Trip ideas – Vermont Travel Guides http://vermonttravelguides.com/ Sat, 30 Jul 2022 03:25:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://vermonttravelguides.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/cropped-icon-32x32.png Trip ideas – Vermont Travel Guides http://vermonttravelguides.com/ 32 32 4 “Mega-Moon” Trip Ideas From Travel Pros To Inspire The Most Epic Honeymoon Ever https://vermonttravelguides.com/4-mega-moon-trip-ideas-from-travel-pros-to-inspire-the-most-epic-honeymoon-ever/ Tue, 26 Jul 2022 22:49:47 +0000 https://vermonttravelguides.com/4-mega-moon-trip-ideas-from-travel-pros-to-inspire-the-most-epic-honeymoon-ever/ If your travels after the wedding have been changed, postponed or completely canceled due to the pandemic, you are not alone. According to a recent study by travel app Expedia, 97% of honeymoon plans were impacted by COVID-19, meaning almost all newlywed couples had to forego or change their original trip over the of the […]]]>

If your travels after the wedding have been changed, postponed or completely canceled due to the pandemic, you are not alone. According to a recent study by travel app Expedia, 97% of honeymoon plans were impacted by COVID-19, meaning almost all newlywed couples had to forego or change their original trip over the of the past two years. With weddings back in full force, people are ready to travel again – and they’re going further than ever. In fact, as the Expedia survey indicates, this has led to the rise of ‘megamoon’ travel: “More than half (53%) [of those polled] plan to spend more on their honeymoons than they originally planned and 59% are now more interested in traveling to a destination on the to-do list,” reads the brand’s report.

What does it look like exactly? “Coming out of the pandemic, couples are clearly determined to have an epic honeymoon,” said Christie Hudson, head of US public relations for Expedia. “For many couples, this will include flights, luxurious accommodations and even romantic activities at destination.”

Yet, while these are the elements that will make up many Mega Moons, the destination is up to you. It’s time to show creativity and personality, and imagine the ultimate journey for you and your partner. If you’re already planning one, chances are you have a few ideas. But what if you’re overwhelmed with choice? TZR enlisted a few travel experts to find out where they would go if they were planning their own epic honeymoon. Here are their ideal routes, to follow if you wish.

A journey through Morocco

Places: Jennifer McClymont, associate travel expert at Naya Traveler, says her megamoon should include the bespoke trip planner’s La Route du Sud trip, or La Route du Sud trip, to Morocco. To make your trip unforgettable, she recommends arriving in Marrakech and heading to the Ourika Valley (one hour away) for two nights in a kasbah or lodge. “You then begin your six-night journey on the Southern Route which ends in the Skoura Valley at the Dar Ahlam Residence. I would then suggest staying two to three nights in Marrakech before returning home.”

Activities: For McClymont, “the dream” would be “to spend a night in a desert Bedouin camp under the dazzling, starry sky, letting emotions and romance blossom.” She also suggests watching the sun rise in a hot air balloon or taking a camel ride through the desert in Marrakech for other epic experiences. And to top it all? “Certainly, ending your honeymoon with the ultimate Moroccan hammam experience designed to refresh and rejuvenate body and soul is a must.”

Accommodation: “The private residences on this trip are traditional red brick houses and adobe castle-like mansions that overlook large valleys and are located in small Berber villages. a very authentic experience,” says the travel expert. McClymont again mentions Dar Ahlam, which she says offers “very comfortable rooms with harmonized ambiences and exquisite activities.” And, she continues: “I would end this trip by savoring the mixture of Moorish traditions and colorful modernity in the riads of a medina or the Villa des Orangers in Marrakech.

A European exploration

Places: Oleema Miller, co-founder of swimming and resort brand MIKOH, says she just returned from a whirlwind trip to Europe (where she also got engaged). Thus, she says it would be more appropriate to return there for a megamoon. “Even though we traveled through France and Italy for three weeks, we barely scratched the surface of everything Europe has to offer,” she told TZR. “Discovering more of southern France, northern Italy, Greece and the English countryside is always on my to-do list and would be the ultimate honeymoon adventure.”

Activities: Miller says that for her, a combination of relaxation and adventure is the perfect mix. “There’s nothing I love more than a quiet day at sea, an afternoon at the spa and a sunset rosé followed by an exciting day on a boat.” Miller also shares that being a lover of antiques, one of her favorite things to do is scour markets and shops for gems. “Having those special keepsakes to bring back allows you to relive your memories day after day when you can enjoy them at home.”

Accommodation: “I’m not going to lie, I like a nice hotel myself, especially one with an ocean view,” Miller says. “I’m constantly cleaning, organizing and moving things around the house so I can be somewhere I can relax, breathe and have a big, clean, soft bed to crawl into every night after stuffing myself with local food – nothing not worth this.” Some properties she’s recently loved? Le Sirenuse in Positano, Italy, and Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d’Antibes, southern France are both favourites.

A journey across continents

Places: If you’re a serious adventurer, you’ll love the dream honeymoon plans from Dynamite Travel owner Dr. Terika Haynes. She tells TZR that for her trip as a couple, she would choose “five different continents to symbolize how many years we’ve known each other” and spend a week in each one. These would include Asia (Philippines), Africa (Cape Town, South Africa), South America (Peru), Australia (Cairns) and Europe (Cinque Terre, Italy).

Activities: Dr. Haynes shares a different activity she would like to do in each destination on this epic honeymoon. In the Philippines, she would travel to Palawan to explore the Puerto Princesa Underwater River. In South Africa, she says she would engage in voluntourism with iKhaya Le Themba, a non-profit organization based in Hout Bay that provides holistic after-school care programs for children in need. For the Peru leg, Dr Haynes would take the Andean Explorer, a Belmond train, to see Cusco, the Andes and Lake Titicaca. Once in Cairns, the travel expert would snorkel the Great Barrier Reef. And finally, in the Cinque Terre, she would charter a luxury yacht.

