Awesome Port Cities for a Mancation Cruise That Aren't In Florida
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What to do if you get hurt in a bike accident
July 19, 2018

What To Do If You Get Hurt in a Bicycle Accident

in Stuff by James Hills

Riding a bicycle is a fun and eco-friendly way to get around. It's also fun to do. Unfortunately it doesn't come without challenges and dangers. Even the most experienced riders can come off their bike and hurt themselves. If you're riding on the road, the danger of being hit by a vehicle could have even more serious consequences. When you do get into an accident, it's important to know what to…

July 18, 2018

How to Select The Right Tires for Off Road Driving

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It might be obvious – big knobby tires are better at gripping rugged surfaces than smooth ones. After all, you wouldn't put a pair of racing slicks on your truck and take it out on the trail, would you? The reality though is that for most of us, the right choice of tires is more about balance than absolutes. That's why I really like this set of Grabber A/T X that General Tire sent me to check…

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July 18, 2018

The Importance of Having a VPN To Protect Your Privacy

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Are you one of those Internet users who think that data leaks, hacker attacks, and cyber security are not about you? Do you still believe that your data can't benefit hackers in any way? Then, you're one of those who are likely to get their devices hacked first.

Golf Rum and Fishing Caribbean Cruise
July 16, 2018

Golf, Rum, and Fishing on an Ultimate Caribbean Mancation Cruise

in Mancation Blog by James Hills

When you think of a Caribbean cruise, typically it's all about relaxing on beaches and sipping fruity frozen drinks - and I enjoy that too. However, for guys looking for adventure, the Caribbean offers WAY more than that. In particular, Eastern Caribbean cruises offer a chance to play some of the best greens in the world, explore rum distilleries, and chase amazing game fish too. Of course,…

Jul 15, 2018

Miss The Days Of Fun Action Movies Like Die Hard? See Skyscraper

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Channeling the spirit of Die Hard with some video game era grandeur, Skyscraper won’t be the cultural icon its predecessor was, but it’s a heck of a lot of fun for its hour and fifty minute run time.

Jul 15, 2018

Proper Tire Pressure Is Critical For Off Road Vehicles

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We all know that proper tire pressure is essential to keeping your daily driver safe and efficient on the road, but it's just as important when off road driving too. However, the difference in this case is that what's correct for the pavement - may not be right for the terrain you're setting out to…

Animalon Dining Experience
Jul 15, 2018

Tasting the Best of Baja at Javier Plascencia's Animalon

The resurgence of interest in Ensenada and the Valle de Guadalupe has brought the culinary adventurers back to Baja. When you start to do a little research to choose where to dine, one name pops up among the talented chefs of the region: Javier Plascencia

How much did The Hangover Bachelor Party Cost?
Jul 11, 2018

Ever Wonder How Much the Hangover Bachelor Party Cost?

I'm sure you've watched movies like The Hangover and wondered how much it might cost to replicate the shenanigans and adventures depicted in the movie. Well, wonder no more!

Chinese Dinner Date Night Hacks
Jul 10, 2018

Chinese Dinner Date Night Hacks

When you are young and still on the "chase", date night is something you look forward to but over the years it can become redundant, expensive, or just something to put off until next week. Unfortunately, as wonderful as marriage and long-term relationships can be there's a trap that you need to…

Englewood Beach in Punta Gorda Florida
Jul 09, 2018

Punta Gorda Florida Ultimate Mancation Guide

The challenge with "undiscovered areas" is that well, you don't know how awesome it is till you go there. Then, once you do visit, there's almost a feeling that you should keep it secret so that it doesn't become more expensive, more crowded, and less awesome. That's how I felt when I visited Punta…

how to hitch a trailer properly
Jul 08, 2018

How To Safely Hitch A Trailer To Your Truck

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What was it like the first time you hitched something to the back of a truck and hauled it away? If you are anything like most people, I'm sure you were pretty nervous that you did it right and pretty excited to be on the road headed to your next adventure. While it's really not that complicated to…

Peace River Seafood Gator Gumbo Recipe
Jul 08, 2018

Peace River Seafood Gator Gumbo Recipe

Asking a chef or cook what their secret recipe is one of those things that I generally try to avoid. After all, there's always more to a great meal than simply a set of directions. That being said, after trying some of the famous Gator Gumbo at Peace River Seafood in Punta Gorda, Florida I just had…

Carnival Triumph sails from New Orleans to the Caribbean including stops at Cozumel

When you think of going on a cruise, you probably think about departing from South Florida or Port Canaveral, but today there are many more options than that. The cool thing about taking a mancation cruise is that you really get three destinations in one experience - the ship, the departure port, and a buffet of other experiences along the way at different stops. While we LOVE the major cruise ports like Miami, Ft Lauderdale, and Port Canaveral, here are some of our top picks that you might not already think about.

