Andrew Smith is a Senior Customer Care Associate and is a contributor to the FlipKey blog. A graduate of Assumption College, Andrew has already traveled to 12 countries outside of the U.S. and is an avid follower of anything sports-related. His favorite sports to watch are hockey and soccer and his favorite team to watch is the Boston Bruins.
It’s wolf pack time! The groom is getting married soon and you’ve been tasked with planning an epic bachelor party for him and your party which you guys will (maybe) remember for the rest of your lives. Once you have your destination planned, how do you plan to balance the right amount of activities and partying while keeping the moment in perspective at a location that will be personal and memorable for everyone? The answer is simple: book a vacation rental.
Vacation rentals offer the privacy, space, and amenities of home – all for the fraction of the price. Most importantly, you’ll have the entire space for just your group with no other guests milling about. You can stretch out, throw your bags everywhere, grill, jump in the pool, watch a movie in the in-home theater, or play beer pong on the patio all weekend long without a care in the world. A vacation rental is the ultimate bachelor party choice that will flex and fit your needs. There are millions of rentals around the world, and plenty of options in famous bachelor party destinations specifically.
Below are several vacation rental suggestions on our website that are located in popular bachelor party destinations. The size of your party and budget will obviously vary, but these homes should point you in the right direction.
This immaculate, tastefully designed home will be the perfect host for your bachelor party in Las Vegas.
Whether it is 110 degrees out or 4AM, that pool setting screams refreshing and relaxing. The Oasis House is also very well-kept and is accessible to both Old Vegas and the Strip.
Swim in your refreshing private pool (self cleaning and solar heated), stretch out on your poolside lounge chairs, or sit under your patio. There is no battle over reserving pool side loungers and chairs.
The views from this Manhattan bachelor party pad are incredible and will ‘wow’ the groom.
Admittedly, finding a vacation rental “house” in one of the world’s biggest cities can be tough, but this Midtown apartment offers rooftop views of New York that are extraordinary. Perfect for smaller bachelor parties, this apartment is close to Central Park, Broadway, and many of New York’s most popular destinations.
Only minutes to The French Quarter, CBD, & Superdome, this rental will have your party in the thick of it in New Orleans.
Southern Comfort takes on a new meaning in this renovated New Orleans home. Located close to the French Quarter in the city’s Lower Garden District, the property is close to many restaurants, bars, shops, and cafes.
This Miami Beach spot has a large BBQ and is completely walled off for privacy.
No bachelor party list would be complete without a location focused on Miami. Located with some seclusion right in the middle of Biscayne Bay and loaded with first-class amenities, this property is the perfect type of vacation rental for larger bachelor parties to consider for their South Florida experience.
Close to all tourist attractions, yet just far enough away from the busy streets and noise. This newly built spacious 6 bedroom, 3 bath house with 3 balconies and an upper deck on the 3rd story all overlooking the water is simply Miami Beach at it’s best.
The Living room has a bar and brand new 50 inch TV with surround sound. This great room has it’s own large balcony also overlooking the water.
The side and back yards are completely walled around for privacy, with an above ground pool that features a walk around wooden deck, all set in 5000 sq ft area of lush tropical surroundings. Here you will also find a covered area with a large BBQ, tables and chairs for large groups.
The outdoor patio and bar at this San Diego area rental will keep the party going all weekend long.
Book here, and let the laid back Southern California vibes literally carry your way, as this beachfront home is located right on the Pacific Ocean. Make sure to utilize the fantastic BBQ island grill section when you are here. For parties, those are not prohibited at this home, but downtown San Diego (and its many awesome rooftop bars) is only a short trip to the east.
Living room comes equipped with HD flat screen TV and sound system. Large glass doors open directly onto an amazing private patio. Directly in front of the house there are 5 public volleyball courts.
Up to 15 guests can stay at this Montreal bachelor party rental, and the best part, free continental breakfast!
