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Advantages of Using a Travel Agent for Luxury Travel

Sometimes luxury travel can be time-consuming because you must do some due diligence. Because some places can advertise themselves as luxurious destinations but once you get there you get traumatized, it’s what you see it’s not what you get. The best thing to do when planning luxury travel is to use a travel agent.  

There are several advantages to using a travel agent for luxury travel. Let’s see what those advantages are.

Getting access to exclusive deals and packages.

The good thing about using a travel agent is, they have access to exclusive deals and packages that may not be available to the general public.

The exclusive deals and packages can also include special rates at luxury hotels, resorts, and cruises, as well as added perks like room upgrades, spa treatments, and private tours.

Getting Personalized service/package

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A travel agent will go above and beyond to make sure you have a nice experience and they will want to have a positive relationship with you.

They will take the time to understand your travel preferences and create a customized itinerary that fits your needs. For instance, you want to go to a luxurious resort or want to sleep in a luxury hotel.

They will make sure you get it and will try to find a nice package and also do all due diligence.  The travel agent can also help you to plan special events, such as a romantic honeymoon or a milestone anniversary.

Insiders knowledge

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Most travel agents often have first-hand knowledge of the destinations and also have a passion for the industry. Most of the properties they recommend are usually able to provide valuable insights because they have been there before etc.  The travel agent can also help you avoid common mistakes and ensure your trip runs smoothly.

Time-saving

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As I mentioned before,  planning a luxury trip can be very time-consuming. A travel agent can take care of all the details for you, from booking flights and hotels to arranging transportation and activities/tours. You will not have to worry about spending time planning your trips while you have other things to do.

Guaranteed Support

man using IP phone inside room

Other best advantages of using travel agents are they are available 24/7 to help you with any issues that may arise during your trip.

You will not personally deal with hotels or flights when some issues arise. You will not have to deal with being put on hold over the phone for more than 30 minutes to resolve a 5-minute issue.

Travel agents can do that for you and they can get someone faster to resolve that issue because they have some priority access when it comes to that. 

Using a travel agent will give you a chance to enjoy your vacation without worrying about any problems.

Access to exclusive tours 

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Most travel agents have access to exclusive tours, private guides, and other experiences that can add a lot of value to a luxury vacation. Not everyone has experience with these things or has knowledge of their existence.

Travel agents can introduce you to places that you have never been to or heard of and also provide you with options to choose from that can save you time in your busy life schedule.

Cost-effective

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Many people assume that using a travel agent will be more expensive, but that’s not necessarily true. Travel agents often have access to special rates and discounts, and can help you find the best deals on flights, hotels, and activities. Travel agents can also help you create a package or bundle you can save more than you think.

 

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6 Easy Steps On How to Start Tour Guide Business (2023)

For people who love to travel, starting a tour guide business can be a fulfilling and exciting venture. This will allow them to share their knowledge and passion for places they love or history with others.

Not only that, the tour guide business can be a way to earn money while doing something you love or can be what they call a side hustle. 

Once you make the decision on this is something you want to pursue; here are some steps you can take to get started:

1. Determine your niche

First is to decide what type of tour guide you want to do, and the best way to do that is to determine your niche.  One can ask how I can determine my niche. 

The best way to determine your niche is to consider your interests and passions also what do you always love to talk about and learn?  

Once you find a  niche that aligns with your interests and passions it will be easier to enjoy sharing with others. From there you can try to look for areas that are popular with tourists and that have a rich history, culture, or natural beauty to offer.

2. Create a business plan

three men sitting while using laptops and watching man beside whiteboard

Start by defining your business, what type of tours will you offer? Who is your target market? Then outlining your services, pricing, and marketing strategy.

Find something that will make your business unique such as special skills that you can offer like historian expertise, language fluency, outdoor adventure skills, photography skills, and art expertise. 

While you are on it don’t forget to consider the needs and interests of your target audience. Who are you targeting with your tours? Consider what type of tours and experiences they are looking for and how you can meet those needs.

You can start with trials/demos that offer a few different types of tours to see which ones are most popular or most profitable. This little strategy can help you to choose a niche that you should focus on to be successful.

3. Obtain any necessary licenses and permits

Find time to learn as much as you can about your chosen destination or services that you are offering. For instance, when it comes to the city where you will be doing your business, you need to learn its history, culture, landmarks, and attractions. It’s important to have information or history about the place, being knowledgeable will attract more customers and will also build loyalty.

4. Build relationships

Try to build relationships with local businesses that you think can align with your business. Businesses such as hotels, restaurants, and other local businesses offer your tour services to their guests.

This will benefit you, the business, and also the costumes when you come up with good arrangements.

5. Promote your business

people walking on pedestrian lane during daytime

Any business needs customers/clients, and in order to get them you need to promote your business. Don’t expect to gain clients if you don’t promote your business. There are several ways you can promote your business.

You can promote your business by using social media, advertising, and other marketing strategies Nowadays social media can be helpful especially when you are starting and you don’t have a big budget for advertising.

6. Provide excellent customer service

man in grey crew-neck t-shirt smiling to woman on counter

Good customer service can make your business successful. Make sure you are being professional, and knowledgeable to ensure that your clients have a memorable and enjoyable experience on your tours.

Try to answer all customer questions and needs, in some cases, you can go above and beyond to make sure they are satisfied. Unhappy customers can bring bad reviews and that will be a bad look for a business.

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9 Best Adventurous Travel Destinations (2023)

Sometimes It’s hard to predict exactly what the top travel destinations will be in 2023, owing to the fact that a lot can change over time.

However, there are some places that may be popular for travelers in 2023.  The year  2023 is shaping up to be an exciting year for travelers.

With the world opening up to more international travel, some travel bans have been lifted leading to more places to explore than ever before. Here are some of the best destinations to consider for your next trip in 2023:

Iceland

waterfalls at daytime

Iceland is becoming an increasingly popular destination for its stunning natural beauty, its unique culture, and its diverse activities.

It is also popular for adventurous travelers due to its landscapes of rugged volcanic terrain, epic glaciers, and geothermal hot springs. 

There are a lot of activities to do in  Iceland, from outdoor activities like hiking, fishing, and horseback riding, to cultural experiences like whale watching, museums, and cultural festivals. 

If you go around September to April, you will be able to see the northern lights. The best time to see northern lights is around midnight, although sometimes can be seen as early as 9:00 pm or as late as 3:00 am.  

Iceland is one of the most sustainable countries in the world, with its green energy sources and commitment to environmentalism.

In addition, Iceland is becoming increasingly accessible with more direct flights from North America and Europe.

Costa Rica

person in yellow jacket standing on hanging bridge

 Costa Rica is a small country located in Central America. . It’s known for its incredible biodiversity, with its tropical rainforests, beaches, and mountains.

There are also plenty of activities to enjoy, like surfing, snorkeling, and zip-lining. Plus, Costa Rica is known as a nature lover’s paradise because it is a great destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers with its diverse wildlife, rainforest, and national parks.

In addition, the country is known for its ecotourism and sustainability efforts, making it a great option for those looking to get away from it all.

There are many amazing places to visit in Costa Rica,  which makes it hard to narrow them down. Some of the must-visit places in Costa Rica include Manuel Antonio National Park, Tortuguero National Park, Arenal Volcano National Park, Puerto Viejo, Jaco, and many more.

New Zealand

cityscape photo during daytime

New Zealand is an ideal destination for those looking for adventure. This is due to a lot of activities such as bungee jumping, skydiving, and canyon swinging. 

It is known to be the home of the most spectacular landscapes and outdoor activities in the world. From stunning glaciers to snow-capped mountains and lush rainforests.

The country also has wonderful beaches and sceneries that will take your breath away. 

The best places to visit in  New Zealand are  Rotorua, a city on the North Island known for its geothermal activity, Maori culture, and thermal baths. Mount Cook, the highest mountain in New Zealand. 

Tongariro National Park,  a World Heritage site on the North Island, is known for its beautiful landscapes and outdoor activities.

Bay of Islands, a beautiful area on the North Island, is known for its clear blue waters, sandy beaches, and marine life. Queenstown is a  popular tourist destination known for its stunning lakes, mountains, and adventure sports.

Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, is known for its diverse culture, beautiful harbors, and island attractions. Those are some of the suggestions, however, there is plenty to see in New Zealand.

Japan

men in black suits standing in the hallway

Japan is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations there is a lot to explore in Japan, from the iconic Mount Fuji to the former streets of Shinjuku.

Japan has traditional culture and modern cities that you can experience when you visit. There are also plenty of outdoor activities like hiking, skiing, and hot springs.

Since  Japan is home to some of the most delicious food, it’s also the home of many  Michelin-starred restaurants.

