Great Reasons Why You Should Rent a Villa in Sicily

Inspector Montalbano fans will already be familiar with the delights of Sicily, but for those of you who have yet to discover Andrea Camilleri’s wonderful stories of the life of a Sicilian detective, you are in for a real treat. Sicily is a beautiful island with a long and bloody history. Baroque cathedrals, ruined temples, coffee shops, gorgeous beaches, and the most active volcano in Europe, all combine to make Sicily a fascinating destination for your next villa holiday.

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Mainland Italy is a favourite with many tourists looking for the perfect combination of history and great vino, but you will find this – and more – in Sicily, minus the crowds.

An Undiscovered Gem

Sicily has long been an undiscovered gem, lying at the foot of Italy and largely forgotten about by the main tour operators. It’s a sleepy island, but the locals are friendly and the food is to die for. Fresh seafood takes pride of place in most restaurants. Pasta with sardines and Involtini di PesceSpada are both delicious, and with so much delicious pasta dishes, this is not the best time to be on a diet.

Renting a Sicilian Villa

Renting a villa on Sicily is the best way to discover the charms of this beautiful island. Whether you want a beachfront villa with a private pool or a secluded villa nestled in a sleepy olive grove inland, you will be spoilt for choice if you visit the Scent of Sicily villas.

Take your time browsing villas in Sicily for your next Sicilian vacation. The rugged coastline offers numerous photo opportunities and endless sandy beaches that are largely unspoiled and free from the crowds that blight the popular Italian resorts on mainland Italy. Head inland, though, and you may find yourself staying near a local vineyard or farm, where you can buy fresh produce and relax in the hypnotic scent of bougainvillea flowers at dusk.

Sicilian Food and Drink

Sicilian chefs are also famous for their delectable pastries. Sicilian ricotta cannoli is to die for. You will find a pastry shop on every corner of every street. Buy a plate of cannoli and prepare to be in heaven for a few blissful moments.

After all that carb-loading, you will need a few glasses of local wine. The good news is that you have come to the right place. Sicilian grapes flourish on the fertile slopes of Mount Etna and Sicilian wines are some of the best in the world. Take a tour of some local vineyards – this is the birthplace of Marsala wine!

Finally, while we are on the subject of food and drink, we have to mention the wonderful Sicilian coffee. Sicilians love their coffee. It is practically a national institution. Local coffee tends to be hot and very strong. Order a pot of coffee and watch the world go by; that’s what the locals do.

Once you have your villa all sorted, don’t forget to book a rental car so you can explore the Valley of Temples, the Teatro Greco, and other famous Sicilian landmarks.

This post is being sponsored by Scent of Sicily

Mexico’s Trendiest Places: Riviera Maya, Puerto Vallarta & Cancun

Mexico has become a very popular destination for travelers all around the world thanks to its beautiful beaches, cultural heritage and delicious cuisine among many other attractions. The most visited places this year so far have been the Riviera Maya, Vallarta Nayarit and Cancun. What all these three places have in common is the tropical feel that characterizes them-yet they are all very different. In order to help you choose which of these trendy places to visit in 2017 we made a comparison between all three of them.


  1. Riviera Maya

The Riviera Maya has an extension of 120 kilometers (which translates to 86 miles) is located on the north coast of the Yucatan Peninsula in the state of Quintana Roo. This region is known for its semi-tropical climate, perfect for a summer vacation. The Riviera Maya starts at Playa del Carmen and ends at the village of Tulum, including Cancun. This stretch is one of the most famous destinations for tourists in Mexico and it is no wonder why; with beautiful beaches, perfect weather and large scale all-inclusive resorts you can find just about anything here. Here you can find very developed cities, like Cancun, as well as classic full-of-history places, like Tulum, which is full of the Mayan culture and houses some of the ruins from said culture.

>> Kite House

Kite House is an amazing rental home in Riviera Maya, located in Playacar, a community close to Playa del Carmen. This villa has 4 bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. Here you can comfortably fit 8 people, and enjoy services such as a private chef and a fitness room. This luxury villa can be rented from 1,700 USD per night.

