How to Enjoy Miami if you Don’t like the Beach?

I love Miami, but I’m not a fan of the beach. Too much sand in strange places and it’s hot. So, what’s the point? Well, it’s Miami. They call South Beach an adult playground and the hotels cater to that way of thinking. These hotels are special because they offer experiences beyond the beach.

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Stay in Your Room

The best way to avoid the beach is to stay in your room. Well, staying in your room at the South Seas Hotel is easy to do. The rooms are spacious and comfortable. They offer amazing views of the ocean or Miami Beach city views through large windows. The decor is clean and crisp. Absorb the inspiration and get some work done with the free wireless service. Each room offers spa-like bathrooms with large tubs and rain showers. Book an in-room massage to help you relax, and when you get hungry, order from the award-winning restaurant with the hotel’s 24-hour room service.

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The Nightlife

South Beach is synonymous with night life. The beautiful people of Miami love to hang out, dance, party, and be seen. The Clevelander is the hotel to stay in if you want to party where you stay. It’s an adult-only hotel, so leave the kids at home and come hang out with Miami’s finest. The POOL+PATIO has been an entertainment mecca for locals and tourists for over 75 years. Arrive early to get the nightly drink special and then enjoy the salsa dancing or fire dancers as they put on a show. At the end of the night, the club opens up into the best dance party on the beach.

The Spa

If you are a spa person, check out the Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach and book a treatment package at the Blue Spa. The nature-inspired spa matches harmony and bliss in equal measure. While South Beach can be busy, you won’t feel any of the hustle and bustle inside the walls of this luxurious spa. They offer traditional spa treatments such as massages and facials, but with a South Beach twist like a Jamaican Rum Body Scrub and a Mojito Mani-Pedi.

The Food

For the foodie vacationers, book a room at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel. This South Beach hotel offers not one, but two world-renowned restaurants. You don’t have to step on the beach to enjoy them — the restaurant does it for you. New York chef Josh Capon brings his vision of the perfect seafood restaurant to Lure Fishbar. With its nautical theme, you know what the place is known for, but they have steak and pasta, too. For breakfast and lunch, try the Preston Market. It uses locally grown meat and produce to bring you farm-to-table classic dishes such as shrimp and grits, signature burgers, and an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet.

If you’re averse to the beach, go ahead and book a trip to Miami with these hotels and have the perfect anti-beach vacation.

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Millennials Share Their Tips for Working While Traveling the Globe

This post was originally published on Tailwind by Hipmunk on April 11, 2016.

When you’re still new to a career and trying to make a name for yourself on the job, it can be stressful to take vacation time.

Heck, forget traveling for pleasure—even business travel can feel stressful. When you’re juggling delayed flights or bad cell service with the desire to make a good impression on your clients and coworkers, travel can feel anything but relaxing.

But take a deep breath, because we’ve got some good news for you: You can travel the globe and continue to rock out at your job. Here’s how four hard-working millennials make it happen.

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Jenn Hirsch. Photo credit Brandon Smith

Draw work inspiration from your travels.

As a surf retreat leader and a storyteller through (and founder of) Swell Story, Jenn Hirsch has learned firsthand that her travels can inform her work in big ways.

“My rule has always been to find inspiration from where you travel for whatever venture you have at present,” she says. “[My] work is highly creative yet grounded in the present—kind of like traveling to foreign countries and surfing in general.”

Communicate with your team before you leave.

Make sure your colleagues and clients have a sense of where you’ll be and what your availability will be like before you leave the office.

“Before a trip, I think it is important to meet with your team and third-party partners to make sure all bases are covered,” says Nolan Walsh, CEO of Thursday Boot Company.

Let folks know when you’ll be out of touch, and also aim to make yourself available at times when they’ll be working.

“I usually create a block of 3-5 hours that overlap with my work day back home,” says Hirsch. “This is a great tool to find overlapping time when you travel. Share your travel itinerary with your close team members, and let them know when you likely won’t be able to take calls. With advance communication, anything is possible.”

Use long transit times for work.

Instead of bemoaning the time you spend in transit, put it to productive use.

“You’re already stuck in a chair, and you’ll feel better getting work done than watching the in-flight movie you never really wanted to see,” says Walsh.

Bonus: Get work done on the plane or train, and you’ll have more free time to explore your destination.

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Nolan Walsh at home in NYC

Stay charged.

The best hot spots and data plans won’t help you get work done if you can’t turn your devices on in the first place. Never underestimate the value of keeping your work gadgets fully juiced.

“I’d stress the importance of simply keeping your devices charged,” says Charlie Ellis, founder and managing partner of Oxford Consulting Group. “I always travel with two hefty battery packs, a power strip, and a ten-port USB hub.”

Embrace free time whenever it arises.

While business travel can take you to all corners of the globe, it can be tough to actually see those places when you’re sitting in meetings all day.

The solution? Go exploring whenever down time presents itself, says Hirsch, whether that’s during a midday lunch break or at the wee hours of the morning. Especially in major metropolitan areas (think LondonTokyo, or New York), there’s something to see no matter when you get a free moment. Don’t miss it.

