Among the most notable aspects of using an Airalo eSIM is that the technology is already equipped in the phone, which allows you to avoid the necessity of installing another program onto your phone.
The only issue with using an eSIM as opposed to SIM cards is that eSIMs can only be used with the new phones that they are placed in and cannot be integrated into older phone models.
While phones are the primary devices that are able to support Airalo eSIMs for travel, there are also a wide range of laptops and tablets that have had an eSIM chip installed into them, which gives you the ability to use the type of device you prefer the most.
The main devices that are equipped with eSIMs include Google Pixel 3, the iPhone 11 series, and all 3rd generation iPad computers.
Keep in mind that the country you purchase the device in will dictate if the device is outfitted with an eSIM.
Some of the devices that carry eSIMs will have different names for the same model in other countries.
What You Should Know About Airalo
If you’ve never heard of Airalo before now, they are an eSIM store that are focused on providing the right services and products to world travelers.
They accommodate eSIMs throughout more than 100 countries, which should make it relatively easy for you to gain access to your data plan no matter the country you’re currently visiting.
The founders of Airalo are travelers themselves who understand the needs of other travelers and the common frustrations that we all go through when trying to remain connected when in other areas of the world.
Their main goal is to make sure that all of their customers are provided with great rates and a myriad of options to ensure that all of their needs are met.
The best aspect of using Airalo is that they have made it easy to access your eSIM in all countries.
Whether you require a better data plan or have just arrived at your destination, all you need to do is log in directly to your Airalo profile to purchase an eSIM plan.
Advantages of Using Airalo eSIMs
There are many notable advantages of using Airalo eSIM chips, the primary of which is that you will no longer need to worry about managing multiple SIM cards at a time.
Since all of the necessary information for each country you visit is stored in the same location, you get to avoid the hassle that typically comes with international SIM cards.
As soon as you arrive at your destination, you will be able to access a local network with your Airalo eSIM.
It’s also easy to change to a different eSIM through the Airalo app if necessary.
When you use Airalo, you’ll notice that they provide a fantastic rewards program to customers via a custom currency known as Airmoney.
When you obtain a new eSIM for your travels or top up your current eSIM, you will earn a certain amount of credit, which can then be used to purchase the next international eSIM that you require.
As long as your device is equipped with an eSIM chip, there’s practically no reason to use SIM cards over an eSIM.
Customization Options When Using Airalo
Another top benefit of using Airalo for your eSIM needs is that they provide many different packages and options when purchasing an eSIM.
The packages available depend on the specific region or country that you’re currently located in.
If you’re staying in a certain country for upwards of one month, you will likely be able to find packages that provide different amounts of data that can be accessed for 30 days.
It’s also possible to find packages that last for seven days and ones that last for longer than a month, which means that you should only pay for the amount of data you need.
While buying international SIM cards hasn’t always been a hassle for me, it’s far more difficult and time-consuming when compared to using an eSIM.
With an eSIM, you no longer need to worry about purchasing a SIM card.
If you’re getting ready to travel, Airalo can provide for all of your eSIM needs.
We had a great time on our family vacation to Las Vegas. It was a quick getaway — just two days. Here’s how to enjoy Las Vegas on the cheap.
Whether you have a day or a week to spend in Las Vegas, you will find lots to do that’s free.
The entertainment here is endless. You can walk down the 4.2 mile Las Vegas Strip, awash in all the activity around you … day or night.
The people-watching alone is worth it. You will see everyone here — doing their own thing — enjoying this unique place.
As you walk down the Strip, you will be awed by the massive hotel structures and signage — all larger than life — all trying to attract attention in this 24/7 wonderland.
Much of the fun here is taking in your surroundings.
The stellar hotels all have something to draw you in. Many have aquariums, lavish gardens, and live animals. Each has a theme — there’s Paris, Caesar’s Palace, The Mirage, The Luxor, Bellagio, and so many more — all showcasing their exhibitions in big ways.
And the shows! There are so many shows in Las Vegas. Even if you think you don’t like shows, you will find something that appeals to you. There are afternoon shows as well as shows early evening and later into the night.
Did you say shopping? There is everything here, including high-end retailers.
No matter how much you can spend, there’s truly something for everyone in Vegas.
List of free things to do in Las Vegas
This is the list I wish I had before going to Las Vegas. All of these are kid-friendly things to do. Adults will enjoy them as well. And who doesn’t like free?!
Planning where you will be on the Strip is key for you to maximize your time and minimize your walking.
Remember, the Las Vegas Strip is 4.2 miles long, so plan to see what you can when you are in that section. You may not have the time nor energy to backtrack later.
We will start at the South end of the Strip and proceed to the North end of the Strip.
Free things to do starting on the south end of the Strip
Welcome to Las Vegas sign
This is the iconic sign. What’s great is there is some free parking here. If this is important for you to see, go early before the lines get really long.