 >> Villa Mia

This villa is located on Akumal Bay. This chic oceanfront villa has 5 luxury bedrooms and a great view to the Caribbean Sea, making it perfect for a luxury getaway. Villa Mia also has an indoor-outdoor pool, where you will enjoy the tropical sunshine that characterizes the Riviera Maya. If you are traveling in a group of up to 10 people looking for a great vacation spot while in Mexico, then Villa Mia is for you. You can stay here for only $1,200 USD a night.


  1. Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta is located on the Pacific side of the country. Unlike Cancun, Puerto Vallarta (and Bahia de Banderas) is surrounded by mountains, which you can see from pretty much anywhere. This city has a lot of cobblestone streets and street vendors, giving it a more authentic aura. The beaches in Puerto Vallarta are fairly decent but the most spectacular are a short drive (or boat ride) away worth making. Vallarta is full of activities you can enjoy all day long, like cruises, horseback rides, trips to the beaches, spas, water sports, etc.

>> Casa Punta del Cielo

This amazing villa has a view of Bay of Banderas that you will just fall in love with. The best part of it is that you are a short walk away from downtown Puerto Vallarta, as well as from Malecon. The price for this amazing villa is of $800 USD per night and it can comfortably house up to 10 people, as it has 4 king size beds and 2 single beds distributed in 5 bedrooms.

>> Casa Chickie

If you are looking forward to stay in a bit more of a fancy place, then Casa Chickie is a great option. Casa Chickie is one of the finest options in Bay of Banderas. You can enjoy a nice evening at the grand palapa, or the view of the sunset and the ocean from the terrace. This villa is $1,450 per night and can house up to 8 people. You will be able to enjoy a multiple of services, such as a private chef, Wi-Fi, grill, home movie theatre and more.


  1. Cancun

Cancun is located on the Yucatan Peninsula, so its geographically closer to the East Coast and, as previously mentioned, it is part of the Riviera Maya. Cancun is the most developed of all three destinations. Much like Miami, the tourist area of Cancun (along Boulevard Kukulcan) has palm trees lined on either side of the hotel corridor, as well as big malls and open-air shopping centers. All hotels in Cancun are on the beach, so you can enjoy the view from your room or spend the afternoon by the water and there are some great luxury villas to stay in.

>> Villa Patron

Villa Patron is a chick and luxurious villa right in the hotel zone in Cancun. From the rooftop terrace you can enjoy cocktails with friends and family. Villa Patron is designed for 12 people and has 2 swimming pools, a sauna, and a home cinema, so you can just sit back and enjoy your vacations to the maximum.  You can get all this for only $1,400 USD a night.

>> Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort

Moon Palace is also located right in the hotel zone of Cancun and overlooks the Caribbean Sea. This five star all-inclusive hotel is only 6 miles away from Cancun International Airport and has 2,457 guest rooms. While in Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort you will have access a 27-hole golf course, a deluxe Spa with over 30 treatment rooms, seven swimming pools, two children’s pools, outdoor Jacuzzi, and more.

How to Plan Your Dream Trip to Canada

So many people around the world want to visit Canada. The country combines pristine natural beauty and livable cities with amazing and friendly locals. You can spend your time exploring some of the cities or get down and dirty with nature. It’s also easy to get into the Arctic Circle in the northern parts of the country. More people are taking a trip to Canada and this article describes some tips on how to plan your dream trip this year.

How to Get to Canada:

It all depends on your destination and where you’re coming from. All major cities have regular flights to and from the United States and Europe and the domestic airports are also well connected in this vast country. If you look in the right place, it’s quite easy to find a cheap flight to Canada.

What Makes Canada Awesome:

In short, Canada is awesome because it has so many different things to do all throughout the year. You can enjoy the natural beauty and see Niagara Falls or visit one of the many UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The country also holds regular music festivals in the warmer months. When the temperature starts to drop, everything becomes a winter wonderland. And then you have the chance to take part in winter sports and try new experiences, such as dog sledding. Other reasons are that the food is great, the country and cities feel safe to walk around, and people are very open-minded. And on top of this, Canada also has a prominent wine industry that the visitors love to sample.