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Ricky Joshi (foreground) whitewater rafting in Tennessee 

Mix business with pleasure.

“I really enjoy visiting places for business where I can add on a couple of extra days to explore an area,” says Ricky Joshi, co-founder and CMO of Saatva Mattress. “Los AngelesMiami, and Chicago are great for this… I [also] really enjoy Central and South America, where I can go on a more adventurous trip. The Caribbean Island of St. Kitts and the Portland area of Jamaica are also personal favorites.”

It’s also smart to plan trips around your personal preferences.

“I’ve never fully adjusted to New York winters, so in Q1 and Q4 I’ll jump at any excuse to take a meeting or contract in Southern California,” says Ellis.

You’ll improve your mental state and your productivity if you go somewhere that inspires and uplifts you.

Roll with the punches.

It’s unavoidable: When you’re traveling the world, sometimes things go wrong.

Try discovering that your airline lost your luggage after you’ve touched down in Bolivia, as Joshi did. “Because I was so “off the grid,” it was so difficult finding a place to even try to call them to track it,” he says. “I finally gave into my fate and bought essentially a new, very light, wardrobe.”

It may not have been ideal, but Joshi made it work. When fate hands you lemons, go find yourself an orange.

Bonus: Practicing adaptability and efficient problem solving will serve you well on the job.

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Charlie Ellis in Montana

Unplug every once in awhile.

It’s not a good idea to go MIA without letting clients and coworkers know you’ll be off the grid. But everyone—everyone—needs to unplug once in awhile, and that includes you. Do it responsibly by setting clear expectations before your digital detox, setting up an out-of-office email reply, and then committing yourself to not checking your email or phone, says Hirsch. Your mind will thank you for it.

Far from being a hassle, traveling as a millennial—for work or pleasure—doesn’t have to be a career killer. Communicate with your team, be open to expanding your horizons, and don’t forget to enjoy yourself. After all, there’s more to life than work.

Hotels Stays in Florida on Every Budget

Ah, Florida. Sun, sand, and surf awaits and I can’t wait. I love Florida. I spent four years of my life in different parts of Florida and still can’t wait to go back. It was in Florida where I discovered I am a resort kind of girl. These hotels and resorts embrace their atmosphere and offer fun in the sun for travelers in all budget levels.

Gulf Coast Resort

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If you haven’t seen a sunset while in Florida, you’re missing out. There is something in the Gulf of Mexico that makes for a beautiful, colorful, breathtaking sunset. Outside the steps of the West Wind Inn Hotel, you will see the best view. A budget friendly hotel on Sanibel Island, West Wind Inn is easy to reach just across the bridge from Fort Meyer. The resort offers beautiful garden and Gulf Views, amazing food featuring the local seafood and many water and land sports to get your active on. The resort shares an island with the Ding Wildlife Reserve, a cool opportunity to see many species of animals up close and person.

Beachfront Resort

With a backyard on the beach, the Dolphin Beach Resort is a luxurious budget resort in St. Petersburg, Florida. The resort offers simple amenities, but everything you need at a beach locale. The white sandy beaches are pristine. Grab a good book and spend the day sitting on the beach loungers drinking margaritas. Enjoy a sunrise or sunset stroll on the resort paths that lead to the beach. It’s proximity to the Tampa and Orlando areas make Dolphin a perfect place for a unique Florida beach vacation.

Business Resort

Located near St. Peterburg, the Sirata Beach Resort and Conference Center is a business-friendly budget resort. Book your next sales conference or national meeting here. It has multiple room types in five buildings spread out over the grand resort. Most rooms have great garden and or Gulf views. The resort offers access to acres of beach front, so you never feel like your competing for a wave at Sirata. No business to conduct, don’t worry. It boasts as a super family friendly hotel, and pet-friendly hotel, too.

Luxury European Style Resort

Like the beautiful name suggests, Aqualina Resort and Spa is a Mediterranean-inspired hotel on the beautiful Sunny Isles Beach north of Miami, on the Atlantic Ocean. Get ready for perfect sunrises at this luxury beach resort. The price tag on this one is big but so worth it. The spacious rooms have either ocean or city views. There are three pools, five-star restaurants and the most pristine white beaches in America.

Airport Resort like Hotel

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While it’s not a resort, Tampa Airport Marriott Hotel is a beautiful property with resort-type amenities. The rooms are elegant and comfortable. Even though located at the airport, you don’t feel like it. The greenery and outdoor area offer a beautiful destiny for weddings and meetings alike. The restaurant offers local cuisine with Latin/Cuban influences.

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Two Sides of Georgia in Five Hotels

Georgia has always held a bit of mystery for me. It’s where I was born, but I never really lived there. What I love most about Georgia is that depending on where you visit, you are always going to find modern mixed in with traditional southern charm. Each city has a unique signature, and these hotels do a great job showing the many sides of Georgia.

