July 2018

Travel Tips for Visiting New Zealand

  After traveling this summer to the “Land of the Long White Cloud,” it is easy for me to see why so many fall in love with New Zealand. From the 9,000 foot Southern Alps to the beaches of Kaikoura, it is a such a unique and gorgeous country.  In my experience, hospitality among the native New Zealanders (also known as Kiwi’s) was found in every town we visited, big or small. The Kiwis are not only friendly and helpful, but adventurous, environmental, creative, and very tough! New Zealand is big country, so our six…

Reviewing Bahia Mar Hotel – Fort Lauderdale Beach

Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach 801 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, Florida My experience at this hotel was definitely unique as I was able to stay in BOTH types of rooms: a room in the Marina building and a room in the Tower building. MARINA BUILDING GRADE Overall Score: C Staff: B Room: D Amenities: C Recommended?: No TOWER BUILDING GRADE Overall Score: B Staff: B Room: B Amenities: C Recommended?: Yes Overall Impression: If you’re staying in Bahia Mar’s Marina building (not the Tower), you’re getting an old, musty hotel room. The Marina building…

How to Use Airbnb – Everything You Need to Know!

When going on vacation, how likely are you to stay at a hotel? Probably pretty likely. Hotels have taken care of weary travelers since ancient Rome. Offering travelers a place to sleep and usually a meal, hotels fulfilled a vital niche for those on the move. However, now hotels aren’t the only places to stay while on the road. Vacation rentals were popular long before the internet, but really have exploded since the mid 2000’s.  The most popular vacation rental website, Airbnb.com, started in 2008, and offered travelers accommodations in people’s homes, initially…

Why Take a Traveling Gap Year?

 This is a guest post from blogger ElsieMila. Below she details why so many students take gap years and why they should spend it traveling! A New Type of Gap Year: Studying and Traveling at the Same Time In a previous post here on Escaping the Midwest, we shared with you our best reasons for traveling and exploring the world. In truth, traveling not only helps you expand your horizons, it also allows you to make friends all over the world. Traveling also gives you experiences that would have otherwise been out of reach. Although many like to wait until…