9 Sure Ways to Make the Best of Your Longhaul Flight

9 Sure Ways to Make the Best of Your Longhaul Flight Surviving a longhaul air trip may be difficult. But those who know how to get ready for it face fewer issues! These simple hacks will teach you how to make it less boring and painful. 1. Get seated in business class. Oh, who could’ve guessed? But there is no better way to minimize your discomfort. Even if you can’t afford a normal business class ticket to your dream destination, there are plenty of ways to find cheap premium airfares, upgrade your coach class ticket, or even obtain a free seat. Most of your problems will go away! 2. Consider how to dress. Please, no high heels, tight jeans, or heavy belts – choose only natural fabrics, consider the quality and wear comfortable boots. Your skin should breathe so your body temperature will stay normal throughout the flight. Even if you fly in summer, bring a jacket or light coat to wear as it might be chilly in the cabin. Make sure your outfit is easy to clean and dry and pick dark colors: for example, if you spill coffee on your laps, the stains will be less noticeable. 3. Pack your luggage wisely. It should contain necessary things only. Many people don’t really understand what they will definitely need during the trip and fill their bags with tons of trash. There is also a chance that you have to make some purchases. Think about it well ahead and create the list to see clearly. 4. What’s in your personal amenity kit? Apart from self-care products, it should definitely...
4 Reasons to Experience France with a Mobile Home Holiday

4 Reasons to Experience France with a Mobile Home Holiday

There are so many reasons to visit France, from the romance of Paris to the splendour of the south coast. As one of the most popular holiday destinations for families, there are also various different ways to explore the country; staying in hotels, hostels, camping or, our personal favourite, in a Eurocamp holiday home. Still not convinced a mobile home is best? Here are four reasons why it’s a great choice when holidaying in France.     Comfort A holiday home in France provides all the comforts of your own home, just in a different country and with a more traditional chalet style. Comfy beds rather than sleeping on the hard floor in a tent, all the home comforts of a TV, electric cooker and more make it a great choice. Air conditioning for when it’s hot, insulation and radiators for when it’s cold help too, no matter what time of year you’re going on vacation.     Facilities In a French hotel you might get a nice breakfast, room and possibly use of a pool but it’s all in one complex. The range of facilities available at holiday home parcs are so much more and better suited for families. Kids’ clubs, shops, water parks, spas, bars and restaurants offer plenty of choice to enjoy a holiday in France the way you want to.     Perfect Locations Whether you want a spring break close to the French mountains or are after a typical, sunny summer beach vacation, holiday parcs in France can be found in almost any location. Rather than being tuck in a stuffy hostel or tent...
A Must-Try Douro Valley Wine Tour in Portugal

A Must-Try Douro Valley Wine Tour in Portugal

    The Douro Valley makes a dramatic first impression. With its rolling green hills, a mighty river and lush vineyards and olive groves, it’s hard to imagine a better backdrop for sipping fine ports and table wines.     While the Douro Valley isn’t necessarily a secret, the destination doesn’t see nearly as many tourists as other famed wine regions such as Bordeaux or Napa. Drive just a few minutes outside of the main town of Pinhão, and you’ll encounter picturesque towns devoid of any tourists, seemingly pulled straight out of a storybook.     Even with its sleepy charm, you won’t have any trouble discovering spectacular vistas, delectable cuisine and memorable wines—if you know where to go.   Enter: Jorge Barefoot Wine & Tours     It’s no secret that we love wine and food tours. From Hong Kong to Paris to Boston, we’ve had quite a few incredible foodie experiences. But of them all, our Wine and Olive Oil Tour with Jorge easily tops out as most memorable—for all the right reasons. The best wineries in the Douro Valley are spread out, and most require advanced reservations for a tasting. We wanted to discover top table wines, but we also wanted to do it in a way that would let us get to know the winemakers and ideally find undiscovered wines from small but passionate producers. Jorge Barefoot Wine & Tours was the perfect solution. We set up a private, full-day tour, meeting from our apartment in Provezende, then set out on what would be the highlight of Portuguese adventure.   An Introduction To Winemaking In...
The Essential Guide to Visiting Cuba

