Blogger Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Travel

Do you have a loved one who is constantly on the go? Is traveling their main joy in life, and any chance they get they are on a plane to a new destination? Or perhaps it is for work that they are always traveling. Whatever the case may be, having these fun accessories and travel essentials will make the trip that much more enjoyable. For this next part of the Holiday Gift Guide series, I am focusing exclusively on travel gear. Below, I’ve listed all my favorite travel size companions, in flight necessities, and luggage that I swear by. This year alone, I’ve taken 26 flights and counting. I’ve learned a thing or two about what to always pack along the way.

Side note, if you are looking to gift your friend or family member a travel gift card, check out these companies I use to book my trips. I’ve always scored the best deals with them and hopefully your travel enthusiast will too!

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My Top 10 Travel Tips For The Holiday Season

My Top 10 Travel Tips For The Holiday Season

Thanksgiving is the busiest travel season of the year. Roughly 50.9 million people traveled 50 miles or further for Thanksgiving last year. That’s a whole lot of travelers! This year alone, I boarded 26 flights, one cruise, several trains, and 3 car trips. In other words, I have had practice in keeping my cool and staying comfortable while on the road.

If you are boarding a plane, train, or car this season, I have a few tips for you. These suggestions will help you keep your peace of mind, feel as comfortable as possible, and get you to your destination feeling refreshed. I use these tips whenever I travel, especially for work and during busy travel days. I hope you all enjoy and have a safe travel season.

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Solo Travel Through Tokyo: What To Do & Expect

My first ever solo travel adventure began in Tokyo, one of the safest cities in the world. Was I scared… Of course! It was my first time ever traveling by myself for an extended amount of time, and I chose a country half way around the world. I also didn’t know one lick of Japanese. But I was also incredibly excited. Japan had been on my list of dream travel destinations for a long time, and I couldn’t believe I was boarding a plane to see the beautiful country.

In this article, I am going to run through a few things you need to know (where to stay, eat, sleep, travel time, customs & traditions) and a few places to visit if you decide to solo travel through Tokyo as well. I will also add in a few of my favorite memories from my trip, and what I would do differently next time.

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What It’s Actually Like At A Casino Resort

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Casino resorts have developed a certain reputation over the years. They tend to be gaudy, over-the-top, and full of attractions. And we tend to imagine them as places for bachelor and bachelorette parties, or other large and festive gatherings. Basically, you don’t quite know what to expect if you’ve never spent time at a casino resort before, but it’s probably something on a spectrum from Bradley Cooper’s character in The Hangover to George Clooney’s from Ocean’s 11.

The reality is often quite a bit different from what people expect. The primary attractions may not be what you expect, the atmosphere can be unpredictable, and it’s often the resort – not the actual casino floor – that stands out. Below are a few more specific thoughts on what it’s actually like to visit and stay at one of these venues.

These Resorts Are Hotels First

There’s a tendency to think of a casino resort as a casino first, a package of attractions second, and a hotel third. Really, this order might most properly be reversed entirely. Yes, what sets these venues apart is the entertainment. However, casino resorts also have to house endless waves of tourists, and those in charge are well aware that if they don’t provide comfort, they’ll fall behind the competition. As a result, you need only take a look at the recommended hotel rooms in Las Vegas to get a feel for the kind of luxury hotels we’re talking about. Big, comfy beds, wide windows, fancy bathrooms, and often enough living space to host a small group are fairly standard.

Fine Dining Is Part Of The Experience

It’s almost hard to find a noteworthy casino resort that doesn’t have an elegant steakhouse, highly touted ethnic cuisine, a celebrity chef establishment, or some combination of all of the above. For that matter, it’s also become somewhat traditional for these resorts to offer gourmet (though pricey) breakfast buffets. You can certainly wind up paying a little more than you like at any of these places, but the fact of the matter is that fine dining has become inextricably tied to casino resort culture. And menus and pricing aside, the venues themselves tend to have the beautiful décor and interesting layouts you’d expect within a casino.

The Gaudiness Blends In

This may be a matter of taste or personal reaction, but more often than not, the gaudiness commonly associated with casinos basically blends in and blends together. This just means that you won’t be walking around a casino thinking consciously, “what an over-the-top gold-dusted pillar that is for a lobby,” or, “wow, that mock statue of a Roman god looks fake.” Yes, casino resorts tend to be drastically over-decorated, but the faux-chic absurdity of it all is sort of part of the charm, and it makes for more of a total environment than a set of noticeable details.

Casino Floors Are Effectively Open Bars

One guide to navigating the Vegas-like resorts of Atlantic City explicitly states that the drinks are free as long as you’re playing games. But even beyond Atlantic City, this is something of an unstated rule at most legitimate casinos (though sometimes not on cruise ships). The idea is to provide an incentive for people to keep spending money on the tables and – almost certainly – to lower their inhibitions in the process. For the casual gamer however playing with low limits this means that casino floors are used more or less as bars that happen to have games – not the other way around.

It’s Different For High Rollers

By “it,” we mean the entire experience. If you’re heading to a casino expecting to see someone in a suit or ball gown at the other end of your blackjack table, playing with a $5 minimum bet and sipping a fancy cocktail, you’re likely to be disappointed. While some people betting more money do hang around at the more casual tables, legitimate high rollers tend to be in more exclusive areas, and tend to be better catered to by staff. The drink service is more efficient, the amount of money changing hands can be staggering, the dealers are more no-nonsense, and sometimes a room at the hotel is comped.

