Friday, February 13, 2015

Packing Smart: Top 10 Reasons to Pack a Travel Beach Towel for your Vacation

10 Reasons to Pack Beach Travel Towels
Bring Travel Beach Towels on Your Next Vacation
  1. SPACE in your beach bag.  SolEscapes Travel Towels are so teeny-tiny when folded up that four travel towels take up the same space as one typical beach towel.
  2. Everyone gets their own!  Since they’re lightweight, and pack so compactly, you can bring one for each member of the family.  
  3. No skimping on size.  When opened up, these puppies are 40” by 70”, that’s generous even by beach towel standards (and, ahem, larger than most loaner towels). 
    4 Travel Beach Towels vs. 4 Typical Beach Towels
    4 Travel Beach Towels vs. 4 Typical Beach Towels
  4. Planes are cold.  Plane blankets are… weird.  And possibly not super hygienic.  A travel beach towel, tucked in a carry-on, makes a cozy, clean and roomy blanket for your plane ride.
  5. Picnic, anyone?  Travel towels are great portable picnic blankets!  Throw one or two down, preferably in sight of a gorgeous view – and voila! – a lovely place to enjoy your romantic cheese & wine spread. 
  6. Style - don’t leave it at home!  Bring gorgeous colors, whimsical sea-lifeprints and soft, supple fabric with you on your dream vacation!
  7. No more soggy towels!  Microfiber dries quickly, so you won’t have to pack heavy, wet towels around.
  8. Great in-a-pinch blanket.  When kiddo gets chilly at the enthusiastically air-conditioned restaurant, whip a travel towel/blankie out of your bag before the shivering gets too dramatic.
  9. Instant clean surface.  Ya know when you want to sit on the bench, but the bench looks a little … iffy?  Travel towel to the rescue! 
  10. Zip-zap-dry.  The microfiber fabric is a quick-drying champ!  It will have you dried off and ready for your poolside lunch in moments.

For in-depth information about travel towels and other essential warm weather travel products, see the Pick & Pack Advice section.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Beach of the Week: The Maldives

The Maldives a Perfect Romantic Beach Vacation Destination
The Maldives: the Perfect Destination for a Romantic Vacation
Since it’s almost Valentines Day, let’s visit somewhere really romantic.  The Maldives are known for sugar sand beaches, pale blue seas, and a lovely, peaceful atmosphere.  What else could you need for a romantic getaway?  Oh – that’s right – your sweety!  A day spent with your beloved in the shade of swaying palms, while relishing the breathtaking Indian Ocean views, would surely make for special memories. 

How will you celebrate Valentine’s Day?


Planning a romantic tropical getaway?  SolEscapes caters to warm weather travelers!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Cruising with Family: Know the Lingo!

Child on Cruise Vacation
Add Some Fun To a Family Cruise Vacation with a Linguistic Lesson!

To round out our Cruising with Family series, we thought we'd end with a little ship-shape vocabulary lesson.  After all, every good sailor knows their port from their starboard!

Nautical Lingo

  • Aft = back of the ship
  • Forward = front of the ship
  • Starboard = right side of the ship - if you’re facing the front.
  • Port = left side of the ship - if you’re facing the front.  (Tip – to remember which side is left and right, “port” has four letters, just like “left”)
  • Bow = the very front of the ship
  • Stern = the very back of the ship
  • Ship = it is not a “boat”
  • Stateroom = a cabin

We hope you've enjoyed our Cruising with Family series!  What's your favorite Family Cruise Vacation memory?

Want to know more about preparing for a family cruise vacation?  Check out the other posts in our Cruising with Family series:

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Beach of the Week: Amalfi Coast

Amalfi Coast Beach Vacation
Aaaaaaamalfi Coast: charming hillside towns and beaches too!

You can’t think of the Amalfi Coast without sighing: “Aaaaaaaaaaaah”.  It’s just ridiculously picturesque, with its steep cliffs, candy colored buildings, old world charm and sparkling blue sea.  

