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5 Travel Bubble Island Destinations for Your Next Vacation

 

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There have been many difficulties for travelers this summer. With quarantine in place and many countries still closed for international travel, it’s been difficult to plan a summer vacation. Luckily certain countries have been creating what’s known as “travel bubble”. This means creating corridors between countries so people can still travel.

Certain island destinations have set their own travel bubble so you can visit safely and without having to undergo quarantine. Some of these include luxury tropical vacation spots. Here are five examples of travel bubble island destinations for your next vacation.

Aruba

Aruba is home to constant sunshine, turquoise seas, and stunning white sandy beaches. If you’re looking to visit Aruba it’s open now to tourists. It has some of the best beaches in the Caribbean region. If you like deep-sea diving and snorkeling there are hundreds of species of tropical fish and reefs to discover. Aruba also has spectacular geographical formations including caves, hills, and natural pools.

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Bermuda

Bermuda is a beautiful little island in the North Atlantic ocean. It has stunning beaches, amazing scenery, great nightlife, and fantastic resorts. The island is also filled with beautiful boats including superyachts. You might catch a regatta! Take a look at the tourism website to see what more it has to offer.

Bermuda also has more golf courses per capita than anywhere else in the world. So if you like to play golf, it’s the dream destination for you. There is also sun all year round so even if you’re planning a winter vacation it’s a great option.

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The Galapagos

The Galapagos Islands are one to tick off your bucket list. The Travel bubble in the Galapagos has meant that there has been an increase in tourism. Visits are always limited however to preserve the natural and endangered species. They’re famous for their wildlife including the giant tortoise, sea lions, crabs, sharks, and many exotic birds.

If you’re looking for an unforgettable experience then The Galagpos Islands are perfect. You can get up close and personal with rare wildlife in a safe environment.

Jamaica

If you’re looking for a chilled out place in the sun then you should visit Jamaica. Feel the spirit of Bob Marley and listen to the best reggae music you’ll ever hear. There are plenty of beautiful white sandy beaches for you to relax on as well.

The Jamaican landscape also features soaring peaks, surging inland rivers, and towering waterfalls. The island really does have a lot to offer.

St. Lucia

St. Lucia is a wonderful combination of sunshine, tranquil beaches, lush rainforests, and vertical cliffs. Try hiking up one of the main peaceful nature trails, or if you prefer, spend the day on one of the island’s many beaches. You can also visit sulphur springs that are warm due to the heat from the island’s very own volcano.

If you’re looking for somewhere safe to travel, then check out one of these island destinations. You deserve a bit of sun and sea.

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New Troubles Are On The Horizon For Travelers

 

It’s fair to say that the coronavirus has brought numerous changes to the world. It has also hit a number of industries and sectors of the economy including the world of travel. During the lockdown, the majority of flights were grounded and entry into most countries was severely restricted. While the world is now emerging from lockdown, the aftershocks of this pandemic are still being felt. Furthermore, there are fears that a second wave could be imminent as numerous places including Florida continue to break records in terms of the number of new cases. So, what changes can travelers expect? 

Safety First 

While the pandemic might be getting better globally, it’s far from over. Some people seem to be under the impression right now that there is no more danger and as such, they no longer have to take any kind of precaution, but that could not be further from the truth. In fact, it’s perhaps important now more than ever, that you are being careful if you’re planning to travel anywhere.

Things like wearing a mask aren’t difficult to do, but it could be the difference between getting sick, and not. We’re sure that you don’t want to spend your travels feeling unwell, which is why safety precautions are necessary. But, it’s not just you, you need to take these steps to ensure that people around you stay healthy, seeing as you could be a carrier without realizing it.

Masks, washing your hands, staying a reasonable distance away from anyone not in your party and so on. These simple steps are the ones that you need to be taking.

