Only The Best: How To Inject A Little Luxury Into Your Trip

You guys know I preach budget, saving as often as possible and rationale thinking. But, traveling, no matter how much we think we need it, is a luxury; plain and simple. I get that. So, here and there, you should pamper yourself. I have plenty of tips on how to save, but I’ve collaborated with other travel-loving people, and they’ve complied a list of ways to splurge, indulge and escape. So, while this post is not written be me, Diane, I like the content enough to publish it on Wife with Baggage. Enjoy!

There are a lot of different ways to travel. You might decide to rough it in the wilderness with nothing between you and the elements but a canvas tent and your own survival instinct. Or maybe you want to go on a city break and enjoy the culture and nightlife of a new place Not matter what you choose there really is no wrong answer when it comes to travel. However, no matter what kind of trip you take, there can come a time when you want just a little bit of luxury added to it. There’s nothing wrong with that; it’s often nice to take the opportunity to add one little bit of luxury to a trip, even one that’s pretty simple the rest of the time. With that in mind, here are a few ways to add some luxury to any trip.

Travel in style – One thing that a lot of people would agree on is that the least pleasant and most stressful part of travelling, ironically, the travel itself. Sitting on a stuffy plane or in a cramped car can be a total nightmare. So why not go the extra mile and travel in style? When people hear terms like “private jet” they think of millionaires and celebrities. And sure, that’s fair enough, after all only those people could afford to fly private planes everywhere. But taking a private jet as a one-off luxury isn’t going to hurt anyone! You can learn more here about just how simple it is to hire a private plane for your trip. Whether you’re having a bachelor party, a romantic trip away, or a family vacation, there’s nothing wrong with adding some luxury to your journey.

Get accommodated  – Even if you love taking a budget trip where you’re sleeping rough or in simple hostels, there’s nothing wrong with wanting a little bit more out of where you’re staying for at least one night. So why not spend one night of your trip in some luxury accommodation? Shamelessly enjoy things like room service and a huge comfy bed, safe in the knowledge that there’s no reason to worry about the bill since it’s only going to be for one night! Sure, you might want to stay for the whole trip, but it’s much more of an exciting addition to your trip if you just use it the once so you can savor it.

Treat yourself – Most vacation destinations have plenty of places where you can go and treat yourself. Whether it’s somewhere to go shopping or a spa where you can relax with some wonderful treatments, there’s nothing wrong with taking a day just to totally spoil yourself, especially if the rest of your trip consists of you sleeping rough in the cold!

One of the nice things about having this one bit of opulence on an otherwise simple trip is that you can budget for it much more effectively. Rather than shelling out cash on your trip and then adding to the bill, you can save money from the start and have more in your pocket for those little extra luxuries.

Find a Home Away from Home on Your Travels

We collaborated with other travel writers to bring you this post. So, while I, Diane, did not write this post I hope it educates you, encourages you and empowers you to travel more!

There was a switch that occurred for me and Mike. We began our travels on a smaller budget and even less world knowledge. But then, the more we made in our careers, the more we traveled, the more loyalty points we earned and then BOOOM! We were hotel snobs.

And then, another shift happened. We realized that there was more to travel that fancy resorts, chain hotels and points. While we are still lovers of nice amenities, we realize that we didn’t have to sacrifice comfort and quality for unique, local, unique accommodations.

Furnished Apartments – Furnished apartments are the best thing for families away from home. Like hotels, they have sufficient and comfortable places to sleep. They are warm, often with heating or air conditioning options. They have working electrics for things like hairdryers, radios and other appliances. They will also have a bathroom, most likely with a shower or bath so that you can keep on top of your toilette too! But as well as the comforts of a hotel, you get extra benefits with furnished apartments, such as a kitchen space to prepare meals in and a living space to lounge about in.

Campervans and Mobile Homes – If you’re staying closer to home and just fancy a simple weekend getaway to the seaside or another city, why not try out a campervan or motorhome? This solves two of your problems in one. You have a means of getting about, but you also have somewhere to stay overnight. While this may not be the ideal solution for a lengthy trip (space is limited, and you may feel a little overwhelmed stopping in a van for extended periods of time), it’s great for shorter breaks. You can make these vehicles super comfortable with cosy mattresses, curtains to block out the light (and for privacy), and even kettles or microwaves in the kitchen space.

