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Chelsea Tyler is a Marketing Associate at FlipKey. During her time studying literature at Colby College, she traveled to Paris, France where she spent six months learning French and falling in love with the city. When she's not writing for the FlipKey blog, she can be found sipping red wine, eating her weight in cheese, and loudly critiquing new film releases.

Today’s internet audience is likely familiar with the birth of the common travel blog: an individual becomes anxious to explore the world outside of his or her 9 to 5, cubical career and drops all convention in favor of traveling the world and writing about the experience. In fact, this story is likely to become even more prevalent; it is estimated that between 2011 and 2014, the number of blogging individuals rose 31%. Regardless of this growing supply, there is equal demand from readers grasping at the stories and photos that bloggers have to share, and this audience continues to grow. What was once considered a hobby or a way for an individual to share experiences with friends and family is now a full-blown authoritative medium in the realms of travel, art, journalism, education, and business, among others. Relevant travel companies, large or small, would be careless to ignore the potential that these bloggers present towards their goals.

Blogs Build Trust

While many travel companies have cleverly created their own blogs in order to interact with new audiences, full time travel bloggers have something that these companies normally do not – a different set of eyes and ears with the time dedicated to experience those worldly subjects firsthand, taking down observations along the way. According to SearchEnginePeople.com, blogs are the 5th most trusted source for online information. Take that insight augmented by the fact that travel bloggers are writing first-person accounts of their particular experiences and you have a relationship between blogger and reader that is difficult for any associated enterprise to replicate. Dave and Deb, the travel blogging geniuses behind ThePlanetD.com, describe this difference, “Travel bloggers have a lot to offer brands. We lend a human voice to the corporate entity and bring in a new audience to their product or destination.”

More than Just a Travelogue

Maintaining a blog may only incur a business the cost of the time it takes to do the job, but the perspective of any one staff writer is bound to give the blog a nearsighted view. Having access to original photos and anecdotes to feature on a company blog is precious and difficult to attain, fortunately there is an army of inquisitive travel bloggers working every day to share these things with travel companies. What’s more, the power of bloggers doesn’t stop at their domain names; they also wield the influence of social media and may have strength in areas that many companies lack. Nelson Carvalheiro, a seasoned blogger via NelsonCarvalheiro.com, expands on the subject saying, “Travel bloggers can and must offer much more than direct influence and access to their communities for the brands that they work with. They are digital experts and can help travel brands make their digital communication strategies more relevant to their own communities.”

Blogger to Business Relationships

This past spring, my colleague and I had the privilege of attending the Travel Blogger Exchange (TBEX) Conference in Spain. During the event, we met so many talented, enthusiastic, and intelligent bloggers working in the travel sphere. Some of these bloggers have been honing their craft for years, cultivating enormous followings and finding new ways to excite and inspire readers. Many of the bloggers that we met have a definitive brand – in fact, in most cases, the blogger is the brand. They have audiences from all over the world, including every demographic. The most telling observation that I noted after speaking with these bloggers is their eagerness to work with travel brands and help those brands tap into their travel blogs’ audiences. But it doesn’t stop there — they want to create long-lasting relationships with these companies rather than constantly shuffle between off-handed freelance opportunities. They want to align brands, thereby creating a symbiotic relationship that their readers and a business’ customers will both benefit from. “There needs to be trust and belief on each side,” Dave and Deb explain, “It is all about having a willingness to collaborate and discuss the needs of each other.”

Travel blogging is consistently on the rise, so in order to stay relevant in the industry, I would advise corporations to get to know more travel bloggers. Read their work, talk to them about their brands, and include them in ideas. They are a wealth of personalized travel knowledge and many brands will benefit from this fast-track connection to the most relevant audience available. Besides, having travel-savvy friends across the globe never hurts!

A solo female traveler looks out on the landscape below.

Ladies – are you sick of hearing the phrase “It’s a man’s world”? Are you tired of people constantly warning you that it’s dangerous for you to travel on your own? Wouldn’t it be nice to explore the world on your own terms and end the reign of others taking you everywhere they’d like to go? If you answered yes to any of these questions, we’ve got some pristine written inspiration coming your way!

