3 Beaches to Set Off Your Summer

HORSESHOE BAY BEACH, BERMUDA

The infamous pink sand at Horseshoe Bay at Horseshoe Bay in Bermuda.

The infamous pink sand at Horseshoe Bay at Horseshoe Bay in Bermuda.

Just two hours via plane from New York, Bermuda offers a multitude of beaches with turquoise water and pink sand. My favorite is the quiet coves of Horseshoe Bay, where you can wade between rocks in the water to get a slice of sun and peace. Grab a rum swizzle before you walk down the stretch of sand to this quieter side. With a good book in hand or travel partner, it's hard not to feel like you're in heaven, if heaven had pink sand.

a typical over water bungalows that make the maldives so desirable. check out outrigger resort for an affordable, luxury experience.

a typical over water bungalows that make the maldives so desirable. check out outrigger resort for an affordable, luxury experience.

Though the Maldives is often considered a top honeymoon destination, solo travel is a perfect opportunity to unplug, unwind and be reminded that postcard perfect beaches do exist. Part of the Maldives' charm-- besides the stunning beaches-- is the opportunity it provides to truly center yourself. You won't find bustling streets, crowded tourist attractions or even shopping. And this is just where the groove of rediscovering you, the present moment and nature can really help create a perfect beach getaway.

nylon pool in tobago, where rum punch and relaxation is always welcome.

nylon pool in tobago, where rum punch and relaxation is always welcome.

Trinidad carnival goers know how to truly cool down (and wine up) in Tobago after the celebrations in February end every year. I always say, go to Trinidad for the fetes and Tobago for the beaches. Nylon Pool is a perfect example of just that. This natural, crystal clear pool in the middle of the ocean sits on a sandbar that allows you to stand in it and enjoy the warm waters. There are numerous party boats that take travelers to it, meaning, you should probably prepare to have a rum punch in hand on the journey there.

5 Ways to Budget For Your Next Big Trip

Itching to take a much needed vacation, but not interested in breaking the bank to do it? Planning a getaway can be exciting, but you don’t have to bust your budget to enjoy yourself. To help ease your mind, here are the top 5 tried-and-true tips to make your next destination a success, and budget friendly.

  1. Travel during the off season: One of the top ways to save money is traveling during low peak seasons, creating less stress on the wallet. As an added bonus, you typically maximize the experience with less crowded attractions. Although peak seasons vary by destination, it’s ideal to avoid traveling during the summer, holiday months, or when most tourists are in their winter months looking to warm up. School holidays breaks can increase airfare and accommodations as well. For example, a more affordable Caribbean getaway should be taken in the summer months when it’s also hot in the U.S.

  2. Visit countries where your dollar is strong: Not every vacation needs to be one of luxury. Traveling to places where you get the most bang for your buck will not only help save you money, but it could make for extended stays. Some of our recommended destinations to consider include NICARAGUA, COSTA RICA AND GREECE.

  3. Choose alternate airports: Major airports such as LAX or JFK can be frustrating, intimidating, and time consuming. Going through TSA, baggage claim, and making sure you’re at the correct gate for departure is a task all on its own, and you haven’t even made it to you final stop. Before finalizing flights, double check with regional airports to compare prices, and if flying local makes the most cost-effective sense.

  4. Hostels and B&Bs: Who wouldn’t want to stay in a 5-star hotel? But if you’re really wanting to stretch your dollar, hostels and bed and breakfast properties are the way to go. There’s literally an accommodation type for every budget. The options are endless: from sharing a room for those solo travelers, looking to meet friend along the way, to a couple/family wanting a private space that reminds them of home. Discover some of the world’s best B&Bs and hostels, you probably didn’t know existed.

  5. Pack light: It’s not necessary to bring your entire home with you. If done well, you’ll be surprised at how much you can fit into a carry-on luggage. This will save you those dreaded baggage fees, and what small items you may need can easily be purchased upon arrival. Besides, you’re probably going to come back with more gifts and souvenirs anyway… save that room.

From Parang To Ponding: Basking in the Untraditional

From Parang To Ponding: Basking in the Untraditional

"The absence of tradition at home made room for its abundance to be experienced elsewhere.  Those of us who grow up without deep running family customs feel a freedom that tradition-filled lives don’t always allow – the freedom to unapologetically miss holidays, birthdays and other “special” times of the year, to go off and seek spaces of connection out in the world."

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