Planning a Romantic Surprise Trip: 5 Ways to Make It Successful

Planning a romantic getaway is one of the ways to make your relationship grow stronger. You get to spend uninterrupted time together away from all the worries and the stress of everyday life. It allows you to explore each other’s personalities and connect at a deeper level.

To make it even more exciting, think of a surprise trip. Your partner will appreciate the effort even more. To make it a success, consider the following:

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Consider Your Partner’s Wishes

Planning a surprise means factoring in your partner’s preferences and tastes more than yours. Think of a place they’ve always wanted to visit and include activities they love. Coming up with a specific destination and itinerary will enable you to pack and plan accordingly. 

To make the trip successful, know what to bring along. For instance, key things include a tent, flashlights, matches, and a first aid kit if it’s a camping trip. Also, consider bringing along the best 18650 battery for flashlight. You don’t want to be stranded in an unknown location in the dark.

Choose a Date that Works for Both of You

Picking the right time to go on a trip is essential. A surprise trip can be better if your partner has nothing planned for that day or week. Think of dates they have off work during the year or national holidays that fall on weekdays. 

If you find it hard finding out about their schedule, consider asking them about their plans without hinting at the vacation plans. Another alternative is working with their boss to give them some days off without their knowledge. 

Pick a Destination that will be both Memorable and Interesting

A surprise romantic trip can get boring if you go to the same place every time. You don’t want to make it dull and predictable. Have unique options in mind so your partner feels loved, appreciated, and surprised. Think of new destinations and those off the beaten track and not overcrowded with tourists. Consider places that offer privacy as well as great scenic views.

Give the Planning Enough Time

You’ll need enough time to plan all the details. Doing so will allow you to study and research the location of your choice and reserve hotels and tickets in advance. Because you’ll be planning for two, in secrecy, it’s best to do thorough research- checking out reviews and photos online- for all your options.

It will also give you enough time to adequately pack the right clothes and make arrangements for passports if necessary. To make sure you don’t forget anything, use a list. Also, observe your partner’s routines for ideas on what to pack for them. 

Decide When to Reveal the Surprise

You can wait until you get to the airport to reveal the surprise or an hour before leaving the house. Alternatively, wait until you’re already at the hotel or destination. However, you’ll have to cook up a convincing reason to make your partner leave the house voluntarily. 

In conclusion, planning a romantic surprise trip is thrilling and fun. When well mapped out, it’s the best way to spend quality time with your loved one.

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World Class Transport System: Why Singapore Among the Best In The World

Changi Airport may have fallen from the top spot in the “World’s Best Airports” for 2021, but their public transport system stays on top. In a report by consulting firm McKinsey, in which public transports from 24 cities were compared, Singapore prevailed in most categories. A US-based travel website, Far & Wide, also ranked Singapore’s public transport top in the world.

But the capital city’s public transport system wasn’t always the best. Before it attained world-class status, Singapore only had a small transportation unit within the Public Works Department (PWD). It was the only agency that oversaw the development in public transportation. Back then, there were no trains yet, only buses that worked independently from each other.

In the 1980s, plans for a Mass Transit System (MRT) were introduced, as well as those for major expressways. SMRT, which would be Singapore’s leading public transport operator, was founded in 1987. Since then, Singapore’s transportation system developed, outperforming other countries’ public transport. Until now, it’s still developing, and SMRT continues to improve passengers’ commuting experience.

Below are some facts about Singapore’s public transport that makes it the best:

It’s Affordable

In McKinsey’s report, Singapore clinched the top spot in public transport affordability. Far & Wide praised Singapore for the same reason. Compared with the public transport rates of Madrid ($13) and London ($22), Singapore only charges $10 to its tourists. That’s already for unlimited bus and train rides. Hong Kong, which also charges $10 to tourists, was still outperformed by Singapore. That’s because Hong Kong charges children aged 3 to 11 around $5, while Singapore gives free rides to kids under 0.9 meters tall.

