Author: Michael Flynn

My name is Michael Flynn and I am a lifelong world traveler. I have visited over 100 countries and have stepped foot on each continent. I love to visit new places, meet new people, and try cultural foods.

7 Money Saving Travel Hacks

7 Money Saving Travel Hacks

Traveling is awesome — seeing new sights, eating innovative foods, and spending time with other people. It’s one of the best ways to spend your time and money. But it can be expensive, leaving you with empty pockets and a lighter wallet. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to save money on travel. Here are some tips to keep a bit of cash in your pocket while seeing the country or the world.

1.) Start planning early

The earlier you book your flight, the better. When it comes to airfare and hotels, prices fluctuate constantly and for many reasons. The more time you have to shop around (and the more attention you pay to those fluctuations), the better chance you’ll have to grab a great deal — whether that means booking six months in advance for flights or two months in advance for hotels.

2.) Fly on Tuesdays and Wednesdays

7 Money Saving Travel Hacks

Flying midweek is a cost-cutting secret that most people don’t know about. When you’re looking at flights, take note of their departure and arrival times. Flights departing on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday tend to be more expensive than those departing on Tuesday or Wednesday. That’s because fewer business travelers fly over the weekend and more vacationers are flying then.

If you can fly midweek, you can save money by booking your travel for Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday to avoid peak airfare prices over the weekend.

3.) Use credit cards that offer bonus points for travel

Credit cards aren’t just for emergencies. Sure, you should use credit only for what you can pay back, but many credit cards offer special perks like airline miles, reward points, and even cash back on purchases. If you use one responsibly and pay your monthly balances in full, you can make it to your next destination sooner than you think.

Additionally, if you have a card with the right perks while traveling, it can save money on fees like foreign transaction fees or ATM charges — and get you a discount on some travel costs.

Before choosing a card (or two), make sure to do your research so that “saving money” doesn’t become “I hope I don’t buy too much stuff and end up racking up tons of interest!”

4.) Read the fine print when you book a flight to see if it is refundable or changeable

When you’re booking a flight, carefully read all the rules and requirements. Identify whether your ticket is refundable or if it’s changeable. Know what the cancellation policy is for the airline you’re traveling with, and know that most airlines won’t reimburse you for your hotel stay if your trip is canceled.

Understand what happens if your flight gets delayed or canceled. Do they offer hotel accommodations? What happens if you miss your flight because of a delay in an earlier leg of your trip? What happens if you need to change your flight because of illness or emergency? What happens if you need to cancel your trip altogether? Knowing the answers to these questions will help ensure you get reimbursed for any unforeseen expenses on both ends of the spectrum.

5. )Don’t purchase travel insurance through an airline

7 Money Saving Travel Hacks

You may be tempted to buy travel insurance from the airline offering a discount on your flight. Don’t do it! Airline travel insurance usually has a lot of fine print and loopholes that can cause you more problems than they prevent. For example, airline travel insurance is not required to reimburse you if the airline goes bankrupt or changes your flight schedule.

In addition, airline-provided policies often require you to pay for the entire trip again if you need to cancel for any reason — even if you’ve only paid half of it so far. Instead, get your travel coverage from an independent company like InsureMyTrip or Travel Guard. You’ll typically have better — and much easier to understand — coverage at a lower price through these providers than through an airline’s website.

6.) Pack light to avoid baggage fees

Traveling light can save you a lot of money. Some airlines are notorious for charging extra on seemingly everything, including bags. These airlines also charge for carry-on baggage items that exceed their size requirements, which can often be as little as 18 inches by 14 inches by 8 inches (45 cm by 35 cm by 20 cm). If you don’t want your backpack or duffel bag taken from you before getting on the plane because it exceeds the permitted dimensions, purchase a bag that meets the carry-on dimension requirements of the airline you’re flying with. Along with saving money, this will prevent hassles related to lost or damaged luggage.

Pack clothes that don’t wrinkle easily and can be used multiple times without looking dirty or worn out. Dresses and nice shirts tend to wrinkle easily and can only be used for one day at a time before you need to wash them (unless they’re black). Wearing clothes multiple times between washes means you need to pack fewer items, which makes traveling lighter much easier. It also will save time and reduce stress during the packing process. It might seem like common sense, but many people overpack unnecessarily because they think they need more than they actually do and they end up not using most of it.

7.) Skip expensive restaurants for light meals

7 Money Saving Travel Hacks

Buy bottled water, snacks, and toiletries at the local grocery store rather than buying them in your hotel to save money. The reusable bag will save you money (and the environment) when it’s time to check your luggage. Use your own devices or hot spot instead of paying for in-room WiFi when you stay at hotels.

You may have noticed that sometimes hotels charge up to $20 a night for what can be spotty WiFi service. That’s money you could use for something more fun like amusement park tickets! So, instead of giving the hotel your hard-earned cash, use your own hot spot if you have one, or even better, use the data on your phone and turn it into a hot spot.  It’s easy to do, and you’ll save a ton of money on this service.

Try not to eat meals at restaurants near tourist destinations because they are more expensive than local spots farther away from the crowds. Tourists are an easy target for restaurants looking to make extra money. If you’re willing to walk a few blocks, you can often find much better food at local prices.

It’s not good for the local economy if everyone is funneled into a few tourist-oriented spots. It’s more fun to experience the city like a local, and that includes eating where the locals do.

There are many ways to save money on travel if you plan ahead. Organization is key! As the adage goes, “failing to plan is planning to fail.” With careful organization and a little pre-planning, you can save a lot of money on your travels. Here are other tips:

  • Use rewards credit cards to accumulate points for free flights.
  • Use travel aggregator sites like kayak.com or skyscanner.com to compare prices between airlines and airports before booking a flight to get the cheapest price available.
  • If you’re going on an international trip, don’t exchange your currency at the airport; it’s more expensive than exchanges in town or online through an established exchange company like Xe.com.

The Bottom Line

Ultimately, there are many ways to save money when traveling. It depends on how much you’re willing to sacrifice. Planning is the most important thing. Research your destination thoroughly before you leave and find the methods of travel that will cost the least money possible. Enjoy your next vacation without straining your budget.

About the Author: Michael Flynn

My name is Michael Flynn and I am a lifelong world traveler. I have visited over 100 countries and have stepped foot on each continent. I love to visit new places, meet new people, and try cultural foods.

5 Games to Keep Kids Entertained When Traveling

5 Games to Keep Kids Entertained When Traveling

Are we there yet? I’m bored. Stop touching me?

If this sounds familiar then you have probably taken a family vacation or traveled to visit family during the holidays with your kids. Vacations and holidays are fun and can create lasting memories for you and your children but getting there is another story.

With the holidays right around the corner, I know many of you (including myself) will be hitting the highway or the friendly skies to visit family.  And it is a good idea to have a strategy and be prepared for when boredom hits.

5 Games to Keep Kids Entertained When Traveling

While having movies, apps, and video games is helpful there is no reason to throw out your rules on limiting electronics just because you are on a trip. Doctors often say that too much electronics stimulus can cause attention problems, sleep issues, and can actually over stimulate children, thus making the car or airplane ride even worse.

