How to Become a Travel Writer and Get Paid

Ask any travel writer who has been practicing the craft for some time and you will, more often than not, get the same response, “It isn’t really what I thought it would be.” If you believe that by merely proclaiming that you are now a travel writer, you will now be able to go for free, see the sights, write some prose and have a publication pay you handsomely for it, then you are in for a very rude awakening. Contrary to popular belief, travel writing is not easy. Sure travel can be easy, and the same goes for writing. But travel writing is not just centered around the writer. It is not as if the author puts words on paper and money along with accolades will fall from the sky.

In an era where anyone who goes on a trip, fingers with which to type with, and some sort of blog-like platform to publish their writing can, in essence, write about their travels. But, there is a stark difference between the person who writes about their travels and a trip writer, and that is that the latter is mainly doing it for payment. There are many ways to be compensated as a travel writer, with commissioned and assigned job being two of them. Likewise, there are many flavors of travel writers, some focus solely on hotels, while others can write about an immersive 20-day trek through the Okavango Delta on safari. But first things first, how does one get their foot in the travel writing door?

Budding travel writers believe that the main ingredient in this line of work is passion. They are of course incorrect. At best passion is a nebulous term and defining it is like pinning a tail on a donkey, blindfolded. Like most types of writers, the ability to convey thoughts, ideas, and experiences in written form is a crucial skill that a travel writer must possess. No one expects a newbie writer to pen a best-seller or award-winning article right off the bat. Good writing is a skill, and like most skills, it can take on through repetition and refinement. Unsurprisingly, the other essential ingredient is a willingness to travel, explore and experience new things and places.

It is a good place to start, but this conversation tends to turn towards economics and finances quickly. First get this in your head, the odds that you will be paid a significant amount of money for your first piece of writing will be slim to none, that is, of course, assuming that someone is willing to publish it.

As previously noted, some so many people fancy themselves as travel writers these days that the market highly saturated with “travel article” and “travel stories” with varying degrees of quality. Then there are the seasoned professionals, that have been doing this line of work for years. These individuals not only have the writing chops to turn in top tier material, but they also have had the time to develop relationships with publishers, PR firms and industry experts who are willing to vouch for their work. It means that for the significant publications, that pay the big bucks, veteran travel writers will always be engaged first, and be brought the assignments first.

Reading this, the budding travel writer may get discouraged, dismayed even. But, “Where there is a will, there is a way,” as the old saying goes. The majority of new travel writers tend to set their eyes on the large publications or big book deals from the get go, but they tend to overlook smaller publications and opportunities to get their work into people’s hands, thus allowing them to build a published body of work. Local newspapers, niche journals, and smaller online blogs/publications are excellent places to start. Sure their readership and reach may be a tiny fraction of the big names in the industry, but it will allow the author to generate a body of work that they can refer to in the future.

Regarding money, expect very little to nothing for the first handful of articles. Remember that you are just getting started, why should publishers shell out money for an unproven writer? Be humble and take your “lumps.” Earn their respect by producing great content, and then you will make the money that goes along with it. Even when you do get paid, don’t expect much. This stage of your writing career should be seen as a schooling in professional essay writing rather a money making venture that includes free trips. These will come eventually. Take this time to hone your writing craft and build relationships within the industry. Also, take this time to refine your ability to pitch book ideas to large enterprises.

Prepare yourself for what may seem like an unending wall of “No thank you’s.” And of course, the best way to get better at writing pitches it by writing pitches, lots and lots of them.

6 Ways to Fly Coach in Style

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Flying coach might be an affordable way to travel, but it isn’t always the most luxurious. If you’ve ever felt like you’re just participating in a mass cattle call during your trip, you’re not alone. What if you could start enjoying your travel experience before you reached your destination? Here are six tips to make flying coach a more comfortable and enjoyable experience, even if your airline of choice doesn’t seem to care.

1. Choose Your Airline Wisely

Nothing says cattle call more than sitting halfway in your neighbor’s seat or having to battle for legroom. One thing that most people don’t realize is that your assigned “pitch” (airline language for legroom) various by carrier, with the standard being 31 inches.