This major step toward affordability was made in 2013. In addition to the $10 fee for tourists, Singapore also discounted the fares for low-wage workers. They now pay 15% less of the regular fare. More than one million passengers benefited from this new scheme.

It’s Efficient and Safe

Singapore’s public transport takes efficiency to a new level. They don’t require their passengers to line up for tickets. Instead, they created EZ-link card, which allows passengers to connect to a public transport app. There, they can plan their trips and view ticketing options.

This incredible efficiency made Singapore’s public transport more sustainable. When you walk into any of their train platforms, you’d never see a single piece of discarded tickets anywhere. Their dependence on technology allowed them to produce less waste, and their passengers more satisfied.

Superb safety is another reason passengers love Singapore’s public transport. You can wait for your train with your phone out, and no one would bother you. That’s why even rich Singaporeans don’t hesitate to commute.

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No Increase in Rates During the Pandemic

Under normal circumstances, public transport fares in Singapore should’ve increased by up to 4.4%. But the pandemic happened, so the Public Transport Council (PTC) decided to postpone the fare hike. PTC chairman Richard Magnus noted that the council recognises the exceptional circumstances Singaporeans faced. As such, they considered the impact it will have on commuters, and decided not to increase the fares to ease the commuters’ burden.

In addition, up to 2 million Singaporeans will continue to enjoy concessionary fares. And even though public transport ridership fell during the circuit breaker period, services were maintained at pre-pandemic levels, allowing commuters to travel safely and hassle-free.

The council also funded cleaning regimes to minimize the risks of spreading COVID-19 on public transport. It didn’t result in pre-pandemic ridership levels, but the council said they were expecting government subsidies to make up for their losses. True enough, in 2020, the government was expected to spend nearly $1 billion for renewing and upgrading rail operating assets, and another $1 billion for bus services yearly for the next five years.

Singaporeans are lucky to have competent public transport operators and a council. They continuously find ways to improve their services, even if they’re already considered world-class. They never take shortcuts when it comes to efficiency. When the pandemic ends, it won’t be surprising if travelers flock Singapore the first chance they get. They’d feel safe and well-taken of in any of their public transport vehicles.

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What Can Ruin Your Summer Fun?

It’s possible to have a fun time at any time of the year, but it does seem like summer is the season that presents the most opportunities to have a good time. With the days long and bright, and people generally enthusiastic about having fun, the period between June and September usually stands out as a highlight of the year. However, while there’s plenty of potential for summer to be fun, it’s far from guaranteed. There are plenty of things that can derail your fun. In this blog, we’re going to run through a list of the many things that can take the edge off your summer. Some are trivial, and some are serious, but in any case, you’ll want to avoid them all.

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Sunburn

Everyone wants to get a tan, sure. However, it’s important that you’re trying to bronze yourself safely. Often, people are too enthusiastic when it comes to the sunshine and fail to take the proper precautions. If you’re not staying safe, then you could end up with sunburn — and that can cause both short- and long-term problems. On a short-term basis, it’ll impact your appearance and make sleeping a lot more uncomfortable. And also, it’ll require that you stay out of the sun. On a long-term basis, it can cause wrinkles and even skin cancer.

Overly Hot

The weather is what makes the summer months so fun. However, if things are too hot, then it’ll come as no surprise if you’re not enjoying the season as much as you could do. While there’s usually a week or two where it’s “too hot,” if it stays that way for longer, then it’ll be a miserable time. There are various things you can do to limit the negative impacts of the heat. For example, you can engineer your home so it can remain a cool and relaxing place to be, no matter how hot things get outside. Beyond that, it’s all about hoping that the temperatures dip a little!

Failing to Cement Plans

People tend to get pretty excited for the summer months when spring rolls around. After a long and cold winter, the warmer weather reminds people of all the possibilities of life. And so, people tend to make a lot of plans. The problem is that they only make half plans. They don’t progress beyond the idea stage. And that’s problematic, because, of course, you can only have fun if you put the work into organizing for real! The summer can come and go pretty quickly, so it’s a good idea to get your plans locked in. You’ll only regret it if you don’t! 