Our travel experts at FlipKey have taken it upon themselves to dig up the most exciting, most informative, and most liberating solo female travel blogs that the cyber-world has to offer. The authors of these travel blogs have discovered much about themselves and their dreams through travel and, luckily for us, they decided to pass their stories along. The narratives found in these blogs have much more to offer than mere storytelling and entertainment (while these components are not lacking); they also have the power to inspire women everywhere to live adventurously and intentionally without feeling sheltered by fear, loneliness, or the pressures of a patriarchal society.

With that said, ladies (and gentlemen alike), check out our list of the Top 25 Solo Female Travel Bloggers to Follow in 2015 and start exploring!

A Week at the Beach

I love inspiring busy Moms to travel more, including planning solo getaways.Solo travel doesn’t have to stop once you become a parent. In fact, it may become even more important. Getting away, even for a day or two, is an important way to maintain balance and mental clarity, as well as have some fun! – Sarah, A Week at the Beach @Aweekatthebeach

Alex in Wanderland

I’m a New York native who left my home to explore the world slowly and thoroughly. I’m just a little obsessed with photography, scuba diving, and reading guidebooks to countries I have no immediate plans to visit. – Alex, Alex in Wanderland @wanderlandalex

Anna Everywhere

Anna Everywhere is a blog run by an adventurous female traveling, studying, and living in different places around the world. It’s meant to inspire young women to give them the confidence to go on their own adventures instead of waiting around for someone to go with them. – Anna, Anna Everywhere @AnnaEverywhere_

BreatheDreamGo

Breathedreamgo is about travel, travel in India and something more. It’s about getting in touch with long-buried dreams and going after them. The name of the blog is a mantra: “breathe, dream and go.” It’s what I did, following a deep depression, when I was already in my 40s.
Breathedreamgo is largely about travel in India because I feel it is the world’s most transformative travel destination. Seekers have been coming to India since long before “Eat, Pray, Love,” since long before The Beatles. It is said, by some scholars, that Jesus went to India and studied to be a yogi. So if you really want to wake up, really want to change your life — travel in India alone. – Mariellen, BreatheDreamGo @breathedreamgo

Camels and Chocolate

I have worked in the media for more than a decade, both on the magazine and guidebook ends of the spectrum, and my travels–both for work and for leisure–run the gamut of Couchsurfing in Iceland and Airbnb vacations in Rome to cruising in the Arctic and luxury resort stays in Tasmania. I cover a little bit of everything on my site, domestic and international, and hope to show that travel is attainable for the masses. – Kristin, Camels and Chocolate @lunaticatlarge

Candice Does the World

I try to tell it like it is. I’m by no means an expert on anything; I fumble my way around the world, and I have a lot of fun doing it. Honesty in storytelling is the way to go. – Candice, Candice Does the World @candicewalsh

Dangerous Business

I’m just a small-town Ohio girl trying to balance a “normal” life with a desire to discover the world beyond my Midwest bubble. I’m here to prove to people that traveling (and especially traveling as a woman) doesn’t have to be scary, lonely, or out of anybody’s reach. – Amanda, Dangerous Business @dangerousbiz

Flora the Explorer

Flora the Explorer’ is a place for aspiring travellers, avid volunteers and those who want to explore the world through meaningful interaction with local people and their cultures. Through the site’s stories and photographs about long-term, slow travel experiences, I want to evoke the sense of adventure and curiosity we all have – both for the world itself, and our place within it. – Flora, Flora the Explorer @florabaker

Further Bound

I’m Hannah, a 33-year-old writer, designer and truth seeker originally from England. This blog was born of my dream to live a life less ordinary, one filled with honesty, freedom, creativity, adventure and excitement. – Hannah, Further Bound @furtherbound

Grrrl Traveler: The Imperfect Adventures of a Solo Traveler

GRRR Traveler is a travel survival and solo travel site inspiring others to find their GRRR for travel. – Christine, Grrrl Traveler @grrrltraveler

