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Best hikes near the Rocky Mountains

Spring is upon us. The Rocky Mountains and its sub-ranges are beginning to shed snow, colorful wildflowers are in bloom, and hiking trails that have been accessible only to cross-country skis and fat bikes for the past few months are opening up to eager hikers. Spring hiking focuses more on canyons than scrambles and meadows than summits, and these five towns are the place to base yourself for epic spring hikes throughout the Rocky Mountain region. Cortez, Colorado Photo: 2Kahns Photo Arts...
Tags: Travel, Utah, Colorado, Montana, Hiking, US, America, United States, Wyoming, Moab, New Mexico, Jackson, Miguel, Kanye, New England, Yellowstone

Best ramen instant noodle flavors

American’s perception of ramen has come a long way since being viewed as the dietary staple of college students, artists, and everyone else who’s ever had to return Christmas presents to pay rent. Today, Asian noodle dishes from Chinese hot pots to Japanese ramen are foodie favorites. Late-night noodle shops are springing up all over the country and inspiring countless slurp shots on Instagram and gimmicks like glow-in-the-dark ramen from restaurants trying to attract said Instagrammers. Whil...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Asia, Japan, US, America, Costco, All, Phillies, Malone, Bryce Harper, Prima, Tom Yum, Nissin, UNIF, Instant Noodles

Best things to do in Tampa, Florida

Going to Florida for vacation has been an American tradition since the invention of air conditioning. But for business? Outside of Latin American finance and quote-unquote “exotic” imports, folks usually didn’t come down this way to do anything that resembled “serious.” But that’s changed in the past couple of decades, and as business in Florida booms so does the number of people who come here for work. Since the sunshine state was a vacation destination to begin with, it’s also the perfect p...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Japan, Florida, New York City, America, Miami, Airbus, Detroit, Hyde Park, Hall, Caribbean, Tampa, St Petersburg, Swann, Orlando

Grlswirl skaters teaching in Mexico

The migrant caravan — a mass of thousands of Central Americans who have walked for months to seek asylum in the US — arrived at the Tijuana border in November 2018. Common misconceptions due to our current political climate associate danger, violence, and a threatening drug cartel with the border town and migrants. But traveling to Mexico, visiting the shelters, and connecting with individual migrants — many of them young, unaccompanied minors — sheds light on a much different experience. Grl...
Tags: Travel, Congress, Mexico, US, America, Skateboarding, Honduras, Volunteerism, Maya Angelou, Tijuana, All, Trump, Venice California, Velarde, Guatemala El Salvador, Political Activism

History of popular condiments

Condiments can make or break a meal. They’re the addition that saves a dry sandwich and the extra touch that spices up a bit of sushi. No matter what you’re eating, there always seems to be a condiment on the side that is there to at least improve a dish, if not save it entirely. It’s something that has been done throughout history — something that’s immediately clear as soon as you take a deeper look at where your favorite condiments come from. This is how your favorite condiments came to do...
Tags: Travel, Japan, Florida, England, Africa, US, America, Spain, Chicago, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vietnam, North Carolina, Heinz, Caribbean, All

Best Places to Travel for Your 21 Birthday Celebration

Congratulations, you’re finally turning 21! Your 21st birthday is a milestone where you officially reach the legal drinking age. An occasion of this magnitude requires grand plans! It’s not surprising that most people want to live it up and celebrate their first boozy birthday in a memorable manner. And there is no better way to spend your big day than to go on a birthday getaway. Birthday trips offer unique memories and ensure that your birthday celebrations last longer than one day. Espec...
Tags: Travel, Sponsored, Florida, Hollywood, La, America, Barcelona, San Diego, New Orleans, Sony Pictures, Cuba, Mediterranean, Santa Monica, Napa Valley, Napa River, Duval Street

