6 Things to Do Between Travels

Waiting for your next trip can feel like a combination of Christmas Eve and the movie “Groundhog Day”. Waiting – endlessly and impatiently. We’ve all been there. Here are some suggestions to ease your stir-crazy bug.

1. Plan your next trip. If you want trade secrets or inspiration for where to visit next,

Tanzanian Display at NY Travel Fest

Tanzanian Display at NY Travel Fest

attend a travel show. They are great for travel enthusiasts – whether you’re a writer, leisure traveler or trip organizer. Hundreds of destinations showcase their where’s, how’s and what’s in order to make travel-planning easier. In addition to making connections and learning insider tips, you may walk away with fully paid trip from one of the many raffles. Win/win/win situation. Last year, we attended the Philadelphia Inquirer Travel Expo and the New York Travel Fest. This year, we’ll be going to those as well as the New York Times Travel Show, which takes place later this month. We’ll be sure to share the scoop. Stay tuned!

2. Take a class. Are you a dancer? Are you a chef? Are you a linguist? No to them all? Well, time to pick up a new skill. Find classes on your city’s tourism website, community centers/hubs, libraries or a good ol’ Internet search. Our recent lesson of choice was painting…with a twist ;-). Watch below.

3. Eat “exotic” meals. Dining is a golden opportunity for a mental getaway, whether your fix is fondue, enchiladas or roti. I lived in France for a short period in 2012. When I returned, I filled my travel void with creamy sauces, Rosé, Camembert cheese and baguettes. (Side note: I also became a bread and cheese snob as a result of my stint there. Why the flip does orange cheese exist?!)

4. Learn a language. This is especially useful if you plan to travel to a country that speaks a foreign language. Learning the native language (at least basic greetings) will make everyone’s lives easier. As a native, of course, it will make communicating easier. As a traveler, it will increase your comfort level and help you navigate better. It will also earn you some cool points because natives will respect your efforts. You may even make friends for the next time you visit.Bonjour

Taboo Masters

Taboo Masters

5. Game night. Because…fun. There are no wrongs when Taboo is a part of your night.I’m not bragging but we’re kind of dominators when it comes to this game. Wait, was that bragging? (Puffs out chest.)

6. BUDGET! While you’re home, save money where you can. Don’t be a reckless spender. Limit the amount of times you eat out, attend happy hours, purchase a new app or use gas unnecessarily. Even better, make a separate account specifically for your travel expenses. Designate the amount and frequency you want to contribute and stick to it. It’s all about commitment.

6 Women That Work Hard and Vacation Hard

Hard working women make the world go ’round.  And they all deserve a break.  Here are six women (in no particular order) that know the value of R & R amidst manning their empires.

1.Serena Williams earlier this year in Miami, celebrating her victory at the French Open.

2. Beyoncé breaking from her Mrs. Carter World Tour and celebrating her 32nd birthday in Italy.

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3. Lady Gaga in Mexico, post her hip surgery recovery.

Lady Gaga

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4. Ellen DeGeneres spread her comedic cheer this past Christmas in St. Bart’s.

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5. Sofia Vergara spending time during her “Modern Family” off-season in Mykonos, Greece.

6. Oprah Winfrey gives the Serengeti Safari (Tanzania, Africa) two thumbs up!Screen shot 2013-07-28 at 9.46.09 PM

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Cheers to a well-balanced life!