My kids studied Egypt in school so we enjoyed walking around seeing the Egyptian statues, hieroglyphics, etc.
New York – New York
Explore Hershey’s Chocolate World. Here’s the place to experience all of Hershey’s brands along with their characters in this renowned candy emporium.
You will enjoy walking around, seeing their merchandise as well as their wall of candy.
Even if you don’t buy any candy — but who could resist even a piece? — you will enjoy seeing all things Hershey.
Next to MGM Grand, is the famous M&M World. Here you will find four floors of shopping, colorful displays, and of course, candy. There is a massive M&M wall where you can try (buy) every flavor and see every color of M&M.
There is a free movie on the third floor and a race car on the fourth, so be sure to visit all the floors.
Also on the third floor is the Welcome to Las Vegas sign — M&M’s style — complete with M&M’s characters. It’s a great photo opportunity whether or not you see the “official” sign and probably a lot more fun for kids.
The giant M&M’s character statues make for a bold and bright shopping experience.
The Coca-Cola Store
Like going to Hershey World and M&M World, you can choose whether you want to buy anything here.
The Coca-Cola Store is another worldwide brand which makes it fun to see. We are used to buying their products on a shelf, not walking into an entire world with their products displayed floor-to-ceiling.
This store spans two floors. On the first floor, you can take free photos (with your own camera) with the Coca-Cola polar bear.
In addition to merchandise, they have a tasting area (for a fee) on the second floor.
Be sure to take a picture outside by the giant Coca-Cola bottle.
Paris Las Vegas
The Paris boasts a massive Eiffel Tower outside. You may want to just stand across the street for a picture.
Miracle Mile Shops
Inside the Miracle Mile Shops mall is an amazing free show. Beginning at 11am and running every hour Monday – Thursday, you can enjoy their Rainstorm Show. It runs every half hour Friday – Sunday.
Bellagio Hotel and Casino
Fountains at Bellagio
Every half hour until 8pm you can enjoy the incredible fountain show at Bellagio.
Prepare to be awed by the dancing water, music, and lights.
Get there a little early to enjoy it from the railing, though there is a huge area with plenty of places no matter where you stand. After 8pm, the fountains run every 15 minutes until midnight.
We watched the fountain show and then proceeded to the main hotel entrance. Located right across from the front lobby service desk is the famed Chihuly ceiling.
This is a very popular attraction at Bellagio. They estimate between 15,000 – 20,000 people come in to view the ceiling and the Bellagio Conservatory each day.
While it was crowded when we were there, it wasn’t terrible. We were able to take the time to see what we wanted.
The Chihuly ceiling spans over 2,100 square feet.
From there you can see and walk over to the Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. They change it for the seasons. You will see plants and decorations everywhere you turn.
Inside the Caesars Forum Shops is another free thing to do in Las Vegas.
Fall of Atlantis show
They have a show about the story of Atlantis. It’s called Fall of Atlantis. The first show is at 11am. Shows are on the hour until 10pm or 11pm (Friday – Sunday).
This free show will wow young ones. It incorporates water, fire, and talking 9-foot statues.
Saltwater Aquarium at Caesars
In addition, there is a 50,000 gallon saltwater aquarium you will want to see. It’s free to view it.
It boasts over 100 species of marine life, including sharks, and tropical puffers. You can plan to view it during one of their feeding times which will make it even more exciting. They also offer aquarium tours (for a fee).
The Mirage Hotel
Volcano Show is free
As you continue your way down the Strip, be sure to check out the Mirage’s free Volcano show at 8pm and 9pm. The volcano erupts just twice a day during the week. They add a third show on the weekends.
Note, in the past, the volcano show ran every half hour.
Seeing the volcano show should be on your top list of free things to do in Las Vegas. We saw it years earlier and were stunned at how great it was. Kids young and old will be mesmerized seeing the volcano eruption and the fire.
Saltwater aquarium at The Mirage
Inside The Mirage, there is more free entertainment.
There is a 20,000 gallon saltwater aquarium at The Mirage. It’s behind the front desk.
It contains a magnificent coral reef housing 450 fish. Over 80 species are represented here, including angelfish and pufferfish.
Tropical rainforest at The Mirage
Inside the front entrance of the hotel is a tropical paradise you can enjoy. Here you will see waterfalls and lagoons, as well as orchids and many types of plants. Take some time to meander through this space.
Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel
Check out the free outdoor animal habitat at the Flamingo Hotel.
The Flamingo Wildlife Habitat is where you can see a flock of Chilean flamingos, and other birds such as parrots, waterfalls, ducks, swans. There are fish and turtles as well in this lush habitat that includes waterfalls.
It’s open from 8am – dusk. They also have two live pelican feedings per day you might be lucky enough to see.
Visit The Venetian for their free show, Streetmosphere. This performance is at the Venetian’s St. Mark’s Square in the Grand Canal Shoppes.
