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Sings of springs in Wisconsin

Temperatures are rising , flowers are blooming, and Wisconsinites don’t need a calendar to know spring has sprung. From bare midriffs to farm-fresh produce, here are 11 other signs it’s spring in Wisconsin. 1. Everyone is outside. Every outdoor patio in town is packed with people. Sunbathers lay out around the lakes. Bikers and runners fill every sidewalk. Even if it’s still a little chilly outside, you tough it out in a T-shirt. Whether it’s sharing a pitcher with friends at the University...
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Mermaid swimming classes at Disney

Sparkly and colorful mermaid tails are everywhere these days (even in fancy hotels), so it’s not surprising that Disney, creator of the most famous mermaid in the world, wants to get in on the fun. At select Walt Disney World resorts in Florida, Disney will offer guests the opportunity to learn how to swim like a mermaid. As long as you’re four years old or older, you’ll be able to channel your inner Ariel from The Little Mermaid. Classes will last one hour, with students given a special tail...
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Alcohol rules while flying

The TSA is strict when it comes to liquids. Anyone who’s flown in the last decade knows all liquids must be in 3.4-ounce or less sized bottles. A mini bottle of alcohol, conveniently, is around 1.7 ounces. Which has led plenty of budget-conscious fliers to wonder if it’s legal to bring and drink your own alcohol on a flight to avoid paying for the expensive in-flight drinks. While you can certainly get your minis through security, drinking them is another issue entirely. Federal Aviation Adm...
Tags: All, Alcohol Rules, BYOB planes, Drinking On Planes, Flying With Alcohol


Best late-night bars in Brooklyn

Manhattan is usually most people’s go-to when it comes to New York City nightlife. While you should definitely experience everything the island borough has to offer, from wine bars to dives to scenic rooftops, it’s worth getting out of the city for a night or two to experience the nightlife elsewhere. Brooklyn has gained a lot of popularity over the last few years and is most commonly known to visitors for being a hipster haven. While that’s true to a degree, and though it has led to the arri...
Tags: All, Brooklyn Bars, Brooklyn Drinks, Late-night Bars, Late-night Bars Brooklyn


Where to eat at Hong Kong airport

The hardest part about deciding where to eat in the Hong Kong International Airport is choosing whether you want to get your food before going through security or after. Whichever you choose, there are outposts of Michelin-starred restaurants, luxury chains, and quality grab-and-go options. There are also plenty of fast food chains, but it’s too easy to avoid those and get one last taste of Hong Kong cuisine (as well as award-winning food from around China and Japan) before taking off. These ...
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The best islands to visit in Croatia

Croatia is becoming an increasingly popular summer destination for those wanting an affordable European beach vacation. With so many islands, you can choose the kind of experiences you want for your vacation — whether for relaxation, nightlife, outdoor activities, or food and wine. Each island has a rich heritage and its own distinctive cuisine, as well as activities suited to its unique geography. Departure for each of these four islands is from the coastal port city of Split, which has its ...
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Sydney college mistaken for Hogwarts

There’s a rumor flying around Chinese tourist circles, one that has caught the eye of Harry Potter fans in particular. The false story claims that the Quadrangle building at the Sydney University in Australia was one of the filming locations for scenes involving Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the popular Harry Potter film series. As such, Chinese tourists are flocking to Sydney, with many asking the university’s front desk where they can find the film site. “There’s been an ast...
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How to travel to Turkmenistan

There’s a fiery pit in Turkmenistan’s Karakum Desert that’s been ablaze since 1971. Ever since Soviet geologists seeking oil mistakenly drilled into a cavern filled with natural gas. The rig collapsed, the pit opened up, and the scientists set it on fire to burn off the dangerous, leaking methane gas. That was over 40 years ago. Photo: JoostP/Shutterstock This scorching site is the Darvaza gas crater, but locals are more likely to call it the “Door to Hell” for obvious reasons. The same rea...
Tags: All, Central Asia travel, Turkmenistan Closed, Turkmenistan Travel, Turkmenistan Visa


Nanny job requires Disney costumes

The five-year-old twin girls of one British couple are about to become spoiled little princesses — literally. The children’s parents recently posted a help wanted ad on a British childcare website seeking a part-time nanny, with one unusual job requirement — the nanny must dress as a different Disney princess every month. The family lives in the suburban town of Brookmans Park, north of London. The costume expenses will be covered as part of the job, which also comes with a generous $53,000 a...
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Auschwitz Memorial wants people

Some rules of travel etiquette are so obvious, they should not need to be spelled out, but here we go: Visitors to memorials or the sites of tragedies should not, under any circumstances, take grinning selfies, go into a headstand for their yoga-craze Insta followers, or attempt the perfect jump shot — that’s a matter of respect. Apparently, for some tourists to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, the preserved site of the concentration and extermination camp that is responsible for t...
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Thailand alcohol ban during election

