Can’t Afford a Flight? Road Trip Instead!

As the readers from our print magazine have come to know, our passion is mostly centered around exotic and far away destinations.

But for our writers, things were not always that way. We were young and broke students once, and during that period we spent many a summer on the road, experiencing our own backyards in the good ol’ U.S.A.

The best way to do it is as follows:

  • Take a long time off, so you can do it right… coast to coast, baby!
  • Look into RV and camper vehicle rentals in your area. This is the most expensive option, but also provides the most comfort for the long haul.
  • Sit down and have a long, well discussed plan with your family. If your kids aren’t 100% on board, believe me when I tell you that they will sabotage your trip, before you even hit your first 100 miles.

 

What to do if an RV is not in your budget?

Well, here’s a solution that one of our editors, Christina came up with. It might not be for everyone, so withhold your judgement until the end. It will however save you a lot of money, and you can always break down and get a cheap motel room if it cant.

Introducing… the car air mattress.

If you’ve ever known the joy (sarcasm) of sleeping on a cheap blow up bed, you might already be soured on that idea.

But there are actually high end inflatable beds that users find just as pleasureable as the real thing when it comes to controlled studies and blind testing.

The ones that are currently made for the car and truck industry are somewhere in between. The backseat car mattress phenomenon is a relatively young one, so there is still a long way to go in terms of achieving the ultimate balance of high comfort and low price. In my humble opinion, and with my old and achy body, the technology is not quite there yet, so I’m going to stick with my full camping set up.

Our editor Christina said that the inflateable car bed she bought served her well on her road trip across the country. There are a bunch that you can check out on Amazon. There isn’t that much of a price range, most of the blow up truck beds for example are the same or similar price.

Oh and by the way, please do not drive your car or truck while anyone is in the backseat asleep on one of these mattresses. That is mucho no bueno, not to mention illegal in all 50 states.

Dont be stupid!

These kind of solutions are meant while you are parked only! And while we’re on the subject, make sure that you are parked in a legal camping ground or other approved spot where you have the permission of the property owner.

Did you know that you can camp out in any Walmart parking lot in the country? Just be respectful, clean up after yourself, and maybe even go in and buy a thing or two as a way of showing your gratitude. 

Vacations don’t need to be exotic and far away to make great memories

Some of the best memories of my childhood, were camping with my Aunt and Uncle in Maryland’s Assateague Island. I have yet to take my kids there, but I was recently looking at the camp ground pricing and wondered why we have not been sooner.

It’s 30 bucks a night… an almost steal for the value of the entertainment you can get from the wild ponies that will walk right up to your campground on the beach.

You gotta factor in the costs of your vehicle rental (or RV if you go that route) and gas, sure. But if you decide to be cool like Christina, and crash in the backseat of your car on an air mattress… you can really save a huge chunk of change on your next summer trip.

Happy Travels!

Puerto Rico Travel Guide

The Spanish speaking island of Puerto Rico is only slightly bigger  than Delaware, the 3rd smallest state in the US. The Island is less than  100 miles long with only 30 miles between the north and south coast,  but has a population nearing 4 million.

Whether you’re visiting Puerto Rico for the sand or scenery you will  not be disappointed. With breathtaking mountains views, lush rainforest  and cascading waterfalls all surrounded by miles and miles of white  sandy beaches, Puerto Rico has it all!  For the explorers in the family,  Puerto Rico’s mountainous interior, underground caves, and coral reefs  will be sure to delight.

Shoppers will not be disappointed either. The Capital city of San  Juan as well as the other cities of Puerto Rico provides shoppers with  duty free shopping, and money saving deals to be found, especially on  jewelry, gemstones,  gold and watches.  The main shopping districts  included the Waterfront, Cristo, Fortaleza and San Francisco. Prices are  lower than in the United States and most of the Caribbean islands.

Sightseers visiting Puerto Rico will love strolling down the narrow  cobbled streets with blocks of impressive colonial architecture.   History abounds in Puerto Rico with its ancient buildings and has more  monuments here than anywhere else in the Caribbean. While touring Old  San Juan you can visit historic landmarks such as the San Jose Church,  the Governor’s Mansion, and Fort San Cristobal. Even though Old San Juan  is a historian’s paradise, New San Juan is a bustling metropolitan with  modern bistros, restaurants, nightclubs with spectacular resorts and  glitzy casinos.

