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US LGBTQ and Pride events in 2020

Let’s get one thing straight — LGBTQ people know how to throw one hell of a party, and in the United States, there’s no shortage of creativity when it comes to curating a queer shindig. From ski-slope soirees to fetish-themed festivals, the only thing more difficult than choosing which events to attend in 2020 is choosing who to vote for in the Democratic primary. Luckily, choosing from this list of epic LGBTQ gatherings is a win-win situation. Editor’s note: Queer culture doesn’t begin and e...
Tags: Travel, Florida, Hollywood, California, NYC, Washington, La, Lgbt, New York City, US, America, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Brooklyn, United States

The most remote train journeys

Train travel has a fresh spotlight on the tourism stage thanks to movements in slow and sustainable travel. One of our greenest choices, trains make us nomads back on the ground level. It’s a strange, meditative speed with ample time to process and daydream. Trains also allow us to roam where roads don’t go and gaze on things planes don’t see. These epic train adventures epitomize this spirit, giving us the best of both journey and destination. 1. Trans-Siberian Railway — Russia, Mongolia, a...
Tags: Travel, South Korea, Europe, Japan, Australia, Mexico, China, Trains, Russia, Singapore, Africa, Toronto, Thailand, Beijing, Malaysia, Moscow

How do hotel star ratings work

In case you missed it, there’s a seven-star resort coming to an Austrian treetop near you. No word on if it’s being inspected by the Lil’ Rascals to make sure it has adequate clubhouse space and “No Girls Allowed” signage since to literally everyone in the world’s knowledge no official rating system exists for tree houses. But it makes one wonder: If a treehouse can claim it has seven stars, can any old hotel do it too? The Burj-al-Arab in Dubai famously claimed it was the world’s first and o...
Tags: Travel, Google, Europe, Hotels, US, Netflix, United States, Dubai, Caa, Michelin, Las Vegas, Tripadvisor, AAA, Caribbean, Burj Al Arab, Forbes

World’s only pink manta ray

There are rare animals, and then there are those that are completely one-of-a-kind. This pink manta ray belongs to the latter, distinguished group. Inspector Clouseau is the world’s only known pink manta ray, first spotted in 2015. Named for the inspector in the Pink Panther movies, sightings of Clouseau are incredibly rare. That’s what makes this most recent close-up photo, captured by photographer Kristian Laine off Australia’s Lady Elliot Island, so special. Laine told Australian Geograph...
Tags: Travel, Australia, All, Manta, Australian Geographic, Laine, Manta Rays, Elliot Island, Kristian Laine, Kristian @kristianlainephotography, Project Manta

What is the tallest building in each

It can be tough to get a sense of a building’s scale unless you’re comparing it first-hand, side-by-side, with a skyscraper. When many of us were growing up, the Sears Tower (now the Willis Tower) in Chicago, Illinois, was the tallest building in the country, but that title has since been awarded to the One World Trade Center in New York City. We know how tall the WTC is in feet, but exactly how much taller than the other skyscrapers in the country? And what does that actually look like? Than...
Tags: Travel, New York City, US, United States, Reddit, Wisconsin, Nevada, Towers, All, Willis Tower, Burlington Vermont, Chicago Illinois, Palazzo, WTC, One World Trade Center, Sears Tower

Best places to travel in April 2020

Despite an old adage about April showers, the fourth month of the year is really when life starts to return to much of the planet. The long winter has defrosted and left with it cherry blossoms, baseball, and plenty of end-of-winter parties, combining to make this one of the most enticing months to get out and see the world. But the best places to travel in April aren’t always the most obvious, where festivals you may never have heard of offer better times than well-worn destinations. So read...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Australia, Virginia, US, Chicago, Thailand, New Jersey, James Bond, Island, Jamaica, Monaco, Melbourne, Norfolk, Christina Ricci, Aston Martin

Positive environmental news

This is the Climate Win, the most positive sustainability news around the world every week. What a great week in the news. Before you scoff, hear us out. This week saw some major announcements on the sustainability front, overshadowed by the normal dramatic headlines. This is particularly true for those who prefer to vacation beach-side with a cold cocktail in hand. In southern Mexico, it just got a lot easier to do just that without churning out a cluster plastic cups in the process. Here ar...
Tags: Travel, Mexico, Canada, IEA, British Columbia, Arctic Circle, Svalbard, All, Baja California, Playa Del Carmen, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Southern Mexico, Riviera Maya, The Star, Banff Alberta

How Kalixmotxo was invented

The most memorable things we come across when we travel often took a long, winding path to get to what they are today. This is Origin Story, a series that looks into the various influences that made the cultural touchstones we know today. In 1971, Coca-Cola debuted what is now considered one of the world’s most famous commercial. The advertisement features a catchy jingle about wanting to buy the world a Coke. On August 12, 1972, at 5:00 PM, according to local legend, a group of young merchan...
Tags: Travel, San Francisco, Spain, European Union, Cocktails, Wine, Jack, Coca Cola, Coke, Rioja, All, Shirley Temple, Pepsi, Basque Country, Palacios, Culinary Institute of America

