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4 Best Places to Travel Alone

Planning a solo travel trip? You have to visit these best places to travel alone.

Once you experience one of these cities alone, you’ll have a new found love and understanding of not only yourself, but also the world and its many destination spots for solo travelers. What exactly makes a destination a great one for solo travelers? Landscape, history, culture, etc. just to name a few. We like to think that if a place can offer personal growth through experiences alone, then that is enough to want to visit it.

Here are the 4 best places to travel alone:

Portland, Oregon

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Is West Coast the best coast? If you’re talking about Portland, Oregon, then you might be right. Portland has become an affordable destination city with its love of both city life and nature. While you’re traveling alone, be sure to stop by this bike-commuting city that believes in this mantra: “Keep Portland Weird.”

Things to do & places to see:

  • See Portland’s skyline by kayaking downtown.
  • Stop and smell the roses—”City of Roses” to be more specific.
  • Fall in love with your favorite book all over again at Powell’s City of Books.
  • People-watch and stroll through Northwest District.

Dublin, Ireland

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Ireland’s Cap City and epicenter is so vibrant and full of culture that you won’t even realize you’re alone. Because Ireland is smaller, you can make day trips to other parts of the country to see castles, cliffs, museums and so much more. With its deep rooted history, Dublin is a place you want to visit at least once in a lifetime. Why not make that trip a solo one?

Things to do & places to see:

  • Take in the beauty at Cliffs of Moher.
  • Drink a perfect pint (or several) of Guinness at Guinness Storehouse.
  • The drinking isn’t over yet… Pub crawl, anyone? Meet fellow beer enthusiasts at The Brazen Head.
  • Stay at a hostel to save money and to meet new people.

Toronto, Canada

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Looking to splurge a bit on yourself? You deserve it. Toronto can be more expensive than most trips, where prices are comparable to that of NYC or LA. Fortunately, you can save a lot by traveling on foot, by bike or public transportation.

Things to do & places to see:

  • Check out the CN Tower, the tallest freestanding structure in the western hemisphere, and enjoy a hands-free walk on the outside ledge of the tower.
  • Hop on a ferry and see the Toronto islands, a collection of eight islands.
  • Go to one of the best markets in the world, St. Lawrence Market.
  • Expand your mind at one of Toronto’s museums, like Royal Ontario Museum.

San Francisco, California

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Whatever happened to predictability? This Full House-embracing city is perfect for solo travelers who want to wind down and relax in a city full of generally happy people. If you enjoy walking, then bring your favorite pair of walking shoes and get ready to fall in love with San Fran.

Things to do & places to see:

  • Experience where the hippie movement derived at Haight-Ashbury.
  • Brunch at one of the best brunch spots, Mission Beach Cafe.
  • Check out the breathtaking and iconic view of the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Take a much needed hike at Lands End, perhaps the best hike and trail in all of San Fran.

 

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6 Tips on How to Avoid Jet Lag

If only there was one magic solution to avoid jet lag…

In a perfect world, we’d be able to successfully avoid jet lag by resetting our internal clock and going to sleep earlier and earlier every night leading up to a big trip. Unfortunately, there’s no such thing as a perfect world. But a world with far too many things to worry about before we travel to a different time-zone—now, that exists. And we’re all too familiar with it.

From preparing the family with last-minute packing to preparing your office for your absence, there’s so much to do to get ready. Therefore, getting enough sleep is the last thing on your mind. Here’s where we help. Check out these 6 tips on how to avoid jet lag.

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Avoid Jet Lag Tip #1: Skip the cup(s) of Joe.

Caffeine may seem like an obvious way to NOT avoid jet lag, but people still drink their coffee within the 12 hours leading up to their trip. We get it, you need it… but you don’t. Even if you want to be awake longer to avoid jet lag, it will affect you and cause you to wake up more often when you do eventually fall asleep, which reduces total sleep time.

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Avoid Jet Lag Tip #2: Do NOT raise your glass. No alcohol.

