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International Sweatpants Day travel

Travelers who pine for the days when air travel was a luxury that required passengers to dress up for the occasion have obviously never been on a long-haul flight in coach in a tight dress and nylons. The popularization of air travel may mean that we’ve lost gourmet dinners served on silver platters, amazing customer service, and a considerable amount of legroom, but it’s also brought us the wonderful coziness of sweatpants. To honor the joys of flying in comfortable, shapeless clothes, Cana...
Tags: Travel, Australia, Air Canada, Canada, Vancouver, Melbourne, All, Flying Apparel, International Sweatpants Day, Plan Apparel, Roots Apparel, Karen Zuccala


Martin Luther King Jr. assassination

Americans, we’re much better with pop music than history. Which is why the line in U2’s “Pride” that goes, “Shot rings out in the Memphis sky,” is how a lot of people remember where Martin Luther King, Jr., leader of the American Civil Rights movement, was tragically gunned down in 1968. That’s because most of us don’t really care where it happened. To most Americans, Memphis conjures up images of the neon lights of Beale Street, smoky barbecue, and dirty blues. In the American collective con...
Tags: Travel, Bono, Milwaukee, Memphis Grizzlies, America, Mlk, Nba, Elvis Presley, Nashville, Knox, Buffalo, Dublin, Nicaragua, Johnson, Cleveland, Memphis


Best European cities on a budget

With expensive flights (assuming you don’t want to be a sardine in a rickety budget carrier) and even more expensive cities, a big European vacation isn’t always cheap. There is, however, good news for those who feel they can’t afford to go short of hitting the lotto. Don’t let money keep you from an amazing European trip. The trick is to avoid major tourist cities like Paris or London, and instead visit places where your dollar will go much further. In these cities, you might even be able to...
Tags: Travel, London, France, Rome, Danube, Prague, Budapest, Hungary, Paris, Italy, Romania, Vatican City, Budget Travel, Rhine, Charles Bridge, Eastern Europe


Visiting Chile’s Route of the Parks

Patagonia awes all who visit — whether they’ve come for the famous Torres del Paine route or another wild trek, to stay at an estancia and ride horses or explore the region’s glacier-fed lakes. Now, Chile has taken the Patagonia experience to the next level with the opening of a new route of epic proportions. Officially named La Ruta de los Parques, the Route of the Parks blazes a trail through the pristine and remote landscapes of Chilean Patagonia that have never been accessible before. Whe...
Tags: Travel, National Parks, Chile, Antarctica, Patagonia, South America, Parks, All, Cape Horn, Andes, Patagonian, Kris, Puerto Montt, Paine, Appalachian Trail, Patagonia Park


SUPing around Sicily narrative

Mentions of the Mediterranean Sea may bring to mind images of sunshine and calm waters, but in October 2018, when I was attempting to become the first person to circumnavigate Sicily by stand-up paddleboard, solo and unsupported, I had to battle through thunder and wind storms about twice a week. That said, come rain, wind, swell, thunder, or lightning, I always paddled — I had some motivation to take me through the rough days. Photo: Daniel Wynn My project was to SUP around Sicily, a dista...
Tags: Travel, UK, Antarctica, Mediterranean, Sicily, All, Mount Etna, Mediterranean Sea, Licata, Colin O'brady, Suping, Hydroflask, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Daniel Wynn, Palermo Bay Thankfully, Terrasini


Massive great white shark in Hawaii

Divers in Hawaii found themselves in a very mellow, real-life version of The Meg this week. While monitoring a rotting sperm whale carcass off the shore of Oahu, the divers encountered a huge great white shark that had come for a bite and to relieve an itch, apparently. Ocean Ramsey, a shark and marine biologist, as well as the diver who came face-to-face with the 20-foot-long, eight-foot-wide, possibly pregnant female shark, said, “She was just this beautiful gentle giant wanting to use our ...
Tags: Travel, Mexico, Hawaii, Pearl Harbor, Scuba Diving, All, Great White Shark, Meg, Ramsey, Oahu, Guadalupe Island, Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, Great White, Ocean Ramsey


Best winter day trips near NYC

Winter in New York City can be brutal; temperatures can drop into the negatives, and you’re likely to see people resembling the Michelin man with all the layers they’ve packed on. While there are plenty of activities to do within the five boroughs during this time of year, such as outdoor sports or cozying up somewhere to avoid the cold, sometimes you just need to get away and maybe even see some real, clean snow. Luckily, the Big Apple is in a great location with easy access to other places...
Tags: Travel, Mirror Lake, Utah, New York, Colorado, NYC, New York City, Canada, Michelin, Lake Ontario, All, Big Apple, Upstate New York, Poconos, Lake Placid, Hunter Mountain


