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Campo California is for sale

Real estate prices in California are notoriously high, but $3 million for a town is an absolute steal. Back in 1994, the town of Campo in Southern California was put on sale for $1.74 million, which today inflates to around $3 million. Now, Campo is back on the market. The historic 16-acre village, about an hour away from San Diego, is being sold by John Ray, a Las Vegas investor who is unloading many of his properties as he ages. Campo was the home of the Buffalo Soldiers, the only all Afri...
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Best outdoor adventures near Seoul

If New York is the city that never sleeps, then Seoul is the city that doesn’t even sit down. Home to over 10 million people, the South Korean capital buzzes with life 24 hours a day. Whether you’re looking for a place to study, eat, sing your heart out, or dance the night away, there is always something to do in this dynamic, high-tech city. But what about when you want to get away from it all and do nothing? Where can you go to enjoy a slice of nature, get some peace and quiet, or just a br...
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Monet exhibit coming to Denver

The Denver Art Museum is the sole museum in the US lucky enough to host the new Monet exhibition. “Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature,” will be the largest Monet exhibit in 20 years, featuring around 120 works by the artist, which makes it the most comprehensive collection of his work in over 20 years. The exhibit will occupy over 20,000 square feet of the museum’s gallery spaces, which will be filled with works spanning Monet’s entire career. These include “View at Rouelles,” the first painti...
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Sustainable travel guide to Oahu

T he Hawaiian Islands are some of the most isolated in the Pacific, meaning they’ve had eons to grow their own delicate ecosystem that only gets more fragile as technology churns and burns onward. Oahu — home to Honolulu, Waikiki, and two-thirds of the state’s population — is only 44 miles long and 30 miles wide. Every inch of these hills, mountains, and valleys is precious. The tour and travel experiences below are sustainable, low-footprint ways to celebrate the land and sea, for kamaaina (l...
Tags: All, Eco-travel, Green Travel, Oahu Travel Guide, Sustainable Travel


David Chang’s new Netflix show

Anthony Bourdain’s television shows No Reservations and Parts Unknown were, on paper, supposed to be about food. The chef-turned-globe-trotter traveled the world trying cuisines unfamiliar to many Americans, offering his witty and insightful commentary along the way. Sounds like a pretty straightforward premise, but the Emmy- and Peabody-award-winning shows ended up remaking the travel docu-series genre. It’s difficult to overstate Bourdain’s influence: He merged food and politics in the pub...
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Best things to do in Nicosia, Cyprus

When thinking of divided cities, Berlin is the best known. But the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989 did not signal the end of the world’s divided capitals. Nicosia, on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, remains a divided capital city to this day. The wall, known in the city as the “Green Line,” runs 120 miles across the island, effectively splitting it in two. The island’s capital is a highly unique tourist destination for history buffs, adventure seekers, and those in pursuit of co...
Tags: All, Cyprus, Cyprus Travel, Divided City, Nicosia, Nicosia Travel


Fall food and festivals in Italy

In Italy, autumn builds up slowly. The blazing sun still calls a few diehard sunbathers to the beach on some early October days while storms roll in on other days, leaving plummeting temperatures in their wake. These turbulent days are the backdrop for a season of grape harvesting, olive pressing, food festivals, and celebrations of agriculture. Visitors to Italy in the fall can expect earthy vegetables like pumpkin and mushrooms, gamey meats, and the most prestigious of autumn foods, truffle...
Tags: All, Fall In Italy, Fall Italian Foods, Italian-food, Italy In Fall, Italy Travel


Airbnb 20 trending 2020 destinations

Planning ahead for your 2020 travel is never a bad idea, especially when it comes to reserving your dream Airbnb before it gets booked solid. The first step, however, is figuring out exactly where to go, which can be a tougher proposition than it may sound. Luckily, Airbnb has done a lot of the work for you, using internal data to reveal which destinations are seeing the biggest increase in tourism. Many places on this year’s list made the list due to their sustainable tourism efforts, unique...
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Best Wild West towns to visit

Americans have always had a fascination with the Wild West. The gunfights, rodeos, tumbleweeds, and dusty saloons of America’s untamed frontier might sound like cinematic tropes, but they’re also a very real part of the country’s history. The Wild West represents a unique period in the growth of the US, when borders were being expanded and new lands discovered during the late 19th century. Sure, Hollywood has dramatized the Wild West and turned it into a cinematic cliche, but that doesn’t de...
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Pay attention on an airport drive