5 Unsung Word of Mouth Marketing Examples

Word of mouth marketing is — and has always been — the most effective (and cost-effective) way to generate customers and grow any business. But for a long time, word of mouth marketing has been mostly ignored in favor of outbound and inbound acquisition efforts, plus a big shift toward social media. The truth is that social media and word of mouth marketing are NOT THE SAME THING any more than toothpaste is the same as a toothpaste tube. Word of mouth is the toothpaste; social media is the tube...
Tags: Virginia, New York City, America, Seo, James Brown, United States, Tennessee, New York Times, Santa Claus, Nashville, Philadelphia, Npr, DuPont, Tripadvisor, Philly, Koch

Most popular whiskeys in the world

Whiskey is one of the world’s most beloved spirits. It’s both sipped neat and mixed into cocktails, savored and taken as a shot alongside a pint of beer. With this level of universal popularity, it should come as no surprise that countries around the world make the spirit. Each does things a little differently, making exploring the world through a dram or glass all too easy to do. Quick note: America, Ireland, and Mexico use the spelling “whiskey.” Everywhere else goes with the English spelli...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Europe, Japan, Australia, Mexico, Kentucky, France, Scotland, India, US, America, Taiwan, Canada, United States, Ireland

ETW #7 Expat Life Fact & Fiction | Interview with Helene Sula

Another way to see more of the world is to spend time living overseas. Since it’s a complicated process our guest this week, Helene Sula, is on the show to share what it’s really like to be an expat, both good and bad.   Helene quit the corporate world and packed up two suitcases, two dogs, and she and her husband moved from Dallas, Texas to Heidelberg, Germany- a country she’d never stepped foot in. The purpose was to travel Europe, write about her travels, and encourage others to live out ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Germany, America, Dallas Texas, Twitter Facebook, Helene, Heidelberg Germany, ETW, Explore the World Travel Podcast, Expat Life Fact, Helene Sula

The best Piña Coladas in San Juan

You don’t have to go far to find a Piña Colada in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The cocktail’s birthplace is rife with frosty hurricane glasses full of rum, coconut cream, and pineapple juice. The bar at your hotel undoubtedly blends a reliable version, which you can happily slurp while lounging on the sunny hotel patio until you get brain freeze. But you don’t want to simply call it in when drinking Piña Coladas in Puerto Rico — because the bars on this island make some of the best vacation drinks ...
Tags: Travel, New York, America, Hilton, Caribbean, Puerto Rico, San Juan, All, Don, SAN JUAN Puerto Rico, Marrero, Stern, Lopez, Margarita, Caribe Hilton, Pina Colada

American Travel Experiences Everyone Should Try

In recent years I’ve spent a lot more time traveling around my own country and, for the most part, it’s been wonderful. The experiences I’ve enjoyed most times truly surprised me and I’ve learned how to better appreciate the full width and breadth of the U.S. In an effort to encourage other people, American or not, to experience more of what makes the country so much fun to explore, today I want to share some of my own personal experiences that I think best portray what the nation is all about....
Tags: Travel, New York, Yosemite, US, America, Chicago, National Parks, Alaska, Hawaii, Washington Dc, Philadelphia, St Louis, Detroit, Pacific, South, Yellowstone

Cheap flights April

By April, your New Year’s resolution is pretty much shot, right? You made it to Valentine’s Day and cutting carbs still didn’t land you a date, so once St. Paddy’s rolled around it was time to drink all those carbs back in the form of green beer. It’s cool, but now that you’re not so worried about counting calories, it’s time to go all in and stuff yourself with tacos, moles, chiles, guacamole, and all the other stuff you’d been depriving yourself of all year. Lucky for you and your newfound ...
Tags: Travel, Sacramento, America, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Dallas, Buffalo, Cheap Flights, Latin America, Trinidad And Tobago, Skyscanner, Monterrey, Southern California, All, San Francisco California, Buffalo New York

Week 15: Viva Las Vegas Baby!