Some of the best places to visit in Japan are; Tokyo, of course, who doesn’t want to visit the capital city of Japan, known for its crowded streets, thronging nightlife, and world-class shopping and dining?

Osaka, one of Japan’s famous cities located on the island of Honshu, is known for its delicious food, shopping districts, and castles Okinawa is known for being a  tropical paradise,  it’s famous for its beautiful beaches, clear blue waters, and coral reefs.

Nikko is the home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Toshogu Shrine. The city is also known for its beautiful temples and shrines.

There are a lot of things to see and do in Japan. In addition, if you like fascinating technology that makes everyday life easier this will be the opportunity to explore them. Such as their famous public toilets, fridgezoos, sake vending machines, artificial beaches, Robot hotels, and many many more.

Thailand

standing statue and temples landmark during daytime

Thailand is one of the most popular travel destinations for travelers/tourists in Southeast Asia. Thailand is known for its beautiful beaches, delicious food,  and rich culture, without forgetting its stunning temples.

There are many amazing places to visit in Thailand, some of the amazing places that you can visit and enjoy what Thailand has to offer are; Sukhothai is the home of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Sukhothai Historical Park.

This northern Thailand city is also known for other ancient temples and ruins.  Chiang Mai is famously known for elephant sanctuaries, delicious food, and of course beautiful temples.

Bangkok which is the capital city of Thailand is known for its crowded streets, vibrant nightlife, and dining. Phuket, the famous touristy island in  Thailand, is well known for its beautiful beaches, clear blue waters, and coral reefs. In addition, you can enjoy a variety of street food that is very affordable.

Morocco

Morocco is a country located in North Africa although sometimes many people consider it a Middle Eastern country.  Morocco is known for its beautiful cities, such as Marrakech, Tangier, and Fez which are very popular with tourists for their markets, gardens, and historical landmarks.

Morocco is the home of the Sahara Desert, the Atlas Mountains, and the Mediterranean and Atlantic coastlines.  There is a lot to do in Morocco, but some of the best places to visit are; Fez the home of the UNESCO World Heritage site Medina (old city), and home to the University of Al-Karaouine, the oldest university in the world.

Chefchaouen is a well-known city for photographers due to its environment of blue-washed buildings and houses. Marrakech is the most famous and most visited city in Morocco with well-known souks (markets), beautiful gardens, and historical landmarks such as the Saadian Tombs,  the Koutoubia Mosque, and many more.

Marrakech is also the home of  Yves Saint Laurent Museum. This is the museum that is dedicated to the fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent also known as YSL. While you are also in Marrakech don’t forget to visit the famous Majorelle garden. 

Tangier is a coastal city also known as a gateway between Africa and Europe. The city is known for its beautiful beaches and its cultural and historical significance.

The Sahara Desert is a place where you can do adventurous activities such as riding a camel,  sand surfing, stargazing, wildlife, and many more.

The Sahara Desert is well known for its sand dunes and camel treks.  The Mediterranean and Atlantic coastlines, this is where the Mediterranean sea and  Atlantic ocean meet,  offer a variety of beach destinations to choose from.

 

Australia

sydney opera house near body of water during daytime

Australia is located in the southern hemisphere, comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands.

The country is known for its diverse landscapes, including the Great Barrier Reef, the outback, and the famous  Sydney Opera House. There are many things to do and explore in Australia.

Here are a few ideas for things to see and do in Australia: The famous  Australian outback is an extensive and remote region that is home to unique landscapes and wildlife.

The  Great Barrier Reef, is the world’s largest coral reef system and is home to a wide variety of marine life.  Sydney is home to iconic landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the Australian Museum, the country’s oldest museum which has a wide variety of exhibits on Australian natural history and culture.

The Twelve Apostles a series of limestone stacks that rise out of the water along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria. In addition, Australia is home to some of the most famous wine regions in the world such as the Barossa Valley and the Hunter Valley. Also don’t forget beautiful beaches, such as  Bondi Beach in Sydney and the Whitsunday Islands in Queensland.

Canada

aerial photo of city during golden hour

Canada is bordered by the United States to the south and the Arctic Circle to the north. Canada has a diverse landscape, with the Rocky Mountains, the Great Lakes, and the tundra.

The country is also known for being a major producer of natural resources such as timber, oil, and minerals, and is a leader in the technology and communications sectors. 

With a diverse range of landscapes, cultures, and activities to enjoy, Canada has a lot to offer from activities to sightseeing.

Here are some of the best places to visit in Canada; Niagara Falls is located on the border between Ontario, Canada, and New York, United States.

Niagara Falls is one of the most famous waterfalls in the world. There are boat tours to the base of the falls or you can view them from the observation decks.

Banff National Park: Located in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, this national park is known for its stunning mountain scenery, turquoise lakes, and a variety of outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing, and fishing.

Montreal is the second-largest city in Canada and the largest city in the province. It is well known for its French-Canadian culture, historic architecture, and lively nightlife.

Toronto, the largest city in Canada, is vibrant and diverse. The city of Toronto has many museums, galleries, and theaters to explore. It is also the home of the Royal Ontario Museum and the iconic landmark CN Tower.

 

Vietnam

man driving white motor scooter on road

Vietnam is one of the most popular destinations for travelers in Southeast Asia. The country is well known for its tradition of crafts such as ceramics, lacquerware, and silk production.

Vietnam is also known for its rich culture, and delicious cuisine. The country is also well known for its tradition of crafts such as ceramics, lacquerware, and silk production.

There are many things to do and see in Vietnam. Some popular things to do and places to visit are; Hoi An, this beautiful city is known for its well-preserved Old Town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Not only that but the city is also known for its beautiful beaches. Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and is known for its cultural landmarks and vibrant street life.

While you are there, you can visit famous attractions such as the Old Quarter, the Temple of Literature, and the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.

Da Nang if you like amazing architecture this place will amaze you with its famous bridges such as the Golden bridge and the Dragon which has been a famous tourist attraction. 

 

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7 Ways on How To Travel On A Budget (2023)

Do you want to travel but are always afraid that you can’t afford it? Have you tried to figure out how most people do it? Well it is simple, many people have discovered they can afford to go on their dream vacations, and the best way to do it is to travel on a budget.  

Traveling on a budget can be a great way for you to go on a dream vacation that you always want or a bucket list that you always keep adding.

Not only that, you will get a chance to see the world and have new experiences, without breaking the bank. Here are some tips to help you plan a budget-friendly trip:

 

Plan ahead

Always give yourself time and plan ahead. This can help you to do some research on your destination.  Planning ahead means booking your flights, accommodation, and activities in advance.

This can help you save money.  You can compare prices and find deals on google travel or use the hopper app. If you can’t find the prices you want you can put an alert so they can notify you when prices go down.

Be flexible

This can be a little bit tricky because of daily life. Being flexible means you are open to any dates, not just only specific dates. Most people have full-time jobs which makes it hard to be open to any dates.

Being flexible with your travel dates and destination can also save you money especially when you are considering traveling during the off-season or to destinations that are less popular at the time you want to travel.

If you can do this, check websites like Skyscanner where you can search for different dates and different destinations. 

All you need to do is just put in your airport and the month you want to travel and for the destination, you will choose any there is a big chance one of the destinations that pops up will be the one you want.

Travel rewards: 

white and blue magnetic card

If you like to travel,  consider signing up for a travel rewards program or credit card. These programs can save you a lot of money because they often provide discounts on flights, accommodation, and activities.

Choose the program you want and stay loyal to it, you can choose one for hotels and one for flights and be loyal to them. Let’s say you decided to enroll on Delta airlines, make sure when you fly you are flying Delta not other flights.

This will be easier for you to collect points and lead to getting your rewards such as discounts, free flights, or airport lounge access.

The same goes for hotels and rental cars, you can enroll in Hilton Honors and book Hilton hotels or enroll in enterprise car rental and do the same thing. These programs are beneficial if you are using these services many times.

Pack light

clothing items and pair of shoes in luggage

Packing light can save you money especially when you are taking a flight.  A packing list will help you avoid checking  in baggage fees and also make your trip more comfortable and convenient.

Try to bring the essential items you need, this will give you a room when you want to buy some souvenirs on your way back.

Public transportation

people walking on pedestrian lane near white and red train during daytime

Instead of using ride-sharing services, taxis, or renting a car, consider using public transportation or walking to get around. 

In big cities like New York City, Tokyo and many in Europe, public transportation works well. This can be a cost-effective and environmentally friendly way to explore your destination and also be safe.

In some cities, you can buy a weekly pass, or hours pass that you can use depending on how long you are staying.