Did you know that one drink in the air equals to two or three on the ground? Alcohol dries you out and it’s important to stay hydrated. You don’t want to worsen the symptoms of jet lag with a hangover. Sure, alcohol may relax you, but is temporary relaxation worth you being in zombie-mode for your trip?

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Avoid Jet Lag Tip #3: Red-eye flights are no longer an enemy.

Most people don’t enjoy an overnight flight because it can mess with their normal sleep schedule, but that’s not the case for you. Choosing a flight that will land at your destination in the morning is the best way to reset your internal clock. You’ll land and wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take on a new adventure in a new destination.

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Avoid Jet Lag Tip #4: Don’t leave until the party’s over.

If you’re being thrown a “Bon Voyage” party, then don’t leave until the party’s over… way over. Make sure the party is being planned in advance so you’re not partying the night before you have to be on a long flight where you will suffer from major jet lag. Plan early, party early, and avoid jet lag.

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Avoid Jet Lag Tip #5: Chase the sun.

Daylight is a powerful thing, and it can regulate your biological clock. Staying indoors will only worsen the jet lag. If you see the sun, then chase it. Get outside, soak up some Vitamin D, and wake yourself up. You might hate it (and us) at first, but you’ll be thankful later when your jet lag fades away.

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Avoid Jet Lag Tip #6: Stay hydrated.

This snowballs off of the important reason to avoid alcohol. Plane rides can be dehydrating, trust us. You need to stay hydrated, so drink up. Keep in mind that you should drink at least 8 ounces of water per hour that you’re in the air, even if you don’t think you’re thirsty.

 

Bonus Tip to Avoid Jet Lag: Do NOT make big plans the first day.

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7 Weekend Getaways for Couples

Keeping the romance alive with a weekend getaway

Romance is wherever you are with your significant other, but it doesn’t hurt to take yourselves out of everyday life to somewhere new and exciting for a weekend getaway. Our favorite getaways include places where you can really take in nature and spend time outdoors with your loved one. Here are 7 weekend getaways for couples.

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1. Desert Hot Springs, California

This city is sometimes referred to as the Desert Empire or California’s Spa City, which makes it easily a top getaway destination for couples. DHS overlooks the Palm Springs area, and is a resort hot spot known for its natural, healing, hot mineral water. If you’re looking for an authentic and natural spa, look no further―DHS caters to all visitors looking for a unique experience. If you’re looking for more than just time to wind down and relax, you can also enjoy a wide range of entertainment options, like Cabot’s Pueblo Museum, Joshua Tree National Monument and local dining and shopping.

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2. Sedona, Arizona

This Arizona desert town is the perfect spot to rekindle the flame, surrounded by steep canyon walls, pine forests and red-rock buttes. Its mild climate makes it the perfect weekend getaway year-round. Uptown Sedona is populated with shops, spas and art galleries. On the outskirts of Sedona, you’ll find many trails that lead to Red Rock State Park, where you can enjoy outdoor activities like bird-watching, picnicking and hiking. Sedona can be considered “equal parts rugged, equal parts resort.” Bonus points: Sedona has recently become a destination for wine enthusiasts with its nearby vineyards and tasting rooms.

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3. Big Bend National Park, Texas

As the largest protected area of Chihuahuan Desert topography and ecology in the United States, Big Bend National Park holds national significance―making it the destination spot for everyone. Its name stems from the vast curve of the Rio Grande in remote Southwest Texas, and has over one million acres of public land. What can you do here? Pretty much anything, like camping, hiking, horseback riding, river running, jeep touring, mountain bicycling, sightseeing and stargazing. From convenient and comfortable to resort luxury, enjoy these accommodations for adventure, discovery and romance.

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4. Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Your mountain getaway starts and ends right here―in Gatlinburg. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in America, and Gatlinburg is nestled at the entrance of it. This town may be small with its 3,944 residents, but they are so welcoming that their population can grow to 40,000+ any given night. You and your significant other can feel secluded while also being a part of a community at the same time. Things to do: walking around downtown, the River Walk, arts and crafts, shopping, restaurants, cabins, B&Bs and more.

