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Have you noticed there’s no other place for teenagers to talk about travel?

Here you can read what other teenagers have to say about travel – from day trips to journeys abroad, shopping, eating, coasting, and other activities on vacation. Also, parents can read what teenagers like and dislike about family vacations and destinations so that they can plan a family trip that YOU will enjoy.

 

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CELEBRATE TEENTRAVELTALK.COM’S 5TH ANNIVERSARY WITH TTT’S E-BOOK ON TEEN TRAVEL

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Theme parks and restaurants and cruises, oh my! Over the past five years our bloggers have seen the world, tasted new foods, adventured to new surroundings and more. Throughout their experiences, Teentraveltalk.com’s bloggers have shared their stories and experience with you – our readers.

Our bloggers have given you tips on how to pack, how to survive car rides with your annoying little brother and what to do when visiting major cities. Now we want to expand our expertise and give your parents some advice on how to plan the next perfect family vacation with you – teenagers and college students – in mind. Teentraveltalk.com’s first e-book, “Vacation with Teenagers: Connect with Your Young Adult through Travel and Leisure” is designed for parents so that they have a better idea of what YOU REALLY WANT to do on your next family vacation. The book is a great resource for families itching for their next vacation. It’s summer already, so what are you waiting for?

In this e-book, teen travel expert Luisa Frey shares her professional experience coupled with real-life advice on how parents can make the most out of their next family vacation while keeping everyone (meaning you!) happy. The ebook is easily downloadable via PDF file or Kindle, making it convenient for parents to read on the go, in the waiting room, or during commercial breaks of The Bachelorette.

Click here to purchase and download your copy via Amazon.

Don’t have a Kindle? Then get the free Kindle app on your phone to read the book.

Or you can purchase the e-book in downloadable pdf format here on Teentraveltalk.com by clicking this link:

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Encourage your mom or dad to check it out to ensure your next family vacation is fun for the whole family – especially you!

These Actually Exist?

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When you’re traveling the world you always need a place to sleep or rest, the majority of travelers rent a hotel, cabin, suite, etc. The standard hotel is just a tall building with many windows, balconies, your basic pool, and lobby. But, there are some other hotels in the world that just leave you with your mouth open! These are some of the strangest, beautiful, bucket list type hotels in the world.

#1. The Ice Hotel 

Not a big fan of winter, but this would be awesome to stay at just once in my life. Ice hotel in Sweden

Jukkasjärvi, Sweden. This is the first and largest ice hotel in the world. Its made up of snow and ice and is rebuilt every winter because it eventually melts into the Torne River. Looking at the pictures alone is breathtaking, I can’t imagine actually staying in one!

#2. Tropical Paradise

Maui, Hawaii. For those that don’t enjoy the chilly weather, there is always the option of going to a tropical paradise! At TheWestin, there is this amazing water slide along with the beautiful view. I could already feel my skin soaking up the sun and screaming my head off as I go down the water slide!

#3. Igloos!

Hotel Kakslauttanen in Finland. A glass igloo that allows you to watch the Aurora Borealis (aka. Northern Lights)

Saariselkä, Finland. The Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort looks absolutely stunning! Going to sleep and waking up to the Northern Lights in an igloo has to be the best thing in the world. On their website they have a section for “WINTER” and if you hover over it you see that they offer reindeer safaris, husky safaris, and aurora hunting!

#4. Palacio de Sal

Palacio de Sal (Uyuni, Bolivia)

 

Salar de Uyuni, Uyuni, Potosí, Bolivia. An entire hotel built from salt. Its made up of one million cubes of salt!!! Creating something like this takes talent, I’m amazed that something like this can even exist.

#5. Caves!

Turkey. The Cappadocia Hotels are laid out throughout Turkey and there is a selection of luxurious, historical, or charming types of hotels. I’ve never visited Turkey, but when I do I know where I’m sleeping! Staying in a cave would definitely remind me of the Flintstones!

These are just a few of the unusual hotels in the world. I can’t wait to visit all of these soon and cross them off my bucket list!

