Tag Archives: vacation

Link Friday: The Solo Travel Edition

Posted on Thursday, May 15, 2014 by Kate

Solo travel is on the rise, especially among women.

  • And it’s just what the lead sentence of this article states: “A solo vacation is no longer weird or tragic – it is just the coolest indulgence.”
  • Check out the 26 best places for solo travel – both domestic and international.
  • Here are some helpful tips for flying solo on your next vacation.
  • Don’t leave home without this list of handy sites for the lone traveler.

Link Friday: The Spring Break Edition

Posted on Thursday, March 6, 2014 by Kate

Although it doesn’t feel much like spring here in Wisconsin, spring break for students is coming up fast!

  • Still looking to book a trip? Here are the top 10 family destinations (included on the list is our home state’s own Wisconsin Dells!).
  • Share these helpful spring break social media dos and don’ts with your college-aged spring breaker.
  • Know a student looking for a more socially responsible vacation? Try these alternative spring breaks focused on helping others while still getting the chance to travel.
  • Too busy at work for a spring break? The U.S. Travel Association says you need to take your vacation days. Not doing so costs the U.S. economy $160 in spending (and not just in the travel industry!).
  • If you still need more convincing, check out this article about why vacations are good for your health and mental well-being (and if necessary, forward it to your boss!).

Link Friday: The Camping Edition

Posted on Friday, August 2, 2013 by Brianna

We’ve entered August (…sigh, we know). Summer always flies by, but with a month left, see how many warm-weather activities you can pack into August! And what says “summer vacation” more than going camping?

Enjoy that warm weather while you still can!

Link Friday: The Shoulder Season Edition

Posted on Friday, July 26, 2013 by Brianna

The best time to vacation is in the summertime, right? The kids have off, the weather is nice and it just seems like the right time to get away. But traveling in the summer also means elevated prices, hoards of people and depending where you go, sweltering summer heat. Have you ever tried traveling during the shoulder season?

  • Shoulder season sits between peak traveling season, summer, and low traveling season, winter. Traveling during spring and autumn awards you several great perks.
  • By traveling during shoulder season, you’ll avoid peak season crowds, enjoy pleasant spring, late summer or early autumn weather and save a lot of money while you do it.
  • Here’s some advice for traveling shoulder season. Beware of limitations on transportation and seasonal attractions, plan climate appropriate activities and prepare yourself for potentially uncooperative weather.
  • Since spring and autumn tend to be rainy, make sure to have a back-up plan.
  • Need some ideas for good shoulder season travel? These 5 destinations are great for fall travel.

Fall is coming up, giving you the perfect opportunity to plan a vacation to travel during shoulder season. Where will your travels lead you this autumn?

Link Friday: The Summer Travel Edition

Posted on Friday, May 31, 2013 by Brianna

It’s almost June! If you haven’t planned a summer vacation yet, it’s time to start exploring your options.

Happy summer!

A Social Media Vacation: Taboo or Tolerable?

Posted on Wednesday, August 8, 2012 by Alan

Technology and social media have an ever-growing presence in today’s world. Whether you see the role of social media growing in worldwide events like the Olympics, our national political coverage, or your day-to-day life, it is changing the way we communicate.

When we make the decision to disconnect from our lives for a while, in the glorious time we call vacation, many of us still stay connected through social media. Admit it, technology makes traveling easier through apps, mobility, and access to information. However, the pressing urge to continue creating and sharing content doesn’t allow us to fully relax. This is especially true for those who manage social media accounts for brands and business.

For a brand, taking a vacation from social media can be unacceptable to fans. Many people, like author Mark Schafer, have experienced lost followers and lower Klout when they return from a vacation. Self-made businesspeople, like Andrew Zimmern of the Food Network and Eva Chen of Teen Vogue, choose not to disconnect with social media and sometimes even share more while they’re vacationing. Andrew Zimmern’s Twitter account shares personal activities and feelings (ex: “Heaven. Vacation at the Cabin. Midwest at its finest”) in addition to professional-related opinions and musings. Small businesses like New York’s Big Gay Ice Cream Truck felt the need to inform customers that they would be on a social media hiatus during their vacation and still continued to post about their store. In the Wall Street Journal, co-founder Douglas Quint responded, “We need to appear active. We want to appear in people’s Twitter feeds once or twice a day”.

The pressure to stay connected is taking time and resources from small businesses. There are even new programs for small businesses to manage social media accounts more easily, especially when the campaign manager is away. At the same time, it is necessary to be reliable and consistent to your followers and fans.

Should taking a social media break be unacceptable for brands or is a temporary disconnect okay? What do you think?

Link Friday: Summer Vacation Edition

Posted on Friday, June 1, 2012 by Alan

To kick off June the right way, this week’s Link Friday focuses on summer travel.  With nearly half of Americans planning a summer vacation this year, it’s the prime time to read up on traveling.

That’s all for this week. Enjoy Wisconsin’s Free Fishing Weekend and National Trails Day!

Link Friday: The OK-We-Get-It-It’s-Winter Edition

Posted on Friday, January 13, 2012 by Alan

Old Man Winter finally showed up here in Madison this week. Apparently, he was cranky from having to wait so long, so he made it extra snowy/windy/blah-y and reminded us Wisconsinites of the downside of winter. At least it looks and feels like January out there now; I was getting a little weirded out by 50-degree days.

Winter rant over. Time to move on to our favorite things from the last week.

Have a great weekend, and enjoy the snow and cold (yeah, right), fellow Wisconsinites!