08/25/2015

Tips For Finding Cheap Flights – Travel Insurance Services

How To Find Cheap Flights
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Whether you're headed on a trip for pleasure with a spouse, family, friends or business, there's a good chance you're going to be flying. Despite the rigmarole with checking baggage, parking your car and going through security, it's still faster and more convenient for long distances than any other type of transportation.

Finding airfare that fits into your budget can be a challenge. You might find two seats on the same plane that vary up to hundreds of dollars in price. No one wants to overpay for a flight. I'm sure you'd much rather have the extra money for your business or to go on exciting excursions on your vacation. Deals are out there, you just have to know how and where to find them as making the wrong choices while you shop for your vacation can cost you big time.

Here are our top tips for finding cheap airfares.

1. Research Using the Right Websites

Many travelers head straight to the airline’s site when preparing to book their flight. If you’re looking at prices on an airline’s site, you’re missing the bigger picture. You could save more money flying a different date, and typical airline sites don’t make it easy to compare. You might save more with another airline entirely, too.

Instead of a small window of options, try Google Flights which allows you to search for tickets on multiple departure and arrival days to see what day has the best deal. You can also see a calendar of the lowest fares, search for a general region and see a map of specific flight prices, or go with “I’m feeling lucky” and let Google plan your dream trip. The site also includes a whole host of features that beat out any human travel agent. Other high ranking booking sites include Skyscanner, Airfare Watchdog, and Hipmunk.

2. Buy On the Right Day

There are so many theories as to what day and time of the week you should buy tickets. Of course, no one can seem to agree on the day or time. That’s why sites like Kayak and Yapta can help. Kayak is useful as it allows you to see a price trend box in the left-hand column. It tells you whether to buy or wait on Kayak’s confidence level. If you become curious as to how it made its decision, you can click the box with the lowercase “i.” Remember that just because you got a low ticket price doesn’t mean it won’t go lower. The good news is many airlines will refund you the difference if the price drops a certain amount after you buy.

If you don’t have time to scour ticket prices every day, Yapta can be your best friend. Yapta keeps an eye on your tickets and alerts you when the price drops. With annual savings on Yapta being $334 per user on average, that means you can put your savings toward a better hotel, a few nice dinners, or just keep it in your bank account.

3. Be Flexible

While seats usually get more expensive the later you book, the deals actually get better. If you're self-employed, retired, have a really understanding boss or simply don’t care when you depart, then you can get some amazing rates if you cruise enough deal sites. Last-minute deals are usually advertised through third parties and built entirely to fill the seats that might lose the airline money.

Be aware that it’s getting harder to search airfares based on flexible travel dates now that many sites (Orbitz, Hotwire, Travelocity and Expedia among them) have eliminated their flexible-date calendars. But, again, Kayak ranks high among offering a flexible date search. You must register as a user to see it under "more search options,” though. Another site to keep on your radar is Adioso, a flexible travel site that you should be using but probably aren’t because of its
“under the radar” approach.

4. Sign Up for Airfare Alerts

One of the easiest ways to track airfares is to sign up for airfare alerts. Many travel websites offer e-mailed airfare alerts that let you know when fares go down, and they all have some sort of offer. Try doing a browser search as well, for "airfare alerts" and you'll see what's available. They all work a bit differently, so sign up for more than one.

One thing to note: These sites use essentially the same airfare data provided by the airlines' computer systems or ITA Software [what does ITA stand for?] (which is now owned by Google), so they won't include discounted promo-code fares, and they don't include Southwest Airlines. Airfarewatchdog, however, includes handpicked fares from Southwest in its Fare Alerts. Using social media, like Twitter is also an immediate way to be alerted of great deals. @Airfarewatchdog’s Twitter account posts unusual airfare deals every day of the week and alerts followers to promo codes and other airfare deals.

5. Consider Making a Stop

Sometimes booking a flight that has a connection as opposed to flying nonstop can save you money. But you have to ask yourself if it’s really worth it. If it’s hundreds of dollars then yes, but if it’s just $20 do you really want to increase your chances of getting delayed or stuck? And be sure to avoid making connections in airports that have a terrible on-time track record like San Francisco, Chicago O’Hare or all of New York’s airports.

As you can see, bargain hunting can be a time-consuming process but it can certainly payoff in the long run. 

Happy and safe travels! 

08/18/2015

Labor Day Getaway Ideas – Travel Insurance Services

With our days of sun and swimsuits being limited and soon replaced with changing leaves and light jackets, Labor Day weekend is the ideal time to treat yourself to a break. And, if you’ve already been on a vacation, who says you can’t get away again?

