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Why you need to visit Valencia

In Valencia, wide plazas connect narrow streets, ultra-modern buildings stand alongside medieval monuments, and exquisite food is sold on the cheap. Add to that a mild Mediterranean climate and endless beaches, and you’ll wonder why Valencia is still overshadowed by Barcelona. Sure, Barcelona’s cultural attractions and nightlife are legendary, but so are the crowds. For a less touristy and more authentic experience on your Spanish getaway, look no further than Valencia. Here’s what to do. Va...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Spain, Barcelona, Unesco, Venice, Valencia, Mediterranean, All, Spain Travel, Las Fallas, City of Arts and Sciences, Agua de Valencia, Mediterranean Sea, Central Market, Jonathan Swift


Best things to do on Kauai

With so much that’s alluring about the Hawaiian Islands, it can be hard to choose which one island to visit. If it were up to us to decide your trip, though, we’d pick Kauai — the most underrated island in Hawaii and one of our favorite places to travel for 2019. It has a cool, low-key vibe and is an incredible places to surf. But maybe not everyone in your group surfs, or you aren’t sure what else there is to do. There’s in fact a lot to do in Kauai, and we’ve listed the 12 best options here...
Tags: Travel, Hawaii, Beach House, Walk, Kauai, All, Padi, Pali, Princeville, Hanalei Bay, Oahu, Poipu, Brennecke, Waimea, Hawaiian Islands, Pines


World’s loneliest frog found a mate

Dubbed the “world’s loneliest frog” because scientists thought he was the last of his kind in the world, this Bolivian frog named Romeo has finally found a mate. Romeo, a Sehuencas water frog, has spent the last 10 years in isolation at an aquarium in Bolivia, but now scientists have discovered five more Sehuencas water frogs in a remote Bolivian cloud forest. The frogs, three males and two females, including Juliet, were captured in a stream, and scientists intend to breed and reintroduce th...
Tags: Travel, Bbc, Romeo, Bolivia, Chris Jordan, All, George, Juliet, Global Wildlife Conservation, Teresa Camacho Badani, Bolivian frog, Romeo The Frog, Sehuencas water frog, World's Loneliest Frog


Toto's 'Africa' in the Namib Desert

If you think this song is overplayed now, try spending a few days in this Namibian desert. Toto’s “Africa” was released in 1982 and has since become a pop culture phenomenon, inspiring several covers and remixes. The song is a staple at many nightclubs and live music venues — not just those that specialize in ‘80s music. Now it’s a staple of a much more authentic, natural environment too. German-Namibian artist Max Siedentopf has created a sound installation called “Toto Forever” in the Namib...
Tags: Travel, Africa, Cnn, Namibia, Art Installation, All, Namib Desert, Toto, Max Siedentopf, Toto's Africa, Siedentopf, west coast of Southern Africa


Backpacking Superstition Wilderness

Arizona is home to some serious scenery: the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Antelope Canyon. While those are far from any major city, just an hour from Phoenix sits an untouched swath of pristine Sonoran Desert. The Superstition Wilderness, with its eerie red spires and lanky saguaro cacti, offers equally stunning vistas, is full of wildlife, and has miles of trails to explore. Follow these tips on how to backpack this stretch of desert. Why the Superstitions? Photo: meunierd/Shutterstock ...
Tags: Travel, Wyoming, Arizona, Forest Service, All, Phoenix, Peralta, Bermuda Triangle, Peralta Canyon, Wind River Range, Arizona Mountains, Arizona Wilderness, Arizona Outback Adventures, Bill Florence Shutterstock, Supersition Mountains, Superstition Wilderness


Jellyfish Lake in Palau open again

Jellyfish are usually a downer to all those who love wild swimming, but in the saltwater lake on Eil Malk Island in the Pacific country of Palau, the golden jellyfish are the reason visitors come in droves. Since the golden jellyfish in this lake have no natural predators, they have lost the evolutionary ability to sting, making it a perfectly safe (and very cool) swimming destination for tourists. But, in 2016, due to an extremely worrisome decrease in the golden jellyfish population, beauti...
Tags: Travel, El Nino, Pacific, All, Jellyfish, Palau, Jellyfish Lake, Eil Malk Island, Coral Reef Research Foundation, Palau The post Palau 's Jellyfish Lake


