Traveling Without Our Furry Friends: How To Prepare?

I love having guest posts and am excited to have Leila Dorari here today to discuss a topic that I feel gets overlooked on travel blogs: what to do when you leave your pets behind for a trip! Leila is a freelance writer from Sydney who is passionate about self-growth through travel, cheap deals and living better lives by exploring as much of what Earth has to offer as possible. Read more

Quick Tips for Great Mobile Travel Photography

Hi all – today I’ve got a great guest post from Kavita Goyal, a blogger at Sense or Nosense. She’s got some great tips on mobile photography, which I know I myself need to improve and I’m sure you can use some advice too.

Travel has always been about soaking in the local sights, local food and experience the adventure in the variety. Within it, there are broadly three types of photographers – one that pose in front of monuments and show the world that they’ve been there, done that. The other kind capture a glimpse of local sights from a foreign perspective to give others a world view.  The third typically end up only clicking photos and forget to take a moment to live the place and enjoy. Read more

Oh, Canada! Hipmunk’s Guide to The Great White North

This post was originally posted by The Hipmunk on Hipmunk’s Tailwind Blog on March 3, 2016.

From the famed ski slopes of Whistler to the roaring majesty of Niagara Falls, some the world’s greatest travel destinations are just north of the border, in Canada.

With an overload of Canada travel options, which of these destinations are most popular among travelers? Hipmunk analyzed its travel data from 2015 to find out.

The 25 cities below make up 80 percent of all hotel accommodations in Canada. We also included their average hotel and Airbnb booking prices, as well as average airfare (if flying from the US or within Canada) to each city. Note: all prices are in US dollars. Read more

Is Duty Free Really Worth It?

This post was originally posted by The Hipmunk on Hipmunk’s Tailwind Blog on February 21, 2016.

It’s hard to miss the bright lights and ample displays at the duty-free stores in most international airports, cruise ship ports, and border stations. Designer clothes and jewelry, bottles of high-end liquor, and tobacco products are all screaming to be picked up and taken home. After all, it’s a great deal and tax-free, right?

Getting a bargain at a duty-free shop requires some research in advance. Items found in these shops are free of the local import tax (also known as “duty”) that would normally be placed on the item in a regular retail store. However, you may potentially owe a customs duty in the country you’re heading back to. We’re looking at you, America (sigh). Read more

12 Secret Travel Spots that Even College Students Can Afford

This post was originally posted by Fiona Moriarty on Hipmunk’s Tailwind Blog on February 14, 2016.

If you’re a college student, you should know that traveling abroad is good for you. It’s been shown to improve learning outcomes and may even be a predictor for better grades and higher incomes later in life. It also teaches valuable life and professional skills such as adaptability, independence, communication, and cross-cultural understanding.

The only downside? All those benefits come with a price tag. And if you’re a college student, odds are good that you’re not exactly rolling in the dough. The good news it that it’s still possible to travel on a tight budget— you just have to know where to go. Here are 12 cheap, lesser-known, and wonderful destinations to get you started. No matter which locale you choose, expect to pay well under $50 a night for the privilege of staying there. Read more

I Went to a Rick Steves Lecture (and met him too!)

This weekend a dream came true – I met Rick Steves! My friends Brian and Mel got tickets to his lecture, Travel As a Political Act, at Chicago’s Josephinum Academy and I quickly snagged mine after. He’d been attending the Chicago Travel Adventure Show in Rosemont and came to do this private seminar later as his daughter teaches at the school – what a wonderful treat!

I’ve been a fan of Rick since 2012 when I first started watching him on Create TV while getting ready for class in the morning. He was fantastic! I loved how normal and humble he seemed (I mean, he wears the same shirt in every episode) and that his show had something for people of all ages. He was so thorough and interesting and made me feel so close to these foreign cities I’d never been to. Read more

The Travel Destinations Earning the Most Pins on Pinterest

This post was originally posted by TheHipmunk on October 28, 2015 on Hipmunk’s Tailwind Blog.


Pinterest recently released a list of the most pinned locations across the globe, and people across the land (or, er, the website) are drooling. Turn vision board dreams into a reality by visiting any of the destinations on the list. Here are the places that made the cut: Read more

7 Airport Hotels You’ll Actually Want to Stay In

This post was originally posted by TheHipmunk on The Hipmunk’s Tailwind Blog on October 10, 2015.


Get ready to stay in one of the most historic airport hotels around (after it’s built, that is). The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey recently approved the construction of a hotel at JFK International Airport that will turn the TWA Flight Center (a registered historic landmark) into a 500-plus room hotel. Construction on the $265 million project is slated to begin in early 2016, and the hotel should open its doors to guests near the end of 2018.

Can’t wait that long? Then head to any of these renowned airport hotels, which are all but guaranteed to transform the airport waiting game into a relaxing, enjoyable stay. Read more

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