Traveling the world can give you a wide variety of unique experiences. While many of these experiences can come home with you only in the form of memories and photographs, there are some experiences that you can recreate from the comfort of your home. Food and drinks from around the world can be an excellent way to relive past adventures or have a mini adventure right at home. We’ve gathered up 5 of the best cocktails from around the world that you can enjoy no matter where you are.
The Singapore Sling is a gin and cherry mixed drink that was invented in the early 1900s at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore. The exact original recipe is lost to time, but is generally agreed to be comprised of gin, cherry liqueur, and orange, pineapple, and lime juices. The modern recipe varies at various venues across Singapore, but the standard ingredients of gin, cherry liqeur, and pineapple juice always stay the same. If you want to try your hand at it, the official recipe from the International Bartenders Association is below.
2 Parts Gin
1 Part Cherry Liqeur or Cherry Brandy
½ Part Benedictine
½ Part Cointreau
1 Part Lime Juice
Dash of Bitters
Dash of Grenadine
8 Parts Pineapple Juice
Combine all ingredients and mix with ice. Strain and serve straight up in a highball or hurricane glass. Garnish with cherry and pineapple.
Winter is here, and it is here to stay. If you are planning any travels this winter there are a few tips that are good to remember. No matter if you are traveling near or far, by plane or car, we want to make sure that your travels are safe.
Take Extra Time
By far the most important rule of winter travel is to take your time. During the holidays especially the roads can be significantly more crowded. An increase in traffic can make your planned drive take quite a bit longer, and you don’t want to miss a flight because you arrived at the airport late. Aside from an increase in traffic, the US Department of Transportation estimates that average traffic speed is reduced by up to 64% when snow is falling.
Accidents are also more common during adverse weather; approximately 22% of all vehicle accidents are weather related. An accident on the highway can bring traffic to a standstill and cause significant delays. Being involved in an accident will cause you an even longer delay, or even make travel impossible. Make sure to give other cars on the road plenty of space and never drive faster than conditions allow.
Cars are not the only vehicles that are delayed by adverse weather. Storms can delay or cancel flights, and delays often compound on each other. Even if there are no active storms anywhere along your flight path, planes require de-icing. The de-icing procedure is typically quick, but when hundreds of flights are waiting to take-off it can quickly add up. De-icing is done away from the gate, so the flights are still listed as on time departures, even if it takes up to an hour to actually take off. Make sure you give yourself extra time for any connections
While giving yourself extra time to travel and make any connecting flights is important, the occasional missed or cancelled flight is inevitable. It is always a good idea to prepare alternatives just in case your plans don’t pan out. If driving, know alternate routes and detours, just in case an accident or bad weather closes down the main road. Detours may not always be obvious, and cell signal can be fickle, so it’s a good idea to have an atlas or road map available in your vehicle.
For flights, it can be valuable to have an idea of what other flights are available. This way if your flight is delayed or cancelled you already know what your options are to get to your final destination.
In the days leading up to your travel, keep an eye on the weather reports. It’s important to not just look at the weather at your home location and destination, but at various points along the route. It’s a very good idea to follow your local National Weather Service office. If traveling domestically, you can also find the NWS office that serves your destination.
Aside from specific forecasts, it’s also important to know about any rules that are in effect for a certain area. For example, the Alcan Highway through British Columbia into Alaska requires either chains or certified winter tires on all vehicles from October through March. Across the northern and western United States, there are some roads and mountain passes that may require chains in inclement winter weather. Knowing these rules can not only keep you safe, but can help you avoid large fines.
It is also a really good idea to keep an eye on road conditions. For any state you will be traveling through you can search for “State 511” to get current road conditions. For example, to get the current road conditions in Nevada, you can search for “Nevada 511” which will lead you to http://nvroads.com.
Have an Emergency Kit
For winter safety it is also a good idea to have an emergency kit packed and stored in your vehicle. You should make sure you have a portable charger or spare battery for your phone to make sure that you can always contact emergency services or family if you run into trouble.
You should also have supplies to help you out if your car breaks down or gets stuck. Standard items such as a jack, spare tire, flares, and a jumper cable are important, but you should also have a portable shovel, tool kit, flashlight, and an ice scraper. The cold can drain batteries, so make sure you have fresh batteries for your flashlight at the start of each trip. It’s also a good idea to have sand, cat litter, or gravel to help you get traction if your car should get stuck.
You should also have items to help keep you safe if you get stuck and have to wait for rescue. Blankets are crucial to stay warm without having to have the car running, and water and non-perishable food can be a life saver, especially if you are traveling on roads that don’t get a lot of traffic.
Consider Travel Insurance
Even the best made plans can still be impacted by inclement weather, and part of being prepared is knowing what will happen if things go wrong. If your flight is cancelled or delayed due to weather, most airlines will not provide any financial assistance other than rebooking you on a later flight. If you end up needing to spend the night you can be out several hundred dollars for food and a hotel, and if your luggage is stuck you may need new clothes or toiletries.