Greater Costs 

If things have improved next year then there will likely be a record number of people looking to head off on holiday to everywhere from London to New York and Hawaii. This means that the costs for all these places are going to rise substantially. If things don’t improve, then there is still going to be an increase in costs as companies try to gain back what they have lost to the pandemic. Regardless of the situation, it’s going to cost a lot more for travelers. 

Restrictions 

There have always been certain restrictions in place when it comes to traveling to certain areas of the world. However, after Coronavirus this could become slightly more difficult. For example, London is an extremely popular tourist destination and you might need to seek some legal help like that of London Immigration Lawyers to be able to go there in the future. 

We hope this helps you understand some of the issues that travelers could face in the future due to the coronavirus. It’s important to be aware of the problems so that you can plan ahead in terms of your finances and where you want to go in the future. Obviously, it is hoped that eventually there will be a vaccine and everything will return to normal. However, right now this is not a guarantee. Some experts have suggested that the coronavirus could be with us for more than a decade. So, these changes could be something travelers will need to get used to for quite some time. 

Planning a Weekend Camping? Here’s What You Need

 

There are so many things you can have planned for the weekend, but none compares to a weekend camping trip. Among the things that will add meaning to your life is to lead an active lifestyle. And what better way than to choose nature as your number one motivator. With the hustles and bustles of everyday life, camping will bring you closer to nature and is also an ideal activity if you’re looking to disengage yourself from the norms of life, technology, a busy work schedule, and when you need your ‘alone’ time. It’s an experience that will prove to be liberating, refreshing, and rejuvenating.

Whatever your reasons are for camping, you’ll appreciate that it’s also one of the most cost-effective activities you can undertake whether solo or with family or friends. And do you know what the best part is? You get to choose your camping location. And with a million camping locations around the world, you’ll be spoilt for choice. With camping, however, you want to ensure that you have all your essentials ready. This is because there’s nothing much you can do after you’ve arrived at the camping grounds just to realize that you’re missing something important such as your sleeping bag. To help you out, we’ve outlined the essentials that you need when planning a camping weekend.

1. Camping Grounds

This is a no brainer! But come to think about it, you need the right camping grounds to make your camping trip a success. Two types of campgrounds exist today. They include public camping grounds and private ones. With public camping grounds, they are cheaper even when it comes to renting a larger camping space. This means that you’ll have to book in advance, especially when it comes to weekend getaways. The drawback of public camping grounds is that most, if not all, do not allow pets. Now, this can be a good or a bad thing, depending on the experience you’re aiming to have.

On the other hand, you have private campgrounds that are more upscale, hype, and what you may term as ‘à la mode’. They include on-site stores which can prove to be indeed useful when campers forget some essentials at home. They also offer better amenities when compared to public camping grounds. With such, it means that you’ll have to dig deeper into your wallet to compensate for what the other option cannot provide. With such campgrounds, you’ll have power outlets provided in the sleeping cabins, something unheard of in public campgrounds. This means that when you choose to go camping in public camping grounds, you’ll need to think ahead about your power back up systems. Nick Coulson of Ablesales recommends getting a generator for your camping trip to give you the power you need. A backup generator will come in handy when you have a camping RV that needs to be powered up or when you have crucial gadgets that need lots of juicing up.

2. Essential Camping Necessities

Camping, being one of the best quintessential weekend activities you can think of, requires that you plan and prepare early. This means having all your essentials planned out and readied before the d-day. This brings us to the importance of having a camping checklist lest you forget some essentials at home. The following are the camping must-haves to include in your checklist:

  • Modern tents for camping, including a camping bathroom tent
  • Portable wood stoves
  • Mosquito repellent products or devices
  • Hammocks
  • Camping mattresses and blankets
  • Pocket knives
  • First aid kits
  • Ready to cook meals, preferably canned foods
  • Water
  • Extra layers of clothes
  • Rechargeable lanterns

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3. Entertainment Necessities

You just don’t want your kids to miss out on the fun other kids on the camping site are having. Hey, this is not a boot camp! Even in boot camps, attendees will be allowed some tech time. To maximize your fun while on a camping weekend, you may include the following in your camping gear checklist:

  • Board games
  • Bikes
  • Kayaks to help with your fishing or to enjoy water experiences
  • Modern cameras
  • Snacks, such as Proper Popcorn, chips, and non-perishable goodies.