In addition to these plans, Dr. Haynes has a few activities that she would incorporate into each venue. These include bringing dice to decide what and where to eat, hiring a photographer in each destination, leaving surprise elements for their partner to see their true excitement, and including a ready-made activity in each destination to make them get out of their comfort zone.

Accommodation: Dr. Haynes has accommodation preferences for each location. The luxurious Amanpulo would be her choice in Palawan, and in Cape Town she would stay at One&Only Cape Town. In Peru, she was heading to the Sanctuary Lodge; when visiting Cairns, she was traveling to Lizard Island; and in the Cinque Terre she would choose the Portovenere Grand.

An Italian adventure

Places: Janine Seale, co-founder of recommendation-based travel app Out of Office, says her megamoon would involve spending a month in Italy visiting some of the places she’s never been. “I would spend part of the honeymoon in Tuscany, visiting Sardinia and neighboring islands, and complementing it with time in Puglia,” she explains.

Activities: Seale’s list of activities is simple. According to the co-founder, her itinerary would include a mix of beach, relaxation and wine. “All my favorite things,” she says.

Accommodation: When it comes to hotels, Seale knows exactly what she wants. “I would love to stay at Castello di Casole, A Belmond Hotel in Tuscany and Masseria San Domenico in Puglia,” she shares. “Both are meant to be amazing and perfect for a once-in-a-lifetime megamoon.”

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Southeast Asia weekend ideas for July: Desaru, Java, Maldives https://vermonttravelguides.com/southeast-asia-weekend-ideas-for-july-desaru-java-maldives/ Wed, 20 Jul 2022 12:02:07 +0000 https://vermonttravelguides.com/southeast-asia-weekend-ideas-for-july-desaru-java-maldives/ With the long-awaited reopening of many of our neighboring countries, we look forward to spending our weekends in these shelters. Here are 4 destinations in Southeast Asia to bookmark for the most rewarding weekends abroad in July. From the sea to the mountains, there are answers to all your getaway desires nearby. Under the theme […]]]>

With the long-awaited reopening of many of our neighboring countries, we look forward to spending our weekends in these shelters. Here are 4 destinations in Southeast Asia to bookmark for the most rewarding weekends abroad in July.

From the sea to the mountains, there are answers to all your getaway desires nearby. Under the theme of holidays in nature, this month’s weekend ideas will take you to some of the best luxury hotels on hilltops and on sandy beaches.

[Hero and featured Image credit: One & Only Desaru Coast]

4 weekend ideas for July 2022

Amanjiwo, Java, Indonesia

The emerald green landscape of Java, Indonesia provides the perfect backdrop for Amanjiwo. With lush plains and the azure sea stretching beyond the horizon, views from this ultimate sanctuary are enhanced by the presence of Borobudur, the largest Buddhist temple in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. . Cascading over the hills, Amanjiwo’s suites are distinctively decorated with outdoor baths, private plunge pools, terrace, pavilions, and large romantic four-pillar beds.

Book now

Soneva Jani, Noonu Atoll, Maldives

Known worldwide as an ocean paradise, the Maldives has many luxury resorts to choose from. Among them, Soneva Jani stands out as one of the least dense resorts in the world. Exclusive ownership diverges in the more spacious Chapter One and Chapter Two, which are scattered with villas overlooking the sea with slides and a mansion on land. Several water activities, like water sports and dolphin cruises, and beach events, like Private Cinema Paradiso and North Beach Private Sunrise Breakfast, will keep you busy throughout the trip.

Book now

Rosewood Luang Prabang, Luang Prabang

Designed by the famous Bill Bensley, the Rosewood Luang Prabang perfectly captures the romantic essence of bygone Indochina while surrounded by rainforest and natural waterfalls. This idyllic all-in-one resort offers a natural getaway, royal Lao dining experiences and the traditional healing spa of Laos. The Royal Lao Cooking Class is another fun activity that takes you from finding ingredients in the forest to learning how to cook by the waterfall.

Book now

One & Only Desaru Coast, Desaru, Malaysia

Desaru Coast is the pristine white sand beach located on the southeast coast of Malaysia. Known as the Palm Village, One&Only Desaru Coast offers a wonderful retreat in its Rainforest Suites, Ocean Suites and Beachfront Villas. These tranquil suites provide the perfect place to rest and watch the day go by, whether it’s either by the alfresco dining area, tropical veranda or private pool.

Book now

This story first appeared on PrestigeOnline Thailand

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More Day Trip Ideas in South Jersey https://vermonttravelguides.com/more-day-trip-ideas-in-south-jersey/ Tue, 19 Jul 2022 16:33:52 +0000 https://vermonttravelguides.com/more-day-trip-ideas-in-south-jersey/ If you’ve never been to Long Beach Island (LBI), you’re missing a unique Jersey Shore treasure. You won’t find any walks and there is only one entrance and one exit. This keeps the atmosphere and feel of a less developed barrier reef island more peaceful and authentic. It also causes major traffic headaches getting up […]]]>

If you’ve never been to Long Beach Island (LBI), you’re missing a unique Jersey Shore treasure. You won’t find any walks and there is only one entrance and one exit. This keeps the atmosphere and feel of a less developed barrier reef island more peaceful and authentic. It also causes major traffic headaches getting up and down and up and down the island.