Set Sail on an Alaskan Cruise From Vancouver

Vancouver is an amazing city that is the gateway for about half of the cruises to Alaska each summer. (Shared with Seattle, Washington which is an other great port city!) When you consider that an Alaska "Land and Sea" tour was the top pick on our 2017 mancation survey, this has got to be our top pick. During the summer months, virtually every cruise line stops in Vancouver or Seattle including: Norwegian Cruise Line, Carnival Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Princess Cruises and Holland America. Once on board, you'll have a range of opportunities for excitement including casinos, shows, bars, good food, people watching, and depending on your ship a whole lot more! For instance, Norwegian Bliss even features a go kart track on board! 

Vancouver is an incredibly fun and progressive city, with some of the best food that I've ever tasted. Plus, not to far from downtown the ski resorts offer incredible summer activities too. This includes mountain biking, hiking, and golf through dense forests and amazing waterfalls. Add that to whale watching, kayaking, and fishing accessible by boat near the cruise pier and this has got something for everyone in your group. If you love Chinese food then the Vancouver suburb of Richmond, BC is a must visit too. They have one of the largest Chinese populations in North America and I'm told that this is the best place in US or Canada to get some amazing authentic Chinese food too.

Cruise To Bermuda From New York City

Sometimes your annual golf trip needs to be shaken up a bit. Why not head to New York City for the excitement of a big city followed by a cruise to Bermuda for some legendary golf?

There’s no shortage of incredible experiences to be had in the Big Apple. People often talk about wanting to enjoy more “experiential travel”; well, New York is then the epitome of it. Unlike some other cities where you might want to rent a car, New York is decidedly unfriendly for personal automobiles. So instead of packing everyone into a couple different Lyft rides, why not try a charter bus rental instead? There are websites for companies that are like Uber for charter buses, where you can type in how many people you need a bus for and your pickup city and destination city, and then get a whole listing of price quotes from charter bus companies bidding for your business. It’s an original way to travel in style, where everybody can travel together and even kick back with some alcoholic beverages without worrying since they have a “designated driver.”

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Cruise To Mexico and West Coast from San Diego

San Diego is often called, "America's Finest City". Ron Burgundy called it a few other things too, but one thing is for certain - this is a great city to start your mancation adventure and it is also a great port city. While much of the cruises from this California port are seasonal, in the Spring and Fall you can find a variety of opportunities here ranging from Baja cruises to Ensenada, Mexico as well as others that stop at ports along the west coast including San Francisco and Astoria, Oregon.

While in San Diego though, make sure to visit one of the more than 100 breweries, grab some tacos and enjoy the beach. For those looking to explore history the city boasts the Museum of Man, The USS Midway, and The San Diego Maritime Museum. 

Cruise to the Caribbean from New Orleans

The "Big Easy" is one of the more interesting cruise ports since the city is so far inland compared to others that are right on the ocean. Because of this, you have almost half a day where your phones will work on board (without extra fees) as you cruise along the Mississippi River. The city itself is the perfect book ends for your cruise adventure though since there are 24-hour parties all year long and you've got no shortage of awesome mancation activities including bars, food, museums such as the National WW2 Museum, and not too far from town you've got great fishing, Louisiana swamp tours, and opportunities to get up close and personal with alligators.

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Cruise the Caribbean from San Juan Puerto Rico

San Juan is an incredible city and Puerto Rico is an amazing island that deserves more attention. While many ships stop here for the day, it's a challenge to truly enjoy this island without spending a few days. While there are plenty of things to do right in San Juan from exploring historic sites like Castillo San Felipe del Morro to sampling rum cocktails and Puerto Rican food, the real adventure is in the countryside. There you will be able to hike through a rain forest, paddle through the glowing "bio bay" in Vieques, or get some surfing lessons. It's literally the best part of taking a shore excursion ... without worrying about missing the boat when it leaves for the day. 

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