Budget accommodation

tidy room filled with furnitures

Staying in budget accommodation can help you save money but you have to be careful about this.  Some will say instead of staying in a hotel, you can book a budget hostel, Airbnb, or a motel. 

The experience I had with hostels was when I was in college.  This makes me feel most of them are for college students etc and I don’t feel they will be comfortable or accommodating for families.

However, I saw some videos on social media about hostels that adults can stay in.  Airbnb can be affordable when you book early because nowadays the prices are the same as hotels.

However, hostels and Airbnb can often be more affordable and provide a unique local experience. The main thing you need to consider is safety, yes you might find an affordable Airbnb but is it in a safe neighborhood? etc. 

You can always find some hotel deals if you book early or by searching on apps like Hotwire where they have hot rate specials or Priceline where they have express deals, name your price, and many more.

Avoid touristy  locations

 

We all know when we visit our dream destination we want to do all the touristy things. Yes, you can do all this in a smart way.

For instance,  instead of eating at touristy restaurants, you can eat local street food or local restaurants meaning nonfancy restaurants that charge you high prices for the same thing you can eat in local restaurants.

This can also be a great way to save money and also experience the local culture. If you want to experience the fancy restaurant that you saw on social media that is not in your hometown, you can make a budget for it so you can get your experience. 

Another thing if you like to shop, avoid touristy locations. Those places tend to have prices because they know most people around the area are not from there so they don’t know their surroundings.

 

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Getting Ready for Holiday Travels: Easy and Cheap Holiday Planning Tips

The 2022 holiday travel season is almost here and it’s more likely to be a very busy one. Consumers are making holiday travel plans and are also concerned about potential price hikes,  flight delays or cancellations, baggage issues,  and long security lines.

Below are some tips that can help you get prepared for holiday travel which will help you to avoid being stressed.

Purchase your ticket

Well, if you want to take a plane, the plane ticket is already high and increasing by the day. So, if you’re looking for the best deal on a flight for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or  New Year’s you might want to buy it right now.

According to different travel outlets reports, it shows this holiday season plane tickets can expect to rise   40-45%  more than last year.

This means you find the best deals right now,  book it sooner rather than later. You might decide to wait but there is no guarantee the prices will go down.

airline ticket

Avoid Busy Travel Days

Sometimes it’s hard to get the days off that you want, so you have to schedule your traveling plans with what you have, which might end up being busy days that you should avoid. But if you can, try to avoid the hassle of busy travel days.

Don’t travel the day before and after Thanksgiving or Christmas tends to be the busiest for travel. These days have a high demand for flights because everybody is trying to rush to their destination, and prices may also be higher. So, if you can, for thanksgiving, travel on Tuesday and maybe return on Saturday or Monday.

Sunday won’t be a good idea because it seems like everyone will be traveling to get back. You will pay more and be in crowded airports. For Christmas, I can’t tell a specific day because it goes with a date, unlike  Thanksgiving we know it’s the last Thursday of November.

With that being said, consider traveling several days before and after Christmas day. You can expect crowds at the airport around the holidays, so check-in and security lines may be long. Get to the airport early, so you don’t miss your flight.

people at the airport

Limit your  packing

Limiting what you can take on your holiday trip can be somehow useful. Sometimes we want to carry extra stuff for emergencies because we can’t predict what can happen so we wanna be ready for any changes. But carrying less is good, meaning you can just travel with a carry-on instead of checking in luggage.

Traveling with a carry-on can save you time and money and here is how. First, most flights charge you for checked-in luggage and the prices are different depending on the airline.

Second, when you get to your destination you have to go to retrieve your luggage which can be time-consuming in big airports like Atlanta, where it can take you 15-20 minutes to get to baggage claim depending on what terminal you are at and once you there sometimes you have to wait before they release luggage.

lady reading newspaper next to open luggages

Another thing you can encounter is luggage being lost or headed to different destinations from you. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation reports more than one million bags were mishandled by airlines between January and June 2022. That’s up from 629,000 in 2021. This can be very stressful especially when you have important things in your luggage and you can’t get hold of it.

If you are planning to travel this holiday season you may want to avoid checking your bags. It will be a good idea if you try and fit everything into a carry-on so you can avoid all the hassle.

Give yourself time

clock towers

Giving yourself time is the key to not getting stressed.  When you are purchasing your ticket make sure you consider time in many factors. 

For instance, get a ticket that will give you enough room for you to get to the airport without any delays.  If your flight requires a connection, make sure you have enough time for a layover before your connection flight.  

You don’t want to have 15 minutes between the flights’ and chances are you will miss that flight. You also might want to download the airline’s app and turn on the notification so you can get important information such as flight cancellations or delays. 

All in all the holidays can be very stressful, and you don’t want to add extra stress on yourself.  Unfortunately, you can’t predict how crowds will look or if there are going to be flight delays or lost luggage.

The only thing you can do is to prevent or avoid the chaos by traveling on less popular days. Also, you can purchase your ticket early and don’t forget to give yourself enough time if you have to transit or if you have a long drive to the airport. 

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Weekend Getaway to Atlanta: 4 Days In Atlanta Itinerary For Two

Atlanta is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Georgia. It is the eighth most populous city in the Southeast and 38th most populous city in the United States according to the 2020 U.S. census.

Atlanta is home to major attractions in the U.S such as the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, Atlanta botanical garden, and many more.

Every place you go there are the goods and bad so we will try to analyze our experience, and we are sure everybody has a different experience. 

We will go over our experience with attractions, transportation, restaurants, etc. We spend  4 days it was labor day weekend from Saturday to Tuesday.  We did have time to explore the city and have some opinions, without further due let’s start.

So How can you spend 3 or 4 days in Atlanta?

Traveling to Atlanta For Two

We flew to Atlanta on Saturday, as usual, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International airport is always busy no surprise this airport has been ranked as the world’s busiest airport by passenger traffic since 1998, briefly losing its title in 2020 due to the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States and regaining it in 2021.

After we landed it took us about one hour to get out of the airport, yes from our gate to pick up our checked-in luggage and to the parking lot.  Well, we didn’t have any issues at the airport but it was a long walk. 

We didn’t do rental reservations, so we used uber to get around which was kind of expensive, according to our hotel receptionist he said its because there was a lot going on in the city, there was a baseball game, college football, concerts, and pride parade all this on one weekend.

 

The Best Attractions and Sightseeing In Atlanta

Atlanta has a lot to offer when comes to attractions and sightseeing. There are a lot of things to do around the city. For us, this was the best part of the trip because we were able to enjoy it even though was crowded.

We were able to visit the Georgia Aquarium, The World of Coca-Cola, the Atlanta botanical garden, Centennial Olympic Park, Martin Luther King Jr National Park, Ponce city market, and the College Football Hall of fame (we were lucky because it was free that weekend).

Another thing we did was a hoop in Skyview Atlanta. Everything was great in these places the only issue was the crowd was big. 

Georgia Aquarium

The Georgia Aquarium is one of the largest aquariums in the world and it houses more than 20,000 marine creatures. It is located in Atlanta and it is open daily from 9am to 5pm.

How Many Whale Sharks Are In The Georgia Aquarium?

There are currently four spotted whale sharks in the Georgia Aquarium, in the aquarium’s Ocean Voyager gallery. The whale sharks at the Georgia Aquarium were all born in captivity. The aquarium also houses other types of sharks like sandbar sharks, pacific blacktip reef sharks, and more.

The World of Coca-Cola

The World of Coca-Cola

The World of Coca-Cola is an interactive museum that offers visitors the opportunity to explore the history of Coca-Cola and its impact on global culture.

Visitors can learn about the company’s history through interactive exhibits and see how it has evolved over time. They can also sample different types of Coke from around the world or enjoy a meal at one of the restaurants inside the building.

The Atlanta Botanical Garden

atlanta botanical garden

The Atlanta Botanical Garden is a botanical garden in the city of Atlanta, Georgia. It is located on 13 acres in Midtown, adjacent to Piedmont Park. It would take you about 2 hours to walk through Atlanta Botanical Garden.

When is the best time to visit Atlanta Botanical Garden?

The best time to visit the Atlanta Botanical Garden is in the springtime when the flowers are in bloom. The gardens are also open during the summer and fall, but the heat can be oppressive and the crowds can be larger.

If you do visit during the summer, try to go early in the morning or late in the evening, when it is cooler.

Winter is a beautiful time to visit the Garden as well, although some of the outdoor areas may be closed. The indoor conservatory is always open and is a great place to escape the cold.

Keep in mind that parking can be difficult, especially on weekends, so plan accordingly.

How many lights are at Atlanta Botanical Garden?