The good news is that you can score 34 inches of pitch with JetBlue as well as a standard leather seat and seatback DirectTV. If you’re flying international, you can get up to 36 inches with some of the planes in the Thai Airways fleet.

2. Pick Your Seat Quickly and Carefully

When you book a coach ticket, you should also choose your seat immediately if given the option. The best seats are taken early, so picking a seat quickly can guarantee the most comfortable journey.

If you’re not sure which seats are the best, use a site like SeatGuru.com that will rank a flight’s seats based on legroom as well as distance to the bathroom. Seats that you want to avoid are the ones against the bulkhead and in front of exit row because these either won’t recline at all or will have limited reclining ability.

3. Stay Hydrated

Many people don’t realize just how dehydrated they can become when flying. If you’re planning to travel, have water with you at all times and make an effort to stay hydrated. If you want to leave the plane feeling refreshed, it also might be a good idea to pass on the alcohol.

4. Dress Appropriately

Comfortable clothing when you fly coach is a must. Avoid wearing anything that could potentially be constricting, even blue jeans. Dress in layers so that you can remain comfortable as temperatures change. For example, a nice t-shirt under a sweater or jacket is a good choice. You may also want to bring along an extra pair of socks so that you can take off your shoes during a long flight.

5. Use Intelligent Earbuds

Airports and airplanes can be nerve-wracking environments due to the noise levels and degree of overstimulation present. Smithsonian Magazine reports that the noise from an aircraft alone can reach 85 decibels. Using noise cancellation headphones or earbuds has become popular with travelers, but there is a better solution to this problem.

Intelligent earbuds like Nuheara’s IQbuds™ make travel more relaxing and enjoyable. These wireless earbuds have a “plane” setting that will reduce aircraft engine noise and still allow you to balance audio between the digital and physical world according to your preferences.

6. Plan Some Diversions

Most of us have busy lives, so a forced time-out in a plane for a few hours doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Take advantage of that downtime to do something that you enjoy such as reading a book or magazine, doing a crossword puzzle, or watching a movie through those IQbuds™. If you have these activities lined up, you just may look forward to your next flight in that coach seat.

If you want to travel from point A to point B, flying may be the best option. Use these tips to turn that unavoidable travel experience to something that is not only tolerable but even comfortable and enjoyable.

10 Essential Gadgets to Have Along on Your Hiking Vacation

Going on a hiking vacation whether alone or in the company of your best friends can be an exhilarating experience. Following long trails carrying only a few bare essentials with only you to depend on feels like an eye-opening trip for some people. I know of a friend who took a hiking break when she needed the solitude to make some major decisions in her life. And, I agree. Being alone helps you put your life in perspective. And, there is always the added positive of the sense of adventure, stunning locales, and meeting new people.

Check online and you’ll probably find a whole bunch of websites helping you list and put together all the gear you’ll need for your hiking vacation. I have for you a list of 10 essential gadgets that I feel every girl should have along. Go ahead and take a look. And, add all the others you feel you absolutely must have.

No. 1 – Solar Charger

Carrying gadgets is a great thing but they’re good only as long as they have the power to keep going. No doubt you’ll carry batteries but there are only so many you can have along. For this reason, you need chargers. I would suggest that you carry a portable solar charger. You’ll be surprised at the amount of power it can give you. For instance, expose the charger to one hour of sunshine and you can extract two hours of talk time from your mobile phone. You can also use it to power tablets, iPhones, satellite phones, cameras, and even, a small medical fridge for any medication you need to have along for your hiking vacation.

No. 2 – Smartphones and Tablets

When you’re spending long hours on the road, you need to remain connected with loved ones back home. Of course, you wouldn’t want to carry expensive devices along so the next option is to carry refurbished gadgets that work very well but are economical. In case you do lose a device or it gets damaged on your hiking vacation, it won’t be a major loss. Look for used tablets and other devices at reduced prices and you’re good to go. Remember, you can download a bunch of apps that can prove to be very handy on your travels such as GPS tracking that helps you plan the best routes to take along with all the information you may need about your destination. And, let’s not forget taking loads of pictures of your hiking vacation for sharing with people back home.

