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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.

 

When you travel alone, make even more time for yourself.

And skip baggage claim. Bags VIP Luggage Delivery will deliver your bags to your destination. Whether it’s Portland, Dublin, Toronto or San Fran, we’ve got it covered.

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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.

When you land, the last thing you want to do is worry about any huge things. That’s why we recommend skipping baggage claim and heading straight to your hotel room. You can settle down, relax, and have your bags delivered straight to you. Use Bags VIP Luggage Delivery to make your trip a jet lag-free one.

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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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.

Bags VIP for International Travel

Bags VIP luggage delivery is available for international travelers arriving in the U.S. from airports with Pre-Clearance, like Vancouver (image courtesy Ed Bierman via Flickr).

Bags VIP luggage delivery is available for international travelers arriving in the U.S. from airports with Pre-Clearance, like Vancouver (image courtesy Ed Bierman via Flickr).

While Bags VIP is available for most domestic flights, you may not know that Bags VIP is also available for select international flights arriving in the U.S. Since the subject of international travel is a little trickier, it requires a bit more explanation.

First, Bags VIP is available only at U.S. airports. For the complete list of more than 250 participating U.S. airports, see our locations. Bags VIP is not currently available at any airports outside of the U.S.

In general, for international flights arriving at U.S. airports, the Bags VIP service is not available due to U.S. Customs and Border Protection policies. Our agents are not authorized to collect luggage, from an international flight, that has not been inspected by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

However, there are three scenarios in which the Bags VIP service is available to passengers on international flights arriving at one of the more than 250 participating U.S. airports.

Pre-Clearance is available at Dublin Airport. Image courtesy ozz13x via Flickr.

Pre-Clearance is available at Dublin Airport. Image courtesy ozz13x via Flickr.

  1. The originating airport is located in a U.S. territory and the luggage does not have to clear customs.
  2. The international airport operates U.S. border pre-clearance (here is the complete list of pre-clearance airports) and the luggage does not have to clear customs.
  3. The departing international flight has a connecting flight within the U.S. As long as the final destination flight arrives at a participating U.S. airport from another U.S. airport — even if the original flight departs from an international location — the Bags VIP service is available.

If you’re still unsure, you can always ask one of our customer service representatives. We can be reached 24/7 by dialing 1-877-847-0045 or by emailing bagsvip@maketraveleasier.com.