The Essential Guide to Visiting Cuba

The largest of the Caribbean islands, Cuba’s unique history and natural beauty have been captivating the travelers’ interest for decades. Remnants of colonial history dotted around its cities, Baroque palaces, vintage American cars, white-sand beaches and streets echoing with salsa rhythms are just a few of the reasons why you should add Cuba to your bucket list.   Before you start planning If you’re planning on visiting Cuba for pleasure you’ll need a tourist card (simple visa), that can be purchased from the Cuban Embassy. While nationals from other countries are free to visit for leisure purposes, there are still restrictions in place for US citizens. Their reason for visiting must fall under one of 12 special categories, such as visiting relatives or educational purposes. Tour companies get around this by including an educational activity (e.g., school visit) in the itinerary. Don’t forget to take your travel and medical insurance certificate with you, as you’ll need to show this on arrival.   Planning Your Trip Whether you’re hopping over to Havana from Florida, or you’ve got a 10-hour flight ahead of you, plan ahead to keep stress to a minimum. Use a comparison site to discover the cheapest flights and book yours. If you’re driving yourself to the airport, pre-book long-term economy parking close to your departure terminal; you’ll save time and won’t get stuck with ‘drive-in’ rates. You can use dedicated comparison sites such as Looking4Parking.com to search for the best parking deal and to make our booking as they often offer massive discounts for booking through their site. Don’t rely on plastic to finance your trip, as...
Highlights From Our Spectacular Portugal Road Trip

Highlights From Our Spectacular Portugal Road Trip

  We will never forget our honeymoon road trip across the USA, cruising around Costa Rica with the top down on our Jeep, winery hopping in Chianti region of France or gawking at the Fjords in Western Norway, having your own set of wheels adds a whole new sense of freedom while traveling. And Portugal was no exception.     While it is possible to reach some of the main cities by train, we much prefer the freedom of being able to go where you want, when you want, and there are plenty of spectacular destinations to explore throughout Portugal that would have been virtually impossible to get to without a car. We got fun little hatchback from economybookings.com which had more than enough umph to get us everywhere we needed to go. We’ll be diving into more depth about how to see and do the highlights in each of these locations yourself so stay tuned. Highlights From Our Spectacular Portugal Road Trip   Lisbon   Unfortunately, due to a mix up of our airline carrier, we arrived in Lisbon 36 hours later than we had planned. This gave us only about 3 hours to explore the country’s biggest city. So we headed straight for the best of the best, Belem, to see the Monument Of Discoveries, the enormous Monastery of Jeronimos and the Belem Tower. But not before a healthy serving of delicious Pasties de Belem.     Coimbra   Our next stop was for one purpose only, to eat at Ze Manel dos Ossos which turned out to be one of our favorite meals of the entire...
Phuket For Couples: The Novotel Phuket For Luxury & Romance

Phuket For Couples: The Novotel Phuket For Luxury & Romance

Phuket For Couples: How To Have The Most Romantic Trip Thailand has been one country that consistently surprises us in the best of ways. We recently shared about our experience in Surin Beach, Phuket, and how we found a quiet paradise on Thailand’s largest island. Now we’re taking it South and divulging the ins and outs from our time in Karon, Phuket.     What To Do: Phang Nga Bay       We had a difficult time deciding what excursions to take during our time in Phuket, with Phi Phi Island and James Bond Island stealing the limelight, and several other alluring, lesser known islands to choose from. In the end, we chose a Phang Nga Bay sunset tour and couldn’t be more pleased. We opted to head toward Hong Island and Phangha Island. The great thing about staying in Karon is that most of the tours will pick you up from your hotel at no additional cost.     Our first stop was Phangha Island, where the tide had receded just enough to walk through. We paused halfway to light coconut candles and placed them in the water to peacefully float onward. Then, venturing a bit further, we came to a hidden jungle cove, which is usually inaccessible because of the tide. Then, it was off to Hong Island, which was larger than Phangha and equally as beautiful.     We jumped back on the speed boat to head back to mainland Phuket and feasted on an array of scrumptious seafood while we watched the sun go down behind the limestone cliffs. Where To Stay    ...
The One Travel Essential We Wouldn’t Dare Leave Behind

The One Travel Essential We Wouldn’t Dare Leave Behind

We often get asked questions about what to pack for trips around the world. With limited suitcase space and weight, it can be hard to determine between the essentials and the nonessentials. If we had to pick just one item that outweighs them all in importance, we’d choose our sunglasses. A good pair of sunglasses is, in our opinion, the one thing you just can’t go without when traveling.   Why Sunglasses Are The One Travel Essential You Need     1. It’s not about all the style: Yes, sunglasses are a great fashion statement and the perfect touch to any outfit. Tourists almost look incomplete without their favorite pair sitting atop their head. But, the reason we think it’s crucial to travel with sunglasses isn’t primarily for fashion, it’s for safety. Most everyone is aware of the harmful effects the sun’s rays have on your skin. While many people may not heed the warning and use proper skin protection, it’s common knowledge that UV rays are dangerous. What doesn’t seem to be common knowledge is that UV rays are just as dangerous to your eyes as they are to your skin. A huge portion of Cataracts cases (eyes that become gray/blue and blurry) are caused by UV exposure. Not to mention, the sun’s rays have been linked to macular degeneration (one of the leading causes of blindness in the US) and Pterygium (a tissue growth that causes astigmatism.) (1.) Moral of the story: your eyes need protection in the same way your skin does. If you want to keep seeing the wonders of the world, you’d better start...
Surin Beach Phuket: Experiencing Phuket’s Softer Side