The Garden’s Holiday Lights display is one of the most anticipated events of the year. Visitors can stroll through gardens transformed by more than 2 billion lights. The Lights display runs from mid-November through January.

Martin Luther King Jr National Park

The World of Coca-Cola

The Martin Luther King Jr National Park is a national park in the United States that commemorates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

CNN In Atlanta

CNN building atlanta

 

The College Football Hall of Fame

The College Football Hall of Fame

What is the best place to eat in Atlanta?

This is where we had a major issue. Usually, when we travel in different cities we like to try new restaurants that are not in our city or not chain restaurants that are a  no, no.

So we usually take recommendations from yelp, TikTok, or Instagram, and we go from there. But recently most of our recommendations come from TikTok.   TikTok never failed us(lol)  but this time we were surprised at how things turned out. 

Southern Fire Kitchen In Atlanta, GA

Our first restaurant was  Southern Fire Kitchen. We saw this restaurant on TikTok. The food looks really good so we thought why not give it a try? According to the restaurant website, it shows it opens at 4 -11:30 pm no reservations are required.

So we decided to go around 8 pm it was a little bit far from downtown.  We arrived there the restaurant was at the strip mall and was giving a nightclub vibe, we did not expect that.

Then we saw a long line outside and we proceed to the staff/receptionist who was outside and asked if we can get in or what are the procedures to get in. To our surprise, the lady told us the waiting list is full and they are closed.

We didn’t get that because the restaurant website showed it closes at 11:30 pm and we didn’t need any reservations. So we didn’t really know what is going on. 

As I mentioned the restaurant was at the strip mall so people were waiting outside some in their cars so is kind of uncomfortable if you are from out of town or not used to the area. We did not get a chance to get in and we think that was misleading and poor customer service on their part.

Lily’s Restaurant & Lounge

Well, we still wanted to eat, so we take a look at our list and see if we can find something close to that area.  Then we found a restaurant calls Lily’s,  the picture, environment, and food look good, but we decided to call before going so we don’t waste our time.

We called and the lady say we can’t make a reservation we can get there and wait to be seated we asked how long is the wait. She said she can’t tell but usually is 30 minutes, we are like okay since there is a place to sit, and maybe we can have a drink while we are waiting.

Well, we got there was crowded and again it gave us nightclub vibes. There was a bouncer outside who asked us if we have a reservation, and we explain what we have been told over the phone.

The bouncer told us to wait so he can check with the receptionist, then he came back and say the wait is 1-2 hours and there is nowhere to sit if we want we can try the nightclub upstairs. 

My question is why the lady who spoke to us did not tell us all this over the phone when we call? We were more than disappointed. At this time we were so tired from all this and went back to the hotel.

Atlanta Breakfast Club

Well the next day, still on our tour we said let’s go for brunch since we have plans to visit the Georgia Aquarium we decide to search for restaurants around that area that’s when we saw Atlanta Breakfast Club.

The food looks good but the place was parked and we arrived at  10:30  we were  #137 on the waiting list at around 2:17 pm we received a text that our table now is ready, and we were long gone.  We couldn’t wait that long because we had some other things to do and places to be. 

So next door to Atlanta Breakfast Club there is a restaurant that has brunch too its called Suite Food Lounge, so we decided to take a shot.  Well, we went there and we encounter two bouncers who asked for our IDs and search our purses.

We were kind of shocked most of the restaurants we visit they have to strip-search us and show our IDs, which was new to us we never experience that in any other cities we traveled to.

We get in and ordered our food which was okay not wow.  Another thing we experience is that in every restaurant there is shisha. This is new to us because we midwesterners have not seen shisha in a regular restaurant. 

We did not say there is no shisha in the midwest, is just not regular at the restaurants, the restaurant might have shisha but they have a designated section for that.  Another thing we experience is that when a bill comes they already add tip/gratuity on your total bill so if you add tip you will be paying twice.

BQE Restaurant

On another day we want to have dinner at a fancy bbq/ soul food restaurant so we did our search then we came up with BQE Restaurant, we browsed the website, and the restaurant had a reservation policy that we read and follow. Then there is the dress code etc. We were so excited now we are going to some decent place. 

So we made our reservation and then we went. When we get close by according to GPS the environment was not giving like we are going somewhere fancy, the place look off and we checked the address it was correct.

We got there were homeless people sleeping or sitting around, they didn’t have parking if they did was maybe behind the building which we didn’t even want to get there.

We were curious to see inside because what we saw on the website was totally different from what was in front of us. We walked to the door here we go there is a bouncer ready to check our IDs and search our purses by this time we know the routine. 

So we got in omg it was totally different nothing looks like their website it took more than 10 minutes for a waitress to come and take care of us, we were hungry so we said let’s order we ordered some food which looked like was not cooked there,  the food came before drinks not only that the food was served with disposable silverware/utensils that were enough for us, we feel like we got robbed.

Conclusion

Usually, when we travel we like to visit some places we saw on social media, tv shows, etc. Most of the time they have been exactly like what we saw or imagined but Atlanta was the opposite we feel like scammed, and what you see on a website or social media is not real life.

But we did enjoy the attractions and we were able to go to  Atlanta Breakfast Club which we really like the brunch was worth waiting for. Atlanta Breakfast Club is the only place we did not see on social media we just found it while we were there.

They have good customer service and there was some entertainment while we were waiting outside. And for our last dinner, we didn’t t wanna encounter another situation so we ended up at Fogo de Chao, and was nice. 

 

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How To Travel To Qatar For 2022 World Cup (Complete Guide)

The 22nd  of the  FIFA World Cup is scheduled to take place in Qatar from  November 21st to  December 18th, 2022. This will be the first World Cup ever to be held in the Arab world, and the second World Cup held entirely in Asia. 

The world cup event usually takes place every after four years, around June-July. But due to Qatar’s intense summer heat,  World Cup will be held from November to December, making it the first tournament not to be held from June- July. 

The events will take part in different cities in Qatar not only in the famous cities of Doha. The cities that will officially host the World Cup in Qatar are Al Khor, Al Rayyan, Al Wakrah, Doha, and Al Rayyan (Education City).

This is one of the world’s biggest events and many people are planning to attend whether it’s from somedays or the entire event. But before you head to Qatar you need to make some plans, because there are several factors to consider. Below are some factors to consider.

 

How To Get To Qatar For The World Cup

 

Qatar is located in  Western Asia, which is almost entirely a part of the Middle East. With that being said, Qatar is considered to be a Middle Eastern country. 

Unless you come from Saudi Arabia, the only way you can get to Qatar is by the airline.  You can’t travel by sea because it is mostly commercial. 

So it seems the best way to get to Qatar is by air, and what is the best airline to get there than Qatar Airways? Yes, Qatar airlines are from Qatar and are one of the best airlines in the world.

Qatar Airways flies to over 140 international destinations every day across Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas, and Oceania from its home and hub the Five-Star airport, Hamad International Airport, in Doha.

This doesn’t mean there are no other airlines going to Qatar. There are many flights that can take you to Qatar such as Turkish Airlines, Etihad Airways, Finnair, Lufthansa, and many more.

 

Best Accommodations For World Cup In Qatar

white concrete building during night time

Qatar, especially the city of Doha is known for having high-class hotels. But there are some reports that show at this moment Qatar does not have enough hotel rooms to accommodate people for the World Cup.

According to  Qatar tourism, there are under 30,000 hotel rooms and 80% are already booked for FIFA players, (players that are representing their countries), media, referees, and other officials. You can search for hotel rooms directly from the hotel websites or use websites like booking.com.  

There is another alternative that is available for the fans which is non-hotel accommodation such as Airbnb which we are all familiar with.  Another accommodation option is  Bedouin Style tents usually available in the desert and it’s known to be an authentic way of Qatari Camping. 

With the Bedouin Style, tent fans will have opportunities to experience Qatari culture and more.  According to Al-Jaber head of accommodation at the Supreme Committee for delivery and legacy, he said these Bedouin Style tents will be extremely lavish and luxurious.

Al-Jaber also mentions there will be two cruise ships in Doha and shared villas or apartments for rent. But the catch is you need to make your booking earlier to secure your spot.

Languages Spoken In Qatar

Arabic is the official language of Qatar, however, English is widely spoken and roadsigns and other signs/instructions are in both languages.

English is a second language in government schools and is hence spoken widely. In business, it is always good practice to have copies of documents in both Arabic and English. At work depending on the sector, both English and Arabic may be spoken. 

Getting Around Qatar

Public Transportation

Qatar is one of those countries where public transportation is available everywhere and is reliable. It’s easy to move around with public transportation because of its flexibility and most importantly it’s affordable.  Let’s see the types of public transportation that you can use in Qatar;

Bus Services

There is a bus network that connects Hamad International Airport to different places across the city of Doha, which is a convenient transportation option. 

