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The Quintessential Northeastern United States Road Trip

Travel Blog, Travel Tips - Ross French - April 11, 2018

The northeast coast of the United States of America features some of the oldest cities in the country. These places are rich with historical landmarks and also modern attractions. This mix of places to see combined with the countryside makes the region a good choice for a road trip. This article will look several locations someone on an American road trip across the northeastern United States would have to check out. The trip will start in Boston and end in Washington D.C., spanning a good portion of the region. Just make sure to have up-to-date liability insurance for your car, as the traffic in these cities can get a little hairy.


Boston was a major location for colonial America. There are several historic sites from the past as well as statues and monuments to honor the history. This includes places like the Plimoth Plantation, the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museums, and the Freedom Trail. Each of these locations is sure to enrich your understanding of American history for both children and adults alike. The city of Boston is just a beautiful place to explore. Its olden style is very appealing. From here, the next stop on your road trip will be to the big apple, otherwise known as New York City.

New York City

Compared to many of the other cities in the northeast, New York City is much more sprawling and stunning. It features skyscrapers that extend out for miles and miles. The inner city is divided up into various subsections, each with a unique name and culture in their own right. The Brooklyn Bridge, Empire State Building, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Statue of Liberty are great choices for big tourist attractions of the Big Apple among countless others. One suggestion though: park the car for a few days and ride the New York subway. Not only will it prevent unnecessary headaches behind the wheel, riding the NYC subway is an iconic experience of American urban life.


The next stop on this northeast adventure is through Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It can’t be understated how important this city was to the American Revolution. The Liberty Bell, President’s House, and the National Constitution Center are just handful of historical sites worth checking out. However, history might not be for everyone or maybe you need a break, in which case grab a cheesesteak sandwich and head down to one of the many things to do in Philadelphia which don’t involve history

Washington, D.C.

The final destination on this trip is, of course, Washington D.C., the capital of the United States. Getting an up and close view of the White House and the Lincoln Memorial are life-changing experiences. It shows just how far the country has come and yet stands a symbol pointing towards the future. There are other places to visit in the surrounding area as well, including George Washington’s home of Mount Vernon in Virginia as well as Rock Creek Park in Maryland.

At last, the American road trip over the northeastern United States is complete. From Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and all the places in between, this trip quite the journey. There are countless historical sites along the way, with each one showing us specific events from the past. There are several landmarks to remind us to protect the future as well. Along the there are a few entertainment detours such as downtown New York and sports events. Regardless, there’s much to explore on this road trip. Make it a fun time.

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Travel Tips - Subhajit Pramanik - February 15, 2018

Located at the southeastern tip of Florida, Miami is one enchanting city known around the world for its wonderful beaches, breathtaking architectures, beautiful people and awesome nightlife. Thousands of tourists every year visit this city to spend their holidays. The city is home to many upscale shops and famous spas. The beaches are full of cafes, restaurants and bars and the sea is full of water activities. As you can understand, there are simply a ton of things to do in Miami. In fact, there are so many options, that you might feel bewildered if you are visiting this city for the first time. To get you started, here are the top four things to do in Miami, if you want to spend a memorable vacation.


  1. Visit South Beach

South Beach is considered to be one of the best places to visit in the whole of United States of America. There are a plethora of activities which you can take part in while you are here. The beach is full of pretty people, perfect sand, lip-smacking food and night-long parties. There will be no shortage of things to do in Miami when you visit this beach. Take a trip to the Jungle Island or visit Miami Children’s Museum if you are travelling with kids. You can simply spend yours by relaxing on the beach, shopping at the various boutiques or engage yourself in the numerous watersports happening at the beach.


  1. Spend time at Lincoln Road

Another one of the things to do in Miami is visiting Lincoln Road. The Lincoln Road Mall was made in the 1950s, which used to be called as the “Fifth Avenue of the South”. The road is one of the busiest streets you will visit in Miami. The sidewalks are lined with coffee shops, beautiful lounges and cultural venues. There are a number of upscale shops and boutiques in the area as well if you are in the mood to splurge. From shopping to drinking some wonderful coffee to having some delectable food, you will find a lot of things to do while you are here.


  1. Go for an art deco tour


Going on an art deco tour is one of the most popular things to do in Miami. Miami Beach is a really sought after spot to go for an art deco tour. Especially the South Beach is lined with beautiful hotels, resorts, buildings and restaurants which represent this style very well. The art deco style of architecture was popularized in the 1920s and 1930s. The bold colours and the geometric shapes define art deco architectures. You can go for a walking tour through the South Beach neighbourhood to experience the beautifully styled buildings with your own eyes.