Cottages and Log Cabins –If you’re considering a more rural getaway, far from the sights, sounds, and chaos of the city, you should take a look at different cottages and log cabins that may be available. Much like furnished apartments, these supply you with all of the essentials for a comfortable retreat. However, they are a little more isolated. This is great for those who are looking for quality time together without distractions or complaints from nearby neighbours.

So, get searching and give your family the getaway that they deserve. These different options will allow you to stray from your home turf without sacrificing any essentials or home comforts.

Choosing Your Baggage for International Travel

Wife with Baggage was carefully chosen as the name for this website as the double meaning is not lost on me. I believe everyone has the proverbial “baggage,” and I’m so thankful that Mr. Wife with Baggage accept me as is. I’m also thankful he likes to pack his baggage and jet set around the world with me! We have rolling suitcase, weekend bags and rough and ready backpacks. We use them all. The baggage we choose depends on the location. I teamed up with another writer to give you insight on how they chose their baggage for their trip to India, a place I’ve yet to travel through. So, while this content was not written by me, Diane, I hope you find it educational, empowering and engaging.

India is a beautiful country and you must be excited to visit it. With so many cultures and religions, even 10 days wouldn’t be enough to know India to the core. You must be well aware about the numerous spiritual places located in India and it has been known for yoga and meditation. Along with it, there is Taj Mahal and other beautiful tourist sites which people all around the world love to visit. But, India is also a country of unpredictable weather and a large population. Some areas and markets can get too crowded. In most areas, it can rain at times you weren’t expecting. Which is why, when you are traveling to India, you should take care what you pack and in which luggage you pack. There are different kinds of luggage available online and you should keep in mind the essential requirement.

Make sure the luggage is of good quality – Since, you would need to travel in taxis and trains, you must make sure that our luggage is strong enough to survive the haphazard railway stations. You know how in airplanes as well the baggage handlers don’t always respect the luggage. It could be kicked, dragged and what not. Your bag should be durable enough so you are able to carry the same bag, your entire trip.

It should be waterproof – Even your small backpack that you would carry around should be waterproof. You might be on your feet in the markets when it suddenly starts to rain. In that case, you need to carry extra clothing and a bag that doesn’t let the water get inside.

Wheels are important – There are many muddy roads in India, filled with dust. You would require rolling the bag on rough areas. Two wheel bags are easier to maneuver when you are on uneven paths. Make one bag from my travel luggage that you would carry with you at all times a bit smaller as you might hop into vehicles which don’t have a big storage space. You might want to shop a lot from India as the local stores supply clothing and other items at such affordable rates. The styles are different and in no time you might have your hands full. If you had a carry bag, it would be so much easier to roam around the streets. A small sling wouldn’t do. Don’t leave everything in your hotel room.

Caution –  Unfortunately, when you would be travelling to different cities via train, you would need to be very careful about your luggage. It could get stolen. Don’t trust any strangers who say they would help carry your baggage as they aren’t reliable. Other than that, people in general would love to help you and you are going to have an experience which you never had in any other part of the world. It is not about the cities in India, it is about the people.

Don’t Book Your Holiday! (Until You’ve Read These Money Saving Tricks)

Y’all know how much I harp on saving money before and during travel so that you can, well, travel more! I’m not alone!  Some of my other writing buddies collaborated with me to come up with this list. While it is not written by me, Diane, I hope it educates, engages and empowers you to travel more!

Going on holiday can quickly spiral into a really expensive couple of weeks.  Flights, hotels, connecting transport, activities when you’re there, drinks, food – it all adds up! And that list doesn’t even include any shopping while you’re there or spontaneous spending.

Try to save up for your holiday before you go by putting a little bit of money aside each month. If you are planning a big holiday next year, go for a cheaper holiday this year and put your savings aside. This way you can save for the trip of a lifetime without losing out. There are some great money saving techniques that will put you on the right track for that holiday budget, but what can you do to save when you get there?

If you are smart about money and have an interest in being frugal, you will need these insider tricks to make holidays work for you and your wallet. 