Surin Beach Phuket: Experiencing Phuket’s Softer Side

    Last year, we traveled through Thailand experiencing its two major cities: Bangkok and Chiang Mai, and bouncing around among the islands of Koh Lipe, Koh Lanta and Koh Samui. We were enamored by this tropical paradise from the very beginning, yet everyone we told our travel adventures to had one objection: we didn’t go to Phuket. It seemed as though everyone we talked to was shocked we didn’t go to Phuket, as they ranted and raved about this bucket-list worthy destination. We knew better than to skip Phuket this time, so on our second trip to Thailand, we made Phuket our first stop. Phuket is Thailand’s largest island, and your experience here will largely depend on where you go. We headed to Surin Beach Phuket first and found a quiet beach paradise that exceeded all our expectations. Paradise Found: Surin Beach Phuket   Surin Beach Phuket is about a 30-minute drive from Phuket’s airport. We had no idea what to expect when we were first arrived and were admittedly hesitant about what we would find. We took a 5-minute stroll from our hotel, The Novotel Phuket Surin Beach Resort, and were immediately greeted by a jungle-enclosed beach.       The sand was soft white with crystal blue waters and a shield of strong green mountains to either side. Tall palm trees encapsulated the beach and a few local vendors sold coconut water & local Thai dishes from the shade. The left half of the beach was fairly dense with tourists, however, on the right side, where we entered, tourists were few and far between. Besides, the...

Travelers’ “must have” credit cards with some beneficial reward rate

Travelers’ Credit Cards – Smart Choice If you are a person who likes to visit other countries or travel across a native state for different purposes, it is time and place to think about opening an account of a traveler’s plastic. It will bring you many opportunities and privileges during a voyage. Apply now for a card of your dreams and save points and perks from every trip you have. Benefits of It Possibilities of such plastic cards are great and will fit every tourist’s need if necessary. Thus, you may find the best travel credit card on Effectify that will suit you most. First of all, let’s have a look at what profit a person may have from this offer. The following six variants are the most attractive. Here we have enumerated standard advantages and some extra benefits:   Miles and bonuses’ saving system Perks and discounts of partnership companies International rebate program Sufficient cash back Reward rate on every purchase An efficient mobile application allowing handy management of your funds from every place on the earth, i.e., mobile banking. Besides these advantages, we can also single out that it is much more convenient to get a plastic in a trip with you, as the money will be safe enough. In addition, they work on you while you are enjoying vacations. An easy and smart mobile app will help you to control your funds and conduct various banking transactions right from a beach, restaurant, or hotel room.    Get your travel credit card in three steps: Apply for a suitable offer and fill in the form. Find out...
Wedding Anniversary Recap: Our Past 5 Travel Celebrations

Wedding Anniversary Recap: Our Past 5 Travel Celebrations

For the last five years, we’ve celebrated our wedding anniversary in a new destination, and year #6 will be no different. We can’t imagine a better way to spend our anniversaries than by exploring a new place together. This May 21st, we’re popping the champagne in Portugal. We’ll be taking a road trip from Lisbon up to Coimbra and Aveiro, then stopping in Porto and driving the Douro Valley, finally going up to Ponte De Lima. It’s going to be a road trip filled with romance, lots of yummy food and wine, of course. If travel experiences aren’t your cup of tea, don’t forget to spend time exploring a rich selection of gifts for your 5th wedding anniversary. Or, take a little inspiration from our past 5 destination wedding anniversaries: Wedding Anniversary Recap: Our Past 5 Travel Celebrations     1. Bohol And Apo Island, Philippines The Philippines will always hold a special place in our heart since it’s the destination where we spent our very first wedding anniversary! Our first stop was Apo Island, world-renowned for its scuba diving. The dives were gorgeous, and we can confidently say that Apo Island had the best diving we’ve experienced yet. We felt like we were in a real-life version of Finding Nemo. 2. Macau And Hong Kong For year number 2, we opted for a cosmopolitan-style anniversary in lieu of an exotic beach. We loved every minute of our time in Hong Kong and Macau. We went during the summer, which we think is the best time to go, and enjoyed everything from fine-dining to street foodie tours, seeing the...