Planning a bachelor party in any major Canadian city would be a great choice, but Montreal actually feels like it belongs to a different country with its French roots. This artsy property can host large parties, is highly accessible and is located right off one of Montreal’s oldest roads, Avenue Papineau. If your group happens to stay out late on Saint Laurent or Saint Catherine Street, no need to worry – continental breakfast is included here every morning!
The first day of summer in 2015 just so happens to be Father’s Day. From baseball games to family parties, few father-son traditions beat hitting the outdoors and shooting 18 holes on a beautiful golf course for a few hours. (Hint hint: Here’s an idea in case you haven’t bought a gift yet!) With over 35,000 golf courses in the world to choose from, we have highlighted just some of the best destinations to visit when you break out the clubs with Dad on your next trip.
From busy tourist areas like Kiawah Island near Charleston to Hilton Head or Myrtle Beach, South Carolina seemingly has a golf course within every couple miles. Myrtle Beach in particular is one location that has labeled itself the “Golf Capital of the World,” and with a large amount of courses open to the public, it is easy to see why.
Course Recommendations: Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, Dunes Golf & Beach Club, Barefoot Resort
Pebble Beach’s courses should be on anyone’s short list of golf spots to visit, as Pacific Ocean waves meet jagged coastline at this golfer’s paradise on the California coast. Located roughly an hour and a half south of San Jose, Pebble Beach boasts some of America’s oldest and most challenging courses to play on.
Course Recommendations: Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill, Cypress Hill, Poppy Hills, and the Links at Spanish Bay
With some of the oldest and most beautiful natural golf courses in the world, all of modern golf’s roots can be traced back to the early 1500’s in Scotland. Just about any golf course you have ever played at also owes some form of its design to the early layouts of infamous courses like St. Andrew’s, so a trip here will surely make for that “once in a lifetime” flavor for you and your dad.
Course Recommendations: Campbelltown, Balmedie, Carnoustie, Dornoch, St. Andrew’s, Muirfield, Turnberry Resort, Royal Aberdeen Golf Course, Royal Troon Golf Course, Loch Lomond Golf Course
Victoria’s capital city offers quite a few beautiful golf courses and a great intro to the Land Down Under. Smaller greens and tight bunkers against many fairways make many courses here challenging, but this will only raise the stakes between you and your Dad to see who can shoot the lower score!
Course Recommendations: Victoria Golf Course, Royal Melbourne Golf Course, Kingston Heath Golf Course – Cheltenham
Right on the Southeast tip of Long Island you can find some of the most pristine golf courses on the U.S. east coast. Perfect for a long weekend away from the urban sprawl, you can play at a variety of golf courses on the Long Island coast, including notable U.S. Open sites.
Course Recommendations: Shinnecock Hills, National Golf Links of America
A top vacation destination like Hawaii should also be on any golfer’s bucket list. Even better, any of the Hawaiian Islands will be a fantastic place to golf for your Father’s Day trip. With comfortable weather year-round, and landscapes ranging from volcanic peaks to ocean cliffs, it is easy to see why. Some of the more popular locations can be found in areas such as Kailua-Kona, Koloa, and Princeville.
Course Recommendations: Kapalua (Plantation), Nanea Golf Course, The Club at Hokuli’a, Turtle Bay Resort (Oahu)
As fun as traveling is, nothing is worse than being unprepared for a trip the night before you are scheduled to leave or when you have already departed for your destination. Here are some valuable tips to stay ahead of the curve for your next big vacation.
Choose your rental type wisely. Not every hotel is great or affordable. In fact, vacation rental sites like Flipkey and TripAdvisor offer hundreds of thousands of great rentals that are often priced at lower rates and offer a more personal vacation experience.
Before you depart, make sure your iPod or musical device is charged and up to date with your new favorite playlist that is suited for your trip. As an example, I am taking a trip to the Southwest U.S. next month and have a full slate of Motorhead,Pantera, and U2’s “Joshua Tree” album ready to go.
Save images of anything important (i.e. identification, travel documents) to your phone or laptop to avoid carrying/losing hard copies.