4. Navigation Tools

If you’re planning to have a successful camping trip over the weekend, it’s important to include tools that will guide you to and from the trip. You may want to go hiking, biking, or just to enjoy the nature trails on the camping grounds. Having these tools available will prove beneficial to you and your family. Among the navigation tools to pack include maps, compasses, and GPS locators to mention but a few. Fortunately for you, you may have all these functionalities in your smartphone. The downside with smartphones is that they require good network coverage to be fully useful.

5. Toiletries

We are not living in a Stone Age era and so, your personal hygiene must be factored in even when going for a two-day camping trip. Ladies, you heard that right! Ensure that your man packs their deodorants and shaving creams. You’ll also need your sanitary towels in case things go, well, not so good with Aunt Flow or for lack of a better term, when it’s code red! The following are among the things to include in your camping toiletries checklist:

  • Moisturizers
  • Sunscreen
  • Soaps
  • Sanitizers
  • A toiletry kit that includes your toothbrush, toothpaste, toilet paper, and hairbrush, etc.

6. Medication

If you have a pre-existing medical condition that requires you to be on medication, then you must bring your meds along to avoid any medical emergencies on your camping trip. If you have diabetes, blood pressure, asthma, epilepsy, depression, or any heart disease, don’t leave home without your medical pack. For those on important nutritional supplements, it’s important to bring them along on your camping trip.

There you have it. The above are the most important items to bring every time you’re on a getaway camping trip. Having your necessities on standby will help to make your camping experience one that you’ll remember for years to come. Most importantly, don’t forget that being in the company of friends or family will help to enrich your overall camping experience.

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Great Family Travel Advice For Surviving Taking Your Kids On Vacation

 

Taking a look at the top tips and family travel advice for parents going on vacation with children. How to survive taking your young ones on the road. 

Let’s face it, no family vacation is perfect. When you’re planning a family trip, you probably have a perfectly idealized vision of how the trip should go in your mind. Those visions don’t always come to fruition, and some trips even come with lots of speed bumps. Family trips might not turn out the way you planned, but there are ways to make your trip a little bit easier for you and your kids. 

Read on for some family travel advice to keep everyone happy on your trip.

Choose a Family-Friendly Vacation Spot

One of the best ways to make your family vacation run smoothly is to pick a destination that’s geared toward families. These spots will have options available that’ll keep family members of all ages entertained. For example, Disney World has tons of rides and kid-friendly food that’ll keep your kids happy. On the flip side, Disney World also has tons of gourmet food options and adult beverages that’ll make navigating the family vacation a little less stressful.

Bring Backup for Boredom

Kids are unpredictable. You might think they’d love a day at the beach — who doesn’t enjoy sandcastles, splashing in the waves, and eating sweet treats? Well, sometimes, your kids don’t, even if they were super pumped for it this morning. Counter boredom by bringing backup. Pack a sufficient amount of toys, books, and tech to keep your kids entertained when they lose interest in the current activity and you’re not ready to leave.

Take Lots of Breaks

Planning a road trip? Be prepared for “are we there yet?” to come from your kids’ mouths at least 500 times. All joking aside, road trips can be rough for children. Keep them entertained by breaking up the road trip into smaller chunks. Take lots of bathroom breaks, and hey, maybe the world’s biggest ball of yarn will actually be kind of interesting.

Family Travel Advice for Kids with Special Needs

Traveling with kids with special needs can add another layer of stress to your trip. Between coordinating the travel, wrangling the kids, and keeping everyone happy, you won’t have the same amount of time or resources available that you would have at home. One great way to counter this stress is to have a helping hand in the form of a service dog. Service dogs can serve as a source of comfort and emotional stability, and they can be trained to warn you when your child’s blood sugar is too low or a seizure is coming on. Service dogs are so great for your special needs kids that you will be asking “where can I find dog training near me” sooner than you’d think.

