2013 in Travel Review – Part Two

New Year 2013 conceptYesterday, we ran through our highlights from the first half of the year. As the countdown for 2o14 gets underway, we’ll be looking back at the second half of this year and reflecting on the fun we’ve had sharing little bits of info with web surfers. Let’s jump back in!

Visa ApplicationWe went back to the basics once July hit, and broke down the importance of having a passport and/or a visa for your upcoming travels, and we explained a few instances in which you’ll need one or the other. Heads up, if you’re an American traveling to India, you’ll definitely need a visa. The London Wax museum also unveiled a rockin’ Michael Jackson display that month, so we dedicated a post to the king of pop’s carved likeness. three incredibly life-like statues portray the star’s physical and artistic transformation, starting from his Jackson 5 years, to the Dangerous decade, and lastly through the time period leading up to his untimely demise. It’s worth a visit if you’re in London-town!

Woman trying to close overfilled suitcaseIn August, we showed you which miscellaneous items should always go in your carry-on bag. You probably never thought to tuck an extension cord or wrinkly spray in your bag, but they can really come in handy. Then we put the spotlight on California’s Wine Country. The sights are stunning, the air smells and feels fresh and crisp, the atmosphere is breezy and calm and the wines are deliciously alluring. Go, go, go!

Hello My Name is A Foodie.Next we talked about how to be a fearless foodie, and eat your way through all your favorite destinations, because who doesn’t love a good meal… or five. We also raved about Branson’s Live Music & Entertainment scene and explained why you should book travel insurance. Did you know you can get reimbursed for trip delays, luggage set-backs and medical expenses? It’s worth looking into for every trip.

ny60pgzIn September, we decided to have some more fun with GIFs and created a second installment of your typical travel moments. Have you ever become so wrapped up in a street performer’s visual display that you can’t be bothered with anything else? Sometimes you just have to stop and enjoy the show.

Tablet on the beachOctober rolled around and prompted us to talk about disconnecting from technology while on vacation. It can be a tough task, but the silence and freedom from all our devices can be quite liberating. You’re already taking a break from your regular routine, so why not take a break from the tech gear, too? Once Halloween season rolled around we highlighted a few of our favorite, spooky activities. Between Ghost sails, exclusive costume parties and haunted hayrides, we had plenty of fun ways to spend All Hallow’s Eve.

minimalist-travelWe then laid out the minimalist’s guide to good travel, and showed you how to keep it simple while making the most of every trip. Try looking into a hostel instead of a hotel, don’t be afraid to use public transportation and find out where the locals eat. November was a month to be thankful for all the wonderful things in our world that we may often take for granted. We took this time to explain how good trips can take a sharp turn for the worst but suddenly get better again (we love when that happens!).

Now, here we are in December, bringing everything to a close for the year. We re-worked our Tumblr page and have many fun things planned for 2014.

Thanks for hanging with us, and Happy New Year!

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