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5 Unique Places To Travel You Probably Never Thought Of

Switch things up next vacation and choose a destination that isn’t on a commercial you saw, or a common place all your friends/family have been. Take a new adventure and create new memories by choosing one of these 5 vacation spots that not many people think to go to:

1)Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA

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At the end of the famed 17-mile Drive in Northern California is the quaint, European-inspired town of Carmel-By-The-Sea. Known to locals simply as Carmel, the town is only one square mile, with zero traffic lights, parking meters and even street numbers. Apart from its unparalleled natural beauty, Carmel also has major street cred thanks to a former badass mayor: Clint Eastwood.

2)San Juan, Puerto Rico

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© TallyPic

Puerto Rico is the perfect island destination for those who want to feel like they’re in the middle of nowhere without actually being in the middle of nowhere. When you’re done lounging on the beach, you can explore the beautifully preserved buildings and cobblestone streets of Old San Juan.

3)Cape Cod, MA

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If you’re hungry for New England charm, off-season Cape Cod will satisfy your appetite. House rentals are much cheaper, but the beaches are just as beautiful — and the seafood just as delectable — during the winter months.

4)Zion National Park, UT

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© kamchatka

If you’re looking to find your center and get your hike on, take your vacation to Zion National Park. The vistas are as stunning as the Rockies, but you’ll get a wider variety of landscapes with Angel’s Landing and the waters of The Narrows.

5)Corpus Christie, TX  

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© philipus

One doesn’t necessarily hear the state “Texas” and think of the shore, but Corpus Christie’s proximity to the Gulf of Mexico proves you should. A twenty-minute drive will get you to Padre Island National Seashore, which showcase beaches, sand dunes, mud flats and grasslands ripe for exploration.


 

Original Source:

http://www.womenshealthmag.com/health/nativo-content?prx_t=YQMCAsdIFAB9cMA

Traveling Gurus Reveal Their Secrets to Cheap Traveling in 2016!

If you’ve have any sort of adventurous bone in your body, then you are itching to take on new travels with the new year… Unfortunately,  money is usually the rude awakener when it comes to trying to plan a trip but today is your lucky day because below are 10 tips from some of the world’s top travel writers and bloggers on how to adventure on a budget:

 

Set up an automatic travel savings account at your bank.

“I keep my savings account invisible/inaccessible from my internet banking so that I never have the temptation to transfer money over and spend it. Accessing the money would mean physically going to a bank to make the transaction, and I’ve never been tempted enough to do that. I only use it for travel.”

—Alexandra E. Petri, The Write Way Around

 

Work out a credit and debit card strategy, so you won’t be charged any foreign transaction fees when you’re abroad.

“When I’m traveling, I always bring my Charles Schwab debit card. Not only does Charles Schwab not charge you foreign ATM withdrawal fees, it refunds you any money that foreign ATMs charge you by depositing a lump sum into your bank account at the end of the month.

I also bring a minimum of two credit cards. I particularly like the Chase Sapphire Preferred card, as it gives you double the points on food and travel, and of course doesn’t charge international transaction fees.”

—Ashley Fleckenstein, Ashley Abroad

 

Before booking a round-trip flight, look at the cost of two one-way flights. Sometimes it turns out to be cheaper!

—Tausha Cowan, The Globe Getter

 

Or try out “hidden city ticketing.”

“Hidden city ticketing is based on the idea that airline fares are priced based on market demand, not distance traveled, so booking longer routes can save you money than booking direct. For example, if I wanted to fly NYC to Denver, I might book NYC -> Denver -> Calgary and just skip the last leg. If you don’t want to do the research yourself, there’s an app called Skiplagged that does the work for you.

Keep in mind that, to be safe, you should book two one-way tickets instead of a round-trip ticket, as most airlines will cancel your return trip if you don’t complete the first.”

—Jessie Festa, Jessie on a Journey

 

Do as the locals do, and catch public transportation everywhere you go.

“Buses, minivans, crappy trains, 17 people in a tuk-tuk … whatever it takes to get around. Not only is it a great way to save money, but it’s the best way to see a country and get up close and personal with its people. Remember: No epic cultural interactions ever happened getting chaperoned in a private taxi.”

—Jarryd Salem, Nomadasaurus

 

Follow the so-called “six-block rule.”

“That is, never eat within six blocks of a major tourist sight. The food is double the price and half as good. Walk far away from the people and get much better food at a better price. Sites like Yelp!, Openrice, and Foursquare can help you find restaurants!”

—Matt Kepnes, Nomadic Matt

 

In non-English-speaking countries, offer your language services at local restaurants.

“Specifically, if you stumble into one of those restaurants with poor translations and loads of misspellings on the menu, offer to help. Many times business owners will be happy to comp a free meal in exchange for you proofreading and editing their menu.”

—Jessie Festa, Jessie on a Journey

 

Travel during “shoulder periods.”

“There are times in the travel industry called ‘shoulder periods,’ which are basically off-peak times. Like, when kids go back to school (September), after New Year’s (early January), and just after Spring Break (April). Airlines and hotels often give big discounts on airplane seats and hotel rooms during this time, since it’s not a popular period to go.

Shoulder periods change in different parts of the world, so choose your destination by watching for online deals, and following hotels and airlines on Twitter, where they also release last-minute deals.”

—Stefanie Michaels, CEO of Adventure Girl


 

original source : http://www.buzzfeed.com/anniedaly/adventure-awaits#.qn6nz9OrL