Heart of a Vagabond

Heart of a vagabond – Inspiring responsible & ecological global traveling while empowering solo female travelers. Leave your fears at home, the world is out there waiting to be explored. – Yara, Heart of a Vagabond @heartofvagabond

Hippie in Heels

Solo female travel is possible to do safely and stylishly even in my new home of India. My blog has all the tips to help you plan your trip and see all the most adventurous places. – Rachel, Hippie in Heels @hippie_inheels

Hopscotch The Globe

Whether your a seasoned traveller or have dreams of one day seeing the world, Hopscotch the Globe is your resource for everything internationally inspired. From travel tips and advice to destination guides to food adventures, Kristen and Siya won’t just teach you about the world, but will make you laugh along the way with their very likably en humorous personalities. – Kristen, Hopscotch the Globe @HTGlobe

My Travel Affairs

My Travel Affairs is a blog run by a Crazy Polish Girl Marysia, as well known as The Luckiest Girl in the World. Marysia’s site is a unique mix of jet-setting and off the beaten path affairs with travels. One day you follow her on crazy adventures while hitch-hiking in Iran and few months later she is sailing in Bonifacio. Read for inspiration and for a very original style of writing with a specific sense of humour. – Marysia, My Travel Affairs @mytravelaffairs

Runaway Juno

I named my blog “Runaway Juno” after my name, but I am not actually ‘runaway’ from anything. Since I took a first step into the world of ‘backpacking’, I knew this is going to be a big part of my life. And, I was right. If you are meant to be with something, there’s a sign you can’t describe it by words. That is travel to me. – Juno, Runaway Juno @runawayjuno

Solo Friendly

Gray Cargill of SoloFriendly.com has been happily traveling alone since 1998 and writing about it since 2008. A long-time advocate of solo travel, she hopes that reading about her experiences will encourage other women to stop waiting for a travel partner and pursue their own travel dreams now. – Gray, Solo Friendly @solofriendly

Solo Traveler Blog

A love of travel, personal loss and an empty nest all conspired for me to begin Solo Traveler in 2009. Resonating with thousands of readers, the blog quickly went from personal to public and the Solo Traveler Project began. – Janice, Solo Traveler Blog @solotraveler

The Blonde Abroad

The Blonde Abroad is an award-winning travel and lifestyle blog featuring female travel, fashion, food, festivals and photography from around the world. – Kiersten, The Blonde Abroad @theblondeabroad

The Fearful Adventurer

If your dreams don’t scare you, maybe they’re not big enough? Torre DeRoche from fearfuladventurer.com travels the world following her curiosities, while looking for ways to step outside of her comfort zone in order to see how they move and change her perceptions of the world, it’s people, and what it means to be alive. Bravery, she believes, is not the absence of fear but a willingness to confront it, and it’s this bravery that unlocks rich experiences. – Torre, Fearful Adventurer @fearfulgirl

The Travel Chica

The central themes of this site are:

– Independent Budget Travel

– Consuming Less

– Living Simply

– New Experiences and Challenges

I will post about how to do it, why to do it, my experiences doing it – the good and the bad.  And I hope you will share your thoughts on these topics as well.  I hope to introduce you to new places and experiences, inspire you to go out and explore the world, and perhaps provide a little entertainment. – Stephanie, The Travel Chica @thetravelchica

The Travel Hack

The Travel Hack is one of the UK’s top 10 travel blogs and focuses on stylish yet affordable travel. Monica seeks out unique and adventurous trips in the UK and around the world. She shares her top tips on how to travel safely, pack light, stick to your budget and make the most out of each trip you take. – Monica, The Travel Hack @thetravelhack

This Battered Suitcase

Brenna of This Battered Suitcase blogs mostly long-form narratives, weaving together stories and photography from her solo adventures around the world in order to inspire and inform. She tries to focus not only on the what and the how of travel, but the who and the why – Brenna, This Battered Suitcase @suitcasebrenna

Unbrave Girl

Sally doesn’t just talk about conquering fear. She talks about embracing your fears, and having adventures despite your insecurities and worries. And she also talks a lot about her cat and cookies. – Sally, Unbrave Girl @unbravegirl

