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10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know about New York City

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

New York City skyscrapersNew York City is a beloved location for all kinds of people. It’s full of history, excitement, opportunity and adventure. Today, we’re taking a looks at a few things – well 10 things you probably didn’t know about New York City. That’s right, it’s time for a few fun facts! Let’s get started.

1. The static electricity is so strong on the top of the building that people on the observatory floor can see sparks when they kiss.

2. The lampposts in Central Park are numbered to help visitors know where they are. (more…)

30 Tours Under $30

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Tourist looking at City map outdoors

We won’t spend too much time introducing this post, but we will say this: there are plenty of ways to see some of your favorite cities for reasonable prices. The list below includes cruise, walking, and bus tour and other activity options, so if you’re looking for a more frugal way to see some of the best sights in some of the best destinations, look no further. Here are our top 30 tours under $30.*

(All international tour prices are listed in USD) (more…)

Foursquare Check-Ins Move to Swarm App

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

--Foursquare, a company that pioneered the online check-in, is changing things up. Compiled on the list of our favorite travel apps, this mobile application is great for finding new places to visit while you’re traveling. If you’re new to a city and want to know where people are gathering for the afternoon, just open the app and see what’s hot. The higher the number of check-ins, the more popular the establishment. It really comes in handy if you’re looking for a good eatery, and there’s usually a handful of tips on what to order.

Once you arrive somewhere, the old Foursquare would let you check-in and leave a tip of your own. Sometimes a discount or special would pop up, just for using Foursquare. It’s a nifty little app. Now, however, the check-in process has migrated to their new Swarm application. This means users are now required to download a separate app for their check-ins. All recommendations and searches are still reserved for the Foursquare app, as are leaving “tips” for any places you’ve visited. Many users are frustrated with this transition, and App Store reviews for Swarm average two out of five stars. (more…)

The Best Coffee Shops Around Atlanta

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

white cup of coffee close up

We like the idea of visiting unique-to-the-city coffee shops on our travels. It’s a simple way to get a taste of the city, literally and figuratively. If you’re new to Atlanta, traveling to Atlanta, or even if you’ve lived in Atlanta a while, these coffee shops are definitely worth a visit.

1. Condessa Coffee – 480 John Wesley Dobbs Ave NE

Condessa Coffee is comfortably situated in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward. The beverages are crafted with Counter Culture Coffee and Rishi Organic Tea – the kind of high-quality brands you can’t find at your local grocery store. They also serve beers from local breweries and mix up some of the finest cocktails around town. (more…)

Should You Stay at a Hostel?

Friday, June 27th, 2014

hostelWe’ve covered some reasons why you should stay at a bed and breakfast, and now we’re laying out why you might consider staying at a hotel. This post is for all the solo travelers out there, and in short, yes! You should definitely consider staying at a hostel. Hostels are extremely popular among students, but they’re a great alternative for all ages to traditional lodging options. For those who are used to hotels, staying at a hostel is likely out of the comfort zone, but that’s not always a bad thing – especially while traveling. Breaking out of your comfort zone often makes for amazing stories, and we have a few reasons why you should book a hostel on your next trip.

They encourage you to get more social

Hostels are often set-up like dormitories, only better! The restrooms are cleaner, there’s no loud music interrupting your sleep (because everyone is respectful of each other) and everyone is there for the same reason – to travel! It’s a great way to meet new people, and the common areas are great for socializing. Just make sure to be respectful of your roommates. (more…)

The Coolest Things to do in Dallas, Texas

Friday, June 6th, 2014

dallas sightseeingIf you’re traveling to Dallas, Texas, for the first time or for the tenth time, you might not be thinking about seeing the sights. Even though Dallas may not have as well-known a reputations as other large cities in the United States, it still deserves to be explored – thoroughly! Dallas is a big city that is full of charm and excitement, and the sights are definitely worth seeing. Here’s our short list of fun activities in the area.

1. The Executive Segway Tour [x]

We detailed a few reasons why you should try a segway tour awhile back, and Dallas, Texas is the perfect city for it. This particular tour is the most popular one in the city, and it will take you to several famous locales in Dallas, including the JFK Memorial, and Dealey Plaza, which earned its infamy after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. Anyone over the age of 14 is welcome, so grab those teens looking for some adventure and join the fun.