Even the kids will get tired to watching movies, or playing on their Nintendo, iPad or cell phone. Here are a few oldies but goodies that my kids have played while they are stuck in the car.

Travel Games For Kids

5 Games to Keep Kids Entertained When Traveling

 

1.) Travel Bingo

Of all the games I’m presenting here, this takes the most preparation.  You can buy travel bingo games, but where’s the fun in that?  Before the trip, spend some time and collect images that you may see on your journey such as road signs, airports, and police cars. Print the images into grids, one for each potential player. Depending on the attention span of your children, give each grid 10-20 images. Some images can be used on more than one grid, but every grid must have two or three images that are unique to that grid, to prevent dead heats and arguments. Give each child a grid and a pencil – when they see something on their grid, they can cross it off, and the winner is the first to cross them all off. If the game proves popular with your children, you can print the grids on card, laminate them, and mark them off with a dry erase marker. If you don’t have time to  make our own grids, they are available as well, but be careful to select cards that suit your journey.

2.) I Spy

This classic game is where one of the passengers starts out and says I Spy With My Little Eye something blue… then the others in the car try to guess it.  If somebody guesses correctly, it is their turn. If everybody gives up, the person giving the clue takes another turn.  Points may be awarded the one who guessed correctly.  The one problem with this game is that when the car is flying down the road at 75 miles per hour, if all eyes are focusing out in front of the car, they may miss the intended object.

3.) License Tag Hunt

This is a game my children and I play every time we are stuck in the car during long trips.  I print out a list of all of the states.  Then while we are riding in the car, we try and see who can find a car license plate for each of states. Then we check off the states that we find license plates for.  This game can be played as a team or individually.

4.) Banana

I’m not sure what the real name for this game is but I’m calling it Banana.  My kids and I play this game ALL the time.  There are two types of car you look for.  (1) You look for a yellow vehicle.  Whoever sees it first yells out “Banana” and when the other players confirm it, that person gets a point.  (2) You look for a Volkswagen bug.  That’s is called a “Punch Buggy”.  If someone were you to see a yellow Volkswagen bug, then they yell out, “Punch Buggy Banana“.  This can be a lot of fun to see who can find the cars first.  Sometimes we even add other colored cars to the mix too like orange for an orange car and marshmallow for a white car and so on.

5.) Pass the Monster

This is a game where you fold a piece of paper in half if there are only 2 players and the first person draws the head and upper half of a monster.  Then they turn the paper over and pass to the other player.  That person then has to draw the bottom half of the monster.  Then you unfold the paper to see the monster that has been created.  The drawings can get pretty wacky.

Conclusion

5 Games to Keep Kids Entertained When Traveling

These are some great example of travel games to keep your kids occupied. They work in the car, on airplanes and even in a lobby or airport. Make sure to remember the basics – bring items with as few parts as possible and items that are completely self contained. The best items also have an element of cooperative play so that with a little planning you can start creating those family memories as soon as you get on your way.  Enjoy your holiday travel and be safe.

About the Author: Michael Flynn

My name is Michael Flynn and I am a lifelong world traveler. I have visited over 100 countries and have stepped foot on each continent. I love to visit new places, meet new people, and try cultural foods.

5 Tips to Find Affordable Travel Deals!

America is a traveler’s dream destination indeed. For those who would like to see and experience the beauty of the US, but are not willing to pay top dollars for it, here are 5 very helpful tips on how to find the most affordable travel deals.

1.) Discount codes and travel coupons are big in the US.

Travel Promo Code

In the US, almost everything else can be bought at a discount, including travel deals. Don’t be afraid to shop around and surf online for exciting coupon codes to use. Consult websites like Hotwire, Expedia, and Priceline. You may even book everything from the same place so you can maximize your savings. Find out which site you’ll score the biggest discount. Avail from them all of the services you need, such as flight tickets, hotel room, and car rental.

2.) Skip the tours.

Skip the tours

You might be tempted to enlist with a tour group to get to the best spots in the country. But really, you don’t have to do that. If can speak and understand the English language fairly well, all you really need is a good travel book and a map to take you around. Backpackers always have a great experience in the US. And you certainly will if you’re bold enough.

3.) Use the local transportation for transfers.

Taxi

Hotel room transfers may sound very convenient. But if you are a little too edgy to pay extra dollars for that luxury, remember that there is a taxi stand at all the airports in the US. The chances are high that the driver knows where your hotel is located. So go out and ride one. Let good old Joe show you around. Sometimes, a taxi cab ride is better than a guided tour!

4.) Continental Breakfast? Nah!

Breakfast

Luxury hotels may entice you with their free Continental Breakfast offering. But an all-American breakfast is better, tastier, and cheaper, if you know where to get it. If you can do without the breakfast offering of your hotel do so. After all, you can always run to the nearest Applebee’s for a meal. And there are way too many fast foods in the US; with most of them offering discounted coupon meals at that. So never worry, you won’t go hungry. You may also shop at any grocery store to grab some snacks.

5.) Get a National Park Pass

National Park Pass

If you have the pass, then you won’t have to pay an entrance fee for all the parks that you would like to see. This is a very convenient money-saving deal for all tourists to the US. Keep in mind that the national parks are the highlights of an American tour. So never arrive without it.

About the Author: Michael Flynn

My name is Michael Flynn and I am a lifelong world traveler. I have visited over 100 countries and have stepped foot on each continent. I love to visit new places, meet new people, and try cultural foods.

Ten Must See Sights in Washington, DC!

If you happen to be in Washington, DC whether it is for business or pleasure, do not leave the place until you’ve visited these ten must see sights.

Must See In D.C.

1.) The White House

Ten Must See Sights in Washington DC - The White House

The most obvious attraction of Washington, DC is the White House. Home to the most powerful man in the world, the White House attracts millions of tourists per year. Most tourists are content just to see the White House beyond its gates. However, you can schedule to have a walking tour of the White House’s East Wing by contacting your Member of Congress.

2.) The International Spy Museum

Ten Must See Sights in Washington DC - The International Spy Museum

The US-Russian Cold War is one major event in US history, which is given emphasis in this museum. Revisit the past covert activities between the US and Russia by visiting this museum.

3.) The Capitol

Ten Must See Sights in Washington DC - US Capitol

Another architectural feat that you should visit in this district is the Capitol building which houses both the Senate and the House of Representatives. Visiting the Capitol is free, but there are limited tickets given away on a daily basis. Be sure to get in line early to avail of one.

4.) Arlington National Cemetery

Ten Must See Sights in Washington DC - Arlington National Cemetery

Give respect to the hundreds of thousands of American soldiers that sacrificed for freedom by visiting the Arlington National Cemetery. Take a gander at JFK’s eternal flame and experience the tranquility of the place, especially in early morning visits.

5.) Monuments by Moonlight Tour

Ten Must See Sights in Washington DC - Monuments by Moonlight Tour

Although you can see them during the daytime, you should experience a three-hour walking tour of the monuments under the moonlight. You will notice that the illumination of the monuments during the night gives them a more revered look.