Streetmosphere will entertain you with opera singers, jugglers, performers, and stilt walkers.
Depending on the time you are there, they have other performances as well.
There are also living statues on display throughout the day. Like all the hotels you visit in Vegas, you will feel like you are there — in this case, in Venice with the art and culture.
If you make it to this far north on the Strip, be sure to check out the free circus show at Circus Circus.
This Las Vegas hotel boasts the world’s largest permanent circus.
Check the times they perform. When we were there, they were scheduled to be on the center stage of Carnival Midway starting at 11:30am daily.
Kids and adults will enjoy the circus acts and performers. There are trapeze acts, clowns, jugglers, a contortionist, and more.
Roaming around the Strip is free
We were out walking around the Strip during the day and into the early evening. It was completely appropriate for kids. It wasn’t rowdy and the people seemed like us — tourists out and about, trying to see everything famous in Las Vegas.
Be sure to enjoy viewing all the design features at the hotels. They are wonders to behold.
What was really fun about each of these stops is that the hotels have a lot of built-in fun. They want you to stick around and roam. It was part of the experience. Even walking in and out of stores is fun.
Family vacation to Las Vegas on the cheap
We stayed off the Strip inexpensively at the Hampton Inn Tropicana. They have a nominal fee for parking but their free breakfast makes up for it.
It was a quick Lyft ride to the south end of the Strip where we started our sightseeing.
Taking a car service back from midway on the Strip to the Hampton Inn was also inexpensive.
Not renting a car in Las Vegas to save money
If you are flying into Vegas, the Hampton Inn is a quick Lyft or Uber ride away from McCarran International Airport.
You will pay far less on Ubers than you will renting a car in Las Vegas. So fly in, and don’t rent a car.
If you’ve never used Lyft or Uber, set up an account before you go, and familiarize yourself with the app and the service. Doing so will make it stressfree when you arrive.
We loved being in warm weather and the fabulous hotel pool. This truly was a vacation in itself! While we didn’t do any gambling or late-night galavanting, we had a sightseeing-packed day and were exhausted at night.
Eating cheaply in Las Vegas
And the eating! We aren’t big restaurant people at home, but in Las Vegas, it’s hard not to be. While there are still the famed buffets, there are fewer of them than in previous years.
Each hotel seems to have an upscale restaurant with a renowned chef from a reality show or somewhere. Then there are the tried and true favorites like Hard Rock Cafe and other iconic restaurant chains.
We took advantage of our location at the Hampton Inn. Nearby — walkable but there is a lot of traffic — is In-N-Out Burger. It’s a healthier fast-food chain and very affordable for families.
Cheap activities off the Strip
Another family fun activity that’s inexpensive is just off the Strip. Adults and kids will love spending time at the Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas. It’s a great place for kids to use some of their money as well.
Pinball Hall of Fame
It’s on Tropicana Ave, approximately 2.7 miles from the Strip, and east of the McCarran International Airport.
It’s It’s about 10 minutes by car from the Strip so if you take a Lyft or an Uber, it’s reasonable. There is free parking if you drive there.
This is a pinball lover’s dream! There are hundreds of pinball machines lined in rows in a 10,000 square foot building. It’s a bit dark but you will get used to it. This enables you to enjoy the lights and features on the machines you play.
You will be sure to find some childhood favorites. We enjoyed seeing Scooby Doo, the Flintstones, Kiss, AC/DC, Motley Crue, and more.
There are pinball machines from the 1950s as well as up through the 1990s.
You can use the change machine onsite, and they also take credit cards. There are cups for you to keep your quarters in.
We loved how most all of the pinball machines had a note taped on them with how many quarters it took to play and how many balls you get. That was helpful for my kids to decide which to play.
It’s super fun for adults and kids. There isn’t gambling here. We also liked that there aren’t redemption tickets or anything. You play until you lose your last ball, and then pay more to play again. (The prize is you get to play on these awesome vintage machines!)
You can make this a quick stop or stay for hours. It just depends how much you want to spend. We gave our kids $10 each, while the adults spent $5 – $10 each. We were there over an hour enjoying playing and looking around.
You will likely see college students there as this is close to the University of Las Vegas.
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
Another wonderful and cheap spot off the Strip is Red Rock Canyon. It’s 18.5 miles from the Strip and took us just under 25 minutes to get there.
This park in Clark County, Nevada. It’s open from 6am – 5pm daily, making it doable even in the summer months.
The price to enter is based on the vehicle. Depending on other areas you may visit, you can choose to buy a park pass. We used our America the Beautiful Annual Pass which let us in for free.
We only had time to do the 13 mile scenic drive. Note, it’s on a one-way only road.
There is also a Visitor’s Center and amazing hiking here for all levels of difficulty.
