Don’t lie to yourself, a vacation would be totally amazing after the whirlwind of a year it’s been. This year has been mentally exhausting for everyone. Though quarantine has been a “staycation” from school or the office, most of us are experiencing cabin fever and our wanderlust leaves us daydreaming of beautiful destinations and new experiences.
Though travel looks a little different these days, it is still possible to do it safely and socially distant. The travel industry has suffered a lot due to the pandemic, so there are also a lot of amazing deals out there so they can try and stay alive. Whether you are a snow bunny, or live to be beachside in your bikini, we have some breathtaking travel ideas to inspire your next trip!
For the Snow Bunnies
Banff National Park lies in the heart of Canada’s Alberta province. This picturesque resort town is home to picturesque mountain views and beautiful lakes. There is no shortage of activities in this area. Whether you prefer to be active or leisurely, there is something to do for everyone! Take a hike through Mt. Rundle or Mt. Cascade. Not up to it? There are gondola rides that will take you up the mountain if you don’t feel like hiking or biking. Banff’s main street, Banff Avenue has plenty of boutiques, museums, and art galleries. And of course, no trip would be complete without fine dining. There is all of that and more in this charming town!
Park City, Utah
Park City is just east of Utah’ s capital, Salt Lake City. This beautiful, mountainous area is home to mountains with slopes for those that are thrill seekers, making it the perfect destination for fans of skiing and snowboarding! This is one of the best winter sporting destinations in the world, as the 2002 Winter Olympic Games were hosted at Olympic Park, which is open to visitors! Maybe you’d prefer to relax, which is not a problem since there are dons of spas in the area where you can pamper yourself!
Lake Placid, NY
Lake Placid is a cozy ski village in New York’s very own Adirondack mountains. This is another proud town that has hosted the Winter Olympics. If you love outdoor sports, this is the destination for you! You can of course ski, bobsled, ice climb, and ice skate. For the brave, you can even ski jump at the former Olympic facility in the area. The lodging in the area is so sadorable and makes for the perfect winter getaway!
For the Beach Bums
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Life is better in a bikini, right?! Though Cabo San Lucas has been a favorite vacation destination among celebs like George Clooney and Jeniffer Aniston, you don’t have to be an A-lister to travel here! Cabo has built an amazing reputation and for good reason! Not only are the white sand beaches so beautiful, the nightlife is amazing. The main beach town in Cabo is Playa el Médano, and has outdoor dining making it appropriate for travel in the COVID day in age!
There’s nothing like a little bit of Southern comfort! Rockport, Texas is a coastal town that offers just that! This laid back town in the Lone Star Stare is loved by visitors for it’s slow paced atmosphere that the South is known for. Besides eating Texan delicacies during your stay in Rockport, you can go boating and fishing-the town is known for shipbuilding! If you prefer to sunbathe, Rockport beach is a fan favorite!
Palm Springs, California
Palm Springs, California is one of the state’s most adored destinations, located in the heart of the Sonoran Desert. It is well known for its hot springs and is a great option if you have a golfer in your life, with some amazing golf courses! If you love to travel luxuriously, there are some lavish hotels and even better shopping in the area. We stay California Dreamin’ of a trip to Palm Springs!
Must-See Christmas Lights and Attractions That Are Saving 2020
2020 has been an extremely hard year for all of us. Though it was off to a good start, we have endured a global pandemic, which caused millions to lose jobs, and even loved ones. We watched polarized political parties go head to head in an election, and we even lost some adored celebrities like Kobe Bryant and Alex Trebek. Safe to say, we could all use a little bit of light in our lives these days.
Not to worry! All is calm, all is bright! This year, millions of Americans and Christmas lovers around the world have been waiting patiently to deck the halls! Some even started way before Christmas, and how could we blame them?
Here are some of the best light displays around the world that have spread Christmas cheer and joy!
Dyker Heights, Brooklyn NY
New York City is famous for being one of the most festive places in the world during the holiday season. Between the Rockefeller Center’s annual Christmas tree lighting, Radio City Music Hall’s famous Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes, it is safe to say this is the place to be during the holidays. But you may not know that the Dyker Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn goes all out during the Christmas season. The area attracts hundreds of tourists every day that walks the streets and admires the lights on the beautiful homes!
Las Vegas, Nevada
Though Vegas may be known to many as the City of Sin, we disagree. Las Vegas is home to the Magical Village. It’s exactly what it sounds like-magical. Filled with Christmas trees, rides, and even live performances of Elf, this place is great for the young at heart! The best part? All proceeds from the village go to charity!
It really is true, nobody does it like Disney. As soon as Halloween ends at the Most Magical Place on Earth, Christmas decorations go up throughout the resort. Most famous of all of the Christmas attractions at the House of Mouse is the Magic Kingdom’s light display down Main Street USA. Of course, no trip to Disney is complete without some sweet treats. They even have decadent holiday delicacies.
Austin, Texas may be known as the Violet Crown Cities, but it is also home to the Austin Trail of Lights. The attraction has been operating for 56 years consecutively, and is not letting COVID-19 get in the way of making spirits bright! Usually, the premises can be walked, but this year the light extravaganza will be taking place as a drive-through attraction, complete with festive music.
Doesn’t London look absolutely lovely during Christmas? Pictured above is Regent street, which has been displaying majestic Christmas lights for over seventy years.
Galleries Lafayette is a boujee French department store in Paris. They annually house a gorgeous Christmas display that has been attracting Parisians and tourists for one hundred years. Wow.
Most of us probably won’t be traveling to these amazing displays this year, but go out and explore the neighborhoods by you! Don’t be a Grinch, grab your hot chocolate, Christmas pjs, and blast some Christmas tunes. You won’t regret it!
