Having just spent two weeks in Europe in various countries and cultures, one thing has become clear to me: America is doing it wrong. Don’t get me wrong, America tends to get a lot of stuff right (though recently I have been questioning that assertion), but in some areas the Europeans have got the leg up on us. Here is a list of 5 ways America needs to be more like Europe.
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.
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.
Name: Elias Pfeifer
Location: Pasto, Nariño, Colombia
Number of Countries Visited:15
Last Country Visited: Colombia (still here)
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!
Sometimes it can’t be helped. You have a super long connection time between flights. Or maybe you planned a long layover on purpose so that you could quickly explore a new city and country. Either way, some cities make it even easier for travelers who want to be explores by offering free layover tours. Check out some destinations where you can explore a new place and save money with free layover tours.
The Olympics are fast approaching. Rio has been in the news for a number of issues surrounding the Olympics, one of which being the Zika virus outbreak. Many other countries are also seeing increasing numbers of cases as well. Nadeen of The Sophisticated Life is an M.D. who has written a comprehensive piece on what you need to know about Zika virus. Here is some crucial need-to-know information.
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Zaakirah is a photographer, travel blogger, and survivor. She weighs in on things she learned about traveling and love, and how the two intersected for her.
For this week’s tip, we consulted with Rhyse of Rhyse Roams, an airline retiree, to give us the deets on the buddy pass situation. Check out her detailed insights!
Whether it’s an electronics store, car dealership, or clothing store, many companies offer a friends-and-family discount. You’ve heard or seen the ads when these companies have sales going on or perhaps you have a friend that offers you the hookup for a much-coveted discount from their employer. Most airlines do this as well. They come in the form of what is commonly called a buddy pass.
Buddy passes are extremely discounted tickets that airline employees are allowed to dole out to some very lucky recipients. But, are recipients really lucky to get these? Here is some information, tips, and rules to maximizing the benefit of these perks.
I am an accommodations snob. There, I said it. I always try to book great accommodations at a reasonable rate. So when I learned that I was staying at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Temecula, courtesy of Visit Temecula Valley, for a wine-tasting excursion with my dad for Father’s Day, I was hopeful—yet admittedly, a bit nervous—about whether the property would meet my typically high expectations.
It far exceeded them.
Summer break is filled with endless possibilities. You can travel, or stay at home. You can devote sometime in the summer to take a class in order to make room for a more desirable class next school year or to complete your school’s requirements. Or, maybe sports are a priority. Sometimes I find myself struggling to find things to do, and I fall into the “I’m bored” trap. I have some solutions for those who find themselves or their kids in similar situations. Here is a list of things for kids to do in the summer without traveling.