We weren’t intending on visiting Vegas on our America Unplugged road trip. Our intention on  this trip is to go beyond the main tourist destinations that everyone knows, and strangely, wants to visit. But, since we were close by, and our Australian readers insist on incorporating Vegas into their travel plans, we decided why not? I wasn’t expecting to have a great time – I mean how long can you spend looking at casinos before you get bored? But, I arrived intending to have a great time and see V...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Facebook, Utah, Usa, Instagram, US, America, Chicago, Paris, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Zappos, Tripadvisor, St George, MGM

Crossing the Atlantic

It’s quite a process getting artwork out of Tom’s studio in our small village to his art shows in the grand United States. All starts with a blank canvas, tubes of paint and the inspirations of the surrounding countryside and daily French life. As each painting comes closer to being completed he starts construction of a frame. He builds his own frames starting with a plank, milled into frame stock, nailed together into a frame. Each frame is then gilded with gold. I used to help with t...
Tags: Travel, America, Atlantic, United States, Baltimore, Tom, Susan Vieth, Crossing the Atlantic

Where to eat at London Heathrow

London’s Heathrow International Airport is built for the hungry. Heathrow’s restaurants range from classy to quick to pub. Heavy emphasis on “pub.” Like London itself, you can find pubs with traditional English bar food and beer everywhere you look in Heathrow. Which is fine and dandy, but there are also a number of high-end restaurants with fast or slow service if you’re looking for something a little different. These are the best restaurants and bars in every terminal of Heathrow Internatio...
Tags: Travel, London, Instagram, Wales, America, Italy, Heathrow, Gordon Ramsay, Heathrow Airport, London Heathrow, All, Spuntino, Oriel, Fortnum Mason, Fuller, Heathrow International Airport

St. Patrick’s Day parades in the US

Admittedly, it’s fun to get out and slosh yourself silly in green beer on St. Patrick’s Day. And in some cities — like Chicago, New York, and Boston — you’ll find millions of people who agree with you crowding the streets for the rowdiest St. Paddy’s parties of the year. The problem, of course, is that most of those people had Guinness for breakfast too, so by parade time things can get a little… sloppy. There are, however, smaller destinations around the country with celebrations that are ju...
Tags: Travel, Texas, Boston, US, America, Chicago, Buffalo Bills, Rochester, Dublin, All, El Paso, Atlantic Ocean, Wendy, West Palm Beach, West Texas, Sunshine State

Visit Indiana Dunes National Park

A whopping 330 million nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts from all over the world visited US national parks in 2017. This summer, visitors will have a new park to explore, and they’ll have to venture to Indiana to get the newest stamp on their national parks passport. The National Park Service welcomed Indiana Dunes National Park to its roster on February 15, making it the country’s 61st national park. Just 50 miles from Chicago, the park is doable as a day trip or a multi-day adventure....
Tags: Travel, US, America, Indiana, Indianapolis, Chicago, All, National Park Service, Midwest, Lake Michigan, Mount Baldy, West Beach, O Hare, Indiana Dunes, Anna Westman Shutterstock, Indiana travel

Best Irish bars in Chicago

Few cultures are as synonymous with lively drinking and hospitality as Irish culture. Much of that is thanks to the ubiquitous nature of the Irish pub with its characteristic deep mahogany wood, food that sticks to your bones, beer on draught, and friendly bartender always ready with a bit of craic. That type of pub can be found around the country, but Chicago, it could be argued, is in a league of its own when it comes to pubs full of Irish charm. If you’re in Chicago this St. Patrick’s Day ...
Tags: Travel, America, Chicago, Ireland, PBR, Kerry, Guinness, Chicago Fire, Cork, All, Bridgeport, Clark, Beverly, Ravenswood, Public House, Lincoln Square