Black-and-white cartoon chapel

Whether you’re getting married , renewing your vows, or just want to take advantage of a can’t-miss Instagram backdrop, this black-and-white wedding chapel is the perfect photo opportunity. The “Til Death Do Us Part” installation, opening Friday at Las Vegas’ Palms Casino Resort, was conceived by designer and visual artist Joshua Vides. This 800-square-foot cartoon-like chapel was inspired by his “Reality to Idea” series, and it encourages couples already considering getting married in Las Veg...
Tags: Travel, Instagram, Weddings, Las Vegas, Scotch, All, Apex Social Club, Joshua Vides, Wedding Locations, Moët Chandon Moët Ice Imperial Black White, Vetri Cucina


Traditional Italian meat dishes

When it comes to Italian food, there are the basic you know and love: pizza and Italian pasta dishes. Maybe you think of some meatballs, prosciutto, and other sliced salumi as well. But there’s so much more to the beloved food of Italy. Italian cuisine is highly regional and varies place to place (as does the regional Italian wine and food pairings). Some of the variation dates back to tradition, some is due to what’s available in the area. Meat dishes are one of the clearest examples of thi...
Tags: Travel, Food, Milan, US, Italy, Florence, Sicily, Puglia, All, Italian Culture, Abruzzo, Piedmont, Lombardy, Arista, Italian-food, RossHelen Shutterstock Lampredotto


Buy a house in Sambuca, Italy for $1

If you fantasize about living like Diane Lane in Under the Tuscan Sun but have a small budget and a mortgage phobia, this is your chance to make your dreams come true. The small hilltop town of Sambuca in Sicily, Italy is selling homes for just one euro (just over $1). The only catch is — you must commit to refurbishing the home by the end of three years, which is estimated to cost an average of $17,200. You should also be prepared to front a $5,700 security deposit, which will be returned on...
Tags: Travel, Germany, Cnn, Italy, Houses, All, Diane Lane, Sicily Italy, Sambuca, Cacioppo, Sambuca Italy, Giuseppe Cacioppo, Susana Heinson


Man jumps off cruise ship, banned

The list of incredibly stupid things people do to impress their peers or obtain more social media followers just got a new entry and, if there were a ranking, it would shoot straight to the top. While the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Symphony of the Seas was docked in the Bahamas, 27-year-old Nick Naydev from Vancouver, Washington, decided to jump from the 11th floor into the ocean — with his friend recording the whole thing, of course. Given that the video was immediately uploaded to Instagra...
Tags: Travel, Bahamas, Royal Caribbean, All, Vancouver Washington, Royal Caribbean Cruise, Yahoo Lifestyle, Nick Naydev, Naydev


Conchs may soon extinct in Bahamas

If you visited the Bahamas and bought a pretty conch shell as a souvenir, hang onto it tight. The archipelago is known for its large conch population, but that’s exactly where the creatures are finding it difficult to reproduce. Many conch communities have been devastated by overfishing, making reproduction, an already-demanding affair for these sea slugs, extremely difficult. Some studies even suggest that Bahamian conchs could be extinct within 10 years. The extinction of the conch would be...
Tags: Travel, Florida, National Geographic, Bahamas, Caribbean, All, Overfishing, Bahamas National Trust, Conchs, Bahamas Department of Marine Resources, Kough, Shelly Cant Woodside


Sonoma County, CA: 3 itineraries

3 travel itineraries that take in the best of Sonoma County Sonoma and Petaluma Heart of Wine Country Westward into Nature Photo: Wildly Simple/Sonoma County Tourism #wedge-0 { background-image: url('https://d36tnp772eyphs.cloudfront.net/blogs/1/2018/12/Sonoma-vineyard-Wildly-Simple-Sonoma-County-Tourism-560x420.jpg') }@media(min-width:560px){ #wedge-0 { background-image: url('https://d36tnp772eyphs.cloudfront.net/blogs/1/2018/12/Sonoma-vineyard-Wildly-Simple-Sonoma-County-Touri...
Tags: Travel, Outdoors, California, Nature, Michelin, Mission, Sonoma, Pacific, City Hall, All, Wine Country, Northern California, Santé, Francis Ford Coppola, Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park