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5 Great iPhone Apps to Filter Your Travel Photos (besides Instagram)

Monday, May 19th, 2014

iphoneography

Iphoneography is the art of capturing visually appealing photos with an Apple iPhone, and it has has recently taken the social media world by storm. The days of grainy and unclear mobile phone photos are long gone! High-quality pictures can now be taken without a fancy DSLR, and many professional photographers now use their handy Apple device as their secondary camera. With eight megapixels, auto focus, face detection features and more, the latest iPhone cameras are solid pieces of photo-snapping equipment.

For those travelers who prefer not to drag their DSLR along for every moment of every adventure, using your iPhone is a fantastic alternative. Since, most of the magic happens after the photo has been taken, during the editing process, iPhone apps are popping up left and right for your photo-filtering needs. Instagram is arguably the most popular choice, but in case you’re bored with using those same filters, here are five of our favorite (and mostly free) options.

1. Eye Em

EyeEm Filter

Original vs. EyeEm filter

EyeEm is a photo sharing application and is similar to Instagram, but there are a handful of differences that make it stand out in its own right. The company labels itself as a “photography community,” and it’s centered around visual creativity. There are 20 different filters that can be used to spice up your photo, and it’s as simple to use as your built-in camera app.

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A Few Reasons to Book a B&B When you Travel

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Bed and BreakfastMost people instinctive think to book a hotel for their lodging needs while on vacation. With countless sites devoted to helping you find the perfect suite in the perfect location at the perfect price, securing a hotel room can seem like the most convenient choice. There are, however, other options. Namely, a bed and breakfast – A.K.A. a B&B.

B&Bs are a great place to stay in any city, but they’re often overshadowed by all those big-name hotel chains and their fancy advertising. We’d like to urge every traveler to try a B&B on a few of their trips. Check out our solid list of reasons below

Quality service

Bed and Breakfasts are often small establishments. Unlike hotels, you will likely have a chance to actually meet the owner(s), and you might actually make an honest connection with them. The gentleman who checks you into your room can also recommend the best nearby place for dinner instead of referring you to a concierge. Also, these kind of recommendations will usually be based on experience, rather than just listing a few run-of-the-mill dining chains.

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Our 5 Wildest Zipline Options from Around the World

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Bootleg Canyon Zipline Tour in Las Vegas

 

There’s more to Las Vegas than spectacular shows and brightly lit casinos-hotels. This zipline option is perfect for those who’d like to escape the mainstream and try something different in “sin city.” The Bootleg Canyon Zipline Tour takes place at the base of Red Mountain and flies over the desert ecosystem of the area. There’s also an option with transportation from major hotels in the area.

Canyon Canopy Zipline Tour from Cabo San Lucas

If you’re planning a getaway to Los Cabos, Mexico soon, our neighbors to the south also host a wild zipline option. This spectacular eco-tour not only offers thrill seekers the unique opportunity to zip through canyons on a network of cables suspended high above the unspoiled landscape of Sierra National Park, but it is also jam-packed with other challenges and adventures that allow you to explore the Baja outdoors in a whole new way. (No previous experience necessary!)

Five Zipline Adventure in Makawao on Maui, Hawaii

There’s more to Maui than the beautiful beaches. The island is also blooming with forestation, and the five-zipline tour includes a glide through immense Eucalyptus forests. This premier tour includes 5 ziplines ranging in length from 480 feet to over 1/2 mile, for a total distance of 6,455 feet! The ultimate 2,800 foot zipline is the longest side-by-side zipline in the state. (more…)

New Goodies!

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

New

Spring is on it’s way and will (hopefully) bring some warmer weather to our side of the world, soon. We’ve been busy preparing new tours and activities to add to our catalog, and some of them are now available for reservations. Check out some of our new options below.

Chicago Favorites Food Tasting & Walking Tour

This one goes out to all the food lovers out there. If you’re interested in exploring the city of Chicago while satisfying your palate, here is the perfect 3-hour stroll through the city. his tour operates outside as much as possible, but will make use of Chicago’s unique underground Pedway system in extremely cold weather. During the warmer days, you’ll enjoy the large promenades of the Loop.Along the way, you’ll try some of the foods Chicago is best known for doing right, including pizza, brownies, hot dogs, and a couple of local brews (more…)


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