6.) The Smithsonian Institute

Ten Must See Sights in Washington DC - The Smithsonian Institute

If museums are your thing, then visiting the Smithsonian Institute cluster of museums is a must do. However, you must choose which museums to visit since you cannot visit all of them in just one day.

7.) Old Town Trolley Tour

Ten Must See Sights in Washington DC - Old Town Trolley Tour

Experience Washington, DC by riding on the old town trolley which will pass more than a hundred points of interest. You can take your time visiting each point since your ticket will allow you a day of getting on and off the trolley.

8.) US National Zoological Park and US Botanic Gardens

Ten Must See Sights in Washington DC - US National Zoological Park and US Botanic Gardens

If you are fond of nature, then these two parks are two places that you must visit.

9.) Georgetown

Ten Must See Sights in Washington DC - Georgetown

Head over to Georgetown for some great shopping and dining experiences while walking on century old cobblestone streets.

10.) The US Supreme Court

Ten Must See Sights in Washington DC - The US Supreme Court

See in action the lawyers and the judges on America’s highest court. Or you may just marvel at the Greek classical structure that they are housed in.

Make the most of your Washington DC trip by exploring these 10 places

About the Author: Michael Flynn

My name is Michael Flynn and I am a lifelong world traveler. I have visited over 100 countries and have stepped foot on each continent. I love to visit new places, meet new people, and try cultural foods.

Top 10 Places To Visit In The UK

Top 10 Places To Visit In The UK - London

Often referred to as Great Britain (GB) or simply Britain, this Island Country to the north-west of European Mainland has been such a marketable tourist destination for decades. Such immense appeal is largely attributed to the amazingly stupendous topographic settings as well as its rich cultural diversity and heritage that traverses several millennia.

Consisting of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, this world-renown superpower is fascinatingly only as big as the state of Texas, if not smaller. This is however a plus to your vacation pleasures as you can easily explore the whole country from one coast to the next simply by train or a bus.

10.) Loch Ness

Top 10 Places To Visit In The UK - Lockness

Home to the mythical Loch Ness monsters, the Spectacular Loch Ness has been a popular tourist attraction for centuries. The picturesque scenery presented beyond you is a sight to behold. You get the chance to view the Urquhart Castle from the 14th Century as well as the Loch Ness Exhibition Centre with its whole history recounted.

9.) Cardiff: Welsh Capital

Top 10 Places To Visit In The UK - Cardiff

From the spectacular historic Castles to the magnificently indicative sceneries, Cardiff city in Wales is absolutely inspiring. Visit the Cardiff Castle, an immense historic masterpiece that has stood the test of time since the 11th Century. Shop in the various Victorian Shopping arcades including The Hayes and Cardiff bay. Also treat yourself to the sundry of Welsh delicacies as you enjoy the galleries and theater experiences on the vibrant Mermaid Quay.

8.) Canterbury

Top 10 Places To Visit In The UK - Canterbury

Standing just an hour’s train ride from London, this historic cathedral City listed as UNESCO world heritage site lies along the River Stour and has been a tourist attraction Centre for over 1500 years. The major attraction here is the centuries-old Canterbury, home to the Archbishop of Canterbury, which is a manifestation of baroque architecture of the Britons of the early days. These alongside the Canterbury Tales and the outstanding Canterbury Roman Museum will entice any tourist to this small historical City.

7.) Liverpool and Manchester

Top 10 Places To Visit In The UK - Manchester

The two cities to the North of England and bordering Scotland and Wales are homes to even more diverse cultural heritage. The highlights here include the Manchester cathedral, the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester art gallery and Chinatown. Down at Liverpool, the Beatles Story in the Albert Docks area, Merseyside Maritime Museum and Walker art gallery.

6.) The University Towns of Cambridge and Oxford

Top 10 Places To Visit In The UK - Cambridge

No one can resist the chance to visit two of the world’s most famous Universities, better still when the chance presents itself in one single hop-on hop-off bus ride and the monumental institutions are a paltry 128 kilometers apart.

5.) Medieval York and its Minster

Top 10 Places To Visit In The UK - York

Also in northern England, the Medieval York boasts one of the most marvelous Gothic cathedral designs, an architectural masterpiece, in all of England stretching way back to the 3rd century. Complimented with the impressionistic interior artistry, this is definitely worth your viewing time.

4.) The Cotswold and the Lake District

Top 10 Places To Visit In The UK - Lake District

These could be described as the Idyllic pasturelands of England and are a portrayal of anything English that is pleasant and peaceful. Located just next to the popular Bath and Bristol, these overwhelmingly photographed regions of the UK include Gloucestershire and Warwickshire counties.

3.) Historic Windsor and the Stonehenge

Top 10 Places To Visit In The UK - Stonehenge

Enriched with Thames-side settings and cobblestone lane-ways, Windsor is home to the Windsor Castle which has served as summertime home to the royal British family for a millennium. Also head down to the planet’s oldest pilgrimage that has stood for over 4500 years – The Stonehenge. This world heritage site was erected initially as a worship place but has since hosted traffics of tourists wishing to witness the display of Man’s ingenuity.

2.) Edinburgh

Top 10 Places To Visit In The UK - Edinburgh

Scotland’s capital is one of the most attractive cities in Britain. Highlighted by Edinburgh Castle – a gothic historical royal fortress rested above the old city – which has played host to numerous sight-seers since the 13th century, Edinburgh will sure to capture your essence with incomparably rich variety of picturesque attractions.

1.) London – UK’s Ultimate destination

Top 10 Places To Visit In The UK - London

The English capital and the home to the Queen is easily the ultimate destination for anyone planning to visit the UK. Throbbing with life and vibrant at worst, the metropolis offers a rich variety of mystic sights that have stood the test of time and are paranormal at best. Starting from the Tower of London located next to the River Thames, you move down to the royal Buckingham palace – host to the Royal family since Queen Victoria – where you enjoy the pomp of the Changing of Guard. Westminster Abbey down the Whitehall road is another must see cryptic edifice. Your excursion is not complete if you don’t visit the wide range of museums handy in the capital.

About the Author: Michael Flynn

My name is Michael Flynn and I am a lifelong world traveler. I have visited over 100 countries and have stepped foot on each continent. I love to visit new places, meet new people, and try cultural foods.

Top 10 Places To Visit In The USA

My wife and I have a dream that when we retire or win the lottery we will buy a van and travel around the United States. We’re not interested in going aboard because there is so much to see right here in the United States. Listed below are the top 10 places to visit in the USA.

10.) Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville, North Carolina

Using a mixture of cosmopolitan flair and Southern charm Asheville is beaming with restaurants with boutiques and street musicians. In July of each year there is a street festival called the Bele Chere where people flood the downtown area. They enjoy a children’s play area, music, food and enjoy the art. Of course Asheville is known for the 8,000 acre and 250 room of the Biltmore House where you can take a public tour. Thomas Wolfe Memorial is here because this is where the author grew up.