The Best Cities to Visit in Canada:

The main cities that tourists want to visit in Canada are Quebec, Toronto, and Vancouver. This section takes a look at some of the highlights in each of these destinations

Quebec is a favorite for many travelers who want to experience a little bit of French culture without flying all the way to France. The city is full of cobblestoned streets and cathedrals with the sights and smells that you would expect over in its trans-Atlantic sister. Quebec is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has a lot of history and culture to keep all visitors entertained.

Toronto is one of the most multicultural cities in the world. You can find little enclaves of different nationalities in and around the city, which gives you access to any type of food you crave. The major attractions are the large underground mall and the CN Tower. It’s also a perfect place to eat in one of the high-end restaurants or sip cocktails on rooftop bars.

Tourists visit Vancouver to experience the outdoors. You can find lots of parks and nature reserves around the city as well as beautiful coastlines. If you head out a short distance away from the city center, you’re surrounded by nature that’s perfect to get off the grid for a few days whilst camping.

The Takeaway Message:

Canada is a great country with a diverse range of landscapes and activities at any time of the year. You can experience one of the major cities or get out into nature. Whatever you want to do, Canada has something to suit your interests.

Awesome Malaysia Road Trip Tips

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With all the travel options out there, a road trip is probably more therapeutic if you think about it. Driving across states and cities, allowing you to see the little details that you might miss when you are on a plane – that is what you will experience when you go on a drive. It would not even matter if you bring an SUV or a family car, just as long as the trip goes smoothly.

For this to happen, you need to prepare well for it. A road trip is not just a simple drive to any destination, it has to be carefully planned. Of course, just because you need to plan it well does not mean you need to stick to plain road trips. If this is your first road trip, make it count and do it in Malaysia. Here you will experience seeing different kinds of places, from spectacular beaches, small French villages, the city centre, and even old-world architecture. These are the details you want to see on your first driving trip.

Here we have listed down tips to make sure your Malaysian road trip will be an awesome experience.

Choose the perfect car for the trip

In Malaysia, the objective of the road trip is important because it tells you which car should be brought. For instance, if you are going with family, an Innova might be the best choice. If it is a city trip, maybe you can choose a more fuel efficient car like the Camry Hybrid. It would be useful to know that Toyota cars are actually cool road trip companions because it offers lots of leg space and awesome features, so you might want to choose their cars for the trip.

After renting a car, make sure that it had been completely serviced – engine check, cleaning, and other maintenance services. This will ensure that your drive will remain safe during the trip.

Research the local food

One of the best things about Malaysia is their food offerings. In almost any corner you turn, there will be hawker centres filled with the most delectable local dishes. Try the char kwayteow, nasi goreng, laksa, and lamban when you visit one of the hawker centres. Make sure to learn about the regional specialities as well.

Bring essential items with you

Essential items include power banks, snacks, and drinks. The drive going from one destination to another might take you hours or even days, so make sure you have everything that you will need to stay connected, like an energy bank to look things up on Google, and something to eat and drink.

Map out your drive

Another thing people like about driving in Malaysia are the different destinations you can go to. You can plan a path from Kuala Lumpur up to the Cameron Highlands District. You can also carve a path from the beaches of Langkawi to the Colmar Tropicale French Resort.

Create an awesome playlist

Of course, a road trip will not be complete without an awesome playlist. Take this opportunity to listen to popular Malaysian songs and immerse yourself more in the culture. You can look up the playlist for Malaysia’s #1 Hits from Spotify like: https://open.spotify.com/user/sonymusicmalaysia/playlist/2SMHhx2EZg3RPhGitzIw6L.

These tips will hopefully ensure that your road trip will be an awesome journey across all of Malaysia and will add to the unique driving experience that you will have. So pack those bags, get driving, and have the best time of your life in one of Asia’s most beautiful places. Enjoy the trip!

3 Timesaving Air Travel Tips to Add to Your Arsenal

If you do a lot of air travel, you know that going through airport security can take a lot of time. In fact, the time needed to check in, go through security and board the plane can be longer than the length of the flight itself. Since the start of a trip can define the mood for the entire journey, making this part of the trip enjoyable is definitely a must.

