The Best US States to Visit this Winter

The Best US States to Visit this Winter

While every state that forms America is both beautiful and unique in its own right, there are some that just need to be experienced at least once during the colder months, as each will offer breathtaking landscapes, seasonal inspired activities, and superb active adventures for all ages. If you are planning a vacation to make the most of the season with your loved ones, here are the best US states to visit this winter.   Alaska One state you certainly should not overlook is Alaska, as it offers a winter wonderland. Climb aboard the Alaska Railroad, which is in operation throughout the year and will connect passengers from Anchorage to Fairbanks. You will fall in love with sapphire blue skies and ivory-drenched landscapes while watching wild moose pass by your large windows from the comfortable train. Fairbanks offers the perfect place to watch the aurora borealis (Northern Lights) in all its emerald green glory, and you can also visit the Aurora Ice Museum, which has been created from more than a thousand tons of snow. Don’t forget to visit Anchorage, too, which VacationRenter.com recommends for its wildly diverse landscape and wildlife, such as bears, eagles, moose, and whales. It is also the perfect place for a spot of cross-country skiing, dogsledding, and ice climbing.   New Mexico Next on your list should be New Mexico, which experiences more than 300 days of sunshine every year. If that wasn’t enough to visit the state this winter, it might also help to know it is home to five national forests and 17 national parks and monuments, so it is perfect for...
Awesome Destinations For A Ski Getaway

Awesome Destinations For A Ski Getaway

When it comes to planning the perfect vacation, often the first place to come to mind is somewhere tropical with swaying palms. However, sometimes the best vacation is actually somewhere with great snow, hot chocolate and a cozy lodge. Whether you’re an avid skier or snowboarder or you just want to hit some beginner slopes before curling up by a fireplace, there’s a pristine destination for you:   France Could it get any more perfect than a visit to the French Alps? From world-class cuisine to stunning landscapes to charming villages, France is a romantic ski destination to get your adrenaline rushing. If you’re serious about skiing, try the Trois Vallees, Paradiski or Tignes Val d’Isere. Or, if you’re just getting started, you might love the Grande Alpes ski area, with plenty of easy and intermediate slopes. One of these ski package holidays is guaranteed to have whatever you’re looking for. Even better is that a ski getaway to France can easily include stops at other must-see cities, like Paris or Bordeaux. With all the calories you’re burning skiing, you won’t need to feel guilty indulging in all that great French wine and food!   Finland One of our personal favorites, Finland is a great spot to combine skiing with other winter adventures like dog sledding and hunting for the Northern Lights. Cross-country skiers will particularly love the option to ski from cafe to cafe, warming up over hot chocolate or a bowl of soup. Ylas is one of Finland’s oldest ski lodges, and shouldn’t be missed. Located deep in the arctic of Western Finland, tourists have been coming...
5 Experiences Every Foodie Must Have In Paris

5 Experiences Every Foodie Must Have In Paris

It’s no secret that Paris is a mecca for foodies. From five-star cuisine to simple, wholesome fare, the French take their food seriously—and they know how to share it with visitors to their home country. But don’t get stuck at the tourist traps. If you’re serious about food, you won’t want to miss these five epic foodie experiences. Of course, if you’re traveling to Paris, you’re going to need a great place to stay. Fraser Hospitality has lovely luxury serviced apartments that are a perfect choice for any visit. You can see more of the gorgeous photos of their accommodation on their website: https://paris.frasershospitality.com/en/accommodation.html     Learn How To Make Macarons These colorful bites of delishiness are hard to miss while bakery-hopping in Paris. But even better than taste-testing them at renowned locales like Laduree and Pire Herme is learning how to make them for yourself! Cookin’ With Class is a fun locale in Montmartre that offers a variety of cooking classes, including how to make decadent macarons. I was pretty proud of the vibrant macarons I was able to take home with me after the sessions!   Take a Wine Tour There are numerous day trips that operate out of Paris, taking guests to small villages with local wineries and vineyards. We always say you can never go wrong with a wine tour! If you have the time, try a trip to Champagne, just 45 minutes away from Paris on the high-speed train. We opted to sample the bubbly at Veuve Clicquot, Pommery and Lanson. Our day trip to Champagne was another one of our favorite experiences during...
Use Movavi to Watch Your Movies On Mobile