“When in doubt, throw it out.” If you don’t need something for your trip, don’t bring it. Use that room to buy goodies on your trip and give your suitcase breathing room. The lighter you pack, the easier of a time you will have getting through airport security as well.
Keep hygiene products with your carry-on. If you notice no one has walked within 10 feet of you for an extended period of time, there might be a problem. Deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, cologne, and tissues are just some recommendations to avoid a worst-case scenario.
Iron your clothes ahead of time, or just wear non-ironable clothes. Roll the clothes in your suitcase so creases are less likely to occur and you have more room.
Universal power adapters, chargers, and batteries are highly recommended. For those looking to go all out, bring a power strip. Hotel frontdesks often have spares and will let you borrow one during your stay as well. Some vacation rentals may not however, so make sure you have backup.
Pack to adapt so that whatever the forecast is, you will be ready for it. This will apply to some locations more so than others, but make sure to have that extra lightweight jacket, sunscreen, or umbrella saved.
Prepare a budget for your trip. If you are traveling to a different country, research the exchange rate ahead of time. Make a souvenir list that you want for yourself and friends. Plan day-by-day budgets so you won’t be bankrupt.
Use Google Earth or Google Maps to research your location and the surrounding area before your trip. Not only are you less likely to get lost, but both applications include nearby restaurants and attractions that you can visit. Travel services such as Uber are also extremely valuable to get from point A to point B, so make sure you have those apps downloaded.
Bring Ziploc bags to preserve any valuable items or to keep toiletries organized. This will prevent losing items and will help to avoid scratches.
Don’t be afraid to go old school. If you want to rock a fanny pack to stay organized or buy a few disposable cameras for that must-save Kodak moment if your phone is dead, these could come in handy when you might least expect it.
Although summer may be over for many of us, the good news is that football season is here again. The Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks played the first game of the NFL season last night and officially kicked off the league’s regular season. With football fever in full gear this upcoming weekend, let’s take a look at some of the top games that you can attend between now and the new year:
City: Seattle is an ideal location to explore in the Pacific Northwest. Famous for structures such as the Space Needle, Seattle has also left its mark on popular music with a wide range of artists from Nirvana to Jimi Hendrix. Seattle’s mild climate also makes it a must-visit destination for travelers who enjoy the outdoors, with a rich variety of recreation and parks.
Matchup: This will be the second meeting of the year between the Seahawks and 49ers.
City: New Orleans is one of the most prominent cities on the Gulf of Mexico and boasts a rich, multicultural history. Famous for annual celebrations, festivities, cuisine, and jazz music, fans will have no problem finding entertainment and areas to explore.
Matchup: The main treat in this game will be a must-see quarterback matchup between Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers.
City: San Diego is a perfect getaway destination for a mid-December weekend. During this time of year, the average high is 62 degrees, which is just mild enough for exploring the city. The most famous landmark in the city is the San Diego Zoo, and the city also features nightlife for travelers of all ages to enjoy.
Matchup: This will be one of two meetings during the season between the Broncos and Chargers.
City: An early-December trip to Miami may be the best early Christmas gift for avid NFL fans. Miami is famous for its nightlife, and offers world class beaches such as Miami Beach and South Beach to soak in the Florida sunshine.
Matchup: This matchup will be competitive and may likely hold playoff implications for both teams in the AFC.
City: San Francisco not only boasts one of the NFL’s best teams in the 49ers, but it has a rich history and culture that is worth exploring for all travelers. Known for its architecture with structures such as the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco also has cityscape views with dozens of rolling hills, and offers a wide array of entertainment and performing arts attractions.
Matchup: The 49ers will host the Seahawks in their first matchup since their playoff clash last season.
City: Unlike many NFL cities, Green Bay is unique because of its small size. With a population just over 100,000, the vast majority of the city shuts down during Packers games, which is something that does not happen in any other North American sports market. Lambeau Field is also one of the most historic stadiums in the country and is worth checking out whether or not you are an avid sports follower.
