Tips for your First Hot Air Balloon Ride www.casualtravelist.com

Tips for your First Hot Air Balloon Ride

With a combination of romance and adventure, a hot air balloon ride is at the top of many bucket lists. I recently had the chance to take to the skies for my first hot air balloon experience with Hot Air Expeditions in Phoenix, Arizona; and floating above the Sonoran Desert is hands down one of the coolest adventures I’ve had. The hot air balloon experience is magical, thrilling and surreal; completely unlike any other flight adventure out there. Here are a few tips to make sure your first hot air balloon ride is a walk in the clouds.

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Tips for Dealing with Back Pain While Flying

Long security lines, packed planes and ever shrinking airplane seats; there’s little doubt that flying can literally be a pain. Airline seats are designed more to maximize space on the plane and less for comfort. Our low backs have a natural curvature known as lordosis and when we sit, particularly in slouched forward position (ie the “C” position you see in economy seats), that natural curve is lost. Sitting in that cramped position for several hours is the perfect recipe for developing a sore back. When sitting is as bad for your health as smoking what can you do when you’re about to spend several hours seated in a plane for hours on end?

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Where to Travel in 2017- Top Travel Bloggers Share Their Favorite Destinations www.casualtravelist.com

Where to Travel in 2017- Top Travel Bloggers Share Their Favorite Destinations

If you’re anything like me as soon as the fireworks and celebrations of New Year’s end the search for where to go in the coming year begins. I reached out to the travel blogging community for their suggestions on the top destinations for 2017 and the response was overwhelming. The 34 destinations on this year’s list span the globe; from Antarctica to the Azores, Fiji to Finland, Malawi to Mongolia these places will surely inspire your wanderlust. Without further ado, here is where to travel in 2017. Read More

Flytographer Review: The Secret to Great Vacation Pictures www.casualtravelist.com

Flytographer Review: The Secret to Great Vacation Pictures

As a travel blogger I’m most comfortable behind the camera, capturing my experiences in whatever city I’m in. Even when I travel with my husband and frequent Instagram husband photography assistant Steve, we may get a few pictures of me but rarely any with the both of us. On a recent trip to Washington DC for our 14th wedding anniversary I knew just how I wanted to celebrate. Pictures of the two of us, in one of our favorite cities just as spring was in full bloom.

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16 Places to travel in 2016 www.casualtravelist.com

16 places on my radar for 2016

The start of a new year always has me dreaming of possibilities, namely the possibility of where to go. Do I want to experience the Scandinavian charm of Stockholm, go gorilla trekking in Rwanda or live la dolce vita on Italy’s Amalfi coast? (In case you were wondering the answers are yes, yes, and yes). There is a whole wide world out there to explore and it can be hard to narrow down where I’d like to go, but each of the following destinations has caught my eye. These are the 16 places on my radar for 2016.

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The Best Cities to Visit for Christmas

Something magical happens during the Christmas season; streets are adorned with lights and garland, carolers joyfully share their melodies and the scents of cinnamon and sugar grace the air. Festivities fill city squares from Scandinavia to Mexico and if you’re lucky you may even catch a glimpse of Santa as he prepares for his big night. Whether you’re looking for Old World tradition or big city splendor, these ten cities know how to celebrate the holidays.

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The Best Fall Travel Destinations in Europe

When it comes to great fall travel the United States has some stiff competition from across the Atlantic. Cooler temperatures, fewer crowds and and a little festival known as Octoberfest draw visitors across the continent. From Glasgow to Budapest a few of my fellow bloggers share their best fall travel destinations in Europe.

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The Best Fall Travel Destinations in the United States

As far as I’m concerned fall is the best season for travel. The air is a little cooler,summer’s crowds have died down and trees are set ablaze in yellows, russets and burgundies. Fall also brings forth a bevy of festivals and seasonal culinary delights. I asked a few of my fellow travel bloggers to share their favorite fall travel destinations in the US, from New England to California this list will surely have you packing your scarf and hiking boots  for your next fall trip.

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