Wanderlust and Lipstick

Wanderlust and Lipstick is an independent website by and for women travelers. It includes tips, information and 25 bloggers all specializing in their own niche area of travel. – Beth, Wanderlust and Lipstick @wanderluster

Where is Jenny

I’m a girl who loves adventure and craves adrenaline rushes. Since I’ve turned 21 and cut the umbilical cord I’ve traveled to over 11 countries and 30 US states. Now I’m in the process of selling everything I own to live out of a backpack as I travel the world indefinitely.  I’m able to do this with my Location Independent graphic design business that allows me to work anywhere in the world with an internet connection.This site is not only a journal of my thoughts and travels but a resource for location independent working, remarkable living, around the world travel, backpacking, and solo travel.  I hope that this site can assist and inspire others to lead a more fulfilling life. I only write from my own experiences and direct observations. – Jenny, Where is Jenny @whereisjenny

 

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Some travelers are born beach dwellers, those who can’t get enough of the warm sand and the sound of the waves. For others, the serenity and natural settings of America’s lakes are a more fitting location for their vacation. Whether you’re hours from the closest lake, or you live with one right in your backyard, be sure to consider our list of those lakes that we feel are worth a journey, no matter the distance! These lakes are more than just your average fishing hole; they are enormous, diverse locations.

Lake Tahoe

Situated between the California and Nevada borders, this enormous lake stretches 22 miles in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Nature lovers, adventure seekers, and geology buffs alike all flock to this lake for year-round discovery. Often split into two parts, North Lake Tahoe and South Lake Tahoe, due to its size, there are a myriad of activities for travelers to enjoy on and around the lake.

 
FlipKey Recommended Attractions
Don’t miss the wildly popular sightseeing experience with Tahoe Photographic Tours which provides not only transportation to Lake Tahoe’s most beautiful spots, but also photo processing so that you can take home the best quality, self-made souvenirs of your vacation!

If you’re a golfer, head to Incline Village Golf Courses for incredible views from their  Championship or Mountain Course.

While there are ample places to camp around Lake Tahoe, reviews of Tahoe Donner and Zephyr Cove RV Park and Campgrounds have many of the others beat thanks to their top notch facilities and activities.

When you finally get hungry after all of the lake-side excitement, head to Stella for a romantic and inspired dinner to celebrate a special occasion. Alternatively, you could delight in the creative cuisine found at Evan’s American Gourmet located in an unsuspecting rustic Tahoe cabin. If you’re in the mood for authentic Italian, travellers highly recommend Café Fiore for its delicious and plentiful menu.

Deep Creek Lake

As Maryland’s largest inland body of water, Deep Creek Lake attracts many tourists throughout the year for its long lists of seasonal activities. Home to the only downhill ski resort in Maryland, the surrounding area of Deep Creek is just as popular in the snowy season when the lake is frozen as it is in summer. Drawing in visitors from all angles, the lake is about a three hour drive from surrounding hubs like D.C., Pittsburgh, and Baltimore.

 

FlipKey Recommended Attractions
For those who are fans of adventure sports and a hefty dose of competition, a visit to Deep Creek in September is a must. The ICF (International Canoe Federation) Canoe Slalom World Championships is set to hit Deep Creek September 17-21, 2014. Competitors from over 35 countries flock to the area to compete for the gold. It’s an event not to be missed!

Don’t leave the area before visiting Firefly Farms Creamery and Market for a cheese tasting experience that is as fresh as it gets.

No matter the season, Husky Power Dogsledding has the power to mush you through the wilderness trails for a unique travel experience. Enjoy meeting your powerful, four-legged sled pullers before setting out for the tour of a lifetime.

Deep Creek Lake area is also home to the esteemed Adventure Sports Center International where intense rafting, climbing, and even geocaching experiences can be arranged for your group.

Big Bear Lake

While our second California lake is considerably smaller than our first pick of Lake Tahoe, Big Bear Lake, at seven miles in length, still has plenty to offer those who decide to visit its rocky shores. Big Bear Lake boasts many of the same outdoor adventure perks as our other picks while also hosting a bustling community of events such as music festivals, film festivals, and wine tours.



