4 Travel Tips for Headache-Free Holidays

4 Travel Tips for Headache-Free Holidays

It’s that time of the year again when people all over the world travel to visit family during the holidays. Many would agree that there is nothing more stressful than traveling during Christmas and New Year other than traveling during or around Thanksgiving. Although there is beauty in sharing a celebration across the globe, there is no denying the extra crowds and unavoidable delays are reason enough dread flying for Christmas. This is why we’ve compiled a few tips for headache-free traveling during the busiest time of the year.

Don’t Travel on Peak Days

The holiday crowds are often a point of stress for many travelers. Not only is this due to the delays they cause, but because every single action during the process of navigating a terminal becomes harder to do, as simple as they are. Therefore, our biggest recommendation is to completely avoid peak days – especially if the whole family is in tow. Instead, consider adjusting your travel dates by a whole day, avoiding extreme crowds and traffic.

Redefine Your Airport Experience

Airports are no longer a transit hub that takes you simply from point A to point B. Many terminals now have amenity-filled malls flush with art exhibitions, shops, restaurants, spas, and yoga rooms. A more eccentric example is the Vancouver International Airport, which has a 30,000-gallon aquarium containing 5,000 creatures. On the other hand, Changi Airport in Singapore offers a rooftop pool you can relax in between flights along with five gardens, a huge slide, a spa, massages, and a free movie theater. So, allocate more time for traveling and take advantage of the many amenities at your disposal.

Mail Holiday Gifts

To make your holiday traveling both figuratively and literally lighter, consider mailing your heaviest holiday gifts beforehand, that is if you are traveling by air. Shipping presents in advance or purchasing them online to have them delivered to your destination are both viable options. However, if you do take gifts with you, we recommend making them small and packable. Finally, remember to leave them unwrapped in any case security personnel needs to open them.

Turn Your Phone into a Travel Tool

You’ll find it surprising that for traveling purposes, your most useful ally is already at your fingertips: your phone! To start with, download your airline’s mobile application to receive flight status updates and other services on your phone. This will give you ease of mind as you are making your way across the terminal and can stop you from making unnecessary stops. Moreover, you can download mobile travel alert apps from Amtrak or State highway authorities. Just make sure to have your phone fully charged and ready for the long day ahead!

Traveling during Christmas and New Year can take a toll on you. This is why we think it is worthwhile to take the time to prepare beforehand and plan for surprises. Be sure to use these tips for streamlined, headache-free travel these upcoming holidays.

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Why Traveling Solo Should Be on Your Bucket List

Why Traveling Solo Should Be on Your Bucket List

Solo travel can be daunting, scary, and for some people, really quite terrifying. But it’s also one of the most rewarding learning experiences a person can have. The nerves might get to you before you take off, but once you’re out exploring you’ll forget why you were ever scared in the first place. When you return, it will feel like it did when you first learned to ride a bike without training wheels. You did it, and you did it all by yourself. Read on to find out why traveling solo should be on your bucket list.

Why Traveling Solo Should Be on Your Bucket List

Solo travel redefines bravery.

Suddenly, bravery might not necessarily mean facing a life or death situation or making a risky business decision. Bravery can be walking into a café alone with no intention of meeting a lunch date. It’s wandering the city confidently and fearlessly. Since solo travel requires a different kind of courage, you’ll redefine what bravery means to you.

Solo travel sparks unlikely, but lasting friendships.

Even though you’re traveling alone, you probably won’t end up spending the whole time completely by yourself. Chances are, you’ll have to ask a stranger how to get somewhere, or you’ll strike up a conversation about restaurant recommendations with the man ringing you up at the convenience store. Or maybe you’ll just make small talk with the lady standing next to you on the train. Before you know it, you’ll end up swapping stories and realizing that you may have a lot in common with people you’ve never met before. These brief friendships are special because even though these interactions likely won’t last longer than a few minutes, the conversations will stick with you forever.

Solo travel will push you out of your comfort zone.  

When traveling alone, you will automatically be knocked outside your comfort zone. Not only will you be in places and situations you’ve never been before, but you will also be in these places and situations alone. It’s a freeing feeling, but a little shocking at first. All of a sudden, everything is up to you, and only you. So embrace your own vulnerability. Don’t be afraid to do something you’ve never done before. You’ll gain a more authentic experience of the culture because of it.