Local restaurants improving airports

For decades, airport food choices were dismal. Your options basically came down to greasy chains or peanuts on the plane. That stayed true even as people in the US started to care more about where they ate and where their food came from in the mid-1990s. But now airports are starting to catch up. Flight hubs across the country are bringing in local restaurants to give travelers a taste of the city without leaving the airport — and not just in fancy airport lounges. Today’s travelers can get l...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, New York, US, Toronto, Rochester, Buffalo, All, Abbott, Phoenix, Farmers Market, Monroe County, Matador, Salvatore, Sky Harbor, Greater Rochester


How to rent a car on Facebook abroad

If you want a superb tourist experience in any foreign country — whether in Norway or Nicaragua — it’s best to rely on locals. Local business owners mostly sell to their neighbors, making them accountable and more inclined to offer reliable products. Local restaurants sell tastier food than imported chains, and local boutiques sell more unique merchandise than big chain outlets. Locals even rent better cars for cheaper prices — but the car-renting locals are not as easy to find. Here’s how to...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, Local, Avis, Norway, Nicaragua, Hertz, Car Rental, Google Translate, All, Car Rentals, Car Rental Abroad


Winter Storm Harper travel effects

The Northeast has escaped the winter weather for this long, but the region is long overdue for a storm. Winter Storm Harper is barrelling toward New England this weekend, and it’s projected to bring snow and ice from Friday to Monday. The storm has been progressing through the central states toward the Northeast, and it’s expected to hit the Plains, New England, Pennsylvania, and New York particularly hard. The Northeast will see most of the snowfall on late Saturday, with heavy snow also exp...
Tags: Travel, New York, New York City, US, Alaska, Winter Storm, Southwest Airlines, New York State, New England, All, Northeast, New England Storm, Winter Storm Harper, Plains New England Pennsylvania, Spirit Jetblue


Glow-in-the-dark ramen shop

This ramen shop looks like a scene from your strangest post-nuclear disaster dream, but with tasty food. Nakamura-ke, a glow-in-the-dark restaurant experience, will open in Atlanta, Georgia on January 30, giving guests a surreal dining experience. The idea for Nakamura came to its creator, Ami Sueki, in a dream three years ago. The pop-up shop is designed to tell the story of the Nakamuras, a family of supernatural beings from Japanese folklore, who serve their fluorescent ramen in the unde...
Tags: Travel, London, La, Atlanta, Ramen, Dubai, North America, All, Atlanta Georgia, Pop Ups, San Gabriel Valley, Nakamura, Parr, Bompas, Pop Up Restaurant, Pop Up Exhibits


New dog mascot for Aspen hotel

If you needed a reason to visit Aspen this winter besides world-class skiing, this adorable Bernese mountain dog is it. The St. Regis Aspen has just named Kitty Jacob Astor II, a Bernese mountain dog puppy, its new official mascot. His unique name is inspired by the dog owned by St. Regis founder John Jacob Astor IV, who also had a dog named Kitty in 1904 — an example of the founder’s unique sense of humor. View this post on Instagram ...
Tags: Travel, Instagram, Colorado, Dogs, Mascots, Aspen, All, Kitty, St Regis, John Jacob Astor, St Regis Aspen, Kitty Jacob Astor, Meet Kitty


‘Bird Box’ used real-life disaster

You can’t check your Facebook feed these days without being flooded with statuses about Bird Box — a Netflix thriller that’s quickly becoming a phenomenon. People are raving about the movie, but that praise may be short-lived. As it turns out, Netflix used footage of a real-life disaster in the film, igniting controversy and outrage. The ethically questionable clip comes in the beginning of the post-apocalyptic movie, during a newscast. It shows a 2013 train accident in Canada, where a train ...
Tags: Travel, Bbc, Netflix, Canada, Globe, Quebec, All, Travelers, Lac Megantic, Bird Box, Peacock Alley Entertainment, Carrie Mudd


Tourist pledge for no wombat selfies

Tourism Tasmania is kindly requesting that visitors to Maria Island, an uninhabited island and wildlife sanctuary off Tasmania’s northwest coast, promise to stop obsessing over #wombatselfies and take a pledge to that effect. The pledge reads, “Wombats, when you trundle past me I pledge I will not chase you with my selfie stick, or get too close to your babies. I will not surround you, or try and pick you up.” The pledge was considered necessary when several selfies turned up online featurin...
Tags: Travel, Tasmania, Wombats, All, Bennett, BuzzFeed News, Maria Island, Ruth Dowty, East Coast Regional Tourism Organization


Tolkien exhibit coming to NYC

Fans of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion are in for a treat. The largest collection ever assembled of J.R.R. Tolkien’s original illustrations, manuscripts, and maps is coming to New York City’s Morgan Library and Museum from January 25 to May 12. View this post on Instagram A post shared by The Morgan Library & Museum (@themorganlibrary) on Jan 3, 2019 at 7:46am PST ...
Tags: Travel, Exhibits, NYC, New York City, Oxford, Lord Of The Rings, Tolkien, Sauron, All, J.R.R Tolkien, Morgan Library Museum, Morgan Library and Museum, NYC Exhibits, Marquette University Libraries the Morgan Library


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


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


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


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 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