg where US culture is concerned, but visiting them will give you a taste of what’s out there and are a good grounding from which to go exploring further afield. If you live your life right, then this is a journey that will never really end.


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Top 4 Friendliest Cities in Florida

No matter your chosen Florida destination, the beaches, sunshine, and ample attractions ensure that everyone in your family has an adventure of a lifetime. The state isn’t one of the top tourist destinations in the United States year after year for nothin’! However, choose one of the friendliest cities in the state and your trip becomes an even more unforgettable adventure. Which cities qualify as the friendliest in Florida? The four on the list below are visitors’ top picks for friendliest cities.

1- Jupiter

You won’t need a spaceship to visit the out-of-this-world city known as Jupiter, Florida. The small town has the heart of a big city, but with the warmth, relaxation, and friendliness that out-of-towners crave. Jupiter is a coastal town filled with a myriad of outdoor activities for all ages to enjoy. Parks and beaches are two popular activities. Getting around is easy when you’re in Jupiter and it’s usually on the less expensive list of Florida visitor locations.

2- Sarasota

Sarasota has everything a visitor could possibly want for a near-perfect getaway. Scrumptious dining suitable to every palette, beaches and gorgeous coastline, perfect weather, and many attractions ensures that your vacation is an adventure you’ll never forget. Sarasota is a great family destination, but there’s also a ton of college-age students in town most any time of the year. It seems that people in Sarasota have never met a stranger. Whether you need directions or recommendations for a place to eat, you’ll appreciate the friendliness that Sarasota offers.

3- Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale is one of Florida’s more expensive regions, but it’s easily accessible and has plenty of attractions for visitors. There are also fewer people scattered about the city than in some of the other areas. Fewer crowds and more enjoyment are benefits you’ll appreciate. Shopping is a favorite activity for visitors to Fort Lauderdale, but golf is also in full swing! Fort Lauderdale has amazing beaches like most other cities in Florida and plenty of fun activities to choose from for your vacation. People are fun and friendly and leaving with a few new friends is more than likely how you’ll depart.

4- The Villages

Do you love golf? Looking for a relaxing, friendly vacation spot that is less crowded than more popular destinations? The Villages has you covered. In fact, many people who visit The Villages find themselves on the telephone with long distance movers to The Villages, making plans to relocate, after their visit. Along with the best golf course in The Villages Florida for every skill level, The Villages is home to many social venues and attractions to fill your time. People in The Villages maintain a close-knit relationship and welcome visitors with open arms.

Millions of people visit Florida every year. While many of those people come for attractions such as Disneyworld, Six Flags and Everglades National Park, the state offers so much more than meets the eye when you look beyond the hype. The four cities on the list above represent just a handful of the state’s friendliest places to visit. When you travel to Florida, choose one of these destinations and secure an amazing adventure that you won’t soon forget.

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Auro Hotels – Tips On Picking a Great Hotel Online

Recent figures show that 83% of all hotels which are booked are done through the web, and that figure is growing each and every year. With so many hotel booking websites it makes sense to use this medium to pick the perfect hotel for your vacation. Sometimes however hotels are not all they seem, and sometimes they can really surprise you, I had a fantastic experience last year with Auro Hotels which I stumbled on by chance and they really impressed. When booking hotels online there are some things which you need to consider to make sure that you get the right hotel for your needs. 


Location is one of the most important aspects of booking a hotel so once you have picked your destination you should research the area and see where the best place is to base yourself. Do you want to be in the city center? By the beach? Or perhaps further out from the action? These are the first things to consider before you book a hotel, sometimes you can find delightful hotels which are far from where you want to be. Continue reading at Mysterious Heartland to explore some old abandoned houses.


Once you start searching the wide range of options available it can be easy to get tempted into spending over the top for a hotel which looks amazing. For this reason it makes much more sense to work out your budget first and then search for a hotel which falls within your budget. Now you may find that you are unimpressed with the hotels that do fall within your price range, so you may have to make a decision to spend a little extra to secure the best one for you. Nonetheless you need to begin this search with a price in mind. 


It is important that you invest some time in reading the online reviews which people have left. For example you may find a hotel which has a customer rating of 4.5, which is obviously very positive. If however the customers who have left these reviews were looking for something different in a hotel than you are, these reviews become irrelevant. Read the reviews to see what the customer thought of the hotel and its facilities, to see if they are commenting on the same thing that you are looking for in a hotel. 

Where to Book

Very often 3rd party sites have much better prices on hotel rooms than if you were to book directly, but not always. For this reason once you have found a hotel which you want to stay in, you should always check out the hotel website directly to see how their prices fare. Given that 3rd party websites take a commission, you can often find lower prices by booking directly on the hotel website or by calling them to discuss pricing. 

