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Tips for the Ultimate (and Drama-Free) EDM Vacation

This post originally appeared on the Hipmunk Tailwind Blog on March 30th, 2016, was written by THEHIPMUNK, and is reproduced here with the permission of the content owner.

So you’ve decided to spend your precious vacation time at raves and EDM festivals. You are undoubtedly in for a blast of epic proportions. Still, it’ll be helpful to employ a few strategies in advance of your trip in order to ensure that things go smoothly—i.e. sans epic meltdowns, lost friends, or bodily discomfort. Whether you’re heading to Electric Daisy Carnival in Tokyo or Electric Zoo in NYC, here’s how to prep for the ultimate EDM vacation so that you can enjoy it drama-free.

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1. Read up on the venue in advance.

Once you’ve purchased tickets to a festival or rave, check out the venue’s website to learn if any items are prohibited from the grounds as well as what amenities will be on offer. (For example, some festivals have started going “cashless”—meaning festival goers can load money onto a wristband and leave the credit cards at home.) While you’re at it, print out the show lineup and a map of the festival grounds so you can plan your route in advance.

2. Pack layers.

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The Most Beautiful Hotels in Downtown Hollywood

Winter’s still a while off, but I’m already planning for my escape to warmer places. Since I’m lucky enough to be in a low-residency MFA program just twenty minutes away from Hollywood, that’s where I’ll be spending much of my December. For those like me who need to go from the frigid climate of home to a kinder place, Hollywood is a phenomenal destination. Here are a few of the best places to stay during your Los Angeles getaway.

For the Budget Option: Motel 6

The Motel 6 Hollywood is by no means a classless hotel, but it has one of the lowest nightly rates of any hotel located in central Hollywood. These accommodations put you within easy walking distance of Hollywood Boulevard, which means you can stroll right over to the Walk of Fame, Madame Tussaud’s, The Hollywood Museum, and dozens of other attractions. The rooms at the Motel 6 come with basic amenities, including free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV, and a mini-fridge.

Luxurious and Well-Located: The W

Some hotels are designed to be destinations in and of themselves. Take, for instance, the W Hollywood. Beyond comfortable rooms with plasma TVs, pillowtop mattresses, and stunning views, the hotel offers a fitness center, pool, and on-site restaurant. However, like the Motel 6, the greatest appeal is that the accommodations are within walking distance of Hollywood Boulevard, making it easy to explore the city’s most famous landmarks.

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Unbearably Luxurious Hotels in Houston

Texas has been on my travel list for a long time, but as a state that almost deserves to be called a country, Texas can be intimidating. As such, I’ve tried to divide my attention between the major cities that I want to explore: Houston, Austin, Dallas, and Corpus Christi. Today, I’m going to take a look at some of the best attractions and most luxurious accommodations in Houston.

In Uptown: The Post Oak Hilton

Uptown is perfect for shopping enthusiasts since the Galleria can be found here. In addition to offering various activities such as ice skating, the Galleria has what’s arguably the best shopping and dining center in the entire city. Within Uptown, the Hilton Houston – Post Oak is one of the most luxurious places to stay. This pet-friendly hotel features a pool, on-site gym, and valet parking. Every non-first floor room includes a balcony with stunning city views.

In Downtown: The Houston Hilton

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Packing Hacks Every Traveler Needs to Know

This post originally appeared on the Hipmunk Tailwind Blog on April 8th, 2016, was written by THEHIPMUNK, and is reproduced here with the permission of the content owner.

Gallivanting around Madrid or conducting business in San Francisco? Wherever you’re going—and whatever you’re planning to do there—you’ll need to pack a bag before you leave for the trip.

But even though packing is universal to travelers, packing well isn’t necessarily a skill that we all share. That’s where these packing hacks come in. Each of these smart tips comes recommended by master travelers and promises you an easier trip from start to finish.

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Pack bubble wrap.

It might seem counterintuitive to fill up space in your suitcase with something you don’t actually need, but hear us out: Packing a few sheets of bubble wrap on the way to your destination means you can remove it and have extra space for carrying souvenirs on the way home. And if those souvenirs are breakable, then even better: Simply keep the bubble wrap and use it as protection.

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Tales from a Fork’s Spacious Hotels Near NYC

This post originally appeared on Tales from a Fork and is reproduced here with the permission of the content owner.

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If you’re traveling to New York City but want more space and amenities than the average Manhattan hotel, try opting for these accommodations. These spacious hotels are only a quick ride away from the Big Apple.

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Photo of Manhattan from Weehawken by John Cunniff

Weehawken

Weehawken is one of the best destinations if you want to see a panoramic view of New York City, from the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to the George Washington Bridge. Once you’re done marveling at the expansive skyline from Hamilton Park or Gregory Park, you can head to New York City via bus, ferry, or train.

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How to Avoid Getting Sick on Your Next Flight

This post originally appeared on the Hipmunk Tailwind Blog by THEHIPMUNK on January 22, 2016 and is reproduced here with the permission of the content owner.

Forget snakes on a plane. Worry about the germs. Research shows that air travelers are at a higher risk for infection than people going about their daily lives.

Just how are illnesses spread on a plane? It comes down to two main factors: Airborne germs that are easily inhaled by people sitting in close quarters, or contact with germ-riddled surfaces on the plane. These factors are exacerbated by the dry conditions typical of airplanes, because viruses prefer low-humidity environments.

The good news is that, for the most part, airplanes’ air filtration systems function well enough that you’re unlikely to contract more serious illnesses. Instead, your greatest risk is contracting the common cold or a classic case of the flu.

While that’s all well and good, it may be little comfort to people who don’t particularly want to have a cold or the flu while trying to enjoy their vacation. Luckily, it is possible to decrease your risk of infection from germs on a plane. Here’s how to maximize the chances of disembarking the plane as healthy as you boarded it.

Don’t travel if you’re already sick.

If you know that you’re suffering from a contagious illness, do your immune system (and your fellow passengers) a favor and don’t expose yourself to any more germs by boarding a plane. In particular, the CDC advises that people avoid plane travel if you’re more than 36 weeks pregnant, have recently had surgery, have had a recent (serious) injury, or have a fever. In each of these cases, you’ll be traveling with a compromised immune system, which increases your risk of catching a contagious infection. Some airlines may be lenient with rescheduling fees if you can prove that you’re sick; contact the airline to discuss your options.

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Ask to switch seats.

If you find yourself beside someone who’s hacking or sniffling, it’s okay (really!) to ask a flight attendant if it’s possible to switch seats. Even moving just a few rows away can help protect you from a sick person’s germs. If there are no other seats on the plane, donning a face mask might help.

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Stays in Minneapolis and Duluth for Metropolitan and Natural Attractions

Minnesota houses some of the most beautiful metropolitan areas in the nation, but it’s also home to some of the most gorgeous lake areas. No two cities better embody these different appeals than Minneapolis and Duluth. In today’s article, we’ll explore some of the best attractions and hotels for these two great cities.

For the Music World: Loews Hotel

The Loews Minneapolis Hotel is near the Minneapolis Warehouse District, which offers you easy access to dozens of nearby music venues. That includes the Dakota Jazz Club, the Target Center, the Nomad World Pub, First Avenue, Mill City Nights, Honey, Mayslack’s, Acadia Cafe, and many more.

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