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5. Hocking Hills, Ohio

This Midwest getaway is for the couples out there who want to explore and cozy up next to a fire. Hocking Hills is perfect for canoeing, kayaking, horseback riding, hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, camping, ATV riding and more. There’s so much to do that it can be a little overwhelming―but the more options, the better! This state park is home of Old Man’s Cave and Ash Cave, with cliffs, gorges, rock shelters and waterfalls. Hocking Hills is an ideal weekend getaway for those who want to enjoy some quiet and peaceful time together.

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6. Lake Placid, New York

Home away from home―that’s what Lake Placid feels like to many visitors. With its quaint villages, small community and scenic mountains roads, it’s hard not to fall in love with such a dreamlike destination. The Adirondacks offers variety, from skiing to skating or spa time to wine and beer tastings. You also have an array of options when it comes to lodging, like an upscale green hotel, a cozy B&B, camping cabin or private rental house. Essentially, you can make this weekend getaway as romantic as you want it to be.

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7. Litchfield Hills of Connecticut

For those who live in and around the East Coast, Litchfield Hills is the destination for weekend getaways. Not only is it closeby, but it gives the illusion of being somewhere new and exciting, while also becoming a sanctuary for relaxing for the weekend. Litchfield hills are known for its distinct rural scenery; this is the opposite of Central and Southern Connecticut, which is largely urbanized or suburbanized. With vineyards, farm markets, factory outlets and tours, shopping, waterfalls, spas, health clubs, skiing/snowboarding trails, golf courses, amusement parks, cooking classes, museums, art galleries and so much more, you won’t ever find yourself bored or with nothing to do.

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8 Best Travel Apps

Some trips are meant for unplugging, especially when you know the place like the back of your hand, however, most trips are new and exciting, which means you could use a little help―virtual help. For the adventure seekers, world travelers and professional go-getters, this list of the 8 best travel apps is for you. Start downloading in 3… 2… 1…

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For itinerary creators: TripIt

If your motto is plan, plan, plan, then that’s just what you’ll do with TripIt. This is like having your personal travel agent in the palm of your hands. You can customize itineraries on your own or you can forward your email confirmations of your flight, hotels, rental cars and other tickets to plans@tripit.com and then watch TripIt construct the itinerary for you.

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For self-proclaimed meteorologists: The Weather Channel

It’s nice to know what the weather is going to be like for wherever you are going so you can prepare your wardrobe and trip accordingly. This is the classic weather app that has a sleek interface, which is very user-friendly. Bonus points for telling users what airport conditions are like near you.

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For social butterflies: Scout GPS 

If you’re one of those travelers who visits a new place and wonders where all the people are, then you’ll find your answer (and potential new friends) with Scout GPS. This app pinpoints neighborhood hot spots, like restaurants, museums, hotels, etc. in your area. Best part? It also finds nearby events, so you can check out local concerts, shows, plays and so much more.

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For data avoiders: Free Wi-Fi Finder

With the constant worry of using all your data, it’d be nice to finally relax while you’re out of town. Free Wi-Fi Finder by JiWire helps you do just that by locating free wireless connections. You can either search through a directory or just enable the Wi-Fi scanner. You’ll be able to locate the nearest hotspots with the click of a button.

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For memory capturers: Camera360

Taking photos of your trip is the best way to make memories. Unfortunately, we’re not all professional photographers here. Camera360 provides countless editing features to enhance any picture you take. Now you can look back at your photos and remember it as if you were back on vacation.

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For road warriors: GasBuddy 

Saving time and money is an essential part of any trip, especially when you’re on the road. GasBuddy locates the nearest gas stations and provides approximate pricing. This is useful when you’re running on empty or you just want to find the closest gas station for the most affordable price.

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For adventurous riders: Uber

For those who fly and don’t particularly enjoy renting a car, Uber will be your go-to app. Not only are they more affordable than taxis (most of the time), Ubers are also reliable by giving you an ETA and contact information of your Uber driver. They also give you fare estimates, so you don’t have to commit to anything until you’re ready to be picked up.