  1. Visit Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

Vizcaya Museum & Gardens was built in the early 20th century for James Deering, a Chicagoan industrialist and Europhile. Formerly known as the Villa Vizcaya, this Italian Renaissance-style villa will surely take your breath away. The beautiful exterior, as well as the decorated interiors, make a trip to this former villa one of must-do thing to do in Miami.

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Does Destin Really Have the Clearest Water in Florida?

Travel Blog, Travel Tips - Ross French - February 13, 2018

When you picture a vacation in paradise, chances are you envision soft, warm sand stretching for miles and the endless ocean in front of you. Your worries wash away with the receding tide. The sun radiates down as you soak up the rays and enjoy the anticipated relaxation that comes from a day at the beach. And, let’s face it, the clearer the water and more pristine the beaches, the better the beach vacation!

If you plan to vacation in Florida, a state that is literally surrounded by beaches, you might think it hard to choose the best one. We will make it easy for you. Your hunt for the best beach and clearest water in Florida is over! Destin, Florida and the surrounding area boast the most pristine beaches and crystalline water in Florida, even ranking amongst the most beautiful beaches in the world.

Destin and the Emerald Coast have consistently rated as the number one beach in Florida, even when compared to other contenders with incredibly clear waters like Anna Marie Island. According to the article “Which Beach Has the Clearest Water in Florida”, at the end of the last Ice Age, chunks of white quartz crystal were carried into the Gulf of Mexico by the Apalachicola River. Thousands of years of tidal action transformed the quartz into a pure, crystalline powder resembling something between sugar and snow! The pure white beach balances beautifully with the clear, emerald water for some of the most spectacular beach views.

How does the water along this stretch of the Gulf Coast remain so clear and seemingly untouched? The Choctawhatchee Bay acts as a filter for river sediment, limiting the amount of sediment that is actually deposited into the Gulf. Whereas other areas situated along the coast deal with large sediment deposits directly into the ocean or Gulf, the natural drainage provided by the bay leaves the Destin waters crystal clear and perfect. Combine this with the water’s jeweled colors of emerald and blue, and it is no wonder these picture-perfect beaches are fondly referred to as the Emerald Coast!

From lounging under a beach umbrella to building castles from the sugary sand to exploring the world beneath the waves, Destin’s beaches offer something for everyone. Plan a family vacation, a couple’s retreat, or a girls’ getaway to enjoy the beaches your way. You will find that you enjoy the striking hues and gorgeous views. To make it even better, unlike the cloudy waters along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, nothing will ever be able to sneak up on you in those clear waters!

Ready to dip your toes in ocean waves as clear as a swimming pool? Or wade into the warm Gulf waters up to your shoulders, and still see your toes sinking into the shimmering sand? We could not have made your choice any more clear! (See what we did there?) Book your vacation rental with Ocean Reef Resorts to enjoy the clearest water and prettiest beach in Florida.

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How to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Another Country

Travel Guides, Travel Tips - Ross French - February 12, 2018

Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Another Country

Celebrating Valentine’s Day abroad can be an exciting way you and your partner can honour your love for each other. Leaving your work and home for some special alone time together can rid you of distractions, allowing you to focus your attention solely on each other.

So if you’re planning on making this Valentine’s Day extra special, follow these great tips when it comes to celebrating the day of love internationally in order to make it the best it can be.

Seek Out Romantic Destinations

A romantic holiday abroad starts with choosing the right destination. Choose a destination that will offer something you and your partner will both enjoy experiencing together.

The world is filled with great places to spend Valentine’s Day. Relaxing beach getaways and luxurious resorts offer the peace and quiet to really connect with the one you love. If however you are both adrenaline junkies, then go for the adventurous route when picking a destination. It really all comes down to your personality and what will offer the two of you the most enjoyable time together.

Look for Hotels Offering Valentine’s Packages

Many hotels offer wonderful Valentine’s Day packages for couples wanting to go all out for the occasion. These packages can include things like fancy champagne in your room, a rose petal covered bed, private limousine or luxury vehicle transfers, private tours, or couples spa treatments.

Valentine’s Day packages can not only be a great value but also a great way to have everything sorted for you on the big day so you need only show up.

Search for Local Valentine’s Events

Restaurants usually offer special dining menus for Valentine’s Day along with setting up a more romantic atmosphere for the evening. Booking in advance is strongly recommended as Valentine’s Day is usually one of the busiest nights for restaurants.