If your weekend plans involve partying on the beaches of Thailand, you’re going to have to do a bit of rearranging. The country is heading to the polls this weekend for national elections, and in an effort to prevent manipulation or bribery at this critical time, the country is suspending alcohol sales from 6:00 PM on Saturday, March 23 to 6:00 PM on Sunday, March 24. Bars, restaurants, and other vendors that normally sell booze will be restricted from doing so for the full 24-hour period — i...
Tags: All, Alcohol Ban, Thai culture, Thai Drinking Laws, Thai Election, Thai Voters, Thailand Alcohol


Best summer festivals in Canada

Canada is really the perfect neighbor. Quiet. Polite. And never does much other than say “Maybe you might not wanna do that, eh?” every time America gets drunk and starts yelling about burning the whole world down. Then once in a while, Canada throws a pretty good party too, and is always sure to invite us over. Most of those parties go down in the summer, the perfect time to visit since the weather is actually above freezing. Whether it’s the world’s richest rodeo, North America’s most prest...
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How to register for your honeymoon

Life doesn’t get boring the moment you say “I do” — in fact, it’s about to get much better. No more Tinder, for one, so you’ll now actually have conversations that stretch deeper than your upcoming promotion at work and the sweet deal you found on that uptown apartment. Getting married also means that you can take that trip to the one destination that you and your partner lie in bed at night talking about. And, you don’t even have to pay for it — your friends and loved ones will gladly foot t...
Tags: All, Honeymoon, Honeymoon Guide, Honeymoon ideas, Honeymoon Registry


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...
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Best hiking and camping in Hong Kong

Fewer than 200 years ago, what is now the mega-metropolis of Hong Kong was little more than a couple handfuls of fishing villages scattered around the base of mountainous islands. Today, the average tourist can be forgiven for focusing their attention on the Special Administrative Region’s sun-reflecting, monumental glass structures. Yet the intrepid traveler who can look beyond this mesmerizing, skyscraper-clad facade will be surprised to find that less than one-quarter of the SAR’s land ha...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Google Maps, Mong Kok, All, Sar, South China Sea, Hong Kongers, Celina, Sai Kung, Diamond Hill, Special Administrative Region, Hong Kong Island, Hoi Ha Wan


Netflix releasing 'Street Food' show

When the first season of Chef’s Table debuted in 2015, it changed both food media and the way people consume food media. Director David Gelb’s slow-motion shots and lifting classical music simply took things to another level for fine-dining restaurants and chefs. Now, the same attention is coming to street food with a show called, in as straightforward a name as possible, Street Food. The show is produced by Gelb and his production company, Supper Club, and set to release on Netflix on April...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Singapore, Netflix, Thailand, Michelin, Street Food, Bangkok, All, Supper Club, Gelb, David Gelb, Chef's Table, Brian McGinn, Food Shows, Jay Fai Fai


NYC's pizza Godfather on pizza

You think you know New York pizza. You’ve seen it in movies, waited in lines for the trendiest pies, heard all of the cliches, and eaten too many dollar slices to count. But few people really know the city’s full connection — both past and present — with pizza. Brooklyn native Nino Coniglio wants to change that. Coniglio is like a relic from New York’s past, despite being in his 30s. An old-school Italian guy with a religious respect for the pizza trade, he’s more than just a pizza expert. He...
Tags: Travel, New York, Boston, New York City, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Avengers, All, Williamsburg, Regina, Lower East Side, New York Pizza, Crown Heights, CONIGLIO, Scarr, Brooklyn Pizza


1,600 people secretly recorded

They placed hidden cameras inside wall sockets and hair dryers to catch a glimpse of hotel guests sans clothing in 30 motels across 10 cities in South Korea. Then they uploaded the covert videos of intimate activities online for profit. This new hotel spycam scandal involving four men is inciting outrage among South Koreans already on edge about the scourge of undercover filming which has swept their country. In September 2018, The New York Times explained that more than 30,000 cases of cland...
Tags: Travel, South Korea, Privacy, Bbc, New York Times, Seoul, All, Giza, Korea Herald, Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency


Huge sunfish washes up in Australia

Australia is living up to its reputation as the home of strange animals. A rare sunfish, also called Mola mola, washed ashore in South Australia, at the mouth of the Murray River, about 50 miles south of Adelaide. Linette Grzelak and her partner, Steven Jones, who discovered the animal, told Guardian Australia that they thought it was a piece of shipwreck at first. The peculiar, flat-bodied fish was about six feet long, and according to National Parks South Australia, sunfish are “the world’...
Tags: Travel, Australia, California, Fish, Alaska, Adelaide, South Australia, All, Guardian Australia, Murray River, Steven Jones, Sunfish, Mola Mola, South Australian Museum, Ralph Foster, National Parks South Australia