Bug Issues

Humans aren’t the only creatures that like the summer months. It’s a favorite for bugs, too. If you’re going to visit the outdoors — which we do recommend — then you’ll have to be prepared to share the space with some bugs. Mostly, they’ll be harmless, but they can be annoying and also itchy, in the case of mosquitos. There are some pretty good bug repellent sprays available, so you can consider stocking up before a camping trip. You’ll find that the less humid it is, the fewer the number of bugs, too. 

Trouble With the Law

Summer should be fun, but it should also be safe. Sometimes, people can become a little too excited and end up doing things that don’t just pose a danger to themselves but also other people. For example, drink driving. While it can be nice to enjoy a beer or glass of wine during the summer, you should never combine that activity with driving. If you don’t, then you may need the services of a DUI Defense Attorney. Your summer will most definitely be one to forget if you get in trouble with the law! So when you’re planning to consume alcohol, make sure you have a plan to get there and home that doesn’t involve driving. 

Unhealthy Living

There’s a lot of value in letting go and having fun during the summer months. However, it’s a good idea not to take this idea too far. You’ll likely have worked hard to get into good shape for the summer months, so you may as well keep things going. Otherwise, you’ll only have to get started all over again when you want to get fit in the future. So look at building some exercise into your schedule. If you’ve been avoiding it because of the heat, then look at going first thing in the morning. You can also keep your health in check by watching what you eat. There are plenty of delicious and healthy salads to enjoy! 

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Not Investing In Your Yard

You won’t want to always go exploring when the sun is shining. If you’ve invested in your yard and made it a fun hangout spot, then you’ll have the option to enjoy the summer warmth right on your own property. All you really need is some outdoor furniture and a BBQ, and you can live well. 

Travel Delays

Summer is the best time to take a trip elsewhere. Alas, when you’re leaving the safety of the comfort of your own surroundings, then you have to be prepared for things to go wrong. Travel delays can put a dampener on your trip. But of course, there’s very little you can do about them, except choose a mode of transportation that will make them less likely (such as driving a car or motorcycle). 

A Lack of Ambition 

Finally, let’s just say this: one thing that can lead to a pretty poor summer is a lack of ambition. As we said at the beginning of the article, there is just so much potential when it comes to the warmer months of the year. But if you don’t see the possibilities, then you won’t make the most of it! You’ll likely have to spend many a month curled up inside during the winter months. When the sun arrives, get outdoors and make things happen. You’ll be happy you did once the dark nights return!

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4 Genius Ways To Get More From Your Commute!

There is so much talk about working from home right now, especially after the Pandemic. However, it is important to remember that not everyone can do this. Indeed, there are still many of us that have to brave a commute of around or even over an hour every day! However, the good news is that even if you do need to travel to and from work each day, some tactics can help you get the most out of this time. Keep reading to find out what they are. 

Read or listen to an audiobook/podcast 

For a long time, the chief activity for commuters was to read. Indeed, it was commonplace to see people on trains and buses with a book in their hand. Of course, reading is still popular during commuting time, but sadly it’s not suitable for those that are driving. 

There are some additional options to consider though. The first of these is audiobooks, where a professional actor reads the book to you. While the second is a podcast. The good thing about podcasts is that there are so many on just about any subject you like, which means it almost guarantees you can find one that will be suited to your likes. 

Of course, because audiobooks and podcasts are audio-only, they are much better suited to those driving. Although anyone commuting can enjoy them. 

Download some videos to watch 

For those commuting to work by bus, train or tram It’s a fairly common practice to watch videos. Unfortunately, streaming them can burn through your data allowance at quite the pace, which means come to the end of the month, you could find yourself stuck! 

Instead, why not make use of things like the Vidmate app which will allow you to download videos from a range of platforms online including youtube, TikTok, and Instagram, and watch them at your leisure. The best thing about this is that it’s free so you can save money too! 