No. 3 – Global Data SIM

When choosing your smartphone, make sure that it is unlocked. Invest in a Global Data SIM that you can use at rates ranging from $4 for 50MB of data to $12 for 500MB of data per day. You can use the data at unlimited speeds however take care to restrict usage to below limits. For instance, if you choose the Keepgo’s global data service, you can also get AT&T SIM cards.

No. 4 – USB Port

In case you stop for the night at a motel or hotel during your hiking vacation, having this device along can help you charge your electronics within a short time. Plug multiple gadgets at once to any wall socket and charge them quickly. It makes sense to have one of these along if you’ve been traveling on cloudy days and your solar charger isn’t working as expected.

No. 5 – Handheld GPS Device

I’ve been advised to have one of these gadgets along. That’s because the GPS in smartphones is dependent on an internet connection. In the event that you’re passing through locations that don’t have very good internet connectivity, you might have trouble finding your way. Not only do these gadgets provide you with detailed topography, but they also act as compasses.

No. 6 – SD Ultra 64GB MicroSDXC Card

SD cards are very handy when you need extra memory. They cost just $40 and you can fit them in basic cameras, professional cameras or even, Android smartphones when you want to save lots of pictures and perhaps, video footage of your experiences.

No. 7 – Portable Pocket Wi-Fi Routers

When on your hiking vacation, you might find that the hotel internet service isn’t all that effective. Having a portable Ethernet is a handy gadget to have along so you can create a Wi-Fi hotspot wherever you are. For instance, the TP-Link model may set you back by just $30 and is about the size of a laptop power adapter which makes it compact and easy to carry. An added positive is that it has a USB port so you can use it to charge other electronics.

No 8 – Water Purification Solutions

One of the basic essentials for your hiking vacation is undoubtedly some solution that helps you get clean drinking water. When you’re on the road, you need adequate amounts of water to remain hydrated and carrying it along just isn’t practical. You could pack in water purification tablets or try one of the UV purifiers like the Steripen that is compact and affordable.

No. 9 – SPOT Gen3

This little gadget is an absolute must-have on your hiking vacation. In case of an emergency, you only have to hit the button and it will send an SOS signal along with your GPS location to the IERCC (International Emergency Response Coordination Centre). The SPOT Gen3 works even in areas where there is no mobile coverage. You can also use this device to send a preset text message or email with your location to 10 contacts you’ve chosen. It’s useful for touching base with loved ones at regular intervals.

No. 10 – SPOT Global Satellite Phone

Opt for the SPOT Global Satellite Phone if you intend to travel to destinations that may not have internet or mobile connectivity. Getting this device can set you back by $500 and services cost $25 per month for 10 minutes of talk time. However, the more expensive plans give you more calling time and data usage.

I personally think that these are 10 basic gadgets that every girl must have on her hiking vacation. That’s of course, in addition to the backpacks, camping gear, and all other gear you’ll need. If you can think of any more to add to this list, go ahead and add them in comments. I’m sure many hiking enthusiasts will welcome your thoughts. Happy hiking!

A few ways to make your trip more memorable

When you go on any kind of long term journey there are a few things that you need to consider before you depart. What are the reasons for your trip, is it for business or for pleasure? What are you hoping to gain from the journey and more pragmatically what method of transport will you take. Let’s consider you are going for pleasure, this allows you more freedom and choice on your methods of transport and the time you want to spend on your trip. This freedom will allow you to undertake your journey in a number of ways which will add to your experiences. Below we will look at some of the more unique ways that you can travel which can add some extra adventure to your plans:

Hitchhike:

This is probably the riskiest of these suggestions. We have all seen horror movies with a bad ending for hitchhikers, but the truth is this can be one of the most rewarding ways to travel. You will gain insights from locals that you would not have learnt. You may take unexpected detours and discover areas that you may not have come across otherwise and you will also save a ton of money on transport. This is the best method for those with complete freedom in regard to time and plans.

Book a last-minute trip:

When it comes to double edged swords this can be one of the easiest or most difficult journey decisions you can make. Last minute plans can save you a lot of money and bring you to some of the most exotic locations on the planet that you may not have been able to afford otherwise. The best option to minimise your risk is to book a last minute cruise deal with a trusted source and discover a huge range of offers that these companies have. Flights are trickier as you will also have to arrange accommodation, activities and transport ect, although sometimes this can suit certain travellers who enjoy the risk factor involved with last minute flights.