Here is a solution that not everyone knows in summer. Beach Haven is probably the busiest town on the island. There’s plenty to do for all members of the family and it’s still one of the prettiest towns on the coast. So go by boat! There is a ferry from Tuckerton to Beach Haven on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays in the summer. Before you leave, visit Tuckerton Seaport.

If you don’t mind the traffic going up and down from LBI, turn left and head for the quieter side of the island. About a 15 minute drive north will take you straight to the end of the road at Barnegat Light. Of course, you’ll want to check out Old Barney, Barnegat’s lighthouse. Even though the website says the lighthouse is open the next day, it was closed this summer for renovations. That still shouldn’t deter you from wandering around the pier and entrance.

TSM Jersey Shore

TSM Jersey Shore

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more peaceful scenic spot on the Jersey Shore. Besides the lighthouse, visit Viking Village.

Grab a bite to eat at Kelly’s after a long walk on the pier.

One of the nicest hotels on the Jersey Shore outside of AC is of course the LBI Hotel. It’s right at the entrance to the island and well worth stopping in for a meal or a stay if they’re not full. Long Beach Island is off the Garden State Parkway at exit 63 and Tuckerton is at exit 58. You won’t be disappointed coming down any time of the year, but summer is the perfect time to experience these gems of the South of Jersey.

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4 weekend ideas around Southeast Asia for July https://vermonttravelguides.com/4-weekend-ideas-around-southeast-asia-for-july/ Fri, 15 Jul 2022 03:25:52 +0000 https://vermonttravelguides.com/4-weekend-ideas-around-southeast-asia-for-july/ With the long-awaited reopening of many of our neighboring countries, we look forward to spending our weekends in these shelters. Here are 4 destinations in Southeast Asia to bookmark for the most rewarding weekends abroad in July. From the sea to the mountains, there are answers to all your getaway desires nearby. Under the theme […]]]>

With the long-awaited reopening of many of our neighboring countries, we look forward to spending our weekends in these shelters. Here are 4 destinations in Southeast Asia to bookmark for the most rewarding weekends abroad in July.

From the sea to the mountains, there are answers to all your getaway desires nearby. Under the theme of holidays in nature, this month’s weekend ideas will take you to some of the best luxury hotels on hilltops and on sandy beaches.

[Hero and featured Image credit: One & Only Desaru Coast]

4 weekend ideas for July 2022

Amanjiwo, Java, Indonesia

The emerald green landscape of Java, Indonesia provides the perfect backdrop for Amanjiwo. With lush plains and the azure sea stretching beyond the horizon, views from this ultimate sanctuary are enhanced by the presence of Borobudur, the largest Buddhist temple in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. . Cascading over the hills, Amanjiwo’s suites are distinctively decorated with outdoor baths, private plunge pools, terrace, pavilions, and large romantic four-pillar beds.

Book now

Soneva Jani, Noonu Atoll, Maldives

Known worldwide as an ocean paradise, the Maldives has many luxury resorts to choose from. Among them, Soneva Jani stands out as one of the least dense resorts in the world. Exclusive ownership diverges in the more spacious Chapter One and Chapter Two, which are scattered over villas overlooking the sea with slides and a mansion on land. Several water activities, like water sports and dolphin cruises, and beach events, like Private Cinema Paradiso and North Beach Private Sunrise Breakfast, will keep you busy throughout the trip.

Book now

Rosewood Luang Prabang, Luang Prabang

Designed by the famous Bill Bensley, the Rosewood Luang Prabang perfectly captures the romantic essence of bygone Indochina while surrounded by rainforest and natural waterfalls. This idyllic all-in-one resort offers a natural getaway, royal Lao dining experiences and the traditional healing spa of Laos. The Royal Lao Cooking Class is another fun activity that will take you from finding ingredients in the forest to learning how to cook by the waterfall.

Book now

One & Only Desaru Coast, Desaru, Malaysia

Desaru Coast is the pristine white sand beach located on the southeast coast of Malaysia. Known as the Palm Village, One&Only Desaru Coast offers a wonderful retreat in its Rainforest Suites, Ocean Suites and Beachfront Villas. These tranquil suites provide the perfect place to relax and watch the day go by, whether it’s either by the alfresco dining area, tropical veranda or private pool.

Book now

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Family Road Trip Ideas: Summer in New York https://vermonttravelguides.com/family-road-trip-ideas-summer-in-new-york/ Wed, 13 Jul 2022 14:27:17 +0000 https://vermonttravelguides.com/family-road-trip-ideas-summer-in-new-york/ Are you looking for great ideas for your next family road trip? Then look no further than New York! There is so much to see and do in this amazing state where I live, and it’s the perfect place to explore during the summer months. In fact, if you’re planning a family road trip, New […]]]>

Are you looking for great ideas for your next family road trip? Then look no further than New York! There is so much to see and do in this amazing state where I live, and it’s the perfect place to explore during the summer months. In fact, if you’re planning a family road trip, New York should be on your to-do list.

Here’s our New York summer family travel guide.

Make sure your car is ready for long trips

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Make sure your insurance is up to date, you have the best extended warranty for your car, and your routine maintenance, like tire rotations and oil changes, is up to date. You can get a tune up to make sure your engine is running smoothly and efficiently.

You should also check the oil level and tire pressure, and top up if there is a lack of fluid. It’s also a good idea to pack an emergency kit with items like a spare tire, jumper cables and a flashlight.

And finally, be sure to plan your route carefully and plan for plenty of rest stops along the way. By following these simple steps, you can ensure your car is ready for a long trip.

Plan games for the long drive to keep everyone engaged

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Long car trips can be fun, but they can also be quite boring. If you’re looking for ways to beat boredom, there are a few games you can play.

An easy game is the license plate game. All you have to do is look up different license plates from different states and try to identify them. Another game you can play is 20 Questions. One person thinks of an object, and the other person has to ask 20 questions to try to guess what it is.