This is the Travel Take, where Matador’s writers and editors make the case for their favorite travel hacks, tips, and personal tics. By the time you finally disembark from a long flight, stretch your legs, get your bags, and manage to hail a taxi, all you probably want to do is rest your head against the back of the seat, close your eyes, and hope for a speedy arrival. Yet I often find myself anticipating the drive from the airport to my destination. It offers a glimpse of your vacation spot ...
Tags: Travel, Airports, France, Paris, Tokyo, Driving, Drives, Narita International Airport, All, Newark Airport, Honolulu International Airport, Travel Take


What to do on Greenland’s west coast

The Arctic holds a certain mystique for intrepid travelers. The ultimate adventure, it can sound daunting and inaccessible, but nowadays you don’t have to be a legendary explorer like Amundsen and Rasmussen to see it. There might not be a direct flight from your nearest major city, but the legwork to get there is worth it. Especially if you’re going to Greenland’s west coast. Although Iceland has been hogging the spotlight of late, its hulking neighbor deserves more attention than it gets. T...
Tags: Travel, UK, Beyonce, Denmark, Greenland, Iceland, Scandinavia, All, Erik, Travelers, Arctic Travel, Ilulissat, Disko Bay, Iceland Europe, Kangerlussuaq, Rasmussen


Cinque Terre hiking trail reopening

The five villages that comprise Italy’s Cinque Terre are famous for their colorful aesthetic and picturesque, cliffside location. One of their many charms is that cars are not permitted in the villages, meaning visitors often find themselves hiking between towns. Now, one of the most popular hiking trails is scheduled to reopen after being closed for seven years. Lovers’ Lane, a less-than-one-mile trail connecting the villages of Riomaggiore and Manarola, was closed in 2012 after four tourist...
Tags: Travel, Italy, Umbria, All, Cinque Terre, Manarola, Cinque Terre Hike, Cinque Terre Lovers' Lane, Cinque Terre Lovers' Lane Hike, Lovers' Lane Reopening, Maria Gabriella Landers


Manchester guide for sports lovers

It’s no stretch to say that sports fans travel from around the world to visit Manchester. For many years, the biggest draw in town was Manchester United, the soccer club that, in the 1990s, cemented an already prestigious history with a decade of Red Devil dominance. It was an era that made icons of players like David Beckham and a destination of the city for football fans the world over. United’s star has waned on the pitch in recent years, but its profile has now been matched by its so-call...
Tags: Travel, England, City, Manchester United, Manchester City, David Beckham, Manchester, Old Trafford, Albert Square, Rudy, Etihad Stadium, Etihad, United, All, Altrincham, Tony


All-female Delta flight for WING

Since we don’t typically see our pilots, it can be surprising to learn that only seven percent of pilots in the US are women. Perhaps even more surprising — there are zero female flight navigators. One initiative is looking to change that for the future. To celebrate Girls in Aviation Day, Delta operated a flight staffed only by women crew members and carrying 120 young female passengers. The “WING” flight — Women Inspiring our Next Generation — took off this weekend from Salt Lake City to N...
Tags: Travel, US, Nasa, Delta, Aviation, Salt Lake City, Houston, All, Katelyn, All-female Delta Crew, Female Aviators


Wellness retreats around the world

Yoga is everywhere. The ancient practice is the media darling of the wellness world. And if you’re one of those people who feels anything from mild tension to gut-tightening panic at the thought of stepping on a mat, you can’t help but feel left out. But have no fear, reluctant yogis, the world of wellness still has plenty to offer. Try out this sampling of detox retreats, med spas, cultural healing, food classes, wine and beer spas, and some simply ridiculous pampering for you — all without ...
Tags: Travel, Wellness, Japan, England, Czech Republic, Prague, Austria, Morocco, Italy, Middle East, Queensland, Finland, New Mexico, James Martin, Hampshire, Gold Coast


Best things to do in Jacksonville

“We’re like a beach town with a big side of country,” Jay Dodson tells me as we toast a couple of beers at 10:30 in the morning. We’re standing behind the bar at Hoptinger Biergarten, his Jacksonville Beach beer bar that plays cool beach shack by day and bad-decision hotspot at night. Dodson is dressed in a Hawaiian shirt, shorts, and flip-flops, and is almost a mascot for what this city on the northeast coast of Florida has become: a whole lot of beach, a good dose of business savvy, Souther...
Tags: Travel, Florida, California, NFL, Siri, Atlantic, Pga Tour, Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami, Cinderella, Gulf Coast, Jacksonville, Tpc Sawgrass, Miami Marlins, Kentucky Derby, Zanzibar