Midtown Casual

Like the area of town suggests, Midtown is the mid-point in Atlanta. The Atlanta Marriott Midtown Suites is a laid back southern smooth hotel situated in the middle of the city and its many suburbs. The casual hotel has an excellent staff and amenities for the serious business traveler and the family on vacation. All the rooms are suite-style which makes it a perfect stay for large groups. Its central location allows easy access to Piedmont Park and the Atlanta Aquarium.

 

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Midtown Elegance

A modern structure in midtown isn’t out-of-place. In fact, it has become a draw for tourist and locals alike. The Hyatt Atlanta Midtown offers guests state of the art rooms with slick gray tones marble tubs and high thread count sheets. The hotel’s neighbors are CNN and Coca Cola. After you spend time exploring Atlanta, return to the hotel and enjoy a craft cocktail in the lobby’s famous Juniper Bar. The huge hotel is exceptional in making each guest feel special and at home.

Buckhead Opulence

East of Midtown is the famous Atlanta suburb, Buckhead. Known for its trendy restaurants, chic hotels and upscale shopping, Buckhead is the place to see and be seen in Atlanta. At the center of the madness is the InterContinental Buckhead. The enormous hotel has incredible views of Atlanta from each spacious, comfortable room. It’s one of those hotels where you want to stay and enjoy. From the salt water pool and jacuzzis to the spa and award-winning restaurants, the Buckhead staple rivals any stay and play resort in the south.

Savannah Luxury

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If the big city isn’t your scene, consider a trip to Savannah, Georgia. Savannah, like Atlanta, is the perfect blend of old and new. With its walking-friendly city and picturesque tree-lined streets, the many outdoor activities make it a draw for families all year round. Located in the center of the world’s largest historical district is the Hilton Savannah DeSoto Hotel. Its old southern charm and luxury are on display in the hotel’s lobby. The rooms are massive and cozy. The staff takes pride in making you feel like part of the family.

Savannah Riverfront Casual

On the edge of the historic district, next to the Savannah River is the Savanna Marriott Riverfront Hotel. It is a modern hotel with comfortable decor and a family friendly atmosphere. Just steps from the hotel, walk the bustling riverfront and grab a drink and enjoy the boats as they sail by on the lazy river. Enjoy the nightlife as the boardwalk offers entertainment for adult and families.

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HIPMUNK HOTELS: TOP HOTELS FOR YOUR FALL MIDWEST ROAD TRIP IN CHAMPAIGN, GRAND RAPIDS, AND MORE

This post was originally published on Live Learn Venture by Natasha on 6/16/16.

If you’re planning a fall road trip throughout the Midwest part of the United States, you’ll have a lot of things to consider during the planning process! One big choice is deciding what hotels you’ll choose to stay well-rested during your adventures. Luckily, there are many great Midwest hotel options to choose from. Keep reading to learn more about some of the top hotels in places like Champaign IL, Grand Rapids MI, Davenport IA, and more.

Champaign, Illinois

When spending time in Champaign, IL, you may be looking for a comfortable hotel with a bit more space, and the Homewood Suites by Hilton Champaign-Urbana is a great choice. This is a preferable option for those who are taking a road trip with their families. Suites are available in both studio and one-bedroom varieties, making it possible to have as much room as you need. Rates start at just $117, making it an affordable option for the entire family.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan

If you’re looking for an option that feels more like home while in Grand Rapids, the Staybridge Suites Grand Rapids-Kentwood is a good choice. Each room includes a full-functioning kitchenette with a microwave and refrigerator. Studios and suites are available in multiple bed options, which makes for a great option for families. Guests have free access to an airport shuttle and free daily breakfast. This hotel gives the comfort you need to feel at home after a long day on the road. Prices begin at $135 per night.

Davenport, Iowa

If you’re looking for a more affordable option and don’t want to sacrifice style or comfort, the Holiday Inn Rock Island may be a great fit for you as you make your way through Davenport, IA. Rates start at only $86, making it a cheaper option if you’re on a tight budget. There are 172 rooms, which are comfortable and have a modern style. Each room is spacious and includes a microwave and mini-fridge. Self-service laundry is available, and there’s an on-site restaurant, making this hotel even more convenient.

Branson, Missouri

If you’re looking for something truly unique in Branson, MO, The Branson House is a cozy bed and breakfast with unique rooms and a delicious breakfast. There are different sized rooms to choose from, each with its own charm. All guests can enjoy a daily breakfast. This bed and breakfast is nearby many shops, restaurants, and local attractions. Rates begin at $129 per night.

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Schaumburg, Illinois

Are you headed to Schaumburg, IL? If your road trip includes business meetings, you may be looking for a more business and conference-friendly hotel. Wingate by Wyndham Schaumburg is a great option! This hotel includes a free printing and copying services in the 24-hour business center, conference rooms, and an on-site gym facility. This makes for a great place to stay if you need to rest between business meetings. Nightly rates start at $135, which includes a hot buffet breakfast.

As you can see, there are many great hotels in the Midwest. No matter where you choose to stay, you’re sure to have a fun time exploring these great cities. If you’re looking for a place to stay, Hipmunk hotels are a great resource to rely on.

Disclaimer: This is part of the Hipmunk Hotels campaign.