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For prepared flyers: GateGuru

There’s nothing worse than layovers and delays, and we feel your pain. Fortunately, GateGuru acts as your own personal airport assistant. Lost and need a map of the terminals? Done. Hungry and need a map of the restaurants in the airport? Done. GateGuru also provides you with average wait times at each terminal’s security checkpoint.

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Once you’ve planned your trip and downloaded your best travel apps…

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5 Most Affordable Destinations This Winter

Wanting to go on a vacation soon but concerned about your budget? No worries — we found the 5 most affordable destinations this winter. Whether you’re looking for a spot to escape the cold or to embrace it, there’s a place for everyone to visit.

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Bahamas

Would you believe us if we said a roundtrip flight to the Bahamas costs about the same for a roundtrip to LA? Well, it does. So if you’re worried about the cost of flying, there are places that are affordable when it comes to travel. One of the other great things about destinations like the Bahamas is that there are many hotels and resorts that are all-inclusive. This means you can enjoy more and spend less. TripAdvisor offers vacation packages that are affordable and make it possible to make 2016 the year that you finally make it to the Bahamas. You deserve the beach and some sun.

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Ireland

Although it may seem like a less desirable spot when it comes to a destination during the winter, it is actually a great time to check out Ireland. Ireland during winter has a reputation for being cold and rainy, but it’s important to remember that that’s just how the island nation always is. Ireland’s weather is relatively temperate year-round, yet people tend to travel during winter less, making it cheaper to visit. If Ireland has always been on your list of places to see, then why not visit now and save a lot of money? Main attractions are still open, it’s not actually that cold, and the off-season means great deals. Learn more about why you should pick Ireland as a winter destination.

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Vancouver, Canada

O Canada, thank you for having Vancouver be one of our favorite and most affordable vacation spots this winter. There may not be much history in this Canadian city, but they make up for it in scenery. Surrounded by mountains and beaches, it comes to no surprise that Vancouver is an ideal setting for film and TV. Want to save on flying? Choose a flight to Seattle, then take a shuttle into Downtown Vancouver. Also, save on gas (it tends to cost more up North) by utilizing the public transport. For more on traveling to Vancouver, check out these tips.

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Bermuda

Like the Bahamas, Bermuda is another dream getaway. It seems pretty unrealistic that a vacation to Bermuda is possible when it comes to being on a budget, but it is! Because May to September is Bermuda’s peak season, it’s uncrowded and affordable. Although temperatures are in the 60s, there’s still so much to enjoy and so much to see. Restaurants also offer great deals because they tend to suffer throughout the winter months from less tourists. The key to planning an affordable trip to Bermuda is, well, to PLAN. Plan in advance so you can save more. TripAvisor offers the best deals when it comes to a romantic vacation, family trip or an all-inclusive holiday.

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Denver, Colorado

This one’s for all of you who are ready to embrace winter and all of its wonderful qualities. It’s pretty uncommon for U.S. ski destinations to offer lower seasonal rates during winter, but Denver is the exception. With attractions like Loveland Ski Area, Winter Park Resort and Rocky Mountain National Park, it shouldn’t come to a surprise why Denver is an ideal spot for winter sports and activities. Still not convinced? Read more about the breathtaking city here.

 

It’s time to take an affordable winter vacation. Vacations are for relaxing — so when you travel to one of these five places this winter, leave the stress of your luggage with us. You can now fly into all five of these affordable destinations while using our Bags VIP luggage delivery service. See the full list of locations.

Use Bags VIP for Spring Break Travel & Avoid Hassles of Shipping Luggage

Bags VIP luggage delivery allows you and our family to bypass baggage claim and begin making the most of your spring break vacation the moment you step off the plane – without the burden of luggage and without the hassles of shipping luggage or shipping golf clubs.

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Traveling during vacation seasons can be stressful and difficult in itself, but when you throw large crowds into the mix it can turn into a nightmare. During spring break, airports are packed and tensions run high. Bags VIP luggage delivery service can take care of your luggage so that, at the end of a long flight, you can skip baggage claim and we’ll deliver your bags to your destination. Bags VIP is always working to Make Travel Easier for you… even in during one of the most popular times to take a trip.

Whether its to the sunny beaches of the south or ski slopes in the north, we can help you make the most of your spring break plans.