Learn a language 

Have you ever wanted to learn a language, or maybe you are looking to brush up on that Spanish, German, or French you learned in school? If so, then your commute is the perfect time to do this. 

Indeed, there are several options to consider here. The first of these are audio recordings, which are more suitable for those that are driving, as they can keep their eyes on the road. Alternatively, there are apps like Duolingo, which make learning a language fun by presenting it in a more interactive form. The latter being suited for those on buses or trains. 

Play some games 

Another great way to spend your time during your commute is to play games. Fortunately, mobile gaming is a big thing now, which means there is a huge selection of titles to choose from. 

Additionally, if you are a dedicated gamer you may wish to invest in a portable system like the Switch for your journeys. Although, it bears repeating that gaming is only an option for those that do not need to be in control of a vehicle (including pedestrians). 

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Preparing For All Types Of Weather: How To Stay Safe On The Road Come Rain Or Shine

The vast majority of car accidents are caused by driver error. While the weather may not be to blame for every incident, driving in challenging conditions can elevate risks. In this guide, we’ll discuss how to prepare for all types of weather, providing tips to help you stay safe on the roads, come rain or shine. 

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General maintenance and repairs

Keeping your car in good working order is one of the best ways to minimize risks on the road. Check your vehicle before you leave the driveway, keep up to date with tests and inspections, and seek advice if you notice any unusual odors or noises. Maintaining your car will maximize safety and save you money in the long run. 

Driving in wet weather

Most of us have experienced driving in wet weather. Torrential downpours and persistent heavy showers can cause mayhem on the roads, reducing visibility and creating a slippery surface. If it is raining outside, and you’re in the car, it’s important to slow down and increase your stopping distance. Give the vehicles around you plenty of time and space. Make sure your windshield seal is intact and check your wipers regularly. Consider pulling over in a safe place if you can’t see in front of you or water levels are rising to a dangerous level. It’s best to delay your journey if there is a risk of getting stranded or skidding. 

Summer driving tips

Summer poses different challenges from winter but it’s often no less dangerous. The most common problem drivers face on hot, bright days is reduced visibility caused by the sun. The glare of the sun can make it difficult to read signs, to see signals and to determine what other vehicles are doing. If it is sunny outside, use your visor and make sure you have sunglasses with you. Keep back from other vehicles and take extra care to check blind spots when maneuvering or changing position. 

Ice and snow

Ice and snow can cause serious issues for drivers of all kinds of vehicles. Icy roads are slippery and snow can block routes, causing travel chaos. Heavy snowfall can also make it impossible to see the roads. If you are driving in winter, and the conditions are poor, check your route in advance, listen out for advice and warnings, and make sure you have supplies with you. It’s always beneficial to carry extra layers, a high-visibility vest, a torch, a first aid kit, blankets and snacks and drinks if you’re going on a long journey. Delay or cancel your trip if authorities are advising against road travel. If the surface is slippery, you will need to reduce your speed and give other cars more time and space. Keep two hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road at all times.

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The weather can make driving more difficult and dangerous during every season. Whether you’re planning a summer road trip, or you commute come rain or shine, it’s wise to take these tips on board.

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The Classic Travel Items We Love To Take With Us

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When we go traveling, we know we’re going to be going up against the world. Whatever is going to be thrown at you, you will take in your stride. As long as we have our trusted travel items with us, we can climb any mountain, get through any forest and hike on any road in the world. So what are these trusted items that we all love to take with us? You’ll know when you see the following.

Old boots

All of us have a pair of boots that we trust our lives with. They may be old and beaten up, but they have been through a lot with you. There’s actually a good reason why we take our old boots. Firstly, the insides have shifted to our feet and the shape is more supportive than when they were brand new. Our old travel boots have also gotten tough because they have expanded and contracted, which makes the leather tough. As long as you take care of your boots with the appropriate solutions, they should hold up for a very long time.