These are just a few ideas to get you started, but there are plenty of other games you can play in the car to combat boredom. So the next time you’re on a long drive, don’t forget to bring some games to keep everyone entertained.

There’s Something for Everyone During Summer in New York

View of Domino East River Park
View of Domino East River Park

One of the best things about New York in the summer is that there’s something for everyone. Whether you want to explore the great outdoors and seek out great picnic spots or visit some of the world famous museums and attractions, you will find something to keep you busy.

If you plan to spend time in New York, be sure to visit some of the iconic sites like the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Or, if you’re looking for something a little more low-key, take a stroll through Central Park or visit one of the many museums.

The Statue of Liberty is one of the most iconic monuments in the United States. Located on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, the statue has welcomed millions of immigrants to America since its unveiling in 1886.

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Today, the statue is a popular tourist destination, and there are a few things to keep in mind if you’re planning a visit. First, tickets to visit the interior of the statue are limited, so it’s best to book in advance. Second, there is no air conditioning inside the statue, so it can get quite hot in the summer months.

Ellis Island, located just south of Liberty Island, is also worth a visit. The island was once the main entry point for immigrants to the United States and now houses a museum that tells the story of Ellis Island and American immigration.

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Retreat to upstate New York. Family road trip to New York.

If you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, there are plenty of great options too. Head to the Finger Lakes region for stunning scenery and plenty of hiking, biking, and fishing opportunities. Or head to the Adirondacks for breathtaking views.

Dog-Friendly Catskills
Dog-Friendly Catskills

The Finger Lakes region and the Adirondacks in New York offer a wealth of natural beauty and outdoor recreation opportunities. Here are some tips to help you make the most of your visit:

  • pack for all weather conditions, as the weather can change quickly in these areas
  • be sure to bring plenty of food and water, as options for purchasing supplies for hiking or camping are often limited
  • if you plan to hike, wear comfortable shoes and dress in layers to protect yourself from the elements
  • be eco-friendly and leave no trace – this means packing up all rubbish, including food scraps
  • Have fun and enjoy the amazing scenery these areas have to offer!

Whatever your interests, you’re sure to find something to keep you busy on a family road trip through New York City. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your trip today!

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4th of July Small Town Arizona Road Trip Ideas near Phoenix https://vermonttravelguides.com/4th-of-july-small-town-arizona-road-trip-ideas-near-phoenix/ Fri, 01 Jul 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://vermonttravelguides.com/4th-of-july-small-town-arizona-road-trip-ideas-near-phoenix/ Artwork: Allie Carl/Axios If there’s one thing about me, it’s that I’m obsessed with small town fairs, festivals and parades. Yes, I watched too much “Gilmore Girls” when I was younger. Fortunately for me: Small town in Arizona on 4th of July weekend is pretty much a mecca for community pride events For this week […]]]>
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If there’s one thing about me, it’s that I’m obsessed with small town fairs, festivals and parades. Yes, I watched too much “Gilmore Girls” when I was younger.

Fortunately for me: Small town in Arizona on 4th of July weekend is pretty much a mecca for community pride events

For this week function of beating the heat, I’ve compiled some of these events in parts of the state that also have more pleasant summer temperatures than the Valley.

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Lake Mormon Charities Parade
July 2 Independence Day
42nd Annual 4th of July Arts and Crafts Festival
All-American 4th of July Bash
  • Tombstone will host a number of events throughout the long weekend, including a parade, pin-up contest and car show.
4th of July at Watson Lake
  • Spend Monday night at this lake outside of Prescott, where there will be water slides, live music, a beer garden and fireworks. Tickets are $5.
Route 66 Parade
Hometown Celebration
32nd Annual Oatman Egg Fry
Bisbee 4th of July Celebration

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The best solo travel ideas for 2022 that probably haven’t made it to your to-do list yet https://vermonttravelguides.com/the-best-solo-travel-ideas-for-2022-that-probably-havent-made-it-to-your-to-do-list-yet/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 13:00:25 +0000 https://vermonttravelguides.com/the-best-solo-travel-ideas-for-2022-that-probably-havent-made-it-to-your-to-do-list-yet/ If you’re still catching up on lost time in the travel department, you’ve probably thought of every possible type of destination, from beach getaways to wilderness hideaways and maybe even a bustling metropolis or two. But if your future plans don’t yet include a getaway for you and only you, it might be time to […]]]>

If you’re still catching up on lost time in the travel department, you’ve probably thought of every possible type of destination, from beach getaways to wilderness hideaways and maybe even a bustling metropolis or two. But if your future plans don’t yet include a getaway for you and only you, it might be time to reconsider your to-do list. There are so many rewarding aspects to traveling alone, and some of the best solo travel ideas for 2022 provide plenty of reasons to go ahead and book that ticket.

Of course, traveling with loved ones has its merits: someone to share your experience with, help you find your way around if you get lost, validate your impulse souvenir purchases and, let’s be honest, take the perfect vacation photo for your Instagram. to feed. But getting out of your comfort zone and being your own travel buddy could be one of the best memories you’ve ever made. Without another person’s crutch, not only can you enjoy the sense of empowerment and accomplishment, but you truly choose your own adventure without having to compromise.

A digital creator and travel enthusiast, Kira West is no stranger to the concept of exploring new places on her own, so who better to ask for advice on future solo travels? The Chicago-based designer and entrepreneur (West also has her own jewelry collection, MadeByKwest) jet set from the Midwest to the Maldives and everywhere in between — and she’s got the travel guides to prove it. Because she’s been there before, she’s done it, she knows firsthand what it takes to make a destination particularly friendly for solo travel. And she’s happy to share what she’s learned along the way.