Say yes:

There are many times when we are travelling that we take too long to consider an offer given to us by new friends. They may ask you to join them on a tour or to visit a local café. Many times, we will consider all the variables before giving an answer and then the opportunity might be gone. The simple solution to this is to just say yes and then go on your trip and see how it goes. Often it will turn out to be much more fun than sitting there thinking about it.

Although these suggestions might be a little outside your comfort zone or financial plans, they are sure to make your trip more fulfilling. If it is your whole trip or just part of it, spontaneity and risk are always a sure way to make the journey more memorable. So, hitch-hike take a cruise or simple say yes.

How to choose the perfect tour of Vietnam

Vietnam's bustling streets are an assault on the senses

Vietnam is an incredible country to visit. It has all the mystery of Southeast Asia, the familiarity that comes from its colonial history and the scars and stories of a hard-fought war. If you want to go on a holiday to Vietnam make sure you catch its history and incredible natural beauty.

All-inclusive tour packages

There are two ways to look at how to choose a tour. The first is to consider what you’re getting for your money when you book to go on a holiday to Vietnam. There are huge variations in prices, but also in the quality of the package you get.

Smart travellers, or those visiting the region for the first time, usually appreciate an all-inclusive package that takes the stress out of holiday planning. Choose well and you can get a deal which covers all of your international airfares, all of your domestic transportation, departure taxes and current fuel surcharges. A good tour operator will also deal with all of your accommodation, visa fees, meals and any entrance fees, guides and daily tours.

Where to visit when you go on a holiday to Vietnam

The second consideration when choosing a great tour of Vietnam is exactly where your guides will take you. Vietnam is a country of extremes so choose carefully and you can get the perfect experience for your tastes.

Going to Hanoi is an amazing experience for the senses. It has 1,000 years of history to enjoy as you soak in the echoes of its position as the seat of Vietnam’s imperial power. Motorbikes and traders buzz through the streets and there’s lights, smells and curiosities that will keep your mind aflame and your feet on the move.  The Old Quarter should be on everyone’s list to see at least once in their lives – it’s full of ancient, narrow streets and there’s gorgeous street food wherever you turn.

The Cu Chi tunnels are a poignant flashback to Vietnam’s history of conflict. The tunnels of Củ Chi run forward and back across a huge area underneath Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and form part of a much larger network of underground pathways. These passages were the core of military campaigns during the Vietnam War and served as an important base for the Viet Cong. Be prepared to get muddy as you walk in their shoes and experience the trails yourself.

Vietnam’s best tourist sites

The Mekong River is part of the lifeblood of Vietnam and is a green and luscious location for a tour stop. It’s a treasure trove of life and photo opportunities and there are still unique animal species being discovered in its flora, fauna and expanses of water. You can take a boat trip, or jungle hike, through its orchards and rice paddies and see the industry that produces one-third of the country’s food.

This is just a taste of Vietnam’s delights. There’s still the wonders of the temples at Angkor, the rice terraces of Sapa, and the stunning vistas of Halong Bay. Choose wisely and Vietnam can be the best trip you’ve ever taken.

Ultimate beach vacation guide

Are you looking for somewhere to relax and soak up the sun in style? A trip to the beach is everybody’s dream vacation, but if you find that it too often falls short of expectations, you need to up your game. Getting the right gear, planning the right activities and, most importantly of all, choosing the right location, can let you live the dream. Contrary to popular myth, you don’t always need to stray far from cities to find fantastic beaches – you can be beside the sea and still have great restaurants, shops and entertainment venues on hand. It’s time to get out there and make it happen.

