Tips For Group Trips

Wrangling up all of your best companions for an outing may seem like an outlandish idea, however we’re here to help. We’ve assembled ten of our best thoughts for an enjoyable and life-changing trip for you and your crew.

Ship Your Luggage

This concept may sound loopy at the start, however give us a minute. Imagine travelling together with your besties on a dream trip and no longer having to fear about your bags at ALL. No more schlepping your stuff around and no getting caught on the bags carousel. All you’ll need to fear about is your neck pillow, your mags and your plane snacks. Use a carrier like LugLess to send all your bags (or skis, golf golf equipment, and so on) beforehand of time, where it will be waiting for you when you land.

Track It All

At the point when you’re going with a major gathering there are such a large number of subtleties to track. Travefy can assist you with figuring out each and every one of them. Utilize the application to design every day’s agenda, inquire about the day’s events, vote on choices and visit with everybody to work it hard and fast. Likewise, you can effectively import travel records, share maps and gather cash for any common costs for your group’s experiences.

Return to Summer Camp

On the off chance that you’ve been feeling the loss of your day camp days, it may be a great opportunity to recover your childhood at the Summer Camp Hotel in Martha’s Vineyard. There’s a lot of wistfulness like the inn’s “flask” where you can go for a bite or huge ping-pong tables to keep everybody occupied. But at the same time it’s route cozier than the twin beds back in your old camp bunk. The best part is that you’ll be on Martha’s Vineyard with every one of your companions, so you can appreciate the sea shore just as the best cafés and exercises on the island.

Take On a Unique (Airbnb) Experience

We’ve all known about Airbnb, however, you probably don’t know about their most current creation: Experiences. This is a great way to stay in shape while you’re traveling. You can participate in exercises like housetop disco yoga in Los Angeles, surf school in Bali, taxidermy class in London or glassblowing in Chicago. Any place you and your companions are going, search through the site and attempt to locate some great experiences to add to your trip.

Track Money

CashApp is another must-have application in the event that you plan on taking off with your friends. The application permits you to keep a running tab of all the cash you owe each other all throughout the trip. In the event that you spring for film tickets on night one and purchase everybody tacos on day three, CashApp will monitor everything. Every individual can monitor the totality of the costs they’re responsible for, and at the end of the outing, you can all effectively pay each other without a pile of receipts and IOUs.

Let Disney Plan Your Trip

Disney may appear as only an option if you’re traveling with kids, but it’s actually a great choice if you’re simply with older friends. Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., is the greater of the two U.S. stops and can offer long periods of fun  past the Magic Kingdom. Additionally have Epcot (eat your way around the globe!), Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios.

Go on a Scavenger Hunt

A fun way to spend time for you and your companions is a scavenger hunt. Keep in mind that you probably won’t be in the mood for arranging one yourselves, but there’s an application you can utilize instead. Goose Chase can assist you with arranging your whole scavenger chase. It permits you to create your own game by giving your hunt a name, picking various kinds of missions and keeping tabs on everybody’s development continuously.




Gervais will run jokes past attorneys

Comedian Ricky Gervais is speaking out again, after receiving word he will be hosting the Oscars yet again.

The comedian, known for his witty and controversial sense of humor, said this year’s jokes will be run past his lawyers first.

“’I never do anything that terrible as it’s on network television, but I do have to show my script to a lawyer at the last minute,” he said, via The Daily Mail.

“They don’t change anything because I know the law and what I can get away with. I’ve never libeled anyone, and I’ve never had a complaint upheld,” he added.


Cummings shared topless photo after smoking marijuana: ‘It was my own fault’

Whitney Cummings is discussing the time she accidentally shared her nipple on Instgram.

The comedian addressed the incident in an appearance on “The Kelly Clarkson Show” this week, revealing that she was smoking pot when she posted the raunchy snippet.

“It was actually my own fault. I was doing Instagram Stories one night and weed is now legal in California, which is not a good mix. I had done [a Story] and it kind of slipped a little bit,” Cummings said.