Bus fares can only be paid with a Karwa Smartcard,  which is available at the airport help desk. Karwa Smart Card is Public transport smartcard needed to ride the Karwa public buses are used as a quick and easy way to pay for Karwa bus trips inside Qatar. You can top up your Karwa SmartCard with anything from QR5 to QR500  (US$ 1.37 to US$ 137.32)

The bus service is not only in the city of Doha, there are also buses that are going to different Qatari cities. This is very useful since the World Cup will be in different cities not only in Doha.

You can find the schedule and more information on Mowasalat Website. Mowasalat is the national transportation provider of Qatar, offering buses, taxis, and even limousines to travelers. 

Doha Metro

The Doha Metro is a  transit system in Doha, Qatar’s capital city. The metro is  connecting various points of interest across Doha.

It’s mostly underground, and a tram system is under development and expected to open shortly. It has three lines with an approximate overall length of 76 km and 37 stations.

The Doha Metro is one of the fastest driverless trains in the world. Even though the Doha Metro is operating it’s not fully completed it has a completion date of 2026.

The three Doha Metro lines are; the Red(Coastal)  Line which connects Hamad International Airport to West Bay, Katara Cultural Village, Qatar University, and Lusail.

Then there is the Green (educational) Line which connects Hamad Hospital, Al Bidda park, Qatar Foundation’s Education City, and Mall of Qatar.

Gold (historic) Line runs through Khalifa Stadium, Villaggio Mall, to Souq Waqif, and the National Museum of Qatar.

Taxis and Ride Share

The main taxi service in Qatar is operated by the same company that runs bus services  Mowasalat. Karwa taxis offer a convenient and flexible way to travel to and from Hamad International Airport.

All taxis are metered and the minimum f fare at the airport starts at QR 25 (USD 7), the only problem the payment has to be in cash which is Qatari Riyal(QR) only.

In Qatar, the different color roofs indicate which company operates the taxi. The aqua-colored taxis are the most popular ones which are operated by  Mowasalat and they are known as Karwa Taxis.

There are other taxi companies operating in Qatar. These companies include Al Ijarah Taxi (blue roof), Al Million Taxi (maroon roof), Capital Taxi (black roof), and Profit Trading Taxi (yellow roof).

Also, there are ride-sharing companies you can find that operate in Qatar. Those ride-share companies that you can use in Qatar are Uber, Colo, and Careem.

Language

Arabic is the official language of Qatar, however, English is widely spoken and roadsigns and the like are in both languages.

English is also a compulsory second language in government schools and is hence spoken widely. In business, it is always good practice to have copies of documents in both Arabic and English.

Both English and Arabic may be spoken at work, depending on the sector, with Arabic being widely spoken within the Government departments and English is prevalent in most international companies. Smart business dress and traditional dress are essential.

Car Rental

There are many local and international car hire companies operating in Qatar, including several with branches at  Hamad International Airport, such as Avis, Budget, Europcar, and Hertz.

Rules and Regulations.

Qatar is one of those countries that have strict rules and regulations. This rule doesn’t apply only to Qataris it also applies to foreigners when they visit Qatar. 

Here are some of those rules, regulations,s, and customs that you should be aware of before you head to Qatar.

Qatar Entry and Exit Requirements 

Citizens of over 95 countries are eligible for visa-free entry. Allowable lengths of stay vary, and visitors are kindly advised to check with an authorized entity for the terms and conditions that apply.

You can check what is required for your country here. Another thing you should beware of when processing your entry in Qatar is, that the country has restrictions for HIV/AIDS visitors, and does not permit individuals with HIV/AIDS to live in the country.

Medical exams are a must for all long-term visitors and residents of Qatar. Visitors can be charged taxes by the Customs General Authority for carrying certain goods at the point of entry.

There are items that are prohibited in Qatar which are any type of weapons, firearms, and ammunition. Alcoholic beverages, pork products, narcotic drugs

Dress code

When comes to dress code  Qatar is very strict. You should dress modestly when in public, areas. Women are required to cover their shoulders and avoid wearing short skirts or dresses.

Both men and women are advised not to wear shorts or sleeveless tops when going to government buildings, health care facilities restaurants, and malls.

They are so serious about this in the sense that If you do not dress modestly, you may be asked to leave or denied entry to these locations. Dressing modestly is required especially during the holy month of Ramadan.

Public displays of affection (PDAs)

Public displays of affection with the opposite sex in Qatar are prohibited which means you can get in trouble. Kissing,  and cuddling in public places whether it’s with your fiance or husband it can still cause offense.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in Qatar face legal challenges. Homosexuality is illegal in Qatar  it is considered to be a criminal offense, and those convicted may be subjected to lashings, imprisonment, and/or deportation

Alcohol Consumption or Being Drunk

Alcohol is not illegal in Qatar, but drinking in public or being drunk in public is a crime. You can get alcoholic drinks in some five-star luxury hotels, licensed hotel restaurants, and bars.

The Qatar Distribution Company (a subsidiary of Qatar Airways) is permitted to import alcohol and; it operates the one and only liquor store in the country.  

Drinking in a public place could result in a prison sentence of up to 6 months and/or a fine of up to QAR3,000(the US $ 823.95). Foreigners living in Qatar can obtain alcohol on a permit system. 

Offensive Behavior

Swearing and making rude hand gestures are considered obscene acts and offenders can be jailed and/or deported. So whatever happens, no matter angry you are, stay calm and keep cool, because you will end up getting in trouble that you didn’t see coming.

You can find more by doing little research before you take your trip.  Still, a few months left before the  World Cup 2022 starts, see you there!!!

 

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13 Travel Must-Haves That Are TSA Approved 2021

There are lots of things you can’t take through airport security checkpoints—knives, liquids over 3.4 ounces, and more—but there are also items you won’t be allowed to bring on board. These items are usually banned for safety reasons, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have them with you when you fly. (In fact, you probably want to.) These 13 items should be in every travel bag, and they’re all TSA-approved.

Refillable 4-in-1 Travel Dispenser Bottle Set for Toiletries Lotion Shampoo.

This unique Nacuwa  4-in-1 travel dispenser its design features 4 refillable travel bottles in one convenient case. This clever design prevents leaks when on the move and is suitable for most liquids and lotions.

It the ideal space saver for all your favorite lotions, shampoos, and other toiletry products you can carry all of them in one place. Built with an easy-spray design and easy to carry.  It’s also  TSA approved.  

Check it out here

Lightweight Hair Dryer for Travel

This portable hairdryer is the perfect size on the go.  It only weighs  340g, which is equivalent to an iPhone. With this hair dryer, you can style your hair anytime and anywhere.

You don’t have to worry about not carrying your traditional hair dryer, it’s a space saver and very convenient because you can carry it anywhere. Check it out here

 

Mini Portable Travel Soap Paper Sheets 

This is the must-have product right now, especially when people are trying to stay clean and avoiding to spread germs.  These portable soap paper sheets are made of natural premium quality biodegradable environment material, pure natural plant extract.

Safe, without side effects, does not leave your hands ashy and dry. You can use them anywhere even if you are not traveling because they are very useful.

All you need is to take out a soap sheet put a small amount of water to wet the soap sheet, gently rub your hands to produce foam then wash your hands with water, you are done! You can keep your hands clean and healthy everywhere. Check out here

Travel Laundry Bag

 

It’s always good to separate your dirty clothes from your clean clothes, especially when you are travel. The travel laundry bad is a good idea to have with you when you are traveling.

The Miamica travel laundry bag conveniently keeps your dirty laundry separated from your clean clothes while traveling.

It is expandable with drawstring closure, laundry bag starts out small for easy packing and then unzips to open up and hold your dirty laundry. Its also lightweight, and microfiber material that is torn- and moisture-resistant. Check it out here

Collapsible Water Bottle

This foldable collapsible water bottle looks like an hourglass, the shape of the bottle fits wonderfully in your hand, let you more comfortable to grip it, steady base, and flexible silicone body, you can adjust the height of it to match the size of your drink.

The bottle has a maximum capacity of is 500 ML/ 17 OZ and becomes super small(1.5inch) when folded and fits in a pocket which makes it easier to carry it around. 

It also equipped with a carabiner that can be hung on a backpack or everywhere. This portable water bottle is reusable and great for travel, camping, hiking.

Made of durable food-grade premium silicone, BPA-free, odor-free, soft, lightweight but thick enough to be sturdy and to hold the shape.

More durable and flexible than ordinary glass and plastic bottles. The sealing performance of this portable water bottle is outstanding, the lid has a nice screw-on drinking cap that does not leak and stays pretty secure.

