Let’s face it, in many aspects the year 2020 was an absolutely miserable year. Tens of millions of people around the world were infected with the Coronavirus and millions of people lost their lives. Even for those who managed to avoid getting sick, our lives were thrown into turmoil as countries shut down, quarantines were put into place, and our daily routines were largely effected. Many industries have been critically effected by the shutdowns, quarantines, and restrictions, and one of those that was hardest hit was the travel and tourism industry. With most countries closing their borders, airlines, hotels, restaurants, and tourism-centered businesses have really struggled to stay afloat. However, now that the calendar has turned and vaccinations are starting to get rolled out, it seems like the long nightmare of 2020 may soon finally be behind us. In anticipation of international travel opening back up, I have outlined some of my Top 2021 Travel Destinations to start inspiring you to travel again.
What started out as a project to determine which countries I could visit internationally and what safety protocols were in place for those countries quickly turned into an exercise to inform you, my beloved readers, on what international travel options are available for Americans at this time and what health and safety protocols are in place throughout the world. I am hopeful that this information is helpful as you start to look at making plans to travel internationally again.
Traveling can be one of the most amazing experiences of your life. Few other things in this world help to broaden your perspective and teach you about yourself. However, travel can also be extremely stressful. One way that you can help reduce the amount of stress that you feel when you travel and allow yourself more time to enjoy the experience is to have the right travel accessories with you on your trip. Having the right accessories can make you more comfortable, keep your belongings safe, and help you capture the special moments of your journey.
While the functionality in Google Translate has always made it very easy for travelers to translate both text and recorded voices from one language to another, there is some new functionality in Google Translate that will take the app’s travel translation game to a whole new level. I am very excited about this new functionality, which is why I want to share it with you in this post.
When I first started to travel a lot, staying healthy when traveling was something that I consistently struggled with. I would work hard at home to lose a lot of weight, build up my endurance for hiking and walking while sight-seeing, and get into the habit of eating healthier. However, as soon as I started traveling I would slide back into old habits and undo all of the hard work I had put in during the months leading up to my travel.
I think Anthony Bourdain said it best when he said, “I’ve long believed that good food, good eating, is all about risk. Whether we’re talking about unpasteurized Stilton, raw oysters or working for organized crime ‘associates,’ food, for me, has always been an adventure.” When you think about it, he’s absolutely right. If you don’t get out there and try different foods when you travel, then you are missing out on a big part of the adventure of traveling. Instead of avoiding street food, you just need to be smart about which foods you eat.
If you like to travel in groups, but dread having to keep track of who purchased what and who owes whom how much money, then you are going to absolutely love a new phone app that was recently developed. The app’s name is Splid and it is revolutionizing the way groups are tracking and splitting the costs of travel. Not only is it a brilliant idea that should help save travelers a ton of time and help avoid a lot of needless arguments about money, but the best part about the app is that it is so intuitive and easy to use.
Chances are, we have all been in a situation while traveling where we have felt like we really weren’t as prepared as we needed to be. Whether we were dealing with something as trivial as being stuck out in the rain without an umbrella or something as serious as losing our passport. There are few things that can ruin a trip quicker than being unprepared. Trust me, I have learned this lesson repeatedly throughout my time traveling this world.
If you are a first-time traveler, especially if you are traveling internationally for the first time, then your head is probably spinning right now. Between all of the travel planning, questions about what to pack, the unknowns of dealing with a different culture and perhaps even a different language, and the uncertainty of what you can expect to experience when you arrive, it can be a little bit overwhelming.
Even though it has been well over a decade since I traveled internationally for the first time, I can still remember the range of emotions I went thru when I was planning and booking my first trip. The excitement, the nervousness, and the uncertainty were all palpable. Those same emotions are what got me absolutely hooked on travel.
If you have ever traveled across multiple time zones, you are probably well aware of the effects of jet lag and how it can put a damper on the start of your trip. In a perfect world, we would land at our destination and be ready to hit the ground running. In reality, sometimes our bodies just aren’t able to go along with that plan. The end result is that may be spending time in your hotel room resting when you could be out exploring.