5 SPECTACULAR treehouses you can actually rent
Even if nature isn’t your “thing” these tree houses are so epic, just about anyone would want to stay for a visit. Interested? Well it’s your lucky day! All of these are available for renting!
1.)La Cabane Perchée Treehouse (France)
This quaint yet magnificent 3 bedroom treehouse is located in the countryside of France. At $224 a night you are getting spectacular views, a hot tub, and memories you’ll never be able to forget.
2.) Tree House Blue Mountains (Australia)
This treehouse is one of the most breathtaking in the world. Built in the middle of an Australian forest, the Blue Mountain Tree house is a nature lovers dream. $683 a night may seem like a lot for a Airbnb, but this one is definitely worth it.
Hang out in the “living” room and try to soak in all the beauty around you.
Or draw yourself a hot bath and enjoy the mountains!
3.) “Meadowlark Treehouse” (Montana)
No, you are not dreaming! This beauty is a real place you can stay! Tucked in the woods of Montana, this one bedroom tree house can fit up to 4 guests for $431 a night.
Enjoy the fresh air during the day and have a campfire at night!
Or cozy up with a cup of coffee in the living room nook!
3.) Balian Treehouse
Dorothy we are not in Kansas anymore! This exotic Airbnb is located in the one and only Bali Indonesia. At $100 a night, you wouldn’t believe all this beauty had such a low price tag.
Yes, you have a inground pool!
And gorgeous grounds..
And a mediation gazebo! #ZenButBougie
4.) Off the Grid Treehouse (Oregon)
This unique “look out” treehouse is the perfect getaway for someone who’s looking to be peacefully secluded.
Chill out and take a breath from life’s hecticness.
And check out one of the most beautiful night’s skies your eyes will ever see!
5.) Secluded Intown Treehouse (Georgia)
Priced at $389 a night, this fairytale like treehouse is a quite the magical getaway.
Travel from the different sections of the treehouse on this lit up bridge.
Sleep with the windows wide open and feel natures natural breeze.
5 underrated cities in the USA
Although it may not be the best time to travel, there are several underrated cities in the US that deserve more visiting. Once COVID-19 dies down (please die COVID), make sure to check out some of America’s hidden gems.
1.) Providence, Rhode Island
Providence is the perfect city to visit for anyone who loves arts, great food, and unique shops. It’s “quaint” New England vibe meets modern culture, making Rhode Island a one of a kind state.
What to see:
1.) Newport Cliff Walk : A 3.5 mile walk (if you do the whole thing) that takes you along a scenic path. Views of the water surround you on one side, and mansions on the other. These massive estates are from the Gilded Age and are truly quite the site to see. If you want to take a look inside, most of these famous homes are open for tours.
2.) Westminster Street: This is a great area to take a stroll! The streets are filled with art galleries, shops, and an incredible food scene.
2.) Salem, Oregon
If you are a lover of flowers and wine, Salem Oregon is the perfect destination for you. Known for their gorgeous gardens and nurseries, florist enthusiasts can enjoy taking a stroll just about anywhere in Salem. In the mood for wine? No problem! Salem has more than 700 wineries in the region! YES, I SAID 700! This city is also great for hiking and spectacular views.
What to See:
1.) Wooden Shoe Tulip Park: In April, the Wood Shoe Tulip Park is fully in bloom. There’s no words to describe just how breathtaking this is, so we’ll just show you.
2.) One Love Cellars: This vineyard is filled with extra love! A mother & daughter owned and operated winery, One Love Cellars is the perfect day trip for any wine devotee. Located on 16 acres of land, there is so much to do while “sipping” on the grounds of One Love Cellars.
3.) Knoxville, Tennessee
When people think about traveling to Tennessee, Nashville is usually the first city that comes to mind. Yes, Nashville is a great city, but it is often packed with tourists. Go about 180 miles east and you will find Knoxville, Tennessee. Branded as “Austin without the hype,” this laid back town is filled with great bars, delicious restaurants, and a stellar music scene. There is also a abundant amount of hiking trails if you are interested in incorporating some nature to the trip.
What to see:
Market Square: Want the best bars and restaurants around Knoxville? Make sure to get to Market Square. You may also check out some live entertainment, pop-up farmers markets, and tons of shopping!
Urban Wilderness: Over 50 miles of trails, the Urban Wilderness is the ideal spot for any lover of the outdoors.
Debatably the most “happening” city for foodies, Portland is the perfect location to satisfy any palate. Beer enthusiast? Book your trip now! Portland is known for its never ending list of microbreweries and pubs. If you love lighthouses, Portland has magnificent trails along the coastline that lead you too these spectacular beacons.
What to see:
Bud Light Park: Take a stroll and enjoy the scenery! With skyline views spanning over 9 acres of land, this park is a must see.
Allagash Brewery: Take a tour or sit at the bar, Allagash Brewery is a hot spot for beer connoisseurs. Hold off on lunch before visiting the brewery – there is PLENTY of delicious Portland style food being served.
After visiting the Grand Canyon, make sure to take a pit stop in Flagstaff Arizona. From the historic railroad district to the ancient cliff dwellings, Flagstaff embodies a beauty that is truly it’s own.
What to see:
1.) Lowell Observatory: If you are a lover of stargazing this is truly a must see. This one of a kind experience is so breathtaking, we consider it bucket list worthy.
2.) Lava River Cave: Formed nearly 700,000 years ago by molten rock, this mile-long cave is a highlight of the massive Coconino National Forest. This is a perfect day trip for the family to see some of nature’s greatest creations.