Best Travel Social Networking Sites

Best Travel Social Networking Sites

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While you don’t always hear a ton about social networks for travelers, there are a few great ones out there that can help you plan trips, make new friends and discover places you never knew existed.

Wayn

– Allows you to search prospective destinations based on the kinds of activities you do eg) skiing or surfing.

– If you already know where you want to go, you can also search by destination and get tips from local on what to do while you’re there.

HelloTel

– Business travel often means lonely travel, but Hellotel creates a localized social network around the hotel you’re staying in. This allows you to connect with other nearby travelers (or locals) to grab a drink or do a little networking.

–  Have a specific need? You can also ask the group questions about everything from restaurants to transportation options and get answers in real time.

Trover

– This app allows you to explore some of the world’s most exciting travel destinations through the photos of other travelers (posted in an instagram-style format.)

– You can use the images to plan your next big getaway, or to just to take a virtual vacation from your office chair during your lunch break!

 

Trips to Get You Motivated

Trips to Get You Motivated

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Land Person – Summer Camp for Adults

Bringing out your inner child will bring back your energy and motivation! Adult summer camps like Club Getaway, in Kent CT encourage you to get outdoors, play, take up some new hobbies and make new friends. Whether traveling solo or in a group, a weekend here is sure to motivate you! Weekend rates start at just $499.

Water Person – In water: Surf Trip

Surfing has an extremely powerful impact on people physically and mentally, one of which is motivation; you may keep falling but you will want to keep trying! Puerto Rico is also known as ‘ mini Hawaii’ yet is much closer and easier to fly to, and has lots of beginner friendly waves. Stay at the Horned Dorset Primavera directly on the water, and be sure to check out martinis that give Manhattan bars run for their money – at the Green Thumb Grill.

Boat Person – A Cruise With Your Friends or Family

Spending time with friends or family can bring you the support you need to find motivation, especially when your having a good time together. Consider a cruise on lines like Royal Caribbean Cruise Line which include group activities for every kind of traveler from ice skating, to rock climbing to mini golf – and that’s even before you reach your destination!

Any Tips?: No matter where to decide to go, motivational trips like this are going to take some energy! Save it for the destination and let search engines like Skyscanner do the hard work, compiling over 1,200 travel partners under one roof so you can easily compare your options in one place to find the best deals on, airlines, travel sites, hotels and car rental.

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SOBE Food and Wine Festival

This year, as per expected, all foodies from around the globe flocked to the SOBE Food and Wine Festival this year. Sun, sand and SOBE laid a stage for some of the nation’s favorite Food Network chefs and a weekend of all-star events, including late-night tastings, intimate dinners and culinary demos.

GW was lucky enough to attend one of the event’s most popular events; “The Grand Tasting Village,” which housed not only some of the best chefs/restaurants in Miami/Fort Lauderdale but also featured culinary demos, tasty bites, and refreshing libations from wine to whisky. Held from February 21st to 22nd, the new layout of the event allowed for more places to relax and enjoy this grand experience, whether kicking back with a cocktail under the shade, or dancing to live music and/or DJs throughout the day.

Favorite picks included live demos from chefs such as Rachael Ray or Paula Deen, frozen lollipops served in champagne, and of course the Hard Rock’s own private party tent. One can only imagine what next year holds!

San Diego

The sunny city that I cant quite compare to anywhere else – San Diego really does have it all from sports and shopping to surfing and sensational dining. On my recent trip with family, I made a point of hitting up a few new spots that have been on the ‘must do’ list for a while.