Ready to plan your own adventure, without travel companions? West has you covered. Ahead, find 11 of the spots she suggests trying in 2022. Who knows? Yours Eat Pray Love time could be just a plane ride.

Milos, Greece

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Fancy a Mediterranean getaway? West says to skip Santorini tourism for Milos for a more off-the-beaten-track experience. “Greece overall is great for solo travel, but it’s a more low-key option than Santorini, which makes it more affordable and accessible,” says the travel enthusiast. While in Milos, you can stroll through the village streets, decorated with white and blue buildings, swim in the ocean, and even explore caves if you’re feeling particularly adventurous.

Puerto Escondido, Mexico

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“An hour from Mexico City by plane, Puerto Escondido is a little-known oasis in Oaxaca that’s one of my favorite places to go,” West says. Not only is it accessible, but the lush coastal town offers some great options if you’re looking for a luxurious place to relax and have some quality solo time. “I love Hotel Terrestre and Hotel Escondido, I’ve stayed at both and they’re hidden gems,” she adds. The famous local fare in Oaxaca is another perk of traveling here. Want more advice? Don’t miss the expert’s newsletter on this destination.

Antigua-Guatemala, Guatemala

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For a destination steeped in rich history and culture, this Guatemalan city is hard to beat. “There’s so much to do around Antigua, such a welcoming and affordable community,” says West. While you’re here, explore restored Spanish Baroque architecture, and if you love the outdoors, take an overnight hike to Acatenango where you’ll overlook an active volcano.

Bucharest, Romania

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Romania’s capital might not immediately come to mind when thinking of places to get away from it all, but West recently added it to his list because of its epic tours, including unforgettable architecture. such as the Parliamentary Palace, the Romanian Athenaeum and the Russian Church in Bucharest. to name just a few options. “I’m planning a trip there later this year and it’s another hidden gem that has so much to offer, especially in the summer,” she told TZR. “Solo travelers should do their research as there is plenty to see outside of the main city of Bucharest as well.”

Dublin, Ireland

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If your solo goals are to make friends with the locals, Dublin could be a great option, thanks to its pub culture and notoriously friendly locals. “I did Dublin solo and it was fun,” West confirms, but suggests adding a little day trip. “Take a bus to Northern Ireland and get out of town to see all the awesome things Ireland has to offer like the Cliffs of Moher.” A few other stops in the city include Trinity College Library (a must for book lovers), St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Glasnevin Cemetery. And if you’re craving fish and chips, Leo Burdock is a famous place to grab them.

Stockholm, Sweden

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Not all European metropolises seem great for solo travel, but the Swedish capital is known to be welcoming and easy to navigate. Plus, it offers a great balance of historical sites/culture and modern amenities. Caution ? “Stockholm is super expensive solo,” West shares. “It’s a good split, but you can easily do it solo safely.” One way to save a few dollars is to rent a bike to get around town. On two wheels, you can cruise to and from the city’s many museums or visit a neighborhood café for a Swedish breakfast (or fika if you’ve made new friends in town).

Seychelles

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According to West, this archipelago off the coast of East Africa isn’t just for honeymooners. Solo travelers can create their own romantic moments on scenic hikes filled with flora and fauna (popular trails include the Copolia Trail, Glacis Trois Frères Trail, and Vallee de Mai Trail), sunbathe on white-sand beaches in more clear waters and explore the local markets.

Savannah, Georgia

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Looking to travel to the United States? Don’t miss southern hospitality. “Savannah is a big city that we don’t talk about enough,” says West. This historic destination is also known for its fantastic food scene (try Mrs. Wilkes for soul food if you don’t mind queuing or The Gray for a historic setting with contemporary cuisine), artsy vibe (thanks to the well-respected Savannah College of Art and Design), and supernatural reputation. If taking a ghost tour alone doesn’t scare you, there’s plenty to explore by tram.

New Orleans, Louisiana

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If you’re staying down south, New Orleans is a great option if you fancy a bit more action. But as West explains, there’s more than nightlife here to explore, from historic tours to shopping (don’t miss Magazine Street for a pedestrianized stretch of cool, quirky shops), and of course some of the best restaurants in the city. countries (Palais du Commandeur, Galatoire’s and Café du Monde, to name but a few). “I went there earlier this year and there were a lot of things off of Bourbon Street that I liked,” she says. “It’s a popular destination, I think people don’t do it solo enough.”

Tucson, Arizona

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If a meditative time in the desert sounds like your ideal solo vacation, Tucson has so much more to see than majestic saguaro cacti. Yes, the state parks are not to be missed, but there are also some lovely digs, including the new Citizen Hotel, which has a 5,000 square foot wine cellar. Or sample a prickly pear margarita at Reforma for a bit more local flavor. Oh, and don’t skip the raspados, Mexican shaved-ice treats easily found at food trucks around town.

San Luis Obispo, California

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Instead of Napa’s more traditional wine hub, consider the more laid-back Central Coast for a solo getaway. “There’s so much to do, such great wine, and so much to enjoy outdoors,” says West. For a quirky stay, book a room at the kitsch Madonna Inn where pink and glitter abound. When it’s time to visit the local vineyards, book one of the many tasting tours so you can tour around safely. For some unforgettable sightseeing (and some pretty epic photo ops), pass the picturesque Hearst Castle while you’re in town.