The world’s best beaches

There are many beautiful beaches around the world, but these are five you can’t afford to miss out on:-

  • Sunset Beach, Cape Town, South Africa. With a name like that, how could we resist it? It’s also known as Bloubergstrand, and it enjoys a stunning location, overlooked by Table Mountain. The sea here is a dark sapphire blue and the sand dazzling white, with long stretches of shallow water. You can take a boat out to see dolphins or even whales, go kite surfing, or simply relax and enjoy the combination of warm sun and a gentle breeze.
  • Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Just over two miles of pale golden sand stretching out beneath Sugarloaf Mountain, this is one of the world’s most famous beaches, and rightly so. It’s a place where people play volleyball and football, splash around in the warm water, or dance the night away. Beachside bars sell draft beer, fresh coconut water and popular local snacks. The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed, with people always ready to get into the party spirit.
  • Barceloneta Beach, Barcelona, Spain. Right next door to one of Europe’s most exciting cities, where the food, shopping, sport and art are all world class, this vast golden beach is always a joy. Locals take tables on the promenade to enjoy evening glasses of sangria while dining on fresh seafood. Children love to play in the warm, shallow water, but there’s also plenty of room for adults to have fun, whether joining in games or only making the most of the warm sand and the sunshine.
  • Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia. A beach with something for everyone, this place is most famous for its rocky promontory, where crashing waves make for incredible surfing, but it also has a long stretch of soft white sand ideal for sunbathing. There’s an attractive park nearby and a wide promenade perfect for those evenings when you just want to stand and look out at the sunset, which is always impressive.
  • Umm Suqeim, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Just a stone’s throw away from the five-star resorts and beautiful boutiques of this spectacular city, Umm Suqeim is a beach popular with both tourists and locals, a place where the heat of the desert meets the cool breeze off the sea. White sand melts into crystal clear water, and everything is wonderfully clean and unspoiled. Small cafés sell simple but delicious local food, with the ice cream always a favorite.

Beach essentials

Everybody has their own description of the perfect beach vacation, but if you forget to pack your speedos or bikini underwear, you options are going to be pretty limited. You’ll also need towels, flip flops or sandals, and suitable gear for any water sports you want to engage in – plus a beach bag to carry it all. Don’t forget the sunblock and shades, and remember that wearing a hat and keeping a loose shirt with you can help when the weather heats up. Add some suitable beach reading materials, and you’re ready to go.

Beach activities

Stretching out on the sand without a care in the world is many people’s idea of bliss, but if you want to add some more active thrills to your vacation, there are plenty of ways to do it. From beachside rock climbing off the Thai coast to swimming with seahorses in Hawaii, hitting the surf off California or exploring the dazzling reefs of the Maldives in the Indian Ocean, there’s plenty to choose. For a good experience, choose a resort or tour that offers full instruction and supplies larger pieces of gear, so you don’t have to haul it with you; or if you want to be independent, seek recommendations for an excellent local guide.

With the right preparation, a beach vacation can be much more than you imagined and can give you memories you’ll always treasure.

4 Travelling Benefits for Self Discovery

As humans, we have all felt at one point in our lives like we were just not going in the right direction. From unexpected turns in our personal lives to unsatisfactory advancements in our professional lives, it may seem like the risk of failure is always lurking.

For me, a disappointing career choice was what left me directionless and unmotivated. After a couple months trying to figure out how to rediscover myself in order to redirection my life, I ended up finding an exciting idea: travelling.

Although I had traveled before, I had never done so alone, nor with the sole purpose of self-discovery. Slightly terrified, yet anxious to get the process started, I booked my flight to Brazil and left a couple weeks later. And believe me, the person I was when I left, was 100% different from the person I was when I came back. This truly amazing experience has definitely put be back on track to self-discovery, motivation, and, ultimately, a happier life. So, in order to share my experience with as many people as possible, I have decided to write about the “Traveling Benefits For Self-discovery”. So, with no more delays or back stories, here are some of the benefits of traveling with the sole purpose of self-discovery:

#1. You are the sole tracer of your destiny

While traveling alone with the sole purpose being self-discovery, you are the only person in charge. By that, I mean, you are the one who can decide what you will do next, where you will go next, or who you will meet next. This can be a great way to rediscover some of your deepest desires and tastes. At the same time, some people may see this new-found “power” quite overwhelming. If you are struggling to find what your next step is, just follow your intuition. I learned this lesson from Tony Robbins’ event in Florida. I realized that I can create and design my own destiny.

