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The Ultimate Guide to Teaching English in Thailand

Posted: 2/15/2020 / February 15th, 2020 Thailand is an English teacher’s dream. With a low cost of living, incredible food, rich culture, plenty of partying, and a mai pen rai (no worries) attitude, the Land of Smiles is a very popular country for English teachers. For Thais, English is considered a necessity to work in the global market, so there is always a need for teachers. With language schools, primary schools, universities, and other locations offering English classes, there are numerou...
Tags: Travel, Asia, London, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Austin, Thailand, Portland, New Zealand, San Diego, Dublin, Seattle, Detroit, Bangkok

Home again

As many of you already know, one of my aunts passed away last week. I hurriedly put together a trip back to upstate New York hoping that I might see her before the end, but I didn't make it in time. Still, it was good to be there with the family to share grief and memories and to catch up with each other. Clifton Park, NY. By morning the streets were clean, but cars remained coated with a layer of ice and snow. I am not used to that kind of cold. The travel was eventful. Because it was a last-...
Tags: Travel, New York, Chicago, Paris, Albany, WCS, Albany New York, Clifton Park

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

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

Cape Town Itinerary: What to See and Do in 4 (or More) Days

Posted: 2/13/2020 | February 13th, 2020 Cape Town is one of those places I can never get enough of. Its natural beauty, climate, people, chill atmosphere, and delicious food scene always make my visits memorable. Backed by Table Mountain, Cape Town is really one of the most beautiful cityscapes in the world. There’s a lot to see and do in the city, so to help you make the most of your trip, here is my suggested itinerary for four (or more) days. Suggested Itinerary Overview Day 1: Table Mo...
Tags: Travel, London, Boston, Africa, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Austin, Unesco, Atlantic, South Africa, Nelson Mandela, Portland, San Diego, Cape Town, Victoria

Best singles cities in the US

Singles tend to view Valentine’s Day like losing football teams view the Super Bowl — a tradition they’d rather forget, perhaps even despise, yet would totally embrace if circumstances were slightly different. Well, being single on Valentine’s Day — or any day, for that matter — doesn’t have to be a bitter experience. There are hundreds of cities all across the US ideally suited to the single lifestyle. Whether your goal is to find your spouse, a steady relationship, or a string of emotionall...
Tags: Travel, New York, La, US, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Valentine's Day, Portland, San Diego, Wisconsin, Portland Oregon, Seattle, Denver, Madison, New England

Oil prices rise about 1%, up from 13-month low as virus cases slow - Reuters

Oil prices rise about 1%, up from 13-month low as virus cases slow - Reuters:Oil prices rose about 1% on Tuesday, up from 13-month lows as the number of new coronavirus cases slowed in China, easing some concern over the potential for lengthy oil demand destruction.The death toll surpassed 1,000 on Tuesday, though the number of new confirmed cases fell. The epidemic may be over by April, said the Chinese government’s top medical adviser on the outbreak.Brent crude LCOc1 settled at $54.01 a barre...
Tags: Travel, China, Chicago, Reuters, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Phil Flynn, Price Futures Group

Chicago’s Legendary Mob Bar, the Green Mill

The Green Mill was a bar modeled after the Moulon Rouge in Paris, with gangsters including Al Capone, regular customers in this Chicago Prohibition-era bar.
Tags: Travel, Chicago, United States, Paris, Illinois, Al Capone, Green Mill, Moulon Rouge

How Hyatt Is Investing In The Wellness Market: Marketer’s Brief Podcast

Hyatt has wellness on the brain—quite literally. The Chicago-based corporation hired its first Head of Wellbeing, Mia Kyricos, two years ago, and recently announced a new partnership with meditation company Headspace that will bring new offerings to both hotel guests and employees.
Tags: Travel, Chicago, Hyatt, Mia Kyricos

Small and Quirky

I like the small out of the way quirky museums. Sure when in Chicago I drop by the Chicago Institute of Art which is wonderful but Tokyos Museum of Tobacco and Salt now ltem stylemsobidifontstyle normalgtthats an experience.
Tags: Travel, Chicago, Chicago Institute, Tokyos Museum of Tobacco and Salt