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5 BIRTHDAY TRIP IDEAS FOR A MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE – Island Echo https://vermonttravelguides.com/5-birthday-trip-ideas-for-a-memorable-experience-island-echo/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 09:03:42 +0000 https://vermonttravelguides.com/5-birthday-trip-ideas-for-a-memorable-experience-island-echo/ One more trip around the Sun means a memorable birthday trip for you. Have you decided where you would like to spend your special day this year? Read our birthday trip ideas with dream destinations and fun activities and start planning! Prague, Czech Republic A trip to Prague is a fantastic way to spend your […]]]>

One more trip around the Sun means a memorable birthday trip for you. Have you decided where you would like to spend your special day this year?

Read our birthday trip ideas with dream destinations and fun activities and start planning!

Prague, Czech Republic

A trip to Prague is a fantastic way to spend your birthday. The capital of the Czech Republic is known for its diverse Gothic and Baroque architecture, unique buildings, and vast green parks that overlook the Vltava River. And let’s not forget his delicious beer, of course.

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You can learn about art, history, literature, music and architecture in the city’s museums. You can also stroll through the historic part of the city, admire majestic palaces and breathtaking cathedrals, have a cold beer or eat a delicious traditional pastry.

In addition, many activities are offered to adventurers. For example, you can visit Prague Ranger where you can shoot legendary weapons. If you prefer relaxing activities, celebrate your birthday with a picnic, for example, in the gardens of Rieger, and blow out the candles while admiring the most beautiful sunset in the city.

Grand Canyon, United States

The Grand Canyon is the type of place that overwhelms every visitor. Wouldn’t you like to spend your special day in a place that amazes you?

This steep canyon is located in Arizona. It is nearly 450m long and more than 1800m deep. Explore the Grand Canyon on your birthday by doing several activities, such as

  • Hike the Trail of Time, where you can learn about the geological history of the canyon.
  • Walk or cycle on designated paths and roads.
  • Go rafting on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park.
  • Board the Grand Canyon Railway and enjoy the views.
  • Take a scenic route.
  • Take in the scenery from the Grand Canyon Skywalk, a horseshoe-shaped walkway that overlooks the Canyon (it’s not part of the national park).
  • Explore more of the Canyon with a jeep tour.

This unique place has a lot to offer, and you can expect a dynamic birthday party here at one of the world’s best-known natural sites.

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Lagoa das Sete Cidades, Azores

The nine volcanic islands of the Azores are a natural paradise. The Portuguese archipelago is a dream destination for all lovers of greenery and outdoor activities. Its beaches, hills and cliffs impress anyone who visits the area.

The most notorious natural monument in the Azores is the Lagoa das Sete Cidades (Lagoon of the Seven Cities). The lake seems to be divided into two lakes: the green lagoon and the blue lagoon. The two meet in a narrow strait over which there is a bridge.

Despite the (tragically beautiful) legends that have emerged from this feature, the lakes are ecologically distinct, causing them to appear different colors.

Regardless of the scientific reasons, it is a breathtaking place to visit. And it can certainly be the backdrop for an unforgettable birthday.

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Scottish Highlands, Scotland

What if you could spend your birthday where Harry Potter and James Bond were filmed? The beauty of the Scottish Highlands does not go unnoticed, even in Hollywood.

Explore this wilderness and let nature’s birthday gift to you be the beautiful Scottish landscapes. Explore the splendid Isle of Skye, probably one of the most admired places in the Highlands due to its magical beauty. Stroll along stunning beaches and admire the remarkable cliffs of Duncansby Head. If you dare, hike to the UK’s highest peak, Ben Nevis. Oh, and who could forget the one and only Loch Ness?

Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

Travel to one of the most visited places on the planet for your birthday. The pyramids of Giza are impressive monuments that attract a lot of attention. Celebrate your birthday in a place of culture and history.

There are plenty of activities waiting for you on the Giza Plateau, but start simply by admiring the vastness of the structures. There are three massive pyramids plus the unique Sphynx in the complex. You can visit the interior of the pyramids and admire the landscape.

If you like to explore the surroundings, you can get yourself a quad bike and the more remote but equally stunning parts of the Giza Plateau. During the night, you can watch a sound and light show, in which the history of ancient Egypt is told by a narrator.

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Epic Mother-Daughter Trip Ideas https://vermonttravelguides.com/epic-mother-daughter-trip-ideas/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://vermonttravelguides.com/epic-mother-daughter-trip-ideas/ Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you click and buy, TravelingMom may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. Contents[Hide][Show] Mother-daughter trips are a wonderful opportunity to bond with your best girl. Whether it’s a road trip, a weekend getaway, or an extended mother-daughter vacation, the memories etched will last […]]]>

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Mother-daughter trips are a wonderful opportunity to bond with your best girl. Whether it’s a road trip, a weekend getaway, or an extended mother-daughter vacation, the memories etched will last a lifetime.

There’s something special about a mother-daughter journey. A trip with your daughter – or daughters – is a bonding experience. This is an opportunity to learn more about each other. And for fun! Part of the fun is planning it together. And there’s no minimum or maximum age for an epic mother-daughter vacation. Whether your daughter is a kid or an adult, it’s a chance to have fun together and check off items on the to-do list.

Here’s our list of the best mother-daughter trips

Adventure-loving mothers and daughters can get their fix on a Jurassic Falls helicopter ride. Photo credit: Mimi Slawoff

Mother-daughter trip to Hawaii

Hawaii is one of my favorite destinations. My family of five have traveled to Hawaii together several times on family vacations. And I also traveled with my son and two daughters separately. On mother/daughter getaways, each trip is different, personalized for my daughters. For example, Christina and I go horseback riding and have spa treatments. Meanwhile, my adventurous daughter, Megan, and I enjoy snorkeling, hiking, kayaking, and trekking through rainforests. We also abseiled to the waterfalls. One of our most exciting excursions was a helicopter tour to Kauai’s Jurassic Falls. These types of adventures are definitely a bonding experience.