There are several places to spend Labor Day weekend. It truly just depends on how far you want to travel, and what you want to do. Labor Day destinations can include beaches, cities, countryside, or simple small town USA. Although Labor Day weekend falls after many kids have returned to school, it offers one last opportunity to end the season on a high note.

Here are four fantastic places where you can get away in end-of-summer style.

September in Orlando, Florida can’t be beat. It’s a month when hotel rates are at their lowest of the year and crowds have thinned with the back-to-school season. Everyone is aware that Orlando is home to Walt Disney World and several other theme parks, but Orlando also offers many dinner shows, sightseeing adventures, outdoor activities, and other attractions that can be enjoyed by all ages. Some ideas in and around Orlando include: Kennedy Space Center Tours, Madame Tussauds, Sea Life Orlando, Legoland, Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament, and Discover Cove to name a few.

Legoland

September also kicks off the fall color season in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. With clear skies and cool weather, the Pigeon Forge area of the Smoky Mountains is ideal for outdoor activities. You can enjoy a wide range of happenings including music & variety shows, recreational activities, museums, white water rafting, horseback riding, Dixie Stampede, and so much more. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers a wide range of exciting things to see and do as well, including Dollywood and Dollywood's Splash Country Waterpark.

Dollywood

When you think of an all-inclusive resort, is Pennsylvania the first place you think of? Probably not, but the Skytop Lodge in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains has been welcoming families since 1928 and offers a huge choice of activities over the Labor Day weekend, including zip-lining, kayaking, archery, tennis, boating, biking, rock climbing, and hiking. There’s also an excellent supervised children’s program, and golfers get a bonus that’s virtually unheard of: unlimited greens fees. This is the place to be for Labor Day Weekend, and events starting on Friday, September 4th include fall-themed activities for the whole family to enjoy: a beer and wine tasting, family fun grilled pizza with an interactive demonstration, live music, and a delicious Labor Day classic menu.

Skytop Lodge

Boasting the world’s longest front porch is the Grand Hotel, set on storybook Mackinac Island, Michigan. This iconic summer resort has been a favorite of vacationers since 1887. If you’re looking to take a step back in time this Labor Day Weekend, Mackinac Island will give you just that. What makes this area unique? Motorized vehicles are prohibited and folks get around on bikes and horse-drawn carriages instead. The Grand Hotel offers myriad ways for families to enjoy not only the resort, but the island as well. From biking to horseback riding, to swimming in the 220-foot pool, a Labor Day Weekend in Mackinac Island won’t disappoint. You won’t want to miss The Annual Labor Day jazz weekend either, which is a wildly popular musical event, featuring an impressive line-up of jazz and gospel artists.

The Grand Hotel

08/13/2015

Why You Should Visit Arizona – Travel Insurance Services

Why should you visit the state of Arizona? Our very own Mattie Little tells us why.

Mattie grew up going to Arizona on family vacations and fell in love when she was in the 6th grade. She fell in love so much that she left her home state of Ohio and went to college at Arizona State University. Upon graduation, Mattie realized her heart was near family in Ohio and moved back, but her love for Arizona stayed strong and since then she visits every year.

Arizona Pinnacle

She shares with us her most recent experience to the desert, along with where to eat, where to stay, and what to do in the cities of Phoenix and Scottsdale!

Where To Eat?

I think everyone can agree that no vacation is complete without having some good grub! Trying new restaurants that aren’t in your home state are fun and truly make the vacation experience whole. One of Mattie’s most favorite restaurants in Arizona is Oreganos. If you’re looking for a mouth-watering pizza, a good salad, and an ice-cold beverage, Oreganos is the place to go! An original Chicago style pizza joint, Oreganos offers thin crust, stuffed, or pan pizzas, wings, salads, pastas, calamari, and so much more. The atmosphere takes you back in time as Sinatra, Martin, and Big-Band music stream through the entire restaurant.

Oreganos

If you’re looking for an authentic American restaurant, Houston’s is the place to go. All entrees at Houston’s are prepared daily from scratch, and the atmosphere is modern but provides a touch of history making this establishment one of a kind. From their famous French dip, to slow roasted rotisserie chicken you can’t go wrong with any item on the menu. Mattie, and her entire family’s favorite dish though, are the fall off the bone barbeque ribs paired with a side of coleslaw and French fries.