Local cinemas may offer screenings of romantic film favourites or you may be able to take in special romantic music acts. For something truly exciting, head to a Valentine’s masquerade bbal offered by many cities around the world.

Splurge on a Luxurious Activity

If you really want to make this Valentine’s Day memorable, why not plan something epic like a scenic helicopter flight. Alternatively you could opt for renting a luxury vehicle or fancy sports car for the day.
When it comes to accommodation, maybe spend the night at a winery or opt for a deluxe hotel suite. When booking flights to your Valentine’s Day holiday destination, why not upgrade to business class for the ultimate in comfort. Valentine’s Day does come only once a year after all.

If you do decide to go all out, however, make sure you are protected by travel insurance from InsureandGo. You want to be sure you are covered for your holidays should the unfortunate happen and your special Valentine’s Day holiday plans are adversely affected by unforseen events.

Keep it Simple

Love doesn’t have to be difficult, and sometimes the best things in life really are free. Many cities offer scenic and relaxing parks or botanic gardens which make for a lovely day out with your partner. Head to the local market and arrange your own picnic for much less than an expensive Valentine’s Day dinner at a restaurant.

A simple walk through the city, along a beach at sunset, or along a harbour boardwalk can be quite romantic and stress free.

Do As the Locals Do

Don’t be afraid to ask how locals spend Valentine’s Day. They will know the best restaurants or romantic areas to spend the special day. Some countries may have different Valentine’s Day traditions which may be fun to partake in for something new and exciting.

Talking to locals is a great way to avoid tourist traps in order to experience the authenticity of your chosen destination.

If Single, Seek Out Valentine’s Singles Events

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to just be for couples. Many cities host “Valentine’s for Singles” events where you may be able to seek out some new love. These events may include setting you up on a blind date or a speed dating type scenario.

Alternatively you can simply enjoy the day with a best friend or group of friends as you share your love for your friendship. Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love and love takes many forms.

Celebrate Loving Yourself

It is never a bad idea to take some time out for yourself and to do something that makes you happy. If you find yourself single and not exactly wanting to be forcibly thrown into the dating pool, take this Valentine’s Day to simply love yourself and celebrate who you are as an individual.

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How to Prepare for a Backpacking Trip in India

Asia, Travel Tips - Ross French - February 7, 2018

India is a land of diversity, both culturally and geographically. Backpacking in India, either solo or with friends, is a sure ticket to life and adventure.

But, like any other trip, planning ahead saves you a lot of hassle, money, and time. Planning starts with an itinerary first: places you wish to visit, sights you always longed to see. And that would depend on what kind of trip you’re looking for. In this article, we’re going to give you a few tips to make sure you enjoy your first backpacking trip through this wonderful country.

How to Get Around?

India is home to a diverse population. And people from all classes of society have their own ways of functioning. So, you may choose to travel in luxury or you have the option to travel in the most frugal ways one can imagine. You can travel across the country in an extremely cost-effective way if you plan well.
The entire country is crisscrossed by an extensive railway network. If you have time, then traveling by train has its own charm. You get to see different places all day long, meet different people, or chit-chat over a cup of tea.

High-end trains have AC compartments, which are comfortable and cool, but there are also non-AC compartments that are cheaper. But don’t expect train rides to be as quiet as back home. The hustle and bustle of Indian trains might throw you off at first, but they do have their charm.

Domestic flights are the best option if you are in a time crunch. All the major cities are connected internally. Spicejet flights operate on an extensive network of domestic routes, which are reasonably priced. Book your tickets online or visit the nearest travel agent.

When traveling around locally within a city, always agree to a price before you board a rickshaw or taxi. Local guides and transport drivers can take advantage if you don’t negotiate well.

Where and what to eat?

When it comes to food, research beforehand on what particular spots are famous for. Every part of India has its own traditional flavors. Not only should you visit famous restaurants in tourist hotspots, but also hang around the local joints to sample more authentic flavors. However, it’s always better to watch the drinking water and consider carrying bottles with you as much as you can.

Where to Stay?

There are a lot of options when it comes to lodging. Once again, you can choose to spend the night at a high-end hotel or choose from low-cost options like guesthouses or hostels. There are also plenty of ‘Dharamshalas’ (rest houses for travelers) if you don’t mind sharing a dormitory you’re your fellow travelers. It would be wise to check for reviews online or from fellow travelers before the trip if you can.

Have fun!

Keep these short tips up your sleeves, and you’ll have a memorable backpacking trip in India. India is a wonderful place to backpack and is full of natural beauty and bustling city life, making it the perfect country for any adventure lover.

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