Our travel bag

Our travel bags have something special about them. They may be bags with your logo if you own a business, which can be made with custom suppliers. It’s also a good idea to have your name and logo on your business if you’re a startup business owner. Likewise, if you are an explorer and you want easy access to your water bottle, a water bottle sleeve with your name on it or logo, would be great too. Personalized items that go through a hard journey with us, are forever going to be in our lives. We tend to not throw away items that took part in special moments in our lives and travel journeys that we love are one of those moments.

A flashlight

When we go on travels around the world, we like to have a dependable flashlight with us. This is so we can find our way when it’s late at night and we’re a little lost in the woods, or it might be that we use it to help us communicate if we need help. Travel flashlights are also able to do SOS and other communication flashes which are incredibly useful if you are hurt and can’t move. 

Our favorite hat

When we go traveling, we like to feel comfortable. Our favorite hat always comes along with us. Whether it’s a sun hat, a windproof hat, or perhaps a bucket hat, the best hat we have will be worn while we travel. For one thing it blocks out the sun, the other is that it protects us from the rain. When traveling you may not know what the weather is going to be like, so a hat covers you from hot sunshine and rainfall all the same.

These classic travel items are probably going to feature in your next adventure. If you can think of any others, then let us know.

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Ways To Stay Safe On Your Next Road Trip

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Every traveler  – whether before the first trip or after a negative experience – asks the question: how safe is traveling? The answer is, for the most part, very safe. However, you must take the necessary precautions in order to maintain this safety every time. 

Safety on holiday: safety rules for every holiday

In general, the following safety rules apply to every road trip

  • Leave expensive technical equipment at home.
  • Take travel documents with you in copy and store the originals as safely as possible.
  • Carry money and cheques on your person.
  • Avoid crowds.
  • Do not leave your car unobserved and do not visibly store objects under the seat or in the trunk.
  • Have important addresses and emergency numbers as well as a cell phone at hand.
  • Find out about the legal regulations in the state where you will stay.

With these simple rules, you significantly prevent the risk of becoming a victim of a theft. 

Where is the best in the USA?

If you are USA based, it is best to check the camping parks available but generally when you stick to the designated areas, there is very little risk to your life or belongings. Choose a National Park that is safe and well reviewed. 

Many national parks offer several campsites, the most famous and largest of them often even have places with different comfort standards. However, one should not expect luxury when camping in the national parks of the USA. Most parks offer at least one larger space that also has running water and showers and you may find wash facilities in the visitor center. However, it is often the case that the nicer campsites within the national parks are a bit off the beaten track and are a little more primitive. The best areas for camping are often California, Colorado and Arizona. 

Safety in the motorhome

In a motorhome you can feel much safer than in a tent. However, you must still be aware of any issues that could arise. Such as a gas leak, the motorhome breaking down, running out of water and break ins to the motorhome whilst you are on a hike. It is recommended to avoid these places unattended: 

  • Freeway service areas
  • Cities
  • Unguarded parking spaces in tourist spaces
  • General tourist areas that remain busy

Often residents in smaller, local towns are very generous and will keep an eye on your motorhome. If you want to take additional safety precautions, you can use products such as alarm systems, door locks and gas detectors for the motorhome. You should also consider individual safety. You may want to buy a Survival First Aid Kit, a GPS system, mobile phone chargers, and even pepper spray.

Safety at campsites

Crime on campsites is very low, as criminals are deterred by the possibility of being seen. Usually your camping neighbors are vigilant and CCTV is found on some sites. However, you should always secure your tent and hide valuables in the car. Don’t leave anything on show. Keep treasured possessions at home. Campsites are very safety-conscious so be sure that you research this before you go. This way you can review the site and read other people’s experiences. Don’t be caught out and enjoy an adventurous trip this summer.

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Getting Your Vehicle Ready For Your Next Road Trip

Detailed planning and on-point organisation are essential for any road trip. You need to make sure you have the plan of where you want to go, all the resources that you need, and that everyone coming along knows their role on the journey. However, you should also be taking a closer look at the vehicle that you’re bringing with you, as well.