Lastly, there are two words when you head to the Phoenix/Scottsdale area that you may hear of, and hear of for good reason. Culinary Dropout. From the chefs on the line with silver-studded ears and mohawk hairdos, to the inked-up, decked-out bar staff mixologists, Culinary Dropout serves the very best in unique gastro-pub fare. Culinary Dropout is an exciting atmosphere with an outdoor area specifically for bean bags and ping pong. That’s right, while you’re waiting on delicious, warm pretzel bites or a local beer, you can grab your friends and play a round of bean bags! You can’t go wrong with the buffalo chicken meatballs or a piled-high turkey pastrami sandwich on of course no other than a pretzel bun.

Culinary dropout

Phoenix and Scottsdale offer so many unique, amazing restaurants. There are too many to even write about but to sum up Mattie’s favorites here are a couple more spectacular restaurants and some that offer breathtaking views. BLT Steak at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn & Resort, Sassi Italian, Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar, Blanco Tacos & Tequila, and The Breakfast Club.

Where To Stay?

Now that you’re aware of the best restaurants in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Mattie shares with us the best places to stay. Whether you’re looking for a resort with 4 pools and a lazy river, or a quaint casita overlooking boulders, there are a multitude of options in the desert.

If you’re looking for the ultimate desert oasis, look no further than the AAA Five-Diamond Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. From four top ranked restaurants, six sparkling pools, an 18 hole championship golf course, and an innovative spa with a private rooftop pool, the Scottsdale Princess truly is a gem in the desert.

Situated on 316 acres in the Sonoran Desert, the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa offers a variety of activities designed for all ages. This resort truly offers a one-stop vacation haven and has 5 outdoor pools and a lazy river. The surrounding and local area also offers off-site fun with biking, hiking, miniature golf, shopping, and much more.

If you’re looking for a more low-key stay away from the high-end resorts, try Hotel Valley Ho. This downtown urban oasis is a short walk from hundreds of shops, restaurants, and art galleries. Originally built in 1956 and fully restored, this hideaway in the desert honors its past with mid-century modern style. Hotel Valley Ho also caters to pets and there is no additional charge. Your pet will be offered a food and water bowl, doggie treats, a “pet in room” door hanger, pet cleanup bags, and two lush courtyards.

Hotel-Valley-Ho

With so many places to stay in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area, it’s hard to choose which properties to highlight. Other great hotels and resorts include The Phoenician, W Scottsdale, Hyatt Regency Gainey Ranch, and Firesky Resort & Spa.

What To Do?

Where to begin with the number of things to do in the desert: To start, an early morning hike is a must! Mattie’s top 3 places to hike include Camelback Mountain, Pinnacle Peak, and Piestewa Peak. The views of each one of these mountains are spectacular. Camelback Mountain offers 2 trails for the experienced hiker looking for an intense and difficult anaerobic hike as well as a trail where you still get a great workout, but not as strenuous. Pinnacle Peak is the most popular hiking destination in the valley because of the spectacular views and accessibility. The trail is 1.75 miles, 3.5 round trip and is a moderate hike for beginners and experienced hikers alike. Piestewa Peak is another fantastic hike and is a 2.2 mile out and back trail. Beware though-this hike is rated as difficult but very rewarding when you reach the top of the peak.

Mattie Hiking

Love to shop? Scottsdale is a shopping lover’s dream. To name just a few of Scottsdale’s finest shopping paradises- Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall, Scottsdale Quarter, and Kierland Commons. Here you will find an array of stores to choose from. Of the three, Scottsdale Quarter is the newest and offers high end stores and dining.

For a fun way to cool off, everyone visiting Arizona must take a trip down the Salt River for Salt River Tubing, Arizona’s floating picnic situated in the Tonto National Forest. That’s right, grab a tube and choose from 2-5 hour trips floating down the river. You can attach a cooler to your tube and have your food and drinks right at your fingertips. Occasionally you will run into a couple of small rapids which will send you floating more rapidly, and guaranteed you will laugh until you cry. With the mountains surrounding you, and wild horses running free in the river, this will truly be an unforgettable experience.

Salt River Tubing

Not only do Phoenix and Scottsdale offer a variety of activities for vacationers, but the state of Arizona as a whole offers so many things to do. For a few other suggestions, take a day trip to Sedona and slide down the famous Slide Rock. Experience the true Wild West and head to Goldfield Ghost Town in the Superstition Mountains, or head to Old Tucson and take a step back in time to the old west town made famous as the location for more than 300 movies and TV shows. Oh! And of course, who could forget the Grand Canyon?