Use Movavi to Watch Your Movies On Mobile

This post was last updated on August 21st, 2018Over the past 10 years, we’ve flown on dozens of international flights and there is a trend we are noticing. On more and more long-haul flights, airlines are doing away with in-flight entertainment. If it does happen to be available, like on our recent trip back from Costa Rica, airlines are making you pay an equivalent of a movie theater ticket to watch on-demand movies on a tiny little screen. So after you’ve already paid hundreds of dollars to get to where you want to go, how can you ensure that you stay entertained without forking up even more money to watch a movie on your next flight? Here’s where Movavi comes in. Most movie buffs know that Blu-ray offers some of the best visual and audio experiences for watching movies in your own home. If you have Blu-ray movies at home, you likely know that it is difficult to watch them without a specialized Blu-ray dvd player, making watching your favorite movies on your laptop or mobile device impossible. That’s because Blu-ray is formatted in M2TS where most laptops and mobile devices (even YouTube) are set up to read MP4 formatted files. By using Movavi you can easily convert M2TS to MP4 so you can watch your favorite high definition movies right from your own personal device! Here’s how it works: 1. Once you have the program installed, choose the M2TS file you’d like to convert. You can choose multiple files at once if you haven’t decided on a favorite. 2. Select the desired output format, MP4, and then choose...
Tips To Help Capture Epic Travel Photos On Your Next Vacation

Tips To Help Capture Epic Travel Photos On Your Next Vacation

This post was last updated on August 2nd, 2018We’ve all been there, scrolling through your Instagram feed and the swoon-worthy image of your best friend hanging out on the palm-lined beach at sunset, or your crazy cousin dangling precariously off the summit of their last adventurous vacation. We all want to create memories we can look back on whether we decide to share them on social media, print and frame them in our homes or put them on a custom phone case so we can carry the good times with us everywhere we go. GoCustomized makes a variety of phone cases that allow you to print virtually any image from your travels on your phone case! Here are a few tips to capturing those memorable moments on your next trip!   Composition One of the best hard and fast rules I’ve learned as a photographer is to use what’s called, the Rule Of Thirds. This essentially means breaking down your frame into 3 rows and 3 columns. Whatever you’re photographing, you’ll want to put in on one of these crosshairs where the lines intersect. This tends to make a more interesting image than simply placing your subject in the center. Also, keep in mind what you’re trying to use your photo for after it’s taken. This may help determine if you want to take your photo in portrait or landscape orientation. For example, if you’re planning on posting a photo to Instagram Stories, make sure your phone is upright (portrait orientation) not landscape or else your image will be cropped and may not look like you want.   Natural...
How to Choose the Right Hostel

How to Choose the Right Hostel

There’s been a positive shift with hostels all over the world in recent times, mainly due to competition and the high influx of travellers looking for somewhere to stay that is quality and at an affordable price. Most hostel owners know that if backpackers have bad hostel experience that it can ruin a destination for them, so it is important that the hostel accommodates their needs as well as their own too. Hostels aren’t going to market themselves as the worst place in the region to stay, unclean, unfriendly and generally rubbish, are they? So, to help you see the wood through the trees, we’ve got some points to consider when thinking about your trip and what sort of hostel you are looking to book in to.   What is your budget? The spike of ‘flashpacking‘ and the hostels moving to accommodate this type of tourist, it can also mean more costly prices to pay to stay in a hostel. While this can give reassurance to some people who are nervous about where they are staying, if you’re travelling is focused on a budget bank balance then look for a hostel that’s got those criteria in mind and enjoy the simple way of life while you’re enjoying what’s on offer outside of the hostel!   Have you picked the right location? If you select a stay in a hostel on the outskirts of the city then you benefit from quiet settings and tranquillity. On the flip side, this means you’re not in the heart of the action, so if you want to experience the lights, hustle, bustle and blend...