Kick Ass U.S. Christmas Vacations

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Tis the season – it’s almost upon us. Christmas time is globally hailed as the “most wonderful time of the year,” and that means it’s a season that deserves to be celebrated. But while most of us are doomed to stay cooped up inside avoiding snow, heavy traffic and our in-laws, you may be one of the very lucky few who gets to plan a vacation for this holiday season. If you’re one of those people, don’t settle for a boring or routine holiday trip. This year, opt for something spectacular. In preparation for the magic and warmth of the Christmas seasons, we take a look at some truly kick ass places to spend Christmas in the United States, whether with your family, your partner, or maybe just with yourself for a little personal alone time. We promise even Santa will approve of these jaw-dropping holiday vacations. Read the full story

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Travel North America: Stacey of One Travels Far

Travel North America

In the spirit of all things Obama and his re-election (phew!) we thought we’d share Stacey’s interview of One Travels Far.  She’s from New Zealand, where I (Kiri) have been living for the past six months.  Much like me, Stacey feels NZ is a tad on the small size (we still love you though Aotearoa!) and she has been all over North America and quite clearly loves it… Over to you chick…

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Travel The USA: Scott of Quirky Travel Guy

travel the USA - hazzard museum

New month, new cool set of interviews with travel blogging’s finest. We’re kicking off October in style with super sexy Scott from US-focused travel site Quirky Travel Guy. Scott describes himself as a young(ish) indie type based in Chicago. We’ll take that. We’ll also give him free reign to share his travel tips on the USA. It’s not often you get to chat with someone who’s been to 49 states! Read the full story

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Travel Los Angeles, USA: Ruth of Tanama Tales

travel Los Angeles, USA: Ruth from Tanama Tales

Today we’re really honing in on our destinations and focusing on Los Angeles, one of the most-visited cities in the USA and also home to the lovely Ruth Rieckehoff, blogger behind Tanama Tales

Ruth is on hand to share some expert travelling tips for first time visitors to LA. With 9 years of Californian living under her belt we’re sure you’ll find her well-qualified! Read the full story

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Travel the USA: Where in the World is Lola?

travel the US - where in the world is Lola?

Today TraveLinkSites is super excited to talk to the sassy and vivacious Lauren of Lola’s Travels. Lauren is a Texan with a lust and passion for her native US like no-other. Her main travel philosophy is “when in Rome, do as the Romans do”. Let’s hope she won’t lock arms with us in gladiatorial style combat as we continue another cracking interview then!

1. Could you briefly introduce yourself, your site and your experience travelling the US?

Heya I’m Lauren DiMarco but my travel persona is Lola.  The name of my travel blog is Lola’s Travels – where in the world is lola? Basically, Lola travels frequently on short jaunts primarily in the US, Caribbean & Europe.  I relay stories about what I see, do, learn in a fun way to encourage people to travel even if only for a short trip and what to do to get the most out of your time away.

As far as US travel – I think I’ve done my fair share.  I’ve been to 32 out of the 50 states – a bunch of the states yet to tackle are mostly out west.  I live on the east coast of the US so it takes me as long to fly to the west coast as it would for me to fly to Europe or the Caribbean. That’s how crazy big the United States is!!

travel the USA - Lola in New York

2. As an American what’s so great about your own country? 

I love the diversity of the landscape, different historical points for different states, different accents within one country and, of course, the freedom to be able to travel easily from state to state.

3. How much money can someone travel around the US for? What are the greatest expenses? What things are relatively cheap?

A grand total expense…that’s a tough question.  It really would depend on the type of travel experience you are expecting.  For example, since I only travel briefly, I tend to like to stay in a swankier type of place. I think if one was trying to save money on accommodations, the couch surfing idea is a good one.  As far as greatest expense, I’d say transportation.  While there are options for trains, buses & planes, they aren’t inexpensive.  My advice to anyone who was planning to be in the US for an extended time would be to buy a car because you can drive ANYWHERE in the United States.

travel the USA - New York

4. What is the local cuisine like? Are you a fan of American cooking, what dishes float your boat?

I’ve always lived in an urban type of environment where loads of cuisine options are available.  But I’m originally from Texas and am a HUGE fan of BBQ and Mexican food.  I make mean enchiladas and guacamole!

5. What cultural activities and events would you suggest everyone seeing or taking part in while travelling the US and why?

The activities I would recommend would be based on location and calendar.  Like Fourth of July in Boston, Thanksgiving in New York City, Mardi Gras or Jazz Fest in New Orleans.  Leaf peeping in New England in the Fall is amazing.  Going to a college football game in one of the Southern States like Alabama or Georgia would give a sense of American culture for sure.  Wine tasting on the west coast, skiing in the Rockies…I could go on!

travel the USA - Texas

6. What is your favourite thing about travelling this country? What is your least favourite thing?

I really enjoy the natural beauty of the US, different architecture styles and the cultural differences that made this country a “melting pot”. It’s refreshing to be reminded of this.  I don’t enjoy the costs associated with getting some place further away.  As I mentioned before, I don’t go away for long, so I pretty much fly wherever I go and, sadly, this is quite expensive.

travel the USA - Lola in Hollywood

7. What things do you focus on most when you blog about this country? Why do you choose these things?

I tend to focus on accommodation, food and drink and activities that are unique to the place I’m traveling.  I think people are interested in where to stay, where to eat and what to do.  Again, I try to pack a little of everything into my quick getaways and I want to encourage people that it’s better to do a little of these things than none at all.  It enriches your life!

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8. What’s one thing you can’t travel the US without?

Well for me it’s my iPhone. It is my everything! It would be hard to travel in the US without some kind GPS device – that’s for sure.

9. What kind of response have you had to your blog posts about the US? What post had the most interest?

I think people are interested in reading about my US travels as much as my international posts.  It looks like my Austin, Texas posts had the most hits – great city by the way!

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10. If you could think of one thing you wished someone told you before you started travelling around the US what would it be?

It’s really really big and it takes longer than you’d imagine to see all that you might be interested in seeing.  I guess that saying “less is more” would apply well.  I kind of use this motto wherever I travel.  I’m not going to be able to do everything I could imagine so I choose to do what I do well.

Massive thanks to Lola for telling us just how great it is to travel in the US and throwing some great photos into the pile also! Make sure you check out her blog Lola’s Travels and follow her on Twitter.

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Travel The USA: Wayne and Pat Dunlap of Unhook Now

travel the USA - wayne and pat dunlap

TraveLinkSites talks with travelling couple Wayne and Pat Dunlap of the travel blogs Unhook Now and Plan Your Escape Now all about travelling the USA. Read the full story

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Travel The USA: Liz of Two Weeks To Travel

travel the USA: Liz Froment

Liz of Two Weeks to Travel guides us through The USA

TraveLinkSites talks today with Liz Froment of travel blog Two Weeks To Travel. Liz is currently making big waves in the adventure tour PR world on top of running many other interesting projects. Here she tells us all about her travels throughout her native USA and recommends a mountain of cools things to see and do. Read the full story

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