Great Affordable Boston Hotels

Have you ever visited Boston, Massachusetts? If not, it is definitely rich in culture and a fascinating place to visit. If you find that you must travel to Boston, you should do the research and read this article beforehand, to make sure you are equipped with the necessary information to make your stay pleasant.

Hotels
Any time you visit a city, you should be sure that you are comfortable and enjoying your stay. Where you spend your time in a hotel, can really impact the quality of your vacation, business related or personal trip in Boston.

Boston has no shortage of ample hotels that are varied in price to accommodate your needs while you are in the charming city. If you like hotels with workout facilities, amenities, a pool and laundry room, Boston has that specially for you. If you do not need amenities but care for continental breakfast and want to make sure you have a nice, comfortable stay, Boston has the perfect hotel to suit your needs. Be sure not to settle when it comes to how you want to spend your time while you are spending time in such a historical city.

If you would like to learn about hotel reviews in Boston:

  • Double Tree Boston $220/Nightly Rated: Five Stars
  • The Langham, Boston $176/Nightly Rated: Five Stars
  • Hyatt Regency, Boston $357/Nightly Rated: Five Stars

If you want to learn more about reviews or travel information in Boston, please visit this website and get the information you need to make sure you have a wonderful stay!

Tips To Help You Rest Easy In Hotel Rooms

Traveling, whether the distances are long or short, may take a significant toll on travelers both emotionally and physically. And because of this, one of first joyful experiences of your trip might be the moment you are able to rest peacefully in your hotel room. Right? Not necessarily. Many travelers find it difficult to immediately achieve their desired level of rest and relaxation in a new environment. Here are a few tips that may help:  

Do Not Disturb
It would be most helpful to hang the Do Not Disturb tag provided by the hotel to as soon as your luggage is resting comfortably on your hotel room floor. Doing such will increase the chances of you being left alone by housekeeping and other hotel staff members.

Keep in mind, you will have to remove the Do not Disturb tag at some points during your stay. If housekeeping is unable to get into the room after sometime they will alert the front desk – just to make sure you are okay.  

Ever heard of an isolated room?
Call ahead and request to be placed in a room that is located away from potential noises and distractions such elevators, vending machines, ice machines, etc. These types of rooms are typically located at the end of a dead-end hallway.

It’s almost impossible to get your choice of room when booking through travel websites like Travelocity or Expedia – it would be best to book your room directly through the hotel’s website.

Get some air!
Most of the time the HVAC is off when you first enter the room. Do yourself a favor and turn it on. Matter of fact, don’t just turn it on be sure that it is not on “auto” mode to avoid the constant switching from off to on throughout the your day/night.

Ear plugs 
This may seem like a no brainer tip but every so often travelers neglect to utilize ear plugs to help them relax and/or sleep. Ear plugs are inexpensive, comfortable, and will help to block out any additional noises.

Give these tips a try and see if they work for you. Safe travels!

Solo Travel Tips

 

It’s back! That time of year where we all seem to get bitten by the “travel bug”. While group travel is fun, it isn’t always economically feasible for everyone. Hence why more people are opting to travel alone. If you are about to embark on a solo journey, here are a few things you need to know:

 

Preparation is key

As the saying goes, “by failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail”. Yes, the goal of travelling is to have a good time, but you also need to be ready and have a plan in plan in place in case things happen to go wrong. The three most common issues travelers face are illness, lost/stolen money, and cellphone roaming charges.

 

Getting sick

There are many reasons why you might fall ill while travelling but more often than not it will be food poisoning. The best way to avoid this is by researching the the places to eat first and reaching out to tour guides for tips on the best places to get your grub on.

 

If you’re truly worried about food poisoning while abroad, you can ask your physician to provide you with a prescription that can help to prevent or combat food-influenced illnesses.

 

Lost/stolen cash

This is quite possibly one of the worst things that can happen while traveling, especially if you are traveling solo! The best thing you can do in this situation is have your banking information memorized or written down in a safe place at the very least.

 

Cellphone charges

Remember, Wi-fi is your friend! Data charges can add up pretty quickly so, it would be best to ensure you can find a wi-fi connection. You should also download apps before you leave for your trip that will allow you to communicate with family and friends while abroad. The top apps for travel communication are:

 

  • Skype
  • WhatsApp
  • Facebook messenger

 

Lastly, remember to have fun! Regardless of of what happens during your trip you have to find the positive in every situation and allow yourself to have a good time.

