AWIP Giveaway: Southwest $50 Giftcard

Posted by on Feb 18, 2014 in Flight Travel

AWIP Giveaway: Southwest $50 Giftcard

Anyone who knows me knows, I only fly Southwest! Ever since I got stiffed by another airline, I’ve been a dedicated Southwest Customer. When flying with Southwest everything is straight to the point, which is what I need when traveling. Traveling alone can be very stressful so why not fly with an airline that makes everything easy. On Southwest you don’t pay for your bags. That’s right, you are allowed 2 pieces of checked luggage for free. I’m notorious for overpacking so not having to pay for my bags is a plus for me. When you think about it those baggage fees can easily add $25-$100 to your ticket price. So if every penny counts then you might want to consider flying Southwest.  I’ve also found that Southwest usually has cheaper rates than most airlines. Again, if you are like me every penny counts, so I recommend checking out their rates before you book your next flight. On every Southwest Flight each guest receives free pop, coffee, juice and snacks and you don’t have to pay a million dollars for it. The flight attendants are always friendly and occasionally keep me entertained with their funny jokes during my flight. These are a few of the reasons why Southwest is my airline of choice. I also love the Southwest App, I use it to check in to my flight, check the status of my flight and so much more.  I can’t tell you how this app saved my life during this horrible Chicago weather. You can even sign up to receive text and e-mail messages regarding the status of your account. Again everything is about convenience and anything that makes my life easier is alright with me. To thank you guys for your continuous support Around the World in Pink is giving away a $50 Southwest gift card, perfect to use if you are planning to travel this upcoming spring or summer. Enter to win below… a Rafflecopter giveaway Thanks so much guys for supporting Around the World in...

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What’s On Your Travel Bucket List?

Posted by on Feb 17, 2014 in Travel

What’s On Your Travel Bucket List?

Definition of bucket list (as told by Merrriam-Webster): a list of things that one has not done before but wants to do before dying I have been fortunate to be able to have traveled a lot around the United States. I’ve been traveling since the age of 7 and I have lived in just about every time zone and location (from Houston, to Phoenix, to Memphis  to Florida, just to name a few). Traveling has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember, but I haven’t had the opportunity yet to travel the world. I am hoping to change that in the next few years. When Raijean and I were burning the midnight oil while creating the site and developing our mission for it, we wrote out a Travel Bucket list—a list of places that we wanted to travel to in the next year or so. Most of the places we wrote down were also places that I have wanted to experience as well personally, so I thought I would share my personal Travel Bucket List with you. These are the places I have not been to, and would love to visit in the next five years. In no particular order: Paris, France London, England Australia Tokyo, Japan Barcelona, Spain South Africa Hawaii Seattle Boston Belgium Monte Carlo San Francisco, California Hong Kong I have this coveted list in my personal journal, as I like to refer to it and read it often so that I have motivation to work towards my traveling goals. I’m passport ready, and hoping to rack up some major international travel miles as well as visit a few cities that I haven’t been to stateside. Having a Travel Bucket list is a great way to visually put down the places you want to visit so you can refer to them and read them at your leisure. And once you’ve visited, you can get the satisfaction of marking it off on your list. Now, it’s your turn. What’s on your Travel Bucket...

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My Top 5 Favorite Apps When Traveling

Posted by on Feb 10, 2014 in Tech

My Top 5 Favorite Apps When Traveling

When traveling there are certain things a girl must have to keep her mind pre-occupied! I already told you guys how much I hate flying so whenever it’s time to take the show on the road, I have a list of apps that make the traveling process much easier. We all have those special things that we like to do  when traveling so some of these apps make work for you and some may not. The key is to find the apps that you not only like but that will make your travel experience as enjoyable as possible. So here are my top 5 app must haves: Spotify-I can’t lie, I love Spotify. I have this app downloaded on all my phones, tablets, etc., I love the fact that I can pick and choose what I want to listen to when I want to listen to it. So for me Spotify is the perfect traveling companion. Fitbit-When I’m traveling I like to get as much exercise as possible so it’s very important that I carry with me my pedometer. My Fitbit allows me to see how many steps and calories I’ve taken and burned for the day. The app also lets me know when I’ve hit my daily  10k step goal. Netflix– My son probably uses this app more than me but it’s good to have it you are interested in catching a movie while on the road or on a flight! Banking App– In this day and age every bank has an app! This is how I keep up with the money I’m spending while traveling. It’s so easy to lose track of spending when you are away from home so it’s important for me to have something that lets me see how and where I’m spending my money. Social Media Apps-I can’t lie as a blogger, I’m addicted to all things social media. I have Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine and a few others to help me stay social when I’m traveling. While I know it’s important to disconnect I still like feeling like you guys are there with me on my adventures so I make sure I have all of my social media apps available. Southwest App-For me I only fly Southwest. They have the best prices plus you can fly with 2 bags for free so having this app on my devices is a must. Now,  everyone doesn’t fly Southwest so download which ever carrier you use frequently but make sure you have it. These apps can alert you when there has been a change to your flight, check your travel rewards, book flights and so much more so make sure you download yours before you head out on your next flight. These are my top 5 apps when I’m traveling, my next post I will tell you my top 5 when traveling with...

