The Pros and Cons of Hiring A Travel Agent

When it comes to travel, the first step to any trip is, of course, planning it all. Some prefer setting everything up on their own; finding all of the best deals and options available to them and booking from there. If you are a generally organized and detail oriented person, that’s something that can work perfectly for you. For others, they might want to take a much less hands-on approach to the whole thing and simply hire a travel agent to get the job done. Like with anything, there are good and bad things about either option and it will really depend on what you can deal with for that particular experience. If you’ve never work s with a travel agent before, it’s a good idea to get one that is personally recommended. Online reviews and commentary can only tell you so much, so going for one that a friend, family member or co-worker can speak highly of is always a good idea. Here are just a few of the pros and cons of working with a travel agent for your next journey! Continue reading The Pros and Cons of Hiring A Travel Agent

The World’s Coolest Dishes

When you travel, one of the best things you can do is try some of the local cuisines. While plenty of things are much more similar than we might expect, there are plenty of truly unique culinary experience to be had that can really give you an insight to just how eclectic a destination might be. This might not work for picky eaters, but those who aren’t afraid to mix it up and try new things can definitely have the time of their lives giving new kinds of foods, methods and tastes a try while they travel. Here are just a few of the world’s coolest dishes that you should try during your next trip.

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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! Continue reading Packing For The Perfect Camping Trip

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! Continue reading Why You Should Visit San Francisco Today

Travel Expert Secrets

The more often you travel, the more tips and tricks you learn along the way in terms of having a good trip. Some things truly come with experience, so there are always going to be things that you won’t know until the situation arises! For some of the world’s most frequent fliers, there are things that they know to do from experience of flying so often. Here are just a few of the travel expert secrets that frequent travellers swear by! Continue reading Travel Expert Secrets

How To Live Like A Local On Vacation

One of the best things about vacations is having the ability to choose what your experience will be like for the most part. You can alway book a resort but if you want to get up close & personal with the culture, the best way would be to travel like a local as much as you can. There are plenty of ways to do this! No matter where you go, you’ll have the chance to get much closer to the local culture in more ways than one. Continue reading How To Live Like A Local On Vacation

Art Museums You Must See

No matter what city you travel to, you’ll be able to visit one of the many art museums that do an excellent job of capturing the local culture in a visual way. It truly depends on what kind of art you like personally, but there’s a lot of history that can be learned from any of these incredible art museums. Here are just a few around the world you have to see to believe.

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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!

Why You Should Go To Saint Lucia

Nearly any island you go to in the Caribbean will be beautiful, but Saint Lucia is truly one of the most amazing destinations on the planet. Whether it’s for a honeymoon, group trip or adventure around some of the island’s lush green space, there are plenty of reasons you should visit in 2017 and beyond! Continue reading Why You Should Go To Saint Lucia

Best Ways To Keep Your Items Safe

When you travel, it will obviously be important for you to keep your items safe and sound so you don’t have to worry about returning home without some of the items you brought with you. No matter where you’re headed, there are always going to be tips and tricks that can help you ensure that you return with everything you left with. These are just some of the best ways to keep your items safe. Continue reading Best Ways To Keep Your Items Safe