Rent an Apartment – This might sound counter-intuitive but renting an apartment can be a much cheaper solution if you are travelling as a family or large group. It will mean that you are essentially self-catering but that is probably going to be better than most budget hotel breakfasts anyway! If you are doubtful, have a look at this list of the top 100 popular condos for rent in Malaysia and then check out the hotel prices. You are definitely getting more for your money with an apartment!

Self Cater – If you love cooking at home then you’ll be glad to hear that cooking on holiday is pretty much the same! Of course, you can mix it up with going out to eat but even if you cook for just a couple of nights over the week, sort out your own breakfasts and lunches, you will be saving a significant amount and probably be eating better than you would have as well. Find a good supermarket at the start of the week and stock up on what you need.

Go for Local Bars and RestaurantsLots of resorts have bars and restaurants that are geared toward tourists and will probably be more expensive than they should be. A great holiday hack is to go where the locals go. Not only will this give you better value for money, it is also a great way to get to know another culture and how they eat rather than just another burger bar. Street food is also a great way to eat and to experiment with new foods. It will also give your more time to wander around and explore as you go rather than wasting your precious time sat waiting for service.

Only Use Wi-Fi Never Data RoamingIt is so easy to forget that your data roaming is on and when you’re on holiday it can end up costing you a fortune. And worse – you won’t even realise what’s happening until it’s all too late to solve the problem. The best thing to do is to switch off data roaming before you switch your phone off for take-off. This way, by the time you get there, you won’t need to remember all of a sudden and it won’t have the chance to up your bill.

Flight PlanThere are lots of things you can do to make sure you get the cheapest flights possible. If you aren’t a fussy traveller, you could easily just look up the cheapest flights from your nearest airport and book on. But, if you are a more of a planner, consider travelling midweek for the best deals and booking between 6-8 weeks before you want to go.

However, school holidays can really mess this plan up and because there are so many families going at the same time, prices will rocket as you get closer. For school holidays, ignore the 6-8 week rule and book as soon as you possible can. Like, right now.

One sneaky bit of advice that everyone should use in all their internet shopping is to use an incognito browser and clear your cookies. As you browse, some websites will track your movements and raise prices as you go. This means that by the time you are ready to purchase, that great deal is not so great anymore. Clearing the cache will return you to the original great price – get in there and don’t do any more browsing before you pay!

Get a Great Exchange Rate – For lots of holiday destinations, you are going to need to get currency and exchanging ahead of time by pre-ordering your money will definitely get you better rates. You may wish to take your own credit and debit cards with you on holiday as well, but unless you are travelling for a long period of time, only use these as a back up. Most ATMs will charge a fee so only use them if you really need to.

Get a Map and Do Some Research – Guided tours are a great way to get to know a place, but they are also easy to do yourself. Take some time to do some research online and get a map to plan your own tour around your resort. If you do this early on, you will get feel for the place and find other free opportunities for later on in the holiday. Lots of national parks and beaches make for a great day out for free so stock up on those and let those tourist groups pass you by.

Holidays are a chance to relax and enjoy yourself and we so often confuse these things with the need to spend money. Rather than blowing your budget on unnecessary things, make smart choices and make the most of what you have. Of course, saving money in one area doesn’t mean that you have to save money everywhere. If you have gone self-catered then why not put that extra cash you’ve saved towards an activity you will really enjoy? Find the balance with your cash and the joy will keep on coming.

Don’t Miss These Underrated States in the USA

There are plenty of reasons to make the USA the location of your next trip. Whether you’re going for the weather, the food, the landscapes, or the people, there’s something in America for just about everyone. However, a lot of people have the habit of only ever going to the same old places time and time again. And sure, the really popular destinations in the USA are great. New York and California have huge amounts to offer just about anyone who wants to get a taste of what America is like. But if you only ever visit these obvious places then you’re only ever going to get a limited image of what the US really has to offer. To help you get more out of your next trip, why not visit one of these criminally underrated states.

Florida
There’s a weird attitude that a lot of people have towards Florida. It’s kind of seen as a bit of a joke by a lot of people within the USA thanks to things like the legendary “Florida Man” meme that was going around a few years ago. But the sunshine state has a lot more to offer than just that. For one thing, the clue is in the name. The weather in Florida is simply amazing! If you’re the type for sunbathing, then you really can’t do better. Not only that but there are plenty of great places to stay, like the Sleep Inn & Suites Ft. Lauderdale which allows you to go straight from arriving at the airport to settling down into a comfy bed. Plus, if you’re in the mood for nature, the Everglades has more wild and wonderful wildlife than you could possibly imagine.