With placid turquoise waters Puerto Rico is ideal for snorkeling and  scuba diving or just soaking up the sun and cooling off in the ocean.   Palm trees offer plenty of shade for those just wanting to curl up with a  book while soaking up the scenery.

Although there are plenty of calms waters to be found, in the winter  Puerto Rico has some of the best surf in the region. Rincon is often  touted as one of the best surf spots to be found on the globe.  In the  winter months surfers from around the world gather to conquer waves  approaching 20 feet tall, rivaling the surf on Oahu’s north shore.  However, when summer approaches the waves diminish on the Puerto Rico  northwest beaches and once again become the perfect spots for swimming,  windsurfing and snorkeling.

Bahamas Travel Guide – Part 1

The Bahamas are more about the beaches, gambling, restaurants & nightclubs, and typically draw crowds that are into beach-party scenes. Nassau is the Bahamian capital. The main attraction to Nassau for most is its colonial charm. Because it is the capital it is rich in Bahamian culture and history alike, and it is the place to shop, Bay Street is a shopping paradise with the row to row shops with a huge straw market. Some of the attractions of New Providence include Botanical Gardens, And Astra Gardens, Cruises, Deep-Sea Fishing, Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Dolphin Encounter, golfing, tours, horseback riding and beautiful beaches.

Paradise Island & Cable Beach

These two islands right off the coast of Nassau both contain high-rise hotels and glitzy casinos as well as some of the most beautiful beaches in the Bahamas.You will enjoy some of the best food & entertainment that the Bahamas can provide. at Paradise Island is a major attraction destination for many Bahamian travelers with its colorful history and amazing architecture, and home of Atlantis. If you are not into crowds you might look elsewhere to spend your days. A major drawback is that Paradise Island remains one of the most intensely marketed pieces of real estate in the world and can be a bit on the expensive side for the budget conscience travelers.

Grand Bahama’s Freeport/Lucay

Although Freeport has its share of casinos, fine dining and entertainment, Freeport does not seem to be as over the top as Paradise Island or Cable Beach.  The lower price tags make it a much more reasonable family destination. If it is nature that is calling you to the Bahamas, you may enjoy yourself much more in Freeport as it offers the best hiking in The Bahamas and some of the most beautiful beaches and some of the world’s best diving can be found nearby as well.  For the golfer in the family, its golf courses attract players from all over the world and host major tournaments several times a year. Other family friendly things to do include the Botanical Gardens at Garden of the Groves, horseback riding and the Rand Nature Center as well as the Lucayan National Park.

Bahamas Travel Guide – Part 2

The temperatures of the Bahamas do not fluctuate much between the winter and summer months. Average temperatures in the Bahamas tend to hover around 85 in the summer months and 75 during the winter.  Summer brings with it the humidity that the tropics are known for, and there is a much greater chance you will be caught in the rain.

The Bahamas is a year-round destination but the Bahamas Peak season is in the winter months from December to April. This is when hotels, cruise lines, and resorts charge their highest prices.  This is because this is when most North Americans like to travel south to escape the blustery winters. Winter also happens to be the driest season here. If you plan to visit during this time it may be wise to make reservations at least a couple of months in advance and even earlier if you plan on a Christmas vacation or plan to visit in the month of February.

The islands’ “off season” runs from late spring to late fall. The summers can become quite hot, but the trade winds of the Caribbean make these days tolerable. These cool breezes usually make the morning, late afternoon, and evening a more pleasant experience. In the fall temperatures become much more tolerable and the cool breezes of the Trade winds ensure comfortable days and nights.

Hurricane Season

Hurricane season in the Caribbean officially last from June 1 to November 30. Hurricanes in the Bahamas are actually fairly infrequent here, and when one does come, satellite forecasts generally give adequate advance warning so that precautions can be taken.

We hope you found our Bahamas travel guide useful and it will help you with your vacation. Feel free o post your comment below and we will be glad to answer you! Good luck!