9.) Denver, Colorado

Denver, Colorado

Here you can find the 23 acre Botanic Garden and the zoo. You can visit the Museum of Nature and Science and the Denver Art Museum. There are more than 500 shops and restaurants to see as you walk down the mile long 16th street mall. To make sure you get plenty of exercise you can bike along 850 miles of paved trails that can connect with a network of larger dirt trails. You can pick up a bike at one station and leave it at another when you sign up for the city’s bike sharing program.

8.) Southern Utah

Southern Utah

Where the natural playground of Southern Utah where lies the North rim of the Grand Canyon along with Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, Lake Powell. There are also five state parks here in Kane County where the wonders are in abundance. You can go playing golf, camping, four wheeling, hiking and view rock formations and red rocks that are mind boggling. You can visit old movie sets in Frontier Movie Town where a lot of the old Western movies were made.

7.) California Coast

California Coast

Oh the adventures in the wine country are unforgettable. You can tour the wineries and drive the Pacific Coast Highway. Then you can visit the Hearst Castle and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. You have the option of scuba diving in Monterey Bay or to explore the Big Sur coast near Carmel. The downtown shops and restaurants of San Luis Obispo will keep you busy and you can shop till you drop or you can take a 90 drive north to Los Angeles if you prefer bigger shopping trips.

6.) Alaska

Alaska

Denali National Park showcases some of the wild terrain of the United States. This is the home of Mt. McKinley which stands 20,000 foot tall. You can take a bus trip along the Denali Park Road which is the park’s only road and is 92 miles long. Included in the bus ride will be more of a chance to see the animals, since the animals are more used to the noises of the bus and are less likely to run away and the noises from the hikers scare them away.

5.) New Orleans

New Orleans

New Orleans is famous for the Mardi Gras and fabulous French Quarter. With strong diverse cultural roots it is home to a world famous music scene. After the devastation of Hurricane Katrina New Orleans had to be rebuilt and when they rebuilt they made a new program which is called voluntourism. This is where the people that visit their city help with the rebuilding of New Orleans. If you want to be involved in this you can be but you don’t have to, you can just come to relax, have fun and party. Go to Audubon Park where there are lakes and nature trails or visit the historic mansions and ride the famous streetcars.

4.) Montana

Montana

Having more than 700 miles of trails and more than 1 million acres of meadows, lakes, and forests, the Glacier National Park in the Rocky Mountains is more than a fun filled day. You will be sharing the park with the 70 mammal species that call it home such as the grizzly bear and the grey wolf. There are more than 270 bird species like the harlequin ducks and the golden eagle. Millions of years ago the glaciers were responsible for making the park’s terrain. If you don’t have time to do the hike through the park then you can take the 50 mile Going-To-The-Sun Road and this will let you get a great view of the park. In the winter sometimes the park has to close because of the snowy conditions so you might want to check with the park before you make the trip.

3.) Hawaii

Hawaii

When you go to Hawaii you can pick an island you want to go to or you can island hop and see all six. They are the Big Island, Lanai, Molokai, Kauai, Maui, and Oahu. In Oahu there lies Honolulu which is their state capital. Of course there are different things to see and do on each island that is why it would be so important to see each one. On Maui you can take a drive and take in the sunrise or sunset, depending on the time of day, by driving up the 10,000 foot Haleakala Volcano. On Kauai you can go on serious hiking trips on the rugged Na Pali Coast. Then on Big Island you can visit the Volcanoes National Park and as you visit Papohaku Beach on Molokai you will see why the 3 mile beach is ranked as one of longest beaches in the state of Hawaii.

2.) Sedona/Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

When you drive about a two hour trip from Phoenix you can witness the red rocks that come up out of the desert. People come here for all kinds of reasons, some just to see the majestic Grand Canyon but some also come to commune with nature and meditate and many use it as a meditation of healing. You have your options on how to see the Grand Canyon. Some hike down it on mule, some hike or some raft the canyon and then you can always just look down into it. The canyon has a depth of 6,000 feet into the ground but on the average is about 4,000 feet deep and is 277 miles long.

1.) New York City

New York City

This city is called the city that never sleeps and it is because there is always so much to do there. You can see the Statute of Liberty or you can go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art or take in a Broadway show. Even the nature lovers will enjoy Central park with its 25 acres and all the fun things you can do in a park. Also, make sure you stop by the Carnegie Deli for a big roast beef sandwich like nobody else can make.

About the Author: Michael Flynn

My name is Michael Flynn and I am a lifelong world traveler. I have visited over 100 countries and have stepped foot on each continent. I love to visit new places, meet new people, and try cultural foods.

10 Simple Tips To Help You Avoid Getting Sick When You Travel

I get a lot of questions about health care on the road – “How can I avoid getting sick? What need vaccines? What happens when I do get sick?” Since I’m not a doctor, I don’t like giving medical advice so I’ve asked Mike Huxley, a registered nurse and author of the blog Bemused Backpacker to write a few articles on health and safety when you travel. His first article focused on creating the perfect first aid kit. This article features easy ways to stay healthy on the road.

Getting sick is a part of everyday life, and being on the road doesn’t exempt you from that fact, especially when travel itself it exposes you to a whole new range of bugs, parasites, and environments. The fact of the matter is the longer you are traveling, the more likely you are to pick up a bug or two.

The key to minimizing the chances of this, however, is to actively combat the risk factors of becoming sick in the first place. The last thing you want to do is to expose yourself to any more risk than you have to. Prevention is far better than any cure.

Wash your hands

Outdoor sinks used to ask your hands and prevent illness

I know this sounds basic, but it is surprising how many people forget it, and as a nurse, the simple act of washing your hands has been drilled into me since day one of basic training as a key component in infection control. The National Health Service (NHS) in the UK has had a huge impact on controlling infection in a clinical setting simply by reinforcing the importance of washing your hands, but the same is true for every aspect of day-to-day life, and traveling the world is no exception.

Hand hygiene is essential to stop the spread of infection and can dramatically reduce your chances of diarrhea, vomiting, food poisoning, gastroenteritis, flu, norovirus, MRSA, or even hepatitis A.

Many travelers carry small bottles of hand gel, and these are great as a backup, but they aren’t a replacement for good old soap and water. Wherever possible, wash your hands under hot water for at least thirty seconds before and after eating and always after going to the toilet.

Drink bottled water

When you can’t be sure of the purity of the local water or you are traveling in areas where sanitation is not that great, then it should go without saying that you should avoid the local tap water. Even if locals drink it without any problems, your stomach may not have the right bacteria to protect you from becoming ill, avoid local water — even ice in your drinks — in countries that don’t purify their tap water.

I recommend that at the very least you should always drink bottled water and double-check that the seal is intact on the bottle top too (a common scam is to sell bottles refilled with tap water). It is also a good idea to use bottled water to brush your teeth. But personally I prefer to use a water bottle with a built-in filter as this reduces the need to buy bottles of water constantly, saving both money and the environment.