Las Vegas on the cheap
What’s really amazing about a vacation in Las Vegas is you can spend a lot or not spend a lot and you will still have fun. There are a lot of free things to do in Las Vegas.
So much of the fun is wandering around, popping into the hotels and shops. It’s truly a remarkable spectacle but at the same time, very well-organized and maintained so that you feel safe and carefree.
Destinations Via Private Jet – The perks of getting to destinations via private jet are obvious.
However, exactly where people are heading may be less obvious.
Where are adventure-seeking, luxury-loving people taking off to in private jets these days?
It probably won’t come as a big surprise to you that warm-weather spots top the list of destinations people are flying to via private jet.
In fact, essentially all of the top destinations for private jets in the world are island destinations.
What is interesting is that most private flyers don’t appear to be interested in taking off to remote, isolated holiday destinations.
Private flyers actually do want to enjoy the same spots as “mainstream” tourists.
However, the biggest difference is that they want to get there without any hassles.
Mainstream, easily accessible holiday spots make sense for busy travelers looking to pop in and out for a quick weekend by the sea.
What we’re seeing is that those who fly by private jet are searching on Bitlux looking for beach destinations with mild temperatures that can be reached by direct flights from some of the world’s biggest cities and financial hubs.
Top 5 Destinations via Private Jet Around the Globe
Which spots on the globe offer that perfect mix of decadent, luxurious accommodations and practical accessibility?
Let’s dive in to see where the world’s private jets are jetting off to these days.
One thing that you may find surprising is that many of the most popular destinations for private jets on the globe are actually located within the Americas.
Additionally, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region house many of the top arrival spots for private jets in the world.
Here’s your look at the top five destinations for private jets in the world.
In fact, islands within the Americas collectively make up the top hub for non-commercial aviation in the world.
No destination tops the Bahamas when it comes to activity among private jets.
This jewel of the West Indies is the top spot for private jets in both the Americas and the world.
An abundance of private residences and world-class resorts within the Bahamas can make it easy to go from a jet to private accommodations without encountering any other vacationers.
Many people who come to the Bahamas via private plane come as the personal guests of friends who have lovely beachfront estates here.
Most of the private arrivals in the Bahamas come from the United States or Canada.
It can be particularly easy to make the leap from Miami to the Bahamas on short notice when an invite arrives from a friend in the Bahamas.
The new thing among private flyers is to see Old San Juan.
Travelers looking for an immersive, authentic Caribbean experience are increasingly making the trip to Puerto Rico from convenient departure spots like Miami.
One might think that the hurricanes that caused devastation throughout Puerto Rico in recent years would place a damper on tourism.
However, the opposite is actually true. The numbers show that 2019 was actually a record year for tourism throughout the island.
Information from Puerto Rico’s Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) reveals that 5.2 million travelers came to the Caribbean destination in 2019.
Resort operators, restaurants, shops and excursion hosts are all more than happy to help to create amazing experiences and adventures for those who wish to touch down by private jet.
Many private flyers are deciding to fly to Puerto Rico for holidays at the moment precisely because they want to support the island’s rebounding tourism industry.
Europe via Private Jet
Mallorca has become a magnet for private jets.
This Mediterranean destination within Spain’s Balearic Islands offers a taste of warm weather and exotic beaches on the European continent.
The fact that Mallorca is so accessible as a weekend getaway spot for people looking to escape London’s Downing Street or Berlin’s financial district for a few days has positioned this island as the premier destination within Europe for jaunts by private jet.
Of course, many of the jets heading to Majorca originate in mainland Spain.
Ibiza tails Mallorca just slightly in private-jet arrivals.
This beautiful Spanish island in the Mediterranean is located less than 100 miles off the coast of Valencia.
However, travelers find a place that feels worlds away from any other spot on the globe once they arrive.
Ibiza has what many consider to be one of the most epic, electric and vice-filled nightlife scenes in the world.
Many of the top nightclubs within Europe actually open offshoot clubs in this sultry spot during the peak summer months.
The season is essential when traveling across the pond.
England, Wales, and Scotland all have long periods of rainy and gray.
Though the gloomy weather could provide a unique backdrop of some sights, the sun will make the journey more enjoyable.
Going on your trip during spring still brings rains, but you’ll also get to see the flowers and plants bloom.
The heat won’t be as intense as summer, and it won’t be as cold as winter.
The prime months for a road trip will be March, April, and May.
Unfortunately, many tourists have wizened to the temperature weather of spring.
Book your tickets well in advance to ensure that you’ll be able to go when you want.
Learning the British Roads
Unless you’re from Australia, Japan, India, or countries in Southern Africa or Northern South America, you’ll have to adjust to the different road rules.
The United Kingdom has standardized driving on the left side of the road instead of the right side.
You can go online to read up on the road signs, average speed limits where you’ll be driving, and other essential information.
You’ll also want to contact your insurance agency to figure out international automobile plans.