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For Dee Dean, an epic mother-daughter journey is Disney World. Photo credit: Dee Dean

Trip to Disney World with your daughter

For Dee Dean, a mother-daughter trip to Disney World in Florida is magical. And she did it twice, once with each of her daughters. Each trip was a unique way to bond with her daughters one-on-one. Her top tip for girls’ travel ideas? “Pass on the excitement! A girl needs to know that you plan on having a good time with her,” Dee said.

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Wine tasting in Temecula. Photo credit: Christina Mendelson

Mother-daughter getaways in the wine region

More recently, for a birthday combined with Mother’s Day, my daughter Christina planned a lovely weekend in Temecula. It is an ideal destination for wine tasting in Southern California. Christina became an insider and introduced me to her favorite wineries and boutique hotel. His favorite is Ponte Vineyard Inn, where we spent two nights. My daughter Megan joined us for one night making it a special mother-daughter trip.

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Northern California Vineyards

Located north of San Francisco, Napa Valley has hundreds of wineries to suit every taste. My daughter and I went wine tasting with my friend and her daughter. And we watched a sommelier slash a bottle of champagne with a sword.

Another great place for wine tasting is Sonoma. In particular, we appreciate Healdsburg. It’s a small town with several wineries, boutique hotels, and a state park nearby. It is also a paradise for gourmands.

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Kim Orlando and her daughter Sophia on one of their many road trips in California. Photo credit: Kim Orlando

A mother-daughter road trip in California

TravelingMom Kim Orlando and daughter Sophia love road trips. In fact, Sophia was planning to go on spring break with classmates from Arizona to Cabo San Lucas. She passed that up to join her mother on a road trip to California. That says a lot about their bond!

For their mother-daughter vacation, they soaked up the sun on several beaches in Manhattan, Mission Bay and Pacific Beach San Diego. Foodies also took a cooking class, kayaking and wine tastings. “After all, California is wine country, isn’t it?” said Kim.

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Score tickets to a Broadway blockbuster for a memorable mother-daughter getaway in New York City. Photo credit: Cathy Bennett Kof

New York for a mother-daughter trip

Moms and daughters who love Broadway shows and museums should head to New York. As a cultural hotspot, the Big Apple promises plenty of fun on a mother-daughter vacation. With so much to see and do, plan your trip to New York together and listen to your daughter’s travel ideas.

Lace up your walking shoes and visit famous historic sites like the Statue of Liberty and Times Square. Then take your best girl out to dinner and see a show. Plus, New York is one of the best places to grab a drink and take in the view from a rooftop bar.

Additionally, New York has many beautiful places outdoors. In fact, did you know that New York State has 22 national parks, 10 of which are in New York City?

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Formal night is a fun mother-daughter activity on a cruise. Photo credit: Mimi Slawoff

Cruises for mother-daughter vacations

Cruises offer plenty of opportunities for a girls trip. First of all, most cabins are quite small, so you will be sharing tight spaces. But you are used to sharing, aren’t you? It’s fun to get ready together and even share clothes and makeup. Or at least get styling and makeup tips from the ladies! My daughters and I enjoy sailing together so much that we sail for a year or two. It has become a tradition.

If you’ve ever sailed, you know there are plenty of options. Caribbean cruises usually visit sunny islands. Or maybe you and your daughter love cool-weather adventures. On Alaskan cruises, you’ll see wildlife, glaciers and more. Activities range from scenic train and seaplane rides to rafting and hiking.

A river cruise in France begins and ends in Paris. A TravelingMom says the big appeal of a French river cruise are the daily excursions. They allow you to discover the towns or countryside of Normandy along the Seine, with the cruise company providing the logistics.

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Author Mimi Slawoff and her daughter in Quebec. Photo credit: Mimi Slawoff

Mother-daughter trip to Quebec

My daughter Christina and I spent a few days in Quebec thinking we could practice our French. But no ! Although we had fun trying. We quickly discovered that the French spoken in Quebec is different from Parisian French. However, this did not spoil our enjoyment. And anyway, English is spoken in Quebec.

Quebec is such a pretty city. And so practical. We did a walking food tour to explore the city and visit historical sites. We also did a day trip to Ile d’Orleans. There we had a delicious farm-to-table lunch on the small island.

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Aerial sunset view of an Arrowhead Lake woodland resort
A tranquil lakeside resort is conducive to meaningful mother-daughter talks. Photo credit: Mimi Slawoff

Relaxed weekend by the lake

From Los Angeles, it takes about 90 minutes by car to get to the Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa in the San Bernardino National Forest. It had been years since I had been to Lake Arrowhead. In fact, the last time was when my kids were little. So Christina and I thought it would be fun to go there on a mother-daughter vacation. We had a blast!

The resort enjoys a prime location on the sparkling private lake, which is owned by the residents. Our spacious room with balcony overlooked the lake and pool. We stocked the mini fridge with snacks and drinks, then walked to the village. There we had tropical drinks and a late lunch at the Jetties Waterfront Kitchen. The drinks and food were delicious and the service was top notch.

Everything about the woodsy spa resort makes for a great mother-daughter weekend getaway. We relaxed at the spa, swam in the pool and soaked in the jacuzzi. The resort also offers yoga, meditation, and other wellness activities. Plus, the resort has a private beach, which is a perfect place to sip wine and watch a sunset. The on-site Bin 189 is a stylish restaurant with lake views.

Mother-daughter wellness getaway

A wellness center takes a spa getaway to the next level. You can have your own spa (the menu is extensive!) and enriching experiences too. Connect on a holistic mother-daughter getaway at Mirval Wellness Centers in Arizona, Texas or Massachusetts. Resorts offer enriching experiences, such as exercise physiology, wellness counseling and outdoor adventures. Additional wellness experiences include sound bath, chakra balancing and meditation.