Be careful of food contamination

Food contamination is one of the biggest causes of traveler’s diarrhea and gastrointestinal problems on any travel adventure. If you are not careful with your food on your travels, you could potentially be exposing yourself to diarrhea, E. coli, Shigella, Salmonella, Giardia, Entamoeba hystolytica, Campylobacter, Cryptosporidia, Cyclospora, cholera, and much more nastiness.

You should always ensure — as much as is practicably possible — that any food you eat is fresh, cooked thoroughly, and served piping hot.

I love street food for this very reason, as you can see how clean the cooking environment is, and the food is often prepared right in front of you. But look out for signs of good hygiene practice at any street food stall or food court you eat at. Does the person handling the food wear disposable gloves and change them frequently? Is there a separate person handling the money or, at the very least, does the person cooking the food remove and replace gloves every time they handle cash? Is hand washing a regular occurrence? Is raw food left out in the open or is it stored correctly? These things may seem inconsequential but they are important.

You may want to avoid — or be very careful of — the following:

  • Salads that may have been prepared in local untreated water
  • Raw fruit and vegetables that you haven’t peeled or skinned yourself (if you have, they are generally fine)
  • Food that has been left out and exposed for a period of time
  • Food that is shared, such as in buffets undercooked, raw, or reheated food, especially meat, fish, or rice.

You probably aren’t going to avoid a bit of stomach upset completely on your travels — especially if you are traveling long term — but if you are aware of good food hygiene practices and follow them as much as possible, then you can at the very least minimize the risk of becoming ill.

Don’t be afraid of having familiar food

Eating local food and delving into the local cuisine is one of the absolute true pleasures of traveling and one you should never miss out on, but that said, a degree of common sense is needed too. Jumping straight into a diet of spicy curries or predominantly red meat is a good way to ensure some form of gastrointestinal upset if your stomach isn’t used to it.

Food intolerances happen when your gut can’t properly digest the food you’ve eaten, or you’ve introduced something completely new and different to it, which can irritate the digestive tract and lead to stomach pain, cramps, gas, diarrhea, vomiting, and heartburn. Don’t worry — this generally isn’t serious and will pass relatively quickly. The trick to trying new foods and new cuisine is to mix it up a little bit.

If you have a sensitive stomach, take it easy at first and don’t be afraid of eating familiar food from time to time.

Try and stay active

One of the best ways to stay fit and healthy and fight off unwanted infections is exercise. The benefits of exercise are well known and well documented: it improves your overall health and well-being and strengthens your immune system, which makes you less susceptible to illness. And if you do get sick, your body is better able to fight off the infection and more quickly get you back on your feet. It isn’t foolproof, of course, because fit people still get sick, but in general the fitter you are, the better your body will be at shrugging off that annoying bug or illness. I always try and maintain a healthy lifestyle, and that doesn’t change because I am traveling.

If you aren’t active or fit before you start traveling, use it as an excuse to start! Go on a jungle trek, go hiking into the countryside or up a mountain, swim in the sea, go for a jog — whatever tickles your fancy as long as it gets you a little out of breath.

Protect yourself against the sun

Sunburn can seriously ruin a good travel experience! I got very badly sunburned years ago in Thailand after snorkeling for too long and forgetting to reapply sun cream. It is not an experience I want to repeat!

Current recommendations on sun protection say you should use a minimum of factor 15, though I recommend at least SPF 30.

Protecting yourself from the sun goes beyond getting bad sunburn though. You should also stay well hydrated if you are traveling in a country or region with a hot or tropical climate, as well as cover up with loose clothing and even a hat or scarf. If you don’t, then dehydration can set in very quickly, and that can lead to more serious conditions such as exposure, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke, which if left unattended can become a medical emergency.

I once cut a day’s sightseeing short in Egypt when I spotted the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion developing in another traveler and had to help her to get rehydrated and cooled down. It happens a lot more easily than many people think so be sensible, use sunscreen, cover up, and stay hydrated.

Get vaccinated

Vaccinations are probably one of the most common travel health concerns that people ask my advice on in my capacity as a qualified nurse. There is no one-size-fits-all answer to those questions, however, due to the unique nature of individual circumstances, but there is one universal constant: If you can protect yourself, it is a good idea to do so.

Prevention is always better than the cure, and nothing is better at protecting you from the risk of getting a disease than being vaccinated against it.

Not all vaccinations are required for every individual for every trip, and a lot depends on what vaccinations you have already, what country or region you are visiting, and individual factors, such as your personal medical history, how long you will be traveling, and what you will be doing. This is why it is essential that you get one-on-one personal advice from your local travel clinic, nurse specialist, or physician before you travel.

To give you a basic understanding of the types of vaccinations you will need, however, they are often broken up into three distinct categories:

  • Routine vaccinations are the ones that everyone gets throughout their childhood and early adult life; specific schedules (and sometimes the vaccine administration itself) do differ from country to country, but these generally include the BCG vaccine, the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, and vaccinations for diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTP); hepatitis B; hepatitis A (for at-risk groups); Haemophilus influenzae type b; rotavirus; measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR); and HPV (for young girls only, to prevent cervical precancers and cancers). It is important that you are fully up to date with all of your routine vaccinations, including boosters, if you plan to travel. If you aren’t, then a health professional’s office should be your first port of call, before even departing.
  • Recommended vaccinations include all the vaccines that aren’t included in the routine schedule of your own country and are specific to travel to any given destination. These can include vaccinations for hepatitis A (if you don’t have it already), rabies, Japanese encephalitis, cholera, and typhus, among others.
  • Required vaccinations refer to vaccinations for yellow fever, meningococcal disease, and polio. Many countries where yellow fever is present will require you to have proof of vaccination before you are allowed in, and if you are heading anywhere else after traveling to a country where these diseases are present, you will need to show proof of vaccination — known as an international certificate of vaccination or prophylaxis (ICVP) — before entry.

Protect yourself from mosquito bites

Mosquito bites are an absolute nightmare for any traveler. At best they will simply annoy you with painful and itchy welts, but at worst they can transmit a whole variety of diseases, such as yellow fever, dengue, Japanese encephalitis, and chikungunya, not to mention malaria.

Mosquitoes can be a problem in many parts of the world, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization, and the NHS’s Fit For Travel site are excellent places to find out where there are outbreaks of diseases such as dengue or malaria.

Even if you are in a low- to no-risk area, it is still a good idea to prevent mosquitoes from biting you in the first place, even if it is only to avoid the annoyance of painful bites. It should go without saying that the best thing you can do to protect yourself from being bitten is to use preventive measures:

  • Air-conditioned rooms are great for minimizing mosquito bites, as they are often better sealed and less likely to let them in.
  • Cover up. Wearing the right clothing is essential. Wear light, loose cotton clothing that covers most of your skin, especially around peak exposure times and places, for example, near bodies of water or at twilight or after dark, the peak time for malaria-carrying mosquitoes to feed.
  • Sleep under permethrin-coated nets where necessary.
  • Use anti-mosquito coils and plug-in devices where appropriate.
  • Always apply a good dose of 30–50% DEET spray, and reapply it regularly. Some people prefer more natural alternatives, but these are often not as effective or are often not clinically proven to be effective at all.