Missouri
Out of all of the states in the American midwest, Missouri often gets forgotten about, and that’s a real shame because it really does have a lot to offer. For one thing, if you’re looking for a good time out on the town, where better than Kansas City where you can get some incredible food, and there is almost certainly some music pouring out of one of the many bars that line the streets. Or if you want to see some amazing sights then check out the legendary “Gateway To The West” in St. Louis.

New Jersey
There’s a good chance that New Jersey wouldn’t be considered “underrated” if it wasn’t for the state that it’s right next to. It can be tough to compete with any other state but having to be compared to New York must sting a little bit. And the real shame is that New Jersey has plenty to offer on its own merits. From the nightlife of the Jersey Shore to Six Flags Great Adventure, the world’s biggest amusement park!

Of course, these aren’t America’s only hidden gems. The reality is that America is such a large and diverse country that, across all fifty of the country’s great states, you’re pretty much guaranteed to find something new and exciting to see and do.

This post is a collaborative effort. While not written by me, Diane, I liked the content enough to publish it here on Wife with Baggage. I hope it encourages, educates and entices you to travel more!

Exploring The Falls Of North Carolina

The Southeast of the United States has a lot of beauty on offer. From the rich and rustic woodland to the vast and never-ending lakes, this part of the world presents sight after sight. Of course, though, there is one area a lot of people will completely ignore; waterfalls. To help you out with this, this post will be exploring some of the greatest falls North Carolina has to offer, along with where you can find them.

  • The Dry Falls: Located in the South, near Highlands, The Dry Falls are one of the most popular tourist destinations in this state. Offering the chance to hike through picturesque woodland, this sort of waterfall is perfect for nature lovers. The Park on Main Highlands North Carolina is a great example of your hotel options here. But, of course, you’ll want to do some research to find the perfect option for you.
  • Looking Glass Falls: Moving Westward, you will quickly find yourself at the Looking Glass Falls. If you make your way to this spot in winter, you will be in for a big treat, as this is the perfect time of year for this attraction. As the weather cools, the water from the falls freezes on the surrounding rocks and organic surfaces. This creates a beautiful effect which isn’t found elsewhere.
  • Rainbow Falls: Sometimes, it can be best to choose a waterfall based on the other falls in the area. The Rainbow Falls, located in the West, are surrounded by loads of other natural sights to explore. When the sun is out, people say that it is easy to see a rainbow, and this is where this area gets its name. This makes for a great sight to show the kids.
  • Sliding Rock: Now, it’s time to think about something a little more fun, and this is exactly what Sliding Rock can provide. This fall has long been used a natural waterslide by local residents and is an extremely popular attraction in the area. Like the Rainbow Falls, this waterfall is great for kids and can be found sitting in the West. Most little ones will love the chance to experience the sort of slide mother nature can make.
  • Whitewater Falls: Not all of the waterfalls in North Carolina are exclusive to the state itself. In the case of the Whitewater Falls, this massive natural monument is shared with South Carolina, as well. Exploring these falls gives you the chance to experience the ecology of two states, without having to travel far to do it. Being some of NC’s proudest natural wonders, these falls are well worth your time.

Hopefully, this post will inspire you to start thinking about something a little different for your next vacation – a walk in the forest and time in nature. A lot of people will ignore this sort of trip, choosing to do something normal, and not getting to experience something new. If you like the thrill of adventure, seeing into the natural world, and exploring amazing states, this sort of journey could be the perfect one for you.

This post is a collaborative effort. While not written by me, Diane, I liked the content enough to publish it here on Wife with Baggage. I hope it encourages, educates and entices you to travel more!

The Most Festive Place On Earth

Most of you will know by now that Santa lives in Lapland. Lapland is the northernmost region of Finland and can quite easily be named as one of the most festive places on the planet. What could beat the place Santa lays his hat?

Hundreds of people travel over to Lapland every winter to make the most of the festive region and get into the Christmas spirit. There are some cool places to stay in Lapland, and tons of amazing activities to do while you stay.