Miraval Arizona in Tucson is considered to pioneer the wellness spa category more than 25 years ago. Meanwhile, Miraval Austin in Texas recently launched a new state-of-the-art three-level challenge course. Finally, Miraval Berkshires in Massachusetts offers an open studio for guest art, reflection, introspection, and collaborative journaling.

Mother and daughter looking for wildflowers while hiking in Deer Valley Utah
Hike and explore nature on a visit to Deer Valley Resort, Utah. Photo credit: Deer Valley Resort

Utah Outdoor Mother-Daughter Vacation

For outdoor duos, Deer Valley Resort in Park City offers four seasons of activities. Utah has 14 diverse mountain resorts, most easily accessible from the airport. Rules of skiing and snowboarding in winter. And when the snow melts, resorts get into mountain biking, hiking, fly fishing, horseback riding and more.


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Pack your bags! 5 road trip ideas you can take with Enterprise – SheKnows https://vermonttravelguides.com/pack-your-bags-5-road-trip-ideas-you-can-take-with-enterprise-sheknows/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 22:00:00 +0000 https://vermonttravelguides.com/pack-your-bags-5-road-trip-ideas-you-can-take-with-enterprise-sheknows/ Reality: You only have so many vacations with your kids before they leave the nest, so planning your getaways (and clearing your schedule) is still time well spent. Since these free days are rare and precious, you also want the good times to start as soon as your crew leaves home. One way to do […]]]>

Reality: You only have so many vacations with your kids before they leave the nest, so planning your getaways (and clearing your schedule) is still time well spent. Since these free days are rare and precious, you also want the good times to start as soon as your crew leaves home. One way to do it: make it a road trip. This centuries-old tradition offers the chance to see new sights at your own pace, stretch your budget, and seek out places everyone from toddlers to teenagers will love while creating memories along the way.

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Want to really improve your experience? Rent a car. This allows you to easily venture out without putting a lot of wear and tear on your own car (or racking up miles, if you’re renting). Plus, you can shake things up with a model that offers plenty of room and comfort for kids to safely spread out, get comfy and, fingers crossed! When you rent from Company, with its excellent customer service and thousands of convenient neighborhood locations to pick up and drop off your rental, you can skip the trip to the airport and hit the road right away – a boon for busy parents. Road tripping by plane and car is another smart approach, allowing your family to explore parts of the country they might not have visited otherwise.

To inspire you, here are five road trip ideas that will appeal to the whole family, from sports enthusiasts to outdoor enthusiasts to gamers:

Soak up history and mountain views in DC and Virginia

Start in Washington, DC for a dose of history and fun. Do the little ones like animals? Check-in with the giant pandas at national zoo. Are your elementary students learning about the founding of the United States? Visit The National Archives Museum for an overview of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. And the whole family will love seeing the monuments. (Pro tip: The National Mall offers a chance to see the big ones like the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument, with plenty of room to fuel up before a long drive.) Then, head to the park Shenandoah National Virginia for some outdoor adventures. While there, make good use of your rental car with a cruise along Skyline Drive in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Skyland Drive, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia, VA, USA

Make the most of Maine

From scenic beaches to cool towns to stunning nature, a road trip along the coast of Maine has so much to offer. Start with a visit to the seaside town of Ogunquit, where you can spend the day on the shore or stroll along Marginal Way, a coastal cliff walk flat enough for even preschoolers to manage alone. Continue up the coast to Kennebunkport, before discovering the city of Portland. Then, complete your trip by going even further north to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. Grab blueberry ice cream or a lobster roll in town, book a boat ride to see the area from a different perspective, and explore Acadia, including a ride to the top of Cadillac Mountain.

Aerial view of Bar Harbor, Maine.  Bar Harbor is a town on Mount Desert Island in Hancock County, Maine, and a popular tourist destination.

Explore Northern California

A drive from the San Francisco area gives families plenty of options. Sightsee around the city, which has tons of things to do for all ages, like Pier 39 and the unmistakable twist of Lombard Street. (Naturally, a walk over the Golden Gate Bridge is a must!) Then, discover Berkeley and all of its quirky, art-inspired culture. Or head to the coast: visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, visit the pretty town of Carmel-by-the-Sea and take in the views and beautiful sights, like the Bixby Bridge, as you drive along Highway 1 to Big Sur before returning to the Monterey area. the Bay.

Golden Gate, San Francisco, California, USA.

Check off your list of things to do at the Grand Canyon

What could be more iconic than a family road trip in the Grand Canyon? This national park is not only breathtakingly beautiful, but offers limitless outdoor adventures, with everything from biking to mule driving to rafting. (Are these phone and tablet screens don’t See?) But don’t stop there: see more of Arizona by heading to Sedona (those red rocks!), then on to Scottsdale and Phoenix. For sports fans, play a round of golf in Scottsdale or time your visit to coincide with spring training and catch a baseball game in Scottsdale Stadium.

Grand Canyon view

See Tennessee and North Carolina

An itinerary that takes your family to Nashville, Chattanooga, TN and Asheville, NC gives everyone their pick of cultural and creative things to do. Start in Nashville, where you can snap fun photos of the kids in front of one of the many murals, visit Centennial Park, or listen to the musical sounds of the city. From there it’s on to Chattanooga, where a visit to the kid-centered Creative Discovery Museum is sure to keep little ones engaged. And then explore all the town of Asheville has to offer, including introducing your players to vintage fun at Asheville Pinball Museum. Return your car to Companyand hold on to the memories!

Nashville, Tennessee downtown skyline at dusk

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