It is important to remember that none of these methods is completely foolproof. You can do everything right and still get bitten. I once caught dengue fever in India despite taking all the usual preventive measures, and it was one of the most unpleasant travel experiences of my life. It isn’t nicknamed “breakbone fever” for nothing! However, you can always minimize your risks with the tips above.

Take antimalarials when necessary

As a nurse I advise people on taking antimalarials all the time, and one of the biggest problems is the huge amount of misinformation and fear there is surrounding this issue.

Basically speaking, if the area you are heading to is considered a high risk for malaria then yes, antimalarials are usually strongly advised. If you are visiting an area that is a low to no risk, then antimalarials aren’t usually advised.

Antimalarials are medications, and like all medications they have side effects. There isn’t one type of antimalarial; there are a variety of prophylaxes available, each of which has a range of common and rare side effects.

The most important thing to remember, however, is that each antimalarial affects different people differently. Just because one person develops side effects, that doesn’t mean the next person will. In fact, the people who suffer from severe side effects are in the absolute minority. A lot of people will only suffer mild side effects, and most will have none at all.

Now, knowing when they are necessary and when they are not is a different matter, and a lot of different factors have to be taken into consideration. These factors include the following:

  • The level of risk in your destination
  • The time of year you are traveling
  • Whether there are any current outbreaks
  • How long you are staying in any high-risk areas
  • What you will be doing (spending extended time in rural areas or cities, spending time near bodies of water; other high-risk factors, etc.)
  • Your personal medical history
  • Past experience with antimalarials

Make an appointment with a travel health professional

Health care professional giving a shot to a traveler overseas
It is important that you discuss your plans with a health professional well before you head off on your ‘round-the-world adventure. Many travelers instead leave it until the last minute. Too many people contact me for an appointment at my travel clinic a week before they leave not realizing that vaccinations may need to be timed weeks apart!

The average recommended time to see a health professional is 6–8 weeks before you leave, but personally I would aim for a little earlier than that, especially if you will think you will need more than one vaccination or if you have specific health concerns. The worst that will happen is that you will get an appointment closer to your time of departure if it is determined that you don’t need that amount of time to get things sorted.

These very simple steps will dramatically reduce your risk of getting ill abroad, but they are often so simple that many people overlook them. Before you set off on your trip of a lifetime, take a moment to think about your health and prepare properly. That way you will be able to enjoy your trip with peace of mind.
Remember that these are general health tips only, and while they are written by a qualified nurse, they are no replacement for a consultation with your travel health nurse or physician, where individual health concerns can be discussed based on your personal history.

Michael Huxley is a registered nurse from the U.K. (who is especially interested in emergency nursing and travel medicine) and writes about his travels on his blog Bemused Backpacker. There he blogs about backpacking, sustainable travel, and health related issues. It’s an awesome blog! Michael is also an active moderator in our community forums.

Important Note: The information provided here is for general travel health advice and information only. It is provided by a qualified nurse, but it is not a replacement for a personal consultation with a travel nurse specialist, your GP, or a doctor specializing in travel medicine who can tailor advice to your individual medical history and needs.

About the Author: Michael Flynn

My name is Michael Flynn and I am a lifelong world traveler. I have visited over 100 countries and have stepped foot on each continent. I love to visit new places, meet new people, and try cultural foods.

12 Tips For Air Travel With A Baby Or Toddler

Air Travel Tips

Air travel with an infant or toddler is difficult. However, advance preparation and following some simple tips can make air travel with your baby easier and more enjoyable. Remember, it is your family vacation and you do have control over many aspects of your baby travel experience.

Planning ahead and being prepared are the keys to successful air travel with an infant. Clearing security when you travel with an infant can be tricky.

How to Prepare for a Flight with a Baby

  • Booking Your Flight
  • Packing For Your Trip
  • Baby Supplies & Toys
  • Formula, Food & Beverage
  • Dressing To Travel
  • Car Seats, Infant Carriers & Strollers
  • At The Airport
  • In Flight
  • Renting A Car

Booking Your Flight

Research flight times to your destination on different carriers. When you fly with a baby you should consider flying at times that are not as busy so you can have more room to feed and take care of your baby.

Baby Travel Tips

Try flying at night. Traveling with your infant at night will give your baby the best opportunity to sleep on long flights and won’t break their sleep routine.

Are you trying to decide whether or not to purchase a ticket for your infant or toddler under the age of two? Sit in front of the TV with your baby on your knee for the same length of time as your flight and make your decision.

If you decide to purchase a ticket for your infant or toddler make sure to ask about child fares.

If you are using an airline with a frequent flyer program, enroll your child as well. Some airlines offer full points for child fares.

Check with your travel agent or airline for the availability of kids’ meals and reserve one for each leg of your flights.

If traveling with a partner on a long flight, you might want to consider booking seats away from each other. That way one can sleep while the other tends to the baby.

Contact the airlines to request special assistance for when you board and exit the airplane. Such assistance may not be available, but many airports do have motorized carts, wheelchairs or other forms of assistance. It never hurts to ask. Getting assistance might even be the difference between making your connecting flight or not. Sometimes special assistance passengers get rushed through check-in, boarding, immigration and customs.

Packing For Your Trip

Take a look at the baggage regulations for your airline. Air travel with a baby means lots of baby gear. Check the size, weight and number of bags your family will be allowed and the associated charges. On most airlines, if an infant travels in your lap, you are not allotted space for the baby’s luggage. Also, some airlines don’t allot a full baggage allowance to child fares. Your family vacation with a baby can be easier if you ship your baby supplies ahead with a company like Babies Travel Lite and rent your bigger gear at your destination.

Traveling with baby thru an airport definitely requires hands. Try using a backpack as your carry-on so you can have your hands free to tend to your baby. A backpack with wheels can give you the option of wheeling your gear when it’s more convenient.

A baby traveling with you means you will need more baby supplies at the airport and on the airplane. Make sure you don’t exceed your carry-on allowance.

Your diaper bag probably won’t make it through airport security. Before you leave for the airport go through your diaper bag and make sure you bag and the baby supplies inside meet the TSA requirements for carry-on items. There are special TSA rules and regulations when you travel with an infant.

Baby Supplies & Toys

When traveling with an infant or toddler, always be sure to bring enough diapers and food (don’t forget your toddler will need snacks) for the flight, scheduled layovers, and unexpected flight delays.

Air travel with a baby or toddler means you should be prepared for the unexpected. Don’t forget extra cloths and health care items like medicine and band aids.

Your baby will appreciate a blanket and anything else you normally use to keep them warm and comfortable. Taking a baby on a vacation that begins with an airplane ride can be upsetting, remember that familiar things can help make baby’s flight less traumatic.

If breastfeeding, you might want to bring a blanket large enough to cover the baby during feedings.

When flying with a toddler, buy a few new toys to peak their interest. Let them see the toys for the first time during the flight. Wrapping them can be fun, but the Transportations Safety Administration advises against traveling through the airport with wrapped presents.

Hide a couple of favorite toys a few weeks before your trip then pull them out on the airplane or at your destination for an added surprise.

