Books That Inspire Travel

Wanderers at heart need doses of exploration and new scenery every so often. But, we all know that life sometimes has a habit of getting in the way of those traveling desires. Work, lack of money or life situations can keep us from traveling as often as we’d like, but there are band-aids that can help assuage that wanderlust. Picking up a good travel memoir or travel guide can sometimes take the edge off of not having a vacation booked for the near future. Whether you’re in a traveling rut or you just need a mental escape during this long winter, these 6 entertaining travel books are sure to reignite that adventurous spark and inspire your next getaway!

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1. The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost, By Rachel Friedman

This easy-to-read personal memoir follows Rachel through her hasty decision to head to Ireland after college. While there, she meets new friends and finds herself along with a previously-latent love of travel. The story then details her adventures throughout 3 continents that bring with them numerous escapades. The “Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Lost” is filled with personal stories that focus on the ups and downs of working abroad and trying to hustle while also enjoying the travel experience.

Let’s Take a Virtual Vacation to Iceland

You might be stuck in the office for the next month until spring break, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take a mental vacation. Travel (virtually) with us to Iceland, where the landscape is as diverse as it is breathtaking. Off we go…

 

Stapafell Mountain is located on the Reykjanes Peninsula in southern Iceland. Urban legend is that giants used to habitate this area.

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Airport WiFi Passwords Across the Globe

If anyone has spent an extended amount of time in an airport, he or she knows that easy access to the internet is key to making time pass by.  But sometimes it’s hard to access the internet in airports and lounges, or even track down the password.  Look no further – this handy map lists the passwords to airports and lounges around the world.  Happy Travels!

 

 

This map has proven so helpful, it’s now become an app called WiFox.  -  Available on the App Store and Google Play.

Why You Should Book That Early Morning Flight

We’ve all been there: You get to the airport a little late for your 5pm flight. Check-in and security lines are long, and you’re pretty tired by the time you make it to your gate, only to find out your flight has been delayed…. or worse, cancelled. And since it’s ‘rush hour’, the airport is in full swing.  There’s a line for everything and good luck finding a seat to rest while you wait.

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The Best Time to Fly is in the Morning

If you want to avoid a delay, and an almost guaranteed headache, the best time to depart is the morning, and as early as possible.  Flights leaving before 7am have the least amount of delays. That’s early, we get it. For a 6:30am departure, you would have to arrive at the airport by 5am and leave for the airport even earlier. But the pros definitely outweigh the cons…

In-Flight Must Haves

The airline industry, despite not changing much since its inception, has gotten relatively high-tech in the past few years. The progression of technology has made flying so much more entertaining and much less of a hassle. You’ll still being crammed into a sardine can 6,000 feet in the air, but at least you won’t be bored or miserable! If you want to make your next flight the best possible, check out our list of the top 7 in-flight must haves!

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1.) Kindle Paperwhite - This nifty device should be in the pocket of all frequent travelers. It’s essentially a handheld boredom buster! It can hold an almost limitless amount of books, apps, downloaded movies, etc. It has an impressively long battery life so even if you’re flying over every time zone, you still won’t need a recharge. The adjustable back-lighting is perfect for overnight flights or long layovers in dingy airports. And the fact that it’s so inexpensive is just the icing on the cake!

2.) Mophie Juice Pack - Gone are the days of waiting for an open charging station at the airport to plug in your dying phone. The innovative mophie case takes phone care to a whole new level. Not only is this flexible case a veritable suit of armor for your phone, but it has a built in charger! Keep your phone fully juiced at all times during your travel and keep it safe from turbulence (or just clumsy hands) all in one fell swoop.