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.