Thrifty Thursdays: Getting Around on a College Student’s Budget

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 If you’re like me, you have a hard time staying in one place for too long. The infamous wanderlust reaches out and grabs me every so often and I just need to get away! Fortunately for me, living on the East Coast of the U.S. makes it very easy to “get away” to somewhere very different without actually going too far. From New York City where I am usually based, it is about a 4-5 hour drive radius to some major, and majorly fun, cities that won’t drain your wallet for a weekend getaway. Here are a few tips on how to take a few East Coast weekend trips without breaking the bank.

 

Believe in the bus!

For some reason, it seems that the bus can get a bad rap at times but I would wholeheartedly disagree. Bus lines such as BoltBus, MegaBus, and LuckyStar have affordable deals for trips all along the East Coast, but specializing in the DC, Philadelphia, New York, and Boston areas. If you’re quick, you can snag a ticket on some of these lines for a dollar (with hushed processing fees of course). The buses often come with outlets and Wifi, and are pretty comfortable. A personal tip would be to take them at off-hours of the day so that you can avoid some horrendous traffic…believe me, as a college student trying to get from Boston to New York the day before Thanksgiving, I’ve been there.

 

Try to stay with friends when you can

I have found that since beginning college, my network of friends around the country has grown ten-fold. This happens to be very helpful when traveling, in that I can usually find a free place to stay. By not being picky in your arrangements, often times it’s the couch or a sleeping bag, you open yourself up to saving money on lodging. And besides, it’s often times more fun to stay with friends as opposed to a hostel or hotel. This past week for example, I was headed to Philadelphia from New York for two days for a concert. Over that time, I was able to meet up with four different friends who housed me and also showed me the coolest sights to see in Philly…a two-for!

 

Do your research ahead of time

            Thanks to blogs like TeenTravelTalk and others, it’s easy to find personal suggestions of what to do in various locations around the U.S. and the world. I’ve found that when I go to a new place with a plan, I am bound to spend less money than if I simply showed up plan-less. By researching free events and activities ahead of time, you are naturally less likely to have to resort to expensive ways to spend your time. (What a better place to check than Thrifty Thursdays blogs!)

 

These are only a few of the many ways to cut costs when taking weekend and day trips along the East Coast and even beyond. While hitchhiking may not be the way to go these days, transportation doesn’t have to cost a lot and neither does fun! Outdoor adventures, free events, the sky’s the limit to amount of fun one can have while also trying to save some cash.

No More Summer Blues

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Hello there! My name is Kelsey and I live in a small town in Southern Kentucky. I’ve been traveling since I was a toddler and I adore it. However, not having the resources to travel far and wide whenever I please, I instead like to find alternatives that give me a similar thrill. For example, just one week into summer a friend and I decided that our summer was already a bore. The next day we made plans to wake up early, play soccer, and get a late breakfast. That wasn’t enough so on a whim we decided to drive up to the nearest city to hang out at the mall, eat frozen yogurt, and then finish the day off by roller skating. The total cost of that trip was no more than $20 between the both of us plus gas money!

How? You might ask.

Well it’s easier than you may think! Once in the city, we went to the mall and just had fun walking around and spending time together. We also took advantage of the free cosmetic samples malls like to hand out. After that, we went to a frozen yogurt shop that lets you sample as many flavors (and almost as much) as you want! The best part is, if you only wanted $1 worth of frozen yogurt they would do that for you! Anyway, after getting some frozen yogurt we left to go roller skating and on that day it only cost us $2 admission per person.

It might not sound like much but I truly felt like we seized the day. Traveling doesn’t have to be extravagant. A simple day trip by yourself or with friends can do the trick and honestly, in some ways it can be just as invigorating as a trip to somewhere exotic. So all I have left to say is:

 

 How will you carpe diem (seize the day)?

The Exploratorium!

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San Francisco has so much to offer, its impossible to do it all in one trip. I’ve already talked about Fisherman’s Wharf, a very popular touristic place to go, but there are so many other things on the piers like on Pier 15/17.