Solo travel heightens your sense of awareness.

On your solo adventures, you will be spending a lot of time with yourself days on end.  And by doing so, you will figure things out about yourself that you would have never found out had you not embarked on this solo journey. You’ll gain a strong sense of independence and an awareness of the world. This new attitude about yourself and your abilities will follow you back home when you return from your travels, so much so, that your solo travels may be more than just a journey to a different place. They may also serve as a personal journey to self-discovery.

So, next time you have the opportunity to travel by yourself, take the chance! It could potentially be the best trip of your life.

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Travel Tips For Making the Most of a European Vacation

Travel Tips For Making the Most of a European Vacation

Wherever you travel in Europe, you’re bound to encounter untold natural beauty and timeless, awe-inspiring works of art—and a remarkable amount of decadent, delicious food. Did we mention the food? From Greece to Portugal, Finland to the Czech Republic, there are countless amazing experiences just waiting to be had. How do you make the most of your European vacation?

We have some very simple travel tips that should help, regardless of where your European vacation is.  

When In Rome, Do As the Romans Do

The saying, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do,” might be as old as Rome itself. It holds true, regardless of how old and cliché it is. When you’re traveling through Europe on vacation, you may be tempted to carry on just as you would at home. Don’t.

You have the unique opportunity to catch a glimpse of the way people halfway across the world live. Take advantage of that, and participate in the local culture as much as you possibly can—even if you find their customs to be out of the norm for you. You might just learn something about yourself in the process.

Skip Out on Tourist Traps

Tourist traps are called “traps” for a reason. They suck you in with the promise that they’ll be worth it. The truth is: they rarely are. Sure, it’s amazing to see some of the most touted sights in the world, but if you have to pay an exorbitant amount to get a lackluster view of anything, you’re better off spending your time and money on other pursuits. It’s better to venture off the beaten track once in a while.

Don’t feel bad if you miss out on seeing some of the classic touristy “must-sees.” Europe is bursting with so many other things you really must see with your own eyes.

Savor Your Memories and Take Pictures

Speaking of things you must see with your own eyes, when you’re in Europe, you should be sure to contemplate things in person, but don’t forget to take as many pictures as possible.

It may seem silly to take pictures of random moments, but you’ll be glad you did when you look back on those photos.

That street sign in the middle of nowhere that made you laugh out loud? The cappuccino you enjoyed at the corner café one afternoon? The puppy sitting in the garden at the little bed and breakfast you stayed one night? They’re all worth snapping a picture of, even if only for yourself to glance back on.

Whether you’re traveling solo or with friends and family, these tips will help make the most out of your European vacation.

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What it Means to Be a Modern Nomad

What it Means to Be a Modern Nomad

Traditionally speaking, a nomad is a person who has no permanent address, someone who travels from place to place without ever taking root. However, in today’s world, a modern nomad can mean someone who spends the majority of their time flitting from destination to destination. They are passionate about traveling, and they ache to explore the whole world—every nook and cranny of it, from the mundane to the mysterious.

What exactly does it mean to be a modern nomad? Let’s explore!  

A Modern Nomad Has a Permanent Address

Contrary to the classical definition of nomadism, modern nomads have a place that they call “home.” Many of them have families that they come home to at night.

Even though they have those ties, they never let those responsibilities and roots hold them back from exploring the world and discovering all it has to offer. If anything, their families inspire them to go out and have even more adventures. They want their kids to see the world and experience other cultures along with them.

A Modern Nomad Doesn’t Have a 9-5 Job

It’s just about impossible to be a modern nomad with a regular nine-to-five desk job. With HR breathing down your neck about hours and compensation, it’s beyond difficult to plan a trip—much less be a modern nomad.

If you want to be a true full-time traveler, you have to ditch the full-time job grind and find alternative employment that allows you to take unlimited time for yourself. Financial freedom means having the freedom to see the world.

A Modern Nomad Follows the Beat of Their Own Drummer

You can’t put a modern nomad in a box. They are 100 percent their own person, and they won’t stand for being defined by anything or anyone.

Modern nomads defy expectations; they’re rogue agents, and they love it. They’re the ones creating their own tracks so far off the beaten path you might mistake them for Bigfoot. Rarely seen, cloaked in mystery, and maybe just a little bit smelly from spending too much time in the backwoods, modern nomads don’t care what you think. They’re too busy having the time of their lives.

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