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The Best Travel Apps, Period

Yes, there is an app for too many things to count, indeed, just about anything! And since we’ve been talking about travel, decided to dig around in a few easy applications to help you with sleeping over, flying, dining, navigating and safety. We noted which apps require pay, so if we don’t mention it, it’s free and available to iOS or Android users, unless otherwise noted.

Flying
• Dealray
It’s $9.99 per month that will help you find inexpensive flight deals, alerts you to big price decreases, sales and error fares. Sorry, this one is iOS, but no Android.

• Freebird
Once you record your flight on this site, they will alert you if the flight is delayed by four or more hours or canceled. You can also book a new flight on any airline; one-way fees start at $19.

• Skiplagged
This is a fun app that helps you find one-way tickets with a stopover. The fun starts at the stop over location because you aren’t returning to the plane for your original destination. This is an option usually less expensive than a non-stop flight.

Dining
• Grab
Who has these good ideas? This app looks at restaurant menus inside the airport, map them for you and in some cases, even helps you order in advance so you can grab and go on your race to the gate. Today, it lists over 170 restaurants at 17 US airports.

• HappyCow
If you’re a vegan or vegetarian and you enjoy travel you must download this app! It will find restaurants for you in over 10,000 world cities. London, New York City, and Moldova and they provide very brief menu descriptions as well as customer reviews. There is a cost of $3.99.

• Velocity
Velocity tells you where all the hot restaurants are located, and you can also pay your bill or share it with your dining partner. They are working on adding the most popular spots for an exciting nightlife in Gstaad and Verbier in Switzerland as well as Aspen, Colorado.

Hotels
• AsYouStay
This app helps ease some of the pressures of making sure you check in by 3 pm and out by noon. The app owners have partnered with over 50 properties in New York City and about a dozen more in South Beach, Miami. Coming soon, Chicago and San Francisco.

• Chatnbook
iOS is available today, and Android is still in testing, but this app lets you load your travel details and once you do the app will deliver properties which meet your specifications. If you tap on the right symbol (green thumbs up), your chosen hotel will contact you directly with their best rates.

• Dayuse.com
If you have an extended layover, this app helps you book a room for just a few hours so you can grab a hot shower, nap or just clean up a tad. Their 3,000 hotels usually offer as much as 75 percent off standard nightly rates.

• Hostelworld
The purpose of this a is to bring single travelers together in either boozy events, private rooms or having fun at communal activities.

• Oasis
Oasis offers a variety of luxury short term apartment rentals in about two dozen locations. Rio, Miami, and Milan to name a few and you will have 24/7 concierge service to help with tour bookings, restaurant and theater tickets.

• Roomer
Substantial discounts on hotel rooms from other travelers who have had to unexpectedly had to cancel their trips. You can expect discounts of about 30 to 80 percent. And if this has happened to you, sell your reservation here as well.

• TripHappy
And happy is what you’ll be when this app finishes dissecting 37 million pieces of data and spits out the best places and hoods for you to stay in during your travels. Then you can sort your results by rating or price.

Navigation
• Cool Cousin
We don’t know about you guys, but none of our cousins are very cool. LOL. But this application sure is cool! Collections of “off-the-beaten-path” recommendations from residents in 14 destinations. A mixologist in London and an artist in Paris are two fun examples. You can expect to see some trendy suggestions here!

• Sidekix
While it may not be the shortest route, this app will give you the best walking instructions that will meet your preferences and interests. It is currently prepared for us in over 100 prime cities, and more are being added every week.

Driving

• Rideways
By entering your trip destinations and times, you can schedule a “rideway,” which is owned by Priceline to book a taxi, train or bus in over 500 worldwide cities. It’s a more cost-effective way to travel.

• Turo
This app lets you rent automobiles from owners. You may have known it as RelayRides; it’s prior name. It’s available for both US and Canadian users. You can search for any desired vehicle and likely find it for a much lower rate than a rental agency. Europe has recently been added to their service area.

• Wingz
Book your travel methods here in over a dozen metropolitan US cities. You know in advance the cost, the name of your driver and if you have a favorite, you can request him or her. All drivers have been checked out via their DMV records.

Health and safety
• Binaural
Who knew there was an app to help us fight jet lag? This app uses binaural beats, which are sounds that many cultures have relied upon for hundreds of years to relax. These repeated “beats” can improve learning and focus, reduce anxiety and relax your mind.

• Geosure
For whatever area you are in, the app can report a personal safety score, environmental threats, health risks, political threats and information about thefts and assaults in the area via crowdsourcing. It is a location-sensitive app.

• My Panda
This app tells you the level of security via GPS. It was founded shortly after the Paris terror attacks in 2015. In some locations, it will also direct you to the nearest police station and a one click option to call them.

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Top 5 Places in Mexico to Visit *DONE*

Mexico is a big place, and it’s sometimes challenging to figure out where to go and what to see. If you’re having trouble deciding, it’s sometimes a good call to assess each major location based on its best features. Some towns may be more appealing to others based on your personality.

