Not that it takes much convincing, but here are 10 reasons why you and your loved one or family should choose to cruise for your next vacation.
Mexico Doesn't Always Mean Party
Going wild in Mexico doesn't necessarily mean a beach vacation dancing on tabletops. In fact, Cancun is a short distance from lush parks hosting wildlife of another sort. Neon pink flamingos, howler monkeys, brilliant toucans and mysterious sea turtles are just a few of the locals you can meet. The Northern Hemisphere's largest barrier reef, natural springs, mangrove swamps, salt marshes, thick jungle, woods, cenotes and waters off the coast host great blue herons, anteaters, giant iguanas, ocelots , manatees and countless other animals.
Just a short ride from the resorts of Cancun and the Riviera Maya are the eco-parks of Xcaret, Xel-Ha and Tres Rios. Xcaret and Xel-Ha have swim with dolphin programs.
Don't Forget: Let Your Banks and Credit Cards Know Your Travel Dates
It’s ironic to think that travel can be stressful. But the truth is, there’s a lot to take care of before leaving town. You may have to hire baby sitters, pet sitters, a house sitter, program your utilities for vacancy, request vacation time, purchase an international phone plan, figure out transportation to and from the airport, and the list goes on! But most importantly, you need to make a plan for credit and debit purchases when you get to your destination. You can prepare for this months in advance, hence, today’s travel tip. Let your banks and credit cards know when and where you’re going to be traveling once you book your airfare.
You’ll Try Things You Wouldn't Normally Try
Adventure travel is true to its name; there’s an adventurous component. This can be as extreme as jumping from a plane, swimming with sharks, or sea kayaking for the first ever in your life. But, some of these experiences are as subtle as everyday challenges in the real world. When was the last time you made dinner over a readied bed of coals or ate dandelions?
The Pre-Trip Packing Problem
Packing. For many of us, it’s our favorite part of the pre-trip because the vacation is officially a reality. You have everything to bring right in front of you and you can already smell the ocean air and feel the cobblestone streets beneath your feet while some beautiful foreign language hums in the background. It’s exciting. Don’t deny it.
The problem is, in this pre-trip daydream we think about every part of the trip and over plan with a “thing” for everything that is coming. Soon enough, 2….no, 3….or, heck, 4 bags becomes ok. And you know it’s wrong. But, this credit card you have gives you 2 free checked bags and you already have everything you need in your carry-on, so why not take advantage?
Prague Wasn't Always a Destination
Prague steadily becomes more and more popular each year. What was once a hidden gem, where tourism was minimal, prices were low, and hype unknown, is now one of those 'biggie' go-tos in Europe. To preserve the magic of the city who survived WWII, Prague is very serious about its charismatic preservation. The byproduct is the attention that is it now receiving. And though prices are higher, and as more Americans and Europeans are flooding the city, we beyond a doubt, still recommend adding Prague to your bucket list.
The Clock is The Same, But The Culture is Not!
It's been a tough year! And though 2016 has been an exceptional struggle for the hisotry books, there's still a few ah hah moments to have. Check out some of these interestingly different ways some countries will be ringing in 2017! No matter what your New Years tradition, we hope you have a wonderful New Year! Cheers
It's That Intiruging Reminder That Every Culture is Different!
It's easy to forget how unique your customs and traditions are –to other people. As we gear up to celebrate the holidays, book those last minute flights to our loved ones, and relfect on what tha many holidays mean to us, we thought'd it be fun to explore some cultural differences of the "Holidays"
Make Sure You Have Doubles of Everything for Extended Travel
For longer vacations (3 to 6 month), it’s vital to have back-ups to the back-ups. We’ve spoke to the importance of backing up travel documents, insurance, and itineraries already, but it’s just as important to make sure you that you can back everything up.
It's Never Shameful to Make Sure You're Getting the Most
Travelers want to experience the destination. They want to tap the culture, see the world through a local’s eyes, and live like a member of the host community. And if they don’t, they should. However, it can be difficult to live like a local on vacation and this is especially the case with international travel. There’s too much to take in. That being said, travelers who take on the independence approach, and think third party itineraries and guided tours rob them of the indigenous experience and are some cliché activity our grandparents do, are simply wrong. Steering from the unbeaten path completely is not necessarily the best route to discovering more about yourself and the world.