The spiciest cuisines in the world

The chile pepper is as divisive a food as there is. People can either handle the heat and enjoy the pain, or they avoid every bit of pepper like it’s the plague. The group of people in the middle know their limit and stick to the devil they know. When traveling abroad to a chile-pepper-loving country, however, you can be in for a fiery surprise. Every chile pepper — from China to Ethiopia to Peru and back — originally comes from Central and South America. The plant spread around the world dur...
Tags: Travel, Mexico, China, India, Africa, Thailand, South Africa, Chile, Ethiopia, Peru, Kenya, Jamaica, Mozambique, Caribbean, Karnataka, All


Germany releases currywurst coin

You might dislike a few of the state quarter designs, but none of those are as artistically questionable as this new German coin commemorating 70 years of currywurst. The coin, which features two massive bratwursts dripping with sauce, was released to celebrate a German favorite dish: bratwurst with curry sauce. And for those who really want to take their love of currywurst to the next level, the German mint is selling approximately 2,500 these coins for $14.90 each. It’s important to note, h...
Tags: Travel, Germany, Berlin, Currywurst, All, Coins, Herta Heuwer, Heuwer, Currywurst Coin, German coins, Germany Heuwer


Best orchid gardens in the world

Few flowering plant families are as diverse and geographically widespread as the orchid family, or Orchidaceae. Twenty-five thousand orchid species have been identified around the world. Some are dainty with monochromatic petals; others have big bulbous bodies and loud patterns like bright spots or stripes. Still others have the look, smell, and feel of a female bee (check out Ophrys to see for yourself) or resemble a monkey’s face (see Dracula aphrodes and Dracula marsupialis). For the best ...
Tags: Travel, Singapore, Malaysia, Botanic Gardens, All, Orchids, Botanical Garden, Durban South Africa, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Orchid House, Perdana Botanical Garden, National Orchid Garden, Singapore Botanic Gardens Singapore, Chanya, Orchid Gardens, Tyersall Gallop Entrance


TSA agents blasting rap music

The longest government shutdown in US history is nearing the end of its first month, and everyone is going a little crazy. Not least of whom are the TSA agents who aren’t getting paid but are still expected to show up to work. If you think going through TSA is frustrating, try being a TSA agent working in an understaffed environment, not knowing when you’ll be getting your next paycheck. Understandably, they’re doing whatever they can to forget their woes and make the workday more bearable. F...
Tags: Travel, US, Kanye West, Tsa, Drake, Jfk, Government Shutdown, Kanye, Jfk Airport, All, Fed, Travis Scott, Tsa Agents, Travel During Shutdown, Tracee Ellis Ross Jr


Kilauea eruption creates new beach

The eruption of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano last May caused devastation across the Big Island, but it did have some pretty cool side effects on the geography. Not only did the eruption create miles of land, but it also formed a new black-sand beach on the east side of the island at Pohoiki, also known as Isaac Hale Beach Park. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Hawaiian Sanctuary (@hawaii...
Tags: Travel, Hawaii, Kilauea, Lonely Planet, Beaches, Big Island, All, Hawaii Islands, Hawaii Beaches, Pohoiki, Isaac Hale Beach Park, Ross Birch, Island of Hawaii Visitors Bureau, Isaac Hale Beach Park View


Best airport bars in the US

Grabbing a stool at an airport bar generally means selecting an overpriced, watered-down cocktail or a short pour of wine from a sticky laminated menu. A new crop of airport bars is changing that, none more so than Root Down in Denver International Airport. The Denver airport is one of the best places to grab a drink during a long layover or delay in general. New Belgium Brewing has a hub in the airport, and Vino Volo serves up fine wine with cheese plates. Few bars match up to Root Down in ...
Tags: Travel, Utah, Colorado, US, Moscow, Don Draper, Denver, Louisville, All, New Belgium Brewing, Phoenix, Sazerac, Jefferson, Angus, Negroni, Orlando International Airport


