Who doesn't love to travel? Even if it's for one overnight stay, a quick vacation is good for the soul. There's a common misconception about the cost of travel and that vacationing is only for the wealthy, but you can have a good time for less! Here are a few tips and tricks to help you plan a smashing vacation on a budget!
Summer is synonymous with vacation time! Are you planning a big trip this year? Maybe it's a road trip across the country, or maybe it's a cruise. Perhaps an outdoor camping getaway or you're headed to a cabin by the lake. What ever the reason, if you're leaving your home unattended for a few days or even weeks. While your house can't actually get lonely without you, it will miss your maintenance. A few things need to happen inside and out so you can rest easy while you're gone. Here are 19 things you should do before going on vacation:
Road trip games are a lifesaver, whether you're trekking cross country to sight-see or simply cross-county to see the grandparents, you're a college student on a butt-numbing quest to see how many states you can pin in a single weekend, or you're simply idling in traffic on the way to the airport.
Sure, you can flip through Facebook or have the kids watch Frozen for the 1,000th time, but why not use some of that road time to have a little fun while fostering a deeper connection with your fellow travelers?
Read on for our ultimate guide to road trip games to get started!
If you're lucky enough to plan a summer vacation this year, it's time to start packing! Maybe this is just me, but packing for trips is how I get really excited about them. In fact, I tend to start packing almost a week in advance sometimes! No matter your next destination, you'll want to start making plans immediately when you see all of these cute luggage pieces that will make your suitcase stand out on an airport carousel. Can we all agree that traveling with attractive luggage just makes the vacation that much better? From now on, your luggage can stand out as much as you do and make a statement while you travel.
Whether you're looking for cute carry on luggage, cute luggage sets or just plain cute suitcases, I've rounded up 12 that will give you that vacation planning urge.
Pets. We love them, and sometimes when we're traveling, we don't want to leave them. Whether it's because your boarding situation isn't ideal, or you just can't imagine going on a vacation without them, you want to make sure you and your dog (or cat!) are prepared for a pleasant and non-stressful road trip. I've hit the road a few times with this furry lady pictured here, and after a few hundred hours in the car together, we've learned a thing or two. Here are some tips for traveling with dogs (and cats!) as you head out on your vacation this summer.
Photo: Francesca Tirico
In the last five years or so, I've been fortunate to go on several international trips. Even though it would be free to check a bag on those flights, I never do, and it has saved me so much time and trouble that I can't imagine doing it any other way. If you're doing any air travel, internationally or not, I'm here to tell you why and how you should avoid checking luggage.
Why to Avoid Checking...
If you've ever flown on a plane, you're familiar with that groggy feeling that follows once you land. Your legs are wobbly, your stomach is churning, and you might even have a headache. Thousands of miles from home, you feel the opposite of refreshed. I recently took two trips in the same month, flying back and forth both times. The first trip was irritated by the long-lasting effects of flying. I was groggy and grouchy in the days following my flight. For my second trip, I changed one small thing in my routine. Even though I flew across two different time zones, I felt remarkably better during my second trip. My flying tip? It all starts with an empty bottle.
I used to pack haphazardly and I'd end up coming home with a suitcase so stuffed that it felt like it might explode at any minute. But when I traveled to France for two weeks last summer, I did lots of research on how to travel lighter. And I haven't looked back since! Here are ten tips on how to save space in your suitcase so you don't have to check your bag at the airport or lug a hopelessly heavy bag around town.
Over the past decade, we've seen a major dip in the prioritization of vacations. After the financial crisis, our work-life balance system was pretty much thrown out the window. As a result, Americans are taking way less vacation time than they accrue. If this is you, you may have struggled with trying to pack your infrequent travel plans with a myriad of activities. Understandably, you want to make the most of your time off. What you really should be doing is almost nothing. The one thing you should avoid doing over your next vacation is
It's easy to focus on design styles that surround you everyday, but sometimes it's important to escape the norm and check out something new. So when my husband and I traveled to France for our honeymoon last month, I came back totally inspired. Here are 15 of my favorite interiors (and a few exteriors) that highlight the trends I noticed along the way.
When it comes to people, it's what's on the inside that counts. When it comes to houses, the outside can be pretty impressive too! Here at Curbly we love a good-lookin' exterior, so we're sharing with you a few of our favorite Instagram accounts to follow if you love the look of a beautiful home. From mansions to tiny houses, old and new alike - we've got you covered.
It's always fun to travel, but what makes it even more fun? New luggage, of course! Here are 10 of the best to help you hit the airport runway in style!
Packing light helps make any trip soooo much easier. Here are 10 essential items to help you accomplish light travel on your next vacation.
I've always loved to travel, and I've started to hone my packing skills over the years. So now I have a list of items that I wouldn't dare leave home without. And I'm sharing them with you today! Keep reading to check 'em out.
When I'm not losing a pair of sunglasses to life, I'm losing them to scratches. I am awful at keeping them in a case or pouch while they're not on my head! That means they're in my purse, banging around and scraping up against whatever happens to be floating around in my bag that day. I just couldn't find a pouch that fit my requirements, but then I saw this sweet project idea to make my own!
AirBnB.com is a service that helps connect people who have homes, apartments, or spare rooms to rent. On principle, I love the idea (why bother with hotels when you can stay in a real person's house?), but in practice, I have to admin results are mixed. We used AirBnB for a trip to New York City last year, and the place wasn't nearly as nice as the pictures made it out to be.
Still, if you just want to window shop, AirBnB is one of the best places on the Web to get tours of amazing living spaces around the world. Here are some of my recent, modern-ish favorites:
Nothing says summer like a road trip. Some of the best trips are short and sweet and no matter what happens, memories are made on the road. Here are 10 simple tips that will make it easier to jump in the car and get-a-goin'. Here are a few things to get you started:
The Big House has never looked so good! ZME Travel has put together a list of 6 former prisons that have been renovated and turned into luxury hotels. Pictured above is the Four Season Hotel, Istanbul, Turkey. Below is the Breakwater Lodge, Cape Town, South Aftrica.