Using Tinder Passport

Despite editing a website that constantly promotes the power of solo travel, particularly for women, I hadn’t actually traveled anywhere solo. I’d been to the odd work conference alone and been on group press trips where I didn’t know anyone, but backpacking through Southeast Asia as a fearless solo traveler — something nearly all of my coworkers have done at some point in their lives — has never appealed to me. I crave companionship. My best travel memories are all moments of connection betw...
Tags: Travel, New York, Tinder, Southeast Asia, New York City, Toronto, San Francisco, Dating, New Jersey, Italy, Omaha, East Coast, Facetime, Delaware, Alice, Bay Area

Best local ski resorts near Zurich

Zurich, the financial capital of Switzerland, is home to world-class universities, multinational companies, and hip neighborhoods. The city has a lot going on, but during winter weekends, many Zurich residents leave town to hit the slopes. The Swiss Alps are home to many resorts, both big and not so big. Some you may have heard of — and many probably not. From this picturesque little city, it’s crazy easy to explore a huge variety of places loved by both locals and international visitors. We...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Europe, California, Singapore, Davos, Skiing, Switzerland, Alps, North America, Ski Resorts, Zurich, Arosa, Andermatt, All, Klosters

Beautiful images from Madagascar

In December , my family and I took a trip across northern Madagascar, the world’s second-largest island country after Indonesia and home to diverse animal species found nowhere else on the planet. The country is made up of the main island of Madagascar, the world’s fourth-largest island, and several smaller islands. We started on the island of Nosy Be, off the coast of the main island, and ended at the main island’s northern port city of Antsiranana, visiting three national parks along the w...
Tags: Travel, Indonesia, Washington, France, Africa, US, Norway, Madagascar, Ecuador, Indian Ocean, All, Palm Beach, Jane Goodall, Candice Walsh, Diego Suarez, Antsiranana

How to plan a trip to Pakistan

For much of the past two decades, Pakistan was hardly thought of as a tourist destination. Though the mountain-rich South Asian nation had once been an integral part of the Hippie Trail, foreign arrivals all but ceased post-9/11. But the tourism department has been completely overhauled under Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government. The country saw a 70 percent increase in foreign tourist arrivals between 2017-2018, according to Middle Eastern news outlet Gulf News. This number is only project...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Europe, UK, Russia, Berlin, India, US, Iran, Britain, Pakistan, Imran Khan, North America, Hertz, Peshawar, LOC

What is the Wim Hofmethod

I look down to see that my toes are a striking shade of vermilion. Upon closer inspection, my feet, legs, and the rest of my body, all the way to my shoulders, match the color of my toes. I’m in nothing but my soaked bathing suit and my woolen hat dancing to an upbeat tune, and after about one minute of a fun-filled, ungraceful jig, I can feel my body getting warmer. The 12 people similarly shaking it on Que Caliente beside me must be heating up again, too — everybody has a huge smile on thei...
Tags: Travel, Singapore, US, Netflix, Czech Republic, South Africa, Poland, Tanzania, Crossfit, Gwyneth Paltrow, Grace, All, Mount Kilimanjaro, JEFFREY, Jeffery, Wim Hof

Amtrak is returning to Gulf Coast

Amtrak hasn’t visited the Gulf Coast since Hurricane Katrina hit the area 15 years ago. Given the abundance of alternative transportation options like highways and cheap flights, Amtrak’s return to the area seemed unlikely. But City Council members in Mobile, Alabama, just voted for the return of the Sunset Limited — the train that once traveled along the Gulf Coast — and those who frequently traveled on the old route are sure to feel a bit nostalgic. The vote would bring back a portion of th...
Tags: Travel, Trains, Miami, Louisiana, Gulf Coast, City Council, Amtrak, Orlando, All, Mobile Alabama, Sunset Limited, New Orleans Louisiana Mississippi

NYC campaigns help Chinatown

New York City might not be home to any coronavirus cases, but Chinatown is feeling the negative effect of the safety concerns that surround the disease nonetheless. Unfounded fears of catching the virus have steered tourists away from the area, which has dealt a serious economic blow to a community that depends on visitors frequenting its stores and restaurants. So, NYC is launching a campaign to promote Chinatown and drive tourism dollars to the neighborhood. The “Show Some Love to Chinatown...
Tags: Travel, China, New York City, US, Chinatown, All, Wuhan China, Baxter Street Triangle, Margaret S Chin, Gregg Bishop Department of Small Business Services