 

Safe travels my friends!

Travel Spotlight: Lake Compounce

Many travellers are unaware but the northwestern corner of Connecticut is filled with fun-filled family attractions! One in particular is the classic amusement park, Lake Compounce. Located in Bristol, Connecticut, Lake Compounce, just so happens to be the oldest amusement park in America.

 

History of Lake Compounce

Lake Compounce was opened by Gad Norton in the year 1846. Norton had was known for conducting electricity experiments to entertain the public on the lake. Since then, the park has seen a $40 million renovation and now provides more than 50 rides and attractions.

 

Attractions

Lake Compounce is the home to the Boulder Dash, the “World’s #1 Wooden Rollercoaster”. The Boulder Dash has a 115-foot drop and goes at a speed of 65 miles per hour.

Thunder N’ Lighting provides guests with a two-armed, 4-G experience.

Zoomer’s Gas N’ Go gives guests a ride in a mini-corvette and travels back to the 1950’s.

Attractions for younger riders can be found in Garfield’s Circus World.  These rides include Caterpillar Train, Drop Zone and Flying Elephants.Younger guests can even experience a similar, smaller version of Lake Compounce’s Wildcat Coaster, called the Wildkitten.

Water Attractions

Lake Compounce is also home to Splash Harbor. This water park features:

Over 15 water attractions (including tube rides, a wave pool, and water slides)

60-foot New England Lighthouse

800-foot Lazy River

Perks!

This may or may not be a perk according to individual dietary restrictions, but Lake Compounce does offer unlimited free soda to guests all day, everyday.

Lake Compounce is located at

822 Lake Avenue

Bristol, Connecticut 06010

860/583-3300

Women’s Travel Fest Schedule

The Women’s Travel Fest in New Orleans is quickly approaching and in case you are considering going but are unsure what the event has to offer, I have included a schedule for you below.

Women’s Travel Fest Schedule 2017
Date: Friday, March 3
Time: 6:00p – 9:00p
Location: House of Blues Foundation Room
Event Type: Networking
This pre-party gathering will allow attendees to get to meet and know each other.

Date: Saturday, March 4
Time: 10:00a – 6:00p
Location: Jazz Market
Event Type: Festival Main Day
During this day, guests will be able to enjoy the offerings of various vendors, keynote speakers, network, and find out more about travelling.

This day includes a welcome from the Women’s Travel Fest founder, Kelly Lewis, keynote speakers including Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie, Courtney Scott, Nneya Richards, and much more.

Keynote topics of the day include:

  • Travel Hacking 101: How to Travel for Free -Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie
  • Our Biggest Travel Mistakes (and What We Learned From them) -Megan Elieen McDonough/Courtney Scott
  • What I learned From Every Country In the World – Cassie de Pecol
  • Play With the World: Your Dreams Matter with Shannon Kaiser – Shannon Kaiser
  • How I Built a Business in Travel – Mickela Mallozzi/Deidre Mathis/Gillian Morris/Daria Rebenok
  • Travel + Your Love Life – Mickela Mallozzi/Nneya Richards

The main day of the festival will close with a networking after party!

Date: Sunday, March 5
Time: 9:00a – 2:00p
Location: Jazz Market
Event Type: Festival Closing Day  

The day will begin with another warm welcome by founder, Kelly Lewis, followed by more exciting and informative keynote speakers including Pauline Frommer, Alyssa Ramos, Sarah Dodd, and much more!

Keynote topics of the day include:

  • See More, Spend Less: Planning Your Next Vacation With Pauline – Pauline Frommer
  • Traveling as an American Woman Today – Kelly Lewis/Nneya Richards
  • How to Be a Snapchat Influencer – Cailin O’ Neil
  • Travel Writing: Getting an Editor’s Attention – Marcia DeSanctis/Lavina Spalding
  • How to Be A One-Woman Camera Crew-Juliana Broste
  • How to Kill it on Instagram – Alyssa Ramos
  • Our Favorite Travel Gear- Courtney Scott
  • From 1 to 1 Million: A  Q&A with Scott Eddy- Scott Eddy

To see more information about the keynote speakers, topics, sponsors, and exhibitions, visit womenstravelfest.com.

2017 Women’s Travel Fest

Yes, it’s about that time! The Women’s Travel Fest is among us and you need to be there!

