Escape the Cold: The Best Places to Warm You Up

If you’re lucky enough to have vacation days scheduled around the holiday season, now is a great time to start planning. If you wait much longer, airline prices will start to rise, and all the best hotels will be booked up. If you live north of the Mason-Dixon line, chances are you’ve already had a couple days of cold weather and are just starting to realize that summer is truly over.

If you’re nervous about the potential of having to dig out your winter boots and remember how to walk on snow, you aren’t alone. This year take a break from cold and dreary weather by picking a warm-weather destination for your holiday vacation. There are tons of places to choose from depending on your budget, and what you want to do while you’re away.

Now is a great time to lock down plans, so check out this list for some inspiration for the best places to warm you up this winter.

Costa Rica

Located in Central America, Costa Rica has always been a popular tourist destination because of its beautiful weather, stable political climate, and incredible biodiversity. If you’re interested in exploring interesting wildlife and trekking through the rainforest this winter, Costa Rica is the place for you. Our winter is definitely the high season there, so it’s important to book early if you want to secure the best deals and most exclusive activities.

If you don’t know much about logistics in Costa Rica, and want to leave sweating the small stuff to the professionals, you might consider booking an organized tour — it will allow you to pack a lot of activities into a short time span, and there are a lot of outdoor adventure companies in Costa Rica that have great reputations for organizing amazing excursions. Just make sure any tourism business you interact with has an official CST (Certificate of Sustainable Tourism).

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Paradise Island, Bahamas

If your idea of a holiday looks more like sitting at a beach than it does trekking through the rainforest, Paradise Island in the Bahamas might be more your speed. Paradise Island is located just offshore of the Nassau, the capital city of The Bahamas.  The area has been under development by hotel owners and real estate moguls since 1959. In just 60 years, it has been transformed from a narrow, sandy spit called Hog Island to a booming hotel metropolis.

The most famous resort on the island is Atlantis, a massive complex that encompasses six huge towers that can accommodate hundreds of thousands of guests. The accommodations are all centered around an aquatic theme park called Aquaventure, which includes incredible features like a 60-foot slide through a massive, shark-filled tank, 14 different lagoons filled with a huge variety of fish and aquatic mammals, and the mile-long Rapid River artificial waterway.

If you want to stay at Atlantis, or one of the other Paradise Island resorts, it’s wise to book early. If you’re on a budget, focus on suites at the Coral Towers or Beach Tower.

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The World in Chili

Chili is one of those comforting fall dishes that just hits the spot on a cool, crisp day. A good bowl of chili is warm, spiced just right, and features enough protein to keep you full for ages. We can all agree on the merits of a bowl of chili, but for a lot of people, that’s where most agreements stop. There are so many different kinds of chili that are popular around the world — most centered in the United States, which has definitely become the world’s capital of chili.

The Best Comforting Drinks for Fall from Around the World

As the weather starts getting colder, we start looking for comforting drinks that will help keep us warm.  Some of the most popular options in America are also the easiest to find — there are more than 13,000 Starbucks locations in the United States alone, and they have a huge percentage of the market cornered already — people love their pumpkin spice lattes! However, there are a lot of downsides to visiting a café every day, especially if your go-to order is a sweetened latte or Frappuccino. It’s easy to make delicious warm drinks at home, which allows you to flavor them to your taste, saving both money and calories

Don’t Fall for These 10 Scary Traveler Scams

Hopping aboard a transcontinental flight on route to a new, ready-to-explore destination is a rush. Traveling teaches us about the world, sure. But, more than that, it teaches us about ourselves. You also probably already know that, unlike your comfort zone, traveling presents a lot of inherent risks. It’s a sad reality, but it’s a reality that rings true. You, as a tourist, are a two-bit criminal’s dream target. After all, you have absolutely no idea where you are, no idea where to go for help, and no clue what the scammers have in store.