Amsterdam bans tours of red-light

For many travelers to Amsterdam, walking through the city’s famed red-light district is on their list of must-dos. But the locals have officially had it with the hordes of travelers in the oldest neighborhood in the city. As travel to the Dutch capital continues to rise, Amsterdam’s residents and city council are concerned about tourists behaving inappropriately in the district. “It is no longer acceptable in this age to see sex workers as a tourist attraction,” city councilor Udo Kock said i...
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HBO hides six Iron Thrones

“The next one is in The North.” This phrase has captivated Game of Thrones fans since yesterday’s announcement that the first of six Iron Thrones HBO is hiding around the world — ahead of the premiere of the final season on April 14 — has been found. Two men found the first throne in the ancient woodland forest of Puzzlewood in England, and for their efforts, HBO rewarded the pair with a crown resembling that of the late King Robert Baratheon in season one. The children of the forest’s true...
Tags: Travel, Hbo, England, Atlantic, Northern Ireland, Game Of Thrones, Kansas, Red Cross, Iceland, All, Puzzlewood, Robert Baratheon, GOT promo, Hbo Promo, Iron Thrones


Best local food spots in Chicago

Chicago is one of the great food and restaurant cities in the world. The city has everything from world-class fine dining to incredible hole-in-the-wall dives, and more cuisines from more regions and countries around the world than almost anywhere else. It’s no surprise then that Chicago gets its fair share of foodie travelers, but even those most in the know miss some of the city’s best places. These are the local favorites that tend to stay hidden — the spots where the chefs eat on their da...
Tags: Travel, Chicago, All, Northwest Side, Bucktown, Al Capone, Logan Square, Margie, Red Apple, Chicago Food, Chicago Foodies, San Soo Gab San, Red Hot Ranch, Chicago Food Scene, Fulton Market Chicago IL, San Soo Gab San Korean Barbeque


Capital of Kazakhstan renamed

Residents of Kazakhstan’s capital of Astana will soon find themselves with a different address. On Wednesday, the country made a surprise announcement that Astana’s name would be changed to Nursultan, to honor its former president Nursultan Nazarbayev. 78-year-old Nazarbayev, who had been ruling the country since 1989, first as a Communist Party leader then as a president, resigned unexpectedly this week. In a televised address to the nation on Tuesday, Nazarbayev announced his resignation an...
Tags: Travel, Asia, China, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Astana, All, Communist Party, Nursultan Nazarbayev, Almaty, Nazarbayev, Kassym Jomart Tokayev, Akmola, Tokayev, Nursultan, Akmolinsk


Easter traditions around world

From Easter egg traditions to chocolate bunnies to family gatherings, Easter is a major holiday for Christians all over the world. But despite the common ground at the center of the celebrations — Jesus rising from the dead on the third day after his crucifixion, death, and burial — not everyone around the world celebrates the holiday in the same way or with the same traditions. These seven unique Easter celebrations around the world will intrigue and maybe even inspire you to attend one. 1....
Tags: Travel, Greece, Spain, Italy, Poland, Vatican, Jesus, Norway, Easter, Sicily, Bermuda, Semana Santa, Andalusia, All, CLEVELAND Ohio, Virgin Mary


Underwater restaurant in Norway

The exterior may look like a scene from a disaster movie, but the 111-foot-long building half-sunken in the North Sea is actually Europe’s first underwater restaurant. Located in the region of Lindesnes, on the southern tip of Norway on the North Sea, Under, which was designed by Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta, is a unique and incredibly innovative structure. Photo: Snøhetta Built with thick and rough concrete walls to withstand the harsh sea and weather conditions, the building is me...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Norway, Underwater, North Sea, All, Snøhetta, Underwater Restaurant, Underwater Restaurants, Lindesnes, Snøhetta Built, Snøhetta Upon


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


Super Worm Moon last super moon 2019

It’s only mid-March , but 2019 has already been quite the year for Super Moon enthusiasts, with several crazily named celestial events like the Super Snow Moon and Super Blood Wolf Moon. Tonight, stargazers in the northern hemisphere will be treated to a sight that is, according to the scientists who name these things, truly a once-in-a-lifetime event. It’s called the Super Worm Moon, and before you ask, the answer is no — there won’t be hordes of giant, slithering annelids taking over our st...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Earth, The Guardian, North America, Luna, All, Super Moon, Spring Equinox, Super Moons, Super Worm Moon


Best things to in Pristina, Kosovo

The Republic of Kosovo is Europe’s youngest country. It broke from Serbia on February 17, 2008, and in 2010 the International Court of Justice declared it a sovereign nation. Despite its newfound independence, Kosovo’s unusual history actually stretches as far back as the Roman Empire. A trip there offers both a glimpse into a country working to build a future of its own making and a window into understanding how today’s Balkan states came to be. Here, everything from the cafe culture to the ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Bill Clinton, Macedonia, Serbia, International court of justice, Albania, George W Bush, Kosovo, Montenegro, Balkans, Belgrade, All, Mother Teresa, Balkan, Skopje Macedonia


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...
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