Choose your Santa Experience
If you want to make the most of December and get into that Christmas spirit ahead of the 25th, then you will want to book a trip well in advance as these trips as very high in demand, and rather expensive. However once you do decide to book onto one of these trips, you’ll be able to look forward to setting foot in Santa’s grotto, meeting the elves and feeding reindeer. You’ll even be taken on toboggan rides in the snow and have the chance to ride on a sled with huskies.

If you are looking for something which is less about Santa and more about the activities on offer then you can book with a company like Transun to get a holiday which is more suited to older guests. However, if the whole experience is what you want, then Santa’s Village is the perfect place to go- and you’ll be able to wander through the village, visit the arctic zoo and gain the full Christmas experience first-hand.

When to Go
It probably isn’t the best idea to book this trip for the 25th itself, because although it is incredibly magical to wake up in the midst of heavy snowfall in a wood cabin, it is very pricy and very busy too. Instead, look at taking a short 3-4-day break in early December or the middle of December. You’ll be able to begin your month by getting into the full festive spirit, and by the time you go home you’ll be raring for the big day to come.

What to Expect
Remember that although this might be the most festive place you can go, it isn’t the real deal. To avoid disappointment from the kids, play it down until you get there to manage their expectations- and when you have the best time ever, it will be a perfect surprise for you all.

Lapland is very far north, so bear in mind that it will be incredibly cold where you are staying. This does add to the magic of Christmas, but remember to bring loads of layers to keep you snug and warm during your stay. Invest in plenty of woolly jumpers, hats, scarves and gloves for the stay. Being prepared is the best way to go, so if you pack more than you think you’ll need- that’s the safest bet.

Once you’re wrapped up warm and toasty, you’ll be able to enjoy the experience of being in the most festive, most magical place in the world this Christmas.

This post is a collaborative effort. While not written by me, Diane, I liked the content enough to publish it here on Wife with Baggage. I hope it encourages, educates and entices you to travel more!

A One Week Road Trip through Portugal

Portugal is relatively small in a world of huge countries like Australia, China, Russia and the United States. However, what it lacks in square miles it makes up for with cuisine, coastline, historic architectural details and scenic roadways.

We traversed those scenic byways and highways for in a week in December and explored hidden coastal towns with a relaxed atmosphere as well as international metropolises that buzzed with Christmas energy. Here is an overview of our week in Portugal.

Day 1 Like most flights from the US to Europe, we flew over night and landed in Lisbon first thing in the morning. We took care of the usual post flight business of getting our rental car, checking in to the hotel and then started exploring Lisbon’s squares, parks and cobblestone streets and ate dinner at the Time Out Market. However, the magic really began when the sun set and the Christmas lights came on!

Day 2 Our road trip began by driving south to Portimao. The highway to these southern coastal towns was wide and paved. The towns themselves were sleepy little towns that experience their crowds during the summers. After checking in to our 5-star, waterfront room (yes!) that was the price of a 2 or 3 star hotel because we were staying during the off season, we hiked through Praia da Marinha and then ate our weight in seafood and fresh bread at a quite corner table overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

Day 3 Back on the road and this time we headed north, way north. We ended up in Porto for the night, but not before walking through Aveiro and snapping photos of more Christmas lights and cute little homes and businesses on the canal lined streets. Dinner at Traça, the first taste of how much we would love Porto’s food scene and vibes.

Day 4 A morning walking the hills of Porto was rewarded with an indescribably delicious breakfast. Seriously, I won’t even try. But, when you are in town you just have to eat at Dama Pe de Cabra for strong coffee, perfectly fluffy eggs, fresh baked goods and friendly service that rivals your grandma’s house! We walked the clean streets of Porto and even got a birds eye view of the tile rooftops from the top of Clerigos Tower before driving to the Douro River Valley wine region. The drive was along curvy mountain roads, but the roads were well-paved and very modern. We arrived in the town of Barrios expecting tasting rooms and wine! We were met with one open restaurant, fog so thick it was scary to drive and a B&B that had exactly one guest room filled, ours! Looking back now it was comical, but we had two nights here and we just were not having it!