Tips Baby Travel Tips

Here are a few toys that parents traveling with toddlers have found work well on airplanes.

  • Favorite teddy bear or soft toy
  • Crayons and coloring books
  • Storybooks
  • Stickers
  • Small plastic toys such as cars, dolls or animals
  • Etch A Sketch or travel Magna Doodle

Formula, Food & Beverage

If your baby prefers warm bottles of formula, carry an empty thermos thru security and get boiling water from a coffee shop or restaurant at the airport. Adding a splash to the bottle will warm it up and be a comfort to your travelling infant. ALWAYS test the temperature of a bottle before feeding it to a baby.

Airline water may not be as pure as you or your baby may like (it is documented). Pack a bottle of juice in your carry-on or purchase water after you clear security so you have it available on the flight for drinking or making formula.

Long waits while traveling are common. Food and beverages are not always available. When you travel with your baby make sure you have a bottle or sippy cup, beverages and enough food and snacks.

If you have a child that can chew gum or soft candy, both are great for relieving pressure in the inner ear during take off and landing .

Dressing To Travel

Remember, it’s more important to be comfortable than fashionable when traveling with your baby.

You should dress in layers in case your traveling infant spits up or causes a spill.

Sometimes airlines seat all families with children at the rear of the airplane where it happens to be hot. Dress your children in layers so you can better control their environment

Whenever you travel with baby there is a risk of spit up, spills or diaper mishaps, be sure to bring along extra clothes and even some scented diaper disposal bags to carry soiled clothes and mask the smell.

Car Seats, Infant Carriers & Strollers

If you are traveling with an infant who does not have a separate seat, bring your infant carrier and check it at the gate, not the ticket counter. Having use of the carrier in airports will make traveling easier for you and your baby.

Bring your stroller and check it at the gate, not the ticket counter. Most airports require long walks to other gates, baggage claim and exits the stroller will make getting around much easier. Also, by checking it at the gate you can have use of your stroller during any layovers.

Children traveling in their own seat on the airplane may use an FAA approved child safety seat. Consider bringing your child’s car seat. Having your baby or toddler travel in their own car seat can make traveling more pleasant for everyone. This also applies to infant carriers.

CARES makes a specially approved harness for baby air travel. Look into whether a CARES harness is a good choice for you when you travel with your baby.

If you are bringing your infant carrier or car seat on the airplane, make sure you are familiar with how to use a lap type of seat belt to secure it to the airplane seat. All seats brought on to the airplane must be secure before takeoff. Trying figuring out how to secure it, in tight quarters, while taking care of your child, is something you definitely want to avoid.

At The Airport

Allow plenty of time at the airport. Remember how much extra time it takes when you take your baby anywhere and apply that to your airport plans.

Most airlines don’t pre-board families with small children anymore. If your airline doesn’t, ask the desk clerk at the gate for assistance placing your car seat in your seat on the airplane before they start boarding. While you are at it, ask them to place anything else that is bulky in an overhead bin. You should also ask if you can gate check your stroller just before boarding instead of at the airplane door. This will leave your hands free to navigate your child to his seat.

When you are first on and last off the airplane you can usually get additional assistance from the flight crew.

Always change your baby immediately before you are ready to board. Changing a baby on an airplane is not easy and the fewer times you have to do it in flight the better.

Utilize the long walkways in the airport during layovers if you are travelling with a toddler. Supervise your child as they burn off some energy exploring the airport while you wait for your flight.

In Flight

Many babies and children experience pressure in their ears during flights, especially during take off and landing. Encourage your child to suck and swallow by taking a drink. This should equalize the pressure. Chewing gum or a soft piece of candy works well for older kids. To ensure your baby will want to drink during takeoff try to avoid feeding immediately before your departure.

Airplane air conditioning can cause traveling babies and young children to become dehydrated so always carry a full sippy cup and encourage your child to drink often.

Baby Travel Tips

If you are a breastfeeding mother, be careful not to get dehydrated. Take a few sips on a regular basis to ensure this doesn’t happen.

Always test the temperature of airline food if feeding it to your baby. It is often too hot for them.

Some airplanes have a bathroom with a fold down changing table. If you are traveling with an infant ask the flight attendant if your airplane has one when you board.

Never turn down a drink for your child. Save unopened juice for later in the flight when the flight attendant may not be able or available to serve drinks.

Keep track of the time back home so you can keep your baby on their normal schedule while on vacation. Try to adjust feeding and sleeping times gradually. Babies don’t adjust feeding and sleep times easily, if at all making travelling with your baby a bigger challange.

Renting A Car

If you are renting a car, you might choose to rent a car seat too. Traveling with baby means so many bags, that if you are not using your car seat on the airplane you might want to avoid checking it and rent one.

If you are renting a car seat, make sure it is the correct size for your child’s height and weight.

About the Author: Michael Flynn

My name is Michael Flynn and I am a lifelong world traveler. I have visited over 100 countries and have stepped foot on each continent. I love to visit new places, meet new people, and try cultural foods.

Top 10 Best Ski Resorts In The World

Some think that laying out on the beaches of the world is the way to go when vacationing. But others go a different route. When it comes to relaxation, some like to be surrounded in the cold air, with mountains around, and a fire blazing in the fireplace.

But that isn’t the end of it. Once they are done relaxing inside, they want to go outside and play in the snow. Many that enjoy being outside in the snow love to ski. And what better place to do so than at a ski resort.

We have compiled this list of the Top 10 best ski resorts in the world, as well as the reasons why they are the top 10 best ski resorts. Here they are and why:

 

10.) Aspen, Colorado

There are many that like to go here to ski because those that are famous (and famous always is followed by wealthy) ski here. Aspen has four mountains, and a lot of steeps. This makes for some ideal conditions to ski, no matter what level skier you are.

There are a lot of experts that like to go to the mountains that this resort lies on. The is because you are able to access a lot of acerage on the backside of the mountain terrain. But keep in mind, it is expensive here.

 

9.) Cortina, Italy

This ski resort will match up with any other one that is in the Alps. The city of Cortina was the host of the 1956 Olympics. There is no traffic in the streets here. The snow makes it one of the greatest places on earth to ski.

It was one of the first cities to have a ski resort, and it is considered one of the most stylish places that you can go in Italy. Again, make sure you grab your pocketbook. It is quite expensive.

 

8.) Mont-Tremblant, Quebec

This resort has been around since 1939, and is Eastern Canada’s most well known ski resort. It was the first ski resort that ever opened in Canada, and also is the second to have ever opened in North America.

Many people love to go here to ski because once they are done, they can pack up the skis and drive an hour away to the popular city of Montreal, Canada.

 

7.) Stowe, Vermont

This resort is looked at as one of the most picturesque and renowned resorts that you can ski at. It gives a sort of “New England like charm” and has a drop that is considered the biggest the area has.

There are two areas here that you can ski – Spruce Peak, and also Mount Mansfield. Spruce Peak puts its back to the terrain of Sumgglers’ Notch. Because of this, Stowe has a lift link that connects it to another resort.

