Archive January 2021

Tips When Visiting Beaches in North Carolina

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There are lots of beautiful places to check out when visiting Charlotte, North Carolina. But for me, the coast is the perfect vacation destination. As a family, we like to take a different vacation each year, so we try to alternate between the beaches and the hills. Each year we start planning our coastal vacations and explore the beaches we want to see. We’ve been going there since we got married, and my partner and I moved before we hit it off.

It’s a great place to see, and it feels like home to us, especially as we drive down the road and get closer and closer to each of the recognizable landmarks we love so much. After years of visiting the Outer Banks, I have begun to realize that there are several pitfalls that individuals can avoid with a little research. I hope these recommendations below will help you if you plan to visit someday:

Don’t Stay in Crowded Areas

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Well, this suggestion might lead to a little discussion as many men and women stay in the area, but check out the small villages south of the area along Highway 12. If you’re looking for all the traditional coastal things like boat rides or putt-putt, you won’t find them in many of the more remote areas, but that’s okay. We never missed a number of these captivating coastal amenities. Even if you are staying in one of these populated areas, take a day and head to the coast.

Don’t Drive on the Shore

drivingThere are beach access ramps along Highway 12 that you can use to get to the coast, and it’s tempting to do so. Who wouldn’t want to take a walk in the sand? You can’t just jump on the first ramp you find and drive to the ocean.

And if you get stuck too close to the beach, you risk getting your car wet. The towing companies down there make a decent living with all the tourists stranded and feeling like it’s a lot harder to push the coast than you think.

Don’t Visit During Peak Season

This one is troublesome to avoid if you have kids, and frankly, we move in the summer with everyone else since our son is still in school. It is astonishing how cheap is the house rent and how empty it is before the summer is in full swing and after it starts to end. Be careful if you are heading up the coast – we are in our favorite parking lot here!…

Easy Ways When You Travel Alone

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Before this trip, take the best cigar cutter with you when visiting cuba. I didn’t have going to Cuba before, and I had never traveled much on my own. I had traveled around the eastern United States a bit and had been to Hawaii for work ten years before, but that was about it. Instead, bought a round-the-world ticket and a backpack, and after a bit of preparation,  set off to explore the world.

Pack Necessary Things

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This tip is very useful if you are backpacking – because you want to carry all those things on your back! Of course, you will need to dress appropriately for the weather conditions of the region(s) you will be traveling to. This may not seem like much for a long trip, but don’t forget that you can wash your clothes during the trip, and it is much easier to ensure that you take off the extras. It’s an excellent concept to at least first know where you are likely to stay in each city you will be staying in until you arrive.

Read Guidebooks

During my travels, I flipped through guidebooks, both online and in books, and I usually knew a few things I wanted to see or play with once I got to a new city. But I never thought of any kind of itinerary in advance it was much more pleasant and much more rewarding to find my way. Almost anywhere you stay, from a cheap hostel to a luxury hotel, there are probably a few men and women who can give you a lot of information about the area that no guidebook can.

Organized Tours

If I had been told in the past that some of my favorite tours were bus tours, I would have laughed. Since I didn’t have my transport in these regions, and since they don’t have the proliferation of train and bus services that you visit in Europe, the cheapest way to cross these nations was by bus. But these were not the normal tourist buses full of elderly people and families with small children. Every day, the bus could leave early in the morning, usually stopping for a tour, but the bus was not the only one. The next morning, you had the option of getting back on the bus with a different leg or staying behind a few days before another bus arrived with a completely different group of travelers .

Use Public Transport

When you are in a big city, the perfect way to get around is often public transport. Fortunately, once you have done this in one city, these skills transfer easily to other cities! But while I was in London on the first leg of my trip, I quickly got to know the ‘tube’ and it became my main mode of transport the whole time I was there. I would say that you should consider it, especially in case you have a small laptop. I wish the small, lightweight laptops that are now available were like that.

Keep Update

Although it is not mandatory to have a computer, it is useful if, like me, you plan to keep an online travelogue. You can indeed find internet cafes everywhere. However, there is often an account at these places, and there are often many people waiting to join. Since I have my notebook, I’ve been able to write my journal entries whenever I want and upload them after finding a place with free wireless internet access (something that abounds every day). I’ve also had the luxury of being able to download photos from my digital camera onto my hard drive, instead of having to wait to get Z.…