Explore the Road Less Traveled – 5 Unconventional Travel Destinations To Visit

France. Italy. Mexico. Jamaica. The U.S. There are countries that are simply ubiquitous with tourism and travel, welcoming upwards of 84 million travellers through their borders each year (as was the case in France in 2013!)

Fast-paced metropolitan centers and well-known beach retreats are usually our go-to options when it comes to planning a getaway. But what about the rest of the world? Seasoned travellers  have long-championed many out-of-the-ordinary locations as their personal favourites, preferring less popular destinations as a way to truly experience a new culture and interact more with locals than fellow tourists. Here, we list a few unconventional travel destinations!

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Best Time Of The Day To Travel

So you’ve decided to head to your dream destination or even just a quick trip to knock a City or country off of your bucket list. Congratulations! Searching for flights you notice a plethora of flight times you could depart and arrive at – depending of course on where you’re headed. While some travelers are morning people, others might not be. Still, there are plenty of pros and cons to leaving at many different times during the day, and it will be up to you to figure out the time that works best. There may not a universally  “perfect” time to travel, but there are definitely times they are great for their own reasons. Here are just a few of the best time to travel – and why! (more…)

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Best Fall Destinations

Travelling is great for any time of the year, but there are definitely certain destinations that are perfect for specific seasons! As summer winds down into fall, you may have already set up some of your autumn travel plans already. If not, there are plenty of destinations that would make for the perfect getaway before winter gets under way. You can find last minute or off-season deals since this is the time of year school starts again for most people. The travel rush in most cities around the world is over, and the rush of the holidays has not yet begun – making fall the perfect season to try all of these new destinations. The most important thing to remember is all the savings you will likely come up on by travelling during these times of the year. Here are just a few of the best fall destinations! (more…)

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Big Apple Street Food You Need To Try

If there’s one amazing thing about New York City, it’s all of the different food options you’ll have available to you no matter where you go and when. New York is a foodie’s paradise, and it’s said that if you ate at a different New York City restaurant for breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day, it would take over 100 years to get through them all – and that’s not even counting to food trucks and pop-up vendors! This giant metropolis is home to plenty of different cultures and each come with their very own take on traditional classics both from their respective places of origin or American fare. No matter what kind of food you’re into, you’re bound to find something for you in New York City. Here are just some of the foods you need to try in the city that never sleeps!

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Packing For The Perfect Camping Trip

So, you’ve decided to go camping! Whether it’s your first time or your 50th, camping and getting in touch with the outdoors can be an exhilarating experience. As fun as those trips can be, it’s possible things to not always go exactly as planned. Typically, these things can largely be avoided by being well-prepared. The more you go camping, the more you’ll start to figure out what to bring, and what you can leave behind. Packing for the perfect camping trip doesn’t have to be complicated, but it will be important that you keep a few things in mind so that you don’t forget. Here are just a few of the essentials you should never leave behind! (more…)

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Why You Should Visit San Francisco Today

It’s no secret that San Francisco is one of the most dynamic cities in the United States, attracting millions of visitors each and every year. No matter how long you’re planning on visiting for, there are always going to be a plethora of things that you can see and do over the course of your trip. From a bubbling art scene and a bustling nightlife to amazing restaurants and great educational buildings, here are just a few of the reasons you should visit San Francisco! (more…)

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Best Places To Watch The Solar Eclipse

On August 21st, a total solar eclipse is set to be visible in much of the United States and there are going to be some places that are better than others to take in all the action. It might only last a few minutes, but a solar eclipse of this magnitude hasn’t been seen since the early 20th century. With handfuls of locations that will have prime viewing of the event, some cities are even having parties and specially designated viewing areas so that you can enjoy the view with friends and family. If you’re not opposed to traveling to another city to get a better view, these American destinations are your best bet. (more…)

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Why New Orleans Is So Much More Than Mardi Gras

As we get halfway through 2017, it’s important to think about the countries and cities that are absolute “must-sees” for the rest of the year and leading into 2018. One such place is the beautiful city of New Orleans. Full of history, art, music and culture, it’s been one of the most interesting destinations for decades – if not centuries. Here are just a few reasons why you should visit New Orleans in 2017!

The Food

If nothing else, the biggest draw to this amazing city has got to be the food. No matter what you’re into, you’re likely to find it in New Orleans. That being said, Creole and Cajun food pull from a lot of different influences to create the cuisine the city and Louisiana lowlands are known for. Try staples like Gumbo and Jambalaya as well as Shrimp Etouffee and crab cakes. It’s pretty obvious that New Orleans is a seafood town, with plenty of the most famous dishes incorporating fish in some way, including dishes like fried catfish and grilled tuna. You can still find other options like Cajun or fried chicken and some pretty great steak depending on where you go, and don’t forget to indulge in some down home desserts like king cakes and beignets when to end off your meal. Many of the restaurants in New Orleans offer “to go” cups so you can enjoy your cocktails and local brews on the go as well.

The Music

New Orleans is the birthplace of Jazz music, and as long as you’re in the city you’re bound to be in the midst of it! Whether it’s venues all over the city (many of them found on lively Bourbon St.) or street performers anywhere in the city, you’re bound to hear some of the best jazz music you’ve ever heard.

The Folklore

New Orleans is known as America’s most haunted city and has some pretty cool folklore wrapped up in its streets. Whether it’s voodoo or ghost stories, there are even dedicated tours for those that are feeling particularly brave! Ride around the city and see buildings and other locations that help bring these stories to life.

The Festivals

One of the world’s biggest parties happens in New Orleans each and every spring. Most people know Mardi Gras for the music, food, parades, beads, dancing, and fun that it brings, but there are plenty of other festivals that happen in the city as well. It might be in your best interest to find one that intrigues you the most and plan your trip around it. Think Essence Fest, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Buku Music and Art Project, Beignet Festival and so much more as just a few of the things that might bring you to the city.

The Bayous

There have been plenty of movies that have perfectly captured the haunting beauty of the bayous of Louisiana, and it’s something that anyone visiting should see for themselves. There are plenty of bayou tours that can take you around to see them. It’s so relaxing you might want to do it a second time.

The Architecture

The architecture in this city is simply stunning. With much of the buildings in vintage gothic and colonial style, it feels like going back in time. This is particularly true in the French Quarter, and there are tons of gorgeous mansions, venues, and gardens for you to see and admire while you’re here.

No matter what brings you to New Orleans, start your trip off right by bringing along your Rise Gear luggage system. Your clothes will thank you! Happy Travels!

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World’s Best Amusement Parks

Summer is the perfect time of year to head to some of the world’s amusement parks. Whether you’re there for the rides or the food, amusement parks all over the globe are some of the most family friendly attractions in any destination. When you’re visiting with your family along for the ride, finding an activity that works for everyone can be extremely tricky. With amusement parks, it’s easier than ever to keep everyone engaged no matter what they’re into. Here are just a few of the world’s best amusement parks (more…)

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