Check it out here

Toothbrush UV Sanitizer Box Case

 

Sometimes when we travel we don’t put things where they should be, this toothbrush sanitizer kills bacteria to prevent infectious diseases, gum disease, cavities & life-threatening diseases! Eliminates up to 99.9% of the germs and bacteria on your toothbrush.

Built-in 1pcs UVC LED, which can allow you to sanitize your toothbrush easily in travel, hotel, or office. Brush your teeth healthier by taking only 3 minutes every day. Comes in small size and lightweight, about half of your hand, it is easy to store in your bag, especially suitable for business trips, travel, and home or office use, etc.

It also has a protection sensor that switches, automatically stops working when open the lid during disinfection mode. When the UV sanitizer box is dormant, it can be activated by opening the lid, then closing it.

All you need to do is open the lid, and place your toothbrush in the product, close the lid, then the sanitization mode will be automatically turned on, after 3 minutes, the sanitization mode will be completed and automatically closed.

Check it out here.

Electric Lunch Box and Portable Food Warmer Heating

The electric lunch box is the must-have travel gadget. It’s very useful for road trips, camping, etc. The electric lunch box is made of food-grade PP plastic and a 304 stainless steel container.

It has a strong heat resistance and meets the safety standards of dietary materials. With this electric lunch box, you don’t need to rely on fast foods because you will have access to warm home-cooked meals.

It contains two different plugs: one for Work/Home (110V) and another one for Cars/Trucks (12V)  so you can use it anywhere from home, bus station, in your vehicle, etc.

Check it out here

Powerful Travel Steamer 7-in-1

Tired of wearing wrinkled clothes when you are on the go? Well, you don’t have to do that anymore.  Check out this portable travel steamer, it is highly effective and very gentle for all kinds of garments or fabrics.

Instantly erase all wrinkles from shirts, dresses to suits. Perfect For last-minute ironing emergencies: The good part is, it is TSA approved in Carry-On Luggage.

Check it out here

Portable Espresso Machine

With this portable espresso machine, you will never miss your espresso time. You can make espresso anytime, anywhere. It only takes up little space and weighs 0.97 lb, very small but it can hold up to 80 ml water and a maximum of 0.53 ounces of ground coffee.

This Portable Espresso Machine is the perfect companion for travel. With access to hot water, you can enjoy real tasty hand espresso at home & office or during hiking, camping, and traveling. Check it out here.

 

Hanging Toiletry Bag

When we travel sometimes we are not sure how our accommodations look like, you can either end up in a tiny room or an average room.  

This toiletry bag will make you comfortable in any environment you don’t have to worry about a bathroom counter or a dresser because you can easily hang it up ina shower or towel rack with a handy top hook, making it easy to view and access stored contents.

It has water repellent fabric and lining to keep your items secure. it’s easy to store in a suitcase, cupboard, or backpack. It has  3 different useful compartments which are the ventilated pocket, mesh pocket, and clear plastic pocket to keep everything organized.

Wet items can be held in the transparent see-through pocket to keep other pockets dry. Check it out here

Leather Passport Holder Cover Case RFID Blocking Travel Wallet

 

Tired of misplacing things when you are traveling? Well, try this GDTK leather passport holder. It’s an organized passport cover that will keep all your passports, air tickets, credit cards, cash in one place.

It has slots to hold a passport, business cards, credit cards, boarding passes sufficiently which gives convenient access to information during boarding and transit. 

Built-in RFID blocking helps prevent personal account information disclosure. RFID Secure Technology, make your travel safe, it can block RFID signals from cards work at a frequency of 13.56 MHz. Ooh did I mentioned it comes with a ball pen as a gift? Yes, it is check it out.

Travel Jewelry Organizer Case 

If you find yourself every time-wasting time trying to untangle your different kinds of jewelry this jewelry organizer is your savior. It helps organize your jewelry according to your needs especially when you are traveling. 

As you know Traditional home jewelry box is too heavy and bulky for outgoing into your luggage.  However, the  BAGSMART  travel jewelry organizer case has a soft roll that has ”Mini”, “S”, and “L” sizes for different needs. It’s good for a  short business trip or weekend trip or daily outgoing, you can take the ”Mini” or “S” with you.

If you are going on a long journey, like 5-15 days or an even longer trip, you can choose “L” for yourself. It can keep your earrings, rings, diamond,  necklaces, bracelets,  brooches, hairpins, watch, and many more preventing them from the tangle and keeping them well organized.

Check it out here.

International Universal All in One Worldwide Travel Adapter

The universal travel adapter is the must-have gadget especially when you are traveling overseas. The NEWVANGA  travel adapter accepts plugs from more than 150 Countries with US/EU/UK/AU.

Built-In safety shutters protect users from the direct touch of the live parts on the socket-outlet. It has a detachable charger that includes 5 different input plugs tightly connect to 1 adaptor. Check it out here

 

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12 Best Romantic Destinations For Valentine’s Day In 2021

In less than two months most people will be celebrating valentine’s day. Valentine’s day is recognized as a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romance and love in many regions of the world.

The celebration usually takes place on February 14th, people usually spend this day with loved ones, going out for a romantic date in a fancy restaurant, sending flowers, cards, or presents, some people proposed to their boyfriends or girlfriends, etc.

Some people prefer a romantic getaway for valentine’s where they can go somewhere like out of town or country and enjoy a new environment, relax and create some memories.

There are many places you can go for a romantic valentine’s day getaway in the U.S. Here are some places that you can make valentine’s memories with your loved ones.

 

1. Amelia Island, Florida

Ocean Under Cloudy Sky

Amelia Island located 30 miles from Jackson, Florida,  it’s well known for its pristine nature and uncrowded beaches, it offers world-class golf, spas, and restaurants, If you are looking for a quiet romantic valentine’s getaway  Amelia Island is a place to be.

On Amelia Island, you do something different and very memorable like enjoying a romantic beachfront horseback ride or hop in a  private sunset cruise yacht.

Another activity you can do is to explore the scenic Amelia Island Trail by riding a bike or hiking, this is a good activity for those who like outdoor activities. 

There is also an opportunity to pamper yourselves with a couples massage at one of the luxury resorts on the island. 

 

2. Aspen, Colorado

forest near body of water under blue sky

Aspen is located in a remote area of the Rocky Mountains’ Sawatch Range and the Elk Mountains. It’s a  popular tourist destination due to its outdoor recreation and amazing ski resorts.

There are a lot of things to do on Valentine’s Day in Aspen, from romantic dinners to fun events and activities.  

 

3. Big Sur, California

green-leafed tree beside beach during daytime

Take an epic road trip and travel to Big Sur and enjoy its spectacular scenery and romantic atmosphere. Big Sur is a peaceful destination on the  California coast that has a lot to offer.

It’s a beautiful valentine’s day getaway for outdoor enthusiasts. You can go hiking on the famous trails and admire the scenery.

If you like to chill at the beach you can stop by Pfeiffer beach, or Sand Dollar Beach and have some atmospheric picnic.

Cape Cod, Massachusetts

people on beach during daytime

Cape Cod is a peninsula located in  Massachusetts, is a very popular summertime destination.  Surrounded by seafood shacks, lighthouses, ponds, and ocean beaches. 

Its unique natural beauty and amazing white-sand beaches make it perfect for a romantic valentine’s day destination. Also, the slow pace of Cape Cod makes it a better place to spend quality time with your loved one.

Enjoy different things such as taking a helicopter ride, strolling at the beach, enjoy the Cap symphony, and eating a variety of fresh seafood.

 

Charleston, South Carolina

white concrete building near green trees during daytime

This largest city in South Carolina is a low-key romantic getaway. Charleston, South Carolina, is a beautiful city filled with historic homes, art galleries, beaches, and tasty Southern cuisine.

While in Charleston you can head to Sullivan’s Island to escape the crowd enjoying this historical island.

To spice up your romance on valentine’s day you can book a cruise just for two with Spirit line cruises where they have different packages to choose from.  

You can also hop on sightseeing cruises that can be memorable too and a wonderful way to explore the city of Charleston.

Kauai, Hawaii

person floating on pool at daytime

Kauai, also known as  Garden Island, offers many different ways for couples to enjoy a  romantic valentine’s getaway.

In  Kauai the couple has an option to relax on secluded beaches, relax in a private luxury villa or go on a hiking adventure along the Napali Coast above the Pacific ocean.  

You can also book a private helicopter tour and enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the island or enjoy stargazing. Kauai is known to be the best place for stargazing.

When it comes to dining Kauhai does deliver the best, to make it more romantic you can choose a dinner cruise with Leila Na Pali Sunset Dinner sail or Na Pali Sunset Buffet Dinner Cruise.