Unless you already have a license valid in the United Kingdom, you’ll need to acquire an international ID before you can drive.
No matter what country you’re in, the worldwide license will let you steer a private vehicle.
You’ll need to:
Have a valid ID for six months before you can apply. Make sure that your local license is valid and won’t expire during your trip. After studying up on the road rules in the UK, you’ll be able to take an exam.
Pay a one-time fee of around $24 to submit your application.
Attach a photo of yourself with a plain background, your signature, and a copy of your local driver’s license.
Go through a well-respected company like AAA to ensure that your international permit is valid.
You can expect your order to be completed within 10 to 15 business days, so plan to wait for a little while.
Hiring a Rental Vehicle
With your international permit in hand and the dates picked you, it’s time to go through a car rental UK company to reserve your vehicle.
Unless you have friends in the United Kingdom who will be joining you on the trip, you’ll need to rent a car.
To rent, you need a valid credit card and a plane ticket.
You can rent right at the airport, or you can book in advance online.
You’ll have a more varied selection of vehicles to select from if you go on the internet to reserve.
Make sure that you book the car right when you arrive and give yourself a couple of buffer days to return it.
You don’t want to be stuck on a rigid schedule.
Three Countries at Once
The United Kingdom is a unique road trip destination because you’ll be driving through three countries.
You can start in England, drive through Scotland, and then end the trip in Wales.
Maybe you’ve already been to Scotland, and you’d prefer to spend more time in England.
You won’t need to switch rental cars, international licenses, or road rules from country to country.
The only thing you’ll have to get used to is the changing gas prices.
History While on the Road
The United Kingdom draws flocks of tourists because of its rich history.
The three countries have a plethora of views that you can drive by.
Spending a day in London means bustling around snapping photos of Big Ben, the London Eye, and Buckingham Palace.
With a car, you can drive by Stonehenge, Medieval Salisbury, and many rustic cottages and villages.
You’ll be able to see architecture and road systems that are thousands of years old.
A road trip gives you the freedom to see the history of the United Kingdom how you want to without having to stress about catching a bus or train.
End with a Camping Trip
Though not exactly known for its camping, the United Kingdom has plenty of amazing spots for you to set up a tent.
The New JFK Airport – Word on the streets is that $3.8 billion has been set aside for the expansion and renovation of terminal 4 at the John F. Kennedy Airport.
There are plans to do the same to a second terminal but the officials are taking it a step at a time.
This impending expansion and renovations programs is a necessity.
The plan is to add 500,000-square-foot of space to the existing capacity and this will translate into 16 more gates for domestic travellers.
The airport authorities are particularly interested in having Delta Airlines to operate from a single terminal (the currently use gates 2 and 4).
In an effort to modernize the airport, officials have targeted a move wrap of Delta Airlines operations at the start of 2023, which will signal the demolition of terminal 2 which has stood in place for the last 58 years.
Is it really necessary to renovate airport JFK?
The modernization of this airport has been in the pipeline for a long time and with $13-billion available to make it happen, there is no turning back.
Being one of the busiest airports in the country, it is quite a shame that it is also rated among the worst.
Apart from renovating and giving terminal 4 a new face, plans are also underway to modernize the airport’s Air Train, have the Van Wyck Expressway expanded and construction of two brand new terminals.
For passengers to enjoy their travel experience right from their departure point to the airport of arrival, it is paramount that JFK adopts a new face.
The upgrade is particularly going to benefit those who are flying into New York through the airport.
Once the project has been completed, New York’s position as the premier entry point into the united stated will be solidified.
While the fund distribution plan into the various JFK airport upgrade components has not been provided, travellers just have to wait a little bit longer for the world class travel experience it is anticipated to offer.
Whether you are boarding from or landing at JFK Airport, here is information to help you navigate the facility;
Level of activity at the airport
The New York International Airport which was constructed in 1948 was inspired by the need to create a larger facility to accommodate the ever rising number of air travellers.
The airport shares a name with former US president John F. Kennedy.
Over time this airport has metamorphosed into the travel hub it is; it has a total of 6 terminals, 127 gates and flags off more than 800 daily flights.
Trains & Transportation
Although many people believe that JFK is in Manhattan, it is actually in Queens (Manhattan is too overcrowded to leave any viable space for an airport of JFK status).
If you are travelling to Manhattan from Queens, or the other way around, the best travel options you have are train and cab.
If you are at the airport at night or over the weekend, take the New York Subway or AirTran.
By any means, taking a cab is too costly you would rather just bring along your car.
If you just thought about where you will park, you are not alone.
If you park at JFK parking lot, it will cost you.
Airport parking rates are ordinarily expensive and will add on significant charges to your travel – That is why Parkos JFK airport exists; to give drivers peace of mind that comes with knowing that your car is parked at a safe location and you do not even have to pay a lot for it.