Matchup: Two of the NFL’s biggest stars in Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers will face off in their first ever head-to-head meeting.
City: Located on the western coast of Florida, Tampa is a perfect blend for vacationers and sports fans alike, especially during the holiday season. Many of Florida’s best beaches are located nearby, such as Madeira Beach, Indian Shores, and Clearwater Beach. Raymond James Stadium is a short drive away.
Matchup: The Saints should be favored in this game, but expect the Buccaneers to play spoiler in their season finale.
Adventure, excitement, and exploration. All three of these adjectives come to mind when describing the thrill of flying – from the adrenaline rush of takeoff to the final landing. Modern aviation has seen tremendous development over the past century, and mankind is still finding new ways to conquer the skies. With National Aviation Day around the corner on August 19, let’s take a look back at some of the pioneers in the aviation field and celebrate their achievements.
Wright Brothers’ First Flight
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The Wright Brothers are credited with the official birth of modern aviation with sustaining an object heavier than air in flight for a prolonged amount of time. The first recorded flight on December 17, 1903 only covered 120 feet and lasted 12 seconds, but its occurrence led to the fact that it was possible to sustain an object heavier than air in flight, and led to the refinement of more sophisticated aircraft development.
Charles Lindbergh – Atlantic Orteig Prize
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Aviation technology quickly advanced from the Wright Brothers’ first flight in 1903 during the next couple decades. This prompted a New York resident named Raymond Orteig to put out an offer of $25,000 for any challenger willing to become the first pilot to complete a Trans-Atlantic flight from New York City to Paris. On May 20, 1927 Lindbergh emerged to win Orteig’s prize and completed his flight on ‘The Spirit of St. Louis’ airplane become the first person to ever complete a non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
Amelia Earhart Conquers the Atlantic and Pacific
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Amelia Earhart is renowned for pushing the limits of aviation to new heights. On May 20, 1932 she became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean from Newfoundland to Ireland. A few years later she was the first person to complete a flight across the Pacific Ocean from Oakland to Honolulu. Although Earhart came up short in her quest to become the first person to fly around the world, her bravery, ambition, and achievements will always be remembered.
Yuri Gagarin’s Spaceflight
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By the second half of the 20th century, pilots were not looking just at completing flights through Earth’s atmosphere, but completing journeys into outer space as well. On April 12, 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first human to journey into outer space and complete a successful orbit of Earth in the Vostok 1 capsule. Gagarin’s achievements paved the way for future space exploration to be possible, and this was seen just right years later when Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon.
Felix Baumgartner’s Jump
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Technically, this falls under the category of spacejumping and not flying, but Baumgartner’s achievement in 2012 ushered in a new flavor of creativity for human flight – literally. On October 14, 2012 he became the first human to break the sound barrier by skydiving to Earth from a helium balloon from 24 miles above Earth’s surface. Baumgartner’s speed on his descent topped out at 843.6 miles per hour which is faster than both the speed of sound and any commercial jetliner. To re-live the historic jump, click to see the video:
Honorable Mention: Soccer Paper Airplane Toss
Earlier this year, England was hosting Peru in a friendly soccer match to prepare for the World Cup. The most interesting part of this game did take place on the field, but it was not a goal. See the video below:
(Credit to David Attenbrah)
Not only is this arguably the greatest paper airplane toss of all time, but the accuracy to hit one of the players (without injuring them or interrupting play) from the upper bowl of Wembley Stadium is equally impressive.
It’s everyone’s favorite time of year again for fireworks, barbecuing, and playing their favorite Bruce Springsteen songs. Fourth of July Weekend is upon us, and aside from Hurricane Arthur looming out on the eastern coast of the country, the next several days promise to have fantastic weather for travel activities. With America’s 238th birthday right around the corner, here are some great sites to check out from the Revolutionary War.
Fort Ticonderoga is situated on the edge of Lake Champlain in upstate New York. Few sites in the area offer the breathtaking views of the Adirondack landscape that this site does. Not only was Fort Ticonderoga significant in the French & Indian War, but it was also marked the first major victory for the Americans in the Revolutionary War.