FlipKey Recommended Attractions
Don’t let the southern California location fool you; Big Bear Lake is great in the summer, but it is also home to two stellar ski resorts for all of your winter sport needs. Snow Summit and Bear Mountain have visitors raving about the skiing and snowboarding adventures on their slopes.

Big Bear Lake has a great reputation for its recreational fishing. To get the complete experience, look to Big Bear Charter Fishing to help you get everything you need including gear and guides.

For a unique fall adventure, head to Big Bear Alpine Zoo for its fun and educational night-time flashlight safaris during October and November. This is a great chance to see those nocturnal animals that you normally miss during regular daytime zoo visits.

A favorite traveler spot for food at Big Bear Lake includes Get the Burger for its authentic taste and zany, fun environment.

For a little nightlife and entertainment, head to Club Bombay to check out the variety of the local music scene.

Lake Michigan

As the third largest of the Great Lakes, Lake Michigan is an enormously popular travel destination for its expanse of sandy beaches, islands, and parks. If playing on large sand dunes sounds like a great vacation perk, then this is a fitting spot for your next journey. In addition to the sand and sun, get out on the water for pristine fishing conditions. Visiting this lake is easy with so many great bordering communities including those in southwest Michigan and Milwaukee.



FlipKey Recommended Attractions
Check out a show at Acorn Theater in Three Oaks, Michigan where travelers can get a taste of the greater community. This venue features art, music, and theatrical events year round. The local talent can be seen and heard on open mic Tuesdays.

Discover the importance of Lake Michigan as a natural resource by visiting the largest indoor aquarium in the world, Shedd Aquarium. Located right on the shores, this aquarium is a must see for your vacation.

While visiting the Milwaukee area of Lake Michigan’s shores, don’t miss one of the many beer tours offered by local brewers. Milwaukee Brewing Co. is a perfect place to start the malty, hoppy, delicious adventure.

Is your Instagram feed looking a tad bland? Are you sick of seeing the same photos day after day (i.e. your best friend’s breakfast, your neighbor’s cat, your brother’s gym pics, etc.)? If so, we’ve got the answer to spice up your ‘gram time with some gorgeous photos from around the world. If you want to be inspired the next time you open up your feed, follow these game-changing travel accounts and dream up your next big vacation.

Luxury World Traveler (@luxuryworldtraveler)

This account features photos from a different country each week, so not only is the feed entertaining, it’s also educational! The feed includes images of gorgeous natural locations as well as breathtaking resorts and accommodations, so mentally photo-shopping yourself into each photo is hard to resist.

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Andrew Evans (@wheresandrew)

As a photographer for National Geographic, this guy definitely knows where to look for interesting photos at every angle and in every location. These photos feature the big scenery as well as the small details in just about every corner of the earth.

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Cole Rise (@colerise)

Not only does this feed feature gorgeous exotic landscapes, but it also features the animals and humans that inhabit them. Cole’s feed is a complete balance of serenity and artistry that will bring new life to your photo browsing!

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World Travel Book (@worldtravelbook)

This account is hard to miss with its brightly colored and highly saturated photos. It credits various personal travel photos in its feed so variety is guaranteed. These images not only show amazing places, but often include the travelers themselves, so you can check out the unique activities that many different locations afford and maybe get some ideas for your next getaway!

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Theron Humphrey (@thiswildidea)

If you love traveling and dogs, then you’ll really love this instagram feed by Theron Humphrey. Theron doesn’t go anywhere without his beloved coonhound, Maddie. When Theron and Maddie aren’t exploring the country, they continue to keep you entertained with some hilariously entertaining photos — and an astounding use of props!

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Zach Glassman (@zachspassport)

Beautiful food, culture, and architecture can be found in Zach Glassman’s Instagram feed. This account has no shortage of variety and will take you to some amazing places. Everything from spiral staircases, humble front doors, rolling mountains, and plates of cultured cuisines make up Zach’s digital portfolio.

