3 Beautiful Places to Travel This Fall Season

America is an amazing country with wondrous sights at every turn. With summer coming to an end, many people are hoping to take advantage of the cooler weather by finding a vacation spot worthy of exploration. If you’re in the market for a little adventure, here are three beautiful places to travel this fall season.

1. Sedona, Arizona

With its beautiful red rock mountains and gorgeous autumn temperatures, you’re bound to fall in love with this northern Arizona city. Sedona is known for its vortexes, state parks (Slide Rock and Red Rock), Pink Jeep Tours, breathtaking sunsets and remarkable stargazing opportunities.

Only 2 hours away from the Grand Canyon (Arizona’s greatest natural wonder), and one hour away from Flagstaff (the high country, where you’ll frequently find snow during the winter), Sedona is perfectly positioned by nearby landmarks you may also wish to visit. 

2. New York City, New York

“Autumn in New York, why does it seem so inviting?”

Those are the opening lyrics of a wildly popular song by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. Maybe it’s the lovely weather: ranging from the low 50s to 70s. October also boasts the lowest rainfall totals for the year, creating ideal conditions for sight-seeing. It could be the robust color change of the fall leaves in Central Park. It may even be the annual Village Halloween Parade or the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade that comes a bit later in the season when temperatures begin to drop even more. Whatever the reasons may be, millions of tourists marvel over New York City each fall season, with hopes of one day to return and do it all over again.  

3. Asheville, North Carolina

Perhaps a little southern hospitality is more your cup of tea. In the western portion of North Carolina is a quaint mountain town that may pique your interest. The town of Asheville is home to the Biltmore Estate, a 250 room mansion that is considered to be the largest in the country. Historic architecture is certainly a notable feature of this city, but even if you aren’t a history buff, there are plenty of other attractions that make a fall visit worthwhile. Asheville boasts it’s vast brewery and culinary selections, a breathtaking art district, and outdoor activities for the adventurer in you. Average temperatures fall between the low 50s to low 70s with scattered showers here and there, so pack a light jacket for your travels.

These three cities make outstanding options for you and your family to visit. Whether you’re looking for traditional tourist stops or less well-known, under-the-radar gems, the beauty within each assuredly will make your trip one for the books. No matter which destination you choose, remember to have fun and focus on what’s most important – the memories you make.

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3 Money Saving Techniques to Help You Travel on a Budget

Traveling is fun, spending money is not. Fortunately, adept travelers know that there are plenty of financially efficient ways to see the world. With a little extra planning and masterful interpersonal skills, there are countless methods to help you enjoy a memorable trip on a budget. Here are three money saving techniques to help you travel on a budget.

  1. Save on Transportation

When traveling, transportation costs add up quickly. Unfortunately for long distance trips, plane tickets are a necessary evil, but after landing transportation options become much more flexible. If you are visiting a big city let public transportation keep your expenses low. Many trollies, buses, lightrails, subways and trains offer discounts for long term and day passes. Before embarking on your trip, research the cost efficiency of what your destination city has to offer. If public transportation isn’t your thing, consider relying on ride sharing services. Because car services have peak time surcharges and don’t offer many discounts for long term use, short, frequent trips can put a major dent in your budget. To avoid this, walk as far as is comfortable before scheduling pick-up. Group tourist events by location so you can spend a whole day walking from attraction to attraction without needing to call for extra rides. Lastly, ask your hotel staff about the cheapest modes of travel. On occasion, hotels have even been known to provide shuttles for their occupants.

  1. Timing Matters

Traveling discounts are unique when it comes to timing. Depending on what’s being purchased, buying well in advance could save just as much money as waiting until the very last minute. When deal hunting, keep this in mind. While flight fees tend to be lower when purchased early, hotels can go either way. Make sure to scour discount sites for both early bird and last minute deals. You can even continue to look for last minute hotel deals while on vacation. You never know when an unfilled room could save enough money to make the hassle of switching hotels well worth your time.