Don’t bother with shipping luggage; let us deliver your bags!

Bags VIP luggage delivery allows you and our family to bypass baggage claim and begin making the most of your spring break vacation the moment you step off the plane – without the burden of luggage and without the hassles of shipping luggage or shipping golf clubs. Major airlines, cruise lines, and world-famous resorts trust Bags to handle their customers’ luggage every day – more than 5 million bags each year!

When your flight arrives, trusted Bags VIP agents retrieve your luggage from baggage claim and deliver it to the address of your choice, within 100 miles of your spring break destination airport. Along the way, you will receive email updates on delivery status and have access to 24/7 customer service and support.

Bags VIP luggage delivery allows you and our family to bypass baggage claim and begin making the most of your spring break vacation the moment you step off the plane – without the burden of luggage and without the hassles of shipping luggage or shipping golf clubs.For assistance or questions regarding Bags VIP, please:

1. Consult our Frequently Asked Questions and the information available on this site.

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Best Timing for Cruising

With summer approaching, a holiday cruise is on many travelers’ minds. However, the best time to take a cruise and the cheapest time to sail are not always the same. While warm weather is usually the preferred climate for cruising, it is also when ships are the most crowded and most expensive. However the cheapest times to sail are often wen most travelers avoid, with less than ideal weather or seasonal closures. But the attraction of cheap fares and uncongested ports may make you reconsider the best time for you to take your vacation. Don’t bother shipping a suitcase! We can deliver your bags right to your cabin.

While planning your next cruise or your first trip, taking timing and pricing of your journey is crucial. A combination of low prices and uncrowded ships will make for a much more fulfilling trip than just going during the most popular time. Here’s a helpful when-to-cruise guide for some popular destinations.

Bermuda

High Season: June – August

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In Bermuda, beach season is high season. Cruises to this tropical destination generally sail from April through mid-November. With most people traveling during the summer months, these voyages are usually a little pricier. However, cruises here often have a large selection of ships to choose from, and there are often deals on spring and fall departures (April through early June and September through November). While not considered the “high season”, Bermuda has temperate weather all year round and is less susceptible to extreme storms or hurricanes than the Caribbean. If the weather happens to be chilly or rainy while you’re there, check out the islands many luxurious spas and golf courses.

Alaska

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High Season: June – August

While a beautiful majestic destination, Alaska has a relatively short cruising season; ships venture to its northern waters only between May and September. The months of June through August are the best months for warm weather in the normally chilly state, and make for the best and most popular cruising. In May and September is when you will find some closures and colder weather, but this is also when you can find the best prices. For a combination, may is the driest month of the season for an Alaskan cruise, making rain less likely while you glacier gaze and still offers reasonable prices and smaller crowds. For a pricing advantage, northbound glacier routes tend to be cheaper than southbound.

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High Season: Late June – August; Christmas and New Year’s weeks; February – mid-April

As you can probably imagine, voyages to the Caribbean are available year round, but the best time to go is during the winter months in the northern hemisphere. The warm Caribbean climate during the December through April months are a welcome escape from the cold in the north, and these months tend to be the driest months in the islands as well. The bargain prices are usually during the late summer and fall months, due to hurricane season. But that doesn’t mean you need to risk a storm to save a buck. You can usually find patches of bargain sailing during the first weeks of December and early spring. However the timing of these deals can be sporadic, so you need to keep an eye out to book the lowest rate you can.

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High Season: Holiday weeks; February – mid-April

All year cruises are available to Mexico as part of western travel itinerary or as a solo Mexican adventure. Try to hit this destination sometime between November and May for the driest times and avoid bad weather. But as expected, these are the pricier months. If you plan carefully, you can hit a pocket of deals during the fall months, right between the high seasons and hurricane season.

New England and Canada

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High Season: September and October

For a different kind of cruise experience, try a trip up to the North East. With ships departing from May through October, you best bet for a warmer trip is to shoot for some time between late June and early September. However, if you’re looking for more sightseeing, the time to go is early to mid-October when the region is gripped by the colors of the fall foliage. These trips are included in the lower cost season for New England and Canada, which fit in between May and late October. But if you go during these months, expect to stay inside and avoid the pool.