Slide Rock

07/20/2015

5 Kid-Friendly Cruises-Travel Insurance Services

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Family Friendly Cruise Lines Perfect for Your Next Vacation

Cruises provide impressive vacation value to families, especially families who are on a budget. From lodging to food, activities, and transportation to faraway places for one set price-families really can’t ask for much more. With a never-ending lineup of activities, kids are kept occupied and happy while parents have the option to relax if they so choose. Even those hard to please teenagers are less moody! Now we have really caught your attention, haven’t we?

Check out our top 5 picks for the most exciting family cruise lines.

1) Disney Cruise Line

Just like its land-based theme parks, Disney Cruise Line caters fantastically to kids and kids at heart. Every minute of a Disney cruise is crammed with parties, character autograph sessions, tours, movies, games, musicals, and a 4,000 person water play area on the Disney Fantasy Ship. Children’s and teens programs are among the best of any cruise line and include animation lessons, science classes, princess/hero parties, arcades, teen lounges which are accompanied by music, television, videogames and more.

Even newborn babies are welcome aboard—in typical Disney style, no detail is left forgotten and delightful nurseries are available with care for little ones 3 years and younger. Parents can enjoy the spa and state of the art fitness facilities, a quiet adult-exclusive pool, nightclubs, and art galleries to name a few.

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07/14/2015

Best American Road Trips-Travel Insurance Services


America's 5 Best Road Trips

America’s 5 Best Summer Road Trips

As gas prices continue to remain low, the temptation for road trips is oh so attractive. 2015 is destined to be the summer of the road trip and you’ve got five thrilling, adventurous, and affordable options for a memorable summer road trip vacation.

Pack up the trunk, fill the cooler with ice, prep your music playlists, and hit the open road to explore America!

Iconic Route 66-New Mexico
Start: Albuquerque, New Mexico
End: Moriarty, New Mexico
Distance: 38 miles

At the top of most road trippers bucket list is Route 66. This 38 mile drive along I-40 is iconic and recently has a new twist, now known as Singing Road, and one of few such roads that exist in the world. Drivers will hear “America the Beautiful,” but there is a catch-you must reduce speed to 45mph. The road uses rumble strips to play music to help prevent motorists from speeding or falling asleep at the wheel. An experiment by the National Geographic Channel as part of its series “Crowd Control,” the Singing Road is part of an innovative experiment designed to test and curate social behavior, revealing how and why we behave as we do. This drive will take you through the Cibola National Forest, Tijeras, Sunset Motel, old west bars, and along the way you will spot those familiar neon Route 66 signs which are often seen in familiar blockbuster hits, like Little Miss Sunshine released in 2006. 

Dinosaur Diamond Scenic Byway
Start: Grand Junction, Colorado
End: Moab, Utah
Distance: 424 miles

This route loops you through some of the Wild West’s top dinosaur sites-plus some killer scenery. By starting in Grand Junction, Colorado you can head northwest to the town of Dinosaur. Spend a few hours at Dinosaur National Monument, where you can see live digs and a paleontology lab. A prehistoric pairing for the recent release of this summer’s film Jurassic World, continue west into Utah where you can visit the Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum. Kids especially love the museum’s garden of life-size dinosaurs.

Montgomery National Historic Trail
Start: Selma, Alabama
End: Montgomery, Alabama
Distance: 54 miles

Take a drive through history on this National Scenic Byway which traces 54 miles of civil rights history. This route was home to civil rights demonstrators in the 1965 Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Road trippers can spend a few hours exploring the small Alabama town that took center stage in the fight for voting rights. Then follow U.S. 80, crossing over the famous arched Edmund Pettus Bridge which is the site of the violent clash between marchers and law enforcement known as Bloody Sunday. Not only does this route take you on a history lesson, the drive through Montgomery continues east and takes you through breath-taking rural countryside, passing farms and churches that served as campsites for the marches.

Coast-To-Coast
Start: Boston, Massachusetts
End: Seattle, Washington
Distance: 3,024 miles (without detours of course)

A true road trippers dream along with low gas prices make this coast-to-coast road trip a must-do. If you’re going to drive across the country, you might as well take the long route: I-90, which connects Boston to Seattle along the longest interstate in the U.S. Passing through thirteen states, you could do the drive in 6 days, but it’s best to take your time and make detours to some of the nation’s top sites which include Niagara Falls, Mount Rushmore, the Great Plains, Continental Divide, and Yellowstone National Park.

Presidential Trail
Start: Pensacola, Florida
End: Key West, Florida
Distance: 1, 045 miles

As presidential candidates start to announce their run for the White House, you may want a reason to explore an impressive lineup of historic sites relating to former presidents. This route has you starting in Pensacola, where Andrew Jackson served as Florida’s first governor after accepting the land from Spain. Cruise over to northern Florida in the Daytona Beach area where you can dine at The Cellar, a restaurant that used to be Warren G. Harding’s home. A true experience! Onward to Central Florida, you’ll find some tributes to America’s leaders at Walt Disney World Hall of Presidents and Clermont’s The Presidents Hall of Fame. Finally, swing down into the Keys for a peek at Harry Truman’s Little White house, his winter home on Key West. This road trip covers almost the entire state, from the Panhandle to Key West, so if time is tight, you may want to consider focusing on one section.

07/08/2015

What To Pack On A Cruise-Travel Insurance Services

Cruise Ship Vacation

One of the biggest advantages to cruising is that you only have to unpack once. You can visit several countries without having to live out of your suitcase. With storage space being somewhat limited on board and airlines not only charging for checked baggage, but overcharges if your bags are heavy, it’s important to learn how to pack light for a cruise.

Beginner cruisers often freak out about what to pack for a cruise, but the reality is they probably have everything they need. Plus, if for some reason you forget something it’s likely to be easily at hand in the ship’s store or at shops within the ports.

The two most important considerations when packing for your cruise are:
• Where you’re cruising
• What ship you’re sailing on

Dress Codes

Most cruise lines have become more casual allowing onboard guests to wear t-shirts, shorts, jeans, and bathing suits (with cover-ups) pretty much anywhere on the ship. There are obvious exceptions such as if you do a sit-down lunch in the main dining room where restrictions are common. On the luxury cruise ships, this casual approach may equivocate to polos and khakis, sundresses, and other designer wear. What you wear at night varies by the ship you are cruising on and where you would like to dine. Many ships have formal nights held twice a week. Not all weeklong itineraries hold formal evenings but a lesson for first time cruisers is to use the term “formal” to a small degree.

Really, semiformal is a more appropriate term to use. Men can typically get by wearing a dark suit and women, a cocktail dress. Many cruise lines offer advice on what to wear depending on what ship you are cruising, too. For example, Oceania Cruises indicates a country club casual attire on board, which means you dress up a little more at night than you did during the day. As many of the cruise lines do, Oceania offers a great blog and tips for cruisers setting sail with them.

Cruise Services

Most cruise lines do offer laundry and dry cleaning services with a typical 24-hour turnaround. When you arrive in your cabin, a price list will break down the laundry services more in-depth for you. These convenient services are handy for those who prefer to pack extremely light, but you should expect to pay about $1.50 per sock, $3 per T-shirt, and $7 to dry clean a shirt. Carnival, Princess, and Holland America just to name a few do offer self-service washing machines and dryers.

If you are particular about products you use on a daily basis consider bringing your own in approved 8oz travel size containers. If you aren’t as particular, your cabin will have soap, shampoo, conditioner and lotion. If you happen to forget other toiletries such as toothbrushes, razors, sunscreen, etc. most ships have those items available for purchase.

American operated ships are well equipped with 110 and 220 AC current. One thing to keep in mind if you are traveling internationally on-board a non-American cruise line, you will want to verify if you need an adapter for your electronic devices. Most cabins have a couple outlets but if you’re an electronic guru bringing multiple devices, consider bringing along a small power strip.

Packing Essentials

An important tip for first time cruisers is-pack a day bag on day 1! Many times it can take up to 8 hours for your luggage to be delivered to your cabin so fill the bag with all essentials such as medications, documentation, etc. Always pack your camera and binoculars, especially if you’re on a cruise where you are likely to see wildlife. If you are planning on any shore excursions, take into consideration that you may need to dress appropriately if your excursion requires a lot of walking or hiking for example. To cut down on the attire that you bring, here is a tip for ladies on board. Jewelry and scarves allow you to wear simple dresses, such as a little black dress more than once. For men, wearing dark colored pants or shorts that can pair with different shirts each night will help cut down on attire as well.

Climate Cruising

Whether you are heading on a warm, sunny, tropical cruise or an Alaskan cruise, let’s break down what to pack based on the climate.

