Now that we are into summer full swing, it is time to decide where to take that perfect vacation. There are several different vacation options available, yet one still remains timeless throughout American history: the road trip. Whether you want to drive to your vacation spot, fly and then take a small road trip, or road trip your entire vacation, we have the perfect destination for you. Take a dreamy drive in Maui on the Road to Hana and discover hidden waterfalls, long and beautiful coastlines, and some of the best views Hawaii has to offer. Perhaps you want a water experience more close to home. South Tahoe offers crazy nightlife, casinos, sunny and warm beach days, and various outdoor recreation activities. For a longer trip in the car, check out the I-70 Corridor in Colorado, visiting some of the top mountain resorts in the country doing everything from fining dining to getting down and dirty on the mountain.
With so many different road trip destinations to choose, you can trust VacationRoost to be there with you at every step in the planning process. Let our Destination Experts help you plan the perfect summer vacation!
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As we are starting to drift into summertime in the coming weeks, what better way to beat the heat than to take a trip into the mountains where almost every major resort has a calendar full of outdoor events and festivals. These festivals come in a wide variety of entertainment and activity; there is a festivals for almost every taste! Are you in the mood for good wine and music? Check out the Aspen FOOD and WINE Classic in June. Maybe you are a fan of the arts? If so, Copper Mountain and Park City both have arts festivals coming up. No matter the taste and preference, one of these six mountain locations will have a festival for you.
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As the school year is drawing to a close, it is time for families to start planning their summer vacations and what could be better than a relaxing and family-friendly beach trip? This year some of our hottest destinations including Maui, Puerto Vallarta, and Florida offer wonderful vacations with numerous activities for the entire family. Whether you are on a budget or looking to splurge, want an exciting adventure or a relaxing day at the beach, we have the perfect vacation for you!
Click here to view our top three beach vacation picks for your family this summer.
One thing that improves the longer you travel is how well you pack. I have gone from a chronic overpacker to someone who feels perfectly content with one rolling duffle bag for 12 months in Poland. (my next destination) Here are some of my best, tried and tested tips for packing your bag.
1) Be realistic.
It’s very important to be aware of your own habits when traveling. Do you need to bring your curling iron, gel, spray, makeup, and heels? Good for you. Rock it. If you do not use those thing on a regular basis, leave them behind. If you can not straighten or curl your hair, you will still look fabulous. Be realistic about what you’re going to need on a day-to-day basis.
2) You don’t need as much as you think you need
This is always true. I promise. It is stilll something that I am getting accustomed to. It takes a lot to be totally honest with yourself and say “I really like this shirt. But I only wear it a few times a year. So I do not need it.” Anything that you are packing as a “maybe”, leave behind. You can always buy a cheap replacement item if times get tough.
3) Comfortable walking shoes are priceless.
Heels are adorable. Combat boots are badass. Comfortable flats reign supreme. If you are going to be out walking, you’re going to want good shoes, that are already broken in. At the very least, pack them in your day bag for when your toes inevitable start hurting.
4) Pack bags in your bags
No matter what trip I’m going on, be in a year long adventure or a 4 day trip, I pack a smaller bag in my bigger bag. It’s nice to have a small purse or backpack for when you’ll be out all day that doesn’t have your clothes, toothpaste, etc. They do not take up too much space, and they are generally a great addition to any trip.
5) Overpack socks and underwear.
You never know what is going to happen. Maybe you’ll step in a puddle. Having a few back up pairs of underwear and socks, which take up very little room, is always a great idea. You will be glad to have them if you need them, and if you do not, you can always just leave them in your bag for next time!
Summertime is party time in Telluride. Aside from its panorama of peaks, world class ski resort, and picturesque gondola rides, the secluded Colorado mountain town is known for its festivals. Most famous is the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, which tends to sell out as soon as tickets go on sale.
For those who weren’t fast enough to snag coveted Bluegrass tickets, Telluride’s summer calendar is FULL of festival fun. From yoga and wine to film and fungi, there’s a fest for everyone in Colorado’s favorite little mountain escape.
Telluride Wine Festival (http://www.telluridewinefestival.com/)
June 26-29, 2014
Winemakers, celebrity chefs, and connoisseurs will come together in Telluride for the 33rd annual Telluride Wine Festival. This year, special events during this four-day Dionysian affair will be free cooking classes for kids, an expert-led seminar on why we like the wines we like, and unique food samples from all over the world.
Telluride Yoga Festival (http://tellurideyogafestival.com/)
July 10-14, 2014
Salute the sun at high altitude with high-profile yogis from all over the country. On the schedule for this year are events such as “This End Up” inversions workshop and “Introduction to Acro Yoga.”
The Ride Festival (http://www.ridefestival.com/home/)
July 12-13, 2014
This music event is the new kid on the Telluride festival block, sponsored by Telluride’s listener-supported community radio station, KOTO. In its third year, The Ride is bringing heavy-hitting headliners like Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and Spoon to the stage.
Telluride Jazz Festival (http://telluridejazz.org/)
August 1-3, 2014
In its 38th iteration, this year’s Telluride Jazz Festival will run the entire gamut of jazz music genre, from classic jazz to old school funk, from spicy Latin to the experimental “superjam.” Headliners this year include Lettuce, Poncho Sanchez, Dragon Smoke and Grupo Fantasma.
Telluride Mushroom Festival (http://www.telluridemushroomfest.org/)
The 33rd Telluride Mushroom Festival celebrates the many facets of fungi. Through a series of expert keynote speakers, fest-goers will learn about the mushroom’s medicinal and culinary prowess. After a “Mycology 101” crash course and other lectures, guided forays into nature to forage fungi will ensue.