5. Guadalajara

If you’re interested in witnessing some of the physical beauty of Mexico, we recommend that you check out Guadalajara. This amazing, historic city is colorful and charming. You’ll find plenty of amazing architecture and lots of incredible places to eat.

The Travesi Cuatro is a stunning art museum that you should check out if you’re in the area. It displays Latin American and European works of art.

If you’re looking for modern art, check out the Paramo Galeria. This establishment exhibits the works of newer artists.

Ceramica Suro is another excellent art museum to stop by. Here, you can find amazing ceramic arts made by some of the best artists in the world.

4. San Miguel de Allende

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay in San Miguel, check out the Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada or Rosewood San Miguel de Allende. They have excellent, comfortable rooms.

You can go on a thrilling wine tour, starting in Cuna de Tierra. You can ride a wagon through the various vineyards on this amazing tour.

If you’re still not satisfied, you can take a horseback ride through the area. You’ll see ruined villages and castles along the way.

3. Gourmand, Mexico City

Mexico City is one of the best places to visit if you’re all about experiencing the tastes that Mexico has to offer. Check out the Four Seasons Hotel for unparalleled luxury.

Wander downtown, and it shouldn’t be too hard to find a rooftop bar.

Searching for food isn’t difficult either, and some of the best street vendors in the world sell everything from corn on the cob to tacos.

If you’re looking for dessert, check out Temporal. This dessert place’s specialty is chocolate and mezcal.

2. Beach Bum, Isla Holbox

Isla Holbox is basically a quieter, more subdued version of Cancun. The beaches are just as nice, and you can relax without feeling too crowded.

If you want to check out the local wildlife, head to Yum Balam. You’ll find plenty of flamingos and pelicans in this ecological reserve. You can also snorkel with the fish.

If you’re getting hungry, head to Casa Sandra. This restaurant serves fresh fruit, hibiscus-lemon tea, and banana bread.

1. Historian, Merida

Merida is one of the best places to visit if you’re interested in history. It was built on the ruins of the ancient Mayan city of Tho.

For a full run-down on the city’s origins, head to the Museo Regional Antropologia. This museum has stunning exhibits that help you learn all about Mayan culture and history.

If you’re more interested in the history of music, head to the Museo de la Cancion Yucateca.

El Gran Museo del Mundo Maya is where you’ll find tons of interesting relics and treasures from the ancient Mayan times.

The Palacio de Gobierno is home to various works of art, including murals that depict what happened when the Spanish arrived in the Yucutan.

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay, consider the Casa Lecanda. There are only seven rooms in this cozy little hotel, and it’s perfect for any traveler.

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Plan a Trip Via the 11 Zodiac Signs

We can pick our vacation spots all kinds of diverse ways, take a family vote, draw places from a hat, let your budget make the decision, bucket list destinations, toss a dart, and so forth. Have you ever thought about selecting your journey’s end by your zodiac sign?

Some folks plan their lives around their star signs and heck, maybe they’re right about what impact our birth signs have over our destinies. They can define personalities, jobs, days, love lives, pets and good grief, why not let the stars plan your next vacation. There is nothing to lose here, friends, just have fun! And if you’re traveling with a mate, you can make sure you with both enjoy the trip. A Pisces may want to spend the day dreaming on the beach, while an organization freak Virgo seeks to plan each day down to the minute. Avoid the conflict, let’s see what astrology has to teach us about our vacation plans.

11. Capricorn (Dec 22 – Jan 19)
As a Capricorn, you know how much you love being surrounded by friends and family, so let’s take them all with us on a trip to Hawaii to build a home with Habitat for Humanity. It will be a great balance of volunteer work and relaxation for all. But if that doesn’t make your tail wag, here are some other thoughts:
• Renting a big house in either Big Sur or the Adirondacks
• The Ritz-Carlton Giveback Getaways

10. Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)
A single-minded and independent air sign, you may want to visit the same beloved placed you’ve been before or find a little hiding place that no one else knows about that will feed your need for being inventive and original. Our suggestions are:
• The Iguaçu Falls in Brazil
• Bolivian salt flats
• Northern Lights spotting in Finland
• Museum tours of Madrid or London

9. Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
This fishy sign just wants to escape, dream and soak in the beauty. Natural wonders are a great idea but don’t plan on a fixed itinerary, Pisces will want to take off for daydreaming without notice. Consider:
• A meditation retreat in the Berkshires
• A cozy Fiji bungalow that sits over the water
• Plitvice Lakes in Croatia, Maui

8. Aries (March 21 – April 19)
The sun sign ram is full of energy, so there will be no room for daydreaming or sacking out all day by the pool, keep this partner on the move in:
• The Bulgarian Black Sea for tours of the villages
• Myanmar Valley of Bagan to see temples by the thousand
• Tikal in Guatemala

7. Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
You self-indulgent rascals, we know that loving, warm heart of yours wants to splurge and enjoy great luxury. Try a trip to
• Willamette wine country
• Mustique beach
• The Ocean House in Watch Hill, Rhode Island
• Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa

6. Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
Like Capricorns, you also adore slipping away with friends and family. Your nurturing nature makes you the resident mom, nurse and counselor. You’re going to love these options:
• Rent a lake-side Italian villa with friends
• Take a family trip to Maine’s vacationland
• Hide away in a lodge in the Pacific Northwest (or Wyoming) woods

5. Leo (July 23 – August 22)
Always at the center of attention, the lion likes to roar dramatically. We know you don’t want to miss a beat, and we have exciting options for you in:
• New York City
• Yachting in the South of France
• Clubbing in Los Angeles
• Partying in Ibiza

4. Virgo (August 23 – September 22)
Get your geek on Virgos and do all your research until you detail out the full agenda of biking, hiking, class taking and walking to be sure you check out every hot spot you found online. Here are a few ideas for you:
• Bike tour through Southern Italy
• Paris walking tour
• Any of America’s best dude ranches

3. Libra (September 23 – October 22)
A romantic at heart, we know you must keep a peaceful balance in your life, so we found some quiet corners as well as some rowdy spots when you get a mood swing:
• Yoga in a Mexico retreat
• Rent a cottage in the Cotswolds of England
• A peaceful coastal retreat like Edgartown in Martha’s Vineyard

2. Scorpio (Oct 23 – Nov 21)
Get ready to commune with nature, plus a few modern commodities to make things comfier; you’re a glamper, face it! We’ve got you covered!
• Glamping in Tanzania
• Roughing it the comfy way at the Aman outpost in Jackson Hole
• Crater Lake Lodge

1. Sagittarius (Nov 22 – Dec 21)
Sagittarius (Nov 22 – Dec 21)
This hunter is watching for new and off the grid places like:
• Istanbul’s Blue Mosque
• Mongolia
• Taos
• New Mexico
• Iceland’s eastern fjords

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Best Beach Cover Ups for 2019

Beach season is finally here, grab those sunglasses, flip flops, bikini and don’t forget the sunblock, hop into the closest convertible and hit the highway. If you need a quick and functional cover up, we’ve been shopping and have found some of the most creative options for you right here. Change up the way you fold your sarong, toss on a romper or a sensual off the shoulder maxi dress and you’re ready to hit the bars, restaurants or party locations comfortably. When the sun goes down, if you worry about a breeze, we have long sleeve tunics, wide leg pants, light summer jackets all of which you can mix and match.

17. Surf Gypsy Cover-up Tunic is boho chic with embroidery and neon pompoms for less than $65.
16. Isabella Rose Cover-up Dress is less than $100, off the shoulder with scallop floral lace around the sleeves and neck.
15. Nanette Lepore Desert Diamond Cover-up Pants are wide leg and look great with a one or two-piece suit, depending on your destination. These comfy pants will run you about $160.
14. Club Monaco Yarden Cover-up is perfect for sipping cocktails by the pool while you check out the local talent ladies. It’s stripped and is about $150.
13. Ella Moss Swim Cover-up is a cute blue tunic, 100 percent cotton and pompom trimmed for less than $100.
12. Carmen Marc Valvo Caftan Cover-up will have everyone staring at the glamorous star walking the beach with a lovely flower print for less than $140.
11. Vitamin A Coverup Caftan has beautiful colors reminiscent of Greece and laces up beautifully for around $150.
10. Velvet by Graham & Spencer Aubree Cover-up Dress is a boho style kaftan with black stitch trim, stars, and tassels for $170.
9. Pitusa Maxis Cover-up Dress is another off the shoulder with colorful embroidery and very lightweight for less than $150.
8. Ted Baker London Passion Flower Cover-up Dress is a chic, bright and flowing halter dress, perfect for a night on the town.
7. Green Dragon Monterey Cover-up Pants have full legs, elastic waist and comes in the bold paisley print for $80.
6. Tommy Bahama Shirt Cover-up is akin to the loose boyfriend shirts and comes in cute Brenton striped pattern for less than $100.
5. O’Neill Emma Cover-up is a great option for a tropical trip with its floral halter neck romper for $50.
4. La Blanca Global Perspective Tunic Cover-up has beautiful beadwork around the V-neck, with long sleeves and a bold graphic print for $100.
3. Echo Swim Cover-up in Rouge is a halter neck, loose fitting maxi dress in a gorgeous citrus color, just for summer and less than $100.
2. J. Crew Gingham Dress is a sheer dress reminiscent of Daisy Duke and perfect for picnics and barbecues and is only around $80.
1. Forever 21 Crochet Embroidered Cover-Up will make you feel 21 with its elastic neck and beautifully crocheted for only $30.