While much of the action in Amalfi is vertical, there are some lovely beaches at the base of those cliffs.  Most beaches offer lounge chairs; and eateries and bars abound.  In other words, all the vacation necessities are covered.  It’s just the place to luxuriate in the sand and soak up the Italian beauty.

Have you visited the Amalfi Coast?  What was your favorite part?

Prepare for your luxury beach vacation with luxurious sun hats, resort wear, and beach essentials:  SolEscapes has your warm weather vacation necessities!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Coming Soon: Must Have Swimwear for Beach, Resort, Cruise and Beyond

Coming Soon Swimwear to SolEscapes
Swimwear is coming to SolEscapes!

We're preparing for a very exciting addition to our Beach & Resort Wear lineup: swimwear!  Our swimwear will be in the shop soon... and it's going to be amazing.  We can't wait to share more details!

Coming Soon: SolEscapes' Swimwear Shop.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Cruising with Family: Great Online Resources for Planning a Family Cruise Vacation

Family Cruise Vacation
Internet Ahoy!  There are many helpful resources online to help plan your family cruise vacation.

We've covered a lot of ground in our Cruising with Family series, and yet there is still so much info out there!  When planning a cruise vacation with your kids, the internet is your best friend!  There is an absolute deluge of information about cruising online, so take advantage of it!  

Helpful Sites for Planning a Family Cruise:

  • Your cruise line’s web site will have a wealth of information.  Find the FAQ’s; they’ll answer many questions, including those related to cruising with kids.  Look for customer forums, which may have information specific to your ship, cruise, and many questions and answers about having kids on board. 
  • Cruisecritic is a one stop shop for all things cruise related.  It has articles written by experts and a large user community that contributes to forums.
  • Taking the Kids blog has a lot of helpful information about traveling with kids, including an entire section on cruising!  
  • Family Cruise Advisor is just that!  A blog dedicated to the topic of cruising with the family.  It even includes information broken out by cruise line.
  • Kids on a Plane is a wonderful blog “devoted to helping parents teach kids about the world through travel, food and everyday fun.  Their Cruising section is chock full of information, especially about Disney Cruise Line.
  • Traveling Mom is packed with firsthand accounts written by (you guessed it) Moms.  Their Cruises section is huge!
  • Google it!  Search for your cruise line, cruise ship, and even your stateroom number.  You’ll be amazed at how much information is out there! 

What's your favorite online resource when planning a family cruise vacation?

Want to know more about preparing for a family cruise vacation?  Check out the other posts in our Cruising with Family series:

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Cruising with Family: Older Kids and Teens

Cruise Ship Family Vacation
Family Cruise Vacations are wonderful for families with Teens
We've covered kids, toddlers and babies in previous posts of the Cruising with Family series, now let's look at the opposite end of the childhood spectrum: the t(w)eenagers.  Family vacations can be a challenge when some family members are (ahem) less than thrilled with the idea of never-ending family togetherness.  A cruise allows for a nice balance of fun, kid-centric activities with just enough of family time.  Plus, the relatively safe confines of a cruise ship can be a wonderful place for an older kid or teen to experience some independence.  

Preparing for a Cruise with Older Kids and Teenagers:   

  • Well before your vacation, determine how long their leash will be and talk it through, so kids and parents all have the same expectations. 
  • How will you stay in touch when kids are off doing their own thing?  One option is to set a meeting place, and meet up at predetermined times throughout the day.  Another idea is to bring a set of walkie-talkies for easy communication. 
  • Research the kids program options for their age group; depending on your teen’s personality and interests it may – or may not – be a good fit. 
  • The kids program may allow kids over a certain age to sign themselves in and out.  Determine if this is appropriate for your child.
  • Establish ground rules for safety: for example, you may require that they don’t go into staterooms other than your own. 
  • Be sure your kids are familiar with the ship’s safety procedures.  Point out crew members that they could go to, if they’re lost, in trouble, or simply have a question. 
 What does your tween or teen enjoy doing while on a family cruise vacation?

Want to know more about preparing for a family cruise vacation?  Check out the other posts in our Cruising with Family series: