Packing Light for Winter

by JuJuB

Planning on traveling this winter? Looking for ways to NOT overpack when traveling during the colder winter weather months? Good idea. You definitely want to avoid lugging around heavy suitcases while traveling, and by learning a few simple tips for packing light in the wintertime you won’t have to. Since the winter months are right around the corner, now’s the time for you to understand how to pack for winter as it really does require a whole new packing approach.

Ready to learn some really great tips that will make packing in the wintertime a breeze?

How to Pack Lighter During Cold Months – A Few Tips

Packing appropriately for each and every trip is definitely an art. You don’t want to under pack as you want to be sure you bring everything you need, and you don’t want to over pack as this can make it difficult for you to find anything, and overpacked luggage is heavy! This makes it a fine line when it comes to packing the perfect suitcase.

When packing for wintertime travel, of course you’re going to need to pack clothes that are going to keep you warm, like sweaters, jackets, warm pants, scarves, etc. So what are a few things you can do to make packing when traveling during cold weather super simple?

Here’s a list of the best winter packing tips you can follow.

TIP: Wear your heaviest sweater and bulkiest coat when boarding your plane.

TIP: Put your jacket in your carry-on bag it the bag is large enough.

TIP: Wear one pair of weatherproof winter boots and bring two pairs of really warm socks.

TIP: Pack a neutral colored lightweight hat, 2 neutral colored scarves, and a pair of thin, neutral colored waterproof gloves. Neutral colors go with everything!

TIP: Pack thin items that can be layered, i.e. thin sweaters, thermal tops, thermal bottoms.

TIP: Pack 2 pairs of warm pants, one black pair and one neutral colored pair.

TIP: Use a compression bag to pack thick sweaters and jackets.

TIP: Invest in a quality, lightweight carry-on bag that offers lots of pockets for organizing.

TIP: Instead of packing pajamas, sleep in thermals.

TIP: Plan out your wardrobe be laying out all of your options on your bed so you can create at least 10 outfits by mixing and matching the same items.

Good to Know! When you board a plane, the further back you go the less likely you’ll have any overhead space to put your belongings.

Elite Travel Management Group, Inc

When most people think about a trip through the Tuscany countryside, they think about a relaxing drive with the windows down, or enjoying the sites with others on a bus tour. However, with Tuscany’s rolling hills and winding roads, one of the best ways to see the area is on a bicycle. It’s a great way to cover more ground, travel at a slower pace and stop along the way to see sites.

The best part about biking through Tuscany is that, depending on what you are interested in doing while you are there, you can create your own agenda. For example, you can bike through Northern Tuscany and get to know the great city of Florence or just focus on Tuscany and park your bike occasionally to enjoy a glass of wine and a nice meal. Then get back on and continue your journey. The choice is yours.

There’s a tour company called Exodus Travel that helps you to put together your Tuscany biking adventure. As they say, when you bike through Tuscay, you “Live “La Dolce Vita” as you cycle to the iconic city of Pisa, the masterpieces of Florence, wineries and so much more. You can cycle to the iconic leaning tower of Pisa to the Ponte Vecchio in Florence and, of course, through the Tuscan countryside. You’ll see da Vinci’s birthplace and sample some of Italy’s finest cuisine. 

In addition, Exodus Travel also has cycling packages for touring other parts of Italy, including Campania and the stunningly beautiful Amalfi Coast. On this tour, you can cycle through the Cilento National Park, quaint fishing villages, the Greco-Roman city of Paestum, Positano and of course Amalfi.

If you’re concerned that you are not up to cycling such big distances, don’t worry. There are tours for the more advanced cyclist as well as moderate tours where you aren’t going faster than 10 miles per hour. There is something for everyone and cycling through Italy brings a whole new level of exploration to your trip.

If you are interested in exploring Italy on bicycle, contact us and we will help to put together a trip of a lifetime for you.

Elite Travel Management Group

If you’re a roller coaster junkie and you have a need for speed, then taking a tour of the top rollercoasters around the country is a great way to feed your coaster cravings.

Head West Young Man: Here you will find the scariest 116-degree drop and 70mph ride on Cannibal at Lagoon Amusement Park in Farmington, Utah. A one-day visit to Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California, gets the coaster lover 18 rides to try, including the Green Lantern, which comes with a 144-foot drop, followed immediately by a 121-foot loop. And of course, you have to ride Superman: Escape from Krypton, where you’ll launch right out of the gate at 100mph … backwards.

Or go East: Your northeast rollercoaster tour should include stops at Jackson, New Jersey, where the wooden coaster, the El Toro, which has a maximum velocity of 70mph, is one of the most popular rides at Six Flags Great Adventure. If you’re spending the day at Six Flags, then spend some time on line at Kingda Ka, the tallest roller coaster in the world, where you shoot out at 128mph and head down a staggering 418ft drop! A short drive into Pennsylvania and you’ll be on Skyrush at

Hersheypark in Hershey, where you will reach five Gs on the first drop alone. Then head over to The GateKeeper at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, the tallest and fastest wing coaster that inverts a harrowing six times at 67mph.

Going South: If you’re heading down south to try the coasters, then Carowinds in Charlotte, North Carolina must be on your list. It is home to the Fury 325, the tallest chain-lift roller coaster in the world at 325ft and a whopping 95 mph. Walt Disney World has must-rides in the dark Space Mountain, even though it’s only 27 mph, and Mission: SPACE, a realistic simulated liftoff and flight. In Doswell, Virginia, the Intimidator 305 is at the Kings Dominion and, hang on, it has multiple low-to-the-ground hairpin turns and is a 90mph challenge for the best of the best rollercoaster lovers.

Midwest: Finally, are you the Davy to Six Flags’ Goliath? In Gurnee, Illinois, you can give it a shot on the Goliath, which has the longest (180ft) and steepest (85 degrees) drop of any wooden roller coaster in the country.

There are almost 500 rollercoasters of varying shapes, sizes and speeds, so plan your US tour for this upcoming summer season.

Elite Adventure Travel

Adventure in Jamaica

by JuJuB

Jamaica is one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean. Whether you just love to put your toes in the sand and soak up some sun or you are more of an adventurist, there is always something to do.

Beaches: Take your pick. There’s Treasure Beach, a six-mile stretch of coral-colored and black sands, private coves and rocky shores. Montego Bay, a major cruise ship port has Doctor’s Cave Beach and Walter Fletcher Beach. Founded in 1906, Doctor’s Cave Beach Club is nestled between the Marine Park and the Hip Strip. Explore Seven Mile Beach in Negril, Jamaica’s hot spot for sunbathers, including a few nudies in designated areas. You can also go horseback riding to see Jamaica’s trails and then take the horses right into the Caribbean.

Water fun: The green and blue ocean water shouldn’t just be watched from the shoreline, it should be explored. Located in Ocho Rios, the Rio Nuevo Wall is a diver’s paradise, with a 25-foot dive. Dunn’s River Falls is also a must-see for visitors where you can climb 600-foot cascades and snorkel below. Surfers can’t go to Jamaica without hanging 10 on Boston Bay Beach, one of the bluest, most beautiful beaches on the island.

Safari: Take a trip in a safari jeep up to the highest viewpoint of Ocho Rios, “Murphy Hill” (2000 feet above sea level) to really see what this beautiful country is all about. Ziplining is across the island is another way to see the stunning sights.

Hiking: The Blue Mountain Peak Trail takes approximately several hours to hike, ending at Blue Mountain Peak. Known for its Blue Mountain coffee, the Peak is the highest mountain in Jamaica at 7,402 ft., making it a prime location for trekkers. If you want to maximize trail time, Portland Gap is a convenient overnight stay on the trail.

Music: Get your groove on, because July 1 is International Reggae Day. Jamaica reveres this day with a 24-hour celebration of its reggae culture and influence. If that’s not long enough of a celebration, the Jamaica Festival is a one-week celebration honoring Jamaica’s independence.

Eat: Tasting the Jamaican delicacies is always an adventure in itself. Be sure to try their famous Jerk chicken, curry goat, fried dumplings, fried plantain, and steamed cabbage. Of course, a little Jamaican rum is a great way to top off a wonderful vacation.

So much to do, so little time!


Cycling Across Country

by JuJuB

Many people have dreams of touring across the country on a bike, but aren’t sure where or how to start. Maybe they don’t know what kind of bike to get, or what kind of route they should plan. Here are some helpful tips to help you get started on your cycling tour across the country.

Consider buying a touring bike. While they can be pricier than standard bikes, there are benefits to buying a bicycle specifically geared towards touring, especially if you think you might do more than one tour in your life. They’re generally more durable, can handle tougher terrain, and can support more loadings than most other bikes. You don’t necessarily need a top-of-the-line touring bike for your trip, and there are some pretty inexpensive ones out there if you look for deals. If you don’t want to buy an entirely new bike, you can still upgrade your current bike to have the tools you’ll need, such as methods of carrying your luggage or better tires.

Start exercising. You might cycle a lot, but it’s likely that your body isn’t used to taking 6- to 8-hour bike rides every day, so it’s important to start exercising and conditioning your body. Depending on the type of tour you’re choosing, your workout routine could change. For more casual tours, you can probably get away with easier workouts, while tougher workouts could require more rigorous training. If you’re unsure what type of workout to do, ask an expert at your local gym.

In a tour or by yourself? A big part of prepping for your cross country journey is deciding if you want to go in an organized tour or make your own route by yourself. There are certain benefits to both, but it depends on your personal preference. If you’re not confident enough to go solo, a group is a good starting option. For example, America by Bicycle is one tour company with different routes for all skill levels. Trek Travel is another organization that offers individual, family tours and pro cycling tours.

Planning your route. If you choose to go by yourself instead of in a group, planning out your route will be the most important part of your trip. If you’re not sure where to start, considering choosing some tourist attractions or other such places that you’ve always wanted to see and mark them on a map. From there, you can start to connect the roads between them and plan your stops along the way, whether they be at hotels or camp grounds. It’s important to have a detailed plan before you leave, a map in case you get lost (and you’re not in a Wi-Fi area) and adequate supplies.

Don’t overpack. Like most other vacations, packing can be quite the hassle when it comes to biking across country. Taking a minimalistic view on packing can help lessen your load and make traveling easier. Two things you can easily pack less of is food and clothes. Pack outfits that can be used in multiple ways and also help to save space. .


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