Keep Calm and Carry-On

As airports across the US begin to adopt the European policy asking travelers to remove electronics larger than a cellphone from their carry on bags while passing through security checkpoints you can expect a few more delays. 

So this begs the question: what exactly can you bring aboard in your carry on without any major problems? 

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The Great American Road Trip

CP Travels is embarking on a two week road trip across the great American West. The trip will begin in Los Angeles, California and will end in Chicago, Illinois. There'll be plenty of stops, detours, and random encounters so check back often for updates. 

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Traveling as a family

At one point in time choosing a vacation spot was a simple as throwing a dart at a map or calling up your best friend and hopping in the car and driving until you ran out of gas- but when you become a parent things tend to get a little more complicated. We're offering up some of our top recommended places for family travel. 

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With Travel, Your Mindset Matters

Travel only expanded my knowledge of these things. The more places I went the more I learned about different cultures, people, and myself. My feelings as a child were verified. People all over the world felt more similar than different. But those differences are extraordinary and when shared and absorbed are absolutely amazing.

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Life Abroad and the Journey Home

Making what can be an epic choice to pack your bags and move half way across the world can both scary and liberating. Talking about how you'd like to drop everything and run away versus actually, in a sense, picking up and leaving everything behind and starting fresh in a new and foreign place are two completely different things.

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5 Important Questions to Ask Someone You're Traveling with for the First Time.

Whether it's your bestie you've known for years, or your favorite cousin you've always wanted to hit the town with in a new city, knowing what their expectations of traveling are is important. Being prepared for the trip itself is key, but few things can ruin a good time faster than your travel companion saying or doing something that you simply weren't prepared for. Stay woke, and ask these very important questions.

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5 Types of Vacations To Take At Least Once in Your Lifetime

Planning trips can be difficult. Especially If you don't have the time or don't particularly enjoy planning. If your favorite travel agents, CP Travels, aren't available to guide you (they always are) then you should certainly try one of these vacations styles at least once in your lifetime. 

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Pay it Forward Philippines

The second trip of our year long Pay it Forward travel initiative brought us to the Philippines. I was most excited about visiting because it's one of the few countries we'll be visiting this year that I had never been to before. I entered this trip similar to how I have others my first time visiting: absent of expectations.

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The Credit Card Connection: How To Swipe Right

Let me start by saying that this is simply my opinion and I am in no ways offering financial advice. Getting a credit card or making any kind of big financial decision should not be taken lightly and you should conduct your own research before signing up for one. As such, I will not be providing links (ain't no ads over here, B) and I encourage you to look into other options as well.  Lehgoo.

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Ling Lalekem: A Traveler's Story

Ling is a Taiwan native who has been traveling the world for more than a decade. Her travels had led her throughout Asia (Japan, Thailand, Singapore, South Korea), Oceana (Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand) and South America (Chile, Brazil), while touching parts of Europe as well as North America.

In the following interview, Ling shares some of her insight as well as some advice for young female travelers. 

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Matching Passport Stamps

Uh-oh, the boss level is here. You're ready to take your relationship to the next level by taking a baecation abroad. An international vacation is the ultimate test for any relationship and just choosing the right place has the potential to end up as a recipe for disaster. Luckily for you all I've compiled this short list of some of the best and most affordable places to baecation abroad.

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Pay It Forward-Osaka, Japan

Osaka is rich in culture, tradition and sights and despite the freezing temperature and all of the touristy things that we did we still managed to have a very culturally engaging trip.

But, seriously, if given the opportunity to ride a Japanese voiced version of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, sip on Butterbeer and get your wingardium leviosa on, what would you do?

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Travel, The Ultimate Motivator

Why do we travel? The answer to this question is different for everyone. Perspective is everything when deciding when and how to venture out and see the world. Traveling, on its own, does so much and impacts everyone differently. There are plenty of reasons we can list regarding why the act of traveling is life changing; but the days, weeks, and months leading up to a trip you've dreamt about and worked so hard to earn shouldn't be overlooked either. 

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Pay It Forward-Tokyo, Japan

Japan has long been the highly romanticized land of neon lights, anime, strange food, crowded streets and impressive technology. It's a country that the world turns to for daily doses of "weirdness" and oddities. Speaking generally, as foreigners, we view Japan more as a fetish than a culture.

During our recent trip to Japan we sought to challenge those views and get a glimpse of the "real" Japan. 

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Denver Nuggets: Hidden Gems of the Mile High City

Snow-capped mountains, legal marijuana, beautiful views, scenic trails, and friendly people are just a few things that come to mind when you think of the 'Mile High City'.  While I wasn't able to engage in all of those activities while there (I didn't bring the right shoes so hiking was a no-go), what I was able to do made me grow even fonder of Colorado and its many wonders. 

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Finding A Second Home Abroad: Reflections on My Time In Lagos, Nigeria

I grew up in a household where my blackness was never discussed in detail, but was always celebrated in tradition. I was used to the smell of gumbo and the sounds of the Motown Christmas songs during the holiday season. However, something inside of me has always celebrated that bit of African that I am sure is still linked to at least some portion of my DNA. Kwanzaa never quite felt right; a packaged African holiday would never fully serve my soul. 

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