Batman-themed restaurant in London

You’d think that a Batman-themed restaurant would be located in Gotham, but as it turns out, London will be home to the first-ever restaurant inspired by the Dark Knight — not New York. The restaurant will be called Park Row, and it’s set to open in spring 2020 on 77 Brewer Street in London. The restaurant, which is a partnership between Warner Bros. Consumer Products, DC, and Wonderland Restaurants, will feature three bars and five different dining environments, including rooms inspired by ...
Tags: Travel, New York, London, Gotham, Harley Quinn, Penguin, Batman, All, Batman Superman, Dark Knight, Brewer Street, Park Row, Warner Bros Consumer Products DC, Old Gotham City

Hard seltzer festival coming to US

Whether you embraced it or not, hard seltzer was undeniably the alcoholic beverage of 2019. At first, it seemed like it might just be a passing fad, but it turns out people love the easy-drinking fruit flavors and fun-loving, casual attitude of these carbonated beverages. Not as heavy as beer or as uptight as wine, hard seltzer found its niche among millennial drinkers. And it looks like it’s here to stay. Seltzer Land, a festival celebrating fizzy, canned alcohol, is set to begin touring the...
Tags: Travel, Seltzer, Boston, US, United States, Seattle, Wall Street Journal, All, Pop Ups, Denver Austin, Hard Seltzer, Bon Viv, Cannonball Productions, White Claw but White Claw, Minneapolis New York City Chicago, Seltzer Land

Tutankhamun treasures Boston exhibit

Once buried deep in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt, the treasures of Tutankhamun are now traveling the world, with Boston as their next stop. The exhibition began in 2018 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the tomb’s discovery, and will visit 10 cities in total on its world tour. Following highly successful, sold-out showings in Los Angeles, Paris, and London, Boston is the next city to get the royal Egyptian treatment. The “King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh” exhibition include...
Tags: Travel, South Korea, Boston, Egypt, Kings, Luxor, King Tut, Cairo, Tutankhamun, All, Valley, Tut, Los Angeles Paris, LONDON BOSTON, Australia Japan Canada, Saunders Castle

Stolen bonsai trees returned

You’ve heard of art and jewel thieves, but it’s 2020 now and apparently thieves are diversifying their interests. On Sunday, February 9, 2020, at around 7:00 AM, two thieves stole two rare bonsai trees from the Pacific Bonsai Museum in Washington. The trees are over 70 years old and worth thousands of dollars, but museum staff were most concerned for their well-being, as the trees would be in danger of dying without proper daily care. Luckily, after the museum shared security footage of the ...
Tags: Travel, Washington, Trees, Museums, Npr, All, Bonsai, Pacific Bonsai Museum, Juzaburo Furuzawa, Kiyoko Hatanaka, Aarin Packard

Airbnb suspends Beijing bookings

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, Airbnb is suspending bookings in Beijing from February 7 until April 30, according to The New York Times. The company will refund customers who had canceled their reservations, and will allow hosts to cancel bookings without penalty. In a statement, Airbnb said, “In light of the novel coronavirus outbreak and guidance from local authorities for the short-term rental industry during this public health emergency, bookings of all listings in Beijing with check-in...
Tags: Travel, China, Beijing, New York Times, Airbnb, Xiaozhu, All, Chongqing, Wuxi, Yongchuan District

LGBTQ travel in Colombia

Although Colombia has been making great strides in tourism over the last few years, many people don’t realize that it is now one of the hottest LGBTQ destinations in South America. As a result of recent legislation introduced by the government, LGBTQ rights are equal to those of Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay. Consequently, Colombia has become a tempting choice for queer travelers. Within the last 10 years, a full set of anti-discrimination laws have been established. Domestic partnership and...
Tags: Travel, Colombia, Miami, South America, Shakira, Warhol, Uruguay, Lgbtq, Medellin, Carrera, Latin America, Caribbean, Panama City, Bogota, All, Unesco World Heritage

The best food markets in Madrid

On a typical afternoon in Madrid, people descend on a handful of indoor food markets to enjoy a chat over freshly prepared tapas and vino. These food markets, an essential part of the city’s culinary tradition, provide an opportunity to sample a variety of cuisines all under one roof. You can peruse stalls and sample not only Spanish dishes but also foods from Latin America and Asia. These are the best places to go and what to try, in no particular order, to see what makes Madrid’s food mark...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Mexico, France, Markets, Spain, Madrid, Latin America, All, San Miguel, Salamanca, Korea Vietnam, Chueca, Malasaña, PACO, Mercado de San Miguel