What is the Women’s Travel Fest?

In 2011, Women’s Travel Fest Founder, Kelly Lewis, was on location in Thailand for a press trip along with colleague, Jerri Stephenson of Do It While You’re Young. At the time, Lewis was connecting with a publication known as Go! Girl Guides, which continuously publishes travel guidebooks specifically for women.
At that time both women came together and contemplated why a festival of such caliber had not been created before. However, it wasn’t until 2013, when Kelly Lewis had successfully completed a cross-country book tour, when the idea for a Women’s Festival began to come together.

During her time on tour, Lewis began to build a network with women of all ages -ranging from as young as 12 to the age of 82, who shared a common interest of travel safety. After the tour was completed, Kelly Lewis move to New York City and connected with Masha Vapnitchnaia and Mickela Mallozzi. The three women came together and decided it was time for women to have their travel questions, concerns, and hopes addressed on a larger scale. Thus, Women’s Travel Fest was born.

Why Women’s Travel Fest?

Women’s Travel Fest offer a global sisterhood for women with a love of traveling and who wish to network with other women who share the same passion and celebratory nature for adventure.  

 

Tips for Planning Your Holiday Road Trip

That special time of year has come again: time to pack your bags and embark on a holiday road trip. Planning a road trip is no easy task. It would be ideal to just hop on a plane and go but as we all know, plane tickets become increasingly expensive around the holiday season. However, as inexpensive as it may be, going on a road trip is not always easy. Here are a few tips to help lighten your road trip load.

A proper budget is quite possibly the most essential part of your planning your road trip. Without a well thought out budget, you might find yourself in precarious situations that could have otherwise been avoided. The top three things your budget must include are gas, food, and lodging.

Gas

It is important that you make sure you begin your road trip with a full gas tank. Look around and make sure you are getting your gas for the best price possible.

Depending on how far away your destination is from your starting point, you will inevitably need to stop to refill your tank. Be sure not to underestimate the price of gas in other areas. You will find that some places will have higher gas prices than others, so budget accordingly.

Food

Many travelers will tell you that one of the best parts of a road trip is the opportunity to try new delicious foods. Just make sure you don’t blow your budget on food alone.

Try your best to pack as many snacks and as much food (you can also use a small or medium size cooler) as you can. Popular foods that many travelers pack for road trips include, but are not limited to:

  • Breakfats or protein bars
  • Cheese and crackers
  • Lunch meats
  • Sandwiches (peanut butter and jelly or lunch meats and cheese with mustard)
  • Trail mix and/or nuts

Lodging

It is expected you will have already secured a place to stay once you reach your destination. However, depending on the distance between your starting point and destination, you may find that you are too tired to execute your journey without stopping to rest.

Research hotels or motels that that fit your budget and that are easily accessed during your drive. Take advantage of sites like Expedia and Airbnb – sites that can help you find the best place to rest within your means.  

Personal Finance: Buying Your First Car

Whenever an individual is looking to buy a car for the first time, they will need to make sure that they get a fair price for the car they wish to purchase. During the car buying process, individuals will need to negotiate the price of a new car with the dealership. While this may seem intimidating, consumers who follow a few steps will help ensure that they get the best deal possible.

In order to negotiate with car dealerships in terms of price, it will be important to show them the price according to the manufacturer and tell them about the financing you have in place. It will also be vital that you tell them the exact features that you want as well as telling them about prices offered by other dealerships. Following these steps will help you get the ideal price of the car you want to buy and avoid getting ripped off.

The first thing you will want to do when negotiating a car price is to reveal the price of the new car according to the manufacturer. Each vehicle has a number of models that are offered at a specific price. It will be in your best interest to get this information and then tell the dealership that this is the amount you are willing to pay. For example, if a Ford Explorer sport utility vehicle is offered at $35,000 according to the manufacturer and the local dealership offers it of $40,000, then you will want to offer $35,000. If they refuse, then move on to another dealer who will be more accommodating.

Another thing you will want to do when negotiating the price of a car is tell the dealership about the financing you have in place. If you have a loan check from a bank or credit union that is of market value for a particular vehicle, then this will help you convince the dealership to sell the car to you. Since a dealership is looking to make a sale, you will have considerable amount of bargaining power if you have the full amount for a vehicle on hand once you arrive at the dealership.