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Over the years, I’ve developed a set of habits that helps make air travel more bearable. Here are the top three timesaving air travel tips you can add to your arsenal of travel tips and hacks.

Pre-Screening

This is something I learned from actor and producer Michael David Palance. As a Hollywood producer, Michael’s job requires him to travel a lot. Signing up for pre-screening will help shave off the time needed to get through security. For those who travel often, the minutes you save are definitely worth the annual fee.

There are several pre-screening programs to join. TSA Pre-check is a good program to join if you travel in the United States most of the time. The program allows you to get screened much more quickly, reducing the waiting time to no more than five minutes. There is also the Mobile Passport app, which is also handy for US travelers.

These pre-screening programs allow you to clear security without the usual hassle of removing your shoes, opening your laptops, and taking off clothing items such as your jacket or belt. When you travel abroad and you’re returning to the United States, you can also use the mobile app to fill out and submit the US Customs form online.

Travel Light

I always try to travel light whenever I can. There is a big advantage to gain from having only a carry-on bag with me. For starters, some airlines now allow passengers with no checked baggage to check in without waiting in line. There are also automated check-in machines to use at select airports, so you can save more time when traveling light.

Even better, there is no need to wait at the baggage claim area at the end of the flight. You can just walk out of the airport with your carry-on bag and start your adventure right away.

Ship Your Bags

When you do have to bring extra baggage – such as when you’re bringing home souvenirs – it is actually faster and cheaper to ship your bags using FedEx or UPS. You save around 40 minutes just by choosing to ship your bags by courier.

This also gives you the ability to worry less about getting your bags lost or damaged. Most courier services have extra insurance and additional packaging options you can use for maximum protection. You can still travel light and bring back souvenirs from exotic places.

These are simple timesaving tips you can use on your next trip. They are easy to apply and will save you more than 60 minutes every time you travel on an airplane and have to go through airport security. Give them a try and you’ll never travel the old way again.

How To Pack Your Football Visor When Traveling

This happened to me when I visited my old friend Jacob in Boston. Just before leaving the house to take me to the airport, he asked me if I had still been playing football for my college team. When I answered positive, he decided to make me a present. Jacob ran back into his room and returned with a football visor from hi high school years.

“It’s a good brand”, he said, “so it would be a pity to throw it away or give elsewhere to unknown people at a yard sale”. During our way to the airport, I also found out that the visor had a very exciting history, and once it had saved my friend’s eyes during a very tough game, yet there was no a single scratch. I felt like Jacob is giving me not just a football gear, but a piece of his memory and a mighty talisman. My favorite brand is Under Armour football visor. I think they are very high-quality and durable.

At first, I put my new gear at my suitcase, but I didn’t feel much secure about it. What if the airport staff throw my luggage and damage the visor? I knew that it was made of a strong resistant material, but damaging even a clip would be a really unpleasant outcome. So I decided to fit it in my cabin luggage. I had just a small backpack, therefore it was really hard to fit it. I managed to wrap it in my T-shirt (Jacob didn’t give me any special bag for it) and squeezed my new football visor inside.

Surely, while I was passing the customs control, the officer saw something suspicious on the screen and kindly asked me to open my backpack. So I had to take out all the tightly squeezed things that I hardly put inside my bag.

“Oh, it’s a tinted visor. You play football, son”, the officer smiled to me, but I became so frustrated that couldn’t answer him politely. It took me ten more minutes just to pack my stuff back. But suddenly I heard that the boarding on my plane was closing, and they called my name to proceed to the gates A5.

Running and almost falling down on a wet slippery floor I finally found the right gate and in a few minutes put myself down in a comfortable airplane seat.

At that time I wished I wouldn’t accept the gift from my friend that had caused me so many inconveniences.

However, there was a football game in a week, and I decided to try Jacob’s lucky visor on the field. The very first minutes of the game I found myself knocked down by a huge African kid from another team, and his elbow accidentally went exactly into my left eye, cracking on the surface of the visor, but causing no damage.

