How to Book Inexpensive Aer Lingus Award Flights to Ireland

Ireland is one of the most popular destinations for American travelers journeying abroad. Fortunately, there are several quality options to get to Ireland, including with Avios awards bookings with Aer Lingus and its partners. Tip: see this post on Google Flights if you want to pay for your Aer Lingus flight with cash. About Aer Lingus Fortunately, Aer Lingus is not operating alone. It exists in a partnership with British Airways and Iberia (not to mention smaller airlines Flybe, Kulula, Meridiana and Vueling). All of which use the award currency…

Nordic Countries Continue To Rank High In Happiness, While America Falls

Finland, Norway, and Denmark were recently ranked the world’s three happiest countries. This may not come as a surprise, since they’ve been dancing around at the top for a while now, along with Switzerland. Meanwhile, America fell to 18th on this list by the World Happiness Report. While it isn’t a terrible ranking, the decline is noteworthy. For a country whose average income has risen for several decades, our declining happiness is important, and telling. And it actually makes a lot of sense. Why are the Nordic countries so happy? The usual explanations are that while taxes are…

Rolls-Royce And Nat Geo Document On Social Media Around-The-World Adventure Starring Cullinan SUV

Tomorrow in the Scottish Highlands, Rolls-Royce and National Geographic will launch the all-wheel drive Cullinan on an extreme around-the-world engineering durability test that will be documented with films and photography posted daily to Rolls and National Geographic social media. Branded “The Final Challenge,” this series of extreme performance trials will be staged in remote locales, from the Highlands to Alpine snowfields to the deserts of Arabia, culminating in mountain climbs in the Western United States. RRMC Cory Richards, considered by many the greatest living adventurer, is taking Rolls-Royce Cullinan on…

4 Haunted Races to Join This October

Scare in White Bear (White Bear Lake, Minn.) (October 27) Ready for a run in the dark? Locals on White Bear Lake—which made a cameo in Mark Twain’s memoir, Life on the Mississippi—stand along the tiki-torch-lined route to cheer for runners at the Scare in White Bear, a kids’ race and family-friendly 5K walk/run that kicks off after dusk. Post-race festivities and perks include performances, a costume contest and cider and hot chocolate for finishers. Sleepy Hollow Halloween 10K (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) (October 28) Washington Irving’s classic supernatural tale picks up speed…

10 Best Outdoor Adventure Vacation Destinations on a Budget

1. Acadia National Park – Maine Acadia National Park Acadia National Park is the only national park in New England. It covers much of Mount Desert Island, a massive, rocky island that juts out into the Atlantic Ocean from mainland Maine. Acadia is known for beautiful inland lakes, thick forests that turn glorious hues in fall, and stunning ocean and mountain views from its rocky outcrops. Cadillac Mountain, the tallest peak on the U.S. Atlantic coast, is a must-visit. The quaint town of Bar Harbor sits just outside the park and…

10 best bucket-list adventure trips

Rafting through the Grand Canyon, Ariz. Plan at least five or six days away from civilization for this epic Western adventure on the Colorado River. “It provides excitement and at the same time it offers an amazing tranquility that most people can’t find in everyday life,” Wendt says. Rafters start at Lee’s Ferry, Ariz., and camp along the way. It’s fun to spend a night at historic Phantom Ranch, and while some people then hike 10 miles out of the canyon at that point, others chose to double the length…

Lonely Planet Names the Top 10 Places to Visit in the U.S. for 2018

Nowadays there are lots of travel guides in the world, but few have a more credible and distinguished history than Lonely Planet. Transforming local knowhow from a global canvas into digestible, attainable and original destination guides is no easy thing, so when they offer their top ten places to visit in the US for 2018, as a travel lover I’m always keen to hear what they have to say. © welcomia / Shutterstock The sun flares through the majestic redwoods on California’s coast. 1. California’s Redwood Coast The Lonely Planet…

Trip Coach: “Shoulder Season” Bargains for Fall

Booking trips in the “sweet spot” between high season and low season can nab you a great vacation at a shockingly low price. Fall is on the way, and that means “shoulder season” bargains. We recently shared some fall travel secrets live on Facebook. As a result of that lively, informative conversation and some great questions from our audience, we’ve put together this cheat sheet for autumn savings: WHAT IS SHOULDER SEASON? We call this time of year “shoulder season” because, in a lot of popular destinations, it’s between the high…

Travel Tips for Miami

After spending 48 hours in the sun-soaked city of Miami. We picked a selection of Tony’s best tips from The Layover: Miami episode — be sure to check them out before your next trip. Arrivals and Departures “Flying into Miami, you have 2 options — Miami International and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The quickest way into the city is via taxi for $32. You’ll be at the beach in less than 30 minutes. On a budget? Try Super Shuttle for $19.” “When leaving Miami, use curb check. Avoid the line for a few extra…

Do your business in these 10 work-friendly bathrooms

Texting, typing and technology in the lavatory – will wonders never cease? With bathrooms equipped for such things, the idea isn’t as odd as you might think.  From outdoor shower outposts to tech-friendly toilet stalls, these hotel bathrooms are a working traveler’s dream come true. Scattered across the Southwest, here are 10 hotels (and the respective rooms/suites) with bathrooms fit for both working and washing. Garden of the Gods Collection | Colorado Springs The spacious Pinon Suite bathroom — Photo courtesy of Garden of the Gods Club Choice bathroom: The Piñon Suite…

Tips to Ensure Your Business Trip Goes Smoothly

If you are a frequent business traveller, it is important to do your research beforehand to know the tips and tricks to help your trip be as stress-free as possible. Here are a few tips to ensure your business trip goes smoothly. Plan The first and most important step is to make a plan that can help document everything you need for a trip and to make sure there are no complications that could arise. Having a list of all the items you need to pack beforehand will ensure you…

Tips for the solo traveller

Taking off on a solo travel adventure can be exhilarating, unfiltered by anyone else’s preferences or prejudices, where you’re able to indulge your every whim on your time and your terms. Of course, travelling alone can have some disadvantages too, especially around safety. While you may relish the time to be alone with your thoughts and just catch up on ‘me’ time’, here are some important tips to keep your solo travels safe and hassle-free:  Thoroughly check user ratings and online reviews – We’ve all heard the horror stories of the photoshopped…