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Make sure everything is working as it should be 

Naturally, the first thing that you should do is take your car to your nearest garage to have it checked up and make sure that it’s in as good a condition as it could be. Most important is that you’re using tires with plenty of miles in them, that your engine oil is good, headlights are working, and that the electronic systems such as AC can keep you cool and comfortable. However, if there are any issues that your mechanic highlights then obviously you should get them fixed.

Is it the right vehicle for the trip?

Your vehicle might be in perfect condition but is it really the thing that you need to keep everyone comfortable and safe for a long road trip? If not, you might want to look at making a new addition. You can look at car hire, or you can simply add to your current setup with second hand caravans for sale. Having the ability to set up for the night anywhere on the road (that it’s legal to stay at) can open up your road trip, allowing you to visit a much wider range of locations and have even more new experiences.

Make sure you clean it

Before you head out, you should make sure that your vehicle is as pleasant to be in as possible. This doesn’t mean only taking it for a car wash. You should also be cleaning it thoroughly on the inside as well. You can also make sure that it’s smelling as fresh as possible by washing the upholstery and using scented car accessories. If it’s a caravan, you should make sure that any old clutter is taken out so that there’s more space for you and your fellow travellers to store all the things you need for the trip, too.

Be ready to avert catastrophe

Aside from ensuring that the vehicle itself is the right option and as ready as it needs to be, you should also anticipate that you might run out into a few problems out there. Having the number of a vehicle recovery crew is all but essential to keep you from getting stranded. However, you should also make sure that a car emergency kit is also packed away, including a tire jack, spare tire, jumper cables and the like.

The right choice of vehicle and the right choice to make sure it’s in the right shape is essential to make the absolute most out of your road trip. Keep the above tips in mind to make sure your wheels are in tip-top shape before you start spinning them.

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6 Tips for Planning a Good Family Road Trip

While the temperature is getting warmer, many of us might start to think about road trips for the family. We have been restricted at home for a long time due to the ongoing pandemic. Going out and breathing the fresh air becomes an essential part of relieving stress. However, even if you don’t have to book air tickets, you still have tons of things to take into consideration. Here are some tips you can use.

Budget wisely

Oftentimes the money is the source of stress. It is important to enjoy the precious moment with family and friends without worrying about spending too much money. In that case, we need to plan well, decide the budget and execute it accordingly. To start with, you might need to set apart the amount of money into a specific account as the travel fund. If you realize that you will need more money that you currently have, you should encourage your family to start to save for the trip. More importantly, when you start the road trip, you should remember the rules you established before.

Check routes and weathers

When you need to travel with kids or even lovely dogs, you need to take them into consideration. For example, it might not be a good idea to go camping with kids and you also don’t want to travel to extreme cold places with your little kids. Moreover, you should make sure that there are appropriate lodging facilities, convenience stores, or gas stations along the routes as kids might need more frequent breaks during the trip.

Maintain your vehicle carefully

The most important tool for a road trip is your vehicle. It is crucial to check every part of your vehicle to make sure that it is in the best condition. For example, if you have been procrastinating on quarterly maintenance, you should definitely do it. Also, if you find any worrying signs on the tires, replace them with affordable and reliable new tires. Find a good auto body shop to do a complete checkup for your vehicle and you will rest assured that it will provide the best protection for your family on the road. Some people even install a dashboard camera to record the road trip.

Pack well

While none of us want to carry a lot of luggage for a road trip, we have to make sure that we have the essentials. For example, emergency tools like bandaids, flashlights, chargers, blankets as well as snacks for kids. Also, don’t forget to bring some cash.

Book the appropriate lodging

When we are on a trip, we always want to rest well. So it is essential to look into the lodging choices on the road. You can just search on Google, and check the options that have good SEO rankings and web designs. It might help if you can read the reviews and compare the pricing and conditions thoroughly.