Along with one-way streets and Dunkin Donuts on every corner, it is virtually impossible to avoid historic landmarks in Boston that do not have some sort of connection to the Revolutionary War. The city itself still has a historical feel to it despite booming economic growth and this is most prominent in the Freedom Trail. Notable landmarks include sites such as the Bunker Hill Monument, Old North Church, and Faneuil Hall. You can also check out a virtual walking tour of the trail and notable Boston landmarks here.
Mount Vernon’s significance as well as its proximity to Washington D.C. make it a must-see location for anyone who considers themselves a patriot. Famous for being the residence to George Washington for several decades, today’s version of the historic 18th-century website is built to replicate exactly how Washington saw it in 1799.
Any list of Revolutionary sites to visit would be incomplete without including the location where the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776. As part of Philadelphia’s Independence National Historical Park, it also doesn’t hurt that this landmark was where Washington became commander in chief of the Continental Army a year earlier and the U.S. Constitution was drafted in 1787.
Okay, so visiting a battlefield may not exactly be your cup of tea, but if nothing else, Yorktown trumps every other battlefield site in the Revolutionary War. First, this is the site where American and French troops defeated the British forces of General Cornwalis to essentially end the war. Second, Richmond and Virginia Beach are both relatively close to Yorktown, so there is something in the area for all travelers. Today, the famous Monument of Yorktown also culminates this victory.
The World Cup begins TODAY(!) and features 32 countries that will compete for the top prize in all of football. More so than any sporting competition besides the Olympics, the World Cup is a source of nationalism and pride for billions of fans who will be united together over the next few weeks to cheer on their favorite athletes and home countries. Along with fans and players alike, avid travelers who are planning to take their next big trip should also draw plenty of inspiration from this year’s field of teams in the tournament. With that in mind, we have highlighted a great destination for each one of the participating countries to consider when planning your next vacation.
**Click on the country/location to see the available properties in the area listed on FlipKey**
Algeria – Algiers
Located on the Mediterranean Sea, Algiers is the capital city of Algeria and is the largest city in the country. Algiers is steeped in history from its rule under previous empires, and has several different types of architecture and monuments located throughout the city.
Also known as “Surfer’s Paradise”,” it is easy to see where the Gold Coast earned its nickname. Located southeast of Brisbane in Queensland, this city features one of Australia’s most impressive skylines and offers excellent tourist attractions for all visitors.
Mostar is one of the most well-known cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina and features outstanding scenery. Ideal for both summer and winter travelers to visit, this landmark is the Old Bridge and is the highlight of the city.
Rio de Janeiro is the host city for the 2014 World Cup, and its unique landscape is one of South America’s most distinctive features. The most well-known landmark is the Cristo Redentor, which features a statue of Jesus Christ with his arms outstretched that overlooks the city.
Kribi is a town that is located on the southwestern coast of Cameroon and features some of the country’s nicest beaches. The soft sand, crystal clear water, and isolated location make this an ideal spot for travelers who are looking for a relaxing trip.
Torres Del Paine is one of Chile’s most recognizable national parks to visit. This view certainly stretches the imagination with the incredible scenery and gravity-defying mountain peaks in the background.
Located on the northern edge of South America and extremely close to the equator, San Andres Island is an ideal vacation spot year-round for travelers looking to venture to a tropical destination. The average temperature here is also at least 80 degrees every month.
If you feel the urge to visit one of the world’s most active volcanoes on your next vacation, then La Fortuna is the spot for you. With numerous attractions that are Ideal for outdoor travelers, this small city is overlooked by the Arenal Volcano.
Dubrovnik is one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations and is a walled city located on the Adriatic Sea. Serving as an outstanding example of medieval architecture, this city should be on any traveler’s bucket list to visit.
Qutio is Ecuador’s capital city and is located in the Andes Mountain range very close to the equator. Several active volcanoes are close to the city, with the El Panecillo hill rising above the city here.