Telluride Film Festival (http://www.telluridefilmfestival.org/)
August 29 – Sept 1
On April 14th, the National FilmPreserve, Ltd. announced its Call for Entries in all categories including student, short and feature-length films. In the 40 Telluride Film Festivals that have preceded this one, the selection of films has never failed to draw cinema geeks from far and wide. The 2014 fest will surely shine with creativity as well.
Blues and Brews (http://www.tellurideblues.com/ )
September 12-14, 2014
The lineup is still unannounced for this late-summer music and beer fest, but past headliners have included the likes of The Black Crowes, Melissa Etheridge, Gov’t Mule, and BB King.
VacationRoost Ambassador Cynthia
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Two months ago, I left home to spend the year living in Poland. For a few reasons, that is not how life decided to go. I am now getting ready for a flight to Australis, where I will be living for the foreseeable future. In all of the moving I have done in the past two months, I thought I would share with you some tips for packing to spend an entire year away from home!
1) Get a good, sturdy suitcase
I failed at this one. the suitcase I bought was the cheapest rolling duffle I could find, and less than one year later I need to buy a new one. the wheel broke, the handle ripped off, and the seams have split. My boyfriend, on the other hand, bought a hard sided suitcase that has proven to be awesome. You’re better off spending a bit more and having a reliable suitcase to carry around.
2) Only bring one big suitcase
If you want to also bring a carry on or backpack, go for it, but you do not need more than one large suitcase for your items. You won’t use most of what you bring, and you’ll curse yourself for having so much crap.
3) Pay attention to what you wear
I have way too many articles of clothing, especially when I look at what I actually wear. If I had thought ahead I would have packed about half of what I actually brought. as you’re packing, don’t bother bringing “just in case” or “this shirt only looks good with these pants” items. they waste space if you won’t wear them often
4) Leave decorations at home
I learned this after my first full year away. All those neat trinkets that are going to look awesome on your shelf? Half of them will break. They will look cool, but they’ll also take up the space of NEW trinkets to bring home. I have everything in a bag at my parents house, and I will leave it until I have a more permanent home.
5) Check the average temperatures of your destination
Will you be mostly needing warm clothes or cold clothes? If you’re going somewhere generally warm year round, you probably don’t need more than one jacket. If you’re going somewhere usually cold, you can probably pack one bathing suit instead of two or three.
Have you gone on a long term trip and have other suggestions for packing? Let me know!
Summer is all about having fun, relaxing with friends and family and spending time in nature. Summertime means the kids are out of school, its wedding season, road trips are a must and a family reunion is bound to pop up on your calendar. It can be overwhelming to think of all of the things you want and need to do during summer. One way to avoid a feeling of panic when you look at your summer to-do list is to plan ahead. When you start planning your summer vacation in April you can reduce your stress and save money on all of your travel expenses. You are also more likely to find your number one choice for lodging whether that’s a beachfront home or a mountainside condo. Read through our summer planning tips below and start planning your vacation today.
Hassle-free Summer Vacations
Drive or fly?
Depending on where you live a road trip could be a fun and affordable option for your summer travel. For example, for California residents a road trip to Lake Tahoe, Mammoth and Yosemite would be a wonderful way to explore three scenic mountain destinations during a week or two-week trip. The West is famous for wide open spaces and stunning vistas and you can see all of the wild country of the West from a car. If you book your rental car in advance you are also more likely to find 10 or 15% off discounts.
Choose your beach wisely
Not all beaches are created equally. Some beaches are great for surfing with big waves year-round — which might not be great for families with small children or beginner swimmers. For example, on the Hawaii islands the best surfing beaches are Pipeline, Waikiki, Shipwrecks Beach in Poipu, Hanalei Bay and Hookipa. If your number one goal is to see sea turtles on the beach then you should go to Laniakea Beach in Oahu or Akumal Bay on the Riviera Maya. Many beaches accommodate both surfers, swimmers and kayakers in different sections of the beach. Other beaches are great for sun bathing but might not be great for snorkeling, or vice versa. One last thing to consider is activities. If you want to rent scuba gear, kayaks or snorkeling equipment, you might want to stay at a beach that has access to a rental shop (not all beaches do).
Turn a wedding into a vacation
Your refrigerator is probably already full of “Save the Date” cards for summer weddings. It’s time to sift through the cute photos and decide which weddings you will attend and which third cousin might just get a wedding gift this year. If you decide to attend your friend’s out-of-state wedding you can turn your wedding trip into a full vacation. Try traveling from a Wednesday to a Wednesday rather than just a weekend. This way you’ll be able to take advantage of mid-week travel discounts and enjoy some down time before and after the festivities. The week can be a romantic trip for two or a family vacation. One benefit to weddings with your entire family is childcare! There’s always a cousin or friend that can help watch your children while you enjoy some adult time with your friends and family.
Plan children activities in advance
If you are traveling with young children you will want to make sure you plan their activities in advance. There is nothing worse than showing up to a hotel and finding out that the pool is closed (or even worse, they don’t have one!) and the day camp is full. Most ski resort towns have day camps for children where they can ride zip lines, go horseback riding and go hiking. You’ll want to book these type of activities in advance to ensure that your children have plenty to do while on vacation. It’s also possible to plan family activities like white water rafting and mountain biking before you travel.
Book with a Destination Expert
One of the worst things that can happen on a vacation are hidden fees. You book your rental care or home online and then when you arrive you find out there are “additional taxes” or “traveler fees” added to your bill. When you work with our Destination Experts to book your travel you can avoid those hidden fees. Not only will they help plan everything from airport pickup to childcare but you will also know about the total price of your vacation before you travel.
The VacationRoost Team