Hawaii

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High Season: Late December – April

Similar to the Caribbean, Hawaii has cruises available year round. The best times to go are also pretty similar. With four Norwegian Cruise Line America ships dedicated to Hawaii cursing, your best time to sail to the islands is during summer and fall when you have less chance of getting rained out. During the summer months is also the most popular and crowded time, since many people are on vacation from school and its honeymoon season. For cheaper and less crowded trips, look to book between November and February, but make sure to avoid holiday cruise dates.

Regardless of where you choose to go, the first and final days of a cruise can be a stressful, time consuming ordeal when you have to collect your luggage to and from the port. Use our Bags VIP luggage delivery service instead of shipping a suitcase for delivery right to your cabin. On debarkation day, check into your flight from the ship and let us handle your luggage. Make the most out of the final day of your voyage – all without the burden of luggage.

Best Spring Break Vacations for Families

Most people think of spring break as a time for college students to take to the beach and go wild. This can be a challenge for families looking to vacation with younger children. So what options are there for wholesome family fun during this week of infamous partying? Well you’re in luck. While the beaches may be packed with older spring breakers, there are still lots of options for you and your younger ones to have a lot of fun. If you’re planning a spring break getaway, make travel easier for you and your family. If you’ve considered shipping luggage, don’t give it another thought – our Bags VIP luggage delivery service is easier and more affordable for traveling families.

Hersey Park, PA

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Around since 1907, Hershey Park is the perfect vacation destination for the little sweet teeth in your family. But there’s more to do than just satisfy your candy cravings. Hershey is famous for its thrilling amusement park, packed with adrenaline inducing coasters, thrilling rides for the children, and entertaining shows. But there’s more to it that just the park. The city also houses many other one of a kind experiences.  Cocoa Avenue features miles of shopping and excellent restaurants. You’ll find luxury spas for adults. Go see the Hershey Bears professional hockey team. And before you arrive, be sure to check in to the many live performances and concert events at the Hershey Theater, The GIANT Center or Hershey Park Stadium. No matter what you choose you can know that everyone will have a great time.

Steamboat Springs, CO

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While not your typical sunny spring break destination, Steamboat Springs is a hot spot for families with kids. A great starting point for families is the Kids Vacation Center, featuring a fast check in process and a large facility to acclimate your young ones to the cold. They also provide excellent children’s ski instruction and other snow sport activities. Lessons are available for children starting at 2 years old, and special slopes for kids only allow them to practice their skiing before moving to the kiddies terrain park. Rough Rider Basin is a wild west themed attraction with teepees, a log cabin playhouse and snack areas. Your entire family can enjoy a horse drawn sleigh ride through the Great Rockies, and afterward take a soak in the natural hot springs. Kids Fly Free domestic packages coupled with Kids Rent Free and Kids Ski Free all reduce the price of one cool family vacation.

Six Flags Splash Town, TX

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A refreshing alternative to the crowded spring break beaches, Six Flags water park can help your family beat the heat and have a great time too. A wave pool, speed slides and more will keep you and your kids busy and cool all day. The park also has music festivals featuring Texas tune, and during springtime you can squeeze some learning in to by participating in a Math, Science, and Physics day.

 

Atlantis Resort, Bahamas

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This one stop legendary vacation will fulfill your whole families every spring break fantasy; for the parents, a luxurious and relaxing resort and for the kids, tons of outrageous and exciting activities. Kids can choose their own adventures at the stellar AKA (Atlantis Kids Adventure) program. They can unloose their creative side and make pizza and pretzels in culinary classes, or aspiring young architects can grab a hard hat and go to the Lego Construction room. There’s cozy reading rooms, an extravagant Victorian style dollhouse for tea parties, costumes to make movies, a craft room and even advanced video game systems. If you can pull the kids away from the clubhouse you can enjoy a nice family meal before the kids are off to the water slides, river rides, and rock climbing or marine habitats while the parents take advantage of spa treatments and world class casino.