The Spas Can Be The Most Impressive Parts

“80,000 square foot space takes up two floors.” That’s one of the first lines in a description of the spa facilities at the Aria resort in Las Vegas, per Spa Manners. 80,000 square feet over two floors! And that’s just one of dozens of spas at resorts all over the city. This of course depends on where you go, but casino resorts are meant to be entire vacations in and of themselves, and that means relaxation isn’t taken lightly. In many cases the spa facilities can be the most impressive parts of the experience, elevated over gaming floors, hotel rooms, and all the rest.

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Jobs That Will Allow You to Travel More

For many people, the opportunity to properly travel the world and experience everything this life has to offer is a big deal. There are so many jobs out there that allow you to travel, so why carry on doing your current job that simply ties you to your desk and keeps you confined in the same fours walls, day after day, year after year. To give you some inspiration, here are 5 jobs that will allow you to travel more. Read on to learn all about them.

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A Night On The Peace Boat with The United Nations

A Night On The Peace Boat with The United Nations

I recently had the opportunity to board the Peace Boat along with a few renowned United Nations delegates. It was an incredibly moving experience that I wanted to share with all of you. The night was full of inspiration and messages from leaders around the world. Here is what the Peace Boat is currently doing to provided assistance and exciting news that was just announced.

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Where To Travel To This Summer Vacation 2018

Santorini Greece, Where to Travel, Summer Vacation 2018, Travel Ideas

There are a plethora of options to travel to this summer vacation. Finding which one is best for you and will give you everything you are looking for in a destination is the challenge. This list guarantees to cover a variety of locations for everyone’s personal travel needs. From adventures to pamper sessions by the beach. Here is where to travel to this Summer Vacation 2018.

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Planning A Weekend In The Hamptons

Weekend In The Hamptons 2018

It is officially Hamptons season! New Yorkers, and those in the tri-state area have waited all year to be able to escape to the string of luxurious seaside communities located a few hours outside of the bustling city. If you have decided that this is the year you will vacation in the Hamptons, here are a few tips that will help you live like the locals and famously enjoy this incredible beach city.

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A Review Of The House Of Sandeman Hostel And Suites

A Review Of The House Of Sandeman Hostel And Suites

I recently visited Porto, Portugal. Upon arrival, I wasn’t sure what to expect, except good wines and breathtaking views. While strolling through the district of wine caves, I stumbled upon the brand new The House of Sandeman Hostel and Suites. I asked my friend if I could go in to take a look. We walked up two flights of stairs and was impressed by the refined decor and friendly staff.

I instantly knew I had to stay here. I booked two nights on the spot for the following Monday and Tuesday. The total cost was 28 Euros, which included a two-night stay and breakfast each day. That’s $32 for all my friends in the States. I think this is by far the best deal I have encountered in the last three months of traveling. Here is the breakdown of the hostel and suites for those who are looking for accommodations while in Porto.

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Where to Grab The Best Donuts for National Donut Day

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Today marks National Donut Day, so why not make a round up of the best gooey donut places to visit and celebrate! There is something wonderful as a crisp delicious outside yet warm and soft baked inside. It goes hand in hand with a rich, strong coffee. Let me know in the comments what you’ll indulge in for the day.

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How I Afford To Travel For Three Months

How I afford to travel for three months

The biggest question I receive is how do you afford to travel, and especially for three months? In this article, I will share all my tips and tricks on getting the best deals, ways to save, where to splurge, and how to organize it all. If you are looking to travel the world, and not willing to spend your life savings, keep reading on how I afford to travel for three months! These tips can be applied by anyone (no comp rooms for reviews here!).

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Why You Need To View Your Vacation Time Differently This Year

Vacation Time

When it comes to heading out on your next vacation, you’ll often find that you follow a bit of a pattern. It may not even be something that you’re aware of. When you think about researching your next trip, you may look for the same kinds of hotels, similar areas, and even travel in the same country. While there’s nothing wrong with that, you may find that your travel experiences are limited. There’s a big world out there, and by sticking to your same patterns, you may find that you’re missing out on seeing different cultures, meeting new people, and just enjoying what the world has to offer. So why not make a change this year?

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My Experience At The Millennials Kyoto

The Millennials Kyoto Review

I took a weekend trip to Kyoto and it blew my mind. I had no idea what to expect when arriving by the Nozomi bullet train. I really didn’t think I would have loved it as much as I did. There is so much to see and do in the cute city. There is so much natural beauty to the town. I also know part of the reason I loved it so much, was my experience at the Millennials in Kyoto. This is not sponsored btw, this is my honest review and support to a company who is doing something awesome.

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Overworked? It’s Time For A Much-Needed Break!

Overworked? It's Time For A Much Needed Break

Many women lead full and hectic lives. You might be juggling the demands of your boss with family life and various other commitments. One thing’s for sure, most women feel like they have very little spare time. A full calendar can be great; it means that you’re living a fulfilled life and are in high demand. However, it is important to be mindful of the fact that nobody can run on empty for very long. It’s vital to have enough time in your life to relax and unwind. Stress and fatigue can creep up on those who haven’t taken any time out for themselves, and especially of those who just keep plowing through their responsibilities and commitments. Believe me, I am that girl! But I realized that the constant on-the-go can lead to potential health and well-being issues, resulting in time away from work and responsibilities that you can’t afford to miss.

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