Easy Valentine’s Checklist From RISE Gear

Are you planning out a romantic, memorable valentine night with your significant other? RISE gear has you covered with this quick, handy Valentine Checklist to help you plan and perfect your Valentine evening with that significant other in your life.

Dress to Impress

When you are planning out a Valentine party with your partner, remember to dress appropriately for the occasion and it is equally important for both the individuals. What you should wear will depend on what you are doing, for example if you are staying in vs. going out. If you are going out, dress up, but keep it warm and inviting. Details matter, cleaned and ironed clothing, unique dress socks, cufflinks, or a classic watch will help make you stand out and look more stunning than you normally would.


Turn Your Phone Off

While it may be tempting to take your phone out to snap some photos of the occasion, we don’t recommend it. We are on our phones 24/7 every other day of the year. Let us try to take the time to put our phones away and start engaging and interacting with that loved one in a meaningful way. If your significant other wants to take any photos or share any memories, let them do it. Unless you are a doctor on-call, don’t take out your phone and focus on your date.

Flowers are great; A Personal Card is even better

No matter how cliché, from outrageous bouquets to just a single rose, giving of flowers will never run out of style during Valentine’s Day. It is basically one way of communicating your feelings when words fail. While flowers are great, they are not enough. In fact, we think that the card can be just as important as the flowers itself.

Spend some time and go through the cards until you find the one that’s perfect for your loved one. Make sure you write something meaningful, special and personal. While many people would just sign the card and not give it a second though, it is important to consider a thoughtful thing to write. Include an inside joke, personal anecdote or special compliment to make it extra special. It is important to make it memorable, and share something from the heart.


Choose a gift to surprise them

This is an opportunity to show your beloved how much they mean to you. Plan out a romantic Valentines gift that leaves them feeling special. We agree that most people will love valentine chocolates, valentine soft toys, delicious cakes, or beautiful jewellery sets. However, if you truly want to stand apart from all the rest and get your loved one a unique, quirky and special gift that your significant other would love even more than the store bought stuff. You don’t even have to be good at making something for it to be appreciated… handmade items are always in style!



It is about quality time, not quantity.

We all live busy lives and it is understandable that will not be able to spend as much time as we would want with our loved one. However, we really believe in quality time vs. quantity time. Quality time means having meaningful focused, intentional, and engaging time with our significant other. Our attention is undivided and all parties are benefiting from the increased interaction and shared-time. If you are not able to have quality time with your loved one on Valentine’s Day, another day nearby is also okay. After all, you should be showing that you love your significant other every day of the week!


Easy Ways to Fight Boredom on a Long Haul Trip!

There’s an anticipation that builds while en route to a far-flung destination that usually makes flyers forget the more stressful parts of travel. That sense of relief when you finally board your flight and settle into your seat usually comes with excitement as you mentally plan your first steps upon arrival at your destination. But then what? For long flights of 7, 8 or more hours (like New York City to Tokyo, Japan clocking in at 15 hours!) and worse, long layovers in other airports, it’s easy to get bored and restless. Here, we go through a few tips to fight boredom during long trips:

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How To Travel Light, With Only A Carry-On

Flying Tips

If you’re someone who travels often by plane, you’ve probably become accustomed to finding sufficiency in only a carry-on, rather than a large suitcase or bulky luggage. And you might think that because you have such a portable bag, you’ll automatically travel light. Well, that’s not always the case.

Here are a few travel tips to help you stay organized while you’re on a short business trip or even a small vacation if you’re planning on using just a carry-on for the duration of your trip.

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Road Trip Essentials

While flying to your destination is always fun, there’s just something about taking a road trip and driving where you need to go that creates such a fun and lively experience. Depending on where you’re headed, your drive is set to be longer than a flight might be – making the essentials you have to bring along with you a little bit different. On the plus side, you don’t have to split your luggage up in items you can bring with you and once you’ll have to check; although it can be said that some of your items being in the trunk might have the same effect. Nevertheless, there are always going to be specific things that you can bring along for the trip to make the whole experience that much better. Here are just a few road trip essentials to get you from point A to point B and everywhere in between. Continue reading Road Trip Essentials

Why is Travel Insurance so Scary?

Many travelers don’t think they need travel insurance but the truth of the matter is that it’s more useful than you might realize. No matter where you go in the world, there are going to be risks involved that you should be aware of – but that doesn’t mean you should panic! Having insurance helps you make sure that you can make the absolute most out of your trip without having to worry about things that might sully the excitement. Think about what the most common risks are that are associated with travel and more than likely there is coverage that can give you peace of mind. Online resources are always great but they can sometimes make travelers feel as though life hacks and tips can always protect you from things that might go wrong. Here are just a few of the reasons that insurance is still a good idea in 2017. Continue reading Why is Travel Insurance so Scary?

Best Apps For Learning A Language

One of the best things about traveling to a new country is the possibility of learning a whole new language when you go. In the digital age, it’s easier than ever to pick up a new language before you even embark on your trip! Whether you’re hoping to learn a few words, be conversational or fluent, there are plenty of great apps that can help you along your way. Knowing another language is great to help you get around in any destination you might be, haggle prices and even help others around you. It’s important to try to at least pick up basic words and phrases like hello, please and thank you, but going beyond that will get you that much farther! Here are just a few of the best apps on the market to help when learning a language.

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The Best Websites For Finding Cheap Flights

Depending on where you’re going, the flight will likely be the most expensive part of any trip. It’s a few hundred to sometimes thousands of dollars – particularly if you’re traveling to a few places in a single trip. What’s most important is getting the most convenient routes and flights to anywhere that you need to go, but the cost is also going to be a major deciding factor in whether or not you book a particular flight. Coming across sales and deals for a fight can sometimes feel like a fluke – popping up randomly as you’re checking out to your delighted surprise. There are ways, however, to stay on top of these kinds of changes to that you can be aware of the sales and discounts that exist for flights at all times. Luckily, there are plenty of websites that cater to this kind of need and round up all of the best flight deals together in one place so that you don’t have to go looking for it or stumble across it by chance. Typically, your best bet is to sign up to any kind of alerts available on these websites so that you can get their updates directly to your email inbox – and following the websites’ social media accounts is a great idea as well. All in all, there are tons of websites like this but it can be tricky to know where to start! Here are just a few of the best websites for finding cheap flights to any destination your heart may desire. Continue reading The Best Websites For Finding Cheap Flights

Top Carry-On Essentials For A Caribbean Getaway

One of the most amazing trips you can take is going somewhere in the Caribbean. There are a plethora of islands you can discover, relax on and enjoy but what should you bring? Like any trip, there’s going to be things that work better for particular destinations and the Caribbean is no different. This is even more important if you plan on flying with just a carry-on; something that is more than possible particularly if you’re traveling for two weeks or less.  Here are just some of the top carry-on essentials for your next Caribbean getaway so you can have the most amazing trip! Continue reading Top Carry-On Essentials For A Caribbean Getaway

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! Continue reading Best Time Of The Day To Travel

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! Continue reading Best Fall Destinations