Nikkei cuisine and where to find it

“Nikkei” just sounds like a word people are going to use wrong. You can almost hear a half dozen people sitting around a violet-lit table in some SoHo hotspot asking stuff like, “Is the octopus tonight Nikkei? Perhaps you could go back and ask the chef.” While the waiter looks on confused another chimes in, “Kylie ONLY eats Nikkei now. It’s like sushi, but lower-carb.” “And, like, all the fish has to be flown in from Peru,” says another. “And they mix it with six different kinds of pomegranat...
Tags: Travel, Japan, London, Nikkei, US, Toronto, America, Los Angeles, Washington Dc, Peru, Miami, Lima, Crossfit, Martini, Best Restaurants, All

Cost of living around the world

Rent sucks everywhere . Half of the United States is rent-burdened, meaning they spend more than one-third of their income on rent. And when you hear a stat like that, sometimes you think moving to another country might help your situation. But the truth is, it’s tough around the world. To see exactly how tough it’s gotten, relatively, the furnished apartment experts at Nestpick examined 740 neighborhoods in 50 cities, then determined the annual salary a single person would need to live in ea...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Hong Kong, Europe, New York, London, California, France, China, Germany, Boston, Berlin, Singapore, New York City, US, Toronto

Sports tour spots in Dallas, Texas

The city of Dallas is inextricably linked with its sporting culture. The five-time Super Bowl-winning Dallas Cowboys might not have clinched a championship since 1996, but there’s no denying the fierce loyalty of the city’sfanbase — not just to the Cowboys but also the Mavericks, Stars, Rangers, and FC Dallas. Regardless of personal team loyalties, sports fans will never be bored in Dallas. From the state-of-the-art AT&T Stadium that hosts Cowboys games, concerts, rodeos, motocross, and Spart...
Tags: Travel, Texas, Cowboys, US, NFL, America, Dallas Cowboys, Rangers, Dallas, Google Maps, Detroit, Fort Worth, Hall of Fame, FC Dallas, WNBA, All

9 must-drink Irish whiskeys

Irish whiskey is , for many people, a simple and cheap spirit you order when taking shots. Yet year after year, Irish whiskey is growing into something much, much more than that bottle of Jamo you’re used to seeing and feel comfortable ordering. In 2008, there were just three Irish whiskey distilleries. Today, Ireland has more than 20. All this is to say that it’s about time you consider more than just the green bottle of Jameson at the bar. That means looking at some of Jameson’s other offer...
Tags: Travel, Scotland, US, America, Ireland, Bob Dylan, Whiskey, MMA, James Joyce, Conor Mcgregor, All, Matador Network, Sullivan, Jameson, Irish Pub, Sexton

Things Wisconsinites do better

While Wisconsinites are great at being humble, We’re also quick at pointing out that we are just better than the rest of the country at some things. We don’t mean to be cocky, but here are 10 abilities, aside from our standout humility, that Wisconsinites are better at than the rest of the United States. 1. Withstanding the cold A skill born of necessity, the ability to live in a place where winter can last for six months and actually enjoy it is one of our greatest talents. We’ve mastered...
Tags: Travel, US, America, Rock, United States, North Dakota, House, Wisconsin, All, Wisconsinites, Wisconsin culture, Being Midwest

Paris vs Malawi – Confronting Traveler’s Privilege

I am transfixed by the vignettes of life unfolding on the parched dirt road in front of our simple brick home. The reed fencing around the house frames a patch of Malawian road. Life is never hurried or particularly orderly here, but so compelling and textured in the harsh African sunlight. Groups of children proudly drag or roll toys made out of packing crates or discarded bicycle tires, shouting and waving when they see me, leaning back to stay in the frame as long as possible, even popping ba...
Tags: Travel, Featured, Africa, America, Netflix, Paris, Chanel, Malawi, Caribbean, Charles de Gaulle, CANCUN Mexico, Lilongwe, Edwin, Chichewa, Church of Central Africa Presbyterian CCAP, Transformational Stories