Norwegian Air plane in Iran

On December 14 , a technical error forced a Norwegian Air jet to make an emergency landing in Tehran, Iran, and over a month later it’s still sitting there. The flight had left Dubai en route to Oslo when it began experiencing a technical error in one of the engines, forcing it to land safely in Tehran’s Shiraz Airport, with 186 passengers and six crew members. Luckily, the passengers and crew were able to leave on a flight to Oslo the next day, but for the aircraft, however, it wasn’t so simp...
Tags: Travel, US, Iran, Dubai, The New York Times, Tehran, Cuba, Emergency Landing, Oslo, All, Trump, TEHRAN Iran, Anahita Thoms, Norwegian Air, New York Times More, Andrew Charlton


Love is in the bin exhibit

If you thought you heard everything there was to be said about Banksy’s infamous “Girl with Balloon” picture, which was spontaneously shredded in the midst of its auction in London last October, think again. With the three-quarters of the work shredded and dangling out of the frame, the piece is now entitled “Love is in the Bin”, and is garnering more attention than ever before. Next month, it will be exhibited for the first time at Museum Frieder Burda in Baden-Baden, Germany. ...
Tags: Travel, London, Germany, Banksy, Kiev, All, Banksy art, Museum Frieder Burda, Baden Baden Germany View, Henning Schaper


Tiny houses in the Pacific Northwest

Tiny houses are a growing trend for vacation rentals. They’re very affordable, they can be placed anywhere from a tiny lot in a busy downtown to the middle of a forest, they’re better for the environment, and, of course, they’re incredibly Instagrammable and just as cute as can be. The prototypical tiny house looks pretty much like any house but on a miniature scale; most two-person models feature a kitchen, living room, and bathroom on the ground floor, with the bed housed in a loft space ...
Tags: Travel, Washington, United States, Portland, New Zealand, Chad, Airbnb, Portland Oregon, Seattle, Tiny Houses, Pacific Northwest, Tiny Homes, All, Olympia, 288, Leavenworth


Wendi Murdoch travel photo scam

There’s a widespread scam in the travel photography community, and it’s particularly dangerous and deceptive — this is no poorly-worded email from a “Nigerian prince.” Aimed at travel photographers, this elaborate scheme is designed to lure them to Southeast Asia on the pretext of shooting a photo campaign for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games. Although some costs are covered by the scammers to make the target feel comfortable, other expenses like airfare and “photo permits” are not. Whil...
Tags: Travel, Google, New York, Hollywood, Indonesia, China, Southeast Asia, Scams, Beijing, Rupert Murdoch, Jakarta, Penang, All, Travel Scam, Henry, Wendy


Best coffee shops in Chicago

When you think of a great city for coffee in the US, it’s likely that Seattle or San Francisco is the first to come to mind. Chicago is probably not on that list for you, but it should be. The City of Big Shoulders has actually been a major player on the coffee scene for a long time, with some excellent coffee shops and boutique roasters producing some superb gourmet coffees. If you’re looking for the perfect cup in the Windy City, check out these 11 places with the best coffee in Chicago. 1...
Tags: Travel, Coffee, US, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle, All, Saigon, Marty Mcfly, Coffee Shops, Bridgeport, South Side, Lakeview, Lincoln Square, South Side of Chicago, Logan Square


How to avoid long security lines

By now you’ve heard that the US is being subjected to a government shutdown due to an inability to settle on a compromise regarding President Trump’s desire to build a border wall with Mexico, and all Americans are feeling the effects — especially furloughed federal workers. But American citizens (and their national parks) aren’t the only ones affected by the shutdown; anyone traveling to, through, or from the US will witness just what a government shutdown looks like upon arrival to the air...
Tags: Travel, Apps, Mexico, US, Air, Tsa, Government Shutdown, All, Trump, Security Lines