Theme Parks, Central FL

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While this may seem like a cliché, it’s not one of the most popular family vacations for no reason. Wisk your family away for a magical spring break adventure they will never forget. Take your kids on dozens of exciting rides at any of the central florid parks themed after their favorite movies. Introduce them to all their beloved characters from shows and stories. With multiple parks all with vastly different experiences, your family will be sure to find enjoyment around every corner. And be sure to look out for special deals. For example, United airlines offer a “kids fly free” promotion to certain during springtime. Make sure to take advantage of the available savings and show your family and unforgettable time.

No matter where you decide to go, traveling as a family can be a challenge to say the least. The youngest family members travel with lots of “stuff,” but they can’t always be counted on to haul their own things. Adults have their own stuff, the kids’ stuff – sometimes even the kids themselves – and then those suitcases get heavy! Bags VIP is the answer to making the most of every second with your family: luggage free! Bags VIP can deliver up to 8 bags to any destination from the airport for one low price. So you can skip baggage claim and start your family vacation the moment you land.

Choosing the Right Cruise for You!

Planning your first cruise can be a daunting and overwhelming task. Many people assume that all cruises are the same, except for their destinations. However, there can be much more important factors that determine the success of your vacation than just where you’re going. Are you traveling with a group or as a single? Are you looking for adventure or relaxation? Traveling on a budget? Taking these ideas into consideration can be the difference between making and breaking your trip. Don’t bother shipping luggage! With Bags VIP, we can deliver your bags right to your cabin.

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Traveling on a budget: Carnival Cruise Line

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Carnival favors affordable, three to seven night excursions to lengthy and expensive trips. With popular destinations in the Caribbean, Bahamas and Mexico, you can have an exotic vacation without breaking the bank. With some careful planning and timing, a Carnival cruise can cost you as little as $50 per person per night. In an effort to save you money, Carnival features simple cabins and does not go overboard with extra cost venues on board. For budget rates, avoid holiday periods, especially school vacations, and consider an Early Saver rate, which could knock 20 percent off the price simply by putting a $50 down payment on your trip.

Traveling with Teens: Royal Caribbean Cruise Line

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Every parent knows older kids can be hard to please. They need exciting activities, and lots of them. Royal Caribbean has them. Depending on the ship, your teens can enjoy a bottomless well of energy with rock-climbing walls, zip-lines, ice- and inline-skating, surf simulators, a boxing ring, and basketball and volleyball courts. Onboard youth programs divide kids up by ages in order to provide the most age appropriate entertainment, while still making them feel like adults. With amenities like a Generation Y Spa designed especially for younger generations and their adolescent needs, a teens only “casino,” backstage ship tours, and a no grown-ups allowed club where they can dance, drink “mocktails,” and interact with new friends while parents enjoy their own time.

 

Traveling with Families & Children: Disney Cruise Line

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Disney is unique in the cruise industry in that it caters to the needs of the youngest travelers; babies and toddlers. While most ships only allow children six or twelve months old, Disney will accept tots as young as 3 months old. They provide nurseries for little ones up to 3 years old with water play areas just for them. The ships also feature signature Disney characters like Mickey, Goofy and the Princesses who interact with the youngsters during breakfast, tea times and meet-and-greets. With huge play areas designed after their favorite Disney and Pixar movies, lots of high-tech games, and interactive and educational programming, your little ones will never be short on things to do. Cabins and dining establishments are tailored for families, taking into account the practical needs like split bathrooms with tub/shower combos, and the magical wants like restaurants with fairy tale décor.

Mature cruisers: Holland America Line

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With all of today’s loud and crowded ships, some older cruisers may feel out of place on their vacation. Holland America Line offers quiet, relaxing pleasures like a Culinary Arts Center, which focuses on cooking demos, tastings and shore side market tours led by top chefs. You can go on a self-guided art tour on board the ship, or visit the Explorations Café with a library and visiting lecturers speaking on art, history and a variety of other topics. For those wishing to stay active on their vacation, you can enjoy amenities such as a golf putting green, yoga and tennis. Under the brand’s Signatures of Excellence initiative, the line is expanding their ships’ enrichment programs and renovating the public areas and staterooms with comforts such as the Mariner Dream bed and high quality cotton linens.