Oil prices flat; OPEC+ mulls supply cut as virus hits demand - Reuters

Oil prices flat; OPEC+ mulls supply cut as virus hits demand - Reuters:Oil futures gave up early gains and settled narrowly mixed on Thursday, as OPEC and its partner Russia gave mixed signals about possible further output cuts to mitigate the impact of any weakening in global demand due to the coronavirus outbreak.Brent crude LCOc1 futures lost 35 cents to settle at $54.93 a barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude CLc1 futures rose 20 cents to settle at $50.95 a barrel. Both contracts ...
Tags: Travel, Russia, Opec, Chicago, Reuters, Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, U S West Texas Intermediate WTI, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Phil Flynn, Price Futures Group

LGBTQ travel in Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City is queer — and not just in the “Donny Osmond singing and dancing in a rainbow-colored coat” kind of way. It’s queer because it defies simple categorization. Although there are 1.2 million residents, SLC feels like a small town where everybody knows your name. In the height of summer, you can burn in the brown desert hills of downtown only to freeze by piles of snow in the verdant Wasatch Mountains 45 minutes away. Most importantly, Salt Lake City is both a conservative Mormon m...
Tags: Travel, Utah, Texas, Montana, Lgbt, New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Austin, United States, Joseph Smith, Mormon, Broadway, Mormons, Hilton, Patagonia

Oil hits 13-month lows as coronavirus cuts demand - Reuters

Oil hits 13-month lows as coronavirus cuts demand - Reuters:Oil prices fell to the lowest in more than a year on Monday as the coronavirus outbreak curtailed Chinese demand and sparked potential supply cuts by OPEC and its allies.Brent crude LCOc1 settled down $2.17, or 3.8% at $54.45 a barrel, its lowest since January last year.U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude CLc1 fell $1.45 a barrel to $50.12 after touching a session low of $49.91, also the lowest since January 2019.“We have not seen ...

Very Cool Science: Airplanes Landing In Chicago Are Causing It To Snow

With temperatures below freezing and saturated air (high relative humidity) aircraft descending to land can cause snow. It’s a very localized event, not widespread snow, but snow can form and then fall as a result of planes descending under the right conditions. This requires “supercooled atmosphere interacting with exhaust” and “water vapor [that is] below freezing but [that] couldn’t entirely transition into ice crystals because of a lack of particulates upon which to freeze.” Then the plane d...
Tags: Travel, Weather, Airports, Snow, Chicago

Connecting to American Eagle In Chicago? Expect Wet Bags

According to Department of Transportation statistics American Airlines is number 8 out of 8 airlines in baggage mishandling. They view this as a competitive disadvantage in the Chicago market where they lag United (#4 of 8). So they're working to improve their baggage reliability statistics. Whether the bags make it to you dry seems like it may be another matter. Continue reading Connecting to American Eagle In Chicago? Expect Wet Bags...
Tags: Travel, Chicago, Airlines, United, Department Of Transportation, American Airlines, Chicago O'Hare, Checked Bags

Milwaukee DNC travel guide

With swing-state status and blue-collar grit, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, won the bid to host the 2020 Democratic National Convention thanks to more than just the city’s famous beers, custards, and cheese curds. America’s Dairyland is the heart of the Midwest, a key region for Democrats to win in the upcoming American presidential election. The Democrats will host their most important event of the 2020 presidential campaign in one of the region’s most emblematic cities. The political imperative is...
Tags: Travel, La, Milwaukee, America, Chicago, Democrats, Pabst, Wisconsin, Orion, Brussels, Kate, Democrat, All, Midwest, Bloody Mary, Art Deco

Restaurant scene in Columbus, Ohio

In 2013, Lauren Culley returned to her hometown of Columbus, Ohio, for a visit. At the time, she was managing the kitchen at Blue Bottle coffee shop in New York City after leaving a career in book publishing. She didn’t intend to stick around Columbus for long, and she certainly didn’t intend to move back. But when she got there, she found a city she hardly recognized. “The city felt different. It looked different,” Culley says. “There was a momentum to the city that you could see and feel. I...
Tags: Travel, New York, Oregon, New York City, Chicago, Fox, Brooklyn, Portland, Bangladesh, Ohio, Victoria, Somalia, Kansas City, Cleveland, Blue Bottle, Columbus

