Posts Tagged ‘Travel’

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…)

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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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.┬áhis 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…)

Ways To Save Money on Vacation

Monday, February 17th, 2014

Save and spend

We like saving money. Chances are, you also like saving money.

Saving money while also having a great time on vacation means returning home a happy camper. You’ve probably had that feeling of dread after a lavish week away from home… that moment you decide to finally check your bank account and face reality. We’d like to help ease the anxiety of that moment, so here are some simple ways to save money on your next trip. (more…)

Tips for Keeping Your Home Safe While On Vacation

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

houseNow that you’ve finished planning that trip, it’s time to sit back, relax and wait for your departure date to arrive. Except there’s one more thing to remember: securing your home. If you’ll be away for longer than a day or two, you’ll want to take the proper precautions to ensure you empty home is nice and secure. Of course, we’d all love to think the best of the people in or near our community and assume that none of these individuals would pose a threat to our belongings, but it doesn’t hurt to be extra careful anyway. It only takes a few simple steps to increase your home’s level of safety.

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What To Do With Your Pet While You Travel

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Young child playing fetch with dogSo, you’re planning a family trip this year? Maybe you’re traveling for work? Whether you’re a small tribe with multiple children and multiple dogs running around, or a single unit that consists of yourself and your feline friend, if you are leaving your home for an extended period of time, you’ll need to ensure your pet is well taken care of. Depending on the domestic company you keep, there are a few options to consider when making preparations. Here are a handful of ideas to help decide what to do with your pet while you travel. (more…)

5 Tips to Avoid Altitude Sickness on Your Ski Trip

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

altitude sicknessThe dust from the holidays has finally settled. Everyone is getting the most use out of their favorite gifts, the tree has been stripped and tossed and the new health routines are (not?) being broken. We’re also starting to remember the realities of winter weather, unless of course you have a vacation around the corner. In which case, all dietary bets are off. Take advantage of those all-you-can-eat dining options on your cruise, or ride down to the beach and enjoy the most decadent seafood available. If you’re planning a trip to the mountains, seize the chance to have some hot and piping comfort meals to keep you warm.

Vacations are meant to be fully enjoyed, and your ski or snowboarding trip is no exception, despite the freezing temperatures and uncomfortably high altitudes. Altitude sickness can attack even the healthiest individuals, and even if you’re just planning a relaxing weekend at a mile-high cabin, you’ll want to take the proper precautions to ensure you body stays in tip-top shape. Here are a few tips. (more…)


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