Instead of just booking the first hotel which takes your fancy, it is far better to spend some time and energy on this to make the right choice.

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James Haidak – Top Sights to See in Mexico City

After college my buddy James Haidak and I made the decision to move down to Mexico City for a few months with the aim of improving our Spanish. That was 5 years ago and whilst James moved back up north a couple of years ago, I decided to stay down here, and I have a feeling that James may wish to come back down to, we both love it so much here. Mexico City is a great place to live and a great place to visit and I would recommend it to anyone. Should you come down here, these are the best things to do and see. 


In the south of the city there is a place called Xochimilco which has an expansive canal network to explore. The boats that take to the water are called trajineras and they are these long crafts which are all decorated with bright colors and quirky names. If there is a group of you then you can load up on snacks and supplies and privately rent one of these boats for less than $20. This is a great way to see a different side to the city. 


Zocalo is also called the Historic Center of the city and it is a great place to spend an afternoon, as well as being a great base during your time in Mexico. Here they have the famous Plaza de Constitucion square, which is where major events take place, political demonstrations, artisan markets and it is also where President goes when he gets sworn in. The cute little streets around Zocalo are packed with great places to go shopping and eat, as well as many small museums and art galleries. Music on the streets, old buildings to see and plenty of opportunities to get some authentic souvenirs. 

Anthropology Museum

If you like museums then this is the perfect city for you as there are over 150 throughout the capital. The most famous of them all is the anthropology museum which is home to a plethora of ancient artifacts from Mesoamerica. Discover the history of Mexican civilizations from the Olmecs, the Toltecs to the Mayans and the Aztecs. This is a fascinating place where you can spend hours learning about the history of this incredible country, and how it got to be where it is today. 


Chapultepec is one of the largest urban parks in the world, even bigger than Central Park in New York. This is a lovely place to pass your time in the city and there is a boating lake, a zoo and huge areas of open space where you can relax and people watch as you eat some local cuisine. There is a castle in the middle of Chapultepec which has been perfectly preserved and offer a great little place to visit. 

If you don’t do anything else during your time in CDMX, make sure that you visit these four places. 

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Oahu, Hawaii

Oahu, the third largest island in the Hawaiian chain of islands, is also known as ‘the gathering place’. The nickname perfectly suits the island, which is home to two third of the total population of Hawaii. Also, Oahu bears a diverse range of ethnicities and cultures. Indeed, Oahu is ‘the gathering place’! Oahu can, no doubt be a firm candidate for one of the best tourist destinations in the world! With warm and balmy weather year round, Oahu boasts to greet its visitors with a pleasant aura, unlike their hometown or country. With a miscellany of traditions, art, food and language, even a casual stroll on the island can become an interesting, and mesmerising trip. Oahu is almost shaped like a diamond and, is covered with ocean and mountains from all sides. This makes it a very natural and serene tourism place. There are many beaches surrounding the pacific oceans and sitting by the bay is always a fun thing to do. Some of the famous tourism places, which makes Oahu, one of the best travel destinations to visit are,


Luau is a place with a very unique concept. You won’t find this kind of place with such a unique concept, elsewhere. Here, you will get to know the history of the Hawaiian people in a very entertaining and engaging way. You’ll get to know the day to day activities of the people of the past. The food, the celebration, the activities, you’ll get to know all of these. What’s more is that you’ll get to participate in these activities! You’ll literally perform the activities of the Hawaiian people while learning about their history. You’ll get to enjoy the scrumptious seafood famous for the region.

Iolani palace

Iolani palace, is the only royal palace in the USA. You’ll get to have a royal experience when you’ll enjoy the traditional music and dance in the throne room. You’ll also enjoy the royal feast in the banquet room of the palace. You can also play on slot sites or similar casinos and enjoy other rich urban experiences.

Kailua beach

Sunrise is always a desirable sight when the first rays of the sun, gently kisses the horizon. Kailua beach is the perfect place to enjoy the scenic rise of the sun. The palm fringed beach further enhances the view and makes it picture perfect.

Kahanamoku beach

Sunset is also not to be missed. Kahanamoku beach will give you a dream sunset view, which you will cherish for a long period of time.

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Travel Checklist: The 3 Things You Should Pack

Traveling is the kind of activity that everybody desires to engage in more often since it represents such a rare experience. Due to the mist that comes with it, traveling, especially abroad, can result in plenty of long-lasting memories. However, to ensure that your experience is of the highest quality, certain things must be packed.