  1. Plan Ahead

Planning the particulars could make a huge difference in your travel budget. Here are a few ways to plan ahead and save money:

  • Choose a hotel that has a kitchen. Food is expensive, especially when eating out. Cut costs by shopping for groceries at a local market, storing them in your hotel fridge and making meals instead of buying them. Packed lunches and home cooked dinners will prevent you from needing to find multiple restaurants to dine at every day of your vacation. Plus, with your fridge, you can safely store snacks and leftovers to fill the gaps between meal times.

  • Double check your suitcase before leaving. For extra assurance, create a checklist of necessities to use when packing and last minute checks. Use your time wisely and don’t wait until you’re too rushed to pack responsibly. Many travelers end up spending unnecessary funds by repurchasing items that they accidentally left at home. Don’t let this common mistake cost you.

Don’t let a limited budget hold you back from exploring the world. Get creative with how you structure your trip and accomodations. Leave no rock unturned when searching for resources that will help save money while on vacation and enjoy your budget-friendly fun.

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Space-Saving Packing Tips for Your Next Travel Adventure

Traveling is fun – packing is not. We’ve all struggled while trying to cram piles of clothes into each corner and crevice of a suitcase.  If you’re tired of sitting on your luggage, busting zippers, and over-packing, it’s time to consider a different approach. Thankfully, there are some tricks of the trade that will help transform your travel preparation from stressful to simple. Keep reading to learn how.

Packing Cubes

You can organize your clothes by using a set of packing cubes. They come in a variety of sizes and can be arranged neatly to utilize every inch of your suitcase. Simply fold your clothes, secure them in a cube and place it in an open spot in your bag.

Space Savers

Like packing cubes, space savers come in an assortment of different sizes and are used to maximize luggage space, but they differ when it comes to their most notable feature. While packing cubes were created with organization as the priority, space savers rely on compression to create thinner stacks of clothes. After folding your items and placing them in the compression bag, you can remove the air by rolling, vacuuming or using a hand pump to pull the excess air out. Fortunately, travel size hand pumps are available if you’d prefer to use that option.

Pill (or Contact) Cases for Liquids and Creams

Airline regulations allow one quart-sized bag of liquids in carry-ons. Most people use travel sized bottles to store their liquids and creams, but occasionally, even those become too cumbersome. In that event, try using a weekly pill case with tightly closing lids (the ones that screw to close are the most reliable). Weekly pill cases have 7 small containers that are locked together and hold just enough to make it through a weeklong trip. Contact lens cases are ideal for liquids because they securely tighten to create a spill-proof seal. Both options can be reinforced with tape to prevent leaks and should be labeled to avoid confusion. To be extra safe, store your liquid filled pill or contact lens cases in a plastic zip-top bag.

Rolling Clothes

Rolling your clothes, instead of folding them, is another popular method of packing. You can even layer an entire outfit in a stack, and then roll the items into one combined tube. Because your outfits will already be together, this technique cuts down on the time needed to locate your clothes during your trip. However, clothing made of heavier or easily wrinkled fabrics should be folded. When folding, place plastic bags between your folds to limit wrinkling.

Limiting Shoes

Shoes consume a lot of luggage real estate. Because it’s difficult to prepare for every weather and terrain situation you may encounter, travelers frequently over-pack when it comes to footwear. To help avoid this, always abide by this simple rule; never pack more than 3 pairs of shoes. Your 3 pairs should include: one formal pair, one pair for walking, and one pair for leisure. Also, remember that each pair should be as light and compact as possible. Once you’ve decided on the best shoes to pack, stop them from contaminating other items by storing them in a drawstring bag, or by placing just the soles in a shower cap. Pack your shoes last, stacking them on top of your clothes, to make them easier to access if TSA needs to inspect your bag.

The key to efficient packing is being both organized and selective about what you decide to bring. Packing fewer items is always the easiest way to approach travel preparation, but when that is not possible, relying on organization is your best bet. There are many inexpensive options to help you reach your space-saving goals. Find the best system for your needs, then rest easy knowing that you’ll never need to stress over packing again.

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