Luxury hotels in Rajasthan, India

No place in India exemplifies the spirit of monarchy and the splendor of royalty better than the state of Rajasthan. The very name contains royalty: Raja translates to “king” and sthan refers to “place” in Hindi and other Indian languages. When the British left India, there were about two dozen princely states in the region, which merged into the new Union of India, along with other princedoms around the country. The erstwhile royalty was allowed to retain their properties and was granted an...
Tags: Travel, India, Luxury Hotels, Jaipur, Rajasthan, All, Raja, Rajasthan India, La Pâtisserie, Northern India, Khurram, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jehangir, Aravalli Hills, Jagmandir Island Palace

Friends-themed brunch in NYC

It seemed like the cast of Friends’ only responsibility on the show was crushing hangout sessions. Kicking back in Central Perk on a casual Wednesday afternoon, hanging all day in an apartment that, in real-life Manhattan prices, would probably cost about $3 million. The only place we didn’t see them hanging out was at Sunday brunch. And yet, that’s the Friends-themed experience coming to New York City this summer. On June 14, at a location to be announced later, The Brunch Club is sponsoring...
Tags: Travel, Brunch, NYC, Friends, New York City, Manhattan, Denver, Ross, All, Friends-themed Brunch

World's most instagrammed forests

About a third of the world’s landmass is covered in forest. And in addition to providing important stuff like the oxygen we breathe and habitats for wild animals, they also make for some downright jaw-dropping photographs. From the towering redwoods of California to the cloud forests of Costa Rica, the trees covering our planet can be our most beautiful sites when captured correctly. We took a look at’s study of the 15 most-Instagrammed forests in the world and found some of ...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Europe, Mirror Lake, England, Instagram, California, Washington, China, US, Colombia, Atlantic, Poland, Brazil, Nottingham, Newfoundland

Best live music cities in the world

Vegas is not just for Elvis anymore. Or Celine. Or Britney. Or the Thunder from Down Under and Cirque du Soleil. As of this year, it has officially become the world’s capital of live music, at least according to leisure travel planners In a recent survey, the travel site took a look at the number of live music events set to take place in major cities around the world. And not only did Sin City place far ahead of live-music perennials like Austin and Nashville, it was the top c...
Tags: Travel, Music, New York, London, Berlin, US, Toronto, Los Angeles, Austin, Miami, Nashville, Las Vegas, Montreal, Elvis, Sin City, Vegas

Where to eat in Aruba

Over 1.6 million Americans each year chose Aruba as their winter hideaway of choice. This dynamic island packs a powerful punch in a small package — 75 square miles to be exact. From the windswept rocky crags of the east side to the plush white sand beaches along the western coast, this tiny island has enough variety to keep sunchasers coming back again and again. Aruba sits a mere 15 miles off the coast of Venezuela, meaning on clear days you can catch a glimpse of the neighboring country ...
Tags: Travel, Venezuela, North America, Caribbean, Aruba, All, Santa Rosa, Palm Beach, Netherlands Antilles, Ruiz, ORANJESTAD, Taki, Noord, San Nicolas, Aruba Travel, Caribbean Aruba

Martha’s Vineyard gingerbread houses

In the fall of 2019, I found myself desperate to escape the chaos of city life and the near-constant chirping of sirens and crashes and bangs of construction workers. I needed quiet, less concrete, and more ocean. With a visit from two out-of-town friends imminent, we decided to eschew the usual romp around New York City and instead drive to Cape Cod and then take the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard. One of my friends had seen pictures of colorful houses in town called Oak Bluffs. Placated and a l...
Tags: Travel, Boston, Massachusetts, New York City, Catholic, Gingerbread Houses, Anthony, Cape Cod, All, Martha 's Vineyard, Gretel, Eleanor, Peggy, Martha, Blank, Victoria Park

FDA allows lab animals to be adopted

The practice of using animals for lab research is incredibly controversial, but at least now there’s a future for some of the dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, and farm animals that have been subject to experiments. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently changed its policy to allow healthy lab animals to be adopted, transferred, or retired to shelters or sanctuaries, after they have been used for research, The Hill reported. Previously, all lab animals were euthanized after they were...
Tags: Travel, Congress, Animals, United States, Maine, Adoption, Va, Fda, Nih, Susan Collins, All, Hill, The Hill, The Food and Drug Administration FDA, Lab Testing

New Machu Picchu hiking routes 2020

Machu Picchu’s Inca Trail closed early this year due to a landslide earlier this month, but you can bet that when it reopens, it will be flooded with tourists from around the world. To minimize the damage done by crowds of hikers along popular hiking routes, and to diversify tourism opportunities in the region, Peru is planning to open new routes to Machu Picchu this year. A budget of $1.2 million has been set aside for projects around the ancient citadel in 2020. Much of the budget will go ...
Tags: Travel, Hiking, Peru, Machu Picchu, Inca Trail, All, New Machu Picchu, Amazon Access Route, San Miguel Inkarakay Mandor, Puente Ruinas, Choquellusca, San Antonio de Torontoy

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