For warmer weather cruises, here are the top 10 items to pack:
• T-shirts, polos, blouses
• Shorts, sundresses, slacks
• Eveningwear
• Bathing suits/cover ups
• Sandals and or comfortable walking shoes
• Sweater or shawl
• Sunglasses
• Sunscreen
• Hats
• Mosquito repellent

For colder weather cruises, here are the top 10 items to pack:
• Jeans and/or long pants
• Sweaters, fleece pullovers, warm vests
• Eveningwear
• Waterproof jacket
• Sock cap and or gloves
• Walking shoes/cold weather, waterproof boots
• Umbrella
• Sunglasses
• Chapstick
• Swimsuit (for hot tub)

Cruising is a great way to celebrate a significant birthday, anniversary, or a vacation filled with memories of a lifetime. A safe environment, excellent value for your money, the opportunity to meet people from all over the world, fine dining, and witnessing open-waters only visible from the sky. With that said, enjoy your first cruise and may many more be in your future.

07/01/2015

Unique Family Summer Activities- Travel Insurance Services

Unique Family Summer Activities

3 Unique Ideas for Summer Family Adventure

Must-Do Ideas for Guaranteed, Different Family Fun

Memorial Day has come and gone and that anticipated time of year has finally arrived-summer! Kids are out of school and parents have family vacations on the forefront of their minds. Where to go? What to do? How much will it cost? Will everyone have fun? These are the common questions that tend to arise for many families considering traveling this summer. Many families venture to the typical summer hot-spots, with the beach and amusement parks at the top of the list. What if this summer though, you skip the beach and long amusement park lines all together?

Here are 3 unique, different, family adventures that are sure to be remembered.

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05/08/2015

Memorial Day Getaways: Top 3 Cities To Visit – Travel Insurance Services

Calling All History Buffs-Top 3 Cities to visit for Memorial Day

There are a number of reasons for a Memorial Day Weekend Getaway. It’s the official start of summer, a day off of work, and most importantly a day to remember our military men and women. If you’re looking to travel over this upcoming long weekend, we have three top spots that are sure to have you enjoying the holiday weekend.

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05/05/2015

Why Should You Visit St. John?

The U.S. Virgin Islands-St. John

Featuring Mattie Little, Travel Insurance Services Marketing Coordinator

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Recently, Mattie Little, Travel Insurance Services Marketing Coordinator, visited the U.S. Virgin Island of St. John. She shares with us not only her experience, but the many things to do and see that the island offers. From breathtaking beaches, to shopping, where to eat and stay, what to do, and the best way to get there, journey with us as Mattie shares the best of the best that St. John has to offer. 

How We Got There

I visited St. John with my entire family during mid-March. This was a fantastic time to visit as it was still cold in Ohio, where I reside, and hot and sunny in St. John. We flew from Columbus, Ohio to Atlanta, Georgia on a Friday and spent the evening in Atlanta. We had an early morning flight from Atlanta to St. Thomas on Saturday. This quick pit stop in Atlanta really helped break up the trip so we didn’t have the physical burden of traveling all day long. When traveling to St. John, you must fly into St. Thomas and take a ferry ride over to St. John. We arranged to have a private taxi to transport us to the ferry boat. This was about a 30 minute ride. I highly recommend arranging a private taxi from St. Thomas to the ferry boat station. You eliminate lines and you typically end up with a more pleasant taxi ride versus Mr. Toad’s wild ride (from what we have heard and what my parents have experienced in previous trips!)

Once arriving at the ferry boat station, we boarded a private water taxi which was fantastic. Instead of waiting on many other passengers to board the public ferry boat, we arrived, met our taxi driver, and away we sailed off across the island! If you are a person who gets sea sick, no worries, this is only a 10 minute ferry ride if you choose the option of a private water taxi.

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04/06/2015

Top Spring Travel Destinations

Top Spring Destinations In The U.S.

Many popular destinations see a dip in tourist traffic during the spring months. This means you can enjoy mild temperatures, lower rates, and less crowds during this time. If you can get away during the spring months to visit the beaches that seem crowded and unaffordable during the summer, or the most talked about cities like New Orleans or Las Vegas- do it! You will be paying a fraction of what the crowds will be have to pay in a few months!

Let’s dive in head first and check out our top 7 spring destinations!

Myrtle BeachYou don’t have to wait for summer to head to the beach. Myrtle Beach is the perfect beach vacation and it’s already starting to see continuous sunshine and warm temperatures.  Miles of sand, Ripley’s Aquarium, shopping, irresistible food, boardwalk, and ocean views at every turn, make this destination a top pick for spring and escaping the last few weeks of winter. Other activities that are perfect during spring months in Myrtle Beach include golf, fishing, jet skiing, and even visiting a former rice plantation that sits on 9,100 acres. 

 

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