Whatever you choose to do in Kauai, you will never be disappointed.

 

Lanai, Hawaii

body of water during daytime

Lanai, the smallest island in Hawaii, is truly a romantic place for Valentine’s day gateway. The exclusivity of Lanai does make it feel like you are on a different planet.

You can enjoy a luxury resort while indulging in high-end cuisine. A valentine’s day in Lanai is guaranteed to be a memorable experience with your loved one.

Besides dining in fine restaurants, there are a lot of activities like golfing, epic back road adventures such as hiking, horseback rides.

The Lanai experience won’t be satisfied without water activities, and this place has tons of those like diving, snorkeling in tide pools, etc. 

Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

white and brown concrete building near body of water during daytime

Martha’s Vineyard is an island located in Massachusetts. It’s a place where you can relax on quiet beaches, explore the historic Edgartown Lighthouse, and enjoy fine dining.

All this contributes to making this island one of the valentine’s day destinations. For a memorable romantic valentine’s day, book a stay at one of the island’s top hotels, you will get the experience of a lifetime because they have a lot to offer to their guests.

Napa Valley, California

clear wine glasses on table

Napa Valley is the wine-growing region in the U.S and one of the most famous in the world. Known for its cozy wine caverns, vineyards, chic restaurants, luxury hotels, and spa-treatment, it’s not only a wine lover’s paradise it’s also a  valentine’s day romantic getaway.

One can assume that the only thing you can do in Napa Valley is wining and dining that is not true. There are a lot of things you can enjoy with your loved ones such as; visiting the Hess collection Wine & Art museum, there is a lot to learn in this place. 

Hop in a  Napa  Valley wine train tour, is the best way to explore the Napa Valley. You will get to enjoy fine dining and wine tastings, there are different train tours to choose from depending on your needs.

Another thing you can do is to take a break from everything and treat yourself to an amazing spa, or go kayaking and explore the Russian River. 

Savannah, Georgia

green leaf trees

Savannah is a  coastal city located in the state of  Georgia. Savannah is well known for its beautiful coastal landscapes,  well-preserved architecture, and its rich, vibrant history.  

The city of Savannah is one of the best places to visit for a romantic valentine’s day gateway.  There are a lot of things that you can do with your loved ones,  like take a walk in the River Street area where you can enjoy dining and nightlife.

If you want to make your day special, you get Valentine’s day dinner on Savannah Riverboat Cruise and get some dessert at Better Than Sex – A Dessert Restaurant. 

Well, if you want to have more fun than a quiet evening you can head to some dinner and live shows around town where you can have fine dining and entertainment.

 

Sedona, Arizona

green trees near brown mountain under white clouds during daytime

This   Arizona desert town with its majestic red rock scenery and evergreen vegetation makes it easier to express your love.  Whether you are an indoor or outdoor person, Sedona is the best place for a valentine’s romantic gateway.

There are a lot of things to do like hiking in Sedona’s scenic red rocks such as  Slim Shady trail or the courthouse. Hop into a hot air balloon and see dramatic red rock formations, take an astronomy tour and enjoy night skies.

If you are not feeling the outdoor activities, you can enjoy a romantic dinner in some of the fine restaurants around the town. Go for the wine tasting at the Verde Valley Wine trail or better yet go for a spa and enjoy yourself.

 

Willamette Valley, Oregon

plants and trees

Willamette Valley is a 150-mile long valley in the Pacific Northwest region located in  Oregon.  Willamette Valley is best known as a wine lover’s retreat.  It’s home to more than 500 wineries. 

Willamette Valley is truly a valentine’s day destination because it has a lot to offer. Enjoy outdoor adventurers such as fishing, hiking, and biking.

Also, don’t forget to visit  Silver Falls State Park where you can enjoy the waterfall trail and take amazing memorable pictures.

You can stay at one of the region’s luxurious wine country resorts, many of which feature on-site vineyards, spas, and gourmet restaurants, this will be something different and memorable. 

A visit to Willamette Valley will be complete without visiting one of the many wineries in the region where you can taste a variety of local wines while pairing them with delicious foods.

 

 

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27 Best Vacation Destinations For 2021

Many people are looking forward to this pandemic to be over, so they can resume their daily life. One of the things people are looking for is to travel. 

Things are looking good for 2021, the vaccine came out, and more countries are beginning to open or lifting their lockdown while still practicing safety protocols to keep everybody safe.

Airlines and hotels are also following safety protocols, and top of that providing discounts, no fee cancellation or rescheduling for some bookings. You can check airlines or hotels cancellations policies before you do your reservations.

So when it comes to travel, every year we are looking at where we want to travel, what we want to or experience, or where are the best places to travel for the coming vacation or just to scratch our bucket list.

As of now, we are looking at where are the best places to travel in 2021. Here are some places we think you should consider for your 2021 vacation.

Bali, Indonesia

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, Indonesia

Bali is a paradise, it’s a bucket list for many of us. Here you’ll find beaches, volcanoes, and jungles sheltering elephants, and many more. Bali is where you can have your dream luxury vacation for less.

It’s a popular destination if you haven’t seen it on social media you probably heard about it somewhere. 

Buenos Aires, Argentina

cars on road near city buildings during daytime

Buenos Aires, the capital of  Argentina, is also known as the Paris of South America. The city of Buenos Aires it’s also considered one of the most romantic destinations because there’s a lot of romantic things to do.

It’s impossible to be bored in Buenos Aires. There are a lot of amazing restaurants, dance clubs,  nightclubs,  and bars.

If you like tango dancing, ooh well Buenos Aires will be your paradise, you will see some, tango dancing in the streets that you can somehow learn.

Budapest, Hungary.

Budapest, the capital and the most populous city of Hungary, is one of the novelish, fairytale cities in  Europe. Sitting in the River Danube, the city is well known for its famous thermal baths.

There are a lot of things to do in Budapest such as take a tour of the spectacular Neo-Gothic Parliament building, visit The Budapest Pinball Museum, ruin bars, the underground cave system.

Cairo, Egypt 

person standing in front of The Great Spinx, Egypt

Cairo is one of the most ancient cities in the world located on the continent of Africa. This capital of Egypt is sitting on the Nile river,  it has the 3rd largest population in Africa and  1st in the Middle East.

The city has a vibrant culture, wonderful museums, and friendly people, it’s also the home of the Pyramids of Giza, the last of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World.

Cape Town, South Africa

white and brown concrete building near body of water during daytime

Cape Town is the second-most populous city in South Africa.  The city is known for its stunning views, adventure, and history. Cape Town is also known for its wineries, you can take wine tram tours, private wine tours with experts.

If you like adventures you can take Table Mountain Aerial Cableway to get the best views of Cape Town from the top of Table Mountain. You can take a hike up to Lion’s head.

Don’t forget to enjoy the amazing restaurants and many things that Cape Town has to offer.

Cusco, Peru

mountains covered with green leafed trees under blue sky

This ancient  Inca capital is one of the top travel destinations not only in Peru but also in South America. The city of Cusco is 46 to 50 miles away from Machu Picchu. The city has archaeological sites, museums, marketplaces, and many more.  Cusco is those kinds of places you will like to add to your bucket list if you haven’t done it yet.

Dubai, U.A.E

gray high-rise building during nighttime

For years  UAE has proved to be one of the best vacation destinations. Dubai and Abu Dhabi are the most famous cities in the UAE where people like to go to visit. 

Dubai is well known for its modern architecture and its beauty in general, surely it is a must-go vacation destination to cool off from 2020 stress. There is a lot to do in Dubai that will create a lifetime memory such as sightseeing, activities, dining experience, etc. 

You can take a sightseeing tour where you can get a chance to see the tallest building in the world Burj Khalifa in Dubai, visit  Gold and Spice souks, Dubai  Aquarium, underwater zoo, Green planet, Arabian Dune Safari,  stroll at the Dubai  Mall,   and many more.

If you have time you can take 2hrs to see Sheikh Zayad Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi.

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Dubrovnik, Croatia

aerial view of town near body of water

Dubrovnik is a city in Croatia, one of the most prominent tourist destinations in the Mediterranean Sea.

The city is popular for its spectacular seafront location on the Dalmatian Coast and offers numerous cultural activities and festivals.

You can enjoy  Dubrovnik by walking around its picturesque winding streets,  visiting the   Cathedral of Assumptions, cliffside beach bars, without forgetting the  Dubrovnik Old Town.

Hanoi, Vietnam.

woman carrying woven tray and white pail while walking on wet market

Hanoi is the capital and second-largest city of Vietnam.  Hanoi is known for silks and handicrafts,  delectable cuisine, and vibrant nightlife. Hanoi is a multicultural city that’s made up of Chinese, French and Russian influences.

