Wanna get away? Silly question. Of course you do. Who doesn’t? A better question would be to ask yourself “where should I go?” With 2019 well under way and people planning for their spring or summer vacations, the world is at your doorstep.
I will break down some of the top trends emerging for 2019. I will also break down the good and bad of those trends, which will hopefully help you make a decision about whether you want to be among the group of people that follow those trends or, alternatively, break away from the pack.
The one thing many (all?) newlyweds want during their honeymoon is romance.
Just imagine… the two of you holding hands, walking down a beach with the perfect sunset happening in front of you. Shut your eyes for a second and imagine that.
Whatever it is that you thought of, whether it was a specific location or just some random beach in your head, that scenario can actually happen to you if you visit many of the places on this list. Some of these places are landlocked, but most of the places I have on this list are surrounded by water.
I should also mention, many of these places are not budget destinations at all. Of course, at risk of sounding like a broken record (if you're a regular), you can save quite a bit by using points and miles but some of the more high end locations could still set you back.
With that said, here are the most romantic honeymoon destinations in the world:
Trying to figure out where you’re going on that much-deserved post wedding trip? Whether you’re looking for someplace romantic, exotic, budget friendly, or someplace where breathtaking beaches are plentiful, there are nearly an endless amount of options when figuring out where to go on your honeymoon.
Picture This: Berlin
Berlin is quite the place to visit. What stood out to me is its unique mix of old and new. From its modern skyscrapers to the relics of generations past, the old vs. new mix certainly made the city stand out to me. This week, in Picture This, a semi-regular series on The Keith King Report, is a picture blog of Berlin. If you're interested in more on this series, you can find the others in the series here.
They’re mysterious to those who’ve never been in one, yet unforgettable to anyone who has. Before I was lucky enough to visit an airport lounge, I’d walk by those doors that say “Admirals Club” or “Sky Club” slowly, just so I could maybe get a peak inside, wondering what it was like.
Still, they’re unheralded, often forgotten parts of every airport (certainly by the majority of people who travel). If you fly on a regular basis, a lounge can potentially save you, not only your sanity, but a ton of cash. If you don’t fly a lot, buying a day pass may turn your trip to the airport into something you look forward to, rather than a chore.
It’s true. Taking trains around Europe is almost like a right of passage. ‘Everyone’ does it, it’s fun, unique, and can get you pretty much anywhere. A Eurail Pass also allows you to play loose and fast with your plans. Want to stay an extra day in a particular city? Not a problem. The pass will still be good the next day. There is a lot of good to say about a rail pass when touring Europe.
But (and this is a big one) they can be very expensive. A three country Eurail Pass that’s good for five travel days over the span of two months will set you back at least $406. If you break that down by travel days, it comes out to just over $81 per day. Not bad, but you could do better.
Picture This: Lucerne
About a month ago I told you how to spend a weekend getaway in Lucerne. This week, I'm gonna expand on that post with Picture This, a semi-regular series on The Keith King Report where I show you some of the best pictures I take during my trips. You can find the first of the series here.
Your Guide to a Weekend in Lucerne
First, I don’t know if there’s a country that is more breathtaking than Switzerland. The country is as beautiful as it is expensive. And Lucerne is no exception.
I would describe Lucerne as a fairly compact city with a lake on one side, and mountains around all other sides. If nothing else, it’s certainly a walkable area.
But what can you do to occupy your time there during a weekend getaway and not break the bank?
Here’s your answer:
Take a walk around the city’s Old Town
Your Guide to a Weekend in Munich
I admit, Munich was not how I imagined it would be. And that’s not a bad thing. I originally thought it was going to be less modern than it was. But it’s about as modern a city as there is in the world. It’s also got a historic district and the two blend together very nicely.
The German city is in Bavaria (south eastern part of Germany) and is home to roughly 1.5 million people. With its size, there’s no shortage of options at your disposal during a visit. But what should you do if you’re planning to hit it and then quit it after a few days? Here’s your list:
Picture This: Prague
Just last week I told you how to spend a weekend getaway in Prague.
This week, I'm gonna expand on that post with Picture This, a semi-regular series on The Keith King Report where I show you some of the best pictures I take during my trips. You can find the first of the series, Picture This: Amsterdam, here.
The following photos are from Prague.
Your Guide to a Weekend in Prague
Prague is a city with an extensive history. As an example, one of the main tourist attractions is the Charles Bridge, which was built in 1402. Let me repeat that date: 1402. That’s before the United States was even a thought. Heck, that was a full 90 years before Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue.
And that’s just the beginning. It’s also home to the largest castle in the world, a town square that’s everything a European town square should be, and an astronomical clock installed in 1401 that still works today.
There’s obviously plenty to do in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. Here are some of the activities I would highly recommend during a short visit:
Picture This: Amsterdam
Last week I told you all about how you can spend three to four days in Amsterdam. You can visit that post here. This week, I thought I'd post some of the best pictures I took with my iPhone of the city.
Here they are:
Here in the U.S., if you tell someone you’re headed to Amsterdam, it’s not unusual for a smile to crack across the face of that person. Why? Well, you may already know. Actually, you may also have that same smile on your face.
Here’s the thing: to many, the one and only reason to head to Amsterdam is because of their coffeeshops. Yes, you guessed it: the kind of coffee shop that doesn’t sell coffee (email me if you’re not sure what they sell).
But once I landed in the Netherlands (quick side note: the full name of the country is Kingdom of the Netherlands), I quickly realized there’s a whole lot more to the city than “coffee.”
This summer I went back to Europe for the first time in a long time. Over the span of two weeks, my fiancée and I took in the Netherlands, Czech Republic (or Czechia, if you prefer), Germany, and Switzerland.
Many of you have asked how I paid for the trip. I covered the flights here. Yeah, free flights by transferring 110,000 of my Chase Ultimate Rewards points to a few of Chase’s travel partners (United and Air France). Taxes, unfortunately, still have to get paid, so in addition to my points, I paid $250.
Once we landed, here’s where we stayed and how much it cost:
Is it Safe to Travel to Europe?
With recent terrorist attacks in Manchester, London, Paris, Germany, Stockholm, and elsewhere, it’s no surprise many people are worried about travel to Europe. I mean, it seems like every headline you see is about some lunatic blowing themselves up, driving a vehicle into a crowd of people, or the like.
Plus, the U.S. State Department recently put out a travel warning for all of Europe.
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