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Travel Accessories: Phone Cases by Incipio

Posted by on Feb 10, 2014 in Tech

Travel Accessories: Phone Cases by Incipio

If you are anything like me then  you probably drop your cellphone at least once a week. If I’m not dropping my phone then the boychild is dropping it which is why it’s important to have a good case to protect everybody’s prized possession. There is nothing worse than a broken cellphone, especially when you are traveling and need your phone the most. For the longest I’ve been using phone cases by Incipio Technologies, not only are they durable but they are long lasting. Incipio offers cases for all types of phone from the iPhone 5 to the Samsung Galaxy 4, there is a case for everyone. Not only does Incipio protect your phone but they also come in a large variety of colors and prints. You even have the option to customize your own case if that’s your thing. I also like the fact that Incipio carries phone cases that fit your travel lifestyle. Whether you need a case that’s waterproof because you will be hanging by the pool or you need a case that has a battery pack because you will be laying on the beach, Incipio has what you need. I’ve been using the Impact Resistant case and it definitely lives up to it’s name. As much as I’ve dropped my iPhone it still works like a charm. I’ve been using them since I attended CES in 2013 and I’m obsessed. Not only are the cases great quality but the prices are reasonable. Of course I picked out the best pink ones because hey that’s what AWIP is all about! But just in case pink isn’t your thing they have a huge variety of other colors as well. So if you plan on taking your show on the road then make sure your phone is covered and if not check out Incipio to find a case that’s suitable for all your travel needs. I promise  you won’t be disappointed, you can thank me...

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10 Travel Safety Tips for Women

Posted by on Feb 10, 2014 in Travel

10 Travel Safety Tips for Women

If you are a peruser of this site, then chances are you do your fair share of traveling—perhaps alone. I do a lot of traveling for business, and while on these trips, I am usually by myself. People ask me all the time if I am scared to travel by myself, but of course, the answer is no. I’ve gotten used to it, and sometimes rather enjoy trekking off to a new city alone. But that doesn’t mean that I do so without taking time out to ensure that I am traveling safely. Over the years, I’ve developed some safety tips that help me while traveling. Here are 10 Travel Safety Tips for Women: Daytime Arrival If you can, schedule your trips so that you arrive during daylight hours. Most crimes against women are committed in the later hours of the night, so to lower your chances, book your travel so that you arrive to your destination during the day. Be Organized Digging in your purse looking for documents and other items can give a criminal the chance to cause you harm. Be organized and know where everything is. Keep all your documents together in one place and have them readily accessible when needed. Check Hotel Safety Ratings Some hotel and hotel locations are safer than others. Before booking, check out the safety ratings of the hotel and the area around the hotel. Ditch the Cash Travel with a limited amount of cash on you. Traveling with debit cards and credit cards is much safer–if stolen, they can be easily replaced. Be Aware of Your Surroundings When I travel, I am always checking out my surroundings. I look for exits, well-lit areas, etc. I also look for suspicious behavior, and I report it if seen immediately. Fake It Yes, if you aren’t married, you may want to think about traveling with a fake wedding ring. If alone, an offender may think that your husband is traveling with you and is somewhere nearby, and will leave you alone because of this. Forget the Big Purse I love a big, designer purse, but when traveling, that is a no. Bring a small purse (I usually carry a small crossbody bag) with only the essentials you need. With a crossbody bag, it is harder for someone to pickpocket or steal since it is literally “wrapped” around you. Fanny packs work too. Have a Purpose Just don’t wander for the sake of wandering. Have a clear mission of where you are going, so as to not look lost. Keep Attire In Mind Wear comfortable clothing that is easy to walk in and doesn’t impede your safety. Stay away from tassels and other items that an assailant can pull. Always wear shoes that will allow you to run if necessary (leave the heels in the room, or bring them with you in a separate bag)....

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