The city has a busy street life, there are a lot of things to do like visiting historical sites like Hoa Lo Prison, Museum of Ethnology, enjoying the best view of Hanoi at Lotte Tower Observation Deck and visiting some temples.

Don’t forget to take a stroll and enjoy all the street foods the city of Hanoi has to offer.

Ibiza, Spain

white yacht

Ibiza is one of the beautiful Spanish islands, is not only known for its scenic beaches, but it’s also known for its nightlife. If you like electronic /techno dance music, and club scenes, in general, this is the must-go place. There are plenty of things to do in Ibiza and you will never get bored of this place.

Kruger National Park, South Africa. 

herd of elephant standing near body of water

Another place to go if you like a safari vacation is  Kruger National Park in  South Africa.

The park is one of the largest game reserves with a high density of wild animals including the Big 5,  which are lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and buffalos.

Kruger National Park has safari experiences of all kinds, it’s a great escape from busy city life and gets back to nature.

Lisbon, Portugal

low angle photo of concrete castle

Lisbon is the capital and the largest city of Portugal. It is best known for its tradition of Fado music, ornate architecture, and full of colonial history.

It is the Mediterranean’s hidden gem, there is a lot of sightseeing and activities, and the restaurants offer delicious menus for all tastes and diets. The city is close to beautiful sand beaches that give you relaxation. 

Marrakesh, Morocco

brown and white house with green trees and green grass

Marrakesh is the fourth largest city in Morocco. Marrakech has famous palaces and is also known as the city of luxury, with  5-star restaurants, luxury spas. You will always be amazed at the city’s vibrant colors, aromatic dishes, surely the city of Marrakesh to offer.

While you are there make sure you visit the botanic garden Jardin Majorelle, Maison de la Photographie, Musée Yves Saint Laurent a museum dedicated to Yves Saint Laurent’s couture legacy and has a permanent display of hundreds of garments spanning his 40-year career.

Designer Yves Saint Laurent spent some of his lifetimes in Marrakech and he even bought the Jardin Majorelle in the 80s if you are into fashion somehow you knew about this.

Don’t forget to visit the Soukous and collect some souvenirs.

Napa Valley, Calfornia 

people sitting on picnic tables during daytime

Napa Valley in California Wine Country is one of the world’s famous wine regions located in the United States. Napa Valley has more than 375 wineries that are open for tastings and more than 80  urban tasting rooms. 

This wine country region is known for its world-class wine, as well as beautiful scenery without forgetting the perfect weather year-round. 

Napa Valley is also the home of several  Michelin-star restaurants, and luxurious accommodations and spas. Napa Valley is good for a weekend getaway or whatever you prefer.

New Orleans, U.S.A

brown and gray 3-story building

New Orleans is also known as  NOLA, or Big Easy is a city located in the state of Louisiana on the Mississippi River.  

New Orleans is one of the lively cities because of its round-the-clock nightlife, street music, festivals, and many more. 

This is a city full of festivals and adventures, if you are looking to explore historical sites, eating and drinking while enjoying famous festivals like Essence festival, or Jazz festival, NoLa will be your place to go.

New York City, U.S.A

New York City is one of the world’s most exciting cities. Its true definition of a melting pot, with beautiful architecture, different cultures and cuisines, festivals, and many more things to explore and do.

There are a lot of places you can visit besides restaurants, you can visit one of the largest art museums in the word The Metropolitan Museum of Art, enjoy a show at Broadway, take a stroll at Central Park who knows you might bump into the filming of your favorite show or favorite actor/actress filming a movie.

New Zealand

aerial view of beach with mountains

This small island nation located in the Pacific Ocean is famous for its picturesque landscape,  and its indigenous Maori culture. New Zealand is a dream place for nature lovers.

There are a lot of outdoor adventures, wellness retreats, and natural wonders. The country is known for its best farm-to-table dining.

There are a lot of places to visit and enjoy while vacationing in New Zealand such as exploring Middle Earth, visit Auckland also known as City of Sails, visit the country’s capital Wellington.

While you visit  Wellington don’t leave without going to, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa also known as Te Papa.

Paris, France

aerial view photography of city

Paris, the capital of France, is one of the most iconic cities in the world. Paris is also known as the City of Light or the City of Love, is home to famous landmarks such as Arc de Triomphe,  the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Louvre Museum, and many more. The streets of Paris overflow with culture, art, beauty, and history.  

Phuket, Thailand

boats on sea near mountain during daytime

Phuket located in Thailand is the country’s largest island as we know Thailand has more than a thousand islands. Phuket, Thailand has something for everyone,  it is known for its tranquility and amazing beaches.

If you are a beach lover, Phuket is the place to be but there some other things you can enjoy and make your vacation memorable such a taking a trip to Wat Chalong,  a tour to The Chalong Bay Rum Distillery, visit  Tiger kingdom, Phuket Town Weekend Night Market and many many more.

Rome, Italy

brown concrete house

Rome is the capital of Italy. The city of Rome is known for its stunning architecture. There are a lot of attractions in this amazing city such as the Trevi Fountain,   the Colosseum, and the Pantheon.

While in Rome you will also have an opportunity to visit the smallest country in the world  Vatican City. Tons of things to do in this beautiful city don’t forget the amazing restaurants, designer stores and many more. 

Salzburg, Austria

white concrete building near green trees during daytime

Salzburg is the fourth-largest city in Austria. Salzburg is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. The city is known for its  Baroque architecture, the city also hosts a series of opera, concerts, theatre performances, and the Salzburg Festival. 

Salzburg is where the movie “The Sound of Music” was shot. . There is a lot to explore when it comes to history, art, music, and culinary.

You will never be bored when you are in Salzburg, no matter what time of the year. The city’s also known for its famous Christmas festivals and Christmas markets.

Don’t forget to visit  Mirabell Palace  for the best Christmas markets

Santiago, Chile

aerial photography of city during night

Santiago is the capital and largest city of  Chile. The city of Santiago is known as one of the cosmopolitan cities in the world.

The city is surrounded by handicraft markets, art galleries, design shops and is also famous for its lively Latino nightlife.

There are a lot of places to visit while in Santiago such as the La Chascona museum, Bellavista neighborhood, Cerro Santa Lucia, Cerro Stan Cristobal, and many more.

Santorini, Greece

white buildings near body of wter

Santorini is a volcanic island in Greece, It is famous for dramatic views, stunning sunsets in Oia, nice beaches with clear blue waters.

It is one of the most popular destinations, you can enjoy your vacation by visiting the Santo winery where you can enjoy Greek Wines, delicious Greek cuisines, hiking on the top of the Santorini volcano, and many more. Surely a trip to Santorini will be a memorable vacation.

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

zebra on brown grass field during daytime

The Serengeti National Park is a Tanzanian national park in the Serengeti ecosystem.  

Serengeti is well known for its annual migration of millions of wildebeests plus hundreds of thousands of gazelles and zebras, followed by their predators, providing one of the most impressive nature spectacles in the world.

The best primary reason to visit Serengeti National Park is to witness The Great Migration, which usually is around  July. There are other activities such as camping, safari balloon, safari tour groups.

The Maldives

green palm trees near body of water

This nation of islands in the Indian Ocean has been a tourist attraction and one of the amazing vacation destinations. Five percent of the planet’s reef can be found in the Maldives.

The reefs are home to a thousand species of fish and come with an explosion of color and corals.  If you like the beach vacation the Maldives will be the perfect fit for you. 

A lot of activities to do such as scuba diving, snorkeling, visit the Male fish market or get some spa treatment, etc.

Tokyo, Japan

photo of people crossing road

Tokyo, the capital of Japan, is the largest metropolitan in the world and one of the world’s most modern cities in terms of its infrastructure and design.

There’s a lot to explore in the city such as temples, the Aqua Zoo, Tsukiji Fish Market, Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Tokyo National Museum, and many more. 

Vancouver, Canada. 

body of water near building during daytime

Vancouver is one of the major cities in Canada. surrounded by water and close to the mountains. Vancouver is where you can enjoy fresh, local seafood, especially salmon.

You can enjoy this beautiful city by taking a boat tour or sightseeing cruise, which are available throughout the city. Vancouver it’s also known for its outdoor recreation and adventures.

If you love outdoor life then Vancouver is your place. The city is offering a lot of outdoor sports and adventure, from kayaking, hiking, camping, skiing, and mountain ziplining.

The adventures depend on the season; there are winter and summer adventures.  Don’t forget to dine in their amazing restaurants, visit the parks around the city such as the famous Stanley Park.