Parkos helps drivers to compare parking lots based on the types of parking services they offer, the prices and distance from the airport.
While all the locations have been vetted and verified to be safe and secure, it is important to book early to avoid any last minute inconveniences.
Parkos was created with a goal to make parking easy and whether you decide to pay on a short term or long term basis, the experience is guaranteed to be stress free.
Besides, booking early is a sure way to benefit from JFK discount parking.
Check-in and Security
Air travel regulations require that passengers are at the airport at least two hours before the flight is called to board.
This is so that airport authorities have enough time to carry out routine check-in and security procedures.
Due to the large number of travellers at the airport at any given time, it is best to allow more room for this exercise.
If you are at the airport 3 hours before boarding for instance, you will not only reduce on travel stress but you will have accorded the security team enough time to deal with long lines, luggage checking and sort of hiccups.
To avoid spending too much time on the lines, check in on the airports online portal and carry a print out of travel documents.
Are you quite early at the airport that you have a few minutes to spare?
Well, you can use this time to shop through the various shops at the terminal.
Actually, with terminal 4 bigger and better, shopping at JFK airport will take place all through the day and night.
Apart from the fast food joints and coffee shops, there are also fine dining spots and high end souvenir merchants to indulge.
WiFi & Charging Stations
Whether you are flying for work or leisure, your kids are with you or you are at the airport to pick/see off someone, WiFi is important.
You might not have had a chance to contact your hosts for the exact landing time but you can do it at the airport because there is WiFi.
Some people just like knowing what is happening locally and internationally; WiFi is the tool you require.
At JFK, there is no downtime for your devices because charging stations are conveniently positioned all around.
Mastering the Art of Slow Travel – In case you are not familiar with the concept of slow travel, you are probably not getting the most out of your vacations yet.
As the name suggests, slow traveling is less about cramming every tourist spot into your itinerary, and more about enjoying the destination like a local.
It makes trips more relaxing and rejuvenating, as well as turning each visit into a traveler’s experience.
Stay with us as we discuss three tips that will help you master the art of slow traveling in no time.
Have a Short and Dynamic Itinerary
The very philosophy behind slow traveling is that of valuing quality above quantity, which is to say that you should be trying to get the best possible experience from your destination and your time.
Go through the following points to get started on your slow vacation with a short itinerary.
Mastering the Art of Slow Travel
Select one or two main locations and stick to them
Spend your time in truly getting to know the places beyond its tourist traps
Don’t rush to every local event just because you are there
Change the itinerary if you feel that you need to move on
Slow traveling is about independence from the traditional trends of cramming multiple destinations into one holiday, so the itinerary should also depend on the kind of experience you want from your vacation.
So often we see travel magazines and tourist manifestos stressing on the fact that we travel to have unique experiences, not to waste time in a fancy hotel room, but that’s not exactly what slow traveling is about.
The truth is that we hardly get enough time to rest, relax and rejuvenate at home, which is precisely why we take a vacation to begin with.
Unfortunately, vacations will often turn out to be even more stressful, because once you are there, now you are rushing everywhere on schedule once again!
This does nothing to de-stress and reinvigorate us, but piles on more stress.
As we have already discussed how to manage the itinerary for cutting out the rush, it’s time to talk about the actual rest and relaxation part.
Good hotels have quality memory foam mattresses and you should expect nothing less.
Being able to get as much sleep as you need to or want to is an essential part of the slow traveling experience and unless the mattress is of high quality, it might be particularly difficult to sleep at night on a new, uncomfortable bed.
Don’t Rush with the Commuting
Commuting can be a hassle to deal with on a regular basis, which is why business gurus often advise in favor of cutting commute time by as much as possible.
On the other hand, slow traveling suggests that you take your time to reach your destination by walking, taking the train or even maybe the local, unconventional public transportation.
Instead of considering commutes as just an in-between stage that takes people from one destination to the other, slow travelers turn even their commutes into a part of the experience.
Slow, long drives, off-road drives, walking, hiking and stopping whenever one wishes to; it’s all part of slow traveling.
Leisurely trips may not appeal to everyone of course, but that’s quite alright.
What is advised though, is that you try it every once in a while, and find out how you feel about it firsthand, rather than imagining why it would not be appropriate for you.
American Tourister is a brand synonymous with high-class, low-cost luggage, and this four-piece set doesn’t disappoint.
American Tourister Fieldbrook II Set is Featuring a 25-inch upright, 21-inch upright, duffel bag (with wheels!), and boarding bag, this package starts at around $50 on Amazon, adjustable according to your color preference.
Whether you’re packing for a short road trip or are planning a long-distance flight, there’s a piece for every occasion.
Made with 100% polyester and featuring reinforced corners, they wipe down with ease and stand up to even the most frequent traveler’s wear and tear.
Each piece also comes equipped with exterior and interior pockets to keep your items neat and organized.