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The Exploratorium is an amazing museum filled with interactive exhibits. There are fun filled activities and projects that help teach kids (this isn’t all for kids, I’ve seen adults that had lots of fun playing with the stations, not to mention myself) about astronomy, our planet, the human body, culture, etc. using their five senses. This place is perfect for those days when you are trying to escape the rare heat of the sun or the chilly weather in San Francisco.

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My favorite part of the whole museum was this spinning chair. There was a little plaque next to the chair that stated that you are less dizzy when your head is down than head up. All you had to do was sit in the chair and press the button to start spinning and keep your head down and then try it with your head up. You notice the difference right away!

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This was my sister’s favorite exhibit. It’s a toilet water fountain. Psychologically, for a lot of people it is nearly impossible for them to drink out of this toilet, not for the little kids though. We all took turns drinking out of this toilet fountain.

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The “Mood Lighting” , as we call it, was interesting. Does color really affect your mood? While the colors change on this bulb you feel different with each color. It really does work!

For more information on tickets and other exhibits, be sure to check out the Exploratorium’s official website. This is one of my favorite museums in San Francisco. I love how interactive it is because at most museums you aren’t allowed to touch anything, but this one is made for you to discover at your own fingertips. I can’t wait to go back and check out the new exhibits!

 

Where to get your ‘central perks’ in NYC

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 Everyone likes a classy coffee shop, right? However, if you’re like me, the sheer amount of New York coffee shops can at times seem almost overwhelming. I’ve explored neighborhoods, read copious amounts of Yelp reviews, have asked around, and I’m still always searching for new, hip, affordable cafes to spend time at. Living in the East Village, I am slightly biased to EV and Lower East Side coffee spots, so here are the top four coffee corners in my neighborhood.

1) Ciao for Now

Ciao for Now is an established family-owned café that has taken up residency in the vibrant East and West Village neighborhoods. Serving up the classic coffee and tea, Ciao also incorporates unique pastries, soups, stir-fries, and all-day breakfast items into their extensive menu. With ingredients that are always fresh, organic, local, and homemade, this quaint café feels more like one’s own kitchen than a café or restaurant. With frequent specials such as exceptional weekend brunch, this can either serve as a quiet reading spot or a family meal affair.

Must haves: Apple-oat scone, Ginger green tea.

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2) The Bean

The Bean never fails to serve up not only delicious coffee, pastries, sandwiches, and smoothie treats, but also an incredibly unique and animated crowd. Customers at the Bean are truly one of a kind, just like the café itself. With three locations in the East Village as well as one in Brooklyn, one can come for a coffee and stay all day, or pick up a snack on their way to work. With funky drinks like the Espresso Chai or NutElla Fitzgerald and crazy snacks like their Eggroll wraps, your taste buds will never be bored at The Bean.

Must haves: Dirty Chai, Kale smoothie

 

3) Think Coffee

THINKing about coffee that is more than just a hot steaming cup of ground beans? At Think Coffee, fair trade and community giving are top concerns at all New York locations. From Central American farming projects, to percentages of profit that are donated to local organizations, Think is highly aware of their role in global and local communities in need. Not to mention, they have a pretty sweet coffee blend to boot! Whether you’re in the mood for a decorated latte and a corner for some reading time or want to spend the day working on a laptop, this café will really help you think with its large menu and large awareness.

Must haves: Think Blend iced coffee, Grilled Cheese

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4) Birch Coffee

Looking for good coffee, great food, and a chill vibe? Look no further than Birch Coffee! Priding themselves on their inventive blend of craft coffee and community involvement, Birch is becoming a staple in its various locales (which are all outside of the East Village, but they were too good to not include in this list!) With cozy atmospheres, bold coffee flavors, and out-of-this-world-good food, Birch has something for anybody looking for a classic coffee hangout.

Must haves: Egg-goat cheese-arugula breakfast sandwich, Birch blend coffee (hot or iced)

 

The good news? This only scratches the surface of all of the great coffee and tea in NYC. So what are you waiting for coffee-lovers, get out there and explore!

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