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Vacation rentals offer a different vacation experience. If you’ve never stayed in one, you’ll quickly learn that they are a new species compared to those hotels you’ve vacationed in before. Renting a vacation home comes with so many perks and additions, but it often pays to know what you’re getting into before you rent for the first time. In this post, we’ve compiled a list of do’s and don’ts for the renter that may help you think about your strategy a bit more as you search for, book, and stay in your rental — complete with friendly gifs to encourage you to remember the steps!


 

DON’T: Assume that vacation rentals are only meant for large groups or families.

DO: Research your options to find the perfectly sized vacation rental for you. There are plenty of rentals out there fit for even the solo explorer!

We know how much you like your alone time…

 

DON’T: Get overwhelmed with the accommodation search process.

DO: Use filters to narrow the search around your rental needs, visit our trip ideas pages, and have fun with it!

There are so many great properties out there to see!

 

DON’T: Spend your entire vacation in the rental…no matter how great it is!

DO: Get out and visit your surroundings, be they busy and urban or quiet and forested.

There’s nothing better than returning to the comfort of your private rental after a day of adventuring.

 

DON’T: Mistreat your rental’s home-wares.

DO: Respect all of the items that the home comes with. Many guests before and after you use these things as well!

(i.e. Cups are for drinking out of, not for collecting snot and tears…)

 

DON’T: Show up unprepared for your vacation.

DO: Plan ahead by checking out what your rental includes – and what it doesn’t!

Though most do, some rentals don’t come with linens, wifi, or other things that you may consider essential. Assuming that every home works the same can sometimes land you in an unfortunate situation.

 

DON’T: Get too Evil Kenevil with your rental’s sporting amenities.

DO: Find out what kinds of toys your rental comes with and follow all of the necessary safety precautions or owner instructions.

Landing a rental with its own jet ski, trampoline, canoe, or four wheeler is awesome! Spending your vacation in the hospital is not.

 

DON’T: Overlook the owner or manager’s rental agreement.

DO: Take a look at the fine print and make sure you understand the terms of your rental before booking!

 

DON’T: Let the kids take the vacation out of your vacation rental.

DO: Make sure your rental is kid friendly before you book if you plan on bringing the little ones.

Maybe think twice about booking that home adorned with crystal trinkets on every coffee table…

 

DON’T: Disregard the reviews of previous renters.

DO: Research the property you’re thinking of renting by reading through reviews and owner responses.

A good property owner will respond to reviews respectfully and address the real issues.

 

DON’T: Forget to share your rental experience!

DO: Give credit where credit is due. Express your gratitude to the owner/manager for a great rental experience and write a review to share with others!

If you had problems with your rental, be sure to let the owner/manager know so that they can have an opportunity to make it right and improve the property.

Did you know: this week is National Boating Safety Week! In honor of this obscure event, we created a gallery with some of our most unique properties – all of which are floating homes. Check out some of the most luxurious houseboats on FlipKey.com and imagine the life you’ve always wanted out on the open sea!

For some time now, the food truck craze has been taking the world by storm. Hundreds of food trucks in various cities are now handing down their delicious concoctions from the high perch of the truck counter and customers can’t get enough of this modern “fast food”. With new food trucks constantly joining the scene, it can sometimes be a little hard to find one that really sticks out from the crowd. Our travel experts at FlipKey decided that they were hungry to find out where the most creative and unconventional food trucks are revving their engines and, amidst some steep competition, they decided that these ten are worthy of the title. Next time you’re in one of the cities listed below, be sure to break out the food truck map and get a taste of what these impressive mobile restaurants have to offer!

Seoul Sausage

LocationLos Angeles, CA

Known for: Handmade Korean sausages

Most insane menu item: Galbi Poutine – 8 hour braised short ribs served on top of twice fried french fries with cheese, kim-chi pickled onions, and avocado lime crema

What’s the big deal?: A three man operation, you may know this truck from the third season of The Great Food Truck Race when they took first place, and rightfully so! Today, they’re serving up their most creative and delicious Korean BBQ meals to the Los Angeles area and beyond. If you’re one of the many who can’t get enough of kim-chi or sriracha, this is definitely the truck for you.

Hey, You Gonna Eat or What?