Other features, such as inline skate wheels and retractable, mono-tube handles, enhance mobility and durability.
Whether you’re looking for affordable luggage for your whole family, or simply want a few, differently sized options to pick from as you travel solo, purchasing a set is a wise investment — and at this price, it’s one you can feel good about.
Travelpro Maxlite 4 Expandable Rollaboard
Looking for a lightweight, no-fuss carry-on?
The Travelpro Maxlite 4 Expandable Rollaboard expandable 22-inch beauty will quickly become your favorite piece of affordable luggage for a short business trip or family vacation.
Designed with the brand’s signature “Rollaboard” functionality, this luggage features recessed, ball-bearing inline wheels and four-point stability.
This allows travelers to navigate even the most uneven terrain (think cobblestone sidewalks) with ease.
Coming in at just over eight pounds with a telescoping handle, it’s a truly lightweight and user-friendly option.
It even features crash guard housings on the wheels and a skid guard, ensuring that even if you do put it through harsh conditions, it’ll stand up to the test.
Thinking about picking up a few souvenirs while you’re away?
The Maxlite 4 offers two inches of expansion, allowing for flexible packing, so shop away!
Starting at around $83 on Amazon, you’ll be able to afford a few more mementos to stow.
Samsonite Winfield 2 Fashion Spinner
Prefer the aesthetic and durability of a hard-shelled exterior?
If so, the Samsonite Winfield 2 Fashion Spinner lightweight fashion spinner is a budget-friendly favorite.
Constructed of polycarbonate, this suitcase is designed to flex if impacted.
Then, it will bounce right back to its original shape, making it ideal for years of use.
Yet, this affordable luggage isn’t just sturdy — it’s also sleek.
Its brushed charcoal design works perfectly to hide any scratches or scuff marks you may pick up on your travels.
A side-mounted TSA lock and conveniently compartmentalized interior keep your items secure, while four, multi-directional “spinner” wheels keep you moving through the airport with ease.
Even its over-sized zippers are designed for usability, helping you access your pockets quickly.
Starting at around $106 on Amazon, this luggage is an easy investment that will last for years into the future.
Rockland Rio 2-Piece Set
Traveling with kids who would love to stroll their own luggage alongside the grown-ups?
Weighing just under eight pounds and standing 20-inches tall, this roller suitcase and matching tote are a perfect starter set.
Starting at around $35 on Amazon, this is one piece of affordable luggage that scores in both the price point and convenience categories.
Featuring some of the same design touches as other similar sets, including inline wheels, a retractable handle, and stability bars to prevent tipping, you can’t go wrong with this option.
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Travel Gear for a Europe
Travel Gear for a European Vacation – When you travel to Europe, you want to maximize every second of your time in this incredible continent, soaking up all of the culture and history.
You certainly don’t want to spend valuable hours searching shops for that one irreplaceable item that you left sitting on your kitchen table back home!
Make the best of your vacation by carefully planning the packing all of your essential travel gear, so you won’t be left stranded.
Here is a list of ten critical items of travel gear you need to bring to have the best possible holiday in Europe.
European travelers often visit several countries in one trip, and take advantage of the continent’s excellent public transportation system.
You may be hopping trains and even ferries in your adventures.
You certainly do not want to be laden down with a bunch of heavy bags.
If you have to invest in one essential piece of travel gear, buy a suitcase that is lightweight, rolls easily over cobbled streets, and can be lifted into overhead compartments with no problem.
For extra convenience, you can find hi-tech luggage sets options which allow you to track your bags once they are checked, charge your phone, or even convert into a scooter!
International Power Adapter
You will not be able to charge your American electronic devices like your phone, Kindle or tablet in a European outlet.
You are going to need an adapter.
Countries in Europe do not all use the same kind of electrical outlet (England and Ireland use different plugs than the rest of Europe), so purchasing a universal power adapter is your best bet.
Remember that voltage capacities are different as well.
In America, the standard is 110 volts, while in Europe it is 220.
High-end electronics like phones are built to operate on either voltage, but lower end items like hair dryers or razors may fry if you plug an American version into a European outlet!
Pouch for Your Valuables
Europeans may giggle at Americans with their “fanny packs,” but the prevalence of pickpockets in highly traveled tourist spots makes this travel gear important.
You need to find a bag that keeps your passport and cash close to your body.
If you don’t want to strap something around your waist, consider a flat passport pouch which can be hung around your neck and placed under your clothes.
When you are struggling with jet lag or a map, thieves can take advantage of your disorientation and snatch your bag in a second.
Make sure your valuables are secured to your person at all times in order to prevent your holiday from becoming a nightmare.
Noise Cancelling Headphones
Another key piece of travel gear you should bring with you to Europe is a set of noise canceling headphones.
You will use them to listen to music as you are exploring the sights.