#2. You are solely accountable for your mistakes

Just as you are the only person in charge of your destiny, you are also the one accountable for the mistakes that may happen along the way. This is a great tool especially for those who tend to be more stubborn (as me) and tend to believe that their decision is always the best decision. Once a mistake happens, own up to it and try to quickly find a new alternative. A little story: while in Brazil I thought it was a great idea to go into a favela ( a type of dangerous neighborhood) alone. Long story short, it did not go well. Anyway, I treated that experience as a date with destiny.

#3. A chance to get to know yourself outside of your normal routine

Traveling as a tool to self-discovery also gives you the unique opportunity to help you figure out who you are when there’s no routine. With no mandatory job, family, and social gatherings to attend, what do you do? Ultimately speaking, who are you when you are not defined by your job, family, or social status? This can be quite a tricky question, even taking years and years to answer. The goal here is to follow your innermost desires and truly invest the time needed to find your true self.

#4. Plenty of alone time to meditate

The last benefit in our list is the amount of alone time! Meditation is a great tool to help you redefine who you are and, quite luckily, you can pretty much meditate anywhere! If meditation is not really up your alley, try to take some time after a day of traveling to think about yourself, who you are, and what you want. Try to think about your choices throughout the day and how they mirrored you and your personality.

These are all the tips we have for you guys today! Hope you enjoyed the article, and will soon begin your journey to self-discovery!

How Travelling Improved My Life

I have always loved traveling. From the planning stages, all the way to the plane ride back home, when it comes to traveling it is as clear as day: I’m addicted.

As a student and part-time employee, I often think about the importance of traveling and the impact it has in my life. By focusing on the “cons”, I can quickly see that my monthly trips not only come with a hefty monetary price tag, but also involve quite a big time investment. On the other hand, as soon as I start thinking about this topic, I can’t help but be overwhelmed by the huge “pros” list. Instead of focusing on this endless list (and inevitably writing a monstrous article), I have decided to sum up how traveling has improved my life. Hope you enjoy this article, and in it find all the right reasons you need to start planning your next adventure!

#1. Better organization skills

Without a single doubt, traveling demands some prior planning! If you, just like me, are a traveler on a budget, you will soon realize (or already have come to the conclusion) that organization can lead to huge discounts! On the other hand, by keeping a tight schedule and organizing your time to your liking, you will make sure you can visit and explore the city you are in.

By coming up with an organized way to look for flights, hotels, and the cheapest dates, you will save up money, time, and energy.

#2. Increased social skills

Growing up in Europe, I was never the most sociable kid. Unfortunately, my dislike for small talk followed me well into adulthood.

But guess what, being stranded in a foreign country, lost, hungry, and tired, was exactly what I needed to break this spell. For example, by opting to stay in hostels or through Airbnb, you have the priceless chance to meet the city you are in from a completely different perspective. Strike a conversation and you will soon have all the necessary tips to have the trip of a lifetime. Interpersonal skill is one of the most important self-improvement skills I need to learn.

#3. More positive outlook on life

Whenever I am out of the country, I can’t help but feel absolutely content with my current life. Traveling is an absolutely priceless educational experience, and definitely, one that I will forever cherish. By seeing how others live, what their history and culture is like, and even how they party, I learn more than I could ever learn from a simple book or tv show. To anyone reading this and thinking about traveling, my absolute recommendation is “do it”. Although it may seem like a lot of work and a lot of money for a couple days in a different city, the memories and the knowledge will stay with you forever.

#4. A motivation source

As previously mentioned, being a student and holding a part-time job is no easy task. Traveling helps me to fully focus on University and at work since I know that with a week/month/… I will be in a different city enjoying myself. While for University I try to finish up as many exams before Summer as possible, at work I try to do my best in order to have more money to spend on each trip. At the end of the day, traveling means I have an escape from a chaotic routine. I remmeber when I decided to join and purchase my UPW ticket, it was one of the best decision in my life. The event gave me heaps of motivation and positive outlook in life.

#5. A way to keep in touch with friends and family

As I get older, I have noticed it’s getting harder and harder to meet up with some childhood friends. And traveling together is a great way to keep in touch! Every year one person of the group is in charge of picking the destination and to plan out the whole trip. Then, for a full week, we can just enjoy each other’s company and let the conversation flow with no interruptions! And this does not have to be an expensive way to keep in touch, as you may choose to travel within your country rather than going abroad.