Easily one of the world’s most popular cities to visit, London perfectly blends hundreds of historic landmarks and museums with an urban scene that is prominent in culture, entertainment, and sports against the backdrop of the famous Thames River.
While Paris is an incredible location, nowhere captures the flavor of the Mediterranean quite like Nice. Situated in the southeastern corner of the country and close to both the Italian border and Monaco, Nice is a versatile destination for travelers and families to explore.
Bavaria is a state located in southeastern Germany that provides a real glimpse into one of Europe’s prettiest countries. Bavaria includes large cities such as Munich, but also features incredible examples of natural beauty and architecture, such as Neuschwanstein Castle as seen above.
Some of the best beaches in both Ghana and Africa are located in the Western Region of the country which is perfect for recreation. Some of the most notable spots here include Busia Pleasure Beach and Sports Club Beach.
While many travelers (myself included) will tend to associate Greece with Athens, Santorini is a fascinating island that is located on top of a collapsed volcanic caldera in the Aegean Sea from an ancient eruption. The architecture here is visually stunning as well.
Not only are the beaches here amazing, but Roatan is located very close to the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, which is the world’s second largest barrier reef.
Iran – Shiraz
Shiraz is a beautiful city in the Middle East that is renowned for its variety of gardens and Islamic architecture. Shiraz is also one of the oldest cities in the Middle East and is a center today for Iranian literature and culture.
Choosing one area in Italy was always going to be a tough task, but Tuscany’s history and influence on the modern world as the make it a must-see region to visit. The most well-known locations here include Florence (“The Birthplace of the Renaissance”) and the Leaning Tower of Pisa, but Tuscany’s rural landscapes steal the scene and make the area truly unforgettable.
Ivory Coast – Abidjan
Abidjan is the largest city in the Ivory Coast and is a sprawling urban center that is a hub for sports, music, entertainment, and nightlife. Abidjan also features notable monuments and museums throughout the city, including St. Paul’s Cathedral.
Moving over to the Far East, Osaka is one of Japan’s largest cities after Tokyo. The urban section of the city is illuminated 24/7 as seen here, while major attractions include a wide selection of parks and monuments to explore, such as Osaka Castle.
Busan is one of Korea’s largest urban cities and is a major center of recreation, parks, beaches, museums, temples, and shopping. Busan’s mark on international sports has also been felt, as it waspreviously a co-host of the 2002 World Cup and is currently bidding for the 2020 Summer Olympics.
Located on the southern tip of Baja California, Cabo San Lucas is one of Mexico’s most heavily visited tourist destinations with ideal beaches and nightlife. The most famous feature in this area is the El Arco de Cabo San Lucas which has incredible natural rock formations.
Amsterdam is steeped in history, and it shows to this day. The city features several historic canals which are some of the best vacation experiences that Europe offers. The canals were built in the 17th century and offer a front-row seat to experience the beauty of Dutch architecture.
One of Nigeria’s most popular destinations is the Agbokim Waterfalls. Ideal for travelers who enjoy safaris and wildlife, the waterfalls are situated deep within the rainforest. Close by is Zuma Rock, which is an equally breathtaking sight.
Algarve is perfect for summer travelers and is Portugal’s southernmost region. Marinha Beach is a must-see spot to visit, as it’s natural cliffs and crystal water make it one of the most beautiful spots to visit in the country.
If you are feeling very ambitious, then be sure to check out Russia’s Lake Baikal, which is located in the heart of Siberia. Hockey season may be winding down right now, but this looks like an unbelievable sheet of ice to play a game of pond hockey no matter how cold the temperature might be.
Spain – Barcelona
Barcelona is an obvious choice as the Catalonian city simply has it all. Whether you plan to watch a football match at the Camp Nou, explore the city’s variety of architecture and monuments, or relax on some of the world’s best beaches, there is something for all travelers here.
Every state in the U.S. has amazing vacation spots to visit, but San Francisco gets the nod here with its relaxing climate, famous landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge, and prominence in Northern California.
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