You will also rely on them when you can’t sleep because of the thin walls in your hotel, or when the companions in your train compartment want to chatter the night away.
Because you want to make the most of every day of your European travels, you will probably be out of the hotel for hours at a time.
Bring a day pack!
You will want to carry a snack and a water bottle, plus a map.
You may want to stash your sweater if the weather changes over the course of the day.
You may pick up a few souvenirs.
Choose a lightweight backpack that can double as your carry on for your flights.
Personalized Medical Kit
Make sure you pack enough medication to last your entire trip, with extra in case you lose something or extend your stay.
It may be difficult to fill your American prescriptions in a foreign country…travelers medical kit.
If you are prone to headaches or allergies, make sure you pack some of the over-the-counter medications that you prefer.
You may not be able to find your favorite brands in other countries, and it may be difficult to convey your needs to a non-English speaking pharmacist.
Band-aids, aspirin and muscle ointment may also be important if you plan on doing a lot of walking or other vigorous activities.
Although it depends on the time of year you travel, it is likely that at some point during your European vacation you will have need of an umbrella.
Pack a small collapsible umbrella so you are prepared.
You will be able to buy one anywhere if necessary, but umbrellas sold at tourist attractions during a rain storm are likely to be significantly marked up in price.
Save yourself a few dollars/euros by packing one of your own.
Kindle or Nook
There’s nothing like sitting at a Parisian cafe with a book, or diving into your favorite Dickens novel as you travel the British countryside.
However, lugging large bound volumes of literature around on your holiday may prove burdensome.
The invention of these convenient electronic devices to store books has revolutionized the idea of reading while traveling, where before Americans would have to search out English language bookstores in foreign cities.
But with a Kindle or a Nook you can access and find the information you need when you need it.
Upload as many books as you can before you take off.
Not only is it easier on your body, it will save you the money of trying to purchase reading material on the road.
Travel Toilet Paper
Americans are sometimes surprised that the amenities they take for granted at home are not always the same abroad.
Toilet paper varies from country to country in softness and pliability.
If comfort in the bathroom is high on your list of priorities, you should include toilet paper as an essential bit of travel gear to include your packing.
Alcohol in many European countries is highly taxed; you may be taken aback at the cost for a bottle of beer in Scandinavia, for example.
You also may not always be able to get a drink when you need it: in your hotel room at 2 in the morning when you are suffering from jet lag, for example.
A small hip flask can give you easy access to a shot of schnapps or whatever local liquor you prefer.
You can transform a soda into an adult beverage at half the price!
Smart Travel Gear Makes for Smart Travels
These ten tips for essential travel gear and luggage sets will help take the stress out of your journey and allow you to enjoy every moment.
For more tips on how to make the most of your European adventure, check out these luggage sets.
Reduce screen time when traveling – If you spend a large part of your holiday looking at your phone, laptop or TV screen, you could be opening yourself up to a whole range of eye-related problems.
We encounter so many different types of screens every day that we may not realize how quickly our screen time adds up.
Being on holiday is the perfect time to detox.`
While there are some ways to protect your eyes that everybody knows about, like making that if you need them, you have a good pair of up to date glasses (if you don’t, we suggest grabbing a pair from EyeBuyDirect), there are lots of tips and tricks people don’t know about.
We have decided to round up some of the best ones, ones that are particularly useful when traveling abroad.
Turn your screens off during food
Many of us like to watch television or scroll through our news feeds while we eat our food.
If you make a conscious effort to ban all screens during mealtimes, you will give your eyes a rest and are much more likely to socialize.
Not only will your eyes thank you, your family and friends will too.
Limit your screen time
If you are a bit of a social media addict or a workaholic, you probably spend longer then you should looking at your phone screen.
If you are unfortunate enough to have to work while you are away, try and set a period of time that you will allow yourself to work and stick to it.
Also, make a habit of only checking your work emails twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening.
This will make you more likely to stick to your set period of work time.
If you are a gamer, follow the same principle, try and only play during set periods of the day, you are on holiday, try and enjoy it!
Ban your phone from the bedroom
Try and remove your phone completely from your bedroom at night.
A good tip is to charge it in a separate room while you sleep.
Having your phone in your room at night is proven to reduce the quality of your sleep.
By removing it from your room, you remove the temptation to check social media and expose your eyes to the blue light your screen produces.
Blue light tricks your brain into thinking it is daytime, which can really mess with your body’s natural clock.
Screen Time When Traveling Go old-school, buy a book!
Many of us have ditched old fashioned paper books for the convenience of reading on our phones and tablets.
While convenient, reading on your phone puts immense strain on your eyes.
If you know you read a lot over your holiday, try and buy a couple of real books.
Not only does this save your eyes, but in our opinion, reading a real paper book is 100x’s better anyway.
Being on holiday is the perfect time to take a break, so while you are resting your mind and body, make sure you think about resting your eyes too.