Secure home before leave

While it is exciting to leave for the fantastic road trip, you still need to run a checkup at home to make sure that everything is secured. For example, the entry door and windows need to be appropriately locked and it is necessary to turn off home appliances. If you find anything malfunctional,it is better to find a professional appliance repair technician to fix it before your trip to avoid possible risks while no one at home to take care of the faulty appliance.

Planning a road trip might be stressful and happy at the same time. Just take the time to discuss with family and friends and you will be all set!

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Best Places to Purchase a Vacation Home

There are plenty of financial and even mental benefits to investing in a vacation home. For one, owning a vacation property can help build long-term wealth and be a great addition to your retirement plans. For another, it gives you and your family a place to retreat to when life gets to be too much. If you have enough funds to buy a vacation home in the U.S. but don’t know where to start looking, here are some excellent cities and towns to explore depending on the kind of scenery you love the most.

Mountains, forests, and lakes

Living near picturesque woods is more than just about taking Instagram-worthy pictures; forest-bathing also has many health benefits. If the sight of majestic mountains gives you a sense of peace and rest, here are some cities that are worth looking into.

Mammoth Lakes, California, is a favorite for outdoorsy types for its cross-country and Nordic skiing, signature skyline, high valleys, and fly fishing. If you and your family love beautiful wildlife and the great outdoors, buying a home in this region may give you what you love everywhere you look.

Another is Silverthorne, Colorado, which can give Aspen or Vail a run for their money. Known for the location’s exciting river rapids, giant peaks, trendy stores, and craft brew culture, it’s the perfect place that can help fulfill your mountain dreams and fantasies.

Another mountain town in Colorado that is a go-to place for people who love forest-bathing is Durango, known for its trendy steakhouses and old west structures. If you love mountain climbing, a famous trail has a peak that exceeds 14,000 feet in elevation. It’s a great way for you and your family to immerse yourself in nature when you want to get away from it all.

Across the pond is the Lake District in England, which is also known for its mountain forests, stunning lakes, and for being the place where England’s most famous poets retreated to. The most romantic old English castles also inundate the district, so you and your family will feel like you were transported into a fairy tale every time you visit.

Beaches

If you and your family love the ocean and want to live near it, here are some towns with beaches that you can explore some properties in.

Fort Bragg, California is a Pacific coast community that’s a few hours north of San Francisco. Glass Beach is an iconic tourist spot that features colored “stones” that are worn down old bottles, appliances, and headlights thrown off from nearby cliffs.

Keywest, Florida is a city known for its 19th-century wooden architecture, bustling nightlife, and various water sports. Ernest Hemingway also famously lived in the area, with his old home being a popular tourist attraction for literature lovers. It’s a great place to live for families who love the sunshine and high-energy towns.

Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, is perfect for people who love warmer weather. It offers longer and hotter summers that are made tolerable thanks to waters found in pretty much every direction. This town features almost 70 miles of picturesque beaches, and homeowners have enough space to mark their boundaries while enjoying the undisturbed ocean views.

Small town atmosphere

For those who love the look and atmosphere of a small town, Ellijay, Georgia, might be worth taking a closer inspection. It’s also known for its gorgeous mountains and woods since it’s located in the North Georgia mountains, but people who reside in the area can do so much more than hike and bike. This small town features iconic and family-friendly events like the Georgia Apple Blossom Festival.

Whittier, North Carolina, is also a location that is known for its forest and mountains since it provides views of the Nantahala National Forest and the Great Smoky Mountains. Still, it is home to only 5,600 people as of August 2019.

It’s also a go-to place for hipster artsy types who need an escape from big cities because it’s only about an hour’s drive of Asheville, which is beloved for its historic architecture, vibrant arts scene, and the River Arts District. If you’re someone who loves being surrounded by good art and excellent music, this town may be for you.

Ask for Help

At the end of the day, you don’t need to do this house search alone. Enlist the help of a reputable real estate agent who can help you find the vacation home of your dreams.

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