Best pumpkin patches in the US

Every fall, Americans go pumpkin crazy. We turn them into jack-o-lanterns on Halloween, bake them into pies and toast their seeds, even make arrangements out of the little ones for our Thanksgiving tables. But regardless of whether we’re carving them, cooking them, or using them as decoration, half the fun of pumpkin season is procuring the bright orange gourds. This fall, make your annual trip to the pumpkin patch an all-day event at one of these nine farms from New York to California. You’l...
Tags: Travel, New York, California, US, Mia, Alice, All, Philly, John Deere, Bismarck, Zack, Upstate New York, Miley, SIEGEL, Middletown, Yardley


People tried to steal beer steins

Glasses aren’t the easiest thing to steal, but some people certainly consider them the perfect souvenir — especially during Oktoberfest in Munich. This year, nearly 100,000 people tried to steal beer steins from the festival, according to the German publication The Local. This may sound like a staggering number, but it’s actually down from last year, when around 101,000 beer steins were confiscated. Of course, stealing is cheaper than purchasing, but those who really want a souvenir do have ...
Tags: Travel, US, Beer, Munich, Oktoberfest, All, Stein, Mike Pomranz


Thing bartenders find amusing

From awkward dates to cheesy bachelor parties, there are certain things bartenders find uniquely funny. We are flies on the wall, spending our nights watching people interact, especially after a drink or two. When you spend your nights dealing with people, you need to find enjoyment wherever you can. So if you see us smirking behind the bar, it’s more than likely an inside joke as here are six things only bartenders find funny. 1. Tinder dates For you — a night filled with nerves and anxie...
Tags: Travel, Ricky Gervais, Bartending, All, Bartenders, Long Islands, Bay Breezes, Bartender Life, Bartender Culture, Cosmos Rusty Nails Long Island Iced Teas


Ethical chocolate company scorecard

You may think that when it comes to chocolate, there’s no such thing as a bad decision. But the chocolate brand you choose to patronize matters a lot. According to the US Department of Labor, over two million children in Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire work in hazardous conditions growing cocoa and make less than $1 per day. Responsibly consuming chocolate doesn’t just mean stopping when you’re full — it means being aware of which chocolate companies are adhering to ethical standards and which aren’t...
Tags: Travel, Chocolate, Ghana, Cocoa, All, Nestle, US Department of Labor, Mondelez, Godiva, Ethical Brands, Green America, Ethical Chocolate, Ethical Cocoa


The best things to do in Nara, Japan

The picturesque city of Nara lies in the Kansai region of Japan, forming a triangle with its more famous neighbors of Kyoto and Osaka. As the country’s first permanent capital, it’s a city with a huge historical and cultural significance — as is evidenced by its eight impressive UNESCO World Heritage sites. Yet somehow Nara doesn’t get as much attention from international tourists as it deserves, and not nearly as much as its neighbors. Getting to Nara takes just 45 minutes by train from Toky...
Tags: Travel, Japan, Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, All, Buddha, Buddhist, Kansai, Nara, Nara Japan, Sean Pavone Shutterstock, Todaiji, Nara Park, Japan Travel, Kasuga Taisha


Swiss versus Belgian chocolate

When it comes to chocolate, few countries are as well known as Switzerland and Belgium. Chocolates with the countries’ names attached are generally associated with quality, despite the obvious fact that neither country grows its own cocoa. The reason why all comes down to manufacturing history (and the marketing budgets of powerful companies). The Swiss chocolate and Belgian chocolate names aren’t as protected in international markets as other famous European foods. You can’t call a sparklin...
Tags: Travel, US, European Union, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Congo, Brussels, Chocolate, Bmw, South Carolina, All, Reuters, Parmigiano Reggiano, Leonidas, Vevey


Notre Dame, Ghanian trees proposal

There have been all kinds of creative solutions proposed to rebuild parts of Notre Dame, after its spire and roof were devastated by a blaze in April, but using wood from an underwater forest might actually be the most effective. A Ghanian company called Kete Krachi Timber Recovery believes that wood from the massive tropical trees beneath Lake Volta would be sturdy enough to use in the cathedral’s reconstruction. They were submerged in 1965 when construction of Ghana’s Akosombo Dam flooded p...
Tags: Travel, Europe, France, America, South Africa, Notre Dame, Ghana, All, Middle East Asia, Lake Volta, Kete Krachi, Notre Dame Plans, Notre Dame Proposal, Notre Dame Reconstruction, Kete Krachi Timber Recovery, Francis Kalitsi