5 ways to experience Montana

5 ways to experience the best of Montana By: Shar Riley The National Parks Road Trip Musts History & Culture Wildlife Food & Drink #wedge-0 { background-image: url('https://d36tnp772eyphs.cloudfront.net/blogs/1/2019/01/1-LeadImage-560x420.jpg') }@media(min-width:560px){ #wedge-0 { background-image: url('https://d36tnp772eyphs.cloudfront.net/blogs/1/2019/01/1-LeadImage-1200x900.jpg') } }@media(min-width:1200px){ #wedge-0 { background-image: url('https://d36tnp772eyphs.clo...
Tags: Travel, Usa, Montana, Anaconda, US, America, History, Culture, Wildlife, National Parks, Wyoming, North America, Continental, Yellowstone, Livingston, Yellowstone National Park


Best things about Indianapolis

In a sea of cornfields and conservatism, Indiana’s bustling capital of Indianapolis is an island. From the independent art galleries on Mass Ave. to the vintage boutiques in Fountain Square, Indy has steadily been making a name for itself one of the Midwest’s preeminent cultural hubs. Sure, it’s no Chicago — but that’s a good thing if you hate crowds. For now, it’s one of the best-kept secrets south of the Great Lakes. But no one is quite sure how much longer the city can fly under the radar...
Tags: Travel, US, NFL, America, Indiana, Indianapolis, Chicago, South Dakota, All, Midwest, Butler Bulldogs, James Naismith, Children s Museum of Indianapolis, Indiana State Fair, Circle City, Broad Ripple


Changes to Eurail in 2019

Long before WOW and Norwegian Air had $99 airfares luring young people across the pond, there was Eurail, the post-World-War-II, trans-European train network that offered dirt cheap, all-you-can-ride passes for intrepid Americans looking to explore a region just recovering from the most destructive war in history. What resulted was the first iteration of the Euro-trip, a rite-of-passage trip for young adults in the summers between college spent riding the rails in a place that, at the time, c...
Tags: Travel, Europe, UK, England, London, Greece, Global, Marseille, Paris, Italy, Lithuania, Great Britain, All, Baby Boomer, Piraeus, Ekaterina Pokrovsky Shutterstock


Peneda-Gerês is the only national park in Portugal. And it’s incredible.

Peneda-Gerês is the single greatest national park in Portugal. It wins on a technicality, being that it’s the country’s only national park. But there’s a certain magic to the mountains and valleys of northern Portugal where Peneda-Gerês lies, snuggled up against Spain, that makes calling it the greatest feel apt nonetheless. Gerês, as it’s known locally, spans roughly 270 square miles of oak and pine forests, granite cliffs, peat bogs, marshes, rivers, and lagoons between the Castro Laboreiro...
Tags: Travel, Spain, National Parks, Portugal, Porto, Braga, All, Roman, Campo, Santa Maria, Vila, São Bento, Viana, Rolf, Homem, visiting Portugal


Carbon-neutral Costa Rica by 2021

Costa Rica is showing the world what a committed climate policy actually looks like. The country wants to be the first to go completely single-use plastic– and carbon-free, hoping to reach that goal as early as 2021. And so far, it’s doing pretty well. It’s already started by banning all single-use plastics in 2017 and has launched a national campaign to replace these plastics for biodegradable or water-soluble alternatives, or products made of renewable materials. Strides toward carbon neut...
Tags: Travel, Climate Change, Sustainability, Costa Rica, All, Alvarado, Carbon Neutral, Carlos Alvarado, Plastic-free


Best things to do in Svalbard

When it comes to epic trips, few can top a visit to the Arctic Circle. With the chance to spot polar bears and even visit some of the planet’s most remote glaciers, you’re guaranteed to go back home with some pretty sweet stories to share. Head to Svalbard, Norway, this summer for a chance to make once-in-a-lifetime memories — think spending the night on a glacier and ethically observing polar bears in the wild (or in your hotel room, eating chocolate, if you’re really lucky) all in one trip....
Tags: Travel, Norway, Arctic Circle, Svalbard, Spitsbergen, All, Longyearbyen, Svalbard Norway, Jonny Cooper, Artic Circle, Off the Map Travel, Arctic Circle With, Nordenskiöld Lodge



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