When looking to buy a new car and negotiate the price, you will benefit by telling the salesman about the features you want or don’t want. In many cases, dealerships offer vehicles at high prices due to the features added on. However, you may not want these extra features and will need to request a vehicle that doesn’t include them. Therefore, you will need to tell them you want the particular make and model of your specifications so that you can save money.

The last step in the car price negotiation process is to reveal prices of the vehicle you want offered by other dealerships. There may be times when dealerships may offer prices that are lower than what another dealership offers. As a result, you will want to tell the dealership that you are visiting that other dealers in the area are offering the same vehicle for $3000 less. Therefore, you will be in good position to get the car you want at a fair and reasonable price.

 

BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN THE NORTH CAROLINA’S OUTER BANKS

The Summer season is almost coming to an end but that doesn’t mean you’re traveling and adventure has to to come to an end as well. If you’re in search of a getaway that is near the beach but still has plenty to offer on land, you should consider heading to North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

Below you can find some fun locations that offer plenty to do on the outer banks:

WRIGHT BROTHERS NATIONAL MEMORIAL

The Wright Brothers National Memorial is located in Kill Devil Hills, NC and celebrates the milestone achievements of the first powered, sustained, extraordinary flight. This location is home to a small museum where interactive exhibits referencing the Wright brothers and replica glider planes are open to visitors.

Visitors can also climb Big Kill Devil Hill where a plaque resides that marks the location where the Wright brothers first plane landed.

CAPE HATTERAS LIGHTHOUSE

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse  is part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and is located in the town of Buxton. There are more than a dozen lighthouses located in North Carolina but the seemingly most historic one  happens to be the seaside guardian at Cape Hatteras.

Anyone who would like to visit the seaside guardian need only sign up for a tour. Once a month, the Cape Hatteras lighthouse offers full moon tours for $8.

JOCKEY’S RIDGE STATE PARK

Jockey’s Ridge State Park  offers impressive views and sledding on the sand dunes. These dunes are perfect for sledding as the sand dunes around the Outer Banks reach their highest point at Jockey’s Ridge.

If you’d like to enjoy a carefree sled on your boogie board or a flat piece of cardboard, head on over to Nags Head and take a ride!

 

Tips for Women Traveling Solo in Brazil During the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio

woman travelling solo

I love absolutely love traveling! There are very few things in life better than being able to take a road trip or hop on a plane to a new location with the intention of gaining new experiences. Food, culture, and language are some amongst some of the many things you will be exposed to and you are guaranteed to make memories that will last a lifetime.

A popular location for many to travel to next month is Brazil. You may be asking yourself, ‘why Brazil?’. Here’s why: The 2016 Summer Olympic games.

This year the games will be hosted in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and with over 11,000 participants and over 5 million tickets sold for the events, let’s just say there will be a lot of people traveling to and around Rio in the coming weeks.  

As always, you should do your research before traveling to any foreign country, especially those with a high rate of violence in cities such a Rio de Janeiro. With that being said, this in no way means that you will not be able to enjoy yourself and have a safe trip.

Here are a couple tips, specifically for women, regarding transportation and money while traveling solo during the Rio 2016.

Public Transportation:

Similar to many cities, public transportation is the most efficient way to travel around the city. However, travellers must be cautious when traveling during late evening hours. On weekdays, Sunday through Friday, the subway closes at midnight and on Saturdays the subway closes at 1a.m.

Should you opt to take the train or bus during evening or late night hours, be sure that you are not doing so alone. Although I have not heard of many incidences occurring regularly, you still want ensure you will get to and from your destinations safely.

When researching transportation options in Brazil, I learned that cabs are also a safe and efficient method to travel from point A to point B. The downside is that there may be a communication barrier between passengers and the driver unless you are well-versed in Portuguese. It might be helpful to write your destination on a piece of paper so you can show the driver where you would like to go.

Something else to you should be aware of is that very few cabs in Brazil accept payment in the form of debit or credit card so it would be ideal to have cash on hand and ask the driver for the rate of your ride prior to arriving at your destination. Apps like Uber are always great to have in situations like this when travelling.  

Money:
Although many cabs will not accept debit or credit as form of payment, many -in fact almost every restaurant, hotel, or shop will. There is no need to have a huge wad of cash on you during trip.

Regardless of how much money or how many cards you are carrying, be sure that the bag you are holding them in is tightly secured and keep it in front of you, in your line of vision at all times. Try your best to remove money from your purse tactfully before and after making purchases.