Turning back time with the Amish of Ohio

At home with the family-loving American Anabaptists who seek a rural life free from the tyranny of modern technologyWhen he cuts open the peach, juice flows to the ground. He sits on a wooden crate surrounded by his six sons, who are also slicing fruit, huge piles of them, before placing them in jars. The youngest, who’s only five, joins in, as they all sit together inside a rust-red barn in the early evening light. They’re dressed identically, in blue shirts and dungarees with battered straw bo...
Tags: Travel, America, Life and style, Pennsylvania, Ohio, United States Holidays, North And Central America Holidays, COLUMBUS Ohio, Holmes County, German Village, Franklin Park Columbus, Zoombezi Bay Water Park

Shale Boom Drives U.S. to Take Least OPEC Crude in Three Decades - Bloomberg

Shale Boom Drives U.S. to Take Least OPEC Crude in Three Decades - Bloomberg:OPEC crude oil shipments to the world’s largest economy sank to a thirty-year low as part of an effort by the cartel and its allies to balance supplies and counteract America’s shale boom.OPEC supply cuts that started in 2017 were extended in 2018. The end result was Saudi Arabia cutting exports to the U.S. by 9 percent to about 870,000 barrels a day in 2018. OPEC as a whole sent 17 percent less than the year before, an...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, America, Opec, Bloomberg, Energy Information Administration, Permian, Rupert Neil Bumfrey

Best spring break trips in the US

You don’t have to do five-story beer bongs off a beachfront balcony to have a great spring break. Though let’s be honest, it’s a better story if you do. The annual respite from school and work that runs from the beginning of March to mid-April is one of the great American traditions, where college kids create memories they won’t remember, and families finally have time for some peace and quiet. Even if you can’t afford a week of debauchery in Mexico or a family jaunt to Europe, each state has...
Tags: All, Spring Break, Spring Break Destinations, Spring Break Travel

Travel: The Virgin Islands offer beautiful beaches and relaxed times

Months before hurricanes Maria and Irma hit the Caribbean in fall 2017, I booked a trip to explore the Virgin Islands by yacht. I knew little about the islands, other than they must be relatively untouched as their name suggested. After Maria and Irma passed, damage to Puerto Rico dominated the headlines. I began to wonder, and worry, that the Virgin Islands just east may have been similarly destroyed. I didn’t plan to cancel my trip. It was canceled for me. Cow Wreck Beach in Anegada is a w...
Tags: Travel, America, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Antarctica, Maria, Caribbean, British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Bay, Thomas, Irma, Virgin Islands, U S Virgin Islands, BVI

Where to eat at Chicago airport

Chicago is one of America’s great food cities. The Chicago O’Hare International Airport is, well, not a terrible place to find some decent food and good drinks. There are some local spots from the city that built outposts in the airport, like Tortas Frontera and Publican Tavern, as well as beer and wine focused bars, including craft beer from Chicago favorite Goose Island. This is where to eat and drink at in every terminal at Chicago O’Hare. Terminal 1 Photo: Chicago O’Hare International ...
Tags: Travel, Airports, California, US, America, Chicago, Tsa, West Coast, Pacific, Caribbean, All, Goose Island, Rick Bayless, Airport Food, Summer House Santa Monica, Chicago O'Hare International Airport

Oil Sputters as Economic Woes Outweigh U.S. Drilling Slowdown - Bloomberg

Oil Sputters as Economic Woes Outweigh U.S. Drilling Slowdown - Bloomberg:Oil lost ground Friday after unnerving economic reports from China and the U.S., although the decline was moderated by the latest report of declining activity in America’s oil patches.Futures in New York closed down 1 percent, after a monthly jobs report showed U.S. hiring was the weakest in more than a year and China said exports had tailed off in February. Still, prices recouped much of the losses after Baker Hughes said...
Tags: Travel, New York, China, America, Baker Hughes, Rupert Neil Bumfrey

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