Planning Your First Trip To Hawaii

Hawaii is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. This is because of the many interesting treasures that are available. Any trip to Hawaii can include wonderful options like the Kauai Napali Coast cliffs, the Molokai Papohaku Beach, the Oahu Waikiki Beach and the Lanai Hulopoe Bay. On the whole, we can say that Hawaii offers something for everyone. However, the prices associated with the trip will be higher than in many other locations. Because of this, planning the trip to Hawaii requires some proper research. That is especially the case in the event it is your first trip. You can easily take advantage of the advice below to make the trip more memorable for you and whoever goes with you.

Planning Your Itinerary

Most people that visit Hawaii start their adventure at the Honolulu International Airport located in Oahu. It is not that difficult to find a great deal on a flight but it is really important that you look for discounts ahead of time. That is because of the fact that some incredible discounts are now available through the offices of travel agencies. If you do not plan ahead of time, it is a certainty you will not be able to find great deals.

Planning the itinerary starts with planning the actual travelling. Then, you want to see what locations you want to visit. Focus on those that offer the travel activities you would love the most. Be sure that you think about how to arrange visits to all locations in order to maximize time while you minimize how much money you are to spend.

Planning All You Need During The Hawaii Vacation

Make a list of absolutely everything that you need when you visit Hawaii. This does include the obvious things like your bathing suit and other clothes but you should also think about other things that would make the vacation better. For instance, in the event that you will have to often call home, options like NobelApp and phone cards like NobelCom can be pretty useful and should be put on the list.

When your list is created, talk with others that will go with you to Hawaii. It is possible that they would have some specific needs and you need to include them in the list. Never hurry this part of the process and be sure that all you actually need is bought a few weeks in advance, before the departure date.

Where Will You Stay?

Remember that a large part of the budget will be spent on accommodations. Hawaii offers much more than the luxury resorts you always see advertised and the five star hotels. If finances are an issue, allow yourself a lot of time so that you can actually make a list of all the options that would fit the personal budget. Remember that many cheap accommodations are available in Hawaii. You just have to be patient enough to find those great options that you are truly going to appreciate.

3 Tips for Traveling With Your Dog

The only thing better than seeing the world is seeing the world with your best friend at your side. Many people don’t realize that they can bring their dogs along when they travel, as long as they plan ahead!

Of course, if you’d rather travel alone, don’t feel limited by kennels and other group boarding options. Rover.com has a wealth of experienced, reliable dog-sitters who offer flexible and affordable care for all dogs—including anxious or chronically ill pets, who you might be reluctant to leave behind. Remember that for some dogs, the stress of travel will outweigh the benefits of spending more time together.

Choose a dog-friendly airline

Carefully research the airline’s policies, and the experiences of other dog-owning customers. What guarantees can the airline make? How do they handle unexpected situations?

Smaller dogs can usually travel with you in the cabin, which is the safest bet. If you are traveling in extreme heat or cold, or have a very large dog, consider alternate modes of transportation.

Talk to your host or concierge

Before booking your accommodation, find out the relevant details for bringing a pet along. Are there restrictions based on breed or weight? Will a pet deposit be charged, and is it refundable? Ask ahead of time, and get all necessary permissions in writing just in case.

Whether you’re staying in a short-term rental or at a traditional hotel, take advantage of your host’s know-how to navigate the neighborhood. The advantage of pet-friendly housing is that your host or concierge is likely to know the best places to walk, play, groom, or entertain your dog nearby.

Follow a routine

Bring along toys and treats that make your pup feel at home, and plan out your days to minimize disruption to your dog’s schedule. Sleep schedules and meal times have the greatest impact on circadian rhythm, which helps regulate your dog’s mood and health. Keep as much consistency as you can with walks, too.

If you have have to go somewhere while traveling and can’t bring your dog, consider hiring a Rover.com caregiver in your destination city to watch your dog for a few hours. Fido will have a lot more fun playing with a new friend than sitting in your room alone—and you’ll get to relax and focus on your plans. Everyone wins!