LocationAustin, TX

Known for: The big red van, verbal wit, and twists on the classics

Most insane menu item: The Shiner Monte Cristo – Shiner Bock beer battered monte cristo with pit-smoked ham and mesquite-smoked turkey, cheddar and provolone cheese, and a homemade cherry + fig jelly

What’s the big deal?: Excepting the quirky name, this truck stands out from the crowd for it’s daring moves towards reinventing classic sandwich varieties. Thought you’d had every version of the BLT that the world had to offer? Well how about one with friend green tomatoes and aioli? As you enjoy your delicious meal, enjoy the snarky phrasing on the side of this truck, including the classic, “Stop being a princess. Use your freakin’ hands.” A food truck that talks back — just the way we like it!

Easy Slider

Location: Dallas, TX

Known for: Super sliders!

Most insane menu item: Sweet and Lowdown Slider – angus beef, bacon, goat cheese, and strawberry jam

What’s the big deal?: Head to Dallas for the burger truck where the “high fives are free”. This classy little cruiser whips up some creative bite size burgers for all of Dallas to enjoy. These aren’t just your every day burgers; homemade buns and sauces, local ingredients, and some brilliant culinary intuition has put this truck above and beyond stationary burger joints.

Coolhaus

Location: NYC (also Dallas, Austin, and LA)

Known for: Expertly designed ice cream sandwiches

Most insane menu item: Louis Ba-Kahn Sammie – brown butter candied bacon ice cream sandwiched between two chocolate chip cookies (might want to wipe up that drool)

What’s the big deal?: This might just be the coolest truck on our list…literally. If you thought you were excited to see the ice cream truck as a kid, just wait until you see the grown up menu for this freezer on wheels. Savory and sweet are the best of friends on this truck with recipes like the balsamic fig and mascarpone ice cream or the potato chip and butterscotch cookie.

Maximus Minimus

Location: Seattle, WA

Known for: Delicious pulled pork

Most insane menu item: MAXImus Pulled Pork Sandwich – hot and spicy from a mixture of peppers, onions, and fruit juices. Add some MAXImus slaw with hints of chipotle, radish, and cilantro and wash it down with a ginger lemonade

What’s the big deal?: There are many things that make this truck a specialty. Maybe it’s the delicious and juicy pulled pork, maybe it’s the choice of getting your meal MAXImus (on the spicy side) or MINImus (on the sweet side)…or maybe it’s the fact that the truck is actually a terrifyingly enormous steel pig. There’s no way you can miss this pig-shaped restaurant rolling down the streets of Seattle, and trust us when we say that you won’t want to once you catch a whiff of that pulled pork!

Gourmelt

Location: Reno, NV

Known for: Jazzing up one of America’s favorites – the grilled cheese

Most insane menu item: The King – Peanut butter, bananas, and bacon grilled together on white bread. Elvis Presley’s favorite sandwich!

What’s the big deal?: If you’re a cheese lover, we suggest you drop everything right now and head to Reno! This truck offers grilled cheese sandwiches with just about anything you can think of. They have a full menu of creative options to try, or you can make your own! With a tag line like “We will fill your belly and melt your heart”, how could you go wrong?

JapaDog

Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada

Known for: Japanese style hot dogs

Most insane menu item: The Gyoza Dog – a hot dog in a bun topped with Japanese gyoza. A dog so crazy, you have to see it to believe it…so here it is:

What’s the big deal?: With a history that stretches back to 2005, JapaDog has since expanded its reach in Vancouver and even the United States with hotdog stands, indoor stores, and, most importantly, the truck. While the JapaDog menu does have regular, plain dogs available, the true essence of Japadog is the fusion of Japanese ingredients including wasabi, soy sauce, miso, and even soba noodles! If you’re feeling adventurous and hungry, this truck has the perfect menu for you.

StreetZa

Location: Milwaukee, WI

Known for: Tasty, tasty ‘za

Most insane menu item: The Jones Island Slice – Tomato sauce topped with swiss cheese, leeks, and pickled herring

What’s the big deal?: Looking for late night grub? This truck offers night owls a whole lot more than the desperate 2am grease pit; Streetza Pizza has received several awards for having the best pizza in town and its innovative menu says it all. Local ingredients and fresh Wisconsin cheeses make all the difference for these signature slices.