For singles: Norwegian Cruise Line

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In 2010, Norwegian Epic was unveiled featuring 128 Studios, 100-square-foot cabins that are perfect in size and price for parties of one. The ship also offers passengers in this category of cabin a keycard with access to the Living Room, a special lounge with a bar, snacks and activities that facilitate pairing up with fellow single travelers. The ship also offers a plethora of other bars, including the Svedka Ice Bar and Bliss Ultra Lounge, hip entertainment like the Second City improv show and Blue Man Group, and ship wide events such as pub crawls that are perfect for singles, or newly formed couples.

Adventurers Seekers: Lindblad Expeditions

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Looking for an out of the ordinary cruise experience? For the adventurous types, Lindblad Expeditions ventures to not so ordinary destinations like the Arctic, Antarctica, Galapagos, Amazon and other less-mainstream cruise destinations. On trips to the arctic, passengers travel aboard an ice-class vessel that plows through icy waters for extraordinary views of polar bears and other arctic wildlife. Its Cape Horn-to-Cape of Good Hope excursion that follows the path of ancient surveyors and circumnavigators. On trips to Antarctica, National Geographic naturalists, marine specialists and photographers live on board, offering insights and information to the passengers. For the most adventurous travelers, the cruise line is equipped with sea kayaks and underwater cameras for close up views. The company also advances sustainable practices and supports many conservation programs in the fragile destinations it visits.

No matter which vacation you choose, we can help make your travels easier. Most cruise lines offer onboard airline check-in services that allow guests to check-in for flights, receive boarding passes, and check luggage all from aboard the ship. Bags VIP luggage delivery service can also be added for additional convenience when guests travel to and from the port. Bags VIP luggage delivery allows you to bypass baggage claim after your flight and begin making the most of your vacation right away, without the burden of luggage. For more information on these services, click here.

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Baggage fees or no baggage fees? Do flyers want to ship luggage?

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Most people know that airlines make their real money in ancillary fees; those extra charges, like bag fees and seat selection charges that we all hate. In fact, a recent industry report suggests that North American carriers collected $17.2 billion in ancillary revenue last year. But is the revenue stream worth the stream of complaints and criticisms from customers? A survey from fly.com sheds some light on what fliers really hate being charged for, and for which services (including if they want to ship luggage) they would be willing to shell out more.

Fly.com questioned 613 U.S. travelers. 89% voiced the opinion that it is important airlines stop charging passengers for checked baggage. However, of the same travelers surveyed, 42% said they would pay extra for a reserved overhead storage bin on the plane. Reserved overhead storage was only one of a host of other services or upgrades travelers say they would be willing to pay more for, especially in lieu of baggage fees. It seems that in most cases, customers would pay an extra charge for services that improve the comfort and/or efficiency of travel. For instance:

45% would pay for extra leg room

36% would buy a security fast pass at the airport

34% would dish out to prevent the seat in front of them from reclining

26% would pay to have an empty middle seat next to them

Is it possible that charges for these kinds of services would make up for what would be lost if the airlines were to discontinue baggage fees? This may be an important consideration for airlines if they want to retain the business of the frugal traveler. Said best by Warren Chang, vice president and GM of Fly.com “While lucrative, it is important that airlines balance profit against the needs and interests of their passengers.  Our latest survey reveals the type of ancillary opportunities that can bolster passenger satisfaction, while also delivering new revenue streams to the airline industry.”

The survey results also reported that 35% of people would pay to have their checked luggage come out first at baggage claim. Why not make it even easier? With Bags VIP luggage delivery, you can bypass baggage claim and begin making the most of your vacation or business trip right away, without the burden of luggage. Major airlines, cruise lines and world-famous resorts trust Bags to handle their customers’ luggage every day – more than 5 million bags each year! Now, you can Make Travel Easier and more enjoyable by having a Bags VIP agent retrieve your luggage from baggage claim when you arrive and deliver it to your hotel, home or office.