What is Trip Stacking?, 81% Plan to Vacation in Next 6 Months, 12 Extravagant U.S. Castles

Kimpton Hotel Palomar South Beach roof top deck views
Views from the roof top deck at Hotel Palomar South Beach. Photo courtesy of Kimpton Hotels.
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Welcome to The Morning Shave. We read a ton of travel articles each day for our personal research and to share the best travel tips and tricks with you. Here are the articles for Friday, January 21, 2022, that we think you should read.

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A Look Inside the Colosseum’s Long-Hidden Gladiator Tunnels. – One of the attractions that I missed seeing when Anna and I went to Italy was going inside the Colosseum. The building looks incredible (even after all these years), and I can’t wait to go back to Italy to continue exploring this gorgeous country… and, of course, eat more pizza.

Expedia survey: 81% plan to take a vacation in next 6 months. – Frankly, I’m surprised that this number isn’t higher. With so many people vaccinated (or deciding that they’ll never get vaxxed), I think we’re in a situation of equilibrium where not much will change going forward. We just need to ride out the COVID waves and enjoy the time in between the peaks. Are you planning on traveling in the first half of 2022?

Scarlett and Lee on AA flight from The Bahamas 2021-10
Remember to keep your mask on while flying.

Everything You Need to Know About ‘Trip Stacking’ — and How It Can Help Save Your Vacation. – I’ve been hearing a lot of people talking about “trip stacking” recently and wasn’t sure what they meant. Now, it makes sense. Essentially, people are booking multiple (refundable) trips that overlap. This way, they can do “Plan B” in case COVID rules or something else necessitates them canceling Plan A. It can make sense, but you have to look at the fine print and make sure that you follow the cancellation rules, otherwise, you just bought a really expensive vacation.

5 Expert Tips for Driving in the Snow That Will Keep You Safe on Winter Road Trips. – I love hitting the slopes to snowboard, but I hate dealing with driving in the snow. And, it’s actually been snowing here in Nashville this winter, so these tips are important to know even when I’m not traveling. Follow these tips to stay safe and minimize the risk during the winter.

America’s 12 Most Extravagant Castles and Villas. – These homes are absolutely stunning. I’ve been to Hearst Castle and the Biltmore Estate and they are out of this world. I can’t even imagine the kind of money required to build and maintain such a property. Luckily, most of these are open to the public so you can tour them and experience a whole different way of life. At the Biltmore, you can even stay on the grounds to extend your immersion into their world.

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