That day I decided that miracles happen, and talismans really exist. But there also was another thought: when you travel with your football visor, pack it wisely.

How to Honor Your Travel Souvenirs

If you’ve traveled anywhere, you probably have some souvenirs you brought back with you. There are some travelers who swear off buying souvenirs–but, not me. I love purchasing keepsakes that remind me of the vacation I took. In fact, I feel that travel is a type of privilege–it is something you save for and spend time in planning and preparation. Even the most budget-friendly forms of travel and lodging costs money–especially if you stay for over a week.

Since life is full of unexpected surprises, I never know if I’ll have the ability to re-visit a city or town I have toured. So, to respect the memory–and keep it alive–I buy souvenirs. Yet, I have often found that when I return home, I stuff them in a drawer and forget to use or display them. I finally figured out how to do this in a way that enhances your home and wardrobe. Read on to learn more.

Gallery wall

One of the most inexpensive types of souvenirs are postcards and your own photos. I used to stuff my collections in a drawer–not the best idea. Instead of hiding your mementos, create a travel gallery wall. Find cute and inexpensive frames of all sizes. Then, place your photos and postcards in the frames to hang on the wall of your choice. Then, just looking at your travel art collection makes you feel as if you’re visiting all over again.

Make jewelry

Have you ever combed a beach and collected shells or sea glass? Well, know you can keep your vacation on your person at all times. How? Turn your findings into jewelry. You can find chains at any hobby store or online. To illustrate, if you have a seashell, you can paint it gold or silver and string a chain through it.

It will be even more sentimental knowing that you picked up that seashell and made it into jewelry yourself. The same is true of sea glass, which can be made into earrings or glued onto a plain choker for a unique and dazzling effect. This way, your souvenirs aren’t collecting dust in a box somewhere.

Use a library wall

It’s nice to have a permanent location to store your souvenirs at all times. One way is with a library wall that also doubles as a media center. Imagine watching TV and scanning all the cherished souvenirs you’ve collected over the years. Each piece has a specific memory attached of a time and place where you visited a location that was new to you.

You may or may not ever go back, but you will always have a piece of that time and place displayed on your library wall. In addition, visitors will see your collection and will certainly have a lot of conversations. Just as coffee table books are conversation pieces, so are souvenirs. You might connect with people over travel, and all of the wonderful items you have discovered.

Souvenirs are the perfect way to remember your travels. Displaying them properly gives them the respect they deserve.

The Ultimate Guide For Yoga Travel

Yoga can really enrich our travels by centering our minds and bodies, allowing us to absorb all of the new sights and experiences at hand.

Keeping our yoga practice up while we are on the move can be challenging, but definitely worth it.

Whether you are embarking on a special yoga retreat, or simply heading off on a work trip, yoga can really help to reduce the stress and stiffness that travel can cause.

Here are some great tips and thoughts about yoga travel:

1. How yoga benefits travel and vice versa

Sometimes traveling can be extremely stressful and can leave us feeling tired and jaded. By practicing a daily set of poses, you can really relax your body and mind.

This will help with sleep, which can be drastically affected by new time zones and crazy sleep schedules.

Practicing yoga in the morning helps to balance the mind, clear out stress, and set you up for a day of exploration and adventure.

Travel can also help your yoga journey too!

By experiencing new places and new sensations, your body awakens and becomes receptive to new limits and abilities.

Different regions of the world practice different kinds of yoga, you may learn something totally new and completely exciting!

2. Retreats and Courses

You might be considering traveling for the purpose of yoga itself. This is a great way to set time aside to dedicate solely to your practice. Go online and research the thousands of yoga retreats around the world.

Think of where you have always wanted to go, and if it’s in your price range, seek out a yoga retreat there. You will be fulfilling a travel goal as well as learning and growing your yoga abilities. Be sure to read reviews and comments to get a feel for the facility.

3. Apps and resources

If you are traveling for work or other non-yoga related reasons, it’s a good idea to download a yoga app so you can have a guide to use while you are on the go.

