I know, I know. It’s barely November and already we’re talking about holiday travel? Don’t worry, we’re not about to start decking the halls or counting down to New Year’s Eve just yet; we find it just as annoying as everyone else when stores start putting up their Christmas displays before we’ve even gotten over our post-Halloween-candy-binge stomachache. But when it comes to travel – especially around the peak holiday travel days – it pays to be a little ahead of the game. So this week on BootsnAll, we’re focusing on prepping for the holiday travel season. From hooking you up with great Thanksgiving travel deals to cluing you in to the best and worst days to travel for Christmas, whether you want to spend Christmas in New York or New Year’s Eve in France, we can help you plan your holiday travels for less. On Round the World Wednesday we’ll even help you cope if you’re planning on spending the holidays on the road and away from family. We’ll also give you a bit of trip inspiration if you’re looking to get out of town before the end of year, including some great places to ski in North America. Get started with a few ideas for holiday travel: 10 Places You Should Celebrate New Year’s at Least Once 5 Most Unique [...]
This is part of BootsnAll’s 30 Days of Indie Travel project, a daily blogging challenge with a prompt for every day in November 2011. Check out the prompt at the bottom of this post to find out how you can participate! One of the most difficult part of RTW travel is being away from family and friends. When the holidays come around, it makes it even tougher. Spending Christmas and New Year’s Eve away from loved ones, even though we were on the trip of a lifetime, was extremely hard. Even through all our travels, we’ve only spent one Christmas and New Year’s away from our family and friends. And luckily for us, we had a friend of a friend that one time we were away. We spent a month in Buenos Aires in December and January and had a little apartment. It was like home for us after living out of our backpacks for months. We were missing one thing from our home, though: friends and family. Enter Maru. A resident of Buenos Aires, Maru studied in my hometown of St. Louis when we were in high school. She stayed with a good friend of ours during her time in our city, and they kept in touch in the 15 years since. Fortunately for us, we were introduced to [...]
For many people, the end of October means one things: Halloween. A time to play to our fantasies or alter-egos and dress up in scary, sexy and silly costumes; to carve jack-o-lanterns and go trick-or-treating; to gorge ourselves on candy and scare ourselves with creepy tales and horror movies. While this version of Halloween is decidedly American, you can find spooky places to spend the holiday all around the world. This week, we’re getting into the Halloween spirit by revisiting some our favorite scary travel stories. We’ll take a look at some of the most gruesome travel horror stories and where they took place, suggest some ghostly tours to take around the world, and offer 13 great places to celebrate the holiday. For more spooky travel ideas, check out: 31 Places to Go for Halloween 5 of the World’s Most Haunted Places 6 of the Creepiest Castles in the World Vampire Travel: Where the Bloodsuckers Are Photo by derfelphotgen
Here’s to happiness, health, love, and lots of travel in 2011! Happy Holidays from BootsnAll This week on BootsnAll Merry Christmas Eve Eve! Still not done with your holiday shopping? Take the easy way out with 7 Easy Last-Minute Gift Ideas for Travelers. Tuesday’s How I Travel featured the most widely-traveled man alive — Santa, followed by an objective look at the search for enlightenment with The Eat, Pray, Love Effect: Is Travel Really a Path to Self-Discovery?. So wherever you are in the world, happy holidays!