Stay Connected On The Road With These Must-Have Travel Accessories

Stay Connected On The Road With These Must-Have Travel Accessories

This post was last updated on October 17th, 2017Love it or hate it, the vast majority of us rely on technology when we travel. Whether it’s Waze to get from place to place, Skype to chat with loved ones or PayPal to send money to any corner of the globe, constant connectivity has forever changed the way we travel. Staying connected is especially critical for the many of us who work online and need to be able to combine our passions for our businesses and travel at any given time. But as we all know, things don’t always go according to plan. We’ve all been there. The 10-hour bus ride where your phone dies. The travel adapter that fails after just a few uses. Internet issues aside, it’s impossible to get anything done if your uncharged devices are nothing more than bricks. Whether you’re a digital nomad who needs to stay connected for work or you’re simply headed out on a weekend backpacking trip and want to stay charged for emergencies, here are the latest travel gadgets we’re loving: Travel Accessories We’re Loving   Portable Chargers     We never go anywhere without portable chargers. However, not all portable chargers are created equally, and we’ve had quite a few in the past that aren’t durable or long-lasting enough for our adventures. When Zendure offered to send us a few of their portable chargers to try out, we were immediately intrigued. And so far, we are very impressed with their high-quality features.   For Multiple Devices + Long-Haul Trips:     If you’re hitting the road with multiple devices that...

Playing Whilst on the Go

Increasingly we are all leading lives that are more busy and full, and because of this fact the trend towards mobile devices, especially smartphones has also increased exponentially. Not only is the smartphone an essential piece of kit used to keep in touch with family and friends it has also become the ‘must have’ fashion accessory to the extent that you can now personalise your smartphone with protective cases that can cost x times the amount you paid for the phone itself. The industries that have been built around the smartphone are incredibly lucrative and there is no sign that this trend is going to stop or even slow down anytime soon. Making our smartphones as individual as we can is one reason that they are so important to us. Whether you decide to complete your banking, run a blog, browse ebay or play at an online casino like www.schmittscasino.com where you can play on one of your favourite games for a few minutes in your lunch break or whilst waiting for the train, the convenience that your mobile device provides is exactly what is required by many people today. In fact sourcing a smartphone for entertainment purposes is one of the most popular pastimes with more people accessing say their online casino via their mobiles rather than waiting to get home to do the same. This trend to all things mobile has seen the rise of numerous online casinos dedicating their games to the mobile users and making them fully optimised for the smartphone. Because of this, losing your mobile of having it stolen can be far more...
The 5 Most Postcard Worthy Travel Destinations

The 5 Most Postcard Worthy Travel Destinations

  Have you ever seen a postcard picture of a destination and thought, “Does it really look like that?” We’ve all seen those picture-perfect landscapes, the ones we drool over on Pinterest and hastily save to our “Bucket-list” board. But which destinations top the list as the most worthy to become travel postcards?   1. Santorini, Greece   Our vote for number one is Santorini, Greece. The white washed buildings with dazzling aqua roofs overlooking the Aegean Sea can send any wanderluster into a doozy in moments. This is one of those places where you can just perch on a balcony, sipping on wine, and forget about the world for hours on end.   2. Taj Mahal, India   Of course we would include this one in the list. You’ve probably seen the Taj Mahal on a thousand different postcards and rolled your eyes thinking it can’t be that great. But if you’ve ever seen the Taj Mahal in person, you know a different story. This ancient architectural wonder is so famous for a reason. It will take your breath away from the moment you gaze up at its larger-than-life marble walls.   3. Douro Valley, Portugal       Douro Valley, Portugal is fresh on our minds, as it was our most recent adventure. We can tell you from firsthand experience, that this postcard worthy landscape is truly all it’s cracked up to be. Something about these rolling hills, as far as the eye can see, does something incredible to your soul. Not to mention, the exceptional wine and hospitable locals.   4. Lapland, Finland   Seeing the...
Carmo’s Boutique Hotel: A Small Luxury Hotel In Portugal’s Most Spectacular Region

Carmo’s Boutique Hotel: A Small Luxury Hotel In Portugal’s Most Spectacular Region

This post was last updated on September 5th, 2017   It’s no secret that, given our travel lifestyle, we’ve stayed in countless hotels, hostels, resorts and apartments of all shapes, sizes and prices around the world. Throughout this time, we’ve learned that our favorite kind of accommodation is the small luxury hotel. The type of place that’s more like a friend’s guesthouse than a business—accommodation where you feel right at home (albeit more often than not at a much more stylish and luxurious home.) These small and personal hotels always go down as the most memorable, actually enhancing our travel experiences rather than just serving as a place to fall asleep at the end of a long day. Carmo’s Boutique Hotel in Ponte de Lima, Portugal, is exactly this kind of place (and more.) The family-run luxury hotel is not only uniquely gorgeous in every way, but it’s also conveniently located in one of our favorite spots in Portugal, the Minho region. If you’re looking for a memorable, off-the-beaten-track Portuguese experience, this is it. Here’s a closer look at why we love Carmo’s Boutique Hotel and the Minho region so much:   Carmo’s Boutique Hotel: A Small Luxury Hotel Of The World   It doesn’t take long to realize why Carmo’s consistently wins awards for being one of the world’s best small luxury hotels. Located down a quiet country road surrounded by rolling hills, you might drive right past Carmo’s if you didn’t know to look for it. Once inside, the hotel grounds begin to unfold into a quiet oasis of gardens and vineyards.     Carmo’s Boutique Hotel...
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...
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...