Parisian of the Month: Lisa Nesselson

Lisa Nesselson is an American film critic living in Paris since 1978 and is has a weekly program reviewing current films on France 24.   Where were you born and where did you grow up?    I was born in Cincinnati, Ohio but consider myself to be a Chicagoan. I lived there from the middle of third grade through college, before coming to France at the tail end of 1978.   Do you remember what the first film you ever saw was, and what kind of impression did it leave o...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Florida, Usa, New York, Hollywood, Interviews, France, Nazis, Spain, Chicago, Paris, Oliver Stone, Manhattan, Venice, Roman Polanski


Hens' nests. That's what potholes are called in French. The dirt road through the vineyards out back is rife with them. Every year they form and every year the town fills them in. Then they form again. I suppose that's no surprise given that it's a dirt road and is used by heavy equipment (tractors, harvesters, etc.). When it rains, the potholes become puddles. In winter they can freeze solid and I have to be careful not to slip on them. How many hens made these nests? Interestingly, most stre...
Tags: Travel, France, Wikipedia, Chicago, French Language, WCS, The Vineyard

Here Lies America: An Interview With Jason Cochran

Posted: 01/27/2020 | January 27th, 2020 In 2010, I decided to spend the summer in NYC. I was two years into blogging and was making enough where I could afford a few months here. Still new to the industry, NYC was where all the legends of writing lived and I wanted to start making connections with my peers. It was that summer I met Jason Cochran, a guidebook writer from Frommers, editor, and the man I would consider my mentor. Though we never had any formal mentor/mentee relationship, Jason’s w...
Tags: Travel, Interviews, America, Atlanta, Georgia, Chicago, Brooklyn, Ronald Reagan, Ford, Aol, Cbs, Buffalo, Vietnam, Oakland, TNT, Charlottesville

How Humans Domesticated Cats (Twice)

Depending on how you feel about cats, the feline situation on the island of Cyprus is either the stuff of a delightful children’s story or a horror film to be avoided at all cost. Despite being surrounded on all sides by water, the cat population—an estimated 1.5 million—currently outnumbers human residents. The overwhelming majority are feral, though as we learn in the above episode of PBS’ EONS, they, too, can be considered domesticated. Like the other 600,000,000-some living members o...
Tags: Travel, Google, Biology, College, China, Cyprus, History, Earth, Chicago, Nature, Egypt, Switzerland, Public Domain, Facebook Twitter, Southwest Asia, Paphos

Best LGBTQ museums and archives

People in power control the pages of history; people without it usually suffer the consequences. In a recent analysis of commonly used history textbooks in Texas and California, the New York Times found that students in Texas receive information only about hot-button LGBTQ issues from the past 50 years: Stonewall, the AIDS crisis, and the recent fight for marriage equality. In California, students receive additional information concerning queer history like sex assignment surgery in the 1950s...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Hollywood, Texas, Australia, California, NYC, Germany, Berlin, US, America, Los Angeles, Chicago, Canada, United States, New York Times

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants Partners With Fotografiska New York To Reimagine The Photography Installation Experience

SAN FRANCISCO - Today, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is launching an exclusive partnership with Fotografiska New York, the internationally renowned destination for photography. As part of the official partnership, Kimpton will unveil a curated multi-dimensional photography pop-up installation titled "Stay Human," at Fotografiska's newly opened U.S flagship museum, Fotografiska New York. Following the January 23rd preview, the installation will move to the Kimpton Eventi Hotel in Chelsea an...
Tags: Travel, Boston, San Francisco, Chicago, Chelsea, Miami, Denver, Born, Kimpton, Kimpton Hotels amp, FujiFilm Instax, Kimpton Hotels Restaurants, Everly, Fotografiska, Fotografiska New York, Kimpton Eventi Hotel