Cantine California

Location: Paris, France

Known for: California classics, dude

Most insane menu item: The Obama Burger AKA PanchoVilla – Beef, arugula, gouda, chipotle sauce, guacamole, red onion, lettuce, and tomatoes

What’s the big deal?: The menu may sound like boring American cuisine to you, but the creativity of its options is relative to the truck’s location. Next time you’re in Paris and you’re feeling a little homesick, find this truck for a genuine burger, taco, or even a cupcake. All of the meats served are 100% organic and even the tortillas, buns, and desserts are homemade. To top it all off, this truck offers pancakes, french toast (ironic), and breakfast burritos on the brunch menu. Voilà!

Bon Me

Location: Boston, MA

Known for: Vietnamese cuisine with a twist

Most insane menu item: Deviled Tea Eggs – Eggs soaked in a black tea mixture then topped with house made spicy mayo, cayenne pepper, and scallions

What’s the big deal?: This truck is a Boston-based favorite. Since it took its first spin in 2010, Bon Me has now expanded into four different food trucks and one stationary restaurant location. The step by step ordering process involves first choosing your meal in sandwich, noodle bowl, or rice bowl form and then fillings. What really sets this truck apart, though, are the sides. Try the thai green papaya salad or the deviled tea eggs for a food adventure!

When a traveler comes to our website, he or she is shopping for a great vacation! This means that the listing information that you create for your property is more than just a running list of what you offer, but it is first and foremost an ad, and you don’t have to be a business whiz to know that the better quality ads are the ones that bring the most sales. What does a quality listing look like? What types of information are essential and what are some tips for enhancing the information on a property page? What does the traveler look for in a property description? If you find yourself curious about the answers to questions like these, we’re here to help!

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Let’s Play ‘Name that Property’!

You may think you’re doing yourself a favor by cramming in as many adjectives as possible to your property’s title tag, but there’s a better way.  Your property’s title is a chance for you to help travelers find your listing again and again without having to set several search filters such as size or amenities beforehand. It also makes it easier to talk about and promote your ad to others. If an interested traveler sees your property on our website, or even books it and stays in it once, it is much easier to show or recommend your property to someone else if your property has a specific, unique name. Just think, if a traveler browses the web for “flipkey.com” and “Casa Ladera”, they are much more likely to find the specific property named “Casa Ladera” rather than if they were to search “flipkey.com” and “Amazing 3 Bedroom House BEAUTIFUL Luxury NEAR BEACH”, for example. This is because several users will include descriptive words, like those in the second example, in their property descriptions. If you want to stand out from the crowd of rentals, you need a distinct name!

Having trouble coming up with a great name for your home? For starters, save information like the number of bedrooms and descriptive words like “amazing” or “large” for the property description section of the page. If a traveler searches the web for a property with descriptive words such as those, your home will still come up in the results as long as you have those key words included somewhere in your description. In creating a title, you may want to consider the location of your property and any particularities that it may have. Does the décor fit a certain theme? If so, try incorporating it into your title. Once you come up with a great name for your listing, edit your information to display your snazzy new title and don’t forget to mention it in your property description as well when talking about what the home offers!

So you’re ready to propose. Once it’s done, no matter what you do, chances are that family and friends will ask you – repeatedly – to tell the story of how it all went down. Since you’ll undoubtedly be forced to share the story so frequently, you might as well make it one for the boo ks! Romance doesn’t always come easy to some, but having the perfect backdrop for your proposal can help do a lot of the work and add to your own charm. When thinking about your proposal plans, look to your partner’s character for the answer. Is your perfect match adventurous or relaxed? More inclined to enjoy this event in public or in private? Although the options are endless, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to help you get creative with some prime places for a destination based proposal.

FlipKey recently surpassed 300,000 properties, with listings in 79 countries worldwide. In order to keep up with this kind of growth, we are constantly working to improve our site and draw more traveler attention to great properties like yours! For our latest update, we cleaned up your listing details page, making it easier for you to make changes and more efficient for travelers searching for rentals with specific criteria.