Every travel website you go to these days seems to be pitching some of the endless array of hot, new travel products available this year. The truth is, most of these things are garbage and have no real purpose other than to steal your hard-earned cash. Here are a few things that sound wonderful, but really aren’t necessary.
The Travel Tripod
Professional photographers won’t go anywhere near these things. They’re cheaply made, rarely hold up your camera in the right position and cost more than they’re worth. Instead, mount your camera on a solid railing or rock.
The Money Belt
You’re not fooling anyone. These things, usually only comfortable enough to be worn outside your clothes, are easy to spot and only serve to tell everyone in a 20-mile radius you’re a tourist. Stick with your wallet, or place money in your shoe.
The Travel Towel
They’re often labeled as “quick dry” but rarely ever live up to this credo. Instead, they get your clothes wet, never seem to get you quite dry and turn ratty after just a couple of uses. Stick with the hotel towel next time you want to hit the pool.
You can’t have your passport in a cover when you’re going through lines at the airport, and you really shouldn’t be carrying it with you while you’re exploring foreign countries. What’s the point in having it? Keep your passport safely locked in a drawer somewhere where it won’t get damaged, instead.
You don’t need a book to tell you all of the exciting places to see or things to do in a new area — just talk to the locals. You’ll get better insights and meet interesting new people in your travels. Or, you know, you could just use your phone.
Visiting a new city for the first time can be overwhelming. With so much to see, a walking tour can be an effective way to see a city’s landmarks and learn a thing or two. These U.S. cities offer a variety of walking tours, whether you want to see popular attractions or hidden gems.
ONCE THE FINAL MEETING WRAPS and the last contract is signed and sealed with a handshake, what’s next? Do you catch a flight back home or do you take advantage of the destination? If your next business trip is to Italy, we suggest adding a few more days to explore the country’s most amazing hot spots. Make time for more than a mouthwater- ing Italian meal in these three cities.
Martinique’s artisanal rum scene has been making waves in recent years, with the tiny island nation earning a reputation for producing the best rhum agricole in the Caribbean. The next time you’re in town, be sure to swing by these stops on the Route de Rhums.
Summer is already the season of soaking in the sun, enjoying warm weather with friends and family and skipping off to far-off destinations for vacation. Just add some R&R time at the spa and you have the ultimate reset button. Combine your love of travel and relaxation with a wellness-focused retreat.
Mana is the life force Tahitians believe connects all things. Feel the mana for yourself on a visit to the islands of Tahiti, and sample some of these activities as you connect with the breathtaking nature of the South Pacific. Fly Air France from the United States to Tahiti in the most convenient and comfortable way and let your holiday start on board.