Second U.S. case of Wuhan coronavirus 2019-nCoV confirmed by CDC

U.S. health officials on Friday confirm a second U.S. case of the so-called Wuhan virus, which is officially known as Novel Coronavirus 2019-nCoV. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had a phone call with reporters late Friday, and told news media that a second patient has been hospitalized with 2019-nCoV. The patient is a Chicago woman. “CDC believes the immediate risk to the American public is low at this time, but the situation continues to evolve rapidly,” Dr. Nancy ...
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Weekly Roundup, Friday 24 January 2020

Magnificent Dunrobin Castle also features a wonderful falconry demonstration in its lovely gardens. Come on this year’s Scotland Tour and enjoy this with us. Good morningIt has been a terrible week on two fronts.  Boeing announced a massive delay in when they are guessing the 737 MAX might be recertified to fly again, with the earlier February hope now being shifted to “mid-year” with nothing more than a fingers-crossed belief that this means June or July.  That’s another four or five months o...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, London, Cdc, Scotland, China, Trains, Miscellaneous, Cars, US, Newsletter, Atlanta, Chicago, Britain, Current Affairs

FOUND Hotels Partners with HIS to Implement Advanced Wi-Fi Network Capable of Catering to Latest Online Guest Needs

Hotel Internet Services (HIS), a full-service provider of internet services and solutions for the hospitality industry, has been selected by FOUND Hotels to provide advanced Wi-Fi network functionality for its two recently opened locations in Chicago and San Francisco. Serving as a collection of authentic, locally driven properties that redefine the concept of luxury for modern-day travelers, FOUND Hotels can now ensure that guests staying at either property are able to experience a fast,...
Tags: Travel, San Francisco, Chicago

A Fresh Start W Hotels Announces New In-Room Amenity

Heads are about to turn. W Hotels Worldwide today unveils its new unisex amenity line with Italy-based, luxury sustainable beauty brands, Davines and /skin regimen/ of the Davines Group. Together, W and the Davines Group - brands with cult followings - will be shaking up self-care routines from Chicago to Chengdu with sustainable skin and hair care products available at all W locations in 2020.
Tags: Travel, Chicago, Italy, Chengdu, W Hotels Worldwide, Davines Group Together W, Davines Group

LGBTQ travel guide to Atlanta

In the 1960s, Atlanta took on the name “The City Too Busy to Hate.” Originally, it was a moniker to describe Atlanta’s position on its business boom during the rise of the civil rights movement, but it has grown into a source of pride for those living in the city. While always a center for business, Atlanta has gained an artistic reputation in recent years, especially for film and music. Today, Atlanta acts as an epicenter for all things LGBTQ in the South, especially for black queer folks. ...
Tags: Travel, Washington, Lgbt, US, America, Atlanta, Chicago, United States, Lgbtq, Civil rights movement, Levi, Martin Luther King Jr, Midtown, South, Joe, All

Travel: The Arizona Biltmore bears the hallmarks of Frank Lloyd Wright, who consulted on its design

If famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright had lived in our time, he’d be the ideal candidate for a reality TV show — his temperament and often-turbulent personal life meant scandals stuck to him like shingles on a roof. Many of his famous involvements have a bit of a back story. A case in point: the Arizona Biltmore hotel and resort in Phoenix, now in its 91st year. Just a short jaunt from Los Angeles, the regal and rambling 39-acre property, full of nooks and crannies and cozy perches, is a captiva...
Tags: Travel, Hollywood, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Chicago, Things To Do, Soccer, Marilyn Monroe, Wisconsin, Iceland, Wrigley, Kevin Doyle, Frank Lloyd Wright, Scottsdale, Phoenix

Oil falls below $65/bbl in first weekly drop since November - Reuters

Oil falls below $65/bbl in first weekly drop since November - Reuters:Oil fell below $65 a barrel on Friday in its first weekly loss since late November, erasing the week’s risk premium added since a U.S. drone strike killed a top Iranian general as investors focused on rising U.S. inventories and other signs of ample supply.However, markets were still eyeing the longer-term risks of conflict, and prices were briefly supported on Friday by new U.S. sanctions on Iran in retaliation for its missil...
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