If you are staying in a hotel, make use of the quiet space of your suite in the morning. Choose a routine on your app and really get into it. Some hotels can actually offer yoga classes, so check ahead to see what’s available.

Yoga.com and Pocket Yoga are great choices with a variety of levels and classes.

4. How to incorporate yoga into all kinds of travel

Take a look at your travel schedule before you go and pencil in sometimes to set aside especially for yoga. This could be in the morning, or before bed, whenever you can get a quiet moment

If you are staying in one place for a week or so, check out what local community yoga classes they have and go along! You can meet new people and get a new yoga perspective

When waiting for long periods of time, i.e. for delayed flights, turn this into a positive and use it as a chance to get some yoga into your day and stretch your body and mind

5. Solo or with a friend?

Solo travel isn’t for everyone, it can be lonely and daunting. Be honest about yourself and if you would really enjoy going solo if not, don’t do it!

Pick a like-minded friend to take on a yoga retreat, someone you know will enjoy it and will get their own set of benefits from it

If you are going solo, choose a yoga retreat or a location that is known for being safe and solo-travel friendly. This will put your mind at ease and allow you to relax and enjoy yourself

6. What to take?

A yoga mat is a great investment if you are planning on incorporating yoga into your travel routine. Lululemon yoga mats are great for travel, they have a wide range of colors, weights, and sizes to suit your preferences. Take comfy, stretchy clothes to wear when commuting or in transit, this allows you to move freely if a spare moment for yoga arises.

CONCLUSION

If you are a yoga beginner or expert, you can benefit from practicing yoga the next time you travel.

The relaxation can really help to reduce stress and anxiety which can be highly exacerbated by travel.

Get started by downloading an app onto your phone so you can have it handy whenever you need it.

Use yoga as a tool for deep sleep and chasing away worries that might hinder you from making the most of your trip.

Parents’ guide for going on vacation with toddlers

Everyone needs a good vacation, even, and sometimes especially, parents. However, if you’ve got a constantly growing toddler at your side, then the idea of an enjoyable getaway may appear farfetched. Luckily, a worthwhile vacation, toddlers included, is more than possible when you’re prepared. The right knowledge and the right tools are all you need to ensure that your family takes a trip worth remembering. Read on to find out how you can best prepare for your first vacation with your tot.

Troubles when taking your toddler on vacation

Thinking about taking your toddler along for an upcoming vacation can be a bit overwhelming for many reasons. Most parents share the same fears when considering doing so, such as wild tantrums. Nobody wants to be the parents with the uncontrollable toddler while everyone is on the beach catching a tan nor the parents who are unsuccessfully chasing their incredibly energetic three-year-old around the peaceful gardens. Worse, it is scary to imagine having to leave a highly anticipated event or missing out on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity on your getaway because your toddler couldn’t pay attention or simply didn’t find interest in it.

The easiest way to avoid each of these unfortunate possibilities, and many others, on your vacation is to consider the entire family in every plan that you make. Every restaurant that you choose, every sight that you want to see and everything in between should be determined under the premise that everyone should be satisfied. If you and your spouse would love to go to the authentic Thai spot, but your children don’t like spicy food, then this wouldn’t be the best choice because the conflict of interests wouldn’t allow any of the family the best experience. To guarantee that everyone has an enjoyable, memorable vacation, as they should, make sure to seek out kid-friendly environments and activities that the entire family can enjoy – some of which you’ll read more about later.

Awesome travel accessories

On any trip, packing smart is very important. Bringing or preparing to purchase the proper tools on your vacation will ensure that there are no problems or unanticipated obstacles. Some items can be purchased at resorts, travel markets or other locations during your getaway. These items include large tote bags and multi-purpose bags, which can be found here and there in most stores or even online if necessary. Toddler backpacks, diaper bags and the like are incredibly helpful to parents on vacation, as they give you the flexibility of carrying everything that you need in one place, and they typically come in a variety of styles. Other items that can be found at your vacation site and are useful to have on hand include first-aid kits, travel cameras and sunscreen.