World's oldest travel guide on show

It might seem like travelogues, how-to lists, and trip-planning articles are a relatively modern business, but travel guides actually date back to the 15th century. Indeed, the world’s oldest known travel guide was written by Bernhard von Breydenbach in 1486, and now it’s on display at the British Museum. The guide was written after Breydenbach’s pilgrimage to the Holy Land, starting in Oppenheim, Germany, and features illustrations of Venice and Jerusalem. Called Peregrinatio in Terram Sanct...
Tags: Travel, Europe, London, Jerusalem, Venice, British Museum, Travel Guide, All, Bernhard von Breydenbach, Oldest Travel Guide, Breydenbach, Oppenheim Germany, Terram Sanctam, Giulia Bartrum


Best outdoors in Krabi, Thailand

In the last few years, Phuket has become one of the more well-known parts of Thailand. Yet, of late, over-tourism has dulled Phuket’s sparkle. But it’s not the only Thai destination where you can marvel at white-sand beaches, decorative longtail boats, and striking island towers that seem to surge out of the water. You can savor these natural treasures in peace, away from the Phuket party scene, in the Thai province of Krabi. While most of the province of Krabi, which lies due east of Phuket...
Tags: Travel, Thailand, Island, Bangkok, All, Thailand Travel, Phuket, Krabi, Railay Beach, Krabi Thailand, Ao Nang Beach, Ao Nang, Banana Pancake Trail, Krabi Beaches, Krabi Outdoor Travel, Krabi Travel


Ways you're not from Philly

So you’ve taken the leap and made Philadelphia your new home. Welcome! We’re glad to have you. However, don’t think that your new driver’s license instantly makes you part of the culture. Maybe you’ll be one of us eventually, but you’re not there yet. Whether it’s an innocent question of what we’re up to on a Sunday in September or you naively believe that you will someday stop getting pinged by the Philadelphia Parking Authority, there are things you will do to cue us into your rookie Philad...
Tags: Travel, Philadelphia, Google Maps, Eta, All, Philly, PPA, South Philly, Philadelphia Parking Authority, Philadelphians, Philadelphia Culture, Living in Philadelphia


Get paid to travel through Greece

Greece is on many travelers’ European bucket lists, and if you happen to have some Instagram know-how, you might get to go there for free. Travel company Unforgettable Greece is looking for someone to spend nine days in Greece, and all you have to do is post photos of your trip on Instagram (which you were probably going to do anyway). If chosen, you would be taking over the Unforgettable Greece Instagram account for the duration of your trip, receive a $600 stipend, and enjoy comped stays at...
Tags: Travel, Instagram, Greece, Samsung, Contests, All, Unforgettable Greece Instagram, Crete Athens Mykonos Santorini


Traditional candy stores in the US

Stepping inside Shane Confectionery in Philadelphia is like walking into a sacred space where the congregants worship candy. The smell from 150 years of chocolate production in the shop’s kitchen has seeped into the walls and floors. When the candy makers roast chocolate, the aroma wafts through the building. The interior of the shop has the original, early 20th-century decor of gilded, ornate fixtures painted white and blue. Small lamps shaped like upside down tulips hang from the walls. Lar...
Tags: Travel, Germany, US, America, Chicago, Austin, Pennsylvania, United States, United Kingdom, Philadelphia, Essex, Candy, Barry, All, Benjamin, Ryan


What plus-size travel is like

I was compared to a sumo wrestler the first time I went to Japan when I was 20 years old. It was the first time I’d been anywhere outside the US, and I quickly realized I was bigger than the majority of people in the entire country. Since that first trip, I’ve been to 34 countries in the past 13 years and have lost count of the number of times I’ve flown across the ocean. I consider myself a seasoned traveler, but I’ve gotten my fair share of questions about whether I’ll be physically fit eno...
Tags: Travel, Japan, US, Egypt, Italy, Jamaica, Guatemala, Belize, All, Plus Size, Jeff Jenkins, Chubby Diaries, Plus-size Travelers, Traveling While Fat, Jeff Jenkins Boarding


Transylvania’s fortified churches

One of the three historical provinces of Romania, Transylvania features a vast tableland dominated by undulating hills covered with orchards, vineyards, and huge untouched forests. In this picturesque scenery, countless fortified churches tucked away in side valleys create a unique architectural style present only in this part of Europe. A fast way to visit a few accessible key sights requires only a car, but you will get a better understanding of the region’s history and traditions if you cy...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Cycling, Romania, Churches, All, Saxon, Sibiu, Transylvanian, Vlad, Transylvania, Metis, Sighisoara, Habsburg Empire, ALTANA, Translyvania