Day 5 Instead of wine tastings and vineyard tours, we adjusted our plans and headed back to Porto in the morning. We like sleepy little towns, but Barrios was beyond sleepy. Besides, we loved Porto so much the first night, we anticipated more great adventures there. We learned a great lesson on this trip and that is, not all wine regions have tasting rooms. Douro River Valley, at least in the winter, is one of those regions. Instead, we sipped port and ate chocolate overlooking the Douro River in Porto, where we began!

Day 6 We drove south, back to Lisbon for our last night in the country. On our way we stopped along the coast again, but this time in Aveiro. Aveiro boats of beaches and the cutest candy striped houses and business known to man. Literally, the cutest. You can’t persuade me otherwise! When we finally arrived in Lisbon we had our heart set on eating at Sala de Corte – the restaurant that we couldn’t get in to when we first arrived a week prior. We are so happy we were a) persistent and went back and b) lined up to get a table about 15 minutes before the restaurant opened. Yes, there was line! It’s that good!

Day 7 After driving and eating until our heart’s content, we boarded a plane bound for Miami. As always, I am happy to come home, but Portugal certainly made an impact on us. Going during their slow season, winter, was a success and highly recommended.

Wish You Weren’t Here: How Not to Fall Out With Travel Buddies

Friends might seem like a great way to have fun and explore new areas. You’ll do lots of eating, drinking, laughing, and sightseeing together and it will be great. However, especially if you’re used to traveling solo, it can be a complete minefield! So many friendships have been ended by an ill-judged decision to getaway as a group. In fact, it’s so common that I’ve put together some tips to help you ensure that you stay firm friends with your travel buddies during and after your next trip…


Keep the Travel Party Small
You’re much more likely to experience arguments and fallouts when you travel with a large party, simply because there are more personalities, and therefore more opportunities for clashes to take place. You might think that the more people who come along, the cheaper the experience will be, but if your trip is ruined by arguments, the it doesn’t matter how little you paid for it, it won’t have been worth it.

Plan Together
You might have decided on a destination, but if you think you can take control and plan everything from now on, or let one or more of your friends do it all for you, think again. Just because you’ve agreed on a destination, doesn’t mean that you’ll agree on who to fly with, where to stay and what to do while you’re there, which is why you should all sit down and plan every detail of the trip together.

Compromise
The only ways that you’re going to avoid a fall out while you’re vacationing with friends is if you’re willing to compromise. You might want to spend every day trying the local cuisine and checking out the cultural sights, like the ones at http://www.worldofwanderlust.com/1, but other members of your party might be more interested in getting drunk on the beach and visiting the local waterpark, if you want to avoid conflict,then you’re all going to have to compromise at least some of the time.

Choose Your Travel Companions Wisely
Of course, if compromise really isn’t your thing, then only ever accepting mutual travel offers from friends who you know are totally on the same wavelength and want to do the same things as you is a good way to have your cake and eat it.

Find a Spacious Place to Stay
As someone who isn’t averse to solo travel, you might be fine with bunking up with strangers in far-flung hostels. In fact, you might have met some of your best friends that way. However, when you’re traveling with friends, it can be a bit different. If you’re stuck in close proximity with them for too long, everything they do can get on your nerves and arguments are inevitable. That’s why it’s much better to book an apartment like the ones at http://rumahdijual.com/makassar/apartemen, or ensure that you all have your own hotel rooms so that you always have a place to retreat to. Trust me; it’ll make the world of difference.

Pay Upfront
I know it can be difficult to talk about money with friends, but if you’re going on a trip together, then you really should ensure that you all pay your share for flights, hotel rooms and any pre-booked excursions you’ll be making upfront. Money, as I’m sure you will know, is one of the most common causes of argument in any situation, but when you’re traveling, and someone lets you down by not paying their fair share, well things can get pretty heated, and not because of the sunshine.

Do Your Own Thing
Just because you’re traveling as a group doesn’t mean that you can’t get off and do your own thing for a while. In fact, ensuring that you don’t pre-plan so many things to do that you’ll barely get a second away from each other is a recipe for disaster. Before jetting off to your destination of choice, make it very clear that you won’t be spending every second with your friends and that as long as you all meet for lunch or dinner, for example, everything else is negotiable.


