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National Rum Month at The Island Spot’s New Rum Bar

As National Rum Month comes to a close, I am actually really disappointed in myself. I am sad to say that I didn’t indulge in nearly enough of the island spirit or its accompanying fruity cocktails. Rum is my liquor of choice, and I have snagged a number of varieties throughout the Caribbean. Seriously, nothing beats a good Caribbean rum, and for those of you in Dallas, you may want to hit up one of my favorite spots, The Island Spot, and try its new rum bar.

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7 Things to Never Pack in Your Checked Bag

I will be the first to admit that I am not #TeamCarryOn, so checked bags are a way of life for me. But even I know that there are certain things to never pack in your checked baggage. No one is perfect, and airlines clearly adhere to that rule. Employees are only human, and sometimes things get misplaced, put on the wrong plane, miss the flight, or even worse, get stolen. But there are simple ways you can avoid a bad situation by keeping certain items out of your checked baggage.

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BarrisTourista’s Top Three Websites for Finding a Travel Deal

The idea is to travel fabulously but do it cheaply. I hate paying full price for things. So when I stumbled upon these three sites for finding a travel deal, I was super excited. There are others that are great sites as well, but here are the three picks that have helped me find unbeatable deals in the last year or so. And since so many people have been asking lately, we thought we would revive this oldie but goodie post to share my top three websites for finding a travel deal.

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So You Want to Go to Cuba? Visa Requirements

President Obama made a historic visit to Cuba earlier this year, and since that time, the relaxing of tensions between the U.S. and Cuba have sparked new interest in the country amongst travelers. Commercial flights are starting from various airports across the U.S., and the first Starwood property has opened its doors in Havana. But can just anybody hop a plane to Cuba? Before you book your ticket, it’s best that you learn about the Cuba visa requirements for travelers.

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Frequent Flier Sound Off: Elias Pfeifer

Ever bought a one-way ticket and ended up on a seven-month trip? In this month’s Frequent Flier Sound Off Elias Pfeifer details how he finally decided to save up and go, buying a one-way ticket to Central America…and not looking back. 

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Name: Elias Pfeifer

Location: Pasto, Nariño, Colombia

Occupation: Teacher

Number of Countries Visited:15

Last Country Visited: Colombia (still here)

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Summertime Family Vacation in Las Vegas

This summer I returned to another familiar destination that I had been to once before. ‘Twas the vivacious, lively, wonderful Las Vegas for an encore visit. The last time my family visited was spring break of 2015.  This time around, we made it a summer trip. And boy was it hot!

I got to spend precious time with friends and family, revisit the Strip, see a Cirque Du Soleil show, eat some good food, explore, relax, and cool off in friends’ awesome pool to beat the heat. In addition to all of that, my sister and I made an appearance on the local news in Las Vegas thanks to the professional, charismatic, talented, and humble Krystal Allan!

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