The nightlife hotspot – King and Queens Cantina
If you are looking for a dinner spot with friends or family that packs a punch in music, vibe and cuisine – look no further. King and Queen Cantina brings a Latin flavor to San Diego’s Little Italy with colorful skull décor and a Dia de Los Muertos theme all year long. Seat yourselves at the downstairs bar or follow mood lighting upstairs outdoor bar where you can take to the San Diego skyline as you sip hand-crafted cocktails at this modern Mexican cantina. Creative owner and founder Jorge Cueva brings the ‘Mexican Cantine’ style and hisipanic popular menu from Orange County’s hotspot Tempo Urban Kitchen to create an eclectic menu from sushi to tacos as well as popular Latin dishes combined with inspiration from around the world. My choices include the sHISHITO PEPPERS (Soy glazed, malted salt, lime crema) the NO TORTILLA TACOS (Stuffed tempura jalapeno, spicy tuna, cheese, spicy aioli, pear and cucumber slaw, radish, cilantro, wrapped in jicama tortilla) and the DIABLO ROLL (Avocado, cucumber, crab meat, and shrimp tempura, wrapped in seaweed and rice, topped with spicy tuna and crispy onions.) Pair these with their famous Margarita Flight or a couple Modelas – and your set for a unforgettable night.

The ambient spot – Havana 1920
Havana 1920 brings Hemingway’s Cuba to life with authentic Cuban dishes, drinks and entertainment. Located just south of Market Street in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, you will find an atmospheric hideaway and hotspot serving up a most entertaining evening. Start your night with an aged rum, overlooking the street scenery from the upstairs balcony – and dig into their CEVICHE TROPICAL (shrimp, grilled pineapple, jalapeño, cucumber, tomato, onion, and cilantro.) For mains dig into the classic SANDWICH CUBANO (Cuban Sandwich Slices of slow roasted pork, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard on Cuban Bread) or a BISTEC HAVANA 24 (Angus skirt steak topped with our own chimichurri served with grilled Cuban bread, plantains and a side Caribbean avocado salad.) Once your done, head downstairs for a nightcap and soak up the buzzing scenery.

The brunch spot – The Mission
The Mission is a casual, local eatery with a brunch choice for everyone. Their concept specializes in simple, healthy, tasty food with a whimsical edge and a focus on artful presentation at an affordable price. By focusing on the use of simple and fresh ingredients, this vibrant urban bistro promotes living in an increasingly health-conscious world – which includes everything from classic pancakes and sandwiches to modern Chino-Latino cuisine! A few of my favorites include the SOY CHORIZO BURRITO (Black beans, crispy rosemary potatoes, scrambled eggs, jack cheese, cilantro, scallions, tomatoes and chipotle crema in a large whole wheat tortilla) and the ZEN BREAKFAST (Scrambled egg whites, braised tofu, brown rice, grilled zucchini & squash with tomato & onion garnish) but if you want to indulge there are every kind of pancake imaginable from blueberry to banana. This concept in healthy dining, combined with pleasant surroundings, is The Mission’s specialty and has made The Mission a huge favorite among local San Diegans and travelers from around the world.

The happening hotel – The Kimpton Solamar
This hotel boasts both a great location and great presentation- explore, indulge and recharge right in the center of the Gas Lamp District. This Kimpton offers an all-inclusive vibe with rich décor. Our regal-meets-vibrant, urban refuge provides modern comfort, a rooftop pool oasis, dazzling dining destinations, genuinely engaged service, plus a central location ideal for exploring some of the city’s latest dining trends and sizzling nightlife options. Of course, being a Kimpton, expect all the generous quirks – like happy of complimentary wine for guests at night, cold brew at 6am in the lobby and dog cookies for traveling fidos. By far, one of my favorite spots to stay in SD.

The activity- The San Diego Zoo
This is a great activity for all ages, aside of beaching it and shopping. Set in Balboa Park, The San Diego Zoo houses was a pioneer in the concept of open-air, cageless exhibits that re-create natural animal habitats. Walk around the park, jump on the Skyfari aerial tram or hop on a guided bus tour of the entire zoo – and experience live talks, feedings, and demonstrations. Meet over 4,000 rare and endangered animals, and over 650 unique species from all over the world in this 100-acre site.. You’ll get up close to koalas as well as gorillas, elephants, crocodiles and more in exhibits from the African Rocks to the Australian Outback!