The comment comes just after Cummings issued a statement via her Twitter account, saying:

“1) In April I accidentally posted an insta story that showed nipple. Once I realized, I deleted. The people who took screen grabs are trying to get money from me, some said they have offers to sell them, some are asking for money to not post the photo.”

Attaching the topless photo, she continued, “2) They all must think I’m way more famous than I am, but they also must think I’m way more easily intimidated than I am. If anyone is gonna make money or likes off my nipple, it’s gonna be me. So here it all is, you foolish dorks.”

Cummings told Clarkson she would seek in the coming days to take back control of her Twitter account, saying she did not want people to focus on the mistake.

“I just took the bargaining chip off the table. It was the only thing I knew how to do,” Cummings told Clarkson. “It’s a boob!”


Car crashes are rising fast in states where marijuana is legal

Car accidents have spiked in the first three states to legalize recreational marijuana, as law enforcement and state lawmakers grapple with how to define marijuana-impaired driving and test drivers for marijuana. It is much more complex than enforcing laws against driving drunk, analysts said.

Colorado, Washington, and Oregon saw a combined 5.2% increase in the rate of police-reported car crashes after marijuana legalization, compared with neighboring states where marijuana is still illegal, according to researchers from the Highway Loss Data Institute, who compiled and analyzed data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The researchers also found that auto-insurance collision claims increased a combined 6% across all three states since legalization, compared with neighboring states.

Other organizations are voicing worry over the issue. The Washington Traffic Safety Commission said that the number of drivers involved in fatal crashes in the state who tested positive for THC, the psychoactive chemical in marijuana, more than doubled since 2013. Recreational sales of marijuana first occurred legally in Washington in 2014.

Helen Witty, president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, said that “Drunk driving is still the No. 1 killer on our roads. … But drugged driving, as it’s legalized across this country, is a huge, emerging issue.”

Researchers said that policing against marijuana-impaired driving is difficult as there is no official legal definition of it, nor is there any recognized breathalyzer-like system for reliably detecting marijuana in a driver’s breath or blood. The presence of marijuana in blood also does not necessarily indicate impairment, and THC can disappear from the bloodstream in as little as a half-hour, making it difficult to capture incriminating evidence from even a driver who has consumed marijuana, said Staci Hoff, research director at the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.


Majority of Italians says racist violence is ‘justifiable’

Acts of racially inspired violence are at least sometimes justifiable, a majority of Italian respondents said in a recent poll. The results follow a slew of highly publicized racist and antisemitic crimes across the country and mark the first time in a decade in which more than half of respondents did not condemn racism outright.

The polling firm SWG conducted the survey, which obtained responses from 1,500 people. A total of 45% of respondents said that racists acts are acceptable depending on the situation, while another 10% said that such acts are “always” justifiable.

The polling firm has conducted this survey every year for more than a decade, but only this year has it found a majority of respondents defending racist acts. Enzo Risso, scientific director at SWG, placed some blame on increases in hate speech online and the general public “becoming more used to” this rhetoric.

“What this means is that there has been a relaxation in attitudes towards racism—not necessarily that people have become racist, more that they are becoming more accepting of racist acts and do not consider them so scandalous,” said Risso.

Anger and vitriol against immigrants from Africa and the Middle East has flared in many parts of Europe, due partly to native Europeans associating the immigrants with increased crime and other social problems. Anti-immigrant political organizations and parties have gained members and seen their poll numbers grow in Germany, France, the United Kingdom, and other nations.

But anti-Jewish activity has also increased in recent years. Italian authorities assigned Liliana Segre, a Holocaust survivor, a polic escort last week after she received a barrage of online threats–including death threats–from far-right extremists.

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Best U.S. Resorts With Foodie Workshops

Traveling for food is more than just eating at great restaurants. These are the best foodie workshops around the world.

Sustainable Foodies

Terranea Resort is a workshop that prides itself from living off the land and the sea. The resort’s farm-to-table program, led by Executive Chef Bernard Ibarra, includes a number of amazing features, including a salt producing insitute that pulls salt directly from the sea. Workshops are held the first Saturday of the month and reservations must be made in advance.