There are more than sixty restaurants and ninety shops at the resort, and this makes the visitors stay close to the resort while they are visiting there.

 

6.) France’s Chamonix Mont Blanc

This was where the first Winter Olympics took place back in 1924. It has always been ranked as one of the most famous ski resorts of the world. It is on the foot of the famous mountain “Mont-Blanc,” and this mountain has one of the highest peaks of the Alp mountains.

The elevation there is 15,771 feet, and so the snow that comes down from there is great. There is a famous 9209 foot run for skiers. This is a total of 13.7 miles of straight skiing. A skier’s paradise.

 

5.) Banff Lake Louise, Alberta

Another resort in Canada, it has made several top 10 best ski resorts lists. It is one of the top scenic resorts in the mountains of North America.

There are three different areas that you can ski. Lake Louise, Sunshine Village, And Mount Norquay. These mountains are about 31 miles apart.

Norquay has been labelled by the Insider’s Guide, which is a magazine that selects Canada’s best skiing spots, as a brute legendary that is unforgiving because of its monter verticals and moguls. It is considered a “must stay.”

 

4.) Vail, Colorado

This is America’s favorite resort according to the Legendary Vail market. It is ranked as one of the top five resorts around the world. It is the largest ski resort in the US and has about 5300 acres of terrain to ski on.

One thing that makes this the skiers paradise is because it has some of the fastest detachable high speed quads that you can find on a single mountain. There are art galleries, ballooning, ice skating, museums, hockey, as well as more.

 

3.) Zermatt, Switzerland

This resort is well known for its five star hotels that are located around it. Zermatt is one of the top resorts in Switzerland. It has a car free area, and is very picturesque. It has the second largest vertical drop on earth for a lift served resort. Very popular.

 

2.) Kitzbuhel, Austria

The 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics were held here in Kitzbuhel, and is called the “Pearl Of All Of The Alps.” It is one of the most famous resorts in the world. At the heart of a village that is over 700 years old, it had skiers coming here as early as 1892.

 

1.) Whistler Backcomb, British Columbia

The mountains here are huge, and many come here because it is some of the best skiing in the world. It has one of the largest vertical drops in the United States. There is a village here that offer the visitor cafes, more than 100 restaurants, and many international stores.

Whistler has been voted by many as the best ski resort in North America, and has stayed that way for years.

So when it comes to the top 10 best ski resorts in the world, this list has them. Check them out, and when you are ready to go skiing, make sure that you make your way to one of them.

About the Author: Michael Flynn

My name is Michael Flynn and I am a lifelong world traveler. I have visited over 100 countries and have stepped foot on each continent. I love to visit new places, meet new people, and try cultural foods.

Top 10 Places To Visit In Dubai

Dubai is a city-state located in the United Arab Emirates. Dubai was the 7th most visited city in the world in 2019 and it is expected to accommodate even more in the upcoming years. It is great for tourism and famous for its culture and wealth. Let’s see the Top 10 places to Visit in Dubai. Let us know if you have some other interesting places to visit in Dubai.

10.) The Dubai Mall

The Dubai shopping mall is the world’s largest shopping mall based on total area. It is a part of the 20-billion-dollar Burj Khalifa complex, and includes 1,200 shops. In 2011, Dubai Mall became the world’s most-visited shopping and leisure destination, and attracted more than 54 million visitors. There is also an aquarium, which is the largest suspended aquarium in the world, and ice rink.

 

9.) Ski Dubai

Ski Dubai is an indoor Ski resort with 22,500 square meters of indoor ski area. It is a part of the Mall of the Emirates, one of the largest shopping malls in the world, located in Dubai. It was developed by Majid Al Futtaim, which also operates the Mall of the Emirates. In 2007 Ski Dubai was awarded the Thea Outstanding Achievement Award by the Themed Entertainment Association.

Ski Dubai is also home to a number of penguins who come out to play several times a day. Penguin encounters can be booked, allowing the public to interact directly with the penguins. Winter clothing, ski and snowboard equipment are included in the price of admission.

 

8.) Dubai Museum

Dubai Museum is the main museum in Dubai. It is located in the Al Fahidi Fort, built in 1787 and is the oldest existing building in Dubai. The museum was opened by the ruler of Dubai in 1971, with the aim of presenting the traditional way of life in the Emirate of Dubai.

It includes local antiquities as well as artifacts from African and Asian countries that traded with Dubai. It also includes several dioramas showing life in the emirate before the advent of oil. In addition to artifacts from recent discoveries as old as 3000 B.C.

In 2019, Dubai Museum welcomed 1,800 visitors daily, with a yearly total of 611,840. In March 2019, the Museum had 80,000 visitors. The most popular times are from August to April.

 

7.) The Palm Islands

The Palm Islands are an artificial archipelago in Dubai. It is built in the form of palm and well known all over the world. It offers an unbelievable coast line with gorgeous places for accommodation.

 

6.) Burj Al Arab

It is the fourth tallest hotel in the world and referred to as “the world’s only seven-Star hotel”. Its construction was started in 1994 and completed in 1999. Its shape is designed to mimic the sail of a ship. You must visit this once in your lifetime.

 

5.) The Dubai Fountain

The Dubai Fountain is a record-setting choreographed fountain system set on the 30-acre manmade Burj Khalifa Lake, at the center of the Downtown Dubai development in Dubai. It was designed by WET Designs, the same company responsible for the fountains at the Bellagio Hotel Lake in Las Vegas. Illuminated by 6,600 lights and 25 colored projectors, it is 275 m (902 ft) long and shoots water up to 500 feet into the air accompanied by a range of classical to contemporary Arabic and world music.  It was built at a cost of AED 800 million (USD 218 million).

 

4.) Dubai Beaches

Dubai has got very beautiful beaches in the world and they run along Jumeirah Road. There are many hotels and private clubs along the length of the beach but at the same time there are many public access places which include playgrounds, barbecue sites, food kiosks, and picnic areas for families.

 

3.) Desert Safari

Dubai Desert Safari is a must do tour in Dubai. If you are visiting Dubai for pleasure or business spare an evening for this Desert Safari to cheer you up. On the desert dune safari you will experience thrilling drive in the Arabian Desert’s sand dunes and enjoy a great BBQ Dinner over a live Belly dance in a desert camp just outside the modern city of Dubai.

 

2.) Wild Wadi Water Park

Located in Dubai and situated in front of the stunning Burj Al Arab, Wild Wadi offers 30 rides and attractions for all the family.  Wild Wadi has a heated/cooled wave pool, multiple water slides and two artificial surfing machines. It is one of the must visited place in Dubai.

 

1.) Burj Khalifa

The #1 spot belongs to Burj Khalifa. Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world. Its construction was started in 2004 and it was opened to the public in 2010. You can enjoy the stunning visuals from top of this building. Burj Khalifa alone is worthy enough for travel to Dubai. Make sure to visit it sometime.

About the Author: Michael Flynn

My name is Michael Flynn and I am a lifelong world traveler. I have visited over 100 countries and have stepped foot on each continent. I love to visit new places, meet new people, and try cultural foods.