How to Get Your Dream Vacation : Five Bucket List Destinations

Traveling is a wonderful thing, you can experience new cultures, experiences, people and places. Though it is a wonderful it can be expensive. These are five popular bucket list destinations with the cheapest options to get there.

Machu Picchu :
Make time to explore Machu Picchu, the ancient “Lost City of the Incas” that was built atop a mountain range 7,972 feet above sea level. Only 2,500 visitors are allowed each day to visit this remote sacred sanctuary set atop grass terraces cut by nature along the mountain’s slope, so planning ahead of time is key. It’s cheaper to fly into Lima and then book a separate flight on to Cusco, which also gives you a chance to get acclimated and, if your schedule is flexible, affords the opportunity to time your travel to Machu Picchu for the best weather window. Check out flights on local airlines as they often offer better deals from Lima, even last minute, than you’d get by connecting Cusco on your ticket from the U.S. The last two weeks of August offer the lowest average airfare. Look for bargain buying windows in the last week of March and the last week of May.
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Hawaii :
Located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, each of Hawaii’s six islands offers a unique beach experience. Try to time your visit for low season, which is mid-April to early June and September to mid-December. Choose your own adventure. But there are some great deals to be had for Hilo and Kona (both on the Big Island), as well as Honolulu.Hilo may be a particularly good option if you are looking to stretch your summer as some of the best fares of the year are for travel in October. For Kona, October is also promising. But for extra saving potential, travel in late April or early May. If a winter escape is on your mind, consider Honolulu. It’s the gateway to all of Hawaii, so you’ll have the most choice of flights, and average airfares from mid-January through early February are among the most affordable of the year.

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Iceland :
It might take more than one trip to Iceland to chase the Northern Lights, which appear between September and April. Since the Northern Lights can only be seen at night, fill your days with adventures like exploring Thingvellir National Park or soaking in the Blue Lagoon. Travel in the second half of January for great deals and the potential of catching the northern lights. Look to score those January flights in the last two weeks of August. Tip: when you arrive on an early morning flight, pre-book a bus ticket that includes entry to the nearby Blue Lagoon to soak away jet lag.
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Grand Canyon :
One of the most thrilling (and affordable) ways to take your breath away at the Grand Canyon is to walk the Grand Canyon Skywalk, a horseshoe-shaped glass bridge that extends 70 feet past the canyon’s edge in Grand Canyon West, an area of the canyon that is on the Hualapai Native American Reservation. If you’re heading to the Grand Canyon West (home of the dramatic Skywalk), consider flying into Las Vegas. If you prefer to visit the South Rim (and seeing some great sights on the way), fly into Phoenix instead. find affordable flights by aiming to visit in late January or at the end of November or early December. Prefer to fly into Phoenix? Average airfares and temperatures are both optimal in late November/early December. For Vegas, look to book in late July or early August for flight deals in late January travel or in mid-September for travel in late November or early December. For Phoenix, book in mid-July for a visit right after Thanksgiving. If you miss that window, look to book in late August for an early December trip.
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Rome :
You don’t have to walk far in Rome to find an excuse to stop and savor the flavors of Italy. The best airfares, on average, are during the first week of May so get ready for springtime in Italy. Make sure to start looking for the above deals in late January.
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Packing For Your Romantic Getaway

There are several things you’ll want to include when packing for your romantic vacation.  However, you also don’t want to go overboard and over pack.  Here are some tips for packing light and the necessary things you should bring with you to create the perfect romantic getaway.

Proper identification
You’ll always want to bring your driver’s license and health card along with your passport wherever you go.  For nights out, avoid bringing your passport for ID purposes.  You never want to lose that so it’s better to bring another option like your driver’s license instead.  Bring your health card just in case anything happens but leave that in the hotel with your passport.  Remember to always lock up your identification.  Most hotels have in room safes that you can lock up your valuables in.  Make good use of it.

Medication
Remember to bring your medication with you anywhere you go.  Just make sure that you have the right notes or prescription for any non over the counter medication.  If you have any serious illnesses, you should look into different styles of medic alert bracelet.  These universal medical identification bracelets may just save your life especially if you’re in a country where you can’t speak their language.

Music
Music can turn any vacation into a romantic vacation.  Buy some slow music that remind you of romance.  Different people have different taste but some great examples of romantic music can be John Legend, Billie Holiday, and any classical music.  Turn on this music for when you want to relax.  If you have a spa day planned, this would be perfect for setting the mood.

Food and drinks
If you aren’t leaving the country and are just heading out of town for a romantic getaway, bring lots of food and drinks so you can save that extra money for other things.  Bring your own wine and champagne to enjoy in your private hotel room.  Another great idea is planning a picnic wherever you decide to go.  You can bring fruit, wine and cheese and create for yourself a romantic day out.

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Movies
Many couples love watching romantic movies together.  Instead of purchasing expensive movies on TV in your hotel room, bring your own.  That way you can save money and also ensure that you’re watching the film you both agreed to ahead of time.  You can even spend a whole day watching romantic movies in your hotel room.  Spend that extra money on room service instead.

Bath supplies
A romantic getaway isn’t complete until you have the perfect bath.  What does that entail you ask?  A perfect bath consists of good music, candles, bubble bath, and a bath bomb!  You can add in essential oils for that perfect touch.  Just make sure that before you light any candles, you check with wherever you’re staying if it is allowed.

A romantic getaway doesn’t have to be hard to pack for.  You also don’t need to spend hours thinking of what to bring for a weekend vacation.  Just make sure you have the necessities like proper identification and medication.  If you have serious allergies, make sure you bring an allergy alert bracelet for safety.  Music, food, drinks, movies and bath supplies are just those extra items that will make your trip that much better.  Your partner will really appreciate all the meaningful things you’ve brought to make your trip more romantic.

Planning The Perfect Getaway

Do you want to surprise your significant other with a romantic getaway?  Or maybe you and your partner just need some time away from the kids.  Whatever the reason, there’s a perfect romantic getaway waiting just for you!  Before that happens, you just have to plan your trip.  Read along for tips on planning the perfect romantic vacation.

Pick a location
Before you even start planning your trip, you have to figure out where you want to go.  First, start with the location.  Your location should depend on budget and you and your partner’s preferences.  Do you want a secluded romantic weekend?  Pick a private secluded resort.  Are you looking for some sightseeing in a romantic city?  Go to Paris.  Depending on your preferences, how much time you have, and your budget, decide on a location first.

Romantic activities
One of the best things about going on a trip with just your partner is the romance.  Book a spa day for two or go on a hiking trail just the two of you.  Whatever you decide to do, spend time with just each other and relish in the moment.  Spending alone time with just your partner may ignite the spark that you forgot you had.  Some more leisure activities could be having breakfast in bed and spending the day watching romantic movies in bed.  Or if you’re in a cold location, bring a bottle of champagne and hit up the hot tub.

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Surprise yourself
A really fun getaway could be surprising both your partner and yourself in the location you’re going to.  First decide if you want to go somewhere warm or cold.  Then pack your suitcase accordingly.  Once you get the airport, pick a location randomly.  Maybe you’ll take the next flight out or the fifth flight out.  Make sure the location goes with what you decided to pack.  Then just take the flight and enjoy your adventure getaway!  This is a great way to bring back the excitement for when you and your partner first met.  What’s more exciting than going on a mystery adventure and having to decide things together as you go?

Wherever your romantic getaway leads you, just remember to spend time in the moment with your loved one.  As long as you have each other, the location won’t matter.  In fact, you might not even notice where you went until you get back!