Farm to Table Foodies

Blackberry Farm includes great tasting tours and hands-on farm demos. Among the best features is the wine and whiskey tastings, along with cheese-making events.

Global Foodie

Vermont’s Essex Resort and Spa may not have any cooking classes, but that shouldn’t deter you. The Cook Academy classes are intimate and a great place where beginners to cooking can learn. It also includes great skill advancements for more advanced chefs, as well. Also, try some of the Vermont maple syrup, which is delicious.

Gourmet Foodies

Wynn Las Vegas is more than gambling. The resort’s Master Class series — which you can find online, as well — includes workshops led by some of the greatest chefs and artisans in the world. Learn everything about sushi to wine, as you enjoy the views of the Strip while you engage in the best of the best.

Forage Foodies

If you’re looking for something a little more off the beaten path (literally), you may be interested in a forage foodie adventure.  La Tourelle Resort is the cream of the crop of these, with its glamping experience and it’s hands-on foodie experience. Hosted by  Food Network star Emma Frisch, the forage experience provide travelers with a 70-acre farm for foraging fun.

Spicy Foodies

New York’s Inns of Aurora has some of the spiciest foodie adventure experiences. Laura Coburn, the resort’s Director of Serenity, oversees the tea sessions that provide travelers with a unique experience that’s tailored to each guest.


World’s Best Secret Beaches

The world has so many great beaches, it’s hard to choose. However, this list will help you start your beach tour. Here are the best beaches in the world:

Muriwai Beach, New Zealand 

Piha Beach, located in New Zealand is the best beach if you find yourself in the North Island coastline.

Fraser Island, Australia 

200 miles from Brisbane you can find this desolate patch of sand. Fraser Island’s remains the largest sand island in the world and it will leave you breathless.

Cabo Polonio, Uruguay 

Punta del Este is the most well known beach in Uruguay’s, but the South-Beach-meets-South-America leaves little room for adventure.

Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam 

It’s the island of dream and Instagram. Whether you’re European or Australian, you’ll find backpackers and international jet-setters settling up on this island off the coast of Vietnam.

Isla Bastimentos, Panama 

Located off the coast of Panama is the archipelago called Bocas del Toro. Hard to beat this beach, as it’s a once-in-a-lifetime excursion.


Top Travel Apps for Your Next Trip

Forget the fold-up maps that refuse to re-fold, and the printed currency “cheat sheets” for your pocket. There’s an app for almost everything when it comes to travel. Here’s a sampler of the best to download for your next trip.

Not to be confused with the small, furry critters that dig in your yard, Hipmunk searches thousands of travel sites to locate the best prices on hotels and other rental properties, including Airbnb and Homeaway. It also finds the best deals on airline flights, Amtrak trains and charter flights. Want to hit the beach for the weekend, or spend a few days shopping in the Big Apple? Don’t go “nuts,” as Hipmunk likes to say, searching for a great rate. Hipmunk can find it for you, starting from your home city or other location.

When you want to really experience a destination, use Airbnb to rent a home from someone who lives there. This app connects you with hosts in over 191 countries and 34,000 cities, whether you’re traveling on business or for pleasure. Accommodations can range from an apartment to a villa, and there are even more than 1400 castles that will open their gates – er, doors – to guests. Want to make some extra money? You can list your own home on Airbnb and rent your space to visitors.

Some travelers don’t leave home without a certain credit card. Others won’t budge without Spot. BringFido lets you “spot” pet-friendly destinations around the world, along with accomodations, attractions and restaurants that won’t make your pup sit and stay….outside. It also locates services like veterinary clinics, boarding kennels and training classes. A handy events calendar tracks dog shows, costume parades, festivals, agility competitions, “yappy” hours, dog washes and more. And “paws” to consider this: about 70% of the listed events benefit humane societies.