Airlines won’t reimburse you for any of these expenses, but certain travel insurance offerings will. They can also cover you for any non-refundable expenses at your final destination that you missed due to the delay. Travel insurance isn’t for everybody, but if you reach out to us today, we can review your plans and help you determine if it makes sense.
Winter travel can be magical, but make sure you reach your destination safely by following these tips. Happy Holidays!
The holidays are here and finding the perfect gift can be a challenge. Don't fret, we are here to help with some of the best gift ideas for your favorite traveler. There's sure to be something for everybody on your list, and maybe something special for you too.
1. Scratch Off World Travel Map
This large, 32 x 24 inch scratch off world map would make an excellent gift for any world traveler. Complete with 252 different countries and regions, including individual states in the US, you can simply scratch off each area as you visit. Perfect for anybody with wanderlust. Gotta visit them all! Currently $34.92 at Amazon.
2. LOOP World Adapter Plug
This worldwide travel adapter is a must have for any international travel. This adapter can plug into outlets in over 150 countries and can charge 3 devices at once; two via USB and a third via plug. It also comes with a safety fuse to ensure your devices are protected. Currently $18.95 at Amazon.
3. Kindle Oasis E-Reader
The brand new Kindle Oasis is a 7 inch e-reader available in 8 and 32 GB models. The Kindle line is well loved and proven as one of the best e-readers on the market. With no glare, adaptive light, and the new waterproof certification, the Oasis is perfect no matter where you travel. The new Oasis also supports Audible, so you can read or listen to your favorite books all around the world. Currently $249.99 at Amazon.
4. Jackery Mini 3350mAh Portable Charger
This portable charger is as small as a tube of lipstick but has enough juice to fully charge almost any phone. Nothing is worse than needing to use your phone and seeing the dreaded low battery warning. With this tiny portable charger you can always have a full charge wherever you go. Currently $12.99 at Amazon.
5. Large Hanging Travel Toiletry Bag
This hanging toiletry bag offers an excellent way to organize and store all the toiletries you may need on your travels. The multiple pockets allows everything to be secured and easy to find, while the hanger can save crucial space in even the most cramped hotel bathrooms. This bag is currently $16.99 at Amazon and is available in 4 different colors.
6. Glocal Me G3 Mobile Hotspot
This 4G LTE mobile hotspot lets you stay connected almost anywhere in the world. The Glocal Me G3 works in over 100 countries with no roaming charges and does not require a SIM card. It comes with 1GB of free global data and after that you can purchase subscriptions or pay as you go. It is currently $154.99 at Amazon.
7. RFID Blocking Passport Wallet
Travelers have a lot of things they need to carry with them. Passports, credit cards, cash, hotel keys, boarding passes, and more. This travel passport wallet provides areas to store all of these documents securely. It also features RFID blocking materials to keep your identity protected. Available in 20 different colors, you are sure to find an option for everybody on your list. Currently $15.99 at Amazon.
8. Portable Clothes Steamer
This handheld portable garment steamer can be easily carried in any suitcase. Perfect for business travel or any trips that require formal wear, this steamer can quickly smooth and de-wrinkle all the clothes packed into your suitcase. The steamer comes with three different heads and is currently $21.99 at Amazon.
9. 5,000 mAh Portable Solar Power Bank
This portable power bank with solar has enough power to charge most phones twice. It can be charged normally like any other portable charger, but also comes with a weatherproof solar panel for emergency charging. It can charge two devices at once and comes with a hook to attach it to your backpack. This charger is currently available on Amazon for $23.95.
10. Fujifilm Waterproof Digital Camera
There are lots of options for underwater cameras, but this 16MP Fujifilm is an excellent balance of affordable quality. Waterproof up to 65 feet, this camera can join you while snorkeling, diving, parasailing, or just relaxing on the beach. Never miss an amazing picture opportunity again. Currently $149.99 at Amazon.
11. Tribord Full Face Snorkel Mask
The perfect companion to an underwater camera, this full face snorkel mask allows for clear underwater viewing. There's no need to worry about losing your grip on the snorkel or goggles fogging up; just put the mask on and breath normally. Complete with a go pro mount, this mask is $69.99 at Amazon.
12. Bcozzy Chin Supporting Travel Pillow
This travel pillow adapts the common "u" design by going all the way around your neck. This extra support is great for people who's head leans forward when they sleep. Excellent for getting sleep on planes or in cars, and it is available in both child and adult sizes. Currently $29.97 for one or $54.97 for two at Amazon.
Make sure you don't go over airline weight limits with this handheld digital luggage scale. Since this scale is small enough to bring with you, you can feel free to buy souvenirs and know exactly how much your bags will weigh. The fees for an overweight bag can be hundreds of dollars, so at $12.99 at Amazon, this gift will pay for itself in no time.
15. Samsung Gear 360 VR Camera
This 360 degree camera can take 4K videos and 15MP photos with full 360 degree coverage. Share your travels like never before by letting friends and family fully explore your destinations using their phones or computer to look all around. Currently only $149.98 for the 2017 version on Amazon.