4 Before the 4th of July Recipes

Fireworks Red, White and Blue Daiquiris

If you are feeling really festive this year and have some time to prepare this drink then your guests will thank you for it because it is such a fun cocktail.

Yes, beer and wine is more simple, but this drink adds a nice color of patriotism to your party.

How to Eat Healthy While Traveling

How to Eat Healthy While Traveling
Finally! A vacation! But along with the excitement of traveling comes a feeling of worry. Vacations can be used as an excuse to overindulge; will you be able to maintain healthy eating habits while traveling? Here are some tips to help you along the way.

5 Last Minute Things to Do on Memorial Day

Memorial Day Activities
The Memorial Day weekend is one of the busiest travel times each year due to the wonderful weather conditions throughout most of the America. After a long and cold winter, people are ready for road trips, train travel and airplane rides that take them to nearby or faraway locations. First, it is important to understand the original purpose of the Memorial Day holiday. This day was established to honor the individuals who died serving in the country’s armed forces such as the army and navy. In the past, people traditionally visited cemeteries to place wreaths on deceased soldier’s graves, and some individuals still do this today.
5) Attend Parades, Picnics and Concerts at the Last Minute 
Many towns long ago and today have parades to honor the military services with soldiers and sailors participating in the events. After the parade ends, everyone meets at a designated location such as a public park to have a picnic or barbecue. In addition, towns and cities may sponsor speakers or concerts with a patriotic theme. All of these activities are perfect for individuals wanting to have an enjoyable day at the last minute on a limited budget because many of these events are 100% free.

4) Visit Local Cemeteries
Visiting local cemeteries to place wreaths on soldier’s graves is a time-honored tradition. Today, many families use the Memorial Day weekend to decorate other grave sites that belong to deceased relatives or friends. This is an excellent way to teach children about their past with a genealogy lesson. In many cases, old tombstones require repair or cleaning to make the names and dates legible, but first ask the cemetery maintenance team about the legality of making unauthorized changes.

3) See a Fireworks Display
Many cities and towns sponsor fireworks displays that are often located in public parks. This type of event is usually free to attend and suitable for individuals of any age. Some regions combine this with other activities such as festivals with food trucks, carnival rides and musical entertainment. The fireworks begin right after dusk with people sitting on chairs or reclining on blankets to watch a safe and monitored display.

2) Go to an Old Battlefield
Within the Unites States, there are many battlefields from wars that occurred long ago. Memorial Day is often when these historical sites open with free or low-cost admission to learn about the battles that took place. In many cases, there are public tours with guides able to explain the events that occurred during one or more battles on a specific location. It is possible to find these battlefield sites with an Internet search of different regions.

1) Arrange Family Reunions
One of the most popular things to do on Memorial Day is have a family reunion. These events are simple to organize at the last minute by having a potluck meal with everyone bringing different foods and beverages. No one expects fancy tablecloths or delicate china at a family reunion. It is traditional to setup a charcoal grill for everyone to cook foods such as hamburgers, hot dogs or chicken with side dishes of potato salad, coleslaw and tomato slices. The best part of a family reunion is visiting with aunts, uncles and cousins in one place.

Top 4 Places to Visit in Spring 2015

Vancouver, British Columbia

Right after the brisk winters and right before the summer crowd, Vancouver is an excellent place to visit during Spring. You’ll enjoy an invigorating weather with reduced expenditures as travel expenses are generally cheaper before the busy summer.

What makes Vancouver an ideal place to visit during Spring is the mountain conditions for snow activities. The weather isn’t too cold and the snow is marshmallow soft making it perfect for beginners to fall on and seasoned mountain riders to carve. Check out the three major mountains in Vancouver for your next trip: Whisler BlackcombGrouse Mountain, and Cypress Mountain.

To truly have a taste of Vancouver you can attend the Eat! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival that is held from April 26th – May3rd. Discover new foods, learn new cooking tips and recipes, and try new beverages at one of Canada’s largest food and cooking festival. Admission tickets are only $15 online for adults, but your save room in your wallet for a large appetite!

Infographic: Traveling Solo or With a Travel Group?

Ever traveled with a travel group and wished you could deviate from the group and just traveled alone? Or how about the opposite and traveling alone wishing that you had more people to experience your journey with?

Whether you are a lone traveler or a travel groupie, there are always pros and cons of traveling alone and traveling with people. So of course I had to create an infographic to show the benefit of each group based on different travel scenarios to answer the ultimate question: who would you rather travel with?

Infographic: Traveling Solo or With a Travel Group?

In Case You Didn’t Click the Infographic…

Travel Scenarios:

~ The Itinerary

  • Solo: You create your own itinerary! If you’re feeling spontaneous and want to venture off then go right ahead.
  • Group: You don’t have to worry about a thing! Everything is scheduled so you can enjoy your company.

~ Meeting people

  • Solo: Solo travelers are more likely to meet locals and learn about their culture.
  • Group: Groups are likely to keep to each other and make friendships with fellow travelers.

~ Safety

  • Solo: Solo traveling can increase your chances of getting lost, mugged, or worse!
  • Group: The support system of group travel creates a safe travel environment.

~ Privacy

  • Solo: Solo allows you to connect with yourself and engage with the environment.
  • Group: You will not have much privacy or time to enjoy your personal time with a group.

~ Costs

  • Solo: Going solo means no group discounts or sharing!
  • Group: Group is cheaper because of economy of scales with discounted fares, hotels, and dining.


The bottom line is that there is no right or wrong mode of travel and depends on a number of factors such as personal preference, destination, and value. But based on these travel scenarios, who would you rather travel with: the lone traveler or the travel groupies? If you have any more travel scenarios from experience be sure to comment them below.