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.
It’s pretty cool to live in a day and age in which it’s easier than ever to travel halfway around the world. All you have to do is hop on a plane and in a half-day’s time you’ll be on the other side of the earth. Like I said, pretty cool.
But it’s not all good. When something is that easy to do, a lot of people end up doing it. And when you add that with the advent of social media influencers whose job it is to travel full time and - well, influence you to travel - you end up getting a picture that looks pretty worrisome.
Overtourism or toxic tourism?
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:
Do you ever feel like you’re more susceptible to getting sick when on a plane? Well, turns out there’s a good reason for that. Science shows that you actually are more likely to get sick on an airplane. According to the World Health Organization, one of the main reasons for that is because of the humidity in an airplane cabin, which is under 20%. At home, the humidity is typically above 30%. The dry air on board will affect your mucus production, which is an integral first-line of defense for your body’s immune system.
What does this all mean? Simply put, you’re more likely to catch the common cold on a plane than off the plane. And that’s a total bummer! Because who wants to get sick, for example, before your vacation even starts??
Thankfully, there are things you can do to help yourself avoid that fate.
So, what are the dirtiest places on an airplane?
I don’t know about you, but 2018 was quite a year for me. Not only did I get married, but things are also changing for me professionally.
In addition to that, this site continues to grow at a surprising rate (my readership has grown by about 30% this past year), my book sales are continuing to come in, and I updated the look of my site for the better.
But enough about me. Which posts did you read the most? Here they are:
Most popular posts of the year
Much like dads, travelers can be kinda difficult to buy gifts for, ya know what I mean??
In all seriousness, one of the things that makes gift buying difficult for travelers is the simple fact that no one traveler is alike. With that said, knowing them will almost always be beneficial for you. Personally, an airline gift card would work just fine for me!
There are some gifts, however, that you just can’t go wrong with. That is why I decided to make a list of wicked-awesome gear for that traveler in your life. The best part? All of the shtuff on this list is extremely useful!
It’s no secret, hotel rooms are dirty. I don’t mean they “can be” dirty. They are dirty. Period. It doesn’t matter if you shelled out an arm and a leg for the room, there will be germs looking to do you harm everywhere when you walk into the room (actually, it starts before you walk into the room, but I’ll get into that in a minute).
Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t to accuse any hotel chains of not cleaning rooms between guests. Clearly, they all do. But there’s a difference between cleaning and disinfecting.
So if you’re a germaphobe, have sanitizer ready to make yourself feel better.
Comforter and pillows (not just throw pillows either)
What is it about being scared that people love so much? The thrill? The mystery? I’m not sure, but there’s a reason haunted houses, for example, are so popular. However, what if I told you that there are places in the world that are waaaaaay better than haunted houses? These places have a real history behind them. And while none of them are confined to just a “house,” they may all be haunted.
Island of Dolls, Mexico
NOTE: If you are depressed and are having thoughts of suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
On June 8th, the world-renowned travel writer, chef, and television host Anthony Bourdain committed suicide at the age of 61.
There’s no doubt, Bourdain was a lot of things. Before I started travel writing, I thought of him more as a chef and television host. But shortly after I began my little trek into the world of travel writing, I found out that Bourdain was a fantastic writer. Much like his career as a chef, as a writer, he seemed to know what ingredients (words) belonged and he knew where to sprinkle them in.
Below are just a few of his quotes that may inspire you to travel, cook, or live life to the fullest every single day:
What a year, huh?! And, sadly, I may be one of the few who means that with excitement (I feel like I said something similar last year). In short, I got engaged and wrote a book that’s been pretty successful since I published it in November. I mean, what’s there to complain about??
The question is, what are my top posts from the past year? Here they are: