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.
In recent years, Portugal has quietly become one of Europe’s top travel destinations. It’s inexpensive compared to some of its neighbors, it’s warm and sunny, and it’s easy to access from most U.S. cities. As a growing wellness destination, here are the country’s top spots for a relaxing vacation.
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.
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The small island nation of Iceland may have only one major “highway,” the 828-mile Route 1, better known as Ring Road because it navigates the entire perimeter of the country, but it can be difficult to traverse depending on weather conditions at particular times of the year. While a road trip around the island is a fantastic adventure that reveals unimaginably unique landscapes, it can be a considerable challenge for those self-identifying as anywhere from timid to even moderately adventurous in their travels. In these cases, a full-day Golden Circle tour is the perfect antidote to any FOMO experienced by foregoing the road trip.