You will often find out that packing a handful of basic things comes naturally. But, there’s still a couple of other stuff that’s often easily forgettable. They can make the difference between a great and average holiday. In this article, we’ll showcase three of those essential things that everybody should pack while traveling.

Appropriate Clothing

Having the right clothes with you while being abroad might prove to be life-saving. Being in too cold of an environment without your winter gear or not having your bathing suit while being at the beach could surely ruin your holiday. Not packing in the right way will result in a few headaches and potentially a walk to the nearest clothing store.

If you’re planning a holiday long ahead of time, make sure to check the weather in-depth. Getting some accurate temperatures months before your holiday date is improbable, but it can still give you a general idea of the weather. Expect things to go south so make sure to pack clothes for most situations. Don’t be afraid to bring an extra jacket even if it’s summer.

Now, if you’re traveling constantly, packing all of the right clothes ahead of time is unlikely. While moving from one country, and maybe even continent, to another, the weather will change dramatically. If you can carry a wardrobe that’s as variable as possible the transition will surely be easier. However, you might still have to rely on a bit of shopping.


Regardless if you’re traveling on your own or as part of a group, having access to various entertainment opportunities will prove helpful. As fun as constantly exploring new locations might be, you will still feel the need to disconnect and enjoy some private time every once in a while.

Your laptop will prove to be your best friend while traveling. As long as you have access to the internet, your entertainment opportunities are endless. However, you should plan this ahead of time as well. Movies are a great activity for relaxation so make sure to create a list before traveling. Most movie streaming services allow for offline storage so make sure to download a couple.

Gaming is another good option for entertainment. Contrary to popular belief, you can still play games while traveling. Your phone constitutes the best traveling gaming device due to its increased mobility and convenience. Since your internet might be limited abroad, you should stick to a few resource-efficient types of games.

Regardless if you’re using a laptop or a smartphone, casino games are a great option for traveling. They are easily accessible and can be lots of fun. If you enter an online casino such as Stargames Casino, your access to quality games is endless. The best part is that you can opt-in and out of most casino games, ensuring your flexibility.


Although food might be widely available while traveling since it represents such a huge industry, packing a few snacks just in case it’s always a good idea. If you’re traveling by train or bus don’t hesitate to bring some real food with you since it will prove helpful.

If you’re planning to visit some remote and less-conventional locations having some extra food in your backpack is a must. It is highly unlikely that you will find a food truck in the middle of the desert or the jungle. Also, don’t forget about packing enough water. Regardless of how long you’re traveling for, carrying some water with you, it’s advantageous.


Everybody has their custom travel packing checklist featuring various needed things. Such a list is essential for every traveler since it can save you from a lot of headaches. Although rather fundamental, the three things mentioned above should be present in everybody’s backpack while traveling.

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Living in Mexico City With Bogoljub Karic

Just after college my buddy Bogoljub Karic and I decided to take up jobs here in Mexico City, a decision which we were quite worried about at first, but 5 years on we are pleased to call this place our home. Whenever we speak to people back home they’ll ask us what it is like to live here and so I wanted to share a few take-aways from our time here in the Mexican capital. If you fancy visiting then I’d certainly recommend it and if you want to live here then here is how you may find it. 


Mexico City is one of the cheapest cities in the world to live in and in truth this was one of the reasons why we made our way down here. What I love about this city is that it is cheap if you want it to be, but if you want to live well then you can still find expensive places to live, eat and enjoy your time. 


The food here is so good that it is always the first thing that I tell me friends and family about. I love tacos and since I moved down here I have been blown away by the range of amazing Mexican foods which I had never heard of until I moved here. The street food is to die for and whilst you do have to be careful in terms of getting sick, there is so much range that there will be something for everyone here. 

The People

It doesn’t take a genius to work out that Mexico is not without its problems, socio-economic issues mainly. What I love however is that this doesn’t stop the Mexicans from being creative, entrepreneurial, passionate about who they are and most importantly, welcoming. The locals here don’t mind if you can’t speak their language, or if you don’t understand something, they will always look to help you out. Family is huge here as well and you will find that you will be treated like a brother/son/grandson within a few hours of meeting someone. 


There is no overspill here in the city in terms of the drug war in the north of the country, i contrast to what many people will tell you. There is petty crime here like there is in most cities in the world however and most people have a story of when they got mugged. I have been lucky in the last 5 years that the only crimes I have seen have been against fashion, beyond that I have been pretty safe. 


Mexico City is a forward thinking city who have loads of trials and tests going on to try and minimize pollution and traffic and take the city into the future. I love the openness to new ideas here and it is part of the reason why I have stayed here so long. 

If you want to visit somewhere in Mexico, make sure that it is the capital.

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