20 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Savannah

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Savannah is one of the greatest gems of the southern United States. It’s an enchantingly beautiful city with warm and welcoming locals — and an ideal stop on a Southern USA road trip!

In fact, I spent 3-days in Savannah to create this ultimate guide. Soak in the rich history and admire all the Spanish moss…beware, this Georgian peach is going to steal your heart.

Being the first planned city in the US, the streets are laid out on a perfect grid, making it an easy city to walk around. As you stroll from the waterfront all the way to Forsyth Park, you’ll see little “town squares” every block or so, and each one is as charming as the last.

The whimsical natural beauty combined with that good old-fashioned Southern hospitality makes this a prime city for solo travel.

Like much of the southern United States, this city is at its prime during the shoulder seasons. You’ll find gorgeous weather, reasonable pricing, and fewer crowds from April to May then again from September to October.

This coastal city with its cobblestoned streets, horse-drawn carriages, period architecture, trendy boutiques, and otherworldly beauty is like nowhere else — and, ohhh, that food!

You’ll definitely want to make reservations at a few of the iconic restaurants in the area — check out my Savannah foodie guide to plan out your meals!

Whether you are planning a girlfriend getaway, a holiday with your mom, a romantic escape, or a solo adventure, Savannah is a dream destination for a long weekend.

Are you planning a trip to Savannah? Let me know in the comments below!

 

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20 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Leavenworth, Washington

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If you’ve never heard of Leavenworth, Washington, you’re in for a treat!

Did you know that you can channel all those European vibes without leaving the US? The Bavarian-styled village of Leavenworth is the place!

Located in the Cascade Mountains, Leavenworth is lined with Alpine-style buildings and restaurants that offer German beer and food. The nearby lake of Wenatchee is the ideal spot for a cozy cabin getaway where you can bird-watch.

Oh, and did I mention the ski areas and wineries? Yep! This place is the ultimate winter holiday destination.

This quaint little town is the perfect Pacific Northwest winter weekend getaway, especially if you can visit during the holiday season. If you’re looking to embrace all those European Christmas market vibes without leaving the US, Leavenworth is like a little Bavaria.

While you would see the best of the town in 24 hours, I would recommend making a weekend out of it to truly get the chance to soak it all in.

Whether you’re exploring the Pacific Northwest on a road trip, looking to make a day trip from Seattle, or simply wanting to plan a cozy winter weekend in Leavenworth — definitely add this charming spot to your list.

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Save Money On Hotels This Black Friday

It’s Black Friday time! 

As we know, this day has become the ultimate shopping day every year in countries around the world.  In the US, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa, Sweden, Mexico (known as “El Buen  Fin”) and others, companies, both physical and online, offer deep discounts that are generally not seen  the rest of the year. 

For travelers, this is also a great period to plan your trips for next year as everything from travel gear to hotel rooms, if you look in the right places, are being offered at discounted rates. 

Where do you want to go next year? 

For me, I’m hoping to reach Japan, the Cook Islands and East Africa. 

Take a moment to daydream. What destinations pop into your head? White sand beaches? Historic  cities of Europe? The ancient temples and pyramids of Egypt? 

If it’s beaches and warm water you’re after… 

I’ve always been a huge fan of Mexico and would take any opportunity to hit up the Riviera Maya for  some time in the sun, on the sand and in the beautiful water. Mix in some historical sites and visiting a few incredible cenotes and it’s a trip that’s hard to beat. On the other hand, one of my friends just learned to surf in Costa Rica and she raved about the experience down there. And after my recent trip to the Dominican Republic, if you’re just looking to relax in a paradise setting, Punta Cana offers remarkable opportunities to do just that. 

If you’re looking for history and culture… 

Perhaps a European trip is in order, admiring the architectural masterpieces that can be found in places  such as Prague, Budapest, Rome and Barcelona. You can also combine this with some of Europe’s  lesser known destinations (Brno, Bratislava, Ljubljana and Valencia, perhaps?) to create an experience  that offers the best sights and days without any tourist crowds. 

And if you’re looking for a proper hotel or resort stay, here’s an example of potential savings. Barcelo Hotels has announced Black Friday hotel offers at their 251 properties around the world (in over 20  countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa). You’ll find up to a 40% discount plus you can get an extra 20% off with the code BF2021 at some excellent accommodations for next year. 

This ensures you get the best price guaranteed. You can also receive other discounts through their “my Barcelo” loyalty program as well, simply by signing up. 


If you saw yourself on a white-sand beach, options include: 

  • Riviera Maya: Barceló Maya Riviera – Adults Only 
  • Cancún: Occidental Costa Cancún 
  • Aruba: Barceló Aruba 
  • Punta Cana: Barceló Bávaro Beach 

If you prefer a cultural European trip, Barceló’s discounts can be found here as well: 

  • Madrid (Barceló Torre de Madrid) 
  • Rome (Occidental Aurelia) 
  • Prague (Occidental Praha) 
  • Budapest (Barceló Budapest)

Again, this is just an example. Black Friday discounts are everywhere. 

So, where do you want to go next? What type of adventure are you looking for? If you can answer that question, get ready to save and turn those travel dreams into reality! 

By the way, did you know the origin of the term Black Friday? It was apparently used by the police and bus drivers in Philadelphia back in the 1960s to describe the heavy pedestrian traffic on the day after  Thanksgiving. It’s quite a different story these days. 

*Dates of application of the promotional code are for new reservations made between 11/19/2021 to  11/28/2021 for travel between 11/19/2021 to 12/31/2022. Restrictions may apply in some hotels and  specific periods.

 

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