Traveling with kids can be super stressful, especially if they have special needs or medical conditions that require constant monitoring. Thankfully, even if your trip isn’t the perfect trip that you planned, family trips make for wonderful memories that’ll you and your kids will cherish for a lifetime. Happy trails to you and your family! Did you love this family travel advice? There’s more where that came from. Check out the rest of our blog for articles about everything from family to relationships, to pets.

Heading for the beach this winter? Don’t forget to bring along a Tesalate Towel – Sand doesn’t stick to it!

 

Winter official starts this weekend. Brrr… I’m not looking forward to the next few months of freezing cold weather. I’m NOT a fan of summer (I hate heat), but at least it’s not freezing cold.

This time of year, a lot of people travel. They travel for fun. They travel to visit family and friends for the holiday. They travel for business.

If you are planning a trip that involves spending time on the beach, or if you live where you can go to the beach any time of the year, you’ll want to check out this post.

My family and I enjoy going to the beach. We try and visit the New Jersey shore at least once a year (in the summer) to spend the day on the beach. We get there exactly when the beach opens and the life guards are on duty (10:00 AM). We stay there for a few hours, then head home. Doing it this way we get a prime spot on the beach, and we avoid the crowds. We also avoid the traffic on the way home (leaving before rush hour). It helps to go during the week too, when many people are at work and dreaming of being on the beach.

There are a few things about the beach we don’t like;

  • Garbage on the beach
  • A lot of seaweed
  • Rough waves
  • Inconsiderate beach goers

And our #1 dislike about the beach – Sand! Sand gets on EVERYTHING. Even days, weeks or months after coming back from the beach we still find sand around our home and in our car.

Here is a great tip for keeping sand off your skin – apply baby powder to your skin. There is something about the baby powder that makes sand less likely to stick to you. Try it. It works. It’s magic!

I wish there was a way to have the stand stop sticking to your beach towel and/or beach blanket. You can shake it off, but sand often sticks to it. That is the reason why most of the sand gets dragged back into your home.

There is an Australian company called Tesalate, that sells an innovative beach towel. It’s also great for to use for other activities, such as yoga and enjoying a picnic (their Towel for Two is large enough to use as a picnic or beach blanket, as well as a towel). Their towels

Tesalate towels are made from a cutting edge fabric technology. They are made with AbsorbLite™  fabric, which helps the towels to dry rapidly compared to standard beach towels. Tesalate towels can also absorb a whopping 1 (33 oz.) liter of water. I doubt anyone is THAT wet, but it good to know they can absorb that much. 

The best part about these towels is that sand does not stick to it.

PHOTO SOURCE: Tesalate’s Instagram Page

Here is some more information about the brand, Tesalate.

Tesalate has dominated the U.S. and European markets as well. In fact, their Facebook page has exploded to close to a million organic members. As far as customer feedback is concerned, the average rating of their reviews is 4.9 stars. They’ve got over 21,000 organic reviews to date, which you can read on their website. They are, by far, the most reviewed beach towel in the world. 

Tesalate has been featured in media platforms like Vogue, Elle, Harper’s, Better Homes and Gardens, Buzzfeed, USA Today, Business Insider, The Sun, Daily Mail, Lonely Planet, Conde Nast Traveller, Good Housekeeping, Travel + Leisure, Reader’s Digest, Frommer’s, Australian Geographic and many others. They have also appeared on Jetstar, Qantas and Air Canada airline in-flight magazines as well as top-ranking blogs. 

 

They were also featured on U.S. TV last year – Today,  Fox 8 News and Doctors TV.  

I was sent one of the towels to review. Sadly, I didn’t have the opportunity to put the towel to the “sand test.” I’m in New York. The closest form of sand for me right now is the stuff the local Department of Transportation spreads on the roads when it snows. That is not really something I can test with. 