Let Things Go
I know that this is much easier said than done, but if you’re traveling with friends and you want them to still be friends when you get back home, then you need to practice some self-restraint and let those small issues you have with them and their behavior go. Obviously, if they’re doing something really awful or dangerous, then you might have to speak out, but otherwise, keep your mouth shut, go for a long walk on the beach and let the worries drain away. Remember, that there is no one as capable of ruining your vacation as you are and it is the way you react to situations that will determine how well things go.

Have a Plan B
That being said, if you’ve never traveled with these people before, and so you don’t know how you’ll get on in a new situation, then it might be worth having a pLan B in place, so that if things go wrong and you really can’t stand to be around them for a moment longer, or you do end up falling out big style, you can get yourself out of the situation. This could be as simple as booking a flexible ticket or traveling to a place where you have friends who’d be happy to house you when your best friend is at your throat. Hopefully, you’ll never need to use it, but if you can get yourself out of a situation before it escalates too far, you might just be able to save a friendship that looks to be on the way out.

Traveling with friends can be amazing, and you probably think that it will be, but it’s unlikely to be the case if you don’t heed this advice and at least try to minimize any possible reasons for discord that could crop up, then, hopefully, you won’t be saying ‘Wish you weren’t here’ to someone you really care about.

This post is a collaborative effort. While not written by me, Diane, I liked the content enough to publish it here on Wife with Baggage. I hope it encourages, educates and entices you to travel more!

Is It Time You Discovered Denmark?

If you’re looking for travel inspiration, have you thought about visiting Denmark? A beautiful country with everything from bustling cities to rugged coastlines, Denmark has something for everybody. If you’ve never been before, what are you waiting for?

Copenhagen
The most logical place to start on your voyage of discovery in Denmark is its enigmatic capital, Copenhagen. A trendy hub famed for its creative residents and its colourful buildings, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to planning your city break itinerary. Highlights include Tivoli Gardens, the Little Mermaid, Rosenborg Castle and the Queen’s winter residence, Amalienborg. Once you’ve ticked off the tourist hotspots, you can easily while away hours meandering through the streets, checking out hip galleries and indulging in local delicacies. If you’re a foodie, this is the place to be with an abundance of fine dining restaurants on offer. The harbor, Nyhavn, is a spectacle you won’t want to miss and there’s always a lively atmosphere. Copenhagen has a relaxed, Bohemian vibe and a visit is the perfect excuse to embrace the Danish concept of hygge. Wrap up, get cosy, chill out and don’t worry about a thing.

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Fyn
Known as Denmark’s garden island, Fyn is the second largest island. It is famed for being the home of iconic author Hans Christian Andersen, and it’s also incredibly beautiful, which makes it a popular choice for anglers, hikers and those looking to enjoy a day at the beach. If you’re keen on fishing, try your hand at catching seatrout in Fyn. The rugged coastline offers some of the best fishing opportunities in the country. For those who want to discover more about the culture and lifestyle, there’s no better way to spend a day than exploring Egeskov Castle and the charming town of Faaborg. Adorned with quaint cottages and narrow streets, this is a truly beautiful spot, take a trip to the harbor and look out for the vibrant yellow bell tower.

Aarhus
Aarhus is Denmark’s second city. Although less busy than Copenhagen, Aarhus is starting to make a splash on the tourist scene, and visitor numbers are increasing steadily. It’s no wonder that more and more people are falling for this city’s charms and its eclectic vibe. Old blends with new effortlessly here and there’s a vibrant cultural scene. You won’t struggle to find museums and galleries here, and there’s an array of live music venues on offer. Gastronomy is also a subject of great interest in this part of Denmark, and there’s an ever-expanding collection of restaurants offering all kinds of innovative dishes in addition to an impressive display of stalls selling delicious, inexpensive street food. Top attractions include the winding streets of the Old Town, Moesgaard Museum and ARoS Aarhus Kuntsmuseum.

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If you haven’t been to Denmark yet, it’s time to have a look at fights and start planning your trip. Whether you’re keen to escape to the serene beaches of the islands or you’re hoping to live it up in the heart of Copenhagen, there’s something for everyone. See the sights, taste the food and embrace laid-back living.

This post is a collaborative effort. While not written by me, Diane, I liked the content enough to publish it here on Wife with Baggage. I hope it encourages, educates and entices you to travel more!