Hopper, which is an accredited travel agency, was named the best travel app of 2015 by Apple, and it’s easy to see why. When you search for a trip, Hopper taps into historical data to see when flight prices are typically at their lowest. Then it will either recommend that you go ahead and book, or wait to see if the fare goes down. If you opt to wait, just tap the binoculars icon in the app, and Hopper will alert you as soon as the ticket price drops. Then you can “hop” right on it.

Hotel Tonight
Not sure where to stay when you’re traveling on the spur of the moment? Or are you worried that you’ll blow your budget on a hotel because you couldn’t book in advance? Hotel Tonight can help. This app partners with properties in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Central and South America and the Asia Pacific region to locate deals on rooms that hotels haven’t been able to book ahead of time. You can reserve a room for the current night, the next day or beyond. Look for room descriptions like “hip,” “basic,” “charming,” “luxe” or “solid” to get a feel for what to expect.

XE Currency
Whether you’re bargaining for a silk scarf at a market stall in Thailand or shopping for luxury teas in a London department store, you’ll have to convert your money to whatever the locals are using. XE Currency is a free app that tracks live exchange rates as well as historical data. For just $1.99, an ad-free “pro” version offers almost all the same features as the freebie, and lets you follow up to 20 currencies at once (the free version is capped at 10). XE Currency is available for Windows, BlackBerry, Firefox OS, Apple and Android devices.


You don’t need an Internet connection to use the free, offline maps on CityMaps2Go, which relies on GPS to find street addresses and attractions. (If you’re an iPhone user, you’ll need to turn off your data roaming setting, or your phone will keep trying to connect to the Internet.) You can search for a restaurant, shop, hotel or other place by name, or simply browse by categories. This app, from Ulmon, also lets you book hotels, customize maps, and save and share your information with others. Need ideas on what to do and where to go? Explore destinations in-depth with the app’s curated or partner-provided content.

Periscope, from Twitter, invites you to “see the world through someone else’s eyes” as you watch videos created by other users around the globe. You might see surfers catching the waves in California, observe a political protest unfolding in Cairo, or opt to make your own video of the sun setting at the Eiffel Tower. Followers can see videos in the app or on the Web and write comments or post hearts to show their approval. Show your video live or save it to replay up to 24 hours later; you can also choose whether to make it public or private.

Send postcards from the road with Postagram, by Sincerely, Inc. This app lets your turn images from your iPhone, Instagram or Facebook accounts into printed cards. Mail them anywhere in the U.S. for $.99 or outside the U.S. for $1.99; if the card gets lost or damaged in the mail, or you’re just not happy with it, the developers say they’ll re-send it or refund your money. Personalize your cards with a message, if you like; they have space for up to 140 characters. Even if you don’t send the postcards to friends and family back home, they’re fun additions to a photo album or scrapbook of your travels.


Superfast star found leaving Milky Way at 1,700km per second

A star is making its way outside of the galaxy, and it’s doing so at a rapid rate.

Astronomers have spotted a star flying outside of the Milky Way at more than 6m km/h (3.7m mph), or 1,700km per second. Astronomers say the flight was likely the cause of an encounter with a supermassive black hole.

“This star is travelling at record-breaking speed, 10 times faster than most stars in the Milky Way, including our sun,” said Da Costa. “In astronomical terms, the star will be leaving our galaxy fairly soon and it will likely travel through the emptiness of intergalactic space for eternity.”

The star, known as S5-HVS1, is the third-fastest star ever measured. The other two were ones that had been boosted to high speeds in supernovae explosions.

“Excluding these somewhat special cases, this star is far and away the fastest ever spotted,” said Dougal Mackey, a co-author also at ANU College of Science.


Must-Visit Vineyards in Shenandoah Valley

Everyone knows about California’s wine, but have you heard of Virginia’s? The Shenandoah Valley is ripe—pun intended—with incredible wine, thanks to hilly fields in the Blue Ridge Mountains ideal for growing a wide variety of grapes.


Purple WOLF Vineyard

Bluestone Vineyard

The Winery at Kindred Pointe

Cross Key Vineyards

Cave Ridge Vineyards

Muse Vineyards