Other necessities are more likely to be purchased ahead of your departure. For example, it would be a good idea to invest in a reliable stroller before your vacation so that you know if it’s up to the challenge of the trip. Make sure that it isn’t too heavy, is easy to condense and bring on the go and has sturdy wheels and belts. Additional items that you may want to bring along include toys and books for toddlers’ entertainment, car seats and disposable dishware such as sippy cups.

Family-friendly fun

One of the most worrisome things about bringing toddlers along for the family vacation is the idea that you’ll have to constantly attend to them. This is a normal fear; however, it can be easily resolved. By following the tips below, you can create a fun, welcoming environment suitable for the entire family’s relaxation and enjoyment.

Family-friendly activities such as scavenger hunts, tours and festivals are very entertaining for children. You certainly don’t want to bring toddlers somewhere where they feel like they’re the odd ones out, and environments with other children will make things more enjoyable and comfortable for them. Furthermore, it is crucial to research the family-friendly attractions within your destination. Art galleries and museums, national or amusement parks, landmarks and the like are perfect for families and children to explore.

Vacations are meant to be relaxing, fun and full of great experiences for everyone involved. Because it is easier for adults to control their own activities, it is your responsibility to do the same for your toddlers. Make sure that they feel like they’re a part of the vacation by focusing on activities and locations that the entire family can appreciate. Now that you’ve got it all figured out, stop thinking and start relaxing!

The Five Most Overlooked Items You Almost Forgot to Pack on Your International Trip

Traveling internationally can be a potentially life-changing experience; however, it can also be incredibly nerve-racking if you don’t pay close attention what you pack.

After all, not all countries abroad boast the comforts of home. Meanwhile, not bringing all the right items can quickly turn your trip into a headache if everything doesn’t go according to plan. Given the shaky nature of travel these days, let’s be honest: rarely do your trips go 100% the way you imagined them.

Let’s break down the five most overlooked items that many first-time international travelers neglect to bring along on their journeys.

Proper Eyewear

Although glasses and sunglasses may seem like a no-brainer for those with vision issues, you should strive to have a fresh pair of each regardless of where you’re going. Think about it: the summer sun can be brutal regardless of where you’re traveling, meaning you need to protect your eyes accordingly.

Also, this tip is especially important for contact-wearers as bringing contact solution on your trips can be a hassle given restrictions on liquid items. Don’t put yourself in a situation where you have no access to solution and you have to rely on a pair of eyeglasses with an ancient prescription. Thankfully, online shops such as Glasses Gallery can help you find the ideal eyewear depending on where you’re headed.

Must-Have Medication

If you’re going on a long-term trip, you need to have all of your prescriptions in order prior to traveling. Don’t assume you can purchase your daily medications in another country: laws regarding medicine and travel vary greatly from place to place. Also make sure that you bring along the written prescriptions for medications you might need as it’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to TSA.

Luggage Organizers

Given the fact that many airlines are trying to nickel and dime today’s travelers, you should keep as much as you can in your carry-on to avoid unnecessary luggage fees. For example, packing cubes represent a smart solution to maximize the space within your bag. Likewise, having travel-sized liquid containers on deck can help organize your clutter and keep you from worrying about having your bag searched.

In short, the best way to avoid potential delays is to make sure that your bag is well-organized.

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Document Protection

Simply put, you’re going to need to make sure you have somewhere to safely store your passport and any other essential documents while traveling. Rather than simply keep such documents in your wallet or purse, consider a designated passport holder that’s out of sight but can be kept on you at all times. Having your passport well-hidden can give you peace of mind as you don’t have to worry about potentially losing it in your luggage.

Mobile Chargers

In case of a layover, it’s important to have a mobile charger for your laptop and smartphone to keep yourself in contact with the outside world. Whether it’s for entertainment or business, such items are absolute lifesavers when you’re stuck without an outlet. Such items can be purchased on the cheap from sites like Amazon; however, read reviews carefully before purchasing as some third party charges are prone to problems.

Perhaps the best way enjoy your international trips is by packing properly. Having these essentials on deck will help you avoid any potential problems and actually spend more time enjoying your travels.