I received the Bohemian Towel for Two. I like the “towel for two” towels because they can also serve as a beach blanket, and because I’m a “plus size” woman and I like the idea of having an ample sized towel.

What I can tell you is that this towel has very vibrant colors. Sadly, you can’t really notice that in the photo I took. The photo does not do this colorful towel/blanket justice. It’s a lot nicer in person.

The towel arrived inside a branded drawstring bag (pictured below), which is great to use to store the towel in when not in use. It also makes is easier to take with you to the beach because you can hang the bag from your tote bag or beach chair when you take it onto the beach.

I like that it’s compact when folded and very light weight.

Like I said, I really didn’t have the chance to try out the towel (yet). I can only tell you what I think of it thus far. In the summer, when we have the chance to go to the beach I will be taking this towel with me and I will update this post at that time.

This photo shows the same “towel for two” that I received in the same colorful Bohemian print.

With 21,000+ reviews and receiving an average of 4.9 out of 5 stars, there is a lot to be said about this towel as far as it’s look, feel and effectiveness.

Not only is the Tesalate towel great for you, but it would also make a great gift for beach goers, travelers and others.

For more information, visit Tesalate.com. The brand can also be found on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. Those links are found on the bottom of their website.

What do you think about the Tesalate towel? Does it sound like something you would like to take with you to the beach, pool or on a picnic? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts.

Kimberly

*I received a free product sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

5 Dog Travel Tips for Bringing Your Canine Pals on Vacation

 

Want to bring your pets on vacation with you? If you have dogs, use these dog travel tips to make their trips as smooth as yours.

In 2017, Americans spent over $6 billion on pet services like grooming and boarding. But what if you’d rather take your pet with you on your next trip?

If so, you’re not alone. Many people would rather bring their dogs on vacation instead of leaving them with someone else.

But before you do, make sure that you follow these dog travel tips to ensure your vacation is enjoyable for both you and your pet.

Get a Vet Checkup

Before your trip, take your dog to the vet for a health checkup and make sure all their vaccinations are up-to-date.

If you plan on flying with your pet, you’ll need to have updated vet records. Make sure to set an appointment well before your trip.

Airlines have different restrictions on pet travel, so do your research beforehand to make your trip as smooth as possible. The CDC website has more information regarding airline pet travel.

Have the Right Size Crate

Dog crates are the safest method for transporting your pet in the car. Not only do crates keep your dog from distracting the driver, but it also protects them in the event of an accident.

Make sure you have the right size crate for your dog. They should have plenty of room to stand and turn around.

The type of crate you should get depends on the size and breed of your dog. For instance, check out this article on choosing the best French Bulldog crate.

Don’t Leave Your Pet Alone in the Car

When traveling with a dog, it’s important to make frequent stops. Some rest areas have dog-walking areas where you can let them exercise and relieve themselves.

Never leave your dog alone in the car when you make pit stops. Cars can heat up quickly, especially in the summer.

Instead, travel with a companion. This allows one person to take a break and use the restroom while the other stays with your dog.

When Flying, Choose the Cabin

If possible, see if your dog can fly with you in the cabin. You’ll pay an extra fee, but your dog will be more comfortable. When flying with a large dog, you may have to fly them as cargo.

Airlines have different restrictions on pet travel, so contact your airline beforehand with questions or concerns. Make reservations for your dog early, because only so many animals are permitted per flight.

Have Updated Identification on Hand

Make sure you use a collar with updated identification information such as your contact number and address. Test collars to make sure they won’t get stuck in the carrier or crate during travel.

It’s also a good idea to have your travel address or emergency contact information on your dog’s tags or crate. You can write this information on travel stickers meant for crates.

Follow These Dog Travel Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe and Happy

No matter how you plan to travel, make sure your pet is as happy and comfortable as you are. Follow these dog travel tips to prepare you and your dog for your upcoming vacation.

Now that you know how to travel with a dog, you can go ahead and book those tickets or pack your bags.

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